Principal and Assistant Principal's Message
Dear Springville Families,
We are well into October and the weather is feeling more and more fall. Classrooms are building community and students are mastering routines for learning. It has been wonderful to see students learning with their classmates and teachers in person! October is a busy month and we are excited about the opportunity to connect with parents and families for Fall Conferences.
Parent-Teacher Conferences are coming up on October 20th and 21st. All conferences will be held on Zoom. Your child's teacher should have already contacted you to arrange a time to meet. Springville families can expect to see a variety of conference models based on the age/grade of the student. In some classrooms, teachers alone will meet with parents. In others, students will be involved in the conference and leading conversation about their learning. In all classrooms, parents should collaborate with teachers to set goals for the year. The partnership between home and school is critical for student success, so we appreciate the support you are providing for your students.
Robin Kobrowski and Ellen Arnold
October Important Dates
October 27: School Picture Day
October 20 & 21: Fall Parent-Teacher Conferences
October 21 & 22: No School
November Important Dates
November 11: Veteran's Day - No School
November 12: Grading Day - No School
November 24-26: Thanksgiving Break - No School
November 29: Staff Development Day - No School
Click here for BSD-specific information and answers to commonly asked questions
Write-a-Check Fundraiser Countdown!
Thank you to everyone who has donated! With a few days left to our fundraiser, 45% of students have contributed and we are at ~50% of our fundraising goal. We are aiming for higher participation rates to bring in much-needed funds to run programs and refresh our classroom libraries this year. Please spread the word!
Congratulations to Mrs. Bruskotter’s class who has joined Mrs. Ross' class in achieving 100% participation. Yay! Doughnut parties! Next week “classroom fairies” will help classes that are close to 100% earn their doughnut parties. If you’d like to be a classroom fairy, you can contribute by putting “fairy” and the teacher’s name in the note when donating or email firstname.lastname@example.org to connect. (Just so you know, we are aiming for doughnut parties for the entire school!) Thanks in advance for your generosity!
Congrats to Ms. Ekegren's and Mrs. McLaughlin's classes, both classes have reached $1,000 and will receive a bonus of 10% of their total donations added to their classroom funds.
For donation receipts (especially for employer matching), email email@example.com
Write-a-Check ends Monday, October 11! Please donate to support our students and staff!
Lunch, PE & Music Update
We want to update you on our use of spaces for specials and lunch.
PE Classes: On rainy days, PE classes are held indoors in either the multi-purpose room or one of our empty classrooms. When inside, students will maintain distance and teachers will plan activities with minimum exertion. PE classes will continue to be held outdoors when the weather is dry.
Music and Choir: Music instruction will take place in the music classrooms or outdoors (weather permitting) with physical distancing. Singing or woodwind use outside only.
Classes are divided so that some are eating in the gym and some are eating in the cafeteria, which allows for 6 feet between each student. Students are sitting in assigned seats for lunch so that we minimize contact with other students. We will continue to use the gym as an eating location until the physical distancing requirements have been reduced.
Rainy Day Recess
Talented and Gifted (TAG)
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.
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 Parent Information Form to your child’s teacher or the office by October 29.
COGAT Testing - Grades 3, 4 and 5
In October, all 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students in Beaverton will be administered the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) Screener. This 30-minute test measures students’ learned reasoning abilities through verbal/picture analogies, number analogies and figure matrices.
Currently the main purpose for administering the CogAT is to identify students for TAG in the area of intellectual ability. Students who score at the 97th percentile or above on the CogAT screener will be invited to test with the full version of the CogAT that is used for potential TAG identification. The full version of the CogAT will be given in late October. For more information about testing, please contact one of Springville's TAG facilitators, Jenn Tonges and Amanda Grock.
Click here for Oregon's guidelines for operating schools for the 2021-22 school year
Arrival and Dismissal Safety Around Springville
- Drivers, please drive slowly on Joss Ave, and stop when you see students/parents in the crosswalk.
- Walkers, stay on the sidewalk.
- Drivers, please turn right when leaving our parking lot at arrival and dismissal to ease congestion on Joss.
- Please only drop students off curbside. We do not want students walking around cars to get on the sidewalk.
- Students are running across Joss Avenue and between cars. Please help ensure that students only cross Joss Ave. in the crosswalks.
- Parents, be sure you are wearing a mask over your nose and mouth at drop off and pick up. Parents and students are required to wear a mask on the school campus.
- No parking in the parent parking lot spaces at arrival and dismissal.
Too Ill for School?
We would like to remind you about our guidelines for determining whether or not your student should come to school if they are ill.
If your student shows primary symptoms of COVID 19, we ask you to keep your child home and contact your health care provider to get a COVID test. You may also find THIS website helpful for COVID testing locations. Primary symptoms of COVID are defined as fever, cough, chills, loss of taste or smell and/or shortness of breath.
- If the COVID test is positive, please notify the school and quarantine your child at home for 10 days or as directed by Washington County Public Health.
- If the test is negative, please follow the Keep Ill Children Out of School guidelines
- If you do not want to test your student for COVID and they are showing primary symptoms, they should quarantine at home for 10 days.
- If your child has any other communicable disease symptoms, please follow the Keep Ill Children Out of School guidelines.
The guidelines for determining whether to send your student to school are attached. This flyer is available in many other languages on the BSD Student Health Webpage. We appreciate your help in keeping our school community safe.
Attendance and Late Entry
All students are expected to attend school daily. If your child must be absent, please call the attendance line to let us know (503-356-2481). Some excusable reasons for absence include illness, quarantine, bereavement, family illness, inclement weather, religious instruction or emergencies. Please note that vacations are recorded as unexcused absences per District policy. In the event that a student is absent for ten consecutive days, the student will be dropped from the roll and must be reactivated upon return to school. Please make every effort to schedule your child's appointments, family vacations, music lessons, etc. around the school day and calendar. Missed instructional time, even in small increments, quickly adds up and impacts your child's overall learning.
It is very important for your child to be on time to school so that they start the day with everyone else. The school day begins promptly at 8:30am. Children who arrive after 8:30am are recorded as tardy. In order to get your child off to a good start in the morning, and prevent disruption of classes, please help your child be at school on time. If you child arrives after 8:30am, you must park and escort him/her to the office to obtain an late slip.
Visitors will be allowed in our school's front office for 15 minutes or less during the school day. For example, family members or guardians can drop off paperwork or pick up a child. However, please note that we will only be able have two people in our office at a time. You may be asked to wait in the entry way or outside until there is room in our office to accommodate you.
Bethany Library News
The Cedar Mill and Bethany Community Libraries, expanded their hours in early September and look forward to supporting Springville families this year. Their WiserKids K-5 Newsletter will be published four times during the school year...the October issue is available online now! You can subscribe here.
October's issue features:
Parent Information Series: Parents can bring their questions and challenges each month to this online workshop. Positive Discipline Parent Educator, Megan Barella will help you transform your child's misbehavior into connection and cooperation. October 7th's topic is intrinsic motivation and growth mindset. Learn some practical tools and the brain science behind them to gain children's cooperation with chores, homework and even their own positive behavior!
All Are Welcome: Picture book read-alouds that inspire thoughtful conversations. Share with elementary age kids grades K-5 to create an inclusive learning community in school.
Starting a New School Year: A list of Parent/Teacher titles available at Cedar Mill & Bethany Community Libraries, focused on starting a new school year, Kindergarten, teaching, and more.
Navigating Middle School: Want to help your child transition to middle school? These nonfiction & fiction titles cover a variety of topics about navigating the middle school years!
Decodable Books and Games for Beginning Readers: Decodable books allow readers to decode words using the principle of phonics (the relationship between letters and the sounds they make). Decodables are helpful to anyone learning to read, but are essential for teaching readers with dyslexia.
Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) 101 for Grown-Ups: Want to know what OBOB is all about? This October 18th workshop will provide an overview of the program, cover what to expect during a battle and give tips on preparing kids to have fun and be successful.
We provide online research tools that aren’t available on free Internet sites. Use your library card and PIN to log in and find live homework help, databases, reference materials, and more.