Terrace Park Elementary
5409 228 St SW, Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043
Mary C. Freitas
Betsy McGregor
Assistant Principal
Includes Brier, Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, and Woodway
August 2014
Dear Terrace Park Families,
Greetings! I’m delighted to welcome you to Terrace Park School! I hope that you have enjoyed your
summer and that you’re ready for the 2014 – 2015 school year. We’ve been busy hiring staff for the
upcoming year. Please join me in welcoming Ms. Ashley Biermann (Music), Ms. Michelle Gurnee (PM
Kindergarten), Ms. Amy Scholl (5th grade Neighborhood), Ms. Christina Reynolds (Paraeducator) , and
Melissa Falleroni (Counseling Intern) to our staff for the 2014 – 2015 school year.
Our teachers and staff are working hard to get ready and their excitement is building as we approach
September. I want to remind you of the following:
 Wednesday, September 3rd – is the first day of school! Students arrive and go to the
classroom at 8:50 A.M. The tardy bell rings at 9:00 A.M. - Students will be considered on
time if they are in their classroom at 9:00 A.M. Dismissal is at 3:30 P.M. Breakfast is served
beginning at 8:30 A.M. Only students eating breakfast should arrive before 8:50 A.M. Students
arriving before 8:50 A.M. will line up in the Gym (K-3rd grade) or Commons (4th – 6th grade).
 You and your student(s) are invited to a Back to School Open House on Tuesday, September
2nd, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. The purpose of the open house is to meet the teacher and see friends.
(If you would like to schedule a meeting to specifically address your child, please call the office.)
Parents and students can meet teachers in their classroom 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. You may bring school
supplies, immunization records, and any medications to the office. Please deposit your child’s
school supplies in the classroom; be sure your child’s supplies are labeled with their first and last
name. Terrace Park PTA will have a general meeting at 1:45 p.m. and a social at 3:00 p.m. All
staff and families will move to the PTA event at 3:00 p.m.
As you know, the Terrace Park staff takes the placement of children into their classrooms very seriously.
We invite parent input each spring. The placement of each and every Terrace Park student is a team
process. We take many factors into consideration: academic skills, needs, learning styles, socialemotional needs, gender balance, leadership abilities, special education needs, classroom enrollment
numbers, and parent input. We strive to create balanced classrooms. After consideration by the
Terrace Park staff and with parent input, your child’s tentative classroom assignment will be
available on Skyward Family Access on Friday, August 29th, emailed in a welcome letter from
your student’s new teacher, and posted in the Terrace Park School foyer.
I am confident that this placement will help your child grow and learn. It is important that our students
come to believe that they can learn with any teacher and in any classroom. Occasionally, a placement
seems like it may not be a good fit. We have a process for reviewing legitimate classroom placement
issues. Parents may pick up the form for reviewing a classroom placement from the Terrace Park office,
or web site. Any changes in the placement of a student, if granted through this review process, will not
take place until after the enrollment count during the first few weeks of school.
Applications for free and reduced lunch are available in the school office, online and by calling the
Districts Food Service office at 425-431-7077. New applications must be filled out and submitted every
year. Be sure to complete the form and return it to the school office as soon as possible. There are no
IOU’s, so please pack a lunch for your child until you get confirmation from Food Service that your
family is eligible for free or reduced lunch fees. Students that received free or reduced lunch last school
year are still eligible through September based on last year’s application.
School supply lists are posted on our school website, and are available in the school office.
Please sign up for Terrace Park’s Parent Email List if you have not been receiving emails from us!
Just send an email to our Office Manager Becky Cass at: CassB@edmonds.wednet.edu and put “email
list” in the subject line. Please include your child’s first and last name and classroom teacher. You will
receive weekly updates with all the news, activities, and calendar information you need.
Our School Website is a wonderful way to stay informed! You can get there by going to the Edmonds
District website and clicking on “Select a School” in the top left hand corner, and selecting Terrace
Park. You can also get there by copying and pasting this link into your browser:
On the first day of school, please have your K – 3rd grade child report to the gym and your 4th – 6th
grade student report to the Commons on Wednesday, September 3rd. If your child will not be in
attendance the first week of school, please contact our office immediately (425) 431-7482.
This letter is intended to answer some of your questions about the first few days of school. You will
receive much more detailed information in the Wednesday packet that will come home with your child
once school begins. Don’t hesitate to call our office (425-431-7482) if you have questions or concerns.
Mary C. Freitas
Terrace Park Principal
Breakfast Program Begins
First Bell Rings/Walkers Arrive
School Day Begins
School is Dismissed