Connections - May 4, 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)
  • 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 celebrates Earth Week 2023

Franklin Earth Week

Many schools celebrated Earth week in April with educational activities. This year’s theme was "Invest in Our Planet.” Kindergarten students at Franklin Elementary celebrated Earth Day by learning how to plant flowers. Visit the LWSD Facebook page to see how LWSD celebrated this important day.


Celebrating Our Schools With Dr. Holmen – Sustainability

Dr. Jon Holmen visits the campus of Sandburg Elementary and Discovery Community School where during earth week and the rest of the school year, staff and students continue to focus on sustainability. Lake Washington School District takes sustainability seriously and you will find staff and students across the district that are implementing practices that reduce our impact on the earth and our environment.

Check out the newest installment of Celebrating Our Schools With Dr. Holmen.

Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Week and National Teacher Day 

Teacher Appreciation​The Lake Washington School District community will celebrate our teachers for Teacher Appreciation Week (May 8-12) and National Teacher Day (May 2). 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.

Follow along on our Facebook page as we honor and recognize our wonderful teachers.

View the LWSD proclamation, signed by the board, for Teacher Appreciation Week and National Teacher Day.


Final reminder: Help recognize our teachers – Teacher Appreciation Week is coming up!

Show our teachers how much you appreciate them by nominating one! Email us at or send us a message on Facebook and Instagram for a chance to be featured on the district's social media channels.


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. 

View the LWSD proclamation, signed by the Board, for Arts in Education Month.


School Nutrition Employee Week (and School Lunch Hero Day)

School Lunch Hero Day

School Lunch Hero Day​School Nutrition Employee Week, which includes School Lunch Hero Day (May 5), runs from May 1-5. 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. Thank you to all our school nutrition employees! 

View the LWSD proclamation, signed by the Board, for School Nutrition Employee Week.


School Nurse Day

LWSD will recognize School Nurse Day on May 10, a national recognition of our school nurses and their role in helping 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. 

View the LWSD proclamation, signed by the Board, for School Nurse Day.


Happening tonight! Join us for Breaking Barriers to Create Bridges: A Focus on Restoration and Racial Healing with Erin Jones

Erin Jones

May 4, 2023 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Redmond High School

Join the LWSD Equity Department and Lake Washington PTSA Council for a speaking and interactive session for families and educators with Erin Jones, educator and author. Come join us as we hear from Erin Jones. Jones is a 30-year, local and national award-winning educator and author of the book "Bridges to Heal US: Stories and Strategies for Racial Healing". 

This event is free for families, educators and staff. Childcare is available. You won’t want to miss this incredible opportunity. Register here.


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: 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.


Lake Washington Schools Foundation



Who won? Local kids battle over books! 

During the month of March, passionate students from 31 different elementary and middle schools in our district battled it out in a series of Amazing Reading Challenge and Battle of the Books competitions. 

Proudly sponsored by the Lake Washington Schools Foundation, Amazing Reading Challenge and Battle of the Books are district-wide reading competitions that promote reading comprehension, academic excellence, and cooperative learning and teamwork among students.

Kids Coming Together May events

Kids Coming Together community service events are great opportunities for children grades 3-8 to meet new friends and connect with their community. Register for their upcoming events:

  • May 8: Decorate Your Own Birdhouse!
  • May 16: Make Placemats for Meals on Wheels!
  • May 24: Let's Explore the Dog Park 

Kids Coming Together is a program of Lake Washington Schools Foundation

Reminder: LWSF has open positions on its Board of Trustees – Applications being accepted now

The Lake Washington Schools Foundation is looking to add new trustees to their governing board. They are very interested in building their board with thoughtful, diverse candidates who have enthusiasm for the work they do, connections to local businesses and corporations, and the ability to help them expand their reach.

If you have a passion for serving and impacting students and families across the district, LWSF encourages you to apply at

Please reach out to with any questions.


Student & Staff Success

Timberline Middle School mathlete earns trip to national competition

TMS mathlete

Timberline Middle School (TMS) eighth grade student, Edward Li, won first place in the state MATHCOUNTS competition for middle school students held in March. He is one of four mathletes to represent Washington in the 2023 Raytheon Technologies MATHCOUNTS National Competition and receives an all-expenses paid trip to the competition in May in Orlando, Florida. Read more about this on the LWSD website.


Wilder Elementary salmon project

For at least the last 20 years, students at Wilder Elementary have been releasing salmon into Collin Creek in the Woodinville area. When the school opened, Wilder was able to participate in the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s School Cooperative Program (formerly known as Salmon in the Classroom). As a part of the program, the school obtains 150-200 salmon eggs from the Issaquah Hatchery in early January.

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