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    Kindergarten registration and preschool application for the 2019-2020 school year will be held in our school district on the following dates: 

    Sumas Elementary – April 23, 1:00 – 6:00 p.m.

    Nooksack Elementary – April 16, 1:00 – 6:00 p.m.

    Everson Elementary – April 18, 1:00 – 6:00 p.m.

    Children must be five years of age by August 31, 2019 to enroll.  Please bring the child you are enrolling, a copy of the child’s birth certificate, and the immunization record.  This registration day is very important as it allows us to plan ahead for next year’s classes. Sumas Elementary will be scheduling appointments to help with the kindergarten registration process. Please call the school @ 360-988-9423 to schedule a time (walk-ins are always welcome), and let your friends and neighbors know of this important date!

    Families can use our Online Enrollment Portal to register their student prior to or after the actual Kindergarten Registration event. To access this Portal go to our Nooksack Valley School District website (www.nooksackschools.org), click on the Resources tab and then on the New Student Online Enrollment link. Paper versions of the Registration packets will also be available at each school. Online enrollment is not intended to take the place of coming to Kindergarten registration at each of the buildings. We still want you to bring your child and come to registration!


    La inscripción para kindergarten y la solicitud de preescolar para el año escolar 2019-2020 se llevará a cabo en nuestro distrito escolar en las siguientes fechas:

    Primaria Sumas - 23 de abril, 1:00 - 6:00 p.m.

    Primaria Nooksack - 16 de abril, 1:00 - 6:00 p.m.

    Everson Elementary - 18 de abril, 1:00 - 6:00 p.m.

    Los niños deben tener cinco años de edad antes del 31 de agosto de 2019 para inscribirse. Traiga al niño que está inscribiendo, una copia del certificado de nacimiento del niño y el registro de vacunación. Este día de inscripción es muy importante ya que nos permite planificar con anticipación para las clases del próximo año. La Primaria Sumas programará citas para ayudar con el proceso de registro de kindergarten. Llame a la escuela al 360-988-9423 para programar una hora (las visitas sin cita previa siempre son bienvenidas), ¡e infórmeselo a sus amigos y vecinos sobre esta fecha importante!

     Las familias pueden usar nuestro Portal de inscripción en línea para registrar a sus estudiantes antes o después del evento de registro de Kindergarten. Para acceder a este Portal, vaya a nuestro sitio web del Distrito Escolar del Valle de Nooksack (www.nooksackschools.org), haga clic en la pestaña de Recursos y luego en el enlace de Inscripción para Nuevos Estudiantes en Línea. Las versiones impresas de los paquetes de inscripción también estarán disponibles en cada escuela. La inscripción en línea no pretende reemplazar el registro de Kindergarten en cada uno de los edificios. ¡Todavía queremos que traiga a su hijo y venga a registrarse!

    Note from Superintendent Mark Johnson on Bond Passage


    February 22, 2019 

    Hello Nooksack Valley! I wanted to take a moment to express my sincere appreciation for supporting our recent bond election.  As we started this school year my “word” for the year was “gratitude”. I wanted to make sure I was taking the time to recognize and appreciate the many blessings in life, both big and small, and not simply “move on to the next thing” (as is my tendency).

    This bond passage is a BIG thing, and I am so very grateful to our community. Our Pioneer Country is a community that has always overwhelmingly supported our children, this time in the form of voting “yes” in order to provide necessary facilities. My gratitude is equally overwhelming!

    A special thanks go to our facilities committee who spent about one year analyzing the needs, determining potential solutions and corresponding costs, and making final recommendations to our school board.  Scott Mitchell and Jennifer Lautenbach served as co-chairs for the campaign, both working tirelessly to ensure we reached the 60% “yes” requirement for bond approval.

    My commitment to all of you is to steward every single dollar to ensure we get the very best value we can.  You all deserve that, as do our children.

    With Great Gratitude,


    Note to Community on Snow Days 

    February 2019

    Hello Nooksack Valley.  I wanted to take a moment and talk with you about our recent days cancelled because of weather and road conditions.  First, know that student and staff safety is our number one priority in making these decisions.  Second, know also that the final decisions rest solely with me as the superintendent.  Here are other factors that come into play during these times;

    1. Our district is very large geographically. One part of our district can have roads that are bare and wet, while another can have large snow drifts. Many times, the state route that goes through our district is very passable, but our side roads and foothills are not.  This is why it is critical for us to actually drive and get our eyes on road conditions throughout the district, which is always done in conjunction with these decisions.
    2. Wind chill is considered. At times, we have the wind chill factor that can be dangerous to children, particularly if they are not properly clothed while waiting for the bus.  Again, we strongly encourage parents to attend to this as needed.
    3. Weather can change quickly. We, in rare instances, have found it necessary to send students home early from school.  This poses many problems, not the least of which is getting them to a home that has someone there, with so many working parents.
    4. When to decide is also an issue. It seems that the “trend” is for districts to make the call the day before. At times this is very easy.   For example, a few years ago we knew by noon the day before that our roads would not be safe to travel on.  Here, I want you to know that we have discussed the fact that typically, the best time to make such decisions is early in the morning.  This is not always ideal for parents in terms of arranging for daycare, etc.  So, there is a balance.  We are asking for some level of patience, however, during this decision making process.
    5. Daylight matters. At times, it is best for us to announce a two hour “late start” the afternoon/evening before.  This allows everyone some time in the morning, and to get some daylight.  This also allows us to assess the weather in the morning, which could bring a change to a full school closure if needed.
    6. Weather forecasts are very important. In fact, they have become increasingly more accurate over the years.  We rely on several as decisions are made.
    7. Other factors include: having young high school students driving to school in unfamiliar conditions (although we also expect that parents are using their judgement here), whether staff living in other parts of the county can get to Nooksack Valley safely, and other considerations.

    In the final analysis, these are not easy decisions to make, but we always try to error on the side of safety.  Most of time, I think we get it right.  Not always.  

    Thanks for your patience,

    Mark Johnson

    Superintendent of Schools


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