Bobcat News

For the week of August 31- September 4, 2020

A message from Mrs. Sideris

Hello BC Families,

We are so excited to reconnect with our families and get to know our new families. Thank you all so much for your patience as we navigate through this new adventure. We are planning an amazing school year for your students and can't wait to begin.


There are so many things to update you on. So here goes......


All the best,

Mrs. Sideris

Welcome New BC Staff

What's Happening This Year

We are beginning the year in Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL). This means that students will begin the school year online. If and when Multnomah County enters into phase 2 we will reconsider returning to the building and transitioning into a Hybrid model with partial in-person learning. Review the image below for more information on what CDL entails.
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First 2 Weeks of School September 9-18

School begins on September 9th. However, the first 2 weeks is a soft start. You should expect to connect with your teachers through phone calls and video conferencing via Zoom. We will also distribute chrome books for those who need them, learning materials and basic supplies for all students. See the schedule below. We will also offer a Question and Answer Sessions for families and orientations on how to use the technology.

What does a school day look like for my student?

Comprehensive Distance Learning begins September 21st and the school day will fall between 9am-3pm. Student will attend virtual lessons with their teachers 4 days a week with Wednesdays being a day for independent work and office hour contacts with teachers and the counselor. Here are sample schedules for Kindergarten- 3rd Grades and 4th Grade - 6th grades. ***Specials are Music and PE*** Class meetings will happen using Zoom K-3 will be using a learning platform called Seesaw with 4th-6th grade using Google Classroom.



During the week:

Teachers will engage students and families in a variety of ways that may include

  • Smaller group meetings (synchronous/live)

  • Individual family support

  • Practice Breakout Sessions

  • Independent Applied Learning


Definitions of Learning Modes:

Synchronous Learning- Students meet in a class with a teacher live. This may include small group breakouts.


Asynchronous Learning/Applied Learning Teacher post learning opportunities including videos, reading ,practice and application connected to synchronous class sessions. The time is flexible for students and assigned reading or practice does not necessarily fill the entire period of time.


We will continue to update families as we learn more about how we will support your child during Comprehensive Distance Learning. Please refer to our district website for the most up to date information.

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Chromebooks and Supplies/ Meet Your Teachers

Next week we are planning 3 days for distribution of student supplies, learning materials and chromebooks. This will also be a chance to see your teacher, while following Social Distancing Guidelines of course. The dates and times are listed below. There will be more information by the end of the week.


Kindergarten, 1st Grade and 2nd Grade

Wednesday, September 9th 9am-12pm


3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade and 6th Grade

Thursday, September 10th 12pm-3pm


Make-up Day

Friday, September 11 3pm-5pm


With the Centennial School District’s two options for school this fall – Comprehensive Distance Learning OR the Centennial Virtual Academy – your student will need access to the Internet with good connectivity. If this presents a problem for your household, please contact Mary Gilbert or Corinna Jobe at (503)762-6100 to see if you may be eligible for free Internet services for the school year. This service is provided by an outside vendor and will require that you fill out an application to see if you qualify.

When Will We Find Out About Class Placement Information?

Teachers returned on Monday. They are reviewing and rebalancing classes based on our enrollment information. We will then load everything into the system. You will receive placement information before the end of the week.


** Please know there may need to be adjustments to class placements based on enrollment and/or cohorting requirements when we move into hybrid learning.

If you or someone you know is not planning on returning to BC please HELP US...

We are working hard to make staff grade level adjustments based on the students that will be participating in Comprehensive Distance Learning. If you have moved or are planning on homeschooling your child please make sure you notify the school immediately. This will help us make the best decisions possible for our students and the building.

What supplies would you recommend for our school work space?

Here is a list of supplies that might be helpful to have on hand when setting up your home work area. You will likely have a number of these at home already.



Kindergarten

Pencils

Paper (notebook or loose)

Pencil sharpener

glue sticks

scissors

Crayons (16 or 24 pack)

folder/tray/box to hold worksheets


1st Grade

Pencils

Pencil Sharpener

1 black expo marker (dry erase)

Crayons

Glue Stick

Scissors


2nd Grade

Pencil sharpener

Crayons or colored pencils

Optional:

Headphones (for use with Chromebook)

Timer

Small Whiteboard

Marker


3rd Grade

1 package of pencils

1 pencil sharpener

1 set of markers OR colored pencils

2 highlighters (1 pink & 1 yellow)

4 dry erase markers

1 Pink Pearl eraser

1 supply box

1 wide ruled composition notebook

optional: headphones with built in microphone


4th Grade

3 spiral notebooks

pencils

thin markers

dry erase board

dry erase markers


5th Grade

Whiteboard and marker

Paper and pencils

Colored pencils (for math lessons)


6th Grade

Pencils

Paper - College Ruled

Pink eraser

Dry Erase marker

Small White Board (can get at Dollar Store)

Multiplication/Division flashcards (Dollar Store)