Kenmore Elementary Paw Prints

January 2023

In This Issue

  • Principal's Message
  • Important Dates
  • Important Reminders
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Celebrations & Observations
  • Thank You!

Principal's Message

Happy New Year KE Cub Families!

It has been a fabulous day of welcoming our Cubs back to school. Our KE staff will be investing some time reviewing expectations with our Cubs this week and next. Our Cubs will bring a slightly mature lens than they did in the fall as their teachers and staff review these expectations. These reminders on what to do while waiting for the school day to begin, waiting at the lunch line or how to navigate around campus will go a long way. We have the most amazing students at KE, they are kind, caring and love to have fun. The culture of our school relies on the positive demonstration of these behaviors and reinforcements by our staff. We want our new students to feel this positive and palpable energy around campus everyday. Thank you for reinforcing these expectations at home.

January is a great time to review the goals we shared last fall as we wrote our Strategic Action Plan.

Goal 1—Success in the Early Years and Goal 3—Growth for Every Student, Elimination of Outcome and Opportunity Gaps. To our new KE families joining us, you may read more information in our district website under the Northshore School District’s Strategic Plan,

Our goals are selected by the district(Goal 3) and voted by our staff (Goal 1). Staff work diligently to meet the needs of all our students and collaborates with admin through the decision making process of our School District Leadership Team (SDLT), a team of staff representatives from various grade level bands and departments.

As we work through these goals we would like to invite you to participate in a number of school sponsored events to support our new and current students.

Please save the date for the following events:

Kindergarten Tours (for incoming kindergarten families who will start in the fall of 2023).

Tuesday, March 7th @ 2:15-3:00 pm

Thursday, March 9th @ 10:45-11:30 am

Kenmore’s Family Night

Tuesday February 7th @ 5-6:45pm

Stay tuned for more information as we finalize details.

Wishing you and your family a fantastic month fresh with new beginnings!

Ms. George-Shapiro

Important Dates

Tues, Jan. 3rd - WELCOME BACK!!

Wed, Jan. 4th - Early Release @ 2:10pm

Thurs, Jan. 5th - Popcorn Thursday

Fri, Jan. 6th - Drum & Gyil Xylophone Club, Music Room, 10:45-11:30am

Fri, Jan. 6th - Emergency Drill

Tues, Jan. 10th - PTA General Membership Meeting, 7:00-8:30pm

Wed, Jan. 11th - Early Release @ 2:10pm

Fri, Jan. 13th - Drum & Gyil Xylophone Club, Music Room, 10:45-11:30am

Mon, Jan. 16th - NO SCHOOL: Martin Luther King Jr Day

Tues, Jan. 17th - Kenmore Choir, Music Room, 3:45-4:30pm

Wed, Jan. 18th - Early Release @ 2:10pm

Fri, Jan. 20th - Drum & Gyil Xylophone Club, Music Room, 10:45-11:30am

Tues, Jan. 24th - Kenmore Choir, Music Room, 3:45-4:30pm

Wed, Jan. 25th- Early Release @ 2:10pm

Fri, Jan. 27th - Spirit Day: Winter White Out Day

Fri, Jan. 27th - Drum & Gyil Xylophone Club, Music Room, 10:45-11:30am

Fri, Jan. 27th - Last day of First Semester

Mon, Jan. 30th - NO SCHOOL: Non-Student Day

Important Reminders

Daily School Schedule

Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri: 9:10am – 3:40pm

Early Release Wednesday: 9:10am – 2:10pm

No student drop off before 8:50am

There is no supervision on campus until 8:50am.


Washington State Law requires parents/guardians to inform the school of student absences. Please report your child’s absence/tardy including the reason before 10:00am by leaving a message on the school attendance phone line at 425-408-4810. Student absences need to be reported in writing, by phone, or in person to the school office. In addition, absences not excused within two days of the absence are considered unexcused absences.

Change in After School Plans

Without a note, your child will not be able to make a change from their daily routine. If you forgot to send a note, please call the office as early in the day as possible. Calling late in the day is disruptive to the classroom since it requires the office to interrupt during learning time. *Change of plans must be communicated to us by 3:00pm.*

Early Student Pick Up

Your child’s participation in the entire school day is important to their growth and success. Please do not pick your child up early unless absolutely necessary. Please do your best to schedule routine medical and dental appointments before or after school. In the event that you do need to pick your child up early, please notify the teacher in writing ahead of time. When picking up the child, please come to the main office to sign your child out and have them called to come to the office to meet you. Only adults on your child’s emergency contact list may pick up your child in your absence. Be sure to bring photo ID with you to the office.


The school day ends at 3:40pm, and 2:10pm on Early Release Wednesdays. Please arrive on time to pick your child up at the end of the day. Students who have not be picked up by 3:55pm will be brought into the office for office staff to call parents and then emergency contacts to ensure someone is coming for pick up.

Early Childhood Education

Our Early Childhood Education Programs in Northshore School Disrtict are currently recruiting for the Head Start, ECEAP and Ready Start Preschool Programs.

NSD Families that have children ages 3-4 years old can contact Stephanie Gonwa at 425-408-4829, or Emily Birchman at 425-408-4862 to receive program information and help with applications.

Celebrations & Observations

January 16 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 22 - Lunar New Year

Thank You!

Thank you for the incredible generosity and outpouring of support during this holiday season. Our Kenmore community helped sponsor many of our families and students in need. The gift cards were a big hit- not only did the families enjoy being able to shop for their children it was also equitable for all! Thank you to everyone for making the holiday season extra special!

Thank you to our amazing PTA for putting together a fun holiday cookie/treat exchange on December 15th. It was such a fun and tasty way to head into the winter break!

These activities are not sponsored nor endorsed by the Northshore School District or any of its schools. The district assumes no responsibility for the conduct during or safety of the activities. Northshore School District shall be held harmless from any cause of action, claim, or petition filed in any court or administrative tribunal arising out of the distribution of these materials including attorney's fees and judgements or awards.