Community Letter

September 17, 2021

Fall is in full swing!

Hello LISD Families,

With our first rainy day, we are definitely feeling the changing of seasons. Along with falling leaves, Washington apples, and pumpkin everything, we hope you are looking forward to cooler weather, green fields, and gatherings around a fire pit.

Fall packets were sent home today will all students. Please ask your student(s) about this if they haven't already handed it to you. The packet is full of important information and forms to sign. Please sign all the forms that apply to your family, and return to the elementary and secondary offices by Thursday, September 23rd. Absent students, including varsity soccer players, didn't get the packet today so we will find those students on Monday.

Our very best to you and your family,

Mary and Martha

School Photos

School picture day is Monday, September 20, with Kevin Hellriegel, the photographer, offering the same great quality and service. A safe and efficient walk-through process will be set up for students and staff photos in the Library Media Center. Our office coordinators, Karrie and Ronda, are putting together a schedule starting with Kindergarten first thing in the morning. Order forms were sent home with students this week. Secondary students will hand their order form and payment to the photographer on picture day.

Parent partner students may come get photos taken throughout the day starting at 7:45.

We hope that all students and staff will get their photos taken for ID cards and yearbook, even if they are not purchasing photos. Email questions to Ronda in the secondary office,

Library Update from Deirdre Steinbrueck

The Library Media Center has been a busy, active place during the first two weeks of school. Over 200 books have been checked out to both elementary and secondary students! Classes are visiting regularly, and students are enjoying the quiet spaces for their studies. Ms. Deirdre is thrilled to have our wonderful library returning to its intended purpose! If parents have questions, please email for assistance.

Next Week's Menu

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Tech Update from Jesse Hammond


Our school team has implemented a Learning Management System called Canvas to help

students and families connect to the classroom. Canvas will be taking the place of Google Classroom, Seesaw, and Classtag District-wide. Students and parents can easily log into Canvas by visiting our website. Our Technology Director, Jesse Hammond is sending out a detailed but simple tutorial on how to get logged and be added as an observer in your child's class.

Canvas will be the place for parents and students to view coursework, announcements, syllabi, rubrics, and, notably, grades. You can still access grades in Qmlativ but secondary teachers will only be updating grades in Qmlativ at the end of every grading period and elementary will only be updating every semester. Canvas will be an excellent way to keep up on your child's progress as well as when assignments are due and quizzes are scheduled. All questions regarding Canvas should be directed to Mr. Hammond at or 360.468.2202 x2111

Required Technology Forms

Every year, all K-12 families are required to read and complete our school's technology contracts which include a student responsible technology use agreement as well as a 1:1 device implementation procedure. Elementary families may wonder why they are required to sign this document now that kids are (finally!) back on campus. LISD has provided technology to elementary students in classrooms for many years with the goal of providing equity and access to technology for all students. Now, will the help of the Emergency Connectivity Fund from the FCC, students will have new devices that they can take home to further their education. This will also be useful in a situation where the child is sick or quarantined. The choice will be up to the student's family if the device comes home Regardless of if you would like to participate, please do fill out the paperwork. There will be a red box on the 1:1 agreement and this is one of the requirements to receive this funding. If your child does not have a device to use for schoolwork at home, please do check this box. These forms will be sent home to all families in paper form or you can fill them out digitally on our website:

For more information on the ECF, please visit this website:

Please complete this form

The 2021-22 Household Application for Free and Reduced-Price Meals is now available HERE on our school website. Please complete this form and turn it in to the elementary or secondary office, even if you think your family may not qualify. Although lunch and breakfast are free this year, a significant amount of our federal school funding is based on this important data. Thank you.

Sports Update

High school soccer and volleyball teams played Grace Academy at home on Monday. Both teams had away games this week as well with our volleyball team playing Providence Christian on Wednesday and the soccer team battled Cedar Park Christian today AND WON.

Big appreciation to HS Volleyball Coach, Karrie Warner; Bus Driver, Kenny Ferrugiaro; and Transportation Director, Teri Linnemann. Our school bus had a technical malfunction on the mainland, and this amazing team worked together to get our girls home safely and on the last ferry to Lopez.

Home games next week:

  • Monday: HS Volleyball, Lummi Nation, 3:00

  • Wednesday: Middle School Soccer and Volleyball, Immaculate Conception, 2:15

  • Friday: High School Soccer, LaConner, 3:00

Come on out to cheer for our athletes. Go Lobos!

Varsity Soccer Team on the Road

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Varsity Volleyball Team

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Homecoming dance is October 2nd following a fun filled spirit week planned by ASB. Details coming soon!

Japan Trip

The Japanese Connections program is offering applications to 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students. This program, which takes Lopez and Orcas students to Japan for 2 weeks in April, is organized by Patricia Burleson and largely funded through a grant from the Freeman Foundation. Applications are due September 27th. If interested please contact Lopez Island school teachers, Joe Behnke or Jaimie Terada.

Secondary Update from Principal, Dr. Martha Martin

Hello Secondary Families,

The first two weeks of school have been a whirlwind of schedule changes, new routines and structures, and Covid-19 protocol clarity. Students are getting back in the swing of things with all day school, homework, sports and clubs, and all the things they have going on outside of, friends, jobs, chores, etc. Students can expect to use learning lab to get much of their homework done, in addition to learning valuable study and organization skills and mindsets, but they may still have some to complete at home. This can be a lot after a year and a half of remote school, hybrid school, and other Covid related disruptions to normalcy.

Here are some things that may be supportive:

1. Encourage your tween or teen to use their school issued student planner (or another system that works for them) to keep track of assignments and schedule.

2. Set limits on electronics.

3. Encourage routines at home.

4. Model good time management habits.

5. Help your student prioritize activities.

6. Praise effort and perseverance.

Thanks so much for partnering with us as we all do our very best to support a school culture of academic achievement and social emotional health.

All my best,


Elementary Principal Update, Mary Fordham

Dear Family Lopez Lobos,

“We may all be different fish, but at this school we swim together.” - Anonymous

This month, our classes are focusing on learning about one another, such as where they are from, their family backgrounds, and their individual interests. In addition, they are also learning to work as a community in their classroom and what it means to belong. Be sure to ask your child(ren) about what belonging means to them.

Now that we are two weeks into the school year, students will be starting to bring school work home to complete. Setting up a routine at the beginning of the school year may help your child to be successful with homework. Here are some tips to help jumpstart the school year:

  • Set up a homework-friendly area

  • Schedule a regular study time

  • Help them make a plan for completing homework

  • Keep distractions to a minimum

  • Make sure they are doing their own work

  • Be a motivator and monitor

  • Praise their work and efforts

  • If they don’t understand, encourage them to advocate for help from their teacher

Enjoy your weekend and see you on Monday!



Lopez Island School District

Ed Murray, Superintendent

Martha Martin, Secondary Principal

Mary Fordham, Elementary Principal

The Lopez Island 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: Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator, Ed Murray –; Title IX Coordinator, HR Specialist, Renee Koplan –; Section 504, Mary Fordham –; OR contact by phone, 360-468-2202, OR mail to 86 School Rd, Lopez Island, WA 98261.