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Janet Locasio, Program Coordinator, Home Choice Academy/Evergreen Public Schools
Janet Locasio, Program Coordinator, Home Choice Academy/Evergreen Public Schools
Evergreen Public Schools Donates Medical Supplies to CRESA (Photo) - 03/26/20

Today, Evergreen Public Schools donated over 11,000 masks, along with thousands of splash shields and hundreds of pairs of safety glasses to Clark Regional Emergency Service Agency (CRESA). The district collected the medical supplies from multiple schools and buildings. The masks, shields and glasses came from our schools’ “Shelter in Place” kits, health rooms,  medical and dental programs and other College Career & Technical Education (CCTE) programs. 

“We wanted to provide our First Responders and Healthcare professionals with tools that they need to protect themselves during the COVID-19 outbreak. We know that CRESA will get these supplies to those that need them in our community,” said Evergreen Public Schools Superintendent Mike Merlino.

 

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Evergreen Public Schools to offer FREE childcare to First Responders and Healthcare Professionals - 03/21/20

Evergreen Public Schools announces the opening of Camp Evergreen, providing free childcare for the community's First Responders and Healthcare Professionals during the COVID-19 crisis. Camp Evergreen will be located at Crestline Elementary School, 13003 SE 7th Street, in Vancouver. Beginning Tuesday, March 24, it will operate weekdays (Monday-Friday) from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., available for children 30 months through 12 years of age. The Camp will be staffed by Evergreen Public Schools employees. 

"One of Governor Inslee's directives was to ensure our First Responders and HealthCare professionals had reliable childcare. We want to make sure those who can best assist our community during the COVID-19 outbreak are able to do so, and we have the facilities and staff to make that happen," said Evergreen Public Schools Superintendent Mike Merlino.

Registration information is available at: https://sites.google.com/evergreenps.org/eps-camp-evergreen/home

Free Meal distribution starts tomorrow morning - 03/16/20

Superintendent Mike Merlino sent Evergreen Public Schools familiesthe following update today. It outlines the districtwide distribution plan for free mels that starts tomorrow. Share will be operating Fresh Food Pantries at multiple locations throughout the school district this week.  Community members have also expressed an interest about donating, so there are multiple ways listed  on how to help.

March 16, 2020

Dear Evergreen Community:

Over the last several days we have provided you with a lot of information as it relates to Governor Jay Inslee’s decision to close all schools through April 24 to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our immediate goals are to ensure students and families have access to food starting tomorrow, Tuesday, March 17. We are providing a comprehensive list below, as well as a way families can donate to support these efforts.

Ongoing breakfast/lunch program (operating Monday-Friday):

Tomorrow, we are rolling out a districtwide breakfast/lunch program with food available for any school age child/student.  As we previously announced, the following schools will be open for breakfast/lunch “grab and go” meals from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.:

  • Burton Elementary (14015 NE 28th St.)

  • Cascade Middle School (13900 NE 18th St.)

  • Covington Middle School (11200 NE Rosewood Ave.)

  • Crestline Elementary (13003 SE 7th St.)

  • Ellsworth Elementary (512 SE Ellsworth Road)

  • Hearthwood Elementary (801 NE Hearthwood Blvd.)

  • Heritage High School (7825 NE 130th Ave.)

  • Mill Plain Elementary (400 NE 164th Ave.)

  • Silver Star Elementary (10500 NE 86th St.)

In addition, we will deliver meals using school buses operating on normal morning elementary routes throughout the district. Students of all ages (not just elementary) may wait at the elementary regular time/bus stop, and the bus will stop to deliver both breakfast and lunch at the same time. Click here to find a convenient bus stop. We will also operate normal morning Special Needs routes. A household member will need to be available to come out to the bus and collect the meals. 

To accommodate students who usually walk to school, buses will end their routes at schools to offer breakfast and lunch pick-up as follows:

From 8:30am - 9:30am:

Burnt Bridge Creek Elementary (14619 NE 49th St.)

Image Elementary (4400 NE 122nd Ave.)

Marrion Elementary (10119 NE 14th St.)

From 9:00am - 10:00am:

Columbia Valley Elementary (17500 SE Sequoia Circle)

Endeavour Elementary (2701 NE Four Seasons Lane)

Fircrest Elementary (12001 NE 9th St.)

Fisher’s Landing Elementary (3800 SE Hiddenbrook Dr.)

Harmony Elementary (17404 NE 18th St.)

Illahee Elementary (19401 SE 1st St.)

Orchards Elementary (11405 NE 69th St.)

Pioneer Elementary (7212 NE 166th Ave.)

Riverview Elementary (12601 SE Riverridge Dr.)

Sifton Elementary (7301 NE 137th Ave.)

Sunset Elementary (9001 NE 95th St.)

York Elementary (9301 NE 152nd Ave.)

Bus drivers will also have free/reduced meal applications that can assist families as circumstances change since they offer additional resources beyond student meals.

Food Pantry/Backpack Program (operating with Share on selected dates)

We are also partnering with Share to mobilize an emergency food response in addition to the “grab and go” meals. Our goal is to provide perishable and nonperishable food to families. Availability and quantities may be limited, we appreciate your patience and understanding. These locations will provide the following support:

Food Pantries will be offered at the following locations on Wednesday, March 18:

  • Endeavour Elementary (2701 Four Seasons Lane) from 11:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.

  • Marrion Elementary (10119 NE 14th St.) from 11:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.

  • Silver Star Elementary (10500 NE 86th St.) from 9:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m.

Share’s Backpack Program Food Bags will be available to EPS families at the following locations on Thursday, March 19 from 9:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m. during the “grab and go” meal time:

  • Cascade Middle School (13900 NE 18th St.) 

  • Covington Middle School (11200 NE Rosewood Ave.)

  • Heritage High School (7825 NE 130th Ave.)

A Food Pantry will be offered at the following location on Friday, March 20 from 11:00 a.m. -1 p.m.:

  • Alder Creek Apartments (11716 NE 49th St.)

Families are welcome to visit the location most convenient for them, regardless of where their child attends school. Additional Pantry locations and times for the following weeks will be provided as soon as available. 

For a complete list of Food Pantries in Clark County, please visit the Clark County Food Bank website.

Donation options

If you would like to donate to support the emergency Food Pantries, donations of nonperishable foods, personal hygiene items and toiletries may be dropped off at Evergreen Public Schools Administrative Services Center (13501 NE 28th St.) in the Tan Complex from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m..Suggested items include canned tuna, canned chicken, chili, hearty soups and stews, peanut butter, jelly, boxed meals, pasta, rice, pasta sauce, macaroni and cheese, cereal, oatmeal, kid's snack items, shelf stable milk and alternative milks; personal hygiene items include toilet paper, shampoo, conditioner, soap, diapers, baby wipes, toothbrushes and toothpaste. A tax-deductible receipt is available, upon request.

If you would like to make a tax-deductible monetary donation to support the emergency Food Pantries, you may do so through the Evergreen School District Foundation. 

  • To donate online visit the Evergreen School District Foundation page. Under "Reference," please write "Emergency Pantries." 

  • Donations may be mailed to: Evergreen School District 114 Foundation, 13215 C-8 SE Mill Plain Blvd., #252, Vancouver, WA 98684. Please include a memo or note with your donation specifying "Emergency Pantries."

We will continue to provide frequent updates to families via School Messenger. You are also able to access information on our Evergreen website, and social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram). Thank you for the response you have already given to the district. We are a caring community that is resourceful under these difficult times.

Thank you-

Mike Merlino, Superintendent

Evergreen Public Schools provides meal and child care information to community - 03/14/20

The following letter was sent this morning to all families in Evergreen Public Schools by Superintendent Mike Merlino:

March 14, 2020

Dear Evergreen Community:

Yesterday, March 13, we informed you Governor Jay Inslee closed all schools in the state of Washington through April 24. As part of our communication to you, we said we would ensure our childcare partner, Southwest Washington Child Care Consortium (SWCCC), would continue to operate in our schools, and that we would provide meals to students. Here are the details for both of those:

Child Care: SWCCC will be open and operating for currently enrolled families beginning Monday, March 16 at the following elementary school locations: Burton, Crestline, Endeavour, Fisher’s Landing, Harmony, Image, Orchards, Pioneer and the Park Crest Early Care and Education Center. 

Families who are not currently enrolled with SWCCC will need to register by phone starting on Monday: 360-952-3466. Families will not be able to register on site.

Meals sites/delivery: Beginning on Tuesday, March 17, we will be feeding any student or community child through two different programs:

  • Breakfast/lunch “grab and go” meals will be available from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. at the following schools: 

    • Burton Elementary (14015 NE 28th St.)

    • Cascade Middle School (13900 NE 18th St.)

    • Covington Middle School (11200 NE Rosewood Ave.)

    • Crestline Elementary (13003 SE 7th St.)

    • Ellsworth Elementary (512 SE Ellsworth Road)

    • Hearthwood Elementary (801 NE Hearthwood Blvd.)

    • Heritage High School (7825 NE 130th Ave.)

    • Mill Plain Elementary (400 NE 164th Ave.)

    • Silver Star Elementary (10500 NE 86th St.)

  • We will deliver meals using school buses operating on normal morning elementary routes throughout the district. Students of all ages (not just elementary) may wait at the regular time/bus stop, and the bus will stop to deliver both breakfast and lunch at the same time. To find a convenient bus stop: https://evergreenps.org/Bus-Schedules. We will also operate normal morning Special Needs routes. A household member will need to be available to come out to the bus and collect the meals.

We know that many students and families have additional questions and also want to help our school community. We will be providing a FAQ section on our website shortly. However, I want to answer two of the most frequently asked questions here:

  • How will this closure affect high school seniors? First, current high school graduation ceremony dates are not changing. The last attendance day for seniors will be extended beyond the graduation ceremony. As of March 13, OSPI has canceled all required state testing for the remainder of the school year.  We will have more information on graduation requirements in the future. AP testing dates through the College Board currently remain the same.

  • I want to volunteer to help students and families. How can I sign up? We have already been overwhelmed with our community's generosity. If you would like to volunteer to help in some capacity, please email elations@evergreenps.org">community.relations@evergreenps.org. Please include your contact information, and a description of your service (willing to help serve meals, donate pantry items, volunteer wherever needed, etc).

We know this is an unprecedented closure for our educational system.  I want to thank everyone in advance for working together as a community to take care of each other. We will continue to provide frequent updates to you in the days to come.

Thank you,

Mike Merlino, Superintendent

Evergreen sends parents information on school closure - 03/13/20

Governor Jay Inslee has announced all schools will close through April 24, 2020. The Evergreen Public Schools sent the following information to students, families and staff today from Superintendent Mike Merlino:

Dear Evergreen Community, 

To help our state and nation combat the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced all schools in the state are closing through Friday, April 24. Evergreen Public Schools will close at the end of today, Friday, March 13 and plan to reopen on Monday, April 27.

This closure is a decision that did not come lightly,” Inslee said. “Health officials have said closing schools could create a significant cut in the peak number of infections.”. 

Please review the following important information as it relates to the closure in Evergreen Public Schools:

  • Effective immediately and throughout the closure, all school-sponsored activities are canceled including athletics and morning/afternoon/evening school activities. 
  • EPS will make student meals available. The district will inform families by Monday about the distribution methods starting on Tuesday.
  • We are working with our childcare providers to ensure they can remain open at our school sites
  • The first eight missed school days will be made up at the end of the school year.The make-up days will be: June 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19. The district will apply for a state waiver for the remainder. 
  • We will continue to provide updates via a number of methods:
    • Email
    • Phone call
    • Evergreen web site
    • Social media
    • Info lines: 360-604-3637 (English) 360-604-4028 (Russian) 360-604-4029 (Spanish) 

We know families will have many questions, so we will be using the above methods to answer and share Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we address this unprecedented public health situation. We are committed to the safety and well-being of our students, families, staff members, volunteers and community. 

Sincerely,

Mike Merlino, Superintendent 

 

Evergreen announces schedule changes and cancellations due to COVID-19 - 03/12/20

Evergreen Public Schools has decided to proactively begin suspending events that bring large groups of students, adults, and community members together as Washington and Oregon respond to COVID-19. This action is not related to an increase in COVID-19 cases in Clark County, and at this time, there are no presumptive cases associated with Evergreen Public Schools. School districts in our area have not been directed to close by Washington Governor Jay Inslee.  

The suspension of non-essential school-based activities begins immediately. As of 11:00 today (Thursday, March 12) through Spring Break, the following are now canceled:

  • School Concerts and Performances

  • Middle School Girls Basketball Games 

  • School Assemblies

  • School-wide events (such as PTA/O, Booster Clubs)

  • Dances

  • Volunteers working within schools

  • Field trips

  • Washington state (WIAA-sanctioned) drama and dance competitions

  • Professional Staff Development requiring substitutes 

Practices (sports, theater, etc.) may continue. As a reminder, there is already have a scheduled no school day on Monday, March 16 and this has not changed. The list of affected activities may grow as the district works with partners: Clark County Public Health, Washington State Department of Health, OSPI and stakeholders over the coming days. Updates and already shared information is on the Evergreen Public Schools website.

Please keep children at home when they are sick. If students are showing signs of a respiratory illness (fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath), keep them at home until they have been fever-free for at least 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and other symptoms are better.

To be clear, Evergreen Public Schools are taking every step possible to continue to provide high-quality education for all of our students and keep our schools operating as directed by officials. The district will continue to provide immediate updates as information becomes available.

MEDIA INVITATION: New Milk Dispensers Reduce Environmental Impact, Improve School Milk Experience - 03/06/20

Vancouver, Wash. – Students at York Elementary in Clark County now have a new and improved cafeteria experience thanks to the new milk dispensers that not only make lunchtime fun, but also reduce the school’s environmental impact. They are the first school to participate in this program and to celebrate, the Dairy Farmers of Washington and the Seattle Seahawks are joining students for an assembly on March 9th to highlight their environmental stewardship efforts.

The assembly is not open to the public, but media are welcome to attend. The assembly starts at 2:00 p.m. Please check in at the office.

Principal Dawn Harris said the change from cartons to serving milk in washable cups was a welcomed one.

“The kids are very excited about it and they thought the lunches were so much better because of the milk,” she said.

It also reduced the amount of milk that students throw away. Milk waste decreased by 75 percent since they switched from milk cartons to milk dispensers, Harris explained.

“York Elementary set the example that five other schools in Clark County have followed,” said Michelle Sanow, Green Schools environmental outreach specialist. “Our goal was to make this the norm and their “can do” attitude made the change possible.”

The changes are part of the school’s sustainability efforts.

“We want to do more to reduce our environmental impact, which includes getting rid of cartons and the next step is silverware,” Harris said. “This reduction in milk waste saves enough water to fill the gymnasium twice and reduces the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere by the equivalent of three cars driven for a year.”

The milk dispensers were funded through the Washington State Department of Ecology’s local solid waste financial assistance program.

Additionally, the Dairy Farmers of Washington’s Dairy Council brand provides nutrition resources and support innovative school meal projects to improve the cafeteria experience through their dairy optimization initiative.

 “By taking small steps toward environmental stewardship, such as reducing waste in the cafeteria, local schools have the opportunity to make a difference in our communities,” said Steve Seppi, interim executive director of the Dairy Farmers of Washington. 

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About York Elementary

York Elementary, with 500 students, is one of 21 elementary schools in Evergreen Public Schools. Evergreen Public Schools, the state’s sixth largest school district in the state with over 25,000 students and 37 school facilities, has been nationally recognized in a number of areas for its conservation and environmental efforts over the last decade.

About Seattle Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks joined the National Football League (NFL) in 1976 as an expansion team. The Seahawks have won 10 division titles and three conference championships. They are the only team to have played in both the American Football Conference (AFC) and the National Football Conference (NFC) championship games. They have appeared in three Super Bowls, (Super Bowl XL, Super Bowl XLVIII and Super Bowl XLIX). The Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos, 43-8, in Super Bowl XLVIII to win their first title. The team plays at CenturyLink Field in downtown Seattle.  

About Dairy Farmers of Washington | Washington State Dairy Council

The Dairy Farmers of Washington inspires the desire for Washington dairy through dynamic communication and marketing programs that promote dairy, build consumer trust, connect farmers and consumers, and increase sales on behalf of the state’s dairy farmers. Meet local dairy farmers and learn about local dairy products at WaDairy.org.