Grizzly Gazette

March 2021

A Word about Lakeland School District

Greetings Grizzly Families,

Thank you so much for your attention to all of the district communication about the upcoming replacement levy. I know it has been a lot of information! We cannot emphasize enough that this is a replacement of the current levy, and not an additional levy.

We are proud of the fact that we have supported our community through being the only Kootenai County District providing full-time, in-person education for the entire school year. We are committed to being as consistent as possible for families. We know this stability leads to the best school environment and greatest learning opportunities for students. I'm now asking, again, for our communities support by voting on March 9th.

As you are aware, Lakeland Schools, along with over 80% of school districts in Idaho, must rely on our communities to supplement money from the state to support the actual cost of current programs. Our students have the most to gain or lose from this replacement levy election. It is critical that current parents and patrons of the school show up to vote.

As always, if you have any questions, concerns or comments, please know that I am available to visit any time.


Jake Massey, Principal

Garwood Elementary

(208) 687-1265 x4499

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Important for Parents & Guardians

UPDATE- Student Led Conferences- March 11th

Please see the following plan for student-led conferences this year:

We're excited to announce that we are going to equip students to complete student led conferences at home! This powerful conversation will be in the hands of students. We're able to do this because the process should 100% driven by students.

This year looks a little bit different since we are sending home materials to complete this student-led conference at home instead of hosting the event at school. Thursday, March 11th, will still be a no-student day and our teachers will be available to if you have any questions or feedback about your student's presentation at home.

We have been working hard to prepare this experience by setting goals and working on tracking progress along the way.

Monday, March 8th:

  • Materials for conferences will be sent home.

Monday -Wednesday:

  • Please complete the student led conference at home and complete the parent survey for each of your children. The parent survey will be sent out digitally on Monday, March 8th and also via paper form. Please complete whichever is easiest for you- you do not need to complete both.

Thursday, March 11th:

  • No Student Day- Teachers will be available for follow up on student-led conferences

Reminder about Changes in Student Plans

Thank you for keeping us up to date with changes in your student's schedule or routine!

Please call the office by 9:00 am if your student will be late or out for the day.

Please call the office by 2:15 pm for changes in student pickup.

You can reach us any time at (208)-687-1265. Thank you for keeping us up-to-date!

"Read Week" Days-

  • Begins March 1st- (see information attached about events and dress up days- dress up days will begin March 2nd)

  • Tuesday, March 9th, Garwood Elementary is a polling place.

SWAG STORE- will be open Tuesday, March 9th from 9:00-5:00

  • End of Quarter 3- Thursday, March 25th

  • Friday, March 26th

Kootenai Health Bike Helmet Giveaway-

  • Friday, March 26th from 10:00-11:30

Spring Break

  • March 29th-April 2nd

The Garwood Book Fair will be virtual this year, and we plan to make this virtual book fair open during the entire month of April. Stay tuned for details about how to access the online book fair.

Read Week & Dress Up Days

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From Mrs. Martines, Garwood School Counselor

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What's Going on at Garwood

Garwood Staff Member of the Month

We have had a blast this year honoring one special staff member each month. We are so fortunate to have a staff that goes above and beyond for students and community daily. This is our way of honoring them and their contribution to our school!

Meet Ms. Sydney! Ms. Sydney is our Behavior Intervention Coordinator. She works with students all around the school, helping them to be best set up for success while at school. She is an expert relationship builder, and many staff and students have come to rely on Ms. Sydney's expertise!

Thank you, for all you do Ms. Sydney! We're so grateful for you!

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Some FUN From Our Latest Assembly!


Other Updates

PTO - Open to ANY and ALL Garwood Grown-Ups!

Our PTO is on the move! We're so excited that with the decrease in COVID cases we've been able to allow in-person meetings for our wonderful PTO. This is an amazing group of parents and educators to be a part of- and opportunities to be involved at the school are offered through this group.

For ongoing information about the Garwood PTO, check them out on Facebook or Instagram! You can request to join the group "GarwoodPTO", and the page administrators will add you. We hope to see you there!

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Parent Advisory Committee- Still Accepting Members!

We're excited to have started up a regular meeting with involved parents and guardians. We believe that our school is great, and we can remain great as long as we are in-tune with our families and community. The format of these meetings may change as COVID restrictions fluctuate- but most of all we want to remain committed to feedback & collaboration, especially through this pandemic.

To become a part of this advisory group, please fill out this short, simple contact form by clicking here or email your name, phone number and student(s) names to