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Hello Dolphin Families,


These last few weeks before Winter Break are busy. We hope you can make the most of your opportunity to slow down and spend time with loved ones. 


Family Wellness: The Family Wellness Topics is a great place to explore strategies for emotional regulation, tips for healthy relationships, well-being and school/community resources. 

Holiday Support: A reminder to please bring wrapped presents to the office no later than Friday, December 10th if you signed up to donate gifts. It has been amazing to see staff, families, and members of our local community come together for our kids! 


Winter Weather Reminders: Winter weather is approaching! Please keep your phone number updated at school for the automated phone call. We want to remind families of our inclement weather procedures

School Closure: In the event of a school closure, all district transportation, school activities and meetings will be cancelled for the day. 

Late Start: If there is a two-hour delayed start, school times are 11:15 am - 3:30 pm. If the event is on a Thursday, school will get out at 3:30 instead of the usual 2:00 pm. 

Smoking/Vaping: Friendly reminder that the use of tobacco products are prohibited on school district property and within 500 feet of schools. Thank you for your support in protecting our students from exposure! 


Highly Capable Referrals: Central Kitsap School District is now accepting referrals for the Highly Capable Program for students in Grades 2 to 5 between November 22, 2021- January 7, 2022. Referrals for 1st grade students are not required since CKSD screens all first graders annually. Screening for the Highly Capable Program will take place in February. To be eligible for screening a student must be referred by staff, parent, or community member. 

Online Referral Forms: 

CKSD Highly Capable Referral Information 

HC Parent Referral Form 2021-22 



Upcoming Events: 

  • December 16: Report Cards Go Home in Backpacks

  • December 20-31: Winter Break, No School

  • January 3: First Day Back After Break

  • January 7: ASB Spirit Wear Day


Sincerely,

Mackenzie Foley

Silverdale Elementary Principal


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Hello Dolphin Families,


It’s hard to believe that this week marks the end of the first trimester! There are moments right now when time feels like it is flying by. As we head into Thanksgiving break, we want to express our gratitude for your strong partnership. We are thankful for you!  


Fall Fundraiser Update: Wow! This Apex Leadership and Fundraising program has far exceeded our expectations. The “As One” student leadership focus has bonded our school community. More than anything, we hope you felt this brought our community together in a fun way. Thank you for all of your support the past two weeks!

Thanksgiving Break/Early Release: A reminder that there is no school on Thursday or Friday and school will dismiss at 11:50 on Wednesday. To-go lunches will be provided to any student who signs up for a school lunch in the morning. 

Evening Vaccine Clinics: Vaccines are available for children ages 5 - 11, by appointment only. Visit Vaccine Clinic Information for dates, locations and to request an appointment.  


Watch D.O.G.S. Volunteers: Calling all positive male role models! Silverdale Elementary is seeking dads, step-dads, granddads, uncles, and adult brothers who may be interested in being an extra set of eyes and ears for enhanced safety. Please join us for the Watch D.O.G.S. Virtual Information Night on Wednesday, December 1st at 5:00 pm via Zoom. *All volunteers must complete the CKSD Volunteer Application and have vaccination status verified with the district. 


Highly Capable Referrals: Central Kitsap School District is now accepting referrals for the Highly Capable Program for students in Grades 2 to 5 between November 22, 2021- January 7, 2022. Referrals for 1st grade students are not required since CKSD screens all first graders annually. Screening for the Highly Capable Program will take place in February. To be eligible for screening a student must be referred by staff, parent, or community member. 

Online Referral Forms: 

CKSD Highly Capable Referral Information 

HC Parent Referral Form 2021-22 


Holiday Support: Any families interested in giving or receiving assistance for the holidays can sign up this Google Form. If you are donating gifts, please bring wrapped presents to the office no later than Friday, December 10th. 


Upcoming Events: 

  • November 24: Half Day Release/Parent Conferences, Dismissal at 11:50

  • November 25-26: Thanksgiving Break, No School

  • December 1-2: Vision & Hearing Screening

  • December 3: ASB Spirit Wear - Pajama Day


Sincerely,

Mackenzie Foley

Silverdale Elementary Principal


Hello Dolphin Families,


We are heading into another great week at Silverdale Elementary! The buzz around the school for the next two weeks is our Apex Leadership Fundraiser. This is a two week interactive leadership & character building program combined with a fitness focused Fun Run event on November 18. Funds raised will directly support our school programs such as classroom grants, family engagement events, program subscriptions, restocking our Dolphin Market, and so much more. 


Fall Fundraiser: We are launching the one and only major fundraiser of the year! Pledging opens TODAY and you can get started at www.MyApexEvent.com and log in using your child’s unique access code. Be sure to pick your child’s t-shirt size and don’t forget to click the SHARE button to earn more pledges! 

Apex Leadership Video 

Dismissal Times: A friendly reminder that we have a staggered dismissal time to reduce traffic and help families get through the drop off line faster. Families with students in Grades K-2 should arrive at 3:30 PM and families with students in Grades 3-5 should arrive at 3:35 PM. To keep the pick up line moving, please do not arrive before your arrival time. Thank you for your assistance with this! 


We’re Hiring: Central Kitsap School District is hiring! Please visit our website for more information about open positions and hiring bonuses.


Holiday Support: It’s that time of year when we begin to think about the upcoming holidays and ways we can celebrate together. Some families may need assistance with the upcoming holiday season and some may be wondering how you can help. Let us know if you are interested in giving or receiving assistance for the holidays on this Google Form by Friday, November 12th. 


Family Information Night - Anxiety, Science and Solutions: Our school counselor, Mr. Alder, is hosting three virtual family information nights this year for relevant social emotional and wellness topics. Mark your calendars! The event will be via Zoom on November 18 at 5:30 (Zoom link to follow). The topic for the first family information night is Anxiety, Science and Solutions. *Spanish translation provided.


Native American Heritage Month: November is Native American Heritage month. This year, the CK celebration is a Virtual Showcase sharing Native American history, art, stories, and perspectives. Be sure to check it out weekly for the new additions! 


Test to Stay: You may have seen in the CKSD news that the district is implementing a new Test to Stay program for students who were exposed to COVID-19 at school and are identified as a close contact. This program will allow us to use testng to keep students in school when they would have been placed on quarantine. For more information about this program, please visit CK Schools Test to Stay.  

Trick or Treat Street Success: Thank you to all of the families that showed up to the Trick or Treat Street. We had a huge turnout, despite the pouring down rain. A huge shout out to our PTSA and volunteers who gathered donations, decorated doors, and endured the rain to provide a fun event for our families. 

Upcoming Events: 

  • November 11: Veterans Day, No School 

  • November 17: Picture Retakes 

  • November 18: Fun Run

  • November 18: Family Information Night - Topic: Anxiety

  • November 24: Half Day Release/Parent Conferences, Dismissal at 11:50

  • November 25-26: Thanksgiving Break, No School


Sincerely,

Mackenzie Foley

Silverdale Elementary Principal


Hello Dolphin Families,


It has been a pleasure to connect with families in conferences the past couple of days. We have had a very strong start to the year and appreciate the work you are doing alongside our staff to help your child succeed! 


Trick or Treat Street: Don’t forget... Silverdale elementary is hosting a Trick or Treat Street event this Thursday from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Families are invited to wear costumes and have fun collecting candy and prizes! Be sure to bring a bag or bucket to collect goodies. Click Here for more details about the staggered start times and COVID protocols.   

Spooky Spirit Wear: We ask that students do not wear costumes or masks during the school day on Friday. Students can wear Halloween themed or colored shirts! 


Health Attestations: Even though we are no longer doing health attestation card checks at arrival, all families should continue to look for the following symptoms prior to sending their child to school: 


  • Fever or chills

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headache

  • Recent loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion of runny nose

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhea


Growth Mindset: Every parent wants to teach their child the life skills they’ll need for lasting success and happiness. Very often, we focus on the basics: good manners, respect, kindness, and empathy. Crucially, when you encourage your children to solve their own problems, make mistakes, and work through struggles on their own, you’re giving them one of the most important skills they’ll need as they go through life: A growth mindset! Please check out this month’s Family Wellness Tip for more guidance on helping your student see challenges as an opportunity to grow and to learn how to connect efforts to positive outcomes. 


Veterans Day: This month we are saying thanks to the many veterans in our school family and community. Check out this incredible display to honor our Veterans. A reminder that veteran photo contributions can be sent to school with your child’s name, class, and the name of your veteran. Photographs will be returned after November 15.  



Upcoming Events: 

  • October 28: Trick or Treat Street 

  • October 29: Spooky Spirit Wear - Halloween shirts and colors (no costumes)

  • November 11: Veterans Day, No School 

  • November 17: Picture Retakes 


Sincerely,

Mackenzie Foley

Silverdale Elementary Principal


Hello Dolphin Families,


During the first 6 weeks of school, we have specifically been focused around establishing relationships and creating a “culture of care” in our school community. We know that students first need to feel safe and cared for to be able to learn and grow. In the upcoming weeks, we will begin to increase the stamina for a focus on learning and build upon our successes. 


Impact Aid Survey: Fill out your 2021-22 Federal Impact Aid survey online today! The federal funds from our Impact Aid survey help all our students and are used for basic education programs district wide. Families can access the form now in the PowerSchool Parent Portal. Read instructions for first-time users on how to access your account and complete the form online. Questions? Email ImpactAid@ckschools.org or call 360-662-1652.


Parent Teacher Conferences: Parent teacher conferences will take place next week. There will be no school for students on Thursday, October 21st and Friday, October 22nd. Be sure you have scheduled a time to connect with your child’s teacher either in person or virtually! 


Spare Masks: A reminder to please send your child with a spare mask with your child to school each day!  

Trick or Treat Street: Silverdale elementary is hosting a Trick or Treat Street event on Thursday, October 28th from 6:00 - 7:00. The PTSA will be sending home flyers with more information about this fun event! 

Life Skills Survey: Students in grades 3-5 will participate in a brief online survey that will prompt students to self-reflect on life skills such as setting and achieving goals, rising to challenges and managing their feelings so they can focus on school. This tool will help us better support students’ strengths and needs. Click here for more information.  


Veteran’s Day: In addition to a virtual program, we are creating a display to honor veterans. If you would like to contribute a picture of a veteran from your family, please send it to school with your child’s name, class, and the name of your veteran. Photographs will be returned after November 15.  


Healthroom Clothes: Our health room is in need of clothing donations. Shirts, pants, socks, and (new) undergarments in all child sizes are being accepted. Donations can be dropped off at the office or sent in with your child. Thank you! 

Upcoming Events: 

  • October 21 & 22: Non-Student Days, Parent Teacher Conferences

  • October 28: Trick or Treat Street 

  • October 29: Spooky Spirit Wear - Halloween shirts and colors (no costumes)

  • November 17: Picture Retakes 


Sincerely,

Mackenzie Foley

Silverdale Elementary Principal


Hello Dolphin Families,


It’s time to pull out that rain gear and enjoy the drizzly Washington weather. Thank you for a great first month of school and for partnering with us to keep things running smoothly. 


Update for Dismissal Procedure: Silverdale Elementary has an unprecedented number of car riders this year and we appreciate your patience at dismissal. We are implementing staggered pick up times in an effort to reduce student density, minimize traffic backup blocking the access to the bus loop and parking spots, and speed up the flow of traffic through the car loop. Please see the updated departure times and important protocols below: 


Car Loop Departure Times

3:30 PM

Grades K-2 and Siblings in Grades 3-5

3:35 PM

Grades 3-5 


  • Departure Times: Please do not arrive ahead of your departure time. Students will be released at different times and you may be asked to circle through the loop if your student is not present. 

  • Parking: Due to unsafe conditions presented by our students and families parking and walking through the building next door, the gates have closed. As a reminder, parking is available on the side of Silverdale Elementary past the handicap spaces. 

  • Car Seat Assistance: Please let staff know if you need assistance buckling your child’s car seat or pull forward to the first spaces to allow cars behind you to move forward into the loading zone. 

  • Pedestrians: Students and families should not cross the car or bus loops during arrival and dismissal. Please park in the designated parking spaces and use the crosswalks. 

  • Remain in Vehicle: Staff will assist in loading students into cars. Please stay in your car to improve safety and efficiency through the loop.  


Illness: It is imperative that we keep COVID out of our schools. Please keep your students home if they are experiencing symptoms or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID. You can report absences online or call our main office at 662-9400 to discuss the circumstances and we will be able to provide guidance on when your student can safely return to school. For more information about our safety protocols, visit the CKSD COVID-19 Safety Guide.  

Picture Day: School picture day is on Monday, October 4th. Picture packets will be sent home the Friday before or you can order online at Quality School Portraits. The online code is SILV7. 


Smarter Balanced Assessments:  Last spring, OSPI postponed our state testing. October 4 - 15 students in 4th and 5th grade will participate in a modified version of this assessment. Here is more information about SBA Testing.


Social Media: Silverdale Elementary is on Facebook! If you are not already doing so, please consider following us on social media. We will post reminders for spirit days, family events, and school updates. 


Upcoming Events: 

  • October 4: School Picture Day

  • October 11: Non-Student Day


Sincerely,

Mackenzie Foley

Silverdale Elementary Principal


Hello Dolphin Families,


I hope this email finds you well as we begin the first full week of school in 2021! It has been great seeing how excited students are to be back at school with their teachers and peers. 


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. This year we are incorporating Dolphin Dollars to acknowledge and reinforce appropriate student behaviors. Students will be earning these dollars throughout the school year and can purchase tangible (toys, dolphin gear) and intangible (sports with the principal, name announced) prizes. The Dolphin Market opens next week! 


Social Emotional Learning: We want our students to be successful in school and that includes both academic and social emotional development. Our district uses the Second Step program as a tool for teaching age appropriate lessons for social emotional learning. Here is an introductory Second Step Family Letter - Spanish Version


Arrival/Dismissal: Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we work through arrival/dismissal. We are experiencing a high volume of car riders. To keep things running smoothly, we encourage families to go through the loop and avoid parking/walking to greet your child. If you need to park, you will remain in the drive through loop until you reach the parking lot on the southwest side of the building. Please only park in the designated parking spots as pedestrians walking in roadways creates safety concerns and slows down the flow of traffic. Thank you again for your patience and commitment to safety! 

Tips for a Safe and Smooth Drop Off/Pick Up Loop: 

  • 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

  • Students exit and enter vehicles on the right 

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

  • Be alert for pedestrians in crosswalks

Tips for a Safe Park & Walk: 

  • Follow the arrows on the map until you reach the parking lot

  • Park in designated parking spaces

  • Use crosswalks 

  • Walk student(s) to pedestrian drop off zone


Attendance: Thank you for keeping your students home when they are not feeling well. We want our students to attend every day but we understand that is not always a reality. If your student will be absent, please contact the main office at 360-662-9400 to let us know. For more information about when to keep your child home, please visit: When to Stay Home.  


School Supply Donation: A reminder that we are still accepting school supply donations. The $20 donation 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. 


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

  • School Counseling: Matt Alder 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 is excited about working with military students and 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. 


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 FormSpanish

Upcoming Events: 

  • October 4: School Picture Day


Thank you for partnering with us for a strong start! 

Sincerely,

Mackenzie Foley

Silverdale Elementary Principal


Dear Silverdale Elementary Families,


Welcome to the 2021 - 2022 school year at Silverdale Elementary!  It is an honor to introduce myself as the incoming principal of Silverdale Elementary School. I have been dedicated to the field of education for more than 15 years and most recently had the pleasure of leading the Central Kitsap Virtual Academy. Prior to that, I served as the Assistant Principal at Clear Creek and Hawk Elementary schools. I am excited to partner with you to ensure your child’s success! 


While we are once again starting our school year under unique circumstances, we are very excited to have students return to the building for full time in person instruction. The state Department of Health’s K-12 COVID-19 requirements provide the guidance that our school district is required to follow to keep students safe and engaged during the pandemic. My role is to follow the guidance, and to strive to keep our collective focus on what we all value most, our students and their learning.  


Important Information: 


  • School Supplies: This year we are asking for a $20 donation for school supplies instead of publishing long lists of expensive supplies. The only additional items all students will need that are not included in the supply donation are the following: 

    • Backpack

    • Masks

    • Water bottle

    • Headphones (4th/5th graders may choose to use earbuds instead)

If you are not able to supply these items for your children, please notify the school so we can ensure your student has what is needed. The $20.00 donations can be paid by check to the school, exact cash to the office or online through the school website.

 

  • Class Placement: Your child’s teacher will welcome you to their classroom by email or phone on August 25. 

 

  • Meet and Greet: Save the Date! Thursday, August 26th from 4:30 - 6:00pm families and students are invited to visit classrooms and meet their teachers. If possible, we are asking families to stagger the arrival times to reduce the number of visitors at one time. 

    • Last names A - F: 4:30 - 5:00 

    • Last names G - O: 5:00 - 5:30

    • Last names P - Z: 5:30 - 6:00

If you are not able to attend during the designated time, please come at any time during the event. 

 

  • School Bell Schedule:

    • M/T/W/F  9:15 am - 3:30 pm  (Breakfast begins at 8:50 am)

    • Thursday 9:15 am - 2:00 pm  (Early Release Day)


  • COVID Impact On Schools: We plan to open schools full time for all students and largely the function of the school will be similar to a typical year. A brief summary of the critical COVID protocols is provided below:

    • We will continue our efforts to keep kids safe by cleaning the building and having kids wash hands as often as possible.

    • Masks will be worn by staff and students when inside school.

    • We will have PE, Music and Library classes. We will be allowed to move throughout the building between spaces more freely.  

    • We will do everything we can to social distance 3ft throughout the day.  

    • Details regarding recess/lunch and arrival/dismissal procedures will be communicated prior to September 1st. 

    • Volunteers: After the first 2 weeks of school, we will begin allowing parents into the building to volunteer for a specific purpose. Volunteers will need to have their volunteer paperwork approved and arrangements made in advance with staff.

More information about the CKSD’s COVID Response can be found at ckschools.org.  


  • Kindergarteners: Kindergarten students traditionally begin school in a “slow start” to allow time for family connection, early learning collaboration, and assessments to learn about the skills and strengths of children in their classroom. A separate message will be sent to kindergarten families describing the events in the first days of school. 

 

  • Free Breakfast and Lunch for all Students: Breakfast and lunch will be free to all students for the 2021-22 school year. We encourage families to complete the Free & Reduced Lunch Application so that we can receive reimbursement for eligible students.  

 

 

Please stay tuned for additional information and contact the main office at 360-662-9400 if you have questions. 


Sincerely,


Mackenzie Foley

Silverdale Elementary Principal