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Springville K-8 Parent Newsletter (1/22/2021)

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Springville Families,

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

Upcoming Dates

This Week:

January 26:

Technology Support & Library Check Out 11:00am-12:00pm

January 27:

  • Library Check Out 8:30am-10:00am
  • Classroom Book Pick Up 7:30am-12:30pm
  • Springville Bookmobile 1:30pm-3:00pm

January 28:

Library Check Out: 3:00pm-4:00pm

Future Weeks:

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

In-Person Instruction Update

Click here for Superintendent Grotting's 1-8-21 update

OBOB Update

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

In the BSD, we are very fortunate to have seven volunteer school board members who are committed to helping every student reach their full potential: Chair Becky Tymchuk, Vice Chair Tom Collett and members Anne Bryan, Susan Greenberg, LeeAnn Larsen, Eric Simpson and Donna Tyner. The decisions that board members face are complex and challenging, especially this year. They volunteer hundreds of hours, providing the best possible educational framework for our nearly 40,000 students. This month, we recognize their vital contributions and the crucial role that they play in the education of our children. Thank you, board members and a special thank you to Anne Bryan who is assigned to Springville!

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

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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

Helping Your Child Read Tricky Words and Becoming Independent Word Solvers
Incorporating Everyday Talk at Home that Can Lift the Level of Your Child's Thinking Skills

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.

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Kindergarten 2021-2022

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 (no-reply@intouchreceipting.com) or (do-not-reply@nwresd.k12.or.us), 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.

PTO Website

Check out the new Springville PTO website!


PTO Crew News

Click here for the latest Springville PTO Newsletter

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.

Thank you

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

Thank you!

Nurse News!

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 sydney_garl@beaverton.k12.or.us 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 Spirit Wear

Are you needing some Springville spirit wear? The new online Springville Spirit Store is open for business!Visit the new online store to shop for Springville spirit wear. If you prefer to try on sizes before buying you can visit the Team Uniforms store to try something on.

Springville Library Corner

Middle school OBOB books are now ready for you to enjoy!! Ask about them at checkout.

Book Check Out

Tuesday: 11:00-12:00

Wednesday: 8:30-10:00

Thursday: 3:00-4:00

The Bookmobile is on the road every Wednesday! We will be making 3 stops:

  1. 7284 NW 170th Ave @ Abbey Creek Park from 1:33 - 2:00 pm
  2. NW 167TH Ave @ Mid-block between Catalpa St & Trillium St from 2:05 - 2:35pm
  3. 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

Happy New Year! The Bethany-Cedar Mill Library January Wiser Kids K-5 Newsletter is online! You can subscribe here.

January's issue features:

District News

TAG/Summa Update

Dear Families,

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/Summa Testing

  • 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, heidi_hanson@beaverton.k12.or.us or 503-356-4548.


Estimadas familias,

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)

    • ITBS/Logramos


  • 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, heidi_hanson@beaverton.k12.or.us o al 503-356-4548

Budget - WE Need Your Feedback

As part of the budget process for the 2021-22 school year, we’re looking for your feedback. Please take a few minutes to watch this video presentation for Associate Superintendent Mike Schofield. Then fill out the short survey below. The last day to submit your input is February 1 by 5 p.m.
Budget Listening Presentation - January 2021
Budget Priorities and Input

Click here to respond in English

2nd Annual Walk & Roll Art Contest

BSD students in grades K-5 are encouraged to enter the 2nd Annual Walk + Roll Art Contest. This year’s theme is “Places We Love to Walk + Roll.” The deadline to enter is January 29. The grand prize is a new bicycle from WashCo Bikes.

Visit www.beaverton.k12.or.us/safe-routes for contest details.

Signal-To-Noise 2021

The Signal To Noise Festival is a film awards ceremony and exhibition that originated at Beaverton's Arts & Communication Magnet Academy in 2001 and has occurred every Spring since then at various locations across the district. Entries for the 2020-21 Festival are due on March 29, 2021.

For more information, please visit: https://www.smore.com/hacb3

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Student Help Desk

If your child needs assistance with technology, please contact the BSD Student Help Desk:

Monday - Friday (8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.)

Phone: 503-356-4656

Email: shd@beaverton.k12.or.us

Please provide the following and they will get back to you as soon as possible:

  • Name
  • Contact information (phone number)
  • School
  • 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.