Connections - March 23, 2023

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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

Lake Washington tuition preschool program now accepting entry into enrollment lottery for 2023-24 school year

The tuition-based Lake Washington preschool program is now accepting entries into our enrollment lottery for the 2023-24 school year. New families interested in securing a seat for their child to enroll at one of the Lake Washington School District (LWSD) Preschool Sites in the 2023-24 school year, need to complete a preschool lottery entry form found at

Currently enrolled/returning preschool students, preschool students on an IEP or students enrolled in our Head Start program do not need to fill out a lottery entry form. 

Forms received before March 31, 2023 will be entered into a lottery for a seat in the LWSD preschool program. Lottery will be held the week of April 17, 2023 and families will be notified by April 24, 2023. Any students who do not receive a seat via the lottery will be placed on a waitlist for that preschool location/session. 

Families on the waitlist at specific preschool locations will be called and offered seats as they become available. 

Please direct any questions to Nichole Townsend, preschool registrar at


It’s not too late to claim the 2021 Child Tax Credit

Even if you received advanced payments or didn’t file a tax return

If you don’t normally file a tax return, but you’re eligible for the Child Tax Credit, you can still claim the 2021 Child Tax Credit by filing a 2021 tax return - even if you had no income in 2021. Advance payments sent in 2021 were not the full amount of the credit.

The 2021 Child Tax Credit is $3,600 for each qualifying child who was under age 6 in 2021 and $3,000 for each child who was age 6 to 17 in 2021. 

If you’re eligible to claim the 2021 Child Tax Credit, you must file a tax return by April 15, 2025, to claim the refund. IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) is a great option for people who are only filing a tax return to claim the 2021 Child Tax Credit.

Visit to find the site nearest you and a list of what to bring.

See the special section on about claiming the Child Tax Credit if you aren’t required to file a tax return. Learn more at 2021 Child Tax Credit Frequently Asked Questions.

Click here for more information on free tax return preparation and filing.


Reminder: Future Chefs challenge

Future Chefs

We are thrilled to bring back our Future Chefs challenge-a favorite here at Lake Washington School District! The Future Chefs challenge provides elementary students an opportunity to learn about nutrition, make healthy choices, build basic math skills and develop basic cooking techniques by participating in a good-natured culinary competition!

This year elementary students are invited to submit their favorite recipe for a fruit and/or vegetable side dish. Five of the top recipes will be selected and the students will be invited to compete in a culinary competition showdown on April 27 at Timberline Middle School. Here are the details:

  • March 3-24: Submit your recipe online at
  • March 31: Finalists notified
  • April 27: Finalists prepare their recipe at Timberline Middle School from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in a fun culinary competition!

For more information and contest rules please visit the Future Chefs webpage at


District Announcements

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: Feb 20, 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

Break a leg – Dozens of LWSD students qualify for state and nationals for this year’s Thespys

WA State Thespians logo

Students from three Lake Washington School District high schools have qualified for nearly 70 theatre awards. About 60 students from EastlakeJuanita and Redmond high schools are in contention for an International Thespian Excellence Award, or Thespy for short. These thespians performed in front of judges at the Northwest Regional showcase in January at Nathan Hale High School in Seattle. 

View more about this story on the LWSD website.


What an honor - Eastlake High School senior awarded National Honor Society scholarship

Shakked Ragoler

The National Honor Society (NHS) announced that Shakked Ragoler, a high school senior at Eastlake High School and member of NHS, has been selected as an NHS Scholarship semifinalist. As a national semifinalist, Ragoler will receive a scholarship award of $3,200. Recipients are selected based on their demonstrated work to support the four pillars of NHS: scholarship, service, leadership and character. Ragoler is now eligible to be selected as one of 24 national finalists. Finalists are awarded $5,625 and an all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C. for the NHS Trailblazing Leadership Week in April. During that week, one student will be selected to receive $25,000.

View more about this story on the LWSD website.


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