Running Club milestones

Check out these kids who have persevered and reached new lengths in Running Club recently. Full marathons and half marathons! Congrats kids!

Running Club meets before school on Tuesday mornings and during lunch recess on Thursdays (so that everyone has a chance to participate!). Thanks to Lori Tewsbury who took the lead to continue this great program from Springville. Next year, Linda Feldhan will take over as coordinator but we still need YOU! We’d love to have 4-5 dedicated volunteers to help with the youngest grades 10:30-noon on Thursdays. Please sign up if you can!

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STATE BUDGET UPDATE & ACTION REQUEST TO SUPPORT STUDENTS 

Superintendent Don Grotting recently shared an Action Alert requesting that community members support recent efforts to adequately fund public education in Oregon. The alert said the following:

The legislature is currently considering a $2 billion (per biennium) additional investment in education. The proposal they are considering would bring greater fairness to the state’s tax system while raising additional revenue for schools. It would invest exclusively in pre-K through high school in a targeted way that ensures accountability of resources while protecting the current base. This is potentially a transformative moment for education and our legislature must not let it pass.

Please take a few minutes of your time to send an email to your legislators and urge them to adequately fund public education. 

  1. Go to https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/FindYourLegislator/leg-districts.html where you will find a simple way to look up the email addresses for both your Senate and House members. 

  2. I would ask that you please CC: david_williams@beaverton.k12.or.us so we can support your efforts.

  3. Tell your story! Please tell your legislators what your dream is for public education and for your kids, grandkids, neighborhood kids, etc. We’ve all seen the impact of reductions, but we need to focus on what we want as we look to grow public education in Oregon. Keep your Email simple and focus on key messages:

  • Fund education adequately! Support the proposal from the Joint Committee for Student Success (House Bill 2019) to create a $2 billion investment in our kids.

  • Talk about your dream of what our education system should be and can be when we make true investments.

    • Your belief that your kids’ success, or Oregon’s success, requires quality schools and that the status quo is NOT GOOD ENOUGH.

    • Give an example of the situation in your neighborhood school.

    • Talk about the need for smaller classes, increased learning time, and/or greater supports for kids.

  • Ask them to show the leadership you elected them for and to solve this problem and fund schools.

As a supporter of public schools, how can you help? Become Informed and Speak Up!

  • Read the flyer below from Invest in Oregon with additional steps about how you can help. 

  • Attend public meetings and/or send comments regarding the budget - find opportunities to comment and upcoming meetings on the 2019-202 Budget Year webpage.

  • Learn about the Red for Ed movement and Invest in Oregon community coalition and how you can take action by visiting the Beaverton Education Association website.

  • Follow activities of the Oregon Education Association and Beaverton Education Association.

For more information visit the 2019-2020 Budget Year Beaverton ISD webpage and watch this video for an overview of the history education funding in Oregon. 

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Fifth Graders Build a Boat!

Fifth Graders Build a Boat!

Fifth graders finished up three weeks with the Wind and Oar Boat School School workshop on-site.  This program was made possible by a grant from the Wind and Oar Boat School and Genentech.  During the program, students rotated between three stations which involved basic boat geometry and blueprint plans, using hand saws and power tools (such as jigsaws and power screwdrivers) and applying mathematical concepts (fractions, units of measurement).  In addition to a full-scale rowboat, students made individual model boats as well.

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Raccoon Write-Off!

Our big fundraiser for the year has kicked off! Yes, the Raccoon Write-Off is back! This year, if every student donates $35, we will easily hit our goal of $20,000 - and Principal Pleau has agreed to let the kids have a Pajama Day if we beat last year's total! You can find more information below and can donate via the button on our website, by submitting a check with the included form, or by donating through your employer’s matching program. Employee matching programs are a great way to help us double our funds! Please let us know if you donate through your employer so that we can track your donation towards our goal. Thanks for all you do!

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