Battle Creek Bear Tracker

MAY 2021


Dear Battle Creek Families,

Spring is in full swing and so are we. May is full of fun events and important learning so please ensure that your students are attending school everyday, both in-person and at home. Unfortunately, due to covid, parents are not permitted to visit or volunteer. However, we will still work hard to finish the year strong, maximize the limited instructional time that we have left, and celebrate all that our students have accomplished despite the challenges of this last year. Many of our end of year events will look different than they have in the past, but we are committed to making the best of it.

With warmer weather also comes a change in wardrobe and kids have grown since they last wore their summer clothes. Since mornings are still a bit chilly, it’s a good idea for students to dress in layers, but please help them remember to bring their sweatshirts and jackets home each day. It also helps greatly if you write your child’s name inside their coats and sweatshirts so we can help return them to their rightful owner.

Although your child’s education has looked very different this past year, they have still made academic growth. However, we need the help of our parents and families now more than ever. Please take advantage of every teachable moment and create learning opportunities for your child at home - play cards, board games, or bake together to reinforce math skills, read and discuss books together frequently, take time to discuss how things work, etc. We greatly appreciate ALL your support this year and are looking forward to ending the year strong together.

Enjoy the rest of Spring,

Beth Freeborn, Principal



This month at school, your child will be taking two surveys through Panorama Education. The topics in these surveys include sense of belonging, supportive relationships, grit, and positive and challenging feelings. These surveys will be given to 3-5 graders throughout Salem-Keizer Public Schools to help us better understand the social, emotional, and academic needs of our students, and help us to plan supports. Either your student’s classroom teacher or our school counselor, Ms. Benson, will lead your student’s class in taking these surveys.


Mark your calendars Dorian Studio is coming to Battle Creek for school pictures on May 27th and 28th. More details will be coming out shortly on how to order and what to expect.
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Friendly reminder: Our Online Book Fair is still open. Check out the hot, new titles added since your last visit! Book Fair closes Sunday, May 9th.

Here is The link to the Virtual Book Fair Magazine to see what is available this year. Book Fair Magazine

Here is the direct link to get to the Virtual Book Fair.

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Get to Know the EDGE Program: Enhanced Digital and Guided Education

The deadline to complete registration for a guaranteed spot in the EDGE program for the 2021-22 school year is Friday, May 14.

If you are interested in having your child in the EDGE online program for the 2021-22 school year, you can make that selection during the online registration process, which is now open.

Salem-Keizer Public Schools leaders want to let our community know about the district’s current plan for the 2021-22 school year and some options to consider in determining the best learning option for your family.

Tentative plans for fall 2021

In the fall, SKPS plans to have full-day, in-person classes, five days a week for all students. The district will follow all guidelines from the Oregon Department of Education and the Oregon Health Authority, which may include protocols such as wearing a face covering, frequent handwashing and some form of physical distancing.

The district will share additional information as plans are finalized throughout the spring and summer.

EDGE online program

We will continue offering our online-only Enhanced Digital Guided Education (EDGE) program. Students who are in EDGE will remain connected to their resident school while receiving online instruction by Salem-Keizer’s EDGE teachers.

Starting in the fall of 2021, EDGE students can choose between two learning pathways to best meet the needs of individual students and their families. One option is called EDGE Connected, which includes daily, teacher-led instruction. The other option is EDGE Independent, which is student-paced with teacher oversight and offers a more flexible schedule.

Deadline to register for guaranteed EDGE spot

The deadline to register for a guaranteed spot in EDGE is Friday, May 14, 2021. Students registered after this date will be enrolled if there is room in the program.


Riding the school bus during hybrid learning



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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.


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  • Feb. 26 through May 9th - Virtual Book Fair
  • May 3 – Elementary no student contact day staff development day
  • May 14 - Family Fun Night Scavenger Hunt 5- 6:30pm
  • May 15 - First Annual Battle Creek Beautification Day
  • May 31 – No school and district offices closed, Memorial Day
  • May 27 & 28 - School Picture Day

Please remember the last day of school for Elementary is June 17!

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

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Did you know?

Behavioral health disorders affect a significant number of America’s school-age children. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 13% to 20% of children living in the United States experience a mental disorder in a given year (CDC, 2013).

Suicide is the second leading cause of death in adolescents (Banspach et al., 2016).

The (CDC) 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey found that 17.7% of high-school students had seriously considered attempting suicide in the past twelve months; 14.6% had made plans to do so; and 8.6% had made one or more attempts to do so (Kahn et al., 2016).

By providing supportive environments and teaching kids and teens to recognize their emotions and address them in health ways, we can change lives.

One way to deal with uncomfortable or unpleasant emotions is to remember the word PATH.

PAUSE: do not act on feelings right away.

ACKNOWLEDGE WHAT YOU ARE FEELING: are you mad at someone, or are you sad because your feelings were hurt by what they did? Whatever you are feeling, it is ok to feel that way.

THINK: think about how you can make yourself feel better after you understand your feelings.

HELP: take an action to help yourself based upon what you came up with in the “Think” step.



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Salem Keizer Preschools Registration for


Open Enrollment!

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

Preschool Office

1850 45th Ave NE • Salem, OR 97305


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.

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For more information on face covering, please visit our site for more guidelines
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Grab-N-Go Meals during hybrid learning

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.

Meals while learning online

On the days your student is not on site for hybrid learning, or if your child is learning online each day through the EDGE program, meals are available at any of the Grab-N-Go sites throughout the community.

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.

Starting Tuesday, April 13, the schools listed below are open for Grab-N-Go Meals from 11 a.m-1 p.m.

Breakfast, lunch and supper in the bag

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.

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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.



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