Connections - November 6, 2020

Learning Focused

Share your thoughts with us!

We are seeking information about our current implementation of school through family surveys. The 15-minute survey is available now through November 8, 2020.

To access the survey, visit:

Choose your language preference in the box in the top left of the page.

  • Select your child’s school. If you have children in multiple schools, complete one survey per child.
  • Answer the questions.
  • Click submit.

If you come across any glitches or questions, please email the support team at


Middle school and high school options information now available/Choice school applications now open 

Parents of students in grades five or eight should have received a Middle School options message or High School options message in their email. The messages outline the opportunities in these respective levels, including information about neighborhood schools and choice schools. Videos about each choice school are posted on the district website and YouTube channel.

If you did not receive this message or are interested in learning more, click on the links below:

Are you interested in enrolling your child in a choice school? Learn more about the process and curriculum at our information sessions coming up in November and December. Applications for choice schools open today, Friday, November 6 and will close on Friday, December 11 at 4 p.m. For more information, visit:


Update: Grab and go meals and delivery changes - starting November 6

Student Meals

Lake Washington School District is offering free meals to all children ages 1-18. Please visit the website for more information:

Based on feedback from families and staff, changes are being made to our meal distribution so that accessing meals is more convenient. Beginning on Friday, November 6, Nutrition Services will switch from a daily meal pickup to a twice per week pickup. Multiple days' worth of meals will be distributed on Fridays and Tuesdays each week. The pickup times and locations will remain the same. Friday will include meals for: Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday (4 days). Tuesday will include meals for: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (3 days). These changes will reduce the need to pick up meals each day. For ordering meals and additional information, please visit the website: These changes will not impact meal service to in-person childcare or preschool sites.

The menu is available here.

The Friday form will be open from Friday at 2:00 p.m. until the following Thursday at 12:00 p.m. The Tuesday order form will be available from Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. until the following Monday at 12:00 p.m.

For more information, or to place an order, visit:


Reminder: Highly Capable Programs/Quest applications now available 

Applications for Highly Capable Programs/Quest are now available on the district website. All applications are due on Monday, November 30 at 4:30 p.m. If a family is unable to access the internet-based application or needs an application in a language other than English, please contact the Accelerated Programs Office at 425-936-1238. More information on these programs can be found on the Accelerated Programs section of the district website. 


Reminder: World language proficiency testing

To continue to recognize the talents of our bilingual and biliterate LWSD students, we are tentatively offering in-person testing on Wednesdays this year, as indicated below. Testing will be conducted following strict safety and social distancing protocols. After registering here on LWSD's website, we will contact you via the preferred email indicated in the registration to coordinate your specific test date and time at your preferred location. Please note that we are operating at limited capacity this year and will prioritize 11th and 12th graders who need World Language credit to graduate. We will test 9th and 10th graders if additional spots are available. 

We are using a rolling registration this year and students can register now for any of the following testing windows:

  • Wednesdays in January at Eastlake High School
    (Registration closes December 16, 2020)
  • Wednesdays in February at Redmond High School
    (Registration closes January 31, 2021)
  • Wednesdays in March at Lake Washington High School
    (Registration closes February 28, 2021)
  • Any Wednesday at the LWSD Resource Center, 16250 NE 74th Street, Redmond, WA 98052
    (Registration closes March 31, 2021)

Registration is now live for Seal of Biliteracy/World Language Proficiency Testing at

Questions? Contact the LWSD World Language Specialist and Test Administrator, Theresa Vásquez at


Reminder: Microsoft Classroom Teams video tutorial for families

Need help using Microsoft Classroom Teams? Lake Washington School District (LWSD) has created a video tutorial to help families navigate this online learning platform. Visit

For additional, self-guided support, feel free to look through the below documents to help you navigate the Classroom Teams platform:

As always, feel free to reach out to your student’s librarian for any help navigating technical issues you may be having like forgotten passwords. 

Additional Help Resources:
Helpdesk is open! 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., 7 days/week.
Families Contact: Family Technology Access at, 425-936-1322
24x7 Parent Help email address:


Reminder: Child care space still available

Child Care

Space is still available for families and staff who need child care. The district has worked with community partners, YMCA and Boys & Girls Clubs of King County to provide emergency child care for students in grades K-5. In addition, our district extended day program will provide care at select sites. Each provider will have multiple locations to choose from.

These childcare services provide emergency or critical support for families that cannot otherwise be with their children during the day due to work responsibilities outside of the home.

Visit the LWSD website for more information.


District Announcements

No school on Wednesday, November 11 – Veterans Day

LWSD schools and district buildings will be closed on Wednesday, November 11 in observance of Veterans Day. 


Reminder: Lake Washington Schools Foundation Supports LWSD Students and Staff 

Lake Washington Schools Foundation - LWSF

Lake Washington Schools Foundation (LWSF) is a non-profit organization that has been partnering for 15 years with Lake Washington School District to improve the education of every student in the district. LWSF supports students and families with programs like Pantry Packs, Balance in Mind, LINKS Mentoring, Find Your Fit and Reach for Success Classroom Grants. 

LWSF relies on donations from community members and local businesses to fund these important programs. You can learn more about the LWSF here:


Reminder: LWSD playgrounds now open to public

LWSD Playgrounds Open

All LWSD playgrounds are now open to the public during evenings and weekends. This is in accordance with city, county and state guidance. Playgrounds will be closed to the public during the school day from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Just a reminder that large, organized activities are not allowed. Play is limited to groups of 5 or fewer. Please wear a face covering and keep 6 feet apart. Hands should be washed after play. Please note that some schools have childcare on site until 6:00 p.m. so play structures may be in use until that time.

We will update our communities as more of our facilities open to the public.

Thank you for your cooperation in helping to slow the transmission of COVID-19. 


Building on Success

Building on Success is Lake Washington School District's long-term plan to reduce overcrowding, accommodate growing enrollment, and continue to provide quality learning environments and experiences for our students.

Auxiliary gymnasium at LWHS begins to take shape

LWHS Auxiliary Gym

Concrete was poured in October for the foundation of the new auxiliary gymnasium at Lake Washington High School. The gymnasium will provide additional capacity for physical education (PE) programming athletics, and community programs. The expansion will also provide greater seating capacity for the student body to gather during assemblies. Structural steel installation is scheduled for December and the new auxiliary gymnasium will open in fall 2021. As part of the project, the current locker room will be expanded to accommodate a growing student body and athletic activities. This expansion is scheduled to be completed by December 2020.

Learn more about the district’s long-term plan to continue to build schools and to provide quality learning environments and experiences at


Student & Staff Success

LWSD recognizes Indigenous People’s Day 

Indigenous People's Day

October 12 was Indigenous People’s Day. Staff and students in the Eastside Native American Education Program (ENAEP) honored the first inhabitants in the United States by acknowledging and commemorating their contributions, history and culture. 

ENAEP students and families met virtually to recognize the observance. A few students came dressed in their traditional clothing and participated in an acrylic paint class and a beading class. Students were taught the history of eagles, a symbol for great strength, leadership and vision. They also learned about the regalia, which is what Native American dancers wear during traditional dances like a powwow. Learn more about this on the district website


Reminder: Just for fun

We've Got This coloring sheet

We've got this! Calling all LWSD students! We’re asking student artists to color in our "We've got this" coloring sheet. Then, take a picture of yourself holding the sheet when you are done, and post to the LWSD Facebook page to share with the rest of our community! 

Download the coloring page here.


Work with us

Careers at LWSD

LWSD is always seeking great talent for positions throughout our district. Check out the LWSD website for job descriptions and postings



This newsletter is just one way to stay in touch with what is happening in the district. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for up-to-date news and information.