Wade King Elementary

January 3, 2021

A Note from our Administrative Team


Hello Wade King Families,


It was so good to have your children back at school today! We enjoyed hearing stories of snow and family adventures. It was a fantastic day and we are looking forward to a great new year! There is a lot of important information below. We also encourage you to reach out to us if there are things you are wondering about and/or if you have great stories to share.


With Gratitude,

Stephanie Johnson, Principal

Stephanie Korn, Administrator

Important Dates

1/3/2022 Welcome Back

1/3 and 1/4 - Promise K Family Meetings

1/5 - First Day of Promise K for Students

1/6 - PTA Meeting via Zoom 6:00 pm - Dr. Baker joining us!

1/17 - No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

1/31 - No School - Semester Break

2/21 - No School - President's Day

2/22 - Report Cards sent home


The Bellingham Schools 2021-22 Calendar can be found on the district website.

Weather Procedure and Snow Routes

Winter weather is definitely here! If you did not get a text message and/or email about today's late start, be sure to update your preferences using our Skylert webpage or connect with our office team for support. We want to be sure you have this information in the future.


You can find other information on inclement weather procedures and make-up days on our weather procedures and snow route information page.

Winter Weather and Clothing

At school, students go outside every day. With the cold, wet weather it's important they are dressed to be outside. If you need support getting winter clothing for your child, Jaymie Wakefield, our counselor, can help.


If your child tends to get wet when they play outside and are then uncomfortable wearing wet shoes and clothing, consider putting a spare change of clothes/shoes in your child's backpack so they have something warm and dry to change into. We have some extra clothes for students to borrow, but not a lot. Just put their extra clothes in a large plastic bag in their backpack. It's helpful to put your child's name on the bag. We will send home their wet clothes home in the same bag.

Reminder.... Label Coats, Sweatshirts, Sweaters, Hats, and Gloves!

And as your child wears more layers to school to stay warm, remember to label their clothing with their first and/or last name. Lots of things end up in our Lost and Found and if there is a name it in, we are able to return it! We also invite you to check our Lost and Found if your child is missing something. It is in our main entryway, right outside the office.

PTA Afterschool Programs This Winter

Our PTA is facilitating after-school programs from Majestic Adventures and Skyhawks during the winter quarter. After-school programs will continue to be outside. You will be able to register for these after-school programs on the Wade King PTA website later this week. There are scholarships available!

Promise Kindergarten Starting on Wednesday

Promise K focuses on building basic academic and social skills to help qualifying students get a jump-start toward success as kindergarteners in the fall. Wade King will host a Promise K classroom this year and our own Tina Russell will be the teacher. We are excited to welcome our youngest scholars to school this Wednesday!

PTA Meeting, January 6th at 6pm on Zoom

Our next PTA Meeting will be on Thursday, January 6th at 6pm on Zoom. The link will be posted on our Wade King PTA website that day. We will have an update on our school garden and recent virtual auction, in addition to hearing from the Superintendent of Bellingham Public Schools, Dr. Baker.


If you have not yet joined our Wade King PTA, we encourage you to! You can join online. This is a great way to show your support for our school community, even if you aren't able to volunteer.

Student Leadership Team... and Stuffie Day

Our Student Leadership Team has representatives from each of our 2nd-5th grade classes. Their job is to solve school problems and to plan schoolwide fun on the last Friday of each month. This photo is from their December meeting. This team planned a special day for students to bring their favorite stuffie from home on our last Friday in December. It was great to fun to see each other's stuffies!

Thank You...

Thank you to everyone who contributed holiday gift cards for families in need. You supported several families within our school community. Your gift was greatly appreciated!


We also want to send a huge thank you to everyone who participated in our PTA's virtual auction in December. It raised $3016 that will be used to build our school garden. Thank you for your generosity!

The Salmon Will Be Back!

Do you recognize this tank?

Can you tell where it is located in our school?

Do you know what will live in the tank?


If you answered:

* Our fish tank

* On the second-floor landing

* Baby salmon

Then you are correct!


Look for the eggs in the tank later this month. We will follow the journey of our baby salmon or 'fry' as they grow over the next few months.

Absences for Family Travel

There are a couple of holidays and days off from school in the next couple of months, and we know many families find it convenient to use those holidays and extend them to take family vacations and trips. We value family time and are happy when families have this opportunity to spend time together. Per district policy, absences for family travel must be excused by school administration so we can be sure that kids are not missing a high number of days and continue to meet academic standards. If you are planning on time off as a family, please email Stephanie Korn, one of our building administrators, to request that the absences be excused.

COVID-19 Testing & Vaccines for Children

Families have had many questions about COVID-19 protocols and vaccinations as we have returned from winter break. You can find always current information using this link to our district website.


If you can't find the answer there, don't hesitate to contact Alyssa Johnson, our school nurse or Jennifer Thornton, our health room aide. There are lots of different scenarios and they would love to talk through them with you. They are also able to continue COVID-19 testing as needed for students. Don't hesitate to connect with them!


Alyssa.Johnson@bellinghamschools.org

Jennifer.Thornton@bellinghamschools.org

Note from Mrs. Wakefield (our School Counselor)

As we begin the new year, I want to remind families that I am here to support them any way I can. Don't ever hesitate to connect with me! I'm here to help!


Jaymie.Wakefield@bellinghamschools.org

school phone - (360) 647-6840 ext. 2413

district cell phone - (360) 746-5319

Promise Tomorrow... Opportunity for 3rd-12th Graders

The Promise Tomorrow Initiative is back! This is project-based learning at its best. Students in 3rd-12th grade, across our district, work in teams on projects that envision creative solutions to transition to a better world. Their projects will take multi-disciplinary approaches to innovate technologies, designs, or plans that forge connections in their communities to create positive change. Student collaborative groups will work across grades, meet weekly online, and be supported by a volunteer and supervised by the coordinator.


Program registration is January 3-19th.


To learn more or to register please go to https://bellinghamschools.org/program/promise-tomorrow/

After-School Dinner Program is Free For All Children 18 and Under!

Bellingham Public Schools serves hot dinner at no cost to all children 18 and under. These meals are offered from 5 to 6 p.m. Monday to Thursday through June 16, 2022. Dinner is served in the Shuksan Middle School cafeteria, located at 2717 Alderwood Avenue (at the corner of Northwest and Alderwood). It does not matter what school you attend in the district.


Accompanying adults are charged $4.75 per meal — please bring cash or check. Please plan to eat onsite in the Shuksan cafeteria.


The daily Monday through Thursday dinner menu is listed on the school menu webpage by day after the lunch listing.


Please note: Dinner will not be served on school holidays or on the following all-school early dismissal days: Nov. 4, Nov. 24, Dec. 9, Feb. 10, March 10 and April 28.

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Ways to Help Our PTA Earn Money... that comes right back to supporting our kids!

Link to Amazon Smile


If you are an Amazon user, you can set up Amazon Smile to link to our Wade King PTA. A percentage of what you spend will come right back to our PTA to support school events.
Did you know Box Tops for Education has an ap? No longer do you need to clip Box Tops to turn in. Join for free... and simply scan your receipts to earn money for our PTA. It's that easy!
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Another way to help our PTA earn money is by linking your Fred Meyers Reward card to Wade King PTA 8.3.37. A percentage of your spending goes right back to our PTA and it does not impact your other rewards.

Safe Schools Reporting and Tip Line

Students, parents or community members who have information, tips, or concerns regarding a safety issue in our schools are encouraged to text or call 844-310-9560 or visit bellinghamschools.org/safe for confidential, anonymous, two-way communication with our safety staff.

Multi-Language Message Line

Families whose first language is not English can leave a message on our multi-language message line at 360-647-6816. Families dial 2 for Russian, dial 3 for Vietnamese, dial 4 for Punjabi or dial 5 for any other language (say name of language at beginning of message). Please call 360-676-6456 for Spanish.

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