• Syre Scratchings

    May 2017



    • May 2 - Syre Family Engineering Night Syre 6:00-8:00pm
    • May 4 - Spirit Day - May the Fourth be With You - Dress Up in Star Wars theme clothing and accessories
    • May 9 -June 1st-SBA State Testing window 
    • May 9 - State Testing for 4th and 6th Grades 
    • May 10 - State Testing for 4th and 6th Grades
    • May 11 - State Testing for 3rd and 5th Grades
    • May 11 - Last Day of Homework Club
    • May 12 - State Testing for 3rd and 5th Grades
    • May 15 - School in Session! Make-up Day for Snow Cancellation 
    • May 16 -19  6th graders at Camp Orkila
    • May 16 - State Testing for 3rd and 5th Grades
    • May 17 - State Testing for 3rd and 5th Grades
    • May 20 - Shoreline STEM Festival
    • May 23 - Book-it Assembly for 3rd-6th Gr. 9:30 am
    • May 24 - Golden Acorn and Outstanding Advocate and Outstanding Educator Award Celebration 7:00-8:30pm
    • May 24 - Parent Input for Class Placement Due
    • May 25 - State Testing for 5th Grade
    • May 25 - Kindergarten Musical Showcase 2:45 Assembly and 6:30 at Kindercreations
    • May 25 - Kindercreations 6pm 
    • May 31 - State Testing for 4th and 6th Grades
    • May 31 - 5th and 6th Gr. Band and Orchestra Concert at Einstein 7pm
    • June 1- State Testing for 4th and 6th Grades
    • June 2 - 6th Gr. Field Trip to Pacific Science Center
    • June 6 - Musical Showcase featuring Mrs. Bradley, Mrs. Lang, Mrs. Poetzl and Mrs. Tobiason’s classes 2:45 assembly and 7pm 
    • June 6 - 1st Gr. Open House 6pm with Musical Showcase performance at 7pm
    • June 8 - 4th Gr. Field Trip to Pioneer Farms
    • June 8 - Variety Show Dress Rehearsal 3:40 pm
    • June 9 - Variety Show 1:30 pm
    • June 12 - School in Session! Make-up Day for Snow Cancellation
    • June 15 - Orientation for Incoming Kindergarteners 8:30 - 12:00
    • June 15 - Patrol Field Trip to Wild Waves 9:30 am
    • June 15 - Rooms 8 & 10 End of Year Potluck
    • June 16 - Field Day and All School BBQ
    • June 21 - Sixth Gr. Party at Innis Arden 10 am - 2pm
    • June 22 - 2nd and 3rd gr. Field Trip to Pacific Science Center 9:30 - 2:15pm
    • June 22 - End of Year Assembly 9:30 am
    • June 23 - 6th Grade Movin’ On Assembly 9:30 - 11:00am
    • June 23 - Last Day of School 11:50 am Dismissal!



    It’s that time of year when we thank our amazing teachers for all of the work they have done this year.  The PTA will be providing a Japanese themed lunch on Friday, May 5 thanks to Masami Suzuki and other Japanese moms who will be making sushi to order for our teachers.

    If you would like to bring food, set-up or clean-up, please click on this link to sign up.



    Student placement is one of our most important tasks as we prepare for our upcoming school year. Teacher teams spend quality time giving careful thought and consideration as they develop the class lists for the upcoming school year with the success of each child in mind.  As they work together, the following criteria is used to create balanced and equitable classes:

    • Academic needs
    • Gender
    • Social/emotional factors—encouraging the development of new social groups
    • Learning styles
    • Behavioral needs
    • Leadership and independent learning skills
    • Parent involvement

    If you have additional student needs that you would like to be considered in the placement of your child, please complete the attached optional input form.  Parent input regarding a specific environment will be taken into consideration when it is:

    Received by the deadline- Friday, May 24, 3:30 p.m.

    Provides newly learned information as requested on the form

    Not dependent on a specific teacher: Please do not request a specific teacher by name or ask your current teacher to place your child in a specific teacher’s classroom. *Teacher assignments are subject to change.

    Parent Input Form 



    A huge WILDCAT WOW goes out to Syre parent Todd Nordling for designing and painting our own Spunky McPaws mascot on the north wall of our playground cover.  Thank you to PTA for the grant to cover materials.  The nonstop inclement weather this winter dealt Mr. Nordling quite a few setbacks but he persisted and repainted and the results are wonderful. So cheerful, bright and welcoming.  Thank you Mr. Nordling!


    SYRE FIELD DAY-Volunteer Opportunity

    Field Day is Friday, June 16. The KG-2nd Grade Field Day is 9:15-11:00 a.m. and the 3rd-6th Grade Field Day is 1:15-3:15 p.m. The All School Lunch Barbeque will take place between the Field Days, come and join the fun. Two Parent Volunteers are needed from each classroom to help with the Field Day stations. If you are interested in volunteering to help at one of the stations please email Mr. Broderhausen which Field Day session(s) (K-2/3-6/both) you would like to volunteer for and your child’s classroom.

    Thank you,

    Mr. Broderhausen


    Come one come all for the annual Syre BBQ. on June 16th!!  Families and friends are invited to join our students for a BBQ lunch.  Students will eat at (about) their usual lunch time:

    Kindergarteners: 11:05 to 11:40

    5th, 6th graders:  11:25 to 11:40

    1st, 4th graders:  11:50 - 12:05

    2nd, 3rd graders: 12:30 - 12:55        

    The menu for the BBQ will be:

    Hamburgers, Cheeseburgers, Hot Dogs, Sausages.  There will also be Coleslaw, Baked Beans and Apple Slices with a Caramel Dipping Sauce.  


    The price for the BBQ is $3.00 for Students  $4.00 for Parents and Non-Students.


    We cannot put on the BBQ without the help of Volunteers.  You help is much appreciated. A sign-up sheet to volunteer will be in the office.



    Book-it Repertory Theatre is coming back! Thanks to a generous grant from Syre PTA Book-it theater will be returning to Syre on May 23rd to perform El Deafo by Cece Bell to grades 3-6.  Book-it has a mission to transform great literature into great theatre through simple and sensitive production and to inspire the audience to read. All of their programs are specifically designed to offer youth a positive and active experience with literature.  It is sure to be an outstanding performance.

    Synopsis:  When Cece loses her hearing at age four, her whole world changes. She faces embarrassment at school with her bulky hearing aid strapped to her chest. But with her hearing aid she discovers a superpower: the ability to hear the teacher when she is not in the room! In our staging of Cece Bell’s Newbery-honored graphic novel, you’ll experience how she learns to embrace her difference as the superhero, El Deafo, and make some true friends along the way.            




    Immunization requirements

    Washington State school immunization laws require all students entering 6th grade in the Fall to have a Tdap vaccine.  Vaccinate now to "beat the rush" that often occurs in late summer.  If your child has already received a Tdap, contact the school to update records: 393-4165 (office) or 393-4160 (nurse). Students entering 6th grade in the Fall must have received a Tdap before the first day of school in September 2017.


    If your child had any non-prescription medications, inhalers or prescribed controlledmedications such as Ritalin, Adderall or Dexedrine a parent must pick them up before, or on the last day of school. No medications will be stored at school over the summer. Any medication left after the last day of school will be discarded. New parent/physician forms for next year can also be picked up from the nurse when the medications are picked up.  New written parent/physician permission forms for medication at school will need to be obtained for next year (with parent/guardian and physician signature). I cannot use the previous years’ form. 


    If your children are interested in participating in sports next year at the middle school, they need to have a sports physical before they can participate. 



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

    Kai Murray    “We Found a Hat” and “The Wild Ones”    Room 4

    Gwyneth Hayes     “The Really Really Hairy Flight of Snarly Sally”    Room 3


    Heidi Alexander, Librarian



    Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) are the next generation of student assessment 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 will take the Science MSP.

    Get the full schedule here.

    Our school plans to administer the tests on May 9th- June 2nd.  Please limit out of school times, specifically on the dates your child is testing. All of the assessments will begin at 9:15 am and students will be provided the entire day if necessary.  Please help your child to get a good night’s rest and a good breakfast on testing days.

    If you have any questions regarding the upcoming testing, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher, Mrs. Carroll, or the school assessment coordinator, Heidi Alexander (

    Note:  5th graders in the 5/6 will test on the 6th Grade testing days with their class

    Thank you for your support and understanding,  

    Syre Staff

    Syre State Testing Calendar 



    The Shoreline STEM Festival & Science Fair will be held Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Shoreline Community College, 16101 Greenwood Avenue North, Shoreline.

    Schedule of Events

    10:00am - 11:30 am  Judging and viewing of science fair projects

    12:00am - 1:30pm Participation and viewing of hands-on exhibits

    1:30pm - 1:45pm  Science Fair award ceremony

    Hands-on STEM fun, robotics demonstrations, and STEM Career expo. This year will be bigger than ever, with Boeing engineers, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Army Corps of Engineers and more - all on site and ready to share their passion for knowledge and inquiry! The festival is brought to our community with the generous support of Shoreline Community College, Shoreline School District, BECU, Prosetta Biosciences, BioLife, kdH Consultants, kolb & dotsch dentistry, Greenstone Architecture, Maker Lab NW, and Ray Koelling.

    Details for everything can be found at: Parking and entrance to the festival are all completely FREE!



    Please join us on Weds., May 24 as we honor Syre’s 2017 Golden Acorn recipient, Keirsten Lid, Outstanding Advocate recipient, Colleen Moen and our Outstanding Educator recipients, Jenn Zadow and Jenny Hodgen.  Please be on hand to thank, honor and celebrate these amazing individuals who make such a huge difference in our school and our children’s lives.

    Cake and punch will be served.



    If your students attend after school tutoring be sure to expect your student home from school directly after school after this date.  We’d like to give our heartfelt thanks to our outstanding high school volunteers who came down to tutor and a big pat on the back to all the students who participated for their hard work and progress.