Snow Leopard News
Week of April 26
Hello Snow Leopard Families!
The Cedar Valley Elementary staff are learning a lot about how to be culturally competent to better promote and support our students and families success. Part of this work means we are working to understand, appreciate, represent and advocate for our students and families from cultures and/or belief systems other than our own.
As a district community, we are committed to becoming an antiracist institution. Our work is ongoing and we continue to look to our Race and Equity Policy as we work to serve all kids and all staff. I encourage you to reference the policy often. In addition to our Race and Equity Policy, our Board of Directors unanimously adopted the Resolution to Endorse Black Lives Matter in Edmonds Month of Action in January 2020. The resolution endorses and encourages our teachers, staff, and students to participate in the Black Lives Matter in Edmonds, Month of Action to be held during the month of February.
As background, Black Lives Matter (BLM) is a social justice and civil rights movement with the goals of raising awareness of and responding to racism. We maintain that BLM is not inherently political or partisan. Because BLM is an umbrella movement, it encompasses an array of ideas and groups. Its collective value in our context is as an appeal to identify and correct those practices that do not serve our students and staff who are Black, Indigenous and people of color.
In all Edmonds Schools, Black Lives Matter. Calling attention to issues of racism has a place at Cedar Valley because racism and bias continue to hurt students and staff who are Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC). We know that some of our BIPOC students and staff have directly experienced race-based bias and harassment. We cannot reconcile the lived experiences of many Black student and staff with our core values of excellence and equity in education. We need to and intend to do better. That is why we say that Black Lives Matter.
Leah Bracken, Principal
Every absence, excused or unexcused, is a learning opportunity lost and can have significant impacts on a student’s success in school and life. A student who misses 10 percent or more of their school days, which can mean just two days a month, for any reason, is considered chronically absent. A student is considered truant if they miss five or more unexcused days in a month or 10 or more unexcused days in a year. Five or more unexcused days may lead to a conference with the school.
Attendance is critical to learning. Logging on meets the minimum requirement for attendance. Actively engaging meets the goal for learning. All students are expected to attend and actively engage in daily remote learning.
Reminders during COVID:
- Please continue to report your student’s absence to the school office.
- Absences will only be excused if they meet the State’s criteria for excused absences, including new reasons for excused absences during COVID-19.
- Schools will begin to send daily automated calls beginning Monday October 19 for students that have not attended a scheduled class or engaged in remote learning daily. This will be the initial absence notification, the callout messages acknowledge that these absences can be adjusted by the teacher, should engagement for that day be established.
- If you have questions or concerns about attendance, please reach out to Dolores at 425-431-2151.
Tips for good attendance during remote learning:
- Establish a designated time for electronic devices to be turned in or shut down at a reasonable time the night prior.
- Ensure school Chrome book or device used to log on to remote learning is charged the night prior.
- Establish a morning routine that includes having breakfast and ready to be logged on
- time for the first class.