August 28, 2020
Message From The Principal
Good Morning Stoller families,
We are excited to be returning to instruction and welcoming your students back. Although we will not be physically together; we can’t wait to see our Stoller students again, welcome in-coming 6th graders, and any new Stoller families. This coming week teachers will return for pre-service. They are eager to get working and planning to make Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) as successful as possible for your students.
We were able to get more direction and clarification from the District this week. We will be sending out updates in the coming week to help you better plan and support your student. There are some items that we are still waiting on guidance. As soon as we have that information we will share it with you.
In the meantime, to expedite answers to any of your questions, please visit the “connect” tab on the Stoller Middle School website and complete the “contact us” form.
This will ensure that your questions get routed to the person that is best able to answer and avoid delays.
In general, if you have questions about the following please email the staff noted:
Enrollment and registration -Registrar
Classes and schedules - Counselors:
6th Grade: email@example.com
7th Grade: firstname.lastname@example.org
8th Grade: email@example.com
Student support - Student Manager:
Math Placement, ESL, SPED Services - Assistant Principals:
And without hesitation, please email me Veronica Galvan, firstname.lastname@example.org and cc my secretary Cristina Guajardo, email@example.com with any questions you feel need to come to me directly.
I am looking forward to this year. Even though we will start in CDL, we will make it our goal to create an inclusive environment and provide engagement that allows your students to continue to feel a part of a supportive and loving community. It will be our priority to reach out and connect with all of our students.
Monday, August 31, 2020 - Teachers return to school for Pre-Service
Monday, September 7, 2020 - Labor Day
Week of September 8, 2020 - Parent Academy and Staff make connections with students and families
Tuesday, September 8, 2020 - 6th Grade Zoom Orientation/Welcome sessions 6pm & 7pm
Wednesday, September 9, 2020 - 7th & 8th Grade Welcome Video - TIME TBD
Wednesday, September 9, 2020 - 8th Grade Level kick off @ Stoller MS - TIME TBD
Thursday, September 10, 2020 - 7th Grade Level kick off @ Stoller MS - TIME TBD
Friday, September 11, 2020 - 6th Grade Level kick off @ Stoller MS - TIME TBD
Monday, September 14, 2020 - First Day of School - CDL
Week of October 5, 2020 - Tentative picture week with Dorian Studio & chromebook distribution, updates and details to follow
As you may have noted on the contact list above, Mr. Damiano is no longer our Student Manager. He will continue the incredible work he provided for our Stoller community, but now at the district level as a TOSA (Teacher on Special Assignment). He will be working district-wide with K-8 schools providing training around students' Social Emotional needs. We are very happy to have him in this new position where he will continue to impact students.
Mr. Brooks (8th grade counselor last year) has accepted a counseling position at Merlo High School. Ms. Droker will be our 6th grade counselor. We are very excited to have her join our Stoller community.
We are still working on filling some vacancies. Due to staff reduction because of a drop in enrollment we needed to make some adjustments. We hope to have staffing finalized this coming week and will update you in the next newsletter.
You must complete registration verification for each of your students. Click here to be directed to the site.
Every year, schools publish suggested lists of school supplies for families to purchase. This year’s district-wide list takes into account the needs of at-home learning. We’re calling these supplies our “Student Success Kits.”
Student Success Kits for all
Earbuds, preferably with microphone
Pencils and pens
Spiral notebooks or composition books
Additional item for elementary school students
Small dry-erase board with dry-erase marker
Additional items for middle & high school students
Free School Supplies
In conjunction with the Beaverton Education Foundation (BEF) and other community partners, we are attempting to raise funds to buy supplies for 16,000 Success Kits. If successful, these kits will be distributed to every student in our district who qualifies for free or reduced lunch during the first week of September. Distribution will occur at your home school; we’re working out the details of how to distribute to FLEX Online students. If you qualify, hold off on buying your school supplies.
We’ve already directed some funds from the BSD Community Resource Fund to this project. Can you help us reach our goal? If so, please consider donating to the BEF Back-to-School Equip Campaign.
As we begin the 20-21 school year, middle school students will receive a new Chromebook purchased through the 2014 bond. The devices have just arrived and IT staff are preparing the devices for exchange.
Due to the amount of work necessary to prepare the devices for exchange, the IT Department will not have this work complete by school start. Our priority for the September 14 start of school is that all students in all grade levels will have a working device. Please inform your school if your student device is not working so we can replace broken devices. The current student Chromebook will work well for the start of school.
As we complete the steps needed to exchange the existing Chromebook for a new one, we will communicate the process and schedule for device exchange. We anticipate beginning this process in late September.
The Student Help Desk is now open.
If you have any issues with your device or logging in, you will need to contact the Student Help Desk. Only email requests will be accepted until September 8th.
Starting on September 8th, there will be a phone number to call for help as well. More information can be found here:
Belonging Pick Up
Items left behind last Spring; including art projects, locker items and lost and found items have been stored in the building. When the building is open to the public, students will be welcomed to pick up their left behind items.
If you are moving out of the District please contact Cristina Guajardo via email at:
Library & Classroom Book Return
Free Internet Access
All students will need internet access this fall. BSD has partnered with Comcast to provide six months of free internet access through the Sponsored Comcast Internet Essentials program to students who qualify for free or reduced lunches. Applications are available online and must be submitted by August 31. Applications are available in Spanish. If you’re unable to access the application online, call 503-356-4300. In addition, we’ll be distributing paper applications in both English and Spanish at grab-and-go food sites on August 13.
If you’re a high school student who doesn’t qualify for free internet through Comcast, you can apply online for a free hotspot through our partnership with Sprint’s 1Million Project. If you’re unable to access the application online, call 503-356-4300. If you’re an elementary or middle school student who doesn’t qualify for free internet through Comcast, schools will be working with you to distribute additional hotspots during the first week of September.
Can you help support students who need internet connectivity? If so, please consider donating to BEF’s Back-to-School Connect Campaign.
Free Food Boxes
Since March, in conjunction with our community partnerships, BSD has facilitated the distribution of 17,300 food boxes to Beaverton families. We plan to support those efforts for as long as possible.
Our partner Pacific Coast Fruit Company will continue to distribute food boxes at Aloha High School on Wednesdays from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. The company has two additional distribution locations within our district: St. Cecilia Church (Tuesdays at 2 p.m.) and Beaverton Foursquare Church (Thursdays at 9 a.m.).
In addition, our community partner Urban Gleaners will continue to distribute food boxes at Vose Elementary (Mondays at 11 a.m.).
If you’d like to support our efforts to address food and economic insecurities in our community, please consider a donation to the BSD Community Resource Fund.
Welcome Stoller Volunteers!
Volunteering in the 2020-21 school year will be unlike previous years. Although we are unsure what remote volunteer needs will be, we invite you to create a volunteer profile or update your existing profile. This will ensure you are able to help Stoller staff and students through volunteer work as opportunities arise. A volunteer profile is required for all volunteering within BSD schools. Please follow the steps below to update or create your volunteer profile. Additional information is available at www.stollerpto.com/volunteer.
Existing BSD Volunteers (new to Stoller)
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and request to add Stoller Middle School to the organizations listed in your mVP account. Provide your full first and last name as it appears in your profile. If you will no longer be volunteering at an elementary school, you may also request to remove that school from your profile.
New BSD Volunteers
If you are a new volunteer to the Beaverton School District, you must create a volunteer account. This process includes a background check.
- Parent/Guardian: Complete the Parent/Guardian Volunteer Application
- Community Volunteer: Complete the Community Volunteer Application (This applies to Grandparents, Nannies, Neighbors, etc)
- Youth Volunteers: Complete the Youth Volunteer Application
Within the application, please include all of the BSD schools where you are a volunteer. You will have one profile for all your BSD volunteering.
- This step also initiates a background check. It will come up for renewal every 2 years.
- Once your background check is complete, you will receive an email from Stoller PTO stating your background check approval status, and your volunteer profile at myimpactpage.com will be active.
IMPORTANT: Remember your log in and password! This is important for both home and school access to your profile. Make it easy to remember and/or keep it accessible. For more information, visit Beaverton School District Volunteer Page.
Thank you for giving your time and talents to Stoller this school year!