Grizzly Gazette

November 7th, 2021

Principal's Message

Good afternoon. Hopefully you all remembered to set you clocks back, but in this day and age, it was done for you on your devices. As a kid, I would wait a week or two before setting my clock back. Then, when I would wake up for school, I would remember I still had an hour to sleep! It was the best until it wasn't. I would eventually forget my genius plan and start going by the time showing on my alarm clock. I would then get up too early and catch the wrath of my older sister sleeping in the bedroom next to mine. The fun was over. She could deliver a hard punch to the shoulder! I would then promptly set my clock to the correct time. We still laugh about this. Ahhh, the good ole' days!

Courage

When I think about our Character Strong trait "Courage," I think about my parents. My mom had the courage to keep our family together as my dad struggled with alcohol. My dad had the courage to pick our family over drinking. It takes courage to do a lot of things, big and small. I'm thankful my parents modeled courage for my sister and me. Because they did, it led to a miracle in our family. Take care.

Jeff

Dean of Students Message

We are continuing to work on our positive behavior. It is exciting to be able to let you know that our student celebrations are beginning. Crazy Hair Day was lots of fun. We had a huge amount of students participating and impressive crazy hair! Our next three school spirit theme days will be November 12th - Red, White and Blue Day, December 3rd - Sports Attire Day (No cleats or equipment other than sport clothing please), and December 17th - Festive Holiday Wear.

One of the ways we are encouraging students at Cedarhome is through our daily High Five drawings. Students that have read for the entire week are given an entry into the drawing. Winners are announced daily on the morning announcements and get to choose from the prize box. Cedarhome is also celebrating our student leaders through Student of the Month certificates. A Student of the Month will be selected from each class starting this month. The GRIZ criteria will be used in the selection process (G - great attitude, R - respect, I - independence, Z- zero bullying.) Each month chosen students will receive a certificate and have their picture displayed on our entryway television screen.

Thank you for your support and encouragement of our students and their positive behavior.


Kris Wayland

Dr. Rumbaugh's 11-5-21 Family Message

Hello Families,

The picture to the right was taken on Tuesday morning as I pulled into Port Susan Middle School. The sunrise was stunning and caused me to think about the beauty that fall and winter brings...along with occasional inclement weather. We all know that fall and winter weather can impact our schools. I would like to take the opportunity to share with you the steps we take to make decisions about weather-related late starts or school cancellations.

First and foremost, there is no perfect method for predicting the weather and the potential impact it may have on schools, transportation, families, food services, etc. That said, we do have procedures that we follow:

  • SCSD monitors multiple weather predicting tools before, during and after weather events.

  • SCSD staff drive the roads in our district, including exceptionally challenging roads and neighborhoods as early as 3:00 am during weather events.

  • Based on our data collection from 3:00-4:00 am, we determine the safety of students, staff and families along with the feasibility to run ALL bus routes given current weather conditions.

  • By about 5:30-6:00 am, we make a decision as to whether we will:

    • Open schools on time and run bus routes as normal

    • Open schools late and run bus routes as normal

    • Open schools late and run bus routes on modified routes

    • Cancel school

These decisions are made collaboratively by a group of people in our system, including transportation professionals, district office staff and myself. Our district is unique in that our weather is highly variable from one end of the district to the other. Some neighborhoods might be experiencing sunshine while others are flooded, icy or impassible. We acknowledge that if a family is not experiencing inclement weather it can be frustrating as to why we have a late start or have cancelled school. Please know that we are aware of this as we make decisions about school closures and the impact it will have on students, staff and families.

Washington state Department of Health COVID Updates:

The Washington state Department of Health (DOH) has issued new requirements to school districts that will help reduce the number of days students are quarantined from school when they have been exposed to COVID-19 at school. This is the sixth update for schools since last May. Updates reflect the state’s commitment to ensure safety for students and staff and, in this case, provide options for families to reduce time away from school.

The state is requiring all schools to offer families an option to test their students that are identified as close contacts from exposure at school. This process is outlined in detail as a Test to Stay Protocol. Please contact your school if you have questions. Additionally, you may reach out to:

Deborah Rumbaugh at DRumbaugh@stanwood.wednet.edu

Mary Hoffman at MHoffman@stanwood.wednet.edu

Cedarhome Elementary Enrollment

Cedarhome Elementary 4th grade classes are currently at capacity. This is due, in part, to new construction in the nearby neighborhoods. In an effort to keep families and students intact at CES, we have utilized all physical space within the building and added a portable. In anticipation of potential new 4th grade enrollment, the following will occur effective immediately:

  • Any new 4th grade students within the Cedarhome Elementary School boundary will be enrolled in Twin City Elementary School for the 2021-2022 school year.

  • All elementary age siblings of new 4th grade students may choose to attend Twin City Elementary.

  • Transportation to and from Cedarhome elementary will be provided.

We are in the process of developing a long-range plan to address enrollment trends across all schools in the district. Our goal is to have a long-range plan to the school board in March, from there we will engage the community in any immediate next steps for schools in the 2022-2023 school year. Please look for opportunities to participate in community input sessions after the new year.

District Strategic Planning

We have talked a lot about developing a multi-year district strategic plan that reflects YOU! We are currently in the data collection phase of strategic planning. We have started surveying students this week about their needs, wishes and priorities for our district. Schools will be communicating directly with families about the student surveys. In December we will be hosting listening sessions to further understand the values and priorities our families have for the district. We have created a Strategic Planning page on our website that will house details as we begin the work.

Bus Driver Shortages

You may have heard about a nationwide bus driver shortage. The Stanwood-Camano School District currently has enough drivers to cover our regular routes. However, we have limited ability to cover routes if drivers are out due to illness. We have a contingency plan in place in order to protect in-person learning opportunities for our students. All routes assigned to students with special needs will continue as currently scheduled. This contingency plan is outlined below.

Morning Routes

In the event that we have 1 to 5 uncovered routes the following plan will be followed:

By 6:00 am families will be notified via School Messenger by phone that their child’s route does not have a driver, and their route will be delayed. Families will then have two options:

  1. Families may find alternative transportation to get their children to school; or

  2. Families may keep their children at home until drivers returning from other routes can be dispatched to drive uncovered routes.

Afternoon Routes

In the event that we have 1 to 5 uncovered routes the following plan will be followed:

By 1:00 pm families will be notified via School Messenger by phone that their child’s route does not have an afternoon driver, and their route will be delayed. Families will then have two options:

  1. Families may find alternative transportation to get their children homel; or

  2. Students may remain at school until drivers returning from other routes can be dispatched to drive uncovered routes.

We are always hiring bus drivers! Please see our Employment Page on the district website for more information and application materials.

Fall Back to standard time

Lastly, please remember to turn your clocks back one hour before you go to sleep Saturday night as we return to standard time.

Virtual Coffee with the Stanwood-Camano School Board (Repeat)

Please click on the link below to see the dates and times you can participate in a virtual coffee hour with our school board. Thank you!


Virtual Coffee with the Board

Strategic Plan Student Survey

The Stanwood-Camano School District is embarking on a long-term strategic planning process that will inform the district’s future direction and priorities. Our District values input from our community--and we need to hear from your child(ren)! Students are important partners as we work towards our long-term plan.


Next week, students in Grades 3-5 will be asked to take a short 10-15 minute survey. The purpose of the survey is to gather feedback that will help our teachers, principals, staff and district administrators make each school the best it can be for all students, without exception.


We are hoping for 100% participation, as their feedback will provide invaluable insights into their experiences. All responses are completely ANONYMOUS and CONFIDENTIAL.


If you would like to preview the survey questions or opt your child out of participating, please contact Jeff Lofgren @ (360) 629-1280. We thank you and your family for being valued partners.

Veterans Day

A special edition of the Grizzly Gazette will be published on Wednesday, November 10th in honor of Veterans Day. Thank you.

Jeff

Important Dates

November 10th-Late Start Wednesday

November 11th - No School, Veteran's Day

November 24th - Half Day Early Release @ 12:00

November 25-26 - No School, Thanksgiving Break