February 2023 Star Lake Newsletter

Greetings Star Lake Families,

Welcome to February! Phew what a busy and productive January we have had here at Star Lake!

Our teachers have been working hard on updating data and finishing mid-year assessments as they prepared report cards. Please watch for your child’s report card to come home this Friday, February 3rd. We are excited to share the growth our students have been making, and are so proud of their stamina and progress. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher with any questions you may have after reading your child’s report card. Our goal is to always partner together to help our scholars learn and grow.

Our staff is always analyzing data and reviewing our School Improvement Plan goals, professional development and progress. Our staff PD during the first semester was focused on creating strong learning routines within our classrooms and providing structures for productive student talk. We all learn by practicing and talking about our strategies and learning with each other. Our teachers have done a fabulous job asking great questions for students to ponder and discuss, providing time for them to work on math problems together and discuss strategies, and build meaning with each other. A great educational saying is, “The one doing the talking is the one doing the learning!” And, that is so true!

During our early dismissal next Wednesday, our staff will be looking at attendance, discipline, family survey and student survey Panorama data to determine growth and celebrations and areas where we can continue improving. I will share this information at our coffee with the principal session on Tuesday, February 14th from 2:00-3:00. I hope you will join me and provide your insights and input. Each month we are having our coffee houses at different times of the day to provide options for families.

I wish your family a great month and, if you celebrate, a Valentine’s Day filled with love (and a little bit of chocolate too!)

Best Regards,

Kris Rennie, principal


Mark Your Calendars


1 - Choice Enrollment Began

1 - Yearbook Sales Began

8 - Early Release - School ends at 1:35

14 - Coffee With The Principal, 2-3:00pm

16 - 4th & 5th Grade Singing at "State of Federal Way" at Federal Way Performing Arts & Event Center (Details coming from Mr. Garcia)

16 - PTA Fundraiser, 5-8:00pm, Red Robin East Hill, Kent

17 - Tie Dye/Rainbow Spirit Day

20 - NO SCHOOL - Mid Winter Break

22 - Early Release - School ends at 1:35


8 - Early Release - School ends at 1:35

10 - NO SCHOOL - Teacher In Service Day

13 - Yearbook Sales Ends

15 - PTA Meeting 6:00pm, school library

16 - Math & Science Exploration Night 5:30-7:30

17 - Decades Spirit Day

22 - Early Release - School ends at 1:35

23 - Star Lake Aladdin Play, 6:00

30-31 - NO SCHOOL - Scholar Led Conferences


February BLACK HISTORY MONTH/ AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH in the United States and Canada, was designated in 1976 to remember the contributions of people of the African Diaspora.

February 1 National Freedom Day commemorates the signing of the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery in 1865.

February 15 Susan B. Anthony Day is a commemorative holiday to celebrate the birth of Susan B. Anthony (1820–1906) and women’s suffrage in the United States.

February 18 Maha Shivaratri also called Shiva Ratri, the Great Night of Shiva, is a Hindu festival in reverence of the god Shiva. The festival is celebrated at the 13th night or 14th day of the waning moon in the Hindu calendar (month of February or March of the English calendar).

February 20 World Day of Social Justice is a United Nations day to recognize efforts to achieve fair outcomes for all through employment, social protection, social dialogue, and fundamental principles and rights at work.

February 21 Shrove Tuesday is a Christian day of penitence as well as the last chance to feast before Lent begins. Also known as Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday and Carnival Day, this day is observed in many ways worldwide.

February 22 Ash Wednesday is the beginning of Lent in the Christian faith. As a display of atonement, ashes are marked on worshippers. Lent, observed during the seven weeks prior to Easter, is a time of reflection and preparation for the Holy Week and is observed by fasting, charitable giving, and worshipping.

February 25– March 1 Ayyám-i-ha or Intercalary Days or “Days of Ha” are devoted to spiritual preparation for the fast, with hospitality, charity and gift giving. They are celebrated the four days, five in leap year, before the last month of the Bahá’í year by inserting days into the calendar in order to maintain their solar calendar.

Scholar Recommended Booklist

FWPS is compiling its second scholar recommended booklist in celebration of National Reading Month in March. If your scholar would like to nominate your favorite book from this school year for the FWPS booklist, go to the Google form link below and fill out the form by Monday, February 20th at 12:00 p.m.

Go to:

Let's make a great booklist for all our scholars across the district!

Kindergarten Registration Is Open

Kindergarten registration has begun. Registration is online. If you have a child or know of a friend turning 5 by August 31, 2023, please have them begin the registration process ASAP. All immunizations will need to be completed by Aug 31st as well. For more information go to:

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Our Star Lake performers will be putting on the production of Aladdin Kids on Thursday, March 23rd at 6:00pm. Front doors will open at 5:30pm. Performance will be in the cafeteria.

No admission fee, but donations will gladly be accepted at the door.

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Community Markets

The FareStart Community Market provides FREE OF CHARGE, fruits, vegetables, pantry and hygiene items to nourish the communities they visit. Th Mobile Market is open to everyone in the area so spread the words within your neighborhoods! They strive to make our markets fun and interactive so ask them about any unfamiliar produce you see or check out their featured produce board for cooking inspirations

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Counselor's Corner

Seven Ways to Foster Empathy in Kids

Adapted from the book review of

UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World by Michele Borba

1. Help kids develop a moral identity

Help kids develop a moral identity, not just praise them for good deeds. Kids must see themselves as people who care and value others’ thoughts and feelings.

2. Give kids “do-overs”

Help kids respond more empathically with “CARE”: 1) Call attention to uncaring behavior; 2) Assess how uncaring affects others, helping kids to understand another’s perspective; 3) Repair the hurt and make amends; and 4) Express disappointment for uncaring behavior, while stressing expectations for caring behavior in the future.

3. Encourage empathy through stories

Help kids build their empathy muscles through play-acting, reading books that let them get inside characters’ minds, and watching inspiring movies. Activities that allow careful reflection on how others are feeling in a given situation help build the skills needed for moral action.

4. Support empathy education in school

Ask your child what they’ve been learning about through our Second Step curriculum.

5. Examine your values

In our overly competitive culture, many kids are pushed to succeed academically rather than pushed to be kinder, better people. Even if parents say they value kindness and compassion, if they only praise achievement, they give the wrong impression to their kids.

6. Be mindful of social media use

Social media culture can take time away from face-to-face encounters where empathy is born. Parents should pay careful attention to how much time their kids spend online and make sure that time is balanced with more in-person conversations and a focus on caring.

7. Help kids find their inner hero

A lot of kids don’t intervene in bullying because they feel powerless, don’t know what to do, assume someone else will intervene, or worry they won’t get support from adults. To help our kids act courageously, it’s important that we help kids find their inner hero by setting a good example of standing up for others ourselves, by teaching them how to effectively say no to a bully and diffuse bullying situations, and by making them aware of how peers can support each other.

Mrs. Williams

School Counselor

(253) 945-4005

Nurses News:

COVID-19 infections remain active in our community. Both COVID-19 and influenza (flu) rates are currently moderate in King County. The CDC recommends a 3-step approach to minimize the spread:

  1. Get a flu shot and COVID-19 vaccines and boosters. It’s not too late!
  2. Stop the spread of germs by washing hands often; avoid touching eyes, nose, & mouth, clean frequently touched items; covering coughs & sneezes.
  3. Stay home if you are sick. Get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who tests positive. Contact the school right away if your scholar tests positive. Get FREE at-home COVID-19 test kits at

*Scholars with fever over 100 must stay home until they have been fever-free for a full 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication. Scholars who have been vomiting or having diarrhea must stay home for a full 24 hours after it has as stopped.

Thank you for your support in keeping scholars safe and healthy! Still wondering if your scholar is healthy enough to come to school? Please contact the school nurse or your healthcare provider.

Becky Dorsett, MSN, RN

Sybel Johnson, RN

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Along with star lake way tickets and eagle wings students are also given verbal positive feedback. When a student gets a star lake way ticket or a whole class gets an eagle wing they are told why they got the reward. Even when students aren’t receiving a star lake way ticket or an eagle wing, students are hearing positive reinforcement. Mrs. Blair has recently started having some of her 5th graders in the morning walk through the primary halls in the morning looking for students who are being Safe, Kind, and Productive while they wait to be let into their classrooms. So if you see your child with a shiny gold star, you know they were doing a great job waiting for school to start. This has been a great way to give the 5th graders a leadership role as well as reinforcing positive behavior.


Reminder, school starts at 8:35am. Please drop your scholar off in the parent loop between 8:15 and 8:35am. If you are later than 8:35, please park and come sign your scholar in at the office. If your student arrives after 9:05, this is considered a Half Day absence . If your student leaves school before 2:35 this is also considered a half day absence. This is a State Attendance Law.

Last week the 5th grade was awarded Eagle Wings as the grade level with the highest weekly attendance average. Way to go 5th grade scholars! This is one way we discuss and reward the importance of attendance at Star Lake as a part of our school wide Tier 1 incentives.

Classes may also earn Eagle Wings for spelling out the word EAGLE and PRIDE on a class poster for all scholars who are in attendance and on time to class on any given school day. Once classes earn 10 Eagle Wings, they decide on a class treat. Recently a kindergarten class wore pajamas and brought a stuffed animal to school. A 3rd grade class voted to get extra PE time with Mr. Mullins. While a 4th grade class wanted a few more minutes of recess for their hard earned efforts.

In addition, scholars with monthly perfect attendance, earn a bonus coupon to spend at our Eagle Mart. In January we had 86 scholars with perfect attendance. Each month starts fresh, so if you are at school everyday in the month of February, you will earn the bonus ticket and get your name on the morning announcements.

Our attendance team noticed during the months of November and December due to the awful cold and flu going around, our attendance numbers took a dip. In January, those numbers were back up to their historical trends. Let’s see if we can make February a new attendance high! As we prepare for our second half of learning and testing to follow, let’s make every effort to be at school.

Every Day Counts and Every Day Matters.

PTA Updates

Star Lake Parents and Guardians,

Happy New Year Star Lake Families! Thank you everyone who came out to support the PTA at the MOD Pizza fundraiser. We have more family restaurant nights coming this year. 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.


***Next fundraiser restaurant night is February 16th 5-8pm Red Robin East Hill of Kent

Please join us for our next PTA Meeting March 15th in the school library


February 17th- Tie Dye/ Rainbow Day

March 17th- Decades Day

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:

Volunteer Applications: