December 14th update

Literacy Happenings

2nd-5th report card support
If you are wanting additional ideas/support around report cards, check out these resources. Please remember to reach out to your coaches for additional support. 

Storytelling- a powerful literacy tool!
Check out, one of our own, Matthew Friday’s article in Edutopia. He is a first-grade teacher at Pine Ridge!

K-5th Playgrounds assessment: MOP, MOY … what?!

  • MOY assessment- is more like DIBELS
    • This is one-on-one so you would want to do this with students that you need more detailed information around for report cards, small group differentiation …
    • You could do this beginning of January for report cards, but only for those few kids you need additional information on
  • MOP- mid-program assessment
    • You can assign this to your whole class through Playgrounds
    • Give after unit 14 for BLAST and HD Word
    • Give after unit 16 for Countdown
    • Connected to the content of curriculum: in-program assessment, assessing what has been taught so far

Math Happenings

Still more free Items! Lots of free manipulatives can be sent to your school! Check them out here. Reach out to your coach or Kerry Morton if you want something.

Registration is open for virtual Dear Data – project pay and materials (book & markers) covered by the STEM Hub – please see the link for information and if you have any questions.

2023 Oregon Math Leaders conference.
Do you have math ideas to share with other educators around the state? This year’s theme is “Connecting the Dots: Ambitious Classrooms, Principled Instruction, Authentic Mathematics.”  The conference will be August 4-6 at Linfield College. Please fill out the following speaker seeker form using this link: Speaker Seeker Form. Speakers will have their registration that includes lodging and food reimbursed after the conference. If you aren’t interested in speaking, you can also attend at the cost of your school or self. More information will be shared in the Spring. Reach out to Kerry Morton with any questions.

Science Happenings

SCIENCE PD: Registration is open for in-person Adventures in Central Oregon Geology– sub cost covered by the STEM Hub. Limit to the first 10 teachers.  Please sign up here.

Bend Science Station professional development opportunity
Over the past few years, they realigned the Amplify curriculum for grades 2-5 to make it manageable and relevant for Bend-La Pine teachers. In addition, they designed POP Science, which includes a short sequence of NGSS-aligned, hands-on science lessons for each grade level.

This January, they will conduct teacher “refresher” trainings on 2nd-5th grade modified Amplify units and on K-1 POP Science lessons. These HANDS-ON workshops combine interactive instruction and time to collaborate with grade-level peers. You will practice and walk away with specific lessons for your classroom. Even if you’ve done these workshops before, we encourage you to participate again.

Sessions run from 3-6 pm and will take place at the Bend Science Station on the OSU-C campus. You will be compensated by the district at the curriculum rate for your time. In addition, the Science Station will be offering food and drinks. Click here for more information and you can sign-up here!

Technology Update

Information has been sent to families regarding the use of Lexia Core5 and Dreambox Math over winter break. This includes directions on how to sign into Clever and important notes about what devices can access Lexia.

To access Clever:

  • visit  from any internet browser. 
  • select “Log in with Active Directory”
  • username – student’s first and last name, no spaces. example: joejohnson
  • password – the special 6-digit code that’s used for all sorts of logins for students in Bend-La Pine
  • From Clever, students can access Lexia Core5, DreamBox, Newsela, and more

Important notes about accessing Lexia from home:

  • If families are using a mobile device (tablet/iPad) they will need to install the free Lexia Core5 app in order for Lexia to work, even when they access Lexia from inside Clever
  • Lexia Core5 will not work on a small device like a smartphone, iPhone, etc.
  • If students are using a computer or laptop, they won’t need to install a Lexia app. They can log into Clever, and then select the Lexia Core5 icon.

Families can request that their school iPad be sent home during break.

Do you want your students to access our vast digital library over the break? Student and staff Sora accounts are accessible on school and personal devices using the Sora app and by logging in with a standard Bend-La Pine Schools username (firstlast) and password (6-digits). Here’s a great video to share with families to log-in to Sora at home: Getting Started with Sora 

Movement Moment

Everyone Dance  – Timber
Kidz Bop – Dance Monkey Dance Along
Cupid Shuffle
Koo Koo Kang Roo  – Dance Along Dinosaur Stomp

Frozen – Cosmic Kids Yoga
We Are Going on a Bear Hunt Cosmic Kids Yoga
Find Your Force Mindfulness – Headspace Chapter One (When you feel angry, in the yellow or red zone)
Find Your Force Mindfulness – Headspace Chapter Two (all about winning and losing)

Fun Brain Breaks
Rock, Paper, Scissors War Brain Break
Four Corners Mouse Trap Brain Break
Would You Rather Winter Theme
Would You Rather Ugly Sweater

Social Emotional and Mental Well-Being

Bend-La Pine Schools has begun our pilot project with Harmony SEL

You can get the Harmony Resources in one spot now if you would like to instead of going directly to the website.  

Harmony SEL Drive
1st Grade
2nd Grade
3rd Grade
4th Grade
5th Grade

These files have also been added to the BLS Instructional Resources Drive as well as the TLC Blog.

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