Messages to Families

  • Select Learning Model Preference | School Board Meeting Highlights | Webinars

    Posted by SBLSD on 9/18/2020

    District planning for transition to in-person learning; student learning model selection due Sept. 22

    With a drop in COVID-19 cases and a move from the high level to the moderate level of infection, we’re planning to transition to in-person learning. View the plan that was presented to the School Board on Sept. 16.

    Families should have received information from their school about a survey asking you to select your preference for either continuing with distance learning or transitioning to in-person hybrid learning.

    Tentative dates for beginning in-person hybrid learning is Oct. 13 for students in grades K-5. Students in grades 6-12 are slated to begin in-person hybrid learning on Nov. 3. These dates are subject to change barring changes in COVID-19 activity and recommendations from health authorities.

    As we plan for a transition to in-person instruction, we’re reconnecting with families through a survey to determine your preference in a learning model. We are striving to meet the request of all families across the district. Find details on the learning models and instructions for completing the survey here. Please select your learning model by Sept. 22.

    Find information about learning models and stages, health and safety protocols for students and staff, and more in our 2020-21 School Year section of the website.

    Sept. 16 School Board meeting featured plan for transition to in-person learning

    Highlights from the Sept. 16 School Board meeting included these presentations:

    View a recording of the meeting (passcode: UT*E2VSY). We invite the public to attend School Board meetings, which are, for the time being, held virtually. The next School Board meeting is Sept. 23 at 6 p.m. A link and passcode to the meeting will be posted on our website the day before the meeting. Audience comments are welcomed through an online submission form submitted by 5 p.m. the day of the meeting. 

     

    New dates for webinars: Social Emotional Well-Being and School Sports

    • Social Emotional Learning & Well-Being: Sept. 22 at 6 p.m.
      SBLSD focuses on more than only academics. We believe it is our responsibility to educate the whole child for success in school and their future. We incorporate Social Emotional Learning into students’ daily learning, even during this distance format. Dr. Jeannie Larberg, Director of Whole Child, will provide an overview of Social Emotional Learning that includes why it’s important, and how it’s integrated into the curriculum at each grade level. Families will also learn about resources offered at school as well as strategies to use at home. Webinar Link: https://bit.ly/3lJ3vtN  (passcode: 717090).

    • School Sports: Sept. 30 at 6 p.m.
      Are you curious what school sports will look like this school year? What about other extra-curricular activities? Tune in on Sept. 30 at 6 p.m. for a School Sports webinar hosted by SBLSD Athletic Director and WIAA Board President Tim Thomsen, who will give an overview of the state of our District’s sports program and touch on related student clubs and activities. Webinar Link: https://bit.ly/31MrfFh (passcode: 908005).
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  • Instructions for how to connect to Zoom: Step-by-step screenshots and videos

    Posted by SBLSD on 9/15/2020

    11:18 a.m.

    We’re receiving a lot of calls from families needing help connecting to Zoom. Zoom is operating normally. It is unrelated to the recent Google Drive partial outage. 

    Please visit www.sumnersd.org/zoom for detailed information on how to connect with Zoom. 

    You’ll find step-by-step screenshots (Spanish) for how to connect with Zoom using various devices, as well as videos walking you through the steps (Spanish). 

    Please also remember our new 2020-21 School Year section on our website that has an array of information, resources and support regarding distance learning. Scroll down to see these topics and then refer to the left-side navigation to drill down into subtopics: 

    Update: We’re happy to report that Google Drive is now up and running for all users. Thanks for your patience as we worked to quickly resolve the issue.

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    Connecting with Zoom: Step-by-Step Screenshots

    SBLSD Zoom meetings have an extra layer of security and require user authentication. Students must be logged into their District account to join a Zoom meeting. Learn how to log into Zoom with these step-by-step instructions:

    Connecting with Zoom: Videos

    Watch video for how to connect with Zoom
    (Spanish version

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  • Partial Google Drive outage; email still accessible

    Posted by SBLSD on 9/15/2020

    8:53 a.m.

    It’s come to our attention that there’s a partial outage of Google Drive, affecting everything in the drive, including the commonly-used Google Classroom and Google Docs. We believe students and staff should still be able to access email and Zoom. 

    This is an issue with Google, not with our District. Our Technology Department is in contact with Google and we’re working to resolve the issue as soon as possible. 

    Please also know that our Tech Helpline and Tech Department phone lines are very busy, and we’re doing the best we can to answer calls and return messages as soon as we possibly can. We have scheduled additional staff to help with technology-related assistance. 

    We’ll continue to update you as we learn more about the scope and status of the issue. Thank you so much for your patience.

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  • First day of school for students: Sept. 15

    Posted by SBLSD on 9/13/2020

    Good news, things are beginning to improve greatly, allowing students to finally begin the 2020-21 school year!

    With an increased containment of fires and more widespread restoration of internet connectivity, it’s safe for our staff and students to begin teaching and learning in a distance format.

    We very much thank our fire, police and emergency management partners who have worked tirelessly to get us to this point of safety. We recognize that some staff and families are still affected by the fires. Our hearts are with everyone who might be struggling and experiencing lingering effects of the fire. Families may call their school’s counselor for support and resources.

    First day of school for students

    Students in 1st through 12th grades will begin school remotely on Tuesday, Sept. 15. The SBLSD Childcare Program will also begin Sept. 15. Kindergarten will start school on Friday, Sept. 18. Schools will contact families of kindergarteners for a rescheduled Family Connections appointment.

    Distance learning resources

    While we’re excited and ready to start the school year, we know some students and families might still feel anxious about the distance learning format. Find an array of extensive information and resources to help you and your child be successful in distance learning under our 2020-21 School Year section of our website

    Free meals

    • Starting Sept. 14: Free meals for all children 18 and younger
      Hot lunch entrees and bagged meals are available Monday - Friday from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at these locations. Children do not need to be present. 
      • Bonney Lake Elementary: 18715 80th St E (Bonney Lake)
      • Daffodil Valley Elementary: 1509 Valley Ave (Sumner)
      • Donald Eismann Elementary: 13802 Canyon View Blvd E (Bonney Lake)
      • Emerald Hills Elementary: 19515 S Tapps Dr E (Bonney Lake)
      • Liberty Ridge Elementary: 12202 209th Ave Ct E (Bonney Lake)
      • Mountain View Middle School: 10921 199th Ave Ct E (Bonney Lake)
      • Sumner Middle School: 1508 Willow St (Sumner)
      • Sumner High School: 1707 Main St (Sumner)

    • Starting Sept. 15: USDA food boxes to take home
      Starting Sept. 15 until they are gone, we are distributing free food boxes filled with produce, dairy products and deli meats through the USDA Farmers to Families Food Box program. They will be available at our 8 meal sites listed above, during the regular meal service time. These are free to everyone, families may take up to 3 boxes. We thank Tacoma Public Schools for their generous donation of 2,500 of these food boxes!

     

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  • Ways to Donate | Help for Those In Need | Resources to Talk with Children | Free WiFi

    Posted by SBLSD on 9/11/2020

    As wildfires continue, so does the need to help our Sumner-Bonney Lake community. Whether you’re someone with the ability to donate or someone who needs assistance, here’s information and resources.

    Ways to donate

    We have incredibly generous individuals, organizations and businesses in our Sumner-Bonney Lake community, and those from neighboring communities, who are giving their time, money, goods and services. For this, we are eternally grateful. The Sumner-Bonney Lake School District also thanks our staff for their servant leadership in spearheading donation collections and serving those in need.

    Monetary donations

    • Online: We’ve created a new online option to donate by credit card. Donations go to help families with children in the Sumner-Bonney Lake School District. 
    • Check: Make check out to the Sumner-Bonney Lake Family Center and mail to 1202 Wood Ave, Sumner, WA 98390.

    Donations of goods

    • Fill the Fridge & Stock the Shelves

    Many lost power for a significant amount of time and recently-purchased groceries are now spoiled. Few have the funds to double our grocery allowance for the month. Join us in collecting food supplies that we will redistribute at our school sites next week.

    For those who are able to donate, we are collecting the following items on Monday, Sept. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at these locations:

    • Bonney Lake Elementary: 18715 80th St
    • Crestwood Elementary: 3914 West Tapps Dr
    • Donald Eismann Elementary: 13802 Canyon View Blvd E
    • Emerald Hills Elementary: 19515 South Tapps Dr E
    • Liberty Ridge Elementary: 12202 209th Ave Ct E
    • Victor Falls Elementary: 11401 188th Ave Ct E
    • Tehaleh Heights Elementary: 17520 Berkeley Pkwy E
    • Mountain View Middle School: 10921 199th Ave Ct E
    • Bonney Lake High School: 10920 199th Ave Ct E
    • Sumner Middle School: 1508 Willow St

    Fill the Fridge
    (no frozen items, please) 

    Milk 

    Orange juice

    Eggs

    Block/string cheese 

    Yogurt

    Pre-packaged lunch meat (not deli)

    Hot dogs

    Butter/margarine

    Salsa

    Bagged salad/salad kits


    Stock the Shelves 

    Granola bars

    Fruit snacks

    Coffee/tea

    Mayonnaise/mustard/ketchup

    Bread/bagels

    Canned items

    Juice boxes

    Chips

    Hot dog buns

    Apples/bananas

    Pasta/pasta sauce

     

    Donations for families affected by area fires
    These items are the most needed to help families with children in the Sumner-Bonney Lake School District. Please drop off donations at the Sumner-Bonney Lake Family Center, located at 1508 Willow St, Portable 705 (on the campus of Sumner Middle School), Monday-Friday, Noon-4 p.m.

    • Sleeping bags
    • Pillows
    • Air mattresses
    • Bedding
    • Shelf-stable food
    • Ready-to-eat food that doesn’t require cooking 
    • Bottles of water
    • Phone chargers 


    Help for those in need

    • Free meals for all children 18 and younger

      Hot lunch entrees and bagged meals are available Monday - Friday from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at these locations. Children do not need to be present. 
      • Bonney Lake Elementary: 18715 80th St E (Bonney Lake)
      • Daffodil Valley Elementary: 1509 Valley Ave (Sumner)
      • Donald Eismann Elementary: 13802 Canyon View Blvd E (Bonney Lake)
      • Emerald Hills Elementary: 19515 S Tapps Dr E (Bonney Lake)
      • Liberty Ridge Elementary: 12202 209th Ave Ct E (Bonney Lake)
      • Mountain View Middle School: 10921 199th Ave Ct E (Bonney Lake)
      • Sumner Middle School: 1508 Willow St (Sumner)
      • Sumner High School: 1707 Main St (Sumner)
    • USDA food boxes (perishable and non-perishable) to take home

    Starting Sept. 15 until they are gone, we are distributing free food boxes filled with produce, dairy products and deli meats through the USDA Farmers to Families Food Box program. They will be available at our 8 meal sites listed above, during the regular meal service time. These are free to everyone, families may take up to 3 boxes. We thank Tacoma Public Schools for their generous donation of 2,500 of these food boxes!

    Resources to talk with children

    Especially during this current crisis, emotional well-being is critical to embrace. For families looking to help their child, we recommend the following resources: 

    Find more resources under the Care & Well-Being section of our website, which includes Mental Health & Wellness, Counseling Resources, and Community Resources

     

    WiFi locations

    Even while power has been restored, there are still some without internet access. We invite all to access the District’s WiFi at these locations:

    • Sumner High School: Sunset Chev Stadium
    • Bonney Lake High School: Panther Field (bleacher area)

    The Pierce County Sumner and Bonney Lake library branches also have WiFi outside of their buildings.

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  • School Canceled Sept. 10-11: Reassess for next week; focus on staff/family well-being now

    Posted by SBLSD on 9/9/2020

    As we continue to face the unfortunate impacts of multiple fires in our area with associated evacuations, power outages and no internet access, we also face the subsequent reality of not being able to -- equitably -- begin school in a distance learning format.

    The Sumner-Bonney Lake School District is again delaying the start of school, canceling distance learning for the rest of this week, Sept. 10-11. As we’re in close contact with local police, fire and emergency management officials, we’ll reassess on Sunday the ability to begin school next week.

    Other items to note:

    • Open: SBLSD Childcare Program, Sept. 10-11
    • Rescheduled: Kindergarten Family Connections (stay tuned for new dates)
    • Available: Free meals to children 18 and younger, Sept. 10-11 (children do not need to be present)
      • 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
      • Daffodil Valley Elementary
        Liberty Ridge Elementary
        Mountain View Middle School
        Sumner Middle School

    Our hearts are with the many staff, students and families who have been evacuated from their homes and the countless more who are on alert for a potential evacuation.

    We’re choosing to focus on the well-being of those in need. Because, well, that’s who we are. We teach our staff and students to be servant leaders, with hearts that have impact beyond a google classroom and that go into our community.

    This isn’t a teaching moment we envisioned, but there’s learning happening apart from any scheduled curriculum. We hope to begin school soon, stronger than ever.

    Please watch for further communication on Sunday or whenever other important news comes our way. Thank you for your patience. Please stay safe.

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  • School Canceled, Sept. 9: No power, internet; increasing evacuations

    Posted by SBLSD on 9/9/2020

    With continued extensive power outages and active fires, along with forecasts for gusty winds and hot, dry temperatures, we are canceling school for Wednesday, Sept. 9. Evacuation of residences and restricted road access is also increasing in areas. 

    Kindergarten Connections, childcare and meal service is also canceled for Sept. 9. The School Sports webinar will be rescheduled. 

    This is certainly not how we anticipated starting the 2020-21 school year, but we remain excited and eager to see our students and staff embrace distance learning while the District actively plans for a move to in-person learning in the near future.

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  • School Canceled, Sept. 8: No power, no internet access

    Posted by SBLSD on 9/8/2020

    Due to a widespread power outage affecting thousands in Sumner and Bonney Lake, including all of our schools, we need to cancel school today, Sept. 8. With high winds in the forecast and continuing fires in the area, we’re uncertain when power can be restored to all of our students and staff. Please stay tuned as we will try to communicate with all families as we, too, have limited internet access.

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  • New guidance from health department in light of low COVID-19 cases

    Posted by SBLSD on 9/4/2020

    Below is a joint message from Pierce County superintendents acknowledging new guidance, announced just hours ago, from the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department and what that means in regards to a gradual transition to in-person learning. 

    It's good news for all of our districts and students that COVID-19 cases continue to drop. We want our students and staff back in school as soon as it's safe to do so and we have the health and safety protocols in place.

    I know this will bring a lot of hope to many of you and also specific questions about SBLSD’s timeline and plan. Please stay tuned for more information. 

    Have a great weekend and wonderful first day of school! 

    Laurie Dent, Ph.D.
    Superintendent

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    This is a message from the following Pierce County School Districts: Bethel, Carbonado Historical, Clover Park, Dieringer, Eatonville, Fife, Franklin Pierce, Orting, Puyallup, Steilacoom Historical, Sumner-Bonney Lake, Tacoma, University Place, and White River. 

    Now that some of our districts have started school remotely, there has been a lot of speculation about when schools will reopen for in-person learning. 

    Today we received new guidance from the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department which shows that Pierce County has now transitioned from the high level to the moderate level of COVID-19 infection.

    Between now and Sept. 21, districts will be monitoring data and developing transition plans. None of our districts will bring students back before Sept. 22.

    Once a district decides to bring students back to school, they may need at least two weeks of operational transition time before they reopen their doors at the elementary level.

    The districts will continue to monitor county trends and work with public health officials to determine when secondary students may return in the future.

    With Labor Day weekend before us, we are concerned that the positive trend of reduced infections could relapse with the long weekend’s activities. We want to encourage all residents of Pierce County to continue to wear their masks and observe social distancing standards while they enjoy the weekend with their friends and family. 

    Tom Seigel
    Bethel School District

    Jessie Sprouse
    Carbonado Historical School District

    Ron Banner
    Clover Park School District

    Michael Farmer
    Dieringer School District

    Krestin Bahr
    Eatonville School District

    Kevin Alfano
    Fife Public Schools

    Lance Goodpaster
    Franklin Pierce Schools

    Dr. Tony Apostle
    Orting School District

    Dr. John Polm
    Puyallup School District

    Janel Keating Hambly
    White River School District

    Dr. Kathi Weight
    Steilacoom Historical School District

    Dr. Laurie Dent
    Sumner-Bonney Lake School District

    Carla Santorno
    Tacoma Public Schools

    Jeff Chamberlin
    University Place School District

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  • Welcome Video, Tech Resources/Support, Attendance, Free Meals, Webinars & More!

    Posted by SBLSD on 9/3/2020

    Superintendent Video Welcome: ‘We are Excited and Ready’  

    Watch this video from Superintendent Laurie Dent, who welcomes students and families to the 2020-21 school year with reports from successful summer planning and activities, and confidence in a great year ahead.  

     

    Tech Tools Support: Resource Guides, Videos and More

    We’ve created a webpage where families can find useful tips on how to best support their child during distance learning, and where students can find helpful information on how to succeed in distance learning. There's a host of quick resource guides and videos in both English and Spanish. 

    Discover: 

    We will continue to update the page with even more resources and videos for families and students to refer to as often as needed. 

     

    New Tech Helpline: (253) 891-6055

    To support families who are working with their children during virtual learning, the District has created a new Technology Helpline, effective the first day of school, Sept. 8. The Tech Helpline  ̶  (253) 891-6055  ̶  will be answered by staff members between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. Parents or guardians who need help in a language other than English can inform the helpline staff when they call, and an interpreter will join them live on the call.

     

    Get Your Child’s Chromebook Ready

    Most students should now have their chromebook. If your child still needs their chromebook or a mobile hotspot, please contact your child’s school. 

    To help ensure a successful first day of school, please: 

    • Check to make sure your child is able to log onto their chromebook. Log in credentials are the same as last year or were given to new students upon device distribution.

    • If students are unable to log in, call (253) 891-6055 or email tech_hotline@sumersd.org.

    Attendance: What Families Need to Know

    Even during distance learning, teachers will take attendance. Here’s an overview of what families need to know. 

    • Attendance will be taken daily for elementary.

    • Attendance will be taken per period for secondary (middle and high school).

      • Monday periods 1-6

      • Tuesday and Thursday periods 1, 3, 5

      • Wednesday and Friday periods 2, 4, 6

    • To fully engage in learning, students need to participate in all planned instructional activities each day. If there are barriers to doing this, contact your child’s school.

    • Students will be counted as present for the period/day if they:

      • Interact with a teacher (including Zoom meetings, emails, phone calls); or

      • Provide evidence of participation in a task or assignment.

        • Assignments must be submitted by 11:59 pm to count for that day’s attendance

    • Families should call in absences any time a student is going to miss class.

    • If you have updated contact information, please communicate these changes with your child’s school.

    We are here to support, encourage, and engage students and families. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to your child’s school for support.

     

    Free Meals for Any Child 18 and Younger

    We’re thrilled to announce that the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently authorized a waiver for the first few months of school that allows school districts to serve meals to any child age 18 or under for free! When school begins on Sept. 8, our Grab-and-Go Curbside meal service will be available at nine locations Monday through Friday on scheduled school days. Meal pickup will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. One lunch and one breakfast will be packaged together. Parents and guardians may pick up meals without children present. Learn more

    Curbside Grab-and-Go Meal Sites:

    • Bonney Lake Elementary
    • Daffodil Valley Elementary
    • Donald Eismann Elementary
    • Emerald Hills Elementary
    • Lakeridge Middle School
    • Liberty Ridge Elementary
    • Mountain View Middle School
    • Sumner Middle School
    • Sumner High School

     

    Google Classroom: Receive Email Summaries for Your Child

    Families will soon receive an email from Google Classroom inviting you to accept email summaries of your child’s class activity, such as missing work, upcoming work and announcements. The subject line will be similar to “Get Google Classroom email summaries for your child’s name.” It will state that Jacob Kallman (who is an employee in our Tech Department) invited you as a guardian in Google Classroom. You may choose to accept or decline this invitation. Learn more about how to monitor your child’s work and grades.

     

    Family Webinar Series

    • School Sports: Sept. 9 at 6 p.m.
      Are you curious what school sports will look like this school year? What about other extra-curricular activities? SBLSD Athletic Director and WIAA Board President Tim Thomsen will give an overview of the state of our District’s sports program and touch on related student clubs and activities. Webinar Link: https://bit.ly/31MrfFh (password: 908005).

    • Social Emotional Learning & Well-Being: Sept. 10 at 6 p.m.
      SBLSD focuses on more than only academics as we educate the whole child for success in school and their future. We incorporate Social Emotional Learning into students’ daily learning, even during this distance format. Dr. Jeannie Larberg, Director of Whole Child, will provide an overview of Social Emotional Learning that includes why it’s important, and how it’s integrated into the curriculum at each grade level. Families will also learn about resources offered at school and strategies to use at home. Webinar Link: https://bit.ly/3lJ3vtN (password: 717090).

    Both webinars will be recorded and posted on our website for families who cannot join the event live.

     

    School Offices Open

    School offices are open for families who need assistance with any school-related items. Office hours vary among schools. Please refer to the directory of our schools for office hours, phone numbers and email addresses.  

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