Cheetah Newsletter

Cooperative - Accountable - Respectful - Enthusiastic - Safe

November 18, 2021

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A Message from the Principal

Dear Families,

As we all know, many industries are struggling right now to find sufficient staff to fill open positions. Unfortunately, school districts are also impacted by the worker shortages. We are so thankful for all our staff who come to work each day with a smile and ready to support student growth! If you have ever considered working with kids, we would love to talk to you more about becoming a substitute. There is the possibility of specifying that you want to sub only at Chain Lake, if staying near your children is important to you. Despite the many challenges and changes in the world of education, it is hands-down the most fulfilling and best work I could ever imagine doing! Please reach out if you are interested in having a conversation or getting more information.

This week many of our students had the opportunity to work with their big buddy/little buddy classroom. These experiences connecting older and younger students are the type of thing that students remember for many years and is a very special part of what happens at school!

As we head into a shorter week next week, I wish your family health and happiness,


Upcoming Events At A Glance

November 8-22 - Food & Toy Drive

November 8-22 - Read-a-Thon

November 22 - School Board Meeting 6pm

November 24 - Early Release, dismissal at 12:55pm

November 25-26 - Thanksgiving Break, No School


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.

If you are interested in working as a substitute paraeducator at Chain Lake specifically, please be in touch with our office.

Sky Valley Food Bank/Big Heart Big Smile Annual Drive

Starting on Monday, November 8th we will be collecting non-perishable food items, NEW toys, and $$ to be donated to the Sky Valley Food Bank in Partnership with Big Heart Big Smile. Chain Lake will be accepting donations through November 22nd.

Daily Gym Sock.......

It’s PINdemonium in the Gym this week. We will be playing KingPin, Pin Attack, and Pindemonium. The students will be working on underhand and overhand throwing as well as team work. Please remember to wear your tennis shoes.

Mr. Christy & Miss O’Brien

Digital Learning

For this rotation of Digital Learning in Kindergarten and Grade 1 use Squishy Circuits to introduce how circuits work. Students will practice making their own circuits and will demonstrate short circuits and simple series circuits.

In grades 2-5 we will be signing our Digital Citizenship Pledge and logging on to for the first time this year. has an engaging curriculum that introduces coding basics in an age appropriate way. Students may visit this site throughout the year by logging in through Clever.

Keep Calm and Code On!

Ms. Glaze

Note from the library.......

This week in library we are reading the book “Turkey Trouble” written by Wendy Silvano, it's a fun story of a turkey who tries to disguise himself as other farm animals in order to avoid becoming the “Thanksgiving Meal” it teaches kids about the wonders of having a creative imagination and how to be a quick thinker. This is always a favorite story among all grade levels and I look forward to hearing from the students which one was their favorite disguise that Turkey tries to pull off.

Also, we are discussing the read-a-thon as well in the library as I encourage all students to try and participate in this fun and simple all school fundraiser, the dates for the read-a-thon are Nov. 8th thru the 22nd, so make sure to sign up today!

Happy Reading,

Mrs. Swalwell

***Fall Coloring Pages***

**NEW**Chain Lake Cheetah Store is Now OPEN!!

Chain Lake now has a Cheetah Store through 1st Place Spiritwear. This year we are able to offer a wide selection of school spirit wear. The holiday sale is underway with all items currently 25% off and FREE SHIPPING on orders over $75. Orders are delivered directly to your home and 10% of your purchase goes to support our school. Click here to access the online store.
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MSD Highly Capable 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:

MSD Employee Honor Roll

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!

Yearbook Now on Sale!

You can now order a yearbook for the 21-22 school year for $16 online at: The school ID for Chain Lake is 704251. Make sure if you are entering the school information to select Snohomish for the location city.

PTA Read-a-Thon Fundraiser

Chain Lake Elementary School PTA parents, we are holding a Read-a-thon and we really need everyone to participate. If you have not already done so, please click on this link to activate your reader’s personal page:

You can do it all in a minute or two and really help us meet our financial needs.

The read-a-thon will run 11/8-11/22. Flyers with the classroom codes should have gone home with students. Please contact Lindsey at with any questions.

Thanks so much,

Chain Lake Elementary School PTA

Yearbook Cover Contest

We are now taking submissions for the cover of this years yearbook. If you would like to have your artwork displayed on the cover please submit your artwork to the office by Tuesday, December 13th. Artwork MUST be in color, no pencil. Please complete them on 8.5x11 white paper. You must include the theme "Under the Sea-Just Keep Swimming", the year 2021-2022, and the school name, Chain Lake Elementary. Your name needs to be written lightly on the back side in pencil, with your grade and teacher. All artwork will be judged by Chain Lake Staff and the winner will be announced on Thursday, December 16th.

Updated COVID Guidelines

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District Lunch Program

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.

All families, however, are encouraged to fill out the annual Free and Reduced Price Meal Application as eligibility provides many other benefits, including Pandemic EBT benefits for your family, no student fees for high school programs, free student entrance to all ASB extracurricular events (dances, athletics, etc) and reduced fees for family members to attend extracurricular events (athletics, plays, etc). Filling out this application also provides critical funding for our schools.

What’s on the Menu? Nutrislice, an innovative app, students, parents and faculty have access to school menus, including nutrition information, allergens and photos. Nutrislice can be downloaded for free from the App store (iOS) or Google Play (Android) and is available on desktop and mobile devices.

Menus are also available at


At Chain Lake, each and every one of us is a Cheetah who CARES (Cooperative, Accountable, Respectful, Enthusiastic, Safe)! In school, we talk about what each of these ideas looks like in different settings. Feel free to use the below as a guide to what it means to follow our Chain Lake expectations (click the picture to enlarge).

Further Questions?

We encourage you to reach out to our school office:

Chain Lake Elementary - 360-804-3100

About Us

Principal - Ana Apter

Guidance Counselor - Heather Mitchell


Office Manager - Kathy Bruning

Office Support - Loni Geyer


24 Hour Attendance Hotline - (360) 804-3101

FAX - (360) 804-3199

Health Room - (360) 804-3132

Kitchen - (360) 804-3135

Transportation - (360) 804-2650



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 Coordinator

Joanne Dickinson

14692 - 179th Avenue S.E., Monroe, WA 98272

(360) 804.2539

Section 504/ADA Coordinator

David Paratore

14692 - 179th Avenue S.E., Monroe, WA 98272

(360) 804.2603

Compliance Coordinator for 28A.640 and 28A.642 RCW

Joanne Dickinson

14692 - 179th Avenue S.E., Monroe, WA 98272

(360) 804.2532

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:

Kimberly Whitworth

14692 - 179th Avenue S.E., Monroe, WA 98272

(360) 804.2558