Panther Pride

February 2023

We create and maintain a safe and consistent learning community by establishing positive behavioral supports and a culture where all students achieve social, emotional and academic success.

Fernwood Elementary

3933 Jewell Rd

Bothell, WA 98021


In This Issue:

  • Construction Update,
  • Half Day - February 10th,
  • Black History Month,
  • PTSA Information,
  • and more!

Principal Message

Dear Fernwood Families,

The beginning of the second semester in school always marks an exciting time of the year. We have the opportunity to look back and see how much progress students have made since September. It is also a time to pause and reflect about adjustments needed through the end of the year to support students’ success. At Fernwood, we recognize that a key part of students experiencing academic success is directly connected to students experiencing a sense of belonging and a feeling of value when at school. One way we work toward that desired outcome is by creating opportunities for students to personalize their learning experience. That personalization can extend beyond our school walls as well.

This past Friday, February 3rd, students brought their report cards home. We encourage you to talk with your students about their report card. Praise them for their efforts related to progress big or small. To personalize learning at home for your child, first help them identify their unique strengths and needs. Next, assist them to set goals, create a plan towards their goal, and then take steps to achieve their goal. Linked is a resource to guide you through this process. These conversations are essential to personalizing learning for your child and helping them to develop self-efficacy (a belief that they can set a goal and take steps to meet them) overtime.

Our teachers support our desired outcome of students experiencing belonging and a feeling of value not only on a daily basis in the classroom, but also through their time and effort in completing report cards that communicate each student’s progress to date. They work collaboratively with colleagues to calibrate scores as well as individually to communicate each student’s unique strengths and needs to families. Teachers consider a variety of data, including recently completed i-Ready diagnostic scores as well as student work samples to make these determinations. We appreciate their dedication to supporting student learning through strong communication about each student.

As always, it is our continued goal to work in partnership with you to support your child’s learning pathway. If you have specific questions in regards to your child’s progress, please reach out to your child’s teacher.

Kind regards,

Kate Eicher, Proud Principal

Dates To Remember

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Counselor Connection

For the month of February students will be working through our tier one of social emotional learning (SEL) curriculum called Second Step within their classrooms. During the course of the school year, they will have access to at least 22 lessons around the four units of Skills for Learning, Empathy, Emotion Management and Problem Solving. Second Step Posters Link Here.

During these winter months, as a whole school, we are focusing upon developing empathy skills. We are highlighting what these skills can look like and sound like during our weekly morning announcements and our monthly school assemblies. Our Second Step Empathy Poster provides learning tools for students to practice their empathy skills. Students are making connections between what they know about empathy to what has been taught by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We asked the students: What is one action you can take to help someone or to show kindness? As parents you can help your child in their empathy skill development by talking about this question and asking them how they can spread kindness here at Fernwood each and every day.

If you have any questions or would like to request any additional support for your student, please do not hesitate to reach out! We are here for your student’s success!

Best Regards,

Jennifer Brisbine (Grades 1, 3, & 5) and 425-408-4570

Sarah Cue (Grades K, 2, & 4) and 425-408-4572

February 2023 SEL calendar

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In The Know

Fernwood Construction Update

  • Informational Video - Communications is still working to finalize the video recording the community Zoom meetings that occurred over the last two weeks. This video is supposed to be ready soon. We will pass it along as soon as we are able. It contains information about the desired outcomes and process of Fernwood’s expansion projects along with other projects currently underway across Northshore.

  • NSD Expansion Community Meeting - February 7th - There will be a NSD Expansion Community Meeting this Tuesday, February 7th from 6:00-7:00pm in the Fernwood Gym. Families will have a chance to learn more about the goals of the expansion project and be able to share their hope for the project as well. Families in attendance will have the opportunity to share more about the structural challenges of our campus and offer their ideas for improvement. Feel free to bring your students and children as well! We hope you can make it!

i-Ready School-Wide Challenge

Although our students did not meet their goal this month of achieving 95% accuracy on individual reading lessons, they still did exceptionally well by achieving a 90% accuracy rate. As was shared within the introductory letter, now is a great time of year to teach students about goal setting since they have a better sense of their strengths and needs. With that in mind we will use the fact that students have not yet achieved this goal as a teachable moment on setting attainable goals that still push us forward. We will adapt the goal in February to be 92% accuracy in reading.

Thank you for your partnership in supporting students to do their best on individual school-wide goals. To date, we have had 671 students participate. If you would like to know more about the who, what, why, and how of our school-wide i-Ready goal, please follow this link.

Friday, February 10th

Students will be dismissed at 12:30 pm on Friday, February 10th. The remainder of the day is set aside for parent-teacher conferences. Teachers selected families with whom they would like to meet to further discuss student progress for the 2022-23 school year. Since only an afternoon is set aside, teachers are not able to meet with all families. If you have further questions, please reach out to your teacher.


Students in grades 3rd-5th will take part in our state’s Smarter Balanced Assessment this spring. Fernwood will begin testing after spring break and will wrap up testing during the beginning of June. A specific schedule with testing dates for each grade level will be shared soon after we return from mid-winter break.

Skyview Counselor Visitor for 5th Grade Students

The Skyview counselors will visit Fernwood to talk about registration for the 2023-24 school year. 5th grade parents should anticipate information about course selection and electives to come home with specific next steps and timelines. The date has not been set yet. Your students’ teacher will confirm once this event is scheduled.

5th Grade Camp Cedar Springs

Our 5th grade students will have the opportunity to attend in-person camp this year at Cedar Springs. This will be a day camp opportunity versus overnight. Our scheduled dates at this time are April 19th through the 21st. We will attend along with Ruby Bridges. This will be a great culminating activity for students at both schools to end their time in elementary together - just like they started. More information to come. Message from the nurse- If your student needs any medication while at camp, a medication authorization form is required to be completed prior to camp. Please contact the school nurse (Nurse Pavi) at 425-408-4506 to discuss what forms may be needed. The camp nurse does not have any stock medication and is not allowed to give any medication without proper authorization.

Clothing for the Health Room

The school health room is requesting donations for pants, joggers and leggings (size 5-8) for students who may need a change of clothes during school. Please drop off gently used or new pants to the health room. Other items of need are socks and brand-new underwear for boys and girls (size 5-8).Thank you for your donations.

District Information


Northshore has recently moved to using ParentSquare to support school-wide messaging and communication. Even if parents do not sign up, they will continue to receive messages. However, there are many benefits to ParentSquare and families are encouraged to sign up. Some of these benefits include:

  • Receive information from the school via email, text, phone call, or mobile app notification
  • Two-way messaging with translation between staff and families
  • Choose to receive information as it comes, or all at once at 6 p.m. daily
  • Communicate in your preferred language

For more detailed information about ParentSquare, visit Northshore's website on this topic.

Results Form Highly Capable Testing

Results related to qualifying for the Highly Capable programing in reading, math, or both subject areas will be communicated with families with Northshore’s Highly Capable Department.

Black History Month and Black Lives Matter Week in Schools

Northshore School District has shared resources with staff in support of educating students around Black History Month and Black Lives Matter Week in Schools February 6th - February 10th. Our staff continue to be thoughtful about the age range they teach as they select resources. We also continue to focus on the teaching of empathy, fairness, diversity, and community building. We will continue to teach into this week beyond this set aside week throughout school-wide virtual assembly, classroom conversations, and more.

In thinking about our partnership in continuing these important conversations about race at home, visit Northshore’s Racial and Educational Justice Website for resources such as (make sure to scroll down on the page):

  • Talking to Young Kids about Race and Difficult Subjects

  • Recommendations of children’s picture books on diversity

  • Mini films about race

  • And more

K-5 Enrollment for the 2023-2024 School Year

The Northshore School District’ enrollment for 2023-2024 school year will begin soon. When the enrollment opens, we will included the information in our Weekly Updates. All enrollment is submitted online. Please use this link for information and the online process for enrollment. When registering a kindergartener, they must be 5 years old by August 31, 2023 to be eligible. Enrollments are not contingent on the date and time of submission. All enrollments for students living in our boundaries will be accepted.

PTSA Information

Spelling Bee

The PTSA reports a successful completion of the annual Fernwood Spelling Bee. 158 Fernwood students registered for the Spelling Bee this year. After a preliminary round of competition in early December 2022, just 15 students from each of the First Grade, Second Grade, Third Grade, Fourth Grade and Fifth Grade were selected to participate in the live competitions. For these 75 students, we held three exciting nights of live competition on January 17, 18 and 19th.

This year we would like to recognize three champions:

Champion of the First Grade:

  • Taruni Masanagi, Ms. Joyner’s Class

  • Winning Word : homeopathic

Champion of the Second and Third Grades:

  • Veer Modha, Ms. Torres’ Class

  • Winning Word : replenish

Champion of Fernwood Elementary School:

  • Ishaan Bangari, Ms. Hennessey’s Class

  • Winning Word : incursion

Good luck to Ishann as he moves on to the Area Spelling Bee in March!

PTSA Meeting:

The month’s PTSA meeting will be on Tuesday, February 7th at 7:00pm in the Fernwood Library.

Join the Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 882 7327 8271

Passcode: 413952

On behalf of the Fernwood PTSA Board of Directors: we hope to see you there.

Seeking: Experienced PTSA Members to join the Nominating Committee

Without a nominating committee to properly execute the nominating process, we risk losing a PTSA board next year that will resume building a strong relationship with the school, support programs such as the Book Fair and After School Enrichment, and raise funding that enables teacher's grant and classroom supplies. Interested parties, please reach out to Nan Nan Liu-Maffetone at for more information.

Fernwood Cultural Night

Friday, March 31st 2023, 6:30-8:30PM


Fernwood is a school full of diversity and we want to celebrate it!

What is Cultural Night? As a school and PTSA, we strive to develop connections among our school’s different cultures in order to foster connections and partnerships across our community. On Friday, March 31st, 2023, we invite Fernwood families to showcase their culture, celebrate and learn about our similarities and differences. Families can do this through food, dance and fashion. This will take place inside the school’s gym and cafeteria. For full details, please see the Cultural Night flyer linked here. Deadline is March 1, 2023.

Science Olympiad

Due to popular demand and support, the Science Olympiad will now include 1st grade!

Join us for the 2023 Season!!!

Registration Deadline 2/10/2023

For any questions, please contact

Thank you to Fernwood Elementary PTSA for your sponsorship!

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Ongoing School-Wide Communication

We will send out a Weekly Update each Sunday between now and our March Panther Pride with information and events specific for that week.

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