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Week of March 29, 2021

Re-Entry! Class assignments and important schedule change

ALL SCHEDULES, BOTH IN PERSON AND REMOTE WILL BE 8:10 - 2:10 AT EDMONDS ELEMENTARY! This is a change from what was communicated regarding remote learning schedules.

Please fill out the attestation form EVERY time it is sent to you. Be sure to do so prior to your student getting on the bus, or by 7:15 whichever is sooner.

Grades 3-6 will have an opportunity to return to school after spring break. Families will be notified of class placement/ teacher information on April 2nd. There is no guarantee that students will have the same teacher. More detailed information will be forthcoming.

A separate email with lots of details will be send to families who signed up for in-person learning.

Please keep watching for both district and Edmonds Elementary communications. Here is a video from our district regarding general re-entry procedures: Edmonds School District Stage 2 Re-entry. We will continue to share Edmonds Elementary specific procedures as we adjust to Governor Inslee's Proclamation. You will continue to receive communications from Edmonds School District regarding all Re-Entry plans. Here is a link to the most recent communications.

Some additional information for in-person learning:

  • Remote Learning - the schedule will be 8:10 - 2:10 (teachers will send details for individual classes). Classes in remote will zoom M,T,Th,F as they currently do, even if they are in a combined grade level class, such as 5/6.
  • In Person Learning: the schedule will be based on the Hybrid model (emails will be sent with more details). If there is a split/combined class the odd numbered grade will be Cohort A (M, Th) and the even numbered grade will be Cohort B (T,F).
  • You will receive a digital form from the Edmonds School District called an attestation in your email each day. This must be completed and submitted EACH DAY by 7:15am in order for your student to be admitted to their classroom. This is a step that is required by the Department of Health and the district. The attestation is required to ensure that students are not sent into our school community with any symptoms.
  • Due to health and safety guidelines, Parents/Guests/Visitors will not be allowed past the main entry without a previously scheduled appointment AND the completion of an attestation form. We really can’t wait for the day when this isn’t necessary!
  • Water bottle - per safety guidelines, our drinking fountains are turned off. Water will be available, but it is recommended students bring their own water bottle
  • Chromebooks - students are required to bring their Chromebooks to in-person learning days.
  • Travel - If your family plans to travel, we expect families to follow state and department of health recommendations relating to self-quarantine. https://coronavirus.wa.gov/travelers-commuters.

Changes in Canvas for Grades 3-6 Families


Families: As we transition from our current classes to our hybrid and remote classes for grades 3-6, your student may experience some small changes in Canvas.

  • Between now and Friday, April 2nd, your student will continue to access their current Canvas classes as usual.

  • During Spring Break, April 5-9, students will not need to access Canvas. As we update class lists, students who do access Canvas during this time will notice some changes to the courses on their Dashboard.

  • As of April 12th, students will only see the Canvas class of the teacher they will have from 4/12 through the end of the school year. If they have a different teacher than before, the students will not have access to the prior class or to any of the assignments they submitted in that class.

  • If your student does not see their teacher’s class on the Canvas dashboard by April 12th, please follow these directions (or see this video) to find it and add it to their dashboard. The video includes English and Spanish directions.

  • Are you observing your students in Canvas? Being an observer allows you to view the content of your student’s Canvas courses.

    • If so, you will see class content for their new classes by April 12th.

    • If not, you can follow these directions to set up your own Canvas observer account. (Once you set this up once, you will remain an observer for all of your student’s classes in all future years.)


Familias: A medida que hacemos la transición de nuestras clases actuales a nuestras clases híbridas y remotas para los grados 3-6 para etapa 3, su estudiante puede experimentar algunos pequeños cambios en Canvas.

  • Entre ahora y el viernes 2 de abril, su estudiante continuará usando sus clases actuales en Canvas como usual.

  • Durante las vacaciones de primavera, entre el 5 al 9 de abril, los estudiantes no necesitarán usar a Canvas. Mientras actualizamos las listas de clases, los estudiantes que usen Canvas durante este tiempo notarán algunos cambios en los cursos en su página principal (Dashboard).

  • A partir del 12 de abril, los estudiantes sólo verán la clase Canvas del maestro que tendrán desde el 12 de abril hasta el final del año escolar. Si tienen un maestro diferente de antes, los estudiantes no tendrán acceso a la clase anterior ni a ninguna de las tareas que entregaron en esa clase.

  • Si su estudiante no ve la clase de su maestro nuevo en la página principal (Dashboard) de Canvas empezando el 12 de abril, siga estas instrucciones (o vea este video) para encontrarla y agregarla a su página. El video incluye instrucciones en inglés y español.

  • ¿Está observando a sus alumnos en Canvas? Ser un observador le permite ver el contenido de los cursos Canvas de su estudiante.

    • Si ya está observando, verá el contenido de la clase nueva cerca del 12 de abril.

    • Si no está observando, puede seguir estas instrucciones para configurar su propia cuenta de observador en Canvas. (Solo tiene que seguir los pasos una vez, y seguirá siendo un observador de todas las clases para su estudiante en los años que vienen).

A message regarding SeeSaw

Around March 17-22 your SeeSaw will be affected by changes.

Families: As we transition from our current classes to our hybrid and remote classes, you and your students will notice a few changes in Seesaw.

  • New (additional) classes for K-2 homeroom and PE/music/library will appear in Seesaw by Thursday, March 18th. Students’ current classes will still be available, and they should continue to access their usual Seesaw classes in the same way they normally do through March 19th.

  • As of March 20th, students will only see their new classes. They will not have access to any prior classes or to any of the submissions they made in prior classes.

  • K-2 students and families will need to access the new Seesaw classes starting on March 22nd.

  • Students who are in hybrid classes may begin to see an A or B in front of their name in Seesaw. Teachers will be adding the A and B so that they can easily see which students are in the A and B groups.

  • Families see all classes that their student has ever been in, and they are able to download the student’s Journal if they would like to save their student’s submissions.

  • If your student does not see new classes in Seesaw by 3/22, they will need to clear the cache on their Chromebook. Click here for directions.

New Student Enrollment website launched

New Student Enrollment website launched

Contact: Amanda Ralston


The district and school websites have updated buttons that open the new student enrollment section. This new section now features online student enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year as well as provides full paper packet options.

Picture Retakes


Retake day is here! Firefly Images wants to share with you our very last opportunity for pictures at your school this year! We are so excited to be back in your community one last time. This is a by appointment only picture day, so please use the link to sign up for a time slot. This picture day is open to those who need a retake and those who are coming to the camera for the very first time. We want to see everyone’s smiling faces at our camera, so no purchase is necessary.

Date: Wednesday, March 31st

Location: Edmonds Elementary School

Once again, we will be set up socially distanced. We will be masking up, so we ask that you do the same until the moment we take that picture. We will be following all COVID protocols for this activity and continue to have a perfect safety record this year.

If you are getting a retake, don’t forget to return your complete picture package to the photographer in order to complete your order process.

Link to Sign-up/Order form:



Retakes? Just bring your entire original picture package.

Retake of Digital Images? Tell your photographer.

First time to camera? Once again, just let your photographer know.

And don't forget to bring your smile... We could give you one of ours, but you look much better with your own smile on!

Thank you!

Firefly Images

Yearbook on sale

Hello Everyone!

Are you thinking yearbooks? We are! From strict remote learning, to some schools alternating “A” and “B” students, it has been nothing short of a year of uncertainty. One thing is for certain though – Yearbooks are happening, and you can order yours now! We are working hard to create fun and unique yearbooks this year. Below is the link to our quick and easy order form. This yearbook will be one-of-a-kind so don’t miss out on this opportunity!

The process is easy and takes no more than a couple minutes. Remember to double check that your school’s yearbook is selected when checking out! Follow the link at the end of this message to order your yearbook.

To make these yearbooks special, we would like to ask for your help! Yes – YOU! The most vital tool to keep us safe this year has also become one of the most simple and customizable fashion accessories. We would love to see your favorite and most stylish masks in a Mask Fashion feature page. So, pull out the camera, capture a nice image of your student wearing their favorite mask and submit it to us here at fireflyyrbk@comcast.net - This opportunity will expire once we have enough pictures for the page, or we hit the deadline of March 3 rd, whichever happens first. Be sure to name the file with your student’s name and the school they attend so we know what book to put them in! The image should show above the student’s head down to the mid-chest, we will crop it from there. Keep the background simple and be sure that it is a JPG and not too dark or too bright. Firefly Images appreciates all your help in making this yearbook the best it can be!

Order your yearbook here!

Thank you,

Firefly Images

Tech Support

Edmonds Tech Orientation

Contact: Sarah Luczyk

The Libraries and Instructional Department and Technology Department are pleased to offer video training and a hands on Canvas course for families new to the Edmonds School District as well as other families that may want an overview of our online instructional tools. The links to the orientation video, Canvas course, and other helpful materials can be found on the ESD Learning Resources website or the Canvas Family Resources website.

The Canvas course was created to help new students navigate access to their first day of school online and will cover topics such as Gmail, Google Drive, Chromebook basics, Canvas/Clever (for Seesaw), Skyward, Edmonds Bookmarks, and Zoom. We are excited to share this with them and others who could benefit from it.

A special thank you to Sarah Schumacher and Kim Zimmerman from Meadowdale Middle, who partnered with us to develop these valuable resources!

Chromebook Updates

  • Our team recently came across a Chromebook update simulator. Feel free to use this to guide your students through updating their Chromebooks. The page features other Chromebook simulations that may also be useful for you and your students.

Student Tech Support

  • The Student Technology Support team is offering student support on Zoom, Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM. Students can connect with a support team member at https://edmondsschools.zoom.us/my/esdtechsupport using the passcode: 030727. Students will be placed in a waiting room and admitted to a private breakout room once a support tech is available.

Drive Through Materials Pick Up Days

If your student has materials to pick up, teachers will inform you. That way you don't have to make an extra trip.

Here are the dates for Materials and Library Book Distribution, please note the change in times.

March 2412:00 - 1:00 Last Names A-H

1:00 - 2:00 Last Names I - M

2:00 - 3:00 Last Names N-Z


April 14

April 28

Important District Information

New updates related to reentry are at the top of this newsletter

Helpful Links

SeeSaw and Canvas Resources

K-2 Grades will use SeeSaw as their Learning Management System 3-6 Grades will use Canvas as their Learning Management System

Free and Reduced Meal Applications Available

Find free and reduced meal applications and other important information on our district's website on Food and Nutrition Services.