FLEX Family Newsletter

December 18, 2020

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Have a Wonderful Winter Break! See you January 4th, 2021!

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The Student Help Desk and the FLEX Offices at Timberland are also closed 12/21-1/1

What's on Your Winter Break Bucket List?

Bringing Genghis Khan to Life: 7th graders visit the Mongol Empire

Let's make history for the 7th graders at FLEX Online School!

Your donations help bring the life of Genghis Khan and the history of the Mongol Empire to 70 7th graders through a virtual exhibit tour at OMSI. Through this learning opportunity students will have a chance to experience life on the Mongolian steppe and learn from artifacts from the life of Genghis Khan. They will also have a chance to be historians as they ask questions to an OMSI expert during a live question and answer session. Please consider contributing to this unique visit to the past to bring history alive for the FLEX students.

Thank you for your support of history education!


Meet Our Staff!

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Student Section

Pluto Got Kicked Out

Check it out! 3rd grade FLEX student Tara wrote this creative book during a unit on informational writing.

Shared with student's permission.


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Want to join a club too? Here are some directions:
  1. Log into Canvas (student) and enroll in the course called FOS Clubs. Contact your homeroom teacher for help if you need it.
  2. Click on the logo of the club to go to the club page.
  3. Click 'sign up' and fill out the Google form (student must be signed into their BSD Google Account to access this)

Pet Mondays with Ms. Wood

Students in Ms. Wood's classes have been sending in pictures/videos of their pets throughout the year. Ms. Wood creates a new Pet Monday video every week with students' pets as well as her own two dogs, Naruto and Miso. All students are welcome to send in pictures to be included in Ms. Wood's Pet Monday videos.

12.14.2020 Pet Monday
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In Case You Missed It

Did you miss our last newsletter? You can view all of the past FLEX Family Newsletters HERE.

Library Items

During the break, please search for overdue and lost items: library books, textbooks from last school year and school-issued devices (iPads, Chromebooks) that your student isn’t currently using.

AFTER winter break - starting January 4th, 2021, you can return that item to any BSD school during normal school hours.

Washington County Library - Youth Access Cards

Youth Access Cards are coming in the mail for your student soon!

These public library cards are for students who do not already have one.

With this card your student has access to resources at the Washington County Libraries in the community, including:

  • Access online resources

  • eBooks and downloadable audiobooks

  • Live online homework help

  • Streaming video with Kanopy

  • Library databases for research

  • Check out 5 books at a time from your public library

  • No fines for late materials, however student is responsible for lost/damaged items

Questions? Contact Katrina at Garden Home Community Library by email at ghcl@wccls.org or 503-245-9932. Your local library staff should also be able to answer most questions.

Washington County Cooperative Library Services website

December Snowflake Hunt

This month Beaverton Safe Routes to School invites your school community to go on a Snowflake Hunt! To participate make a snowflake and place it in a window facing the street and then go for a walk and count how many snowflakes you find. We hope this provides your family with a fun activity and a little encouragement to get outside for a walk or roll. Use the link below for a snowflake making tutorial and make sure your trip is counted in the following ways:

1. Send an email to bsdsaferoutes@gmail.com with the number of snowflakes you found. BSD students (or parents) please include how many students participated and what school they are from.

2. BSD elementary students can also log their miles on their Marathon Kids account. If you need information on how to set up a Marathon Kids account, contact your PE teacher.

3. Post a photo to social media with the following hashtags #BSDsaferoutes #BSDtogether #BSDmarathonkids


Holiday Community Resources

These resources may be helpful with gifts, meals, gift cards, and other necessities during the winter holidays. Please do not hesitate to reach out to one of the following if you need assistance navigating these resources or are in need of other kinds of community support.



  • BSD Clothes Closet
    Currently accepting donations as well as appointments to pick up clothing. More information and directions to make an appointment in the link below.
    Clothes Closet


Oregon Worker Relief Fund

Contact a Community Navigator today to apply for temporary financial relief from the Oregon Worker Relief Fund! The Oregon Worker Relief Fund provides temporary disaster relief to Oregonians with financial need and who are excluded from the federal unemployment insurance program due to their immigration status. https://workerrelief.org/find-a-navigator/

Thanks for reading!

Paul Ottum

Principal FLEX Online School