Grizzly Gazette

May 7th, 2022

Principal's Message

May is upon us and moving quickly already! We are heading into our busy assessment season. Teachers have been communicating testing dates with you. It is vitally important that your child make every effort to be at school each of the testing dates. Make-up days are available, but are few and it is difficult to replicate the classroom testing environment for students who are in need of make-up testing. Make-up testing takes place in another room in the building, not in a student's home classroom. Thank you for your help with this. We appreciate it very much.

Students had the chance to meet their new principal, Mrs. Caldwell, this past Friday. Mrs. Caldwell joined us for morning announcements. We then visited every classroom and she joined Mrs. Wayland and I out at our morning recesses. The students gave her a warm welcome, which was awesome to see. Hopefully she will be able to make a few more visits before the year is over.

One of my best memories from my years at Cedarhome is when the fourth and then fifth grade classes would make water rockets out of plastic 2 liter pop bottles. The rockets had a cone filled with small rocks and the bottle with a certain amount of water and fins were added on the outside-bottom of the rocket. This was part of a unit on flight that Mr. Chaplik took the lead on when he taught fourth grade and then when he moved to fifth.

We had a pressurized water launcher. The whole school would come out to watch. This had to be the most nervous I had ever seen Mr. Chaplik. Each time we had a launch day, he was so worried about one of the rockets flying back over the kids and landing on someone. I guess I should have been more worried, but I was just like one of the kids and couldn't wait to launch them.

It was an incredible learning experience for the students as they saw how different designs (fins, nose cone) affected the flight of the rockets. We would launch them just off the black top, facing east. Some of the rockets went so high and the kids went wild!! Some rockets cleared the playground fence! Some went in a southernly direction very quickly and very fast. They landed in an area which are now homes bordering our playground to the south. That would have been too much for Mr.C. I got such a kick out of his reactions when a rocket took a flight path that he didn't like. Those rocket launch days were some of our best times!! Take care.


Dr. Rumbaugh's Family Communication, 5-6-22

Hello Families,

This is a week of celebrations! From nursing staff to certificated staff to food service staff, we are so fortunate to have a strong and cohesive team. We are dedicated to serving students and families and the work of our staff is deeply appreciated.

Wednesday, May 11 is National School Nurse Day, recognizing the contributions these health care professionals make every day in the lives of our students, staff, and families. Our school nurse team has worked hard to keep our community safe during the past two years of the pandemic as we implemented COVID-19 protocols with countless changes along the way. This is on top of the work our nurses do every day dealing with students’ health issues. We can’t thank them enough for all they do and we are so grateful for their service.

In case you were not aware, this week has also been dedicated to celebrating our fantastic teachers and other certificated staff! We wouldn’t be who we are today if it weren’t for our outstanding certificated staff. I saw this poster in the staff room at Twin City Elementary and I agree with the sentiment!

National School Lunch Hero Day
Today, May 6, is School Lunch Hero Day, honoring the work of our food service staff in preparing and serving safe and healthy meals in our schools. School Lunch Hero Day provides the opportunity for the community to thank these hard-working heroes who ensure that our students are provided with meals each school day.

Developmental Preschool Openings
The developmental preschool program at Stanwood Elementary School is seeking students for the 2022-23 school year. The preschool is part of the special education department and includes highly trained staff who work to provide an inclusive experience for students. This is accomplished by providing an integrated fee-based program for students who are not qualified for special education. If you are interested in having your three or four-year-old child considered, please contact Ghvette Bergstrom at (360) 629-1250.

Apprenticeship Career Day
Workforce Snohomish will hold an Apprenticeship Career Day from 9 a.m. to 2:10 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11 at Stanwood High School. The event for Stanwood HS and Lincoln Hill HS students will feature representatives from a variety of apprenticeship programs with hands-on informational booths. This is a great time for students to learn about the opportunities available to them after they graduate.

Kindergarten Registration Underway for 2022-23
Welcome to the Class of 2035! Kindergarten registration is open in the Stanwood-Camano School District for the 2022-23 school year. To register for kindergarten, your student must be five years old before September 1, 2022. Please visit your resident school (or online at: to register. For more information, please call Rona Olson at 360-629-1237.

May is Water Safety Month
Our local YMCA will hold its annual Safety Around Water (SAW) program from June 20 to 30. The program teaches children of all ages that water can be fun, not feared if you know how to stay safe in and around water. Knowing how to be safe around water is one of the most essential life skills we can teach our children. It gives them confidence and saves lives. SAW is a grant-based swim lesson program offering eight free swim lessons focused on water safety skills to children in our community who may not otherwise have the opportunity to learn to swim. Please contact the Stanwood-Camano YMCA for more information.

Deborah Rumbaugh, Ed.D.

Mrs. Bregar's Counselor's Corner

Please click the link below to see Mrs. Begar's latest edition of Counselor's Corner with our focus on the Character Strong Trait of Creativity. Thank you.

May Counselor Corner

Lego Robotics

Hi families,

What a great start to Robotics Club! Your children did such a great job working together and exploring the robots this past Wednesday. Thank you to the parent volunteers who helped make the experience a great one for our students.

We want to especially thank the Stillaguamish tribe, for granting us the money to buy the Lego kits. Because of their generosity and support, the Cedahrome Elementary Robotics Club is up and running!!

Thanks so much,

Kristen Pappas, Fourth Grade Teacher, CES

Renee Barrie, Computer Specialist, CES

Important Information Regarding the Scholastic Book Fair!

We are having an in-person book fair during the week of May 9th-13th. The library is ONLY open to students during their library specialist time. We will NOT be open before or after school. There will also be an online option for shopping from home. Note: Shipping time may take longer if shopping online, but does benefit the school with reward dollars for the library. K-3 students have a shorter specialist time during the week than grades 4 and 5, therefore they will be scheduled for a second visit.


One way to alleviate sending money to school with your child is to enroll in a free eWallet account. An eWallet is a great way to give your child an allowance online that can be used for the in person book fair. Simply use your credit card to set a spending limit. Book fair volunteers will access the student name and no money will have to be handed over to them, it's that easy! See attached eWallet information to enroll your child! If there are multiple students in one family who need to share one eWallet, that is fine, as long as the librarian knows the amounts for each student. We have used this for a number of years and parents have given positive feedback with its use. No lost money, no last minute kids asking for money right before school, and no bags of coins needing to be counted out. It’s even a great opportunity for relatives to give money to an eWallet account. Note: Any left over balances on the account will be rolled over to the following school year or can be used at the Scholastic store (CES will have its fall book fair in October 2022).


Listed below is the day your child will be attending the book fair.

Monday (May 9th)- Fisher, Pappas, Crandall-Thompson, Burke/Hayton, Bright/Koster, Clem/Kelley

Tuesday (May 10th)- Trampush, Crandall-Thompson, Studebaker-Burke, Upper-Bright, Carlson-Clem

Wednesday (May 11th)- Hollingsworth, Rawls, McNeill, Studebaker-Sandven, Upper-Mendez, Wilfong-Carlson

Thursday (May 12th)- Struiksma, Stang, Ostrander, Heichel-Sandven, Laws-Mendez, Szymborski-Wilfong

Friday (May 13th)- Hollingsworth, Rawls, McNeill-Ostrander, Hayton-Heichel, Koster-Laws, Kelley-Szymborski

Please talk to your child about what they can/cannot purchase at the book fair. There will be pencils, erasers and other “trinkets” available. There are also many genres and book series for all grade levels. Some students have asked about buying items for friends as well. It is not the responsibility of the book fair to make those decisions for families (but so sweet of our kids to ask, love their big hearts). Please talk with both families before doing so to make sure it is agreed upon. There are no returns on book fair items. At this time, no parent volunteers are needed, but please keep an eye out next fall when I send information out for sign ups.

We do accept cash and checks if not accessing the student eWallet. Please make checks payable to Cedarhome PTO.

If you have any questions, please call CES and ask for Mrs. Arnestad in the library (ext. 2431). The office staff will gladly transfer you over to my extension so I can answer your questions. Thanks so much!

eWallet- Step by step directions:

Online Shopping (mailed to your home thru Scholastic)

Important Dates

May 11th-Late Start Wednesday

May 18th-Late Start Wednesday

May 25th-Late Start Wednesday

June 1st-Late Wednesday

June 8th-Late Start Wednesday

June 15th-No Late Start

June 17th-Field Day

June 20th- Last Day of School. Students are released @ 11:00. No lunch will be served.