The Voice of Raleigh Park - January 14, 2019
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Welcome Back & Happy New Year!
Nothing like hitting the ground running with a solid five-day week upon our return from the holiday break. With another five-day week in front of us, I'm happy to say that everyone appears to be back in the swing of things, full speed ahead!
Regrettably, the new year has brought some less than ideal news. Below you will see a message from the District that outlines some well-publicized budget woes. Not to be confused with the budget talk surrounding the coming biennium (Fall 2019-Spring 2021), the BSD finds itself in the very unusual circumstance of having a budget shortfall for the current school year. The what, why and how are articulated in the message, along with the proposed remedy to get us through the end of the school year.
Specific to Raleigh Park, this will impact our ability to provide substitutes for some key instructional positions, along with emotional and behavioral support. Additionally, 20% of our beginning allocated budget was swept last week, leaving us with scarce funds to finish the school year. As of now, we are reexamining current practice around expenditures and use of resources.
All said, these are adult problems we are committed to shielding from your students. Simply, our job is to work around hurdles and maintain a level of normalcy and service that minimizes the impact on the education of your children. While we will undoubtedly feel the pinch, I am confident that our staff and greater community will rise to the challenge and remind us all why Raleigh Park is a special place. Please do not hesitate to ask should you have any questions or concerns.
Beaverton School District Budget Message
The District is currently forecasting a budget shortfall between $10 and $12 million for the 2018-2019 school year. There are several factors that have contributed to this situation:
- English Language Learner (ELL) enrollment and specialized classroom enrollment was over-projected.
- The District anticipated continued student enrollment growth. Enrollment has instead remained relatively flat.
- There has been a decrease of students in poverty throughout Beaverton and the metro area. This reduces our State School Fund allocation.
- We realized less attrition of experienced teachers. This means fewer teachers left the high end of the salary schedule and were not replaced by teachers on the lower end of the salary schedule. Additionally, there was also an underestimation of actual salary costs.
- The implementation of the Pay Equity legislation could not have been estimated when the budget was adopted. This law requires employers to develop an evaluation process to assess and correct wage disparities among employees who “perform work of a comparable character.” The intent is to prohibit discrimination on the basis of a protected class.
The District has identified several actions to reduce spending this year. These actions will be implemented immediately, but will not cover the entire projected shortfall. The balance of the shortfall for 2018-2019 will be carried forward to 2019-2020. To minimize disruption to schools, students and staff mid-year, the current year’s reductions do not include layoffs or a reduction in school days. The reductions include the following:
- Restrict substitute usage for non-classroom positions for an anticipated savings of $2M
- Reduce non-salary budgets by 20% for all schools and departments for an anticipated savings of $2.6M.
- Reduce Teaching & Learning non-salary budget for Quality Curriculum Cycle and textbooks for an anticipated savings of $2.6M.
- Freeze hiring for non-classroom positions for an anticipated savings $800K.
These reductions will be difficult, but they are necessary to help balance the budget for the current year and not increase the cuts for the next fiscal year.
There has been a dramatic shift in demographics in the Beaverton School District. The District is no longer a growth district, and we recognize we are in a new reality. In the future, we will be more conservative in our budgeting approach. Moving forward, we are strengthening our practices and oversight. Thank you for your understanding and support as we continue to meet our budgetary goals.
Immunization Exclusion Day: February 20
State law requires that all children in public and private schools, preschools, Head Start and certified child care facilities have up-to-date immunizations, or have a medical or nonmedical exemption.
Parents or guardians will receive a letter in early February if their child’s immunization record shows that he or she has not received the required vaccinations. Children will not be able to attend school or childcare starting February 20, 2019, if their records on file show missing immunizations.
In preparation for Exclusion Day, students are invited to visit the Beaverton School-Based Health Clinic (SBHC) to get caught up on any needed immunizations. The SBHC is open to taking immunization appointments any time during business hours, we encourage all students schedule an appointment in advance of Exclusion Day.
While the information below specifies a particular day, we always encourage patients to call and make an appointment for immunizations any time prior to Exclusion Day during our regular business hours in order to avoid being excluded.
Beaverton SBHC immunization Clinic Day: Monday, February 11, 2019, 8:30a-4:00p
- Students that DO NOT have the required vaccines by February 20th will be EXCLUDED from school until they have received the appropriate vaccines.
- Students 14 and under need to have legal guardian present.
- Students over 15 can come in on their own, but ID and insurance information are required.
- We take most major insurances, except Kaiser. *Please bring proof of insurance coverage.
- Patients will be billed according to their ability to pay. Proof of income is required to be eligible for discount.
*No patient will be turned away for their inability to pay. Please ask front desk staff for more information.
For more information and to schedule an appointment, please call 503-356-3985. Walk-in availability is limited and there may be long wait times for walk-ins. The Beaverton School-Based Health Center is located on the Beaverton High School campus, 13000 SW 2nd Street, Beaverton, OR 97005. Hours are Monday to Friday: 8:00a – 4:30p (closed 12:00 – 12:30 p.m. for lunch).
Just in case you missed it: Regional Budget Listening Session
In collaboration with other schools in the Beaverton High School region, there were two information sessions regarding the budget for the next biennium (Fall 2019 - Spring 2021). If you missed these sessions, there will be an additional session this Wednesday (January 16, 6:30p) at Cedar Park Middle School. Please join us to learn more about the BSD budget and to share your feedback as the District looks to establish priorities in the coming years.
Erin's Law: Next Steps & Opt Out
In October and November editions or TIGER TALES, I spoke of Senate Bill 856, also know as Erin's Law. I included a letter explaining the nature of the lessons students will receive this school year; just a component of a much larger District-wide health education adoption. An important part of the recently adopted health curriculum is to help children with personal body safety and abuse prevention. As a reference, I've included the original letter below, as it explains the lessons are available on the website www.fightchildabuse.org.
It is important to note our staff is in the process of becoming more familiar with this curriculum. Moving forward, instruction for your students about Erin's Law 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:
If you wish to opt your child(ren) out of Erin's Law lessons, please contact the classroom teacher or the main office, as there is a form (multiple languages available) to complete and return prior to lessons beginning.
Unscheduled Early Dismissal - What’s your plan?
During an unscheduled early dismissal, schools will use the emergency closure plan you indicated for your student in enrollment and enrollment verification. During the online process, you were asked to indicate what the student should do in case of emergency or early school closure.
You were only allowed to choose one option. The three options were:
- Pick up by Parent/Emergency Contact/Daycare
- School Bus to Home/Neighbor/Daycare
- Walk/Ride Bike/Drive to Home/Neighbor/Daycare
If you don’t remember what you selected, you can check by logging into ParentVUE and clicking on “Student Info” in the left hand navigation. Your selection will be displayed at the bottom of the page under “Other Data.”
If you wish to change this plan, contact your school or reference the “Online Registration/Enrollments and Verifications Guide.” *Please note, if you choose to update your information online, the information is not updated in the student information system until the school has accepted your verification. This process may take up to two weeks to be completed. The fastest way to update your information is to call the school.
Please make a note of the option you selected and keep the information somewhere handy, in the event of a future early school closure.
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 spent January 9 working with Mrs. Piersma and Ms. Hittner in the wake of their recent PYP training specific to the importance of inquiry strategies when teaching math.
Grade levels have recently spent time engaged in the following:
Kindergarten - Creating professional growth goals and connecting purposeful play to our focus on the zones of regulation
First - Collaborating with reading intervention specialists, prepare for the family celebration evening on January 23, discuss and plan around math and health adoptions
Second - Collaborate around upcoming units in reading, writing and math, further learning with SeeSaw and math adoption
Third - Plan activities around current science unit specific to weather
Fourth - Reflect on current practices around math workshop, discuss current Unit of Inquiry with a lens on strengths/weakness of approaches, plan for coming Unit of Inquiry and provocations, participate in variety of Week 3 professional development opportunities
Fifth - Plan for next Unity of Inquiry and Reflect on the last Unit of Inquiry
Seen & Heard
Ajustes en la información de Contacto de los Padres en SchoolMessenger para recibir Notificaciones de Asistencia /SchoolMessenger Parent Contact Adjustments for Attendance Notifications
Después de recibir la opinión de los padres y tutores, el Distrito ha hecho algunos ajustes para las notificaciones de asistencia. Ya no enviaremos llamadas automáticas de asistencia a los números de teléfono del trabajo de los padres. Usted recibirá llamadas automáticas de asistencia a su teléfono principal de la casa y celular.
Si tiene una línea de trabajo directa y desea continuar recibiendo llamadas en este número, por favor vaya a SchoolMessenger InfoCenter y seleccione su teléfono de trabajo como uno de los números para llamar. Por favor tenga en cuenta que el sistema no puede llamar a las extensiones. También vamos a empezar a bajar todas las direcciones de correo electrónico de los padres en SchoolMessenger para notificaciones de asistencia.
Recuerde, cuando usted guste puede organizar sus contactos en orden de importancia en SchoolMessenger InfoCenter.
After feedback from parents and guardians, the District has made some adjustments to attendance notifications. We will no longer automatically call parent work phone numbers for attendance notifications. Your primary, home and cell phone will still receive automatic attendance calls.
If you have a direct work line and would like to continue to receive calls at work, please log in to SchoolMessenger InfoCenter and select your work phone as one of the numbers to call. Please note the system is unable to call extensions. We will also begin uploading all parent email addresses into SchoolMessenger for attendance notifications.
Remember, you can manage their contact preferences in SchoolMessenger InfoCenter at any time.
Smarter Balanced State Test Update
Last spring, students in grades 3 – 8 and 11 in the Beaverton School District and throughout Oregon took the state tests (Smarter Balanced) in English Language Arts and Mathematics. In addition to content standards, these assessments are designed to measure critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills. The test results provide you, our schools, our district and the state with information about how well we are preparing our students for their next steps including college and career readiness.
Raleigh Park 3rd, 4th and 5th graders will take these tests once between January and June 2019. House Bill 2655 permits parents and adult students to annually opt-out of Oregon’s statewide summative tests in English Language Arts and Math by submitting a form to the school the student attends. The school shall provide any student who is exempted from a state test with supervised study time while other students are testing.
THIS LINK provides additional information.