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August 26, 2019

Welcome Back from Mrs. McFadden

Dear Jacob Wismer Families,
It's that time of year again!  We hope you have all had a wonderful, restful summer and are looking forward to the 2019-20 school year.
 
Staffing Changes
Please join me in welcoming the following staff who are new to Jacob Wismer this year:
Avi Huelskamp, 4th Grade
Daniel Eels, Paraeducator & Crossing Guard 
 
The following JW staff have new assignments this year:
Julie Barghigiani, Technology Instructional Assistant 
Annette Johnston, 3rd grade (moving from 4th grade)
Lisa Caverly, .5 Resource Room and .5 Student Success Coach 
Yvette Wallace, .5 Intervention Teacher at Jacob Wismer, .5 Intervention Teacher at Scholls Hts.
 
First Day of School
To help students drop off their supplies, parents may accompany them to their classrooms on the first day of school only and stay until 8:45.  Students will be allowed to go to their classrooms beginning at 8:20. Please do not arrive before 8:15.  The first day of school is:
Tuesday, Sept. 3 for grades 1-5
Thursday, Sept. 5 for kindergarten students whose last name begins with A-L
Friday, Sept. 6 for kindergarten students whose last name begins with M-Z
After the first day of school, parents will not be allowed in the hallways unless they are scheduled to volunteer as a safety and security precaution.
 
Required Dismissal Plans
For safety, we need dismissal plans for all of our students.  If you haven't done so already, please complete our online dismissal form:
Kindergarten: Link  1st Grade: Link  2nd Grade: Link  3rd Grade: Link  4th Grade: Link  5th Grade: Link
 
Dismissal
Here are our general dismissal guidelines.  Please note that, for safety reasons, parents are not allowed to go to the classrooms to pick up their children.  
Kindergarten and 1st Grade: Parents should wait outside by the playground.  Students will be dismissed out the classroom exits.  Bus students will be escorted to the buses.
2nd and 3rd Grade:  Parents should wait outside by the upper SE exit door by the flag pole.  Staff will escort students to this area and release students to the people who are picking them up.  
4th and 5th Grade:  Students will exit out of their classroom exit doors when the bell rings.
 
Back-to-School Nights
We hope you will be able to join us for our K-2 and 3-5 Back-to-School Nights.  Unfortunately, we ask that you not bring your children due to very limited space.  Here are the details:
 
K-2 Back-to-School Night  
Wednesday, Sept. 11  6:00-7:30pm
6:00-6:45 Presentation in the cafeteria (Student Success Act; TAG information w/Heidi Hanson)
6:45-6:50 Transition to classrooms
6:50-7:30 Classroom presentations
 
3-5 Back-to-School Night  
Thursday, Sept. 12  6:00-7:30pm
6:00-6:45 Presentation in the cafeteria (Student Success Act; TAG information w/Heidi Hanson-repeat of 9/11)
6:45-6:50 Transition to classrooms
6:50-7:30 Classroom presentations
 

Student Success Act

The Oregon Legislature passed and the Governor signed the $2 billion Student Success Act (HB 3427) in Spring 2019. This is an historic and much needed investment in K-12 schools. Beaverton could be able to access an estimated $34 million per year through a state application process. The new law seeks to improve outcomes for students of color, students with disabilities, emerging bilingual students, students navigating poverty, homelessness, and foster care and other who have experienced disparities in our system.
 
School districts will be required to apply for funds. Districts must engage their diverse communities in a needs assessment process prior to the application for funds. The needs assessment includes the District’s existing Continuous Improvement Plan (CIP) and an expanded public engagement process with multiple and diverse stakeholders.
 

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

Dear Jacob Wismer Families,
Welcome to the 2019-20 school year! Whether you’re new to the Jacob Wismer community or have a returning student, we hope that this will be a great year for you. As parents of a Jacob Wismer student, you’re automatically a member of the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). We encourage you to attend PTO meetings and to get involved in PTO activities! And if you have any questions, ideas or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact any PTO board member. Many of the programs that make Jacob Wismer great are organized and funded by the PTO—in other words, by YOU, the parents. Please read on to see what you can do to help!                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
What does the PTO do? The PTO exists to help Jacob Wismer parents and staff work together to support our students. We raise funds and use them to provide community events, student enrichment activities and classroom support. In addition, we coordinate parent volunteers to help both in and out of the classroom.
 
How can I get involved? We always need volunteers, both in and out of the classroom! From clerical work to reading help, from organizing school dances to website support, there is a job for everyone. Check out the many opportunities and get started on the PTO webpage at: link
 
Don’t forget to sign up for the required background check at:  link
 
If you haven’t got time to volunteer but want to support PTO activities, consider a donation. The PTO is a nonprofit organization and many local corporations will provide matching gifts! Our main fundraiser, the Jogathon, is coming up in October—updates coming soon!
 
How can I stay updated on school events and PTO activities? For the latest information, check link for the current PTO newsletter. Or, complete the volunteer background check at link and you’ll be added to the PTO newsletter email mailing list.
 

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                                                                                                                                 

 

June 10, 2019

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.

K-2 Students of the Month for Innovation

K-2 Students of the Month for Innovation

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

3-5 Students of the Month for Innovation

3rd through 5th students of the month for innovation

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!

Lost and found items on June 5, 2019

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.

Jog-A-Thon 2019

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:

  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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  lori.near@yahoo.com           

Amanda Netter Amanda.netter@gmail.com                   

Courtney Austermiller c.austermiller@gmail.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 kay_jenkins@beaverton.k12.or.us 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

Big picture

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

Link:  https://bit.ly/summermathBSD

 

Avid Tutors Needed for 2019-20

Become an Avid Volunteer

May 28, 2019

Congratulations to our 2018-19 Joyce Richards Award Recipients & Nominees!

Recipients: Noopur Saxena, Lakshmi Bhupalam, Cara Coates & Bradi Gates
Nominees: Alexandra Yao, Amy Charon, Ana Pacheco, Ankita Agarwal, Bregie Okkerse, Caroline Perez, Caroline Hari, Courtney Austermiller, Cristina Lau, Jennifer Politsch, Judit Pallo, Jyothy Vemuri, Kacey Gardner, Kimberly Wurzburg, Lauren Mauery, Len Mathes, Mamta Sahita, Melody Stringer, Merideth Manwiller, Natalie Call, Palak Raval, Pauline Petterson,
Sangeetha Varadharajan, Sarah Sperbeck-Koenders, Shauna Rakse, Shirlyn Yap, Valerie Ditchfield, Zoe Mueller
 
 
 

Thank you Amy Roskowski!

Thank you to outgoing PTO president, Amy Roskowski, for two years of amazing leadership!
 
 
 

District Budget Meeting

The originally scheduled Budget Meeting on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 has been CANCELLED and rescheduled to June 17th at 6:30pm at Beaverton High School.
 
 
 

EPI School Supply Kits - Order Today!

Want to get your some of your back to school shopping out of the way early? You can PRE-order your EPI school supply kits online this year starting May 10. Save time and money by ordering these teacher-approved school supply packs. You can avoid shopping in the fall and the packs are exactly what the teacher is requesting. The online tool will open May 10.
Order Securely Online Starting May 10th thru June 16th!
2. Enter the school ID, WIS016
3. Follow the directions to complete your order.
4. Keep your online confirmation as your receipt.
The LAST day for ordering packs on-line will be June 16 so mark your calendars and get your orders in. Your orders will be delivered directly to your student's classroom in time for the First Day of School.  If you have any questions please contact Amy Roskowski (amy@roskowski.com).
 
 
 

Bringing Sunscreen to School

The sun is shining ☀!  To help protect against the rays, wear sun-protective clothing outdoors, including hats and apply sunscreen before school.  If sunscreen (non-aerosol) is brought to school, please mark it with your child's name. Your child will need to keep sunscreen in their backpack. Sharing sunscreen is not allowed. Remember to apply sunscreen to the tops of feet, neck and ears.
 
 
 

JW Activity Leadership Need for the 2019-20 School Year

Help Needed! Below are all of the upcoming PTO activity chair opportunities for the next school year. If we can’t find new chairs, unfortunately we will no longer be able to offer these exciting programs and activities next year. We rely on parent volunteers to make these events happen!
AUTHOR VISIT - brings authors to the school for group readings, assemblies, and book signings. Contact Amy Roskowski amy@roskowski.com
SCHOOL DIRECTORY - prepares a draft school directory for parent review in the fall, conduct a cover art contest among students, and manages production and distribution of the directory. Contact Sarah Sperbeck-Koenders sarahsperbeck@yahoo.com
SPRING DANCE - chooses theme, plans, and carries out a fun community event. Contact Cara Coates caracoates@hotmail.com or Cristina Lau cristinafrisco@gmail.com
BEAVERTON CLOTHES CLOSET / LOST & FOUND - [Co-Chair needed] - sets up and takes down school Lost & Found 6 times per year and coordinates with Beaverton Clothes Closet for low income students K-12. Contact Caryn Crosthwait caryn.crosthwait@gmail.com
OREGON BATTLE OF THE BOOKS - [Grade-level co-chairs needed for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades] - coordinates volunteers to run each battle. Contact Priya Telang heypriya@gmail.com
BOOK FAIR - [Co-Chair needed] - manages the yearly Jacob Wismer Book Fair. Contact Valerie Ditchfield vditchfield@frontier.com
 
 
 

Boxtops Earning Money for Our School!

The 2018-2019 BoxTopoly game has ended but the 2019-2020 BoxTopoly game will start in September and run through February of 2020. Keep clipping and collecting those Box Tops! Ask friends and neighbors (think emails, flyers, Facebook and Next Door) to look for them on products they use and send them to you.
 
Thanks to all your efforts, Jacob Wismer will be receiving a check for $1123 this year for our Box Tops submission. Thank you students, staff and parents for taking the extra time to clip those Box Tops from the packaging of the products you buy. General Mills is working on updating their app to make earning Box Tops easier in the future. They will be phasing out the physical clips and moving to just scanning your receipts to earn Box Top points. This update should be coming out in June. Physical Box Tops will be accepted until they expire so keep on clipping! If you have any questions please don’t hesitate in contacting our Box Top coordinator Martine Ayers. You can reach her by phone (541-231-5971) or email (martine.ayers@gmail.com)
 
 
 

Medications Disposed on June 14th

Medications cannot be sent home with your student; an adult has to pick them up.  Please pick up your student’s medication on or before the last day of school.  Any medications that are not picked up by the end of the school day on June 14th
will be disposed of that afternoon.
 
 
 

SEL Spotlight

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:

  • Reframing Behavior

  • How Children Succeed

  • Impact of SEL on academic performance

  • Stress and Anxiety and the impact on Behavior

  • Restorative Practices

  • Power Struggles

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

Third, Fourth and Fifth grade students will begin Smarter Balanced State Tests (SBAC) in April. If you are planning a vacation or will need to take your child out of school at any time between April to June, please let your child’s teacher know as soon as possible so we can be sure they are able to finish the test
before the test window closes.
More information about the tests and links can be found on the Oregon Department of Education Website. Third, fourth and fifth grade students will be practicing with their teachers at school.  Here is the link if you
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.
Grade 3 ELA and Math
Grade 4 ELA and Math
Grade 5 ELA and Math
 
For more information about testing, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher. Here is the link to information on opting out of the test.
 
 

State Test Results in ParentVue

The administration of our state assessments will take place between April 22 and May 31 (for exact dates, see your child's teacher). State test scores will be available in ParentVUE! You will be able to see your 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 kay_jenkins@beaverton.k12.or.us or by phone at 503.356.4594.
 
 
 

Reading Comprehension at the Movies?

Movies and TV shows all have plots, just like books. Want to sneak in a little reading comprehension practice?  Talk with your child about a movie or TV show. Here are some things to discuss based on your child’s grade level.  (Of course these same discussion points apply for books you read together as well!)
 
  • 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

With our new security upgrade, our Lost & Found access has changed.  Parents will have the opportunity to view articles only during the week we have scheduled for L & F to be displayed in the front hall.  Please make a note of these dates.  After each week of displays, the remaining clothing will be delivered to the BSD Clothes Closet.  Teachers are encouraging students to look in the Lost and Found for their lost items.  Future dates:   Mon, June 10 - Fri, June 14 (prior to summer break)
 
 

Beaverton Library Summer Reading Program

This summer 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.