December 7, 2020
Sign Up for Winter Break Meals
Free meals are available to all children 1-18 over Winter Break, December 21-January 1. You must register to receive Winter Break meals. Meal boxes with five breakfasts and five lunches will be available on December 22 and 29 from 11a.m.-12 p.m. at the following locations: Aloha, Beaverton, Southridge, Sunset and Westview High Schools plus Vose Elementary School. You don’t need to be a student at those schools to pick up meals.
To register, please fill out the Winter Break Meal Request Form by 9 p.m. on Friday, December 11. Please indicate the number of children (ages 1-18) who will need meals.
We Need Your Help - Please Return Books & Devices
We have more than 10,600 library books that are overdue or lost. In addition, we have more than 2,200 textbooks and devices (those that are NOT currently being used for Comprehensive Distance Learning) that also need to be returned. Some of these items are likely under your student’s bed or sitting in a backpack.
We desperately need to recover these items or the associated fines for the lost items. Only then can schools begin to replace books and devices for future use.
Please search for overdue and lost items: library books, textbooks from last school year and school-issued devices (iPads, Chromebooks) that your student isn’t currently using. Search your in-box, too, for any emails from (firstname.lastname@example.org) or (email@example.com), which will indicate that your student has a missing item.
Then return that item to any BSD school. You have several options: (Please arrive in a mask.)
Return items to your school during regular school hours. Some schools also may offer evening drop-off hours. Check with your school’s newsletter for additional drop-off hours and directions.
Return items to any Library Book Bus stop. See schedule and map for days and times.
Pay lost fine through the district’s Online Payment System.
If you’ve already returned materials or items were left in classrooms last spring, please contact your school library staff via email to let them know. Library materials are quarantined for up to one week before being checked in, so it will take time for fines to be resolved in InTouch accounts.
Thank you for helping us get resources back to our schools so that they can be re-distributed to those students who need them.
BSD HELP Center Emergency Supply Drive
During the month of December, the Beaverton School District HELP Center will be conducting an Emergency Supply Drive in preparation for Winter Break.
We’ll be collecting the following items:
$25 Gift Cards to Fred Meyer
Rolls of Quarters for Laundry
Full-size bottles of shampoo
Full-size bottles of conditioner
Full-size bottles of toothpaste
Full- size unscented bar soap
Diapers (all sizes)
Feminine hygiene products (napkins in high need)
Breakfast, energy and granola bars
Crackers & cheese snacks
Crackers & peanut butter snacks
Emergency Items for Unsheltered Students:
New sleeping bags
To schedule a donation drop-off day and time, please contact Lisa Mentesana at 503-819-7300 or email: Lisa_Mentesana@beaverton.k12.or.us.
Help Us Name the New Middle School
After years of being used as a "swing school," the new middle school in the Timberland neighborhood will be opening as a permanent school in September 2021. In accordance with Policy FF, the School Board will choose the final name based on community suggestions. Parents, students and community members are invited to submit name suggestions to the School Board for its consideration. Preference will be given to names associated with the community. According to School Board Policy FF, names of living persons will not be considered.
Anyone wanting to submit a name suggestion should complete the New Middle School Name Suggestion Form by Monday, January 4.
Open Enrollment for the 2021-2022 School Year
The Open Enrollment application window for the 2021-22 school year is now open.
Applications will be accepted from Monday, December 7 through Friday, January 22 at 2 p.m. Applications are available online, at each school and at the District Office. Completed applications should be returned to the school for which the student is applying.
Beaverton and Southridge High Schools each have 50 open slots. There are no open slots available at elementary or middle schools. Principals will make the final determination as to what grade levels will be filled with these Open Enrollment slots. For more information, please visit the Open Enrollment webpage.
Student Testing on Hold
Due to the Governor’s “freeze,” all planning for testing (Summa/SAT/ACT) is on hold until further notice.
Sign Up to Visit the Clothes Closet
Does your student need new or gently used clothing at no cost? The district-run Clothes Closet is ready to serve you! Appointments are required. To schedule, please complete the Clothes Closet Appointments form or call 503-356-4322. Visits are limited to one adult with four children or two adults with 8 children. All visitors must wear masks. If you don't have your own, we'll provide one.
Common Middle School Experience
In 2014, a task force was convened to evaluate and make recommendations for implementing a set of common middle school courses and a consistent bell schedule across all middle schools in the Beaverton School District — otherwise known as the Common Middle School Experience.
There are two main issues that the District is trying to address:
Right now, course offerings vary from one middle school to another across the district. That’s especially true when it comes to electives. The District believes that all students — regardless of where they live or what schools they attend — should have access to the same quality education and opportunities.
There is no consistent bell schedule at middle schools, meaning class lengths vary. For example, one student may receive 85 minutes of math instruction per day, while another student receives 57 minutes. When viewed through an equity lens, the District believes all students should be able to access the same amount of instruction, regardless of location.
Superintendent Grotting has spent several months evaluating recommendations from principals, feedback from teachers and comments from the public. To see the schedule that he’s decided to implement for all BSD middle schools, please read the full message.
The new schedule will take effect at the start of the 2021-2022 school year. Superintendent Grotting extends his gratitude to the hundreds of people who have been involved in this challenging process. Thank you for your interest and dedication.
WE Celebrate Community Partnerships
The Communications & Community Involvement Department along with district administrators and community members honored outstanding partnership work from the 2019-20 school year at a virtual WE Awards ceremony.
For the next several issues, we’ll be highlighting some of the winners. Today, we honor BSD’s Library Services which teamed up with Washington County Cooperative Library Services to provide Youth Access Cards to all BSD students. The project was years in the making and involved more than 60 staff members from all of the Washington County libraries, as well as several departments in the Beaverton School District. In the end, 30,000 cards were distributed. Particularly during school closures, the cards are giving BSD students access to a wide range of resources. Learn more:
Virtual School Board Meeting
Monday, December 14, 2020
Long Range Facilities Plan Virtual Focus Group Meeting
Tuesday, December 15, 2020
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
This session will not be livestreamed but will be recorded and posted online
to the district youtube channel
No School • Winter Break
Monday, December 21 - Friday, January 1, 2021
District Goal: WE empower all students to achieve post-high school success.
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