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Welcome to Briarwood Elementary!

Located in Renton, WA, Briarwood Elementary serves approximately 615 students in Kindergarten through 5th Grade, as well as the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP). Briarwood is also one of three schools in the ISD to host the Science Technology Magnet Program. Read more about Our School.

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Kindergarten Registration

We are excited to welcome you and your student to our school! Information on registering for kindergarten for fall 2022 can be found on our kindergarten registration webpage.

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Religious and cultural days added to the ISD and school calendars are based on days that impact student learning and staff. The calendar is compiled by the Equity Department annually, and can be found on the Religion and Culture webpage*.

*This calendar does not cover all holidays that may be observed by students and students may practice the same religion differently.

Parents – Please be sure to call or email your school and excuse the absence for religious or cultural celebration related absences.

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Religious and cultural days added to the ISD and school calendars are based on days that impact student learning and staff. The calendar is compiled by the Equity Department annually, and can be found on the Religion and Culture webpage*.

*This calendar does not cover all holidays that may be observed by students and students may practice the same religion differently.

Parents – Please be sure to call or email your school and excuse the absence for religious or cultural celebration related absences.

all day

Religious and cultural days added to the ISD and school calendars are based on days that impact student learning and staff. The calendar is compiled by the Equity Department annually, and can be found on the Religion and Culture webpage*.

*This calendar does not cover all holidays that may be observed by students and students may practice the same religion differently.

Parents – Please be sure to call or email your school and excuse the absence for religious or cultural celebration related absences.

all day

Religious and cultural days added to the ISD and school calendars are based on days that impact student learning and staff. The calendar is compiled by the Equity Department annually, and can be found on the Religion and Culture webpage*.

*This calendar does not cover all holidays that may be observed by students and students may practice the same religion differently.

Parents – Please be sure to call or email your school and excuse the absence for religious or cultural celebration related absences.

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Briarwood Elementary

Did you know that the best way to learn mathematics is through play? This empowers our children to see math everywhere, a process know as ‘mathematizing’ our world.

While we may have learned math procedurally, by practicing operations over and over on worksheets, we now know these teaching methods send the wrong messages about math. That it is a stale, static subject focused on finding a quick solution. Instead, research supports building a sense of joy and curiosity in teaching and learning math through meaningful and relevant tasks that engage our learners. Games and collaborative tasks are some of the best ways we can do this.

Playing board, card, and logic games is a great way for to encourage and promote the joy of mathematics at home. For ideas, check out this list of games that support mathematical reasoning. And for more info about how to support math and play at home, see Seattle’s own, Dan Finkel, founder and director of Operations at Math for Love. His goal is to bring play to math for both teachers and families.

Lastly, SAVE THE DATE! Issaquah Schools Foundation (ISF) has awarded Briarwood a Family STEM Night to support the joy of math through problem-solving, sense-making, and play from the comfort of your own home! Save the date for Tuesday, June 7th from 6:00-7:00 pm!

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*If school is closed during the school year due to inclement weather, additional school days will be added to the school calendar in June.

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Happening Now at Briarwood Elementary

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Briarwood Celebrates 'Music in Our Schools' Month

A group of Briarwood Elementary fifth grade students enters the music room, which is bedecked with paper chains, musical note decorations, pompoms and other festive touches. The students take their seats, and then select a ukulele to play during class with teacher Reanne Nakapaahu. When they get to a tricky combination, Nakapaahu – who goes by “Ms. N,” encourages the students to take 30 seconds to practice on their own before they all dive in together again. “Remember, the ring finger just slides – switch!” she calls, demonstrating on her own ukulele. “This is like a ring-finger workout!” 

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By the Numbers

664

Students enrolled for the 2020-2021 school year.

At Briarwood we provide a safe, supportive environment, which promotes respectful, responsible behavior and challenges students, staff and parents to reach their potential as learners.

49

Classroom teachers in the 2019-2020 school year.

In the 2019-2020 school year, our teachers had an average of 11.9 years of teaching experience.

73.5%

Of our teachers have a master's degree or higher.

To find the contact information for one of our teachers or staff, visit the directory (use the menu option at the top right to access the directory).

97%

Of our students attend regularly.

This data is from the 2019-2020 school year, the most recent year available from OSPI.

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School Highlights & Programs

Our students will be prepared for and eager to accept the academic, occupational, personal and practical challenges of life in a dynamic global environment.

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Meet Principal Tia Kleinkopf

Hi, Briarwood families! I have been in education for 30 years, and have spent 20 of those right here in the ISD. A few fun facts about me: I love the “Harry Potter” series, my favorite kind of music is 80s, and my son got married in July! 

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Multi-Tiered Systems of Support

MTSS is shaping the student experience at our school and throughout our district. Multi-Tiered Systems of Support, or MTSS, is a nationally recognized, evidence-based framework guiding our approach to academics, social emotional learning, behavior and attendance.

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Briarwood Bears Chorus

Briarwood Bear Activities

Music and the arts are very important at Briarwood and each grade level performs an evening concert. In addition to the regular music classroom where students learn how to play marimbas, keyboards and recorders, third, fourth and fifth graders have the opportunity to participate in the Briarwood Bear Chorus. Students can also participate in a number of other school sponsored activities. 

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