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Syre Scratchings - January 2020

Kinderfest - January 25, 2020

Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020

10am – 12pm

Shoreline Center, Shoreline Room

(18560 1st Ave NE)

 Kinderfest is a great opportunity for families to hear and learn about the programs offered by the Shoreline School District such as: Food Services, Transportation, Nurses, ELL/Special Services, Highly-Capable Program and PTA.   Each elementary school in the Shoreline School District will have representatives there to answer questions. Spanish, Amharic, Tigrinya and Korean interpreters will be available.

Limited, no-cost childcare will be available on-site for children over 2 years old who are potty-trained  (sponsored by the Shoreline Children’s Center). Please note that food will not be allowed in the childcare room due to possible allergies.

Kindergarten registration will begin on Tuesday, February 4th at your neighborhood school. Registration is not on a first-come, first-served basis. All students registered by the close of business on February 28th will be put in a drawing to fill Kindergarten spaces available at their neighborhood schools. Incoming kindergarten students who have a sibling at their neighborhood school will be given priority placement (at their neighborhood school) if registered prior to the close of business on February 28th. Those registering after February 28th will be added to their neighborhood school's wait list as they register.

In order to attend kindergarten in the fall, your child must be five years old by August 31, 2020 and reside in the cities of Shoreline or Lake Forest Park.

For more information on registration please contact your neighborhood school or visit the Enrollment page on our website: 


If you have additional Kinderfest related questions, please contact Trinitee King at or 206.393.4365.

Girls on the Run Coming to Syre!

Dear Families,

Girls on the Run is coming to Syre this Spring! Girls on the Run is a girl empowerment program that teaches girls important life skills while creatively integrating running and walking. This program is 10-weeks long and is for 3rd-6th grade students that identify as female. The program culminates in a celebratory, non-competitive 5K (3.1 miles).

Girls on the Run is for every girl – the curriculum includes adaptations for girls with sensory, intellectual and physical disabilities. Girls on the Run also provides unlimited scholarships and running shoes and sports hijabs for any girl in need. More information about financial aid can be found here: You will be able to communicate your financial aid needs and request shoes or hijabs for your girl within the online registration form.

Girl Registration opens January 10th, 2020. The team size is 8-15 girls and a random lottery will be used to select the 15 girls for the team if more than 15 girls apply between January 10th-24th. The last day to sign up, if spots are still available, is March 9th, 2020.

Here are details for Syre’s GOTR team:

  • SEASON DATES: March 2-May 18, 2020
  • DAYS/TIMES: Mondays and  Thursdays from 3:30-5 
  • SITE LIAISON CONTACT INFORMATION: Heather Shickich, or 206-393-1687
  • END OF SEASON 5K EVENT: Sunday, May 17th @ Renton Memorial Stadium
  • Sign up HERE on January 10th!

Please learn more about the program on Girls on the Run’s website or by emailing me. We hope that your girl will participate in Girls on the Run this Spring!


Heather Shickich

Syre School Counselor


Helping Kids Balance Tech Time

Parents: Need help with balancing tech time for your kids? Common Sense Media is offering a 12-week program for a select group of parents who sign up for text messaging program about balancing media and technology for kids ages 3-8.  Participants will be asked a series of pre- and post- survey questions relating to their experience receiving Tech Balance tips for parents and those that complete the program will receive a $10 gift card. Common Sense Media is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing trustworthy information and education for parents and educators in the 21st Century.  Information about signing up for the Tech Balance program is below. Even if you decide not to sign up, I encourage you to take a look at their website for movie reviews, website and application reviews, and information for parents to help with navigating technology with your kids.

If you have any questions or need further information, contact Jennifer Altena, Syre’s Teacher Librarian at  

Click here for: Common Sense Media Tech Balance Program

Please be considerate of Syre neighbors!

Please be certain when you come to Syre, whether it is to pick up or drop off kids or to spend time in the building, that you are very careful to follow all parking regulations and are considerate of those who live near Syre.  Please follow these regulations at all times.

  • Do not block driveways
  • Do not park or stop in No Parking Areas with yellow curbs
  • Do not park in Bus Loop
  • Maximum Speed Limit is 20 mph when students are present
  • Please do not block mailboxes

Thank you for your cooperation.

Calendar of Events

Jan. 6 - Return to school

Jan. 8 - Early Release Wednesday - 1:50 dismissal

Jan. 10 - Registration Opens for Girls on the Run

Jan. 14 - Martin Luther King Assembly by Grade 3: 2:45 to 3:15

Jan. 14 - Martin Luther King Evening Performance by Grade 3: 7-7:30pm

Jan. 15 - Early Release Wednesday - 1:50 dismissal

Jan. 20 - NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Jan.  21 - Westside Band Festival Gr. 6 Shorewood: 7pm Concert (6:30 Musicians arrive)

Jan. 23 - Wednesday -  Regular 3:30 Dismissal

Jan. 23 - Dorian Group and Activity Pictures for Yearbook

Jan. 24 - Bingo Camp Fundraiser

Jan. 25 - KinderFest for incoming kindergarteners - 10am Shoreline Center

Jan. 29 - Wednesday Regular 3:30 Dismissal

Jan. 30- BLS Night

Jan. 30 - End of First Semester

Jan. 31 - NO SCHOOL - Teacher Work Day