Three Rivers School


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All The News You Otter Know

Here's what's happening at Three Rivers K-8 School!

Article Date: Oct 14, 2020

10/19/20 - FREE SOCKS AND MORE

Members of the Assistance League of Bend will be here at Three Rivers this Thursday, October 22nd during the Grab and Go Meal times - 11:30 to 12:45.

Their event is called Operation School Bell and they're working to help meet the essential needs of students. They'll be out front in their red aprons (and face masks and gloves) ready to greet you at the curb and offer free socks and underwear.

Thank you Assistance League - we appreciate you!


10/9/2020 - OTTER NEWS

LIBRARY NEWS

Author Visit! - Don't miss the upcoming virtual sessions with author Patrick Carman. He joined us here at school last year and was a huge hit! These sessions are sure to be another great experience for our students.

Book Return Bin– it’s in the lobby and ready to receive your library returns. We also have a return bin in the Grab & Go Meals area. Please help us keep our library in good shape by returning books you've borrowed. Thank you!

Middle School Book Club – Wednesdays @ 1:00 in Ms. Lori’s WebEx Room: https://bls.webex.com/meet/lori.gascon

Online Book Fair coming in November! Details will be shared soon.

PACKET PICK UP - If you were unable to make it a drive-by packet pick up for your child, you may stop by the school office between 8:00 and 3:30 to pick up your supplies.

OTTER WEAR – we have a few items still here in the office. Be sure to swing by if you ordered Otter Wear and have not picked yours up.

iPAD INSURANCE – still time to purchase. $30 for coverage for the year. A worthwhile investment when considering the cost to repair or replace an iPad. Details on the insurance are HERE. Process to purchase:
Go to TouchBase
User Name = your child's ID (if you do not know this number, call us in the office)
Password = your child's last name (capitalized)
Click on your child's name
Choose Item's At Student's School
Choose iPad Insurance
Complete your Purchase

HELP LINE - Friendly reminder to reach out to the District’s family technology support line when needed: 541-355-8700.

TUTORING OPPORTUNITY – LaPine Park & Rec is partnering with Bend LaPine School District to provide families access to the internet with a qualified tutor on site to provide homework assistance. For time slots, go to lapineparks.org/studyhall Students in all grades are welcome. All students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. No student may be dropped off for an unsupervised reservation.


10/1/2020 - OTTER WEAR READY TO PICK UP

Our Otter Wear is here and it looks great!!!

If you ordered Otter Wear from the online store, you may pick it up tomorrow (Friday 10/2) between 11:30 and 12:45 (same time as Grab and Go so be sure to grab meals, too). We'll have staff out by the curb for the drive by.

Our kindergarten, 2nd and 3rd grade teachers already had packet pick up sessions planned today (Thursday 10/1) - if your child is in these grades and ordered Otter Wear, your teacher will have it ready during packet pick up times (Grade 2/3 is 11:30 to 12:45 and Kindergarten is 2:30 to 3:30).

For anyone who misses the drive by times, you may stop by the office to get yours.

LET'S GO OTTERS!


9/29/2020 - DELAY IN RETURN TO HYBRID

Dear Families,

As you know, we had expected to begin in-person instruction for our K-3 students at Three Rivers School on October 5th. Unfortunately, because of a recent increase in Covid-19 numbers within Deschutes County, combined with metrics set by Governor Brown and the Oregon Health Authority, we must postpone these plans.

Our district will be monitoring the situation weekly. The earliest we could return to in-person would be late October, but only if the health metrics improve. You can find more information on the district's Return to School webpage. In the meantime, teachers and students will continue with comprehensive distance learning and remain on the same schedule we are currently using.

Sincerely,
Tim Broadbent
Principal - Three Rivers K-8 School


9/16/2020 - REPORTING AN ABSENCE

Until further notice, please report an absence only if your student will not be engaged or participating in any of the student's remote learning on a particular day. Please use this email address to report your student absences: [email protected]

You can also find the attendance email address on our Three Rivers website: https://www.bend.k12.or.us/threerivers/our-school/contact-us

Automated absence calls and emails will begin on Monday (9/21) -- these messages will be generated and sent out automatically at 11:00 a.m. daily to parents of students who show an unexcused absence from the previous day.


9/14/2020 - FIRST DAY HELP

We've heard from several of you this morning with a variety of issues and concerns. Here are a few tips and reminders that may help.

Students with an iPad from last spring need to follow these steps to get their iPad ready for the first day of school:
1) Open your iPad and turn it on. Charge if necessary.
2) Check your settings for available updates. Do any available updates. (Allow time for this. It can average 10-30 minutes to complete updates.)
3) Check your Wi-Fi connection. Does your VPN work? If not, go to Self Service and re-install Global Protect. After you install it, re-start your iPad and check the connection.
4) If you forgot your password, or still need tech assistance, please call 541-355-8700. Make sure to leave a message with a clear name and contact information.

Contacting Teachers:
Email is best (format is firstnam[email protected]). If you are calling their classroom phones, please be sure to leave a message so they can return your call at their earliest convenience.

WebEx:
Unfortunately, we are experiencing many troubles with WebEx this morning. The District is working on the problems and we hope to have it running smoothly soon. There is no fix at the moment - we'll let you know once things are running again.

Middle School Questions About Canvas:
Use StudentVue to see your class list. Join your class Webex sessions - middle school teachers will be focusing on helping all middle school students learn about navigating in Canvas.

Hotspots:
We have placed an order for additional hotspots. If you need a hotspot, please call the school office so we can get you on the list.

Initial Network Password:
If you do not recall your student's initial network password, contact your student's teacher or call the office at 541.355.3000.


9/11/2020 - BE READY FOR MONDY - FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

Here are some friendly reminders for this last weekend before school starts.

First on the list is our message that we are here for our students and families – this next week will not be a hard start. It will be a soft start to get everyone settled in, answer questions, build confidence and make sure pieces are in place to move forward successfully.

Here are a few other items to be thinking about:

  • Get your student work space ready
  • Charge those iPads
  • Take another look at your schedule (sent from K-5 teachers or viewable on ParentVue and StudentVue for students in grades 6-8)
  • Keep the Technology Help Line handy for questions about iPads, etc. - 541.355.8700. You might try some of these things first.
  • Purchase iPad Insurance - $30 for the year. It’s a smart investment – repairs run $150 and full replacement costs $299. Purchase online or call Beth in the office (541-355-3001).
  • Purchase Otter Wear – our online store closes at midnight on 9/16. You won’t have another chance til spring time.
  • Plan to swing by school next week and get your Grab and Go Meals – free to all children ages 0 to 18. Monday through Friday here at Three Rivers.
  • Are you ready to go with WebEx? It’s needed for your meetings with teachers! Learn more about WebEx and how to download it onto a student issued iPad. WebEx meetings, small groups and one-on-one sessions are hosted within teacher’s WebEx rooms. Use the links teachers send out or, to find a teacher’s room, go to: http://bls.webex.com/meet/first.last
  • If you’re a middle school student, remember to check in your Advisory teacher if you have general questions and need a hand.
  • Get some good rest and be ready to see your teachers on Monday morning.

9/2/2020 - WELCOME TO ALL OF OUR FAMILIES

Otter Families,

We are excited to get the 2020-2021 school year underway! We know it will be challenging, but it is our hope that we are moving in the direction of a hybrid model for at least some of our students in the near future.

That said, you should have received an email from the school district with sample schedules for the elementary and middle levels. Being a K-8 school with some teachers we share across all grade levels, we needed to make a couple of minor adjustments. Middle School parents should have received an email from Three Rivers on Monday detailing what the day looks like for our 6th-8th grade students. Parents of K-5 students can expect to hear from your child’s teacher next week with a detailed daily schedule.

Here are some other important details for our families:

iPads
Every student in the school will have an iPad this year. The District has placed the order for iPads for our K-2 students but we do not expect those to arrive by the start of school. We will be in touch as soon as they arrive and will work to get them to you promptly. Third grade teachers are currently getting their student iPads ready and will be reaching out to their families regarding distribution. For all 4th through 8th grade students who are new to this school district, we hope to have your iPads ready next week and will contact you directly to coordinate getting them to you. All other returning Three Rivers students should have their iPads from last year and be ready to go. Be sure to contact us if this is not the case!

iPad Insurance
We highly recommend purchasing iPad insurance. Inevitably, things happen and the cost to repair a cracked screen or replace a machine is expensive. Insurance provides some peace of mind since your child will be handling it daily. The insurance is $30 for the year and can be purchased online. Learn more HERE. If you have any difficulties with the online purchasing process, just give us a call in the office. 541.355.3000

Class Lists and Middle School Schedules
Class lists for grades 1 through 5 will be posted on the school doors Friday, September 4th at 4:00 pm. At the same time, middle school schedules will be able to be viewed on both Student and Parent Vue. Kindergarten parents will receive an email on Tuesday 9/8 letting you know your child’s teacher.

Meet Your Teacher Events - Mark Your Calendars
As we make our best efforts to keep students and staff safe, we’ve decided to have a drive-thru “Meet Your Teacher Event” in the pick-up / drop-off lane in front of the school. All families will need to remain in their cars when they pull up to the appropriate staff member, and we ask that you wear a mask once you roll down your windows. Our schedule is below. If showing up at the time allotted for your family does not work, we welcome you to come during the other hour of the Meet Your Teacher Event.

  • Kindergarten through second grade - Tuesday, September 8th from 3:30-5:30. We request that families whose last name starts with A-L arrive between 3:30-4:30 and that M-Z come between 4:30-5:30. If showing up at the time allotted for you family does not work on that day, we still welcome you to show up when you can. We are though trying to space the crowd as much as possible. This is the only evening that our K-2 teachers will be outside.
  • Third grade through fifth grade - Wednesday, September 9th from 3:30-5:30. We request that families whose last name starts with A-L arrive between 3:30-4:30 and that M-Z come between 4:30-5:30. If showing up at the time allotted for you family does not work on that day, we still welcome you to show up when you can. We are though trying to space the crowd as much as possible. This is the only evening that our 3rd-5th grade teachers will be outside.
  • Sixth grade through eighth grade - Thursday, September 10th from 3:30-5:30. We request that families whose last name starts with A-L arrive between 3:30-4:30 and that M-Z come between 4:30-5:30. If showing up at the time allotted for you family does not work on that day, we still welcome you to show up when you can. We are though trying to space the crowd as much as possible. This is the only evening that our 6th-8th grade teachers will be outside.

Welcoming New Staff

  • Lorin Page – Lorin is the newly hired Assistant Principal at Three Rivers
  • Malie Neese – You may remember Malie was our Counseling Intern last year. She is now a half time member of our staff serving in the role of School Counselor
  • Cammie Charles – Cammie joins Mrs. DeGarmo and Mrs. Fender as an additional third grade teacher for this school year. This position was added to accommodate spacing requirements when children return to in-person learning. Many of you know Cammie as our Cross Country and Track coach as well as the Mom of two student Otters, one is now in high school
  • Alicia Deaderick – Alicia joins us as a school counseling inter for the 2020-2021 school year.
  • Ben Swinehart – Ben is covering for Nicole Macht in middle school language arts until Nicole returns from her maternity leave following the Thanksgiving break

Family Access Network (FAN) Advocate
Jenn Reuter, our FAN Advocate, is out on family leave. She will be returning in the not too distant future, but in the meantime please contact Mara Stephens for any needs you may be having. Mara can be reached at [email protected], by phone at 541.355.1037, or by text at 541.246.7409.

Meals Program
This week, we received the very good news that the summer meals program is being extended through December 2020. Once we hear the details on how this will work, we will be sure to share that information with you.

Free and Reduced Meals
Even though students will not be in the building as we begin the school year and even though the meals program has been extended, we encourage all families to take a moment to fill out a Free & Reduced Meal application for the 2020-21 school year. Part of the Oregon Student Success Act includes expanded income guidelines for qualifying for free meals. APPLY HERE or stop by the office for a paper copy. You can save $725-$800 per child a year if you qualify for free or reduced priced meals, which includes breakfast and lunch. All grade levels are included. Please see the Oregon Expanded Income Guideline Chart

Family Handbook
Each year, our District office mails out a Family Handbook to all of our families. That publication has been delayed due to the need to update it with current information. Families can expect to receive their Handbook some time during the month of September.

School Office Hours
We are currently open 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday (closed Labor Day). Once school starts, office hours are M-F, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Stop by and see us or give us a call if you need a hand with anything or have questions. Masks and social distancing are required in the school lobby.

Keeping in Touch
We do our best to share information in a variety of ways. We truly hope you will keep an eye on all of these sources so that you are up to speed with our latest information.

  • Emails – both from Three Rivers School and from your child’s teacher
  • Otter Updates – details for school events, activities, and general information – emailed to all families AND posted on our school website – look for Webster the Otter
  • Check our School Website, including the School Calendar regularly
  • Follow us on FaceBook
  • Call us in the office with questions – 541.355.3000.

Otter Wear
We’re seeing orders being loaded to our online store! Don’t miss this opportunity to purchase a Three Rivers clothing item – adult and youth sizes. The store closes a week from today on September 16th. You can, of course, wear your Otter Wear any time you like, but we’ll be encouraging everyone to continue our tradition of Otter Wear Fridays – any Three Rivers clothing item or just school colors: red, yellow and black. ORDER HERE. Let’s Go Otters!

We are ready to get this school year started. Despite all of the unknowns, we are approaching it ready to do our very best to serve the Three Rivers students, families and community!

Tim Broadbent
Principal – Three Rivers K-8 School
541.355.3000


OTTER NEWS 2020.08.21

Now that our office and admin staff are settling back in, we’ll be emailing our usual Otter News updates a few times a month to help keep our families informed on what we know. We’ll also be posting these same updates on the website under the picture of Webster the Otter. If you miss an email, check Webster for the latest news. We know there is nothing normal about the start of this school year, and we miss you all very much!

New students
If you will be a new Otter at Three Rivers this year, you are probably already working with our Registrar, Jill James. If not, please be sure to contact her ASAP so we can be sure your child is ready to go for the first day of school on September 14th. She can be reached at 541.355.3003 or at [email protected].

Class Lists

  • For K-5 students, as in years past, we will post our class lists on the front doors of the school at the end of the day Friday, September 4th
  • For 6-8 Middle School students, we’ll let you know how these schedules will be shared

School Supplies
On hold for now. If we get the OK to begin bringing students into the building, we will post our supply list on the website and share it by email. Teachers may reach out to you as we get the year underway if they have particular items they’d like you to have.

Free & Reduced
Please take a moment to complete an online application. The income guidelines have changed dramatically and we hope many more families will benefit: https://www.ode.state.or.us/apps/frlapp

Otter Wear
We may not be able to all be together yet, but we still have lots of Otter spirit! Our fall Otter Wear online store is now OPEN! It will stay open through September 16th and we’ll receive items here at school on October 9th. We’ll probably have a drive by session to get items out to families. Go online and take a look – youth and adult sizes, shirts, sweatshirts, trucker hats and more. The link is below and it’s also posted on our website. LET’S GO OTTERS! ONLINE OTTER WEAR STORE

Fines & Fees
We were not able to hand out our fee statements at the end of last year so this is a friendly reminder that some of you have balances on your student accounts. You may pay these online at TouchBase – here are the steps:
  • Go to https://touchbase.bend.k12.or.us/
  • Enter your child’s ID number (user name) – call us in the office if you don’t know it
  • Enter your child’s last name, case sensitive (password)
  • Click on your child’s name
  • If you have an outstanding balance, it will show in pink in the top area of the screen
  • Click View, click on the fine/fee then click Pay Selected Fines/Fees
  • Complete your transaction

NEWS FROM OUR PTA
PTA Zoom Meeting/Q&A with Mr. B
Monday, August 31 at 6:00 pm
Bring your questions and get the latest info on the school year straight from Mr. B. Also, pop in to say hi and see some familiar (and new) faces!
Zoom link: will be sent out as date gets closer

Parent Questions ANSWERED: Social Media Campaign
The PTA will be posting answers to various parent questions on their Facebook and BAND app pages over the next few weeks. We’ve been working hard to connect with various district employees to get the latest information, so be sure to follow the PTA social media accounts. Have a question you would like answered? Email [email protected]
FB: https://m.facebook.com/threeriversschoolpta/
BAND: https://band.us/n/aea632x8IaGdn

Open PTA Positions
We still have a few open positions for the upcoming year. Let us know if you're interested.
  • Public Relations Coordinator: help us get the word out to local media about all the great things the PTA does!
  • Web Development Coordinator: our website is housed through WordPress, so if you’re savvy with that program, please help us keep it updated!
  • Social Media Coordinator: are you good on Facebook or BAND? Help us post to these pages regularly!

Questions? We know there are many questions still to be answered and we will do our best to answer them through parent emails, on our website, etc. Mr. B and Ms. Lorin are here at school and are happy to talk with you. Call us in the office (541.355.3000) or email them directly: [email protected] and [email protected]

Information still to come on these topics and more:

  • First Day Packets
  • Drive by Open House
  • iPads including Acceptable Use Agreements, Insurance and how we’ll distribute to those who don’t have one yet
  • This year’s lunch program
  • LaPine’s After School Care program