Edmonds School District News
October 12, 2021
Great news for school bus riders! All students eligible for the school bus will keep their busing
We are thrilled to report more staff completed the COVID-19 vaccine verification process or received an exemption approval in order to meet the governor’s mandate by Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. This means every student eligible for the school bus will have bus service.
The initial concern of a lack of school bus drivers after Oct. 18 could have impacted 4,780 students who rely on district transportation.
THANK YOU TO EACH AND EVERY SCHOOL BUS DRIVER!
Your service to our students is critical and we appreciate your hard work!
School lunch updates
Starting this week we will distribute weekly meal kits with 5 breakfast and 5 lunch items on Wednesdays ONLY. See details below:
Who: Online Academy students and any child in the community ages 1-18.
When: 7:30-7:45 a.m., weekly on Wednesdays
Where: Lynnwood High School, 18218 North Road, Bothell, 98012
What: 5-day breakfast and lunch meal kits
Elementary schools menu:
The menu at our elementary schools will switch to cold entrees only starting Monday, Oct. 18. This change is needed due to staff shortages and product availability. The online menu is updated to reflect meal options, so be sure to give it a look: bit.ly/ESDmenus
We are actively hiring and training new staff and will bring hot entrees back to the menu and expand menu options as soon as we are able.
We are hiring – check out the openings and spread the word
If you or someone you know is looking for a job, look no more!
We have part-time, full-time and substitute positions available right here in the Edmonds School District.
Check our current openings or pass the job postings along to those you know who are interested.
Fall athletics update
Fall sports are back with full seasons of competitions. Our comprehensive middle schools offer football, softball and girls and boys cross country. Our comprehensive high schools offer girls swimming, boys tennis, football, volleyball, girls soccer and boys and girls cross country.
Note from the Athletic Director
It has been an incredible start to the school year with the return of sports for our middle schools and the return of fans at our high school athletic events. Our student athletes are working hard, having fun, and learning how to be better teammates and leaders, which has definitely been a joy to watch. In order for us to continue along this path the rest of the year, we need your help. Our school district policy requires all visitors and spectators on our campuses to wear masks at all times – both indoors and outdoors. On behalf of our coaches and student-athletes, I want to ask all visitors and fans to respect and follow this policy at games and contests. Please work with us to give these student-athletes the full seasons they deserve by masking up on our campuses!
Go Edmonds School District!
To attend and check results of competitions, check the sports schedules for each school: bit.ly/ESDSportsSchedules
October is Disabilities Awareness Month
October is Disabilities Awareness Month, a time to highlight the diversity, culture, history, and equity issues for students, families, staff, and community with disabilities.
Our librarians have a digital shelf of resources for students, staff and families.
You can also check out Sora, the app for district-wide ebooks and audiobooks. Students and staff can use their district account to sign up and sign in.
The Edmonds School District provides a wide range of programs and services for infants and students with disabilities, from birth through age 21. For more information about our programs: bit.ly/ESDSpecialEd.
September high school students of the month
Congratulations to these 12 students!
Each month, our high school programs select students to be recognized for their accomplishments and achievements. The photos and names of the September students are included below, and more information about each of these students is available on the Edmonds School District News website.
Building friendships, one bench at a time
Once we shared the story of Eagle Scouts constructing friendship benches at Seaview Elementary, word spread of a Buddy Bench at Mountlake Terrace Elementary!
Sixth graders Alysabeta Wiskerchen (Troop 40060) and Linden Martinez (Troop 40087) were concerned about students who lost connections in a pandemic, and younger students with no school experience being able to make friends upon returning to in-person learning.
They presented their Buddy Bench plans to their school parent group and submitted a written proposal to the district office to build and donate the bench to their school.
Over the summer they purchased the necessary materials with cookie funds (Alysabeta sold over 1,000 boxes of cookies) and built the bench themselves!
When they finished the bench, they presented it to Mountlake Terrace Elementary Principal, Maria Losee.
By completing the Buddy Bench project, they earned their Bronze Award, the highest award a Junior Girl Scout can earn!
Spruce Elementary – Crank up the volume!
Join the Highly Capable Steering Committee
We are looking for members for our new Highly Capable Program Steering Committee!
This group will spend the year learning about the program in the Edmonds School District, studying programs in other districts, and examining best practices in terms of equity for highly capable models and identification practices.
The goal is to take this information and develop a recommendation for the Board of Directors.
The commitment is twice monthly evening meetings in November, January, February, and March as well as visits to programs in other districts.
If you are interested in participating, please complete this google form.
Online School Board meetings
Stream the School Board meeting at 6:30 p.m. tonight, Oct. 12.
You can stream the School Board meetings, find the agendas, and review the meeting minutes, by clicking on the meeting date here: bit.ly/ESDSchoolBoardStream
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.
Celebrate Disabilities Awareness Month with SEAC
Join our Student Services team at the Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC) meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20.
SEAC is a parent group that works collaboratively with district staff and families to support students with special needs.
Find the link to the meeting on our District Calendar: bit.ly/ESDcalendar
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, Oct. 12 6:30 p.m. School Board Meeting
Wednesday, Oct. 20 5:30 p.m. SEAC meeting
Friday, October 22 NO SCHOOL – Professional Development Day
Monday-Friday, Oct. 25-29 – K-6 EARLY RELEASE DAYS – Parent/Teacher conferences
Tuesday, Oct. 26 6:30 p.m. School Board Meeting