Hawk Herald Newsletters



Principal's Corner

September 30, 2019

Welcome to the school year!

We are four weeks into the school year and Arrowhead is already a bustling, vibrant place. I love seeing staff invest time in building learning communities that are collaborative, respectful and exciting places where children learn about their world, themselves and each other. Please welcome Cameron Miller and Hajra Azhar as our School Assistants. Mr. Miller will be here most of the day and Ms. Azhar will be here for lunch and afternoon recess.

Despite it being a September whose motto was, “Chance of showers,” we’ve enjoyed recess every day. Recess is a critical time for your child to experience unstructured play where they move their bodies, wake up their minds and strengthen social skills. While adults are always available to help children solve problems and navigate challenging moments, we want to help children feel powerful and independent. When children come to me with a problem, I ask them, “What do you want to have happen?” Then I ask, “How can we make that happen?” Then I ask, “Can you make that happen, or do you need adult help?” Most of the time the child will run back to their playmates and try the strategy they thought of, leaving me to keep a watchful eye from a distance. Sometimes, because they’ve already tried on their own or they are feeling a little nervous, I lend my assistance. We have a few short years of being present during this unstructured time before children are off to middle school and need to navigate challenging social moments on their own. We want them to be confident and capable!

Arrowhead’s PTA had our first meeting and we’re gearing up for both the fall fundraiser and the Hunters Moon Dance. Please join the PTA if you haven’t already. Your membership and participation help knit our community together and your voice is important as we work to make Arrowhead the best possible school for our children.

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.

Kristin Bailey

October/November Calendar

10/1 Cross Country Meet at Moorlands-4:45 PM
10/2 Rudko & O’Connor’s Class to St. Edward Park-11:00 AM
10/4 Health Screening Day
10/4 PTA Popcorn Friday
10/8 Cross Country Meet at Arrowhead – 4:45 PM
10/15 Cross Country Meet at Westhill – 4:45 PM
10/17 1st Grade to Pumpkin Patch – 9:45 AM
10/22 Cross Country Finals at Kenmore Middle School – 4:45 PM
10/24 Liburdy & Bowker’s Class to the Arboretum -9:45 AM
10/31 Kindergarten to Pumpkin Patch-9:30 AM
11/1 PTA Popcorn Friday
11/5 Election Day
11/6 Picture Retake Day
11/8 Veterans Day Assembly – 2:30 PM
11/11 NO SCHOOL – Veterans Day
11/21 Conference Day – Dismissal at 12:35 PM
11/22 Conference Day – Dismissal at 12:35 PM
11/25 Conference Day – Dismissal at 12:35 PM
11/26 Conference Day – Dismissal at 12:35 PM
11/27 Conference Day – Dismissal at 12:35 PM
11/28 NO SCHOOL – Thanksgiving Holiday
11/29 NO SCHOOL – Thanksgiving Holiday

For a complete listing of school events please go to https://arrowhead.nsd.org/our-school/calendar and check out our school calendar.

For PTA events go to www.ptaarrowhead.org or there is a link from the Arrowhead website.

Picture Retake Day - Wednesday, November 6th

Picture retake day is November 6th from 9:30am to 12:00pm. 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!

Honoring Our Veterans – Friday, November 8th

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 8th at 2:30pm, students and staff at Arrowhead will participate in an important school assembly with words and music. If you have a veteran or active military member in your family, please invite them to come and be a part of our special celebration of their service. The 5th grade students will be performing. More information will be sent home with students closer to the event.

Substitute Nurses Needed

Are you a Registered Nurse who might be interested in exploring the rewards of schoolbased 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 rcavanaugh@nsd.org.

November Conference Information

Parent-teacher conferences begin on November 21st and run through November 27th. Please note that dismissal time is at 12:35pm 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.

  • 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.

Early Dismissal at 12:35pm, November 21st, 22nd, 25th, 26th and 27th.

Fall Celebrations

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.

Emergency Contacts

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 (hsmith@nsd.org). Please call the office if you have any questions 425-408-4000.

Health & Vision Screening Day

Each year, students in grades K, 1, 2, 3 and 5 receive hearing and vision screening. At Arrowhead, this day is Friday, October 4th. All schools in Washington are required to provide these services. However, parents have the right to exempt their children from any or all of these health screenings. Please contact Anne Janssen, our school nurse, at 425-408-4006 if you have any questions regarding screening exemptions.

It is important to understand that these are basic screenings and are designed to identify students who may require further testing. They are not intended to replace regular exams by qualified health care providers. A student who fails any screening will be rechecked and you will be notified only if there are concerns after the second screening. If your child wears glasses for distance vision, please be sure they have them on screening day. If you are already aware that your child has a hearing loss and do not wish for them to participate in the screening, please notify Anne Janssen at 425-408-4006.



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.

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!

Arrowhead Spiritwear Orders – COMING SOON!

This will be the only time we sell Arrowhead spiritwear this school year. Keep an eye out for order forms coming home soon!

Smarter Balanced Results

Last spring, Arrowhead 3rd - 5th graders took the Smarter Balanced Assessments in English language arts and mathematics. Fifth graders also took the SBA Science Assessment, which they will repeat again in eighth grade.

SBA standardized tests are a measure of student achievement and growth over time. By now parents of these students should have received score reports that will show how their child performed on these assessments. Please contact the office if you have not yet received your student’s report.

In the next few weeks, Arrowhead staff will be examining data from the the SBA tests as well as fall diagnostic classroom-based assessments and the new iReady data to look for patterns and determine which individuals and groups may need additional support to be successful. Of course, it is important to consider performance on an assessment as part of a bigger picture. Assessment scores need to be balanced with classroom measures, like individual running records in reading, to give us a solid understanding of a child’s abilities. It is also important to remember that standardized tests measure a narrow range of skills important for success, and are administered using an online platform that doesn't tap into many skills we want children to master. Your child’s teacher can use testing information as one small part of understanding your child as an individual.

If you have concerns or questions about your child's SBA scores, please reach out to your child's teacher to ask his or her impression of where your child is now with language and math skills. We want to build on each child's strengths and help each child feel academically powerful and successful.

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 middle school and high school students).

NSD App 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. Please contact Heidi Smith in the office at 425-408-4003 if you need assistance.

Student Safety

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 9:05 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. However, students are not to cross Juanita Drive prior to 9:05 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 safety patrol and 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.

Student Health

  • 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.

Music Corner

Arrowhead Choir

Do you love to sing? Would you enjoy the opportunity to perform with a group?

Choir is the place for you!!

Arrowhead will be running a 3rd, 4th, 5th grade choir, Thursdays at lunch recess from October 10 through January 23.

Deadline for returning choir forms to Mrs. Harris has been extended to October 3rd.

Arrowhead Marimba Ensemble

Marimba ensemble is an exciting performance opportunity open to 4th and 5th graders. This group will perform at the Arrowhead Multicultural Night, Northshore Schools in Rhythm Concert as well as 1-2 other school performances. The marimba ensemble is limited to 16 students which will be selected through a lottery system. Rehearsals will occur Mondays at lunch recess.

Deadline for returning marimba forms to Mrs. Harris has been extended to October 3rd.

QUESTIONS? Contact Elise Harris eharris@nsd.org or 425-408-4074

Athletics at Arrowhead

Cross Country Season Has Begun

10/1 – Cross Country Meet at Moorlands – 4:45pm

10/8 – Cross Country Meet at Arrowhead – 4:45pm

10/15 – Cross Country Meet at Westhill – 4:45pm

10/22 – Cross Country Finals at Kenmore Middle School – 4:45pm

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 - December 3rd through December 12th.
  • Grades 3rd through 5th – Monday & Friday – December 2nd through December 13th. 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Contact Ms. Miller with any questions

Arrowhead Policies

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) at 425-408-4003.

Birthday Policy

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.

Clothing Guidelines

We need your continued help in making sure that children make good choices regarding proper school attire. Please make sure your child has sturdy, close-toed shoes for athletic endeavors in P.E. and safe play at recess. Children should dress for comfort and mobility so they can run, climb, sit on the floor and both play and work hard during the day. We will go out to recess in all kinds of weather, so children need warm jackets and school clothes that can handle the elements. If your family ever needs help with winter clothing or keeping a growing child in shoes, please reach out to Heidi Smith.

Pet Policy

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.

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 Resources - Report an Absence 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.

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. 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 2019

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 22nd, at 7:00.

It's All In for Kids Time

Each fall, the community – parents, district leaders, teachers, business owners, and volunteers – donate to help fund grants that will make a difference in classrooms across the district right away. We call this annual campaign All In For Kids. This a time when we can all help make this district a place where each student can stretch, engage, and dive into deep learning.

Your donation powers innovative, engaging programs for students across the district. When you give by October 31st your donation can be put to work by January.


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:
Kathryn Li - kli@nsd.org , 425-408-4062.


Principal's Corner

Dec 3, 2019

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 we can work together to help students feel supported, challenged, and known.

This year Northshore School District is implementing an instructional and assessment tool called iReady. Please see a letter with more details later in the newsletter, and reach out to your child’s teacher or me if you have any questions. So far, we are finding the iReady accurately identifies a child’s strengths and needs in reading and math and is a useful tool in supporting each child’s individual needs.

The two-week break coming up in December provides opportunities for family time, reading, travel or other wonderful activities, but it also provides opportunity for boredom. I had a teacher who said, “The intelligent mind is never bored.” Recent research shows that boredom gives our brains time to be creative, solve problems, and process our experiences. Too often we hand our children a quick-fix to their restlessness and fear what might happen if they aren’t entertained and get bored. While the tunnel to China (the Bailey kids, circa 1979 when mom locked us out of the house because we were driving her crazy) might require some landscape repair, it’s okay for kids to be bored enough to invent something to do or even just daydream. Boredom, like time and opportunity, can be a valuable gift.

We return to school on Monday, January 6th. The winter solstice is Saturday, December 21st and I am looking forward to the days getting longer. It hasn’t been bad yet, but our parking lot, sidewalks and playgrounds can be icy and slippery. Our custodians de-ice in the morning, but please take care and let the front office know if there is a patch of ice that hasn’t been taken care of. And of course, please send children to school with winter clothing. Recess can be cold, wet and muddy. If you need any help at all with winter wear for growing children, reach out to me, your child’s teacher, or Heidi Smith. We have resources to share.

On behalf of the staff, I would like to thank you for all you do to support your child’s learning and the entire school. We extend our heartfelt wishes to each of you for a most enjoyable winter season.

Warm wishes,


12/2 Healthy Hawks begins for Grades 3-5 4:00 PM
12/3 Healthy Hawks begins for Grades 1-2 4:00 PM
12/3 - 12/6 Book Fair!
12/6 PTA Popcorn Friday
12/17 3rd Grade Music Performance - Gym 7:00 PM
12/23 - 1/3 Winter Vacation - No School
1/6 Back to School - Happy New Year!
1/10 PTA Popcorn Friday
1/16 2nd Grade Field Trip - Meydenbauer Center
1/17 Martin Luther King Jr. Assembly 10:15 AM
1/20 NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
1/24 Last Day of Semester 1
1/24 Multi-Cultural Night 6:30 PM
1/27 No School
1/28 - 1/31 MCT Week-Snow White
2/1 MCT Performances - 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM - Bastyr University


Help for the Holidays

If your family is in need of any help this holiday season with food or gifts, please stop by the health room, or call Nurse Anne directly at: 425-408-4006. All inquiries are confidential. Most organizations are currently registering families for holiday assistance. Please also see the information at the end of this newsletter about holiday assistance.


Look for order forms coming home with your student in late January. The office will be accepting orders beginning January 28th through February 14th. Cost is $15.00 each. Yearbooks are distributed in June for those who purchase by February 14th. 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.

Change in Plans?

If your student is going to deviate from their normal method of getting home or has some other change of plan, the Change in Plan form can be used to report this information to the teacher. Please send this form or a note with your student when they have a change of plan. Thank you!

Kitchen News

We have a new Kitchen Manager here at Arrowhead! Her name is Nong Ratanapintha. She joins Joyce who is going on her fifth year here. Nong has been with Northshore for quite some time. She worked for Northshore for 12 years until she moved to California. She continued working in Food Services in California for 4.5 years until she moved back to Northshore last February during our crazy snow storm. We are so excited that she is here!

Nong would like you all to know that if you have any questions about your student’s lunch account to please call her at 425-408-4008.

If your family situation or income has changed, please feel free to apply for Free and Reduced Price Meals. We can send a paper application home or you can apply online.

Food Services is always looking for Substitute Kitchen Staff. If you are interested in working 2-3 hours a day and have the same days off as your child, please consider applying online for food service


Dear Parents and Guardians,

I am excited to share that Arrowhead is implementing a math and reading program called i-Ready. Below, you will find information on the program and how we will be using it in the classroom.

What is i-Ready? i-Ready is an online program that will help us determine your child’s needs, personalize their learning, and monitor progress throughout the school year. i-Ready allows us to meet your child exactly where they are and provides data for us to increase your child’s learning gains.

The i-Ready Diagnostic is an adaptive assessment that adjusts its questions to suit your child’s needs. Each item a student sees is individualized based on their answer to the previous question. For example, a series of correct answers will result in slightly harder questions, while a series of incorrect answers will yield slightly easier questions. The purpose of this is not to give your child a score or grade, but instead to determine how best to support your child’s learning.

Arrowhead students took a fall diagnostic assessment to determine their strengths and learning needs. Their growth will be checked with a winter and spring assessment.

i-Ready Instruction provides students with lessons based on their individual skill level and needs so your child can learn at a pace that is just right for them. These lessons are fun and interactive, with games and characters to keep your child engaged as they learn.

What can I do to help? To deepen your child’s learning in Online Instruction, you can:

  • Discuss your child’s progress on their i-Ready lessons
  • Celebrate your child’s learning and growth.
  • Encourage them to use i-Ready at home.
    • They will need access to a computer and internet and login information. To check if your system meets i-Ready system requirements, please visit iReady.com/Support to run the system check.

As always, thank you for your continued support and for being a partner in your child’s learning! I look forward to sharing i-Ready reports with you throughout the year and to providing a learning experience that will attract and hold your child’s interest while teaching important skills and concepts.

If you have any questions about i-Ready, please do not hesitate to contact me or the school. You can also learn more about i-Ready by visiting i-ReadyCentral.com/FamilyCenter.

Kristin Bailey

Start Time

For the safety of the students, please remember to drop off for school after 9:05 am. There is no supervision on the playgrounds before this time. Thank you!

Music Notes

What an amazing Veterans Day Assembly!!!!

Thank you so much Ms. Webb for orchestrating such a meaningful assembly. It was a nice addition having the students introduce their Veterans. We talked with many and they said that it is hard to top Arrowhead’s Veterans Day Assembly. They look forward to it every year. The fifth grade did a great job center stage singing patriotic songs and sharing historical details. We are very fortunate to have such a moving assembly in which our student body is able to express their admiration and appreciation to our Veterans.

3rd Grade Music Performance

Mark your calendars for the 3rd Grade Music Performance on Tuesday, December 17th in the Gym at 7:00 pm.

Emergency and Snow information

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. In the event an early dismissal is required, it is important that you have a plan for your student.

Access the Limited Roads During Inclement Weather to locate your bus stop during inclement weather.  

  • Your snow stop may be the same as your regular bus stop.
  • Your afternoon time will remain unchanged.
  • If Northshore school buses use snow routes/stops in the AM, they will also be used in the PM regardless of weather conditions.
  • Please dress your student accordingly for the weather. Even though we state that your stop will be 2 hours late, further delays may occur do to road conditions and traffic. Hat, gloves, coat and boots would be ideal in case they need to wait a little longer. 
  • Northshore is a large district and covers over 60 miles, while conditions may seem normal in your neighborhood, it may be unsafe in others. All of this is taken into consideration when a decision is made to cancel, delay, go onto snow routes, or keep everything on normal schedule.

The decision to close schools or delay start times will be announced on flashalert.net, most local 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 makeup 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 canceled
  • No ATP Networks, Sorenson ECC, Headstart or preschool/pre-k programs, in-district CTE satellite shuttles, Dartmoor, and Dolan Academy
  • No out-of-district transportation
  • No elementary band/orchestra or zero-period classes

2. “2 hours late, snow (limited or alternate) bus routes” means:

  • Buses start 2 hours late on snow routes. NOTE: Snow routes will be posted in early November.
  • School starts 2 hours late
  • All partial programs canceled (Sorenson ECC, preschool, ATP at Bothell High School, Head Start, Dartmoor, and Dolan Academy) 7
  • No out-of-district transportation
  • No elementary band/orchestra, zero-period, 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 webpage to find snow routes.
  • School starts 2 hours late
  • All partial programs canceled (Sorenson ECC, preschool, ATP at Bothell High School, Head Start, Dartmoor, and Dolan Academy)
  • No out-of-district transportation
  • No elementary band/orchestra, zero-period, CTE

4. “Closed” means:

  • All district schools closed
  • No after-school/evening activities, athletics or band/orchestra

Snow bus route locations will be available on the Transportation website in early November, or by contacting the Transportation Department at 425-408-7900.

Changing conditions may cause the district to alter the status of school. Listen to radio and television for the latest information.

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 rcavanaugh@nsd.org.

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. **

Book Fair is Coming!

We need volunteers to help at the Book Fair. You can sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080d49aca62da31-arrowhead2

Thank you!!!

The Book Fair flyer has specific information regarding days and times the book fair is open, the online shopping web address and the changes that are coming to this year's fair.


Holiday Assistance and Resources

Northshore Nourishing Networks 

Northshore Nourishing Networks has a webpage with information on community events to assist those families who need additional help this holiday season.  They also have a newsletter with additional information.

Food and Gift Assistance in King and Snohomish Counties

The district has put together community resources in King and Snohomish Counties.  See their newsletter for the available resources.



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