Raleigh Hills Newsletter

September 20, 2019

Weekly Message

Dear Raleigh Hills Families,

For educators, parents, and students, certain milestones mark each new school year. In September and going into October, we have bus evacuation drills, our first fire drill, and picture day. As we move past these "firsts" of the school year and the rain begins unpredictably early, students are digging into learning. Whether students are in kindergarten or eight grade, learning revolves around a purpose.

In a 4th grade classroom, the teacher was reading, The Gardner, by Sarah Stewart. Before students listened to the story, the teacher reviewed the purpose of the read aloud which was for them to analyze the Big Idea. Because the teacher intentionally connected this purpose to reading work from throughout the day, the students were able to pause during the reading to "think-pair-share" and analyze this idea. In the conversations students began constructing their thoughts by hearing each others' thoughts. Students were creating their own shared understanding based around the purpose of the lesson.

In order to practice a fire drill and in order to be engaged in learning, we need to know where we are going. We hope that you will have opportunities with your children to ask where they went each day in their learning.

Best regards,

Jennifer and Lindsay


At Raleigh Hills, instructional time counts! Every minute we have with your student has to go toward instruction. Because of this we are asking that families do not bring birthday treats. Additionally, we have students who do not celebrate birthdays. The practice of bringing in treats for some and not others can cause hurt feelings.

This is how we recognize birthdays at Raleigh Hills. Teachers always recognize students in the classroom. Additionally, Lindsay and I give out birthday pencils and sing a special song to students during lunch times once a month. Every student will have their day celebrated. Thank you for helping us to navigate this change at RHK8. We love partnering with you to maximize your child's education!

September 13 Assembly

Beaverton High School football players joined Raleigh Hills for our kickoff assembly (pun intended)! The athletes were enthusiastic and went above and beyond to high five and greet students as they came in and left the assembly. A player/speaker spoke about kindness on and off the field. He noticed that we were kicking off our Panther PRIDE words to live by. This was a very special assembly, and we are so thankful for our partnership with BHS students.

Speak Up 4 Student Success: HB 3427]


The Oregon Legislature passed and the Governor signed the $2 billion Student Success Act (HB 3427) in Spring 2019. This is an historic and much needed investment in K-12 schools. The Beaverton School District could be able to access an estimated $34 million per year through a state application process.

School districts are required to apply for funds, and must engage their community in a needs assessment process prior to the application for funds. We will host a series of Community Conversations - Speak Up 4 Student Success in several locations throughout the BSD. Schools will also be engaging their communities in these conversations during September and October.

Please join us to talk about what student success looks like in the Beaverton School District? What is going well in Beaverton schools? What areas/services/programs could we improve?

Your voice matters! We welcome your perspective and opinion.

Speak Up 4 Student Success Community Conversations offered in English & Spanish:

· Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at Southridge High School, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

· Thursday, September 26, 2019 at Cedar Park Middle School, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

· Monday, October 7, 2019 at Stoller Middle School, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

· Monday, October 21, 2019 at Aloha High School, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. (Budget Listening & Learning Session) For more information, and to complete a BSD Needs Survey, please visit the Student Success Act webpage.


De su Opinión sobre el Éxito Estudiantil: HB 3427 - Ley de Éxito Estudiantil

La Legislatura de Oregon aprobó y el Gobernador firmó la Ley de Éxito Estudiantil de $ 2 billones (HB 3427) en la primavera de 2019. Esta es una inversión histórica y muy necesaria en las escuelas K-12. El Distrito Escolar de Beaverton podría acceder a un estimado de $ 34 millones por año a través de un proceso de solicitud estatal.

Se requiere que los distritos escolares soliciten fondos y deben incluir a su comunidad en un proceso de evaluación de necesidades antes de la solicitud de fondos. Organizaremos una serie de conversaciones comunitarias para qué de su opinión sobre el Éxito Estudiantil, en varios lugares del BSD. Las escuelas también incluirán a sus comunidades en estas conversaciones durante septiembre y octubre.

Por favor, vengan para hablar sobre el éxito estudiantil en el Distrito Escolar de Beaverton. ¿Qué está funcionando bien en las escuelas de Beaverton? ¿Qué áreas, servicios y programas podríamos mejorar?

¡Su voz es importante! Agradecemos su perspectiva y opinión.

Las conversaciones comunitarias para que de su opinión sobre el éxito estudiantil serán en inglés y español:

· Martes, 24 de septiembre de 2019 en Southridge High School, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

· Jueves, 26 de septiembre de 2019 en Cedar Park Middle School, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

· Lunes, 7 de octubre de 2019 en Stoller Middle School, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

· Lunes, 21 de octubre de 2019 en Aloha High School, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. (Sesión Informativa del Presupuesto)

Para obtener más información y para completar una encuesta de necesidades de BSD, visite la página web Student Success Act.

Picture Day is October 1st

Pre-pay online ordering!

Paque por su orden en línea.

Parents have the ability to order pictures using the link above or by visiting ios.dorianstudio.com and using the school's access key, JD6J5XKU, also found on your picture day envelope before and up to four (4) days after picture day.

Los padres pueden ordenar las fotos con la clave de accesso imprimido en el sobre de fotos hasta cuatro (4) dias después del día de la foto.

After the 4-day grace period expires, a personalized access key will be sent home with picture delivery. A $7 shipping and handling fee will be added to all orders made with a personalized access key and orders ship directly home.

DESPUÉS DE QUE EXPIRE EL PERÍODO DE GRACIA DE 4 DÍAS: Un código de acceso personalizado le será enviado a su hogar con sus pedidos. Estas órdenes incluyen una tarifa de $7 de envío.

Learning Connections at Home

For the last two weeks, we have shared information about Social Emotional Learning (SEL). In continuing this thread, we want to share a little more information about social emotional language that we use, and why this is so important. In our primary grades students use the Zones of Regulation language (see image below). In the middle school grades, students are more familiar with the 6 Point Scale (see image below). High school teachers might even use this complex Mood Meter.

The goal in using any of these tools to identify emotions is that they give students common language to visually gauge their feelings in order so that they can make choices that best help them when in the different zones or moods.

Another helpful tool is the escalation scale. The first escalation scale connects to the emotional zones and the second one indicates how much a person's brain can take in when in the different phases of escalation. Brain science is fascinating and helps us understand that when we are activated (in the yellow zone), we really only take in 50% of the cognitive input.

We are fortunate at RH to have a Student Success Coach, Juliet Hong. She has a wealth of knowledge around social emotional learning. Please reach out to her if you would like to connect about resources or even help building a Peace Place in your own home. (More information about that to come in a future newsletter!)

Middle School Connection

We are looking forward to seeing parents/guardians on September 26 at 6:00. Please note that there is not childcare provided, and, due to problems that arise when students are unsupervised on the playground, we encourage families to not have their children in this area during the evening events.
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Volunteer Information

At Raleigh Hills we are so appreciative of all of our amazing volunteers!

Volunteer Orientation

Friday, September 27, 9:00-9:30am


Tuesday, October 15, 6:00-6:30pm


Volunteer Signup Opportunity

MS Back to School Night

Thursday, September 26, 6pm

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