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  • Last Week Reminders: 6/18/21

    Posted by SBLSD on 6/18/2021
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  • Falcon Family News: 6/1/21

    Posted by SBLSD on 6/1/2021
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    Welcome to June! We are rounding the bend of the last turn in the 20-21 marathon. Principal UpdateThank you for your amazing support and engagement throughout this unique journey. We have done incredible work this year thanks to your support. And, we have 18 more days to continue to make an impact. Please help us and your child finish strong.
     
    Continue the routines that help your child be ready to learn each day. Continue to make time each night to read with your child as well as timeLexia and Dreambox. And, continue to celebrate the growth your child is making--our kids and community are incredibly resilient and creative--keep up the great work!
     
    Well Child Checks

    As I shared with you in the winter, we use benchmark assessments three times a year to make sure we are supporting the growth of each and every student in foundational reading skills. The benchmark assessments are essentially academic well-child check ups. With the numerous changes in the learning models and all of the other challenges that this year has brought, it is difficult at times to see that our hard work is making the impact we are hoping for. One of the positive aspects of benchmarking is that it gives us an outside check on our work. And, the news is good! Kinder increased the number of kids scoring at grade level by 28% from the winter and decreased the number of kids scoring in the intensive support range by 17%. First grade increased the number of kids scoring at grade level by 14% and the average first grader at VFE made significantly more growth than the national average. Second grade increased the number of kids scoring at grade level by 18%. Third grade continued to show great results with 88% of kids scoring at grade level. Fourth grade had 89% of students scoring at grade level while cutting the number of students in need of extra support in half. And, fifth grade increased the number of students scoring at grade level by 9% to 96% of students. School-wide, these results would be great in a normal year--they are phenomenal given our current setting. Thank you for partnering with us and making sure your child reads each day. I am so proud of our Falcons and the Blue Crew!

    Tech Turn-In
     
    We will be collecting Chromebooks and hot spots from students on Field Days. Please send your student to school with their Chromebook, charger, mouse, and hot spot.
    • A-Day Field Day is Thursday, 6/15.
    • B-Day Field Day is Friday, 6/16. 
    SEL Purposefull Family Activities
     
    SEL Purposefull Family Activities

    The month of June is all about Creativity! It’s about using one’s imagination to create something new, turn something old or ordinary into something brilliant, or solve a problem in a positive and innovative way. This month’s lessons will revolve around creating a picture from a single dot and discovering hidden treasures beneath the earth. If you are looking for creative activities to do with your child, please click on one of the following links: K-2 Creativity NewsletterK-2 Creativity Newsletter En Espanol3-5 Creativity Newsletter3-5 Creativity Newsletter En Espanol.

    Counselor Update

    Hi Falcon Families! As we enter June some kids are excited and ready to start their summer. Others might be feeling uneasy or worried about what the next school year might bring. Our 5th graders will be attending a new and bigger school. Our other students will have new teachers and classmates. Each child may process these changes in different ways. They might check out early, act up or act out, become defiant, or even become sad. Remember that behavior is communication. Your child might need some time with you to reflect and process the changes that are forthcoming. Connecting with your child can open up the door for communication about their feelings. Here are some ideas to connect with your child.

    Ideas for Connecting

    • Schedule a regular hang out time (play a game, read a book, go to the park, something you both enjoy).

    • Offer a hug, high five, fist bump, something that requires touch!

    • Play in their world - get down to their level, use their toys with them, get silly, use your imagination!

    • Ask about their day and just listen.

    • Recognize their feelings and be with them while they are sad/angry/scared/excited.

    Information in this section is from Imperfect Families Check it out for more tips!


    Compassion Clinic- Free Health Services June 26th Free Medical and dental If services for all students and families. This includes sports physicals as part of the medical clinic. You don't have to be a student in SBLSD to come.

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    Student Council Food Drive Results

    Our school-wide Scavenger Hunt was a great success! We had $120 found and Student Council will be spending that off to the foodbank! Also, VFE students and families brought in many food items for the FOOD4KIDS program at the Bonney Lake and Sumner FoodBanks. We filled 9 large donation bins! Thank you for all your support!

    Footwear Reminder

    Spring has gifted us with warm weather- and it might be tempting for students to want to wear sandals and even flip flops to school. Please remember that students have recess, PE and even mask breaks which make flip flops and sandals a safety concern. Please help ensure that your student is wearing closed-toed shoes to school every day to keep them safe. For more information, please see our Student and Family Info Guide (page 54).
     
    Congratulations to Mrs. Videtto
     
    Congratulations to Mrs. Videtto

    Our beloved 3rd grade teacher, Mrs. Videtto, is retiring this year. She has been in our district for about 20 years serving as a teacher, and also as a parent volunteer. We would love you to share any memories, words of encouragement, or a thank you for her in this form.

    Farewell to Jessica Blakeway and Brianna Hahn

    We were so honored to have Jessica Blakeway as our Counselor and Brianna Hahn as our LAP Instructor this year. They will be moving on to other positions. Mrs. Blakeway will be returning to her original school in the Fife School District as a Counselor. Brianna Hahn will be the new 3rd grade teacher at Bonney Lake Elementary. We will miss them dearly, but we are excited for their new adventures!
     
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    Applying for free, reduced-price meals critical

    While applications have not been required for children to receive free meals during the pandemic, free and reduced-price meal applications are still necessary to secure additional funding for schools and provide additional benefits for families. Families who apply by June 23 are eligible to receive retroactive and summer benefits.

    Some of the many benefits associated with receiving free or reduced-price meals include:

    • Pandemic EBT card worth hundreds of dollars to buy groceries

    • Free and discounted services, such as discounted internet via the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

    • Supplemental school funding for educational support services

    • Reduced fees for things such as tests, athletics, chromebook assurance, etc.

    Apply for free and reduced-price meals online through Family Access. For more information, contact Child Nutrition Services: (253) 891-6450, child_nutrition@sumnersd.org.
     
    Front Office Summer Hours

    The VFE front office will be closed to the public June 28th through August 23rd. We will reopen the office on Tuesday, August 24th. If you have a student that you need to register, or have a student who needs to be withdrawn, please contact the district office during this time period. Their number is 253-891-6000. They will be glad to help you during the summer months!

    Kindergarten Dates for 21/22 School Year

    Kindergarten Connections will be September 7th, 8th, and 9th and the first day of Kindergarten will be September 10th!
     
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  • School Learning Model Survey for 21/22

    Posted by SBLSD on 5/17/2021

    There is a school learning model survey for the 2021-22 school year that we need filled out before Wednesday, May 19th. Log on to your family access to fill out. If a learning model is NOT selected by May 19, the student will automatically be enrolled for in-person learning.

    Have a great day!

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  • Falcon Family News: 5/4/21

    Posted by SBLSD on 5/4/2021
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    Principal Update

    Welcome to May! This month is full of celebration and excitement as we recognize the great work of our staff and kids and start to peak ahead to next year. The first week of May is Teacher Appreciation Week. Most of us can remember a key educator in our lives that spoke life into our hopes and dreams, helped us believe in ourselves, and challenged us to learn more than we thought possible. From learning to love school while in Kindergarten with Mrs. Schurmer, to learning to read with Mr. Nepean in middle school, to learning to think critically and independently in Dr. Carter’s class, my life has been indelibly marked by educators who took the time to love, care, and serve me. I am betting many of you have similar stories from your own life. And, I have no doubt that your kids have stories about the impact of the adults at Victor Falls. I encourage each of you and your kids to take time this week to express your thanks. The VFE PTO published a great list of ideas to show our appreciation for the incredible work our teachers are doing to ensure the learning of each and every child. Thank you for continuing to partner with us!

    Speaking of the 21-22 school year, I hope by now you’ve heard the good news that we anticipate being back in full-time, in-person learning next fall. While there are a number of details to work out, I can assure you that we will continue to keep maintaining a safe, healthy and engaged learning community as our top priority. We will continue to share details as they become available. Please feel free to contact Mr. Uhler with any questions about next year.

    Please see the SBLSD Family News for more information.

     
    National Teacher Appreciation Week
     
    National Teacher Appreciation Week
     
    National Teacher Appreciation Week is the first full week of May. This is the week we recognize the contributions of our certificated staff. Most of us remember teachers made a significant impact on our life. Please take a moment with your student and send a note of gratitude to members of the Blue Crew that have positively impacted you and your students.
     
    Registration for 2021/2022 School Year

    Registration for the 2021-22 school year is open. If you know of someone who hasn’t yet registered their child for school next year, now is the time. The process is fast and easy using our online registration portal. If you have any registration questions, feel free to reach out to Mrs. Bozzo, our registrar, at alexandria_bozzo@sumnersd.org.

    Please see the following link for Full-Time, in-person instruction offered next year; Q&A

    SEL Purposefull Family Activities
     
    SEL Purposefull Family Activities

    This month we’re talking about the trait of Perseverance or the ability to work through situations even when there are obstacles or challenges in the way. Angela Duckworth, an author and researcher, discovered that the most successful people in our world right now have one big thing in common: their ability to persevere through tough situations. She calls it Grit! In fact, she found that Grit is a higher indicator of success than SAT scores, IQ, or GPA. To harness this Grit students will practice how to respond when things get really hard or when they feel like they can’t do something. Over the next few weeks, there will be stories of inspiring and resilient role models. We will talk about what happens and what our thought process is when we feel frustrated or stumped and how to work through and overcome these obstacles and challenges. For ideas about teaching your child more about Perseverance, please click on the following links: K-2 Perseverance NewsletterK-2 Perseverance Newsletter En Espanol3-5 Perseverance Newsletter3-5 Perseverance Letter En Espanol.

    Counselor Update

    We all struggle with strong uncomfortable feelings at different times in our lives. Sometimes these feelings come up when we are learning something for the first time, doing something challenging, or when we are working on something we don’t enjoy. What makes the difference is something called “GROWTH VS. FIXED MINDSET”. A growth mindset is a belief that you can grow your intelligence through hard work, practice, effective strategies, learning from your mistakes, and help from others. A fixed mindset is the belief that intelligence is a fixed trait at birth and cannot change. We may have a fixed mindset when it comes to math but a growth mindset when it comes to creating art. Here are some statements you can use with your child when they are struggling.

    If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Mrs. Blakeway, our counselor at jessica_blakeway@sumnersd.org, or zoom with her during office hours - every Monday from 10-11am (Zoom Link).
     
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    Please Welcome Michelle Vigna
     
    Please Welcome Michelle Vigna
     
    Please join us in welcoming Michelle Vigna as our substitute music teacher for the remainder of the school year. She has been subbing in the Sumner-Bonney Lake School District for 21 years! She is a lover of learning and enjoys music, theater, and outdoorsy things. She also enjoys writing, reading, cooking, and spending time with family and friends. She is a wonderful addition to our team!
     
    Call for Absences

    As we adjust to the last few months of school, the protocol to excuse your child’s absence is to call the main office. If you know your student will be absent from school due to being sick or going out of town, please call the front office at 252-891-4700. The office staff will communicate with the teachers. It is important if your child is sick, you let the office know as there may be potential follow up calls.

    The PTO Needs You!

    Family engagement is a key factor in the success of each and every Falcon. The VFE PTO has a tremendous legacy of making a positive impact on our kids. This year, several of the key PTO leaders are moving with their students to middle school. We encourage you to consider becoming a member of the PTO leadership. Please follow this link to the nomination form for the 2021-22 PTO Board https://forms.gle/nE7qzJ1f7G22kb8W9

    READY! for Kindergarten spring registration now open for in-person and virtual sessions

    In case you missed it, registration is now open to attend the READY! for Kindergarten spring program! This free program, for parents and caregivers of children birth to age five, provides tools to prepare children for kindergarten. During these sessions, you’ll learn important information specific to your child’s age on how they learn, grow, and receive essential take-home tools and activities to make learning easy and fun. Families who are new to READY! will learn more at an orientation prior to the class sessions. Registration is required. Class sessions will be held in-person and virtually.

    • May 17: 6:30-8 p.m. at Donald Eismann Elementary

    • May 19: 6:30-8 p.m. at Maple Lawn Elementary

    • May 25: 6:30-8 p.m. (Virtual on Zoom)

    Orientation for new families will be held from 6-6:30 p.m. prior to the scheduled sessions.

    District health and safety protocols must be followed for the in-person sessions on May 17 and May 19. All attendees ages 3+ and facilitators must wear a mask and practice 6-foot social distancing. Attendees will also complete an attestation form prior to entering the class, and will have their temperature taken upon entry.

    Participants in the virtual class will receive the Zoom information prior to the class.

    Register online here: readyforkindergarten.org/sumner where you will be asked to create an account prior to registering.

    Find more information at sumnersd.org/ready, or email Annette Bowen at annette_bowen@sumnersd.org.
     
    5th Grade Families--Save the Data
     
    The middle schools are working to finalize plans for students to visit their middle school and request Encore classes for next year. We also want you to save the date for the New Wolf and New Hawk Welcome events scheduled for Wednesday, May 19th.

    Watch for more details coming soon.

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    Nomination for 2021-22 PTO Board
     
    Please take a moment to nominate a candidate for the PTO Board for the 2021-22 school year.

    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeQajpV9BtGaIyIr60XLY82iMpzITn9gcD7El9BCE9LpIwc3A/viewform

    Vaccination Opportunity

    TPCHD is holding a drive-through vaccination event at Bonney Lake High School on May 8th. The Health Department was able to secure the Pfizer vaccine, which makes vaccinations available for those aged 16-18. The event is scheduled from 10:00 AM -4:00 PM.

    Those participating will need to register. The link for the registration is below:

    Begin registration herehttps://form.jotform.com/211056737456155

    For those aged 16-18, a parent/guardian consent form will need to be completed and turned in at the event. Click here to download the form.

    Additional Vaccination Event

    Additional vaccination opportunities below:

    Pierce County Emergency Management has vaccination events at the Tacoma Dome.

    These events run from noon to 8:00 PM. each day of operation. The county is planning to use Pfizer for these events and that is available to 16 and 17 year olds. Students must have their parent/guardian with them when they get the vaccine. Go to FindYourCovidShot.com (this is not a link) to sign up for a date. You will get scheduled for your second dose at the site. If you have any questions, call 253-798-8900, from 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Monday - Friday.

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  • Falcon Family News: 4/16/21

    Posted by SBLSD on 4/16/2021

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    I hope that each of you enjoyed Spring Break and are enjoying the beautiful weather lately. It is incredible to me that we are entering the last quarter of the school year. I cannot wait to see the growth our kids make in the next nine weeks. We are fortunate to have you as our partners on this journey.

    And, while there are many positive things happening at VFE, I also recognize that this year has been, and continues to be, a very challenging time in our community. Many times throughout the year we’ve started to get our hopes up for a “return to normalcy” only to face delays or a change in course. We have consistently pushed ourselves to be resilient and hopeful. Resilience is a great thing. However, this week I was challenged to reframe our journey. Stanford psychologist Jamil Zaki recently presented the question, “Instead of emerging from the pandemic resilient to crisis, what if we grew stronger?” Zaki states that “resilience is staying the course through a storm. Growth is charting a new course”. Growth through adversity doesn’t mean we should be grateful for the experience but it can bring the opportunity to reaffirm our core values, like empathy and care for our neighbors--doesn’t this sound a lot like what our kids are learning in SEL. If there is one lesson we learned in the last 13 months is that we need each other. Thank you for caring for our kids, staff and community. If you are interested in learning more, I encourage you to check out this quick video and read War for Kindness.

    National Teacher Appreciation Week

    National Teacher Appreciation Week
     
    is the first full week of May. This is the week we recognize the contributions of our certificate staff. Most of us remember teachers made a significant impact on our life. Everyday, I am thankful for the lessons that my reading teacher and wrestling coach, Mr. Nepean, taught me and the care my middle school counselor, Mr. Doyle, shared. I encourage you to take a moment with your student and send a note of gratitude to members of the Blue Crew that have positively impacted you and your students.
     
    Registration for 2021/2022 School Year

    It is time to begin looking ahead to the next school year. For those families who are not currently with us, we are excited to welcome you back on campus this fall. Registration for fall is currently open and it is important that you let us know as soon as you can that you intend to rejoin us. This will help us ensure that we have our staff and building properly prepared for each and every Falcon that intends to come home to roost. If you have any registration questions, feel free to reach out to Mrs. Bozzo, our registrar, at alexandria_bozzo@sumnersd.org.

    Kindergarten Screening

    If you have an upcoming Kindergartner for the 2021-22 school year, we are having a Kindergarten screening on Monday May 3rd, from 1pm-4pm. Each of our Kindergarten students will be screened by one of our VFE Kindergarten teachers. WE ask that you call our office to schedule your child’s 15 minute session if you have not already. We look forward to meeting some of our new Falcons!

    SEL Purposeful Family Activities
     
    SEL Purposeful Family Activities

    This month we’re talking about Honesty! Honesty is living truthfully in your words and actions and thoughts! Honesty is more than just truth-telling! It is about living a life that is thoughtful and clear about what we believe is good and just. It’s about making sure that what we think lines up with what we say and what we do. It’s going to be a powerful time! For ideas about teaching your child more about honesty, please click on the following links: K-2 Honesty NewsletterK-2 Honesty Newsletter En Espanol3-5 Honesty Newsletter3-5 Honesty Newsletter En Espanol.

    Counselor Update

    Springtime is a great time to talk about motivation. You may have had a conference with your child’s teacher in March and talked about ways to help them be successful. This may have included making goals or new schedules. Now that the goal is set, how can we motivate your child to accomplish the goal. Getting a better understanding of what motivates this child is key. Children are often motivated by adult attention, peer/friend attention, tangible rewards, competition, or independent activities. Once you know what motivates your child you can set small goals with rewards, to work towards the larger goal. If you would like help figuring out what motivates your child, feel free to email me at jessica_blakeway@sumnersd.org, or zoom with me during office hours - every Monday from 10-11am (Zoom Link).
     
    Lexia and Dreambox
     
    Good news! Lexia and Dreambox will be available over the summer. This way students can continue making progress as they head into next school year. The only issue will be in mid July when 5th graders get moved in Skyward to middle school students they will lose access. In addition, as students move into different classes, teacher's access to see progress could be affected temporarily.
     
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    Online Tutoring Opportunity

    Our Librarians would love to get the word out about the partnership with Pierce County Libraries and their Online Tutoring Program. They will also help kids who reach out to get signed up for a library card or to schedule a tutoring appointment.
     

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    PLEASE JOIN OUR TEAM!

    We’re hiring short- and long-term substitute teacher positions! Join our team and be part of an award-winning school district with a one-of-a-kind servant leadership culture that makes a difference in the lives of our students and the Sumner-Bonney Lake community. Please apply to be a SUBSTITUTE TEACHER in our District.

    What are the benefits?
    1. Competitive daily rate of pay- $155 per day ($165 per day if you are a retired SBLSD teacher)

    2. Opportunity for medical benefits

    3. Strong safety procedures and District provided Personal Protective Equipment

    What are the steps for applying?

    If you have an Associate’s Degree or Bachelor’s Degree in any field, please apply to be a substitute. Human Resources will help you become a certified substitute teacher.

    Step 1

    Go to our job application website and set up a profile.

    Link to application page: Online Application System

    Once your profile is established, you will be able to go into “Job Openings” and click “Apply” for the Emergency Substitute position.

    Step 2

    Once you have established your profile in our application system and completed as much information as you can, please contact Keely Titus in Human Resources at (253) 891-6033. Keely will review your requirements/checklist and be able to assist you with the completion of your application and substitute certification. To see open positions and apply online at www.sumnersd.org/jobs.

    If you have any questions, you can contact the HR team at human_resources@sumnersd.org.
     
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  • Reminder: Spring Attestation Form

    Posted by SBLSD on 3/18/2021

    We have roughly 50% of Spring attestations complete! Let's keep up the good work. You can find the attestation form in Family Access. Please see the below attachment for instructions on how to complete the attestation in Skyward. If you are unable to access Skyward, we can print one for you to complete, or you can download and print the form which is attached below.

    • Hybrid A students need the new Spring 2021 Attestation on file by Tuesday 3/30.
    • Hybrid B students need the new Spring 2021 Attestation on file by Wednesday 3/31.
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  • Student Spring Attestation Form

    Posted by SBLSD on 3/15/2021

    Everyone did such a great job completing their attestation for the 3rd trimester! Let's keep it up going into the 4th trimester. All families with students in the In-Person Hybrid Learning model must complete an attestation form for each child. Forms are valid for a set period of time. Completed and submitted attestation forms are a requirement for students to attend in-building learning. A new Spring 2021 attestation form, good for the remainder of the school year, is now available in Family Access. Please see the below attachment for instructions on how to complete the attestation in Skyward. If you are unable to access Skyward, we can print one for you to complete, or you can download and print the form which is attached below.

    -Hybrid A students need the new Spring 2021 Attestation on file by Tuesday 3/30.

    -Hybrid B students need the new Spring 2021 Attestation on file by Wednesday 3/31.

    We appreciate all you are doing to keep everyone safe!

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  • Falcon Family News: 3/3/21

    Posted by SBLSD on 3/3/2021
    When I write the newsletter each month, I always look back to the prior newsletter for that month the prior year. It gives me a chance to reflect on the growth in our community and what may be the most important message to share. As I reflect on our journey since March 2020, I am in awe of our school and community. We have come together to support each other and partner to ensure the learning of each child like never before. In addition to the Blue Crew having a laser-like focus on ensuring the learning of the whole child, your daily efforts to make sure your child is on Zoom, engaged in learning, and completing their independent work, is essential to the growth we are seeing now. And, the growth we’ve witnessed since the beginning of hybrid is breathtaking. On our recent benchmark assessments for reading over 85% of our students in third, fourth, and fifth grade demonstrated that they are on track for meeting grade-level skills. Our students in K-2 are showing great growth in Lexia as well with 97% of kindergartners currently working in or above grade level, 81% of first-grade students are working in or above grade level, and the percentage of second graders working in or above grade level has increased from 24 to 60%. All of this data is encouraging. It also shows us we have a good bit of growth still to make. There is a strong correlation between the time engaged in learning and student growth. Please continue to partner with us--make sure that your child completes the asynchronous work their teacher assigns, including Lexia and Dreambox. With your help, I have no doubt we will get to celebrate even more growth in the months ahead.
     
    SEL Purposefull Family Activities

    During the month of March, Victor Falls Elementary will be talking about Responsibility! The dictionary defines Responsibility as: fulfilling your duties, being accountable and having consequences, and the independence you can earn to make decisions on your own. All the choices we make impact the world around us in big and small ways. The responsible person works to be aware of this impact and makes decisions based on what is good for as many people as possible. This requires reflection, self-control, and a willingness to take ownership. We will spend time talking about how to build and use these skills so we can earn more Responsibility in our life. For ideas about teaching your child more about responsibility, please click on the following links: K-2 Responsibility Newsletter, K-2 Responsibility Newsletter En Espanol, 3-5 Grade Responsibility Newsletter, 3-5 Grade Responsibility Newsletter En Espanol

     
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    Responsibili-tree
     
    Throughout the month students will identify what they are responsible for and including it on the Responsibili-tree which will be up in the lunchroom. We can't wait to watch the Responisbili-tree bloom
     
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    Doing the dishes when there is a mess.
     
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    The VFE Responsibili-tree.
     
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    March Falcon Ticket Winner
     
    Here is the March Falcon Ticket representing the character trait of Responsibility! It was done by Sadie Campbell in Mrs. Debruler's class. Way to go Sadie! You did a beautiful job.
     
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    Student Council
     
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    • Monday, March 1st- Blue Crew Day

    • Tues/ Wed, March 2nd/3rd- Class Color Day- See flyer from teacher for what color to wear!

    • Thurs/Fri, March 4th/5th- Pajama Day

    Spring Conferences

    The spring time is often the time when students grow the most and to ensure that each child reaches their full potential, we need your partnership. If you are new to Victor Fall or your student is currently receiving additional support to reach grade level standards, you should receive an invitation for a conference with your child’s teacher. Teacher’s will have time to conference with families in the afternoon sometime between Tuesday, March 23 and Thursday, April 1. Please connect with your child’s teacher if you would like to conference.

    Dorian School Picture Make Up Day

    When
    Monday, March 22nd, 10am

    Where
    11401 188th Avenue Court East
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    If your child was absent for their scheduled picture day, they can come to the school Monday, March 22nd from 10am-11am to get their photos taken. You can drive to the front of the school where we will greet your student and do a temperature check before walking them to the library to have their photo taken. We will then bring them back out to you in your car. Please sign up using this link. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4BAAA62BA2F9C43-victor
     
    Comfort Kits for Students

    In the event of a natural disaster or emergency, our children may have to stay at school for a considerable length of time. Comfort kits would be the first line of resources to be used in a scenario when students are at school longer than the school day.

    Victor Falls has an emergency plan in place and supplies (including water) stocked in case of an emergency. We ask parents to assemble a Comfort Kit for each of their children tailored to their likes, dislikes and any specific needs. These kits will be stored in the classrooms and returned home at year-end.

    Comfort Kit items must fit in a one-gallon Ziploc bag and clearly marked with your child’s name. Your child's teacher should have sent home instructions along with the Emergency Contact Card for you to fill out and return to the school by March 23rd.

     
    Counselor Update

    During March, our youngest students are learning about Kelso’s Choice. This is a great program that teaches kids strategies to de-escalate small conflicts. These strategies include talking it out, waiting and cooling off, and making a deal. To see the rest of the strategies, click on this parent newsletter link. These strategies might also be helpful at home, with siblings. With the launch of hybrid instruction, your child’s learning space might have seen a change. You and your family, might be looking for a spot for your child to learn and work when at home. Here are Seven Tips for Setting up a Productive Learning Space at Home. If you or your child has questions for me, please call the school, email me at jessica_blakeway@sumnersd.org, or zoom with me during office hours - every Monday from 10-11am (Zoom Link).

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    Black History Month

    February has been an important time during our learning journey here at Victor Falls because it is when we get to celebrate and educate our students and ourselves, as we continue to be life-long learners, about Black History. During this time, the staff is working on providing accurate and authentic information to our students, while intentionally providing opportunities for common misconceptions to be talked about and corrected. For example, in a fourth grade class there is a timeline of Black History that starts with Ancient Egypt instead of starting with the transatlatic slave trade. This allows students to see that Black History is rich and diverse and yes, it includes slavery, but Black History is not just slavery. On this same timeline there is the Islamic Empire from the Middle Ages, The Harlem Renaissance from the early 1900’s that revolutionized art and music, the start of the Civil Rights Movement and the continuation of that movement through the Black Lives Matter protests from last summer. Through the conversations around this timeline students are able to understand that Dr. King’s dream for America is still a dream in progress. Through teaching literature from Black artists, like the great Langston Hughes and his poem “Harlem,” one student was able to draw this important conclusion about why being knowledgeable about Black History is so important, “Just because slavery is over, doesn’t mean racism is over,” -4th grade VFE student. Through teaching Black History we are preparing our students to have a more inclusive representation of the past that will guide them into being informed citizens. We encourage you to continue these important conversations at home with your child. Here are just a few amazing Black people from history that you could research with your child and learn about together:

    • Dr. Mae Jemison-First Black Female Astronaut

    • Duke Ellington-One of America’s Greatest Composers

    • Rebecca Lee Crumpler- First Black Female Doctor in the United States

    • Jesse Owens- Olympic Gold Medalist

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    Please join our team!

    We’re hiring short- and long-term substitute teacher positions! Join our team and be part of an award-winning school district with a one-of-a-kind servant leadership culture that makes a difference in the lives of our students and the Sumner-Bonney Lake community. Please apply to be a SUBSTITUTE TEACHER in our District.

    What are the benefits?
    1. Competitive daily rate of pay- $155 per day ($165 per day if you are a retired SBLSD teacher)

    2. Opportunity for medical benefits

    3. Strong safety procedures and District provided Personal Protective Equipment

    What are the steps for applying?

    If you have an Associate’s Degree or Bachelor’s Degree in any field, please apply to be a substitute. Human Resources will help you become a certified substitute teacher.

    Step 1

    Go to our job application website and set up a profile.

    Link to application page: Online Application System

    Once your profile is established, you will be able to go into “Job Openings” and click “Apply” for the Emergency Substitute position.

    Step 2

    Once you have established your profile in our application system and completed as much information as you can, please contact Keely Titus in Human Resources at (253) 891-6033. Keely will review your requirements/checklist and be able to assist you with the completion of your application and substitute certification. To see open positions and apply online at www.sumnersd.org/jobs.

    If you have any questions, you can contact the HR team at human_resources@sumnersd.org.

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    March Menus to Download
    Temporary Suspension of Bus Slips

    Due to COVID-19 and our effort to provide a safe bus riding experience, we are temporarily unable to accept bus slips that allow students to ride a different bus home with a friend. Previously, with parent permission, one student could ride the bus to another student’s home using a bus slip.

    With our focus on student and staff safety, here are some reasons for the suspension of bus slips:

    • Keep learning groups (hybrid A and B) together as much as possible

    • Manage social distancing to the greatest extent possible

    • Maintain accurate lists of bus riders in case of the need to contact families

    We’re hopeful to soon return to our normal operations and allow students to use bus slips and travel with friends.

    Vision and Hearing Screenings

    VFE will be conducting vision and hearing screenings for all grades except 4th. These will take place on Tuesday, March 16th and Wednesday, March 17th from 8:30am-11:30am. If you have any questions feel free to contact the school nurse at tanya_phelps@sumnersd.org.
     
    Education Support Professionals Week
     
    Education Support Professionals Week
     
    March 8-12, 2021 is Education Support Professionals Week, a tradition to recognize the contributions of Education Support Professionals in the public school system. It is a statewide celebration to recognize ESPs for the difference they make in our schools. We could not serve our kids and community without our amazing paras as teammates. Please encourage your child to send a kind note of appreciation to Mrs. Tobin, Mrs. Ashby, Mrs. Parker, Ms. Garrison, Ms. Turek, and Mrs. Brock.
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  • Falcon Family News: 2/5/21

    Posted by SBLSD on 2/5/2021

    Thank you for making our first weeks back in Hybrid Learning a success! We know there are many new routines and adjustments being made so that each child is safe, healthy and can focus on learning. We appreciate your patience and your partnership as we learn and grow together. I encourage you to make time to review each part of the newsletter. As Dr. King reminded us, “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” From Kindergarten registration information to news about how VFE is recognizing Black History Month to great PurposeFull Family activities tied to this month's character trait--cooperation, you will get the information you need to engage and support your student and our community as we reach for the goal of a true education for each and every Falcon.

    Adam Uhler, Principal

    #BetterTogether

    #BlueCrewStrong

    Well Child Checks - Benchmark Assessment

    Much like the yearly well-child checks that many of us take our kids to, the school has reading and math well-child checks each fall, winter, and spring--we call them benchmark assessments. Your student will complete their winter benchmark by the end of February. Grade level teams will review the information and make plans to provide extra support that your student may need. This support happens during WIN--What I Need--Time. As we do this, it is important that parents and teachers hold the right mindset, especially given the large amount of time we’ve spent in Distance Learning. I’d like us to challenge the thought of kids “being behind”. None of our kids are behind. There has never been a closure for this length of time in modern history to show us how kids “normally progress” in a pandemic. I would like all of us to view the assessment as information which will help teachers understand what skills students have, and what skills they need to build. And, I promise you that the Blue Crew will pour all of our energy into building the skills each child needs.

    Why Reading Matters

    One of the gifts of the last several months is the level of collaboration between teachers and parents. For our kids to grow and attain the skills they need, we need this partnership to continue. One key way you can partner with us is helping your child read every night. All students, even kindergarteners, should read or be read to for 20 minutes a night. I know it is hard to carve out time but here is why I am encouraging you to do so. If a student only reads a minute a day in a school year they will only be exposed to 8,000 words in a year. If they read 5 minutes a day, they will be exposed to 282,000 words in a year. If they read 20 minutes a day they will be exposed to 1,800,000 words in a year. If a student continues to read 20 minutes a day, by the time a student is in sixth grade, the student will have read the equivalent of 60 school days—1/3 of a school year. This added time with language pays huge dividends in a child’s language development and readiness to learn. Please help your child find a great story to dive into.

    PurposeFull Family Activities

    February's Trait of the Month is Cooperation! A lot of messaging in our world would suggest that “doing it on your own” is a measure of success. And while independence is important, children must develop skills to work alongside one another and create things, together, in a peaceful and productive way. Over the course of the month, students will be creative in teams, accomplish amazing things side by side, and learn about what it means to do meaningful, purposeful work together.

    Reading stories with your child is a good way to find examples of Cooperation. Stories that focus well with this month’s trait include The Whispering Town by Jennifer Elvgren, That Fruit is Mine by Anuska Allepuz, and Swimmy by Leo Lionni.

    Please follow these links to the Cooperation Parent Newsletter: K-2 Cooperation NewsletterK-2 Cooperation Newsletter En Espanol3-5 Cooperation Newsletter3-5 Cooperation Newsletter En Espanol.

    Kindergarten Registration--Now Enrolling the Class of 2035!

    We are now enrolling students for the 2021-22 school year! We encourage you to watch the video below for an overview of kindergarten in the Sumner-Bonney Lake School District. You'll learn about the kindergarten registration process and forms, resources, transition events, and kindergarten readiness.

    Our online enrollment process allows you to complete the process from anywhere at any time. Visit our enrollment page to begin.

     
    Kindergarten Virtual Tour
     
    Watch the video below to take a tour of VFE as well as meet the teachers and staff.

     
    1st-5th Registration

    Now that we have successfully begun our Stage 4, Hybrid, learning model, it is time to begin looking ahead to the next school year. For those families who are not currently with us, we are excited to welcome you back on campus this fall. Registration for fall is currently open and it is important that you let us know as soon as you can that you intend to rejoin us. This will help us ensure that we have our staff and building properly prepared for each and every Falcon that intends to come home to roost.

    Counselor Update

    With the successful launch of stage 4, your family might be adjusting and changing the schedule you had going. You might be working on how to balance asynchronous learning days. One way is by making a Kanban board. This is a great visual for kids to see what they need to do, what they are currently working on, and finally what they have accomplished. This can be made with a piece of paper and sticky notes or here is a digital Kanban board you can use (first slide is an example). Each day or night before your child has asynchronous learning, talk with your child about that day's assignments. Write each assignment on a sticky note and place it in the “to do” category. Once all assignments are on the board, give them the choice as to which assignment to complete first. Not only do they have choice but also get to see their progress throughout the day. You could even tie a reward or break to completing a task, for example: once 2 tasks are completed you can take a 10 minute play break.

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    Picture day is fast approaching! Group A will have their photos taken on Thursday, 2/11, and Group B will have their photos taken on Wednesday, 2/10. Distance learning students will have an opportunity to have their photos taken on Wednesday, 2/10, from 3:30-4pm. Photos will be taken in the library and students will remain 6 feet apart. Each student will sanitize the stool before sitting for their photo. Teachers will send order forms home in the upcoming days. If you are a distance learning family, you can pick up order forms in the front office on Monday, 2/8, from 8am-4pm. You will also be able to order pictures on www.dorianstudio.com. Please see attached flyer for more information.
     
     
    Black History Month

    February is Black History Month. Our grade level teams have been working hard to create meaningful lessons and activities designed to teach about and celebrate prominent black leaders past and present. In addition to that, thanks to the generous support of our PTO, students will have the chance to view a variety of performances specially chosen for Black History Month. These performances are by the Brightstar Theatre Group. This group specializes in student plays that both educate and entertain. Most students can look forward to their first virtual performance next week during class, and another towards the end of the month. Every class will be able to view at least 2 virtual assemblies. The different plays we have access to are: Meet Dr. King for K-5, Struggle for Freedom for 3-5, George Washington Carver & Friends for K-5, Let it Shine for 3-5. Please take the chance to talk with your student about this important topic and their learning.
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  • Falcon Family News: 1/15/21

    Posted by SBLSD on 1/15/2021
    Welcome Back, Falcons!

    Falcon Families,

    The Blue Crew can hardly contain our excitement about reopening school to in-person learning next week. It has been over 300 days since we moved to Distance Learning. And, you have done a tremendous job partnering with us on this journey. You should be proud of your effort and commitment as you continually learn new ways to support your child. I know your children will never forget this gift of time with you. Throughout it all, you have modeled for your children exactly what true courage is by choosing what is good and right, even when it is hard or scary.

    For those of you continuing in Distance Learning, know that you are continuing to be part of the Falcon Family. We are committed to being connected with you. Please reach out to us if you need anything.

    For those of you who are returning to hybrid, in-person learning, we cannot wait to see you in the building! This newsletter is full of important information for you to be fully prepared for the first day of school. You will notice a number of new routines that will help keep us all safe and healthy. Please make time to preview the day with your child. Our team will also be out as you arrive to help everyone as we adjust to these changes.

    Remember K-2 in Hybrid A return to campus on Tuesday, 1/19, and K-2 Hybrid B returns on Wednesday, 1/20. And, we are returning to our traditional bell schedule. Arrival begins at 8:10 AM. Classes start at 8:25 AM. Dismissal is at 3:10 PM.

    I hope that each of you enjoys this weekend and finds a meaningful way to celebrate Dr. King's legacy through a day of service.

    We are #BetterTogether. We are #BlueCrewStrong!

    Adam Uhler, Principal

    VFE Parent Guide to COVID Safety

    The Blue Crew has been hard at work revising all of our procedures to ensure that each Falcon is safe and healthy. Please click on each of the following links and watch the videos to preview the new routines each of us will use this year.

    Transportation Procedures--Important Updates

    There are a number of updates to our arrival and dismissal procedures. Each update is meant to keep us safe, healthy, and learning. Please carefully watch the video for the mode of transportation that your family will use.
     
    Arrival By Car

    To ensure the safety of each Falcon, there are two important updates that we need your help implementing. When on campus, all adults must remain in their car. Families are no longer allowed to park and walk their children to the front of the school. All families arriving by car must use the drop-off lane in the front of the school. When you arrive at the front of the school, you will be warmly greeted and a staff member will complete a wellness check, including taking your child's temperature prior to the child leaving the car.
     
     
    Arrival by Bus & Walking

    As you read in "Arrival by Car", to ensure the health and safety of all students, we are no longer allowing families to walk up to the front of the school. If you walk with your students to school, please walk them to the back gate for the Fennel Creek Trail where they will be warmly welcomed by the staff.
     
     
    Dismissal Procedures-- Cars, Walks & Bus

    To ensure the safety of each Falcon, there is an important update that we need your help implementing.

    When on campus, all adults must remain in their car. Families are no longer allowed to park and wait for their children at the front of the school. All families transporting by car must use the pick-up lane in front of the school. Please make sure your car tag is prominently displayed.

    Walkers will exit through the Fennel Creek Trail gate only. Adults need to wait on the trail side of the gate for their children. Thank you for helping us implement this important change.

    Bus routines are similar to previous years. Please preview the dismissal procedure that fits the mode of transportation for your family by clicking on one of the following links: CarsBus or Walking

     
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    January's Character Trait--Courage

    Can you think of a better character muscle to build this month as we celebrate Dr. King's legacy and walk through a number of new experiences? For SEL this week, students will be discussing what challenges or fears they might be facing when doing something new such as Kindergarten coming to school for the first time or learning how to ride a bike and how to utilize the courage to overcome these obstacles. There is more great information in the PurposeFull Family guides. Please include the Courage Parent Newsletter using the following links: K-2 Courage NewsletterK-2 Courage Newsletter En Espanol , 3-5 Courage Newsletter3-5 Courage Newsletter En Espanol .
     
    Student Wellness Attestations

    Students must complete an attestation quarterly. This means that the attestation needs to be complete before the student's first day of hybrid. Parents will not have to complete another attestation until the beginning of next quarter, March 29. We strongly encourage parents to complete the attestation through Family Access. You may also print and the PDF below.

    Quarterly Student Attestation Form

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