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November 12, 2021

From the Principal

Dear Fryelands Families,

2nd Step this month- Emotional Management

This month in our 2nd Step lessons, which is our Social-Emotional Learning curriculum, we are talking about Emotional Management. You can find more about our curriculum at

  • Feelings in My Body

  • Stop and Name Feelings

  • Calming Down

  • Managing Learning Challenges

The most important educational benefit for your child is to either read to them or have them read to you every day for at least 20 minutes. It is the single biggest contribution you can make to your child’s education and it doesn’t cost anything. Our children love the one-on-one interaction with their parents and the benefits go well beyond just reading skills.

Helping your child love books

Remember, when you read to your child often and combine reading time with cuddle and play time, your child will link books with fun times together. Here are some things you can try:

  • Turn off the TV/cell phone/tablet and find a quiet spot to read without distraction.

  • Choose books that interest your child, such as books on animals or sports.

  • Read aloud and talk about the pictures. Allow your child to pick books too, and ask your child to read aloud.

  • Praise your child's efforts at reading!

Thank you for bringing your students to us for their academic and social learning. If you have questions or concerns, please contact me at or at 360-804-3400.


Jeff Presley

November Events

Nov. 12: Early Release Friday, dismissed at 2:25pm

Nov. 16: PTA Fundraiser Pick-up 3:30-7pm

Nov. 22: Apple Cup Day - wear your Cougar or Huskies Gear

Nov. 23: Sports Day

Nov. 23: Virtual Principal Chat

Nov. 24: Pajama Day

Nov. 24: Early Release - School is dismissed at 12:55pm

Nov. 25-26: No School - Thanksgiving Break

PTA Fundraiser Pick-up Tuesday, 11/16

The fundraiser items will be delivered to Fryelands on Tuesday, November 16th and will be available for pick-up from 3:30-7:00pm that day.

Please note, we are unable to store frozen goods, so please make arrangements to pick up all orders on that day. Thank you!!

Falcon Pictures from the Week

Superintendent Chat

With a goal of fostering transparent, two-way communication, Superintendent of Monroe School District, Dr. Justin Blasko, extends an open invitation to families for his monthly "Superintendent Chat."

This is an opportunity for families to ask questions, provide input, and share viewpoints on district procedures, practices, and policies. In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, these chats will be held via Zoom.

While families are welcome to ask questions about anything, the topic of this chat will be primarily focused on COVID-19 in our schools. David Paratore, the MSD Chief of Student Services, will be joining as a special guest to discuss this topic.

The meeting will be held in English with live Spanish translations from our Hispanic Liaison, Carlos Elles, on Monday, November 15th at 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Spirit Days: November 22nd - 24th

Do you know a Monroe School District employee who deserves some much-needed recognition?

Monroe School District has launched a new employee recognition program, called the MSD Employee Honor Roll! This program is aimed at recognizing Monroe School District employees for exemplifying the district’s commitment and shared values through their service to our students, staff, families, and/or community.

Supervisors, fellow employees, parents and community members are encouraged to nominate ANY staff member for exemplifying any of the following:

  • Providing engaging learning opportunities through powerful instruction

  • Providing students with equitable access to learning and opportunities based on their unique, individual needs

  • Holding students to high standards

  • Using innovation to provide educational choice

  • Recognizing, honoring and building upon students’ strengths and passions

  • Engaging families and the community in the learning process

  • Preparing all students for college, careers and life beyond graduation

All nominees will be recognized, but only one in each employee category will be selected each month as the MSD Employee Honor Roll award recipients. Employee categories include:

  • Certificated (teachers, counselors, psychologists, etc)

  • Classified (paraeducators, nurses, office staff, bus drivers, food service, custodial, technology, maintenance, etc)

  • Substitutes and coaches

  • Administrators (Principals, assistant principals, directors, executive staff)

Nominate an employee now!


As we shared at the beginning of the school year, the decision to not permit volunteers or visitors in schools would be re-evaluated at the end of October. Due to continued high COVID-19 case rates in Snohomish County, Monroe School District has made the decision to continue to not allow volunteers or visitors in schools at this time. We miss our volunteers and will continue to monitor case rates as we re-evaluate this decision in the new year.

Exciting News! Our Falcon Wear Store is Up & Running!

We are SO excited to be offering Falcon Wear this year through 1st Place Spiritwear. You can order at any time through this link:

The Fryelands Elementary School falcon wear holiday sale is underway! Prices have been slashed 25% or more sitewide and FREE SHIPPING on orders over $75! New gift items have been added, including hats, aprons, blankets, tote bags, dog hoodies and more. Order now to ensure delivery before the holidays. Shop Now!

Orders will be delivered directly to your home and 10% of the purchase comes back to support our school!

PTA Membership Drive

Help us keep our Fryelands PTA Going! We are in desperate need of PTA members to keep our PTA active and to remain in good standing with the WA State PTA. Our current board agreed to temporarily stay on this year, as we did not have any nominees to take on the board positions last spring. We will be having a meeting in December (date and time to come) to discuss the process of recruiting and voting in new board members, as well as the future of Fryelands PTA if we are not able to recruit new members. In order to vote on these and any items, we need at least 25 members. Please consider joining so we can keep our PTA active! Membership forms will be coming home today or you can join online at:


Typical school attendance laws have been reinstated, and teachers will be taking attendance daily. If your student is not able to participate please call the school attendance hotline at 360 804-3401 and leave us a message so that we can excuse your student's absence. Our office will follow up with families we do not hear from in order to excuse the absence.

School Lunch/Breakfast

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.

For menus and more information, please click here:


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Subscribe to Fryelands Elementary's YouTube channel for book readings and other fun videos!

About Us:

Jeff Presley, Principal

Austin Talbott, Counselor

Julee Baca, Office Manager

Cindy Snider, Office Support

Sherah Bustamante, Nurse

Jodi Mullen, Health Room Para

Kathy Jackson, Family Engagement Liaison

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Fax: (360) 804-3499 | Attendance Line: (360) 804-3401

MSD Notice of Non-Discrimination

The Monroe School District does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability in its programs and activities 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: Title IX and Civil Rights Coordinator, Joanne Dickinson, (360) 804.2539, Section 504/ADA Coordinator, David Paratore, (360) 804.2603, The Monroe School District will also take steps to assure that national origin persons who lack English language skills can participate in all education programs, services and activities. For information regarding translation services or transitional bilingual education programs, contact: Kim Whitworth, (360) 804.2558, .Mailing address for all of the above: 14692 - 179th Avenue SE, Monroe, WA 98272