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Springville K-8 Parent Newsletter (9/4/20)

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Principal and Assistant Principal's Message

Hello Springville Families.

Summer is winding down and we are getting ready to start what will be a very unique school year! This week, we welcomed back our amazing teachers. They jumped right back into school preparing and planning, creating schedules, finalizing class placements and attending professional development that will support them in providing quality learning opportunities for our kids. It was wonderful to see them, even virtually, and hear their excitement for getting to know a new group of students and families.

As we prepare to embark on a new year with Comprehensive Distance Learning, we aim to provide you with news and updates to set you and your family up for success. There is a lot of information in this newsletter, so we appreciate you taking the time to read each piece.

Here are some details on the weekly school schedule:

  • All K-5 classes will start with a whole group Zoom launch at 8:30am each day, while our 6-8 students will begin the day with PE or Music.
  • All students will have a lunch break from 11:00-12:00 each day.
  • Wednesdays will have a 8:30 Zoom launch, and then have asynchronous (recorded lessons) and applied activities.
  • Live lessons from the Counselor and Student Success Coach will happen on Wednesdays.
  • Each class will have 30 minutes of either Music or PE on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Half of those lessons will be live and half will be recorded.
  • The student day ends at 2:30.
  • All lessons will be recorded and posted to Youtube for students to watch later if they miss the live lesson.
  • Teachers will build individual class schedules and share them with families in advance.

Each child and family will have a chance to connect with their teacher(s) this coming week in both a drive-through Meet the Teacher Event and more personalized communication online.

We also promised to provide you with some resources to help you get your students prepared for remote learning. A "Family Tool Kit" was launched by the District which includes infographics, websites and on-demand videos to support you and your children. We have included some of these resources below as well as the link to the landing page for the Tool Kit.

We know there are still many unknowns as we enter this school year with Comprehensive Distance Learning. Thank you for your patience, flexibility and grace as we navigate these unusual times. Our goal is to educate the hearts and minds of our students, even from afar and we appreciate your partnership in this endeavor. We are in this together and together we will be stronger.

Looking forward to a strong start!

Robin Kobrowski, Principal

Ellen Arnold, Assistant Principal

Important Dates

September 7: Labor Day Holiday

September 8: K-2 iPad Distribution

September 9: Meet & Greet Drive-Through Events: Grades K-3

September 10: Meet & Greet Drive-Through Events: Grades 4-8

September 14: First Day of School for Students in Gr 1-8

September 14 - Individual Kindergarten Appointments

September 15 -Individual Kindergarten Appointments

September 17: First Day of School for Kindergarten Students-last names beginning with A-L

September 18: First Day of School for Kindergarten Students-last names beginning with M-Z

September 21: All Kindergarten Students attend school

Meet the Teacher Drive-Through Events

In past years, Springville has hosted a New Year Launch where families drop off supplies and meet their teachers the week before school starts. This year we are planning a new event: a drive-through Meet the Teacher. Here's how it will work:

  • Families drive into the appropriate parking lot (no walkers, please)
  • Cars will be directed to their student's teacher who will be stationed in the parking lot
  • Cars should pull out of the main traffic flow while stopping to see the teacher

  • Teachers will say hello to students through the car window; some grade levels may be giving students additional supplies for remote learning
  • All family members should stay in their car
  • Carefully transition back into the traffic flow

*Note: all staff will be wearing a mask and will maintain social distance.

Families are asked to come based on the grade level schedule below, in a window of time based upon last name to limit wait times and the number of people on site at a time.

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Staffing Update

Springville continues to be a growing school! We have had a number of staff changes due to voluntary transfers and life circumstances. We welcome the following staff members:


Principal's Office Assistant: Michelle Magee

Registrar: Laramie McCue

Student Support

Student Supervisor: Jeremy Birch

K-2 Counselor: Grace McLaughlin

3-8 Counselor: Sha Fenton

Half-Time Learning Specialist: Ariel Harris

Psychologist: Emma Morgan-McLeod


Susan Spurrell, Kristina Vassileva, Kari Duong

Specials Teachers

Half-Time PE: Nathan Roshak

Half-Time Music: Jacob Mertz

Classroom Teachers

1st Grade: Margaret Long

3rd Grade: Katrina Simkins-Moore

3rd Grade: Sara McGuire

3rd Grade: Lauren Kaigh

3rd Grade: TBD

4th Grade: Courtney Yeager

6th Grade: Brittany Smith

7/8 Social Studies: Megan Owens

We are happy to welcome back Amanda Sutton, Grade 2, and Xavier Tong, 7/8 Science!

In addition, several Springville staff members changed assignments:
Jenn Tonges: Kindergarten

Cynthia Pawlowski: Kindergarten

Amanda Grock: 1st Grade

Linda Culver: 2nd Grade

Lexi Ross: 4th Grade

Lisa Crnich: Intervention/Student Success Coach

Kindergarten Orientation

If you were unable to attend the Kindergarten Orientation last week, the slideshow and Zoom recording are available below. If you have general Kindergarten questions for the teachers, you can ask them here: Kindergarten Orientation Questions Our team will do their best to get back to you with answers.

Additionally, parents requested a copy of the visual schedule that was shown in the presentation. Please click here for a digital copy that you can personalize.

Technology Updates

iPad Distribution - Tuesday, September 8th

Tuesday we will have a drive-through event to distribute iPads for all students in Kindergarten through grade 2. In order to deploy devices efficiently, we ask that you follow this schedule:


12:30-1:00 Student Last Names A-D

1:00-1:30 Student Last Names E-H

1:30-2:00 Student Last Names I-M

2:00-2:30 Student Last Names N-R

2:30-3:00 Student Last Names S-Z


  • Drive in to the upper lot as if you were doing student drop off/pick up (no walkers, please)
  • Pull forward to the stop sign and remain in your car
  • Show a completed Device Checkout Info Card, or your child's name and student number (lunch number) written on a sheet of paper.
  • A staff member will bring the device(s) to your car. You will not need to leave your vehicle.


  • If you have children with different last names, you may choose the time frame that works best for you
  • You can return any previously-issued Chromebook at this time
  • If you can not make it to pick up a device at this time, we will have a regular weekly pick up (tentative: Tuesdays from 11:00-12:30)

Chromebook Needs for Grades 3-8

Chromebooks will be available for all 3rd-8th grade students who do not yet have a working device at home. As the priority for the start of the year is for all students to have a working device, if you who borrowed one in the spring, you can continue using it this fall.

If your 3rd-8th grade student does not have a previously-issued Chromebook, or has one that is not working properly, please email shd@beaverton.k12.or.us to request a Chromebook or a Chromebook replacement. Parents/guardians submitting the request will be contacted regarding a pick up time.

Device Protection Program

Anticipating that all students will get a district-owned device (either Chromebook or iPad), the District adds a fee of $20 to students’ Online Payment accounts (maximum fee of $60 per family per school year) to enroll them in the Damage-Loss Protection Program. This fee is waived for families who qualify for the free or reduced-price meal benefits program and have completed the Permission to Share form. Students need to pay the assigned fee prior to any damage or loss claims to be eligible for the Protection Program coverage and no later than 30 days after they begin school.

Students may choose to decline coverage. However, doing so isn't recommended, because a family would then assume full responsibility for any costs due to damage, loss or theft. These costs could be as much as $300 per incident, regardless of how the damage occurs.

Visit the Student Device Resources webpage for more information.

Change to Student Chromebook login

Beginning September 8, the student login to Chromebooks will change. This change provides important security improvements. Students will log into their Chromebooks with their full student email addresses (i.e. 123455@bsd48.org).

Setup, login instructions and answers to general support questions can be found on the Frequently Asked Questions webpage.

Family Toolkit

BSD has launched a library of resources to support families during Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL). The site includes infographics, slide decks, and on-demand videos on topics such as:

  • Setting Up an At-Home Learning Space
  • Canvas 101: Navigating Canvas
  • Creating Family Learning Agreements
  • Your Child's Brain
  • A Guide to Translating YouTube Captions
  • Dreambox Webinar

We have included several resources that we think are especially useful as your child transitions to online learning.

More content will be added to our Family Toolkit throughout the next few months!

5 things to do to prepare for a successful school year

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Setting Up An At Home Learning Space

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Setting Up a Learning Space

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School Supplies for 20-21

Springville Teachers have created school supply lists that students may need for Comprehensive Distance Learning this fall, as well as supplies for learning at school if/when we are able to return. Please feel free to use supplies you may have at home from previous school years.

District News

Enrollment Verification

Before the beginning of every school year, we request that parents/guardians of our returning students review and/or update their family and student information. ​Keeping your family's information up to date is crucial to receiving timely communication from Beaverton School District and ensures that you can be contacted in case of emergency. These updates can be done online through your ParentVUE account. For more information about Enrollment Verification and to begin the verification process, please click the button below.

Internet Connectivity Update

Good news! BSD and Comcast have extended their partnership to provide free internet service to additional BSD families through June 30, 2021! We’re also extending free internet service for those families who have already signed up for the BSD-Sponsored Comcast Internet Essentials program through June 30, 2021. The program is open to students who qualify for free or reduced-cost meal benefits. Applications are available online.

If your elementary or middle school student does not qualify for the Internet Essentials program, fill out this form to request a hotspot.

If your high school student doesn’t qualify for the Internet Essentials program, you can apply online for a free hotspot through our partnership with Sprint’s 1Million Project.

Can you help support students who need internet connectivity? If so, please consider donating to BEF’s Back-to-School Connect Campaign.

2020-2021 District Calendarr

The 2020-21 District Calendar has been updated.

The calendar is subject to change based on contract negotiations and resource availability. In the event inclement weather or other emergency closures prevent the District from meeting required instructional hours set by ODE, the days will be made up in June.

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Apply for Meal Benefits for 2020-2021

If you think your family might be eligible for Meal Benefits, please apply! The eligibility cut off is a lot different than you might think. Students in eligible families can eat school-provided breakfast and lunch for free. Any school fees can also be reduced or possibly waived (this is more applicable in middle school and high school). More information here: https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/nutrition-services/meal-benefits

If you family was eligible during the 2019-2020 school year, you need to reapply.