Coming to Briarcrest: Author and Illustrator Nina Laden!

December 11th author and illustrator Nina Laden will be coming to Briarcrest!  Her books are witty and fun for the whole family to enjoy.  I have been sharing her books with our K-3 classes over the past couple of weeks and they have really enjoyed them.  Hopefully you saw the book order form that came home on Friday.  Nina will be autographing all of your orders!  Please have the orders and cash or check turned in by Monday, December 7th.  You can also download the order form here: Nina Laden Book Order Form Briarcrest

If you have a KCLS library card you can read some of her books in their premium databases Bookflix and Tumblebooks.

Special thanks to the PTA and Jamie Tuttle for organizing this event for our school!

Principal’s Message – 10/19/2015

FullSizeRenderDear Briarcrest Families,

Thank you to everyone who was able to come to our Alex Zerbe Comedy Show on Friday night!  That was really a hoot; I brought my son, and he kept talking about ‘the funny man’ all weekend long.  Alex did a Science assembly for us Friday morning, and used his various skills to teach the students about laws of physics.  Our PTA provided the funding for both shows, which is greatly appreciated!

As part of the event, we had our WatchDOGS volunteers sign up area.  I had over fifty volunteers sign up for a day this year, and would like to encourage others to join in, as well.  I’ll be adding our volunteers to our school calendar, which is on our school website at  If you would like to volunteer, just send me an e-mail with your name, child’s class, e-mail address, and preferred date(s).

I really enjoyed our conference week, as well – it’s such an important time for parents and teachers to be able to connect and talk about each child.  Our second round of conferences will be later in the spring this year, during the week of March 8 – 11.  Our elementary schools are switching from trimester to semester report cards, and it made much more sense to have the parent/teacher meetings in early March, rather than in January.

We have a number of fun and engaging events coming up at the school.  Our first movie night will be this Tuesday, October 20th.  I will switch back to Thursdays for the remainder of the year, but thought I would defer to the Seahawks for this week.  Next week, we also have our Cafecitos meeting on Tuesday, for our Spanish-speaking families, and our first Skate Night next Thursday.  And don’t forget to mark your calendars for our 3rd and 4th grade production of Disney’s Jungle Book.  It will be Tuesday evening, November 10th, at the Shoreline Center auditorium.  I’ve had some sneak peeks of the students practicing their songs in Music class, and I know it will be great!

Wishing you all the best,

Jonathan Nessan
Principal | Briarcrest Elementary School

Usborne Book Fair! Coming Soon!

Come to the Usborne Book Fair!

Wednesday October 14th– Friday October 16th


An Usborne Book Fair is coming to Briarcrest!

Shop the display of non-commercial titles for all ages, infant through teen.

Select from award-winning non-fiction, fiction, activity books, and homework helpers.

Purchase books for gifts, your home library, or for the school (teacher Wish Lists available at fair & online).

Browse the full Usborne catalog & place your order online at now!

Briarcrest will receive up to 50% of the sales in FREE books!!

For your convenience, cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover are accepted

Walktober Wednesdays – Coming Soon!

It’s International Walk to School Month!

Walk to School on Wednesdays starting Oct. 7th.

Join a Walking School Bus Wednesdays (Oct. 7, 14, 21, and 28). What a great way to enrich your community by having fun, while walking to school  with friends and neighbors. Ask your parents to come along.  It’s easy.  Just meet at one of the starting points or bus stops and your bus captain will get the walking school bus MOVIN’.

When you arrive at the starting point, look for your bus captain.  You can also join in as the walking bus makes its way along your route. If you don’t live close enough to walk to school, ask a parent to drive you to a starting point or a bus stop.  Walking school bus stops will be coming to your neighborhood soon!

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Principal’s Message – 9/22/2015

Dear Briarcrest families,

I would like to welcome you to the 2015-2016 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 Wednesday, September 30th, 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.  Please mark your calendar and join us for this very important parent evening.
The sunshine has given us several opportunities for outside lunch, which is always a favorite.  We’re hoping to do a few more this week.  Our grounds are also looking especially nice, thanks to a crew of volunteers from Microsoft last week who participated in United Way’s Day of Caring.  Another group of volunteers will be coming this weekend to add mulch to our garden beds.  Our school is really looking great.

Our volunteers also brightened up our crosswalk and pick-up/drop-off areas in the front of the school, which is an area of focus for me this year.  I want to remind all of our families to use the crosswalk as they come to school, and keep safety our highest priority.  Families who park towards the back of the parking lot are encouraged to walk around the back of the school past the After Care buildings, rather than walk past/through all of the cars.  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.

After school, I would like to ask families who are staying to visit to bring their children to the playground, and let them spend the time playing out there.  I am often meeting with staff and families after school, and the happy shouts of children in the front can honestly be pretty distracting for us. As long as children are supervised by their parents, I would love to try having them use the playground right after school this year. Our PTA will also be scheduling some after school play dates on the playground to encourage new friendships between both students and adults.  My son’s school does similar activities after class, and it has really helped us get to know his friends and other families.

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

Jonathan Nessan – Briarcrest Principal

August Update – 8.17.15

Dear Briarcrest Families,

Happy Summer! It’s been a great one here at Briarcrest – we’ve been getting the building deep cleaned and ready for a new school year. I enjoyed some time in July with my own two children, and have been back at work preparing for our time ahead.

I wanted to give you an update on our beginning of school activities/opening. Our Back to School BBQ will be right before school starts, on Tuesday, September 8th. I had tentatively scheduled it for the 3rd, but it turns out that our teachers won’t be available that evening, and I know they’re a much bigger draw than just hanging out with the principal. Please plan to come and celebrate the start of school with us. Classrooms will be open from 4:00 – 5:00, and our BBQ will go from 4:30 – 6:00. Children are welcome to bring their school supplies and drop them off during the visiting time, as well.

Because of the later date for the BBQ and a desire to increase our privacy/security, we will be sending an e-mail to families on Friday, September 4th, notifying you of class placement. Enrollment has been strong – I have a couple of grade levels on the brink of requiring an additional teacher, so hopefully I will have all of that settled and ready. Families who do not have an e-mail address registered with us will receive notification through the mail. We will also have adult helpers outside on our first days of school, to help children find their classroom and get off to a great start!

In previous years, we have staggered the start of kindergarten by having half of the students come one day, and the other half come the next. Through our union bargaining process, we have agreed to have half of the kindergarteners come in the morning on the first day of school, and the other half in the afternoon. Beginning with the second day of school (Thursday, Sept. 10), all kindergarteners will come for the full day. Having the first day with half of the class lowers the anxiety for many of the kindergarteners, and helps our teachers connect with them more individually. We are really excited to begin the year with our newest Bulldogs!

Enjoy these last weeks of summer, and I will look forward to seeing you soon.

All the best,



KCLS Summer Reading Program

This morning Mrs. Shearer from the Lake Forest Park branch of the King County Library was here to talk to students about their summer reading program, Every Hero Has a Story (program also available at the Shoreline branch).  Please be on the lookout for the summer reading log and try to stop by your local branch to pick up a summer reading journal and flier to find out about all of the fun activities happening at the library this summer.  Or click here to search online: , Lake Forest Park Activities, Shoreline Branch Activities.

Mrs. Shearer also told us about some exciting books. Click here to go directly to her online list to place holds.

Grades K-2

Bigfoot Boy: Into the Woods – by J Torres and Faith Erin Hicks

Extraordinary Warren: A Super Chicken – by Sarah Dillard

The Greatest Star on Earth – by Kate Klise

Molly, by Golly! – by Dianne Ochiltree

The Princess in Black  – by Shannon and Dean Hale (available in the BC Library)

Space Taxi: Water Planet Rescue – by Wendy Mass and Michael Brawer

Superworm – by Julia Donaldson


Grades 3-4

Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms – by Katherine Rundell

Has Anyone Seen Jessica Jenkins? – by Liz Kessler

Iggy Loomis: Superkid in Training – by Jennifer Allison

Nurse, Soldier, Spy: The Story of Sarah Edmonds – by David Lubar (also available at the BCLibrary)

Sidekicks – by Dan Santat

Viminy Crowe’s Comic Book – by Marthe Jocelyn and Richard Scrimger


Grades 5-6

Curiosity – by Gary Blackwood

The Forbidden Stone (Copernicus Legacy) – by Tony Abbott

Hero on a Bicycle – by Shirely Hughes

How to Catch a Bogle – by Catherine Jinks (Also available in Fall at the BC Library)

Skink, No Surrender – by Carl Hiassen

Sniffer Dogs – by Nancy F. Castaldo (also available at the BC Library)

BC Summer Reading Registration!

Dear Parent or Guardian,

We are having a summer reading program for Briarcrest students in Grades K-5. This is a voluntary program. Each student who applies for the program will check out 4 books from the Briarcrest Library in June (The week of June 15th) and keep them until you can come in for one of our Summer Reading Check Out times. This year, Summer Reading Check Out will be every Wednesday evening 6:30 – 7:30 beginning July 1st. Summer Readers are encouraged to come to as many check out times as they can to return/renew/check out books (Limit: 4 books per student at any one time). Summer Readers should read and return their final books to Briarcrest at the Summer Reading Pizza Party on August 19th or the first week of school in September (Summer Reading books MUST be returned before students can begin regular library check outs for the school year).

All students who are registered for the BC Summer Reading program AND visit the BC Library during at least TWO check out times will be eligible to attend the Summer Reading Pizza Party August 19th. Students can participate in this program and the King County Public Library Summer Reading Program at the same time. Research suggests that students who read during summer vacation retain or improve their reading skills.

All applications for this reading program will be due to the Briarcrest Library no later than Wednesday, June 3rd.

Register online by clicking here: Registration Form

Summer Reading Checkout Times: Wednesdays 6:30 to 7:30

July 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th              August 5th, 12th

Pizza Party: August 19th

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 or contact the Public Information Office at 206-393-4412.

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