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Syre Scratchings - September 2019

Syre Scratchings

September 2019


September 3:

  • Patrol Meeting 2:15
  • Back to Business 3:00-4:30
  • Meet the Teacher: Grades 1-3  3:15-4:00
  • Meet the Teacher: Grades 4-6 3:30-4:15
  • PTA Back to School Social on the Playground 4:00 - 5:00

September 4:

  • First day of School 9:05 first bell
  • PTA Welcome Coffee for Parents/Guardians 9:00-9:30 by the flag pole

September 10:

  • Taproot Theater Assembly:
    • Grades 1-3 at 1:15 pm
  • Taproot Theater Assembly
    • Grades 4-6 at 2:30 pm

September 11:

  • Early Release Wednesday
    • 1:50 dismissal

September 17

  • Syre Gear Orders Due

September 18:

  • Early Release Wednesday
    • 1:50 dismissal

September 19:

  • Curriculum Night:
    • Grades 1-3 from 6:00-6:45pm
    • Grades 4-6 from 6:45-7:30pm

September 23

  • Dandylyon Drama Parent Meeting
    • 6-7pm - Syre Library

September 23:

  • PTA General Meeting
    • 7pm - Syre Library        

September 24:

  • School Picture Day
    • Individual & Class Picture
  • Meridian Park Elem. Curriculum Night
    • Kindergarten Parents 7pm

September 25:

  • Early Release Wednesday
    • 1:50 dismissal

September 24 - 26:

  • Dandylyon Drama Play Auditions
    • after school

September 27:

  • Kindergarten/1st Grade
    • Potluck/Movie Night Social 6-7:15

October 2:

  • Early Release Wednesday
    • 1:50 dismissal

October 2:

  • PTA Parent Presentation:
    • Bonnie Rough - Gender Equality
    • 7pm at Meridian Park Elementary

October 4:

  • Wildcat Walk for the Future 2:15-3:15

October 9:

  • Early Release Wednesday
    • 1:50 dismissal

October 16:

  • Early Release Wednesday
    • 1:50 dismissal

October 18:

  • Pals and Pumpkins 6:30-8:00

October 24:

  • Math Olympiad Kick-Off 8am

October 26:

  • RBCA Halloween Carnival
    • 3 -7 pm at Syre

October 30:

  • Early Release Wednesday
    • 1:50 dismissal



This is the first edition of the Syre Scratchings, our monthly newsletter.  Please take the time to read it carefully. It is a joint newsletter with both school and PTA information that you will be receiving on the first of each month.  In addition, every Friday we send out a brief “Weekly Happenings” email that covers only events happening within two weeks. The Principal Highlights Blog with important news from Principal Carroll can be found at  

All correspondence is communicated by email.  If you prefer a paper copy sent home with your student please contact Susie Johnson in the office.


Please join us on September 3 for our Back to School events

  • Business Session
    • 3-4:30 in the cafe/gym

Find out your student’s class placement, pick up your back to school paperwork, fill it out and return the necessary forms.  This just takes about 15 minutes.

  • 3:15-4:15 Grades 1-3 Meet the Teacher
  • 3:30 - 4:15 Grades 4-6 Meet the Teacher

Come and Meet your Teacher and visit your new classroom. Feel free to bring your school supplies and drop them off in your classroom.

  • 4:00 - 5:00 pm. Syre Family Back to School Social!   Sponsored by the PTA on the Syre playground and field.  All Syre families are welcome.

Hope to see everyone there!!


Students who signed up to serve as patrol members should meet on Sept. 3 at 2:15 pm in the Syre library to learn about expectations and for training.  This meeting is for students. Parents do not need to attend.


Parents, send the kids off to class on Sept. 4th and then stop by for a cup of coffee and a snack from 9:00 - 9:30 am in front of the school. Stop by to catch up with friends you may not have seen over the summer and meet new friends!

We look forward to seeing you!!


If your student will be absent or tardy you must contact the office.  Please call the 24 hour attendance line at 206.393.4165 and leave a message including your student’s name, room number or teacher, and the reason for the absence.  You can also email Susie at or send a note to report an absence or tardy.  If we do not hear from a parent before or on the morning of the absence we will call home to check on the student.  Unless we hear from you, and you have given us the reason for the absence, your student will be marked unexcused.

Good attendance is essential to student success.  We strongly encourage you to schedule travel only during school holidays and breaks.  Occasionally we know this is not possible. If you have a planned absence, please fill out the form attached below and turn it in two weeks prior to the absence to request that your student be excused.

Form to Excuse a Planned Absence 


We’re happy to announce that staff has been working hard on creating a new school policy that strengthens our overall security while simultaneously strengthening connections with students. Starting Wednesday, Syre will have new end-of-day dismissal procedures that may impact your previous routine.  Here’s what you need to know for the first day of school….

  1. Classroom teachers will walk their students out to the bus zone, and parent pick up using specific routes for each class.
  2. Parents/Guardians will no longer pick up children outside classroom doors. Instead, families will meet their children at the undercover area of the south parking lot. This is the part of the policy that may interrupt your routine, so modify your plans as needed.
  3. After school clubs will communicate which exterior door students should meet at since they will be walking with their teacher at dismissal.

We appreciate your flexibility and understanding as we work to make Syre a stronger, safer community and look forward to sending your child home at the end of the day with a smile and good word. We are excited for this change and hope you are too. 


Parents, please plan to attend Curriculum Night on Thursday Sept. 19.  This is a very important opportunity for you to learn about the curriculum for the year and about your students’ classroom. This event is for parents.

  • Grades 1-3 from 6:00-6:45pm
  • Grades 4-6 from 6:45-7:30pm


Gear up for the new school year and show your Wildcat pride!  Get your Syre t-shirts, sweatshirts, fleece, shorts, and more!  We have a wide variety of colors and sizes for both kids and adults. Online store will be open for the limited time (9/1 through 9/17).

Please shop at:  or

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Questions? Contact Suwako Berg at 206-902-8851 or


Please become a member of Syre PTA and make a difference in the education and quality of life for our children. Memberships need to be renewed annually and cost $14 for an individual or $25 for a couple. Membership is being handled entirely online this year.  To join go to  and click on “join now”.


We have a drop off for dead batteries at Syre.  Just bring them in and drop them off in the tubes just outside the office.  Get your neighbors on board too. It’s an easy way to keep those harmful chemicals out of our landfills and soil!!


Parent Teacher Conferences have been set for the first week in November and the first week in March.  Watch for more information and an opportunity to sign up with your child’s teacher.


Breakfast is served at Syre every morning.  Students having breakfast should arrive in the lunchroom at 8:40 am or proceed to the lunchroom directly from the bus.  The cost is $1.85 and free to students in the free and reduced lunch program. 

Lunch is served every day and the cost is slightly increased this year to $3.35.

You can put money on your student’s lunch account by sending payment  to school with your student (check or cash) or pay online by credit card at  Credit card payments incur a $1.50 fee. Be sure to mark all payments sent with your with child’s full name, room #, and earmark it for “lunch acct.”.

More information on Shoreline School District Food Services can be found at

Breakfast and lunch menus are posted at

Bon appetit!