April 2023 Star Lake Newsletter

Greetings Star Lake Families,

Happy Spring; here we are heading into April and spring break! Our students and staff have been working so hard the past few months, we are ready and deserving of a great break. I hope your family has some fun, some relaxation, and of course, some reading planned for your week. I am planning a quick trip to the ocean, some work in my yard, while squeezing in some relaxation and reading too.

We are so excited to spend the next two days meeting with families during Student-Led Conferences. Such a great time for our scholars to share their learning, progress and goals! If you happen to forget to conference time, or need to reschedule, you can reach out to your child’s teacher via email or remind, or call our main office at 253-945-4000. Our goal, as always, is to meet with 100% of our families for this important conversation.

We have some great events and activities coming up this spring:

  • Of course, next week April 3-7 is spring break!
  • Our “Battle of the Books” competition will be during the school day on April 12th. Mrs. Nelson has been practicing with 3rd-5th grade student teams during lunch. Keep reading those books! I always look forward to this great competition; and the winning team will get to participate in the district battle.
  • That same evening, April 12th from 6-8pm, please head to Federal Way High School for our district’s STEM night. You can check out booths, engaging and informative panel discussions, interactive activities and more …all providing exploration and excitement around science, technology, engineering and math!
  • There will also be BUS SHUTTLE service available to take you from our Star Lake bus loop directly to Federal Way High School and back. The bus departs from Star Lake at 4:44 (only for students participating in booths), 5:44 and 6:44 and leaves from FWHS to return to Star Lake at 8:10pm.

When our students return from spring break, each classroom with have a morning meeting to revisit behavior expectations and procedures. We all get a little “spring fever” when the sun starts shining and this reboot will serve as a reminder to our students that we still have a great deal of learning left to do this school year. We want all of our student to be kind, safe and productive, and this reminder ensures students know what is expected of them. We have a fabulous community of learners here at Star Lake, and we sure appreciate the support and partnership we have with our families!

Best Regards,

Kris Rennie, principal


Mark Your Calendars


30-31 - NO SCHOOL - Scholar Led Conferences


3-7 - NO SCHOOL - Spring Break

12 - BOB Competition

12 - Early Release - School ends at 1:35

12 - STEM Exploration Night 6:00-8:00, Federal Way HS

13 - PTA Skate Night, 6-8:00pm @ El Centro Skate Rink

17 - Class Picture Day

18 - Coffee with the Principal 9-10:00

21 - Backwards Spirit Day - Popcorn and Smencils sold at lunch

26 - Early Release - School ends at 1:35


10 - Early Release - School ends at 1:35

10 - District BOB Competition, 6:30pm, Todd Beamer HS

11 - 4th & 5th Grade Music Concert, 7:00

18 - 3rd Grade Music Concert, 7:00

19 - Mis-Match Spirit Day

24 - Early Release - School ends at 1:35

29 - Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL

31 - PTA Meeting, 6-7:00, Library

Scholar-Led Conferences

On March 30-31 we will be having our Scholar-Led Conferences. There is no school on those days. The purpose of a Scholar-Led Conference is for children to talk about their strengths and next steps for learning based on their individual work and achievement information. Scholars and families should leave the conference on the same page about individual strengths and areas of focus.

Please make sure you have scheduled an appointment with your child's teacher, otherwise contact our office if you still need a time set up. We look forward to seeing you soon. Our goal is to meet with ALL of our families.

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STEM Exploration Night

This year’s theme is STEM for Everyone, because STEM is now integrated into almost every area of our lives. Come to STEM Exploration Night to see how your interests, hobbies, and career goals are connected to STEM!

FWPS is providing six shuttle bus routes servicing each school community for convenient transportation to the event. There will also be a shuttle from the overflow parking lot located at Sacajawea for families who drive to the event. View all transportation information at:

6th Annual FWPS STEM Exploration Night

Please Help Us With This Harassment Survey

Parents, can you please take a moment to follow one of the links below and complete this survey for our school district:

Our goal is to provide a safe and welcoming environment for all scholars and families. As part of these efforts, we would like your feedback related to your experiences with harassment intimidation and bullying supports at the schools. Please complete the anonymous survey below by March 31, 2023. Your time and responses are greatly appreciated.

The survey should take about 5 minutes to complete. Survey responses will vary for each of your children, so please submit separate surveys for each scholar. In addition, scholars in grades 3-12 will be asked to complete a short survey about harassment, intimidation, and bullying supports at their school.

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Playground Access Changes

The district security department has made the following revisions to our Star Lake playground gates: gates will be OPEN Mon-Fri 8:15-8:35 for arrival, then locked from 8:35-3:30, and OPEN again 3:30-7:00pm for community access. Gates will also be OPEN 9:00am-7:00pm on weekends and during spring break. These are our spring/summer hours.

Please be sure to close the gates when entering or exiting the playground and to use the provided garbage cans and equipment safely and properly to keep our playground safe and undamaged.

Music Concerts Are Back

Star Lake Concerts are BACK! It’s hard to believe that it’s been more than three years since we’ve had a concert here at Star Lake! And since we’ve not had them, we are feeling a bit RUSTY! We will have evening concerts for each grade level (except Kindergarten, who will be performing at graduation in June), and we invite YOU to be a part of our performance experience!

Please save the appropriate following dates:

4th and 5th Grades: Thursday May 11, 7:00 p.m.

3rd Grade: Thursday May 18, 7:00 p.m.

1st and 2nd Grades: Thursday June 8, 7:00 p.m.

Mr. Garcia

General Music Teacher

Library Learners

Battle of the Books

Star Lake's annual Battle of Books will take place

Wednesday, April 12th at 9:15 in our school gym.

This year nine student teams will battle it out to see

who knows the most about this year's books. The winning

team will move on to the distirct's battle on May 10th

at Todd Beamer High School at 6:30.

First Graders Receive New Books

This week our first grade students are taking home a backpack

of 6 new books for reading at home. The new books are from

Reading is Fundamental, a non-profit literacy organization, in

Washington DC. Students will read them to family at home and add the books to their own home libraries.

Keep reading those books!

Jennifer Nelson, librarian

2023 Scholar Recommended Booklist

During the month of March, FWPS was celebrating reading and literacy for National Reading Month. To do so, we asked our PreK-12th grade scholars to share their favorite books with us to curate our second annual Scholar Recommended Booklist!

Check out a selection of the books included in the video below, then continue exploring the full booklist organized by grade level. Go to:

2023 FWPS Scholar Recommended Booklist

Star Lake Marine Biology Team

We would like to thank all our scholars who have been involved in our Marine Biology team. They are the ones who have taken care of our salmon this year. Our salmon began as eggs and with our team's great care and hard work, they have grown big enough that we will be releasing them soon in the Hylebos Creek. All 4th graders will be going on a fieldtrip on April 28th to release our salmon.

And a special thank you to Mrs. Withrow for heading up this team!!

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Counselor's Corner

This month, our schoolwide theme is emotion management. We’ve be prompting students to notice their own feelings by paying attention to clues in their bodies, and we’ve been reminding them to use their Second Step skills to calm down:

  • Stop—Use your signal
  • Name your feeling
  • Calm down: Breathe, count, use positive self-talk

These skills help students calm down strong emotions when faced with learning and social challenges, which helps them succeed academically and get along well with others.

Second Step lessons specifically teach about calming down strong emotions such as anger, disappointment, frustration, and anxiety. You’ll be receiving Home Links that describe why managing strong emotions is important and include fun activities to do with your child to help him or her identify strong feelings and calm down. We hope the Home Links will give you tools to use together when your child is upset.

Please tell your child’s teacher if you have questions about how you can help your child learn to calm down at home.

Mrs. Williams

School Counselor

(253) 945-4005


Students and teachers have been working very hard. We are all ready for a much-needed week off for spring break. When we get back from spring break teachers will be reviewing our school wide expectations with their class. Many teachers also revisit their social contract. Staff and students are always working on improving ourselves and our school to do the best we can. That is what makes Star Lake so great!

Nurses News

Spring trees are blooming! For some, that means their eyes are itchy and their noses are running, especially on sunny days. If your student has that issue, you might want to remember to give them a non-drowsy antihistamine like Claritin (Loratadine) before school if that is your family’s practice. Once they are here, we can’t give them any medication unless we have the medication in an original container and we have a doctor’s order including the guardian’s/parent’s signature.

Kindergarten Registration Is Open

Do you or a friend or neighbor have a child that will be age 5 by Aug 31st? If so please visit

If this is your first student attending Federal Way Schools, then please click on Student Registration and Create a New Account.

If you currently have or have in the past had a student registered in any Federal Way Public School , this includes Preschool & ECEAP, then you already have a ParentVue account. Just click on “ParentVue” to access your family's information. If you forgot your password you can click the “More Info” button. DO NOT make a new account for each student. If you need help recovering a forgotten User ID, please contact Kathy Miller at 253-945-4002 or If you need additional information please go to:

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Developmental Preschool at Star Lake 2023-24

Star Lake is excited to have a developmental preschool at our building for the 2023-2024 school year. Here is the link for additional preschool information:

You will find copies of flyers in multiple languages as well as a link to the Pre-Screening Application.

If you are interested in registering your child for the developmental preschool, we ask that you fill out the pre-screener and then the early learning department will contact you directly, as there are limited spaces. For the pre-screening application for preschool, go to:

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PTA Updates

Star Lake Parents and Guardians,

April is filled with exciting PTA events! We are thrilled to bring back Family Skate Night at the newly reopened El Centro (Previously Pattinsons Skate) in Federal Way! See below for more details. We are selling spring smencils April 21st- keep a lookout for presale forms going home after Spring Break. Our last family restaurant night is April 26th at the Federal Way Menchies! Grab a sweet treat and support the PTA. We also have exciting things planned for Staff Appreciation in May as well as a book donation drive as a kickoff to Summer Reading-keep an eye out for more information via our facebook page and the school newsletter.


April 13th 6-8pm- Family Skate Night at El Centro Federal Way $8 with your own skates, $9 with skate rental

April 21st- Spring Smenicls for sale $1 each at school spirit day

**Keep an eye out for Pre-order Spring Smencils form will be going out after Spring Break

April 26th 2-8pm -Federal Way Menchies is our last fundraiser restaurant night

Please join us for our LAST PTA Meeting May 31st at 6pm in the school library


April 21st- Backwards Day- popcorn and spring smencils for sale

May 19th- Mis-Match Day

June 9-Tropical

Join our Facebook page to keep up with the Star Lake PTA 9.4.55:

Star Lake PTA is always looking for volunteers to help with Fundraisers, Popcorn Fridays, and Book Fair! If you are interested please email us at

* Remember that a successful PTA needs your participation. We appreciate your support! If you have any questions, please email us at:

Assistance Resources For Our Families:

Staff List:

Battle of the Books:

Prearranged Absence Form

Please fill this out and return to our office at least 3 days prior to absence

FWPS Volunteer Application For Download - English

You only need to print the first 4 pages plus provide copy of driver's license