May 2019

Dear Parents and Friends of Mount Stuart Elementary,

New Schools Update

Over the next few months and into this fall, the design of the new Mount Stuart Elementary School and the brand new elementary school to the North of the Mount Stuart campus, will be finalized.  The current beginning date for construction of both schools is February of 2020.

Move-in for the new Mount Stuart is scheduled for January 2022.  The brand new elementary must be completed first to allow for Lincoln Elementary to move into it while Lincoln is remodeled.  The brand new school is scheduled for move-in the summer of 2021.  Lincoln Elementary School's remodel completion and move-in is scheduled for August of 2022.

Looking to Next Year

Recently, the Ellensburg School Board approved having full time assistant principals at Lincoln and Mount Stuart, rather than the current sharing of Ethan Sterkel between the two schools.  Ethan will be full time at Lincoln this coming school year.  Kathi Keefer, most recently from Honolulu, Hawaii, will be the full time assistant principal at Mount Stuart.

Mount Stuart Parent Group

The Mount Stuart Parent Group has had an amazing year.  They are a resourceful, motivated, creative, and fun bunch of people!  They meet the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Mount Stuart Library.  Their next meeting is September 12.  You are always invited to attend.

Gaga Ball

With funding provided by the Parent Group, this past weekend a work group constructed a Gaga Ball Pit on our back playground. 

The following is a description of Gaga from the Gaga Center of New York: "Gaga is a fast paced, high energy sport played in an octagonal pit.  The more players the better!  Dubbed a kinder gentler version of dodge ball, the game is played with a soft foam ball, and combines skills of dodging, striking, running, and jumping, while trying to hit opponents with a ball below the knees.  Players need to keep moving to avoid getting hit by the ball.  Fun and easy, everyone gets a serious workout."

Contacting Me

If you have questions, concerns, or good new to share with me, my contact information is below.

Dan Patton, Principal

Dan.patton@esd401.org

509-925-8400