Springville K-8 Parent Newsletter (1/22/2021)
Last week in our presidential inauguration, we witnessed history as we saw the first woman, Black American and South Asian American take the vice presidential oath of office. I am struck by the hope this brings for all children that they can achieve success, as historical barriers begin to fade. As a staff, we continue to engage in conversations and learning about identity, race and bias in order to create an anti-racist school for your children.
I was also touched by the words of Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman as she recited her powerful poem "The Hill We Climb":
"Let the globe say, if nothing else, that this is true:
Even as we grieved, we grew
Even as we hurt, we hoped
Even as we tired, we tried
That we'll forever be tied
In the last year, we all have endured "hills we climb". From a worldwide pandemic, to political unrest to working/learning from home, the Springville community has never given up. Though we still have hurdles to cross, I do know that we are moving closer to a life where we can gather safely in person.
The conclusion of her poem:
"There is always light.
Only if we are brave enough to see it.
There is always light.
Only if we are brave enough to be it."
Stay safe, stay well, stay positive,
Robin Kobrowski, Principal
Ellen Arnold, Assistant Principal
Jeremy Birch, Student Supervisor
Technology Support & Library Check Out 11:00am-12:00pm
- Library Check Out 8:30am-10:00am
- Classroom Book Pick Up 7:30am-12:30pm
- Springville Bookmobile 1:30pm-3:00pm
Library Check Out: 3:00pm-4:00pm
February 5: Grading Day - No School
February 15: President's Day - No School
February 23: Kindergarten Information Session
February 24: Staff Development Day - No School
OBOB battles start Wednesday, Jan. 27! Weekly Monday emails will provide Zoom links to each week's battles. Good luck to the battlers!
We continue to run OBOB activities for all interested students. Go to wolvesread.org. Anyone who completes the weekly activity is entered into a prize drawing. This week's OBOB activity will ask students to choose whose entry they like the most from last week's writing contest. We received some really thoughtful submissions and we can't wait to see which entry wins!
School Board Recognition Month
Happy Heart Hunt PTO Community Activity
We are thrilled to announce a fun activity in our community leading up to Valentine's Day this year - the Happy Heart Hunt! (See flyer below)
Before February 13th we ask everyone in our community to:
Create Colorful Hearts and Place then in the Windows of your Home!
On February 13th + 14th we can all walk or drive through our neighborhoods to see how many hearts we can spot in the windows. This is a great way to spread some joy and fun in our Springville Community this year!
More updates closer to the event can be found here: https://springvillepto.org/pto-events
Literacy Supports for Families
The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University recognize that in these unprecedented times you are working hard to support your child’s literacy learning at home as best you can. They want to help. To that end, they have created free offerings for families.
These include free video collections will help parents and caregivers with ways to support their children (grades K-8) with reading, writing, phonics, and finding and accessing books - especially digital book collections. The videos are between 3 and 9 minutes in length, on a variety of topics. Click below to see some a sample for reading and writing.
We hope this is helpful to your students' families with their at-home learning! View families resources here: https://readingandwritingproject.org/resources/supports-for-familes
Free Parent & Caregiver Workshop
On Thursday, January 28th from 10:00am-12:00 pm, Teachers College at Columbia University is offering a free workshop for parents and caregivers of students in grades K-8. This is an opportunity to learn more about ways to support your child's literacy learning both at home and school. To register, click here. See the flyer below for more details.
We are starting to plan for our Kindergarten Orientation and Registration. If you have a student who will start Kindergarten or have a friend with an upcoming Kindergarten student, we will host two KINDERGARTEN INFORMATION SESSIONS this year.
- Tuesday, February 23 at 6:00 p.m. - via Zoom
- Thursday, May 20 at 6:00 p.m. - in person (if possible) or via Zoom (TBD)
Online registration will begin in the coming months. We will keep you posted!
Need Your Help - Please Return Books and Devices
As a district, 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.
Device Insurance Fee
If your family has been notified by the District that you have an outstanding Device Insurance fee for the BSD iPad or Chromebook your child is using, please be sure to log into your online payment account and pay the fee listed under your child's name.
BSD Business Office
**The BSD Business Office has notified Springville that we have a combined total of over $3,000 due for Device Coverage. With the District budget shortfall, it would be very beneficial to have all fees paid as quickly as possible. The Insurance fee will cover repairs for those devices that are returned needing repairs. Please log into your ParentVue Online Payment account and make any payments that are listed as due now. Your prompt attention to this will help reduce the funds due to the district. Thank you so much!
Parents if you are not sure how to do this, please follow these steps.
1. Go to: Beaverton School District Website
2. Families > Apps for Parents/Guardians > Online Payment System - Login
c. Choose your student's name
d. Click on the red "View" button above Shop
A reminder from your School Nurse to please ensure your child is up to date on all immunizations. Any child not up to date on immunizations will be excluded from on-campus activities and/or learning on exclusion day (February 17th, 2020) until immunizations are complete. Please contact your health care provider and start any immunization "catch up” your child may need now. Vaccines are also available through Virginia Garcia and Neighborhood Health School Based Health Centers, or find another location at https://vaccinefinder.org/
Be a Flu Fighter this year! Cold and flu season has arrived, and this is a great time to get your flu vaccines. There are many flu vaccine options to choose from, but the most important thing is that all people 6 months and older get a flu vaccine every year. Talk with your provider about which flu vaccine is best for you and your children.
Take everyday actions to stop the spread of germs. Wash your hands often with soap and water, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and wash your hands often with soap and water. If you become sick, limit your contact with others to keep from infecting them.
Please feel free to contact your school nurse at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Your school nurse can also provide you with additional resources about vaccinations and other health topics. To learn more about adolescent vaccines, please visit the CDC’s website at www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents
Springville Library Corner
Middle school OBOB books are now ready for you to enjoy!! Ask about them at checkout.
Book Check Out
The Bookmobile is on the road every Wednesday! We will be making 3 stops:
- 7284 NW 170th Ave @ Abbey Creek Park from 1:33 - 2:00 pm
- NW 167TH Ave @ Mid-block between Catalpa St & Trillium St from 2:05 - 2:35pm
- NW 183RD AVE@ at the walk path by the gazebo (past Chemeketa) from 2:40 - 3:10 pm
Don't forget these links:
Bethany Library News
January's issue features:
- Current Services at Cedar Mill & Bethany Libraries
- STEM for School Age Kids: Books with activities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics for kids.
- Picture Book Biographies About Ground Breaking Females: New picture book biographies about women and girls who have done extraordinary things.
- Picture Books for Lunar New Year: Celebrate Lunar New Year!
- Multi-Age Family Read Alouds: Great read alouds for families with kids 8 and up.
- Parenting Power: New titles in the Parenting Collection.
- How to Search by IRLA Reading Level: This video shows you how to search the WCCLS catalog for IRLA books.
- Virtual Read to the Dogs program for beginning or struggling readers with DoveLewis Canine Therapy Team!
- Cedar Mill Library OBOB Page: Find OBOB practice questions and OBOB Trivia Grades 3-5 on Kahoot!
Thank you for your patience as we navigate TAG/Summa testing during the 2020-21 school year. The following updates have been made to our current Identification processes to reflect comprehensive distance learning and research on test score stability.
TAG testing for students nominated by parents or teachers will occur in the spring
Current 5th graders will have the opportunity to qualify for Summa by testing in late spring/summer
Outdoor testing opportunities for TAG/Summa will also be available in early summer
Current 3rd and 4th graders will take reading and math achievement tests (ITBS) in the fall
Current 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders will take a cognitive ability (CogAT) screener test in fall
In addition to national norms, local norms will be explored for TAG/Summa identification
Summa Qualifying Tests and Criteria
No change in admission criteria, only tests used
Results from full version CogAT tests (composite score ) in grades K-5 can be used to qualify for Summa
Results of achievement tests in grades 3-5 can be used to qualify for Summa
Oregon Statewide Assessment System (OSAS) Language Arts and Math tests
ITBS/Logramos Reading and Math tests (total scores)
Testing opportunities will be posted on the BSD TAG page as they become available
Invitations to test will be sent via School Messenger prior to testing dates
Summa eligible students will be notified before January 15, 2021
Please direct questions to Heidi Hanson, email@example.com or 503-356-4548.****
Gracias por su paciencia mientras administramos los exámenes TAG/Summa durante el año escolar 2020-21. Se han realizado las siguientes actualizaciones a nuestros procesos de identificación actuales para reflejar el aprendizaje a distancia y la investigación sobre la estabilidad de la puntuación de los exámenes.
Exámenes TAG / Summa
Los exámenes TAG para los estudiantes nominados por los padres o maestros ocurrirán en la primavera
Los estudiantes actuales de 5º grado tendrán la oportunidad de ser considerados para el programa Summa mediante el examen a fines de la primavera/verano
Las oportunidades de exámenes al aire libre para TAG/Summa también estarán disponibles a principios del verano
Los estudiantes actuales de 3º y 4º grado tomarán exámenes de rendimiento en lectura y matemáticas (ITBS) en el otoño
Los estudiantes actuales de 2º, 3º y 4º grado tomarán un examen de evaluación de habilidades cognitivas (CogAT) en otoño
Además de las normas nacionales, se explorarán las normas locales para la identificación de TAG/Summa
Exámenes y criterios de calificación de SUMMA
No hay cambios en los criterios de admisión, solo se utilizan exámenes
Los resultados de los exámenes CogAT en los grados K-5 se pueden usar para calificar para el programa SUMMA
Los resultados de los exámenes de rendimiento en los grados 3-5 se pueden usar para calificar para el programa SUMMA
Exámenes de literatura y matemáticas del Sistema de Evaluación Estatal de Oregón (OSAS)
Las oportunidades de exámenes se publicarán en la página BSD TAG a medida que estén disponibles.
Las invitaciones para el examen se enviarán a través de School Messenger antes de las fechas del examen.
Los estudiantes elegibles para Summa serán notificados antes del 15 de enero de 2021
Dirija sus preguntas a Heidi Hanson, firstname.lastname@example.org o al 503-356-4548
Budget - WE Need Your Feedback
2nd Annual Walk & Roll Art Contest
Visit www.beaverton.k12.or.us/safe-routes for contest details.
For more information, please visit: https://www.smore.com/hacb3
Student Help Desk
Monday - Friday (8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.)
Please provide the following and they will get back to you as soon as possible:
- Contact information (phone number)
- Student ID
- Description of the issue
2020-2021 District Calendar
The 2020-21 District Calendar has been updated.
The calendar is subject to change based on contract negotiations and resource availability. In the event inclement weather or other emergency closures prevent the District from meeting required instructional hours set by ODE, the days will be made up in June.