Beverly Cleary is a K-8 school that provides academic excellence in a caring community.
Happy Holidays! Enjoy your break.
School begins Monday, January 5th 2015
Thank you to all who were able to participate in the overcrowding survey We had a 49% participation rate, more than 400 of you. We appreciate your time and thoughtfulness in helping advise PPS and the D-BRAC (District-Wide Boundary Review Advisory Committee) on the implications of the two 2015-16 options proposed by PPS for our children and our community. We designed this survey to allow the voices of the community to speak for themselves and worked diligently to ensure that the survey was an unbiased representation of all respondents.
For full disclosure, we are adding a link to all of comments from the survey. You can find the comments here.
BCS is scheduled for a full day of school on December 17th. No Late Opening Day this month PPS Revised the schedule for Beverly Cleary School Students due to our 3 Campuses shedule for Professional Development Day Please note the Late Opening days below have been revised for Beverly Cleary School Students only: On these dates, our students will have no school for the entire day:
January 21st March 18th May 20th Transportation bus schedules for all 3 campuses will follow this schedule. Bus transportation will be provided to and from school on a full day schedule for the above dates. All other late opening dates on the PPS calendar will be a regular full day of school for all BCS students on all 3 campuses.
District Wide Boundary Review Information PPS Center for Public Service Readiness Assessment: http://www.pps.k12.or.us/files/enrollment-transfer/PPSFINALMAY22.pdf
SACET Report & Preliminary Recommendations: http://www.pps.k12.or.us/files/enrollment-transfer/SACET-Preliminary-Recommendations-(FINAL).pdf
Bus Route Schedule for 2014/2015 Beverly Cleary School [click here] Click on Beverly Cleary School on the drop down menu. You can print bus tags from this page. Please let your teacher know when your child will be taking the bus home.
A Message from the Principal
Not that every week isn't packed with activity, but it seems this one and the next are exceptions. Between the Coffee Chat, the two holiday assemblies next week, an assembly for middle school students on the challenges some people have in their lives and how they work though them, our community assemblies, second, fourth, fifth grades and some of our middle school students making bird feeders for a project called Project FeederWatch, continued rehearsals for our third grade musical and the middle school dance next week, eight hundred forty students and our staff have been "rockin." When the bell rings next Friday afternoon, get ready for some excited children to step into your home! They (and we) are ready for a break!
Sandwiched between all of the aforementioned activities have been several professional development sessions for our staff. Last week we continued our Equity work, with discussions about the grand jury’s decision in Ferguson. Additionally, we were able to hear from Josh Tabshy, Lindsay Deacon, May Best, Lisa O’Brien and Sarah Arrington about culturally relevant lessons they had recently taught. Those lessons serve as models for the rest of us as we all work to become more culturally proficient in our teaching. This past Monday Sarah Zabel, our AP at BCF led the staff through a training on Smarter Balanced, the assessment students in grades 3-8 will take in the spring.
Thanks to Kathie Eastman Tell and her garden volunteers, who spruced up the grounds of BCF last weekend. The leaves had certainly piled up over the past couple of months.
Following a meeting two weeks ago with Judy Brennan and Jon Isaacs from PPS, the PTA hosted an online survey to gauge opinions on the two options presented by the District to address our overcrowding. The survey results were released yesterday. It certainly can be said that being spread between three campuses has made this a challenging year in many ways. In spite of those challenges, however, we have students, who continue to receive quality instruction from a dedicated corps of teachers. We have parents, who, in spite of those challenges, have modeled for their children that if we work together we can lessen the "not-so-pleasant" impacts the three-way split of our campuses has brought to us. Our students, staff and families are united in our view about the greatness of this community. I am confident that unity will continue to propel us through the remainder of this school year and into and through whatever school year awaits us once PPS makes its decision for 15-16.
On a personal note, thank you all for all that you do to support our efforts to provide your children and our students with a safe and engaging school experience. I am so blessed to be the principal of Beverly Cleary because of the wonderful students you send us every day. They come to school ready-to-learn because they have families, who support them (and us) in endless ways.
I send my warm wishes to all of you for a joyous holiday season. May your family be blessed with good health and prosperity in 2015. Teri Geist