• Crystal Lanz

    Crystal Lanz      
    Email Address: c.lanz@tlschool.net
    Phone number: (509) 395-2571

    Superintendent Newsletter       

    February 2020

    Dear Mustang Families, 

    It’s hard to believe, but we are now over halfway through the 2019-2020 school year. In fact, the 100th day of school is Monday, February 10th. Students are settled into routines and understand expectations. Teachers have worked hard to create meaningful learning opportunities and teach behavior expectations. Consistency and predictability are key factors for student success, as well as a calm learning environment to better focus on learning. This year, we have been working hard to cultivate a positive climate and the best possible learning environment. We’re fortunate to work with your students every day. Thank you for allowing us to play a role in their development.

    National Geographic School Bee

    Congratulations to Anders Daly for winning the National Geographic School Bee. We wish Anders luck as he progresses through the levels of competition. 

    Congratulations to our school qualifying students: 

    5th Grade: Anders Daly & Iris Deiders

    6th Grade: Rowen Huff & John Crow

    7th Grade: Saul VanDeHey & Violette Anderson

    8th Grade: John Kendrick, Klayton Schmid, Eli VanDeHey, & Haywood Barton

    Poetry Out Loud

    Congratulations to Angela Jaco, Trout Lake School winner, who represented Trout Lake School at the regional Poetry Out Loud competition at ESD 112.

    Poetry Out Loud is a national arts education program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition to high schools across the country. Poetry Out Loud uses a pyramid structure. Beginning at the classroom level, winners advance to a schoolwide competition, then to regional and state competitions, and ultimately to the National Finals in Washington, DC. More than 300,000 students nationwide took part in Poetry Out Loud last year.

    You can see Angela’s recitation at the following link: https://www.esd112.org/news/congratulations-regional-poetry-out-loud-winners/?fbclid=IwAR3UT-IhMHQHMS_PsHlijlMu7oEb7zfA1cx7yZntMRAqHLyF6JinuI2xJAc

    Valentine Carnation Orders

    The National Honor Society is taking orders for Valentine’s Carnations. Ordered carnations are delivered to classrooms on the day before Valentine’s Day (February 13). Carnation order forms are available in the office and on the ASB bulletin board. Orders are due in the office or to Mrs. Fink by Tuesday, February 11th by 3:05 p.m.

    Early Releases

    Students will be released at 11:48 a.m. on February 7th (periods 1,2,6,7), March 6th (periods 3,4,5,6), and March 20th (periods 1,2,3,7). Early releases allow the staff to engage in training as a team to best meet the needs of the students.  During the February 7th early release, staff will be working on scheduling, engaging in math professional development, and collaborating with each other. On March 6th, the elementary teachers will engage in professional development with Go Math. On March 20th, staff will take part in highly capable professional development. 

    100th Day of School

    The elementary school is looking forward to celebrating the 100th day of school on Monday, February 10th. 

    High School District Basketball Schedule

    The high school district basketball bracket is posted outside the gym. As soon as the regular season concludes, we will send out a schedule of game times. 

    No School 

    No school on Friday, February 14th or Monday, February 17th. The February 14th date was being reserved as a makeup snow day, which we have not had to utilize yet, and February 17th is in observance of President’s Day.  

    HS Track, Baseball, Softball Practice

    High school baseball, softball, and track practice begins on Monday, March 2nd. Middle school track practice (grades 5 - 8) will begin near the Monday, April 6th date. Please check my March newsletter for updated information for the middle school. If your child is going to be on the track team, please make sure their fees are paid and their paperwork is up to date prior to the first day of practice. If your child is participating in baseball or softball in White Salmon, you must pay the sports fee in WS and pay the ASB fee in Trout Lake. Sports physicals are good for 2 years. If you are unsure of the date of your child’s last physical, please call the office and we can look it up for you. 

    Daylight Savings Time

    Daylight savings time starts on Sunday, March 8th. Please remember to “spring ahead” one hour. 

    Spring Break

    Spring break will take place Monday, March 30th - Friday, April 3rd. 

    Trout Lake Run

    The Trout Lake Associated Student Body, ASB, will be holding our annual Trout Lake Run on Saturday, April 25th. The start and finish of the race are at Trout Lake School. Runners have the option of running or walking a 5K, 10K, or Half-Marathon. The Half-Marathon race begins at 9:00 a.m. and the 10K and 5K races begin at 10:00 a.m. All proceeds from the run directly benefit our students and their activities. For more information and online registration, please visit https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=69147


    Cold and flu season is upon us. Just a reminder: Please call the school when you are keeping your child home for any illness or other reason. We need to be accountable for every absence.

    Cold and Flu Season

    Cold and flu season is upon us. We are being hit pretty hard right now as a community. If we all follow the following guidelines and simple steps, it will help to combat the spread of illness throughout our school and in your homes. 

    Guidelines regarding communicable illness: 

    1. The student should remain at home until free of diarrhea and vomiting for 24 hours. This means that your child may not return to school until 24 hours from their last vomiting or diarrhea episode. 
    2. If the student experiences a fever during an illness, they should be “fever free” for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication before returning to school.
    3. If the diagnosis is strep throat, the student should remain at home for 24 hours after starting the first dose of antibiotic treatment. 
    4. During any communicable illness, the student should be symptom free and fever free for 24 hours before returning to school. 

    Helpful Tips to Staying Healthy: 

    1. Frequent hand washing is the best way to prevent and combat the spread of germs. Emphasize hand washing to your children before meals and before preparing food, after using the bathroom, when returning home from school, after playing outside, after being around someone that is sick, after sneezing, coughing, or blowing your nose, and after playing with animals. 
    2. Get plenty of rest, drink lots of water, and eat healthy foods 
    3. Avoid people that are sick and stay home when you are sick 
    4. Disinfect surfaces that are prone to germs (ex. phones, keyboards, door knobs, toothbrushes) 


    Any change in the normal routine for your child must be done through the office before noon.  If your child, for whatever reason, will not be following their regularly established routine, please notify the school by sending a note or calling to provide us with the appropriate information.  Additionally, if your child has a “permanent note” in the office, we need to know of any changes to this routine to ensure that your child is where they are supposed to be.