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Message from Michael Anderson Elementary Principal

I hope this message finds you and your family well. As many of you know, the Medical Lake School District had a staff member with a confirmed case of COVID-19 over the weekend. This staff member is not a teacher at Michael Anderson Elementary. With ever changing directives we want to provide as up to date information to our community as we can. As the district administrative team continues to iron out plans, I want to assure you that our staff, student and family health and safety are our main priority. Below are some recent updates for our Michael Anderson Elementary families.

Our district custodial teams have started a deep cleaning task force. This week deep cleaning is taking place all across the district. Once this deep cleaning is completed, I will have more information regarding a timeline of when you might be able to retrieve some of your child’s belongings and/or student work resources.

This is a time for families to focus on each other and their well being. We are currently compiling educational resources that can help support students at home. These materials will focus on review, practice and enrichment.

We will be finalizing plans for meal distribution as well as child care in the coming days. Please use this link to complete our initial Child Care survey https://forms.gle/bjYyswBTSWa8caZG9.

Should you have questions or concerns you may contact me through email at dstarr@mlsd.org

Darlene Starr
Michael Anderson Elementary

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Kindergarten and Preschool enrollment for the 2020/21 school year is now open at Michael Anderson Elementary!

Students currently enrolled in preschool at Michael Anderson will automatically be enrolled in the next grade. There is no paperwork for you to complete at this time.

Children must be 5 years old before August 31 to enroll in kindergarten, 3 or 4 years old before August 31 to enroll in preschool.

If you are registering the sibling of a student already enrolled in the Medical Lake School District, you may go through Family Access. Once in Family Access use the menu on the left side to complete the enrollment application.

If you know a family that needs to register a student but has no students enrolled in the Medical Lake School District, please direct them to the district website, mlsd.org. New Student Online Enrollment may be found under Student/Parent at the top right side of the page.

Your enrollment application will be processed and you will receive a confirmation email from Kim Nowalk (knowalk@mlsd.org), school secretary.

We look forward to welcoming your student to Michael Anderson!
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Traffic Flow and General Information

Traffic enters the main visitors parking lot and either moves into the SINGLE FILE drop off/pick up lane OR turns left into the parking lot aisle to park in a stall.

Use the two crosswalks to cross from the parking lot onto the sidewalk
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The cold weather is here!

We will go outside for recess except in the event of rain or extreme cold. Please remember to send your student with adequate clothing for outdoor play. Coat, snow pants, hat, gloves, and boots are recommended.
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Attendance Matters

Michael Anderson Elementary recognizes the importance of regular school attendance as a necessity for mastery of the educational program provided to students. As such, students are expected to attend school all day. Studies show many children who miss too many days in kindergarten and first grade can struggle academically in later years. They often have trouble mastering reading by the end of third grade.

It is the parent’s responsibility to report each and every absence. Please call the school office, 509-565-3698 before 8:00 am and provide the student’s name, teacher’s name and reason for the absence. Your call will be recorded by an automated system (24 hours a day) or handled directly by office personnel.

In order to obtain the best possible education, it is important that students attend class on a daily basis and arrive on time. Regular classroom participation is necessary to achieve the best possible learning situation for every student.

Students are considered chronically absent if they miss 10% of school days, regardless of the reason...That's two days a month.
Washington State law requires attendance conferences triggered after:
Two (2) unexcused absences
Five (5) excused absences in a month
Ten (10) excused absences in a year

We know that there are a wide variety of reasons that students are absent from school, from health concerns to transportation challenges. There are many people in our building prepared to help you if you or your student face challenges in getting to school regularly or on time. We are here to help remove barriers to attendance.
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