Community Letter

December 3, 2021

It's December!

Dear LISD Families,

We have two more weeks left in the semester and this is the time for all of us to lean into the character habit of perseverance. With winter now upon us and the busyness of the holiday season, it's important for all of us to encourage our students to stay the course and finish the semester strong. Semester 1 ends on Friday, December 17. For secondary students, all grades are up to date and entered in Canvas right now. Please be sure to check the Canvas page for each of your student's classes to see if there are assignments to be completed. If you need help navigating Canvas, let us know. For elementary students, you can continue to check in with teachers if you have questions or concerns. Semester 1 grades will be available after the winter break.

Our weather app says there is a chance of snow in forecast for Monday. Bundle up, hundle by the fire or fix yourself a hot beverage, but be sure to stay warm and dry out there.

Until next week....

All our best to you and your family,

Mary and Martha

Menu For Week Ending December 10

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Let's Cook with John

The Recipe for Delicious Jammy Scones

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (250g)
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar (50g)
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup grated butter (Frozen)
  • At least ½ cup heavy cream (120ml)
  • Raspberry Jam

Step 1: Combine dry ingredients (flour, sugar, salt, baking powder)

Step 2: Cut in butter using a food processor, pastry cutter, or your fingers

Step 3: Add milk and vanilla and mix until dough is just combined. I find that I often have to add at least one extra tablespoon of cream to get it to come together.

It's very important to not overwork the dough from this point forward

Step 4: turn dough out onto a floured surface and gently pat it into a circle about 1" thick and 6" across

Step 5: using a bench scraper or paring knife cut the round into 8 pie slices

Step 6: use your thumb to press down on the top of each scone to make a divot, and then spoon in the jam.

Step 7: bake at 375f for 10-15 minutes. You want your edges to be lightly golden brown but the inside to still be tender and fluffy. An overbaked scone is very dry and tough, avoid at all costs.

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Lighting Festival In The Village

"If you didn't get to attend this event, I suggest you put it on your calendar for next year. A Lopez must, I felt that warm fuzzy feeling inside and was happy to be able to share with my family from off island." -Karrie Warner

Photos taken by: Monico Mackinnon

ASB December Service Project

Hello Everyone,

On behalf of the ASB, I would like to announce we will be having a school-wide Holiday Food Drive from December 6th through 10th. We are thankful to give back this holiday season by donating to our local food bank! Take a peek in your cupboards, grab an extra item or two at the store and help make local families' holidays bright!

Some suggested items: Flour, Baking supplies, Canned Soup, Vegan/gluten-free options, Snacks for kids, Spices, and Hygiene items. Please bring your items to the donation box in front of the secondary office.

Thank you for your support!

-Amelia Patino

Garden Clean-Up a Success!

Thank you everyone who helped for a very successful garden clean up at the school. Last Saturday A group of volunteers, organized by By LIPTSA, came out on a very wet and windy day to help clean up the LISD gardens. A group of fourteen kids and adults planted bulbs at the Elementary and Secondary buildings, trimmed pine shrubs, hauled gravel, harvested the last of the tomatoes, and helped process the garden crops in the kitchen.

The LISD staff made 44 pies for the Lopez Family Resource Center Thanksgiving baskets!

Thanks to Debbie Tetu for organizing our crew.

From the Music Room

Who doesn't want to learn how to play the drums?! Mr. Platter has improvised, and is teaching all the students the basics of drumming on buckets. We love how our teachers are so creative!
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Sports Corner

It is that time of year when the gym is in full swing with basketball practices. Our coaches Buffum, Patrick, and the duo Bergs are working hard to get our students ready for their season. Middle School boys coach Isaac Berg has asked everyone to come cheer on his team, who because of the ferry schedule have been denied a regular season, at their only scrimmage game Friday, December 10 at 3:45 P.M. Go LOBOS!
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From the Nurses Station

Nurse Karen is working hard on getting all the immunization records updated. Please make sure your student's immunizations are up to date. This is a big job and your help will be greatly appreciated. Also, COVID vaccinations available for children 5 yrs and older now. Check the San Juan County Health Department website for immunization information.

A Letter From Superintendent Ed Murray

I certainly hope everyone was able to enjoy the recent Thanksgiving Holiday. My wife, Joey, and I enjoyed some quiet time, and my son, Rick, was able to orchestrate a brief visit from his home in Seattle on Thanksgiving Day. While my family is settling into our new life on Lopez Island, the school district continues to move forward.

The most exciting district news is the pending initiation of a strategic planning process. After board review and approval, we have selected Education Elements to help us facilitate the strategic planning process. We will begin planning this month and hope to start phase one of the process early to mid-January. Everyone will have the chance to be involved somehow, so don’t miss your opportunity to have some input into the future of the school district. Elements of information collection will include interviews, small focus groups, larger group meetings (to the extent allowed by COVID protocols), and staff, student, parent, and community level surveys. We will share more details and timelines as we develop them.

As of Thursday morning, December 2, 2021, the district is COVID-free with no positive cases and no current quarantines of either students or staff. Still, there is a lot of fear and anxiety surrounding COVID-19, which concerns regarding the new Omicron variant will likely heighten. We constantly review our practices and procedures related to COVID, and we learn from each unique experience. We continue to update our Safe Return to School Plan to reflect any changes in practice or procedures based on our experiences and the recommendations of San Juan County Health, the Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control. The best prevention protocols remain masking, social distancing, proper handwashing and hygiene, staying home when you don’t feel well, getting tested, and vaccinations (including boosters).

As you read this, we have two weeks of school before the winter break. I encourage everyone to stay focused and safe. If anyone has a particular interest in being part of a focus group for the strategic planning process or if you might like to serve on a committee looking at modified/balanced school calendar options or school safety, please reach out to me at Thank you!

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.