Beverly Cleary is a K-8 school that provides academic excellence in a caring community.
You probably can’t believe it’s time to receive this letter. Not surprisingly, I can’t believe it is time to send it! It is my pleasure, however, to welcome you back to the new school year. All of us are looking forward to seeing you and your students and continuing Beverly Cleary’s fine tradition of excellence. When I have seen students in the neighborhood, they have made me realize how excited I am to have them return to fill these classrooms.
First of all, I am pleased to introduce Sarah Zabel to you. She is our new Assistant Principal. Sarah was the AP at Peninsula last year. Prior to that, she was a Student Management Specialist at McKinley Elementary School in Beaverton. Her teaching experience has been in Nevada and in Beaverton. Initially, Sarah will spend most of her time at BCF, but she will be on our other two campuses as the year progresses. Melissa Dragich returns half-time as our other Assistant Principal. She will spend time at both BCH and BCRCP during the week. At our “Coffee/Ice Cream Chats” in September, I will explain the administrative roles of the three of us as well as David Wood and Dave Holm at ACCESS/RCP.
The majority of our students had the opportunity to meet their teacher(s) at Move-Up Day last spring. We did have a few changes over the summer, however. Tracy Christensen will move from fifth grade to second, filling the vacancy created by Koren LaTocha’s move to New York. Tracy taught second grade for us two years ago when another teacher was on a medical leave. We will be interviewing for the vacant position at 5th grade this week. I will e-mail families of students in that class when one of the candidates accepts the offer. Megan Boyeas moves into first grade after having been an EA in Kindergarten last year; Molly Sims will be teaching third grade after many years as a teacher in the Evergreen School District; Carrie Jones and Rhonda Walters will be two new teachers to fourth grade. Carrie graduated from Lewis and Clark in June, and Rhonda moves here after having taught at Forest Park for many years. Leah Hermes joins our eighth grade team as a Language Arts teacher. Leah’s teaching experience includes substituting and teaching Language Arts at Wilson and at Waluga Junior High in Lake Oswego. Kathy Bailey returns as our Basic Skills teacher. Our SPED team gains two new members: Jackie Blodgett is our new school psychologist and Amy Marquardt Dustin joins our Learning Center staff after having taught at Harrison Park and Irvington last year. Sarah Barten and Brooke Date return and will be our music and art teachers, respectively, at both BCF and BCH.
At BCRCP we will welcome Anna Bernardo as our P.E. teacher. Anna comes to us after having taught P.E. for several years in the parochial school system. We are also interviewing for a music teacher this week. Srule Bachman will teach art to ACCESS and BC students at RCP. In her Media Assistant position, Laura Freeman will split her time between BCH and BCRCP.
In addition to introducing our new staff members, the purpose of this letter is to update you on some information you need as you prepare for the opening of the school year. The first day of school is Tuesday September 2, 2014 (except for kindergarteners, who received the schedule for their start).
Our bell schedules remain unchanged. At BCH/BCRCP the first bell will ring at 8:20 a.m., with the instructional day beginning promptly at 8:30 a.m. and ending at 2:45 p.m. The hours for the half-day kindergartners are 8:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Students and their family members may enter the building at 8:20 a.m. when the first bell rings (unless it is raining when they may wait inside the door). On the BCF campus, the first bell will ring at 8:35 a.m., with the instructional day beginning promptly at 8:45 a.m. and ending at 3:00 p.m. Those students, who will be eating breakfast (BCF only) may come into the cafeteria at 8:25 a.m., and will need to remain in the cafeteria until the bell rings. Unless they are eating breakfast, students and their families may enter the building when the first bell rings (unless it is raining when they may wait inside the door). We ask that children not arrive at either school early because there is no supervision. It is also very important to us that children are in their classrooms, ready to begin their day by the 8:30 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. tardy bells. Teachers will begin instruction as soon as those bells ring. Parents are welcome to leave messages for teachers in the office or e-mail them with concerns or questions (e-mail addresses can be located on our website-www.pps.net/schools/beverlycleary under “staff”). We are also asking parents to clear the hallways at the a.m. tardy bells so that parent conversations do not disturb classroom instruction. Please also keep in mind there is no supervision after school hours and arrangements should be in place to have your child go directly home or to childcare at the afternoon dismissal time. Students may not remain on the playground and wait for parents to pick them up or stay and play unless a parent is supervising. If no adult is outside to meet a K -5 student at dismissal s/he will be escorted to the office to wait there for an adult to pick him/her up. School office hours on all three campuses are 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sixth, seventh and eighth grade students will find their schedules included with this letter. Please make sure your student brings it to school on the first day.
This year school prices for breakfast (BCF only) and lunch for K-5 students will be $1.35 and $ 2.70, respectively, while the price of milk is $.50. The price of lunch for 6th-8th graders is $2.95. Lunch menus for the entire school year will be sent home on the first day of school in a calendar published by Nutrition Services. We also have a link to the menu on our school’s website. If children had negative balances at the end of last school year, District policy dictates the accounts must be made current. The District makes checking the balance on lunch accounts easy by using www.MyLunchMoney.com. We encourage families to come in before the first day of school to put money on their child’s account(s).
Our school supply lists are posted on our website: www.pps.net/schools/beverlyschool. Please be advised that individual teachers may have additional supplies to add to the list.
Beverly Cleary’s Ice Cream Social will be held on Monday September 8th from 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. on the BCF campus playground. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet new families and greet returning ones. It will also be an hour of great “first week stories.” Melissa, Sarah and I will look forward to meeting and greeting you with our own “first week stories.”
Assistant Principal Sarah Zabel and I will be in the school cafeteria on the BCF campus from 8:45 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. the first day of school. On Wednesday September 3rd Assistant Principal Melissa Dragich and I will be in the media center on our BCRCP campus from 8:30 a.m.-9:15 a.m. to meet and greet our first and third grade families. On Monday September 8th I will meet with Kindergarten parents at 5:30 in the cafeteria at BCF. At all of these times, we would love to greet returning families, meet our new ones and give everyone an opportunity to meet other parents and address any questions you may have about Beverly Cleary. I will have a series of Coffee Chats throughout the year, so please check the calendar for those dates. For those, who are unable to attend one of the Chats, the PTA also allows time at their meetings for me to impart the same information and to allow parents to ask me questions.
Enjoy the rest of your summer and the time you have with a different pace of life than we will all have once the school year begins. All of us are looking forward to seeing you on the first day of school Tuesday, September 2, 2014.
With excitement to see your children and to work with you for a sixth year,
www.pps.net/schools/beverlycleary- this is the one where you’ll find up-to-date information on school events and links to the staff websites
www.beverlyclearyschool.org – this is the official site for the Beverly Cleary PTA and Foundation
Please make sure you are signed up on both list servs.
2014-2015 Supply Lists
Bus Route Schedule for 2014/2015 Beverly Cleary School [click here] Click on Beverly Cleary School on the drop down menu.
Over the past couple of weeks, our Instructional Technology Assistant, Adam Souza, sixth grade teacher, Lisa O’Brien and Teri have visited three schools, whose teachers use a variety of technology to support and integrate into their instruction. We talked to students, who told us how they use that technology and what they see as the benefits of it. Based on our visits, we are finalizing plans to use the remainder of your contributions to purchase several more pieces of technology. I will let you know what your students can expect to see in their classrooms later this spring or next fall.
A Message from the Principal
It is hard to believe this is the final newsletter of the school year! As you may imagine, we are busy wrapping up the details of this year and planning for the next school year on three different campuses. June is a busy month at Beverly Cleary, so pull out your calendars and take note of the activities listed below.
The fifth grade classes will leave on June 2 for Camp Hancock. Wednesday, June 4th is an early dismissal to accommodate for the Jr. Rose parade. Hollyrood will dismiss at 11:00 and Fernwood will dismiss at 11:15. Lunch will not be served on either campus that day. On June 6th we will have our all school field day. Kindergarten through fourth grade will have field day in the morning from 9-10:40. The upper grades, 5-8, will have their field day from 12:50-2:45. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Mr. Woods.
Students in grades Kindergarten through grade four will have a chance to meet their new teachers and classmates on June 12 at Move-Up Day. The 8th grade class will also have a volleyball game at 2:00 on June 12th. Eighth grade promotion rehearsal will take place at 9:00 on June 13th and we will be dismissing our 8th graders at 10:30. Eighth grade students and families will return at 5:30 for a reception before the evening promotion ceremony, which begins at 6:00 in our west gym. We look forward to seeing everyone there!
Please check out the school website for photos of students using the new iPads that were purchased with your “Apples on Our Trees” donations last fall. The kids have been putting those to good use, and we are looking forward to launching Google Docs with the rest of the district in the fall.
Also, please join us in wishing Mrs. Newlyn congratulations on her recent appointment as the principal of Forest Park Elementary. She will be missed by the entire Beverly Cleary community and we all recognize that her new school is fortunate to have her at the helm.
Finally, thank you to our wonderful parent community. Your dedication is invaluable to the many staff, who work in this school. We simply could not do our jobs without your thoughtful and continued support. I know that three campuses will be a challenge, but I can’t imagine tackling it without the help of this community. Thank you for all that you do!