PTO’s October Family Fun Night, Thursday Oct. 23rd! Click here to read all about it!
Friday, October 24th is the “Where” Fair!
Students who have chosen to participate will be sharing their geography project with their peers. Projects will be set up in our cafeteria at 12:45. Classes will be rotating through beginning at 1:00. Parents are always welcome to join.
Thursday, October 30th, at Malabon
Individual classrooms will be having harvest celebration parties on Thursday, October 30th. These will take place after 1:00pm. Your child is welcome to wear a costume to school if it won’t interfere with regular classroom instruction and daily routines (PE, recess, instruction, etc). Masks and full face painting are things that would interfere with instruction so please save thes cosutmes for events not at school. Costumes need to be appropriate for school (weapons, violence, blood, etc. will not be allowed).
If you are planning on sending your children out trick or treating on Friday evening, the 31st, please remind them of all those important rules: Be safe, Be respectful, Be responsible, Be Malabon!
Reminder: Friday, October 31st is a no school day for students.
Safety Procedures at Malabon
One of our most important jobs at Malabon is to ensure student safety. We know that when students are safe they will learn and grow academically. Part of being safe is practicing routines so that students and staff know exactly what to do in particular situations. This involves fire drills, lock-down drills, and practicing what to do in the event of an earthquake. If you are in the building when one of these drills takes place, please plan to participate in the drill with students and staff.
When practicing fire drills, students are led by teachers to a designated space away from the building. We account for all students through communication with specific staff members prior to ending the drill. Students and staff are asked to walk quietly to and from their designated space, in case everyone needs to hear specific directions given to them.
We practice “lock-down” drills in case a situation arises in which we are notified that student safety may be compromised (i.e, an unsafe visitor on campus or police notification regarding unsafe behavior in the neighborhood surrounding the school). Staff will receive a command over the intercom system (“Staff, please secure your rooms, this is a lockdown”). Upon hearing this command, staff will lock all interior and exterior doors, close all blinds in the rooms, turn off lights. Students not in their classroom at the time of the command will be escorted by staff to the nearest enclosed building. For our first drill, teachers notify students and have an age-appropriate discussion regarding the details of the drill. Teachers may debrief with students after the drill has taken place as well.
An earthquake drill has two parts to it. The first part involves students practicing the “duck and cover” method in their classroom, meaning that they duck under their desks and cover their heads. Once the “duck and cover” event has taken place, students and staff will exit the building as we do in a fire drill.
As previously mentioned, should parents and guardians happen to be at Malabon when these drills take place, we ask that you participate in the drills. In the event that a real lock-down takes place, we ask parents to please refrain from coming to Malabon to check on their children. In a crisis situation, we also ask that you keep our phone lines available for emergency use and refrain from calling the office. Should we need to get emergency information to parents, we will send an email message to all addresses that we have on file. If you have not yet provided us with an email address, please do so at your earliest convenience. Radio and television media will also have specific information in severe emergency situations.
Reminder! No School On Friday, October 10th.
School Safety Training
The protection and safe-keeping of all students is our #1 priority. That is why all Bethel School District staff will take part in school safety training on October 10th, a no-school day for educator training.
This workshop will make sure our staff members have a shared understanding of how to respond in emergency situations, especially a worst-case scenario of an armed intruder on campus. It is sad that there is a need to adequately prepare our staff for such a remote possibility, but we believe it is better to train for a worst-case scenario and never use that training than to sit back and just hope a life-threatening event never happens.
Every school in our district already practices fire drills, lockdowns, and earthquake drills. This training will add to our staff’s abilities to respond in extreme emergencies in order to keep students safe. Contact me firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
October Story-Time In Bethel
All Bethel pre-schoolers are welcomed to weekly Story Time at the Bethel Family Resource Center, located inside Malabon Elementary.
Every Thursday from 11:00-12:30 kids will hear a story, receive a snack and take part in an activity. This will build your children’s confidence in a school setting, peer play and literacy skills.
The Family Resource Center also offers drop-in time on Thursdays from 1:30-4:00, with activities this month including silly squash based art, playing with veggies to create wacky monsters, painting with veggies, and feeling things in mystery boxes.
For more information call Anne with the Bethel Family Resource Center at 541-461-6421, ext 2539.
Click on PTO October Newsletter to find news about events happening at Malabon!
Malabon Open House
Mark your calendars for this Thursday, September 25th, 6:30-7:30pm
Students are invited and encouraged to bring their parents to Malabon and give them a tour. Say hello to your child’s teacher, ask questions, check out your child’s classroom and get to know the routines. We look forward to seeing you there!
Friday, September 26th, is a No School Day
Teachers will be going to school themselves this Friday. They will be learning more about implementing our new reading and math programs and writing student learning growth goals to assure that all students are making good progress throughout the year.
News From your PTO
It’s time for our Malabon Jog-A-Thon!
DATE: September 30TH AND October 1st
LOCATION: Petersen Barn Park
TIMES: September 30th Am kindergartens 9:30-10:30, PM kindergarten-2nd 1-2pm October 1st 3rd-5th 1-2pm
Coming home in Tuesday Folders will be your child’s pledge sheet. Please have your child collect their pledges from family members or friends and return it to the school by WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 8TH. You can pledge by the lap or make a one-time donation.
Please have your kids dress appropriately with proper footwear; we will be outside rain or shine. They will be running for 20 minutes, and we will also have fun obstacles for them to do along the way. There will also be music and special guests cheering them on. To make this as fun as possible we need a lot of volunteers to help. Please contact Norene Walters @ 302-480-2453 if you are interested. Please remember to fill out your parent volunteer form online @ http://www.bethel.k12.or.us/malabon/ click on the volunteer tab.
Top three earning classes will win: #1 Ice Cream Sundaes, #2 Cookies, #3 Extra Recess.
School wide Incentives: 3k Popcorn, 4k Popsicles and Recess, 5k Special Guest Performer.
Welcome back Malabon families!
Our halls are a buzz with the wonderful sounds of kids, staff members and a few noises of construction in progress in our back yard. Walls are going up, new curriculum is being implemented in our classrooms and new computers can be found all throughout the building. Thanks to our Bethel Family Voters for investing in our kids!
It is great to see so many new faces to Malabon. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Windy Mentzer and Carol Pecorilla to Malabon. Windy Mentzer is teaching kindergarten in the morning and is facilitating math instruction for both first and third grade students in the afternoon. Carol Pecorilla is coming to us from Cottage Grove. She is teaching second grade this year. I would also like to welcome Michele Karsten. Michele Karsten is joining our Title team this year as an education assistant. We are very fortunate to have these three join our team this year. They were a perfect fit into our Malabon family the minute they walked through our doors!
Thank you Hope Chapel!
Prior to our first week back our friends at Hope Chapel stopped by Malabon to help out with some outdoor projects. A few things were painted and bark was laid. A big thank you to Hope Chapel for your continuous support for Malabon!
News From our PTO
Click here to see our PTO’s newsletter, giving you information about upcoming Malabon activities. Join us Thursday evening, Sept. 11, at 6:00pm in Malabon’s library for our first PTO meeting. All are welcome!
News From our Speech and Language Specialist, Carla Drath
Speech/Language Screenings for 1st grade:
Each year, all first grade students in the Bethel School District take part in a screening done by the Speech/Language Pathologist in their school. The purpose of the screening is to listen to students’ articulation of speech sounds, grammar, and overall communication. The screenings usually take place during the 1st two weeks of school. A note with individual results will be sent home later in the month.
Kindergarten Hearing Screenings:
All kindergarten students in the Bethel School District will have their hearing screened at school during the 3rd week of September. If there are any concerns, you will be contacted by the Speech/Language Pathologist.
Bethel School Lunch News
It’s important that all students have a healthy and satisfying lunch. The district will allow students in grades K-5 who come to school without a lunch or lunch money to charge up to the equivalent of 3 lunch meals. Students are notified when a charge occurs, and there will also be a phone call home and reminder notices to parents sent in the Tuesday envelopes. The district advises against students in 6-12 charging their meals unless it is an emergency. A free or reduced meal application may be completed at any time throughout the school year, and every effort will be made to help any family that is in need. For more information, contact Bethel Nutrition Services at 541-461-6301.
News From our District Health Team
Do you know what anaphylaxis is?
It is a sudden, severe, potentially fatal systemic allergic reaction that can involve various areas of the body such as the skin, respiratory tract, gastrointestinal tract and cardiovascular system. Symptoms can occur within minutes to two hours after contact.
For example: a student with a severe allergy to peanuts could have an anaphylactic reaction to nut oil on the playground equipment, a table or a faucet.
What are the most common food allergens?
Peanuts, tree nuts (walnuts, cashews, etc.), eggs, milk, fish, shellfish, soy, wheat
What can we do to help keep students safe?
Refrain from sending products containing highly allergic foods to school.
Encourage your student to properly wash hands and face after eating any of these products at home.
Encourage your student to not trade food or utensils at school.
If you would like more information you can visit the web site www.foodallergy.org, pick up a Life Threatening Allergies brochure in the school office, or contact the school nurse.
Learn how to become more involved with projects that protect the Earth and help schools save money through the Eugene/Springfield Eco-Schools Network, a group open to parents and educators of kids in grades Kindergarten-5. Active, parent-guided Eco-Schools Networks now exist in Corvallis, Salem, Beaverton and Portland, involving parents from about 60 schools. You are welcome to attend one of the upcoming informational sessions at the downtown LCC campus:
(6:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m., Rm 416)
(6:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m., Rm 415)
RSVP via email to the local coordinator Joshua Frankel email@example.com
Hello Malabon Families,
We are getting ready to begin another school year! Please remember that we ask all families to come in and register their children for the upcoming year—even if they are a returning student or a preregistered kindergartener. Please bring updated address and health information.
Our registration dates are:
Tuesday, Aug. 12th, 7:30am-6:30pm
Wednesday, Aug. 13th 7:30am-6:30pm
Class List Posting: Thursday, Aug. 28th
Drop in anytime between 2:00 and 4:00 to see who your child’s teacher will be. Class lists will be posted in our cafeteria. Visit with the teachers and friends. PTO will be providing light refreshments.
First Day of School: Tuesday, Sept. 2nd.
Doors open at 7:30, breakfast served at 7:45 and school starts at 8:15. Stop in after you drop off your students for coffee and donuts. Finalize your child’s after school transportation, care instructions and pay fees.
Construction is under way at Malabon! Information about a few changes in systems, such as parking, pick up and drop off, will be available at registration. Enjoy another few weeks of summer! If you have any questions between now and then, you are welcome to call our office at (541) 461-6421 betweem 7:30 and 3:30 or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maureen Spence, Principal