• August 29, 2016


    Dear Friday Harbor Elementary School Families,                                                


    On behalf of the entire staff here at FHES, WELCOME BACK! We are rested, ready, and raring to go with a new and exciting year of learning. I hope you had a good summer creating family memories that will last a lifetime.  My husband and I (and my Chihuahua, Josephina) visited Desolation Sound this summer for a relaxing and rejuvenating time kayaking, hiking, and swimming in those unusually warm waters.


    We are pleased to announce that our school now has a fully operational fire safety system with sprinklers and smoke alarms throughout the building. Bob Carroll and Kelly Schmidt have been working full steam ahead helping teachers prepare the school for our students next week. I want to send out a huge thank you to Winnie Brumsickle and her “Team Teacher Assist” of volunteers who spent many hours this week helping teachers set up their classrooms after having to move/cover everything in preparation of the fire safety construction work.


    How about that pie booth!!! Thank you to everyone who made pies and worked in the booth during the four days of our San Juan County Fair. We could not have brought the pie booth back this summer without the tireless help of so many volunteers. Many patrons to the booth thanked us and shared their enthusiasm. Our newly formed PTO will be sending out information about joining, meetings, and volunteer opportunities soon. 


    WATCH D.O.G.S. dads will again be lending support around our school during morning arrival time, in classrooms, lunch time, recesses as much or as little as time permits. We are asking for one day a year for dads and other positive adult male role models to volunteer in this program. Stop by the office for additional information.


    We have staff members who have changed grades or are new to our school:

    First Gr: Ms. Short                                           

    Second Gr: Mrs. Thompson            

    Fifth Gr: Ms. Bristow                     

    Sixth Gr Math: Mr. Duke                                                                        

    Sixth Gr Science: Ms. Wavra                                                   

    Art K-5*: Mrs. Holmes

    Music K-5*: Mr. Steve (Moore)

    Science Gr K-5: Mrs. Kareken 

    *Sixth Gr has Band/Art @ FHMS 

    Reading Intervention/ELL: Ms. Goodrich

    Special Education: Mrs. Kees

    Para Educators: Mrs. Hauck, Mrs. Pauls

    Contact information:

    Please use this email to send a note or message. I check my emails daily. dianeball@sjisd.wednet.edu.
    I can also be reached by phone: 360-378-5209