Leopard Pride Newsletter
In This Issue
- Principal Message
- School Information and Dates
- District News
- PACE and PTA Information
Dear Lockwood Families,
It's hard to believe we are already into May. This month brings flowers and the promise of summer to come. Though the weather is still cloudy, the outlook for our Lockwood Leopards is very bright indeed.
This month celebrate with your child all the accomplishments they have had over the year. Your child has grown and learned so much over the year. We had many students come to school this year only knowing what virtual or hybrid schooling was. This was a growth year for many and they have all shown to be fearless Leopards! Be proud of all your child has accomplished this year. I am.
I would like to take a minute and say thank you to the Lockwood teachers and recognize that they have all worked so hard this year. This is Teacher Appreciation Week and I could not be more appreciative or proud of the amazing staff I work with! When you see a teacher this week, maybe take a minute to say thank you. Another hard working group are our Lockwood mothers. Mother's Day is May 8th this year. May this be a happy and fulfilling day for all the mothers out there.
"Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment, until it becomes a memory." - Dr. Seuss. Make lots of memories and value each one. Have a fabulous month!
School Information and Dates
Leopard Leader Food Drive
The Lockwood Leopards are calling for your support! On May 4, 2022, during DROP-OFF, please bring non-perishable food items. There will be containers at drop-off to place the items in. We use this food to stock our Lockwood Pantry to help those in need.
Spring Smarter Balance Assessment starts on May 10th for grades 3rd - 5th. Your child's teacher will have specific dates for you. In thinking about ways to support your child in having a stress-free and successful testing experience, please think about the following tips and tricks for testing days:
- Get a good night's sleep and eat a high protein breakfast. Drink plenty of water.
- Practice guided imagery, visualizations of succeeding on the test, mentally “going where the information is stored in your brain”, or breathing techniques.
- Don’t study right before the test. Concentrate on being calm and mentally accessing the information you have already studied.
- Get to school a little early or right on time.
- Don’t engage in negative talk with other students before the test, such as “I’m so nervous – I don’t know if I studied enough.”
- Eliminate negative thoughts or self-talk by replacing them with a positive affirmation, like “I am prepared for the test and I will do well” or “I am smart – I can do this.”
- Make a decision to ignore students who finish the test before you. Research shows that students who finish early usually don’t score as well as those who take more time.
Recess Volunteers NEEDED!
We are looking for ways to create a more engaging and fun recess for all our students. To do this we are asking for your help. If you would like to volunteer to monitor a structured game once or several times a week, please sign up for a spot(s). Use this Signup Genius Link to sign-up.
Volunteers will need to follow the current Northshore School District Volunteer guidelines. Students will have been pre-taught the expectations and rules for each game. We appreciate your support! If you have any questions, please contact Sean Schoenfeldt at email@example.com or 425-483-5813.
Camp Cedar Springs
Preparations are underway for the ever-beloved Camp Cedar Springs! Fifth grade students and teachers are thrilled that Northshore is able to make it happen this year: May 11th and 12th! While we will have 2 full days of activities as usual, we will not have the overnight component. Our days will still be jam packed with archery, shelter building, fire starting, stream life, campfire singing, and s'mores! We can't wait!
Parking Lot Lines and Crosswalk Use
The district has been gracious enough to repaint all the lines in our parking lot. We can now see the crosswalk for pedestrian foot traffic. Please be sure to use this as it keeps everyone safe and sets a good example for our students.
Family Education Links
Lockwood has started a resource page for parents to learn more about reading strategies for young learners and about racial & educational justice. Please learn more about these topics and how to engage in conversations with your children on the Lockwood Parent Education website.
There are a few important dates and events you will want to mark on your calendar in preparation for the upcoming months:
2022-23 School Year Calendar
It's time to update your calendars! The District has released the dates for the 2022-23 school year. Please use this information to help with your planning for the year ahead.
COVID Guidelines Information
The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) released updated COVID guidelines for K-12 schools in response to the governor’s lifting of the mask mandate effective March 12, 2022. While NSD continues to review updated guidance from Public Health Seattle & King County as well as the Snohomish Health District, here are basic details from the DOH.
- Beginning March 12, masks will be optional indoors and on school buses for grades K-12. However, masks are still recommended by our state and local health departments.
- Masks are required in health rooms regardless of symptoms. Staff in our early learning and Head Start programs are also required wear masks, and students in early learning and Head Start programs must be offered and encouraged to wear masks. Our COVID-19 Handbook has been updated and includes more details.
Experiencing a Crisis?
You are not alone. There are community supports for mental health, suicide prevention, substance abuse, self-harm and more. Please see the NSD website for contact information via the button below.
PACE and PTA Information
Parents Active in Cooperative Education (PACE) at Lockwood is an elective program located at Lockwood Elementary that provides an enriched educational experience for students in grades 1-5. PACE students benefit from additional support in the classroom provided by parent volunteers who assist with small group instruction and a variety of enrichment opportunities.
If you are interested in learning more about PACE at Lockwood, join us for a virtual tour. Please use the link below to sign up for a tour.
Lockwood's Multicultural Fair NEEDS YOU! (April 19 at 6:30pm)
Every Lockwood family has traditions, every one of us comes from somewhere, and every Leopard's spots are unique. We want to celebrate Lockwood's rich diversity at the April 19 "Multicultural Fair" from 6:30-8:30pm. But, we need YOU. We need YOU to sign up to share your traditions, your songs, your crafts, your costumes, your food, and yourself. Please consider demonstrating a food preparation; teaching a craft; leading us in a traditional dance; sharing a display of photos, clothing, instruments; or any other aspect of your family’s culture that you’re excited to share with the Lockwood community. If you can, please use this link to sign up. If you have any questions, please reach out to Zhihua Hu (Lucia.firstname.lastname@example.org).