Battle Creek Bear Tracker

March 2021

A Message from Principal Freeborn

Dear Battle Creek Families,

We are so excited to hear the sweet voices of little people in our classrooms and hallways again. There were a few, minor logistics to work out after the first day of Hybrid Learning, but otherwise it has been going quite smoothly. We are elated to be spending our days with kids again and doing what we do best in-person and we can’t wait for the remainder of our students to return. We are absolutely confident in the new procedures we have implemented to keep everyone safe while still keeping school fun and engaging.

And just as we are getting back to it, Spring Break is just around the corner, as well as Spring conferences which will take place on Monday, March 15th between 10:00 and 6:00. This is a great time to check in with your child’s teacher about the progress your student has made, despite what this last twelve months has held. This is also a great opportunity for you to share information you feel would be helpful for us to know while we forge ahead these next three months. Conference invites will be sent out soon. If you do not receive one and would like to request a conference, please contact your child’s teacher to set up a time.

We will be doing our best to maximize the instruction time we have with students while they are in-person. Families can help with this by:

  • Making sure they are at school on time on each of their two in-person days

  • Completing their activities and assignments on their at-home days (we will still be taking attendance)

  • Getting enough sleep at night (9-12 hours are recommended)

  • Eating a healthy breakfast can also help students stay focused during the day; we will be offering breakfast everyday for every student between 7:45 and 8:00 AM in their classrooms

Thank you for everything you have done this last year to partner with us to educate your children so they could continue to progress. We would like to wish everyone a happy and safe Spring Break!

Looking forward to seeing all of our kiddos very soon,

Beth Freeborn, Principal

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Attendance Reminder

During Hybrid learning, we will still be taking attendance on students' at-home learning days. Please make sure your students are logging into their Seesaw/Canvas to complete independent work. Students will also find links for PE and Music sessions, which will also be happening during these two days.

Car Drop Off Reminders:

  • Please pull all the way forward to the staff, even if there aren't cars in front of you
  • Cars along the curb - have students exit on their own (need to be sitting on the right side)
  • Cars in center lane - students need to wait for staff to assist them safely to the curb
  • If you need assistance, please motion to our staff rather than getting out
  • Extra patience is greatly appreciated


Change in Dismissal Reminder:

As a reminder, if you need to change how your student is getting home at the end of the day, please call the office by 12:45pm so we can send a note to their classroom in time to notify teachers and students.
Battle Creek Parent Handbook: Hybrid Edition

Every parent/guardian needs to be aware of the contents of this handbook, which includes key information we need parents to know in order for our school to operate smoothly. Please let us know if you have questions after reading it.

New School Office Hours:

Starting on Tuesday, March 9th our school office hours will be changing:

  • Mondays our office will continue to be open 8:00-4:30
  • Tuesdays through Fridays our office will now be open 7:30-4:00

As always, if you need our assistance outside of these times, we will do our best to find a day and time that will work, just call our office to discuss how we can accommodate your request.

Music Updates:


Starting the week of March 15th, Choir will be switching to Tuesday and Thursdays at 2:00 pm on Google Meets. Watch for more information coming from Ms. Wasdo very soon.

5th Grade Band

  • All classes will be held virtually at 8-8:50am
  • Mondays, regardless of cohorts, all students will attend
  • Wednesday/Friday cohorts will attend virtually Tuesday & Thursday
  • Tuesday/Thursday cohorts will attend virtually Wednesday & Friday

4th & 5th Grade Orchestra

Starting on March 16th, due to scheduling changes, we will have a new orchestra teacher. Ms. Lauren Scotton is the Crossler Middle School orchestra teacher.

  • 4th grade orchestra will meet on Wednesday & Friday's at 2:45-3:15 virtually
  • 5th grade orchestra will meet on Tuesday & Thursday's at 2:45- 3:15pm virtually
  • If you have any additional questions please reach out to Mrs. Scotton via email at

Salem-Keizer Public Schools has important information for elementary families in preparation for welcoming students back for in-person learning!

School Playground

Now that we have students back on our campus, our playground is closed to the public Tuesday through Friday between 8:00 and 2:00 PM.

Personal Electronic Devices

As students start to come back to Hybrid we wanted to remind families about brining personal devices to school. Our district is a 1:1 for providing district devices for each student. We are encouraging families to check out a district issue device rather than bring their own devices to school.

If you choose to bring your own devices please read the section below on The Students Rights and Responsibilities Handbook:


Electronic devices can be disruptive and distracting to the learning and school environment. These devices include, but are not limited to: cellular phones, pagers/beepers, watches, audio equipment, or electronic games and devices that serve no reasonable educational value or foreseeable use to the educational process. Students who carry or wear these devices may be asked to surrender them to the office where they will be held. Parents will be notified to pick up the item. Cellular phones may be carried in the backpack with parental permission as long as they are not disruptive in the school environment.

In addition, the vast majority of cases any damage, theft, or loss would be the responsibility of the family and not the district.

If you would like to checkout a Chromebook, just call the office and we can assist you.


Riding the school bus during hybrid learning



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Students must be five years old on or before September 10

Register at your neighborhood school

What you need to bring with you:

Proof of age (birth certificate)

Proof of residence (utility bill, lease agreement)

Immunization records



MARCH 1-31, 2021

Please talk to school office staff if you have any questions.



Current fifth grade students (entering sixth grade in September) who want to attend a school other than their assigned school next fall (2021-2022 school year) must apply for in-district transfer (IDT) between March 1 and March 31, 2021.

IDT applications received after March 31, 2021 will not be considered.

IDT request forms can be picked up at any middle school office, and must be completed and returned to the student’s assigned middle school during the application date window. There is no guarantee a transfer request will be approved. Students attending school on an IDT are not eligible for bus transportation.

IDT request forms can be completed and submitted online at or they can be picked up at any school’s office and returned to the student’s assigned middle school during the application date window. All schools will be closed during Spring Break, so you will need to turn your In-District Transfer forms to the District Office during that time. There is no guarantee a transfer request will be approved.

Students attending school on an IDT are not eligible for bus transportation.

Detailed information is available at:


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Key Dates:

March 1-31: Open window for In-district Transfer requests

March 1: Grab 'N Go Library moves to Mondays from 11am to 1pm*

March 2 & 3: Hybrid Learning begins for grades K and 1 (including Mrs. Timm's class)

March 9 & 10: Hybrid Learning begins for grades 2 and 3 (including Mrs. Youngberg's class)

March 16 & 17: Hybrid Learning begins for grades 4 and 5

March 15, 10:00-6:00: K-12 Conferences (virtually)

March 17, 6:30: PTC mtg. on Zoom (link will be posted on our website the day of the meeting)

March 22-26: No School - Spring Break

*Due to Grade Day & Conferences, there will not be Grab 'N Go Library on March 8 or 15. However, you can still reserve books on Destiny and retrieve them from the "Hold" cart in BC's foyer. (More info. below)

Ms. Benson's Counselor Corner

Back To The Building – Yet Another Transition

It’s time to go back to school. This isn’t any normal back to school, like in September. We’re going back to school…to the building! This past year has been full of challenges, changes, and transitions. This is a back to school like no other, and we’re bound to have some feelings about it. While many kids are feeling happy and excited to go back to the building, it’s important to remember that they may also be feeling overwhelmed with so many changes. Kids likely have mixed emotions about going back to the building. For example, one child may feel happy to see their teacher, excited to see their classmates in person, confused about all the changes, sad to not be at home as much, disappointed that a good friend is not in their cohort, and worried about wearing a mask so much.

Here are some tips to support your child as we transition back to our building.

All Feelings Are Okay

Remind your child that it’s okay for them to feel however they feel. All feelings are okay, even the uncomfortable ones, like worried, sad, nervous, or confused.

Name It to Tame It

Help your child name their feeling with an I-Message, such as "I feel worried because…" or "I feel sad because…." You may want to show a feelings poster or list to help them identify how they are feeling.

Listen, Listen, Listen, and Validate

Listen to your child. Use non-verbal cues to show you are listening. Paraphrase what they said to make sure you have it right. Acknowledge how your child is feeling. “You're feeling worried right now.” “That must have been really disappointing for you.”

Practice Coping Skills

Help your child practice various coping skills. Just as we are all different, what works well for one child may not for another. Try different things and help your child build their coping skills toolbox. For information on strategies, check out the coping skills page of my website. CLICK HERE TO BE REDIRECTED

Read a Book About Feelings

Reading a book with your child about feelings can be helpful. Here are some suggestions:

· I Feel Happy-Sad Today by Lory Britain, Ph.D. (K-5)

· In My Heart: A Book of Feelings by Jo Witek (K-5)

· American Girl – The Feelings Book: The Care and Keeping of Your Emotions by Linda Madison (Ages 8 and Up)

· Me and My Feelings: A Kids’ Guide to Understanding and Expressing Them by Vanessa Green Allen (Ages 7-10)

Focus on the Positive

Things don't always go as we would like them to. Like this past year, for example. So much is out of our control. Luckily, some important things ARE in our control: our thoughts, feelings, words, actions, and attitudes. Help your child to focus on the positives about going back to the building by having them think about something they are looking forward to about school each day. At the end of the day, talk with your child about their favorite parts of the school day.


Let’s face it. Starting school at 8:00 a.m. is a big change. Fine-tuning routines can help make for a smooth transition. For a smoother morning, do some preparation the night before. It will save time the next day. Here are some things that can be done the evening before to jump-start your morning routine:

  • Help or have your child pick out their outfit for the next day.
  • have your child take a shower or bath.
  • Make sure any necessary work for school is complete.
  • Pack backpacks with the necessary things for school.

Bedtime Routine

Having a good bedtime routine will help your child get the sleep they need, which is especially important on those 8:00 a.m. school days! Think about what time your child should be going to bed, and how long it will take them to “wind down” and get sleepy. Consider stopping screen time a couple of hours before bedtime. Reading a book before bedtime can be calming. For more ideas on fine-tuning routines, check out the Bedtime Routine page of my website. CLICK HERE TO BE REDIRECTED

Morning Routine

Following a schedule before and after school can help kids know what to expect and get ready for their day. It can be helpful to include your child in creating a schedule for their morning routine so they have a sense of ownership. For younger kids, you may try using a picture schedule. Older kids may do well with a checklist. Please note that while routines can be super helpful, sometimes we have to go with the flow and be flexible. Things happen! For more ideas on fine-tuning routines, check out the Morning Routine pages of my website. CLICK HERE TO BE REDIRECTED

Stay in Touch and Ask For Help If You Need It

I always tell kids that we’re a team. Battle Creek teachers and staff work with families to help kids be the best version of themselves. A big part of being a team is communication. Battle Creek communicates with families through the Remind app, emails, and our website. If there is anything you need help with, please reach out to us and we will help how we can!

Grab 'N Go Library Change

Starting March 1st our Grab 'N Go library will be moving to Mondays from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Due to Grade Day & Conferences, there will not be Grab 'N Go Library on March 8 or 15

  • If you put a book on hold through Destiny BEFORE 2pm on Friday, Mrs. Runner will have the books checked out to students and waiting on the "Hold" cart in BC's foyer for families to pick up on Monday, March 8th & 15th between 8:30am & 4pm.


Please check the Salem-Keizer District website for updates on Grab-n-Go Meals!

For a list of distribution sites, please use the link below.

Grab-N-Go meal sites across Salem and Keizer communities will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for school-based locations and 11 a.m to 1 p.m. for bus stop locations.

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.


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.


Grab-N-Go Meals are available at schools from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and at bus stops from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on school days at the locations listed at the link below:

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The PTC's next meeting is on Wednesday, March 17th at 6:30 on Zoom. The Zoom link will be posted on our school website that day. Please join us if you are able so we have a variety of perspectives sharing input and ideas. The more, the merrier.


At the start of each school year, information from student registration forms is entered into the student information database.

SchoolMessenger, the system the district uses to send out phone notification to parents, receives updated information from this database once each day.

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

Be sure to let our 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.



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

Download the free Remind App on your phone.

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