Community Letter

May 21, 2021

Superintendent Update from Dr. Carl Bruner

Happy Friday!

Last week, State Superintendent, Chis Reykdal made it official - all school districts are expected to offer full day instruction, five days per week next school year for all students whose families elect to have them return. The following health and safety measures will still be required:

  • face coverings for all students, staff, and visitors;

  • ventilation;

  • regular cleaning and disinfecting; and

  • processes for responding to and reporting cases of COVID-19.

While the Washington State Department of Health still recommends maintaining a physical distance of 3 feet in classrooms and 6 feet elsewhere, flexibility is provided to allow schools to accommodate all students in person.

Schools may offer remote learning for students whose families prefer to have their children remain at home. What these learning options look like will depend on the capacity of the individual district. After months of remote teaching and learning, we are thrilled at the prospect of bringing students back full time. Though there will be logistical challenges to work through, we know that we can safely accommodate all students in person. In addition to the required health and safety measures, our school based COVID-19 testing program has and will continue to enable us to guard against the spread of the coronavirus in our schools. As San Juan County Health Officer, Dr. Frank James, said recently, “Schools are among the safest places to be in our communities.”

Our elementary and secondary teams are hard at work, focused on finishing strong while developing their plans for 2021-22. At the district level, we are finally able to begin the budget development process in earnest, now that the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction has updated their budget tools to reflect the changes and resources approved by the 2021 legislature. Our goal for 2021-22 is to restore as many of the services previously reduced as possible. Without a legislative solution to the enrichment levy cap, that will be difficult to do. Thankfully, federal relief funds will, we believe, provide a bridge to a more sustainable solution.

For many years I worked with a very talented school district finance director who was fond of the saying, “We can do anything we want, but we can’t do everything we want.” This is at the heart of budgeting. It’s where priorities come in. In working towards a balanced budget, the district and school board are committed to doing all we can to restore those cuts that have had the largest impact on providing a quality educational program for LISD students.

That’s all for now.

Enjoy the weekend and Go Lobos!

From our School Nurse, Karen Hattman

Immunizations for students have to be up to date. EVERYONE must have an MMR immunization or titer indicating full immunization on record. Please make an appointment at the health care provider to have immunizations updated ASAP.

Plant Sale Success!

Thanks to all the volunteers and customers for supporting our LIFE garden sale. It was our most successful fundraiser ever for the LIFE program!

Secondary Update from Principal, Dr. Martha Martin

Hello Secondary Families,

We have been working hard to develop our course schedule and daily/weekly schedule for the 2021-22 school year. I'm sorry to say that it isn't ready yet, but I hope to get registration instructions to students/families soon.

Prom is tomorrow, Saturday, May 22! If your student is attending prom, please read the prom student agreement attached in the email message to LISD secondary families. The agreement describes health and safety protocols as well as expected student behavior. I am also sending this to students.

On Thursday, May 27, the PTSA is hosting an end-of-year celebration for secondary families at Odlin Park from 5:00-7:00. I'm excited to see you all there! I hear there will be pizza!

There is no school on Friday, May 28 for staff development AND Monday, May 31 for Memorial Day.

I hope you and your family have a great weekend.

All my best,


A big thank you to the wonderful parents who transformed the secondary break room.......

Much appreciation to Jesse Hammond for video production and Andrea Huss for photography!
Thank You, LIPTSA

Secondary Grading

Secondary Term 6 report cards will be posted in the Family Access Portfolio tile on May 24.

Families can look at the breakdown of each Gradebook grade in the Grading tile. At the top left, select All Year for Grades Filter (Grades Tab); select Current Year for School Year Filter (Other Tabs). Scroll down the columns and select the specific grade link to view the grade breakdown. Click "More" at the bottom to view all courses.

Basketball, Grades 8-12

Our basketball season (just practice, no competition) starts on Monday, May 24 for 8th-12th grade students.

If your student wants to play, they should sign up on the sheet by Coach Berg's office and make sure Ronda has their sports forms and current physical on file.

Boys' basketball coach is M.R. Buffum. His email is if you need to get in touch with him. Practice will be Mon-Fri from 7:00-9:00 pm.

Girls' basketball coach is Shane Patrick. His email is if you need to get in touch with him. Practice will be Mon-Fri from 4:00-5:30 pm.

Students that have not participated in a sport this year are required to complete all extracurricular forms available on the school website at this link: Extracurricular Sports Forms and Risk Management Forms. The Physical Evaluation Form remains active for two years. If you had a sports physical on file but are not sure of the date, please email Ronda.

Elementary Update from Principal, Mary Fordham

Dear Family Lopez Lobos,

It is hard to believe that we are down to four more weeks of school. We know that this brings mixed emotions for all. While some of us are excited for a summer break, many of us are sad to leave our reunited friendships and fun learning activities. Our goal in the next four weeks is to continue to keep students energized about their learning and motivated to do their best, while having fun at the same time. The teachers are busy planning some end of year activities and we hope to reveal these very soon.

On Tuesday evening, we welcomed our class of 2034 parents/guardians for a Kindergarten Information Night. It was a well attended event and many great questions were addressed. Kindergarten registration is officially open. The new student registration process is available online through our school district website at this link New Student Registration. Current families may log into Family Access and use the New Student Registration button at the top of the screen. For anyone that might have missed the event and/or needs kindergarten registration information, please contact Karrie Warner, Elementary Office Support Coordinator, at 360.468.2202, x2100 or She can also answer any questions about registrations or immunizations. We are asking that kindergarten registrations are turned into the elementary office by June 18th.

On Thursday evening, the LIPTSA hosted the Elementary End of Year Family Celebration at Odlin Park. It was an excellent event with yummy pizza, great weather, lots of laughter, and loads of fun. I personally enjoyed seeing our students playing so well together while parents/guardians shared time together. It really showed me just how tight-knit our community on Lopez is and how lucky I am to be a part of it.

Next Friday, there will be no school for students. Our teachers will have inservice training and spending time planning for next school year.

With Lobo Love,


Lopez Island School District

Carl Bruner, Interim Superintendent

Martha Martin, Secondary Principal

Mary Fordham, Interim Elementary Principal

The Lopez Island School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employee(s) has been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator, Interim Superintendent –, Title IX Coordinator, HR Specialist Renee Koplan –, Section 504, Interim Elementary Principal –, OR contact by phone, 360-468-2202, OR mail to 86 School Rd, Lopez Island, WA 98261.