Community Letter

May 7, 2021

Dear Lopez Community,

It's staff appreciation week and we are definitely feeling the love. Thank you so much for the goodies, flowers, notes of gratitude, and interior decorating wizardry (more about that later in the newsletter). These kindnesses fill our cups and bolster us for the final six weeks of this very unique school year. Please know, we appreciate you too!

Superintendent Update from Dr. Carl Bruner

Happy May!

Today marks the end of Appreciation Week for LISD staff. Thanks to those of you who

recognized one or more of our staff members this week for the work they do. Now more

than ever, your expressions of gratitude have a positive impact on our educators and

support staff.

A special shout out to the Lopez Island Parent, Student, and Teacher Association for

transforming the Secondary staff lounge into a welcoming space and providing a basket full

of treats for elementary staff.

Thanks to those of you who have had the time to complete our Family Feedback

questionnaire at This questionnaire is designed to solicit

information from families on which school programs and services are the most impactful for

their children and which we need to extend or add. It’s important to us that LISD is a place where families want to send their students and students want to attend. Your feedback will help us reach that goal.

The State’s Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction is requiring all districts to

complete an Academic and Student Wellbeing Recovery Plan this spring. Due by June 1,

this plan is intended to identify student academic and social emotional needs and to outline

strategies the school district will implement to address those needs. The timeline for

developing this plan is short and the June 1 draft will be considered a starting point. It will

be posted on our website by early June for your review.

That’s all for now.

Enjoy the weekend and Go Lobos!

Carl Bruner, Ed.D.

Interim Superintendent

Yearbook Request from John Platter

It's not too late to order a yearbook! We were given an extension from our publishers. We now have a hard deadline of May 14th. Please use this quick Google form to submit an order:

One form for each book, please!

Family Fridays at the Lopez Library

The Lopez Island Library would like to welcome families with children to enjoy a special families-only browsing day on Fridays. Starting Friday, May 14th the Library will be open for drop-in browsing for families from 10am – 3pm every Friday. Here are the details:

· Masks are required for everyone over 2 years old.

· Up to 5 people allowed in the children’s area at one time (unless all in the same family, in which case more than 5 are allowed).

· Please plan to limit your visit to 30 minutes.

· Computers and printers will be closed.

· Please do not come if sick.

Families are also welcome to browse during our public hours on Thursdays and Saturdays from 11am – 3pm.

We look forward to seeing you!

L.I.F.E. Program Plant Sale on Saturday, May 8.

We hope you left some space in your garden for vegetable starts, raspberries, flowers, tomatoes, and more! Come on out tomorrow to get some great plants, hang out with other Lopez gardeners, and support our L.I.F.E. program.

Lobo Gear

We've reopened the T-Shirts by Design Lopez Lobo shop for orders through May 28, with delivery expected the last week of school.

Please pay attention to the sizing when you place your orders. Except for the hats, all items are labeled YOUTH, ADULT, or LADIES.

Secondary Update from Principal, Dr. Martha Martin

Hello Secondary Families,

Some angels from the PTSA transformed the secondary/district office wing breakroom. Here you can see the before and after photos. This has been a fun week of seeing the astonishment on my colleagues' faces as they walk into our lovely new space.

Many many thanks to Laura Danforth, Erica Karnes, Keri Sausman, Kelli Carrier, Mehgan Alexandra, Sheila Woodington, Greg Danforth, Lee Woodington, Jake Sausman, Ascent Building Company, Daphne Morris, and all those who made contributions to the Go Fund Me account. While I envisioned a tablecloth and some new paper on the bulletin boards, Laura and her team had vision. We couldn't be more delighted!

There are six weeks left in this school year, and we are heading into the last week of Term 6. Remember that all teachers have afternoon office hours and are happy to offer one on one academic support for students.

There will be a short season of both men's and women's basketball for the last 4 weeks of the school year. Stay tuned for news about coaches, sign-ups, and practice days/times.

Happy Mother's Day to moms and all those who sometimes or often play a mothering role in the lives of children.

"The art of mothering is to teach the art of living to children." -Elain Huffner

Have a great weekend! I hope to see many of you at the plant sale tomorrow.

All my best,


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Elementary Update from Principal, Mary Fordham

Dear Family Lopez Lobos,

“To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time.” ― Leonard Bernstein, composer and conductor

Reading the quote above, I sure hope that Leonard Bernstein is correct about "not quite enough time". We are starting to plan for next year and with only six weeks left in the school year, it definitely feels like we do not have quite enough time. We will be reviewing student data and determining our student learning goals for the 2021-22 school year. Normally, we start this process a bit earlier, but with all planning for reopening school this spring, we had to put "planning for next year" on the back burner. Six weeks may seem like a good chunk of time, but as educators, this time always seems to fly by.

Happy Mother's Day to all our moms in the community!

Thank you,


Lopez Island School District

Carl Bruner, Interim Superintendent

Martha Martin, Secondary Principal

Mary Fordham, Interim 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, Interim Superintendent –, Title IX Coordinator, HR Specialist Renee Koplan –, Section 504, Interim Elementary Principal –, OR contact by phone, 360-468-2202, OR mail to 86 School Rd, Lopez Island, WA 98261.