Principal’s Message – 10.28.2014

Dear Briarcrest families,

I’m sure you found yourself experiencing many emotions after Friday’s tragedy in Marysville.  It has become an all-too-common occurrence, and the past two years has brought it close to home, both geographically and within elementary schools.  We have worked steadily within our district and school on emergency preparedness plans, in coordination with local police and fire departments.  Our staff trains regularly on how to keep our children safe in the event of an emergency, and we conduct safety drills throughout the year.

Two years ago, we had a safety audit done at Briarcrest.  As a result, we have been making the atrium the sole access point from the front of the school, and locking all of our perimeter gates during the school day.  I would also like to remind our parents and vsitors of the vital importance of checking in at the office and getting a visitor sticker at all times, except during pick up and drop off.  One of the most effective prevention tools we have is defining expected routines, so that we can then quickly notice when something is amiss or out of the ordinary.

Your child may have questions about the shooting in Marysville.  Below are some suggestions and resources that I received as a parent from the Seattle School District:

·   Maintain a normal routine.

·   Stick to facts.  Answer questions factually.

·   Remain calm and reassuring. Children take their cues from their parents and adults.

·   Be a good listener and observer. Pay attention to changes in behavior.

·   Notice when children have questions and want to talk.

·   Be especially loving and supportive; children and teens need you even more at this time.

·   Take care of yourself. You are better able to help your child if you are coping well. If you are anxious or upset, children are more likely to be so as well.

1.  Talking to Children about Violence: Tips for parents and teachers  Also in Spanish, Vietnamese, and Korean

2. Coping with Crisis: Tips for Educators and Parents

3. Coping with Crisis: Helping Children with Special Needs

Thank you,


Jonathan Nessan
Principal | Briarcrest Elementary School

Community Story Time

DSC00487Yesterday at our community story time we read Even Monsters Need Haircuts by Matthew McElligott.  In this book a little boy sneaks off in the middle of the night to his father’s barber shop.  He has a special clientele to take care of….all kinds of monsters!  After all, even monsters need haircuts.  After the story we made silly monster heads which will grow grass hair to cut later.

Parents and children ages 2-5 are welcome to join us for the next story time Monday, November 3rd at 9:30 for a fun fall themed story and activity.  Children also get to check out library books!

Happy reading,

Carrie WandlerDSC00490

Shoreline Foundation Phone-a-thon this weekend!

Your telephones will be ringing on October 19th from 3:00 – 6:00 pm when the Shoreline Public Schools Foundation’s annual Calling For Kids Phone-A-Thon takes place.   Students, parents, teachers, principals and staff will be calling to ask for your donation to help us support academic excellence and expanded learning opportunities.  If you are unable to answer your phone this Sunday – please go to and Click to donate!  Your gift in any amount will help provide programs that will assist our students achieve success in school and life.

Principal’s Message – 10/6/14

Dear Briarcrest families,

Thank you to everyone for coming to our Curriculum Night, and helping it be a huge success. We’re following up with our Parent Teacher Conferences this week, which are a vital link between home and school. Our goal during this round of conferences is to share a little information from our fall assessments and first weeks of school, and also to learn about our students from their families. If you have any goals, concerns, wonderings, etc., please share them with our teachers. Here’s a good article that will give you more ideas of things to share and ask:

We are still working on our arrival and dismissal procedures with our students. Unless students are coming for breakfast, patrol, or a morning activity, they should not be arriving prior to 8:25 AM. We do have on-site child care before school for parents who need to drop off their children early. Information is available in the school office, or by calling 206.393.4256.

At dismissal time, we line up children who are getting picked up in the front of the school. As parents drive around, we’ll call your child over and get them loaded up. Parents form a line in their cars on the right hand side of the drive-through, so that other parents who wish to park can drive around. If you do wish to park, please come and collect your child from the front, and walk them back to the car. Please do not ask your child to walk by themselves through the parking lot – there are so many cars in motion, and it only takes a brief second for things to go wrong. We’ve ran the drive-through pick up for years, and while it’s not always perfect, it’s a relatively efficient and very safe way to put children into cars for the ride home.

We had a great turnout at our Dads and Doughnuts event, which also garnered over 50 volunteers for our WatchDOGS (Dads of Great Students) program. Thank you to our PTA for putting on the event! If you would like to volunteer for a day of service, please contact me at We sure appreciate all of ths support!

Wishing you all the best,

Jonathan Nessan | Principal

BC Library Story Time

Monday, September 22nd from 9:30 to 10:00 will be our first community story time for parents and children ages 2-5.   At each story time we will read a short story, do an activity and have time for children to check out books to take home.  Please feel free to pass this information on to other families in the area who might be interested!

Future Story Time dates:

September 22      February 2
October 6, 20      March 2, 16, 30
November 3, 17   April 13
December 8         May 4
January 12

We hope to see you and your little ones Monday!


Carrie Wandler, BC Librarian

Principal’s Message – 9/16/2014

Dear Briarcrest families,

I would like to welcome you to the 2014-2015 school year! It is always so great to have our students return from the summer. We have had a wonderful (and busy) start to the school year, filled with making new friends and reuniting with old ones. I would especially like to welcome our new students and families – it is so nice to have new Bulldogs at our school!

Our Curriculum Night will be Tuesday, September 23rd, from 6:30 – 8:00 PM. This is a great opportunity for families to meet again with their child’s teacher and learn about our classroom plans for the year. Child care will be provided that evening in the form of a movie, with a suggested donation of $2 per child.

This Friday, September 19th, we will have a team of Microsoft Volunteers visiting our school from 9:30 – 3:00 as part of United Way’s Day of Caring.  They will be working on our garden beds, helping us spruce them up and preparing them for the fall/winter.  Families/community members are welcome to join in their efforts; we often have students pitch in and help, too!

Please take note of our drop off/pick up diagram for the parking lot on the following pages. It is by far the safest and most efficient way we have of having our students arrive or depart by car. Please do not park along 158th in any areas that block traffic, the fire hydrant, or make it difficult for other cars to see our patrols or pedestrians. On a similar note, families walking their dogs to school need to keep them off of school property. Shoreline is an animal-free district due to some unfortunate incidents wherein animals became overwhelmed by our children, resulting in bites. Keeping our students safe is of the utmost importance!

Nurse Gary and I will be working on our annual immunization campaign for the next two weeks, which mostly concerns kindergarteners, 6th graders, and students who are new to the school/state. All of those students need to have their immunizations updated by October 1; past that date, students missing immunizations are not allowed to attend public schools in the State of Washington.

Thank you for all of your support, and here’s to a great year!

Jonathan Nessan – Briarcrest Principal


First Day 2014

We had a wonderful day back our first day of school!  It was so great to see all of our returning families, and to welcome new ones.  Our students did an awesome job today!  I’d like to especially thank our staff for all of their preparation and planning to make this year our best one yet.  Kudos also goes to our PTA for hosting our morning coffee.  I look forward to having our second group of kindergarteners join us on Thursday, and know that this will be an excellent year.

First Day Photos!

Fantastic Walk-a-Thon!

DSC00370 Friday was the perfect day for our Walk-a-Thon!  Our students were dedicated walkers and had a great time on the field.  Thank you so much to all of our fabulous volunteers!  We could not have done it without all of your help! DSC00388

Donations are due Wednesday, June 11th.  Don’t worry if you lost your collection envelope.  You can send your child’s donations in any envelope.  Just be sure to label it with your child’s name and the words “Walk-a-Thon” on it.  Together we can reach our goal!

Thank you so much for being such an awesome community to work with!

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The Walk-a-Thon is Friday, June 6th!

Looks like we will have another beautiful day for the Walk-a-Thon again this year!

The Walk-a-Thon is this Friday.  Kindergarten is from 9:40-10:10 and Grades 1-6 will walk from 1:15 to 2:30.  Our fundraising goal this year is $6,000 or about $12 per student.  The first $5,000 goes toward transportation costs for next year’s field trips.  The Student Leadership Team would like to use any additional funds to purchase new balls for various playground activities.  You can send in donation envelopes June 6-11.  Lost yours?  No worries, click here to get a blank form.W-a-TStudCollection

I did a test walk this morning and found out our lap is .13 miles long and took about 2 1/2 minutest to walk.  How many laps do you plan to walk this year?

For Friday, be sure to wear your walking shoes and put sunscreen on!

See you there!

Mrs. Wandler and Mrs. Ebisu