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 - March 9, 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

    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 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 Chef Webpage at


    2023 graduation schedule available

    The graduation schedule for 2023 has been posted. You can find the details on the LWSD webpage. We look forward to recognizing our class of 2023 graduates in June. Additional information, including details about tickets, will be shared with families by each school.


    Thank you, classified staff!

    Education Support Professionals Week is March 13-17 

    Next week, March 13-17, is Education Support Professionals Week. Classified school employees are involved in nearly every aspect of education, including maintaining school buildings and grounds, providing secretarial and clerical assistance, preparing and serving meals, providing safe transportation, keeping school facilities clean and orderly, assisting in the classroom, providing a secure and healthy environment, and many other specialized services. Thank you to the approximately 2,000 classified school employees working in Lake Washington School District! 

    Read the LWSD proclamation for Education Support Professionals Week signed by the LWSD Board.


    Reminder: 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.

    • 2024-25
    • 2025-26
    • 2026-27
    • 2027-28

    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.


    District Announcements

    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.


    It's not too late to reserve your spot at LWSF's Be the Bridge Spring Benefit!

    LWSF logo

    Are you interested in:

    • Learning how LWSF enhances learning, supports wellness, builds connections and removes barriers for students at every school?
    • Hearing directly from LWSD students and staff, including LWSD Superintendent, Dr. Jon Holmen?
    • Connecting with engaged parents, district leaders, elected officials and business and community leaders?

    If so, we hope you will attend at LWSF's annual Be the Bridge Spring Benefit on March 23. 

    Learn more and reserve your spot today at


    Kirkland Middle School builds a more inclusive library collection - See the photos

    KiMS inclusive library

    Having an inclusive library ensures more equitable and authentic representation in collections and provides students with more opportunities to learn from diverse perspectives. 

    The foundation recently made a visit to Kirkland Middle School to view the books they purchased using the Inclusive Libraries grant, and to speak to Teacher-Librarian, Liz Haggerty about how the grant has impacted her school and its students. Check out the photos and learn what she had to say:


    Thoughts, Feelings, Then Action: Building children's skills to successfully handle challenges using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy 

    Challenges are a fantastic opportunity for your child to learn decision-making skills. With your support, they can learn the basic skills of think, feel and then act – key aspects of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT is based on the idea that how we think and act both affect how we feel. By changing our thinking or behavior, we can change our emotions. Learn more at our next Parent Chat on March 15 at 7 p.m., with guest speaker Kristie Neklason, Director of School-Based Behavioral Health at Youth Eastside Services

    Register at

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


    What You Need to Know About High School and Beyond: A webinar for middle school families

    We know that families may be nervous about the transition from middle school to high school. In this webinar, Find Your Fit creator Mary Pat O’Neil will give an overview of what to expect in terms of high school courses, high school graduation requirements, as well as the different paths and options available after high school.

    Date: Thursday, March 16
    Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
    Where: Zoom

    Visit our Find Your Fit webpage to register.


    Kids Coming Together March 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 March events:

    Kids Coming Together is a program of Lake Washington Schools Foundation


    Student & Staff Success

    Little Roos tutoring program puts smiles on students’ faces

    Little Roos tutoring program

    This year Rose Hill Elementary is focusing on math. To help students’ perceptions of math and their academic achievement in the area, the school partnered with Lake Washington High School students to create an after-school tutoring program. The high school students meet with third and fourth graders every Wednesday for an hour. They play math-centered games and help support math lessons that are taught in the classroom.

    View more about this story on the LWSD website.


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