CROC TALK BRIEF
Nancy Ryles Elementary Newsletter ~ October 2, 2020
PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE BY MONICA ARBOW
As we continue through this unique school year, there are many opportunities for students to share how they are doing given the current times. It is not surprising when students bring up issues, concerns, or questions regarding distance learning, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, wildfire dangers, or ongoing social justice movements. Students know that significant changes are happening around them and they can be naturally curious and anxious.
As part of Beaverton School District's Social Science units, we will be working on lessons that have to do with student identity, culture, and diversity. We will explore these concepts with students by defining and discussing race, prejudice and racism, and how each of us can be a change-maker. We are living through one of the largest social movements in the history of our nation. Allowing students to participate in facilitated discussions about the various current events that are taking place provides an opportunity to engage in real-time, authentic learning. This learning will be about creating an environment for constructive dialogue and practices. Additionally, we plan to discuss ways to make our community a more just place for all of our students and community.
We plan to foster those important conversations and create safe spaces for students to make sense of the world around them. We will strive to elicit and elevate students' questions and thoughts on possible resolutions without having our individual voice and view overshadow theirs. Please be assured that we are mindful of our role as public servants. As educators, it's our responsibility to encourage evidence-based inquiry and thoughtful debate. These conversations are not occasions to promote or advocate personal values or beliefs regarding politics, religion or other cultural issues. By encouraging constructive dialogue and creating inclusive, safe spaces, we believe our students will be able to exercise their critical thinking skills to make their own informed decisions.
Ultimately, it is our hope that this teaching and learning will provide avenues for students to connect their learning to the real world, including social and/or environmental concerns that affect them and their lives. Through culturally relevant learning experiences that are connected to standards and learning targets, we will encourage students to be critical thinkers, to inquire and learn from multiple and diverse perspectives, to collect evidence, and to take actions that combat inequity within the school and their local/national/global community.
The Social Science lessons were adapted from an interdisciplinary Social Sciences unit that was created this summer by a collaborative team of K-5 BSD teachers and Teachers on Special Assignment. The lessons are also aligned with:
Draft Ethnic Studies standards (most recent 8/19/20 Oregon Dept. of Edu. resource)
Original **draft** standards, which are currently undergoing updates
CDL - Comprehensive Distance Learning
Synchronous - students have live contact with their teacher (via Zoom).
Asynchronous - students access pre-recorded lectures and digital curriculum materials and respond through Seesaw and other collaborative documents at a time of their own choosing.
WEDNESDAY SCHEDULE - UPDATE
Please note that the District will follow a different student schedule next week. Students will have a regular synchronous learning day on Wednesday, October 7, as opposed to an independent asynchronous learning day. There are no scheduled classes on Friday, October 9.
For your planning purposes, the following Wednesdays also will be traditional synchronous learning days: January 20, February 17 and June 2.
REPLACING CHROMEBOOKS -- 3rd, 4th and 5th GRADERS
If your student has a Chromebook that was checked out to them last year, we would like to replace it with a new model of Chromebook. If your student does not have a Chromebook and needs one, we would like to check one out to them.
The exchange/distribution dates are:
· Monday, October 5 from 2:00-3:30 p.m.
· Wednesday, October 7 from 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Please follow these instructions for the exchange:
· Complete the Device Checkout Card (or write the information down on a piece of paper)
· Park your car and come to the front entry of the school
· Return the old Chromebook and charger
You do not need sign up in advance or complete a Help Desk ticket to replace your Chromebook.
SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR
Our school's Online Book Fair is OPEN. Discover the characters, series, and collections kids love. All purchases benefit Nancy Ryles. Check it out!
The online fair is Friday, October 2 - Thursday, October 15.
All orders will ship directly to your home!
This link will take you to our Book Fair: https://www.scholastic.com/bf/nancyryles
LIBRARY TO GO
Need an example of how to use Library to Go? Mr. Chung and Ms. Osborne made a video to help you out! Come see us Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
To turn on foreign language subtitles on Youtube videos:
- Click on the gear at the bottom right of the video screen
- Click on "Subtitles/CC"
- Click on "Auto Translate"
- Scroll to find the language you want in subtitles
- Press play on the video and subtitles in your selected language will appear
BREAKFAST STORY TIME WITH MRS. MALIN AND MS. OSBORNE
That's right! All K-2 families are welcome to join Mrs. Malin & Ms. Osborne for a story each day during breakfast from 8:10-8:25 a.m. This is just for fun, but we promise to read some really good books.
Beaverton School District created the fun and informative video below. If you haven't joined the morning Zoom, you will want to after watching this!!
If you need the Zoom link, please call the office at 503-356-2400.
THE BOOK BUS
Mark your calendars! The BOOK BUS will be heading out on Tuesday, October 12!
The Book Bus means just what it sounds like: a bus with books coming to you!
Here is the information we have so far:
- Our book bus will run on Tuesdays
- The Book Bus will leave the school at 1:30 p.m.
- We will have three Book Bus stops at which you can meet us
- Ms. Osborne and Mr. Chung will be very happy to see you!
Information on times and locations will be in next week's Croc Talk!
Ms. Osborne and Mr. Chung
CELEBRATING STUDENT BIRTHDAYS!
Easton K. - Kindergarten
Leilani N.S. - 5th Grade
Zamarah W. - 2nd Grade
Cohen D. - 1st Grade
Aurora H. - 5th Grade
Charlotte D. - 4th Grade
Jameson A. - 2nd Grade
Silas W. - 2nd Grade
Zoya A. - 5th Grade
Addy G. - 5th Grade
Ellie H. - 3rd Grade
Franklin R. - 4th Grade
Lucy R. - 4th Grade
Hailey R. - 3rd Grade
BEAVERTON SCHOOL DISTRICT SEEKS APPLICANTS FOR SOCIAL STUDIES CURRICULUM ADOPTION PROJECT TEAM
Beaverton School District seeks applicants for Social Studies Project Team
Teachers, students, parents, administrators, and community members are encouraged to apply to serve on the Beaverton School District’s Social Studies Project Team. The Social Studies Project Team will review existing Social Studies curriculum and practices in order to make curriculum adoption recommendations to the School Board. The Project Team’s work will begin on October 20, 2020 and will conclude by June of 2021. For more information on the Social Studies Project Team and a link to the application, please click here or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please share with staff and in newsletters.
INTERNATIONAL BIKE + WALK TO ANYWHERE DAY - OCTOBER 7
Join students and families from around the world as you walk or roll in your neighborhood on October 7. (Please remember to stay 6 feet from those not in your household and wear a mask.) All community members are welcome to participate. Use the 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)
Google Form Link: https://forms.gle/9rBZws7qDdqAj6Ab6