Kenmore Elementary Paw Prints - September, 2023

Kenmore Elementary Paw Prints - September, 2023


Welcome back, everyone!

Tomorrow is the first day of school and we are so excited to welcome our dear Cubs! With your busy preparations in mind, here are some quick friendly reminders:

Arrival time: Between 8:50-9:10 a.m.

  • By Car—Drop off between 8:50-9:10 in the upper parking lot. Please stay in the car with the engines off.

  • By Foot (Walkers)—If escorted by parents, release students to their classrooms midway between the upper and lower parking lot located at the 73rd Avenue entrance.

  • By Bus—Bus route information will be available Monday, August 21st, for families with bus riders. You can find your route information by clicking the link provided. Please arrive 5 minutes early to your bus stop.

3:40 p.m: Dismissal Procedures (2:10 p.m. on Early Release Wednesdays)

  • By Car—Lower parking lot.

  • By Foot (Walkers)—Upper parking lot through the breezeway.

  • By Bus—Staff/Student leader escort to bus loading area.

Before we dive into the school year, a quick word about birthdays.

Our dedicated teacher leader team (SDLT-School District Leadership Team) recently met and reached a unanimous decision regarding how we celebrate birthdays at our school. We won't be allowing food or "goodie" bags for student birthdays. This decision was made for a few important reasons:

  • Severe food allergies: We have students with severe food allergies throughout our school, and we must prioritize their safety.

  • Equity and fairness: We want to ensure that celebrations remain equitable and don't become competitive as the school year progresses.

Nonetheless, please be assured that celebrations will continue to take place within your child’s classrooms. We genuinely value your partnership and understanding in this matter.

As we forge ahead this first week of September, please mark your calendar and don’t miss the following upcoming events.

Tuesday, September 12th—Virtual Curriculum Night

Tuesday, September 19th—Curriculum Night-Q & A (in person)

4:30-5:00 (A-M)
5:05-5:20 Title I for Presentation for families (A-M)
5:00-5:30 (N-Z)
5:35-5:50 Title I Presentation for families (N-Z)

Have a great first week and we will be seeing you soon!

Geetha George-Shapiro



Our teacher leadership team values the importance of a work-life balance. Please be aware that in order for our staff to function optimally, we've established guidelines so they can bring their best selves to your children. To that end, you may not receive a response from any emails after 5 p.m.


Sept. 6 - First Day of School for Grades K-5 (FULL DAY)
Sept. 12 - Virtual Curriculum Night Links Sent
Sept. 13 - Early Release Wednesday - Dismissal @ 2:10pm
Sept. 14 - Head Start Preschool First Day
Sept. 15 - Emergency Drill
Sept. 19 - Curriculum Night Q & A
Sept. 20 - Early Release Wednesday - Dismissal @ 2:10pm
Sept. 27 - Early Release Wednesday - Dismissal @ 2:10pm
Sept. 28 - Individual Picture Day!

Oct. 20 - Family Culture Night


Individual Picture Day is scheduled for Thursday, September 28th.

Order forms will come home with students mid-September.


Daily School Schedule

Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri: 9:10am – 3:40pm
Early Release Wednesday: 9:10am – 2:10pm

No student drop-off before 8:50am

There is no supervision of students on campus until 8:50am.


Washington State Law requires parents/guardians to inform the school of student absences. Please report your child’s absence/tardy including the reason before 10:00am by leaving a message on the school attendance phone line at 425-408-4810. Student absences need to be reported in writing, by phone, or in person to the school office. In addition, absences not excused within two days of the absence are considered unexcused absences.

Change in After School Plans

Without a note, your child will not be able to make a change from their daily routine. If you forgot to send a note, please call the office as early in the day as possible. Change of after school plans will not be authorized after 3:00pm.

Early Student Pick Up

Your child’s participation in the entire school day is important to their growth and success. Please do not pick your child up early unless absolutely necessary. Please do your best to schedule routine medical and dental appointments before or after school. In the event that you do need to pick your child up early, please notify the teacher in writing ahead of time. When picking up the child, please come to the main office to sign your child out and have them called to come to the office to meet you. Only adults on your child’s emergency contact list may pick up your child in your absence. Be sure to bring photo ID with you to the office.


The school day ends at 3:40pm, and 2:10pm on Early Release Wednesdays. Please arrive on time to pick your child up at the end of the day.

Students who have not been picked up by 3:55pm will be brought into the office for office staff to call parents and then emergency contacts to ensure someone is coming for pick up.



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