West Mercer Elementary School

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Principal's Message

  • Dear West Mercer Families, 

    I hope this letter finds you well. The West Mercer staff community is gearing up for the school year and we are all looking forward to welcoming our scholars back to school very soon. 

    I am also thrilled to be joining the community to serve as your new Principal this next school year. I have had the opportunity to meet many of you through our “Meet and Greet” events and scheduled family connection meetings. I already feel the sense of joy, community, and pride within the West Mercer community. Thank you for welcoming me into this space and I look forward to our continued partnership. 

    My hope is this letter can provide an update of COVID-related health and safety updates, as well as pertinent West Mercer-specific information to keep in mind as we round out the summer and head into the school year. Should you have any follow-up questions or concerns, please always feel free to reach out to me directly at megan.isakson@mercerislandschools.org

    COVID-related Health & Safety Updates

    Helpful Links:

    August 16th MISD Elementary Principals’ Video Update 

    August 11th Washington State Department of Health August Update

    August 9th MISD Communication Update on COVID-19 Response and the 2021-22 school year

    West Mercer-Specific Updates

    We are continuing to work diligently to ensure our school is as safe as possible. The most common West-Mercer specific questions are answered below, given the most recent guidance and district updates as of today. Please keep in mind that we will continue to update based on the latest information and any changes will be communicated.

    Q: Will we have a full day schedule? 
    A: We will be operating on a full-day schedule. Our classroom doors open at 9:10am and our official start time is 9:15am. Dismissal from school is 3:45pm. 

    Q: What will lunch look like?
    A: We will be operating two or three lunch schedules based on our final enrollment numbers. The lunchroom will be set up to provide students the ability to take off their masks while still maintaining a healthy, safe distance with the use of clear plexiglass dividers. Fewer students will be seated at each of our long lunchroom tables to allow for this distance and the plexiglass dividers to be in place. 

    Q: What will recess look like?
    A: We will have three recess periods throughout the day. There are two shorter recess periods (15 min) in the morning and afternoon blocks of the day. There is also a 20 minute recess period following lunch. Per the latest guidance from the Secretary of Health’s Mask Order, face coverings are not required outdoors, regardless of vaccination status. Students may choose to wear a mask outdoors. There may be moments, such as passing by others in the hallway or during play at recess when students are not fully physically distanced from each other. We will continue to maximize opportunities to increase physical space between students during all scheduled activities and limit interactions in large group settings. 

    Q: What will community events or large gatherings look like?
    A: We will host gatherings outside to the extent possible. Any food or beverages will be provided in a way that is individually accessible. There will be an open house held indoors on Tuesday, August 31st and we ask that all attendees remember to mask up and maintain physical distancing. (We will access classrooms from the outside doors at this event to minimize hallway/building traffic.)

    Q: What will happen if there is a COVID case within the West Mercer school community? 
    A:  Any student, teacher, or staff who reports COVID-19-like symptoms at school will be immediately isolated from others and sent home and referred to diagnostic testing as soon as feasible. If a person tests positive for COVID-19, they may not return to school for 10 days after symptom onset, or 10 days after a positive test if no symptoms are present.

    Q: What about classroom volunteers when school is in session?
    A: We are still working with the latest guidance as it pertains to visitors and volunteers on campus. More information will be provided to our community when available. 

    Q: What is the new before and after school program?
    A: We are working with a new before and after school program partner called Innovation Learning. They will be operating before school programming from 6:00-9:00am and after school programming from 3:45-6:30pm and 2:05-6:30pm on Wednesdays. Space is limited and available on a first come basis. Please check out their website for more information and enrollment.  

    Staff Updates 

    New Staff

    Associate Principal:  Tara Ranzy
    Instructional Coach: Angela Mitchell
    Special Education Teacher: Kaylee Cordova
    ELL Teacher: Roxane Chan
    Nurse: Yvonne Monahan 
    Psychologist: Lucy Williams
    Special Education Paraeducator: Diana Apacible 
    General Education Paraeducator: Lauren Ralph
    General Education Paraeducator: Ethan Schiller 

    Returning Staff

    5th Grade: Carly Adams
    Kindergarten: Saumya Santosh 

    Updating RSVP

    To complete your child(ren)’s enrollment you must update the RSVP process, if you haven’t done so already. This is online and should take just a few minutes. This “RSVP” process is open now and will need to be completed before the first day of school. This is an important process each year. Please also review all contact information (including emergency contacts) to make sure everything is current. You will log into your Skyward Family Access account to complete all forms. Details on how to do this can be found here.

    IMPORTANT: You will not be able to access who your child’s teacher will be until you have completed the RSVP process. Teacher assignment will be available on Friday, August 27th at 4:30 for all who have completed the RSVP process. 

     

    Student Placement

    A great deal of time, effort and thought has gone into the process of student placement for the 2021-2022 school year.

    Careful consideration was given to input from staff and families as well as student learning styles. Classrooms have been balanced academically and socially. Our class lists are structured to provide equitable class sizes at each grade level. Moving students is difficult without causing imbalances and inequities.

    Thank you so much for being positive with your child and helping them understand that it is impossible to place all students with a preferred best friend or teacher. ALL of our staff works hard to make school a positive experience for ALL students. West Mercer is eagerly looking forward to enriching your child’s life. Thank you for understanding that it can take a few weeks for a child to acclimate to a new grade, peer group and teacher.

     

    Important Dates 

    DATE

    EVENT

    Additional Notes

    Friday, August 27th @ 4:30pm

    Class Assignments (K-5) will be posted in Skyward 

    Only available for families who have completed the RSVP process by this time.

    Monday, August 30th @ 5:30pm

    New Family and Kindergarten Ice Cream Social hosted by the PTSA

    This event is held outdoors on campus. 

    Tuesday, Aug. 31st from 3:00-4:00pm

    K-5 Open House

    This event is held in-person indoors. 

     

    The purposes of the West Mercer Open House are to help students feel comfortable in their new learning environment, meet their teacher, and to become acquainted with some of their classmates. 

     

    Please use the outside classroom doors to enter and remember to wear a mask for this indoor event. 

    Wednesday, September 1st 

    School begins for students in grades 1st-5th  (Dismissal at 2:05)

     

    Welcome Coffee hosted by the PTSA from 9:30-10:15am

     

    WAKids Connection Conferences for Kindergarten families 

    Wednesday dismissal is always at 2:05; all other days at 3:45

     

    This event is currently scheduled outdoors on campus. 

     

    Kindergarten families will be receiving information about how to sign up for a conference

    Thursday, September 2nd 

    WAKids Connection Conferences for Kindergarten families 

    Kindergarten families will be receiving information about how to sign up for a conference

    Friday, September 3rd

    First day of school for Kindergarten

     

    Kindergarten Welcome Coffee hosted by the PTSA from 9:15-11:00am

    Half day for K only, Full day for grades 1st – 5th  (Kindergarten dismissed at 12:15)

     

    This event is currently scheduled outdoors on campus. 

    Monday, September 6th 

    NO SCHOOL - LABOR DAY

     

    Thursday, September 9th from 5:30-7:30pm

    Whole School Community Ice Cream Social hosted by the PTSA

    This event is currently scheduled outdoors on campus. 

    Tuesday, September 14th

    Curriculum Night:

    • 5:00-5:45   3-5 

    • 5:45-6:30   K-2

    This event is currently scheduled indoors on campus. 

    We are committed to our partnership with you and intend to live by our shared mission (see below) each and every day. We look forward to embarking on an incredible new school year with you filled with growth, wonderful memories, and joy - lots of joy. 


    West Mercer is a place of joy where all students, staff, and families commit to grow, empower, and value each other. We believe that our capacity to learn is unlimited. Welcome back and we will see you soon!  

    In Solidarity,

    Megan Isakson
    Principal
    West Mercer Elementary

About West Mercer Elementary

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    Mission Statement:
    West Mercer is a place of joy where all students, staff, and families commit to grow, empower and value each other. We believe that our capacity to learn is unlimited.

    Value, Belief  and Commitment Statements:

    • We believe in strong partnerships with families and our community. We commit to respecting their insights and opinions.
    • We believe that every student and family in our community belongs. We commit to foster and embrace all aspects of diversity and further commit to face and address areas of inequity.
    • We believe it is important that we (staff, students, and families) enjoy each other and our time together at school. We commit to building relationships.
    • We believe that West Mercer is a place of emotional and physical safety. We commit to developing social/emotional health in our students.
    • We believe that behavior expectations must be clearly communicated and that students’ should be celebrated for appropriate behavior, not just criticized when they fall below behavior expectations. We commit to providing a positive behavior intervention system (PAWS).
    • We believe that learning should be personalized to meet the needs of the students in our classrooms and school. We commit to providing differentiated instructional practice.
    • We believe that student learning is most likely to occur when we use consistent, research based instructional practices and curricula. We commit to provide the guaranteed and viable curriculum mandated by the District and approved through School Board vote.
    • We believe that critical thinking and analytical/processing skills are crucial for future global opportunities. We commit to culture and foster these important thinking and problem solving skills.
    • We believe that every child needs appropriate challenge. We commit to continually improving our instructional practice so that we can grow ALL students’ skill and understanding.
    • We believe that every person (including us adults) can learn. We commit to learn from each other and from experts in a variety of fields.
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