June 10, 2022
Rituals, Traditions, and Celebrations
Dear LISD Families,
This is the season for celebrations. In the last two weeks of school, we celebrate kindergarten graduation, 5th grade promotion ceremony, 8th grade graduation, and of course, high school graduation! We also have awards ceremonies, student presentations and performances, and other culminating events to mark the end of the academic year. Some of these events are new or revised versions of previously held events, and some are long-standing Lopez traditions. Rituals and traditions, particularly around celebrations, are important for schools and communities. They communicate things about what we value and what we want to lift up. Though it's always a good idea for organizations to examine their rituals and traditions to see if they still fit, and new ones can always be added, rituals and traditions give people a strong sense of belonging, pride, and community. We sincerely hope that you are able to join us for some of our end of year celebrations and hope you'll have conversations at home about which school LISD traditions your children and teenagers enjoy most.
All our best to you and your family,
Mary and Martha
Menu: June 13-17
Please check the district website after Sunday, June 12.
Congratulations to the Class 2022!
Lopez Seniors will graduate on Saturday, June 11, 2022 at 2:00 p.m.
Due to COVID, the Lopez High School graduation will regretfully not be open to the public. Here is a Zoom link if you would like to see the graduation ceremony in real time: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81398032529
If you have a card or gift for any graduate, you may drop it off at the High School gym parking lot where there will be decorated boxes for each graduate. The time for drop off will be Saturday, June 11, from 9 to noon.
Community Graduation Celebration
Work Party in the School Garden - Sunday, June 12
Lopez Families! If you have an hour or two you could give to the school garden this Sunday, June 12, it would be a huge help AND pay excellent dividends for your kids in the fall! We’re having a “weeding and mulching” work party from 10 am to noon on June 12 at the school garden. Bring your kids! They could help out in the garden or play on the playground. The weather should be great and we'll have snacks! And we promise we'll be wrapped up by noon so you can get on with your day!
ASB Election Results
Congratulations to the following elected ASB officers and representatives:
President: Valentina Rendon
Vice–President: Malachi Cary
Secretary: Melissa Valencia
School Board Representative: Amelia Patino
Sergeant–at–Arms: Ruby Ervin-McLean
Treasurer: Nikolai Kazakov
Sixth Grade Representative: Jack Bullock
Seventh Grade Representative: Ruby Tapia-Cruz
Eighth Grade Representative: Lourdes Velazquez
Ninth Grade Representative: Ana-Sophia Rempel
Tenth Grade Representative: Rafael Velazquez
Eleventh Grade Representative: Bryan Coro
Twelfth Grade Representative: Jamie Armstrong
AP Student Art Show in the Lopez Community Center for the Arts
Congratulations to Lucy, Lucia, Hannah, Malachi, and Lily!
Important Dates for Elementary School
- June 13: End of Year Assembly, 9:00
- June 14: 2022-23 Kindergartners visit Lopez Elementary, 9:45
- June 15: Kindergarten Graduation Ceremony, 1:00
- June 16: 5th Grade graduation Ceremony, 10:00
- June 17: Last Day of School, 2:00 early dismissal
Important Dates for Secondary Families
Please note: The yearbook signing party has been moved to June 14, due to late arrival of yearbook.
- June 11: High School Graduation, 2:00
- June 14: Yearbook signing party: 1:10-2:00, hosted by LIPTSA
- June 14: Performing Arts Night, 5:00-7:00
- June 15: 8th grade graduation, 5:00-7:00
- June 17: Last Day of School
Middle School Spring Dance
Pride Walk in the Village....Planned and Led by our GSA!
LIPTSA Field Day
Thank you teachers and staff for helping make field day a success, regardless of the weather. I think that the kids really enjoyed it! We appreciate all of your contributions! Here are a few fun pics from the day.
Mt. Constitution Hike
Mr. Behnke's 8th grade science class got to hike and explore the Loop Trail on Mt Constitution on Friday, June 3. Great job everyone!
Math News From Kathryn Kester
High school Algebra 1 class has been discovering how compound interest differs from simple interest when making financial decisions. In Algebra 2 the students are taking compound interest a step further by using e, or Euler's number, to explore continuous growth or decay.
Parent Partner Program
Performing Arts Night
Please join our Performing Arts Night On Tuesday, June 14 at 5:00 P.M. at the Quad, the outdoor venue between the gym and the elementary school. There will be a theater presentation and live music. What a great night of entertainment!
Summer Fun at the Lopez Island Library
Check out the great programs for all ages happening at the Lopez Island Library this summer! Visit our website or go directly to the Summer brochure here!
From the Lobo Library
The school year has flown by and it's almost over! Please help your student/s find their books and return them to the library. If you're uncertain what's checked out, you can email email@example.com and you'll get a quick reply. Teacher' have their class lists of books checked out as of May 25. The 2nd grade is the winner with 42 books out! Books are a valuable resource, and your children have enjoyed them over the year/s. Yes, some are still out from the 2020 pandemic closure. There's a total of 315 books out as of May 25.
LET'S SEE HOW MANY BOOKS CAN BE RETURNED BEFORE SCHOOL IS OUT! 100% would be awesome!
The public library has planned wonderful programs for the summer months for youth ages 10-18. Please visit their website for more information. lopezlibrary.org If your student would like their own library card, applications are available in the school library.
Summer LOBO Sports Camps
The Pack is sponsoring Lopez Sports Camps for grades K-12 this summer! Here are the camps that are available:
Little Lobo Basketball Camp (Grades K-5), June 20-23, 9:00am-11:00am
Lobo Basketball Camp (Grades 6-12), June 20-23, 12:00pm-2:00pm
Little Lobo Volleyball Camp (Grades K-5), July 5-8, 9:00am-11:00am
Lobo Volleyball Camp (Grades 6-12), July 5-8, 12:00pm-2:00pm
Lobo Cheer Camp, (K-5) August 22-26, 10:00am-12:00pm
Basketball and Volleyball camps will be Co-Ed and cost $75/session (ball included!) and will be hosted at the Lopez School Gym. There will be incentives for high schoolers and parent helpers, so if you are a previous (or current) player, or if you have any questions, please contact Emily Berg at firstname.lastname@example.org. Cheer camp will be outdoors (location TBA) and $55. For any questions about Cheer Camp or if you'd like to help, please contact Erin Saunders at email@example.com.
Registration will open next week! Go Lobos!
Fall Sports Physical
Attention Student Athletes: Please don't wait to schedule your sports physicals at the UW Lopez Clinic, they are already booked out into July! If you wait until right before practice starts, they will very likely be unable to schedule you in time. Call 360-468-2245 today to make your appointment (push 2 to reach the clinic reception)!
News form the Nurse's Office
Summer is here!!!! Great! COVID is still here...bummer.
To protect yourself, try to have as many of your gatherings outside. This helps in reducing the spread of the virus.
If this is not possible, and you must be inside, have very small gatherings with the ability to have abundant space between people. Everyone should wear a kn95 to protect themselves and others. Everyone should have their immunizations and boosters for this persistent virus up to date. The fewer parties and fewer people in attendance will be the best strategy for staying healthy.
There is new information daily about improved vaccines and vaccines that include new age groups. Stay up to date and take advantage of the new developments.
Don't forget that immunizations for childhood illnesses need to be up to date for starting the new school year in September. The summer is the perfect time to have this done. Earlier in the summer is best as the doctors offices are very busy at the end of the summer. Watch for the announcements for the vaccination clinic run by the San Juan Health Department to be held here at school. Check the web site for the health department for information.
Would you like to be more involved in our school? How about becoming more involved in Lopez Island's community? Making some money? Earning some paid time off or other benefits? We would LOVE to help with that and there are many different opportunities available for you at our school!
- Certificated Teacher Substitutes pay increased to $220 daily rate for the remainder of 2021-2022 school year - Did you know that Washington offers an emergency substitute certificate, which does not require a teacher training program? Work days you are available and don't worry about having to take time off for days you aren't!
- Various Certificated Teachers starting 2022-23- Come get your island teach ON with US!!!! There are numerous certificated teaching positions open for the 2022-2023 school year at Lopez Island and even one at Decatur School. There are various schedules, hours and positions available in Elementary, Secondary, and Music. Now is your chance to help inspire, educate, enlighten and refine the future islander generation!! Most positions qualify for paid time off, retirement, and insurance benefits! Keep your eyes peeled and directed to our website for official postings soon to come.
- Cook/ Dishwasher- Help make and share all the FRESH, HEALTHY, and DEELICIOUS local foods with the children and staff of Lopez Island School! We are looking for some help in the fast-paced, fun and friendly kitchen at Lopez Island School from 8am - 2pm daily (with a 30 min break). The position starts at $18.53 an hour and qualifies for paid time off, retirement, and insurance benefits!
- Van Driver - Want to get out and see the island? This transportation position drives a wheelchair van (or another vehicle) to transport student(s) with special needs to and from school. This 3.5 hour per day, Monday through Friday. This position qualifies for paid time off, retirement, and insurance benefits!
- ParaEducators and ParaEducator Substitutes - Interested in working with students individually, in small groups, and/or in general classrooms and helping assist teachers in modifying student behavior? You can apply to become a ParaEducator with a regular schedule or else a ParaEducator sub for flexibility!
You can see full postings on our website! Just go to District Info and then to HR and Employment for more details.
Let me know if you are interested in any of these positions! I am at school 11-4 daily and available at 360-468-2202 extension 2303 or firstname.lastname@example.org to help see if there is a good fit here for you!
Thank you and I look forward to working with you (in whatever capacity),
Human Resources Specialist
Lopez Island School District
Ed Murray, Superintendent
Martha Martin, Secondary Principal
Mary Fordham, Elementary Principal
The Lopez Island 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 employee(s) has been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator, Ed Murray – email@example.com; Title IX Coordinator, HR Specialist, Summer Hagge – firstname.lastname@example.org; Section 504, Mary Fordham – email@example.com; OR contact by phone, 360-468-2202, OR mail to 86 School Rd, Lopez Island, WA 98261.
Location: 96 School Road, Lopez Island, WA, USA