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JANURARY 17, 2022 - MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY, NO SCHOOL
Dear Hidden River Families--
As we pause to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, it is always a reminder to us here at Hidden River about the many ways we can be involved in the work of creating a learning community that sees each individual as a vital part of who we are. We heard a message today in our Connection Groups that challenged us to think about this work in the following ways: (1) This work starts with building a sense of belonging, which starts with an understanding that each of us is WORTHY as an individual, and is a UNIQUE part of our community; (2) This work continues by learning about and appreciating each others' stories and perspectives; and (3) This work extends to us being brave enough to be the light (Amanda Gorman) or "being the change we want to see in the world" (Ghandi) within our overall community in the simple acts that we do each day. This view is anchored to Dr. King's assertion that "I can never be who I ought to be until you are who you ought to be, and you can never be who you ought to be until I am who I ought to be." I hope this weekend brings opportunities for students to talk with you about some of the messages they heard today.
The rest of this note will provide very important information about our upcoming student Chromebook exchange. Here is what you need to know:
*All students will be given a new school-district issued Chromebook.
*Our Chromebook exchange day is Tuesday, January 25, 2022.
*ALL students who were at school today received a hard copy of the Monroe School District's Chromebook User Agreement and Protection Form. All students are required to have this form completed, signed, and turned in to their ELA teachers by 1/19/22, to exchange their Chromebooks on 1/25/22. This form includes an option for purchasing annual Chromebook insurance, which covers damage to the current Chromebook as well as potential damage, theft, or loss to the new Chromebook.
*Anyone opting to purchase the Chromebook insurance plan needs to submit payment online through the Monroe School District. Linked here are instructions for making online payments.
*All students MUST have both their current Chromebook and their Chromebook charger to receive their new Chromebook on January 25. Please work with your student to make sure they bring both to school on that day.
Thank you all for your attention to this information. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
CARE AND CONNECTION
Second Step Curriculum, Unit 2: Recognizing Bullying & Harassment
Preview of Lessons (Week of 1/17):
Grade 6, Family Introduction Letter
Lesson 9: Recognizing Bullying and Harassment
Summary: This week’s lesson will help your child understand the difference between bullying and joking around, and that joking can escalate and become bullying. Helping students understand when joking becomes bullying can reduce negative impacts on others.
Question: Tell your child about a time you witnessed or experienced bullying. Describe how this made you feel and ask your child what they might have felt.
Grade 7, Family Introduction Letter
Lesson 9: What Is Sexual Harassment?
Summary: In this week’s lesson, your child will learn how to recognize the difference between sexual harassment and flirting so they can make informed decisions about how to respond.
Question: Remind your child that it's important that they tell you if they experience sexual harassment. If you feel comfortable doing so, share an example of sexual harassment you or another person has experienced and how you or the other person dealt with it.
Grade 8, Family Introduction Letter
Lesson 9: Social Factors that Contribute to Bullying
Summary: In this week’s lesson, your child will consider other people’s attitudes and beliefs about bullying and harassment, as well as their own.
Question: Share your thoughts and feelings around bullying and harassment with your child. Find out where you and your child agree and disagree and have a respectful discussion.
ParenTeen Connect Info: Parent resource from the Committee for Children
HAWK SPORTS INFORMATION
Eligibility for Wrestling and Girls Basketball Season
The Season starts January 24th.
Online Athletic Packets, Physicals and Medical History must be completed by Jan. 19th.
Wrestling is open to all 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. There are no tryouts, all who want to participate are on the team. We have a combined team with Park Place for Wrestling, so all practices and home meets will be at Park Place after school.
Girls Basketball has tryouts starting the 24th. Tryouts are open to all 7th and 8th graders.
All athletes and coaches will be tested for COVID, 3 times per week. Please complete and turn in a hard copy of the permission slip to the HRMS office
DOH K-12 Covid 19 Activity Guidelines
The Washington State Department of Health updated its K-12 COVID-19 Requirements, Friday, implementing increased testing for high-risk indoor sports and activities and will be required regardless of vaccination status. The following is a summary of the policy which can be found in the full K-12 Guidelines document using the link below.
Schools are required to institute screening testing protocols for all athletes, coaches, trainers, and other personnel who work with athletes in high-risk indoor sports and activities (basketball, wrestling, water polo, and indoor cheer), regardless of vaccination status.
Screening testing of participants must be performed at least 3 times per week using a molecular or antigen test.
One of the three weekly tests must be performed on all athletes, coaches, trainers, and support personnel no sooner than the day before the competition. Ideally and whenever possible, pre-competition testing should be performed the day of the event.
The other tests should be performed on a designated cadence, e.g., M/W/F, determined by the school, in coordination with local public health, to maximize assurance of safer practice and competitions.
If a molecular test is performed, the athlete does not need to quarantine while awaiting screening test results, unless they are exhibiting symptoms then they must isolate.
IMPORTANT CAR PICK-UP SAFETY REMINDER
Please remember when picking up your student to always follow the car in front of you in the pick-up line. Even though there happens to be a space up ahead of you, please be patient and do not pull out of the line to go ahead as it is an accident waiting to happen. Our para-eds are doing the best they can to keep the line moving. Let's keep everyone safe! Thank you for your attention to this matter.
Dear Hidden River Families,
On November 15, 2021, the option of Test to Stay which allows students to remain at school after exposure if they test two times during the first seven days will be in effect. If you would like your child to utilize this option, written permission will be required. Please print and complete the attached permission form and return it to your child’s school. The permission form will remain in effect for the remainder of the school year unless you choose to no longer participate in the testing program. If your child is exposed at school and we have a permission form on file, we will still contact you via phone before administering a COVID-19 test.
Hopefully this will not be necessary for your child, but in the event that it is, having the permission form already on file will expedite the process.
Jonathan Judy, Principal
Sherah Bustamante, RN, School Nurse
YEARBOOKS ON SALE NOW!
Hidden River Middle School yearbooks are now on sale until January 31 or until sold out for $20.00 each. Parents need to log into the online payment portal from the school district website and from there it will direct you to log into Family Access. We have purchased a limited supply this year, so this is a first come, first serve basis. You do not want to miss out!
NEWS FROM MONROE SCHOOL DISTRICT
Renewal of School Program & Operations (SP&O) Levy
Did you know that state funding alone doesn't cover the cost of all of theprograms, services, and essential staff the Monroe School District provides for its students? We rely on funding from the local, voter-approved SP&O levy, which makes up 15% of the district's total budget.
The four-year SP&O is set to expire in 2022 and Monroe School District will be asking voters this February to renew this critical levy.
HIDDEN RIVER PURPOSE
Core Values: "Our Kids, Our Community"
- Have a Positive Attitude
- Act with Integrity
- Wholehearted Respect
- Keep our Commitments
- Serve our Community
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HIDDEN RIVER MIDDLE SCHOOL
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Snohomish, WA 98296
DISTRICT NOTICE OF NON DISCRIMINATION
The Monroe School District does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability in its programs and activities 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:
Title IX and Civil Rights Coordinator, Joanne Dickinson, (360) 804.2539, email@example.com
Section 504/ADA Coordinator, David Paratore, (360) 804.2603, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Monroe School District will also take steps to assure that national origin persons who lack English language skills can participate in all education programs, services and activities. For information regarding translation services or transitional bilingual education programs, contact:
Kim Whitworth, (360) 804.2558, email@example.com
Mailing address for all of the above: 14692 - 179th Avenue SE, Monroe, WA 98272