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  • Principal Update - Nov. 17

    Posted by Andrea Landes on 11/17/2017

    Hi Laker Families,

    We loved getting to see all of you during conference week. I know our staff loves the opportunity to strengthen our partnership with you by sharing information on how your child is progressing. Thank you so much for taking the time to meet with us. We value your support and feedback. 

    Here is some upcoming information we wanted to share with you:

    Science Fair

    Information regarding the Sumner School District STEM Fair is now available. Packets have been sent to the teachers for both science and engineering projects. If your student is interested in competing in this year's STEM fair, they need to complete the application page for their project and return it to school no later than December 15th. The dates for the STEM fair are:

    When:  February 24th, 2018

    Where:  Sumner Middle School

    Who:  All students K-5th grade may participate in the STEM fair. 

    If you have any questions regarding project deadlines or feedback you may contact our tech teacher, Mrs. Russell or our STEM teacher, Mrs. Holmes.

    New Building Update

    Due to permitting delays, the schedule for construction and completion of the Emerald Hills Elementary Replacement project will be adjusted. 

    The voter-approved Emerald Hills Replacement was anticipated to open Winter 2019. The district and project architect are working closely with permitting agencies and will soon determine a revised timeline for construction and a new open date.

    We’re eager to move forward on this project and we’ll keep you informed of our progress along the way. Stay up-to-date on all of our 2016 Capital Bond Projects at


    Request from our District Career Specialist

    Would you like to help our students find passion for their future?

    Do you have a great job?  Do you love your life?  

    Share your career story with the future of our community!

    If you're interested in being a guest speaker at any of our career events, please contact Heather Weeks, District Career Specialist for more information.


    Have a great weekend!


    Andrea Landes
    Emerald Hills Principal

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  • Principal Update - Nov. 9

    Posted by Andrea Landes on 11/9/2017

    Hi Lakers,

    School of Distinction 2017

    We had some exciting news this week at Emerald Hills!  We learned that we were awarded the School of Distinction 2017 award. This is the second year in a row that the school has been awarded this achievement and we are so proud of our students. This award is for sustained achievement over five years in English Language Arts (ELA) and math.

    Veteran's Day Assembly

    ​​​​​​​We had a wonderful assembly honoring our veterans. We had over 60 veterans in attendance.  A big thank you to Mrs. Samuelson, our new music teacher.

    Conference Week

    Just a reminder that next week is conference week.  Early dismissal will be at 12:15 on MondayTuesdayThursday and Friday. Breakfast and lunch will still be served. 

    Don't forget that there is no school on Friday, November 10th!  

    Have a great weekend!

    Andrea Landes,

    Emerald Hills Elementary

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  • Principal Update - Oct. 30

    Posted by Andrea Landes on 10/30/2017

    Hi Laker Families,

    There are some exciting events coming soon that we know you will want to have on your calendars.

    Superhero STEM Night

    It is time to dust off your superhero costumes for our annual STEM Superhero Night. Once again, we are encouraging families to dress up as a STEM Superhero. Students are allowed to come in costume (STEM Superhero related) on Friday and come back in the evening for a night of fun from 5:30-7:30 pm. The Pacific Science Center will be here with their geology exhibit titled, "Rock and Roll." Also, PTA is providing pizza for a reasonable fee, so you can have dinner at the school. We hope to see lots of families at school!


    Picture Retakes

    Picture retakes will be taken during the morning of November 7th.


    Halloween Costumes

    Please keep halloween costumes at home on Tuesday. Instead, wear your STEM superhero costume to school on Friday.


    Boundary Change Meetings

    Three information sessions will offer a walk-around review of display boards showing maps and the opportunity to talk with District administrators and principals. The events are set up for families to come when they wish and walk around and ask questions at their leisure. These meetings are available:

    October 30: 3:30-5:00 pm, Sumner Middle School

    November 1: 10:00-11:30 am, Mountain View Middle School

    November 2: 7:00-8:30 pm, Lakeridge Middle School


    We hope to see you on Friday at STEM Superhero Night!


    Andrea Landes
    Principal, Emerald Hills Elementary

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  • Principal Update - Sept. 29

    Posted by Andrea Landes on 9/29/2017

    Hi Laker Families,

    Our year is off to a great start. It is hard to believe that October is just around the corner. Here is some important information that we know you will want to know.


    Fall Fundraiser

    Our fall catalog fundraiser this year is off to a great start. PTA uses the money from this fundraiser to pay for such things as our field trip buses, Dreambox, and our art docent program. Just a reminder that your packets are due on October 3rd. We appreciate your support!


    Kindergarten Highly Capable Services Referral Period:  Oct. 2-13

    Does your child perform at significantly advanced academic levels when compared with others? Consider referring them for Highly Capable services by submitting a referral packet Oct. 2-13.  Learning characteristics could include:
      • Analytical thinker
      • Accelerated learner
      • Advanced language speaker
      • Self-motivated
    Upon referral, testing will be held during the months of October and November.  Test scores will be reviewed in December to determine eligibility and families will be notified.  By January 2018, eligible students will receive services in current classroom.   

    All district referral period:  Jan. 8-26, 2018 | Questions:  Traci Lewis, (253) 891-6061 | Information:


    Please read the information below about new district Attendance Awareness Letters that may be coming home  this year:

    Families are essential partners in promoting good attendance because they have the bottom-line responsibility for making sure their children get to school every day.  In return, we want do everything possible to support you in this process.  Absences - excused and unexcused - add up and quickly lead to academic trouble.  Do you know how much is too much?  Do you keep a running tally of how often your child is out of class?  We are starting a process this year that will help families monitor and support positive attendance.

    Attendance Awareness Letters will be mailed home to families three times throughout the school year (October, December and March).  The first round will occur in late October.  These letters will show how many absences have been logged for your child, in addition to showing the school average.  Good information to know if, for example, a flu virus has impacted overall school attendance.  Not all families will receive a letter, however.  Only those with children who have missed 10 percent or more of school from Sept. 6 to Oct. 6.

    Chronic absenteeism, defined as missing 10 percent of the school year, can translate into 3rd graders unable to master reading, 6th graders failing courses and 9th graders dropping out of high school.  

    Please use these Attendance Awareness Letters as informational tools as your child progresses through the school year.  By working together to monitor attendance, we can avoid long-term consequences impacting student success.


    Have a great weekend!


    Andrea Landes
    Principal, Emerald Hills Elementary

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