Grizzly Gazette

For the Week of May 3rd, 2021

Principal's Message

May is upon us! We will be focusing on "Cooperation" as our Character Strong trait of the month. Since the closing of schools in March, 2020, cooperation at many levels, has been a strong component of getting through the COVID pandemic.

When schools closed in 2020, our district immediately began making plans for the 2020-21 school year. Committees were formed to address academics, safety, food services, transportation, staffing, online school and eventually, the return of in-person learning in a hybrid model. It was an amazing process. I believe the Stanwood-Camano school district was one of the first districts to bring students back for in-person learning starting with our kindergartners.

As a participant on several of these committees, I was able to see first hand how a group of people, committed to the same goal, can accomplish great things using cooperation as the vehicle to get from point A to point B, C and beyond.

Your cooperation has been greatly appreciated during the pandemic and we could not do what we are doing without it.

As we look forward to the 2021-22 school year, let's keep the spirit of cooperation ( and all the traits for that matter) at the forefront of our work. Together, we can do great things. Thank you! Take care.


Counselor's Corner, Edition # 12

Below is the link to Mrs. Bregar's "Counselor's Corner." Thank you Mrs. Bregar!

Counselor Corner 12

Academic and Well-Being Survey

Below are links to the Academic and Well-being survey from our district. We appreciate you taking the time to fill out the survey as the information will guide our work as we prepare to reopen schools. The purpose of the survey is to learn about what you and your child(ren) need moving forward and how we can partner with you to help. The results from the survey will be used to build our district's Academic and Student Well-Being Recovery Plan that we are currently working on. Please feel free to call or email me with any questions you may have. Thank you very much for your help with this.

Spanish Version of Parent Survey for Recovery Plan

English Version of Parent Survey

Teacher Appreciate Week

We will be celebrating "Teacher Appreciation Week" from May 3rd to May 7th. We are so thankful to have the kind, encouraging and hard working teachers we do at Cedarhome Elementary. We invite you to celebrate your child's teacher in any way you choose. They are the best, and I am fortunate to work with them and all our talented staff at CES.

Nurses Appreciation Day

This Thursday, we will be celebrating, "Nurses Appreciation Day," in honor of our wonderful nurse Mrs. Hoffman and our fabulous health room assistant Mrs.Cavanaugh. Mrs. Hoffman has been a tireless worker since school closed last year helping to prepare for a safe re-opening. We literally could not have done so as safely as we did without Nurse Mary's leadership, not only for CES, but for our district.

Mrs. Cavanaugh does an excellent job serving in our health room and screening students being dropped off for school. She always has smile and is willing to help in any way she can.

Both she and Mrs. Hoffman offer kind and compassionate assistance to our students and staff!! Thank you both very much!

April 30th, Family Message

Good Afternoon, Families and Staff,

COVID Testing

We are pleased to announce that starting Monday, May 3rd, we will have the capacity to offer voluntary COVID testing to any symptomatic students and staff. Currently, if a student or staff member develops COVID-19 symptoms, that staff member or student and their sibling(s) need to stay out for 10 days or until the symptomatic student or staff member has a negative COVID-19 test. With our new capabilities, we can test these individuals, free of charge, at their school. This can lead to the quick isolation of positive individuals, hopefully preventing more exposure. More importantly, this can get our symptomatic students and their siblings back to school much sooner.

Beginning next week, if you call in to report that your student is ill with potential COVID-19 symptoms, you will be contacted by your school nurse, offering you testing for your student. You are still under no obligation to consent to this testing. It is simply a way for us to make it convenient for staff and students to get back to school.

Families will receive additional information/details in their upcoming school newsletters.

Teacher Appreciation Week

Next week is teacher appreciation week. Please join all of us in the district in showing our appreciation to our certificated staff: teachers, nurses, librarians, counselors, and specialists.

SHS Graduation and Senior Events

Stanwood High School will hold the Class of 2021 graduation ceremony on Friday, June 11th at 7 p.m. at Bob Larson stadium. Seating will be very limited but we will livestream the ceremony for those who will not be able to attend in person. The Stanwood High School administration will provide more information as we get closer to the June 11th ceremony.

The Celebration of Excellence, Scholarship Night, and Senior Athletic Banquet will be conducted in a virtual setting. The Celebration of Excellence will be held on May 24th at 6:30PM and the Scholarship Night will be held on June 1st at 7:00PM.

LHHS Graduation

Lincoln Hill High School will hold its graduation ceremony on June 9th at 6:30 pm. This commencement ceremony will take place at Church Creek Campus. Guest tickets will be issued to graduates and the event will be live-streamed.

Important Dates for Next Year:

We have a couple of dates that may help families and staff make plans for next school year.

  • First day of school: September 2, 2021
  • Winter break: December 20, 2021 through December 31, 2021 (Return to school on January 3, 2022)
  • Spring break: April 4-8

More specific dates (e.g. conferences, mid-winter break) will be determined at a later date.

Superintendent’s Search Update

The application deadline for candidates to apply for the Superintendent position closed on April 24th. Twenty-three applications have been received. On Friday, April 30th, the School Board will meet in executive session to review the qualifications of these applicants for the Superintendent position (Board action is not taken in a closed executive session). On Saturday, May 8th, starting at 8:45 AM, the Board will hold a special open meeting to interview preliminary candidates. This meeting will be available to observe livestream or in-person. In-person attendance will be in a limited capacity, as we are required to adhere to health department guidelines. To register in advance to view the meeting livestream, please click on the link below.