Dear Skamania School families,
We are very much into autumn weather this week, and I hope you are enjoying the beautiful variety of colors in the Gorge as much as I am!
We are planning several fun fall festival events and encourage you and your child(ren) to safely participate.
- Our middle school students are organizing a Door Decorating Contest and Spirit Week for the week of October 25-29.
- The PTO will be hosting a Trunk-or-Treat on Saturday, October 30, from 4-6 p.m. at the North Bonneville Park with costumes, music, treats and prizes. If you are interested in helping, please text Michelle at (971) 226-3495. Attached is a flyer with more information. Trunk or Treat Flyer >
Great Shakeout Drill
Today, we participated in the international earthquake drill, The Great ShakeOut. I am proud of how well the students and staff did while participating in the drill. I am grateful we had the opportunity to talk about earthquake preparedness as a school prior to an actual event. Ask your child to share what they learned with you, so you can prepare as a family.
Here are some resources to look at that were gathered by the ESD112 staff for their participation in the Great ShakeOut.
- The “Earthquake Safety Video Series” on YouTube helps you learn how you can stay safe from shaking in a variety of situations. (captions in English, Spanish, and French)
Health and Safety
As we get deeper into our typical cold and flu season (plus still having high COVID case rates in our region), please remember to reference the COVID-19 Student Symptom FlowChart before sending your child to school if they are sick.
You may notice this is a different looking flowchart than what we had previously shared. The state Department of Health (DOH) created this new flowchart to help clarify when students or staff should stay home and/or get tested for COVID. This new flowchart has been reviewed by our regional health officers and adopted for use in Southwest Washington.
State Academic Testing
We will be administering the Washington State Smarter Balanced Assessment to grades 4-8in the coming weeks. More information will be sent soon.
As we approach November and December, we have some important dates I want make sure you are aware of:
- November 8-12, will be early release every day for parent conferences. Conferences will be held in person and/or via Zoom. More information will be sent as we get closer to the dates.
- Thursday, November 11, is Veterans Day. No school.
- November 24-26, is the Thanksgiving Holiday. No school.
- Monday, December 6, will be early release and marks the end of the 1st trimester.
- December 20-31 is winter break. There will be no school these two weeks.
- January 3 – Students return following winter break
Thank you and I hope you have a wonderful evening.
Dr. Ralph Pruitt, Superintendent/Principal