Messages to Families

  • Messages are sent out to families via school messages.
     
    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.
     
  • Message to Families: 1/16/21

    Posted by SBLSD on 1/16/2021

    Dear Trailblazer Families,

    We are so excited to have you return to school next week. Students in Special Programs at THE have received their schedules and information from their teachers.

    School starts at 9:00 am and dismissal is at 3:45 pm with the following hybrid model:

    • Hybrid A students attend school on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

    • Hybrid B students attend school on Wednesdays and Fridays.

    In the SBLSD family newsletter sent the evening of January 15th, you received directions for how to complete a quarterly Attestation form for your child(ren). In case you missed the family newsletter, here is the important information you will need:

    In-person hybrid families to complete attestation form each quarter

    With our expanded return to in-person learning, health and safety is our top priority. Families have an important role in helping ensure the safest environment possible for students and staff.

    It’s critical that all families with students in the In-Person Hybrid Learning model complete an attestation form for each child once every quarter. Completion of this form is required before entering the school building. The preferred and most efficient method to fill out the form is through Family Access. You may also download and print a hard copy of the form (English) (Spanish) and bring it to the school. Forms are not needed for students in Full-Time Distance Learning.

    The quarterly attestation form affirms that the parent/guardian will check their child daily for all symptoms of COVID-19 (symptoms listed on form) and agree not to send their child to school if the child has any symptoms, has been in close contact with someone with COVID-19, or has been told to self-monitor, quarantine or isolate. They also attest to report any signs of illness or contact with someone who has symptoms of COVID-19 to the school.

    Please complete this form in Family Access prior to your child’s first day of in-person learning. If you have questions or need assistance completing the form, please call your school.

    For bus information, please refer to the SBLSD family newsletter as well.

    In order for a safe and smooth transition back to school we would like you to watch the attached video with important information. It is our hope this will provide you with a look into how we plan to welcome students safely into our building.

    Return to School Video

    We appreciate you for helping us make this transition back to in-person learning a reality! Please contact us if you have any questions,

    Sandy Miller & Angela Kelly

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  • Message to Families: 1/14/21

    Posted by SBLSD on 1/14/2021

    Dear families,

    To help us with planning for arrival and dismissal, we are asking our amazing families to please complete the following google form by 8:00 am on Friday, January 15, 2021.

    Here is the link: https://forms.gle/Nchb29c9Jq8rELXZA

    This information will help us greatly as we prepare for the return of students Kindergarten through Second grade next week and Third grade through Fifth soon thereafter!

    Thank you so much!

    Sandy Miller & Angela Kelly

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  • Message to Families: 1/8/21

    Posted by SBLSD on 1/8/2021

    Dear families,

    We are excited to open our doors for Hybrid In-Person Learning for K-2 students starting Jan. 19 and then with grades 3-5 students two weeks later.

    Thanks to your quick response to the survey in selecting your child’s learning model, we’ve been hard at work creating the exact number of classrooms needed to honor the requests of all families for both in-person and distance learning.

    For those who are still trying to make their learning model decision, check out these FAQs on topics including instruction, health and operations.

    Here are details on what to expect the week of Jan. 11:

    On Tuesday, January 12, families of K-5 students will receive a message indicating whether their student is on the Hybrid A schedule, the Hybrid B schedule, or in Full-Time Distance Learning.

    • Hybrid A students attend school on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

    • Hybrid B students attend school on Wednesdays and Fridays.

    When students resume in-person learning, elementary schools will be operating on regularly-scheduled hours. Tehaleh Heights Elementary’s operating hours are 9:00AM- 3:45PM. More information will be coming next week in regards to drop off and pick up expectations as well as bus transportation details.

    Please note that students who are served in the DLC or Links programs will receive specific information on their school schedule from Special Services next week.

    As we have built new schedules to accommodate both in-person and distance learning, some classroom rosters have changed. Families of students who have a new teacher will be informed by phone call from their current teacher. Our goal is to have all calls completed by Thursday (1/14).

    Both in-person and distance learning students who have a new teacher will be able to meet them through an individual or group Zoom session on either Thursday (1/14) or Friday (1/15). Please watch for an invitation from your new teacher. They are excited to welcome their new students, and are planning activities to welcome all students to their new learning environment.

    Thursday January 14 and Friday January 15:

    Students will receive asynchronous work for both Thursday, Jan. 14 and Friday, Jan. 15 as teachers prepare for the transition to Hybrid In-Person Learning. There will be no synchronous Zoom sessions on either day. Students will be able to find asynchronous lessons and practice materials in their current Google Classroom account. During this time, schools will also ensure all final details for student arrival are ready. Students who receive Special Education services will also be provided asynchronous work.

    The staff at Tehaleh Heights Elementary have been working to create videos so students and families know what to expect when in person learning resumes for each grade level. This will include information on health and safety protocols. Here are more details on upcoming events:

    Upcoming Dates and Activities:

    Monday, Jan. 18 - No school: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    Students will not have asynchronous work assigned since Jan. 18 is a non-school day.

    Tues. Jan. 19:

    • New class rosters will be in effect K-5 (Hybrid and Distance Learning)

    • First day for K-2 In-Person Learning (Hybrid A)

    • First day for K-5 Distance Learning (for students staying in Distance Learning)

    Wed. Jan. 20:

    • First day for K-2 In-Person Learning (Hybrid B)

    Tues. Feb. 2:

    • First day for 3-5 In-Person Learning (Hybrid A)

    Wed. Feb. 3:

    • First day for 3-5 in person learning (Hybrid B)

    Again, we are looking forward to having our Trailblazers return to school! Thank you for your patience, understanding and flexibility as we work through this historical transition back to in-person learning. Be sure to closely monitor email messages, websites and social media posts from District and Tehaleh Heights Elementary for the latest information. We appreciate the work you have done and we treasure your partnership. Please reach out to us if you have any questions.

    Sandy Miller & Angela Kelly

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  • Message to Families: 12/18/20

    Posted by SBLSD on 12/18/2020

    Dear Trailblazer Families,

    As we head into Winter Break, I want you all to know how much we cherish your partnership allowing us the privilege of serving your children. It was so much fun driving through the neighborhood last night looking for STEM Snowflakes and seeing the bright sparkling smiles of so many! My heart is full of love and appreciation for all that you do and the wonderful diamonds you are raising.

    I was recently asked by former Trailblazer, Dakota and her sister Savannah, to sing a Christmas song for a dance they were choreographing as part of the BLHS Virtual Choir Concert. I chose the song Let There Be Peace On Earth because the lyrics have so much meaning. Thank you Savannah and Dakota for sharing your talents and running at the world. You remind us to Dream Big and Work Hard and beautiful things will happen.

    I wish all of the Tehaleh Heights Elementary community a Very Merry Christmas . . . . . Let There Be Peace On Earth and Let It Begin With Me! I Just Luv Ya!

    Here is a link to the dance and song as our wish for you:

    https://youtu.be/QeASEX9xEdo

    Sandy Miller

     
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    Step Up Winners for this Week!!

    Have a rest over Winter Break and when we get back we will all Keep Stepping Up!! Congratulations to this week's winners:

    K - Blake H.

    1 - Sammy W.

    2 - Liam D.

    3 - Sara W.

    4 - Claire R.

    5 - Ada P.

     
     
    THE Helping Hands Kindness Drive continues through December 22nd from 7 am to 6 pm!
     
    When you bring your donation of mittens, coats, scarves or socks, don't forget to put a homemade ornament on our Kindness trees to the right of the front entrance of our school! They are looking very festive!
     
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    NO SCHOOL DECEMBER 21st through JANUARY 1st. See you back at distance learning on Monday, January 4th!
     
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  • Message to Families: 12/11/20

    Posted by SBLSD on 12/11/2020

    Dear Trailblazers,

    As we head into our winter break, we want to let you know about a change to our normal routine of sending assignments to students.

    As you know, we typically send or post assignments and materials for the upcoming week each Friday. For the week we return from winter break, that would mean sending things out Friday, December 18. Instead, staff will be making work available to students on Monday, January 4 by noon.

    It is our hope that this change in plans is appreciated by all and everyone finds opportunities to rest, relax and enjoy their winter break!

    Sandy Miller

     
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    Reminder! Snowflake Lane STEM project next week!

    We will be lighting up our snowflakes/drawings in STEM zoom (12/15-12/17)! Please make sure your student has the following supplies during STEM zoom (12/15-12/17). Having these supplies ready to go for the STEM zoom will ensure students will get their circuits completed and taped into their snowflakes/drawings!

    *Engineered snowflake, drawing, or snowman sketch - We worked on these during STEM zoom 11/30-12/11. If your student was unable to attend these zoom sessions, please complete one on your own (click here for instructions).

    *STEM supply bag (coin battery and LED light) - these were supplied by the school and handed out during the supply pick-up on Nov. 30th. If you do not have one of these ziplock bags, please call the office to arrange a time to pick it up. Please help your student take the coin battery out of the cardboard ahead of STEM zoom, sometimes this can be difficult for younger students to do on their own.


    *Tape (scotch, masking, painters, etc…)
     
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    Be sure to watch out your window next Thursday from 5:00 - 6:30 because we have a surprise planned for our students. Make sure your STEM Snowflakes are on and hanging in your windows too!

    Staff and Student Spirit Week

    Monday, Dec. 14th, 8:30am to Friday, Dec. 18th, 3:45pm

    This is an online event.

    Monday- Winter Hats

    Tuesday- Dress up like your favorite Holiday Character

    Wednesday- Ugly Sweaters

    Thur Green for the Grinch

    Friday- Holiday Pajamas 

    Step Up Winners for this Week!!

    Trailblazers have sent in 1,528 Step Up Slips so far this year!! How amazing you all are! Here is a shout out to one Kindergartner we missed naming last week and all those who were drawn for this week!! Keep Stepping Up!!

    K - Joshua S. in Mrs. Kamau's class last week

    K - Finley F. in Ms. Stone's class for this week

    1 - Peyton D. in Mrs. Schukantz's class

    2 - Angela K. in Mrs. Perry's class

    3 - Andrew J. in Mr. Baldwin's class

    4 - Zoe A. in Mrs. Nelson's class

    5 - Evan H. in Mrs. Nichols' class

     

    THE Helping Hands Kindness Drive is happening December 14-22 from 7 am to 6 pm!

     
     
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    Reminder of New Attendance Procedure

    When calling in your student's absences for the remainder of this school year, you will be directed to our amazing LPN nurse, Karen Barnes. Please include Ms. Barnes in your emails to the school regarding your child's health concerns as well at: karen_barnes@sumnersd.org.

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  • Message to Families: 12/4/20

    Posted by SBLSD on 12/4/2020

    Dear Trailblazer Families,

    As we roll into December, I can't help but smile at the great things our little Trailblazers are doing.  They continue to Work Hard and Dream Big and they have the biggest, kindest, sparkling hearts.  They continue to amaze me with their resilience and creativity.  They would not be who they are without their wonderful families supporting them as they run at the world.  I hope you take a minute to read through all the great things happening at THE including listening to the First Ever Elementary Podcast in our District created by our wonderful Student Leadership Crew made up of 4th and 5th grade students!

    Thanks again for all you are doing during these unexpected times . . . we just Luv Ya!

    Mrs. Miller

    Another quote from 5th grader Bella was sent in!  We are grateful for the encouragement!

    ​​​​​​​"There is always something to be grateful for." Rhonda Byrne

    We’re the leadership crew from Tehaleh Heights Elementary in Bonney Lake, WA. Our school’s mascot is a trailblazer. As trailblazers we are supposed to make the world a better place even when it’s hard. How do we blaze the trail and make this world better? Our goal is to spark hope and inspire our community to see the light in everything.  Do you have questions for the leadership team?  Email tehalehheightsleadership@gmail.com and they will answer your questions on the podcast!

    So when things get hard. . .Why Not Smile! 

    Here is the Podcast link!   https://anchor.fm/whynotsmile

    Highly Capable Information

    The Sumner-Bonney Lake School District defines highly capable students as those who demonstrate, or have the potential to demonstrate, outstanding levels of aptitude (defined as exceptional ability to reason and learn).  We recognize and embrace the development of highly capable students and their use and possession of untrained, natural ability. Do you know a child who performs at significantly advanced academic levels when compared with other students of the same age?  If so, consider referring them for Highly Capable services.  

    Referrals

    Does your child perform at significantly advanced academic levels when compared with others? Consider referring them for Highly Capable Services by submitting a referral packet between Nov. 20 and Dec. 10.  Referral packets will be available online and in all schools beginning Nov. 20. 

    Any parent, community member, or staff member may refer students for Highly Capable services. The referral window for all students in the 2020-2021 school year will be open from Friday, Nov. 20 to Thursday, Dec. 10. All students referred for Highly Capable will be tested after Winter Break. 

    Fill out the online referral form for the 2020-21 school year:

    The mission of the Highly Capable Program is to partner with families and community to address the intellectual, social, and emotional needs of highly capable students by providing meaningful and challenging educational experiences.

    SNOWFLAKE LANE PROJECT

    ​Remember to complete your snowflake/snow drawing this week as we will be lighting them up with a circuit in STEM zoom (12/15-12/17)! After your circuit snowflake/snow drawing is completed, we are encouraging you to place your circuit snowflake/snow drawing in a window facing the front of your house. ​Be sure to display your snowflake in your windows by dusk on Thursday, December 17th and watch outside for who may drive by and see them!!​

    New Absence Procedure

    When calling in your student's absences for the remainder of this school year, you will be directed to our amazing LPN nurse, Karen Barnes.  Please include Ms. Barnes in your emails to the school regarding your child's health concerns as well at: karen_barnes@sumnersd.org.

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  • Message to Families: 11/23/20

    Posted by SBLSD on 11/23/2020

    Dear Trailblazer Families,

    This month we have been focusing on Gratitude and Dreaming Big!  I want all of you to know how Grateful we are for your partnership as we work hard and continue to Dream Big at Tehaleh Heights Elementary.  Thank you for attending conferences and thank you for your participation in the Food Drive!  You have the biggest sparkling hearts and we are so blessed to serve this community.   I hope your Thanksgiving is filled with smiles and memory making fun!

    As we get ready to roll into the Thanksgiving Day Break  here are some important updates!

    Monday, November 30th Supply Pick-up & STEM Snowflake Project

    We have lots of fun items for you to pick-up on November 30th.  We will be handing out Student Supplies, Beads for lanyards (including special Food Drive Beads), pre-ordered O'Connor Photography student picture packets and a special treat from our wonderful PTA!

    There will be a variety of items to pick up depending on your child's grade level, but here are some highlights:

    • STEM supplies (For a special project that you won't want to miss!)
    • Special apple shaped beads if you turned in a STEP UP slip of kindness for food donations.
    • Student pictures if you participated in picture day.

    Please drive along the front drive and remain in your car. We will have some of our wonderful paraeducator staff available to greet you at your car and bring out the supplies to you.

    Time slots are by the first alphabet of your child's last name:

    • A-F 12:00 - 1:00

    • G-L 1:00 - 2:00

    • M-R 2:00 - 3:00

    • S-Z 3:00 - 4:00

    • OPEN 4:00 - 5:00

    School Office Hours

    Our school office will continue to remain closed to the public until further direction from District.  If you need to come to the front office, please call ahead and make an appointment.  We will meet you at the door.

    No School November 25, 26 & 27!

    This Week's Step Up Winners!!

    Our Trailblazer parents Step Up, just like our students. Here is Ms. Kelly with this week’s Step Up drawing winners. Watch this link: ​Step Up Video

    K- Payton E.
    1- Grace L.
    2- Andrew M.
    3- Owen R.
    4- Maddie C.
    5- Elijah R.

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  • Message to Families: 11/16/20

    Posted by SBLSD on 11/16/2020

    Trailblazer Families:

    We wanted to remind you that moving forward the new daily schedule will go into effect tomorrow, November 17th to coincide with the conference schedules. This date choice allows us to coordinate with our conference schedule and reduce multiple changes in schedules to families. 

    • The new schedule will be for all general education classes K-5. 

      • Any changes for students in special programs and/or preschool will be communicated by the teachers. 

      • Ms. Cornett (Learning Specialist) will communicate directly with families for any small group specialized instruction zoom updates.

    • Your child’s teacher should have already communicated the detailed schedule information moving forward. 

    Drop Off Bins Are Out in

    The Front of School!

    FOOD DRIVE Nov. 16-20

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    Image of THE students presenting The Big Give

    Students present Food Drive

    THE has decided to partner with the Bonney Lake Mayor’s office in collecting food and monetary donations to ensure that families in need will have a nice Thanksgiving.

    Please help us by dropping off food items next week Nov 16-20, in the bins out front of the school, from 7am-6pm.

    The flyer above lists specific food items that are needed, and also use this link to make monetary donations. We will also have a specific bin where you can donate Halloween candy that will be used to make goody bags to be added to the food boxes for families in need.

    Once you’ve made a donation, please fill out a virtual step up slip (linked below) for your student to earn a bead. The step up slips/donations will be tracked and the winning grade level will earn a special “giving bead”.

    If you have additional questions, please call the school office @ 253-891-6530.

    Step Up Slip Virtual Link

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  • Message to Families: 11/13/20

    Posted by SBLSD on 11/13/2020

    Trailblazer Families -

    Our Big 10 Practice this month is “Dream”! I can assure you I have been “dreaming” about the day I can see all of our families and students in person. Until then, we will continue to STEP Up because we are Trailblazers!

    Please carefully read the information below as it involves important  information about changes to our School Day Schedule for conferences that will remain in place after conferences.

    Parent/Teacher Conferences 

    Conferences are coming up on November 18, 19, 20 and 24. All conferences will be via zoom this year. If you haven’t signed up for a time with your child’s teacher, please reach out to them to schedule it. 

    Distance Learning Conference Schedule:

    • The student day will start at 8:30 for all general education classes K-5. 

    • Conference days are half days for students, so there will be no synchronous (zooms) or asynchronous (independent work) in the afternoons. 

    • Your child’s teacher will send out a detailed weekly schedule. 

    Note: Students in special programs and/or preschool will have a separate schedule that will be shared by the teachers. 

    Distance Learning Schedule Change for general education classes K-5 starting Tuesday 11-17-20:

    In order to prepare ourselves for the next stages in our SBLSD reopening plan and as a response to feedback through the School District Thought Exchange, we will be updating our classroom and specialist zoom times. We believe that this new schedule will best prepare our staff and families to implement any of the Staged for Success plans that were previously communicated by the District. 

    The new schedule will go into effect on Tuesday, November 17th to coincide with the conference schedules. This date choice allows us to coordinate with our conference schedule and reduce multiple changes in schedules to families. 

    • The new schedule will be for all general education classes K-5. 

      • Any changes for students in special programs and/or preschool will be communicated by the teachers. 

      • Ms. Cornett (Learning Specialist) will communicate directly with families for any small group specialized instruction zoom updates.

    • Your child’s teachers will communicate detailed schedule information about the new schedule moving forward. 

    We thank you for partnering with us as we Dream Big this month about what our future may hold. We are thankful for everyone we serve in this community. 

    Sandy Miller, Principal

    Food Drive Nov. 16-20

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    Students present Food Drive

    THE has decided to partner with the Bonney Lake Mayor’s office in collecting food and monetary donations to ensure that families in need will have a nice Thanksgiving.

    Please help us by dropping off food items next week Nov 16-20, in the bins out front of the school, from 7am-6pm.

    The flyer above lists specific food items that are needed, and also use this link to make monetary donations. We will also have a specific bin where you can donate Halloween candy that will be used to make goody bags to be added to the food boxes for families in need.

    Once you’ve made a donation, please fill out a virtual step up slip (linked below) for your student to earn a bead. The step up slips/donations will be tracked and the winning grade level will earn a special “giving bead”.

    If you have additional questions, please call the school office @ 253-891-6530.

    This Week's Step Up Slip Winners!

    Mrs. Wright made our video this week congratulating our Step Up Winners!  Check it out!

    https://www.facebook.com/tehalehheightselementary/videos/5174917405855588

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  • Message to Families: 11/10/20

    Posted by SBLSD on 11/10/2020

    Dear Families and Veterans,

    Veterans Day at Tehaleh Heights Elementary has always been a very special time in our school.  In the past we have shown our gratitude to Veterans at our school assembly.  It is truly one of our most favorite assemblies.  We could not let this year's Veteran's Day pass without sending our thanks and gratitude to Veterans who give so much serving and protecting our wonderful country.  So this year we are sending you a link to our Virtual Veteran's Day Tribute.  

    I want to thank the many staff members, students and families for all their work  creating this Virtual Veteran's Day Tribute.  But mostly . . . Tehaleh Heights Elementary wants to thank our Brave, Strong and Caring Veterans.  We hope you enjoy our tribute to you and we hope you feel our deep appreciation for your service.  Please feel free to share this link with the Veteran's in your life!  We Just Love You!

    Sandy Miller, Principal

    https://youtu.be/YZOTKaIiMRU

    NO SCHOOL TOMORROW, November 11th, in honor of Veteran's Day!

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