Grizzly Gazette

September 26th, 2021

Principal's Message

Good afternoon. Quite the drastic change in weather today, wow! It's great to see the fall colors popping out. It's hard to believe the holidays are right around the corner!

There is a lot of important information contained in this edition of the Grizzly Gazette, so please take a good look at it. I hope you have a restful Sunday and a great week. Thank you for your continued support during these difficult times.

Listening Sessions with Dr. Rumbaugh

Superintendent Deborah Rumbaugh is hosting listening sessions throughout the year to provide an opportunity for parents, community members, students, and staff to provide input, ideas, and perspectives about our schools. The first Listening Session for this school year is September 28, 2021, at 6:00 PM via zoom. Please refer to the District Calendar for details and the zoom link.

New Nurse for Cedarhome Elementary

This week, Cedarhome welcomed Nicole Shaw as our new school nurse. Mary Hoffman took a position at the district office. We thank nurse Mary for all of her service to Cedarhome. She will now be working with all the schools in the district overseeing our COViD safety and response to all things COVID.

Nicole has jumped right in and we are very fortunate to have her as part of the Cedarhome Family!

Staff Recognition Program

To show our appreciation for certificated and classified employees, the Board of Directors look forward to continuing the staff recognition program for the 2021-22 school year. We are proud that our staff goes above and beyond for the children in the Stanwood-Camano School District.

Nominations for a Certificated or Classified Employee of the Month are accepted September through March for recognition at the building level with board, administration, and sponsor participation. One certificated and one classified employee are selected monthly from the nominations, coordinated by our program sponsor, Heritage Bank. All monthly award recipients will be considered for the Certificated and Classified Employee of the Year awards presented in May. Nominations are welcome from parents, community members, peers, administrators, and students.

Please let us know about some of the great deeds our staff are doing! Share personal examples of the dedication, commitment and passion these individuals have portrayed working for the Stanwood-Camano School District. Click on the link below to nominate an individual; give personal examples of why you believe this individual deserves recognition and share how they inspire others.


Heritage Bank sponsors our employee recognition program in partnership with Stanwood and Camano Island area businesses.

Thank you!

News from our Learning Assistance Program (LAP)

Dear Parents and Guardians,

During the month of September, we are administering the reading benchmark assessments for all students at Cedarhome Elementary School. If your child qualifies for the Learning Assistance Program (LAP), you will receive the following items in the mail at the end of September: green trifold explaining LAP, an entrance letter into LAP, and a yellow compact, which needs to be signed and returned to your child's teacher. We like to think of LAP as reading tutoring for your child in a small group setting based on explicit reading instruction. Cedarhome Elementary School recognizes that some students may need the extra assistance available through the Learning Assistance Program (LAP) to reach the state’s high academic standards. In LAP, we intend to include parents in all aspects of the school’s program. The goal is a school-home partnership that will help all students to succeed. Once your student has met benchmark standards, he/she will exit from LAP. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions at

Happy Reading,

Jennifer Booth

Reading Specialist/LAP Coordinator

Library Happenings from Ms. Crimin

Welcome families to the 2021-2022 school year! It has been wonderful reconnecting with students and meeting new members of our CES school family! I would like to share some information about the library for this school year! If you ever have questions, please feel free to call or email. I am always here to help!

Book Check out

Students in Grades 2-5 are currently checking out books in the library. Kindergarten and Grade 1 students are learning library procedures at this time. These grade levels will begin checkout during library specialist soon! Grades 2 and 3 - max. checkout of 2 books at one time. Grades 4 and 5- max. of 3 books at one time.

Book Holds

Soon I will be sending out a tutorial on how to access Destiny Discover for students and families. Destiny Discover is the search portal for students to explore books currently available at Cedarhome library. All students have login access(with google) to search and put books on hold. Once books are on hold, I will be able to check them out to students and get them to their classrooms. This is an excellent way for students, including grades K-1 to currently access books. Note: Students in grades 2-5 have learned how to log on to Destiny during library specialist time and should be familiar with how to get to Destiny Discover.

Book Fair

Due to current circumstances, we will be having our fall book fair online. Dates for this event are from Oct. 4th-17th. As the fair gets closer, I will send a flyer home, as well as post the shopping link and information on the CES PTO facebook page, See Saw (Grades K-2) and Google Classroom (Grades 3-5). Included in the fair will be a few options.

*1) An e-wallet option (for families to load $$$ on to a student account). This is a perfect way for grandma/grandpa or others to add funds to an account for shopping.

*2) There will also be an All For Books option. This will give families the opportunity to support our CES library. Any funds donated will go towards new books for our shelves!

*3) Teacher Wish lists- Some teachers may create classroom wish lists that can be viewed by your family online to possibly purchase.

* These are optional items

Molly Arnestad (360) 629-1280, ext 2431

PTO Fund Raising Opportunity

Dear Cedarhome Families,

Our PTO fundraiser starts today, and we need your help. Our goal is to raise $20,000.00 for PTO sponsored programs and activities throughout the school year.

It's as simple as 1, 2, 3!

1. Register TONIGHT at
2. Share custom student support links with family & friends.
3. Student Goal: 5 Online Supporters.

REGISTER-SHARE-WIN: Sharing gets you tickets for chances to win over $100,000 in instant prizes.

Fundraiser Links:

* Why We Fundraise -
* How To Videos -
* Kick-Off Videos:
* Parent Letter -
* Prize Program -

NOTE: Family & Friends can shop online, or by cash & check.

  • Shop online with your students personal shopping link.
  • Shop through the catalog and use cash or check.
    • Checks are to be written out to Cedarhome PTO
    • If cash & check sales are made, packets WITH PAYMENT are DUE no later than Tuesday, October 12, 2021

· Local orders should arrive at school for pick up the week of November 15th. Notices will be sent in advance.

  • Donations count toward prizes also. Every $20 donated under this fundraiser counts as 1 item sold.

· All students that register online TONIGHT will receive TWO Oinksterz Collectibles tomorrow!

On behalf of myself and the and Cedarhome PTO, thank you for doing your part to make our fundraiser a success.

Amy Walton

PTO President

Stanwood-Camano Connectivity Survey (Repeat)

Please use the link below to help us gather information regarding your ability to access the internet for extended learning opportunities and online learning occurrences. We appreciate you taking the time to fill out the survey. Thank you.

Stanwood-Camano Connectivity Survey