Raleigh Hills Newsletter

August 31, 2020

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Weekly Message

Dear Raleigh Hills Community,

Today the teachers and I are beginning our work to prepare for back-to-school. I am thrilled to be able to work shoulder-to-shoulder with them as we take on learning under these new conditions. We are paying particular attention to teaching in the digital environment, social emotional learning, forming strong relationships and anti-bias, anti-racist work. With all that is happening around the world and in our own city, we know that it is more important than ever to work collaboratively with the staff and our community to create an environment where all feel safe, valued and welcome. I'd like to share with you my anti-racism commitments for the upcoming year.

  • To keep the conversations on the staff going in regards to anti-bias and anti-racism. We will devote many of our staff meetings each month to training and PD
  • To conduct and equity audit of our school so that we can identify areas where we have work to do to break down barriers to full access
  • To continue working with the PTO to find ways to promote inclusivity
  • To do the inner work myself so that I can better advocate for outer change

I know that working together as a school community, we can be the generation that eradicates systemic racism.

We will continue our learning fo the next two weeks and we will be ready to welcome your students on September 14th. Below you will find a lot of information that you will need in the upcoming weeks. I know that there will be a lot coming at you between now and the end of September. I believe that an investment of time now will pay dividends as we work together to help your children learn and succeed.

Warm regards,


iPad & Chromebook Pick Up

We have had to change our plans for picking up iPads based on new guidance from the district. As you can imagine, deploying iPads across a district of 40,000 students is no small feat. We are pleased at Raleigh Hills to have Joann Vazquez who coordinates this effort for our school and for Vose. She keeps us organized and prepared. We will be ready on Thursday, September 3rd to deploy iPads to K-2 students. Here is what you need to know.

  • Who should come? Every K-2 student and any student in grades 3-8 who has a broken chromebook or who is new and does not yet have a chromebook. Also, if you ordered a school supply kit, you can pick it up on September 3rd.
  • What should we bring? Your chromebook and charger if you were issued one last year. You may also bring any library books or other materials that you need to return from last year. Also bring this card printed out and completed if possible. It will make the line go quicker. You can find your student's ID number on ParentVue under student info. If you cannot print the card, just write that information on a piece of paper.
  • What time? 10-12:30. We have an iPad for everyone so there is no need to rush to be first in line or to arrive early. Everyone will get an iPad or a chromebook who needs one.
  • Who should not come? Students in grades 3-8 who have a chromebook in good working order from last year. Eventually, we will swap out those chromebooks for new ones, but hang tight for now until we get this first wave of deployments completed.

This will be a drive up event. Show your card and we will check out the iPad or chromebook to you and set it on the table. You can get out of your car and retrieve it so we can maintain social distance. We will have bins set out to collect your old materials. Just set them gently in the bins when you collect your device.

Returning Materials if You've Moved

If you have moved, you can return your materials, including chromebooks, to the main office any day between 8-4.

Kajeet Hot Spots

If you will need a wifi hotspot for your student this year, please fill out this form as soon as possible.

Kahjeet Hotspot form

Kindergarten Orientation Tonight!

If you will have a new kindergartner, please join us tonight at 6:30. We will share information about what kindergarten will look like in Comprehensive Distance Learning. It will be fun and informative.

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 960 8426 5864

Passcode: Panthers

Panther Week Drive Up Meet and Greet Events

We can't wait to greet you this year. We have scheduled drive-up meet the teacher events for the 9th and 10th of September. We'll follow this schedule:

September 9th

K: 9:00-9:45

1st: 10:00-10:45 (upper lot)

MS: 10:00-10:45 (lower lot)

3rd: 11:00-11:45

September 10th

2nd: 9:00-10:00

4th: 9:00-10:00

5th: 10:00-11:00

For the middle school event, you can pull through the lower lot to see each of the teachers. Form one line and drive around the inside lane. If you purchased a yearbook and did not yet get it, you can pick it up then. We also have additional yearbooks for purchase for $20.

For the elementary events, we will have signs on the lanes. Please pull into the lane labeled with your teacher's name. As you pull through that lane, you will be able to see your teacher at the end of the line. Please remember that teachers will only have about a minute to chat with you so that we don't back up traffic onto Scholls Ferry road. At the event teachers will be sharing how to connect with them on Zoom for a longer chat, but it will be so nice to see you in person.

For our teachers' safety, please wear a mask. We can't wait to greet you.

Panther Week Parent Academy

As promised, we have launched our Family Toolkit Website. We were able to get it ready early! Please plan to spend some time browsing the Family Toolkit (formerly Parent Academy) website between now and the start of school. There are many helpful tips and short, on-demand videos that will help you get the year started off right! Want to know how to navigate Canvas? Want to get some tips about setting up a home work space for your child? Or maybe you're wondering how to keep them working while you're working too? Click the picture below to find videos and resources to answer your questions!


All students K-8 will follow a schedule that begins at 8:30 and ends at 2:30. There will be an hour for lunch from 11-12. This doesn't mean that students will be on Zoom that entire time. What it does mean is that teachers will have a set schedule that won't change over the course of the time in CDL. Teachers will be communicating those schedules to you as teacher assignments are made.

Students in grades K-2 will have assignments posted in Seesaw. Students in grades 3-8 will have assignments posted in Canvas. I encourage you to visit the district's Family Toolkit website to learn more about Canvas and Seesaw as well as a wealth of other topics.

I am pleased to announce that Raleigh Hills will once again be a site for lunch pick up for students. That means that during the 11-12 time, grab and go lunches will be available at the school again. There will be more information coming about this.

Classes and Cohorts

We are working to get class lists set up so that you will be able to find out your teacher some time late next week or early the following week. I did want to give you an update about classes and cohorts. I have had an unprecedented amount of requests for cohort days and classroom assignments. Of the families who requested a specific cohort day on the family survey, 93% chose the M, T cohort. Obviously, that would create unbalanced cohorts and would put safety at risk when we return in the hybrid model.

In the spring, teachers and I worked together to create balanced class lists for this year. We took into account many factors including friendships. We feel very confident that using these same lists in CDL will create cohesive, vibrant learning communities of students. In addition, this year our teachers will be working closely with one another on teams to make their classes as similar as possible. They will also follow the same schedule as a grade level team. I believe that both of these modifications will help as you are working together with friends and family to support your learners as we begin the year remotely.

Day Care Option with Club K

At this time, for the first quarter of the school year, Club K will be able to offer three choices to families who need care and one choice to families who choose to keep their children home. NEW: Registration will be by the quarter to allow for public school scheduling changes and family’s needs during the pandemic. https://www.clubkafterschool.com/registration/

  • Option A - Full Day Plan

    • Monday-Friday 8:15 AM -5:15 PM

    • Includes Comprehensive Distance Learning support during the school day and After School Enrichment activities after school, snacks included throughout the day.

    • Beaverton location - McKinley Elementary

    • Additional locations in Tigard, Tualatin, and Wilsonville

  • Option B - School Day Plan

    • Monday-Friday 8:30 AM -1:30 PM

    • Includes Comprehensive Distance Learning support during the school day, a snack is included in the morning.

    • Beaverton location - McKinley Elementary

    • Additional locations in Tigard, Tualatin, and Wilsonville

  • Option C - After School Enrichment Plan

    • Monday-Friday 2:00 PM- 6:00 PM

    • Includes After School Enrichment activities and snacks.

    • Beaverton location - McKinley Elementary

    • Additional locations in Tigard, Tualatin, and Wilsonville
  • Option D - Club K Digital Connections

    • Online learning platform to enhance learning outside of the classroom through various engaging topics.

      • Digital Interactions - Topic focused, live interactions via Zoom, meeting once a week for 4 weeks. (4 classes total)

        • September Sessions are open for registration. Classes take place in the afternoon after the school day ends.

        • October Sessions coming soon!

      • Digital Explorations - Engaging STEAM inspired activities shared weekly through pre-filmed video tutorials. Build your library and watch at your convenience.

      • Sign up at https://clubkdigitalconnections.com/

Please contact Amanda Lybarger, Regional Manager, for more information. fieldmanager02@clubkafterschool.com 503-643-9059 ext. 206

To Do Checklist for Parents

  • Complete online registration verification
  • Set up learning space at home - see infographics below
  • Make sure your internet is up to speed or apply for free internet
  • Plan to attend Panther Week Sept 8-11
  • Round up old chromebook and charger
  • Round up any books that need to be returned to school
  • Get school supplies or email for support
  • Get your student ready to engage with teachers beginning September 8
  • Plan time for Parent Academy Sept 8-11
  • Commit to 150% engagement with your student and school Sept 8-18
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Don't Forget Registration Verification

You must complete registration verification for each of your students. Click here to be directed to the site.

Important Dates

August 31 - Teachers return to school for professional development

September 1 - Family Toolkit launches

September 7 - Labor Day

September 8-11 - Panther Week! See additional information above.

September 8-11 - Family Toolkit and teachers make connections with students and families

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