• Syre Scratchings      

    May 2019




    May 1 - Early Release Wednesday 1:50 dismissal

    May 1 - First day for 3rd Grade Math Olympiad 8:15am Syre Library

    May 1 - Family Engineering Night 6:30 - 8:00

    May 3 - Steel Magic NW Steel Drum Band Assembly 2:30pm

    May 6-10  - Teacher Appreciation

    May 7-10 - 6th Gr. to Camp Orkila for Outdoor Camp

    May 7 - 3rd and 4th Grade State Testing

    May 8 - 5th Grade State Testing

    May 8 - Early Release Wednesday 1:50 dismissal

    May 9 - 1st Gr. Field Trip to Edmonds Beach

    May 9 - 3rd and 4th Grade State Testing

    May 9 - PTA Meeting

    May 10 - 5th Grade State Testing

    May 14 - 3rd and 4th Grade State Testing

    May 15 - 5th and 6th Grade State Testing

    May 15 - Early Release Wednesday 1:50 dismissal

    May 16 - 3rd and 4th Grade State Testing

    May 16 - BLS Night Open Mic

    May 17 - 5th and 6th Grade State Testing

    May 18 - Embrace Syre Work Party: 9am to noon

    May 22 - 5th and 6th Grade State Testing

    May 22 - Early Release Wednesday 1:50 dismissal

    May 23 - 6th Grade State Testing

    May 24 - *New Date* Spirit Day - Mismatch Day!

    May 27 - No School: Memorial Day Holiday

    May 29 - Kindercreations Open House 6-7pm

    May 29 -30 - State Testing Make Up Days

    June 1 - Shoreline Schools Science Fair 9am - Shoreline Comm. College

    June 3 - Full Day of School - Snow Make-up Day

    June 5 - BLS End of the Year Potluck 5pm

    June 7 - Spirit Day - Class Color Rainbow

    June 12 - Kindergarten Field Trip to Pacific Science Center 9:15am

    June 12 - 5th and 6th Gr. Band and Orchestra Concert at Einstein M.S.

    6:15 Musicians arrive, 7:00 Concert Begins

    June 13 - Patrol/ASB Trip to Wildwaves

    June 14 - Full Day of School-Snow makeup

    June 14 - Field Day and All School BBQ

    June 17 - Moving Up Assembly 9:20 am

    June 20 - 6th Grade Movin’ On Assembly 9:30

    June 20 - Last Day of School 11:45 Dismissal


    Dismissal time will be 3:30 every school day in June except the last day of school, June 20th which is a half day with dismissal at 11:45 am.


    Thank you to those that have been calling in your late arrivals and absences.  Any day that your student will be late or absent to school we ask that you contact the school. The Syre Office has a message line available 24 hours a day for you to call the school. The number is (206) 393-4165; or you may email our attendance secretary at: susie.johnson@shorelineschools.org. Your phone calls and emails will help us with our morning “Safe Arrival” attendance calls and will ensure that your child is not marked “unexcused”.

    Form to Request for Planned Absence to be Excused

    We are implementing a new form at Syre for parents to notify us of planned absences.  The form must be turned in 14 days prior to an absence if the absence is for a reason other than:

    • Participation in a district or school approved activity or instructional program.
    • Illness, health condition or medical appointment (including but not limited to medical, counseling, dental or optometry)
    • Family emergency, including but not limited to, a death or illness in the family.
    • Religious or cultural purpose including observance of a religious or cultural holiday or participation in religious or cultural instruction.
    • Absence directly related to the student’s homeless status.
    • Absence resulting from a disciplinary/corrective action. (e.g. short-term or long-term suspension, emergency expulsion).

    We appreciate your help in keeping your child’s attendance records up to date. Thank you!

    Request for Excused Absence 

    PLANNING AHEAD FOR 2019 - 2020

    Regular attendance is essential to student’s success at school.  Please take careful note of the school breaks for the 2019-2020 school year and make every effort to schedule vacations to coincide with them.  

    Sept. 4, 2019 First day of school

    Nov. 28-29, 2019 Thanksgiving Break

    Dec. 23, 2019 -Jan.3, 2020 Winter Break

    Feb. 17-21, 2020 Mid-Winter Break

    April 20-24, 2020 Spring Break

    June 18, 2020 Tentative last day of school

    Please note the new school policy that a Request For Planned Absence To Be Excused form must be submitted 14 days in advance to be considered for a planned excused absence.  The form is available on the Syre website and in the office.


    Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) are the state student assessments in Washington State. All students in grades 3 - 6 will take the test in both Mathematics and English Language Arts/literacy. In addition, 5th grade students will take the Next Generation Science test.

    Our school plans to administer the tests on May 7th- May 31st. Please limit out of school times, specifically on the dates your child is testing. The testing schedule and makeup dates are provided below. All of the assessments will begin at 9:15 am and students will be provided the entire day if necessary.

    If you have any questions regarding the upcoming testing, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher, or the school assessment coordinator, Heidi Alexander (heidi.alexander@shorelineschools.org).

    Thank you for your support and understanding, Syre Staff





    Due to the loss of instructional time caused by the snow closures in February, Shoreline Schools is adjusting the school calendar to meet the number of instructional hours required by the state.

    • June 3 will become a Full School Day.

    This day had previously been a scheduled Staff Work Day. • June 14 will become a Full School Day.

    This day had previously been a scheduled Half-Day Early Release

    • June 17, 18, and 19 will be Full School Days.
    • June 20 will be the anticipated Last Day of School with a Half Day Early Release.

    This plan allows us to meet our instructional time requirements and apply for one waiver day from the state.


    June 7 is Rainbow Spirit Day!  Wear the color assigned to your class and we’ll take an awesome all-school photo lined up in our rainbow colors.

    Kindergarten - White

    1st - Red

    2nd - Orange

    3rd - Yellow

    4th - Green

    5th - Blue

    6th - Purple


    Put on your Syre Wildcat Pride and join us on Saturday, May 18th as we give the Syre grounds a big sprucing up.  Bring your work gloves and yard tools and dig in!  

    We’ll start at 9am and work through the day.  Come for a while or stay all day - whatever time you can spare.  If you’re close enough to walk or have a larger vehicle and can bring a wheelbarrow and a shovel to help spread bark that would be very helpful.

    Birthday Book Club

    Many thanks to the following students for generously donating books to the Syre Library in honor of their birthday:

    Selma Thattai “Happy Pig Day”

    Brian Hammer “Loki’s Wolves”

    Thank you also to these students who donated books to the Syre Library.

    Morgan Grutz “The Sorcerer of the North”, “The Siege of Macindaw” and “Erak’s Ransom”

    Jennifer Altena