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District e-News May 11, 2021

District e-News May 11, 2021

Posted on 05/11/2021


Capital Levy

With the passing of the 2021 Capital Levy (thank you, voters!) our Capital Projects team has the green light to continue with planned projects.


Up first:

  •  Completing Phase 2 of rebuilding Spruce Elementary – construction starts this summer. Students will attend the 2021-22 school year at the former Alderwood Middle School before Spruce Elementary re-opens for the 2022-23 school year.
  • Boiler replacement at Cedar Way Elementary.
  • Fire alarm system update at former Woodway Elementary, where our new Kindergarten campus is located for the 2021-22 school year.





Save the Date: Kindergarten Jump Start dates are finalized

Each elementary school has chosen a week to offer Jump Start to incoming kindergarten students. Jump Start will be offered either Monday through Thursday, August 16-19 or August 23-26.  Please visit the Jump Start website for specific dates for each school. 


Jump Start is a pre-kindergarten, transitional program for children preparing to enter kindergarten in September. There is no charge for this program, and it is open to all enrolled kindergarten students.


Need to enroll for the 2021-22 school year? Visit our New Student Enrollment website!




Meal kits – free through the summer!

Grab and Go meal kits are still free for all kids 1-18 through August at many of our schools around the district. Some of our distribution locations and times are different, so be sure to check the latest schedule on our food and nutrition services website.



COVID-19 vaccine for 12+


Our district is planning COVID-19 vaccine clinics for students and families in the month of June. More information will be coming soon, including which schools will host the clinics.


For more information about the vaccine, head to the Snohomish Health District webpage:





Meet your health screeners!

The health screeners at our school who check students’ daily digital health attestations and respond to kiddos feeling sick might seem like they’re hiding behind a lot of gear. Their masks, gloves, gowns and face shields are all to keep our students safe. Here’s a quick video for students (and grown ups!) showing how health screeners work hard to keep everyone at school protected and cared for.





Mental Health Community Forum “Moving Forward Together”

We know this past year has impacted many students’ mental health. Please join us on May 26 from 6-7:30 p.m. to discuss how we can work as a community to support students’ mental health today and moving forward. We will be providing tools and resources to help increase your confidence in addressing mental health, how to know when to get help, suicide prevention, and strategies for having challenging conversations with your loved ones. 


Event details are online and the Zoom link is available on our district’s calendar webpage




Health & Fitness Expo- May 15-22

We encourage you to register for this year’s Health & Fitness Expo. Participants will have free access to the Health & Fitness Expo YouTube page Saturday, May 15 to Saturday, May 22.


Health & Wellness videos:

  • Healthy eating

  • Local activities

  • Prizes for watching!


This event is organized by Edmonds Parks & Recreation, Move 60!, Edmonds School District and Verdant Health Commission to promote health and fitness for families that live in Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace and Brier.


Visit the Health & Fitness Expo 2021 website for more information and registration. 




Learn to swim for free this summer!


Any school age child can receive a voucher for free beginning swim lessons this summer. This includes all students in grades K-12 and students with special needs. Contact the Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace or Dale Turner/YMCA pools for details.


Third grade students will receive a voucher for water safety lessons from their classroom teacher this month, as part of the 3rd grade swim lesson program. Visit the program website for more information.





Auto Performance Club wins top honors 


The Edmonds School District Automotive Performance Club took a virtual trip to the Washington State Skills USA Championships and won top honors in both automotive categories! Those placing first will go on to compete nationally. Congratulations!


Here is the link to the award ceremony:




Sophomore or Junior? Get the scoop on college May 13

Are you or someone you know a Sophomore or Junior who plans to attend college? Then join us for a virtual College Planning Night 7 p.m. Thursday, May 13. College representatives will introduce you to the various aspects of applying to college through ten virtual sessions.


To attend, please visit the event on the district’s online calendar.




April high school students of the month

Congratulations to these 14 students!


Each month, our high school programs select students to recognize for their accomplishments and achievements. The photos and names of the April students are included below, and more information about each of these students is available on the Edmonds School District News website.



April Educators of the Month


Every month, a group of schools select a staff member as Educator of the Month. The Rotary then holds an awards ceremony to present awardees with a certificate and gift certificate.  The following school staff were honored in April as Rotary Club of Alderwood-Terrace Educators of the Month:


Westgate Elementary School – Carrie Hamilton-Engbert, Elizabeth Nogales, Mary Gilman and Tamera McKenzie, Kindergarten teachers

“They have worked so hard this year, principal Mary Freitas says. “They’ve taught our youngest students first remotely and then back in person. They deserve recognition for teaching students that have never been to school how to read on Zoom. Lastly, the Kindergarten program at Westgate is being moved next year so the teachers are anticipating a move and planning that.” Congratulations Tamera, Mary, Elizabeth and Carrie!


Scriber Lake High – Karl Stern, Intensive Lifeskills program teacher

Karl’s been working closely with students all-day, four days a week since Jan. 19, says principal Andrea Hillman. “Karl started working at Scriber three years ago, when this program began here,” she says. “Karl has built a vibrant program for Intensive LifeSkills students, who are 14 to 21 years old and who are the most impacted by their disabilities of all students in the Edmonds School District. Karl’s students are elated to come to school. For example, he has a student who gets up and ready to come to school every day, even going out to the bus stop, on non-school days (vacations, weekends, etc.) because he loves school so much. Karl’s program provides academic support, instruction in functional life skills, vocational support, and is rounded out by the love and support the students receive as they develop their social and recreational skills, all in place to ensure that, when they leave our loving arms, they are set up for a fulfilling life. Karl leads a staff of amazing paras and has two young sons at home. He works so hard and is so deserving of this recognition.” Congratulations, Karl! 


Maplewood Parent Cooperative – Amy Garber, middle school intensive learning support teacher


“Ms. Garber is a fierce advocate (I say this with the deepest respect) for students who are differently-abled and possesses the compassion, leadership and skills to promote their academic growth and overall well-being,” principal Michelle Mathis says. “She leads a team of capable and caring paraeducators.Together they have navigated numerous challenges this year to create a classroom environment that best meets the needs of her students.” Congratulations, Amy!


Madrona K-8 – Melody Cleveland, paraeducator


Melody is a highly skilled paraeducator who is an invaluable member of our Madrona community,” says principal Kathleen Hodges. “She supports our educational program in a number of ways. In addition to providing all on-site EL services for English Language learners, she leads small groups,assists in classrooms, and is an integral team member in providing student supervision.” Congratulations, Melody!




Meadowdale Jr. Students of the Month honored


Each month, the Rotary Club of Edmonds selects a Meadowdale High School junior to honor as Junior Student of the Month, based upon recommendations from staff. Here are the most recent selections from February, March and April.



Full STEAM ahead at Hilltop!

Hilltop Elementary students took part in the annual STEAM event April 28 and 29, but this year the science, technology, engineering, art and math activities went virtual. Nice work, Hilltop Huskies!





10 district students selected for T-Mobile developer internship


The following Edmonds School District Juniors were accepted into the T-Mobile Full Stack Developer Career Launch Program. Each will participate in a paid internship this summer with T-Mobile and will take at least one Running Start class per quarter at Edmonds College next year in their Full Stack Developer Certificate program. 


A full stack developer is a web developer or engineer who works with the front and back ends of a website or computer application. That means they can tackle projects that involve databases, build user-facing websites, or even work with clients in the planning phase of projects.




Japanese Americans’ internment subject of documentary

Join us for a film showing of the documentary Alternative Facts: The Lies of Executive Order 9066, 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 12.


Register here for the Zoom showing. A panel discussion will follow. 


This film is recommended for all ages, with family discretion.


For more about the movie go here:




Care Solace – helping our families connect with mental health services

In our commitment to the health, safety, and well-being of our students, parents and staff, we are partnering with Care Solace to provide mental health and substance abuse help. The service is confidential and offers help finding a provider around-the-clock.





Online School Board meetings

Stream the School Board meetings every other Tuesday by heading to our YouTube channel:


For more on the board, including upcoming agendas, visit our website:



Save the Date


See the upcoming events below. You can also view our district’s online calendar for the latest information on our website –

  • 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 11: School Board meeting

  • 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 12: Film Screening of Alternative Facts: The Lies of Executive Order 9066

  • 7 p.m. Thursday, May 13: College Planning Night

  • Saturday, May 15-22: Virtual Health & Fitness Expo

  • Wednesday, May 19: NO SCHOOL; Professional Development Day

  • 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 25: School Board meeting

  • 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 26: Mental Health Community Forum