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October 21, 2019

Calendar for Oct. 21-Nov. 4

Oct. 21: Parent-teacher conference scheduling begins
Oct. 21-25: Passport checks 
Oct. 28: PTO E-Blast sent to volunteers
Nov. 1: Grading Day/No school for students
Nov. 1: Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) registration forms due
 

PTO Fall Event Photos

Thank you to PTO Fall Event coordinators Alexandra Yau and Margarita Thygesen and their wonderful team of volunteers for an extraordinary evening of family fun!  Below are some photos of the Fall Event.  Click here for additional photos:  Link

Bowling at Fall Event
Pizza purchases at Fall Event
Student getting hand stamp
Boys hugging at Fall Event
Origami at Fall Event

 

Sign Up Now for Parent-Teacher Conferences

Please sign up for a conference time at:  https://www.ptcfast.com/schools/Jacob_Wismer_Elementary_School_Fall2019

Eagle Run Post Assembly 

Click on this link to experience our post assembly with individual recognitions:  link
Here is a photograph in the school hallway of the amount raised toward our goal of $85,000.  Final stats coming soon! 
Eagle Run Thermometer Showing 90% of Goal

 

Passport Club Begins this Week!

Passport Club checks begin this week for 2nd through 5th graders.   Students are expected to study at home to prepare for their checks so here are the links to the maps:
 

PTO Walking School Bus

NEW THIS YEAR... the PTO is launching a Walking School Bus!
Our goal is to help parents and children to get to know each other earlier in the year and experience the health benefits of walking to school in the fresh air. So join us EVERY 1st Monday of the month. Here are the details of our November Walking School Bus: 
 
When: Monday, November 4th.
Time: Meet between 7:50 & 8:00 AM
Where: 2 locations
1. Mr. A and our volunteer Margarita will meet you at NW Kyle Place/ NW Vance Dr. 
2. Mr. V and our volunteer Ana will meet you at Arbor Heights Playground
 

For questions please contact:  Margarita or Alex at wehike97229@gmail.com

See you on the 4th!
Walk Bike Kyle Place Map
                         Location 1: NW Kyle Place & NW Vance Dr.
Walk & Bike Arbor Hts Map
                              Location 2:  Arbor Heights Playground
 

State Report Cards Now Available

Jacob Wismer's State Report Card 2018-19:

JW Report Card p1 18-19
JW Report Card p2 18-19

Beaverton School District State Report Card 2018-19:

BSD Report Card pate 18-19
BSD Report Card p2 18-19
All school and district report cards for the 2018-19 school year are available at:
http://www.ode.state.or.us/data/reportcard/reports.aspx   Select Beaverton in the District Selection drop-down menu.
We welcome the opportunity to share this information with you on the progress we are making to improve academic achievement for each student in the District.  We are making progress.
 
State report cards began when the 1999 Oregon Legislature passed a law requiring every public school and district to receive a report from the Oregon Department of Education about how they are performing overall.  The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), signed by President Obama on December 10, 2015, replaces the No Child Left Behind (CNLB) Act and affords states greater flexibility.  ESSA encourages schools and educators to innovate and create systems that address local needs.  As a part of this work, The Oregon Department of Education redesigned the School and District report cards to engage and inform families about their school's approach to learning, academic and extracurricular offers, and student performance.  Report cards also serve as an important tool for continuous improvement planning by local and state policymakers, in conjunction with the communities they serve.
 
 

Why It's Important to Make Time for Reading at Home

Why Read 20 min. at home chart

Spring Conferences Date Change

Spring conferences dates have been changed from April 30 & May 1 to April 2 & 3.
 

After-School Activities Flyers

Click here for a list of BSD approved after-school activities flyers:  link

BSD Inclement Weather Information

When the weather outside gets inclement, school schedules could be affected. The District generally makes inclement weather decisions by 5:15 a.m., posting them by 5:30 a.m. on the District website and on social media. All Portland Metro area media outlets are also notified and announce the information on TV newscasts and online. Parents and guardians that have opted in for SchoolMessenger will receive timely notifications.

The District makes decisions based on the ability to operate school buses safely; the ability of parents and students to drive safely; and the ability of students to walk safely. The decision that is made will be for the entire District. (As always, parents may choose to make different decisions based on their particular location.)

For the latest inclement weather information:

• Log onto the District's website: http://www.beaverton.k12.or.us and a page pop will be posted on the main page if there is a change in school operations.

• Beaverton School District Public Safety webpage has information about inclement weather procedures and snow routes. http://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/public-safety/ then click on Inclement Weather Information.

• Follow us on o Twitter @BeavertonSD o Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/BeavertonSchoolDistrict/

• Follow media outlets. The Districts posts information via Flash Alert. Parents can also sign up to receive weather alerts: www.flashalert.net

Inclement Weather Decisions & Definitions

School closure or delayed start decisions will typically be communicated to media outlets and posted on the District website, Facebook and Twitter by 5:30 a.m. and SchoolMessenger text, email or phone (depending on selected preferences).
We encourage families to make transportation and attendance decisions for their child(ren) based on their own assessment of travel conditions at their location.
 
When all district schools and facilities are closed
  •  All daytime and evening activities/events on closure days are canceled.
When there is a 2-hour delay in opening school and buses are on snow routes
  • All schools will open two hours later than regularly scheduled. Ø
  • The following classes/programs are cancelled:
    • AM early intervention
    • AM Preschool Classes
    • AM Health Careers & Auto Program
  • Terra Nova Program is canceled all day.
  • There will be no bus service for Bonny Slope, Nancy Ryles and Sato elementary schools.
  •  Bus services will not be provided to McKinney-Vento students living outside of the district.
When school is on time and buses are on snow routes
  • All schools operate on regular daily schedules.
  • There will be no bus service for Bonny Slope, Nancy Ryles and Sato elementary schools
  • Terra Nova Program is canceled all day.
  • If the weather forecast calls for declining weather conditions throughout the day, the district will implement snow routes for PM dismissal.
When weather conditions necessitate an early dismissal/closure of schools
  • We encourage you to refer to the BSD website, SchoolMessenger and local media for more detailed information.
  • All daytime and evening activities/events are cancelled.

PTO E-Blast

Please click on this link for previous JW PTO E-Blast newsletters:  Link
 

Learning Options Application Process for 2020-21

The Beaverton School District is nationally recognized for high student achievement and innovative programs. Beaverton students in grades 6-12 have the opportunity to investigate learning options that best fit their academic needs. Students can choose their neighborhood school, or apply for one of a number of Learning Option Programs. Transportation is provided.

Applications for the 2020-2021 school year will be available starting Monday, October 14, 2019. Please do some early investigation of the Learning Options Programs online and plan to attend one or more of the open houses that are available. Students may only select one option on their application.

All applicants must reside within the Beaverton School District boundaries. Beginning October 14, current Beaverton School District students are able to apply online using their BSD student ID. Resident students not currently attending a Beaverton school will need to complete a paper application available online, or at any school office beginning October 14, 2019. Applicants who do not have Internet access may also complete a paper application available at any school office. Please give careful consideration to your choice of school. Once an application has been submitted, no changes will be allowed.

Applications must be received no later than Friday, December 6, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. (PST).

OFFICE OF LEARNING OPTIONS
Information Line: 503.356.4440 • FAX: 503.356.4415
 
Mon., October 14, 2019 ------- Applications for the 2019-2020 school year will be available.
 
Fri., December 6, 2019 ------- Applications due no later than 4:00 p.m. PST.
 
Wed., December 11, 2019 ------- Electronic Lottery conducted for the 2020-21 School Year.
·       Acceptance or wait pool notifications will be sent via email.
·       Students who are not selected via the lottery will be emailed a Second Consideration application for the school for which they applied where applicable.
 
Thurs., January 9, 2020 ------- Second Consideration applications due to schools.
 
Wed., January 29, 2020 ------- Deadline to accept/decline enrollment – by 4:00 p.m. PST
 

AVID Volunteer Tutors Needed and Paid College Student Tutor Position! 

AVID Volunteer Tutors are needed in all the Middle Schools, Options schools and High schools (all levels please promote to your school community)
And now, just added a new Paid College Student Tutor Position! Information regarding this position can be viewed here: Detailed Handout
AVID=Advancement Via Individual Determination  
The Beaverton AVID Program teaches students the skills and behaviors necessary for academic success in high school, college and beyond.
AVID tutors work with small groups of middle school students under the supervision of a teacher.
Tutors are trained to use specific strategies that help develop students’ critical thinking, literacy, and math skills.
Tutoring is held mainly on Tuesday & Thursday, and times vary depending on the school and volunteer availability.
Training and ongoing support provided.
Contact:  Danica Jensen Weiner  503-356-4478

October 7, 2019

Calendar for Oct. 7-21

Oct. 8: CogAT Screener given to all 3rd and 5th graders
Oct. 11: Staff Development Day (no school for students)
Oct. 15: Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) Parent Information Mtg. 6-7pm
Oct. 16: Picture Day
Oct. 18: TAG parent nomination forms due
Oct. 18: PTO Fall Event 6-8pm
Oct. 21: Parent-teacher conference scheduling begins
Oct. 21: Passport checks begin
 

JW Students Soar at our Eagle Run!

A special thank you from the PTO Board, Jacob Wismer staff and all of our JW Eagles to our talented Eagle Run planning team, Lori Near, Amanda Netter and Courtney Austermiller, for such an incredibly well-organized, out of this world, fun and fulfilling Eagle Run! Your hard work and perseverance was amazing!  Thank you so much also to all the wonderful volunteers, without whom this event would not have been possible.

Be sure to check out the videos on our Activities Page!  Link

Here are a few photos from Friday's Eagle Run:

Kindergarten:

Kindergarten Eagle Run Photo

1st Grade:

1st Grade Eagle Run Photo

2nd Grade:

2nd Grade Eagle Run Photo

3rd Grade:

3rd Grade Eagle Run Photo

4th Grade:

4th Grade Eagle Run Photo

5th Grade:

5th Grade Eagle Run Photo

 

School Pictures ~ Wednesday, Oct. 16th

Dorian Studios picture order forms will be sent home early this week.  Every student will be photographed for class composites, whether or not you place an individual order.  Photo retakes will be on Thursday, December 5th.  Online orders are now available ... please see the information below regarding payment options.
 
If you are ordering photos with exact cash (no change available) or checkplease enclose your payment in the Dorian envelope, indicate the payment method under #6 at the bottom of the envelope and send it to school with your child on October 16th.  All backgrounds will be blue unless you choose a different background color on the envelope. The envelope with payment will need to be turned in by your student to the Dorian photographer at the time your student’s photo is being taken. 
 
If you are ordering photos onlinethere is no need to turn in an envelope unless you choose a background color other than blue.  If you do not choose blue, the envelope (indicating only your child's name, choice of color background & online payment under #6 "online") will need to be turned in by your student to the Dorian photographer at the time their photo is being taken.   Dorian has all the other information they need with your online order, as each student is given a "photo identification card" to give the photographer before their photo is taken.
 

Parent Teacher Conference Sign-Up

A School Messenger with the login information for PTCFast.com will be sent out sometime the morning of Monday, Oct. 21st for parents to sign up for parent-teacher conferences.  PTCFast.com is the online conferencing tool that we use to schedule our parent-teacher conferences.  Parent-teacher conferences are Nov. 7th and 8th this year.  Just a reminder that there will be no school for students on these days.

PTO Fall Event~Oct. 18th

Join us for an evening of fun on October 18th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the school cafeteria and gym. We will have a DJ, face painting, games and a grand finale. To help families connect faster, we will have color bracelets per grade for adults and children as well as icebreaker games.
 
Donation opportunity: we will have an on-site collection box for new or gently used winter clothes (coats, hats, scarf and gloves) and books. Children’s winter clothes will be donated to the Beaverton Clothes Closet. Books will be donated to the Children’s Book Bank.
 
Volunteer opportunity: To make this event a success, we need your help. Sign up online at myvolunteerpage.com
For questions, please contact Alexandra Yau at vpcommunityevents@jacobwismerpto.org
PTO Fall Event

Welcome to Passport Club!  

Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB)       

Registration for OBOB is now open. Registration forms for OBOB participation are now available online on JW PTO webpage. These can either be completed online or submitted to the OBOB drawer the school office.  If forms are completed online, please submit payment as cash/check in a sealed envelope and include information including team name and grade. If forms are printed and completed on paper, please submit your payment along with the form.
 
Forms are due by Nov. 1st at 3 pm. No late submissions will be accepted.
 
An Informational Meeting will be held in school cafeteria on Oct 15th @ 6pm 
 
This meeting is open to both parents and children who want to know more about OBOB.  This meeting will cover how to find and form teams, team registration, how to divide the books, battle format/timelines and answer any other questions you may have. 
 
Volunteers are vital to the success of OBOB.We are currently in need of a Co-Chair for the 4th grade. Without a Co-Chair for 4th grade, it may not be possible to run the 4th grade battles.
 
Grade Level Co-Chairs: The Grade Level Co-Chairs will work closely with the OBOB Chair and will be responsible for making sure that there are two parents signed up to run every battle and will step in to moderate if the need arises. A list of parent volunteers and dates will be provided to each lead.
            3rd grade Co-ChairAaron Loreth
            4th grade Co-Chair: ______________
            5th grade Co-Chair: Padma Chamarthi
 
Have Questions?  Interested in volunteering?  Contact OBOB Chair Priya Mani at jacobwismerobob@gmail.com.
 

Meal Benefits Ending Oct. 15th-Reapply Today

October 15th, 2019 is the last day students will receive free meals from last year’s benefits. Every family must re-apply for Meal Benefits every school year. If you’ve already received a letter that says your students are Approved for Benefits, you do not need to do anything further.

Go to www.schoolcafe.com to apply today! Or pick up a paper application at any school and turn it in quickly. As a parent or guardian, you are responsible to pay for all meals received at school. If your application is not processed before October 15th, your students will go into “Paid” status and you will be responsible to pay for all meals they receive at school. Avoid a gap in your student’s benefits – apply today! Applying is confidential and easy. If you need help, please call Meal Benefits at (503)356-3957. Questions? Call Laurie Bishop Meal Benefits Specialist (503)356-3957

PTO E-Blast

Please click on this link for previous JW PTO E-Blast newsletters:  Link

 

September 23, 2019

                JW Eagle Run

         Friday, October 4th

          Rain Date: Monday, October 7th

                                                        

Our Eagle Run Fundraising Campaign is officially underway! This year, our goal is to raise over $85,000 and with your help, we can get there! Our amazing committee of parent volunteers have been working hard to make this year’s event fun and safe for everyone. Here are a few important details to be reminded of:
 
Spirit Days are under way. Please dress your students in the following colors:
    o   9/23 – BLUE
    o   9/24 – GREEN
    o   9/25 – YELLOW
    o   9/26 – ORANGE
    o   9/27 – RED
    o   9/30 - PURPLE
 
  • Collection envelopes have been sent home. Please follow the instructions on the envelope to register your students in PledgeStar, our online fundraising tool: https://pledgestar.com/jacobwismer/  
  • Set your student's goal at $135 and be sure to send emails to family and friends encouraging them to support our efforts. Donations in any amount go a long way!
  • Students and their classes can win some exciting prizes just for registering in PledgeStar!
  • Different from previous years, students will be running the full figure eight of our track, which means they will most certainly complete less laps.
  • If your company offers a matching program for contributions to charitable organizations, please be sure to submit your request to receive those matches. It’s an easy way to secure additional funds!
  • Be sure to select “Jacob Wismer PTO” and NOT “Jacob Wismer” when selecting the name of our school in your corporate match systems. Although funds received to “Jacob Wismer” do benefit our school, they will NOT count towards your students fundraising efforts. For more information on employee matching, click here.
  • Intel employees – please consider submitting your matching donation request on or soon after October 1st. With new internal policies that cap the amount of funds Intel distributes to charitable organizations per quarter, match requests submitted at the end of a quarter risk not being approved.
  • Volunteer jobs are being populated in our volunteer system and will be sent out soon for people to sign up. Please stay tuned!
  • ALL volunteers MUST have an approved background check to be able to volunteer.
  • Many companies offer funds for employee volunteer work. Be sure to inquire if your company offers such a program!
Thank you to our entire Jacob Wismer community for your continued support of Eagle Run, our only fundraiser of the school year. We look forward to seeing you on Run Day!     Questions? Email us at: jweaglerun@gmail.com
 
 

TAG Parent Nomination Information

Every year students are considered for Talented and Gifted services in Beaverton School District.  These services are provided by your child's classroom teacher(s). If you think your child might qualify, you may wish to complete the Parent Information Form that is available on the district website (see links below).  Completing this form gives our school TAG committee more information about your child, but it is not required. All qualified students will be considered regardless of its completion.
 
Oregon law and District policy define gifted students as those who score at or above the 97th percentile on a standardized, nationally normed test of mental ability and/or academic achievement.  Behavioral, learning, and/or performance information is also considered before a student is identified for TAG services.
 
The Parent Information Form must be completed and returned to our school’s TAG facilitators, Heidi Bossert or Carol Stewart, or the school’s office no later than Friday, Oct. 18, 2019.
 
 

CogAT Screener for TAG Identification

In October, all 3rd and 5th grade students in Beaverton will be administered the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) Screener.  This 30-minute test measures students’ learned reasoning abilities through verbal/picture analogies, number analogies and figure matrices.

Currently the main purpose for administering the CogAT is to identify students for TAG in the area of intellectual ability. Students who score at the 97th percentile or above on the CogAT screener will be invited to test with the full version of the CogAT that is used for potential TAG identification. The full version of the CogAT will be given in November. For more information about testing, your school’s TAG facilitator.  When test results are returned, we will be sending you a copy with additional information about our TAG program.

 

Passport Club Update 

Passport Parents and Volunteers,
 
Our first check-out date for 3rd, 4th and 5th grades will be September 23rd - 27th  (2nd grade: your first checkout will be in October).  See the schedule below.

 

PASSPORT CHECK OUT WEEK 1 SEPT 23RD-27TH

3RD-5TH GRADE

 

A

B

C

D

MON. 9/23

TUES. 9/24

WED. 9/25

THURS. 9/26

FRI. 9/27

8:50 - 9:20 4TH       GUEVARA

8:50 - 9:20 4TH HUELSKAMP

 

8:50 - 9:20 4TH SILVER

8:50 - 9:20 4TH RICHARDSON

8:50 - 9:20 4TH HANSON

9:45 -10:15 5TH BOSSERT

9:45 -10:15 5TH SCOGGINS

9:45 -10:15 5TH GETTY

9:45 -10:15  5TH ELMS

9:45 -10:15 5TH BRUNDIDGE

 

1:55 -2:25 3RD DARGEN

1:55 -2:25 3RD LITTLE

1:55 -2:25 3RD  KERRIGAN

1:55 -2:25 3RD JOHNSON

1:55 -2:25 3rd GUILFOYLE

 

 
Here are a couple of helpful links: 
Dear Volunteers: We need as much help as we can get specially on this first checkout to start in the correct direction.  Please let us know if you are able to volunteer for this 1st checkout.
****if you are volunteering please be sure your background check is completed and you carry your volunteer badge every time also log in and out of each volunteer activity at the JW school office**** Please let us know if you have any questions, Ana Pacheco scrafted@hotmail.com or Archana Nim archana.manish.jain@gmail.com.
 
Thank you, see you soon,
Ana / Archana
 
 

Walk & Bike to School Day is Oct. 2nd!

National Walk & Bike Day to School is Wednesday, October 2nd.  Parents and students are welcome to meet Mr. V at Arbor Heights Playground, Mr. Arnold at NW Kyle Pl./NW Vance Dr., or create their own walking and biking routes. Walkers meet between 7:50 & 8:00, leaving at 8am. Bikers can leave a few minutes later (by 8:10).

Walk & Bike Meeting Location Map for Arbor Heights Playground
Walk & Bike Meeting Location Map for NW Kyle Place and NW Vance Drive

 

Late Snacks, Homework, Backpacks and Assignments

Parents: our “late deliveries” are on the rise this school year.  A phone call to a classroom teacher for late deliveries is extremely disruptive to the educational process in their classroom. To minimize classroom disruptions, we will be placing all late items (homework, backpacks, assignments, snacks, etc.) in teachers’ mailbox.  Please share with your student that the classroom will not be interrupted by phone calls or deliveries if they forget something.  We hope this will not only minimize disruptions but will also encourage students to be responsible.  Thank you for your support.

 

Health Room In Need of K-3 Underwear

Our health room is out of younger boys and girls underwear … grades K to 3.  If you are able to donate a new package, please drop it off in the office - or - you can have your student bring it in anytime … thank you for your help!

 

PTO Green Team Sustainable Lunch/Snack Challenge!

Every Friday:

  1. Pack lunch (or snack) using no single-use packaging or utensils (no paper sacks, plastic bags, single-serve bags of anything, etc.bring your own durable silverware 
  2. Pack lunch (or snack) using  locally sourced, or minimally processed food items
  3. Waste no food items at lunch or snack

Learn more about Jacob Wismer's PTO Green Team and monthly Green Team challenges at:  Link

 

Extended Absences Due to Vacations

Jacob Wismer staff strongly encourages parents to take vacations when school is not in session (such as during summer, winter or spring breaks) so their child's education is not impacted.  As you know, attendance is a strong indicator of academic success.
 
Please be aware that any student who is absent for ten consecutive school days is automatically withdrawn and is no longer a student of the Beaverton School District.  Therefore, Jacob Wismer staff is unable to provide families with assignments or curriculum material while they are traveling.  Students' grades may also be affected since they will not have received instruction or submitted any work in the subjects that they will have missed.

 

View Our Assemblies!

Families can view our Sept. 11th Back-to-School Assembly and Sept. 20th Eagle Run Kick-Off  on our website at:  link
 
 

Speak Up 4 Student Success Act Community Meetings

The Oregon Legislature passed and the Governor signed the $2 billion Student Success Act (HB 3427) in Spring 2019. This is a historic and much needed investment in K-12 schools. The Beaverton School District could be able to access an estimated $34 million per year through a state application process.

School districts are required to apply for funds, and must engage their community in a needs assessment process prior to the application for funds. We will host a series of Community Conversations - Speak Up 4 Student Success in several locations throughout the BSD. Schools will also be engaging their communities in these conversations during September and October.

Please join us to talk about what student success looks like in the Beaverton School District? What is going well in Beaverton schools? What areas/services/programs could we improve?

Your voice matters! We welcome your perspective and opinion.

Speak Up 4 Student Success Community Conversations offered in English & Spanish:

· Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at Southridge High School, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

· Thursday, September 26, 2019 at Cedar Park Middle School, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

· Monday, October 7, 2019 at Stoller Middle School, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

· Monday, October 21, 2019 at Aloha High School, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. (Budget Listening & Learning Session) For more information, and to complete a BSD Needs Survey, please visit the Student Success Act webpage.

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Spotlight

5 Things Parents Can Do to Promote Emotional Understanding and Kindness

(Adapted from “Fostering Children’s Compassion and Empathy” by Kimberly Schonert-Reichl)

1. Ask your child how they are feeling and also talk about facial/body expression. When your child or a peer is showing a feeling, point out the facial and body expressions, and discuss the experiences that lead to the various types of emotions.

2. Use opportunities to expand your child’s emotional vocabulary. Children’s books provide a wonderful opportunity for this. In early childhood, children are just beginning to develop their emotional reading skills, which include an emotional vocabulary. Use any opportunity to point out the emotions of others and give those emotions names.

3. Engage young children in activities that help you and others. Like all of us, children want to help and contribute. Provide many opportunities for your child to help you (in household chores or other activities). Developing this early in development will help children see this as a normal part of life.

4. Demonstrate caring and kindness through your own actions. As we often know, children often can learn more from our actions than our words. Acknowledge your mistakes with your children and show forgiveness to others and your child.

5. Use a positive and restorative approach to discipline and model empathy when your child has done something wrong. Use this as an opportunity for learning. You might say “What could we do if this happens again, what would be a way to solve this problem?” Also, help your child find ways to repair harm when harm has been done. For example, if they have harmed another child intentionally or by accident, ask what they could do to help the other child feel better.
 

Learning Options Application Process for 2020-21

The Beaverton School District is nationally recognized for high student achievement and innovative programs. Beaverton students in grades 6-12 have the opportunity to investigate learning options that best fit their academic needs. Students can choose their neighborhood school, or apply for one of a number of Learning Option Programs. Transportation is provided.

Applications for the 2020-2021 school year will be available starting Monday, October 14, 2019. Please do some early investigation of the Learning Options Programs online and plan to attend one or more of the open houses that are available. Students may only select one option on their application.

All applicants must reside within the Beaverton School District boundaries. Beginning October 14, current Beaverton School District students are able to apply online using their BSD student ID. Resident students not currently attending a Beaverton school will need to complete a paper application available online, or at any school office beginning October 14, 2019. Applicants who do not have Internet access may also complete a paper application available at any school office. Please give careful consideration to your choice of school. Once an application has been submitted, no changes will be allowed.

Applications must be received no later than Friday, December 6, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. (PST).
OFFICE OF LEARNING OPTIONS
Information Line: 503.356.4440 • FAX: 503.356.4415
 
Mon., October 14, 2019 ------- Applications for the 2019-2020 school year will be available.
 
Fri., December 6, 2019 ------- Applications due no later than 4:00 p.m. PST.
 
Wed., December 11, 2019 ------- Electronic Lottery conducted for the 2020-21 School Year.
·       Acceptance or wait pool notifications will be sent via email.
·       Students who are not selected via the lottery will be emailed a Second Consideration application for the school for which they applied where applicable.
 
Thurs., January 9, 2020 ------- Second Consideration applications due to schools.
 
Wed., January 29, 2020 ------- Deadline to accept/decline enrollment – by 4:00 p.m. PST
 

AVID Volunteer Tutors Needed and Paid College Student Tutor Position! 

AVID Volunteer Tutors are needed in all the Middle Schools, Options schools and High schools (all levels please promote to your school community)
And now, just added a new Paid College Student Tutor Position! Information regarding this position can be viewed here: Detailed Handout
AVID=Advancement Via Individual Determination  
The Beaverton AVID Program teaches students the skills and behaviors necessary for academic success in high school, college and beyond.
AVID tutors work with small groups of middle school students under the supervision of a teacher.
Tutors are trained to use specific strategies that help develop students’ critical thinking, literacy, and math skills.
Tutoring is held mainly on Tuesday & Thursday, and times vary depending on the school and volunteer availability.
Training and ongoing support provided.
Contact:  Danica Jensen Weiner  503-356-4478
 

Beaverton Education Foundation Phone-a-Thon October 9-17 - Answer the Call!

The 21st Beaverton Education Foundation Phone-a-thon takes place October 9-17, 2019. This annual dialing tradition provides critical funds that support innovative educational programs for students in the Beaverton community. During the five-fun-filled nights, more than 350 student volunteers make over 30,000 phone calls, dedicating their time, energy and enthusiasm to supporting BEF programs.
 
Last year, BEF served over 27,000 Beaverton students in grades K-12, funding 124 academic programs or projects. Through this funding from our supporters and community engagement, $390,603 was invested back into our schools.
 
This year our goal is to fund 130 projects impacting 30,000 students.  Together, we will make it happen.
 
The Phone campaign and the associated mailings are the Foundations largest fundraising activity of the year. Funds raised are reinvested in a wide variety of after and summer school programs for students at all of Beaverton public schools. Please Answer the Call for our students!

September 9, 2019

JW Back-to-School Night Schedule

We are really looking forward to seeing our JW parents and guardians at our Back-to-School Nights on Sept. 11th and Sept. 12th!  This year, our district TAG coordinator, Heidi Hanson, will be presenting TAG information on both nights from 6:00-6:45pm in the cafeteria.  If you attend the Sept. 11th presentation, there is no need to attend on Sept. 12 since the information provided on both nights will be the same.  Following the TAG presentation, parents will transition into their child's classroom for teacher presentations.  It is important that children not attend our Back-to-School Nights since there is very limited room.
 
K-2nd Back-to-School Night (Parents only, no children)
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
6:00-6:45pm Cafeteria: TAG Presentation by Heidi Hanson, BSD TAG Coordinator 
6:45-6:50pm Transition to Classrooms
6:55-7:30pm Classroom Presentations
 
3rd-5th Back-to-School Night (Parents only, no children)
Thursday, September 12, 2019
6:00-6:45pm Cafeteria: TAG Presentation by Heidi Hanson (repeat of 9/11 presentation)
6:45-6:50pm Transition to Classrooms
6:55-7:30pm Classroom Presentations

 

JW Soaring Eagles MK Running Club

Marathon Kids running club

Here are some of our 2018-19 JW Marathoners!

 

This year, the Jacob Wismer PE Department will continue to offer the Marathon Kids extracurricular running program to students as a way to increase physical activity levels. The goal of the program is for students to jog/walk to try to accumulate the equivalent of four marathons by the end of the school year.  We started this program three years ago and have had great success.

This year the club is going to be a little different than it has been in the past. The first change is that we are only going to offer the club one day per week in the mornings. We will meet on Wednesday mornings from 7:45-8:25. There will not be any afternoon options this year. The next big change is that the club will only be offered to students in 3rd-5th grade, with priority being given to 5th graders first, 4th graders second, and 3rd graders last. We will have space for approximately 100 students.

The sign-up process will also be different this year. All students in 3rd-5th grade will receive a permission slip this coming Friday (9/13). Students will have a week-long window in which they can turn in a permission slip, starting on Monday (9/16) and ending on Friday (9/20). No permission slips will be accepted after next week. At the end of the week, Mr. V will separate the permission slips by grade level. 5th grade students will be given the first spots. If there is still space after the 5th grade permission slips have been counted, the remaining spots will be given to 4th grade students. If there is still space after the 4th grade permission slips have been counted, the remaining spots will be given to 3rd grade students. If there are more permission slips turned in than spaces available, Mr. V will do a drawing with the permission slips from the lowest grade level (most likely 3rd grade) to determine which students get the final spots. Notes will be sent home with students that get in to the running club the week after the turn-in window. If your child does not receive a note, unfortunately, that means that he/she did not get selected to be in the running club.

Many students love participating in a club like this, while many do not. We would really like the students that sign up to be excited about this opportunity and eager to participate each week. Please have a discussion with your child to determine if he/she really wants to do participate. If you decide to sign up, please look at this as a commitment for the whole school year. Do not sign up if your child is not interested or will be missing running sessions on a frequent basis. We have to turn down a lot of students because of our cap of 100 students. We want the students that are selected, to show up each week and not just waste a spot that could have gone to someone else who would show up consistently.

More details about how the club will work this year will be on the permission slips. Please let Mr. V know if you have any questions (brent_van_volkinburg@beaverton.k12.or.us). Thank you!

 

Eagle Run (formerly Jogathon) Spirit Days

Jogathon Students Running
Eagle Run Spirit Days are here!  We're trying to get EVERYONE excited about raising money for our PTO since this is our ONLY fundraiser of the year!  Parents - Please help us build school spirit to raise awareness about our Eagle Run by encouraging your child to wear the following colors on the days designated below.  The color can be a shirt, pants, design in a shirt, hair ribbon, shoes, socks, etc.
 

 9/23-wear blue      9/24-wear green      9/25-wear yellow      9/26-wear orange      9/27-wear red    9/30-wear purple

Friday, October 4th:  Eagle Run!!!

Counselor's Corner (Sept.)                                   

Welcome back to school! It’s going to be a great year! 
Kindergarten: What’s in Ms. Patterson’s “magic counselor bag”?
1st grade: A Helping Hand - A Story to Teach Kids About School Counselors
2nd grade: A Helping Hand - A Story to Teach Kids About School Counselors
3rd grade: “Meet the School Counselor” slideshow + Q&A
4th grade: Splashdown group activity - What do you know about school counselors?
5th grade: School Counselor Trivia - put your knowledge to the test!
 
School Counselor
Ms. Maggie Patterson
503-356-2156
margaret_patterson@beaverton.k12.or.us
 
 

Get Ready! Walk & Bike to School Day is Oct. 2nd!

National Walk & Bike Day to School is Wednesday, October 2nd.  Parents and students are welcome to meet Mr. V at Arbor Heights Playground, Mr. Arnold at NW Kyle Pl./NW Vance Dr., or create their own walking and biking routes. Walkers meet between 7:50 & 8:00, leaving at 8am. Bikers can leave a few minutes later (by 8:10).

Walk & Bike Meeting Location Map for Arbor Heights Playground
Walk & Bike Meeting Location Map for NW Kyle Place and NW Vance Drive

 

 

Middle School Boundary Adjustment

We are looking forward to parents who are interested in participating in the Middle School Boundary process to come forward.  Please view this 45 sec. video for more information.  Link
 

Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

Social emotional learning (SEL) is an important initiative in every Beaverton School district school from the elementary level through high school.  Here is a short video to help explain what SEL is and why it is so important.  Link
 

Back to School Enrollment Verification

Back-to-School Verification is now available! BSD parents and guardians have the ability to verify their child(ren)'s enrollment information through the parent portal, ParentVUE. Verification of enrollments can now be completed online each year. Feel free to watch a helpful video to help you through the process.

Information from Nutrition Services

Nutrition Services information is easier to access this year, and we have lots of cool information to share!
 
Remember that the 30-day Rollover Period for 2018-2019 meal benefits will end in early October. Be sure to apply TODAY so your students don’t have a lapse in benefits. Any families whose students go into “Paid” status will be responsible to pay for all meals charged in school cafeterias. Don’t let this happen to you!!
 
Click on the link below to go to SchoolCafe, and see all the things that you can do:
 
 
All you need is your student’s ID number. If you don’t have that, you can call your school office
or the Meal Benefits line (503-356-3957). Here are some of your options in SchoolCafe:
 
  1. Create an account
  2. Apply for Meal Benefits
  3. View and print Meal Benefits letters
  4. See what items your student is getting in the cafeteria.
  5. Check your student’s account balance.
  6. View cafeteria menus
  7. Set up low balance alerts
  8. Set up auto-pay (when balance gets to an amount that YOU set, the account is replenished from your credit card)
 
SchoolCafe can provide amazing amounts of information!
 
If you do not have access to a computer, you can also apply for Meal Benefits on paper. Applications are available in every school office and cafeteria.
 
If you have questions or need help, please call Laurie Bishop at Meal Benefits, (503)356-3957 or email us at NS-MealBenefits@beaverton.k12.or.us.
 

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.  The district has also planned two community meetings that you can attend.  The first meeting is Tuesday, Sept. 24th at 6:30 pm at Southridge High School, 9625 SW 125th Ave., Beaverton, OR 97008.  The second meeting is Thursday, Sept. 26th at 6:30pm at Cedar Park Middle School, 11100 SW Park Way, Portland, OR 97225.  Community meetings for parents who need interpreters have also been scheduled by our Multilingual Department.  Please see the flyer below for information.

Student Success Act Community Conversations Flyer
 
 
 
 

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 
Colin Nealon, Technology Support Specialist 
 
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
Pamela Jacobsen, .5 ESL Teacher at Jacob Wismer, .5 ESL Teacher at Raleigh Hills 
Yvette Wallace, .5 Intervention Teacher at Jacob Wismer, .5 Intervention Teacher at Scholls Hts.
Allison Guilfoyle, 3rd grade (moving from 1st grade)
 
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.
 
Kindergarten Assessments on Sept. 3rd & 4th
Kindergarten Parents:  If you haven't already done so, please be sure to schedule your kindergartener's assessment using our PTCFast link.
 
Required Dismissal Plans
For safety, we need dismissal plans for ALL of our students before the first day of school.  The online dismissal form can be found on the following links by grade level.
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,

Your 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                                                                                                                                 

Eagle Run – Jogathon 2019

We are excited to announce that our Jogathon has taken on a new name. From now on, the event will be called the Eagle Run. For those of you who are new to the Jacob Wismer family, Eagle Run is our 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.

This year we are back and as excited as ever to raise funds and provide staff, students and families with a memorable week of spirited activities culminating with event day, where everyone is welcome to come out and cheer kids on as they make their way around the track. Please SAVE-THE-DATE for Friday, October 4th with a rain date of Monday, October 7th. Special thanks to some of our early committed sponsors including Oregon Gymnastics Academy, The Hillsboro Hops, Pietro’s Pizza, The Seattle Mariners, Amazon, Adidas, Columbia, The Portland Winterhawks and more. If you own a business or know of one who might be interested in supporting our efforts, please reach out to one of our event chairs as soon as possible. Opportunities to support Eagle Run are still available. Whether it be an in-kind donation or monetary contribution, sponsorship packages are available. 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. Stay tuned for more information coming your way in September!

Lori Near (lori.near@yahoo.com)   

Amanda Netter (Amanda.netter@gmail.com)

Courtney Austermiller (c.austermiller@gmail.com)         

NEW Box Tops Information - $$$ for our School

Last school year, our Box Tops program participation brought Jacob Wismer $1,123.00!  The Box Tops for Education program is changing the way we can earn cash for our school!  Over the summer, participating brands have begun to change their packaging from the traditional Box Tops clip to the new Box Tops label.

**If you still have traditional Box Tops clips at home, make sure to send them to school ... we will still earn cash for all clipped Box Tops until they expire.**

Moving forward, instead of clipping from packages and checking expiration dates, all Box Tops will be earned digitally by scanning your receipt.  The Box Tops for Education team has worked hard to build a NEW-and-improved, user-friendly Box Tops mobile app, available now. The new app features state-of-the-art technology that allows you to scan your store receipt, find participating products and instantly add Box Tops to our school’s earnings online. 

The link below is to a short, 44 second YouTube video that has a demonstration of how the app works … it’s pretty slick!  If you have any questions, please reach out to me, Martine Ayers - Jacob Wismer’s Box Tops Coordinator, at 541-231-5971 or email me at martine.ayers@gmail.com.  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

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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.