Little Cedars Elementary

Home of the Wolverines - September 16, 2022

Message from the Principal - Mrs. Nielsen

Dear Little Cedars Families,

Next week, Thursday, September 22, is our Open House/ Curriculum night. We are excited to have all our families learn about the wonderful things happening in each of our classrooms.

6:00- 6:45 (A-L by last name)

7:00- 7:45 (M-Z)

We know that many of our families have multiple students at Little Cedars. Please feel free to go to both sessions, and if needed, stay for a bit in one class and then move to another classroom.

We would also like to invite you to visit our other classrooms that your students may utilize: Speech room, Occupational Therapy room, Resource room and our Social Skills and Communication room during the Open House.

There will be some signs throughout the school for you to leave a message for your child/ children. Please be on the lookout for them! See you Thursday!

Anne Nielsen

Principal, Little Cedars Elementary

Hearing Screening

  • Hearing screening for Kindergarten, grades 1-3 and 5 will be Tuesday, September 20.

*** This this a change in date; there will be just one day of hearing screening.

Beginning Band Bash - September 20, 2022

6th Grade Families

You are cordially invited to

SSD-South Beginning Band Bash!

September 20, 2022

Glacier Peak High School

7401 144th Pl SE, Snohomish, WA 98296

6:30 – 8:30 PM

Please join us at the following times for a beginning band open house at GPHS. This event is for all 6th grade students that are interested in, or already signed up for beginning band at their school.

At this event, you will be able to:

· Hear each beginning instrument played by a specialist

· Talk to current students about their band experience

· Hear performances by the GPHS Band students

· Talk to your director about which instrument is right for you

· Order an instrument rental package through our local music store (optional)

· Meet Mr. Mines and Mr. Morris – Valley View and Glacier Peak Band Directors

We are looking forward to helping you enter the wonderful world of band, and we can’t wait to see you there!

Picture Day - Wednesday, September 21

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Grizzly Cubs sign-ups – September 1-30

Grizzly Cubs sign-ups are open from September 1-30. Grizzly Cubs is a mentoring program between Glacier Peak High School students and students from the four elementary schools that feed into Glacier Peak High School: Cathcart Elementary, Little Cedars Elementary, Seattle Hill Elementary and Totem Falls Elementary. Learn more and sign up at

Free and Reduced Lunch Application

Note – All school websites include Food Service info. Info is located:

  • Front page – There is a Menu icon.
  • Quicklinks on front page – There is a quicklink for Food Service (Including Free and Reduced Meal Information).
  • Departments & Programs channel – There is a section noted as Food Service.

Food Service

Important Food Service Links -

Free/Reduced Meal Applications

Each student household in the Snohomish School District will receive a free and reduced-price meal application in the mail in August. Forms can be found at your child's school or online at

Who should fill out an application?
Fill out the application if:

  • Total household income is the same or less than the amount on the chart.
  • You receive Basic Food, take part in the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), or receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) for your children.
  • You are applying for foster children that are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court.


Turn in the application to Snohomish School District, Attn: Meal Applications, 1601 Avenue D, Snohomish, WA 98290. Be sure to submit only one application per household. We will notify you if the application is approved or denied. If any child you are applying for is homeless (McKinney-Vento), or migrant, check the appropriate box.

What counts as income? Who is considered a member of my household?
Look at the income chart below. Find your household size. Find your total household income. If members in the household are paid at different times during the month and you are unsure if your household is eligible, fill out an application and we will determine your income eligibility for you. The information you give will be used to determine your child's eligibility for free or reduced-price meals.

Foster children that are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court are eligible for free meals regardless of personal use income. If you have questions about applying for meal benefits for foster children, please contact us at 360-563-7314.

USDA Child Nutrition Program Income Guidelines

  • Household is defined as all persons, including parents, children, grandparents, and all people related or unrelated who live in your home and share living expenses. If applying for a household with a foster child, you may include the foster child in the total household size.
  • Household income is considered to be the income each household member received before taxes. This includes wages, social security, pension, unemployment, welfare, child support, alimony, and any other cash income. If including a foster child as part of the household, you must also include the foster child’s personal income. Do not report foster payments as income.

Little Cedars PTA News

Stay up to date with your Little Cedars PTA events by checking out their weekly newsletter:

We strive to benefit all students at Little Cedars Elementary in their education, health, safety and welfare as we connect with each other in our community.

Please see our website for more information.

Counselor's Corner

Hello Little Cedars' Families!

I want to take this opportunity to introduce myself and how to reach me. My name is Julie Ray and this will be my 17th year as a school counselor. Before coming to LCE I spent the last 16 years serving the students and families of Valley View Middle School. There is a good chance if you have older kids that I may have been fortunate enough to work with them and maybe even you! I graduated from UW and went on to receive a double masters at Seattle University in School Counseling and Community Mental Health. My own children have grown and graduated through the schools of Snohomish School District and am a very proud mom!

I have been making my way to each class introducing myself and explaining how to see me and some of the reasons why you may come to talk with me. I am very aware of the need for support services surrounding our students’ mental health needs. While I am not a “therapist” in the building, I will work with your child to help strengthen friendship skills, regulating and expressing emotions, problem solving and decision-making skills, and brief solution-oriented meetings regarding bigger issues.

If you feel like your child could benefit from a little more of a regular check in about certain issues, such as anxiety, perfectionism, family transitions etc., please let me know and we can get the process started. As the year progresses and the students’ needs become clearer, I will be offering small groups and lunch bunch activities to meet those needs. Any student participating in any regular meetings with me, small group, or lunch bunch will need to have parent consent before starting.

My ultimate goal is helping our kids become better versions of themselves every day, to have the courage to try something new, to see mistakes as another learning opportunity and partner with you in your child’s success. I look forward to getting to know all the students here and help them reach their goals.

If you have any questions for me or would like to speak further about your child you can reach me either by phone at 360-563-2906 or through email at .


Julie Ray, M ED, CAAS

Little Cedars Elementary School Counselor

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2022-2023 School Year

  • Tuesday, September 20 - Hearing screening Kindergarten and grades 1-3 and 5

  • Wednesday, September 21 - Picture Day

  • Thursday, September 22 - Open House

  • Friday, September 30 - Afterschool Book Club

  • Friday, October 14 - PTA BINGO

  • Friday, Octover 14 - 28 - Read-a-thon

  • Week of October 24 - Fall conference week (schedule and details TBD)

  • Wednesday, November 2 - PTA Sponsored virtual even with author Aron Nels Steinke

  • Thursday, November 3 - Fifth grade music concert

  • Friday, November 11- No school/Veterans Day

  • Wednesday, November 23 - Half-day early release

  • Thursday, November 24-Friday, November 25 - No school/Thanksgiving Break

  • Friday, December 9 - PTA Dance

  • Tuesday, December 20 - Half-day early release

  • Wednesday, December 21-Tuesday, January 3 - No school/Winter Break

  • Wednesday, January 4 - Classes resume after Winter Break

  • Thursday, January 12 - Fourth grade music concert

  • Monday, January 16 - No school/MLK Jr. Day

  • Thursday, January 26 - PTA Spelling Bee

  • Monday, January 30 - No school/Beginning of second semester and non-student day

  • Friday, February 17-Monday, February 20 - No school/Mid-Winter Break

  • Monday, February 27-Friday, March 10 - Apex Fundraising

  • Thursday, March 2 - Science Fair

  • Thursday, March 16 - Sixth grade music concert

  • Week of March 27 - Spring conference week (schedule and details TBD)

  • Monday, April 3-Friday, April 7 - No school/Spring Break

  • Friday, April 21 - Festival of Cultures

  • Monday, April 24-Wednesday, April 26 - Sixth grade camp

  • Thursday, May 4 - First and Third grade music concert

  • Thursday, May 18 - Kindergarten and Second grade music concert

  • Friday, May 19 - PTA Carnival

  • Monday, May 29 - No school/Memorial Day

  • Friday, June 16 - Last day of school

  • Monday, June 19 - No school/Juneteenth

  • Tuesday, June 20-Friday, June 23 - Potential snow/inclement weather m

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Join our team!

Join our team! Visit or call 360-563-7233 today!

Current high-need school and district openings include:

  • Paraeducators/Educational Assistants
  • Psychologists, Occupational/Physical Therapists and Speech Language Pathologists
  • Elementary and Secondary Teachers
  • Administrative Assistants and Office Support
  • Custodians
  • Maintenance Workers, Plumbers, and Carpenters
  • School Bus Drivers and Substitute Bus Drivers
  • Substitute Teachers/Guest Teachers
  • Substitute Paraeducators
  • Kitchen Staff
  • Swim Instructors
  • Lifeguards

Snohomish School District positions

Snohomish Aquatic Center positions - If you would like to be considered for employment at the Snohomish Aquatic Center, please click here.

  • Please feel free to contact Chris Bensen, Snohomish Aquatic Center Supervisor, at 360-563-1986 or 360-568-8030, with any questions.

Chartwells K-12/Compass Group (district's food service provider) positions - If you would like to be considered for employment with Chartwells K-12/Compass Group (district's food service provider), please click here.

  • Please feel free to contact Marty Grasa, Chartwells K-12/Compass Group Manager, at 360-563-7357 with any questions.

Non-Discrimination Notice

The Snohomish 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 employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Civil Rights Coordinator, Title IX Coordinator and ADA – Darryl Pernat, 1601 Avenue D, Snohomish, WA 98290, 360-563-7285,; Section 504 Coordinator and Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying – Shawn Stevenson, 1601 Avenue D, Snohomish, WA 98290, 360-563-7282,