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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 Character.org, an organization dedicated to empowering people of all ages to practice and model core values.

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    Homeless Services

    Teacher in school hallway creating panty packs of foodThe McKinney-Vento Act is federal legislation that has been in effect since 1987 to support children and youth experiencing homelessness. The McKinney-Vento Act defines ‘homeless children and youth’ as individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. The intent of the McKinney-Vento Act is to ensure homeless children and youth enroll and succeed in school.

    Students living in any of the following situations may be entitled to additional support:
    • In a shelter, motel, vehicle, or campground
    • On the street
    • In an abandoned building, trailer, or other inadequate accommodations (lack of heat, water, etc.)
    • Doubled up with friends or relatives because you cannot find or afford housing
    Students living in homeless situations have a right to:
    • Get help with enrolling in school from the district liaison or other school contact to continue academic success
    • Continue in the school they attended (referred to as the school of origin) before they became homeless or the school they last attended, if that is the parent’s choice and is feasible
    • Get transportation to and from the school of origin
    • Receive free school meals
    • Receive additional services such as ELL, Special Education, Title 1, preschool, Quest (gifted), career / technical education
    Homeless Students: Enrollment Rights and Services
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    Contact information
    For more information about Lake Washington School District’s Homeless Services, or to request specific support for a homeless student, visit your local school or contact the district homeless liaison.
     
    Blanca Rivas Lefort
    Lake Washington School District
    425-936-1303

     

    Additional information about homeless services is available through:
    Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
    Melinda Dyer
    Program Supervisor, McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youth
    360-725-6505