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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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  • Principal Update - Aug. 29

    Posted by Sandy Miller on 8/29/2018
    Dear Families,
     

    We have had a busy and exciting week at Tehaleh Heights Elementary as construction continues and staff members gain  access to their classrooms and offices.  Thank you to our wonderful PTA for lunch on Tuesday!  What a great way to start the year!

     

    Front Office Opens - September 5, 8:00 - 4:30 pm
    Due to construction our front office will be open to the public on
    9-5-18.

     

    September 4, 5:00 - 7:00 pm Blaze the Trail Back-to-School Night! AND Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
    We are looking forward to cutting the ribbon and opening the doors to students and families! This will be a fun time to meet your child’s teacher, put school supplies away in the classroom and tour various areas of our beautiful new school. 

     

    Student Individual School Photos - September 4, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
    O’Connor Photography will be taking your child’s school photo during our Blaze the Trail Back-to-School night.  You should have received an information packet in the mail.  There will also be packets available that evening for your convenience.

     

    Classroom Assignments
    You will soon be receiving a postcard in the mail with the name of your child’s teacher!   Look for them to arrive this Friday or Saturday. If you don't receive yours before Back to School Night, just stop by the office for the information!

     

    We will see you the evening of September 4th where we will begin Blazing the Trail at Tehaleh Heights Elementary!

     

    The journey begins,

     

    Sandy Miller
    Principal, Tehaleh Heights Elementary

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  • Principal Update - Jul. 31

    Posted by Sandy Miller on 7/31/2018

    Dear Families,

    Many great things have happened this summer as positive progress on the building continues. I am happy to let you know we are on schedule and our first day of school will be September 5 for students grades 1-5.

    The building is coming along beautifully. We are excited to share the many special features with students and families. We are looking forward to inviting you to join us at a Welcome To School Night on September 4 from 5-6:30 p.m. At this event you will be able to tour our school and meet your child’s teacher.

    As a school community, we have been meeting throughout the summer to plan a variety of activities for students at Tehaleh Heights Elementary. We cannot wait to begin working with our wonderful students.

    I would also like to thank Carrie Tulloch and her wonderful team of parents for the work they have done establishing our Tehaleh Heights Elementary PTA. Much work has gone into the project and our PTA has been Dreaming Big about next year. Thank you to all those who have volunteered to be part of our PTA.

    I would also like to thank the many involved in identifying our mascot as The Trailblazers. Thank you to Heather DeLong for designing a beautiful and inspiring logo. Our colors are Blue, Orange and Gray. Prepare to hear our chant "Trailblazers STEP Up!"

    We even had a Tehaleh Heights Elementary Space rock take a ride on the latest Blue Origin's rocket launch. Thank you to the Greene family for gifting our school with this amazing opportunity. This year we plan to help students discover the STEM steps involved in this successful achievement.

    More information about our Welcome Back To School Night and your child's classroom teacher will be coming in the next couple of weeks.

    See you soon!

    Sandy Miller
    Principal, Tehaleh Heights Elementary

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  • Principal Update - Apr. 20

    Posted by Sandy Miller on 4/20/2018

    Dear Families,

     

    It is with great pleasure I write this letter welcoming you to Tehaleh Heights Elementary! Yes, it’s official. At the April 18 board meeting, the Sumner School Board established the name of the district’s ninth elementary as Tehaleh Heights Elementary School.

     

    Together we are all part of a very unique adventure as we open the doors fall 2018 to a new school, in a new community.  I look forward to meeting each and everyone of you as we join efforts to create an outstanding school community in every possible way.

     

    I was able to hire a very creative and talented Lead Team two years ago composed of classroom teachers, paraeducators and an administrative secretary.  I encouraged the Lead Team to “Dream Big . . . Like Really Big” . . . AND . . . we did and we will continue to do so.  We were closely involved in the design phase of the project, allowing us to incorporate several STEM-related features into the design of the building.  We have also been working as a team to create a STEM-focused culture with a foundational belief that we are all scientists and engineers using Science, Technology, Engineering and Math to solve problems everyday.  Much of our work will be centered around Design Thinking - Identify a Problem & Create a Solution making the world a better place.

     

    One of our very first tasks will be to establish a PTA.  To help get things started, the state PTA organization is holding an Information Meeting on Monday, April 23 at 7 p.m. in the Donald Eismann Elementary Commons.  I encourage you to attend this important meeting as we begin the process to solidify our partnership.

     

    I will keep updating you with the latest information. To see ongoing construction progress of our school, please go to www.sumnersd.org/construction. View the latest video showing a time-lapse construction from September.

     

    In closing, I would like to say, it is truly an honor to serve your children and partner with you in their academic and behavior success.  Together we are creating tomorrow’s leaders and innovators. This is a responsibility I do not take lightly.

     

    Let’s work together . . . “Dreaming Big . . Like Really Big”  . . . and rolling up our sleeves as we work to accomplish great things for the students of Tehaleh Heights Elementary!

     

    Looking forward to meeting you soon,

     

    Sandy Miller

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