The Voice of Raleigh Park - September 17, 2018

Our knowledge and experiences inspire action that supports community needs.


Hello Tigers!

After a hot and dry (albeit short) summer, I have to admit enjoying a little preview of fall weather this past week. There's something about Mother Nature bringing in a few clouds and turning down the thermostat that truly gets students, teachers and principal's into the groove of the school year. With autumn just around the corner, I have to admit it is my favorite time of year. William Cullen Bryant labels autumn as “the year’s last, loveliest smile”. I couldn’t agree more! With anticipation, let the smiles of the season abound!

My best,


Twitter @brianmcurl

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La Noche de Regreso a la Escuela / Back to School Night

El evento de Regreso a la Escuela “Back to School Night” de este año tomará lugar el jueves 27 de septiembre a las 6:00 p.m. El año pasado comenzamos el proyecto de "una escuela, un libro" Al leer y debatir el mismo libro en toda la escuela, construimos comunidad y comprensión. Compartir este aprendizaje en la Noche de Regreso a la Escuela permite a los maestros y padres ver cómo el libro ha dado forma a nuestra comunidad y nos sirve como un ejemplo para entender cómo el aprendizaje es diferente en cada nivel y en cada aula.

Este año, el libro que leímos fue ¿Qué haces con una oportunidad?, escrito de Kobi Yamada. Alerta de “Spoiler”: cuando el niño aprovecha la oportunidad al final del libro, está representado por él agarrando alas y volando. Para compartir lo que aprendieron los estudiantes, cada niño reflexionó sobre y escribió su idea en una pluma de colores diferentes. Estas plumas estarán engrapadas en el tablero de anuncios en el pasillo al lado del estudio RPTV. ¡En la Noche de Regreso a la Escuela, anímese y use las alas que sus hijos crearon para una sesión de fotos!

Esta noche es una noche para los padres. Como tal, recomendamos dejar a los niños en casa. Sin embargo, comprendemos completamente que hay circunstancias (por ejemplo, cuidado de niños) que requieren que los niños vengan con usted. De cualquier manera, por favor, comprenda que lo más importante es que usted está aquí!


This year's Back to School Night will take place Thursday, September 27, at 6:00pm. Last year, we began a “one school, one book” approach to our Back to School Night. By reading and discussing the same book school-wide, we build community and understanding. Sharing this learning at Back to School Night allows both teachers and parents to see how the book has shaped our community, and serves as a provocation for understanding how learning looks at different grade levels and in each classroom.

This year the book we read was What Do You Do With a Chance?, by Kobi Yamada. Spoiler Alert: when the boy finally takes his chance at the end of the book, it is represented by him grabbing wings and soaring! To share their learning, each student reflected on the idea of taking a chance and wrote about it on a different color of feather. These feathers will be stapled onto the bulletin board in the hallway past the RPTV studio. On Back to School Night, please take a chance and use the wings your children created for a photo op!

This evening is catered to parents as learners. As such, we recommend leaving the children home if you are able. However, we fully understand there are circumstances (i.e. childcare) that necessitate bringing children along. Either way, please understand what is most important is that you are here!

Chaperones & Volunteers

If you have not done so already, please reference the Beaverton School District's Volunteerism & Community Engagement resources. This is especially important if you plan to volunteer your time during the school day, during school events and/or chaperone field trips. Some points of note:
  • The Beaverton School District does not honor background checks through/from other agencies
  • Please allow approximately (2) weeks prior to clearing the background check
  • Parents and community members who have not cleared the background check process will not be allowed to chaperone field trips

While this principal never likes telling an enthusiastic volunteer/chaperone "no", these expectations are non-negotiable and in service of the safety of our students.

School Attendance (Asistencia)

In the Beaverton School District, we know that attendance matters. Starting in Kindergarten, research shows that chronically absent students (attending below 90%) can suffer academically. By middle and high school, many attendance and school avoidance habits have been formed. Meanwhile, chronic absenteeism is the leading warning sign that a student will eventually dropout.

We understand that some absences are unavoidable, but the important thing is to get your children to school as much as possible. Whether an absence is arranged ahead of time or not, absences still have a negative impact on students because they represent lost learning time in class, while "make up" work does not account for lost instruction, often giving families a false sense of security regarding what was missed.

In the State of Oregon there are three types of excused absences (ORS 339.065). They include:

  1. Illness/medical treatment of a student (temperature, vomiting, diarrhea, medical/dental appointments)
  2. Illness of an immediate family member
  3. Emergency/legal obligation

All other absences, even those that are prearranged, are noted as unexcused; a "reported absence" does not mean it is an "excused absence". To be clear: the school and District cannot stand in the way of a parent removing their child from school, but it is the school and District's responsibility to enforce attendance laws and expectations, particularly when it falls below 90%.

We ask that you avoid scheduling vacations during school time, while also avoiding activities that require your children to miss school for any amount of time (music lessons, athletic events, birthdays, etc.). An effort to coordinate vacations with the school calendar is appreciated, while early release Wednesday afternoons are a great option for medical appointments if at all possible. These practices only underscore the importance of good attendance in helping your children do well now, and in the future.

Please refer to the following links for information and tips for families on building good attendance habits:

Your cooperation in getting your child(ren) to school and on time is always appreciated!

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Drop off & Pick up Safety

I appreciate those who are following the Drop off and Pick up procedures outlined in previous newsletters, and included below. Of note, items in which we are seeing the most issues:

  • Curbside drop-off and/or pick-up should be a process for which all children exit/enter on the passenger side.
  • If your student necessitates assistance getting in and out of your vehicle (or just a hug goodbye), please find a parking spot within the parking lot.
  • Vehicles should never be left unattended (without a driver) unless in a designated parking spot. Please do not park along the curb if you wish to meet your child at the porch.
  • Please refrain from using phones while driving vehicles in the parking lot. If you must call or text, please use a hands-free device and/or find a parking spot. Because we want to keep vehicles moving, curbside is not an appropriate place to “park” and engage in phone calls, texts or conversations with other parents.

Whether you are new or experienced with the way things work at Raleigh Park, we ask you adhere to the procedures outlined for the purposes of keeping everyone safe.

Morning Goodbyes

It is important that students have a sense of comfort and independence as they navigate all that is expected of them as learners. One way you can support this gradual release of responsibility is by saying morning goodbyes in the front lobby and allowing your children to walk to class on their own. This small and often difficult step (for students and parents alike) can go a long way in encouraging your children to be confident, capable and resilient learners. That said, I know a gradual approach may be more appropriate for your child. In this case, I respectfully ask that you check into the office for a volunteer/visitor badge prior to walking through the hallways.

Our Younger Learners

As children develop strength and fine motor skills that come naturally with age, we (adults) sometimes take for granted the tasks and skills that are difficult for our younger children. Specific to parents of students in Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades, two ways you can help us are by:

  1. practicing shoe-tying
  2. sending pre-packaged lunch items that are easy to open.

We would like to avoid the potentially dangerous trips and falls that result when energetic and enthusiastic learners are mixed with loose shoelaces. Meanwhile, there never seem to be enough adult hands for all of the wonderfully delicious, yet difficult to open packages that come from home. Your support is ALWAYS appreciated!



Cada año se ofrecen servicios para alumnos identificados como talentosos y dotados por medio del programa TAG (Talented and Gifted por sus siglas en inglés) en el Distrito Escolar de Beaverton. Estos servicios son proporcionados por los maestros de la clase. Si Ud. piensa que su hijo(a) sobresale en el ámbito de la capacidad académica e intelectual, favor de llenar el formulario de información de padres disponible en la oficina de la escuela o en la página web del distrito. Por medio del formulario Ud. tendrá la oportunidad de proporcionar información importante acerca de su hijo(a), misma que será analizada por el comité de TAG. Todos los alumnos que califiquen serán considerados, independientemente del llenado del formulario.

La ley de Oregon y la politica del Distrito definen como estudiantes talentosos y \dotados a todos aquellos alumnos cuyo puntaje esté arriba del 97 percentil en el examen de habilildad mental y logros academicos, mismo que es estandarizado y nacionalmente normado. El comportamiento académico, el aprendizaje y/o el desempeño son también considerados antes de identificar a un alumno para los servicios de TAG.

La escuela evaluará a los alumnos nominados por padres o maestros en el mes de Noviembre.


Every year students are considered for Talented and Gifted services in Beaverton School District. These services are provided by your child's classroom teacher(s). If you think your child might qualify, you may wish to complete the Parent Information Form that is available in our school’s office. Completing this form gives our school TAG committee more information about your child, but it is not required. All qualified students will be considered regardless of its completion.

Oregon law and District policy define gifted students as those who score at or above the 97th percentile on a standardized, nationally normed test of mental ability and/or academic achievement. Behavioral, learning, and/or performance information is also considered before a student is identified for TAG services.

The Parent Information Form must be completed and returned to our school’s TAG facilitator, Mrs. Laird, after which we will evaluate the students nominated by parents or teachers in the month of November.

Fall Garden Clean-up: October 6

Rain or shine, bring the entire family to the Raleigh Park garden clean-up! We will meet Saturday, October 6, 1:00 - 3:00. No experience or garden tools necessary; just show up and join in as we prepare the garden for winter. Whether you come for 30 minutes or stay the whole time, it’s a great opportunity to help our school and get to know other RP families.

The Raleigh Park Garden is an amazing addition to our school that contributes to our students' learning environment. The RP Garden provides our students an opportunity to connect with the natural world, to get their hands dirty and learn to appreciate the importance of eating fresh foods.

Hearing Screening

Raleigh Park Elementary will be having a hearing screening for grades K-3 on October 1, 2018. If your child is in 4th or 5th grade and you want them to be screened, please notify their teacher in writing. All K-3 students will be screened for hearing, unless the offices receives written notice to excuse them by September 28th.

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September All-school Community Meeting


Prioritizing Safety

Maintaining a safe school environment is a priority of the Beaverton School District. Many factors are critical to fostering a “Safe School Climate”. A critical ingredient in creating a safer school environment is classroom response to an incident at school. Weather events, fire, accidents, intruders and other threats to student safety are scenarios that are planned and trained for by students, teachers, staff and administration, in partnership with our first responders.

The Beaverton School District, in collaboration with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO), Beaverton Police (BPD) and Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue (TVFR), has implemented the Standard Response Protocol (SRP).

The SRP is not based on one individual possible scenario but on the response to any given scenario. One large benefit of the SRP is the standard language used by all responders; this includes students, parents, staff and first responders. The protocol also allows for a predictable series of actions as an event unfolds.

The SRP is based upon four actions: Lockout, Lockdown, Evacuate and Shelter. Each has specific staff and student directives that are unique to the action.

Do you know the difference between a Lockout and a Lockdown? Watch the following video to find out! https://youtu.be/jkhAfTtYRTE

PEP Grant

Programa de Educacion Fisica (PEP): El Departamento de Educación de los Estados Unidos otorgó al Distrito Escolar de Beaverton un subsidio de $669,484.00 para el Programa de Educación Física de Carol M. White (PEP) con una duración de 3 años. El Distrito Escolar de Beaverton (BSD) ha desarrollado un proyecto integral para mejorar la calidad de la Educación Física en el Distrito, incrementar la actividad física antes, durante y después de la escuela, así como crear en las escuelas una cultura de actividad y bienestar físico, que mejore la salud, nutrición, desarrollo social/emocional y desempeño académico de los estudiantes. Además de este subsidio, el Distrito ha formado varios consorcios en la comunidad, incluyendo la contribución de más $235,000 de Nike y Tualatin Hills, todo esto para dar mayor apoyo a este proyecto. El programa de BSD servirá a más de 28,000 estudiantes de K-8. Parte de esta subvención requiere la recolección de datos de actividad física, nutrición y de aptitud física de los estudiantes. Para más información acerca de la recolección de datos, por favor lea la hoja adjunta; si después de leerla usted decide que su hijo no forme parte de esta recolección de datos, por favor imprima esta hoja, fírmela y entréguela a la oficina de la escuela de su hijo.



Physical Education Program (PEP) Grant K-8: The Beaverton School District has been awarded a $669,484 Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) Grant from the U.S. Department of Education and is in year two of the three year grant. The Beaverton School District (BSD) has developed a comprehensive project to improve the quality of physical education in the District, increase physical activity before, during, and after school, and create a school culture of wellness and activity that improves student health, nutrition, social/emotional development, and learning outcomes. In addition to the grant funds, the District has developed several community partnerships to support the project including Nike and Tualatin Hills for a contribution of over $235,000. The BSD program will serve more than 28,000 K-8 students. As part of this grant there is required data that must be collected on physical activity, nutrition and physical fitness. Please read the attached form with more information about the data collection. If after reading you decide your student will not participate in the data collection, print, sign and send the form back to the main office of your student’s school.


Sistema de Notificación de SchoolMessenger / SchoolMessenger Notification System

El Distrito Escolar de Beaverton utiliza el sistema de notificación de SchoolMessenger para enviar llamadas automatizadas, correos electrónicos y mensajes de texto a los padres, tutores, estudiantes y personal. Estos incluyen notificaciones de asistencia, mensajes de inclemencias del tiempo y recordatorios importantes.

SchoolMessenger InfoCenter: Los padres pueden actualizar sus preferencias de notificación a través de SchoolMessenger InfoCenter. Visite el sitio web de SchoolMessenger InfoCenter https://infocenter.schoolmessenger.com/, o baje la aplicación. Para saber cómo organizar sus preferencias vea este corto video


The Beaverton School District uses the SchoolMessenger notification system to send automated phone calls, emails and texts to parents, guardians, students and staff. These include attendance notifications, inclement weather messages, and important reminders.

SchoolMessenger InfoCenter:

Parents can update their notification preferences via SchoolMessenger InfoCenter. Visit the SchoolMessenger InfoCenter website https://infocenter.schoolmessenger.com/, or download the app. Check out this quick video on how to manage your preferences.

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  • 19 - Early Release, 1:30p
  • 20 - Jog-A-Thon Kick-off, 8:35a
  • 25 - 3rd Gr. PDX Walking Tour, 9:15a - 1:30p
  • 26 - Passport Club, 8:00a
  • 26- Early Release, 1:30p
  • 28 - RPTV, 8:40a
  • 28 - Ist Gr. to Zoo, 9:00a - 2:oop
  • 27 - Back To School Night, 6:00p

  • 1 - Hearing Screening, K, !st, 3rd, 8:30a
  • 3 - Early Release, 1:30p
  • 4 - Community Meeting, 8:40a
  • 5 - Jog-A-Thon
  • 6 - Raleigh Park Garden Clean-up, 1:00 - 3:00p
  • 8 - 4th Gr. to Pittock Mansion, 9:00a - 2:00p
  • 10 - Walk + Bike 2 School Day
  • 10 - Early Release, 1:30p
  • 12 - Picture Day
  • 17 - Early Release, 1:30p
  • 19 - Jog-A-Thon Awards Assembly
  • 22 - 25 - Book Fair
  • 24 - RPTV, 8:40a
  • 24 - Early Release, 1:30p
  • 24 - Parent/Teacher Conferences, 4:00 - 8:00p
  • 25 - NO SCHOOL - Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • 31 - Passport Club, 8:00a
  • 31 - Early Release, 1:30p
  • 1 - Community Meeting, 8:40a
  • 7 - Early Release, 1:30p
  • 9 - NO SCHOOL - Grading Day
  • 12 - NO SCHOOL - Veteran's Holiday
  • 13 - PTO Meeting, 7:00p
  • 14 - Early Release, 1:30p
  • 15 - 3rd Gr Music Program, 6:30p
  • 16 - Picture Re-Take Day