December 2022 WAVA Wave Newsletter

-Welcome to our month of "We Are Connected" at WAVA-

WAVA Month of Connection with our Virtual Food Drive

Happening This Month


Welcome to December, I hope you and your family had a wonderful break over the Native American Heritage Day and are looking forward to our upcoming holidays. This month is our 7 Mindset month of "We Are Connected", think of ways you are connected to others, your friends, family and your community. WAVA has a Virtual Food Drive this month to Connect with our community and others in need. Take a moment to visit to link and contribute and or bring a non-perishable item to your local food bank and snap a photo to share. If each WAVA family contributed $10 as a goal we can fill the food banks throughout WA for this upcoming winter break. Our WAVA staff and resource coordinator team also works to offer support to WAVA families in need this season. Before winter break take time to connect with your teachers, encourage students to have their camera on, attend out outing for our All School Winter Weather Day and more! Winter Break starts December 19th and we look forward to seeing you back in call on January 3rd for our "I'm Back Week" events.


WAVA Executive Director, Susan Boyer

12/1-12/16: Virtual Food Drive! Donate today: link

12/2: Check the Outing List for outings happening this week and through December

12/2: Special Education Day

12/5: Spelling Bee Registration is OPEN

12/7: LC Coffee Chat for ES 10am link

12/7: LC Coffee Chat for MS/HS 10:30am link

12/9: Holiday Sweater Weather Days! Find an outing in an area near you, bring or grab a drink/snack, play games and meet WAVA staff and friends. Outings

12/14: Holiday Sweater Spirit Day: wear your best holiday sweater and post pics to the Padlet

12/15: WAVA Graduation Information Share via Email

12/15: Project Elevate Day, Share a special story with our Stride Media Team

12/16: Last day of school before Winter Break

12/19: Winter Break Begins (Check out engagement options for the break)

12/19: Hanukkah

12/24: Christmas Eve

12/25: Christmas Day

12/31: New Years Eve

Get your creative genius on—the K12 National Art Competition is here!

Join K–12 students across the country and show off your artistic talents. You choose the medium, and we'll choose the winners based on creativity, originality, quality, execution, and overall impression.

Submit your original piece of art by Tuesday, January 31, 2023.

K12 National Spelling Bee

By inspiring the exploration of words, the K12 National Spelling Bee illuminates pathways to lifelong curiosity, celebrates academic achievement, and enriches communities. Show off your skills in an epic word game! Eligible 3rd–12th grade students can compete in the K12 National Spelling Bee for a chance to win great prizes. 1st place National winners will receive $2,500 Amazon e-gift cards and Microsoft Surface tablets! Register

Follow our Stride Student Instagram Channel! @stridestudent

We are so excited to announce we have a Stride Student Engagement Instagram Channel! You can find us @stridestudent This channel is meant to share about student engagement opportunities, as well as showcase student talent and elevate student voices to feel seen and heard! This channel is for our students to follow and connect with one another, as well as see what fun things we have happening!

Stride Serves: Random Acts of Kindness

Let’s spread some cheer this month with random acts of kindness. These small actions and efforts can have an enormous impact on their recipients. Check out some of the ideas below to demonstrate kindness within your community. It all begins with you!

How You Can Get Involved:

  • Design colorful bookmarks and place them in a library
  • Paint small rocks with cheerful colors and distribute them for others to find
  • Pick up a neighbor’s newspaper and bring it to his/her door
  • Compliment someone
  • Find more ideas HERE!
  • What other ideas can you think of to share a random act of kindness?

Be sure to share photos of your activities on your school's social media pages with the hashtag #StrideServes!

LC Mental Health Series - December Webinar "Mindfulness"

Stride is excited to present a live event December 14th, 2022 @ 3:30PM ET for Learning Coaches and parents of students enrolled in Stride K12-powered schools on Mindfulness, in partnership with the Cook Center for Human Connection.

Register today

This session covers the following:
- Mindfulness essentials
- Myths about mindfulness
- Posture and concentration
- Stillness in motion

Have an idea for a Facebook Live interview?

Follow us on FB and check out some of the FB Live sessions we have coming up:

Check out some upcoming session this month below:

Day in the Life

Podcast: Fitness and Summer Fun

What's New in the Webinar Library

Internship Tips from Stride Intern, Madison Terrell

Upcoming Fall Activities and More

Student Advisory Council Member Experience

How to Make Money Using Your Cell Phone

Join Learning Coach Community for WAVA on the K12 App or OLS, Social Sessions every Tuesday on Zoom to socialize with other Learning Coaches, ask for or offer advice, and simply chat with other adults. Register today in the National Learning Coach Community.

  • Access helpful resources
  • Meet and message other LCs
  • Connect their students with new friends
  • Receive and share advice, ideas and encouragement
  • Join interactive discussions, challenges, community building events and live guest discussion board moderators

Download the K12 app, log in using your Learning Coach credentials and join the National LC Community. #learningcoachlife

Learn more at

K12 On Learning Podcast

Each episode can be enjoyed here. You can also find us and subscribe to Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and others. Find us on the STRIDE/K12 website! Look for our Podcast Cover, as shown above! If you are interested in being featured on the K12 On Learning podcast or know a student, family, or professional you think would make a great guest, please email Heidi Higgins at

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Get Connected This Month

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Counselors at WAVA

Meet your WAVA Counselors. Learn more about what our counselors can support you with and also about our Social and Emotional Learning, 7 Mindsets and the activities, assemblies and chats available to your students. Check with your teacher, the counselor page or the SEL and 7 Mindsets page on our WAVA Bulletin.
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WAVA Community and Clubs News

Winter at WAVA

December Community Engagement News

At WAVA we want to connect with students and believe that all student can succeed. In addition to connection in the classroom through academics, student support, class connect sessions and learning platforms students can connect on their own time for community engagement. Club options for Stride can be found on the OLS Announcements and the Class Connect Schedule. WAVA Clubs will be on the WAVA Bulletin at Clubs may include options in Gaming, Art, Baking, Music, ASB, SkillsUSA, GLSEN, Social Chats and Esports. This month on the OLS you will find announcements about a Live Baking Challenge, Photo and Innovation Challenge and club options to join.

WAVA Clubs Schedule

K12 Student Engagement

WAVA Bulletin Board

WAVA Facebook

WAVA Instagram

WAVA YouTube

WAVA Events:

  • December: Spelling Bee Sign-Ups, Holiday Celebrations, Winter Break Club/Workshops with Stride, Virtual Food Drive, WAVA Cookbook Padlet, Outings, 7 Mindsets 'We Are Connected'

  • January: Cultural Fair, Spelling Bee Prep, Hat Day

  • February: Spelling Bee, Friendship Day, Spirit Gear sales round 2, WAVA Day

  • March: Science Fair, Leprechaun Trap Contest, Green Day

  • April: Talent Show, Spring Break Clubs, Creative Hair Day

  • May: Photo Contest, Graduation Promo, Prom, Clubs end, Sunglasses Day

  • June: Graduation, End of Year Staff Parade, Summer Clubs and Activities Promo

​You can share news on your student success with our National Social Media team through Project Elevate! If you are a Learning Coach interested in being on our Parent Advisory Council for 2021-2022, please contact us!

Welcome to Student Engagement Opportunities

Stay connected at school! Read the National Newsletter with school updates, socialization info and ways to connect even more! Be sure to check your OLS Announcements, websites, social media and the LC Community! This month look for our Live Baking Challenge on FB, Photo Challenge, clubs posted to the OLS Announcements, photo challenges and more! Social Engagement

Newsletter and National Contest Winner News.

WAVA Clubs Schedule and Info

Make sure to bookmark our WAVA Bulletin Board website and the Clubs Page for the monthly updates! You can find information on our WAVA Clubs that meet each week including the days, times and links. You can also find out information on National Clubs with Stride and how to access these through the OLS Announcements and Social Engagement Newsletters.

Outings in December

Check below and for the most up-to-date on the WAVA Bulletin Board and LC Community

  • 12/2/2022McIntyre Hall Performing Arts 2501 East College Way Mt. VernonNutcracker Performance1st Grade9amForrest
  • 12/5/2022Swan Creek Park 2922 Pioneer Way East Tacoma, WA 98404Salmon Creek Walk5th Grade8:45amSarah
  • 12/8/2022Point Defiance Zoo -- ZooLights 5400 N. Pearl St, TacomaZoo Lights5th Grade5-8pmHeather Clauson, Sarah
  • 12/8/2022PACE Academy 17550 NE 67th Ct. Redmond, WA 98052PACE Day5th Grade 1pm Nicole
  • 12/9/2022Cutters Point 5104 Sixth Avenue Tacoma , WA 98406All School Sweater Weather DayK-1210-12pmKatherine Tiric
  • 12/9/2022Mint City Coffee 539 N market Blvd Chehalis WA 98532All School Sweater Weather DayK-1210:30-12pm Sarah Layton, Carrie Pedersen, Danielle
  • 12/9/202215312 E Sprague Ave, Spokane Valley, WA 99037 *bring non-perishable food items to donate, pay for entrySweater Weather Food Drive Flying SquirrelK-122-4pm Daniel Terry (plus Spokane area teachers)
  • 12/9/2022Silverdale Waterfront Park, 3337 NW Byron St, Silverdale, WA 98383All School Sweater Weather DayK-121-3pmTami Berry, Sharyl Lee, Amber Longworth, Alysha
  • 12/9/2022Olympic Hwy-Shelton Starbucks; 3001 Olympic Hwy North, Shelton 98584All School Sweater Weather DayK-121:30-3pmSally Karr, James Karr, Rachel
  • 12/9/2022602 N 4th St, Yakima, WA @ Teen ZoneSweater Weather Day 6-8th6-8th, MS12-2pmJennifer Devenere, Carmen
  • 12/9/2022Tumwater Library: Meeting RoomCrafting with KindergartenK10:30-11:30Christen
  • 12/9/2022Third Place Commons, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park, WA 98155All School Sweater Weather DayK-1212:30-2pmJamie Beckland, Mr. Namminga, Ms. McLewin, Ms. Brauch, & Mrs. Reed, Mr. Putnam,
  • 12/9/2022Black Fern Coffee 1211 Granary Ave, Bellingham, WA 98225All School Sweater Weather DayK-1210-11:30amMarlys Holmes, Kristen McLewin, Drew Namminga, Forrest Risto, Bethany
  • 12/9/2022Seattle Center Armory (Food court), 305 Harrison St, Seattle, WA 98109Winterfest DayK-1210amKristin Ewing, Andi
  • 1/13/2023Digipen Redmond Campus: 9931 Willows Rd NE, Redmond, WA 98052Campus Tour for 8-12th Graders8-12th10:30-11:35amBethany Porter, Drew Namminga, Joelle

WAVA Clubs

Stride Tutoring

Check it out! We are excited to offer Stride Tutoring to provide resources and tools in support to our Middle School and High School Age students. This service will be available to students through our Stride OLS offerings.

Testing and Assessment Update

Washington students in grades 3-8 and 10 take in-person state assessments in English/Language Arts and Mathematics. Students in grades 5, 8, and 11 also take an in-person exam in Science. Students in Grades 11 and 12 who have not previously passed the ELA and Math exams are also allowed to attempt them again to meet graduation assessment pathway requirements. WAVA will administer the spring tests between April 24 and May 19, 2023.

WAVA offers 30 testing sites across the state to ensure that you will not have to travel more than one hour to attend any required exams. The attached 2022-2023 Family State Testing Guide contains a list of all the cities where we have testing sites in Appendix D. If have any conflicts with your assigned site, this list can help you determine if another site may be more convenient for you.

Before we can schedule students for testing, the first step is to confirm that you are assigned to a testing site that is reasonable based on where you live. This is your opportunity to review the location we plan on scheduling your testing, and either lock it in or request a change based on your needs.

On Friday, December 2nd, emails will begin to go out from asking you to review and confirm your assigned spring testing site. Please take a moment to review your site and confirm it. Use the list in Appendix D of the 2022-2023 Family State Testing Guide to review other locations if needed. Select Agree if the site is fine. If you need to request a change, select Do Not Agree and add a note listing your preferred location or change request. Your comments will be reviewed and we will work with you to make sure you are assigned at an appropriate site.

If there is no site that is less than one hour from your residence, you may request to test as a guest at your local school district. Select Do Not Agree to your site assignment, then you must email your request to If you meet the eligibility requirements, WAVA will make the arrangements with your local school. We may not be able to respond to requests after January 31st, 2023 so it’s important that you review your site assignment carefully.

*If you do not receive an email from by Tuesday, December 6th, please check your SPAM/JUNK folder. If you still can't find it, please email your homeroom teacher and ask that the email be sent again. It's important that you receive all the information you need.

Please save a copy of the attached 2022-2023 Family State Testing Guide. This manual is for your reference and contains a lot of helpful information about how state testing is scheduled and provided at our school.

You will have until December 16th to contact me with any questions, concerns, or requests for site changes. After that, I will be assigning students to seats within the schedule, and changes will only be made if there are seats available on your preferred schedule.

I look forward to serving you and your family as we all work together to ensure your student and our school remain successful.

Danielle Beyer, WAVA Assessment Coordinator

WAVA Office and Enrollment

WAVA 22-23 Academic Calendar

WAVA Parent Studen Handbook

Enrollment and Registration Contact Us Information:

Contact WAVA:

Ms. Giske, Operations Manager

Ms. Leateota, Assistant Operations Manager

Ms. Andoy, Office Manager

Special Programs Support

Special Programs Team:

Check out the Special Programs Page on the WAVA Bulletin

If you have questions or concerns about the diverse needs of your learner, please contact -

Success Stories

Do you have a Success Story you would like to share? Please share your story to: Project Elevate

We are WAVA, We are ONE

What's Important at WAVA?

At WAVA, students come first. We partner with families to provide a free and excellent public eduction that meets the needs of the whole child.

At WAVA, learning is our focus. We empower one another to become life-long learners through innovation and inspiration. We plan for success.

At WAVA, community is valued. We seek to positively impact our community through partnership, offerings, and collaboration.

At WAVA, cultures are respected. We celebrate diversity and commit ourselves to positive and meaningful teamwork.

WAVA Bulletin Board

Bookmark our school resource website! Check out our academic and social calendar, events, videos, helpful links, and more! This is the place to go for updates on our monthly social happenings. Be sure to check out the Social Spot page!

WAVA Clubs and Esports

At WAVA we want to connect with you and your students! Check out the options for WAVA Clubs and Esports. We have options for ages K-12 and hope to see you there! Visit our webpage on the WAVA Bulletin to learn more, sign-up and find access!

Learning Coach Community App

Are you looking to connect with other Learning Coaches in our school? We want to connect together! Join the K12/WAVA Learning Coach Community App to follow school updates and to connect with other families in the same grades and interests.

K12 National News

Click here to view our K12 National Newsletter! Stay up to date on the current news happening Nationwide with K12! Success stories, updates, info on schools, events and more!

K12 App

Download the K12 App today! Make sure you have this app to have easy access to everything K12 that you need from help and support!

WAVA School Year Academic Calendar

Be sure to save this Academic Calendar and mark down all the dates for WAVA you need to know throughout the year. Also check out the WAVA Bulletin calendar to see events and activities from virtual fields trips to spirit days and more!

WAVA Parent-Student Compliance Handbook

Download your copy of the Compliance Handbook so that you can have all the answers you and your learner may need!

Washington Virtual Academies

You know that your kids have something special inside them. We know it too. Washington Virtual Academies (WAVA) and K12 ignite the minds of children like yours to bring learning and innate possibility alive. Together, we are helping Washington students in grades K-12 reach their true, personal potential.

Omak Statement of Non-discrimination

Omak 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 and Title IX Coordinator: Brittney Richter, (509) 826-7687, or WAVA Family Resource Coordinator: Kathy Swartz, (253) 682-7906,; and Section 504 Coordinator: John Holcomb, (509) 826-8342, , P.O. Box 833, Omak, WA 98841 or WAVA 504 Coordinator, Scott VanGerpen, (253) 591-6888

El Distrito Escolar de Omak no discrimina en ningún programa o actividad por motivos de sexo, raza, credo, religión, color, nacionalidad, edad, estado militar o veterano, orientación sexual, expresión de género o identidad, incapacidad o el uso de un perro entrenado o un animal guía o de servicio, y proporciona el mismo acceso a los Boy Scouts y otros grupos de jóvenes que sean designados. Los siguientes empleados han sido designados para estar a cargo de preguntas y quejas de presunta discriminación: Coordinadora de Derechos Civiles y Coordinador del Título IX: Brittney Richter, (509) 826-7687,; Coordinador de recursos familiares, Kathy Swartz, (253) 682-7906,; y el Coordinador de la sección 504: John Holcomb, (509) 826-8342,, P.O. Box 833, Omak, WA 98841 or WAVA Coordinador de la sección 504, Scott VanGerpen, (253) 591-6888