Dear Mirror Lake Scholars, Families, and Community,
Thank you for your partnership as we worked through this year of distance learning together! Your perseverance and dedication have been crucial to the success of Mirror Lake scholars. For those I have yet to meet, I wanted to take the time to introduce myself formally as the principal of Mirror Lake Elementary. I have been a part of the FWPS community for the past 13 years as a teacher, Dean of Students, and Assistant Principal, and am so excited to continue my journey in serving you as your Principal! I graduated from Western Washington University with a BA in Elementary Education and a Minor in English Literature. I later received my Masters in Educational Leadership and Principal Certification from City University. I feel blessed and honored to be joining this very special community, and to learn and grow alongside the Mirror Lake Staff. We are going to do amazing things together! In addition to my role as administrator, I also have 2 daughters who will join the Mirror Lake family. They can’t wait to be Hawks!
We also get to welcome to the team this year our new Assistant Principal, David Fleming. In his previous role in FWPS, Mr. Fleming served as the Dean of Students for Mark Twain Elementary. Prior to that he held multiple positions at Rainier Prep Public Charter School in Seattle including new teacher mentor, instructional coach, and middle school teacher. Mr. Fleming earned a masters in curriculum and instruction and is working towards principal certification and completion of the educational leadership program at the University of Washington. He obtained a bachelor’s in music and psychology from Whitman College. We are incredibly excited to partner together as we welcome all scholars back to school!
Mirror Lake teachers and staff continue to be hard at work over the summer months. We know that this next school year will be an exciting one as we transition to our new building! We also know that many of our scholars have been counting down the days to seeing teachers and friends on campus. Our staff is already working behind the scenes to plan for supportive routines, structures, and safety measures as we transition back to in-person learning. Social emotional supports, such as Morning Meetings and the Second Step curriculum will be prioritized by all classroom teachers to facilitate relationship building between scholars, their peers, and their teachers. We are gearing up to spend time doing professional learning together as a staff in August, and will prioritize time for teachers at all grade levels to calibrate their instruction to ensure students receive the skills they need to be successful at every grade level.
Fall Re-Opening: Using guidance from OSPI and the Department of Health, we are planning for a safe return that prioritizes learning. In accordance with Gov. Inslee and OSPI direction, we will be opening the year with full face to face instruction. Please stay tuned for more information to come in the coming weeks.
Health and Safety and Re-Opening: Our scholars’ health and safety are priority. As we prepare for our face to face fall re-opening, our district is hard at work developing health and safety protocols which include social distancing guidelines, arranging schedules that minimize high traffic contact, considering bus transportation and engaging in deep cleaning protocols to minimize the spread of germs. As part of ensuring a safe learning environment, all scholars and staff will be required to wear face masks. Please take the time this summer to both reinforce and practice the wearing of face masks. FWPS will continue to place health and safety as a priority as we look forward to welcoming our scholars back on September 1st. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns, and be watching your email for further communications about our Back to School Bash and other opportunities. We cannot wait to meet you!In Partnership,
Courtney Eylander, Principal
David Fleming, Assistant Principal