Sea Otter Updates!
Serene Lake Elementary - October 14th
Serene Lake School Hours
Friday 8:55am - 2:10pm
Gearing up for weather!
The sun may still be out, but we are already having students find their way to the wet slides from the morning dew. If you are concerned that your student might be drawn to the slides, please send them with an extra change of clothes in their backpack.
Unfortunately, our nurse only has resources for true accidents or unavoidable incidents. If your student does borrow clothes from the Health Room, please make sure to wash and return them as soon as possible.
If your child has outgrown their elastic waist pants and you would like to contribute to our Health Room feel free to drop them by! *We have plenty of shirts at this time.
The PTSA book fair is back from 10/21-27. Students will have the chance to shop during their Library Specialist time during the week. There will be make-up times available for students who are absent or forgot their money at home. No before school shopping. It will even be open the evening of Spooktacular (October 21) for families to shop together.
Friends and family can even contribute funds! Set one up now here:
Don't forget to set up your student's eWallet account for cashless, stress-less shopping.
Picture Day - October 27th!
Volunteers are WELCOME at Serene Lake!
Volunteer applications are available in the Serene Lake office to pick up or online at www.mukilteoschools.org Required forms must be completed and returned in person with photo ID and proof of vaccination. Once you have filled out your forms and submitted your ID and Vaccination proof you will contact your student's teacher to find a time when you can come to the school to volunteer. All volunteers must check in at the office and get a badge for the day to move around campus.
Plan ahead for Spirit Days - Nov. 15th - 18th
Dine Out nights are fun for the entire family!
Dine out at various restaurants and a percentage of your meal will goes back to the PTSA. We will be posting the links or flyers as each new restaurant comes up.
Tuesday, November 8th - Red Robin (18410 33rd Ave W, Lynnwood, WA 98036)
Tuesday, December 13th - Panda Express (11610 Evergreen Way, Everett, WA 98204)
We hope you can join us in eating out for a good cause!
Things You Should Know!
What time should my child arrive at school? If you drive your child to school, please arrive between 8:35-8:55 a.m. No children should arrive prior to 8:35 as supervision is not provided until that time. Children who arrive after 9:00 a.m. are tardy and need to stop by the office for a tardy slip before reporting to class.
What should I do if I need to change end of the day dismissal arrangements? To maximize student safety and eliminate confusion, please have students go home the same way (bus or parent pick-up) each day. If it is necessary for you to make a change for a particular day, please send an email to the classroom teacher. If an emergency arises and you are unable to send a note in the morning, please call the office before 2:00 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and before 1:00 p.m. on Fridays at 425-366-3500 and we will get a message to the teacher.
When can parents be in the building? Parents are welcome to stop in the office for support or questions between the hours of 8:00 a.m-4:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. We do not allow visitors beyond the office during the school day unless they are scheduled to volunteer and have done their volunteer requirements or have a scheduled meeting. If you are interested in volunteering, please refer to the volunteer section of this newsletter for more information.
What should I do if my child is absent? Call the attendance line before 9:30 a.m. to report absences (425-366-3500). Your message should include your child’s name, teacher’s name, date of absence, reason for absence, and parent name.
What are good reasons for staying home from school? Regular attendance is critical to success. Students should only stay home for valid reasons including: contagious illness or symptoms consistent with COVID-19. Children should not come to school if they experience vomiting or diarrhea, or a fever of 100 degrees or higher, or a consistent cough within the last 24 hours. Other excused absences include religious or cultural observances, court proceedings, or true emergencies, like a death in the family. Appointments and family vacations should be scheduled on non-school days or outside school hours whenever possible to prevent loss of instructional time.
What will happen if a child gets sick or injured while at school? We have a health room to be able to treat students with minor injuries or sickness. We have a nurse and a health room support member who manage our health room 5 days a week. If your child is ill or becomes ill at school, they will need to be picked up immediately.
Will parents be notified if a classmate or teacher goes home sick? We notify everyone in our school community when we have a confirmed positive COVID case in our building. Please note that this does not mean you have specifically been determined to have had close contact with that individual. Because contact tracing efforts are no longer required, this notice is intended as broad notification for your use in determining your next steps.
What happens to lost items? Our lost and found is located inside the door of the gym. Glasses, keys, and other valuable items can be claimed in the office. To make it easier to return items to students, please be sure to write your child’s name (in permanent ink) on backpacks, jackets, gloves, lunch boxes, and all personal items your child brings to school. Unclaimed items are donated to a local charity in December and June.
How does parent drop off and pick up work? If you drive your child, here’s what you need to know. The drop-off/pick-up loop for parents is behind the gym. There is a loop that you follow and an adult will assist at getting your students in or out of the car. Do not get out of your car in the Parent Pick Up line. The front of the school drive is for buses only. Bring your patience and expect a line and potentially long wait time. Teach your child to buckle and unbuckle independently to speed up the process.
ARRIVAL: use the Parent Drop off/Pick Up loop behind the school. Please remain in your car. When you reach the safe unloading zone have your child unbuckle. A staff member will come to your vehicle and assist your child to safely move away from the traffic area.