Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Status Updates

2019-20 Newsletters


  • Grab & Go Meals--Available at 12 Schools!

    Hello Gilbert Grizzlies,

    Grab and Go Meals are available at Adams, Barge-Lincoln, Garfield, Hoover, MLK, McClure, McKinley, Ridgeview, Robertson, Franklin, Washington and Ike. 

    The service time is the same, from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm.

    On Friday families will be able to pick-up five days worth of meals. Bring something to carry all your food home in! Perhaps a backpack or a wagon if you are walking...or make sure you have room in your car! 

    box of food


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  • Here are 25 fun and meaningful non-screen activities to try at home!

    1. How many different words can you make from the letters in this sentence, below? Grab a pencil and paper and write a list!  ‘Learning from home is fun’
    2. Thank a community hero. Think of someone that helps you in some way and write a short letter to thank them.
    3. Get building! You could build a Lego model, a tower of playing cards or something else!
    4. Can you create your own secret code? You could use letters, numbers, pictures or something else! Can you get someone else to try and crack it?
    5. Start a nature diary. Look out of the window each day and keep note
      of what you see. Birds, flowers, changes in the weather, what else?
    6. Hold a photo session. Use a camera or a mobile phone to take some snaps. What will you photograph? Your pets or toys perhaps?
    7. Build a reading den. Find somewhere cozy, snuggle up and read your favorite book!
    8. Use an old sock to create a puppet. Can you put on a puppet show for someone?
    9. Make a list of all the electrical items in each room of your home. Can you come up with any ideas to use less electricity?
    10. Design and make a homemade board game and play it with your family.
    11. Do something kind for someone. Can you pay them a compliment, make them something or help them with a task?
    1. Can you create a story bag? Find a bag and collect items to go in it that relate to a well-known story. If you can’t find an item, you could draw a picture to include.
    2. List making! Write a list of things that make you happy, things you’re grateful for or things you are good at.
    3. Design and make an obstacle course at home or in the garden. How fast can you complete it?
    4. Can you invent something new? Perhaps a gadget or something to help people? Draw a picture or write a description.
    5. Keep moving! Make up a dance routine to your favorite song.
    6. Write a play script. Can you act it out to other people?
    7. Read out loud to someone. Remember to read with expression.
    8. Write a song or rap about your favorite subject.
    9. Get sketching! Find a photograph or picture of a person, place or object and sketch it.
    10. Junk modelling! Collect and recycle materials such as yoghurt pots, toilet rolls and boxes and see what you can create with them.
    11. Draw a map of your local area and highlight interesting landmarks.
    12. Write a postcard to your teacher. Can you tell them what you like most about their class?
    13. Draw a view. Look out of your window and draw what you see.
    14. Get reading! What would you most like to learn about? Can you find out more about it in books? Perhaps you can find a new hobby?



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  • Stay home save lives

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  • Visit these websites if you would like to know more about COVID-19 and why staying away from each other is important to stop the spread.

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  • Due to the rapid spread of COVID-19 virus, school and all school-related activites are cancelled until April 24th.

    Please stay home and practice social distancing to keep your family safe. Visit the district website for more information. 

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District Announcements

  • Be Counted! 2020 Census

    Census 2020 The census is a way for our community to seek the necessary financial support from the government that it needs.  Our schools depend on the census count for accurate program funding. In mid-March, you will receive an invitation to participate in the census from the Census Bureau. Be sure to count everyone in your household - even infants.  Responding to the census is the law, however, it is against the law for the Census Bureau to inquire about personal information such as immigration status.  It is illegal for the Census Bureau to pass on your contact information to other government entities. They use your contact info, such as your name and address, to know if you have already been counted. Once you have responded, you will no longer receive notices from the Census Bureau and a census worker will not come to your home.  If you have any questions, we have put together videos and information for you online at 

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  • Feb 11 Election Results

    Thank you voters Thank you, voters. On the February 11th ballot, the YSD proposed two propositions. One passed and one did not.

    The proposition that passed was a replacement levy (Educational Programs & Operations Levy) that will cost voters an estimated $2.50/$1000 of home value. When we ran this same levy in 2016 it passed at approximately $3.04/$1000. This Educational Programs and Operations Levy also brings Levy Equalization Assistance from the state which more than doubles its value.  THANK YOU for passing this levy.

    The second proposition was for much-needed facility maintenance of which, due to financial challenges, the YSD has had to defer costs. Proposition 2 was proposed at an estimated $.54/$1000 of home value. This proposition very narrowly failed by less than half of one percent. We respect the democratic process and although this revenue is needed, we will not be re-running this levy measure again in this calendar year. We will propose reductions and will work to better educate the community on the need for this revenue.

    Thank you for your continued support of the Yakima School District.

     For more information about the February 11th levy measures, please go to 

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YSD Stories

  • Illustrator Inspires Gilbert Students

    Posted by Judith Strosahl on 3/11/2020

    On Feb. 25, children's book illustrator, Craig Orback, spoke to Gilbert students about his recent Born to Draw Comics: the Story of Charles Schulz and the Creation of Peanuts.  Students had been learning how illustrations help us understand what we are reading.  As a young artist, Orback had been inspired by Schulz' work, just as Schulz was inspired by cartoonists of his childhood. We learned about Orback's research into Schulz' life, and the many drafts before a book is published. Each grade level presentation ended with a fun drawing lesson!  Big thanks to The Yakima Schools Foundation for generously funding Mr. Orback's visit!Student drawings! Craig Orback with 3rd graders. Quick draw - 1st grade Thank you YSD Foundation!

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  • What a Fiesta!

    Posted by Stephanie Rosbach on 12/16/2019

    Kindergarten students read a story about Paletas, which are Mexican-style Popsicles in their reading curriculum. Gilbert Kindergarteners were very lucky last week, because Fiesta Foods donated a Paleta for each student to try! The kids were thrilled! Thank you so much Fiesta Foods for your generosity!



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  • Gilbert Students Sing for Retired Teachers

    Posted by Stephanie Rosbach on 12/3/2019

    On Monday, December 2nd, about 80 students in third, fourth and fifth grades took a walking field trip across the street to perform some holiday songs for the retired teachers having a luncheon at Englewood Church. Mr. Chapman lead our singers with four songs from their upcoming Christmas Performance next Thursday. 


    Singers prepare

    Singers are ready!

    In the action

    Our audience


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  • Gilbert's Under the Sea Library Night

    Posted by Judith Strosahl, Gilbert Library Teacher on 11/18/2019

    In celebration of Gilbert's year-long "Under the Sea" theme, over 200 parents, students, and staff were treated to a visit by Yakima Valley College biology instructor, Jerred Seveyka.  The evening began with ocean poetry reading by 5th grade students, then 5th grade teacher, Andrew Van Quill gave a dramatic reading of The Boy and the Whale by Mordecai Gerstein. Mr. Van Quill and paraeducator, Judy Hein, also brought their deep-sea diving suits and equipment to share with students.  Mr. Seveyka talked about the remarkable qualities of octopus and other cephalopods along with his media presentation.  In his lab, he had transitioned the circadian rhythms of tiny dinoflaggelates so they would exhibit bioluminescence at our Library Night.  We marveled at them with all lights off!

    Jerred Seveyka, YVC Biology Instructor  Gilbert Students   Mr. Van Quill with students. Andrew Van Quill, Jerred Seveyka, Judy Hein, Judy Strosahl  Library night 1  Library night 2  Library night

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  • Autism Awareness for Halloween

    Posted by Stephanie Rosbach on 10/31/2019

    As many of our Gilbert Elementary families are aware, we are the magnet school for students with autism. Our program is continually growing, as we are now up to 69 students. This is Erica, our speech assistant who works with all of our students who have autism. Based on her experience, she has decided to help make a difference for these special kids. She purchased 70 blue pumpkin buckets. Blue Trick-or-Treating buckets are a sign the child has autism. This means they may not react the way other kids do on a day like today.

    And Erica, thank you for loving our students with autism. You are making a difference every day. We are grateful to have you on staff.


    Erica and buckets

    blue buckets
    pumpkin delivery
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District Highlights

  • Wellness Resources

    Taking care of yourself both physically and mentally is important. Please click the title above for a list of local resources. We care about you!

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  • Equity in Education

    The Yakima School District recognizes and respects the uniqueness of each student, staff member and citizen within the community. Teaming together, the school community creates a learning environment that fosters fair treatment and access to educational resources and programs for all students. The American democratic system depends on equal access to the opportunities for and benefits of public education for all young people: our future leaders, voters, taxpayers, workers, parents and adult citizens (Click the Equity in Education title above for our full policy).

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  • What is the High School and Beyond Plan?

    The High School and Beyond Plan process is a graduation requirement that supports students in exploring their interests, planning high school coursework that is aligned to those interests, keeping track of major assessment scores, and logging work and other relevant experience. The Plan is designed to enable students to successfully pursue education or training after they graduate high school.

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