School News

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Hello Dolphin Families,


What a great two weeks at Silverdale Elementary! Students have been busy getting into routines and learning about school expectations. While the first few weeks are tiring for all of us, we are grateful for the time to establish strong classroom cultures, peer connections, and teacher-student relationships. 


Dolphin Market: Silverdale Elementary participates in Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports, a system for promoting a safe and effective learning environment. Students are explicitly taught the schoolwide expectations Respectful, Responsible, and Ready to Learn in each area throughout our school. Students will earn Dolphin Dollars to acknowledge and reinforce appropriate student behaviors. These dollars can be used to purchase tangible (pencils, toys) and intangible (sports with the principal, name announced) prizes. The Dolphin Market opens this week! 


When to Keep Your Kids Home: Help us keep our school healthy! Please note the following information for when your student is not feeling their best. 

  • Fever: Temperature of 100 degrees or greater. Student must stay home until fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication. 

  • Vomiting: Students must stay home for 24 hours after vomiting and be able to tolerate a normal diet. 

  • Diarrhea: More than twice in a 24 hour period. Student must stay home until no loose stools for 24 hours. 

  • COVID-19 Symptoms: If experiencing COVID symptoms, take an antigen test. 

    • If negative, and there is no fever and student feels well enough, come to school. Retest every 24-48 hours at least 5 days after symptom onset. 

    • If positive, stay home and report illness to the school office. 

    • For more information visit CKSD COVID-19 Guide and the Symptom Flowchart.   


School Supply Fee: A reminder that we are still accepting school supply donations. The $35 school supply fee is Payable Online and covers the cost of supplies for the entire year. If you can provide an additional donation for students who may need assistance, it is greatly appreciated. 


Silverdale Spirit: On Thursdays, we show our Silverdale Spirit! Wear your Silverdale Elementary swag or blue. Spirit wear will be available for purchase soon! 

Counseling Services: We are fortunate to have two full time counselors at Silverdale Elementary! 

  • School Counseling: Katy Leet supports classroom guidance lessons, small group social emotional development, and individual student support. 

  • Military Family Life Counseling: Candance McKenzie is the Military and Family Life Counselor and specifically works with military families. Permission slips went home with students this week. Please remember to return this if you would like your child to benefit from this service. 


Free and Reduced Meals: Families can apply for the Free and Reduced Meal Program at any time during the school year. You can apply online or complete the paper application provided on the first day of school and return it to the school. 

CK Food Backpacks: The Food Backpack 4 Kids program is available for families in need of food assistance/support. Each weekend a backpack is filled with easy to prepare nutritious foods and snacks to help feed a family of four. If you would benefit from this program please fill out this Backpack 4 Kids Program Form Backpack 4 Kids Program FormSpanish.  

General Reminders: 

  • Please pull all the way forward in the pick up look to facilitate a quick pickup and minimize traffic backups. 

  • If your student is going to be absent, please call the main office at 360-662-9400 to report the absence. 

  • Please send your students with shoes appropriate for recess and PE. 


Upcoming Events: 

  • September 29 - 30: Vision and Hearing Screening

  • October 3: School Picture Day

  • October 10: No School, Non-Student Day


We look forward to a wonderful school year together and thank you for partnering with us! 

Sincerely,

Mackenzie Foley

Silverdale Elementary Principal


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Hello Dolphin Families,


Welcome to the 2022-23 school year at Silverdale Elementary!  We are busy preparing for a wonderful year together and can’t wait to see you on the first day of school on September 7th


We are just days away from your first teacher connection! On Wednesday, August 31st at 3:00 pm your teacher will send you an email welcoming you to their class. If you do not receive a welcome email with class placement information, please call the school office at 360-662-9400.  


We would also like to invite all families to a Meet and Greet event on Thursday, September 1st from 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm. Each student will visit the classroom, meet their teacher, sign up for fall conferences and enjoy popsicles on the playground. 


A note to our Kindergarten families… Kindergarten students traditionally begin school in a “slow start”. Please look for a separate email with information about the multiple opportunities to build connections before their first full day of school on September 12th. 


Please see below for some important information regarding the start of the new school year.


School Supplies




  • $35 School Supply Fee

  • Backpack

  • Water Bottle

  • Headphones (4th and 5th graders may choose to use earbuds instead, no bluetooth)


The $35 school supply fee will cover all classroom supply needs for the entire year. Fees can be paid online through the school website, or to the office with a check or exact cash.


Online Payment Instructions

  • Go to https://wa-centralkitsap.intouchreceipting.com/

  • User Name: Student ID #  (Call office if not known)

  • Password: Student Last Name (case sensitive)

  • Click on Student Name

  • Click on “Items At Students School including Food Service”

  • Click on “Supply Donation”

  • Enter Quantity

  • Click “Buy”

  • Checkout


School Schedule  




Days

Arrival Window

Dismissal Time

Mon, Tue, Wed, & Fri

9:00 am to 9:15 am 

3:30 pm

Thursday

9:00 am to 9:15 am 

2:00 pm



Arrival and Dismissal Procedures




Arriving By Car Students exiting cars will occur from 9:00 am to 9:15 am

Drive through the loop until you are greeted by a staff member. Students need to be prepared to exit, on the right, once signaled to do so.  


Tips for a Safe and Smooth Drop Off: 

  • Follow the arrows on the map for drop off and pick up

  • Pull forward as far as possible

  • Students will only depart vehicles in the blue zone, past the load/unload sign

  • Please have kids ready to exit the car (unbuckled, masked, belongings in hand)

  • Students exit vehicles on the right 

  • Stay in your car, we will unload your student(s) curb side for safety

  • Be alert for students walking to school





Arriving By Walking Please do not arrive prior to 9:00 am.

Walk ups will go to the main entrance. Parents may also choose to park in the parking lot and walk over to the designated pedestrian check in area near the circle by the front door. Parents will say goodbye to their child at the main entrance and the child will proceed to their classroom between 9:00 am to 9:15 am. 


Arriving By School Bus  

Visit https://silverdale.ckschools.org/info/buses for information about bus routes. 


Once the bus arrives at school, students will remain on the bus until a staff member approaches. Students will enter the building and enter the building through the main entrance. 



Late Arrival

If your child is late to school, please park in the lot and walk student(s) to the main entrance for check in. 



Leaving by Car 

Please follow the same flow of traffic for the “drop off” procedures. Students will remain with their teacher at their assigned location until their parent/guardian arrives. Once you arrive in the loop, a staff member will assist your child into your car. Please remain in your vehicle unless assistance with a car seat is needed. Students will need to enter the vehicle from the right side. Teachers will provide a “Name Placard” for you to place on the front passenger side of your vehicle. Clearly displaying this sign significantly expedites this process. 


Leaving by Walking 

Parents meeting their child should wait near the pedestrian pick up circle near the front door. 


Students without parents meeting them will also be allowed to proceed directly home if that is their normal end of day plan. Please let your child’s teacher know if your child is to walk home directly after school.


Leaving by Bus 

Bus riders will be dismissed to their bus at the end of each day. Siblings may meet in the bus area if applicable.  


Meals




Visit CKSD Lunch & Breakfast for lunch menus, meal pricing and information about how to pay for meals online! 

Breakfast will be available beginning at 8:55 am. Students who are eating breakfast at school will enter through the main entrance and proceed to the cafeteria. 


Families can apply for the Free and Reduced Meal Program at any time during the school year. You can apply online or complete the paper application provided on the first day of school and return it to the school. 





We can’t wait to see your families in the building soon! Thank you for taking time to familiarize yourself with our school procedures for the upcoming school year! As always, our staff is here to help and we thank you for partnering with us! 



Sincerely,


Mackenzie Foley

Silverdale Elementary Principal