Bulldog Bark

North Lake Middle School Weekly Newsletter


WEEK OF February 7th, 2022

2202 123rd Ave NE

Lake Stevens 98258


Office Hours: 7:30 - 3:30

February 4, 2022 Bulldog Bark

~ Conference Week Schedule Information ~

Dear Families:

One of the goals at North Lake Middle School is to promote open and frequent communication between the school and home. A February conference schedule has been prepared so families have the opportunity to virtually meet with their student’s teachers.

All conferences will be by appointment. Conferences will each be 10 minutes in length, and held virtually with the individual teacher. By February 14th, there will be instructions for how to access the conference and meeting link for each teacher. Conference dates and times are as follows:

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For your convenience, there are two options for scheduling conferences:

Online Option: To schedule a parent/teacher conference for your student(s) visit the North Lake website or go to the following link: NLMS 2nd Semester Conferences

Phone Option: If you do not have computer access or would prefer to work with the Counseling Office to schedule your conference, call the Counseling Center at (425) 335-1640.

We look forward to meeting with you regarding your student’s progress. Your input and support are vital to the success of your child. Conference week is a 2.5-hour early release and the bell schedule is below.


Brad Abels, Principal North Lake Middle School

🤼 ⛹️‍♀️ * * Season 3 Winter Sports * * 🤼 ⛹️‍♀️

Dear North Lake Families,

Season 3 Winter Sports Registration is open in FamilyID for 7th-grade girls basketball and 6th & 7th-grade co-ed wrestling and will close on February 11th. For your convenience, click on the link https://www.familyid.com/organizations/north-lake-middle-school to register. Note: if you registered your student previously in FamilyID, please use the same account to register for a new sport so you don't have to fill out the entire registration again. All students must have a sports physical on file prior to trying out. If your student makes the girls basketball team, they must also have ASB. Wrestling is a non-cut sport and all students participating must have ASB as well as a physical. If your student participated in any of the previous sports, they will have a physical on file. Team pictures will be on Wednesday, February 23rd. Picture packets will be given out prior to 2/23.

Girls Basketball Information from Coach Griffen:

Sign Up Sheets are outside the girls' locker room in the main gym. Try-outs will begin on February 7th. Practices will be held in the main gym on school days only, Monday through Thursday from 2:50-4:50. The first official practice will be on February 10th. A parent meeting will be held on February 10th at 4:45 in the main gym.

Wrestling information from Coach Pakinas:

Sign Up Sheets are in the cafeteria. Practices will be held in the auxiliary gym on school days only, Monday through Thursday from 2:50-4:15. Our first official day of practice is February 14th. A parent meeting will be held on Friday, February 23rd @ 4:15 in the auxiliary gym.

Practice will be held on conference week, February 14th-17th from 2:50-4:15.

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February 2022

Dear North Lake Middle School Parents,

The NLMS Counseling team will be coordinating a “Wellness Week” at school from February 7-17th. The focus of “Wellness Week” is to raise awareness about the importance of our mental health and provide information and tools students can use to be proactive in caring for their own mental health as well as helping others.

The goals of “Wellness Week” include:

  • Understanding Mental Health

  • How to stay mentally healthy through self-awareness, coping strategies, and self-care.

  • Anxiety and Depression information - definition, causes, warning signs, and how to seek help for self or others.

  • Suicide prevention- warning signs of suicide, how to seek help for yourself or others

  • Resources for students and families including local practitioners, help lines, and crisis response.

The following activities will be taking place throughout Wellness Week.

  • Counselors will be teaching two lessons in your child’s Social Studies class.

  • These lessons are adapted from the “Signs of Suicide” curriculum produced by Mindwise.

  • The lessons will cover information about mental health, anxiety, depression, suicide prevention, coping strategies and where to turn for help.

  • There will be daily “Wellness Tips” during announcements.

  • During lunches on February 9 -10th, students will have the opportunity to learn and practice self-care and coping strategies, play “Wellness Fact” Trivia, find useful resources, participate in positive thinking/gratitude exercises (We all matter) and, if they so choose, share their thoughts about this topic.

We look forward to addressing these important topics with your students next month.

Attached to this bulletin you will also find mental health resources in Snohomish County as well as crisis line numbers. Please feel free to reach out to any of us if you have questions, comments, or concerns.


Juli Keith 7th grade Counselor

Anna Mason 6th grade Counselor

Ashli Atwood Mental Health Specialist

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* * Replacement levies on Feb. 8 ballot to fund educational programs and technology * *

Remember to vote by Tuesday, Feb. 8. Ballots for the February. 8, 2022, Special Election were mailed to registered Snohomish County voters beginning January. 21st.

Ballots must be postmarked no later than midnight on Feb. 8, 2022, and do not require postage. Lake Stevens 24-hour secure ballot drop box is located at 1800 Main Street near the boat launch. Ballots must be in the box by 8 p.m. on Election Day.

Lake Stevens School District has two replacement levies on the Feb. 8 ballot—a replacement Educational Programs and Operations Levy and a replacement Technology Levy.

Educational Programs and Operations Levy

The Replacement Educational Programs and Operations (EP&O) Levy will continue to fund day-to-day school operations to ensure EVERY student in our district has access to a safe and updated learning environment and continues funding for:

Student Success

Making sure our students have enough teachers to keep class sizes low and plan for continued student enrollment growth in our district.

Student Health and Safety

Providing full-time nurses at each school, student mental health support specialists at our secondary schools, and guidance counselors in all of our schools. Continuing building security upgrades throughout the district.
Student Programs and Opportunities
Continuing funding for early learning programs, Special Education funding, and access to extracurricular activities, athletics, arts, and music.

Technology Levy

The replacement Technology Levy will continue to fund technology that supports student learning. Renewal of the Technology Levy continues funding for:
Innovative Learning
Ensuring every student and educator has the technology they need to support our culture of excellence.
Replacing Aging Devices
Replacing aging devices so students and employees have access to updated, secure technology.
Devices for each student
Continuing to maintain our investment in technology and our 1:1 program for students.
Technology Support and Training
Making sure our students, staff and families have training on technology, tools, and programs to ensure success for all learners.

Learn more at www.lkstevens.wednet.edu/levy

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In accordance with RCW 49.60, the Lake Stevens School District does not discriminate in employment and schools. The Lake Stevens School District provides Equal Educational and Employment Opportunity without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, sex, handicap/disability, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, creed, religion, age, veteran or military status, use of a trained dog to guide or service animal by a person with a disability and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and designated youth groups. The district complies with all applicable state and federal laws and regulations to include, but not limited to, Title IX, Title VI of the Civil Rights Acts, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, RCW 49.60 “The Law Against Discrimination,” and RCW 28A.640 “Sex Equity,” and covers, but is not limited to, all district programs, courses, activities, including extracurricular activities, services, access to facilities, etc. Inquiries regarding compliance procedures should be directed to Lake Stevens School District, 12309 22nd St. NE, Lake Stevens, WA 98258, Attention: Title IX and Civil Rights Officer, John Balmer, (425) 335-1500, John_Balmer@lkstevens.wednet.edu or ADA Compliance Officer and Section 504 Compliance Officer, Miriam Tencate, (425) 335-1500, Miriam_Tencate@lkstevens.wednet.edu.