Community Letter

October 1, 2021

Hello October!

Dear LISD Families,

It's hard to believe that the first month of school is over and it is already October! We hope you are staying dry and cozy.

The LIPTSA is planning a pumpkin carving event at the end of the month, so get psyched and stay tuned for details on that. Your students can start planning their carving designs!

As we wrap up our month of focus on the character habit of belonging, we want to share the Belonging Pledge created collaboratively by Becca Hamilton's 5th grade class.

We, the 5th grade class at Lopez Island Elementary, pledge to help all kids feel like they belong and are valued in our school community.

We will do this by:

  • Respecting all people
  • Inviting classmates and making them feel wanted
  • Showing genuine kindness through actions and words (helping and complimenting)
  • Sharing
  • Actively listening to what people say

Our school wide habit of character for the month of October is ownership. In school, ownership means that a learner is motivated, engaged, and self-directed. Students who own their own learning are able to monitor their progress and reflect on their growth, mastery of content, and both successes and challenges. Ownership in the social emotional realm means that students own their own behavior choices and develop an awareness of how they are showing up in their relationships with peers.

Our very best to you and your family,

Mary and Martha, Elementary and Secondary Principals

Next Week's Menu

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Volunteers Needed

The elementary school is looking for volunteers to help provide support during recess and lunch. Volunteers would assist a school employee in the supervisory role. The volunteers would just help provide more eyes and ears at recess and support the flow of the lunch room procedure. If you are able to help one or more days a week or for just one of these times one day a week, we would be so appreciative.

Recess/Lunch Schedule - Volunteer Needs

Recess (all elem.) 8:15-8:30

Recess A (K & 1st) 10:15-10:35

Lunch A (K & 1st) 10:40-11:00

Recess B (2nd & 3rd) 10:40-11:00

Lunch B (2nd & 3rd) 11:05-11:25

Recess C (4th & 5th) 11:05-11:25

Lunch C (4th & 5th) 11:30-11:50

All lunches Monday and Friday

LIPTSA is helping coordinate volunteers. If you'd like to assist, respond to and let us know what time from the table listed below might work for you and on what day.

Smarter Balanced Assessment

The Washington State Smarter Balanced (SBAC) testing for all 4th-9th graders, 11th graders, and 12th graders will take place in October, Here is the schedule:

  • October 5 - Elementary ELA
  • October 6- Secondary ELA
  • October 12- Elementary Math
  • October 13 - Secondary Math
Students who are absent on either of those days will get another opportunity to take the test. This fall test takes the place of last year's spring test, which was postponed by the state due to the COVID 19 pandemic. The Fall assessments will be shorter and not take as many days as previous tests. Testing will take place during the first 2 hours each day. LISD students will also take the SBAC in the spring of 2022

Become a member of the LIPTSA!

The Lopez Island Parent Teacher Student Association (LIPTSA) invites anyone in the school and greater Lopez community to become a member for the 2021/22 school year. The LIPTSA is an active voice on decisions that build a stronger, more inclusive school community, impact students' health, safety and quality of education, and support critical academic needs. The LIPTSA welcomes memberships from local businesses, grandparents, friends, family, and any member of the community who would like to show support for students' and the school community's potential. We invite you to join because we can do more together!

To join or renew your membership, please follow this link or visit

Spotlight on ASB

Our Associated Student Body officers and representatives work hard on behalf of secondary students. They meet each week to conduct business, plan events, and discuss important issues. These outstanding students led a fun spirit week for homecoming, including an assembly on Tuesday. This afternoon, they'll be decorating and setting up for tomorrow's homecoming dance.

2021-2022 ASB Officers

President, Isara Greacen

Vice President, Lucy McGown

Sergeant at Arms, Ananda Velo

Secretary, Morgen Limbach

School Board Representative, Valentina Rendon

Treasurer, Malachi Cary

6th grade Representative, Lola Woodington

7th grade Representative, Iris Ervin-Mclean

8th grade Representative, William “Jake” Jones

9th grade Representative, Rafael Velazquez

10th grade Representative, Amelia Patino

11th grade Representative, Lolo Meissner

12th grade Representative, Camille Steckler

ASB on Spirit Week Pajama Day

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The Height of Harvest in the Production Garden

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Cider Makin' Day in Elementary

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A few sweet photos of our lobos DOMINATING Cedar Park in the homecoming game 10-1!

Home Games Next Week

Friday, October 8:

  • HS Volleyball 2:15

  • MS Soccer 2:15

Our Athletic Director, Marina Steinbrueck, has returned from maternity leave. Welcome back, Marina! Big thanks to Del Gunther and Larry Berg who served as interim directors during Marina's leave.

Please come out to support our athletes. It's such a great excuse to use your outside voice....even inside!

Go Lobos!

Middle school soccer team basking in the glow of an away game win against Lucille Middle School!

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Middle school volleyball players strategizing with coach, Emily the process of winning a home game against Allen Middle School!

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Presenting...drum roll please...Lenny Lobo! Can you guess who is inside?

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LISD high school homecoming dance - TOMORROW, Saturday, October 2, 8:30 pm.

Revised Secondary Student Handbook

We have completed a big round of revisions to the secondary student handbook. It will continue to be a work in progress as we make updates and clarify language to ensure that our policies, handbook, and practices align. You can find the handbook HERE. Please understand that policy takes precedence over the handbook.

From the art studio....

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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.