Principal Update

May 28, 2021

Content: Library Books, Foundation Support, Grant Track, Yearbooks, Single Subject Acceleration, QSA Sweatshirts, Summer Opportunities

Happy Friday! It is awesome to see the students in the building as they move from class to class in a manner that is healthy and safe. The final day of school is June 11th. If you have questions about your child's academic progress, please refer to ParentVue. If you do not have access, please call the office for assistance and we can get you connected.


It is wonderful to see the diversity in the weather that makes Oregon so beautiful. Please remind your students to carry an umbrella or jacket if it is raining when they leave the house. Hopefully, we will see more sunshine than rain in the coming days.


As students leave campus, remind them to follow your family plan for after-school activities. Students should also be alert and observant as they are traveling home from school. If they are collecting a school meal bag, remind them to take all items home. I have found a few items along the school grounds. These items discarded items create additional work for our custodians.


This is a packed newsletter you will information that will find information about activities that will help students end the year well. A major shout-out to the library staff. They have worked to provide students with a variety of materials for check out on a weekly basis. That being said, we have a lot of books signed out. Ask your students to check around the house to see which books need to be returned to school. All unreturned books will remain on your student's account through high school. If students are not turned in, High Schools require that students pay all fees prior to receiving their high school diplomas. And if books are lost, no problem. You can work with the library staff to get replacements that are often below full cost.


Today we will also contact families of students that have been recommended for the PPS Summer Academy. The email will request that parents complete a registration form and return it to Beaumont.


Thank you again for your continued support this year. It has been a herculean effort, yet together, we are celebrating each day of success together.


With Gratitude,


Beaumont Admin


Stay Safe and well.

All Books are due June 4th

All books are due June 4th. If students picked up a textbook or novel this year please encourage them to bring the books back ASAP. We want to encourage students to bring back any books they might have at home, even if they belong to another PPS School. We still have a lot of books out from last year as well as what has gone out this year.


There are multiple ways students can bring back books. If they are doing CDL only I will be in the "old" gym Wednesdays June 2nd and 9th from 3-5 pm. If they are participating in hybrid they can bring the books to school with them. The library staff has placed a box outside of the library and one by the office. They can also bring them to the library.


Thank you,

Library Staff

Foundation Appeal Reminder

Dear Beaumont Community,


It has been a joy to see students back in the building this past month. I saw smiles on both staff and students. I hope your student(s) is doing well and can take advantage of the opportunity to see friends and teachers in person. We are here to support you if you have any questions or concerns.


The school year is coming to a close and I want to keep you informed about budget changes that will likely impact Beaumont next year. As a result of the current circumstances, PPS cut approximately twelve million out of the budget. It had already applied other cost-saving measures including a furlough this spring as well as reducing purchasing and freezing new hires. This means that Beaumont will likely see significantly fewer resources from the district for teaching and support staff positions.


The Fund for Portland Public Schools, which is the fund that takes in the one-third contribution from school foundations across the district, will be important in reducing the impact of the budget shortfall next school year. Last year the Beaumont Foundation raised approximately $50,000. This year we have raised $18,500. We are hoping to close the gap. You can help mitigate the impact on Beaumont staffing by donating to the Fund for PPS (Beaumont middle school). We appreciate all the support the Beaumont community has shown the school and the staff over the year. We are stronger when we support each other.


Every donation counts. https://www.aplos.com/aws/give/TheFundforPortlandPublicSchools/beaumontfoundation


Thank you in advance for your support!


With Gratitude,

Dr. Harriette Vimegnon

BMS 8th Graders Headed to Grant Can Join Grant’s Legendary Cross Country Team


We welcome all eighth-graders to join our team in June, so that they will be all set for our exciting Fall Season. We have a huge team, so it is likely that you’ll know someone on the team, but it’s a great chance to make new friends as well. No experience is necessary. It’s easy to get started and much more fun than you’d expect. We have warm, welcoming runners and experienced, encouraging coaches. Having a culture of excellence, our team grabs every opportunity for personal growth. Academics always come first and high GPAs are common. Cross country teaches runners to overcome obstacles as we build on success. An added bonus is that our sport doesn’t involve concussions. In fact, running is especially helpful for developing brains.


Summer running provides a great way to step into the halls of Grant High School already belonging to a remarkable team of friendly students. True, the official season does not begin until August 16th, but why wait for the fun? We offer a summer training plan that includes runs with your teammates three times each week and experiences to ensure you get stronger, faster, and healthier while adding an extra dose of fun to your summer. Now is the time to plan for your fitness and your best year going forward.

Here are the key dates:

Monday, June 21st, 9 - 10:30 a.m. @ Grant Track (on the South Side near the containers): First summer practice. Practices will continue on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays throughout the summer until we start daily weekday practices on 8/16.

Tuesday, June 22nd, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. -- Silver Falls XC day trip.

Monday, August 16th -- First official day of the season & daily weekday practices begin.

Friday, August 20th - Monday, August 23 -- Team Camp

Friday, August 27th -- First XC Meet @ Wilsonville H.S.

Saturday, September 4th -- Ultimook Mud Race

To maintain covid protocols this summer, we will need to check you in on familyID. In order to join summer practice beginning on 6/21, you will need to have your up to date physical and register on familyID.

Go to this page for the link to familyID: https://www.grantathletics.com/page/show/2066750-clearance

We look forward to building our own fitness and our connection to each other as we together create a great 2021 Generals Cross Country season.

Questions? Contact Coach Kent Siebold ksiebold@pps.net

p.s. Please help spread the word by passing this email along to anyone who might have an interest.

Go to athletic.net to see our team site (Navigate to High School Cross Country—Oregon—6A—PIL—Grant)

2020-2021 Yearbooks will be handed out to every student in June!

2020-2021 Yearbooks will be handed out to every student in June!

As the Yearbook Advisor, I believed this unique year needed to be documented and that each student needed a memento to remember it by. This Yearbook is also unique with a focus on what it looked like to be a Beaumont Middle School student. We hope you enjoy it. *If you are able to help us recoup the costs, please help via schoolpay.com accounts. We are hoping for $10 donations from as many families as can donate. Some of you have already done so, thank you very much.

Ms. Bennett and the Yearbook Staff

Whole Grade and Single Subject Acceleration: Info From the TAG Office

Due to the challenges around comprehensive distance learning and the lack of availability of data to support acceleration, the district has postponed any acceleration placement decisions either by grade level or in a single subject area until the fall. The district has provided these specific details on how this affects the placement of our incoming 6th graders:

  • All incoming 6th-grade students will be placed in 6th-grade common core mathematics. This is primarily due to the fact that we do not have systemic, objective data points for our students to be used in acceleration decisions. In the Fall, there will be opportunities for students who do indeed need acceleration. Schools will follow the district protocol for single-subject acceleration. This protocol will be released to schools in the fall.

If you have any questions about this decision please reach out to the district contact:

Patrice Woods, Director of Mathematics, pwoods@pps.net

SUMMER READING PROGRAM BEGINS NEXT MONTH

SUMMER READING PROGRAM BEGINS NEXT MONTH

Multnomah Co. LIbrary’s Summer Reading program kicks off June 16 and runs through August 31. Library Services has partnered with MCL for gameboards to be delivered to all school library staff this week for distribution to students in the preparation for the kickoff.


Reading of all types is encouraged (alone, out loud to others, ebooks, audiobooks -- it’s all good!) Prizes and family activities can keep students engaged in reading all summer. Check with your library staff regarding their plans for gameboard distribution. More information about MCL’s Summer Reading 2021 can be found here: multcolib.org/summer-reading.


Gameboards will also be available at library branches, and digital gameboards will be on MCL’s website.

Summer School Arts Academy

PPS SUMMER ARTS ACADEMY ANNOUNCEMENT AND REGISTRATION SUPPORT

The central office Visual & Performing Arts (VAPA) team is excited to announce the 2021 Summer Arts Academy taking place in person at Harriet Tubman Middle School from August 9-20. This academy is free and open to rising 6th-9th grade students attending school in the McDaniel, Jefferson, and Roosevelt cluster neighborhoods and students attending Beaumont (from Riger), Harriet Tubman, Kellogg (from Lent), and Lane middle schools in fall 2021.


Students can register online at tinyurl.com/2021summerarts. If they are not able to register online, they will also have access to paper applications through school secretaries. Secretaries from eligible schools will be sent hard copies of the application and translations -- please submit all completed applications to summerartsacademy@pps.net by June 30th.

Oregon Department of Education is offering Education Scholarships

$500,000 in Education Scholarships Available To Students Under the "Take Your Shot, Oregon" Vaccination Campaign

Dear Education Partners:

Please let your students and community know that Oregonians age 12 through 17 will have a chance to win one of five $100,000 Oregon College Savings plan scholarships under the "Take Your Shot, Oregon" campaign!

Last week Governor Kate Brown launched the "Take Your Shot, Oregon" Campaign for all vaccinated Oregonians. Oregonians age 12 to 17 will have a chance to win one of five $100,000 Oregon College Savings Plan scholarships. Oregonians 18 and older will have the chance to win $1 million or one of 36 $10,000 prizes––with one winner in each county in Oregon.

All Oregonians who have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by the draw date will be entered to win. The drawing will take place on June 28, with names announced the following week. The cut-off for names being added to the vaccine database is midnight on June 27.

The campaign is a collaboration between the Oregon Health Authority, the Oregon Lottery, and the Oregon State Treasury, and is funded with $1.86 million in federal Coronavirus Relief Act dollars. With the help of the Oregon Lottery, the Oregon Health Authority will draw names for winners in each category.

No personal identifying information will be shared with the Oregon Lottery, and winners will be given the option to opt-out in order to preserve patient privacy. Current employees and family members of the Oregon Lottery, the Governor’s Office, the Treasurer’s Office, and the Oregon Health Authority will be ineligible to win.

Encourage your students to get vaccinated and fund their future through a scholarship that can be used for higher education and job training!

More information on vaccines is available at covidvaccine.oregon.gov.

More information on the "Take Your Shot, Oregon" Campaign is available in this FAQ.

QSA Affinity Group Sweatshirts are now available to order!

The QSA (Queer Straight Alliance) logo and Raindrop Pride Flag design were created via a collaboration between QSA members and artist Paul Plale, who donated his services. Oregon Screen Impressions will do the screenprinting.


The hoodies cost $38.00 each and donations between $20.00 and $38.00 are greatly appreciated to offset the costs. Payments may be made by SCHOOLPAY (preferred) or by cash/check. If paying by check, please make it out to Beaumont Middle School and include QSA Sweatshirt on the memo line. No students will be turned away due to a lack of funds (NOTA).


Please list the hoodie size and the student’s name (if purchasing for a student) in the notes section. If you would like to sponsor a sweatshirt for another student, you can donate through Schoolpay, and add: QSA Sponsor to the order. Thank you for supporting our students and the Beaumont QSA!





Students can let Ms. Brennan or Ms. Plank know either in-person or via email if they need financial assistance.


Payments and requests for hoodies will be due by Thursday, June 3rd!


As we know, this past year has been a school year like no other. We have had to find new ways of connecting and maintaining friendships. Thankfully, our QSA community has been able to create and maintain social connections throughout the pandemic by meeting weekly on Google Meet and creating a safe space for Beaumont’s LGBTQ+ and ally population.


100% of your purchase will go toward supporting the QSA and its mission statement of acceptance, support, education, and advocacy.



Thank you,


Dianne Brennan - Paraeducator, Pronouns: She/Her They/Them

Cynthia Plank - Director of Bands, Pronouns: She/Her

MESD Outdoor Summer School Program

Middle School Summer Enrichment Program


This summer we have secured one of our beautiful Outdoor School program sites and are offering day trips for students within the Multnomah county region. 1 or 2-day options are available. All of the hands-on science lessons and activities will bridge Next Generation Science Standards and Social-Emotional Learning.
  • Outdoor and SEL programming (½ - full day)
  • Single / Multi-day (non-overnight)
  • Cohorts travel to the site located in Boring, Oregon
  • Food service can be provided.
  • Grades 6th-8th
  • Cost ~$100 per day per student depending on the length of programming
  • Dates: June 28-August 6


Contact Jennifer Basham, ASAP if you would like to secure spots for your middle school students.

Reminders

Memorial Day Week Special Schedule

During the week of May 31, 2021, our students will be operating on our Holiday Special Schedule (found here). Please note the schedule has shifted. Monday's classes will be held on Tuesday; while Tuesday's schedule will be shifted to Wednesday. Thursday and Friday's schedules will remain the same. District-provided transportation will be provided throughout the week for students who normally receive it.

8th Grade Promotion

The 8th Grade Promotion is around the corner. This promotion will be very similar to the one last year. We are working out the details and will send more information shortly. However, we would like for all students to submit photos for a student slide deck. Students can be pictured with family, pets, or while participating in personal hobbies. Please send personal photos to Mr. Chris Bach using this email address rbach@pps.net.

Save these dates:

Wednesday, June 9th, Virtual Promotion

Friday, June 11th, Reverse Parade

Please see the flyer (Spanish version)

Important Dates

Important Dates

  • May 31st: Memorial Day

  • June 4th All Library Books/Textbooks are Due

  • June 11th: Last Day of School for Students

  • June 11th 8th Grade Promotion

  • September 1st, 2021: First Day for Students 2021-2022 School Year