Cascade View Thunderbird News
October 8, 2021
Tuesday, October 19
The Great Pumpkin Race
Thursday, October 21
PTA Informational Zoom Meeting, 6:30 p.m.
Monday, November 8 - Wednesday, November 10
Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences
Half-Day Early Release at 11:45 a.m.
Thursday, November 11
No School - Veterans Day
Friday, November 12
Half-Day Early Release at 11:45 a.m.
Tuesday, November 23
Picture Retake Day
Message from Mr. L
Greetings Thunderbird Families!
We are well underway for the 2021-22 school year and despite the fact we are still functioning under various Covid protocols, please know how much I continue to be proud of our students! The protocols we have in place, and the protocols our students continue to take seriously, continue to work! To date, there still have been no known transmissions of the virus between students on our campus. The alerts I have sent home are a part of the communication plan that we have been directed to abide by--the overwhelming instances of those alerts have stemmed from close contacts that were initiated in homes and family gatherings outside of the school setting. This continues to be, then, an important reminder to our village community to continue to take care of each other by following county guidelines. Doing THAT helps us all keep our kids healthy.
As we return to a state of normalcy, we have some amazing parents among us who have stepped up willing to pick up and champion the banner of our Parent Teacher Association! Our PTA has been, understandably, on hiatus during the pandemic shutdown. Now is a great time to once again re-form the next evolution of Cascade View's PTA--even given we cannot yet do some of the traditional activities that have been so amazing for our school and kids. Please consider yourself invited to attend an initial PTA informational ZOOM meeting on Thursday October 21 at 6:30 p.m. You will be introduced to the core group of parents who are willing to serve, at least in an interim fashion, as PTA board members so that this great and supportive organization can once again be felt as the amazing presence it is both on campus and in our community. The Zoom link for the meeting is included in this newsletter, as well as membership information. PLEASE become a member of our PTA! The cost of membership is miniscule to the benefit you'll receive in knowing how that support helps to create our place of magic at Cascade View.
Finally, thank you all for your patience and understanding regarding both the parent car queues at morning drop off and afternoon pick up AND all bus routes home! For our buses, the main impact causing delays have been due to all the road construction and repaving happening all throughout the district's service area. Fortunately, our buses seem now to be back to virtually where they were prior to the pandemic. And I can easily say the same thing for the parent car queue. We are now averaging a final student pick up at 3:25 p.m., so that line at the end of the day is going very smoothly--this is due to your diligence in driving safely while on campus AND in following our expectations of staying in your car while your child gets in and out of the vehicle from the passenger side doors. But, I do want to address one important note: last week, I was made aware of a couple of parents who made the unfortunate choice to drive in the wrong way in one of our lanes AND a parent who drove up and onto a sidewalk. This is FLAT OUT unacceptable and I will not stand for that to continue. If you are identified as driving in an unacceptable manner while on school campus, I will move to ban you from the campus for causing a major safety concern for both staff and students. You can insure you don't place me in that position by being patient and following all our expectations. The seconds you save by choosing to ignore our expectations is nothing compared to the risk you place all of us who teach and learn here. As one of your village elders, please take me seriously by doing your part to help our school routines flow smoothly.
More later on this "village elder" thing too. I've discovered something important about the role our school plays in the community--something you have discovered as well when our students could not be on campus during the pandemic. Stay tuned--it fundamentally changes our relationship evermore. And I'm excited about that.
Yours in service to our kids!
PTA Informational Zoom Meeting
Please join us for this informational meeting on Thursday, October 21 at 6:30 p.m.
More information and the Membership Form is attached below.
To join the Zoom Meeting, click on this link:
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After School Transportation Arrangement Changes
Please be sure to contact the school office as early in the day as possible when there is a change in your child's after school transportation arrangements. You may send in a signed note or call the office in the morning to change arrangements. We ask for your help in this matter in order to get all of our kids safely home each day.
In order to ensure a safe and timely dismissal, we will stop answering our office phone at 2:45 p.m. (12:45 p.m. on Friday) and, therefore, will not be able to implement any changes to your student's transportation arrangements after that time.
Thank you for your understanding.
Individual Picture Day is Coming to Cascade View!
- Picture day is Tuesday, October 12.
- Picture retake day is Tuesday, November 23.
- Orders can be placed online with Dorian Studios and searching for our school name. You can visit their website for picture packet information. Your online order can be placed before and up to four days after picture day. Paper picture packets will be sent home with students on Tuesday, October 5. Extra packets are available in the office.
Need more assistance? Contact the Customer Advocate Team by visiting dorianstudio.com, search for our school, and click on the yellow Help button associated with our picture day.
It’s The Great Pumpkin Race Charlie Brown!
What: Children will run the following distances based on grade level: Grades 1 & 2 - 800m; Grades 3 & 4 - 1200m; Grades 5 & 6 - 1600m.
When: The race will be held on October 19th, 2021. Each race will be held at the following times: 1st Grade @ 4:00 p.m.; 2nd Grade @ 4:20 p.m.; 3rd Grade @ 4:40 p.m.; 4th Grade @ 5:00 p.m.; 5th Grade @ 5:20 p.m.; 6th Grade @ 5:40 p.m.
Where: The races will be at Veterans Memorial Stadium at Snohomish High School.
Cost: Minimum of two cans of food to benefit the Snohomish Food Bank.
Prizes: A "pumpkin trophy" will be awarded to the top 3 finishers, male & female, in each grade.
For more information on how to register, get directions, or to ask questions, please visit our website: https://snohopumpkinrun.wordpress.com/
Healthy Youth Survey
The Snohomish School District will participate in the Washington State 2021 Healthy Youth Survey this fall. Cascade View 6th graders will be taking the survey during the last week of October.
The survey will be given to students in grades 6, 8, 10 and 12. The Healthy Youth Survey includes questions related to physical activity and diet, unintentional and intentional injury, substance use, sexual behaviors, abuse, risk and protective factors, and access to school-based services. Survey results are used by schools, communities and state agencies to plan programs to support our youth and reduce their risks. Participation in the survey is voluntary and the students’ answers are anonymous.
Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences
Conferences will be held the week of November 8. We will be having 20 minute sessions for you to hear about your child’s progress. Each day that week students will be released at 11:45 a.m, with no school on Thursday, November 11 in observance of Veterans Day. Conferences will begin at 12:30 p.m. and run through 3:20 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday afternoons. Evening conferences will be held on Tuesday from 4:05 - 7:20 p.m.
There will be school on Friday, November 12 and students will have early release at 11:45am.
More information regarding how to sign up for conferences will be coming out soon.
Elementary Human Growth and Development Family Presentations Scheduled
Human growth and development will be taught each year during 5-6th grade and sexual health will be taught in 7-9th grade.
Families are invited to attend a presentation to learn about the health standards, activities and resources that will be used to teach each of the topics, and the opt-out process. Please see details below.
- Elementary Human Growth and Development
- 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 2 at the Resource and Service Center (1601 Avenue D in Snohomish)
- Secondary Sexual Health
- 6-7 p.m. on Thursday, November 4 at the Resource and Service Center (1601 Avenue D in Snohomish)
If you plan to attend the presentation, please complete this online form to let us know you plan to attend. The purpose of the form is gauge the number of families that will attend and communicate with families about any changes in venue or times that may occur.
Those who are unable to attend the district presentations may review the lessons posted by clicking here. Due to copyright restrictions, we are required to post the links to the entire lessons as they were developed. Please know that some components of the lessons (example: homework-related activities for integrated learning and family homework) will not be taught.
The lessons and resources are also available for review from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. (or by appointment) at Teaching and Learning Services at the Resource and Service Center (1601 Avenue D in Snohomish). A video that will be used for the lessons is available for viewing at the district presentation and at Teaching and Learning. Due to copyright restrictions, we are unable to upload the video to our website.
K-3 Highly Capable Program Information
If your student is currently in grades K-3 and you are interested in your student receiving highly capable services to include learning opportunities with more depth, complexity, and acceleration in the classroom please be aware of the following information. Students currently identified for highly capable K-3 services do not need to go through the K-3 referral process.
Referral packets for the K-3 highly capable program are available in all elementary schools, and on the Snohomish School District websites in English, Spanish and Russian. The completed referral packet is due Wednesday, October 27 and can be turned in at your home school or the Snohomish School District office (drop box located by the main entrance) located at 1601 Avenue D, Snohomish, WA 98290. Click here to learn more.
Important Notice about 2021-2022 2nd & 3rd Grade Swim Program
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and limited swim lesson availability the past 18 months, this year's program will be open to district 2nd and 3rd grade students (2021-2022 school year). Participating district 3rd grade students must not have previously taken advantage of the program.
Dear Snohomish School District 2nd Grade (or 3rd Grade) Student and Family,
Did you know?
- Drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury death in the United States1, and second among children in the state of Washington.2
- Participation in formal swimming lessons may reduce the risk of drowning by as much as 88 percent among young children aged 1 to 4 years, who are at highest risk of drowning.3
- Regular physical activity in childhood and adolescence improves strength and endurance, helps build healthy bones and muscles, helps control weight, reduces anxiety and stress, increases self-esteem, and may improve blood pressure and cholesterol levels.4
Swim for Life, a nonprofit organization, was formed by local community members who have a passion for enriching the lives of young people in our community. Its mission is to make young people safer in the water. To that end, we would like for you to know about our exciting partnership with Snohomish Aquatic Center.
Swim for Life is offering every 2nd or 3rd grader enrolled in the Snohomish School District a free session of group swim lessons at the Snohomish Aquatic Center for the 2021-2022 school year. (Note: Sessions are typically four or five weeks long, and classes are offered once or twice a week.) This community program is being funded through generous donations raised through Swim for Life. To download a flier of 2021-2022 swim lesson session dates, please click here.
The Snohomish Aquatic Center strives to provide a FUN environment in which children can play, learn, and grow, with safety being the primary focus. The progressive learn-to-swim program is designed to help swimmers of all ability levels become safe and proficient in the water, teach essential water safety skills, include opportunities for in-session advancement, and work around busy schedules. The skills learned will carry throughout the lives of many, ensuring healthy and safe habits.
For details on how to enroll your 2nd or 3rd grader in group lessons at Snohomish Aquatic Center, please see the FAQs. Please contact the Snohomish Aquatic Center at 360-568-8030 with any questions or concerns.
Important 2021-2022 School Year Dates
- Wednesday, September 8, 2021 - First day of school
- Thursday, November 11, 2021 - Veterans Day
- Wednesday, November 24, 2021 - Half-day early release
- Thursday, November 25-Friday, November 26, 2021 - Thanksgiving Break
- Friday, December 17, 2021 - Half-day early release
- Monday, December 20-Friday, December 31, 2021 - Winter Break
- Monday, January 17, 2022 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- Friday, February 18-Monday, February 21, 2022 - Mid-Winter Break
- Monday, April 4-Friday, April 8, 2022 - Spring Break
- Monday, May 30, 2022 - Memorial Day
Monday - Thursday 8:35 a.m.-3:15 p.m.
Early Dismissal every Friday 8:35 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
**Please make note of the early release time every Friday. If your student rides a bus home, they will be dropped off at their bus stop two hours earlier than their drop off time Monday - Thursday.**
Monday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.