Wildcat News

February 12th, 2021

A Message from the Principal

FWE families,

We are so excited to be preparing for our 1st and 2nd graders to return to in-person learning on Mon., March 1 and our 3rd - 5th graders to return to in-person learning on Mon., March 15!

Our newsletter contains important updates around students returning to in-person learning, including:

  • Cohorts/Schedules: Below you will find information about the Cohort A (AM) and Cohort B (PM) schedules as well as when you can plan to hear confirmation of your cohort assignment. ***Kindergarten Families***: FWE kindergarten will also be transitioning to A/B cohorts. Please see below for more information.

  • Transportation: MSD transportation would like to encourage you to utilize our busing transportation. We follow all District and Health Department Guidelines and our buses are a safe, efficient, and fun way to get to and from school. Please see below for more information about opting-in for your student(s).

  • Safety Plans: Our staff is working extremely hard to develop thorough safety plans and procedures in alignment with the guidance from the Washington Department of Health and the Snohomish Health District that will help mitigate the transmission of COVID-19 in our school. The whole plan will be available soon. For now, here are a few highlights:

  • Staff Training: Tuesday, February 16 will be an Asynchronous (Independent) Learning Day for K-5 Students & Training Day for all elementary staff. During this day, staff will be receiving training on our district and school safety plans and procedures for bringing students back to in-person learning in March. Classroom and small group Zoom meetings will be canceled for Tuesday, and your child may work on iReady, independent reading, assignments in Canvas or other choice work as determined by the teacher. Thank you for your flexibility in our rapid turn around for this day.

  • COVID Supervisor Backup: As principal, I act as our COVID Supervisor to ensure that our staff, students, and you are prepared and implementing our safety plans. Frank Wagner also has two additional COVID Supervisors, Deborah Henderson (our amazing Assistant Principal) and as a back up, Chris Cronos, Director of Categorical Programs.

  • Parent Safety Information/Training Time: On Thursday, February 25th at 5:15pm, I will be hosting a Principal Chat focused on answering any questions you might have about our safety plans, procedures or any other topics related to Frank Wagner. We will include a link to this Zoom meeting in a future newsletter.

Thank you again for all of your flexibility and grace as we continue on this journey. Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns.


Kristin Cortes

Upcoming Events

  • February is Black History Month
  • February 12th-15th - Presidents Day Break, NO SCHOOL
  • Thursday, Feb. 18 - MVLA Transfer Deadline
  • Thursday, Feb. 18 - Learning Material Distribution 11:30am-1:30pm & 3pm-6pm
  • Friday, Feb. 19 - Learning Material Distribution 11:30am-1:30pm
  • February 22 - Transportation Opt-In Deadline
  • February 25- Principal Chat 5:15pm-6:00pm

ROAR Awards

Shout Out to the following students for ROARing this week:

Neymar G. - Vye

Kevin H.G. - Poz/Hritsko

Nicholas B. - DeRousse

Aylin O.S. - Beltramo

Karel O. - MacMillan/Phillips

Sherlyn R. Phillips/MacMillan

Aiden A.D. - Rummel

Kiara C.P. - Pope

Sandy M. - Lynch/Kuntz

John G. - Kuntz/Lynch

Sohany A. - Maxson

Elliot C. - Smith

Annabelle W. - Abbott/Lovelace

Leonardo A.M. - Lovelace/Abbott

Wesley S. - George

Samuel D. - Ducharme

Yasmein B. - Miller

Learning Material Distribution

Thursday, Feb. 18 - 11:30am-1:30pm & 3pm-6pm

Friday, Feb. 19 - 11:30am-1:30pm

For 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade Students only.

***KINDERGARTEN FAMILIES***: FWE Kinder changing to A/B cohorts March 1st

Our Frank Wagner Kindergarten classes will be switching to A/B cohorts beginning March 1st. With the start of hybrid learning for other grade levels, in person instructional minutes for kindergartners were reduced by 35 minutes. We know that a solid academic start in kindergarten is crucial. Our team believes we will better serve student needs by moving to A/B cohorts. This will allow us to reduce class sizes even further, move kindergarten classes back into their regular classroom spaces (out of the library and gym) and increase instructional effectiveness through lowering the teacher to student ratio by half (From 20/25 students to 1 teacher, to 10/12 students to 1 teacher).

We understand this is yet another change and you've already endured so many. We don't make this decision lightly. We believe this will increase our instructional effectiveness and result in greater academic achievement for your students. We can't guarantee what cohort you will be assigned, but would like to solicit your input. Please complete the following survey by 4:00 pm Tuesday, February 16th if you'd like to provide input.

A/B Cohorts

Cohort Schedules

Students will attend half days in-person Monday through Thursday and will continue to participate in distance learning on Fridays. In order to maintain physical distancing, half of the students will attend in-person in the mornings from 8:55 a.m. to 11:25 a.m. (A cohort) and the other half (B cohort) will attend in the afternoons from 12:55 p.m. to 3:25 p.m.

Monday-Thursday Learning Schedule for Students in Preschool Through 5th Grade

Cohort A

8:50 Arrive at campus, turn in attestation, have temperature checked, go directly to class

8:55-11:25 In-person learning in classroom with one recess break

11:25 Dismissal

12:00-3:25 Lunch at home, i-Ready, Canvas asynchronous assignments, Specialist Time (Music, Digital Learning & PE) & independent reading, writing & math work

Cohort B

8:55-12:00 i-Ready, Canvas asynchronous assignments, Specialist Time (Music, Digital Learning & PE) & independent reading, writing & math work

12:00-12:50 Lunch at home, travel to school

12:50 Arrive at campus, turn in attestation, have temperature checked, go directly to class

12:55-3:25 In-person instruction

We know that the A/B cohort schedule is different from what we initially thought it would be in the fall. It is our hope to be able to leave most of the cohorting in tact. We are currently working to check the lists and will be emailing families by the morning of Thursday, February 18th, or earlier if possible, confirming your assigned cohort. We believe we should be able to ensure elementary siblings are in the same cohort. We know there may be some extenuating circumstances that may result in the need to change cohorts. We will do our best to accommodate when circumstances allow. We must maintain our safety procedures and ensure balanced cohorts, so we may not be able to accommodate requests for changes.

Monroe Virtual Learning Academy (MVLA)

1st-5th Grade Families who do not wish to have their child/children return to in person learning will need to submit transfer paperwork for MVLA no later than Thursday, February 18th.

The first step to enroll in MVLA is to complete an intra-district transfer form. This is the same process our families follow to enroll in any specialized district program. All of the required paperwork can be found here and is also available for pickup at our front office or district office. Please fill out the intra-district transfer and return it as soon as possible by mailing it to or dropping it off at the district office. You may also scan and email the form to Kim Kirschenmann at kirschenmann@monroe.wednet.edu.

Transportation -

We are so excited to welcome your students into our schools in March! We will be offering busing for those students who are attending their home school and live outside the 1.0 mile walkable area. Students who plan to ride a school bus to or from school MUST opt-in by filling out our Transportation Request Form to assist us in planning bus routes and maintaining physical distancing on buses as much as possible. Bus stops will be created only for those families who let us know that their child will be riding the bus.

For the safety of our students, bus drivers are not authorized to drop off kindergarten children without a parent/guardian or designee; who has been pre-authorized by the parent in writing to receive them at their bus stop. Older siblings and other identified adults can be authorized as a designee. Due to road conditions of routes, drop-off times can vary slightly from day to day, so please be at your student's bus stop five (5) minutes prior to the scheduled drop off time. Students who are not met at their bus stop will be returned to their school.

February 22nd is the Deadline for 1st and 2nd Grade families to opt-in for bus transportation.

As soon as our bus routes have been determined, families will be notified. If you have questions about riding the bus, please visit our transportation website or call our Transportation Department at (360) 804-2651.

Safe Return Plan

End of Day Plans

It is extremely important that teachers and office staff have accurate end of day plans for your child. Please ensure your teacher knows if your child will be taking a bus to/from school, be picked up by a family member or if your child will be walking home. As a reminder, families will be asked to stay in their vehicles and pick up their child. Only walking families with masks will be allowed to come up to the pick up area. All families will need to remain at a 6 foot distance from others.

Learning Schedules

Hybrid Schedules

1st & 2nd Grade students start in our Hybrid model March 1st, 2021

3rd-5th Grade students start in our Hybrid model March 15th, 2021

A Cohort 8:55am-11:35am

B Cohort 12:55pm-3:35pm

Please refer to your child's grade level to view the learning schedule we are currently using.

Please contact your teacher or the office with any questions.


1st through 5th grades

From our School Conselor, Mrs. Simeoni

Identifying Emotions

● Oftentimes children struggle with identifying and verbalizing emotions. Having an easy to use emotion chart can help them identify their feelings while associating the feeling with a facial expression. This provides them with building social skills by being able to recognize the emotions of others. Below is one example but there are others you can find online.

● Ask your child to identify how they feel and then prompt them to answer why they may feel that way. Ex. “I feel proud because I got an A on my math test”

Inclement Weather Procedures Reminder

Now that winter is upon us, we wanted to remind you of our inclement weather procedures. Even though it is an unusual school year, we will be upholding our typical inclement weather procedures just as any other school year. This means that if road conditions are deemed unsafe, we will be delaying or canceling school for that day. Canceled school days may need to be made up at the end of the school year. These days are included on our published calendars as "snow make up" days.

For more information please visit: https://www.monroe.wednet.edu/about/news/new-page/~post/inclement-weather-procedures-for-2020-21-20210108

February is Black History Month

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Also known as African American History Month, the event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating Black history.


Attendance is taken daily. Please call the office if your child is unable to join their Zoom meetings. If your grade level is learning in person, your child will be marked absent if they do not attend in person instruction.

If you know your child will be absent or unable to complete work, please call our 24 hour attendance hotline at (360) 804-3201 to excuse them.

Make sure your contact information is up-to-date!

It is very important that all families make sure all of their contact information is up-to-date with the school office. In the event of school delays and cancelations, or other emergencies, we need to be able to contact all of our families. When there are urgent messages to share with families, they are sent out via email and phone call. Messages are also posted on the district website, Facebook and Twitter.

If you would like to opt-in to also receive text messages, please send a text message of "Y" or "Yes" to our school's short code number, 67587. You can opt out of these messages any time by simply replying to oue of our messages with "Stop".


Does your family need a thermometer? Please contact the office at (360)804-3200 and we will try to provide you with one.

Frank Wagner Elementary received digital thermometers provided by a generous combined donation from:

Rotary Club of Monroe / Darian Caldwell Rotary President

Pharm A Save Pharmacy /Sue Graafstra

and The Monroe Public Schools Foundation / Katy Woods MPSF President

On behalf of our Frank Wagner Elementary Staff and families, THANK YOU so much to everyone making this donation possible!!!!

Monroe School District is currently hiring for Substitute Paraeducators

Due to our immediate need for Paraeducator Subs we are temporarily waiving our regular educational requirement of 72 college level credits or passed ParaProTest. Job requirements are; A sincere interest in helping children of all ages succeed in a safe and healthy school environment. If you are interested in applying to be a Substitute Paraeducator please apply online at https://monroejobs.hrmplus.net/

Applicants will be screened and interviews will take place via Zoom. Please note that the waiver of the educational requirements ONLY applies to the Substitute Paraeducator job position and not to any contracted Paraeducator jobs.

Questions?! Reach out to Annadea Olsen at olsena@monroe.wednet.edu

Frank Wagner Elementary is seeking bilingual applicants for the following positions:

  • Library Specialist
  • Preschool Para-educator
  • Health Room Para-educator

From Nurse Pamela's Desk

Parents/guardians of our in-person students: Please refer to the chart to determine if your child is well enough to attend school in person. Help us keep our Wildcat community healthy!

Please contact the school nurse at (360) 804-3206 with any questions.

Pamela Hyvonen, BSN, RN

School Nurse, Frank Wagner Elementary

(360) 804-3206 (M-F mornings)

School Nurse, Park Place Middle

(360) 804-4320 (M-F afternoons)

MSD Self Declaration Checklist Attestation Form

Please do not:

Pre date attestation forms in advance. Attestation forms need to be filled out daily

Please do:

  • Enter your child's temperature in the temperature box.
  • Date and include your child's full name (First and Last).
  • Answer questions accurately. This is a legally binding document that we are required to keep for up to 7 years.

Attestation Forms - Spanish & English



Websites have been set up where people will be asked screening questions and sign up for an appointment. If there are multiple people who will be coming in the same vehicle to be tested, each of them should register.

Technical Difficulties?

If you are having issues connecting to our online continuous learning, trouble with your Chromebook or have questions about how to navigate Canvas, you can call our technology hotline at (360) 804-2520.


1. When you receive the school newsletter in your email inbox, open the email and click on the title in the newsletter to open it in Smore.

2. Once in Smore, scroll to the very bottom of the newsletter. Above the red word ‘Report’ you will see the word ‘Translate’. Click ‘Translate’.

3. Next, select your preferred language in the drop-down menu and the newsletter will automatically translate to the language you chose.


Nuestro boletín se puede traducir a cualquier idioma en tres sencillos pasos:

1. Cuando reciba el boletín de la escuela en su bandeja de entrada de correo electrónico, abra el correo electrónico y haga clic en el título del boletín para abrirlo en Smore.

2. Una vez en Smore, desplácese hasta el final del boletín. Sobre la palabra roja "Informe" verá la palabra "Traducir". Haga clic en "Traducir".

3. A continuación, seleccione su idioma preferido en el menú desplegable y el boletín se traducirá automáticamente al idioma que elija.

Contact Us.

Frank Wagner Elementary

Main Line (360)804-3200

Attendance Line (360)804-3201

Office Manager: Col Wolf

Office Assistant: Karina Blanquet


The Monroe School District does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination:

Title IX Coordinator

Joanne Dickinson

14692 - 179th Avenue S.E., Monroe, WA 98272

(360) 804.2539


Section 504/ADA Coordinator

David Paratore

14692 - 179th Avenue S.E., Monroe, WA 98272

(360) 804.2603


Compliance Coordinator for 28A.640 and 28A.642 RCW

Joanne Dickinson

14692 - 179th Avenue S.E., Monroe, WA 98272

(360) 804.2532


The Monroe School District will also take steps to assure that national origin persons who lack English language skills can participate in all education programs, services and activities. For information regarding translation services or transitional bilingual education programs, contact:

Kimberly Whitworth

14692 - 179th Avenue S.E., Monroe, WA 98272

(360) 804.2558


As a school that receives Title I federal funding, we are required each year to do a school/family compact. This compact lists agreements between the teacher, family and student in order to ensure students receive the best education possible. Education is a team effort and at FWE we value our partnership with families. At your child's conference, you will be given the opportunity to review the compact and make any additions or comments you'd like. Thanks for taking the time to preview the compact beforehand so you can be prepared to discuss it at conferences.