Grizzly Gazette

November 1st, 2021

Principal's Message

We say goodbye to October and welcome November. How time flies! Our grandaughter will be one this week! Unbelievable! She is such a joy! Our youngest daughter will be 25 this month. I have a picture of my dad holding her in the gym at the dedication of Cedarhome in September of 1997. She wasn't quite 10 months old. I treasure that picture.

Time marches on and it is good that it does. It takes us to new adventures and new challenges as well. But it does take courage. We are in a time when courage, faith and hope are what we need to lean on. It's one day and then the next. I always tell our daughters, "Be prepared, not scared."

Courage is what is needed to face each day with it's unforeseen problems that show up. But it also takes courage to say, "I am not going to let this or that get me down. Instead, I will choose to celebrate the wonderful things happening all around me in my life." It takes effort and intentional choices to do so. We just need to slow down, look and listen. Take care.


From the Dean's Desk

HeIlo! My name is Kris Wayland and I am so excited to have the opportunity to once again serve as the DOS at Cedarhome Elementary. It continues to give me the opportunity to encourage our students to be their, "Best Selves." Mr. Lofgren and I have worked together for close to 30 years. We met while teaching at Twin City Elementary. We have a shared vision and direction for our students of Cedarhome.

The approach we take at Cedarhome is always from the aspect of teaching. We deal with students that have made choices we want to help them correct. We don't punish students for not knowing their math facts and we will not punish students as they learn how to behave in an appropriate manner in class or on the playground. There are consequences associated with certain behaviors, but we have been moving away from a reactive mode, to a proactive mode with intentional teaching of proper behavior and choices.

Student celebrations are a big part of my work as well. Celebrations build community, communicate to our students that we love and care for them and let then know they are unique and special. I am honored to serve as the DOS of Cedarhome. Working with our staff, students and families is full of wonderful opportunities. Thank you!

Mrs. Wayland

Honk and Treat

Thank you to our PTO and Cedarhome families for making our Honk and Treat event a huge success! It was so wonderful to see all you drive through in great costumes and with big smiles.! It was a really fun night! Thanks again everyone!

Vitual Coffee with the Stanwood-Camano School Board

Please click on the link below to see the dates and times you can participate in a virtual coffee hour with our school board. Thank you!

Virtual Coffee with the Board

Counselor's Corner with Mrs. Bregar

This month's Character Strong trait is Courage. Please click the link below to view Mrs. Bregar's presentation. Thank you.

Counselor's Corner, 11-1-21

Dr. Rumbaugh's Friday Family Message, 10-29-21

This week I had the pleasure of visiting kindergarten classrooms at Stanwood Elementary. There was much excitement about pumpkins, falling leaves and the changing weather! Students had the opportunity to draw Jack-o-Lanterns — this one stood out to me and I wanted to share it with you.

The Great Shakeout
Last Thursday, more than one million Washingtonians participated in "The Great ShakeOut," the largest earthquake and tsunami drill in the world. Our entire district participated in the test of its district-wide earthquake early warning system — the first of its kind in the state. KING 5 was at Stanwood High School during the drill, you can see their news story here and the story in The Herald here.

Warm Coats for Kids
The Stanwood-Camano Food Bank’s “Warm Coats for Kids” program is well underway! Hundreds of coats have been given to students and families in our area. The program continues and serves any youth enrolled in our schools. Check out the Warm Coats Informational Flyer for more information.

Virtual Coffee with the Board
The School Board will be holding Virtual Coffee with the Board events on November 8 and 9, 2021, with morning, mid-day and evening sessions available. This is an opportunity for families and the community to interact with and meet your School Board of Directors, receive district updates, and have an opportunity to ask questions.

Please remember to vote!
Ballots have been mailed to registered voters for the November 2, 2021 general election. A Snohomish County ballot drop box is located near the Stanwood library, 9701 271st St NW, and an Island County ballot drop box at 121 N.E. Camano Drive, Camano Island​​. Ballot drop boxes are open until 8 p.m. on Election Day. To return your ballot by mail, simply drop your ballot in a mailbox; no postage necessary. Mail-in ballots must be in the box before the last pick-up time on Election Day to be postmarked on time. To register to vote, visit

CTE Parent/Guardian Input Opportunity
The Stanwood-Camano School District Career and Technical Education (CTE) Program is seeking parent/guardian and community input. Career and Technical Education (CTE - formerly referred to as vocational education) prepares students for life and a career after high school. Through hands-on experiences, students explore career opportunities, develop skills to prepare for those opportunities, and apply their academic, leadership, employability, and technical skills. Click here for a list of the CTE programs and courses offered in the district in grades 7-12. We are seeking your input on the program to assist us in evaluating and planning for the future.

Please take a moment to complete the survey found here. Your input will help guide our decision making for the next few years.

Calling all nurses, paramedics, medical assistants, certified nursing assistants, and EMT’s:
Have you always wanted to see what it’s like to take care of kids in a school setting? We are looking for substitute nurses and health room assistants. If you are interested, please see the posting here, or reach out to our district nurse, Mary Hoffman,

With the increased need for testing, contact tracing, and management of our health rooms, our district has been approved for funding assistance through the Washington State Department of Health Learn to Return program. A variety of new positions have been posted on our district website.

Follow us on Facebook!
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