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    Welcome Back to School!
    Posted on 08/22/2018
    Greenwood Star

    August 21, 2018 

    On behalf of all of us here at Greenwood Elementary, welcome to the 2018-2019 school year!  Teachers have begun migrating back to set up their classrooms, and I’m getting to know the lay of the land as I begin my first year here as principal. We wish to extend a warm welcome to not only our current students and staff, but also our new staff, students, and their families.  We are delighted that all of us are coming together as a community. 

    Please plan to join us for a Back-to-School Ice Cream Social in the cafeteria on Thursday, August 30th from 4-6pm. This will be a great opportunity to pick up first-day-of-school packets, drop off school supplies, and find out who your student’s teacher will be. Parents will also be able to join the PTA, as well as complete volunteer forms online, while your children play with friends outside and explore their new classrooms (some teachers will not be able to attend this evening event). This is a short, fun event where students get a behind-the-scenes look at the building before it’s ready for Day 1 of the school year!  

    (Please read the “Parent Homework” section below for information if you are unable to attend this event.) 

    School Start Dates and Bell Times - The first day of school for students in Grades 1-5 is on Wednesday, September 5th.  The first day of school for Kindergarten students is Monday, September 10th.

    Our school schedule is as follows: 

    Breakfast /Playground Supervision begins 7:30am  

    We are unable to provide supervision until 7:30 am.  Please remember not to send children to school before 7:30 am, as they will be unsupervised.

    School Bell/Students Called to Classrooms 7:55am  

    This year there will be only one bell that starts off the school day and no warning bell. Students will enter the building immediately at 7:55am and promptly make their way to their classrooms. We ask that parents drop off students either outside on the playground or at the classroom doors. This process will maintain school security, as well as, maximize student instruction time since there will be only one bell.  As the mornings will be a busy time for teachers to start their day with their students, please email your teacher if you would like to meet with them to arrange an afterschool appointment. 

    End of Day Dismissal 2:25pm 

    Teachers will walk their students to the playground doors and outside.  Parents/guardians, please wait outside at the playground doors at dismissal to pick up your student. Those students who ride the bus will line up in the covered play court with staff.  Staff will walk them to the bus to ensure an orderly and safe process.  

    Each Wednesday will continue to have District-wide early release days to provide teachers with time to learn, plan, and collaborate.  Dismissal will be at 1:10 pm every Wednesday (beginning Sept. 12th!)

    Dismissal is at 2:25 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. It is very important that your student’s teacher is aware of how they will be getting home each day.  Unless we hear directly from a parent, any student who is assigned to bus service will be put on the bus at the end of school each day.  Any changes to your dismissal routine must be communicated to the front office as soon as possible.  Kindly note that school staff does not provide supervision for students on the playground after school hours.   

    This summer has given me a chance to connect with our PTA, teachers, and to start meeting students. Words can’t express how excited I am to be a part of the Greenwood community. I look forward to seeing you all soon!  In the meantime, should you have any questions, you can contact the front office at (206) 252-1400. 

    I look forward to seeing you at the Ice Cream Social! 


    Zac Stowell 




    Summer Homework for Parents & Back-to-School Details 

    I have a few requests of parents prior to the start of the school year: 

    1. Set up your Source account with the District if you have not done so.  This account allows you to track most District data (demographic, attendance, assessments) for your student.  Go to  to start the process.  If you are unable to attend the Back-to-School Ice Cream Social, you can log onto your Source account on September 4th to see your student's classroom assignment. Please note that student classroom assignments are tentative and may change during the month of September based on student enrollment and other variables.  In addition, if you cannot attend the Social nor access the Source to see your student’s classroom assignment, email me directly at:, and I will reply with your student’s assignment. 

    1. View your child’s demographic information on The Source and update all current information for your child, including emergency contacts and the names of non-parental adults who can pick-up your child during the school day.  Only one parent/guardian is the point person to update this information.  The second parent/guardian has all viewing opportunities and can call or email our main office if they have contact information that needs to be updated.  

    1. Complete all your volunteer paperwork online! This year the District is moving to online volunteer applications (and yes, it is required yearly...).  Having this paperwork filled out is extremely important to me. The safety of our students requires that any adult, who isn’t closely supervised by a staff member, has a background check completed.  Directions can be found here: 

    1. Please consider dialing back bedtimes as we approach the start of school.  Most elementary students require at least 10-11 hours of sleep to be fully rested. 

    1. Does your student require medication to be kept at school?  Now would be the time to ask your child’s physician to complete the necessary paperwork.  You can find a link to the Medication at School form on our school’s website.  The school nurse returns in late August and will be communicating directly with families about the necessary health care plans. There is also a letter from our school nurse in the first-day-of school packets. 

    1. Finally, if your child hasn’t been reading much over summer, now is the time to get those nightly reading habits re-established.  

    Classroom Teaching Assignments 

    Kindergarten:  Justine Cody, Genevieve Schumacher, Margaret Tougher  

    Grade 1:  Hannah Hoose, Todd Lomers 

    Grade 1-2 Multiage:  Kimberly Ransiear 

    Grade 2:  Teresa Spiz, Kellie Strupp 

    Grade 3: Amie Santiago 

    Grades 3-4 Multiage: Jamey Schmidt 

    Grade 4:  Kathleen Goldfarb, Lisa Olson  

    Grade 5:  Amy Pederson, Ryan Rogers 

    Health & Safety – State law requires immunization records to be up-to-date for all students to attend school.  You can access information about required immunizations on the Washington Department of Health webpage.  For more information, you can also visit the Health Services page of the Seattle Schools website or contact your healthcare professional.  Note: if your child has a serious medical condition or allergy, it is important to communicate this to our school nurse before the first day of school using the health information form.  

    Purchasing School Meals – Breakfast and Lunch are available for purchase in our school cafeteria.  Rather than sending money to school each day, we recommend pre-paying for meals in advance.  Payment can be made electronically using PayPAMS, or you can pay in person in our lunchroom.  Free meals are available for families who meet qualification guidelines. Information about applying for free meals and registering for PayPAMS can be found on the Nutrition Services page of the Seattle Schools website or in the front office.  

    Transportation – Students who live outside the school walk zone may be eligible for bus transportation to school.  Eligible students are automatically enrolled for bus service, and information about pick-up times and locations will be mailed to families during the last week in August.  For information about transportation, visit the Transportation services page of the Seattle Schools website.  To add or cancel transportation services, call (206) 252-0900.