11-20-2017

You’re Invited to Family Academy; Reminder - School Meal Payments
Posted on 11/30/2017

You’re Invited! Family Engagement Academy Kicks Off Dec. 2

All District families are invited; learn about family engagement, how to advocate for your child


Family Academy is back! After a successful inaugural year, this free training opportunity returns in 2017-18. Come learn about:


  • Family Engagement: How families can engage with education to benefit students;

  • Understanding the School Systems: The American education system;

  • Supporting and Advocating for your Student; and

  • Natural Leaders


Starting Saturday, Dec. 2 from 10:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. at Lynnwood Elementary (former Alderwood Middle site), 20000 28th Ave West Lynnwood, WA 98036.

Register at https://goo.gl/forms/vEmjfuHN6aRVQUUo2. Free childcare for children 3 or older who are toilet trained available. Spanish interpreter available. This information is available in a multiple language flier.



All Students Receiving School Meals Regardless of Account Balance
Reminder: Families are responsible to pay back all negative balances; payment arrangements possible

Our District’s Board of Directors were pleased to launch a pilot program this school year. This pilot created a system that allows all students to select a school meal on any given day, regardless of their ability to pay at that time. Previously, no negative balances could be incurred and students were offered a “courtesy meal.”


As of Nov. 13, more than 2,100 student accounts are in the negative, totalling nearly $28,000. While some of this amount is from prior to a student becoming eligible for free or reduced meals, nearly $22,000 represents students on paid meal status.


No debt existed at the start of the current 2017-18 school year thanks to the donations received from the community last spring, totalling $7,000.


“The debt from unpaid meal charges is accruing faster than anticipated,” said Barbara Lloyd, Director of Food and Nutrition Services. “The goal of the new, pilot program was to remove the stigma associated with ‘courtesy meals.’


“Courtesy meals, unfortunately became associated with a child not having enough money,” Lloyd added. “Even though the intent was to make sure every student received food each day.”


Lloyd is providing monthly update reports to the Board of Directors at its regular meetings. Her next report is Tuesday, Nov. 28. School Board meetings start at 6:30 p.m.


Steps are being taken to notify families to ensure their meal accounts have a positive balance.


Families with balances below $10 and with negative balances, are notified weekly, on Wednesdays, either by email or a voicemail. Cash, checks or online through Skyward Family Access are the ways to update each student’s account.


Families financial situations can change unexpectedly and we encourage all families to apply for free or reduced meals at any time during the school year. Families, while still responsible for the previous unpaid balance, are strongly encouraged to contact Food and Nutrition Services to make payment arrangements. Please call Dee Moran at 425-431-7078.



Happy 50th to Hazelwood Elementary!

Guests enjoy a festive evening of music and memoriesHazelwood 50th 1.jpg


Hazelwood Elementary, which was built and opened in the fall of 1967, celebrated its 50th birthday Nov. 2 with food, entertainment and the sharing of memories.


The night kicked off with the Pledge of Allegiance, led by current Hazelwood Student Council members. Principal Tim Parnell, Master of Ceremonies, welcomed the crowd. Mountlake Terrace High School’s choir, The Dynamics, sang several songs under the direction of T.J. Sullivan. Hazelwood’s music teacher, Sarah Moyer, led the singing of a new “Hazelwood Way” song, which was followed by a robust round of “Happy Birthday.”Hazelwood 50th 2.jpg


Among the current staff, students and parents, some of the original 1967 staff and student body were present, as well as a large number of alumni students and staff. One young couple, who had the same first-grade teacher at Hazelwood, announced that they were now engaged to be married. Jan Link, retired Hazelwood principal, shared how special the school was in her life and in the community. A special tour of the campus was conducted to conclude the festive evening.


Happy 50th Birthday Hazelwood!




Community Forum - Please Save the Date: Director of Diversity, Equity and Outreach


Please join us at a Community Forum Dec. 11 to meet the candidates for our District’s new Director for the Diversity, Equity and Outreach Department. The names of candidates who will be invited to participate in the forum will be announced as soon as available.


The forum will held 6:00-8:00 pm at the Edmonds School District, 20420 68th Ave W, Lynnwood in the Board Rooms. All are invited to come and provide input as a part of the selection process.


Foro Comunitario para las postulaciones a

Director de Diversidad, Equidad y Difusión


Por favor acompáñenos al Foro Comunitario que se celebrará el 11 de diciembre de 6:00 a 8:00 pm, con el fin de conocer a los candidatos postulados para el nuevo Director del departamento de Diversidad, Equidad y Difusión, en inglés como “Diversity, Equity and Outreach”, del Distrito Escolar de Edmonds. (Los nombres de los candidatos aún no están disponibles.)

El foro se llevará a cabo en las salas de juntas (board rooms) del Distrito Escolar de Edmonds, ubicado en 20420 68th Ave W, Lynnwood. Todos están invitados a venir y aportar sus comentarios como parte del proceso de selección.



Edmonds-Woodway High Jazz Big Band Joins KNKX Holiday Jam and Live Broadcast   

Event is free, open to the public and for first time held at Edmonds Center for the Arts

Continuing its tradition of bringing yuletide cheer to the Northwest with a concert of music for the season, 88.5 KNKX will be incorporating some of the area’s best student groups and regional jazz musicians.

 

Not only will this annual event include our Edmonds-Woodway High Jazz Big Band, but the KNKX Holiday Jam and Live Broadcast will be presented for the first time ever at Edmonds Center for the Arts on Monday, Dec. 4 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and will be broadcast live on-air and streamed live at knkx.org.  

The Edmonds-Woodway High School Jazz Big Band is under the direction of Jake Bergevin.

 

Doors open at 6 p.m. No reservations/tickets are required. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please bring nonperishable food donations for Northwest Harvest.

 

Superintendent McDuffy Invites All on School Tours

Second event Dec. 6 with visits to Beverly & Meadowdale Elementary Schools, Meadowdale Middle


One of the Superintendent’s top priorities is to get to know individuals that make up our community and provide opportunities that showcase our learning in action.

All are invited to join her on the second of four school tour opportunities* this school year!


Superintendent’s Community Lunch and School Tour

DATE: Wednesday, Dec. 6

TIME: 12:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.

LOCATION: All tours begin and end in the Boardroom – Educational Services Center, 20420 68th Avenue West, Lynnwood, 98036.


The program includes:

  • Lunch and District update

  • School buses taking attendees to visit Beverly Elementary, Meadowdale Middle and Meadowdale Elementary


Attendees will meet students, principals and teachers, and see firsthand what great work is happening in our schools. Spanish interpretation will be available. If you’d like additional languages, need any other accommodations or have questions, please contact Oscar Halpert, halperto@edmonds.wednet.edu or 425-431-7045.


*Mark your calendars!

The Remaining Superintendent’s Community School Tours 2017-18

  • March 8, 2018 – 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

  • May 2, 2018 – 12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.




Terrace Park Elementary – They sunk their ‘feet’ into this fundraiser!

Socktober Clothes for Kids Sock Drive nets more than 2,400 pairs!



Terrace Park collected 2,480 pairs of socks for Clothes for Kids this year! Kristina Brown and Amy Langston, ASB Advisors, coordinated the drive.


“Each student that shops in our store receives four pairs of socks. Terrace Park students have provided socks to 620 kids,” said Heidi Nornes, Program Coordinator at Clothes for Kids.


Foundation for Edmonds School District Celebrates Schools 5K Run/Walk


Deb Anderson, Executive Director for Foundation for Edmonds School District, is offering her thanks to everyone who supported the ninth annual Celebrate Schools 5K Run/Walk!


“It was a busy day with over 1,250 participants!” Anderson said. “We enjoyed performances by the Northwest Pipe Band and our four high school drumlines – they totally rocked it!”

The top three school teams for number of participants were: Lynndale Elementary – 241; Sherwood Elementary – 99; Brier Terrace Middle – 93.

Congratulations to all who made the Celebrate Schools 5K such a successful event!


School Performance Reports Available Online

2017-2018 School Performance Reports and School Improvement Plans are now available for viewing on the District’s website.



In the News

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eFliers

The Edmonds School District supports non-profit community organizations by providing information about program offerings. You may access the latest fliers approved for distribution to our families by clicking on this Community efliers link.


Save the Date

  • Wednesday, Nov. 22, NO SCHOOL - Teacher Non-Contract Day

  • Thursday, Nov. 23, THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY

  • Friday, Nov. 24, THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY

  • Monday, Nov. 27, 7:00-8:30 p.m. Equity Alliance for Achievement (EAACH) meeting at Educational Services Center

  • Tuesday, Nov. 28, 6:30 p.m. School Board Meeting at the Educational Services Center

  • Saturday, Dec. 2 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Family Engagement Academy, Lynnwood Elementary, 20000 28th Ave West Lynnwood, WA 98036

  • Wednesday, Dec. 6, 12:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m. Superintendent’s Community Tour & Lunch at the Educational Services Center

  • Wednesday, Dec. 6, 7:00 p.m. Scriber Lake High School Information Meeting at the Former Woodway Campus Commons

  • Friday, Dec. 8, EARLY RELEASE DAY (all grades)

  • Monday, Dec. 11, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Community Forum to meet the candidates for the new Director for the Diversity, Equity and Outreach department of the Edmonds School District

  • Tuesday, Dec. 12, 6:30 p.m. School Board Meeting at the Educational Services Center

  • Dec. 18-Jan. 1, NO SCHOOL Winter Break

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