Kindergarten News

April 22, 2021

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Office Staff

Cheryl Boze, Principal

Melissa Walker, Dean

Allyson Coleman, Administrative Assistant

Ruth Carton, Registrar

Liz Hernandez, Attendance (Habla Español)

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Parent Drop Off and Pick-Up

DISMISSAL

To avoid traffic backing onto Beverly Park Road we have made a few changes in our parent pick-up loop.

1. Dismissal will begin 5 minutes earlier. Group 1 should arrive between 12:40 – 12:50 p.m. Group 2 should arrive between 12:50 – 1:00 p.m.

2. If you are in group 2 and you arrive before 12:50, we ask that you turn right into the loop in front of the Fairmount Elementary office and wait to join the parent pick-up line until 12:50. If you arrive early, your child will still be in the classroom and you will block traffic for group 1 families who are arriving to pick up their children. To keep kids “socially distanced” we can only have half the students in line at a time, so we need parents to stick to assigned arrival times please.

3. Once you round the curve in front of Pathfinder you will see orange cones. Please form two lines. Get in the shortest line on either side of the cones. Someone at the head of the line will have cars alternate joining a single file line along the curb where you will pick up your child.


ARRIVAL

Morning arrival in the parent loop is now going more smoothly so the arrival groups are no longer being strictly enforced. We have supervision inside the building beginning at 9:30 a.m. so please drop your child off between 9:30 – 9:44 a.m. School starts at 9:45 so our goal is to have kids in classrooms by the 9:45 bell. To keep the line of traffic flowing, please do the following:


  • Have your child unbuckle as soon as your vehicle comes to a stop.
  • Have the completed health screen attestation form in your hand or your child’s hand.
  • Kids should get out of the vehicle with their backpacks in their hands. As soon as they are out of the vehicle, they can put backpacks on and go directly into the building.

News and Important Dates for Summer & Next Fall

  • Pathfinder Office – Our office is open through June 24. Hours are 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. after school gets out. We will be closed for lunch 12:30 - 1:00. The office is closed for the summer June 25.
  • Summer School – The district elementary summer school program will be held at Challenger Elementary July 6 – 30. Pathfinder has a limited number of scholarships for students. Your child’s teacher will contact you if your child qualifies.
  • 2021-22 School Year - The State of Washington and the Snohomish County Department of Health have not yet provided guidance for what school will look like in the fall. At this point the district is planning for a “normal” school year while following recommended safety guidelines.
  • First Day of School for 1st – 5th grades – School starts Wednesday, September 1. If you will have a kindergarten student next year, Family Connections Conferences for kindergarten will be held September 1 – 3 and the first regular day of school for kindergarten will be Tuesday, September 7.

In Person Student Reminder

If your child is coming to Pathfinder for in-person school, remember that for health and safety, our drinking fountains are not being used. Please send a clean bottle filled with water with your child to school each day. Although we do have bottled water available, as we celebrate Earth Day this week we’d like to remind everyone that reusable water bottles are an environmentally friendly alternative to disposable bottles.

Teacher Appreciation Week

National Teacher Appreciation Week will be celebrated May 3 - 7. Given the many challenges we have faced during the pandemic and increased parent involvement in school, I think we have all become acutely aware of the importance of teachers and appreciate more than ever the difficult job of educators.

Eleanor Roosevelt first persuaded Congress to proclaim National Teacher Day way back in 1953. The National Education Association and the National PTA later established teacher appreciation week as the first full week in May. Pathfinder will recognize all certificated staff that week and we encourage parents and students to share your appreciation as well. A special thanks to Pathfinder’s dedicated certificated staff team!


Lindsey Adams, Sarah Anderson Holmes, Hailey Backholm, Julia Berggren, Christina Bergquist, Lauren Bickhaus, Kim Bovee, Cheryl Boze, Janny Carlson, Paul Chang, Susie Crosby, Dori DeJardin, Denise Del Gianni, Jennifer DeSanto, Jennifer Faddis, Lyndsey Freise, Michelle Graham, Allie Gray, Laura Hale, Jenn Holloway, Megan Hubner-Cooley, Kate Johnson, Sarah Johnson, Sarah Kinnear, Beca Kuttemplon-Aronowitz, Lee Ly, Allie MacDonald, Jackie Marino, Tami McPherron, Sharon Moore, Aly Mukai, Sara Parsons, Cat Porter-Schantz, Christine Portillo, Michelle Ratliff, Kelly Reinertsen, Alyssa Richer, Alie Shipley, Aislinn Simm, Amanda Smith, Christy Smullin, Sam Soeur-Wollen, Sara Stevens, Beth Taie, Cathy Takayoshi, Missy Turtzo, Anna Wagner, Melissa Walker, Tarry Wollen

Notes from the Nurse

DAILY HEALTH SCREENING ATTESTATION FORMS

Please remember to send attestation forms daily and to check your child each morning for any of the symptoms listed. If any of the symptoms present are due to a doctor’s diagnosis (i.e. allergies, asthma etc.) please let the Nurse Alyssa Richer know and we can talk about the steps to take to clear the student for a healthy school day.


HEARING & VISION SCREENING

Per OSPI, Pathfinder currently will not be performing our annual hearing and vision screening due to Covid-19. It is recommended that families monitor their students for auditory and vision impairments using available resources. See Your Child's Vision article for more information. Ensuring students’ vision and hearing is not impaired is essential to continued success in learning, both in-person and virtually. If a parent or guardian has a concern about their child’s vision, they should make an appointment with a licensed vision care professional such as an ophthalmologist or optician. Taking a student to a well-child visit is beneficial for a student’s health, including their vision and hearing.

Well-child visits, while not a replacement for school-based screenings, may capture an auditory or vision impairment. Please contact Nurse Alyssa Richer at RicherAA@mukilteo.wednet.edu if you have any questions.

Return to In-Person Learning & Recording Attendance

Whether you are sending your child to in-person or keeping your child in remote learning, the district has adjusted the attendance taking procedure.

  • Prior to March 29, attendance was taken at the end of the school day but is now taken first thing in the morning.
  • For in-person learning, if a student is marked absent from the morning session but logs in later to Schoology, the child will be marked as having an excused absence from morning instruction. A note will be made in our system indicating your child missed in-person learning but logged in to Schoology later in the day. We need to know who is on campus each day in the event contact tracing is ever needed.
  • For remote learning, a student is still considered present if he/she logs in to the class anytime during the day. The teacher will need to post attendance first thing in the morning but will update student records if work is completed later in the day.
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Are you wondering what in-person school looks like for kids?

We are so happy to have students back on our school campus again. Kids are doing a great job of following safety procedures and are really enjoying face-to-face connections with our staff and their peers. We hope you enjoy these photos.

Outdoor Play & Mask Break

SNACK & LINES

PLAY TO LEARN

Classroom Instruction

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Mukilteo School District Non-Discrimination Statement

Mukilteo School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of trained dog guide or service animal 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: Civil Rights Coordinator and Title IX Coordinator Bruce Hobert (425-356-1319), hobertbl@mukilteo.wednet.edu, Section 504 Coordinator Lisa Pitsch (425-356-1277), pitschla@mukilteo.wednet.edu, and the ADA/Access Coordinator Karen Mooseker (425-356-1330), moosekerkw@mukilteo.wednet.edu. Address: 9401 Sharon Drive in Everett, WA. Inquiries regarding ADA/Access issues at Sno-Isle TECH Skills Center should be directed to Wes Allen, Director (425-348-2220) allenwr@mukilteo.wednet.edu. Address: 9001 Airport Road in Everett, WA 98204.