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November 1, 2020

Hello From Mr. Danford

Dear Evergreen Families,

One of the most rewarding aspects of my job as building principal is the interaction I have every day with our incredible students—especially now during COVID. We all missed our kiddos terribly from March - June.

There is no more joy in the world than connecting with, sharing stories, and learning alongside our kids. I also enjoy the surprised reactions whenever I run into our students outside of school. Love that!

Our recent Parent/Teacher goal-setting conferences were a terrific success. I heard numerous positive comments regarding the set-up and timing of the meetings. Along with being on campus and being at school, conferences with teachers are a terrific component of any child’s success.

And finally, now that the colder weather has arrived, make sure to dress your children appropriately. Remember those warmer, heavier coats. Dig out those gloves and caps. They’ll be needed as we move through November. Please do not arrive to school before 8:55. The bell, of course, rings at 9:10. Typically, we’re outdoors to begin each day; however, if it’s too chilly, we’ll move to get kids indoors earlier.

November Dates To Pop On the Calendar

Living Garden Clean-up, November 6 and 7, 9AM-Noon

Mr. Danford's...The 10th at 10:00 (November 10 at 10 o'clock)

No school Wednesday, November 11—Veterans' Day

Individual picture retakes—November 17

PTO meeting,Tuesday, November 17 at 6:30 via Zoom. Link coming. Plan to join us!

Students of the Month recognized—November 24

No school during Thanksgiving Vacation, November 25, 26, 27

Join the Discussion

In an attempt to better connect with families, all families, Mr. Danford will be hosting a coffee with the principal called, "The 10th at 10:00." Every 10th of the month at 10:00. Grab a coffee and join the meeting via Zoom.

Mr. Danford will not have an agenda per se, but will be available to talk and dialogue all that's Evergreen. A Q & A, if you will. Join in, if you wish!

Join Zoom Meeting

ID: 85634776808
Password: 768319

From Mead's Nutritional Services

During your student’s time in quarantine, if that is to happen, you are welcome to contact Nutrition Services to arrange for a weekly meal kit which includes 5 breakfasts and 5


We have several pickup times during the week. The pickup location is the

Pittsburg Learning Center (old Northwood Middle school) at 13120 N Pittsburg

St., Spokane.

Please give a call to Nutrition Services at 465-6100 to create a schedule to grab a meal kit.

Free and Reduced-price meals applications

We are excited to share with you that the USDA recently announced the extension of free meals for children for the entire school year, through June 30, 2021! This is exciting news and continues to extend flexibilities for the Mead School District to make meals available for all children throughout the 2020-21 academic year.

Parent/Guardian Action Item

Did you know that you need to complete your Free & Reduced program application every year? Even while all kids are getting fed for free this year, there’s many reasons to apply like reduced or waived fees and funding for school programming or services! Parents and guardians can do so by clicking lunchapp.com or by picking up a paper application from your child’s school.

The application takes less than 10 minutes to fill out and will help schools fund important resources for students. Questions? Call Nutrition Services at (509) 465-6100.

Thank You, Evergreen Families!

You have all been great at helping us maintain the option for in-person instruction by doing what you can to limit community spread of COVID-19. Limiting large gatherings, masking up and maintaining physical distance are the best ways to do just that!

Click here for a great resource for helping keep you and those around you safe.

PTO Board Positions Are Still Open

PTO has met twice this year—in September and in October. Join us every 3rd Wednesday of the month via Zoom at 6:30.

Our new treasurer was voted in recently, but two positions remain open: VP of Community and Volunteers and our Secretary position. Please consider becoming involved in PTO, and possibly entertain a Board position.

Play Structures Are Slowly Opening

Starting in November with our 3rd Graders, we will be slowly opening our new play structures. So sorry to the kids for the delay, but Mrs. Montecucco and I are super cautious in wanting all to remain healthy and COVID-free. Stay tuned for details with further openings.

We Do Not Celebrate Birthdays With Food

Birthdays for kids are special. These milestones mean a lot to our students and their families.

Although we love to celebrate birthdays at Evergreen, we do not celebrate birthdays with food as our Mead Board of Directors have written. Board policy states…

The Mead School District is committed to providing school environments that promote and protect children's health and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating and physical activity.

Once monthly a teacher may celebrate birthdays or holidays with food, but typically, we’ll celebrate in other ways, keeping the health of our kids in mind. See your teacher for ideas.

Veterans' Day

Unfortunately, we are not hosting a Veterans' Day assembly as in years past. We're saddened by that, because over the years we have had veterans visit school, a gentleman to school to play his trumpet and then Taps on his bugle; we have hosted air force pilots, and once we had our students sing to our audience.

We are planning to honor veterans via classroom assignments and different in-class activities.

Remember, there will be no school on Wednesday, November 11 in honor of Veterans' Day this year.

Daily Dismissal

At the afternoon bell, children line up in classrooms socially distanced. With support from teachers, children exit their classroom doors and proceed to the back blacktop, the bus loop, and the flagpole to meet their masked and socially distanced parents, caregivers, and buses.

Our processes are working! Let's keep it up!

Please do not pick up your children before our 3:20 bell, if you can help it. We would kindly ask that you do not enter the building to checkout your child before dismissal. Use the foyer microphones.

Parents' Right to Know

Teacher and Paraprofessional Qualifications

Districts and schools must inform the parents of Title I, Part A (Evergreen is an all-Title building) students that they may request, and the district and schools will provide, certain information on the professional qualifications of the students’ classroom teachers and paraprofessionals providing services to their child.

Should you desire such information, do not hesitate to contact Mr. Danford, building principal, or Ms. Boldrick, Title I teacher.

Evergreen's Contact Information

Stay in touch. There are lots of ways to do that. Connect directly with your classroom teacher as well.

Non-discrimination Statement

Mead 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: Josh Westermann, Director of Student and Family Services @ 2323 E Farwell Rd, Mead, WA 99021, Phone: 509 465-6000, or via email Josh.Westermann@mead354.org