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

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!


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!


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:

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

We hope to see you in!