Cheetah Newsletter

Cooperative - Accountable - Respectful - Enthusiastic - Safe

November 24, 2021

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A Message from the Principal

Dear Families,

Today I got to see Thanksgiving “floats” that some 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders created and paraded through the school for younger students to enjoy. No matter how many years I’ve been in education, I continue to be thrilled by the creativity of students when given the opportunity to shine.

I hope your family is able to enjoy your holiday and some extra time with each other. We look forward to seeing you next week - hard to believe we are already bumping up against December!



Upcoming Events At A Glance

November 25-26 - Thanksgiving Break, No School

December 6 - Superintendent Chat (Virtual) 5:00pm

December 13 - School Board Meeting 6:00pm

December 14 - Monthly PTA Meeting at 6:30pm

December 17 - Early Release, dismissal at 12:55pm

December 20-31 - Winter Break, No School


As we shared at the beginning of the school year, the decision to not permit volunteers or visitors in schools would be re-evaluated at the end of October. Due to continued high COVID-19 case rates in Snohomish County, Monroe School District has made the decision to continue to not allow volunteers or visitors in schools at this time. We miss our volunteers and will continue to monitor case rates as we re-evaluate this decision in the new year.

If you are interested in working as a substitute paraeducator at Chain Lake specifically, please be in touch with our office.

Daily Gym Sock.......

Wow! The year is moving along quickly, can you believe it's almost December already? I am looking forward to this month in P.E. We will be working on dribbling skills with our feet, striking skills using paddles with short handles. And team games. With the winter break coming up, be sure to stay active and have a wonderful break. As usual please have your child(ren) wear their tennis shoes.

Mr. Christy & Miss O’Brien

Digital Learning

For this rotation of Digital Learning in Kindergarten and Grade 1 use Squishy Circuits to introduce how circuits work. Students will practice making their own circuits and will demonstrate short circuits and simple series circuits.

In grades 2-5 we will be signing our Digital Citizenship Pledge and logging on to for the first time this year. has an engaging curriculum that introduces coding basics in an age appropriate way. Students may visit this site throughout the year by logging in through Clever.

Keep Calm and Code On!

Ms. Glaze

Note from the library.......

With a short week in the library, we are reading the book “Duck for Turkey Day” written by Jacqueline Jules. It shares a great reminder that it doesn’t matter what you eat for the holiday, but that you take the time to enjoy your friends and family members, which I think is something we can all look forward to with our upcoming long weekend. Next week the library will start discussions around makerspace and what the expectations are there as well as diving into some more fun winter themed books.

Please note if you would like to know what books your student currently has checked out you can email me at: and I am happy to send you an email with any missing or overdue books your student might have out.

Happy Reading,

Mrs. Swalwell

***Fall Coloring Pages***

**Read-a-thon Reminder**

Chain Lake Elementary School PTA parents, thank you for participating in our read-a-thon! Even though the read-a-thon ended on 11/22, the site is still open and you have until 12/03 to get in any last minute donations. Also, students will have until 12/03 to spend reward store money. Parents will get daily emails reminding them to shop. The email will have the deadline, a link to their students dashboard and the amount to spend. Please contact Lindsey Perdomo at with any questions.

Thanks so much,

Chain Lake Elementary School PTA

Chain Lake PTA Meeting

December's PTA meeting is: Dec. 14th at 6:30pm Justin Blasko will be joining our PTA Meeting to share about the upcoming school levy.

Tuscano's Fundraising Night December 15th

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**NEW**Chain Lake Cheetah Store is Now OPEN!!

Chain Lake now has a Cheetah Store through 1st Place Spiritwear. This year we are able to offer a wide selection of school spirit wear. The holiday sale is underway with all items currently 25% off and FREE SHIPPING on orders over $75. Orders are delivered directly to your home and 10% of your purchase goes to support our school. Click here to access the online store.
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MSD Highly Capable 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 web page.

For additional information, please visit our website:

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!

Yearbook Now on Sale!

You can now order a yearbook for the 21-22 school year for $16 online at: The school ID for Chain Lake is 704251. Make sure if you are entering the school information to select Snohomish for the location city.

Yearbook Cover Contest

We are now taking submissions for the cover of this years yearbook. If you would like to have your artwork displayed on the cover please submit your artwork to the office by Tuesday, December 13th. Artwork MUST be in color, no pencil. Please complete them on 8.5x11 white paper. You must include the theme "Under the Sea-Just Keep Swimming", the year 2021-2022, and the school name, Chain Lake Elementary. Your name needs to be written lightly on the back side in pencil, with your grade and teacher. All artwork will be judged by Chain Lake Staff and the winner will be announced on Thursday, December 16th.

Updated COVID Guidelines

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District Lunch Program

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


At Chain Lake, each and every one of us is a Cheetah who CARES (Cooperative, Accountable, Respectful, Enthusiastic, Safe)! In school, we talk about what each of these ideas looks like in different settings. Feel free to use the below as a guide to what it means to follow our Chain Lake expectations (click the picture to enlarge).

Further Questions?

We encourage you to reach out to our school office:

Chain Lake Elementary - 360-804-3100

About Us

Principal - Ana Apter

Guidance Counselor - Heather Mitchell


Office Manager - Kathy Bruning

Office Support - Loni Geyer


24 Hour Attendance Hotline - (360) 804-3101

FAX - (360) 804-3199

Health Room - (360) 804-3132

Kitchen - (360) 804-3135

Transportation - (360) 804-2650



The Monroe School District does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability in its programs and activities 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:

Title IX Coordinator

Joanne Dickinson

14692 - 179th Avenue S.E., Monroe, WA 98272

(360) 804.2539

Section 504/ADA Coordinator

David Paratore

14692 - 179th Avenue S.E., Monroe, WA 98272

(360) 804.2603

Compliance Coordinator for 28A.640 and 28A.642 RCW

Joanne Dickinson

14692 - 179th Avenue S.E., Monroe, WA 98272

(360) 804.2532

The Monroe School District will also take steps to assure that national origin persons who lack English language skills can participate in all education programs, services and activities. For information regarding translation services or transitional bilingual education programs, contact:

Kimberly Whitworth

14692 - 179th Avenue S.E., Monroe, WA 98272

(360) 804.2558