Kindergarten Registration: 2015-2016

KINDERFEST 2015   – January 24th at Shoreline Center

Kinderfest is an opportunity for parents who will be enrolling their children in kindergarten to hear about the kindergarten program offered by the Shoreline School District.  Kinderfest will be held Saturday, January 24, 2015 from 10:00am to noon in the Shoreline Room at the Shoreline Center, 18560 – 1st Ave NE.

Kindergarten registration for Shoreline residents with students starting kindergarten in the fall of 2015 will begin Monday, February 2nd at all elementary schools.  You will need to register at your neighborhood/home school.  In order to attend kindergarten in the fall, a child must be five years old by August 31, 2015.   All elementary schools in the district will have kindergarten visitations on January 28, 2015 at 9:30am. Letting your home school know that you are attending the visitation is not necessary, but highly appreciated for planning purposes.

For students living outside of the Shoreline School District, kindergarten registration will also begin on Monday, February 2nd.  Registration and transfer request paperwork must be submitted to the Instruction Department of the Shoreline School District, which is located at the Shoreline Center, 18560 – 1st Ave NE.  The Instruction office is open between 7:30am and 4:30pm.  Families will be notified by the middle of April as to the status of their request.  For more information about kindergarten registration and Kinderfest, please contact Cathy Allred at 206.393.4211 or

Salmon aquarium is up and running!

IMG_0108Thanks to a lot of help from our salmon expert, Jim Siscel, and parent volunteer, Adam Weybright, we now have a fully functioning aquarium ready for Coho salmon eggs in January!

This is the first year Briarcrest has hatched salmon eggs and we are all really looking forward to the experience.  The eggs should be delivered around the first week back from vacation in January.  Please feel free to stop by the library and check out the salmon!

Thank you in advance to our parent volunteer team Adam and Tim and Leah Sullivan who will be helping us maintain the aquarium!  We wouldn’t be able to do this project without their help!






The aquarium before and during the set up.  Quite a transformation!

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 and Click to donate!  Your gift in any amount will help provide programs that will assist our students achieve success in school and life.