Timberbeast Times

October 28, 2021

Message from Mrs. Gray

Dear Salem Woods Families,

Halloween is right around the corner and there are a few things to know about costumes and school. Please look to your individual teachers and their newsletters for classroom events that may be occurring on October 29th. We look forward to seeing all of our students as they visit us in the office tomorrow! We hope you all have a fun and safe weekend.

  • Students should not wear or bring costume masks of any kind to school. Our masks for COVID safety will still be in effect that day.

  • Please limit the amount of face paint as well. It’s for identification reasons.

  • Costumes that look scary and would frighten other children - like ghosts and monsters, or have blood as part of the theme - cannot be worn at school.

  • Any rendition of a weapon is not allowed as well.

  • If you are contributing food items to a classroom celebration, remember it is safer for students if the food is store bought.

  • Our masks for Covid safety will still be in effect that day.

In Partnership,

Melanie Gray

S.T.A.R. Shoutouts!!

Each week we spotlight students who are recognized for being safe, taking responsibility, showing acceptance, and being respectful. Take a look at some of the students who were recognized this week!

P.E Independent Circus Skill Stations- so much fun!!

PTA Reflections Program

Salem Woods will be participating in the Reflections program this school year! Each year, over 300,000 students in Pre-K through 12th grade create original works of art in response to a student-selected theme. This 50+ year-old program helps students explore their own thoughts, feelings and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence and find a love for learning that will help them become more successful in school and in life. This year's theme is I Will Change the World By.... More details to come! Questions? Please contact Betsy Burnett - betsybasch21@gmail.com.

Here are some introductory videos:



Timberbeast PAX Vision Boards

Here at Salem our students are working on becoming PAX Leaders. PAX stands for productivity, peace, health, and happiness and the PAX motto is “I better my world, and I better myself”. Classrooms have started to define what students want to see, hear, do, and feel more of in their classrooms and while at school. This PAX vision encourages students to predict, monitor and reflect on their behaviors for success in different settings, activities or during interaction with others.

Here is a sampling of some of our vision boards our classrooms have designed.

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Do you have a Chromebook to return?

Parents, if your student has a Chrome book at home that you checked out during an absence or last year please send it back to school with your student or stop by the office and we can check it back in for you.

Is your student missing some belongings?

Families, our lost and found is getting full. If you are missing any items please remind your student to check the lost and found. It is located in the gym hallway.

Please also remember to write your student's name on their belongings so that can be returned them.

Important - Race and Ethnicity Law Changes

Dear Monroe School District families,

Student Race & Ethnicity Data Collection

Recently, there was a change in federal and state law that affects how student ethnicity and race data is collected by school districts. This change now requires schools to have this data recorded for every student.

As a result, we are required to ask families to verify their child as either Hispanic/Latino or not Hispanic/Latino AND by one or more of 217 racial groups. We ask that families please respond to the two questions in Family Access for each of their students currently enrolled.

While families are not required to verify the race and ethnicity of their students, we are required as a school district to submit this data to comply with federal and state law. We will make two attempts to reach families with the request to submit their child's ethnicity and race category. If there is no response, schools are required to make the ethnicity and race selection for the student.

More information can be found on our website.

MSD Weekend Food Backpack Program

Dear families,

We know that the economy has hit some of our families hard and the Sky Valley Food Bank and Salem Woods are collaborating to help ease some of the hardship.

This program is intended for families with incomes that are eligible to participate in the federal government’s Free and Reduced price school meals program.

Only the attached form is required to enroll. If your family is already a client of the Sky Valley Food Bank you are not eligible.

Participating families will receive a plastic bag filled with food on Friday when school is in session.

Please return the Weekend Food Backpack Request enrollment form to your student’s teacher as soon as possible to receive a bag of food each Friday. No further paperwork is required. Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions.


Lynnette Ervin


Counselor at Salem Woods


Important Upcoming Dates...Mark your calendars!!

  • Nov: National Homeless Youth Awareness Month
  • Native American Heritage Month
  • November 3rd: Wear your Purple for Kinder Purple Day!
  • November 8th: 6:00pm School Board Meeting
  • November 11th: No School - Veterans Day
  • November 16th : 4:30pm PTA meeting
  • November 17th : Retake Picture Day
  • November 15-19: Penny Challenge
  • November 23rd: 10:00-11:00am Principal Chat via Zoom
  • November 29th - Dec. 10th: Scholastic Book Fair

How to Reach Us

When you call the Salem Woods main line (360-804-3600) you have the option to dial directly to the service you need. Below is a list of options you will hear when you call Salem Woods.

  • Press 1 for Attendance Hotline
  • Press 2 for After School Transportation Changes
  • Press 3 for the Health Room
  • Press 4 for the Counselor
  • Press 0 for the Office Staff
Skyward Family Access

Skyward Family Access is an online tool that offers families up-to-the-minute student information, including attendance, schedules, food service balances, and immunizations. It also includes a calendar and message center.

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SWE...Who's Who, and how to:

Principal ~ Melanie Gray

Counselor ~ Lynnette Ervin

Office Manager ~ Karen Ligman

Assistant Secretary ~ Annamyriah deJong

Health Room ~ 360-804-3632

24-hour Attendance Hotline ~ 360-804-3601

End of Day Changes Hotline ~ 360-804-7100

Fax ~ 360-804-3699

Bus Delay Information ~ 360-804-2951

Transportation Office ~ 360-804-2650

School Hours are 8:55 a.m. to 3:25 p.m. Monday — Thursday

and 8:55 a.m. to 2:25 p.m. on Fridays

Notice of Non-Discrimination

Monroe School District does not discriminate in any 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. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Civil Rights Coordinator: Joanne Dickinson and also Title IX Coordinator, 360-804-2539, dickinsonj@monroe.wednet.edu; and 504 Coordinator: David Paratore, 360-804-2609, paratored@monroe.wednet.edu. Address: 200 E Fremont St., Monroe, WA 98272.