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Vol. II, No. 10  |  February 11, 2009

  SchoolCenter Picture Budget Workshops
These workshops will provide a chance to share positive ideas about how to sustain the high quality education for which Northshore is known. Table discussions with parents, staff, and community members will enable all to participate. Workshops are schedule for March 3, 10 & 17 at each high school cafeteria from 7-9 p.m.
SchoolCenter Picture Superintendent's February 2009 Budget Message
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
It's been an exciting past few weeks with lots of activity related to federal and state funding for K-12 public education. We are providing input to advocate for an improved funding system at the state level, and we are participating in discussions about federal stimulus money ... continued
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School Board Meeting Highlights - Feb. 10
Superintendent attends WSSDA/WASA Legislative Conference in Olympia ... Lockwood staff makes RTI presentation ... Board approved Resolution 585 ... HB 1410/SB 5444. More

The Board also welcomed these new employees.

  SchoolCenter Picture Classified Employee Excellence Award
Northshore classified employees support student success every day. Nominate your favorite bus driver, custodian, paraeducator, secretary, nurse, food-service worker, or other non-teacher staff member for the state's Classified Employee Excellence Award. The deadline is Feb. 20.
SchoolCenter Picture BECU's School Grants Program
Teachers, principals, and even PTAs can apply for grants and other school support from BECU. Grants are centered on funding educational materials and programs that directly benefit the education of students. Priority will be given to Western Washington schools on the percentage of their free and reduced school lunches. Application deadline is March 15.
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HomeStreet Bank Hometown Loan Program
Northshore partnered with HomeStreet Bank to offer the Home Town Home Loan Program, an employer-assisted housing program, to all employees. This program offers a wide selection of home loan options for either your first home or a refinancing.
   SchoolCenter Picture New to Employee On Line
Under the Benefits Section on Employee Online, you can now view your WA State Retirement Plan and employee contribution rate. You will also find useful links to the WA State Department of Retirement Systems website.

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2009 Retirement Planning Seminars
The Edmonds School District and the Sno-King School Retirees are co-hosting the 2009 Retirement Planning Seminars for the Northshore employees. These sessions are provided for employees and spouses at no cost and confirmation to attend is not necessary.
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Midwinter Workshop
ESD #121 will present a Mid-Winter Workshop on March 7 at 7:30 AM at the Northshore Performing Arts Center with featured speakers Jeremy Johnson and Gordon Linse. Cost is $15, which includes a box lunch if paid by February 27.
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Soledad Humphreys, Northshore Junior High: Soledad is one of our Natural Helpers and makes amazing connections with the Hispanic families in our community. Families trust her and see her as a positive extension of of the school. BRAVOS!
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Student Success
Woodinville junior Hailey Wells, despite a weeklong bout with a head cold, won the KingCo 4A gymnastics all-around championship and led her team to the title.   Student Achievement
SchoolCenter Picture Optional Retirement Savings Plan Vendors Added
New vendors have been added to the Approved 403(b) Vendor List. Checkout the updated list. This new information has also been added at the CPI website.

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On the Web
  SchoolCenter Picture  Calendar
Feb. 16 - No School, President's Day; 17-20 - No school, Mid-Winter break; 24 - School Board Meeting; 25 - SEPAC presentation; Mar. 3 - first allowable day of practice for high school spring sports.   Online Calendar
  Northshore e-News is published and delivered to your e-mail box every other week during the school year, (once a month in July and December). It is designed to inform employees about the strategic direction of the Northshore School District as well as provide routine information of interest to district employees. To submit items for e-News, please send them to e-News Editor by the Tuesday of each School Board meeting.