The mission of the Granite Falls School District is to inspire and facilitate a passion for life-long learning and the pursuit of excellence in every student, every day.
Halloween/Winter-Weather Safety Tips
We want everyone to have a safe and fun Halloween. Using these safety tips will help make Halloween most enjoyable for you and your children:
-Young children should trick-or-treat with adults or responsible teenagers. After dark children should carry a flashlight, glow stick, or have reflective tape on their costumes to make them more visible to drivers. Make sure costumes fit properly so kids see and hear correctly.
-Remind children to use sidewalks when available, look both before crossing streets, and don’t run into the street from between parked cars. Children should stay in populated neighborhoods that are well lit, not take shortcuts through trails or alleys, and only go to houses with lights on.
-Instruct your children to never enter a stranger’s house or vehicle. Let them know not to eat any candy or other treats until they bring it home to be examined. Parents should know the routes their children are traveling.
-Remember to carry a cell phone with you while trick-or-treating. If you observe any criminal or suspicious activity, immediately call the police, 911 for emergencies or 360.691.6611 for non-emergencies.
With the winter weather approaching, we urge you to use this opportunity and talk with your child about safe walking/biking to and from school:
-Teach your child safe walking routes and review safety tips here.
-Review safety tips with your children should they happen to encounter wildlife.
-Snohomish County Sheriff’s Department Child Safety Flyer
DSHS Mobile CSO Coming to Granite Falls
At this event, you can apply for cash assistance, basic food assistance, child care services or complete your eligibility review, mid-certification review or make changes to an existing case. The mobile DSHS will be located at the IGA at 115 N. Granite Ave on October 30, 2014 from 9:00am-2:00pm.
October is Disability History and Awareness Month
National Disability History and Awareness month was designated to foster greater awareness, knowledge, and understanding of disabilities, and to promote full participation of people with disabilities into school and community activities. We have conducted several activities in our schools this month. We hope to increase respect and promote acceptance and inclusion. Understanding disabilities, rather than stereotypes, and focusing on individual strengths and capacities, will encourage students to recognize the whole person rather than an individual’s disability.
WIAA Athlete of the Week, Sept. 28-Oct. 4
High School Junior, Emily Hodges, receives Athlete-of-the-Week from WIAA! Emily racked up 10 kills, nine digs, and was 19 for 19 with serving vs. Cedarcrest last week on October 7th. The Tigers defeated Cedarcrest 3-2! Additionally, Kailey Larsen had 16 kills and 4 digs and Alexis Wyatt had 10 kills, 10 assists and 5 digs! The WIAA recognizes twelve varsity athletes each week, a male and a female, from each of the six classifications (1B, 2B, 1A, 2A, 3A & 4A), who exhibited an outstanding performance for the previous week. To continue seeing Granite Falls Athletes recognized, please nominate an athlete by going HERE.
For the latest, most accurate information go to the Snohomish Health District, Washington State Department of Health, or basic information from the Center for Disease Control (CDC). For specific questions, call your family doctor (call before going into the office). Recent studies suggest that the nasal spray flu vaccine may work better than the flu shot in younger children. For more information about the new CDC recommendation, see Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine in Children 2 through 8 Years Old or the 2014-2015 MMWR Influenza Vaccine Recommendations.
Community Service Opportunities
There are many community service opportunities available, many of which are local. The most up-to-date list is posted at the high school commons, or you can download the Granite Falls High School Community Service Form and preview a full list of opportunities here. Please contact your school secretary or Jan Macomber at the High School with any questions, 360.691.7713.
Change a Child’s Life… Become a Mentor!
Do you have an extra 30 minutes a week? Do you want to give back to your community? Become a mentor! Mentoring is a valuable tool for helping youth live up to their potential and discover the best in themselves. The Granite Falls Mentoring Program serves approximately 35 students in grades 4-12. Students meet with an adult from the community once a week. Contact Kayla Lehman for more info 360.283.4353. or firstname.lastname@example.org
November Parent/Teacher Conferences
All schools have parent/teacher conferences scheduled during the last weeks of November, prior to Thanksgiving break. Please take a moment to view your child’s school conference schedule so you can plan accordingly. Also included in the schedule are the early release times for each school. Thanksgiving break is from November 27-30.