Selkirk Elementary is hosting a Birth to 4-year-old hour of fun on Wednesday, May 31st! All kids from birth to 4 years are welcome to come for an hour of fun activities. Each child will receive a free book compliments of Pend Oreille County First Book, and a set of bug catchers from Selkirk's Parents as Teachers program. We will meet in the field directly south of the Cutter Theatre. Please park alongside the field or behind the school so bus access is not blocked. Come join us for some outdoor fun!
Selkirk School District has an opening for a School Safety & Security Director for the 2023-24 school year. While we have a wonderful school district and a great group of students, the current national reality surrounding school safety is driving this decision. Having a person with law enforcement expertise evaluate our facilities and make recommendations to strengthen our infrastructure will help students and staff feel safe. Please visit our website to see the job description which outlines three primary roles including: School Safety & Security Director, Emergency Manager, and School Safety Officer. The position is opened until a suitable candidate is found.
Selkirk School District Families & Community Members: You may have seen on the local news or heard of other area school districts going on lockdown today including Newport, Curlew, Central Valley, and others. Law enforcement believes these were all "swatting hoaxes" where law enforcement receives what appears to be a credible call that an active shooter is headed to or already in a local school. As law enforcement responds they notify the district of a threat which triggers a lockdown. This has happened in multiple school districts across the state today. Selkirk was not targeted with this hoax, but once we were made aware of the situation, we communicated with area law enforcement who also confirmed that all of the situations appear to be part of the same or similar hoax. Sheriff Blakeslee indicated that they will be increasing law enforcement presence around schools in the county as a safety precaution. Please feel free to reach out to the school if you have questions. Nancy Lotze Superintendent 509-446-2951
On Thursday afternoon, Selkirk HS students & staff celebrated Better World Day, an annual nationwide event showcasing student projects that contribute to improving communities. Students worked hard to beautify the school campus by tidying the landscaping, pulling weeds, painting the parking barriers, restoring the track’s shot-put area, and much more. Thanks to all these amazing students the day was a huge success, and an example of the many ways Selkirk students will continue to better the world!
The Annual Selkirk Valley 4-H Plant Sale is this Saturday, May 6th, at the Lions Club Train Depot in Ione. As you shop for plants and flowers, imagine how nice that beautiful hanging basket would look on a custom metal plant hanger or stand made by the HS Metal Shop Class. Students will be offering a variety of handmade plant hooks and hangers for you to choose from. There is no better way to show off your flowers! Get ‘em while they last!!
Just an FYI to parents...at Selkirk Elementary, we found wood ticks on two different children today, so it seems tick season is in full swing! We do not have trees or high grass at the elementary school and the ticks were not embedded but it is unusual to find them at school.
Selkirk Elementary is hosting a Birth to 4-year-old hour of fun on April 26th! Parents and children will spend an hour on a fun activity, and each child will receive a free set of number & alphabet blocks compliments of Selkirk's Parents As Teachers program.
Each spring, melting snow reveals ditches full of litter. On Monday, Mrs. Cain’s CTE Class spent several hours picking up garbage along the highway. Students collected 18 large trash bags of litter! Thanks to all the students and Mrs. Cain for helping keep our ditches clean and our drives scenic.
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) has approved Selkirk's 180-day School Year Waiver renewal which is the process used to support a 4-day school week. Our current waiver expires at the end of the 2022-23 school year. The newly approved waiver will allow Selkirk School District to continue a 4-day school week through the 2025-2026 school year. We hope this model continues to support the needs of families. Attendance and achievement data are two factors that are tracked and used in support of the 4-day school week application. Thank you to our community for continuing to support your local schools through levies, volunteer efforts, and other student support. Thank you to families for your partnership and striving to minimize school absences! Thank you to teachers and support staff for continuing to offer a strong academic program that challenges and prepares our students for post-secondary opportunities! Thank you to students for working hard, believing in a growth mindset, and making the most of the opportunities offered at Selkirk!
Thanks to Eileen at Ramstead Ranch for visiting the High School on "Meet Your Farmer Day". Selkirk is pairing with nearby farms to supply the lunch program with fresh, local meat & produce. Students learned about what is involved in producing the delicious meats that are featured in our burgers, stews, and burritos.
It's conference time! Student Led Conferences for grades 6-11 will be held at the High School next Monday & Wednesday. (March 27th & 29th) Parents should have already received a letter with additional details. Come support your student as they share their hard work and learning progress!
IRS records show that not all eligible families have taken advantage of the federal Child Tax Credit. Pandemic related tax benefits were available in 2020 and 2021, and can still be claimed if you have not already done so. If you think you may qualify for this credit, please visit our website’s Resources page for more information: https://www.selkirkschools.org/page/parent-resources
Selkirk Elementary is hosting a Birth to 4-year-old hour of fun on March 28! Parents and children will spend an hour on a fun activity facilitated by two Speech & Language Pathologists. Each child will receive a free book compliments of Pend Oreille County First Book, as well as a set of watercolor paints.
Selkirk Teaching Opportunities beginning in 2023-24! Selkirk School District is looking for a K-12 music teacher for 2023-24 and has an elementary opening as well beginning in August. If you know of someone who would like to work in an innovative school district operating a 4-day school week located in a beautiful corner of Washington State, please tell them to visit our website: https://www.selkirkschools.org! Positions are open until filled.
Please click the link to the Pend Oreille County Sheriff’s Facebook page re: the high school break-in: https://www.facebook.com/100068809166273/posts/pfbid02r9NntbpdkNaY3owUq3cyNLc3fXYxtNe3j3pk2MBW79i9uWaA9Ys6nkzzaGeRgirAl/?mibextid=gkx3sN
In early morning on 2/12/23, two people broke into Selkirk High School and tried unsuccessfully to access the safe. Some glass in the office area was damaged as well as the safe. Pend Oreille County Sheriff's office is investigating. Please contact law enforcement if you have any information relating to this crime.
Just a reminder that ballots are out for the February 14 election date. Here is the school levy brochure that was mailed out to all households. Feel free to contact anyone at the school district if you have questions.
Come join us for a Birth to 4-year-old hour of fun on January 31 at Selkirk Elementary! We are starting our B-4 monthly events again where you and your child spend an hour on a fun activity with other children and parents facilitated by two Speech & Language Pathologists. Each child will receive a free book compliments of Pend Oreille County First Book. Each family will also take home a free learning toy.
As we all know the weather is unpredictable and although a 2-hour late start is NOT planned for Selkirk on any upcoming school days we want to remind everyone of how the procedure works if the need arises.
Looking forward to our Veterans Day Concert today at 10:00 a.m. at Selkirk High School. We are happy to announce that this concert is once again open to the community! Come help us honor our local veterans.