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!
We 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!
Our 5th and 6th graders did such a terrific job at their musical performance of Mulan. Thank you to Sara Sokolowski for her excellent camera work, and to our directors, Allen Leslie and Deanna Mar. What a show!
Over the past year the Shoreline School District has been keeping a close watch on our increasing enrollment. While this is a positive sign after many years of declining enrollment this trend does present some challenges to our schools. As a result of:
- Increased enrollment
- Space constraints particularly at the elementary level
- Anticipated future growth
the Shoreline School District has carefully come to the following decision:
In accordance with Policy 3141 and 3141P, in which admittance of non-resident students shall take into consideration classroom and program capacity to serve and not diminish educational opportunities and services to students of Shoreline and Lake Forest Park residents, the Shoreline School District is now closed to new non-resident boundary transfer applications for grades K-6 for the 2015-16 school year.
Current students with non-resident boundary transfers for the 2014-15 school year will be allowed to continue to attend the Shoreline School District unless the family moves or admission is revoked for the reasons identified in the notice of acceptance. The District will reevaluate enrollment capacity prior to the beginning of the 2015-16 school year. At that time siblings of students with current non-resident boundary exceptions will be given priority should space become available.
The District will continue to honor all statutory and contractual obligations relating to non-resident boundary transfer applications for the children of District employees.
Gary will be honored at a reception at 6 p.m. on Monday, March 2 in the Shoreline Center lobby as the District kicks off Support Staff Appreciation Week. The community is invited to attend.
“He is gifted in his position and meticulous in his work,” his nomination read in part. “Each day he cares for our students who get bumped and bruised, are feeling sick, require medications, or need some emotional support. Gary carefully tracks the immunization status of 480 students. He also gives back to the nursing profession by hosting nursing students throughout the year.”
Gary has been the nurse at Briarcrest since 1996. Each year he spends a week at 6th grade camp, teaches anti-bullying lessons in classrooms and teams with the school’s family advocate.
“For many students and families, Nurse Gary is a true touchstone in the school. He is always there with a smile, kind word and dry socks for a child who steps in too big of a puddle. Gary helps families feel at ease when there is a medical concern and his compassion provides a true sense of care. Gary sees the best in everyone that he interacts with, and is an excellent representative of the school and District.”
The Support Person of the Year award has been made annually since 1998 and is selected by a committee of staff and community members from nominations received from around the District. The recipient also receives a professional development grant from the Shoreline Public Schools Foundation.
The salmon have grown so much over the last several weeks. You can still see a little pink belly from the yolk sack on the fish so they are not quiet at the next stage yet. As you can see they are swimming around a lot more and definitely look like little salmon now.
Please come by the library and take a look!