Dragon News

Findley Elementary School

August 22, 2022

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Message from the Principal

Greetings Findley Community,

Happy New Year! We are getting very excited to welcome back all of our Dragons in a couple of weeks, both new and returning. Our first day of school for 1st-5th graders is Tuesday, September 6. Our School Community Engagement Night, or Back to School Night, will be Thursday, September 8. I will have more specifics for you on that in our next edition.

As you are enjoying the last couple of weeks of the summer, please do take a moment to check out the Back to School landing page with all the important information necessary for a smooth start to the year. For information specific to our building check out our website, this newsletter, or give our office a call (503) 356-2100.

One of the biggest questions you may have right now, is, who is my child's teacher? First through 5th grade teacher assignments will be shared the week of August 29. Kindergarten families will receive more information from our kindergarten team next week about kinder meet and greets and start days.

We can't wait to see you all! More information coming in our next Newsletter, coming to you the week before school starts.

See you soon~

Sherry Marsh, Ed.D.


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Start & End Times and Going Home Plans

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Please be sure to communicate your child's going home plan with their teacher on the first day of school.

Arrival & Dismissal Maps and Procedures

Saltzman Lot is not available for parking, drop off or pick up during arrival and dismissal.

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ParentSquare Tutorials for Incoming Families

New to our district or school? Here is a video designed to help you learn about more about ParentSquare; our district's communication platform:

English ParentSquare 101 - https://youtu.be/UiX7gUTzeQU

Spanish ParentSquare 101 - https://youtu.be/Fg1iC4OL34E

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Findley Opportunities for Engagement and Community Building

This year we will kick off the year with a series of community building activities and lessons designed to celebrate & honor our diversity, individual identities, learn about our strengths and assets and others while cultivating our school-wide community. Our goal is to learn more about ourselves and about each other, so that we can serve the entire community with more efficacy and empathy. We will culminate our community building with a whole school Community Cultural Fair, scheduled (tentatively) for the evening of October 13.

As a part of this work in growing our understanding and knowledge of the diverse community we serve, we need your voice! The past two years, we have held a series of Family Input Panels. Our goal with these family panels is to hear from our families about ways in which they have felt bias, as a result of something the school has done, or not done, learn about our blindspots and to hear about your expectations of us. These Family Input Panels have been extremely valuable to our learning as educators. While I don't have specific dates for future Family Input Panels yet, I am seeking to hear from our folks who would be interested in participating. If this sounds like an opportunity you would like to be involved in, please indicate your interest on this form. My hope is to have more than one panel next year, and allow for a wide variety of voices to heard.

School Meals

The federal waiver and funding that allowed BSD to provide free meals for all students ended on June 30. The District can no longer offer free meals for all. Families can apply online for free or reduced-cost meals for this school year. Visit the Meal Benefits webpage to get started. The free and reduced-cost meal program offers many benefits beyond nutrition for participating families, including fee waivers, activity scholarships and school supplies. We encourage all families to take advantage of this option, if eligible.

Beginning in September, students not participating in the free and reduced-cost program will need to pay for meals again. Students who were approved for free and reduced-cost meals in 2021-22 will automatically be approved for free meals for the first 30 days of this school year. However, a new application will need to be submitted for the benefit to continue.

Community Eligibility Program (CEP) schools will continue to offer free breakfast and lunch for all students next school year. CEP-approved schools include Aloha-Huber Park, Barnes, Beaver Acres, Chehalem, Fir Grove, Greenway, Hazeldale, Kinnaman, McKay, McKinley, Vose and William Walker elementary schools and Community School at Merlo Station. Students enrolled at CEP schools do not need to apply for meal benefits. If you have additional students in your home who attend other, non-CEP schools in the BSD, you must fill out a meal benefits application and be approved to receive free meals.


Elementary: $1.65

Middle/Option: $1.70
High School: $1.80

Adults: $2.75
Milk: $0.50


Elementary: $3.05
Middle/Option: $3.25

High School: $3.60
Adults: $4.50

Milk: $0.50

Community Resources

Community Resources

Bethany & Cedar Mill Library

Student Health Center - Catherine Kately Williams is the new mental health provider. KateleyWilliamsC@nhcoregon.org It is easiest to reach her via email as she does not have a specific phone routed to her. Cat is available M-F 8-5 and will conduct sessions via zoom. She will serve a bridge gap, providing up to about 10 sessions before she moves students on to a long-term counselor if necessary. They are set up to take every major insurance plan including Kaiser for OHP kids. They will also have an intake person who can help families get the kids on OHP.

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Findley PTO

Findley PTO: Supporting our students by connecting parents, staff, and the community!

Visit our website at www.findleypto.com or email president@findleypto.com.

Important Dates


6 First Day for 1st-5th Grade

6 & 7 Kinder Meet & Greets

8 First day for Kinders Last Names A-L

9 First Day for Kinders Last Names M-Z

8 School Community Engagement Night

12-First Day for ALL Kinders; School-Wide Community Building Activities Begin

29-Children's Program Presentation; Children and Technology 7 PM