Edmonds School District News

October 26, 2021

Replacement of Expiring Educational Programs & Operations Levy

On Tuesday, Nov. 9, the School Board of Directors will hear a single reading and vote on whether to ask the community to replace the expiring Educational Programs & Operations (EP&O) Levy as part of the Feb. 8, 2022, ballot.

The EP&O Levy helps bridge the gap between what the state funds as basic education and the cost of all the programs, services and essential staff the Edmonds School District provides for our students.

On Tuesday, Oct. 19, the School Board had a study session to hear information about a proposed 2022 Replacement Educational Programs and Operations Levy (EP&O).

Nearly four years ago, voters approved an EP&O Levy with an estimated tax rate of $1.50. The proposed replacement levy would keep a consistent tax rate. This would not be a new tax.

Staying safe with shorter daylight hours

As the hours of daylight wane, students might be walking to and from school under darker skies. We also have reports some young ghosts, goblins and Disney characters could be out with their friends looking for candy this weekend.

Please remind your children to be aware of their surroundings and to take appropriate and safe steps if they encounter suspicious activity.

When walking to and from school, some helpful tips include:

  • Wear reflective clothing and/or shoes.

  • Discuss places to go for help when walking to or from school.

  • Remind students to stay with a group whenever possible.

  • Pay attention to your surroundings while in public – more so than your phone.

  • If you are in trouble or SEE trouble, call 911 AS SOON AS POSSIBLE after you are in a safe place. A timely law enforcement notification allows responding officers to potentially locate the perpetrator and investigate the matter appropriately.

For fall safety tips and an activity for the kids, check out this Public Health Collaborative safety sheet!

Great ShakeOut

Great ShakeOut photo collage

Our students and staff participated in the Great ShakeOut last week, practicing their Drop, Cover and Hold On skills to stay safe in the event of an earthquake.

The drill is also a reminder to make sure you and your family have an emergency kit and plan ready to go. For planning tools and tips, head to the state Emergency Management Division website.

Athletics update!

Fall sports photo collage

Pictured above: football, Brier Terrace Middle vs. College Place Middle, district middle school cross country meet, and K-8 middle school meet.

Fall Sports

Fall sports are in full swing!

For photos and a list of top 10 finishers in the middle school cross country meets, check out the district website (click here).

Winter Sports Start in November

Middle school winter season 1:

  • Girls & Boys Soccer: Wednesday 11/3*

  • Girls Volleyball: Mon 11/8*

  • Boys Basketball: Monday 11/8

*date is subject to earlier start – please consult your school’s calendar

High school winter sports: Monday, November 15

  • Boys Swim, Girls Basketball, Boys Basketball, Girls Wrestling, Boys Wrestling

Interested in winter sports? For more information about eligibility and required forms, including mandatory COVID-19 testing for unvaccinated students, read the full article (click here).

Taekwondo comes to Move 60!

Learn taekwondo from a certified black belt instructor!

Instructor Ken hosts taekwondo on Zoom for great exercise, fun with friends, and free instruction!

Join the class:

  • Tuesdays at 8:30 a.m.

  • Thursdays at 3:30 p.m.

For more information and the calendar links to the Zoom class: Move 60 Activity Calendar

Move 60 Taekwondo for the Whole Family on YouTube: Taekwondo for Parents and Kids

Our district needs your help!

Our district needs your help!

Our schools are facing staffing challenges and you can help!

If you are looking for flexible work days, check out our substitute positions.

For more structured work hours, we have part-time and full-time positions as well.

Job opportunities include:

  • Lunch and recess monitors

  • Food Services support

  • Paraeducators

  • School Bus Drivers

  • Substitute Paraeducators, Bus Drivers, & Teachers

  • Covid Screeners and contact tracers

  • Custodians

Review our job openings or pass this link on to those you know would be interested: bit.ly/ESDJobs

Remember to vote

Ballots for the general election should be in your mailbox. Remember to vote by Nov. 2 and get your voice heard! Your vote is your power.

High school options – information for students and families

Our current 8th grade students will be transitioning into high school before we know it.

Learn more about the following available high school options:

Learn more about all high school options and any upcoming information events or tours. (click here).

November is Native American/Indigenous heritage month

Book covers, Lovebirds and Killer Whale Eyes by Sondra Segundo

In November, we will be honoring Native American and Indigenous heritage.

Please join us on social media to hear read-alouds and learn more about upcoming virtual events to celebrate and highlight the history of Native American and Indigenous people. One very special event is listed below!

  • “Killer Whale Eyes” and “Lovebirds”
    On Nov. 22, to celebrate Native American and Indigenous Heritage month and to kick off Thanksgiving week, join us for the reading of Killer Whale Eyes by the author, Sondra Segundo.

    When: 6-7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 22
    Zoom link: bit.ly/ESDCalendar

Join our Monthly Equity Theme planning committees!

Our Monthly Equity Theme committees meet several times each year to discuss ways to engage our students, staff and community for each theme.

Meetings are open to anyone in the community and are held via Zoom:

  • Native American/Indigenous heritage committee:
    5-6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 27

  • Allyship committee:
    5-6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 3
    5-6:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 11

Visit our district calendar for the meeting Zoom links: bit.ly/ESDcalendar

Learn about Scriber Lake High School

Join the Scriber Lake High School virtual information night at 7 p.m. Nov. 3, to find out if this small, alternative high school is a good fit for your high school student.

Register for the meeting here: bit.ly/SLHSRegistration

Online School Board meetings

Stream the School Board meeting at 6:30 p.m. tonight, Oct. 26.

You can stream the School Board meetings, find the agendas, and review the meeting minutes, by clicking on the meeting date here: https://go.boarddocs.com/wa/edmonds/Board.nsf/Public

To decrease the public spread of COVID-19, the Snohomish Health District recommends public meetings be held remotely. Therefore, the School Board will continue with virtual meetings, until further notice.

Save the Date

See the upcoming events below. You can also view our district’s online calendar for the latest information on our website – bit.ly/ESDcalendar.

  • Monday-Friday, Oct. 25-29 – K-6 EARLY RELEASE days for parent/teacher conferences

  • Tuesday, Oct. 26 6:30 p.m. – School Board meeting

  • Wednesday, Oct. 27 5-6:30 p.m. – Monthly Equity Theme committee meeting

  • Tuesday, Nov. 2 – General Election

  • Wednesday, Nov. 3 5-6 p.m. – Monthly Equity Theme committee meeting

  • Friday, Nov. 5 – End of First Quarter

  • Sunday, Nov. 7 – Daylight Saving Time Ends

  • Tuesday, Nov. 9 6:30 p.m. – School Board meeting

  • Thursday, Nov. 11 5-6:30 p.m. – Monthly Equity Theme committee meeting

  • Thursday-Friday, Nov. 11-12 – NO SCHOOL Veterans Day and Teacher Professional Development Day

What’s new at the Foundation for Edmonds School District

For all the details and to learn more about the foundation’s mission, watch their video

Scholarship Applications Open
for all senior students graduating from the Edmonds School District in 2022. Visit the website for scholarship descriptions, award criteria, and the application portal. The application deadline is March 25, 2022. We encourage early applications!