Cheetah Newsletter

Cooperative - Accountable - Respectful - Enthusiastic - Safe

November 4, 2021

A Message from the Principal

Dear Families,

I had the pleasure this week of participating in a Mystery Science lesson with 5th graders. It is one of my favorite parts of my job, to hear the creative thinking and excitement for learning that our students have! Each day our incredible teachers work to help students extend their thinking, discover new things, and build an academic foundation for the future. Truly, it's wonderful to be a part of each child's journey.

Next week, we will have a virtual Veterans Day assembly to honor all that have served our country. We are still looking for more pictures of veterans connected to Chain Lake. If you have a family member who is a veteran, please email a picture of them (maybe with your child too!) to by November 8th to be used in a special Veterans Day slideshow.

Finally, this month our CARES focus shifts to Respectful. Our Cheetahs have a chance to remember and show respectful words & actions across our campus, and we can't wait to see the great job they do with this!

Stay dry,


Upcoming Events At A Glance

November 8 - Veterans Photos Due

November 9 - Elementary Sexual Health Webinar for Grades 1st-5th 6:00-7:00pm

November 11 - No School, Veterans Day

Veterans Day Photos

This year we unfortunately won’t be able to welcome our amazing Veterans to CLE in-person, but we still want to honor everything they have done! If you have a family member who is a veteran, please email a picture of them (maybe with your child too!) to by November 8th to be used in a special Veterans Day slideshow.

Sexual Health & HIV/AIDS Webinar

We’re writing to inform you of an upcoming webinar, in which we will share an overview of our currently adopted sexual health materials and HIV/AIDS lessons. Each year we present this information to our families, so that families have the opportunity to review the materials and decide if they would like to exclude their child from these lessons.

Information is also available on our website and includes the adopted curriculum, answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs), and opt-out forms:

This webinar will be presented in English, translated live into Spanish, and will also be recorded for those who are unable to attend.

Elementary Webinar for Grades K-5:

Date: November 9th, 2021

Time: 6 - 7 pm


Spirit Wear School Store

Here is the link to order school apparel.
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Student Council Officers and Representatives

Students who are interested in leadership opportunities and who exemplify CLE's values are encouraged to apply for Student Council. Members will work with students, faculty, and the administrator to improve student life at CLE. Meetings will be held after school, once every other week. Meetings will start around 3:25 and run till about 4:15 at which time students will need to be picked up from school. Applications for class representatives (3rd, 4th, and 5th grade) are due Monday Nov. 8th. Applications for officer positions (5th grade only) are due on Tuesday Nov. 9th. Any questions please email Mrs. Pinz

Yearbook Cover Contest

We are now taking submissions for the cover of this years yearbook. If you would like to have your artwork displayed on the cover please submit your artwork to the office by Tuesday, December 13th. Artwork MUST be in color, no pencil. Please complete them on 8.5x11 white paper. You must include the theme "Under the Sea-Just Keep Swimming, " the year 2020-2021, and the school name, Chain Lake Elementary. Your name needs to be written lightly on the back side in pencil, with your grade and teacher. All artwork will be judged by Chain Lake Staff and the winner will be announced on Thursday, December 16th.

Sky Valley Food Bank/Big Heart Big Smile Annual Drive

Starting on Monday, November 8th we will be collecting non-perishable food items, NEW toys, and $$ to be donated to the Sky Valley Food Bank in Partnership with Big Heart Big Smile. Chain Lake will be accepting donations through November 22nd.

Join the Chain Lake Elementary PTA

The PTA is now looking for parents that would like to be involved with Chain Lake. They are currently accepting memberships here.

Daily Gym Sock.......

Wowza ! It's already November. Next week in P.E. We will be working on teamwork and cooperation. Some of the activities that we will be playing are Galaxy Garbage and Space Invaders. As always please remember to wear your tennis shoes.

Mr. Christy & Miss O’Brien

Digital Learning

Computer Science

For this rotation of Digital Learning in Kindergarten and Grade 1 we will look at how computers work. Students will then draw or make their own computer, including the different input and output components.


In grades 2-5 we will do an “unplugged” activity that introduces concepts used in programming. This is an engaging lesson that allows students to participate in different roles as we go through the steps to program a robot.

Keep Calm and Code On!

Ms. Glaze

Note from the library.......

The Scholastic on-site Book Fair has come to an end, thank you to all of our families who supported the book fair and allowed your students to come shop and buy some great books. I was so impressed to see what the kids were choosing this year and also enjoyed the books the students picked out for the library to buy :) With the profit made we were able to buy 2 huge boxes full of books to go onto our shelves! If you missed your chance to shop the book fair there is still time to shop the online book fair until Nov. 4th, simply go visit this site and shop knowing all sales go to support Chain Lake Elementary School and have your books delivered to your door.

This week in the library we are reading Pete the Cat Falling for Autumn, which shares a great message of being happy and grateful for your family and friends.

Happy Reading,

Mrs. Swalwell

District Lunch Program

This year, students at Monroe School District have a lot to look forward to when it comes to mealtime. For the 2021-2022 school year, meals will be offered to students in all grade levels at no cost, thanks to flexibilities provided by the USDA’s National School Lunch Program. This allows everyone to enjoy 1 free breakfast & 1 free lunch per day.

All families, however, are encouraged to fill out the annual Free and Reduced Price Meal Application as eligibility provides many other benefits, including Pandemic EBT benefits for your family, no student fees for high school programs, free student entrance to all ASB extracurricular events (dances, athletics, etc) and reduced fees for family members to attend extracurricular events (athletics, plays, etc). Filling out this application also provides critical funding for our schools.

What’s on the Menu? Nutrislice, an innovative app, students, parents and faculty have access to school menus, including nutrition information, allergens and photos. Nutrislice can be downloaded for free from the App store (iOS) or Google Play (Android) and is available on desktop and mobile devices.

Menus are also available at


At Chain Lake, each and every one of us is a Cheetah who CARES (Cooperative, Accountable, Respectful, Enthusiastic, Safe)! In school, we talk about what each of these ideas looks like in different settings. Feel free to use the below as a guide to what it means to follow our Chain Lake expectations (click the picture to enlarge).

Further Questions?

We encourage you to reach out to our school office:

Chain Lake Elementary - 360-804-3100

About Us

Principal - Ana Apter

Guidance Counselor - Heather Mitchell


Office Manager - Kathy Bruning

Office Support - Loni Geyer


24 Hour Attendance Hotline - (360) 804-3101

FAX - (360) 804-3199

Health Room - (360) 804-3132

Kitchen - (360) 804-3135

Transportation - (360) 804-2650



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