Fryelands Falcon Flyer

November 4, 2021

From the Principal

Dear Fryelands Families,

We hope you have had an awesome week. What would you say are your child’s greatest strengths? What are your greatest strengths?

2nd Step

This year we are using 2nd Step for our Social-Emotional Learning with students. You can find more about our curriculum at

Last month, our school-wide theme was EMPATHY.

In our morning announcements and class curriculum, we reminded our students to have empathy, identify their own and others’ feelings, notice and respect the same and different feelings of others, and to show compassion. Compassion involves saying kind words or doing something helpful to show you care how another person feels. When students can identify, understand, and respond in a caring way to how someone else is feeling, it helps create a positive and accepting school climate.

Next week we honor all veterans of our country on Veterans Day, November 11, 2021.

As citizens, we have a responsibility to educate our youth on the contributions and sacrifices veterans have made throughout our history. In honor of veterans, there will be no school next Thursday, Nov. 11th. We will return and have school on Friday, Bov. 12th.

Thank you veterans and your families

for your service and sacrifices to preserve our freedoms.

The most important educational benefit for your child is to either read to them or have them read to you every day for at least 20 minutes. It is the single biggest contribution you can make to your child’s education and it doesn’t cost anything. Our children love the one-on-one interaction with their parents and the benefits go well beyond just reading skills.

Helping your child love books

Remember, when you read to your child often and combine reading time with cuddle and play time, your child will link books with fun times together.

Here are some things you can try:

  • Turn off the TV/cell phone/tablet and find a quiet spot to read without distraction.

  • Choose books that interest your child, such as books on animals or sports.

  • Read aloud and talk about the pictures. Allow your child to pick books too, and ask your child to read aloud.

  • Praise your child's efforts at reading!

Recognize, Refuse, and Report Bullying

We want to help students recognize bullying, refuse to accept it happening to them or others, and to report it to adults so that we can help eliminate it from happening. We also know that bystanders play a significant role in stopping bullying or supporting bullying based on their actions, too.

Keeping Your Kids Safe on the Way to School and Back to Home

  • Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks

  • Look left, right, and left again when crossing

  • Always walk, never run, when crossing streets

  • Walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible if there are no sidewalks

  • Never run out into the street or cross in between parked cars

  • Wear a properly fitted helmet every time they ride a bicycle or scooter

Thank you for bringing your students to us for their academic and social learning. If you have questions or concerns, please contact me at or at 360-804-3400.


Jeff Presley

November Events

Nov: Native American Heritage Month

Nov: National Homeless Youth Awareness Month

Nov: PTA Membership Drive

Nov. 5: Early Release Friday, dismissed at 2:25pm

Nov. 8: School Board Meeting 6pm

Nov. 11: Veterans Day - No School

Nov. 12: Early Release Friday, dismissed at 2:25pm

Nov. 16: PTA Fundraiser delivered to the school for pick-up

Nov. 22: Apple Cup Day - wear your Cougar or Huskies Gear

Nov. 23: Sports Day

Nov. 23: Virtual Principal Chat 11am and 6pm

Nov. 24: Pajama Day

Nov. 24: Early Release - dismissed at 12:55pm

Nov. 25-26: No School - Thanksgiving Break

Native American Heritage Month

On August 3, 1990, President of the United States George H. W. Bush declared the month of November as National American Indian Heritage Month, thereafter commonly referred to as Native American Heritage Month. The bill read in part that "the President has authorized and requested to call upon Federal, State and local Governments, groups and organizations and the people of the United States to observe such month with appropriate programs, ceremonies and activities". This landmark bill honoring America's tribal people represented a major step in the establishment of this celebration which began in 1976 when a Cherokee/Osage Indian named Jerry C. Elliott-High Eagle authored Native American Awareness Week legislation the first historical week of recognition in the nation for native peoples. This led to 1986 with then President Ronald Reagan proclaiming November 23-30, 1986, as "American Indian Week".[1]

This commemorative month aims to provide a platform for Native people in the United States of America to share their culture, traditions, music, crafts, dance, and ways and concepts of life. This gives Native people the opportunity to express to their community, both city, county and state officials their concerns and solutions for building bridges of understanding and friendship in their local area. Federal Agencies are encouraged to provide educational programs for their employees regarding Native American history, rights, culture and contemporary issues, to better assist them in their jobs and for overall awareness.


November was first declared as National Homeless Youth Awareness Month in 2007. Since then, November has been a time to acknowledge those children and families experiencing homelessness. As many as 2.5 million youth per year experience homelessness. Along with losing their home, community, friends, and routines as well as their sense of stability and safety, many homeless youth are also victims of trauma. While trying to survive on the streets, youth are exposed to countless dangers, with an increased likelihood of substance abuse, early parenthood, impulsivity, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, and a vulnerability to being trafficked.

Veterans Day - No school on Thursday, November 11th

Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. Unlike Memorial Day, Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans—living or dead—but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime.

Falcon Pictures from the Week

Happy Halloween 2021

Upcoming Spirit days: November 22nd - 24th

Exciting News! Our Falcon Wear Store is up & running!

We are SO excited to be offering Falcon Wear this year through 1st Place Spiritwear. You can order at any time through this link:

The Fryelands Elementary School falcon wear holiday sale is underway! Prices have been slashed 25% or more sitewide and FREE SHIPPING on orders over $75! New gift items have been added, including hats, aprons, blankets, tote bags, dog hoodies and more. Order now to ensure delivery before the holidays. Shop Now!

Orders will be delivered directly to your home and 10% of the purchase comes back to support our school!

PTA Membership Drive

Help us keep our Fryelands PTA Going! We are in desperate need of PTA members to keep our PTA active and to remain in good standing with the WA State PTA. Our current board agreed to temporarily stay on this year, as we did not have any nominees to take on the board positions last spring. We will be having a meeting in December (date and time to come) to discuss the process of recruiting and voting in new board members, as well as the future of Fryelands PTA if we are not able to recruit new members. In order to vote on these and any items, we need at least 25 members. Please consider joining so we can keep our PTA active! Membership forms will be coming home today or you can join online at:

PTA Fall Fundraiser Update

PTA is so appreciative of all the support we received for our Fall Fundraiser! It was a huge success! Our students sold over $25,000!! Our PTA will earn 40% of that, so a little over $10,000! We can use that money for teacher grants and student enrichment throughout the year!

The fundraiser items are scheduled to be delivered to Fryelands on Tuesday, November 16th. We will send out more details about pick up as it gets closer!

Lost & Found

Our Lost & Found is getting pretty full! If your student is missing a jacket, sweatshirt, lunchbox, etc., please have them check the lost and found, it just might be there!

School Lunch/Breakfast

This year, students at Monroe School District have a lot to look forward to when it comes to mealtime. For the 2021-2022 school year, meals will be offered to students in all grade levels at no cost, thanks to flexibilities provided by the USDA’s National School Lunch Program. This allows everyone to enjoy 1 free breakfast & 1 free lunch per day.

For menus and more information, please click here:


Typical school attendance laws have been reinstated, and teachers will be taking attendance daily. If your student is not able to participate please call the school attendance hotline at 360 804-3401 and leave us a message so that we can excuse your student's absence. Our office will follow up with families we do not hear from in order to excuse the absence.

We encourage you to "like" and "follow" this page. We post morning announcements, nightly reading, and other fun events. It’s fun to see Fryelands Falcons participating by posting on our Facebook page.


Subscribe to Fryelands Elementary's YouTube channel for book readings and other fun videos!

About Us:

Jeff Presley, Principal

Austin Talbott, Counselor

Julee Baca, Office Manager

Cindy Snider, Office Support

Sherah Bustamante, Nurse

Jodi Mullen, Health Room Para

Kathy Jackson, Family Engagement Liaison

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Fax: (360) 804-3499 | Attendance Line: (360) 804-3401

MSD Notice of Non-Discrimination

The Monroe School District does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability in its programs and activities 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: Title IX and Civil Rights Coordinator, Joanne Dickinson, (360) 804.2539, Section 504/ADA Coordinator, David Paratore, (360) 804.2603, The Monroe School District will also take steps to assure that national origin persons who lack English language skills can participate in all education programs, services and activities. For information regarding translation services or transitional bilingual education programs, contact: Kim Whitworth, (360) 804.2558, .Mailing address for all of the above: 14692 - 179th Avenue SE, Monroe, WA 98272