School Newsletter

  • Indigenous Peoples Day Recap, Parent Teacher Conferences, Snack Closet & More

    Beach School Newsletter October 22, 2021

  • Picture makeup Day, After School Programming, When to Keep your Child Home from School & More

    Beach School Newsletter October 15, 2021

  • Update: School Pictures have been sent! Please read.

    Hi Beach families! Emails have been sent out with a link and password to view you child's school photos. If you have not received one, please check your spam folder or let Sung know. Her email is info@sungkokkophoto.com. please include the school name, your child's name, grade, and teacher. Thank you!

     

    ¡Hola Familias de la Escuela Beach! Se han enviado correos electrónicos con un enlace y una contraseña para ver las fotos escolares de su hijo(a). Si no ha recibido uno, revise su correo electrónico en la sección de no deseado o avísele a Sung, la encargada de tomar las fotografias. Su correo electrónico es info@sungkokkophoto.com. por favor incluya el nombre de la escuela, el nombre de su hijo(a), el grado y el maestro. ¡Gracias!

  • No School, SUN School, Beach Community Union & More!

    Beach School Newsletter October 7, 2021

  • ESL Parent Connect Night, Weekly Counselor Message, Isolation & Quarantine Guidance + More!

    Beach School Newsletter October 1, 2021

  • Rainy Day Lunch Recess, Picture Day, Student Unions, Buses etc

    Beach School Newsletter September 24, 2021

  • Tyvek Seating for Students

    Tyvek Message for Parents English/Spanish

  • Back to School Night, Safety Patrol, PPS Communicable Disease Response Protocol & More

    Beach Newsletter Sept 19th 2021

  • Lunch Safety, Outdoor Seating Options, Picture Day & More

    Beach School Newsletter September 10th

  • Beach Bike Train, Lunch Volunteers, Community Care Day & MORE

    Beach School Newsletter September 3rd

  • Arrival/Dismissal & Transportation Updates

    Hello Beach Families and Caregivers,

     

    Please take note of our arrival and dismissal procedures including an important message about buses. Only staff and students are permitted onto the playground area or into the main building during arrival and dismissal. Places for parents to say goodbye include both gates to the playground, the main entrance and side entrance on Humboldt and Concord. If you have questions for the office, or paperwork to turn in please ring the bell located by the main entrance, do not walk into the building.

     

    Regarding before after school transportation, every student has to be registered through transportation services in order to begin riding the bus. Call 503-916-6901 to assign your student to a route and stop.  Please call the front office if you are not sure what stop your child should be. 

     

    Beach Bus Schedules

  • Arrival and Dismissal Procedures 21-22

    BEACH SCHOOL ARRIVAL & DISMISSAL PROCEDURES 21-22

  • August Welcome Back!

    August 18, 2021

     

    Dear Beach Parents and Families,

     

    Welcome to the 2021-22 school year.  I hope this letter finds you and your loved ones safe and in good health. I’m honored to be entering my 5th year as your principal and want to express my commitment in service to every one of our Beach children and to our community. In the midst of so much difficulty and complexity both locally and globally, I’m grateful to be a part of our community, grateful for our devoted and talented staff and grateful for you and your children. I believe that together, we can keep our children safe and train them up to a better future. This will require that we intentionally pull together across our community, support each other, and teach our children to see and name injustice and take action toward a more just society.  

     

    Here are some important dates and details for you:

    • Wednesday, September 1st is the first day of school for 2nd-5th graders
      • Arrival and dismissal will be similar to last year, with drop off and pick up happening either at the top of the stairs on the field side, at the gate on Concord, or at the main entrances along Humboldt. Care providers will not enter the playground or main building during arrival and dismissal. We’ll send further details before Sept. 1.
    • Thursday September 2nd is the first full day for 1st graders
    • The first full day for our new Beach Kindergartners is Wednesday September 8!
      • Here is info about our Kindergarten and 1st grade “Ramp Upthat went to K/1 families earlier. K/1 families, our office team is in process scheduling the 1:1 conversations with teachers, and the “warm up” days for kindergartners. 
    • Our Beach school day for students is from 8:45-3.  Please aim for your children to arrive at school by 8:40. The bell that rings at 8:45 is the signal that all students should be in their classrooms.
    • Breakfast is provided for all Beach students; this year students will have the option to pick up food as they enter either the annex or main building and take it to their classroom. Arriving right at 8:37 is ideal for eating breakfast at school in order for children to get to class, greet their teacher and classmates, hang up backpacks,  eat and clean up before school begins. Teachers do accommodate needs but the earlier children can start their arrival routine, the better their day goes. (Thank you for all the hard work and beyond that goes into getting children to school on time.)

     

    We launch into the year ahead with a phenomenal Beach Staff!  Here is our 2021-2022 Classroom Teacher Staff (English Instruction teacher then Dual Language Immersion teachers) --

     

    Kindergarten:  Seann Combs, Deisy Guzman, Sujata (Suta) Hara

    1st Grade:  Wintry Whitt, Stachys Arroyo, Megan Nary

    2nd Grade: Julianne Stevens, AnnMarie Fitzhenry-Juarez, Gabriel Dominguez Lopez

    3rd Grade:  Cameron Shaw, Ani Ponz, Rodrigo Aguirre

    4th Grade:  Mika Hilbers, Kimmy Kenyon, Molly Sheean

    5th Grade:  Ali Piff, Oskar Almazan-Lopez, Stephanie Macdonald 

     

    I’m proud to announce several excellent staff members joining our Beach team this year!  Each cares deeply about building positive relationships, utilizing best practices in teaching and learning, and creating engagement, joy and strong learning outcomes for every Beach child. Please click for introductory messages from three of our new to Beach staff.  We also welcome student interns Tyler Ngueyn (with Mr. Shaw), Emily Richardson (with Mr. Combs), and Lucie Whatron-Moeur (with Julianne Stevens) to our team!

     

    As you saw above, and adding one more below, a few staff are making internal changes… 

    Ms. Suta will teach Kindergartners in our Dual Language Immersion program. 

    Ms. Fitzhenry-Juarez  is “looping” with her class from last year thus will teach 2nd graders in DLI.

    Ms. Hazard is our specialist serving our Emerging Bilingual students (“ESL Teacher”)

     

    Additional staff and partner changes...

    Ms. I (Ilza Pierre) is taking a leave and we will miss her dearly. Mr. DuBoise is hiring our new REAP partner. (REAP Inc. is our multicultural non-profit community partner that focuses on student leadership.)

    Our evening custodian Dave Bierman was transferred to another school. Our new evening custodian is Sean Murphy, and we also welcomed Xander Ward to our custodial team last spring. 

    Monica Montiel will be with us for SUN programming. We welcome new .2 PE teacher, Codi Sanchez.

     

    As the start of school nears, our staff will be reaching out to connect with you, to listen to your hopes for your child, and to learn from all you know and want us to understand about your child's strengths and learning. 

     

    How can I help during the start to the school year?

     

    1. Engagement in whole community care, healing and connection. All our families have different strengths and capacities to exchange and share. Please complete this "Beach Parent Return to School 2021-2022 Survey". You will find the question: Are there specific ways you could volunteer to support our Beach community this school year?  For example,  interest in sharing your family culture in some way, a skill you could offer, a resource, time, opportunities you could create, services, etc.)  We began this collection of strengths last fall, and it was inspiring and helpful to be able to reference and reach out, even though we are still working on finding the best ways to utilize the diversity, passion and strengths within our community, to bring families together and families and schools together. We encourage families from all immigration backgrounds to share ways they can exchange services and connection with other Beach families on the survey. None of your contact information will be shared with anyone outside of our Beach community. 

     

    1. Please be sure to go online and complete the PPS yearly verification form. In the interests of inclusion and connection for all our students, our Beach Community Union President, Kelly Orehovec, created a Beach School Directory last year, which will be updated this year and shared with all families. You may "opt out" from sharing directory information on your child's registration form (new parents) and verification form (existing parents).  We are double-checking your preferences about sharing your contact information on our survey, and you can find information here: Directory information  

     

    1. Please apply for Free & Reduced meals even if you won’t be accessing school meals or don’t think you’ll qualify. The percentage of students who qualify for Free & Reduced lunch has a direct impact on the number of teachers with which schools are staffed. The application process and whether you qualify are strictly confidential. 

     

    Who will my child’s teacher be?

    We will finalize class lists during the days teachers are working before school for students begins. The classroom placement process has many steps that can’t be considered complete until as close to the 1st day of school as possible, in order to balance classes including students who are just being registered in those final days. Here are parts of the process--

    • Removing students who have moved, adding students who are new to Beach
    • Adding/Removing students who are transferring into or from other PPS schools
    • Balancing for academic achievement, race, access, age, ESL, Special Education, learning styles

    As soon as class lists are ready, by Monday August 30 at the latest, the classroom teacher’s name will be available on Parent Vue and in your child’s registration packet (details follow). A reminder that parent requests for specific teachers are not accepted. 

     

    “Back to School Beach Connect” Monday, August 30!

    • Masks required and efforts to maintain 3 feet social distancing at all times is requested.
    • Any time between 2 - 5 pm, children and parents are invited to come to the playground to pick up their registration packets and simultaneously, drop off school supplies
      • If purchasing school supplies presents a financial challenge for your family at this time, please don’t worry. We will ensure every child has the needed materials. 
    • One table per grade level will be spread out around the main blacktop area. You’ll find the sign matching your child’s grade, drop off supplies if you have them, and pick up your child’s registration packet. Please bring supplies in paper bags labeled with your child’s name. If you can’t attend, supplies can be brought the first day of school. 
    • New families to Beach, we will offer quick guided tours to classroom locations.
    • Staff will be working on setting up for school during these hours. It’s likely you’ll see at least a few staff outside, but generally, most staff won’t be available or able to visit during this time.  We hope this option to drop supplies off before the first day of school will be easier for students, families and staff alike. 
    • We need volunteers!  Please call the office if you can help pass out packets at a table any time between 2 and 5, or carry bags of supplies to classrooms between 4-5. 

     

    What are the safety measures?

     

    This is the RSSL (Ready School Safe Learners) guidance: Support physical distancing in all daily activities and instruction, maintaining at least 3 feet between students to the extent possible. Maintaining physical distancing should not preclude return to full-time, in-person instruction for all students.

     

    This PPSBacktoSchool2021 webpage is the place to find updated communications from district officials including answers to common questions about this year’s health and safety measures. PPS Communications is sending regular emails to families as additional information is added to this webpage. 

     

    Lunchtime will be one of our most challenging times of the day to maintain health and safety measures. We have planned a separate time for each grade level supervised by classroom teachers so teachers can make decisions that work best for their students. Our goal is that classes eat in separate spaces. We will utilize the cafeteria and non-cafeteria spaces including outside. We will be finalizing our plan once teachers return, but these safety measures will be in place:

    • 3 feet of distance to every extent possible (complies with Ready Schools Safe Learners guidance); increase to 6 feet wherever possible.
    • Limit the time students are unmasked and eating to less than 15 minutes (while also providing time for our slower eaters in creative ways) to limit the number of potential close contacts
    • Students will wear masks at all times unless actively eating or drinking and may not share or trade food.
    • If your child has food allergies that are not already known by our Student Health Assistant (SHA) Ms. Jamille Manning, please email her:  jmanning@mesd.k12.or.us and cc Ms. Romero: eromero@pps.net.  We will plan for lunch routines for these classes according to individual needs.

     

    How does communication between home and school work?

    • If you aren’t receiving PPS messages, text “yes” to 68453
    • To receive Beach Communications, text @ beacheleme to 81010, visit remind.com, or download the Remind app.

     

    Childcare and Preschool

    YMCA is Beach’s contracted child care organization. YMCA is working hard to fully staff their program by the first day of school. Our Beach waiting list is currently at 28 families. 

    • 211info is the agency that provides child care referrals to families along with many other social services such as rental assistance and parenting support. 211info can also provide information about state subsidies to reduce the cost of child care for working parents and guardians. 
    • If you have questions or concerns about child care, Sierra Warren is our PPS child care coordinator and monitors email at childcareservices@pps.net daily.
    • As childcare staff are hired, YMCA will be able to open up more slots for our Beach families. If you know of anyone who would like to provide care to our Beach children before and after school, tell them to apply with the YMCA!

    Multnomah Early Childhood Program (MECP) classes are available 4 days a week, morning or afternoon, at Beach. MECP is a David Douglas School District program that provides imaginative and lively classes.  

     

    We are seeking volunteers to keep time during our Kindergarten and 1st grade 1:1 Connections on September 1st and 2nd.  You’d be outside (masks required)  for an hour or so. Please call the office for details if you’d like to help.

     

    Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me by email or calling the office. (If you put the words “message from Beach parent” in your subject line when emailing me, it helps me search for and find parents and caregivers within my email.)  Here’s to a great 2021-2022 school year!

     

    Warmly,

    Lisa Hawking, Principal

  • K-1 Ramp Up Message to Parents

     Dear Beach Kindergarten and 1st Grade Parents and Caregivers,

     

    This year, we are excited to be participating in our district-wide Ramp Up to K-1!  The Ramp Up will allow 

    1- all Kindergarten students to participate in a small-group “warm-up” day prior to the first day of Kindergarten and 

    2- all Kindergarten families to have a one-on-one connection with their teacher prior to the first day of Kindergarten. 

     Kindergarten “warm-up” days will be scheduled on either September 3rd or 7th and the first full day of Kindergarten for all students will be September 8th. Our school office will be in touch with each family starting the week of August 16 to assign you to a specific “warm-up” day and to schedule a time slot for your one-on-one family connection. 

     3- all 1st grade families to have a one-on-one connection with their teacher prior to the first day of 1st grade. 

     1st grade times for one-on-one family connections will be scheduled on September 1st and the first day of 1st grade for all 1st grade students is September 2nd. Our school office will be in touch with each family starting the week of August 16, to schedule a time slot for your one-on-one family connection. 

     I’m sure you’re wondering about teacher names and assignments!  We’ll be sending out the names of new staff and our teaching teams very soon, and specific teacher assignments will be shared school-wide at our Beach Back to School Connect on August 30*).  However, in order to schedule K and 1st grade families for 1:1 connections and to schedule students for their “warm-up” days, we will likely be finalizing and sharing Kindergarten and 1st grade assignments earlier.  We will share further details on that as soon as possible.  For now, I wanted to provide at least this much information.

     

    Warmly,

    Lisa Hawking, Beach Principal

     *At this point, this event is scheduled for 4:30 pm, in person, masks required.

  • Newsletter June 11th

    Dear Beach Families & Community,

     

    Happy last day of the 2020-2021 School Year!   Thank you for supporting and being part of such wonderful Beach Spirit this week and this year. We want to thank you for the profound support and encouragement we have received from all of our Beach Community families that allowed our staff to find success. 

     

    Our staff-created 5th grade promotion video is posted on our website... teachers are playing it at the beginning of each class today and then we’re celebrating our 5th graders' exits from their elementary school years with a clap-out to our field (on video for our students in CDL).  Each of our classroom communities celebrated all the effort, learning and growth that has taken place this year in unique, meaningful ways.  

     

    Again, we thank every parent and caregiver so much for your partnership as your child’s teachers, parents, and as supporters of our amazing Beach community this year!  Whatever that looked like for your particular situation, you are appreciated and your children have filled our hearts (and minds!) up. Here’s to a joyful, meaningful last day of school, and a happy and safe summer to you all. 

     

    Warmly,

    Lisa, Tina and Esther



     

    A Message from Ms. Mo, SUN School and Beach's BSU~

    Dear Beach Families and Caregivers,

    Have a great Summer!!!!

    BHY Fun Fact of the Week: Jockey Isaac Burns Murphy was the first to win three Kentucky Derbies and the only racer to win the Kentucky Derby, the Kentucky Oaks and the Clark Handicap within the same year. He was inducted into the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame in 1956.

    ~Ms. Mo & The BBSU

     

     

    2021-22 Yearly Verification in ParentVUE

    The 2021-22 Yearly Verification will be available online in ParentVUE beginning, June 14, 2021. Parents will see options of New Enrollment and Yearly Verification 

    Each year parents and/or guardians are asked to review and update the information on file for their children (students). This information can be reviewed, edited and submitted online via PPS ParentVUE. Get started by going to: parentvue.pps.net

    Update your student’s information online! Benefits of verifying online via ParentVUE

    • Complete yearly verification of your student’s information
    • You can update your communication and language preferences 
    • Ensures your school has the most up to date information
    • Saves paper and time
  • Newsletter June 4 2021

    Dear Beach Families and Caregivers,

     

    Your children are their delightful selves, and also doing a wonderful job of staying focused on learning  with each other and their teachers, within all the spirit that comes with the end of the school year (especially this one!) approaching.  At school and online we know how much your partnership matters in making that so, and we thank you ever so much for all you are and have been doing to support your child’s learning and ongoing contributions to our community. Next week we are celebrating our school community with Beach Spirit Week!  We hope your child (feel free to join them!) will participate in each of the ways our staff has selected to show our spirit and care for each other and our school in accessible, fun ways:

     

    Monday: Pride Day 

    Tuesday: Silly Sock Day (use what you have!  Consider mix and match or other creative ways to be silly)

    Wednesday Cozy/PJ with stuffy Day (asynchronous day)

    Thursday: Mix Match/Backwards Clothes Day

    Friday: Beach School Spirit Day (wear your Beach BLM school t-shirts or green/yellow)

     

    In the spirit of our community, let's have an inspired, celebratory last week of school!

    Warmly,

    Lisa

     

    Dear Beach Families,

     

    Although I don’t get to see so many of you since COVID, I still wanted to take the opportunity to let you all know that I won’t be returning to Beach School and am taking a leave of absence from PPS next school year. There are multiple reasons that I’ve decided to make this change, and I am looking forward to exploring a new path in the year ahead. I’m not quite sure what that will look like or be, but I am excited to figure it out! Having the opportunity to serve and work with so many families throughout my time at Beach has been a privilege and an honor. I feel fortunate to have met and formed bonds with so many incredible students and families. I wish you all the very best and will be cheering this community on from afar. 

     

    With much care and affection,

    Anna Marquez

     

     

    A Message from Ms. Mo, SUN School and Beach's BSU~

     

    Dear Beach Families and Caregivers,

     

    We are so sorry we could not get you weeks 5 and 6 before the end of the school year!!! Mr. Domo says he is so sorry and he is really trying!! Thank you so much for your understanding!!! But keep practicing those moves and dancing with us!!!

     

    1: https://youtu.be/Hi9Kn_QjC7w

    2: https://youtu.be/JfRJZMKW4No

    3: https://youtu.be/yJM25c0j8dY

    4: https://youtu.be/kseTKRzyeko

     

     

    Final BSU Meeting: Tuesday @2:30p. Come join us for our final BSU Meeting!!! No lunch drop in this week. Google Meet join code: BEACHBSU2020

     

    BHY Fun Fact of the Week: Female science fiction author Octavia Butler was dyslexic. Despite her disorder, she went on to win Hugo and Nebula awards for her writing, as well as a "genius" grant from the MacArthur Foundation.

     

    ~Ms. Mo & The BBSU

     

    Lost & Found

     

    Ms. Megan will be moving the lost and found from last school year up to the grass near the front of the school on Thursday the 10th at both arrivals and dismissals. Whatever is not claimed will be donated to our SUN School clothing closet to support Beach families in need. 

     

    Messages from our BCU (Beach Community Union)

    Please click the link to see our mission.

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1XEdgfTwobjwUHbF_B9NlS7seiEhVsQ4j/view?usp=sharing

     

    1. Do you know that our school has an online directory?  Here is how you can access it!
    1. Go to https://beachpta.membershiptoolkit.com/
    2. Click on the Register/Login button and register to create a user account.  You likely already have an account or the system may recognize your email address.  If so, please click "Lost Password".
    3. Verify your new account through your e-mail.
    4. Check your family data by going to My Account > Family Information to ensure your contact information is correct.
    5. After you receive your login information, download the app by searching for Membership Toolkit in the iTunes App Store or Google Play. The app allows you to access our directory, manage your family information and eventually signup for volunteer activities all from your phone!

    The software is secure, easy to use, and free to families.  We hope you will join us in making our school a great place for kids this year!Register online  beachpta.membershiptoolkit.com

    Contact Kelly Orehovec with any questions! kelly.orehovec@gmail.com 

    Mult. Co. Library Summer Reading

    Register online or in-person. Between June 16 and Aug 31, your student can earn prizes for reading!

     

    Portland Art Museum

    Kids 17 & under are always free! The first Thursday of every month, between 5-8pm, adults admission is free, too!

    Oregon Historical Society

    Free for all Mult. Co. residents (with proof of residency), the museum has content for K-12 students with an emphasis on diversity and hands-on activities!

  • May 28 Newsletter

    Dear Beach Families and Caregivers,

     

    Our wishes to our community for a safe, enjoyable Memorial Day Weekend full of care for each other and emphasis on family and togetherness.  

     

    Our staff is planning for some special closures and celebrations as we head into June!  Stay tuned for specific details from teachers.  

    • Beach Spirit Week June 7-11:  see attached flyer!  We hope these days will feel simple for parents to support their child’s participation in, inclusive, and fun!
    • All school virtual assembly - asynchronous, most likely in the morning on Wednesday June 9th ~ our school songs, motto, Mr. Domo, class photos!
    • Grade level celebrations!  Plans are still underway, but here are some of the draft ideas
      • 5th grade: Virtual Promotion Ceremony video including messages from staff and student reflections, Car Parade the afternoon of June 10 (right before OGMS events), All School Clap Out (outdoors) for each 5th grade cohort on the last day of school, and Memory Books created by students and autographed by classmates
      • 4th - Class celebration of some type (movie, yearbook signing)
      • 3rd- Combined hybrid/distance celebration outdoors (assuming all can participate) w/ presentation/load testing of bridges
      • 2nd - creating a special End of Year Book, special projects
      • 1st - End of the Year book with memories of First Grade
      • Kindergarten- Students are learning and practicing a song to show what they’ve learned and making special crafts

     

    Message from Ms. Mo, SUN School and Beach's BSU~

    Dear Beach Families and Caregivers,

    BHY Fun Fact of the Week: George Edwin Taylor ran for president in 1904

    Long before Barack Obama became the first Black president of the United States, George Edwin Taylor ran for president as a member of the National Negro Liberty Party in 1904. Though the journalist and a newspaper editor received only 2,000 votes, Taylor deserves to be remembered for his groundbreaking political run. From voter suppression to lack of representation, Black people are still being shut out of America’s political processes.

    Are you practicing dance moves?

    1: https://youtu.be/Hi9Kn_QjC7w

    2: https://youtu.be/JfRJZMKW4No

    3: https://youtu.be/yJM25c0j8dY

    4: https://youtu.be/kseTKRzyeko

    BSU Meeting Times: Every Tuesday @2:30p with an additional drop in lunch time meeting on Wednesdays from 12:00p-12:30p. Come join us!! Google Meet join code: BEACHBSU2020

    ~Ms. Mo & The BBSU

     

    The REAP family will be hosting an in-person (masked and physically distant) event for our students at Colonel Summers Park on June 4th @ 5 pm. Also, We will offer a virtual version for those students who are not permitted to attend in person. We would love for your family to be part of this lovely celebration. Below the flyer and the registration link  are  attached 

    REAP end of the year celebration 6/4/21 

     

    Library SUMMER READING PROGRAM begins next month!Multnomah Co. LIbrary’s Summer Reading program kicks off June 16, and runs through August 31.  Library Services has partnered with MCL for gameboards to be delivered to all school library staff this week for distribution to students in preparation of the kickoff. 

     

    Reading of all types is encouraged (alone, outloud to others, ebooks, audiobooks -- it’s all good!) Prizes and family activities can keep students engaged in reading all summer.  Check with your library staff regarding their plans for gameboard distribution. More information about MCL’s Summer Reading 2021 can be found here: multcolib.org/summer-reading.


    Summer 6th - 9th grade  PPS Summer Arts Academy Dance・Music・Theatre ・Visual Arts August 9 - 20 At Tubman Middle School for rising 6-9 Grade Students register at TINYURL.com/2021SUMMERARTS or talk to your school secretary.

  • May 21st Newsletter

    Dear Beach Families and Community, 

     

    This year our staff is dedicating a lot of attention to relationships with our students, families, and each other. The physical distance we were all forced into has challenged us to think differently about how to understand and be in community with each other. Our staff has been discussing ways to make our school community feel alive, supportive, brave and inclusive. During meetings, we are in small groups as often as possible so we can come to know each other better; most recently we’ve been reading and discussing City Schools and the American Dream 2: The Enduring Promise of Public Education, and ways we can take what we are learning into positive, helpful action for our students, family and community. Our Equity Team has also been working on how to host our annual “Beach Connects” event this year. You may recall the purpose of Beach Connects is to bring our entire Beach community of families and staff together in a fun and relaxed way; last year we had pizza, Alex Addy and his West African Drum residency, and activities for parents and kids- Bingo, Free throw competition, etc.

     

    We had set a date for a virtual “Beach Connects” for this year (prior to Spring Break) but we postponed it with PPS’ program change to Hybrid/CDL. (At least now we’ve had more time for practicing Mr. Domo’s dance moves!)  We have come up with a plan for next year, and we would love your feedback. Please share your feelings or ideas about our draft plan (it follows) with any staff including Ms. Mo and Ms. Ilza. Our goal is to create a casual, inclusive, fun way our community can come together, and we care about what that actually means, feels like, looks like etc., for each of you. 

     

    Beach Connects- 

    • Why:  facilitate bringing our community together 
    • Who: Beach Staff, SUN & REAP Partners, Beach Families & Community)
    • What: Movie Night 
      • first one in September, and if it works well, maybe we’d make them recurring to provide regular, casual, fun ways our community can come together
      • on the Beach field 
      • We’re working on something good to eat!

     

    Our ultimate goal is to ensure we are learning and improving what it is we can do so that each of our students and families know and feel they belong. We are committed to doing the work we need to as individuals in order to do this, especially on behalf of our students and families of color, and to learn how we will interrupt problems and inequities in our school. We are looking forward to continuing with and even increasing home visits and close, ongoing conversations with our families. 

    -Lisa

     

    The office team would like to give a huge shout out to all of our incoming kindergarten families, and others who helped spread the word for our Beach Connect events. We appreciate you! Our virtual Kindergarten Open House and Craft Night were a success because we had awesome participation, challenging questions from parents, and lots of energy from our little ones. Our Beach community is prepared to embrace and welcome our new families. We are looking forward to another great school year with you all!

    -Tina & Esther Office Team

     

    A Message from Ms. Mo, SUN School and Beach's BSU~

    Dear Beach Families and Caregivers,

     

    We still have weeks 5 & 6 coming soon!!! In the meantime, keep practicing those moves and dancing with us!!! Here is the link to the class video for weeks 1, 2, 3 & 4!

     

    1: https://youtu.be/Hi9Kn_QjC7w

    2: https://youtu.be/JfRJZMKW4No

    3: https://youtu.be/yJM25c0j8dY

    4: https://youtu.be/kseTKRzyeko

     

    BSU Meeting Times: Every Tuesday @2:30p with an additional drop in lunch time meeting on Wednesdays from 12:00p-12:30p. Come join us!! Google Meet join code: BEACHBSU2020

     

     

    BSU Fun Fact:  John Baxter Taylor was the first African-American to win an Olympic gold medal.

     

    ~Ms. Mo & The BBSU

     

    ¡A mi me Importa la Escuela Beach y Yo le importo a la Escuela Beach!

    I matter to Beach and Beach matters to me!

  • May 14 Newsletter

    Hello Beach Families & Caregivers,

     

    A message from one of our 5th grade teachers, Mr. Almazan~

    Communication has never been more important, interaction with other people takes us away from the isolation that we have been living in these troubled months and allows us to travel and dream of new territories. This was the original idea behind this project that culminates today.

     

    Today, 87 letters from Beach children from 1st to 5th grade will travel to the Alfredo Landa Bilingual School in Madrid, Spain https://www.facebook.com/colegioalfredolanda.  A month ago we received the letters from the children in Madrid and today we will send them our response. There is a lot of enthusiasm and curiosity in them, they write about their school, their neighborhood, their hobbies, and their likes, but they also ask many questions of all kinds. Children from the bilingual classes (in Spanish) and the neighborhood classes (in English) have voluntarily participated in this project. Could these letters be the beginning of something more profound and lasting? Will this project continue?

     

    A Message from Ms. Mo, SUN School and Beach's BSU~

    Dear Beach Families and Caregivers,

     

    We still have weeks 5 & 6 coming soon!!! In the meantime, keep practicing those moves and dancing with us!!! Here is the link to the class video for weeks 1, 2, 3 & 4!

     

    1: https://youtu.be/Hi9Kn_QjC7w

    2: https://youtu.be/JfRJZMKW4No

    3: https://youtu.be/yJM25c0j8dY

    4: https://youtu.be/kseTKRzyeko

     

    BSU Meeting Times: Every Tuesday @2:30p with an additional drop in lunch time meeting on Wednesdays from 12:00p-12:30p. Come join us!! Google Meet join code: BEACHBSU2020

     

    BHY Fun Fact of the Week: Described as a “forgotten pioneer,” Althea Gibson (1927–2003) was the first Black tennis player to win a tennis Grand Slam in 1956. She won 11 Grand Slam tournaments over the course of her career.

     

    ~Ms. Mo & The BBSU

     

    Calendar for the end of the school year and District School Calendar 2021-22

    The last day of school is Friday, June 11 and all classes (CDL and Hybrid) will follow their regular schedule. Within that regular schedule, classes will be celebrating the many processes, efforts, and accomplishments that occurred within so many complexities and challenges this year. We are making plans for our 5th grade promotion celebration and details will be coming soon.  Next year’s school calendar was just adopted: here it is for your reference (it is also available on the PPS website):  District School Calendar(English)/Spanish 2021-22.  Also, here is a list of major cultural and religious holidays on next year’s calendar. 

  • Monday Update

    Dear Beach Families,

     

    To all of our mothers and all of you who are taking care of our students, we hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day yesterday!  We have so much appreciation for all the hard and important work that goes into raising children and partnering with us in their learning, always but especially during such unpredictable and challenging times. We’ve noticed incredible growth for so many of our students, and we know that wouldn’t be possible without all you are doing.  For all of these results we thank you and again, we hope you had a restful, wonderful Mother’s Day.  

     

    Here are a few Monday updates.

     

    Reversal: no change to weekly structure the week of Memorial Day

    Monday, May 31st is a no school holiday for Memorial Day and last week we made an announcement that has now been changed. PPS will NOT be shifting cohort days.  Elementary schools will maintain the regular Tu/Th/F schedule, with Wednesday being an asynchronous day that week. This ensures that we preserve services such as special education and other small group time, as well as touchpoints with teachers for students in CDL that occur on Wednesdays.  

     

    Coyote Sighting Near Beach

    A Beach parent was heading home on Denver Ave, at Alberta, around 3pm last Friday, when she crossed paths with a coyote. She said It didn't appear to be sick, just trotting West on Alberta, after coming South on Denver. For good measure she reached out to animal control and they informed her that there are a lot of coyotes in Kenton because of the wetlands at PIR. The only thing we can do is report the sighting to the Portland Urban Coyote Project but that is mainly to track the populations, not to actually go after an individual animal. Animal Control can’t do anything because it's considered a wild animal. Below we are attaching a link on what you can do if you run into one of these furry fellows.

    https://www.koin.com/news/special-reports/you-see-a-coyote-on-the-street-now-what/

     

    Food Pantry @ Woodlawn Elementary

    Woodlawn Food Pantry is a drive up, in front of the school every Wednesday at 4pm.

    If you would like to request a box to be delivered please reach out to Maestra. Megan (moleary@pps.net), or Mrs. Mo (moniquesh@selfenhancement.org)

     

           
     

    LIBRARY NEWS

    We are going to be holding a LIVE book fair this week! Here are a few things you might want to know:

    • Scholastic Book Fair Website for just about anything you need to know
    • When: May 10th-17th, 8:30 AM-3 PM (Wednesday 8-3:30), online May 5th-18th
      Where: Outside of the Auditorium (weather permitting)- Distancing and Masks
    • Volunteers needed! Mostly, Thursday & Friday

    Veronica Hughes

    LIBRARY MEDIA SPECIALIST