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Principal's Message


    As the proud principal of Nautilus, I am excited to continue the traditions of Project Based Learning in a STEAM environment as we welcome our scholars back in September. In my reflection on the 2020-2021 school year, I am so grateful for our incredible scholars, families, and staff who persevered and supported each other during a year of many transitions. I cannot wait to have our scholars back on campus full time this Fall!

    As a former performing arts teacher, I am thrilled to be part of the Nautilus community and a STEAM school where the arts is emphasized! I earned a bachelors in history from the University of Puget Sound, a master's in teaching from Seattle University, and a master's in education leadership and administration from Columbia University. My journey began in Seattle Public Schools where I served as a performing arts teacher and general classroom teacher across grades 1-5. Supporting leadership development is a passion of mine, and I also led professional trainings for school leadership teams in Seattle to ensure decision making is grounded in data, equity, and stakeholder involvement. Before my position as Nautilus principal, I served the Mark Twain community as assistant principal. I bring a relentless commitment to serving scholars, staff, and families. Together, we will pave the way for equitable outcomes in alignment with the FWPS aspirational goals and strategic plan.

    Here are some notes as we prepare for an exciting launch in September:

    Office Hours & Reopening: Our office will reopen to serve families and scholars on Monday, August 16th. Office hours will be 8:00 - 3:30 PM. Our team will be led by our new Office Manager, Ms. Vargas, who is committed to developing strong relationships with each Nautilus family.

    Fall Re-Opening/Health & Safety: Based upon the most current Department of Health guidance, scholars and staff will continue to be required to wear masks, regardless of vaccination status. This means even if a staff member or scholar is fully vaccinated, they will be required to wear a face mask. When scholars and staff are outdoors, face mask coverings are not required though they are recommended in crowded areas for those who are not fully vaccinated. In alignment with guidance from the Department of Health, we are planning for 3-foot social distancing to the greatest extent possible in classrooms and in the lunchroom. 6-feet social distancing will be in place to the extent possible in common areas/lobbies, and during activities with increased exhalation (PE, music, etc.). Schools will also continue to use one-way traffic flows where there is the potential for crowding such as in the hallways and office areas.

    Online Registration & Enrollment Verification: Beginning August 1st, visit to enroll your scholar in FWPS for the first time, re-enroll your returning scholar, and verify your existing scholar's information. Existing Federal Way Public School families who were enrolled the previous school year need to complete yearly verification of their information for all active FWPS scholars. If you need assistance, support is available! Visit for step-by-step instructions, frequently asked questions, how to book an appointment for individual support, and more!

    School Supplies: All school supplies will be provided to families at no cost. Please do not go out and purchase supplies - classroom teachers will have everything your child will need. 

    School Meals: Federal Way Public Schools offers nutritious meals every school day throughout the school year! For the 2021-22 school year breakfast, and lunch will be provided to FWPS scholars at no cost regardless of free and reduced eligibility status. Free and reduced meal applications ensure your child’s school qualifies for federal and state funding as determined by parent income levels and will continue to be collected.

    Right at School Childcare at Nautilus: Right at School will be providing before and after school care at Nautilus. Please visit for more information about registration. 

    I look forward to seeing you soon!

    In partnership,

    Emily Veling

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