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Welcome Back!

Dear Montlake families,

Welcome to the 2021-22 school year, and a special welcome to our incoming Kindergarten families! While we are keeping a close eye on the Delta variant, as of now we are eagerly preparing for 180 days of full-time, in-person instruction. As we return to school, we intend to prioritize both student and staff health, as well as our district’s initiatives and areas of focus: High-quality instruction and learning, Culture of care, and Responsiveness, along with Seattle Excellence, our district’s bold strategic plan. In addition, Montlake staff will continue to partner in the anti-racist work begun last year by the Montlake Families Equity and Inclusion Committee and the Montlake PTA. And I’m personally looking forward to re-introducing our student groups such as Student Council, the Green Team, and continuing our cross-grade level Wolf-packs.

Here  is important information for the start of the school year:

First Day of School:

  • Wednesday, September 1st (1st through 5th graders)
  • Thursday, September 9th (Kindergarten)

School bell times:

  • 7:55 am-2:25 pm (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday)
  • 7:55-1:10 pm (Wednesdays)

Curriculum Night: Thursday, September 30th

Health and Safety: At Montlake we were fortunate not to have experienced any COVID cases in our community last year, and we know we couldn’t have done this without your partnership. As of September 1st, daily screenings will no longer be required and students will not be placed in cohorts; however, students and staff will still be required to wear face masks and follow physical distancing guidelines throughout the school day. A detailed description of health and safety protocols in place this year can be found in the “2021-22 Health and Safety Protocols” section of the SPS 2021-22 School Year: 180 Days of Excellence page.

In addition, this year SPS will also be partnering with the WA State Department of Health and the Health Commons project to offer free COVID-19 testing at every SPS building. For more information about school-based COVID-19 testing, visit the SPS COVID-19 testing page.

Drop-off and Pick-up: In order to promote physical distancing in the mornings and at pick-up, we will continue to ask families and students to line up outside the playground prior to the start and end of the school day. Look for additional grade-specific information and a location map in your e-mail inbox in the coming weeks.

Lunches: Nutrition Services will be offering free breakfast and lunch to all students this year, whether or not they are enrolled in the Free/Reduced Price Lunch Program (however, eligible families should continue to enroll in the Free/Reduced Price Lunch program). At lunch, students will sit 6 feet apart at tables in BOTH the covered play-court and our lunchroom, which will reduce the number of students in any one location. Windows and doors will be open, students will be facing the same direction to the greatest extent possible, and we will be running HEPA filters in all indoor spaces. More specific information will be sent prior to the start of school.

School supplies: Supplies for students have been bulk ordered from our central warehouse, so school supply lists will not be distributed this year. Instead, each family will be asked to provide $15 per student to cover the cost of supplies (which will be waived in cases of hardship). Families should plan to send their student/s to school each day with a backpack, a lunchbox, a full water bottle, and two cloth face masks (one to wear, and a spare). Students will be able to refill their water bottles at our bottle refill station, and drinking fountains will be back in operation.

Device Distribution: Every student will be provided with a grade appropriate iPad (grades K-2) or laptop, (grades 3-5) which will be distributed during their library time in the first week of school. The $25 usage fee will be payable in School Pay beginning in mid-August (fees will be waived in cases of hardship). Starting next week, you will find additional information and approval forms on the SPS Technology Supports for Families page

Teaching Assignments: Your child’s new teacher will be emailing you directly to welcome you to their classrooms no later than 3 pm on Friday, August 27th. This year’s teaching teams are listed below:

  • Kindergarten: Beau Browman and Lori Yorde
  • First Grade: Laura Adams and Jasmine Johnson
  • Second Grade: Courtney Stump and Rose Valente
  • Third and Third/Fourth Grades: Margaret Gingrich and Margaret Johnson
  • Fourth/Fifth Grades: Martie Binkow and Jack Marshall
  • Special Education Team: Katie Croff (Resource), Cathy Patnoe (Access), Jeff Paul (Paraprofessional), Michelle Stryker (Paraprofessional), Johnny Walker (Paraprofessional) and Jason Walsh (Paraprofessional)
  • Main Office: Daisy Lukas (Admin Secretary) and Denise Austin (Elementary Assistant)

Hourly positions available: We are in immediate need of an hourly Health and Safety support person to help us on-site approximately 17.5 hours a week. This person would help with any potential COVID cases during the school day, and would also provide recess and playground support. We also have two classroom tutor positions available. Please reach out to jepearson@seattleschools.org for more information.

I will provide updates with additional information as it becomes available. As I begin my fourth year in service to the Montlake community I hope you know by now that my door is always open and you’re welcome to reach out with questions or concerns. I’ll look forward to seeing you soon!

Julie Pearson, Principal