Grizzly Gazette

December 12th, 2021

Principal's Message

Gratitude. How does one display gratitude while dealing with overwhelming situations. The tornadoes in Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Illinois, Missouri and Mississippi were devastating. They would be devastating at any time of the year, but experiencing such an event during the holiday season is hard to fathom.

So, back to my original question: How to express gratitude in difficult times? There is no formula we can dial into for gratitude. It's personal and different for all of us depending on our circumstances. I am truly grateful for those helping in the states affected and going above and beyond to ease the pain of others. My thoughts and prayers are with those who have suffered so much loss. Take care.


Important Dates

Here are a few dates to remember:

• 12-15-21: Late Start Wednesday

• 12-17-21: Last Day of School Before the Holiday Break. (This is a full day of school)

• 12-20-21: Holiday Break Begins

• 1-3-22: First Day of School Following the Holiday Break

Dr. Rumbaugh's Family Communication 12-10-21

Hello Families,

Have you ever considered what a “situation equation” is? While at Cedarhome Elementary this week I watched a gifted teacher talk with students about this concept. If you can see the image to the right, a situation equation is “an equation written to represent a literal translation of a word problem. It shows the structure of the information in the problem.”

As I listened to the class discussion, they began to discover some word problems containing non-essential or distracting information. Some information held no meaning and other times unnecessary information drew the learner away from the important facts needed to solve the problem. Have you ever experienced this? Are there things in our lives that are distracting or non-essential that take us away from meeting our goals or solving problems? I would wager to say that we have all experienced this.

For our learners, each day they spend with us should be focused on meaningful learning experiences and opportunities to grow. As superintendent, I often focus on what can be accentuated for students and what needs to be eliminated or dismissed? We are surrounded by excellent educators, passionate community members and supportive parents. We need your support and input as we determine what is most important and compelling for our students and where our focus should be in the years ahead.

As many of you know, we are developing a district strategic plan that will serve as our roadmap for the next five years. Please consider joining us as we come together as a community to plan for our students’ futures. I would offer that we can, collectively, develop a plan that ensures our learners are skilled problem solvers that are prepared for the futures they choose. Please click HERE to let us know you are interested in joining the Strategic Planning process.

Listening Session Notes

On November 30 we held the second in a series of listening sessions with our families. We had an excellent discussion of what is working well for their children and what concerns they have. Please click HERE the link to review our notes from that evening. Our next meeting will be on February 22 at 6 p.m.

NEW! Board Briefing

In an effort to create better communication and awareness about school board meetings, topics discussed and upcoming events, we have decided to publish a Board Briefing following each regular board meeting. Board Briefing will be published following each regular board meeting and posted to the district website as well as linked to the Friday Family Message.

Have a great weekend,
Deborah Rumbaugh, Ed.D.

Peer Model Program Opportunity

The Stanwood Camano School District’s Special Education Preschool is looking for participants for their model peer program for the 2022-23 school year. This program includes four year old preschoolers, and is typically in the afternoon class sessions. The program is tuition-based and preschoolers from the community attend along with students enrolled in the special education developmental preschool. These community preschoolers serve as speech language, behavior and motor model peers for the children receiving special education services, while getting a high quality preschool experience themselves. If you know of a child who may be interested in participating, please contact Ghvette Bergstrom in the Preschool Program @ (360) 629-1250.
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SCSD Non-Discrimination Statement

SCSD Non Discrimination Statement

The Stanwood-Camano School District does not discriminate in employment, 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. Inquiries regarding compliance and/or grievance procedures may be directed to the District's Title IX/Affirmative Action Officer and Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator, Maurene Stanton (, or the Section 504/American Disabilities Act Coordinator, Robert Hascall ( Stanwood-Camano School District, 26920 Pioneer Hwy, Stanwood, WA 98292. Telephone: (360) 629-1200.

El Distrito Escolar de Stanwood-Camano School District no discrimina en sus programas o actividades por motivos de sexo, raza, credo, religión, color, origen nacional, edad, condición de veterano de guerra o grado militar, orientación sexual, expresión de género o identidad, discapacidad o uso de perro guía entrenado o animal de servicio, y ofrece igualdad de acceso a los Boy Scouts y a otros grupos de jóvenes especificados. El empleado mencionado a continuación ha sido designado para atender consultas y quejas de supuesta discriminación: Título IX / Oficial de Acción Afirmativa y Coordinador de Cumplimiento de Derechos Civiles, Maurene Stanton (, o la Sección 504 / Coordinador de la Ley de Discapacidades Estadounidenses, Robert Hascall (, Distrito Escolar Stanwood-Camano, 26920 Pioneer Hwy, Stanwood, WA 98292. Teléfono: (360) 629- 1200.