Welcome Video, Tech Resources/Support, Attendance, Free Meals, Webinars & More!

Posted by SBLSD on 9/3/2020

Superintendent Video Welcome: ‘We are Excited and Ready’  

Watch this video from Superintendent Laurie Dent, who welcomes students and families to the 2020-21 school year with reports from successful summer planning and activities, and confidence in a great year ahead.  


Tech Tools Support: Resource Guides, Videos and More

We’ve created a webpage where families can find useful tips on how to best support their child during distance learning, and where students can find helpful information on how to succeed in distance learning. There's a host of quick resource guides and videos in both English and Spanish. 


We will continue to update the page with even more resources and videos for families and students to refer to as often as needed. 


New Tech Helpline: (253) 891-6055

To support families who are working with their children during virtual learning, the District has created a new Technology Helpline, effective the first day of school, Sept. 8. The Tech Helpline  ̶  (253) 891-6055  ̶  will be answered by staff members between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. Parents or guardians who need help in a language other than English can inform the helpline staff when they call, and an interpreter will join them live on the call.


Get Your Child’s Chromebook Ready

Most students should now have their chromebook. If your child still needs their chromebook or a mobile hotspot, please contact your child’s school. 

To help ensure a successful first day of school, please: 

  • Check to make sure your child is able to log onto their chromebook. Log in credentials are the same as last year or were given to new students upon device distribution.

  • If students are unable to log in, call (253) 891-6055 or email tech_hotline@sumersd.org.

Attendance: What Families Need to Know

Even during distance learning, teachers will take attendance. Here’s an overview of what families need to know. 

  • Attendance will be taken daily for elementary.

  • Attendance will be taken per period for secondary (middle and high school).

    • Monday periods 1-6

    • Tuesday and Thursday periods 1, 3, 5

    • Wednesday and Friday periods 2, 4, 6

  • To fully engage in learning, students need to participate in all planned instructional activities each day. If there are barriers to doing this, contact your child’s school.

  • Students will be counted as present for the period/day if they:

    • Interact with a teacher (including Zoom meetings, emails, phone calls); or

    • Provide evidence of participation in a task or assignment.

      • Assignments must be submitted by 11:59 pm to count for that day’s attendance

  • Families should call in absences any time a student is going to miss class.

  • If you have updated contact information, please communicate these changes with your child’s school.

We are here to support, encourage, and engage students and families. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to your child’s school for support.


Free Meals for Any Child 18 and Younger

We’re thrilled to announce that the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently authorized a waiver for the first few months of school that allows school districts to serve meals to any child age 18 or under for free! When school begins on Sept. 8, our Grab-and-Go Curbside meal service will be available at nine locations Monday through Friday on scheduled school days. Meal pickup will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. One lunch and one breakfast will be packaged together. Parents and guardians may pick up meals without children present. Learn more

Curbside Grab-and-Go Meal Sites:

  • Bonney Lake Elementary
  • Daffodil Valley Elementary
  • Donald Eismann Elementary
  • Emerald Hills Elementary
  • Lakeridge Middle School
  • Liberty Ridge Elementary
  • Mountain View Middle School
  • Sumner Middle School
  • Sumner High School


Google Classroom: Receive Email Summaries for Your Child

Families will soon receive an email from Google Classroom inviting you to accept email summaries of your child’s class activity, such as missing work, upcoming work and announcements. The subject line will be similar to “Get Google Classroom email summaries for your child’s name.” It will state that Jacob Kallman (who is an employee in our Tech Department) invited you as a guardian in Google Classroom. You may choose to accept or decline this invitation. Learn more about how to monitor your child’s work and grades.


Family Webinar Series

  • School Sports: Sept. 9 at 6 p.m.
    Are you curious what school sports will look like this school year? What about other extra-curricular activities? SBLSD Athletic Director and WIAA Board President Tim Thomsen will give an overview of the state of our District’s sports program and touch on related student clubs and activities. Webinar Link: https://bit.ly/31MrfFh (password: 908005).

  • Social Emotional Learning & Well-Being: Sept. 10 at 6 p.m.
    SBLSD focuses on more than only academics as we educate the whole child for success in school and their future. We incorporate Social Emotional Learning into students’ daily learning, even during this distance format. Dr. Jeannie Larberg, Director of Whole Child, will provide an overview of Social Emotional Learning that includes why it’s important, and how it’s integrated into the curriculum at each grade level. Families will also learn about resources offered at school and strategies to use at home. Webinar Link: https://bit.ly/3lJ3vtN (password: 717090).

Both webinars will be recorded and posted on our website for families who cannot join the event live.


School Offices Open

School offices are open for families who need assistance with any school-related items. Office hours vary among schools. Please refer to the directory of our schools for office hours, phone numbers and email addresses.