Beverly Cleary is a K-8 school that provides academic excellence in a caring community.
A Message from the Principal
There are many things to be thankful for this school year. Let me begin by expressing thanks to the families who volunteered to rake leaves and spread mulch at Beverly Cleary on Saturday, November 9. The grounds looks terrific and we very much appreciate the support of our school community in helping us keep our schools and grounds looking sharp! We also wish to extend our gratitude to the army of parent volunteers who are assisting us with lunch at Hollyrood. The extra hands and eyes at lunchtime are a tremendous help. Thank you!
As we wrap up the first quarter, let me also express my thanks for the wonderful teachers and students we have at our school. There are great things happening at every grade level and we look forward to sharing specifics with you at parent/teacher conferences which will begin on November 21st. (see the notes about conference times and schedules in the newsletter).
In the meantime, here are simply a few examples of the learning that is taking place within our buildings:
- Seventh grade students, Cole Joehnk and Dylan Petersen are enjoying the limelight as published authors! Follow the link to see their article that was in the Oregonian. http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2013/11/minecrafts_a_kid_craze_that_pa.html
- Third grade classes are exploring greater Portland by visiting the Pittock Mansion this month.
- Eighth grade students are working on their C-Span projects with Mr. Streckert.
- Fourth grade students are learning about area and perimeter by designing Ladybug Gardens.
- Fifth grade students have been writing informational articles and others have been learning about literary terms.
- Kinder students have blossomed into writers this fall. Many of our students are writing whole words, using phonetics sounds correctly, with spaces and periods.
- 1st grade students are writing, too. They have been working on their narrative writing, adding details and amazing words to their “small moments” of life."
You may have also heard from your student that we continue to practice our safety drills at both campuses. On November 12th, Officer Williams joined us as we practiced our “Lock Down” drill. Students and staff take these drills seriously and he was impressed with our performance at both sites. If students have questions or concerns about these drills, please direct them to talk with their classroom teacher or with one of the building administrators.
Finally, please review the times for parent teacher conferences as our schedule is different than in previous years. We look forward to seeing all of you during those designated times so that we can share information about your child.
Have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving holiday,
Keeping All Kids Safe at Beverly Cleary
Many of you are intimately familiar with a child, who has a serious and/or life-threatening allergy of some kind. The most frequently identified students, who fit into this category, are those with allergies to nuts and nut products. This week you received two e-mails from Teri Geist asking that you make sure your students do not bring Halloween candy to school if it contains nuts or nut products. Several weeks ago we asked the parents of students in one classroom not to send any food containing nuts or nut products to school for snacks or lunch to minimize the risk of exposure for a student. Given the alarming increase in the incidence of nut allergies, we feel there is wisdom in asking all families at Beverly Cleary to refrain from sending students with snacks and lunch items that contain nuts or nut products.
Typically, we manage the safety of students with these allergies by having either “nut” or “no nut” tables in our cafeterias. The training of students to make sure they’re sitting at the appropriate lunch table takes place effortlessly, and within a couple days of school students know at which table they can sit to keep their classmate(s) safe. Our daily management of safety on our Hollyrood campus this year has been more of a challenge because students are eating in their classrooms. Our task has been to minimize the potential for accidental exposure. Lisa Newlyn has developed protocols that include procedures for hand washing, table washing and seating. She and the teachers on our Hollyrood campus are working hard to make sure all parent volunteers follow the protocols.
As administrators and teachers we know we are not able to eliminate all risk to those students with nut allergies. Since we cannot guarantee that all risk is eliminated, our job, therefore, becomes doing everything we can as a staff to reduce the risk of exposure. That is why we ask you to seriously consider refraining from sending your child to school with any snack or lunch items that contain nuts or nut products. Given the fact that nationwide the numbers of children with these serious and/or life threatening allergies is increasing at a fairly rapid rate we believe we all bear a collective responsibility for keeping all kids safe. We thank you in advance for your support.