Edmonds School District News
June 21, 2022
Congratulations class of 2022!
Over 1,600 students graduated from the Edmonds School District this month through seven different ceremonies. Congratulations to all Class of 2022 graduates and their families!
All ceremonies were live streamed and recorded, plus My Neighborhood News covered each event with linked articles on the Graduations 2022 website.
Check out the following video featuring some of our amazing district graduates.
Class of 2022: Leaving A Legacy
These students will be featured in the Summer District newsletter that you’ll find in your mailboxes at the end of the month.
A message from Superintendent Dr. Balderas
As the final bell for the 2021-22 school year is about to ring, I want to extend my sincere thanks to the families and students of our district for working hard to make this year memorable in so many ways.
The challenges we overcame are the successes we will remember for years to come, and these successes are because our community surrounded the district with support and encouragement.
I want to congratulate our more than 1,600 seniors who crossed the graduation stage as the class of 2022 this month. Hearing the student speakers and watching their family and friends cheer them on from the stands, I am confident their futures are bright.
I also want to send a thank you to all those who support our students’ success. Whether it’s through voting to support construction, education and technology levies, volunteering in the classroom or donating to the Foundation for Edmonds School District, it all makes a difference.
Because of our community’s support, Spruce Elementary students will have a brand new school to attend this fall and design work to replace Oak Heights Elementary with a new school is underway.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve the Edmonds School District. While I prepare for a new path in Oregon, I know I leave you in good hands with Interim Superintendent Dr. Rebecca Miner. Rebecca has the knowledge, experience and passion to continue the work to reach the district’s goals.
Best wishes for a restful and wonderful summer break.
Dr. Gustavo Balderas
WATCH: A message from Interim Superintendent Dr. Rebecca Miner
COVID-19 vaccine update
The Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control recently recommended Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for children as young as 6 months.
The vaccines use the same technology as adults but this younger group is offered at different dose sizes and the numbers of vaccines needed. Pfizer’s vaccine is for children 6 months to 4 years old. The dose is one-tenth of the adult dose, and three shots are needed. The first two are given three weeks apart, and the last at least two months later. Moderna uses two shots, each a quarter of its adult dose, given about four weeks apart for kids 6 months through 5 years old. The FDA also approved a third dose for immunocompromised children, at least a month after the second shot.
Where can you find them?
Your health care provider may not have a stock of the vaccine for children under 5 until later this week. Once it is available your child will be able to receive the vaccine at their pediatrician’s office, a vaccine clinic, or a pharmacy. Visit the Washington Vaccine Locator to find a location.
Health information for the 2022-23 school year
We are excited and planning for next school year! For students that have a life-threatening health condition, or require medication or treatment administration during school hours, we will need important information from families to be able to have them start on the first day of school.
To ensure that your child has a healthy and safe start to the 2022-2023 school year, there are a few things we need from you by Aug. 23 to start their school year right.
Check out the Health Services – School Nurses website for details and needed forms.
We are unable to store medications over the summer and we request that families pick up any medications stored at schools. All controlled substances must be picked up by an authorized adult. Please note that medication will need to be picked up on or before the last day of school. Please connect with your school nurse for pick-up. All pickups will occur curbside at school following social distancing practices. All medications not picked up by June 24 will be disposed of by the district.
Washington State law requires all school-age children enrolled in a public school to have medically verified immunization records for certain vaccine-preventable diseases in order to attend school or participate in an alternative school program (this includes remote learning). This decision is based on a legal review of RCW 28A.210 and the State Board of Health changes to Chapter 246-105 of the Washington Administrative Code (WAC). Please visit the Immunization section of the Health Services – School Nurses website for further details.
Free summer lunches
Summer meals are free for all kids, ages 1-18, Monday through Thursday from June 27-Aug. 25, (except the 4th of July).
Distribution locations are listed on our district website.
We hope to see you this summer!
Jumping into kindergarten!
We know there are future kindergarteners curious about next year and our free Kindergarten Jump Start program in August is a way to get a weeklong introduction before school starts in September.
Families of kindergarteners who are enrolled in our district for the 2022-23 school year will receive more information from their school about Jump Start as the start date approaches.
Jump Start dates:
Monday-Thursday, Aug. 22-25
All elementary schools
2022 Back-to-School Fair
Thanks to our Back-to-School Fair Consortium, we are thrilled to be able to support families needing school supplies, sports physicals and dental screenings!
Families must register before Friday, June 24 to reserve free school supplies.
To learn more and for registration information, visit: http://bit.ly/ESDB2S
Move 60! keeps it moving through summer
Stay active this summer with Move 60!
Join us Monday through Thursday, June 27-Aug. 25 for free physical activity for students entering kindergarten through 6th grade. Registration is on-site when you drop off your student.
For more information, visit the Move 60 website: bit.ly/ESDMove60
YouTube summer restrictions
Starting Friday, June 24, YouTube will be blocked on elementary student Chromebooks over the summer. Students will still have access to many other approved educational resources and websites over the summer including:
Epic! (7 a.m.-3 p.m., M-F)
Typing Club (2nd-6th grade)
WeVideo – (Google sign-in)
When school begins in the fall, the YouTube policy for elementary students will change so that YouTube is only available when students are accessing it in the classroom at school.
*EHK12 students are unaffected and will retain access to YouTube at home.
High School Students of the Month: May and June
Congratulations to these 18 students!
Each month, our high school programs recognize students for their accomplishments and achievements. The photos and names of the May and June students are included below, and more information about each of these students is available on the Edmonds School District News website.
Meadowdale High Junior Students of the Month
Spring Athletes named to All-Wesco Winter Teams
Congratulations to all student athletes!
We are excited to announce our all-conference honors for spring sports. The list includes baseball, fastpitch, boys soccer, boys and girls golf, girls tennis and track and field.
Fall sports information
As we wrap up this school year, it’s time for students to start planning for the fall sports season. Please review the information below regarding start dates and what it takes to get cleared to practice or tryout on the first day.
In order to be cleared to participate, students must submit:
Rank one sport forms (informed consent, emergency information, eligibility questionnaire). Forms are available online at Rank One Sports (7-digit student Skyward number is needed to complete forms. Students must also include medical insurance information). For more information, read Steps for Completing Forms.
Updated sports physical: Have a current medical physical examination (must have a hard copy on file with Athletic Secretary. Physicals are good for 24 months). Please take the ESD Sports Physical Paperwork to your physician.
Signed ESD Covid Waiver Form: COVID-19 Waiver Form (a new waiver is required each school year). Both the Sports Physical and COVID-19 Waiver can be turned into Athletics Secretary at your school
Required health forms:
- Students with expired health forms from the previous school year will need to submit updated forms to your school nurse before they will be allowed to try out for a fall sport.
- The following ESD health forms are required for students who have a life threatening allergy or need medication administered at school: Allergic Reaction Medication Authorization and Authorization for Administration of Medication in School.
High school sports
(*Non-cut sports: All students can sign up to participate, regardless of previous experience).
First day of Football: Wednesday, Aug. 17
First day of Volleyball, Girls Soccer, Girls Swim*, Boys Tennis, Cross Country*: Monday, Aug. 22
Middle school sports
(*Non-cut sports: All students can sign up to participate, regardless of previous experience).
First day of Football*, Fastpitch, Cross-Country*: Monday, Sept. 12
Summer maintenance workers needed
Help spread the word! We have immediate openings with our maintenance team for general summer work. This is a great opportunity for students or graduates 18 years or older to earn $15/hour.
Spreading of soil, aggregate, play chips and bark
Painting and line striping
Other duties as assigned or needed
Learning with robots
School Board meetings
Join our next School Board meeting at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday June 28.
You can participate in person at the Educational Services Center (district office), or online via live stream.
To watch the meeting online, find the agendas, and review the meeting minutes, please visit our website: https://go.boarddocs.com/wa/edmonds/Board.nsf/Public.
Save the Date
See the upcoming events below. You can also view our district’s online calendar for the latest information on our website – bit.ly/ESDcalendar.
Friday, June 24: EARLY RELEASE – Last day of school
Monday, June 27: Summer Break begins :)
Tuesday, June 28: School Board of Directors meeting, 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 12: School Board of Directors meeting, 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 9: School Board of Directors meeting, 6:30 p.m.
What’s new at the Foundation for Edmonds School District
For all the details and to learn more about the foundation’s mission, watch their video.
Art for ALL!
This year, Heidi Brislin and her team of collaborators at Maplewood Elementary received a creative schoolwide grant from the Foundation. Their goal? To create an adaptive art program to allow their students with special needs to authentically participate in and create art.
The 4-week program included an overarching theme accompanied by a relevant book, communication, art and literacy activities, allowing students to learn and improve their communication, literacy, switch skills, academic engagement, creative expression, and sense of self.
The “Art for All!” project proved to be a huge success, seeing every student make improvements in numerous skills, providing confidence and joy to students, and even having an impact on the community. Importantly, this program provides an equitable opportunity for students to discover and create unique pieces of art. Their artwork was on display at the Edmonds Arts Festival and we have a video of the project below.
The Foundation is proud to provide equitable opportunities to students through creative classroom and schoolwide grants and commend the excellent work of all our educators!
Summer Meals: Join us June 27-Aug. 25 for free day camp activities and lunches! Five locations are available in Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace.