The Voice of Raleigh Park - April 3, 2019

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Welcome Back!

Hello Tigers!

Forgive this belated welcome-back from Spring Break. Whether the week away from school was spent locally, in far-off lands, or anywhere in between, I was undoubtedly thankful to see the smiling faces of your children walk through the doors Monday morning.

Please note there are some important dates upon us:

  • Tomorrow (Thursday, April 4) is our Future Ready Night (6-7:30pm). This is a FREE event that celebrates innovation in learning. Please see information below.
  • Friday, April 5 is a Teacher Grading Day - NO STUDENTS.
  • Saturday, April 6, the school play, Alice in Wonderland, will have two show times, both 3:00 and 5:30pm.
  • Next Wednesday, April 10, is our Kindergarten Round-up (9-10:15am). Please spread the word to those families with youngsters who turn 5 years old prior to September 1.

My best,


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Children more than ever, need opportunities to be in their bodies in the world – jumping rope, bicycling, stream hopping, and fort building. It’s this engagement between limbs of the body and bones of the earth where true balance and centeredness emerge.

- David Sobel
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Don't Miss It: Future Ready Night is Tomorrow!

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Parent Teacher Conferences

Conferences will be here before you know it! Face-time with our teachers is scarce, and I hope this opportunity proves to be valuable for mutual understanding about your child’s growth as a learner and your goals and aspirations as we move forward in the school year.

Spring conferences at Raleigh Park are STUDENT-FACILITATED. As such, it is important that you plan for your student to attend. Student-Facilitated Conferences provide an opportunity for your student to navigate and articulate their learning with you and their teacher.

As a reminder, the schedule for the week of April 15-19 is as follows:

  • Monday, April 15: Normal school day, 8:25a - 3:00p
  • Tuesday, April 16: Normal school day, 8:25a - 3:00p
  • Wednesday, April 17: Students attend school, with early release dismissal @ 1:30p. Conferences 4:00p - 8:00p
  • Thursday, April 18: NO STUDENTS - Conferences 8:00a - 8:00p
  • Friday, April 19: NO STUDENTS - School Closed

Please use the linked "button" below to access available conference times.

The Spring Auction Fundraiser Needs YOU!

Raleigh Park will celebrate it's 60th "Diamond" Anniversary in style, with our annual Spring Auction Fundraiser. SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, April 27.

In the mean time, our planning committee is working hard. They are currently seeking:

  • WE NEED PARTIES! - Yes...an opportunity to get some friends together and host a party!
  • KID EXPERIENCES – Please let us know if you, or someone you know, would like to host an art or craft class, teach a skill, give a tour, take a day hike, a fishing trip, host a cooking class, a science based activity, etc.
  • ITEMS, SKILLS OR ? – If you have an item, or a skill (are you a chef? a house painter? landscape designer?), or other auction item suggestions, we welcome them!

Again, WE NEED PARTIES! Please contact Kristina Perry or Jessica Wilde (rparkfundraiser@gmail.com) if interested and able to "donate" any of the aforementioned experiences.

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Thank You!

Raleigh Park was the recipient of a generous furniture donation from NIKE. Specifically, we received numerous adjustable whiteboard tables that have already made it into classrooms. Yet, these tables did not assemble themselves. Beyond my gratitude to Stephani Tucker at NIKE, my sincere appreciation to Peter Jewett and our volunteer coordinators, Amy Prewett and Kristine Morescalchi, for rounding up a merry bunch of voluteers to assemble and deliver these tables to classrooms. Thank you Jason Webber, Andrea Thomas, Erin Munro, Whitney Flanagan, Amber Scott, Josh Garcia and Kashyap Vakharia for all of your work!

Thank you, Part 2: Kids Heart Challenge

Much appreciation to Mrs. Wilson, all of the volunteers, and to everyone who pledged to make the Kids Heart Challenge a success on multiple fronts! Not only did this event create enthusiasm about healthy heart choices with diet and exercise, but it raised money for a very good cause. Below is from the American Heart Association:


April 2, 2019

Dear Christy Wilson:

On behalf of the American Heart Association and the millions of Americans we serve, thank you very much for your school's donation of *$4,905.11. Families and schools are critical links in providing the foundation for cardiovascular wellness in our country. By holding this event at your school each year, you raise awareness about heart-healthy living. And you help us fund more lifesaving scientific research and critically needed education efforts.Thank you. Almost every family in America is touched by heart disease or stroke, and your school's contribution will significantly impact our fight against these devastating illnesses.

We hope that you, your faculty and your students found this lifesaving effort rewarding and enjoyable. You are touching so many lives - and life is why we exist as an organization. Your help and support are greatly appreciated, and we look forward to partnering again with you next year!

Warm regards,

Nancy Brown

Chief Executive Officer, American Heart Association

*this amount may not include any pending matching gifts or rejected checks

Seen & Heard

4th Grade Engineering Design

International School of Beaverton (ISB) Visits Raleigh Park

Teachers Collaborating Around Math

2019 Annual Elementary & Middle School Student Survey

Each year the District surveys students to gather information for planning, program evaluation, and assessment of progress on the District’s Strategic Plan. The 2019 surveys for elementary and middle school students will be given to students April 8-June 7, 2019.

The student survey takes about 20 minutes during the regular school day. The data gathered from the surveys are anonymous; your child will not put his/her name or other identifying information on the survey. Student surveys in middle schools include three optional questions for students to identify their gender, ethnicity/race, and sexual orientation. These questions allow for additional levels of analysis of questions on inclusion, safety and bullying. Your child may skip questions or stop filling out the survey at any time. Refusing to participate or withdrawing from the survey does not affect your child's grades or class standing in any way. If you or your child do not want to participate, your child can read or do some other activity while his or her classmates complete the survey.

Copies of all 2019 Student Surveys are available on the District’s Research & Reports webpage, or at your child’s school. After reviewing the survey, if you do not want your child to participate, please notify their school.

BSD Seeks Volunteers to Serve on Audit Committee

The Beaverton School District has a vacancy on the Audit Committee and seeks a diverse candidate pool. This position will serve a three-year term on the Committee. The Audit Committee reviews the District’s annual financial report and recommends needed changes. The Committee conducts business in evening public meetings held monthly between September and December, with a preliminary meeting in May. The Committee also approves the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and forwards it to the School Board for acceptance by the end of December.

Candidates must meet the following qualifications: be a qualified voter of the District, have lived in the District for one year and cannot be a Beaverton School District employee. Audit Committee members will be presented to the School Board in April. Those who wish to apply should send a letter of interest and resume by Friday, April 19, 2019 to:

Beaverton School District

Communications & Community Involvement Department

16550 S.W. Merlo Road

Beaverton, OR 97003

Or email to: community_involvement@beaverton.k12.or.us

For more information, please contact the Communications & Community Involvement Department at 503-356-4360.

School Board: Important Dates

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  • 3 - Early Release, 1:30p
  • 4 - Community Meeting, 8:40a
  • 4 - 5th Grade Future Ready Night, 6:00 - 7:30p
  • 5 - NO SCHOOL, Grading Day
  • 9 - PTO Meeting, 8:30a
  • 10 - Kindergarten Orientation, 9:00a
  • 10 - Early Release, 1:30p
  • 17 - Early Release, 1:30p
  • 17 - Parent/Teacher Conferences, 4:00 - 8:00p
  • 18 - NO SCHOOL, Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • 19 - NO SCHOOL
  • 24 - Passport Club, 8:00a
  • 24 - Early Release, 1:30p
  • 26 - RPTV
  • 27 - Raleigh Park Diamond Jubilee @ Embassy Suites, 6:00p
  • 30 - 4th Grade to Bonneville Dam, 8:45a - 2:30p


  • 1 - Early Release, 1:30p
  • 1 - 4th Grade to Oregon Symphony, 10:00 - 12:30p
  • 1 - Raleigh Park Bicycle Safety Event
  • 3 - Raleigh Park Carnival, 5:30p
  • 6-10 - Teacher Appreciation Week
  • 7 - 2nd Grade to Newmark Theater, 11:00 - 1:30p
  • 8 - Early Release, 1:30p
  • 8 - Walk + Bike to School Day
  • 9 - Community Meeting, 8:40a
  • 14 - PTO Meeting, 7:00p
  • 15 - Early Release, 1:30p
  • 16 - 1st Grade Music Program, 6:30p
  • 22 - Early Release, 1:30p
  • 24 - RPTV
  • 29 - Early Release, 1:30p
  • 29 - Passport Club, 8:00a
  • 31 - Volunteer Breakfast, 9:00a