Students in Katie Jacobs’ fourth grade class at Franklin Elementary worked on building hydraulic powered claws in class during the month of May. This end of the year STEM project led to seeing life-sized machines up close and in person.
Connections - May 18, 2022
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 (IAs)
- Bus drivers
These positions are also available in a substitute role. Check out the LWSD website for job descriptions and postings.
School meals for the 2022-23 school year
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the USDA has funded free meals to all students, The USDA free meal waiver is set to expire on June 30, 2022. As a result, the district will start charging fees again for lunch and breakfast starting in the 2022-23 school year. The district will continue to provide student meals free of charge at all school sites through June 30, 2022.
Free and reduced meal applications
Even though meals are free through June 30 of this school year, we strongly encourage all families who might be eligible for benefits to submit an application now. Filling out an application now may qualify families to receive seamless meal benefits through October 15 to start the new school year. Completing an application online through Myschoolapps takes less than 10 minutes, and parents only need to complete one application per family.
Additional benefits for free and reduced
Students that are eligible for Free and Reduced meals are also eligible to receive fee waivers for athletics, extracurricular activities and ASB cards. In order for the district to waive these fees, you must provide consent to share your Free and Reduced eligibility status for this purpose. You can provide consent on the Free and Reduced application. If you are already qualified for free and reduced meals or you are directly certified through the State, you can provide your consent to share eligibility information in Family Access by following these instructions | instrucciones. For more information about fee waivers, please visit our website.
School counselors can also help connect you with benefits that you may be eligible for if you qualify for free and reduced meals.
Teacher Appreciation Week and National Teacher Day
The Lake Washington School District community spent May 2-6 celebrating our teachers for Teacher Appreciation Week and National Teacher Day (May 3). LWSD teachers work to create learning environments that support the district’s mission, “Each student will graduate prepared to lead a rewarding and responsible life as a contributing member of our community and greater society.” We appreciate all the incredible work our teachers do for our students.
Appreciating our teachers!
LWSD dedicated space on our social media pages to recognize our teachers for Teacher Appreciation Week. We asked our community to nominate teachers who have gone above and beyond in their classroom by sending us some kind words about their work. We received dozens of nominations from parents, students and other members of our community who were appreciative of these teachers’ dedication to their job.
Arts in Education Month
May is Arts in Education Month in Washington state. LWSD recognizes that the arts can transform our schools into havens of creativity and exploration—places where students want to learn, teachers want to teach, and all members of the learning community are more engaged and motivated. Thank you to all the LWSD staff who help bring the arts to our students.
School Nutrition Employee Week (and School Lunch Hero Day)
School Nutrition Employee Week, which includes School Lunch Hero Day (May 6), ran from May 2-6. As stated in the LWSD Board of Directors proclamation, the staff members who prepare and serve school meals help nurture our children through their daily interaction and support. The work our Nutrition Services team has done since the beginning of the pandemic has allowed our students to continue getting meals, even when not on our campuses. Thank you to all our school nutrition employees!
School Nurse Day
LWSD commemorated School Nurse Day on May 11, a national recognition of the efforts our school nurses put in to keep our students safe and healthy. As you can read in the School Nurse Day proclamation, school nurses are professional nurses who advance the well-being, academic success, and life-long achievements of all students by serving on the frontlines and providing a critical safety net for our nation’s most fragile children. We thank our school nurses for all their work during the pandemic and beyond.
Reminder: LWSD Online School – Register now
Register now for our K-5 Online School for the 2022-23 school year. We will need at least 20-28 students per grade level to run an online program for 2022-23.* Families will be expected to commit to online learning for the entire school year. Registration from outside LWSD will be accepted on a space-available basis. Register by June 1, 2022. Visit https://www.lwsd.org/registration for more information.
*Decision will be made by June 6, 2022 if the elementary online school program is able to run for 2022-23.
Reminder: Help us spread the word – Kindergarten registration is happening now for 2022-23!
If you live in Lake Washington School District (LWSD) and your child will be five years old on or before August 31, 2022, it is time to register your child for kindergarten! 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 who are unable to upload documents may send them by U.S. mail or drop them off at their neighborhood school.
Remind your friends and neighbors to register their incoming kindergarteners now! Our second priority date for registration is April 29, 2022. Registering by this date will help us ensure that we have teachers and staff in place for our first day of school in September.
Read more about Kindergarten registration on the district website.
Reminder: Early entrance to LWSD kindergarten application now available
In the state of Washington, students must be five years old by August 31 to register for kindergarten. Children whose fifth birthday fall between September 1 and November 30, and whose parents believe to be exceptionally qualified for kindergarten, may apply for early entrance to kindergarten. The application for early entrance to kindergarten for LWSD families is now open. Children whose fifth birthday falls after November 30 are not eligible to apply for early entrance to kindergarten.
Please read the Early Entrance to Kindergarten FAQs before completing the application. Please contact the Accelerated Programs office at 425-936-1238 if you have questions about the early entrance to kindergarten process. Please visit the LWSD website for more information.
2022 Summer ORCA Youth Pass sign-up
Effective immediately, high school students can sign-up for a FREE Summer Youth ORCA Pass from King County Metro. The free transit pass is available for students in grades 8-12 who are qualified for Free or Reduced-Price Lunch. The Summer Youth ORCA Pass is good for unlimited rides on all local transit including any bus, the Sounder train, Link light rail, streetcar, Water Taxi and more.
Sign up here: Summer ORCA Pass Sign-Up Form
For more information on the program please visit the Summer Youth ORCA Pass website.
Thank you for being the bridge!
Thanks to a host of compassionate donors and sponsors, our 2022 Be the Bridge Spring Benefit has raised more than $200,000 to support our mission in the Lake Washington School District!
If you missed it, the entire program is available on-demand or you can check out short videos on Inclusive Libraries, the Day of Remembrance grant, and Middle School Battle of the Books.
We're grateful for the dedicated Trustees, Table Captains, Ambassadors and matching pool donors who helped make this day a success. Our $28,500 matching pool has been depleted (thank you, donors!), but we're still offering a free ticket to our upcoming donor appreciation Happy Hour to any donor who has given $350 or more this school year.
Be the Bridge wouldn't have been possible without the generous contributions of time and talent from volunteers, staff, and program participants who were interviewed or filmed for this year's program. They honor us with their voices and stories. Thanks to our emcee Morgan Palmer (and the production team at KIRO 7) and the rich voiceovers of Amy Moreno, Be the Bridge felt like a primetime show. Our favorite band, the Royals, gave everyone a reason to tune in early and stay late, and Eli Corriveau of HotSpark Media for putting the video together.
We're thankful for the donors who contributed to our event and are especially filled with gratitude for the PTSA volunteers working hard for schools throughout the year, and to the many advocates for kids inside our schools and across the district who are making a positive difference in our communities. Together, we can be the bridge.
Film screening of "LIKE" - Free for all community members
Is your phone affecting your relationships with other people? Social media should be a tool for connection but is that always happening? LIKE breaks down why we find social media so irresistible, examines who is controlling who, and gives you the tools to pivot to a more balanced and contented relationship.
Watch the social media documentary LIKE from the comfort of your own home anytime May 19-26! Register today and view the trailer at www.lwsf.org/like
Parent Chat Webinar on May 25 at 7 p.m.: Taming Screen Time
Our next Parent Chat is Taming Screen Time. Sheri Gazitt from Teen Wise will discuss how we can help kids with managing their screen time, and how to talk to them about it. To register for this free webinar, visit www.lwsf.org/parentchat.
Register your child for a Kids Coming Together event!
Kids Coming Together is a program that provides opportunities for local youth in grades 3-8 to make new friends and connect with their community through service events led by high school students. Register for upcoming events:
- May 18: Why are Bees Important?
- May 25: Invasive Species Removal at Big Rock Park
Reminder: Snow Make-up Day Announced: May 31 will be a full school day
Lake Washington School District has finalized plans to make up for the one day missed due to the January 3, 2022 snow day. May 31 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.
The 2021-22 calendar has been modified to reflect this change:
- Tuesday, May 31: change from a non-school day to a full day for students
Reminder: 2022 graduation schedule announced
The graduation schedule for 2022 has been finalized. You can find the details on the LWSD webpage. We look forward to recognizing our class of 2022 graduates in June. Additional information, including details about tickets, will be shared with families by each school.
Now that’s a good Samaritan – Juanita HS student helps person having medical emergency
Juanita High School (JHS) senior Saivion Bell recently received the recognition he deserves. He was recognized in March by the City of Kirkland after helping a stranger who was having a medical emergency on the sidewalk. Bell was given a certificate during a recognition event and was thanked by the Kirkland mayor’s office and the fire and police departments.
Top prizes at the fair – LWSD students win several categories at regional science and engineering fair
More than 30 Lake Washington School District (LWSD) students came home with top-four honors at the Central Sound Regional Science and Engineering Fair (CSRSEF). The event was held virtually on Saturday, March 19 for high school students from King and Snohomish counties. Three of the five grand champions in the “Best of Fair” category were LWSD students. Read more on the LWSD website.