Laker Anchor

March 6, 2023

Greetings, Laker Families-

Well, March has come “in like a lion:...but will it go “out like a lamb?” We are hoping so! With the spring equinox on Monday, March 20, the weather has two weeks to turn the corner. As we cross our fingers and think happy thoughts for some warmer, more spring-like weather, the students are super excited for the installation of our new Big Toy equipment!

3/6-3/17 – The Big Toy will be closed for the installation of the addition. The Big Toy area has been blocked off for safety. If you allow your children to play on school grounds after hours, please remind them to stay off the Big Toy. THANK YOU again for all your support with fundraisers over the past couple of years to allow the PTA to purchase this very FUN addition to our play structure!

On Friday, March 10, our PTA is bringing the “pay it forward” Ned’s Mindset assembly to Emerald Hills for all K-5 students (because it is an all school assembly, we will not have room for guests).

**NOTE: A handout will be sent home with each student at the end of the day on March 10 so that families have the OPTION of purchasing a yo yo for their child to support the “pay it forward” assembly. The yo yo order form and payment can be sent back with your student on 3/13, 3/14 or 3/15. Students will also have the opportunity to practice in the “Ned Zone” at recess on those days with their newly purchased Yo Yos. Super exciting, especially with the Big Toy being closed!! 🙂

Quoted from the Ned’s Mindset teacher/parent/student resource link above:

Did you know most schools get our program at no cost?

When a school chooses the Pay-It-Forward option, they receive NED's Mindset Mission assembly and all of our resources without paying a fee. In return, the school runs a Pay-It-Forward sale. Each school's effort at selling NED gear, like yo-yos, makes it possible for our program to visit the next school. Schools appreciate getting a valuable program that doesn't affect their budget. Kids love having a hands-on activity that helps them put NED's message in motion. Parents are happy to see their kids engaged in a non-electronic toy that spans across generations.

This “growth mindset” assembly is perfect timing for our 3rd-5th graders! They have begun preparing for the spring state math and reading SBA. 5th graders are also preparing for the state science assessment (WCAS). Please watch for more specific communication about testing days from the 3rd-5th grade teachers as we get into the spring. NOTE: As you schedule family vacations and appointments for your children, please keep in mind that students will need to be present during our SBA testing window which will be May 15 - June 2.

Important Safety Reminder

We have observed an increasing number of dogs joining their owners on school grounds when dropping off and picking up their children. As a reminder, pets should remain leashed at all times (even when walking in the front field) to ensure safety. Because the comfort level of students around pets varies, it is important that all pets remain close to their owners. Thank you!

From our front office team

  • Contact info: or (253) 891-4750

  • If you have a change in your regular dismissal plans for your child (bus, car pick-up, or walker pick-up), please contact the main office by 3:00pm.

  • Bus schedules: Click here

  • Tues.-Fri. Student Day: 9:00-3:45 (drop off can begin at 8:45)

  • Mon. Student Day (90-min late start day): 10:35-3:45 (drop off can begin at 10:20)

  • Important District Dates for the 2022-23 School Year: LINK

  • Free and Reduced Meals (link) – apply for the 2022-23 school year to access services (school breakfast/lunch are NO longer free to all students) **More information on school meal service and loading money on HERE.

  • Instructions for Online Payment of the School Supply Donation of $25 can be found on the district website…LINK: Welcome Back to School (this will cover the school supplies for your student this year).

Important Upcoming Dates for EHE:

  • 3/6 – Ready! For Kindergarten at EHE

  • 3/9 – PTA General Membership meeting in the MPR…6:30pm

  • 3/16 – PTA Menchie’s Dine-Out Night (3:30-8:00)

  • 3/17 – No School (teacher grading day)

  • 3/27 – Kindergarten Roundup…5:30-6:30pm

  • 3/28 & 3/29 – Early release for spring conferences at 12:15 (lunches will be served)

  • 3/30 – 1st/2nd grade musical performance…7:00pm

  • 4/3–4/7 – Spring Break :)

  • 4/10-4/20 – PTA Apex Fun Run Spring Fundraiser!! (the actual event will be on 4/20)...details to follow in the April Laker Anchor

Information from the District

Kindergarten registration is well underway

Do you know a child who will be five years old on or before Aug. 31? Maybe it's your neighbor, friend or even your own child. Now’s the time to enroll kindergarten students for the 2023-24 school year. The sooner you enroll, the better we can keep you informed.

Kindergarten kickoff video

To learn more about kindergarten in the Sumner-Bonney Lake School District, watch this video for an overview of kindergarten, the registration process and forms, resources, transition events and kindergarten readiness.

School orientations

To help welcome new kinders and their families, each of our elementary schools will host a Kindergarten Roundup. Prior to kinder screening, Roundup provides students/families an opportunity to physically tour school and meet important people as well as get pertinent information regarding registration. Find the date and time for each school’s orientation.

New immunization requirements

New requirements are in effect for students in preschool and kindergarten who are four years old or older on Sept. 1. Learn about the requirements, documentation, exceptions and more.


Enrollment into the District is online. Visit our enrollment page for details on the three-step registration process. Hard copy registration packets are available at our schools.

For more information, go to

PTA Information

PTA March Newsletter (see attachment)

In order to stay up on our PTA, please make a note of the following contact information:

2022-23 PTA Executive Board

President - Jenn Dery

Co-Vice President - Virginia Read & Debbie Epperson

Secretary - Sarah Fisher

Treasurer - Rhiannon Dodgen

PTA website:

PTA link on EHE Website

You can always like "Emerald Hills Elementary PTA" on Facebook

Our March Laker Purposefull People Character Trait is “Cooperation…Working together and helping others.” Your follow up at home reinforcing your child as he/she demonstrates “cooperation” each day would be a wonderful home-school connection. The background for our Laker Purposefull People Character Traits can be accessed through the Character Strong website. Thank you for raising such amazing children that desire to be Purposefull People and for your continued support of our school community.

Have a wonderful March!

Mrs. Scheerer, Principal

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