Elmonica Newsletter - Boletín

February 5, 2021

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Classroom Spotlight - Mrs. Bayles' Class

View a newsletter created by Mrs. Bayles' 1st grade class.

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Elmonica Family Newsletter Feb 5, 2021
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Dear Families,

I know you are all facing a difficult decision about returning your children to school in Hybrid or keeping them home in CDL. Below are a few questions asked this week about Hybrid vs. CDL. In the next section of this newsletter is the letter from BSD with directions on how to access your ParentView account and make a choice.

1. Will the Operational Blueprint be revised?

A: Yes, however, the date for the revision has not been determined. We are required to follow the expectation is the document Ready Schools Safe Learners, guidance from the Oregon Department of Education and the Oregon Health Authority.

2. Is it possible my child's teacher will not be the same?

A: Yes, in either case it is highly likely your child's teacher will change. Think of this school year ending and a "new" mini-school year starting in April.

3. Is there a limit to the number of student who may return to Hybrid?

No, there are no limits. We will reconfigure classroom and teaching staff for whatever learning model parents select for their students.

Please watch the video and read through the Hybrid FAQ document linked below. If your question is not answered, please feel free to email me any questions.

Hybrid (English): https://youtu.be/9BH4Sly3vCc
Hybrid (Spanish): https://youtu.be/3gi59sMyMEk

BSD Hybrid FAQ's

District Q & A

The District is hosting three (Elementary, Middle & High/Option School) Community Q&A Sessions to answer questions from parents/guardians. The elementary session will cover In-Person Hybrid Instruction. The secondary sessions will focus on BSD Connect plus the feasibility of In-Person Hybrid Instruction.

Elementary Q&A - Wednesday, February 10, 7-8 p.m.

Middle School Q&A - Wednesday, February 17, 7-8 p.m.

High & Option School Q&A - Thursday, February 18, 7-8

The Q&A session will not be live but recorded and will be posted on our Return-to-School webpage and on social media later that night. An email will be sent shortly to families about how to be a participant or an observer.


Kalay McNamee, Principal


BSD Family Letter to Select Hybrid or CDL

February 1, 2021

Dear BSD Elementary Families,

As we indicated last week, we are planning to bring back elementary students for Hybrid Instruction (part in-person/part online) on April 5, at the earliest. Of course, this move is dependent on our continuing to meet the advisory health metrics set by the Oregon Department of Education and the Oregon Health Authority (≤ 350 positive COVID-19 cases per 100,000 over the previous two-week period in Washington and Multnomah Counties). We are hopeful that COVID-19 cases will continue to decline.

The first group of students to begin Hybrid Instruction will be Pre-Kindergartens, Kindergartens, 1st Graders and 2nd Graders. After we’ve had a smooth transition with our youngest students, we’ll consider bringing back Grades 3-5, possibly one grade per week.

For a full picture of what the Hybrid Instruction model will look like for students, please watch this video (English and Spanish). You also can read our Return-to-School FAQ for elementary students.

If you’re not comfortable sending your students back for in-person instruction, they can continue to remain in Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL).

We’ve been asked by teachers and parents whether the District considered offering a third option of allowing families to choose to stay with their teachers, regardless of the method of instruction. Yes, the District fully vetted this idea. However, depending on the outcome of the survey, it wouldn’t have been possible to guarantee that the District could still offer a Hybrid option because of the complexities of staffing. Not offering Hybrid instruction to our families is not an option.

Please know that the District will do everything that it can to maintain current teacher-student relationships at the elementary level, where possible. However, no student — whether CDL or Hybrid — will be guaranteed the same teacher as the one instructing them now. Again, please refer to the video for a full explanation.

ALL elementary families (with the exception of FLEX families) must choose whether to remain in CDL or move to Hybrid. This decision will apply to the rest of the school year; no switches will be allowed. We do not know the exact start and end times for the morning and afternoon sessions, and you won’t know if you’ll be assigned the morning or afternoon session before making the choice. Please do not call your school asking this question. The information is not available.

To make your decision:

  • Access your ParentVue account.
  • Navigate to the upper right-hand corner and click on “Family Updates and New Student Enrollment” and then follow the instructions in the blue box.
  • You’ll need to make a choice for each of your elementary students.
  • If you don’t have a ParentVue account, read the sign-up instructions on our website.

All decisions must be made by February 15.

Thank you for your cooperation.

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Calendar / Monthly Theme

Monday, February 8

Tuesday, February 9

11:00-12:00 School Lunch Pick-up

6:00-7:00pm Why is Play Essential to Children's Learning? - Kristi Mraz

Registration below

Wednesday, February 10


District Q & A Session - 7:00pm

Information will be emailed to families.

Thursday, February 11

11:00-12:00 School Lunch Pick-up

Friday, February 12


February Word of the Month is ANTI-RACISM!

Please join our school in our commitment to being inclusive, tolerant, and allies/partners with our black, indigenous, and persons of color (BIPOC) community.

2/08 - 2/12 - Reading w/ New Characters - look and explore new books with characters that might look different than you, live somewhere different or those who have different customs and traditions.

02/15 - 2/19 - Silly Week! Fanatical hair? Ludicrous socks? Out of this world clothes? All of the silliness?!? Dress up and snap a picture during the week to show how silly you can be :)

2/22 - 2/26 - Anti-Bullying / Anti-Racist - create and work on signs, posters, and art that we can display when students return to school to remind them that an Elmonica Engineer stands up to bullying and racism.

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Registration Link

Why is Play Essential to Children's Learning? - Kristi Mraz

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Technology Help and Support

Student Help Deck

Hours 8:30-3:30 M-F



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Community Resources

Winter Food Resources and Other Family Support

Elmonica Shared Photo Album 2020-2021

Share your Elmonica child's photos with teachers, staff and others in our community! We will happily share our students photos on Elmonica's Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram.

Family Toolkit

The Beaverton School District has launched a library of resources and on-demand videos to support families during Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL). You can find short webinars about Canvas, SeeSaw, Dreambox, and much more.

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Elmonica Engineers

The mission of Elmonica Elementary is that together we promote high standards by:

· Practicing critical thinking skills through inquiry.

· Acquiring in-depth knowledge of globally significant ideas.

· Appreciating the unique qualities of each person, creating empathy, compassion, and international-mindedness.

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