Cheetah Newsletter

Cooperative - Accountable - Respectful - Enthusiastic - Safe

November 10, 2021

A Message from the Principal

Dear Families,

Our newsletter is coming to your inbox a day early this week, as we take tomorrow to honor and remember our veterans. At Chain Lake, each class is having the chance today (Wednesday) to see videos of some of our staff members who are also veterans, view pictures of veterans connected to our school, listen to one of our music teachers playing the national anthem, hear a book about Veterans Day, and more. Particularly in a month where we are focused on Respect, it's important to pause and show respect and gratitude for those who have served our country.

As the days continue to cool down, please remember that students do still head outside each day. We appreciate your support in making sure they're dressed for the weather!

Thank you for your ongoing support and partnership in all we do here at Chain Lake! We appreciate our families and the privilege of being a part of your childrens' lives.



Upcoming Events At A Glance

November 8-22 - Food & Toy Drive

November 8-22 - Read-a-Thon

November 11 - No School, Veterans Day

November 15 - Superintendent Chat 5:00pm - Zoom Link

November 16 - General PTA Meeting 6:30pm - Zoom Link

November 22 - School Board Meeting 6pm

Veterans Day Slideshow

This year we unfortunately won’t be able to welcome our amazing Veterans to CLE in-person, but we still want to honor everything they have done! You can view a special Veterans Day slideshow by clicking here.


As we shared at the beginning of the school year, the decision to not permit volunteers or visitors in schools would be re-evaluated at the end of October. Due to continued high COVID-19 case rates in Snohomish County, Monroe School District has made the decision to continue to not allow volunteers or visitors in schools at this time. We miss our volunteers and will continue to monitor case rates as we re-evaluate this decision in the new year.

If you are interested in working as a substitute paraeducator at Chain Lake specifically, please be in touch with our office.

Superintendent Chat

With a goal of fostering transparent, two-way communication, Superintendent of Monroe School District, Dr. Justin Blasko, extends an open invitation to families for his monthly "Superintendent Chat."

This is an opportunity for families to ask questions, provide input, and share viewpoints on district procedures, practices, and policies. In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, these chats will be held via Zoom.

While families are welcome to ask questions about anything, the topic of this chat will be primarily focused on COVID-19 in our schools. David Paratore, the MSD Chief of Student Services, will be joining as a special guest to discuss this topic.

The meeting will be held in English with live Spanish translations from our Hispanic Liaison, Carlos Elles, on Monday, November 15th at 5:00 p.m.

Sky Valley Food Bank/Big Heart Big Smile Annual Drive

Starting on Monday, November 8th we will be collecting non-perishable food items, NEW toys, and $$ to be donated to the Sky Valley Food Bank in Partnership with Big Heart Big Smile. Chain Lake will be accepting donations through November 22nd.

General PTA Meeting

November 16th at 6:30pm

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 847 6107 1911

Counselor's Corner

As we move through November - a month often marked by the theme of giving thanks – I thought I would share some ideas for focusing on thankfulness. Studies show that an increased sense of gratitude (being thankful) can help us feel better and be more optimistic. I am grateful that I get to work with the amazing staff and wonderful students at Chain Lake.

It can be hard some days to find things to be grateful for but remember gratitude can come from recognizing even the smallest of things we are thankful for. Here are some “gratitude exercises” you can do at home.

1. Gratitude Jar. Each day write something down that you are thankful for. Place the paper into the jar. When someone is having a difficult day that can pull a gratitude from the jar.

2. Gratitude walk - take turns pointing out things throughout the walk that you appreciate.

3. Gratitude by numbers - roll a dice and whatever it lands on that person needs to say that many things they are grateful for.

4. Alphabet game - Going through the alphabet, name something that begins with each letter that you are grateful for

5. Learn to say “thank you” in 5 different languages. Search the internet to learn different ways to say thank you.

6. Hold a Gratitude Scavenger Hunt (use the checklist below)

Find something that makes you smile

Find something that is delicious to eat

Find something that smells good

Find something that is your favorite color

Find something that you enjoy doing

Find something that keeps you healthy

Find something that keeps you warm

Find something that makes you laugh

Find something outside that you like to do

Find a good book to read

Find 3 people you are thankful for

Name something that you are proud of

Daily Gym Sock.......

November is moving right along. Next week we will be working on Team Work. Some of the activities that we will be playing will be King Pin and Battleship.

Please remember to wear your tennis shoes.

Mr. Christy & Miss O’Brien

Digital Learning

Computer Science

For this rotation of Digital Learning in Kindergarten and Grade 1 we will look at how computers work. Students will then draw or make their own computer, including the different input and output components.


In grades 2-5 we will do an “unplugged” activity that introduces concepts used in programming. This is an engaging lesson that allows students to participate in different roles as we go through the steps to program a robot.

Keep Calm and Code On!

Ms. Glaze

Note from the library.......

This week in the library we are reading the story “Library Mouse” written by Daniel Kirk. This story is about a mouse who lives in the library and at night writes his own books and places them in the library for people to read. The ending of the story has a great message about teaching people that anyone can be an author and it's a great thing to get kids inspired to do some writing of their own. Also, this week we have been having conversations about library books being the student’s responsibility and being accountable for our library books. Please if your student has overdue library books have them bring them back to school as soon as possible.

Happy Reading,

Mrs. Swalwell

MSD Employee Honor Roll

Do you know a Monroe School District employee who deserves some much-needed recognition?

Monroe School District has launched a new employee recognition program, called the MSD Employee Honor Roll! This program is aimed at recognizing Monroe School District employees for exemplifying the district’s commitment and shared values through their service to our students, staff, families, and/or community.

Supervisors, fellow employees, parents and community members are encouraged to nominate ANY staff member for exemplifying any of the following:

  • Providing engaging learning opportunities through powerful instruction

  • Providing students with equitable access to learning and opportunities based on their unique, individual needs

  • Holding students to high standards

  • Using innovation to provide educational choice

  • Recognizing, honoring and building upon students’ strengths and passions

  • Engaging families and the community in the learning process

  • Preparing all students for college, careers and life beyond graduation

All nominees will be recognized, but only one in each employee category will be selected each month as the MSD Employee Honor Roll award recipients. Employee categories include:

  • Certificated (teachers, counselors, psychologists, etc)

  • Classified (paraeducators, nurses, office staff, bus drivers, food service, custodial, technology, maintenance, etc)

  • Substitutes and coaches

  • Administrators (Principals, assistant principals, directors, executive staff)

Nominate an employee now!

PTA Read-a-Thon Fundraiser

Chain Lake Elementary School PTA parents, we are holding a Read-a-thon and we really need everyone to participate. If you have not already done so, please click on this link to activate your reader’s personal page:

You can do it all in a minute or two and really help us meet our financial needs.

The read-a-thon will run 11/8-11/22. Flyers with the classroom codes should have gone home with students. Please contact Lindsey at with any questions.

Thanks so much,

Chain Lake Elementary School PTA

Yearbook Cover Contest

We are now taking submissions for the cover of this years yearbook. If you would like to have your artwork displayed on the cover please submit your artwork to the office by Tuesday, December 13th. Artwork MUST be in color, no pencil. Please complete them on 8.5x11 white paper. You must include the theme "Under the Sea-Just Keep Swimming", the year 2021-2022, and the school name, Chain Lake Elementary. Your name needs to be written lightly on the back side in pencil, with your grade and teacher. All artwork will be judged by Chain Lake Staff and the winner will be announced on Thursday, December 16th.

District Lunch Program

This year, students at Monroe School District have a lot to look forward to when it comes to mealtime. For the 2021-2022 school year, meals will be offered to students in all grade levels at no cost, thanks to flexibilities provided by the USDA’s National School Lunch Program. This allows everyone to enjoy 1 free breakfast & 1 free lunch per day.

All families, however, are encouraged to fill out the annual Free and Reduced Price Meal Application as eligibility provides many other benefits, including Pandemic EBT benefits for your family, no student fees for high school programs, free student entrance to all ASB extracurricular events (dances, athletics, etc) and reduced fees for family members to attend extracurricular events (athletics, plays, etc). Filling out this application also provides critical funding for our schools.

What’s on the Menu? Nutrislice, an innovative app, students, parents and faculty have access to school menus, including nutrition information, allergens and photos. Nutrislice can be downloaded for free from the App store (iOS) or Google Play (Android) and is available on desktop and mobile devices.

Menus are also available at


At Chain Lake, each and every one of us is a Cheetah who CARES (Cooperative, Accountable, Respectful, Enthusiastic, Safe)! In school, we talk about what each of these ideas looks like in different settings. Feel free to use the below as a guide to what it means to follow our Chain Lake expectations (click the picture to enlarge).

Further Questions?

We encourage you to reach out to our school office:

Chain Lake Elementary - 360-804-3100

About Us

Principal - Ana Apter

Guidance Counselor - Heather Mitchell


Office Manager - Kathy Bruning

Office Support - Loni Geyer


24 Hour Attendance Hotline - (360) 804-3101

FAX - (360) 804-3199

Health Room - (360) 804-3132

Kitchen - (360) 804-3135

Transportation - (360) 804-2650



The Monroe School District does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination:

Title IX Coordinator

Joanne Dickinson

14692 - 179th Avenue S.E., Monroe, WA 98272

(360) 804.2539

Section 504/ADA Coordinator

David Paratore

14692 - 179th Avenue S.E., Monroe, WA 98272

(360) 804.2603

Compliance Coordinator for 28A.640 and 28A.642 RCW

Joanne Dickinson

14692 - 179th Avenue S.E., Monroe, WA 98272

(360) 804.2532

The Monroe School District will also take steps to assure that national origin persons who lack English language skills can participate in all education programs, services and activities. For information regarding translation services or transitional bilingual education programs, contact:

Kimberly Whitworth

14692 - 179th Avenue S.E., Monroe, WA 98272

(360) 804.2558