Nov.- Scholls Heights Knights

Parent/Guardian Newsletter

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November Assembly

Please check out our November Assembly about Gratitude. Each assembly will feature different classes.

Principal Message

Dear Parents and Guardians,

First of all, we want to express our appreciation for the support and care you are giving your child(ren) during on-line learning. While this is not what we would hope for, we appreciate how you are all making the best of the situation. Teachers are working tremendously hard, students are engaging and trying to the best of their ability and parents are giving so much!

As much as we appreciate the help and support you are giving your child(ren), we notice that many students may be getting too much help. As educators, we have come to learn that when we step in to support at the first sign of struggle for a child, rather than giving them time and space to work through the challenge independently, we tend to limit their learning.

We certainly do not want children to get to the point where they feel frustrated and give up, but when students make meaning on their own and see their hard work result in success then they not only feel better about themselves, their learning is far more durable. If the work is too easy or we support them too much, they may get the “right answer”, but their sense of self and the quality of the learning is not as strong. Teachers look at student work to determine what is the next step in moving the child forward. If students get too much help with an assignment, teachers aren't getting the correct information about what instruction that child needs next.

As parents, you set the tone that impacts how your child feels about their learning. As educators, we make a conscious effort to remain positive and encourage a student who is struggling to send the message that we believe in their ability to do hard things. If you see your child struggling, here are some things you can do to help:

  • Ask leading questions to guide their thinking toward the answer rather than giving them the answer

  • Instead of asking what they don’t understand, ask them what they do understand about the assignment

  • Have them take a short, timed break and then return to the assignment

  • Encourage your child to see mistakes as opportunities to learn

  • Praise them for their persistence

We are so proud of teachers and students and all they have accomplished this fall. We have all been engaged in our own “productive struggle” as we learn how to "do school" in ways we've never had to before. As always, do not hesitate to reach out with questions, concerns, or tips for how we can help you support your child at home.

Here are two short (1-2 minutes) videos that explain "productive struggle":

Exploring Productive Struggle

Productive Struggle


Tracy Bariao (Principal)

Erika Heslin (Assistant Principal)

Reminder- No School on Wednesday, November, 11, in honor of Veterans Day.

Reminder- No School on Friday, November, 13. It is a Grading Day.

Friday, November 13, is a Teacher Grading Day. Teachers will be analyzing student work to plan next steps in teaching. This is not a Conference Day or Progress Report Day. This day is an opportunity for teachers to share progress in many ways. Teachers are using email, Zoom and phone calls to communicate with families. You can expect some sort of communication regarding your child's progress over the next couple of weeks. Please remember, parents also have the opportunity to see what their child is working on by accessing SeeSaw.

As always if you have any concerns please reach out directly to your child's teacher.

Check Out Mrs. Welch's Virtual Counseling Office.

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Come See Mrs. Krueger's Resources

Scholls Heights Scholastic Book Fair

Dates: Nov 9-22

Starting Nov 9th you will be able to order books online, with 25% of all sales coming back to Scholls Heights through books for both our library and our classrooms. Your orders will be delivered in time for winter vacation, so this is a great time to stock up on your kids' favorite reads. Get those lists ready and mark your calendars!


Did you know that Dreambox is an adaptive Math Program? That means as your child learns new things the activities progress in difficulty. If your child is struggling with a concept, it will adjust to meet your child where they are academically.

This is why it is very important that students are not getting too much help when completing the assignments. If your child is struggling, you could have them reread the problem or reread it to them. If they still do not know, have them take their best guess.


Video on or off?—We understand that for a variety of reasons some students may choose to turn off their camera during Zoom sessions. Sometimes this is due to the internet connection needing the extra boost. However, much of how teachers assess is by observing. How can a PE teacher or music teacher assess their learning targets if the camera is off?

  • Is your child turning his/her camera off in order to opt out? Are they still able to focus on the learning when the camera is off?
  • Whenever possible, please encourage your child to have his/her camera on and to be sitting or standing in view of the screen during Zoom sessions. This is especially important during small group times.
  • If your family or child is not comfortable sharing his/her video, please encourage them to participate in class via the chat, reactions, or virtual raised hand so that teachers know students are actively engaged in their learning.

It is hard for teachers to monitor engagement and learning if they can not see their students' reactions to teaching.

Coffee and Culture Chat

Coffee and Culture Chat invite 2020

Who: Multicultural Families at Scholls Heights Elementary

What: A chance to connect with other families, share culture, support one another!

When: First Monday of every month. 8:00-8:30 AM

Where: Zoom (Link here.) Meeting ID: 864 6155 5156 Password: ELD

Why: Support one another through Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) and establish

relationships to build on for when we go back to the building.

This is a chance to celebrate the rich diversity of our community, all families are welcome to join us.

Office Hours

Our School Office is open daily from 8:00-3:30. If you arrive to pick something up and someone is not at the door to meet you, please call the office at 503-356-2460 and someone will be with you shortly.

Dining For Dollars

Come enjoy a meal at Mod Pizza on November 19, for Scholls Heights. This fundraiser helps support the PTO who support teachers and programs. Make sure to mention that you are with Scholls Heights.

November 19th

Mod Pizza Greenway - Tigard, OR

12196 SW Scholls Ferry Road

Tigard, OR 97223


Open from 10:30am - 10:00pm

Our fundraiser lasts all day!

Monthly Walk and Roll Activities (PTO)

To help inspire us to stay active and keep practicing walking and biking safely we will be posting a monthly walk or roll activity on our PTO Facebook page. Each month there will be a fun activity tied in with seasonal changes and safety tips provided by Beaverton's Safe Routes to School. Fall is a time to stay extra alert on dark and rainy days and for bikers and walkers to wear bright and reflective clothing to be seen. Be sure to check the PTO's Facebook page next Wednesday for this month's activity!

Green Team Activities at Home (PTO)

Scholls Heights is an Oregon Green School which means we are committed to finding ways to reduce waste at our schools and helping connect kids to nature! This month we will be posting activities that students can enjoy from home. Be sure to check out the PTO's Facebook page the week of November 16th. These actives will also be posted on our Green Team page at Note to 5th graders: we are still exploring options for a 5th grade team this year and will be sharing information through your teachers about this soon. If you have questions, please email Andrea Bonard at

OBOB Resources at the Library

For OBOB enthusiasts, the Washington County Library has a full page dedicated to OBOB. There are some great reads this year and the library has many titles available digitally and for traditional book check out. Several branches are holding virtual book groups and mock battles. Keep checking the site as new events are still being added. To sign up for these events and for the full list of resources see,

Reminder- No School on Wednesday, November, 25- Friday, November 27, in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Do you have a 5th Grader Interested in Options Schools? Below is more information.

Books on the Go and Book Bus

“Books on the Go” is happening every Wednesday afternoon, under the covered area from 12:30-2:00. This is a grab and go event, as a bundle of books will already be preselected. We appreciate the willingness of students to try new authors and titles, hopefully new books will be found that are enjoyable! Books can be returned to the Book Bus, Wednesdays at Books on the Go between 12:30-2:00, or Monday through Friday between 8:30-2:30 in a book bin in front of the school.

The Book Bus makes four stops within Scholls Heights boundaries every Tuesday afternoon. The four stops are:

1) SW Sabrina Ave @ SW Apple Grove Tr (Sabrina facing south front of the park) @ 1:34 P.M.

2) SW River Terrace BLVD @ Emilia Park @ 2:07 P.M.

3) SW Roshak Rd North of SW Snapdragon Ln @ 2:34 P.M.

4) SW Fern St between SW Catalina Dr and 148th @ 3:10 P.M.

Use the following links to watch how to use Sora, how to look for books in Destiny and how to place books on hold. Once you watch this video, you may start placing books on hold. Please remember that books can be checked out for 2 weeks and will then need to be quarantined for another week, so if you are not the first person in the queue waiting for a book, it will be at least 3 weeks, if not longer, until your book is ready for you. Books on hold can be picked up Wednesdays from 12:30-2:00 or on the Book Bus.

How to place a hold:

How to use Sora:

How to use your Youth Access Card (YAC) at the public library:

Happy Reading!

Family Connect Funds

We will use Family Connect funds to provide food and other basic needs to our families, in conjunction with engaging them in remote learning. These funds allow our Behavioral Health & Wellness Teams to meet the needs of not only our BSD students, but the families that are supporting our students as they learn from a distance.

If you have needs, please reach out to our Counselor, Anna Welch.

Talented and Gifted

Every year students are considered for Talented and Gifted services in the Beaverton School District. These services are provided by your child's classroom teacher(s). Oregon law and District policy define gifted students as those who score at or above the 97th percentile on a standardized, nationally normed test of mental ability and/or academic achievement in reading and/or math. Behavioral, learning, and/or performance information is also considered before a student is identified for TAG services.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and our current reality of Comprehensive Distance Learning, our evaluation process will look different this year. We will administer in-person TAG testing after January 11, 2021. Until then, teachers will collect evidence on how your student responds to differentiation within their distance learning classroom. This evaluation may include: file reviews, teacher and student observations, a collection of work samples, and/or individual or group assessments. This process may take some time, but every effort will be made to complete the evaluation in a timely manner. Parents will be notified of their school’s in-person testing dates in January.

If you think your child might qualify for TAG services, you may wish to complete the Parent Information Form that is available in our school’s office or attached below. Completing this form gives our school TAG Committee more information about your child, but it is not required. All qualified students will be considered regardless of the form’s completion.

Please complete and return the Parent Information Form to your child’s teacher.

News from Beaverton Library

Youth Access Card Video to share

Getting books into the hands of kids is one of our top priorities. We’ve made this fun video ( under 3 min.) for students and families to remind them of their Youth Access Card, and everything the library can do for them this year.

BCL to Go upgrade: no appointment needed AND Murray Scholls!

We’ve upgraded BCL to go in two big ways:

  1. You can pick up your holds at Murray Scholls

  2. No appointment needed!

During service hours, drop-by either Beaverton City Library location (Hall Blvd. for the main library, and the Walgreens entrance for the Murray Scholls Library) and we’ll bring your books out to you. For folks who prefer to make an appointment for faster service, that is still an option.

Grab-and-Go School Meal Sites

Nutrition Services department has been hard at work developing a plan for providing meals during Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL). We have received waivers from the USDA which allow any child (age 1-18) to pick up free meals.

Here’s a look at how meals will be distributed this fall:

  • Parents or guardians may pick up meals for students who are not present.
  • Meal pickups will occur two days per week: Tuesday (2 days of food) and Thursday (3 days of food) from 11 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Meals will be packaged with breakfast and lunch together.
  • Masks must be worn by anyone picking up meals.

Curbside Grab-and-Go School Sites:

Visit for bus stop locations.

Technical Difficulties?

Our Tech Department is working hard to keep everyone connected. If you have any problems, please reach out.

Here is the information on how to contact them:

Student Help Desk: 503-356-4656

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