Elger Bay Update

November 20, 2022

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Upcoming Dates

Wednesday, November 23- Early Release (NO LATE START)

Thursday, November 24- No School: Thanksgiving Break

Friday, November 25- No School: Thanksgiving Break

December 19 through January 2- NO SCHOOL: WINTER BREAK

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Thank you so much for your support with the book fair. The kids had a great time and it was fun to see families together enjoying shopping for books. Your support helped raise over $2,000 for books for checkout at the library!

Character Strong: Gratitude

We have been focusing on gratitude this month. Our quote of the week is from Houston Kraft who is an author, speaker, and cofounder of Character Strong. "To care is to choose to dream of a better world and actually do something to create it." This week, lets think about what we can do to create a better world as a school community. Our 5th grade leaders have been meeting with school staff and other groups to share their unique perspectives and ideas for making Elger Bay the best place possible for our students. We are so grateful for their voice and optimism.
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Social Emotional Learning

Students have been participating in Character Strong lessons about problem solving. They have been learning to identify if a problem is a big or little problem, how to identify their emotions, and what choice strategies they can use to solve their problem. It has been great to see them practicing these skills together.
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Inclement Weather

As the weather forecasts indicate, we may see cold weather this winter. Our Superintendent, Dr. Rumbaugh, has shared with everyone how we make the determination to delay or close schools due to ice, snow, flooding, etc.

  • Safety first! We consider the safety of our children on buses, our student drivers, families driving and walking to school, and the safety of our staff, especially our bus drivers.

  • We monitor weather patterns using multiple methods 24/7. In particular, we use a tool called Accuweather that is specifically designed to support school districts in looking ahead at weather patterns.

  • When there is a concern about school starting on time, our staff begins driving the roads throughout the district as early as 2 a.m. We take photos, check road conditions, monitor traffic, look for hazards, etc. We typically drive the roads multiple times in the early morning to determine if conditions are improving, worsening, or staying the same.

  • We strive to decide about the school day by 5 a.m. Once the decision is made, we begin communicating with families and staff. We communicate through:

    • Autodialer (via School Messenger)

    • Email (via School Messenger)

    • Website

    • Flash Alert

Predicting the weather is a challenge, and our primary goal is to ensure that the roads are safe, our campuses are easy to navigate, and the weather does not impede a safe school day.

Playground and After School Pick-up

In order to ensure student safety during the end of the day pick-up, please wait for all cars to exit the pick-up area before allowing students to go and play on the playground.

Rainy Day Recess

This year we will be having recess outside when it is raining (unless there is a safety concern: smoke, lightning, etc.). Students will be given three options when Rainy Day Recess is called.

  1. If they are wearing a coat with a hood, students will be allowed to play out in the open on the concrete with balls and other equipment. The play structure/swings/slides will be closed when too wet to use safely.
  2. Students may play under the covered area where our basketball courts are located.
  3. Students will be allowed to participate in a variety of activities under the covered picnic table area including: drawing, reading, puzzles, blocks, and other games.

We wanted to be sure that families know that students will be going outside for recess this year so that students can be encouraged to make the choice that is best for them. If your student is in need of a coat don't hesitate to reach out to the school office.

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Fathers and father figures,

The Watch DOGs program was created by the National Center for Fathering. Its purpose is to increase male involvement in schools and provide positive male role models for students. The program is a chance for fathers or father figures (grandfathers, uncles, etc.) to take an active part in their students' day. The program invites “Dads” to spend a day or half day at school volunteering in various ways. The Watch DOGs help with everything from welcoming students in the morning, mentoring students one on one with reading or math games, helping out at recess playing games, patrolling the campus and hallways, eating lunch with students, and spending time in your student’s classroom. Students and staff look forward to our Watch DOGs each and every day. Their presence and support for our school is greatly appreciated. For more information about Watch DOGs please watch the video links below. In order to serve as a WATCH Dog please complete the volunteer training and background check. If you need any assistance with completing the background check, volunteer training, or how to sign up please contact our school office.

WATCH DOGs Video Link

WATCH DOGs Volunteer Sign-Up Link

Want to Volunteer?

All volunteers must be cleared through Washington State Patrol background checks. You do this by completing the volunteer form. This form can be filled out electronically or we have hard copies in the office, and you may leave those with us to turn into Human Resources. Once HR has completed the background checks, your name is added to our cleared list. You may contact the office to see if this process is completed.

All volunteers must also do the HIB training. This is now available by watching a short video and submitting your agreement electronically.

The following are needed to complete the Volunteer Application:
-Volunteer Application
-Volunteer Handbook Acknowledgment (found on the final page of the handbook)
-Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Training (Access Online Training HERE)

The volunteer form must be completed and cleared every two years.

The HIB training must be done every year.

COVID Health Guidelines

The Washington State Department of Health has issued updated COVID-19 health and safety guidance for schools this fall. Following these safety measures reduces the spread of COVID-19 in our school community.

Health and safety requirements for this fall:

  • Students and staff who show symptoms of COVID-19 are required to stay home, or go home, if they become ill at school. Individuals with COVID-19 symptoms must have a test to rule out COVID-19 before returning to school.

  • Students, staff, and families seeking testing should contact their schools directly. All COVID-19 testing at school will still require paper or digital consent to be signed or on file.

  • Students and staff who test positive for COVID-19 are required to isolate themselves at home for 5 full calendar days. After day 5, if symptoms improve and they have had no fever for the past 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications, students and staff can come back to school.

  • It is recommended, but not required, that students and staff returning to school after their 5 days of isolation:

    • wear a well-fitted mask from days 6 to 10, and

    • remain masked for sports and other extracurricular activities on days 6 to 10.

  • Students and staff who test positive after 5 days of isolation must stay at home for the full 10-day isolation period.

We will continue to communicate cases and outbreaks to families and staff in our weekly COVID-19 dashboard. The dashboard will be updated weekly on Wednesdays. These requirements are in place for all public and private K-12 schools and childcare facilities in Washington state. Schools and childcare facilities are required by state law to follow these guidelines.

Families are encouraged to test as needed at home. Students, staff, and families may access tests at no cost from all of our schools. Additionally, in Washington state, you can receive free self-tests from Say Yes! COVID Test program. Most insurance covers the costs of up to 8 self-tests per individual per month.

COVID-19 vaccinations remain the best protection for everyone against hospitalization and severe disease from COVID-19. The COVID-19 vaccine is now available for children 6 months and older. Booster doses are also available for children 5 years and older. You are encouraged to vaccinate your children if they are eligible, in consultation with your healthcare provider.

Stanwood-Camano School District Non Discrimination Statement

The Stanwood-Camano School District does not discriminate in employment, programs, or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, 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. Inquiries regarding compliance and/or grievance procedures may be directed to the District's Title IX/Affirmative Action Officer and Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator, Maurene Stanton (mstanton@stanwood.wednet.edu), or the Section 504/American Disabilities Act Coordinator, Robert Hascall (rhascall@stanwood.wednet.edu) Stanwood-Camano School District, 26920 Pioneer Hwy, Stanwood, WA 98292. Telephone: (360) 629-1200.

El Distrito Escolar de Stanwood-Camano School District no discrimina en sus programas o actividades por motivos de sexo, raza, credo, religión, color, origen nacional, edad, condición de veterano de guerra o grado militar, orientación sexual, expresión de género o identidad, discapacidad o uso de perro guía entrenado o animal de servicio, y ofrece igualdad de acceso a los Boy Scouts y a otros grupos de jóvenes especificados. El empleado mencionado a continuación ha sido designado para atender consultas y quejas de supuesta discriminación: Título IX / Oficial de Acción Afirmativa y Coordinador de Cumplimiento de Derechos Civiles, Maurene Stanton (mstanton@stanwood.wednet.edu), o la Sección 504 / Coordinador de la Ley de Discapacidades Estadounidenses, Robert Hascall (rhascall@stanwood.wednet.edu), Distrito Escolar Stanwood-Camano, 26920 Pioneer Hwy, Stanwood, WA 98292. Teléfono: (360) 629- 1200.

Student Calendar 2022-2023 School Year

The 2022-2023 student calendar is linked HERE. Please make note of the important dates on this calendar. Our first day of school for students in 1st-5th grade is September 1st.