EBE Home Connections
October 10, 2021
Weekly Message from Mr. Hanzeli
Hello Elger Bay Families,
The leaves are falling. Soon our rakes will be getting a full workout :-) The trees are not quite as beautiful as usual because of the intense summer heat, but a colorful sight all the same.
Students and teachers have been working really hard to get our students back into the many rhythms of learning, working to build skills and learning endurance. It is really impressive to see how much they have grown in just our first month. We look forward to sharing their progress at the parent conferences near the end of this month.
~ Mr. Hanzeli
PTA Quick Notes
- Fun Run Donations can be dropped off by students to the tub in the main foyer when they arrive at school each week. If you prefer to drop it off directly to a tub, you can bring it to the office pass through window and drop it into the tub. PTA will pick these up each day this week.
- Trunk or Treat: A few volunteer cars are still needed to fill out the drive through. Please contact by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Suzanne Twining) and/or email@example.com (Elizabeth Butler). Here is the basic information LINK for this event.
- Candy Donations: If you would like to donate in advance some prepackaged candy donations for that drive through evening event, you or your student may drop those by the office where we will collect them for the PTA.
October Student Progress Conferences
Watch for teachers to begin reaching out to you in the next couple of weeks to schedule this opportunity to talk about how the year is going so far for your child. Here are the basics:
Who: Parents/Guardians, Teacher, and (in some grades) Students
What: Parent / Teacher Conference (approximately 20 minutes)
When: October 27, 28, or 29 (half day school / half day conferences)
Where: In person or Virtual to accommodate parents
Why: We believe strongly in communicating and this is a great 1:1 chance to be sure we are on the same page in terms of supporting each student :-)
Wednesday, October 27 Special NOTE re Schedule
One of the (above) parent conference days is a Wednesday. On that Wednesday it is a unique schedule so please mark your personal calendars.
- School begins like the other normal days, 9:00. Follow the MTRF bus schedule.
- Students are dismissed at 12:00.
- Parent conferences for teachers begin at 12:30
Assessment Window (Repeat)
Students in Grades 1 - 5 will participate in the Measurement of Academic Progress (MAP), and students in Grades 4 and 5 will participate in the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA). These online assessments will each require two sessions each 30 - 90 minutes depending on the grade and the individual student. Neither assessment is a timed assessment. The window for MAP and SBA is coming up in October. Your child's teacher will communicate the specific dates for her/his class and we will post the grade levels on the online calendar at our website for your reference. These assessments will provide us with an excellent baseline about each student.
Tuesday, October 12
EBE PTA General Meeting, 6:00-7:00
Stay Tuned for Details re Location and/or ZOOM access
Thursday, October 14
Heatlth (Vision & Hearing) Screening Day
Thursday, October 14
EBE / PTA Spirit Day: Mismatched Shoes / Socks Day
Notice this is Thursday since there is NO SCHOOL on 10.15.
Friday, October 15
No School for Students, Staff Training Day
Friday, October 22
EBE / PTA Spirit Day: EBE or Spartan or Seahawk Spirit Wear
(For those who may not have any spirit wear, join in by wearing colorful clothes: Explorer green and white, Spartan Red and White, or Seahawk Blue and Green)
Wed., Thurs., Fri., October 27-29
Half Days for Students; Student Progress Conferences Afternoon
Thursday, October 28
EBE Picture RETAKE Day
Friday, October 29
EBE PTA Trunk or Treat (Drive Through), 6:00-7:30
For your convenience, I am going to permanently leave the SCSD Student Calendar Link at the bottom of my newsletter calendar so you might always have it handy.
Fall Harvest Costume Celebrations on October 29
NOTE: Your grade level teacher will communicate with you if that grade level is participating in the Fall Harvest Celebration on October 29. They will send you specific information about how they will be doing their event. These notes are a "preview" just in case your child may be participating.
On this day (which is a half day this year) we allow grade levels to decide if they want to have a brief (30-60) minute Fall Harvest Celebration. If a grade level decides that they will be having a celebration, we have very specific guidelines the students and staff must follow re costumes and snacks.
- No weapons or dangerous props
- No devils, frightening, or gruesome costumes
- No costumes which portray violence
- No fake blood, gore or violent images
- No (costume) masks
- Staff is welcome to wear a costume all day if they would like
Everything should be prepackaged and individually wrapped
If students are not “actively” eating they need to remain masked
Try to keep eating time to limited to less than 10 minutes
If students are eating, they need to be facing the same direction
If Needed, Covid-19 Tests Available
Covid-19 testing is available, if needed, to EBE students. This is for the convenience of our families so you don't have to make a separate appointment with your health provider. To access this, please just call the EBE office and ask for the nurse's office and we can schedule you an appointment.
We can also do a test for older students that attend Stanwood-Camano schools, but for whom it would be more convenient to test here at EBE.
Let us know how we can help.
Donna Hunter RN
Superintendent Deborah Rumbaugh’s Friday Message, 10.8.21 (Repeat)
As I visit classrooms each week, I am amazed and impressed by the learning and growth that is taking place across our schools. Our students are engaged in math and science projects, creative writing activities and arts galore! In one classroom, I watched students consider the many ways they can encourage themselves and their peers to be their best each day. Our teachers, parents, staff and administrators have demonstrated flexible, patient and kind leadership over the last month. Thank you for all that you do to support our schools!
Reminder: Friday, October 15, is a Non-Student Day
During this month's non-student day, our staff will be participating in professional development. This day allows our staff to grow their craft as they learn about and plan for high-quality learning experiences for your children.
Fall Conferences Will Have a Virtual Option
October 27th, 28th and 29th are early release days for K-12 parent-teacher conferences. You will have the option to attend in person or virtually via Google Meets. The schedule for these days will be 7:40 a.m. to 10:40 a.m. for secondary schools and 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for elementary schools. Please note that October 27th is a Wednesday but is not a late start day. Schools will soon be reaching out to you to schedule conferences. Please contact your student’s school if you have questions.
Twice Weekly COVID Testing for Basketball, Wrestling and Water Polo
Per the K-12 Department of Health Requirements, screening testing is required for all unvaccinated athletes in high contact indoor sports (basketball, wrestling, water polo). This is not a new requirement, this requirement has been in place since August.
Fully vaccinated athletes do not have to participate in screening testing. Screening testing must be performed twice weekly using a molecular or antigen test. A rapid antigen test is performed on all unvaccinated athletes within 24 hours of the competition. In a multi-day event, testing will occur before each competition. The second test during the week will be performed 3-4 days prior to or after the competition and may be a molecular or antigen test. If a molecular test is performed, the athlete does not need to isolate while awaiting screening test results, unless they are exhibiting symptoms.
Capital Projects & Technology Replacement Levy on February Ballot
The district will have a Levy on the February 8, 2022, Ballot. The estimated tax rate per $1,000 of assessed property value for this measure is 27 cents for each year of the levy. School districts are allowed to collect only the amount of money approved by voters. Unlike bonds, there is no interest cost for a capital levy.
When assessed property values change, the local school tax rate is adjusted to ensure that the district collects only the levy dollar amount approved by voters. If approved by voters, this measure would expire at the end of 2026. The proposed total local school tax rate is expected to decrease from current levels. The Replacement Capital Projects & Technology Levy is expected to provide funding over 4 years.
This levy proposal is expected to allow the district to maintain technology systems and continue to make major improvements to existing facilities. To learn more about the upcoming levy, click here.
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Spread the Word, Call Your Friends
If you have a child to register for next year, you may stop in to the office. Please bring:
- Registration Forms
- Copy of their birth certificate (or other age verification document, as noted)
- Immunization records.
For enrollment purposes, we accept birth certificates, adoption decrees, baptismal certificates, immunization records, previous school records, or entry in a family tree. Other documents not outlined here may also support age verification.
Students entering kindergarten must be 5 years old by August 31, 2021.
Please call us at 360-629-1290 if you have any questions.
REGISTER ONLINE: New Student and Kindergarten Registration for 2021-2022