Hawk Herald March 2023

Hawk Herald March 2023

Hawk Herald                               March 2023


Arrowhead Community,

February and March are such fabulous months. February is Black History Month – chosen by Carter G. Woodson because it’s the month of both Abraham Lincoln’s and Frederick Douglass’s birthdays. As a place of learning we celebrate Black history every month! It’s the history of our nation and our community. Black history is rich with stories of brilliance and resilience.

March brings daffodils, longer days and spring rains. Our school theme for March is Diverse Abilities Month.
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At Arrowhead we believe every child has unique gifts and strengths, and also things to learn and skills to improve. We believe children learn from each other and are inspired and taught through each other’s strengths. Isolating and grouping children solely on academics does them such a disservice and neglects most of what being a human is about.
We’re trained to see school as an academic racetrack where the winners finish first. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Learning and childhood development isn’t a straight track. It has its seasons, its drawers and cupboards, its winding paths that we want to give children time to explore. The best education is one that includes 13 years of academic, social and personal growth and prepares children to have a healthy, productive, joyful adulthood.
I stress this because it’s important you know we see every child as gifted, and every child as needing targeted, personalized instruction in their areas of need. That’s the Arrowhead culture, and we feel it makes this an excellent place to be a kid. We know our ultimate goal isn’t that children have the right answer; it’s that our children grow up able to solve problems the teacher doesn’t know the answer to.
February was also the Lunar New Year, which began Sunday, January 22nd. 2023 is the Year of the Rabbit. The rabbit symbolizes luck and the ability to leap quickly toward an opportunity.
Luck is really nothing more than one’s response to a moment. I want our children to be able to find all the joy and learn to move through this world thoughtfully. This time last year I was deeply longing to see faces and smiles again, and to hear the unmuffled shrieks of laughter at recess. What a gift it’s been to see their smiles, their loose and missing teeth and to hear their voices.
Our little corner of the world is filled with luck, love, and joy. Thank you for being a part of it.

Principal Kristin Bailey


Spring Picture Day is March 7


Class group and student activity group photos will be taken by Dorian Photography on Tuesday, March 7. Only students with an order will be photographed individually.  All orders must be placed at mydorian.com by 9am on picture day. Extra photo envelopes are available in the school office.

Spring Picture Day English
Spring Picture Day Spanish

PTA STEM Night is March 21

STEM Night is Tuesday, March 21 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm in the Gym

We need a handful of volunteers to make it a success! Sign up here to help out: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0b4ea5a82faafa7-arrowhead#/

Are you part of a science, tech, or engineering organization and want to run a booth during the event? Fill out this form and let the PTA know!
Click Here

Identity Night is April 4


Join us April 4th from 5:00 - 7:00 pm in the Gym for our first ever Identity Night!

In partnership with PTA, Arrowhead is hosting a sharing experience to celebrate and honor the diverse identities that make up our community! What can you expect?

  • Gallery Walk of identity projects, art and poetry from students, staff and families.
  • Online Give Back event with Third Place Books so families can order recommended books. Direct link coming soon
  • Powerful Changemaker speeches from JEDI.
  • Reflections and conversations facilitated by Root of Us. 
  • Musical interludes from Choir, EMP and Marimba.

We invite families to contribute to our Gallery Walk because your identities matter too! 

Stay tuned for more information from PTA about how to get involved.


Kindergarten Registration, Tours, and Open House


We are thrilled to welcome our incoming class of 2036!

Kindergarten Registration has begun for the 2023-2024 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.

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

  • 3/20 7:45 - 8:30 am Kindergarten Tour
  • 4/25 11:00 - 12:00 pm Kindergarten Tour
  • 5/23 5:30 - 6:00 pm Kindergarten Open House followed by PTA Art Night and Auction 6:00 p.m.

Challenger Baseball

Woodinville and North Bothell Little League present Challenger Baseball

What is Challenger Baseball? 
Challenger is adaptive Little League baseball that is open to girls and boys with physical, developmental, or intellectual disabilities. Coaches and volunteers have experience assisting players in accessing baseball at the level they require to have fun and be successful.
Players practice baseball skills and participate in scrimmages and games while developing social skills and making friends.
  • When: Practices begin mid-April and games start the first Saturday in May and continue through mid-June.
  • Who: Boys and Girls ages 4-18 (Junior League) and 18+ for Senior League.
  • Cost: $25 Includes uniform and the use of all equipment. Scholarships are available!

Volunteers: Be a Challenger Buddy
Buddy volunteers are paired with players to be a friend, help with skills when needed, and to keep players safe.
No prior experience is necessary and training will be provided before the season begins. Teen and adult buddies can also volunteer to run practice stations and assist players.

Register today at:

Questions and to Volunteer:

Able bodied youth baseball players assisting baseball player in a wheelchair.



Notes from the Office

View our Calendar   

Secretary / Registrar
Poe Joya pjoya@nsd.org
                                                                                                                                              Office Manager
Kelly Vedaa kvedaa@nsd.org

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 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 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 


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 2023-2024 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 2023-24 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!

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.

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.

Closures and Delays


From the Health Room

                                                                                                                                                  Nurse Anne Janssen 

New Parent Square communication tool

It is important that we can reach you promptly if your student is ill or injured at school.  If you have not done so already, please sign up for Parent Square and be sure your notifications are set to receive text and email. This is the new district wide communication tool. Often we do not get a response from parent phone numbers or are not able to leave a message. Notification through Parent Square will alert you via text and email if we cannot reach you by phone. 

Please call the office if you have any questions regarding setting up your account and notifications.

Illness Reminder:

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.

Borrowed clothes:

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 jgonda@nsd.org 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

Ginny Allemann 
                                                                                                                                                    Soda Float Challenge Update: 4th and 5th Graders! Encourage your student to complete the challenge! This long-term project will wrap up the week AFTER spring break! Seven weeks to go! There is definitely time to meet the challenge of reading 13 of the 20 books on the list! Audio books, read-alouds, read-alongs are all fine!

March Book Madness is on! Our students are currently in the “Sweet Sixteen” round of March Book Madness…. the books go “head to head” with winners of each matchup heading to the next round... the winner will be announced March 29! See the giant poster in the library entry.

1st, 2nd and 3rd graders are beginning the OTTER Award books. New Kenmore KCLS children’s librarian visited Arrowhead to introduce the 6 books and deliver pamphlets, bookmarks and stickers! Our Time To Enjoy Reading!

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!

-Ms. Ginny Allemann


Technology Updates

                                                                                                                                                    School Technology Specialist
Amy Smith                                                                                                                                  asmith@nsd.org

Please take a look at your student's Chromebook. Is there any physical damage - keys missing, hinges not opening or closing correctly, cracked screen.  Ask your student if the Chromebook is operating as it should - Do any of the keys stick when typing? Are there lines or other marks permanently on the screen? Do all the keys type as expected?  Is it charging? If there are any issues, please have your student notify their teacher the next day they are at school.

Remind your student that their Chromebook should be brought to school fully charged every day. If your student has misplaced their Chromebook charger, please have them notify their teacher.  We will issue a fine for the lost item and supply a new one. 


Coaches' Corner

                                                                                                                                                    Coach Fernell Miller fmiller@nsd.org
                                                                                                                                                  Coach Ginny Allemann vallemann@nsd.org
                                                                                                                                                    Coach Scott Barstow sbarstow@nsd.org

Track Season is almost here! Look for information coming home soon.

Remember to wear your sneakers with the best traction, and clothes that are easy to move in during your two PE days each week.

See you in the Gym!


From the PTA     


Arrowhead PTA

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.

General Membership Meeting March 7, 7:00 - 8:00 pm
All are welcome to join us in the Library for our March General Membership Meeting.

STEM Night is March 21, 5:30 - 7:30 pm in the Gym
We need a handful of volunteers to make it a success! Sign up here to help out: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0B4EA5A82FAAFA7-arrowhead
Part of a science, tech, or engineering org and want to run a booth during the event? 
Fill out this form and let me know
Click Here 

Arrowhead Carnival
Its Carnival planning time again and we need some new and motivated carnival planners. Currently the carnival committee consists of two people with older children that will be moving on in the coming years. The committee is looking for 1 or 2 additional co-chairs and five or six additional people that are interested in specific tasks such as decorations, ticket sales, cake walk and game planning. Volunteering would be about 5 or 6 hours over the next five months and a meeting or two at the Guest House for planning. If you have young children at Arrowhead please consider volunteering. This awesome tradition can only continue with the help and dedication of parent volunteers. 

Subscribe to Weekly Highlights Newsletter: Weekly-ish newsletter with the latest on what’s going on. Easy to subscribe on our website. Now available in other languages! (Just click your language at the bottom of each highlights) 

PTA volunteer opportunities: lots of opportunities to get involved listed on our website. Host an individual event with help from others or find a role that fits your interests/strengths. Don’t see something you want to do? Propose it!

Please join the PTA or renew your membership! There is a lot of information about the benefits of doing so here on our website.
Or simply click HERE to the renewal site. The memberplanet system is a little wonky, but using it supports some administrative functionality which is helpful so thank you for your patience with it. If you need help or have questions, please reach out to our membership team.

If joining presents a financial hardship, we have scholarships available. Conversely, if you would like to support a gift membership, this is an option at the end of check out.

Thank you!


Thank you Volunteers!


WE are blessed to have PTA and this community for our partners. Fall Fundraising goals were met which helps fund Art, Science, Field Trips, books, grade level enrichment, and staff wish lists. 

Library Volunteers

Our amazing Library volunteers keep the Library humming. Checking books in and out and helping students find their just right book. 

Watch D.O.G.S.

A huge shout out to our amazing Watch D.O.G. Dads who spend most of their Thursday with us, helping lunch buyers, supervising/playing at recess, and PE support.

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 Chaperones

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

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


Champions Before and After School Care

Join Spring Break Camp with CHAMPIONS

Champions' Spring Break program is a sneak peek of all the fun in store for the Summer Camp! During both Spring Break and Summer, your little learner will team up with friends for an engaging, interactive program that will broaden their understanding of people and places around the world.

Students (detectives-in-training!) will be lead through a set of experiences designed to highlight five camp topics:

´╗┐Innovation, Creativity, Friendship, Movement, and Outdoors.

Camp Theme | Mystery Awaits                                                                    

Hours | 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Location | Canyon Creek Elementary & Arrowhead Elementary

Dates | Monday, April 10 - Friday, April 14

´╗┐So, what do you say? Are you ready to grab your magnifying glass and get sleuthing? Sign up at discoverchampions.com, or connect with Arrowhead Site Director, Becky Lyons at ch001095@discoverchampions.com, or 425.281.9644.


District News

Online Enrollment is Open for 2023-24
Learn More About Enrollment

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

Arrowhead Hawks SOAR by being 
  Safe, Kind, and Responsible

At Arrowhead, we create resilient and empathetic learners who confidently navigate their world through being innovative, creative, critical thinkers.
Arrowhead Elementary

6725 NE Arrowhead Drive 

Kenmore, WA 98028

Office: 425.408.4000

Attendance: ahattendance@nsd.org

Website: arrowhead.nsd.org