Hawk Herald Newsletters
October 5, 2018
Welcome to the school year, changing leaves and cooler weather!
This start of school has been one of the most joyful of my career. Every day brings more reasons I’m grateful to be part of the Arrowhead family. Classroom communities are growing into collaborative, respectful and exciting places where children learn about their world, themselves and each other. I am sure they are coming home exhausted. I remember when my daughter started kindergarten I was so excited to see her at the end of the day, and had missed her so much, and what I got was a cranky, fretful, hyper and exhausted child who needed to eat and go to bed. As students build up their school-day endurance they will be able to handle more things when they come home. For now, if your child is worn out and cranky, know you’re not alone.
We love having parent volunteers on campus. Children are hungry for attention and we love it when families are on campus to help us take care of and attend to children. Some volunteers have asked what they should do in the event we have an emergency, like a lock down, while they are at school. During drills and emergencies, we use an automated system. A recorded voice speaks instructions over the PA system. Stay calm, follow these instructions, and follow the classroom teacher’s lead. In the event there is an emergency and the automated voice doesn’t play, follow the classroom teacher’s lead. We practice constantly and educators are going to know what to do whatever the situation. The human and natural tragedies schools have experienced provide extensive evidence that educators responded immediately and effectively to emergencies. Just follow their lead and remember, it’s more dangerous in a bathtub than in a school.
Since our August Hawk Herald we have been very busy hiring support staff here at Arrowhead. As many of you know, Erin Person, our school secretary transferred to Inglemoor High School in early September to take on the task of Attendance Secretary. Although we were sad to see her go, we know that with two children in high school working similar hours will be helpful to her family. Inglemoor is very fortunate to have Erin join their team and Arrowhead is so appreciative to Erin for all the years of service as secretary, parent, and PTA Board Member she gave to Arrowhead.
We have made a number of wonderful additions to the Arrowhead family! This week, Heidi Smith joined us in the front office as our new Arrowhead Secretary. Many of you will recognize her as our “lunch lady.” Heidi has worked as Cook Manager at Arrowhead for 3 years. We feel fortunate that she was interested in remaining at Arrowhead by pursuing the challenge of joining the front office. It is wonderful that she knows so many of the students, staff, and parents and will continues to provide fabulous support to all. Suzanne Page has joined us to run the kitchen and feed our students! She comes to us from Leota Middle School. We were impressed with Suzanne’s passion for elementary and are excited to welcome her to the Hawk family. Becky Goldman and Jozlyn Pelk join us as one-on-one para-educators to work with some of our kindergarten and first-grade students. Maya Mincheva has joined us as our classified ELL para-educator and morning playground supervisor. These powerful women are welcome additions to our team.
The Arrowhead community is made strong and joyful because of the partnership between staff and families. We thank you for all you’ve done to launch this school year successfully, and we look forward to everything this year will bring.
*** Visit from Superintendent Reid – October 19th – 8:30am ***
Once again Dr. Reid is coming to Arrowhead for a “breakfast visit” with some of our students. This year she will be here before school for a community visit as well. If you would like to meet Dr. Reid and have a chance to chat with her, you are invited to the Arrowhead library on 10/19 at 8:30 am for an informal meet and greet.
October / November Calendar
Health Screening Day
|10/5||PTA Popcorn Friday|
|10/9||Author Simon Calcavecchia Assembly - 10:30am|
|10/9||Cross Country Meet at Arrowhead - 4:45pm|
|10/10||Conflict Mediator Training - 2:30pm in the Library|
|10/10||PTA's Watch D.O.G.S. Pizza Night - 6:15pm|
|10/11||1st Grade to Pumpkin Patch - 11:15am|
|10/17||Cross Country Meet at Westhill - 4:45pm|
|10/19||Parent Coffee Hour with Superintendent Dr. Reid - 8:30am Library|
|10/23||Cross Country Finals at Kenmore Middle School - 5:00pm|
|10/30||Pumpkin Race @ BHS - 5:00pm|
|11/2||PTA Popcorn Friday|
|11/5||Food Drive through 11/9|
|11/7||Picture Retake Day|
|11/9||Veteran's Day Assembly - 2:30pm|
|11/12||NO SCHOOL - Veteran's Day|
|11/15||Conference Day - Dismissal at 12:30pm|
|11/16||Conference Day - Dismissal at 12:30pm|
|11/19||Conference Day - Dismissal at 12:30pm|
|11/20||Conference Day - Dismissal at 12:30pm|
|11/21||Conference Day - Dismissal at 12:30pm|
|11/22||NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Holiday|
|11/23||NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Holiday|
|11/26||Book Fair Week Begins|
|11/26||Healthy Hawks 3rd-5th Grade Begins - 4:00pm|
|11/27||Healthy Hawks 1st-2nd Grade Begins - 4:00pm|
For a complete listing of school events please go to arrowhead.nsd.org and check out our school calendar.
For PTA events go to www.ptaarrowhead.org or there is a link from the Arrowhead website.
ATTENDANCE AT SCHOOL IS VERY IMPORTANT
At Arrowhead we review attendance on a monthly basis and as required, by Washington State law, follow up on all unexcused and excessive absences as well as frequent tardiness. It is very important to have your child to school on time and in attendance for the entire day. Appointments should be made before and after school. If you know your student will be late or absent, please call the school office by 9:00AM to excuse them
Parent / Teacher Conferences
We look forward to welcoming parents to Arrowhead during Parent/Teacher Conferences, November 16-22.This is one of the most important milestones of a school year because parents and teachers have time to discuss a student's progress and goals. This is an opportunity for you and the teacher to focus just on your child.
Parents have so much to share with teachers:
- You know if your child is reading for pleasure.
- You know if your child looks forward to school.
- You know if your child is doing homework at night.
- You know if there are silent worries about friendships or conflicts or test anxiety.
I hope that you can share these insights with your child's teacher.
Teachers have so much to share with parents:
- Teachers get to see how your child relates with others in a classroom.
- They see how your child performs academically in a variety of subject areas.
- They know whether your child is willing to take intellectual risks in the classroom.
- They know your child's reading level.
- They know whether your child is making friends in class.
- Teachers know if your child is on track to meet state academic standards.
I am thankful we have the opportunity to come together as we all work toward one of the most important tasks in the world . . . helping children become the best people they can be. Thank you for your wonderful support. I am sending my warmest wishes your way for an informative, enlightening, and satisfying conference.
Substitute Nurses Needed:
Are you a Registered Nurse who might be interested in exploring the rewards of school-based nursing, supplementing work hours or simply maintaining nursing licensure credentials? We would love to discuss available opportunities as a substitute nurse with the Northshore School District –this is a great way to transition into community nursing with K-12 school age children. Contact Rebecca Cavanaugh, Health and Nursing Supervisor, Northshore School District: 425-408-7728 or email@example.com.
Picture Retake Day – Wednesday, November 7th
Picture retake day is November 7th from 9:30am to 10:30am. This is an opportunity for those students who were absent on picture day to get their picture taken. There are picture order forms available in the office.
If you would like your student’s picture retaken, please send them to school with their original picture packet, it must be returned to the photographer.
Thanks to our parent volunteers for assisting on picture day – it wouldn’t have gone so smoothly without you!
November Conference Information
Conference sign up opportunities were available during your student’s curriculum night. If you have not yet scheduled a conference, please contact the teacher as soon as possible to select a time that will work for you.
- Conference time each year is an opportunity to share information about your child, which may make a difference for a teacher to know.
- It is a time to ask questions and allows you to see how your student is as a student or community member.
- Teachers have much to share including; academic performance in a variety of subject matters, what support is needed to make progress, reading levels, friendships and social behaviors.
With a bit of preparation, we can help each other know every child a little better. As in any relationship, teachers and parents set the tone by the attitudes they bring to the conversation. We hope you will be able to participate in this very important parent/teacher meeting.
We ask that you keep in mind these Arrowhead guidelines as October 31st approaches:
Classroom celebrations are at the discretion of the classroom teacher.
- Events will be inclusive for all students
- Costumes cannot be worn to or from school or at recess
- Costumes in the classroom are at the teacher’s discretion
- Absolutely no weapons or toy weapons are to be included as part of a costume
Students are not allowed to wear:
- Masks or make-up that covers the face
- Face mask hoodies with graphic violence or a bloody depiction of characters
Please contact your student’s teacher if you have any questions regarding classroom activities happening on October 31st.
Recently you should have seen a request for review of your emergency contact information. If you have not yet returned this form, we hope that you will take a minute to review it and send it back. During an emergency – for student release, we are limited to only the people who you have indicated are “ok to pick up” on your emergency contact list. We are very limited for accommodating changes to this list, especially during an emergency. Please take a minute to add to the list any friends or neighbors who you would like us to be able to contact in case you are unable to pick up your student. If you would like to make changes, you may send them in a written note with your student or send an email to Heidi Smith in the office (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please call the office if you have any questions 425-408-4000.
PTA Support and Volunteers
We can’t say thank you enough to our amazing PTA. From the volunteers who helped get school up and running and organized the fabulous Welcome Back event to the club chairpersons who have students enjoying before/after school activities. We are so grateful for your tireless efforts and support of the school. Thank you so much for all you do!
November School Schedule:
Early Dismissal at 12:30pm, November 15th, 16th , 17th , 20th and 21st
Parent-teacher conferences begin on November 15th and run through November 21st. Please note that dismissal time is at 12:30pm on all five days. If you have not signed up for a conference time with your child’s teacher, please contact the school to set up a time.
Honoring Our Veterans – Friday, November 9th
Veterans Day is set aside to recognize the important contributions and sacrifices millions of citizens have made on our nation’s behalf. On Friday, November 9th at 2:30pm, students and staff at Arrowhead will participate in an important school assembly with words and music. If you have a veteran in your family, please invite them to come and be a part of our special celebration of their service. Veterans attending will be personally recognized and will be asked to participate. More information will be sent home with students closer to the event.
NSD App, ParentVUE & Touchbase Logon
Northshore School District has two systems for families to use when managing student information and payments.
Touchbase is used to make payments for student activities, sports, ASB fees, field trips and much more. Elementary parents may have very little need to logon to this system early on, but families should be familiar with this system as it becomes frequently used as students move through the grade levels.
ParentVUE is the portal where parents and guardians can access important student information such as attendance, class schedules, graduation status, mid-term/quarter and final/semester grades, school information, demographic information, class assignments and earned grades and missing assignments (for junior and senior high students).
Anyone can download the app to view news, calendars, menus and more. Families can take the additional step of logging in to access a wealth of individual student information and school notifications. Families will be able to follow their students’ schools, track lunch balances, see checked out library books, access grades and attendance and much more!
These systems require a user name and password. This information was sent home in September. Please take a look at the information and set up your user name and password. These systems will be something to rely on, especially when it is necessary to regularly check grades (starting when students are in middle school).
We have been experiencing a larger number of students being dropped off or walking to school too early. For the safety of your children, unsupervised students are not allowed on campus prior to 9:00 am. If you need to drop your child off earlier, you may check with Champions Daycare, located in Portable 136. To check their availability and the cost, please call 800-350-5034. Only students who are purchasing breakfast are allowed on campus beginning at 8:50 am. However, students are not to cross Juanita Drive prior to 9:00 am and not before an adult crossing guard is present.
Please continue to drive slowly and safely in our parking lot and the surrounding neighborhood. Thank you for using the crosswalks when walking to and from parked cars. When adults model correct behavior, our students will follow and use the safety of the crosswalks as well. Many thanks to our staff who help manage safety in our parking lot! Please pass on your thanks to them by smiling and cooperating with their requests and directions.
Learning Assistance Program
The Learning Assistance Program (LAP) is a state-funded program established by the Washington State Legislature in 1979. In Northshore, all elementary schools have LAP funding. LAP services is one of several options available to a school team in order to accelerate student growth in reading readiness skills and to improve reading literacy. The purpose of LAP is to provide supplemental academic support if your student is performing below grade level, and operates in addition to your student’s regular classroom reading instructions. If you have questions about your student’s opportunity to participate in the LAP program, please contact your school principal or classroom teacher.
If you have any questions about the LAP program, please contact:
Arrowhead Spiritwear Orders – COMING SOON!
This will be the only time we sell Arrowhead spiritwear this school year. There will be a new design this year – keep an eye out for order forms coming home soon!
October is recognized as "Disability Awareness" month and on Tuesday, October 9th, Simon Calcavecchia, author and quadriplegic will presenting an all-school assembly at 10:30 AM. Simon has authored two books that feature Frank, a dachshund missing a hind leg and uses a balancing cart for walking, and his friend Mustard, a small yellow bird. Both books address how Frank is able to do many of the same activities as others just a little differently. Students will be able to order Simon's books so look for an order sheet to come home this week. This author visit is made possible by Arrowhead PTA author funds.
It's Global Reading Challenge time again.
For the 4th straight year Arrowhead will be participating in the Global Reading Challenge (GRC) sponsored by the King County Library System and open to all 4th & 5th grade students. Participants read 5-6 books selected by KCLS and meet weekly during November - February at lunch recess. An informational meeting will be held on Friday, October 5th at lunch recess as well as discussed in the 4th and 5th grade classes.
Athletics at Arrowhead
Cross Country Season Has Begun
10/2 – Cross Country Meet at Moorlands – 4:45pm
10/9 – Cross Country Meet at Arrowhead – 4:45pm
10/16 – Cross Country Meet at Westhill – 4:45pm
10/23 – Cross Country Finals at Kenmore Middle School – 5:00pm
Coming Soon! Healthy Hawks
This is two weeks of crazy workouts and fun games!
Look for registration information in early November.
There are a limited number of spaces – sign-ups fill up fast.
Grades 1st & 2nd – Tuesday & Thursday starting November 27th
Grades 3rd through 5th – Monday & Friday starting November 26th 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Contact Ms. Brink with any questions email@example.com.
Absences & Notifications of Student’s Arriving Late or Leaving Early
Please do not email your child’s teacher with regard to an absence, late arrival, or change in after school plan. We cannot guarantee that the teacher will receive your email. Our district’s filter can delay or interrupt delivery of messages or a teacher may be absent. Please send a note to school with your student if possible. For day of changes or absences, please call the office (not the classroom). An on-line absence form is also available on the Arrowhead website under the Parent tab/Attendance.
To avoid hurt feelings, students may only deliver birthday invitations at school if they are inviting every student in their class. Students are responsible for checking with their teacher to determine the appropriate time and manner to distribute the invitations. Often, parents request that they be permitted to celebrate their child's birthday at school. Sharing this special day with other classmates at school is great; however, we ask that you follow this simple guideline: due to food safety issues, allergies (i.e. peanut, egg, etc.), and the rise of childhood obesity, birthday celebrations at school may not include food items. Please check with your child's teacher about appropriate alternatives.
Board Policy 5253 – On Line Socializing
School Board Policy #5253 mandates professional boundaries between staff and students. Employees are expected to be sensitive to the appearance of impropriety in their own conduct when interacting with students. Employees are prohibited from inappropriate on-line socializing with students via social networks such as Facebook. Parents, please explain to your child that their teacher or other favorite Arrowhead staff member cannot be their “friend” on Facebook.
We need your continued help in making sure that children make good choices regarding proper school attire. Some of the current fashions are not fitting in an elementary school setting. Shirts must be 2” wide at the narrowest point on the sleeve. Shorts or skirts must be below the bottom of the student’s middle finger. Also, flip-flops are a safety hazard in PE and on the playground. Students wearing inappropriate clothing will be sent to the nurse for more suitable clothing. Please consider this as you help your child make choices for school clothing.
Dogs and other pets are wonderful in your home environment. But, during school hours they can be a distraction and a safety issue. If you want to walk your student to or from school with a dog, please arrange a meeting/departure location off campus. In addition, please discuss with your student’s teacher before bringing the family pet for show and tell, as many animals are not appropriate for the school environment. We have several trained therapy dogs working on campus as well as guide dogs in training. Please respect the trainers and dogs by asking permission before touching. In many cases, the trainer could be using the situation to reinforce appropriate behavior and interaction with people will be discouraged.
- Please keep your student home if they are sick. Students with a fever, vomiting or diarrhea etc. must be symptom free without medication for 24 hours before returning to school.
- Please do not send any medications to school with your student. All medications (including over the counter) require a doctor authorization to be administered at school. A few over the counter medications can be self-administered by responsible students (with written parent consent), but this must be arranged ahead of time. Please call the nurse for details: 425-408-4006.
- If your student uses an inhaler at home (even if only occasionally), please consider providing one to keep at school. In the event a student has respiratory symptoms at school that cannot be resolved and you are not immediately available, we are required to call 911.
- Flu season peaks in February and can last until May so right now, while the exposure is low, is a perfect time to get a flu shot for your family. Check with your health provider, clinic, or pharmacy for details.
- The nurse home page on our Arrowhead website is a good resource for health guidelines and policies in our school district; you may also call the Nurse at any time with questions or concerns.
Unsupervised students are not allowed on campus prior to 9:00 AM. If you need to drop your child off earlier, you may check with Champions Daycare, located in Portable 136. To check their availability and the cost, please call 800-350-5034.
Vacations & Homework Requests
As a general rule, teachers do not provide students with schoolwork when families take vacations outside of the district’s scheduled school breaks. The work students do in the classroom, along with the instruction needed for them to adequately understand how to complete it, cannot be replicated outside of school. If you choose to take your child(ren) out of school while it is in session, be aware that they may miss critical learning. For absences greater than two days, please complete a request for an extended absence form. These forms can be picked up in the office or found on the Arrowhead website under the Parents - Attendance tab.
Technology Opt Out Information
We live in a global and digital world -- a world changed by technology and new ideas about how we communicate with one another and exchange information. As a result, students must develop the research, information fluency, and technology skills that will allow them to be successful, safe and ethical in this digital world. For this reason, students are provided computer access privileges at school, as well as access to the Internet, email, digital communication and collaboration tools, online learning spaces, and electronic educational resources. These resources, tools, and equipment are essential to teaching and learning. The guidelines for responsible use of these tools are outlined in School Board Procedure 2022P, which can be found here: https://goo.gl/mPQ1qD.
Given all of these factors, parents or guardians still do have the right to terminate their student’s access to electronic tools and resources by signing the District Technology Opt-Out form, which can be found at http://www.nsd.org/techoptout. If you do not want your student to use District technology resources, please be aware that your decision to eliminate access to these tools may significantly affect your student’s ability to work collaboratively with his or her peers on class assignments and projects and may impact the development of skills necessary to live and work in this increasingly digital world.
Only complete the form if you choose for your student NOT to use District Technology. Return the signed form to your school and schedule an appointment to discuss this with your Principal or Designated School Administrator. After meeting with your Administrator, the Opt-Out request will remain in effect for one school year and expires at the end of this school year. To keep this Opt-Out in effect, you must complete a new form every school year.
If no documentation is on file, it will be assumed that permission has been granted for access to the Internet, GoogleApps for Education, Online Curriculum services, and other online applications and services that have been selected for use by the District, your child’s school, or your child’s teacher.
Questions about the Opt-Out request can be directed to your school’s Principal.
PACE Information Night 2018
PACE (Parents Active in Cooperative Education) is an elementary enrichment parent choice program offered by the Northshore School District for children starting in the 1st grade. Families commit to a minimum of 80 hours per year of program support. PACE is located at three sites with feeder patterns from all Northshore Elementary Schools. Some of the hallmarks of PACE include an enriched educational experience due to the high parent involvement, enrichment activities, encouragement for students to become self-motivated learners and a strong sense of community among families. To find out if PACE is a good fit for your family and about the enrollment process, you are invited to attend PACE information night at Lockwood Elementary Tuesday, October 23rd, from 7:00-8:30. For more information please visit the Pace Website.
All in For Kids
This fall, you can fund innovative classroom grants requested by teachers to bring relevant learning experience to their students. Last fall, $41,000 was granted toward the total $80,000 of requests made.
To make a donation, please use the Northshore Schools Foundation contribution form.
December 7, 2018
Dear Arrowhead Families,
What a joy to see so many families on campus during conference time. Please continue to communicate and partner with your child’s teachers so that we are working together to help students feel supported, challenged, and known.
With the frosty weather the parking lot, sidewalks and playgrounds of our school can be icy and slippery. Our custodians de-ice in the morning, but please take care. Please let the front office know if there is a patch of ice that hasn’t been taken care of.
If your child plays on the playground after school, please pay attention to their safety. Some students have reported feeling unsafe with the games that are played after school during parent-supervised time. Please supervise your child both to ensure your child’s safety with the icy equipment and ground and to keep an eye on the games being played. Our expectations during school hours are that children include others, respect each other’s words if someone says, “Stop,” or “No,” and refrain from physical wrestling, pushing, or unwanted touching. Chase games seem to be particularly problematic, and are a good thing to watch to ensure the child being chased wants to be.
The two-week break coming up is a wonderful time to be together as a family, but it’s also a delicious opportunity to READ. Arrowhead staff are excited for long cozy days spent with a good book, and so are many students. My father was a voracious reader whose “brain break” from law was Louis L’Amour books. He read them by the stack. He instilled in my siblings and me a belief that we should read everything and anything – nothing was beyond or below us. As an educator I believe there is reading that is “work,” where we build our muscles for analysis, language, and our understanding of the craft of writing. There is also reading that is “pleasure.” Over break, please give your child time and materials for pleasurable reading. Learning to love reading as entertainment will create a lifelong habit. We are looking forward to learning about their winter break activities and adventures when we return to school on Wednesday the 2nd of January. The winter solstice is Friday, December 21st. It will feel good when the days start getting longer!
Please join the PTA if you haven’t already! As you know, my goal is that we reach 100% participation. Being a member of the PTA gives you access to a strong community of families who actively support Arrowhead. The next PTA meeting is Tuesday, January 8th. Henry Simon, our district’s Director of Safety and Security, will join us to hear parent concerns and fill us in on what NSD is doing to ensure student safety. As always, everyone is welcome at PTA meetings regardless of membership status.
On behalf of the staff, I would like to thank you for all you do to support your child’s learning, the teachers and the entire school. We extend our heartfelt wishes to each of you for a most enjoyable winter break and spending time with family and friends.
12/11 3rd Grade Music Performance-Gym, 7:00 PM 12/18 – 1/1/19 Winter Vacation – No School 1/2/19 Back to School, Happy New Year! 1/4 PTA Popcorn Friday 1/8 PTA Meeting – Arrowhead Library 6:15 PM 1/11 Multi-Cultural Event – Gym, 6:30PM 1/18 Martin Luther King Jr. Assembly 10:15 AM 1/21 NO SCHOOL – Martin Luther King Jr. Day 1/25 Hawk Family Fitness Night 7:00PM 1/25 Last Day of Semester 1 1/28 NO SCHOOL – Non–Student Day 1/29-2/2 MCT Week- Gulliver’s Travels 2/2 MCT Performances- 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM-Bastyr University
|12/11||3rd Grade Music Performance - Gym, 7:00pm|
|12/18-1/1/19||Winter Vacation - No School|
|1/2/19||Back to School, Happy New Year!|
|1/8||PTA Meeting - Library, 6:15pm|
|1/11||Multi-Cultural Event - Gym, 6:30pm|
|1/18||Martin Luther King Jr. Assembly, 10:15am|
|1/21||NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Jr. Day|
|1/25||Hawk Family Fitness Night, 7:00pm|
|1/25||Last day of Semester|
|1/28||NO SCHOOL - non-student day|
|1/29-2/2||MCT Week - Gulliver's Travels|
|2/2||MCT Performances 3:00pm & 7:00pm Bastyr University|
12/12 – 2:20 PM Wednesday Early Dismissal
1/21 - No School – Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
1/28 – No School – Non-Student Day
Look for order forms coming home with your student in late January.
The office will be accepting orders beginning January 29th through February 15th. Cost is $15.00 each.
Yearbooks are distributed in June for those who purchase by February 15th. There are a very limited number for sale in June at a cost of $17.00 each. Order early to guarantee your student gets one!
Help for the Holidays
If your family is in need of any help this holiday season with food or gifts, please see the last page of this newsletter for a list of resources in our area. Most organizations are currently registering families for holiday giving programs as well as many other types of assistance. All inquiries are confidential. Please stop by the office or health room, or call Nurse Anne directly at: 425-408-4006.
Early Pick-Up and After School Plans
If it is necessary for you to pick your child up early from school, please come to the Main Office to sign him/her out.
- Please do not go directly to the classroom. He or she will be called to the office to meet you.
- Teachers also appreciate a note sent to school in the morning, so that they are expecting the office’s call.
- After school plans need to be made at home – not during the school day. Please make arrangements ahead of time.
- Student will not be dismissed early or release to anyone other than their parent, guardian, or parent approved appointee without prior arrangement with school office personnel. It is also extremely helpful if the designated adult is familiar with our dismissal procedures.
Lost and Found
As our weather becomes colder, our lost and found rack is becoming fuller. If you are missing jackets, hats, mittens, etc…please check the school’s lost and found rack located in front of the library entrance. Putting your student’s name clearly in all outerwear and on water bottles is also helpful.
Highly Capable Eligibility Process
Details regarding Northshore School District’s 2019-2020 Highly Capable Eligibility Process are now available. To obtain comprehensive information regarding the specific process for each grade level, please visit Northshore’s district website, Highly Capable Program.
Below is the tentative eligibility process timeline, subject to district review, approval and purchase process of identified testing tools. Screening, step one, will begin in late November. All students are included in the screening process. Elementary schools are identifying NNAT3 administration dates and those dates will soon be posted on the HiCap website. There is no registration or nomination process.
November 19 – December 18, 2018 Screening
January 2019 Assessment
February 1 - 8, 2019 Multidisciplinary Selection Team (MST), Qualification Decisions
February 1 - 25, 2019 Parent Notification of Qualification: Acceptance of Services & Appeal Submission Window
February 26 - 28, 2019 Appeals Review by MST
March 4 - 8, 2019 Qualification Communication to Administrators
Kindergarten qualification is for services beginning February 2019. Grades 1-12 qualification is for services beginning Fall 2019.
Information regarding this year’s process is posted on Northshore’s HiCap website. To access information regarding screening and assessment:
- Go to: www.nsd.org, In Our Schools, Programs and Services, Highly Capable Services
- Click on Eligibility and Testing for an overview and timeline of this year’s process.
- Click on Eligibility and Testing, Current Students for the process at each grade level.
- Click on Eligibility and Testing, Instruments for descriptions of tools used.
This year all eligibility information will be shared by email, as well as student’s backpack mail. Therefore, this is a great time to make sure your contact information is up to date. You can do this online through ParentVue or by contacting the main office at your student’s school.
VETERANS DAY ASSEMBLY
Arrowhead Elementary knows how to put on a Veterans Day Assembly! This year we held one assembly, which featured the vocal talents of our fifth grade students, as well as a moving tribute to our honored guests. By singing patriotic songs and sharing historical details, Arrowhead students had the opportunity to express their admiration and appreciation. How fortunate we are to have a student body that understands and values the sacrifices Veterans have made on our behalf.
MARTIN LUTHER KING ASSEMBLY
Friday, January 18th at 10:15 AM the assembly honoring Dr. Martin Luther King will be held in the Gym. The program will consist of singing, audience participation, classroom presentations and marimbas.
Thank you for supporting your student and for attending our fun music events!
Book Fair Thank You
A HUGE thank you to the whole Arrowhead community who once again came out and enjoyed this year’s Scholastic Book Fair. Thanks to the volunteers, many of them new to the Book Fair, who filled in the large shoes of so many long-time volunteers who have taken on new roles at the middle school.
We were very successful and look forward to purchasing books for your students to support curriculum, add to favorite series, introduce the newest and best and tailor purchases to their interests and needs. If you have paid for books but not yet received them, they will be delivered to the classroom when they arrive from Scholastic.
A big thanks goes to our fabulous book fair chair, Jennifer Berg, she truly goes an extra marathon mile enabling our book fair to be so successful.
Thank you also to Elin Via and all the many book fair volunteers who manage the chaos and fun of kids and families searching for books, ringing up the long lines at the cash registers and then clean-up to do it all over again the next day! I can't begin to thank you for bravely walking into the fray! Thank you all!
Birthday Book Club
Would your child like to donate a book to the Arrowhead library in honor of their birthday? Then join the Birthday Book Club for students to donate a book in honor of their birthday or other significant event. Although you may purchase a book at the store of your choice, Mrs. Sepessy keeps several lists of books on Amazon divided into: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Bridge, MakerSpace, Graphics and Picture Books/Early Readers. A special Bookplate will be posted inside each donated Birthday book and the student or someone from the class will have first chance to check it out. I can’t keep up with all the great new books so just ask Mrs. Sepessy if your student wants to purchase a book that is not on the lists. If you sign up for Amazon Smile a small percentage of your purchase will be sent to the Arrowhead PTA. You can search Amazon for Lona Sepessy for the book lists or find the wishlist here.
Thanks for supporting your Hawk’s Library and the Arrowhead PTA
Contact Mrs. Sepessy with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
2018-2019 Snow/Ice/Emergency Bulletin
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 delay in dismissal significantly increases hazards. In the event an early dismissal is required, it is important that you have a plan for your student.
The decision to close schools or delay start times will be announced on flashalert.net, most radio and television stations and the district website. Families will be notified using the district’s emergency messaging systems and mobile app. You may also call the district information line at 425.408.6001, beginning at 6 a.m., for school closure information.
Emergency make up days will be added to the end of the school year.
If “Northshore School District #417” is not mentioned during the newscast, it means schools are open, with buses operating as normally as possible. If Northshore is mentioned, one of the following situations will be announced:
1. “2 hours late, normal bus routes” means:
- Buses start 2 hours late on normal routes
- School starts 2 hours late with regular dismissal time
- All partial programs cancelled
- No Sorenson Early Childhood Center, Head Start or preschool/pre-k
- No out-of-district transportation
- No elementary band/orchestra, zero-period, or Career and Technical Education (CTE)
2. “2 hours late, snow (limited or alternate) bus routes” means:
- Buses start 2 hours late on snow routes. Visit the Transportation website to find snow routes.
- School starts 2 hours late with regular dismissal time
- All partial programs cancelled
- No Sorenson Early Childhood Center, Head Start or preschool/pre-k
- No out-of-district transportation
- No elementary band/orchestra, zero-period, or Career and Technical Education (CTE)
3. “On time, snow (limited or alternate) bus routes” means:
- Buses start at normal time on snow (limited or alternate) routes. Visit the Transportation website to find snow routes.
4. “Closed” means:
- All district schools closed
- No after-school/evening activities, athletics or band/orchestra
Snow (limited or alternate) bus route locations are available on the Transportation website or by contacting the Transportation Department, 425-408-7900. Changing conditions may cause the district to alter the status of school. Listen to radio and television for the latest information.
When to Stay Home from School
If your student becomes ill, it is sometimes hard to determine if he/she should stay home. Here are a few tips to help you make the best decision. If you are still not sure, please don’t hesitate to call Nurse Anne at 425-408-4006.
PLEASE DO NOT SEND MEDICATION OF ANY KIND TO SCHOOL WITH YOUR CHILD. This includes over-the-counter products also such as cough drops, Tylenol, or Ibuprofen. Click for the Northshore School District guidelines. Medication policy.
Fever: A temperature taken orally, that is over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, is considered a fever. Children should be fever-free for at least 24 hours (without fever reducing medication such as Tylenol or Advil) before sending them to school.
Vomiting/Diarrhea: Anytime a child vomits or has diarrhea, he/she needs to be isolated from other children for 24 hours. If your child vomits in the night, keep him/her home from school the following day and until they are symptom free for 24 hours.
Colds: A runny nose by itself is not necessarily cause to keep your child home. However, if your student cannot manage their nasal drainage, or the runny nose is accompanied by a headache, nausea or the child is too tired to concentrate on schoolwork, he/she is probably too ill to come to school.
Strep Throat: Strep throat is a sore throat caused by streptococcal bacteria. A diagnosis of strep throat is done by a throat culture by your healthcare provider. The treatment for strep is antibiotics. A child may return to school after being on antibiotic treatment for at least 24 hours and when all symptoms (including fever) are gone.
Good health habits are out best defense again winter illness. This includes getting enough sleep, proper nutrition, and hand washing, as well as staying up to date on immunizations and flu shots. Also, please be honest with your child’s friends – do not invite friends over if your children are sick or still recovering from illness, and limit sleepovers with playmates.
**It is critical for the health of our whole community, including our staff, that you limit exposure of illness to others. Thank you in advance for making this a priority over the temporary disappointment your child may experience due to missing a party or special event. **
A Quick Note about Head Lice...
No one likes to talk about it, but please let Nurse Anne know if your student has (or had) head lice. A student can return to school once treated and they have a brief check in with the nurse, they do not need to be "nit-free", but you must continue to comb through and check hair daily for a couple weeks to be sure all nits are completely gone. If you would like a tutorial on how to do this, please stop by or call Nurse Anne. In colder weather when students bundle up more and wear hats it can easily go unnoticed, but you should check your students head at least monthly. Also, as always, students should never share hats, combs or brushes, and be honest with your children's friends and playmates if you have found head lice at your house. This limits exposure to others in our community. Thank you!
Holiday Assistance 2018 - Community Resources
- Hopelink Address: 11011 120th Ave NE, Kirkland, WA 98033 Phone:(425) 889-7880; Hours: Friday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
- Northshore YMCA 11811 NE 195th ST Bothell, WA 98011 425-486-7757 YMCA website Provides holiday meal baskets for underserved families in the community.
- Helping Hands Ministries Thrift Store: 19213 Bothell-Everett Hwy 425-481-6682 Open 10-7 Home Store: 17428 State Rt. 9, Snohomish 360-863-3027 Open 11-6
Gently used and new clothing, toys, books, household items, furniture $25 vouchers available from your school nurse.
Ropa nueva y ligeramente usada, juguetes, libros, objetos de hogar, muebles Se puede obtener cupones de $25 de la enfermera de su escuela.
- Christmas House (Snohomish County Residents Only) Address: Everett Boys and Girls Club, 2316 12th Street, Everett, WA 98201 Phone: 425-338-2273 Christmas House website
Holiday Gifts – No advance registration, admission is by number. Christmas House provides an opportunity for qualifying, low-income, Snohomish County parents to select free holiday gifts for their children age infant - 18 yrs old. Numbers will be passed out daily Nov. 29- Dec. 16 starting at 6:30 a.m. until one hour before closing time or until the numbers are gone, whichever occurs first.
To qualify to shop at Christmas House, you must:
• be a resident of Snohomish County,
• have children aged 18 or younger living in your custody, have a household income at or below 150% of the poverty level, as defined by the United States Department of Health and Human Services (View 2018 Income Chart ).
• ID, proof of spouse/significant other living in household, proof of income, proof of child custody and Snohomish County residency are required.
- Friends of Youth Safe Place Program- Provides 24/7 support for youth looking for a place to go, even Thanksgiving Eve and Christmas morning. Youth need to call 1(800)422-TEEN, go to any Safe Place community partner location, or get on a Metro Bus.
February 8, 2019
Hello Arrowhead! What a wild week it has been with snow and ice, and it seems there is more on the way! Underneath the snow in front of my house are crocuses, so I know spring is knocking on the door.
This mid-year period is when we see students adjusting to their older spring selves. They have grown emotionally, socially and academically so much since September. While that growth is exciting, it can be exhausting and sometimes the new territory is scary. Academics are picking up in classrooms now that reviewing last year’s work has been over for some time. Friendship groups evolve and as student mature, their interests and behaviors change. Social circles become more complex as the year progresses and things can be emotionally challenging for students. All of this growth can result in children at every grade being a little more unpredictable, tired, fragile, and distracted, so please check in with your child and remember that ample rest, good food, being listened to and plenty of down-time can work wonders.
We believe our relationships with students are essential. We will continue to focus on supporting the whole child – pushing each child academically and ensuring they have the explicit social and emotional instruction and support to spread their spring wings and soar.
|2/8||Early Release - 12:30pm|
|2/13||Yearbook Orders Due|
|2/18||NO SCHOOL - President's Day|
|2/19-2/22||NO SCHOOL - Mid-Winter Break|
|2/26||2nd Grade Field Trip - Village Theatre|
|2/27||Yearbook Group Picture Day|
|3/1||Family Fitness Night - Gym 7pm|
|3/6||4th Grade Field Trip - Seattle Children's Theatre|
|3/20||Kindergarten Info Meeting - NPAC 7pm|
|3/29||Family Fitness Night - Gym 7pm|
5th Grade Camp
Paperwork for 5th Grade Camp will be going home with your students in March. Save the date! We will be going May 6-8 this year. We will be looking for parent chaperones to join us!
Order forms came home with your students at the end of January. The office will be accepting orders through February 13th. Cost is $15.00 each. Yearbooks are distributed in June for those who purchase by February 13th. There are a very limited number for sale in June at a cost of $17.00 each. Order early to guarantee your student gets one!
The Arrowhead Marimba Club has had a wonderful winter preparing to perform at the Multicultural Night and MLK Assembly. It has been such a blast that we have decided to sign up for the Northshore School District "Schools in Rhythm" concert! Come cheer on our wonderful musicians and rock out to fantastic groups from other Northshore elementary, middle and high schools! See you at 7:00 pm Wednesday, April 3rd at the Northshore Performing Arts Center, 18125 92nd Ave NE, Bothell, WA 98011 Questions? Contact Elise Harris - email@example.com
Kindergarten registration packets are available in the school office now. We encourage parents of prospective kindergarten students for the 2019-2020 school year to stop by the school office between 9:00AM-3:30PM to register their child. Students entering kindergarten must be 5 years old on or before August 31, 2019. When you come to register you will need: birth certificate, immunization dates, and proof of residency, family information, emergency information, doctor information, and daycare information.
District Kindergarten Orientation
Kindergarten information night for students entering the 2019-20 school year is Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at the Northshore Performing Arts Center on the Bothell High School campus at 7:00 PM. Teachers, administrators, and curriculum specialists present parents with information about the Northshore School District's kindergarten program. The evening is intended for parents only and does not require registration to attend. A livestream of the event will take place with translators available in Spanish, Russian, Korean, Vietnamese and Chinese in the Black Box Theater adjacent to the main auditorium.
Highly Capable-Eligibility Process
The 2018-2019 Highly Capable Eligibility Process is a district process handled by the Highly Capable Department. Should you have questions pertaining to screening, assessment, assessment scheduling, student scores, HiCap programming, etc. please direct those to the HiCap Department - firstname.lastname@example.org. Assessment, Step 2, of the eligibility process is underway and school assessment schedules are posted on the HiCap website as they are created. Thank you.
Smarter Balance Testing Windows-Please Plan Ahead
Students in grades 3rd, 4th and 5th will participate in standardized testing during May and June. All students will be using the computer to complete the Smarter Balance Assessments. It is important that your child be at school for the entire testing window so please try to schedule appointments outside of these times. Following is the Arrowhead testing schedule per grade:
Save the dates!
May 20-24 3rd grade ELA and Math
May 28-31 4th grade ELA and Math
June 3-7 5th grade ELA and Math and Science
A Word from Nurse Anne
Reminders for cold weather days…
Please be sure your students are properly dressed for the weather ie. Coats, boots, gloves and hats as needed. The health room has a limited supply of these items to loan. Also, if your student wears basketball shorts “all year” (as many boys especially do!) please be sure to encourage long pants in cold weather.
When to stay home from school:
If your student becomes ill it is sometimes hard to determine if he/she should stay home. Here are a few tips to help you make the best decision. If you are still not sure, please don’t hesitate to call Nurse Anne at 425-408-4006.
A temperature taken orally, that is over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, is considered a fever. Children should be fever-free for at least 24 hours (without fever reducing medication such as Tylenol or Advil) before sending them to school.
Anytime a child vomits or has diarrhea, he/she needs to be isolated from other children for 24 hours. If your child vomits in the night, keep him/her home from school the following day and until they are symptom free for 24 hours.
A runny nose by itself is not necessarily cause to keep your child home. However, if your student cannot manage their nasal drainage, or the runny nose is accompanied by a headache, nausea or the child is too tired to concentrate on schoolwork, he/she is probably too ill to come to school.
Strep throat is a sore throat caused by streptococcal bacteria. A diagnosis of strep throat is done by a throat culture by your healthcare provider. The treatment for strep is antibiotics. A child may return to school after being on antibiotic treatment for at least 24 hours and when all symptoms (including fever) are gone.
Good health habits
Good health habits are out best defense again winter illness. This includes getting enough sleep, proper nutrition, and hand washing, as well as staying up to date on immunizations and flu shots. Also, please be honest with your child’s friends – do not invite friends over if your children are sick or still recovering from illness, and limit sleepovers with playmates.
**It is critical for the health of our whole community, including our staff, that you limit exposure of illness to others. Thank you in advance for making this a priority over the temporary disappointment your child may experience due to missing a party or special event.**
PLEASE DO NOT SEND MEDICATION OF ANY KIND TO SCHOOL WITH YOUR CHILD.
This includes over-the-counter products also such as cough drops, Tylenol, or Ibuprofen. All medication required by students during the school day must be brought to school by an adult and have a medication authorization form completed by parent and physician. All medication must come in it's original packaging and have a current pharmacy label. Please see the attached Northshore School District guidelines for more information. Medication policy. Please call Nurse Anne at 425-408-4406 if you have any questions. Thank you
A Quick Note about Head Lice...
No one likes to talk about it, but please let Nurse Anne know if your student has (or had) head lice.
- In colder weather when students bundle up more it can easily go unnoticed, but you should check your students head at least monthly and more often in winter.
- A student can return to school once treated and they have a brief check-in with the nurse.
- Students do not need to be "nit-free", but you must continue to comb through and check hair daily for a couple weeks to be sure all nits are completely gone.
- If you would like a tutorial on how to do this, please stop by or call Nurse Anne
- It is always best to have long hair tied back
- Please teach your student not to share hats, combs or brushes
- Be honest with your children's friends and playmates if you discover lice on your student - this limits exposure and spread to others in our community.
March 29, 2019
Hello Arrowhead Families,
What a joy to experience daylight before and after school. On my drive home I used to see the tremendous flock of crows that returns to Marymoor Park at night to roost, but now when I drive home they must still be enjoying the scene at Golden Gardens. It makes me think about seeing the crows again next year in the late fall and how quickly time passes.
On March 20th Arrowhead staff joined the rest of the district in a training on implicit bias around race. Staff engaged in honest, courageous discussions around how our upbringing and biased messages in the media may have impacted the assumptions we make about people we don’t yet know. Our goal is to better understand our own internal landscape around race and identity so we can create a learning environment at Arrowhead where each child feels safe, known, important and welcome. One thing we learned is that the struggles we experienced in articulating our own beliefs and assumptions about others provide a valuable training ground for learning how to help our students understand the assumptions they make about each other. Creating a strong, safe community at Arrowhead is our highest priority, and it’s a task adults and children share.
This year we pushed our state testing toward the end of the testing window. Third graders will test May 20- 24, 4th graders May 27-31, and 5th graders will test June 3-7. Teachers will release more information about testing as we get closer to those dates, but please keep those weeks in mind as you schedule trips and appointments. It is challenging for students when they have to complete make-up testing and we want this to be as low-stress an experience as possible for them.
Enjoy the lengthening days and the upcoming spring break! Know that we love your children and are excited to see them grow and learn every day.
|4/5||Early Release - 12:30pm|
|4/8 - 4/12||NO SCHOOL - Spring Break|
|4/18||Camp Cedar Springs - Parent Info Night - 6pm@ Moorlands Gym|
|4/19||5th Grade Field Trip - Seattle Children's Theater|
|4/22||Delbert Richardson & Traveling Assemblies|
|4/26||Class Photo Day|
|4/30||Track Meet @Kenmore Elementary 4:45pm|
|4/30||1st Grade Music Program - 6:30pm in Gym|
|4/30||2nd Grade Music Program - 7:15pm in Gym|
|5/2||Liburdy's Class to Salmon Day Celebration|
|5/2||1st Grade Field Trip - Storybook Theater|
|5/6 - 5/8||5th Grade Camp - Cedar Springs|
|5/7||3rd Grade Field Trip - Village Theater|
|5/7||Track Meet @KMS 4:45pm|
|5/14||Track Meet @CPMS 4:45pm|
|5/21||Track - Junior Olympics @IHS 5:00pm|
|5/22||NMS Parent Night for 504, AAP, ELL and SpEd - 6:30 @NMS|
|5/22||NMS Parent Information Night 7:00-8:30pm @NMS|
|5/27||NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day|
|5/28||3rd Grade Ye, Liburdy - UW Arboretum Field Trip|
|5/31||Family Fitness Night - 7:00pm in Gym|
2019/2020 Kindergarten Registration
Kindergarten registration began in January. If you have a child to enroll for the 2019-2020 school year, please stop by the office between 8:30am and 3:30pm to complete the paperwork. Please encourage any families you know of that may have a 2019-2020 kindergarten student to enroll as soon as possible!
Please contact the Arrowhead Office at (425) 408-4000 if you have any questions.
Lost & Found
Please check the “Arrowhead Rack” and make sure your child’s jacket, sweater, mittens, hats, and other pieces of clothing are not lost forever. The rack is located outside the Library. Small items like jewelry, keys, and glasses are kept in the office.
Anything left on the rack after April 5th will be donated to Threads & Treads.
Neighbors that live in McDonald Highlands have reported that parents are double parking on NE 153rd St. This is the street that runs behind the school gym. If you are a parent that drops and/or picks up your child on this street, please avoid double parking. This is not only a safety concern for students walking between cars, but it is illegal. We ask that you discontinue this practice right away. If the police are notified, you could be ticketed for blocking the street.
Attention 5th Grade Families – Reminder for Camp Dates
Camp paperwork was sent home in March– check it out for all the specific camp details
- April 18th – Parent Meeting at Moorlands – 6:00pm in Gym
- April 29th – All medications due to nurse
- May 3rd – Luggage delivered to school by 9:30am
- May 6th- 8th – Students attend camp
If you have any questions, please call the school office – (425) 408-4000
HAWK Track & Field
Registration: Online begins NOW and ENDS on Friday, May 3rd 2019. You may sign up online at SchoolWires Touchbase; https://schoolsales.nsd.org or from our Arrowhead website. You may also use the paper registration form found on the link as well. Registration fee is $35 or $17.50 for free & reduced qualifying families.
The Team: Students in grades 3-5 may join Arrowhead’s Track team. Our goal is to introduce students to Track and Field events while providing individual instruction to develop their skills. Teamwork, sportsmanship and leadership are always emphasized.
Practices: Begin on Tuesday, April 2nd. Practices are held on the Track during lunch recesses on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Please check in with coaches at the beginning of each practice for instructions and safety. Also, 9 full practices are required in order to compete in a Track Meet.
Uniforms: Each student will be issued a team jersey to wear on track meet days ONLY. Please wash and return them at the end of the season. Students are responsible for providing their own shorts and shoes. (Cleats & spikes are not allowed.)
Transportation: Arrangements are the responsibility of the student and their parents before each meet. See Coach Miller if you need support or assistance with transportation.
Events: Athletes may choose to participate in ONE field event and ONE running event, plus the 4x200 relay. Please let me know if your student cannot attend the meet. Students must be present at school on meet days in order to participate in the meet.
Meets: are held on Tuesdays at 4:45pm and run until about 6:00pm. Students may “check out” and leave the meet when they have finished their last event.
Home Meet: Arrowhead will be hosting on May 7th, at Kenmore Middle School. We are always in need of parent volunteers. Please email me if you would like to help out at our home meet and/or at the Junior Olympics Track meet at Inglemoor High School on Tuesday, May 21st at 5:00PM.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me for more information. We are very thankful for your support and encouragement of all the students who participate on the Track team and we are looking forward to another awesome season.
Choose ONE Field event AND ONE Running event .
Also, each runner may participate in ONE RELAY!
Work toward your PB (Personal BEST) each Meet!
4 x 220 Relay
Arrowhead’s Meet Schedule:
(All meets are Tuesdays @ 4:45PM)
- April 30th @ Kenmore Elem vs. Shelton View and Kenmore
- May 7th @ Kenmore MS vs. Lockwood (Home Meet/HELP Needed)
- May 14th @ Canyon Park MS vs. Maywood and Crystal Springs
- May 21st @ Inglemoor HS on Tuesday @ 5:00PM - Junior Olympics Track Meet vs - Lockwood, Shelton View, Moorlands, Kenmore and Woodmoor.
Global Reading Challenge 2019
WAY TO GO SUPER SARCASTIC GLOBAL BOOKWORMS!
Each year King County Library System (KCLS) sponsors a Global Reading Challenge for 4th & 5th graders of all reading strengths. Students closely read up to 6 selected books and dedicate a lunch recess once a week to quizzing each other leading up to our In-House match-up. The highest scoring team then represents Arrowhead in the District Challenge; this year competing against 5 other schools. Our Super Sarcastic Global Bookworm team was the highest scoring team in Northshore for the second year in a row and went on to represent Northshore School District in the Regional Competition. What a great accomplishment! The Super Sarcastic Global Bookworm team of Tatum B, Thomas H, Abigail K, Grace R, Elena S, Ayane S, and Runi W competed against the best teams from the Shoreline and Lake Washington Districts bringing home the bronze medal. Congratulations to all who participated and supported our representative team.
THANK YOU ARROWHEAD PTA!
Arrowhead students and staff were treated to a wonderful author visit from Newberry Honor Medalist and local resident, Kirby Larson on Friday March 29th. Her Primary student presentation centered on her picture book, Nubs: A Mutt, a Marine, and a Miracle and the development of writing and researching a Nonfiction book. Nubs, a wild dog in Iraq, who was rescued and bonded with Marine Sergeant Brian Dennis, one time hiking 70 miles through the desert to be with him. Kirby’s Intermediate presentation highlighted her recent book Code Word Courage mixing history about the Navajo Code Talkers and a girl’s personal quest to find her father. Kirby again elaborated on her process of writing Historical Fiction and the research and plot development she is known for. Great questions from Arrowhead students were deftly responded to by Kirby and students left with great interest in reading her books as well as greater knowledge of the publishing process. Again, Thank you PTA for funding such a rewarding experience.
Arrowhead Policies - Nuts and Bolts
Social Media Reminder
Volunteers are restricted from taking images (photos and videos) for personal use of students at school, school sponsored events or on field trips. Student images may not be posted on Facebook, using other social media, sent via email or distributed using other communication channels. If a volunteer is taking images for school-related use, appropriate district and school procedures must be followed. Below is a link to the NDS website where an online volunteer handbook is available for your reference: https://www1.nsd.org/get-involved/volunteer/become-a-volunteer
Volunteers state that they have received and read the Northshore School District Volunteer Handbook and agree to comply with the information and guidelines in it when they complete the Volunteer Application along with the Volunteer Disclosure and State Patrol Request for Criminal History Information. If you would like a hard copy of the handbook, they are available in the school office.
To avoid hurt feelings, students may only deliver birthday invitations at school if they are inviting every student in their class. Students are responsible for checking with their teacher to determine the appropriate time and manner to distribute the invitations. Often, parents request that they be permitted to celebrate their child’s birthday at school. Sharing this special day with other classmates at school is great; however, we ask that you follow this simple guideline: due to food safety issues and various food allergies, birthday celebrations at school may not include food items. Please check with your child’s teacher about appropriate alternatives.
We need your continued help in making sure that our students make good choices regarding proper school attire. Some of the current fashions are not fitting in an elementary school setting. Shoulder straps on shirts must be at least two fingers wide. Shirt necklines must be above the armpits. Shorts or skirts need to be a minimum length of mid-thigh. Also, flip-flops are a safety hazard in PE and on the playground. Students wearing inappropriate clothing will be sent to the nurse for more suitable clothing. Please consider this as you help your child make choices for school clothing.
Dogs and other pets are wonderful in your home environment. During school hours they can be a distraction and a safety issue. If you wish to walk your student to or from school with a dog, please arrange a meeting/departure location off campus. In addition, please discuss with your student’s teacher before bringing the family pet for show and tell. The school is required to get advance permission from all students before animals can be brought into the classroom. Many animals are not appropriate for the school environment. We have several trained therapy dogs working on campus as well as guide dogs in training. Please respect the trainers and dogs by asking permission before touching. In many cases, the trainer could be using the situation to reinforce appropriate behavior and interaction with people will be discouraged.
Parking Lot & Student Safety
There is no adult supervision prior to 8:50am - unsupervised students are not allowed on campus until that time. Thank you for modeling safe and appropriate behavior at all times in the parking lot and using the designated crosswalks. Students should be accompanied by an adult when walking in the parking lot to or from a parked car. Cars are not allowed in the bus circle between the hours of 8:00am and 5:00pm. After school hours are especially important to keep the bus circle clear due to the activity buses that drop off from the junior high and high school. Please observe the strict 5 MPH speed limit and follow directions given to you by staff, volunteers and safety patrol.
Vacations & Homework Requests
As a general rule, teachers do no provide students with schoolwork when families take vacations outside of the district’s scheduled school breaks. The work students do in the classroom, along with the instruction needed for them to adequately understand how to complete it, cannot be replicated outside of school. If you choose to take your child(ren) out of school while it is in session, be aware that they may miss critical learning.
Placement Process for the 2019-2020 School Year
In May, teachers from each grade level meet to begin to form tentative class groupings for the following school year. As they form the groups, teachers take numerous factors into consideration including: academic performance/needs, social mix/compatibility, behavior patterns, learning styles, special needs, total number of students per class and parent and teacher input. This list of “placement criteria” is not exhaustive.
After the tentative class lists are made, teachers, specialists, and the principal review the lists to balance academic and social dynamics. Pertinent parental input is also considered. A balanced group is critical in ensuring the best learning environment for our students.
Throughout the summer, many students will enroll and others may move. We invariably make many final adjustments prior to school beginning. At that time, teachers are assigned to the class lists. Class placement will be mailed approximately one week before school starts, so please look for Back to School Open House and Curriculum Night information in the mail in late summer.
While we believe classroom teachers know an incredible amount of information about your child’s needs at school, we also realize parents have an understanding of unique needs and qualities that sometimes go beyond our knowledge. We’ll combine any exceptional input about your child’s needs with the information we have gathered and know about your child at school. Parent survey forms will be sent home with students on Tuesday, April 30th and are due back to school by Friday, May 10th.
Please keep the following in mind:
- Student behaviors and needs at school are often different from those demonstrated at home.
- As “Public Educators”, we are responsible for ensuring that each child, regardless of race, gender, academic talent, special needs, background, economic status, parental support or behavioral pattern, has an equal educational opportunity.
- For an optimal class configuration, some students need to be separated from others.
- Classroom groupings, based directly on parent requests, can result in poor group dynamics, student needs which are not well balanced among all the groups, classes organized by cliques, sports teams, neighborhoods, etc. that can have a negative impact on the mission and social development of the whole school.
- Elementary school is a six-year experience during which students learn a great many skills that we do not teach from textbooks. A critical life-skill for children is to learn that the diversity of people they will meet is an enriching and exciting part of life. Children also learn that they are capable of coping with a variety of situations especially when open and positive about the possibilities.
Classroom assignments are made after carefully thinking through the variables relating to your child/children. While requests for specific teachers will not be considered, specific educational and behavioral concerns you have regarding your child’s needs will certainly be taken into account when balancing the class. When the names of particular teachers are given, the information is blacked out. Please rest assured we will make careful placement decisions for all Arrowhead students.
Save the dates!
- May 20-24 3rd grade ELA and Math
- May 28-31 4th grade ELA and Math
- June 3-7 5th grade ELA and Math and Science
If you know your student is going to be absent for this test, please let your student's teacher know ASAP so we can try and make alternate arrangements. For unexpected absences, we will have students test on the next available testing day.
Notes from the Nurse
For 5th grade students attending Camp Cedar Springs this May: All information regarding medications for camp is in your camp packet that came home with your student. Please read this over carefully and have your provider complete any medication forms before they are due on April 15th. Your provider's signature is required for any medication used at camp whether it is prescription or over-the-counter, including topical creams. Please call if you have questions. There will be a Camp meeting at Moorlands Elementary on Thursday April 18th at 6pm for all parents/guardians.
Flu season has hit very hard in the Puget Sound area this year, with King County health sending advisory notices to all health providers to expand office and clinic hours to assist with the demand. Area hospitals are at and above capacity for admissions. Please see the link below on the NSD Health Services webpage for more information about the flu and guidelines for keeping your child home. If your child has been ill and is able to return to school but has a nagging cough, please be aware that they must be able to control their cough, attend to their work, and others around them must be able to work in order for them to stay at school. We do not have any cough remedies at school other than ice chips or water. Cough drops may be sent if your student is responsible enough to use them appropriately and not share with others. They must bring only enough for one day (not the entire bag) together with a written parent note, dated and signed, that states they have your permission to use cough drops at school. Please to not send any other over the counter product or medication to school with your student. Students who have been home ill for several days often cannot manage a full day back at school. Gradual return starting with half days may be required. Please call Nurse Anne if you have any questions regarding this or if you are unsure if your student should come to school.
Thank you for all the donations of Chapstick and cloths for the health room we are stocked up! If your student has borrowed cloths from school, we appreciate if you can wash them and send them back promptly so we have them available for other students who need them.
Arrowhead Marimba Ensemble will be performing at the 8th Annual Northshore Schools In Rhythm Concert, Wednesday, April 3rd at 7:00pm at the Northshore Performing Arts Center. Come and support our amazing marimba ensemble as well as enjoy percussion ensembles from 5 other school. This is a free event and open to all! Questions, email Elise Harris email@example.com.
The Arrowhead Kitchen is asking for your help – do you have silverware that you are not using? Over the years the kitchen has switched to washable trays and silverware. The last few years the community has been very generous with donations and now we are in need again! If you have leftover SPOONS or FORKS you are no longer using or feel like donating to our kitchen “staying green” please consider sending them in. Thanks so much for taking a look! If you have extras you would like to donate, just send them to the office. Thank you!