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March 31, 2022


LWSD observes Spring Break this year from April 4–8.
Enjoy your break, Eagles! See you back at school on Monday, April 11.


Volunteer Opportunities

Against a background image of raised hands with hearts in their palms, the following is printed: "Volunteers needed! E-prep organization; staff appreciation week; volunteer recognition & celebration; 8th grade promotion"E-Prep Help Needed

EMS PTSA will need help organizing the E-Prep (emergency preparedness) storage containers at school this spring, once the weather permits.

If you are interested in helping out, please contact our E-Prep chair, Stephanie Justus, at


More Opportunities to Lend a Hand

We're also looking for some enthusiastic parent volunteers to help with several events occurring later this spring:

  • Staff Appreciation Week: May 2–6
  • Volunteer Recognition & Celebration: End of May or early June

Contact Manda Mangrai at for more information.



Pathway Forward Update

As LWSD families prepare to enjoy a restful and restorative spring break next week, and many families embark on trips, now would be a good time to review the current protocols in case of illness or potential exposure to a COVID-positive person.

LWSD is increasing COVID-testing availability. This includes evening drive-up testing locations, limited in-school testing and take-home test kits. Mobile testing teams will be available during outbreaks. For locations and times, please see LWSD's COVID-19 Testing page. [read the full Pathway Forward update here]

Have a safe, healthy and relaxing break!



2nd Annual LWSD Middle School Hackathon

QR code to register for the LWSD Middle School HackathonEastlake High School's Computer Science Outreach Council invites your student to the second annual LWSD Middle School Hackathon! This is an interactive opportunity for students to work in teams or independently to design, code, and develop an app. Workshops for beginners will be hosted the week of April 11, with the Hackathon officially opening April 18. A school or personal computer and access to wi-fi are required.

Register by next Wednesday, April 6 using the QR code shown here, or by visiting Questions? Contact Eastlake students Anya Yerramilli and Aakarsh Agrawal.


Balance in Mind Parent Chat

Balance in Mind powered by Lake Washington Schools Foundation logo, an outline of a head in profile, with a simple illustration of a tree inside bearing multicolored leaves and a single heart on topHealthy Boundaries in Parenting—4/13

Balance in Mind, powered by Lake Washington Schools Foundation, returns in April with its spring series of Parent Chats. Therapist, coach and speaker Jessica Butts will join to discuss co-dependency and healthy boundaries between parents and kids.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 13 at 7 pm
WHERE: Online via Zoom; register here

Find recordings of past Parent Chats on Balance in Mind's YouTube channel.


Parenting for Emotional Well-Being Workshop Series

Feeling stressed? Like you’re not showing up the way you want to as a parent? You're not alone. It's been a tough time. Balance in Mind, powered by Lake Washington Schools Foundation, presents a four-part virtual workshop for parents: Build social and emotional awareness and skills that can help you clarify your parenting identity, improve family relationships, and raise resilient kids. Space is limited, so register now for this Zoom workshop series.

Wednesday, April 20 from 9–10 am
Friday, April 22 from 9–10 am
Wednesday, April 27 from 9–10 am
Friday, April 29 from 9–10 am
Register at for a $25 donation to support LWSF's work. Cost should not be a barrier to access this training. Scholarships are available; email for assistance.


Registration Now Open for LWSF's Spring Benefit

Lake Washington Schools Foundation's Be the Bridge Spring Benefit, April 28, 2022, Livestreaming at Noon: This is a photo of four smiling children with their hands raised above their heads. Confetti falls from above.

Lake Washington Schools Foundation invites you to its annual Be the Bridge spring benefit at noon on April 28! Register now for this engaging livestream experience where you'll hear inspirational stories, laugh with entertaining speakers, and learn how your contributions make a difference to the students in our community.

Ramadan Mubarak to All Who Observe

Illustrations of a row of hanging lanterns drawn in gold linework


4/4–4/8: Spring Break (NO SCHOOL)
4/11: School Resumes

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