Little Cedars Elementary
Home of the Wolverines -April 30, 2021
Message from Mr. D and Mr. Painter
Greetings Little Cedars Families!
Soon it will be the month of May! That means that much of our attention will be on the events that mark the end of a school year and the many things that need to be prepared for the 2021/2022 school year. You have recently been asked to provide input for us about your plans for next year. The question that I have received most often is,
“What will the school day, school week, or school calendar, look like? I need that information to make my decision.”
That seems like a fair question. While there is no way to guarantee the next phases in this pandemic, I will speak to the intentions that we have for next year, and what we are planning for. We are all very hopeful that September will see the availability of a five-day, full day, program for our students. The hope is that we do not need to continue a hybrid model and that the safety regulations will allow for our traditional model of school to resume. I do believe that there will be some type of remote learning program. I would expect that a remote program would be managed at a district level. Not at the individual school level.
As a school district, Snohomish is very eager to have the information necessary to communicate our plan for 21/22 as soon as possible. The current trend of increase in the COVID transmission rates has been disappointing, and I am hearing discussions, at the state level, regarding moving back to a more restrictive, “Phase Two” in several counties, including Snohomish. Keep your fingers crossed for better news in the next few weeks.
In the meanwhile, be safe, and be smart! Together, we’ve got this!
Staff Appreciation Week!
The week of May 3rd through 7th is Staff Appreciation week in most school districts throughout the state. At Little Cedars we are looking forward to the celebration of our staff! Our PTA has been communicating their plans, including a delicious luncheon, with us, and we are excited! Starting Monday, we will have a table, with boxes labeled, by grade, outside of the office, for parents to drop off cards or symbols of their appreciation for our staff. Please label everything clearly so that we can get the items to the correct staff members!
We truly appreciate our PTA and Community as they honor us during this week!
May 14 Virtual Science Fair!
From Multiples Day - Who's, who?
Optional Parent Input form for 21/22 school year
Please note: All forms in Family Access can not be done on the mobile app or a cell phone.
As per our LCE Family Handbook please remember:
- Dress is important to the safety and comfort of students. Long, loose, or cumbersome clothing can cause unnecessary injury to students in the classroom and on the playground. Bare feet and untied shoelaces are not safe or acceptable at school. We strongly discourage students wearing flip flops as we have had serious injuries resulting when they attempt to run or play wearing them.
- Extremes in clothing or personal adornment which detract from the teaching/learning process are to be avoided by students. There should be NO short shorts, mini-skirts, halters, bare midriff shirts, muscle shirts, baggy pants, chains, spiked jewelry and/or T-shirts advertising violence, drugs, beer, or tobacco, or having suggestive words or pictures. Tank tops should have straps no thinner than 3 adult fingers and a modest neckline. Hats are to be worn outside only. Extremes in hair colors are not allowed if they are distraction to the learning environment. Under no circumstances should the waistband of underwear be visible. No skin should be visible in the midriff area of the body. Also, no pajamas or shoes with wheels will be allowed.
- Students not dressed appropriately for school or causing a distraction to learning will either be asked to change into extra clothes kept in the school clinic or call their parents for a change of clothes. The student will wait in the office for their parents to bring them a change of clothing.
Bus Route Information
To see your student(s) assigned bus routes and pick up/drop off times, please visit transportations website. (The bus information in Skyward Family Access may not be correct.)
If you have questions or concerns you can contact transportation at 360.563.3525.
Distribution Schedule for 2021
In an effort to unify distribution across the district we have the schedule for the rest of the year.
Our remote online classes are: Johnson, Halvorson, VanSteel, Wold, Vaule, Beach, Frisbie, Jones, Divito, and Leo
Location: K-2 grade lower lot and 3-6 grade upper lot
Teachers are handing out bags from 12:45p.m.-1:15pm. After that time, bags will be on a table outside of the front office for you to pick up.
Virtual Spirit Days Schedule
- May 21 - Paw Pride/LCE Spirit Day
- June 18 - Beach Day - (please dress school appropriate)
Next year's Kindergarten registration is open
Important Kindergarten news!
Snohomish School District kindergarten online registration is now open for 2021/22 school year. If you already have a student in the Snohomish School District you will go to Family Access to fill out your student's online registration forms. If you are a new family you will go to the NSOE portal.
Schools will reach out throughout summer 2021 with important information available for families (Meet the Teacher, WaKIDS, PTA/PTO/parent organizations, bus transportation, special services and more).
Our kindergarten program includes a strong emphasis on the development of academic and
social skills. In addition, we will provide your child with the opportunity to explore, discover and experience the joy of learning. We are excited to share this journey with you and
If you are not sure which school your child will go to please go to the school locator.
Links for enrollment forms:
New Student Enrollment for families new to the district
Skyward Family access for current SSD families
From our Counselor
Greetings Little Cedars Families!
Hard to believe that this school year is nearly over. I have been struck by how well these weeks being back “in-person” have gone overall. Give yourselves credit, parents and caregivers, for prepping your students so well for the transition. And kudos to the students, as well. For those who have remained remote learners, I’ve also been impressed by the level of continued engagement in that mode.
That being said, it’s still been a struggle for many. I’ve found that students really appreciate getting a simple validation from us adults regarding how strange and challenging this time period has been and continues to be. It’s stating the obvious, of course, but that can be powerful nonetheless. As this weirdest school year ever winds down, I believe there is some grief surfacing for many, too, so now could be an especially good time to acknowledge the variety of feelings you and your students may be experiencing. Some people, wanting to model staying focused on the positive, hesitate to bring up those difficult emotions associated with losses this past year. That's understandable, but it can inadvertently result in children thinking that their emotions are not “legit”. The trick is to empathize with your kids’ feelings, while also helping them then shift the focus towards something more positive, and/or a solution to some aspect of the difficulty. Easier said than done! But something to strive for.
On an entirely different subject, we’ve dug out a year and ½ ‘s worth of weeds in our little garden, and planted some cool weather veggies, in hopes of getting a harvest before school gets out. We have a lot of flower pots, too, that could use some rejuvenation. So, if anyone would like to donate some potting soil and/or flowers that will bloom before mid-June, please let me know. I’m hoping to really expand our garden program next year, including resuming an after-school garden club as well. Thanks to the PTA for supporting us in our gardening endeavors, before COVID-19 hit!
As always, please contact me for any reason! Email: Libbie.email@example.com, or phone 360-563-2906
School Immunization Requirement Change for Tdap
Dear Parent or Guardian,
I would recommend that parents get an appointment for their 6th gr student, to receive this vaccine, ASAP and not wait until 7th grade entry (providing age appropriate).
In Washington State, the Tdap vaccine is required for school attendance in certain grades. The Tdap is a booster vaccine which continues to protect your child against the tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis diseases they were immunized against as young child.
As of August 1, 2020 the Tdap school requirement has changed to 7th grade to better align with the updated 2019 national immunization schedule (https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/hcp/imz/child-adolescent.html). In the past, the Tdap booster was required starting at 6th grade.
For the 2020-2021 school year, all students attending grades 7 through 12 must have had one dose of Tdap vaccine.
• For students in 7th grade, the Tdap vaccine must be given at or after age 10 to be accepted for school entry.
• For students in 8th to 12th grades, the Tdap vaccine must be given at or after age 7 to be accepted for school entry.
To update your child's Tdap immunization record at the school, you will need to turn in a medically verified immunization record. Your child's health care provider can print this for you, or you can print it from MylR, which is a free Department of Health on line tool that allows families to view and print their official immunization records themselves. Go to https://wa.myir.net/register to begin the sign-up process.
If you have already let the school know that your child has had the required Tdap vaccine or your child has a valid exemption on file with their school, they will be unaffected by this rule change and you will not need to do anything.
To find out more about this change, or the other changes to immunization rules that started August 1, 2020, please visit the Washington State Department of Health's website at www.doh.wa.gov/schoolimms2020.
Nurse Rose Flaherty
Weekly Announcements:September 21, 2020 - https://youtu.be/eg2tAmn7KR4
September 28, 2020 - https://safeYouTube.net/w/b3vhb
October 2, 2020 - https://video.link/w/67mkb
October 12, 2020 - https://video.link/w/CqRmb
October 19, 2020 - https://youtu.be/L2BVOxu-7aQ
October 26, 2020 - https://youtu.be/kQ7CcPnoglw
November 2, 2020 - https://youtu.be/RlfUPR_m7Nc
November 9, 2020 - https://youtu.be/Gc37jXDx690
November 16, 2020 - https://youtu.be/wK1hoYjNN1c
November 20, 2020 - https://youtu.be/UUZu2DH_6MA
November 30, 2020 - https://youtu.be/-pA9YoyQM6M
December 7, 2020 - https://youtu.be/uTvGJcYiFWc
December 14, 2020 - https://youtu.be/7iF5RBcUfdM
January 4, 2021 - https://youtu.be/IcTUZfdcYsY
January 8, 2021 - https://youtu.be/Lk5iT7Ac5ZM
January 15, 2021 - https://youtu.be/eH338MVyt1M
January 25, 2021 - https://youtu.be/6RIt5_1mXEQ
February 1, 2021 - https://youtu.be/a22HR6PF2Yc
February 8, 2021 - https://youtu.be/GW2Fid9jhRM
February 22, 2021 - https://youtu.be/8rj_BafZ9ZY
March 5, 2021 - https://youtu.be/E2awihYXDEY
March 15, 2021 - https://youtu.be/d-YdMAu7Vlk
April 12, 2021 - https://youtu.be/ehD6XeuCb1M
April 19, 2021 - https://youtu.be/OJx4S3nx8pE
April 26, 2021 - https://youtu.be/y1kzw1Fwdpw
Little Cedars You Tube: https://youtu.be/q8MTEFuGF3k
Little Cedars PTA News
April 30 – Online Silent Auction Ends
May 2 – Chalk the Walk for teachers & staff (12-4:00 pm)
May 3 – Auction items pickup day
May 3-7 – Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week
May 7 – Remote materials pickup day / Science Fair slime kit pickups
May 14 – Virtual Science Fair
May 21 – LCE Spirit day: Paw pride
May 25 – PTA Meeting
May 28 – Remote materials pickup day
May 31 – No School (Memorial Day)
Little Cedars Annual Silent Auction – Ends Friday
Our annual silent auction is happening now! Auction proceeds benefit the Little Cedars PTA and will help us provide funding, programs and student enrichment next year. All families, staff, and other Little Cedars supporters are welcome to bid.
Pickup of auction items will take place on Monday May 3, 2021 from 5-7:00 p.m. in the Little Cedars Elementary lower parking lot. If you need to make alternate arrangements please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org by May 3, 2021.
This year's auction items include: * Disneyland Park Hopper tickets * YMCA membership * American Girl doll * Museum of Flight guest passes * $200 Dunn Lumber gift card * Dream Dinners packages ... and more! Click here to see all the items up for bid.
May 3-7 is Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week!
How will you thank your teachers this year? Check out our ideas and lists of our teachers' favorite things for you!
Sign Up to Treat a Staff Member: Our staff members serve all of our kids, and we don’t want any of them to be overlooked this year! Sign up to send a card, drawing, treat, e-mail or small gift to help thank a Little Cedars staff member!
Sunday, May 2 - Chalk the Walk: Families, join us outside Little Cedars to Chalk the Walk with some cheerful messages and drawings for teachers and staff! Drop by anytime between 12 and 4 p.m. Please wear your masks, keep distance from other families, and do not go inside the building. The PTA will have bags of chalk and hand wipes at the front office door and the upstairs door near the music room. Weather permitting.
The PTA will also be delivering lunches for teachers & staff on Thursday/Friday May 6-7.
Virtual Science Fair
Gather your budding scientists -- it's science fair time! The Little Cedars Science Fair will be held Friday, May 14, 6-8:00 p.m. via Zoom.
To enter the science fair: Students can enter as individuals or small groups (with parent permission). Students should perform their experiments or research their topics at home, then submit photos or a video of their project to show during the virtual science fair. We will NOT be judging during this year's science fair. Please register online as a Participant by May 10 so we have an accurate headcount of participants.
To attend the science fair: Please join us for an exhibit of student science experiments via a Zoom presentation. The evening will include a SLIME science experiment during intermission, and supplies are provided. Please register online as an Audience Member to get your slime kit. Distribution of slime kits will be Friday, May 7, 3-4:00 p.m.
For more information, e-mail email@example.com.
Art Docent projects available for pickup Friday, May 7
When school closed last spring, we didn't get to hold our annual display of classroom art made with the volunteer Art Docents. During the Friday, May 7 remote pickup, we will have last year's completed Art Docent projects available to come pick up. Please swing by to pick up your child's artwork if you would like.
SafeSchools Tip line
We'd like to introduce you to SafeSchools Alert - our district's tip reporting service. If you have information about a threat to our safety (threats, bullying, intimidation, harassment, weapons, drugs, and other safety concerns), do your part and report it! And remember, you can remain anonymous. You can report using any of the ways noted below. Links are also available on the district and school websites.
Easy ways to report
- Visit the website - https://snohomish-wa.safeschoolsalert.com/
- Email your tip to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Call to report your tip 360-217-0587
- Text your tip to 360-217-0587
For emergencies, please call 911.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Suicide prevention links and resources are also available at www.sno.wednet.edu/suicideprevention.
District device phone support - Call 360-563-3000
Students and families can call 360-563-3000 for live technical support from:
- 7:30a.m. to 2:00p.m., Monday through Thursday and 7:30a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Friday
For questions that are school, classroom, assignment or teacher specific, please contact your teacher directly.
The Snohomish 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 employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints
of alleged discrimination: Civil Rights Coordinator, Title IX Coordinator and ADA – Darryl
Pernat, 1601 Avenue D, Snohomish, WA 98290, 360-563-7285, email@example.com;
Section 504 Coordinator and Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying – Shawn Stevenson, 1601
Avenue D, Snohomish, WA 98290, 360-563-7314, firstname.lastname@example.org.