Wade King Elementary

June 2019 Newsletter

A Note from the Principal


Dear Wade King Families,


It is hard to believe there are just a few days of school left!


Your children have accomplished some amazing things this year. As our year ends, I hope you will take time to reflect on those accomplishments and celebrate them. Attending your child's Portfolio Celebration will provide you with an opportunity to do this as you look at his/her work from this year and past years. I also invite you to join us for our End of Year Celebration on the last day of school from 8:10-9:10 am. During this celebration, our school community will celebrate the things we have done together and say good-bye to our 5th graders and to staff who will be leaving us.


Here's to a great last few days of school!


Stephanie Johnson

Principal, Wade King Elementary

Important Dates in June, July, and August!

6/12 Bike Rodeo for 1st-5th Grade

6/12 Portfolio Share for 4th Grade 1:30-2:00 pm

6/12 BAAY Drama Club performs 5:00 pm in the cafeteria

6/13 Kinder Field Trip to Lake Padden 9:15 am - 12:15 pm

6/17 NO Monday School Meeting

6/17 Portfolio Share for 1st Grade 1:45-2:30 pm

6/17 Bellingham Public Library Summer Reading Presentations

6/17 Portfolio Share for 2nd Grade 12:30-1:05 pm

6/18 Portfolio Share for 5th Grade 8:45-9:30 am

6/18 5th Grade Celebration at Lk Padden Park 9:30 am-2:15 pm

6/18 4th Grade Celebration at Bayside Pool & Fairhaven Park 9:30 am-2:20 pm

6/18 Portfolio Share for Kinders 1:30-2:15pm

6/20 End of the Year Celebration 8:10-9:10 am in the cafeteria

6/20 Last Day of School - Early Release at 12:45 pm

6/21-25 Pick Up Medicine & Collect Lost and Found items

6/27 Playground Play Date for New Kinders from 10-11 am on the playground

6/28 School Office closes at 3 pm until mid-August

8/1 Playground Play Date for New Kinders from 10-11 am on the playground

8/22 Playground Play Date for New Kinders from 4:30-5:30 pm on the playground

8/23 Email/Texts Sent With Your New Teacher(s) Name(s)

8/27 School Office closed for meetings 8-10 am and 1-3 pm

8/27 Meet and Greet Open House for all families from 12-1 pm

8/28 First Day of School for Grades 1st-5th

8/29 Second Day for Grades 1st-5th - NO Early Dismissal

8/29 First Day of School for Kinders: Kinders Only-- Go Home at 12:30 pm

8/30 Second Day of School for Kinders: Kinders Only-- Go Home at 12:30 pm

9/2 NO School - Labor Day

9/3 Kinders Go Home at 2:30 pm

Our Mascot Is...

We had a group of students working alongside our second grade teachers and office team to inquire into the purpose of school mascot and to consider possible mascots for Wade King. These students had MANY reasons why an owl, dragon, wolf, or salmon would be a good mascot. Last week, they shared those reasons with our school community during our Monday Morning School Meeting. Students and staff received an official ballot to cast their individual vote last week, and our new mascot was announced today... We are the Wade King Wolves!
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Kindness Week - This Week

With the support of several 4th and 5th graders, next week is Kindness Week at Wade King. It will begin with our Monday Morning Meeting focus on ways to show kindness, continue all week with kindness stations during recesses, and end on Friday with a kindness lunch.


Families are invited to join us for lunch on Friday, June 14th for our 'candlelight' kindness lunch. Kindergarten lunch is at 10:45am, 1st grade lunch is at 11:05am, 2nd grade lunch is at 11:25am, 3rd grade lunch is at 11:45am, 4th grade lunch is at 12:05pm, and 5th grade lunch is at 12:25pm.


Part of Kindness Week is supporting our Bellingham Food Bank by collecting non-perishable items and making Get Well cards for people who are ill at St. Joseph's Hospital. These are both optional ways for students to show kindness in our community.

Bike Rodeo for 1st - 5th Graders - Wednesday, June 12th

Our Bike Rodeo is on Tuesday, June 12th! The attached Bike Rodeo letter was sent home this week with more information. Be sure to check it out!

PTA Parent Gathering and Student Gym & Playground Time - Thursday, June 13th from 6:00-8:00 pm

Our PTA is planning another fun PTA Meeting! We hope you can join us to connect with other families. We'll start with dinner. Then, parents will learn about summer play dates and a district-wide PTA Equity Fund while kids have supervised time on the playground and in our gym.


Please RSVP with this link OR by calling our school office at 360-647-6840 to be sure we have enough dinner for all!

11th Annual World Tour - Japan

THANK YOU Wade King PTA for sponsoring our 11th Annual World Tour. After a year of inquiring into Japan's geography, culture, music, and art, we celebrated on the evening of May 31st. This event gave us an opportunity to enjoy Japanese teriyaki, sushi, and mochi, as well as make more origami, learn about bonsai trees, play Japanese games, and connect with others in our school community. Thanks again to our PTA and EVERYONE who volunteered to make this event a success. We appreciate you!
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Wade King Featured in Sound Discipline's Newsletter

Sound Discipline is a an organization that our staff has been working with, during the last 2 years, to deepen our understanding of social-emotional learning. Our school was featured in their May Newsletter. Check it out with this link!

Gold Acorn... Awarded to Taylor Conot!

We are so happy to share with you that Taylor Connot is this year’s recipient of the Golden Acorn Award! The Golden Acorn is a very prestigious Washington State PTA award that is given out by local PTAs/PTSAs for exemplary and outstanding volunteerism and service to PTA. Taylor was awarded a certificate and a Golden Acorn pin, and her name has been placed on the Golden Acorn plaque, which hangs in our school. A Washington state PTA scholarship to benefit students will also be given in Taylor’s name.


Taylor Connot is one of those quiet worker-bees who is working in the background over the course of several years to ensure our students have quality and relevant enrichment, especially surrounding our World Tour locations. Taylor finds resources from all over this part of WA to provide cultural presentations, music, art, theater and dance performances for our World Tour event and in classrooms throughout the year. From professional storytellers during lunch to cultural trunk displays, Taylor has found ways to incorporate international studies with our IB program. Taylor is committed to seeing the World Tour as not just an annual celebration, but an opportunity to embrace learning throughout the school year, expanding the understanding of our students about their global neighbors.


Thank you, Taylor, for all your diligent work and support of our IB program and our Wade King community! You have a wonderful, giving heart and you are a pleasure to work with. We appreciate all that you do for our school.

Attention Families Leaving Wade King

At the end of the school year, families of 5th graders and families of students who will not be attending Wade King, will no longer have access to Seesaw. The link below has directions to save any photos and videos that you want to keep. If there are any that you want to save, be sure to do that soon! If your child will be at Wade King next year, you will still be able to access Seesaw.

Your Child's Next Teacher

As students and families leave for summer vacation, they are often wondering when they find out who their next teacher will be. As in years past, you will receive an email and/or text message from our school with this information. You can expect it on Friday, August 23rd. One difference this year is that we will not be posting class lists on our office windows as your child's privacy is important to us. Please be sure that your contact information and preferences are set up in Skylert to be sure you receive this information. There are directions below!

Meet and Greet & First Day of School

We hope your family can join us for Meet and Greet on Tuesday, August 26th, from 12:00-1:00 pm. This is a chance for you and your child to meet their new teacher, visit new classrooms, and reconnect with friends.


The first day of school for 1st - 5th grade is Wednesday, August 28th.

The first day of school for kindergarten is Thursday, August 29th.

Summer Programs

The end of the school year is quickly approaching. In Whatcom County, we are fortunate to have many summer programs and events for children and families. Our counselors, Ms. Regina and Mrs. Wakefield are great resources too. Don't hesitate to reach out to them.

Whatcom County Programs


Animals as Natural Therapy
Day camps to help children develop trust, communication, leadership, and teamwork using horses, goats, chickens, and rabbits. Contact (360) 671-3509


Blue Skies for Children– Can help pay for camp fees and enrichment programs. Contact (360) 756-6710


Boys and Girls Club (1st-12th grade) - Morning Program 7:30am-11:30am. Afternoon Program is 11:30am-5:30pm; www.whatcomclubs.org. Contact (360) 527-9777


Camp Kirby (1st-12th grade) Day camps: June 26th-June 30th; Sleep-Away Camps: July 9th-August 12th; Weklong sessions. info@campfiresamish.org. Contact (360) 733-5710


Fircreek Day Camp (1st-6th grade, ages 7-9) - June 19th-August 18th. info@thefirs.org. Contact (360) 733-6840


Firwood (3rd-12th grade) Sleep-A-Way camp on Lake Whatcom. www.campfirwood.org. Contact (360)758-2741


Ray of Hope - Six week Summer Day Program designed for children ages 5-12 (must have completed kindergarten) with emotional, behavioral, and/or economic challenges. Includes arts and crafts, recreation, field trips, and artistic enrichment. Application due date: May 15th, 2019. Cost: $1200 per child for 6 weeks (scholarships available). Program runs June 24th-August 2nd. Contact (360) 714-0700 extension 2.


Whatcom Community College: Kids College (Kindergarten-12th grade) June 24th-August 8th. www.whatcomcommunityed.com. Contact (360) 383-3200. Robotics, Self-Defense, Mountain Biking, Kids Can Cook and more!


WWU Kids Camps– Various enrichment opportunities such as sailing, college quest, performing arts, etc. wwu.edu/youth Contact (360) 650-330


Whatcom Community College: Kids College (Kindergarten-12th grade). June 24th-August 8th. www.whatcomcommunityed.com. Contact (360) 383-3200 Robotics, Self-Defense, Mountain Biking, Kids Can Cook and more!


WWU Kids Camps– Various enrichment opportunities such as sailing, college quest, performing arts, etc. wwu.edu/youth Contact (360) 650-330


Bellingham Parks and Recreation


“BellingCamp"— is for ages 6-13 and will run from 8:00 am-5:30 pm. New themes include Animation week, Secret Agent Code camp, Nature and Sustainability camp and more.


Adventure Day Camp—serves kids 8-13 and offers 9 weeks of daily field trips. Kids will have opportunities to tour a welding shop, see the behind the scenes cooking action at Fiamma Burger, horseback ride, build solar ovens, skateboard and bike with local experts and much more. Adventure Day Camp hours remain 9:00 am to 4:00 pm in 2019.


Sports Camps—The Leisure Guide provides a complete listing of all of the sports activities.
Any upcoming Youth Sports Camps will be posted on the Sports Notices page. Contact (360) 778-7000


Another great resource for summer activities is:

Kids Insider- http://whatcom.kidinsider.com/


Does your child need new shoes for the summer?

Blue Skies for Children is scheduling appointments through May 30th. Child must qualify for free or reduced lunch. Contact (360) 756-6710

Link Your Fred Meyers Rewards Card & Use Amazon Smile - Easy Ways To Support Wade King PTA

If you link your Fred Meyer Reward Card to Wade King PTA, every time you shop a portion of your purchase will be rewarded back to our school. It’s simple, takes only a moment, and has a positive impact on our fundraising efforts.


If you linked your card last year, you will need to re-link it again this year!

To link your Fred Meyer Reward card...

  1. Go to Fred Meyer Community Rewards: www.fredmeyer.com
  2. Follow the links to COMMUNITY REWARDS and link your card to Wade King


If you shop Amazon.com, you can also earn money for our PTA.

  1. Go to Amazon Smile: www.smile.amazon.com
  2. Search for Wade King PTA
  3. Start shopping... and 0.5% of your purchase will come back to the PTA!



Don’t forget to tell your friends and family about these programs.

They can link their cards to Wade King too!

Box Tops - An Easy Way To Earn Money For Wade King PTA

Do you want to help out the school, but don’t have the time?


Did you know you earn $.10 per BoxTop and can easily earn 2-5 times more just by using the BoxTop app? Yes, there’s an app for that too, and it’s EASY! Check it out:

https://www.boxtops4education.com/bonusapp/how-it-works


Here’s the quick run down on how it works!

  • Check out all the products you get Box Tops for.

  • Buy the products you want.

  • Take a picture of your receipt.

  • Earn extra money for the school!

Seriously, it’s that easy!


Then, turn in the BoxTop to school and our PTA can collect even more!


Here's another tip... Trim your box tops well! BoxTops have to be trimmed before mailing them in so they can be bundled and to save on shipping costs.