Teacher Appreciation

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! We want to recognize and honor all our outstanding teachers who are the heart and soul of education. Thank you, teachers, for working hard each and every day to elevate our students to become successful in school and beyond. We celebrate you today and every day!

One of just 50 schools across the country with this distinction

Redmond, Wash. – Ella Baker Elementary in Redmond has been recognized as a National School of Character. This is the first time a school from Washington state has been recognized with this award. The recognition comes from, an organization dedicated to empowering people of all ages to practice and model core values.



    Student Meals

    Free meals for the 2021-22 school year

    Student Meals

    The Lake Washington School District will continue to provide student meals free of charge at all school sites for the 2021-22 school year due to a USDA-issued waiver. This nationwide waiver allows for free meals for the 2021-22 school year only. Meals must include at least three components, with a fruit or vegetable as one of the components, to be considered free. Extras, including milk only or a la carte items, will be charged to the student’s account. Meal prices for adult meals can be found here.

    Menu available here.

    Families that previously qualified for free or reduced-priced meal benefits will need to reapply to continue receiving district-supported fee reductions and benefits. Benefits and reduced fees available to families who qualify for free and reduced meals may include: PEBT, ASB cards, athletic fees and other extracurricular non-credit activities. 

    Those who believe they may qualify, should apply for these benefits and available fee reductions. Please see how to apply below.

    Apply for free or reduced-price meals for additional benefits

    Depending on your family income and size, your student may qualify for free or reduced-price meals. Families that are eligible for free and reduced meals may also qualify to have fees for ASB cards, sports participation and other extracurricular activities waived by providing your consent to share eligibility information on the application. If you have already completed an application or are directly certified, you can also provide your consent to share eligibility information in Family Access by following these instructions|instrucciones.

    To apply for free or reduced-price meals:

    Preferred method – Complete an online application


    1. Please print the application and informationaplicación y información*
    2. Fill it out completely submit application one of these ways:
      • Scan and mail it to, or
      • Return it to your child’s school office, or
      • Drop it off at the Resource Center, 16250 NE 74th St., Redmond, WA, or
      • Mail it to: Business Services, PO Box 97039, Redmond, WA 98052

    *For applications in other languages, please go to the USDA Food and Nutrition Service website.

    Note: Families that qualify for Basic Food/SNAP (formerly known as food stamps), TANF, FDPIR, Foster Care, Homeless, or Migrant through DSHS are automatically enrolled in the free lunch program as “Directly Certified”.  Families that are Directly Certified do not need to complete a Free & Reduced meal application to be eligible for Free & Reduced meals.  However, if you are Directly Certified, you must still “consent to share” your eligibility status in order to have fees waived for Extracurricular Activities including ASB fees/cards and Sports Participation fees. To do this, please follow these instructions | Español to complete the process in Family Access.


    Call the Nutrition Services office at 425-936-1393 or email

    In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

    Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

    To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: 

    1. mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture 
      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 
      1400 Independence Avenue, SW 
      Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; 
    2. fax: (202) 690-7442; or 
    3. email:

    This institution is an equal opportunity provider.