Dragon News

Findley Elementary School

February 7, 2020

Message from the Principal

Happy Friday Findley Families!

I don’t know about you, but January felt like the longest month ever. I’m am happy that we have moved on to February and are getting closer and closer to spring each day.

Our English Language Proficiency Assessment administration starts next week. As a reminder, if you student has been identified as an English Language Learner, they will be taking this assessment. Students will be bringing home more information about specific days and times they will be tested.

Our general PTO meeting has been rescheduled this month. The meeting previously scheduled for February 10 at 7 PM will now be February 20 at 7 PM. This is to accommodate our guest speaker, Steven Sparks, BSD’s executive admin for facilities and planning. Currently, Mr. Sparks is leading the work of the Middle School Boundary Adjustment Committee. We are fortunate to have him come to speak with our school community about this process and its potential impact to our families.

We have a lot coming up in the next few month and half before spring break including our annual book fair, Bingo Night and the Science Fair. For event dates, please see the rest of this newsletter.

Have a great weekend,

Sherry Marsh, Ed.D.



This week’s battles have been very exciting!!! The top 80% of the teams are now battling in the Competitive Round, where they can steal answers and accumulate more points. These rounds will end on Wednesday February 12th and the top 16 teams will go onto the Elimination Rounds. Elimination Rounds are based on the total points earned during the Competitive Rounds.

The Elimination Rounds will take place the week of February 24th: we will battle the Sweet Sixteen, Elite Eight, Fabulous Four and the Championship Battle. If your child’s team makes it this far please come in and support them.

Our OBOB Program had approximately 60 teams involved this year, so making it to the top sixteen is quite an accomplishment! The Regional Battle is scheduled for Saturday March 14th, at Tom McCall Elementary school in Forest Grove.

We are still in need of volunteers for some of our upcoming battles Monday, February 10th & Wednesday February 12th. Please check the PTO volunteer calendar to help out, Volunteer. We will be posting the Elimination Battle Teams and schedule by Friday, February 14th. Congratulations to all the teams who participated this year and help to make this a fantastic and successful program. Go Dragon Readers!!!


We have been given an update from Washington County regarding the Coronavirus that is making the news. There are currently NO cases diagnosed in Oregon nor have any students been diagnosed at Findley.

We will continue to follow the Oregon Health Authority with regards to students and families safety during this outbreak.

Girls on the Run is coming to Findley!

Register your 3rd-5th grade girl for this 10-week program that combines training for a 5k (3.1 miles) with lessons that inspire girls to become independent thinkers, enhance their problem-solving skills, and make healthy choices. Practice is 90 minutes twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school. Practice starts the week of March 2nd and ends the week of May 18th. Registration is first come, first serve so don't wait! Learn more and register at www.girlsontherunpdx.org

We also need coaches to bring this program to Findley! Learn more about coaching at www.girlsontherunpdx.org/Coach

Meet our Team!

Kindergarten Teachers

Let's meet our Fabulous Kindergarten teachers!

Did you know that Mrs. McNamara & Mrs. Westra co-teach? That means they both have the same classroom 2.5 days a week.

Jennifer Falkowski: What is your favorite subject to teach? Science

Amber McLandrich: What is the best part of kindergarten for you? The pure joy of this age group. They love to sing, dance, build and pretend. It energizes me and the day flies by!

Iris McNamara: How long have you taught at Findley? 5 years at Findley teaching Kindergarten.

Shauna Westra: What other grades have you taught? 2nd grade and 1st grade.


Here’s a challenge for every Findley student: bring 8 plastic bottles to school. Beginning February 3 ending February 14.

These are the types of plastic bottles we are allowed to collect: What is included?

If you have any questions about the bottle drive or which bottles can be accepted, please contact Ved in Mrs. Mesler's class

Mary Ehrenworth - speaker

Dr. Ehrenworth will be speaking at Springville K-8, starting at 6:30. There will be light refreshments and time to answer questions at the end.

If you are interested in attending, please register here. If you have any questions, please call Susan Ouellette at 503-356-4431.

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AVID Tutorial and Tutor Training

Want to help students in our area, here is a great way you can do that!

March 14, 2020

BSD Staff Registration & Outside BSD Registration

AVID Volunteer Tutors Needed and Paid College Student Tutor Position!

AVID Volunteer Tutor Flyer - Wesbsite Link

Announcements week of 1/28

My Movie 8

Announcements week of 2/3

2-3 Morning Announcements

Announcements week of 2/3

Whats Happening!

Student entered the Ride - Bike - Roll drawing contest

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.


Pre-Order your Findley Yearbook at FindleyPTO.com/Yearbook to ensure you receive your copy at the end of the school year.

Yearbooks are $16.00. Complete the online form by February 21st, 2020.

Payment options are via PayPal or by check to Findley PTO (drop box in Findley office). All orders will be processed once payment is received.

  • What is a Findley Yearbook? The Findley Yearbook is the school annual created by parent volunteers. It includes student portraits and candid snapshots of students in the classroom and at school events.
  • What is a Love Note? A “love note” is a tiny printed message from you to your child that is printed on the final pages of the Yearbook. The $5 purchase price helps fund yearbooks for Findley staff.
  • Who is in the Yearbook? The yearbook includes all students and staff at Findley who were present and active in the school up to February of this school year.
  • When will I receive my Yearbook? Pre-ordered Yearbooks are distributed to students the last week of school.
  • How do I order a Yearbook? Pre-order (recommended) at FindleyPTO.com/Yearbook, or purchase in the Findley Office during the last days of school (limited quantity). Yearbook is $16 each.

Your order will not be processed until payment is received. A very limited number of yearbooks will be available for purchase at the end of the school year, but they sell out quickly. By ordering a yearbook now, your child is guaranteed to receive a book at the end of the school year.

Valentine’s Day Party is Friday, Feb. 14th

Love is in the air! Be looking for volunteer opportunities in your child’s classroom for the Valentine Day party on Friday, Feb. 14th:

Kinder- TBA

1st- 1:50-2:50

2nd- 12:00-1:00

3rd- 10:30-11:30

4th- 11:00-12:00

5th- 11:30-12:30

All volunteers must check in at the office and have a completed BSD background check. The parking lot will be full on party days, so please arrive early if you are planning to volunteer. Thank you!(Remember - siblings are not allowed in the classroom at anytime!)

Thank you!

Findley Carnival Planning

Calling all Findley Dads! Come join the Findley Carnival planning each month in the banquet room at Bethany Public House. The carnival is set for June 5th and there is a lot to do! Our next meeting will be Wednesday, February 26th at 8:30pm. Come join the CarnyDads! It's for the kids! Contact JD McLandrich with any questions – jd.mclandrich@aecom.com.

Mark Your Calendar!!! Findley Science Fair is March 11th

We Need Exhibitors from Intel and Nike!!!

Work at Intel? We would love to have a fab bunny suit from Intel. This exhibitor table is always one of the students favorite.

Work at Nike? We are looking for a Nike parent who can bring different types of Nike shoe soles for an exhibitor table. We are not asking for technology that's still in wraps, anything that is already out in the market would be fine!

Science Fair committee can arrange for volunteers to help out these parents at their respective tables!!

Please email – mitra.poulami@gmail.com with any exhibitor information.

Findley Book Fair is coming February 28th!

The Spring 2020 Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Findley! This year's Jungle themed book fair will be Feb 28 - March 5. It will be held in a new location, Room 201, with ample space to showcase the hundreds of fun, engaging, and affordable books for your family to discover. Please support our book fair as proceeds from the fair benefit Findley.

This year, we will offer the eWallet digital payment option. This convenient cashless option allows parents to set up an account through Scholastic with a credit card. Parents set a spending limit for their child(ren) for use at the book fair, and unused funds are released back to the credit card at the end of the fair. To encourage participation in the eWallet option, every student who has an account will have their name entered into drawings for great prizes (books and posters).

Use this link to visit our homepage filled with great information including an interactive book flyer, book fair schedule, online shopping, and a link to sign up for eWallet. https://www.scholastic.com/bf/findleyelementaryschool

Book Fair days/hours:

Friday, February 28th: 3pm-8pm (shop before and during BINGO night)

Monday, March 2nd – Wednesday, March 4th during lunch and after school until 4pm

Thursday, March 5th: 9:30am-10:30am (SPECIAL EARLY SHOPPING after Parent Partnership

info session)

Thursday, March 5th during lunch only (LAST DAY)

***** Students attending the book fair after school must be supervised by an adult ****

In order for our book fair to be successful, we will need volunteers to help with setting up, preview day, sales, and packing up. Please consider helping out. Be on the lookout for upcoming volunteer opportunities. Contact Annie Bulnes (abulnes3@gmail.com) or Marissa McAbee (marissamcabee@yahoo.com) for questions.

Save the Date! Findley PTO General Meeting Dates

PTO General Meetings (Findley Library) – Presentations and staff updates. Open to all interested parents!

· February 20th 7pm

· May 18th

Up Coming Events


10th - ELPA Testing begins

14th - Valentine Parties

17th - No School Presidents Day

18th - No School - Staff Development

19th - Passport Club

20th - PTO Meeting 7:00 Findley Cafeteria

21st - International Language Day

21st - Staff Luncheon

21st - Passport Recheck

26th - Art Literacy Training

27th - Book fair setup

28th - Book fair begins

28th - All School Assembly

28th - Hip Hop Dance Company

28th - Bingo Night

28th - ELPA testing ends


Don't miss out!