November 13, 2022

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Thank you to all of the students that participated in our district's Harassment/Intimidation/Bullying Poster Contest. Two of our SES students were chosen as district winners! They will be recognized in this week's School Board Meeting.

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We are so excited to welcome the Watchdog program back to SES! Flyers were sent home on Friday. Please see the graphic below.

There will be pizza provided, a short slideshow, and volunteer forms/t-shirt order forms available.Children are welcome to come!

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Dear Families,

Take a look in your pantry. This is our last week for our food drive; this Thursday is actually our last day we will be collecting donations in our lobby. Though the focus is on snack items, really any non-perishable food item may be donated (box of cereal, canned soup, crackers, fruit snacks, flour, sugar, etc).

Thank you to all of the families that attended our assembly and watched our 5th graders give thanks to our Veterans last week. The fifth graders, under the direction of Dr. Smistad, Mrs. Bennett and Mrs. Larson did an amazing job conveying personal stories and giving thanks. All of the pictures sent in were displayed in a touching slideshow created by Michelle Freedman. To all of our Veterans out there and their families, I just want to say thank you one more time for your service and sacrifice.

If you missed conferences and want to talk with your child's teacher, please reach out directly to them via calling the office or through email.

Take care!

Staci Lauinger, SES Principal

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11/17 - Watch D.O.G.S. Kick-off Night @ 6:00 pm in the gym

11/18 - Picture Retake Day

11/23 - No Late Start - Early Dismissal

11/24 & 11/25 - No School - Thanksgiving Break

12/2 - Family Movie Night

12/13 - K/1 Winter Music Program 2:30

12/14 - 2/3 Winter Music Program 2:30

12/15 - 4/5 Winter Music Program 2:30

12/19 - 1/2 - Christmas Break

1/3 - First day back after break

1/16 - Martin Luther King Jr Day - No School

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Firefly has told us that we will have picture packets delivered to school tomorrow (Monday). If you are wanting retakes, more information will be coming home this week regarding Picture Retake Day on Friday!


As you have heard by now the District is looking at adjusting our school boundaries due to unbalanced enrollment. We work alongside a community group called the Capital Facilities Advisory Committee (CFAC). Anyone can join this group: The next meeting is at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 21 at Port Susan Middle School.

We are reviewing the district’s projected enrollment through 2031, studying current overcrowding, and analyzing new boundary options to recommend to the school board in the spring. Please consider joining the CFAC or attending one of our community feedback sessions. We want your input! All of the details are HERE.


PTO is funding pizza for our Watchdog Night on Thursday. Thank you, PTO!

12/2/22 - Family Movie Night - if you want to help out, email pto at email below.

Did you know that the PTO organized and facilitated the Book Fair, Hootenanny, T-shirts for all students and staff and so much more already this year? If you would like to get involved, email them at or follow their Facebook page:


Tickets are being sold now. This is not a fundraiser, it's just a fun family event and fun for us all to sit together in our red t-shirts and cheer on our local team. See that link below.


We have so many fun and meaningful ways to volunteer at SES. If you'd like to volunteer, you'll need to complete the volunteer application process.
The following are needed to complete the Volunteer Application:
Volunteer Application (must be completed every two years)
Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Training (must be completed every year)


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I have created a Stanwood Elementary School Principal's Facebook page to share what we're doing at SES. I have been posting most days so that you can see some of what I see as I walk the halls of SES. You can follow me on FB at:


As the weather forecasts indicate, we may see cold weather this winter. Our Superintendent, Dr. Rumbaugh, has shared with everyone how we make the determination to delay or close schools due to ice, snow, flooding, etc.

  • Safety first! We consider the safety of our children on buses, our student drivers, families driving and walking to school, and the safety of our staff, especially our bus drivers.

  • We monitor weather patterns using multiple methods 24/7. In particular, we use a tool called Accuweather that is specifically designed to support school districts in looking ahead at weather patterns.

  • When there is a concern about school starting on time, our staff begins driving the roads throughout the district as early as 2 a.m. We take photos, check road conditions, monitor traffic, look for hazards, etc. We typically drive the roads multiple times in the early morning to determine if conditions are improving, worsening, or staying the same.

  • We strive to decide about the school day by 5 a.m. Once the decision is made, we begin communicating with families and staff. We communicate through:

    • Autodialer (via School Messenger)

    • Email (via School Messenger)

    • Website

    • Flash Alert

Predicting the weather is a challenge, and our primary goal is to ensure that the roads are safe, our campuses are easy to navigate, and the weather does not impede a safe school day.


Neither staff nor students should attend school until symptoms are significantly resolving, even with a mask. Students and staff with any of the following symptoms will be asked to go home:

• Cough (new, changed, or worsening); any cough that would be distracting to yourself or others

• Temperature 100 degrees or greater within the past 24 hours

• Vomiting or diarrhea within the past 24 hours

• Runny nose with drainage that is cloudy, yellow, or green

• Mucous or cloudy drainage from the eye or pink eye

• New crusty rash on the face or around the nose

• New body rash, especially with a fever or itching

• Sore throat, especially with fever or swollen glands in the neck

• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

• New loss of taste or smell

Non-Discrimination Statement

The Stanwood-Camano School District does not discriminate in employment, 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. Inquiries regarding compliance and/or grievance procedures may be directed to the District's Title IX/Affirmative Action Officer and Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator, Maurene Stanton (, or the Section 504/American Disabilities Act Coordinator, Robert Hascall ( Stanwood-Camano School District, 26920 Pioneer Hwy, Stanwood, WA 98292. Telephone: (360) 629-1200.