Grizzly Gazette

January 31st, 2021

Character Trait Focus For February: Responsibility

January 2021 is now in the past. How fast did it come and go! We now enter February and our Character Strong trait for the month is Responsibility. One thing I really enjoy about the Character Strong trait focus is that the traits apply no matter what our age or where we are in life. When I found the quote I posted, I thought, "I've still have a lot of growing to do in this area." That's the beauty and challenge of life. I have the opportunity to learn, change and strive to become a better person each day, even as I close in on 62. We all do. This pandemic has given us a wonderful opportunity to be responsible for reaching out to others in need. Or maybe someone has reached out to you just when you needed most. It's a great feeling to give and receive. It's a great feeling to do the right thing even when it's the hardest thing to do. It's a great feeling to live up to the responsibilities put before of us so at the end of the day, we can confidently say, "I did the best I could today." Take care.


It's Time!

What time is it? It's time to welcome back our fourth and fifth grade hybrid students!!! This is a reminder that our AA students' first day is tomorrow, Monday, February 1st. Our BB students' first day is Thursday, February 4th! I've included the safety protocols once again in this edition of the Gazette as a reminder. Looking forward to a great week with the arrival of our fourth and fifth grade hybrid students!

Safety Protocols

Back in September 2020, our Director of Student Safety, Mark Carter, our nurse, Mary Hoffman, Kris Wayland, our Dean of Students, myself did a safety walk-through in the building. We identified entry and exists for our students arriving by bus, car and walking. Below is a summation of our safety plan. Fourth and fifth grade staff completed the safety walk-through on Wednesday, January 27th, 2021. Below is the plan for your student's safe return:

• Walkers will enter the building through the south end set of double doors where they will be health screened before entering the classroom.

• Bus riders will enter the building through the main doors. They will be health screened on the bus before exiting.

• Students being dropped off will be health screened in their car before being allowed to enter the building through the main doors. Students exhibiting symptoms will not be allowed to attend school until further notice.

• Masks must be worn at all times in the building, except when eating. Thanks for you cooperation with this.

In order to insure our students are safe while getting dropped off and picked up, we ask that you continue to follow our safety guidelines:

• Do not allow your child to exit your car and cross the the parking lot without an adult.

• Please use the crosswalk in the parking lot.

• If you are picking up, please pull your car to the front of the line so we can bring more cars up to load.

• Please do not walk in the front parking lot before or after school. We have two buses and daycare vans dropping off and picking up. We have students being dropped off and picked up.

We appreciate your help with this.

We will have a number of adults to help students find their classroom.

Unfortunately, parents or visitors will not be allowed to enter the building. If you need assistance from our office staff, please press the buzzer to the right of the main doors and you will be helped immediately.

Doors open @ 8:45. Students can pick up a grab-n-go breakfast on their way to class if they choose to do so. Students in need of a grab-n-go lunch will let their teacher know in the morning. Breakfast and lunch are eaten in class during a ten minute mask-off time period. Once the ten minutes is up, students will be asked to put the food away and put their mask back on. They may finish their food during their next recess.

Please feel free to call me with any questions you may have. I can be reached by phone or email:

(360) 629-1280

SCSD Family Message for January 30th, 2021

January 29, 2021

Good Evening Families,

Return to School

We are so excited to bring back our 4th and 5th grade students next Monday, February 1. If your child(ren) will be accessing or are currently accessing district transportation, please read the following information from our transportation department:

The addition of 4th and 5th grades have changed the current bus routes for all students K-5. Please find your child's new busing information by accessing elink on the district website. You will find the link and directions to access your child's information below.

If you cannot access the link or have any questions please contact your school.

We will have more information next Friday about the return of secondary students.


Our high school students have begun some athletic conditioning. We hope to provide middle school students with athletic opportunities as well. The middle school league athletic directors are meeting on February 5. All activities must allow for social distancing and be held in well-ventilated areas, per health department guidelines.

We learned last night that Snohomish County will be moving to Phase II next week which may change some of our current programming.

Coffee with the School Board

Thank you to all stakeholders for attending our “Coffee with the Board” virtual meetings. During these forums, individuals asked about health district information. The information that the health district uses to inform their decisions and guidance, along with current case rates and metrics, can be found here:

Please see the attached flyer regarding our Food Service offerings. We continue to refine our processes to provide nutritious meals to the children in our community.

Free School Meals Flyer 1.29.21.pdf

Spanish Free School Meals Flyer.pdf

Upcoming Important Dates

February 1 - AA Hybrid 4-5 students return

February 4 - BB Hybrid 4-5 students return

February 12 & 15 - No School, Midwinter Break

February 24th - Third Grade Reading Challenge (Details to Follow)

February 17 - Report Cards Sent Home