Parent Newsletter - March 13 - 17th

Parent News Letter

Kalama Elementary School News, March 13th - 17th

Did you know?   Our students have been doing station rotations during PE. I love watching them play on a pogo stick! Mr. Maynard makes a variety of activities available for our students to participate in as they gain the skills to lead a healthy lifestyle. Here are a few of the kiddos enjoying a climb on the rock wall.


Read Across America Celebration:  The Elementary Staff and parents went all out for a wonderful week celebrating reading.  Ending the week was the K-3 RIF book giveaway! Thank you so much for all the volunteers that contributed to the success of the program. From snacks, to books, to dress up, to celebration, a good time was had by all. One of the great pics from the week, do you recognize Cindy Lou?

aubrey as Cindy lou

Jump Rope for Heart:  Mr. Maynard teams up with the American Heart Association to participate in the Annual Jump rope for Heart Campaign. (Several banners hang in our multi-purpose room, demonstrating our many years of participation). Flyers went home with students on Friday. More information can be found at or by contacting Mr. Maynard at

Drama Production:  Drama try-outs were a HUGE success! Over 80 elementary students tried out. Thank you, families, for supporting this. The musical, The Wizard of Oz promises to be a smash hit. Students have received their schedule for rehearsals. We had a “good” problem. With so many wonderful activities offered after school for the elementary, several students had to choose which to participate in! The fact that our elementary staff have come together to offer variety to our diverse population of students is GREAT!!! If your student did not have the opportunity to participate acting in the play this year, both Mrs. Dolezal and Mr. Josten plan on having a combined musical every year! Performances will be:

May 18th 7pm

Dress Rehearsal (otherwise known as cheap friends night, there is no admission charged) There will be stops in the performance to fine tune for opening night

May 19th    7pm  

paid admission (not known at this time the price of admission)

May 20th    2pm      7pm

paid admission

Pizza with the Principals:  Our next pizza with the principals with be Monday, March 20th in the Elementary Library from 6:00pm - 7:30. This is a great time to bring your questions or comments. This is a non-agenda meeting, just a time to check in and let us know what is working and what we can improve.

Kindergarten Registration:  It’s that time again! Looking forward to seeing our new kindy kiddos coming through the door. Mrs. Merz will be ready to go March 27th - 31st from 9am - 2pm. Please bring a copy of your child’s birth certificate and immunization record. Students that turn 5 before August 31st qualify for kindergarten. You may park in front of the elementary building and come in the office to get  and fill out your registration packets.

PTO General Meeting: Next PTO general meeting will be held on Thursday, March 16th, 3:15.  Everyone is welcome!

Yearbook Envelopes:  Yearbook pre-order payment is due by Friday, April 14th. Envelopes went home with students last week. We have extras in the office. Yearbook Cost is $15.00

End of Year Slide Show: For our End of the Year Assembly, we create a slideshow from pictures taken throughout the school year. You can help us by sending us electronically any pictures you may have taken of your child(ren) and/or their classroom of the activities they participated in this year. Please send them to or or text them to:

(360) 957- 9874

Wednesday Club:  Wednesday Club slips went home with students.  Deadline for returning signed slips is Friday, March 17th. If you need another, Debbie has more available in the front office. Some of the offerings for our Spring Session include: Puzzles and Coloring Club, K-2 Science Club, Yoga Club, Folk Dance/Choir, Garden, Creative Writing, Cha Cha Slide Club (learn all those cool dance party moves!) Coding Club, and our Cafeteria Ladies are offering a new Food and Nutrition Club. Wednesday Club is another example of the willingness of our staff to go above and beyond to offer additional positive experiences for our students. It gives our students an opportunity to work with staff that they may not have had an opportunity to work with before. It also allows our staff to share their many talents and hobbies with your child(ren).  Wednesday Club sessions will start the Wednesday we get back from Spring Break, April 12th. You are always welcome to help out in any of the clubs!

One School, One Book:   What a fun time we have all had with this book. If you get time, please think about coming in and see the lemonade stands the students have handed in. They are hanging in the kindy/1st grade hallway and three dimensional displays are outside our intervention classroom. You should have received your invitation to join your child for lunch on our last lemonade stand afternoon. Lemonade will be available for purchase (Kalama Kash….we’ll have some available for our parents) as well as lemon cookies. The cafeteria staff has been so supportive of the Middle School Leadership Lemonade Stand. The kiddos love purchasing lemonade from their “favorite” stand. If you plan on joining your student for lunch, please remember to sign in the office and grab a visitor’s badge.  Lunch schedule is:

2nd & 5th - 11:05 - 11:25

K      & 3rd - 11:45 - 12:05

1st & 4th - 12:05 - 12:25

Just a warning, if you haven’t been in our cafeteria to visit in a while, the students do participate in 5 minutes of silence before eating.


Imagination Fair: This is a great opportunity for students to share the things that interest them. There is no limit to the number of students who can participate. There will be a special PRIZE for the class with the most participation. Mrs. Merz (Debbie) has extra sign up forms in the front office if your student would like to participate and can’t find the form.

Cispus Family Day:  To all 5th grade parents: Each year, while your child is at Cispus, Wednesday is the day you may drive up and visit. Cispus Family Day is Wednesday, May 24th.  We will have a van(s) available to take up parents that wish to spend the Wednesday Family Day with their student. The office line is (360) 673-5207, please call and let us know if you’d like to join me on the ride north to Cispus. (Warning, I have been known to Car-Pool Karaoke!)

State Testing Dates are approaching: As our 3rd through 5th grades get organized for our state mandated testing, I will keep you updated about the dates and times. Please be considerate of these dates and times when planning appointments, vacations, or family events. Although testing is  only one way of measuring student growth,  the SBAC is a state mandated exam for Grades 3 - 5. 5th Grade also takes the Science Exam.  By having all students present on testing days there is less interruption to classroom instruction by pulling students out of class for make up exams. Thank you for your help with this.

5th grade has scheduled afternoon testing (12:00 - 2:25) on April 25th, 27th, and May 2nd, 4th, and 9th.

4th grade has scheduled testing for afternoons on May 17th, 24th, June 1st and 2nd.

3rd grade has scheduled morning testing (8:30 - 11:30) on May 23rd, 25th, 31st, and June 2nd.     

Dates to remember:

March 15 Wednesday Club, 3:12 - 4:12

March 16 PTO Meeting 3:15pm

March 17 School in Session, Snow Make Up Day

                 One School One Book Lemonade Stand Lunch with families. See schedules above.

March 22 Wednesday Club, 3:12 - 4:12

March 24 Entry form for Imagination Fair is Due

               End of Second Trimester

March 20 Pizza With the Principals Elementary Library, 6:30pm

March 27 School Board Meeting, MS/HS Library, 7pm

March 29 Last Wednesday Club Session, 3:12 - 4:12

March 29 Entries for the Imagination Fair accepted 3:12 pm - 6pm

March 30 Entries for the Imagination Fair accepted between 7:50 - 8:18

March 30 Imagination Fair, Multi-Purpose Room, 5:30 - 7:00pm

March 31 Report Cards Go Home with Students

April 3 - 7 Spring Break

April 10  New  Specialist Schedule Begins

April 12  Spring Session of Wednesday Club Starts

April 13 - 14 Early Release (11:30) Student Conferences

I want to continue to express my gratitude to all of you for giving us the opportunity to work with you to give your child the best educational opportunities available. Our school is YOUR school. Please continue to be a part in making this the greatest Elementary School in Washington State.  Have a wonderful week!

Please feel free to contact me at the school: 360-673-5207 or my cell phone: 360-957-9874
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