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  • COVID Screening Information

    Hello BEH Families, 

     
    Today we are sending home packets with information and the opportunity to sign your student up for weekly COVID testing through OHSU. I wanted to share this info with you electronically as well, in case it is misplaced or easier to access through this mode. All the documents sent home are accessible through the following links:
     
     
     
     
     
     
    In order to participate, both opt-in forms need to be completed and submitted together. If you are interested in your child participating, please complete and return those forms to BEH at your earliest convenience.
     
    Take care and have a great weekend, 
    Mr. Kaveh

Principal's Message

  • 10/18/2021

     

    Hello BEH Families,

     
    This week is a busy week, filled with spirit week and many other events to keep us all busy and hopefully add to the fun. 
     
    Spirit Week:
    We started today with pajama/comfy day. If you want to see the whole week in detail you can look at this Google Slide. Students can always opt to stay in uniform if they would prefer to rather than follow the themes.
     
    Picture Day:
    Tomorrow is picture day at BEH. To align with this, the theme for spirit week is ¨Dress Your Best¨ Our hope is that this allows students and families to have flexibility in what they would like students to wear for their pictures. Pictures will be done during the school day and teachers have a schedule of when their class gets their photos taken. If you have not ordered and are interested, you can still order online or through the form that went home.
     
    OHSU Weekly COVID Testing:
    We have still not recieved the labels for the take home tests, but I am working on figuring out how we can get them here before the end of the day tomorrow so that we can send them home. Only families that have completed the application to opt in to this process will be getting kits to test at home. These would then need to be returned to school Wednesday morning. If we get the labels in time, these will be sent home in student backpacks tomorrow. If we are not able to get the labels in time, I will send out messaging around what I find out from OHSU.
     
    Run for BEH:
    Thursday is our Run for BEH fundraiser. Here is a Google Doc with the times and info for the run. This will also occur during the school day. Each grade level will get 30 minutes to run as many laps as they can. We will be running around the block that SEI sits on. Each lap is about 1/2 mile. If you are looking for an easier way to fundraise, we had one of our families create a QR code that you can have your students use/share to get to the online pay site.
     
    SEL Update:
    We will be discussing the third of our 12 Toolbox Tools this week: the Breathing Tool, which aligns with our Core Value of Perseverance. Our learning target for the week is I can use my Breathing Tool to calm myself and check-in. We invite you to review this Breathing Tool home letter and to practice taking deep belly breaths with your child. To learn more, you can also watch this Breathing Tool video lesson from our SEL team and a Read Aloud of Anh’s Anger from our librarian Ms. Cardenas.   
     
    In addition to all of this, we will also be having an earthquake drill this week. Typically we do this at the same time as every other school on the same day at the same time for the Great Shakeout. This year, that fell on Thursday, October 21st. As a result, we will be doing this a day early so that we do not conflict with our Run for BEH.
     
    Looking forward to another amazing week.
     
    Take care,
    Mr. Kaveh

     

    10/11/2021

    Hello BEH Families, 

     
    We are looking forward to another productive week at BEH and launching our SUN after school program for the first time in over a year. I know those students that are enrolled were very excited to see it return and our staff are excited to begin offering it again.
     
    PTA Meeting:
    Our PTA will be holding their next meeting; Wednesday, October 13th at 5:30 pm. This meeting will be held at the playground on the covered basketball courts. There will be plenty of room to spread out.  Free Chipotle dinner will be provided. Dress warmly, it will be a little chilly. Kids are welcome at the meeting or can be on the playground, but there will be no childcare available.
     
    PTA Chipotle Fundraiser:
    Chipotle School Fundraiser is also this Wednesday, October 13th from 4pm to 8pm at the 704 NE Weidler St. location. See flyers in English & Spanish for details. 33% of all sales from this evening will be donated to BEH. Be sure to let the restaurant know you are part of the BEH fundraiser or order online for pickup using code GJCX7MN
     
    SEL Update:

    We will be teaching the second of our 12 Tools this week: the Garbage Can Tool.  We invite you to review this Garbage Can Tool home letter and to have conversations with your child this week about letting the little things go. You can also watch this Garbage Can video lesson from our SEL team, and a Read Aloud of You Get What You Get from our librarian. 

    Battle of the Books:
    Ms. Kali began introducing the books for this year's Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) to the 3rd, 4th  & 5th graders this week and is sending permission slips home. Her plan is to collect all permission slips of those wanting to participate by next Monday, October 18th. 

    COVID Weekly Screening:
    The OHSU weekly COVID screening is still not looking ready to launch, as we have not yet received the coolers or the tests to support the weekly distribution or collection. The coolers sound like they are currently out for delivery. The district is reaching out to OHSU around the expected arrival of the tests. At this point, I would assume that it will not get together in time for being sent home tomorrow, but I will let you know if this changes. I would think it should be fully ready to launch no later than next week.

    Next week will be spirit week at BEH and some of our students have been working with staff to plan the themes for each day. I will share information regarding this and any other updates at the end of the week so that everyone is prepared for the first day.

    Thank you all for your continued collaboration and support, 

    Mr. Kaveh

     

    10/4/2021

    Hello BEH Families, 

     
    We are now fully into our second month of school and what a journey it has been. Currently we are working to figure out the logistics of the roll out of COVID screening tests for those students that have opted in. Currently OHSU has been shipping us the materials (coolers, ice packs, etc.) to get ready for it. I have not heard a solid start date at this point, but I would assume that they will begin next week. I will send out info as I figure it out in the coming days.
     
    Lunch Calendar:
    The district has not released a yearlong monthly menu this year. Instead they are releasing the menus monthly. These can be found on the district website, but if you are looking for October´s menu you can click here to access it. 
     
    TAG/Title I Info:
    Typically we have a TAG info night and a Title I info night for parents to attend and hear info and ask questions. This was scheduled for this Thursday. Instead of doing a live meeting this week to discuss these, I will be working on getting a pre-recorded video out for both of these with the information. This will allow families to watch them at a time that works best for them. If you have questions following the videos feel free to email me here, give us a call, or catch me at the school during drop-off or pick-up.
     
    MAP Testing:
    Just a reminder that we will be continuing our MAP testing with students this week and next, as we work on getting all of our students assessed. These assessments will help us to get a better idea of where everyone is academically and will allow us to track progress as we continue with MAP assessment again in the winter and spring.
     
    Site Council:
    We had our first Site Council meeting last week and I wanted to share the recording of it for anyone who is interested in reviewing it and hearing about what we worked on and plan to continue to work on with that team. It is generally a relatively small team, but we want to make sure and keep everyone informed of our work.
     
    SUN School Update:
    Boise SUN School registration for the Fall Session is now closed. 
     
    If you have turned in your student(s) SUN School Application, then you should’ve received a text message or letter sent home in your student(s) back pack.  Students place on the waitlist will be priority for our Winter SUN Session and also be considered for our Fall session (if a student(s) unenroll). 
     
    SUN school starts: October 11th 
    Programming Days: Monday - Thursday 
    Programming Times: 3:00pm to 5:20pm 
     
    Dental Sealants:
    Our second and third graders that opted in for getting dental sealants will be getting them on Wednesday and Thursday during the school day this week. They have to have all of their permission slips turned in to participate.
     
    No School Friday:
    This Friday is a statewide in-service day. As a result, there will be no school for anyone across the state. Instead many of our staff will be volunteering, attending training, etc. 
     
    Dawson Park Concert:
    The Eliot NA is hosting their final concert this Thursday 10/7 4-7pm at Dawson Park. They will be having a DJ this time instead of a live band. There will be food for purchase and a vaccination station. 
     
    Thank you all for your continued patience and understanding as we work through the bumps of coming back to school after 18 months away and getting our students used to the routines and expectations. This has been a busy, but productive first month of school. To see all that we have accomplished in such a short time is motivating after so much time having to be virtual with students.
     
    Take care and have a great week, 
    Mr. Kaveh

     

     

    9/27/2021

    Hello BEH Families, 

     
    We have reached the last week of September and the rain has officially arrived. Today was a wet and challenging day for all of us, as we worked to navigate the weather, keep students spaced and safe, while also trying to ensure students could get the movement they needed. We decided to continue to have outdoor recess and covered lunch due to the need for spacing and the hope to minimize potential COVID spread. 
     
    The covered lunch area actually continues to work well as the temperatures are still not unreasonably cold, the only challenge is the short walk through the rain to get there. At recess, we will want to make sure that students bring their coats and use them during this time, as we do not have any covered areas during the 15 minute lunch recess time.

    SEL Update:

    Continuing our focus on identifying feelings and emotions, we will be discussing the Zones of Regulation this week, which are divided into four colors: Blue, Green, Yellow and Red.  In the blue zone our bodies feel low and slow in energy. In the green we feel calm and focused ready to listen to our friends, classmates and teachers, we can sit or stand comfortably.  In the yellow our bodies can feel wiggly and excited, our hearts may be beating a little faster- we may feel good but it is hard to focus- we are distracted by our feelings. In the red zone our bodies feel out of control- we want to run, yell, hide, we may feel really hot, sweaty, our hearts may be racing. Being able to do a Zones of Regulation check-in helps us recognize how our body and emotions feel in the moment. With this knowledge, we are better able to pick tools that support us in that zone.  

    COVID Screening:
    If you would like your child included in the OHSU Weekly COVID Screener program please complete and return the paperwork that was provided last week. You can also access the information from the front page of our school website.
     
    Uniforms:
    Just a reminder, we would like to see all students in uniforms Monday-Thursday weekly and Friday is the free dress day. We will be starting to circulate and help students to change into uniforms out of our clothes closet if they do not come to school in uniform when available. Our uniforms are white, blue, or yellow polo shirts and khaki or dark blue pants, skirts or dresses. Closed toed shoes are important for our PE and recess times as well.
     
    Things from Home:
    We have many students bringing items from home that are not needed during the school day and they often become distractions or lead to trading between students. If you can remind your students that most days we don't need to bring anything, other than maybe a lunch and/or school work that would be very helpful for our teachers.
     
    Site Council:
    This is a team that consists of a few parents, staff, and community partners to help look at the school's data and help to guide the direction that we are moving around our academic and climate work. We will be holding our first meeting this Thursday.
     
    Family Friday:
    We will be holding our second Family Friday this week at 8:00 AM under the covered basketball courts this Friday. Ms. Morgan will be leading a traditional game of BINGO for any families that are able to attend. We will close up by 8:40 to allow for students to get to classes.
     
    Coffee Chat:
    Following our Family Friday, I will come to the covered basketball courts to discuss what we are currently working on at BEH, answer any questions, and hear any thoughts that families may have. I will likely start after 8:45 when students should have entered the building for the start of the school day
     
    We are continuing to work to build school skills and catch students up academically after the past 18 months of very little in-person learning opportunities. In addition to the academics that were missed we had many students who missed out on the opportunity for social skill building opportunities and we had many students who experienced significant trauma through this time. It has been amazing to see all that we can do now that we are back in-person with our amazing staff, but we still have much to do in our work to get us where we know we can be. 

    I wanted to thank you all for your patience and understanding as we work out the logistics of all of the new challenges we have faced this year. Our staff and students are working very hard and we appreciate your support in getting your children here ready to learn every day.
     
    Take care, 
    Mr. Kaveh

     

     

    9/20/21

    Hello BEH Families, 

     
    Last week was a busy week that culminated with our Grandparents/Special Friends Day. The turnout for this event was incredible and it was so amazing to connect with all of the amazing family we have supporting our students at BEH. Thank you all for coming out and thank you for your patience, as our PTA worked hard to serve the many families that were able to attend.
     
    This week will be our second full week and with each day this year we have been able to continue to work out our systems and continue to get our students in the rhythm of being back at school in person for full days.
     
    Here is what to expect this week:
     
    Districtwide Academic Testing:
    The testing window for administering the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) is from 9/13-10/15. Our K-5th grade students will be completing the math portion of this assessment and our 3-5th grade students will be completing the reading portion of this assessment. Some of our classes are starting these this week and others will begin next week. This assessment is given three times a year and helps to guide our instruction. This first assessment will serve as more of a benchmark for the year, to help us to see where students are currently and will allow us to look at where we can look to improve moving forward. Here is a student resource link if you are interested in learning more about how to support or prepare your student.
     
    SEL Update:
    This week our school will be discussing feelings and emotions.  Naming feelings and identifying emotions helps us uncover hidden needs, develops self-awareness, and helps in resolving conflicts.  Emotions provide important missing information that leads to the use of many Toolbox tools we will be discussing throughout the year.  We encourage families to practice naming feelings with your children at home, and asking the questions like "What emotion is getting in our way right now?" when faced with challenges.  
     
    Student Goal Setting:
    We are beginning to dive into goal setting with our students so that we can set the stage for relaunching our badger program and focus students around our three core values; Perseverance, Integrity, and Community. I started my day today setting the stage with our fourth graders and helping to focus on how we can help each other achieve our goals. In conjunction with this, we often weave in conversations around growth mindset and the fact that mistakes are important and something that we work to learn from.
     
    Backpacks/Supplies:
    We handed out backpacks and supplies to students/families that needed them last week and we will be storing the remaining backpacks to handout as needed. If your child missed getting one and you would like the backpack and/or supplies, please let your student´s teacher know and we can get it for them.
     
    SUN/SEI Applications:
    SUN School registrations for the upcoming 2021 Fall Term have been sent home with students in their backpacks today (9/17). If you have any questions concerning registering your student for SUN School, please contact, Mr. Robert (Boise SUN Manager). 
     
    Please have yourself or student(s) return their SUN School registration form into the main office or to Mr. Robert. They can also return their registration form to their teacher. 
     
    Thank you all for your continued support and collaboration this year. We could not do this work without the support of all of our amazing families.

    Take care, 
    Mr. Kaveh

     

     

    9/13/2021

    Hello BEH Families, 


    Today we got to welcome our PK students for their first day of school. It is amazing to see us back in person with all grades present for full days. If you have applied to PK and have not been enrolled yet, know that we are working on streamlining this process. Our PK program is enrolled at the district level rather than the building level, so it takes a few extra steps. Our staff however is working with them to help make this process more timely and supportive for families.
     
    Backpack Distribution:
    Starting today, we will be handing out backpacks with supplies to all students that need/want them. We will have a table on the back playground after school each day this week for students and families to get backpacks if interested. If your child does not need a new backpack, we will save the extras for new students who enroll in PPS throughout the year or students who have their backpacks break during the year. If your child rides a bus and you want to make sure they get one, please let their teacher know and they can pick one up on their way to the bus this week.
     
    SEL Update:
    This week, teachers will begin discussing our Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum, Toolbox.  Toolbox offers a common language for the 12 tools inside all us that help solve-problems and build positive relationships with others.  Here is an overview of each Tool.  Each week, our school will focus on a Tool or related SEL focus for the week, and we invite families to continue the discussion at home to reinforce the concepts and common language.
     
    PPS Device Update:
    PPS is working on ensuring that all students have access to Chromebooks. BEH is in a relatively unique situation with the number of Chromebooks we have for our students, as in many cases we have one for students to use from home and one for them to use at school. We are still working out these logistics, but here is the flyer from PPS describing their plans for ensuring that all students get access to devices.
     
    Back to School Night: 
    This Thursday from 5:30-7:00 we will be hosting our virtual Back to School Night. We will begin as a whole group at this link. I will share schoolwide information and answer questions that families may have. From there we will share links to join grade level teams, specialist teachers, SUN/SEI support, and other support staff. 
     
    Grandparent/Special Friend Day:
    This Friday, our PTA will be hosting our Grandparents/Special Friends Day on the playground at 9:00. This will be an outdoor event, where we will have students come out and decorate some shirts with their Grandparent/Special Friend. If you have someone that is planning on attending, have them meet under the covered basketball courts and we will call the students down from classrooms to participate with them.
     
    Concerts in Dawson Park:
    The final two Dawson Park Concerts will be September 16 (5pm) and October 7th (4-7pm). They will have vaccinators (with gift cards) at both events. More details here: https://eliotneighborhood.org/concerts/
     
    Thank you all for your continued collaboration as we continue to navigate these constantly evolving times.
     
    Take care, 
    Kaveh

     

    9/7/2021

    Hello BEH Families, 

     
    We are entering our second week with students in-person and it has been amazing to have them all back together. Our staff has been working so hard to ensure safety while still ensuring that we can provide engaging academic opportunities in our departmentalized model. Tomorrow we will have all of our kindergarteners coming together and next week we will have our PK classrooms starting as well. Here are the BEH updates for the week:
     
    PTA Meeting:
    Our PTA will be holding their first PTA meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, September 8th at 5:30 pm. This first meeting will be held on the playground on the covered basketball courts. They will have tables down and be able to provide space for families to space out.
     
    Entrance Routine:
    I am working with the district to try and get some additional flexibility with where we serve breakfast. Currently they will only allow us to serve food from the building, but we are exploring options that may allow us to serve breakfast outside and further allow for some distance while eating breakfast.I will update you around whether we are able to make this happen.

    Exit Routine:
    We are working on increasing some spacing and systems to end the day as well. Starting this week, we will be having each grade level exit out of their own door to end the day. Here are the grade level doors that students will exit at the end of the day:
     
    PK - Exit their own classroom doors
    K - Exit out the SW corner doors (the same doors they enter)
    1st - Exit out of the front ramped accessibility door on Fremont
    2nd - Exit out of the parking lot doors (the same doors they enter)
    3rd - Exit out of the SE corner doors (the same doors they enter)
    4th - Exit out of the main doors on Fremont
    5th - Exit out of the bakery side doors (the same doors they enter)
     
    From these doors all classes will walk towards the covered basketball courts. If you want to pick your student up you can either wait near the doors that they are exiting or you can wait by the covered basketball courts. We are trying to reduce the crossing of multiple grade levels while parents are picking up. We are hoping this will allow us to track student pick-up more easily.
     
    Parents in the Building:
    In the interest of maintaining safety and reducing the number of people in the building we are asking that parents drop off all students at the door and pick them up from outside. If you come early to pick up your child, please come to the front door and buzz the office. We will then get your child to you as quickly as we can.
     
    Bus Changes:
    The district sent out some messaging that our AM routes are shifted a bit due to a lack of bus drivers. Temporarily route 101 and 136 will be shifting their pick-up times in the AM. This may change back soon if they can get more drivers hired or if transportation can work out some more creative solutions. As of now however, they are telling me that these will be the pick-up times for those routes in the AM.
     
    Bus 101 - 
    NE Killingsworth & MLK Jr pick-up @ 7:49 AM
    N Rosa Parks & N Albina @ 7:54 AM
    N Killingsworth & N Haight @ 7:58 AM
    N Vancouver & N Sumner @ 7:59 AM
    Drop-off at BEH @ 8:05 AM
     
    Bus 136 -
    NE Cleveland & NE Alberta @ 8:17 AM
    NE Thompson & Rodney @ 8:24 AM
    Drop-off at BEH @ 8:30 AM
     
    For those students riding bus 101, we will have staff on site that will be able to supervise them on the playground until staff are at the grade level doors. The PM routes are not impacted by these changes and there is a possibility that these shift back soon if tranportation can remedy the situation.
     
    Screening Testing Info:
    PPS is ready to provide this screening testing option to your students. However, the Oregon Health Authority has yet to provide the complete details of this screening option. 

    Here is what we do know: 

    • Unvaccinated staff who are enrolled in this regular screening testing will be sent test kits to their homes.  They will administer the test in their home and mail it in.  They will receive the results within 24 hours. 

    • Students whose families sign a consent for testing (17 years and under) will be provided the screening kit to bring home one time per week.  The following morning, the family will administer the test and send it to school with their child.  Collection sites will be at each school. A courier from the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), who is administering the program, will pick up the kits on specific days for each school.  Families will receive the results within 24 hours.

    • OHA and OHSU will first focus on students in grades K-5 for PPS, since there is no vaccine for this age group at this time.  As they build their testing capacity, they will increase the number of tests they can run daily. 

    • For both students and staff, if a positive result is received, families and/or staff will be asked to contact their school. This will help us limit exposure and begin the process for contact tracing and quarantine.

    • PPS will also receive confirmation of a positive result from the Multnomah County Health Department who will begin the process for contact tracing and quarantining.  

    Vaccine Clinics:
    There are several weekly vaccine clinics being offered at local high schools starting this week. You can view the flyer in English and Spanish if you are interested in spreading the word.
     
    Thank you all for your continued support. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or thoughts for us.
     
    Take care,
    Mr. Kaveh

     

     

    8/31/2021

    Hello BEH Families, 

    Tomorrow is the big day! We are excited to welcome all of our 2nd-5th graders back to school in-person for a full day of classes tomorrow morning. I wanted to share the logistics for the start of the school year with everyone before our first day tomorrow.

    1st Grade Start:

    Our first graders with last names starting with A-L will start tomorrow (9/1) while the rest of the first graders stay home. Our first graders with last names starting with M-Z will start on Thursday (9/2) while the rest of the first graders stay home. All first graders will begin attending on Friday (9/3).

    Kindergarten Start:

    Teachers are calling to schedule family meetings for Tomorrow (9/1) and Thursday (9/2). During those phone calls & meetings they will be connecting with families to schedule the students' start day based on family needs. Half of our kindergarten students will start on Friday (9/3) and the other half will start on Tuesday (9/7). All kindergarten students will start on Wednesday (9/8).

    PK Start:

    Our PK classrooms are still working on completing enrollment and reaching out to families. They will be setting up family meeting times for incoming students over the next couple weeks. The first day for PK students is Monday, September 13th.

    Bell Schedule:

    Our school hours remain the same this year; 8:45-3:00. We will however have staff out at doors early to hand out breakfast before school each morning. Here is what our daily routine will look like:

    8:30 - Staff at grade level doors with breakfast options for students to eat outside

    8:40 - Doors open and students that are done eating may start entering the building

    8:45 - Doors will close and breakfast will be brought in.

    8:45-3:00 - School day

    3:00 - Staff will drop students at buses and bring students to the back playground for pick-up.

    Drop-Off Routine:

    We will continue to have specific doors assigned for grade levels:

    PK - Enter through their exterior classroom doors.

    Kindergarten - Enter through the SW doors (near the bakery)

    1st & 2nd Graders - Enter through the East doors (parking lot doors)

    3rd & 4th Graders - Enter through the SE doors (back driveway doors)

    5th Graders - Enter through the West doors (on Borthwick)

    Parents can wait with their child at the doors, but will not be entering the building. We will have staff at the doors and in the halls to help them transition to their classrooms.

    Pick-Up Routines:

    Teachers will bring students out to the playground at 3:00 daily. We will ensure that bus riders get on their assigned buses and then we will excuse students to families from the playground. We request that families spread out on the playground to wait for students to arrive and get the attention of the teacher before leaving with your student(s). Also, do not forget to bring and wear a mask, as there will likely be several people on the playground together at pick-up time.

    Bus Routes:

    We will have our usual three bus routes for this school year, but a few of the stops may have shifted a bit, so please look closely at the stops and times. If you plan on having your student ride the bus, please complete our bus info sheet during the first week of school.

    BEH Route 101 -

    N Rosa Parks Wy & N Albina Av - Pick-up @ 8:19 AM - Drop-off @ 3:21 PM

    N Killingsworth St & N Haight Av - Pick-up @ 8:23 AM - Drop-off @ 3:17 PM

    N Vancouver Av & N Sumner St - Pick-up @ 8:24 AM - Drop-off @ 3:12 PM

    BEH Route 109 -

    N Fessenden & Calhoun - Pick-up @ 8:04 AM

    9930 N Smith Av - Drop-off @ 3:35 PM

    10000 N Burr Av - Drop-off @ 3:40 PM

    9469 N Van Houten Av - Pick-up @ 8:07 AM - Drop-off @ 3:26 PM

    N Willis Blvd & N Druid Av - Pick-up @ 8:10 AM - Drop-off @ 3:23 PM

    BEH Route 136/112 -

    NE Alberta St & Cleveland Av - Pick-up @ 8:17 AM - Drop-off @ 3:11 PM

    NE Thompson St & NE Rodney Av - Pick-up @ 8:24 AM - Drop-off @ 3:21 PM

    5250 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd - Drop-off @ 3:13 PM

    Lunch:

    We will be prioritizing eating outside for all students for the start of the school year. We will be running a similar lunch schedule as a typical year, but will be having students eat under the covered basketball courts. Students will have the same choices that they normally do for lunch and are able to bring their own lunch if they prefer as well. We will be working out indoor lunch plans for when the weather gets colder and eating outside becomes more of a challenge. Even in these first few weeks we may have some chillier days, so you may want to make sure that your student has a light coat to wear for when we are at lunch or on recess.

    What Students Need:

    We will provide students with school supplies and backpacks this week. If you have a water bottle that you can send them to school with that would be helpful. We will work to have extra water bottles for any students who do not bring their own. Please work to limit any personal items being brought to school this  year. All we would like to see coming to and from school are backpacks, water bottles, a jacket, and a lunch if you choose to send one. 

    Family Friday/Coffee Chat:

    We will be holding a Family Friday "Mingle" this Friday, September 3rd at 8:00 under the covered basketball courts. We will have tables out with coffee and pastries for families that would like to come by and say hi and meet some other BEH families. At. 8:30 we will transition to supporting breakfast and entering the building, but I will come back to visit with any families that are able to stay following students entering the building at 8:45. I will stay to connect, answer questions, and share our planning.

    Preventing COVID Spread:

    I just wanted to remind us all as we come back to in-person learning this week that there are many steps that we can all take to decrease the likelihood of spreading COVID among our community.

    1. Keep your student home if they are not feeling well. Each day, before coming to school, please screen your students and ensure that they are not demonstrating any symptoms of COVID prior to their departure. If they are, please call the school and let us know and keep them home for the day to be monitored and ensure that they do not get worse.

    2. Ensure that your child has a well fitting mask (not loose and covers the nose and mouth). If you need masks for your child let us know and we can provide them as well.

    3. Maintain space. We will be encouraging space through seating charts and space reminders throughout the day, working to keep students at 3 feet spacing whenever possible. If you can help reinforce this when outside of school it will help us establish this practice during the school day and minimize exposure across their day.

    4. Wash hands frequently and use sanitizer when washing is not an option. We will be directing students to wash hands after major transitions and practice washing habits (soap up to the wrist, count to 20, rinse thoroughly).

    5. Vaccinations for any household members that are 12 and older and able to be vaccinated. In addition to reducing the spread of COVID, there are clear indicators that vaccination drastically reduces the likelihood of hospitalization in the event that a person gets COVID.

    If we can all work to protect each other and remind students of the routines, we can help to keep each other healthy and safe. There is so much excitement among our staff to see our students back in person tomorrow and the preparation and thought that has gone into getting ready for them to come back safely is incredible. 

    I look forward to seeing and collaborating with you all again as we embark on this new school year.

    Happy first week of the 2021-22 school year, 

    Mr. Kaveh

     

    8/23/2021

    Hello BEH Families,

     
    As we are getting closer to our first day back in-person, I wanted to share some of the relevant updates and start to get back in the habit of sending out weekly updates. It seems like this year will be a continuation of uncertainty and working to safely educate our children during a time when COVID continues to be at the forefront.
     
    PPS PK Open House:
    Tomorrow (8/24/21) from 5:00-6:30 PPS will be holding a PK open house at Faubion School for families to meet PK staff, register, and ask any questions you may have. Though this will be at Faubion, staff from other PPS PK sites will be on hand as well. Here is the flyer for those that are interested and want to know more.
     
    Back to School Social:
    Friday, August 27th from 2:00-3:00 we will have all of our staff out on the back playground at BEH to meet students and families. This is an opportunity to meet the teachers for the coming year, ask any questions you may have, and connect with other families. Masks are expected to be worn at this event. As this is typically our "Popsicle Social" we will hand out popsicles to students who would like them as they are exiting the event.
     
    Community Care Day:
    Saturday, August 28th from 9:00-12:00 we are inviting families, students, staff, and community members to join us in cleaning up the school grounds. This will consist of weeding, pruning shrubs for visibility, spreading bark, raking leaves, cleaning up debris, etc.
     
    BEH PTA Community Celebration:
    We will have our family back to school event immediately following the Community Care Day on Saturday, August 28th from 12:00-3:00. Our PTA will be sponsoring hot dogs and snowballs from Hana's Food Truck for the first 150 BEH students/family members. Adidas, Eric Harris-Private bank Investor, Multnomah County, and Citywide will be sponsoring free haircuts, backpacks, and school supplies for all BEH students. In addition Mr. Todd (our amazing music teacher) will be there providing the music and opportunities for students to make music to share during the event as well.
     
    First Days of School:
    • 2nd-5th Grade - First day of school is officially Wednesday, September 1st
    • 1st Grade - Half of the grade will attend on the 1st, the other half on the 2nd, and all 1st graders start on Friday, September 3rd.
    • Kindergarten - Teachers will be scheduling visits with families for September 1st & 2nd. Half of each class will attend on Friday, September 3rd, the other half will attend on Tuesday, September 7th, and all kindergartners are in school starting on Wednesday, September 8th.
    • PK - Teachers will begin reaching out and scheduling meetings and visits starting as early as September 1st. The first day of school for PK is Monday, September 13th.
    Teacher Assignments:
    Just another reminder, that we are departmentalized, which means that if your child is in 1st-5th grade they will have all teachers at that grade level. Here is a rundown of those teachers:
    • First Grade Teachers
      • Casey Rodhey
      • Lauren Kimlinger
      • Sheila Hallinan
    • 2nd Grade Teachers
      • Diana Peters
      • Heather Casciato
      • Jerry Wahl-Stephens
    • 3rd Grade Teachers
      • Kennedy Hutsell
      • Pat Porter
    • 4th Grade Teachers
      • Jenny Miles-Gonzales
      • Kristina Blanton
    • 5th Grade Teachers
      • Craig Switalla
      • Sky Peterka
    If your student is going into PK or kindergarten those teachers will reach out with your teacher assignment in the next week to connect.
     
    Lunch Plan:
    As we transition back to our school year, the time of day that was bringing me the most anxiety around protecting students and reducing spread was lunch. Having multiple grade levels of students in the cafeteria unmasked eating together seemed to be our highest risk time for spreading COVID. As a result the task was whether to find a way to eat in individual classrooms spread out, add more lunch periods, find additional lunch space, or find a way to eat outdoors. Given the logistics of making staffing work and the fact that we have a permanently covered outdoor space, at least our 1st-5th grades will be eating lunches outside to start the school year. Our Kindergarten and PK lunch plans are still being worked out, as they do not typically eat lunch in the cafeteria, but instead from their individual classrooms. We are assessing the spacing and possibilities for those students.
     
    I anticipate there will continue to be shifting around our plans as we stretch ourselves to think outside the box and find ways to keep students, staff, and families safe and in-person for the coming school year.
     
    Please reach out if you have any questions or thoughts as we move forward. I will continue with weekly family messages moving forward into the new year.

    Take care, 
    Mr. Kaveh

     

    8/12/2021

    Hello BEH Families, 

     
    Yesterday was the first day of meetings for all PPS administrators to discuss the start of the school year and get on the same page as a district. Similarly, our secretaries are in training together at the end of this week as well. As a result, there will likely be less responsiveness from me and the main office as we focus on this work these next few days.

    I wanted to share a couple of updates with everyone and start the conversations as we get ready for teachers to return (August 25th) and students (September 1st)  in the very near future.
     
    Summer School:
    We just completed our three week Summer Acceleration Academy. It was an amazing experience. We had students from BEH, Irvington, Beach, and some charter schools as well. We had students attend BEH in-person from 8:30-3:30 Monday - Friday and participated in academic work from 8:30-12:30 with our PPS staff and then had lunch and enrichment from 12:30-3:30 with our SUN/SEI staff. It was amazing to have students back and engaged in a full day of engagement. 
     
    With our systems and our focus on safety, we were able to provide this three week experience for students and staff with no confirmed COVID cases throughout the entire program. I am excited to take what we learned from this and apply it to our plans and follow through for the coming school year.
     
    Popsicle Social:
    We are planning a popsicle social for students and families to come to the BEH playground on Friday, August 27th at 2:00. Our teachers and staff will be out and organized by grade level and subjects so that students and families can come and meet their teachers for the coming year. 
     
    Community Care Day:
    Saturday, August 28th from 9:00 AM - 12::00 PM we will have our annual Community Care Day. This is when families, community members, and school staff are able to come together and work to clean-up the grounds before the new school year starts. Typically this involves; pulling weeds, spreading bark dust/chips, clipping suckers off trees and shrubs, trimming ivy, etc. I will be out on the back playground with tools, snacks, and water for those that are able to attend.
     
    Back to School Social:
    Following the Community Care Day, we will have a Back to School Social event on Saturday, August 28th from 12:00-3:00. During this event there will be free food provided by our PTA, free haircuts, free backpacks and school supplies, and music with some opportunities for students to make and share some music of their own. Here is a flyer from Citywide, who is providing the haircuts, backpacks, and supplies. 

    If you would like to come and plan to get your students' haircut, please either respond to this email and let me know how many students you would like to get haircuts for or complete this quick survey. Citywide wants to ensure that they have enough barbers/hair stylists there to meet the demand during the event.
     
    First Day(s) of School:
    2nd - 5th Grade - The first day of school is Wednesday, September 1st
     
    1st Grade - Half of first grade will attend school on Wednesday, September 1st and the other half will attend on Thursday, September 2nd. All of first grade will attend on Friday, September 3rd.
     
    Kindergarten - Teachers will schedule times with families to come and see the school and meet the teachers on September 1st and 2nd. Half of kindergarten students will then attend their first day of school on Friday, September 3rd and the other half will attend their first day of school on Tuesday, September 7th. All kindergarten students will start attending together on Wednesday, September 8th.
     
    PK - Teachers will be connecting individually with families and scheduling visits during the first two weeks of September. The first day for PK students will be on Monday, September 13th.
     
    Hiring:
    Assistant Principal - As you all heard in her earlier announcement, Ms. Turner was selected to move into a principal role for this fall at another building in PPS. Just this week, they announced that she will be the interim principal at Rosa Parks Elementary School. I am excited for her to take the next step in her career and look forward to continuing to collaborate with her in the coming year through our work at a district level.
     
    As a result, I am working this week to gain some clarity around potential candidates for our assistant principal. The district has to first screen and approve candidates for this position before they can be considered for the role. I plan to work with our teachers, PTA, and SUN/SEI partners in the coming week to identify and recommend a candidate for this position.
     
    Counselor - Our previous school counselor (Ms. Dawson) retired at the end of July. As a result we conducted interviews this week and recommended an amazing candidate that will be joining our team for the fall. I will introduce her officially once all of the logistics are cleared with HR.
     
    PK Educational Assistants - We were able to officially hire Ms. Abigail into the position she had "temporarily" filled for us over the past two school years. In addition we just posted two new half-time PK Educational Assistant positions that will help with mealtime, nap time, and free choice in order to cover staff lunches in both PK classrooms. These positions will follow the school schedule and have consistent hours from around 10:00-2:00. These are posted on the PPS employment website if you know anyone that may be interested in applying.
     
    Logistics:
    School day -
    • Doors open at 8:40
    • Tardy bell rings at 8:45
    • School ends at 3:00
    Uniforms - 
    We will continue uniforms this year Monday-Thursday with free dress Fridays. This means Monday-Thursday students should be wearing a blue, yellow, or white shirt with a collar and khaki or navy colored pants, skirts, shorts, or dresses. If you need uniforms we can provide some from the office and will have some available at the back to school events.
     
    Departmentalization -
    If you have a 1st-5th grade student, they will not have one specific teacher, but instead will have all of the grade level teachers who will specialize in teaching specific subjects. PK and Kindergarten students will have one assigned teacher and we will communicate that with families in the next two weeks as we work to get all of our incoming students registered and in our systems.
     
    At this point, PPS plans to provide full day in-person instruction for all students, with many safety precautions in place. You can learn more about the specifics of those safety precautions here
     
    If there are any adjustments to plans or additional offerings made available, I will make sure and get the information out to all of our families.
     
    Take care and see you all soon, 
    Mr. Kaveh
     
    --
    Kaveh Pakseresht, Principal
    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School
    620 N Fremont St.
    Portland, OR 97227
    Ph. (503)916-6171
    Fx. (503)916-2611

     

    7/15/2021

    Hello BEH Families, 

     
    As we near the halfway point of our summer "break" hopefully everyone is feeling like they have found time to relax and figure out a summer routine. We wanted to share some quick information about some upcoming opportunities to get together as a community.
     
    Free Mad Science Shows at BEH:
    Mad Science is hosting several upcoming shows on the BEH playground.
    Here are the session titles, dates, and times:
    • Spin, Pop, Boom - Monday, July 19th @ 6:30pm
    • Observation, Hypothesis, Experimentation, and Conclusion - Tuesday, July 27th @ 6:30pm
    • Space Science Show - Wednesday, August 11th @ 6:30pm
    You can register for these events here. If you are not able to get registered ahead of time, don't sweat it, you can still show up. It just helps them to plan if they can get some idea around attendance to expect. These shows are offered at other school sites on other dates as well if any of those work better for your family.
     
    Free Concert @ Dawson Park:
    The Eliot Neighborhood Association is hosting a free concert @ Dawson Park on Thursday, July 22nd from 5:00-8:00. There will be music, food, storytelling, and much more. Here is a flyer with more details and dates of future concerts as well.
     
    Opt-In Family Contact Information: 
    We just wanted to remind any parents that would like to share their contact information with other interested BEH families who have students in the same grade level, you can complete this form. We started this in the fall and those that complete the form are added to a spreadsheet of contacts for the grade level that their child is in and are given access to the sheet to see contact info for any other families that opted in. If you already completed this, you can search your email or Google drive for the shared Google sheet or feel free to just email me and ask.
     
    Tina and I have been in Virginia this entire week at a training with many other PPS leaders learning and planning for our work in the coming year. We will both be back in the building more frequently starting next week and look forward to getting more summer programs going at BEH starting on Monday.
     
    Take care, 
    Mr. Kaveh & Ms. Turner

     

    6/29/2021

    Hello BEH Families, 


    I don't know about you, but I could use a bit of reprieve from the heat at this point. I hope that everyone is continuing to find ways to stay cool and safe through the continued elevated temperatures.

     

    Here are just a couple of quick notes for the week:

    Drop-in Vaccinations @ Roosevelt Tomorrow:

    We want to make you aware of an upcoming opportunity to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at no cost:

    • When: Wednesday, June 30 (first dose) and Wednesday, July 21 (second dose)
    • Where: Roosevelt High School, 6941 N. Central St.
    • If you would like to schedule ahead: Call 503-988-3392. Drop-in vaccinations will also be given from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. No appointment necessary.
    • Who’s eligible: Anyone 12 or older. However, those 12 to 14 will need to be accompanied by and have the consent of a parent or guardian.

    The vaccinations will be administered by the Multnomah County Student Health Center. We encourage anyone who has not been vaccinated to take advantage of this free-of-charge opportunity to protect yourself and your family.

     

    Meal Distribution @ BEH:

    We just wanted to make sure and remind everyone that we will resume having free meal distribution at BEH for students ages 1-18. Just come by the BEH parking lot Monday-Friday from 3:00-4:00 PM to pick-up these free meals.

     

    Playground Clean-Up:

    Thanks to the amazing turnout on the first of our 100+ degree days, we were able to get the weeds pulled and the wood chips spread for all three of our play structures on the playground. Thank you to all of the families and volunteers that showed up to help us get that accomplished this past weekend. We could not have got that done without your help. We will look at a date later in the summer to work on getting the fence cleared and our student's salmon back on the fence.

     

    Thank you all for your continued support and don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or thoughts as the summer moves along.

     

    Take care, 
    Mr. Kaveh & Ms. Turner

     

    6/22/2021

    Hello BEH Families, 

     
    I hope everyone is enjoying the start of summer and finding creative ways to stay cool. I wanted to make sure and share out a couple of updates and reminders.
     
    Summer Engagement Opportunities:
    PPS released their Summer Enrichment Catalog yesterday. There is information around summer opportunities/classes for students PK-12th grade. You can check out the catalog here. There are several options that will be hosted at BEH, but you likely want to register as soon as possible to get a spot.
     
    Playground Clean-Up:
    They are forecasting some extreme heat for this coming weekend, but we will still be hosting a playground clean-up this Saturday (6/26) from 9:00-11:00. We will make sure to have some cold beverages and snacks for those that attend and we will end promptly at 11:00 to try to avoid the peak heat. Our primary goals will be to; pull weeds from the playground areas, spread the wood chips, clip/pull ivy off the fence, and hang the wooden fish from the past several years.
     
    BEH Office Hours:
    We have reached that time of summer where we will not have consistent office staff on-site. Our staff are taking their vacations, participating in professional development, and working adjusted schedules. As a result, we may not answer your calls consistently until we are back in the building. We will however be checking emails and voice messages throughout and will do our best to get back to you. If you are thinking of coming by the school to pick anything up or check-in, you are going to want to confirm the time you are planning to ensure that there is someone here to meet you.
     
    Calendar Planning:
    We have been working on getting our 2021/22 calendar drafted and it is looking like we will be coming back together for our usual back to school social/kick-off events the last week in August, with the first day of school for 2nd-5th graders on September 1st. PK-1st graders have staggered starting dates that come progressively after that date.
     
    I will continue to send messages as relevant updates come out, but don't hesitate to reach out if anything comes up before then.

    Take care, 
    Mr. Kaveh & Ms. Turner

     

     

    6/14/2021

    Hello BEH Families, 

     
    It is officially the first week of summer break! The weather does not appear to be aligning with this today, but we can use the rain and it looks like that will shift in the coming days. I hope that everyone had a great end to the school year last week and are starting to get their summers mapped out.
     
    I only have a few items to review today, but will share more as I hear it this summer.
     
    Summer Options:
    Steps PDX - There are various options for dance classes and camps in 1-4 week increments from July 5th - August 4th. Here is the sign-up info.
     
    Young Audiences - July 12th - August 6th there will be week long art camps for elementary students at da Vinci. Info is here.
     
    PPS Full Summer Offerings - We were told that PPS will be releasing our full summer catalog of offerings this week. I will send info as well, but keep your eyes peeled if you are looking for programming, as they will likely book up quickly upon release. I expect there to be several offerings at BEH during the summer.
     
    Playground Clean-Up:
    We will be hosting a playground clean-up event at BEH on Saturday, June 26th from 9:00-11:00 AM for anyone who is around and interested in helping us to pull weeds, spread wood chips, pull ivy, and hang up wooden fish.
     
    Uniforms:
    Next year we will be going back to our school uniforms. This means a white, blue, or yellow collared shirt and dark blue or khaki colored pants, shorts, or skirts for all students. I wanted to give everyone time to look for them over the summer if needed. We will also have an event in August before school starts where we will have uniform options available for families to take home as well. If you have uniforms from previous years that you would like to donate, feel free to drop them by BEH between 8:30-3:30 or bring them to our August event.
     
    Item Drop-off/pick-up:
    If you still have instruments, Legos or other items that you would like to drop by the school feel free to bring them by so that we can get them inventoried and prepared for next year. Also, if you have not picked up your end of the year bag and summer workbook, please feel free to stop by the school as well. It helps to call in advance, but we are in the building most days from 8:00-4:00pm. Just come to the main entrance and ring the bell and we will come and get them for you.
     
    We will continue to provide updates throughout the summer, but they may not be every week, depending on our schedules. If you have any questions or need any clarification do not hesitate to send us an email, as we will be checking email regularly.

    Take care, 
    Mr. Kaveh and Ms. Turner
     

     

     

    6/7/2021

    Hello BEH Families, 

     
    We have officially arrived at the last week of the 2020/21 school year and we are all ready to close that chapter and start a new one. As we close out this year, we are hoping to end on a positive note and go into the summer with some optimism and momentum towards a new much more typical school year for 2021/22. Before we jump into that transition, let's look at all that we have planned to close this year out.
     
    Last Day of School:
    The last day of school for all PPS students is this Friday, June 11th. 
     
    PK Promotion:
    Our PK will have a walk out promotion on Friday, June 11th starting at 10:45 as they close out their last day of PK this year.
     
    Kinder Promotion:
    Our Kinder promotion will be on Friday, June 11th as well and will be a drive/walk/ride through event running from 2:45-4:00. This will happen in the parking lot, where we will have tables set-up to distribute materials and certificates and celebrate our kinder students as they head off for the summer.
     
    5th Grade Promotion:
    Our 5th grade promotion walkthrough event will be on Thursday, June 10th from 5:30-7:00. This event will be on the playground and will consist of several stations for students and families to walk through and take pictures, collect items, and get their certificates. We will be taking several pictures at this event in order to finish up our 5th grade promotion ceremony video that we will share out by the end of the day on Friday, June 11th.
     
    Student Summer Bags:
    We will be distributing Summer bags for all students at BEH. Students in PK, K, and 5th will get these bags at their promotion events. All other grade levels will have them sent home Thursday/Friday if they are in-person and are available for pick-up from the building this week if they are CDL. Our building is open for pick up each day this week from 8:00-4:00.

    Communities for Safe Kids Puppet Show Update:

    Our Puppet Show Classes from our social-emotional learning partner, Communities for Safe Kids, will continue during this final week.  Grade levels KG, 1, 2, and 3 will meet again on Wednesday from 10:45 to 11:15, with google meet code behpuppet.  Our 4th and 5th grade students will meet again on Tuesday from 10:45-11:15, with google meet code behpuppet45. 

    This week’s sessions are focused on Bullying Prevention, and here are Parent Talking Points for grades K-3 and 4-5.  Next week’s final topic will be on Cyberbullying Prevention, and we plan to share their talking points in next week’s message. Here is a letter from Communities for Safe Kids that provides further information about their program. 

    Youth who self-identify as girls and who are starting grades 5th through 9th in Fall 2021: 

    The Intel® Future Skills Sports STEAM Camp, powered by the Intel Olympic and Paralympic Office, is an exciting all-girls virtual summer camp blending sports and STEAM skills — Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Design, and Math, encouraging girls’ leadership in both arenas. https://go.firstbook.org/webmail/297582/588184261/2096b8c59e5a8713014485e6b9903c16bdea2778d747d460a0e58073da0efd43

    Playground Care Day:
    We are looking to find a day to pull some weeds, spread the newly arrived bark chips, pull some ivy/clean-up the fence, and hang some wooden fish on the west side of the playground. We are looking at Saturday, June 26th from 9:00-11:00 AM to get families, students, and staff that are interested and available to come and do some clean-up together. If you are interested, just show up on that Saturday morning and we will have tools there and dumpsters unlocked to get our playground set for summer programming. If you cannot make this one, no worries, we will have another Community Care Day in August.
     
    SEI Registration Event:
    As there were many challenges with getting registered for student support with SEI this year, they are planning an in-person registration day this week at BEH on Wednesday from 1:00-4:00 to ensure that we can get students registered for support in the summer and fall. There will be incentives, support, and an opportunity to meet some of the coordinators. Here is a flyer with the information, they will be set-up on the playground to meet with any families that would like support getting this completed.
     
    Thank you all for your support through this unusual school year. We could not have made it through this without your collaboration. I will continue to provide some updates throughout the summer, but they will likely not be every week. If anything comes up during the summer, reach out and let me know and we will do our best to help and support.
     
    Take care, 
    Mr. Kaveh & Ms. Turner

     

     

    6/1/2021

    Hello BEH Families, 

     
    We hope that everyone was able to enjoy the amazing weather for the extended weekend. It is hard to believe that we are kicking off June today and have less than two weeks left of this school year. We are looking forward to seeing this year off in a positive way and moving forward towards some more typical school plans as we move towards summer and then fall.
     
    SEL Update:

    This week, we are reviewing the Patience Tool in class, which aligns with our Core Value of Integrity.  Our Learning Target for students is “I can use my Patience Tool to be strong enough to wait.”

    We invite you to review this Patience Tool Home Letter for more ideas on how to support each other with having the Perseverance to overcome challenges of not getting what we want when we want it.   Families can also watch our Patience Tool Mini-Lesson, and a related Read Aloud story--Waiting is Not Easy!

     
    Communities for Safe Kids Puppet Show Update:

    Our Puppet Show Classes from our social-emotional learning partner, Communities for Safe Kids, will continue this week and next week.  NEW this week and next, we will combine grade levels KG, 1, 2, and 3 to be held on Wednesday’s from 10:45 to 11:15, with google meet code behpuppet.  Our 4th and 5th grade students will continue to meet on Tuesday’s from 10:45-11:15, with google meet code behpuppet45. 

    Here is a letter from Communities for Safe Kids that provides further information about their program.  This week’s sessions are focused on Appreciating Diversity, and here are Parent Talking Points for grades K-3 and 4-5.  Next week’s final topic will be on Cyberbullying Prevention, and we plan to share their talking points in next week’s message. 
     
    First Grade Fish Painting:
    This Thursday our first grade will be painting their wooden fish that they typically paint at the end of kindergarten. We will have parent volunteers assisting outside throughout the day with our first grade team in order to help get all of our first grade students the opportunity to paint their fish. First grade teachers have been scheduling times for families that are in CDL to come in on Thursday and complete this as well.
     
    Coffee Chat:
    This Friday will be our final Coffee Chat of the year. We will be on at 9:00 AM on Friday, June 4th through Google Meet. You can join us at this link then to reflect on the year, discuss upcoming events, and ask any questions you may have. We will record the conversation and post it to our YouTube Channel for those that cannot make it.
     
    Chromebooks:
    All PPS students will be allowed to keep their district issued Chromebooks at home for the summer. The hope is that this will allow for students and families to access learning over the summer as needed. If your child will no longer attend a PPS school next year, then please bring your Chromebook (and plugs) by the school before we leave for summer break. 
     
    Promotions:
    Next week we will have our PK, Kindergarten, and 5th grade promotions. Each grade level is working on coordinating with families and school staff to get these events planned following the current guidance. Please reach out if you have any questions or thoughts around these events.
     
    End of the Year Student Bags:
    We are working to get end of the year bags together for all of our students. Our student council brought up that we usually have class celebrations and student appreciation type festivities to end a typical year and wanted to make sure that we planned some fun treats for our students as we close out the year. Additionally, we have heard from many parents that having some work for students to practice over the summer would also be helpful. As a result, we will be handing out some summer swag bags to every student next week. This will consist of some student council suggested treats to go home, a summer workbook with pencils, and some summer reading options. 

    We will be sending these home with PK, K, and 5th grades on the day of their promotion events. Grades 1-4 will be available for pick-up in the office for CDL students starting on Monday and we will send them home with in-person students by the end of next week.
     
    Last Day of School:
    The last day of school for all students at BEH will be Friday, June 11th. We had some parents calling to ask and we wanted to clarify for everyone.
     
    Thank you all for your continued support,
     
    Mr. Kaveh & Ms. Turner

     

     

    5/24/21

    Hello BEH Families, 

    Thank you to all of you that participated (or helped your child participate) in our busy spirit week last week. It was a lot of fun to see students actively engaged in field day all day on Wednesday, participating in the spirit week themes each day and sharing their talents for the talent show video. If you missed the talent show video, you can find it on our YouTube Channel, along with many other resources and recordings from our school community.
     
    SEL Update:
    This week, we are reviewing the Courage Tool in class, which aligns with our Core Value of Integrity.  Our Learning Target for students is “I can use my Courage Tool to do the “right” thing.” We invite you to review this Courage Tool Home Letter for more ideas on how to support the use  of courage at home.  Families can also watch our Courage Tool Min-Lesson to discuss this important tool further.  
     
    4th/5th Grade Summer Camps:
    Airway Science is hosting several free week long summer camp options for fourth and fifth grade students that look both fun and educational. They are an amazing neighborhood resource that we often partner with. Here is the link to their flyer.
     
    PK Enrollment is Open:
    If you or someone you know has a child that will be 4 or 5 years old by September 1st, you can apply to the PPS PK programs now. There are stipulations around income qualifications, but all the information is here if you are interested in exploring the options.
     
    Dance Studio Update:
    We have been exploring the option of adding dance programming to BEH in the future and in exploring this option, we have been looking into options for developing and dance studio space with the district. We have been in meetings regarding the logistics of this over the past couple of weeks and we should be learning more about the options in multiple meetings today. Our hope is to get a solid dollar amount around what we would need in order to convert a space on campus to a dance studio so that we can work with our PTA to fundraise for the coming year in order to begin working on this project.
     
    Connect to Kindergarten:
    Our third and final Connect to Kindergarten event will be held virtually this Thursday at 11:30 at this link. If you have already attended a previous Connect to Kindergarten, there is no need to attend this event. If you have not made one yet and have an incoming kindergartener this is an opportunity to meet our staff, hear about what we do at BEH, and ask any questions you may have.
     
    Summer Workbooks:
    We have ordered summer workbooks for every student enrolled at BEH. We will be distributing them during the last week of school in hopes of providing families with options to keep students engaged in review and learning over the summer and help with the transition to their next grade level. We will send out messaging once the workbooks all arrive so that families can come and pick them up before summer begins.
     
     

    LIBRARY CONNECT IS LIVE:

    Student ID# = Multnomah Co. LIbrary Connect #

    PPS and MCL are partnering on Library Connect -- a project whereby students will be able to use their student ID# to access Multnomah County Library -- without having to sign up for a library card or remember a 14-digit county library card number.  

    Students will be able to login to www.multcolib.org and use their PPS student ID number preceded by our district code (01), example: 01xxxxxx.  So in addition to all the resources students access via their school libraries, students will be able to find and check out more books, ebooks and audiobooks, and stream movies and music. All in time for Summer!  

    This week is our last week of May. As we go into this weekend, don't forget that there is no school on Monday due to Memorial Day. 

    Take Care, 
    Mr. Kaveh & Ms. Turner
     
     
     
    5/17/2021
     
    Hello BEH Families, 
     
    Today we are kicking off our spring spirit week designed by our amazing student council. If you missed the agenda, here is a link created to help explain the week. In addition to spirit week there are a lot of other opportunities for student and family engagement this week as well. Here is a rundown of what is happening at BEH this week:
     

    Spirit Week Update:

    Student Council has planned a May Spirit Week taking place  5/17 to 5/21. Next week’s schedule will be Cozy & Chill Monday, Favorite Character Tuesday, Athletic Wednesday (same day as Field Day), Colorful Class Thursday, and Class Theme Friday.

    To be more inclusive, Student Council focused on having multiple ways to participate beyond dressing up.  Drawings, art, and videos about the Spirit Day topic can be posted to Flipgrid (https://flipgrid.com/b1626fc2) and discussed during Morning & Closing Meetings.

    Social-Emotional Learning Opportunity:

    Over the next 4 weeks, Boise-Eliot students will have the opportunity to attend presentations from our social-emotional learning partner, Communities for Safe Kids. Communities for Safe Kids is a K-5 Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and Violence prevention program that focuses on supportive relationships, equitable environments, and the academic, social and emotional development and overall well-being of families, students and staff. 

     

    Their program primarily uses puppets to talk about topics that can sometimes be heavy in nature. These include Understanding Feelings, Appreciating Diversity, Child Abuse Prevention, and Cyberbullying Prevention--and will be adjusted in order to be age appropriate for each grade level.  Here is a letter from Communities for Safe Kids that provide further information about their program.  This week’s sessions will be focused on Understanding Feelings, and here are talking points related to the workshops for K-3 and 4-5. Here are the days and times. 

     

    KG: Fridays 10:45-11:15 (Google Meet Code: behpuppetK)

    1st: Wednesdays 10:45 - 11:15 (Google Meet Code: behpuppet1)

    2nd & 3rd: Thursdays 10:45 - 11:15 (Google Meet Code: behpuppet23)

    4th & 5th: Tuesdays 10:45 - 11:25 (Google Meet Code: behpuppet45)

     

    TALENT SHOW - LAST CHANCE!

    Hey there, everyone!  

     

    I’ve heard from parents and students that they still want to send things in to me for the Talent Show video that I’ll be showing to the school on Friday!  Some are having trouble with posting their video on Flipgrid.  If that is you - just send 

    me your videos via email : tfadel@pps.net  

     

    There’s still a lot of you that said you’d send me something, and I haven’t got it yet! I’ll extend the deadline until Tuesday night.  Please get them to me by then.

     

    • Mr. Todd

     
    PTA Meeting:
    This Wednesday is our last PTA meeting of the year and they will be voting on the executive board members for next year at this meeting. In addition, we will be discussing upcoming events, summer planning, fundraising plans, etc. We hope to see you all virtually at this Google Meet on Wednesday, May 19th at 5:30.

     

    Third Grade Bridge Building:

    Third Grade Bridge Building Materials for CDL students can now be picked up from the school.  Bridge building will begin this Thursday!

    SEL Update:

    We will be reviewing the Apology and Forgiveness Tool, which aligns with our Core Value of Community.  Our Learning Target for students is: “I can use my Apology and Forgiveness tool to admit my mistakes and work to forgive yours.”  We invite you to review this Apology and Forgiveness home letter. Consider modeling this tool by finding something to apologize for or offer forgiveness to your child. Families can watch an Apology and Forgiveness Tool mini-lesson and a Read Aloud of the book “Matthew and Tilly” on our BEH YouTube Channel. 

    We are officially down to less than four weeks left of this school year and at this point we are planning for launching a typical fully in-person schedule starting in the fall.
     
    Thank you all for your continued engagement and collaboration, we look forward to a fun and engaging week.

    Mr. Kaveh & Ms. Turner
     
     
     
    5/10/2021
     
    Hello BEH Families, 
     
    We are moving into our second week of May and this week we will be officially one  month away from the end of the 2020/21 school year. It has been an incredible ride and I expect the last month to be busier than ever as we work to hold many of our end of the year events. 
     
    Here is what we have coming up in the next week or so:
     
    Coffee Chat:
    Our Coffee Chats have been a little thrown off since we moved into hybrid and this month Tina and I are deep in formal evaluations for nearly all of our teachers which adds more challenge to finding times that are available. This month we will be looking at hosting a Coffee Chat on Wednesday @ 9:30 AM. Here is the link to the meeting.
     
    Connect to Kindergarten:
    This week we will be hosting our second virtual Connect to Kindergarten. This meeting provides an opportunity for families of incoming kindergarteners to hear about BEH, meet staff, discuss kindergarten, and ask any questions they may have. We hosted a morning meeting in April, this meeting is our evening option and we will host a midday meeting later this month as well. Each meeting is identical, so families only need to attend the one that works best for them. Here is the link for our meeting this Thursday at 5:00 PM.
     
    Talent Show:
    Mr. Todd is working with our PTA to put together a virtual talent show video for BEH again this year. He has shared a Flip Grid for students to share their talents and will be on campus during pick-ups this week to record any student talents that students would rather share in person and have Mr. Todd record and add for them. Look for his table on the playground or access the Flip Grid posted on SeeSaw this week if your child is interested in sharing their talent for our talent show this year. I am excited to see what everyone shares this year.
     
    Spirit Week:
    Student Council has planned a May Spirit Week taking place  5/17 to 5/21. Next week’s schedule will be Cozy & Chill Monday, Favorite Character Tuesday, Athletic Wednesday (same day as Field Day), Colorful Class Thursday, and Class Theme Friday.


    To be more inclusive, Student Council focused on having multiple ways to participate beyond dressing up.  Drawings, art, and videos about the Spirit Day topic can be posted to Flipgrid and discussed during Morning & Closing Meetings.

    Field Day:
    Our virtual Field Day will be next Wednesday, May 19th from 8:30-3:30 with events happening every hour starting at 8:30. Staff will be online hosting each event and though each event has an hour time slot to attend, students will only need to actually attend for a few minutes to complete the event, but are welcome to stay and cheer on their friends as well. Information has been shared with students through SeeSaw and we will share out more detailed information with families in next week's message.
     
    Thank you all for taking the time to appreciate all of our amazing staff last week for staff appreciation week. I know that all of the notes, treats, and kind words meant a lot to all of us. We could not do this without all of your support and we appreciate how much effort families are putting in to support our learning with our amazing students.
     
    Have a great week,
    Mr. Kaveh & Ms. Turner
     
     
     
    5/3/2021
     
    Hello BEH Families,
     
    This week is our staff appreciation week. At BEH we recognize all of our staff during this week rather than separating for specific weeks. One reason why we do this is because we view all of our staff as educators. They are all teaching our students through their interactions and support of them and in many cases directly. The second reason we recognize our staff at the same time is because it allows for an inclusive week of recognition that allows for our PTA and admin team to collaborate and combine resources to celebrate our amazing school team. 
     
    If you get a minute this week, please take a moment and write a quick email, send a note, or just let the BEH staff that you appreciate know what impact they have had on your student and family during this challenging year.
     
    TALENT SHOW COMING UP!

    The PTA and our music teacher, Mr. Todd, are joining forces this year to make a TALENT SHOW video happen!  If you have a talent - and we mean ANYthing (jokes, dances, funny voices, poetry, pet tricks, gargling, etc.) - be sure and get that READY, because NEXT WEEK, we will be collecting videos for it.  We’ll let you know how you can send something in later on this week.  We may also have a way you can perform at the SCHOOL safely.  JUST STAY TUNED, and share this video out: http://bit.ly/behtalentshow2021  Any questions can be directed via email to Mr. Todd : tfadel@pps.net  - HAVE FUN!  

     

    3rd-5th Artist in Residence:

    Don’t forget to remind your 3-5th grade students to show up for our last few classes with our SPECIAL GUEST, MR. ALEX ADDY at 10:45! It will be on their calendar's weekly (3rd on Tuesday, 4th on Wednesday, and 5th on Thursday) BE SURE and PRACTICE YOUR DRUMMING patterns and REMEMBER the DAY YOU WERE BORN! WE WILL BE ASKING STUDENTS to SHARE THE NAMES they CHOSE if they lived in GHANA and TALK ABOUT WHAT YOU LEARNED about the culture!

    DRUMMING PATTERNS are on SEESAW! Or right here:

    1. R  R  R   RLRL

    2. R  RLRLRL  L

    3. R  R  RL RL

    Counseling Corner:

    Click here for an introduction from BEH's substitute counselor (Mr. Josh) who is filling in for the rest of the 2020/21 school year.

    5th Grade Families:

    Now is the time to have your student forecast for 6th grade - if they haven’t done so already! Click here for resources for your student’s transition to middle school.

    If you are interested in growing your student’s writing skills over the summer, Click here for information for an upcoming opportunity through the Oregon Writing Project at Lewis & Clark College! 

    Scholarships are available for those who qualify.

     

    Spirit Week & Field Day: Our student council is working with our staff to plan a schoolwide spirit week for the week of May 17th-21st. On the Wednesday of that week will be our virtual field day as well. Details for both of these will be coming in the next week. Students have been getting practice activities for field day posted weekly in their PE SeeSaws.

     

    SEL Update:

    This week classes are continuing their work around goal setting and classes will be focused on setting class academic and social goals. We will also be linking our goals to our core values and our Toolbox curriculum.

     

    It is incredible to think that we only have six weeks of school left before we reach the end of this unusual school year. We are looking forward to the many fun culminating activities we have planned to end the school year.

     

    Thank you all for the continued engagement and support,

     
    Mr. Kaveh & Ms. Turner

     
     
     
    4/26/2021
     
    Hello BEH Families, 
     
    It was great to get to see families last week at both our PTA meeting and our Coffee Chat. We were able to record the Coffee Chat and post it on our YouTube Channel for those that were unable to make it.
     
    Guest Author This Week:

    You are invited to a virtual reading celebration on Wednesday, April 28th at 12:30 pm. Guest author Imani Ariana Grant will be there to share her story and books with us. Bring your lunch and let's celebrate our March Madness Reading together! This would be a great time to order your pizza if you earned a coupon with your classroom. Looking forward to seeing you there!

    Click the link below to join the Zoom Meeting:

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84743218135?pwd=ZytvRS9JQXlJc0lvR0ZmZEc2eXJ6UT09


    Meeting ID: 847 4321 8135

    Passcode: Reading

     

    5th Grader Summer Writing Opportunity:

    Writing Your Way Flyer - This is an online Course through the Oregon Writing Project at Lewis & Clark, reduced tuition for students attending schools verified free or reduced lunch; full scholarships also available. This is an opportunity for soon-to-be 6th graders.

     

    Return Fall Music/Legos:

    Just a reminder that we are still collecting musical instruments and Lego kits that were delivered in the fall. If you have a student that is in K-2 and you still have drums and percussion instruments at home, please send them back with the students as they come into hybrid or drop-off if your child is still in CDL. As we have had more students start showing up due to in-person being an option, we are finding that we are running out of instruments as we have worked to rotate them to the new grade levels this spring.

     

    Fourth Grade Info:

    There are science kits for our fourth graders to pick-up. If you student attends in-person we will send it home with them. If they are in CDL, you can come by the school and pick them up between 8:30-4:30.

    It’s that time of the year for 3rd grade to start their Portland Bridges unit and we are looking for more Big & Awesome Bridge Books. If you happen to still have one at home from last year, please return it to the office as soon as you can.

    SEL Update:

    Teachers and social emotional support staff will be teaching the third of our 12 Tools this week: the Breathing Tool, which aligns with our Core Value of Perseverance.  We invite you to review this Breathing Tool home letter and to practice taking deep belly breaths with your child. Our learning target is “I can use my Breathing Tool to calm myself and check in.” You can also watch this Breathing Tool mini-lesson from our SEL team and a Read Aloud of Anh’s Anger from our librarian Ms. Cardenas.   

     

    5th Grade Promotion:

    We are getting prepared for our 5th grade promotion. If you are interested in supporting or have pictures of current 5th graders to share, here is the letter that 5th grade shared with families last week.

     

    Summer Camp Opportunity:

    Summer Elite Sports Academy provided free summer opportunities for our school last summer and they will be offering them again this summer. Here is the basic info they shared with me and a link to their website if you would like to register:

    • 8 week summer program online (June 28 - August 20)

    • Sports training and academic games 

    • Complete workouts and assignments to earn points and win up to $500 in prizes 

    • 100% free to enroll for students attending CEP schools

     

    Thank you all for your continued engagement and support around making our hybrid and CDL programming work for our students this spring. Please help to remind your students that regardless of whether they are online or in-person right now, the school day runs from 8:00-2:30 Monday-Friday. Our specials teachers would love to see all of their students weekly and each grade level has a live meeting to start and end each day.

    Have a great week,

    Mr. Kaveh & Ms. Turner

     
     
    4/19/2021
    Hello BEH Families, 
     
    We are starting to hit our stride with our hybrid schedule and it has been amazing to spend time with students again. It was encouraging to hear the expectation of being in-person full-time in the fall. I am hopeful that we can continue to take steps towards regaining some of what we considered normal previously.
     
    March Madness Reading Prizes:
    Thank you ACMS Northwest for handing out ‘I Love Reading’ masks on Friday! They are available for pick-up in the office for any students that have not received one. If your child is in a winning classroom (Mrs. Golden, Ms. Ellie, Ms. Lauren, Mrs. Casciato, Mrs. Hutsell, Ms. Blanton, Mr. Switalla), please check with their teacher to receive their free pizza coupon.
     
    PTA Meeting:
    We have our monthly PTA meeting this Wednesday at 5:30. We will be talking about the many events that PTA will be supporting us with, planning for next year, and just overall updates around PTA/school work. Here is the link if you are able to join us.
     
    Coffee Chat:
    This Friday Ms. Turner and I will host our April Coffee Chat at 9:00 AM. This is an opportunity to connect and hear what we have been working on, how things are going, what is coming up, and ask any questions you may have. Here is the link for that meeting.
     
    Friends of Baseball:
    If you are looking for an opportunity to get your child involved in some extracurricular activities, this is an amazing organization that regularly partners with our school to introduce and support students with learning about and building the knowledge/skills to play baseball. You can meet the coaches and learn more about what they are offering this spring. It is a great merge of baseball and mentorship. Here is the registration link if you are interested.
     
    5th Grade Promotion:
    We are working on getting our fifth grade promotion organized and planned. We would love to have some support in this process. Here is a flyer that the fifth grade team is sending out to families. If you are interested in supporting this planning, please reach out.
     
    We are looking forward to another amazing week and hope to see many of you in our PTA and Coffee Chat this week.
     
    Take care,
    Mr. Kaveh & Ms. Turner
     
     
     
     
    4/12/2021
    Hello BEH Families, 
     
    I wanted to start this week by addressing the message I sent out regarding an individual in our community who had a positive COVID-19 test on Friday. I wanted to clarify that this message does not mean that we had a COVID transmission onsite. Whenever there is an individual that was onsite that tests positive we have to share that publicly to ensure that all are informed. If someone had close contact (within 6 feet for 15 minutes) we will inform that individual/family of the exposure. 
     
    This incident is an example of why we have the precautions in place that we do. Through wearing masks, social distancing, maintaining cohorts, washing hands upon entry, keeping students home when they are not feeling well, etc. we are working to prevent the transmission of COVID between individuals for this very reason. We often do not know if someone is positive, so maintaining these practices will help us to ensure that we do not spread it within our community. 
     
    Coffee Chat:
    After sending out the survey for adjusting our Coffee Chat times moving forward, it looked like maintaining Friday, but moving the time to 9:00AM was the preference. I am unavailable this Friday due to a previously scheduled meeting, so we will have our first Coffee Chat on Friday, April 23rd. Following that we will shift to the first Friday of May and June to close out the year.
     
    Connect to Kindergarten:
    We will host our first virtual Connect to Kindergarten event this week on Thursday, April 12th at 8:00. This meeting is for families of incoming kindergarten students to meet us, hear about what we do at BEH, and ask any questions they may have. Feel free to join at this link if you have a kindergarten student for next school year. It is not required and we will have two more opportunities to attend later this year at different times of the day.
     
    SeeSaw Update:
    I know there has been a lot of shifting with SeeSaws this past couple of weeks. We worked on Friday to ensure that all students are connected to the correct SeeSaw and you should start seeing one consistent place for your child to review and complete their assignments from their classroom teacher. We also are working to name the SeeSaws so that they will default into the home room and then have their specials classes immediately following them in the drop down. Any classes that are not being used any longer will be renamed to move them to the bottom of the list.
     
    Wednesdays:
    This week is our first "typical" week in our new hybrid schedule. This means that the only day that students will be fully online will be Wednesdays. All students are online for all Wednesdays moving forward, but there will still be some live meetings in those days for students; primarily the morning meeting, specials, and closing meeting. Our specials teachers (art, PE, library, music) will all be offering their specials on Wednesdays during the afternoon slot (12:30 for K, 1st, 3rd, 4th and 1:30 for 5th). This will allow the classes to have higher student participation.
     
    SEL Update:
    This week we will focus on our Core Value of Community and our Empathy Tool.  In class, the learning target will be “I can use my Empathy Tool to care for myself and care for others.”   Click here for more information on how to help develop the Empathy Tool at home.   This video “All About Empathy For Kids” is also a great resource to review and discuss.
     
    Free Health Clinic:
    Our School Health Assistant shared that there will be a free health clinic this Saturday in Tigard. If families need any of these services, this is an opportunity to get them taken care of for free. Here is the flyer with info. We will continue to share as they will likely schedule more in the future at other locations as well.
     
    Thank you all for your continued support. We are getting started on planning many of the end of the year activities for BEH and if you are interested in volunteering or helping to coordinate for 5th grade promotion, PK & Kinder promotion, coordinating the fish painting for our first graders who missed it last year, or any other upcoming events please reach out or let your child's teacher know. 

    Have a great week, 
    Mr. Kaveh & Ms. Turner
     
     
     
     
     
    4/5/2021
    Hello BEH Families,
     
    We are about to wrap up our first day of PK-5th grade hybrid instruction. It has been a lot of work getting to this point, but we are all so excited to be able to start working with students in-person again. Every student whether they are in person or online will have shifts in their schedules starting this week, but we have worked out a system that will allow all students to see their teacher(s) daily and receive the same level of instruction throughout the week.
     
    Adjusted School Schedule:
    Starting today, every K-5 student at BEH (and across PPS) shifts to a school day that runs from 8:00-2:30. Within these school days will be a mix of live in-person, live online, and asynchronous work. This means that every student should start getting in the habit of being engaged from 8:00-2:30 every school day regardless of whether they are AM or PM/in-person or online.  We are working to reinforce this for our students through the start of consistent morning and closing meetings daily at each grade level. This means that students will have a morning meeting and closing meeting everyday (including our asynchronous Wednesdays) to help to create the schedule and accountability for students around when they should be engaged.
     
    Specials:
    Our specials (PE, Music, Art, Library) have shifted so that both AM and PM cohorts can participate in them live. You can see the schoolwide specials schedule here.
     
    Wednesdays:
    Every Wednesday is an asynchronous day. This means regardless of whether you are in-person, online, AM, or PM you will be fully online every Wednesday and your live opportunities will be morning meeting, closing meeting, and specials. 
     
    This Friday:
    Just to add a little more confusion, this week we have no school this Friday. It is the last week of the quarter, as a result we will have a grading day on Friday district wide. This means no instruction at all this Friday. 
     
    Early Kindergarten Transition:
    We will have early kindergarten transition programming this summer that will be available for our incoming kindergarten students as well as our current kindergarten students. It is scheduled to run from July 19th-August 5th, Monday-Thursday from 8:45-11:30. Here is a flyer in English and Spanish and here is the link for the application.
     
    Connect to Kindergarten:
    We will be hosting three virtual connect to kindergarten events for incoming kindergarten families. Here are the dates:
    • Thursday, April 15th @ 8:00 AM
    • Thursday, May 13th @ 5:00 PM
    • Thursday, May 27th @ 11:30 AM
    We will be meeting incoming families, answering questions and sharing about our school. If you have an upcoming kindergartener or know a family in the neighborhood who does, please make note of the dates. They will all be the same information, so you will only want to attend one meeting.
     
    Family Friday:
    We need to find another time to meet monthly for our Principal Coffee Chat's. Typically we met the first Friday of the month in the morning. Pre-Covid it was at 9:00 after students went to class. Once we went online we shifted to 8:00 to allow for meeting before families had to help get their student online. Now that school is starting at 8:00 we need to reevaluate a new time. If you can share your perspective/preferences here it would be helpful with planning this shift.

    Thank you all for your patience as we roll out this new system and I am hopeful that you have felt supported and informed throughout this process. Please reach out if there are questions or thoughts as we continue this journey through the unique 20/21 school year.
     
    Take care, 
    Mr. Kaveh and Ms. Turner
     
    --
    Kaveh Pakseresht, Principal
    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School
    620 N Fremont St.
    Portland, OR 97227
    Ph. (503)916-6171
    Fx. (503)916-2611
     
     
     
     
    3/29/2021

    Hello BEH Families, 

    I apologize for the late message today. I generally like to get these out a bit earlier, but we have been working hard to get ready for our shift to hybrid learning. Our teachers and staff are working to get individual student schedules finalized and sent out to families by the end of the day tomorrow. Some may have already started getting them out today. This week is fully online with most of the work being asynchronous in order to allow for teachers and staff to shift schedules, plan for in-person instruction, and prepare the building.

     

    SEL Lessons on Safety Routines and Preparing for Schedule Change:

    As we prepare for the upcoming change in schedules (Hybrid and CDL), our SEL team will continue to post recorded mini-lessons to YouTube and students’ Seesaw accounts on a daily basis as we lead up to our launch of Hybrid. If you have not yet watched, please check out our “Back to School at BEH--A Preview to our In-Person Learning Return” video with your children as a great way to preview, build readiness, and start conversations about our upcoming hybrid experiences.  You may also watch our recently posted  Mask Up Mini-Lesson and Hand Washing & Sanitizing Mini-Lessons.  These are helpful for students preparing to join us for In-Person Hybrid Learning, as well as a great reminder for those remaining in CDL to be safe while interacting with others in the community.

     

    March Madness Reading Challenge:

    The March Madness Reading Challenge ends on Wednesday, March 31st. Please turn in all minutes from Week 4 (Spring Break) and the final 3 days this week, by Thursday, April 1st. The Reading log prizes will be available for pick-up at the school until Friday, April 9th.

     

    Playground Access:

    Starting Thursday, April 1st we will have students returning to campus and with their return, we will be closing the playground to the public between the hours of 8:00-2:30 with the exception of families during drop-off and pick-up.

     

    Neighborhood Bus Stops/Schedule:

    Based on family feedback around use of transportation it looks like PPS will be offering the following bus stops for hybrid instruction:

    AM Cohort Pick-Up/Drop-Off:

    N Rosa Parks & N Albina - 7:40 AM/10:38 AM

    N Killingsworth &  N Haight - 7:44 AM/10:34 AM

    N Vancouver & N Sumner - 7:45 AM/10:29 AM

    NE Alberta & NE Cleveland - 7:49 AM/10:26 AM

     

    PM Cohort Pick-Up/Drop-Off:

    N Rosa Parks & N Albina - 11:51 AM/2:57 PM

    N Killingsworth & N Haight - 11:56 AM/2:53 PM

    N Vancouver & N Sumner - 11:57 AM/2:49 PM

    NE Rodney & NE Thompson - 12:04 PM/2:40 PM

     

    If a stop was dropped from our route that you think your child would utilize please let me know and I will reach out to transportation to see if we can consider adding it back. 

     

    Hybrid Starting Days:

    Here is a reminder of when each grade level restarts live instruction. If your student whether your student will be in-person or online the dates will be the same:

     

    PK: All students start Thursday, April 1st

    Kindergarten: All students have a live day Thursday, April 1st, then are asynchronous again for Friday, April 2nd

    1st Grade: All students start live instruction on Friday, April 2nd

    2nd-5th Grade: All students start live instruction Monday, April 5th. PK-1st will also be live at this time.

     

    Hybrid Routines:

    At BEH we will be working to ensure safety while in the building. In addition to students and staff wearing masks and maintaining 6 feet of social distance in classrooms we will also be working to establish routines with students around many regular activities. Here are a few examples:

    Entry: Students will all be entering grade specific doorways when they get to school. Each doorway will be clearly marked and a staff will be there to stagger student entrance and encourage space to be maintained as they wait for entry. We will have marked waiting spaces outside of each entrance for students to stand on until they enter the building. 

    Exit: Teachers will be escorting students out of the building and lining up under the covered area in designated lines for students to be picked up. Families can come to the perimeter of the basketball courts and we will send students to them. There will be meals offered for students upon their departure as well.

    Bathroom: We will only have one student in a bathroom at a time. For those grade levels that will be using bathrooms outside of their classrooms we will excuse one student at a time to use the bathroom and they will take an individual bathroom pass with them that has velcro attached to the back. This will be placed in a designated spot outside of the bathroom to indicate that it is in use. If a student arrives to use the bathroom and there is already a pass outside of that bathroom then they will wait in a marked waiting space and enter once the other person exits and removes their pass.

    Water: We will have individual water bottles provided for every student at BEH. We will sanitize them twice weekly and have them in a designated space in each classroom. If a student needs a drink they will raise their hand and be excused to go to the water bottle area, remove their mask, get a drink out of their water bottle, replace their mask and return to their seat. 

    Hopefully sharing some of these routines helps to better get a picture of how our protocols and procedures will look upon our return to school.

    We look forward to getting back to our live instruction and having students back in person in the coming days. Thank you for your patience as we get the systems and protocols lined out so that we can ensure all of our students and staff are safe and we provide the best possible educational opportunities for all of our students regardless of which program they are in. Please reach out if you have any questions or thoughts as we make this transition.

    Take care, 

    Ms. Turner & Mr. Kaveh

     

     

     
    3/19/2021
    Hello BEH Families, 
     
    As we get ready to embark on our spring break from distance learning, I wanted to make sure and share what grade level schedules will look like once we return from our break and the teacher planning days. Below you will find links to AM and PM schedules for each grade level K-5:
    • Kindergarten AM and PM Schedules
    • 1st Grade AM and PM Schedules
    • 2nd Grade AM and PM Schedules
    • 3rd Grade AM and PM Schedules
    • 4th Grade AM and PM Schedules
    • 5th Grade AM and PM Schedules
    **I did not include PK in these schedules since they have been working directly with families to plan and will only have one hybrid cohort from 8:00-11:00 AM Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday beginning on Thursday, April 1st.
     
    If you would like to have some more information around these schedules and how we arrived at them I made my best attempt at sharing our process and thinking in this 10 minute video.
     
    Whether you have requested in-person or online the AM and PM schedule will be identical. We have prioritized keeping students with their teachers in both cohorts and every student will have their current classroom teacher for at least some portion of their school day.
     
    We have talked to most families and have assigned students to the cohort that families have requested. If you have requested online, then your child is most likely in the AM cohort as most of our online learning will occur at that time. Teachers will be sharing out individualized schedules to families the week after spring break. 
     
    Keep in mind that the week after spring break will be asynchronous M-F for 2nd-5th grade students, while kindergarten and first grade will each have one live day during that week. The entire school will be following the new schedules starting Monday, April 5th.
     
    I hope this information helps bring some clarification around what schedules and learning will look like as we shift to our new model. Please reach out if you have any questions or thoughts regarding this in the coming week and we will provide further details upon our return from spring break.

    Take care, 
    Mr. Kaveh & Ms. Turner
     
    3/15/2021
    Hello BEH Families,
     
    As we start another week with new information and continuing shifts in our guidance I am hopeful that everyone is able to sift through all the information and focus on what it is that we can influence. With so much changing in what we hear everyday it can be hard to process and plan for what is to come. I am hopeful that these weekly messages help to bring some clarity and insight into how we are processing the information at BEH.
     
    Hybrid (In-Person) Update:
    The plan continues to be to have two cohorts per grade level (K-5) of students that opt to be in-person; one in the AM (8:00-10:15) and one PM (12:15-2:30).  Our PK students that opt-in to hybrid will be in person from 8:00-11:00. All in person instruction will occur Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Wednesday will remain fully online for all students. Hybrid learning will begin for PK-1st grade on April 1st and for 2-5th grade on April 5th.
     
    Transportation for Hybrid:
    Our typical transportation will begin for students that need it with hybrid. This means that buses will be running for both AM and PM students at our usual stops. All buses will be operating at half capacity and every other seat on the bus will be empty to provide for distancing while traveling to and from school.  Here are a list of our typical stops:
    • Route 101:
      • 5601 N Yale
      • N Rosa Parks & N Albina
      • N Killingsworth & N Haight
      • N Vancouver & N Sumner
    • Route 109:
      • 9930 N Smith
      • 10000 N Burr
      • 9469 N Van Houten
      • N Willis & N Druid
    • Route 136:
      • NE 53rd & NE Davis
      • NE Alberta & NE Cleveland
      • NE Thompson & NE Rodney
      • 5250 NE MLK Jr. Blvd (PM Only)
    Please reach out if you are planning to utilize transportation and what stop you think your students will access so that we can help transportation to plan accordingly. 
     
    CDL (Online) Update:
    We will continue to provide CDL (Online) instruction to any students/families that opt to remain. Our plan to make this happen and maintain students retaining their current teacher(s) is to provide our CDL instruction from 8:00-10:15. Any support, specials, etc. will be offered for all students outside of their live time with classroom teachers.
     
    Uniform Policy:
    We will not be enforcing any uniform policy for this school year. We don't want to have families needing to think about purchasing uniforms for the last couple months of the school year. We will revisit uniforms to begin the next school year.
     
    Neighborhood House Child Care Plans:
    They are currently planning to open one classroom at Boise-Eliot/ Humboldt, one classroom at Martin Luther King, Jr. and one classroom at Sabin.  These rooms will open sometime before April 12.  In each classroom they will be able to have a roster of up to 30 children with only 15-20 attending at any one time.
    They will be able to serve:
    • CDL only families from 8am-5pm or 9am-3pm
    • AM cohort families from 10:15am-5:00pm MTRF and 8am-5pm Wed
    • PM cohort families from 8:00am-12:15pm and/ or 2:30-5:00pm and 8-5 Wed
    In the program they will be able to provide 
    • support to students in completing asynchronous assignments
    • help with maintaining schedules for CDL only students
    • limited tutoring or academic support
    • staff experienced with in -person CDL support during the pandemic
    • safe and healthy space for children to interact with peers
    • grab and go lunches and breakfasts provided by PPS nutrition services
    • snack provided by Neighborhood House
    If you have questions or need more information, please do not hesitate to reach out to: ascott@nhpdx.org
     
    You can find our enrollment paperwork on their website: https://nhpdx.org/youth-services-2/.
     
    We understand that you may not yet know your child's schedule.  Feel free to email them anyway to let them know you are interested.  They do accept ERDC. And they work with CCI to cover any costs that ERDC does not cover.  They also have a sliding scale for lower income families who do not qualify for ERDC.
     
    They will have limited space but will continue hiring to work to meet the demand.
     
    PTA Meeting:
    Our monthly PTA meeting will be this Wednesday at 5:30. You can join us at this link. Please come and hear the latest around what our PTA has been working on and the plans for the remainder of the school year.
     
    Student Council Announcement:
    Last week, students watched student council candidates introduce themselves and share their election speeches during morning meetings. Thank you to all 8 of the candidates who ran in our election!  Students voted across the school and the results will be posted in a video announcement on our YouTube channel later today and shared with students tomorrow morning in class meetings.
     
    SEL Update:
    Please watch our “Back to School at BEH--A Preview to our In-Person Learning Return” video with your children.  Returning to school in-person will look different than in the past, and we all have a lot of different feelings about returning--excited, nervous, curious, and more.  Watching this brief video is a great way to preview, build readiness, and start conversations about our upcoming hybrid experiences.
     

    In student morning meetings this week, we will be reviewing the Personal Space Tool within the context of social distancing at school.   Our learning target is “I can use my Personal Space Tool to be social from a distance.“ In addition to discussing social distancing and mask wearing, we will include practice of some creative Contactless Greetings which should help build excitement for seeing each other in person while keeping safety precautions in mind. You can watch this Personal Space Tool & Returning to School mini-lesson here.    

    SEI 3-5th Family Night:
    This Thursday, our partners at SEI are coordinating a family night to launch their work with our 3rd-5th grade students who will be a part of their in-school programming moving forward. There will be information, games, and prizes. They will be sending out an email with an invite for those families to join them online at 5:30 this Thursday.
     
    We have been working hard to get our building ready for hybrid and working out all of the logistics to make it happen safely and effectively. All of this work has been done with our students and families in mind. Our hope is that in the end we can provide a quality education to students both in-person and online. Please let us know if you have any thoughts or suggestions as we navigate this shift.
     
    Take care, 
    Mr. Kaveh and Ms. Turner
     
    --
    Kaveh Pakseresht, Principal
    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School
    620 N Fremont St.
    Portland, OR 97227
    Ph. (503)916-6171
    Fx. (503)916-2611
     
     
     
     
     
    3/8/2021
    Hello BEH Families, 
     
    It sounds like we are starting to get more detailed information around not just PPS hybrid planning and timelines, but statewide. I look forward to getting students back in BEH soon and we are now working on a much shortened timeline to get ready for it. There is some info spelled out below, but you can expect some more detailed information later this week and we will be reaching out to get a better understanding of what families plan on attending and what works best for everyone.
     
    Black History Month Video:
    Our amazing SUN coordinator (Mr. Robert) and many members of our school staff worked hard to gather and edit much of the work that teachers were doing in classes for Black History Month in order to create a summary video to share with the community. Our goal was to recreate an opportunity that would have likely been done in-person during a typical school year for families to be able to see at home. There is also an extra bonus of Ms. Turner and Mr. Todd doing an encore to their previous musical performance including some special guests. Check it out on our YouTube Channel when you get a chance.
     
    Hybrid Update:
    As you likely all heard late last week, Governor Brown has ordered all schools to have K-5 students back in at least a hybrid format by March 29th. We were already planning for this shift in PPS, but were targeting the 4th quarter (April 12th). This shift in timeline has us scrambling to speed up our preparation and planning in order to be prepared to meet this deadline. I will continue to share information as we learn more and I expect to have further information in time for the Coffee Chat on Friday. 
     
    At this point it looks like we will most likely be offering an AM and PM model where students will be attending in person either in the AM or PM cohort. The last I heard the target was for this to occur four days per week with students completing virtual instruction anytime that they are not in-person. Also, families will still have the option to remain in the fully distant learning model if that is what their family needs.
     
    Successful Schools Survey:
    We are working on wrapping up our student (3-5) and staff surveys around our school climate this week and just wanted to remind families to please share your feedback around how our school has worked in supporting your family this year. If you go to this link you can select Boise-Eliot/Humboldt E.S. from the drop down menu and provide feedback for our school to help guide our work moving forward and compare to other schools in the district.
     
    Coffee Chat:
    I realized late last week that we did not schedule our usual coffee chat with families on Friday as we usually host it the first Friday of each month. As a result and given all the new information we have been getting about what school will look like this spring, I wanted to make sure and host a coffee chat this week. We will meet virtually this Friday at 8:00 AM. You can join us by clicking on this link on Friday morning. If you are unable to make it, we will record and share with the community through our YouTube Channel. This is an opportunity to ask questions, hear what we are planning, and share your perspective around the work we are doing at BEH.
     
    SEL Update:
    Several students this week are candidates for Student Council who are excellent models of our Core Values.  Students will be voting during morning meetings, and this is an excellent example of our Using Our Words tool in action.  Please help reinforce the importance of sharing their voice through voting!
     
    Reading Month:

    Students and families please share your book recommendations on Flipgrid for National Reading Month and the March Madness Reading Challenge. *videos will show on the grid once they have been approved* While you are there, check out the many student recommendations that have already been added. It is great to see our students' excitement around reading and having the opportunity to share it as a community.

    PTA Fundraiser:

    This Wednesday, March 10, 10% of sales at ¿Por Qué No? Taqueria (PQN) on Mississippi will go to Boise-Eliot/Humboldt (BEH). Please consider supporting our neighbor, PQN, as they support our school! PQN Mississippi hours are 11am-9pm.

     
    Mortgage Relief Program:

    Please find information about the COVID-19 mortgage relief program for Oregon homeowners.  The COVID-19 Mortgage Relief program helps Oregon homeowners who are struggling to make their mortgage payments. 

    • For eligible applicants currently receiving unemployment benefits, it will bring their mortgage current and make up to six monthly payments directly to their mortgage servicer. 

    • For those who have returned to work, but are behind on their mortgage, it will bring their account current.

    • Homeowners who have suffered a financial hardship and are struggling to keep up with their mortgage should visit https://www.oregonhomeownerhelp.org

    • Funding is limited and applications will only be accepted through 3/14/2021.

     
    Thank you all for your continued support and collaboration as we have navigated this unprecedented year. We look forward to moving towards the next step of getting students back in schools.

    Please reach out if you have any thoughts or ideas around how we can best support your family in this transition. 
     
    Take Care, 
    Ms. Turner and Mr. Kaveh
     
    --
    Kaveh Pakseresht, Principal
    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School
    620 N Fremont St.
    Portland, OR 97227
    Ph. (503)916-6171
    Fx. (503)916-2611
     
     
     
     
    3/1/2021
     
    Hello BEH Families, 
     
    Just getting some beautiful weather this weekend helped me to begin to see the "light" at the end of this long tunnel we have been trudging through. I began to see the possibilities of outdoor opportunities that we can have in the spring and ways for us to think creatively around how we can plan some supportive community building events in the near future in a safe and organized way. I look forward to working with our community partners to ensure that we end this year in a very positive and motivating way that builds momentum into what I hope are some robust summer opportunities for our students and families.
     
    Priority Assignments:
    As a reminder, all of our grade level teachers are identifying one assignment in literacy and one assignment in math as priority assignments weekly. Our goal with those assignments is that as many students as possible are able to complete them so that teachers can review the work weekly, provide specific feedback to students, and use the information to help guide their instructional planning for the coming week. Our hope for students and families is that this provides some guidance around where to prioritize your focus on weeks when you may not be able to attend to all that is posted on SeeSaw. If you can help to reinforce with our students to prioritize this work it would be much appreciated.
     

    SEL Update:

    In morning meetings, we are introducing a school-wide practice of classroom goal setting.  Please talk with your children this week to learn about the 1) Academic Goal and 2) Social Goal that they create as a class.  We hope this becomes a monthly goal setting practice where each of our students share their voice in creating the classroom community goals, planning to reach their goals, learning from mistakes, and celebrating successes.

     
    Jazz In Schools Reminder:
    Students are invited to send in their Jazz artwork that is created on the watercolor paper provided at BEH!  It does not have to be a painting.  If you do not have a piece of this paper, please come by to pick up a piece as the program requires artwork submitted on this watercolor paper.  Artwork selected will be on display at the Portland Art Museum this spring as part of a district wide art show celebrating Jazz and art!  Please bring it to the school no later than 3 pm Friday, March 5.
    • Artwork must be an original work of art.  No trademark artwork or use of other´s photography may be used.
    • Artwork must be inspired by jazz!  It can be inspired by a single artist, instrument or song.  It can be inspired by jazz as a whole!
    • The back of the artwork submitted must have the student´s first and last name, grade level and school written on it.
    • In order to be displayed at the museum, artwork must be returned with a signed waiver.
    **Artwork will not be returned, so take lots of photos of work you wish to submit!
     
    Please contact me if you have any further questions!
     
    Thanks!
    --
    Jenn Larkin Miller
    Art
    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt
     
    Site Council Update:
     
    We had our monthly BEH Site Council Meeting last Friday to review our work over the course of this year and to start planning around what our next steps could be. Here is the recording of the meeting for those interested in reviewing and here are links to the literacymath, and climate docs we referred to. We will also be posting these recordings on the school YouTube Channel regularly as well.
     
    March Reading Challenge:
    Today is the first day of our school wide March Reading Challenge. We are working as a school to challenge our students to read daily and log the minutes to be shared with their teacher or dropped off at the school. There will be individual and group prizes for those who log the most minutes reading this month. For younger grades this can count as minutes read to as well. If you need books or the log to track the minutes read, you can stop by the school between 8:30-4:00 and pick them up. Look for more information to come through SeeSaw in the coming days.
     
    Grow This Opportunity:
    OSU Extension Services, who typically provides nutrition classes for students across our building is supporting an opportunity for students and their families to sign up to receive FREE seeds and join in this year’s growing challenge.
    See attached flyers in English and Spanish for more details.
     
    Job Opportunity:
    As PPS is planning to start hybrid learning on April 12, Neighborhood House is making plans to provide child- care and CDL support at all of our previous schools.  We don't know yet exactly what it will look like, but we are going ahead and looking to hire new teachers.  We are looking for both Lead Teachers and Assistant teachers working part and full time schedules.  Please follow the link to read more about the job requirements and to apply.  Thank you!
     
     
    Hybrid Update (kind of):
    All of our staff and families are eagerly awaiting some further guidance around what a hybrid model will look like for us in April. Though we do not know much, what we seem to know at this point is that we will be moving into hybrid for the 4th quarter (April 12th) and all families will have the option to participate if they would like to. Those in hybrid will likely have four days that will be divided in some way so that half their time is virtual and half is in-person. Whether that is half days or full days has not yet been determined, but both are being considered. As a staff, we are working this week to focus our energy to plan for what we do know and create spaces for our staff to brainstorm how we can provide the strongest program possible both virtually and in-person through some creative thinking and supporting each other as a school team. I hope to have a more clear message about what the model will look like by the end of this week.
     
    As I learn more, I will be sure to reach out and start gathering perspectives and input around how we can make our hybrid work most effectively for all of our families.
     
    Take care, 
    Mr. Kaveh & Ms. Turner
     
    --
    Kaveh Pakseresht, Principal
    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School
    620 N Fremont St.
    Portland, OR 97227
    Ph. (503)916-6171
    Fx. (503)916-2611
     
     
     
     
    2/22/2021
     
    Hello BEH Families, 
     
    I am hopeful that everyone has had their power restored. I know we had at least three teachers still displaced due to lack of power going into the weekend. Now let's hope that we can move through the last few weeks of winter weather and start to transition into some more mild spring-like conditions moving forward.
     
    It was great to see many families come through the PTA Cupid Shuffle event last Thursday despite the cold rainy weather. We were able to hand out many books for students to get them ready for our March Reading Challenge, PTA was able to get out some treats, and we were able to connect with many students and families that we have not been able to see in person for quite some time.
     
    Family Hybrid Survey:
    The district sent out a survey to the parent listed as the primary contact in each family in order to gather family perspectives around whether families would send students to school in a Hybrid format or not. There are also questions around what types of supports your student may benefit from. This survey is intended to get the district some preliminary numbers around interest for hybrid with families to help guide their decisions around planning instruction for the 4th quarter. Please take a minute to complete it if you have not already. If you cannot find it or need the link resent to you please reach out and let us know. The survey closes on Thursday, February 25th.
     
    Successful Schools Survey:
    This survey is directed more specifically around our school and your experiences with our school over the past year. It is unfortunate that these are both out at the same time, but if you can take a minute to complete this survey it helps to guide our work at BEH moving into next year and gives us feedback around what we are doing well and where we can work to improve.
     
    Supply Pick-Up:
    If you missed the Cupid Shuffle and want to come in and pick out some books for your child to read at home or get their treats from PTA, you can stop by the school on any school day between 8:30-4:00.
     
    Black History Project:
    Our teachers are working to get their class projects completed and gather the recordings and photos of student work in order to compile a school-wide video around the work that our classes engaged in this month.
     
    PTA Officers Needed:
     As we have now moved into the second half of the school year and we just completed another fun PTA event, I wanted to remind families that we will have openings on our PTA Board for next year and would love to see some families volunteer to join and take on some leadership roles or volunteer for committees so that those people involved in those can think about moving into other leadership positions. I am hopeful to keep our amazing PTA running strong into next year and know we have some amazing and passionate families to help us out with this. Feel free to email me or behpta620@gmail.com if you have any questions about how to get involved. 
     
    Thank you all for your continued support and dialogue around educating our amazing students through this unprecedented year. I am hopeful that we are moving towards a plan for in-person instruction soon and look forward to engaging in further planning around how we can make that work best at BEH.
     
    Take care, 
    Mr. Kaveh & Ms. Turner
     
    --
    Kaveh Pakseresht, Principal
    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School
    620 N Fremont St.
    Portland, OR 97227
    Ph. (503)916-6171
    Fx. (503)916-2611
     
     
    2/16/2021
    Hello BEH Families, 

    I am hopeful that everyone has found ways to cope through the new challenge of not having reliable electricity and wifi. I know that many of our staff have been without power for at least some portion of the past week. I am feeling lucky having to only deal with 24 hours without power in our house and was grateful when it returned early this morning. If your family is in need of any support around this or other challenges, please don't hesitate to reach out and let us know.
     
    Successful Schools Survey:
    The Successful Schools Family Survey is now available to be completed by all BEH families. Please take a minute to click on the Family successful schools survey link or if it is easier you can come by the school and request a paper copy from the office. These can be picked up and dropped off on any school day from 8:30-4:00. We review and use this data to help assess how we are doing in serving our families needs and we use this feedback to shift our practices in the coming year.
     
    MAP Testing for 3rd-5th Grade:
    Small groups this week will be replaced by MAP testing in grades 3-5. Your teachers have sent out adjusted schedules and reviewed the plans with students in class last week. Here are some helpful links if you want more information:
    Hybrid Survey:
    Every family should have received an email last week that appeared as though it came from me. The fact that it referred to me as "Principal Pakseresht" was likely a clue for many that it was not actually from me (Mr. Kaveh). This is a district survey, but it is very important that we all complete it to help share with the district who may be interested in participated in hybrid learning and who would rather stay in distance learning. The survey is rather vague, but the reason for that is because they are working to plan based on family feedback. At this point it seems like the district is considering two models; one that has nearly half of the students virtual and the other half in-person and one that has nearly everyone in person for at least some of their day/week. I believe that the model we move forward with will depend on what the survey responses look like.

    I did have a few families reach out with challenges completing the survey as it submitted before they finished or had an error. If you have had this issue or others in submitting, please let me know and follow this guidance:
     
    For technical assistance, please contact Research and Evaluation at research@pps.net and use the subject line “Q4 learning choice form”.
     
    You will likely get an automated response like this:
     

    Thank you for contacting Research and Evaluation at Portland Public Schools. Please see below for information to address common questions we are receiving about hybrid learning options and the fourth quarter learning choice form. For more information on conducting research at PPS, visit our webpage here

    • Many of our community members and families have additional questions about PPS plans for hybrid learning options. You can find the content emailed to all PPS families on February 10 on our webpage here. For the most specific information about hybrid learning please contact your principal directly.

    • If you are emailing due to trouble completing the fourth quarter learning choice form we apologize for the inconvenience and uncertainty. We will work our hardest to resend your survey link as soon as possible.

    We hope this information helps you find what you need. If you have more questions please contact your teacher or principal directly. 

     

    I would like to get all of our families responses shared with the district so that we can best plan and support everyone in our plans for 4th quarter instruction.
     
    PTA Cupid Shuffle:
    This drive through event was rescheduled from last week due to inclement weather and is now planned for this Thursday, February 18th from 4:00-6:00 in the school parking lot. Families can walk, bike, or drive through to pick up some treats from the PTA, as well as books and other supplies from the school.
     
    BEH March Madness Reading Challenge:
    We will be holding a schoolwide reading challenge for the month of March and wanted to start getting students and families excited for it now. Here is a flyer explaining the event and how to get some books for students before March begins.
     
    Jazz in Schools:

    In partnership with the Jazz in the Schools program, BEH is distributing watercolor kits and watercolor paper to all students.  The watercolor paper is to be used in art class. Students will discover how the visual art associated with jazz plays a significant role in mirroring and shaping American culture by creating their own original jazz album cover.  Selected work will be displayed at the Portland Art Museum.  Please come by BEH to get your art materials and remember to protect the watercolor paper and save it until the jazz assignment is given in class!

     

    Black History Project:

    All of our classes launched this month with a focus on what careers students aspire towards as they get older. With this focus, classes have been working on learning about Black professionals in these fields. As a part of this ongoing project each grade level is focusing on having students learn about specific Black individuals they are interested in and creatively sharing what they learn as a class. As we move towards the end of the month we will be working to compile all that students learn and share through a school video compiling all of this work. Additionally, we will be looking at extending this work throughout the rest of the year through students' further exploration into learning about and interviewing local Black professionals in the fields that they are interested in.

    3rd Quarter Supplies Available:
    In addition to the watercolor kits for Jazz in Schools we have started distributing some additional school supplies (crayons, colored pencils, etc.) as well as an optional activity for each grade level to pick-up and engage with for the 3rd quarter. This is either a Lego Kit (K, 1st, 5th), an instrument (2nd & 3rd) or a circuit kit (4th). We will work with PK to plan what they would like sent home as they are currently working on beginning their offering of Limited In Person Instruction in the coming weeks. Come by the school any school day from 8:30-4:00 to get your supplies if you have not already picked them up. You can also ask for them at the Cupid Shuffle event on Thursday from 4:00-6:00. Please remember to bring back your 2nd quarter instruments and/or if you have not already returned them to the school.
     
    BEH Lego Engineering Community:
    This summer, as it became more clear that we would be in a distance learning reality again, we worked as a school STEAM community to procure many Lego engineering sets at various levels for students to utilize from home. In launching this we have been working on balancing providing freedom to student exploration of the kits and providing some guidance for how to interact and learn from them. As K, 1st, and 5th grades are getting Lego kits to take home for the 3rd quarter we wanted to provide the first couple of weeks for some "free exploration" of each kit. This time is for students to just take some time away from a screen and feel free to build what the kit suggests or build whatever they would like. What we would like is for students to record and share some of what they build or do with them. Here is a BEH community Lego Forum for students to share their creations with each other. Mr. Todd will be the moderator of this forum so that he can review posts and approve before they are posted for all to see. Our hope is that this allows for students and families to share and be inspired by each other's work. Our STEAM team will be providing some additional guidance and suggestions for engagement following the first two weeks of exploration.
     
    Student Council:
    We have been working to get our student council back up and running this year. As a result, our current student council members and staff have been joining the 4th and 5th grade morning meetings to explain what they do and encourage students to run for the open positions. All students who are interested need to record a short "speech" explaining why they would make a good student council member on the shared Flipgrid by the end of this week so that they can be considered.
     
    Thank you all for your continued dedication to our school and your students' engagement in distance learning. I am hoping that we are at least meeting and hopefully exceeding your expectations in supporting you and your students. Please don't hesitate to reach out if there are things we can do to improve and better support your families needs.
     
    Take care, 
    Mr. Kaveh and Ms. Turner
     
    --
    Kaveh Pakseresht, Principal
    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School
    620 N Fremont St.
    Portland, OR 97227
    Ph. (503)916-6171
    Fx. (503)916-2611
     
    2/8/2021
     
    Hello BEH Families, 
     
    Sorry for the tardiness of this message, today was the start of a very busy week. We started our first cohort of students (11) coming for Limited In Person Instruction for two hours two days a week. This week we are also getting materials and supplies ready for distribution for families to utilize in the 3rd quarter. Additionally, we are working on getting ready to start the kindergarten enrollment and coordinating with the PTA on an event. Here is a rundown of what to expect this week:
     
    Material Distribution:
    Starting on Wednesday, we will have third quarter supplies available to students/families. This will consist of the usual; pencils, spirals, colored pencils etc. as well as materials for a Jazz in School art project and some STEAM supplies for students to engage with this quarter. K/1 will have Lego set options, 2nd grade will be using keyboards in music, 3rd grade will be learning to play the ukelele, 4th grade will be using circuit kits in their science work, and 5th grade will have Lego set options as well. Come by the school starting this Wednesday from 8:30-4:00 to pick these up. If you have not already returned your second quarter Lego sets or instruments please bring them with you when you come to pick-up the new supplies.

    PTA Fundraiser (Tomorrow):
    Tuesday, February 9th: Sparky's Pizza is excited to host a fundraising event for Boise-Eliot Humboldt (BEH). 10% of the total sales from all three Portland locations will be donated to BEH.  You can place your order using the online ordering system for quick and easy pick-up. Help us make this a successful event and share this with your family and friends!
     
    For Easy Online Ordering:
    Go to sparkyspdx.com (or download the Toast Take Out App)
    Place your order and pay online 
    Locations: Lombard (7530 NE MLK Blvd.), Brazee (2434 NE MLK Blvd.), Belmont (839 SE Belmont St.)
     
    PTA Cupid Shuffle:
    This Thursday from 5:30-7:00 our PTA will be hosting a Valentine Themed drive through event. Walk, bike, or drive through our parking lot between those hours to come and see PTA and staff to gather some goodies and even pick-up your 3rd quarter materials. We will also be distributing books to students in preparation for a March Read-a-thon.
     
    MAP Testing:

    As we continue through Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL), an important step for teachers is to understand your student’s most essential learning needs. To collect this valuable information, students in grades 3-8 will take Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments. The MAP assessment is a low stakes test - this means that the results are not used for grading students or for school accountability purposes. If you have concerns about your student participating in this test, please talk with your student’s teacher.

    Normally, the MAP assessment is conducted in the classroom setting but, because of distance learning, students will take this assessment at home. Testing will take place between February 1- 26. Younger children may need assistance from an adult in the home. Click here to review a parent guide about this assessment. Your student’s teacher will provide further information about when the test will be given. The district will provide your student’s scores to you following the assessment window.

    BEH prep week-Feb. 8-12

    Testing week- Feb. 16-19 to extend to 22-26 as needed

    We will be utilizing small group time in order to get MAP testing completed. 3rd-5th grade teachers will communicate how that will impact small group sessions for next week.


    Successful Schools Survey:
    Our 3-5th grade students will be completing the Successful Schools Survey this week during their community meetings. Family surveys will begin in the coming weeks and we will be sending out links to respond as we receive them.
     
    SEL Update:
    As a follow up to Goal Setting, this week’s SEL lesson in morning meetings will review the importance of a Growth Mindset, its relationship to our Core Values, and its importance with pursuing challenging goals. Here is a quick Growth Mindset guide for families on how to help develop growth mindset versus fixed mindsets. We encourage you to watch this week’s related Read Aloud of The Dot and talk about the mindset of the main character.
     

    Free Health Clinic February 13th:

    From 10am - 2pm this Saturday, Compassion North Portland is hosting free medical services  at Emmanuel Church (1033 N Sumner St, Portland *Bus Line 72) including medical checks, dental cleanings, dental fillings & extractions, vision, and chiropractic services. Flyer.

     

    SEI/SUN Support:

    There is a new streamlined approach to request support from SEI for our families. By completing this form you can refer yourself or a staff member can complete this for a family that would like support around a variety of resources. They are prioritizing families who have been in SUN or in SUN and families of color. However, this form can be shared amongst everyone.

     

    Student Council:

    We are getting a late start to Student Council this year, but we welcome families to encourage their 4th and 5th grade students to submit a recorded speech for our upcoming Student Council elections. More information to be shared in 4th and 5th grade morning meetings and Seesaw this week.


    Eviction Information:

    The State of Oregon recently extended the statewide eviction moratorium. As part of the extension, renters are now required to fill out a sign attesting to financial hardship and provide the completed form to their landlords for the moratorium protections to apply. Below are two key resources re. the eviction moratorium:

    • a pdf flier for distribution to community members and partners

    • a link to the Mult Co. moratorium webpage, which includes links to downloads of the declaration forms in five languages other than English
     
    It has been amazing to jump into many more small groups and virtual classrooms over the last week and I look forward to getting into them with more consistency moving forward. Hearing our students thinking and the progress they are making has been motivating through the challenges we see everyday. I am impressed everyday by our students and families dedication and commitment in navigating distance learning and seeing all the work our teachers are putting into creating assignments, leading groups, providing feedback, and supporting families. I would not want to work with any other community.
     
    As always, please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any thoughts, ideas, or concerns. We are here to serve you and your students.

    Take care, 

    Ms. Turner & Mr. Kaveh
     
    --
    Kaveh Pakseresht, Principal
    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School
    620 N Fremont St.
    Portland, OR 97227
    Ph. (503)916-6171
    Fx. (503)916-2611
     
     
    2/1/2021
     
    Hello BEH Families,
     
    Today is officially the start of the second half of our school year as well as the first day of Black History Month across the nation. At BEH we work as a school to try and keep Black history and education integrated in all of our work, this however is always a reminder about how intentionally we are accomplishing that and what we can do to improve.
     
    This month, in addition to what is happening within the planned curriculum for the district we are working as a building to bring a focus on what students aspire to be and do as they grow and reach adulthood. As we bring these conversations up building wide we will be working on having all students working to learn more about Black leaders in the many areas they are interested in. We will be working to not just look in our distant past, but bring a focus on our more recent past as well. We will work to put together a summary compilation of this school wide project to share with all of you by the end of this month. Additionally, we are looking at ways to keep this work around students seeing and learning more about people that look like them in careers and professions they aspire to continuing throughout the rest of the year as well.
     
    Coffee Chat:
    This Friday is our monthly opportunity to engage in conversation about what we have been up to at BEH and what is coming. We will meet at 8:00 this Friday virtually at this link. Bring all questions or thoughts you have and we will do our best to answer them or at least share what we know. I will also record the meeting and post if for any families that are not able to attend.
     

    SEL Update:

    We are so proud of our students this year for learning all 12 Tools of Toolbox.  As we are now entering the 3rd Quarter of the school year, teachers and SEL staff are taking this week to discuss the importance and the ways to set SMART goals.  The learning target for students is “I can create goals and work towards them.”  We will highlight that working towards goals can be challenging, but we have tools and core values to help us on the journey.  We invite you to talk with you students about creating and working towards short-term and long-term goals this week.

     
    Library Book Exchange:
    Just a reminder that we have library book bags to exchange weekly for any students that would like some new books to read at home. You can check-them out and keep them for as long as you are interested in them and then bring them back to exchange for new books whenever you are ready to refresh your options. Just come to the main entrance of the school on Fremont and ring the buzzer and we can bring them out to you any school day 8:30-4:00.
     
    Report Cards:
    We will begin mailing report cards home on Monday, February 8th. If you need to update your address with us, call the office this week to get it updated before we start mailing them out next week.
     
    Supply Pick-Up:
    Next week we will have 3rd quarter school supplies available for families that would like to refresh their school supplies for this quarter. We will also be opening up an optional Lego/instrument check-out specific to each grade level. I will share the details next Monday around how to pick them up. If you have not already returned your previous Lego or Instruments from last quarter please bring them by the building when you have the opportunity. If you need someone to come and pick them up let us know.
     
    School Staff Vaccinations:
     
    Last week school staff was able to start receiving the first dose of the COVID vaccine. We were able to get many of our staff started in this process and I am feeling optimistic that we will be able to offer all school staff the opportunity to be fully vaccinated by early April which should line-up with the district's plans of trying to get a Hybrid program offered by the start of the 4th quarter.
     
    PTA Valentine Event:
    Thursday, February 11th, from 5:30-7:00 our amazing PTA will be hosting a Cupid Shuffle Drive Through event in our BEH parking lot. Here is a flyer with the details and an opportunity to enter in a coloring contest. Our hope is to provide a safe opportunity for students to celebrate together and connect as a community.
     
    As we move into the second half of the school year, we are continuing to look at our strategies to engage all of our students. If you have ideas or feedback around how we could better serve your family please don't hesitate to reach out and share your thoughts.
     
    Take care,
    Mr. Kaveh & Ms. Turner
     
    --
    Kaveh Pakseresht, Principal
    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School
    620 N Fremont St.
    Portland, OR 97227
    Ph. (503)916-6171
    Fx. (503)916-2611
     
     
     
    1/25/2021
     
    Hello BEH Families, 
     
    Today is the first day that educators are eligible to start receiving vaccines. How this week rolls out and the progress that we make in getting our staff the opportunity to be vaccinated will help to determine what the remainder of this year may look like. My hope is that we can get to a point soon where all of our school staff has been offered the opportunity to receive both rounds of the vaccine so that we can explore the option of returning all students interested in returning to the building in some capacity this year. I will provide updates weekly around what this progress is looking like.
     
    No School Friday:
    There will be no live instruction or staff support on Friday due to teachers working on completing report cards and support staff completing professional development. Previous assignments are still available to be completed on SeeSaw as will academic programs such as Dreambox, Lexia, Math Shelf will also be available if families want to maintain routines.
     
    Report Cards:
    Teachers will have all report cards completed by Friday, February 5th. We will then work on printing them and mailing them home on Monday, February 8th.
     

    SEL Update

    In morning meetings, we will be teaching the 12th of our 12 Tools this week: the Patience Tool, which aligns with our Core Value of Perseverance.  Our Learning Target for students is “I can use my Patience Tool to be strong enough to wait.”

    We invite you to review this Patience Tool Home Letter for more ideas on how to support each other with having the Perseverance to overcome challenges of not getting what we want when we want it.   Families can also watch our Patience Tool Mini-Lesson, and a related Read Aloud story--Waiting is Not Easy!

     
    Limited In Person Update:
    We are still working with the district to get our Limited In Person Instruction (LIPI) plans approved and scheduled to begin. We will have our plan completed and submitted by the end of the day today and will be starting to contact eligible families later this week to gauge interest. As a reminder; this program will be set-up to serve K-3rd students who have struggled to engage in distance learning. This group will be a small group of students who will come to school 2 days a week for 2 hours per session in order to get support around accessing instruction from our distance learning platforms and work on catching up on any missed lessons.
     
    SEI Support:
    We have begun reaching out to students (3rd-5th grade) who may be interested in support for students around accessing distance learning and building systems to track and incentivize engagement and progress towards student created academic and personal goals. In addition there are supports available to families as needed to relieve stress and support with any challenges that may be coming up due to the pandemic. Please reach out if we have not contacted you and you would like your student and family to be included in this support.
     
    Instrument/Lego Collection:
    We are still working on collecting any instruments or Lego sets that were sent home with families over the past few months. Please drop these materials by the school if you have not already. If you need someone to pick them up from you, please reach out and we can schedule someone to come by and pick-up these materials later this week. Our office is open from 8:30-4:00 on every school day. Once we get the items collected we will be working on disinfecting and planning our next distribution for February. Further information on this will follow in next week's message.
     
    Please don't hesitate to reach out if there is anything you feel we may be able to help with or if there are any hurdles we may be able to help you or your student to overcome during this time. We do our best to be available and find resources as families need them.

    Take care, 
    Mr. Kaveh and Ms. Turner
     
    1/19/2021
     
    Hello BEH Families,
     
    This week should be another productive week at BEH, I am excited to share some of the projects that we have been working on and am feeling optimistic about the progress and work that our staff has been making with rethinking how we can best serve our community.
     
    MLK "I Have a Dream" Video:
    In case you missed it, check-out the BEH reading of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech on our BEH YouTube Channel. It was great to see so many students participate. Our goal was to create an event that would replace what would have been an in-person assembly and I think our staff did an amazing job pulling this all together.
     
    Presidential Inauguration:
    The inauguration is scheduled for tomorrow morning and begins around when all of our morning meetings at BEH are happening. I suspect many teachers will be finding ways to bring this historic event into these meetings and help discuss the significance with students during those meetings and likely throughout the week. Here are some educational resources available for engaging with your students around this as well.
     
    PTA Meeting:
    This is a PTA Meeting week. This means that tomorrow; Wednesday, January 20th we will have a virtual PTA meeting starting at 5:30. Here is the link to join the meeting. Just click on the link around 5:30 to join the PTA and hear what they have been working on and what events are coming up in the future. This is an opportunity to connect with other parents and school staff and find ways to join in or support the work they are doing.
     
    Returning Instruments/Legos:
    Many families received Lego kits or instruments around the start of the second quarter that we had originally intended on collecting in December. After reflecting on it we decided to keep them home through the break for continued engagement and focus on collecting at the end of the quarter. Our hope is that we can start collecting those back at the school in the next two weeks. If you have not already dropped off your materials at the school, please try to get them in by Thursday, January 28th. You can bring them by the front door of the school and we will come and collect them from you or you can drop them off when you pick-up meals from the parking lot. As a reminder; PK got a Duplo kit, K-2 got percussion instruments, 3rd grade got a Lego kit, 4th grade got keyboards, and 5th grade got ukuleles. If you need someone to come by and pick-up the materials for you, let us know and we will schedule pick-ups for those that need it for next week. 
     
    Upcoming STEAM Materials:
    We are collecting the materials back so that we can disinfect and prepare for the 3rd quarter distribution of materials for students to be able to engage with from home. Our STEAM planning team is currently working through the planning stages of getting materials figured out for each grade level to ensure that all grades get an opportunity to have materials that can help further their exploration of STEAM concepts during distance learning. We will schedule a distribution of new materials to families in early February.
     
    SEL Update:

    In morning meetings, we will be teaching the 11th of our 12 Tools this week: the Courage Tool, which aligns with our Core Value of Integrity.  Our Learning Target for students is “I can use my Courage Tool to do the “right” thing.”

    We invite you to review this Courage Tool Home Letter for more ideas on how to support the use  of courage at home.  Families can also watch our Courage Tool Min-Lesson, and a related Read Aloud stories--Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music.  
     
    Limited In Person Instruction (LIPI) Update:
    Our school is one of the schools that will be looking at bringing a limited number of students back for LIPI in the coming weeks. I wanted to clarify what that will likely look like for our community. In this early stage of bringing students back, we will be focusing on students that have struggled to engage in distance learning and focusing on instruction around the work that they have missed since this pandemic began. These students will likely be coming to the building for 2 hours a few times each week focusing on increasing engagement and reviewing work that they have missed during distance learning. We are still working out the logistics of launching this for a small group of students. We will likely not be shifting into a larger scale hybrid model until we can get our staff the opportunity to be vaccinated. 
     
    SEI Coordinator Support (3rd-5th grade):
    This week we will be getting our SEI coordinator started and contacting families of 3rd-5th grade families around interest in being included in the program. I have heard from a few families already and have shared your interest with our coordinator (Xavier Friday). The goal of this program will be to support our 3rd-5th grade students through goal setting, weekly check-ins around progress on goals, coordination of any family supports that may be needed, and connecting with teachers around expectations and performance to support each student. All of this is with the goal of better preparing our students for middle school, high school, college, and career. We will begin reaching out to families to gauge interest, but reach out if you have any questions or want to make sure that your student is included in this program.
     
    Thank you all for your continued participation and support of our school and for being such amazing partners on this journey through distance learning. I am hopeful that we will hear some more clear guidance around how and when we can plan on coming back in person, but am proud of what we have accomplished as a school through all of the ongoing challenges.
     
    Take care, 
    Mr. Kaveh and Ms. Turner
     
    --
    Kaveh Pakseresht, Principal
    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School
    620 N Fremont St.
    Portland, OR 97227
    Ph. (503)916-6171
    Fx. (503)916-2611
     
     
     
     
    1/11/2021

    Hello BEH Families,

     

    As we begin our second week of 2021, I am anticipating continued uncertainty and challenges nationally as we continue this transition of administrations unlike any we have ever experienced. Teachers have been working to process the events with students and encouraging dialogue around what is happening and how we can manage any stress and anxiety we may be experiencing as a result.

     

    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Project:

    Many of our staff have been working on a project to honor Dr. King. In a typical year, we would be planning a school wide assembly. This year, we are working on creating a video that we are planning to post on our YouTube Channel on Monday. Our goal is to get students and staff to record themselves reading sections of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech so that we can share the entire speech spoken by our community. We are looking for students/families that would be interested and willing to record themselves reading a section of this speech so that we can construct the entire speech as a school community. If you are interested and would be willing to let your student read a section of the speech and be recorded so that we can add it into this project please let me know and I will connect you with our staff that are coordinating this project. Additionally, all classes will be recording the entire class saying "I have a dream" in morning meetings, be reviewing the speech, and picking out significant words/phrases to highlight as well. Please reach out if you have any questions or thoughts around this project. Our goal is to get the video finished this week and posted to our YouTube Channel on Monday.

     

    SEL Update:

    In morning meetings, we will be teaching the 10th of our 12 Tools this week: the Please and Thank You Tool, which aligns with our Core Value of Community.  Our Learning Target for students is “I can use my Please and Thank You Tool to treat others with kindness and appreciation.”

    We invite you to review this Please and Thank You Home Letter for more ideas on how to use the Please & Thank You Tool to promote kindness and gratitude with your family.  Families can also watch our Please and Thank You Tool mini-lesson, and two related Read Aloud stories: Time to Say Please and Are Pirates Polite?

     

    Student Assessment:

    Kindergarten and any first graders that were not in PPS in kindergarten will be starting their DIBELS assessments this week. This is a reading assessment that helps both helps to guide teacher instruction and intervention and is the Dyslexia Screener for students in PPS. You will hear from teachers around how this will be conducted in the coming weeks.

     

    All of our teachers will be participating in MAP assessment training starting this week in order to prepare for how we will conduct school wide academic assessments for all students in the areas of math and literacy. We will learn more about what this will look like and begin sharing information out about schedule and plans moving forward. This will help us to get a better idea of what academic growth has looked like through the pandemic, since we last conducted these assessments just before we were shifted into distance learning.

     

    LIPI vs. Hybrid:

    We are continuing our discussions as a district around what and when in-person instruction may begin and what it would look like when we get there. The terms are likely hearing thrown around frequently around this are Limited In Person Instruction (LIPI) and Hybrid. I wanted to quickly clarify the difference between these two approaches to returning. 

    • LIPI is a targeted return for specific students and for a limited amount of time and days each week. This would not pertain to all PPS students and would be in addition to distance learning, not in replacement of.
    • Hybrid would be a combination of in-person and distance learning that would be open and available to all students who were interested. The in-person instruction would be in replacement of some of the distance learning instruction.

    These are the two options being most discussed with staff and families and I wanted to clarify them in case you are asked which your family would feel comfortable with.

     

    PTA Fundraiser:

    Atlas Pizza (710 N Killingsworth, Portland, OR 97217) is hosting a fundraiser for Boise-Eliot/Humboldt tomorrow, Tuesday, January 12, from 4pm-10pm. 20% of profits from the evening will be donated to our school. Please help spread the word and consider joining your BEH community in enjoying a slice, or pie, from Atlas Pizza on Killingsworth tomorrow evening!

     

    Don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or thoughts around any of this or other topics.

     

    Take care, 

    Mr. Kaveh and Ms. Turner

    --

    Kaveh Pakseresht, Principal

    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School

    620 N Fremont St.

    Portland, OR 97227

    Ph. (503)916-6171

    Fx. (503)916-2611

     
     
     
    1/4/2021
     
    Hello BEH Families, 

    I cannot remember a year that I have been more excited to closeout than 2020. I am hopeful that it can only get better in 2021. I hope that you all had a relaxing and peaceful end to your 2020, we have missed seeing all of our amazing students and cannot wait to get back to our routines and bring the focus back to pushing each student academically.
     
    Over the break I saw many conflicting messages from various sources about what is likely to happen in February with distance learning. Like you all, I am waiting for the official message from PPS that will likely come in the next couple of weeks about what the plan may look like to try and get our students moving towards in person instruction. I will of course share any information I hear with you and help to process what it will likely mean for our students at BEH.
     
    Meal Service:
    PPS meal service begins again this week Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 3:00-4:30. Meals will be available to all children ages 1-18 out of our parking lot. Additionally, if families are in need of further food support, reach out and let me or the PTA know and we can coordinate getting food for family meals from the PTA food pantry located at BEH.
     
    SEL Update:
    In morning meetings, we will be teaching the 9th of our 12 Tools this week: the Taking Time Tool, which aligns with our Core Value of Perseverance.  Our Learning Target for students is “I can use my Taking Time Tool to take time-in and time-away.”

    We invite you to review this Taking Time Tool Home Letter for more ideas on when to use the Taking Time Tool, including when conflicts arise.  Families can also watch our Taking Time Tool mini-lesson on our YouTube Channel and encourage students to complete this week’s Toolbox Seesaw Activity.

    SEI 3-5th Support:
    We will be working on getting SEI connected with our 3rd-5th grade in order to identify and begin serving families that would like support around building organization skills and focusing on helping to push students academically. This model is one that SEI has had in place in many middle schools around Portland and I am excited to be one of the first elementary schools to bring this support to our students as they prepare for the middle school transition. I will be  meeting with them this week to get some further details to share.
     
    Coffee Chat:
    The first Friday of January was a holiday. As a result, this month's coffee chat is this Friday. This is an opportunity to connect around our plans at BEH, what we can do to best meet the needs of our students and families, and ask any questions you may have moving forward. Here is the link to the meeting for this Friday at 8:00 AM. 
     

    Share Your Voice with New York Times:

    A reporter reached out to us in December and is interested in writing an article about the experience of supporting children during distance learning. She shared “I am a reporter for The New York Times, based in Portland. I'm looking for mothers of kids who attend Boise Eliot, and who have quit their jobs, left the labor force or drastically cut back on work since the pandemic began, in order to manage child care and remote school. The idea is to illustrate the vast scope of the challenge mothers face nationwide right now by telling the stories of mothers at one school. If this describes you, and you'd be willing to be photographed and interviewed for the story, I'd love to hear from you. Please reach out right away to ccm@nytimes.com.  I'm hoping to connect with a diverse and representative group of Boise Eliot mothers who have stopped working. Thank you so much, Claire Cain Miller”

    As we jump back into the routines this week, be sure to check with teachers if there are any questions about schedule and expectations moving into 2021. Every K-5 student at BEH should have a morning meeting at 9:00 to start their day, at least two live small groups, and a live grade level specials meeting 4 days a week. In addition to this, students have assignments to complete on SeeSaw and daily work to do in online programs (Lexia, Dreambox, Zearn, Mathshelf, etc.)
     
    I am hopeful that 2021 is a year that gets us back to in-person instruction, but does not go fully back to where we were before the pandemic. We have learned a lot since then and my hope is that we can take those lessons and reimagine what school can be for our students and communities. 
     
    Thank you all for being on this journey with us. BEH will be stronger than ever because of the collaboration between our families, staff, and the community around us. Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions, concerns or ideas to share with us.

    Take care, 
    Mr. Kaveh and Ms. Turner
    --
    Kaveh Pakseresht, Principal
    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School
    620 N Fremont St.
    Portland, OR 97227
    Ph. (503)916-6171
    Fx. (503)916-2611
     
     
     
    12/14/2020
     
    Hello BEH Families, 
     
    We have officially begun the final school week of 2020. I can't tell you how ready I am to close the book on 2020 and look forward with optimism towards 2021. This week we will be focused on getting students engaged in online platforms that they can utilize over the break, getting resources out to families, and collecting student art to display in our windows for the break.
     
    Student Art Display:
    We were able to get the approval to move forward with our winter art display in our windows around BEH. Ms. Larkin Miller has been working with each grade level on a winter themed art project that we are hoping students/parents can drop by the school Monday-Friday between 8:30-4:00. We will be putting up all student art this Friday in windows around BEH. These will be put in windows with battery powered lights to illuminate the work each evening. This will allow families and the community to come and walk around the school and see the student art.
     
    Part of our plan was to also have student work on display through monitors in the windows as well so that students that could not drop off work could also be included, but that was not approved. As a result, we will only be able to post work that we have on paper. So, if you have any artwork that your child has completed during this pandemic fall, please feel free to drop it by before winter break to be included in the art display. We are hopeful that this will provide another activity for families and the community over the break, as we plan to have the art lit-up in the windows every evening until 10pm. 
     
    Lego/Instrument Extension:
    Our original plan was to collect all instruments and Lego kits before winter break. As we have given more thought to this, we have decided to extend that until the end of the second quarter. This means we will not be attempting to collect these until the end of January. We figured this gives students something else to potentially engage with over the winter break and it gives our third graders more time to engage in the Lego lessons provided by our STEAM planning team. If you are a K-2 family and you would like to get the percussion instruments out of your home for the break, you are of course still welcome to drop them off this week at the building.
     
    SEL Update:

    In morning meetings, we will be teaching the 8th of our 12 Tools this week: the Personal Space Tool, which aligns with our Core Value of Integrity.  Our Learning Target for students is “I can use my Personal Space Tool to say I have the right to my space. You have the right to yours.”


    We invite you to review this Personal Space Tool Home Letter for more ideas on how to build awareness about the space around them.  Families can also watch our Personal Space Tool mini-lesson and two related Read Alouds of Hands Off Harry and We Don’t Eat Our Classmates to learn more.  

    Meal Distribution:
    This is the last week for PPS meal distribution. We will be distributing school meals from the parking lot on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 3:00-4:30. Friday's distribution will consist of food intended to last for one week for each child. 
     
    Holiday Support Distribution:
    Our PTA, SEI/SUN, and BEH support team are working this week to finish up the shopping and construction of food and gift resource boxes for families that expressed a need. These will be ready for pick-up by this Friday. PTA will be reaching out to families around specifics so they can be picked-up as they are prepared and ready for distribution.
     
    SEI 3rd-5th Program Addition:
     Following the break we will be adding a new student/family support program through SEI for our 3rd-5th grade students. We will have an SEI coordinator working with interested students/families around successfully engaging in school, providing supports, and helping to prepare them for the responsibilities of middle school. If this is something you would be interested in, please let your child's teacher know or respond to this message.
     
    Winter Break:
    The school building will be closed for the entirety of the winter break (December 19th-January 3rd) and there will be no new lessons or live meetings during this time. Any previously posted work will remain on the SeeSaw classrooms for students/families that would like to access it and many of the independent programs (i.e. Lexia, MathShelf, Dreambox, etc.) will be available for students to access as needed. This can be an opportunity to maintain some consistency in schedule and academic focus over the break, but also don't forget to allow for students to take some time off and away from screens when possible as well.
     
    I hope that you are able to find some time this break to slow down and disconnect from the tech a little bit and enjoy some family time. 
     
    I look forward to coming back after the break and working our way back towards some form of normalcy in the new year.

    Take care, 
    Mr. Kaveh & Ms. Turner
     
    --
    Kaveh Pakseresht, Principal
    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School
    620 N Fremont St.
    Portland, OR 97227
    Ph. (503)916-6171
    Fx. (503)916-2611
     
     
     
     
    12/7/2020
     
    Hello BEH Families,
     
    This is shaping up to be another busy week at BEH. I am hopeful that you are all seeing the amazing work that our teachers and staff are doing everyday to work to improve their connection and instruction with all of our amazing students. Our teachers have been reflecting on student data and working to come up with creative ways to engage our students and connect families given the ongoing challenges of being virtual.
     
    As stressful and taxing as this has all been, I would not want to be supporting any other community of students, families, and staff. The resiliency that I see and hear everyday is incredible and the focus on what we can improve and what positives we can draw from this experience helps me stay positive through those extra challenging days. Thank you all for being an important part of our community and helping to support each other through this unprecedented time.
     
    PTA Meeting:
    We will have our last PTA meeting of 2020 this Wednesday starting at 5:30. Here is the link to join the meeting. I will try to get there ten minutes early to start letting people in to the meeting. Just click the link on Wednesday at 5:30 to join.
     
    These are always great opportunities to connect with fellow BEH families and staff, discuss upcoming events, and share ideas for how we can best support our community moving forward.
     
    Winter Art Display:
    Ms. Larkin-Miller is working with each grade on completing a winter art activity that we are hoping to get dropped off at the school in the next week so that we can create a winter window art display. Please remind your students to attend art, complete the project, and then drop it by the school M-F from 8:30-4:00 if possible. Our plan is to create  a winter art display for the community to visit over the winter break.
     
    Material/work distribution:
    Due to the current restrictions with in-person staffing, we are not having a Wednesday specific pick-up time for materials. If teachers have materials to be picked up they will let you know and it can be picked up by coming to the main door of the school Wednesday-Friday from 8:30-4:00. We will bring out any work that teachers have set aside for you then. This allows us to reduce crowding, contact, and operate at a lower staff ratio.
     
    Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Update:
    In Morning Meetings, we will be teaching the 7th of our 12 Tools this week: the Apology and Forgiveness Tool, which aligns with our Core Value of Community.  Our Learning Target for students is: “I can use my Apology and Forgiveness tool to admit my mistakes and work to forgive yours.” 
     
    We invite you to review this Apology and Forgiveness home letter. Consider modeling this tool by finding something to apologize for or offer forgiveness to your child. Families can watch an Apology and Forgiveness Tool mini-lesson and a Read Aloud of the book “Matthew and Tilly” on our BEH YouTube Channel. The mini-lesson can also be viewed by students on Seesaw in their new “Week of 12/7 to 12/11 Toolbox-Apology and Forgiveness Tool” Activity.   
     
    Internet Cards and Personal Chromebook Support:
    You still have a couple more days to request internet gift card support or a personal Chromebook to help your student engage in distance learning. Let me know by the end of the day on Tuesday if either of these supports would benefit your family. The internet cards are meant for families that are working with an internet provider or would like to establish with an internet provider but need some financial support with this. The Chromebooks would be for families that would benefit from having a personal Chromebook for their student to keep for their use regardless of whether we are in distance learning or not.
     
    Food and Gift Support:
    Our PTA, SUN, and SEL team are working together to compile a list of families that would benefit from food and/or gift support going into the winter break. If your family would benefit from these resources please reach out by responding to this email or letting your child's teacher know by the end of this week, Friday, December 11th so that we can add you to the support list. The PTA is planning on distributing these resources by the end of next week.
     
    I hope you all have a great week and please reach out if there is anything that we can support your family with as we continue to move forward towards the end of this incredibly challenging 2020.
     
    Take Care, 
    Mr. Kaveh & Ms. Turner
     
    --
    Kaveh Pakseresht, Principal
    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School
    620 N Fremont St.
    Portland, OR 97227
    Ph. (503)916-6171
    Fx. (503)916-2611
     
     
     
    11/30/2020
     
    Hello BEH Families,
     
    I hope you were all able to find a way to enjoy the holiday weekend with family and friends in some capacity, even if it had to be through a virtual platform. It definitely felt different than any other I can remember. With the Covid numbers spiking around the country it is looking like the winter break will likely feel similar as well. We are working on ideas around how we can try to do our part at BEH to bring some cheer to the holiday season and hopefully we can find ways to bring a little more joy and connection for your family during this time.
     
    Giving Tuesday:
    Tuesday, December 1st our amazing Mississippi Business District will be donating 10% of their sales to our school. These amazing businesses have always been so supportive of our school and never hesitate when it comes to giving back to the community. We hope you will support them on December 1st and everyday as they too work to navigate through these challenging times.  
     
    TAG Nominations:
    Parent/Guardians that would like to nominate their student to be considered for Talented and Gifted (TAG) services, please complete this form by December 4th, 2020. The district will not be accepting parent/guardian nominations after this date.  
     
    Coffee Chat:
    This Friday is the first Friday of the month, which means that it is Coffee Chat time. Anyone that would like to join me to discuss what our school has been up to, what we have planned, ask questions, or have a dialogue around what we could do to better serve you, please join me at this link on Friday, December 4th at 8:00 AM. I will do better this month at sending out a reminder on Thursday to remind everyone and get the link out again.
     
    Chromebook/Lego Family Survey:
    Thank you to those that already completed this survey via this link or through a BEH staff reaching out. If you have not already completed this survey and have received a Chromebook or Lego set from the school for use during distance learning, please take a quick minute and complete these few questions. We received hundreds of Chromebooks specifically for our school and Lego sets from a grant and they would like feedback from families around how it has helped during this time.
     

    SEL Update:

    In Morning Meetings, we will be teaching the 6th of our 12 Tools this week: the Quiet/Safe Place Tool, which aligns with our Core Value of Perseverance.  Our Learning Target for students is: “I can use my Quiet/Safe Place Tool by going to a real or imagined quiet place.” 

    We invite you to review this Quiet/Safe Place home letter, share with your children what your own quiet/safe place looks like, and help them identify a personal real or imagined quiet/safe place.  Families can watch a Quiet/Safe Place Tool mini-lesson on our BEH YouTube Channel , and the mini-lesson can also be viewed by students on Seesaw in their new “Week of 11/30 to 12/4 Toolbox-Quiet/Safe Place Tool” Activity.  

    Meal Resources:
    Every Monday from 10:30-12:30 at the corner of Mississippi and Beech, Airway Science is handing out boxes of 5 dinners per child for families to pick-up for free. Here is a flyer with more detail.
     
    In addition PPS has our meal program back up and running again this week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 3:00-4:30 in our parking lot. Come by and pick-up meals for all children in your household each day free of charge. These are actual meals like we would be serving if we were in school in person. Distribution will continue until winter break and on the Friday before winter break they will be distributing food boxes to help families get through the break with meal options. 
     
    Holiday Family Support:
    SEI, PTA, and BEH staff will be working to support BEH families with resources moving into the winter break as well. If your family could benefit from additional food boxes, gift support, clothes, etc. please reach out and let me know so that I can ensure that you are added to our list to work to get resources and support organized for. 
     
    Additionally, if your family could benefit from internet support and/or a personal chromebook for your student to access and keep even after we return from distance learning please let me or Robert know. SEI has some resources for families specifically around internet and Chromebook access.
     
    It was great to join in some of the morning meetings this morning and hear what students have been up to and hear how excited they were to see their teachers and friends after a week away. I look forward to continuing to improve our service to you and your families as we move into the last month of 2020 and hope that we can help to make 2020 end on a more positive note for our BEH community.
     
    Take care, 
    Mr. Kaveh & Ms. Turner
    --
    Kaveh Pakseresht, Principal
    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School
    620 N Fremont St.
    Portland, OR 97227
    Ph. (503)916-6171
    Fx. (503)916-2611
     
     
     
     
    11/23/2020
     
    Hello BEH Families, 
     
    With no school this week and parent/teacher conferences in full swing, it is one of those times when I often pause to reflect. It is hard to believe where we are and all that has been going on this year. Conferences are typically a time when we are working to connect and improve our communication systems between home and school. This year we have the same goal, but more barriers to this success. My hope is that we are all able to connect and share what is working and not working and brainstorm what we can do to improve our practices both with serving your children, as well as in serving you. This year has helped accentuate how connected students, families, and schools need to be in order to be successful in educating our students effectively. Please share with our teachers or reach out to me if you have any thoughts or ideas around how we can best serve your family this year.
     
    Chromebook/Lego Feedback:
    I wanted to remind families that if you have received a Chromebook or Lego set from BEH this year we would love to have you complete this short survey about how that has helped with your connection to school and education for your students. We received a grant giving us these resources and the companies involved (First Book and Intel) would love to hear how it has impacted the community. Last week I sent the link that was only accessible to PPS accounts, I believe I fixed that issue now.
     
    Instruments/Legos:
    We have managed to get nearly all of our families either a Lego set or an instrument this quarter. If your child got an instrument or a Lego set, please note that these are for use until winter break, when we will start working on collecting them so that we can disinfect them and rotate them for distribution again following the break. If you got an instrument you are engaging in music class or with Aaron Nigel Smith around how to engage and learn with them. Our 3rd grade received a simple machines Lego set that our STEAM team created lessons and activities around for students to enhance their STEAM work. Here is a link for any 3rd grade parents (or anyone else) that would like to see how the concepts from these kits can be connected. After the break we will be working to get some more Lego kits out to students for engagement and structured lessons. Currently our PK students also got some Early Simple Machine sets to engage with during this time as well.
     
    TAG Nominations:
    If you believe your child should be assessed for Talented and Gifted services please complete this district form by December 4th. This is also linked on our school website on the front page.
     
    Parent Reading Workshop:
    The Humanities Department is offering a virtual workshop in collaboration with Read by 4th, Drexel University School of Education, and AIM Institute designed to help parents grow their grade K-3 students into strong readers. This workshop will have ideas for making reading fun with the ultimate goal of reading by 4th grade. Parents will receive a workbook to use during and after this workshop.
    • Friday, December 11, 2020 (4:00 pm-6:00 pm) - English with translation

    • Saturday, December 12, 2020 (10:00 am - 12:00 pm) - Spanish

    Registration link English flyer Spanish flyer

    Site Council:
    I am looking for one more parent to join this team for this year. Our work will be focused around what we are doing as a school to improve our students' academic growth and families' connection to school during distance learning and moving beyond. We will meet virtually once a month with a team that consists of staff and families to review current practices and inform our decisions and adjustments we make moving forward. Please reach out if you have any interest or questions regarding participating on this team.
     
    YouTube Channel:
    If you have not visited recently, the BEH YouTube Channel is getting new content each week focused on our social emotional learning, recognizing students who are demonstrating our core values, and other fun information and videos. This could give you and your family something to review over the next few days off if you are looking for something to fill the time. Keep in mind that Dreambox, Lexia and SeeSaw are also options to engage in even when school is not in session.
     
    Holiday Food Support:
    If you are in need of some holiday food support, please reach out to us or let the PTA know. They will be working on getting food boxes built for families that need them before the winter break next month.
     
    Take care and be safe,
     
    Mr. Kaveh and Ms. Turner
     
     
    --
    Kaveh Pakseresht, Principal
    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School
    620 N Fremont St.
    Portland, OR 97227
    Ph. (503)916-6171
    Fx. (503)916-2611
     
     
     
    11/16/2020
     
    Hello BEH Families,
     
    As the Covid cases climb, please be careful and safe. I have heard of many positive Covid cases throughout our community over the past week and I want to make sure that all of our community is safe and healthy. We will do our best to support during this time and continue to collaborate with our PTA and SEI to meet families needs. If your family needs any food, bill, or other support during these times please don't hesitate to reach out so that we can work to connect resources for you.
     
    Wednesday Material Distribution:
    With the newest statewide restrictions, we are operating with extremely reduced staff in the building for the foreseeable future. As a result, we will not be hosting specific pick-up times this Wednesday. If your child's teacher does have materials for you to pick-up this week, we will have them available Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from the main entrance. Simply come by anytime between 8:30 and 4:00, press the call button by the main door and we will bring the materials out to you.
     
    2nd Quarter Supplies & Instrument/Lego Distribution:
    We have been working hard to get 2nd quarter materials that include either a Lego kit or a musical instrument out to all students. Thank you to all of the staff that have been helping with delivery and to families that have made it to pick them up over the past week. We will be working this week to get the remaining supplies ready and sent out to families this week. It has been increasingly challenging as this has aligned with the increased restrictions in staff availability. If you have not yet received your child's bag we will likely be reaching out to you this week. If you are available to pick-up, please call and let us know and you can pick-up M-F this week between 8:30-3:30. 
     
    Principal's Secretary:
    I wanted to let everyone know that we officially have a new Principal's Secretary. It has been a bit of a journey in getting there, but in the end I think we will all find it was worth the wait. Elissa Didier joined our team officially last week and will be taking over the role and responsibilities that April had for us for so many years. Elissa comes to us most recently from Roseway Heights where she was the Principal's Secretary. Previous to that she was the Secretary for PPS Headstart for several years. We are so excited to have her join our BEH family, she is not only coming in with knowledge and enthusiasm for the role, but she is also a part of the community. She lives in the neighborhood with her family and grew up in Portland, attending PPS as a child as well. Please join me in welcoming her to our BEH family in these very difficult to connect times.
     
    BEH Thanksgiving Week:
    This week our climate team wanted to roll out a focus on giving thanks as a community. You will find a brief slide show that teachers will be utilizing to introduce the ideas and bring awareness to what we all have to be thankful for and how we can demonstrate that to those around us.
     
    SEL Focus this Week:
    Teachers and social emotional support staff will be teaching the 5th of our 12 Tools this week: the Listening Tool, which aligns with our Core Value of Integrity.  We invite you to review this  Listening Tool home letter and remind each other to practice the Using Our Words tool when family members feel frustrated or get into conflicts.  You can also watch this Listening Tool video lesson from our SEL team and a Read Aloud from our librarian Ms. Cardenas--Lacey Walker, Nonstop Talker.    
     
    No School Next Week:
    There are no live classes or new assignments next week. One of the nice things about virtual learning is that even though there is no school next week any previous assignments, Lexia, and Dreambox are still available on line if families would like to maintain a routine during any portion of this week. This can also be utilized as a time to catch-up for any families that would like to work on catching up on some previous assignments. Of course, you can also choose to just take the week off and disconnect from these screens for a week as well.
     
    Conferences:
    Teachers will be working long days on Monday and Tuesday of next week to host parent/teacher conferences with all of their students. If you have not already scheduled your conference with your children's teachers please reach out to them and book a time with them now.
     
    PTA Fundraising:
    Please remember to place your wreath orders by today; Monday, November 16th! Visit behptawreathshop.com or contact behpta620@gmail.com to place your order. As always - please share with family and friends! Thank you - BEH PTA  
     
    Sparky's Pizza is excited to host a fundraising event for Boise-Eliot Humboldt (BEH) tomorrow; Tuesday, November 17th. 10% of the total sales from all three of our Portland locations will be donated to BEH.  We encourage you to place your order using our online ordering system for quick and easy pick-up. Help us make this a successful event and share this with your family and friends.
     
    For easy online ordering: 
    Go to sparkyspdx.com (or download the Toast Take Out App)
    Place your order and pay online 
    Locations: Lombard (7530 NE MLK Blvd.), Brazee (2434 NE MLK Blvd.), Belmont (839 SE Belmont St.)
     
    PTA Meeting:
    Our monthly PTA meeting is this Wednesday; November 18th starting at 5:30. Here is the link for the meeting. The PTA will be reviewing and voting on the budget as well as getting updates from their work with the food pantry, Harvest Parade, and any upcoming fundraisers and events. I will also provide an update around what we have been doing schoolwide as well. 
     
    It has been great to see many of our students in live meetings and I am hopeful that some of the added live opportunities for students are helping them to get through this challenging and often isolating time. If you feel like your child could benefit from some increased live virtual engagement opportunities please let us know and we can connect or create opportunities for them.
     
    Take care and have a safe week,
     
    Mr. Kaveh and Ms. Turner 
     
    --
    Kaveh Pakseresht, Principal
    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School
    620 N Fremont St.
    Portland, OR 97227
    Ph. (503)916-6171
    Fx. (503)916-2611
     
     
     
    11/9/2020
     
    Hello BEH Families,

    This has been another wild week to add to the many previous in 2020. We seem to still be working through the election from nearly a week ago and now are seeing some of the highest Covid numbers in Oregon since the pandemic began. I am hopeful that you are all staying healthy and finding ways to cope during these times. 
     
    The governor did issue some direction in response to the increasing pandemic numbers and asked for more workers to find ways to work from home during these next couple of weeks. This is impacting the number of staff that we have at BEH daily to support with distribution and in-person support. On Friday we began delivering 2nd quarter materials, musical instruments, and Lego sets to families, but we still have many more to distribute. If you are available to pick-up at the school that would help with our goal of accomplishing this in the next week. We will continue to try and deliver those that need delivery, but we may be delayed in accomplishing this due to the reduced staff available.
     
    Schedule Shifts:
    This week is the first week of the 2nd quarter. Based on feedback and student engagement numbers, three of our grade levels shifted their schedules this week to focus more of their academic times in the morning and create some additional consistency around times each day and the nicknames needed to join. If you have a 2nd, 3rd or 4th grade student you likely already have heard about these shifts, if not please reach out to your student's teacher and they can make sure you have an updated live schedule.
     
    Priority Assignments:
    Additionally, some feedback that we have received from students and families is that at times it can feel overwhelming to see the number of assignments that need to be completed in SeeSaw. Our teachers of course are working to ensure that there are a variety of academic options and assignments available to students, but understand that not everyone will be able to get to everything each day. As a result, teachers will be working to label specific assignments as "priority" in order to help students and families to identify where to start and what they should do first if you are feeling overwhelmed by the amount being offered.
     
    Musician In Residence:
    Our K-2 students will be starting a residency with Aaron Nigel Smith this week. Mr. Todd is working on getting calendar invites to students to join him live this week for an introduction and kick-off session. The next few weeks he will be offering a mix of recorded lessons and live sessions for kindergarten, first grade, and second grade. You can see who he is and get some info about it from the recording of our Music Info Night from last week on our YouTube Channel. Additionally, all of these students are getting percussion instruments to have at home with them to incorporate in your learning.
     
    Wednesday:
    Don't forget that there is no school on Wednesday in order to observe the Veterans Day Holiday. This means that there will be no material distribution or meal distribution on Wednesday of this week. PPS will distribute additional food today to fill the gap and provide meals through Friday.
     
    Coffee Chat:
    This Friday morning I will be hosting our monthly coffee chat for families to come and hear what we have been up to, ask questions, etc. Here is the link to join at 8:00 AM on Friday morning.
     
    SEL Focus:
    Teachers and social emotional support staff will be teaching the 4th of our 12 Tools this week: the Using Our Words Tool, which aligns with our Core Value of Community.  We invite you to review this Using Our Words home letter and remind each other to practice the Using Our Words tool when family members feel frustrated or get into conflicts.  You can also watch this Using Our Words Tool video lesson from our SEL team and two Read Alouds from our librarian Ms. Cardenas--Words are Not for Hurting and Martin’s Big Words.   
     
    Grade Level Clubs:
    This week our support staff will be launching weekly "club" times for students to connect with each other with some staff supervision virtually around preferred non-academic topics. Staff will be sharing the nicknames with students to join in if they are interested.
     
    YouTube Channel:
    Don't forget to check-out or YouTube Channel weekly. We are often sharing recordings of any school-wide meetings we have, our weekly SEL lessons, and the student nominees for each week along with an interview with one of them each week.
     
    PTA Update:

    It's wreath season! The BEH PTA is selling evergreen items, including wreaths, now through November 16th. Please visit behptawreathshop.com to view the many wreath and swag options. Please share with family, friends and colleagues. Questions? Contact us at behpta620@gmail.com or 971-237-7885


    Family Connection Survey:
    I just wanted to share out the family connection survey that our school climate team was using to gather information around how our families are feeling around our supports and the connection to the school. They have been conducting these both electronically and on paper, so if you already completed it you do not need to do so again, but if you have not yet shared your thoughts, please do. We will be taking this information and using it to guide our work moving forward.
     
    Giving Thanks:
    November 16 to 20th we will be focusing on all the ways we can express gratitude with our BEH Thanksgiving Week.  Preview what we have planned by reviewing our Thanksgiving Week Flyers, which includes directions for posting a recording on Flipgrid of how you are giving thanks! BEH Students, Families, and Staff are encouraged to participate all next week!
     
    I hope you are all doing well and we look forward to seeing those of you that are available on Friday at our monthly virtual coffee chat at 8:00.
     
    Take care, 
    Mr. Kaveh and Ms. Turner
     
    --
    Kaveh Pakseresht, Principal
    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School
    620 N Fremont St.
    Portland, OR 97227
    Ph. (503)916-6171
    Fx. (503)916-2611
     
     
     
     
     
    11/2/2020
     
    Hello BEH Families,
     
    This week we will be launching into an election week and the last week of the academic quarter. Our teachers will be providing space and time for students to discuss and process the election results. Many classes have already been discussing the election process and covering information around the government and how it functions. To follow the theme of 2020 I expect this process to likely be drawn out for some time and be the focus of conversation for many weeks to come.

    In addition to the election we have a lot happening at BEH this week and we will be working hard to get ready to start a second quarter of distance learning with some fresh materials and new opportunities for engagement.
     
    SEL Update:
    There will be no new Toolbox tool introduced this week as teachers and SEL staff will be focusing on community building circles this week.  One great practice that can be done at home is to create a visual circle space that can be your family’s 1) Caring Circle or 2) Gratitude Circle.  Draw a circle and then have each family member tape a note / stick note in the circle of 1) someone they are caring about or 2) something they are grateful for.
     
    Weekly SEL Student Recognition:
    Teachers are nominating a student every week who are leading by example and demonstrating the understanding and use of the Toolbox Tools being introduced each week as well as embodying our core values as a school. You can catch the students called out each week on our YouTube Channel. Also, starting this week we chose one of the students nominated from the previous week to share what they have learned and how they show these skills in a one-on-one interview with me.
     
    Family Connection Survey Form:
    Our Social Emotional Support team has been wanting to reach out and see whether families are feeling connected, supported and to gather ideas of how we can improve our practices. Here is a survey they created to help gather some of this information and help guide our work. If you have a minute please fill it out for us, it is very short and should be quick to complete.
     
    Black Youth Crisis Recovery Group:
    The district is rolling out a safe affinity space for Black students to unpack any trauma and grief that they may be dealing with during this time. The groups will be co-facilitated by Ms. Shelton a previous BEH staff and is open to any Black/African American student K-12 in PPS. Here is more information if you are interested in exploring this support.
     
    Wednesday Material Pick-Up:
    We will have staff set-up in the parking lot from 10:00-12:00 and 3:00-5:00 this Wednesday to distribute any materials that teachers may have for students to access work away from screens this week. Keep in mind, that next week there will be no distribution due to there not being any school for Veterans Day next week.
     
    K-2 Music Night:
    Mr. Todd will be facilitating a Virtual Music Night this Thursday at 5:30. This will be the launch of a residency with Aaron Nigel Smith. He is an amazing artist that we have collaborated with in the past and he will be working with our K-2 students virtually through the winter break. Our 3-5 residency will be planned for after the winter break.
     
    Friday Supply Delivery:
    We are working on getting 2nd quarter supply kits assembled and ready to be delivered by this Friday. If we can get these all assembled we will plan to have staff delivering these supplies along with a musical instrument or a Lego kit for every student to engage with until winter break. We will be reaching out to families on Friday as we get prepared to deliver these items to families.
     
    Site Council:
    Typically we have a team consisting of parents, staff, community members and school administration to collaborate on planning our supports and tracking alignment with our School Improvement Plan goals. This year has proved challenging to recruit families to participate on this team. I offered it out at our last PTA meeting, but did not get any interest at that point. Typically we meet once a month for about 90 minutes. Last year we met from 3:30-5:00. We will work out the exact logistics once we have a committed team. If this is a team that you would be interested in participating in let me know, we are looking for 3 parents/families representing various grade levels.
     
    PTA Wreaths:
    It's wreath season! The BEH PTA is selling evergreen items, including wreaths, now through November 16th. Please visit behptawreathshop.com and view this bulletin for more details. Please share with family, friends and colleagues. Questions? Contact us at behpta620@gmail.com or 971-237-7885. 
     
    PK/K Mindfulness Group:
    PK and K students and families: Please join Mrs. Brenda every Thursday at 3pm for S.N.A.C.K. time (mindfulness group). If you are interested, please email Mrs. Brenda at beads@pps.net and she will send you the link for the Zoom meeting.  
     
    Friday Planning Day:
    No school this Friday for teacher planning, this means no live lessons or groups on Friday. Our teachers will be working to complete this quarters conference forms that will be reviewed with families at conferences on Monday (11/23) and Friday (11/24).
     
    Thank you all for your continued engagement and support. Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or thoughts around how we can support your family.
     
    Take Care, 
    Mr. Kaveh and Ms. Turner
     
    --
    Kaveh Pakseresht, Principal
    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School
    620 N Fremont St.
    Portland, OR 97227
    Ph. (503)916-6171
    Fx. (503)916-2611
     
     
     
    10/26/2020
     
    Hello BEH Families,

    It is hard to believe that we are about to close out the month of October and nearing the end of the first quarter of the school year. As we get ready to roll into our second quarter of distance learning, we are hoping to provide some new and engaging opportunities to our students and families at BEH. Many of our grade levels are looking at how to improve their schedules and how lessons are being delivered and organized for families. 
     
    In addition, we will be looking at getting out some engaging activities and supplies for home use with all of our families. Currently we are looking at coordinating a home delivery of some second quarter supplies and a musical instrument or Lego engineering set for every student to engage and learn with in the second quarter. 
     
    Support Staff Intro:
    Some of our support staff have created a slideshow introduction about themselves. Essentially the staff that you would have likely met in the halls or within your classroom as supports were needed, have started putting their pictures and some interesting facts about themselves into this slideshow to help introduce them to our new students and families.
     
    Pandemic EBT Update:
    Here is the info and contact for support around meal benefits, how to find out if you qualify, and a contact for support around these benefits.
     
    Social Emotional Learning:
    Teachers and social emotional support staff will be teaching the third of our 12 Tools this week: the Breathing Tool, which aligns with our Core Value of Perseverance.  We invite you to review this Breathing Tool home letter and to practice taking deep belly breaths with your child. You can also watch this Breathing Tool video lesson from our SEL team, a short skit where Ms. Turner role plays with Mr. G. who pretends to be a student, and a Read Aloud of Anh’s Anger from our librarian Ms. Cardenas.   
     
    Magnet/Charter School Application Window:
    To apply to a Magnet (lottery school) you must fill out an application on line.  Applications can be found at the Enrollment and Transfer page at PPS.net.  Dates to apply will be from November 12th through December 11th. This is for 5th grade families that want to consider other options for middle schools next year.
     
    Meal Service Update:
    Starting November 2, our grab-and-go curbside serving locations will be open from 3 to 4:30 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Some schools might shift their serving location on campus to help keep employees dry and visible. To see the full list of meal sites, please visit the Nutrition Sites During Distance Learning website

    Finally, we are re-opening access to home meal deliveries, a service for PPS families that are not near a meal site or need assistance accessing meals. To request meal delivery service, please complete the request form. We continue to assess the capacity of both the Nutrition Services and Transportation departments and will keep you apprised of any updates we make to our services.

    If you have any questions about our meal service, please contact us at nutritionservices@pps.net.

    Wednesday Supply/Material Pick-Up:
    Don't forget to come by the school on Wednesdays from 10:00-12:00 or 3:00-5:00 to pick-up any work your students' teacher may have prepared for them, get supplies, and/or access the BEH PTA food pantry.
     
    Thursday PTA Harvest Parade:
    Our PTA and many of our staff will be out lining the parking lot for a socially distanced celebration. Families can drive, walk or ride through the parking lot and say hello. They will have treats, BEH shirts, BEH masks, and much more free to every student that comes through. Costumes are encouraged.

    Please don't hesitate to reach out if there are any areas where you think we could better support your family and/or ways that you would like to support some community building activities for our BEH students and families.
     
    Take Care, 
    Mr. Kaveh and Ms. Turner
     
    --
    Kaveh Pakseresht, Principal
    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School
    620 N Fremont St.
    Portland, OR 97227
    Ph. (503)916-6171
    Fx. (503)916-2611
     
     
     
     
     
    10/19/2020
     
    Hello BEH Families,
     
    It was fun to be able to watch all of the spirit week videos and participation from students, families, and staff last week. I am still waiting to hear the final results of which grade band won the competition. Last I saw 3rd-5th grade was in the lead with participation. Ms. Turner and I are still eagerly awaiting to hear who the winners were and what the grade band chooses for us to perform as a reward.
     
    Social Emotional Learning:
    Teachers and social emotional support staff will be teaching the second of our 12 Tools this week: the Garbage Can Tool.  We invite you to review this Garbage Can Tool home letter and to have conversations with your child this week about letting the little things go. You can also watch this Garbage Can video lesson from our SEL team, a quick funny skit using the Garbage Can Tool from our KG team, and a Read Aloud of You Get What You Get from our librarian.  
     
    This week will be our first nominations of students demonstrating our SEL skills, as teachers will be nominating students who demonstrated empathy over the last week and we will be recognizing those students later this week through our YouTube Channel.
     
    Academic Information Night:
    This Wednesday at 5:30, we will be hosting an academic information night. In a typical school year we have in-person nights to share information about how we utilize programming around; Title I, English as a Second Language, Special Education, and Talented and Gifted for our students. We will be sharing information about all of these services on Wednesday and have breakout opportunities to connect with our teacher leaders around specific questions/information. This will be virtual and we will all be starting in the same Google Meet for the initial information and then breakout meetings will be shared during the meeting. Just log-in at 5:30 if you would like to join. We will also be recording the information and will post it on our YouTube Channel for any families that are not able to make the live meeting.

    PTA Updates:
    We're raising money to support the Boise-Eliot Humboldt School (BEH) PTA. Visit Chipotle at 704 NE Weidler St in Portland on Wednesday, October 21 from 4:00pm - 8:00pm. Follow one of the steps below and 33% of the proceeds from your order will be donated to the BEH PTA:
    1. Online: For pickup using code RH9J4L2 in ‘promo’ field before checkout, or
    2. In Store: Show them the flyer from the link below or just mention the fundraiser at checkout and they'll donate 33% of the proceeds to the cause!  
    Click Here for More Details and for links you can use to help us spread the word!
     
    PTA Harvest Parade will be Thursday, October 29th from 5:30-7:00. Our PTA will be creating a "parade route" through the school grounds and structuring a socially distant event to celebrate as a community. Costumes are encouraged and PTA will be distributing treats, school shirts, masks, and more to all students that parade through with their families. More information to come next week.
     
    Material Distribution:
    This week we will be distributing headphones for any student that needs them. This will be distributed during our usual pick-up times on Wednesday from 10:00-12:00 and 3:00-5:00. As usual, there will also be any materials or work that teachers have communicated about to give students work options away from the screens during the week.
     
    Opt-In Student/Family Directory:
    I have been continuing to add students to grade level contact lists for families to share phone numbers and/or emails in order to create connections and share ideas/resources as the virtual school year continues. If you have not completed the form and opted-in you will not have access, so if you are interested in joining please complete the short form.
     
    Airway Science Free Meal Mondays:
    Airway Science will be hosting a free meal program every Monday from 10:30 AM-12:30 PM at our north Portland location. Food will be distributed on a first come, first served basis to kids 0-18 years old. Each student will be given five frozen meals for the week from Fresh n' Local Foods. All of this information and more can be found on the flyer.
     
    I hope you are all staying healthy, safe, and sane during this extended virtual reality. Mr. Todd is working hard to come up with some options for students to engage away from screens through music and STEAM in the coming weeks. We look forward to being ready to roll out some instrument and LEGO distribution in the next couple weeks and share some recorded lessons to pair with them for students to engage with at home. Stay tuned.
     
    We are looking forward to continuing to brainstorm creative ways to support our students and families. Please continue to share any ideas or thinking you have as the year progresses.

    Take Care, 
    Mr. Kaveh and Ms. Turner
     
    --
    Kaveh Pakseresht, Principal
    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School
    620 N Fremont St.
    Portland, OR 97227
    Ph. (503)916-6171
    Fx. (503)916-2611
     
     
     
     
     
    10/12/2020
     
    Hello BEH Families, 
     
    As we all heard last week, we are now going to be in distance learning until at least January 28th. Though this news was not surprising, it was still not easy to hear, as we would all like to be back in person with students. I will still be working with the district around the possibility of getting some Limited In-Person Instruction options going before January 28th. This will most likely take a bit to work through and will most likely target our youngest students. I will keep you posted if we are able to make any movement on this. Until then, we will continue to offer support at BEH for students to engage both virtually and through tangible materials and options.
     
    Spirit Week:
    Today is the first day of our Virtual Spirit Week. Each day there is a different theme and way for students to participate. Here are the slides explaining the week. Hopefully students can post their participation in the linked Flipgrid within the slides. The grade levels with the highest participation will get to choose an activity for Ms. Turner, Mr. Kaveh or another staff to record and post for the school to view. This could be choosing a song for one of us to karaoke and share, having a staff replicate a TikTok video, or have a staff get a pie to the face on video. 
     
    Opt-In Family Directory:
    I shared out the contact information with families that signed up at each grade level on Friday. This is a doc that contains the student name, family contact name, phone number, and email. If you would like access to these contacts to connect with other families who have students at the same grade level as your child, please complete and submit this form and I will add you to the contact list and share the doc with you.
     
    PTA Info:
    Our first PTA meeting will be this Wednesday, October 14th at 5:30. Here is the link to the meeting. This is a great opportunity to meet other BEH families and hear about the planning and upcoming work that PTA is involved in.
     
    PTA is doing their first fundraiser with Chipotle next week, here is the info:
     
    We're raising money to support the Boise-Eliot Humboldt School (BEH) PTA. Visit Chipotle at 704 NE Weidler St in Portland on Wednesday, October 21 from 4:00pm - 8:00pm. Follow one of the steps below and 33% of the proceeds from your order will be donated to the BEH PTA:
    1. Online: For pickup using code RH9J4L2 in ‘promo’ field before checkout, or
    2. In Store: Show them the flyer from the link below or just mention the fundraiser at checkout and they'll donate 33% of the proceeds to the cause!  
    Click Here for More Details and for links you can use to help us spread the word!
     
    Wednesday Material Distribution:
    Don't forget to come by on Wednesdays between 10:00-12:00 and 3:00-5:00 to pick-up any materials or resources that may be available from your child's teachers. This is also your time to pick-up or trade library book bags from our BEH librarian Ms. Cardenas.
     
    Flu Shot Info:
    Our school nurse shared this info with me to pass along the importance of getting the flu shot this year and how it can help prevent the spread of illness. Spanish and English translations are included.
     
    SUN/SEI Class Offerings:
    SUN/SEI is organizing a fun BEH only kindergarten opportunity for our families to engage in weekly family activities as a community. Here is the info regarding how to sign up for this.
     
    There are also several SUN/SEI Virtual after-school class options available this fall as well. The classes started this week. Here is the information to register.
     
    Social/Emotional Learning Update:

    Teachers and social emotional support staff will be teaching the first of our 12 Tools this week: the Empathy Tool.  We invite you to have conversations with your child this week about naming feelings and seeing things from someone else's perspective by "walking in someone else's shoes."  Click here for more information and an activity you can do to help develop the Empathy Tool at home.  You can also watch this Empathy Tool video lesson from our SEL team and a Read Aloud of One by Kathryn Otoshi from our librarian.


    Student Awards:
    We will be starting our student recognition around our SEL work this week as well. Teachers will be looking for students who demonstrate community/empathy this week and nominate students for recognition next week. Our plan is to recognize nominated students both through a weekly announcement on our YouTube Channel each week and then draw one "winner" to have a recorded one-on-one interview with me or Ms. Turner that we will post in the following weeks message. All nominated students will also be able to pick out an incentive at the following Wednesday distribution day.
     
    STEAM and Music Nights:
    Mr. Todd is working with us and the STEAM team around coordinating a STEAM night as well as a music night in the coming weeks. These will launch our distribution of musical instruments and LEGO engineering projects for students to be able to checkout and work through virtual lessons at home. We are working out the logistics around getting every grade level a take-home activity to be working with that will be centered around music and/or STEAM.
     
    I look forward to continuing to be creative in our planning and implementation of our distance learning at BEH and am hopeful that we are providing engaging and supportive opportunities for families and students to engage. Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have ideas or feedback for us around how we could continue to improve our practice.
     
    Take Care,
    Mr. Kaveh and Ms. Turner
     
    --
    Kaveh Pakseresht, Principal
    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School
    620 N Fremont St.
    Portland, OR 97227
    Ph. (503)916-6171
    Fx. (503)916-2611
     
     
     
     
    10/5/2020
     
    Hello BEH Families,
     
    It was good to catch those of you that were able to make it to our Coffee Chat on Friday, we recorded the first portion of that meeting and posted it to our YouTube Channel so that families that missed it could access the shared information portion of the meeting at a later time. One thing we did discuss during the question/discussion portion of the meeting was finding times that work best for families to potentially have family engagement events. Here is a place to document your family's preference for possible family engagement times/days.
     
    PPS Closed on Friday:
    There will be no classes or meal distribution on Friday. PPS is closed for the statewide inservice day. Many teachers and staff will be attending PD, volunteering, etc. on Friday, but no classes or official PPS work will be happening.
     
    Wednesday Distribution:
    We will again have material distribution this Wednesday from 10:00-12:00 and 3:00-5:00 in the parking lot of the school. Your student's teachers will let you know if there are grade level specific materials to be picked-up each week. Schoolwide there will be a box of crayons available to every student through Ms. Larkin-Miller for use on any art projects coming up. Library book bag pick-up/drop-off will also be available. If you checked out a bag of books last week, you will likely still be reading them and can keep them for another week or two if needed, but anyone who was not able to pick-up last week or is ready to refresh their book choices can come by and get library book bags during these times.
     
    Social Emotional Learning Update:
    Our social emotional support staff have started pushing into class meetings and helping develop our school wide lessons around feelings/emotions and effective strategies to manage them. Our first few videos explaining the social emotional learning tools we will be using are up on our YouTube Channel now and this week classes are working on learning about feelings/emotions. Next week we will start our focus on Empathy.
     
    Spirit Week:
    Next week we will be launching our first Spirit Week of the year. Most of the themes for the week were chosen by our student council last spring. We added an empathy focused day at the end of the week for students to show off what they will have learned through the week. The details can be found here. Teachers will also be sharing this with students and families this week in preparation for next week's festivities.
     
    SUN/SEI Fall Programming:
    There will be fall after school virtual enrichment programming offered through SEI for all ages. Here is a link to the registration form in English and Spanish. Additionally, BEH specific kindergarten families will be getting some engagement opportunities focused specifically around building community. Information for that will go out with materials on Wednesday at the material pick-up times. If you can't make that, contact your student's teacher for details.
     
    PTA Date Reminders:
    First PTA Meeting will be on Wednesday, October 14th at 5:30. Link will be shared next week.
     
    PTA Fall Drive Through social event will be held on October 29th at 5:30pm. More details will be shared following the PTA meeting next week.
     
    We are continuing to work on smoothing out our processes and supporting students and families with overcoming the technology challenges and finding ways to connect as a community. Currently we are working on trying to get all students at BEH headphones for use with their Chromebooks. We should have an update on that in the next week. Also, I will be sending out our initial opt-in grade level student directories later this week. Only families that have completed this information will be included on the sheet and have the sheet shared with them. I will continue to share the form out with families and as more families opt-in we will continue to add to the grade level lists.
     
    Thank you all for your continued perseverance and as always reach out if you have any questions or thoughts around how we can best serve you and your students.

    Take care,
    Mr. Kaveh & Ms. Turner
     
     
    --
    Kaveh Pakseresht, Principal
    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School
    620 N Fremont St.
    Portland, OR 97227
    Ph. (503)916-6171
    Fx. (503)916-2611
     
     
     
    9/28/2020
     
    Hello BEH Families,
     
    As we embark on another week of distance learning we will have yet another shift in planning.
     
    Previously we all received messaging that we will be starting MAP testing this week. As a result teachers prepped and we were planning as a school around how to roll out the implementation of this. This morning we got news that the district will not be conducting MAP testing this fall and we will instead continue our focus on instruction and more teacher level assessment of student learning.
     
    I believe there will be more consideration around how this could be done moving forward, but at this time maintaining a focus on instruction and continuing to support students academically is the best course of action. As a building we are working every week to ensure that we are creating opportunities for students to show their understanding of the standards being taught, reviewing student work as teacher teams, and planning future instruction based on this. Maintaining these routines and structures for our students and teachers is crucial in moving our work forward and continuing to improve our practice.
     
    Here are the updates for the week:
     
    Optional BEH Student Directory:
    Last week I shared the sign-up form for families that would like to opt-in to a grade level student directory to be able to share contact info between families of students in the same grade. I am sharing it again here, as we are hopeful to begin constructing and be ready to share them with the families that opt-in by next week. Currently we have 29 submissions, which spread across grade levels means an average of about 5 families per grade level. If you would like to be included in your child's grade level directory don't forget to complete this brief form.
     
    Latino Network Free COVID Testing:
    Latino Network is hosting a free COVID Test Event on October 1st and October 3rd this week. You can find the details linked here.
     
    Material Pick-up Wednesday:
    Last week we had our first Wednesday material pick-up at BEH. This will continue every Wednesday (as long as it is a school day) for the remainder of distance learning. Remember to check-in with your student's teacher to see if they will have any optional materials for pick-up each week. The pick-up windows on Wednesdays are from 10:00-12:00 and 3:00-5:00. We will be distributing from the parking lot and if you come during the 3:00-5:00 time slot you can also pick-up meals for any children you are caring for. 
     
    Library Book Bags:
    This week will be our first BEH Library Book pick-up week. Ms. Cardenas has prepared bags of 6 books grouped by grade levels to be "checked-out" from our library. The intended check-out time is 2 weeks, but we will be offering pick-up/exchange during our material distribution (Wednesdays from 10:00-12:00 and 3:00-5:00) each week. You can come and pick-up your first bag this Wednesday and then when you are done enjoying them, you would bring them back on another Wednesday and exchange them for a bag of 6 new books to take home. We are excited to start getting our books back into our students hands.
     
    Family Friday/Coffee Chat:
    This Friday is our typical monthly Family Friday and Coffee Chat. For new families, what this looks like in a typical school year, is that families come in to school early (8:00) and play games, eat some treats, and drink some coffee/juice. Then when students go to class at 8:45, parents that are available and interested join me and/or Ms. Turner in the staff lounge for a discussion around what is happening at the school and what we can do to support each other moving forward. 
     
    Due to the current reality, most families are not available after students begin class, as you are all often helping your students to engage in the learning from home. As a result, I am going to be hosting just the Coffee Chat portion of this meeting this week from 8:00-8:45. Here is a link to that meeting. I will send it out again on Friday morning. At this meeting we will discuss some of the work we are doing and planning moving forward at BEH. We will also discuss some options for shifting our Family Fridays and making them work best for families moving forward. Ms. Morgan is eager to get back to hosting some family bingo, so in the interim she will be working out the kinks in this so that she is ready to assist in making this happen as part of our Family Friday plans later this fall.
     
    Math Shelf for PK & K:
    This year, we have a focused math program for our PK and Kinder students called Math Shelf. Since this is a new resource and families, students, and teachers did not have access or practice with it previously I wanted to provide some guidance around how to access the program moving forward. Here are a couple videos to help get your PK and K students started on the program; Spanish version and English Version.

    Upcoming PTA Events:
    As we begin October this week, I wanted to make sure and keep a couple of PTA dates on your calendars for the month.
     
    The First BEH PTA Meeting of the year will be on Wednesday, October 14th, at 5:30.  I will share the meeting link with you in my weekly message on the week of the meeting.
     
    BEH PTA plans to host a fall drive through social event on October 29th from 5:30-7:00. We are working out the details, but it will be an opportunity for families to bring students through and do a version of the usual Harvest Fair/Trunk or Treat with many treats and surprises. More details will follow soon.
     
    Thank you all for continuing to model perseverance, community, and integrity for our students as we navigate these challenging times. I appreciate the regular communication and hope that we are able to continue finding ways to connect and support our students through whatever challenges the world decides to present us with.

    Take care and have a great week,
    Mr. Kaveh & Ms. Turner
     
    --
    Kaveh Pakseresht, Principal
    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School
    620 N Fremont St.
    Portland, OR 97227
    Ph. (503)916-6171
    Fx. (503)916-2611
     
     
     
     
    9/21/2020
     
    Hello BEH Families, 
     
    It was great to see many of you at our Virtual Back to School Night last week. If you missed it, Mr. Robert is working on getting the recorded information portion loaded to our YouTube Channel so that families can review the information shared around our school plans and district information around distance learning this fall.
     
    As we move into our second week of academic instruction, it is seeming like students, families, and teachers are getting their routines figured out and tech issues resolved as we are finding that we have far less calls each morning about connecting students to their meetings and virtual classrooms. If you are still having concerns or challenges, please don't hesitate to reach out and let us know so that we can provide support in getting all of our students connected to their teachers and the online classroom.

    Here are the updates for the week:
     
    Optional BEH Student Directory -
    We have had many families asking for a way to connect with other families while we are in distance learning, essentially trying to find a way to create connections that may have been formed through seeing each other at community events, in the halls, etc. We have created this form for families to complete if they would want to be included in a grade level student directory to connect with other grade level families. Once we get responses from families that would like to be included we will start building grade level directories that we will share with those families that choose to participate. This will create a way for families to share contact information with other families in your child's grade level so that there can me more connection between families during this time. If you choose not to participate your families contact info will not be included in the directory for that grade level. Grade level lists will only be shared with grade level parents that choose to participate and have a student at that grade level.
     
    Material/Resource Pick-Up -
    This week we will be starting our first material/resource pick-up at BEH. We will have staff in the side parking lot on Wednesdays from 10:00-12:00 and 3:00-5:00 with optional materials & resources. Your teachers will communicate if there is something specific that you may want to pick-up for your child(ren). There may not be grade level materials to pick-up every week, so stay in contact with your teachers to know when and what will be available. This is an option so that teachers can provide opportunities for families as options/alternatives to some of the digital engagement activities. 
     
    Student Schedules -
    Every student/family should now have a schedule for their school day that includes when their live meeting times are and what work should be completed through SeeSaw, Dreambox, Lexia, etc. If you do no know your student's live meeting times, please reach out and let us know. We are working on creating a live meeting schedule for all students to ehlp track the times and how to access them, as everything else can be done based on family scheduling needs. If you are not connected to SeeSaw Family reach out to your teacher and ask to be invited as this is replacing Class Dojo from last year. This will help you stay ahead of the communication with teachers and be informed on how your child is doing with the academic expectations this fall. 
     
    Thank you for your continued support and please let us know if there is anything we can do to make this virtual learning experience as successful as possible.
     
    Take care, 
    Kaveh
    --
    Kaveh Pakseresht, Principal
    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School
    620 N Fremont St.
    Portland, OR 97227
    Ph. (503)916-6171
    Fx. (503)916-2611
     
     
     
    9/14/2020
     
    Hello BEH Families, 

    It feels like with each week comes  a new challenge. As you hopefully have already heard, PPS closed all school buildings Friday and again today. Instruction is expected to go on as planned, but there may be some shifts due to challenges for staff due to these circumstances. Many of our teachers plan to teach from their rooms daily and have set-up spaces and resources for that. This in combination with internet challenges, families being evacuated from areas with wildfires and the usual family distractions may lead some teachers to need to shift some of their instruction from live to asynchronous while we are not allowed to be in buildings.

    I am hopeful that all of you and your families are safe and finding ways to manage through the continuous challenges being given to us this year. It was amazing to hear from our PTA this weekend and how they were able to shift and support hundreds of N/NE families who were without food due to the closure of PPS meal sites on Friday. Our PTA was able to partner with others to feed over 400 families from Dawson Park this past Saturday and are prepared to continue supporting Portland families who need food moving forward this year.

    A Message from the BEH PTA:

    The BEH PTA would like to welcome you to the 2020-2021 school year! We hope you consider joining us as we continue to support and engage with our BEH community. Our mission is to partner with parents, teachers, and community-members in supporting the growth and development of our students. Together we are building a sense of community within our school and empowering our students to reach their full potential as productive, responsible citizens of their own communities.

    Join us at our first general (virtual) meeting of the school year on Wednesday, October 14 at 5:30 p.m. Dial in details to follow. We will be discussing plans for the school year including operation of the Food Pantry, Fall Harvest Fair, Education Support, Holiday Food and Toy Drive and Delivery, Fundraising and more! 

    You can become a member of the PTA by either:

    • Registering online at: https://www.oregonpta.org/membershipor,
    • Cash App us at $BEHPTA with you name, re: PTA Membership Dues with email and phone number. Annual dues are $15 for individuals and $25 for families.

    If you know a business or individual who would like to directly support the BEH PTA, please direct them here: https://charity.gofundme.com/behpta or to Cash App at $BEHPTA.

    Please don’t hesitate to contact us at 503-753-2642 or  behpta620@gmail.com if you need access to the Food Pantry or have any questions and join the BEH Family Facebook Group for additional communications and updates. 

    We look forward to connecting with you soon. 

    With Love,

    The BEH PTA

    Ali Martin (President)
    Yvette Davis (Vice President)
    David Shafer (Secretary)

    Sarann Bielavitz (Treasurer)

    Kim Boston (Fundraising Coordinator)

    Dharma Nicotera (Media Coordinator)  

    Garnet Lester/Jen Wick (Volunteer Coordinators)

     

    Student Medical Needs:

    Our School Nurse wanted to make sure that he and our staff are aware and prepared to support all of our students that may have medical needs. Here is a link around how to keep them informed.

     

    Virtual Back to School Night:

    We will be hosting a virtual Back to School Night this Thursday from 5:30-7:00. We will start as an entire school at 5:30 in this Google Meet. I will send out the live link on Thursday morning as well. Following updates from the school board/district level leadership I will share some of our planning for this year and give time for some questions.

     

    The second half of this meeting will be for families to connect with teachers. I will share links to meet with grade level teams, specials teachers, and other support staff during this time.

     

    Schedules:

    You should have all received your student schedules from your child's teachers at the end of last week. This should help to clarify when students are meeting with teachers for small group times and show when there is flexibility for completing work on your schedule. All teachers will be working to ensure that all whole group academic instruction is shared via recorded lessons so that if families miss their live times they can still access the lesson and have it available for review when there are questions.


    This is all a work in progress and we will do our best to cater to student/family needs whenever possible, so please don't hesitate to reach out to your teachers or me with any questions or thoughts you may have.

     

    It has been amazing to see many families over the course of the soft start weeks and ensure that families have working technology and access to the academic learning sites. I am still holding out hope that we will be able to find ways to connect more in person as the year progresses and we are continuing to do some creative thinking around how to find opportunities for some socially distant learning as well.

     

    Take care and I hope to see you on Thursday, 
    Mr. Kaveh

     

    --

    Kaveh Pakseresht, Principal

    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School

    620 N Fremont St.

    Portland, OR 97227

    Ph. (503)916-6171

    Fx. (503)916-2611

     
     
     
     
    9/8/2020
     
    Hello BEH Families, 
     
    First, I want to say thank you for your patience with us as we work through the challenges of launching a virtual school year this fall. This is not how any of us would like to be having school, but until we are able to return safely and meet the state requirements to be in person this is the reality we are in. Please continue to call and let us know if there are any issues in getting connected and accessing the learning for your students. Garnet, Ms. Dawson and I will do our best to field your calls and help solve any challenges that arise. One of the goals of the soft start is to give us time to solve these challenges before our academic instruction begins on Monday, September 14th.
     
    Schedules Starting Monday, 9/14
     Our students will follow our typical BEH bell schedule starting on Monday. This does not mean that they will be on computers and in front of a screen all day. We are working to build options away from technology and building breaks into every student's day. I created an overall schedule to show what a typical day will look like for each grade level here. I highlighted the live times in green. You will notice that every grade level starts live at 9:00 AM and ends each day live with our specials teachers. Your teachers will be getting you the individual student schedules by the end of the week. Currently you will see the block that live small groups will occur, but this will be a rotation with each student meeting in small groups with the teacher for 15-30 minutes during that time.
     
    Supply/Curriculum Pick-up
    We saw many of you last Thursday as you came to pick-up school supplies, solve Chromebook issues, and meet teachers. If you did not make it to get your student's supplies or still have Chromebook challenges you need to address, feel free to call the school and let us know when you can come by and we can get you the supplies and help solve any other challenges you may be needing help with. There are staff in the office every school day from 9:00-4:00, some days longer of course. 
     
    We are working on getting a couple of weekly optional pick-up times set-up as we move into the academic year as well and I will give you a detailed update on those times and logistics once we get the final details worked out. This will serve as an opportunity to get some paper/pencil work options for families and a way to get further supplies that families may need as we progress through the school year.
     
    Back to School Night
    We will be hosting a virtual back to school night next Thursday, September 17th from 5:30-7:00. I will be sending out links next week to join, but wanted to remind people to put it on your calendars. We will start as a whole group to discuss district and school level systems and answer any questions and then we will offer opportunities to connect with teachers virtually for the second half of the meeting. We will have a message from the school board and a school board member will be in attendance for the first part of this meeting to answer questions as well.
     
    Pre K
    I have not forgotten about PK this year. It is just taking a bit longer to get our PK students enrolled and logistics figured out. With the reality of the pandemic and most likely the fact that we will first have to return in smaller numbers before a large scale return of students to schools, our PK department has decided to enroll fewer students to start this year so that we can bring back all PK students that are enrolled once we get to an in-person option. As a result, the enrollment process has been much more meticulous. The enrollment department will likely start reaching out to more families this week to get our classes filled and started.
     
    As we wrap up our final week of soft start, our goal is to ensure that all families are set-up and ready for the academic scheduling to begin next week. If you do not have a working Chromebook or need assistance getting internet or a device working please reach out to your teacher or call the main office and we will do our best to support you in getting these challenges resolved.
     
    Thank you and take care, 
    Kaveh
     
    --
    Kaveh Pakseresht, Principal
    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School
    620 N Fremont St.
    Portland, OR 97227
    Ph. (503)916-6171
    Fx. (503)916-2611
     
     
     
     
    8/31/2020
     
    Hello BEH Families,
     
    It was amazing to get all of our staff back and start collaborating last week. We were able to get through a lot of information and training on Thursday and Friday and we will work on wrapping up a couple  more days of planning and PD Monday and Tuesday this week. 
     
    Some of you likely started getting calls from teachers on Friday, if not teachers will be continuing to call families this week. Our goal is to get a hold of all families and find ways to connect during the soft start this week and next week.
     
    Soft Start Plans:
    The Soft Start begins for our 1st-5th grade this Wednesday, September 2nd and continues through Friday, September 11th. All of our teachers will be hosting live Social Emotional Activities at 9:00 AM for these days. The live activities will be 30 minutes and will have a different theme each day. We are holding these at 9:00 AM each morning in the hopes of starting to build the morning routine for families, since once the academic schedule begins our days will begin at 9:00 AM for all of our students with a similar whole class meeting.
     
    Outside of this 30 minute engagement opportunity with the teacher and students, our staff will be spending the remainder of each day during soft start planning, contacting/meeting with families, and participating in further professional development.
     
    PK/K teachers will be reaching out this week to schedule meetings with families and students so that they can better get to know our incoming students and begin creating classes and assigning teachers. Their soft start will begin next week.
     
    Material/Supply Pick-Up Day -
    We will hold a drive-thru material/supply pick-up for families this Thursday, September 3rd from 9:00-5:00. You are welcome to come out any time between those hours to get supplies for your student(s). There will be specific hours that grade level teams will be handing out and greeting families if you would like to aim for the time that your child's teachers may be staffing it.
     
    Kindergarten Teachers - 9:00-10:00
    1st Grade Teachers - 10:00-11:00
    2nd Grade Teachers - 11:00-12:00
    5th Grade Teachers - 12:00-1:00
    4th Grade Teachers - 1:00-2:00
    3rd Grade Teachers 2:00-3:00
    Admin/support 3:00-5:00
     
    Again, come by at whatever time works best for your family. We will be handing out backpacks with school supplies, information about our fall plans, grade level materials, etc. We will reach out to families that are not able to make it in order to arrange another pick-up/drop-off time if needed.
     
    Chromebook Update -
    If you do not have a working Chromebook, please call the school and schedule a time to pick-up/exchange your Chromebook before academic instruction begins on Monday, September 14th. If you have a K-2nd grader and do not have a touchscreen Chromebook you can also arrange to exchange for a touchscreen during this time.
     
    Meal Pick-ups -
    District meal distribution starts back up again this Wednesday, September 2nd from 3-5pm. It will continue every Monday and Wednesday (school days only) through the fall. They will distribute the number of meals for the number of school days between distribution days.
     
    YouTube Channel -
    We launched our YouTube Channel last spring when COVID first sent us all home. We will begin using it again this fall for weekly updates and information from Tina and I, as well as other BEH staff and community members. You can jump on now and see Todd's introduction as the new music teacher.
     
    Academic Plans-
    Our grade level teams are working on finalizing their academic schedules that will be starting on Monday, September 14th. I will include more detailed information on those in next week's message. What you can expect is that all BEH students will begin their day with a class meeting at 9:00 each morning and have activities to keep them engaged as well as breaks throughout the day until at least 3:00. This will be a mix of live instruction, recorded lessons, independent work, and break/meal times.
     
    I am looking forward to moving into another school year and finding creative ways to educate our students given the current realities we are facing.
     
    Please continue to reach out as questions or ideas come up for you.
     
    Take Care, 
    Kaveh
     
    --
    Kaveh Pakseresht, Principal
    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School
    620 N Fremont St.
    Portland, OR 97227
    Ph. (503)916-6171
    Fx. (503)916-2611
     
     
     
    8/24/2020
     
    Hello BEH Families,
     
    Teachers will officially be back (virtually) starting this Thursday. Our first day back together will be focused solely on catching up on training and information needed for the launch of our school year. Starting Friday, teachers will begin reaching out to families to connect and discuss the plans for the fall.
     
    Here are the updates around hiring and the start of school:
     
    Supply/Material Pick-Up:
    We will be coordinating a drive thru supply and material pick-up for all BEH students on September 3rd. We are still working out the logistics, but we will have specific times for grades to come and pick-up supplies that day, as well as open hours to pick-up supplies for any families. We will coordinate getting supplies to families that are unable to make this day work as well, but I wanted to make sure and get the date out there now. We plan to be out in the parking lot the majority of this day to handout materials to families for the Fall. Further details will be in next week's letter. 
     
    Back to School Night:
    We will have a virtual back to school night on Thursday, September 17th, from 5:30-7:00. This will consist of information being shared from the district level, school level, and grade levels. I will share the info and links for this meeting as we get into September.
     
    Schedule Updates:
    The daily virtual schedule for BEH this fall will be the same as our typical in person bell schedule. This means that all students will have a virtual school schedule that begins at 8:45 and ends at 3:00pm on every assigned school day, starting Monday, September 14th. The days will be a mix of live meeting times, recorded lessons from staff, and independent assignments that will be posted through SeeSaw and/or accessed in Lexia, Dreambox, etc.
     
    At BEH our focus will be to prioritize recording and posting any new learning so that families can access it both during their scheduled time, but also can revisit or access during times that are convenient to their schedules. Our live work will be focused on social emotional learning, small group activities, and reinforcing the lessons that are being taught in the recorded lessons. Our goal is to ensure that access to learning is available to students and families in a very flexible and responsive way.
     
    I will be working with staff this week to finalize the grade level schedules which will be shared out with everyone in more detail in the coming week.
     
    Hiring Updates:
    First Grade Teacher - I am excited to introduce Casey Rodhe as our third 1st grade teacher this year, she is coming to us from Chapman Elementary where she spent the past 10+ years teaching kindergarten and first grade. She emphasized her focus on being culturally responsive and building strong relationships with students and families. She participated on many committees and teams. I am excited to add her to our first grade team and know she will be an amazing addition not just to that team, but to our building staff.
     
    QMHP - I am excited for everyone to meet Troy Loker, he is coming to us from the DC school district most recently, but also has experience working in Honolulu school district and Hillsborough County schools in Tampa, Florida. I am excited to see how his experiences in these diverse schools and districts will help him to bring a new perspective to our practices and how we support our families at BEH. He will be supporting our work around school climate and our systems of support for families.
     
    Principal's Secretary - Our most recent official addition is Kristen Mawdsley. She too is coming to us from Chapman Elementary, where she served as the school secretary last year. Previous to that, she worked for over 20 years as a 911 dispatcher. Her personality and care for people came through strongly in our interview with her. April left some big shoes to fill, but I think we found the perfect person for the role in Kristen.
     
    I am always excited to start a new school year, meet all of our new families and catch-up with our returning families. This year the lack of in-person opportunities has hindered a bit of that excitement and  is not ideal for any of us, particularly our students. I am however continuing to work with our staff, district admin, and community partners around possible options for socially distant in-person engagement opportunities. As we make more progress or find out more I will share some of these ideas/opportunities out. If you have any thoughts or ideas, please don't hesitate to reach out.
     
    Take Care,
    Mr. Kaveh
     

    --

    Kaveh Pakseresht, Principal
    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School
    620 N Fremont St.
    Portland, OR 97227
    Ph. (503)916-6171
    Fx. (503)916-2611

     

     

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