Family Letter from the Principal
Dear Shorewood Families
Good news! We will be opening another 1st grade classroom starting Monday, September 26. Our first grade classrooms have had 30 students in each classroom since the beginning of school so we are excited to be able to add another class, making class size a much more manageable 20 or so students. Ms. Terri Costinett will move from her current position as a 4th grade teacher to first grade. Ana Erikson will be our new 4th grade teacher. She comes from White Center Heights Elementary and has also taught at Mt. View Elementary. A big thanks to all our 1st grade families for their patience as we waited for this news. And to the students and families that will make up the new class--your flexibility, enthusiasm, and understanding are very much appreciated.
If you have a girl in grades 2-5, we have a great, new after school program that is geared toward these students. The organization is called Girls, Inc. The club will meet Mondays and Wednesdays after school from 3:45-5:30 pm starting 10/17. The group's purpose is to help participants grow up to be healthy, educated, and independent. The fall's curriculum focuses on equipping youth with crucial relationship skills related to community building, friendship, and preventing bullying. Email email@example.com for more information and to register.
Our district is recruiting new members for the Superintendent's Family Action Committee (FAC). Here is basic information about the FAC:
Vision: Families and Schools working as partners to ensure every student graduates prepared for the future they choose.
Mission: Families working directly with the Superintendent, bringing the family voice to district level decision-making.
Charge: The Superintendent’s Family Action Committee will:
- Providing the superintendent and staff strategies around effective family engagement practices
- Providing input and feedback on school district policies and department strategies and practices.
- Holding the district accountable for strategic plan goals. District staff will report out to specific metrics on a regular basis.
Our district is accepting applications to join the FAC through Friday, October 14. Consider joining this important committee. Go to the district website to apply. Childcare, interpretation and dinner are provided at every FAC meeting.
And from our amazing librarian, Sarah Gasamis. . . . .Every year, all students in Highline receive instruction in Digital Citizenship, which is how people engage with technology and the internet in safe, responsible, and respectful ways. Students gain understanding of their rights and responsibilities online while learning skills to maintain safe and healthy habits in their technology use. This past week all Shorewood students had lessons focused on Media Balance and Well-Being. Click the following link for family resources that accompany each lesson by grade level: Family Resources for Media Balance and Well-Being. If you have any questions, contact Shorewood teacher-librarian, Sarah Gasamis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Shorewood staff is really enjoying our time with your wonderful students. Thanks for sending them to school with positive attitudes and an eagerness to learn.
Have a great last week of September.
Mike Fosberg, Principal