Dragon News - 10.05.20

Principal's Message

It is starting to really feel like fall with the early sunsets and chill in the morning air. A tradition each fall is for schools to host a Back to School Night event. Distance learning is pushing us to be more innovative and this year we're flipping what was a one-night only school-based experience to one that you can now experience in your own home when it best fits into your schedule. Each teacher has posted a "Welcome Back" video for parents and guardians to introduce themselves as well as to provide information about what will be taught, how students will receive feedback on their learning, how grades will be determined, and much more. You can find these videos at the top of the landing page for each of your child's Canvas courses. Teachers will leave them in that location through the month of November.

Did you know today is World Teachers' Day? Every day is a great day to send a teacher a positive note, but today that is especially true. Grownups and families, please consider taking a moment today to send a note to a teacher past or present who has been a positive part of your learning journey. To all the teachers in our school and parent community, thank you!


Jill O'Neill

Wednesday is A Day & Thursday is B Day This Week

Friday, October 9th is a Staff Development Day, so there are no classes for students. Since it is a 4-day student week, there is also a change in the class meeting schedule. Monday and Wednesday will be A Days. Tuesday and Thursday will be B Days this week. For your convenience, a full-year ISB A Day/B Day calendar is available here.

Newsletter in Other Languages/Boletín en Otros Idiomas

The Accesibility Button to the right has an option to translate this newsletter to other languages. This is excellent news for parents/guardians who prefer to read it in their native language. Simply click Translate Newsletter and select your preferred language from the drop-down menu.

El Botón de Accesibilidad a la derecha tiene una opción para traducir este boletín a otros idiomas. Estas son excelentes noticias para padres/guardianes que prefieran leerlo en su lengua materna. Simplemente presione Translate Newsletter y seleccione el idioma de su preferencia en el menú desplegable.

AVID eTutors Needed

We are looking for volunteers and college students to be AVID eTutors for our AVID scholar students. This is typically a once-a-week commitment and all volunteers will be trained. If this is something you have wanted to do in the past but didn’t have time, this year may be your chance to help out as all tutorial sessions will be virtual! If you are interested, please email us at bsd-avid-tutor@beaverton.k12.or.us or fill out this form and we will contact you with details, instructions, and a training schedule: 2020-2021 Beaverton AVID eTutor Interest Form.

New to ISB High School Parent/Guardian Meeting - Oct. 7

Our parent-teacher organization, Friends of ISB (FRISB) invites parents/guardians of high school students new to ISB to get acquainted during a virtual social gathering. FRISB is hosting the event on Wednesday, October 7th from 5:30 - 6:30 pm. Links to the Zoom meeting will be sent through email to families of new high school students tomorrow.

Walk + Roll Day - October 7th

Join students and families from around the world as you walk or roll in your neighborhood on October 7th. All community members are welcome to participate. Please remember to stay 6 feet from those not in your household and wear a mask.

Use the link to fill out this google form for each person that joined you on your trip. (BSD students may include name and student ID number for a prize entry). This year students can earn things like flashing safety lights, reflective shoelaces and new bike helmets. Schools with the most participation will also earn a Safe Routes to School book bundle for their school library. Finally, celebrate International Walk + Roll Day with our Beaverton community by visiting our Facebook page @BeavertonSafeRoutes to share a photo of you with a sign telling us why you love to walk, bike, scooter or skate! Use the hashtag #BSDtogether.

Senior Family Meeting - Save the Date Oct. 14

12th Grade Students and their parents/guardians are invited to virtually attend a DP Family Information Night on Wednesday, October 14th at 7:00 pm. IB Diploma Program Coordinator Amy Schuff and Counselors Kathryn Hirsch and Tracy Muilenburg will share information about registering for IB Courses, IB Assessments, College Applications, and Financial Aid. We'll be sharing information on Canvas and through direct emails about how to join this virtual gathering.

Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Awareness Week (October 12-16)

BSD will be promoting its first Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Awareness Week (October 12-16) to spread awareness of actions that we can all take to prevent suicide and reduce the stigma related to mental health concerns. As part of this important campaign, students at the International School of Beaverton will receive a lesson to promote positive mental health, recognize the warning signs for suicide risk and encourage help-seeking behaviors. Parents and guardians play a critical role in preventing youth suicide. Please see the resource below to learn more information about suicide prevention and steps that you can take to protect yourself, your community, and your children.


Materials Pick Up

If you still need to pick up materials or have been contacted about books that we now have available for you, you can pick them up Monday-Friday from 8 am - 2:30 pm. Please call the school office when you arrive and we will do a socially distanced delivery to you outside. If you have materials to drop off, there is a book cart out in front of the school during the same times.

We are still trying to reunite students with their belongings left at school last March. If you recognize any of your belongings in this Lost and Found slide deck, please email margaret_lusk@beaverton.k12.or.us identifying your belonging by number. We'll prepare it for you to pick up.

Bandwidth Issues

With family members working and learning from home, some students are experiencing bandwidth issues making it difficult for them to maintain their connections during Zoom class meetings. Here are a few troubleshooting strategies to try at home:

  • Restart the Chromebook by completing shutting down (not just closing the cover). This should be done every evening to allow overnight updates.
  • Use an ethernet cable to plug into the router.
  • Check your wifi connection - be sure you're connected to your home wifi rather than a general connection like "xfinity wi-fi."
  • Turn off any other programs or applications running in the background (especially video games).
  • Turn off your video when it is not needed.
  • Shrink your view to "speaker only" so multiple video streams do not appear.
  • Turn off any other programs or applications running in the background. This is especially true for any other streaming applications, like video games.
  • Turn off other smart devices running in the background such as smart speakers, thermostats, doorbells etc.

  • Put phone and other smart devices on airplane mode.

If none of these help, students can contact the Student IT Help Desk Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at 503-356-4656 or by emailing shd@beaverton.k12.or.us. Please provide the following information: Student name, Contact information (phone number), School, Student ID, Note if you need to checkout a device.


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