Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166

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Marvista Elementary School
19800 Marine View Drive SW Normandy Park, WA 98166

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Marvista Family Message for September 16

Marvista Family Message for September 16

Hi Marvista Families!

These first couple of weeks of school have been so amazingly active and full of life that I can really feel the energy buzzing throughout the campus! I am truly enjoying seeing everyone bounce around with joy, and it makes me hopeful that the rest of the year is going to be even better. Even though we are tweaking a few familiar procedures and routines in the cafeteria, on the playground, and during arrival and dismissal, all students and families have been very receptive to the adjustments our team has been making. We thank you for this and are beyond grateful for your understanding.


This is our first Friday for hosting the Orca SPLASH drawing to recognize our Orca SPLASH recipients, and it has been a FANTASTICALLY FRESH EXPERIENCE! Students who were selected for this week’s drawing earned their Orca SPLASH pencil, got their photo taken with the other weekly winners in the school, and were celebrated during their lunch period - see photo above of todays winners. There were balloons, streamers, and soft jazz playing in the background while students ate with the other grade level winners and chatted with Mrs. Heater and I. Thank you to again to all students who have been extremely Respectful, Responsible, Safe, and Kind inside and outside of the classroom. We see you, recognize you, and encourage you to continue to be amazing young role models and scholars.

Safety, Supervision, and Boundary Setting

Outside of academics, safety is our number one priority here at Marvista. We thank you for adhering to our messages about:

  • dropping your child off at school no earlier than 8:55 am
  • keeping personal belongings and playground equipment at home
  • following the proper pick-up procedures for afternoon dismissal

Our team also wanted to draw attention to our orange fence that the district Maintenance Team has re-installed to help provide us with solid boundaries for keeping students safe and secure outside of class. We have been short-staffed with supervision this year, resulting in us having to call on specialists, principals, and classified staff members to help supervise the playground and dismissal processes. This is abnormal and it is also temporary; however, it has been necessary to ensure that your child, and our students, are as safe as possible. Not only is the field particularly large, but we also have a pond on campus that consistently (and naturally) draws a lot of observers to it. With hundreds of students moving about at once, there are times when the boundaries have seemed to be so vast that we have had to restrict students from playing in certain areas. This orange fence is temporary, but the plan is to construct a sturdier, permanent one within the month.

We know that Marvista is a community school where families gather for various forms of fun ranging from playing sports, to walking and training dogs, to engaging in free play. The fence is here as a boundary to ensure that our kids and students can safely engage in fun activities in a place where play is unstructured and should be enjoyable for all. It is not here to prevent or discourage families in the community from gathering and enjoying the field and its splendor.

Just simply put: one conversation we never want to have with a family is to explain why or how their child got lost or hurt in a place where families believed their child would be safe and supervised by trusted adults. Though I do not have my own kids yet, I can only imagine the emotions and anxiety that could and would fill my heart, mind, and soul to receive a call like that at any part of the day.

With all of this being said, our Marvista staff team will continue to make school a wonderfully enjoyable place to learn and be active, and we hope to exceed our own expectations the rest of this school year. It takes a whole village to learn, implement, and execute the routines, and we appreciate each and every one of you for showing us grace and patience as we ease into these alterations. Please continue to connect with us about your needs and concerns as we continue to bond and build as a village truly should.

Thank you for your time, take care, and see you next week! 

Wayne Hoskins
Assistant Principal