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Chehalem Elementary Newsletter- December 18, 2020

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Principal's Message

Dear Chehalem Families,

This is the last newsletter of 2020. Let's hope we can all be back together in real life in 2021. I have heard that teachers have been moved up on the priority list for getting the Covid vaccine, so hopefully that will speed things along.

Wishing you a relaxing and fun winter break. Happy New Year!

Stay healthy and well!

Sincerely, Angee Silliman


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January Words of the Month are "I can and I will"

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Book Bus Update

The book bus had its best attendance ever this week! These are the number of students picking up books.

Kinder: 16 came for book giveaway, and 10 of those also checked out books!

First: 11 came for book giveaway, and 8 of those also checked out!

Second: 29 came for book giveaway/to pick up supplies and meet their teachers and 25 of those also checked out!

Third: 11 came for book giveaway, and 9 of those checked out!

Fourth: 8 came for book giveaway, and 6 of those checked out!

Fifth: 17 came for book giveaway, and 9 of those checked out!

We also gave out 6 additional books to other family members!

That's a grand total of 98 kids who received a wrapped book today and 67 checked out books!

Reading Screening Coming in January for all Kinder and First Graders

While the letter below says we are only doing it for all Kindergarten students and those new to first, we are doing it for all first graders too. More information to come from your teachers. We plan to target Wednesdays for this assessment so students won't miss class time.
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Spanish Videos for Families: Seesaw, Dreambox, Canvas

There are video webinars in Spanish for families to learn how to access and understand Seesaw, Dreambox and Canvas. Go to the Family Toolkit on the BSD website and scroll down to the videos .

Beaverton Buddies Program for People in Need

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Food Menus- For Food Pick-up on Tuesday and Thursday 11-12:00

Children often have a hard time choosing their entrees if they don't know what the choices will be ahead of time. Follow this link to find meal choices for the month under the "Menus" dropdown.

Meals Over Winter Break

The Nutrition Services Department will be offering 5 days of meals for pick-up over winter break on the 22nd and 29th, 11am - 12pm, at the following locations:

Aloha HS

Beaverton HS

Southridge HS

Sunset HS

Vose ES

Westview HS

If you want to pick up meals for your children over winter break please make sure you register at the links below so the food will be ready for you.
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PTO Corner

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Scrip to Support the PTO

Please follow this link to get information on how you can support the PTO while buying gift cards for yourself or loved ones. You can use the app or order online.

Virtual Gift Cards

It's not too late to send a virtual gift card using the scrip program. The directions for how to do so are listed here:

Buying eGift cards for the holidays this year?

If you buy them with Scrip, the PTO will get a percentage of the purchase.

To order login to your account at

1. Search for the company and choose eGift card. (Some companies might not have an eGift card option)

2. AT Checkout select the box next to "Make this a Gift"

3. Enter the recipient's name and email address.

4. Add your name and personalized message.

5. Select the date you would the eGift card delivered.

You can pay with Credit Card for a fee, attach a bank account to pay for a smaller fee or pay by check for no fee. If paying by check, you will need to get it to the school before the delivery date of the eGift card.

Any questions please email April at


April Mertens

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Sincerely, Angee Silliman

Principal at Chehalem Elementary