From the Principal
Principal Kristin Bailey
Dear Families and Community,
Here we are in 2023! It's good to be back with students and I look forward to the lengthening days.
I wanted to address something I have heard from many parents and seen in our students, and that is the anxiety some children feel about school, their reluctance to go to school or their inability to make it through the whole day. We're seeing this most in our 1st and 2nd graders, but it's more common across all grades than it was pre-pandemic.
It makes sense. School is challenging and tiring. Our 1st and 2nd graders missed pre-school and kindergarten, where you build those skills of "How do I survive a whole day of others?" and "What do I do if I'm tired and don't want to do something and mom and dad aren't here?" These are big, difficult things for a little person. While classmates and staff aren't "strangers," they aren't family. School includes hundreds of ways of talking, behaving and existing and it's much more tiring mentally, socially and emotionally than home.
If your child is exhibiting big resistance or anxiety in the morning or wants to come home "sick" every day, you are not alone. We are seeing this in many of our students.
I'm including some resources at the end of this, but we are good resources too. Please reach out to me, Ms. Gonda, Mrs. Fukuda, Nurse Anne or your child's teacher if you need help building your child's school stamina or if you have concerns about your child's anxiety around school.
It's also important to model your own ability to do hard things, and to make space for your child's ability to do hard things. I always asked my daughter, "What was the best part of today? What was the most challenging part of today? What was the funniest thing that happened today?" at bedtime because she was a really anxious child. Sandwiching what was hard and how she got through it between two easy moments helped her build her skill set and recognize that she could and did do hard things every day. If I was reluctant to go to night school or work, I would share that I was really tired or I wished I could stay home, but then I'd share what I was looking forward to or why I was determined to do something hard, even if I didn't really want to.
Another thing impacting children's resilience is that their tech skills are advanced and they aren't getting enough sleep. I hear, even from young children, that they are up late playing games or watching videos. When we are exhausted we are less able to handle strong emotions or difficult things. Helping your children get adequate rest will make a big difference in their resilience.
And finally, I think every parent is playing catch-up after the last few years. People are taking long-delayed trips to see family, they are catching up on delayed medical care and dental appointments and they feel obligated to get children busy in all the activities that were paused during the pandemic. Families are stretched thinner than I've ever seen them. It's important to take stock and make sure the grown ups are rested, too.
As always, please reach out if you have any questions or need support. We're here.
MLK / Changemakers Assembly January 13
All are invited to join us Friday, January 13 at 9:15 a.m. in the Gym as our JEDI team hosts the MLK / Changemakers assembly. Our JEDI students worked extremely hard picking which Changemakers they wanted to showcase, researching about these Changemakers, and writing out their speeches for the upcoming assembly. This is the first time JEDI has put together a school-wide assembly, so there are some nerves mixed in with the excitement.
JEDI students hope that people leave this assembly feeling inspired to become Changemakers in their own community!
Yearbook Cover Contest Winners Announced
Thank you to all of the amazing yearbook cover submissions by our 5th grade class! We appreciate all of the courage, effort, and time that each artist took to create their vision. After much deliberation, our winners for this year are Hailey Hough (Ms. Borgers) and Holland Jansen (Mrs. Barnhart).
Congratulations Hailey and Holland! Your art will be featured as the cover photos for our Arrowhead yearbook. We are so proud!
Notes From the Office
Arrival and Dismissal 2022-2023
8:45 a.m. Students may arrive on campus
8:57 a.m. Welcome Bell
9:00 a.m. School Begins*
3:35 p.m. Dismissal
2:00 p.m. Wednesday Early Release
*Students arriving after 9:00 a.m. must check in at the office and get a pass before going to class.
Late Arrival / Excused Absence
If your child will arrive late or be absent from school:
Please call our 24-hour Attendance line 425.408.4010 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and your student’s teacher by 9:00 a.m.
Prearranged / Extended Absence
In the event that your child will miss more than 2 school days in a row for a reason other than a health or medical issue, please complete and return a printed copy of the Absence Request Form to the office or email a copy of the completed form to email@example.com.
Change in After School Plans
If your child is going to change from their normal method of getting home or has some other alternate plan, please complete and return a printed copy of the Change in After School Plan Form or send a note with your student.
Lost and Found
Please check for your student’s items when on campus.
Our Lost and Found Rack is located outside the Library. Please clearly label all of your child's belongings so they can be returned to them when lost.
Northshore School District 2022-2023 Calendar
We love our volunteers! All volunteers in Northshore are required to complete an online volunteer application before being able to volunteer in classrooms or on field trips. Volunteers are expected to renew your application annually and will receive an email alert one month before your application expires. If you completed a Level 2 background check in the past, (required for field trip chaperones) you will only need to complete a Level 1 check to renew your volunteer status. Please reach out to the office if you are unsure of your volunteer status, 425.408.4000. All field trip chaperones and drivers must be Level 2 status.
We are accepting Waivers for the 2022-2023 School Year!
Did you know families outside of our boundary can choose Arrowhead with a waiver? We have space at our school to accommodate additional students in 2022-23 and beyond. Families looking for a smaller, more-inclusive elementary school, or who may be looking for a school with an innovative project-based learning curriculum would make a great addition to our community!
Interested families can reach out to Principal Bailey with any questions and/or you can direct people to the Waiver information page on the district website.
Let’s keep our community strong!
Update Emergency Phone Numbers and Contacts
Parents are able to update their information and emergency contact information through ParentVUE. We ask that you have the most up to date information in our system in case we need to get a hold of you in an emergency.
If you need help logging into ParentVue, please contact the Office at 425.408.4000.
Closures and Delays
If no schedule changes are posted, schools and buses are operating on normal schedules.
Emergencies such as inclement weather, power outages and hazardous road conditions can alter school schedules and affect bus transportation. The decision to close or delay schools is made by the superintendent as early as possible, usually around 5:30 a.m. Early dismissals will occur only if a delay in dismissal significantly increases hazards.
Ready Start Early Childhood Tuition Program
The Ready Start program is a blended multi-age, inclusive model, serving students, ages 3 – 5 and is currently enrolling at both locations (Sorenson and Woodmoor Elementary) for the 22/23 school year.
Classrooms are taught and supported by a general education teacher, a special education teacher, and a paraprofessional. Inclusive classrooms create a dynamic learning environment for all students.
The application can be found on the Northshore School District Ready Start Tuition Program or call Sorenson Early Childhood Center 425.408.5570.
PACE Application Deadline for 2023-2024 school year
PACE (Parents Active in Cooperative Education), a choice educational enrichment program offered through the Northshore School District, is currently accepting applications for the 2023-2024 school year. All applications are due prior to the February 9th PACE lottery drawing deadline, and a site tour is required prior to application.
The hallmarks of PACE include an enhanced educational experience due to high parent involvement, enrichment activities, encouragement for students to become self-motivated learners and a strong sense of community among families. Families commit to a minimum number of volunteer hours per year of program support. PACE is located at three elementary school sites in the district with feeder patterns from all Northshore elementary schools.
To register for a site tour at PACE at Woodmoor Elementary, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.nsd.org/PACE.
Champions Before and After School Care
Give your child a creative space to discover what they love, be original, and build friendships! We currently have space before or after school for children in grades K - 2 at Arrowhead.
We partner with Schools to compliment the learning they offer with our own robust curriculum for Elementary schoolers. We are so excited about all of the fun January will hold! Our Programs take extra special care of hearts and minds and give kids a safe place to do what they do best - be kids!
Ready to Join? Go to discoverchampions.com, or email Becky Lyons, Arrowhead Site Director at Rebekah.Lyons@kindercare.com with any questions.
From the Playground
Welcome back Hawks and a Happy New year!
We are sad to see half of team Miller go. Ms. Katie will be moving on to go all in on her own business! We will truly miss her, but she will still be around for Jedi meetings and other school events. Thank you for all that you have done for our school!
Her lasting impact on the playground is still felt as we still have many students volunteering for the green team she started, making our campus cleaner, and safer for our community.
As the school year continues, the playground needs will change as the weather does too. So be prepared for new projects coming in the new year!
At Recess, our goal is for students to learn how to play, socialize and problem solve on their own. With so many different activities available during recess we want to emphasize the importance of taking ownership of these skills and having the opportunity to practice them. With that in mind, recess has transitioned to becoming more student lead, with new alternative activities.
Here is a list of our alternative Recess activities available for students:
- Tuesdays and Thursdays - Library open – (Grades 3-5)
- Wednesday’s – Green Team, Pokémon Club with Mrs. Fukuda (Grades 3-5)
- Fridays – Art Club with Mrs. Hoff (Grades K-5)
We hope you all had a wonderful, restful winter break and we’re excited to see what the new year has in store for us!
From the Health Room
Nurse Anne Janssen
Please note: a negative covid test is still required for all students returning to school after an absence related to illness. Please test your student within 24 hours of returning to school. Home test kits are available in the office if you need them.
If your student had Covid during winter break, please report this to the school nurse or office. We are still required to report positive cases to the department of health.
If your student borrowed clothes or shoes from the Health Room, we appreciate having these returned so they are available for others to borrow when needed.
We are in very short supply of girls leggings, sizes 8 & 10, and boys athletic type pants sizes in all sizes, 4-10. If you have gently used pants your students are no longer wearing, we welcome donations to the health room. We do not need tops, just bottoms. Thank you!
Resources available to those in need:
Many resources are available to Northshore families. Please see the following links, NSD Resources, or contact myself or our school Counselor Ms. Gonda email@example.com if you are in need of some assistance.
Threads & Treads:
For all NSD families - Canyon Park Middle School - Wednesdays 3-6pm and the 1st Saturday every month 9:00-12:00 p.m. Threads & Treads
Clothes for Kids:
For all NSD families and Snohomish County residents. Clothes for Kids
Northshore Schools Foundation
From the Library
Librarian Ginny Allemann
Our library recently received a grant from the Northshore Schools Foundation for materials to do a project related to Kamishibai, a traditional Japanese style of storytelling! We are really excited to begin using our materials with students as soon as they arrive!
In addition, Cullen Jowell received a grant to add bilingual Spanish and English materials to our library! The books are on their way to our shelves and students' hands soon!
January 16 is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Focus your home reading on civil rights this month. Take a look here for some ideas.
And don’t forget Lunar New Year is January 22.
Missoula Children’s Theatre will be rehearsing in the library after school January 17-20!
Our library is open each morning at 8:35! Stop by and start the day with reading. Explore the library! Read, play a game, work on a puzzle, or chat with Ms. Ginny! Check out our Library Website here. Are you searching for a book? Try Destiny Discover, our library catalog! Check my Instagram account for weekly updates @arrowheadhawksread.
A huge thank you to families who donated books to our library from our Wishlist. Getting books our community needs is an incredible gift to all our students and staff.
Hope to see you soon @ the library! Keep reading!