Wade King Elementary

November 9, 2021

A Note from our Administrative Team

Hello Wade King Families,

Returning to full-time in-person learning this year has been wonderful. It's also been a time to continue to hold on to aspects of remote learning that were especially valuable. We learned through COVID-19 how powerful strong school-family partnerships were and want to continue learning as much as we can from families, as their child's first teacher, moving forward.

It has felt great to have our 1st-5th grade families in the building last week for Student-Involved Conferences. It has been a time to celebrate the growth that students are making and for you and your child to collaborate with your child's teacher to set goals for the coming weeks and months. As we move forward, our hope is that the conversation and collaboration continue.

Kindergarten families, you have already had an in-person and Zoom meeting with your child's teacher so they will be connecting with you in January to set up your child's Student-Involved Conference. If you want to connect sooner, don't hesitate to connect with your child's teacher.

With Gratitude,

Stephanie Johnson, Principal

Stephanie Korn, Administrator

Important Dates

11/4 (Thurs) - Evening Student-Involved Conferences

11/5 (Fri) - NO SCHOOL for Students - Student-Involved Conferences

11/10 6:00pm - PTA Meeting on Zoom

11/15-24 - PTA Food Drive Support

11/24 (Wed) - Learn to Draw with Scott Foss on Zoom at 6pm (more info below)

11/25-12/8 - PTA Scholastic Book Fair (virtual)

11/28-12/6 - PTA Snack Drive

11/30 (Tues) - Filling Station Dine Out Event - All day at both locations - 5% comes back to WK!

12/1-12/17 - PTA Winter Clothing and Food Drive

12/20-12/31 - NO SCHOOL for Winter Break

1/3/2022 Welcome Back!

The Bellingham Schools 2021-22 Calendar can be found on the district website.

Student Directory

Our Student Directory has been published. You can download it from the email Mrs. Johnson sent out out today. The intent of our directory is to make it easy for families to connect with one another. Thank you for keeping our directory information within our school community.

Registration Open - Promise Kindergarten

What is Promise Kindergarten?
Promise K focuses on building basic academic and social skills to help qualifying students get a jump-start toward success in school. Promise K is located at multiple elementary schools across our school district; sites for 2022 have not yet been finalized.

Program Dates and Times
Family conferences will be scheduled on Monday, Jan. 3 and Tuesday, Jan. 4, and the first full day of Promise K is scheduled for Jan. 5, 2022. Promise K students attend daily from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and follow the district calendar; the last day of the school year is currently scheduled for June 17, 2022. The strategic plan for Bellingham Public Schools, The Bellingham Promise, drives us to do all we can in support of all students at every level of education. One of our key strategies is to enhance and invest in early childhood learning opportunities. We believe offering Promise Kindergarten is a positive and critical step in helping all children transition into our schools and start their journeys of lifelong learning.

Apply here
If your child qualifies and you are interested in enrolling them into our Promise K program, please fill out the online application. We invite you to share this information with friends and neighbors who may also have a child within Bellingham Public Schools boundaries who qualifies for Promise K.

COVID-19 Testing & Vaccines for Children

If your child needs to have a COVID-19 PCR test before they are able to return to school, and you are unable to get a testing appointment quickly within the community, our school nurse, Alyssa Johnson, and Health Room Aide, Jennifer Thornton, are able to do COVID-19 testing at school. These tests are processed by Northwest Labs. If this is a support you need, just call our office and let us know!

We are excited that children ages 5-11 are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine! Local providers are expected to give shots as soon as next week, but many are not yet scheduling appointments until they have doses in hand. Remember that our local providers are facing a lot of challenges, including staff shortages. At this time, Bellingham Public Schools are not planning to hold in-school vaccination clinics but will share info that will help families access vaccines through community providers.

Note from Mrs. Wakefield (our School Counselor)

Wade King families who would like to request Holiday support please connect with me as soon as possible. We have a limited number of “spots” from our partners; Bellingham School Districts Family Support Services, Public Schools Foundation, Community Agencies, and Community Members. You can email me your name, family size, phone number with “Holiday Support” in the subject line - Jaymie.Wakefield@Bellinghamschools.org

Families who wish to offer Holiday support please drop off gift cards in the main office. You may also send in your child’s backpack, simply email alert teacher, or the counselor. Please select gift cards in increments of $25 / $50 from Fred Meyer, Target, or Walmart.

All gift cards will need to be collected by November 30th to allow for enough time to disperse to our families. We sincerely thank you for your support!

I hear you! Thank you to all the families who are reaching out! It is so important I know how things are going for your student in yet another unique year. And it is so helpful for me to be able to honestly say to parents, “you are not the only one.” You are not the only one noticing your student seems extra tired, extra moody or just….extra! They are building stamina again this year after 1.5 years of learning that looked and felt so different. I hear the relief in your voice when you learn that other families are feeling this year too. It has me wondering how I can better facilitate these conversations between you, the parents. I would like to know how to best support your efforts to connect with one another. I have a quick 1 minute survey at this link that could give me some insight. Feel free to take the brief survey that can help guide me in knowing what to offer parents as a way to connect with one another. And keep reaching out! Jaymie.wakefield@Bellinghamschools.org

PTA Meeting, November 10th at 6pm on Zoom

Our next PTA Meeting will be on Wednesday, November 10th at 6pm. This is a busy time of the year for our PTA and we need your help. We will be collecting food and clothing for families in needs, hosting the Scholastic Book Fair, and sponsoring the Snack Drive for our own school.

If you have not yet joined our Wade King PTA, we encourage you to! You can join online. This is a great way to show your support for our school community, even if you aren't able to volunteer.

Fall Art

We're spending a special thank you to every student that created and shared their fall art with us. It looks AMAZING in our school windows!

PTA Art Night with Mr. Foss on Zoom - Nov. 24th at 6pm

Our October Drawing Night with Mr. Foss was lots of fun... and something we want to do again! Join Mr. Foss on Wednesday, November 24th at 6pm on Zoom for more family drawing fun!

Reminder.... Label Coats, Sweatshirts, Sweaters, Hats, and Gloves!

Students go outside almost every day... even in the rain! Our 'Lost and Found' already has many things in it. If your child's clothing has their name in it, we will be able to return it to them!

After-School Dinner Program is Free For All Children 18 and Under!

Bellingham Public Schools serves hot dinner at no cost to all children 18 and under. These meals are offered from 5 to 6 p.m. Monday to Thursday through June 16, 2022. Dinner is served in the Shuksan Middle School cafeteria, located at 2717 Alderwood Avenue (at the corner of Northwest and Alderwood). It does not matter what school you attend in the district.

Accompanying adults are charged $4.75 per meal — please bring cash or check. Please plan to eat onsite in the Shuksan cafeteria.

The daily Monday through Thursday dinner menu is listed on the school menu webpage by day after the lunch listing.

Please note: Dinner will not be served on school holidays or on the following all-school early dismissal days: Nov. 4, Nov. 24, Dec. 9, Feb. 10, March 10 and April 28.

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Ways to Help Our PTA Earn Money... that comes right back to supporting our kids!

Link to Amazon Smile

If you are an Amazon user, you can set up Amazon Smile to link to our Wade King PTA. A percentage of what you spend will come right back to our PTA to support school events.
Did you know Box Tops for Education has an ap? No longer do you need to clip Box Tops to turn in. Join for free... and simply scan your receipts to earn money for our PTA. It's that easy!
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Another way to help our PTA earn money is by linking your Fred Meyers Reward card to Wade King PTA 8.3.37. A percentage of your spending goes right back to our PTA and it does not impact your other rewards.

Safe Schools Reporting and Tip Line

Students, parents or community members who have information, tips, or concerns regarding a safety issue in our schools are encouraged to text or call 844-310-9560 or visit bellinghamschools.org/safe for confidential, anonymous, two-way communication with our safety staff.

Multi-Language Message Line

Families whose first language is not English can leave a message on our multi-language message line at 360-647-6816. Families dial 2 for Russian, dial 3 for Vietnamese, dial 4 for Punjabi or dial 5 for any other language (say name of language at beginning of message). Please call 360-676-6456 for Spanish.

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