Dragon News

Findley Elementary School

December 20, 2019

Message from the Principal

Happy Holidays Findley,

We had a lovely time at the sing-a-long this morning. It is such a fun, festive tradition. It is my pleasure to be able to say hi to s many parents, grandparents and other family members. I absolutely love sing-a-long and winter party day.

This year Findley Dragons provided 4,386 meals for the Oregon Food Bank during our annual food drive. This is 400 meals more than the previous year. Additionally, this past week we collected socks and underwear for the Beaverton Clothes Closet. Our bucket was overflowing. Your generosity as a community is inspiring. Thank you.

Families, just a reminder that it’s a good idea to start getting back into routines by January 3rd . This helps support the transition back to school on the 6th and increases the likelihood of students returning to school ready to learn. In the meantime, enjoy the break with family and friends.

Here’s to a bright new year!

Sherry Marsh, Ed.D.


Giving Tree

Thank you everyone for making our Giving Tree a huge success. Our families are so generous and I am sure our families appreciate all you have done for them!

Happy Holidays!


Parents, we have had two meetings, hopefully your child knows what is expected of them and the battle process.

There will be a captains’ meeting on Friday January 10th; the schedule will be released after that date. The first round of battles begin Wednesday, January 22, 2020.

You will find the schedule on the Findley website go to Academics, OBOB, Battle Schedule (after the 10th). Please remind your child to wear their OBOB t-shirts on their battle days.

I am looking for volunteers to help monitor the battles; I have a list of parents who have expressed an interest already and will be putting it on the PTO volunteer page as soon as we have a schedule posted.

There will be a Volunteer Training day on Friday January 17th @ 2pm. If you cannot make that date, you can still volunteer, we will train you as we go!! So please look for more information the first week back to school. Enjoy the winter break and keep your child reading!!

Rita Vennes

Reading for Bees

Great first 2 weeks for Reading for Bees, we are 3586 hours toward our goal of 8,000 hours school wide. We are not quite half way to our goal and have a little over 2 weeks to get there!! Read - Read - Read

Keep reading over Winter Break. See you in the new year!

Holiday Time

We know the holidays can be a stressful time.

Please email or call me for any holiday needs you may have. You can also fill out this confidential survey and I will contact you.



Parent Partnership information

Findley Families,

We are excited and pleased to present our 2nd 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 or all of these important sessions. Enjoy coffee and tasty treats while gaining knowledge to support your child’s learning.

January 23 - Working Memory

March - Inhibition Control

May - 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, Counselor

Susan Hargrave, Student Success Coach

Please Note:

· Child care will not be provided and presentations are geared for an adult audience.

Findley Announcements 12-16

Be Mindful in the Parking Lot


  • When dropping off your student on school grounds, be sure to follow the school’s Arrival/ Departure procedure to help ensure safety and efficiency for all.
  • Know the plan, follow directional arrows and volunteers.
  • Pull forward as far as possible before dropping off.
  • Students MUST enter/ exit vehicle onto/ from the sidewalk.
  • Students must cross at intersections: DO NOT wave students across travel lanes.
  • 5 mph/ maximum speed to school property.
  • When dropping off, driver must stay at wheel.


  • Please pull forward as much as possible when picking up. Students are picked up at the western end of the line. NOT at the crosswalk that is open.
  • Please us the eastern crosswalk only the 2nd crosswalk is CLOSED in the afternoon.
  • Please DO NOT have your child enter your car from the 2nd lane. All students need to enter cars from the sidewalk lane only

Please park the car if you need to: walk your student to the door or pick up at the Flagpole; watch your student enter the building; get supplies from the trunk; help with a coat or backpack; or send your student off with anything more than a wave or good-bye.

Thank you for keeping the parking lot flow smoothly so everyone can stay safe and be where they need to be in a timely fashion.

Anytime you see students in the parking lot, please STOP and park. Do not continue to drive through. Students in the parking lot mean we have evacuated the building most likely for a fire drill. However, in an emergency, we will have emergency vehicles coming onto campus and will need to have your vehicle out of the way.

Whats Happening!

3rd grade collected lots of toys for the Children's Cancer Association - Way to go Third 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.

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

Message from the Science Fair team:

This Friday your kids will be bringing home information about the Science Fair – the Science Fair form and a small paper with important dates. During the winter holidays, please encourage your children to relax and wonder. As they are baking bread, they can stop and wonder what makes the bread rise? If they are wishing for snow, encourage them to think, what factors help in snow formation!

The forms will be due by Jan 31st. If you need a Science Fair ‘engineering design’ form those will be available in the school office in January. These forms are also available on the PTO website.

Findley community is full of parents with science/engineering background. If you’re an interested parent, please sign up to be a judge. Please do not sign up middle school kids as judges. For example, a 5th grader will benefit more if a parent with working knowledge of science/engineering judges his/her project rather than a 6th grader.

If your middle and high school students want to volunteer, we have needs in other areas such as setting up for the science fair or at the exhibitor stations. The sign up for these opportunities will be going out in January.

We Need Exhibitors!!!

We are looking for exhibitors! If you know someone (through work or otherwise) who can be an exhibitor that would be great!! They can showcase existing technology; it doesn’t have to be anything cutting edge. For example, we had a mom who works at Intel set up a station with bunny suits that Intel fab folks wear and a Nike mom who brought in different types of shoe soles (all part of existing technology) that are commonly used at Nike. The kids love it!!!

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


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Save the Date! Findley PTO General Meeting Dates

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

· February 10th

· May 18th

Up Coming Events


22 - 31 - No School - Winter Break


1st -3rd – Winter Break NO SCHOOL

6th - Return to School

10th - Science Fair Kickoff Assembly

15th Art Literacy Training

20th - No School MLK Holiday

22nd - Passport Club

24th - Passport Recheck

24th - Author Visit Deborah Hopkins

27th - Grading Day

31st - Report Cards go home

31st - All School Assembly