This week’s News to Know

May 13, 2024

One-hour late start on Wednesday, May 15

Schools will begin an hour late on Wednesday, May 15, to allow time for teachers to work together to implement best practices of high-quality instruction. Students will be released at normal times.

Vote for your favorites in the 65th annual District Art Show

The 65th annual Battle Ground Public Schools Art Show returns this month, bringing back the popular People’s Choice Award. Community members can vote for their favorite submission at each grade level (primary, middle and high) through Sunday, May 19. Top selections will receive the People’s Choice Award at the May 28 board of directors meeting. Board meetings are open to the public and available to watch online.

In addition to People’s Choice Awards, students will be eligible to receive the coveted Bob Peck Award, Superintendent Awards, Board’s Choice Awards, Best of Show and juried awards.

Kindergarten orientation schedule

If your child will be attending kindergarten in the fall, or you are considering whether to enroll them, you may want to attend an upcoming orientation at their new building the week of May 20. This is a great opportunity to tour the buildings, meet with teachers and administrators, ask questions, get help with enrollment and much more. Enrollment is not required to attend an orientation.

Here is the orientation schedule:

  • Daybreak Primary – 5-6:15 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21
  • Glenwood Heights Primary – 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 23
  • Captain Strong Primary – 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21
  • Yacolt Primary – 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 23
  • Maple Grove Primary – 5-6 p.m. on Thursday, May 23
  • Pleasant Valley Primary – 5:30-7 p.m. on Thursday, May 23
  • Tukes Valley Primary – 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 23

To determine which of the seven primary schools your child will attend, visit the Clark County Property Information website and enter your address. You can also contact the district boundaries office at 360-885-6577.

Visit the district website for more information on kindergarten in Battle Ground Public Schools, or other early learning options that may be available for your child.

Battle Ground High School plant sale is May 18

Battle Ground High School’s annual plant sale will be Saturday, May 18, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. No registration is required. Payments accepted include cash, check or credit card (preferred). More details are available on the district website.

Battle Ground Community Education spring festival

Looking for some fun ideas to keep the kids busy this summer? Battle Ground Community Education is launching their first-ever Spring Festival on Wednesday, May 22, at the Lewisville campus (406 NW 5th Ave. in Battle Ground) from 5-7 p.m. Meet program instructors for upcoming classes and summer camps, visit local artists and be part of creating the new Community Education mural. This event is free and open to the public.

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Care Solace mental health and substance use resources

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and Battle Ground Public Schools is partnering with Care Solace to provide access to their network of providers and services. Care Solace can connect you with providers accepting all forms of medical insurance and a sliding scale option for those without insurance.

You can access Care Solace services in three ways:

  1. Call 888-515-0595 at any time. (Multilingual support is available 24/7/365.)
  2. Search anonymously to get matched with care providers at caresolace.com/battlegroundps
  3. Contact your school psychologist or counselor and they will submit a referral on your behalf.

Please note, Care Solace is not an emergency response service. If you or someone you know may be having a mental health crisis or a life-threatening emergency, please call 911 or the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline, 988.

Department of Health vaccination clinic May 19

Washington’s Department of Health is holding a vaccination clinic in cooperation with Youth and family link of Longview on Sunday, May 19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 38702 NW Pacific Highway in Woodland. 

Walk-ins are welcome, but you are asked to register in advance if possible to ensure rapid service. Visit the Battle Ground Public Schools website for more details on vaccination requirements and exemptions.

Last week to catch “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at BGHS

Just three chances left to catch Battle Ground High School’s presentation of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Shows will be in The Lair at Battle Ground High School (300 W. Main St.). Tickets are $7 per person ($5 with an ASB card), purchasable at the door or in advance online. Remaining showtimes are at 7 p.m. on May 16-18.

Learn more on the district website.

Registration open for high school online summer classes

Battle Ground Public Schools is offering online summer school classes for high school students looking to earn original credit or for those needing to recover credit for failed courses. Classes will be offered in a variety of subjects. Current eighth grade students also may recover the Washington state history requirement.

Students should speak with their school guidance counselor to figure out which courses they need to recover and obtain assistance with filling out the correct form.

Students may begin working on courses as soon as they receive a confirmation email and instructions. The deadline to complete credit recovery or original credit coursework is Friday, Aug. 16.

Summer camp registration is open

Right at School will offer summer camps for kids ages 5-12. Camps will be offered June 24 through Aug. 9, Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be different themes for each week including water fun, extreme engineering, believe it or not, silly summer Olympics and much more. Registration is now open.

DISTRICT NEWS

Teacher Appreciation Week wrap-up

A heartfelt thank you to parents, guardians, students and community members who took time to recognize our hardworking educators during Teacher Appreciation Week. You can find a full list of comments on the district website, or head over to our Facebook or Instagram pages to shout out your (and your child’s) favorite teachers. 

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

End-of-year schedule, and last day of school

Due to weather-related closures in January, the last day of school for students in south schools will be Friday, June 14. The last day of school for students in most north schools will be Monday, June 17. Get the details.

Report incidents anonymously with SafeSchools

Please report bullying, intimidation, harassment, threats and safety concerns using our anonymous reporting system. Emergencies should always be reported to 911. Learn more about emergency procedures and safety protocols.

UPCOMING CALENDAR

  • Monday, May 13: School board meeting, 4:45 work session and 6 p.m. regular meeting at the Lewisville campus and streaming online.
  • Wednesday, May 15: One-hour late start

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