Maltby Messenger

November 24th Edition

Message from our Principal

Hello Mustang Families!

We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! We look forward to seeing your student(s) back at school on Monday, November 29th.

Would you like to be able to come into the school building this year?

Although volunteers are not yet permitted in our buildings, parents could become involved by applying to be a substitute paraeducator or substitute teacher in our district. We are in need of more substitutes at all levels in our district and we are asking if there are any parents who might be able to help in this capacity. Are you interested?

Please take a moment to review the expectations with your student(s) when they ride the bus:

Bus Expectations:

Be Respectful, Use An Appropriate Voice, Stay Safe

· Remain in your seat at all times.

· Face forward and keep out of the aisles.

· Keep your head and hands inside the bus.

· Keep your hands to yourself.

· No fighting, name calling or bullying.

· Do not throw things on, at, or out of the bus.

· Speak in a quiet voice.

· Refrain from improper language or gestures.

· Do not eat or drink on the bus.

· Speak courteously and show respect to others.

· Do not bring prohibited items on board the bus.

For a complete list and explanation of all the bus rules and expectations, visit


Christine Hillestad

Maltby Elementary Principal

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There will be no school Thursday, November 25th, and Friday, November 26th. School will resume at its normal time on Monday, November 29th. We wish you a wonderful holiday weekend with your families!

Picture Retakes

Picture retakes will be the morning of December 1st. If you missed our first picture day, you can order online at or have your student ask their teacher for an order form. For those of you who are having your student's picture retaken PLEASE SEND BACK THE ORIGINAL PHOTOS to turn in at the time of the retake. Thank you!

Book Fair Starts NEXT WEEK

Our in-person Scholastic Book Fair will be December 3rd-December 10th. Students will have the opportunity to browse and purchase books during their scheduled library class time. We will be using e-wallets again this year to make book buying much easier. Below is a link for families on how to set up their e-wallet so students don't need to bring money to school. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the office or email:

-Mrs. Spahman

Monthly Principal Chat

Parents and Guardians please join us for our monthly Parent chat with Principal Christine Hillestad on Tuesday, December 14th from 6:00-6:30 PM.

Parents are welcome to log on and ask questions about the school's curriculum, standards implementation, or anything else that goes on in the school. We are very open to suggestions, ideas, and concerns. We will have live interpreting in Spanish for those who prefer it.

Copy and paste this link into your web browser:

NEW! COVID-19 Testing to be Offered through MSD

Beginning October 12, 2021, Monroe School District will begin offering optional COVID-19 testing for free, Monday-Friday at the district administration office (14692 179th Ave SE, Monroe, WA 98272) from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for students and their families. Testing will be administered outdoors in a drive through format in the parking lot.

To expedite the testing process, appointments are highly encouraged, but not required and can be booked at The online registration form will have a space for you to input insurance information but there will be no charge to you and there are no copay requirements. The testing is absolutely free. A parent or guardian must accompany all students under age 18 and consent forms must be filled out onsite. Please remember to wear a mask when arriving for your test session.

Please click below for additional information and guidelines:

Drop off and Pick Up Procedures

  • Parents/Guardians, if you are late (after 8:55 AM) dropping off your children, YOU MUST COME TO THE OFFICE AND SIGN THEM IN. We have had quite a few students being dropped off after school starts, which is against our normal procedures. For their safety and attendance purposes, you MUST sign them in.
  • Please be sure to contact the office by 2:00 PM or send a dated note with your student if they will have a change in their regular transportation for the day. ALSO, BE SURE TO PUT THE STUDENT'S FIRST AND LAST NAME AS WELL AS THE TEACHER'S NAME ON THE NOTE.
  • Please be patient and know that the line will continue to move in car drop as we safely get our students into their car.
  • Do not park and get out of your car as we do not have walk-up pickup at this time.

We truly appreciate your patience and understanding so that we can keep everyone safe. If you have any questions, please call the office.

MSD Highly Capable Program Referral Window

Every fall, we start the process to identify new students to receive highly capable services. Any student in grade K, 1, 3, 5-11 with parent/guardian permission may be referred by staff, family, or community members. All 2nd and 4th graders are universally screened and therefore do NOT require a referral form. The nomination process for the Highly Capable Program opens on November 29th and closes on December 10th. When a referral is received, the screening process will be triggered to determine a student’s eligibility for highly capable services. The screening test will take place in February and the post-screening test will take place in March.

The Referral Form will be available in Skyward’s Family Access on November 29th. If you prefer paper copies, they can be found on our Highly Capable Program webpage.

For additional information, please visit our website:
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MSD Employee Honor Roll

Do you know a Monroe School District employee who deserves some much-needed recognition?

Monroe School District has launched a new employee recognition program, called the MSD Employee Honor Roll! This program is aimed at recognizing Monroe School District employees for exemplifying the district’s commitment and shared values through their service to our students, staff, families, and/or community.

Supervisors, fellow employees, parents and community members are encouraged to nominate ANY staff member for exemplifying any of the following:

  • Providing engaging learning opportunities through powerful instruction

  • Providing students with equitable access to learning and opportunities based on their unique, individual needs

  • Holding students to high standards

  • Using innovation to provide educational choice

  • Recognizing, honoring and building upon students’ strengths and passions

  • Engaging families and the community in the learning process

  • Preparing all students for college, careers and life beyond graduation

All nominees will be recognized, but only one in each employee category will be selected each month as the MSD Employee Honor Roll award recipients. Employee categories include:

  • Certificated (teachers, counselors, psychologists, etc)

  • Classified (paraeducators, nurses, office staff, bus drivers, food service, custodial, technology, maintenance, etc)

  • Substitutes and coaches

  • Administrators (Principals, assistant principals, directors, executive staff)

Nominate an employee now!

Mustang Moment Wall

Another year is here and we are ready for our Mustang Moment Wall to be filled with student names. We are excited to share this board with our mustang families. Teachers/Staff are able to give students Mustang Moments when they are caught doing something to help out our school or other students. This positive incentive encourages students to work together in a collective effort for success here at Maltby. Ask your child have they received a Mustang Moment and if not, remind them they still have the entire year to get one!!

Lunch Information for 2021-2022

This year, students at Monroe School District have a lot to look forward to when it comes to mealtime. For the 2021-2022 school year, meals will be offered to students in all grade levels at no cost, thanks to flexibilities provided by the USDA’s National School Lunch Program. This allows everyone to enjoy 1 free breakfast & 1 free lunch per day.

All families, however, are encouraged to fill out the annual Free and Reduced Price Meal Application as eligibility provides many other benefits, including Pandemic EBT benefits for your family, no student fees for high school programs, free student entrance to all ASB extracurricular events (dances, athletics, etc) and reduced fees for family members to attend extracurricular events (athletics, plays, etc). Filling out this application also provides critical funding for our schools.

What’s on the Menu? Nutrislice, an innovative app, students, parents and faculty have access to school menus, including nutrition information, allergens and photos. Nutrislice can be downloaded for free from the App store (iOS) or Google Play (Android) and is available on desktop and mobile devices.

Menus are also available at

Important Upcoming Dates!

November 25-26 ~ Thanksgiving Break

December 1 ~ Picture Retakes

December 3-10 ~ Scholastic Book Fair

December 14 ~ Principal Chat @ 6 PM

December 20-31 ~ Winter Break


We are so excited to be using Smore for our school newsletter this year! Our newsletter will be delivered directly to your email inbox and can be translated to any language in three easy steps:

  1. When you receive the school newsletter in your email inbox, open the email and click on the title in the newsletter to open it in Smore.

  2. Once in Smore, scroll to the very bottom of the newsletter. Above the red word ‘Report’ you will see the word ‘Translate’. Click ‘Translate’.

  3. Next, select your preferred language in the drop-down menu and the newsletter will automatically translate to the language you chose.

About Us


Christine Hillestad


Amber Newman

Office Manager

Junelle Lewis

Office Support

Jamie Porter

Health Room

HR Assistant

Becky Urstad


Joy Good


Family Engagement Liaison

Kathy Jackson

Fax ~ 360-804-3599

Health Room ~ 360-804-3532

Attendance Hotline ~ 360-804-3501

Bus Delay Information ~ 360-804-2951

Transportation Office ~ 360-804-2650

School Hours: 8:55 am-3:25 pm (Monday-Thursday)

8:55 am-2:25 pm (Fridays)

MSD Notice of Non-Discrimination

Monroe 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: Joanne Dickinson and Title IX Coordinator, 360-804-2539,; and 504 Coordinator: David Paratore, 360-804-2609, Address: 200 E Fremont St., Monroe, WA 98272.