Eagle Sightings December

Caspar van Haalen, Principal

Dear Eagle families,

There are fewer school days in the months of November and December than in most other months. However, learning opportunities at our school and at home never cease to abound!


With reading skills across our school curriculum front and center, we invest heavily in getting all students reading at grade level no later than by the end of third grade. Our teaching staff engages in quality professional development to deliver our top-notch reading curriculum, and from my classroom observations, I can tell you that your students are getting the best reading instruction possible.


Good reading skills are crucial to achieving success in most professional careers. Help us lay the the groundwork for a successful future by instilling an excitement for reading and, most importantly, by reading with your students. If you need more information about appropriate reading levels, please contact your students' teachers.


To support students that are behind in reading, our school offers Title I and LAP services. You can read all about these federal programs by visiting the website of the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).


Just because there is an emphasis on Reading doesn't mean we don't engage students in everything else, of course. Our Math, Science, and Social Studies lessons are engaging, challenging, and aimed at developing content area skills as well as critical and analytical thinking skills. Students' needs must be equitably met, which is why we have a highly qualified Special Education and English (Language) Learner staff. To round off our content areas, we have a strong programs for Art, Music, and P.E.


We celebrate success off campus as well as on campus. Our students happily participate in sports and performing arts opportunities, to name but a few.


We couldn't be the wonderful school we are if it wasn't for a strong PTO and dedicated volunteers. If you're not a volunteer already, please join us! We can always use help in the cafeteria, on the playground, on film nights, and field trips.


Lastly, our school is committed to offering a safe, welcoming environment for all. We learn and teach together. We support each other, through thick and thin. We care about the social-emotional well-being of you, your students, and our staff. We have an excellent ancillary staff of trained professionals. We are a wonderfully positive community!


Thank you for your continued support for quality public education. We owe you a great deal of gratitude. As Winter Break approaches, we realize that this may be a time of heightened anxiety for many of our students and their families. Please reach out to us with any needs you may encounter.


In educational partnership,


Caspar van Haalen

Tuesday December 3 is Giving Tuesday!

Please check out the PTO page to learn more about Deposit A Gift!

Or click here: https://supportourstudents2019.mydagsite.com/.

December 2019

12/3 6:00p PTO Meeting; FHES Library

12/6 PTO Popcorn; afternoon recess - wear school colors

12/12 9:30a 5th grade Geography Bee

6:00p 2nd grade Math Night

12/13 11:10a Early Release

12/18 12:40 Fire Drill

12/20 Pajama Day - show school spirit & dress up

1:45p Holiday Sing-Along Assembly

6:30p PTO Movie Night; Toy Story 4

12/23 - 1/3 No School Winter Break

Employment Opportunity!

Share your knowledge and get involved. Bus drivers, custodians, lunch servers, paraeducaters, secretaries, teachers; we need substitutes from the community in all areas!


You can set your days of availability, pick the teachers you like to sub for, and review assignments before accepting. Take a look at the district website or stop by 285 Blair Ave for more information on becoming a substitute for the San Juan Island School District.

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