Wade King Elementary
A Note from the Principal
Hello Wade King Families,
It feels fantastic for all of our students to be able to learn in-person four days a week. Zoom was a fantastic way for us to learn remotely... and it's great to be able to put our laptops and ipads away and learn together without technology.
There is great in-person learning happening here! This week, I watched kindergarteners searching for classmates that liked the same things they liked, first graders observing and writing about the states of matter, and second graders writing letters to friends about books they love. Our third graders are learning about weather and climate change, fourth graders have discovered how much of the earth's surface is water - and how little of that is freshwater, and our fifth graders took a virtual field trip to WWU's Planetarium. There's also a lot of JOY because we are able to learn and play together. We're looking forward to a fabulous last six weeks of school.
As always, don't ever hesitate to connect with me if you have questions, concerns, ideas, or even great stories. I love hearing from you!
Stephanie Johnson, Principal
Important Dates for May & June 2021
5/3, 5/4, 5/6, 5/7 Picture Day (more info below)
5/3 to 5/14 - Bellingham Foundation JOY Project
5/7 Wade King Has Talent (Talent Show video) shared via email
5/8 School Photos will be available online
5/11 Photo Retakes(more info below)
5/13 PTA Meeting at 7:30pm (more info below)
5/14 Parent Input for Class Placement due (more info below)
5/21 NO SCHOOL - This would have been a snow makeup day if we had needed it
5/31 NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day Holiday
6/18 Last Day of School
Stephanie Johnson (Principal) Stephanie.Johnson@bellinghamschools.org
(360) 676-6470 ext 2400 OR (360) 201-7801
Greg Holmgren (Assistant Principal) Gregory.Holmgren@bellinghamschools.org
(360) 676-6470 ext 2460 OR (360) 961-8539
Jaymie Wakefield (Counselor) Jaymie.Wakefield@bellinghamschools.org
(360) 676-6470 ext 2420 OR (360) 746-5319
Do You Need Tech Support?
Mrs. Hunter and Mrs. Anderson are always ready to help! You can also call our school office at 360-647-6840. Tell them your child's name, teacher's name, the best number to call you at, and as much detail as you can about the problem you are having.
Mrs. Hunter (Library Media Specialist)
Mrs. Anderson (Ed Tech Coach)
New Faces in the Office
There are some new faces in the office we want to introduce you to.
Michelle Gregory is an Office Assistant and likely to be the one who answers the phone and supports your child if he/she arrives late or needs to leave early. You will see Michelle outside at dismissal too, helping to enter family codes. Michelle is also helping with attendance. You can leave attendance information for her by phone at 360-647-6840 ext. # 1 or by emailing KIN.Attendance@BellinghamSchools.org.
Jennifer Thornton is our Health Room Aide. She works closely with our nurse, Alyssa Johnson, to support the health needs of our students.
Cid Johnson also provides additional nursing support on Mondays.
The JOY Challenge
The Bellingham Schools Foundation is sponsoring a community JOY Challenge. It's an opportunity to show gratitude and focus on the things that bring you and your family joy. I encourage your family to participate in whatever way feels right.
Class and Individual Pictures THIS WEEK
This week, local photographer, Crystal Garcia, is taking class and individual photos for us this year. Each classroom will have their individual photos taken one day, and their class photo taken on another day. Students will take their masks off for their individual photos because we will be outside with significant social distancing. Students will leave their masks on for their class photo. The photo schedule is below.
AFTER the photos are taken, your child will bring home a half-sheet of paper with their name on it and an individual QR code to scan. That will allow you to preview their individual and class photos as soon as they are ready. If you log on now, their photos will not be available, but they will be available by Saturday. You will also get an email letting you know when your photos can be previewed online. At that point, you can decide if you want to purchase any.
If you preview your child's photo and would like Crystal to re-take it, she will be back at Wade King on Tuesday, May 11th between 11am-12pm. If you would like Crystal to re-take your child's individual photo again, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org and let her know.
Pajama, Comfy Clothes, and Stuffie Day Fun
Last Friday, we had another Fun Friday Schoolwide Event planned by our Student Leadership Team: Pajama, Comfy Clothes, and Stuffie Day. The next Friday Fun day will be on May 28th. We are planning extra fun during recesses that day. Our monthly Friday Fun events are a way for our school community to have fun together.
Keeping Our Kids Safe
- Driving through drop-off/pick-up lane very slowly, pulling forward as the line moves forward
- Walking on the sidewalk (rather than across the carpool lane) during drop-off/pick-up times
- Watching for walkers crossing the street at the top of the parking lot
We appreciate you!
PTA Meeting - Thursday, May 13th at 7:30pm
The Wade King PTA has continued to support our school… virtually! You are invited to join their next meeting to share your ideas for family engagement.
Join us on Thursday, May 13th via Zoom to share your ideas and/or hear the ideas of others. The Zoom link for the meeting will be posted on the Wade King PTA website the day of the meeting. Hope to see you online!
If you haven't yet joined our PTA, you can learn more about our PTA and even become a member by visiting their website. Becoming a member does not mean you have to volunteer!
Reflections... Sharing Your Experience
Do you know an incoming KINDERGARTENER?
Parent Input for Next Fall
News from Ms. Wakefield, School Counselor
Have a question? Need support? Want to connect?
Please don't hesitate to contact me: email@example.com. You can also call me at (360) 676-6470 ext 2420 OR (360) 746-5319. The box below will link you to a form to make an appointment with Ms. Wakefield.
Mrs. Wakefield's Virtual Counseling Office
Meal Boxes... WEDNESDAYS 4:00-5:30pm
Weekly meal box distribution has returned to Wednesdays at these locations. Wade King is one of those locations! Drive through our pick up/drop off loop for a FREE 7-day meal box for each child in your family.
If you need additional support, please contact the Family Resource Center now by filling out the help form or calling 360-676-6456. Visit their website for more information on times and locations.
Bellingham Community Meals - May 29th
Pandemic EBT Funds
Pandemic EBT 2.0 is now here!
If you haven't already done so, families are encouraged to apply for free and reduced priced meals, making them automatically eligible for P-EBT 2.0. This EBT program provides additional support during the pandemic. Go to bellinghamschools.org/food-services for the free and reduced price meal online application.
If you have questions about the free/reduced price meal application, call 360-676-6572. All questions related to the P-EBT should be directed to 833-518-0282
¡Ya está aquí el EBT de la Pandemia 2.0!
Para más apoyo durante la pandemia, invitamos a que las familias apliquen para el lonche reducido o gratuito si es que aún no lo han hecho para este ciclo escolar, haciéndolos elegibles para el P-EBT 2.0. Vaya a bellinghamschools.org/food-services para llenar el formato en línea de la aplicación de lonche reducido gratuito.
Para asistencia con la aplicación del lonche reducido o gratuito, por favor llame al 360-676-6456. Todas las preguntas sobre la elegibilidad para el P-EBT pueden ser dirigidas al centro de contacto de P-EBT al 833-518-0282.
Ways to Help Our PTA Earn Money
Another way to help our PTA earn money is by linking your Fred Meyers Reward card to Wade King PTA 8.3.37. A percentage of your spending goes right back to our PTA and it does not impact your other rewards.
Safe Schools Reporting and Tip Line
Students, parents or community members who have information, tips, or concerns regarding a safety issue in our schools are encouraged to text or call 844-310-9560 or visit bellinghamschools.org/safe for confidential, anonymous, two-way communication with our safety staff.