Cascade View Thunderbird News

December 10, 2021


Our Why!
In our school community, we are passionate about meeting all learners where they are in service of each realizing their innate and extraordinary human potential. This is our great work!
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Upcoming Dates

Friday, December 17

Half-Day Early Release at 11:45 a.m.

Monday, December 20 - Friday, December 31

Winter Break/No School

Monday, January 3, 2022

Back to School

*REMINDER* 11:45 a.m. Early Release on Friday, December 17

December 17 is a Half Day of School 8:35 – 11:45 a.m.**

**Sack lunches will be provided for students who want to take one home.

There will be no school starting Monday, December 20 through Friday, December 31.

School will resume on Monday, January 3, 2022.

Message from Mr. L

Greetings and Happy Holidays to all Thunderbirds, big and small.

At their December 8, 2021 School Board meeting, our Directors approved a measure to align district mascots to the new law (HB1356) stating that school mascots, imagery, iconography, chants, symbols, etc. shall no longer be linked to any aspect of Native American culture, history, and/or heritage. Our mascot, the Thunderbird, will be retired as a result of this law and Board directive.

For the record: I am firmly in support of this measure and law. For the first 12 years of my life, I lived on a Native American reservation in Toppenish, Washington and, although I myself am not a member of any Native tribe, I continue to have tremendous respect for, and honor completely, all First Nations, Indigenous, and Native peoples. I consider this to be an amazing opportunity for our students and community; if done right and well (and why would we do anything but?), this will be an incredible moment in our time within our community to make this a rich, meaningful, and important learning experience for our kids and community. It is also a time to renew passion toward who we are, who we want to be, and how we fit ourselves into our world (“we” meaning our kids most importantly). It’s not often a school community gets the chance to build relationship through the creation of a new identity.

Stay tuned. I’m excited about this moment. In the coming weeks following the new calendar year, I will be able to share with you more of the process we will undergo to honorably retire The Thunderbird and adopt a new mascot that suits us well here at school. And to answer a question you might have, YES, our students will be involved!

Here's a link to the bill for anyone interested:

​House Bill 1356

A quick update about how we are doing all things Covid. I continue to be grateful and appreciative of everyone's effort to follow current Covid protocols and precautions. Our kids continue to impress with their own commitment to take care of themselves and each other by following all guidelines at school. Please, help us out by keeping your children home if they are not feeling well. Every week, we have to look into students who are exhibiting symptoms that are Covid-like. Keeping ill children home helps to reduce the risk of close contact exposure here at school. And because of our on-campus procedures, the only place of worry for us right now are our buses. Every week in this newsletter (see below), we continue to publish the latest information on Covid precautions and symptoms. Do take a look at them periodically.

To that point, we continue to hold all student lunches outside under the covered play area. The screens that we have installed have allowed us to extend our time out there, but rest assured, when the weather makes it inappropriate for us to continue that practice, we do have plans to bring students into the cafeteria to eat picnic style and with some fun music to boot! Our kids are doing amazing--lunches, even in the cool weather, remain comfortable and fun. Because the weather during the winter can be mild and very pleasant at times, we will keep outdoor lunches as a viable option the entire year--moving all students indoors, even though they will be spaced a minimum of 6 feet apart, puts everyone at greater risk as a close contact. We monitor conditions every single day.

We will send out one more school newsletter before the winter break--next week is our last school week of 2021 (and remember, Friday, December 17 is an early dismissal with the final bell ringing at 11:45 a.m.)! Even though we are not actually quite there, the winter break does feel like the half-way point to the school year. It's been quite a year this year of 2021--but our kids are amazing, our staff is heroic, and your principal is eternally grateful. We take pride in our village community here--thank you for your strong and positive partnership as we continue to raise our kids together.

Happy Holidays however you celebrate or honor them.

Mr. L

Proud Principal

November Thunderbird Community Drive

During the month of November, in partnership with our local Snohomish Food Bank, Cascade View collected special items that are in greatest need in our community. Personal hygiene, baby diapers, winter wear, and pet food were among the items collected and donated to the food bank.

We are happy to report on the grand total amount: 375 pounds!!

We are so proud of our Thunderbirds and families! Thank you so much!!

Welcome Back Volunteers!

We are again utilizing volunteers in schools on a limited basis. At this time only vaccinated individuals will be permitted to volunteer in our schools/campuses.

To volunteer in our schools/campuses, please complete the following online form. This form must be completed every two years. For the safety of our students, volunteer applicants must undergo a Washington State Patrol background check before beginning service. Volunteers will also need to present a valid state vaccination card for COVID-19 to the school administrator and follow the school’s volunteer process. Schools may need to monitor and limit the number of volunteers in a building to meet the state COVID-19 guidelines for social distancing. Parent/guardians are welcome to volunteer from home by assisting teachers remotely.

Volunteers who have completed the background application and showed proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be required to:

  • Sign in at the school main office
  • Present proper state ID
  • Maintain 6-foot social distancing
  • Wear a proper fitting mask/face covering
  • Follow all school and district COVID-19 protocols and procedures
  • Stay home if experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms

In addition to the district expectations, we also have the following in place to keep us aligned with district expectations and county health regulations:

  • All adults on campus, no matter their role, MUST have a meaningful and positive purpose for being on campus.
  • It is at the sole discretion of a staff member/teacher to invite a volunteer into school. Only volunteers who have been granted permission will be able to serve. If at this time a teacher or staff member prefers not to host volunteers, that is completely appropriate and we appreciate your understanding. Know that we also appreciate volunteers who can do some work for teachers in the comfort of their own homes--just ask your child's teacher if they need something that could be done in that manner.
  • When the staff member makes an arrangement with a volunteer, the teacher will sign them up using an internal school form so that the front office can document who will be on site on any given day.
    • We need the sign up document for close contact tracing purposes and to track the number of volunteers in our building on any one day. We will be monitoring and limiting the number of volunteers on site.
  • There should be only one volunteer at a time in a classroom or other learning space. All volunteers will be expected to remain masked and distanced the entire time of their service. Volunteers will also wear a school visitor badge their entire time of service at the building.
  • At the conclusion of the volunteer shift, the volunteer will sign out at the front office, return their visitor badge, then leave with our sincere appreciation of their service to our staff, students, and school.
  • Us allowing volunteers on campus does not change any other current procedure or protocol we have in place. Parents must still follow expectations we have for them regarding their access (or non-access) to the building and campus--this still includes before and after school routines. Parents are not allowed to eat with their children at lunches nor be present at recesses as we do not need supervision support in those areas.
  • Remember to be ready to show us your Proof of Vaccination Card upon entrance to the building. You will only need to show us the card once.
Volunteer Background Check

Click on this button to be directed to complete the volunteer application and background check authorization.

Lost and Found

We have many coats and sweatshirts in our Lost and Found. Please remind your child to check for items that might be theirs before the Winter Break.

Crosswalk Etiquette

Our crosswalk staff have experienced some instances this year where cars are stopping inside of the crosswalk when students are present and waiting to cross the street. It is illegal to stop on a crosswalk. Crosswalks are to be used by pedestrians; not to be blocked by vehicles.

Here are a few reminders:

  • Always yield to pedestrians at crosswalks and intersections.
  • Reduce speed and be prepared to stop in all areas with marked crosswalks.
  • Come to a complete stop if pedestrians are crossing or preparing to cross the road.
  • Never pass another vehicle that is stopped or slowing down at a crosswalk.

Holiday Resources

We created this list of resources with organizations that offer assistance for families during the holiday season, including toys and food. Please read through the list and check their website since many have deadlines to request help.

Christy Anana

Counselor, Cascade View Elementary School

Extra Clothes?

Cascade View Health Room needs sweatpants or leggings in sizes small or medium. If you have clean, gently worn sweatpants or leggings that your child no longer wears, we would love to put them to good use for our students who may need a change of clothes during the school day. Thank you so much for your generosity!

Lauri Walker, Health Room Assistant 360-563-7006

Face Masks for Students

Just a reminder to please send your student(s) to school with a face mask, and also with extras, every day to school. If their mask becomes soiled or dirty, they will need a clean one available to them. Thank you!

Message from CVE Nurse

We are so excited to have all Thunderbirds back on campus. With more kids on campus, we are starting to see more coughs and sniffles among students. As a reminder, anyone who is not feeling well should stay home. Even one symptom is enough to warrant staying home. It is recommended that anyone with symptoms get tested for Covid. If you have questions regarding illness and school, please review the district guidance, or contact Nurse Chrissy in the health room at 360-563-7006.

Nurse Chrissy

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After School Transportation Arrangement Changes

Please be sure to contact the school office as early in the day as possible when there is a change in your child's after school transportation arrangements. You may send in a signed note or call the office in the morning to change arrangements. We ask for your help in this matter in order to get all of our kids safely home each day.

In order to ensure a safe and timely dismissal, we will stop answering our office phone at 2:45 p.m. (12:45 p.m. on Friday) and, therefore, will not be able to implement any changes to your student's transportation arrangements after that time.

Thank you for your understanding.

School Closure - Weather Delays/Late Start

Please read for information in the event we have inclement weather.

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Important 2021-2022 School Year Dates

  • Wednesday, September 8, 2021 - First day of school
  • Thursday, November 11, 2021 - Veterans Day
  • Wednesday, November 24, 2021 - Half-day early release
  • Thursday, November 25-Friday, November 26, 2021 - Thanksgiving Break
  • Friday, December 17, 2021 - Half-day early release
  • Monday, December 20-Friday, December 31, 2021 - Winter Break
  • Monday, January 17, 2022 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Friday, February 18-Monday, February 21, 2022 - Mid-Winter Break
  • Monday, April 4-Friday, April 8, 2022 - Spring Break
  • Monday, May 30, 2022 - Memorial Day

Non-Discrimination Notice

The Snohomish 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, Title IX Coordinator and ADA – Darryl Pernat, 1601 Avenue D, Snohomish, WA 98290, 360-563-7285,; Section 504 Coordinator and Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying – Shawn Stevenson, 1601 Avenue D, Snohomish, WA 98290, 360-563-7282,

Classroom Hours

Monday - Thursday 8:35 a.m.-3:15 p.m.

Early Dismissal every Friday 8:35 a.m.-1:15 p.m.

**Please make note of the early release time every Friday. If your student rides a bus home, they will be dropped off at their bus stop two hours earlier than their drop off time Monday - Thursday.**

Office Hours

Monday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Friday 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Cascade View Contact Information

Kert Lenseigne, Proud Principal

Jill Perkins, Administrative Assistant

Amy Epperson, Main Office Secretary