DISTRICT NEWSLETTER for December 15, 2018
Strengthening Our Community Through Excellence in Education
Learning into the future!
From the Superintendent

Hello Team Northshore,

As I sit down to share my thoughts this evening, I invite you to consider with me the amazing gifts we each have to be thankful for this winter season. It is so easy at times to fuss about things that pale in comparison to the challenges others around our dear world face. This evening, I wish for each of you that you are able to be wholly present for the beauty and joy of this winter season and that you find those peaceful and meaningful moments of reflection and contemplation. With the clamor of our daily lives, it is often refreshing to pause and find the quiet. "It is in the stillness that we save and transform the world." -- Eckhart Tolle  

This past week, we had our fourth Board SIP visit and traveled to Kenmore Elementary School. These visits are so integral to the comprehensive work we do as a district. In highlighting the work of the school, Principal Melissa Riley and Assistant Principal Michael Rhyne highlighted several aspects of the school work this year; "We continue our commitment to fostering positive relationships and cultivating a safe and rich learning environment where students can thrive academically, socially and emotionally. We are learning and working together to implement the high leverage practice of providing structured collaborative learning activities that provide our students engaging and deep learning opportunities." This work is part of the strategic work we have been doing as a school district these past several years and enables our students to find serious success. South Region Assistant Superintendent, Heather Miller observed; "It is evident that the staff at Kenmore Elementary know their students deeply and well. The implementation of high leverage practices and culturally responsive practices within classrooms creates positive outcomes for students." We all noticed the strong feeling of pride as students greeted us as special guests and we certainly enjoyed sharing their classroom experience with them. It is always so energizing to be out in the schools. Go Cubs!!  
To read more, visit Dr. Reid's Thursday Thoughts.

Warmest Regards,
Michelle Reid, Ed.D.
News & Updates
Northshore School District students featured in photography exhibit
The 2018 Washington State High School Photography Competition (WSHSPC) exhibit is now at the Seattle Art Museum through January 2nd. The exhibit is located in the Community Gallery located on the first floor of SAM at 1300 First Avenue in Seattle. There is no cost to enter this area of SAM, so please visit during the holiday break.  

Congratulations to Rachel Graham,
Chloe Person and
Itzel Robledo-Figueroa from Inglemoor High School!
Winter Break is Dec. 19 - Jan. 1
Northshore schools will be closed for Winter Break, Dec. 19 - Jan. 1. Schools will re-open on Jan. 2.

Reminder: Wednesday, Jan. 2 is an early release date for all schools.

The Administrative Center will be open for staff members (key card access) only Dec. 26 - 28.
Join the Northshore Team
Northshore is looking to fill a variety of classified and certificated positions. To learn more about these openings please visit the Human Resources website.
Kindergarten registration 
Kindergarten registration for the 2019-20 school year will begin in late January. Kindergarten registration and orientation dates will soon be available at 
Important notice regarding Northshore School District staff email accounts
District email and calendaring services will be offline on December 30/31 as we prepare to transition to a new email and calendar platform. All email sent to staff during this time will continue to be received, but there will be a delay in response as staff will not have access to email on these days. Thank you for your patience.
District Department Highlight
Equity & Diversity Department
The Northshore School District Office of Equity and Diversity is committed to supporting and sustaining an educational community that is inclusive, diverse and equitable. The goal of the Equity and Diversity Department is to ensure that each student, staff member, administrator, and community member develops and heightens their racial literacy, cultural competency, and allyship capacities. Our goal is also to ensure that our under-represented groups will have equal opportunities and feel welcome in all of our schools. We accept the responsibility of teaching and learning in a diverse democracy where social justice serves as a bridge between a quality inclusive education and civic engagement

The Northshore School District Equity & Diversity Department is charged with making diversity and inclusion ongoing commitments. Goals and initiatives include:

  • Make each student feel that their intersecting identities are valued, recognized, and included in school and classroom activities, content and discussions 
  • Provide students with opportunities to develop agency, voice and awareness 
  • Implement inclusive recruitment, hiring, retention and advancement practices
  • Increase the diversity of our faculty, administrators and staff
  • Institutionalize diversity training and resources for Northshore School District leadership, faculty, staff and students.
  • Foster a climate and culture of equity and inclusion throughout the Northshore School District
  • Be leaders for effective diversity and inclusion practices
  • Build our educators’ culturally relevant practice and pedagogy 
Upcoming Events
Open Houses for new elementary school
The Northshore School District has experienced rapid growth in enrollment.  A boundary adjustment is necessary to address crowding in the north end of the District and prepare for the opening of a new elementary school and a new building on the Skyview/Canyon Creek campus. The proposed boundary adjustment currently involves three elementary and two middle schools. In addition, there are recommendations to better balance the enrollment numbers at Bothell and North Creek High Schools in anticipation of enrollment increases.
Learn more by visiting the District website and by attending an open house in January:

Fernwood Elementary School - Cafeteria
Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Canyon Creek Elementary School - Gym
Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Kokanee Elementary School - Gym
Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
1ST District Legislative Session Kick Off
You are invited to join Senator Guy Palumbo, Representative Derek Stanford and Representative Shelley Kloba for a discussion about their legislative priorities and an opportunity to ask questions before they head off to legislative session.

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019
Time: 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Cascadia College/UW Bothell Campus, Mobius Hall 

Free parking in north garage
Elementary parents: Understanding Our Kids’ Offline & Online Social World: Friendships, Cliques & Power Plays 
You are invited to a special evening presentation with children’s advocate and bestselling author Trudy Ludwig.

Date: Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019
Time: 7:00 - 8:15 p.m.
Location: Woodinville High School

This presentation is for adults only. For more information, please visit Trudy Ludwig's website or contact your school office.
Meet and Greet with the Superintendent
Families with students receiving special education services please join Dr. Michelle Reid for a Meet and Greet.

Topic: Special Education
Date: Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019
Time: 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Location: Northshore School District Administrative Center Board Room.

Families with thoughts and questions regarding high school please join Dr. Michelle Reid for a Meet and Greet.

Topic: High School
Date: Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019
Time: 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Northshore School District Administrative Center Board Room
Winter weather
As we head toward winter and the potential for inclement weather, it is important to make sure your family’s contact information is current.

Parents and guardians can verify contact information in ParentVUE. Please contact the school if you need help accessing ParentVUE or updating contact information.

In the event of an emergency, or if winter weather conditions impact the school schedule or affect bus transportation, families will receive a phone message, email and text from the District. Information will also be posted on the District homepage at If no schedule change information is communicated, schools and buses are on their regular schedules. Please visit the District’s  Closures & Delays webpage for detailed information.
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
Quick Links
Key Dates
Dec. 19 - Jan. 1: Winter break, No school
Dec. 25: Christmas
Dec. 26: Kwanzaa, ends Jan. 1
Jan. 1: New Year's Day
Jan. 2: School resumes, Wednesday early release
Jan. 9: Wednesday early release
Jan. 14: School Board Meeting, Administrative Center, 4 p.m.
Jan. 16: Wednesday early release
Jan. 21: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, No school
Jan. 23: Wednesday early release
Jan. 28: No school
Jan. 28: School Board Meeting, Administrative Center, 7 p.m.

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.