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We are so excited to begin our school year together in person full time on September 1, 2021.   Students may arrive starting at 7:45am and class will begin at 8:15am.  Monday will continue to be a later start schedule with class starting at 9:30am.  Monday through Friday our school day will end at 3:00pm.  Students will be returning to a traditional schedule with travel to music, PE, enrichment, and library.  They will be eating in our cafeteria as well.  At this time masks are still required. We are continuing to watch closely for updated guidance from the Washington Department of Health and our local Grant County Health District regarding mask requirements and will let you know if that changes.  More information about our return to school will be sent out to all Ancient Lakes families through the Remind app and on our Facebook & Instagram pages.  Our office staff is  now off for a well deserved summer break but our office will re-open on August 17th , Mondays through Fridays 7:30am-4pm.  

We are looking forward to launching a new year of learning with our Ancient Lakes families.   Go Jacks!  

Check out these resources for some sites to visit during summer break.


Summer STEAM Challenges


Virtual Amusement Park Tours and Rides 

  • Tour Disney Theme Parks and Universal Studios and see what it’s like to ride on their rollercoasters and go onother adventures. 


Universal OrlandoTour 


Walt Disney World in FloridaTour 


Disneyland Park in CaliforniaTour 


Tour collections and learn about the history of art and artifacts with these online museum experiences. 

  • American Museum of Natural History: Brian Selznick, author of Wonderstruck, leads a virtual tour of the museum, meeting field experts along the way. 

  • British Museum: This cool, interactive site lets kids browse the museum collection by time period, not by room, so kids can focus in on the era they're most interested in. 

  • Historic Hudson Valley: This site offers many history-themed online experiences for kids, from "Traders and Raiders," which looks at the history of pirates in the greater New York Area, to "People Not Property," which teaches kids about slavery. There are also lots of ideas for at-home historical activities, like cooking with cornmeal or "tinsmithing" at home with aluminum foil. 

  • Metropolitan Museum of Art: The #MetKids site is geared for little ones, and lets them explore a cute, illustrated map to find treasures in the museum's collection. 

  • Musée du Louvre: The world-famous museum offers virtual tours by subject, from the body in art to Egyptian antiquities. 

  • Museum of the American Revolution: Lauren Tarshis, author of the I Survived book series, hosts a tour of this history-themed museum and talks about the Revolutionary War. 

  • Museum of Science: The #MOSatHome page offers virtual looks at the Boston museum's exhibits and hosts daily livestreams and webinars. 

  • National Gallery of Art: The National Gallery has 50 video tours specifically geared towards kids, focusing on a work and the people, places, and scenes surrounding its creation. 

  • SFMOMA: The #MuseumFromHome series takes visitors around the museum and beyond, offering looks at where artists make their works. 

  • Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History: You can bookmark this one to visit over and over, since it offers virtual version of every exhibition in the museum. 

  • The Vatican Museum: You can get 360 looks at nine rooms in the Vatican — including the magnificent Sistine Chapel.  


See how food grows, is harvested, and gets to your table with these farm tours. 

  • American Egg Board: The Egg Board has virtual tours of different egg farms, and many of them let you choose different videos for elementary and middle school students. 

  • Bright Farms: A farm grower in Irvington, NY shows kids how food goes from the field (in this case, an indoor grower) to the grocery store. There's even a quiz at the end! 

  • Farm Food 360: Kids can see 11 different sorts of farm and food plants, including dairy cow farms, egg processing facilities, and an apple orchard. 


You might not be able to go on your sightseeing vacation at the moment, but these virtual landmark tours are the next best thing. 

  • Buckingham Palace: Go room-by-room and see all of the amazing historical objects in the palace. 

  • Ellis Island: See the island the way the 12 million immigrants did between 1892 and 1954 through a virtual tour with lots of first-hand stories. 

  • Mount Rushmore: The virtual tour of Mount Rushmore was created through 3D scans of the mountain. 

  • Mount Vernon:Take a look inside George Washington's home the same way you would click through Street View on a Google Map. 

  • Plimoth Plantation: Take a tour of the site of the first Thanksgiving, and learn the history behind the event. 

  • The White House: President Obama narrates a tour of "The People's House," and you can scroll around and click on points of interest. 


Zoos and Aquariums 

These zoos and aquariums have live cams where kid can check in with the animals. 

Library and Read Aloud Websites 

See what is in the library for you to experience online or have a book read aloud to you. 


Even More Fun 

From a candy factory to the surface of Mars, these tours take kids to places that aren't available to them even in normal times. 

  • Discovery Education: The site hosts virtual field trips for kids, from engineering plants that make the cars of the future to a lab that researches nuclear energy. 

  • M&Ms Factory Tour: The Food Network hosts a virtual tour of the M&Ms factory and shows how the delicious candy gets made. 

  • Outer Space Tours: Kids can see the real surface of Mars, courtesy of the Curiosity rover. NASA also does virtual tours of the Moon, along with the International Space Station. 

June 2, 2021 

Dear Parents and Guardians, 

The purpose of this letter is to communicate with you about an incident that happened this afternoon at Quincy Middle School.  At approximately 1:15 PM, a QMS staff member received a threatening post on their personal Instagram post.  Shortly after that the same message was sent to the QMS Instagram post.    The police were immediately called and they are in the process of contacting Instagram to identify the account user.  In an abundance of caution and while this incident is being investigated, the decision was made to go into a Secure the Building mode for QMS and also for Ancient Lakes because of our proximity to the middle school.  During this time students were kept in their classrooms and all exterior doors were secured.   

Please know that the safety of our students is our highest priority and the district has a safety and crisis plans for each of our schools.  The school administrators conduct safety/emergency drills regularly that include lockdown, fire, earthquake and emergencies in general.  We work directly with the Quincy Police Department as part of our continuing effort to keep you and your children safe.  We are very thankful for the swift response of the student reporting the incident, our school staff and the Quincy Police Department.   

It is our expectation that school will resume as normal for Ancient Lakes with in person classes continuing tomorrow, June 3rd as usual.  If that changes due to law enforcement recommendations or further developments we will let you know through a Remind announcement.  QMS will be having only remote lessons tomorrow while they continue to investigate.  

If there are any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. 


Colleen Frerks 

Principal,  Ancient Lakes Elementary 





Junio 2, 2021 

Queridos padres y guardianes, 

El propósito de esta carta es comunicarnos con usted acerca de un incidente que sucedió esta tarde en Quincy Middle School. Aproximadamente a la 1:15 p.m., un miembro del personal de QMS recibió una publicación amenazante en su publicación personal de Instagram. Poco después, se envió el mismo mensaje a la publicación de Instagram de QMS. La policía fue llamada de inmediato y están en proceso de contactar a Instagram para identificar al usuario de la cuenta. Con mucha precaución y mientras se investigaba este incidente, se tomó la decisión de pasar al modo “Secure the Building” (Segurar el Edificio) para QMS y también para Ancient Lakes debido a nuestra proximidad a la escuela secundaria. Durante este tiempo, los estudiantes se mantuvieron en sus salones y se aseguraron todas las puertas exteriores. 

Por favor sepa que la seguridad de nuestros estudiantes es nuestra máxima prioridad y el distrito tiene planes de seguridad y de crisis para cada una de nuestras escuelas. Los administradores escolares realizan simulacros de seguridad / emergencia con regularidad que incluyen encierro, incendio, terremoto y emergencias en general. Trabajamos directamente con el Departamento de Policía de Quincy como parte de nuestro esfuerzo continuo para mantenerlos a usted y a sus hijos seguros. Estamos muy agradecidos por la rápida respuesta del estudiante que reportó el incidente, nuestro personal escolar y el Departamento de Policía de Quincy. 

Esperamos que la escuela se reanude normalmente para Ancient Lakes y que las clases en persona continúen mañana, 3 de junio, como de costumbre. Si eso cambia debido a recomendaciones de nuestro departamento de policia o desarrollos adicionales, se lo haremos saber a través de un anuncio Remind. QMS solo tendrá lecciones remotas mañana mientras continúan investigando. 

Si tiene alguna pregunta o inquietud, no dude en ponerse en contacto conmigo. 





Colleen Frerks 

Director, Primaria Ancient Lakes 





Your student will need to bring a daily wellness screening form like the one you see here.  If they do not bring it with them, they will not be allowed to class until a parent or guardian can come to the school and fill one out. Thank you!

If you missed our parent community meeting for our Fall reopening plan, you can watch a recorded version on the link below. Our school office is open so if you have any questions please feel free to call our building at 787-8950.


Si no pudo ver la junta comunitaria de padres sobre el plan de reaptertura para otono, aqui esta el enlace para ver la grabacion. Nuestra oficina esta abierta si tiene preguntas no dude en llamar al 787-8950.

Ancient Lakes Elementary

417 C St SE
Quincy, WA 98848

Phone: (509) 787-8950
Fax: (509) 787-8952

Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Principal: Colleen Frerks

Admin Assistant: Maggie Ramirez

Attendance: Christina Morales

Parent Liaison: Amey Trujillo

Counselor: Janice Harmon

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