Volume 12, Issue 5

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Happy New Year! We were so excited to have the kids return to school yesterday. They were hugging each other at recess that morning and in the cafeteria. It made me very happy to see the community that kids find here at school.

January is a great month at Hazel Dell. We are studying the habits of Begin with the End in Mind and Put First Things First as part of Leader in Me curriculum. January is great for this since we spend time reflecting on what we want 2020 to look like in our personal and academic lives. Kids have already started setting goals for attendance and academic performance. We have a number of students who are working on a science fair project to display and explain on February 13th at our STEAM Night. This event begins at 5:30 in the cafeteria and we hope all families will attend. We have TONS of great science, engineering, art and tech activities planned for all ages!

Students are also setting goals for personal things such as keeping their rooms clean, learning how to tie their shoes and practicing piano and karate without being prompted at home.

We are very proud of our students. Over the past few months, we have seen them learn to be proactive and take ownership of their learning and behavior. We are thrilled to have such supportive families and community members. 2020 is going to be a great year at Hazel Dell and we thank you in advance for your assistance and your support and your enthusiasm for our school. Happy New Year!

Mychael Irwin, Principal

Important Dates

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Early Release Monday

Monday, Jan. 6th, 8am

This is an online event.

Early Release Monday

Monday, Jan. 13th, 8am

This is an online event.

Martin Luther King Jr - NO SCHOOL

Monday, Jan. 20th, 8am

This is an online event.

Semester Break- NO SCHOOL

Friday, Jan. 24th, 8am

This is an online event.

Early Release Monday

Monday, Jan. 27th, 8am

This is an online event.

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Hazel Dell Elementary Contact Information

Hazel Dell Elementary

511 NE Anderson Road

Vancouver, WA 98665

360 313-2050

Attendance Line 360 313-1416

Mychael Irwin, Principal

Marjorie McCluer, Asst. Principal

Lori Schutts, Secretary

Debbie Dong, Registrar

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Hazel Dell Elementary School Hours

8:00-8:20 Breakfast

8:20 School Begins

8:30 Tardy Bell rings

2:50 School dismissed

On Early Release Mondays, school dismisses at 2:10

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Schools will be dismissed 40 minutes early. Hazel Dell Elementary will release at 2:10 p.m. every

Monday through May.

There are no 40-minute early releases scheduled for June.

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Go Home Change of Plan ---Reminder

Just a reminder that we cannot take go home changes over the phone. all changes must be in writing, either by written note to teacher or email to If sending change via email, we request that it's received by 1:00pm to ensure that your student and teacher will receive the message in order to accommodate the change.
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Leader In Me

This month, students will be learning about Habit 3: Put First Things First. They will learn that they should work first, and then play. Some ways that students can practice this at home is by doing their homework first, and then playing outside. They can also do their chores first, and then play video games. All students at Hazel Dell have heard this language this year, so challenge them at home to put first things first this month.
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Basketball News…

Hazel Dell basketball will begin February 4th for boys and girls in the fifth grade. Sign in/permission slips will be sent home later this month. We are still working out the practice schedule, so thank you for your patience.
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Weather Related Information

Weather-Related Closure Information

School closure and/or delay decisions are made as early in the morning as possible. A top priority in making the decision to close or delay schools is the safety of students and employees. If schools are closed or dismissed early, after-school and evening activities also will be canceled. Community use of schools will be canceled only if schools are closed.

If no information regarding school closures is reported, then schools are open and on regular schedules.

There are several ways to get school closure information:

• Go to the VPS homepage at

• Go to FlashAlert at

• Subscribe to receive free email and text announcements about school closures: go to to sign up.

• Download the free Vancouver Public Schools mobile app to your smartphone or tab-let,

• Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to see our school closure posts:

• Call the District’s Snow/Closure Info line at 360-313-1401, General Information at 360-313-1000, or the automated information line at 360-313-1234.

• Check radio, television and newspaper websites.

• Only if schools are closed early during the school day, the district will send automat-ed phone calls to families.

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Stormwater Information - Public Works Clean Water Division

Vancouver families depend on clean rivers, streams and lakes for swimming, fishing and preserving habitat for future generations. You can help reduce one of the biggest threats to our waterways, pollution left behind from everyday activities that gets picked up by stormwater.

We all contribute to stormwater pollution, so we all need to be part of the solution. Here are three easy tips you can follow to reduce water pollution and help protect our rivers, streams and lakes.

Only rain down the drain. As simple as it sounds, this is the most important principle for reducing water pollution, and it should be taken literally. Whatever goes down the storm drain almost always ends up in our streams. Even if you’re not putting anything directly into a storm drain, be aware of what runoff can pick up from your home and yard. This includes grass clippings, car washing soap, fertilizers and pet waste, just to name a few.

“Natural” can still be pollution. It’s easy to overlook pollutants that seem “natural,” such as grass clippings, pet waste and organic fertilizers. In our developed communities, these are significant sources of pollution. Fecal coliform is one of the top pollutants found in streams, and much of it comes from pet owners who don’t pick their pet’s waste. Nutrients in yard debris and fertilizers feed potentially toxic algae that deplete water of oxygen needed by aquatic life.

Sweep it up, don’t hose if off. Using a hose to wash away a spill or clean the driveway is a sure way to send pollutants to our streams. Instead, use a broom and dustpan to sweep up pollutants, close them in a bag and put it in the garbage. For liquid spills, put down an absorbent material, such as kitty litter, and sweep it into a bag before disposing in the trash.

For more ideas, visit and thank you for being part of the solution.

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Birthday Celebrations

Due to the increased number of students with severe food allergies, we are not going to have birthday treats at school. This means that you will not be able to bring in cupcakes or other treats for your child's birthday. Each teacher and classroom will determine how they will celebrate birthdays. classes may have a special song, badge or ritual they use to make the day special for the birthday boy or girl. We thank you in advance for protecting the health and safety of all our students
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Attendance Counts!

Please make a note of Hazel Dell's Attendance email address. The email address is Please remember that when a student is absent parents have three (3) school days to excuse the absence.

Excusing an absence can be done via email, note, or calling the attendance line at 360-313-1416

“But my child is only 5 minutes late!”

 TODAY: Your child misses 5 minutes of learning

 THIS WEEK: They miss 25 minutes of learning

 THIS HALF TERM: It has increased to 2 hours 40 minutes of learning

 THIS YEAR: Now they have missed 16 hours or 3 days 1 hour of learning.

 BY THE END OF YEAR 2: Rising to 9 days 3 hours of learning

 IN THEIR SCHOOL LIFE: They have missed 38 days 2 hours, or 7 weeks 3 days 2 hours of learning

Your child’s learning is important. Please get them to school on time!

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Teacher Qualification Notice

In an effort to keep parents informed of the qualifications of teacher, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) allows parents to inquire at school whether their child(ren)’s teacher(s) have met state qualifications and certification requirements for the grade level and subject taught. Parents may inquire whether a teacher is under emergency or conditional certificate through which state qualifications were waived, and they may request information about undergraduate or graduate degrees the teacher holds, including graduate certificates and additional degrees, and major(s) or area(s) of concentration. Parents can also ask about paraprofessionals working with your child in reading, writing, and/or mathematics. We can tell you whether your child receives help from a paraprofessional and whether he/she meets state qualifications and/or licensing requirements.

Vancouver Public Schools annually conducts an audit of teacher assignments to assure that no teachers are assigned to areas for which they do not meet Washington State certification and/or endorsement requirements. Only on rare occasion does the District seek a waiver to certification. When this does occur, it is typically for a teacher who is within a few credits of completing the endorsement and is actively working on such completion

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Medication at School

If your child needs to take medication at school (prescription OR over-the-counter), a form must be filled out and signed by the doctor and the parent/guardian. The medication must come to school in its original bottle. We store all medication a locked cabinet
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The Hazel Dell family newsletters are emailed once a month. Please provide us with your email so that you can stay informed of upcoming events! Like us on Facebook for up-to-date info!!
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Boys and Girls Club - 360 313-5670

Open to 1st-5th Grade Students

All new members are required to attend an orientation.

For more information, please refer to the website:

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Homework: an opportunity to practice and improve what I already know!

Hazel Dell provides many opportunities for students to practice their skills while away from school. Each child has a Moby Max account and a Zearn account to use at home. Both of these applications can be accessed on a tablet, computer, phone or laptop (anything with internet access). Please talk to your child’s teacher about the best ways to use these accounts to strengthen your child’s skills in math and reading. If you need internet access, we have information about low-cost ($10/mo) data for students.

2020 Secondary Magnet/Programs of Choice Open House Dates

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Learning can be difficult when students' basic needs aren't met. The goal of Family-Community Resource Centers (FCRC) is to help all children succeed, and we do that by removing barriers and connecting families with available community resources.

Help can come in many forms: anything from student homework help and school supplies to health services and dental care, clothing, food, emergency housing, job assistance, early childhood education, assistance with GED preparation and more.

The FCRC Coordinator at Hazel Dell is Shanna Baird. Call 360-313-3080 or email for information or assistance

District Policy 4130: Title I – Parent Involvement

The board recognizes that parent and family engagement helps all students achieve academic standards, including those participating in Title I programs. To promote parent and family engagement, the board adopts the following policy, which describes how the district will involve all parents and family members of Title I students in developing and implementing the district’s Title I programs.

The policy can be found at:

Normativa 4130 del Distrito Escolar: Programa Federal “Título I” (parte de la Ley de Educación Primaria y Secundaria (ESEA) – Participación de los padres

La Junta Escolar reconoce que la participación de los padres y la familia ayuda a que todos los estudiantes logren alcanzar los estándares académicos, incluyendo aquellos que participan en el programa federal de “Título I”. Para fomentar la participación de los padres y las familias, la Junta Escolar está implementando la siguiente normativa, que describe cómo el Distrito Escolar involucrará a todos los padres y miembros de la familia de los estudiantes de “Título I” en el desarrollo e implementación de los programas de “Título I” del Distrito Escolar.

La normativa se puede encontrar en:

Положение школьного района, номер 4130: Title I (Раздел I Законодательного акта о школьном образовании) – Участие родителей

Совет директоров признаёт, что участие родителей и членов семей в жизни школы помогает всем учащимся, включая тех, которые занимаются по программам Раздела I, достичь академических стандартов. С целью содействовать участию родителей и членов семей совет директоров утвердил следующее положение, в котором описано, как школьный район будет вовлекать всех родителей и членов семей учащихся, занимающихся по программам Раздела I, в процесс разработки и внедрения программ Раздела I в школьном районе.

Это положение можно найти на сайте:

Hazel Dell Title I Parent Participation Plan

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Supplemental levy on the ballot this February

Changes in state funding for education have contributed to a multimillion-dollar shortage in Vancouver Public Schools’ budget. To address the shortage, the district is asking voters to consider approving a levy on Feb. 11, 2020.

Supplemental education and operations levy facts

  1. If approved by voters, the supplemental levy for education and operations would maintain current levels of programs and services in VPS.
  2. The new levy would supplement the educations and operations levy passed in 2019.
  3. The levy would pay for locally funded teacher positions that maintain smaller class sizes.
  4. All schools in the district would benefit from the levy.
  5. The levy would help schools continue to improve student achievement and graduation rates.
  6. Without revenue provided by a supplemental levy, the district would face shortfalls that require budget cuts and layoffs.
  7. Supplemental levy collection would begin in 2021.
  8. The estimated rates per thousand are:

○ 43 cents in 2021

○ 41 cents in 2022

○ 40 cents in 2023

  1. If voters approve the supplemental levy, the 2021 rate combined with the current education and operations levy would be $1.95 per $1,000 of assessed property value.
  2. The supplemental levy will appear on the ballot in the special election on Feb. 11, 2020.

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Impuesto suplementario en las papeletas de votación este febrero

Cambios en la financiación estatal para la educación han contribuido a un déficit multimillonario en el presupuesto del Distrito Escolar “Vancouver Public Schools”. Para tratar esta escasez de fondos, el Distrito Escolar les pide a los votantes que consideren aprobar una recaudación fiscal el 11 de febrero de 2020.

Información importante sobre la recaudación de impuestos suplementaria para programas educativos y operaciones

  1. Si es aprobada por los votantes, la recaudación de impuestos suplementaria para programas educativos y operaciones mantendría los niveles actuales de programas y servicios en el Distrito Escolar “Vancouver Public Schools” o “VPS”, por sus siglas en inglés).
  2. La nueva recaudación de impuestos complementaría la recaudación de impuestos para programas educativos y operaciones aprobada en 2019.
  3. La recaudación de impuestos pagaría por los puestos de maestros financiados localmente y que mantienen salones con un número reducido de estudiantes.
  4. Todas las escuelas de distrito se beneficiarían de esta recaudación de impuestos.
  5. La recaudación de impuestos ayudaría a las escuelas a continuar mejorando el aprovechamiento estudiantil y el índice de graduación de la preparatoria.
  6. Sin los ingresos de la recaudación de impuestos suplementaria, el distrito escolar se enfrentaría a déficits que requieren recortes presupuestarios y despidos.
  7. La recaudación de impuestos suplementaria comenzaría en 2021.
  8. Se estima que las tasas de interés por cada mil dólares son:

○ $0.43 en 2021

○ $0.41 en 2022

○ $0.40 en 2023

  1. Si los votantes aprueban la recaudación de impuestos suplementaria, la tasa de 2021 combinada con la tasa actual de educación y operaciones sería de $ 1.95 por $ 1,000 del valor tasado de la propiedad.
  2. La recaudación de impuestos suplementaria se presentará en la boleta de las elecciones especiales del 11 de febrero de 2020.

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Дополнительный налоговый сбор на избирательном бюллетене в феврале Изменения предоставляемого штатом финансирования школьного образования привели к возникновению многомиллионного дефицита бюджета в Ванкуверских государственных школах. Для разрешения этой проблемы дефицита школьный район обращается с просьбой к избирателям проголосовать в поддержку налогового сбора 11 февраля 2020 года.

Факты о дополнительном налоговом сборе в поддержку образования и деятельности школ

  1. Если данный дополнительный налоговый сбор в поддержку образования и деятельности школ будет одобрен избирателями, это поможет сохранить программы и услуги на уровне, предоставляемом Ванкуверским школьным районом (VPS) в настоящее время
  2. Новое налогообложение дополнит налоговый сбор в поддержку образования и деятельности школ, одобренный голосующими в 2019 году.
  3. Этот налоговый сбор сможет оплачивать финансируемые за счёт местных средств ставки учителей, которые помогают уменьшить число учеников в классах.
  4. Этот налоговый сбор принесёт пользу всем школам района.
  5. Этот налоговый сбор поможет школам продолжить работу по повышению успеваемости и процента выпускников.
  6. Без фондов, предоставляемых дополнительным налоговым сбором, наш школьный район столкнётся с дефицитом, что потребует сокращения бюджета и увольнения сотрудников.
  7. Дополнительный налоговый сбор начнётся в 2021 году.
  8. Расчётные расценки на тысячу долларов:

○ $0.43 в 2021 году

○ $0.41 в 2022 году

○ $0.40 в 2023 году

  1. Если избиратели одобрят данный дополнительный налоговый сбор, в 2021 году общий уровень налогообложения, включая собираемый в настоящее время налог в поддержку образования и деятельности школ, составит $1.95 на $1000 долларов оценённой стоимости недвижимости.
  2. Дополнительный налоговый сбор будет включён в бюллетень для голосования на специальных выборах, которые состоятся 11 февраля 2020 года.

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