Timberbeast Times

October 7, 2021

Message from Mrs. Gray

Thank you to all of you who viewed the Curriculum Night videos our teachers have created. We hope it helped answer any questions you may have and give you a sneak peek into what a day looks like in the classroom. The link is posted below if you have not had a chance to watch it yet.

You will also see our S.T.A.R. rubric below, these are our school expectations and specific to our common areas. We are focusing on Safety, Taking responsibility, Acceptance, and Respect. (S.T.A.R.). This month we are focusing on safety and what it looks like to be safe in all areas.

Your child might also tell you they are working on becoming PAX Leaders. PAX stands for productivity, peace, health, and happiness and the PAX motto is “I better my world, and I better myself”. Classrooms have started to define what students want to see, hear, do, and feel more of in their classrooms and while at school. This PAX vision encourages students to predict, monitor and reflect on their behaviors for success in different settings, activities or during interaction with others. The PAX Good Behavior Game will help to reduce classroom disruptions, fewer symptoms of inattention and impulsivity, reduced aggression, and provide more time for teaching and learning. You will be hearing more from your child as the year progresses with the ways that we are implementing the PAX Good Behavior Game here at Salem Woods.

Thank you for always sending students who are eager to learn and excited to be here. We have a fantastic Timberbeast family and it has been a joy getting to know all of your children. As always, please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns.

In Partnership,

Melanie Gray

S.T.A.R. Shoutouts!

Each week we spotlight students who are recognised for being safe, taking responsibility, showing acceptance, and being respectful. Take a look at some of the students who were recognized this week!
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Complete your Student Race & Ethnicity Data Collection

Recently, there was a change in federal and state law that affects how student ethnicity and race data is collected by school districts. This change now requires schools to have this data recorded for every student. Families that do not complete this form will be receiving a phone call as a reminder.

As a result, we are required to ask families to verify their child as either Hispanic/Latino or not Hispanic/Latino AND by one or more of 217 racial groups. We ask that families please respond to the two questions in Family Access for each of their students currently enrolled.

While families are not required to verify the race and ethnicity of their students, we are required as a school district to submit this data to comply with federal and state law. We will make two attempts to reach families with the request to submit their child's ethnicity and race category. If there is no response, schools are required to make the ethnicity and race selection for the student.

More information can be found on our website.

Curriculum Night!

Unfortunately due to continued COVID guidelines, we are unable to host an in-person event as in years past. The link below will give you access to our Curriculum Night with information about the 2021-2022 school year. We hope you enjoy learning about your students' classes, teachers, and school through the resources put together by our staff teams.

Virtual Curriculum Night: CLICK HERE

MSD Weekend Food Backpack Program

Dear families,

We know that the economy has hit some of our families hard and the Sky Valley Food Bank and Salem Woods are collaborating to help ease some of the hardship.

This program is intended for families with incomes that are eligible to participate in the federal government’s Free and Reduced price school meals program.

Only the attached form is required to enroll. If your family is already a client of the Sky Valley Food Bank you are not eligible.

Participating families will receive a plastic bag filled with food on Friday when school is in session.

Please return the Weekend Food Backpack Request enrollment form to your student’s teacher as soon as possible to receive a bag of food each Friday. No further paperwork is required. Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions.


Lynnette Ervin


Counselor at Salem Woods


Picture day is October 12, 2021

Picture day is Tuesday, October 12th.

Retake Day is Wednesday, November 17th.

To securely order online:

  • Go to dorianstudio.com and search for Salem Woods Elementary
  • Select the order button from the appropriate photo day
  • Complete your transaction
  • Your order may be placed before and up to four days after picture day

Picture packet forms will be sent home with your student as the date approaches.

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Salem Woods Library News

I’m so excited to have students in the library for book time every week and Makerspace at lunch recess!

I am also excited to have fifth grade library helpers who are helping me keep our books where they go on the shelves.

I wanted to remind families that Sno-Isle Library has free events and online resources for all ages.

Check out sno-isle.org/online resources

There are books and magazines through OverDrive books, interactive picture book read-alouds with BookFlix, children's shows with Kanopy Kids and so much more!

There are online resources for History, Culture, Science and Math, Homework Help and learning a new language.

As always, if you find a book with a bar code on the back, just have your student bring it in, there are no fines due.

Now is the time to Fall into a great book!

Ms. McInnis


Digital Citizenship with Mrs. Glaze

For this rotation of Digital Learning we will be focusing on Digital Citizenship. We will learn about our responsibilities online, including how to be safe, how to protect our personal information and how to act responsibly and with kindness. Parents are encouraged to talk about these concepts with their children and encourage them to pause and think about how they are using technology in a responsible way.

Keep Calm and Code On!

Ms. Glaze


Important Upcoming Dates...Mark your calendars!!

  • October 12th : Salem Woods Picture Day
  • October 19th : PTA meeting - 4:00-5:30 PM via zoom
  • October 25-29: Parent Teacher Conferences via zoom
  • November 3rd: Wear your Orange for Kinder Orange Day!
  • November 17th : Retake Picture Day
  • November 29th - Dec. 10th: Scholastic Book Fair

How to Reach Us

When you call the Salem Woods main line (360-804-3600) you have the option to dial directly to the service you need. Below is a list of options you will hear when you call Salem Woods.

  • Press 1 for Attendance Hotline
  • Press 2 for After School Transportation Changes
  • Press 3 for the Health Room
  • Press 4 for the Counselor
  • Press 0 for the Office Staff
Skyward Family Access

Skyward Family Access is an online tool that offers families up-to-the-minute student information, including attendance, schedules, food service balances, and immunizations. It also includes a calendar and message center.

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SWE...Who's Who, and how to:

Principal ~ Melanie Gray

Counselor ~ Lynnette Ervin

Office Manager ~ Karen Ligman

Assistant Secretary ~ Annamyriah deJong

Health Room ~ 360-804-3632

24-hour Attendance Hotline ~ 360-804-3601

End of Day Changes Hotline ~ 360-804-7100

Fax ~ 360-804-3699

Bus Delay Information ~ 360-804-2951

Transportation Office ~ 360-804-2650

School Hours are 8:55 a.m. to 3:25 p.m. Monday — Thursday

and 8:55 a.m. to 2:25 p.m. on Fridays

Notice of Non-Discrimination

Monroe 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: Joanne Dickinson and also Title IX Coordinator, 360-804-2539, dickinsonj@monroe.wednet.edu; and 504 Coordinator: David Paratore, 360-804-2609, paratored@monroe.wednet.edu. Address: 200 E Fremont St., Monroe, WA 98272.