Salmon Update

DSC00551The alevin have grown and are much easier to see now.  They still have the yolk sack attached to their bodies to provide all of the nutrients they need while they are growing at this stage.  They still spend most of their time burrowed in the gravel but you might see one “swim” across the bottom every once in while.  Please stop by the library to check them out when you have time!

I would also like to thank our salmon guardians, Tim, Leah, Nelsie and Nora Sullivan, for taking care of the salmon last week!  The alevin are thriving thanks to them!

Frequently Asked Questions about Kindergarten for 2015-16

  1. Is there a cost involved for kindergarten?

No, there is no longer a cost for kindergarten.


  1. Where do I register for kindergarten?

You register at your home school. If you don’t know which is your home school, you may either call the closest neighborhood school or call the Instruction office at 206.393.4211. If you are applying to Cascade K-8 Community School, you still need to register at your home school as well as Cascade K-8 Community.

  1. What do I need to bring when I register my child?

Birth certificate or passport


Verification of address, such as tax statement, utility/phone bill (Shoreline residents only)

Emergency contact numbers, cell phone numbers etc.

Phone numbers for doctor


  1. Does it matter when I register my child?

Registration for in-district students begins on Monday, February 2nd. At the end of February, if there are more than 46 students registered, there will be a drawing establishing the first two kindergarten classrooms. Registration for those living outside of Shoreline will also begin on February 2nd. At the end of the month a drawing will determine the wait list for non-residents. Those registering after the last day in February will be added to the wait list as they register. Our intent is to give families more than one day to register.


  1. How many kindergarten classrooms are there at each school?

Each of our nine elementary schools has a minimum of two kindergarten classes. Seven of our schools have either three or four kindergarten classes.

  1. How many students are in a kindergarten class?

Traditionally the kindergarten classes have 23 students.


  1. Is transportation provided for kindergarten students?

Eligibility for transportation is based on the distance from your home to the school. If you live outside of the 1-mile walk area or in an area designated as a hazardous walk area by the district, your student will be eligible for bus transportation. Please go to the Shoreline School District website (, click on Departments, and then Transportation to look up your bus stop on e-link.


  1. What happens if more than 46 students register?

If there are more than 46 students registered at the end of February, there will be a drawing on Monday, March 2nd to determine which students will be placed in the first two classes. You will be notified no later than Monday, March 9th as to the outcome of the drawing.


  1. What if my child is not one of the 46 students?

Students not drawn for the class will be put on a wait list in the order their name is drawn. If your child does not initially make it into the class, you may apply for a resident transfer to attend another school that has room (the resident transfer paperwork needs to be submitted to the Instruction office). If a spot opens up at your home school,     the next person on the wait list will be called and moved into the spot.


  1. Would additional classes ever be added?

We will add additional classes if we have a sufficient number of registrations and there is capacity in the building.      For the 2014-15 school year, seven of our schools have more than two kindergarten classes.


  1. What if I want my child to go to a different school in Shoreline?

You need to register at your home school and complete a Resident Transfer form and submit it to the Shoreline School District Instruction office. The Resident Transfer form may be downloaded from the Shoreline School District website (, District Information, Enrollment. If your resident transfer request is granted, you are required to transport your child to & from school.


  1. What if I live outside of the Shoreline School District?

Registration for students living outside of the Shoreline School District will begin on Monday, February 2rd. You must register at the Instruction office (18560 – 1st Ave NE). At the end of the month, we will have a drawing to determine your place on the wait list. If you register after February, your student’s name will be added to the wait list when you register. You will need to complete a Non-Resident Transfer form, which may be downloaded from the Shoreline website. If your non-resident transfer request is granted, you will be required to transport your child to & from school.


  1. If I submit a resident or non-resident transfer request, when will I receive an answer?

You will be notified no later than 45 days after you submit the transfer. It is possible that your letter will say that currently we don’t have a spot, but that we will keep you on a wait list.


  1. Is there before and after school care?

There is before and after school care available at all school sites. Please contact the Shoreline Children’s Center at      206.393.4256 for information about the cost and to register.


  1. What if my child is not yet 5 years old by August 31?

Children whose birthday falls between September 1 and October 31 may qualify for early entrance. Parents are         responsible for having their child evaluated by a Washington licensed psychologist. For information about the        process, please contact Cathy Allred at 206.393.4211 before contacting a psychologist.


  1. When will we receive information from the school about the new school year?

Most schools send a back-to-school letter towards the end of August, which includes a supply list. Many schools also post the supply list on their website.


  1. When does the school office open in August?

School offices should be open by August 10th.



For more information, please contact your home school or Cathy Allred in the Instruction office at


Coho Salmon Update

IMG_0231About half of our eggs have already hatched are now called alevin (The second stage in their life cycle).  The yolk sack is still attached to the body at this stage to provide the food the alevin needs to grow.  Naturally they begin nestling in under the rocks to protect themselves from danger.  When you visit the salmon you will see their little heads hiding in the rocks and their tails wiggling up in the water.

Be sure to stop by the library to check them out!

Coho Salmon Eggs Have Arrived

IMG_0228This morning Mr.Siscel delivered our coho salmon eggs.  There are 100-200 eggs in our tank.  You can see the eyes and spine already and several eggs are wiggling.

Please stop by the library some time to take a look.  They may be hatched or hatching when you are here for conferences next week!

When you visit please remember to keep voices quiet, movements slow and to not touch the tank.IMG_0224

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