Wade King Elementary

March 4, 2022

A Note from our Administrative Team


Hello Wade King Families,


We hope that you saw the email Dr. Baker shared with our community on Monday, about changes in Washington State's mask mandate that will take effect on March 12th. We imagine that some of you are feeling excited, some anxious, and some have questions. All of those are valid and we are here to help. We also want you to know that next week, our staff will be intentionally teaching our students about changes in mask-wearing that are coming to support a smooth transition for everyone. We want our students to...

  • understand that each person will be able to choose to wear a mask or not wear a mask and both choices are ok.
  • understand that there are many reasons why someone may choose (or not choose) to wear a mask.
  • know that we will show each other respect, concern, and kindness.
  • understand that each person's story and needs are unique and valuable.
  • tell an adult if you see or experience mistreatment or bullying.


If you, or your child, have questions, or you if your child is feeling anxious about this change, please let us know! We are truly here to support your family any way we can.


With Gratitude,

Stephanie Johnson, Principal

Stephanie Korn, Administrator

Important Dates in March and April


3/1 - Kindergarten Registration for Next Year Begins

3/4 - Report Cards Sent Home with Kindergarten Students

3/8 - Spring After School Program Registration Begins

3/11 - This is now a school day!

3/11 - Field Trip: Livezey 9:30-2:00 to Fairhaven Park

3/13 - Daylight Savings Time Begins: Set clocks ahead 1 hour

3/16 - Field Trip: Bennett 9:30-2:00 to Fairhaven Park

3/18 - Field Trip: McCarthy 9:30-2:00 to Fairhaven Park

3/14-3/18 - PTA Sponsored Globe Trot Week

3/21-3/31 - 5th Grade Exhibition Presentations

3/30 - After School Program Registration Ends Today

4/4-4/8 - NO SCHOOL for Spring Break


The Bellingham Schools UPDATED 2021-22 Calendar can be found on the district website.

Kindergarten Registration for Fall - Now Open!

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Registration for fall kindergarten has begun in Bellingham Public Schools. All children who will be 5 before Sept. 1, 2022 can be registered for kindergarten. Families can register their child online in Skyward by following the instructions on our kindergarten webpage.

Registering kindergartners as early as you can help us hire staff, balance our classes, connect with families and get our schools ready to welcome our youngest learners. Thanks in advance for letting a friend or neighbor with a future kindergartner know the registration window is open and ready for them!


All children who are currently enrolled in Promise K will automatically be enrolled in kindergarten for the fall and do not need to re-register.


To find out more about attendance areas, registration and childhood immunization schedules, please visit bellinghamschools.org/kindergarten or contact our elementary schools directly.


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Está Abierto el Registro para el Kínder para el Otoño 2022

Ha comenzado el registro para el Kínder en las Escuelas Públicas de Bellingham. Todos los niños que vayan a tener 5 años antes del 1° de septiembre del 2022 pueden ser registrados para el Kínder. Las familias pueden registrar a su estudiante del Kínder en línea a través del enlace en


nuestra página de internet del Kínder.

Registrarse ahora nos ayuda para contratar al personal, equilibrar nuestras clases, conectar con las familias y alistar nuestras escuelas para dar la bienvenida a los estudiantes del Kínder. Y de antemano ¡muchas gracias por dejarle saber a algún amigo o vecino con un futuro estudiante del Kínder que es tiempo de registro para el Kínder para ellos!


Todos los estudiantes que actualmente están registrados en el programa de Promesa K serán registrados automáticamente en el Kínder para el otoño y no necesitan volver a registrarse.


Para aprender más sobre las áreas de asistencia, registro y requisitos de vacunación de los niños, por favor visite bellinghamschools.org/kindergarten o contacte directamente a nuestras escuelas primarias.

Questions about Covid-19, Testing, & Changes in Mask Wearing

You can find the most current Covid information in emails from the Bellingham School District. And, if you can't find the answer there, don't hesitate to contact Alyssa Johnson, our school nurse or Jennifer Thornton, our health room aide. There are lots of different scenarios and they would love to talk through them with you. They are also able to continue COVID-19 testing as needed for students. Don't hesitate to connect with them!

Alyssa.Johnson@bellinghamschools.org

Jennifer.Thornton@bellinghamschools.org

Note from Mrs. Wakefield (our School Counselor)


Our Wonderful Brains!


One of my favorite classroom lessons to teach is Brain in the Hand. Students, as young as Kindergarten, LOVE learning about their powerful brains. Humans of all ages seek to understand how the body and brain work together creating our wonderful humanness. The more that students understand their body-brain connections the more they understand their own responses to stimuli (what we see as behavior). When students gain an understanding of how their brains operate, they begin to understand what their brain, and body need. I have included some of my favorite videos on Brain in the Hand.


  • Video 1: “Tour of The Brain” is an intro to brain functions.
  • Video 2: “Hand Brain Model” is more specific about the body-brain connection and self-regulation.
  • Video 3: “What is My Lizard Brain?” offers strategies to get our reasoning brain back in charge, self-regulation.


These engaging videos pack a lot of good information in just 3-6 minutes each.


As your School Counselor, I am happy to share any resources such as learning videos and books on a variety of topics. Please reach out with any questions, concerns, or wonderings you might have! I am here to support our students and families while we navigate these more unique times as we are developing wonderful, curious, engaging humans!


I want to remind families that I am here to support them any way I can.

Don't ever hesitate to connect with me! I'm here to help!

Jaymie.Wakefield@bellinghamschools.org

school phone - (360) 647-6840 ext. 2413

district cell phone - (360) 746-5319

Spring After School Programs - Registration Starts March 8th

Our PTA has set up spring after-school programs. Registration for these programs opens on Tuesday, March 8th and closes on March 30th. You can register, and access scholarships on our Wade King PTA web site or using the links below.


Majestic Adventures/Adventure Quest

April 11-June 6

Monday 2:30-4:30pm - Grades K-2

Monday 2:30-4:30pm - Grades 3-5

Register at... https://questnorthwest.com/register


Girls on the Run

April 13-June 8

Wednesday 2:30-4:30pm - Grades 3-5

Register at... https://www.whatcomymca.org/girls-run


Outside Kids Yoga

April 14, 21, 28 & May 5 - Grades 2-5

May 12, 19, 26, & June 2 - Grades K-1

Thursdays 12:45-1:30pm

Register by calling Tammie at 808-778-5817 or emailing tammiewinter@hotmail.com

The Globe Trot is Back - March 14-18th

The PTA is excited about our biggest fundraiser of the year, Globe Trot! This year it will be a week-long virtual event from March 14-20th where daily meet-up opportunities will be available as a way to connect the community and get everyone moving! Each student will receive a pedometer that will track their steps which can be entered along with donations on a website. Information and all the event details will be sent home with students Friday, March 11th. Proceeds from the fundraiser help support staff, student learning, implementing the new garden, provides opportunities such as field trips, and 10% of the total goes to help other elementary schools in Bellingham with the equity project! If anyone is interested in helping support this event, please email wadekingpta@gmail.com

Next PTA Meeting: April 14th at 6:00 pm

Our next (virtual) PTA meeting will be THURSDAY, APRIL 14th at 6pm on Zoom.

The link will be posted on our Wade King PTA Website on the day of the meeting.

April meeting topics will include Golden Acorn nominations, Teacher Appreciation Planning, New PTA Board Electees

If you have not yet joined our Wade King PTA, we encourage you to! You can join online. This is a great way to show your support for our school community, even if you aren't able to volunteer.

Drumming Fun

During January and February, there was a lot of drumming happening at Wade King. Students worked on short rhythmic patterns in echo and call & response format, and then branched out to learn a multi-part upbeat ensemble. Our most joyful moments in the music room included playing along with songs like “Rolling In the Deep” by Adele, “Best Day of My Life” by American Authors, and “Surface Pressure” from the movie Encanto. We are taking a short break from drumming, but plan on an encore unit later in the spring!

Schoolwide Fun Event... Game Day

Our Student Leadership Team planned a 'Game Day' for our school community on Friday, February 25th. Every classroom had time to play games like, Candy Land, Sorry, Uno, Catch Four, Checkers, Chess, Old Maid, and many others. Mrs. McMeel brought her special chess set from the Isle of Lewis in Scotland and students played chess with the office staff throughout the day,. Students could stop by for a move or two which made for wild strategies throughout the day!


This was an opportunity to have fun together and practice collaboration and sportsmanship skills.

February was Kindness Month

There were LOTS of things that happened in our school community during February as we focused on kindness. We had a Kindness Candlelight Lunch, where students were able to share acts of kindness they had seen or heard. Highlighting kindness was a focus of class meetings and many acts of kindness were shared on Kindness Tickets that were hung in the entryway. Many students also chose to make cards for patients and workers at St. Joseph's Peace Health Medical Center. It was a great month!

February Was Black History Month

A Snapshop of Our Learning


February was Black History Month and there were several things we did within our school community to highlight the contributions of Black People during the month. Here is a glimpse into some of the learning we did.


Each day, the greeting sign in the front lobby of the school feature two different African Americans with a short description of of their contributions to our culture.


In celebration of Black History Month, Mrs. Norman's students spent time during their music classes learning about the incredible contributions of Black people to the American music scene. One of the biggest take-aways was that Black musicians were responsible for creating multiple genres of music and rarely were credited for their accomplishments. Students enjoyed audio and video clips highlighting genres like blues, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll, gospel, and house music.


Our 3rd graders inquired with Mrs. Hunter during Library Science lessons about little-known African American inventors. They used the database Pebble Go to read biographies of Black people who invented things we need but take for granted. Some of the third graders made a video about these inventors for the Friday News.


Mr. Livezey's 4th-grade class explored the contributions of African Americans through art. Here are several examples of student art inspired by Black artists.


As Black History Month came to an end, our learning about the contributions of Black people will not. Our goal is to give our students windows and mirrors into people that are both similar and different from themselves all year long.

Salmon Changes-Article written and submitted by Mr. Bennett's students

Since January 19th, Mr. Bennett's class has been taking care of the salmon that live at Wade King Elementary. Mr. Bennett's class has tested the water for pH, Ammonia, Nitrite, and Nitrate. To make sure the salmon stay healthy, we must test for these elements. They also have sucked out rotting fish eggs. They do this so the bacteria levels from the rotting eggs don't create problems. Mr. Bennett's class has also been taking turns changing the water. They do this so the water can stay cold, clean, and clear for the salmon. Now that the salmon have started to become fry, Mr. Bennett will start to feed them. March 4th was the first day the salmon were fed. On March 11th through the 18th, the 4th graders will be going on a field trip to Fairhaven Park to test if the creek there is a healthy place for the salmon to live. At the end of March, all 4th graders will be going back to Fairhaven Park to release the salmon.

Lunar New Year - 2022 The Year of the Tiger

The dragons are coming back!


Weather permitting, we will be sharing our Chinese New Year Dragon Parade in April. To keep our students safe by not congregating in large numbers indoors, our dragons will be entertaining outside! Different grade levels will watch the dragons on different days. Our 5th-grade students are looking forward to sharing our beautiful dragons with our school community.


Gong Xi!

Peek Into the PYP

We want to highlight the units of inquiry that two of our grade levels were engaged in to strengthen their understanding of How We Express Ourselves.


Our Kindergarten students are also engaged in a unit with the central idea… Actors use drama to retell stories to an audience. They are learning about elements of a story, as well as the role of actors and the audience through the reading and retelling of some traditional tales. Students are re-enacting stories through role-play and puppets, and they have been creating the settings and puppets for the retelling of the traditional tales.

Our 3rd-grade students have recently wrapped up a unit of inquiry into visual arts and creativity. Their inquiry focused on this central idea… People express themselves through visual arts. They were learning about elements of art, appreciation of visual art, as well as distinct and recognizable artistic styles. Students also inquired into the nature of creativity and the ways they express creativity in their lives. A favorite learning engagement from this unit was the creation of ceramic “monsters” using the pinch pot method. Have a look at the photos below to see some of their incredible creations!

After-School Dinner Program is Free For All Children 18 and Under!

Bellingham Public Schools serves hot dinner at no cost to all children 18 and under. These meals are offered from 5 to 6 p.m. Monday to Thursday through June 16, 2022. Dinner is served in the Shuksan Middle School cafeteria, located at 2717 Alderwood Avenue (at the corner of Northwest and Alderwood). It does not matter what school you attend in the district.


Accompanying adults are charged $4.75 per meal — please bring cash or check. Please plan to eat onsite in the Shuksan cafeteria.


The daily Monday through Thursday dinner menu is listed on the school menu webpage by day after the lunch listing.


Please note: Dinner will not be served on school holidays or on the following all-school early dismissal days: Feb. 10, March 10 and April 28.

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Link to Amazon Smile


If you are an Amazon user, you can set up Amazon Smile to link to our Wade King PTA. A percentage of what you spend will come right back to our PTA to support school events.
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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.

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