Community Letter

June 4, 2021

Superintendent Update from Dr. Carl Bruner

Happy Friday!

Wednesday evening, May 26, marked the return of our School Board to in-person monthly meetings for the first time since the pandemic began. The meeting was open to a limited number of community members and staff in order to remain in compliance with health department guidelines. Others were able to “attend” through Zoom. This will be the format for the foreseeable future. Please check our website closer to the June 23 Board meeting for details on how to register to attend in person.

At their May 26 meeting, Directors heard a presentation on the District’s proposed Academic & Student Wellbeing Recovery Plan. Due by June 1, this plan is a federal and state requirement for schools to receive funding through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief program. The timeline for this plan was short and, as with many governmental mandates, there was a temptation to view it as simply another hoop to jump through to receive much needed funds. Yet our planning team took the task seriously and, over several weeks, developed a plan that we believe will drive academic and social emotional services needed to support students as they return to full time in-person learning after many months away. Beginning with a review of data, both formal (e.g. test scores and grades) and informal (e.g., input from student, family focus groups, and teacher input) the team identified student academic and social emotional needs and pinpointed proven strategies to address these needs. Each strategy was reviewed to ensure it would be accessible and equitable for all students, using a decision making tool developed by the Shoreline School District. The final plan adopted by the board outlines progress measures for each strategy.

While the majority of our Recovery Plan is focused on next school year, it includes two programs that will be implemented this summer - one for high school students who are behind in credits and another for identified elementary students in specific grade levels who need additional learning support. Our elementary and secondary teams are still working on the details for these summer school programs. You can expect details soon.

Our Recovery Plan is available on our website at We consider it a starting point for our elementary and secondary school improvement efforts, which are beginning today.

Please feel free to reach out to me with questions or comments.

That’s all for now.

Enjoy the weekend and Go Lobos!

Carl Bruner, Ed.D.

Interim Superintendent

Immunization Information from our School Nurse, Karen Hattman


In 2019, the Washington State Legislature passed a bill that removed the personal and philosophical option to exempt children from the MMR (Measles Mumps and Rubella) vaccine required for school and child care entry. The bill was signed on May 10, 2019. Please visit the Department of Health’s Website for more information.

It is necessary for parents or guardians to provide a Certificate of Immunization (COI) signed by a Physician, Naturopath, Physician’s Assistant or an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) OR Certificate of Exemption (COE) signed by a physician, Naturopath, Physician’s Assistant or an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP). See below for religious exemption information. There are no longer personal or philosophical exemptions for MMR (Measles, Mumps & Rubella) vaccinations. There is a Medical exemption in cases of allergy or medical condition that would preclude immunization. In these cases we would need a health care providers’ signed COE.

There are also two types of religious exemption. Please refer to the current exemption form found here

The first type of Religious exemption requires a medical provider signature. The second does not, however it precludes any medical treatment to be given at school. Please read the full COE documents to be clear.

If your child does not have the required immunizations at the beginning of the school year, the State requires exclusion from school until an up to date Certificate of Immunization or a Certificate of Exemption is on record.

We care about the health and safety of all the students and staff at the school. Please have your child's immunizations updated between now and the start of school for the school year 2021-2022.

Thanks for your cooperation!

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Secondary Update from Principal, Dr. Martha Martin

Hello Secondary Families,

Happy Pride Month to all our LGBTQ staff, students, and families!

Many thanks to our PTSA for hosting end of year pizza parties for elementary and secondary families at Odlin. Our PTSA is simply the best :-)

We had a successful prom on Saturday, May 22. The students in attendance were so wonderful! I was impressed with their attitudes about everything, especially the weather.

I sent out a 2021-22 registration guide earlier this afternoon. Here it is again:

8th grade graduation is Wednesday, June 16 at 5:30 under the covered area at school. Ronda is sending an email to all 8th grade families with more information.

Please check out the flyer about La Chispa, a one day bilingual leadership workshop for middle and high school youth, and the flyer for a Middle School Girls Empowerment Group for 6th and 7th grade girls and gender non-binary youth. Both are attached to the email containing the link to this community newsletter.

All my best,



Parents/guardians that anticipate an absence for any reason are asked to email or call Ronda Lopez Island High School recognizes the legal status of an 18-year old in the state of Washington and will allow students who are 18 years of age to make contact for their own absences when necessary.

Qmlativ has been set up to notify parents/guardians the day their students have an unexcused absence. The email notification will be sent at 12:30pm. We are testing this feature of Qmlativ for the last two weeks of school in preparation for the 21-22 school year.


Congratulations to the class of 2021

Graduation is Saturday, June 12 at 2:00. This year, in keeping with Covid-19 safety guidelines, each of our graduating seniors has submitted a list of invited guests, and the LISD staff and board are welcome to attend as well. Unfortunately, we cannot invite the whole Lopez community, but it will be live-streamed.

Our seniors have decorated their boxes as always, and they will be outside the school gym lobby from 9:00-noon on graduation day if you'd like to drop off cards and gifts.

There will be a celebration, sponsored by senior class parents, in the Village at 4:00. Students in their caps and gowns will be lined up between Bucky's and Vortex, and you can come on down to show your support.

Environmental Science Fieldwork at Lopez Hill

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ASB Election Results

Congratulations to the follow students who will serve as ASB officers for 2021-22:

President, Isara Greacen

Vice–President, Lucy McGown

Secretary, Morgen Limbach

School Board Representative, Valentina Rendon

Sergeant–at–arms, Ananda Velo

Eighth Grade Representative, William “Jake” Jones

Ninth Grade Representative, Rafael Velazquez

Tenth Grade Representative, Amelia Patino

Eleventh Grade Representative, Lolo Meissner

Twelfth Grade Representative, Camille Steckler

6th and 7th grade representatives still to be determined

Elementary Update from Principal, Mary Fordham

Dear Family Lopez Lobos,

We made it to June this week! With only two more weeks together, we have a jam packed schedule of exciting events ahead of us. Please mark your calendars for the following events and look for more information from your child's teacher.

  • Thursday, June 10th - Kindergarten Graduation Ceremony from 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 15th - Field Day for Cohort A, 12:00 - 1:15 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 16th - Field Day for Cohort B, 12:00 - 1:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 17th - 5th Grade Promotion
  • Friday, June 18th - 5th Grade Breakfast

Volunteers Needed: We are in search of some fun volunteers to host a field day station, either on Tuesday or Wednesday or both days. If you are interested in helping to plan field day, then please feel free to reach out to Sarah Rabel at

Today, we welcomed our incoming kindergarteners at Lopez Elementary. Nine very excited children rode the school bus from the Lopez Children's Center and met several school staff. They took a tour of the school with Mr. B., visited the kindergarten classroom, enjoyed storytime with Mr. B, and then played on the playground. It was a big day for these little ones. What a confident little class this will be, too! It's hard to know who is more excited... our new kindergarteners or the staff!

With Lobo Love,


5th Grade Poetry Month

Elementary STEM Fair

We have posted the Grand Champions and Honorable Mentions projects from the Elementary STEM Fair on our school website. Here is the link:

Parent Partner Projects...New Calves and Writing/Illustrating

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Lopez Island School District

Carl Bruner, Interim Superintendent

Martha Martin, Secondary Principal

Mary Fordham, Interim 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, Interim Superintendent –, Title IX Coordinator, HR Specialist Renee Koplan –, Section 504, Interim Elementary Principal –, OR contact by phone, 360-468-2202, OR mail to 86 School Rd, Lopez Island, WA 98261.