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Honoring Our Nation’s Veterans

Thank You Veterans!As we approach Veterans Day, we wish to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation to our nation’s veterans.

More than just a day off, Veterans Day is a day dedicated in honor of our nation’s veterans, their service in support of our country, and world peace.

Observed annually on November 11th in the United States, it originated as “Armistice Day” on November 11, 1919 – the first anniversary of the end of World War I. It became a national holiday beginning in 1938, “dedicated to the cause of world peace…”

Please join us as we thank our nation’s many veterans, some who call the Methow Valley home.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors Holiday Food Baskets

Registration has begun for the Neighbors Helping Neighbors Annual Holiday Food Basket Program for residents of the Methow Valley. Started as a project through The Cove over 35 years ago, holiday food baskets will be delivered to over 130 households on December 17 between the hours of 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Please complete the Registration Form below in its entirety and return it to The Cove by December 9th. Registration forms can be…

  • Dropped off during regular food bank hours on Thursdays from 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Placed in the drop box outside the front door of The Cove at 206 Glover Street (across from the post office).
  • Mailed to PO Box 895, Twisp WA 98856.
  • Emailed to

Questions? Please call (360) 733-2134



NOTE: If the Registation Form is not visible, use link below to view/download document.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors Holiday Food Baskets Registration Form


Missoula Children’s Theatre Returns to the Methow Valley!

Dear Methow Valley Families,

After three years, Missoula Children’s Theatre performances will once again be visiting the Methow Valley! The Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT), the nation’s largest touring children’s theatre, has been touring extensively for forty years. MCT’s mission is the development of lifeskills in children through participation in the performing arts.

This year’s show is The Little Mermaid starring the Little Mermaid, Celia, her three sisters, Delia, Amelia and Ophelia, Gil, the Merboy next door and the country singin’ Starfish. The Royal family includes the Prince, the King and the Queen. And don’t forget the snoopy Seasiders. To complete the ensemble, the poetic Town Criers, the dynamic Sea Scouts and the galloping Seahorses will make this play a hit! Additionally, several students may serve as Assistant Directors throughout the week.


  • Auditions for the show will be held at the Methow Valley Elementary School Cub Gym on Monday, November 7 from 3:40 – 5:40 p.m. and are open to all students in Grades 1-12. Only kids who will be here for all rehearsals and who can commit to the two performances on Saturday at 3:00 and 5:30 p.m. may audition. No preparation is needed.
  • Not all students will be cast in parts. Over the past forty years of touring, MCT has found that there is a maximum number of children that two directors can teach well in one week. If more kids are added, at any age level, the directors become spread too thin and therefore are unable to give the appropriate amount of individual attention to the children to make each child’s personal experience safe, positive, and successful.
  • The cast will include more than 50 local students who audition, rehearse, and perform with two Missoula Children’s Theatre actor/directors in an intensive week of theatre arts. There is a $25 residency fee for those cast in the production. Scholarships are available, thanks to Winthrop Kiwanis.

Audition, Rehearsal and Performance Dates & Times

NOTE: Not all students will be called for all rehearsals; the bigger the part (and typically the older the child), the more rehearsals. The youngest students will only rehearse from 1:40 – 3:40 p.m. (Wednesday and Thursday) and 1 – 3 p.m. on Friday, and all day on Saturday.

  • Monday, November 7th • Auditions 3:40 – 5:40 p.m.
    Note that not all students may get a role. There are limited cast members for Missoula Children’s Theatre. Please plan on being at the school at 5:40 p.m., ready to pick up your child if necessary.
  • Monday, November 7th • Rehearsal 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
    After auditions, students cast in larger roles will stay for rehearsal until 8 p.m. There will be a 15-20 minute break for meals for those staying for rehearsal. Younger students and those not cast in roles will be sent home at this time. Please plan on being at the school at 5:40 p.m., ready to pick up your child if necessary.
  • Tuesday, November 8th • Rehearsal 3:40 – 8:00 p.m.
    Only students cast in larger roles will rehearse on Tuesday.
  • Wednesday, November 9th • Rehearsal 1:40 – 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 10th • Rehearsal 1:40 – 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday, November 11th • Rehearsal 12:40 – 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 12th • Performances at 3:00 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.
    Students will arrive by 1:30 p.m. for make up, costume and some rehearsal and will stay throughout the afternoon until the second show is finished. Plan to pack snacks and a hearty lunch. Each performance is approximately 1 hour.



Students in green costumes on a stage performing with Missoula Children's Theatre.

MCT is brought to our community Methow Arts Alliance. It is supported by Icicle Fund, Winthrop Kiwanis, the Chewuch Inn, the Methow Valley Fund, the Public School Funding Alliance, the WA State Arts Commission, KTRT, Blue Star Coffee Roasters and the Methow Valley School District.

For more information, call us at Methow Arts (509) 997-4004) or email us at

MVSD Music Program Receives Generous Donation from Winthrop Music Association

The MVSD Music Program received a generous donation from the Winthrop Music Association, a local non-profit that produces the annual Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival.

In a letter sent on behalf of the Winthrop Music Association, Erika Olsen, Festival Director stated, “The association is thrilled once again to make this donation which aligns with our mission of promoting arts and culture in the Methow Valley…”

It’s with sincere gratitude and appreciation that we wish to publicly thank the Winthrop Music Association and its board members for their continued support of our growing music program!

Methow Valley School District: School Closure, Delays, and Emergency Routes (2022-2023)

Dear Methow Valley Students, Parents, and Community Members,

As we head into winter conditions, we want to remind you about the procedures we have in place regarding “School Closures, Delays, and Emergency Bus Routes.”

Depending on the conditions, possible changes to the regular school schedule might include:

  • MVSD schools closed for the day
  • MVSD schools operating on a two-hour delayed start schedule
  • MVSD schools operating on a two-hour delayed start schedule with emergency bus routes* in effect
  • MVSD buses operating on time with emergency bus routes* in effect

*Emergency Bus Route information can be found on our School Closures, Delays and Emergency Routes page.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What would cause a school closure?
A: The MVSD will close its schools when it is determined that the conditions (weather, fire, smoke, flooding, prolonged power outage, etc.) are unsafe for normal school operations.

Q: When schools are closed for the day, what does that mean for before and after-school activities?
A: When schools are closed for the day, all before and after-school activities, athletic practices and events, and the Head Start Preschool program are cancelled.

Q: How often does the Methow Valley close its schools due to adverse weather conditions, power outages, or otherwise?
A: Seldom. Recognizing the closure of our schools creates a significant disruption in the lives of the families and community we serve, the MVSD takes the decision to close its schools seriously.

Q: If school is closed, will students be required to make up the day?
A: Yes. If school is closed for the day, the missed school day will be added to the end of the school calendar.

Q: What would cause a two-hour delayed start?
A: Typically weather-related, the MVSD will initiate a two-hour delayed start to the school day when the conditions require additional time to ensure the safe operations of the school district, allowing bus drivers, parents, and our student-drivers the additional time necessary to safely travel to school.

Q: How are programs impacted when operating on a two-hour delayed start?
A: When operating on a two-hour delayed start, bus drivers will begin picking up students two hours later than the normal scheduled time. This means if your student regularly catches their bus at 7:30 a.m., they would catch the bus at 9:30 a.m.

Q: How does a two-hour delayed start to the school day impact the rest of the school day and after-school programs?
A: School will let out at the regular time and the afternoon routes will operate on their normal schedule.

Q: How does a two-hour delayed start impact the Head Start Preschool program?
A: In the event of a delayed start to the school day, the Head Start Preschool program will operate on a two-hour delayed schedule as well.

Q: What is an emergency bus route?
A: Several routes may be impacted by adverse conditions making it unsafe for the bus to travel on certain roads. Riders on affected routes will meet the bus at their designated emergency stop. (Visit our School Closures, Delays and Emergency Routes page for details.)

Q: What if conditions change or an event takes place during the school day? Will you close schools early?
A: With the exception of extreme weather conditions or an event (e.g. fire, prolonged power outage) making it unsafe to remain in the school building(s), we make every effort to avoid closing our schools early. If it is determined that we need to close school early, we would use the lines of communication listed below to notify families of these changes.

Q: How does the MVSD make decisions about changes to the regular school day?
A: It’s not a perfect science given the many variables, but it begins and ends with one constant – the safety of our students, staff, parents, and community members. Working in consultation with the WA DOH and county road crews, the MVSD assesses and evaluates each event using multiple sources of information (weather forecasts, current and predicted road conditions, possible power outages, air quality measures, etc.) in support of its effort to make an informed decision.

Q: What if the MVSD is operating on-time or on a delayed schedule, but I believe the conditions where I live make it unsafe for me or my student(s) to attend school. What should I do?
A: The MVSD Transportation Department provides busing services to the largest geographic attendance area in the state of Washington. As such, we recognize that the conditions in Lost River may vary greatly from those in Carlton. We trust that each parent will make an informed decision that they believe is in the best interest of their student’s safety and well-being. If a parent believes the conditions in their area are unsafe for travel to and from school, they should notify their student’s school that their student will not be attending school and that they are excusing their absence.

Q: How will the MVSD communicate these potential changes to the school schedule?
A: Changes to the regular school schedule will be communicated using several sources of information. These include:

  • School Messenger – With School Messenger, we will phone, text or email you whenever there’s a change to the regular school day schedule. Please make sure the school has accurate contact information.
  • Skyward Messenger – With Skyward Messenger, we will email students and parents whenever there’s a change to the regular school day schedule. Please make sure the school has accurate contact information.
  • Radio – Tune into the following radio stations to hear changes to our school schedule – KOZI “Community Radio” (103.1 FM) and KTRT “K-Root” (97.5 FM).
  • Social Media – We will post updates about school closures, delays and emergency bus route modifications on the MVSD Facebook page.

Q: When can I expect the district to notify me of the changes?
A: The MVSD will make every attempt to notify students, parents, and community members of changes to the regular school schedule no later than 6:00 a.m.

You can find more information about school closures, delays, and/or changes to bus routes on our School Closures, Delays and Emergency Routes page or by contacting the Transportation Department at (509) 997-2113.

Be safe,
Tom Venable
Superintendent, Methow Valley School District

IB Program Evaluation for Primary and Middle Years Programs

In order to develop a coherent system of exceptional teaching and learning reflecting the values and needs of the Methow Valley community, Liberty Bell and Methow Valley Elementary became authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) World Schools in 2017. Five years later, we are now in a cycle of IB Program Evaluation for our Primary and Middle Years Programs. This process involves self-study and an evaluation visit taking place during the 2022-23 school year.

IB Program Coordinators Kelly Wiest and Matt Hinckley presented information about our schools’ IB programs to families on the evening of Monday, October 24.
View the presentation

The input of parents, families, and students is crucial to this process, and we value your perspectives, so we are inviting you to participate in our Program Evaluation.
Complete the Survey

If you have any questions, would like to provide written input, or would like to otherwise become more involved in this process, please contact PYP Coordinator Kelly Wiest or MYP Coordinator Matt Hinckley.


Season's Greetings! Monday, December 19th through Friday, December 30th, All MVSD Schools and the District Office will be Closed to the Public