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    All families should log into Family Access to update contact information and select preferred messages. Families can update email addresses and choose the phone number to which general and emergency messages will be sent (home, work or cell phone).  After logging into Family Access, click the Skylert link on the left-hand side.
     
  • Principal Update - Mar. 15

    Posted by Julana Hardtke on 3/15/2019

    Dear Liberty Ridge Families,

    Today was Grandparents Day at Liberty Ridge, we were so pleased to share such a fun experience with such special people!  A special thank you to our staff and parent volunteers for making this event a success! Next week we have another family experience provided by the PTO.  Thursday night will be our Spring Sock Hop, please join us in this fun, free, family event. There will be an espresso cart and food truck on campus if you are interested in purchasing food.  

    This week I had the opportunity to meet with each of our third grade classes to review the expectation of students giving their best effort.  Our third graders are taking the SBA (Smarter Balanced Assessment) for the first time. It is important to our Liberty Ridge community that we are holding all students accountable for ALWAYS giving their best effort.  A way that we have explained “best effort” to all students is by sharing the 212 degrees philosophy with them. Ask your student what this means to them. Please continue to support us by encouraging your child to give their best each and every day.  

    We are continuing our Read Across America Challenge for the remainder of the month.  Right now the students of Liberty Ridge are winning in this challenge. We encourage families to turn in their reading minutes as well as to make sure your students are reading at home and turning in their minutes each week.  Our staff is working hard to read at home and turn in our minutes as well. Thanks for celebrating this fun reading opportunity with us!

    Sincerely,
    Julana Hardtke

     

     


     

    4th/5th Grade Musical

    This year’s 4th/5th grade musical, “We Haz Jazz” is coming up soon!

    When: Monday, March 25th

    Time: 7:00 PM (students should arrive at 6:40 PM)

    Location: Sumner High School Performing Arts Center (PAC)

    What to Wear: Dress in your fanciest outfits

    Please note, there is a daytime performance at 1:15 PM in the gym at Liberty Ridge.




    When is the last day of school?

    We know you're wondering -- and we're close to finalizing -- the official student ending date for the 2018-19 school year.

    The School Board and the state must first approve our request to waiver two school days missed during the state of emergency.  Here are two scenarios based on the outcome of our waiver request with the state:

    • If state approves waiver: The last day of school year would be Tuesday, June 25.

    • If state denies waiver: The last day of the school year would be Thursdays, June 27.

    Once we receive a response from the state, we will communicate the official school year ending date to you. In the meantime, her are answers to some other frequently-asked questions



    Community Cultural Celebration April 27

    Celebrate the cultures represented in our community and volunteer to participate at the Sumner-Bonney Lake School District Community Cultural Celebration on April 27.   Celebrate your own culture and enjoy learning about the many other cultures in our community!

     

    Families are invited to sign up to:

    • Provide food from your cultural heritage

    • Lead/assist a cultural art project/craft for kids

    • Share culture through performance (sing, dance, storytelling, etc.)

    • Assist with information, set up, clean up, station help, etc.

    • Lead a Language Learning Session (teach phrases and greetings in your home language)

    April 27  | 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.  | Sumner Middle School, 1508 Willow Street

    Visit https://www.sumnersd.org/ccc for more information.  The event is free and open to the public.



    Register now for Community Summit March 19

    Attend the Communities For Families 26th Annual Community Summit to examine topics affecting the health and well-being of children and families in Sumner and Bonney Lake.

    Summit activities include:

    • Breakout sessions on youth depression, building inclusive communities, vaping and homelessness.

    • Keynote speaker John Gaines aka "John PUSH Gaines," a former at-risk kid turned youth advocate, helping young people realize -- regardless of adversity or obstacles they may face -- that they can still PUSH to be great.

    • Community dinner

    Visit www.sumnersd.org/communitysummit for more information.


     

    Annual Report highlights SBLSD in 3

    Watch your mailboxes for our Annual Report, which gives families a high-level overview into the District's Top 3 highlights from the 2017-18 school year. From accountability in our management of resources to record-setting gains in academics, you'll see our Top 3 accomplishments in the goal areas of Academics, Safety, Partnerships and Resource Management.

     

    Can't wait for your print copy? Read it now online.


    DSHS Mobile Community Service

    When:

    Wednesday  March 27, 2019 12:00-4:00

    Where:

    Sumner Community Food Bank

    1526 Main St E

    Sumner, WA


    At this event, you can apply for:

    • Cash Assistance

    • Basic Food Assistance

    • Medical Assistance

    • Medicare Savings Program

    • You can also drop off paperwork, complete an Eligibility Review, Mid-Certification Review or make changes to an existing case.



    Kindergarten Registration Open

    Do you have a child who will be 5 years old by Aug. 31, 2019?

    All children enrolling for kindergarten for the coming school year must be five years old by August 31, prior to the start of school. When registering a child for school, families should bring:

    • Proof of child’s birth date (birth or hospital certificate, passport);

    • Immunization information and child’s health history; and

    • Names and phone numbers of parents, physician, and an emergency contact when the parent/guardian cannot be reached.

    • Proof of residency (choose one of the following):

      • Gas, water, or electric bill

      • Purchase papers for home

      • Lease/rental agreement

      • Affidavit of residence with a sponsor or landlord

    Families may visit their neighborhood school for a registration packet or download a packet from the Sumner School District Website. Completed registration forms should be returned to your neighborhood school.

     

                                     
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  • Principal Update - Mar. 8

    Posted by Julana Hardtke on 3/8/2019

    Dear Liberty Ridge Families,

    Our career week was a success!  Each day we celebrated different aspects of careers with the purpose of getting our students thinking about life after high school.  The most exciting day this week was Wednesday when our students were able to participate in a career fair. We were lucky to have many community members willing to share about their careers.  We look forward to growing this event each year at Liberty Ridge!

    Parent-teacher conferences are approaching quickly, a letter will be coming home with your child today communicating whether or not their teacher is requesting a conference with you.  We look forward to continuing to partner with you!

    Please continue to send in your Read Across America record sheets.  We are looking forward to seeing who wins this reading challenge!

    Sincerely,
    Julana Hardtke

     


    Grandparents Day

    On March 15th, we will be hosting our annual Grandparents luncheon. Your child is welcome to invite a loved one to come spend lunch with them. Please see the details and times below. The Bookfair will be open for guests to visit and the bus loop will be blocked off to allow for extra parking.

     

    Kindergarten Registration Open

    Do you have a child who will be 5 years old by Aug. 31, 2019?

    All children enrolling for kindergarten for the coming school year must be five years old by August 31, prior to the start of school. When registering a child for school, families should bring:

    • Proof of child’s birth date (birth or hospital certificate, passport);

    • Immunization information and child’s health history; and

    • Names and phone numbers of parents, physician, and an emergency contact when the parent/guardian cannot be reached.

    • Proof of residency (choose one of the following):

      • Gas, water, or electric bill

      • Purchase papers for home

      • Lease/rental agreement

      • Affidavit of residence with a sponsor or landlord

    Families may visit their neighborhood school for a registration packet or download a packet from the Sumner School District Website. Completed registration forms should be returned to your neighborhood school.

     

                                     
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  • Principal Update - Mar. 1

    Posted by Julana Hardtke on 3/1/2019

    Dear Liberty Ridge Families,

    It was great to be back in school for a 5 day week.  Students and staff were able to get back into the routine of learning.  We look forward to a celebrating Career Week next week. Each weekday we will have a spirit day based on a career theme.  On Wednesday students will have the opportunity to participate in a career fair. This is the second year we have had career week and a career fair at Liberty Ridge and we are proud of this new tradition!  In the Sumner-Bonney Lake School District 100% graduation, as well as college and career readiness are top priorities. Please join us in talking to your kids about the importance of doing their best in school in preparation for a great future, as always, we appreciate your partnership!

    March is a busy month around Liberty Ridge!  Today was the official start of our Students vs. Parents vs. Staff Reading Challenge!  Please make sure your whole family is recording their reading minutes in order to participate in this challenge.  If you are looking for a good book to read, we have a box of books in the front office for parents to borrow from.  If you have books you would like to donate to this box feel free to send them in! When you visit Liberty Ridge next time take note of all of the wonderful Read Across America decorations in our school.  Each classroom door is decorated like a Dr. Seuss book! Many thanks to our wonderful support staff for creating these fun decorations. Enjoy the month of March and READ, READ, READ!

    Sincerely,

     


    No Toys at School

    In order to maintain an environment that supports optimal learning, we are asking that all toys remain at home. Not only is this disruptive to learning, but often it can lead to conflict or items being lost. We appreciate your help and support with this.

     

     

    Parking Lot Reminders

    We would like to remind parents to abide by the procedures. We have these procedures in place for safety reasons. It is important that they are followed in order to keep students, staff, and families safe.

    • When dropping students off, pull into the drop off line

    • Do not let students out until directed by a staff member

    • If you are getting out with your child, please pull into a parking spot and use the crosswalks.


    Grandparents Day

    On March 15th, we will be hosting our annual Grandparents luncheon. Your child is welcome to invite a loved one to come spend lunch with them. Please see the details and times below. The Bookfair will be open for guests to visit and the bus loop will be blocked off to allow for extra parking.

     

    Update Notification Preferences in Family Access

    Do you want to be alerted about changes to school operations via phone, email, text or all of the above?

    Sumner-Bonney Lake School District uses web-based Family Access as our information hub for families.  Families can view class schedules, grades, attendance, fines, fees, lunch account balances and other student information.

    We also use it to notify you about the things you need to know, such as attendance, transportation, school closure or delays, and even when a lunch money account is getting low. Most importantly, we use the contact information in case of emergencies, so it’s important your information is up-to-date.

    • Go to www.sumnersd.org/familyaccess and enter your login and password.
      Need password assistance? If your email address is up-to-date with your child’s school, use the “Forgot your Login/Password?” link on the Family Access login page.

    • From within Family Access:  click the "Skylert" link on the left side and adjust communication preferences.

    Please allow 24 hours for changes to be updated. Information entered into Skylert contact information will not update your child's record at the school.   If you need help with Family Access, or have any questions, please contact your child’s school.


    Kindergarten Registration Open

    Do you have a child who will be 5 years old by Aug. 31, 2019?

    All children enrolling for kindergarten for the coming school year must be five years old by August 31, prior to the start of school. When registering a child for school, families should bring:

    • Proof of child’s birth date (birth or hospital certificate, passport);

    • Immunization information and child’s health history; and

    • Names and phone numbers of parents, physician, and an emergency contact when the parent/guardian cannot be reached.

    • Proof of residency (choose one of the following):

      • Gas, water, or electric bill

      • Purchase papers for home

      • Lease/rental agreement

      • Affidavit of residence with a sponsor or landlord

    Families may visit their neighborhood school for a registration packet or download a packet from the Sumner School District Website. Completed registration forms should be returned to your neighborhood school.

     

                                     
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  • Principal Update - Feb. 22

    Posted by Julana Hardtke on 2/22/2019

    Dear Liberty Ridge Families,

    I am very excited to announce that we are going to be doing a Read Across America month long challenge during March here at LRE!  Read Across America is celebrated every March in memory of Dr. Seuss and all he did to promote a love of literacy in children. We are challenging students, parents and staff to read at least 30 minutes daily and record their reading minutes.  For each 30 minutes that is read we will add a link to a paper chain to track who is winning in our challenge. The student chain will be blue, the parent chain will be purple, and staff chain will be white. If you’re an adult looking for a good book to read, we’ll have a “trade box” in the front office.  Feel free to donate a book and/or take a book. Please join us in this fun experience to promote reading at LRE!

    Sincerely,
    Julana Hardtke

     


    Dental Day Coming Soon!

    Dental Day for Liberty Ridge is on March 6th this year!  Please be looking in your child's folder for a permission slip form.  Permission Slips are due by February 27th if you would like your child to receive this optional service while here at school.  This program is offered by the Tacoma/Pierce County Health Department.

    Please contact smilesavedhs@gmail.com with any questions you may have about this program.


    Grandparents Day

    On March 15th, we will be hosting our annual Grandparents luncheon. Your child is welcome to invite a loved one to come spend lunch with them. Please see the details and times below. The Bookfair will be open for guests to visit and the bus loop will be blocked off to allow for extra parking.


    Update Notification Preferences in Family Access

    Do you want to be alerted about changes to school operations via phone, email, text or all of the above?

    Sumner-Bonney Lake School District uses web-based Family Access as our information hub for families.  Families can view class schedules, grades, attendance, fines, fees, lunch account balances and other student information.

    We also use it to notify you about the things you need to know, such as attendance, transportation, school closure or delays, and even when a lunch money account is getting low. Most importantly, we use the contact information in case of emergencies, so it’s important your information is up-to-date.

    • Go to www.sumnersd.org/familyaccess and enter your login and password.
      Need password assistance? If your email address is up-to-date with your child’s school, use the “Forgot your Login/Password?” link on the Family Access login page.

    • From within Family Access:  click the "Skylert" link on the left side and adjust communication preferences.

    Please allow 24 hours for changes to be updated. Information entered into Skylert contact information will not update your child's record at the school.   If you need help with Family Access, or have any questions, please contact your child’s school.



    Kindergarten Registration Open

    Do you have a child who will be 5 years old by Aug. 31, 2019?

    All children enrolling for kindergarten for the coming school year must be five years old by August 31, prior to the start of school. When registering a child for school, families should bring:

    • Proof of child’s birth date (birth or hospital certificate, passport);

    • Immunization information and child’s health history; and

    • Names and phone numbers of parents, physician, and an emergency contact when the parent/guardian cannot be reached.

    • Proof of residency (choose one of the following):

      • Gas, water, or electric bill

      • Purchase papers for home

      • Lease/rental agreement

      • Affidavit of residence with a sponsor or landlord

    Families may visit their neighborhood school for a registration packet or download a packet from the Sumner School District Website. Completed registration forms should be returned to your neighborhood school.




    Up and Atom! STEM Fair and District Art Show Feb. 23

    The District will host its annual STEM Fair and District Art Show on Feb. 23 at Sumner Middle School from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Science, technology, engineering, and math student projects will be featured at this annual event, which is held in conjunction with the District Art Show.   

    The Art Show celebrates the arts in our schools with pieces of student work in various media including watercolor, oil, charcoal, colored pencil, mixed media, and ceramics on exhibit. The show also includes digital photographs by middle and high school students.

    For a list of activity and vendor booths, in addition to STEM Fair registration packets, visit www.sumnersd.org/STEM.

     

    When is the last day of school?


    Recent school cancellations have caused concern with regards to make up days and the last day of school.  A number of factors go into the decision about making up missed instruction time due to weather-related events.  The District is currently reviewing options with the state and will communicate as quickly as possible once a determination has been made. Until then, thank you for your patience as we work to solidify a plan.

     

    HIV/AIDS Prevention Curriculum Review Night - March 14

    The District invites families to preview HIV/AIDS prevention curriculum for students in select grades and classes at 4:30 P.M. on March 14 at Sumner Middle School Library.

    The curriculum preview is for families with students currently enrolled in:

    • 4th Grade - Human Growth and Development (puberty)
    • 5th-7th Grade
    • 8th Grade Skills for Life Class (2nd Semester)
    • 9th-10th Grade Health Classes

     

    Washington state law requires that every student receive HIV/AIDS prevention education in grades 5 through 12. Becuase this unit covers sensitive topics, Washington state law and SBLSD board policy require that parents are provided the opportunity to preview these lessons. 

    This is an opportunity for parents and guardians to understand the health content for grades 4-12, preview teaching materials and ask questins about the resources used in the classroom. Curriculum for the following grade levels will be available for preview:

    • Grade 4: Human Growth and Development (Puberty)
    • Grade 5: HIV/AIDS and Human Growth and Development (Puberty)
    • Grades 6-7: HIV/AIDS
    • Grade 8: Skills for Life - HIV/AIDS
    • Grade 9: Health Content
    • Grades 10-12: HIV/AIDS

    Parents wishing to exclude their child from the HIV/AIDS curriculum required by our state must preview this curriculum and sign an exclusion form. 

    For 8th and 9th grade families, this is a repeat of the parent preview night in December.



    Spring Into Recreation Programs


    Registration is coming up for the following programs.  Mark your calendars! For more information, visit the City of Bonney Lake website or call (253) 891-6500.  

    Before/After School Activities Program for the 19-20 school year

    This program is available at all elementary schools for children in grades K-5.Registration begins March 12 at 8:30 a.m.


    BLHS Dance and Drill Clinic for grades K-6

    When: April 5, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

    Cost: $40


    Pee Wee Indoor Soccer for ages 3-6

    When: Practices will be March 30 and April 6. Exact time to be determined.

    Games are scheduled on Saturdays, April 20 - June 1.Here'






    Register now for the Community Summit: March 19

    Attend the Communities For Families 26th Annual Community Summit to examine topics affecting the health and well-being of children and families in Sumner and Bonney Lake.

    This free event features keynote speaker John Gaines aka “John PUSH Gaines,” a former at-risk kid turned youth advocate. John has spoken at universities, nonprofit organizations, youth conferences, NBA skill camps, churches, and schools helping young people realize -- regardless of adversity or obstacles they may face -- that they can still PUSH to be great.  Breakout sessions include:

     

    • The Truth About Vaping

    • Climbing Out of Homelessness

    • Rebuilding Hope: Tackling Depression

    • Continuing to Build An Inclusive Community

    Click here to register

     

    Nominations for Unsung Hero Award:

    Do you know someone worthy of a Community Impact/Unsung Hero Award?  Recognize the dedication of an individual or organization who serves in support of our local community by submitting a nomination form by Feb. 15.  Honor an individual or organization who:

    • makes a powerful difference without having the benefit of holding an office, title or position.

    • contributes to the health and well-being of youth and families.

    • works “behind the scenes” and is rarely recognized for community involvement.

    • goes above & beyond what is expected – as a volunteer, or professionally.

    As a member of the Communities for Families (CFF) Coalition, the District is excited to announce the nomination period for the 2019 Community Impact/Unsung Hero Awards given annually as part of the Sumner-Bonney Lake CFF Community Summit held each March.

    Each year, individuals and groups give of their time, talent and resources to help through contributions to communities within the Sumner-Bonney Lake School District.  These contributions do not go unnoticed and the impact is significant. The Unsung Hero Award is an opportunity to recognize the dedication of any one person or organization who serves in support of our local community.

    Criteria for Award:

    • An individual who has made a powerful difference in the community without necessarily having the benefit of holding an office, title or position.

    • An individual who has contributed to the health and well-being of their community’s youth and families.

    • An individual who works behind the scenes and is rarely recognized for their community involvement.

    • An individual who goes above and beyond what is expected of them – as a volunteer or in their professional role.

    Access the Nomination form online or contact marilee_hill-anderson@sumnersd.org at (253) 891-6032.  Nomination deadline: Feb. 15.

    Award recipients, and those who nominate them, will be contacted by Feb. 27.  Awards will be presented during the annual Sumner-Bonney Lake Community Summit on March 19.

     

                                     
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  • Principal Update - Feb. 8

    Posted by Julana Hardtke on 2/8/2019

    Dear Liberty Ridge Families,

    What weather we have had this week!  Both staff and students enjoyed getting back to school yesterday and we made the most of our short week together.  Thank you for being so flexible with the 2 hour early release today. The weather report for this weekend and next week calls for more snow, please continue to monitor the district website and social media for any school schedule changes.  Safety is one of our core pillars in the Sumner-Bonney Lake School District, and while we know schedule changes can be tricky for families we appreciate your support and understanding of our effort to keep students safe. In the case of additional snow days please make sure your child is continuing to read for 30 minutes per day.  Research shows how important daily reading is to student success-what better opportunity than a cold, snowy day to get some reading in. Thank you for your continued partnership for student success, enjoy your weekend!

     

    Sincerely,
    Julana Hardtke

     


    Limited Bus Transportation Routes

    In some weather related instances, school may be open or delayed with limited bus transportation. Limited transportation means schools will operate and buses will stop at all regular stops with the exception of some areas. See if your neighborhood is on the list for alternative stops by following this link: https://www.sumnersd.org/Page/3769

    When decisions are made for alternative stops, families will be notified from the communications department.


    Update Notification Preferences in Family Access

    Do you want to be alerted about changes to school operations via phone, email, text or all of the above?

    Sumner-Bonney Lake School District uses web-based Family Access as our information hub for families.  Families can view class schedules, grades, attendance, fines, fees, lunch account balances and other student information.

    We also use it to notify you about the things you need to know, such as attendance, transportation, school closure or delays, and even when a lunch money account is getting low. Most importantly, we use the contact information in case of emergencies, so it’s important your information is up-to-date.

    • Go to www.sumnersd.org/familyaccess and enter your login and password.
      Need password assistance? If your email address is up-to-date with your child’s school, use the “Forgot your Login/Password?” link on the Family Access login page.

    • From within Family Access:  click the "Skylert" link on the left side and adjust communication preferences.

    Please allow 24 hours for changes to be updated. Information entered into Skylert contact information will not update your child's record at the school.   If you need help with Family Access, or have any questions, please contact your child’s school.

     

     

    Kindergarten Registration Begins Feb. 4

    Do you have a child who will be 5 years old by Aug. 31, 2019?

    All children enrolling for kindergarten for the coming school year must be five years old by August 31, prior to the start of school. When registering a child for school, families should bring:

    • Proof of child’s birth date (birth or hospital certificate, passport);

    • Immunization information and child’s health history; and

    • Names and phone numbers of parents, physician, and an emergency contact when the parent/guardian cannot be reached.

    • Proof of residency (choose one of the following):

      • Gas, water, or electric bill

      • Purchase papers for home

      • Lease/rental agreement

      • Affidavit of residence with a sponsor or landlord

    Families may visit their neighborhood school for a registration packet Feb. 4, 2019, or download a packet from the Sumner School District Website. Completed registration forms should be returned to your neighborhood school.





    Up and Atom! STEM Fair and District Art Show Feb. 23

    The District will host its annual STEM Fair and District Art Show on Feb. 23 at Sumner Middle School from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Science, technology, engineering, and math student projects will be featured at this annual event, which is held in conjunction with the District Art Show.   

     

    The Art Show celebrates the arts in our schools with pieces of student work in various media including watercolor, oil, charcoal, colored pencil, mixed media, and ceramics on exhibit. The show also includes digital photographs by middle and high school students.

     

    For a list of activity and vendor booths, in addition to STEM Fair registration packets, visit www.sumnersd.org/STEM.

     

     

                                     
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  • Principal Update - Feb. 1

    Posted by Julana Hardtke on 2/1/2019

    Dear Liberty Ridge Families,

    It has been a fun week at LRE, we have enjoyed focusing on graduation.  This week each grade level practiced their graduation year chant. Ask your child to tell you what year they will graduate and have them share the chant with you.  We appreciate you supporting our goal of having 100% of students in our school district graduate, we know that high school graduation leads to career and college success!  Today students dressed as what they would like to be when they grow up. We saw future doctors, teachers, firefighters, construction workers and many more exciting career choices.  We know Thunder Eagles will be successful adults that SOAR!

    This week many grade levels took the MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) test in both reading and math.  It has been a pleasure to see the growth that students are making. Next week both first and fourth grades will be taking this test on Tuesday and Thursday.  We look forward to seeing their progress as well. We appreciate you partnering with us for student success, you would be amazed a how much it helps to have you talk with your child about doing their best on assessments.  Thank you for being on our team!

    Sincerely,
    Julana Hardtke

     


    Kindergarten Registration Begins Feb. 4

    Do you have a child who will be 5 years old by Aug. 31, 2019?

    All children enrolling for kindergarten for the coming school year must be five years old by August 31, prior to the start of school. When registering a child for school, families should bring:

    • Proof of child’s birth date (birth or hospital certificate, passport);

    • Immunization information and child’s health history; and

    • Names and phone numbers of parents, physician, and an emergency contact when the parent/guardian cannot be reached.

    • Proof of residency (choose one of the following):

      • Gas, water, or electric bill

      • Purchase papers for home

      • Lease/rental agreement

      • Affidavit of residence with a sponsor or landlord

    Families may visit their neighborhood school for a registration packet Feb. 4, 2019, or download a packet from the Sumner School District Website. Completed registration forms should be returned to your neighborhood school.


    Liberty Ridge STEM Fair

    Liberty Ridge will host our STEM fair on February 8th. Judging for primary grades will be first thing in the morning at 8:25 and intermediate judging will take place at 11:40. Our STEM Fair Coordinator, Jarah Snelling, has been working to organize this event so our participants are ready to present their projects to the judges. Classes will be able to view the projects in the afternoon with their classes. If you have any questions regarding the LRE STEM fair, please email Jarah_Snelling@sumnersd.org




    Up and Atom! STEM Fair and District Art Show Feb. 23

    The District will host its annual STEM Fair and District Art Show on Feb. 23 at Sumner Middle School from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Science, technology, engineering, and math student projects will be featured at this annual event, which is held in conjunction with the District Art Show.   

     

    The Art Show celebrates the arts in our schools with pieces of student work in various media including watercolor, oil, charcoal, colored pencil, mixed media, and ceramics on exhibit. The show also includes digital photographs by middle and high school students.

     

    For a list of activity and vendor booths, in addition to STEM Fair registration packets, visit www.sumnersd.org/STEM.



    Inclement Weather


    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 AM. In this digital age, here’s how we can 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 changes. Please be aware if all “emergency” boxes are checked for various contacts,  you could receive closure information multiple ways. By house phone, cell phone, email, and text.

    • District Website - www.sumnersd.org - please refer to our district website for the most accurate information when it happens.

    • Facebook - “Like” Sumner-Bonney Lake School District. School closures, as well as other important information and announcements will be on the feed.

    • Twitter - @SumnerSchools will have information regarding school closures for those who prefer to tweet.




     

                                     
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  • Principal Update - Jan. 25

    Posted by Julana Hardtke on 1/25/2019

    Dear Liberty Ridge Families,

    Next week is an exciting one at Liberty Ridge, we are spending time teaching kids about high school graduation.  Each day at morning meeting we will be going over graduation year chants with each grade level. On Wednesday our school counselor, Mrs. Grant, will be teaching a lesson about high school graduation to our school.  Kids will also be doing a “graduation walk” on Wednesday during their time outside with Mr. Weber our PE teacher.

    At Liberty Ridge, and in the Sumner School District our goal is that 100% of our students graduate from high school.  We believe that it is important for students in all grades to know what it means to graduate from high school, and how graduating from high school can ensure a successful future.  Thank you for partnering with us in our mission of 100% graduation! 

    Graduation Week Spirit Days:


    1/28

    Follow your Dreams in your Pajamas Day!!

    What better way to plan your dreams than in your pajamas? Do you know what you want to be when you grow up? Now is a great time to start thinking about your future!

    1/29

    High School Colors Day!

    Do you know the colors of your future high school? Bonney Lake High School rocks black, teal and silver! Go Panthers!

    1/30

    Cap and Gown Day!

    Graduation is a special ceremony to celebrate your academic achievement of earning a high school diploma. Practice for the big day during the Grad Walk!

    1/31

    College Colors Day!

    What colleges have you heard of? Washington State University sports crimson and gray while the University of Washington wears purple and gold. Know someone who went to college? Ask their school colors and represent them today!

    2/1

    Career Dress-up Day!

    Do you want to be a firefighter, chef, ballerina, or dog trainer? Whatever it is, choose one career you’re interested in and dress the part!

    Sincerely,
    Julana Hardtke

     


    Emergency Procedures

    Every month, schools in SBLSD participate in emergency drills. One of the areas where parents can help us most is by making sure contact information is kept current for our office. In case of an emergency, phone numbers, addresses and emergency contacts are vital in our reunification plans. Additionally, when coming to retrieve your child, you will need to bring a photo ID with you.  If you would like to change the way you are notified of school emergencies (text, calls, etc), you may log into the Skylert link in Family Access to edit that information. If you need assistance with login information for Family Access, please contact our office.

     

    Spring Testing Schedule - Updates

    Please make note, due to a conflict, our testing schedule had to be changed. Please note the testing dates below:

    Kindergarten Registration Begins Feb. 4: Attend a Kickoff Event for more information

    Do you have a child who will be 5 years old by Aug. 31, 2019?

    Attend a Kindergarten Kickoff Event to learn more about kindergarten in the Sumner-Bonney Lake School District and receive a registration packet. Packets will be available at all elementary schools and online beginning Feb. 4.

    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 Sumner-Bonney Lake 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. 30: 6-7 p.m., Sumner Middle School (1508 Willow St., in Sumner)

    • Jan. 31: 6-7 p.m., Lakeridge Middle School (5909 Myers Rd. E., in Bonney Lake)

    For more information, contact Early Learning Administrator Laurie Sjolund at (253) 891-6053.



    Changes to the District Calendar 

    Students in the Sumner-Bonney Lake School District lost one day of instruction due to a weather-related school closure on Jan. 7.

    The District will make up this school day on June 20. The last day of the 2018-19 school year is now Thursday, June 20, 2019. The last day of school will remain a half-day early dismissal day.

     

    Federal Government Shutdown Assistance

    Do you know a family in our District who is impacted by the government shutdown? They may qualify for free or reduced-priced meals through the National School Lunch Program.

    Families who have been affected by the shutdown can submit a  free and reduced-price meal application  to see if their child qualifies.

    Contact Child Nutrition at (253) 891-6450 for more information.

     

    Liberty Ridge STEM Fair

    Liberty Ridge will host our STEM fair on February 8th. Judging for primary grades will be first thing in the morning at 8:25 and intermediate judging will take place at 11:40. Our STEM Fair Coordinator, Jarah Snelling, has been working to organize this event so our particpants are ready to present their projects to the judges. Classes will be able to view the projects in the afternoon with their classes. If you have any questions regarding the LRE STEM fair, please email Jarah_Snelling@sumnersd.org

     

    Up and Atom! STEM Fair and District Art Show Feb. 23

    The District will host its annual STEM Fair and District Art Show on Feb. 23 at Sumner Middle School from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Science, technology, engineering, and math student projects will be featured at this annual event, which is held in conjunction with the District Art Show.   

    The Art Show celebrates the arts in our schools with pieces of student work in various media including watercolor, oil, charcoal, colored pencil, mixed media, and ceramics on exhibit. The show also includes digital photographs by middle and high school students.

    For a list of activity and vendor booths, in addition to STEM Fair registration packets, visit www.sumnersd.org/STEM.



    HIV/AIDS Prevention Curriculum- Parent Curriculum Review Night

    The Sumner-Bonney Lake School District (SBLSD) is hosting a curriculum night for families to preview the HIV/AIDS prevention curriculum for 5th grade and students currently enrolled in 8th grade Skills for Life or 9th grade Health classes.  

    Washington State law requires that every student receives HIV/AIDs prevention education in grades 5 through 12.  Because this unit covers sensitive topics, Washington State law and SBLSD board policy require that parents are provided the opportunity to preview these lessons.

    Parent Review Night

    March 14, 2019     4:30-6:30 p.m.

    Sumner Middle School, Library

    Curriculum will be available for preview.  This is an opportunity for parents and guardians to understand the 4th and 5th grade Human Growth and Development (puberty) content, health content for grades 8 and 9, preview teaching materials and ask questions about the resources used in the classroom.

    Parents wishing to exclude their child from the HIV/AIDS curriculum required by our state must preview this curriculum and sign an exclusion form.

    For 8th and 9th grade families, this is a repeat of the parent preview night held in December.

     

                                     
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  • Principal Update - Jan. 18

    Posted by Julana Hardtke on 1/18/2019

    Dear Thunder Eagle Families,

    Next week is an important one here at Liberty Ridge.  Students will begin winter MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) testing.  Students will be taking the MAP test in both reading and math. The results from the test are a great way for us to monitor student progress from fall to winter.  We are looking forward to celebrating much growth from the hard work teachers and students have been putting in this year. Please do your part to help us by making sure your child/children go to bed early during this time and make sure they either have a big breakfast at home or are eating a school breakfast.  We would also appreciate if you are able to talk to your child about how important it is to always do their best work as they are completing their test. It is their chance to show what they know! As always, we appreciate your partnership with us. Have a wonderful three day weekend!

     

     
     
     
    Sincerely,
    Julana Hardtke

     


    Additional School Day:

    Students in the Sumner-Bonney Lake School District lost one day of instruction due to a weather-related school closure on Jan. 7.

    The District will make up this school day on June 20. The last day of the 2018-19 school year is now Thursday, June 20, 2019. The last day of school will remain a half-day early dismissal day.

     

    School Meals and the Federal Government Shut Down 

    Do you know a family in our District who is impacted by the government shutdown? They may qualify for free or reduced-priced meals through the National School Lunch Program.

    Families who have been affected by the shutdown can submit a  free and reduced-price meal application  to see if their child qualifies.

    Contact Child Nutrition at (253) 891-6450 for more information.

     

    Kindergarten Registration Begins Feb. 4: Attend a Kickoff Event for more information

    Do you have a child who will be 5 years old by Aug. 31, 2019?

    Attend a Kindergarten Kickoff Event to learn more about kindergarten in the Sumner-Bonney Lake School District and receive a registration packet. Packets will be available at all elementary schools and online beginning Feb. 4.

    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 Sumner-Bonney Lake 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. 30: 6-7 p.m., Sumner Middle School (1508 Willow St., in Sumner)

    • Jan. 31: 6-7 p.m., Lakeridge Middle School (5909 Myers Rd. E., in Bonney Lake)

    For more information, contact Early Learning Administrator Laurie Sjolund at (253) 891-6053.

    Save the Date - SBA Assessments

    In the spring, we begin our state assessments with our 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students. Please see the calendar below and make note of your student’s testing days so that absences and appointments may be scheduled around these dates. Thanks for your help and understanding.

     

    Up and Atom! STEM Fair and District Art Show Feb. 23

    The District will host its annual STEM Fair and District Art Show on Feb. 23 at Sumner Middle School from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Science, technology, engineering, and math student projects will be featured at this annual event, which is held in conjunction with the District Art Show. 

    The Art Show celebrates the arts in our schools with pieces of student work in various media including watercolor, oil, charcoal, colored pencil, mixed media, and ceramics on exhibit. The show also includes digital photographs by middle and high school students.

    For a list of activity and vendor booths, in addition to STEM Fair registration packets, visitwww.sumnersd.org/STEM.

    STEM Fair Project Packets Now Available

    Does your child want to model the work of professional research scientists? We’re looking for students to develop projects for the District STEM Fair, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 23 at Sumner Middle School.

    Students can choose to enter one of the following types of projects with one project per student:

    If your child chooses to participate, please register their project.  

    For more information or to volunteer for the STEM Fair, email Patti O'Malley or go towww.sumnersd.org/STEM.

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    2019-20 Attendance Waiver Application Window:  Dec. 10 - Jan. 23

    All waiver applications for the 2019-20 school year must be submitted between Dec. 10, 2018  and Jan. 23, 2019 for optimal consideration. Waiver applications submitted after Jan. 23, 2019, may be considered if it has been determined that grade level and building capacity allow.

    In-District Waivers: Resident students who wish to attend a school other than their resident school for the 2019-20 school year must complete the Intra-District (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.)

    Out-of-District Waivers: For students residing outside of the Sumner-Bonney Lake School District attendance boundaries, an Inter-District (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.

    Online applications for the 2019-20 school year will be available Dec. 10, 2018. Visit theAttendance Waiver Webpage for timelines and information.

     

     

     

                                     
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  • Principal Update - Jan. 11

    Posted by Julana Hardtke on 1/11/2019

    Dear Liberty Ridge Families,

    What a great week back it has been, our students and staff came back ready to make 2019 AMAZING!  This week we focused on reviewing expectations with students. On Tuesday, our recess supervisors were able to review recess expectations with all classrooms.  Today, staff reviewed our SOAR expectations with students for all of the different locations in the school. Students were reminded of SOAR expectations in the hallways, restrooms, office, cafeteria, morning meeting, and of course in the classroom.  SOAR stands for: Safe Choices, Owning our Actions, Achieving Excellence, and Respectful Behavior. Please take a minute to ask your child/children what SOAR expectations mean to them and how they show these at LRE!

    Sincerely,
    Julana Hardtke

     


     

    STEM Fair Project Packets Now Available

    Does your child want to model the work of professional research scientists? We’re looking for students to develop projects for the District STEM Fair, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 23 at Sumner Middle School.


    Students can choose to enter one of the following types of projects with one project per student:


    If your child chooses to participate, please register their project.  


    For more information or to volunteer for the STEM Fair, email Patti O'Malley or go towww.sumnersd.org/STEM.

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    2019-20 Attendance Waiver Application Window:  Dec. 10 - Jan. 23

    All waiver applications for the 2019-20 school year must be submitted between Dec. 10, 2018  and Jan. 23, 2019 for optimal consideration. Waiver applications submitted after Jan. 23, 2019, may be considered if it has been determined that grade level and building capacity allow.


    In-District Waivers: Resident students who wish to attend a school other than their resident school for the 2019-20 school year must complete the Intra-District (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.)


    Out-of-District Waivers: For students residing outside of the Sumner-Bonney Lake School District attendance boundaries, an Inter-District (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.


    Online applications for the 2019-20 school year will be available Dec. 10, 2018. Visit theAttendance Waiver Webpage for timelines and information.

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    All District Highly Capable Referral Period:  Jan. 7-18

    Does your child perform at significantly advanced academic levels when compared with others? Consider referring them for highly capable services by submitting a referral packetJan. 7-18.  

    Learning characteristics could include:

    * Analytical thinker

    * Accelerated learner

    * Advanced language speaker

    * Self-motivated

    The identification of students who are among the most highly capable is done by testing their cognitive ability, academic abilities and academic achievement levels.  To learn more about highly capable services, attend the Parent Information Night on Jan. 15 at Lakeridge Middle School from 6-7 p.m.

    The District will notify families with testing times by Feb. 15.

    For more information, contact Chris Anderson at (253) 891-6061 or visit www.sumnersd.org/hicap.
     
     

     

     

     

                                     
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  • Principal Update - Jan. 4

    Posted by Julana Hardtke on 1/4/2019

    Dear Thunder Eagle Families,

    I hope you have enjoyed the winter break with your family.  Our staff at Liberty Ridge are looking forward to returning to school on Monday, we can’t wait to see all of our students and hear about their adventures over the break.  As I reflect on the new year and all that comes with it, I am incredibly thankful for our students, families and staff at LRE. As we begin 2019 together, it is more important than ever that we keep our school vision in the forefront of all we do.  Our vision statement at Liberty Ridge is: Together We Succeed; No Exceptions, No Excuses! At Liberty Ridge we have high expectations of all students and want them to achieve their very best everyday. We appreciate all of the Liberty Ridge families, as well as our greater community for working together for student success.  As you prepare your child/children to return to school, please remind them that we expect their best everyday. You can even work with your child/children to set a goal for the remainder of the school year. We did this in my house and my kids came up with goals like: I will do my homework without being asked, and I will give my best effort in school everyday.  You would be amazed at how much setting a simple goal with your child can help their academic success. We appreciate you partnering with us-together we will succeed! Happy New Year!

    Sincerely,
    Julana Hardtke

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    STEM Fair Project Packets Now Available

    Does your child want to model the work of professional research scientists? We’re looking for students to develop projects for the District STEM Fair, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 23 at Sumner Middle School.

    Students can choose to enter one of the following types of projects with one project per student:

     

                                     
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