Community Letter

January 21, 2022

Filling our Buckets

Hello LISD Families,

Earlier this month, we told you that we are shining the light on the character habit of perseverance in January. COVID is presenting a unique (albeit unwanted) opportunity to practice and demonstrate perseverance. We have all been living through a pandemic that is embarking on it's third year of disrupting our lives in so many ways. We have persevered...and unfortunately, so has COVID.

The emotional rollercoaster of fear, hope, frustration, relief, exhaustion, etc. is real for both adults and children. We see, hear, and recognize this in ourselves and others. The pandemic has tapped our reserves of resilience and perseverance, and it can be so difficult to figure out how to fill that bucket back up again.

As we move forward, let's lean on kindness and empathy. It's so important that we recognize the humanity in each other and that we lift up the values of kindness and empathy. Like all school communities, ours is filled with a complex mix of folks who have different needs, opinions, strengths, and life experiences. That is what makes the LISD community so wonderful.

One purpose of our community letter each week is to inform you of important events and announcements on a very regular basis. The other purpose is to celebrate the learning and the achievements of our students. We hope this brings you the kind of joy that helps to fill your bucket.

All our best to you and your family,

Mary and Martha

Menu For Week Ending January 28

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Baking A Cake for Birthday Fun

Check out these students having lots of fun learning about baking in the culinary room to celebrate a classmate's birthday. They each had a job to do and everyone got to crack an egg on their own. The cake was beautiful and very delicious. It is fun to work together in the kitchen!

Update From 1st Grade

Ms. Megan has just finished a math unit with her 1st grade class counting to 100 and beyond by 5's and 10's. The class made a very cool paper quilt with starfish to help them count by 5's. They all had a ball coming up with creative and detailed observations about the patterns on the quilt. Thank you for sharing Megan!
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Elementary Garden Class

The Garden class teacher, Ms Tuoya, will be doing a fun rock painting project next week. She is asking all elementary students to bring one or two rocks into the garden classroom before their garden enrichment next week. Paint and paint brushes will be provided. They are welcome to put their rocks in the bowl next to the classroom door (on the right side). Here is a photo of some of the ideas they might create.

Garden enrichment schedule:

Monday-1st Grade

Tuesday-2nd Grade

Wednesday-3rd/4th Grade

Thursday-4th/5th Grade


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Ms. Tuoya wants to send a big THANK YOU to the Lopez Island Education Foundation for the new induction burners. Pictured is a class cooking sprouts using the burners.

Elementary STEM Enrichment

1st grade STEM class having fun with their finished projects.
LISD STEM 1st Grade Project

From Elementary Art Enrichment

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Pruning with SAP Class

"This week our high school Sustainable Agricultural Practices class finished our unit on Arboriculture by pruning the LIFE School Garden on campus. Professional pruner, Marguerite Greening, came over from Orcas to lead this intrepid group." -Ms. S

Looking Back On Our Scheduled Virtual School Snow Day

Our whole team worked so hard to prepare for our scheduled snow day. Computers were sent home, teachers prepped, and we successfully had a virtual school day. Some team members came in to hold down the fort, some fun was had, and Jessie took these pictures of our beautiful school buried in snow. Thanks for all who made this day great!

Our Visit To Decatur

Dr. Martin and Jesse traveled to Decatur on Thursday, January 13 to bring the students new laptops. Jesse had a fun time showing them how to use their new devices and they all participated in a digital citizenship education activity. Then the students showed them the awesome fort they built in the woods based on a book they were reading in class that was written by a Lopez author. They took some great photos. Enjoy!
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Basketball: Back In Action

For our next home game, the boys will be playing against Fellowship on Monday, January 24. This game will have a 4:30 start time. To keep our athletes and coaches safe, we have decided to not allow spectators at this time, but we will make an exception for the parents of 12th graders who are wearing masks. For those of you who would like to watch the game on Monday, Jessie will be putting a zoom link on the district website so we all can enjoy. Go LOBOS!!

The away game with Grace scheduled for tomorrow has moved to next Saturday and it's a home game.

Middle school girls started basketball practice on Wednesday January 19. Have a great and healthy season, Emily and athletes!

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From The Nurse's Corner

New CDC guidelines have made for a busy week in the nurse's office. For those who test positive and are fully vaccinated, you should quarantine for 5 days. At the end of 5 days, you should do a rapid antigen test. If negative, you are free to go about your normal activity, continuing to wear a high quality mask. If the test on day 5 is still positive, you will need to quarantine for 5 more days. Those who are positive and are unvaccinated are to be in quarantine for 10 days. At the end of 10 days, they are free to go about their day to day business. We are no longer quarantining close contacts. Close contacts will need to test only if they are feeling symptoms if immunized. If they are not immunized and have had a close contact, they will need to test to stay on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. If you have any further questions, please go to the San Juan County Health Department website. This is a revolving door that we are trying our best to keep up with. Thank you all for your continued cooperation.

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, Renee Koplan –; Section 504, Mary Fordham –; OR contact by phone, 360-468-2202, OR mail to 86 School Rd, Lopez Island, WA 98261.