Skip To ContentSkip To Content
    General Information
    Posted on 09/03/2018
    Firebird logo

    "It takes a Village to raise a child.”
    ~African Proverb~

    Dear Rising Star Families,

    My staff and I are excited to work with you as a partner in education to ensure your child(ren)’s success. We will accomplish this by setting high academic expectations for all children, providing supportive systems to assure they are met, creating a positive school culture, setting high standards for teacher performance, and building strong partnership with the community. It is our goal at Van Asselt that we know ALL of our students by Name, Strength and Need and we work collaboratively with families to ensure students are reaching their highest potential.

    This year is going to be amazing as we continue to provide academic experiences for our students that are rigorous, relevant, and help them build relationships while making real-world connections. As your Principal, it is important to me that everyone who steps through our doors-teachers, students and parents/guardians-are excited to be here! This attitude enables us to meet the challenges of academic excellence in a positive, fun, and nurturing environment. My door is always open and I welcome your input. Please feel free to call (206-252-7505) or email ( me if you have any questions/feedback/concerns throughout the school year.

    We look forward to working with you as a team to help each student at Rising Star meet their goals and have a successful school year! Below are some important dates and school reminders to remember.

    Please be sure your child comes to school each day rested and ready to learn. Attendance and arriving on time are important for your child to succeed in school. Students who are consistently tardy are at a clear disadvantage and usually arrive feeling frantic and unprepared. Our school day begins at 7:53 AM when students begin to go to class with their teachers and ends at 2:25 PM (M-T-Th-F). Every Wednesday, school will be dismissed 75 minutes early at 1:10 PM. Please make sure students are picked up on time, as teachers and office staff have meetings immediately after dismissal. Given our early start time, if you would like to talk to a teacher, please make an appointment with them for after school.

    All students who arrive after 7:55 AM must obtain a tardy slip from the attendance assistant prior to entering their classroom. If your child is sick, please report the absence by calling the school office at (206) 252-7500. Our office hours are from 7:25 – 3:30 PM, you can always leave a message on the voicemail. Please make every attempt to schedule family vacations during our set vacation days throughout the year. Extended vacations during the school year are highly discouraged.

    Lunch is served 7:30-7:50AM will be served in the cafeteria! See the map at the end of this letter for location for car drop off location by the student entrance in the back of the school. Based upon eligibility, which is determined by Seattle Public Schools Nutrition Services, school provided meals will be free, reduced, or full price. You can bring your own lunch from home. If you did not receive an application for the free/reduced meals program in the mail over the summer, please pick one up in the office and they are also available online. All applications must be completed, signed, and returned to school by October 1st, 2019. *Please note that if your child is coming to school by bus, they will be served breakfast at the time of their arrival. Classroom teachers will meet their students on the playground at and walk students to class at 7:55 AM.

    The bus loading zone is on Rose Street after school. The SPS transportation department mails bus route and pickup and drop off information to families in late August. At the end of the school day, all students riding the bus will be escorted to the bus loading zone and/or the pick-up area in the cafeteria. If families have more than one child getting picked up, please know that your oldest child will be allowed to pair up with his/her younger sibling(s) at their pickup table in the cafeteria. If students are not picked up by 2:40 PM (M-T-Th-F) or 1:25 PM (W), they will be escorted to the main office to make phone calls home.

    Students in K through 5th grade are required to complete their daily assignments. Please encourage your child to complete these required assignments by providing a specific place, without television and as few distractions as possible. Check and praise your child for their hard work and make sure that their assignments are in their backpack ready to be turned in the following day.

    During the school day, all exterior doors will be locked to ensure your child’s safety. The front door is the only entrance Office staff will buzz open the door for families to enter. It is required that all family members sign in at the office when visiting the building and wear a visitor pass or picking students up for early dismissal. All volunteers must wear a volunteer badge when on campus. Parents and students are encouraged to support Rising Star’s “Code of Behavior”. With everyone’s support and compliance with the guidelines established, our students and teachers will be able to work in an environment that encourages learning and academic growth.

    Please check with your child(ren)’s teacher at the Meet, Greet and Treats event on August 30th or after the first day of school. As you prepare for the upcoming school year, please make sure to label ALL belongings such as jackets, supplies, lunch boxes and backpacks.

    Students should dress appropriately for a school setting. No bare shoulders. No open toe shoes/flip-flops. Sneakers must always be worn for physical education classes.


    Working Together,

    Ms. Lam

    Ms. Kovach
    Assistant Principal