Dragon News

Findley Elementary School

September 13, 2019

Findley Families,

Thank you for a great back to school! It has been a whirlwind two weeks for us. Teachers and students have been busy getting to know each other, teaching and learning school-wide expectations, and building classroom communities. Routines are being taught, practiced, and reinforced daily. Our young Dragons have adjusted well to the new school year.

This year, along with the Erin’s Law Lesson’s on Sexual Abuse Prevention, teachers will be teaching the newly adopted Oregon Health standards, which are more inclusive and comprehensive than previous standards. Please read more about that here. Teachers will be sending out more specific information on when they will teach the Erin’s Law Lessons throughout the year.

One other important item to note at this time is that the district is convening a Middle School Boundary Committee. As these boundary changes will impact our school community, I highly encourage your involvement. More information can found on our district website and here.

Happy Friday,

Sherry Marsh, Ed.D.


Speak Up 4 Student Success: HB 3427 - Student Success Act

The Oregon Legislature passed and the Governor signed the $2 billion Student Success Act (HB 3427) in Spring 2019. This is an historic and much needed investment in K-12 schools. The Beaverton School District could be able to access an estimated $34 million per year through a state application process.

School districts are required to apply for funds, and must engage their community in a needs assessment process prior to the application for funds. We will host a series of Community Conversations - Speak Up 4 Student Success in several locations throughout the BSD. Schools will also be engaging their communities in these conversations during September and October.

Please join us to talk about what student success looks like in the Beaverton School District? What is going well in Beaverton schools? What areas/services/programs could we improve?

Your voice matters! We welcome your perspective and opinion.

Speak Up 4 Student Success Community Conversations offered in English & Spanish:

· Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at Southridge High School, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

· Thursday, September 26, 2019 at Cedar Park Middle School, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

· Monday, October 7, 2019 at Stoller Middle School, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

· Monday, October 21, 2019 at Aloha High School, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. (Budget Listening & Learning Session)

For more information, and to complete a BSD Needs Survey, please visit the Student Success Act webpage.

Nutrition Services Benefits

Nutrition Services information is easier to access this year, and we have lots of cool information to share!

Remember that the 30-day Rollover Period for 2018-2019 meal benefits will end in early October. Be sure to apply TODAY so your students don’t have a lapse in benefits. Any families whose students go into “Paid” status will be responsible to pay for all meals charged in school cafeterias. Don’t let this happen to you!!

Click on the link below to go to SchoolCafe, and see all the things that you can do:


All you need is your student’s ID number. If you don’t have that, you can call your school office

or the Meal Benefits line (503-356-3957). Here are some of your options in SchoolCafe:

  1. Create an account
  2. Apply for Meal Benefits
  3. View and print Meal Benefits letters
  4. See what items your student is getting in the cafeteria.
  5. Check your student’s account balance.
  6. View cafeteria menus
  7. Set up low balance alerts
  8. Set up auto-pay (when balance gets to an amount that YOU set, the account is replenished from your credit card)

SchoolCafe can provide amazing amounts of information!

If you do not have access to a computer, you can also apply for Meal Benefits on paper. Applications are available in every school office and cafeteria.

If you have questions or need help, please call Laurie Bishop at Meal Benefits, (503)356-3957 or email us at NS-MealBenefits@beaverton.k12.or.us.

Lunch menus

Lunch menus are no longer being printed by the district but can now be found on the website at


They will post the menus monthly.

Go Home Plan

We are working toward knowing exactly how each of our students get home each day. There are many day care providers that we do not know about and it is our goal to have that information on file in case of an unplanned closure.

Please use this link to fill out our quick form. https://forms.gle/eoUSytZSqrQ9iqai8

Your child's safety is the most important thing to us and appreciate your assistance.

Before and After School Safety

Please review the map below if you are using the Thompson parking lot to drop off your students in the morning or picking them up in the afternoon. A few things to remember:

  1. Always turn RIGHT out of the parking lot between 8:15-8:45 AM and 3:00-3:30 PM
  2. Never drop off your child on Saltzman, this is not safe.
  3. The front parking lot is NOT open during these times.

Walking to and from school?

  1. Please always cross the street with your students at the corner of Saltzman & Thompson where we have crossing guards.
  2. Students should walk their scooters and bikes once on the property and please stay on the sidewalks for safety.

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Go to the District website community involvement.
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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.

Welcome Back to School Findley Dragons!

Welcome to all of our new and returning Findley families! A few friendly reminders to get our school year started:

Remember to register as a volunteer if you haven’t already. You will receive valuable communication emails once you are signed up.

Findley has so many amazing events and programs! It’s one of the many things that set us apart. However, we need volunteers and a successful fundraising drive to make it all happen. Each of you can help make a difference. Check out www.findleypto.com for all the latest news and information.

On behalf of your PTO Board, thank you for your continued support and commitment to making Findley a great place for our kids!

Dragon Dash!!! October 4th

Today marks the official kick off for the Dragon Dash, Findley PTO's primary fundraiser for 2019! The Dragon Dash event will be held Friday, October 4th. Our goal this year is to raise $84,825 to fund Inquiry Based Learning, Art Literacy, Passport Club, Classroom Parties, Author Visits, Fall Festival, Science Fair and more!

Today, your student will be coming home with a pledge packet to begin collecting donations from family and friends. The pledge packet and attached flyer will have additional details on fundraising and prizes available for reaching various fundraising milestones. You can also fundraise online! It's easy! Visit pledgestar.com/findley to sign up and begin sending emails to family and friends! Company matching is available again this year to help us reach our goal. You can find additional information regarding company matching here. There are new rules regarding company matching for Intel employees, so please be sure to visit our site for that info.

In the coming weeks we will be sending out an email to solicit volunteers to help with event day support. We will need many volunteers, but please sign up early and often. Please watch your inboxes! If you have any questions, please reach out to our Project Manager dragondashpm@gmail.com.

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We are looking for volunteers that can be a classroom coordinator for their child(s) teacher. You will be setting up the classroom volunteer schedule, sending a few emails a month and reminding parents of some classroom events. It's easy and can be done from home. The Classroom Committee Coordinator will be emailing you instructions every month.

Please contact the Classroom Coordinator Committee Lead, Lauren Wylie: laurenwylie1995@gmail.com

The following teachers still need Classroom Coordinators:

KINDER: Falkowski, Westra

1st Grade: Johnson

2nd Grade: Dow, Kim

3rd Grade: Omara

4th Grade: Harris, Janssen/Pogue

5th Grade: Clay, Lockhart, Mesler, Ray, Skiba

Art Literacy

Did you know that in the Beaverton School District, Art Literacy is the only elementary school art program for students? Findley Art Literacy is 100% volunteer run and funded by our PTO.

2019-2020 has 6 new artist-inspired or culture-based lessons to bring into each classroom.

We need support from parent volunteers to make this special program continue.

Trainings are hosted for volunteers to learn about the upcoming projects, as well as to make connections with other parents who share a common interest and appreciation for the visual arts.

Please email Christa Brask, the Art Lit Coordinator, with questions - artlitfindley@gmail.com

Check out our website for more details and to sign up to volunteer - https://sites.google.com/site/artlitfindley/

Findley Student Directory Order Deadline: September 30th

Please order your Findley Student Directory by September 30th. We cannot guarantee you a copy of the directory if your payment is received after September 30th - there will be a limited supply of extra copies ordered.

If you have any questions about the student directory, please contact Rupal Shah at rupal_a_shah@hotmail.com

Save the Date! Findley PTO General Meeting Dates

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

  • November 4th – 7pm
  • February 10th
  • May 18th

Up Coming Events


17th - Volunteer orientation 9am

18th - Volunteer Orientation 7pm

19th - 9:30 Bus Evacuation Drills

25th - Passport Club

27th - Passport Recheck

27th - Family Movie Night 6;30