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  • 2023-24

Hello Early Learning Center Families,

Just a reminder about the schedule for Monday and Tuesday this week.

Monday, June 17 - regular time start - early dismissal
Doors open - 8:20am
Tardy bell - 8:35am
Dismissal - 1:30pm

Tuesday, June 18 - last day of school
Doors open - 8:20am
Tardy bell - 8:35am
Dismissal - 11:50am

Hard to believe it's our last week! It has been an absolute joy serving the students, families and staff at the ELC! I hope you all have a wonderful summer and I know these kindergarteners are ready to rock it in First Grade!! As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out!

  • 2023-24

Hello families! It has been a great week of smiles and learning.  

Have a wonderful spring break!  We will see you back at school on Monday, April 15th.
Here are a few reminders:

Sumner Early Learning Center Yearbook Coloring Contest!
Calling all ELC kindergarten, preschool, and childcare kids. We are having our 5th Annual ELC Drawing/Coloring Contest!
When does it start? April 8th through April 15th.
What to draw: Bee-themed (since our mascot is the bee) .
Who gets to do it? Our entire school, which includes kindergarten, preschool and childcare.
Where do they write their first and last name/teacher? On the back of their picture.
How to submit the artwork? A piece of cardstock paper and the instructions will be sent home today. Please send the artwork back on the
cardstock paper. The winning artwork will be featured on the cover of our ELC yearbook. 2nd place will be the back cover.
Additional rules: please do not assist the student in the creation/help with drawing or coloring.

How to order? More information to come on ordering a yearbook. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to send us a quick email or call.

Group Class Pictures Wednesday, April 17th
Please make sure your child arrives to school on time. We will promptly start at 8:45a.

Save the date: Class Picture day April 17 image



Community Cultural Celebration

Enjoy learning about and celebrating the various cultures represented in the Sumner-Bonney Lake School District 
community during the district's Community Cultural Celebration honoring every voice and every story:

Saturday, April 20

11 am - 2 pm

Sumner High School Phase 1 Building 

1707 Main St, Sumner


Join us for art exhibits, performances, workshops, food and more.

Commuity Cultural Celebration Event Flyer


  • 2023-24

Hello Early Learning Center Families,

Thank you to everyone who attended our STEAM Family Night on Tuesday last week! It was so fun seeing students and their families participate in the different challenges together! We would appreciate you taking a moment to complete a short feedback survey to help us plan for future events!! Click here to complete.

Here are some reminders about upcoming events!

Elementary Curriculum Events:  Jan. 30 and Feb. 1
Are you interested in learning more about your elementary student’s core curriculum? SBLSD is providing an opportunity for families to view curriculum in select subjects and learn about special programs at one of two events:

  • Jan. 30: 5:30-7 pm, Maple Lawn Elementary, 230 Wood Ave (Sumner)
  • Feb. 1: 5:30-7 pm, Victor Falls Elementary, 11401 188th Ave Ct E (Bonney Lake)

What to expect at each event:

  • Preview SBLSD core curriculum in Language Arts, Math, and Social Emotional Learning for each grade level, as well as intervention and programs for special education and multilingual learners.
  • Meet and talk with SBLSD K-5 teachers, administrators, and specialists.
  • View our 5th grade Human Growth and Development/HIV videos and classroom lessons. This content will only be taught in 5th grade. Opt out forms for current 5th graders will be available after viewing the videos/lessons.
  • Get information about 2024-25 kindergarten registration and readiness programs.
  • Visit resource tables hosted by elementary specialists in PE, Music, and STEM.
  • Spanish, Russian and Ukrainian interpreters will be available.

We’re offering the same event two times, providing flexibility with dates and locations, so please attend whichever one is most convenient. This event is intended for parents/guardians; there will be no activities for children or childcare. Light refreshments will be available.

Registration is open for winter READY! for Kindergarten sessions.
READY! for Kindergarten is a free program that offers age-appropriate targets, training and tools for parents and caregivers of children birth to age five that ensure success in school. Register at

  • Thursday, Feb. 1 at Donald Eismann Elementary: 6:30 - 8:00 pm
  • Tuesday, Feb. 6 at Emerald Hills Elementary: 6:30 - 8:00 pm
  • Wednesday, Feb. 7 at the Sumner Early Learning Center: 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Families new to Ready! must attend Orientation from 6 - 6:30 p.m. before your registered class session.
Visit for more information.

Free Parent/Caregiver Training Event: Preventing Challenging Behaviors

The Sumner-Bonney Lake School District is hosting a free parent and caregiver training in partnership with Behavior Bridges about responding to challenging behaviors in the home and community. The three-hour training will be from 5-8 p.m. on Feb. 27 at Victor Falls Elementary, 11401 188th Ave. Ct. E., Bonney Lake.
This is an opportunity for parents and caregivers to better understand, prevent and compassionately respond to challenging behaviors in the home and community. This topic is intended for caregivers of early learners through adulthood.
Walk-ins are welcome, but space is limited and not guaranteed, so please register here. Childcare will be available for kids 5 and older. Light snacks will be provided.

SBLSD levy measures on Feb. 13 ballot; register to vote

We bet you’re already aware of SBLSD’s two replacement levies on the Feb. 13 ballot. We also want to make you aware of ways to register to vote so you can participate in this special election. Every vote counts for our ballot measures — Proposition 1 & Proposition 2 — that help continue funding educational programs, operations, technology, safety and security for every student in every school.
Three ways to register:

  • Online: You can register online, 24 hours a day, at To register online, you will need:
    • A current Washington State driver license or
    • A current Washington State ID card
  • By mail:Download and print a voter registration form and mail it to Pierce County Elections. Forms are available in many languages.
  • In-person: You can register to vote in-person at the Pierce County Elections Office in Tacoma.

The Pierce County Elections Office will mail voters pamphlets and ballots on Jan. 26. The last day for online or mail registrations is Feb. 5.

  • 2023-24

Hello Early Learning Center Families,

This is sure to be an exciting week with lots of anticipation for the upcoming break. We keep in mind that the transition to a long break from school can be a difficult one for many students. In addition, the excitement of this season can be overwhelming for many. We will be watching all students closely and supporting them throughout the week. You can also help by keeping routines, bedtimes, and schedules as consistent as possible. We are so thankful for your partnership with the ELC and wish you all a restful Holiday Break!



Character Trait for December - Empathy

This month we are talking about the social-emotional skill of Empathy. We are using this definition at school:

Empathy: the ability to understand and connect to the feelings of another.

Empathy is a crucial skill for being in community with others and a powerful skill to develop in personal and professional relationships. We are focusing on a few key pieces of Empathy: knowing how we feel (and having language to describe those feelings!), understanding what others are feeling, and listening to others well so that we can connect in more meaningful ways!

Here are some questions you can ask to get the conversation started with your child!

  • How do you know what you are feeling? How can you tell how someone else is feeling?
  • When do you feel most excited? Most upset? Most happy? Most sad?
  • How do you show Empathy towards your friends when they are sad?
  • What are things others might do when they’re sad, worried or frustrated? What might they say?

Hello Early Learning Center Families,

December is here!! The upcoming weeks are an exciting and important time in kindergarten! Consistency and routines are not only helpful for young students, but they are also essential for helping their brains grow and develop. We appreciate your support with getting students to school on time and ready to learn. We are so excited to see the growth, engagement, and independence developing in our students!

This time of year can be stressful for families, especially now. Please let us know if we can support your family with anything! We are in this together! We can connect and support families in many different ways, don't hesitate to ask us!

Thank you to all the families that attended the Family Literacy Night! It was so much fun to see everyone playing the games and engaging in supporting literacy skills! We hope everyone will continue to enjoy playing the games at home. If you weren't able to attend, your child will be bringing home a small bag with the games soon! Click here to give us feedback on planning for future family events!

As always, we appreciate your support for the ELC!! Have a great week!



STEM Challenge for Home From Mrs. Rawson

Click here for this month's STEM Challenge!

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