Timberbeast Times

November 18, 2021

Message from Mrs. Gray

Dear Salem Woods Families,

What are you grateful for today? What is your child grateful for today? These are wonderful questions to ask ourselves and our children each day. Being grateful for what we have brings happiness into our lives, more than thinking about what we don’t have.

In this time of giving thanks…Thank you for supporting student learning at home by having your child to school on time each day and ready to learn, by checking their backpacks each day for school work or communication from the teacher, and by continuing their learning at home to practice their reading, writing, and math skills.

How Parents Can Help Their Child

The activities described below benefit all children:

  • Build vocabulary skills- Listen to your child and have conversations with them every day. Oral language experience is also a foundation for literacy.

  • Non-directive play- Make time to play with your child, but let them lead the activity and discussion. Just follow along and do what they do, watch how they create and solve problems. Imaginative play builds creative thinking and vocabulary.

  • The most important educational benefit for your child is to either read to them or have them read to you every day for at least 20 minutes. It is the single biggest contribution you can make to your child’s education and it doesn’t cost anything. Our children love the one-on-one interaction with their parents and the benefits go well beyond just reading skills.

Learn more about 2nd Step curriculum at secondstep.org

The staff at Salem Woods provides Social Emotional Learning for all students through our 2nd Step curriculum. Here is a great video that provides the purpose and evidence-based results from the teaching of SEL.

Would you like to be able to come into the school building this year?

Although volunteers are not yet permitted in our buildings, parents could become involved by applying to be a substitute paraeducator or substitute teacher in our district. We are in need of more substitutes at all levels in our district and we are asking if there are any parents who might be able to help in this capacity. Are you interested?


The Salem Woods staff and I would like to thank the many wonderful Timberbeast Families for helping to make our school community a great place for learning.

Happy Thanksgiving,

Melanie Gray

S.T.A.R Shoutouts!

Each week we spotlight students who are recognized for being safe, taking responsibility, showing acceptance, and being respectful. Take a look at some of the students who were recognized this week!

This week we recognize Bus 202 for being safe and following the rules on their bus. Great job being S.T.A.R. and PAX Leaders!

Tomorrow is our last day!

Here are the current standings for our PTA Penny Challenge as of coins collected on on 11/17. What grade will win the ice cream challenge?

Kinder = Negative 92

1st grade = Negative 2,609

2nd grade = 6,966

3rd grade = 11, 899

4th grade = 831

5th grade = 3,345

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MSD Highly Capable Program Referral Window

Every fall, we start the process to identify new students to receive highly capable services. Any student in grade K, 1, 3, 5-11 with parent/guardian permission may be referred by staff, family, or community members. All 2nd and 4th graders are universally screened and therefore do NOT require a referral form. The nomination process for the Highly Capable Program opens on November 29th and closes on December 10th. When a referral is received, the screening process will be triggered to determine a student’s eligibility for highly capable services. The screening test will take place in February and the post-screening test will take place in March.

The Referral Form will be available in Skyward’s Family Access on November 29th. If you prefer paper copies, they can be found on our Highly Capable Program webpage.

For additional information, please visit our website: www.monroe.wednet.edu/academic-programs/highly-capable

Principal Chat

Monday, Nov. 22nd, 11-11:30am

This is an online event.

Join us for a Principal Chat via Zoom at


Meet Dr. Ron Cole - our Newest Timberbeast Music teacher

Dr. Ron Cole is an accomplished trumpeter who also performs on the unique Electronic Valve Instrument (EVI). He is a member of the Roadside Attraction Big Band, Brass Band Northwest and the Seattle Wind Symphony.

He has performed with leading artists and ensembles, ranging from Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, the Mills Brothers, Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, Deniece Williams, local orchestras and bands, as well as various studio (Hawaii 5-0, etc.), chamber music, and church work. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Trumpet Performance from the University of Washington, a Master of Music (Performance) and a Bachelor of Music (Jazz Studies) from Western Washington University.

Dr. Cole has served as a college professor and as a composer and arranger. His arrangements and compositions have been featured in the recordings of several jazz artists and video games.

We are excited to have him join our Timberbeast team!


PTA Meeting

Tuesday, Nov. 23rd, 4:30pm

This is an online event.

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)

PTA Reflections Program

Salem Woods will be participating in the Reflections program this school year! Each year, over 300,000 students in Pre-K through 12th grade create original works of art in response to a student-selected theme. This 50+ year-old program helps students explore their own thoughts, feelings and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence and find a love for learning that will help them become more successful in school and in life. This year's theme is I Will Change the World By.... More details to come! Questions? Please contact Betsy Burnett - betsybasch21@gmail.com.

Here are some introductory videos:



Digital Learning

For this rotation of Digital Learning in Kindergarten and Grade 1 use Squishy Circuits to introduce how circuits work. Students will practice making their own circuits and will demonstrate short circuits and simple series circuits.

In grades 2-5 we will be signing our Digital Citizenship Pledge and logging on to Code.org for the first time this year. Code.org has an engaging curriculum that introduces coding basics in an age appropriate way. Students may visit this site throughout the year by logging in through Clever.

Keep Calm and Code On!

Ms. Glaze


Thanksgiving in the kitchen with our timberbeasts!

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Important Upcoming Dates...Mark your calendars!!

  • Nov: National Homeless Youth Awareness Month
  • Native American Heritage Month
  • November 15-19: Penny Challenge
  • November 22nd: Apple Cup Day - wear your Cougar or Huskie Gear
  • November 22rd: 11:00am - 11:30am Principal Chat via Zoom
  • November 23: PTA meeting at 4:30pm
  • November 23rd - Timberbeast Tuesday - Wear Blue & Gray
  • November 24th - Pajama Day
  • November 24th: Gray Color Day
  • November 24th - Early Dismissal - 12:55pm
  • November 25-26 - Thanksgiving Break
  • November 29th - Dec. 10th: Scholastic Book Fair

How to Reach Us

When you call the Salem Woods main line (360-804-3600) you have the option to dial directly to the service you need. Below is a list of options you will hear when you call Salem Woods.

  • Press 1 for Attendance Hotline
  • Press 2 for After School Transportation Changes
  • Press 3 for the Health Room
  • Press 4 for the Counselor
  • Press 0 for the Office Staff
Skyward Family Access

Skyward Family Access is an online tool that offers families up-to-the-minute student information, including attendance, schedules, food service balances, and immunizations. It also includes a calendar and message center.

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SWE...Who's Who, and how to:

Principal ~ Melanie Gray

Counselor ~ Lynnette Ervin

Office Manager ~ Karen Ligman

Assistant Secretary ~ Annamyriah deJong

Health Room ~ 360-804-3632

24-hour Attendance Hotline ~ 360-804-3601

End of Day Changes Hotline ~ 360-804-7100

Fax ~ 360-804-3699

Bus Delay Information ~ 360-804-2951

Transportation Office ~ 360-804-2650

School Hours are 8:55 a.m. to 3:25 p.m. Monday — Thursday

and 8:55 a.m. to 2:25 p.m. on Fridays

Notice of Non-Discrimination

Monroe School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal 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: Civil Rights Coordinator: Joanne Dickinson and also Title IX Coordinator, 360-804-2539, dickinsonj@monroe.wednet.edu; and 504 Coordinator: David Paratore, 360-804-2609, paratored@monroe.wednet.edu. Address: 200 E Fremont St., Monroe, WA 98272.