District Update

December 3, 2021

Stronger Together

We are so grateful for the outpouring of support and love we have had this week from the Sedro-Woolley School District community.

Matt Mihelich had deep roots entwined in the very fabric of the quilt that makes up our district. We are feeling his loss in every fiber of the district. From the schools he served at as principal to the district office where he was an integral part of the executive leadership team, the loss we're feeling is tremendous.

Matt was a family man through and through. There was nothing he enjoyed talking about more than his kids' accomplishments — in both academics and sports. But he also was so proud of their strong character and kindness. They were his world and we are thinking about them and his dear wife who was the joy of his life.

No one else could build a team faster than Matt. He cared deeply for those he worked with because to him, we were his extended family. More than anything, Matt's ultimate focus was always on how we could play a role in building future success for our students. Because to Matt, our students' well-being was the focus of every single decision.

The strength of small towns is pulling together quickly when tragedy strikes. I keep seeing this over and over again in Sedro-Woolley. I am incredibly honored to serve a community that continuously comes to the aid of one another.

Again, on behalf of the district, we appreciate your support and your thoughts. We ask that you keep the Mihelich family in your thoughts as they grieve this incomprehensible loss.

Join FCCLA's Cubs Dine In event

Join Sedro-Woolley High School's Family Career Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) and others around the nation in the annual Cubs dine in night!

Why is eating with your family so beneficial?

• When children can count on regular times with a parent or other adult, they feel loved, safe, and secure.

• Table talk gives youth a safe place to express their ideas. They gain confidence to speak up in class.

• Listening to grown-ups at the table exposes children to new words which helps them to read better.

• Laughter at the table makes mealtime fun!

• Children set roots for a lifetime as they experience their family’s values and traditions

• Kids can feel accepted by their family and may not need to seek approval from others

• Positive mealtimes help families know each other and feel that they belong to one another.

“What is Cubs Dine In?”

Cubs dine in began in 2014 and it takes place annually on December 3. Cubs dine in is one night a year where families purposely sit down and have dinner together. This annual event was founded in commemoration of the FCS founder Ellen Richards’ birthday. Join more than 200,000 other families who will be preparing and eating a meal with their families.

Take a picture of you eating with you family and send it to mdempsey@swsd101.org.

Deadline for Flood Damage Assessment submission extended

The Skagit Department of Emergency Management has extended the deadline for submission of damage assessment forms to Friday, December 17, 2021 in light of the recent secondary flood event. Residents are advised to submit separate forms for damages sustained under the November 14-16 flood event and the November 28 & 29 flood event.

Follow these important steps for reporting damages to personal residential and/or business property:

Step 1: Assess and document the damage Identify and make a list of all the damages. Take pictures of the damages. Estimate how much you think it will cost for repairs or to replace your belongings.

Step 2: Call your insurance company Locate your insurance policy documents (if available) and call your insurance company. Report damages. Your insurance carrier will advise you on coverage and additional steps to be taken.

Step 3: Submit a Damage Assessment Form to Skagit County DEM. Complete a damage report form online. Click here for English, or here for Spanish.

You will be asked several questions including the estimated damage to your home and belongings, as well as your insurance coverage. This information will be used to establish a county-wide damage assessment which will aid the County in potentially obtaining federal assistance.

Important information to have on-hand when filing the Damage Assessment Form:

-Contact information
-Address of the damaged property
-Name of the owner or renter
-Estimated pre-disaster value of the property
-Estimated structural damage
-Estimated personal property loss
-Primary cause of the damage
-Insurance type and coverage for the losses and deductible amount
-Is the property safe to live in (inhabitable)?
-Is the property accessible?
-Is the damage major or minor?
-A description of the damage

If you need assistance, please call Emergency Management at (360) 416-1850.

Winter Break

A reminder that Winter Break starts Saturday, December 18 and runs through Sunday, January 2. Classes will resume on January 3.

Adverse Weather

The 2021-2022 Emergency Communications Bulletin has been updated for this school year. Please review for changes.

This Guide has a list of frequently asked questions for when there's snow in the forecast. It's been a couple of years since a snow storm has affected school; some of our newer parents have never experienced the district's process. The FAQs has the two-hour late-start schedules for CMS and SWHS as well as a bevy of other information families may want to know.

This Newsletter has information on how to sign up for information and where to go for news.

As you will see in the documents, we make decisions about whether to have a two-hour late start or to cancel school as early as possible because we know how difficult it is for our families to juggle a last-minute call. Our transportation director and transportation coordinator both drive some of our more challenging bus routes starting at 3 a.m. We also typically consult multiple weather forecasts and also try to take staff commutes into consideration as well as teenage drivers when making the final decision by 4:45 a.m. Safety is paramount and we try our best to make the right call. Ultimately, in adverse weather, families make the final call on whether or not to send their children to school.

COVID-19 testing now available

Sedro-Woolley School District Health Services team has expanded access to timely diagnostic testing for SWSD students with symptoms of COVID-19.

The testing will be free of charge and will only be offered to ONLY students and staff showing symptoms. To schedule an appointment and complete pre-test paperwork, visit https://form.jotform.com/213156543945055. Testing will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday on regular school days. All appointments will need to be scheduled, as drop-ins cannot be accommodated at this time.

We will have a drive-up, outdoor option for convenient access outside the front doors of the Admin Annex (201 N. Township, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284). Once you have filled out the paperwork online and arrived, please do the following:

  • Park in the designated COVID-19 testing space located at the front of the building.

  • Call 360-855-4453 to let us know you have arrived and remain inside your vehicle.

  • Results take approximately 15 minutes to process and we will use the phone number given on the form to report the results back to you, as well as answer any questions you may have.

  • Health Services will then report all COVID-19 results – positive and negative – within 24 hours to the Health Department using the web-based reporting tool called US Digital Service’s SimpleReport.

Please note this is NOT the Test to Stay program. We do not currently offer testing for those who are NOT presenting with symptoms. As testing supply availability increases, we hope to expand the testing opportunities. We will be sure to keep you updated on any changes.

SWSD replacement levy to be on February ballot

The Sedro-Woolley School Board approved a resolution on Nov. 8 asking voters to maintain the Education Programs & Operations (EP&O) Levy.

Local school levies must be renewed by voters.The current levy, which expires in 2022,collected $2.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value. The district expects to collect approximately $11,259,099 in 2022, which is lower than the voter approved cap of $13,667,841.

The proposed levy will collect $11,919,069 in 2023, $12,515,023 in 2024, $13,140,774 in 2025and $13,797,813 in 2026. These are the capped amounts or lids based on a 5% growth projection per year of the community’s assessed value.

Even though the district has a $2.50 rate, it won’t be able to collect more than the capped amounts approved in the board’s resolution. If the community’s assessed value increases, the $2.50 rate would actually be substantially less.

Washington state funds schools based on a“prototypical model”, representing the Legislature’s assumptions of what resources are required to provide students with a basic education.

State funding typically falls short in covering costs to enhance local schools with services requested by the community, leaving EP&O levies to bridge the gap in funding to provide for additional expenditures.

Skagit Valley Herald Christmas Fund

The Skagit Valley Herald Christmas Fund is a non-profit, charitable organization that has provided toys, books and a holiday meal to needy children and their families in Skagit County for over 71 years. Every donation is tax deductible.

Changes for 2021 with COVID 19

Registration — Will begin on Monday, November 15. There will be no phone registration this year.

Online Registration – See the following links for English or Spanish registration. This may be done on your phone or computer.

English: https://form.jotform.com/201646737303150

Spanish: https://form.jotform.com/201756878099170

Or fill out a registration form – See below under Forms. Select Register as a Recipient and print out the form. Forms may be dropped off at the Skagit County Fairgrounds, 1410 Virginia Street in Mount Vernon. This is the north entrance to the Fairgrounds.

Sponsor Program — There will be a sponsor program this year.

Christmas Party With Santa — This has been cancelled for 2021

Toy Donations — New, unwrapped toys for boys and girls ages 0-17 years old may be dropped off at the Skagit County Fairgrounds, 1410 Virginia Street in Mount Vernon. This is the north entrance to the Fairground. Please call 360-419-7261 to make an appointment to drop off your gifts, or email christmasfund@skagitpublishing.com

Knit Hats and Scarves — May be dropped off at Wildfibers, 706 1st Street, Mt Vernon.

Distribution — Will be a drive through pick up for gift bags. Enter the Fairgrounds through the NORTH gate, 1410 Virginia Street in Mount Vernon.

Questions — call 360-419-7261 English or 360-419-7263 Spanish

Cambios Para 2021 Con COVID 19

Registro — Comenzará el lunes 15 de noviembre.

Este año no habrá registro telefónico.

Registro en línea - Consulte los siguientes enlaces para registrarse en inglés o español. Esto se puede hacer en su teléfono o computadora.

Inglés: https://form.jotform.com/201646737303150

Español: https://form.jotform.com/201756878099170

O complete un formulario de registro - Consulte más abajo en Forms. Seleccione Registrarse como beneficiario e imprima el formulario. Los formularios se pueden dejar en el recinto ferial del condado de Skagit, 1410 Virginia Street en Mount Vernon. Esta es la entrada norte del recinto ferial.

Programa Patrocinador — Habrá un programa de patrocinadores este año.

Fiesta De Navidad Con Santa — Esto ha sido cancelado para 2021.

Donaciones De Juguetes — - Los juguetes nuevos sin envolver para niños y niñas de 0 a 17 años se pueden dejar en el recinto ferial del condado de Skagit, 1410 Virginia Street en Mount Vernon. Esta es la entrada norte del recinto ferial. Llame al 360-419-7261 para hacer una cita para dejar sus regalos, o correo electrónico christmasfund@skagitpublishing.com

Sombreros y Bufandas de Punto — se pueden dejar en Wildfibers, 706 1st Street, Mount Vernon.

Distribución — Será un recorrido en coche para recoger las bolsas de regalo. Ingrese al recinto ferial por la puerta NORTE, 1410 Virginia Street en Mount Vernon.

Preguntas — llame al 360-419-7261 en inglés o al 360-419-7263 en español

Contact Info

Volunteer 419-7263

Sponsor a Family 419-7261

Important: All online donors will be acknowledged and thanked in the Skagit Valley Herald. If you wish to remain anonymous, please mail your donation clearly marked anonymous to SVHCF, 1215 Anderson Road, Mount Vernon, WA 98274. Thank you for your tax deductible donation. Charitable 501(c) Tax-ID: 91-1304740.

Drop Off Locations (mid-November to mid-December)

Skagit County Fairgrounds,1410 Virginia St, Mt Vernon, Building A/B, Call 360-419-7261 to make an appointment to drop off your gifts.

Highly Capable Program referrals

Referral forms for the district's Highly Capable Program for exceptionally advanced learners are being accepted for students currently in kindergarten through 11th grade. Forms are available in English, Spanish and Russian at: https://www.swsd.k12.wa.us/Page/3747 or you can fill out this Google survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1bkZ6YGVTQ8LT0zdvGzkHtJnlaLnhXY5iUdHfsbVveR8/edit?usp=drive_web.

Forms for grades K-6 can be mailed to Hi-Cap Coordinator, Central Elementary, 601 Talcott St., Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284; forms for grades 7–12 can be mailed to: Principal Mischelle Darragh, 23953 Prairie Road, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284. Forms for all grade levels are due by December 10, 2021. K-6 forms can also be emailed to ejenkins@swsd101.org; forms for all grades 7–11 can be emailed to mdarragh@swsd101.org.

Assessments are scheduled to begin in January/February 2022. Students meeting the screening criteria will be assessed by multiple measures to determine eligibility for program services.

The Multi-Disciplinary Selection Committee (MSC) screens all referrals and makes the final decision for placement in the Highly Capable Program.

Qualification letters will go out after spring break for the 2022-23 school year.

For additional information, please call or e-mail Principal Mischelle Darragh, Highly Capable Program Administrator, mdarragh@swsd101.org or by phone at 360-855-3540 or contact the Sedro-Woolley District Office at 360-855-3500.

IEP Recovery Services

For parents of students that have IEPs, information has been posted to the special education section of the Sedro-Woolley School District website regarding Recovery Services. Recovery Services are extra supports that may be needed to address lost learning due to Covid-19. Please contact your child's case manager or Tony Smith if you have additional questions.

COVID-19 Information

The district nursing staff is in constant communication with the Skagit County Public Health regarding COVID-19 cases in our schools. Decisions on who needs to quarantine is made by the county in coordination with the district.

The school principal and/or district leaders will communicate directly with impacted families or staff members of confirmed COVID-19 cases or those who are confirmed close contacts. As part of this process, the district will communicate about length of quarantine and how to shift to remote learning.

If you do not receive such a notification, it means that your student has not been identified as a close contact and does not need to quarantine.

The health, safety, and well-being of our school community remains our top priority. We are following sound protocols aligned with Skagit Public Health guidance to ensure we are doing everything we can to protect the health or our school community. We also want to take this opportunity to remind everyone of the importance of wearing masks, physically distancing from others, and regularly washing your hands.

The primary symptoms of COVID-19 are:

• Fever (defined as subjective or 100.4°F or higher)

• Cough

• Loss of sense of taste and/or smell

• Shortness of breath

• Fatigue

• Headache

• Muscle or body aches

• Sore throat

• Congestion or runny nose

• Nausea or vomiting

• Diarrhea (defined as two or more loose stools in 24 hours)

If your child or anyone in your household develop(s) any of the above symptoms, all unvaccinated household members should stay home, contact a provider for medical evaluation and testing, and notify childcare/school/work/etc. Additionally, if you're awaiting test results for COVID-19, do not come to school until you have received confirmation of a negative test. Staying home when experiencing symptoms also helps our schools' close contacts and quarantine numbers. Following these everyday preventative actions helps reduce the spread of COVID-19 and other communicable diseases.

We sincerely appreciate all your help and support as we work together to mitigate risks and ensure the learning process continues in our school community.

For more information about COVID-19 protocols in the district, including the district dashboard, please visit our COVID-19 Information website.

Email: covidquestions@swsdonline.com

Phone: (360) 855-3841

Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative (CPWI) Community Survey 2021

Sedro-Woolley RISE needs parents to complete this online survey about youth substance use in our community. Responses will help inform and improve prevention programs for our Sedro-Woolley youth.

This 10-15 minute survey is completely anonymous.



SWHS 2022 Parent Group needs parent volunteers

The Class of 2022 Senior Parent Group is happy to announce that the graduation night trip is set! The group is excited to bring this trip together for the Senior class and really needs parent support and help. Senior parents, please join the SWHS Class of 2022 Parents Facebook group. You can also join the group's e-mail list by sending an e-mail to jhulst90@gmail.com.

Box Tops are now digital

Many of our schools are collecting box tops... digitally! Just scan your receipt and earn money for your school!

SWSD employees support United Way

Did you know Sedro-Woolley School District employees contribute thousands of dollars each year to the United Way?

United Way programs supports all of our communities in Skagit County by feeding food insecure families, helping house homeless youth, helping new mothers and their babies, and much more.

A single investment in United Way of Skagit County is an investment in our Skagit County youth.

SWHS Athletics Ticket Information

Tickets can now be reserved at: https://swhscubsden.com/event-tickets

Attendees must reserve tickets so the high school can follow capacity restrictions for events at SWHS. Also, a helpful reminder that masks must be worn by all spectators for indoor events and are REQUIRED for outdoor events that exceed a 500 person capacity.

Reminder: All elementary and middle school students must be accompanied by an adult at all high school events. Please do not drop off children at the games unchaperoned. Please also remind students they should follow the same behavior codes as school.

Mental Health Resources

Please visit the district website for a list of mental health resources available to students and families.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

All students who choose to learn in-person are required to wear face coverings while indoors to protect the health and safety of our staff and students. We are also implementing enhanced personal hygiene and a degree of physical distancing among students to the extent possible.

Sedro-Woolley School District is following the safety measures required by the Department of Health in the K-12 COVID-19 Requirements.

Please note, there is not a COVID-19 vaccination requirement for students currently in Washington state. We would encourage those 12 and older to talk to their health-care providers for vaccination recommendations.

2021-2022 Frequently Asked Questions



4 - Sedro-Woolley Holiday Parade

6 - Last Day of Chanukah

7 - Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

7- CMS Choir Concert, 7 p.m. @ CMS

8 - All Schools - One hour late start for professional development

8- EVG Parent Group Meeting

9 - MP Booster Club meeting

6–12 Computer Science Education Week

13 - School Board Meeting

14 - Sedro-Woolley RISE Meeting, 3 p.m.

14 - LY Parent Group Meeting, 6 p.m.

14 - CMS Beginning and Jazz Band Concert 7 p.m. @ CMS

15 - All Schools - One hour late start for professional development

18 - Blood Donor Day

24 - Christmas Day observed

25 - Christmas Day

20-31 - Winter Break

31 - New Year’s Eve (New Year’s Day observed)

Sedro-Woolley School District Calendar 2021-2022

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