Student Handbook 2019-20

A Note From the Principal

Dear Shorewood Elementary Families,

Welcome to the new school year! Please review the information in our parent/student handbook which describes for you details about Shorewood's schedules, routines, and expectations. Your familiarity with this document will help you support your child's success at school and offers an opportunity to establish a productive partnership between school and home. The Shorewood staff looks forward to working with you this year to provide a safe and productive school experience for your child.

If you have questions about any of the information outlined in our handbook, please feel free to contact the school for clarification.


Mike Fosberg

Student Handbook

Class List

From time to time at the beginning of the year, we might find ourselves with an imbalance of students at a particular grade level. We try our best to be proactive about this by making adjustments to class lists before the first day of school. However, in the case that our student enrollment continues to change, at the recommendation of our district office, we may need to move students or collapse classrooms. Class lists are subject to change through the month of September. We regret having to make any adjustments after the start of the year and thank you in advance for your understanding, flexibility, and support.

Daily Schedule

Doors open at 8:50 a.m. with breakfast served from 8:50 - 9:10 a.m. If not eating breakfast, students should not arrive at school before 9:00 a.m. There are no adults available to supervise unattended students.


9:08 a.m. Line up bell; students line up in designated area
9:10 a.m. School starts
9:15 a.m. Tardy bell
10:25 - 10:35 a.m. Recess grades K, 1st
10:35 - 10:55 a.m. Grade 5
11:05 a.m. - noon Lunch/Recess grades K, 1st, ILC-Hardy
11:50 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Lunch/Recess grades 2nd, 3rd, ILC-Smith
12:10 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch/Recess grades 4th, 5th, ILC-Peterson
2:05 - 2:15 p.m. Recess grades K, 1st
2:20 - 2:40 p.m. Recess grades 2nd-4th
3:45 p.m. Dismissal Bell


9:08 a.m. Line up bell; students line up in designated area
9:10 a.m. School starts
9:15 a.m. Tardy bell
10:20 - 10:35 a.m. Recess grades K-2nd
11:05 - 11:20 a.m. Recess grades 3rd-5th
11:05 a.m. - noon Lunch/Recess grades K, 1st, ILC-Hardy
11:50 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Lunch/Recess grades 2nd, 3rd, ILC- Smith
12:10 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch/Recess grades 4th, 5th, ILC-Peterson
2:15 p.m. Dismissal bell


The habit of regular and punctual attendance is strongly related to student success. We ask that you help your child to develop good work habits. The school reserves the right to call and validate the excuse and to schedule a conference relating to tardies and absences. Serious attendance problems will be reviewed monthly and may result in letters, phone calls and conferences. Every attempt will be made, however, to create a positive resolution that leads to good attendance.

PTA: Parent Teacher Association

We encourage staff and parents to the join the Shorewood PTA! Our PTA provides our students with assemblies, field trip transportation, popcorn days, spring carnival and many other fun family events. Parents and staff meet every month on the third Thursday evening in the Shorewood Library to plan fun school events. Free childcare is provided at the PTA meetings.


Shorewood loves and appreciates our volunteers! Volunteering is a very rewarding experience. If you are interested in volunteering, stop by the office and pick up a volunteer form or visit the Highline School District website. Once approved, (which generally takes a few days), you can make arrangements with your student's teacher to volunteer in the classroom or help out with a field trip, etc. When you come to school to volunteer, please check in at the office.

Keep Connected to School

The Highline Public Schools website has an abundance of resources for parents and students at You can find information such as school calendars, lunch and bus schedules, health services, internet safety, parent resources, and individual school websites. You can also visit and register to receive flyers from school as well as the community. We encourage you to browse the website and Peachjar to see if the answer to your question is just a click away!

Special Programs and Services

The primary responsibility for the education of children is vested in the regular classroom teacher, but a combination of the following specialists and special programs are available to assist in assessment and to help meet individual needs.

  • Nurse
  • Counselor
  • ELL (English Language Learner) Classes
  • Inclusive Education Program
  • Psychologist
  • Speech and Language Pathologist
  • Occupational and Physical Therapy
  • Hearing and Vision Specialist

Lost & Found

All lost and found items can be located right outside of the cafeteria. Lost and found items that are not claimed, will be donated to charity throughout the year. Please check the lost and found or check with the office for lost items as soon as possible. We are not responsible for lost or stolen items.

Reporting Absences

Call the office at 206.631.4900 before 9:00 a.m. to report absences. You may also e-mail the office and your student's teacher. Messages can be left before/after school hours on our voicemail. Please be sure to call the office to report an absence, or you can send a written note when your child returns to school. For your child's safety, if we have not heard from a parent/guardian, we will call to verify each absence. If your child will be gone for an extended period of time, please let the office know as soon as possible. Absences not excused by a note or phone call within 48 hours of the absence will be marked as unexcused.


Any absence from school is unexcused unless it meets specific criteria for an excused absence:

Highline Public Schools, in accordance with state mandates, will only accept the following excuses for absences from school:

  • Illness, health condition, or medical appointment
  • Family emergency, including but not limited to death or illness in the family
  • Religious or cultural purposes
  • Court, judicial proceedings
  • Absence directly related to the students homeless status
  • Absence resulting from a disciplinary/corrective action/(short-term or long-term suspension, emergency explosion, etc.)

The principal has the authority to determine if an absence meets the above criteria for an excused absence.

Late Arrival

Students are expected to be at school on time every day and remain in school until the dismissal bell. Being late for school not only causes disruption on the office and classroom but also means the student misses out on important morning announcements and their teachers' instructional time.

Students arriving after the 9:15 a.m. bell need to check in at the office to obtain a late pass.

Early Dismissal

Please try to arrange appointments around the school day.  Students needing an early dismissal will only be released when a parent/guardian signs them out in the office. Teachers cannot release students to parents. A parent/guardian MUST sign the student out in the office, and the office will contact their teacher.


If student arrives at school This is how attendance will be marked
9:15 - 10:30 a.m. Tardy
10:31 a.m. - 12:25 p.m. AM Absent (1/2 day)
12:26 - 2:20 p.m. AM Absent (1/2 day)
2:21 - 3:45 p.m. Full Day Absence
If student leaves school at This is how attendance will be marked
9:15 - 10:30 a.m. Full Day Absence
10:31 a.m. - 12:25 p.m. PM Absent (1/2 day)
12:26 - 2:20 p.m. PM Absent (1/2 day)
2:21 - 3:45 p.m. Present

Emergency Early Dismissal

It is very important that parents have a procedure for their child to follow if dismissed early due to snow, power/water failure, etc. It is vital that you keep your emergency contact information updated with the school in case of an emergency.

5th Grade Band

The band program is available to 5th grade students. The band instructional periods are scheduled for 45 minutes, twice a week. Instruments are not provided but are for sale or rent at local music stores. Band will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Physical Education

We look forward to having your child participate in our Physical Education program! If your child cannot participate in the regularly scheduled physical education class, please send a doctor's note. If your child cannot participate because of a temporary restriction, you may send a note excusing him/her from participating for that day only. Tennis shoes are requested for PE days. Boots, flip-flops, sandals, etc. are not safe for PE activities. Comfortable clothing is also recommended.

Bathroom Expectations


  • Be Respectful
    • Flush toilet, Level 0 voice
  • Be Responsible
    • Put garbage in can, take care of your needs quickly
  • Be Safe
    • Wash your hands
    • Do you have a pass?
    • No writing or drawing in the bathroom

It is your duty as a member of our Shorewood family to report students to the office or your teacher, who are vandalizing the bathrooms.

Library Policies

Every Shorewood student gets to use and check out books from the library during the school year. The number of books students can check out depends on their grade level. Students are expected to be respectful, responsible and safe with all library materials.  Library materials need to be returned or renewed each week. It is a privilege to check out library books and to be able to take them home. Students who are irresponsible with library materials, will have limited privileges. If library materials are lost or damaged, those items will need to be paid for. Students will not receive their report card at the end of the school year if they have a library fine. The library is a classroom during the school day and is not open for visitors or meetings when classes are in session.

Parent Drop Off/Pick Up

  • Do not park in the fire lane
  • Do not park in the handicapped spot without a state issued handicapped placard
  • Pull up against the curb - DO NOT block parked cars
  • Pull to the front - DO NOT leave large gaps between cars
  • Single file ONLY - DO NOT double park in the circle
  • If parking in the neighborhood, be a good neighbor keeping driveways clear; park off the road.
  • Cross at designated crosswalks (116th and 126th

Riding the Bus is a Privilege


  • Be Respectful
    • Level “2” voice, kind words only, share seats as needed
  • Be Responsible
    • Follow bus driver’s directions, leave items in backpacks
  • Be Safe
    • Stay seated face forward, hands to self, wait for bus to stop before walking toward bus, exit front to back showing patience, exit bus & follow traffic safety rules

Walking to School

  • Use only planned, safe walking routes when coming to or going from home to school. Don’t stop at a friend’s house without parent permission
  • Cross at the crosswalk only with the help of the adult crossing guard
  • Report immediately to parents, teacher, or the office if anyone bothers you on your walk to or from school

Bike Riders

  • Only 4th and 5th  graders may ride their bikes to school
  • Helmets must be worn, it’s the law!
  • Bikes are to be walked while on the school grounds
  • Keep skateboards, rollerblades, heelies and scooters at home

Parents will be called to come and pick up bike, scooter, etc. if these rules are not followed.

Emergency Contact Information

It is required that we have a current contact phone number for every student at all times. If your phone number or address changes at any time, PLEASE contact the school immediately. If your child brings home an emergency card, please fill it out and return it to the office promptly.

Playground Expectations

  • Safety first! Listen to adult recess supervisors
  • If you need help, find an adult recess supervisor
  • Follow Shorewood’s Guidelines for Success: The 3 B’s - Respect, Responsibility and Safety
  • You must have a pass to enter the building from the playground area at recess, NO EXCEPTIONS!

Shorewood has very detailed expectations and rules for the cafeteria, hallways, bathrooms and playground, which are posted throughout the school. Our staff will review these detailed expectations with students throughout the year

Hallway Expectations


  • Be Respectful
    • Level 0 voice
  • Be Responsible
    • Hands, feet and objects to yourself, always have a pass for bathroom, office and clinic
  • Be Safe
    • Walk, stay to the right

Cafeteria Expectations & Meal Information


  • Be Respectful-Level 2 voice, be polite to others
  • Be Responsible-clean your space, dump and stack trays, eat what you take
  • Be Safe-eat your food only, stay in seat until dismissal time, keep food on tray, walk at all times
  • Raise your hand to be excused before cleaning your tray or putting your lunchbox in your class bucket

Breakfast Prices:

  • No charge for free or reduced price breakfast
  • $1.75 for regular priced breakfast

Lunch Prices:

  • K-3 reduced lunch is free
  • 4-5 reduced lunch is $.40 cents
  • $3.00 for regular priced student lunch
  • $.50 cents for milk

The meal program is automated. You can pay online at On the left side, select free & reduced price meals. From there, you can select F&R meals or pay for meals. This is where you can create an account or sign-in to your account. You will need your student’s ID#, which you can obtain through the school office.

For any questions regarding student meal information, please contact our Nutrition Services Department at 206.631.3010.

Dress Code

Appropriate dress for school is expected.  Any type of dress or grooming which is distracting to the learning environment or unsafe is not acceptable. Shorts, skirts and dresses should reach the tip of the student’s fingers when the hand is at the side.  No bare stomachs and no undergarments should be showing.  Hats and hoods cannot be worn during the school day.


  • Fishnet shirts
  • Halter tops
  • Tops with “spaghetti” straps
  • Trench coats
  • Cleats
  • Heelies
  • Pajamas (unless Pajama day)
  • Hats
  • *Do-Rags
  • *Bandanas
  • Shirts with inappropriate pictures/logos
  • *Scarves

*Students may only wear head coverings for religious purposes. Bandanas, head scarves, do-rags, hats, hoodies, etc. are not to be worn at school.

Items Not Allowed at School

  • Toys
  • Gum
  • IPods
  • Laser pointer
  • Skateboards
  • Rollerblades
  • Scooters
  • Heelies

Shorewood is not responsible for broken, lost, stolen or confiscated items.

School Phone Use

Permission to call home about visiting a friend after school will not be granted. Students will not be called to the phone from class unless it is an emergency. All plans should be made before your child comes to school. Interrupting the class to give students last minute phone messages disrupts the learning environment. We teach students responsibility and the ability to plan ahead.

Cell Phone Policy

We understand that some parents need their children to carry cell phones for safety reasons.  Please be aware that these must be kept turned off and in their backpacks until after school. Any adult that sees a student with a cell phone will give one reminder, and then on the second time will confiscate the item immediately and turn it in to the office. The student may pick it up after school for the first offense. If a second offense occurs, a parent must pick up the item.


Parents are requested to contact their student’s teacher ahead of time to make arrangements when requesting to visit a classroom. All visitors must check in at the office, sign the visitor log and get a visitor badge before proceeding to the classroom. Student visitors are generally not allowed. On rare occasions, students are permitted to visit our school with prior approval from the principal.

Behavioral Rules and Expectations

Students are very familiar with our Guidelines for Success also known as the 3 B’s. They are: Respect, Responsibility and Safety. Your child should be able to tell you what each of these mean. Our expectations are a combination of common courtesy and safety considerations.

Our Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) team has posters in the classroom and school wide, with our behavior expectations. Students are rewarded for displaying the Guidelines for Success.

The following types of behavior are NEVER allowed at Shorewood.

  • Bullying
  • Fighting
  • Teasing
  • Harassment
  • Disrespectful conduct
  • Intentional harm to others
  • Possession of weapons or other dangerous objects
  • Possession or use of tobacco, drugs or alcohol

For details on student discipline, refer to Highline Public School’s Discipline Policy and Students’ Rights and Responsibilities, published on the district website, Highline Public Schools has a zero tolerance policy for any type of weapon.

Printable Handbook

Useful Telephone Numbers

Shorewood Elementary

Highline Public Schools District Office

Special Services


Student Placement