April Scholls Heights Knights
Scholls Heights Families,
We are looking forward to conferences later this month. All conferences are 20 minutes and are virtual (on Zoom) this spring. Teachers will be sending appointment sign-ups on Tuesday after school. If your family will be using an interpreter, these conferences have already been scheduled and you will not need to sign-up.
We are looking forward to sharing your student's growth and accomplishments with you. Due to time limitations, each family can sign-up for one conference with their classroom teacher. If you would like to speak to a specialist or student support specialist, please email them directly.
There is a lot in this newsletter, thank you for taking the time to read it.
Tracy Bariao (Principal)
Erika Heslin (Assistant Principal)
Parking Lot Reminders
We understand that our parking lot is small and can be frustrating, that is why we have developed systems over time to alleviate some of the problems.
When pulling into the parking lot, please pull forward to the crosswalk at the main front entrance. (Many people are trying to let their student out directly across from the entrance or pick them up. Your student can walk the extra distance and more people can get into the parking lot if you pull forward.)
Please do not get out of line on Loon and drive in the oncoming traffic lane.
Please use your signal to let others know that you are ready to pull away from the curb.
Please let others merge when they have their blinker on.
Please do not cut in front of the buses. They have many students to load.
We know you want to pick up your student and leave school in a timely manner. We want that too. As soon as we get everyone picked up, we can continue working inside the building.
Please do not park in the bus areas or fire lanes.
Please turn right out of our parking lot.
Lastly, please be kind to the duty people and teachers who are out there to keep our student safe. It is not one of our favorite times of the day, but we do it because of the safety of our students is our highest priority.
Oregon Battle of the Books
The Mini-Montagues will be representing Scholls Heights at the competition on Saturday, April 16th.
Mini-Montagues 4th Grade Champions/ School Champions
Baron, Andrei, Grady, Shaayan and Hudson
OBOB Orcas 5th Grade Champions
Yoshimune, Arabelle, Elise, and Kristina
Per district guidelines, parents are not allowed on the playground during school hours with the exception of special events.
Due to COVID safety protocols we are not able to have parent visitors in the cafeteria.
Our office is happy to help you. It is also a busy place with student and staff needs. Please try not to come too early for your assigned time or remain after.
Thank you for everything you do for our students, staff, and school!
2nd Grade Hearing Screening
Hearing screening will be conducted by BSD Health Assistants for students in 2nd grade on April 7, 2022. A second screening will be conducted a couple of weeks later for those students who did not pass the initial screening. Parents will be notified of results after a second failed hearing screening. Students in specialized classrooms will not participate in the school wide screening except by teacher/parent request.
Please notify your child’s teacher if you prefer that your child not participate in this hearing screening. Students who are absent during school screenings will be screened individually with parent verbal request and consent.
April 5- Conference Sign Ups Open (after school)
April 8- Fun Run
April 14- No School - Staff Development Day
April 15- No School - Grading Day
April 20- Afternoon/Evening Conferences
April 21- No School - Conferences
Know an incoming Kindergartener? Please encourage them to register now. We are having a Kindergarten Orientation event on May 12, 5:00-6:30 PM. More information to come.
Fun Run is back at Scholls Heights!
We are gearing up for our Scholls Heights Fun Run on Friday April 8th. This year student’s will be completing 30-35 laps! It’s going to be a FUN experience for ALL students and comes with a brand new character theme, called Sports City Worldwide! Not only will this help our school raise some much needed funds, but it will also engage your students socially & emotionally.
How can you help?
Register on mybooster.com!
SHARE your student’s donation link with friends & family!
Donate if you are able to.
Each student will receive a new Fun Run Shirt on the morning of the event, and get to keep it to wear on future spirit days (or any day they want to!)
We are also in need of parent volunteers! We have opened 24 slots total, with 12 in the morning and 12 in the afternoon. If you can help us keep track of laps, man the water table, and hand out otter pops, please sign up through your MyImpactPage account, scroll down to "Track and Water Table Volunteers" and sign up for which shift you can make. Run times will be as follows:
Shift 1 8:30-12:00
4th grade & ISC 8:45-9:30
3rd grade 9:35-10:20
2nd grade 10:25-11:10
5th grade 11:15-12:00
Shift 2 12:30-2:30
1st grade 1:30-2:15
Great news - Spectators will be allowed at our Fun Run event this year! You do not need to be registered as a volunteer with the Beaverton School District to come watch your student run. There will be a designated area for spectators to watch, and you will not be able to enter the school building at any time. You will be given a spectator badge upon arrival outside the front of the school, and travel down through the side gate to the field for the run. No spectators are allowed on any of the play equipment or recess areas at any time, and must remain in the spectator area for the duration of your students run time.
Scholastic Book Fair
Our Scholls Heights family loves to celebrate our diversity and grow in knowledge and understanding about our varied cultures. One way we do this is by our new C&C (Countries and Cultures) bulletin board! Our student and/or family generated boards help our community grow in our knowledge and appreciation of the rich and varied cultures represented at SH.
This month's highlight is the country of India! Take the time to talk to your child about the information on this board. If you have a country/culture you would like to create a board for, please contact Marci Reschke, ELD teacher.
Walking and Rolling is Good for the Earth!
April is the month we celebrate Earth Day and one way you can help our planet and combat climate change is to replace car trips with active ones! 2 miles of driving = 1.6 lbs of carbon emissions. Think about local car trips that your family takes often. Maybe it is a trip to the park or a friend’s house. Map your route and try walking or biking instead. We often think places are farther than they seem. Give yourself plenty of time to get to your location and be amazed at what your body can do for you!
Dining For Dollars
Please mark your calendar for upcoming Dining For Dollars. This is a great way to enjoy delicious food while supporting Scholls Height.
McTeacher night is back! McDonalds will be donating 20% of all drive-thru, McDelivery, and mobile orders to Scholls Heights on Wednesday April 20th from 5-8pm at the Tigard Scholls Ferry location. Uber Eats, Grubhub, and Doordash orders all count towards the fundraiser, so you can participate from the comfort of your own home or work around spring sports schedules. You do not need a flyer or a code to be part of this event, simply place your order during the designated time and your order will directly impact our school!
Upcoming Dining For Dollars:
April 13- McTeacher Night
June 18- Menchies
April 6 Community Conversations Around Race: Registration Open
We’re very excited to be co-hosting this year’s third annual virtual Community Conversations Around Race on Wednesday, April 6 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. This year’s conversation will consist of two parts: a Student Roundtable Discussion from 4:30-5:30 followed by a Racial Affinity Space Conversation from 5:35-6:30.
The Student Roundtable Discussion will elevate high school students' voices, sharing their personal narratives and experiences while allowing the listeners to lean into their own racial literacy. Racial literacy is the knowledge, skills, and awareness needed to talk thoughtfully about race and racism, with the goal of eradicating racism.
The Racial Affinity Space will be an opportunity for participants to reflect on their learning from the student panel and engage in discussions based on their racial identity.
The event will take place via Zoom. An email will be sent to all registrants on the day of the event with the agenda, including links. We thank you for your interest in joining us and you can register using this link: http://bit.ly/2022ConversationsAroundRace.For registration assistance please contact email@example.com.
April is Arab American Heritage Month
National Arab American Heritage Month (NAAHM) takes place in April, offering us an opportunity to focus on Arab American heritage and culture and the significant contributions of Arab Americans and Arabic-speaking Americans today and throughout our history. From Insight Into Diversity: “Arab Americans have ancestry in one of the world’s 22 Arab nations, which are located from northern Africa through western Asia. The people of these nations are ethnically, politically, and religiously diverse but share a common cultural and linguistic heritage. The world’s 22 Arab nations are Algeria, Bahrain, the Comoro Islands, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, and Yemen.”
While Arab American heritage has been celebrated at various times throughout the year in some states since the 1990s, it wasn’t until April 19, 2021 that the month of April was federally recognized as NAAHM.
Delve into your own celebration, learning, and elevation of Arab-Americans! Learning for Justice has compiled a few resources to help celebrate Arab American Heritage Month, and the Middle East Policy Council has compiled an impressive resource guide on their site, TeachMideast. Additionally, the Arab American National Museum offers a virtual tour of their resources. And you can learn more about our local Arab American community through the Arab American Cultural Center of Oregon.
Ramadan is April 2-May 1: Resources and Practices to Respect and Support Muslim Students, Families and Staff
Ramadan begins in early April this year, and runs through early May. Many staff, students and families in the Beaverton School District will be observing Ramadan, and there are ways that our schools and our individual practices can respect and affirm observance of the month.
Consider using resources with students to teach about Ramadan and Eid, such as this one from Learning for Justice and this one from the River Valleys Girl Scouts. This 2019 resource from PBS Newshour offers tips on how educators can support students during Ramadan, and this 2017 article on Medium.com offers ways that Muslim friends can be supported.
March was Women’s History Month: 12 Great Podcasts hosted by Indigenous women
Dive into a rich and diverse collection of podcasts curated by Kelly Boutsalis on the Chatelaine website. Ranging from history-confronting legal documentaries (“This Land”) to mother-daughter conversations that illuminate lives of activism (“Coffee With My Ma”) to critical reviews of Sci-Fi movies among friends (“Métis in Space”), you’ll find yourself immersed in a modern platform for the art and power of storytelling. In the words of Boutsalis, “Amid a renaissance of Indigenous people in creative and political fields across Turtle Island, it’s been especially exciting to see so many of them picking up the microphone to broadcast their own stories in podcast form. With the potential to reach large audiences, podcasts are an incredibly accessible 21st-century version of the oral storytelling that has been and continues to be the backbone of Indigenous societies. As a Mohawk woman in an urban setting, hearing their voices through my earbuds makes me feel like I am back in my community with friends and relatives, telling stories just as we’ve done for generations.”
Book sale, free trainings, hot-topic events, and in-person activities for families—there is so much to do at the library in April!
Thousands of used books, DVDs, CDs, and more, at very affordable prices. Sale proceeds benefit the library. Teachers and NFBCL members get to shop early on Wednesday, April 6 2:30-6:30 PM (bring your educator ID)
Sale is open to the general public Thursday, Apr. 7 - Saturday, Apr. 9: 10 AM - 5:30 PM. Sunday, Apr. 10: Bag Sale, 12-5:30 PM, BYOB (or use ours) and fill for $5.
Storytimes, anyway you want them!
Weekly in-person storytimes have returned to both Beaverton City Library main and Murray Scholls locations, and in Spanish! We are excited to see so many families back in the library for storytime. Virtual storytimes on Zoom are also continuing, as storytime from home has become a staple for many families in the past two years.
More info at www.BeavertonLibrary.org/Storytime
Mark your calendars, registration for our 6-part Ready, Set, Kindergarten series opens April 15! In-person, zoom, and Spanish options available. Ready, Set, Kindergarten is a great place for families of incoming kindergartners to get excited about starting school.
More info at www.BeavertonLibrary.org/RSK
Free Training: “Getting in the Way: Interrupting Systems of Oppression”
Tuesday, April 26, 6 PM - 9 PM
Presented on Zoom by Kelley Lawson
In this session we will develop activities and approaches to promote equity and anti-bias attitudes by exploring systems of oppression as they pertain to Early Childhood Education.
Set 2, CKC: DIV, 3 hours, Age Group: I/T, PS, SA
More info at www.BeavertonLibrary.org/ChildCareTrainings
Join us this spring for a series of workshops and presentations that explore the intersection of our individual and collective identities.
April events include: “Challenging Our Inner Becky: Interventions of White Women-ness in Our Community” (4/13, Registration required) and “An Evening with Author Reyna Grande” (4/14, 7 PM in the main library auditorium.
More info at www.BeavertonLibrary.org/WhoWeAre
Special Education Parent Resource Fair
The Special Education Department is hosting its 4th Annual Parent Resource Fair on April 6th.
Please join us for the 4th Annual Special Education Parent Resource Fair!
Parents will have an opportunity to listen to presentations from different organizations and businesses that serve children with disabilities and their families! Parents will also have an opportunity to ask questions of the presenters after their formal presentations.
The fair will include presentations from:
Oregon ABLE Savings Plan
TriMet: Ride Connection
Disability Resource Center at PSU
To register please visit: https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/special-education/parent-resource-fair
We hope to see you there!
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District Antiracist Vision Statement
Every student and employee has the right to learn and work in a safe and inclusive school environment that honors their race, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability and national origin.
Beaverton School District owns that our student outcomes currently point to our part in perpetuating institutional racism, and we commit to actions that address the current culture that is leading to these outcomes. Schools are critical in providing safe and creative opportunities for people to learn about different cultural and racial identities, have conversations about pressing issues and correct injustice wherever it exists. We commit to eliminating the structures, policies and practices that perpetuate inequities in our schools and in our community.
Beaverton School District will authentically engage each student, family and staff member to build connection, uplift understanding and truly value the diversity of our school communities. We will work to dismantle policies and systems that perpetuate institutional racism and barriers to education and other school-related activities. Students and families of color will see themselves represented in curriculum, materials, instruction, classrooms and all school activities in our district. Our district will honor, respect, represent, engage with and be accessible to students and adults from all communities.
Eliminating racism and all forms of bias is fundamental to our work — not just a part of our work. We commit to removing racism, white supremacy, hate speech and all forms of bigotry from our schools and communities.
Our district will:
- Seek and incorporate student, family, educator and administrator input in decision-making processes.
- Provide ongoing anti-bias and antiracist education to every staff member.
- Enforce Every Student Belongs procedures to prevent, interrupt and stop racist and biased incidents among students and between staff and students or community members.
- Create an inclusive learning community that honors, respects, represents, engages and is accessible to learners from all communities.
- Create permanent district funding and resources to promote equitable policies, structures and practices for BIPOC students and other marginalized groups.
- Implement policies, procedures and professional development to confront and eliminate conscious and unconscious racism and review these policies and procedures regularly to ensure we are meeting our commitments.