Welcome to Beaver Acres. Should you have any questions about our policies and procedures, or about any general information, please contact us at any time. Updated calendar information and newsletters are found on our school website each week. If you cannot find the answer to your question, or if you would like assistance in translating information into Spanish, please contact our office at 503-356-2020, option #2.
We look forward to partnering with you this year.
~Beaver Acres Office Staff
Bienvenidos a Beaver Acres. Para cualquier pregunta sobre las normas, los reglamentos, o sobre información general, favor de comunicarse directamente con la oficina de la escuela. La información sobre eventos está actualizada en el calendario y por medio de los boletines semanales que se encuentran en el sitio web de la escuela. Si usted no puede encontrar la información que busca, o si necesita información traducida al español, favor de comunicarse con nuestra oficina al 503-356-2020, y seleccione opción #2.
Esperamos la oportunidad de trabajar en conjunto con ustedes.
~El Personal de la Oficina de Beaver Acres
- Welcome to Beaver Acres!
- Admission and Registration/Withdrawal Procedures
- Attendance/Absences/Late Arrivals
- Building Positive Behaviors
- Daily Schedule
- Delayed Opening / School Closure
- Directory Information
- Field Trips
- Miscellaneous Information
- Nutrition Services Information
- Parent Teacher Organization
- Safety and Security
- Title 1 Program
- Formal Acknowledgement of Student & Family Handbook Review Form - ENGLISH
- FORMULARIO DE AFIRMACIÓN FORMAL DE REVISIÓN DEL MANUAL INFORMATIVO PARA ESTUDIANTES Y PADRES
Please read through this important information. The information is a great reminder for our returning families and serves as a guide for those who are new to our Beaver Acres community.
DISTRICT VOLUNTEER POLICY
Use of Volunteers at All Schools
Volunteers are allowed inside schools to help in classrooms or with other duties. The building administrator makes the final determination if volunteers are needed inside the school and how they will be utilized. Ultimately a building administrator can determine to not use volunteers and the only exception is any volunteer support to meal services, which may be a district need once school begins.
Schools who use volunteers must do the following:
· Follow all safety protocols in the Resiliency Framework.
· Volunteers sign in at the computer in the school front office and must complete the COVID screening statement to complete the login process. Volunteers can also print a copy of the COVID screening questions and the waiver of liability from their myimpactpage.com profile and bring with them to the school. A .pdf copy of these files are located on the home page of every profile in the system. Questions can be directed to Johanna Shrout (District Volunteer Services).
For security reasons all adult visitors and volunteers must sign in at the office and get either a visitor or volunteer badge before entering instructional areas of the building.
In order to register for kindergarten in a Beaverton School, your child must be 5 years old on or before September 1st. This date must be verified at the time of registration. Immunization records must be up to date. First graders must be 6 years old on or before September 1.
New students to the Beaverton School District, are encouraged to enroll online! You can find this option on our Online Registration page.
**Registration is not complete until forms are finished, accurate, and returned to the school.
NOTE: PARENTS OR GUARDIANS SHOULD REPORT ANY CHANGES OF INFORMATION TO THE SCHOOL SECRETARY. THE EMERGENCY INFORMATION IS OUR “LIFELINE” TO YOU IN TIMES WHEN YOUR CHILD NEEDS YOU. PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE CURRENT PHONE NUMBERS AND ADDITIONAL CONTACTS, WHO HAVE PERMISSION TO PICK UP YOUR CHILD AT SCHOOL, IF YOU ARE NOT AVAILABLE.
New to Beaver Acres? Don’t worry, new students will have a buddy from their class to introduce them to their classmates, teachers, and school personnel, as well as acquaint them with school routines and procedures.
Moving? If your family plans to move out of the Beaver Acres attendance zone or your child will have an extended absence from school, please notify the secretary and your child’s teacher in advance. ALL LIBRARY BOOKS AND OTHER SCHOOL MATERIALS MUST BE RETURNED TO BEAVER ACRES.
Arrival: Morning Supervision begins at 8:15 am.
Students will report directly to their classroom or the cafeteria to pick up their breakfast.
Class begins at 8:30 am.
Please plan for your child to arrive at school between 8:15 and 8:25 a.m. if walking, riding, or being driven to school. Upon arrival, students will report directly to their classrooms. If students choose to eat breakfast, they will pick up their breakfast in the cafeteria and carry it directly to their classroom.
ALWAYS CALL THE ATTENDANCE LINE WHEN YOUR CHILD IS ABSENT: (503) 356-2021
DRIVING YOUR CHILD TO and/or FROM SCHOOL?
When driving to school, please remember that there are a lot of children, adults, and cars. SAFETY IS OUR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY. We appreciate your use of caution and patience at all times. School personnel will be in designated areas directing traffic and assisting students entering or exiting vehicles. Please do not stop in front of the main office when dropping off your children. Your children will enter through the double doors that are down the sidewalk from the main entrance and from the cafeteria entrance where they will be greeted by a staff member.
When picking up your students from school: Please proceed forward until you reach the designated pick-up area by the second set of double doors. Parents who regularly PICK UP students in their vehicles will be given a hanging visor sign (pictured above) to assist us in loading vehicles as quickly and efficiently as possible. Children must enter and exit vehicles on the PASSENGER SIDE unless assisted by an adult.
ALWAYS CALL THE ATTENDANCE LINE by 9 am WHEN YOUR CHILD IS ABSENT: 503-356-2021
Regular and punctual school attendance is extremely important for your child’s success; therefore, it is the duty of both the parent and the school to cooperate and encourage students to establish good attendance practices. Your child should be in school every day, on time, unless he/she is ill. The principal, counselor, and office staff monitor school attendance on a regular basis. A staff member will contact parents of students who miss multiple days of school. Failure to ensure students’ regular attendance may result in involvement of the district’s attendance officer and/or court action. ORS339.065 states that a parent/student is in violation when that child has exceeded eight one-half days unexcused absences in any 4-week period, or 5 excused days in a 3-month period, or 10 excused days in a 6-month period. The Beaverton School District considers only serious illness or an emergency such as funeral excused absences. A Washington County Truancy Officer may visit parents of students who miss excessive days of school.
Extended Absences: If you anticipate your child will be absent for 10+ consecutive school days, please notify your child’s teacher AND the front office. Teachers are unable to provide homework for students who are absent for extended periods of time, as it is not possible to replicate the missed instructional time. When it is essential for students to miss school for extended periods, they may be asked to read and keep a written journal.
WHEN YOUR CHILD RETURNS TO SCHOOL FROM AN ABSENCE THE SCHOOL REQUIRES A WRITTEN EXPLANATION INCLUDING THE DATE WITH THE REASON FOR THE ABSENCE, AND SIGNATURE OF THE PARENT OR GUARDIAN. PLEASE SEND THIS NOTE TO YOUR CHILD’S TEACHER
Beaver Acres uses ParentSquare (new system in BSD) on a daily basis. The system will send an automated Absence Notification to all households whose students have an unexcused absence for the day. Calls will be made daily starting at 11:00 a.m. and again at 1:00 pm
STUDENT BEHAVIOR/SOCIAL SKILLS
Teaching Appropriate Behavior
Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) is a school-wide system in which staff members consistently teach and reinforce student behavior that is safe, responsible, respectful and kind in order to create a positive environment where all students can learn and succeed. This system helps students understand what is expected of them.
When challenges do arise, students engage in a problem-solving process. This process includes discussion, stemming from a sequence of questions, with the purpose of self-reflection, outcome analysis (intended or unintended), understanding the perspectives of others, and repairing the harm that was done.
To respond to challenging behavior:
- What happened?
- What were you thinking at the time?
- What have you thought about since?
- Who has been affected by what you have done? In what way(s)?
- What do you think you need to do to make things right?
To help those harmed by other’s actions:
- What did you think when you realized what had happened?
- What impact has this incident had on you and others?
- What has been the hardest thing for you?
- What do you think needs to happen to make things right?
Restorative practices often include repairing harm to others.
PLAYGROUND RULES AND PROCEDURES
- Students will show respect for others by always being courteous.
- Playing on the field is permitted only when a duty person is present.
- Toys from home are not permitted at school.
- Tag or chase games are not permitted on the playground
- Students may not carry one another on the playground.
- One hand must be on the bars at all times when hanging by the knees.
- Swings: swing individually facing playground, next in line counts to 25, jumping out of swings is not permitted, swing height may not be adjusted
- Bark chip area:
- chips stay on the ground,
- walk on the play structure,
- slide down the slide one at a time
- climb one at a time
- balls stay on the black top
- play structure poles are not for climbing
A red flag hanging from the playground tetherball pole indicates the fields are not playable due to weather conditions.
- Be respectful to all students and adults in the cafeteria.
- Enter the cafeteria and wait in line quietly.
- Sit only on the designated spots at the tables
- Face the table
- Use polite table manners when eating.
- Use quiet voices during lunch.
- Put on your face covering once you have finished eating
- Stay seated unless permission is given to leave the table for any reason.
- Students are responsible for cleaning tables before leaving.
- Go directly back to class
SCHOOL DRESS AND GROOMING
Dress and grooming are primary responsibilities of students and families. Students are asked to dress neatly, comfortably, and in a manner that will be conducive to a positive learning environment. Students may be directed to change dress or grooming if it interferes with the learning process or school climate or threatens the health/safety of the students or others. Clothing which advertises alcohol and tobacco, specifically, are not permitted. Students may not wear spaghetti-strap or halter shirts, short skirts without shorts, or midriff baring shirts.
SCHOOL TELEPHONE & CELL PHONE USE
Students may use the school telephone for emergencies only or with adult permission. Going home with a friend after school, or staying at school for an activity must be prearranged.
We realize that, at times, cell phones are necessary for safety reasons. If this is the case for your family, the cell phone ringer must be turned off and remain in the child's backpack while on school property. The school is NOT responsible for loss or damage of cell phones.
Beaver Acres Elementary School, in accordance with Beaverton School District policies, is a tobacco-free indoor and outdoor environment. This means that the use of tobacco and alcohol is prohibited on school property 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Beaver Acres curriculum is articulated kindergarten through fifth grades based upon Common Core State Standards. State benchmarks are identified at kindergarten, and at grades three through five, at which grades the Statewide Assessment will be administered.
The Beaverton School District's School Board, teachers, and administration are committed to the core ideas of a standards-based system through:
- clear learning targets in all content areas at each grade level
- all classroom instruction and assessments aligned to learning targets
- providing multiple opportunities for students to demonstrate growth and learning
- increased use of formative assessment practices; providing feedback focused on student growth and supporting improved instruction
- consistent scoring guides (rubrics) to determine a student's level of learning and indicate what a student must do to improve
- regular reporting of progress on each learning target
- reporting academics and behaviors separately
- placing the highest value on teacher judgment and expertise
The learning targets are the foundation of a standards-based learning system. They describe the skills and knowledge students must master in order to succeed in each content area. Learning targets are based on state and national standards. Learning targets are consistent across the District and developed in a manner to prepare students for success in the next grade level/course. Visit our academic learning targets page to learn more.
As part of the general academic day, students will attend one of four “specials” classes, which include physical education, music, technology, and library/media. Specials operate on a rotating schedule, specific to your child’s classroom. Information about your child’s specific specials schedule will be shared by the classroom teacher.
As part of the general education process, teachers collaborate in all subject areas around student work and assessment data in order to inform instruction and determine the need for further instructional intervention in meeting point-in-time grade level expectations. Intervention may include targeted, small group instruction. Classroom teachers and intervention specialists will determine the frequency, intensity, and duration of intervention necessary and progress monitor through the use of data to determine the effectiveness intervention efforts on student learning.
Special Education Team (SET)
A group of highly trained specialists (resource room teacher, psychologist, speech, motor team, nurse, principal, classroom teacher) and parents comprise the SET. The SET meets weekly and determines student eligibility for special education services. To initiate this service, the classroom teacher or a parent must submit a written referral and present the data to the SET.
*Resource Room Teacher
The Resource Room Teacher works with children who have specific learning needs and qualify for special education services. Personalized, small group instruction is provided in the classroom as well as the Learning Center to provide specially designed instruction. The Resource Room Teachers work closely with parents to develop their child’s Individual Education Plan (IEP).
Beaver Acres’ School Psychologist is available to provide evaluation, consultation, and counseling services to students. Services are available upon referral and provided without charge.
Beaver Acres’ speech pathologist works with children on content, grammar, fluency, articulation, and language development. All first graders are screened for concerns. Either teacher or parent may refer other students for screening.
Adaptive P.E., occupational therapy, and physical therapy are offered to those children needing additional help with fine and gross motor skills and coordination.
Talented and Gifted (TAG)
Beaver Acres Elementary identifies students for the Talented and Gifted (TAG) program in accordance with state and district guidelines following nomination by teachers and/or parents in the Fall. Students may be identified in any or all of the following areas: intellectually gifted, academically talented in math, and academically talented in reading. Students qualify for the program on the basis of standardized test scores and observational data provided by the staff. Parents of students who qualify for TAG will be notified by the Beaver Acres TAG Committee.
For information regarding Talented and Gifted (TAG) services, please contact Beaverton School District Differentiation/TAG Specialists. Phone: (503) 356-4548 TAG Website
English as a Second Language
Students who speak a language other than English in the home are assessed by the BSD Multilingual Department to determine eligibility for ELL services. Eligible students in grades K-5 attend daily classes taught by our ESL teachers to improve their English language proficiency. The goal of the program is to ensure that English language learners become proficient in English so they can achieve the same high academic standards required of all Beaverton School District students.
For information regarding English as a Second Language (ESL) services, please contact Beaverton School District Multilingual Department
Phone: (503) 356-3755
Our counselor works with students, staff, and parents to assure the most positive social, emotional, academic, and physical development of our children. The Counselor works with our students individually, in small groups, and in classrooms. The work is on self-esteem, problem solving and decision-making skills, communication, and interpersonal relationships. If ongoing support would be helpful, parent permission is obtained prior to participation in continuing small groups or individual sessions. School counselors do not provide traditional therapeutic sessions but may provide consultation to families who request further support and/or referrals to outside services.
Homework is an integral part of the education the process at Beaver Acres Elementary School. Students who learn to study at home on a daily basis, early in life, develop effective organizational and work habits, which can help throughout a lifetime.
Homework will be assigned following a consistent schedule, determined by individual teachers or grade levels. Assignments will generally fall into one or more of the following categories:
- Practice -- helps students master specific skills taught in class.
- Preparation -- prepares students to gain maximum benefit from future lessons.
- Extension -- helps students transfer a skill or concept to another situation.
- Creative -- challenges students to integrate skills and concepts taught at school by producing a response or product which allows students to express themselves creatively or explore topics of their own interest.
Parent Support of At-Home Learning
Parent commitment to the homework process is very important. Parent-teacher conferences, emails, and/or phone calls are recommended for individual concerns regarding your child's homework. Whenever you have a question, please contact your child's teacher. If you call your child’s teacher during instructional time, you will automatically be transferred to their voicemail. You are welcome to email teachers at anytime. Teachers try to respond to all emails within 24 hours.
- 8:15 am – Students arrive and report directly to class or pick up their breakfast and take it to class
- 8:25 am - 1st Bell
- 3:05 pm - Dismissal**
8:00 am - 4:00pm Monday - Friday (except holidays)
Grade Level Lunch Times
- Kindergarten: 10:55 – 11:20
- 1st: 11:25 - 11:45
- 2nd: 12:50 - 1:10
- 3rd: 11:45 - 12:05
- 4th: 12:10 - 12:30
- 5th: 12:30 - 12:50
Beaverton schools, including Beaver Acres, may close due to inclement weather, power outages, or for other reasons. Visit the District website for inclement weather decisions, guidelines, updates, bus snow routes and general procedures.
When the District finds it necessary to close or delay school due to weather conditions or unforeseeable disasters, local radio and news stations will be notified by 6:00 AM. School closure information for Beaverton School District will also be sent via ParentSquare. If you miss the news report, Beaverton School District information will be available on the Beaverton website and via ParentSquare.
Our school is prepared to handle emergencies with the safety and well-being of all children as our primary concern. In order for that goal to be reached, parents are responsible for furnishing the school with accurate and up-to-date contacts (names and phone numbers) of people who could pick up their child in the event that the parent or guardian cannot be reached. Please make sure your child knows his or her dismissal plan for the event of an early closure.
Beaverton School District #48 handles the following as directory information. The information may be included but not limited to: student’s name, home address, telephone and/or cell number, photograph of the student, and email address. The school district does not release directory information to a person or organization except those who have a legitimate educational interest such as parent clubs, and others who use the information to contact or inform parents about school-related matters.
In accordance with OAR 581-21-390, you have the right to refuse to allow the District to disclose any or all of this information as directory information. If you wish to exercise this right, please state your request in writing and send it to Beaver Acres Elementary School office. In the absence of a written request, we will assume that you have given your permission for the appropriate release of Directory Information regarding your student, as noted on the enrollment forms. If you prefer not to have your child photographed, please advise the school office in writing.
Field trips are part of a specific unit or activity being taught in the classroom. Transportation for field trips is to be by school bus or public transportation. Private cars are not used in order to insure the safety of students. Because of District liability, preschool children of parent chaperones cannot accompany parents on field trips.
Your child’s teacher will notify you in advance of all field trips. A Field Trip Permission Form will be sent to parents before each event. Parents must sign the permission form and return it to school in order for their child to attend the field trip.
Background Checks – Better Impact
Anyone wishing to volunteer in the school must submit the “Volunteer Background” form and be approved prior to volunteering in the school. You may submit an on-line form application by visiting our Volunteer page. Click on the Parent/Guardian Volunteer and Background Application. This will bring up the correct form. After signing up on the Better Impact site, be sure to note your sign in & password information. You will need this information to sign into the Volunteer Computer.
Parents have the option to pay online for field trips, fines, etc. A ParentVue Account must be set up to allow you do use this service.
ParentVUE is a web portal that allows parents and guardians to access real-time information related to their students. Parents/guardians can view their child's calendars, attendance, schedules, report card, school information, emergency contacts, course history and grade book information. ParentVUE is also used on an annual basis during the start of each school year to verify student enrollment information. ParentVUE is available in additional languages such as Spanish (Video informativo sobre ParentVue y StudentVue), Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Russian, Japanese and Arabic.
Access to ParentVUE requires a username and password, which parents/guardians set up with an Activation Key code. Contact your child's school to get your activation key. For more information, please view the ParentVUE page.
Success in school depends, in part, upon your child’s physical health, well-being, and maintaining regular attendance. Be sure your child:
· has periodic health, dental, and vision checks
· gets adequate sleep each school night
· maintains a proper diet and starts each day with a good breakfast (both breakfast and lunch are provided free of charge to all students at Beaver Acres Elementary)
· knows how to wash hands thoroughly before eating and after using the restroom
Beaverton School District employs the services of a certified school nurse who manages student health plans and is available for consultation and direct services when needed. The office staff is responsible for day-to-day health room needs.
STUDENT ILLNESS OR ACCIDENT
Home is the best place for a sick child. In the event a student becomes ill or is seriously hurt at school, every effort is made to contact the parent or guardian or other designated person. If we are unable to contact anyone concerning a sick or injured child, your family physician will be notified. PLEASE KEEP THE EMERGENCY INFORMATION UPDATED BY INFORMING THE OFFICE OF ANY CHANGES. We will also call E.M.S. if the injury or illness is of a very serious nature that requires immediate medical attention.
The office calls home for any head injuries, other serious injuries, bee stings, and illness with a fever, nausea, or vomiting as a matter of routine. When in doubt, the school will call and ask the parent to make a decision as to whether a child should remain in school, go home, and/or receive medical attention.
The teachers or office may handle routine treatment of minor abrasions, as both can supply band-aids. Able students will be encouraged to clean and band-aid the wound themselves due to the threat of bloodborne pathogens. A sick child needs to be at home to protect that child and prevent exposing other students. A child with a fever of 100.0 should remain home until he/she is free from fever for 24 hours. Consider carefully if your child is well enough to be in school; he/she should be able to be outside in warm clothing for short periods of time.
Head Lice (Pediculosis)
A commonly misunderstood health problem is head lice. Head lice are not a sign of poor hygiene. All students, regardless of home conditions, frequency of bathing, or length of hair, are susceptible to head lice. The following outline describes the problem and procedures to be followed:
What to look for:
- Head lice are very small, gray-brown colored bugs.
- Their movement can be noted on an individual’s head, however, they do not jump or fly
- The eggs, called nits, are laid close to the scalp on shafts of hair and can easily be differentiated from dandruff or dirt as they stick to the hair shaft and will not pull of the shaft easily until treated.
- Nits are whitish and look like tiny grains of rice.
- They are usually found behind the ears and at the base of the neck near the hairline.
A student with a suspected case of head lice may be referred to designated trained staff for a screening. The screening will be done in a confidential manner by trained personnel.
School personnel will notify the parent or guardian if a student is found with head lice and provide information on appropriate treatment. The student will be allowed to remain in school.
The suggested school measures for head lice control, as provided in Head Lice Guidance published by the Oregon Department of Education and the Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Division will be considered.
If a child is ill with a communicable disease, a report from the doctor or Health Department is necessary. If you think a child has a communicable disease, please inform the office. When your child returns to school after an absence, please send a written excuse to the teacher. The excuse needs to state the dates and reason for absence and be signed by the parent or guardian.
Oregon State Law requires the following shots for school attendance for children entering
5 DPT, 2 Measles, 1 Rubella, 1 Varicella
4 Polio, 1 Mumps, 3 Hepatitus B, 2 Hepatitus A
To enter school, your child must have at least one of each vaccination. Any child not in compliance will be excluded from school. If you anticipate having difficulty complying with the immunization law, or have difficulty providing the appropriate dates, you may wish to contact your physician or the Public Health Department (648-8881) for assistance.
Students who must take medication during school hours must comply with State and school district requirements.
- PARENTS MUST BRING THE MEDICATION IN ITS ORIGINAL CONTAINER. Pharmacies will provide duplicate containers. The label will state the student’s name, dosage, time, prescription number, and the physician’s name.
- A medication authorization form is to be completed by parents in the school office.
- Over the counter drugs (aspirin, cough medicine, etc.) will be treated the same as prescriptions. Emergency medications such as bee sting kits must be accompanied by your doctor’s written directions for use.
If your child has any special illness, allergy, or other important medical history, please note this on the Student Enrollment form, page 4, as well as share this information with your child’s teacher and the office secretary.
School accident insurance and dental insurance are available. Details will be sent home with your child in the opening day packet. Forms are available in the office for late registration.
Vision screening will be carried out by District Nurses and the Lion’s Club for students in grades K, 1, 3 & 5 in the fall. If there is a variance from normal, the child will have a second screening and the parent will be notified.
The State Board of Health provides audio testing for children in grades one, three & five. In addition, the school district audiologist is available for individual testing and consultation.
If your child rides a bike or scooter to school, please be sure he/she wears a helmet. Students riding bikes or scooters are to walk them whenever they are on the school grounds, in the parking area, or crossing with a crossing guard. Bicycles and scooters are not to be ridden on the school grounds from 8:00-4:00 p.m. Student should use a bike lock as the school is not responsible for theft or vandalism. All bikes and scooters should be secured in the bike rack. There is an area on the enrollment paperwork to indicate permission to walk or ride to school.
The Beaverton School District Calendar is at the back of this handbook and is also included on the District calendar. Calendar updates will be provided in the Beaver Acres Newsletter and on our school website.
CLOSED CAMPUS POLICY
This policy requires all students to remain on school grounds during school hours. The school office MUST be notified when:
Parents or visitors enter the school building for any reason; they must sign in and wear visitor or volunteer badge while on campus
- students leave the school grounds with parent permission
- parents are taking their child out of school for any reason; please send a note when you know your child will be leaving early or arriving late
Students will be allowed to leave school only with the persons listed on the emergency card unless a written note signed by the parent or guardian specifies the name of another person. Students may be picked up in the office only after the parent, guardian, or other parent designee has signed the student out in the office. Because we are concerned with the safety of our students, we will request to see picture identification of any person we do not know before allowing a child to leave with that person. This is for the child’s protection and we appreciate your cooperation.
Parents who wish to prevent another parent, custodial or non-custodial, from picking up a student must provide the office with a copy of the legal action or court papers. Otherwise, the office will contact the parent by phone in the event of a student contact attempt.
The Beaverton School District Clothes Closet is a non-profit, volunteer organization that provides clothing at no charge to children of families with limited income. The clothes are clean and appropriate for school. The Clothes Closet accepts donations throughout the year. Parents may visit the Closet twice during the school year. The Clothes Closet is located at Central Office in the portables on the west side of the building. It is open every Wednesday during the school year from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. See the school secretary for more information.
LOST AND FOUND
The Lost and Found is located in the lower hall. If your child has lost an item, you or your child may look in the lost and found box between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Articles that have the student’s name will be returned to the student. All articles not claimed are sorted and donated to the District Clothes Closet at the end of each month. It is recommended that ALL outer clothing be labeled with your child’s name.
Please put your child’s name on each article of outerwear clothing. Young children often forget and cannot identify their clothing. Toys, money, and other personal articles must be kept at home unless specifically requested by the teacher as part of a special activity. The school is not responsible for lost or stolen items brought to school without teacher direction. Skateboards, skates, and rollerblades are not allowed in school. Cell phones must be silenced and kept in the student’s backpack.
A Beaver Acres School supply list is available from our office or on our website. Some supplies will need to be refilled during the school year. Your child and his/her teacher will let you know when supplies are needed. You can find a current list on the Beaver Acres website. Hard copies are also available in the office. Please let us know if you are in need of assistance in providing school supplies.
We are committed to open, ongoing communication between home and school. Below, you will find an overview of some of the many ways we share important school information with our Beaver Acres families. Our goal is to keep you informed and involved.
Our communication systems include the following:
· Beaver Acres Bulletin School Newsletter- Regular communication
· Classroom newsletters or website postings
· ParentSquare (texts, phone calls, emails sent in the language of choice)
· School website
· District website
· Parent Teacher Conferences- Fall and Spring
· Report cards- January, June
· Classroom, school, and district approved flyers and letters
Please make sure to check your child’s backpack regularly. Most communication from the school or classroom will be sent home on Fridays. On occasion, time-sensitive notes may be sent home on other days of the week. Establishing a daily routine for cleaning out backpacks will help ensure that you remain informed about upcoming school events. We thank you, in advance, for your help!
GRADING AND REPORTING
Report cards will be available through ParentVue within a few days of the end of each semester (January and June). Please call our office if you have difficulty accessing ParentVue.
There are two main purposes of these progress reports. First, they provide the teacher and student an opportunity to assess and evaluate the growth and achievement that has been made over an extended period of time. The student and teacher can use that information to identify new goals and areas of emphasis.
Secondly, progress reports formally relate to parents the progress and achievement of their child in school. Your child’s teacher will inform you of the grading policy and procedures for your child’s grade level. If there are any questions about your child’s report card, you may arrange a conference with the teacher.
IN SCHOOL CELEBRATIONS
Each classroom will have up to three celebrations over the course of the school year. Parents will be informed of plans and/or opportunities to be involved and notified prior to each celebration.
Invitations to any birthday or other party may not be distributed (even to the whole class) at school. Please make an effort to deliver these important messages in another manner. We also ask that birthday treats NOT be brought to school. Interruptions and excess sugar can disrupt the school day.
The Beaverton School District wellness policy requires schools to be healthy in nature. It is the intent of the Board that District Schools take a proactive approach to provide students with nutritious food choices. Thank you for your cooperation. It is greatly appreciated.
Beaver Acres is a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school. This means every student enrolled at our school is eligible for free breakfast and lunch through the whole 2021-2022 school year. You do not need to apply for Meal Benefits, and you are eligible for Pandemic EBT funds as they become available in Oregon. However, if you would like to apply for benefits outside the BSD (THPRD, youth sport groups, etc) then you will need to apply.
If you have children at other BSD schools that are not included in the following list, you may want to apply for Meal Benefits so that they are eligible for Other Benefits such as:
Free Chromebook Insurance
Waived athletic fees
Waived test fees
Future Pandemic EBT funds.
CEP Schools in Beaverton School District:
Aloha Huber Park
Nutritious breakfasts and lunches are available for all students each day. Students are not permitted to share food due to health concerns including possible allergies.
- Breakfast is served daily at 8:15 AM
- Lunch is served daily between 11:00 AM – 1:10 PM (See grade level lunch schedule above)
Menu: Breakfast and lunch menus are available for the current month on the Nutrition Services Website.
Students may bring only healthy snacks allowed by the classroom teacher. Gum chewing is not permitted at Beaver Acres. Due to allergies and possible health concerns, students are not permitted to share food. For classroom celebrations, families may only provide store-bought food (not homemade). This is a Washington County Health Department regulation.
As a parent of a Beaver Acres’ student, you are an important part of the educational team that will help your child succeed in school. In addition to encouraging and supporting your child’s learning efforts at home, you can become actively involved at Beaver Acres through the P.T.O. (Parents Teacher Organization) and our volunteer programs.
The P.T.O. board meets monthly to plan a variety of activities and fund raisers. A monthly membership meeting is open to all parents and staff members. These meetings are posted in the PTO and the principals’ newsletters. We invite and encourage you to become active in planning and assisting with our many fun events.
A Beaver Acres’ parent coordinates the volunteer program. This program provides an organized means for parents and other community members who wish to serve as school volunteers. Volunteers are a much needed and appreciated aspect to the Beaver Acres’ learning environment.
BACKGROUND CHECKS – Better Impact
Anyone wishing to volunteer in the school must complete the “Volunteer Background” form and be approved prior to volunteering in the school. You may submit an on-line form application on our Volunteer page. Click on the Parent/Guardian Volunteer and Background Application. This will bring up the correct form. After signing up on the Better Impact site, be sure to keep track of your sign in & password information. You will need this information to sign into the Volunteer Computer.
Emergency Text Alert Notifications
As a Beaverton School District family, you may opt-in for Emergency Text Alerts.
- Your cell phone number must be on file at your child’s school.
- Text “YES” to 68453
- For help information, text “HELP to 68453
- To opt-out at any time, text “STOP” to 6845
- Message & data rates may apply
For information about the ParentSquare system, please contact Beaverton School District’s Public Safety.
Phone: (503) 356-4444
School Safety & Security
School and Classroom Visitors (information pending until further district guidance regarding Covid-19 Safety Precautions.
To ensure the safety and well-being of all students, we must know who is in the building at all times. All visitors and volunteers must check in at the school office and obtain a temporary or volunteer ID badge to be worn whenever you are in school. All school volunteers and classroom visitors are required to complete a BSD background check and receive district approval to visit or volunteer in classrooms. For guidance on required background checks, please reference the Volunteering & Mandatory Background Checks, under the heading of Parent & Community Partnerships.
Fire, Earthquake, and Other Emergency Drills
Beaver Acres Elementary School will conduct a monthly fire evacuation drill. Prior to the first drill in September, students will be instructed on procedures. In addition, all schools within the Beaverton School District conduct other emergency drills, such as earthquake drills, secure drills, and lockdown drills to ensure safety in different situations. Drills will be unannounced to simulate real-life situations. (Accommodations are made for some students/classrooms regarding prior notice of emergency drills)
Secure- A Secure Drill is announced when a potentially threatening situation is happening off school grounds in the neighborhood. The school wants to prevent the danger from entering the school by locking exterior doors and monitoring traffic flow.
LockDown- A LockDown Drill is a response to an incident inside the school building that presents itself as a threat to students and staff. To reduce exposure to the threat, movement within the building is minimized, and all interior and exterior doors are locked.
EMERGENCY MEDICAL TREATMENT
Each student’s registration form includes a place for parental consent for school officials to obtain medical treatment for the student, as permitted by law. It is imperative that parents provide the school with at least one phone number where the parent or guardian can be reached in case of an emergency. Please notify the school of any changes in your address or phone number.
Students at Beaver Acres Elementary School have access to electronic technology in classrooms, the tech lab and in the library area. This is a privilege that carries with it important responsibilities. Students have access to this technology as part of their school experience, and the only appropriate use for any of the electronic equipment is school-related work. Students will learn to be positive digital citizens and will be required to adhere to all guidelines outlined in the Student Chromebook and Responsible Use of Technology Agreement.
Families are strongly encouraged to monitor and supervise their child’s use of technology at home and to limit or restrict access to social media.
Please sign the Google Apps for Education form enclosed within the registration packet (for incoming students) or first week packet (for enrolled Beaver Acres students). Please return to school to verify permission for your student to use school technology.
Common Sense MediaResource for parents to determine whether content is age-appropriate for their children
Title 1 Program
Beaver Acres Title 1 Parent Involvement Policy
Beaver Acres Elementary
(In person events for the 21-22 school year are dependent on OHA and ODE guidance)
Parents are an integral part of the education of every child. We encourage parent input and strive for opportunities each year to increase and improve our communication with all families as well as work to improve gathering parent input. Additionally Beaver Acres is interested in how families would like to be engaged in your child’s education. We make no assumptions.
Families are invited to participate in all school activities.
Each year we invite families to events that are family focused such as math games nights, reading nights, or a night to enjoy the artwork that students have created over the year. Our hope is to hold these events again in 21-22.
Beaver Acres has a small and active PTO group that is always looking for new members and new ideas. We make no assumptions that families feel comfortable in this format, but welcome parent participation. Families are notified each month of upcoming meetings and events organized by the Beaver Acres PTO.
All parents and community members are welcome at Beaver Acres. We strive to make each and every parent feel comfortable at our school. Our front office staff is exceptionally welcoming as are our teachers and other staff who work through the building.
In an effort to create a more inclusive home/school partnership, Beaver Acres plans to invite parents to:
1. an annual meeting to inform them of our participation in the Title I program. The school will explain its requirements and the parent/guardian's right to be involved. Interpreters, representing the languages most spoken at Beaver Acres, will be invited to these meetings
2. community focused events that will be held throughout the school year to create community as well as provide modeling of read-alouds, family games, and an opportunity to enjoy the famed student art of Beaver Acres. Ultimately our goal is to create a welcoming and inclusive environment where all families of different races and ethnic backgrounds feel welcomed into our school and valued as community members.
3. evening family events to work around potential work schedules of our families.
4. two scheduled parent conferences to discuss student strengths, progress towards grade level requirements, school curriculum, assessment information and any other topics that the teacher or parent may want to discuss.
5. ongoing communication with families to promote and encourage the education of children at home. The weekly school newsletter shares current information regarding library services, PTO opportunities and other supports and events both at the school and in the community in an effort to support parents in reading and/or math when promoting the education of their child at school and home. All community newsletters and special notices are sent to all families in Spanish and English. BSD’s new communication system: Parent Squared provides information in multiple languages as does the Smore: the format used for weekly newsletters and special bulletins. Classroom newsletters are sent home to inform parents about grade level instruction and activities.
6. participate in an annual survey for all parents shall be conducted to collect opinions and concerns about the current program, suggestions for improvements and topics for meetings that meet the needs of parents. Survey data which will be taken into account for future planning.
7. Interpreter phone contacts and conferences can be arranged by contacting Beaver Acres prior to conferences, evening events or on an as needed basis.
8. Every effort will be made to communicate with parents in a format and language that is free of educational jargon and easily understandable by all. Beaver Acres staff currently include our Community Liaison who speaks Spanish and English. Other staff speak Spanish as well.
TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM SCHOOL
Many students at Beaver Acres ride the bus to and from school. For student safety and welfare, parents and students should review bus safety rules. A bus safety activity will also be conducted at school for all students.
BUS SAFETY RULES
The Beaver Acres Elementary School Bus Rider:
- is on time for the bus
- is respectful of the bus driver
- uses school appropriate language
- is courteous to others
- keeps hands and feet to self
- stays seated while the bus is in motion until time to exit the bus
- takes a seat quickly and safely
- waits at the designated stop and crosses the street as instructed by the bus driver
Those not following the above rules will receive a bus citation. They may lose their right to be transported to and from school if unable to follow the bus safety protocols. If there are bus schedule problems, please call the district transportation office at 503-356-4200.
Unless parents have sent a signed note allowing students to ride a different bus or get off at a different stop, students will be expected to take the bus to their usual stop. No calls will be made from school for this purpose; all arrangements for this type of change must be made before the student arrives at school for the day. Eligible students (those who live further than one mile from school) are encouraged to ride the bus unless special arrangements have been made with the office. Bus eligible students must have a note signed by their parents on file in the office to walk or ride a bicycle to and from school, unless they live within the walk area.
Private car drop off or pick up protocols:
- Stay in their vehicle and follow the curb around to the designated drop off/pick up area down from the main office. Do not drop off/pick up your student in front of the main office during these times.
- Park in a parking spot and come to the building to meet their student.
Students who walk to school should stay in the marked pathways and use sidewalks whenever possible. Walkers are encouraged to walk in pairs or groups. Parents should practice walking the route to and from school with their child to ensure safety and security. Beaver Acres has one crosswalk, on Augusta, which has a crossing guard in the morning and afternoon. All walkers and bicycle riders, who must cross Augusta, will use the crosswalk. Students are expected to report directly home after school unless they have a note from the parent.
VOLUNTEERS: Pending further guidance from Beaverton School District regarding Covid-19 Safety Protocols for Volunteers
Beaver Acres values our volunteers. Possible volunteer activities range from assisting in the classroom, clerical work such as copies and preparation of materials, field trips, helping with special school activities and events, or participating in the Art Literacy Program. Please visit the Parent Teacher Organization to view our PTO members’ information and website.
We are fortunate to have a Beaver Acres’ Volunteer Coordinator. No past experience is needed for any of the volunteer activities. Some do need special training and we will schedule an orientation session prior to asking volunteers to assist with these activities. Volunteers are welcome any time of the year.
We do not have facilities to care for preschoolers while parents are doing volunteer work. If you find it difficult to come to school yourself, you might consider offering to babysit for someone else on a regular or sharing basis.
There is a “sign in” computer in the office specifically for volunteers. The PTO also provides volunteer badges. REMINDER: After signing up on the Better Impact site, be sure to note your sign in & password information. You will need this information to sign into the Volunteer Computer.
FORMAL ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF
STUDENT & FAMILY HANDBOOK REVIEW
We, the undersigned, understand that the Student & Family Handbook (SFH) contains information for parents, guardians and students. We acknowledge that we have reviewed the online SFH. Select “handbooks and forms”. Limited copies of the SFH are available upon request at my student’s school office.
We are aware that the SFH contains information and policies for our review. We further understand that failure to return this acknowledgement form does not excuse any individual from complying with the SFH, Beaverton School District policies, regulations and guidelines.
We are aware that the Beaverton School District reserves the right at any time to add to the policies, regulations and behavioral standards contained in the SFH.
Please sign below and return this form to the school to ensure that all parents, guardians and the student have read the policies and agree to abide by them. Please return this form to the school by the first day of school or within two weeks of enrollment for new students.
DATE: __________________ STUDENT ID NO: _________________________
SIGNATURE OF STUDENT: ________________________________
PRINT NAME OF STUDENT: _______________________________
SIGNATURE OF PARENT/GUARDIAN: ____________________________________
PRINT NAME OF PARENT/GUARDIAN:____________________________________
FORMULARIO DE AFIRMACIÓN FORMAL DE REVISIÓN DEL MANUAL INFORMATIVO PARA ESTUDIANTES Y PADRES
Nosotros, los abajo firmantes, entendemos que el Manual Informativo para Estudiantes y Familias (SFH, por sus siglas en inglés) contiene información para padres, tutores y estudiantes. Por medio de la presente afirmamos que hemos revisado el SFH que se encuentra en la sección de “handbooks and forms” del sitio web. Una cantidad limitada de copias del SFH estarán disponibles, al solicitarlo, en la escuela de mi hijo(a).
Nosotros estamos conscientes que debemos revisar la información y las normas que contiene el SFH. Además, nosotros entendemos que en caso de no enviar está forma de aceptación de las normas no justifica, a ninguno, el dejar de cumplir con las pólizas, reglamentos y normas del SFH del Distrito Escolar de Beaverton.
Nosotros estamos conscientes que el Distrito Escolar de Beaverton reserva el derecho en cualquier momento de agregar normas, reglamentos y conducta especificadas en el SFH.
Por favor, firmen abajo y entreguen este formulario a la escuela para asegurar que todos los padres, tutores y estudiantes hayan leído las normas y se comprometan a cumplirlas. Asegúrense de entregar este formulario a la escuela antes del primer día de clases o en menos de dos semanas después de inscribir a su hijo/a.
FECHA: _____________ NÚMERO DE IDENTIFICACIÓN DEL ESTUDIANTE: ______________
FIRMA DEL ESTUDIANTE: _____________________________________
NOMBRE DEL ESTUDIANTE: ___________________________________
FIRMA DEL PADRE/TUTOR: _____________________________________
NOMBRE DEL PADRE/TUTOR: _____________________________________