Cathcart Cougar Tracks

An Update on our school community

October 1, 2021

Upcoming Events

Thursday, October 7

6th Grade Band Bonanza at View Valley Middle School

October 26 - November 3

State SBA Testing

Thursday, November 18

Picture Retake Day

Questions that Cathcart Parents Have Asked Mr. Anderson

On Thursday, I had the opportunity to meet with Cathcart's Parent Advisory Team: Amy Thompson, Chris Work, Kate Torrey, Dusty Zimmerman, Marissa Aberg, Lisa Akers and Noelia Santana. We talked about a whole lotta Cathcart parent topics. There were a few topics about safety that I want to share with the whole community:

Why are students eating outside the cafeteria/gym in wet weather?

Cathcart has eaten outside picnic style for many years on good weather days. With COVID safety protocols, if there is a sick student at school then there are rarely close contacts when students are outside at recess and lunches. This helps us keep as many students learning at school as possible. For this reason, we are using the covered area outside as our lunchroom on wet weather days. Students are encouraged to wear their coats to recess and lunch. So far, in the last week this has kept us from sending home about 20 students for 10 days.

Can students bring lunch boxes to school this year? Or just paper bag lunches?

Woops! Students can bring their lunch boxes to school this year. Last year, we asked for students to only bring paper bag sack lunches because we had much more restrictive guidance from the CDC concerning surface contact with the COVID19. We were having to quarantine library books for three days and disinfect each book in order to get books to students and we didn't want to go through the same labor intensive process with lunchboxes. Bottom line, students can bring lunch boxes to school this year.

Can students bring peanut butter sandwiches to school this year?

First, the reason for limiting peanut butter at school is that there are some students who have life threatening allergies to peanuts. This year, we are asking teachers to take students outside to eat snacks and stay socially distanced so this isn't an issue this year, unless the teacher informs the classroom of special needs due to the health of a student in their classroom.

At lunch, we are also eating outside. We still have an Peanut free table labeled for students who need to stay completely away from peanut butter or tree nuts or other allergy foods. Paige Hirschi, Cathcart nurse, has talked parents to help them work their children to determine if they will use this table.

So yes, Cathcart students can bring peanut butter sandwiches to school.

Band Bonanza

Thursday, October 7

6th Grade students and families are invited to Valley View at 6:30pm for a short Introduction to the district band program. At this event you will be able to:

  • Hear each beginning instrument played by a specialist
  • Talk to current students about their band experience
  • Hear performances by the GPHS Band students
  • Talk to your director about which instrument is right for you
  • Order an instrument rental package through our local music store (optional)
  • Meet Mr. Mines and Mr. Morris – Valley View and Glacier Peak Band Director

Those in attendance will be expected to wear masks while indoors.

Cathcart Unicycle Club is Back!

The Cathcart Unicycle Club began in 1993 and we are excited to announce it's return after taking last year off! Cathcart 4th through 6th graders are invited to join in the fun. Practices will be held on Fridays, after school, from 1:15 to 2:30pm in the outdoor covered area. Please see the attached flyer for more information and registration forms.

Grizzly Cub sign-ups available through September 30

Grizzly Cubs is a mentoring program between Glacier Peak High School students and students from the four elementary schools that feed into Glacier Peak High School: Cathcart Elementary, Little Cedars Elementary, Seattle Hills Elementary and Totem Falls Elementary.

Once a month there are planned, super fun, free activities to do. The schedule of events will be released soon. The parents/guardians of your grizzly cub are responsible for their transportation to all events.

Online registration must be completed by Thursday, September 30. Click here to register and learn more.

Human growth and development family presentation scheduled

Human growth and development is taught each year during 5-6th grade. Families are invited to attend a presentation at our district office to learn about the health standards, activities and resources that will be used to teach each of the topics, and the opt-out process. Please see details below.

  • Elementary Human Growth and Development
    • 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 2 at the Resource and Service Center (1601 Avenue D in Snohomish)

If you plan to attend the presentation, please complete this online form to let us know you plan to attend. The purpose of the form is gauge the number of families that will attend and communicate with families about any changes in venue or times that may occur.

The lessons and resources are also available for review from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. (or by appointment) at Teaching and Learning Services at the Resource and Service Center (1601 Avenue D in Snohomish).

Health and Safety Guidelines

Please follow the link below for the Snohomish School District health & safety guidelines including information regarding masks/face coverings, physical distancing and what to do if you or your child are sick.

Cathcart Elementary School

8201 188th Street SE Snohomish, WA 98296

Classroom Hours

Monday - Thursday 8:35 a.m.-3:15 p.m.

Early Dismissal every Friday 8:35 a.m.-1:15 p.m.

Office Hours
Monday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Friday 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Contact Us

Main Number 360-563-7075

Attendance Line 360-563-7126

Be sure to check our website for up-to-date information at