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Messages for Parents

June 21, 2020

Dear families,

Congratulations to us all, we made it through this unprecedented year together! You have all done an absolutely amazing job in your role as teacher and you should be incredibly proud. All of your children have grown in so many ways since they started in September. And through this crazy time, they have gained resiliency that will serve them well throughout their lives. This year certainly will be etched in all our memories and your children will forever be in my heart because of this. Thank you for all the grace and patience you have allowed me as I have figured out how to change my teaching practices completely to teach and deliver content online to 5-6 year olds. ;)

As the district works together with state agencies to plan for the start of the 2020-2021 school year this fall, many possible back-to-school scenarios are possible.  The district wants to know what you think.  Please take the short survey to help the district better understand your preferences, concerns and needs as they continue the planning process.  https://issaquah.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6KhtQwIqhZeVTdH

There has been many questions regarding what programs your child will have access to over the summer. Your child will have access to Lexia, Clever and Seesaw through the end of July. At that time, those programs will go offline to allow the school district time to roll over the students into their new classes for the fall.  One caveat, the district is trying to work on keeping Zearn up and going all summer since they have a summer program available.  I simply suggest keep using these programs until they become unavailable. While many programs will go offline for August, your child WILL have access to Raz-Kids all summer, which will allow for great reading practice. For other summer resources, please see the Parenting Toolbox Beat Summer Slide page on the Issaquah Schools Foundation website: http://isfdn.org/parents/

Regarding Seesaw - If you would like to keep a record of what your child has done this year in Seesaw, I recommend that you print a PDF of their Seesaw journal.  Next to their name on their journal feed you should see a “button” that says, “Print PDF.”  Click this and it will run a PDF report that you can then save and or print for your records.  Another trick is that on the bottom right corner of each activity or photo you can click the 3 dots and there is a drop down menu of options where you can save that individual post or activity.

I will be assigning activities on Monday but on Tuesday (the last day of school) the only activity will be the end-of-year slide show. 

I wish you all a wonderful summer and thank you again for a wonderful year of learning, laughing, and growing together!


Melissa Bramble


KCLS Summer Reading Program

The KCLS All-Ages Summer Reading Program will be offered online now through August 31st. Children can track their minutes to reach their reading goals this summer. All info is at: //www.kcls.org/summer.       

  • You can track your reading minutes using Beanstack (kcls.beanstack.org).
  • The reading log is also be available as a pdf on the KCLS Summer Reading Page.
  • Reading logs will be printed inside of the June issue of Parent Map. Check your grocery store for a copy.
  • When you reach 500 minutes, enter a drawing to win a stack of free books. There will be 50 winners.
  • All participants will also receive virtual badges and a finisher certificate when they use Beanstack.
  • Due to physical distancing, KCLS is not able to distribute individual prizes to every patron this year.

Have a great week everyone!

~Melissa Bramble

See previous announcements.