Maltby Messenger

November 10th Edition

Message from our Principal

Dear Mustang Families,

Having students back full time provides many benefits for students, including a consistent daily routine and schedule, the opportunity for a variety of academic learning to take place, and the time to connect with friends. Students are relearning how to socialize with people outside of their family and close friends, how to problem solve, and how to play together. You can help support your student at home by trying to spend 1:1 time with them daily and talk about how they are feeling.

The staff at MBE provides Social Emotional Learning for all students through our 2nd Step curriculum. Here is a great video that provides the purpose and evidence-based results from the teaching of SEL learning. You can learn more about 2nd Step curriculum at

Recognize, Refuse, and Report Bullying

We want to help students recognize bullying, refuse to accept it happening to them or others, and to report it to adults so that we can help eliminate it from happening. We also know that bystanders play a significant role in stopping bullying or supporting bullying based on their actions, too.

Inclement Weather Days:

The fall weather is here which means winter weather is not far away. Here are the guidelines for the Monroe School District regarding inclement weather days:

How the decision to delay or close schools is made:

To help make the best possible decision, weather forecasts are consistently monitored and district staff drive our bus routes to evaluate road and parking lot conditions. We make every effort to make decisions regarding closings or delays in the evening, understanding that parents need time to make arrangements for the following day. However, if the forecast is uncertain and still developing, we wait to get the latest forecast and assess actual road conditions early in the morning. Morning decisions will be announced by 5 a.m. Additionally, if a delayed opening has been announced the night before, and the forecast or conditions worsen overnight, we may need to update the status in the morning and announce that all schools will be closed for the day.

Depending on the winter weather conditions, one of the following four options is decided:

  • Schools start on time (no messages will be shared)
  • Schools start on time with limited bus service
  • Schools start two hours late (no a.m. preschool, no out-of-district transportation) - a delay would only be utilized if/when students and staff return to full days of in-person learning
  • Schools are closed (When schools are closed, all after school activities and evening facility use are also canceled.)

If schools are delayed or closed, information will be shared through the following communication channels:

  • Email and robocall: An email and automated phone call will go out to all staff and families. Please make sure your contact information is up to date in Family Access to ensure you receive these notifications. Families who have 'unsubscribed' from district emails and/or automated calls will not receive these notifications.
  • Text message: A text message will be sent only to those families who have opted-in to receive texts from the district. Learn how to opt-in here.
  • District website: A message will be posted to the front page of our district website.
  • Social media: Messages will be posted to the district Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
  • School schedule hotline: 360-804-2950

We will not send or post messages if schedules are normal. No news means that schools are open.

Snow bus routes are posted on the district website, here.

We hope you enjoy celebrating Veteran's Day with your loved ones. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at: or (360)804-3500.


Christine Hillestad

Maltby Elementary Principal

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November is Native American Heritage Month

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Native American Heritage Month has evolved from its beginnings as a week-long celebration in 1986, when President Reagan proclaimed the week of November 23-30, 1986 as "American Indian Week." Every President since 1995 has issued annual proclamations designating the month of November as the time to celebrate the culture, accomplishments, and contributions of people who were the first inhabitants of the United States.

Through dance, family traditions, and music, these stories show the diversity and long history of Indigenous people across the United States. Celebrate the history, culture, and traditions of American Indians and Alaska Natives in a special collection of films, short stories, and resources from Public Television.

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In observance of the Veteran's Day Holiday, there will be NO SCHOOL on Thursday, November 11th. School will resume on Friday, November 12th at 8:55 AM. Thank you!!

Maltbys Virtual Veterans Day Assembly Nov 2021

Superintendent Chat

With a goal of fostering transparent, two-way communication, Superintendent of Monroe School District, Dr. Justin Blasko, extends an open invitation to families for his monthly "Superintendent Chat."

This is an opportunity for families to ask questions, provide input, and share viewpoints on district procedures, practices, and policies. In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, these chats will be held via Zoom.

While families are welcome to ask questions about anything, the topic of this chat will be primarily focused on COVID-19 in our schools. David Paratore, the MSD Chief of Student Services, will be joining as a special guest to discuss this topic.

The meeting will be held in English with live Spanish translations from our Hispanic Liaison, Carlos Elles, on Monday, November 15th at 5:00 PM.

Monthly Principal Chat

Parents and Guardians please join us for our monthly Parent chat with Principal Christine Hillestad on Tuesday, November 16th from 6:00-6:30 PM.

Parents are welcome to log on and ask questions about the school's curriculum, standards implementation, or anything else that goes on in the school. We are very open to suggestions, ideas, and concerns. We will have live interpreting in Spanish for those who prefer it.

Copy and paste this link into your web browser

Donation Request

Maltby Montessori students are in need of (20) carpet squares to utilize during lunch. Due to the weather changing, we want to provide students with these carpet squares to sit on under the lunch tent. If you have any questions, or know someone able to donate, please feel free to contact the office: (360)804-3500. Thank you!

NEW! COVID-19 Testing to be Offered through MSD

Beginning October 12, 2021, Monroe School District will begin offering optional COVID-19 testing for free, Monday-Friday at the district administration office (14692 179th Ave SE, Monroe, WA 98272) from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for students and their families. Testing will be administered outdoors in a drive through format in the parking lot.

To expedite the testing process, appointments are highly encouraged, but not required and can be booked at The online registration form will have a space for you to input insurance information but there will be no charge to you and there are no copay requirements. The testing is absolutely free. A parent or guardian must accompany all students under age 18 and consent forms must be filled out onsite. Please remember to wear a mask when arriving for your test session.

Please click below for additional information and guidelines:

Drop off and Pick Up Procedures

  • Parents/Guardians, if you are late (after 8:55 AM) dropping off your children, YOU MUST COME TO THE OFFICE AND SIGN THEM IN. We have had quite a few students being dropped off after school starts, which is against our normal procedures. For their safety and attendance purposes, you MUST sign them in.
  • Please be sure to contact the office by 2:00 PM or send a dated note with your student if they will have a change in their regular transportation for the day. ALSO, BE SURE TO PUT THE STUDENT'S FIRST AND LAST NAME AS WELL AS THE TEACHER'S NAME ON THE NOTE.
  • Please be patient and know that the line will continue to move in car drop as we safely get our students into their car.
  • Do not park and get out of your car as we do not have walk-up pickup at this time.

We truly appreciate your patience and understanding so that we can keep everyone safe. If you have any questions, please call the office.

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Volunteer Update from MSD

As we shared at the beginning of the school year, the decision to not permit volunteers or visitors in schools would be re-evaluated at the end of October. Due to continued high COVID-19 case rates in Snohomish County, Monroe School District has made the decision to continue to not allow volunteers or visitors in schools at this time. We miss our volunteers and will continue to monitor case rates as we re-evaluate this decision in the new year.

Lost and Found

Our lost and found is getting pretty full. If your student is missing a jacket, sweatshirt, lunchbox, etc. please have them check the lost and found, it just might be there.

Library Happenings

Our in-person Scholastic Book Fair will be December 3rd-December 10th. Students will have the opportunity to browse and purchase books during their scheduled library class time. We will be using e-wallets again this year to make book buying much easier. More information on how to set up your child's e-wallet will be coming soon.

Thank you for the Makerspace donations! The kids have been creating amazing projects during recess and we appreciate the new supplies.

Our NEW BOOKS have arrived! They are all ready for check out, and are displayed in our library. Please encourage your kids to check them out. This week we are reading one of our new books, Tiny Feet Between the Mountains by Hannah Cha. It is the story of a young Korean girl who must come up with a clever idea to help a spirit tiger who has swallowed the sun by mistake. She just might prove that even the smallest people often have the biggest, bravest hearts.

-Mrs. Spahman

Lunch with our Montessori Mustangs

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MSD Employee Honor Roll

Do you know a Monroe School District employee who deserves some much-needed recognition?

Monroe School District has launched a new employee recognition program, called the MSD Employee Honor Roll! This program is aimed at recognizing Monroe School District employees for exemplifying the district’s commitment and shared values through their service to our students, staff, families, and/or community.

Supervisors, fellow employees, parents and community members are encouraged to nominate ANY staff member for exemplifying any of the following:

  • Providing engaging learning opportunities through powerful instruction

  • Providing students with equitable access to learning and opportunities based on their unique, individual needs

  • Holding students to high standards

  • Using innovation to provide educational choice

  • Recognizing, honoring and building upon students’ strengths and passions

  • Engaging families and the community in the learning process

  • Preparing all students for college, careers and life beyond graduation

All nominees will be recognized, but only one in each employee category will be selected each month as the MSD Employee Honor Roll award recipients. Employee categories include:

  • Certificated (teachers, counselors, psychologists, etc)

  • Classified (paraeducators, nurses, office staff, bus drivers, food service, custodial, technology, maintenance, etc)

  • Substitutes and coaches

  • Administrators (Principals, assistant principals, directors, executive staff)

Nominate an employee now!

Mustang Moment Wall

Another year is here and we are ready for our Mustang Moment Wall to be filled with student names. We are excited to share this board with our mustang families. Teachers/Staff are able to give students Mustang Moments when they are caught doing something to help out our school or other students. This positive incentive encourages students to work together in a collective effort for success here at Maltby. Ask your child have they received a Mustang Moment and if not, remind them they still have the entire year to get one!!

Lunch Information for 2021-2022

This year, students at Monroe School District have a lot to look forward to when it comes to mealtime. For the 2021-2022 school year, meals will be offered to students in all grade levels at no cost, thanks to flexibilities provided by the USDA’s National School Lunch Program. This allows everyone to enjoy 1 free breakfast & 1 free lunch per day.

All families, however, are encouraged to fill out the annual Free and Reduced Price Meal Application as eligibility provides many other benefits, including Pandemic EBT benefits for your family, no student fees for high school programs, free student entrance to all ASB extracurricular events (dances, athletics, etc) and reduced fees for family members to attend extracurricular events (athletics, plays, etc). Filling out this application also provides critical funding for our schools.

What’s on the Menu? Nutrislice, an innovative app, students, parents and faculty have access to school menus, including nutrition information, allergens and photos. Nutrislice can be downloaded for free from the App store (iOS) or Google Play (Android) and is available on desktop and mobile devices.

Menus are also available at

Important Upcoming Dates!

November 11 ~ Veteran's Day Holiday (NO SCHOOL)

November 13 ~ World Kindness Day

November 14-20 ~ Police and Fire Appreciation Week

November 15 ~ Superintendent Chat @ 5 PM

November 16 ~ Principal Chat @ 6 PM

November 24 ~ EARLY DISMISSAL @ 12:55 PM

November 25-26 ~ Thanksgiving Break

December 1 ~ Picture Retakes

December 3-10 ~ Scholastic Book Fair

December 20-31 ~ Winter Break


We are so excited to be using Smore for our school newsletter this year! Our newsletter will be delivered directly to your email inbox and can be translated to any language in three easy steps:

  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.

About Us


Christine Hillestad


Amber Newman

Office Manager

Junelle Lewis

Office Support

Jamie Porter

Health Room

HR Assistant

Becky Urstad


Joy Good


Family Engagement Liaison

Kathy Jackson

Fax ~ 360-804-3599

Health Room ~ 360-804-3532

Attendance Hotline ~ 360-804-3501

Bus Delay Information ~ 360-804-2951

Transportation Office ~ 360-804-2650

School Hours: 8:55 am-3:25 pm (Monday-Thursday)

8:55 am-2:25 pm (Fridays)

MSD Notice of Non-Discrimination

Monroe 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 employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Civil Rights Coordinator: Joanne Dickinson and Title IX Coordinator, 360-804-2539,; and 504 Coordinator: David Paratore, 360-804-2609, Address: 200 E Fremont St., Monroe, WA 98272.