• Crystal Lanz

    Crystal Lanz      
    K-12 Principal 
    Email Address: c.lanz@tlschool.net
    Phone number: (509) 395-2571

    Principal Newsletter                                                                                            November 2017

    Dear Mustang Families,

    The weather has been beautiful and we have been so fortunate to be able to enjoy many days outside for recess and classes. Our PE classes have spent quite a few days out warming up and running on our new track. I feel we are so fortunate to be able to experience fully the four beautiful seasons. The colors this fall have been nothing short of spectacular!

    Academics & End of First Term

    Even though the weather keeps changing on us and the leaves are falling outside the classrooms, the academics here at Trout Lake are staying constant. The teachers and students have gotten into their routines and procedures for class lessons and homework. Please continue to check Skyward for information about your child’s grades and assignments (middle & high school), have your child show you their Google Classroom (middle and high school), and read communications home from classrooms (elementary). We appreciate all your support and time to reinforce learned classroom skills. Tuesday, November 7th marks the end of our first quarter and report cards will be sent home shortly thereafter.

    Middle/High School Drama Performance - “Sixteen”

    Our middle and high school students will be presenting the drama performance “Sixteen” on Wednesday, November 8th at 1:45 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. in the gym. “Sixteen” is a series of 10 minute plays about the day and life of a teenager. Please join us in supporting our middle and high school thespians on November 8th.


    Our ASB is selling Trout Lake spiritwear again this year. We are excited to have a new design on our shirts this year. Spiritwear order forms can be found in the office and on the school website, http://www.troutlake.k12.wa.us/. The second round of orders for the year will be submitted on Monday, November 20th and spiritwear will arrive back to you before winter break. Checks for spiritwear can be made out to Trout Lake School.

    Middle School and High School Basketball

    Middle and high school basketball practices will begin on Monday, November 13th. Middle school boys and girls will practice from 3:15-4:30 p.m. The first week of practice, high school girls will practice from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. and high school boys will practice from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. High school girls and boys alternate their times for practice weekly.

    Your child will need an ASB card ($30) and to pay an activity fee ($30) to participate. If your child played a fall sport, they will already have their ASB card. Additionally, they will need to have a current physical, athletic code of conduct, concussion form, and cardiac arrest form on file to play basketball.

    Outdoor Recess

    Even in the cold fall/winter months, we would love to continue to take your child outdoors for recess. We believe outdoor recess is an important and valuable part of the student’s day at Trout Lake School. With that in mind, we ask that you consider the temperature and weather conditions when sending your child off to school each morning. There may be times when the weather is deemed too cold or wet for outdoor recess. We make that determination on a daily basis, but please remember that on most days we will have outdoor recess. Winter coats, hats, gloves, boots, and long pants are most appropriate on these cold days.

    We realize that temperatures in our building may vary, so dressing in layers…is a good practice. In addition, please consider labeling coats, gloves, hats, scarves, etc. as these items of clothing sometimes go missing. Take the time to check out the Lost and Found at our school, located in the MPR, multipurpose room, as it has a large number of items at this time of year. Thank you for your attention and continued support and stay warm!

    Early Release

    Students will be released at 11:48 a.m. on November 9th. Early releases allow the staff to engage in trainings as a team to best meet the needs of the students.  During the November 9th early release, staff will be working on first quarter grading.

    No School  - Veterans Day & Thanksgiving

    No school on Friday, November 10th as we observe Veterans Day.  For Veterans Day this year, our NHS, National Honor Society, will be going into the elementary classes and speaking with them about the history of the day and conducting an art project to be displayed in our main hall.  For Thanksgiving break, there will be an early release (11:48 a.m.) on Wednesday, November 22nd and no school on Thursday, November 23rd and Friday, November 24th for Thanksgiving break.


    Please call the school (395-2571) by 8:30 a.m. when you are keeping your child home for illness or any other reason. In the event your child is absent, please email the teachers for make-up work.


    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.

    Study Group

    We have a variety of study group times available for students in grades 5-12.  Mrs. Nakae is available each morning Monday - Thursday during breakfast to assist students with their work in the MPR. On Tuesday evenings, there is a study group in the library from 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.  

    Glass Containers

    Just a reminder that glass containers are not allowed on the bus at anytime per Washington State law. Additionally, we would ask that glass containers not be packed in school lunches as they are a safety risk if dropped and broken.

    Thank You

    Thank you for a great start to the school year.  Please contact me if you have any questions, concerns, suggestions, etc.  

    Crystal Lanz, K-12 Principal