Community Letter

October 15, 2021

Hello LISD Families,

This week, we would like to celebrate our staff. It is the middle of October and the start of school has been like no other school year. We appreciate the dedication and energy each staff member brings to our school and our students.

We continue to focus on this month’s habit of character, ownership. Walking around the school, we see so many students taking ownership of their own learning. Here are just a few things we have noticed this year:

  • Students consistently and persistently solving problems in math class

  • Citing evidence to support claims in ELA

  • Discussing with a small group the results from a science experiment

  • Providing feedback to a student about their writing

  • Persisting through a challenging situation with peers

Today was a staff in-service day. Our staff participated in a full day of professional development in service of improving student achievement and creating a safe, positive and equitable school environment for all LISD students. Every staff member was a focused and active participant, grappling with tough subjects and generating creative solutions. We like to balance hard work with a little fun so we ended the day cheering for our varsity volleyball and soccer teams. Go Lobos!

Our very best to you and your family,

Mary and Martha

The garden enrichment class needs 10-20 empty plastic bottles to repurpose as planters. If you have some, please drop them off in the elementary office.

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New Afterschool Elementary Program

The Lopez Island School has partnered with the Lopez Island Family Resource Center and the Lopez Island Library to offer an afterschool learning enrichment program for Lopez elementary students, Monday - Friday at the school. Enrollment for this program will open on October 18th.

Sign up with this link:

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Pumpkin Extravaganza!

Join the Lopez Island Parent Teacher Student Association (LIPTSA) for a pumpkin-themed extravaganza on Thursday, October 28th, from 4pm – 6:30pm in the outdoor pavilion at the Lopez School. The event will include pumpkins for sale ($5/pumpkin), or you can bring your own, and use our carving tools to turn them into jack-o-lanterns, or other pumpkin masterpieces. There will be a pumpkin carving contest for secondary students, with prizes! The evening will also include a Day of the Dead celebration and craft-making, as well as a student art walk, spooky stories, and the Poutine truck will be on-site. Bundle up, wear a mask, and bring the whole family to celebrate pumpkins, Fall, and your school community!

Next Week's Menu

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5th Grade Academic Archery Program

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Parent Support for Canvas - October 26, 5:30-6:30. Save the date and look for more details in next week's letter.

Japan Trip!

Four LISD students have been selected to participate in the Japanese Connections program. Students from Orcas and Lopez will travel to Japan for two weeks in April. The experience is organized by our Hi-Cap coordinator, Pat Burleson, and is largely funded through a grant from the Freeman Foundation. Congratulations to the following students:

  • Fig McClerren

  • Camille Steckler
  • Matalika Lyons
  • Olivia Kramer

October is National Farm to School Month! Thanks to our L.IF.E. staff and everyone who supports the program.

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Scholarship Finalists!

Two LISD students are finalists for the William Randolph Hearst Foundation scholarship to attend the United States Youth Program, an all expense paid week-long tour of Washington, D.C. and a $10,000 scholarship. Out of 17 finalists in Washington State, two are Lobos! Congratulations to Valentina Rendon and Lucy McGown! We are so proud of you.

"Lots of love for the fall season! We had a great field trip today and Oscar (the dog) kept us busy! - Ava Barzegar, 10th Grade

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Volleyball home game next week!

Come on out to support our LOBOS next week!

Wednesday, October 20

High School Volleyball, 2:15

Middle school games have been cancelled due to the new ferry schedule :-(

Go Lobos!

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.