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DISTRICT NEWSLETTER for April 26, 2019
Strengthening Our Community Through Excellence in Education
Learning into the future!
From the Superintendent

Hello Team Northshore,

Wow, what another great spring week!! Well, it is hard to believe it is already the last week of April!! May is upon us next week and the wonder of an evolving spring. It finally feels like spring with the energy and enthusiasm that being outdoors brings. I thoroughly enjoyed the outdoor classroom at Bear Creek this morning and the variety of mushroom artifacts the students were studying; so interesting.

As we continue to think about this spring season of light and growth -- new beginnings in many ways; it is at times hard to reconcile with the senseless hateful acts of violence that happen. As you know, the recent bombings during Easter Sunday services in Sri Lanka killed over 250 people. Whether it’s a Christian church in Charleston, South Carolina, a Jewish synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, or a Muslim mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, these attacks on worshippers, young and old, are abhorrent. As many of us think about the places of worship that we or our friends and neighbors might regularly attend, or places we gather for social and community events to celebrate milestones and make memories, we should not need to fear the darkness of hateful violence. In our own community this week, our Muslim neighbors, families and friends have been deeply affected by a threatening social media post. We embrace them, and all those affected by other recent events, with our sympathetic and comforting thoughts and join them in lifting up our hopes and dreams for a better and brighter future together. We must stay in the light of understanding and love in its purest sense and not allow the darkness to drive us apart. We, here in our house, remain resolutely committed to supporting and nurturing a welcoming and inclusive experience for each of our students, staff and families. It is core to who we are and how we work. As we think about our commitment to living our best lives, and aspiring to our highest purpose, and supporting those around us to do the same, I am struck by the inward facing question posed by Bill de la Cruz; "What is it about me that's experiencing you like this?” and I continue to work on examining my own thoughts and values so that my actions remain aligned with our district commitment to equity, to safety and supports for students and adults, and accomplishing our aspirational goals for ALL students in an effort to realize the hopes and dreams of our community. I know we remain resolutely committed to the attainment of these goals; together all things are possible. 

To read more, visit Dr. Reid's Thursday Thoughts .

Warmest Regards,
Michelle Reid, Ed.D.
Superintendent 
District News & Updates
View the 2019-20 School Year Calendar
The Northshore School Board approved the 2019-20 school year calendar during its April 22, 2019 regular meeting. We are grateful to NSEA and administrators for their collaboration in providing a calendar that will help our district community plan for the coming school year.


Sixteen Schools Selected to Participate in the Statewide Student Travel Survey
Families of children in grades K – 8 grade may receive a call to take a short anonymous survey between April and June. We encourage parents to participate, as the results will help improve student transportation.

Art Docent Program 50th Anniversary
Our district just launched a major update of the longstanding Art Docent Program. With the new updates, we will able to better engage, train and retain art docent volunteers, as well as realign the program to reflect the diversity of Northshore’s students and community. It is important that all students learn about diverse artists and their works. 

With the update we increased the number of artists of color, women artists and living artists. Additionally, we added local artists, and we're excited that Dale Chihuly, Blanca Santander and Vikram Madan are now part of the collection. Our new partnership with the Seattle Art Museum gives art docents and students access to digital print. A special thanks to the Northshore Schools Foundation for its support of this program update.

Ready Start, Head Start and Early Childhood Education & Assistance Program are accepting applications
The Ready Start program is a blended multi-age, inclusive model, serving students, ages 3-5. We are currently enrolling at Sorenson and Cottage Lake Elementary.

Head Start is a federally funded, comprehensive early learning program that provides services to eligible children and their families.

ECEAP (pronounced "E-Cap") is a Washington state funded, comprehensive early learning program. ECEAP provides free services and support to eligible children and their families. 
Northshore Elementary Students Compete in Math Olympiad
In late March, more than 550 fourth and fifth graders from Northshore School District participated in the Northshore Education Math Olympiad! Students, who represented 15 elementary schools from across the District, engaged in hard work and creative thinking.

Project VOICE Inspires Spoken Word in Northshore Students
During their visit to Northshore, the pair visited Crystal Springs Elementary, Northshore Middle and North Creek High School, as well as held two professional development sessions for staff. In addition, they offered an inspiring evening for the Northshore community at large. Check out the upcoming event inspired by Project VOICE. More information below.

Upcoming Events
Share Your Spoken Word Poetry at Northshore Speaks!
To continue the learning from Project VOICE, the entire Northshore community will have an opportunity to share their own spoken word at Northshore Speaks May 16, 7 p.m., at the Woodinville High School Theater. We are accepting submissions for consideration from students, staff, parents, guardians and community members interested in performing.

Hurry! Submissions are due May 1, 2019.

Join us on Memorial Day for the dedication of the new Northshore Veterans Memorial
The Northshore School District invites students, staff, families and the community to a dedication ceremony for the District’s newly installed Veterans Memorial. The ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 27, 2019 at Pop Keeney Stadium.

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Coffee with the Superintendent for our Spanish-speaking families
Northshore families and community members are invited to join Dr. Michelle Reid for an open chat for our Spanish speaking families.

Date: Monday, April 29, 2019
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Inglemoor High School Library
C.P. and Dorothy Johnson Humanitarian Award
Please join us for the 2019 C.P. & Dorothy Johnson Humanitarian Award Ceremony. The award was established in honor of two educators who dedicated their lives to improving the lives of all children in our community. Each school/program has nominated two students to receive the award for displaying the characteristics of a humanitarian in their school and community.

Date: Thursday, May 23, 2019
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Northshore Performing Arts Center (18125 92nd Ave NE, Bothell, WA 98011)

Please help us plan. If you will attend, please submit your RSVP.
District Department Highlight
Technology Department
The Northshore Technology Department consists of more than 60 staff members who keep our district connected. About half of those are full-time staff who work at the Administrative Center on the instructional technology and library services, user support services, server and network, and information systems teams. The Department also includes 31 school technology specialists who provide building-based “just-in-time” technology support to staff and students. Technology is constantly working to learn about new technology to support the needs of staff, students and families.

Within the past year, Technology successfully migrated 73 million emails and 1.4 million calendar events from Zimbra to Outlook. They have also supported the use of digital curriculum and assessments, such as the Smarter Balanced Assessment, Naglieri, and the IOWA Test of Basic Skills. It does not stop there. They have reviewed more than 300 online resources for teachers, installed over 700 additional wireless access points in schools, deployed 1,800 computers to school and administrative staff, and resolved more than 12,000 Web Help Desk tickets. Currently, Technology staff manage approximately 30,000 assets including tablets, laptops, desktop computers, printers, interactive whiteboards and touch panels, drones and audio visual devices. Technology is an enthusiastic group that strives for excellence in customer service, adaptability and technical knowledge.
eFliers
Community E-Fliers
We work with community organizations to provide information to families about not-for-profit services for students. The listing of any organization's flier does not imply that the services they offer have been endorsed by the Northshore School District. Please contact the not-for-profit organization directly regarding their program offerings. To see current Community E-Fliers click here.
School Board News
2017-18 school board members with superintendent
School Board Meeting Information
School Board meetings are held on the second and fourth Mondays of most months.

For information on school board meetings including minutes, agenda videos and live streaming, visit the School Board webpage .
Quick Links
Key Dates
Apr. 29: Coffee with the Superintendent for Spanish speaking families, Inglemoor HS Library, 6-7:30 p.m.
May 13: School Board Meeting, 4 p.m., Administration Building
May 15: Peace Officers Memorial Day, Flags at Half Staff
May 16: Northshore Speaks, 7 p.m., Woodinville High School Theater
May 23: C.P. & Dorothy Johnson Award Ceremony, 5:30 p.m., NPAC
May 27: No School: Memorial Day
May 27: Veterans Memorial Dedication Ceremony, 10 a.m., Pop Keeney Stadium
May 28: School Board Meeting, 7 p.m., Administration Building

Northshore School District prohibits discrimination on the basis of age, sex, marital status, genetic information, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability, unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification, in all its employment procedures, training, programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employee(s) have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged unlawful discrimination: Director of Human Resources (Title IX, ADA and Civil Rights Compliance), Director of Career and College Readiness (Section 504), 3330 Monte Villa Parkway, Bothell, WA 98021, 425-408-6000.