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Last Community Meeting on School Consolidation Plan, This WEDNESDAY 12/7 @6:30pm

IMPORTANT MEETING REMINDER FROM THE SOUTH WHIDBEY SCHOOL DISTRICT

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This Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 6:30pm will be the last community hearing in the South Whidbey High School New Commons in the regarding the consolidation of school facilities effective in September 2017.

If you would like to attend this important meeting and childcare is an issue there will be free child care for potty trained children ages 4+ on site that evening ran by Marty & other SWES staff. You MUST pre-register by calling the elementary school office at 221-4600 or emailing Donna Evans.

The Board discussed the need to make a decision sooner to allow more time for transition activities. The new timeline will provide more time for staff, students and families to make any changes happen effectively. They will hold a workshop discussion on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 6:30pm in the South Whidbey Elementary School Community Room.

On Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 6:30pm the Board will hold a hearing in the South Whidbey Elementary School Community Room and make its decision as to consolidation.

Thank you for your contributions. Please make sure to attend these important meetings.

4th Annual Handmade Holiday Market, Saturday 12/3

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December 3rd, 10am-4pm
South Whidbey Elementary School
5380 Maxwelton Rd, Langley, Washington 98260

Shop for handmade art & gifts, all from Whidbey area artisans, while helping SWEPTA (South Whidbey Elementary PTA) raise money for our school. There will also be FREE childrens activities provided by SWEPTA.

Interested in being a vendor? We have room for a few more vendor applications until 11/30 or all spots are filled. No commercial or direct sales booths allowed.

If interested contact Kymy Johnson the event coordinator.

Pictures from markets past.

Pictures from markets past.

Pictures from markets past.

Pictures from markets past.

Pictures from markets past.

Pictures from markets past.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pictures from markets past.

Pictures from markets past.

PTA Meeting Thursday 12/1

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Join us for SWEPTA’s monthly board meeting right after school from 3:40-4:45pm this Thursday Dec. 1st in the art room. All members and potential members are invited to attend!
 
Children are welcome, and we will set out some light snacks. We hope to see you there!

4th Annual Holiday Market

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Seeking Vendors

SWEPTA (South Whidbey Elementary PTA) is still currently looking for a few more vendors for our December 3rd Holiday Market!

This is a community event to get Whidbey Island area crafters and artisans in one place for locals and visitors to shop.  There are no commercial or direct sales booths/products at this event.  It is all handmade/handcrafted/embellished or services in our area.

The market will be in the gym, this is our 4th year holding this event and it is a fundraiser for the PTA.  The last 3 years we raised money for the school, and while the event was small, it also put money back into other homes and small businesses in our community and all the vendors wanted to return.  We are already expecting more vendors this year then in years past.

* 2 booth sizes available 10×10 for $25 (limited) and 8×4 for $15, no additional commissions!!!

* You must provide your own table(s) and chair.

* Contact us ASAP, we are taking late applications until 11/30 or spots are full (could be sooner or later).  This is not a juried event but we do limit duplicate booths so don’t wait.

* Due to safety we can not have pets or small children in vendor booths unless they are infants please.

Some of the types of booths we are looking for, but are NOT limited too: Pottery, jewelry, clothing, toys, fiber wears, art, holiday decor, home decor items, small gifts and lots, lots more!

If interested contact Kymy Johnson the event coordinator.

 

Are you ready for back to school?

There are only 2 weeks left of summer vacation which means time for back to school shopping!  Here are the supply lists provided by the school.  Your child should have received the name of their teacher for the 2016-2017 school year on the back of there last report card in June along with a copy of the list.  If you did not receive if the office is open as of this week from 9-noon & 1-3pm Mon-Fri for copies of the list.  Kindergarten parent letters will be mailed out soon and class lists will be posted on the main doors of the school a few days before school starts.  We have also included information about free & reduced lunch as well as the RTL’s Back to School Project.

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Free and Reduced Meals
If you feel you may qualify for the free or reduced lunch/breakfast program, please complete a Free and Reduced Meals form that is available at the front office or via the district website and return it to your child’s school on or before the first day of school. This form must be filled out annually.   If you were provided a form from DSHS stating that you qualify for the program, please provide a copy along with your application form. Please contact the school if you have any questions.

Family Resource Center Back to School Project
Are you wondering how you are going to outfit your kids for school this year?  Is your budget too tight to handle those lists of required school supplies?  You’re not alone.

Are you wondering how you are going to outfit your kids for school this year?  Is your budget too tight to handle those lists of required school supplies?  You’re not alone.

The Back To School Project can help by providing school supplies, including backpacks and sometimes even clothing gift cards to families who qualify. This is a project of the Readiness To Learn Foundation. Families in need of help with back to school items can sign up any time by calling the South Whidbey Family Resource Center (221-6808 ext. 4322).

Eligible families can choose an appointment time to “shop” for school supplies for each child. For more information on this project, please visit www.rtl-foundation.org

SWES K-5 Supply List
Supplies are broken down by grade.  If you are having trouble viewing it the list is an image file and can also be found on the SWEPTA Facebook page.


3rd Annual SWEPTA Holiday Market! Saturday Dec. 5th

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Join us this Saturday to shop for handmade art & gifts all from Whidbey Island artisans while helping SWEPTA (South Whidbey Elementary PTA) raise money for our school. Don’t forget to tell your friends and family!

There will also be FREE childrens activities provided by SWEPTA and other local organizations. Children do need to be accompanied by adult please 😉 .

Saturday December 5th, 2015 from 10am-4pm
South Whidbey Elementary School
5380 S. Maxwelton Rd, Langley

Interested in being a vendor? We have room for a few more last minute vendor applications until 12/1 or all spots are filled. No commercial or direct sales booths allowed. Email Kymy Johnson for an application.

Holiday Box Tops & Labels For Education Drive

*This fundraising event is for, and is by SWES, but SWEPTA wants to help spread the word.*

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Now through 1/8 South Whidbey Elementary School is going to be hosting an all school Box Top & Labels for Education Drive!  The class* that collects the most Box Tops (expired ones will not count) and Labels for Education (must have logo & barcode) will win a pizza party!  Not only that, but ALL classes that collect 400 or more will get a popcorn party.   That averages out to less than 20 box tops or labels for education per student.

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Our school earns .10 for every box top that we turn in that has not expired.  If we averaged 20 box tops per student we would raise over $1100.  The money raised from these goes to a variety of things including playground equipment and rain day recess supplies and equipment.  Box Tops can be found on a variety of products from breakfast cereal, to cleaning supplies like garbage bags, and even office supplies like your printer paper!  You can find a full list of participating products here: www.boxtops4education.com/participating-products

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Labels for Education can be found on a large variety of food products.  We get points for every valid label submitted and can use those points to purchase a variety of playground & classroom supplies based on our current needs. You can find a full list of participating products here: www.labelsforeducation.com/Earn-Points/Participating-Products
Don’t buy many products that have these?  Ask friends, family & neighbors (with your parents’ permission of course) if they can collect them for you too!

Just turn your Box Tops & Labels for Education into your teacher on a collection sheet, in a zip top bag or an envelope with your teachers name on it.  These are class competitions only, so it does not need student names, just the teachers. More printable collection sheets can be found on the www.btfe.com site or in the front office. We will announce the winner after winter break!

Questions?  Contact the drive coordinator Kymy Johnson.

*Because the Callahan’s 5th grade classes are combined, theirs will be collected together and they have to collect twice as many as a single class to win, and 800 to earn a popcorn party.

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Family Event: Build a Scarecrow!

Join Good Cheer Food Bank & Thrift Stores this Sunday for a fun family day at the Fairgrounds. $10 and 2 cans for Good Cheer Food Bank gets you all you need to make a scarecrow. Lots of fun and a BBQ! Fun for all ages.

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Parent Curriculum Night TONIGHT 9/24

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Tonight, Thursday 9/24 is Parent Curriculum Night! SWES and it’s staff hosts this curriculum night for parents to receive an overview of their child’s educational experience as well as go over things such as class rules, daily schedules and volunteer opportunities.

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This night is designed for parents only (and babes in arms). There is a very limited childcare available for younger children that can’t sit through the presentations. You can contact the office for more information and to RESERVE a spot. 221-4600, but remember the office closes around 4pm most days. Please share with your elementary school friends! Below is and screen shot of the presentations schedule…parent night

 

School Starts in 1 Week!

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It’s hard to believe this amazing (and warm) summer is already coming to and end.  Most families are ready for fall and school to start back up!  Class lists will be posted sometime later this week on the front doors of the school.  The office is open from 9am-3pm today through Thursday 9/3 and then will be closed again until school starts on the 8th.

Kindergarten parents please check your mail for your placement letter along with directions for the first week.   Kindergartners have scheduled activities meet and greets the first week of school with their first official day of school being the following week on 9/14.

Don’t forget if your child attended school here last year their teacher for this year is listed on the upper right hand of their report card!  Here are a few helpful links.

SUPPLIES
Supply lists if you haven’t finished up your back to school shopping yet…
SWES Grades K-5 2015-2016 Supply Lists

BUSING
Bus routes for K-5, please contact the bus barn (number on list) if you have questions.
K-5 2015-2016 Bus Routes

Have older children as well?  Here is the secondary school’s schedule.
Middle & High School Bus Routes for 2015-2016

DISTRICT CALENDAR
Here is the district wide school calendar with half days and no school days marked.
2015-2016 District Calendar

COMMUNITY RESOURCES
While the back to school program has finished we are part of an amazing community.  If you are someone you know is experiencing hardships the Family Resource Center by Readiness to learn has amazing resources and would love to help you and your family out!  They can provide a variety of services to Homework Club for middle schoolers, school supplies, to just help filling out forms for free or reduced lunch.  
www.readinesstolearn.org