Wildcat News

May 7th, 2021

A Message from the Principal

We had another great week here at FWE. We had the opportunity to celebrate our amazing teaching staff and, with the support of our Boosters Club, we were able to plan a special midday treat for our staff each day this past week. Thank you to all our families that support our Boosters Club, we appreciate you!

Students continue to work hard on their reading, writing and math skills. Teachers are doing their best to ensure all core content is covered within the two and a half hours of in person learning students have each day. Please continue to encourage your students to engage in i-Ready instruction, independent reading and math fact practice each day during their at home learning time. Students need this extra practice in order to become fluent with their skills. Thanks for your support, we appreciate your help!

Lastly, I'd like to give a huge shout out to all our moms, grandmas, aunts and other important women that support the children in our Wildcat family. We wish you a beautiful weekend and a happy Mothers's day.

In partnership,

Kristin Cortes

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Upcoming Events

  • May 9th - Mother's Day
  • May 28th-31st - Memorial Day Break, NO SCHOOL

ROAR Awards

Shout Out to the following students for ROARing this week:

Dariana - DeRousse

Annika L. - MacMillan/Phillips

Emanuel R. - Phillips/MacMillan

Angel - Franz/Romero

Kendra - Romero/Franz

Lilyana S. - Maxson

Alex - Abbott/Lovelace

Maria - Lovelace/Abbott

Georgia C. - Southworth

Jocelyn F. - Miller

Kaylee - Dunn

Anani - Pratt/Campbell

Alex - Campbell/Pratt

Summer Garden Care/Growing Community Committee

Have you noticed our beautiful and green garden?? Do you want to keep it growing all summer while also getting to harvest some of the delicious crops? Do you also want to get involved with making it even better? If you are interested in signing up for a week of care during the summer or joining our growing community committee please let Señora Lovelace or Miss Vye know and they will put you on the schedule. Can't make a time commitment? No problem!! Please feel free to use the garden space as a perfect picnic spot! You can even sit and enjoy all the sights, smells, and sounds the garden provides.

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Celebrate Diversity - Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. We would like to pay tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America's history and are instrumental in its future success. Teachers have access to a number of diverse read alouds to support the celebration of the rich cultures and communities that make up our beautiful nation. We encourage you to talk with your children about the amazing books they are reading and the thoughtful conversations they are engaged in here at school. We would also like to offer a few resources you can explore as a family. Diversity is to be celebrated!

Asian Pacific American Heritage site

Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center

MSD Now Offering Transitional Kindergarten

We are happy to announce that Monroe Public Schools is currently enrolling children for our NEW Transitional Kindergarten program. This is a FREE program for students who will turn five years old after August 31st 2021 and before September 1st 2022. This program will also provide transportation! You can apply online on the Monroe Public School's website. The application can be found under the Programs tab OR you may apply @ FWE outside in the garden this coming Monday the 10th or Thursday 13th during the hours of 11:15 - 12:55 & 3:15 - 3:45 and we will assist you in submitting your application. We are SO excited to offer this amazing opportunity for our future little Wildcats!!

Beginning in the fall of 2021, Monroe School District will be offering FREE Transitional Kindergarten (preschool) for children who are not currently in an early learning program, are age eligible (must be turning 5 years old between September 1, 2021 - August 31, 2022), and reside within the Monroe School District boundaries.

Our goal is to provide families with the opportunity to ensure their students begin their school careers ready for kindergarten. This program will provide an equitable start for students by offering a high quality early learning experience before they enter the traditional kindergarten classroom. Students will be screened in the late spring and summer and may qualify based on need.

Families interested in having their child participate in the Transitional Kindergarten program should complete an online application. Forms received by June 1, 2021, will receive priority. Learn more here.

Fall Registration 2021-2022

K-5 Registration

You may register online by going to https://www.monroe.wednet.edu/about/register-for-school. In order to register, parents will need their child’s immunization records, proof of age (birth certificate, passport, an adoption record, etc.), and proof of address (property tax statement, utility bill, etc.), and incoming Kindergarteners must be 5 years of age by August 31st, 2021.

The video of our Kindergarten Information & Registration Night can be viewed by clicking here. Additionally, to learn more about Kindergarten in Monroe from our Kindergarten teachers, including how to register & some of what happens in Kindergarten, please check out this video.

Interested in our Dual Language Program?

The Frank Wagner Elementary Dual Language Program is a unique enrichment opportunity for elementary students (K-5) to think, read, write, and communicate naturally in English and Spanish. We are the only school district in Snohomish County that offers a dual language program. ¡Somos Bilingũes! We are Bilingual!


Monroe School District Dual Language students will develop a high academic and linguistic proficiency in two languages by participating in a rigorous academic program that enhances the development of bilingualism, biculturalism and biliteracy so that students will graduate ready for college, career and life in a globally competitive economy.

Commitment to the Program

Participation in the dual language program requires parents to commit student participation through the fifth grade in order to develop bilingualism.


Parents must complete and submit the kindergarten registration application to Frank Wagner Elementary in the spring for the upcoming school year. If applications exceed openings, a lotery drawing will be held and applicants not selected will be placed on a wait list.

For more information please call our office at (360)804-3200


Dr. Michele Borba, Educational Psychologist and recipient of the National Educator Award, offers parenting strategies that teach kids to set goals and to help them succeed. She identifies seven steps:

1. Define what a goal is. An easy way is to link it to something that they are interested in. For example, a soccer player shooting for a goal or learning to ride a bike. It is something to aim for. Explain goal setting as planning what you need to work on.

2. Share your own goals. Let your children know that you have dreams and aspirations, and that you recognize that you may need to work on some things in order to attain them.

3. Help kids create their “dream list”. Help them create a list that includes the things that they actually have the power to make happen. Then spend time together discussing those dreams. Consider what skills are necessary. Does your child need any help in order to succeed?

4. Tailor the goal to your child. Have a first time goal-setter work on a goal that can be achieved within a week. Some examples are making their bed every day, reading a book, brushing teeth without being reminded, practicing their math facts each night.

5. Help your child think through the steps to success. Some children need to write down steps. The more they think about their goal and identify what they need to do to achieve it, the greater the chance they will succeed.

6. Track your child’s progress. Use the fridge to show stickers or stars when steps are completed.

7. Celebrate! As goals are achieved, celebrate as a family.


Edmonds College Head Start/ECEAP Free Breakfast & Lunch


Is your child accomplishing their 20 minutes of i-Ready each day during their at home learning time? If not, they could be missing out on valuable ways to fill in gaps in learning and/or accelerate their learning in the areas of reading and math. We know that students that engage in i-Ready lessons show greater progress on assessment measures. Please encourage your child to engage in some i-Ready learning each and every school day.

Learning Schedule

Cohort A

In-Person Learning 8:55AM-11:25AM

At Home Learning 12:00-3:25 Lunch, i-Ready, Canvas asynchronous assignments, Specialist Time (Music, Digital Learning & PE) & independent reading, writing & math work

Cohort B

In-Person Learning 12:55PM-3:25PM

At Home Learning 8:55-12:00 Lunch, i-Ready, Canvas asynchronous assignments, Specialist Time (Music, Digital Learning & PE) & independent reading, writing & math work

Friday Schedule (Both cohorts learn online w/the same schedule)

8:55-9:45 Zoom Morning Meeting

9:45-12:00 Learning support time/small groups

12:00-12:30 Lunch

12:30-1:10 Specialist Time (Music, Digital Learning, P.E)

1:10-1:30 i-Ready

1:30-3:25 Choice Activities


Attendance is taken daily. Students will be marked absent if they do not attend in person learning. Fridays, attendance will be recorded based on Zoom attendance and completing their online learning.

If you know your child will be absent or unable to complete work, please call our 24 hour attendance hotline at (360) 804-3201 to excuse them.

End of Day Plans

It is extremely important that teachers and office staff have accurate end of day plans for your child. Please ensure your teacher knows if your child will be taking a bus to/from school, be picked up by a family member or if your child will be walking home. If you will be making changes to your child's end of day plans, please notify the office before 1:00AM (Cohort A) and 3:00PM (Cohort B). As a reminder, families will be asked to stay in their vehicles and pick up their child. Only walking families with masks will be allowed to come up to the pick up area. All families will need to remain at a 6 foot distance from others.

Monroe School District is currently hiring!!

Are you looking for rewarding, part-time work? Do you enjoy working with students? Then we need you! We are hiring substitutes of all kinds: teachers, paraeducators, custodians, bus drivers, and office staff. Apply now: https://monroejobs.hrmplus.net/

Frank Wagner Elementary is seeking bilingual applicants for the following positions:

  • Bilingual Dual Language Paraeducator
  • Paraeducator (Open)
  • Office Support (2 hours)

A few reminders regarding the arrival and dismissal of our students:

A Cohort 8:50AM-11:25AM

B Cohort 12:50PM-3:25PM

Arrival Time:

  • It is very important that your child has a completed Attestation Form and his/her temperature has been taken at home and noted on the attestation form in the upper corner.
  • Students cannot be dropped off or left unattended before 8:50AM (Cohort A) or 12:50PM (Cohort B)
  • Students may not get out of the car without the support of a Staff Member.
  • Students who arrive after 9:00AM (Cohort A) or 1:00PM (Cohort B) will need to be signed in at the office by a parent and will be marked tardy.

Dismissal Time: (Car Pick Up and Walking Parents)

  • Please have the sign displayed on the front window (passenger side) of your car or bring it with you to display to staff if you are a walking parent.
  • Students may not get in the car without the support of a Staff member.
  • Students will be loaded into their cars on the right, passenger side. If you have a car seat, please make the needed accommodations.

From Nurse Pamela's Desk

Hello, Frank Wagner families!

The elementary school staff is thrilled to have all grades back in the building. We are in the process of finessing our arrival procedures and one of the things we have noticed is that there are still many students who have incomplete attestations when they come to school. Please make sure that you not only record your student's name and their temperature reading at home, but that you also answer all of the questions listed in the center of the form. Each question has a check box to indicate a yes or no response.

Making sure that your student's attestation is complete every day they attend will help us get every student to their classroom in a timely manner.

Please contact the school nurse at (360) 804-3206 with any questions.

Pamela Hyvonen, BSN, RN

School Nurse, Frank Wagner Elementary

(360) 804-3206 (M-F mornings)

School Nurse, Park Place Middle

(360) 804-4320 (M-F afternoons)

MSD Self Declaration Checklist Attestation Form

Please do not:

Pre date attestation forms in advance. Attestation forms need to be filled out daily

Please do:

  • Enter your child's temperature in the temperature box.
  • Date and include your child's full name (First and Last).
  • Answer questions accurately. This is a legally binding document that we are required to keep for up to 7 years.

Attestation Forms - Spanish & English



Websites have been set up where people will be asked screening questions and sign up for an appointment. If there are multiple people who will be coming in the same vehicle to be tested, each of them should register.

Safe Schools

Safety is always our number one priority. We encourage students, parents/guardians, volunteers and staff to report all safety concerns to any of our staff members or to submit concerns via Safe Schools Alert, our online tip reporting system.

Safe School Alert allows anyone to easily report tips of threats, bullying, harassment, drugs, vandalism or any other safety concern to our administration via phone, text, email or web.

Every concern that is reported in the system immediately notifies our administrators so they can investigate and take appropriate action. Reports may be filed anonymously through this system. The more information we are provided with, however, the easier it is for us to address concerns in a timely manner.

Access more information here.

Technical Difficulties?

If you are having issues connecting to our online continuous learning, trouble with your Chromebook or have questions about how to navigate Canvas, you can call our technology hotline at (360) 804-2520.


1. When you receive the school newsletter in your email inbox, open the email and click on the title in the newsletter to open it in Smore.

2. Once in Smore, scroll to the very bottom of the newsletter. Above the red word ‘Report’ you will see the word ‘Translate’. Click ‘Translate’.

3. Next, select your preferred language in the drop-down menu and the newsletter will automatically translate to the language you chose.


Nuestro boletín se puede traducir a cualquier idioma en tres sencillos pasos:

1. Cuando reciba el boletín de la escuela en su bandeja de entrada de correo electrónico, abra el correo electrónico y haga clic en el título del boletín para abrirlo en Smore.

2. Una vez en Smore, desplácese hasta el final del boletín. Sobre la palabra roja "Informe" verá la palabra "Traducir". Haga clic en "Traducir".

3. A continuación, seleccione su idioma preferido en el menú desplegable y el boletín se traducirá automáticamente al idioma que elija.

Contact Us.

Frank Wagner Elementary

Main Line (360)804-3200

Attendance Line (360)804-3201

Office Manager: Col Wolf

Office Assistant: Karina Blanquet


The Monroe School District does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination:

Title IX Coordinator

Joanne Dickinson

14692 - 179th Avenue S.E., Monroe, WA 98272

(360) 804.2539


Section 504/ADA Coordinator

David Paratore

14692 - 179th Avenue S.E., Monroe, WA 98272

(360) 804.2603


Compliance Coordinator for 28A.640 and 28A.642 RCW

Joanne Dickinson

14692 - 179th Avenue S.E., Monroe, WA 98272

(360) 804.2532


The Monroe School District will also take steps to assure that national origin persons who lack English language skills can participate in all education programs, services and activities. For information regarding translation services or transitional bilingual education programs, contact:

Kimberly Whitworth

14692 - 179th Avenue S.E., Monroe, WA 98272

(360) 804.2558


As a school that receives Title I federal funding, we are required each year to do a school/family compact. This compact lists agreements between the teacher, family and student in order to ensure students receive the best education possible. Education is a team effort and at FWE we value our partnership with families. At your child's conference, you will be given the opportunity to review the compact and make any additions or comments you'd like. Thanks for taking the time to preview the compact beforehand so you can be prepared to discuss it at conferences.