TIGER TALES - Thankful Edition

The Voice of Raleigh Park - November 20, 2018

Our knowledge and experiences inspire action that supports community needs.

With Thanks...

Hello Tigers!

Any season, month or day of the week is a perfect time to be thankful. In fact, I'd wager (for entertainment purposes only) a substantial portion of my livelihood that our world would be a much better place if we all practiced daily mindfulness specific to the blessings in our lives. Simply, our intentionality around gratitude naturally takes us to a place in which we use context, in spite of the trials and tribulations that come with life, to recognize all we have. This concurrently quells our longings, irritants or what is displeasing.

If you don't want to take the word of a sentimental and sappy elementary school principal, the folks from Harvard Medical School may make a more convincing argument in this article (just skip the article that follows so that you may enjoy a guilt-free Thanksgiving).

Starting fall of 2014, I cannot think of one day I've dreaded walking through the doors of Raleigh Park. Indeed, the work is not always comprised of sunshine, rainbows, unicorns and calliope music. Undoubtedly, my fallibility is there for all to see. But even in the most trying times, this school community continues to fuel and sustain me with compassion and grace.

As we look to the extended holiday weekend, I reflect upon the words of Aaron Polson: "I appreciate you more because of the road I’ve travelled. My story brought me to you and I wouldn’t revise a word of my past if it led me anywhere but to your door.” For all I was, for all I am, and for all I will be, I am so very thankful my journey has brought me to these doors and into this community. Blessings to you all!

My best,


Twitter @brianmcurl

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Last year, I linked the following video in Tiger Tales. It's really more of a meditation that I thought was worth sharing again. Specifically, it is a video by Louie Schwartzberg (an excerpt from a longer TED talk) that spoke to me; challenging us all to be grateful for each day. It starts briefly, through the eyes of a young lady who speaks about the power of awareness and discovery, and continues through the narration and perspective of Brother David Steindl-Rast, who underscores the importance of being in communion with the world around us. The only natural response to the "gift of today" is gratitude...


Early Release

Over the last two years, early release Wednesday's have provided an invaluable opportunity for Raleigh Park staff, and staff throughout the Beaverton School District, to use this time for the purposes of collaboration. Early release Wednesday's have also led to an increase in instructional days by eliminating most of the former "inservice" days throughout the year. This results in greater instructional continuity for students.

The first Wednesday of each month is for building-facilitated collaboration, in which we come together as a staff around specific goals and learning. The remaining Wednesday's are used at a staff member's discretion, to collaborate with their team, or others within or outside Raleigh Park.

Collectively, we have spent time diving deeper into our Math and Health adoptions. This time together also provides an opportunity to reinforce best practices around culturally and emotionally responsive instruction, language (reading, writing, speaking, listening) acquisition, implementation of innovative strategies and tools, and differentiating for the needs of all learners. Grade levels have recently spent time engaged in the following:

Kindergarten - Synthesizing professional learning specific to writing

First - Planning around reading intervention support, math adoption and PYP Units of Inquiry

Second - Reflecting upon recent professional development around play-based learning, reviewing the year-long instructional plan and realign it with curriculum

Third - Planning future transdisciplinary Units of Inquiry, along with units in writing and reading, created assessments that were shared during conferences

Fourth - Planning for Parent-Teacher conferences, planning for new Unit of Inquiry

Fifth - Planning and connecting reading and writing with transdisciplinary Units of Inquiry, teaching informative writing

In Case You Missed It: Erin's Law & Health Education

Below is a parent letter regarding Senate Bill 856, also know as Erin's Law. An important part of the recently adopted health curriculum in the Beaverton School District is to help children with personal body safety and abuse prevention. As the letter explains, the lessons are available on the website www.fightchildabuse.org.

It is important to note our staff is just beginning this very important training, gaining familiarity with this curriculum. Moving forward, instruction for your students is scheduled between February and May 2019. Parents will be notified by their classroom teacher prior to instruction. For additional information, you may learn more using the following links:

Inclement Weather Information: Beaverton School District Parents & Guardians

School closure or delayed start decisions will typically be communicated to media outlets and posted on the District website, Facebook and Twitter by 5:30am. We encourage families to make transportation and attendance decisions for their child(ren) based on their own assessment of travel conditions at their location.

When all district schools and facilities are closed

  • All daytime and evening activities/events on closure days are canceled

When there is a 2-hour delay in opening school and buses are on snow routes

  • All schools will open two hours later than regularly scheduled

When school is on time and buses are on snow routes

  • All schools operate on regular daily schedules

  • If the weather forecast calls for declining weather conditions throughout the day, the district will implement snow routes for PM dismissal

When weather conditions necessitate an early closure of schools

  • We encourage you to refer to the BSD website, SchoolMessenger and local media for more detailed information

  • All daytime and evening activities/events are cancelled

Wednesday – Early Dismissal School Days

  • The District will not have a 2-hour delay on Wednesday. The District will maintain a regular Wednesday schedule with Early Release or close schools for the day.

Everyone's Favorite Topic: Head Lice!

Head lice is always present in our community. Lice is most common among preschool and elementary school aged children. Although, head lice is rarely transmitted from student to student at school.

What are head lice?

  • Head lice are tiny insects about the size of a sesame seed. Lice do not jump or fly; they do not have wings. They live close to the human scalp. The eggs, also called nits, are tiny, teardrop shaped eggs are attached to the hair shaft. Nits often appear like dandruff but cannot be removed easily or brushed off. An itchy head is a common symptom of lice. Although lice can be annoying and icky, lice are not dangerous and are not known to spread disease.

Who is affected by head lice?

  • Head lice are not related to cleanliness or hygiene. Head lice are mostly spread by direct head-to-head contact—for example, during play at home or school, slumber parties, sports activities or camp. Less often, lice are spread via objects that have been in recent contact with a person with head lice, such as hats, scarves, hair ribbons, combs, brushes, stuffed animals or bedding.

What to do if you suspect your child has head lice?

  • If you think your child has head lice, it’s important to talk to a healthcare provider or pharmacist to discuss the best treatment approach for your family. Please contact your child’s school, as they have information regarding treatment and prevention of head lice.

It is important to note our district policy change in response to guidance provided by the School Health Specialist at the Oregon Department of Education, the State School Nurse Consultant within the Public Health Division of the Oregon Health Authority, and the Oregon School Boards Association. Specifically, if a student is found to have lice, they may stay at school the rest of the day. The management of head lice in the school setting should not disrupt the educational process, and lice is not a reportable condition or a reason to exclude a student from school.

If a case of live lice is found, the student will be counseled on avoiding head to head contact and not sharing personal items before going back to class. It is very rare for lice to be spread in the classroom setting via shared objects, such as coats, carpet, etc. Lice do not jump, fly or move from person to person without a direct head to head contact. Transmission of lice almost always occurs in close contact head to head contact such as sleepovers, sharing and use of personal items blankets, pillows, etc.

If a case is found at school, it has likely been active and untreated for weeks or longer. Sending a child home during the school day has the potential to disrupt a parent/guardian's work day, causing unjustified burden. Unnecessary absenteeism leads to missed learning opportunities for the student. Meanwhile, studies have shown that mass screenings for lice have not demonstrated a significant effect on the incidents at school. Communication between school personnel and parents/caregivers highlighting cases of head lice, e.g., “head lice outbreak letters” has been shown to increase community anxiety, increase social stigma causing embarrassment of affected students, and puts students’ rights to confidentiality at risk. It is unlikely that all head lice cases can be prevented. The burden of unnecessary absenteeism to the students, families, and communities far outweighs the perceived risks associated with head lice.

Seen & Heard

El Consejo Escolar Aprueba los Calendarios Escolares del 2019-2020 y 2020-2021 / Board Approves 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 School Calendars

En la reunión de negocios del 22 de octubre de 2018, el Consejo Escolar aprobó la recomendación del Superintendente para los calendarios de los ciclos escolares 2019-2020 y 2020-2021. El personal y los miembros de la comunidad prefirieron casi unánimemente la Opción 1 para los dos ciclos escolares.

En el ciclo escolar 2019-2020, el primer día de clases será el lunes 26 de agosto y el último día de clases será el viernes, 12 de junio. En el ciclo escolar 2020-2021, el primer día de clases será el lunes, 31 de agosto y el último día de clases será el viernes 18 de junio. La opción 1 ofrece 10 días de vacaciones de invierno en ambos ciclos escolares.

Los dos calendarios están en la parte de abajo con el propósito de que usted pueda organizarse. Por favor, comprenda que las obligaciones presupuestarias y contractuales pueden afectar la implementación de los calendarios finales.


At the October 22, 2018 Business Meeting, the School Board approved the Superintendent’s calendar recommendation for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years. Staff and community members overwhelmingly preferred Option 1 for both school years.

In the 2019-2020 school year, the first day for students will be Monday, August 26 and the last day for students will be Friday, June 12. In the 2020-2021 school year, the first day for students will be Monday, August 31 and the last day for students will be Friday, June 18. Option 1 provides 10 days for winter break in both school years.

Both calendars are below for your planning purposes. Please understand that budgetary and contractual obligations may impact the implementation of the final calendars.

Proceso de solicitud de ingreso para las escuelas opcionales del 2019-2020 / Option School Application Process for 2019-2010

El tiempo de la solicitud ha cambiado para el año escolar 2019-2020. Se ha reducido el tiempo del sorteo para que las solicitudes a una segunda consideración estén disponibles antes. Esto les permitirá a los estudiantes más tiempo para trabajar en sus solicitudes y las escuelas tendrán más tiempo para revisarlas.

El Distrito Escolar de Beaverton es reconocido a nivel nacional por el alto rendimiento estudiantil y sus programas innovadores. Los estudiantes de Beaverton en los grados 6-12 tienen la oportunidad de investigar las diferentes opciones de aprendizaje que mejor se adapten a sus necesidades académicas. Los estudiantes pueden elegir la escuela que les corresponde por su domicilio o solicitar ingreso a una de las varias opciones de aprendizaje. Se proporciona transporte.

Las solicitudes para el año escolar 2019-2020 estarán disponibles a partir del lunes, 15 de octubre de 2018. Asista a una o más de las reuniones informativas disponibles. Los estudiantes solo pueden seleccionar una de las opciones en su solicitud, por lo que le recomendamos informarse en línea sobre las diferentes opciones.

Todos los interesados deben residir dentro de los límites del Distrito Escolar de Beaverton. A partir del 15 de octubre, los estudiantes inscritos en el Distrito Escolar de Beaverton pueden inscribirse en línea usando su número de identificación de estudiante. Los estudiantes residentes que actualmente no están inscritos en una escuela de Beaverton, deberán llenar una solicitud en papel paper application disponible en línea o en cualquier oficina escolar a partir del 15 de octubre de 2018. Considere cuidadosamente su elección de escuela. Una vez que haya enviado su solicitud, no se permitirán cambios.

Las solicitudes se deben recibir en las Oficinas Administrativas del Distrito Escolar antes de las 4:00 p. m. del viernes, 7 de diciembre de 2018 (hora estándar del pacífico).


Línea de información: 503.356.4440 • FAX: 503.356.4415

Nuevas fechas importantes para la solicitud de ingreso a los programas opcionales

Lunes, 15 de octubre de 2018 ------- Están disponibles las solicitudes de ingreso para el año escolar 2019-2020.

Viernes, 7 de diciembre de 2018 ------- Las solicitudes deben presentarse antes de las 4:00 p.m. PST (hora estándar del pacífico).

Miércoles, 12 de diciembre de 2018 ------- Se lleva a cabo el sorteo electrónico para el año escolar 2019-2020.

  • Las notificaciones que fueron aceptados o en lista de espera se enviarán por correo electrónico.
  • Los estudiantes que no fueron seleccionados en el sorteo recibirán por correo electrónico una solicitud para una segunda consideración a la escuela que presentaron su solicitud.

Jueves, 10 de enero de 2019 ------- Fecha límite para entregar a las escuelas la solicitud para una segunda consideración.

Miércoles, 30 de enero de 2019 ------- Fecha límite para aceptar o rechazar inscripción, antes de las 4:00 a.m. PST (hora estándar del pacífico).


The application timeline has changed for the 2019-2020 school year. The lottery application phase has been shortened to make Second Consideration applications available earlier. This will allow students more time to work on their applications and schools more time to review them.

The Beaverton School District is nationally recognized for high student achievement and innovative programs. Beaverton students in grades 6-12 have the opportunity to investigate learning options that best fit their academic needs. Students can choose their neighborhood school or apply for one of a number of learning options. Transportation is provided.

Applications for the 2019-2020 school year will be available starting Monday, October 15, 2018. Please plan to attend one or more of the open houses that are available. Students may only select one option on their application, so do some early investigation of the options online.

All applicants must reside within the Beaverton School District boundaries. Beginning October 15, current Beaverton School District students are able to apply online using their student ID. Resident students not currently attending a Beaverton school, or who do not have Internet access, will need to complete a paper application available online, or at any school office beginning October 15, 2018. Please give careful consideration to your choice of school. Once an application has been submitted, no changes will be allowed.

Applications must be received no later than Friday, December 7, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. (PST).


Information Line: 503.356.4440 • FAX: 503.356.4415

New Options Application Timeline

Mon., October 15, 2018 ------- Applications for the 2019-2020 school year will be available.

Fri., December 7, 2018 ------- Applications due no later than 4:00 p.m. PST.

Wed., December 12, 2018 ------- Electronic Lottery conducted for the 2019-20 School Year.

  • Acceptance or wait pool notifications will be sent via email.
  • Students who are not selected via the lottery will be emailed a Second Consideration application for the school for which they applied.

    Thurs., January 10, 2019 ------- Second Consideration applications due to schools.

    Wed., January 30, 2019 ------- Deadline to accept/decline enrollment – by 4:00 p.m. PST

    10:00 a.m. PST

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    • 21 - 23 - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break
    • 28 - Passport Club, 8:00a
    • 28 - Early Release, 1:30p
    • 30 - RPTV, 8:40a
    • 5 - Early Release, 1:30p
    • 7 - 5th Gr. to Biz Town, 8:45a - 2:30p
    • 11 - Holiday Choir @ Hearthstone, 12:00p
    • 12 - Early Release, 1:30p
    • 13 - Holiday Choir "Festival of Lights", 6:30p
    • 18 - Art Lit Training, 8:30a
    • 19 - Passport Club, 8:00a
    • 19 - Early Release, 1:30p
    • 21 - RPTV, 8:40a
    • 7 - Vision Screening
    • 9 - Early Release, 1:30p
    • 10 - Community Meeting, 8:40a
    • 10 - District Wide Lock Out/Earthquake Drill, 10:16a
    • 15 - PTO Meeting, 7:00p
    • 16 - Early Release, 1:30p
    • 21 - NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
    • 23 - Early Release, 1:30p
    • 25 - RPTV, 8:40a
    • 25 - Sock Hop, 6:30p
    • 28 - NO SCHOOL-Grading Day
    • 29 - Art Lit Training, 8:30a
    • 30 - Passport Club, 8:00a
    • 30 - Early Release, 1:30p