School Canceled on Monday May 11; make-up day scheduled for May 22

Dear Shoreline School District Families:

The Shoreline Education Association (SEA), the union representing our teachers, and the Shoreline Educational Support Professionals Association (SESPA), the union representing our school support staff, have voted to participate in a one-day walkout on May 11, 2015.

Union leadership has been in contact with the District regarding this action and has emphasized that this is not a strike against the District, students, families or our community, but rather a way for staff to show solidarity with their colleagues across the state and send a message to legislators about the importance of adequate educational funding. We agree that the state has failed to fully fund K-12 education and must live up to its responsibility as mandated by the State Supreme Court.

As a result of the one-day walkout, the Shoreline School District is canceling school on Monday, May 11, 2015. The following activities will proceed as scheduled on May 11: AP testing; high school and middle school athletic practices and contests; and facility rentals. The Shoreline Children’s Center will be open for its regular preschool programs, but the extended day sites at our schools will be closed. Please check individual school websites for evening activities. Schedules for state assessments currently underway will be adjusted at the school level.

Due to school being canceled on May 11, a make-up day is now scheduled for Friday, May 22, a previously scheduled non-student day.

The District will keep you posted on new developments if they arise. We are truly sorry for the inconvenience that canceling school on May 11 may cause to you and your family.

If you have any questions, please send them to us at public.info@shorelineschools.org or contact the Public Information Office at 206-393-4412.

Sincerely,
Rebecca Miner, Superintendent

Congratulations to our Golden Acorn/Golden Apple Winners!

Wednesday night was Shoreline’s recognition event for our Golden Acorn and Golden Apple winners.  The Golden Acorn Award recognizes a volunteer for his/her dedication and service to children and youth.  The Golden Apple Award recognizes teachers and staff who have provided outstanding educational opportunities for children and youth that are beyond the normal scope of their jobs.

This year, our Golden Acorn awards went to Megan Sanderson and Amber Dutton.  They have contributed so much to our staff and students, with Megan being a superhero volunteer for our 5th/6th grade musical, and Amber being an amazing help to our teachers.

Our Golden Apple awards went to Stacey Neble and Sadrina Dorn.  Aside from their regular work as teachers, Stacey has been a huge advocate of our Math Olympiad program, while Sadrina provides many fun and enriching after school activities for our students.

Congratulations to all!Golden Awards

Briarcrest Wins Washington State Achievement Award!

On Tuesday, I had the honor of being joined by three of our teachers and accepting Briarcrest’s Washington Achievement Award from state superintendent Randy Dorn.  Briarcrest was recognized for our High Progress, based on our state test scores for the past three years.  We are in the top 10% of all of the schools in the state of Washington in the amount of progress that we have made with our students, which directly reflects the hard work and dedication of our staff, students, and families.  I couldn’t be more proud – way to go, Bulldogs!

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Good Bye, Salmon

This morning our 4th graders (and Mrs. Frisk’s 3rd Graders) were able to release our coho salmon into Lake Ballinger where they will hopefully live the next 1-2 years before heading out to sea.  Thanks to all of our wonderful parent and community volunteers for making the field trip so successful!

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Raising salmon in our school has been a wonderful experience for all of us.  It was very clear today that students really felt a connection with the salmon.  I know I really enjoyed hearing students talk about what they could do in our communities to help protect our salmon and our streams…driving our cars less and not polluting.  What can your family do to help protect our salmon and our streams?

 

Book Fair Wrap up!

Thank you so much to our generous Briarcrest community for supporting the book fair last week!  It was a very successful fund raiser for our library.  We were able to raise at least enough money to order all of the award nominees for the next school year (can’t wait to start reading them!).  More than 50 books were donated to classrooms (WOW!) and the library was able to keep more than 60 items that will be available for check out soon.

Of course we could not have been this successful without the help of our fantastic volunteers: Megan Sanderson, Carolyn Lane, Nikki Fralick, Stacey Watkins, Shanna Sierra, Dagne Rueda, Melissa Delaney, Thea DeYoung, Amber Dutton, Mindy Vandenberg, Nancy Fong, Judy Ding, and DeMeaus Wong.

Thank you for supporting the Briarcrest Library!

 

Book Fair is Here!

IMG_0490 IMG_0491The Book Fair is ready to open today!

Hours:

Daily 8:15 to 3:30

Thursday 6:00-8:00 PM

Friday 8:15-1:00

Volunteers are still needed for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday!  Especially before school and lunch recesses.  Please contact us if you are available:

nancy.loviska@shorelineschools.org

If you prefer to shop from home, our online bookfair is open as well and has a much larger inventory to select from.

http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/briarcrestelementaryschool1

We hope to see you in!

 

6th Grade Camp

I visited our sixth graders at camp yesterday afternoon/evening, and they are having a wonderful time!  Yesterday was just gorgeous at Camp Seymour – sunshine all day, and perfect for all of their outdoor activities.  After a dinner of teriyaki chicken and rice, we had campfire time and skits, and as I was leaving, the students were going to their final evening activity, Reptile Night.  I was so proud of our students – they are doing an awesome job of showing camaraderie, respect for the camp, and being willing to try new adventures.  It’s such a great reminder of why we go to camp, and why I love being a part of Briarcrest.  They’ll be home this afternoon – I predict that they will be tired, but happy!

Math Olympiad

Our Math Olympiad team had a very successful year!  We had over 80 students in grades 3-6 participate in the program, which works on advanced math concepts.  Ten of our students won individual medals, and we also won four team medals.  That is truly fantastic – I am very proud of their success.  The program is made possible by the many parents who volunteer to coach the students after school (usually in teams of four), and all of the efforts of our organizer, Mrs. Neble.  Congratulations to all, and let’s do it again next year!

DSC00627We were so proud to have the Reading Machines representing Briarcrest and the Shoreline School District last Thursday at the Regional Global Reading Challenge!  The regional challenge was a tough one.  The teams were well matched.  In the end, the Reading Machines were only two questions away from first place (yes, it was THAT close) and came home with bronze medals!  Way to go team!