Kenmore Elementary Paw Prints

November 2022


  • Prinicpal's Message
  • Veteran's Day
  • Important Dates
  • Observance & Celebrations
  • Conferences
  • Book Fair
  • Thank you!
  • Head Start Preschool
  • Kenmore Elementary PTA
  • District News


Happy November Kenmore Cub Families,

Thank you to all who attended our In-Person Curriculum night last month. We appreciate the feedback from our surveys and will be making adjustments as we plan for next year's Curriculum night. Overwhelmingly, families appreciated having the information ahead of time and enjoyed the opportunity to see student work and not feel rushed or taxed with multiple Curriculum Night events. Thank you for your feedback as we continue to plan and improve this delivery.

This past month our School District Leadership Team (SDLT) noted that we have not consistently been reciting The Pledge of Allegiance in our classes since the pandemic. State law requires that public schools recite The Pledge of Allegiance. Therefore, your child’s teacher will be explaining the meaning/importance of The Pledge of Allegiance to your class in the weeks ahead. We know this may bring up a plethora of thoughts and feelings. We encourage you to speak to your child about this and please know that your child may respectfully decline to participate in reciting the pledge. That is their right and freedom of living in this wonderful country.

It has been a fantastic first two months of school. I’ve enjoyed visiting classrooms, watching budding readers, scientists and math wizards. At recess, we have a growing number of students who play chess and others who are enjoying leadership roles. It is a pleasure to watch our cubs grow and enjoy every part of their school day.

We look forward to seeing you at KEPTA Bingo Night this week!

Ms. George-Shapiro

Veterans Day

Kenmore Elementary will be honoring our Veterans next week in a school wide assembly. Our 5th grade student leaders have spent a considerable amount of time preparing and are excited to share this presentation with our staff and Cubs. Unlike years passed, we will only be inviting families of students participating in the presentation. We know this veers from past practices. However, as we ease back into large gatherings we would like to maintain the health and safety of our staff and students.


Nov. 1 - KE Choir, Music Room, 3:45-4:30pm

Nov. 1 - Cross Country Finals @ LW/KMS, 5:00pm

Nov. 2 - Early Release @ 2:10pm

Nov. 4 - PTA Family Bingo Night, 6:30-8:00pm

Nov. 7 - After School STEM Academy, Room 24, 3:45-5:00pm

Nov. 8 - Emergency Drill

Nov. 8 - KE Choir, Music Room, 3:45-4:30pm

Nov. 8 - PTA General Meeting, 7:00-8:30pm

Nov. 9 - Early Release @ 2:10pm

Nov. 10 - Popcorn Thursday

Nov. 10 - Veteran's Day Assembly


Nov. 14 - Progress Reports Sent Home

Nov. 15 - Picture Retake/Make-up Day

Nov. 15 - 2nd Grade Field Trip - Pasados Animal Sanctuary

Nov. 15 - KE Choir, Music Room, 3:45-4:30pm

Nov. 15 - After School STEM Academy, Room 24, 3:45-5:00pm

Nov. 16 - Early Release @ 2:10pm

Nov. 17 - Nov. 23 - Elementary Conference Days - 12:20pm Dismissal

Nov. 16 - Nov. 23 - Scholastic Book Fair



Nov. 29 - KE Choir, Music Room, 3:45-4:30pm

Observances & Celebrations

Addendum to last month's newsletter: We missed acknowledging and celebrating.


September 26-October 4—Navaratri - a 9-day festival- Vijaya Dasami/Dassehra

October 4-5—Yom Kippur

October 10—Indigenous People’s Day

October 24—Diwali

October 31—Halloween


November 1—Dia De Muertos

November 11—Veterans Day

November 24 —Thanksgiving


Kenmore Elementary will have 12:20 early dismissal November 17th – November 23rd for teacher conferences. Please schedule accordingly! Thank you!


Mark your calendars!

The 2022 Kenmore Scholastic Book Fair is Wednesday, November 16th through

Wednesday, November 23rd.

Hours: 2:10-4:30 pm (Nov. 16)

8:50-9:10 am (Nov. 17-23)

12:20-4:30 pm (Nov. 17-22)

You may also:
Shop the Book Fair Online 24 hours a day between

November 16th – November 29th

Visit -

Volunteers are needed for this event.

If you would like to help, please sign up at


On October 13th our generous PTA treated our staff to a delicious lunch from Buddha Bruddha complete with drinks and desserts. Everything was delicious and the attention to staff food allergies was very much appreciated! THANK YOU!!

Mrs. Tiffany Masen-Smith, thank you for gathering our students for hearing and vision testing, not once but on two separate occasions this year!

Picture Day was a success and the the day ran so smoothly! Huge thanks go out to our volunteers Tiffany Masen-Smith, Sarah Linville, Sha Lin, and Natasha Farmer. Your help was so appreciated.


Our Early Childhood Education Programs in Northshore School Disrtict are currently recruiting for the Head Start, ECEAP and Ready Start Preschool Programs.

NSD Families that have children ages 3-4 years old can contact Stephanie Gonwa at 425-408-4829, or Emily Birchman at 425-408-4862 to receive program information and help with applications.


Accelerated Models and Highly Capable

The Accelerated Models and Programs Department is beginning our 2022-23 eligibility process for highly capable designations to begin in the 2023-24 school year.

All students in grades K, 1, and 5 will take the NNAT3 screener in their classroom with their teacher. Grades 1 and 5 will complete the NNAT3 by October 15 and Kindergarten students will have until winter break. Students new to Northshore will also take the screener sometime after October 17.

Students in grades 2,3,4,6, and 7 will have the option to take the screener if they are referred for highly capable services. If you are interested in referring a student, please click this link:

For additional information about our eligibility process, please visit the highly capable services page on the website.

Thank you,

Accelerated Models and Programs Department

Health and Safety Resources from Student Services Department

Student safety is our highest priority. We believe that by providing families with information and preventative measures, together we can keep young people healthy and safe. We recognize that these conversations are challenging and hope your family finds the provided resources helpful.

The District has highlighted the importance of addressing student access to guns in the home. It is important that parents and guardians have conversations with their students to remind them that schools are safe places, where it is not appropriate to have weapons, toys that look like real weapons or talk about them with others. Learn more and download helpful resources about firearm safety including a secure storage fact sheet, talking to your children about guns, and facts and resources on child firearm suicide, at

Families in Northshore and around the country are being warned of an emerging trend of colorful fentanyl. Named “rainbow fentanyl” in the media, this trend appears to be a new method used to sell highly addictive and potentially deadly fentanyl made to look like candy to children and young people. Brightly-colored fentanyl is being found in multiple forms, including pills, powder, and blocks that resemble sidewalk chalk. While we are not aware of rainbow fentanyl in any of our school communities, we are aware of its presence in the region and want to make sure our families know about this issue. We encourage parents and guardians to have meaningful conversations with your students about the dangers of fentanyl. This King County resource provides guidance on how to talk with your students about fentanyl.

SafeSchools Alerts allow students, staff, parents/guardians, and community members to anonymously report concerns to the District. Students, families, and staff are encouraged that if they see something, they should say something by either connecting directly with a trusted adult at the school or district or submitting concerns by:


Phone: 855.521.2665,

Text: 855.521.2665, or


SafeSchools Alerts are not monitored 24/7, so in emergency situations, please call 9-1-1.

These activities are not sponsored nor endorsed by the Northshore School District or any of its schools. The district assumes no responsibility for the conduct during or safety of the activities. Northshore School District shall be held harmless from any cause of action, claim, or petition filed in any court or administrative tribunal arising out of the distribution of these materials including attorney's fees and judgements or awards.