The Family Literacy Night at John Muir Elementary School was a big success. Families were able to enjoy literacy activities like fun tongue twisters, reading tic-tac-toe, a book fair and a book giveaway.
Connections - February 24, 2023
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We're hiring! Consider a career in LWSD
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:
- Instructional Assistants (IA’s)
- Bus Drivers
These positions are also available in a substitute role. Check out the LWSD website for job descriptions and postings.
2023 LWSD budget update video
You may have seen many neighboring districts in the news lately announcing significant changes due to enrollment and budget concerns. I wanted to provide all of you with some information about Lake Washington School District’s budget, and our work ahead.
- LWSD continues to be in good fiscal standing.
- We are intentionally using budget reserves.
- We will need to balance our budget to align funding received with expenditures in the next two years.
- We are asking for your partnership as we work to balance our budget and develop a strategic plan over the next year to ensure that:
- We are funding our priorities.
- Our work and decisions are transparent.
- We develop a plan that continues excellence for each of our students.
We want to hear from you!
Help inform LWSD calendars for 2024-25 through 2027-28
Lake Washington School District (LWSD) is working with the Lake Washington Education Association (LWEA) to develop the school district calendar for the next four school years.
This survey is an opportunity for staff, students and families to weigh in on what they would like to see in the district calendar.
Please complete this survey by Tuesday, March 14, at 11:59 p.m.
Reminder: Lake Washington schools open enrollment is February 1-28
Some schools open to LWSD students residing outside their attendance area
Lake Washington School District (LWSD) holds an open enrollment period each year for parents who want their children to attend a school other than their neighborhood school. Parents may apply between February 1-28 for a change to their school assignment for the 2023-24 school year for their students in grades K-12. This option is also known as an In-District Variance.
This open enrollment option only applies to neighborhood schools that have space available (and are designated as “open” or “limited”). The list of schools that are open or limited to students outside their neighborhood is available on the district website: https://www.lwsd.org/students-families/transfer-options/open-schools-list.
Read more about this on the district website.
Reminder: Register now for Kindergarten for 2023-24 school year
If you live in Lake Washington School District (LWSD) and your child will be five years old on or before August 31, 2023, it is time to register your child for kindergarten for the 2023-24 school year! Registration is open now.
While K-12 student registration will continue throughout the school year and summer, parents are highly encouraged to register students as soon as possible. Doing so helps LWSD to ensure that class sizes are balanced and that adequate staff are hired in time for the new school year. It also enables our schools to build relationships with families and students prior to the start of the new school year.
How to register:
Registration for all K-12 LWSD students is online. All necessary documents can be accessed on the LWSD website and completed documents can be uploaded securely. Parents may access all necessary documents online and upload completed documents. Parents who are unable to upload documents may send them by U.S. mail or drop them off at their neighborhood school.
Visit the Kindergarten Information page of the LWSD website to learn more about the registration process.
To determine your neighborhood school, check the district school and bus finder, or call the district’s transportation office at 425-936-1120.
Reminder: February is Black History Month
Since 1976, each president of the United States has designated February as Black History Month. The origin can be traced even further back to 1915, when an organization called the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), led by Harvard-educated historian Carter G. Woodson, was formed. The ASALH dedicated its time to researching the achievements of Black Americans and other people of African descent. The goal was to inspire schools and communities across the United States to organize local celebrations, activities and lectures in an effort to teach Black history as it had never been taught before. Today, Black History Month is also celebrated in other countries around the world, including Canada (who also celebrate in February) and the UK (who celebrate in October). For a guide on how to celebrate Black History Month in the Seattle area, please visit https://visitseattle.org/press/press-releases/honoring-black-history-month-in-seattle/.
Reminder: Prepared for the global workplace
February is Career & Technical Education Month
Did you know that LWSD has approximately 18,799 students participating in 102 different Career & Technical Education (CTE) course options taught by 149 CTE teachers? The School Board proclaimed the month of February as Career & Technical Education month in LWSD.
Read the full proclamation here.
Reminder: Advanced Placement exam registration information for 2022-23 school year
LWSD is offering a LATE AP Exam Registration window from February 1 - March 3, 2023. Students who register during the late AP Registration window will incur a $50 per exam late fee in addition to the $99 per exam fee.
Read for more information about AP Exam registration deadlines and fees.
Have lunch at LWSF's Be the Bridge Spring Benefit
Did you know that students at every LWSD school benefit from the work of Lake Washington Schools Foundation (LWSF)? If you are a parent, staff member, volunteer or community member that wants to help our students thrive, LWSF invites you to attend their annual Be the Bridge Spring Benefit on March 23. Enjoy lunch while you witness how LWSF enhances learning, supports wellness, builds connections and removes barriers for students throughout Lake Washington School District.
Reserve your spot at www.lwsf.org/bethebridge.
Body Confidence: How to Talk to Your Teen About Body Image and Eating Habits
It's hard to know how to talk to your teen about body image and eating habits, especially because many of us struggle with it as adults! On March 1 at 7 p.m., Abby Erickson will share some pointers about how to talk to your teen about these issues, so you can help them develop a more peaceful relationship with food and body.
Register at www.lwsf.org/parentchat
Balance In Mind is a program of Lake Washington Schools Foundation.
Upcoming Find Your Fit webinars: Canadian universities, standardized tests, and preparing for high school
Our Find Your Fit program is offering free events in February and March to support middle and high school families, For more details and to register, visit www.lwsf.org/our-work/find-your-fit.
- February 28: Canadian Universities
- March 7: Standardized Testing and the New Digital SAT
- March 16: What You Need to Know About High School and Beyond
Find Your Fit is a program of Lake Washington Schools Foundation.
Kids Coming Together February 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. To learn more and to register for upcoming events, visit www.kidscomingtogether.org.
- Feb 27 – Painting Kindness Rocks
Kids Coming Together is a program of Lake Washington Schools Foundation.
Student & Staff Success
Black History Month assembly at Audubon Elementary
Audubon Elementary explored Black History Month with an all-school assembly. Fourth graders read biographies of notable Black leaders, scholars, artists and athletes that they researched and wrote. The school also welcomed special guest speakers from Lake Washington High School’s Black Student Union (BSU).
Read more on the LWSD website.