The Vinland Voice

January Newsletter

Save the Date!

  • 1/15 - PTSA Meeting; 6:30-8pm, free childcare provided
  • 1/21 - NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • 1/25 - Free Dress Day!
  • 2/1 - NO SCHOOL - Grading/Professional Development Day
  • 2/8 - Breakfast Book Club (4th & 5th) - 8:30am
  • 2/11 - Family Reading Night - 6-7pm
  • 2/12 - PTSA Meeting, 6:30-8pm, free childcare provided
  • 2/14 - Free Dress Day!

New Kindergarten Students...

We have a few special "Save the Dates" for our new Kindergarten families to mark on your calendar:

  • Dual Language Kindergarten Info Night - February 26th; 6:30pm
  • Kindergarten Open House - March 5th; 5:30-6:30pm
  • Connect to Kindergarten - May 15th; 3:15-4:15pm

Kindergarten registration dates will be posted to the North Kitsap District website once they are confirmed.

Principally Speaking...

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Dear Vinland Families,

The start of the new year is a new beginning and an opportunity for us to renew our commitment that together we will create and provide a caring community with the common goals of nurturing responsible, caring students and promoting high levels of learning. The year is off to a great start with preparations to welcome Taproot Theater for a school-wide assembly called “Super School.” This assembly is being provided to us by our fantastic PTSA. The focus is on bullying prevention, empathizing with others, and managing our emotions. We are fortunate to be able to offer our students this educational and entertaining venue.

This new year also brings some new additions to our school safety protocols. Thank you to everyone who has been receptive to not only our new entry, but our new Raptor sign in process. Please do not forget that the new sign in process requires ID, such as a driver’s license. After you have logged in your initial time, it is quick and easy to sign yourself in and out at the kiosk in the front of the office. The kiosk will provide you with a personalized name tag that you should wear while volunteering at school. Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 15th we will require visitors to use the access control system at the office entry door. At 9:30 am this entry door will be locked. Visitors will push the call button on the box outside the door and will be let in by our office staff. This is an additional security precaution to ensure the well-being and safety of all of our students. We appreciate your patience in advance as we navigate this new entry procedure. It is our hope to make the transition as seamless as possible in order to continue to provide a welcoming, yet safe school environment.

Speaking of safety, with the anticipated cold and wet weather of winter, please make sure that your child brings a coat to school every day. Rain boots, hats, and umbrellas are also very helpful. Please take the time to label all clothing. Our “Lost and Found” section will again grow after the holidays and labeling of clothing would help a great deal in returning items to the proper children.

Thank you all for a wonderful four months in 2018 and allowing us to work with your children. Vinland is a very special place and we strive to do our absolute best every day! All of us at Vinland are wishing all of our families a happy, healthy, and safe 2019!


Bridgit Reichel, Principal

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Breakfast Book Club - 4th & 5th Graders

Friday, Feb. 8th, 8:30am

Vinland Library

4th & 5th Graders and teachers who have read one of the following titles: The Midnight War of Mateo Martinez by Robin Yardi, Tapper Twins Go to War by Geoff Rodkey, The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry, A Series of Unfortunate Events: A Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket are invited to join us for discussion, donuts and games. You can check the Vinland Library website for future month’s selections.

Please sign up on the clipboard in the library if you are planning to come.

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Family Reading Night

Monday, Feb. 11th, 6-7pm

Vinland Library

Guest: West Sound Wildlife

Western Screech Owl “Echo”

Please bring donations from the following Wish List (please scroll down the page to view) or you may donate via West Sound Wildlife's Amazon Wish List.

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Spring Auction Fundraiser: Save the date of Saturday February 23, 2019 at Kiana Lodge for our annual auction fundraiser. Some of the usual items will be available, including classroom baskets, classroom artwork, and the coveted parking spots! New items are arriving every day! If you have something fabulous to donate, we’d be happy to have that too! Check out the website for more information and for tickets.

Spring Auction Fundraiser Raffle Baskets: Your room parents will be looking for help to gather up items for raffle baskets for the Spring Fundraiser: The Roaring Twenties. Be on the lookout for more information from your room parents with details and individual classroom deadlines. Baskets are due by January 31st.

The LaPorte Report in Physical Education

Wow! Where is the time going!? December brought us bowling and an obstacle course requiring balance, strength, and agility. We also did some crazy holiday dancing. January is starting off with hula hut relays to build teamwork and cooperation. Then we are moving into our volleyball unit.

Dolphin Laps

The weather is getting wetter and the field tends to get closed, so our laps are slowing down. With that being said third grader, Noah, is still in the lead with 20 miles (although others are closing in). First Grade is tied with Second Grade for turning in the most miles, 125. And our grade level leaders are: First Grade: Tweten, Second Grade: Lemagie, Third Grade: Thomas, Fourth Grade: Fisher, and Fifth Grade: Saavedra.


Emma, Leina, Hailey, and Nora put together an individual jump rope routine with lots of tricks and a challenging ending. Syd and Ethan U. figured out how to turn a long rope while getting themselves in and out of it. Zoey, Jackson, and Malik stuck with juggling and Zoey has successfully juggled on her own. Carter, Andy, and Sophie worked on a team long routine with Sophie doing tricks inside the rope, Andy jumping into a turning rope, and Carter jumping a single rope inside the long rope. Ava and Katie did a team jump inside a single rope and Olivia is our first student to be able to jump into DOUBLE DUTCH! She had a great rope turner in Aubrey to help her out. Next up is volleyball!

Music Notes

Dear Parents and Community,

Classroom music performances are coming up this trimester for students in grades 2-5. Students in K-1 will have their performance in June. Here are the dates:

  • Grades 2 and 3- Friday, March 15
  • Grades 4 and 5- Friday, March 22
  • Grades K and 1- Friday, June 7

All performances will start at 3:00PM and will be in the multi-purpose room/gym. I hope to see many of you there. Students will be demonstrating what they are learning about beat, rhythm, pitch, melody, and ensemble performing.

Musically yours, Larry Orando

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We are need of some consumable items for our fun lunchtime club:

Cheap battery operated toothbrushes

Pool noodles


AA batteries

¼ inch peel and stick copper tape

Tiny rubber bands for Rainbow loom

Old tights

Wide elastic

Origami paper

Tiny LED lights

3 volt coin battery

Empty 2 liter plastic bottles

Pieces of fabric

Any other building type toys that you are willing to donate (LEGO’s, snap circuits, card making supplies, etc)

Drop off donations in the library. Thank you!!

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Vinland's Dolphin Award

Meet our most recent Dolphin Award Winning Students! Congratulations to the following students who were chosen by their teachers to receive a “Dolphin Award” for making good choices and following our school expectations:

Be Respectful, Be Kind, Be Responsible, Be Ready to Learn

Ms. Doria: Peyton Felts, Emery Larsen-Olerud, Sophia Reyes

Ms. Fisher: Jordan Gardner, Andy Erickson

Mrs. Ford: Greysen Nelson

Mrs. Lemagie: Brooke McCreight, Ashlyn Whitmus, Nuriah Drayton, Johnthan Van Scyoc

Ms. Meyers: Aubrey Watson, Racine Irvine

Ms. Nelson: Miakoda McKeel

Mrs. Showalter-Johnson: Christopher Meyer, Wyatt Lopez, William Tuuk

Mrs. Smith: Daniel Gonzalez, Troy Hewey

Nondiscrimination Statement

The North Kitsap School District will provide equal educational opportunity and treatment for all students in all aspects of the academic and activities program without discrimination based on sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, immigration status, 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. Questions or complaints of alleged discrimination can be directed to the district’s Title IX/RCW 28A.640 Compliance Officer and ADA Coordinator and/or the 504 Coordinator: address - 18360 Caldart Ave NE, Poulsbo WA 98370 and phone - (360) 396-3001.