TIGER TALES

The Voice of Raleigh Park - April 17, 2019

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Parent - Teacher Conferences

Hello Tigers!


The next two days are a celebration of learning and growth. Face time with teachers for the purposes of speaking directly to the learning of your child is rare, so I hope you were all able to schedule a block of time for this purpose. Again, conferences are STUDENT-FACILITATED, so please plan for your students to attend so that they can serve as a guide in navigating and articulating their learning with you and their teacher.


This is also a reminder that school is not in session Thursday and Friday. Other than attending conferences, students have a four-day weekend ahead!


My best,

Brian

Twitter @brianmcurl

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Budget & Staffing News

Beyond what I have shared regarding the budget from a broad, state-wide lens, there are some elements I am now free to share as it relates to the Beaverton School District and Raleigh Park. To summarize, the proposed budget that will be presented at the District Budget Committee meeting on Monday, April 22, will be reflective of:

  • An anticipated District-wide shortfall of $35 million for 2019-20
  • District-wide personnel reductions that include administrative, teacher and classified staff
  • A budget reduction of 15% across schools
  • An increase in student-teacher ratio/class sizes
  • Elimination of funding for PYP coordinators and PYP world language teachers (among other programs)
  • Reduction of elementary intervention teachers from full-time to half-time


There are additional District-wide reductions that are not reflected here, of which the District will communicate in more detail. As it relates to Raleigh Park, I'll simply say the aforementioned reductions are impactful, and are a blow to the core of who we are as a learning community. The District has been careful with messaging about the positive value of a PYP education. However, they do not believe they are currently in a position to financially support PYP with coordinators and world language teachers. At this point, the sustainability of PYP at Raleigh Park and other District schools is tenuous.


Beyond PYP, and specific to the increased student-teacher ratio, Raleigh Park's projected student enrollment currently allocates (13) K-5 classrooms for the 2019-20 school year. Some simple math brings us to the conclusion that we will have (2) classrooms per grade level...with the exception of one grade level that will have (3). For comparisons sake, we currently have (17) K-5 classrooms. With fewer classrooms and higher class sizes, it is reasonable to expect a need for greater intervention services in the face of less.


As you might imagine, this is difficult news to deliver and difficult news to hear; indeed Raleigh Park will look different next year. Undoubtedly, our staff is experiencing a level of uncertainty, as we don't have positions for each of our outstanding teachers. It is important to note that reductions in specific positions do not necessarily equate to a loss of employment for the teachers currently in those positions; employee contracts and seniority govern the staffing process and inevitably create shifts within the building and District. All said, the budget and staffing process is always fluid. Stay tuned...


In the mean time, if you are so inclined and have a story to share, or if you're curious about priorities and difficult decisions...


State Representative: Sheri Schouten

Capitol Phone: 503-986-1427

Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, H-280, Salem, Oregon 97301

Email: Rep.SheriSchouten@oregonlegislature.gov


State Senator: Mark Hass

Capitol Phone: 503-986-1714

Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, S-207, Salem, Oregon 97301

Email: Sen.MarkHass@oregonlegislature.gov


Joint Ways & Means Committee:

Phone: 503-986-1828

Address: 900 Court St. NE, Room H-178, Salem OR 97301

Email: waysandmeans.budget@oregonlegislature.gov


Governor Kate Brown

Office of the Governor

900 Court Street NE, Suite 254

Salem, OR 97301-4047

Phone: (503) 378-4582


IMPORTANT TO NOTE: as elected leaders debate a state-wide budget (until June), the District has no choice but to move forward with what is currently known, establish it's own priorities, and make difficult and painful decisions about programs and personnel. Inevitability, any "solution" that entails taxes will need to be referred to a statewide ballot in November. Unless the state reprioritizes existing revenue, the solution will be too late to save us for next year.

The Spring Auction Fundraiser Needs YOU!

Raleigh Park will celebrate it's 60th "Diamond" Anniversary in style, with our annual Spring Auction Fundraiser. SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, April 27. More details to come...


In the mean time, our planning committee is working hard. They are currently seeking:

  • WE NEED PARTIES! - Yes...an opportunity to get some friends together and host a party!
  • KID EXPERIENCES – Please let us know if you, or someone you know, would like to host an art or craft class, teach a skill, give a tour, take a day hike, a fishing trip, host a cooking class, a science based activity, etc.
  • ITEMS, SKILLS OR ? – If you have an item, or a skill (are you a chef? a house painter? landscape designer?), or other auction item suggestions, we welcome them!


Again, WE NEED PARTIES! Please contact Kristina Perry or Jessica Wilde (rparkfundraiser@gmail.com) if interested and able to "donate" any of the aforementioned experiences.

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Parent Feedback Regarding Student Placement

As we plan for the 2019-20 school year, we invite parent input regarding your child’s characteristics and needs as a learner. As always, we want to create the best possible learning environment for all students at Raleigh Park. Much thought and care go in to building balanced classes specific to gender, skills and individual needs; we work exceedingly hard within a multistep process to balance all of these factors, and feel strongly that we develop class compositions that make for a successful year.


Moving forward, it is important to note: grade level teams create class rosters without regard to specific teachers. Rosters are numbered and forwarded to me for review and subsequent teacher assignment. As such, please know specific teacher requests (to your child’s current teachers or me) cannot be honored. We take student class placements seriously and hope you trust our process to find a home for your child with any one of our outstanding teachers. While not required, please feel free to complete the survey below and return to the school office by Friday, May 10.


*The survey below was created using Google Forms, and is sometimes browser-dependent. Please let us know if you are having trouble accessing the survey.

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Night

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Spring Garden Cleanup: May 4

The tulips are blooming and we’re getting the Raleigh Park garden ready for summer. Come rain or shine, bring the entire family! Whether you come for 30 minutes, or stay the whole time, the work party is a great opportunity to help our school and get to know other Raleigh Park families. No experience or garden tools necessary just show up and join in as we prepare the garden for summer.


WHERE: Raleigh Park Garden

WHEN: Saturday, May 4, 1:00-3:00p


The Raleigh Park Garden is a rich addition to our school that contributes to our students' learning environment. The Raleigh Park Garden provides our students an opportunity to connect with the natural world, to get their hands dirty and learn to appreciate the importance of eating fresh foods.


Also, the next garden committee meeting Monday, April 29 at 3:30 in the garden.

Katoh Japanese Visitation Program

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Safe Routes to School: Parent’s Guide to Walk + Bike Day

Each year at least 30 BSD schools participate in National Walk + Bike Day (May 8, 2019) and many go the extra mile for Walk + Bike Challenge Month through May 31. Registered schools get to take home free incentives from Beaverton Safe Routes to School.


Why participate? How about: clean air, savings on gas, less crowded parking lots, safer streets with more people on foot, and lots of school pride. Many schools are hosting bike fairs and other events to gear up.


For info on preferred walk/bike routes at your school, and to sign up for the event, visit: http://www.beavertonsaferoutes.org/register.html.

State Assessment Score Reporting

Student Test Results in ParentVUE - The administration of our state assessments for grades 3-5 are currently taking place, and will continue through May. State test scores will be available in ParentVUE! You will be able to see your child’s test results sooner than in prior years with less impact on the environment. For the English Language Arts and Math tests, a student’s score is available in ParentVUE two weeks after both parts of the test are completed (see your child's teacher for more specific dates). Due to the implementation of the new state science test this year, science scores will not be available until next fall after passing scores are identified by the Oregon Department of Education. The Testing Information tab in ParentVUE has links to additional information about your child’s scores. If you need assistance activating a ParentVUE account, please contact your child’s school. Learn more about ParentVUE. Please note: these scores are not currently available in the ParentVue phone app. Students whose parents/guardians do not have an active ParentVUE account will receive a paper report of test scores. Paper score reports with English Language Arts and Math test results with will be sent home with students on the last day of school. Score reports will be mailed over the summer for students with English Language Arts and Math test results that arrive after the paper score reports are printed in June. Students with at least one parent/guardian with ParentVUE access may request a printed report by contacting Kay Jenkins by email at kay_jenkins@beaverton.k12.or.us or by phone at 503.356.4594.


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Resultado de los Exámenes de los Estudiantes en ParentVUE - El resultado de las evaluaciones estatales estará disponible en ParentVUE! Usted podrá ver el resultado de los exámenes de su hijo antes que en los años anteriores y con menos impacto en el medio ambiente. Los resultados de las evaluaciones de inglés y matemáticas de los estudiantes, estarán disponibles en ParentVUE dos semanas después de que se contesten ambas partes de la evaluación. Debido a la implementación de la nueva prueba estatal de ciencias, las calificaciones de ciencias estarán disponibles hasta el próximo otoño después de que el Departamento de Educación de Oregon haya identificado las calificaciones aprobatorias. El resultado de las evaluaciones de ciencias estará disponible en ParentVUE tres días después de que se complete la evaluación. La pestaña Testing Information en ParentVUE tiene enlaces con información adicional acerca de los resultados de su hijo. Si necesita ayuda para activar una cuenta de ParentVUE, por favor comuníquese a la escuela de su hijo. Aprenda más acerca de ParentVUE. Por favor tenga en cuenta que los resultados no están actualmente disponibles en la aplicación móvil ParentVue. Los padres o tutores que no tengan una cuenta activa de ParentVUE recibirán un informe impreso con los resultados de las evaluaciones. El reporte impreso con los resultados se enviará a casa con los estudiantes el último día de clases. Los reportes se enviarán por correo durante el verano para los estudiantes cuyos resultados lleguen después de que se hayan impreso los reportes en junio. Los estudiantes que tengan por lo menos un padre o tutor con acceso a ParentVUE pueden pedirle a Kay Jenkins un reporte impreso comunicándose a kay_jenkins@beaverton.k12.or.us o por teléfono al 503.356.4594.

2019 Annual Elementary & Middle School Student Survey

Each year the District surveys students to gather information for planning, program evaluation, and assessment of progress on the District’s Strategic Plan. The 2019 surveys for elementary and middle school students will be given to students April 8-June 7, 2019.


The student survey takes about 20 minutes during the regular school day. The data gathered from the surveys are anonymous; your child will not put his/her name or other identifying information on the survey.


Student surveys in middle schools include three optional questions for students to identify their gender, ethnicity/race, and sexual orientation. These questions allow for additional levels of analysis of questions on inclusion, safety and bullying.


Your child may skip questions or stop filling out the survey at any time. Refusing to participate or withdrawing from the survey does not affect your child's grades or class standing in any way. If you or your child do not want to participate, your child can read or do some other activity while his or her classmates complete the survey.


Copies of all 2019 Student Surveys are available on the District’s Research & Reports webpage, or at your child’s school. After reviewing the survey, if you do not want your child to participate, please notify their school.

BSD Seeks Volunteers to Serve on Audit Committee

The Beaverton School District has a vacancy on the Audit Committee and seeks a diverse candidate pool. This position will serve a three-year term on the Committee. The Audit Committee reviews the District’s annual financial report and recommends needed changes. The Committee conducts business in evening public meetings held monthly between September and December, with a preliminary meeting in May. The Committee also approves the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and forwards it to the School Board for acceptance by the end of December.


Candidates must meet the following qualifications: be a qualified voter of the District, have lived in the District for one year and cannot be a Beaverton School District employee. Audit Committee members will be presented to the School Board in April. Those who wish to apply should send a letter of interest and resume by Friday, April 19, 2019 to:


Beaverton School District

Communications & Community Involvement Department

16550 S.W. Merlo Road

Beaverton, OR 97003


Or email to: community_involvement@beaverton.k12.or.us


For more information, please contact the Communications & Community Involvement Department at 503-356-4360.

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DATES TO REMEMBER...

APRIL

  • 17 - Parent/Teacher Conferences, 4:00 - 8:00p
  • 18 - NO SCHOOL, Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • 19 - NO SCHOOL
  • 24 - Passport Club, 8:00a
  • 24 - Early Release, 1:30p
  • 26 - RPTV
  • 27 - Raleigh Park Diamond Jubilee @ Embassy Suites, 6:00p
  • 30 - 4th Grade to Bonneville Dam, 8:45a - 2:30p

MAY

  • 1 - Early Release, 1:30p
  • 1 - 4th Grade to Oregon Symphony, 10:00 - 12:30p
  • 1 - Raleigh Park Bicycle Safety Event @ ACMA, 2:15 - 3:45p
  • 3 - Raleigh Park Carnival, 5:30p
  • 4 - Spring Garden Cleanup, 1:00 - 3:00p
  • 6-10 - Teacher Appreciation Week
  • 7 - 2nd Grade to Newmark Theater, 11:00 - 1:30p
  • 8 - Early Release, 1:30p
  • 8 - Walk + Bike to School Day
  • 9 - Community Meeting, 8:40a
  • 14 - PTO Meeting, 7:00p
  • 15 - Early Release, 1:30p
  • 16 - 1st Grade Music Program, 6:30p
  • 22 - Early Release, 1:30p
  • 24 - RPTV
  • 27 - NO SCHOOL, MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY
  • 29 - Early Release, 1:30p
  • 29 - Passport Club, 8:00a
  • 31 - Volunteer Breakfast, 9:00a

JUNE

  • 4 - Field Day
  • 5 - Early Release, 1:30p
  • 6 - Community Meeting, 8:40a
  • 6 - 2nd Grade to Rice NW Rock Museum, 9:45a - 1:15p
  • 6 - 5th Grade Exhibition, 6:00 - 7:30p
  • 10 - Alternate Field Day
  • 11 - PTO Meeting, 8:30a
  • 12 - Early Release, 1:30p
  • 13 - Talent Show
  • 14 - Student's Last Day, Regular Dismissal - "Have a great summer!"