Silver Lake Elementary

September 2022, Volume 6, Issue 1

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Silver Lake Families,

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the 2022-23 school year. Silver Lake Elementary is home of the Mustangs and we are proud to serve our students and families as part of a learning community. We encourage all parents/guardians to take an active part in this learning community by supporting their child’s work at home and communicating regularly with teachers and, when appropriate, the school counselor and principals. Also please consider joining us at Silver Lake as part of our PTA, Natural Leaders, Watchdogs, and other volunteer opportunities. Working as a team will ensure that all students receive the best education possible.

At Silver Lake Elementary we believe every student matters and are committed to developing the academic and social emotional skills of each child. Our school mission is: Silver Lake Elementary School, in partnership with families and community, is dedicated to preparing each student for academic, social, and personal success through individualized, relevant, rigorous, aligned, and engaging instruction through the lens of equity.

Our staff of highly dedicated professionals is looking forward to a rewarding year. An exciting change to our administrative team this year is the addition of Dr. Irina Kourilenko as Assistant Principal. “Dr. K” is joining us from the Mukilteo School District where she served as Dean of Students for Discovery Elementary. She is fluent in English, Russian, and Ukrainian and is excited to meet Silver Lake students, families, and the greater community.

Returning or new, we welcome you to Silver Lake Elementary. The Silver Lake Elementary School motto is: Be Responsible, Be Respectful, Be Safe, and Be Kind. We thank you in advance for your cooperation in helping us live this motto every day.

In Partnership,

Theresa Campbell, Principal


Greetings, Silver Lake Elementary Family!

It is with great excitement that I write this letter of introduction as the newly appointed Assistant Principal of Silver Lake Elementary. I am honored and proud to join your school community!

I have been an educator for the past 26 years with international teaching experience from age 3 to college level. My educational background includes Master’s of Teaching Foreign Languages (English and French), the Doctoral studies at Seattle Pacific University, and National Board Teacher Certification. My past educational roles have been teacher of English, French, Russian, Literacy Coach, and Dean of Students at Mukilteo School District. I am a passionate educator who strives to develop deep relationships with students that last a lifetime. A journey together to help someone to succeed and to thrive in life brings me most joy. I have a dear set of core values of excellence and equity that are rooted in my family, in my culture, upbringing, and my professional past experiences. I believe that every student can achieve the highest of his/her potential. Equity is not just about access and opportunity, but also about getting people what they need to succeed and to thrive. Seeing students succeed and reach their dreams, become leaders, make their parents and teachers proud - all this fills my cup.

I have a blended family, my husband Jon and I have 6 children all together. We have lived in Mukilteo since 2001 when we moved to the US. Our two oldest daughters live in UK, north of England. One of them is a Cambridge University graduate. Our son Nikolay is in his second year of studying to become an electrical engineer, our daughter Lyubov is on her way to start her studies of psychology at Santa Cruz University this fall. We also have two school-age children Lev and Varvara who are students in Mukilteo School District: a freshman at Kamiak High School, and a fourth- grade student at Mukilteo elementary. Four of our children are competitive ballroom dancers. Nikolay and Lev have been part of Kamiak swim team, and Lyubov has been on Dulcineas dance team for four years of her high school. I enjoy spending time with my family, travelling, cooking, doing arts and crafts, exercising, and walking with our two dogs.

As I look forward to the 2022-2023 school year, I am excited to meet all of you, learning and growing with Silver Lake team! Everything we do will be done with the best interests of our students in mind. I strongly believe in developing the whole child and to do this, we will focus on academic growth for all students, and their emotional and social growth. Building relationships with students, staff, and families is one of the most important aspects of my work. You will see me at drop off and pick up, in the hallways, in classrooms, in the cafeteria, and at special events. I welcome your feedback and input. Please, also feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns, or celebrations throughout the year.

Let’s make it a great year! Irina Kourilenko (Ирина Николаевна Куриленко) aka Dr. K.


Welcome Back, Mustangs!

I am Carrie Surowiec, the school counselor here at Silver Lake Elementary. This is my 5th year as the counselor! I love this school, the kids, and the families and am so happy to be back!

At Silver Lake in the month of September, we work hard to ensure that students know the four schoolwide expectations—Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Safe, and Be Kind. We teach them what this looks like, what is expected, and practice the skills together in different areas of the school. Make sure to ask your students what expected behavior looks like at school!

The second week of school, teachers will begin our social-emotional learning curriculum called Second Step. These lessons help students manage emotions, relationships, and conflicts. They are research-based and provided at all elementary and middle schools in our district. The first unit is on Skills for Learning where they will learn and practice listening, focusing, following directions, and self-talk for staying on task. You can follow along and practice at home by visiting this website: Below are the Activation keys you will need to log in. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.
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As always, please reach out to me with any questions you may have on how I can help your student be a successful learner here at Silver Lake. I look forward to getting to know all of you!

Carrie Surowiec

School Counselor, M. Ed., ESA

Silver Lake Elementary


From Robotics Team

Join Silver Lake Elementary’s Lego Robotics Team!

The Silver Lake Robotics Team is looking for team members who want to:

  • Use critical thinking, team-building, and presentation skills

  • Design, build, test, and program robots using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® technology

  • Apply real-world math and science concepts

  • Participate in tournaments and celebrations

  • Understand and practice gracious professionalism

Mrs. Bekris & Mrs. Sand will host the 1st Regular Robotics Practice on September 27th, 8:15 - 8:55am. Each regular practice will be Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:15 - 8:55 am in the STEAM classroom, A25. See attached calendar for details. A practice calendar for November and December will be given to team members as November approaches. This regular practice will continue through December when students compete in a Robotics Tournament.

Students will need their own transportation to school for morning sessions. At practice, students program a robot to solve missions and complete a research project for a one-day competition in December. There may be additional team meetings to prepare as the competition date nears.

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Note: Submitting this form does not mean that your student is guaranteed a spot on the team.

All applications will be reviewed by staff members. 20 students will be accepted for this opportunity.

Robotics Team members will be:

* Registered in First LEGO League 2022

* Competing in a robotic game mission at a one-day tournament

(either a Saturday or Sunday in December)

* Sharing their robotics skills with other Silver Lake Elementary students and families at STEAM Night (Date TBD)

SLE’s Robotics Team follows the rules of the First Lego League (FLL).

Visit the website listed below to learn more:


It’s time to sign up for SLE’s Soccer Club!

Who: 3rd-5th Grade SLE students

What: After school soccer club to practice ball handling skills and teamwork

When: Soccer Club is 8 sessions on

Wednesdays 3:30 - 4:30pm, beginning 9/28.

Students meet in the undercover area and student pick-up is in the back parking lot. No after school transportation is provided. You must have a signed permission slip in by the deadline below to participate.

How: Sign up through Canvas, by clicking here or by scanning the QR code by the deadline:

Wednesday, September 21st

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Questions? Call SLE’s Main Office at 425.385.6900 or

email Coach Bekris at or

Coach DeVine at

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Welcome all to the 2022-2023 school year!

Welcome all to the 2022-2023 school year! We are excited to start this year, and first we would like to welcome Dr. Irina Kourilenko as our new Assistant Principal; our new first grade teachers Crystal Moore and Kristen Feeney; Carli Anderson (third grade); and Laurie Dunlap, Arieg Ahmed who join us as Paraeducators. We also welcome Coach Kenny! We are looking forward to working together with them to build a stronger community.

We are excited to offer in-person meetings with childcare this year! Come and see what PTA is all about, and bring the kids! Come check out the PTA table at Open House on Thursday, September 29th, where we will be cooking up hot dogs, while supplies last!

We are also pleased to share the return of our monthly newsletters, where you can find information on all things PTA! These will be sent home in student backpacks and are also available on our website, We will have Spanish and Russian translated copies available as well!