Edmonds School District News

December 14, 2021

Jumping into Winter Break with joy!

This is our last newsletter of 2021, as we are days away from Winter Break. Our Edmonds School District bi-monthly newsletter will return in January.

We wish you a safe and warm two weeks off and are looking forward to seeing students back on Monday, Jan. 3!

Winter Break: December 20-31

Thank you student and staff COVID-19 vaccine clinic volunteers!

We want to thank all the students and staff who volunteered at our four COVID-19 vaccine clinics for kids ages 5 to 11. We especially want to thank EWHS Resource Room Teacher Olivia Bianco who heard there was a last minute need for volunteers for last Sunday’s clinic. She quickly reached out to some of her students and they eagerly jumped in to help. Thank you students!

We had 1,700 kids receive their two doses. That means they will be fully vaccinated before the New Year. For more information about the COVID-19 vaccination for children, go to the Snohomish Health District website.

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High school students and staff volunteer at the COVID-19 vaccine clinic for kids ages 5-11 on Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021.

Teachers selected for state music educators hall of fame

District music teachers Phil Onishi and Kate Labiak are 2022 Washington Music Educators Association Hall of Fame honorees.

Onishi, a Lynnwood High teacher, has been with the district for 31 years. Labiak, who teaches at College Place Middle, has been with the district for 15 years.

Congratulations Kate and Phil!

Below is a video showing Kate directing students last June.

College Place Middle School Jazz Band in the Courtyard

COVID-19 testing at schools

Our COVID-19 testing sites will be closed Dec. 18 through Jan. 2, due to Winter Break.

Please note: On-site testing at our schools is only available for students and staff who have been identified as a close contact or if they are showing symptoms of COVID-19.

If you need a test for travel or another reason, please visit Snohomish Health District’s website for testing site information.

A reminder, you can find helpful resources and information about COVID-19 on our website: bit.ly/ESDCOVIDsafety

2022 Education Levy bridges funding gap

The 2022 Education Levy is our second largest revenue source, making up about 15% of our budgeted general fund, including technology staff available to answer student and family technology questions.

For more information on the upcoming levy, visit our website: bit.ly/ESD2022Levy.

Don’t forget to vote Feb. 8!

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Our commitment to sportsmanship

A reminder from District Athletic Director Angie McGuire

With winter sports going strong, I want to remind all spectators about the importance of sportsmanship while attending athletic events this season – both in our home gyms and while visiting other schools. Basketball, in particular, has seen a drastic decline in the number of officials; over the last two seasons our local association has lost nearly 50% of varsity officials and poor fan behavior was cited as the primary reason. As a result, many of our officials are new to officiating and are working to gain valuable experience, especially at the C-Team and JV levels. If we continue to lose officials, we will be forced to cancel games, which only hurts our student athletes.

Please partner with us to create a positive atmosphere at our events this winter. As you watch how hard our student athletes are working to represent their schools in a positive way, please support their efforts by showing good sportsmanship in the stands.

Thank you to our community for continuing to wear masks at all times indoors; this is one more way to support our teams and help them experience the seasons they deserve. We hope to see you out at some winter athletic events soon!

Thank you,

Angie McGuire

Director of Athletics

All Conference Honors

We are thrilled to announce our all-conference honors for fall sports. For the full list of athletes in cross-country, football, swim and dive, soccer, tennis and volleyball, visit our athletics website!

WESCO Student honors

Retirees’ organization awards grants to seven district staff

Sno-King School Retirees, an organization of working and retired employees of the Edmonds, Northshore, and Shoreline School Districts, awarded seven Edmonds School District teachers with 2021-22 school year grants.
Retirees’ organization awards grants to 7 district staff

The recipients are:

Cedar Way Elementary

Michelle McShane, Kindergarten teacher – $286

For materials that will allow students to practice fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination as well as social skills while working on math objectives.

Kristi Pihl, first grade teacher – $299

For animal non-fiction books to engage struggling readers, enrich their science curriculum, and serve as non-fiction writing models.

Edmonds Heights K-12

Erin Zackey, science and math teacher – $298

Materials for “Art in Science” which combines science, writing, and art for students in first to sixth grade.

Hilltop Elementary

Sarah Allsop-Fine, fifth grade teacher – $295

Three sets of recommended high interest/low reading level fiction and non-fiction titles to develop student interest in reading.

Matt Grove, fourth grade teacher – $292

Multiple copies of three historical fiction titles written at different reading levels for Historical Fiction Clubs.

Lynndale Elementary

Catherine Feller, music teacher – $300

A bass and humidifiers for fifth and sixth grade students.

Clarence Korf, librarian – $300

Thirty-seven dyslexic-friendly books that will provide a wider range of reading material for students struggling with literacy acquisition.

December is Allyship month

Our monthly equity theme in December is Allyship. This is the ongoing process of strengthening relationships built on trust and accountability with people who are marginalized.

Upcoming equity themes include Arab American Heritage Month in January and Black Lives Matter in February. For more information and to participate in planning committees, visit our equity theme webpage: bit.ly/ESDEquity

December is Allyship month

Congratulations to these 15 students!

Each month, our high school programs select students to be recognized for their accomplishments and achievements. The photos and names of the November students are included below, and more information about each of these students is available on the Edmonds School District News website.

Stay moving over the break with Move 60!

Keep the whole family moving over the winter break by streaming fitness videos on our Move 60 YouTube channel! Choose from yoga, taekwondo, Dance Drop, and Fitness with Nick videos that are geared for the whole family!

Madrona K-8 and Maplewood K-8 Options

If interested, attend a school tour soon to be eligible for the fall 2022 lottery

All district families are welcome to tour and enter into the lottery to attend either Madrona K-8 or Maplewood Parent Cooperative.

Madrona K-8 School

Madrona’s classrooms follow a multi-age structure. Primary and intermediate centers have two or three teachers who work with a group of students for three years. The middle school is also multi-age with seventh- and eighth-grade students working with a two-year curriculum. Families are actively involved and everyone in the community belongs to the Madrona Integrated Team (MIT).

When is the remaining tour prior to the lottery for the 2022-23 school year?

January 24, 2022 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. on Zoom

Maplewood Parent Cooperative

Maplewood’s K-8 program is based on a cooperative model that utilizes the strengths and talents of its parent/family partners to provide enriching opportunities for students. Each family actively participates in learning and activities through the Parent Cooperative Education Program (PCEP) parent group.

When are the remaining tours prior to the lottery for the 2022-23 school year?

11 a.m. - noon, Jan. 5, 2022, on Zoom

11 a.m. - noon, Jan. 19, 2022, on Zoom

7 - 8 p.m., Jan. 19, 2022, on Zoom

What is the lottery process?

Enrollment is open to students across the district, but there are a limited number of spots in each grade level. Priority is given to families who have a student already enrolled in schools. To enter the lottery, interested parents must attend a tour and complete the necessary paperwork.

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Do you have questions about our multilingual programs?

Learn more about the district’s multilingual programs, find out how we can support you and your students to be successful, and get all of your questions answered during an online Zoom call tonight, Dec. 14, for elementary students or Wednesday, Dec. 15 for grades 7-12.

Reproductive health and disease prevention information night for middle and high school families

Why is there a second info night? In November, we offered a family review night for Elementary and Secondary Programs. Regretfully, secondary families didn’t have the opportunity to review the material prior to the info night, and so we are offering a second chance for them to come and ask questions.

When: Wednesday, Dec. 15

Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Where: Zoom

Families will need to register in advance to receive a Zoom link. Here is the link to register –


A Spanish Interpreter will be on hand at the event.

FLASH Review Night Secondary Families

Online School Board meetings

Stream the School Board meeting tonight, Dec. 14, at 6:30 p.m.

You can stream the School Board meetings, find the agendas, and review the meeting minutes, by clicking on the meeting date here: https://go.boarddocs.com/wa/edmonds/Board.nsf/Public

To decrease the public spread of COVID-19, the Snohomish Health District recommends public meetings be held remotely. Therefore, the School Board will continue with virtual meetings, until further notice.

Learn about Scriber Lake High School

Join the Scriber Lake High School virtual information night at 7 p.m. Jan. 12, to find out if this small, alternative high school is a good fit for your high school student.

Register for the meeting here: bit.ly/SLHSRegistration

Save the Date

See the upcoming events below. You can also view our district’s online calendar for the latest information on our website – bit.ly/ESDcalendar.

  • Tuesday, December 14, 6:30 p.m. School Board Meeting

  • Friday, December 17: EARLY RELEASE DISTRICT-WIDE – school dismissal times posted online: bit.ly/ESDStartDismiss

  • Monday, December 20 – Friday, December 31: NO SCHOOL – Winter Break

  • Monday, January 3: Welcome back to school!

What’s new at the Foundation for Edmonds School District

For all the details and to learn more about the foundation’s mission, watch their video