CROC TALK BRIEF
Nancy Ryles Elementary Newsletter ~ SEPTEMBER 18, 2020
VIDEO MESSAGE by MONICA ARBOW, PRINCIPAL
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- Click on the gear at the bottom right of the video screen
- Click on "Subtitles/CC"
- Click on "Auto Translate"
- Scroll to find the language you want in subtitles
- Press play on the video and subtitles in your selected language will appear
CDL - Comprehensive Distance Learning
Synchronous - students have live contact with their teacher (via Zoom).
Asynchronous - students access pre-recorded lectures and digital curriculum materials and respond through Seesaw and other collaborative documents at a time of their own choosing.
BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT - SEPTEMBER 23
Since we are starting the year in a Comprehensive Distance Learning model, Back to School Night will look different this year. We hope that our flexible format will be conducive to all family’s schedules and availability.
Wednesday, September 23: Teachers will email you a “Back to School” video that includes all of the information you would typically receive from your teacher if you were to attend a Back to School event at school. After watching the video, teachers will host an optional drop-in question and answer session for parents on September 24 or 25. Teachers will communicate the optional drop-in time and Zoom link in the same email that they send the video.
We will offer additional drop-in sessions the following week for: PE and Music, Special Education, English Language Development and the Counselor, Student Success Coach and Principal. All drop-in times and Zoom links will be sent on Wednesday, September 23.
BREAKFAST WITH MRS. MALIN AND MS. OSBORNE
We will send the Zoom link is a separate email to kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade families.
LIBRARY TO GO
Hello Nancy Ryles Families!
We are very excited to announce that we will be checking out books to students beginning Tuesday, September 22! Please review the Nancy Ryles Library To Go for instructions and information. If you have more questions after reading through the document, please email Ms. Osborne or Mr. Chung. We'll see you next week! #ryledup
NRCO (Nancy Ryles Community Organization)
DEVICE PROTECTION PROGRAM
Anticipating that all students will get a district-owned device (either Chromebook or iPad), the District added 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.
STUDENT INFORMATION VERIFICATION
If you have not completed the the back-to-school verification process through ParentVUE, we ask that you complete it before Thursday, September 27. These verifications are meant for currently enrolled students (both Comprehensive Distance Learning and FLEX Online School). We encourage parents to complete the required annual process before school begins. If you don’t complete this process before the start of the school year, it doesn’t mean your child isn’t enrolled in our schools. Verification simply allows you to double-check important information such as emergency contacts and any health/medication requirements are up-to-date in our system.
Click on the “Family Updates and New Student Enrollment” tab in the top right-hand corner and “Verification and Family Updates” from the drop-down menu on the next screen to start the verification process. A message will display in your parent portal with a link to the online verification screens for your review. Those who have an address outside of the District boundaries, such as interdistrict transfers, will not be able to verify online and will receive a paper form from the school.
If you have not activated your ParentVUE account or if you have access concerns, please contact your school (not the District’s Central Office). If you have forgotten your ParentVUE password, please follow these instructions to reset.
Helpful links for more information:
● Back-to-School Verification (with step by step instruction video)
Thank you for ensuring that we have the most accurate information on your student.
BSD FAMILY TOOLKIT
FREE & REDUCED MEAL BENEFITS
Could your child qualify for free meals? Please fill out the Free and Reduced Meal application online. Applications are also available in Spanish. If you’re unable to access the application online, call 503-356-3957.
Families have inquired about the school supply list. As we begin the school year with Comprehensive Distance Learning, here is a suggested list of school supplies:
- Earbuds, preferably with microphone
- Pencils and pens
- Spiral notebooks or composition books
- Colored Markers
- Glue stick
- Small dry-erase board with dry-erase marker
If you need assistance with these supplies, please submit this form.