Grizzly Gazette

January 24th, 2021


This week will be our last with perseverance as our main focus. As with all the Character Strong Traits, we revisit them throughout the year, though each month has a specific "focus trait."

I have really liked our work on perseverance this month. As I have mentioned previously, I believe it is at the center of all the other traits we are learning about. Perseverance isn't something we can buy, borrow, rent or find laying on the ground like a penny. Perseverance is something that resides inside of us and can be accessed anytime, anywhere. We don't need anybody's permission to persevere, although encouragement to do so is always welcomed.

It's on us to decide. Quit or take the pain staking action of one more step. And let's not confuse rest with quitting. Rest is needed to build up our strength and reserves to keep persevering. We may find ourselves inching up to the "quit or tap out" line, but with rest and encouragement, we somehow find the will power to keep going. We may feel like we aren't making progress, until we look back see how far we have gone. You can do it, I can do it, we can do it, together.


Fourth and Fifth Grade Return

We look forward to the return of our Hybrid fourth and fifth grade students on February 1st. A special Grizzly Gazette will go out later this week to the families of our fourth and fifth grade students with more information. Thank you.

SCSD Family Message

Stanwood-Camano School District
Friday Family Message
January 22, 2021

Good Evening Families,

News of the expansion of individuals eligible for COVID-19 vaccines provides us with a light at the end of the tunnel. Many of our staff members have been immunized; many others have made appointments. We continue to pursue opportunities to increase the number of employees who can be immunized. Below is information from the Department of Health regarding who is eligible for vaccinations in the first three phases:

  • Phase IA Tiers 1 & 2

    • High risk health care workers in health care settings

    • High risk first responders

    • Long-term care facility residents

    • All other workers at risk in health care settings

  • Phase 1B Tier 1

  • Phase 1B Tier 2

    • High risk critical workers 50 years or older who work in certain congregate settings (e.g. K-12 schools)

Just a reminder that we will offer the AA/BB Hybrid Model for our 4th and 5th grade students beginning February 1. Students will remain with their current teacher. Distance learning students will continue in their distance learning format. As mentioned in our previous communication, we hope to expand our middle school program to include a hybrid model. This will not occur until the case rates drop below 350/100,000 per two week period in Snohomish County, where our middle schools are located. Current case rates are available on the health district websites. A reminder, high schools may not return until case rates drop below 200 (per Department of Health and OSPI guidelines).

We have snowflakes in our forecast next week. If the district is closed to in-person learning due to inclement weather, the district will make an announcement via school messenger. Students will revert to distance learning, just as we did last week when we had the wind storm.

The SHS Athletic Department is excited to share that we will start sports specific in-person practice/conditioning sessions next week. Athletes will be required to have a Covid-19 waiver signed and turned into the athletic office ahead of participating in the sessions. Athletes will need to contact the head coach to get information regarding dates and times. Please go to the SHS athletic webpage for more information.

Bus Passes

Do to the restrictions of the number of students allowed to ride the bus at one time, we are not able to grant requests for a bus pass. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you. Thank you for your understanding.

Safety Attestation Form

Dear Cedarhome Parents,

This is just a reminder that in order to provide the most safe environment for our staff and students, you will need to screen your students prior to arrival at school. The attached attestation will need to be submitted in order for your student to begin school. Please click on the link below to access the form. Thank you.

Thank you.

Mary Hoffman

Cedarhome Elementary School Nurse


Mary Hoffman

CES School Nurse

Virtual Coffee with the School Board

You're invited to attend a "virtual coffee hour" with the Stanwood-Camano School Board on January 27th or 28th. I hope you are able to attend one of the sessions with our wonderful, hard working school board. Please click on the link below for more information. Thank you!

Virtual Coffee with the School Board

Counselor's Corner with Mrs. Bregar

Please click on the link below to view Mrs. Bregar's latest installment of the, "Counselor's Corner." Thank you!

Counselors Corner #6