Wade King Elementary

May 1, 2022

A Note from our Administrative Team

It's hard to believe it's May!

Although this school year is nearing an end, there is a lot of learning happening in our classrooms and within our school community. You can learn about these things in the articles below.

If there is anything that we can do to support your child, or your family, during the last weeks of the school year, don't hesitate to connect with us.

With Gratitude,

Stephanie Johnson, Principal

Stephanie Korn, Administrator

Important Dates in April

5/2-5/6 - Staff Appreciation Week

5/6 - Children's Art Walk (downtown) thru May 18th

5/11- Field Trip: 5th Graders to Kulshan and Fairhaven Middle Schools

5/12 - PTA Meeting (by ZOOM) at 6:00pm

5/16 - Field Trip: 2nd Gr to Larrabee State Park

5/16 - Talent Show Rehearsal after school

5/16 - Parent Input Forms due (more below)

5/17 - Class Pictures

5/23 - Talent Show Rehearsal after school

5/30 - NO SCHOOL for Memorial Day

6/3 - 5th Gr Track Day at Civic Field

6/2 - Kindergarten Open House 3-5pm

6/3 - Talent Show 6:30pm in the Cafeteria

6/13 - Field Trip: 3rd Gr to Larrabee State Park

6/17 - Last Day of School

The Bellingham Schools UPDATED 2021-22 Calendar can be found on the district website.

Keep our Community Healthy

Thanks for helping keep our school community healthy!

We have had multiple cases of COVID-19 in our school community in the last two weeks. Families are able to monitor this on the Bellingham Public Schools COVID-19 Dashboard.

Public health strongly encourages you to monitor your child for symptoms and to keep your child home if they aren’t feeling well. Wearing a mask continues to be optional, and is an effective way to minimize transmission. We have masks at school for any student who wants to wear one. We also have free rapid antigen tests that any family can pick up in our school office for home use. Testing is available at Wade King, the Family Resource Center at Shuksan Middle School, and in the community. If your child tests positive, public health says they must isolate for 5 days after symptom onset and may return wearing a mask for days 6-10. See our COVID-19 webpages for more information.

Know that if there are more than 2 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in your child’s classroom within a 2 week period, we will notify you by phone or email. In that case, testing is strongly encouraged three to five days after exposure and we are able to do those tests at school at parent request. Don’t hesitate to call our office at 360-647-6840 or email our school nurse, Alyssa Johnson, if you have questions.

Kindergarten Registration

Registration for fall kindergarten has begun in Bellingham Public Schools. All children who will be 5 before September 1, 2022 can be registered for kindergarten. Families can register their child online in Skyward by following the instructions on our kindergarten webpage. Please spread the word to family and friends who will be entering Bellingham Schools next fall!

Each elementary school is also planning a Kindergarten Open House in May or June. Our Wade King Kindergarten Open House will be on Thursday, June 2nd from 3-5pm. Kindergarten families are invited to join us for a tour and to meet some of our school staff during this time. You can arrive at any time within that window and plan to stay for about 30 minutes, or longer if you wish.

Children's Art Walk - Starts Friday

The Bellingham Children's Art Walk is back!

You can see the work of Wade King student artists at the following locations thru May 18th.

  • Promise K & Kindergarten - Inside and outside Boundary Bay Restaurant (at 1107 Railroad Ave)
  • 1st & 2nd Grade - Outside Stockton's Paint (at 1413 Railroad Ave)
  • 3rd, 4th, & 5th Grade - Outside the empty storefront next to Stockton's Paint (at 1411 Railroad Ave)

State Testing for 3rd-5th Graders

Students in grade 3-8 and 10 will take the Smarter Balance Assessment OR Washington Access to Instruction and Measurement assessment in language arts and math. Students in grades 5, 8, and 11 will take the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS or the WA-AIM science test).

At Wade King, testing will happen on the following mornings.

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After School Kids Yoga

Kids Yoga is one of our PTA's After School Programs, and there is still room to join!

Providing children with a safe space to explore breath work, self-calming strategies and learning poses that help increase motor coordination, concentration and memory, flexibility, mobility, proper body alignment and body posture while allowing for harmony and inner strength within.

Please contact Tammie at 808-778-5817 or email: tammiewinter@hotmail.com

May 12, 19, 26, June 2 (grades K-5)-$50 for the series

Wade King Has Talent

If your child is wanting to participate in our in-person Talent Show on Friday, June 3rd, we need a Talent Show entry form filled out by Friday, May 6th. You can access the form with this link on our PTA's web site. There are Talent Show Rehearsals planned after school on May 16th & 23rd.

There is also a link for volunteers. We need the support of volunteers to make this event possible!

Next PTA Meeting: May 12th at 6:00 pm

Our next (virtual) PTA meeting will be THURSDAY, May 12th at 6pm on Zoom. The link will be posted on our Wade King PTA Website on the day of the meeting.

If you have not yet joined our Wade King PTA, we encourage you to! You can join online. This is a great way to show your support for our school community, even if you aren't able to volunteer.

Class Photos - Tuesday, May 17th

Class Photos will be taken on Tuesday, May 17th. Crystal Garcia will be our photographer once again and she will use our beautiful landscaping as a natural background. Photo information about purchase options will be sent to every family once the pictures are taken. Selections and payments will be made on-line. If you need assistance with a class photo, please contact the office for a scholarship.

Parent Input for Fall

Parent input regarding the learning environment that will best support their child will be considered as our staff makes placements for next year. It is important to know that when our staff makes class placements, we make intentional decisions to ensure the best possible placement for each student, while at the same time creating classrooms that are balanced academically and support the social-emotional needs of all our students. Our staff is committed to using all that we know about your child to make the best possible placement for them. We are unable to honor specific requests for an individual teacher but will consider the information you share about the learning needs of your child.

If you have input you want to share, please fill out this FORM by Monday, May 16th.

Peek into the PYP

How We Organize Ourselves

Our 1st grade students have been inquiring into How We Organize Ourselves by learning about modes of transportation. Their inquiry focused on this central idea... People and goods are transported in a variety of ways. Students recently completed a research project, in which they worked in groups to learn about a mode of transportation, then created giant posters and presented their learning.

How the World Works

Our 5th grade students have been inquiring into How the World Works by learning about matter and energy transfer. Their inquiry focused on this central idea... Matter and energy can change. Students have been engaging in some investigations, including an exploration of the types of energy transfer taking place in a variety of traditional games and toys. Another investigation involves rolling marbles down paper "roller coasters" to build an understanding of height energy and energy transfer.

Lunar New Year - 2022 The Year of the Tiger: The Dragons Are Back!

At Wade King, part of our International Bacalaureatte Primary Years Program is learning the Chinese language and about the Chinese culture. In April, our 5th grade students were very excited to bring our Chinese New Year dragons back after their long sleep during our Covid schedule. Each 5th grade class took a turn with both the yellow and red dragons over the course of three days. 2nd grade buddies performed on percussion including one day with our Superintendent, Dr. Baker! All the other classes took turns as audience. The weather cooperated and the dragons were marvelous with their scales fluttering in the breeze.

Gong Xi!

Are You Moving?

If you are planning on moving before school starts in the fall, please let us know. We are currently looking at enrollment numbers and planning our staffing for next year. Thank you for helping us plan for the fall: https://bellinghampublic.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_29KRhKtFe3LVEnc

Note from Mrs. Wakefield (our School Counselor)

I want to remind families that I am here to support them any way I can.

Don't ever hesitate to connect with me! I'm here to help!


school phone - (360) 647-6840 ext. 2413

district cell phone - (360) 746-5319

Summer Activities for Kids

Summer recreation and sports camp opportunities

The City of Bellingham has published the Spring/Summer 2022 Playbook (formerly known as Leisure Guide) which includes several high school sports camps.

  • The COB offers $200/person annual scholarships for Parks and Rec/Arne Hanna Programs.
  • The Pass Program through Every Kid Sports provides up to $150 to athletes ages 4-18 for recreational sports programs. Families are expected to contribute $10 towards the camp or program.
  • Blue Skies for Children in Bellingham provides funding through their Little Wishes programs for children experiencing homelessness, children who are in foster-care, or children who are eligible for free or reduced school lunches.
  • The Bellingham Schools Foundation may also provide assistance if a student is unable to access any of the above funds. Contact Laurel Peak for assistance.

After-School Dinner Program is Free For All Children 18 and Under!

Bellingham Public Schools serves hot dinner at no cost to all children 18 and under. These meals are offered from 5 to 6 p.m. Monday to Thursday through June 16, 2022. Dinner is served in the Shuksan Middle School cafeteria, located at 2717 Alderwood Avenue (at the corner of Northwest and Alderwood). It does not matter what school you attend in the district.

Accompanying adults are charged $4.75 per meal — please bring cash or check. Please plan to eat onsite in the Shuksan cafeteria.

The daily Monday through Thursday dinner menu is listed on the school menu webpage by day after the lunch listing.

Please note: Dinner will not be served on school holidays or on the following all-school early dismissal days: Feb. 10, March 10 and April 28.

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Ways to Help Our PTA Earn Money... that comes right back to supporting our kids!

Link to Amazon Smile

If you are an Amazon user, you can set up Amazon Smile to link to our Wade King PTA. A percentage of what you spend will come right back to our PTA to support school events.
Did you know Box Tops for Education has an ap? No longer do you need to clip Box Tops to turn in. Join for free... and simply scan your receipts to earn money for our PTA. It's that easy!
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Another way to help our PTA earn money is by linking your Fred Meyers Reward card to Wade King PTA 8.3.37. A percentage of your spending goes right back to our PTA and it does not impact your other rewards.

Safe Schools Reporting and Tip Line

Students, parents or community members who have information, tips, or concerns regarding a safety issue in our schools are encouraged to text or call 844-310-9560 or visit bellinghamschools.org/safe for confidential, anonymous, two-way communication with our safety staff.

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