Community Letter

February 18, 2022

Have a wonderful mid-winter break!

Hello LISD Families,

We sincerely hope all our staff and students have a fun, relaxing, and restorative mid-winter break. Since our holiday break in December, we have gone from relaxing with friends and family to busy schedules with accumulating workload and constantly approaching deadlines. A break from school gives us the opportunity to pause, slow down, and focus on our physical and mental health. Here are a few benefits of school breaks for students:

1. Improves memory

2. Serves as an energy boost

3. Reduces stress

4. Improves health

5. Boosts performance and creativity

Rest and reset can take different forms. We hope our students choose what works best for them, whether it be exercise, reading, movies, extra sleep, socializing with friends, or a creative project.

We are trying to hold each other accountable to using this break to recharge so we can show up as our very best selves on February 28th. Mary is going to spend more time shredding trails on her mountain bike, and Martha is going to attend yoga classes.

All our best to you and your family,

Mary and Martha

Menu For Week Ending March 4

Menu February 29-March 4

Carrots: Garden Class Topic of the Week

It was a fun week in garden class...prepping, cooking, and eating our delicious carrots grown right here in our LIFE Garden. Garden class is FUN!

Here is the recipe.

And here is the video.

Tuoya Deach

New From Decatur

Decatur School's Kindness Rocks! This community service project is in-process and inspiring young artists to put positive messages out there, while applying art concepts. Rocks will be placed throughout the Decatur community soon.
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An interview with Morgen Limbach

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Spotlight on a Member of the Graduating Class of 2022!

What clubs/athletics/extracurriculars have you been involved in? I ran track for 2 years, was in the drama club for 3 years, and joined MPPACT 3 years ago. I've also been ASB secretary for 2 years now.

What is one positive memory from your time here that you’ll carry with you forever? The rock climbing intensive. I’ve never done that before and it was really cool. We got to go off island to a couple different places.

What is the best piece of advice you have received from a teacher? Richard Tetu always says, “challenge authority,” and Richard Carter tells us to breathe.

Finish this sentence: “I cannot live without…….”: Cold bodies of water!.... Puget Sound, Salish Sea, mountain rivers and lakes.

What is the most creative excuse you have ever used to get out of school work? My wifi was bad, which is really that creative!

What is one piece of advice for incoming high school students? Enjoy yourself and try not to procrastinate.

What is the most meaningful assignment ever given to you by a teacher? In Ms. S's 10th grade English class, we gave something up for a month. I gave up talking. It was kind of nice in some ways but also kind of lonely.

What’s the most important quality in a friendship? Why? Trust and respect. If you trust someone, it leads to everything else. And if you don’t have respect, it’s hard to have trust and you don’t feel comfortable.

In 10 years, I will be…: I think in ten years I will know what I want to do with the rest of my life, or at least know what I’m most passionate about, and I’ll be on the way to getting there.

Who/what do you find inspiring? Happy people, art, mountains.

What are your plans after high school? I’m taking a gap year to work at Vita’s and maybe one of the coffee shops, and I might go on a trip. Then I’m going to go to college at Western or one of the schools I applied to on the east coast.


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A Familiar Face, Now an Official LISD Paraeducator

Hello! I’m Sheila Woodington (she/her/hers). I was just hired as a permanent Paraeducator. I have been substituting for a couple of months, and am honored to continue to work with Lopez Island students. I graduated with a Bachelors of Arts degree from Evergreen State College many moons ago, and find the interdisciplinary method of education to be the most effective and fresh approach to learning.

I serve on LIPTSA (Lopez Island PTSA) board, as I feel it is very important for the community to support and advocate for our school. Become a LIPTSA member

My true passion is working towards equality, inclusion and the celebration of neurominorities. There is a group of us,, birthing a hope that Lopez Island will be a “neurocosmopolitan community”, a center of neurodiversity where we are “greatly enriched by all the differences,” a term coined by Dr. Nick Walker and scholar Ralph Savares. I have three children who have completely challenged my idea of “normal” and encourage growth and expansion every day. They are my North Star.

My favorite activities are running really slow, meditating and sleeping.

If you see me in the halls, don’t hesitate to say hi. I love to chat!

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Let's get to know Ali Nicol

Hi, my name is Ali Nicol. I have subbed at the Lopez Island School for the last five years. I also have had the opportunity to teach Elementary Garden for a couple years and have coached soccer in all capacities since moving to Lopez in 2005. I am from North Carolina originally, but have moved around over 50 times in my life. Every where I have lived gives me new perspective and insight to people.

It is important to me to live my life helping others and forming deeper connections to my understanding of myself. Working with children reminds me every day how important it is to show up for them and teach the love of life long learning. I am happy to have the opportunity to teach as a Leave Replacement substitute for Amy S. for the rest of the school year and serve my community and the students.

Arts and crafts, reading books and watching movies, and hanging with my kids, Ananda and Mirabella, are my favorite things to do. And my favorite color is the rainbow and my favorite junk food is Takis (at the moment).

I just want to have a great time with the students and support their developing minds in positive ways!

ASB's Valentine's Day Surprise for Secondary Students

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News From Lopez Island Library

The Library is hosting a program about navigating the College Admissions Process and I'm wondering if you could include information about it in the next community newsletter?

Info is below. Thanks very much!

Special Library Program for Parents of 6-11th Graders:

How to Prepare for the College Admissions Process

Thursday, March 17th at 6pm


Presented by the Lopez Island Library

Guiding your child into college is a process without any singular clear path. The application, scholarship, and financial aid processes are bewilderingly complex and uncertain for most parents and students. How can you prepare for something with so many unknowns? Is there any way to make the process less stressful? Join Librarian and parent Ingrid Vliet for a candid and informative conversation about what she's learned shepherding two children through the college admissions process. Ingrid has learned things she wishes she had known much sooner, and would like to share that information with Lopez parents--what to expect can help regain some sense of control, and a stronger lay of the land going into the process.

Learn about resources and strategies to set your family up for fewer frustrations come senior year.


Malia Sanford

Library Programs and Outreach Manager

Lopez Island Library


2225 Fisherman Bay Rd.

Lopez Island, WA 98261

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High school spring sports will start February 28th. If your student is interested in joining golf (grades 8-12), middle school track, or high school track, please sign up on the sheets outside of Coach Berg's office. Middle school track practice will start after spring break on April 11.

From the Nurse's Corner

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From the Nurses Corner

Just a reminder to follow COVID protocol for mid winter break. Have fun...but stay safe!

Lopez Island School District

Ed Murray, Superintendent

Martha Martin, Secondary Principal

Mary Fordham, Elementary Principal

The Lopez Island 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 employee(s) has been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator, Ed Murray –; Title IX Coordinator, HR Specialist, Renee Koplan –; Section 504, Mary Fordham –; OR contact by phone, 360-468-2202, OR mail to 86 School Rd, Lopez Island, WA 98261.