November 23, 2020
Message from Superintendent Grotting
I want to take this opportunity to wish your family the happiest of Thanksgiving holidays. I hope that you’re able to take these next few days and connect with loved ones — whether in small single family gatherings, over the phone or through a computer screen. Never has it been more important to take stock of the important people in our lives.
I’d also like to take a moment to reflect on the past eight months. It’s human nature to dwell on our losses, and by all means, some of our students, staff and families have suffered tremendous losses this year. Our students have lost the ability to laugh with friends around the lunchroom table. Teachers have lost the ability to give their students an encouraging pat on the back. Some parents have lost their livelihoods. And some of us have even lost loved ones to a relentless disease that we continue to fight.
But during this Thanksgiving, I want to encourage you to focus on the lessons. As educators, we’re always looking for lessons to be learned. And like it or not, COVID-19 has been a good teacher. The pandemic has taught us about the need for flexibility. Teachers have had to rethink how they approach educating students in a virtual world. Our Nutrition Services staff has had to redesign how they feed thousands of children who depend on school breakfasts and lunches. Administrators have had to reevaluate how to bring students back to brick-and-mortar schools when health metrics and guidance seem to change on an almost daily basis. We all have needed to embrace the fact that change is our only constant.
This pandemic has taught us, especially our children, the importance of resilience. Kindergartens have learned to navigate Zoom classrooms and build relationships with teachers whom they’ve never met in person. Middle and high school students have figured out how to participate in clubs and activities online to remain connected to their fellow classmates and keep their passions alive. And parents have devised ways to juggle and extend their days to meet the needs of their children as well as their employers. No one said that it’s been easy, but every day, we find ways to move forward.
And finally, COVID-19 has reminded the world of the need for compassion and grace. We all are doing the very best that we can to cope with uncertainty. None of it is perfect. It’s so important for children to see the adults in their lives accepting those things for which we have no control while also taking charge of those things that are within our agency. We do have the power to change our attitude, our mindset and our outlook. We do have the power to put the needs of our children, especially our most marginalized, first and foremost. And we do have the power to show kindness to all.
Thank you for your continued support. I hold all of you close to my heart this holiday season.
Beaverton School District Superintendent
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Whitford Middle School is hosting its 3rd Annual Career Day virtually on January 27, 2021 from 9-11 a.m. Virtual Career Day is a great opportunity for middle students to hear from speakers about various career fields.
The school is looking for volunteers from all professions to speak about their experiences to get middle school students excited about their potential future careers. As a presenter, you’ll have 10 minutes to share your experience with two different Zoom classrooms.
If you’re interested in being a speaker, please email Robyn Giacchi, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Passport to Literacy
Experience the jungles of Thailand and China, survive the heat of Burkina Faso, indulge in local flavors and immerse yourself in new cultures from around the world at Elmonica Elementary’s Passport to Literacy. The Elmonica staff invites you to join its virtual literacy event where you can listen to a variety of stories spanning 17 countries. Don't let this global pandemic stop you from enjoying the wonders of travel and experiencing new and exciting places and cultures.
To join the journey and expand your cultural literacy, please visit: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1fJGXODCWDinDQlw2HD91FqedsDBNg8lz3eF5gtcf2ok/edit?usp=sharing
Keep Your Kids Safe Online
The Washington County District Attorney’s Office is hosting a Zoom webinar for parents to educate them about how to keep their kids safe online on Thursday, December 10 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Between online distance learning, popular social media applications and video games, our children are more connected to the web than ever before. Unfortunately, child predators know this as well and are using new strategies and proven methods to exploit children.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Andy Pulver will detail the latest threats and how to guard against them on December 10 at 5:30 p.m.
Register in advance for this webinar:
After registering, you’ll receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
NASA Herox Global Challenge
Congratulations to Springville 4th graders Aarnav Srisai Arun, Vanshika Lakshmi Kura, Ruthvik Ram Surapaneni and Vijval Sai Jupudi. These students participated in NASA's Lunar Loo Global Challenge which got nearly 900 submissions from across the world. Their team, Moon Scientists, was one of the winners in the Junior category (the only team from the USA!) for their project, The Lavabo Throne.
Take a look at the description of their winning design:
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