Mustang Messages Newsletter

Chehalem Elementary Newsletter- May 21, 2021

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Principal's Message

Dear Chehalem Families,

As we get closer to the end of the year I want to encourage students to stay engaged in their learning. We had almost 100 students who didn't participate in the launch (8:30) or by completing assignments online on Wednesday. While some students think that Wednesday is a "no school day" that is not the case. All students should be logging on at 8:30 with their class for a live Zoom launch that goes until 9 or 9:15. There are also live Social Emotional Learning (SEL) lessons offered after that at various times by grade level and academic lessons pushed out through Seesaw or Canvas by teachers. Please continue to call the attendance line if your child will not be participating for the day, even on Wednesdays. 503-356-2061.

That being said, please remember that Wednesday, June 2nd is a regular school day because Monday, May 31st is a holiday. Lunches will still be served for families in CDL, but will start after 11:30 to avoid crossover with our live dismissal. Sorry for any inconvenience this might cause with your normal Wednesday lunch schedule.

Kindergarten orientation went very well. If you know of anyone with a child who will be 5 by September 1st, please let them know to register online or to call the school for help with registration.

The virtual book fair continues through next week. Thank you Ms. Blanchard for setting this up, as well as the virtual talent show. The correct sign-up link is listed in the slide for the talent show now. It is case sensitive.

Stuffed Animal day is Friday. Bring your favorite Stuffy to school or Zoom!

The district plans to offer summer school options this year (Camp Achieve), but we do not yet have information about how to sign up, but will hopefully have it next week. Dates will be July 6-29th and Monday-Thursday. While we were originally chosen as a site for a program, I was notified last week that Chehalem, Hiteon and Fir Grove students will all have the option to attend programming at Fir Grove. I will share information with you as soon as I have it.

Thank you for notifying the office if your child has any of the primary symptoms of COVID (listed in the photo above). Our office or health staff would reach out to gather additional information and give you guidance. It takes the efforts of the community to keep everyone safe. Primary symptoms listed above.

Let's all enjoy our last few weeks of school. If you have any questions or concerns please contact your child's teacher or the front office.


Angee Silliman


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Book Fair Runs Through This Coming Week

Our online book fair is running for one more week. We get 25% of all sales back in Scholastic Dollars to buy books for the library. (If you spend $25 or more, shipping is free directly to your home.)

Runs May 17th-May 30th and here is the link:

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Please See Corrected Link for Talent Show- Case Sensitive

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Here is this year's optional Parent/Guardian Input form. We do our best to balance classes for student needs, but if you would like to submit additional information that would help us make the best classroom placement for your child feel free to fill out the form. Please complete the form by Friday June 11th.

Safe Routes to School Survey

Please complete this survey for the district's safe routes to school information.

Survey Link:

PTO Corner

News From Beaverton Library

Ready Set Kindergarten

Beaverton City Library invites all incoming kindergartners to a special storytime series “Ready, Set, Kindergarten!” that meets via Zoom starting Saturday, May 15. Each week we’ll read stories, sing songs, and get excited for Kindergarten together!

Kids will also get free books for attending.

Register here:

Please share with anyone who has a soon-to-be-kindergartner!

La Biblioteca de la Ciudad de Beaverton invita a todos los estudiantes que van a empezar kínder a una serie especial llamada “En sus marcas, listos, Kínder.” La serie será a través de Zoom a partir del sábado, 15 de mayo. ¡Cada semana leeremos cuentos, cantaremos canciones y nos emocionaremos con el aprender juntos!

También ganaran libros gratis por asistir.

Regístrese aquí:

Manejando los Antojos de una Manera Sana (Managing Cravings in a Healthy Way)

Padres, únase a WIC y la biblioteca de la ciudad de Beaverton virtualmente el 16 de mayo a las 4 pm para aprender sobre consejos para equilibrar la necesidad de satisfacer los antojos con una dieta saludable. Se requiere registro:

Parents, Join WIC & Beaverton City Library virtually on May 16 at 4pm to learn about tips to balance the need to satisfy cravings against a wholesome diet. Registration is required for this Spanish Language event.

Heads up for Chehalem Teachers and Staff: Summer Reading Program begins June 1st

We are looking forward to another Summer of reading! Like last year, there is no registration-- babies, kids, and teens can start keeping track of the time they read starting June 1, culminating in a free book of their choice from the library! Interested in giving reading logs to your hybrid students? Let me know and we’ll get them printed and delivered to your school!

Have any questions? Ideas for working together? Let me know! I’m here to help you,

Jennifer Wolf

Children’s Librarian

Beaverton City Library | 12375 SW 5th St | Beaverton, OR 97005

Work days: Sunday – Thursday

Currently working remotely Mondays and Thursdays

Contact the Beaverton Library for Additional Information on Ready, Set, Kindergarten!

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Rental Assistance

I sent this as a separate message, but thought many people could benefit from this wonderful program.

The Oregon eviction protections are set to expire at the end of June. This means renters will need to pay back rent that's still due. The state started taking applications yesterday for additional rental assistance through the Oregon Emergency Rent Assistance Program. People are eligible if at least one person in the household had a financial impact from the pandemic (a lost job, decrease in income), and their household income is at or below 80% of the area's median income (about $77,000 for a family of 4 in the Portland metro area, or $51,000 in rural communities).

Tenants can be approved for up to 12 months of past-due rent, and three months' upcoming rent. The payments will go directly to landlords, property owners, and utility companies.

The money will be allocated based on need, so everyone who applies for the program will go through a review process.

Assistance is offered to all renters, regardless of citizenship or immigration status.

Here's a link to the application and information on how to apply:

Lisa Mentesana
McKinney-Vento Homeless Education/Foster Care Program Specialist

Washington County Homeless Education Network Chairperson
Beaverton School District | McKinney-Vento Homeless Program
16550 SW Merlo Road, Beaverton, OR 97003
Office: 503-356-5071 | Mobile: 503-819-7300

4925 SW Angel Avenue, Beaverton, OR 97005

Talented and Gifted (TAG) Testing Update

Identification of TAG students typically includes a test score from a normed national or state standardized test. In response to the challenges and impacts of COVID-19, the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) adopted a temporary rule allowing districts to pause TAG identification for the 2020-21 school year.

The rationale provided to ODE for this pause included the following:

Historically underrepresented populations (students of color, economically disadvantaged, students with disabilities and linguistically diverse) are disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. . . The 2020-21 school year has been anything but typical. Adhering to traditional processes and administering assessments that were developed and normed in a time and space that does not reflect our current reality is concerning to many district and state leaders.

We agree. It is not in the best interest of students in this atypical year, particularly our youngest learners, to take assessments in the last eight weeks of school solely for the purpose of TAG identification. We believe that testing students for TAG identification in the fall after school routines are established is a better plan.

This pause will not affect nominated students in grades 5-8, whose testing has already been scheduled.

Character Trait of the Month

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Spring Food Resources

Sincerely, Angee Silliman

Principal at Chehalem Elementary