Parents, Guardians and Kalama Elementary School Chinooks:
Welcome back to school! Our staff is rested,
ready to go, and looking forward to the opportunity to open our doors and
welcome our community into our building for a year of learning and adventure. I
am especially excited to be a part of the first days of school as we set the SWIM pace for our students. (Show Kindness, Work Responsibly, Initiate
Respect, Model Safety)
Our first activity will be Drop-In, Drop-Off on Thursday, September 1st, 5:00 - 6:30. You will
have an opportunity to drop off school supplies with your child’s teacher and
become familiar with areas of the school allowing you to connect places with
names when your student talks about the day.
The PTO will be there with Kalama Gear and ice cream, you’ll have the
opportunity to do volunteer paperwork, pay on your student’s lunch account,
meet our “Chinook Station” (formerly known as LatchKey)
supervisor, and learn about some of the activities available for your student.
At this time you may purchase student
ASB cards for $10.00. This will allow students free admission to all home
sporting events. Our lunch prices have increased. An Elementary student lunch will be $2.65 and a MS/HS lunch will be
$2.90. Breakfast will be $1.10
day of school will be Tuesday, September 6th. We are happy to welcome a few “new” staff
members back to our building. Mr. Maynard will be back teaching PE, Mr. Lane
with be in the Library teaching Tech and Library Skill, and Mrs. Dull will be
providing World Language Instruction to our 4th and 5th graders and Mrs. Ford
and Mrs. Janssen are back and team teaching third grade. We are happy to have
hired both Ms. Lizzie Sheldon and Mrs. Holly Von Roch for our Resource
Room. Mrs. Dolezal
has moved to Kindergarten, Mrs. Coulson and Mrs. Garrison to 3rd grade, Mrs.
Clark to 2nd grade, Mrs. Cooper to 4th grade and Mr. McDonald to first grade.
Mrs. Amos and Mrs. Neiman will be in our intervention room teaching Reading and
Math support, respectively. A major change in scheduling is that students will
have recess BEFORE they come into the cafeteria for lunch. I’m happy to report
that our first lunch for students will begin at 11:05.
Picture Day will
be Tuesday, September 27th with a makeup day scheduled for Monday, November 7th. Picture packets
are available in the office.
There are several traffic patterns that have
changed. The crosswalk by the maintenance shed is not available any longer. All
students walking that cross China Garden Road near the softball and baseball
fields will be crossing at the cross walk closer to the stadium, near the bus
barn. We will have two extra crossing guards to get them safely across the
driveways to the school parking lot and on to the sidewalk to enter the
building at the library door. The bike rack has been moved to the covered play
area and we are adding another near the portables. Buses will be dropping off and picking up
students in front of the school. This
will be a no auto zone from 8:00 to 8:35 and 2:40 - 3:15 every day. After
the buses return to the bus barn, the front door of the school will be open and
parents will be welcome to park in front of the school as they come in to
volunteer, drop off students, or take care of business in the office. There
will also be parent/visitor parking in what was previously the senior parking
drop off and pick up will be in the gym parking lot. A map with clear
directions will be posted on our website and available at drop-in and drop
off. Please follow directions and put
the safety of all children FIRST!
Mrs. Dolezal and I
spent many hours this summer going over in detail our parent/student handbook.
Please take the time to read and find out about our discipline policy, changes
in playground, lunch and computer use.
Our PBIS reward/student store
is ready to start, and any donations are always appreciated. We will continue
with Wednesday Club, with some
awesome and engaging opportunities for all our students.
Mrs. Trevino and Mrs. Forsberg have worked to
make an inviting entry way. We have added a “shout out” board to the front, allowing you to make a note to let
everyone know good news about our staff. You are welcome to add to the board if
you catch one of our staff doing something that deserves a shout out.
We will be officially introducing Ravenna, our Therapy Dog, to the
students. She will be here full time and (with care taken for our students and
staff with dog allergies) be available to support all of our students during
the school year.
Some changes in fourth and fifth grade
curriculum, we are offering a Leadership
Program this year. Students filled out applications at the end of the year
and will be attending a training academy August 25th and 26th. During the month
of December, applications will be open for 4th and 5th graders to apply again.
Many thanks to Mrs. King and Mrs. Bessey for heading
this up! Mrs. Wells and Mrs. Edgecomb are on the
cutting edge of offering a Robotics
curriculum as well as a Lego Robotics Team. They have spent the summer
attending trainings, writing grants, and planning for this great new adventure.
4th and 5th grade will also be learning Spanish
as part of their specialist time. This early start into World Languages,
other than English, is close to my heart and I hope to continue to build this
program into a school-wide FLEX language experience.
For questions about bus schedules or route
changes, please contact the bus garage at 360-673-5450.
I will continue weekly parent information
e-mails. Please make sure you have a
current e-mail address on file in our office so you can stay informed about
what is going on here at our school.
“Nuestra escuela es su escuela”,
our school is your school, to coin a Spanish idiom. Please do not hesitate to
contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
E. Stuhlsatz “Maestra”