Eagle Sightings April

Caspar van Haalen, Principal

Dear Eagle Families,

As I saw a bald eagle swoop down to catch something in a pond this afternoon, I was reminded of the strength and courage this beautiful regal bird represents. In this ongoing time of COVID-19, many of you may look for symbols of strength and courage. Our island community is a caring community. The people care about each other. The people care for each other. These support systems - intrinsic and genuine - bring out our love for life and love for others. The support is well received as well as paid forward in heartfelt ways.

The FHES staff is committed to serving its students and families, whether these students are currently learning in a hybrid or teleschool environment. Privileged to be walking in and out of classrooms every day to observe teaching and learning, I am more than just pleased with what I behold, which is engaged students eager to learn, with smiles on their faces, and staff members that love each and every one of them. The Zoom sessions, too, are highlights in the daily lives of students and staff. Outside of the classroom, the joy of play and interactions with the non-teaching staff are also palpable.

We continue our whole-child approach within the context of mindfulness and wellness. Each person on campus and in remote learning has her or his unique strengths and needs. Just like we check these strengths and needs on the bus, at the building and classroom doors, and in every Zoom gathering, we check ourselves to recognize our own strengths and needs. This makes for a true community of compassionate learners, whether child or adult. We emphasize universal virtues and character traits in everything we do, and we learn about them along with the students.

While it still doesn’t feel right to not have parents on campus to share the joys of teaching and learning, I, with all of you, hope that the light at the end of the tunnel becomes anything but dim. Throughout this pandemic, we lift each other up and build more and more resilience. I will never know what it is really like to juggle so many responsibilities as parents, grandparents, uncles, and aunts, but I want you to know that my job has always been driven by empathy for other people’s needs and the ongoing quest for answers and solutions. For students to grow up and develop in these unusual times is something that is hard to fathom. As adults, we have completed childhood experiences to look back on and compare with the current situation. For our students - your children - there is no such perspective. It is crucial we meet the social-emotional needs of each and every one of them.

Allow me to end this newsletter by expressing my deepest appreciation for all you do for your children. You mean the world to them. We are extremely privileged and humbled by the trust you bestow on us. We are grateful for your ongoing flexibility and understanding. You are distinguished educators! You have your unique strengths and courage, just like the bald eagle. And, to quote one of our Kindergarteners: “Love is like mist.” My interpretation of that is that you can see it and feel it.

In educational partnership,

Caspar van Haalen

Zoom with Mr. van Haalen

Thursday April 8th 12:00 - 1:00p

Thursday April 22nd 5:00 - 6:00p

Use this link to join one or both sessions!

Early Dismissal Day: April 2nd cohort A - AM attends


If your child has to miss a day of class please remember to excuse the absence by emailing jillpeacock@sjisd.org or calling 360-370-7302.

Thank you!

Families, please be sure your child knows their going home plan before they go to school.

6:00 April 6 - PTO meeting

The FHES Parent Teacher Organization:
  • MacKenzie Lommel
  • Anna Anderson
  • and you!

Next meeting April 6th, at 6:00p; click here to join the Zoom.

Fast ForWord Wall of Fame

Have you heard about the Title 1 Team's contest for all K-5 students? Click here to learn more.

Congratulations to the winning participants!

Diego, Briar, Nolan, Ainsley, Ava, Francisco, Flora, Brenda, Logan, Cooper, Olive, Kaden, Delling, Olsen, Harvey, Conner

The SmileMobile dental van is coming to Friday Harbor April 20-23. Click on the links below for more information.

Meals are currently free for children

We would appreciate your Free & Reduced price applications; the benefits are many for both families and schools, thank you!

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