Kinnaman Coyotes

November 2019

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Hello Kinnaman Families,

Thank you for your engagement in our fall conferences. The opportunity to come together to build relationships and have meaningful conversations about your children is what lends itself to the betterment of each child's academic success. We are now ten weeks into the school year and well into our established daily routines. Children know expectations and are working to demonstrate safe, respectful, and responsible behavior. We are working hard to build a school community focused on a shared vision of student centered learning. Thank you for partnering with us, we appreciate all you do!


Ashlee Hudson & Carmen Anderson

What Kinnaman Kids Are Working On


1st grade:

What a great year we are having in First Grade! Conferences were amazing chatting and discussing how much everyone is growing.

We are continuing with our reading unit of building good habits and increasing our stamina (time in books). We are continuing to write personal narratives including more details in our small moments. For math we will be starting our new unit. It will continue to address number sense and the relationship between addition and subtraction.

Just a few reminders about how you can support your child at home: read nightly and review Power Words, for math have your child sign into Dreambox and maybe have your child keep a journal of a few fun things they have done each week. It is a great way to encourage writing and would be lots of fun over the years to go back to read!

2nd grade:

Thank you to our families for attending Fall Conferences and your support at home with helping your child accomplish their goals! It is always a pleasure to speak with you about how your child is doing in school. We have had a fantastic first 2 months! This month we are doing a special study on the Wampanoag Native American tribe that combines science, history, art and reading. We are learning about how they lived through hearing their stories, watching videos about their community and learning about their cultural values. Ask your child what they have learned so far about the Wampanoags!

3rd grade:

Thank you to all the families who were able to join us for conferences. Your compassion and care for your students is apparent and we are so appreciative to have you as partners in your their education. As we wrap-up narrative writing, we will be focusing on the revising and editing process to create the best published pieces we can. In reading, we will soon be beginning our mystery unit. Students get the opportunity to try to solve mysteries, following ideas across texts, seeing cause-and-effect relationships, predicting outcomes, and inferring, as they notice and consider clues. They think about how story parts relate, and wonder when characters are actually telling the truth. In math, we will soon be beginning our Groceries, Stamps, and Measuring Strips Early Multiplication unit. Students will be working on the big ideas of unitizing, repeated addition and regrouping, the distributive property, commutative property and place value patterns that occur when multiplying by the base.

4th grade:

We're having a blast in 4th grade! We have been learning all about figurative language. We've been exploring idioms, hyperboles, metaphors, similies, puns, adages, and proverbs. On Thursday, October 31, our learning was celebrated with creative costumes and fun skits! Our new unit in Math (Number Detectives) has us "cracking the codes of the secret agents," which has us finding patterns and connections within multiples and factors. Our study of the water system in science will bring some special guests to school to learn more about water conservation and where our water comes from. It was great to meet with all of the families during conferences! We appreciate all that you do to make your child's school year successful!

5th grade:

Thank you to all of the parents and students who were able to make it to conferences! We loved meeting with those of you that were able to attend. At conferences we shared with families the different option middle schools that 5th graders can apply to for next year. These schools offer a more specific focus than your neighborhood middle school, Mt. View. We recommend you visit the option school's open houses if you'd like more information. Students who are interested in applying for one of the option middle schools can submit an application online or ask for a paper copy to fill out and mail in from their teacher. Applications are due by December 6th, 2019.


What better way to build communication among all students, than to put up a banner with core playground vocabulary words on it. The banner will help students express what they want to do at recess. Students that have difficulty expressing themselves verbally, can use the communication banner, because it has playground vocabulary and matching visuals. If a peer sees someone that is not playing, they can bring them to the communication banner. Using the banner, both students can point to the pictures of the activities they want to do. Does the student want to swing? There is an icon for that. Does the student want to run? There is an icon for that. These communication banners are bridging a gap so that all students can express what they want to do during recess. To help support the use of the banner. Show your child the banner at home. Go over what the different icons mean. Let them know that some students "talk" by pointing to pictures. Reach out if you have any questions.

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By 6th grade, chronic absence becomes a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school.


*Source: Attendance Works

Too Sick For School?

Cold and flu season has already begun, but there are things you can do to keep yourself and your children healthier. Prevention measures include washing your hands frequently, getting lots of rest, drinking plenty of fluids, and avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

Home is the best place for a child who is ill. Too Sick for School informational guidelines can help you make the decision about when to keep your child home from school.

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Inclement Weather Information

When the weather gets snowy or icy, school schedules may be affected. The District generally posts the announcement of delayed school opening or school closure by 5:15 a.m. All Portland Metro area media outlets announce the information on TV newscasts and online.

The District makes decisions based on the ability to operate school buses safely; the ability for students and parents to get to school safely, and the ability for employees to get to work safely and on time. The decision that is made will be for the entire District. As always, parents may choose to make different decisions based on their particular location.

The District will notify parents and staff via SchoolMessenger with a Non-School Hours Emergency message. Please manage your communication preferences in SchoolMessenger InfoCenter.

For the latest inclement weather information:

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Options School Application for 2020-2021 Now Open

Applications for the 2020-2021 school year are now available. Please do some investigation of the Learning Options Programs online and plan to attend one or more of the open houses that are available. Students may only select one option on their application.

All applicants must reside within the Beaverton School District boundaries. Beginning October 14, current Beaverton School District students are able to apply online using their BSD student ID. Resident students not currently attending a Beaverton school will need to complete a paper application available online, or at any school office beginning October 14, 2019. Applicants who do not have internet access may also complete a paper application available at any school office. Please give careful consideration to your choice of school. Once an application has been submitted, no changes will be allowed.

Applications must be received no later than Friday, December 6, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. (PST).


Information Line: 503.356.4440 • FAX: 503.356.4415

Fri., December 6, 2019 ------- Applications due no later than 4:00 p.m. PST.

Wed., December 11, 2019 ------- Electronic Lottery conducted for the 2020-21 School Year.

  • Acceptance or wait pool notifications will be sent via email on Dec. 12.

  • Students who are not selected via the lottery will be emailed a Second Consideration application for the school for which they applied where applicable.

Thurs., January 9, 2020 ------- Second Consideration applications due to schools.

Wed., January 29, 2020 ------- Deadline to accept/decline enrollment – by 4:00 p.m. PST

Safe Arrival & Dismissal

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For the safety and security of our students, please ensure personal vehicles utilize the car drop-off/pick-up area. When dropping off or picking up students, please pull forward to improve traffic flow. For safety reasons, children should enter the vehicle door nearest the curb and drivers should remain in the vehicle. If you need to escort your child to the building or have visibility of your child entering the building, please utilize a parking space and walk your child to the door. Please keep crosswalks clear so that pedestrians do not have to walk in the street.

Upcoming Events

  • 11/12: PTO meeting
  • 11/14: McTeacher Night 5:00-8:00 p.m.
  • 11/22: Spirit Day: Crazy Hat Day & Picture Re-take Day
  • 11/27-11/29" No school
  • 12/2: No school for students (staff development/work day)
  • 12/10: Cookie Dough Pick-Up & PTO meeting
  • 12/17: Papa's Pizza Dine for Dollars (all day)
  • 12/20: Spirit Day: Pajama Day
  • 12/23-1/3: No school/Winter break

District Goal: WE empower all students to achieve post-high school success.

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