Messages to Families

  • SBLSD News: 10/14/21

    Posted by SBLSD on 10/14/2021

    In this Issue:

    • Construction updates
    • No school on Monday, Oct. 18
    • Great ShakeOut: Drop, cover and hold on
    • Job opening: Library Assistant
    • New roof for District pool
    • National School Lunch Week
    • Elementary fall conferences
    • School Board study session highlights
    • Photos of the Week
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  • SBLSD News: 10/7/21

    Posted by SBLSD on 10/7/2021

    In this Issue:

    • BLHS art students win awards at state fair
    • Video of Mountain View Expansion groundbreaking
    • Upcoming School Board study session, meeting
    • Featured Job: Grounds and Warehouse Technician
    • Photos of the Week
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  • SBLSD News: 9/30/21

    Posted by SBLSD on 9/30/2021

    In this Issue:

    • Upcoming state testing
    • Sumner High groundbreaking
    • Title 1 schools
    • Now hiring bus drivers
    • Apply for financial aid
    • Photos of the week
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  • SBLSD News: 9/23/21

    Posted by SBLSD on 9/23/2021

    In this Issue:

    • District Invests in Indoor Air Quality
    • COVID-19: Contact Tracing, Communications, Quarantine
    • Learning Plans for Students in Quarantine
    • Food Supply Shortages Affect School Menus
    • Featured Jobs: Technology
    • Hispanic Heritage Month
    • School Board meeting Highlights
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  • SBLSD News: 9/16/21

    Posted by SBLSD on 9/16/2021

    In this Issue:

    • Late Start Monday Bus Schedule
    • Suicide Prevention Resources
    • Subs needed Throughout District
    • Volunteers in Schools
    • School Board Meeting, Sept. 22
    • Photos of the Week
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  • SBLSD News: 9/9/21

    Posted by SBLSD on 9/9/2021

    In the Issue:

    • First Day of School Slideshow
    • Late Start Mondays
    • Student & Family Information Guide: Rights & Responsibilities
    • Resource Fair a Success: 1,600 Free Backpacks
    • Student Attendance
    • New Roof for District Pool
    • School Safety Tip Line
    • Fall Recreation Guide
    • Application for Free, Reduced Meals
    • Family Communication Protocol
    • Directory Information Withholding
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  • SBLSD News: 9/2/21

    Posted by SBLSD on 9/2/2021

    In this Issue:

    • Video message from Superintendent Dent
    • School schedules, including first day of school
    • Bus information now available
    • COVID-19 health and safety measures
    • School meals
    • Directory information withholding
    • Some immunizations required
    • Medications at school
    • School supplies

     

     

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  • SBLSD News: 8/26/21

    Posted by SBLSD on 8/26/2021

    District calendar coming to your mailbox

    Check your mailbox soon for the 2021-22 school year calendar, which includes:

    Big picture
     
    School supplies

    Elementary
    In order to provide some relief from back-to-school shopping, most elementary schools* are asking families to contribute a $20 donation per child to cover the cost of school supplies. Families may pay online or at their child’s school.


    *Liberty Ridge Elementary: School supplies for students attending Liberty Ridge have already been purchased by both the school and Open Life Church. Students will receive their supplies on the first day of school, but should plan to bring their own backpack.

    Middle school
    Lakeridge
    Mountain View
    Sumner

    High school
    Please bring a small binder, paper, and a pen/pencil the first day of school. Specific school supply lists will be given out for each class by teachers during the first days of school. 10th – 12th graders should plan on bringing their Chromebooks.
     
    School schedules

    First day schedules

    Grades 1-12

    There will be special school start times for students in grades 7, 8, 10, 11 and 12 on the first day of school, Sept. 7.

    • Grades 7, 8, 10, 11, 12: School start time will be 12:25 p.m. School lunch will not be served. Bus transportation will be five hours later than the regular weekday bus schedule.*

    • Grades 1-6 and 9: Follow the regular Tuesday school day schedule. Breakfast and lunch will be served to students in these grades. Buses will operate on the regular weekday bus schedule.

    *For example, if your regular morning bus pickup time is 7:10 a.m., your bus will pick you up at 12:10 p.m.

    Kindergarten
    The first day of kindergarten is Sept. 10. All schools operate on the regular school day schedule, which varies by school.

    • Early Start Elementary Schools: 8:25 a.m.-3:10 p.m.

    Crestwood, Daffodil Valley, Liberty Ridge, Maple Lawn, Victor Falls

    • Late Start Elementary Schools: 9 a.m.-3:45 p.m.

    Bonney Lake, Donald Eismann, Emerald Hills, Tehaleh Heights

    • Sumner Early Learning Center: 8:35 a.m.-3:20 p.m.

    Regular bell schedules

    Bell schedules vary by school. Elementary schools will continue to be defined by “early start” and “late start.” Here’s the 2021-22 bell schedule for each school.

    Late-start Mondays

    Our weekly late-start day is on Mondays for the 2021-22 school year. Referred to as “Late Start Monday,” these are days when students will catch the bus and begin school about 90 minutes later than other days. This late start schedule one day a week allows teachers to participate in professional learning groups to collaboratively plan, learn and share instructional practices, which increases school performance and student achievement.

    Driver shortage means a likely disruption to bus transportation

    Due to a severe bus driver shortage, it’s highly likely that some bus routes will be affected to some degree on a daily basis. Any given route on any given day could experience a different bus number, earlier or later pick-up/drop-off times, and unfortunately the potential of no bus transportation at all.

    Please note these important items that could affect your child:

    • Different buses: It’s possible your child will ride two different buses — one bus in the morning and a different one in the afternoon. This means a different bus number and a different bus driver.

    • Bus times: Pick-up and drop-off times could vary and may not always align exactly with school start and dismissal times. Because of the need to double-up on bus runs, your child could be picked up earlier or later than when school begins. Another possibility is that your child might need to wait (supervised) at school for a bus to pick them up. As soon as we know if your child’s route is affected, we will send a robocall to families with as much advance notice we can give.

    • No transportation: As a last resort, when no bus drivers are available, it’s possible we may not be able to provide bus transportation for some routes on any given day. We encourage families to have a back-up plan with an alternative way to get your child to school. This a very unfortunate reality that will likely affect routes on a daily basis. If your child is unable to make it to school, it will be an excused absence. We will notify affected families as soon as we possibly can. We will continue to provide transportation for special education students who have special transportation in their IEP.

    This bus driver shortage also affects:

    • Waivers: While a condition of waivers is that District transportation is not provided, we have made exceptions in the past if a bus is not full. This year, however, our buses will be full and we are unable to accommodate students on waivers. Families will need to provide their own transportation to and from school.

    • Bus passes: We are unable to allow students to ride a different bus when wanting to, for example, go home with a friend or be dropped off at a grandparent's house.

    Bus lookup tool

    Beginning Sept. 1, families may use our bus stop lookup tool to view their child’s route for the 2021-22 school year. Until then, our Transportation Department staff is working diligently to finalize the routes amid this servere bus driver shortage.
     
    School meals

    School meals will continue to be provided to all students at no cost throughout the 2021-22 school year. We still strongly encourage eligible families to complete the Free & Reduced-Price Meals application as they may also qualify to have fees waived or reduced for ASB cards, sports participation and other extracurricular activities. Learn more.

    COVID-19 prevention measures at school

    The District will continue to follow requirements and guidance provided by the governor and state and local health authorities. Below are a few highlights. View the complete K-12 COVID-19 Requirements for the 2021-22 School Year.

    • Masks: Students, staff and visitors must wear masks indoors, except when eating and drinking. This applies regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status. Masks are not required when outdoors regardless of vaccination status.

    • Attestations: Quarterly health attestations and daily temperature checks are no longer required. Families should continue to keep their child home if they are sick, have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or have tested positive for COVID-19.

    • Physical distancing: In classrooms, students will maintain 3 feet of distance between each other to the degree possible. In common areas outside of the classroom, we will maximize opportunities to increase physical space and maximize distance between students to the degree possible.

    Directory information withholding

    Parents and guardians may choose whether their child’s name, photos and other directory information is used in district and school publications (print and electronic), social media, websites, videos or by the news media.

    If you would like to opt your child out, complete the Directory Information Withholding Form and return it to your child’s school. Please think carefully before restricting this information as your child’s name and photo cannot be included in yearbooks or be part of classroom, team or club photos.

    If you complete the Directory Information Withholding Form, your child’s directory information will also not be disclosed to outside organizations, the military, institutions of higher education or used in any communication that could reach the public or media. Learn more about keeping directory information private.
     
    Some immunizations required for students
     
    A COVID-19 vaccine is not required for students to attend school at this time, however, there are some required vaccines for school attendance. The state Department of Health requires students to show proof of required vaccines. View a list of free immunization opportunities for children. Learn more.
     
    Medication at school
     
    If your child has a health condition that requires treatment or medication at school, written permission from the parent/guardian and healthcare provider must be provided before medications can be administered at school. Renewal of written permission must be completed at the beginning of each school year and whenever the health care provider adjusts a medication. Learn more.
     
    Featured job openings
     
    We’re hiring! Come join the Sumner-Bonney Lake School District 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 community. Open positions include: paraeducators, bus drivers, teachers and more! Find open positions and apply online.
     
    Aug. 18 School Board meeting highlights

    Adopted

    • Resolution No. 28/20-21: Adoption of 2021-2022 Budget

    • Resolution No. 29/20-21: Intent to Construct: Sumner High School Expansion - Phase 1

    • Resolution No. 30/20-21: Approval of Constructability Report and Implementation Plan: Sumner High School Modernization and Expansion, a Phased Master Plan: Phase 1

    • Resolution No. 31/20-21: Final Acceptance of Construction Completion Meeker Avenue Parking Expansion

    • Resolution No. 32/20-21: Final Acceptance of Construction Completion Mountain View Middle School Track and Field Improvements

    • Resolution No. 33/20-21: Out-of-Endorsement Assignment Waivers

    Budget Hearing: 2021-22 Budget Adoption Presentation

    Report: Budget Status, June 2021

    Meeting Recording: Link (passcode: passcode: 8hY5Ed.c)

    Upcoming Meetings

    The public is welcome to attend School Board study sessions and meetings, which are generally held at 6 p.m. at the Central Administration Office with an option to join virtually. Agendas and links are posted a day prior to the meetings. View the 2021-22 meeting calendar.

    • Sept. 15: Study Session

    • Sept. 22: Board Meeting

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  • State continues to prioritize in-person learning with updated requirements

    Posted by SBLSD on 7/28/2021

    We look forward to welcoming students back in the fall for full-time in-person learning five days a week. Today, Gov. Inslee continued to prioritize in-person learning by announcing that all students, staff and visitors (vaccinated and unvaccinated) in Washington state K-12 schools are legally required to wear face masks indoors due to the rise in COVID-19 cases. 

    Please note, this masking decision is not a choice being left to local school boards; it’s a state mandate. Gov. Inslee said that he will continue to re-evaluate this mask requirement in the coming weeks and months. 

    In order to accommodate all students who choose full-time in-person learning, physical distancing requirements in schools will remain at three feet in classrooms to the degree possible and reasonable.

    For more information, please see the state’s updated K-12 COVID-19 Requirements for Summer 2021 and the 2021-2022 School Year. Here is a partial summary of changes to the requirements as of July 28, 2020:  

    • All staff and students must continue to wear face coverings/masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status
    • Physical distancing requirements have been updated to support provision of full-time in-person instruction
    • Information on how schools should “layer” mitigation strategies for the best outcome is provided
    • Quarantine protocols have been updated to reduce student exclusions from instruction
    • Vaccinations are not a current requirement for school district staff and students  

    The District continues its pledge to keep families informed, communicating what we know, when we know it. We anticipate receiving information about extra- and co-curricular requirements in early August. Find updates about the upcoming school year at www.sumnersd.org/Fall2021.

     

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  • SBLSD News: 7/19/21

    Posted by SBLSD on 7/19/2021

    Free school supplies at curbside pickup events

    Do you know a student in need of free school supplies? The District’s annual Back-To-School Resource Fair is happening this year with curbside grab-and-go events.

    Families of Sumner-Bonney Lake students may pick up supplies, such as backpacks, pens, pencils, crayons, notebooks, binders, and more at these events:

    Aug. 17
    Liberty Ridge Elementary (Bonney Lake)
    2202 209th Ave Ct E
    11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

    Aug. 19
    Daffodil Valley Elementary (Sumner)
    1509 Valley Ave
    11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

    Aug. 24 & 26
    Sumner-Bonney Lake Family Center
    1508 Willow St (in Sumner)
    2 - 6 p.m.

    For those who would like to donate backpacks, we suggest giving online. This way, we can purchase more items in bulk at a much cheaper price. For more information, call the Sumner-Bonney Lake Family Center at (253) 891-6150.

    Start of 2021-22 school year

    We’re looking forward to next school year, when we can see students in-person five days a week! We recognize that knowing school schedules in advance is critical for families to plan their work, childcare and other activities. Here are important items to note regarding schedules for next school year as well as a look ahead at key dates for both the 2021-22 and 2022-23 school years.

    First day of school
    • Sept. 7: First day of school for grades 1-12

    • Sept. 10: First day of Kindergarten

    Bell schedule

    Bell schedules vary by school. Elementary schools will continue to be defined by “early start” and “late start.” Here’s the 2021-22 bell schedule for each school.

    Late-start Mondays

    This will have weekly late-start day on Mondays for the 2021-22 school year. Referred to as “Late Start Monday,” these are days when students will catch the bus and begin school about 90 minutes later than other days. This late start schedule one day a week allows teachers to participate in professional learning groups to collaboratively plan, learn and share instructional practices, which increases school performance and student achievement.

    School supplies

    In order to provide some relief from back-to-school shopping, most elementary schools* are asking families to contribute a $20 donation per child to cover the cost of school supplies. Families will be able to pay in August through Family Access or at their child’s school when elementary offices reopen on Aug. 24.

    *Liberty Ridge Elementary: School supplies for students attending Liberty Ridge have already been purchased by both the school and Open Life Church. Students will receive their supplies on the first day of school, but should plan to bring their own backpack.

    Key dates

    Negotiated between the Sumner Education Association and the District, our school calendars are planned far in advance. Here are links to key dates that outline holidays, school board meetings and other events.

    Featured job openings

    $2,000 sign-on incentive for bus drivers!

    We are looking for bus drivers to join our team! As we prepare to bring back students for full-time in-person learning in the upcoming school year, we need drivers to safely drive our students to and from school each day. We are currently offering a $2,000 sign-on incentive! Benefits include: Flexible schedules with weekends and summers off. If you or someone you know is interested, learn more about becoming a bus driver and apply here.

    Wanted: Skilled Trades, Manufacturing, and Engineering Teacher

    Sumner High School is looking for a teacher with experience in the skilled trades, manufacturing, and/or engineering to join our manufacturing and engineering pathways. The ideal candidate does not need a teaching certificate; experience in the industries listed above would suffice. Some benefits of this position are:

    • Great schedule

    • Brand new equipment

    • Training is provided for course-specific content and to earn CTE certification

    • Teach students real-world, hands-on skills

    For more information about the position click here or contact Aaron Tomyn at (253) 891-6064.

    Summer meals

    The District’s free curbside meal program continues throughout the summer! Here are details about the program:

    • Now - Aug. 19

    • Monday - Thursday

    • 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

    • Two pick-up sites:

      • Daffodil Valley Elementary (1509 Valley Ave in Sumner)

      • Liberty Ridge Elementary (12202 209th Ave Ct E in Bonney Lake)

    • Free breakfast and lunch for ALL kids 18 and younger

    • Drive thru or walk up

    • No applications required

    • On Thursdays an additional meal bag will be provided for Friday

    For more information, please call the District’s Child Nutrition Services at (253) 891-6450.

    BLHS FCCLA students compete at national level

    Congratulations are in order for Panthers from Bonney Lake High School who participated in, and took home awards from the National FCCLA Leadership Conference and Competition!

    Two of the STAR event competition projects earned the top two spots in the nation!

    • First place: Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation by Hailey Littlefield and Grace Pearson for their pizza restaurant design project.

    • Second place: Chapter Service Project Portfolio by Lily Hoopes and Samra Young for their work with the Bonney Lake Food Bank during COVID-19.

    In addition, all BLHS projects received a GOLD ranking this year. The other projects that placed were:
    • Repurpose and Redesign by Paige Littlefield where she repurposed materials to make a memorabilia chest.

    • Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation project by Claire Fruehauf and Shelby Sjoblom for their Italian restaurant design project.

    • Entrepreneurship project by Dylan Lanz and Gigi Osborn for their children's gym business plan.

    We also had two students who dedicated many hours to evaluating competition projects. Thank you to Lauren Lewis and Callia Cartwright.

    We are so proud of these students for their hard work and making our community shine at the national level!

    School board awards construction contracts for SHS and MMS expansions

    At the July 14 meeting, the school board awarded construction contracts for Sumner High School and Mountain View Middle School. Bids came in under the estimated budget for both projects, which have made substantial behind-the-scenes planning, design and permitting progress over the past year. Here’s more detail about the final two projects funded by the 2016 capital construction bond: 

    • SHS Expansion Phase 1: Take a peek inside this first phase of the project, which includes a new security vestibule, commons, cafeteria, library, student store, science labs, classrooms and more. This Phase 1 project deliberately incorporates a forward-thinking design to allow for the future Replacement Phase 2, which will be included in the District’s next bond proposal.

    • MMS Expansion: Highlights of the expansion include six new classrooms, redesigned classrooms, expanded commons area, security vestibule, remodeled office area, new flooring and updated exterior. ICYMI: The school’s track & field upgrade project was completed in November 2020. Watch the video celebrating the completion.

      • Construction contractor: Kassel & Associates, Inc (total contract amount: $6,999,000)

      • Anticipated completion for expansion: Early 2022

    New administrators join SBLSD in the areas of equity and HR

    We are excited to welcome two new directors to our Central Office: Sophia Agtarap and Adrienne Chacon!

    Sophia Agtarap, Director of Equity and Language Services

    Self-described as an equity and inclusion champion, Sophia joins our District in a newly-created position that will lead the development and implementation of diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.

    Her previous employment has taken her from Hawaii to Seattle and currently Nashville as the Director of Communications for the Divinity School at Vanderbilt University. She’ll be moving back to Washington to start her new position on Aug. 2.

    Once a high school English teacher, Sophia went on to hold positions as an English language and citizenship instructor, administrative counselor, program coordinator, and equity, diversity and inclusion consultant, as well as communication-related roles focused on marketing, outreach and online engagement.

    Sophia earned a bachelor’s degree in English, a master’s in teaching in English and ESL, and a master’s of communication in digital media from the University of Washington. She is also earning her doctorate in education in diversity and inclusion from the University of Illinois.

    In her free time, Sophia, along with her spouse and two children, enjoy the water -- in the pool, at the beach and kayaking. They also enjoy science and discovery through trips to the science center and tinkering with gadgets at home.

    Adrienne Chacon, Human Resources Director

    With already a few weeks under her belt, Adrienne started her new position on July 1. This newly-created second HR Director position works alongside current HR Director Diana Thomas to support District staff.

    No stranger to education, Adrienne’s nearly 30 years of leadership experience comes from public schools in Federal Way and Northshore. She held positions of a teacher, coach, assistant principal, and most recently as principal at Thomas Jefferson High School. She was also instrumental in the creation and execution of several initiatives, including In Service of Equitable Education Opportunities for All, High Expectations with High Support, Building a Schoolwide Culturally-Responsive Environment, and Districtwide Systems Alignment.

    Adrienne earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, K-8, PE from Northwest University and a master’s in educational leadership and principal certificate from City University.

    In her spare time, this married mother of two teenage girls enjoys reading, music, dance, drawing/painting and traveling. Adrienne is also quite the cyclist as she has twice biked to Lake Chelan, once over Snoqualmie Pass and once over Mt. Baker.

    July School Board meeting highlights

    Donation Accepted

    • William (Ted) E. Bennett donated $10,000 to be used in the District’s CTE program and to purchase backpacks for students.

    Presentations Reports Meeting Recording

    Recording (passcode: Y*v=9*zv)

    Upcoming Meeting
    • Aug. 18

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