SPARTAN FAMILY NEWS

September 18, 2022

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Dear Families,

OUR DEVELOPMENTAL PRESCHOOL PROGRAM

Now that all of our preschoolers have joined us at SES, our family is complete! We had a smooth week of welcoming our youngest SES students. Our Developmental Preschool is such an important program in our district as we know that early intervention is key to students' success in school. We have six preschool classes at SES. One of our classes is an inclusive preschool, in which half of the students have IEPs (Individual Educational Plans) and half of them do not. We are looking for more peer preschoolers to join a waiting list as it is likely that we will be adding another class of preschool before year's end. Please call our office if you would like to see if your child qualifies for this program, either through an evaluation for special services, or as a peer.


STANWOOD ELEMENTARY'S SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLAN

Every school in the district has a School Improvement Plan that is a three year plan that focuses on student achievement and the greater district-wide goal of graduating students that are prepared for the future of their choice. Within these three-year plans is an Annual Action Plan that narrows the focus to the current school year. Stanwood Elementary is no exception. Our plan has Literacy, Math and Social Emotional/Behavior goals and a focus on multi-tiered systems of supports that address the needs of all students.


SES goals for this year address increasing students' confidence and competence in:


  • recognizing and regulating own emotions/behaviors
  • demonstrating flexibility in number sense across mathematical concepts
  • phonemic awareness and decoding words
  • understanding vocabulary across content areas


We also have an overarching goal that all students will demonstrate growth in all academic areas through our instructional core and a system of supports for all students. We have created a building-wide schedule this year that supports intervention times so that we may build in these systems of supports within and across grade levels.


What might you notice at school?


  • Increased focus on number sense, math talk and fluency in composing and decomposing numbers
  • Increased focus on Character Strong Traits, Morning Meetings, Inclusive Practices and teaching students how to regulate their own emotions
  • Increased focus on reading fluency and academic vocabulary practice
  • Increased attention to individual goal setting and tracking progress



I have created a Stanwood Elementary School Principal's Facebook page to share what we're doing at SES. I will begin posting this week. You can follow me on FB at: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100086034605256


Our Spartan Dash fundraiser is kicking off this Monday. We will be sharing with students during Monday Morning's announcements and PTO will be sending flyers home tomorrow afternoon. If you'd like to help out on September 30th for the fun event, please contact PTO by following the link at the end of this newsletter OR find our PTO on their own FB page at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/stanwoodelpto


Please see the important dates section below. We have many upcoming events at SES and many ways to get involved if you'd like to volunteer.


Please let me know if there is anything we can do to better serve you and your family at Stanwood Elementary.


Mrs. Lauinger, SES Principal

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IMPORTANT DATES

9/19 - Spartan Dash Fundraiser Kick-Off (website open)

9/21 - Virtual Bedtime Story @ 7:00 pm (Google Meet)

9/30 - Spartan Dash

10/5 - 10/7 - 5th Grade Camp (Camp Seymour)

10/10 - 10/14- Book Fair

10/18 - Picture Day (Say Cheese)

10/21 - No School For Students- Teacher Inservice Day

10/28 - Hootenanny - Free evening event for all families - safe & appropriate only

10/31 - Dress-Up Day - safe & appropriate costumes only

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VIRTUAL BEDTIME STORY LINK

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HOPE BACKPACK MEAL PROGRAM

The Stanwood-Camano Food Bank provides grocery bags of non-perishable food items and a cold pack bag of fruit, cheese and yogurt for any child in need. These bags are placed in the student's backpack and taken home each Friday. There is no application, no documents, and no income requirement to qualify. Any family may request this for their child(ten). Students may also take an extra bag home for their sibling. If you would like your child to begin bringing home a backpack of food for the weekends, please call Kristie in our office at 360.629.1250.

BENCHMARK TESTING AT SES

We are currently assessing grades 3 - 5 in Math and Reading using our Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Assessment.


We are also assessing students' early reading readiness and reading fluency using aimswebPlus for all grade levels.


These assessments will help us to have a baseline this year for monitoring student growth and will also assist us in developing interventions. LAP and Title Reading depend on this information for qualifying students for additional reading services as well. Families will receive notification before serving any students in Title l/LAP. If you have any questions about this you may contact our Reading Facilitator, Megan Overall, at movenell@stanwood.wednet.edu.

BUS INFORMATION & PICK-UP DIRECTIONS

Families can access individual student transportation information online.


Versatrans eLink is the portal to access the bus route, stop time, location, and the bus your child will be riding. The "User Name" and "Password" on the login page is your child's 7-digit identification number. If you don't know your child's Student ID number, you can get it from Family Access, by asking your child's teacher to look it up for you, emailing me or by calling our office.


Click here for instructions on finding bus routes

Click here to go to Versatrans


Kindergarten Parents: To ensure your child's safety, please arrive at the bus stop in the morning and after school 5 minutes before the scheduled pick-up and drop-off time. Parents or guardians must meet the bus in the afternoon, or your child will be returned to the school or transportation center.


For more information, please call the Transportation Center at 360-629-1229.


PICK-UP

The safest thing to do is to join our pick-up line in the East Lot. We excuse students one-by-one into family vehicles. If you are walking to pick up your child, please walk up to the side door in the East lot and there will be a staff member there to greet you and retrieve your child for you.

CHARACTER STRONG FAMILY CHALLENGE

Our character trait of the month is Respect. We have been talking about this during our Morning Announcements and in class. This month's family challenge is to talk about RESPECT with your child and help them think about how they might show respect for people AND things in a variety of settings. Watch for this family challenge to come home this week.
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SCHOOL MEALS

Both breakfast and lunch are offered at school. The Stanwood-Camano School District will be returning to paid breakfast and lunch meals for students for the 2022-23 school year. Meals were offered free of charge during the past two years, paid for by a federal program during the pandemic. SCSD does not qualify to participate under the new federal Community Eligibility Provision.


We have returned to the “traditional” free and reduced lunch programs prior to COVID. We encourage parents/guardians to apply for free or reduced meals to determine eligibility for the National School Breakfast/Lunch Program. Completing a meal application takes less than 10 minutes, and parents only need to complete one application per household. Complete information about free or reduced meals is available on our district website here: SCHOOL MEAL INFORMATION

WANT TO VOLUNTEER?

The strength of SES is in the families we serve! We love our volunteers! All volunteers must be cleared through Washington State Patrol background checks. Once HR has completed the background checks and you have been cleared, your name is added to our cleared list. You may contact the office to see if this process is completed. All volunteers must also do the HIB training. This is now available by watching a short video and submitting your agreement electronically.


The following are needed to complete the Volunteer Application:
Volunteer Application (must be completed every two years)
Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Training (must be completed every year)

COVID HEALTH GUIDELINES

The Washington State Department of Health has issued updated COVID-19 health and safety guidance for schools this fall. Following these safety measures reduces the spread of COVID-19 in our school community.


Health and safety requirements for this fall:

  • Students and staff who show symptoms of COVID-19 are required to stay home, or go home, if they become ill at school. Individuals with COVID-19 symptoms must have a test to rule out COVID-19 before returning to school.

  • Students, staff, and families seeking testing should contact their schools directly. All COVID-19 testing at school will still require paper or digital consent to be signed or on file.

  • Students and staff who test positive for COVID-19 are required to isolate themselves at home for 5 full calendar days. After day 5, if symptoms improve and they have had no fever for the past 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications, students and staff can come back to school.

  • It is recommended, but not required, that students and staff returning to school after their 5 days of isolation:

    • wear a well-fitted mask from days 6 to 10, and

    • remain masked for sports and other extracurricular activities on days 6 to 10.

  • Students and staff who test positive after 5 days of isolation must stay at home for the full 10-day isolation period.


We will continue to communicate cases and outbreaks to families and staff in our weekly COVID-19 dashboard. The dashboard will be updated weekly on Wednesdays. These requirements are in place for all public and private K-12 schools and childcare facilities in Washington state. Schools and childcare facilities are required by state law to follow these guidelines.


Families are encouraged to test as needed at home. Students, staff, and families may access tests at no cost from all of our schools. Additionally, in Washington state, you can receive free self-tests from Say Yes! COVID Test program. Most insurance covers the costs of up to 8 self-tests per individual per month.


COVID-19 vaccinations remain the best protection for everyone against hospitalization and severe disease from COVID-19. The COVID-19 vaccine is now available for children 6 months and older. Booster doses are also available for children 5 years and older. You are encouraged to vaccinate your children if they are eligible, in consultation with your healthcare provider.

Non-Discrimination Statement

The Stanwood-Camano School District does not discriminate in employment, 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. Inquiries regarding compliance and/or grievance procedures may be directed to the District's Title IX/Affirmative Action Officer and Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator, Maurene Stanton (mstanton@stanwood.wednet.edu), or the Section 504/American Disabilities Act Coordinator, Robert Hascall (rhascall@stanwood.wednet.edu) Stanwood-Camano School District, 26920 Pioneer Hwy, Stanwood, WA 98292. Telephone: (360) 629-1200.