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  • Principal Update: April 14

    Posted by Sarah Gillispie at 4/14/2017

    Principal Landes
    Emerald Hills' Principal Andrea Landes took "spring break" a little too literally. While hiking, she managed to fall and severely break her leg. The injury required some significant surgery. The good news -  her spirits remain high. The bad news - it is unlikely that she will now be able to make it through airport security without setting off the metal detector!  She is at home, dealing with a lot of discomfort, and missing students and staff.  If her recovery goes as expected she should be back at EHE around May 8th. In her absence, regular Friday Principal Kelly Evans will be filling in.

    Parent Input
    It is that time of year for parents to give input into the class placement of their child. We have forms available in the office. Please make sure to note that the deadline is May 12th. If you have any questions regarding your child’s placement for next year, please touch base with your child’s teacher.

    Health Room Requests
    We are still in need of pants for girls and boys, and underwear for girls in the health room.
    Also, if your child has borrowed clothing from the health room, please be sure to return it as quickly as you can (in clean condition) so that we can use it again.

    Habit of Mind for April

    The Habit of the month for April is Persistence.  Persistence is the ability to stick to a task, especially when the going gets tough.  It is being able to hang in there and keep going when a task becomes challenging, never giving up and keep going on.  

    Does your child say, “It’s too hard,” so they don’t have to think any further?  Do they crumple up their paper and say, “I can’t do this”?  These show lack of persistence.  Dr. Art Costa, the co-founder of the Habits of Mind, says “teaching persistence is a matter of teaching strategy. Persistence does not just mean working to get it right. Persistence means knowing that getting stuck is a cue to ‘try something else.’”

    Every child will experience times that they are not interested in completing a book, either because they are not interested in the topic, or they are ready to move onto another activity.  This is normal; however, persistence in this case means the ability to look for new ways to reach a goal when stuck or facing unexpected challenges.  Even if a child does not show beginning signs of persistence now, reading stories about characters that persist through difficult challenges will be a great starting point for developing this behavior.

    “Be like a postage stamp—stick to one thing until you get there.” -Margaret Carty

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  • Principal Update: March 22

    Posted by Sarah Gillispie at 3/22/2017

    Hi Laker Families,

    Conference Week
    Just a reminder that this week is conference week. This means that we will have early dismissal on Tuesday and Thursday at 12:15.  Lunch will still be served both of these days. Your teacher will have contacted you if they are needing to meet with you.

    March Habit of the Month
    March- Striving for Accuracy and Precision

    The Habit of the month for March is Striving for Accuracy and Precision.  In simple terms, accuracy refers to doing an action correctly, and precision means you can repeat the action over and over again.  Broadly speaking, precision is about consistency and accuracy is about correctness.  Of course, adults want children to possess both traits, but if they don’t, there’s no need to panic.  

    In school, attention to detail and the willingness to proofread, check a task, and revisit a task can be very important.  Often times, students need to be willing to repeat a problem or task to improve its accuracy or precision.  There is a difference between finishing a task versus completing a task.  A task might be finished very quickly, but might contain errors, lack clarity, or be incorrect.  A task that is complete has been checked and meets the full requirements that were set.  

    Striving for Accuracy and Precision can be a fun concept to work on with your child.  Talk about the steps in a daily routine, such as brushing your teeth or getting ready for bed. For example, my bedtime routine consists of washing my face, brushing my teeth, putting on pajamas, and reading a book. I nearly always complete each of these items. What other tasks require regular practice? (This helps the child to recognize precision.) Any example of a routine is an opportunity to mention the importance of each step in the routine toward reaching the goal.

    “Never mind what others do; do better than yourself, beat your own record from day to day, and you are a success.” -William J. H. Boetcker



    Andrea Landes
    Principal, Emerald Hills Elementary

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  • Principal Update: Feb. 27

    Posted by Sarah Gillispie at 2/27/2017

    Hi Laker Families!


    Dr. Seuss Night this Friday (March 3rd)
    It's that time of year!  Our annual Dr. Seuss Night is just around the corner. Our night will begin at 5:30 pm and run until 7:30 pm. There will be games and activities for all our students to enjoy, and it will be a night not to be missed! Students are encouraged to wear their Dr. Seuss Night costume to school during the day and also wear it for the night's activities. PTA will be providing food to purchase for dinner.

    Picture Day
    Don't forget that class pictures will be tomorrow! Because of picture day we changed our theme from "Hat Day" to "Dress Your Best Day."

    Author Visit at Emerald Hills
    Exciting news!  We have the author, Lois Brandt, who wrote Maddi’s Fridge, coming to Emerald Hills on Friday!  The story, Maddi's Fridge, is about a girl who has food, but finds out her friend's fridge is empty.  On Friday, Lois Brandt will talk to the students about the meaning behind Maddi’s Fridge and the writing process.  She will also make an appearance during our Dr. Seuss night!  You can find her book on Amazon.  If you would like to purchase a copy online or at a store, and bring it to school on Friday, Lois Brandt would be happy to sign your book.

    EHE Food Drive
    One can, two can, who can? YOU CAN!  Emerald Hills will be holding a canned food drive this week!  Please have you child bring any non-perishable food items to school anytime this week.  We will also collect food during Dr. Seuss Night on Friday (5:30-7:30).  Donations will be made to the local food bank.   


    Lost and Found
    Our lost and found is overflowing once again. Please take a look the next time you visit.  Also, we will have all items available for you to see when you come to Dr. Seuss Night. After our evening event, we will be donating these items to charity.


    Have a great week!


    Andrea Landes,
    Emerald Hills Elementary Principal

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  • Principal Update: Jan. 3

    Posted by Sarah Gillispie at 1/3/2017

    Hi Laker Families,


    We hope you had a wonderful and relaxing break with your children. We were very glad to see all of them back today and we loved getting to hear about all the adventures you had together during your time off.


    Tomorrow we will be having a PBIS (positive, behavior, intervention and supports) review day. As you may recall, we started out our school year by spending two days together reviewing all-school expectations. Students rotated with teachers through different teaching stations learning about expected behavior for such areas as the lunch room, recess, hallways, bathrooms, etc. Tomorrow and the following Wednesday we will be reviewing the expectations we learned in the fall. 


    To help your child prepare for tomorrow, I am encouraging all parents to please make sure your children dress warmly. We will be spending some time outside and the temperatures have been a bit chilly. During morning announcements today I did remind children to please wear a warm coat and mittens and hats.


    Happy New Year!


    Andrea Landes
    Principal, Emerald Hills Elementary

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  • Principal Update: Dec. 16

    Posted by Sarah Gillispie at 12/16/2016

    Hi Laker Families,

    We hope you have a wonderful and relaxing holiday break!  We will look forward to seeing you back at school on January 3rd.  Here is some important information from our district.


    Kindergarten Kickoff Events: Registration Begins Jan. 30

    Do you have a child who will be 5 years old by Aug. 31, 2017?  Parents and caregivers of students entering kindergarten are invited to learn about kindergarten in the Sumner School District and receive a registration packet.  Packets will be available at elementary schools and online beginning Jan. 30.

    The information session will provide:

    • Details about the kindergarten program
    • Information about registration and required forms
    • Ways that families and children can be supported during the transition to kindergarten
    • Overview about the Sumner School District and offerings
    • Opportunity to communicate with district staff and ask questions

    Choose a session that is convenient for you. No registration is required. Childcare not provided.

    • Jan. 24
      10 – 11 a.m.
      District Office, 1202 Wood Avenue in Sumner
    • Jan. 24
      6 – 7 p.m.
      Sumner Middle School, 1508 Willow Street in Sumner
    •  Jan. 26
      6 – 7 p.m.
      Bonney Lake High School, 10920 199th Ave. Ct. E. in Bonney Lake


    Now Available: K-12 STEM Fair Project Packets

    STEM Fairs give students the opportunity to model the work of professional research scientists. Students who develop science projects learn or improve their skills in scientific method and experimentation, logical thinking and problem-solving, writing and public speaking, and advanced library research. Students will present projects to science fair judges, with the top projects moving on to regional competition in March.

    Each school will send first, second, and third place entries and two honorable mention entries per grade level at each school on to the District Science Fair. To ask questions or to volunteer for the Science Fair, please e-mail Kelly Denn or Don Pruett

    February 25, 2017
    Sumner Middle School

    10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.




    Andrea Landes
    Emerald Hills Elementary


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  • Principal Update: Nov. 22

    Posted by Sarah Gillispie at 11/22/2016

    Hi Laker Families,


    PTA Fall Carnival

    It was great to see so many of you at our PTA Fall Carnival. I want to give a big "THANK YOU!" to Sheila Hixon and her wonderful PTA team of volunteers for organizing this fun event. The Ninja Warrior Challenge was a huge hit!


    New Award for EHE!

    On Monday the banner for our 2016 School of Distinction Award was installed above the school entry way. This was very exciting for staff and students.  Additionally, on Friday we learned that Emerald Hills was one of two schools in the state of Washington to receive the Title Distinguished School Award. Although the names are similar, this is a completely separate award. With this award comes $5,000, a plaque, and three all expense paid trips to the National Title Conference in Long Beach, CA which occurs in February 2017. Congratulations Laker students, families, and staff!

    Health Screenings Coming Up

    We will be conducting vision and hearing screenings on December 1st and 2nd.  Please remind your students to wear their glasses on those days!


    Thanksgiving Break

    Just a reminder that there is no school on November 23, 24, and 25. We hope you have a restful and relaxing Thanksgiving with family and friends.


    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Andrea Landes
    Principal, Emerald Hills Elementary


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  • Principal Update: Nov. 18

    Posted by Sarah Gillispie at 11/18/2016

    Hi Laker Families,


    Fall Carnival

    Tonight is the big night!  Don't forget that we have our Fall Carnival tonight from 5:00-7:00 pm. Please join us for food, fun, games and a Ninja Warrior competition.  You won't want to miss it!


    School of Distinction Award

    We thought you would enjoy seeing a picture from the School of Distinction Award banquet. We received our banner and it should be hanging outside the school soon. Great work Laker students, families and staff!


    Have a great weekend!

    Andrea Landes
    Principal, Emerald Hills Elementary


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  • Principal Update: Oct. 21

    Posted by Sarah Gillispie at 10/21/2016

    Hi Laker Families,

    There are a lot of exciting things going on at Emerald Hills in upcoming weeks.  We wanted to make you aware of a few highlights.


    Distinguished School Award

    Emerald Hills was recently awarded the Distinguished School Award for 2016. The award recognizes the top five percent of schools showing sustained improvement over five years in English language arts and math. Next week, school representatives will attend a banquet and receive another award banner for our school recognizing this accomplishment. Way to go, Laker students and staff!


    Out Of This World Science Extravaganza

    Our first ever STEM (science, engineering, technology and math) night for families is just around the corner. This is a night of family fun all centered around science. The Out of This World Science Extravaganza is scheduled for Friday, October 28, 2016 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm. Some of the highlights include a Pacific Science Center Space Odyssey Exhibit in the gym and a Radical Reactions Science Show in the MPR from 6:50 - 7:30. Additionally, the Tacoma Astronomical Society will be here for students to create stomp rockets and Rick "The Rock Guy" Morgan from the Boeing Geology Club will be here with his unique collection of rocks and fossils. Each grade level will also have special activities for students.  Students and parents are encouraged to dress up as their favorite scientists. We hope you will be able to join us!


    Inclement Weather

    When inclement weather occurs, our goal is to make information available to families about school closure or changes in the school schedule by 5:30 a.m. In this digital age, here's how we can quickly reach you with this information:

    ·  Family Access: Log into Family Access and click on "Skylert" located in the left-side column. The options you can choose in the "Emergency" column designate how we contact you with closure or school schedule changes. Please be aware that if all "emergency" boxes are checked for various contacts, you could receive closure or changes in the school schedule information multiple ways!  By house phone, cell phone, email, and text.

    ·  FlashAlert: The Sumner School District uses FlashAlert Newswire (previously schoolreport.org) to inform media and parents of weather closures and school schedule information. Families can subscribe to information posted on the Newswire at www.flashalert.net.

    Please continue to stay informed by accessing the Emergency Hotline (253-891-6001), the Sumner School District website and staying connected on Facebook and Twitter.   


    Health Room Needs

    Our health room is in need of clothing for students who occasionally need a change of clothes at school.  If you have some gently used or new clothing we would appreciate receiving items such as sweat pants, pants, shirts, and underwear.


    Have a great weekend with your children!


    Andrea Landes
    Emerald Hills Elementary Principal


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  • Principal Update: Sept. 16

    Posted by Andrea Landes at 9/19/2016

    Hi Laker Families,

    Walk to School Day

    What a great day today was at Emerald Hills! We started the day with 101 students and 15 volunteers walking to school from Allen Yorke Park. We even had Superintendent Laurie Dent join in on the fun. If you want to walk with us, we will be walking the next two Fridays. Make sure to fill out a permission form if you want your child to walk. A big THANK YOU to Mr. Holme for organizing this fun event.   ​​​​​​​

    Laker Lab

    The last day to turn in permission forms for the Laker Lab is Monday. We will have the drawing for the classes on Monday afternoon. 


    Have a wonderful weekend,


    Andrea Landes

    Emerald Hills Elementary Principal

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  • Welcome Back Lakers!

    Posted by Andrea Landes at 9/1/2016

    We are so excited to begin another wonderful school year with you. We want to remind you that our Back to School Night is scheduled for Thursday, September 1st from 5:30-7:00 pm

    At open house you will be able to:

    • ·     Meet your child's teacher and see their classroom
    • ·     Drop off Expo markers and pay $25 for school supplies
    • ·     Sign up for the after school Laker Lab STEM classes
    • ·     Participate in a scavenger hunt and receive a treat from PTA

    We hope you have had a wonderful summer and we are excited to see you!

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