Community Letter

March 4, 2022

Less judgment...more curiosity...

Dear LISD Families,

You have undoubtedly heard that Governor Inslee has removed the mask mandate as of 11:59 p.m. on March 11. This means that on Monday, March 14, students and staff will no longer be required to wear masks at school. Our superintendent will be sending out a more detailed message about this early next week, so watch for that. We suspect that, just like adults, some students will be happy to discard their masks and some will continue wearing them. This provides us with a very timely and relevant opportunity to review our Bullying, Harassment, and Intimidation policy and discuss the importance of reserving judgment and resisting the urge to create a narrative about a person based on a single piece of information…the presence or absence of a mask. We intend to lead our students in these important discussions and to model what it means to be less judgmental and more curious.

Again, watch for more details next week.

All our best to you and your family,

Mary and Martha

The menu for the week ending March 11 will be available on the district website on Sunday, March 6.

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News From Third Grade

Third grade students shared their classroom with half of the second grade on Thursday. The third grade class worked with second grade buddies on multiplication strategies. It was a successful day!
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Golf Digest

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2022 Junior Golf Clinics

Here is a great opportunity to try a new sport. If your student has ever been interested in playing golf and is age 12-18, now is the time to give it a try at the Junior Golf Clinic. Golf is a life long sport and a fun and challenging outdoor activity. Please see the flyer below and sign up with Richard Tetu at Lopez Island High School if interested.
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Interview with Ananda Velo

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Spotlight on a Member of the 2022 Graduating Class

What clubs/athletics/extracurriculars have you been involved in? In middle school, I played every sport I could. In high school, I've played soccer and golf, and I also play lead guitar with MPPACT and I'm the ASB Sargeant at Arms.

What is one positive memory from your time here that you’ll carry with you forever? In elementary school (I was 7 years old), we were playing soccer against Orcas. Orcas was talking trash because their high school team beat our high school team. I carried the game, scored a few goals, and we tied. My memory is of me kicking the ball and then doing a knee slide celebration because I had just watched the World Cup.

What is the best piece of advice you have received from a teacher? Richard Carter tells us, "Do the first thing first, the second thing second, etc. Don’t get ahead of yourself."

Finish this sentence: “I cannot live without…….”: Guitar, family, and knowing that there are always new things I can learn.

What is the most creative excuse you have ever used to get out of school work? I have trained my brain to forget the lies I’ve told, so when teachers ask me about it later, I can act I honestly don’t know or forgot.

What is one piece of advice for incoming high school students? Keep on track of your work. Try to meet the deadline a week before it’s due, so you have plenty of time.

What is the most meaningful assignment ever given to you by a teacher? In Mr. Tetu’s 9th grade English class, we had an assignment to interview a community member. My essay from that interview wasn’t very good, but the skill of interviewing has been useful in other assignments after that.

What’s the most important quality in a friendship? Why? Being present for friends during good times and bad. You can figure out who your real friends are when things aren’t going well.

In 10 years, I will be…: I hope I’ll have graduated from college and am pursuing whatever job I need to get to a higher level. I hope I’m doing something with music.

Who/what do you find inspiring? I find Tiger Woods inspiring because he has gone through his life playing a rich white people sport. He has come back strong from multiple injuries and surgeries.

What song summarizes your feelings about graduating from high school? Stop this Train by John Mayer. It's a song about a guy who is sort of afraid of growing up, but eventually realizes that he doesn’t actually want to stop the train because he wants to grow up after all.

What are your plans after high school? I want to go to either the University of Washington or Western Washington and study music and business.

Is there anything else you want people to know about you? I think having a mindset of helping others even when it doesn’t benefit you is part of the Lopez way, and this should be continued no matter who is teaching here.

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From the Nurse's Corner

Seasonal allergies are sometimes called "hay fever" or seasonal allergic rhinitis. These allergy symptoms happen during certain times of the year, usually when trees, grasses, and weeds release tiny pollen particles into the air to fertilize other plants. If your child experiences "cold" symptoms at the same time every year, seasonal allergies might be to blame. Allergy symptoms, which usually come on suddenly and last for as long as a person is exposed to the allergen, can include:


>itchy nose and/or soar throat

>nasal congestion

>clear, runny nose

>postnasal drip

These symptoms often come with itchy, watery, and/or red eyes, which is called allergic conjunctivitis. Kids who have coughing, wheezing, and/or shortness of breath in addition to these symptoms might have allergies that trigger asthma.

There are many ways to treat seasonal allergies, depending on how bothersome the symptoms are. An important part of treatment is knowing what someone is allergic to. Some kids can get relief by reducing or eliminating exposure from the allergens that bother them.

If reducing exposure isn't possible or doesn't help, doctors may recommend medicine for allergy symptoms. These can include oral, nasal, ocular (eye), antihistamines and nasal steroid spray.

You can learn more at https:

Note: These COVID 19 tests are not recommended by the FDA:

>Celltrion DiaTrust COVID 19 AG Rapid Test

>SD Biosensor Standard COVID 19 Ag Home Test

>ACON Flowflex SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Test

Need to Know!

Conference week is coming up. Please take note that it will be a 2:00 dismissal Monday, March 28 - Friday, April 1 for Elementary students. Secondary conferences will be Wednesday, March 30 and students are released that day at 2:00. Secondary families can sign up through Qmlativ, just like fall conferences, beginning March 14. More information to come.

Lopez Island School District

Ed Murray, Superintendent

Martha Martin, Secondary Principal

Mary Fordham, Elementary Principal

The Lopez Island School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employee(s) has been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator, Ed Murray –; Title IX Coordinator, HR Specialist, Summer Hagge –; Section 504, Mary Fordham –; OR contact by phone, 360-468-2202, OR mail to 86 School Rd, Lopez Island, WA 98261.