Timberbeast Times

March 23, 2023

Message from Mrs. Gray

Dear Salem Woods Families,

March is National Reading Month

Attached to the newsletter this week is a list of Instant Words that was developed by Edward Fry from the Rutgers University Reading Center. The reason for calling these words “Instant Words” is that a student must learn to recognize them instantly in order to achieve fluency in reading, writing, or spelling. You may also hear them called “sight words” or “heart words”. The first 10 words make up about 24% of all written material; the first 100 words make up about 50%, and the first 300 words make up about 65% of all words written in English.

How to use the Instant Word List

  • Write them on index cards and have your child practice learning them. Start with 10-20 cards each night and add 10 more word cards to the pile after they master the first group. Keep adding more words, just practicing for 5 minutes each night, and it will improve their word recognition significantly!

  • Memory game. Write each word on two index cards and turn them over on a table. Play a memory game with your child trying to find the two that match. As each player takes a turn, they also say the words. Help them if needed. In order to get a memory match they have to find the matching two word cards and be able to say the word, too.

  • Have students practice writing the words. They can even make the index cards to use later by writing the instant words. Remember to start with only a few words per night and adjust as needed.

  • Have them practice spelling the instant words. Remember to start with only a few words per night.

  • Read books together and see how many times they can see the instant word on the page or within the story. It’s about spending time together and reading together, both are important!!!

  • It’s all about short practice opportunities every day. In just 5 minutes, every day, you will see a lot of growth from your child.

Spring Parent/Teacher Conferences are March 27-30 for ALL families

  • Please email or call your child’s teacher this week if you have not already scheduled a time to meet. We would love to share your child’s progress with you.

  • Tuesday, March 28th, will be our late night.

It’s time to register for kindergarten for 2023-2024

All Monroe elementary schools offer all day, every day kindergarten at no cost to families. Students attend from 8:55 a.m. to 3:25 p.m. State law requires incoming kindergarten students to have received current immunizations by the first day of class and be age 5 by August 31, 2023 to enroll for the 2023-2024 school year.

  • New families may register online for the current year. Learn how here.

  • Families with children currently enrolled can log into Family Access to enroll additional children.

If you cannot access the online registration packet, you can obtain the paper packet at any school office or at the District Administration Office, located at 14692 - 179th Avenue SE, Monroe.

Thank you for bringing your students to school on time and prepared for learning each day. If you have questions or concerns, please contact me at graym@monroe.wednet.edu or at 360-804-3600.

In Partnership,

Melanie Gray

March into Reading

During the month of March we are focusing on reading. Please use the link below to track your students reading minutes and return it to your student's teacher. The reading must by done outside of school to go on the reading logs. We have a whole school goal of reading 207,000 minutes. Currently our Timberbeasts have read 104,213 total minutes!

If our school can reach our goal, students will earn time to watch a school-wide movie based on a book. The class in K-2 and 3-5 with the most minutes will also earn a prize!

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"All in for Kids" Auction - This Friday!

Looking for a great way to support Salem Woods? Bid on our Awesome Science and Sports Basket as part of the Monroe Public School’s Foundation Auction, and ALL funds go directly back to the school! Our basket includes two stem experiences (gift certificate for Leap4Kidz + Camp Invention registration voucher), two sports registrations at the Boys and Girls Club, a science kit and more!

Register here to bid: https://monroepsf.ejoinme.org/2023Register

The Virtual Auction will take place from Friday, March 24th 10:00am- Saturday March 25th 12:00pm.

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PTA Sponsored Science Fair Alert!

Thank you to everyone that turned in their Science Fair sign-up sheets. If you didn’t turn one in, don’t worry, you can still participate in the Science Fair (we just wanted to get an idea of how many students were planning on participating). April 14th is only a couple of weeks away. Attached is the sign-up sheet that went out in backpacks a few weeks ago. Have you started thinking about your project yet? If you haven’t, doing a quick Google search on “elementary science fair ideas” is a great way to start. You can also visit one of these sites to get ideas:

http://www.education.com/science-fair/ or http://www.ipl.org/div/projectguide/

We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

April 13th - Dorian class picture & Personality Photo Day!

On April 13th Dorian will be taking Class Pictures of all classrooms. All students will receive a free class photo. No action is required for this.

Also on this day Dorian will be taking individual personality photos. One of six backgrounds are available for your choosing. Order forms will be going home with your student next week or you may order online at the link below. All online orders must be placed prior to 9:00 AM on picture day. Order forms can be returned with your student to be given to Dorian on the day of.

MHS Softball Camp

Come meet and learn skills from the 2023 Monroe Bearcat softball team. The camp will consist of skills & drills designed for the growth and development of players in the 2nd through 6th grade. Players will be grouped upon their age and skill level.

  • Camp staff: The camp will be run by the MHS softball players and coaches
  • Cost: $35 includes camp t-shirt and prizes throughout camp
  • What to bring: Glove, bat, helmet and water
  • Make checks payable to: Monroe High School
  • Mail to: Jennifer Garcia, 17001 Tester Road, Monroe, WA 98272
  • Questions? garciaj@monroe.wednet.edu
*A confirmation email will be sent once registration and payment are received*

MHS Spring Break Baseball Camp

Monday, April 3. 9-11:30 AM and Wednesday, April 5 9-11:30am

CAMP DESCRIPTION: Please join us for the 2023 Monroe Baseball Spring Break camp hosted by the high school boys’ baseball program. The 2-day, 2.5 hour camp will consist of fundamental practice in throwing, catching, base running and hitting but will also consist of skills contests and fun games. The current boys’ baseball players will be our special guest coaches along with all of our Varsity coaches for this spring camp, and we are excited to have you join us for this fun event.

Camp is open to both Boys and Girls

CAMP STAFF: The camp will be run by the Monroe High School Baseball Players and Coaches

COST: $50 and includes a camp T-shirt (This is a fundraiser for the Monroe Baseball Program) Please Make Checks Payable to: Monroe High School

WHAT TO BRING: Water Bottle, baseball glove, helmet and bat (limited amount will be available if you don’t

bring one, but please make sure to have your name on it!!!)

LOCATION: Monroe High School Baseball Field 17001 Tester Rd., Monroe, WA 98272

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.

Submit a nomination here

Thank you Timberbeast Watchdogs!

Digital Learning News

In digital learning, kinders through second are seeing how Blue Bots can be programmed via bluetooth so you don’t even need to touch any buttons to program the robot. All you need to do is add tiles to the tactile reader, push a button, and the robot drives around hands-free. The best part is that the Blue Bot’s eyes turn blue when it is connected via bluetooth. Third through fifth grade is also seeing how colors work with Sphero robots. Colors can be picked on a color wheel and even be programmed to change colors, move around to create pre-programmed geometric shapes, and even talk!

Way to go PAX Leaders!

High Trek Adventure Program - Read4Adventure Update:

We are getting close to the halfway mark for our program!

Don’t forget to log your reading minutes on your reading log. The goal for High Trek vouchers is 480 minutes. Beginning April 1 you can submit your minutes and voucher request online using the Student Submission link or the QR code. Contact Ms. McInnis with any questions, mcinnisk@monroe.wednet.edu

Read 4 Adventure - Reading Log

Join the PTA Board!

PTA are actively recruiting new board members for the 2023-2024 school year. If you are looking for new way to get involved then this if for you. Positions for next year include:
  • President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Membership chair

Nominations will take place at the next meeting on Tuesday, April 18th at 4:30pm - Alfy's in Monroe.

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Shop our Spring Sale Coming Soon!

Every Tuesday is Timberbeast Tuesday so show us your spirit by wearing blue and gray or shop our Spiritwear on 1st place spiritwear

Don't miss the Salem Woods Spring Spirit Wear Sale! You'll save 25% off the entire site, including Nike and Adidas gear!

  • Dates: March 13th thru March 27th
  • 25% off all merchandise
  • $5 shipping on orders under $75 ($50 through Sunday)
  • Free shipping on orders over $75 ($50 through Sunday)

Shop At:

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Timberbeast Teacher Wishlists!

This year many of our teachers have made online wish lists for classroom materials. If you would like to purchase some supplies for a teacher please click the link below the items will be sent directly to the school. THANK YOU!

Mrs. Acuna - Art

Mrs. Borza - 1st Grade

Mrs. Brown - Resource

Mrs. Butterfield - 4th Grade

Mrs. Clark - Kindergarten

Mrs. Coe - 2nd Grade

Mrs. Cruz - Kindergarten

Ms. Derks - Kindergarten

Mrs. Ely - P.E.

Miss Evans - 4th Grade

Mrs. Fields - 2nd Grade

Mrs.Heit - 3rd Grade

Mrs. Hollander - 4th Grade

Mrs.Iliakis - 5th Grade

Mrs. Mengarelli - 2nd Grade

Mrs. McInnis - Library/Makerspace

Mrs. McLain - Music

Mrs. Moen - 5th Grade

Mrs. Pate - 3rd Grade

Mrs. Riddle - 5th Grade

Mrs. Schlichemeyer - 3rd Grade

Mrs.Sweeney - 1st Grade

Mrs. Weaver - 2nd Grade

Important Upcoming Dates...Mark your calendars!!

  • March 23rd: Dorian Personality Photo Online ordering opens
  • March 27th: 5:00-7:00pm School Board Meeting
  • March 27-30th: Conference Week: Students dismiss at 12:55pm Monday-Thursday
  • March 31st: Regular Early Release time of 2:25pm
  • April 3-7th: Spring Break
  • April 10th: PTA sponsored Fun Run Kickoff
  • April 13th: Spring Class Pictures

How to Reach Us

When you call the Salem Woods main line (360-804-3600) you have the option to dial directly to the service you need. Below is a list of options you will hear when you call Salem Woods.

  • Press 1 for Attendance Hotline
  • Press 2 for After School Transportation Changes
  • Press 3 for the Health Room
  • Press 4 for the Counselor
  • Press 0 for the Office Staff
Skyward Family Access

Skyward Family Access is an online tool that offers families up-to-the-minute student information, including attendance, schedules, food service balances, and immunizations. It also includes a calendar and message center.

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SWE...Who's Who, and how to:

Principal ~ Melanie Gray

Assistant Principal ~ AJ Adamski

Counselor ~ Lynnette Ervin

Office Manager ~ Karen Ligman

Office Support ~Tasha Christensen

Health Room ~ 360-804-3632

24-hour Attendance Hotline ~ 360-804-3601

End of Day Changes Hotline ~ 360-804-7100

Fax ~ 360-804-3699

Bus Delay Information ~ 360-804-2951

Transportation Office ~ 360-804-2650

School Hours are 8:55 a.m. to 3:25 p.m. Monday — Thursday

and 8:55 a.m. to 2:25 p.m. on Fridays

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 Coordinator, Compliance Coordinator for 28A.640 and 28A.642 RCW
Dan Johnston
14692 - 179th Avenue SE, Monroe, WA 98272
(360) 804.2530

Section 504/ADA Coordinator
David Paratore
14692 - 179th Avenue SE, Monroe, WA 98272
(360) 804.2609

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:

Chris Cronas
14692 - 179th Avenue SE, Monroe, WA 98272
(360) 804.2558