Wellington World September 2018

Message from the Principal

I hope this message finds you well!  Although fall is officially upon us and the weather will soon reflect that, this past week has been a tremendous reminder of how beautiful our area is when the sun is shining.  Let’s not forget to enjoy it.

It has been a great start to the school year.  Much of the classroom time has been devoted to building community, establishing relationships, and developing routines and expectations for learning.  That said, even in these early stages of the year, we are witnessing some very exciting academic work taking place.  Teachers and students have already begun digging into literacy, math, and social studies.

September is a time when we look ahead and set goals for the school year. I want to take this opportunity to share one of Wellington’s goals with you. At the beginning of the year, Wellington staff worked collaboratively to create a shared, school-wide academic goal for our students which aligned to our Northshore School District Strategic Plan. One of the goals, Goal 3, of our district strategic plan (Growth for Every Student) includes a specific measure that reads, “Minimum annual academic growth rate of one year for students at/above grade level, and more than one year for students below grade level”. After a comprehensive review of our school data and much discussion, our team has decided to align our school’s goals with this measure, specifically in reading.  While the measure is meant to address all academic areas, our staff has decided to focus our efforts in reading.  

In the coming months, I will be excited to share our work, success, and powerful professional development we will undertake to accomplish this goal.  In the interim, I would like to ask for your help.  How can families help us with our goal? Here are some ways to help your child in reading:

Build a climate of literacy at home. Read often.  Engage your child in conversation about the stories you read together or what they may be reading independently.  Ask their opinion and thoughts on a story or to infer why the author chose to include certain elements in their writing. The basis of comprehension is open conversation and the sharing of story elements, and younger children especially grow into stronger control of language when loving adults — particularly parents — share experiences and rich talk about those experiences.

Let children see you read often. You can be both a model and a teacher. If children never see adults read, they gain the impression that reading occurs only at school.   From time to time, read aloud from what you are reading and ask your children their opinion of what you’ve read.  They will follow your lead.  

Make reading a non-negotiable for your family.  Set aside a dedicated time for independent or shared reading.  

Be open about what your child reads.  While it is important to be exposed to and learn how to read a diverse collection of genres, children need to develop a love for reading.  This can happen through chapter books, magazines, graphic novels, etc.  Follow their interests.

Parents also help us with our reading goal in other ways. Parent volunteers in many classrooms help us by working with students and by helping teachers with classroom jobs so they can devote their planning time to the professional tasks of analyzing student work and planning expert instruction. Thank you so much for your generous gifts of time – it makes a difference!

I have great confidence that we can reach these reading goals because of our committed staff, our dedicated parents, and motivated student learners.

In partnership,
Brian Matthias

Your Wellington PTA's 2018 Fundraiser

Webster's Challenge

Friday, September 28th from 4:30pm-6:30pm! 

Webster is having a fun obstacle course challenge and needs the students to complete it! 

We are hoping that this will be the ONLY fundraiser all year-long, but that can only happen with your help! Currently we have raised $27,050 of our $30,000 goal. But wait, it’s not too late to donate. Go to www.wellingtonpta.org and click on the donate buttons on the home page. 

Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you! 

From the Nurse

When to Keep Your Student Home

We are off to a busy start this year.  When children come to school, they bring with them all those little germs to share:  Colds, stomach “flu”, fevers (usually a virus), and other ailments.  If your child is not feeling well in the morning, here are some basic guidelines to follow regarding school attendance.

Headache:  First, check the temperature.  Headache is often a sign of fever.  If the temperature is normal (under 100.0), you may give Tylenol or Ibuprofen and send the child to school. 

Upset Stomach:  If your child is vomiting, either during the night or in the morning, DO NOT send him/ her to school.  Stomach viruses are usually very contagious, and the child needs to be home for 24 hours after the vomiting stops. 

Colds:  A child with a cold may come to school as long as they do not have a fever. However, if it is a really “heavy” cold, with extreme congestion and/or coughing, and the child is obviously not going to be able to function, and will be a great distraction in the classroom, then it is appropriate to keep him/ her home until the worst is over.

Sore Throat:  This is often the first sign of a cold. If you see white patches at the back of the throat or there is fever over 100.0, it should be checked by the doctor. Otherwise, you may give Tylenol or Ibuprofen if you wish, and the child may come to school. 

Fever:   When in doubt, check it out.  If your child is complaining of not feeling well, check the temperature with a thermometer. If the temperature is over 100.0, please keep them home. He / she needs to be fever free (without medication) for 24 hours to return to school. 

Any time your child is not feeling his best, please feel free to call the school nurse at (425) 408-5906 to let her know. The nurse cannot give any medications at school such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen unless there is a valid medication authorization on file. For further information, please check out the Northshore School District website at https://www1.nsd.org/schools/get-started/health-services. You will find information on medications, health conditions, and the forms needed if your child needs medication at school. 

Substitute Nurses Needed

Are you a Registered Nurse who might be interested in exploring the rewards of school-based nursing, supplementing work hours, or simply maintaining nursing licensure credentials? We would love to discuss available opportunities to be a substitute school nurse with the Northshore School District -- this is a great way to transition into community nursing with K-12 school age children. Contact Rebecca Cavanaugh, Health and Nursing Supervisor, Northshore School District: 425.408.7728 or rcavanaugh@nsd.org.

Hearing and Vision Screenings

Each year in Northshore schools, students in grades Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 5, and 7 receive hearing and vision screenings.  Our school is scheduled for health screenings on Friday, October 19, 2018.

All school districts in Washington State are required to provide these services. However, you as parents have the right to exempt your child from any or all of these health screenings.  Please contact your school nurse if you have questions regarding screening exemptions.

It is important to understand that these are basic screenings, and are designed to identify students who may require further testing.   They are not intended to replace regular exams by qualified health care providers. A student who fails any screening will be rechecked in a few weeks, and you will be notified only if there are concerns after the second screening.

There are a few important things to remember as the screening date approaches.


  • Vision is screened using a handheld Photo Screener device or;
  • A Sloan, HOTV or Lea chart is used for distance vision at 5 or 10 feet depending on students age;
  • A Sloan, HOTV or Lea chart is used for near vision at 16 inches.
  • If your child wears glasses or contact lenses for vision, please be sure they have them on the screening day.


If your child has a hearing loss and is being followed by a healthcare provider or specialist and you do not wish for them to participate in the screening, please let the school nurse know.  If you have concerns about hearing loss and school accommodations, contact your student’s teacher or the school nurse.

As in past years, we do rely on the assistance of parent volunteers to work with our screening team.  There are a variety of important jobs that parents do, including assisting the team with the screenings, record keeping and “crowd control”.  Please consider this opportunity to work with us, and call or me me ASAP with your name and contact information. 

Thank you!
Ellen Gagnon, RN
School Nurse

Cross Country

The 2018 Wellington Cross Country Team is off and running!   Approximately thirty runners grades 3-5 are practicing every Tuesday and Thursday after school.  Our first meet is Tuesday, October 2 at East Ridge Elementary.  On Tuesday October 9, Wellington will host a meet vs. Maywood Hills and Cottage Lake.  Parent help is still needed for this home meet. Please contact Mr. Shelton if you are available to help.  Both meets begin at 4:45 PM. Pleasecome out to cheer on our Wolverine runners!

Library News

Storybook Pumpkin Patch is coming to the Wellington Library.  Students can decorate pumpkins (real or fake) as their favorite book character. These should be decorated rather than carved.  You can use yarn, paint, cardboard, etc. - be creative.  Be on the lookout for a sign-up form to come home with your student. The deadline for turning in pumpkins (with the sign-up form), is Oct. 22nd.  

Jenni Young
Wellington Elementary

School Nuts and Bolts

Wellington Visitors

Parents, please make sure to SIGN IN at the office any time you are on campus.

Equally important, please make sure to SIGN OUT when leaving the campus.  This helps in accurately determining who is on campus in the event of an actual emergency or drill.

For safety purposes, you must wear your red visitor sticker in a prominent place (please do not place your sticker on your purse, under your jacket, etc.). Volunteer badges are no longer used/accepted.  This helps staff members to quickly confirm that you’ve signed in at the office.

Thanks for your help in keeping our campus safe!

Appointments and Early Dismissals

Regular attendance at school is critical for your child’s success. Much of what happens at school can’t be replicated with a homework packet or website. Students need time to participate in classroom activities and talk with their peers about subject matter. Scheduling appointments and making plans for family activities outside of school hours will really benefit your child. After the 2:05 dismissal on Wednesday afternoon is a great time for appointments.

That being said, we understand that occasionally, scheduling medical appointments during the school day is unavoidable. If you must pick your child up from school early, there are some things you can do to help the process and ensure you can pick up your child quickly.

  • Let the teacher know ahead of time. It is helpful if the early dismissal isn’t a surprise for the teacher. When the teacher knows ahead of time, he/she can help your child be ready to go. Please send a note to your child’s teacher on the day of their early dismissal. 
  • Avoid recess times. Our playground supervisors are busy making sure students are safe and that the playground is running smoothly. It is difficult for them to find individual students. Additionally, classrooms are often locked during these times and it can be a challenge for your child to get his/her belongings.
    • K-2 = 12:25-12:55
    • 3-5 = 1:00-1:30
  • Find a buddy. Make plans with another student’s family to exchange information. Your child will be able to find out if he/she missed any announcements or assignments after leaving.

In addition to the impact on your child, early dismissals can cause added strain on teachers and the office. Teachers often have to shift their focus from teaching the class to directing and helping individuals to prepare to go home early. Our office staff works hard to help parents and have efficient systems, but having many early dismissals close to the end of the school day is challenging. It is especially helpful when families stick with the regular school schedule.

Thanks for setting a good example for your child and emphasizing great attendance. You are making a difference not only now, but also in establishing good habits for later schooling and future jobs.

District News

Permission to Withhold Student Directory Information

Permission to Withhold Student Directory Information Submission Deadline is Oct. 1
You have the right to prevent the district from releasing your child’s directory information. This is optional, and we want to emphasize that if you choose to complete the form and check the first box, indicating you want your child’s information withheld from everyone, it will mean – for example – that your child’s photo cannot be published in the yearbook and your child cannot be listed in the school directory. Please read the description of each choice carefully before checking the desired box.

Parents wishing to withhold their child’s directory information need to complete the Permission to Withhold Student Directory Information form and submit it to their child’s school office on or before October 1. Forms will be accepted after the deadline, but the district cannot be responsible for the release of Directory Information if the Permission to Withhold Student Directory Information form is received after the October 1 deadline. Please contact your student’s school or call the Communications Office, 425.408.7670, for more information. (download the Permission to Withhold Student Directory Information form)

Injuries at School - Parent Financial Responsibility

The health and safety of our students is one of the district’s foremost concerns.  Even so, accidents may and do happen and the resulting medical bills (ambulance transport, surgery, etc.) can be very expensive.  However, many families are unaware that the district does not carry insurance for student personal injury costs and cannot assume responsibility for them.  Parent/Guardian Responsibility:  What this basically means is that if your child gets hurt during school or a school activity, you as the parent or guardian, are financially responsible for any medical bills.  This includes students participating in athletics, PE, recess and after school activities.  If your student participates in a sport, please make certain your family insurance plan covers athletic participation.

Brochures for optional student insurance were provided in the back-to-school packets.

Additional information about optional student accident/illness insurance can be found on the district website.


Northshore School District
Hollywood Hill
17100 148thAve NE
Woodinville, WA 98028 

ECEAP is a state funded preschool program for children ages 3-5.  Freefor families who meet income eligibility guidelines. ECEAP is a comprehensive Early Childhood Education Program for children and families providing:

  • Quality Preschool Education
  • Health & Nutrition Services
  • Family Support Services
  • Family Support Services

For information or to complete an application, contact Kendra Rodriguez @ 425-408-4722


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