Leopard Pride Newsletter

June 2022

Lockwood Mission

We provide a learning community that recognizes all students as capable learners. We promote high standards, expect accountability, and celebrate success. Cooperation, responsibility, and confidence promote our goals of life-long learning and responsible citizenship.

School Information

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In This Issue

  • Principal Message
  • School Information and Dates
  • District News
  • PACE and PTA Information

Principal's Message

Dear Lockwood Families,

It seems like we were just saying, “Welcome Back” on the first day of school in September. While the year has gone by quickly, when I pause to notice the inches of physical growth some students have made and the changes in the complexity of conversations students are having in the classroom, I realize how much work has been packed into these last nine months. I am thankful for the parent partnership you provided. I am appreciative of the ongoing collaboration of our staff. Most importantly, I am in awe of the effort students continue to apply to all they do.

While it is hard to say goodbye, it feels inspiring to end the year with so many positives as we look back. This year our school-wide goals connected to Northshore’s Strategic Plan centered around:

  • Goal 2: Responsible, Resilient, Empathetic Learners
  • Goal 3: Growth for Every Student, Elimination of Outcome & Opportunity Gaps

In thinking about our progress around Goal 2, students have truly grown as community members of both their classroom and Lockwood. They have shown perseverance and empathy in all they do across the school. Thinking about the restrictions and protocols associated with COVID, students have gone out of their way to care for one another as well as their teachers. Whenever we have a substitute, the teachers often remark to the amazing students we have at Lockwood.

While we still wait for state test scores to be finalized and reported as a data point around our growth for Goal 3, we can see the academic progress of our students by just walking in the classroom. I have actually heard students ask for their graded assessments because they want to see the growth they made. Teachers have also been tracking student achievement all year long and sharing celebrations during end of the year conversations.

The challenge of ending a school year is always the fact that we we have to say goodbye to some families who will now move on to Kenmore Middle or other schools. We also have staff members to whom we will say goodbye:

  • Mrs. Shirley Parrott, 5th Grade PACE: Mrs. Parrott is a treasure at Lockwood providing mentorship to several staff and making a lasting impact on students. She will be truly missed. I know that she will continue to make an impact wherever she lands and those who have the privilege to have her in their lives will be better for it!

  • Mr. Jerry Handel, Facilities Manager: Mr. Handel is the heart of Lockwood. Nothing made him happier than spending time saying hello to students. Mr. Handel was also famous for his winter wonderland decoration during the winter holiday. Mr. Handel will be missed and leaves a big pair of shoes to fill. He will be missed by all.

  • Ms. Michelle Torres, 5th Grade: Ms. Torres made the decision to move back to Northern CA to be closer to family. One thing these past two years has done has been to remind Ms. Torres the importance of family and being close to them. We wish her all the very best and thank her for all she has done for Lockwood and her students.

I hope that you look back on this year at Lockwood fondly. Whether returning or not, I wish you each have a safe and memorable summer. May your days be filled with books, family, laughter and fun!

In partnership,

Tamorah Redshaw

Proud Principal

School Information and Dates

Order Your 2022 Lockwood Yearbook

Order your yearbook today at: https://www.treering.com/validate?PassCode=1015626146572185

1. Create your account (or login) and customize your 2 free pages

2. Purchase your book

3. Your book will be shipped directly to your home

If you want your book in time to have it signed you should order it this week. Sales available through July 1st.

Questions? E-mail yearbook@lockwoodpta.org

Student Devices for Summer Learning

To allow for continuous learning over the summer months, 2nd-5th grade students will be keeping their assigned computing devices & classroom iPads assigned to Kindergarten and 1st grade students will be sent home during the last week of school for student use. Families who wish to opt-out of keeping their student’s assigned device will need to indicate that they are “opting out” by completing the form at https://go.nsd.org/optout by Monday, June, 13. When students who opt out return to school in the Fall, a device will be assigned for school year learning.

Families who are withdrawing from Northshore are expected to return any technology devices assigned to their students, including computers, tablets, hotspots, and all accessories such as bags and chargers. Please email Sonja Gil-More at sgillmore@nsd.org if your student will be withdrawing at the end of the 2021-22 school to notify of the withdrawal. Withdrawing students who do not return their devices and accessories will be issued a fine for replacement.

Students and families are expected to take care of their assigned device by keeping it charged and in its bag when not in use. Families can access tools to support their student over the summer at go.nsd.org/lwtech. If families need support using their device or troubleshooting technical issues over the summer, they should call 425-408-7631 or create a help ticket at http://go.nsd.org/studenttechhelp.

Family Education Links

Lockwood has started a resource page for parents to learn more about reading strategies for young learners and about racial & educational justice. Please learn more about these topics and how to engage in conversations with your children on the Lockwood Parent Education website.

Important Dates for June

There are a few important dates and events you will want to mark on your calendar in preparation for the upcoming months:

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District News

2022-23 School Year Calendar

It's time to update your calendars! The District has released the dates for the 2022-23 school year. Please use this information to help with your planning for the year ahead.

Northshore School Board Selects Michael Tolley as Interim Superintendent

The Northshore School Board voted on May 27 to offer a one-year contract to Michael Tolley to serve as our interim superintendent. Mr. Tolley currently serves as the assistant superintendent for the east region of Northshore School District, as well as oversees Special Services departments including Special Education, Student Services, and Accelerated Models and Programs.

Mr. Tolley was chosen because of his strong commitment to equity, as well as his experience and relationships within the district. He will continue to ensure our district best meets the needs of students, following the resignation of Dr. Michelle Reid, who is leaving the district after six years to take a superintendency on the East Coast.

Experiencing a Crisis?

You are not alone. There are community supports for mental health, suicide prevention, substance abuse, self-harm and more. Please see the NSD website for contact information via the button below.

PACE and PTA Information

Parents Active in Cooperative Education (PACE) at Lockwood is an elective program located at Lockwood Elementary that provides an enriched educational experience for students in grades 1-5. PACE students benefit from additional support in the classroom provided by parent volunteers who assist with small group instruction and a variety of enrichment opportunities.

If you are interested in learning more about PACE at Lockwood, join us for a virtual tour. Please use the link below to sign up for a tour.

Contact tours@paceatlockwood.org or membership@paceatlockwood.org for questions.

Upcoming PTA Events:

Next week is Lockwood's Field Day on June 14th (don't forget to wear your class colors! Red=K, Purple=1, Green=2, Orange=3, Yellow=4, and Blue=5). The next day, June 15 is our Egg Drop Challenge. We can't wait to see all the amazing contraptions you came up with (remember that you can't bring raw eggs on busses!). And then June 16 is our Book Exchange (you can send in donations of lightly used kids books until June 10). That night (Thursday, June 16) is our final dine-out night at MOD Pizza. We hope to see you all there!

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