CROC TALK BRIEF
Nancy Ryles Elementary Newsletter ~ October 9, 2020
CDL - Comprehensive Distance Learning
Synchronous - students have live contact with their teacher (via Zoom)
Asynchronous - students access pre-recorded lectures and digital curriculum materials and respond through Seesaw and other collaborative documents at a time of their own choosing
PARENTS HELPING ON ZOOM
Teachers are beginning to administer academic assessments to students to assess students' skills and abilities. It is extremely important to get an accurate assessment of each student's skills so that teachers can effectively differentiate to meet their needs and move them along their learning continuum.
Parents, we need your help by allowing your student to work on his or her assignments in Seesaw and/or in Zoom independently. This means that we want to see what students can do without the help of a parent and/or teacher. It is okay if the student answers incorrectly. That is part of the learning process.
Of course, if your student gets stuck or needs your assistance with a technical challenge, that is a perfect time to help. You can also help support your student by practicing skills that the teacher has already talked to your student about. Aside from that, students should be receiving directions from teachers and allowing teachers to give them feedback and support, especially during live instruction. We are seeing several parents speaking for students, typing or writing for them, and/or giving them answers to share. These are all things that we want students to be able to do independently so that the teacher is able to collect accurate assessment data which will inform instruction.
Thank you for helping us support your student.
SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR
Our school's Online Book Fair is OPEN. Discover the characters, series, and collections kids love. All purchases benefit Nancy Ryles.
Check it out now through Thursday, October 15.
Don't forget to look out for OBOB Books available with Scholastic: The Dragonet Prophecy, El Deafo, and Front Desk.
All orders will ship directly to your home!
This link will take you to our Book Fair: https://www.scholastic.com/bf/nancyryles
THE BOOK BUS
Mark your calendars! The BOOK BUS will be heading out on Tuesday, October 13!
The Book Bus means just what it sounds like: a bus with books coming to you!
- Our book bus will run on Tuesdays
- The Book Bus will leave the school at 1:30 p.m.
- We will have three Book Bus stops at which you can meet us
- Each stop will last 30 minutes
- Ms. Osborne and Mr. Chung will be very happy to see you!
OUR BOOK BUS STOPS AND TIMES ARE:
- 1:35 p.m. at SW Falcon Dr. @ SW Mourning Dove Pl.
- 2:10 p.m. at SW 140th Ter. @ SW Liden Dr.
- 2:45 p.m. at SW 148th Ave. @ SW Grebe Ln.
PLEASE COME PREPARED:
- Wear a mask
- Wear clothing appropriate for the weather
- Bring umbrellas or raincoats in case it's raining
A FEW RULES:
- Students and families are NOT allowed on the bus
- Social distance from others who are waiting at the Book Bus Stop with you
- Respect the instructions of our bus drivers, who are helping us bring books to you
- If you have any questions at all about the Book Bus, please email Ms. Osborne or Mr. Chung
NANCY RYLES GREAT DEBATE
Each month we will give Nancy Ryles Students and Families a topic to debate. Here are the rules!
- Participate in the poll by voting for your favorite choice.
- It’s optional, but in addition to voting in the poll, you can send Mr. Chung a short video (10 - 15 seconds) stating your choice and why it’s best. Try to convince others! We will randomly choose some of these videos to be featured in our monthly virtual assemblies when we announce the results!
- If you send a video, please also vote in the poll.
- Please only vote once!
Now you know the rules, let’s get on with our first debate topic!
Which is better? Cats or Dogs?
Vote for your favorite in our poll, here: NANCY RYLES DEBATE POLL
Optional: Create a short 10 - 15 second video stating your choice and explaining why. Email to Mr. Chung at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please vote and send your videos by the end of the day, Monday, October 12. Results will be shared at our next Virtual Assembly!
Have fun, and stay tuned for the results and the announcement of our next debate topic!
** At the end of the Croc Talk are photos of some of our staff with their pets **
NRCO participation at Nancy Ryles is going to look different during CDL, so join us to check in and hear more about the year ahead. Questions and suggestions can always be directed to NRCO1@hotmail.com
We will send out the Zoom link closer to the meeting date.
OREGON BATTLE OF THE BOOKS (OBOB)
The NRCO board is working out plans to host the Oregon Battle of the Books for 3rd-5th graders at Nancy Ryles! This will be in the spring and will be less formal than in the past, but now is a great time to start building your OBOB library and thinking up who you want on your team. Here’s a list of the books for this year:
3rd to 5th Grade Division
- Before They Were Authors by Elizabeth Haidle
- Bob by Wendy Mass & Rebecca Stead
- A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold
- Changeling by William Ritter
- The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui T. Sutherland
- El Deafo by Cece Bell
- Fatty Legs by Christy Jordan-Fenton & Margaret Pokiak-Fenton
- Front Desk by Kelly Yang
- The Night Fairy by Laura Amy Schlitz
- Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story by Nora Raleigh Baskin
- Power Forward by Hena Khan
- Small Spaces by Katherine Arden
- Space Case by Stuart Gibbs
- Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones
- The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser
- A Wolf Called Wander by Rosanne Parry
Will we be able to have volunteers this year at Nancy Ryles? Just like everything else, volunteering is going to look different, and is definitely limited. However, we would still like to have a Classroom Liaison for each of our classes. This person helps the classroom teacher coordinate volunteers in the classroom (or over Zoom, in pairs).
If you would like to sign up to be the Classroom Liaison for your child's class, please sign up on Better Impact: MyImpactPage - Login
As a reminder, even "virtual volunteers" need to go through the district background check. If you are not a registered volunteer, you can register here: Volunteer - Beaverton School District
If you have questions about volunteering or the Classroom Liaison role, please reach out to Jill Rector at email@example.com.
Thank you for your investment at Nancy Ryles Elementary!
TALENTED AND GIFTED (TAG) INFORMATION
Every year students are considered for Talented and Gifted services in the Beaverton School District. These services are provided by your child's classroom teacher(s). Oregon law and District policy define gifted students as those who score at or above the 97th percentile on a standardized, nationally normed test of mental ability and/or academic achievement in reading and/or math. Behavioral, learning, and/or performance information is also considered before a student is identified for TAG services.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and our current reality of Comprehensive Distance Learning, our evaluation process will look different this year. We will administer in-person TAG testing after January 11, 2021. Until then, teachers will collect evidence on how your student responds to differentiation within their distance learning classroom. This evaluation may include: file reviews, teacher and student observations, a collection of work samples, and/or individual or group assessments. This process may take some time, but every effort will be made to complete the evaluation in a timely manner. Parents will be notified of their school’s in-person testing dates in January.
If you think your child might qualify for TAG services, you may wish to complete the Parent Information Form that is available in our school’s office or linked here. Completing this form gives our school TAG Committee more information about your child, but it is not required. All qualified students will be considered regardless of the form’s completion.
Please complete and return the form to the school office. You can drop it by or email it to: firstname.lastname@example.org
MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK
BSD will be promoting its first Mental Health Awareness Week (October 12-16) to spread awareness of actions that we can all take to prevent suicide and reduce the stigma related to mental health concerns. Last school year, BSD staff completed 138 suicide screenings and/or interventions for elementary-aged students. Unfortunately, we suspect the number of students struggling with a mental health crisis was much higher.
As part of our effort to support student wellness, students at Nancy Ryles receive Social Emotional instruction to promote positive mental health and navigating their feelings. Children and young people in particular can be overwhelmed by stress during an event like the COVID-19 pandemic. These stressors include changes in routine, breaks in continuity of learning, missing significant life events and feeling less safe and secure due to loss of housing or a shortage of food resources.
We wanted to highlight a few resources for parents of elementary-aged children that can be found on our website. Learn more about mental health and how to engage kids in important topics by accessing the resources at eachmindmatters.org. The organization has gathered quite a list of resources. Specifically related to COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has developed a Parental Resources Kit. It includes resources, by age group, to help you support your child’s social, emotional and mental well-being.
BREAKFAST STORY TIME WITH MRS. MALIN AND MS. OSBORNE
That's right! All K-2 families are welcome to join Mrs. Malin & Ms. Osborne for a story each day during breakfast from 8:10-8:25 a.m. This is just for fun, but we promise to read some really good books.
Watch this fun video about our breakfast story time!
If you need the Zoom link, please call the office at 503-356-2400.
LIBRARY TO GO
Need an example of how to use Library to Go? Mr. Chung and Ms. Osborne made a video to help you out! Come see us Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
To turn on foreign language subtitles on Youtube videos:
- Click on the gear at the bottom right of the video screen
- Click on "Subtitles/CC"
- Click on "Auto Translate"
- Scroll to find the language you want in subtitles
- Press play on the video and subtitles in your selected language will appear