Apologies for missing last week, sometimes driving across the country in the winter takes a bit out of you. However, I hope you all had a wonderful Winter break! We have a new exciting year ahead of us, so let’s take a look at what is happening right now. I didn't see any flier this week
No School on Monday, January 15th for Martin Luther King Jr. Day (fund fact, the holiday falls on his Birthday this year.) The school is closed on Monday, and there is no camp available.
Priority Registration Begins this week!
It's that time of year again, and registration for the 2024-2025 school year begins this week for returning students. Some people have not received their links for the Campus Connect portal yet, but work to correct this issue is in progress. You should expect more information from the school office in the coming days. If you have a sibling starting at the school next year, the new student registration process will begin at the end of the month.
Ski lessons are in full swing up on Stevens Pass!
We had a chance to ask some questions about when ski lessons are cancelled yesterday in response to Darcy’s email. The short answer is that if the pass is not closed, and the chair lifts are operational, then ski lessons will continue. If the weather is too cold, the children may spend more time inside the ski school (this was the case for my daughter). Just to reiterate the best placed to find more information about the passes:
The WSDOT app has lots of information about passes, ferries, and traffic cameras.
The WSDOT site has a status page for stevens pass: https://wsdot.com/travel/real-time/mountainpasses/stevens
There is a separate page that helps explain the tire restrictions: https://wsdot.com/travel/real-time/mountainpasses/tiresandchains
Stevens Pass resort site has a page for lift and terrain status: https://www.stevenspass.com/the-mountain/mountain-conditions/lift-and-terrain-status.aspx
As always, please drive slower than normal in snow and ice. Additionally, I have a few tips to help keep you and your family happy and safe:
You should always have snow chains in your car when traveling through the mountains, even if they do not need to be installed on your way up; conditions change, and if chains are required when you go home, then you could face fines for not having them. Remember, if you buy chains and don’t open them, most stores will allow you to return your chains until Spring.
Travel with a blanket and snacks. In the event of an emergency, you could get stuck in a car that doesn’t operate. Having blankets, snacks, and water can help keep everyone calm and keep you warm.
Dress in Layers. This probably isn’t the first time you have heard this, and that is for good reason! If you get hot and sweat, you will get cold later. You always want a moisture wicking base layer, breathable middle insulating layer(s), and a water and wind proof outer shell. In cold weather, you want to avoid cotton because it will not keep you warm if it gets wet.
Bring a thermos with a hot drink (we prefer hot apple cider) to warm up after class. This is just a personal favorite because it makes my kids smile and laugh right after class. Bonus points for cider donuts.
Martin Luther King Jr Day, Monday, January 15th
Priority enrollment begins Tuesday, January 16th
OPT Trivia via Zoom Monday, January 24th
Mid Winter Break February 16th - 23rd
No Camp available on Monday, February 19th