Evergreen's Mustang Messenger

September 6, 2021

Key Dates

School begins tomorrow, Sept 7 at 9:10-3:20. Looking forward to our start.

Evergreen's Kindergarten conferences are scheduled for September 7, 8, 9.

First day of Kindergarten—September 10 at 9:10-3:20.

District Safety Protocols

In preparation for the start of school, the Mead School District has developed a robust reopening plan with clear protocols to help keep students and staff safe. Evergreen's plans will include...

  • Face Coverings
  • Physical Distancing (3 ft while in class)
  • Regular and frequent hand-washing
  • A safe and distanced school entry
  • Socially distanced lunch routine
  • A mask-free recess
  • An organized dismissal

As last year, we are all partners in keeping school open and kids safe and healthy.

Mead's COVID-19 Safety Protocols and Guidance

Daily Arrival—Welcome to Evergreen!

Our arrival procedures rely heavily on face coverings and social distancing for safety. Please partner with us in reminding your children.

For children walking to school, arriving by family vehicle, or by bus, our Evergreen students should arrive and walk around the back of the building near the flag pole and bus loop. This is no different than any other year. Masks are not needed outdoors.

Avoid the play structures before school. Students who have school breakfast will proceed to breakfast distribution at the double doors of the cafeteria on the east side of the building. After receiving a breakfast, children will exit the cafeteria to gather at their external classroom door—with a minimum of 3-feet distance. While waiting in line to enter, kids will stand on a socially distanced blacktop dot. Look for teacher names on classroom doors as well.

Those not receiving breakfast will proceed directly to their external classroom door.

Those few classrooms without doors to the outside will line up at the double doors at the end of our south hall or in the nook off of the Kindergarten playground.

At the 9:10 bell kids will don their masks before entering the building. Children will then enter the building to begin their day. Health attestation is not a part of our morning routine to begin this school year.

Daily Dismissal

Our dismissal procedures will rely on social distancing as masks are not required outdoors.

At the afternoon bell, children will dismiss by classes, socially distanced. With support from their teachers, children will methodically exit their classroom doors and proceed to the back blacktop, the bus loop, and the flagpole area to meet their socially distanced parents, caregivers, and buses.

Masks are required on buses.

Please do not pick up your children before our 3:20 dismissal. We would kindly ask that you do not enter the building to checkout your child before dismissal before we normalize our systems.

Breakfast and Lunch For All

Until year's end, all Evergreen Mustangs will again be eligible for school meals (both breakfast and lunch) at no charge.

Building space constraints have the kids eating in their classrooms again this year, socially distanced.

Student Chromebook Distribution

Tech Services will label, inventory, and ready Chromebooks for distribution the first part of this week.

It is suggested you look into optional Chromebook insurance in case of damage to equipment.

Plans for Kindergarten—Day 1

When the kindergarteners arrive at school for their first day, September 10, there is going to be a terrific buzz in the air. And we can't wait!

As building principal, I know our Kindergarten teachers are working hard (COVID or not) to make the start of this school year a special one.

As parents and kids gather in the open grassy space near the Kindergarten doors Friday morning, near the portables and by our new play equipment, please remember to remain socially distance.

Before the bell rings, get those last pictures taken.

Once the bell rings, plan to say those goodbyes, good lucks, and last kisses outdoors. Kindergarten teachers will line their students up and enter the building for that first day.

Parents will not enter the building with their new Kindies.

Open House is Going Virtual

Ice Cream Social is just that. A time to visit school, meet teacher, tour the school, eat some ice cream, and be social. Let's hope that next year we can revisit the tradition after not having an opportunity this year.

Open House has been an adult-only time to hear from the principal, meet teacher, and learn or curriculum coursework and direction.

In years past we have combined Ice Cream Social and Open House for one a giant event. Darn it, if COVID hasn't kept us from that for another year.

In lieu of an in-person Open House, be on the lookout for a virtual event. Teachers and teams of teachers are creating their virtual presentations now. After we get school started, expect those virtual Open House videos in your email or from your teacher via another communication tool.

Visitors and Volunteers

At this time we will be limiting visitors and not hosting volunteers in our space at Evergreen—for the health and safety of our students and staff. After we find success in our practice, and after we hear from county health officials, we may amend our tight procedures.

  • Wear face coverings when on the Evergreen campus.
  • Practice social distancing.
  • Check in at the office vestibule before entering the building.
  • Please do not pick up children from school before 3:20.

We will reevaluate practice every 30 days, and hope to open up our learning community to in-person helpers and volunteers.

Evergreen's Contact Information

Stay in touch. There are lots of ways to do that. Connect directly with your classroom teacher as well.

Non-discrimination Statement

Mead 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: Josh Westermann, Director of Student and Family Services @ 2323 E Farwell Rd, Mead, WA 99021, Phone: 509 465-6000, or via email Josh.Westermann@mead354.org