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April Newsletter

A Note from Principal Henly...

Dear Lynnwood Families,

Welcome to the Month of April! We hope that you had a fabulous Spring Break and that you and your family are doing well in this month of tumultuous and ever changing weather! While the temps might be fluctuating outside, the learning inside our building is consistent! We are proud of our students for their focus, engagement, and commitment to tackling new learning.

Here are a few updates:

Third-Sixth Grade Students SBA Testing-

April is the start of SBA testing (Round 2!) for our intermediate students. Please keep your eyes peeled for specific dates that your child may be testing so you are aware when they are experiencing this at school. It's important to both stress the importance of this testing and also to balance this importance with the recognition that our students are far more than just one test. Some ways to support your child during testing include:

  • Encouraging your Child
  • Communicating with your Child's teacher (know when the test is happening and any other details such as content of the test or how to best prepare)
  • Discuss Test Taking Strategies (reading the directions thoroughly, skipping and returning to difficult questions, checking/reviewing their answers)
  • Boost the basics! Help ensure your child is getting good sleep and eating well during this time.
  • Avoid text anxiety yourself- Children can sense anxiety and can become negatively impacted. Remember that being aware of tests is important, but know that your child has many gifts, and these are only one data point in their academic year.

iReady at Home- We continue to spread the word about our new online learning tool iReady! Here is the link to the iReady Family Center. It shares how you can support and encourage your child with this program, which they can utilize at home! Our goal is that students are spending 30 minutes a week in both ELA and Math on their individualized learning pathways!

Check out the video here to learn more about it!

Spread the Word– Register for School Now! As we head into the last three months of this school year, we are already looking towards the next. If you know of anyone who is hoping/planning to attend Lynnwood Elementary School next school year, please tell them to not wait – register now. Having registration information now helps us with planning new classrooms. Give our office a call or pop by and we can help answer any questions and get you started! You can also enroll online and find out more information here!

In Partnership,

Mrs. Henly

Check the Calendar:

Apr. 1- Early Release for Students @ 12:20

Apr. 4-8- No School- Spring Break

Apr. 13- Family School Improvement Team Meeting 8:20 am (Over Zoom)

Apr. 18- Bridging Cultures Family Book Study 4-5 (Over Zoom)

Apr. 18 & 19- PTO Zeeks Pizza Nights

Apr. 25- Kick off to Kindergarten 5-6 (Over Zoom)

Apr. 26 & 27- 5th & 6th Grade Math SBA

May 6 - Early Release for Students @ 12:20

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Bridging Cultures

Monday, April 18th, 4pm

This is an online event.

Last year, the focus of our Family Equity Team was around creating a shared definition of what equity looks like for Lynnwood Elementary and our students. Our committee in partnership with families determined that the next steps to further engage our community should be around learning how best to engage and serve our Families.

This year we are embarking on a book study of the text, "Bridging Cultures" by Elise Trumbull, Carrie Rothstein-Fisch, Patricia Greenfield, and Blanca Quiroz. We will review the text, discuss, and then assess an action plan around our LWE community. Parents are welcome and encouraged to join this group! Please e-mail Marie Samy to let us know you are interested and we will get you a copy of the book!

Our next meeting is Monday, April 18th @ 4:00 pm.

Zoom Link:


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Kick off to Kindergarten

Monday, April 25th, 5pm

This is an online event.

We will be hosting 2 more sessions of Kick off to Kindergarten this year!

April 25th @ 5:00

May 23rd @ 5:00

  • Come get to know other incoming parents of Kindergartners
  • Learn about highlights from our school and district
  • Hear about the registration process and what happens between now and the start of school.
  • Most importantly...get your questions answered!

Zoom Link:


Please share with any families of new kindergartners!

Health Spotlight from Nurse Rebekah

Attention 6th Grade Families

6th Grade Families, it is getting close to Middle School! All students entering 7th grade are required to have had a Tdap vaccine after the age of 10. Students that are not in compliance with this requirement will be excluded from starting school in September, including orientation in August. Other recommended vaccines for this age group, but that are not required, are the Meningococcal vaccine for meningitis prevention and the HPV vaccine for prevention of reproductive cancers. As your students have their well child exams this year, remember to get them vaccinated and ensure the provider has updated their records in the Washington State Immunization Information System.

Required Vaccines for School Chart: https://doh.wa.gov/sites/default/files/2022-02/348-295-SchoolImmReqforParents2022-2023.pdf

Health Concern Updates

If your student has had any changes to their health since you registered your student for school (possibly as many as 7 years ago!), please contact me. My goal is to have accurate health records for every student. Our district is working on an annual health update form. Until then, feel free to give me a call or email me to make sure your student's health records are up to date.

Spring Pollen ALLERGY Season

· It is time to start preparing for pollen season. Some seasonal allergy symptoms and COVID-19 symptoms present very similarly.

· Please Plan Ahead: 1) If your student has environmental allergies, it is a good time to talk to their health care provider about starting allergy medication. 2) Ask your student’s health care provider to write a letter for the school that documents their diagnosis so they can stay at school when having allergy symptoms. 3) If your student will need medication during the school day, let me know so that we can get medication orders from their doctor (required for both prescription and over-the-counter medications).

· Pollen Allergy symptoms may include: stuffy or runny nose, sneezing, watery/itchy eyes, headache, fatigue, dark circles under eyes, and itchy skin/rash.

· Check it out: Seattle area Pollen Count

COVID-19 Information

· Follow this link for the most up to date COVID-19 guidance: COVID-19 Guidance

· Remember to take ALL possible Covid-19 symptoms seriously, keep your student home when they are sick and follow return guidelines: Sickness Guidelines Link.

· If you need to submit a test result prior to your student returning to school please either

1) Upload using this link: https://bit.ly/LynnwoodCOVID-19test

OR, 2) Email results to: scharfr340@edmonds.wednet.edu AND pastk719@edmonds.wednet.edu AND henlyj637@edmonds.wednet.edu

· Lynnwood has daily drive-through testing hours from 10-12. You can also contact the ESD COVID Response Team for an appointment, please call 425-431-1900.

Stay Safe Lynnwood!

Rebekah Scharf, School Nurse

Phone: (425) 431-1548 / Fax: (425) 431-7617 / Email: scharfr340@edmonds.wednet.edu

Student Health Services - School Nurses Website Link

Family Survey About Homework

Families, our School Improvement Team has been collecting information about school wide and family preferred homework preferences. If you have a few minutes that you might lend to answer a short survey regarding how homework is going for you and your desires for homework to support your child's learning, we would appreciate it!

Art Work Selected for the District Art Festival

3rd Grade
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Looking for Interested Parents to Join Our School Improvement Team!

Our School Improvement Team meets monthly to review our school goals and action plan collaboratively around student achievement.

We are looking for Volunteer Parents who are interested in participating on this team. Our meetings are over zoom and fall on Wednesday mornings (once a month) from 8:20-9:20. Our primary focuses are: academics, behavioral and social emotional learning, and family and community engagement.

We need YOU and your voice! Are you interested? Please connect with Mrs. Henly for more details!

Intermediate Student Compositions from Music with Mrs. Hickman!

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Pump up the Pawesomes!

In the month of April we have a goal as a school to earn 500 Pawesomes building wide! We will be daily drawing students on our morning announcements for students who are demonstrating walking the Leopard way--"We are Respectful, Responsible, and Ready to Learn". Students drawn will be announced and earn a prize. If the school earns 500 we will have earned an all school extra recess! Make sure to talk up Pawesomes with your child and ask them how they are upholding these values while at school!
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WABS After School Stem Academy

Mr. White will be hosting an afterschool STEM Academy during the month of May

The program is for students in grades 4-6 and there are 24 spots available (first come first serve)

Students will:

  • Build trust in their ability to learn challenging processes
  • Explore real world STEM problems, guided by a STEM professional
  • Learn about STEM careers in our community
  • Increase 21st Century skills for the future: communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity

Dates include:

May 10th

May 17th

May 24th

May 31st

3:50-5:00 pm (Children must be picked up by 5:00 pm)

Students can request a form from their teacher, or you can find one here!

Building a Sense of Belonging

In the Edmonds School District, we have been focusing on building Social Emotional Skills and Competency in our students. One way that we gauge children’s skills is with a regular survey tool called Panorama. Students answer questions which we then monitor as a whole school and discuss with our classroom teachers and students.

We are continuing to build on our work from last year of helping students increase their self-efficacy or the belief that they can do hard things. However, this year, especially as we have returned the majority of our students back into the school, we are hyper-focused on all students having a sense of belonging. Over the next few months we will be sharing out strategies which can help support student belonging at school!

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Letting Your Child Know It's ok When they Struggle

  • Share with them that struggles with belonging are normal and temporary. Things will get better.
  • Risk embarrassment. It can be helpful to share with your kid a story of a time when you felt like you didn’t belong. What did you do in that moment to both manage your feelings and keep going?
  • Try role-playing different situations to rehearse ways they can feel like they belong.

Source: https://preparedparents.org/tip/helping-my-kid-fit-in/

Attendance Update

Despite bad weather and illness, Covid and quarantine, our teachers, families and students have persisted to keep learning happening. We appreciate everyone’s hard work and commitment to our school community. Thank you, thank you! At this time of year we often see a 'Spring Slump' in our attendance--keep attendance strong!!

● If your family or your child need support in attending school, please reach out to Mr. Allred for help.

● As long as your child is healthy, please encourage showing up to class when school is in session. Every day of school is an important opportunity for students to learn as well as connect to peers and their teachers.

Celebrating our Equity Themes

February- Black & African American Heritage Month

In February we celebrated the many contributions of Black and African Americans. We had a beautiful display in our main lobby, read morning announcements about prominent figures in our country's history, and celebrated as usual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

March- Women's History Month

In April we celebrated Women's history month!

Looking to Volunteer

The building is now open for families and friends to enter and volunteer and we could use the help! If interested, please fill out the paperwork through our district's online site.

We are additionally kicking off a project to update and unify our school libraries (both classroom and shared libraries). If you have any interest in helping with this project, please reach out to our Office Manager, Mrs. Case.

Lynnwood PTO

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School Website: https://lwe.edmonds.wednet.edu/

School Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Lynnwood-Elementary-School-114930796812948

PTO Facebook Page: https://m.facebook.com/LWEPTO/

District Peach Jar (Community Fliers): https://app.peachjar.com/flyers/all/districts/35543/

Edmonds School District App: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/edmonds-k12/id1389267839

Spanish Translation Line: 425-431-1304

Opt into Text Messaging: If you already receive text messages from the district, then you are already opted in. For those not already opted in, it's simple. To opt in, first verify your

cell number is accurately listed in your student's Skyward record. Then, text “Y” or “Yes” to 67587. Or, at any time you may set your preferences and agree to text messaging

for certain types of messages with the new tool, Skyalert within Skyward Family Access.

Lynnwood Elementary School

Jacklyn Henly, Principal

Dorothy Case, Office Manager

Denise San Juan, Office Support Secretary