Dragon News

Findley Elementary School

October 2, 2020

Message from the Principal


Happy Friday Findley Families,

Can you believe it’s October already? Time has just flown by. I hope this message finds everyone healthy and thriving during Comprehensive Distance Learning. I am seeing a lot of creativity when I pop into Seesaw and Canvas and look at student work. The resiliency our students, and teachers demonstrate daily is inspiring.

Thank you for trusting us with your students. We understand that in this new digital learning environment establishing boundaries at home that allow your learners to become independent can be challenging. We appreciate the trust you give us everyday to help your children grow in their ability to self-monitor their learning at home.

Teachers are looking at students’ work on Seesaw and Canvas daily. They are keeping tabs on their progress daily. Please understand that our teachers are spending a lot of time looking at students’ responses to assignments and activities. Although they may not provide a comment on each, they are reviewing them and synthesizing the learning of the class in order to inform next steps in both teaching and learning, for the class as whole, and each individual student.

I want to remind everybody that next week is a short week. Comprehensive Distance Learning will take place Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday. There is no school on Friday, Oct. 9. Whatever specials’ class students normally have on Friday, next week it will be on Wednesday, Oct. 7. Please watch for communication about this change from your child(ren)’s teachers.

Next week is also Dragon Dash week. Conveniently, International Walk & Roll to School Day falls right in the middle of our annual weekly fundraiser. Consider marking off your “Take a Walk” or “Ride Your Bike” BINGO square on Wednesday, Oct 7 and come by the school building for a sticker, pencil or glow in the dark bracelet to commemorate the occasion. We will be outside around the building during the lunch hour, 11-12 and after school, 2:30-4:00! We’d love to see you walk or roll on by! Don’t forget to wear your mask and remain a safe distance away from one another.

Here’s to a great weekend, Dragons!

Sherry Marsh, Ed.D.


FIndley Elementary

CDL Survey

Findley Families! We want to know how Comprehensive Distance Learning is going for you and your children. Your feedback is not required, but we would love to hear from you. Thank you in advance for taking a moment or two to let us know how CDL is going for you.

Click Here to complete short survey

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Come See Dr. Marsh

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Schedule week of 10/5

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International Walk & Roll Day

Join students and families from around the world as you walk or roll in your neighborhood on October 7th. (Please remember to stay 6 feet from those not in your household and wear a mask.) All community members are welcome to participate. Use the link to fill out the google form for each person that joined you on your trip. (BSD students may include name and student ID number for a prize entry).

This year students can earn things like flashing safety lights, reflective shoelaces and new bike helmets. Schools with the most participation will also earn a Safe Routes to School book bundle for their school library. Finally, celebrate International Walk + Roll Day with our Beaverton community by visiting our Facebook page @BeavertonSafeRoutes to share a photo of you with a sign telling us why you love to walk, bike, scooter or skate! (Use the hashtag #BSDtogether)

Google Form Link: https://forms.gle/9rBZws7qDdqAj6Ab6

Walk - Bike - Roll to Findley 10/7 between 11-12 or 2:30 -4 and pick up prizes!

Device Swap

If your Device is not working or you are using a device that you picked up last spring, we are ready to swap out your Chromebook.

Please Email Mr. Temple-Morris using this link. - I need a Chromebook. He will be happy to set a time to meet to make the swap.

Mask and social distancing protocol will be followed. Make sure to bring your old device with you.

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Student Help Desk for IT Issues

Please contact the Student Help Desk if your student(s) need help with BSD student devices or applications. Students can email the help desk at shd@beaverton.k12.or.us or call (503) 356-4656 for support. Please visit this link for more information.

Vision Health

“Tips For Vision Health During Distance Learning:

  • Encourage children to take frequent screen breaks. Follow the 20:20:20 rule, take 20 second breaks every 20 minutes to look away from the screen at a distance of at least 20 feet.
  • Keep screen at least arms length distance away from eyes
  • Discourage using screens in a dark room
  • Consider printing assignments, if possible
  • Turn off screens at least one hour before bedtime to support healthy sleep
  • Children should have regular vision screenings through their doctor
  • Look for signs of vision issues, and if symptoms below are noted take a screen break and try the tips listed above
  • If you have vision concerns or need help accessing vision screening services please contact your school nurse

Signs of Vision Issues:

  • Complaints of eye discomfort or fatigue
  • Frequent eye rubbing or blinking
  • Short attention span
  • Frequent Headaches
  • Covering one eye
  • Holding reading materials close to the face
  • Losing place when reading
  • Seeing double
  • An eye turning in or out”

--Hunter Rudd, RN, BSN

Beaverton School District Nurse

Beaverton School District seeks applicants for Social Studies Curriculum Adoption Project Team

Parents, guardians, community members, teachers, students and administrators are encouraged to apply to serve on the Beaverton School District Social Studies Project Team. The Social Studies Project Team will review existing Social Studies curriculum and practices to make curriculum adoption recommendations to the School Board. The Project Team is an important part of the BSD Quality Curriculum Cycle (QCC), which provides a systematic means for making decisions about the BSD curriculum review, revision, development, and adoption of practices and instructional resources.

The Project Team’s work will begin on October 20 and will conclude by June 2021. The team will meet on the following weekday evenings from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. via Zoom (unless otherwise communicated): October 20, November 17, January 5, February 16, March 30, April 27 and May 25.

The Project Team and supporting BSD Teacher Cadre will be charged with the following goals:

● Researching best practices and instructional materials to be considered for possible adoption in Social Studies

● Articulating and supporting long-term academic learning targets and assessments in Social Studies

● Recommending professional development and structures for ongoing professional learning

● Participating in learning opportunities in the form of readings, discussion and trainings related to culturally relevant teaching practices

These goals are aligned with Oregon Social Sciences Standards as well as Multicultural Studies and Ethnic Studies Standards (draft)

The District reviews and updates its curriculum, instructional practices and classroom materials according to Board policy and Oregon State Statute and Administrative Regulations.

Membership for the Social Studies Project Team will include:

● Elementary classroom teachers (4)

● Middle school classroom teachers (2)

● High school classroom teachers (2)

● Students (4)

● Parent/Community members (4)

● School administrators (2 elementary, 1 middle school, 1 high school) (4)

● Social Studies specialists (1 elementary, 1 secondary) (2)

● Teaching Specialists, including but not limited to special education, multilingual, dual-language, advanced program and additional content area specialists (6)

● School Board representative (1)

Please note that membership roles/numbers are subject to change based on applications received.

Google Form and/or email submissions are due on Monday, October 5 by 4 p.m.

Applications should include the following information:

  1. Students: Name, address, school and grade level, plus any special training or experience in Social Studies.

  2. Parents/Community members: Name, address, ages of children and schools where enrolled (if applicable), plus any special training or experience in Social Studies.

  3. Teachers & Administrators: Name, address, teaching experience and current assignment.

All: Respond to the following questions/prompts: (please limit your response to no more than one typed page)

  1. Why do you want to serve on the Social Studies Project Team and what contributions will you make towards its goals?

  2. Please describe your personal/professional experiences with educational equity work, and your commitment to educational equity in the realm of Social Studies education. (Educational Equity Policy, BSD Equity Lens)

  3. What unique skills, perspective and voice will you contribute to ensure an inclusive and socially just Social Studies education for all of our students?

Please complete the appropriate online application form here:

  1. Students

  2. Parent/Community members

  3. Teachers & Administrators

Or mail your application including all information listed above to:

Beaverton School District

Teaching and Learning

Attn: Susan Ouellette

16550 SW Merlo Rd.

Beaverton, OR 97003

For questions or additional information, please contact susan_ouellette@beaverton.k12.or.us

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.


Dragon Dash fundraising is underway! Please visit pledgestar.com/findley to sign up and send emails to friends and family. Signing up at Pledgestar is EASY and earns your student 1 Raffle ticket. For every 10 emails sent, this earns them an additional raffle ticket for a chance to win some cool prizes.

Does your employer offer company matching?! Your online donation can be matched by many employers. For a partial list, please our company matching info section: https://www.findleypto.com/fundraising/company-matching-funds/.

Company Matching receipts can be emailed to dragondashpm@gmail.com either as a PDF or picture from your phone. These dollars help us reach our overall fundraising goal even faster!

Fundraising continues for several more weeks with all donations due Wednesday, 10/14.

Thank you for your support!
Go Dragons!


Hello Findley Families -

Is your child between Kindergarten and 5th grade? During this Covid-19 season, are you looking for something to help your child grow socially, emotionally, and learn key skills such as leadership, citizenship, character skills, personal fitness, and exploring the outdoors in a fun, safe, and exciting way?

Join the Cub Scouts of Pack 718. They are a chartered organization of Findley Elementary PTO, and are accepting Boys and Girls from the surrounding area, regardless of your schooling options. Take a look at some of the fun events they have had over the last few years:


Please consider signing up for a no-obligation Scouting starter kit here: https://cpcbsa.org/grit/ or visit our website http://pack718.net/. If you have questions, you can reach out directly to the Pack 718 leadership at pack718leads@gmail.com

Thank you,




The Yearbook Committee is here to capture this unique school year and turn it into a Time Capsule of how we adapted to these times. We need volunteers to make the yearbook a reality!!!!!!


It’s a great way to volunteer, meet other parents, and give your child a tangible way to remember this unique school year. Especially for our kindergarten parents, it is a great way to get to know all the aspects of your child’s Findley experience.

SO, email FindleyYearbook@gmail.com and help make the yearbook possible.


Math Olympiad for 4th and 5th graders

Math Olympiad still has a few spots open on the Findley team. This is open to 4th and 5th grade.If your child enjoys playing with numbers check out this page for further registration details.

Please DO NOT contact the school office as they do not have any information.

Read More About Math Olympiad

Up Coming Events


5th - 9th Dragon Dash Week! - Pledge now!

7th - Walk - Ride - Roll to school for prizes 11-12 (Lunch) or 2:30 - 4:00 after school.

7th - Distance Learning TODAY

9th - Staff Development Day - No School

12th - Bus Book Stops Begin - Times to be announced

14th - Dragon Dash Pledge collection ends.


1st Time Changes (Fall back 1 hour)

9th - PTO Meeting 7pm Virtual meeting Click Here P/w Dragons 974 0821 0518