Battle Creek Bear Tracker

APRIL 2021


Dear Battle Creek Families,

With Spring Break now behind us, the next couple of months are going to pass quickly, but we still have many important instructional days left in the school year. Even more so this year, it’s critical that your child attends school everyday, including their at-home, independent learning days. Due to the ice storm, our school year has been extended so the last day of school will now be June 17th for all K-12 students.

If your child is ill, please call the school to let us know so we can excuse their absence and provide instructional support as needed. Also, please remember to provide us with a doctor’s note if your child has allergies or another condition causing them to exhibit symptoms so they are not sent home.

I would also like to remind you that registration is currently open for next year so please login to ParentVue and register your child for the 2021-22 school year. If you know anyone that has a child who will be 5 years old on or before September 1st, please have them register for kindergarten online or stop by our office and pick up a registration packet as soon as possible.

Thank you for all your support throughout this journey and hanging in there with us as changes continued to come and we adjusted accordingly. We have accomplished a lot this last twelve months and have continually worked to reimagine school in ways that have never been done before because we love our BC kids. As always, please reach out if you have questions or feedback that would help us to improve further.

Happy Spring,

Beth Freeborn, Principal

Fragrance Free District

As a reminder, our district is a fragrance free District. This is because there are staff and students with allergies caused by specific scents such as, but not limited to: perfume, cologne, scented hand sanitizer/lotion, etc.

When sending personal sized hand sanitizers for your students, please make sure they are unscented or fragrance free.

Grab 'N Go Library Has Moved to Mondays

  • 11:00-1:00 pm at the Cafeteria Doors (by the playground/covered area)
  • We have some free books you can choose from to take home and keep, as well as books to browse and check out
  • If you put a book on hold through Destiny BEFORE by 2pm on Fridays, Mrs. Runner will have the books checked out to students and waiting on the "Hold" cart outside the cafeteria

*Our Grab 'N Go Lunches are available Mondays-Fridays between 11:00 & 1:00 on the playground (by the bus loop).

Battle Creek Conflict Resolution

Knowing how to resolve conflicts in a respectful way is an important skill. At Battle Creek, we begin teaching conflict resolution to our students in kindergarten, and building on the lessons each year. Here's the scoop on what we teach our students!

  • Size of the Problem
  • Types of Conflict
  • Tattling Versus Reporting
  • Trusted Adults
  • Kelso's Choices

What is the Size of the Problem?

Kindergarteners learn about the difference between small and big problems. Small problems are things that are kind of frustrating or annoying, but no one is in danger, and it's a problem a kid can solve. Big problems are when something is dangerous, and kids should tell a trusted grownup right away. Older kids learn about windy, rainy, stormy, and tornado problems.

1. Windy Problem

  • These problems are very small. They are "no biggie!" You can let them float away like the wind, or solve them very easily.
Example: The cafeteria is out of chocolate milk.

Example: Your teacher asked you to please stop talking to your friend at carpet time.

2. Rainy Problem

  • Rainy problems are small. Kids can be problem solvers! They can take a deep breath and use Kelso's Choices!

Example: You and your friend had a disagreement at recess.

Example: Your brother is hogging the iPad.

3. Stormy Problem

  • Stormy problems are medium sized. They may have started out as small but keep happening, even after trying Kelso's Choices. Other medium problems include having really big feelings.
  • Medium problems need to be reported to a trusted adult so they can help you problem solve.

4. Tornado Problem
  • Tornado problems are BIG problems! This means that a you or someone you know is, has been, or could be hurt or in some kind of danger.
  • Big problems need to be reported to a trusted adult right away!

Types of Conflict

Second through fifth graders learn about the four types of conflict: disagreement, rude moment, mean moment, and bullying.


  • A disagreement is when people have different ideas about something, but usually no one’s feelings are hurt.

Rude Moment

  • A rude moment is when someone hurts someone’s body or feelings by accident. They were not careful with their body or thinking about the other person.

Mean Moment

  • A mean moment is hurting someone’s body or feelings on purpose, but it happens just one or two times, usually because someone is mad. This does not excuse the behavior!


  • Bullying is hurting someone’s body or feelings on purpose, more than once, and the person doing the hurting has more power, and the person being hurt is afraid of them.

Tattling Versus Reporting

Kindergartners and first graders learn about the difference between tattling and reporting. Second through fifth graders review what it means. Tattling is when there is a small problem (windy or rainy problem) that you have not tried to resolve on your own and you tell a grownup about it to get the other person in trouble. Reporting is when there is a big problem (someone is, was, or could be in danger, is hurt, or is very upset) and you tell a trusted grownup to get the person help. If there is a smaller problem that you've tried solving and it isn't getting better, it's not tattling, it's just asking for help with the problem.

Big Problems Need Big Help

We teach our children that "big problems need big help" and that means help from a grownup that they trust. It's important for our students to know multiple trusted adults at home and at school. Help your child identify trusted grownups they can go to for help at home, school, and in the community.

Kelso’s Choices

Battle Creek Elementary uses the Kelso’s Choices Conflict Management program. The program features Kelso the Frog, who helps us teach 9 choices that kids can use if they have a small problem with a peer (kid their age). Kids are to think about what might help with the problem and try 2 Kelso's Choices. If they tried their best to solve the problem, and it did not help, they can ask a grownup for help. If it's a BIG problem, they need to talk with a trusted grownup. Kelso's Choices include:

1. Wait and Cool Off

2. Go to Another Game

3. Talk it Out

4. Share and Take Turns

5. Ignore It

6. Walk Away

7. Tell Them To Stop

8. Apologize

9. Make a Deal (Compromise)

You can support your child at home in using Kelso’s Choices! Click HERE for your own Kelso’s Choice wheel!


Riding the school bus during hybrid learning



Big picture

Kindergarten registration for the 2021-22 school year is now open!

Enrolling your child in school early allows our school to prepare for the best possible education. Although the district will not know how school may look next fall, enrolling early, your kindergarten students are sure to thrive with the support of trained educators with in-person and online learning options.

Children who will be 5-years-old on or before September 10, 2021 are eligible to register for free, full-day kindergarten with SKPS. Learn more about how to complete online registration on our district website.

To complete registration, you will need an updated record of your child’s immunizations, proof of residence and your proof of age with you to register.

We welcome all students, regardless of nationality or place of birth. To learn more about kindergarten registration, how to prepare your child for school and Salem-Keizer Public Schools, please visit our district website.


Big picture


Updates to 2020-21 academic calendar

In February, the Salem and Keizer communities were hit with severe inclement weather, causing widespread power outages across the district. With students and staff accessing classes through comprehensive distance learning, ongoing power outages impacted the ability for classes to continue, causing a week of school closures for our students.

Due to these school closures and the transition to hybrid learning for students in grades K-12, the district needed to make the following adjustments to the 2020-21 academic calendar:

Key changes for SKPS parents/guardians:

  • June 17 – Last day for students, previously June 15

The full updated academic calendar, including a breakdown of key dates for parents and guardians, is available on our district website.


Big picture

Salem Keizer Preschools Registration for


Open Enrollment starts April 1, 2021

Your child must be 3 or 4 years old on or before September 10, 2021.

Preschool Office

6425 Fruitland Rd NE • Salem, OR 97317


For more information on tuition, fees, times:


As more students and staff return to in-person learning, face coverings are required when in a Salem-Keizer Public Schools building, with situational exceptions. They should be worn both indoors and outdoors, including during outdoor recess.

If a student needs a face covering, the school has them available for students.

Big picture
For more information on face covering, please visit our site for more guidelines


Meals available at all elementary, middle, and high schools

While your student is in school for hybrid learning, they will receive all their meals at school, at no cost. Hybrid learning students will be fed breakfast and lunch on site and will be offered a supper as they leave. Each student is allowed one breakfast, one lunch, and one supper per day so that means parents cannot pick up meals from the Grab-N-Go sites when their student is on-site for hybrid learning. On the days your student is not on-site for hybrid learning, meals are available at any of the Grab-N-Go sites throughout the community.

Grab-N-Go meal sites will be open at all elementary schools from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with all middle and high schools distribution from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Meals are free for any child or teen ages 1-18, and adults with special needs ages 18-21 who are enrolled in a Salem-Keizer Public Schools program.

Breakfast, lunch and supper

We are now including suppers in the Grab-N-Go meal bag. Each bag contains breakfast, lunch and supper. If you are picking up multiple bags, we recommend bringing your own bag to help carry the amount of food being distributed.

Go to this link for :


It is very important that parents keep their contact information current.

Be sure to let your school office know if you have a new address, email or phone number.

The parent or guardian marked as the primary contact in the student information system will receive automated communication.

Messages will also be sent to the student’s home phone number contained in the database, if different from the primary contact phone number.

Big picture


Through the Oregon Health Plan, youth 19 years of age and younger have access to free health coverage, regardless of immigration status if they meet the income requirements.

More information, including income requirements and how to apply for coverage, is available online.



Read our newest format of the school Newsletter via email, remind or on the school website!

Follow us on Facebook. (Insert Link)

Follow us on YouTube. (Insert Link)

Follow us on our school website. (Insert Your School's Link)

Download the free Remind App on your phone.

Check your email inbox. Update your email in ParentVUE if it's not accurate.