Maltby Messenger

September 30th Edition

Message from our Principal

Dear Mustang Families,

Mark Your Calendars- Oct. 5th is Curriculum Night

This year our Curriculum Night will look a little different. Teacher teams will share curriculum with you through short videos and you will be able to submit questions through Google Forms. We would love to have families on campus but are not able to at this time.

Parent Conferences Oct. 25-29

  • Curriculum Night is not a night for individual student questions you may have

  • We will have that opportunity at Parent Teacher Conferences the week of Oct. 25-29

  • Look for information about conferences in early October

  • If you have questions that need to be answered now, please call or email your child’s teacher today and we will respond within 24-48 hours

We are looking forward to a great year working with you and your children. If you have questions or concerns, please contact me at or 360-804-3500.


Christine Hillestad

Maltby Elementary Principal

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~Hispanic Heritage Month ~ September 15th - October 15th

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15th to October 15th, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. Hispanic Heritage Month 2021 begins on Wednesday, September 15, and ends on October 15. While you never have to wait for an annual event to take pride in your ethnic background, for Hispanic Americans, the purpose of those four weeks is to honor their respective cultures and the histories behind them.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

As cited in President Johnson's 1968 Proclamation, September 15 is the date when five Latin American countries—Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua—earned their independence from Spain in 1821. Mexico, Chile, and Belize became independent on September 16th, 18th, and 21st from Spain and the United Kingdom, respectively.

You may choose to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with any number of activities, such as enjoying food native to countries and territories such as Argentina, Costa Rica, and Puerto Rico. If you're staying close to home, you can always relax with a good book by a Spanish language author that takes you into someone else's experience. Whatever way you choose to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, let us take the time to acknowledge and honor all the amazing contributions Hispanic Americans have made to this country.


PTO Volunteers NEEDED!!

Attention families, PTO is in need of volunteers!! If anyone is interested in volunteering, please send an email to: There are various areas in which you can help serve. Thank you!!

National Custodian Day - Oct. 2nd

Thank you to our wonderful custodians, Mrs. Shelby and Mr. Jose for your hard work to keep our school clean and looking good. We appreciate everything you do for Maltby each day!!

October is Disability History Month

Disability History Month is observed annually in October to raise awareness and understanding of disability rights history and celebrate the achievements of disabled people. The Washington State Legislature established the observance as a civic holiday in 2008 to promote the appreciation and inclusion of people with disabilities.

"The legislature finds that annually recognizing disability history throughout our entire public educational system, from kindergarten through grade twelve and at our colleges and universities, during the month of October will help to increase awareness and understanding of the contributions that people with disabilities in our state, nation, and the world have made to our society. The legislature further finds that recognizing disability history will increase respect and promote acceptance and inclusion of people with disabilities. The legislature further finds that recognizing disability history will inspire students with disabilities to feel a greater sense of pride, reduce harassment and bullying, and help keep students with disabilities in school."

Monthly Chat with the Principal

Parents and Guardians please join us virtually for our monthly chat with Principal Hillestad. This program was initiated to involve parents and community members with events and concerns. Parents are welcome to log on and ask questions about the school's curriculum, standards implementation, or anything else that goes on in our school. We are very open to suggestions, ideas and concerns. Please join us Tuesday, October 12th @ 9:30 AM.

Copy and paste this link into your web browser:

Pick Up Procedures

  • Parents please be sure to contact the office by 2:00 PM or send a dated note with your student if they will have a change in their regular transportation for the day. ALSO, BE SURE TO PUT THE STUDENT'S FIRST AND LAST NAME AS WELL AS THE TEACHER'S NAME ON THE NOTE.
  • Please be patient and know that the line will continue to move in car drop as we safely get our students into their car.
  • Do not park and get out of your car as we do not have walk-up pickup at this time.

We truly appreciate your patience and understanding so that we can keep everyone safe. If you have any questions, please call the office.

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Please see our current Masking Protocol

Picture Day is COMING!!

SAVE THE DATE!! Picture Day is scheduled for October 19th. Retakes have also been scheduled for December 1st. Information will be coming home with students next week.

Student Race & Ethnicity Data Collection

Recently, there was a change in federal and state law that affects how student ethnicity and race data is collected by school districts. This change now requires schools to have this data recorded for every student.

As a result, we are required to ask families to verify their child as either Hispanic/Latino or not Hispanic/Latino AND by one or more of 217 racial groups. We ask that families please respond to the two questions in Family Access for each of their students currently enrolled.

While families are not required to verify the race and ethnicity of their students, we are required as a school district to submit this data to comply with federal and state law. We will make two attempts to reach families with the request to submit their child's ethnicity and race category. If there is no response, schools are required to make the ethnicity and race selection for the student.

More information can be found on our website.

Physical Education News from Mrs. S...

Dear Families,

My name is Lisa Svitavsky and I will be your child’s physical education teacher this year. I am beginning my 32nd year at Maltby and my 37th year teaching elementary physical education. This year we are fortunate to have Rick Rathman at Maltby to team teach with me in the morning. Rick will then teach Physical Education at Salem Woods in the afternoons. He taught Physical Education at Frank Wagner and in Kent. In this letter, I will briefly describe the physical education program at Maltby Elementary and what your child(ren) can expect to learn.

At Maltby Elementary, your child will have physical education 2 & 3 times a week for 40 minutes. Our curriculum will be based on the State Physical Education Learning Standards which are based on the National Standards. The program has been designed to focus on three major areas that contribute to a physically literate individual that can be active and healthy for a lifetime.

Movement Concepts: In the early grades, for example, the program emphasizes the variety of ways we travel (i.e., running, skipping, hopping), changes of directions and speeds, and different ways to balance, jump and land. We practice keeping personal space while we move in the general space around us.

Skill Themes: Basic motor skills such as throwing, catching, kicking, volleying, and striking with a racket are taught in the primary grades. In the upper grades, the children are taught how to use these fundamental skills in games and sports along with offensive and defensive strategies, tumbling and various forms of rhythmical movement.

Wellness concepts are taught throughout the program. They include ways to improve cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular strength, endurance and flexibility as well as concepts about the heart. We will be using the current Fitnessgram Program and the Physical Best instructional materials.

Students will be using the Climbing Wall throughout the year. The Maltby Climbing Wall is a traverse style wall allowing students to work on their muscular strength and endurance. Important climbing wall safety rules require students to wear sport/court type shoes and no jewelry.

As teachers, we recognize that children are at different developmental levels, with a variety of needs and interests. For this reason, in every class we attempt to provide all of the children with learning experiences that are both beneficial and enjoyable. Each lesson is also adjusted to take into account the wide range of skills and fitness levels that characterizes children in elementary school.

In order to insure a fun, safe and successful year for all, we expect students to:

1. Respect ourselves by – listening, following instructions, obeying rules and trying their best.

2. Respect each other by – cooperating, keeping self-space, helping others and demonstrate great sportsmanship.

3. Respect our school by – taking care of equipment and using it correctly.

We will be following our school wide Pax Good behavior plan to promote positive behavior and the behavior reflection plan when dealing with inappropriate behavior.

Please stress to your child(ren) the importance of safety, cooperation and wearing appropriate shoes while participating in PE:

Qualities of Good Shoes:

-Traction/Non-slip sole

-Laces/Velcro straps

-Closed toe box

-Clean soles

-Correct size

-Sneakers, tennis shoes

Inappropriate Shoes:

-Raised heel/platform shoe

-Buckles/elastic straps/unlaced

-Open toe/heel

-Track dirt/mud

-Too small/way too big

-Sandals, boots, dress shoes

In closing, please let us know of any health concerns which exist for your child(ren). If your child is unable to participate fully, please send a note indicating how long they are excused and/or what limitations are put on his or her ability to participate. We look forward to hearing from you.

Lisa Svitavsky & Rick Rathman

Maltby Physical Education Specialists

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Transportation NEWS

Bus Opt-in
Requests to ride the bus must be submitted for each school year. This is required to manage bus loads and seating charts. Only students who have completed the transportation request form will be assigned a bus route and stop. If you have not already done so and wish to have your child ride the bus this year, please opt-in now here:

Bus routes
Bus route, bus stop, and schedule information can be found in e-link. As families opt-in for transportation, route times may shift. We recommend checking your student’s route information the night before the start of school for the most up-to-date times.

Phone calls
Calls to our Transportation Department are greatly increased the first few days of school. Staff members will answer and return phone calls as quickly as possible. If you have an urgent transportation need and are not able to reach someone in that department, please call the District Administration Office at (360) 804.2500.

Bus protocols
Masks are required to ride the bus and at all schools. Students who board the bus without a mask will be provided with one.

Students will no longer be able to ride a bus other than what they are routed on. That includes students riding home with other students. Buses are close or at capacity due to reduced driver resources. Our district is adhering to strict seating charts that are being used at both primary adn secondary levels to facilitate any contact tracing that may be necessary. As a result, WE WILL NOT BE ACCEPTING BUS NOTES THIS YEAR.

Further questions? Contact Transportation at: (360) 804.2650.

Library News

Attention MUSTANG Families!! The library is in need of headsets for students to utilize during testing. If you would like to donate, please mail, drop off or send with your child to school. We appreciate all the support!!

Lunch Information for 2021-2022

This year, students at Monroe School District have a lot to look forward to when it comes to mealtime. For the 2021-2022 school year, meals will be offered to students in all grade levels at no cost, thanks to flexibilities provided by the USDA’s National School Lunch Program. This allows everyone to enjoy 1 free breakfast & 1 free lunch per day.

All families, however, are encouraged to fill out the annual Free and Reduced Price Meal Application as eligibility provides many other benefits, including Pandemic EBT benefits for your family, no student fees for high school programs, free student entrance to all ASB extracurricular events (dances, athletics, etc) and reduced fees for family members to attend extracurricular events (athletics, plays, etc). Filling out this application also provides critical funding for our schools.

What’s on the Menu? Nutrislice, an innovative app, students, parents and faculty have access to school menus, including nutrition information, allergens and photos. Nutrislice can be downloaded for free from the App store (iOS) or Google Play (Android) and is available on desktop and mobile devices.

Menus are also available at

Early Dismissal Fridays continue...

As in years past, ‘School Improvement Time’ will continue on Fridays this year with a one-hour early release for all students. Students in grades 6-12 will be released at 1:20 p.m. and elementary students will be released at 2:25 p.m. This early dismissal will occur every Friday, unless otherwise noted.

A hard copy calendar, including conference dates and curriculum nights, will be mailed to all families once it is finalized. The calendar will also be available on our website:

Illness Guidelines

This is a summary of the illness guidelines that our school is required to follow. These are in place to keep all staff and students as safe and healthy as possible.

Please refer to the MSD Website for the latest information on COVID-19 Health & Safety protocols:


· Fever (defined since COVID as subjective or 100.4 degrees or higher)

· Cough

· NEW Loss of taste and/or sense of smell

· Shortness of Breath

If a child has 1 symptom or more from the above list, the child MUST follow one (1) of the following pathways to return to school:

1. Negative COVID Test Result + with improved symptoms + no fever for at least 24 hours (without fever reducing medications).

2. Stay home 10 days from symptom(s) onset and have improved symptoms before returning.

3. Obtain a note from a medical provider stating symptom(s) are related to a health condition.


· Fatigue

· Headache

· Muscle or body aches

· Sore throat

· Congestion or runny nose

· Nausea or vomiting

· Diarrhea (defined as 2 or more loose stools in 24 hours)

If a child has 2 OR MORE of the above B symptoms, the child MUST STILL follow one of the three pathways described above to return to school.

If the child has ONLY 1 of the GROUP B symptoms and it COMPLETELY goes away in less than 24 hours WITH NO OTHER SYMPTOMS OR FEVER, the child can return to school the next day.

If the 1 GROUP B SYMPTOM LASTS LONGER THAN 24 HOURS, OR IF OTHER SYMPTOMS DEVELOP, the child must follow one of the pathways listed above to be able to return to school.

PLEASE do not hesitate to contact the school health room staff with any questions or concerns.

Joy Good, RN, BSN School Nurse 360-804-3170 (Mon-Wed)

Stacie Birk, RN, BSN Diabetic School Nurse 360-804- 3533 (Mon-Fri)

Becky Urstad Health Room Assistant 360-804-3532 (Mon-Fri)

Important Upcoming Dates!

October 2 ~ National Custodian Day

October 5 ~ Elementary Curriculum Night (Virtual)

October 12 ~ Virtual Principal Chat @ 9:30 AM

October 19 ~ Picture Day at Maltby

October 25-29 ~ Conference Week (Early Dismissal @ 12:55 PM)


We are so excited to be using Smore for our school newsletter this year! Our newsletter will be delivered directly to your email inbox and can be translated to any language in three easy steps:

  1. When you receive the school newsletter in your email inbox, open the email and click on the title in the newsletter to open it in Smore.

  2. Once in Smore, scroll to the very bottom of the newsletter. Above the red word ‘Report’ you will see the word ‘Translate’. Click ‘Translate’.

  3. Next, select your preferred language in the drop-down menu and the newsletter will automatically translate to the language you chose.

About Us


Christine Hillestad


Amber Newman

Office Manager

Junelle Lewis

Office Support

Jamie Porter

Health Room

HR Assistant

Becky Urstad


Joy Good


Family Engagement Liaison

Kathy Jackson

Fax ~ 360-804-3599

Health Room ~ 360-804-3532

Attendance Hotline ~ 360-804-3501

Bus Delay Information ~ 360-804-2951

Transportation Office ~ 360-804-2650

School Hours: 8:55 am-3:25 pm (Monday-Thursday)

8:55 am-2:25 pm (Fridays)

MSD Notice of Non-Discrimination

Monroe 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 employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Civil Rights Coordinator: Joanne Dickinson and Title IX Coordinator, 360-804-2539,; and 504 Coordinator: David Paratore, 360-804-2609, Address: 200 E Fremont St., Monroe, WA 98272.