VOSE NEWS

February 2020

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Important Dates

Friday, February 14- Spirit Day- Dress like a friend

Monday, February 17 (President's Day Holiday) - SCHOOL CLOSED

Tuesday, February 18 (Teacher Work Day + Professional Development)- SCHOOL CLOSED

Tuesday, February 25- Coffee with the Principals @ 8:00AM


March 2nd - 6th Staff Appreciation Week @ Vose



FEBRUARY CHARACTER TRAIT: Kindness

We need your help! In the next Friday Folder there will be a heart for you to write a note of kindness/appreciation to your child. Anything big or small. If you can complete the heart and send it back in an envelope through the Friday Folder your child's teacher will make sure the note gets to your child. We want to show our students how much we care and appreciate them and who better to share that than from their own families. Thank you for taking the moment to write a note and get it back to school in a secret envelope!

La amabilidad es contagiosa

Attendance Matters!

Please make every effort to get your students to Vose on-time and at school for the full day, each and every day. Our goal is 95% of our students in school everyday. Many students have been recognized for having 98% attendance and higher through certificates! At our last assembly we also did a raffle prizes for students who were here and one time for the month of January.


We are celebrating the grade-levels with great attendance this month. Be sure to help your child help their grade level team by being here and on time each and every day!!!


Attendance habits are set in elementary school, so please start building good attendance habits early. As a parent, you can help by establishing a regular bedtime and morning routine. You can also avoid medical appointments during school hours, as well as extended trips when school is in session. If you need assistance in helping your child get to school on-time every day, please reach out to the office or our school counselor. We can offer lots of incentives and supports. Attendance matters!

INCLEMENT WEATHER INFORMATION

Beaverton School District Inclement Weather Information When the weather outside gets inclement, school schedules could be affected. The District generally makes inclement weather decisions by 5:15 a.m., posting them by 5:30 a.m. on the District website and on social media. All Portland Metro area media outlets are also notified and announce the information on TV newscasts and online. Parents and guardians that have opted in for SchoolMessenger will receive timely notifications.


The District makes decisions based on the ability to operate school buses safely; the ability of parents and students to drive safely; and the ability of students to walk safely. 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.)


For the latest inclement weather information:


MATH IS DIFFERENT (AND DEEPER) THAN IT USED TO BE

Math class needs a makeover - Dan Meyer

It goes without saying that the way math is taught today is different from the way we all learned in school. In an effort to assist parent's understanding of the shifts in the way we are teaching mathematical practices, I will spend some time focusing on this in the next few newsletters and throughout the year.

In the linked TedTalk video below from high school math teacher, Dan Meyer, an explanation of why math class needs a makeover is provided. Although Meyer is a secondary math teacher, this video explains the shifts we are seeing with math instruction at the elementary level as we aim to develop, "patient problem solving and math reasoning" in students. In the video, Meyer outlines the 5 symptoms which indicate math classes are doing math reasoning wrong:

  • Lacking Initiative

  • Lacking Perseverance

  • Lacking Retention

  • Avoiding Word Problems

  • Dependent on Formula

We recognize the power in partnering with our families to support this shift in math instruction and you likely have noticed that traditional math homework practice is not currently a part of daily homework expectations. Our staff is currently discussing ways to provide additional practice for students at home that engage students and families in math conversations that support these shifts as opposed to mixing messages at school and home.

Dreambox is a great resource for supporting math learning at home!!!

Learn more about Dreambox Math https://www.smore.com/1eg2x

Classroom of the Month

In January Ms. Muñoz's second grade class was selected as Fox 12 classroom of the month. The class received books and art supplies to enhance their learning. Check-out the video link.

UNSCHEDULED DISMISSAL - WHAT'S YOUR PLAN?


During an unscheduled early dismissal, schools will use the emergency closure plan you indicated for your student in enrollment and enrollment verification. During the online process, you were asked to indicate what the student should do in case of emergency or early school closure.

The three options were:

  • Pick up by Parent/Emergency Contact/Daycare

  • School Bus to Home/Neighbor/Daycare

  • Walk/Ride Bike/Drive to Home/Neighbor/Daycare

If you don’t remember what you selected, you can check by logging into ParentVUE and clicking on “Student Info” in the left hand navigation. Your selection will be displayed at the bottom of the page under “Other Data.”

If you wish to change this plan, contact your school or update through ParentVUE using the Family Updates and New Student Enrollment button. *Please note, if you choose to update your information online, the information is not updated in the student information system until the school has processed your changes. This process may take up to two weeks to be completed. The fastest way to update your information is to call the school.

Please make a note of the option you selected and keep the information somewhere handy, in the event of a future early school closure.


Classroom of the Month: Vose Elementary

Smarter Balanced State Test Update

Last spring, students in grades 3 – 8 and 11 in the Beaverton School District and throughout Oregon took the state tests (Smarter Balanced) in English Language Arts and Mathematics.

In addition to content standards, these assessments are designed to measure critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills. The test results provide you, our schools, our district and the state with information about how well we are preparing our students for their next steps including college and career readiness.


Our students will take these tests once between March June 2020. House Bill 2655 permits parents and adult students to annually opt-out of Oregon’s statewide summative tests in English Language Arts and Math by submitting a form to the school the student attends. The school shall provide any student who is exempted from a state test with supervised study time while other students are testing.


Here is a link to additional information: https://www.oregon.gov/ode/educator-resources/assessment/Documents/Opt-Out_Form_2019-20.pdf

Beaverton Library Children's Programs Calendar

Kids in the Game

KIDS in the GAME is a nonprofit that provides financial assistance to low income families for sports registration fees. This program has found that engagement in school/intramural sports helps increase student attendance in schools and also brings positive mentors into the lives of students.

Please find additional information on their website or in this informational flyer.


Parenting Together in Washington County

https://parentingtogetherwc.org/

Welcome to Parenting Together Washington County

Search for great resources available to parents in Washington County. This includes parent education, child care resources, family-friendly activities, and web-based resources for parenting topics organized by the child’s age.


Bienvenido a Aprendemos Juntos del Condado de Washington

En esta página, usted encontrará excelentes recursos disponibles para padres en el condado de Washington. Los mismos incluyen educación para padres, recursos para el cuidado de niños, actividades aptas para toda la familia y otros temas para aprender en el internet sobre la crianza y la educación de los hijos, BASADOS en la edad del niño.

Middle School Boundary Adjustment (MSBA) advisory committee

Dear Parents:

The Beaverton School District has held four (4) community meetings with the Middle School Boundary Adjustment (MSBA) advisory committee. Attendance boundaries for all of the middle schools are being considered for adjustment and the advisory committee is seeking community input from residents in the central and southern part of the District.

The City of Beaverton is planning for almost 7,000 new residential dwelling units in the Cooper Mountain area near Mountainside High School over the next 10-15 years. Which middle school(s) should serve these new developments? Do you have reasons why your neighborhood should attend a different middle school? Do you understand that changes to attendance boundaries in the north part of the District will impact other attendance boundaries? Are you concerned about the potential for the size of student enrollment at middle school?


If you are concerned about any of these questions, or if you have other questions about the MSBA project, please visit the District's MSBA web page (link). Read the materials, visit the advisory committee calendar, and/or submit written comment to the committee. Please come to an advisory committee meeting or watch the meeting livestreamed in real time. The district wants and needs to hear from you.


The last two meetings will be:

* Thursday, February 13th at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM, Five Oaks Middle School, 1600 NW 173rd Ave., Beaverton

* Tuesday, February 25th at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM, Whitford Middle School, 7935 SW Scholls Ferry Road, Beaverton


Thank you for your support!

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It provides guidance for parents after emergencies or traumatic situations. Please feel free to include a link to this resource in your school newsletters.

Vose PTO Info

The Vose Parent Teacher Organization is an independent organization that seeks to enhance the academic, family and extracurricular lives of Vose students. PTO meetings are held the first Thursday of each month at 6:00 pm in the school cafeteria. The next PTO meeting will be on Thursday, March 5th at 6:00pm. Upcoming events include:


* During the week of Monday, February 10 through Friday, February 14, the PTO is selling Friendship Grams (a note with a piece of candy) before school from 7:35am - 7:55am, . They are a small fundraiser and a fun way to show kindness. Friendship grams are .25 cents each or $5 for the class.


* PTO is hosting a movie night on Saturday, February 29th. Doors will open at 5:30pm and the movie will start at 6pm. The event is free and food will be available for purchase. Students will be voting on what movie will be playing soon. Be on the look out for more information.