Welcome Back from Mrs. McFadden
Student Success Act
Districts will be allowed four broad uses for the grant proposals: 1) increasing instructional time, 2) addressing student health and safety needs, 3) increasing adults/decreasing class size and 4) expanding well-rounded learning opportunities. Proposals must also meet students’ behavioral and mental health needs and increase academic achievement as well as reduce disparities among student groups. This Phase I community engagement will seek input on what is working in our schools and what improvements are needed.
At our Sept. 11 and 12 Back-to-School Nights, we will be asking parents/guardians to provide input on what is working in our schools and what improvements are needed. If you are unable to attend, here is a link to the online survey (link) that can be translated into 100+ languages. We value your feedback!
District Health Curriculum Update
Here in the Beaverton School District, we teach children important skills for getting along with others and doing well in school. In order to help our school be a safe and supportive place where everyone can learn, we also provide age-appropriate health instruction. There will be two primary resources used for this instruction: The Great Body Shop to teach the adopted Oregon Health Standards and fightchildabuse.org to teach sexual abuse prevention in accordance with Erin’s Law. Continue reading for more information on each resource.
Oregon Health Education Standards: The Great Body Shop, published by The Children’s Health Market, will be used to teach the new Oregon Health Education Standards. It offers skills-based instruction that addresses physical, social, emotional, and mental health. Human Sexuality Education instruction is age appropriate, medically accurate, and relevant for all students. If you would like to preview the materials, this document outlines the process for previewing the curriculum and for information on opting-out.
Erin’s Law: An important component of our curriculum is to help children protect their bodies, get support when abuse has occurred, and report to a trusted adult. In accordance with Erin’s Law, we are educating children about sexual abuse and promoting awareness within our communities. The Oregon Department of Education has required all Oregon schools to comply with Erin’s Law. The Erin’s Law lessons address personal safety, touching safety and assertiveness.
Your child’s teacher will be sharing these sexual abuse prevention lesson outcomes with you prior to teaching them, but you can also find the full lessons and videos on fightchildabuse.org. Please contact me if you have any further questions or for opt-out information. Thank you for helping us to make our school a safe and supportive place where everyone can learn.
Welcome Back from your JW PTO Board
What else do I need to do to prepare for the school year? Please see the Back to School Checklist (below) for all the forms and information you might need! In past years this packet has been handed out to all families, but this year the PTO is going paperless. You’ll find all the links you need below!
We hope you’ll get involved and help us make this a great year for all our students!
Sincerely, You JW PTO Board
JW PTO Back-to-School Checklist
1. Volunteer Background Check Sign-up: If you want to volunteer at Jacob Wismer, you MUST complete a background check. (In fact, we ask all parents to complete this check and sign up for the PTO newsletter, even if you don’t expect to need a volunteer badge.) This can take a couple of weeks, so it’s best to take care of it before school starts! You can find the background check form here: link
2. Volunteer Opportunities: If you’ve already completed your background check and want to get started volunteering, check out link for directions. You can also read through an overview of PTO-sponsored activities at link and contact the chairperson of any program you’re interested in! More information will also be available directly from teachers and at Back to School Night.
3. Jogathon: Jogathon is our primary fundraiser! Each year students collect pledges and run to fund Jacob Wismer PTO activities for the year. This year’s Jogathon is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 4th!
4. Spiritwear Order Form: If you would like to order a Jacob Wismer T-shirt or other spiritwear, you can find the form here: link
5. Directory Info Submission & Order Form: Please submit your family’s contact info for inclusion in the school directory! You can also preorder your copy (please pre-order--only a few copies will be available after they’re printed). They will be delivered around Thanksgiving. Find the form here: link
6. ParentVue Sign-up and Login: View classes, report cards and more through ParentVue: link
7. SchoolCafe Sign-up and Login: Deposit money for your student’s lunch account through SchoolCafe: link
Message from the Principal
What a wonderful year it's been at Jacob Wismer! Thank you for allowing us the pleasure to educate your precious children. They bring so much joy to us each and every day.
Please take a moment to explore our new website. It has the capability to translate in over a hundred languages, is ADA accessible and can even upload videos. As much as possible, we would like to share our events on our "Activities" page so please visit this site often. We already have videos of some of our more recent events such as Field Day and performances by our choir from their Spring Concert last Thursday evening.
As we head into June, I'd like to thank our outstanding PTO Board for their leadership and service this year: Amy Roskowski, President; Sarah Sperbeck-Koenders, VP of Fundraising; Lauren Mauery, VP of Community Events; Jyothy Vemuri, Secretary; Cara Coates, Treasurer; Mamta Sahita, Volunteer Coordinator; Margaret Maes, Volunteer Coordinator; Pallavi Mathew, Member-at-Large.
Congratulations to the following parents who will be on our 2019-20 PTO Board: Sonia Lall, President; Shalini Sivas, VP of Fundraising; Alexandra Yau, VP of Community Events; Pooja Madan, Volunteer Coordinator; Shauna Rakshe, Secretary; Sonia Sahu, Member-at-Large.
As we head into summer, here are a few things to remember for the start of the 2019-20 school year:
- New Family Tour is Aug. 21st from 10-11am for all families new to Jacob Wismer.
- Grade 1-5 parents can learn their child's classroom teacher placement on ParentVue. The exact date will be sent out by School Messenger in August.
- Registration materials will be sent to families electronically (part of our commitment to reducing paper copies next year!).
- School begins on Sept. 3rd for grades 1-5.
- For incoming kindergarten students, we will be sending out dates and instructions in August.
- As we finish finalizing school and PTO event dates, we will list the dates on our school calendar by the end of June so you can plan your year accordingly.
On behalf of the Jacob Wismer staff, we hope that you have a fun and memorable summer with your wonderful children. Best of luck to all of our fifth graders and students who will not be returning to Jacob Wismer this fall. We will miss you.
Joan McFadden, Principal
5th Grade Assembly Invitation
Parents, relatives and friends are invited to our Fifth Grade Assembly on Thursday, June 13th at 8:45-9:00am.
Kindergarten: Maryn Erickson, Asha Prakash, Martina De Ezcurra, Zachary Wang 1st Grade: Rina Kushibiki, Sharan Lee, Justin Seo, Akash Vijay Aradhya 2nd Grade: Nishanth Gautam, Albert Wang, Kotoha Torii, Violet Pattison, Myles Dallman
3rd Grade: Arthur Callado, Nitya Shah, Muhammad Sayeedi, Olivia Hsu, Arya Patel 4th Grade: Naomi Kap, Eshaan Segavalu, Nandan Kishnakumar, William Kerrigan, Srinidhi Inam 5th Grade: Maya Lempel, Samyata Sharma, Zephyr Ruetschle, Sarah Yau, Aarush Allene
5th Grade Passport Club
Scored 100% Correct All Year: Sahithi, Shreemoyee (Mrs. Getty); Miranda, Aaina (Mrs. Elms); Rosalie, Vivaan (Mrs. Scoggins); Nikaansh, Emily, Sadie, Samyata, Anshula (Mrs. Brundidge); Arjun, Aman, Pranavi (Mrs. Bossert).
Scored 90% Correct All Year: Sarah, Mason (Mrs. Getty); Evelyn, Jada, Pranav, (Mrs. Elms); Liam, Malavika (Mrs. Scoggins); Vimal, Sevin, Aarya (Mrs. Bossert).
Lost & Found - Final Chance!
The Lost & Found will be outside our school office from June 10 to June 14th. All items remaining after June 14th will be donated to the Clothes Closet.
With summer break creeping close, our 2019 Jog-A-Thon committee are ramping up their planning for what is sure to be another incredible event. Please SAVE-THE-DATE for Friday, October 4th with a rain date of Monday, October 7th. Stay tuned for more information to come in late August!
Jog-A-Thon is Jacob Wismer’s largest and only fundraising event of the school year. In 2018, our JW Eagles community rallied together to raise nearly $100,000 – a record breaking accomplishment. Proceeds from this event enable our PTO to provide staff and students with much needed educational tools and programs such as passport club, art literacy, STEAM nights, author visits, new technology for classrooms and so much more.
Over the summer months, our Jog-A-Thon chairs and committee members will be working hard to secure support from businesses in and around the community. If you or anyone you know has a business or organization that may be interested in supporting the JW Jog-A-Thon, here are a few ways they can help:
- Monetary Donations – these funds will be used towards the purchase of prizes to be raffled off to students/classes as a reward for their fundraising and participation efforts
- In-Kind Donations – these consist of prize items in the form of goods and/or services such as gift cards, sporting event or concert tickets, sports memorabilia, toys, technology items, promotional items such as backpacks, t-shirts, water bottles and more.
- Event sponsorship – please contact event chairs for more detailed information.
All donations to our school are tax deductible under IRS Code 501 C (3) to the extent permitted by law, and each donation will be acknowledged in writing. Our tax ID is #93-1320362.
On behalf of our 2019 Jog-A-Thon Chairs and committee, we thank you for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you all on the track in October as we aim to reach our goal of raising over $100,000 for our school.
Have a wonderful summer!
Lori Near email@example.com
Amanda Netter Amanda.firstname.lastname@example.org
Courtney Austermiller email@example.com
Student Test Results in ParentVue
Parents will be able to see their child’s test results sooner than in prior years with less impact on the environment. For the English Language Arts and Math tests, a student’s score is available in ParentVUE two weeks after both parts of the test are completed. Due to the implementation of the new state science test this year, science scores will not be available until next fall after passing scores are identified by the Oregon Department of Education. The Testing Information tab in ParentVUE has links to additional information about your child’s scores.
If you need assistance activating a ParentVUE account, please contact your child’s school. Learn more about ParentVUE. Please note: these scores are not currently available in the ParentVue phone app. Students whose parents/guardians do not have an active ParentVUE account will receive a paper report of test scores. Paper score reports with English Language Arts and Math test results with will be sent home with students on the last day of school. Score reports will be mailed over the summer for students with English Language Arts and Math test results that arrive after the paper score reports are printed in June. Students with at least one parent/guardian with ParentVUE access may request a printed report by contacting Kay Jenkins by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 503.356.4594.
Important Update for Elementary Schools: ODE’s combined test report generator is not working, so we are unable to send reports for you to send home with students whose parents do not have an active ParentVue account and who have completed ELA and math testing.
Summer Reading by Mrs. Wallace
Summer is almost here, and that means summer reading! This year, all students who complete the Cedar Mill and Bethany Community Libraries summer reading program are eligible for the Summer 2019 Jacob Wismer Reading backpack tag, and get an entry into a raffle for a gift card to Barnes and Noble in the fall.
← Last year’s backpack tag. This year’s backpack tag will remain a mystery until this fall, but I’ll give you a hint. It is not in the same shape as last year’s tag...
**When signing up, please use the student’s name as it is at school, and remember to indicate the grade they will be starting in the fall, not the grade they just completed. These details streamline the way in which the library is able to share information with us for prizes in the fall.**
Our thanks to our Jacob Wismer PTO for their support of Summer Reading for Jacob Wismer students.
Below are some ideas to help students maintain their skills over the summer break.
Beaverton City Library Summer Reading Program
The Beaverton City Library will offer a Summer Reading Program for kids and teens from June 1 to July 22, 2019. The theme of the Kid’s Summer Reading Program is A Universe of Stories. Kids age birth through 5th grade can register to be a part of the Kids Summer Reading Program to read and earn great prizes! Teens going into 6-12th grades next year can join the Teen Summer Reading Program. Starting June 1, 2019, you can register online, or drop by the children’s area of the Beaverton City Library on 5th and Hall or the Murray Scholl’s branch library.
Cedar Mill & Bethany Libraries Summer Reading Program The Cedar Mill & Bethany Community Libraries Summer Reading Program 2019 launches on Saturday, June 1, 2019 with fun programs and activities for all ages, all summer long. Join them for live music, story time, special performances and more. You can register online now on Beanstack. You can learn more about the online summer reading sign ups here: https://library.cedarmill.org/summer-reading/ Summer is a great time to read what you like, to learn new things, and have fun with friends. Find free programs and events for all ages throughout the summer on the events calendar.
Dreambox Available for BSD Students Over Summer
Avid Tutors Needed for 2019-20
2019-20 District Calendar
2019-2020 District Calendar Opens a New Window.- English
2019-2020 District Calendar - Spanish
2019-2020 District Calendar - Arabic
2019-2020 District Calendar - Chinese
2019-2020 District Calendar - Japanese
2019-2020 District Calendar - Korean
2019-2020 District Calendar - Russian
2019-2020 District Calendar - Somali
2019-2020 District Calendar - Vietnamese
Congratulations to our 2018-19 Joyce Richards Award Recipients & Nominees!
Thank you Amy Roskowski!
District Budget Meeting
EPI School Supply Kits - Order Today!
Bringing Sunscreen to School
JW Activity Leadership Need for the 2019-20 School Year
Boxtops Earning Money for Our School!
Medications Disposed on June 14th
As part of our commitment to support the “whole child”, we have been posting resources throughout the year to bridge the connection between school and home regarding social emotional learning. We have covered the following topics:
How Children Succeed
Impact of SEL on academic performance
Stress and Anxiety and the impact on Behavior
In the fall, we offered our first SEL information session for parents where we shared an overview of social emotional learning, and how Beaverton School District is working to implement its role in our schools. Last week, we were very fortunate to have Dr. Bueno and her team from Pacific University’s program present on mental health in children. In this presentation Dr. Bueno discussed everything from causes and symptoms as well as how to support your child at home. We videotaped the session, and it will be posted on our new website the first week in June! Thank you for all you do to support your child and work with us in growing the “whole child." It definitely takes a village, and we are so grateful to be a part of ours.
5th Grade Health Lessons
On May 30th and 31st, the 4th grade teachers will be teaching their students about Human Growth and Development.
Both 4th and 5th grade teachers will be using the Beaverton School District approved Great Body Shop curriculum. If you would like to preview the lessons, a binder will be available in the main office. Parents who wish to opt out will need to notify their child’s teacher by email or send a handwritten note prior to the week of the grade level lessons.
New District & School Websites
In an effort to improve accessibility, mobility and functionality, the Beaverton School District will be launching new and improved District and school websites in early June 2019.
The redesign is in response to a complaint filed with the Office of Civil Rights that the current Beaverton School District website is not ADA accessible. The District submitted a plan to remediate the issue with the Office of Civil Rights. The current platform was not able to meet these accessibility needs. A team reviewed several vendors and ultimately selected Finalsite. For the past seven months, the District has been working with the Finalsite team to design and build the new websites.
What does this mean for parents, students and the community? It means improved functionality for BSD families and the community. The new sites will be responsive on mobile devices. The sites will have a built-in translate feature to make content more accessible to people who do not speak English. In addition, the District is reducing the number of PDFs posted on our webpages, meaning this content will also be accessible, translatable and searchable. We will be sharing more information about the new website design in the coming weeks.
State Testing Update
before the test window closes.
would also like them to practice at home - sign in as a Guest User. There are also links to Parent Roadmaps on Supporting your child on the Council of Great City Schools website. These Publications are broken down by grade level and ELA (English Language Arts) and Math.
State Test Results in ParentVue
Reading Comprehension at the Movies?
Kindergarten: Who are the characters? What is the setting (when and where)? What are some big events that happened?
First Grade: Who are the characters? What is the setting? Tell the most important things that happened in order. What do you think was the lesson or message of the movie?
Second Grade: Let’s talk about how (character) responded to different events that happened. Did you expect them to act that way? Why or why not?
Third Grade: What do you think about (character)? What traits to they have? Why do they do the things they do? How are they feeling? How do you know?
Fourth Grade: How would you sum that up in just a few sentences? Let’s talk about (character) in depth. What do you think about them? What makes you think that from the movie?
Fifth Grade: Compare and contrast 2 characters, settings, or events from the movie or show. Use specific details to show similarities and differences.
Lost & Found-New Safety Procedure
Beaverton Library Summer Reading Program