Tiger News for Garfield Families

Garfield Elementary news, updates and information

This Week

Monday September 12

  • First Day of School for Kindergarten
Friday September 16
  • Learning Improvement Friday, dismissal at 2:15 pm

Looking Ahead ...

Thursday October 6
  • Let's Connect Event at Madison Elementary 6-7 pm (see below for details)
Thursday October 13
  • Showcase of Learning 5:30 - 6:30 pm
We look forward to seeing your student at school each and every day. Regular school attendance is important, and we will work with you to ensure your child is present and benefiting from a world-class education. Remember - if you show, you grow!

Please report your student's absence by calling or emailing the school.

Attendance Email: gaeattendance@everettsd.org

Attendance Line: 425-385-4705

When reporting attendance, please provide the following information:

  • Student name:
  • Student ID:
  • Teacher:
  • Grade:
  • Reason:
  • Reported by:

If you leave a voicemail, please provide a written note or email within 30 days of your student’s first day back to school. If you need assistance or would like recommendations on how to help ensure your student's regular school attendance, please contact your student's teacher, or our school counselor, Mrs. Dubin (bdubin@everettsd.org).

School Supplies

School supply lists can be found linked here and on our website. Backpacks and school supplies have been generously donated to Garfield from the Everett Public Schools Foundation through their annual Stuff the Bus for kids events. We are so grateful to be able to provide supplies for all of our students! Thank you EPSF!

Please ask your student's teacher regarding backpacks and supplies still available if you need anything.

Let's Connect in Region One!

You are invited to connect with the Region One Regional Superintendent, Pete Misner, to engage in conversation about Back to School and to provide feedback to help us improve. We want to hear from you and hope you can attend an in-person meeting to share your thoughts.

Let’s Connect!

Topic: Back to School

Date: October 6, 2022

Time: 6 - 7 p.m.

Location: Madison Elementary School

Questions that will be posed:

  • What are the academic needs your student may have?
  • What does student achievement mean to you?


Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) student preliminary scores are available for families & students in the online Home Access Center (HAC). Families will also receive a hard copy in September.

Go to www.everettsd.org/SBAinformation to find tools for parents to understand those SBA scores.

How do I get the test scores? Under Quick Links, click How to view SBA scores for instructions. If you don’t have a HAC account or have questions, contact LMS@everettsd.org.

Washington Comprehenisve Assessment of Science scores will be released in September. They will be put in HAC as soon as they arrive, and Individual Student Score Reports will be sent home through the normal school channels.


To access your family's immunization information from the Washington State registry visit, sign up for MyIR to view, download and print your student's immunization records securely online. Once you register, you can access the records anytime you need them. You can print your child's Certificate of Immunization Status for school, childcare and camp programs.


On the communications department webpage, you can sign up for InTouch announcements and school board meeting agenda highlights delivered to your email box monthly. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Visit our social media directory at www.everettsd.org/socialmediadirectory to follow along with school pages, district pages, teachers, clubs, teachers, student groups, and more. Stay connected with us to learn the latest news! We can't wait to see you there!

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Everett Public Schools believes communication with parents and the community is very important. One resources available for families is our “Stay Connected” chart, which will show you the different ways you can regularly keep informed. Visit the communications overview page on the district’s website at www.everettsd.org/communications to download your copy.

Please also make sure your student’s school has your updated contact information so the district can communicate effectively with you.


News and information about our schools are as close as your smartphone. Download and log into the district app to access your student’s info quickly and easily. See top stories, Parent University, Canvas, books checked out from the library, and find the staff directory, school websites, calendars and more.

Available for Apple and Android devices and can be downloaded in 3 easy steps:

  1. On your smartphone, go to the iTunes App Store® or Google Play®
  2. Search Everett Public Schools
  3. Then select our app for free download

Once you’ve downloaded the app, log in to “student info” with your LMS password to see student-specific information for each of your children. Read content in one of many languages available in the settings.


The district’s main webpage has an icon, “report/assistance,” with resources and assistance for students and families on:

  • Suicide Prevention
  • Crisis Support
  • Eating Disorder Help
  • Substance Abuse Help
  • Report Safety Concerns
  • Report Harassment
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Everett Public Schools Early Childhood Education & Assistance Program (ECEAP) is a FREE preschool program for three- and four-year-old children from families with limited income. ECEAP prepares children for kindergarten and provides family support and health and nutrition services. It is funded by the Washington State Department of Children, Youth and Families.

The six ECEAP sites within our school district are Cedar Wood, Hawthorne, Jackson, Lowell, Madison, and Silver Lake elementary schools. We have both school-day classroom schedules and half-day (AM and PM) classroom schedules, depending on the school location. Space is limited – apply early! For an application or more information, please visit the district ECEAP website or call 425-385-4628.

Community Transit Free to Youth 18 and Under

Starting September 1, youth 18 and under can ride all Community Transit services for free. That includes buses, DART paratransit service and vanpools (if they belong to a vanpool). Teens aged 13-18 are strongly encouraged to get a Youth ORCA card to use for fare “payment.” Community Transit will be providing them at our high schools before school starts and middle schools when they get further shipments. For more information visit Youth Fares Community Transit.

Big Changes with School Meals for 2022-2023

There are big changes happening with school meals for the 2022-23 school year that are important for you to understand. As we continue to return to ‘normal,’ the USDA is no longer able to extend the ‘free meals for all’ waiver we have appreciated the last two school years.

However, our state recently passed a new bill that eases the transition, called the Community Eligibility Provision, or CEP for short. CEP is a free meal service option for schools and school districts who have a 40 percent or higher number of students who qualify for free and reduced lunch.

Everett Public Schools worked hard to group the largest number of schools possible that kept the average percentage above the program threshold and because of this, 18 of our schools qualify for this program, including our school.

This means that breakfast and lunches are free to all students at these schools, regardless of free and reduced lunch qualifications. Families at these schools will fill out a household income report, which has been emailed directly to you, in place of the free and reduced lunch application. This report is important to provide students access to free waivers and other services.

We are so excited to be able to use this new program to offer free meals to the students in our district who may need some extra support and to all of our students, no matter where they learn, we will continue to offer nutritious and delicious meals that include seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables, scratch-made whole grain foods and lean proteins, with vegetarian and gluten free options too.

There has never been a better time to eat school meals. We look forward to serving you soon.

Even though meals at our school are at no charge, it is important for families to fill out the Family Income Report to qualify and provide students access to fee waivers and other services and provide our district access to federal and state funding. Check your email to fill out the Family Income Report or click here for the English and Spanish electronic versions of the forms.

Click www.everettsd.org/FoodNutritionServices or to Garfield Elementary's homepage for more information.


Kids in Transition (KIT) program supports students who qualify for two federal programs which provide support for children and youth whose housing is highly mobile: those who meet the more inclusive definition of homeless under the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Act and those who are eligible for Foster Care Education support.

Students who are in foster care placement (where a child welfare agency has placement, care and authority) or those who are without a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence may qualify for this additional support.

The KIT program works to eliminate barriers to students’ academic success and extra-curricular involvement. We ensure eligible students have access to free school meals, school supplies and uniforms. KIT may help students access extended day or summer school classes or coordinate access to additional academic support or tutoring when needed. The KIT Program may also cover, or coordinate waivers for, fees required to take part in activities such as school-sponsored sports, clubs, and required class fees. KIT can also help set up transportation for eligible students to maintain school stability, as long as the commute is​ feasible and in the best interest of the student. We also partner with the Family Resource Center and other community agencies to connect families and students to resources as needed.

Last year, Everett Public Schools served over 1,350 students through our KIT support at some time during the school year. For more information, visit www.everettsd.org/KIT to learn who your school’s KIT support staff is; or contact the KIT Office at 425-385-4032.

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We use Peachjar to email approved flyers from community organizations to parents and guardians. Schools also post those flyers on their websites. Look for the Peachjar button in the Quicklinks section of your school home page to see those flyers. You can also register there to have those flyers delivered to your email address if you aren’t already receiving them.

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Do you or your student have a concern about someone experiencing bullying or harassment? Report it! You can talk directly with your school’s office or you can call, text or email your concern.

If there is reason for concern about safety on a designated walkway to school, call 9-1-1 immediately for authorized, quick help. We have strong partnerships with local law enforcement who share our interest in safe schools and neighborhoods. Student safety is a priority for all of us. Working together, we can help make our neighborhoods and schools nurturing places for students to safely learn and grow.


The district's records may be requested by the public, and many records are fully or partially available for public viewing. As our business is most often about students, families, and staff, some of the information contained in certain records may be protected under federal and state privacy laws.

For additional information related to district public records policy and procedures, including how to make a public records request, please visit our district public records webpage at https://www.everettsd.org/publicrecords.


Everett Public Schools is serious about protecting student records and privacy. The district uses multiple security measures to safeguard student transcripts and other education-related records. Only those teachers, administrators and other staff members who work directly with students (and have an educational need to know) have access to individual student records. Staff members are required to maintain confidentiality of all information in a student’s records. To view or request copies of your own student’s records, please contact the office of the school your student attends.


It’s easy! Registering to vote is easy. Visit the Snohomish County webpage for details on the three ways you can register to vote or update your registration or scan the QR code. Students who are 16 & 17 years old can now pre-register to vote.


Everett Public Schools is hiring many positions. Please share with friends and family who may be interested in joining our team. Visit www.everettsd.org/jobs for jobs posted and how to apply.

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Tiger Pride!

We will be celebrating our Tiger Pride on Fridays! Students will be encouraged to show their Tiger Pride by wearing Garfield Elementary gear on Fridays! All our kindergarten students will receive their shirts this week. If your student is in need of a shirt and did not get one last week please make sure to let the teacher know. There are shirts for everyone so if your student needs one - let the teacher know so we can get your student their shirt.