Grizzly Gazette

January 16th, 2021

Moving Forward

It is hard to believe we are almost halfway through January 2021. Soon, it will be a year since we closed schools due to COVID. Unbelievable! So much has changed during this time, which may be the understatement of the year.

I get asked a lot about the future of education and what it will look like. I don't have an answer to this question, I only see what it looks like today. I know what I miss about in-person instruction for all of our students. I know that some of our students are flourishing in remote learning. I know that some of our students are struggling in remote learning. I know that our parents are working so hard to make things work for their children.

We can guess, predict or hypothesize what we think it will look like. But education is just one part of the puzzle. What will anything look like in the future? There is no crystal ball that allows us a peek into the future. However, tomorrow will follow today, and with tomorrow brings hope.

It gives us a chance to help others, a chance to persevere, a chance to keep moving forward to better days ahead. One day and then the next. Cedarhome Elementary is with you. Stay strong.

Jeff

Welcome Back In-Person Students!!

We are very happy to have our K-3 Hybrid students returning to school on January 19th. The "pause" after the break gave the Snohomish County Health Department time to gauge any spread of the COVID virus due to the Christmas break.

We are excited to welcome back our 4th and 5th grade Hybrid students on February 1st! It has been way too long since you graced our hallways and we can't wait!!!!

And to our students who are remaining online or attending Saratoga, keep up the great work you are doing. We are all very proud of our Cedarhome students. You are all an excellent example of perseverance!

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

On Monday, January 18th, 2021, there will be no school as we observe the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Dr. King championed the move bringing the Civil Rights movement to the forefront of our nations attention. His work, along with others in the Civil Rights movement, paved the way for millions of Black Americans to receive the equal rights they had been denied, but justly deserved. The work is not done, but continues in our nation each and everyday. Below are some of Dr. King's quotes:


" The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”


"Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend."


“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”


Please also enjoy the video tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King by "Kid President." below. Thank you.

The Story of Martin Luther King Jr. by Kid President

Important Message for the SCSD

Friday Family Message

Good Afternoon Families and Staff,

The year 2021 has already thrown us some challenges. Our thanks to our families and staff for persevering (which is our Character Trait for the month of January) through the power and internet outages this week. We hope you all remain safe.

Our staff were able to participate in COVID screening this week. This is one more precaution taken to ensure the health and safety of all individuals on our campuses.

Next week, K-3 students and special populations will return to their hybrid model schedule. Group A, will attend classes on January 19 and group B beginning January 21. Our 4th and 5th grade students will begin in-person learning in an AA/BB hybrid model beginning February 1. Resource room students will return to their small groups on January 20. If you have questions about your child(ren)’s schedule, please contact your child(ren)’s school.

New guidance from the Department of Health and OSPI indicates that districts may expand access to in-person learning when trends in cases and hospitalizations are flat or decreasing, and the school can demonstrate the ability to limit transmission in the school environment. When case rates are in the moderate range (between 50-350 cases per 100,000 over a 14-day period), districts may provide in-person learning to middle school students. The district may expand in-person learning to high school students when rates drop below 200 cases per 100,000 over a 14-day period.

The current case rates will not allow us to expand in-person learning for middle and high school students beyond the special populations that are currently being served. We will continue to monitor the metrics and update parents weekly. We encourage families and staff to continue taking precautions to decrease the transmission of COVID-19 in our community.

Virtual Coffee with the School Board

You're invited to attend a "virtual coffee hour" with the Stanwood-Camano School Board on January 27th or 28th. I hope you are able to attend one of the sessions with our wonderful, hard working school board. Please click on the link below for more information. Thank you!


Virtual Coffee with the School Board

Perseverance Counselor Corner

Our Character Strong Trait for January is Perseverance. Our counselor, Jeannie Bregar, has provided you with a lesson on Perseverance. Click on the link below to view. Also attached are the parent newsletters from Character Strong on the trait Perseverance. Thank you.


Counselor corner