Little Cedars Elementary
Home of the Wolverines - October 2, 2020
Message from Mr. D and Mr. Painter
Greetings Little Cedars Families,
We have enjoyed a beautiful week of weather that so accurately portrays the distinct change in seasons from summer to fall. Across the Snohomish Valley and into the Little Cedars Campus the morning fog and glistening spider webs of morning give way to sunny afternoons and crisp evenings. This week, I pulled to the side of the road several times to photograph the sunrise. The sunrises have been stunning, but have appeared starkly different from sunrises that I have seen before. I’m guessing that is a result of the differing levels of air quality we have experienced, but, I recognized that I am paying close attention to the world around me. I am intentionally looking for the beauty in the world as I continue to try and make sense of the current reality our community is experiencing.
Our staff deeply appreciate the role you are playing in the growth of our students, and we are doing our best to support students and develop a strong connection with them. Even as we do this, we recognize that changes are already on the horizon. Changes that hopefully point toward the path of emergence from the COVID 19 pandemic and a gradual return to the world of work, and school, that we miss so very much.
One of those changes is the process of reopening our campus for Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd graders in the end of October and beginning of November. Parents/guardians/families of those students have been asked to consider whether or not they would like their child to return to campus, or remain in the online model of instruction. We recognize the challenge of making that decision for each of you. There is a desire to have more definitive information about schedules, protective equipment (masks, etc.), and the specific safety protocols for transportation, playgrounds, classrooms, cafeterias and countless other aspects of our work with students.
As you work through this decision, it is important to understand that this transition, regardless of your choice to return, or stay online, will likely create a change in the class assignments for our Kindergarten, First, and Second grade students. It is almost certain that we will need to re-evaluate our class groups to respond to staffing changes, and classroom balance issues created by this transition. If we can be of any help as you navigate this decision, please reach out to us, or your child’s teacher.
Be safe, be well, be there for one another…
Mr. D and Mr. Painter
K-2nd grade Survey
Between Wednesday, September 30 and Monday, October 5, all district pre K through 2nd grade families must complete a form in Skyward/Family Access for each their preschool through 2nd grade children. The selection form is available in parent/guardian Skyward/Family Access accounts (web browser version, not the mobile app) and is located in the Online Forms section of the site. Parent/guardian response will help us identify staff, classroom and scheduling needs. This is the next step in the process to returning our students to in-person instruction is for each family to indicate if their child(ren) will return or stay online through 100% distance learning or continue with our Parent Partnership Program. Parent/guardian responses will help us identify staff, classroom and scheduling needs as we prepare to welcome some students for in-person learning and continue to maintain online classes. Decisions made will be maintained through Friday, January 29, 2021 (end of the first semester).
Beginning the week of October 26, families will have the following options:
- Attend every day, in-person learning at neighborhood school
- Stay with our current 100% online learning model
- Continue with our Parent Partnership Program
Due to the complexity of balancing the three options, parent/guardian decision of where to place the student will be effective through the end of the first semester Friday, January 29, 2021.
Questions (questions 1-6 will be auto filled from Skyward/Family Access data)
1. Student first name
2. Student last name
3. Student ID
4. Parent/guardian name
5. School child currently enrolled in
7. Student’s teacher
8. Choose learning option:
- Attend every day, in-person learning at neighborhood school
- Continue with current 100% online learning model
- Continue with Parent Partnership Program (includes in-person learning 1 day/week through Parent Partnership Program)
- Continue with our Parent Partnership Program (100% online learning model)
Friday, October 2, 2020
1st grade 12:30p.m.-1:15p.m. Lower parking lot
Thursday, October 22, 2020:
**5th grade 3:00p.m. - 4:00p.m. Upper parking lot ** New time
District device phone support - Call 360-563-3000
We have a dedicated phone line for student/family computer/laptop support for district-issued devices.
Students and families can call 360-563-3000 for live technical support from:
- 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 7:30-11:30 a.m., Friday (beginning Monday, September 28)
For questions that are school-, classroom-, assignment- or teacher-specific, please contact your teacher or school directly. Teacher and staff information is available at www.sno.wednet.edu/staffdirectory.
Message from Libbie Moshier, School Counselor
Greetings LC families!
Here we are only a few weeks into the school year, and now we all have more changes to adjust to. I hope you are starting the conversation with your children about the upcoming shift to either in-person or hybrid education, but not "over-talking it" either. You know best, of course, what is the right level of information, and the optimal timing to address this for your own unique kids. Trust that, and try also to model for them effective ways of coping with the discomfort of the unknown. If you need help with that yourself, please reach out! To me or whoever your support people are.
In this time, it's important to acknowledge both the challenges we face, and the successes and accomplishments. As I watch your children and our teachers in Zoom classes, I am so very impressed with what I see! The dedication, resilience, and willingness are so evident; those qualities, plus the ability to laugh at the predicaments that I also see, will get us through.
I will be adding some support in the form of weekly groups, beginning with the following two, next week.
The links to these will be on my Canvas page.
1.) 5th and 6th grade Drop-in. Wednesday 3:00p.m.-3:30p.m.. Socializing, sharing issues, problem-solving. Parents, you will need to give me emailed permission for your student to participate, specifying "with video on".
2.) Parent Connections (also drop-in) Thursday 4:00p.m.-4:45p.m. to start, but I am open to other times if the majority of the group prefers something different. This will be an opportunity to share with and support one another during these challenging times. I plan to spend some of our time focusing on self-care strategies, as well.
Please don't hesitate to contact me.
Little Cedars PTA News
Order Your Spirit Wear by Monday!
Spirit wear is on sale now! Order soon for those growing children, your new LCE Wolverines or even for yourself! These fun new items are only available for 2 weeks and will ship directly to you. Orders are due October 5, 2020.
It's time to join or renew your PTA membership for this year!
The Little Cedars PTA is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that strives to benefit all students at Little Cedars Elementary in their education, health, safety and welfare as we connect with each other in our community. Together we plan, implement and provide funding for academic, social and community service activities throughout the school year.
Joining the PTA shows your support for the school, gives you a vote at PTA meetings, and helps fund all our Little Cedars programs and scholarships. There is no obligation to volunteer or come to meetings – we are grateful for however you choose to be involved!
Individual Membership: $15
Family Membership (2 Adults): $25
Sponsor a Teacher: $10
Sign up for (Virtual) Lego Club!
LEGO Club is here again and this year it has gone virtual! LEGO Club is a long-running, extremely popular club at Little Cedars. In LEGO Club students are presented with building challenges and themes as well as opportunities for free-form building and playing with friends. We’ll have activities geared for all age groups (K-6th) and there’s no need for kids to have their own LEGOs (a kit will be supplied to students). There are 3 sessions planned (Fall, Winter & Spring).
Fall Meeting Dates:
Wednesday, October 21, November 4, November 18, December 2 & December 16
The Winter session will begin in January. If there is space, your student may register for multiple sessions with the one-time dues of $25.
When: Meets via Zoom call every other Wednesday after school, 3:30p.m.-4:30p.m..
Dues: $25 donation (each student) *
Sign Up @ http://littlecedarspta.org/Page/Events%20_%20Programs/LegoClub Starting Monday, October 5, 2020
* Scholarships are also available for families in need.
Help earn money for our school by downloading the Box Tops App and scanning your receipts. Lots of bonus box tops available now, and a sweepstakes to double our school’s Fall earnings!
Have an idea? Ready to help?
There are so many opportunities this year to serve our Wolverines in new ways! Want to volunteer? Email us at email@example.com . Thanks!
Annual Snohomish Pumpkin Race is going virtual
The Annual Snohomish Pumpkin Race is going virtual this year!
Who: All elementary-aged children living within Snohomish School District boundaries
What: Children will run the following distances based on grade level:
- Grades 1 & 2 - 800 m (two laps on a track)
- Grades 3 & 4 - 1200 m (three laps on a track)
- Grades 5 & 6 - 1600 m (four laps on a track)
- A parent/guardian will record the time it takes to run this distance.
When: Children will run anytime between October 17-24.
Prizes: A pumpkin voucher redeemable at Bailey Family Farm will be emailed to the top three finishers, male and female, in each grade.
To submit a time, or to ask a question, please visit https://sites.google.com/view/pumpkin-race/.
Sponsored by the Glacier Peak High School and Snohomish High School cross country teams.
Special thanks to Bailey Family Farm for its support!
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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 employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints
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