Wade King Elementary

February 2021

A Note from the Principal

Hello Wade King Families,

There are many things happening in our school community.

Our Student Leadership Team has been meeting to plan several special events during February to promote gratitude, kindness, and friendship at Wade King. This includes a Gratitude Lunch, school-wide 'kindness' art project, and our first 'Friday Fun' theme day. Student Leaders will be sharing more about these special events with their class and in our weekly News for Kids.

February is also Black History Month. This is a time to recognize the achievements of African American people who have shaped the history of our country. This morning I had a great conversation with some first graders who are learning about several Black jazz musicians as part of their current unit of inquiry. I also just met with our fifth-grade teachers and librarian, who were choosing books to share with students that were written by Black authors, about experiences of Black children that connect to their 5th-grade Exhibition project. These are examples of ways our teachers intentionally plan learning engagements that provide students with windows (into the lives of others whose lives are different from their own) and mirrors (so that they see themselves and their family) throughout the year. This not only applies to people who are Black, but to all people of color. If you haven't yet had a chance to check out our district Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Newsletter, which connects to the work we are doing at Wade King, I encourage you to.

Like many of you, I am hopeful that our 3rd, 4th and 5th graders will be able to return to in-person learning soon. I know many of them really want to be learning at school. I continue to be impressed by their resiliency and flexibility. I know it has not been easy for them or for you. I have tremendous appreciation for families who are continuing to support their child's learning at home.

As always, don't ever hesitate to connect with me if you have questions, concerns, ideas, or great stories. I love hearing from you!

With Gratitude,

Stephanie Johnson, Principal

Important Dates For February & March 2021

2/2 NO SCHOOL - End of Semester

2/11 PTA Board Meeting

2/12 Semester Summaries Go Home (more info below)

2/12 All School KINDNESS Art Project (more info below)

2/12 Gratitude Lunch at school for K-2nd and via Zoom at 12:15pm for 3rd-5th

2/15 NO SCHOOL - President's Day Holiday

2/18 Parent Connect with Ms. Wakefield at 4:30pm (more info below)

2/18 Sexual Health Information Night for Families at 7pm via Zoom (more info below)

2/19 Final Date to Order WK Spirit Wear Online (more info below)

2/26 All School Theme Day (more info below)

3/11 PTA Meeting at 7:30pm via Zoom

3/18 Parent Connect with Ms. Wakefield at 4:30pm

Contact Information

If you have a question or need support... we are here to help! Connect with Stephanie, Greg, or Jaymie and we'll help or direct you to someone who can.

Stephanie Johnson (Principal) Stephanie.Johnson@bellinghamschools.org

(360) 676-6470 ext 2400 OR (360) 201-7801

Greg Holmgren (Assistant Principal) Gregory.Holmgren@bellinghamschools.org

(360) 676-6470 ext 2460 OR (360) 961-8539

Jaymie Wakefield (Counselor) Jaymie.Wakefield@bellinghamschools.org

(360) 676-6470 ext 2420 OR (360) 746-5319

Do You Need Tech Support?

Mrs. Hunter and Mrs. Anderson are always ready to help! You can also call our school office at 360-647-6840. Tell them your child's name, teacher's name, the best number to call you at, and as much detail as you can about the problem you are having.

Mrs. Hunter (Library Media Specialist)



Mrs. Anderson (Ed Tech Coach)



HEALTH ATTESTATION for In-Person Learning

One of the ways we keep our students and staff safe, who are learning in-person, is with our Health Attestation. Families with children who are learning in-person at school, will need to periodically fill out our online Health Attestation to show their commitment to checking their child daily for symptoms of illness and keeping symptomatic children home from school. If a student comes to school with any symptoms, they will be assessed by our office staff in consultation with our school nurse, and are almost always sent home.

Schoolwide Art - Kindness Theme Feb 12th

Our Student Leadership Team is planning a schoolwide ART PROJECT on Friday, February 12th. They will share more information in this week's Friday News for Kids. This will be a project for ALL of us, whether they are learning remotely or in-person. It's gonna be good! They will share more information in this Friday's News for Kids.

End of Semester Summary - February 12th

February 1st is the last day of first semester. Teachers are working on a Semester Summary for each student. We will send these home with students who are learning in-person and mail them home to students who are learning remotely.

Parent Connection & Conversation with Ms. Wakefield - Feb 18th at 4:30 pm

Hello Wade King Families!

January's Parent Connection topic was on “Zoom Fatigue and Post-Zoom Meltdown.” If you wanted to join the discussion and were unable to, I have added the resources that were shared here.

February's Parent Connection topic will be about new or increasing anxiety in our children. I have heard from many families who are noticing new somatic (relating to the body) anxieties in their children. This is not an uncommon phenomenon that many parents and caregivers are noticing in their young children. There is evidence that as children feel the anxiety produced by this pandemic, combined with a lack of real understanding of what this pandemic is, anxiety then may be generalized to worries about their own body. Furthermore, somatic complaints are a way that children seek reassurance when they can’t truly name the thing that they actually need reassurance about. (Children are so adaptive at getting needs met!)

Here are two articles that offer some insights:

Anxiety in Kids During COvid-19 Pandemic”

"Anxiety and Coping with the Coronavirus”

Please join us February 18th at 4:30 for Parent Connection to discuss this topic and/or other topics you are wanting support with. This is a time to share questions, struggles, strategies, and resources. Join with this Zoom link.

You can also always connect with Jaymie Wakefield, School Counselor, via Email or call 360-746-5319.

Beyond the Birds and the Bees: Sexual Health Education Info Night - Feb 18th

Initiative 90 did not change anything about our curriculum in Bellingham Public Schools. In our schools, policy and procedure 2125 govern sexual health education. We offer parents and guardians an opportunity to review materials to be used in our classroom; after which they may choose to exclude their child from sexual health education instruction. Fifth grade curriculum can be reviewed here. For grades 6 to 8, we use the KNOW curriculum, available here. High school health classes use the FLASH curriculum, with information available here.

This school year, we will share some information in a virtual setting at 7pm on Thursday, February 18th.

You will have an opportunity to ask questions after viewing a short presentation.

Send questions to angela.ritchey@bellinghamschools.org.

Wade King Wolves Spirit Wear - Orders Due Feb 19th

The Wade King PTA is having a Spirit Wear sale! You can order at our online shop. February 19th is the last day to order. We will send home orders with students who are learning in-person and will set up pick-up times for students who are learning remotely.

If you would like to support a student with a scholarship for a t-shirt, create a separate order for the scholarship t-shirt and type 'scholarship' in the 'notes to seller' section. We will adjust the size later if a scholarship recipient needs a different size.

Spirit Wear is a great way to help build community - even with Zoom!

Thank you PTA for sponsoring this sale.

Schoolwide FRIDAY FUN Event - Feb 26th

When our Student Leadership Team was established, it was tasked with solving school problems and planning schoolwide fun. They are currently working on planning our first schoolwide 'Friday Fun' event for Friday, February 26th. Our goal is to have a 'Friday Fun' even on the last Friday of each month as way for our school community to connect and have fun together. They will share more information in this week's Friday News for Kids.

Ms. Wakefield's ZOOM Office Hours - WEDNESDAYS from 10-11am

Have a question? Need support? Want to connect?

Students and families are encouraged to join Ms. Wakefield for her Zoom office hours.

Join with this link!

Mrs. Wakefield's Virtual Counseling Office

You are also invited to check out Mrs. Wakefield's Virtual Counseling Office. There are resources for families and for students.

Confidential Counseling Connection Form

This is one way for students and families to let Ms. Wakefield know you would like to connect. You can also call her at (360) 676-6470 ext 2420 OR (360) 746-5319.

Wade King Clubs WEDNESDAY Mornings

Mrs. Bergquist, Mrs. Barclay, and Mr. Jim help facilitate Wednesday Clubs at Wade King. This is a great opportunity for students to connect with friends. The topics will rotate and are always posted for the following week in our Friday News for Kids. The topics below are for next week.


Use this Zoom link to join ANY of these clubs… https://bellinghamschools.zoom.us/j/86382618934

Kindergarten, 1st Grade, & 2nd Grade Clubs

Lego/Building Club from 9:15am-9:45am

Drawing Club from 10:45am-11:15am

3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Clubs

Lego/Building Club from 10:00am-10:30am

Paper Airplane Club from 11:30am-12:00pm

4th and 5th Graders are invited to Yeti!

Wednesdays at 9:00-9:30am with Mrs. Hunter.

Check your Seesaw for the Zoom link and planned activity for the week.

Meal Boxes... WEDNESDAYS 4:00-5:30pm

Weekly meal box distribution has returned to Wednesdays at the regular 21 locations. Wade King is one of those locations! Drive through our pick up/drop off loop for a FREE 7-day meal box for each child in your family.

If you need additional support, please contact the Family Resource Center now by filling out the help form or calling 360-676-6456. Visit their website for more information on times and locations.

Bellingham Community Meals Are Back!

Bellingham Community Meals have started again on the last Saturday of each month.The next one is February 27th. Due to Covid restrictions, these will be served as To-Go Meals only from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Meals will be served at Assumption Gym, 2116 Cornwall Ave.

Wade King Family Handbook 2020-21

Our Wade King Family Handbook is another way to learn more about our school community and how things are different for students who are able to return to in-person school. Check it out! If you need a printed copy, contact our office at (360) 647-6840 and we'll print one for you to pick up.


As more students return to in-person learning, we needed to create new areas for students to play with their class during recess, so that students from different classrooms are not mixing with each other on the playground. Our PTA helped us add a new cart of many new balls and games so students have lots of choices in each area! Thank you PTA!

Ways to Help Our PTA Earn Money

Did you know Box Tops for Education has an ap? No longer do you need to clip Box Tops to turn in. Join for free... and simply scan your receipts to earn money for our PTA. It's that easy!
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Another way to help our PTA earn money is by linking your Fred Meyers Reward card to Wade King PTA 8.3.37. A percentage of your spending goes right back to our PTA and it does not impact your other rewards.

Safe Schools Reporting and Tip Line

Students, parents or community members who have information, tips, or concerns regarding a safety issue in our schools are encouraged to text or call 844-310-9560 or visit bellinghamschools.org/safe for confidential, anonymous, two-way communication with our safety staff.

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