October 20th, 2023
SAVE THE DATE: Veteran's Day Assembly November 9th
XUSXS Root Dig
This week Mr. Ballance took students to the Spokane Indian Reservation to dig XUSXS root. xusxs (legusticum porteri) is on the "species at risk list" according to the United Plant Savers. The students followed a detail protocol and learned a lot about the root including, "look for older plants to dig the roots in order to honor the plant and its desire to provide its medicine." It was communicated that the root helps your throat so you can sing all night or day, helps to find your voice, soothe a sore throat, etc.
Snow Coming? Maybe...
Reardan-Edwall School District
Inclement Weather Procedure
STEP ONE - PROACTIVE
The Superintendent and Transportation Director study the weather forecast daily to have foresight on any upcoming weather events.
STEP TWO - ROAD CHECKS
The Superintendent and Transportation Director consult the night prior to a forecasted severe weather event.
The Transportation Directorand or Mechanic commences driving school district roads at 1:30am.
The Transportation Director calls the Superintendent at 4:00am to discuss conditions.
The Transportation Director may ask for support in driving the roads.
If the report is severe enough the Superintendent will make the call as early as 4:30am.
The Superintendent may ask the Transportation Director and or Mechanic to continue driving and/or consult with local school districts to see what they are seeing (Davenport and Medical Lake).
The Superintendent may ask the Transportation Director to call County Officials to inquire about the road clearing timeline/schedule.
STEP THREE - DECISION
The Superintendent will make a decision based on student and bus driver safety first and foremost.
The Superintendent may call a 2 HOUR DELAY or SCHOOL CLOSURE based on the weather forecast for the day and/or road conditions.
The Superintendent will make this decision PRIOR to 6am when at all possible to do so.
School Messenger system
Local News receive our communication
PARENTS: Questions or feedback on the decision? Please call the Superintendent at (509) 796-2701.
Breakfast will not be served on a day with a 2-hour delay
“Snow Routes” may be used in unique circumstances
We have a relatively large school district. On top of general road conditions we are looking for:
Drifting snow in the south and northwest portions of our district.
Maintenance of the hills in the north portion of our district.
The Tooth Fairy came to visit Reardan Elementary this week. Delta Dental of Washington provides the Tooth Fairy experience to teach students dental hygiene and how to care for their teeth.
The elementary will have classroom parties on Tuesday, October 31st. Be on the lookout for more information from your child’s teacher. Students may bring a costume in their backpack to wear in the afternoon. Students may not wear their costume to school and we ask that costumes do not include wearing face paint, have spray painted hair, or masks.
Fall conferences are right around the corner. We will send home conference letters next week. Please fill out the form and return it to school by November 3rd.
High School Update
Senior Night for Soccer ladies Kassidy Koch and Ann Marie Bolyard was 10/14/23
Kassidy joined the soccer team as a senior. She has been an amazing addition to this year's team and has played both midfield and center back, two of the hardest positions. Without Kassidy and her rock-solid defense many games may have not finished in our favor. She has been an amazing asset.
Ann Marie also joined as a senior and had not previously played. The skill, determination and improvement she has made from the beginning of the season to now is indescribable. She has played in both forward and outside midfield.
Something neither of these girls or the team knew coming in, was that we would have exactly 11 players this year. No subs. The amount of will power and strength it takes to play a whole game without subs is enormous. I am immensely proud of both of these girls.
-Coach Richard Breedlove
College Fair October 24th
Any Junior or Senior who is interested in attending. Please sign up in the office or with Mr. Ballance.
Middle School Update
October is Mental Health Awareness month, and our Student Assistance Professional, Mr. Rogers, is talking to all of our middle school students about this idea. We are learning about healthy coping strategies like social connection, getting good sleep, and avoiding screen time. He also introduced the Clayful app to students and let them know that we will begin offering that coaching option in the next couple of weeks. Students under the age of 13 may be bringing home a permission slip for parent signature in order to create their account. If you have questions or would like to opt your child out of Clayful, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This month our students are working on the character trait of Courage. We will also have a Harvest Social (music, snacks and games) on October 26th to celebrate all students who have grades of “C” and above and no office or bus referrals. Students who don’t go to the social will be working on missing assignments or reading in Mr. Bjerkestrand’s room.
Speaking of reading, Mrs. Koch is trying something new to increase student interest in reading for fun. Every Friday she does an activity called “First Chapter Friday” where she reads the first chapter of a novel (fun reading) out loud to the class. They discuss some of the literary elements and then students who are interested in the novel may check it out from her. Students will then have time for silent reading during class. Kristy supports this activity with Thursday trips to the elementary library where they can check out or renew their free reading books. Ask your student what their free reading book is about!
Mr. Clouse’s math classes are working on collaboration with partners and discussing their theories behind equations, proportional relationships, and why we answer math questions the way we do. To go along with that, 7th graders in Mr. DeWalt’s art class are learning how to use perspective in drawing, and learning vocabulary words like “horizon line, parallel lines, converging lines, and perpendicular lines”. In PE students are working on a badminton unit, and our girls’ volleyball team wrapped up their season. Next Monday, our boys will finish up their football season. Next up, basketball!