Washington Elementary Newsletter

MAY 2021


  • Message from Principal Stenlund
  • Important dates in May
  • Registration information for the 21-22 school year
  • Information regarding EDGE registration for the 21-22 school year
  • Counselor's Corner
  • Dorian picture dates
  • 5th grade promotion
  • May lunch menu
  • Preschool registration information
  • Guidelines on face coverings.
  • School messenger/Remind notifications
  • Riding the school bus
  • Oregon Health Plan coverage
  • Contact Us and social media information


Happy May Washington Families!

This is Mr. Stenlund the Principal of Washington Elementary welcoming you to the month of May. I am so proud of each of our students and their amazing way they continue to follow all the safety guidelines of wearing a mask, staying 6 feet away from others, and washing hands frequently. We have seen amazing success as we have continued to follow the health and safety protocols. Thank you, families, for continuing to support your children by being positive and getting your children here on time on their scheduled day.

We as a Washington staff have noticed that not as many students are participating in the at home learning activities. I encourage you to check in with your children daily on the tasks that are assigned in SeeSaw or Canvas – your child has work to complete daily. Please work with our staff if you have any questions or concerns.

Next school year the Salem-Keizer School district is planning on offering in person learning 5-days-a-week school. We will continue to follow all the State guidelines as we transition to school next year. For those families who want their children to participate in online learning, the district will continue the program called EDGE. While we would love to see your child in person next year, parents have the choice to have their children enrolled in EDGE. The deadline for EDGE enrollment is May 14, 2021. If you sign up after May 14th you may not have a spot. Please reach out to our office staff if you have questions.

Thank you!

Mr. Stenlund

Principal, Washington Elementary



  • May 3 – Elementary no student contact day; Secondary partial Student Support Monday
  • May 20-21- Dorian Studios will be at Washington for picture day.
  • May 31 – No school and district offices closed

Please remember the last day of school for Elementary is June 17!

*CALENDAR CHANGE- for students in the Wednesday/Friday cohort. Your student will attend school Monday, June 14th and their last day will be on Wednesday, June 16th. Students in the Tuesday/Thursday cohort will attend those days the last week of school.

The full updated academic calendar, including a breakdown of key dates for parents and guardians, is available on our district website.


Students that are in hybrid learning, received a registration form to take home. Parents, please review the form, make any necessary changes then send back to school with your student. Please update all phone numbers in your student's emergency contact list.

If you have more than one student, you may choose to log into your ParentVue account to complete all registrations for the 21-22 school year online. (It is necessary to complete a registration form for each school year for each student.)

Please contact the office if you need to activate your ParentVue account or reset your password at 503-399-3193.

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Kindergarten registration for the 2021-22 school year is now open!

Enrolling your child in school early allows our school to prepare for the best possible education. Although the district will not know how school may look next fall, enrolling early, your kindergarten students are sure to thrive with the support of trained educators with in-person and online learning options.

Children who will be 5-years-old on or before September 10, 2021 are eligible to register for free, full-day kindergarten with SKPS. Learn more about how to complete online registration on our district website.

To complete registration, you will need an updated record of your child’s immunizations, proof of residence and your proof of age with you to register.

We welcome all students, regardless of nationality or place of birth. To learn more about kindergarten registration, how to prepare your child for school and Salem-Keizer Public Schools, please visit our district website.


Get to Know the EDGE Program: Enhanced Digital and Guided Education

The deadline to complete registration for a guaranteed spot in the EDGE program for the 2021-22 school year is Friday, May 14.

If you are interested in having your child in the EDGE online program for the 2021-22 school year, you can make that selection during the online registration process, which is now open.

Salem-Keizer Public Schools leaders want to let our community know about the district’s current plan for the 2021-22 school year and some options to consider in determining the best learning option for your family.

Tentative plans for fall 2021

In the fall, SKPS plans to have full-day, in-person classes, five days a week for all students. The district will follow all guidelines from the Oregon Department of Education and the Oregon Health Authority, which may include protocols such as wearing a face covering, frequent handwashing and some form of physical distancing.

The district will share additional information as plans are finalized throughout the spring and summer.

EDGE online program

We will continue offering our online-only Enhanced Digital Guided Education (EDGE) program. Students who are in EDGE will remain connected to their resident school while receiving online instruction by Salem-Keizer’s EDGE teachers.

Starting in the fall of 2021, EDGE students can choose between two learning pathways to best meet the needs of individual students and their families. One option is called EDGE Connected, which includes daily, teacher-led instruction. The other option is EDGE Independent, which is student-paced with teacher oversight and offers a more flexible schedule.

Deadline to register for guaranteed EDGE spot

The deadline to register for a guaranteed spot in EDGE is Friday, May 14, 2021. Students registered after this date will be enrolled if there is room in the program.

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Effort is defined as "a vigorous or determined attempt."

As we roll into spring towards the end of the school year we want to make sure that we are putting forth our best effort in everything we do, whether it be making sure you are getting to school on time or following the Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible and Be Kind rules. Every day is an opportunity to be a better you.

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Did you know?

Behavioral health disorders affect a significant number of America’s school-age children. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 13% to 20% of children living in the United States experience a mental disorder in a given year (CDC, 2013).

Suicide is the second leading cause of death in adolescents (Banspach et al., 2016).

The (CDC) 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey found that 17.7% of high-school students had seriously considered attempting suicide in the past twelve months; 14.6% had made plans to do so; and 8.6% had made one or more attempts to do so (Kahn et al., 2016).

By providing supportive environments and teaching kids and teens to recognize their emotions and address them in health ways, we can change lives.

One way to deal with uncomfortable or unpleasant emotions is to remember the word PATH.

PAUSE: do not act on feelings right away.

ACKNOWLEDGE WHAT YOU ARE FEELING: are you mad at someone, or are you sad because your feelings were hurt by what they did? Whatever you are feeling, it is ok to feel that way.

THINK: think about how you can make yourself feel better after you understand your feelings.

HELP: take an action to help yourself based upon what you came up with in the “Think” step.


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Picture day will be held May 20th and 21st during school hours. If your student is late to school they may miss out on their picture time, please have your student arrive on time. All orders will be placed online, DO NOT SEND MONEY TO SCHOOL.


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5th grade promotion will be held Wednesday, June 16th from 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm for students attending school on Wednesdays and Fridays. Please note that students will attend Monday, June 14th and Wednesday, June 16th will be their last day of school.

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Students attending Tuesdays and Thursdays will come June 17th from 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm. This is the last day of school for all students.



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Grab-N-Go Meals during hybrid learning

While your student is in school for hybrid learning, they will receive all their meals at school at no cost. Hybrid learning students will be fed breakfast and lunch on site and will be offered a supper as they leave.

Each student is allowed one breakfast, one lunch and one supper per day, so that means parents cannot pick up meals from the Grab-N-Go sites when their student is on site for hybrid learning.

Meals while learning online

On the days your student is not on site for hybrid learning, or if your child is learning online each day through the EDGE program, meals are available at any of the Grab-N-Go sites throughout the community.

Meals are free for any child or teen ages 1-18, and adults with special needs ages 18-21 who are enrolled in a Salem-Keizer Public Schools program.

Starting Tuesday, April 13, the schools listed below are open for Grab-N-Go Meals from 11 a.m-1 p.m.

Breakfast, lunch and supper in the bag

We are now including suppers in the Grab-N-Go meal bag. Each bag contains breakfast, lunch and supper. If you are picking up multiple bags, we recommend bringing your own bag to help carry the amount of food being distributed.



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Salem Keizer Preschools Registration for


Open Enrollment!

Your child must be 3 or 4 years old on or before September 10, 2021.

Preschool Office

1850 45th Ave NE • Salem, OR 97305


For more information on tuition, fees, times:


As more students and staff return to in-person learning, face coverings are required when in a Salem-Keizer Public Schools building, with situational exceptions. They should be worn both indoors and outdoors, including during outdoor recess.

If a student needs a face covering, the school has them available for students.

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For more information on face covering, please visit our site for more guidelines


It is very important that parents keep their contact information current.

Be sure to let your school office know if you have a new address, email or phone number.

The parent or guardian marked as the primary contact in the student information system will receive automated communication.

Messages will also be sent to the student’s home phone number contained in the database, if different from the primary contact phone number.


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Through the Oregon Health Plan, youth 19 years of age and younger have access to free health coverage, regardless of immigration status if they meet the income requirements.

More information, including income requirements and how to apply for coverage, is available online.



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