December 4, 2022

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Dear Families,

Thank you to all of the families that attended Family Movie Night on Friday. It's so much fun to see the students in a different environment and with their families. And thank you so much to our amazing PTO for making this night happen, Stay tuned, it sounds like we'll have more movie nights in the near future!

We have two more weeks of school before break. Attendance is hugely important to the success of students in school. Please do everything you can do have your child(ren) at school on time as we start instruction right away at 9:00 am.

What are we focusing on at SES? All classes are focused on Morning Meetings, Empathy (our character trait of the month), using strategies for decoding unknown words and thinking more flexibly about number. Grades 4 and 5 are finishing up their science kits and grades K and 3 get new science kits this week. If you'd like to help out at school, we would love to see you! See the volunteer section below.

If you have any questions or concerns about school, please reach out to us and let us know what we can do to make things easier and better for you and your family.


Staci Lauinger, SES Principal


12/13 - K/1 Winter Music Program 2:30

12/13 - SPECIAL Virtual Bedtime Story (Family Traditions)

12/14 - 2/3 Winter Music Program 2:30

12/15 - 4/5 Winter Music Program 2:30

12/16 - Pajama Day

12/19 - 1/2 - Christmas Break

1/3 - First day back after break

1/16 - Martin Luther King Jr Day - No School

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Join us for some fun bedtime stories! We will be sharing some surprise family traditions and drawing names for fun prizes.

Google Meet joining info

Video call link:

Or dial: ‪(US) +1 405-696-0788‬ PIN: ‪513 320 767‬#

More phone numbers:

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As you have heard by now the District is looking at adjusting our school boundaries due to unbalanced enrollment. We work alongside a community group called the Capital Facilities Advisory Committee (CFAC). Anyone can join this group: The next meeting is at 5:30 p.m. December 12 at UTSALADY

We are reviewing the district’s projected enrollment through 2031, studying current overcrowding, and analyzing new boundary options to recommend to the school board in the spring. Please consider joining the CFAC or attending one of our community feedback sessions. We want your input! All of the details are HERE.

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Milk & Cookie Bar - December 9th

Every year the PTO hosts a Milk & Cookie bar for SES staff. If you'd like to help out, sign up to bring some goodies here:

Did you know that the PTO organized and facilitated the Book Fair, Hootenanny, T-shirts for all students and staff and so much more already this year? If you would like to get involved, email them at or follow their Facebook page:


Tickets are being sold now. This is not a fundraiser, it's just a fun family event and fun for us all to sit together in our red t-shirts and cheer on our local team. See that link below.


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Though our Watch D.O.G.S. kick-off night was postponed until January, there is no need to wait to volunteer at SES! Our halls are filling up with volunteers and there are many ways that you can be a part of this. If you'd like to volunteer, please see the volunteer section below. Some ways to think about volunteering:


Morning Greeter

Listen to students read

Review math facts with students

Art projects with students

PTO events

Help prepare materials at home

Read Aloud

If you'd like to volunteer, you'll need to complete the volunteer application process. The following are needed to complete the Volunteer Application:
Volunteer Application (must be completed every two years)
Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Training (must be completed every year)


I have created a Stanwood Elementary School Principal's Facebook page to share what we're doing at SES. I have been posting most days so that you can see some of what I see as I walk the halls of SES. You can follow me on FB at:


As the weather forecasts indicate, we may see cold weather this winter. Our Superintendent, Dr. Rumbaugh, has shared with everyone how we make the determination to delay or close schools due to ice, snow, flooding, etc.

  • Safety first! We consider the safety of our children on buses, our student drivers, families driving and walking to school, and the safety of our staff, especially our bus drivers.

  • We monitor weather patterns using multiple methods 24/7. In particular, we use a tool called Accuweather that is specifically designed to support school districts in looking ahead at weather patterns.

  • When there is a concern about school starting on time, our staff begins driving the roads throughout the district as early as 2 a.m. We take photos, check road conditions, monitor traffic, look for hazards, etc. We typically drive the roads multiple times in the early morning to determine if conditions are improving, worsening, or staying the same.

  • We strive to decide about the school day by 5 a.m. Once the decision is made, we begin communicating with families and staff. We communicate through:

    • Autodialer (via School Messenger)

    • Email (via School Messenger)

    • Website

    • Flash Alert

Predicting the weather is a challenge, and our primary goal is to ensure that the roads are safe, our campuses are easy to navigate, and the weather does not impede a safe school day.


Neither staff nor students should attend school until symptoms are significantly resolving, even with a mask. Students and staff with any of the following symptoms will be asked to go home:

• Cough (new, changed, or worsening); any cough that would be distracting to yourself or others

• Temperature 100 degrees or greater within the past 24 hours

• Vomiting or diarrhea within the past 24 hours

• Runny nose with drainage that is cloudy, yellow, or green

• Mucous or cloudy drainage from the eye or pink eye

• New crusty rash on the face or around the nose

• New body rash, especially with a fever or itching

• Sore throat, especially with fever or swollen glands in the neck

• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

• New loss of taste or smell

Non-Discrimination Statement

The Stanwood-Camano School District does not discriminate in employment, programs, or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual 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. Inquiries regarding compliance and/or grievance procedures may be directed to the District's Title IX/Affirmative Action Officer and Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator, Maurene Stanton (, or the Section 504/American Disabilities Act Coordinator, Robert Hascall ( Stanwood-Camano School District, 26920 Pioneer Hwy, Stanwood, WA 98292. Telephone: (360) 629-1200.