Panther Pride

March 2022

We create and maintain a safe and consistent learning community by establishing positive behavioral supports and a culture where all students achieve social, emotional and academic success.

Fernwood Elementary

3933 Jewell Rd

Bothell, WA98021


In this issue:

Mask Options Update

Dr Reid's Visit

PTSA Fundraising Information

And More...

Principal Message

Dear Fernwood Families,

We hope everyone enjoyed their Mid-Winter Break whether you stayed local or traveled. As we return from break, it is encouraging to see and hear that confirmed COVID-19 cases are decreasing within our school, state, and beyond. With this in mind, Washington State has begun to make statements about adjustments to mask policies both indoors and outdoors.

Last night (Monday, Feb. 28th) Dr. Reid sent out a message to families stating that "Effective Tuesday, March 1, 2022, consistent with King County Health Department and State DOH guidance, we will transition to becoming mask-optional for all elementary, middle, and high school students and staff when outdoors on school and District building campuses".

As we make this transition, we want to be mindful that there is a spectrum of feelings and perspectives within our community around the use of masks. We want to maintain a level of respect and a feeling of safety for all along the spectrum. We also want to help students in understanding the new adjustments. In these efforts, we shared the linked video with students today.

Here are a few other details around this transition:

  • If students choose to take masks off when outdoors, we will encourage them to pull it down or leave it on a lanyard to prevent it from falling on the ground and becoming soiled.

  • Students may still wear masks outdoors if they prefer. We are communicating that either choice is acceptable as some students may feel more comfortable in a mask for a variety of reasons.

  • Masks must still be worn indoors unless eating or drinking.

  • All COVID protocols and guidelines around social distancing remain in place.

Please note that school staff will not be able to provide supervision or accountability for individual students’ mask use outdoors. Please talk to your child about your expectations for their outdoor mask use.

On March 12, the Washington State indoor mask mandate will end. Local governments and schools can make their own decisions. More information will be shared by the Northshore School District prior to March 12. In the meantime, masks are required inside and on school busses.

Our school will continue current health and safety practices, including physical distancing, frequent handwashing, regular and thorough cleaning, and weekly batch testing. We will continue to communicate when there is a positive COVID case at our school.

Please reach out if you have questions. Thank you for your cooperation.

Kind regards,

Kate Eicher, Proud Principal

Fernwood Calendar and Dates to Remember

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Counselor Corner

As we enter March, we are very excited to engage with students during our all school virtual assembly, which is scheduled for next week. As shared previously, in January, we had been focused upon envisioning our hopes and dreams for the fair treatment of all people. In February, we had continued this discussion and students had made the connection that we are all better when we work together. In this month’s assembly, we will be focused upon being called to take action and we will discuss how perseverance is needed when faced with such challenges.

We encourage you as a family to engage in a conversation regarding perseverance. As an option, you could take turns, asking and answering each other such questions:

  • Share about a time you needed to show perseverance. What were the challenges? What support did you have? How did you overcome your challenges?

  • Think about a challenging circumstance that requires action to overcome. How does using perseverance help us when we take action?

  • How can we continue to use perseverance this school year?

We trust that these conversations will lead to greater insight into your child’s growth in problem-solving and that your child will also gain insight and learn from your experiences.

And as a related learning opportunity, throughout this month during our morning announcements, we will be highlighting problem-solving when dealing with conflict. At Fernwood, we teach the STEP method, as part of our Second Step curriculum, our core Social-Emotional curriculum. I encourage you to ask your child how they could use STEP (Say the problem, Think of solutions, Explore consequences, and Pick the best solution) when working through a problem at school or at home.

If I can be of any support to your family or your student, please reach out. I strive to partner with families for student support and school success. Please see below for additional and timely resources that you may find helpful.

March SEL Calendar

NPR Podcast: When the News is Scary–What to Say to Kids

Jennifer Brisbine

School Counselor


In the Know

Dr. Reid’s Annual Visit

Each year Dr. Reid visits schools and classrooms to see the work of our staff and students in action. Fernwood’s visit will occur on Tuesday, March 15th. This day will begin with a parent forum. The exact time and location are still to be determined, but plan on sometime between 8:30-9:30. Look for a separate message to come soon. There is no set agenda for this meeting. It is a time when you as a parent and community member can visit with Dr. Reid, ask questions in relation to Northshore, and share comments. We hope you are able to join!

Boosterthon DanceFit Fundraiser - Monday, March 28, 2022

Our PTSA is supporting a fundraiser this month. We will share information with students during our Monday Morning Announcements on March 14th. The kick off will be on March 17, and the official day of the event will be on Monday, March 28th. Please see below in our PTSA section for more details.

2021-22 Fernwood Family Survey

Thank you to those that completed our 2021-22 Fernwood Family Survey. We are in the process of reviewing the results and responses. We plan to follow up in April’s newsletter.

Rising 6th Grade Skyview Registration Parent Information Night

Skyview Middle School's Rising 6th Grade Registration Parent Information Night will be held virtually this year. Informational registration videos will be posted on Skyview's website March 2nd at 6:30 P.M. Topics will include registration, scheduling, the 6th grade elective wheel, challenge classes, special education, and the block schedule.

Skyview Middle School counselors will be visiting elementary schools in person or via Zoom, depending on the school, to share registration information directly with students. The dates for these visits are below:

  • March 3: Canyon Creek

  • March 4: Fernwood

  • March 7: Crystal Springs and Kokanee

  • March 8: Ruby Bridges

  • To be determined: Northshore Virtual Program

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Student Enrollment for Fall 2022

This is the time of year when we begin making plans for the next school year. One of the many things we look at is enrollment to determine staffing and facility needs. In order to plan effectively for next year, we need to know if families will be leaving Fernwood for the 2021-2022 school year. If your family may be or is moving, please email our secretary, Tracy Bickhaus @ to let her know (including where you will or may be moving to).

Individual and Group Picture Day - March 31st

On March 31st, Fernwood will have class and activity pictures taken such as Track and Field, Bad Monkey’s, etc. Students will stand together on risers with their masks on. When the photographer is ready to take the picture, the students will remove their masks. If you do not want your student to participate, please let the office know.

Order envelopes for class pictures and individual pictures will go home the week of March 14th. If you wish to purchase individual pictures of your student, you must PRE ORDER packages online and send in the order form with your student or send in the order with a check on March 31st. No late orders will be accepted. Ordering is also available through the Dorian website at

Reminders from Last Month

  • SBAC DATES - Students in grades 3rd-5th will take part in our state’s Smarter Balanced Assessment this spring. Fernwood will begin testing after spring break and will wrap up testing during the beginning of June. During our testing window, it is especially important your child is present at school. A specific schedule with testing dates for each grade level will be shared as a part of April’s newsletter.

  • 5th Grade Camp Cedar Springs - Our 5th grade students will have the opportunity to attend in-person camp this year at Cedar Springs. This will be a day camp opportunity versus overnight. Our scheduled dates at this time are April 20th and 21st. We will attend along with Ruby Bridges. This will be a great culminating activity for students at both schools to end their time in elementary together - just like they started. 5th grade teachers will be sharing specific information with families about dates and times.

District Information

Know Someone That Will Be New to Northshore Next Year?

Enrollment is open for the 2022-23 school year for all grade levels, including kindergarten. Please visit the NSD website for full enrollment information for all grades.

Help Wanted: Now Hiring for Fernwood and in Many School Kitchens

Food & Nutrition Services is now hiring for the Fernwood kitchen and for many school kitchens! We have positions across the District with flexible hours, benefits, uniform stipends, and opportunities for advancement. If you've been looking for a way to get involved at the school or in the community, feeding our students is the rewarding job you've been looking for. Working in Food & Nutrition Services allows you to work while the kids are in school and be home for the after-school and evening activities. Work-life balance at its finest! Permanent staff starts at $17.51 per hour. Positions range from 3.0-4.0 hours per day. You can find current openings via the Employment page on the website or call 425-408-7654 for more information. Apply Today!

PTSA Information

Principal Chat, Tuesday, March 8th, 6:30-7:00 pm

This is a time to come and share your thoughts or ask questions. There is no formal agenda. This meeting will be held virtually through Zoom:

PTSA Meeting:

March’s PTSA meeting will be on Tuesday, March 8th, from 7:00-8:00 pm following our Principal Chat.

Join the Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 892 8261 4971

On behalf of the Fernwood PTSA Board of Directors: we hope to see you there.

Watch Dogs

Do you want to be a WATCH DOG? To participate in the program, you must be an approved NSD volunteer. Please follow the instructions found here on the NSD website to complete the volunteer process. After becoming an approved volunteer, sign up here: Watch DOGS: Watch D.O.G.S ( for the day and time that works for your schedule. For more information, please contact Rosie at

Boosterthon DanceFit Fundraiser - Monday, March 28, 2022

The PTSA, in collaboration with Boosterthon, is excited to announce this year's DanceFit fundraising event on Monday, March 28th, 2022. Our goal this year is to raise $15,000. We are hopeful that with your help and participation that we will achieve this goal. We chose the Boosterthon fundraiser because everyone can participate. It is easy, fun, promotes physical activity and there are no door-to-door sales. PTSA will use the funds raised to provide fun and educational opportunities, science and art programs, teacher grants and more. Some examples of the programs PTSA has sponsored are: popcorn Friday's, Watch D.O.G.S., Bingo Night, Cultural Night, end of year carnival...etc. Your donation and support is critical to keep these programs funded. We hope you will join in making a difference in your child(ren)'s school today.

Boosterthon will kick off at Fernwood Elementary on Thursday, March 17th and as the days lead up to the main event on Monday, March 28th (during school hours), students will experience daily mini character lessons with the themes of CURIOSITY, CONFIDENCE, HUMILITY, PRACTICE, & ENDURANCE.

Please be on the lookout as more details will be shared in the coming weeks of how to set up and share your child(ren)'s donation page. Thank you for your support. Let's make this a success for Fernwood!

Bethany Lamens & Aleah Dometita

Co-Chairs PTSA Fundraising

Ongoing School-Wide Communication

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