Changes to school start and end times
In March 2018, LWSD announced that school start and end times would change in the 2018-19 school year, as a seven-period day is implemented for high school students. You can find your school’s exact start and end times here: www.lwsd.org/schools/school-hours.
Verify your child’s information online now
Families of registered students can visit Skyward Family Access to verify their child’s information. You can even use the Skylert tab inside of Skyward Family Access to verify what phone number we should call during an emergency. Visit https://www.lwsd.org/help/skyward-family-access for more information. Check out our Students and Families webpage for links to important tools for families, including Skyward Family Access.
Keep your student healthy – Reminders from Health Services
Before school starts on September 4, don’t forget:
Getting to/from school:
Riding the bus: LWSD’s transportation department mailed out postcards to all families whose student(s) qualify to ride the school bus to/from school. Questions about buses? Contact the Transportation Department at 425-936-1120 or visit the district website.
Walking or Bicycling: Walking and bicycling are healthy ways for students to get to school. Suggested Walk Route Maps for elementary schools are available on the district website. A subcommittee of the district’s Safety Advisory Committee, along with traffic and pedestrian safety experts, worked with a consultant to develop these safe walking/biking routes.
Kindergarten Family Connections help students, families have a successful year
Lake Washington School District provides full-day kindergarten for all students. The first day of school and classes for kindergarten students will be September 7. (Grades 1-12 begin school on September 4.) Kindergarten families will meet with their student’s teacher in a Family Connection meeting between September 4-6. Schools will connect with families directly to schedule these meetings.
Peachjar to deliver community electronic flyers
LWSD will continue using the Peachjar eflyer service this school year. Peachjar distributes eflyers from nonprofit organizations as well as from schools and school-related organizations directly to parent email inboxes. If you are new to LWSD, you will receive a welcome email from Peachjar that gives instructions on how to manage flyer delivery preferences. Learn more about Peachjar on the district website.
LWSD partnership with King County Library System (KCLS) to provide students with online access
To increase student access to KCLS’s online resources, LWSD participates in the KCLS Partnership Program. This partnership creates special library accounts for all students in our district. These special online accounts allow students to seamlessly log in from school, home or from any computer or device to access KCLS resources. The special student accounts:
- Are easy for students to remember. The account number will utilize each student’s school ID number preceded by the School District number (414).
- Give each student seamless access. Students will be able to use the array of databases, downloadable materials (through Overdrive) and online homework help services offered by KCLS without needing a physical card.
- Do not accrue fines or fees. Since students will only be able to access electronic materials it won’t be necessary for students to track due dates.
Secondary students in the LWSD have participated in the program since February 2017. This year, the program will be made available for both secondary and elementary students. If your student already has a traditional KCLS library card, they will continue to be able to use it to checkout materials from the public library and use in-library computers. The arrangement between LWSD and KCLS supplements the traditional library card and improves each student’s ability to access KCLS online research tools as part of their school work. In October, KCLS will automatically launch the system to all students in LWSD. Secondary students will be provided continued access each school year.
Families who do not wish for their children to be included in the program may opt out through Skyward Family Access Online Forms. Read more about this KCLS opt-out form here. This form will be open from August 15 through September 17, 2018. If you have any trouble completing the online process, please call or visit your school’s office for assistance.
Lake Washington School District implements new volunteer system in 2018-19
This summer, Lake Washington School District’s volunteer application system was transferred to a volunteer system developed by Raptor Technologies, Inc. Raptor is used across the nation in many school districts and is considered the industry leader.
Information for all current volunteers has been transferred into the new volunteer system. Instead of logging in to Parent Access, parents will log in to the Raptor system to complete and update their volunteer applications.
Read more about the new volunteer system.
Want a full LWSD Calendar for the 2018-2019 school year?
Printable versions of the district calendar are available on the district website. You can also access the LWSD Online Calendar for school-specific events. You can sign up for alerts and/or create a filter when using the calendar to see events specific to your school(s).
MySchoolBucks convenience fee change
MySchoolBucks, the system that families use to add or check lunch account balances is increasing its online convenience fee from $1.95 per transaction to $2.49 per transaction. This includes any AutoPay automatic payments you may have set up. This change is now in place. This is the first time in 16 years MySchoolBucks increased the convenience fee and is due to the rising costs of processing transactions. As a reminder, you can also add money to your lunch account by sending a check to LWSD Nutrition Services. Visit the Breakfast and Lunch Menus page of the LWSD website for more information.