The Voice of Raleigh Park - February 12, 2021
Traducir TIGER TALES!
Did you know you can now translate Tiger Tales? From your computer, you may use the "Accessibility" function (on the right) to translate Tiger Tales into a variety of languages. From your phone, look for the silhouette icon in the lower right corner. For old eyes like mine, you can also change contrast settings and increase font size!
The weather outside is anything but frightful if you're inclined to enjoy a late-winter freeze! From wherever you are reading this, I hope you are able to find moments of warmth.
I appreciate those who were able to join me for any one of the (4) Q&A sessions over the past couple of weeks. "Decision Day" is Monday, February 15, and I acknowledge no one necessarily feels confident with their decision in the context of all that is uncertain and the choices offered. A transition is upon us, and we all want to make the right decision.
My heart continues to break for everything our children have lost, and it seems somewhat tone deaf to simply suggest they are adaptable and resilient beings. We already know that, and it's terribly unfair to use that as an excuse to pile on. If I can offer you any reassurance, it is simply there is no right or wrong choice for you to make. Regardless of your decision, I trust you will make the choice that is best for your family at this point in time with the information you know. To this end, I have faith you will continue to do what you have done all along...doing the best you can.
In This Issue:
- REPORT CARDS - Now viewable in ParentVue
- REMINDERS - Upcoming Wednesdays
- '21-22 KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
- SAVE THE DATE - Kindergarten & New Student Orientation
- REVIEW - Return to School Information
- Teachers College Resources for Families
- Free Books!
- Curbside Library & Library Book Bus
- REMINDER - Device Insurance
- PTO News - Craft+Boogie
- BSD News & Updates - Immunization Exclusion Day, Statewide Test Exemptions, Community Conversations Around Race
Report cards are now viewable in ParentVue
Due to the challenges of accurate and equitable grading during Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL), this progress report looks the same as in previous years but will reflect changes in the Academic and Learning Progress (shown below). This is a necessary but temporary shift from proficiency reporting that reflected end-of-year academic targets. The February progress report will show:
What has been taught during each semester
Evidence of student’s learning progress (growth) toward grade level targets
This progress report will not reflect end-of-year proficiency grading and will not have 1-4 proficiency marks.
Each section, with the exceptions of the Behavior, Language and Speaking & Listening sections, will indicate which targets have been taught during the semester and a mark reflecting the student’s learning progress, according to the evidence gathered during CDL. Evidence (both oral and written) can be gathered from assignments, formative assessments, and in whole group and small group settings (discussions and activities).
During the first semester, teachers will indicate which targets have been taught in the various subject areas with “CDL” or “X”.
Teachers also will indicate Evidence of Learning Progress (growth). This section reflects the student’s learning progress toward grade-level targets according to evidence gathered during CDL.
Determining a student’s learning progress is based on their growth from the beginning of the year in each subject area. This mark doesn’t translate to a 1-4 proficiency grading scale. It’s solely based on evidence of growth.
REMINDER: Upcoming Wednesdays
Our next synchronous instruction Wednesday is THIS WEDNESDAY, February 17. A summary of that week is as follows:
- Monday, February 15 is a holiday - NO SCHOOL
- Tuesday, February 16 will run like a typical Monday
- Wednesday, February 17 will run like a typical Tuesday
- Thursday and Friday, February 18 and 19, will run like normal
February 24 is a non-student day in the middle of the week. This means we will not hold Morning Meetings, and we won't have Wellness Lessons.
- Do you have a '21-22 kindergartener in your household?
- Do you know of others who do?
KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! Please use the link below to learn more. Also, there will be upcoming kindergarten events that may be of interest, outlined in the "Save the Date" information below.
PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD, FAR AND WIDE! We want to cast a large net to let our families know we are open for business and excited about the possibilities in the coming year.
REVISION - NEW TIME: Kindergarten & New Student Orientation
PLEASE NOTE THE NEW TIME for the February 24 event; it has moved from 10:00a to 2:00p
- KINDERGARTEN Q&A: Wednesday, February 24 @ 2:00p via Zoom. This is for families with incoming kindergartners for the '21-22 school year (Zoom Link will be forwarded later)
- KINDERGARTEN & NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION: Wednesday, May 19 @ 6:00p (details to come)
Please spread the word if you or those you know have an incoming kindergartner or a new Raleigh Park student for the 2021-22 school year. Looking forward to meeting all future Tigers!
CORRECTION: Face Masks v. Face Shields
At one of the earlier Principal Chats, I mistakenly indicated face shields could be a substitute for face masks. This was in error. To be clear, all children are expected to wear face masks should you desire the hybrid model for your child(ren). If you believe your child will not be able to wear a face mask for the duration of the instructional day, it is advised you choose the CDL option.
In rare circumstances, a student may have a medical condition or disability that prevents the wearing of a face covering. In these instances, we will initiate a process governed by special education law to determine if an alternative to face masks would be a reasonable accommodation. All these safety measures are mandated by the Oregon Department of Education and the Oregon Health Authority in the Ready Schools, Safe Learners (RSSS) guidance.
Return to School, PART 1: The Summary
By now, many/most of you have heard about the District's plans to "reopen" for a hybrid learning experience. Beyond the video and link above, a summary (as originally communicated by the BSD on January 27):
Earliest return for elementary schools is April 5
Earliest return for secondary schools is April 19 - “BSD Connect”
Parents will be asked to choose between CDL and Hybrid by February 15
*Important to acknowledge any/everything is considered tentative and subject to adjustment/change based on health metrics and ongoing negotiations with employee unions
Earliest start date is April 5
Pending advisory health metrics (≤ 350 positive tests per 100,000 over the previous two-week period)
Washington County is tied to Multnomah County health metrics
Hybrid students will be divided into AM or PM cohorts, attending 2.25 hours/day
Families currently will NOT have a choice, other than siblings will be guaranteed the same cohort
Starting with grades Kindergarten, 1 & 2
K-2 transition will dictate when Grades 3-5 return
District bus transportation will be available to families in existing bus zones
Families will have the option to remain in CDL or transition to Hybrid
Current teachers and classmates are not guaranteed in either CDL or Hybrid
Family choice will apply to the rest of the school year; no switches will be allowed
Decision needs to be made by February 15
Middle, High and Option Schools
“BSD Connect” will start no earlier than April 19 (the first day of the fourth quarter)
BSD Connect provides opportunities for middle, high and option schools for in-school small group interactions
Specific course activities and specific social activities
Students will remain in CDL for their academic classes
OSAA-sponsored sports and activities, we’ll continue to follow statewide guidance.
Continue to evaluate the feasibility of bringing secondary students back in a Hybrid Instruction
Return to School, PART 2: Vaccines
The governor has indicated a condition of return is to ensure educators are provided an opportunity to be vaccinated. As such, please be mindful that instruction may shift from the typical routine to accommodate these vaccination appointments. If needed, your child(ren)'s teacher will communicate any adjustments in advance.
Return to School, PART 3: BSD Q&A and Explainer Videos
Teachers College Support for Families
Teachers College Reading Writing Project Resources for Families - Teachers College Reading Writing Project Resources for Families. I will be sharing these resources with parents in our next newsletter. If you receive literacy questions from parents, you're welcome to use any of the videos linked here:
- Website for Families - published by Teacher College
- YouTube Chanel with video resources: https://www.youtube.com/c/tcrwp
- This format is made for teachers to access more easily: PreK-2 Family videos, 3-5 Family videos
Free Parent "Office Hours" Offered by Lucy Calkins & Team for parents to check-in about child’s literacy development, ways to support child at home with particular issues, or in general, inquire about what to expect across developmental stages in reading, writing or language acquisition, early to later years.
- K-2 Families: Wednesdays 5:00-6:00p
- 3-8 Families: Thursdays 5:00-6:00p
- REGISTER HERE!
- When you register, you will receive an email with the Zoom information for all of the the K-2 and the 3-5 sessions. You only need to register one time. Then just attend the sessions that work for your schedule.
Tiger's Curbside Library & The Book Bus!
Tiger’s Curbside Library is still up and running two times per week:
- Tuesdays - 10:30a - 12:30p
- Thursdays - 10:30a - 12:30p
This is also a great time to pick up meals, 11:00a-12:00p
AHOY! The library BOOK BUS sets sail each Thursday, and will continue to do so until further notice. The book bus will dock at four different stops:
- 1:45 - 2:10 - 11606 SW Center Street @ LynnMarie Apartments
- 2:15 - 2:45 - 3750 SW 108th @ Camellia Place
- 2:50 - 3:15 - Kennedy St. Park, just past 103rd
- 3:25 - 3:55 - SW White Pine Ln. @ SW Crestwood
Both the curbside library and book bus will have books for all readers. However, they may also request books in advance.
How do students request books?
- Browse the Raleigh Park Library collection and place a hold on books for your children. The only information you need is a 1) student ID number and 2) password. For more information on how to place holds, please view, Placing a Hold on a Book from Your Library.
- Email Mrs. Lowe, Raleigh Park Library Media Assistant (LMA) with a title or subject, Judy_Lowe@beaverton.k12.or.us
How do students know when to pick up their books?
- When a book is available for a student, we will email parents/guardians to let you know when the book will be ready for curbside or book bus pick up. Please email Judy_Lowe@beaverton.k12.or.us with additional questions.
- Email Mrs. Lowe, and she can share some thoughts and recommendations!
How do students return library books?
- Bring books back to Raleigh Park during the curbside or book bus hours and leave them in the labelled bin. Books will be in quarantine for 1 week, so there will be a delay in checking the books back in the library.
REMINDER: Device Insurance
As you might expect, a large-scale distribution of devices will lead to inadvertent damage from time to time. As communicated earlier in the year, the Beaverton School District added a fee of $20 to students’ Online Payment accounts (maximum fee of $60 per family per school year) to enroll them in the Damage-Loss Protection Program. This fee is waived for families who qualify for the free or reduced-price meal benefits program and have completed the Permission to Share form.
Students need to pay the assigned fee prior to any damage or loss claims to be eligible for the Protection Program coverage.
Families may choose to decline coverage. However, doing so isn't recommended, because a family would then assume full responsibility for any costs due to damage, loss or theft. These costs could be as much as $300 per incident, regardless of how the damage occurs. Visit the Student Device Resources webpage for more information.
- To access the online payment system, you will need an active ParentVUE account. If you do not have a ParentVUE account, contact your school for an Activation Key code. Once the ParentVUE account is created, it may take up to 24 hours for the Online Payment System account to be activated. For more information on ParentVue, please visit the ParentVUE/StudentVUE page.
- To pay for device insurance, you may use a Visa, Discover, or Mastercard (debit or credit card), and make a secure online payment for your student with no transaction fees. You can access the online payment system at https://or-beaverton.intouchreceipting.com. in addition to device insurance, you may pay additional student fees for lost library books, or make donations to school-based programs and activities.
- If you did not select the permission to share option when applying for Free and Reduce Meals, you need to show the office staff your meals benefit letter indicating that you qualify for free or reduced meals. If you have payment questions, please see the school secretaries.
Student Help Desk - Questions or concerns about student technology? Please contact the Student Help Desk:
Craft Kits Coming Soon!
In partnership with local Craft+Boogie, the PTO is bringing craft kits to all of our RP students. We feel so honored that Craft+Boogie is sharing their generous love for arts and crafts with us and furthering a local, community connection. Craft+Boogie’s mission is to provide children with art and craft experiences that encourage self-expression, boost self-esteem, and create memorable moments of bonding with trusted adults. We are grateful to Craft+Boogie for donating many of the kits and providing a substantial discount for the remaining ones!
The week of February 16, we'll be distributing kits with everything you'll need for three crafts — tie-dye snowflakes, a love bug hat, and melted crayon floating hearts — plus 6 winter-themed coloring pages.
District News, Information & Resources
Immunization Exclusion Day - February 17
Immunizations are required by state law for children and students in attendance at public and private schools, preschools, child care facilities and Head Start programs in Oregon. Nearly every facility that provides care for a child outside the home requires immunizations or a medical or non-medical exemption to remain enrolled.
Children who are not up-to-date on their immunizations by February 17, 2021 will be excluded from school until their immunizations are updated. During Comprehensive Distance Learning, that means students will be put on a list and will not be allowed on campus for any reason until they’re up-to-date (i.e. no Limited In-Person Instruction, no Hybrid, no athletics or no school events).
Keeping children up-to-date on immunizations will help schools transition safely and quickly to in-person learning when they’re able.
Students and families in the Beaverton School District may access immunizations at both the Beaverton School-Based Health Center and the Merlo School-Based Health Center in addition to their own health care providers
FYI: 2020-21 30-Day Notice for Statewide Tests
Under the Student Assessment Bill of Rights, the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and Oregon’s school districts must provide families with a Notice of Statewide Tests and Opt-out Form 30 days before the start of statewide testing.
This year, school has been significantly disrupted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and other factors. In response, ODE plans to ask the United States Department of Education for a temporary pause (also known as a “waiver”) in English Language Arts (ELA) and Math testing. A pause is also being requested for science testing, but science testing is not subject to this opt-out rule.
If this waiver request is approved, then statewide ELA and Math testing will not happen this year, and there will be no need for parents to submit opt-out forms to their child’s school.
If the waiver request is not approved, test windows will open on March 4, 2021.
ODE will update the district regularly with news about the waiver.
Save the Date - Community-Wide Conversation Around Race
DATES TO REMEMBER...
- Tiger's Curbside Library, 10:30a-12:30p
- Meal Distribution, 11:00a-12:00p
- Tiger's Curbside Library, 10:30a-12:30p
- Meal Distribution, 11:00a-12:00p
- Book Bus, 1:45-3:55p
- 12 - Report cards available to families via ParentVue
- 15 - President's Day Holiday - SCHOOL CLOSED
- 15 - CDL/Hybrid Window CLOSED
- 17 - Synchronous Instruction Wednesday
- 24 - Staff Development & Work Day - NO STUDENTS
- 24 - Kindergarten Q&A (for incoming Kindergartners in the '21-22 School Year)
- 22-26 - Spring Break
- 5 - Proposed Start of Hybrid Instruction