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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 Sandy Miller on 3/15/2019

    Trailblazers and Families,

    March is halfway through and there’s lots to celebrate here at THE! Thank you so much to our incredible PTA for a fun and successful Book Fair Week. The theme was Dino-mite….and it was just that. We’ll never forget the 6 foot inflatable T-Rex that roamed the halls and wandered into our morning launch meetings.  Seriously, those PTA gals know how to make everything they do feel so special. And HUGE thanks to all the families that came out to support their efforts by putting brand new books into kids hands.  And because of this successful event, the PTA was able to generously reinvest  thousands of dollars of books into our classrooms and library. Thank you to everyone that tirelessly donated their time, energy, and funds! Also a special thank you to the Bliss family who generously donated incentive prizes for our students getting rewards for step up slips!  This has been such a fun addition to our morning launch meeting!

    Just wanted to share some useful information for the remainder of the month.  Thanks for all you do in helping us blaze these trails!

     

    Dates To Remember:

    Wed. 3/20 - PTA General Membership Meeting @ 6:30 pm

    Thurs. 3/21 - Talent Show Performance @ 2:15 pm

    Fri. 3/22 - NO SCHOOL

    Tues. 3/26 - Conferences - Half Day Early      Dismissal @ 12:15 pm (no lunch is served)

    Tues. 3/26 - PTA Spring Bingo Night 6-8 pm

    Thurs. 3/28 - Conferences - Half Day Early Dismissal @ 12:15 pm (no lunch is served)

    4/8-4/12 - SPRING BREAK

    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 Thursday, June 27.

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

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    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, 2019 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Sumner Middle School

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

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    When to keep your child home.... A message from the health room:

    Deciding when a child is too sick to go to school can be a difficult decision for parents to make. When trying to decide, use the guidelines below to help you.

    Go to School if: your child has any of the following, they should probably go to school:

    • Sniffles, a runny nose and a mild cough without a fever (this could be an allergic response to dust, pollen or seasonal changes.)

    • Vague complaints of aches, pain or fatigue.

    Stay at home guidelines:

    • Chicken Pox: Children must stay home until all pox are scabbed over. Call the school to report that your child is out with this illness.

    • Communicable/Contagious Illness: Do not send a child to school with a contagious illness such as Impetigo, Staph or MRSA. Your child can return to school when on an antibiotic or appropriate medication for 24 hours, or with a note from your health care provider stating your child is no longer contagious. Call the school if your child has any of these conditions.

    • Cough: Do not send a child to school with a nagging or deep cough.

    • Diarrhea: Do not send a child to school with any unexplained watery stools, especially if the child acts or looks ill. Your child must stay home for at least 24 hours after the last watery stool.

    • Ear Pain: Consult with your health care provider. Untreated ear infections can cause permanent hearing loss.

    • Eyes: Do not send a child to school with thick discharge, pus draining from the eye or pink eye. With pink eye you may see a white or yellow discharge, matted eyelids after sleep, eye pain and/or redness. Call the school if your child has pink eye. Your child can return when on an antibiotic for 24 hours or a note from your health care provider stating your child is no longer contagious is provided.

    • Fever: The best way to check for a fever is with a thermometer. No child with a temperature over 100.4 degrees should be sent to school. The child should be fever free for 24 hours (without fever reducing medicine such as Tylenol or Motrin) before returning to school.

    • Lice: Head lice must be treated, and ALL nits removed before the child can return to school. Call the school if your child has lice.

    • Scabies: Students may return to school 24 hours after treatment has begun. Call the school if your child has scabies.

    • Rash: Do not send a child with a new rash or open sore to school until your health care provider has said that it is safe to do so. All open sores must be covered and drainage contained prior to returning to school.

    • Sore Throat: If your child has a sore throat and white spots can be seen in the back of the throat or a fever is present, keep your child at home and call your doctor. With strep throat your child may return to school after 24 hours of antibiotics.

    • Vomiting: Do not send a child to school if vomiting two or more times in a 24 hour period or once if other symptoms are present (fever, lethargy or nausea). Your child must stay home until symptom free for 24 hours.

    Please feel free to contact the health room staff at your child’s school or the district health services department at 253-891-6051 if you have any questions.

     

    Trailblazers STEP Up!
    (Safe, Try again, Empathetic, and Positive)

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  • Principal Update - Mar. 6

    Posted by Sandy Miller on 3/6/2019

    Hello Trailblazers and Families!

    The winter weather continues to be a wild ride, but we’re back on track here at THE and making up for lost time. Looking ahead, we have lots to be excited about this Spring!  From our first ever talent show and theatre production, to spending more time outside and trying out that new grass field.  We continue to be amazed by the brightness and wonder of our students as we continue to blaze new trails with our STEM learning culture. Onward!

    DATES TO REMEMBER:

    3/4/19 to 3/8/19 - Book Fair!

    3/7/19 - 9am Storytime In The Imaginarium - Welcoming incoming Kinders and Preschoolers!

    3/8/19 - PJ Day and PTA Movie Night “Smallfoot” 6-8pm. Book fair will be open too!

    3/12/19 - Class Photo Day - order yours now from the order forms sent home last week! Also, the photographer has asked students not to wear green or white for class pictures as it doesn't photograph well.

    TAKE A RISK:

    It’s a fresh new month and time for a fresh new BIG 10 Character Trait.  This month, we'll be talking with our Trailblazers about how to be a Risk Taker in life and what the benefits are. Being a Risk Taker is all about being brave and being willing to try new things.  Great things never come from staying in one’s comfort zone.  We want to provide the scaffolding of support needed for our students to feel confident in their own ability to take that leap.

    Language that will be used throughout the school will sound like:

    *be brave

    *don’t be afraid to fail, you’ll never know until you try

    *be open to trying something new

    *take a chance

    *give it a go

    CELEBRATING CULTURE:

    The Sumner-Bonney Lake School District is hosting a Community Cultural Celebration April 27th, from 10-1pm at Sumner Middle School.  This is an incredible event with fun for the entire family. Participants will be sharing food, dance, art, clothing, songs, and traditions.  If you’re interested in sharing a part of your heritage with the community or have any questions, we’d love to hear from you!  Please contact Angela angela_kelly@sumnersd.org or Carrie president@tehalehheightspta.org 

    YOUR TRASH, OUR TREASURE:

    This Spring, we will be working on some exciting projects during our Makerspace Unit in STEM Class and with Earth Day recycled art projects. LOTS of materials will be needed to make this happen.  The following list of needed items can be brought to school by your student and sorted at our new Recycle Center in the Launch Pad starting this week!

    • Cardboard or shoe boxes (flattened)
    • Plastic water or pop bottles
    • Paper towel/toilet paper tubes
    • Egg cartons
    • Crafting materials (yarn, fabric, buttons, popsicle sticks, pipe cleaners, beads, string, foam, velcro, ribbon)
    • Jar lids
    • Plastic lids from food and drink containers
    • Plastic food containers (yogurt, margarine, takeout)
    • Other items (duct tape, masking tape, electrical tape, straws, rope, glue toothpicks, zip ties, dice, qtips, rubber bands, foil, board game pieces, wire, tubing, bubble wrap)

    BEING AT SCHOOL CONSISTENTLY HAS AN EVEN BIGGER IMPACT THAN :

    Did you know?

    • "Starting in kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school."
    • "Missing 10 percent (or about 18 days) can make it harder to learn to read. That’s just 2 days a month."
    • "Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school - and themselves."
    • "Chronic absenteeism in kindergarten, and even pre-k, can predict lower test scores, poor attendance and retention in later grades."

    All quoted or paraphrased fromwww.attendanceworks.org

     

       Trailblazers STEP Up!

    (Safe, Try again, Empathetic, and Positive)

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  • Principal Update - Feb. 20

    Posted by Sandy Miller on 2/20/2019

    Trailblazer Families and Friends,

    The District STEM Fair is almost here! This Saturday, Feb 23rd, from 10am to 3pm at Sumner Middle School, come and see what all the buzz is about.  This is a fun event for the entire family!

    THE will be there representing our school with our STEM Activity Boards.

    You can participate in the fair in two ways:

           1. By stopping in and saying hi!

           2. By volunteering (students must be there with a               parent or supervisor).

    If you and your student are interested in volunteering that day, I have LIMITED SPACES available due to tight quarters.  Please contact stacey_crnich@sumnersd.org to secure your spot. Volunteers must be willing to stay 1-2 hours and all students need to be in attendance with their supervising adult.  

    Please email Mrs Crnich with your student name and what shift you would like to attend:

    10am-12pm
    11pm-1pm
    12pm-2pm
    1pm-3pm

    Thanks and hope to see you there!

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  • Principal Update - Feb. 7

    Posted by Sandy Miller on 2/7/2019

    Hello Trailblazers and Families!

    February is really breezing by with all this unprecedented snowfall!  The Sumner-Bonney Lake School District has our student safety in the forefront of every decision being made, from late starts to closures. Please read the district communication that went out to families today for your preference on how you would like to receive updates. By the looks of photos and videos posted on social media, our students are making the most of the bonus days off in this winter wonderland!

    BE A LEADER:

    It’s a fresh new month and time for a fresh new BIG 10 Character Trait.  This month, we'll be talking with our Trailblazers about what it means to be a LEADER.

    Being a leader isn't just about being ahead of everyone, it's about what your actions were that got you there.  You can only truly blaze trails when you are respecting yourself and others along the way.

    Language that will be used throughout the school will sound like:

    *Model what’s expected

    *Trust your instincts

    *Encourage others

    *Think about what’s best for everyone

    *Lead the way to greatness

    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.

    District Stem Fair Art Winner: Kylie Lamoureaux, Grade 7

    STEM FAIR 2019 - Individual Submission Info:

    Sumner-Bonney Lake School District STEM Fair 2019 is coming up on Feb 23rd at Sumner Middle School from 10:00am to 3:00pm!

    THE is participating in the exhibition portion of the Fair with an ALL SCHOOL Stem Board Project, but your student can also participate individually with their own unique project.

    All you need to do is register using the link below. There are packets that help guide you through the process as well.

    REGISTER HERE: https://bit.ly/STEMFAIR2019

    INFO PACKETS HERE: https://www.sumnersd.org/STEM

    Feel free to contact Mrs. Crnich in the Library with any additional questions. stacey_crnich@sumnersd.org

    New Research: Showing Up Consistently To School Has An Even Greater Impact Than We Previously Thought:

    Did you know?

    • "Starting in kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school."
    • "Missing 10 percent (or about 18 days) can make it harder to learn to read. That’s just 2 days a month."
    • "Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school - and themselves."
    • "Chronic absenteeism in kindergarten, and even preK, can predict lower test scores, poor attendance and retention in later grades."   

    All quoted or paraphrased from www.attendanceworks.org

    For Families of Fifth Graders - Important Information:

    Human Growth and Development & HIV/AIDS Prevention Curriculum- Parent Curriculum The Sumner-Bonney Lake School District is hosting a curriculum night for families to preview the HIV/AIDS prevention curriculum for students currently enrolled in grades 5 through 7 and for students enrolled 2nd semester in 8th grade Skills for Life and 9th and 10th grade Health classes.  The preview is also open to 4th grade families to preview human growth and development (puberty) materials. 

    Review Night

    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.

    March 14, 2019       4:30-6:30 p.m.

    LOCATION: Sumner Middle School Library

    This is an opportunity for parents and guardians to understand the health content for grades 4-12, preview teaching materials and ask questions 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.

    Trailblazers STEP Up!

    (Safe, Try again, Empathetic, and Positive)

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  • Principal Update - Jan. 17

    Posted by Sandy Miller on 1/17/2019

    Hello Trailblazers and Families!

    Happy New Year!  We hope that each of your families enjoyed our long Winter Break.  Our students are rested and ready to take in all that 2019 offers to learn and grow here at THE.

    NO SCHOOL MONDAY, JANUARY 21, 2019 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Enjoy your 3 day weekend!

    PTA FUNDRAISER TONIGHT AT PANDA EXPRESS 5-8PM

    Our PTA is making magic happen every day within our school walls.  An easy way to support their ongoing efforts….is to take your family out to dinner tonight!  20% of sales go directly to them….and in turn, benefit your student directly. Make sure to show the digital flyer below at checkout!

    STEM FAIR 2019 UPDATE

    It’s all systems go with our STEM Fair School-Wide Projects and we’re getting ready to blast off with construction!  Prior to break, we explained our overall concept of creating Interactive STEM Boards that will be installed on the walls throughout the school (think...children’s museum). Our students are involved in every step of the design process…from concept, to prototype, to construction of the completed board.  We are now ready to dig in and bring these boards to life!  

    IT’S GO TIME and we’d love your help! Be on the lookout for supply “wish lists” from classroom teachers. Thank you in advance for anything you can donate to help us make these boards happen. We would also be grateful for any handy helpers that would be willing to come to the school any day after 3pm, with tools in hand.

    We also wanted to note, that any student wanting to submit an individual project to the upcoming STEM Fair, outside of the school project, can absolutely do so!  Here is all the info below.  Feel free to contact Mrs. Crnich in the Library with any additional questions.  She’d love to help. stacey_crnich@sumnersd.org

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

    If your child chooses to participate with an individual project, pleaseregister their project.  

    For more information or to volunteer for the STEM Fair, email Patti O'Malley: (patti_omalley@sumnersd.org)  or go to:www.sumnersd.org/STEM.

     

     

    Trailblazers STEP Up!
    (Safe, Try again, Empathetic, and Positive)

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  • Principal Update - Dec. 7

    Posted by Sandy Miller on 12/7/2018

    Hello Trailblazers and Families!

    Is it really December?!  When we blasted off this year in our new building, we knew the direction we were heading but had no idea the velocity with which we’d get there!  We are so thankful for the daily support we receive from our community of learners and their families.  With this help, we have achieved so much more than we could have ever dreamed was possible of a new building, new student body, newly formed staff, and new community.  Here’s to DREAMING great big amazing dreams!  Onward to 2019!

    Read on to learn about how THE is thinking outside the box for STEM FAIR 2019! This is BIG and we’d love your ideas!

    Our school will be the first ever to submit a SCHOOLWIDE project to the STEM Fair in February 2019.  As you already know, we like to blaze trails.  Using design thinking, we have identified a problem and want kids and families to help us come up with the solution.  

    Problem:

    As a STEM focused school, we need convenient opportunities for on-demand engineering throughout our building (think….children’s museum)

    Solution:

    Create Interactive Boards that we can line the halls with and strategically place in common areas where kids congregate most.

    BIG Ideas:

    We would love for you and your child to DREAM BIG during the holiday break and come up with some ideas for fun and engaging interactive activities that can be mounted on a wall.  Submissions will be accepted by the classroom teacher up until the Jan 11th deadline. These submissions can be in the form of notes and drafts, or be a physical prototype.  Your child can decide.  Final specs on the boards will be 4ft x 6ft, however the prototype can be any scale. The teacher will then pick a winning submission that the entire class will work on as a team and enter into the STEM Fair.  In addition to this, the project will be mounted on the wall of the school as a legacy to future Trailblazers. Here is our THE pinterest board to use as inspiration and further explanation. 

    https://www.pinterest.com/tehalehheightselementary/the-interactive-board-ideas/

    ***Please note that your student can absolutely submit any project they may be working on individually to the STEM Fair in addition to this group project.  The sky's the limit.  Check out the district info below for Individual project submissions.***

     

    District STEM Info:

    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 to www.sumnersd.org/STEM.

     

    What our students are saying about THE...

    Every day, we feel honored to walk into our building and serve these learners. To hear what they have to say about it....well, it’s just the best compliment we could ever receive. To the future....

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=45JK7FkDwlw

    December Dates To Remember:

    12/14 - PTA Kid's Korner Gift Shoppe in the Imaginarium. Kids can buy for their loved ones and prices range from $1-$10 per item.  All kids have $1 to spend, courtesy of our PTA.

    12/21 - Polar Express Day!  We’re watching the movie, drinking hot cocoa, and wearing pajamas.

    12/24/18-1/6/19 Winter Break - NO SCHOOL!

    Our BIG 10 Practices of a Scientist and Engineer!

    The development and enrichment of social practices, skill sets, and character traits are embedded into our daily life at THE. By having monthly themes we are able to teach, model, and coach each practice and create a universal language throughout our school.

    December's "Big 10 Practice of an Engineer and Scientist" is a big one.  And by big, I mean that it’s our motto!  DREAM. Every morning as we prepare to blast off in the "Launch Pad", we make sure to touch on this subject and start the day off right.

    DREAM Topics of conversation that we will continue to have throughout the month are…

    -thing BIG

    -set goals

    -create and innovate

    -be unstoppable

    -strive to achieve greatness

    -be anything you want to be

    Language being used around the school might sound like…

    -”Let’s think of a way to solve this problem that is new and different than how it’s usually solved.”

    -"Trailblazers, work hard and dream BIG today!"

    -"What is your dream scenario for this project?"

    -"Trailblazers, let’s help each other strive for greatness today!"

    -”Think bigger….what would you do if there were no limitations to your imagination?”

    And speaking of dreams, we wanted to share some of the dreams of our team of educators involved in the planning of our school.  These dreams are the foundation of every thing we do and believe.

    Top Photos from November

    Our 1st Annual Veterans Day Assembly was a day to remember! Nearly 50 veterans were in attendance on November 13th to watch our students perform in their honor. We are so thankful for their service and honored to have the opportunity to tell them in person.

    New technology at our school is being incorporated into our curriculum. From kindergarteners using microscopes with their chromebooks, to 5th graders coding and flying drones!

    Thinking back to our October fundraiser and the Schoolwide Act of Kindness project….the donation of gently used books.  The recipients of our donation, the SOAR Academy in Tacoma, were so moved by the 500 books they received for their students to enjoy.  Way to STEP up and give BIG, Trailblazers! Here’s a photo of the staff at SOAR sorting them for their library.

    Thank you once again to our PTA, for putting on an amazing Book Fair! The proceeds are helping others in a multitude of ways, including books for every teacher at THE and the library as well.  Your commitment to our building is unparalleled.

    Our fundraiser was published!

    Check out December’s issue of The Land Above magazine! Check out pages 12 +13 for some familiar faces and the story of how our PTA raised money for the school through giving back.

    The Land Above - pdf

    And one last thing….

    Our recess teachers would love to make sure that your child’s coat gets back to them the same day it’s misplaced.  If you could put your child’s name somewhere on the coat, we could make sure they are never coatless.  Thank you!

     

    Trailblazers STEP Up!

    (Safe, Try again, Empathetic, and Positive)

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  • Principal Update - Nov. 2

    Posted by Sandy Miller on 11/2/2018

    Hello Trailblazers and Families!

    How is it November already?!  October flew by and there is so much to be thankful for. We had an incredibly successful PTA sponsored fundraiser (Raise Craze Acts of Kindness Campaign which raised over $20,000), an amazing student led Dedication Ceremony, our highly attended Watch Dogs Volunteer Program kickoff, and our first Boo Boogie Bash with more than 500 party goers.  The building has been quite literally buzzing with energy, and as we head into November there is no slowing down. We are so thankful for your daily support. Let’s keep dreaming BIG!

    November Dates To Remember:

    Nov 8th – Hearing and vision testing

    Nov 9th - PTA Turkey Bingo Night, 6-8pm

    Nov 13th - Veterans Day Assembly, 9:15-10:15am

    Nov 15, 16, 19, 20 - Conferences - 12:15 dismissal - No lunch is served

    Nov 26th-30th - Book Fair Week

    Nov 30th - Family Movie Night, 6pm

    Our BIG 10 Practices of a Scientist and Engineer!

    The development and enrichment of social practices, skill sets, and character traits are embedded into our daily life at THE. By having monthly themes, we are able to teach, model, and coach each practice and create a universal language throughout our school.

    November's "Big 10 Practice of an Engineer and Scientist" is INSPIRE. Every morning as we prepare to blast off in the "Launch Pad", we make sure to touch on this subject and start the day off right.

    INSPIRE Topics of conversation that we will continue to have throughout the month are…

    -motivate others

    -help others

    -be kind and encouraging

    -compliment others

    -say, think, and talk positive

    Language being used around the school might sound like...

    -"Trailblazers, how can you inspire others today?"

    -"Who is an inspiration in your life?"

    -"Trailblazers, let’s help one another reach our goals today!"

    -”Using kind and encouraging words cannot only change your outlook, but also others around you!”

    Veterans Day Assembly - Veterans, please RSVP by Nov. 8th

    RSVP Link:  https://goo.gl/forms/g18ZFvZ7Pk2BNvQ72

    Our Building Dedication Ceremony and School Video

    Our building is official now, with a beautiful new plaque. We are so thankful to our student ambassadors that night that helped us showcase all the amazing things this community of students, staff, pta, and neighborhood are doing on behalf of our school.  We are also so thankful to the voters that made this dream happen in the first place.  We take our commitment to this community and the future very seriously.  Here’s a link to a video that tells the story of our school…https://youtu.be/N2ww8WFvy9g

    Top 5 Photos of October:

    Our school motto…

    Ethan T, the engineer that designed our space themed fundraising dollar tracker

    Our unprecedented Watch DOGS volunteer meeting turnout!

    Mrs. Miller fulfilling her end of the deal with students.  Fundraising goals met = Principal gets publicly SLIMED!

    The Classroom Emergency Kits our PTA purchased for us!

    Our stage FILLED with books, as part of our School Wide Act of Kindness

    **Special Request from Our Nurse’s Office**

    With the weather changing, we are finding the need for extra clothes becoming necessary. Being a new building, we don’t currently have extra clothes in our health room for students to borrow. Any used clothing donations would be appreciated for the health room.

    Trailblazers STEP Up!

    (Safe, Try again, Empathetic, and Positive)

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  • Principal Update - Oct. 8

    Posted by Sandy Miller on 10/8/2018

    Hello Trailblazers and Families!

    It’s a brand new month and all the finishing touches of the school are being completed. The front office and the library have their new desks and furniture, signage is going up, and the play structure is being assembled. Staff and students alike are feeling pretty at home here.  It’s starting to feel really “lived in”. Most of all, we are so happy to call this community our home. The positive energy from our Trailblazing families is felt by all.  We are so thankful for your daily support.

    Introducing STEP UP Slips and Student Lanyards!

    We have a fun and impactful new way to recognize our students when they are doing great things around school.  Starting this month, our staff has orange pieces of paper called STEP UP slips.  At any moment of the day, we issue them to students that are being Safe,Trying again, being Empathetic, and showing Positivity.  Once they receive the slip, they turn it in at the front office and receive an orange bead for their lanyard, along with a chance to do a little dance on the giant floor piano!  Everyone in the office claps and we make a big deal of it …because it is!  If you check out our Facebook page, you can see a video of Principal Miller playing a duet with a student. Here’s a photo of our students that just received their beads.

    Our BIG 10 Practices of a Scientist and Engineer!

    The development and enrichment of social practices, skill sets, and character traits are embedded into our daily life at THE. By having monthly themes we are able to teach, model, and coach each practice and create a universal language throughout our school.

     

    October's "Big 10 Practice of an Engineer and Scientist" is EMPATHETIC. This is a big one. There is so much research around this important character trait being taught at a young age. Being able to put yourself in someone else's shoes is such a powerful life skill. Every morning as we prepare to blast off in the "Launch Pad", we make sure to touch on this subject and start the day off right.

    EMPATHETIC Topics of conversation that we will continue to have throughout the month are…

    -imagine how others are feeling

    -caring about others

    -thinking about others

    -putting yourself in other's shoes

    -helping others

    -forgiveness

    Language being used around the school might sound like...

    -"Trailblazers, how can you choose to show empathy today for your friends and classmates?"

    -"How do you think this made your friend feel?"

    -"Can you imagine what that would feel like?"

    Fundraising That Doesn’t Involve Cookie Dough or Wrapping Paper….We’re All In.

    Check your child’s go home folder for info on this amazing fundraising campaign that is centered around kindness and community. Thank you PTA leaders!

    The Library is Open For Business!

    The newly opened library has been a hub of excitement this week. The kids have been checking out with their scheduled class visit, and then coming back in with a pass to get more books! We love return customers like this! We’re all over the moon with the most incredible, thoughtful collection. At our library, we have more chairs than tables. We encourage kids to explore all the books, share what they find, and then seek a cozy spot to enjoy it. It’s a “no shhh-ing” zone. Instead, it’s a space for talking about interests and connecting with friends. We received the sweetest photo today. Kids so excited about their books, that they want mom to look before they even make it home. And then an impromptu story time ensues mid-walk....curbside. This enthusiasm about reading from both students and parents is an absolute dream. Thank you THE community!

    Photos of the Week!

    The newest BIG 10 banner is being painted all month long and will hang in our Launch Pad gallery.

    Students using the STEM courtyard as an alternate classroom.

    Our students understand that being a scientist is someone that asks questions about the world around them!

     

    The only school in the area that has more bikes than cars in the parking lot.


    The playground being built, is the best show in town!

    Important Morning Drop Off Announcement


    Your child's safety is our number one priority here at THE and we need your help with something. During AM drop off, we're noticing that some students are being let out in the front parking lot and walking into school on their own. We know that your child is responsible, but for safety reasons we do not want students walking through the parking lot unattended.

    If you are driving your student to school in the mornings, your options are:

    1) drop off in back of school car loop

    2) park and walk student to the Launch Pad door

    3) park and walk student into the office if you need to talk with staff for any reason

    Thanks for helping us keep kids safe!

    THE Is Proud To Be GREEN!

    This amazing 5th grade student noticed our GREEN water fountains, way back on open house night. He started paying attention to the digital tally of water bottles being filled and took the initiative to report to Mrs. Miller and myself his data. We got him connected with Mr. Baldwin, our 3rd grade teacher and Tech lead, and they put together a spreadsheet for him to record his daily counts. Every day, Zach faithfully counts the fountains and touches base with us on his totals. Right outside the IMAGINARIUM we have 3 big white boards that we have devoted to this ongoing data collection. It’s fun to see these numbers grow. Thanks Zack...for having great ideas and putting them in motion. We are so proud of his efforts!

    Your student could be the next Everyday Engineer!  Here’s October’s Theme.

     

    October’s Engineering theme is “Leave It Better Than You Found It.” We encourage students every day to leave their classroom, playground, and lunch room better than they found it. We’d like to see solutions your little engineer might have for leaving their bedroom better than they found it. Ideas can be....an art supply organizer, a cool way to store a lego collection, or a way to contain a mountain of stuffed animals. Let their imaginations take the lead and send us a photo of their process and their completed solution to an organizational problem. Can't wait to see what they come up with!

    You Can Help The School While Shopping On Amazon...It’s Easy!

    It is OFFICIAL! Tehaleh Heights PTA is now connected to AmazonSmile! Just go to smile.amazon.com and search for “Tehaleh Heights” - hit SELECT - then start adding things to your shopping cart! Please be aware you need to access your Amazon shopping through the AmazonSmile portal to get your purchases to benefit our THE PTA. AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible smile.amazon.com purchases. Try it out and let us know how it works for you!

    https://smile.amazon.com/gp/charity/homepage.html

    Have you heard of Love and Logic Parenting?

    This is such a powerful course on how to build healthy relationships with kids, while building their self-confidence and motivation.

    Tremendous opportunity for your young artist to SHINE!

    Tehaleh Heights Elementary is participating in the Reflections program! The Reflections Program is a National PTA and Washington State PTA cultural arts competition.  The purpose of this program is to provide an opportunity for students to use their creative talents by expressing themselves through their own original works. The theme for this year is Heroes Around Me!

    If your student is interested in visual arts, literature, music, dance, photography or film this is their chance to express themselves!

    All grade levels can participate; interest forms will be sent out in your child’s Friday folders.  All of the information will be available on our PTA website Tehalehheightspta.org. Any questions please contactprograms@tehalehheightspta.org

    Our very own Dakota Frederick won 1st in State and a National Award of Merit for her dance performance last year!

    Reminder: NO SCHOOL on Friday 10/12 and Monday 10/15 for district training days.

     

    Trailblazers STEP Up!

    (Safe, Try again, Empathetic, and Positive)

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  • Principal Update - Sept. 21

    Posted by Sandy Miller on 9/21/2018

    Hello Trailblazers and Families!

    With each day we are all feeling more at home in our new building.  Processes and routines have taken shape.  Students and staff are all getting to know each other and friendships are forming.  It feels so great and we are so very proud of your students.  Our staff of educators have been working together, preparing for student success since this summer.  We continue to forge ahead with clear, solid, and innovative plans. We couldn’t be more pleased with how everything has “launched” so smoothly. It’s not often in a building that everyone and everything is brand new!  Because of this, we feel like we will always have a special bond with this very FIRST group of Trailblazers.  We are truly blazing the trails together! 

     

    Introducing our BIG 10 Practices of a Scientist and Engineer!

     

    The development and enrichment of social practices, skill sets, and character traits are embedded into our daily life at THE. By having monthly themes we are able to teach, model, and coach each practice and create a universal language throughout our school.

    September's theme is SUPER SAFE. The beginning of the year is a great time to dive into this very important practice. Every morning in the “Launch Pad” (big multipurpose room) we discuss why and how Trailblazers are SAFE.

    Topics of conversation that we will continue to have throughout the month are...

    -making safe choices in our new building
    -being careful with words
    -respecting personal space
    -exhibiting self control
    -showing respect to staff and peers
    -leaving spaces better than how they were found
    -being forgiving
    -respecting property and materials
    -using good manners

    Language being used around the school might sound like...

    -"Trailblazers, are we making super safe choices?"
    -"Please be super safe with your words...thank you."
    -"Let's be super safe today and have fun."

     

    Photos of the Week!

    Trailblazers Stepping Up to leave the lunch room better than they found it!

     

    2nd and 4th Grade Trailblazers working on a STEM design project together. 

    3rd Grade Trailblazers using our STEM courtyard as an alternate classroom.

     

    Mrs. Miller starting a new tradition with students, creating banners surrounding our BIG 10 Practices. By the end of the year, the Launch Pad will be a massive art gallery!

     

    Is your student an Everyday Engineer? Submissions due Oct 15th!
    everyday engineer

     

    Attendance will now be automated!

    Coming soon!  Once we have confirmed your student’s absence for the day, you will receive an automated call around 10:00 am.

    We always appreciate a heads up call from parents if you know your student will be absent. You can leave a message for the office staff any time of day or night at 253-891-6530. Once we receive a call, you will be taken off the automated call list. 

     

    Have you heard of Love and Logic Parenting?

    This is such a powerful course on how to build healthy relationships with kids, while building their self confidence and motivation.

     

    Tremendous opportunity for your young artist to SHINE!

    Tehaleh Heights Elementary is participating in the Reflections program!

    The Reflections Program is a National PTA and Washington State PTA cultural arts competition.  The purpose of this program is to provide an opportunity for students to use their creative talents by expressing themselves through their own original works. The theme for this year is Heroes Around Me!

    If your student is interested in visual arts, literature, music, dance, photography or film this is their chance to express themselves!

    All grade levels can participate; interest forms will be sent out in your child’s Friday folders.  All of the information will be available on our PTA website: Tehalehheightspta.org

    Any questions please contactprograms@tehalehheightspta.org

     

    Does your family have Native American Heritage?

    The Native American Education Program provides a unique opportunity for students with Native American heritage. Mrs. Washington (Nooksack & Lummi) works directly with students on Native history, cultural identity, and educational support. She has 15 years experience in Native education, working to help students connect their culture with their education.  For more information, please call Mrs. Washington at 253-778-7963 or drop by the office to pick up an enrollment form. 

     

    Trailblazers STEP Up!

    (Safe, Try again, Empathetic, and Positive)

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  • Principal Update - Sept. 12

    Posted by Sandy Miller on 9/12/2018

    Hello Trailblazers and Families!

    I’m not sure about you, but we can’t believe it’s been a full week that has passed since we opened our doors for the first time!  What an incredible group of students we have and we feel lucky to share this landmark year with all of you.

    Get all the latest info by following THE and the PTA on Facebook!

    We’d first like to invite you to follow Tehaleh Heights Elementary and Tehaleh Heights PTA pages on Facebook.  Between both pages, we are giving you the most up to the minute information as well as a peek inside our school walls throughout the day.  

    https://www.facebook.com/tehalehheightselementary/

    https://www.facebook.com/TehalehHeightsPTA/

    Is your student an Everyday Engineer? Submissions wanted!

     

    Our STEM Courtyard is more than just pretty landscaping….

    Our reservoir in the STEM courtyard at THE is filling up! This week’s rain was our test run of just one of many engineered features here on school grounds. All the rainwater from the roof is gathered by an underground network of pipes that release into this beautiful water feature. Students will learn about systems, volume, and water flow...right outside their classroom window.

    Design Thinking is not just a STEM thing...it’s practical skill that can be applied to ANYTHING in daily life.  



    Why making mistakes can be a very important skill to master…

    Author, PhD, and TED presenter, Brene Brown says...."There is nothing more vulnerable than creativity." and "There is no innovation without failure." These words are so very true.

    At THE we want to instill in each of our students that one of the most foundational parts of design thinking, is in fact, making mistakes and experiencing failure. Sometimes many...many...many times before they succeed. The acceptance of this part of the process is a valuable life skill, and the practice of all engineers and scientists alike. The staff at THE is here to support this perspective shift with all our students.

    Take the family out for dinner and dessert….and help the school at the same time!

    Just mention the THE PTA at checkout to make sure your purchase is counted.

    Parents of bus 38 Riders, we thank you for your patience this past week.

    Bus 38 is getting used to the new route and we so appreciate your flexibility; it's already better!

     

    Did you know that the PTA has new Spirit Gear styles for your whole family?

    Check out their fantastic website for all new styles and colors!  https://www.tehalehheightspta.org/

     

    THE has a YouTube channel?  Check out our first video that tells the story of our school, from both a construction and instruction point of view.

    https://youtu.be/z7hj6CbQI2w

    Trailblazers, Keep Stepping Up!

     

    Sandy Miller
    Principal, Tehaleh Heights Elementary

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