VOSE NEWS

September 2019

WELCOME BACK OWLS

What an awesome start to the school year! It has been wonderful to meet our newest students, watch old friends connect after a summer away and see new friendships begin. Teachers are spending time creating activities to help create consistency, engagement and build connections with their students. Watch for them to share on SeeSaw soon!


As we build routines and start strengthening our classroom and school community we are focusing on our 3 school-wide expectations during the month of September: Safe, Responsible, Respectful.


We had a great turnout at our Back to School Night on September 12th. If you missed it or would just like to look over the bilingual slideshow presented by Mrs. Singleton, our principal and Angela Baker, Dual Language Coordinator, here it is Back to School Night Slide Presentation


Here is our newly updated Vose Student/Parent Handbook for 2019-20. Parents received a form to sign and return once you have read and reviewed the handbook .


Also, here is an updated Parent Calendar...it has been updated since a copy was sent home in the First Week Packet to reflect April 24th, 2020 being a No School/Teacher Work Day,

Beaverton School District 2019-2020 Back-to-School Packet

The Back-to-School Information packet for the 2019-2020 school year for Beaverton School District is now available. Included in the packet:

  • Online Registration & Enrollment

  • School schedules - first day of school

  • WE Welcome you to Kindergarten

  • Early Learning (Pre-K)

  • Volunteer Information

  • District Calendar

  • Student Accident Insurance

  • Useful Links for Families (Parent Apps & Resources, School Directory, Enrolling your Child, Find your student's school, Student and Family Handbook, Kindergarten Information, District Calendars, Student Services, Student Programs, Multilingual Department, Nutrition Services, Special Education, Transportation, Transfer Information, Option School Information, Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment, School Board)

  • Clothes Closet Information

  • McKinney-Vento Homeless Program Information

  • Multilingual Department

  • School Board

  • District Goal & Strategic Plan

The packet is online on the Beaverton School District website, and can be found at: https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/fs/admin/site/pages/14677

For more information, please contact the Communications & Community Involvement Department at 503-356-4360.


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Nutrition Service News & Updates

FREE & REDUCED APPLICATIONS: More children may be eligible to receive free school meals. An application needs to be done every year. Please visit the Meal Benefits webpage for eligibility requirements. Remember that the 30-day Rollover Period for 2018-2019 meal benefits will end in early October. Be sure to apply TODAY so your students don’t have a lapse in benefits. Any families whose students go into “Paid” status will be responsible to pay for all meals charged in school cafeterias. Don’t let this happen to you!! You may complete an application for Free or Reduced-price meal benefits:


  • On-line by visiting www.schoolcafe.com

  • Applying on paper. Free & Reduced-Price Meal applications are available at each school in the Beaverton School District (BSD) and at the Nutrition Services (NS) office, or one may be emailed from NS-MealBenefits@beaverton.k12.or.us.

  • Only one application per household is needed. A new application is required each school year, unless you have received an Eligibility Notification-Free Meals Letter.

  • Households receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits (formerly the Food Stamp Program) and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) may not need to complete a meal application.


For questions, please contact the Nutrition Services Meal Benefits Office:


https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/nutrition-services/meal-benefits


Nutrition Services information is easier to access this year, and we have lots of cool information to share!


SCHOOLCAFE:

Click on the link below to go to SchoolCafe, and see all the things that you can do:

https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/nutrition-services/meals/schoolcafe


All you need is your student’s ID number. If you don’t have that, you can call your school office

or the Meal Benefits line (503-356-3957). Here are some of your options in SchoolCafe:

  1. Create an account

  2. Apply for Meal Benefits

  3. View and print Meal Benefits letters

  4. See what items your student is getting in the cafeteria.

  5. Check your student’s account balance.

  6. View cafeteria menus

  7. Set up low balance alerts

  8. Set up auto-pay (when balance gets to an amount that YOU set, the account is replenished from your credit card)

SchoolCafe can provide amazing amounts of information!


If you do not have access to a computer, you can also apply for Meal Benefits on paper. Applications are available in every school office and cafeteria.


If you have questions or need help, please call Laurie Bishop at Meal Benefits, (503)356-3957 or email us at NS-MealBenefits@beaverton.k12.or.us.

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Birthday Policy at Vose

At Vose for many years now we have chosen to not have treats or individual celebrations during the school day for birthdays. We have done this to be inclusive for our students and the community.


Birthday Celebrations: Parents/Guardians should not bring treats, balloons, etc. to the classroom for a “party.”

  1. Birthdays may be celebrated in the classroom by teachers, at the discretion of the teacher. This approach will allow for students birthdays to be recognized, maximize instructional time, as well as limit the sugary foods that are consumed when regularly celebrating birthdays in the classroom, limit allergic reactions and honor the diversity among our students and families.

  2. If your child wants to invite children from the class to his/her birthday party, the invitations should not be delivered to children at school unless the whole class is being invited.

  3. Please note that student phone and addresses are confidential and therefore cannot be provided by the teacher.


En Vose, desde hace muchos años, hemos elegido no tener golosinas o celebraciones individuales durante el día escolar para los cumpleaños. Hemos hecho esto para ser inclusivos con nuestros estudiantes y la comunidad.

PTO Info on Fun Run

Fun Run is coming up on Friday, October 4- it is our school biggest fundraiser through our PTO. Please help us raise money for our students to go on field trips! Students should have received a pledge envelope last week. If not, please check with the office. Here are the times for each grade level:




4th 8:15-9:00

5th 9:05-9:50

3rd 9:55-10:40

2nd 10:45-11:30

K 12:10-12:55

1st 1:00-1:45


Parents, guardians and family members can choose to volunteer for the event by contacting voseptovolunteer@gmail.com. If parents have younger children they want/need to bring, we would ask you not volunteer but instead invite you to come and cheer your student(s) on during their designated run times. This ensures volunteers can focus on the volunteer jobs needed and our students also have plenty of people cheering them on!

ATTENDANCE MATTERS

Every Day Matters

Students with regular school attendance are more likely to succeed. Every day matters for every child. Everyone can help make this happen – schools, families and community members.


Help us reach our school goal of 95% attendance for EVERY student

Student Success Act HB3427

The Oregon Legislature passed and the Governor signed the $2 billion Student Success Act (HB 3427) in Spring 2019. This is an historic and much needed investment in K-12 schools. The Beaverton School District could be able to access an estimated $34 million per year through a state application process.


School districts are required to apply for funds, and must engage their community in a needs assessment process prior to the application for funds. We will host a series of Community Conversations - Speak Up 4 Student Success in several locations throughout the BSD. Schools will also be engaging their communities in these conversations during September and October.


Please join us to talk about what student success looks like in the Beaverton School District? What is going well in Beaverton schools? What areas/services/programs could we improve?

Your voice matters! We welcome your perspective and opinion.


Beaverton School District Needs Assessment- Share your input here


Speak Up 4 Student Success Community Conversations offered in English & Spanish:

  • Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at Southridge High School, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

  • Thursday, September 26, 2019 at Cedar Park Middle School, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

  • Monday, October 7, 2019 at Stoller Middle School, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

  • Monday, October 21, 2019 at Aloha High School, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. (Budget Listening & Learning Session)

Middle School Boundaries

Our school district is in need of parents who are interested in participating in the Middle School Boundary process, which is coming soon. Please click on the link for a video with more information here: https://youtu.be/0qHuQq79wAs

Sisters of St. Mary to Offer English for Speakers of Other Languages Courses

The Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon offer citizenship classes and classes in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) September 9 through May 14, 2019.

Morning and afternoon ESOL classes are offered in levels I, II, III and IV. Citizenship classes are held on Saturday mornings.

Courses will take place at the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon, 4440 SW 148th Ave., Beaverton, OR 97078.

Information and registration information can be found at https://www.ssmo.org/esol-and-citizenship-classes/

For more information or assessment for ESOL level, please contact Sr. Catherine Hertel at:

Home phone: 503-644-9181

Mobile/Cell: 503-816-8261

Email: srcatherineh@ssmo.org