Highly Capable Program – Information Night


DECEMBER 3, 2014

7:00-8:30 p.m.

Shoreline Center

Rainier Room

18560 1st. Ave. NE, Shoreline

Come and learn about our newly expanded program for our highly capable students, meet teachers and staff, and have your questions about the program, instruction, and selection answered.

Goodwill Donations Fundriaser

Goodwill Fundraiser

Please come to Briarcrest Elementary on Saturday, November 15th between 10:00am-2:00pm.  We will be collecting used household items, clothing and furniture (no larger than an end table).  You will receive a receipt for tax purposes.

Also, there will be a canned food collection at the same time.  This event is being sponsored Briarcrest Student Leadership.

Thank you for supporting the library!

IMG_2762This is a picture of not even half of the books we were able to get from the Usborne Book Fair for FREE thanks to all of your support!  We were able to select around $1,000 in free books for the library.  There are so many great new fiction series for all ages and wonderful nonfiction titles as well.  We can’t wait to get them checked out!

Our next book fair is the always popular BOGO (buy one get one free) Scholastic Book Fair!  While this is not a fundraiser for the library, it is an excellent opportunity to purchase a lot of popular titles at really great prices.  More information and specific dates/times will be coming.

Thank you again for supporting the library!  And thank you also for working through our first round of the Reach for the Stars program.  I think we were able to iron out some of the bumps for next year.

-Mrs. Wandler and Mrs. Loviska

BC Library Community Story Time

IMG_2756We had another wonderful story time this morning!  We read Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert (A fall favorite for sure!) and then used paper leaves to make wreaths.  It was a fun way to celebrate the beautiful colors of the season.

Our next Community Story Time will be November 17th at 9:30.  Hope to see you there! IMG_2758IMG_2757

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  www.shorelinefoundation.org 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: http://www.parents.com/kids/education/preparing-for-parent-teacher-conferences/

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 jonathan.nessan@shorelineschools.org. We sure appreciate all of ths support!

Wishing you all the best,

Jonathan Nessan | Principal