Eagle Sightings February

Caspar van Haalen, Principal

Dear families,

As we closed January with a wonderful assembly that highlighted Kindness and Cooperation, we are looking forward to February, in which we will highlight the virtue Patience:

Patience is quiet hope and trust that things will turn out right. You wait without complaining. You are tolerant and accepting of difficulties and mistakes. You picture the end in the beginning and persevere to meet your goals. Patience is a commitment to the future.

Report cards

By now you will have received your child’s report card. Please contact your teacher if you have any questions about your child’s progress. Parent conferences will be scheduled for March 18 - 20.

School Improvement

At the February 26 School Board meeting, I will share assessment data that reflect the progress we have made relative to our school improvement goals. You can find our school improvement plan on our school website. I encourage you to attend that School Board meeting, but you can always contact me in person to talk about our school improvement data.


Our school is still seeing numbers of tardies and excused absences that by far exceed what Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) considers acceptable. If your child is absent for a total of 18 days in a school year, (s)he has chronic absenteeism, which negatively impacts student learning. It is absolutely imperative that your child attends school every day, on time. At www.attendanceworks.org you can find information about how you and the school can improve school attendance. Of course, we do celebrate students with good attendance and students that show improvement. As a parent, you play a crucial role in getting your child to school.

After-school programs

Our school will have after-school reading and math tutoring/study programs (start date to be determined). Our staff will make recommendations to parents to have their students attend from 3:00 - 4:00, Monday through Friday. In addition, our school is looking for parents and community members who would like to volunteer their time in an after-school enrichment program (3:00 - 4:00; days to be determined). If you have a skill, talent, or idea you think might be great to share with kids, please contact our main office.

Permission slips

With various planned field trips coming up, it is important that you return signed permission slips to school on time. For logistical and other reasons, we cannot accept slip or phone calls the day of a field trip. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.


Please consider joining our PTO and/or cadre of volunteers. You can volunteer in your child’s classroom, the cafeteria, library, on the playground, etc.

I’d like to end this newsletter with a tribute to Harriet Tubman (1820-1913), one of this country’s great icons, who is quoted to have said, “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”

May we all join in giving our students the absolute best of what we have to offer them and help them reach for those stars.

In educational partnership,

Caspar van Haalen


Send extra clothes please!

All of this rain makes for fun and muddy times on the playground!

We have gone through our extra clothes in the health room. We most frequently see kindergarten and first grade students asking for a change of clothes. Please help by packing a full set of extra clothes in your child's backpack. If you have extra sweats and/or leggings that your kids have outgrown we would love to restock the health room.

Thanks for your help keeping kids dry.

February 2020

2/4 6:00p PTO Meeting; FHES Library

2/7 11:10a Early Release

2/10 1:25p Earthquake DRILL

2/13 Mukilteo Band Assembly

2/17 President's Day | No School

2/18 - 2/21 Mid - Winter Break | No School

2/25 1:00p School Spelling Bee

2/28 9:30a I Love to Read Assembly

6:30p PTO Movie Night | How to Train Your Dragon

Employment Opportunity!

Share your knowledge and get involved. Bus drivers, custodians, lunch servers, paraeducaters, secretaries, teachers; we need substitutes from the community in all areas!

You can set your days of availability, pick the teachers you like to sub for, and review assignments before accepting. Take a look at the district website or stop by 285 Blair Ave for more information on becoming a substitute for the San Juan Island School District.

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