Elmhurst Elementary School

November 2020

Elmhurst Elementary School

Steven Mondragon - Principal

Shanti Kessler - Assistant Principal

Office Hours - 8:00 am - 3:30 pm

253-298-3500 / FAX 253-298-3515

Dates to Remember

November 11, 2020 - Veteran's Day, No School

November 24, 2020 - Picture Retake Day

November 25, 2020 - Early Release

November 26 - 27, 2020 - Thanksgiving Break, No School

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A Message From Our Principal

Greetings Elmhurst Families,

I hope this newsletter finds you well and safe. We just completed our eighth week of school and we have five weeks remaining in our first trimester. A huge thank you to all our families for partnering with us, supporting your student, and adapting to virtual learning. We know the past two months have not been easy but know that the work you are doing to support your student is very important. Please make sure to monitor your student’s Canvas page for information pertaining to your student’s learning. Elmhurst Staff are working diligently to engage and support your student. We are in this together and we will continue to support and serve, however we can. We are better together!

With compassion and care,

Mr. Mondragon

Picture Retake Day is coming soon!

Please visit mylifetouch.com to order your pictures today! Use Picture Day ID: EVTXVJFV8 for Elmhurst. Pictures will be by appointment only on Tuesday November 24, 2020 (one appointment per family please). Fall pictures are required as we use them for our school yearbook and identification purposes. If you did not have your students picture taken in October please be sure to book an appointment. Bookings will be available though our school website starting November 9, 2020. You can also call the office at 253-298-3500 for assistance.

Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow! Its time to SOAR!

The number of days missed matters!

Whether excused or unexcused, the number of days your student misses can greatly impact their academic success. Families should strive for regular attendance. Regular attendance means having, on average, less than two absences per month. An absence is defined as missing 50% or more of their scheduled day.

Connect every day!

Daily attendance and engagement of students is expected whether students are participating in classes in-person or remotely through distance learning. All students are required to connect with remote learning every day, both synchronously and asynchronously.

Report absences.

If your child needs to be absent from their scheduled learning time, contact your school to report the absence (253-298-3500). Every absence, tardy and/or early dismissal needs to be reported to your child’s school. In alignment with Franklin Pierce Schools Policy 3122 and OSPI’s Emergency rule for 2020-21 school year, office personnel will determine if the absence is excused or unexcused.

Class Attendance Winners!

Elmhurst Elementary recognizes the top three classes each week with the highest attendance! Mr. Mondragon and Mrs. Kessler present certificates to the winning classes each week, as well as announce the winners on Canvas. It is important for students to attend both teacher directed and independent work time! As a reminder students need to log into Canvas each Wednesday for independent work.

Week of 10/9-10/15, 2020

1st Place - Ms. Hoban

2nd Place - Ms. Moody

3rd Place - Mrs. Harvey

Week of 10/16-10/22, 2020

1st Place - Ms. Hoban

2nd Place - Ms. Woods

3rd Place - Mrs. Harvey and Ms. Thorson

Week of 10/23-10/29, 2020

1st Place - Mrs. Cox

2nd Place - Mr. Bourgaize and Ms. Hoban

3rd Place - Ms. Cole, Mrs. Harvey and Ms. Thorson

Need Help with the Holidays?

The holidays are right around the corner and we know that it can sometimes be a difficult time for families. If your family is in need of assistance for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Holiday or weekly food bags please contact our counselor, Mrs. Bass at 253-298-3534 or the office at 253-298-3500. You can also email Mrs. Bass at cbass@fpschools.org.


A HUGE thank you to all of our parents, teachers and para's for your help in screening our students for Math and Reading, especially with our littlest learners. We appreciate all the efforts made to get students screened.

Mr. Pearson and the Math team

Miss Shawley and the Reading team

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Virtual 200 Club

Staff at Elmhurst wanted to continue with weekly recognition of students even as we are engaging in distance learning. Our students continue to demonstrate the characteristics of SOAR which are: Safety, Ownership, Achievement, and Respect. Each week teachers nominate a student from each cohort and our specialists nominate a student from primary and a student from intermediate. The list of all nominees can be viewed on the Canvas announcements on Monday mornings. Principal Mondragon records a weekly announcement of the winners who are drawn. Those students receive a card from Mr. Mondragon and their names are put on our 200 chart for a chance to win an upcoming special surprise.

Week of 10/12-10/16, 2020

Kinder: Alexis - Achievement and Taliana - Achievement

1st: Kerly - Achievement/Respect and Jayden - Ownership

2nd: Katherine - Ownership and Mayleen - Respect

3rd: Michael - Achievement and Ameliya - Achievement/Ownership

4th: Romiece - Achievement/Respect and Phoumrin - Achievement

5th: Shaun - Ownership/Achievement and Passion - Ownership

Week of 10/19-10/23, 2020

Kinder: Nathan - Ownership and Charlie - Achievement

1st: Alethea - Achievement and Ezzy - Achievement

2nd: Samantha - Respect and Jayda - Achievement

3rd: Ammari - Ownership and LaRon - Ownership

4th: Cormoni - Achievement and Zachary - Achievement

5th: Melody - Achievement and Abraham - Ownership

Week of 10/26 -10/30, 2020

Kinder: Aliandra- Achievement and Darwin - Achievement

1st: Penelope - Respect and Inessa - Respect

2nd: Omar - Achievement and Johnny - Achievement

3rd: Declan -Achievement and Jaylen - Achievement

4th: Nathanael - Ownership and Ronald - Ownership

5th: Dillan - Ownership and Roxanna - Achievement

Happy Birthday to our November Students! May all your wishes come true!

  • 11/2 Mosies
  • 11/3 Holland and Emma
  • 11/4 Christopher and Nezxyan
  • 11/5 Michael and Tharanny
  • 11/6 Abigail and Marquinton Jr.
  • 11/9 Daven and Diesel
  • 11/11 Nevaeh, Dillan, and Zoey
  • 11/12 Daniel and Kimberly
  • 11/14 Larissa and Alethea
  • 11/15 Autumn, Joshua and Olivia
  • 11/16 Karlyn, Kayden, Frank and Simardeep
  • 11/17 Zachary
  • 11/18 Matthew and Joseph
  • 11/19 Cynthia, Damesha and Christopher
  • 11/20 Ian and Stella
  • 11/22 Alexzander and Aemy
  • 11/24 Harper and Zayden
  • 11/26 Eneliko
  • 11/27 Devynn, Zoeliz, Abrielle and Jaxxon
  • 11/28 Declan, Sawyer, and Andalasia
  • 11/29 Aciano
  • 11/30 Lana