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Otter Updates Parent Newsletter for February 26th, 2021

Welcome to Serene Lake!

Office Hours: 8am - 4pm

To Report a Student Absence please call 425.366.3500 or email

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Kindergarten Registration

Do you have a child who will be at least five years old by August 31, 2021, who will attend kindergarten in Mukilteo School District this fall? Registration for kindergarten classes in the 2021-22 school year will begin March 1, 2021. Many elementary schools will have their own kindergarten programs. Some students will attend Pathfinder Kindergarten Center, located behind Fairmount Elementary on Beverly Park Road, based on their home address. Use the online kindergarten look-up tool to enter an address and find which school your kindergartner will attend.

Starting March 1, you can register online or make an appointment with your neighborhood school to pick up a registration packet.

Immunizations are required for in person school attendance are established by the State of Washington. Students must be current in immunizations to attend school. A new state law states that students who are out of compliance with immunization requirements will be excluded from school until those conditions are met. Learn more about the state’s new immunization requirements on the district immunizations website.

ATTENDANCE: Call (425) 366-3500 or email our attendance clerk, Jamie Groshong, to report an absence. You must notify Serene Lake's attendance office or your teacher in order to get the absence excused. When students have unexcused absences, their families will receive a daily robocall at 6:00pm. Three unexcused absences generates an attendance support letter, our goal is to help families prior to becoming truant. A student is considered truant if they miss 7 or more unexcused days in a month or 10 or more unexcused days in a school year.

ATTENDANCE ROBOCALLS: Teachers are required to post attendance by the end of their work day. Students that do work in Schoology after 3pm might be counted absent for the 6:00pm automated call, but attendance will be corrected by the main office the following day. If you have any questions, please call our attendance line at (425) 366-3500.

HELPFUL RESOURCES/LINKS FOR FAMILIES: Scroll down to end of newsletter for links and info.

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FAMILY MESSAGE REGARDING BACK TO SCHOOL PLANS

from our Superintendent, Alison Brynelson

The Mukilteo Education Association (MEA) approved the tentative agreement for elementary schools on Wednesday evening. I am grateful for the agreement, but more importantly, I appreciate our partnership over the past several months as we worked through many new and complex issues.

What does this mean for families?

With the agreement in place, we can now expand in-person learning to full elementary grade levels. We will begin with grades K-2, one grade at a time. We will confirm each grade level’s return date at least two weeks prior to their start. Here is the timeline for the return to in-person learning:

  • ECEAP: March 1
  • Grade 2: March 8
  • Grade 1: March 22 - tentative
  • Kindergarten: March 29 - tentative

We are in the process of surveying K-2 families about their plans for the remainder of the year. Students may choose to remain in a fully distance learning model, return for in-person learning in the mornings and have distance learning in the afternoons, or select either option with the hope they can remain with their current teacher. We will make every effort to keep students with their current teacher, but we know there may be situations in which that is not possible. About 85 percent of K-2 parents have responded so far. The current results reflect that about 32 percent would like to stay with distance learning, 42 percent plan to return to the in-person hybrid schedule, and 26 said either option is fine, but they prefer to stay with their current teacher if possible.

In-person learning schedule

Students who attend in-person will have core subject instruction in English Language Arts, Math and Social Emotional Learning in the morning. Teachers will provide outdoor mask and movement breaks as needed. Students will eat breakfast and lunch at home (free grab and go lunches will be available for all interested students) before rejoining learning remotely. Afternoons may include more synchronous learning with the teacher via Zoom, asynchronous learning, specialist time, or independent work.

District transportation will be provided for students participating in the YMCA or Boys and Girls Club childcare.

While there is still work to do to expand in-person learning, I appreciate your patience and flexibility throughout this past year. Thank you for all you are doing to support your children’s learning from home.

Frequently asked questions

Why can’t kindergarten through second grade start in-person learning sooner?

As we transition more students to in-person learning, there are many things that must happen. For instance, due to class size limits, we will likely need to hire additional teachers. We will need time to bring back bus drivers and food service workers who were furloughed before school began. Teachers will need time to transition back to their classrooms. By allowing a few weeks before grade levels return to in-person learning, it will give us time to change schedules, communicate with families, train staff, and establish and communicate bus routes.

PE, MUSIC and LIBRARY fun in the afternoon!

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From the Nurse!

Dear Parent/Guardian,

As we approach returning to in-person learning, please begin considering whether or not your child will return to building. If you anticipate your child returning to in-person learning, who has a health condition requiring the use of daily or as needed medication while at school, please complete the medication authorization form. Please visit the Mukilteo Website for more information on medical forms and health conditions. Please remember, the new immunization requirements. This new law states that students must be current in their immunizations as well as present medically verified vaccination information to start school. Need immunizations before school returns to in-person learning? Clinics have changed to make it safe for your child to get needed vaccines during COVID-19. Learn more through this flyer available in English, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese. Please reach out to your school nurse with any questions.

Accelerated Reader is a computer-based program that Serene Lake uses to monitor reading practice and progress. It helps our teachers guide kids to books that are on kids’ individual reading levels. Kids take short quizzes after reading a book to check if they’ve understood it. The program doesn’t teach reading skills and strategies. It’s intended to encourage kids to read independently, at their own level and pace.

The idea behind AR is that kids enjoy reading more when they can select their own books. (The program has more than 150,000 titles to choose from ) Each book has online “reading practice” quizzes, which you may hear referred to as “AR tests.” At Serene Lake we like to honor the students who crush their goals! The first cut off to earn points is March 10th, 2021. Our Librarian, Ms. Hall will announce the winners who will be joining her for "Lunch with the Librarian" during Specialist time !

For grades Kindergarten -2nd

  • 50 points: Students earn "Lunch with the Librarian" (lunch coupon and Zoom lunch chat and games with Ms. Hall)
  • 100 points: Small stuffed sea otter

For grades 3rd-5th

  • 100 points: "Lunch with the Librarian" (lunch coupon and Zoom lunch chat and games with Ms. Hall)
  • 200 points: Large stuffed sea otter

Mark Your Calendars!

Feb. 26th - Teacher Work Day - NO SCHOOL

Mar. 9th - 11th - Supply and Curriculum Pick Up

Mar. 14th - Daylight Savings

April 5th - 9th - Spring Break

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Meal Service Schedule!

Any child ages 0-18 is eligible for a 7-day meal kit each week.

Families need to pre-order their meals each week to guarantee there is enough food for every family: Pre-Order Form.

  • Link for pre-order also has all meal locations and mobile sites listed and can be translated in many languages
  • Fill out and submit a form for each child you would like meals for (ex: 3 kids = 3 forms). Please remember to place your order 48 hours before your preferred pickup day.

Please visit the Mukilteo School District Nutrition Services website for more information and schedule.

Technical Support

Families can watch short videos on topics such as joining a Zoom meeting on Family Orientation Videos Web Page. Currently, the videos are available in English and Spanish, with more languages and more videos to come later this week.

District Technology Help Desk

Need help? Families can call the district's help desk at (425) 356-1207. During the school year, the Help Desk is staffed Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mukilteo School District APP

Go to your app store and search "Mukilteo School District." It is available for both Apple and Android devices. Once you download the app, you can select which schools to follow.

When you log in to Mukilteo School District's mobile app, you can access student specific information, update your family's communication preferences, find school and staff emails/contact information, log into Schoology and access many frequently-used websites and tools.

If you have questions about the district app or need log-in info, please email communications@mukilteo.wednet.edu.

The Serene Lake PTSA Events!

PTSA is a volunteer association where parents, teachers, students, and other community work together to make our school a better place to learn! This month they have MANY fun activities for families. Check out the flyers below for more information!

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MAR 5th – MAR 18th

Online Book Fair!

Parents!! Don't forget to set up an EWallet account for your student, then send their individualized link to your friends and family so THEY can contribute to the account! Go to our bookfair homepage for more info."

Here is the link to the book fair, in case it makes sense for the newsletter

https://www.scholastic.com/bf/serenelakeelementaryschool1

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Mukilteo School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of trained dog guide or service animal 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: Civil Rights Coordinator and Title IX Coordinator Bruce Hobert (425-356-1319), hobertbl@mukilteo.wednet.edu, Section 504 Coordinator Lisa Pitsch (425-356-1277), pitschla@mukilteo.wednet.edu, and the ADA/Access Coordinator Karen Mooseker (425-356-1330), moosekerkw@mukilteo.wednet.edu. Address: 9401 Sharon Drive in Everett, WA. Inquiries regarding ADA/Access issues at Sno-Isle TECH Skills Center should be directed to Wes Allen, Director (425-348-2220) allenwr@mukilteo.wednet.edu. Address: 9001 Airport Road in Everett, WA 98204.

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