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Licton Springs Weekly Update 9/5

Good evening, Licton Springs K-8 Families,

For those of you who I have not had the pleasure to meet, my name is Dante Rhodes, and I am the new principal of Licton Springs.

I have been supporting the Licton Springs community as head teacher the past two years and I am excited to continue working with our community as principal.

I am originally from Houston, Texas and I have been a teacher and a teacher leader at various Title I schools in Houston and Austin. I have a passion for equity focused and anti-racist education, as well as serving all scholars, especially Students of Color Furthest from Educational Justice.

Right now, our teachers are attending trainings led by our school staff leaders and district leaders. Our 2021-2022 Building Leadership Team voted to focus our next school year initiative on Social and Emotional Learning and Small Group Instruction. We will continue this work throughout the year to improve academic and social and emotional learning outcomes for scholars.

I look forward to working with you and your scholars for this upcoming school year! See below for updates about our school including new procedures.

First Day of School

I am excited to welcome scholars back into our buildings on Wednesday, September 7th! We are happy to announce that our kindergarten scholars will be allowed to join us on September 7th instead of September 12th! Traditionally, kindergarten starts after 1-12 but due to our K/1 split, we requested to have all K-8 scholars start the same day. Our Pre K scholars will still start on September 12th.

The district sent out information yesterday around 5:45 regarding a possible delay to the start of school. Please see that email for more details. The district will update you if anything changes. Visit the website for more information.

School Supplies List

School supply list have been posted on our website located here.

School Arrival

Doors open at 8:30am.

Car riders can be dropped off at the front of the school on 68th street. They will walk inside the cafeteria entrance door. There will be staff members outside to assist with this transition.

Scholars will remain in the cafeteria until 8:50 and then will transition to class so instruction can begin at 8:55.

Bus riders will be dropped off on 67th street and scholars will enter our back entrance, labeled 1908 door. There will be staff members outside to assist with this transition.

Scholars will walk to the cafeteria and remain there until 8:50 and then will transition to class so instruction can begin at 8:55.

Late arrival

If your scholar arrives late to school (after 8:55), they will need to press the buzzer to be let into the building. All other building doors close/lock at 8:55. Your scholar will check in at the front office for a pass (so that we can keep attendance updated).

School Dismissal

Car riders will be dismissed out the main entrance on 68th street and you can meet your scholar there. Please plan to show ID the first week of school (through September 14th) while our teachers get to know your faces to ensure all scholars are safe.

Bus riders will dismiss through the playground. Scholars will get on their proper bus from that area once it arrives. If busses are running late, scholars can play on the playground until their bus arrives.

Late pickup

If you know that you will be late picking up your scholar, please call our main office as soon as you can to let us know. The number to the main office is 206-743-3700. I would like for ALL staff members to be able to go home to their families as soon as our day is over, so having your partnership if you are running late is great!

Forms that are required to be returned

ALL scholars will receive forms that need to be returned the first week of school. Please return this as soon as you can so we can update our records. The below forms need to be returned. If you wish to fill them out electronically, you can find them on the website. Please email completed forms to:

  1. Emergency Release Form
  2. FERPA (PreK-8 or HS versions)  
  3. Health Information Form
  4. Technology Forms for SPS iPad and laptops 

These forms need to be returned if they apply to your family

  1. 504-2 to Identify Disabled Students 
  2. Housing Questionnaire (Only return if applicable) 
  3. Title VII Indian Education (For new students only)
  4. Student Meals, Free and Reduced Lunch Application 


The district has sent out communication about bus transportation for the school year. The transportation challenges experienced in the 2021-22 school year remain. That means this fall, some SPS bus routes will not be in effect for the start of school. Families with routes that will not be in service will receive a notification before Sept. 7.

Families of students who are eligible for transportation services will receive additional information about what to expect for transportation services for the 2022-23 school year and the start of school. Route information will be mailed to your home address. Please let us know through the Let’s Talk link if you have not received your route information. You can also call transportation at 206-252-0900.

If you are unsure if you qualify for bus transportation, you can call transportation to check. You can also visit the district webpage. Typically, students that live less than a mile away from the school Do Not qualify for transportation.

The first few weeks of school busses are typically late. I highly suggest having a backup plan in case your scholar’s bus does not arrive or arrives late. This includes both morning and afternoon bus transportation.

Additional transportation options

  • Free Metro Bus Service for Youth
  • Starting Sept. 1, 2022, all riders 18 and younger can ride King County Metro, Sound Transit’s Link light rail system, and many other regional transit services for Free!
  • SPS students ride Puget Sound transit for free thanks to Move Ahead Washington, a statewide transportation funding package. Visit Free Youth Transit Pass for more information.
  • Walk, Bike, and Roll to School

Our transportation webpage has many suggestions and resources for students who are looking for additional ways to get to and from school. Families can find safe walking routes to school, community resources for free and low-cost helmets or bikes, and much more. Visit the SPS Transportation webpage for information.


All scholars will receive a device to be checked out to them at the beginning of the year. Scholars MUST fill out the technology form before they can take it home. K/1 scholars will receive an iPad and 2-8 will receive a laptop. Please assist your scholar in keeping track of this throughout the year so no fines are assessed.

Communication From Me

I will be sending out communication weekly to you. This will come in the form of an email or a phone call, and will be available on the website. You can expect to receive these messages on Sundays. I may also send urgent updates as needed.

I can’t wait to see everyone on the first day of school, September 7th. Please contact your scholar’s teacher, our main office, or myself if you have any questions.

Thank you!

Dante Rhodes, Principal (He/His/Him)