Sea Otter Updates!

Serene Lake Elementary - January 13rd 2023

Serene Lake Elementary

Lori Bumstead, Principal

Jessica Kelley, Dean

Susan Ditri, Administrative Assistant

Jamie Groshong, Registrar and Attendance

Alison Lang, Behavior Specialist

Location: 4709 Picnic Point Rd, Edmonds, WA, USA
Phone: 425.366.3500


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Important Dates!

Jan. 19th: Orchestra Concert @Picnic Point Elementary 7pm

Jan. 20th: Dino O'Dell Family Concert 6pm

Jan. 26th: PTSA Movie Night

Jan. 31st: Kids Heart Challenge Assembly - During School Hours

Feb. 3rd: NO SCHOOL

Feb. 8th: Dine Out Night @ Papa Murphy's

Feb. 16th: Multi Cultural Night 5:30pm - 7:30pm @ SL Gym

Feb. 17th: Random Acts of Kindness Day

Feb. 20th - 24th: NO SCHOOL - Mid Winter Break

Dino O'Dell Family Concert!

Friday, January 20th - 6pm - 7pm

At Serene Lake

All are welcome to join us for interactive music and stories from nationally recognized children’s musician and educator, Dino O’Dell!

Concert is for Serene Lake elementary and Picnic Point elementary communities.

Attendance Matters To Us!

  1. Did you know that just TWO absent days a month can make it hard for students to stay on track with their classwork?
  2. Did you know every time your student arrives LATE to school you disrupt an entire classroom of instruction?

If your student will be absent or late please call (425) 366-3500

We will need you to include:

  • Student First and Last Name
  • Date of absence
  • Reason for absence.

We will only return your call or voicemail if we have questions.

Any absence not specifically covered, such as family vacations or other extended absence, must have an approved pre-arranged absence form in order to be excused. This form must be completed and submitted to the school office one week prior to the scheduled absence.


PTSA Fun For The Entire Family!

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Multicultural Night - Sign Up!

Multicultural Night



One of our favorite events is back and we need YOUR help to make it great! We are looking for families, individuals, and community groups who would like to share their culture in a variety of ways.

Your culture is your own, so you decide how to represent it. It could be your family's heritage, your birthplace, someplace you have lived, or whatever culture you identify with.

This is a night to celebrate our diverse community and learn from each other.

Click here to participate in Multicultural Night

Congratulations Mrs. Dolan and Mrs. Bumstead!

Two of our Serene Lake staff members have been nominated for the Mukilteo School District Lighthouse Award. This award is considered the highest honor that can bestowed on a Mukilteo School District employee. It is presented two times a year to recognize the exceptional contributions of time, talent, and effort to students and the community.

Food, Fun, Family and Fundraising!

PTSA Dine Out Nights!

Wednesday, February 8th - Papa Murphy's (12721 Mukilteo Speedway, Lynnwood, WA 98087)

Girls On The Run- Spring 2023

Serene Lake is thrilled to announce that we will be hosting a Girls On The Run program starting March 20th thanks to Ms. Dodson (PE Teacher) and our staff volunteers. The program is for girls 3rd - 5th grade only and there are 15 spots available. Watch for more information to come.

The program will be held March - June every Tuesday and Thursday 3:30-5:00pm

Girls on the Run is a fun, evidence-based programs that inspire girls to build their confidence, kindness and decision making skills. Dynamic lessons instill valuable life skills including the important connection between physical and emotional health.

Things You Should Know!

What time should my child arrive at school? If you drive your child to school, please arrive between 8:35-8:55 a.m. No children should arrive prior to 8:35 as supervision is not provided until that time. Children who arrive after 9:00 a.m. are tardy and need to stop by the office for a tardy slip before reporting to class.

What should I do if I need to change end of the day dismissal arrangements? To maximize student safety and eliminate confusion, please have students go home the same way (bus or parent pick-up) each day. If it is necessary for you to make a change for a particular day, please send an email to the classroom teacher. If an emergency arises and you are unable to send a note in the morning, please call the office before 2:00 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and before 1:00 p.m. on Fridays at 425-366-3500 and we will get a message to the teacher.

When can parents be in the building? Parents are welcome to stop in the office for support or questions between the hours of 8:00 a.m-4:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. We do not allow visitors beyond the office during the school day unless they are scheduled to volunteer and have done their volunteer requirements or have a scheduled meeting. If you are interested in volunteering, please refer to the volunteer section of this newsletter for more information.

What should I do if my child is absent? Call the attendance line before 9:30 a.m. to report absences (425-366-3500). Your message should include your child’s name, teacher’s name, date of absence, reason for absence, and parent name.

What are good reasons for staying home from school? Regular attendance is critical to success. Students should only stay home for valid reasons including: contagious illness or symptoms consistent with COVID-19. Children should not come to school if they experience vomiting or diarrhea, or a fever of 100 degrees or higher, or a consistent cough within the last 24 hours. Other excused absences include religious or cultural observances, court proceedings, or true emergencies, like a death in the family. Appointments and family vacations should be scheduled on non-school days or outside school hours whenever possible to prevent loss of instructional time.

What will happen if a child gets sick or injured while at school? We have a health room to be able to treat students with minor injuries or sickness. We have a nurse and a health room support member who manage our health room 5 days a week. If your child is ill or becomes ill at school, they will need to be picked up immediately.

Will parents be notified if a classmate or teacher goes home sick? We notify everyone in our school community when we have a confirmed positive COVID case in our building. Please note that this does not mean you have specifically been determined to have had close contact with that individual. Because contact tracing efforts are no longer required, this notice is intended as broad notification for your use in determining your next steps.

What happens to lost items? Our lost and found is located inside the door of the gym. Glasses, keys, and other valuable items can be claimed in the office. To make it easier to return items to students, please be sure to write your child’s name (in permanent ink) on backpacks, jackets, gloves, lunch boxes, and all personal items your child brings to school. Unclaimed items are donated to a local charity in December and June.

How does parent drop off and pick up work? If you drive your child, here’s what you need to know. The drop-off/pick-up loop for parents is behind the gym. There is a loop that you follow and an adult will assist at getting your students in or out of the car. Do not get out of your car in the Parent Pick Up line. The front of the school drive is for buses only. Bring your patience and expect a line and potentially long wait time. Teach your child to buckle and unbuckle independently to speed up the process.

ARRIVAL: use the Parent Drop off/Pick Up loop behind the school. Please remain in your car. When you reach the safe unloading zone have your child unbuckle. A staff member will come to your vehicle and assist your child to safely move away from the traffic area.


Mukilteo 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 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 and Title IX Coordinator Simone Neal (425-356-1319),, Section 504 Coordinator Lisa Pitsch (425-356-1277),, and the ADA/Access Coordinator Karen Mooseker (425-356-1330), Address: 9401 Sharon Drive in Everett, WA. Inquiries regarding ADA/Access issues at Sno-Isle TECH Skills Center should be directed to Wes Allen, Director (425-348-2220) Address: 9001 Airport Road in Everett, WA 98204.