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We are deep into planning as we prepare to open our doors to all students on the first day of school, Wednesday, September 8th.   There are a few things, specific to Malabon, that will help you get ready. We are all looking forward to a safe and exciting 2021-2022 school year.


School Supplies

Your student will only need to bring a backpack, water bottle, and mask to school each day. As in the last few years, Bethel School District will be providing the essential supplies for all students. Each student will be receiving their own box of supplies (crayons, markers, pencils, notebooks, and more) to use throughout the school year. They won’t be sharing with other students. If you have purchased supplies or received supplies from any organization and would like your child to use them in school, they are welcome to bring them in and put them in their individual boxes. All supplies, however, will stay at school throughout the year.


Meet the Teacher Event

With the onset of new safety requirements, we are putting together an opportunity for you and your child to meet your teacher with precautions in place. Please join us on Malabon’s playground on Thursday, September 2nd, at the designated time below:

4:00  Last name starting  with A-G

4:30  Last name starting with H-N

5:00 Last name starting with O-T

5:30 Last name starting with U-Z

Class lists will be posted outside, teachers will be available to say hello, and our PTO will be running a fun activity for all students.

As per the latest outdoor mask mandate, please make sure are wearing masks upon arrival.

If you aren’t able to attend, please call the school on Friday, September 3, between 8:00 and 2:30 and we can answer any questions you may have. If you receive our voicemail, please leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.


New Staff Introductions

Please help me welcome the following new staff members to our team here at Malabon:

Stacie Jubb is Malabon’s new Resource Room teacher (Mr. Peterson has moved to Pennsylvania).  Ella Sembach is our new PE teacher (Mr. Mart is now full time at Fairfield). Alli Shirtcliff will be teaching 4th grade (Rachel Hsieh was hired as a Teacher on Special Assignment working as a teacher mentor for our district), Tyler Skordal will be teaching 5th grade (new position) and Gabie Mbenza-Ngoma will be teaching 5th grade (Rachel Camarena moved to Wisconsin).

Olivia Garcia (3rd), Alex Walker (4th), and Katie Fjordbeck (5th) joined us as temporary teachers last year. I am happy to say that they have been hired and get to call Malabon home! We have also been fortunate to be able to hire a second counselor at Malabon. Eric Given will be sharing his time between Malabon and Meadow View this year.

We have many support staff joining our team as well. Welcome Brandee Yale, who will be our new lead in Malabon’s kitchen. Cheryl Bunnell, Kathleen Burke, Kelly Didio, Alexandria Hoy, Ray Stevens, and Liz Hancock will be joining us, supporting kids throughout the day in a variety of areas.

I have had such a privilege to spend time with each one of these amazing educators and I am so very excited to introduce them all to you and your kids this year!


First Week of School: Kindergarten Camp

Do you have an incoming kindergartner? Kindergarten Camp will take place during the first week of school.

Students will attend only one full day of Kindergarten Camp, either:

  • Wednesday, September 8thOR
  • Thursday, September 9th

Students will not be assigned a specific teacher yet


Parent Meetings: No School

  • On Thursday evening, class lists are determined by the Malabon Kindergarten Team and Principal.
  • Friday (September 10th) and Monday (September 13th) are reserved for parent/teacher meetings. There will be NO SCHOOL for Kindergartners on these two days.
  • Families will be contacted Thursday evening (September 9th) or Friday morning (September 10th) to confirm their parent meeting time with teachers.


Second Week of School: Staggered Start

Starting on Tuesday, September 14th, Kindergarteners will attend half days at Malabon:

  • Your child will attend either the AM (7:50-11:00) or PM (11:00-2:20) half of the school day
  • Students will attend their AM/PM sessions with their assigned teachers.


Full Day Kindergarten

  • Starting on Friday, September 17th, all Bethel Kindergarten students will attend the full day of school.


Coming Soon

Please keep an eye out for more information coming next week around school safety protocols, arrival and dismissal procedures, PTO meeting dates and more.  Until then, please don’t hesitate to give us a call with questions you may have.