Hawk Herald January 2024

Hawk Herald January 2024

January 2024

Principal's Corner

Arrowhead Community, Happy New Year!   Please travel back with me to October of 1976. We are six years old today and got to go to Disneyland for our birthday, but the day started with unwelcome news. In fact, we thought our birthday trip would be ruined. Mom announced at breakfast that her friend Marcia and Marcia’s two kids would join us. Our special day, the one day a year we are the star and not overshadowed by our brother and sisters, will be spent not only with our siblings but two kids we barely know.   Now it’s dark, and late. The moms turned the whole back of Marcia’s 1968 green Volkswagen squareback into a bed, and we are in a pile of sleeping children heading south on I-5 from Anaheim to San Diego. Three songs play on the radio: Woman, by John Lennon, Three Times a Lady, by The Commodores, and She’s Always a Woman by Billy Joel. These songs, the surprisingly good day, the soft blankets, the pile of kid bodies I’m tangled up with, the old car’s heater chugging in that way they did and the telephone wires swooping by against the night sky all come together in a sensation of complete happiness. This happiness cements the lesson that even if things don’t go the way we thought they would or wanted them to, they can be better than we ever imagined. Things we thought were ruined can surprise us with their perfection.   What does this long-ago experience have to do with me as your child’s principal and our journey into the new year? Everything. This memory is the foundation of how I meet challenges. Being handed someone else’s guest list on your 6th birthday isn’t a tragedy or a trauma. It’s a minor disappointment, but when we let our children navigate minor, even major, disappointments early in life they learn the skills necessary to face big scary things.   2024 will bring challenges to our Arrowhead community. District efforts to balance the budget will certainly impact our day-to-day lives here at school. As a nation we face another presidential election and brace for political battle and ugliness. Privately, we might face more personal challenges this year: illness, divorce, loss, financial hardship, or something unexpected added to our plate when we don’t have the bandwidth to handle what’s already there.   It will be okay. It might even be wonderful. I know this not just because I was lucky to have parents who expected me to handle hard things, but because elections have been nasty before and we are still here. School districts have faced budget crises before, and we are still here. Members of our community have faced personal hardship, and we wrap around them and make sure they are still here.   Arrowhead is a place of strength, community, and joy. We face difficult things knowing we are in it together. We look for joy. We count our blessings.   Whatever 2024 brings, I’m here with this remarkable community ensuring our children learn resilience, hope, and community. We’re ready.

Kristin
Principal Kristin Bailey
kbailey@nsd.org

Around the School

Attendance Policy

Attendance Policies - Did You Know?

  • Arrowhead is required to send you a formal Attendance Letter if your child has 5 or more absences in a month—even if those absences are excused.
  • We are required to send a formal letter for 1 UNexcused absence. 
  • If the number of absences continue and it may be having an impact, we will reach out and ask to meet. 
  • Lastly, if you know your child will be gone for more than 5 days in a row (e.g., for a trip) we ask that you fill out a Pre-Arranged Extended Absence Form and submit it to the Office at least 2 weeks prior to the absence.

We do value family experiences and we absolutely want you to keep an ill child home. So these policies may feel contradictory. However, the underlying purpose is good. It is good that we are giving you a heads-up reminder that absences are accumulating, because an absence—even for good reason may need remediation of some kind. 

As we return from Winter break and return to school routines, it is a good time to remember the impact of attendance and tardiness on student growth and progress. Research shows that students do better and feel better when they start the day smoothly, with their class, unhurried and feeling confident they know what’s happening. 

So, If you receive a letter, understand our purpose and intent, and if you have questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to us. 

Becky Fukuda
Dean of Students

Changemakers Assembly - January 12th

All are invited to our Changemakers Assembly at 10:00 am in the Gym on January 12 presented by our student JEDI team. JEDI will share individuals past and present who created positive change in their community and our world.

December Donation Drive Wrap Up

Thank you Arrowhead Community for helping families in need with all of the baby items and toys donated before Winter Break.

Intermediate Choir - it's not too late to join!

Hello 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students, parents, and guardians,

Our only Choir session this school year has begun, but it's not too late to join! There will be no Performance at school. We will be performing at the Inglemoor Pathways Concert with Moorlands Elementary, Woodmoor Elementary, Northshore Middle School, and Inglemoor High School. 

The Concert is at the new Northshore Recital Hall located on the Inglemoor High School campus.

                  DATE:   February 29th - (Leap Day!!)
                  TIME:    6:30pm - Call time will probably be 6:00pm for warm-up. 

Choir meets every Thursday at lunch recess (12:45-1:15pm) in Ms. Webb’s Music Room and ends February 29.

There is no cost for this choir. No prior experience needed!  Just enthusiasm for learning music together as an ensemble and a commitment to come to all rehearsals. 

Any questions and to RSVP, please email Ms. Webb at kwebb@nsd.org  with the name of your student and their participation in our Choir session  and  the Pathways Choir Concert on February 29, 2024.

Thank you, Kelly Webb

Parent Pick Up Reminders

A road closure on Juanita Drive at dismissal caused one of our buses to return to school with students. We noticed that we need to better communicate our caregiver pick up process. Thank you for your flexibility and understanding. Please note the process below:

  • Students will be in a secure location with staff
  • Communication may come from Transportation, Central Office, or Arrowhead
  • Caregivers picking up students need to come to the main office with their ID 

Student safety is our top priority. Once we've verified a caregiver's ID, we will release students to your care. We appreciate your adherence to this process.

Hawk Family Fitness Nights

Hey Hawks! Come join PE Specialist Ms. Miller for our Family Fitness Workouts at 7:00pm!

  • Jan. 19 - Clean Your Room (throwing & target practice) Gym
  • March 1 - Hunger Games (Nutrition education) Gym
  • March 29 - Battle Pyramid (Math & Fitness) Gym
  • April 26 - Pirates Gold (Strategy; ducking/fleeing) Gym
  • May 31 - Mission Impossible - Gym

Have fun together as we build community, learn and practice fitness, sports skills, and sportsmanship!

Kindergarten Registration, Tours, and Open House

Kindergarten Registration has begun for the 2024-2025 school year. If you have any questions regarding enrollment at Arrowhead, please contact Secretary / Registrar Poe Joya, pjoya@nsd.org

Registration is now completed online. Please use this registration link to start the process. 

Arrowhead Kindergarten Survey 2024-2025  Welcome! This survey will help us more accurately meet needs and plan ahead for program and services to support our Kindergarten learners. Our goal is to provide the best possible experience for your student.

Save the Date for one of our upcoming Kindergarten Tours and Open House!

  • March 20 7:45 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Kindergarten Tour
  • April 25 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Kindergarten Tour
  • May 28 5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Kindergarten Open House followed by PTA Art Night and Auction 5:30 p.m.

Yearbook Sale through Feb 29

Yearbooks are available to order through February 29 for $18.00That means you must get your yearbook ordered before February 29 to receive one at the end of the school year. Payment can be made at school by exact cash, checks payable to NSD, or online at Intouch online payments. 

TerraCycle Recycling Brigade

Recycle with Terracycle

Do you eat Entenmann's Little Bites snacks? If so, you can recycle the wrapper at Arrowhead and earn money for our school! Starting on Monday, October 30th there will be collection boxes in the center room for your class and one in the office. For more information about this program please visit https://www.terracycle.com/en-US/brigades/littlebites. We will keep you updated you on our progress!  Video of Jason asking for your help to recycle Little Bites pouches.

Thanks,

Jason from Ms. Rad's Class

Counselor's Corner

Ms. Joan Gonda
School Counselor

jgonda@nsd.org
425.408.4024

From the Library

Ms. Ginny Allemann
Librarian

vallemann@nsd.org

Happy New Year!

January 5 is National Bird Day. 1st - 3rd graders will start out 2024 with a read-aloud of Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award nominee Chickadee: Criminal Mastermind by Monica Silvie. In January, 4th graders will be delving into library organization and text selection with a project (PBL) to help choose titles for our Art, Sports and Games section (700’s) in our library. 5th graders will spend a few weeks exploring media literacy.  

Hour of Code 

Students in 4th and 5th grade worked to complete a full tutorial in Hour of Code during our December Hour of Code. Kindergarteners practiced programming a “robot” (wonderful volunteer Rosemary in disguise) and then practiced turn-taking skills in coding our beebots to find their way from the hive to the flowers! 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders used Scratch Jr. to work on basic coding with blocks, and animating their own stories. Scratch Jr. is a free app developed by MIT and is a great, creative introduction to coding.

Martin Luther King Day is January 15. Books about Dr. King’s life and civil rights in general are on display.

Any books that students had checked out before the looooong break are due now! Encourage your students to bring them back and get something new! 

Arrowhead Library is open and ALIVE each morning at 8:35! Stop by and start the day with reading, legos, chatting about books, and of course, exploring the library! Library Website here! 

Hope to see you soon @ the library!

From the Health Room

Nurse Anne Janssen
Registered Nurse

ajanssen@nsd.org
425.408.4006

Hello Arrowhead families,

Please do not send your student to school if they are ill.

If your student does not feel well in the morning, please keep them home. We would rather your student arrive late than show up and be sent home right away if they are not well enough to be at school. If you are assessing your student in the morning and have specific questions about whether they can attend school, please call.  If you leave a message on the attendance line to excuse your student, please let us know if they are home ill, or for other reasons. We are required to report high illness rates to the Dept. of Health (a percentage number only, not specific student information). 

Please review and update your emergency contacts:

It is important that all students have a parent/guardian, or alternative emergency contact available to pick up them up within the hour if they are ill or injured at school. We cannot accommodate students in the health room for extended periods and ill students cannot be sent home on a school bus.  We appreciate you reviewing your contact numbers and email addresses to ensure they are current.

Reminder: 

Please do not send any medication to school with your student in their backpack, lunch bag or pockets. Students may not self-medicate, and unidentified medication can never be given at school. >>> This includes any over-the-counter product like cold medicine, cough drops, antacids, etc. 

Resources:

Check out the attached links below to community resources available through the Community Assistance section found at the district website:  https://www.nsd.org/

Mental Health & Crisis Support:

You are not alone. There are community supports for mental health, suicide prevention, substance abuse, self-harm, and more. Click here for more information. 

Clothing Resources

If you need clothing assistance for your students, please visit the following links for more information and shopping hours:   Threads & Treads: 

For all NSD families - Canyon Park Middle School - Wednesdays 3-6pm: https://cpptsa.org/programs-activities/threads-treads/

Clothes for Kids: 

For all NSD families and Snohomish County residents:  https://clothesforkids.org/

Technology Tidbits

Mrs. Amy Smith
School Technology Specialist

425.408.4047

Chromebook Reminders for Students

  • Charge your device - Get in the habit of charging your Chromebook every school night. Classrooms are not equipped with charging ports for all students whose Chromebooks need charging.  It is your responsibility to come to school with a fully charged device every day.
  • Cleaning - Please do not use any cleaning solutions on the Chromebook. Most cleaning solutions are liquid and corrosive and can damage the device. Gently wipe with a soft microfiber cloth only.
  • Restart your device - It is important to restart the Chromebook at least once a week. This will keep it running better and update it. To restart your Chromebook, go to the “Clock Bubble” at the bottom right part of the screen. Click it then choose restart. 
  • Stickers - Do not put any stickers, tape or labels anywhere on your Chromebook. Over time these things adhere to the Chromebook and removing them is very difficult. Please remember students, you are borrowing this device, you do not own it.

Chromebook Reminder for Parents/Guardians

  • DPP - Device Protection Program.  The DPP program covers the device (Chromebook, Macbook, or iPad) loaned to your student against accidental damage for the school year. This program does NOT cover damage resulting from misuse or loss of the device.  The standard payment to enroll in the NSD Student Device Protection Plan is $25 per year; free for students who have qualified for free or reduced-price meals and who have provided consent to share their status for fee waivers.
  • For more information about this program please visit the Student Technology Use page of the Northshore School District website.
  • To enroll in DPP, please go to the InTouch website.  If you do not have your login information for InTouch, please contact Ms. Poe Joya in the office at 425.408.4003 or via email at pjoya@nsd.org.

Notes from the Office

Ms. Poe Joya, Secretary/Registrar
pjoya@nsd.org
425.408.4003
425.408.4002 fax

Ms. Kelly Vedaa, Office Manager
kvedaa@nsd.org
425.408.4001
arrowhead.nsd.org

23-24 Northshore District School Year Calendar 24-25 Northshore District School Year Calendar

January

2 Welcome back to school!
2 2/29 Yearbook Sale $18
8 Kindergarten Registration Begins!
12 Changemaker Assembly, Gym - 10:00am
12 PTA Popcorn Friday
15 Martin Luther King Day - NO SCHOOL
16 PTA General Membership Meeting, Library - 6:45pm
19 Hawk Family Fitness Night, Gym - 7:00pm
26 1st Semester Ends
29 Non-Student Day

Arrival and Dismissal 2023-2024

8:45am Students may arrive on campus

8:57am Welcome Bell

9:00am School Begins *   

3:30pm Dismissal

2:00pm Wednesday Early Release

12:10pm Conference Day Early Release

11:00am Last Day of School Dismissal

* Students arriving after 9:05 a.m. must check in at the office and get a pass before going to class.

Attendance

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 ahattendance@nsd.org and your student’s teacher by 9:00 a.m.

Prearranged / Extended Absence

In the event that your child will miss more than 5 school days in a row for a reason other than a health or medical issue, please complete and return a printed copy of the Pre-Arranged Extended Absence Form to the office or email a copy of the completed form to ahattendance@nsd.org.

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 clearly label all of your child's belongings so they can be returned to them when lost. Please check for your student’s items when on campus. Our Lost and Found Rack is located outside the Library. 

Volunteers

We love our volunteers!  All volunteers in the Northshore school district are required to complete an online  volunteer application  before being able to volunteer in classrooms or on field trips. Volunteers must renew their application annually and will receive an email alert one month before their application expires. All field trip Chaperones must be Level 2 status to go on a field trip.

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 update to renew your volunteer status.  

Please reach out to the office if you are unsure of your volunteer status, 425.408.4000.  

ParentSquare and StudentSquare Communications Tool

What are ParentSquare and StudentSquare?

ParentSquare (for families) and StudentSquare (for middle and high school students) is an easy-to-use communication tool that combines multiple communication streams into one interface for families, staff, and students.

Here’s what you can do with ParentSquare and StudentSquare this year.

  • Receive information from the school via email, text, phone call, or mobile app notification
  • Two-way messaging with translation between staff and families/students
  • Choose to receive information as it comes, or all at once at 6 p.m. daily
  • Communicate in your preferred language

How do I activate my ParentSquare account?

There are three different ways to activate or register your ParentSquare account so you can log in to the website. View our reference guide for details on each method or download the Getting Started - English or Getting Started - Spanish PDF guides for tips. 

Update Emergency 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.

From the PTA

ptaarrowhead.org

Arrowhead Elementary Parent Teacher Associations mission is to positively impact the lives of all children and families within the Arrowhead community.  We strive to support and advocate for our children by partnering with staff, families and the wider community to create a safe, inclusive and healthy learning environment allowing our students to excel personally, academically and socially.

Missoula Children's Theater (MCT)

MCT is coming back to Arrowhead in January! MCT is the nation’s largest touring children’s theatre and has been touring extensively for nearly 50 years now. This is a program where students (K-5) will audition, rehearse, and perform an entire play in one week. This year’s performance will be Rapunzel! Auditions will be held on January 22, 2024, with rehearsals daily through January 27. The single performance will be on January 27 at the Northshore Performing Arts Center.  Look out for a flyer in January and future emails with audition information.  To volunteer during rehearsals and the performance, sign up here. Questions can be directed to mct@ptaarrowhead.org.

Logo for MCT Rapenzel. Prince holding long hair climbing a tower

STEM Night - Call for Organizations

This year’s STEM night will be March 26, 2024, at 5:30 pm in the Arrowhead Gym. This is an event that brings science, technology, engineering, and math together for a night of fun and learning. To make the night a success, we need a variety of organizations to help. If you know of a group that would like to be involved, please register here

For questions, email stemfair@ptaarrowhead.org

Join or Renew your PTA Membership

Please join the Arrowhead Elementary PTA or renew your membership! There is a lot of information about the benefits of doing so here on our website.

Have you considered gifting a membership? You can donate a membership to your favorite staff member or a family in need. Just click this link to donate. If joining presents a financial hardship, we have scholarships available. If you need help with membership, have questions, or would like to request a scholarship, please reach out to our membership team.

Quicklinks

Arrowhead Elementary Website  |  Arrowhead PTA Website  Email Your PTA  |  Submit Feedback to Your PTA

Thank you Volunteers!

Chalkboard with Aesop quote: No act of kindness not matter how small is ever wasted.

Gumballs for Cancer Drive

A huge thank you to all of the students/families who put $121.11 in the gumball machine in the office which helped Zavi Harrison in his donation drive for the American Cancer Society.

PTA Reflections Program

Thank you to Kerry Elliot for chairing Reflections this fall and offering 2 workshops at recess for students to get started on their amazing submissions.

Art Club Volunteers

Thanks to Rachel B. and Sarah S., we're able to offer Recess Art Club every Friday!

Art & Clay Docents

We are thrilled to have Art Docents back in our classrooms teaching our students the principles of art and encouraging their creativity with wonderful projects!

Field Trip Volunteers

Field trips would not be possible without the time and patience of our wonderful field trip chaperones.

PTA

We are blessed to have PTA and this community for our partners! Recent SEC Grants were approved to provide students with school planners in 4th and 5th grade, school wide student folders, school wide supplemental materials covering ELA, Math, Engineering, Technology, health, arts, field trips, 5th grade Playwriting Residency with Studio East, and our new totem pole carved by Eagleson Williams!

Library Volunteers

Our amazing Library volunteers keep our Library in top shape, checking books in and out, helping find that just right book and assisting Ms. Ginny with special projects.

We are so grateful to PTA and this amazing community for their support!

Champions Before and After School Care

Meghan Belknap (formerly Meghan Larsen)  (She/Her/Hers)

Area Manager - Northshore | WA  - R61A04

KinderCare Learning Companies

P | 425.414.2952 (ok to text)

E | mlarsen@discoverchampions.com

District News

www.nsd.org

Need Mental Health Support? 

You are not alone. There are community supports for mental health, suicide prevention, substance abuse, self harm, and more. Learn More

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. Northshore School District Closures and Delays