Raymond Elementary News
Conference week is over, goals are set, and the year is in full swing! I truly appreciate your hard work and involvement with your child’s education. I’ve had many great conversations with families, teachers, and students about education. It has been a refreshing (and challenging) start to the year. I hope many of you seized the opportunity to come to one of our 40 Developmental Assets evening trainings.
As usual, the Fire Prevention Assembly was a hit for the kids. They learned valuable information and had a lot of fun with the Raymond Firefighters while doing it. We are also currently celebrating homecoming with Spirit Week. Amidst the crazy week, we also had Picture Day and Great Shakeout Earthquake Drill. This statewide drill involves the participation of most schools around the state. Students did a fantastic job. Keep your eye out for some pictures in the newspaper!
The end of October will also be a busy week. Students will be reviewing their progress towards monthly goals. All the hard work will be celebrated with a Big Deal Celebration and a costume party on the afternoon of Friday, October 30 th . Raymond PTO will also be hosting a Halloween Carnival at 6:00 PM on Friday evening. Due to the busy day, the Character Luncheon at Slater’s will be moved to Thursday. We will still be calling off the names and acknowledging students at our Awards Assembly at 8:40 on Friday morning. As always, parents are welcome come in and attend our awards assemblies.
Raymond Junior/Senior High
The month of October is a signal of many things. It indicates that autumn has taken a firm hold on our weather, and winter is fast approaching! Here at Raymond Jr/Sr High School the month of October is filled with many events that keep everyone busy. Football and Volleyball are the often thought of as fall sports, but our cross country runners are working with the Tri-District team and being very successful. A new opportunity this year is parent nights being offered throughout the year that are centered on the 40 Developmental Assets. In these classes you will learn how to support the young people in your life and in our community. Dinner and daycare are included. Times and dates may be seen on our calendar at www.raymondk12.org. Other events for the month of October include picture retakes, which will occur October 20th and the PSAT test, which is scheduled for October 28 th .
Finally, Raymond High School, along with the American Red Cross, will be hosting a Blood Drive October 30, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. There are many reasons to give blood: some give blood because they and/or a family member need blood. Some give it because a friend or student asked them. Some give it simply because it’s the right thing to do. Whatever your reason, help the Red Cross maintain a constant and healthy blood supply. Call the high school office at 942-3415 to make your appointment.
Making student payments online is easy with e-Funds
Families, we heard that you wanted an easier way to make payments for student services. Now you’ll find it with our new online payment system called e-Funds. In addition to meal payments, we can accept online payments for ASB cards, yearbooks, prior year fines, etc..
Parents can pay fees by having funds electronically withdrawn from their checking account, credit card or debit card. e-Funds For Schools is a secure service provider. Read on for more details.
What is e-Funds?
e-Funds is a payment service that allows families to conveniently pay most student fees securely on line. This helps eliminate last-minute check writing hassles, coming in to the school, forgotten lunch money, etc..
Do I have to enroll with e-Funds?
If you do not wish to make payments online, there is no need to sign up. We welcome payments by cash or check at each school site.
Will I be charged a service fee for making payments online?
e-Funds charges $1.00 per transaction for paying by debit card or checking account. Parents who choose to pay with a credit card will be charged $2.65. (Details are on the payment page.) This fee is not charged by the school, but by e-Funds.
(Please note: although you can only select one student at a time for each payment, you can include multiple students in a single transaction. The convenience fee is charged by transaction, not per student. If you include payments for multiple students in a single transaction, you will save money in transaction fees.)
How will I monitor my account balance?
You can track your student’s account through Family Access. In the system's message center, you will see notifications of payments and low account balances.
How do I set up my account?
1. Visit Family Access-Skyward. Enter the login ID and Password that the district has provided. (If you don’t have this information, contact Kristi Dunsmoor at 942-3415, ext. 4.) Click on Sign In.
2. Select Student Information (left hand column) and find your student’s Other ID #. You will need this number when you set up your account in e-Funds, see step 4 below.
3. Click on Food Service or Fee Management.
4. Click on Make a Payment. This will direct you to the e-Funds website.
5. To set-up your new account, click on Register and follow the instructions. You may also view the registration tutorial document on the same page. Please note that when filling in the student ID # field, include any leading zeros.
6. You will be asked to provide credit or debit card information into the secure system.
Once you have set up your account, you can access e-Funds directly.
Questions or Concerns?
Ms. Maegan Skoubo was selected recently as the Regional Teacher of the Year for 2015-16. Our region includes 44 school districts in Pacific, Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason and North Thurston counties. Ms. Skoubo was recognized for having demonstrated the highest level of commitment to the teaching profession and the significant contributions made to the lives of her students.
Later this month, Ms. Skoubo will travel to the Experimental Music Project in Seattle to be recognized, along with the other 8 Regional winners in the state. A state winner will be selected from those nine teachers; that state winner will then compete at the national level.
Staff and students know Ms. Skoubo as “that teacher who is always smiling.” She teaches math to 7th- and 8th-graders and does everything she can to make math relevant and interesting. In addition, she works with Ms. Terri Webber as a cheerleading coach and works with her husband to raise an active elementary student.
Her selection is both an honor and tribute to Maegan’s great work and dedication. As a District, we are very proud to have her represent us within our region and as our representative to the state.
This series of 9 classes will focus on helping parents and community members assist young people to be successful in school and in life. Attendees will be given specific tools to encourage youth to increase their strength in the 40 areas that have been identified through research. This research tells us that the more of these assets a person has, the more likely it is that he/she will lead a successful and productive life.
All classes start at 6:00 p.m.. Childcare and dinner will be provided. Please click below and then click "Join" to RSVP.
The following days are scheduled; all classes start at 6:00 p.m.. Childcare and dinner will be provided. Classes will be held on:
8 October 2015
14 January 2016