Terra Linda Tiger Tale

September 10, 2020

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Principal's Message

Dear Terra Linda Families,

It was so wonderful to see our students this week in person! Though we were all wearing masks, there was a lot of excitement in the air!


As we kick off a new school year on Monday, I wanted to share this quote with you:

Let's give this school year the opportunity to be awesome! Don't throw a label or judgement on it before it begins. It may just surprise us in big, beautiful ways!


I know your students are in good hands here at Terra Linda. Teachers have fun activities planned to help students build connections with each other and understand how this time of Comprehensive Distance Learning will work.


Are you looking for resources to support your student learning at home? Be sure to go to the Family Toolkit on our BSD website and watch some of the videos. There is support for Seesaw, Canvas, and Dreambox as well as other at-home learning tips.


Family Toolkit: https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/connect/family-toolkit


Need help with Technology? Check out the website below for tips for using our different applications and platforms. There is also contact information for our Student Help Desk.

https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/connect/family-toolkit/technology-support-for-families


If you don't know your password, there are a few options:


  • Login to ParentVue then click on the "Student Info" tab then scroll down to "Other data" to find your student's password.
  • Call the Student Help Desk. If your student reset their password at any point, we don't have access to the new password at Terra Linda.



This week

Have your student try signing into their device to be sure they can access Seesaw and Dreambox. If you need help, please reach out to us at Terra Linda or contact the Student Help Desk. We would like to help problem solve issues before we start on Monday.


To access Seesaw:

  • If you have an iPad, scan the Clever QR code (click on the camera app and hold it over the QR code). This will allow you to access all of the applications you will need.
  • If you have a Chromebook, sign in with your full email address: your 6-digit student ID number followed by @bsd48.org Then enter your password. All of the applications should be available.


Canvass access will begin on Monday, September 14 for 4th and 5th grade students.


Breakfast & Lunch

All children ages 1-18 can pick up lunch for free from any of our lunch distribution sites on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Check this website for specific locations and times.

https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/nutrition-services/meals

School sites will serve food from 11:00am to 12:00pm. Bus stops have shorter time windows.

**When you open the above website, be sure to click on the square icon in the upper right corner of the small map to open it to full screen.


  • Parents or guardians may pick up meals for students who are not present.
  • Meal pickups will occur two days per week: Tuesday (2 days of food) and Thursday (3 days of food) from 11 a.m. to 12:00 p.m (except bus stops - see website for specific times)
  • Meals will be packaged with breakfast and lunch together.
  • Masks must be worn by anyone picking up meals.


Meal Sites near Terra Linda:

  • Sunset High School: Service is ongoing Tuesdays and Thursday 11-12 (enter at the stoplight on Cornell)
  • Terra Linda Elementary: Starts Sept. 15; available 11:30-11:50
  • NW 128th Avenue & NW Westlawn Terrace - Starts Sept. 15; available 11:30-11:50
  • Commons at Timber Creek 12450 NW Barnes Rd - Starts Sept 15; available 11:00-11:20
  • NW 128th Avenue & NW Westlawn Terrace - Starts Sept. 15; available 11:30-11:50


NEW: Beginning Tuesday, September 22, Terra Linda will be serving meals to all children ages 1-18 for free from 11:00-12:00 every Tuesday and Thursday.


Talking Points App

Teachers might text you and invite you to download the Talking Point App. This app allows teachers to text you with important reminders. It also allows any family who speaks a language at home other than English to communicate in their preferred language. Thank you to all families for signing up for Talking Points!


Please let us know if you have any questions. We are so happy to have you as part of our school community!


With appreciation,

Christy Batsell

Principal

Upcoming Events

Monday, September 14: First Day of School for 1st-5th Grade - all online


Wednesday, September 16: PTC Meeting on Zoom at 6:30 pm


Thursday, September 17: First Day of Kindergarten for students with last names that begin with A-L - all online

  • These students do not participate on Friday, 9/18


Friday, September 18: First Day of Kindergarten for students with last names that begin with M-Z - all online

  • These students do not participate on Thursday, 9/17


Monday, September 21: All Kindergarteners participate


Wednesday, September 23: Curriculum Night

  • 6:30-7:00 Session 1
  • 7:05-7:35 Session 2 (repeat of Session 1)


Friday, October 9: No School

  • Staff Development Day


November 16 - First possible day students could be in the building. However, statewide metrics for returning to the building must be met in order for us to open our building to students.


**No fall or spring conferences are scheduled this year in order to preserve instructional days for students.**

Setting Up a Home Learning Environment (Repeat)

Even though your child is experiencing school without leaving home, it is important to create some separation between the two.


Some things to consider:

  • Have a designated space (when possible).

  • Try to keep others’ things off your child’s space (just like if it were their desk/space at school).

  • Give them freedom to leave this space for lunch, breaks, creative time, etc.

  • “After school” give them a change to relocate to another space and relax for a bit.

  • Consider having them practice taking a backpack and lunchbox to school (their learning space) and bringing it home (the living room, bedroom, etc.)


If you have consistent, dedicated space:

  • Have the supplies and materials they will need available in that space

  • Let them make the space their own (name tag, decorate, etc.)

  • Choose a space away from distractions (toys, tv, etc.)


If you do not have a consistent, dedicated space:

  • Have a box/bag/container of supplies they will need so they can take it with them to their workspace

  • If possible, develop some consistency by having choices of locations to work

  • If you have multiple students, develop a schedule that works for your family for where students will work


Stick to a Routine as Much as Possible

  • Consistent meal times

  • Sleep schedule (10-12 hours for kindergartners!)

  • Have something to look forward to.

  • Keep start of the year traditions (first day of school picture, etc.)

  • Allow them to “come home from school”

Damage/Loss Protection Coverage for iPads and Chromebooks (Repeat)

If you plan to use an iPad or Chromebook from Terra Linda, please consider activating the Damage/Loss Protection Coverage available from our District. The Coverage fee is $20. It is possible to waive this fee if your family is eligible for Meal Benefits. See below.


How can you activate Damage/Loss Protection Coverage?

  • Option 1: You can opt in or opt out of Damage/Loss Protection Coverage by logging into ParentVue and selecting the Online Verification and Family Updates option.
  • Option 2: Stop by Terra Linda and fill out a paper form to request coverage.


If you are eligible for Meal Benefits and plan to use a district-owned iPad or Chromebook and you have opted into Damage/Loss Protection Coverage using one of the above options, you have three choices for this Coverage

  • When you apply for Meal Benefits, click the box on the application that allows District staff to be aware of your eligibility. The $20 Coverage fee will automatically be waived.
  • Bring your Meal Benefits Eligibility Letter to Terra Linda so that we can verify eligiblity. We can then waive the $20 Coverage fee.
  • Pay thee $20 fee for Damage/Loss Protection Coverage


Students can use district-owned devices at home without insurance coverage, but families are liable for any damages to the devices.

Volunteering at Terra Linda (Repeat)

Yes, there will be opportunities for virtual volunteering, and you can volunteer as much or as little as your schedule permits.


In addition to parents, we also welcome grandparents, family, and friends as volunteers. All volunteers must first complete the District's background check and be approved to volunteer. These steps, like many others, ensure a safe environment for the students. Volunteers check in and out of the Beaverton School District’s Volunteer Management System each time they volunteer. We call it “MyVP”. MyVP keeps record of when and where people volunteer.


To join our Volunteer Team:

  • Get started early – Get your background check completed and get registered in MyVP! This can take a few weeks.

  • Complete online at https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us

  • ---> Click the Community tab, on the drop down menu. Click Volunteer, then click the yellow box that corresponds to your role: Parent/Guardian or Community Member (grandparents use this one), then use the “I am new” side of the page to start the process
  • Please feel free to contact your Volunteer Coordinator Team anytime! volunteers@terralindaptc.org


Stand by as we find the best ways for volunteers to join us in our online learning environment this fall!

Club K After School Program (Repeat)

Club K is the company that has been providing before and after school care for Terra Linda students for the past several years. At this time, Club K is operating at McKinley Elementary School only. Depending on demand, they may open additional locations. For the first quarter of the school year Club K will be offering three choices to families who need day care and one choice to families who choose to keep their children home. Registration will be by the quarter to allow for school scheduling changes and family needs during the pandemic. For additional information, please contact Amanda Lybarger at fieldmanager02@clubkafterschool.com or 503-643-9059 ext. 206.

Register at: https://www.clubkafterschool.com/registration/



  • Option A - Full Day Plan

    • Monday-Friday 8:15 AM -5:15 PM

    • Includes Comprehensive Distance Learning support during the school day and After School Enrichment activities after school, snacks included throughout the day.

    • Beaverton location - McKinley Elementary

    • Additional locations in Tigard, Tualatin, and Wilsonville

  • Option B - School Day Plan

    • Monday-Friday 8:30 AM -1:30 PM

    • Includes Comprehensive Distance Learning support during the school day, a snack is included in the morning.

    • Beaverton location - McKinley Elementary

    • Additional locations in Tigard, Tualatin, and Wilsonville

  • Option C - After School Enrichment Plan

    • Monday-Friday 2:00 PM- 6:00 PM

    • Includes After School Enrichment activities and snacks.

    • Beaverton location - McKinley Elementary

    • Additional locations in Tigard, Tualatin, and Wilsonville

Clothes Closet (Repeat)

The Clothes Closet is operated by volunteers from the School District's parent groups and Beaverton community to provide free clothing for students in grades K-12 from families with limited income.


Students can visit the Clothes Closet two times per school year.

The district-run Clothes Closet will open on Monday, August 24. Appointments are required and are currently available in October. To schedule, please use the appointment calendar or call 503-356-4322. Visits are limited to one adult with four children or two adults with 8 children. All visitors must wear masks and gloves. If you don't have your own, we'll provide them.


Clothes Closet is located in the portable on the west side of the District Administration Center, 16550 SW Merlo Road.

2 Options for Internet Access: Comcast Internet Essentials or a Hotspot (Repeat)

Option 1: Apply for Comcast Internet Essentials - available until additional 500 spots are filled


Comcast is available to Beaverton School District families:

  • Who are eligible for Meal Benefits (participate in the Free and Reduced Lunch program) and
  • Who live where Comcast offers internet service and
  • Who have been a Comcast customer in the past or who are new to Comcast


Steps to Apply:

  1. Fill out this form: Comcast Internet Essentials Request Form
  2. You will receive a promo code by email.
  3. Go to Internet Essentials from Comcast and click on "Apply Now (You can apply on a cell phone with wifi access)
  4. When you start the application, you must enter your address. The form will tell you if Comcast offers internet service where you live.
  5. You will enter the promo code from BSD and other information.


Items needed to apply for Comcast Internet:

  • The promo code sent to you from BSD
  • Either a SSN or another form of Identification (there are several options)
  • You can start the application, save what you've entered, then return later to complete it.
  • NEW: You do not need a letter from Nutrition Services to verify Meal Benefits Eligibility. The promo code will allow you to skip this step.


Option 2: Request an internet hotspot here:

https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/information-technology/internet-access-for-families


You will need to enter your student's ID number. Please call our office at 503-356-2490 if you don't know the number.

Apply for Meal Benefits (Repeat)

If you think your family might be eligible for Meal Benefits, please apply! We encourage all Terra Linda families to apply for Meal Benefits. Eligibility is based on your household size and total household income. Qualification criteria is different than what you might think. Students in eligible families can eat school-provided breakfast and lunch for free. Any school fees can also be reduced or possibly waived if you check the Permission to Share option.


More information here: https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/nutrition-services/meal-benefits


If you family was eligible during the 2019-2020 school year, you need to reapply.

Questions? Contact Terra Linda

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