Aberdeen Schools

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Aberdeen School District No. 5 -- February 26, 2021

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Grades 7 & 8 start Monday, March 1

If you look closely in the photo above, you can see that there's a double rainbow at Miller Junior High School this week -- a symbol of good luck. And on Monday, March 1, the luck is with the 7th and 8th graders who will be returning to school for in-person instruction. Welcome back!

They join Grades PreK-6 who have been phased into the hybrid model, and Grades 9-12 are scheduled to start March 17.

Students who wish to remain with distance learning have that option.

The hybrid reopening adhere's to the state metrics, Department of Health, and Labor and Industries rules and regulations for the safe operation of schools during the pandemic. More information on the safe reopening of schools can be found here.

The school schedules can be found here.

Students who are attending in-person have been assigned to either Cohort A on Monday/Tuesday or to Cohort B on Thursday/Friday.

The Three Ws are:

  • Wear a mask;
  • Watch your distance, and
  • Wash or sanitize your hands. Multiple opportunities are provided during the day.

Students are required to bring a health attestation form signed by a parent/guardian to school each day they are in-person. The attestations are collected at the entrance to school, where there is also a quick temperature check as you can see in the photos below.

School Schedules

Link to the preschool, elementary, middle school and high school schedules.

Are you up for a challenge that could help reduce the stress in your life? We learned this week about the National Day of Unplugging. It is an awareness campaign that promotes a 24-hour respite from technology annually observed since 2009 the first weekend in March.

This year, the NDU falls from sundown to sundown on March 5-6. Sundown in Aberdeen this coming Friday is at 6:07 p.m.

This National Day of Unplugging will hopefully inspire more connectivity with friends, family and ourselves, and less with our devices.

This will be a challenge for many of us so plan for it – plan a walk, try a new recipe, get out a board game, check out that book you were always going to read. And yes – if your book is on a device, that’s OK.

Good luck and have fun!

Aberdeen School District Board of Directors

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Next Meeting of the Board

Agenda for the March 2 meeting (pdf)

The next meeting of the School Board is scheduled for 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 2, via webinar. You can find agenda materials and a link to join the meeting above and on the asd5 website.

Written public comment is accepted until 3:30 p.m. the day of the meeting. Public comment should be submitted to schoolboard@asd5.org. Comments are shared with the board and become part of the online meeting record.

Food Service

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In the coming days, please watch for more information about the P-EBT card mentioned above. Every student in our district is eligible to receive this card. It will be in their name and reloaded every month to use like a debit card at grocery stores to help offset the lack of access to our full Food Service cafeteria program.

A pre-loaded card is being prepared for every student. We will let you know when they are available. Meantime, the most important thing you can do -- and please tell students and parents that you know -- is to make sure the schools have the most up-to-date contact information for your family.

While we're on the subject of food ...

Our district has been selected to help pilot a new school lunch menu addition: plant-based burger and sausage dishes from Impossible Foods.

Beginning in April, students will be able to try dishes with Impossible meats made 100 percent from plants as part of the Aberdeen school lunch program. Surveys will accompany the menu items to track students' preferences and to see which dishes rank the highest.

The Impossible Burger debuted in 2016 at David Chang's restaurant in New York, and since then the plant-based burgers and sausage have been added to menus across the country from Burger King (sold as the Impossible Whopper)to Starbucks (sold as the Impossible Breakfast Sandwich). Impossible Burgers can now also be found in grocery stores including Safeway, Costco, Trader Joe's, and Walmart

"I am very excited about exploring this healthy option in our Food Service program," Superintendent Alicia Henderson said. "I hope everyone watches for more information and takes part in the surveys so we can continue to provide our students with healthy meals that they enjoy."

Q&As and other helpful information

You can find a Q&A page on the district website on the Reopening tab, along with school schedules and other information about a safe reopening.

Visit the Q&A Page

If you have a question, please submit to the attention of Superintendent Alicia Henderson at ahenderson@asd5.org.

For the kid in all of us ...

Thank you, Stevens Elementary School, for this lighthearted video showing your students -- and all students, actually -- how to be safe at school. And the Oscar goes to Ms. Breanna Gentry!

Bobcat fans can watch from home

Even though in-person attendance at games is very limited under state and WIAA regulations during the pandemic, Bobcat fans can still catch all the action. The district has joined the NFHS Network. Cameras have been installed at Stewart Field and Sam Benn Gym and the games will be livestreamed. Subscribers can watch remotely from anywhere in the country.

A monthly subscription to the NFHS network is $10.99 per month, annually is $69.99. You can find more information here.

Visit the Aberdeen page on the NFHS Network to subscribe.

Visit the COVID Updates for Athletics

Next Tech Session for Parents is Wednesday, March 3

The Aberdeen School District, in partnership with some parent volunteers, offers online weekly technology help sessions on Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

This offering was developed in response to Survey No. 1 where many parents expressed the desire to learn more about Canvas. Sessions are offered via Zoom and are open to parents of any age students in our district.

March 3, 2021 Session

March 10, 2021 Session

March 17, 2021 Session

Staying in touch with Leadership


The Aberdeen 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: Christi Sayres, Title IX Coordinator and Civil rights Compliance Coordinator, 216 North G St., Aberdeen, WA 98520; (360) 538-2222; csayres@asd5.org; Dr. Richard Bates, Section 504/ADA Coordinator, 216 North G St., Aberdeen, WA 98520; (360) 538-2017; rbates@asd5.org.