CROC TALK BRIEF
Nancy Ryles Elementary Newsletter ~ November 13, 2020
PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE by MONICA ARBOW
Nancy Ryles Families -
This week has been an unusual week with two non-student days. On Wednesday, we recognized veterans who have served, or are serving, in the Armed Forces. To all veterans in our Nancy Ryles community, please accept our gratitude for your dedication and service to our country.
As we find ourselves in the season of gratitude, it may seem challenging to find the positive given our current times. We talk often as a Nancy Ryles staff about focusing on the things that we can control and influence. We talk about the simple act of showing up every day. This year has been more challenging than we ever could have imagined, and yet, we continue to show up, learn, adjust, and do the best we can each and every day. We have a long way to go, Nancy Ryles, but we are doing it. This week marks nine months since schools moved into remote and distance learning. We are doing it and we will get through this.
I encourage you to keep showing up for yourself, your family, and your friends. Find joy in the small things: a beautiful tree changing its colors; the sun on your face; a delicious meal; a smile from a stranger, or a hug from your child. According to the article, The Transformative Power of Gratitude, “gratitude is most strongly associated with mental health.” Through research, psychologist Robert Emmons found “that expressing gratitude improves mental, physical, and relational well-being. Being grateful also impacts the overall experience of happiness, and these effects tend to be long-lasting.” There are many health benefits of gratitude such as heightened energy levels, strengthened heart and immune systems, and a decrease in stress, anxiety, depression, and headaches. I referenced this article this time of year last year, but it’s too good not to publish again.
On behalf of the Nancy Ryles staff, thank you for your willingness to partner with us to support your child as we learn and grow together.
HOMEWORK HELP EVERY MONDAY, TUESDAY AND THURSDAY
Nancy Ryles Homework Club Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 2:30-3:00 p.m.
Please join us via zoom for homework support. Mrs. Bax, Mrs. Roche and Mrs. Mastripolito will be available to help students with Seesaw assignments 3 days a week. Drop by for a quick question or stay for the entire time or pop in and say hello. We are happy to help!
Please contact the office at 503-356-2400 for the Zoom link.
DINING FOR DOLLARS AT CHIPOTLE
Dining for Dollars
Our next D4$ night is Tuesday, November 17 at the Murray Scholls Chipotle from 4:00-8:00 p.m! Bring this flyer with you, show it on your smartphone, or tell the cashiers you’re supporting Nancy Ryles, and Chipotle will donate 33% of the night proceeds!
NEW THIS YEAR -- you can order online for pickup! Simply use promo code: QDLG7L2 at checkout.
CROCS CARING FOR EACH OTHER
We are all finding that it takes a team to manage Distance Learning! If you are having a difficult time picking up meals, teacher packets, books at the school or bus stop or cannot pick up your student's recorder in December, we have volunteers willing to deliver these items to you.
If you would like help receiving any item, please fill out this form:
If you would like to help with deliveries, please sign up through BetterImpact, under Covid Care.
THE NANCY RYLES GREAT DEBATE - DECEMBER EDITION
What do you think? Should kids have to go to online school if there's snow? Yes? Or No?
Click here to VOTE: https://forms.gle/uuJYBZttfpAiqUfMA
If you want, you can upload a short (15 - 30 second) video explaining why your choice is the best choice! We will choose a few at random videos to be included in the final results during the December Assembly!
NANCY RYLES GREEN TEAM
At Nancy Ryles, we are proud of our strong reputation as a green school. While our fifth grade green team is on pause right now, the NRCO is excited to invite our entire community to be a part of the Nancy Ryles Green Team. To kick things off, share how your family keeps it green. Send your photos and stories to NRCO1@hotmail.com, share on our NRCO Facebook post, or add your photos to our Green Team Padlet board.
If you need some ideas for screen-free, eco-learning this fall, check out projects created by our friends at the Eco-School Network.
DEVICE COVERAGE FOR iPADS AND CHROMEBOOKS
If you selected device coverage protection but have not yet paid the $20 (per student/device) fee, please go to the online payment system to make your payment:
Steps for Online Payment:
2. Log In
3. Choose child
4. “Attention: . . .unpaid fines/fees” click View
5. Pay Online
If you did not select device coverage protection, please understand that the family is assuming full responsibility for any costs due to damage, loss or theft. These costs could be as much as $300 per incident, regardless of how it happens.
If you are not sure if you selected the coverage or now want to add the coverage, please call the school at 503-356-2400.
IMMUNIZATION EXCLUSION DATE - FEBRUARY 17, 2021
Immunization Exclusion Day is Wednesday, February 17. Earlier this month, we sent out our first notification to the students who are not up to date with their immunizations.
We encourage you to get their shots scheduled as soon as you receive this notification. Once you child has received the shot, please provide the office with the date of the immunization.
Did you have time to check out our new Wonder Wednesday Virtual Classroom here this week? As a reminder, these activities are completely optional and designed to be a fun way to supplement volunteer projects we used to do in person (Art, STEM, Culture). November will be focused on Art Literacy and creating Art with Lines. Some beautiful art has already been created and posted, so check it out when you have time!
If the Virtual Classroom is a little confusing how to utilize, you can check out this more linear way to interact with this month’s project here. Enjoy!
SAVE THE DATE -- SCHOOL PICTURE DAY IS DECEMBER 3
We will send out a link for you to schedule your picture time as well as pricing information.
You will bring your student to the front door of the school a few minutes before your scheduled time. The student will use hand sanitizer as they enter the building. A staff member will direct them to the gym. The parent will walk around back and meet their student at the exterior gym doors.
Students will be required to wear masks until they get to the photo station. Parents are asked to wear masks and social distance while they are outside.
**PLEASE NOTE: Washington County is on a two-week shutdown. If that is extended into December, we will need to reschedule picture day.
MAKE YOUR FAVORITE MEAL DAY CHALLENGE
We would like to celebrate by inviting you to participate by sending in a 30 second or less video AND a photo of your family making a favorite meal. We will randomly choose videos and photos to share at our next school assembly on December 9!
If you would like to participate, please send your video and photo by November 18 to Mr. Chung at: firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you for participating!
LIBRARY TO GO and THE BOOK BUS
Don't miss Library To Go and The Book Bus!
Library To Go schedule:
- Tuesdays -- 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
- Wednesdays -- 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
- Thursdays -- 11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
The Book Bus is every Tuesday! The scheduled stops and time:
● 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.
Click here to get all of the information you need for Library To Go and The Books Bus, including how to put books on hold! (The link allows language translation).
If you have questions, please email Ms. Osborne or Mr. Chung.
FREE MEAL PROGRAM
Every Tuesday and Thursday from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
For additional curbside and bus route locations, visit: www.beaverton.k12.or.us/meals
DISTANCE LEARNING RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES
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
SOCIAL MEDIA CONTACTS
Nancy Ryles Twitter is: @NancyRylesElem
Nancy Ryles Facebook: Nancy Ryles Elementary School
Nancy Ryles Instagram: nancyryleselementary
The NRCO Facebook page is: facebook.com/NRCO1
We encourage you to bookmark our website as we keep it up to date.