Thursday Thoughts: Thank You to Teachers and Support Staff, Breakfast Club at Crystal Springs, Universal Human Rights Month and More

Hello Team Northshore,

Well, we are definitely boldly beginning the month of December and the days are certainly getting busier with the various winter holidays and events fast upon us. I trust this note finds each of you enjoying this busy December week.  I know that while we have a great deal to do, we can also feel a great sense of pride in all that we have done.  In thinking about all that you continue to do, and more importantly how positively and thoughtfully you do it in these curious times, I am reminded about a thought from one of my favorite artists; “Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.”  -- Ella Fitzgerald.  Thank you for continuing to love and inspire so many in Our House; it matters…

Thank You to Teachers and Support Staff

I so appreciate all the efforts of the many teachers and support staff who provided for the recent parent conferences. As I have been around the community, I have heard so many positive comments from parents about the quality of the conversations and the educational experience they are having with teachers and staff at their respective school. Thank you for all your dedication and efforts to making Northshore such a special place to both work and learn.

Breakfast Club at Crystal Springs

I want to say how much I enjoy my school visits and Breakfast Club events. This week, I had the pleasure of visiting Crystal Springs Elementary School. The visit was great, with students, parents, and staff so positive and energizing.  I especially enjoyed the time spent in the classrooms where I think my heart beats strongest ;>)   I continue to be so grateful to have the opportunity to serve and support each of you. Thank you. 

Unscheduled School Visits

I also had the opportunity to make several unscheduled school visits this week.  I want to thank the staff, students, and families for their patience and grace as we have dealt with threat situations at both Bothell HS and Inglemoor HS in the past several days.  As many communities and schools around the country grapple with challenging behaviors, threats, and violence, it is important for each of us to acknowledge that these events can be anxiety producing for those both directly and indirectly involved.  I know that we need to continue to nurture and support our students and one another as we learn our way into the future, however uncertain it may be.  While this uncertainty about our future can also bring anxiety, we can confidently be certain that in Our House, we will steadfastly continue our great work because we do our work together; we learn together, we teach together, we lead together, we understand and practice community.  Together, we are stronger…

Universal Human Rights Month

A reminder that December is Universal Human Rights Month, a time for people in the United States and around the world to join together and stand up for the rights and dignity of all individuals. During this month, and every month, we honor the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, an international document stating the fundamental rights and freedoms to which all human beings are entitled. These rights include freedom from discrimination, and the right to equality. 

Sad News

In sad news, it is with a heavy heart that I share the tragic news that one of our Northshore students has passed away. On Monday, November 29, Mason Green, a first grader from Ruby Bridges Elementary, passed away. Principal Cathi Davis described Mason as "an incredibly bright shining light in our school and in our first grade community. His style, his sweet laugh and his perseverance of mind and spirit made an impact on everyone who knew him. There was no one comparable to our sweet Mason—and as we continue to be in our community of belonging at Ruby Bridges Elementary, there is no doubt that Mason exemplified our aspirations for our learners."  I invite you to join me in keeping Mason's family and community in our thoughts and prayers. 

Computer Science Education Week

The week of Dec. 6 is Computer Science Education Week. This is an opportunity for us all to raise awareness around the importance of computer science in our everyday lives and maybe even help each other learn to code during the Hour of Code! I encourage you to visit this website, which is filled with free coding activities for students from pre-school to high school. I see some activities that I just may try! These are just some of the skills that will help our students prepare for jobs yet to be imagined.  I can’t wait to get started ;>)

Hanukkah

This week, Jewish people around the world kindled the first candle of Hanukkah in celebration of this eight-day holiday. Hanukkah is known as the Festival of Lights. Every evening at sunset, an additional candle is lit until the last night, when all eight candles are kindled on the Hanukkah Menorah (candelabra). We wish all of our Jewish students and their families a light-filled, Happy Hanukkah! 

Follow Dr. Reid on Twitter

As I reluctantly (maybe exuberantly) acknowledge the onset of snow in the forecast, I want to provide a reminder as several of you have asked again how best to tune into my Twitter account for late breaking school weather plans, health and safety updates as necessary, and other news, so I will include the directions again. Visit my page and follow me at @Northshore_Supt. Please feel free to send me questions, suggestions, and innovative ideas. I love to hear from students, staff, parents, and community partners. Like the Thursday memo and my blog, Twitter is another tool that will help us all stay connected and share information in real time. As you ‘follow my Twitter account’ you too can be among the first to know about school snow plans, inclement weather issues, wildlife challenges, health and safety messages, etc. I will also be sharing up to date news on what’s new around the district. The really good news is that I have limited characters at my disposal in those Twitter communications ;>) !!.

I trust that each of you will enjoy a joyful and abundant weekend respite and I look forward to seeing you in the coming weeks. What an amazing journey we are on...

Warmest regards,

Michelle Reid, Ed.D.
Superintendent

 

 

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