Connections - April 20, 2023

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LWSD is always seeking great talent for positions throughout our district. In addition to other positions available throughout the district, we are looking for applicants for the following positions:

  • Paraeducators
  • Nurses
  • Instructional Assistants (IA’s)
  • Custodians
  • Bus Drivers
  • Substitutes

These positions are also available in a substitute role. Check out the LWSD website for job descriptions and postings.


Learning Focused

​Administrative Professionals Week

Administrative Professionals Week & Day

Next week (April 24-28) is Administrative Professionals Week, and Wednesday will be Administrative Professionals Day (April 26). We would like to recognize the tremendous work of all our office professionals. We value you and appreciate each of your individual contributions to LWSD! Thank you for all of your hard work. Follow our Facebook page to see the profiles of some of our incredible administrative professionals.


LWSD to fly rainbow flags for Pride Month, as well as Juneteenth flag on June 19

This June, schools across the Lake Washington School District will fly rainbow flags in recognition of Pride month and on June 19, they will fly the Juneteenth flag in recognition of this federal holiday honoring the end of slavery. 

Last spring, students and staff members shared with the district the importance of flying the Pride flag as a symbol of the district’s commitment to an inclusive and safe school environment. In response, the district developed a policy regarding the exhibition of flags at district facilities which specifically authorized the flying of the two ceremonial flags in alignment with action taken at the state level to authorize the flying of these flags at state facilities. Policy 6980 was adopted on September 27, 2022. 

Join us for Breaking Barriers to Create Bridges: A Focus on Restoration and Racial Healing with Erin Jones

Erin Jones

May 4, 2023 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Redmond High School

Join the LWSD Equity Department and Lake Washington PTSA Council for a speaking and interactive session for families and educators with Erin Jones, educator and author. Come join us as we hear from Erin Jones. Jones is a 30-year, local and national award-winning educator and author of the book "Bridges to Heal US: Stories and Strategies for Racial Healing". 

This event is free for families, educators and staff. Childcare is available. You won’t want to miss this incredible opportunity. Register here.


Reminder: Help recognize our teachers – Teacher Appreciation Week is coming up!

Show our teachers how much you appreciate them by nominating one! Email us at or send us a message on Facebook and Instagram for a chance to be featured on the district's social media channels.


District Announcements



Thank You for Being the Bridge!

Lake Washington Schools Foundation

At Lake Washington Schools Foundation's Be the Bridge Spring Benefit on March 23, generous sponsors and donors combined their efforts to raise over $220,000 for local students!

The LWSF would like to send a heartfelt thanks to the committed Trustees, Table Captains, Ambassadors, Program Leaders, volunteers and matching pool donors who were instrumental in making this day a success. Thank you to everyone who spoke at or was interviewed or filmed for the Be the Bridge program, especially their MC Morgan Palmer. 

LWSF is humbled by your support for students, schools, and families through the Lake Washington Schools Foundation. Together, we can be the bridge.

View photos from our event. Learn more about how LWSF's work benefits students at your local school, visit


LWSF has open positions on its Board of Trustees – Applications being accepted now

LWSF Board

The Lake Washington Schools Foundation is looking to add new trustees to their governing board. LWSF gathers and deploys community resources to enhance academic access and to nurture all students’ emotional well-being in the Lake Washington School District. They activate their mission through four focus areas: removing barriers, building connections, enhancing learning and supporting wellness.

LWSF is very interested in building their board with thoughtful, diverse candidates who have enthusiasm for the work they do, connections to local businesses and corporations and the ability to help them expand their reach. 

If you have a passion for serving and impacting students and families across the district, we encourage you to apply at

Please reach out to with any questions.


LWSF Receives Assistance League of the Eastside's 2022-2023 Operation School Bell® Award

LWSF is honored to be the winner of the 2022-2023 Operation School Bell® Award, presented at Assistance League of the Eastside's (ALE) Spring Fling on March 9.

Learn how LWSF’s partnership with ALE enabled LWSD students to access the resources they need to be successful in school:


Kids Coming Together April events

Kids Coming Together community service events are great opportunities for children grades 3-8 to meet new friends and connect with their community. Teens in grades 9 through 12 can also volunteer as event leaders. Register for their March events:

Kids Coming Together is a program of Lake Washington Schools Foundation

College 101: An Introduction to the College Process

Calling high school students and parents! On Thursday, April 27 at 6:30 - 8:30pm, join independent college counselor, Mary Pat O’Neil, for an in-depth session on the college process. This is a repeat of the presentation from February 7.

Topics covered include:

  • What do colleges want to know about students in the application?
  • Different types of colleges
  • How to Create a College List
  • Highly Selective Colleges
  • Cost of College

Visit the Find Your Fit webpage to register. Find Your Fit is a program of Lake Washington Schools Foundation.

Mental Health webinar recordings

Growing Empathy. Body Confidence. Self-Harm. Grit and Gratitude. Stress and the Student Athlete. These are just a few of the many topics Balance in Mind has covered through Parent Chat education webinars. Access a wealth expert-led webinar recordings on the Balance In Mind YouTube channel.


Reminder: COVID-19 and flu testing available through LWSD

With just one swab, the COVID-19 and Flu test determines if you have COVID-19 or the flu. It eliminates the need for multiple tests or doctors’ visits and can help you get the right treatment plan as soon as possible. Test results in 15 minutes.

Testing is free and while insurance is not required, you may be asked to provide your insurance information if available. No appointment needed. A new consent form will be needed: Click here to fill out the consent form.

Testing sites:

  • Finn Hill Middle School
    8040 NE 132nd Street
    Kirkland, WA 98034
    Mondays 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
    Closed: April 10, May 29 & June 19
  • Redmond Middle School
    10055 166th Ave NE
    Redmond, WA 98052
    Wednesdays 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
    Closed April 12
  • Kamiakin Middle School
    14111 132nd Ave NE
    Kirkland, WA 98034
    Fridays 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
    Closed April 14 

COVID-19 testing is also available through King County. Please visit COVID-19 testing locations and guidance - King County for more information.

Order free at-home covid-19 test kits.


Student & Staff Success


Top prizes at the fair – LWSD students win several categories at regional science and engineering fair

​Lake Washington School District (LWSD) students placed in the top four 37 times at the Central Sound Regional Science and Engineering Fair (CSRSEF). The event was held as a hybrid model March 11-12 for high school students from King and Snohomish counties. Two of the five grand champions in the “Best of Fair” category were LWSD students. Read more about this on the LWSD website.. 


Watch: Lake Washington High School Poetry Slam

Clicking fingers and rhymes were abundant as students at Lake Washington High School participated in a battle of the spoken word. The high school held its 16th Poetry Slam in the last eleven years. Poetry is about sharing and connecting through words. Participants got up on stage to perform their own personal poetry in front of peers and judges for the honor of slam poet champion. 

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