Dear Crestwood Families,
Welcome Back! I hope you had a restful and joyful winter break. Here at Crestwood we are ready to take on 2017! Please note the many reminder dates of all the things happening here at Crestwood this winter. It will be a busy and productive time for our Orcas!
As we begin the new year, I ask that you take a moment and review our drop off and pick up procedures (see below). While in the school's parking lot, please proceed cautiously! Recently we have taken note of cars driving too fast through the parking lot. We have 450 children dismissing from our building at the same time. Please stay alert and drive SLOWLY!
For the Kids,
Procedures for Student Drop Off or Pick Up
When entering the Crestwood campus, you have two options to follow once you get to the parking lot entrance :
- You may turn right to go to the drop off/pick up area station.
- You may turn left to go park. There are 3 rows designated for parking and we have asked staff not to park there. If you park, we ask that you continue to use the main entrance and crosswalk to come into the building.
AM DROP OFF
Proceed in a line to the student drop off area which we call the “Drop Off Zone”. There are staff members there to assist students getting out of cars safely beginning at 8:10 am (9:45 am on Wednesdays).
Students walk to their classrooms and use their outside doors. If students eat breakfast in the morning, they may enter through the gym doors.
After dropping off your child, EXIT by turning left through an “Exit Only” row of our parking lot.
PM PICK UP
Proceed in line to the student pick up area which we call the “Pick Up Zone”. Students who are regularly picked up and those students who have a note for special pick up situations will be waiting there. Students will be lined up according to grade. If families have more than one student in more than one grade level, the older student(s) will stand with the youngest student in the family. There are staff members there to assist students getting into cars safely.
Our goal is to quickly and efficiently get students loaded into their vehicles. Families who pick up on a regular basis will receive a bright colored placard with their students’ names on it to display in the vehicle window (placards can be obtained from the office - an occassional pick up does not require a placard).
When a staff member sees the placard and identifies the vehicle and adult, students will be instructed to go and stand at one of four “stations” designated by a solid color flag. Please be assured that staff will be vigilant in dismissing students to the appropriate adult.
In most cases, when a car comes to the front of the line, we are able to find and place the student in the car quickly. If a car comes to the front of the line and a student is not there, we may ask you to park in the first few parking spots by the pickup area while we locate your child.
If you have chosen to park and walk up to get your child, please be aware that you will need to come into the building, wait in the front entry until the bell rings for dismissal, and then proceed to the library where a staff member will release your student to you.
ANY CHANGES in student dismissal plans must be communicated with the office by 2:00 pm.
ALSO, it is important that parents NEVER attempt to retrieve a child from the bus line/area. This is a very unsafe situation! If your child has already lined up to get on a bus and you wish to take them with you, you will need to come into the office and we will walkie-talkie to the staff members on bus duty to retrieve your child.
Attendance Waiver Deadline: Jan. 31, 2017
The window for submitting all attendance waivers for next school year is Jan. 1-31, 2017. Resident students who wish to attend a school other than their resident school must complete the In-District Waiver Application. In-District Waiver Applications are not required each year for continued attendance unless transitioning to another school. (Example: Elementary to Middle School, or Middle School to High School)
For students residing outside of the Sumner School District Attendance Boundaries, an Out-of-District Waiver Application is required. A Choice Transfer Request (Release of Attendance form) from the resident district is also required with the Out-of-District Waiver Application. Out-of-District Waiver Applications are required each year for continued attendance.
For students wanting to transfer out of the Sumner School District, a Choice Transfer Request must be submitted to District Administration.
Waiver Application Timeline:
- Jan. 1 - 31, 2017: All waiver applications must be submitted for consideration. (Per Board Policy 3140, waiver applications for children of Sumner School District employees are exempt from submittal deadlines.)
- Feb. 1 – Sept. 20, 2017: District closed to new waiver requests.
- Sept. 20 – 29, 2017: Waiver applications received during this period may be considered if it has been determined the grade level and building capacity allow.
Visit the District Website for more information.
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
PTA Watch Dogs
Have you heard about Watch Dogs? This is a NEW PTA program at Crestwood. The goal of the Watch Dogs is to increase the involvement of dads in our school, and also extends to other male support figures such as grandfathers, uncles and adult brothers. The aim is to provide positive male role models for the students, demonstrating by their presence that education is important.
PTA's goal is to have one dad at the school every day. One of their roles is helping at recess times to organize games and assist the Paras as needed. Another role our Watch Dog Dads take on is helping in a few of the classrooms, as directed by the teacher.
If you are interested in becoming a Watch Dog Dad, please email Ali Santman at email@example.com
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.
When Inclement Weather Hits...
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 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.