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Loyal Heights New Family Information

Do you have a kindergartner starting at Loyal Heights in the fall? Or are you new to the area or thinking about changing schools? Find out more information here. 

2022 Virtual School Tour

View our School Tour video to see the inside the building, hear from some of the staff and a slideshow with photos of all the staff.

Learn more about Loyal Heights Elementary 

While most of the incoming families will be looking at our Kindergarten program and teachers, we also acknowledge that some families will have students entering grades 1 – 5. For more upper grade content, visit the Contact tab below and The Family Handbook page. We welcome all beavers, little ones and bigger ones too!

The Loyal Heights Vision and Anti-Racist Statement

These important messages can be found on the Our School/About page of our website. 

Is my child Kindergarten Ready?

WaKids – Click here for more information
•Talk to Pediatrician
•Talk to Preschool
•How does your child attend and engage in groups?
•Does your child share and take turns?
•Refer to the next slide as a resource as well

Meet the Loyal Heights Kindergarten Team!

From left to right – Mrs. Colwell, Mrs. Hottovy, Mrs. Lepse and Mrs. Fourquet

Examples of a Typical Day in Kindergarten

Time                      Subject                                                     Minutes

7:55-8:05 School Starts
                             (unpack, wash hands, warm up)              10

8:05-8:20          Calendar                                                       15

8:20-9:00          Science/social studies                                40

9:00-9:20          K-3 Recess (and snack outside)                20

9:20-10:10         Math                                                             50

10:10-10:20        Brain break                                                  10

10:20-11:10         Literacy                                                       50

11:10-11:45       Lunch/Recess                                             35

11:45-12:20        SEL/ Literacy                                              35

12:20-12:55        PCP (Art, Music, PE or Library)                 35

12:55-1:30          Social Learning (free choice)                    35

1:30-1:40            Clean up                                                      10

1:40-1:55            Recess                                                         15

1:55-2:25            Pack up/ story                                            30

Academic Support and Social Emotional Learning at LHE

The following programs are in place at Loyal Heights:

  • Counseling – Preventative and responsive
  • S.T.A.R. – Beaver Expectations
  • Ruler Framework- Yale Center Emotional Intelligence
  • MTSS-Multi-Tiered Systems of Support 
  • P.B.I.S.- Positive Behavior Intervention Supports 

School Counselor

We are proud to have a full-time on-site counselor at Loyal Heights, Ms. Brittany Rider.
Please visit our School Counselor page for more details about Ms. Brittany and her services.

S.T.A.R. is a Loyal Heights program of our Beavers expectations

Students are encouraged to think about their actions with these 4 concepts in mind.

Are you being a STAR ?

S is for SAFE

Ruler Framework- Yale Center Emotional Intelligence

The R.U.L.E.R. Approach is a program used district wide. Details can be found on the SPS Social Emotional Learning page.

The Loyal Heights MTSS – Multi-Tiered Systems of Support and PBIS – Positive Behavior Systems are detailed in the Loyal Heights Family Handbook.

Loyal Heights Enrollment Questions Contact

KathyKatzen- email:, (206)252-6000

Administrative Questions
Principal Michael Berkenwald:, (206)252-6005

504 plans or bilingual Questions (English/Spanish)
Assistant Principal Elizabeth Sánchez:, (206)252-5910

Counselor Related Questions
Brittney Rider:

Special Education Questions 
Leah Rue:

English Learner (EL) Questions
Natalie Pret:

Loyal Heights PTA Website: LH PTA Website
Nurturing Knowledge: 
(On-site before and after school provided by outside organization)
SPS Enrollment Information:nbsp; SPS Enrollment Page
SPS Immunizations Information:  SPS Immunizations Page 
SPS Transportation Information:  SPS Transportation PageSPS Nutrition Services Information:  SPS Nutrition Page
SPS Remote Learning Information:  SPS Remote Learning Page

Enrollment Information

Visit the Seattle Public School enrollment page for detailed information and deadlines. After you enroll your student and if you live within the Elementary School Attendance Area Map, you will be assigned to Loyal Heights Elementary. Visit district’s Address Look Up feature to verify if your residence is within the Loyal Heights attendance area. If you live outside the boundaries, you can still apply to be added to the wait list.

Early Entrance to Kindergarten

Please visit this webpage for information on early kindergarten option.

Jump Start Update

Jumpstart is a 2 week long program over the summer for incoming kinders to get to know the building and the teachers. Jumpstart will be August 15-19, 2022. For more information, visit the Jumpstart page.

Afterschool Care Options

Various organizations offer before and after school care. More information can be found on this resource page.