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January 14th, 2022

Mid-January greetings on behalf of our Monroe team! With this new year of 2022, we have hit the ground running to pick-up where we paused going into the Winter Break. It has been a joy to have our Eagles back on campus!


The ongoing surge in COVID cases has impacted our school including quite a few families. Thankfully, our district leaders continue to work with state and local health officials to provide updated guidance and procedures. A follow-up to yesterday's message from our Everett Public Schools is included below along with a note pertaining to a temporary pause in classroom volunteers.


Please also note that next week's scheduled Skate Night has been canceled. We apologize as case counts remain too high at this time for our school and PTA to host community-wide events. We do hope to resume regularly scheduled events shortly but anticipate that the present surge will continue for several weeks.


Additionally below are related updates including important upcoming dates. Thank you for your time in reviewing this information.

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January:

  • Monday, January 17th - Martin Luther King, Jr., National Day of Service (No School/Office Closed)
  • (EVENT CANCELED) Wednesday, January 19th - Monroe Skate Night (PTA Event at 6:30pm)
  • Friday, January 28th - First Semester Ends
  • Monday, January 31st - Teacher Work Day (No School/Office Closed)


February:

  • Friday, February 11th - First Semester Progress Reports Sent Home (via Kid Mail/Weekly Folders)
  • Monday, February 21st and Tuesday, February 22nd - Mid-Winter Break (No School)
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This update is related to the email/communication that you received from our district, the Everett Public Schools, yesterday afternoon pertaining to the modified quarantine and/or isolation procedures. We have received a number of follow-up questions from families and have included the below information to provide a bit of context pertaining the noted changes.


As mentioned, the mandatory quarantine time for close contacts has been modified from no less than 7 days, to no less than 5 days. The difference is as follows – If all three of the below conditions have been met, your child may return to school after the fifth day.

  1. You child was tested on or after the fifth day from their exposure date (listed in the quarantine letter) or the date your child was picked-up from our Cares Room here at school (also listed on the Cares Room notification letter).
  2. Those test results indicated that your child has tested negative for COVID-19.
  3. Those negative results have been submitted-to and cleared-by the district’s health team via the covidtestresult@everettsd.org email.
  4. Your child is not exhibiting any symptoms consistent with COVID-19.


That noted, if your child is fully vaccinated (two weeks since their concluding dose), they are not required to quarantine for any period of time, as long as they are symptom free. If your child has been fully vaccinated and you would be willing to share the record of that vaccination, please know that we will gladly enter those doses into our vaccination records.


Several of you have received letters across the past two weeks with various end dates listed for your child’s return to school. Given the reduced quarantine time, the easiest way to know the earliest possible return date is to identify the originally-listed 10-day date and subtract five days. For example, if the letter you received states that your child may return on Friday, January 21st, the new date is now January 16th. This means that many of our Eagles may return earlier than expected from quarantine or isolation.


I realize that these changes can be confusing so please reach out if you have any questions. Thank you all for your time, patience, care, and understanding. We continue to look forward to a future time when such communications will not be necessary.

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As of today, January 14th, our district has paused classroom volunteers due to the recent surge of COVID-19 cases consistent with the Omicron variant (link). At this time, this is a two week pause as we hope to welcome classroom volunteers in early February.


We apologize for this pause as we all hope to be on the other side of these precautions when safe and appropriate. Thank you for your continued understanding as we prioritize the health of our Eagles and Monroe team members.

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Please remember that our Everett Public Schools are presenting two replacement levy measures for the forthcoming February 8th ballot. Ballots are to be received shortly for this coming opportunity. With only four weeks to go, the February 8th voting deadline is right around the corner.


As a follow-up to our previous levy-related message, below are details specific to both of the levies. In addition, we encourage you to click here for access to our district website and additional information specific to these important levies. For specific information related to Monroe, please click here for details regarding these two levies and our campus.


On behalf of our school and the Everett Public Schools, we thank you for your time and consideration! We appreciate your participation and encourage you to vote on or before February 8, 2022.

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Across the past week, our school collectively explored the life and leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. While we were not able to gather for our planned assemblies, we were able to utilize our Morning Messages to learn about Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s.


Additionally, students are continuing to take part in classroom learning opportunities designed to help our Eagles study/consider service leadership as an opportunity to connect with the ever present need for everyone in America to have a fair, equitable chance to achieve their full potential.


As your family considers this coming Monday (1/17) and the National Day of Service honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we have prepared a list of online and live/local events and opportunities (thank you MOE teacher, Jennifer Lopez). We hope that this resource is helpful in planning your long weekend.

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Greetings Monroe Families - I am Mrs. Rue and I am thrilled to serve our Eagles, everyday, as our School Counselor. This fall, I met with 3rd through 5th grade classes to teach lessons on bullying prevention. Students learned that bullying is when someone keeps being mean on purpose (Being Mean, On Purpose, Over and over again = B.O.O.). As we discussed, in such situations, the person that is experiencing bullying has not found reprieve from these repeated, unfair, and one-sided behaviors. In their classrooms, we worked together to help our Eagles learn how to Recognize, Report, and Refuse bullying behaviors. Students also learned how our school-wide S.O.A.R. expectations support our safe and supportive learning environment. Our Eagles strive to S.O.A.R. by being Safe, On Task, Acting Responsibly and Respecting others. As a commitment to our school and community, our Monroe team continually partners with our students to enhance our schoolwide learning environment by ensuring that it is safe and welcoming for all of our Eagles.

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As a school, we continue to appreciate everyone who participates in our afternoon student pick-up process. These procedures can be challenging, especially if you have time constraints for pick-up. To assist families in this regard, we ask that you remain mindful of the intent of our drive-through pick-up process by limiting conversations with our educators, especially after school. Many parents/guardians need to return to work after pick-up and have limited time to do so. Impromptu conversations can cause traffic and delays for others that need to pick-up quickly and return to work or other obligations.


If you would like to briefly connect with your child's teacher, please utilize our park and walk-up option by parking in our front lot and walking across our crosswalk to the student pick-up area. Please know that many teachers have meetings to attend after school which often begin at 3:00pm.


Thank you for your consideration and cooperation in helping everyone pick-up their child/children each afternoon in a safe, expedient manner.

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We truly appreciate your time in reading through this update - We wish you and your family health and happiness in this new year and thank you for the opportunity to serve you and your children here at Monroe.


Best,

Tyler & Catarino


Principal & Assistant Principal

Monroe Elementary School

tream@everettsd.org - crodriguez@everettsd.org

Phone: 425-385-7300

Fax 425-385-7302 Fax

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