Community Letter

December 10, 2021

Safety, Inclusion, Belonging

Hello LISD Families,

This week, we experienced a threat in our school that unfortunately has become a reality in schools across the country. As principals, we are committed to creating, nurturing, and sustaining a school community that is both physically and emotionally safe for each and every student.

Here are a few of the ways we are focusing on school safety, in addition to the information you have received from our superintendent:

  • Engaging in conversations with students about incidents; discussing feelings, asking questions, and keeping the door open for two-way communication

  • Maintaining a learning environment that focuses on classes, schoolwork, and peer relationships. We know that upholding routines will provide students comfort in uncertain times

  • Encouraging reporting and inspiring ally behavior to decrease bias and bullying

  • Keeping our eyes and ears open for changes in student behavior

  • Reaching out to parents/guardians in partnership when we have concerns about a student

It is important that everyone in our school community (staff, students, and families) are working together to cultivate a culture of safety, belonging, and inclusion. That is our intent, our hope, and our focus, and we welcome your input.

Our very best to you and your family,

Mary and Martha

Menu For Week Ending December 17

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Let's Cook With John

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Roasted Chickpeas (garnishing and snacking)

This recipe is an incredibly easy and tasty treat. Liked by many and beloved by a few, these roasty chickpeas are a staple in our salad bar. They provide a nice satisfying salty crunch that could be a healthy option to croutons or just a simple snack.

The recipe is a little tricky to write because I never measure out the ingredients. I just add dribs, dashes and dabs until it tastes right. For this recipe, the only quantity I will give you is for the chickpeas. The rest is just for your personal taste. One of the best chefs I ever worked with was fond of saying "everyone is a master of their own palette," meaning everyone knows what they like best. I think it's is a great chance for everyone to cater to their particular tastes.

Ingredients :

1-15 oz. can chickpeas, or a cup of chickpeas boiled till just tender

Smoked paprika

Black pepper

Garlic powder


Splash of honey

Oil to coat


1. Preheat Oven to 450 Degrees

2. Combine all ingredients

3. Put on a lined sheet tray

4. Bake about 10 minutes or until crisp

5. Let cool!


Secondary Second Semester

Semester 2 courses will begin on January 3, 2022 with these changes:

  • Eighth grade students in NW History will take Health 8 in room 9
  • Seventh grade students in Social Studies 7 will take Health 7 in room 1
  • Sixth grade students in Health 6 will take Social Studies 6 in room 9
  • Drama and music students will take Musical Theatre
  • High school students in Creative Writing will take Film Lit in room 4

By the end of next week, all semester 2 scheduling should be completed. Jeanna may be working with individual students to update their schedules or meet graduation requirements.

Students may request to drop or change a class during the first week of the semester by filling out a Schedule Change Request form in the secondary office. Students will continue attending the class on their schedule until approval is granted and Qmlativ reflects the new schedule.

If you have any questions about your schedule, please contact Jeanna ( or Ronda (


Learning about compost with our friends at Midnight's Farm

MPPACT Holiday Performance

Please join us this Saturday, December 11 from 10-2 at Sunnyfield Farms Little Winter Market for a special MPPACT holiday music performance. The school's Music Production and Performance Artist Collective for Teens is a group of over 20 talented musicians who have prepared a mix of traditional and alternative holiday tunes for your enjoyment. Much of the space is undercover and there will be warm fires, however, please come prepared for the rain. There will be plenty of food and crafts to purchase and toasty, scrumptious hot food will be provided by Poutine Your Mouth. Music runs from 11-1. Donations for the music program will be accepted. See you there!
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We have our first home varsity basketball games! Our girls and boys will both be playing on December 13 against Lummi Nation. Girls start at 3:00 P.M., Boys at 4:30 P.M. Lets give these two teams a great crowd for their first basketball game in two years. The Lobos will also be playing their first away game against Shoreline Christian December 17. Go LOBOS!

Middle school girls' basketball will begin on Monday, January 10. Look for more information in next week's newsletter. Our coach will be Emily Berg :-)

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From the Nurse's Station

Nurse Karen wants to congratulate all of our LOBO families who have immunized their children to keep them and our community safe. Great job!

Drama Club

After school Drama Club is now open for students grades 6 -12. Please see Mr. Carter for more details.
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Work from the Woodshop

Woodshop students have been working on sheds for the new Housing Lopez residents on Fisherman Bay Road. Final assembly and installation is tomorrow!

LIFE Garden Volunteer Opportunities

Gardening in the winter? YES, that's right! Even though the weather is wet and cold, there are still year-round activities to participate in. The School Garden is looking to engage more volunteers in the garden program. We meet every Saturday 10 am-12pm and have both indoor and outdoor projects for folks of all ages and skill levels to participate in. Contact Sara at or show up Saturday in the garden behind the Elementary School.
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Please consider supporting the Deacatur School Fundraiser by purchasing this tote bag, for just $20!. One size truly fits all. This will help finance field trips and special projects. This beautiful tote was designed by the Decatur students and could be used for multiple purposes. On Lopez, check or money orders should made out to LISD for Decatur School fundraiser and will be collected in the District office. On Decatur, checks or money orders can be put in the school mailbox at the mail shed and should be made out to LISD for Decatur School fundraiser. Receipts willl be given with bags. Bags are expected to be in around December 15. Happy shopping!
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It has been a challenging week for our schools as we have been made keenly aware of the vulnerabilities that exist in modern education. We are still working to mitigate the impact of the graffiti situation (words scratched into the paint on bathroom stalls) we discussed throughout the week. We have done our best not to let this callous disregard for the well-being of the entire school population interfere with instruction in our classrooms. Student, parent, and staff concerns are foremost in my thoughts, and I appreciate everyone who has reached out to me with questions, suggestions, and other information.

We are taking specific steps within our buildings, such as locking classroom doors, requiring sign-in and sign-out sheets for students using restrooms during class, periodically checking bathrooms throughout the day, and monitoring the hallways and multi-purpose room during passing periods and lunch. In addition, we expect law enforcement to be a more frequent guest on campus in the future. Sheriff’s Deputy Walker Vandenhazel and the county’s Juvenile officer stopped by the school to meet with me on Friday afternoon. The sheriff’s department will actively participate in safety committee issues and our upcoming strategic planning process.

I want to take a moment to commend our students and staff for staying focused on learning throughout the week. These are already challenging times without adding anything extra to our ordinary days. Of course, with only one week of school before the winter break, I encourage everyone to stay focused and safe. Those of you who have concerns about school safety, instruction, facilities management, resource management, or other issues are invited to contact me at so you can be an active participant in our upcoming strategic planning process. We need your input and support to create the safest and best possible learning environments for Lopez and Decatur Islands children.

Thank you!


It is cold and wet outside. Please send your students to school with appropriate winter wear and even a change of clothes just in case they get wet or muddy. If you are need of any winter items for your student, please let us know. There are donations available for this.

Lopez Island School District

Ed Murray, Superintendent

Martha Martin, Secondary Principal

Mary Fordham, Elementary Principal

The Lopez Island 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 employee(s) has been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator, Ed Murray –; Title IX Coordinator, HR Specialist, Renee Koplan –; Section 504, Mary Fordham –; OR contact by phone, 360-468-2202, OR mail to 86 School Rd, Lopez Island, WA 98261.