Wildcat News

February 19th, 2021

A Message from the Principal

FWE families,

We are getting fully prepared to welcome all our students back to the building soon. Since the fall we have successfully served our preschool, kindergarten, and many students needing specialized supports. We have demonstrated that school can take place in person safely.

Teachers have been busy preparing for the transition to in person learning. We met this week to review the many safety protocols and ensure we are fully prepare to welcome your children back. I want to personally thank our FWE staff for all they are doing to get ready. I also want to thank the FWE families for your continued grace, patience and flexibility through all the ups and downs we've collectively experienced since last March. It is mind boggling to think that a year has passed since many of our students were on campus. We are ready and we can't wait to see your children.

I know many of you may have questions about the safety protocols or how the school/home partnership needs to adapt as we move into a "hybrid" instructional model. I'd like to invite you to a Principal Chat on Zoom this Thursday from 5:15-6:00 p.m. (https://monroe-wednet.zoom.us/my/cortes) I will be available to answer any questions you may have. Hope you can join me.

In partnership,

Kristin Cortes

Upcoming Events

  • February is Black History Month
  • February 22 - Transportation Opt-In Deadline
  • February 24 & 25 - No live Zooms for 1st and 2nd grade students, all learning will be in Canvas. Teachers will be preparing for in-person learning.
  • February 25- Principal Chat 5:15pm-6:00pm https://monroe-wednet.zoom.us/my/cortes
  • March 1 - Kindergarten through 2nd grade students start hybrid (A/B group) instruction
  • March 10 & 11 - No live Zooms for 3rd - 5th grade students, all learning will be in Canvas. Teachers will be preparing for in-person learning.
  • March 15 - 3rd through 5th grade students start hybrid (A/B group) instruction

ROAR Awards

Shout Out to the following students for ROARing this week:

Grace H. - Vye

George B. - DeRousse

Adrian M. - MacMillan/ Phillips

Maritza M. - Phillips/MacMillan

Kendra V. - Burchak

Martha GDD. - Rummel

Dariana R. - Franz/Martinez

Uriah H. - Pope

Everberto L. - Maxson

Milea L. - Abbott/Lovelace

Samuel RP. - Lovelace/Abbott

Bersaes P. - Miller

Mikey E. - Dunn

Shelby S. - Pratt/Ramirez

Ruby RM. - Ramirez/Pratt

Transportation - Deadline to Opt-In is Monday, February 22nd for 1st and 2nd Grade families!!!

As a friendly reminder, the deadline to opt-in to have your student ride the bus to and/or from school is Monday, February 22 by the end of the day so that our transportation department has time to establish bus routes before the first day of in-person learning.

If you would like your child to ride the bus to and/or from school, please submit the Transportation Request Form by end of day on February 22. Only students who have completed the transportation request form and are eligible to ride a bus will be assigned a bus route and stop based on the student’s home address.

Once bus routes have been established, our transportation department will reach out to families to share bus stop locations and times or families may locate this information by using E-Link (directions can be found here) late next week. If you have questions, please reach out to our transportation department at (360) 804-2651.

Principal Chat - Thursday, February 25th from 5:15-6:00 p.m.

Join us for a live Zoom with Principal Cortes. She will be available to answer any questions you may have about teaching and learning at FWE, as well as any health and safety questions you may have. Here's the link: https://monroe-wednet.zoom.us/my/cortes

A/B Cohorts

We are so excited to have our Wildcats back in-person!! Email communication has been sent to all families, indicating your child's cohort placement.

Cohort Schedules

Students will attend half days in-person Monday through Thursday and will continue to participate in distance learning on Fridays. In order to maintain physical distancing, half of the students will attend in-person in the mornings from 8:55 a.m. to 11:25 a.m. (A cohort) and the other half (B cohort) will attend in the afternoons from 12:55 p.m. to 3:25 p.m.

Monday-Thursday Learning Schedule for Students in Preschool Through 5th Grade

Cohort A

8:50 Arrive at campus, turn in attestation, have temperature checked, go directly to class

8:55-11:25 In-person learning in classroom with one recess break

11:25 Dismissal

12:00-3:25 Lunch at home, i-Ready, Canvas asynchronous assignments, Specialist Time (Music, Digital Learning & PE) & independent reading, writing & math work

Cohort B

8:55-12:00 i-Ready, Canvas asynchronous assignments, Specialist Time (Music, Digital Learning & PE) & independent reading, writing & math work

12:00-12:50 Lunch at home, travel to school

12:50 Arrive at campus, turn in attestation, have temperature checked, go directly to class

12:55-3:25 In-person instruction

Friday Schedule (Both cohorts learn online w/the same schedule)

8:55-9:45 Zoom Morning Meeting

9:45-12:00 Learning support time/small groups

12:00-12:30 Lunch

12:30-1:10 Specialist Time (Music, Digital Learning, P.E)

1:10-1:30 i-Ready

1:30-3:25 Choice Activities

Writing Celebration

Our FWE Wildcats completed another writing unit on Friday. We are so impressed with all the amazing work they are doing. If you are interested in seeing some of this great work, please ask your child to give you access via their Canvas page. Way to go Wildcats, keep writing!

School Supplies

We can’t wait for our 1st – 5th grade students to return to in-person learning in the coming weeks. Here is a list of supplies that your students will need when they return to school:

- A backpack to carry materials to/from school

- Plastic closable pencil box to hold supplies at their desk

- Water bottle

- 2 Face masks (wear one and keep an extra in your backpack)

- Bring journals and composition books you have been using for writing

- Personal pocket sized hand sanitizer if you would like to have your own. The school will have sanitizer available.

- Dry erase markers

Meal Services


This is the last week of meal services at Frank Wagner Elementary for drive up families. As of March 1st, families will still have the opportunity to pick up lunches at Park Place Middle School and Hidden River Middle School. Students attending in-person can order a lunch to take home while at school.

For information about our Free Meal Program, please head to our district website at: https://www.monroe.wednet.edu/covid-19/free-meal-program

Safe Return Plan

End of Day Plans

It is extremely important that teachers and office staff have accurate end of day plans for your child. Please ensure your teacher knows if your child will be taking a bus to/from school, be picked up by a family member or if your child will be walking home. As a reminder, families will be asked to stay in their vehicles and pick up their child. Only walking families with masks will be allowed to come up to the pick up area. All families will need to remain at a 6 foot distance from others.

Learning Schedules

Hybrid Schedules

1st & 2nd Grade students start in our Hybrid model March 1st, 2021

3rd-5th Grade students start in our Hybrid model March 15th, 2021

A Cohort 8:55am-11:35am

B Cohort 12:55pm-3:35pm

Please refer to your child's grade level to view the learning schedule we are currently using.

Please contact your teacher or the office with any questions.


1st through 5th grades

Talking Points

Monroe School District is piloting a multilingual texting tool called TalkingPoints with the goal of supporting two-way communication and engagement between schools and families, for families whose primary language may not be English. Talking Points will convert text messages to families in more than 100 languages.

Types of messages you may receive via Talking Points:

  • Important classroom announcements

  • Assignment reminders

  • Reminders to sign up for conferences

  • Schedule changes

  • Sharing a positive message about a student

  • Checking in on a student who may have missed school

  • Supporting a family who may need help

Inclement Weather Procedures Reminder

Now that winter is upon us, we wanted to remind you of our inclement weather procedures. Even though it is an unusual school year, we will be upholding our typical inclement weather procedures just as any other school year. This means that if road conditions are deemed unsafe, we will be delaying or canceling school for that day. Canceled school days may need to be made up at the end of the school year. These days are included on our published calendars as "snow make up" days.

For more information please visit: https://www.monroe.wednet.edu/about/news/new-page/~post/inclement-weather-procedures-for-2020-21-20210108

February is Black History Month

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Also known as African American History Month, the event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating Black history.

We would like to send out a special thank you to Lori Clark, Digital Learning Teacher and Junelle Lewis, the Office Manager at Maltby Elementary for putting together this AMAZING video honoring Black History Month!



Attendance is taken daily. Please call the office if your child is unable to join their Zoom meetings. If your grade level is learning in person, your child will be marked absent if they do not attend in person instruction.

If you know your child will be absent or unable to complete work, please call our 24 hour attendance hotline at (360) 804-3201 to excuse them.

Make sure your contact information is up-to-date!

It is very important that all families make sure all of their contact information is up-to-date with the school office. In the event of school delays and cancelations, or other emergencies, we need to be able to contact all of our families. When there are urgent messages to share with families, they are sent out via email and phone call. Messages are also posted on the district website, Facebook and Twitter.

If you would like to opt-in to also receive text messages, please send a text message of "Y" or "Yes" to our school's short code number, 67587. You can opt out of these messages any time by simply replying to oue of our messages with "Stop".


Does your family need a thermometer? Please contact the office at (360)804-3200 and we will try to provide you with one.

Frank Wagner Elementary received digital thermometers provided by a generous combined donation from:

Rotary Club of Monroe / Darian Caldwell Rotary President

Pharm A Save Pharmacy /Sue Graafstra

and The Monroe Public Schools Foundation / Katy Woods MPSF President

On behalf of our Frank Wagner Elementary Staff and families, THANK YOU so much to everyone making this donation possible!!!!

Monroe School District is currently hiring for Substitute Paraeducators

Due to our immediate need for Paraeducator Subs we are temporarily waiving our regular educational requirement of 72 college level credits or passed ParaProTest. Job requirements are; A sincere interest in helping children of all ages succeed in a safe and healthy school environment. If you are interested in applying to be a Substitute Paraeducator please apply online at https://monroejobs.hrmplus.net/

Applicants will be screened and interviews will take place via Zoom. Please note that the waiver of the educational requirements ONLY applies to the Substitute Paraeducator job position and not to any contracted Paraeducator jobs.

Questions?! Reach out to Annadea Olsen at olsena@monroe.wednet.edu

Frank Wagner Elementary is seeking bilingual applicants for the following positions:

  • Library Specialist
  • Preschool Para-educator
  • Health Room Para-educator

From Nurse Pamela's Desk

Parents/guardians of our in-person students: Please refer to the chart to determine if your child is well enough to attend school in person. Help us keep our Wildcat community healthy!

Please contact the school nurse at (360) 804-3206 with any questions.

Pamela Hyvonen, BSN, RN

School Nurse, Frank Wagner Elementary

(360) 804-3206 (M-F mornings)

School Nurse, Park Place Middle

(360) 804-4320 (M-F afternoons)

MSD Self Declaration Checklist Attestation Form

Please do not:

Pre date attestation forms in advance. Attestation forms need to be filled out daily

Please do:

  • Enter your child's temperature in the temperature box.
  • Date and include your child's full name (First and Last).
  • Answer questions accurately. This is a legally binding document that we are required to keep for up to 7 years.

Attestation Forms - Spanish & English



Websites have been set up where people will be asked screening questions and sign up for an appointment. If there are multiple people who will be coming in the same vehicle to be tested, each of them should register.

Technical Difficulties?

If you are having issues connecting to our online continuous learning, trouble with your Chromebook or have questions about how to navigate Canvas, you can call our technology hotline at (360) 804-2520.


1. When you receive the school newsletter in your email inbox, open the email and click on the title in the newsletter to open it in Smore.

2. Once in Smore, scroll to the very bottom of the newsletter. Above the red word ‘Report’ you will see the word ‘Translate’. Click ‘Translate’.

3. Next, select your preferred language in the drop-down menu and the newsletter will automatically translate to the language you chose.


Nuestro boletín se puede traducir a cualquier idioma en tres sencillos pasos:

1. Cuando reciba el boletín de la escuela en su bandeja de entrada de correo electrónico, abra el correo electrónico y haga clic en el título del boletín para abrirlo en Smore.

2. Una vez en Smore, desplácese hasta el final del boletín. Sobre la palabra roja "Informe" verá la palabra "Traducir". Haga clic en "Traducir".

3. A continuación, seleccione su idioma preferido en el menú desplegable y el boletín se traducirá automáticamente al idioma que elija.

Contact Us.

Frank Wagner Elementary

Main Line (360)804-3200

Attendance Line (360)804-3201

Office Manager: Col Wolf

Office Assistant: Karina Blanquet


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


As a school that receives Title I federal funding, we are required each year to do a school/family compact. This compact lists agreements between the teacher, family and student in order to ensure students receive the best education possible. Education is a team effort and at FWE we value our partnership with families. At your child's conference, you will be given the opportunity to review the compact and make any additions or comments you'd like. Thanks for taking the time to preview the compact beforehand so you can be prepared to discuss it at conferences.