Felida Newsletter 3/3/2020

Principally Speaking

This month, our staff will be focused on teaching our students about Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then be Understood. This trait reminds us of the importance of listening, showing empathy, and thinking before speaking. While we do not formally teach the skill of listening, it is a skill that we all use each and every day. We will be talking with students this month about the ways they can demonstrate that they are listening, as well as the traps of distraction that prevent us from fully listening. In this digital age, there are a lot more opportunities to express our voices. We want to be sure that our students are armed with productive skills and habits so that they may use their voice with compassion and perspective.

Friday, Feb. 28 marked the end of trimester two. This is significant because it means that report cards will be coming home in the coming weeks (March 13). It also serves as a reminder that--with two thirds of the school year behind us--we have one final push to the end of the year. Hold onto your hats, because this time of year, especially after spring break, goes by quickly!

We have had many opportunities to commemorate our students’ learning in the past weeks, with more celebrations just ahead.

  • In these past weeks, I am so proud of students whose initiative contributed to making Felida a better place: Addie and Emma inspired our monthly Talent Tuesday, during lunchtime; Quinn and Maddie have started a “Felida Cleaning Club,” to keep our playground litter-free; our Student Leaders hosted a fundraiser to help the koalas in Australia; and our Green Team is beginning a campaign to reduce pollution through car idling (more to come!). Wow!
  • Congratulations to our third graders on their cumulative performance of song and dance around the world. Thank you to our stellar arts team for their leadership of this annual event.
  • On March 2, our first graders enjoyed their annual Green Eggs and Ham, in recognition of Read Across America week.
  • Our fourth grade math team competes at the Math is Fun event on March 13. Go Falcons!
  • Our 3rd-5th graders will have another opportunity to demonstrate growth during their spring iReady assessments, this week and next.
  • Fifth graders will participate in their annual trip to Biz Town, on Thursday, March 26.

So proud of our students here at Felida!

Falcons SOAR!

Kris Janati

Lost & Found

The lost and found is very full! Please set aside some time to come and check for lost items before it is too late. Please remember to put names on items sent to school. All items will be donated after Spring Break.

Keep Our School Healthy

The best ways to decrease the spread of any respiratory illnesses are:

* Staying home when you are sick.

* Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth.

* Frequent hand washing, with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.

Parents please talk to your children about good and frequent hand washing with warm, soapy water, and to avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth.


Children should be kept at home if any of the following conditions are present (keep in mind the absence of fever does not always indicate the child is well enough to attend school):

• Fever over 100 degrees – Must be fever free for 24 hours (without temperature lowering medication) before returning to school.

• Vomiting- within the past 24 hours

• Diarrhea- within the past 24 hours

• Undiagnosed skin rashes

• A communicable disease

• Evidence of a live lice infestation

• Persistent sore throat along with loss of voice, difficulty swallowing and/or rash

• Severe headache, toothache, or ear pain

• Stiff neck or headache with fever

• Skin infections (unless treated/cleared by a doctor)

• Abdominal pain with low grade fever

• Eyes that are painful, red and matted

Borrowed Clothing

If your student borrows clothing from our health room, please be sure to wash and send back to school as soon as possible. We have a lot of items that haven't been returned and our supplies are getting very low, especially for sweatpants/leggings. For students in kindergarten and first grade it is a good idea to keep a few extra items in their backpack.

School Calendar For Next Year

2020–2021 key dates

Excluding holidays, every Monday from Sept. 14 to May 24 is a 40-minute early release when school is in session.

September 2020

Sept. 1: First day of school

Sept. 7: Labor Day, no school

October 2020

Oct. 9: In-service day, no school

Oct. 14: Parent conferences, two-hour early release for all schools

Oct. 15: Parent conferences, two-hour early release for middle and high schools

Oct. 15: Parent conferences, no school for elementary schools

Oct. 16: Parent conference, no school for all students

November 2020

Nov. 11: Veterans Day, no school

Nov. 25–27: Thanksgiving break, no school

December 2020

Dec. 21–Jan. 1: Winter break, no school

January 2021

Jan. 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, no school

Jan. 29: Semester break, no school*

February 2021

Feb. 15: Presidents Day, no school

April 2021

April 5–9: Spring break, no school

April 15: Parent conferences, two-hour early release for all schools

April 16: Parent conferences, two-hour early release for elementary schools

April 16: Parent conferences, no school for middle and high schools

May 2021

May 31: Memorial Day, no school

June 2021

June 15: Two-hour early release for all schools*

June 16: Last day of school, two-hour early release for all schools*

*If schools are closed due to weather, the calendar may change. Missed days must be made up. Makeup dates, in priority order, are June 17, 18, 21 and Jan. 29. Actual date(s) could change based on timing and number of snow days.

Last updated: January 15, 2020

Keep Stormwater Clean

Vancouver families depend on clean rivers, streams and lakes for swimming, fishing and preserving habitat for future generations. You can help reduce one of the biggest threats to our waterways, pollution left behind from everyday activities that gets picked up by stormwater.

We all contribute to stormwater pollution, so we all need to be part of the solution. Here are three easy tips you can follow to reduce water pollution and help protect our rivers, streams and lakes.

Only rain down the drain. As simple as it sounds, this is the most important principle for reducing water pollution, and it should be taken literally. Whatever goes down the storm drain almost always ends up in our streams. Even if you’re not putting anything directly into a storm drain, be aware of what runoff can pick up from your home and yard. This includes grass clippings, car washing soap, fertilizers and pet waste, just to name a few.

“Natural” can still be pollution. It’s easy to overlook pollutants that seem “natural,” such as grass clippings, pet waste and organic fertilizers. In our developed communities, these are significant sources of pollution. Fecal coliform is one of the top pollutants found in streams, and much of it comes from pet owners who don’t pick their pet’s waste. Nutrients in yard debris and fertilizers feed potentially toxic algae that deplete water of oxygen needed by aquatic life.

Sweep it up, don’t hose if off. Using a hose to wash away a spill or clean the driveway is a sure way to send pollutants to our streams. Instead, use a broom and dustpan to sweep up pollutants, close them in a bag and put it in the garbage. For liquid spills, put down an absorbent material, such as kitty litter, and sweep it into a bag before disposing in the trash.

For more ideas, visit www.clark.wa.gov/cleanwater and thank you for being part of the solution.