Fryelands Falcon Flyer

November 18, 2021

From the Principal

Dear Fryelands Families,

What are you grateful for today? What is your child grateful for today? These are wonderful questions to ask ourselves and our children each day. Being grateful for what we have brings happiness into our lives, more than thinking about what we don’t have.

In this time of giving thanks…

  • Thank you for your PTA Fall Fundraiser support. We brought in over $10,000 to support enrichment activities for our students this school year.

  • Thank you for supporting student learning at home by having your child to school on time each day and ready to learn, by checking their backpacks each day for school work or communication from the teacher, and by continuing their learning at home to practice their reading, writing, and math skills.

Virtual Principal Chat- Tuesday, November 23, 2021 from 6:00-6:30 pm

Please join us for our monthly chat with Principal Presley​ and Superintendent Justin Blasko

Dr. Blasko will be joining us to present Levy information. Parents are welcome to log on and ask questions about the school's curriculum, standards implementation, or anything else that goes on in the school. We are very open to suggestions, ideas, and concerns. We will have live interpreting in Spanish for those who prefer it. Please join us if you can.

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Would you like to be able to come into the school building this year?

Although volunteers are not yet permitted in our buildings, parents could become involved by applying to be a substitute paraeducator or substitute teacher in our district. We are in need of more substitutes at all levels in our district and we are asking if there are any parents who might be able to help in this capacity. Are you interested?

How Parents Can Help Their Child

The activities described below benefit all children:

  • 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.

  • Build vocabulary skills- Listen to your child and have conversations with them every day. Oral language experience is also a foundation for literacy.

  • Non-directive play- Make time to play with your child, but let them lead the activity and discussion. Just follow along and do what they do, watch how they create and solve problems. Imaginative play builds creative thinking and vocabulary.

Learn more about 2nd Step curriculum at

The staff at Fryelands provides Social Emotional Learning for all students through our 2nd Step curriculum. Here is a great video that provides the purpose and evidence-based results from the teaching of SEL learning.

The Fryelands staff and I would like to thank the many wonderful Fryelands Families for helping to make our school community a great place for learning.

Happy Thanksgiving,

Jeff Presley

November Events

Nov. 19: Early Release Friday, dismissed at 2:25pm

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

Nov. 22: School Board Meeting 6pm

Nov. 23: Sports Day

Nov. 23: Virtual Principal Chat with Dr. Blasko at 6pm

Nov. 24: Pajama Day

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

Nov. 25-26: No School - Thanksgiving Break

Upcoming Spirit Days: November 22nd - 24th

Falcon Pictures from the Week

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Principal Chat

Parents and Guardians-

Please join us for a monthly chat with Principal Jeff Presley​

and Superintendent Justin Blasko

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

6:00-6:30 pm

Please join our virtual Principal Chat. Dr. Blasko will be joining Principal Presley to present Levy information. Parents are welcome to log on and ask questions about the school's curriculum, standards implementation, or anything else that goes on in the school. We are very open to suggestions, ideas, and concerns. We will have live interpreting in Spanish for those who prefer it. Please join us if you can.

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Police and Fire Appreciation Week

November 14th-20th is Police and Fire Appreciation week, and we'd like to give a special thanks to the personnel of the Monroe Police Department and Snohomish Regional Fire & Rescue. These devoted first responders selflessly risk their lives for others every day.

No School Thursday, 11/25 & Friday, 11/26

Reminder - School will be dismissed at 12:55pm on Wednesday, November 24th and school will be closed on Thursday and Friday. We wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving break!

Yearbook Cover Contest

Our yearbook cover contest is currently going on. The deadline to submit your entry is December 3rd!

Here are a few reminders:

  • Include our school name Fryelands Elementary and school year 2021-2022
  • Use portrait style (vertical) on 8.5” x 11” paper.
  • Use bold and bright colors!
  • Markers, crayons, and paint works best.
  • All words must be ¼ inch away from the border/edge.
  • Only one submission per student.
  • Write your name, grade and teacher in PENCIL on the back
  • Turn in your best work!

MSD Highly Capable Program Referral Window

Every fall, we start the process to identify new students to receive highly capable services. Any student in grade K, 1, 3, 5-11 with parent/guardian permission may be referred by staff, family, or community members. All 2nd and 4th graders are universally screened and therefore do NOT require a referral form. The nomination process for the Highly Capable Program opens on November 29th and closes on December 10th. When a referral is received, the screening process will be triggered to determine a student’s eligibility for highly capable services. The screening test will take place in February and the post-screening test will take place in March.

The Referral Form will be available in Skyward’s Family Access on November 29th. If you prefer paper copies, they can be found on our Highly Capable Program webpage.

For additional information, please visit our website:

Health Room Clothing Donations Needed

Our health room is in need of extra clothes. They are looking for any size leggings or sweats and any size t-shirts. If you have done any closet cleaning lately, we'd love to take those items off your hands! Thank you!

Do you know a Monroe School District employee who deserves some much-needed recognition?

Monroe School District has launched a new employee recognition program, called the MSD Employee Honor Roll! This program is aimed at recognizing Monroe School District employees for exemplifying the district’s commitment and shared values through their service to our students, staff, families, and/or community.

Supervisors, fellow employees, parents and community members are encouraged to nominate ANY staff member for exemplifying any of the following:

  • Providing engaging learning opportunities through powerful instruction

  • Providing students with equitable access to learning and opportunities based on their unique, individual needs

  • Holding students to high standards

  • Using innovation to provide educational choice

  • Recognizing, honoring and building upon students’ strengths and passions

  • Engaging families and the community in the learning process

  • Preparing all students for college, careers and life beyond graduation

All nominees will be recognized, but only one in each employee category will be selected each month as the MSD Employee Honor Roll award recipients. Employee categories include:

  • Certificated (teachers, counselors, psychologists, etc)

  • Classified (paraeducators, nurses, office staff, bus drivers, food service, custodial, technology, maintenance, etc)

  • Substitutes and coaches

  • Administrators (Principals, assistant principals, directors, executive staff)

Nominate an employee now!


As we shared at the beginning of the school year, the decision to not permit volunteers or visitors in schools would be re-evaluated at the end of October. Due to continued high COVID-19 case rates in Snohomish County, Monroe School District has made the decision to continue to not allow volunteers or visitors in schools at this time. We miss our volunteers and will continue to monitor case rates as we re-evaluate this decision in the new year.

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 January (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:


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.

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:


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

360-804-3517 -

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