Montesano School District

Excellence in Education

Montesano is a community where people learn,
grow and work together.  With high-quality
instruction, every student, regardless of race, class,
language, or disability, can succeed. 

Mrs. Plato - Teacher of the Month

Mrs. Cori Plato was awarded December 2018 Teacher of the Month by KIX 95.3! Mrs. Plato is an energetic person who loves getting through to the kids and connecting with them. She is an amazing person worthy of the honor!

Listen to her interview with Rick Moyer on KIX 95.3 at  


Salute a Teacher of the Month is sponsored by Aberdeen Office Equipment, Domino’s Pizza, and Great Northwest Federal Credit Union.

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Beacon Week at a Glance

Week of December 17 - 19, 2018

Monday, December 17

  • No Scheduled Activities

Tuesday, December 18

  • No Scheduled Activities

Wednesday, December 19

  • Early Release, 12:00 p.m.

  • No Afternoon Preschool

  • PTO Family Fun Night, 6:00 p.m., Simpson Multipurpose Room

December 20-January 2   

  • No School - Winter Break

January 3

  • School Resumes

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Beacon Week at a Glance

Week of December 10 - 14, 2018

Monday, December 10

  • 2nd Grade Winter Concert, 6:30 p.m.; Doors open at 6:15 p.m.; Beacon Multipurpose Room

Tuesday, December 11

  • 1st Grade Winter Concert, 6:30 p.m.; Doors open at 6:15 p.m.; Beacon Multipurpose Room

  • CANCELLED - PTO Meeting

Wednesday, December 12

  • Kindergarten Winter Concert, 6:30 p.m.; Doors open at 6:15 p.m.; Beacon Multipurpose Room

Thursday, December 13

  • No Scheduled Activities

Friday, December 14

  • No Scheduled Activities


December 19

  • Early Release, 12:00 p.m.

  • PTO Family Fun Night, 6:00 p.m., Simpson Multipurpose Room

December 20-January 2   

  • No School - Winter Break

January 3

  • School Resumes

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Winter Concerts at Beacon

Beacon Elementary is proud to present our winter vocal concert series. Students have been rehearsing and are eager to show off their musical talent for their families and friends.

  • Monday, December 10 - 2nd Grade Performance

  • Tuesday, December 11 - 1st Grade Performance

  • Wednesday, December 12 - Kindergarten Performance

All concerts will be held in the Beacon multipurpose room and are scheduled to begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m.

Students will be performing a selection of their favorite winter songs under the direction of music teacher Mr. Jeremy Morita. It is sure to be a delight!

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Early Release 11/2; Early Release 11/6-11/9; No School 11/12

There will be early dismissal on Friday, November 2nd. Beacon Elementary will dismiss at 12:00 p.m.

There will be early release days Tuesday, November 6th through Friday, November 9th at Beacon Elementary and Simpson Elementary for conferences.

  • Beacon will dismiss at 12:00 p.m. 

  • Simpson will dismiss at 12:10 p.m.

  • Montesano Jr./Sr. High School will dismiss at 12:20 p.m. on Thursday and Friday ONLY (regular schedule Tuesday and Wednesday).

  • There is no school for all students on Monday, November 12th in observance of Veterans Day.


  • Morning and afternoon preschool students will attend their regularly scheduled classes on Monday and Tuesday.

  • There will be no preschool classes for Teacher Christine Popowich and Teacher Cindy Smith on November 7 and 8 to allow for conference appointments.


  • Morning and afternoon preschool students will attend their regularly scheduled classes on November 2, 7, and 9. There are no changes to the Community Preschool schedule these days.

If you have any questions, please contact the Beacon office at 360-249-4528.

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Halloween Guidelines

Halloween Guidelines for Beacon Elementary and Simpson Elementary

Parents/Guardians: Please adhere to the following Halloween guidelines at school.

Class Parties

• Parties are at the discretion of the classroom teacher.

• Parties are low key events with minimal amount of food. Teachers will establish guidelines for treats that consider the school district’s nutritional guidelines and allergies of students in the class.

• Please do not send food/candy items to school without a teacher’s permission.

• All food must be purchased from a store and be sent to school in the original sealed containers or bags. Fruit that is sliced must be sliced at school.


Students may wear costumes to school on Halloween (October 31). The following rules apply:

• Students need to come to school in their costumes. Please include a comfortable alternative in their backpack in case they can no longer tolerate the costume.

• The following are NOT permitted:

• Masks

• Face paint

• Violent or inappropriate themes

• Gory or grotesque costumes

• Props (no swords, weapons, wands, false teeth, etc.)

• Costumes may not cause disruption or distraction to the school program. Costumes may not interfere with students sitting at their desks. Students must be able to wear their costume inside or outside, at recess, at P.E., on the bus, etc.

• Costumes should not interfere with the ability of a student to go to the bathroom by themselves.

• Students must wear shoes that are appropriate for school.

• The school is not responsible for costumes that are torn or damaged while at school. Please remember that students can be very physical during recess and P.E.

• Consider choosing costumes with a “Falloween” theme in which images of pumpkins and leaves replace those of witches and ghosts.

• Consider having your child dress in festive fall colors as an alternative to wearing a costume.

• If you have costumes you’d like to donate, please send them to the main office.

A reminder that October 31 is considered a regular school day. The regular schedule

will be followed throughout the day unless a teacher chooses to have a class party.

Students need to come ready to be involved in learning activities.

Halloween Guidelines

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Race to Recess Box Tops Contest

October 22 - October 26

During the week of October 22nd we will be holding a “Race to Recess” to see which grade level can collect the most Box Tops for Education. All you have to do is turn in your Box Tops to the office. The racecar chart will be on display in the lunch room. Each grade level will have a car in the race, and the car will move based on the amount of Box Tops collected each day. Box Tops will be tallied every day. Expired Box Tops will not count. Each day you can see which car is closer to the finish line. Listen for updates on how your car is doing in the morning announcements. At the end of the week, the grade level that is closest to the finish line wins the race and earns a free recess for the entire grade level.

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The Great Pumpkin Reading Challenge

Beacon students will participate in The Great Pumpkin Reading Challenge October 8 - 26, 2018.

The challenge is designed to promote reading, and the goal is to create a special “Reading Pumpkin Patch” in each classroom. The pumpkin patch is created when students read at home (or the younger students are read to) and parents sign a reading participation pumpkin. This pumpkin is then added to the patch when a student brings it with a signature from home. The number of minutes students read will be recorded in each classroom. If students are successful in creating a worthy pumpkin patch, as indicated by the total number of minutes read, the class will receive a Great Pumpkin reward party. As the Reading Pumpkin Patch grows, The Great Pumpkin will be watching and visiting. Students should look for signs that The Great Pumpkin has visited their classroom. So read at home, and make those pumpkin patches grow!

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Highly Capable Program Referrals

The Montesano School District is accepting referrals for our Highly Capable Program in all grades K-12 for the 2018-19 school year.

Referral forms are available in the school office or by clicking on the links below. Parent permission is needed to release students from class to participate in the testing. Forms are due back to school by Friday, September 28th.

Referral Form

Permission to Test

Forms are available in Spanish upon request.

For more information, please contact Julie Aldrich at 360-249-4331 or

*Forms turned in after the September 28th deadline will be considered for evaluation next year.  After the referral form is turned in, parents/guardians will need to give their permission by October 5th for students to be tested. If your student has been tested in both of the previous two consecutive years, please contact Julie Aldrich at 360-249-4331 before referring your child for reevaluation again this year. Students already enrolled in the Hi Cap Program do not retest each year.

WAC definition of Highly Capable:

Students who perform or show potential for performing at significantly advanced academic levels when compared with others of their age, experiences, or environments. Outstanding abilities are seen within students’ general intellectual aptitudes, specific academic abilities, and/or creative productivity within a specific domain. These students are present not only in the general populace, but are present within all protected classes.

Students who are highly capable may possess, but are not limited to, these learning characteristics:

  1. Capacity to learn with unusual depth of understanding, to retain what has been learned, and to transfer learning to new situations

  2. Capacity and willingness to deal with increasing levels of abstraction and complexity earlier than their chronological peers

  3. Creative ability to make unusual connections among ideas and concepts

  4. Ability to learn quickly in their area(s) of intellectual strength

  5. Capacity for intense concentration and/or focus

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Picture Day is Coming!

Picture Day is Tuesday, September 25 & Wednesday, September 26

Parents can order online at

Picture Day ID: LS218124Q0

  • No need to send cash or flyer back to school when you order online

  • See more options available online

  • Use credit card or PayPal on their secure site

Picture Day Schedule

September 25

  • Teacher Christine

  • Teacher Cindy

  • Ms. Girts

  • Mrs. Craig

  • Mrs. Parker

  • Ms. LaDue

  • Ms. Rydman

  • Mrs. Johansen

  • Mrs. Blancas

  • Ms. Cokeley

September 26

  • Teacher Laura, Teacher Brooke

  • Mrs. Blazek

  • Ms. Clezie

  • Ms. Freeman

  • Mrs. Cady

  • Mrs. LaLonde

  • Mrs. Mann

  • Mrs. Plato

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Welcome to the 2018-2019 School Year!

Please join us for an open house on Monday, August 27 from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity for the students and their families to meet the teachers and see the classrooms. 

The first day of school for 1st and 2nd grades is Wednesday, August 29. 

The first day of school for Kindergarten is Tuesday, September 4.

The first day of school for Preschool is Monday, September 10. The morning session is 8:20 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. The afternoon session is 12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

The regular school schedule is 8:20 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Supervision begins at 8:00 a.m. Parents should not drop off their children before 8:00 a.m. Doors to the classrooms usually do not open until 8:20 a.m.

All student school supplies will be provided by the school. You will still need to provide a backpack, lunch box and water bottle (if necessary) for your child.

We are excited for another wonderful school year! See you soon!

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Office Closed For Summer Break

Beacon Elementary is currently closed for summer break. The office will reopen August 20, 2018. If you need immediate assistance, please contact the district office at 360-249-3942. 

Parents can expect to receive instructions by mail in early August to update student information in Skyward Family Access. Class placement can be viewed in Skyward after the information update is complete.

Please join us for an open house on Monday, August 27, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Parents and students may visit the classroom, meet the teacher, and receive other important information.

Have a fun and safe summer!

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Special Guest Luncheon on 6/1

Parents and special guests are invited to join their students for lunch on Friday, June 1.

Lunch includes a hot dog, potato salad, baked beans, chips, fruit, and milk. Prices are $4.00 for adults and $2.75 for children. Exact change or check is appreciated.

Please RSVP to 360-249-4528. All guests must check in at the office and obtain a visitor pass. 

Extended Lunch and Recess Schedule on June 1st:

1st Grade: 

Food Service: 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.   Recess: 11:25 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

2nd Grade:

Food Service: 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   Recess: 11:55 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.


Food Service: 12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.   Recess: 12:25 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.

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