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Findley Elementary School

February 21 2020

Message from the Principal

Happy Friday Findley Families,

Thank you to those of you who were able to make it out last night to our PTO meeting. We hosted Steve Sparks, Executive Administrator for Long Range Planning for BSD. He answered several of our community’s questions about the boundary process. It was informative and your PTO board did an exceptional job of moderating and facilitating.

Beaverton School District has developed our DRAFT plan for the funding coming to us next year via the Student Investment Account (SIA). Since the passage of the Student Success Act last year, we have been working on developing the plan to meet the needs of the district and the broader goals of the additional funding which include; increasing instructional time, addressing student health and safety needs, increasing adults/decreasing class size, and expanding well-rounded learning opportunities.

Currently, BSD is seeking input from the community on the plan. You can view and provide feedback on the plan here. The window for providing feedback closes Monday. Final plans are due to the state no later than April 15, 2020.

Today, we are celebrating International Mother Language Day. As a school community, we are learning about proverbs. Proverbs are small packages of truth about a people’s values and beliefs. Every culture (every family) has proverbs (sometimes also called clichés, idioms, or sayings) that are unique to it. What is one of yours? Today, your child(ren) will be bringing home a flyer with information about this, and a little extra homework for families. On the back of the flyer, please help your child write an expression in your home language (and translated if needed to English). The meaning and an illustration should also be included. Thank you for helping us grow our knowledge of international proverbs, figurative language and idioms.

As usual, the lunch provided to our staff today from our parent community was AMAZING! You spoil us. Thank you so much for treating us to so much deliciousness!

Thank you for all you do,

Sherry Marsh, Ed.D



Please remember that conferences have been changed. Findley will now have conferences on the following dates.

4/1 4-8pm

4/2 8 am - 8 pm - NO SCHOOL


Teachers will begin to schedule for conferences prior to Spring Break!

Breaking News!! - Yearbook order deadline extended to March 6

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Sweet 16 competition begins 2/24 congratulations and Good Luck!!

Sweet 16 teams are listed below.

Parent Partnership #3

We are excited and pleased to present our 3rd Parent Partnership information session. Our focus for the remainder of the year will be Executive Function. Executive Function and Self-Regulation go hand in hand in helping our children to manage themselves day to day. They also enable positive behavior and allow us all to make healthy choices. We hope you’ll be able to join us for one of both of our last two sessions for the year. Enjoy coffee and tasty treats while gaining knowledge to support your child’s learning.

March 5th 8:30-9:30 am Executive Function: Inhibition Control

May 28th 8:30-9:30 am Executive Function: Cognitive Flexibility

Please take a moment to RSVP via a brief google form to let us know if you’d be interested in attending.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

We hope to see you soon!

Emily Gotfried, School Counselor:

Susan Hargrave, Student Success Coach:

Please Note: Childcare will not be provided and presentations are geared towards an adult audience. Thank you!


According to the assessment tool from the cdc, we have no identifiable risk (since we do not have any students who have the virus). Even if we did have a student with the virus, we would be "low risk".

To read more about this advisement, click here

Girls on the Run is coming to Findley!

Coaches needed for Girls on the Run! Girls on the Run is a 10-week program that combines training for a 5k with lessons that inspire girls to become independent thinkers, enhance their problem-solving skills, and make healthy choices. Practice is 90 minutes twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school. Practice starts the week of March 2nd and ends the week of May 18th.

We already have a full team of girls with a waiting list, but we are still looking for enthusiastic parents to help out with coaching! All the materials and activities are provided for you, no experience needed. Learn more and register at www.girlsontherunpdx.org/coach or contact Lisa Fisher (lisafisher1279@gmail.com) with any questions.

Meet our Team!

1st Grade

Let's meet our Outstanding 1st grade teacher!

Kristin Antich: What is the best part of teaching at Findley? The community! In my 3 years at Findley I have enjoyed getting to know my students and their families. This year I'm excited that I have 3 siblings of prior students. The Findley community is very supportive in and outside of the classroom.

Lisa Arcangel: What other grades do you like to teach? 2nd Grade & Kindergarten

Miranda Johnson: Have you always taught at Findley? Yes, this is my 14th year at Findley. I taught 2nd grade for 6 years, Spanish for 5 years and this is my 3rd year in 1st grade.

Candice Stroeve: What is your favorite assembly? My favorite assembly is the first one of each school year. I think it is so fun to see each team of teachers dressed up and dancing!


What a wonderful job everyone did bringing bottles to Findley for PupLandia.

As a school we collected over 86 bags which is equivalent to about $645.00

Well done!!

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Whats Happening!

Congratulations Mrs. Schulz and the 2nd grade team!

The 2nd graders have received special funding from the Beaverton Education Foundation to go on a field trip to the Bonneville Dam and Fish Hatchery. This trip will be right in line with their study of the water eco system.

We are excited to hear all about their trip and the fun facts they pick up during this outing.

Great Job 2nd grade!

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Findley PTO

Findley PTO: Supporting our students by connecting parents, staff, and the community!

Visit our website at www.findleypto.com or email president@findleypto.com.

Findley Book Fair is coming February 28th!


The Spring 2020 Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Findley! This year's Jungle themed book fair will be Feb 28 - March 5. It will be held in a new location, Room 201, with ample space to showcase the hundreds of fun, engaging, and affordable books for your family to discover. Please support our book fair as proceeds from the fair benefit Findley.

This year, we will offer the eWallet digital payment option. This convenient cashless option allows parents to set up an account through Scholastic with a credit card. Parents set a spending limit for their child(ren) for use at the book fair, and unused funds are released back to the credit card at the end of the fair. To encourage participation in the eWallet option, every student who has an account will have their name entered into drawings for great prizes (books and posters).

Use this link to visit our homepage filled with great information including an interactive book flyer, book fair schedule, online shopping, and a link to sign up for eWallet. https://www.scholastic.com/bf/findleyelementaryschool

Book Fair days/hours:

Friday, February 28th: 3pm-8pm (shop before and during BINGO night)

Monday, March 2nd – Wednesday, March 4th during lunch and after school until 4pm

Thursday, March 5th: 9:30am-10:30am (SPECIAL EARLY SHOPPING after Parent Partnership

info session)

Thursday, March 5th during lunch only (LAST DAY)

*** Students attending the book fair after school must be supervised by an adult ***

In order for our book fair to be successful, we will need volunteers to help with setting up, preview day, sales, and packing up. Sign up to volunteer on MyVolunteerPage https://app.betterimpact.com/Login/Volunteer

Contact Annie Bulnes (abulnes3@gmail.com) or Marissa McAbee (marissamcabee@yahoo.com) for questions.

Findley Carnival Planning

Calling all Findley Dads! Come join the Findley Carnival planning each month in the banquet room at Bethany Public House. The carnival is set for June 5th and there is a lot to do! Our next meeting will be Wednesday, February 26th at 8:30pm. Come join the Carny Dads! It's for the kids! Contact JD McLandrich with any questions – jd.mclandrich@aecom.com.

Mark Your Calendar!!! Findley Science Fair is March 11th

We Need Exhibitors from Intel and Nike!!!

Work at Intel? We would love to have a fab bunny suit from Intel. This exhibitor table is always one of the students favorite.

Work at Nike? We are looking for a Nike parent who can bring different types of Nike shoe soles for an exhibitor table. We are not asking for technology that's still in wraps, anything that is already out in the market would be fine!

Science Fair committee can arrange for volunteers to help out these parents at their respective tables!!

Please email – mitra.poulami@gmail.com with any exhibitor information.

Save the Date! Findley PTO General Meeting Dates

PTO General Meetings (Findley Library) – Presentations and staff updates. Open to all interested parents!

· February Meeting - February 24th @ 7pm

· May 18th

Up Coming Events


26th - Art Literacy Training

27th - Book fair setup

28th - Book fair begins

28th - All School Assembly

28th - Hip Hop Dance Company

28th - Bingo Night

28th - ELPA testing ends


2nd - 5th Book Fair

5th - 5th grade concert 6:30 pm

11th - Science Fair

18th - Passport Club

19th - 2nd Grade PYP Night

20th - Passport Recheck

20th - All School Assembly

23 - 27th - Spring Break

30th - Return to School


1st - Conferences 4-8pm

2nd - No School Conferences

3rd - No School

10th - No School Grading Day

15th - Passport Club

17th - Passport Recheck

17th - All School Assembly

23rd - Kindy Roundup

24th - No School - Staff Development


Don't miss out!