Stoller Weekly

September 25, 2020

Message From The Principal

Good afternoon Stoller families,


I hope your students are getting to a place where daily routines and school expectations are settling in. It was great to meet/see most of our 6th graders this Wednesday. I know the teachers enjoyed seeing so many of our families.


This year we will be able to host Back to School Night. It will be on-line and divided by grade levels. You will get detailed information about this either from me (in the Weekly) or from your student’s teachers. In the Important Dates section below, you will find the dates for the different grade levels. Those are the time slots for live Q&A sessions. There will be other components to those nights. Please look for more information in the next Weekly.


Have a great weekend.

Important Dates

Monday, September 28, 2020 - Math Counts testing packet distribution: A-M 8:30am - 10:30am

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 - Math Counts testing packet distribution: N-Z 8:30am - 10:30am

Thursday, October 1, 2020 - Math Counts return: A-M 8:30am to 12pm

Friday, October 2, 2020 - Math Counts return: N-Z 8:30am to 12pm

Week of October 5, 2020 - Tentative picture week with Dorian Studio & chromebook distribution, updates and details to follow

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - International Walk + Roll to Anywhere Day - see info below

Friday, October 9, 2020 - Staff Development - no school for students

Monday, October 12, 2020 - 6th Grade Back To School Night - Q&A 7:25pm - 7:45pm

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 7th Grade Back To School Night - Q&A 7:25pm - 7:45pm

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 8th Grade Back To School Night - Q&A 7:25pm - 7:45pm

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - Student Device Damage & Protection Plan Payment Deadline

Thursday, October 15, 2020 - Encore & ELD Back To School Night - Q&A 6:20pm - 7:20pm

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - AMC8 Testing

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - School Closed - Veteran's Day Holiday

Important News

Math Counts/AMC8

Tryouts for the MathCounts team will take place the week of September 28. Parents will pick up their participant's test packet from the front of the school on September 28 or 29 and return completed tests to the school on October 1 and 2. Please help us stagger pick-up and drop-off by arriving at the given date from :


Last Name A-M: September 28 - 8:30am to 10:30am

Last Name N-Z: September 29 - 8:30am to 10:30am


Last Name A-M: October 1 - 8:30am to 12pm

Last Name N-Z: October 2 - 8:30am to 12pm


Please keep staff and families safe by remaining in your vehicle and wearing a mask. Staff members will not be able to answer questions during pick-up or drop-off. Please direct questions to Mr. Nelson by email.



AMC8

AMC8 will take place on November 10. Testing will be online this year. Families will be responsible for securing a location with reliable internet access and arranging for a responsible adult to proctor. More information on payment and registration will be available later. Please direct questions to Mr. Nelson email.

Student Device Damage & Protection Plan Enrollment Deadline

This year, all students in grades K-12 have the opportunity to check out a district-owned device for use at school and at home. Anticipating that all students will get a district-owned device, the district adds a fee of $20 to students’ Online Payment accounts (maximum fee of $60 per family per school year) to enroll them in the Damage and Loss Protection Program. This fee is waived for families who qualify for the free or reduced meal benefits program and have completed the “Permission to Share” form. Students need to pay the assigned fee prior to any damage or loss claims to be eligible for the Protection Program coverage and no later than 30 days after they begin school.


Students may choose to decline coverage, but this is not recommended unless you won’t be checking out a device, because the family is assuming full responsibility for any costs due to damage, loss or theft. These costs could be as much as $300 per incident, regardless of how it happens.


The deadline for payment is Wednesday, October 14, 2020.


Those who do not pay by the October 14th deadline will be responsible for all charges/damages incurred through the end of the school year. You WILL NOT be able to opt back in to the program.


This $20 fee may be paid via the Online Payment System or by submitting a check and a completed form to the office. Checks must be made payable to Stoller Middle School (NO CASH) and received on or before October14th.

International Walk & Roll Day

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

All community members are welcome to participate. Use this link to fill out the 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)

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National Geographic GeoBee Competition

The 2020-2021 competition has been canceled. Please see the National Geographic GeoBee website for the full statement.

Attendance during Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL)

For absences during CDL, please continue to report them on the Attendance line at (503)356-2681 or send an email to sms-attendance-shared@beaverton.k12.or.us

This email can also be accessed on Stoller's website.


Remember to leave your students' name, student ID number, date/s of the absence and the reason for the absence.

Bell Schedule Discrepancies in StudentVue

We have received numerous questions regarding the bell schedule times found in StudentVue and ParentVue. Please disregard the times you see on Student Vue and ParentVue. The student schedule bell schedule can be found on the Stoller website, or by following this link bell schedule.

Google Drive

You may have noticed a special banner in Google Drive the last few days warning you that they will soon start automatically deleting trashed files older than 30 days starting October 13th.

If students do not wish to have files automatically deleted in Google Drive, please don't store them in their trash folder.

Stoller Events - OBOB and Science Fair

OBOB

OBOB is not running Regional or Statewide competitions this year. We have the option to hold a school wide competition but that will depend upon our return to in person school. Until we know what will happen after November 13th, it is hard to say what will happen at Stoller.

If you are an optimist, you can form a team now and start reading the books so you will be ready if we go back to school at a time that make OBOB at Stoller possible. Here is the 2020-21 booklist.


Stoller Science Fair

Stoller's Science Fair will be virtual this year. Stoller's Prequalifying fair will be February 1st - February 12th.

North West Science Expo will also be virtual this year. If students qualify through the Stoller Fair their application will be due April 14th.

More information will be coming out soon.

District Buildings Closed To Public

Although we are back to school all District buildings remain closed to the public and many staff members are working remotely. Only those with pre-arranged appointments should be coming to the building.

Stoller's main voicemail is being monitored; however, please keep in mind if you have an urgent need the most efficient way to connect is via email or the contact form on the Stoller Middle School website.

Email is being monitored all day and your concern will be routed to appropriate person to ensure the fastest response.

Curbside Library Service

Please return all textbooks or library books from last year. The textbooks are needed for this year's students!

Bins will be located outside of the main school door every day the week of Sept. 28-Oct. 2, from 8:30-4pm.


The Stoller Bookmobile will be starting service Tuesday October 6th!

We will be publishing details about time and stops in next week's newsletter. When students place a hold on a book, they'll have the option to pick it up at one of the bus stops. Books will also be available to choose and checkout at the bus stops. For any library questions, please email kelly_anderson@beaverton.k12.or.us


Stoller Library will offer curbside service while we are distance learning! To pick up books, first place a hold in Destiny. This video explains how to get to Destiny, and how to place a hold.


When the book is ready for you, you’ll receive an email with a link to sign up for a pick-up time.


To pick up holds at school:

-Wait until you get an email notification (in your school mail account)

-Follow the instructions to sign-up for a time slot

(talk with your parents to make sure you can be here at that time)

-Drive or walk to the front of the building. You’ll see us outside to the left of the main entrance.


Students may continue to check out ebooks using BSD Sora and the public library.

Not sure what to read? Fill out this form and Ms. Anderson will choose a few books based on your responses. Includes “Surprise” bundle option! When your bundle is ready, you’ll receive an email to sign-up for curbside pick-up.


Would you like help getting ideas what to read? Fill out this Reader’s Advisory form to receive a list of books chosen based on your responses. This doesn’t generate holds-it only provides a list of suggestions. Allow 2-3 days for your list to be emailed to you.


Please check the eWeekly for future updates and changes. We're looking forward to sending books home with our students!



Important Safety Reminders:

  1. Please follow all social distancing guidelines when coming on campus.
  2. Wear a face covering.
  3. Stay 6’ apart from staff and other students.
  4. If you are sick or have a family member sick with symptoms resembling the flu or coronavirus, please stay home.
  5. Vulnerable people, such as those with underlying conditions, should stay home.
Student Schedules Explained

A video describing student schedules.

How to Log In With Your Own Device

Instructions on how to use your own device to log in to Canvas and Zoom with your BSD account.

Canvas for Parents

  • If you already have a ParentVUE account, a Canvas parent account has been created for you. Use these instructions to request a Canvas password.
  • If you need to reset your ParentVUE password, instructions can be found on our ParentVUE page.
  • If you do not have a ParentVUE account, it is easy to sign up! Follow the instructions on our ParentVUE page
  • After our ParentVUE account is created, a Canvas parent/guardian account will be automatically generated within 24 hours.
  • If you had a previous Canvas parent/guardian account you may receive an email from Canvas asking if you would like to merge them together
  • You may merge them by selecting the Parent/Guardian button above. Next, click on Forgot Password and complete the information.
  • Here’s a list of “How to Canvas” videos meant to help students.
For more information visit the Parent Apps and Resources page on the BSD website
Student Help Desk

The Student Help Desk is now open. If you have any issues with your device or logging in, you will need to contact the Student Help Desk.

Curbside Meal Service At Stoller

We will begin serving meals curbside next Tuesday, 11am – 12pm. Meals are free to all children ages 1-18, there is no meal benefit application or enrollment requirement to receive meals.
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Online Verification

You must complete registration verification for each of your students. Click here to be directed to the site.

Family Tool-Kit

Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) resources to support your student.

Congratulations Stoller Students!

Broadcom Masters Top 300 Semifinalists from Oregon ( 4 out of 5 are from Stoller)


Finalists were selected by a panel of distinguished scientists and engineers from 3,476 applicants in 42 states and Puerto Rico.



ARJUN AGARWAL (GRADE 6)

An Artificial Intelligence-Based Approach to Improve the Accuracy of Hurricane Strength Prediction in the North Atlantic

Stoller Middle School

Portland, Oregon


ISHAN AHLUWALIA (GRADE 8) Made it to the top 30

A Real-Time System for Detecting Tire-Road Friction in Different Weather Conditions Using Dynamic Time Warping

Stoller Middle School

Portland, Oregon


AUTRI APARAJITA DAS (GRADE 7) Also a recipient of the Caroline D. Bradley scholarship top 50, and recieved a $1000 dollar scholarship.

Agar Gel-Based Slow Release Fertilizers

Stoller Middle School

Portland, Oregon


SHREEMOYEE SAHA (GRADE 6)

Perfecting Pyrolysis: The Evolution of Plastic

Stoller Middle School

Portland, Oregon

Stoller PTO

Stoller Volunteers


Welcome Stoller Volunteers!

Volunteering in the 2020-21 school year will be unlike previous years. Although we are unsure what remote volunteer needs will be, we invite you to create a volunteer profile or update your existing profile. This will ensure you are able to help Stoller staff and students through volunteer work as opportunities arise. A volunteer profile is required for all volunteering within BSD schools. Please follow the steps below to update or create your volunteer profile. Additional information is available at www.stollerpto.com/volunteer.



Existing BSD Volunteers (new to Stoller)

Please send an email to update_volunteer_locations@beaverton.k12.or.us and request to add Stoller Middle School to the organizations listed in your mVP account. Provide your full first and last name as it appears in your profile. If you will no longer be volunteering at an elementary school, you may also request to remove that school from your profile.


New BSD Volunteers

If you are a new volunteer to the Beaverton School District, you must create a volunteer account. This process includes a background check.

If you are a…


Within the application, please include all of the BSD schools where you are a volunteer. You will have one profile for all your BSD volunteering.

  • This step also initiates a background check. It will come up for renewal every 2 years.
  • Once your background check is complete, you will receive an email from Stoller PTO stating your background check approval status, and your volunteer profile at myimpactpage.com will be active.


IMPORTANT: Remember your log in and password! This is important for both home and school access to your profile. Make it easy to remember and/or keep it accessible. For more information, visit Beaverton School District Volunteer Page.




Thank you for giving your time and talents to Stoller this school year!

Community Resources

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information and Resources