Grizzly Gazette

April 25th, 2021

Principal's Message

Good afternoon. This is the last week of April! Unbelievable! We have one more week focusing on honesty and then we will switch our focus to cooperation, another excellent character trait!

Our district continues to plan for the start of the 2021-22 school year.

There has been a lot of discussion around our state and country regarding learning loss that students may be experiencing due to the limitations COVID has put on schools and the public in general. We are working on a plan to meet this challenge. For the second year in a row, students in Washington State will not take the Smarter Balanced Assessment this spring(we will do so in the fall of 2021-22). This assessment has given us important information, which represents one data point among several that we use to inform instruction.

However, all of our students will take the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) in mid-May. This is an assessment we been giving to our second graders over the last few years, but are back to assessing every student. The MAP is aligned with the Common Core Standards and the Smarter Balanced Assessment, so we get excellent information from administering it our students. We are able to access the data within days of our students taking the MAP. We are also able to access detailed reports for every student and adjust our teaching to meet the deficit areas of individual or small groups of students. Some of our students took the MAP in the fall, but every student took it this past winter and will do so in about two weeks. This data, along with classroom based assessments and AIMSweb (another online assessment tool we have used for years), will help us set a course to meet the needs of our students this next school year.

SCSD Friday Family Message, 4-23-21

Good Afternoon, Families,

It has been an exciting week for us. Our secondary students returned to additional instruction in a hybrid model. Our systems worked well and our students were exceptional, following all of the new guidelines. Thank you to our students, family and staff for making it a successful start.

School Lunches

When your secondary student fills out their attendance form, they can also sign up for a 5 day meal package. The 5 day meals can be picked up at their school on Tuesday or Friday afternoon as they leave school for the day.

Superintendent Search

The deadline for SCSD Superintendent applications is Saturday, April 24. The school district Board of Directors will screen applications and come to a consensus on semi-finalists on April 30. Preliminary interviews will be held Saturday, May 8, at the district office (times to be determined) with an opportunity for the public to view in person or via zoom and provide feedback online. Based upon these preliminary interviews, 2-3 finalists will be selected. Finalist interviews will be held May 11, 12 and13 and involve multiple stakeholders, including an opportunity for community participation on each day. Details regarding May 8 and May 11 through 13 will be forthcoming.

Vaccines

People age 16 and over are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccination. Find information on vaccinations at https://www.snohd.org/564/COVID-Vaccine-Info

Thank You Mrs. Hamlin and Mrs. Robb!

It was great to be able to honor Mrs. Hamlin and Mrs. Robb on Administrative Professional's Day last week. Although designated as a day, staff brought goodies and cards for the both of them throughout the week. We are very fortunate to have two very hard working and exceptional people working in our office. I've know Jan and Sherri for close to 30 years as Sherri was an assistant in my fourth grade classroom at Twin City Elementary. I was also one of Sherri's son's fourth grade teacher. Jan volunteered in my classroom at Twin City as I was one of her son's fourth grade teacher as well.

The two keep CES rolling and are excellent people to have in their respective roles. Thank you Jan and Sherri!

CES Move-A-Thon

Get ready to Move! Our first ever Move-A-Thon Fundraiser starts tomorrow, April 26th. It's a celebration of movement and fun, all while raising funds for our 2021-22 school year!

The purpose of our Move-A-Thon fundraiser is to help raise money for upcoming events, field trips, assemblies, school supplies and more. Each student is encouraged to seek donations from family and friends.


A prize will be given to every student who participates! On top of that, a pizza party will be awarded to the classroom of each grade level who brings in the most donations!!!


To make a flat donation please fill out the pledge form attached to the manilla envelope that was sent home, or use FunRun.com for online donations. The deadline to turn in donations will be April 30th, 2021.


Please register your child(ren) at FunRun.com prior to making an online payment.



Feel free to email the PTO at CedarhomePTO@gmail.com with any questions.

Counselor's Corner, Edition #11 (Repeat)

Please check out Mrs. Bregar's Counsler's corner in this edition of the Grizzly Gazette! The link is below.


Counselors Corner

CES Code Class (Reminder)

Cedarhome Students! Come learn the basic concepts of Computer Science with drag and drop programming with Mrs Barrie! It’s easy and fun and a way to learn in a game-like environment. This class is open to 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students of Cedarhome Elementary. Click on the button below for all the information!

This week's theme is Star Wars! We had about 30 students participate last week, so be sure to join Mrs. Barrie this Wednesday, April 28th, from 10:15-11:00 for another fun session learning to code! For more information, please click on the button below.

Highly Capable Program Nomination Process and Due Date (Repeat)

Nominations for the Highly Capable Program are now open. Please download the Nomination Packet or pick up a hard copy from any school site or the District Office. If you have questions, please call Teresa Haugstad at (360) 629-1237.



All nominations are due to the student's resident school site or the District Office located at 26920 Pioneer Highway, Stanwood WA, 98292 by April 28, 2021.


The Stanwood-Camano School District's Highly Capable Program serves students in grades K-12 who perform or show potential for performing at significantly advanced academic levels when compared to others of their age, experiences, or environments.

Please consider making a nomination if you believe that your students is performing significantly above grade level in reading and/or math and possesses the following learning characteristics:

  • Capacity to learn with unusual depth of understanding;
  • Capacity to retain what has been learned and to transfer to new situations;
  • Capacity and willingness to deal with increasing levels of complexity;
  • Capacity to make unusual connections among ideas and concepts;
  • Capacity for learning at an accelerated rate;
  • Capacity for intense concentration and/or focus.

The District Selection Committee will screen all nominations. If your child is eligible for assessment, the Highly Capable Program Coordinator will contact you to obtain your consent for assessment. All placements will be finalized in July 2021.

Important Upcoming Dates

May 3-7 - Certificated Appreciation Week

May 6 - Nurse Appreciation Day

May 31 - No School, Memorial Day

June 15 - Last Day of School