Wade King Elementary

September 17th, 2021

A Note from our Administrative Team

Hello Wade King Families,

Today was our 12th school day and it feels like we're falling into a routine. It feels so good to have all of our students back for full-time in-person learning!

Today's blustery weather was a great reminder to students that we do spend time outside, even when it's rainy. It's time to start bringing coats and warmer clothes to school to be sure your child is comfortable when they are outside. It's also a great time to add their first or last name to the tags inside new coats, sweaters, or sweatshirts so that we know who they belong to if they are lost.

Finally, this newsletter has lots of information about upcoming events, including individual photos that will be taken outside next Tuesday. It's supposed to be a sunny day... and our photographer will have a tent if it isn't. Our Wade King Family Handbook and information to update your student's emergency is also included.

If you have questions, or need support, don't hesitate to let us know. We are here to support you any way we can.

Stephanie Johnson, Principal

Stephanie Korn, Administrator

Important Dates

9/21 (Tues) - Individual School Photo Day (more info below)

9/24 (Fri) - NO SCHOOL for Students - Teacher Learning & Collaboration Day

10/6 (Wed) - Photo Retake Day

10/14 (Thurs) - PTA Meeting on Zoom at 6pm

10/15 (Fri) - NO SCHOOL for Students - Teacher Learning & Collaboration Day

10/17 (Sun) - PTA MOD Pizza Fundraiser

10/21 (Thurs) - Great Shakeout Earthquake Drill

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

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Family Meetings - Sign Up... if you haven't already

In addition to our optional Meet and Greet, we have made time for EVERY family to have a Family Meeting with their child and child's teacher for 15 minutes during the first few weeks of school. There was a Sign-Up Genius link in the welcome email from your child's teacher to sign up for a time that works for your family. Families choose whether this meeting happens in their child's classroom or via Zoom. This is an opportunity for families to see their child's learning space, either in person or through Zoom, and most importantly, to have time to share your hopes for the year with your child's teacher.

We have more family meeting times next Friday, September 24th. If you have not yet had a family meeting and need support signing up for your family meeting, you can contact Debbie and Michelle in our school office, or contact your child's teacher.

Please Update Student Information

Each year, we require families to update annual forms through Skyward Family Access, including information on health concerns, emergency contacts, student privacy, student device checkout, go-home plan for elementary students and more. The state of Washington has updated its race and ethnicity data collection form, and we are asking all families to complete this as part of our annual forms.

Only a few families have updated their student information for this year. If you have not yet done this, please login to Skyward Family Access and look in the left sidebar for “Annual Student Updates 2021-22,” and fill out the annual forms for each child you have enrolled in our district. If you have not used Skyward Family Access in the past, this link will take you to directions.

Please note that it is easier to fill out these forms from a computer rather than a mobile device.

If you have questions or need assistance with your Family Access account or filling out the forms, Debbie and Michelle in our school office would love to help!

Update Student Information... Directory Coming Soon

Our student directory will be published in early October. This information is pulled from your student's information in Skyward Family Access. Your student's annual update form, in Skyward, is also the place where you would opt out of having your student's information in the Directory.

Family Handbook

Our family handbook has lots of information about our school. Check it out below!

Seesaw FAMILY Access

Classroom teachers have turned on family access to their class’s Seesaw account. This means that you can now view your child’s journal, receive updates about what is going on in their classroom, and communicate with the teacher using Seesaw.

All of this can be done using the Seesaw FAMILY app on a mobile device, or by clicking “I’m a family member” at app.seesaw.me in a web browser. If you do not remember your Seesaw FAMILY account password, you can click “Forgot password?” to reset it.

If you need any assistance with this process, feel free to contact our Educational Technology Coach, Hana Anderson at hana.anderson@bellinghamschools.org.

You might recall that when we were learning remotely, students had access to their Seesaw CLASS student accounts at home. Now that students are learning in person at school, they will only be accessing their Seesaw accounts at school. If this changes at some point in the future, we will notify you and get you the necessary information at that time. For now, your Seesaw FAMILY account is all that your family will need in order to stay in touch with your child’s Seesaw classroom.

Rainy Day Recess Is Back: Time for Coats and Shoes

Washington weather can be blustery this time of year. Please remember to send your child to school with appropriate outerwear (raincoat or warm coat, hat, etc.) because we will be outside. Remember to label your child's clothing with their name; our Lost and Found grows every month. If the field is wet from previous rains, sturdy shoes like tennis shoes, rather than sandals, are great for recess. If you need support getting warm clothes or shoes for your child, our school counselor, Jaymie Wakefield can help!

Health and Safety Info

If you have questions about the district protocols that are in place to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 transmission, check out the COVID-19 Information section on our school and district web page. There is a lot of information there... and we are always ready to answer any questions you have.

Note from Mrs. Wakefield (our School Counselor)

Hello Wade King Families, greetings from Ms. Wakefield in the counseling office. Have you ever wondered what our counseling program offers your student? Look for the informational video about Wade King's Counseling Program, coming to your student's SeeSaw account very soon! You will also be introduced to a new face joining the counseling team this year! Learn more about counseling intern, Ashlee Carstens, in the counseling program informational video. As always, please reach out with any questions or concerns, or ways I can support you and your student at 360-647-6840 or my email jaymie.wakefield@bellinghamschools.org

Universal 'Free' Meals This Year

Since the first menu of the school year was included in the back-to-school mailing, the Food Services program has been impacted severely by national supply chain issues in the food industry. To keep families updated on what will be served, a two-week menu will be maintained on the school menu webpage. We will be unable to provide elementary print menus for the foreseeable future until supply chains are strong again.

Reminder! All breakfast and lunch meals are provided at no cost to families in the 2021-22 school year thanks to a USDA ruling earlier this summer.

Student Dismissal Pick-Up Update

Your family should have received your new lime green card with your family code on it. If you were at Wade King last year, your code year to year will be the same. If you ever need a new card, or extra copies for others who are picking up your child, just let the office know.

PTA Meeting

Our next PTA Meeting will be on Thursday, October 14th. This meeting is on Zoom. We hope that makes it easier to join from home! We will be approving our PTA Standing Rules at this meeting.

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.

PTA After School Activites... Returning!

Our PTA has been working with our school team and community providers to be able to offer a few OUTSIDE after school programs this fall. Our community providers will follow the same health and safety guidelines we follow during the school day. Although we will not be able to offer as many sessions as we have in the past, in order to keep class sizes small and maintain social distancing... we are thrilled to be able to offer a few!

The After School Activities Calendar will be emailed to families on Thursday, September 23rd. Registration will open the same day!

PTA Wade King Spirit Wear Sale... coming soon

Our PTA will be selling Wade King Spirit Wear in early October. More information will be coming soon!

PTA MOD Pizza Fundraiser

Our PTA is hosting a MOD Pizza Fundraiser on October 17th. This is a great day to pick up pizza and help our PTA raise funds that come directly back to our students.

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.

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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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