Mustang Messages

Digital Newsletter for Chehalem Elementary School

May 2019

Dear Chehalem Families,

Spring is in the air as we countdown the final weeks of school. There is a sense of excitement and energy for both students and staff. Our school year will be ending on Friday, June 14th (full day), so please plan your summer schedule accordingly.

We recently had our volunteer appreciation celebration. I want to publicly thank the 170 volunteers who have put in almost 3795 hours of time this year. We especially want to thank the volunteers who put in the greatest number of hours: Suzen Lundquist came in first place with over 300 hours of service. We also had 6 other volunteers with over 100 hours including , Andy Hebert, Crystal Jordan, Jody Lintner, Lori Lehman, Willy Hughes, and Heather Balzer. The PTO board also has tons of hours that they don't always log, but that are much appreciated. If we paid our volunteers just $15 per hours, we would be paying over $60,000 for the time they put in to help our school. Much thanks and appreciation to each and every person who volunteers in our building. We couldn’t do it without you!!

We are celebrating staff appreciation week the first full week in May. We celebrate both our certified and classified staff members at the same time, as we are all on the same team. Please have your child write a little note of appreciation if a staff member has done something special to support your child. We have an amazing staff here that I am so thankful to work with each and every day. Also, thank you to the fantastic PTO for providing special treats and activities during the week. The staff are so excited!

State testing continues for grades three through five. Our English Language Proficiency Assessment data are coming in and our kids are making good progress. So proud of all of the student’s hard work.

The ever-popular FREE OMSI night will be this coming Monday night from 6:00-8:00. The Animation of Pixar is included as a special treat, paid for by the PTO. Additional information will be coming home soon. Free bus transportation from the school will be provided for school-aged students accompanied by parents, departing at 5:15. There will be two buses at school and one more bus picking up at Belleau Woods and Spencer House shortly after. Please be ready to depart at 5:15 from all locations.

Attached to this newsletter you will find a Parent Input Form for next year’s teacher input. While you cannot request a specific teacher, we like to be able to consider your input before making classroom placements. Please return the forms by June 14th.

Happy Spring!

Angee Silliman

Principal, Chehalem


Mayo 2019

Queridas familias de Chehalem,

La primavera está en el aire mientras contamos las últimas semanas de la escuela. Hay una sensación de entusiasmo y energía tanto para los estudiantes como para el personal. Nuestro año escolar terminará el viernes 14 de junio (día completo), así que planifique su horario de verano como corresponda.

Recientemente tuvimos nuestra celebración de apreciación a los voluntarios. Quiero agradecer públicamente a los 170 voluntarios que han dedicado casi 3795 horas de tiempo este año. Queremos agradecer especialmente a los voluntarios que dedicaron el mayor número de horas: Suzen Lundquist obtuvo el primer lugar con más de 300 horas de servicio. También tuvimos otros 6 voluntarios con más de 100 horas, incluyendo a Andy Hebert, Crystal Jordan, Jody Lintner, Lori Lehman, Willy Hughes y Heather Balzer. La junta del PTO también tiene toneladas de horas que no siempre registran, pero que son muy apreciadas. Si les pagáramos a nuestros voluntarios solo $ 15 por hora, estaríamos pagando más de $ 60,000 por el tiempo que dedicaron para ayudar a nuestra escuela. Muchas gracias y aprecio a todos y cada uno de los voluntarios en nuestro edificio. No podríamos hacerlo sin ustedes!

Celebramos la semana de apreciación del personal la primera semana de mayo. Celebramos a la vez nuestro personal certificado y nuestro personal clasificado, ya que todos estamos en el mismo equipo. Por favor dígale a su hijo que escriba una pequeña nota de agradecimiento si un miembro del personal ha hecho algo especial para apoyar a su hijo. Tenemos un personal increíble aquí que estoy muy agradecida de trabajar con todos y cada uno de los días. También, gracias al fantástico PTO por brindar golosinas y actividades especiales durante la semana. El personal está muy emocionado!

Las pruebas estatales continúan para los grados tercero al quinto. Nuestros datos de la Evaluación del dominio del idioma inglés están llegando y nuestros niños están progresando bien. Estoy muy orgullosa de todo el trabajo duro de los estudiantes.La noche de OMSI GRATUITA siempre popular será la próxima noche de lunes de 6:00-8:00. La animación de Pixar se incluye como un regalo especial, pagado por el PTO. La información adicional vendrá a casa pronto. Se proporcionará transporte gratuito en autobús desde la escuela para aquellos que deseen usarlo, con salida a las 5:15. Habrá dos autobuses en la escuela y un autobús más que recogerá en Belleau Woods y Spencer House poco después. Por favor, esté listo para partir a las 5:15 de todas las ubicaciones.

Adjunto a este boletín encontrará un Formulario de Aportación de los Padres para la aportación de los maestros del próximo año. Si bien no puede solicitar un maestro específico, nos gusta poder considerar su opinión antes de hacer colocaciones en el aula. Por favor devuelva los formularios antes del 14 de junio.

¡Feliz primavera!

Angee Silliman

Directora, Chehalem

Chehalem Word of Month- May


Definition: "The ability to recover from or adjust easily to change or misfortune."

Upcoming Events & Reminders:

May 1 Walk & Bike to School

May 2 District Science Fair at Tektronix (6pm)

May 6-10 Teacher Appreciation Week

May 6 Chehalem Elementary School OMSI Night (6-8pm) Animation of Pixar

  • FREE Admission & Parking for Chehalem Families
  • Bus transportation provided- 5:15pm at Chehalem, 5:15pm at Belleau Woods (149th & Tracy Ann Ct.), 5:25pm Spencer House (Larch & Spencer) Students riding the bus must be school-aged AND be accompanied by an adult.

May 8 Day of Action- No School for Students

  • No charge breakfast & lunch for children ages 1-18 served at Chehalem
  • Breakfast 8:00-9:00 a.m.
  • Lunch 11:00-noon

May 9 Metro Composting w/Worms- Kindergarten Classrooms

May 16 Metro Composting w/Worms- First Grade Classrooms

May 16 PTO Meeting (6:00pm)

May 23 Water Safety Presentation (11am)

May 24 Chehalem Career Day

May 24 Chehalem Spirit Day- Fancy Dress Day

  • Wear your fancy clothing to school

May 27 Memorial Day- No school

May 30 Oregon Children's Theater Field Trip- First Grade Classrooms (11:00am)

May 31 Portland Walking Field Trip- Third Grade Classrooms (9:15am)

May 31 Three Piggy OperaFirst Grade Music Performance- Ms. Morley's Classroom (11:45am)

May 31 Chehalem PTO Carnival (6:00pm)

June 3 Beaverton Library Summer Reading Presentation (8:25am)

June 3 Three Piggy OperaFirst Grade Music Performance- Ms. Day's Classroom (1:45pm)

June 4 Three Piggy OperaFirst Grade Music Performance- Mr. Maldarelli's Classroom (1:45pm)

June 5 Walk & Bike to School Day

June 6 Three Piggy Opera First Grade Music Performance- Ms. Thornton's Classroom (1:45pm)

June 7 Kindergarten Music Performance (1:00pm)

June 10 Rehearsal for Talent Show (8:40am)

June 10 Sing Yourself Smart First Grade Music Program (10:30am)

June 11 Chehalem Talent Show (1:30pm)

June 12 Fifth Grade Celebration (9-11:30 & 12:15-1:30)

June 13 Chehalem Field Day (tentative)

June 14 Chehalem Spirit Day- Sunglasses Day

June 14 Last Day of School

Chehalem OMSI Family Night-- Monday, May 6, 2019 6-8pm

Come see the Science Behind Pixar exhibit along with all the other hands-on learning.

  • FREE Admission & Parking for Chehalem Families
  • Bus transportation provided- 5:15pm at Chehalem, 5:15pm at Belleau Woods (149th & Tracy Ann Ct.), 5:25pm Spencer House (Larch & Spencer) Students riding the bus must be school-aged AND be accompanied by an adult.

OMSI Behavior Expectations:

  • Heelies, running, horseplay, eating, drinking, and chewing gum are prohibited in the exhibit halls.
  • Students must stay with adults during their visit.
  • Anyone who is lost should look for an OMSI representative, wearing a vest or a name badge.
  • Photography is allowed everywhere except the Prenatal Exhibit.
  • Student and parents are encouraged to talk about their discoveries and direct any questions they have to OMSI Staff & Volunteers located throughout the museum and exhibit halls.

Partnership with Play Fit Fun for Structured Recess Activities

On Wednesday, May 1st, Chehalem staff used 90-minute early release time to learn new structured play techniques for use with students during outdoor/indoor/alternative recesses and classroom brain breaks. Spencer Rubin with Play Fit Fun shared his expertise in collaborative games designed to reinforce communication and social-emotional regulation. Our staff appreciated the opportunity to learn new ways of supporting students while also having a lot of fun!
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May 8th Day of Action

Due to inadequate and unstable state school funding, the District will be reducing an estimated $35 million for the 2019-2020 school year. Based on information available at this time, this may lead to a reduction of 200 licensed positions, resulting in layoffs and involuntary staff transfers. To that end, the Beaverton Education Association (BEA) notified the District of their intent to participate in a May 8, 2019 walkout “Day of Action” event sanctioned by the Oregon Education Association (OEA). The purpose of the walkout is to draw statewide attention to the need for adequate funding for K-12 education after three decades of instability.

The May 8 walkout impacts our ability to safely operate schools. Therefore, we have determined May 8 will be a non-student day, with the exceptions noted below.

  • AP/IB testing (to be proctored by administrators and classified staff; transportation will be provided, routes TBD)
  • Previously scheduled Outdoor School taking place the week of May 6
  • Extra-curricular athletics and activities
  • Free student breakfast and lunch at limited sites
  • After school programs currently in place (contact provider for hours of operation)
  • Students attending Early College High School (licensed staff will not report)

BEA has agreed to a reduction of the contractual work year from 198 licensed days to 197 licensed days. Therefore, May 8 will be an unpaid day for all licensed employees, and the day will not be made up. The savings will help mitigate next year’s anticipated staff reductions.

We support the goal and urgency of convincing the Legislature to make a significant new investment in Oregon schools, however, we regret a walkout prohibits us from safely operating schools and the impact this decision will have on students and families. Therefore, May 8 will be an administrator-directed work day for classified staff allowing adequate supervision of the limited activities outlined above.

Further details will be forthcoming. The Beaverton School District will continue to tirelessly advocate for adequate and stable school funding for our students.

BSD Annual Parent Survey

Please take a few moments to complete the BSD Annual Parent Survey! The survey helps us to evaluate our progress in educating your child(ren) and planning for the future. Our goal is to ensure that every member of our school community feels welcomed, valued, and informed, so it is important for all parents/guardians to complete the survey. The survey data will be summarized so that each person who answers will remain anonymous.

Please take the survey considering only one child. You may take the survey again if you have children attending more than one school.

A link to the 2019 Annual Parent Survey will be sent to all valid parent email addresses via SchoolMessenger on Monday, April 22, 2019. The deadline to participate is Sunday, May 12, 2019. You can view a copy of the survey in both English and Spanish on the Research & Reports webpage.
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Kid's Summer Reading Program at Beaverton City Library

Registration begins: Friday, June 1, 2019

Last day to register: Monday, July 22, 2019

Kids from birth to grade 5 can register to be part of the Kids Summer Reading program to read and earn great prizes!

Register: Beginning June 1 you can register online or in the Children’s area at Beaverton City Library Main or the Murray Scholls branch.

​•Read: Read or be read to for 15 hours. Keep track of your time by coloring in the shapes in your Reading Log.

​•Return: Bring your Reading Log back to the library to collect your prizes!

​ First day to pick up prizes: Monday, July 8, 2019
​ Last day to pick up prizes: Sunday, August 18, 2019

​ Prizes include:
​ •A free paperback book
​ •A folder full of coupons for free food and free activities around town

​Beaverton City Library thanks the many sponsors who helped make the Kids Summer Reading program possible.