Principal and Assistant Principal's Message
In the past week, we have seen an uptick in the number of positive cases of COVID-19 in the community. BSD has added (and in some cases, reinstated) mitigation strategies to reduce the spread at school. A few pieces we would like to bring to your attention include:
- Masking: In addition to mandatory indoor mask use, the District is reinstating mandatory masking in outdoor settings, including recess and outdoor classes.
- Visitors: We are temporarily pausing all visitors. No visitors will be allowed beyond the front office.
- Volunteers: While we value the tremendous contribution of our dedicated volunteers, we are temporarily pausing the use of volunteers except for those school meal support.
At Springville, we continue to have students physically distanced in the classroom as well as lunch spaces (cafeteria and gym). Mitigation strategies are reinforced throughout our school to keep our students and staff safe.
We ask that you emphasize the importance of consistent and correct mask-wearing in addition to distancing and frequent hand-washing with your students. If your child is sick or has been exposed to a positive COVID-19 case, please report it to our office and keep them at home. We appreciate your partnership.
Despite the challenges, we are doing our best to take good care of students. We love to see them arrive each morning and love their excitement about being at school each day. We are keeping our focus on teaching and learning, and supporting social and emotional health. Please let us know if your student or family needs support.
Robin Kobrowski and Ellen Arnold
Click here for BSD-specific information and answers to commonly asked questions
Art Literacy Update
Unfortunately, due to the newest guidance from BSD, the January art literacy volunteer meetings have been canceled. As soon as the guidance changes, we will be able to re-schedule volunteer meetings.
Quarantine for Positive COVID Cases
It is important to note that even though the CDC has changed their guidance to 5 days of isolation for a positive case, our District must follow the guidelines from Washington County Health and the Oregon Health Authority. These organizations have not approved the 5-day isolation, therefore, we continue to implement the 10-day guidance.
Please contact our office staff if your child tests positive.
In addition, if your child presents with any too sick for school symptoms, please err on the side of caution.
Resolve to Be More Active! ¡Decídase a ser más activo!
Welcome back to school! January is a perfect time to try walking or biking to school -- for your health, your community and the planet! 1 mile of walking each way to school equals 2/3 of the daily recommended 60 minutes of physical activity. Get your steps in while decreasing the traffic and air pollution around your school and neighborhood.
• Does your school have a walking or biking school bus? If so, join in the fun. If not, find your school's preferred walk/bike route on our interactive Safe Routes to School maps.
• When you're out and about, keep your EYES and EARS OPEN, phones down and heads up. Know what’s going on around you. Have fun with your active commute!
• Need more tips and inspiration? Follow the Beaverton Safe Routes to School Facebook page.
¡Decídase a ser más activo!
¡Bienvenido de nuevo a la escuela! Enero es un momento perfecto para ir caminando o en bicicleta a la escuela, ¡por su salud, su comunidad y el planeta! Caminar 1 milla de ida y vuelta a la escuela equivale a 2/3 de los 60 minutos diarios recomendados de actividad física. Sea activo mientras disminuye el tráfico y la contaminación del aire alrededor de su escuela y vecindario.
• ¿Su escuela tiene un grupo de walking o biking school bus? Si es así, únase a la diversión. Si no es así, encuentre la ruta preferida para caminar/andar en bicicleta de su escuela en nuestros mapas interactivos de Rutas Seguras a la Escuela.
Mapas de escuelas primarias, Mapas de escuelas secundarias, Mapas de escuelas preparatorias
• Cuando esté fuera de casa, mantenga la cabeza hacia arriba, los OJOS y OÍDOS ATENTOS y guarde su teléfono celular. Esté alerta a lo que sucede a su alrededor.
• ¿Necesita más consejos e inspiración? Sigan la página de Facebook de Baverton Safe Routes to School.
Snack and Lunch Drop Off
Bethany & Cedar Mill Libraries Wiser Kids Newsletter
December's issue features:
- Winter Reading Challenge: From December 13 through January 16, kids, teens and adults can track their reading to achieve our community goal of 10,000 hours read. For every hour read, we will donate ten cents to the Oregon Food Bank to help families with food insecurity, up to a maximum donation of $1,000.
- Parent Information Series: Parents can bring their questions and challenges each month to this online workshop. Positive Discipline Parent Educator, Megan Barella will help you transform your child's misbehavior into connection and cooperation. Classes held online first Thursday of the month from 7-8pm: January 6, 2022, February 3, 2022.
- Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB): Kids can test their OBOB knowledge with eight sets of unofficial practice questions available on our website. A link to our Kahoot trivia game will also be available beginning January 1st.
- Student Library Cards: Public library cards are available for all Beaverton School District students. Our libraries are processing cards this month for any students newly enrolled in a Beaverton School District school and those will be mailed out to students' homes.
- Family Read Alouds for Kids 6 and up
- Family Read Alouds for Kids 8 and up
- Great Games for English Language Learners: Games that rely on visual and other skills instead of reading.
- Leveled Books: Find books at your student's Independent Reading Level IRLA.
- Decodable Books and Games for Beginning Readers: Decodable books allow readers to decode words using the principle of phonics (the relationship between letters and the sounds they make). Decodables are helpful to anyone learning to read, but are essential for teaching readers with dyslexia.
The libraries are excited to provide library materials and services for students during the winter break!
Lego Donations Needed
All of our grade levels are working on their coding skills during technology classes. During our technology time, we are also trying to incorporate more STEAM activities. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. In order to do many of the activities, we need a lot of building material.
If you find yourself cleaning out and have some extra Legos to get rid of, please consider donating them to Springville for Technology and STEAM activities. Legos are the easiest material for all ages to manage. We would especially appreciate any plain blocks, the flat building bases, and Lego Technics pieces (because they are compatible with some of our robots).
Don't Let Your Guard Down!
Bethany Library Winter Reading Challenge
Join the Cedar Mill and Bethany Community Libraries for an all-ages Winter Reading challenge December 13-January 16 and help us Read for a Better World. Every hour you read donates 10¢ to the Oregon Food Bank, up to $1,000. Read a little and help us give A LOT!
Participate THREE ways:
- Download the Beanstack app and track your reading on your phone or tablet.
- Track your reading on a paper log from the library. Play BINGO and connect the dots as you read! Return forms to either library by January 16.
- Log online using Beanstack at Library.CedarMill.org/read-now
Please see the attached a flyer for more information.
Too Ill for School?
We would like to remind you about our guidelines for determining whether or not your student should come to school if they are ill.
If your student shows primary symptoms of COVID 19, we ask you to keep your child home and contact your health care provider to get a COVID test. You may also find THIS website helpful for COVID testing locations. Primary symptoms of COVID are defined as fever, cough, chills, loss of taste or smell and/or shortness of breath.
- If the COVID test is positive, please notify the school and quarantine your child at home for 10 days or as directed by Washington County Public Health.
- If the test is negative, please follow the Keep Ill Children Out of School guidelines
- If you do not want to test your student for COVID and they are showing primary symptoms, they should quarantine at home for 10 days.
- If your child has any other communicable disease symptoms, please follow the Keep Ill Children Out of School guidelines.
The guidelines for determining whether to send your student to school are attached. This flyer is available in many other languages on the BSD Student Health Webpage. We appreciate your help in keeping our school community safe.
Attendance and Late Entry
All students are expected to attend school daily. If your child must be absent, please call the attendance line to let us know (503-356-2481). Some excusable reasons for absence include illness, quarantine, bereavement, family illness, inclement weather, religious instruction or emergencies. Please note that vacations are recorded as unexcused absences per District policy. In the event that a student is absent for ten consecutive days, the student will be dropped from the roll and must be reactivated upon return to school. Please make every effort to schedule your child's appointments, family vacations, music lessons, etc. around the school day and calendar. Missed instructional time, even in small increments, quickly adds up and impacts your child's overall learning.
It is very important for your child to be on time to school so that they start the day with everyone else. The school day begins promptly at 8:30am. Children who arrive after 8:30am are recorded as tardy. In order to get your child off to a good start in the morning, and prevent disruption of classes, please help your child be at school on time. If you child arrives after 8:30am, you must park and escort him/her to the office to obtain an late slip.