Snow Leopard News

Week of February 22

Dual Language

Dear CVE Families of Incoming Kindergartners:

We are pleased to announce that our school has been selected to offer a premium dual language program for incoming kindergarten students, beginning next school year (2021-22)! This will be an extraordinary K-12 educational opportunity for all future CVE students to become bilingual and biliterate in both English and Spanish, with high levels of academic achievement through instruction in both languages.

This research-proven model will be a 90/10, Two-Way, Dual Language program with Spanish as the target language. The two-way part refers to a balanced class of 50 percent Spanish-speaking students, and 50 percent English speaking students. The 90/10 means that 90 percent of the instruction in Kindergarten will be in Spanish, and 10 percent of instruction will be in English. This percentage will change each year until instruction is 50 percent in Spanish, 50 percent in English by 4th or 5th grade.

To learn more about this amazing opportunity for your incoming Kindergarten student, please join us on a zoom dual language forum on Wednesday, February, 24th and Thursday, March 11th, to examine the benefits and research of this program, ask questions, and learn about this exceptional model of instruction!

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Dual Language Informational Night

Thursday, March 11th, 4:30-6pm

This is an online event.

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Dual Language Application/Information

2021-2022 Kindergarten Dual Language Program, Cedar Valley Community School, College Place Elementary Only

Dear Families/Guardians:

Edmonds School District will be accepting applications for the Kindergarten Dual Language Program for the 2021-2022 school year starting March 3, 2021. Please read below for more information regarding the application.

The goal of the program is to ensure that all students who participate achieve proficiency in both Spanish and English. Please consider the following as you decide if dual language is the right choice for your child:

• Your child is comfortable in a variety of educational settings; and

• You feel that you will be able to commit to the program at a minimum of K-6 grades; and • Your child has already expressed an interest in different people, places and things; and • As a family, you will support learning a second language through school attendance, participation in school events, and practicing both languages at home.

Please complete the attached application form and return to the main office of your home school (Cedar Valley or College Place) or e-mail to: by Friday, April 2, 2021. (Parents must still complete the general Kindergarten registration forms). Please turn in your application early, limited space is available.

Once we receive your application, the district will contact you to set up a specific time for your Dual Language Program interview.

Below is detailed information on the entire process:

March 3 - April 2: Kindergarten Dual Language Program applications accepted Location: Applications will only be accepted at College Place or Cedar Valley Main Offices or by email:

April 12 - 21st: Kindergarten Dual Language Program interviews (by appointment) Location: Your school (College Place Elementary or Cedar Valley Community School)

April 26 - 30: Families notified by mail regarding Kindergarten Dual Language Program placement

2021-2022 Kindergarten Dual Language Program Application Form Edmonds School District

By filling out and signing this form you are requesting that your child be enrolled in the Dual Language Program

Return to the Main Office of your school

or e-mail to: DualLanguage@edmonds.wednet.eduby April 2, 2021

Please turn in your application early, limited space is available.

Please print all information:

Check box for your home school:

☐ Cedar Valley Community School ☐ College Place Elementary School Student Last Name: _________________ Student First Name: _____________ Date:__________ Student’s First Language: ____________________________

Student’s Birthdate: ____/____/______

(note: child must turn 5 before September 1, 2021)

Parent/Guardian Name:


Residence Address:

______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________

Phone Number: _______________________________

Alternate Phone Number:________________________

Email Address: _______________________________

My child is: ☐ English Only Speaker ☐ Spanish Only Speaker

☐ Bilingual (Spanish & English) ☐ Speaks another language other than English or Spanish (other language) ________________________________

___________________________________________ _____________________ Parent/Guardian Signature Date

IMPORTANT: Parents must still complete the general Kindergarten registration forms

Enrollment and Kindergarten for the 2021-2022 School Year

Enrollment and Kindergarten for the 2021-2022 School Year

We will begin enrolling kindergarten students (or students new to the Edmonds School District) for the 2021-2022 school year on March 3, 2021. To enroll, you may pick up enrollment packets and drop them off in the designated drop box at your assigned school* with proof of residency from your home (lease/rental agreement, mortgage statement, or a recent utility bill), proof of birth, and your child’s immunization history. You will also now have the option for online enrollment on the District website.

If you are registering a kindergarten student to start in September, please join us at 6:00 pm on February 8th for Kick Off to Kindergarten on a Community Webinar Zoom event here:

Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device:

Please click this URL to join. 09

Passcode: 154403

Or join by phone:

Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):US: +1 253 215 8782 or +1 669 900 6833 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 876 9923

Webinar ID: 823 4432 6781

Passcode: 154403

International numbers available:

Following the Kick off to Kindergarten event, schools will be conducting Welcome Sessions on three different occasions. Dates for Welcome Sessions and the Live Video Tours will be posted on school websites or you may contact the school for more information. Sessions and video tours will be made available online for future access.

Your child must be 5 years old by August 31, 2021 to be eligible for Kindergarten. Students turning 5 between September 1 and December 31, 2021 may be evaluated for early entrance into Kindergarten by successfully passing a screening to determine readiness. Parents must submit an application by May 27, 2021 to schedule an evaluation for their child. Please contact Tara Taitano at or call 425-431-7176 to request a parent packet which explains the process and associated costs.

*Each student in the Edmonds School District is assigned to a school by address. Please go to to access Neighborhood School Finder to find out which school your child will attend, or call one of the numbers below.

Elementary (K-6): Tara Taitano,, 425-431-7176


Hello Snow Leopard Families!

The Cedar Valley Elementary staff are learning a lot about how to be culturally competent to better promote and support our students and families success. Part of this work means we are working to understand, appreciate, represent and advocate for our students and families from cultures and/or belief systems other than our own.

As a district community, we are committed to becoming an antiracist institution. Our work is ongoing and we continue to look to our Race and Equity Policy as we work to serve all kids and all staff. I encourage you to reference the policy often. In addition to our Race and Equity Policy, our Board of Directors unanimously adopted the Resolution to Endorse Black Lives Matter in Edmonds Month of Action in January 2020. The resolution endorses and encourages our teachers, staff, and students to participate in the Black Lives Matter in Edmonds, Month of Action to be held during the month of February.

As background, Black Lives Matter (BLM) is a social justice and civil rights movement with the goals of raising awareness of and responding to racism. We maintain that BLM is not inherently political or partisan. Because BLM is an umbrella movement, it encompasses an array of ideas and groups. Its collective value in our context is as an appeal to identify and correct those practices that do not serve our students and staff who are Black, Indigenous and people of color.

In all Edmonds Schools, Black Lives Matter. Calling attention to issues of racism has a place at Cedar Valley because racism and bias continue to hurt students and staff who are Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC). We know that some of our BIPOC students and staff have directly experienced race-based bias and harassment. We cannot reconcile the lived experiences of many Black student and staff with our core values of excellence and equity in education. We need to and intend to do better. That is why we say that Black Lives Matter.

In solidarity,

Leah Bracken, Principal


Every absence, excused or unexcused, is a learning opportunity lost and can have significant impacts on a student’s success in school and life. A student who misses 10 percent or more of their school days, which can mean just two days a month, for any reason, is considered chronically absent. A student is considered truant if they miss five or more unexcused days in a month or 10 or more unexcused days in a year. Five or more unexcused days may lead to a conference with the school.

Attendance is critical to learning. Logging on meets the minimum requirement for attendance. Actively engaging meets the goal for learning. All students are expected to attend and actively engage in daily remote learning.

Reminders during COVID:

  • Please continue to report your student’s absence to the school office.
  • Absences will only be excused if they meet the State’s criteria for excused absences, including new reasons for excused absences during COVID-19.
  • Schools will begin to send daily automated calls beginning Monday October 19 for students that have not attended a scheduled class or engaged in remote learning daily. This will be the initial absence notification, the callout messages acknowledge that these absences can be adjusted by the teacher, should engagement for that day be established.
  • If you have questions or concerns about attendance, please reach out to Dolores at 425-431-2151.

Tips for good attendance during remote learning:

  • Establish a designated time for electronic devices to be turned in or shut down at a reasonable time the night prior.
  • Ensure school Chrome book or device used to log on to remote learning is charged the night prior.
  • Establish a morning routine that includes having breakfast and ready to be logged on
  • time for the first class.