Wade King Elementary

October 1, 2021

A Note from our Administrative Team

Hello Wade King Families,

It's hard to believe it's October and yet the fall weather is definitely here! Classroom routines are established and students are engaged in learning. Our teachers are also getting to know the strengths of your child and are planning for their next steps as learners. On November 4th and 5th, you will join your child for their Student Involved Conference. Your child and their teacher will share their learning goals with you during that conference. As these dates get closer, be thinking of the questions that you want to bring to your conference, and don't hesitate to reach out to your child's teacher sooner. We want to continue the strong school-family collaboration we benefited from last year. Finally, our PTA has several things planned for October including a virtual Family Night, Spirit Wear Sale, and the return of a few outside After School Activities.

Take Care,

Stephanie Johnson, Principal

Stephanie Korn, Administrator

Important Dates

10/1 (Mon) PTA Spirit Wear Sale Begins (more info below)

10/6 (Wed) - Photo Retake Day 8:30-9:30am

10/14 (Thurs) - PTA Meeting on Zoom at 6pm

10/15 (Fri) - NO SCHOOL for Students - Teacher Learning & Collaboration Day

10/17 (Sun) - PTA MOD Pizza Fundraiser

10/21 (Thurs) - Great Shakeout Earthquake Drill

10/22 (Fri) - PTA Drawing Night on Zoom

11/4 (Thurs) - Evening Student-Led Conferences

11/5 (Fri) - NO SCHOOL for Students - Student-Led Conferences

The Bellingham Schools 2021-22 Calendar can be found on the district website.

Family Handbook

Our family handbook has lots of information about our school. Check it out below!

Spirit Wear Sale - Today thru October 15th

Our PTA is facilitating a spirit wear sale. You can purchase Wade King shirts and sweatshirts from their online store. The sale starts today, through October 15th.

Photo Retakes - October 6th

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PTA After-School Activites... Start Next Week!

Our PTA has been working with our school team and community providers to be able to offer a few OUTSIDE after-school programs. These activities start next week. You can find registration information on our Wade King PTA website.

Update Student Information... Directory Coming Soon

Our student directory will be published next week. This information is pulled from your student's information in Skyward Family Access. Your student's annual update form, in Skyward, is also the place where you would opt out of having your student's information in the Directory.

PTA Meeting, October 14th

Our next PTA Meeting will be on Thursday, October 14th. This meeting is on Zoom. We hope that makes it easier to join from home! We will be approving our PTA Standing Rules at this meeting.

If you have not yet joined our Wade King PTA, we encourage you to! You can join online. This is a great way to show your support for our school community, even if you aren't able to volunteer.

PTA MOD Pizza Fundraiser, October 17th

Our PTA is hosting a MOD Pizza Fundraiser on October 17th. This is a great evening to pick up pizza and help our PTA raise funds that come directly back to our students. Mod Pizza has great salads too!

PTA Art Night with Mr. Foss, October 22nd

Our PTA has planned a virtual Family Night with Mr. Foss. He is an amazing illustrator and will teach us some tricks via Zoom. This event starts at 6pm on Friday, October 22nd. The Zoom link will be sent out closer to the event.

The Great Shakeup: Earthquake Drill, October 22nd

Thursday, October 21st is the annual WA State Earthquake Drill. All students and staff will practice how to drop, cover, and hold. Students will learn what to do if there is an earthquake while they are at school. This would be a great time to practice what to do if an earthquake happened while your family was home.

Student Leadership Is Starting Up

Our Student Leadership Team will be starting up this month. This talented group of students from grades 2nd through 5th will be working with Mrs. Wakefield and Ms. Korn to solve school problems and plan a fun event for our school community on the last Friday of each month.

Curriculum Night Videos

In early September, classroom teachers shared a Curriculum Night video with families to help them learn about their child's classroom community and the learning their child would be engaged in during the year. If you have not yet watched this video, please do! If you need the link to the video(s), let us know and we'll resend it! You can contact Debbie or Michelle in our office.

Rainy Day Recess... We go outside!

We had some really rainy days this week, and most classes were still playing outside in the covered play shed. Please remember to send your child to school with appropriate outerwear (raincoat or warm coat, hat, etc.). Remember to label your child's clothing with their name; our Lost and Found grows every month. If it is a really rainy day, and your child loves splashing in puddles, you might consider having them put an extra pair of socks and shoes in their backpack. If you need support getting warm clothes or shoes for your child, our school counselor, Jaymie Wakefield can help!

Note from Mrs. Wakefield (our School Counselor)

Hello Wade King Families, greetings from Ms. Wakefield in the counseling office. If your student is in need of more support than offered by me with Brief Solution-Focused counseling, or if you are wondering about how to navigate getting mental health counseling support for your student, I can help. For our students with state insurance or Medicaid, Wade King is partnering with SeaMar Community Health Centers. I can assist you with the newly designed intake forms. If your student has private insurance, I can help you navigate finding a counselor that matches your your insurance and your student needs. One tool that might be helpful is using the PyschologyToday.com website. On this site you can filter for area, type of concerns or issues, age of child, type of counseling preferred, and insurance. Knowing that there are often waitlists for counseling services, I try to keep a current list of therapists who have openings. As always, please reach out with any questions or concerns, or ways I can support you and your student at 360-647-6840 or my email jaymie.wakefield@bellinghamschools.org

Universal 'Free' Meals This Year

Since the first menu of the school year was included in the back-to-school mailing, the Food Services program has been impacted severely by national supply chain issues in the food industry. To keep families updated on what will be served, a two-week menu will be maintained on the school menu webpage. We will be unable to provide elementary print menus for the foreseeable future until supply chains are strong again.

Reminder! All breakfast and lunch meals are provided at no cost to families in the 2021-22 school year thanks to a USDA ruling earlier this summer.

Ways to Help Our PTA Earn Money... that comes right back to supporting our kids!

Link to Amazon Smile

If you are an Amazon user, you can set up Amazon Smile to link to our Wade King PTA. A percentage of what you spend will come right back to our PTA to support school events.
Did you know Box Tops for Education has an ap? No longer do you need to clip Box Tops to turn in. Join for free... and simply scan your receipts to earn money for our PTA. It's that easy!
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Another way to help our PTA earn money is by linking your Fred Meyers Reward card to Wade King PTA 8.3.37. A percentage of your spending goes right back to our PTA and it does not impact your other rewards.

Safe Schools Reporting and Tip Line

Students, parents or community members who have information, tips, or concerns regarding a safety issue in our schools are encouraged to text or call 844-310-9560 or visit bellinghamschools.org/safe for confidential, anonymous, two-way communication with our safety staff.

Multi-Language Message Line

Families whose first language is not English can leave a message on our multi-language message line at 360-647-6816. Families dial 2 for Russian, dial 3 for Vietnamese, dial 4 for Punjabi or dial 5 for any other language (say name of language at beginning of message). Please call 360-676-6456 for Spanish.

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