Dragon News

Findley Elementary School

March 11, 2022

Message from the Principal

Greetings Findley Community,

Happy Friday families! Lots of updates in this week's Dragon News. Grab a snack and read on.

First, as you are aware, as of Monday, March 14, masking will be optional in BSD facilities, on buses and school grounds. Our teachers and students have been having conversations about why some will continue to mask, and others will not, and how either way, it's OK! Our teachers have created safe and inclusive classrooms, where students are allowed to express themselves and their individuality; including whether or not to wear a mask. However, teachers and staff will not be monitoring mask wearing. Please be sure you have conversations with your students about whether or not you would like them to remain masked while at school.

Additionally, starting Monday, we will no longer be conducting contact tracing. Families will be notified of positive cases in you child's cohort (grade level), however, we will not be contacting individual families. We are asking parents to continue to let us know if your child has received a positive COVID test result. Speaking of testing, the OHSU testing program will continue. Please contact our office if you are interested in enrolling, or un-enrolling. The BSD COVID Protocol webpage has been updated and revised to reflect all new protocols and policies. I encourage a visit to this site (linked below) to get any questions you might have answered.

Beginning Monday, we will be returning to the cafeteria! Our students and staff are excited to return to a more familiar lunch setting. We are excited (and grateful) too, to continue to have parent volunteers support us in our cafeteria. Keep an eye on your ParentSquare feed next week, as I will be sending out new sign-ups for the remainder of the year.

Lastly, we are having trouble in our parking lots again, especially at dismissal. It is imperative that our community follows our procedures for the safety of our students, staff and community. Here are a couple of important reminders:

  • The upper parking lot is reserved for buses after 2:55 and until they leave. Please do not park in the upper lot during this time. Cars will not be allowed out before buses have left. Our lower lot (off Thompson) is available to you to park in.
  • Cars exiting the lower lot during dismissal must make a right turn. This greatly assists in the flow of traffic, and helps us get through car-pick up quickly.
  • Please be sure to use the crosswalks in the lower parking lot. There are three crosswalks spaced apart that allow for foot traffic. Please avoid crossing the lot outside of the crosswalks.
  • Drivers, watch for pedestrians in the crosswalk and watch for school staff who are assisting with crossing.

Thank you for helping keep us all safe!

I hope everyone has a great weekend! Don't forget to set those clocks ahead an hour and Spring forward on Sunday.

Grateful for our Findley Community~

Sherry Marsh, Ed.D.


Updated COVID FAQs

The FAQs have been extensively updated to capture the most recent guidance from the CDC, OHA and ODE.

Either Way, It's OK
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Here comes the Bus App

We're making it easier for you to track your student's bus! Starting March 1, we're transitioning to the "Here Comes the Bus" app and phasing out MyStop.

Why the switch?
"Here Comes the Bus" shows the real-time location of your student's bus and gives scheduled and actual arrival times. The new app also provides notifications when the bus is near. Currently, all large buses have the... Read More

Parent Partnership 3.0

Problem Solving & Bullying Prevention

Our topic this week is presented by our School Counselor, Emily Gotfried, on problem solving and bullying prevention. Please don't hesitate to reach out to Emily if you have any additional questions!

If you think of other topics you'd like our Social Emotional Learning (SEL) team to cover, please send us an email!

Your Findley SEL Team:

Emily Gotfried, School Counselor emily_gotfried@beaverton.k12.or.us

Victoria Sharan, School Social Worker victoria_sharan@beaverton.k12.or.us

Susan Hargrave, Student Success Coach susan_hargrave@beaverton.k12.or.us

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Attention 5th Grade Parents!

Welcome Future Rapids!

Today, Tumwater counselors had the pleasure of visiting our future sixth graders at Findly Elementary School. What an incredible group of future Rapids - we are so excited each and every one of them will be part of our school community next year!

Next steps?

We are assigning some family homework...please have your child walk you through the presentation that they received from Tumwater counselors: click here. There is a lot of information packed in this slide deck.

When you are done reviewing the presentation as a family, the last slide contains a link to the google forecasting form that you will fill out as a student/family team. Please be sure to sign into your child's bsd account to fill out the google form.

Thank you so much for taking the time to partner with your child as they prepare for middle school. We are excited to have you join our school community!

Kimberly Haskins
Assistant Principal

Beaverton School District | Tumwater Middle School
650 NW 118th Ave, Portland, OR 97229
Main Office: 503-356-2720 | Fax: 503-356-2725

Go Rapids!

More for 5th Grade Parents-Math Placement Tests!

The district recently sent out information for students seeking to take placement tests for additional acceleration in math.

For more information please see the BSD Math Placement Testing site.

March 31, 2022

Information Night - March 31st @ 7pm - The district will host a district-wide information night to help families understand this process and implications. They will also have a chance to ask questions.

Questions? Please contact Heidi Hanson, Nick Hershman or Jennifer Mann

Bonny Slope Pre-K Program

Bonny Slope is an inquiry-based learning school that welcomes the opportunity to have a PreK in our school! We believe that children learn best through playful learning. It is this type of learning that supports our students with problem-solving and life-related skills, known as Habits of Mind. It is the focus on these skills such as persisting, listening, and understanding with empathy, thinking and communicating with clarity, taking responsible risks, creating, imagining, and innovating that is needed to be successful in kindergarten and ultimately throughout their educational experience.

Priority is given to students who qualify for free preschool based on a family's income level at or below the Federal Poverty Guidelines as well as other qualifying questions on our Interest Form.

Any spots that are not filled by September 9th will be open to families who pay tuition based on our waitlist of submitted Interest Forms. Please fill out an Interest Form to start the process for PreK for 2022-2023.


If you have any questions, feel free to call the Bonny Slope Elementary office:


Community Resources

Community Resources

Bethany & Cedar Mill Library. -October Newsletter

Talking to Children about Scary Events

Coronavirus and Covid: A book for Children about the Pandemic

FREE E-Book "I Love you" A story about not being able to visit relatives during the pandemic

Extensive list of Children's Books related to the Pandemic

COVID-19 Free Washington County Counseling (+accepts undocumented folks)To request an appointment, email COVIDCounseling@co.washington.or.us or call Washington County Behavioral Health at 503-846-4528.

Student Health Center - Catherine Kately Williams is the new mental health provider. KateleyWilliamsC@nhcoregon.org It is easiest to reach her via email as she does not have a specific phone routed to her. Cat is available M-F 8-5 and will conduct sessions via zoom. She will serve a bridge gap, providing up to about 10 sessions before she moves students on to a long-term counselor if necessary. They are set up to take every major insurance plan including Kaiser for OHP kids. They will also have an intake person who can help families get the kids on OHP.

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Before coming to school to volunteer, please make sure you have completed your background check with the District.

You must be cleared and have a valid COVID Vaccine card on file in order to be in the classroom with students.

Here is the link in order to complete the background check.


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.

Findley Parents, don't forget to order your yearbook. Due to the many months we have extended the order period, we cannot guarantee any will be for sale at the end of the year.

Ensure your student gets a copy of the yearbook & follow the link to order yours before time runs out.




Mark your calendars for Friday June 10th! We're thrilled to be bringing back a Findley tradition with a night of games, inflatables, entertainment, food trucks and tons of fun! More details will follow soon!

Also, if any Findley father would like to join the cause helping out with this wonderful event, our next meeting is on Wednesday, March 16th at Bethany Public House from 8:30-10pm or you can email us at carnivaldads@gmail.com.

Jacob Wismer suffered an unexpected and sudden loss of a teacher in February. On behalf of the Findley community, the PTO Board sent snacks, drinks and flowers to the school to show our support in their time of need.

Upcoming Events


18th - Virtual Assembly - Celebrate Reading Day!

21-25 Spring Break


14th - No School Staff Development Day

15th - No School Grading Day

19th- Early Release Day

22nd - Virtual Assembly - Findley Spirit Gear - Earth Day

27th - Conferences 4-8 pm

28th - 29th No School - Conferences


2nd-6th Staff Appreciation Week!

5th - 11th Book Fair

18th Rock & Roll Day

26th- Early Release Day

30th No School - Memorial Day


10th-Findley Carnival!

20th - No School JuneTeenth

21st - Last Day of School Early Release Day

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