Principal's Update

  • Newsletters are sent out to families via school messages.
     
     
    All families should log into Family Access to update contact information and select preferred messages. Families can update email addresses and choose the phone number to which general and emergency messages will be sent (home, work or cell phone).  After logging into Family Access, click the Skylert link on the left-hand side.
     
  • Principal Update: 1/22/21

    Posted by SBLSD on 1/22/2021
    It was a great first week of K-2 hybrid and distance learning 2.0! All learners had the opportunity to participate in our first school-wide live virtual assembly, “Meet Dr. King.” The assembly was engaging and informative on the life and legacy of Dr. King. Thank you to those of you who were able to log-in from home!
     
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    Students in distance learning are settling in meeting their new teacher, learning about new systems and meeting classmates from various schools in our district. I am very proud of our distance learners to continue our tradition at DEE of being “better together.” I can’t wait to hear about your new classmates, friends, and watch you learn and grow.

    Thank you to the community for your support in helping your child follow our hybrid protocols and safety expectations. Our hybrid students have learned the DEE big 3 this week and have become experts at wearing masks, hand washing and staying in their own space. Explorers keep up the great work!

    Just a few reminders for next week:

    Water fountains are closed on campus. We encourage students to bring their own water bottle to school each day. If your child needs a water bottle please contact dee@sumnersd.org.

    If you are on campus during arrival or dismissal and not in a car, we recommend families to mask up to model school-wide expectations for students. Thank you for helping make our school campus SUPERSAFE!

    Did you know our support paras are awesome! You may have noticed a crew of support staff assisting at arrival and dismissal. It is their goal to connect you with your child in the most efficient and safe way possible. To help with this process we are asking that families who are picking up their child in the “pick-up zone” stay in their car. We are training students when they see their car pull up to raise their hand. Support staff in the area will assist in connecting you with your child. Thank you for helping us with this process!

    Spirit Days

    Friday’s have always been a fun day at DEE with school spirit everywhere! To ensure that all students are showing their DEE spirit we are adjusting our spirit days to Thursday’s and Friday’s. If your child is in distance learning please have them show their spirit on Friday. Remember our school colors are blue and green!

    This week was phenomenal! Thank you for your support!

    Attendance and After School Transportation

    To report your child's absence for hybrid or distance learning please call the school at 253-891-4500 or email at dee@sumnersd.org.

    If you need to change how your child is getting home for the day please call the office.

    Stay Connected!

    Mr. McDaniel: join my DEE Family Communication class on Remind! https://www.remind.com/join/deefam?utm_medium=ios

    Twitter link for DEE: @dee_explorers

    Twitter link for DEE PTA: @dee_explorerspta

    PTA

    Here is the PTA website link which also includes membership sign up and regular updates.

    www.donaldeismannpta.org

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  • Message for Hybrid Group B Families

    Posted by SBLSD on 1/19/2021

    IMPORTANT REMINDER: K, 1st and 2nd Grade Hybrid Group B Families

    It’s critical that all families with students in the In-Person Hybrid Learning model complete an attestation form for each child once every quarter. Completion of this form is required before entering the school building. The preferred and most efficient method to fill out the form is through Family Access. You may also download and print a hard copy of the form (English) (Spanish) and bring it to the school. Forms are not needed for students in Full-Time Distance Learning.

    The quarterly attestation form affirms that the parent/guardian will check their child daily for all symptoms of COVID-19 (symptoms listed on form) and agree not to send their child to school if the child has any symptoms, has been in close contact with someone with COVID-19, or has been told to self-monitor, quarantine or isolate. They also attest to report any signs of illness or contact with someone who has symptoms of COVID-19 to the school.

    Please complete this form in Family Access PRIOR to your child’s first day of in-person learning. If you have questions or need assistance completing the form, please call us at 253-891-4500. 

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  • Principal Update: 1/18/21

    Posted by SBLSD on 1/18/2021

    Explorer Families,

    Tomorrow is a new beginning for many of us. Some of our Explorers will be starting in new distance learning classrooms, some will be learning on campus, some asynchronous and others may be continuing with distance learning with their same teacher. All and all, we are taking one step closer to being together again. I am extremely proud of the dedication and service our teachers and support staff have taken to ensure a smooth and safe transition for your child. We are ready and can’t wait for tomorrow!

    It was my wish this year to have our second annual “Chalk the Walk” where families wrote an inspirational message to their child for the first day of school. As you may remember, our campus sidewalks were filled with inspirational messages and encouraging images. Tonight I challenge you to continue this tradition in a slightly different way. After you tuck your child in bed, I challenge you to write them a note or draw a picture. Let them know that you see how hard they are working, how resilient they have become and how eager and dedicated they are to do their personal best in school. I promise you, your words will have a profound impact on your child’s first day whether that be hybrid or distance learning 2.0. 

    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Assembly

    Just a reminder that we have our school-wide virtual assembly tomorrow (Tuesday, January 19 @ 2:00 pm) to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  If your child is in distance learning or asynchronous please join us! All students on campus will be watching via their classroom.

    Assembly Zoom Link

    Parents of K-2 students: MANDATORY: Student Wellness Attestations

    It’s critical that all families with students in the In-Person Hybrid Learning model complete an attestation form for each child once every quarter. Completion of this form is required before entering the school building. The preferred and most efficient method to fill out the form is through Family Access. You may also download and print a hard copy of the form (English) (Spanish) and bring it to the school. Forms are not needed for students in Full-Time Distance Learning.

    The quarterly attestation form affirms that the parent/guardian will check their child daily for all symptoms of COVID-19 (symptoms listed on form) and agree not to send their child to school if the child has any symptoms, has been in close contact with someone with COVID-19, or has been told to self-monitor, quarantine or isolate. They also attest to report any signs of illness or contact with someone who has symptoms of COVID-19 to the school.

    Please complete this form in Family Access PRIOR to your child’s first day of in-person learning. For many of you, that is tomorrow morning. If you have questions or need assistance completing the form, please call us at 253-891-4500 or email your classroom teacher or brett_mcdaniel@sumnersd.org

    Thank you for your partnership!

    Bobbi Snider, Principal

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  • Principal Update: 1/15/21

    Posted by SBLSD on 1/15/2021
    Welcome Back Message "Hybrid Details"
     
    Dear Explorer Families,

    As you can imagine, the District’s COVID-19 health and safety procedures are quite extensive and incredibly detailed in order to include all local, state and federal guidelines and requirements. It’s important for all families, students and staff to know what’s expected from them when they return to our buildings to help ensure the safest environment possible.

    Please read this condensed version of our safety plan for a high level overview on these topics:

    • Universal Safety Practices

    • Student and Staff Health and Screening Protocol

    • Face Coverings

    • COVID-19 Symptoms, Suspected Signs, Positive Cases

    • Nutrition Services Plan

    • Student Transportation

    • HVAC Systems

    • Cleaning and Disinfecting

    View the safety plan at sumnersd.org/covidsafetyplan.

    IMPORTANT DATES COMING UP!

    1/18 Martin Luther King Jr. Day - NO SCHOOL

    1/19

    • 1st day for K-2 in person learning (Hybrid Group A)

    • 1st day for K-5 Distance Learning (students/teachers staying in Distance Learning)

    • Bright Star Theater Virtual Assembly “Meet Dr. King”

    1/20 1st day for k-2 in person (Hybrid Group B)

    IMPORTANT DATES IN FEBRUARY

    2/2 1st Day for grades 3-5 in person (Hybrid Group A)

    2/3 1st day for 3-5 in person (Hybrid Group B)

    2/5 Spirist Day - Kindness Day

    2/15-2/16 - No School - Presidents Day

    "Meet Dr. King" Zoom Link - Virtual Assembly Tuesday Jan. 19th @ 2:00 pm

    Mr. McDaniel: join my DEE Family Communication class on Remind! https://www.remind.com/join/deefam?utm_medium=ios

    Twitter link for DEE: @dee_explorers

    Twitter link for DEE PTA: @dee_explorerspta

    PTA

    Here is the PTA website link which also includes membership sign up and regular updates.

    www.donaldeismannpta.org

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  • Principal Update: 1/12/21

    Posted by SBLSD on 1/12/2021

    Dear Explorer Families,

    Soon you should receive a message from our District Communications indicating whether your child is on the Hybrid A schedule, the Hybrid B schedule, or in Full-Time Distance Learning. These changes will take place on Tuesday, January 19 for Distance Learning/Hybrid A schedule and Wednesday, January 20 for Hybrid B schedule. 

    Below you will find a snapshot of the instructional model which you elected for your child. We hope this information provides some answers to your questions about the upcoming changes. In addition to the information below, please visit our Sumner-Bonney Lake School District FAQ for more information.

    Distance Learning Instructional Model

    Distance Learning Sample Schedule

    Hybrid Instructional Model

    Hybrid Sample Schedule

    As we have built new schedules to accommodate both in-person and distance learning, some classroom rosters have changed. Families of students who have a new teacher will be informed by phone call from their current teacher by the end of the day on Thursday, January 14. 

    Both in-person and distance learning students who have a new teacher will be able to meet them through an individual or group Zoom session on either Thursday (1/14) or Friday (1/15). Please watch for an invitation from your new teacher. They are excited to welcome their new students, and are planning activities to welcome all students to their new learning environment.

    As shared last Friday, your child will receive asynchronous work for this Thursday, January 14 and Friday, January 15 as teachers prepare for the transition to Hybrid In-Person Learning. There will be no synchronous Zoom sessions on either day. Teachers will be communicating with their students and families this week as to changes to their schedules on Thursday and Friday. During this time, we will also ensure all final details for student arrival are ready. Students who receive Special Education services will also be provided asynchronous work. 

    Look for a presentation this week specific to Donald Eismann Elementary with detailed information about your child’s day specific to procedures and protocols which we will be taking to ensure safety at our building.

    Thank you for your partnership and trust as we move forward to stage 4. 

    Go Explorers!

    Bobbi Snider, Principal

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  • Principal Update: 1/10/21

    Posted by SBLSD on 1/10/2021

    Explorer Families,

    Just a reminder that TODAY is the last day to choose your child’s learning model which will start on January 19, 2021. In order to plan for, and meet, all health and safety requirements, we need to know now whether you’d like your child in In-Person Hybrid Learning or Full-Time Distance Learning. Simply log into Family Access to select your learning model. 90% of our Explorer Families have already made their selection and we are hoping for 100% by midnight tonight!

    For those who are still trying to make their learning model decision, check out these FAQs on topics including instruction, health and operations. 

    We’re very excited to begin this transition and can’t wait to have our Explorers back in the building! 

    Enjoy your Sunday and Go Explorers!

    Bobbi Snider, Principal

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  • Principal Update: 1/8/21

    Posted by SBLSD on 1/8/2021

    Dear Explorer families,

    We are excited to be opening our doors to in person learning for K-2 students in little over a week - with grades 3-5 students shortly thereafter. Thank you to all our families for your quick response in responding to the survey. We have been hard at work in creating the exact number of classrooms we need to honor the requests of all families for both in person and distance learning. For those who are still trying to make their learning model decision, check out these FAQs on topics including instruction, health and operations.

    This letter is to help you know what you can expect in the upcoming week.

    On Tuesday January 12, families of K-5 students can expect to receive a message indicating whether their student is on the hybrid A schedule, the hybrid B schedule, or in full time distance learning.

    • Hybrid A students attend school on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

    • Hybrid B students attend school on Wednesdays and Fridays.

    When students resume in person learning, elementary schools will be operating on regularly scheduled hours. Donald Eismann Elementary operating hours are 9:00 - 3:45 pm. More information will be coming next week in regards to drop off and pick up expectations as well as bus transportation details.

    As we have built new schedules to accommodate both in person and distance learning, some classroom rosters have changed. Families of students who have a new teacher assigned to them will be informed of their new teacher via phone call from their current teacher. Our goal is to have all calls completed by Wednesday.

    Both in person and distance learning students who have a new teacher will be able to meet them through an individual or group Zoom session on either Thur or Fri. Students and families should look for an invitation for this meeting from their new teacher. Teachers are excited to welcome their new students. In addition, teachers are planning activities to welcome all students to their new learning environment.

    Thursday January 14 and Friday January 15:

    Students will receive asynchronous work for both Thursday Jan 14 and Friday Jan 15 as teachers prepare for the transition to hybrid in person learning. There will be no synchronous Zoom sessions on either day. Students will be able to find asynchronous lessons and practice materials in their current Google Classroom account. During this time, schools will also ensure all final details for student arrival are ready. Students who receive Special Education services will also be provided asynchronous work.

    The staff at Donald Eismann Elementary have been working to create videos so students and families know what to expect when in person learning resumes for each grade level. This will include information on health and safety protocols.

    Upcoming Dates and Activities:

    Monday January 18 - No school: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    Students will not have any asynchronous work assigned since January 18 is a non school day.

    Tuesday January 19:

    • New class rosters will be in effect K-5 (Hybrid and Distance Learning)

    • First day for K-2 in person learning (Hybrid A)

    • First day for K-5 Distance Learning (for students staying in Distance Learning)

    Wed January 20

    • First day for K-2 in person learning (Hybrid B)

    Tues February 2:

    • First day for 3-5 in person learning (Hybrid A)

    Wed February 3:

    • First day for 3-5 in person learning (Hybrid B)

    Look for communication next week regarding more details of in-person learning! Have a wonderful weekend!

    STARS of the Week of January 4 -8 2021

    Kindergarten: Tyler James, Hendrix Aktepy, Nolan Brusch, & Mason Ward

    1st Grade: Callie Sasser, Bennett Forbis, & Andrew Foster

    2nd Grade: Eliza Retamoza-Zarate, Bentley Petitt, & Jackson Voorhees

    3rd Grade: Wyatt Jones, Bailey Jonas, Jordan Opfar, Riley Lieferman, Chloe Armitage, Harrison Way, & Andreus Wirkus-Medina

    4th Grade: Carson Wagner, Hayden Miller, Keegan Creech, & Brielle Williams

    5th Grade: Nathan Tishchuk & Holden Savereux

    Character Trait of the Month

    This month we’re talking about the virtue of Courage – to help our children be courageous and learn to conquer things that frighten or scare them. Children need reassurance that fear is one of our feelings and to help them understand that it’s okay to feel afraid. Courage isn’t fearlessness, but instead our ability to choose the right thing even when we are scared! The definition we will be talking about is:

    Courage: to choose what is good, right, and kind even when it is hard or scary.

    Temperance and Good Citizenship Day is January 16, 2021

    Observation of Temperance and Good Citizenship Day is meant to promote civics education and peaceful citizen engagement.

    “Though many students would hate the idea of their parents making every decision for them, they forget that’s essentially what happens when they don’t vote for themselves. By providing immediate access to registration, we hope to empower students. To remind these young citizens that they have an indispensable voice in shaping the future of our state, nation and world.”

    -Secretary of State Kim Wyman

     
    Meal distribution
     
    Meal distribution sites are back open in 2021 at various schools throughout the district. Monday - Friday 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. FREE Meals available to ANYONE aged 18 or younger! 11:30am to 1:00pm on regular school days - Rain or Shine! View January’s curbside grab-and-go menu.
     
    Counselor's Corner

    I hope everyone had a restful winter break and peaceful transition into the new year. As we move forward with flexible thinking and a growth mindset, please know that I will continue supporting all DEE students and families. If you are in need of further assistance, feel free to also reach out to Ida Cortez at the Family Center in Sumner.

    When you have a moment, I highly recommend exploring the Behavioral Health Toolbox for Families from the Washington State Department of Health. I've found it to be a helpful resource for developing and increasing resilience at home during challenging times. Happy New Year!

    Please reach out if I can help support your student(s). Here are a few ways to contact me:

    Email: lisa_roberts@sumnersd.org

    Phone: 253-891-4500

    Remind: http://www.remind.com/join/deecoun or text @deecoun to 81010

    Stay Connected!

    Mr. McDaniel: join my DEE Family Communication class on Remind! https://www.remind.com/join/deefam?utm_medium=ios

    Twitter link for DEE: @dee_explorers

    Twitter link for DEE PTA: @dee_explorerspta

    PTA

    Here is the PTA website link which also includes membership sign up and regular updates.

    www.donaldeismannpta.org.

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  • Principal Update: 12/11/20

    Posted by SBLSD on 12/11/2020

    Explorer Families,

    We hope you had a great week of learning! Today we have a special announcement from Ms. Snider regarding an upcoming event next Friday.  Be sure to watch the below video to hear the exciting details!

    Principal Video Message

    As you saw in the above video message on Friday, December 18th we will be partnering with PTA to provide a drive through event in the DEE parking lot between 3-6 pm. Families are welcome to drive through the parking lot to say hello to Ms. Snider and Mr. McDaniel and pick up a Polar Express treat.  The PTA Blue Barn Kettle Corn truck will also be on site for kettle corn purchase. PTA is asking families to pre-order Kettle Korn to avoid long lines. Please see the PTA Blue Kettle Korn Flyer for details. PTA Blue Barn Kettle Corn Flyer

    STARS of the Week for December 7-11

    Kindergarten: 

    Piper Hoey   

    Michael Ross

    Annie Howard

    London Nelsen

    Logan Knuepper

    Mason Horrocks

    1st Grade:

    Zamora Musenga

    Zachary Meredith

    Teniola Daramola

    Ainsley Ferrell

    Jason Tishchuk 

    2nd Grade:  

    Riley Schroder

    Landon Millar

    Brody Hollis

    Maya Smith

    Hayden Ashbeck

    3rd Grade: 

    Reina Bennett

    Andy Wirkus - Medina

    Emily Marlow

    Delaney Jantz

    Kylie Alwert

    Vincent Song

    4th Grade: 

    Penelope Millar, Price

    Vivienne Early, Smith

    Nolan Forbis, Smith

    5th Grade:   

    Cullen Sieber

    Tessa Percival

    Peyton Sanderson

    Please click on the link to view our November True North Assembly! 

    True North Assembly - Nov. 2020 

    STEM/CS Special Request: Reminder to place your illuminated snowflake in the front window or door of your house on Friday, December 18th to show off your creation and spread some holiday cheer. Placing the snowflake in your window or door is optional, you do not have to participate. Feel free to walk or drive around your neighborhood to find as many snowflakes as you can!

    Sincerely,
    Bobbi Snider

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  • Principal Update: 12/10/20

    Posted by SBLSD on 12/10/2020

    Board Game and Blanket Drive

    We are collecting new board games and blankets at DEE today through December 14th.  Items may be left upwrapped, but if you choose to wrap, please label each item and specify the game.  We are also accepting gift bag and wrapping paper donations. During office hours 8:00-4:30 pm, you can call or email dee@sumnersd.org and let them know you will be dropping items off or knock on the front door and office staff will greet you at the door.

    Tomorrow is silly sweater day!  We hope to see all of our Explorers wearing their silly sweaters tomorrow.  

    Thank you to our wonderful community for all of your support.

    Sincerely,
    Bobbi Snider

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  • Principal Update: 12/4/20

    Posted by SBLSD on 12/4/2020

    Dear Explorer Families,

    This month we are having conversations and experiences to help us develop the social-emotional skill of Empathy! We are using this definition at school:

    Empathy: the ability to understand and connect to the feelings of another.

    Empathy is an important skill for creating connected and kind communities. It is critical to our relationships both personal and professional. There is a huge need for Empathy in our world because, as anxiety increases in our culture, Empathy decreases. Even though we have lots of digital connections, we need a lot of training on in-person communication and understanding! So, we are working to develop a few key skills in order to live more empathetic lives. First, developing an “emotional vocabulary” to make sure we have the words to understand and describe what we are feeling personally. Second, being able to connect with others based on their feelings even though we may not have the exact same story or perspective as someone else. Finally, we will think about how listening and sharing help create more Empathy in our classroom and the world. 

     

     

    December is Human Rights Month

    December recognizes National Human Rights Month. This month and every month to follow, everyone in the United States is encouraged to come together and stand up for equality, justice, and the dignity of all humans. December is a time to honor the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, an international document stating the fundamental rights and freedoms to which all human beings are entitled. These rights include freedom from discrimination, the right to equality, and the right to be considered innocent until proven guilty.

    “Where, after all, do universal human rights begin?  In small places, close to home - so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world.  Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere.  Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.”

    -Eleanor Roosevelt

    Attendance

    To excuse your child’s absence please call the DEE office at 253-891-4500 or email at DEE@sumnersd.org

    We Need Your Help...


    As you are aware, this has been a difficult year for everyone. We hope you are weathering this pandemic as well as expected. Since March of this year, the Bonney Lake Food Bank has seen an increase of those in need over 7 times what it was before COVID19. This devastating economic crisis has created an emergency in our community, resulting in 1 in 3 households seeking food assistance for the first time. With over 3,350 individuals served each week (30% children) from our facility we are seeking support to invest in our mission of providing food and support to those facing food insecurity.

    Your investment would be used to:

    • The ability to purchase food items that may not be donated. With prices increasing and donations decreasing, we need to purchase nutritional food items to serve those hungry and fighting food insecurity.

    • Gas to fuel the trucks that pick up and bring thousands of pounds of food for our clients. Since COVID-19 we have delivered food to ensure staff, volunteers, and clients remain safe from potential exposure.

    • Pay for the salaries of our wonderful staff who are on the front lines of fighting against hunger every day.

         Donate Today 

    We are calling on our community to show up for the food bank and our neighbors in need during this critical hour. WE NEED YOUR HELP!

    Visit www.bonneylakefoodbank.org to learn more and consider a donation.

    Counselor’s Corner

    Happy Holidays Explorer Families! The holiday season is the busiest time of year for school counselors, but also the BEST due to the many opportunities we have to serve and connect with families! A few of my favorites include: Fall Conferences, Community Big Give, PTA Fall Book Fair, and Holiday Giving.

    The Giving Tree is a joint effort coordinated by Caffé D'arte Tehaleh and DEE staff. Each year, families and other community members can visit The Post to take a gift tag from The Giving Tree and purchase wish list items for DEE students. It’s not too late to participate in this heart-warming tradition that supports families this holiday season (see below for instructions). Thank you for modeling empathy and coming together as a caring community!

    The Giving Tree

    (Gifts MUST be returned to DEE)

    Please wrap each gift & label with the #/tag. 

    Putting all gifts in ONE bag is very helpful.

    Friday, December 11, between 1:00 - 4:30 p.m.

    drop off gifts in the DEE bus loop,

    just past the post, outside of the gym.

    Honk & someone will come

    to collect your generous gifts.

    If this time does not work for you

    please email (listed below)

    to schedule a time to drop off.

    Donald Eismann Elementary

    13802 Canyon View Blvd E

    Bonney Lake, WA 98891

    253-891-4500  dee@sumnersd.org

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR KINDNESS!     

    Lisa Roberts, DEE School Counselor

    Email: lisa_roberts@sumnersd.org

    Phone: 253-891-4500

    Remind: http://www.remind.com/join/deecoun or text @deecoun to 81010

    Kids’ Mental Health Pierce County

    District Care & Well Being

    Sincerely,
    Bobbi Snider

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