Dragon News

Findley Elementary School

November 9, 2018

Message from Dr. Marsh

Happy November Findley Families!

As we enter a new season and it's getting darker and colder outside we want to remind families that there is no supervision on the playground or anywhere around the school building until 8:15 AM, with the exception of Thursdays for running club. We are seeing students waiting outside prior to this and worry about their safety. Help us keep our Findley Dragons safe and make sure they are not arriving before 8:15 AM. Thank you for your help with this!

Have you ever wondered what we do with our time on Wednesday afternoons when you get your children back earlier? We really value this time and the opportunity to meet as a staff or as a grade level. We collaborate around a variety of topics designed to improve and enhance our teaching practice to better serve your kids. Just this last Wednesday (see picture below) teachers learned about strategies and resources they can use that support social emotional learning for kids and adults alike! It was time well spent.

Thank you for sharing your kids with us. Hope you enjoy your long weekend!

Sherry Marsh, Ed.D.
Teachers Collaborating

Lend a helping hand

Findley’s Tenth Annual Food Drive kicks-off



Findley is holding their annual Food Drive November 13th through the 16th. Please bring in a non-perishable food item(s) to help support the Oregon Food Bank. Dollar Day will be Friday, November 16th. For every DOLLAR we collect, the OREGON FOOD BANK is able to provide 5 pounds of food to a needy family. If all 629 Findley students donate $1 on Dollar Day, that is equivalent to donating a whooping 3,145 pounds of food!

Thank you in advance for all your support!!

Oregon Battle of the Books A message from Mrs. Bauck...

Hello everyone! If you have signed up for a team, then you should have received a welcome email this week. If you did not receive an email, please contact Rita_Vennes@beaverton.k12.or.us. For more information about Battle of the Books, you can visit Mrs. Bauck's website: http://shannonbauck.weebly.com/battle-of-the-books.html

5th Grade Music Program

5th Grade Music Concert will be on Thursday, November 15, at 6:30 p.m. in the Findley Cafetertia/gym. Please come and hear our 5th graders play violin, xylophone, hear their creations, hear the 4/5 Grade Choir and then hear the 5th grade end the evening with moving songs. See you there!

Exciting Upcoming Events with the Findley Choir!

Findley 5th/6th Grade TrailBlazer Performers

Please come and hear the Findley 5th/6th Grade TrailBlazer Performers sing and dance at the Portland TrailBlazer game on Friday, December 14 at 6:30 p.m. Game time is 7:00 p.m. See the information on the flyer for the discounted Findley tickets! They go fast so order from the Findley Group night website www.rosequarter/groupnights.com Discount code is FINDLEY!

Come and support Findley and watch the BLAZERS WIN!!!

Findley PTO Findley PTO: Supporting our students by connecting parents, staff, and the community!

Visit our website at www.findleypto.com or email president@findleypto.com.

Dragon Dash 2018 Wrap Up

Parents! Thank you for your support, encouragement and donations from family and friends to make this year's Dragon Dash a success! We raised over $108,000 to support educational programs at Findley such as Art Literacy and Passport Club including classroom supplies, books, technology tools, class parties, assemblies and author visits. We couldn't have achieved this overwhelming success without your support and the support of the teachers, staff and PTO parent volunteers. We welcome any feedback you'd like to share to make Dragon Dash 2019 even better (or if you'd like to volunteer for next year)! Please send your input to dragondashpm@gmail.com.

Findley Flyers

Did you know that over 75% of the school participates in Findley Flyers? We run every week and are in need of more volunteers for Tuesday recess times!

As a collective group the Findley Flyers have run 2,534 miles so far this year!! It takes a lot of volunteers to make this happen and keep it fun & safe for all. If your child is one of the 536 kids that has run with us, please consider coming out to help! Sadly, if we can’t get enough volunteers for each grade, that grade may have to be cancelled for the week.

Tuesday Volunteer Times:

K - 1st 10:15 am - 11:10 am

2nd - 3rd 11:10 am - 12:05 pm

4th - 5th 12:00 pm - 12:55 pm

Please sign up by clicking on the following link - http://signup.com/go/5XxkNg

Findley Crazy Sock Day/Sock and Underwear Donations – November 16th!!!

"Hip Hip Hooray...crazy sock day is Friday, Nov. 16th! Wear silly socks, colorful socks, or mix-matched socks to school for this fun spirit day. There will also be a donation bin in the school lobby during the week of Nov. 13-16 for new sock or underwear donations for the Beaverton Clothes Closet. The Clothes Closet serves school age children from families in our district with limited income or emergency needs. Findley families, thank you for your support!"

Findley Holiday Shopping Fundraiser at Piccolo Mondo Toys

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Save the Date! Findley PTO General Meeting Dates

PTO General Meetings (Findley Library) – Presentations and staff updates. Open to all interested parents!

* Monday, Feb 11 - 7pm

* Monday, May 20 - 7p

Upcoming Events

  • 13th Vision Screening
  • 16th Crazy Sock Day
  • 13th-16th Food Drive for Oregon Food Bank
  • 21st-23rd NO SCHOOL

Findley Choir!

Findley 4/5 grade Choir will be singing at the Bethany Village Fountain for the Bethany Village Tree Lighting festivities on Tuesday, November 27th from 5:45-6:15. We have an full 30 minutes of music that will get you in the Holiday Spirit!

We will also be singing at the Beaverton German Holiday Market at the Beaverton City Park – in the parking lot where the Farmers Market sits, on Saturday, Dec 1 from 2:45-3:15 p.m. This sound like another fun and festive time! Come and hear our 66 Choir members sing!


Findley will have a Girls on the Run (GOTR) team this spring and we are in need of 6 volunteer coaches to make the season successful.

GOTR is a nonprofit organization that inspires girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. It’s a 10-week curriculum-based program for girls in 3rd-5th grade that combines training for a 5k running event with powerful lessons on confidence, teamwork, relationships, and leadership.

Coaches need to commit to the 10-week season and meeting twice a week for 90 minutes from March-May. You don’t need to be a runner or a competitive athlete! A successful coach only needs to have a desire to positively impact girls’ lives by helping them increase their self-confidence, develop healthy relationships and feel good about themselves. You’ll serve as a role model for girls by showing up prepared and on time, listening attentively, and by demonstrating a positive attitude.

Interested? Visit www.girlsontherunpdx.org/coach to learn more. You can also check out this short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9_PC-fvdXA.

If you have questions, contact the Findley Girls on the Run Site Coordinator, Rachel Arnold at rachel.arnold@frontier.com.

Bond Updates!

Fall 2018 Bond Update Newsletter

Please take a few moments to read our Fall 2018 update on the Bond Construction Program. We’ve been busy working to make improvements to a number our facilities. The newsletter can also be found en Español.

In the newsletter you will find updates on:

  • Current projects:

    • Hazeldale Elementary School

    • William Walker Elementary School

    • Bethany Elementary School Repipe Project

    • Five Oaks Middle School Renovation and Addition

    • Ridgewood Elementary School HVAC Upgrades

    • Security Upgrades

  • Additional completed projects

  • Upcoming projects 2018-2019

Thank you again to the Beaverton community for their support!

For more information, please contact the Communications & Community Involvement Department at 503-356-4360.