Mirror Lake

Elementary School

Principal's Message

  •  Mirror Lake Hawks-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Happy summer break! What a year we have had—most importantly, thank you for jumping into the new learning over the last few months. As a school community, we averaged anywhere from 85-95% for engagement and participation during remote learning—-some of the highest numbers in the entire district. I say this because these number highlight the strong partnership between our families and school. Thank you for the compassion and flexibility you had during this journey.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Over these last several weeks, we have had the ability to take time to understand the real connections of our work and life more deeply. As I reflect over the course of our year, we have spent time to re-discover, re-imagine, and even re-invent our common humanity. Our families’ and students’ lives MUST BE VALUED the same as the lives of any others.As a community, we will not deviate from promoting a bright future for our students and allow them access to rightful places as EQUAL, attentive, intelligent, reasonable, and responsible citizens of a nation.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          We will continue to elevate our community’s agency, power, and choice -- and we will reach out to partners as never before to ensure this.  We will continue to promote and draw forth the skills, resources, resilience, and strength of our families and community -- and we will transform how we already equip our staff with the anti-racist means to do so, more than we ever have.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Our students are the change-agents and voices of justice and equity of today and tomorrow. They are gifts to our community and our nation -- as they have always been, but they will become so much more.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I look forward to seeing you all in the 2020-2021 school year. As always, you are not alone. Please reach out if you have any questions.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Updates:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             1. Summer Learning: This year, FWPS is providing essential summer learning for all scholars. Engaging in learning throughout the summer months will support your scholar in being prepared for when we return to school. We ask that you set aside 90 minutes a day if your child is in grade K-5 and 110 minutes a day for grade 6-12. A daily schedule and free online resources have been posted to the FWPS website at https://www.fwps.org/summerlearning. We will also be mailing home learning packets to all scholars who were in K-11th grade last year. Packets should be arriving in your mailbox the week of July 6. We are also really excited to share a new experience geared toward our youngest of learners. Tune into FW Channel 21 Monday-Friday from July 6-August 7 each day between 9-5 to see amazing 20-minute reading and math lessons. There will even be math lessons taught in Spanish each hour. These lessons will give the opportunity for your child to learn and grow throughout the month and will be posted to our FWPS YouTube Channel as well.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Fall Re-Opening: Using guidance from the State and the DOH, we are planning for a safe return that prioritizes learning. What we know is that we will begin the year with a hybrid mode (some face to face instruction and some remote instruction). At this time, FWPS is exploring several hybrid models that provides a combination of face to face instruction and remote learning. We have received input from parents and guardians, scholar and staff. The early results reveal the Pre-K-12 two day face-to-face and 3 day remote model is the most desired option. Please stay tuned for more information to come in the coming weeks.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             3. Health and Safety and Re-Opening: Health and safety are a priority.  As we prepare for our Fall Re-opening, we are using the guidance from the Department of Health and OSPI.  Our district is hard at work developing health and safety protocols with social distancing guidelines, arranging schedules that minimize contact, considering bus transportation and engaging in deep cleaning protocols to minimize the spread of germs.  As part of ensuring a safe learning environment, students will be required to wear face masks.  Please take the time this summer to both reinforce and practice the wearing of face masks. We will continue to place health and safety as a priority as we look toward the Fall.                                                                                             NataleeDaniels In partnership,        

    Natalee Daniels Saber


     

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