From the Principal

Hello Families,


I hope you had a wonderful extended weekend.  Teachers were back in full swing yesterday as they worked on report cards that are scheduled to go home with students on Monday, December 16.  I know days off from school can be challenging for families and want to let you know how much I appreciate the uninterrupted time for teachers to focus on your child(ren).



  • Steve Mahler and Steve Anderson for chairing a record breaking Fall Family Social!
  • Tami Ritoch, Erin Cox, and Heidi Alexander for organizing and chairing our annual Fall Book Fair!
  • Heidi Alexander and Monika Karnikis for organizing a visit for our K-2 students with author Bonnie Becker.
  • November WATCH DOGS-  Ron Mirabueno, Scott Halloran, Jason Herman, Paavo Liekkio, Charles Beene, and Scott Falkin.
  • Classroom and playground volunteers- we couldn’t do it without you!


Are you looking for a way to reach out to others?  Over the past years, our family has been focusing on building empathy and compassion for others.  It started with a focus on “no present” birthdays with each selecting a way to make a difference instead (think hats & mittens for children in need or animals toys & food for a local animal shelter).   A couple of years ago we started practicing Random Acts of Kindness throughout the year and as well as started the 25 days of Kindness Challenge for the month of December.  If you are looking for ways to reach out to others by joining this challenge, the following link will give you some ideas:  Putting Kindness into Action.


Speaking of putting kindness into action, the annual food drive started TODAY and is a collaborative effort between Shoreline School District PTAs and the Rotaries to provide holiday meal basics and winter break food support to local families in need during the holidays. Syre classrooms are collecting non-perishable food items until December 13th and our school has been asked to collect Salt/Pepper and Spices as a “big” need item. Of course, anything non-perishable food is appreciated!


Parent teacher conferences are scheduled for January 21-24 in the afternoons.  These conferences will be longer than the brief conferences held in October and are designed to give you more time to discuss your child with their teacher.  Please note that teachers will be scheduling one conference per child.  Teachers are more than happy to accommodate the needs of families by hosting a “conference” call during the conference for multiple adults to attend or send home notes from the conference.  If there are extenuating circumstances, please let your child’s teacher or me know.  Thanks!


Happy December~

Michelle Carroll, Syre Principal


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