The Beaver Buzz!

October 2022

Principal's corner

Hello Big Lake Families!

We are so glad that we are back in school! We have had a great start to the year! We are lucky to have new staff here at Big Lake: Mrs. Jones in PE, Mrs. Roberts as our assistant secretary in the office, and Mrs. Kincaid as our new music teacher. You will see their smiling faces and some information about them below.

We had a successful Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) pizza night on Tuesday the 4th. This program promotes male family members to come on campus and spend a day with students. It is a program that we have had at Big Lake for 8 years and we are happy to start it up again! If you know of anyone who would be interested in participating in Watch D.O.G.S. have them call the office at 360-855-3525.

If you are interested in volunteering at school make sure you have filled out a Volunteer Disclosure form with proof of vaccination or an exemption form. If you are interested in becoming a paraprofessional or would like to be an emergency certified classroom substitute please check out the job opening page on the district website here.

Save the date for the 28th as the Big Lake Parent Group will be hosting a family harvest festival at Big Lake. We will have a trunk or treat out in the parking lot and some fun activities in the gym and cafeteria. More information to come!

Conferences are just around the corner and if you have not scheduled a conference with your child's teacher please make sure you reach out to them. You can come in to the school or have a Zoom session during the week of November 7-10.

Do not hesitate to reach out to your child's teacher. If you have any other questions the office is here to help! Take care and we look forward to seeing you at school!


Matt Lutes

Important Dates


4 - WatchDOGS Pizza night, 6:00pm, Cafeteria

5- Late Start Wednesday

5 - BLPGA Auction Meeting, 7:00pm, Cafeteria

6 - Parent Review of HIV/Aids Curriculum, 7:00 @ SWHS

12 - Late Start Wednesday

12 - Strategic Kids Chess Club, 3:30pm

13 - Fire Station Walking Field Trip

19 - Late Start Wednesday

19 - Strategic Kids Chess Club, 3:30pm

20 - Great ShakeOut (Earthquake Drill), 10:20am

20 - BLPGA Meeting, 7pm, Cafeteria

25 - Hearing and Vision Screenings

26 - Late Start Wednesday

26 - Strategic Kids Chess Club, 3:00pm

28 - BLPGA Harvest Festival, 6-8pm, Gym & Cafeteria

31 - Dress-up day - More information to follow

Welcome new staff members!

Big Lake Parent Group Association Biennial Fundraiser Dinner and Auction

Roaring Back in 2022 is the theme of BLPGA Dinner & Auction event on Saturday, December 10th. Tickets are available on the Big Lake Auction website. The next Auction meeting is Wednesday, October 19th. Meetings are held the 1st and 3rd Wednesday in October. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact one of the team leaders or your student's teacher. If you have any items that you wish to donate to the auction, please bring them to the school at any time. Special thanks to all of our volunteers.


For the health and safety of each child, we ask that parent, guardian, or established caregiver give reason either in person, in writing or by phone each day that their child will be absent. We telephone each day for students in which an excuse has not been communicated to the school.

Watch D.O.G.S.

Big Lake Elementary participates in a nationwide program aimed to boost involvement by our fathers and father figures called Watch D.O.G.S. – Dads of Great Students. If you have a few extra hours to volunteer in your child’s school. Please fill out a Watch D.O.G.S. registration form and background check and sign up on the calendar in the main office.

Fall Conferences

Parent teacher conferences will take place on November 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th. Please contact your student's teacher if you have not yet scheduled a conference time.

Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill

On Thursday, October 20th Big Lake students and staff will participate in the largest earthquake drill ever! The ShakeOut is a chance to practice how to protect ourselves, and for everyone to become better prepared in the event there is an earth quake. The goal is to prevent a major earthquake from be4coming a catastrophe. This year we will practice:

  • DROP to the ground
  • Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and
  • HOLD On to it until the shaking stops
  • EVACUATE the building to a safe location.

*Note we will be going outside during this drill to practice. Please plan and dress for the weather.

2022-2023 Free Breakfast and Lunch for All Students

Every student will be allowed one breakfast and one lunch free of charge for the 2022-2023 school year. Additional meals will be charged accordingly to the student's meal account.

Important: Milk by itself is considered an a la carte item, and is not free of charge unless taken with a full breakfast or lunch. Milk will continue to be $0.60 when purchased alone.

From the Nurse

  • All students are required to have an updated immunization record on file in order to stay in school.
  • Asthma, allergy, and cold season are upon us. If your child uses a rescue inhaler at home, please contact our nurse to see if they would be able to have one here at school. If your child is sick, please keep them at home. Do not send them to school with a temperature over 100, diarrhea, or any known illness that would keep them from being able to stay in class and learn.
  • Please refer to the Washington Sate Department of Health Flow Chart if your student is experiencing symptoms or has been exposed to COVID-19.


  • Parents of students in grades 5-12 are invited to review the HIV/AIDS Education Curriculum on Thursday, October 6th in the Sedro-Woolley High School Library at 7:00pm.

Big Lake Parent Group Association Meetings

Please join us for our next BLPGA meeting on Thursday, October 20th at 7pm. Meetings are held in the cafeteria on the 3rd Thursday of every month. Childcare is available to those children who are 3 years older and toilet trained.

Big Lake Beaver Spirit Wear

Every Friday is Spirit Day at Big Lake School. Students are encouraged to wear our school colors which are purple and gold. Spirit wear is available for purchase through All Quality Stitches.

Lost and Found

The lost and found is located outside of the main office. Please stop in and take a look to see if your child has any items that have been found. We do check for names, so please label your child's belongings.


Sedro-Woolley 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, gender identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal, and provides equal access to all youth groups identified in U.S.C., Title 36. The District has designated the following employees to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator, Title IX Officer, Affirmative Action Officer and ADA Coordinator (Daniel Lee | | 360-855-3500), Gender-Inclusive Schools Coordinator (Mike Schweigert | | 360-855-3500), and Tony Smith, Section 504 Coordinator ( | 360-855-3500). Address: 801 Trail Rd., Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284.
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