As we approach mid-winter break, we want to share important information about resources and reminders for families, students and staff.
Free Meals During Mid-Winter Break
Our free meals program will have a few adjustments during break and we want to be sure families are prepared to place orders that are appropriate for their situation.
- There will be no daily meal pick ups on Friday Feb. 12 or during mid-winter break.
- The last day to order a daily meal pack before break is Wednesday, Feb. 10 for pick up on Thursday, Feb. 11.
- Families picking up daily meal packs on Thursday, Feb. 11 will receive a 5-day meal pack, which includes one grocery bag with food and five pints of milk per order.
- In addition, we encourage families who normally order daily meals to order the weekly pack on Feb. 10 or 11 and pick it up on Wednesday, Feb. 17.
- Daily meal orders will resume on Sunday, Feb. 21 for pick up on Monday, Feb. 22.
Weekly Meal Packs:
- Weekly meal packs will follow the usual Wednesday pick up schedule on Feb. 17.
Having reliable connectivity to the internet is critical for your student’s success during distance learning. The state recognizes this need, and has partnered with Ziply Fiber and Comcast/Xfinity to create Washington’s K–12 Internet Access Program, which gives eligible families free internet access so your student can connect to online learning from home.
This internet access opportunity provides you with faster, stronger and more reliable connectivity than hotspots or tethering to mobile devices, which will better support your student. If eligible, families can sign up for the program by March 31, 2021 and the free internet access is available through June 30, 2021. When we shared details about this program in the fall, there was a requirement for eligibility that families did not have internet access prior to August 2020. This requirement has been removed, so all families who have a child eligible for free or reduced-price meals during the 2020-21 school year can access this opportunity. Learn more by visiting our website.
Enrollment is Open for the 2021-22 School Year
Enrollment is now open for the 2021-22 school year! New and current families have a different enrollment process, so please pay close attention to the questions on our website. Get started here: www.nsd.org/enroll
Childcare During Break
If you have students enrolled in Northshore YMCA or Champions childcare, the partner organizations will communicate information with you about specifics during break. If you have any questions, contact the organization directly.
Family Technology Support Hotline Closed During Break
The Family Technology Support Hotline will be closed Feb. 15 - 19. The hotline will reopen on Monday, Feb. 22nd from 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. As a reminder, you can reach the Family Technology Support team at (425) 408-7669.
Contacting Staff During Break
Many staff members may take time off during mid-winter break. If you call or email staff during the break, please know that staff will follow up with you when they return to work. If you or your student have an urgent safety concern, please call 911 to report it.
Home Learning Resources
You can continue to enrich your student’s learning during mid-winter break. The Northshore Learns website provides resources for all grade levels that encourage creativity and project-focused learning to harness student’s natural curiosity and creativity. Access these fun and educational resources and activities by viewing the Home Learning Resources webpage, which continues to be updated.
After-school Online Enrichment Opportunities
The Northshore School District has contracted with 6crickets who continue to maintain a database of community organizations that are offering winter break and after-school enrichment opportunities through the end of the 2020-2021 school year. The database has enrichment opportunities focused on theater, baking, STEM, public speaking and more. To view these opportunities please visit the Online Enrichment webpage.
During the COVID-19 outbreak, our community continues to come together to provide assistance to families and community members in need. This assistance includes childcare, employment, food, mental health support and other resources. To learn more about organizations that are offering support visit the Community Assistance webpage.