Evergreen's Mustang Messenger

January 1, 2021

Hello From Mr. Danford

Greetings and Happy New Year, Evergreen Families!

Happily and thankfully we are into 2021. Let's put 2020 in the rearview mirror and look forward toward brighter days and greater normalcy.

Thanks for supporting our Mustangs in whatever format they are learning this year. We appreciate the at-home adults in our kids' lives and the learning that has already occurred this year.

We will continue to place a high importance on regular school attendance as the year continues—COVID or not. Regular attendance and participation makes a difference for our kiddos. Thanks for your support in getting kids to school on time every day they are healthy and for participating earnestly in the remote setting.

As I write, the snow is falling. Makes me think. Remember to send your kiddos to school ready for the outdoors. Whether the kids build snow forts at recess, roll huge snowballs, slide down the mini hills on campus, or visit with friends on one of our snowy fields, the kids should be dressed for the cooler temperatures and fluffy powder.

If you are in a remote setting, don't forget to get that cold-weather gear on the kids from time to time and have them play outdoors as well. Let's remember to have our at-home learners out in the snow and cold too. It's right of passage for school-aged kids after all.

Take care and have a happy new year.

Mr. Danford

January Dates to Pop on the Calendar

School begins again January 4 at 9:10. Don't forget to attest to your kiddo's heath the night before.

Coffee and Conversation with Mr. Danford. January 10th at 10:00.

Join Zoom Meeting

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PTO meeting, Wednesday, December 20 at 6:30 via Zoom. Plan to join us!

Join via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84109588475

MLK Day is Monday, January 18. There is no school.

January 29. We'll again have our virtual Student of the Month assembly. Continue to encourage that good, hard-working, school-appropriate behavior every day. And celebrate it when you can, as we do at school.

2021 Mead Renewal Levy Information

The Mead School District is asking its community to consider a three-year renewal levy for educational programs and operations on the Special Election ballot on February 9, 2021. Click the link below for information. Additional links to community webinars, FAQs, and more can also be found at Mead354.org.

2021 Renewal Levy Information

7. They Don’t Let Their Child Avoid Responsibility

From the article above:

You won’t catch a mentally strong parent saying things like, “I don’t want to burden my kids with chores. Kids should just be kids.” They expect children to pitch in and learn the skills they need to become responsible citizens. They proactively teach their kids to take responsibility for their choices and they assign them age-appropriate duties.

Cold Weather is Upon Us

Colder weather is here!

Be sure to send your child to school with appropriate clothing for the weather conditions, including a warm coat, boots, hat, and gloves.

Unless temperatures fall below that 15-degree mark, we will be outside to begin the day. We may have a modified recess schedules when temps are just too chilly, however.

Morning lineup will be inside when temperatures fall below 25 degrees. Please remember, outside lineup begins at 9:00 AM. Children who do not eat breakfast should not arrive before 9:00. We do not want students standing in the cold any longer than necessary. In addition, we do not have supervision outside for our students until 9:00.

If you need assistance providing cold-weather clothing items for your child(ren), do not hesitate to call the office at 465-6400 and ask to speak to our social worker, Ms. Tina. She can direct you to available resources.

PTO Board Positions Are Still Open

PTO has met twice this year—in September and in October. Join us every 3rd Wednesday of the month via Zoom at 6:30. This month we'll meet on January 20.

Join via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84109588475

Our VP of Community and Volunteers and our Secretary positions are still open. Please consider becoming involved in PTO, and possibly entertain a Board position.

We Do Not Celebrate Birthdays With Food

Birthdays for kids are special. These milestones mean a lot to our students and their families.

Although we love to celebrate birthdays at Evergreen, we do not celebrate birthdays with food as our Mead Board of Directors have written. Board policy states…

The Mead School District is committed to providing school environments that promote and protect children's health and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating and physical activity.

Once monthly a teacher may celebrate birthdays or holidays with food, but typically, we’ll celebrate in other ways, keeping the health of our kids in mind. See your teacher for ideas.

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Non-discrimination Statement

Mead 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 a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employee(s) has been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Josh Westermann, Director of Student and Family Services @ 2323 E Farwell Rd, Mead, WA 99021, Phone: 509 465-6000, or via email Josh.Westermann@mead354.org

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