Star Lake

Elementary School

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  • Principal Rennie

    Greetings Star Lake Families,

    I hope that you are all well! We are now over a month into this new normal of remote learning and I have to say that while my family and I have settled into a routine, this all just still feels so strange. I greatly miss seeing our Star Lake students each day! I am grateful that my family is still healthy, and my husband and I are fortunate to have our 25 year old daughter staying with us for a while. No matter how old your children are, as a mother, you just feel better when they are close at a time like this! That being said, I do not have small children at home that I am trying to teach and keep busy while I am working full time myself. I understand how monumental, and often overwhelming, this feels for you every day and I sincerely thank you for doing this truly exhausting and important work!

    This week our school district moved to the new format for remote learning. Here’s what you should have received and should expect each week. It is important to remember that while it looks and feels different, school is still in session and learning is happening in our Star Lake Community every day!

    • Your child’s teacher sent you this past Monday, and will send you every Monday, an email with the learning agenda for the week, the link to their classroom website, and links to class zoom meetings. Everything you need for learning is accessible on the teacher website.

    • Each teacher also scheduled a parent zoom meeting, or uploaded a video to their website, to explain to parents how to navigate the learning and activities on the site.

    • Teachers are also communicating with families through the Remind app, Google voice, and individual emails and 1:1 zoom meetings.

    • Our staff is working diligently each week with their grade level teams to develop instruction, lessons and learning activities that align with our weekly focus standards to provide exposure and access to new and essential concepts. Teachers will provide feedback but will not grade this new learning.

    • In addition, our staff is developing strategies to give students who have not yet mastered standards that were assessed before we closed in March, the opportunity to practice and be reassessed on those standards. Please watch for more information from your child’s teacher regarding small group and 1:1 instruction that will occur in addition to class zoom meetings.

    Thank you to all our families and students who have joined zoom meetings, have sent a Flipgrid video to their teacher, have been communicating through email and Remind, and who have been consistently reading, and completing the lessons on iReady and those developed by their teachers. You are keeping your brain active and helping yourself to be prepared when we return to our school building together.

    Please reach out to your child’s teacher or me if you are having any trouble logging in or accessing websites or information on your technology or the laptops the district loaned out. Also, please let me know if you still need a laptop. Each of your families will access the instruction provided in the ways that work best for you and the time you have. We are providing you with a variety of activities, options and support and thank you for the learning you are doing everyday with the time and resources you have.

    Take care of yourselves and I look forward to seeing your faces when I visit classroom zoom meetings.

    Best Regards,

    Kris Rennie, Principal




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  • Star Lake Start and End Times for Students: 8:35 am to 3:05 pm 

    Look under the "RESOURCES" tab for supply lists and dress code

    Star Lake Office Hours for the 2019-2020 School Year: 8:00 am - 3:30 pm -- after these times the building doors will be locked.

    Attendance messages can be left ANYTIME at 253-945-4000.

    To ensure the safety of every  student and staff member at Star Lake,  we ask that all visitors sign in at the office and visibly wear a visitor badge.  We welcome all parents/guardians to volunteer at our school.  If you are interested in going on a field trip or working in your child’s classroom, you must have an approved Washington State Patrol form on file. See our "FORMS" tab under "RESOURCES" for an application. This process generally takes about 1 month to process. Approved forms are good for 2 years. Please check with our office to make sure yours is still valid.

    FAX # (253) 945-4040