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Email Blasts

For the 2017-2018 school year, monthly Email Blasts will be sent to all emails currently listed in our student information system. Email Sue Houser at shouser@nsd.org if you need to update your email.

Bus Passes

Bus Passes will not be approved for the first month and a half of school until the district is able to properly assess available seats. 

Load counts on buses can not be assessed until all eligible riders have had the opportunity to ride their bus. Due to programs, such as elementary band, starting in October it is necessary to wait to evaluate available seats. Student enrollment has also increased which puts school buses at or close to capacity. After mid-October please contact your school to inquire about available daily bus passes. If your school indicates there is room for your student, supply the school office with a parent-signed note (see below). For more information see the NSD website; Northshore School District Transportation Department.

In the morning before school, students bring a note to the main office with the following information:

  • the address where they will be making the stop
  • the name of the student with whom they will be riding
  • the bus number
  • the date the buss pass is needed
  • a parent signature

Bus passes cannot be issued without all this information. Students can then pick up their bus pass during lunch in the office.

Who to Contact

Academic progress & assistance 
Counselor,  A-K, Michael Sauer
Counselor,  L-Z, Lorie Bettelyoun

Registration/Student Records 
Registrar, Sue Houser
425.408.6418 

Athletics/Activities
Brooke Jaeger
425.408.6404

Attendance
Monica Twitchell
425.408.6410

Behavior Issues 
Principal, Bryan Stutz
Assistant Principal, Jen Hernandez

Health Issues 
Nurse, Manuele Mayer
425.408.6406

Curriculum
Math, Mary Haltiner
Social Studies, Gordon Burke
Science, Janet Bauer
Special Education, Shannon Colley/Kari Thomas
Librarian, Holly Herbison

PTSA
Co-Presidents,  Corinne Patten & Jenny Gardino
PTSA webpage

Family/Teacher Communication Guidelines

The Northshore School District is fortunate to have voicemail and email communication between families and teachers. Both are easy to use and convenient, but they can also have drawbacks. In some ways, electronic communication can complicate rather than simplify interactions. Email has increased teacher workload and led to a reply/response expectation that may not be realistic. Here are some guidelines to keep in mind when using email with teachers:

Time:
The classroom environment does not allow teachers to check their email and voice-mail regularly. Additionally, teachers many be unavailable for a variety of reasons such as, helping students individually, illness, attendance at workshops and conferences, meetings or lesson preparation. Many of our teachers have over 150 students per day. If you do not receive and answer the same day, it does not mean you are being ignored - teachers are just very busy!

Purpose:
Think about the goal of your communication. If the goal is to simply share a piece of information or give the teacher some lead time to think about an issue, an email is probably appropriate. If the goal, however, is to have a two-way communication and meaningful dialogue, email is not appropriate. A phone call or meeting is a better option.

Points to Keep in Mind:
Teachers are interested in communicating with parents and many have best times to call and their email address listed on their websites. They want to know if a student is having difficulty at home or at school. At the same time, it is important for teachers to strike a balance between communication and lesson preparation. Emails often leave too much room for misunderstanding. Issues can often be resolved much more effectively if people can hear each other's tone of voice and can respond immediately to questions or misinterpretations.

Dedicated teachers, committed students and supportive parents are clearly the key to our educational success. Clear and careful communication will go a long way toward helping us all achieve our goals.