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DISTRICT NEWSLETTER for October 29, 2018
Strengthening Our Community Through Excellence in Education
Learning into the future!
From the Superintendent

Hello Team Northshore,

Well, it has been another beautiful fall week here in this amazing community. It is hard to believe that we will be in November next week. There continue to be amazing moments, large and small all over this amazing district. 

This is National School Bus Safety Week and our amazing transportation staff, in concert with our amazing communications staff, have provided a video outlining important school bus safety tips. Our school bus rules are in accordance with Washington state law. These regulations are designed to assure every student has safe transportation to and from school, and school-sponsored activities. For more information visit our website: www.nsd.org/transportation. We are so blessed to have the professional transportation staff keeping our students safe to and from school. Thank you for a job well done; it matters.  

With the Halloween events upcoming, we have had several NSD parents, students and staff members ask about guidelines around Halloween costumes. This was also a topic of conversation that members of the diversity and equity committee have previously had. I know that there are instructions for students about not having weapons, masks, etc. but we need to continue to be mindful that costumes should also be sensitive to our many diverse groups and culturally appropriate. As several folks have recently noted, "We want to have fun and also to not have fun at anyone else's expense; we want to nurture fun, creativity, inclusivity and respect. It’s extremely important that costumes don’t portray or perpetuate stereotypes or denigrate cultures or genders. Cultures are not costumes. Halloween costumes are only fun or funny when they don’t hurt or make fun of other people (in any way) or perpetuate stereotypes." I trust we will enjoy a not too scary last bit of October.

Warmest Regards,
Michelle Reid, Ed.D.
Superintendent 
News & Updates
Northshore celebrates groundbreaking for new elementary school
The Northshore School District held a groundbreaking ceremony on Monday for the new elementary school that will be built on Maltby Road in unincorporated Snohomish County, Woodinville.

Students from nearby Fernwood Elementary, District administrators, Snohomish County councilman Terry Ryan, as well as representatives from the firms contracted to build the school joined school board members and Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid to celebrate the District’s newest school.

To read more click here.
National School Bus Safety Week
Did you know October 15-19 was National School Bus Safety Week? We hope you got a chance to thank our wonderful Northshore school bus drivers! Our amazing drivers have shared some wonderful ways to keep students safe. Click here to view our school bus safety video and read about other great safety tips.
National School Lunch Week
October 15-19 was also National School Lunch Week! At Northshore, we are proud to serve healthy, delicious food at all of our schools. Make sure to thank your food services staff for all the delicious meal options!

Check out the Northshore Facebook page to see some of the great photos taken in our schools last week.
Skyview staff receive "Stop the Bleed" training
As part of the District's efforts to be prepared in case of a variety of emergencies, staff at Skyview Middle School recently took a "Stop the Bleed" class, which teaches non-medical personnel how to stop uncontrolled bleeding and potentially save a life. Among other things, staff learned how to apply tourniquets and pack a wound.

The training was delivered by Evergreen Hospital ER personnel. Jennifer Celms, Skyview's nurse who also works in the hospital's ER, invited her hospital colleagues to teach the class.

To read more, please click here.
Now Accepting Wall of Honor Applications
Do you know a Northshore School District alumni, staff or volunteer who has made significant contribution to our community, state, nation or world. Nominate them now for the 2019 Wall of Honor. Applications will be accepted through March 15th for the August 2019 induction ceremony.

To learn more about the Wall of Honor and the nomination process visit the Wall of Honor website here.
Upcoming Events
Intelligent Lives Screening 
From award-winning filmmaker Dan Habib, the movie stars three pioneering young adults with intellectual disabilities – Micah, Naieer, and Naomie – who challenge perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college, and the workforce. Intelligent Lives challenges what it means to be intelligent and points to a future in which people of all abilities can fully participate in higher education, meaningful employment, and community life.


Seating is limited. Please reserve your seat and help us plan for the event by registering. If you are unable to register online, please contact Communications at 425-408-7631.

While the film is not rated, we recommend ages 8 and up. However, all ages are welcome to attend.
Reminders
Setting your preferred communications language
The District and our schools use a communication platform called Blackboard to send messages to our families. Families whose preferred language at home is listed in the student records database as a language other than English may receive Blackboard communications in that designated language. Most communication platforms use auto-translated services that are often incorrect. We apologize for any errors shared as we research a better translation system.

If you prefer to receive your communications in English, please contact your student's school office and ask them to update the primary language to English. This option is found on the Parent screen in the student records database.
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.

Please note, School Board meeting adjusted date for November:
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

For information on School Board meetings including minutes, agendas videos and live streaming, visit the
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Key Dates
Oct. 31: Wednesday Early Release
Nov. 7: Wednesday Early Release
Nov. 12: No School: Veterans Day
Nov. 13: School Board Meeting, Administrative Center Boardroom, 4 p.m.
Nov. 14: Wednesday Early Release
Nov. 15, 16, 19, 20, 21: Elementary Conferences/Early Elementary Release
Nov. 19: Intelligent Lives Movie Screening, Woodinville High School theater, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Nov 21: Full Day of School, Grades 6-12, No Early Release
Nov. 22-23: Thanksgiving Break
Nov. 26: School Board Meeting, 7 p.m.
Nov. 28: Wednesday Early Release

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.