Muir Family Literacy Night

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 - January 27, 2023

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    We're hiring! Consider a career in LWSD

    We're Hiring

    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

    LWSD announces calendar changes: May 30 is now a regular school day

    Last day of school remains Friday, June 23

    Lake Washington School District (LWSD) has finalized plans to make up for the one day missed due to the November 30 snow day. The 2022-23 calendar has been modified to reflect this change:  

    • Tuesday, May 30: Change from a non-school day to a full day for students.

    May 30 was built-in as a snow make-up day, meaning that if we had snow days this school year, we would make them up by changing this day from a non-student day to a regular school day. 

    View printable school calendar.


    Early Entrance to Kindergarten applications

    Applications for LWSD's Early Entrance to Kindergarten (EEK) program will open on February 13 and close on March 31, 2023. 

    The EEK program screens students whose families believe are exceptionally qualified to enter kindergarten at an early age.

    More information can be found on the LWSD EEK site: Early Entrance to Kindergarten - Lake Washington School District (

    Please note that student applicants must turn age 5 before November 30, 2023.


    Protect online privacy with these tips from Common Sense Media 

    LWSD is preparing students to become 21st-century learners. For its digital citizenship curriculum, the district has adopted Common Sense Media. January 28 is Data Privacy Day. Here are some data privacy tips for families from Common Sense Media:

    Grades K-5

    1. Have a conversation about personal versus private information to be shared online.
    2. Use privacy settings when accessing online resources or tools.
    3. Avoid location tracking.
    4. Power up passwords.
    5. Skip clickbait quizzes and "special offers."

    Grades 6-12

    1. Use privacy settings.
    2. Read the fine print.
    3. Discuss online scams, clickbait and "special offers."
    4. Understand how tech companies make money.

    Other topics addressed in Common Sense Media’s curriculum include media balance and well-being, digital footprint and identity, relationships and communication, cyberbullying, digital drama and hate speech, and news and media literacy. 


    Reminder: New to LWSD? Plan ahead – Register your child now for the 2023-24 school year!

    New family registration for the 2023-24 school year opened earlier this month. Currently enrolled students do not need to re-register to continue attendance in LWSD. 

    While you can enroll any time, we are asking families to please enroll early so we can make sure the right staff are in place for fall 2023.

    Registration for all new K-12 LWSD students is done through our website ( Enrolling online is fast and easy!  

    All required documents can be accessed on the website and uploaded securely.  

    Parents/guardians who are unable to upload documents may send them to the school by U.S. mail or can bring the documents to the school during regular school hours. 

    Staff are available to help answer registration-related questions at, or by calling your school office. 


    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.


    District Announcements

    Please join us! Grand Opening Celebration & Communication Open House at Old Redmond Schoolhouse – February 1, 2023 

    Lake Washington School District and the Old Redmond Schoolhouse (LWSD Early Learning Center) are excited to host our community for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house/building tours on Wednesday, February 1, 2023. Please see the event details below. 

    • Date: February 1, 2023
    • Time: 3-4 p.m. – Ribbon-cutting ceremony; 4-6 p.m. – Community open house and building tour
    • Location: Old Redmond Schoolhouse – 16600 NE 80th Street, Redmond, WA 98052


    Grit and Gratitude: A Positive Impact on Mental Health (February 1)

    LWSF logo

    Grit is an important part of achieving your goals. Gratitude is reflecting and appreciating things in life. Both of these, especially in combination, boost mental health. At the next Balance In Mind parent chat webinar, find out how you can foster more grit and gratitude in your home. 

    Register at 

    Balance In Mind is a program of Lake Washington Schools Foundation. 


    College 101: An introduction to the college process

    Calling middle and high school students and parents! On Tuesday, February 7 at 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., join independent college counselor, Mary Pat O’Neil, for an in-depth session on the college process. 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

    This is a hybrid session and will be held in-person at LWSD Resource Center and online over Zoom.

    This is a hybrid session and will be held in-person at LWSD Resource Center and online over Zoom. Register at

    Find Your Fit is a program of Lake Washington Schools Foundation.


    LWSF supports families in need through partnership with LWSD and ALE

    The Lake Washington Schools Foundation is committed to finding ways to help families in need and are grateful for the opportunity to make a difference.

    Thanks to the generosity of donors and sponsors, LWSF was able to contribute $50,000 in the fall to LWSD Families Helping Families, a district program that provides food vouchers to food-insecure students over school holiday breaks.

    As part of their efforts to remove barriers and promote student stability, they also donated $14,500 to Assistance League of the Eastside's Operation School Bell. These funds were used to directly support LWSD students facing hardship by providing them with new clothes and shoes, books, school supplies, medications and groceries.

    Learn more about the work of LWSF at


    Reminder: Honor your teacher with a valentine

    Send a teacher a valentine

    This Valentine's Day, let teachers and staff know you care. From now until February 7, when you make a donation to Lake Washington Schools Foundation in a teacher or staff member's honor, they'll put their name on our virtual Wall of Love, send them this year's beautiful Art Nouveau-style inspirational postcard or even include a limited-edition enamel pin.

    Visit to make your selections. Your order supports the Foundation's work and brightens a staff member's day!


    Student & Staff Success

    ​LWHS students legislate to ban pricing discrimination

    LWHS capitol visit SB 5171

    Students in Lake Washington High School’s AP US Government & Politics classes get first-hand experience in the legislative process. As part of the class, students crafted Senate Bill (SB) 5171, which bans gender-based price discrimination on similar products. For example, products like backpacks, bicycle helmets and clothing that cost more if they are marketed to women versus if they are marketed to men. Read more about this on the LWSD website.



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