Mustang Messages Newsletter

Chehalem Elementary Newsletter- May 14, 2021

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Principal's Message

Dear Chehalem Families,

Time continues to fly by as we approach the end of school. While the CDC changed their guidance on masks wearing for fully-vaccinated individuals this week the Governor has said that there will be no changes for schools for the duration of this school year. I'm hopeful that by the start of next year things will look much more like our typical schooling experience.

Kindergarten orientation is next week (Thursday May 20th). We will offer a live or zoom option. Because of COVID restrictions we need to have the on-campus event finished by 4:30 so the live session will be 3:00-4:00 and the Zoom session will be at 7:00pm. We currently have 35 students registered and are anticipating another 30 students to register (based on projections of the demographer). If you know of anyone with a child who will by 5 by September 1st, please let them know about the event or to call the school for help with registration or for the zoom link. Flyer below.

The virtual book fair also starts next week. Thank you Ms. Blanchard for setting this up, as well as the virtual talent show. The correct sign-up link is listed in the slide for the talent show now. It is case sensitive. Please see additional information later in this newsletter.

The district plans to offer summer school options this year (Camp Achieve), but we do not yet have information about how to sign up. While we were originally chosen as a site for a program, I was notified this week that Chehalem, Hiteon and Fir Grove students will all have the option to attend programming at Fir Grove. I will share information with you as soon as I have it.

Thank you for notifying the office if your child has any of the primary symptoms of COVID (listed in the photo above). Our office or health staff would reach out to gather additional information and give you guidance. It takes the efforts of the community to keep everyone safe. Primary symptoms listed above.

Let's all enjoy our last few weeks of school. If you have any questions or concerns please contact your child's teacher or the front office.


Angee Silliman


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Book Fair Starts Next Week

Our online book fair is running for 2 weeks starting on Monday. We get 25% of all sales back in Scholastic Dollars to buy books for the library. (If you spend $25 or more, shipping is free directly to your home.)

Runs May 17th-May 30th and here is the link:

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Please See Corrected Link for Talent Show- Case Sensitive

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Here is this year's optional Parent/Guardian Input form. We do our best to balance classes for student needs, but if you would like to submit additional information that would help us make the best classroom placement for your child feel free to fill out the form. Please complete the form by Friday June 11th.

PTO Corner

Dining for Dollars Next Week

Our next Dining for Dollars event is on Wednesday, May 19th at Maiale Rosa Wood Fired Pizza in downtown Beaverton. Maiale Rosa will be closed to the public and just be open to Chehalem families.

Date: Wednesday, May 19th 4pm-8pm

Location: Maiale Rosa Wood Fired Pizza 4725 SW Lombard Ave., Ste. 109

To order: ALL ORDERS MUST BE CALLED IN FOR PICK-UP! You can call your order in as early as the Sunday before to secure your pick-up time on Wednesday.

Call: 971-317-0646 for ordering. Menu is below.

We will receive 20% of all funds made that night! Any questions? Contact Crystal Jordan at

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Chehalem Challenges!!!

The PTO is sponsoring three optional, fun challenges for students. There's a different challenge each month and winners will be sent a gift card. BONUS: The teacher who has the most students participate in the challenge will also receive a gift card. Help your teacher win! Submissions will be done through a Google Form. See the flier for more details.

It's time for Chehalem Challenge #3! Gratitude Challenge!

Email completed challenges to

DUE: Wednesday, 5/19!

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News From Beaverton Library

Ready Set Kindergarten

Beaverton City Library invites all incoming kindergartners to a special storytime series “Ready, Set, Kindergarten!” that meets via Zoom starting Saturday, May 15. Each week we’ll read stories, sing songs, and get excited for Kindergarten together!

Kids will also get free books for attending.

Register here:

Please share with anyone who has a soon-to-be-kindergartner!

La Biblioteca de la Ciudad de Beaverton invita a todos los estudiantes que van a empezar kínder a una serie especial llamada “En sus marcas, listos, Kínder.” La serie será a través de Zoom a partir del sábado, 15 de mayo. ¡Cada semana leeremos cuentos, cantaremos canciones y nos emocionaremos con el aprender juntos!

También ganaran libros gratis por asistir.

Regístrese aquí:

Manejando los Antojos de una Manera Sana (Managing Cravings in a Healthy Way)

Padres, únase a WIC y la biblioteca de la ciudad de Beaverton virtualmente el 16 de mayo a las 4 pm para aprender sobre consejos para equilibrar la necesidad de satisfacer los antojos con una dieta saludable. Se requiere registro:

Parents, Join WIC & Beaverton City Library virtually on May 16 at 4pm to learn about tips to balance the need to satisfy cravings against a wholesome diet. Registration is required for this Spanish Language event.

Heads up for Chehalem Teachers and Staff: Summer Reading Program begins June 1st

We are looking forward to another Summer of reading! Like last year, there is no registration-- babies, kids, and teens can start keeping track of the time they read starting June 1, culminating in a free book of their choice from the library! Interested in giving reading logs to your hybrid students? Let me know and we’ll get them printed and delivered to your school!

Have any questions? Ideas for working together? Let me know! I’m here to help you,

Jennifer Wolf

Children’s Librarian

Beaverton City Library | 12375 SW 5th St | Beaverton, OR 97005

Work days: Sunday – Thursday

Currently working remotely Mondays and Thursdays

Contact the Beaverton Library for Additional Information on Ready, Set, Kindergarten!

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Talented and Gifted (TAG) Testing Update

Identification of TAG students typically includes a test score from a normed national or state standardized test. In response to the challenges and impacts of COVID-19, the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) adopted a temporary rule allowing districts to pause TAG identification for the 2020-21 school year.

The rationale provided to ODE for this pause included the following:

Historically underrepresented populations (students of color, economically disadvantaged, students with disabilities and linguistically diverse) are disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. . . The 2020-21 school year has been anything but typical. Adhering to traditional processes and administering assessments that were developed and normed in a time and space that does not reflect our current reality is concerning to many district and state leaders.

We agree. It is not in the best interest of students in this atypical year, particularly our youngest learners, to take assessments in the last eight weeks of school solely for the purpose of TAG identification. We believe that testing students for TAG identification in the fall after school routines are established is a better plan.

This pause will not affect nominated students in grades 5-8, whose testing has already been scheduled.

Character Trait of the Month

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Spring Food Resources

Sincerely, Angee Silliman

Principal at Chehalem Elementary