The Voice of Raleigh Park - December 21, 2018
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Wishing You Peace of Heart, Mind, Body & Soul
It’s been an eventful week at The Park! While I don’t always have all the answers, at the very least, I am someone who rarely hesitates to acknowledge the elephant in the room. As such, I understand as to why the latter part of this week has caused concern and anxiety among some within the Raleigh Park community and the entire Beaverton School District.
For those who faithfully weathered the storm, my sincere appreciation for your trust and confidence in all we do to keep your children safe. I was heard, a time or two, reassuring anyone who would listen that Wednesday (and the rest of the week) was likely the safest time to have your child in a Beaverton school. We know this for a variety of reasons:
We were aware of the threats
These threats were similar to hoaxes in other Oregon districts and throughout the country
Anyone who legitimately wants to cause harm will rarely (if ever) specify their intentions in advance to the intended target over social media
We responded as we are trained
While the twisted minds of those who made these threats remain in anonymity, these individuals undoubtedly crave a response that perpetuates fear and disrupts the natural order we try to provide your children on a daily basis. Simply, they get what they want when they are able to manipulate adult minds and behavior, subsequently projecting fear and anxiety to our children and throughout the community.
For those looking for, as communicated to me, “resolution” and/or “predictability” as determining factors for sending your children to school, I’ll repeat: children throughout the District were never more safe than they were Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this past week. Moving forward, the safety of your children on January 7 will be reflective of safety they've had throughout the year. While predictability of our world is contextual, you can be assured that Raleigh Park is committed to the safety of your children yesterday, today and tomorrow.
If there was ever a testament to the spirit goodness and perseverance winning above all else, I can't tell you how much I loved seeing and feeling the excitement of your children dressing up and having some fun with spirit week. From "twinning", crazy hair, pajamas, spirit gear and ugly apparel, the creativity and smiles on the faces of your children overshadowed all else. And thus, my jumping off point, as I recycle a quote I've used in the past and look to set the stage for our time away from each other. Hamilton Wright Mabie is quoted, “Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.” Regardless of what tradition your family celebrates, my holiday wish is that you dare to partake in this vast conspiracy over the next two weeks, filling your heart, mind, body and soul with the love that brings joy and renewal.
Wednesday Teacher Collaboration
Over the last two years, early release Wednesday's have provided an invaluable opportunity for Raleigh Park staff, and staff throughout the Beaverton School District, to use this time for the purposes of collaboration. Early release Wednesday's have also led to an increase in instructional days by eliminating most of the former "inservice" days throughout the year. This results in greater instructional continuity for students.
The first Wednesday of each month is for building-facilitated collaboration, in which we come together as a staff around specific goals and learning. The remaining Wednesday's are used at a staff member's discretion, to collaborate with their team, or others within or outside Raleigh Park.
Collectively, we spent December 5 reviewing our school-wide language and assessment policies, as necessitated for any PYP school. Grade levels have recently spent time engaged in the following:
Kindergarten - Scoring writing samples and connecting zones of regulation with purposeful play
First - Planning around next Unit of Inquiry, review of health adoption and discuss professional growth goals
Second - Integrating purposeful play, professional development around SchoolPace reading assessment tool
Third - Wrap up adaptations Unit of Inquiry, planning around learning standards specific to weather, fossils and Native Americans
Fourth - Reflect on the math workshop and curriculum timeline, review and prepare materials for future provocations, discuss current Unit of Inquiry, plan and incorporate STEAM activities into holiday celebration
Fifth - Review and familiarize with SBAC sample exams, explore world-wide holiday traditions for Unity of Inquiry related to "How We Express Ourselves", reflect on "How We Organize Ourselves" planner
Seen & Heard
All-school Community Meeting
First Graders bringing some light into the world! Connecting "light" to celebrations...
RPTV: December 21, 2018
Información sobre las Inclemencias del Tiempo Padres y Tutores el Distrito Escolar de Beaverton / Weather Information: Beaverton School District Parents & Guardians
Las decisiones que se tomen de cerrar las escuelas o comenzar clases más tarde, normalmente se comunica a los medios de comunicación y se publican en el sitio web del distrito escolar, Facebook y Twitter a más tardar a las 5:30am. Les pedimos y los apoyamos para que tomen una decisión como familia si su hijo debe asistir a la escuela dependiendo si las condiciones de transporte son seguras desde su localidad.
Cuando todas las escuelas e instalaciones del Distrito están cerradas
- Todas las actividades durante el día y noche se cancelarán; incluyendo los eventos.
Cuando las clases comienzan 2 horas más tarde
- Todas las escuelas abrirán dos horas más tarde del horario regular.
- Las siguientes clases se cancelan: Intervención Temprana de la Mañana, Clases de Preescolar de la Mañana, Los programas de Health Careers, Auto Program y Terra Nova de la mañana
- Los autobuses usan rutas de nieve.
- No hay servicio de autobús para las escuelas primarias de Bonny Slope, Nancy Ryles y Sato.
- No hay servicio de autobús para los estudiantes de McKinney-Vento que viven fuera del Distrito.
Cuando las clases comienzan a la misma hora y los autobuses usan rutas de nieve
- Todas las escuelas tienen el horario regular.
- No hay servicio de autobús para las escuelas primarias de Bonny Slope, Nancy Ryles y Sato
- Se cancelarán las clases del programa de Terra Nova.
- Si el pronóstico del tiempo indica que las condiciones del tiempo empeoren durante el día, el Distrito tendrá rutas de nieve para la salida de la tarde.
Cuando es necesario cerrar las escuelas temprano debido a las condiciones del clima
- Les pedimos que usen como referencia el sitio web del distrito, School Messenger y los medios locales de comunicación para obtener más información.
- Todas las actividades durante el día y noche se cancelarán; incluyendo los eventos.
Miércoles – Día de Salida Temprana
- El Distrito no comenzará clases 2 horas más tarde el miércoles. El Distrito mantendrá un horario regular el miércoles, con Salida Temprana o cierre de escuelas todo el día.
School closure or delayed start decisions will typically be communicated to media outlets and posted on the District website, Facebook and Twitter by 5:30am. We encourage families to make transportation and attendance decisions for their child(ren) based on their own assessment of travel conditions at their location.
When all district schools and facilities are closed
- All daytime and evening activities/events on closure days are canceled
When there is a 2-hour delay in opening school and buses are on snow routes
All schools will open two hours later than regularly scheduled
When school is on time and buses are on snow routes
All schools operate on regular daily schedules
If the weather forecast calls for declining weather conditions throughout the day, the district will implement snow routes for PM dismissal
When weather conditions necessitate an early closure of schools
We encourage you to refer to the BSD website, SchoolMessenger and local media for more detailed information
All daytime and evening activities/events are cancelled
Wednesday – Early Dismissal School Days
The District will not have a 2-hour delay on Wednesday. The District will maintain a regular Wednesday schedule with Early Release or close schools for the day.
Unscheduled Early Dismissal - What’s your plan?
During an unscheduled early dismissal, schools will use the emergency closure plan you indicated for your student in enrollment and enrollment verification. During the online process, you were asked to indicate what the student should do in case of emergency or early school closure.
You were only allowed to choose one option. The three options were:
- Pick up by Parent/Emergency Contact/Daycare
- School Bus to Home/Neighbor/Daycare
- Walk/Ride Bike/Drive to Home/Neighbor/Daycare
If you don’t remember what you selected, you can check by logging into ParentVUE and clicking on “Student Info” in the left hand navigation. Your selection will be displayed at the bottom of the page under “Other Data.”
If you wish to change this plan, contact your school or reference the “Online Registration/Enrollments and Verifications Guide.” *Please note, if you choose to update your information online, the information is not updated in the student information system until the school has accepted your verification. This process may take up to two weeks to be completed. The fastest way to update your information is to call the school.
Please make a note of the option you selected and keep the information somewhere handy, in the event of a future early school closure.
Ajustes en la información de Contacto de los Padres en SchoolMessenger para recibir Notificaciones de Asistencia /SchoolMessenger Parent Contact Adjustments for Attendance Notifications
Después de recibir la opinión de los padres y tutores, el Distrito ha hecho algunos ajustes para las notificaciones de asistencia. Ya no enviaremos llamadas automáticas de asistencia a los números de teléfono del trabajo de los padres. Usted recibirá llamadas automáticas de asistencia a su teléfono principal de la casa y celular.
Si tiene una línea de trabajo directa y desea continuar recibiendo llamadas en este número, por favor vaya a SchoolMessenger InfoCenter y seleccione su teléfono de trabajo como uno de los números para llamar. Por favor tenga en cuenta que el sistema no puede llamar a las extensiones. También vamos a empezar a bajar todas las direcciones de correo electrónico de los padres en SchoolMessenger para notificaciones de asistencia.
Recuerde, cuando usted guste puede organizar sus contactos en orden de importancia en SchoolMessenger InfoCenter.
After feedback from parents and guardians, the District has made some adjustments to attendance notifications. We will no longer automatically call parent work phone numbers for attendance notifications. Your primary, home and cell phone will still receive automatic attendance calls.
If you have a direct work line and would like to continue to receive calls at work, please log in to SchoolMessenger InfoCenter and select your work phone as one of the numbers to call. Please note the system is unable to call extensions. We will also begin uploading all parent email addresses into SchoolMessenger for attendance notifications.
Remember, you can manage their contact preferences in SchoolMessenger InfoCenter at any time.
Smarter Balanced State Test Update
Last spring, students in grades 3 – 8 and 11 in the Beaverton School District and throughout Oregon took the state tests (Smarter Balanced) in English Language Arts and Mathematics. In addition to content standards, these assessments are designed to measure critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills. The test results provide you, our schools, our district and the state with information about how well we are preparing our students for their next steps including college and career readiness.
Raleigh Park 3rd, 4th and 5th graders will take these tests once between January and June 2019. House Bill 2655 permits parents and adult students to annually opt-out of Oregon’s statewide summative tests in English Language Arts and Math by submitting a form to the school the student attends. The school shall provide any student who is exempted from a state test with supervised study time while other students are testing.
THIS LINK provides additional information.
Beaverton School-Based Health Center open during Winter Break
The Beaverton School-Based Health Center, located on the campus of Beaverton High School, 13000 SW 2nd Street, will remain open during Winter Break with the regular business hours; Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm. The only exceptions will be the Health Center will be CLOSED on Tuesday, December 25 and Tuesday, January 1, 2019.
Are your immunizations up-to-date? The Beaverton SBHC has a licensed Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant on staff. The medical provider can conduct routine exams, diagnose and treat acute and chronic illnesses, as well as prescribe any needed medication and perform immunizations. Additional services include mental health and dental.
Patients and their families are encouraged to call ahead for appointment times and any questions they may have about services.
After hours phone: 1-800-867-6577
DATES TO REMEMBER...
- 24 - JAN. 4 - NO SCHOOL, WINTER BREAK
- 7 - Vision Screening
- 9 - Early Release, 1:30p
- 10 - Community Meeting, 8:40a
- 10 - District Wide Lock Out/Earthquake Drill, 10:16a
- 15 - PTO Meeting, 7:00p
- 16 - Early Release, 1:30p
- 21 - NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- 23 - Early Release, 1:30p
- 25 - RPTV, 8:40a
- 25 - Sock Hop, 6:30p
- 28 - NO SCHOOL-Grading Day
- 29 - Art Lit Training, 8:30a
- 30 - Passport Club, 8:00a
- 30 - Early Release, 1:30p