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    Falcon Families,

    Hope you were able to get out this weekend to enjoy some of the sunshine breaks.  It was wonderful to see blue skies with the cooler weather. 

    Declan and I started our Project FeederWatch bird count on Saturday (Cornell Lab of Ornithology).  Yep, we were watching and counting birds at our bird feeders.  Over the last two days we have seen at least two Northern Flickers, a Stellar's Jay, a European Starling, a Spotted Towhee, two Anna’s Hummingbirds, a Red-breasted Nuthatch, a 

     amybirdsHouse Finch, American Goldfinches, Black-capped Chickadees, Dark-eyed Juncos and a swarm of Bushtits.  This has been a great way to engage with science, data collection, bird identification, and a national effort to track birds and bird migrations.  My little man is such an awesome bird nerd and I love all that I have learned from him because of his passion for birds.  I can actually tell the difference between a Red-breasted Nuthatch and a Black-capped Chickadee.  Never thought I would ever say that.  So, I am definitely not an expert but if you would like more information, please email me.  The link to Project FeederWatch is here:  FeederWatch.  

    Please remember to schedule your fall conference with your classroom teacher(s).  Link is below.  Don’t forget next week there is NO school.  Teachers will be connecting with parents via ZOOM or on the phone.  Link to Sign-Up Genius is below.

    Please make sure to read the teachers emails sent on Friday. 

    Monday, Nov 16th

    Tuesday, Nov 17th

    Wed, Nov 18th

    Thurs, Nov 19th

    Friday, Nov 20th

    Classes start at 8:30 am

    GSA meeting with Ms. Hanson, 12:15-12:55 pm

    November is Native American Heritage Month. See links below for resources.

    Classes start at 8:30 am

    Middle School LYFE meeting with Mr. Lawrence, 11:30-12 pm.

    Middle School ASB meetings with Mr. Castle, 11:30 am

    K and 1st Community Building with ASB, 12:15 pm. Schwentor’s ZOOM Room.

    Curbside Checkout, K-3, 2:30-3:30 pm.

    Classes start at 8:30 am

    Middle School Art Club with Ms. Wakefield,11:15-11:45 pm

     

    Classes start at 8:30 am

    Middle School Photo Club, during lunch.

    Curbside Checkout, 4th-8th grades, 2:30-3:30 pm.

    2nd & 3rdCommunity Building with ASB, 12:15 pm. Schwentor’s ZOOM Room.

     

    Classes start at 8:30 am

     

     

     

     

    4th & 5th Community Building with ASB, 12:15 pm. Schwentor’s ZOOM Room.

     

    New information is italicized below.

    TOPS Elementary Community Building:

    • TOPS Associated Student Body is creating opportunities for our students to connect this coming week.  The TOPS middle school ASB will be hosting student lunches on ZOOM.
    •  These sessions will be grouped by age and take place from 12:15-1. Your student is welcome to bring their lunch and join their grade band and ASB on Ms. Schwentor’s ZOOM link on their day.
      • Tuesday at 12:15 will be for kindergarten and first grade. ASB will be leading them in a craft that requires pencil and paper.
      • Thursday at 12:15 will be for second and third grade. ASB will be leading them in some Zoom games (for example “Would You Rather?”)
      • Friday at 12:15 will be for fourth and fifth grade. ASB will be leading them in rounds of the online game “Among Us” (approved for ages 9 and up)
    • Students are invited to join Ms. Schwentor’s ZOOM link for this event

    November Conference Schedule:  Sign-Up Genius is linked below and is tabbed by grade level.  Be sure to check on your phones which grade level you are in!  Ms. Bernal is Kindergarten!!

         www.signupgenius.com/tabs/13571DF06A3C2EEC53-topsconferences1

    • Monday, November 23rd, 11am to 8 pm
    • Tuesday, November 24th, 10 am to 7 pm
    • Wednesday, November 25th, 8 am to 12:30 pm

    FamilyWorks Resource Center:  To meet the basic needs of SPS families across the north end, FamilyWorks and Seattle Public Schools are opening a satellite family resource center, located at the south entrance of Nathan Hale High School each Wednesday from 12:45-3 p.m. Families will be connected to knowledgeable and friendly staff who can assist with rental assistance applications, enrollment in public benefits, and navigating a vast network of community resources. Services will be offered in English, Spanish, and Somali. To reach FamilyWorks outside of its hours at Nathan Hale High School, please call (206) 694-6727.

    Digital Citizenship:  Just a few reminders.

    • Please talk with students about NOT using messaging apps during class time. This includes TEAMS, ZOOM, Instagram, Snapchat or Discord (this is a new app).  Teaching and learning online is tough without all the additional distractions!  We know its tough. 
    • Parents/Guardians we are asking, if possible, please don’t allow students to have their phones during class time. 
    • Link to an article from Smart Social, Fear of Missing Out.

    YOU GROW GIRL Survey:

    • You Grow Girl! has partnered with a researcher from Antioch University to amplify “Black Girlism,” a research study to advance the developmental and psychological sustainability of Black girls and young women, between the ages of 11-24, in Washington State, specifically in King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties.
    • All Black / African American female-identifying students, parents and legal guardians of B/AA female-identifying youth are invited to participate in the survey. It will only a few minutes (less than 6 minutes) to complete one of the online anonymous surveys.
    • Youth and families are eligible for cash or Target gift card incentives for their participation.

    In solidarity, we will rise!
    Jamila L. Coleman
    (she/her)
    Founder, Executive Director
    o: (206) 417-9904

    Middle School Families Ski Bus Information

    • The snow is falling in the mountains, and that has everyone asking about Ski Bus.  You may also have recently received a WebbSki registration in the mail if you participated in Ski Bus last year. 
    • For those of you who are new to TOPS middle school, TOPS parents have for many years coordinated a couple of buses that take about 80 middle school kids and volunteer chaperones up to Snoqualmie Summit for 5 weeks in Jan/Feb to ski or snowboard. I've been one of the coordinators for the past three years. Right now is when I would normally be booking those buses, sending out pricing and registration for lessons/rentals/transportation, as well as fundraising to offer scholarships.  
    • My update to you is that we are not going to have a formal Ski Bus program this year.  We are unable to book any buses and even if we could, the number of buses we would need to meet COVID-19 protocols would make the cost unworkable.  The Summit at Snoqualmie itself is still working out how many lesson groups they'll be able to accommodate, or even how many people can be on the mountain at a time.  I've contacted the Ski School asking if there is even a possibility of scheduling a common lesson time for TOPS middle schoolers, if there is interest in that. Registration and transportation to the mountain would fall on families. Families could certainly also coordinate together on registering and getting students to WebbSki lessons together, since those forms have been sent out.

    What I will do is: 

    1. Share with middle school families the info from the Summit on lessons and lift tickets and rentals, once they have those details sorted out.  
    2. I also have created a Ski Bus 2021 email group for people to communicate or try to meet up on their own. If you want to join the Ski Bus Google Group, please email me individually to add you to the group. This is a new and separate group from last year, so even if you are on last year's group, email me.
    3. There is also a TOPS Ski Bus Facebook group from last year that you can join at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2429907767284962/. I will update people there too. 
    4. ALSO, we have lots of gear to loan out, and I am able to do a gear "check-out" at school so that anyone who needs gear can come look and take what works for the season.  So I will let middle school families know when this is finalized. I will also put out a call to any community members that might have gear or winter clothing to share/pass on to others. I know that skiing and snowboarding is an expensive hobby, so my hope is that by helping with gear, we can ease barriers to access at least a little.  

    Because I won't be coordinating or collecting any registration funds this year, we also won't be able to offer any financial assistance this year, beyond lending gear.  Unless someone has some great ideas!  I'm all for great and creative ideas. :)

    Feel free to contact me with questions.
    Best,
    Jana Robbins (Ian, 7th)
    206-390-0438

    Specialist Video from Curriculum Nighthttps://www.loom.com/share/6e59a9a66ec14d25bd149b68bffb7f8d

    Accessing Student SPL Accounts:  Did you know that every SPS student has a Seattle Public Library account? These digital books can be viewed on district devices, you don’t need an e-reader! Learn how to log in and set up your student's SPL account.

    Native American Heritage Month Resources:

    Tech Support:
    Support for Families and Remote Learning:

    Tech Support Centers Across the District:

    ·Information is on the website. Information about where the Technology Resource Centers are can be found at: https://www.seattleschools.org/district/calendars/news/what_s_new/family_resource_centers

    FREE Meals for ANYONE and EVERYONE.  Weekend meal packs available and other resources for families.  

    Contributing to Families in Need: 

    • A huge shout out to all the families again who have sent gift cards to support families in need.  We can still use more cards as the needs are rising. 
    • If you are able and would like to help, first and foremost, thank you for your kind generosity.  We want to continue to support all TOPS Families.  Any help families can provide would be appreciated (and there is not such a thing as small help, everything counts) by sending Safeway, Kroger or Target gift cards to: 

    TOPS K8
    2500 Franklin Avenue E
    Seattle, WA 98102
    Att: Amy Schwentor

    Please be sure to include the gift card value on the items.  A huge shout out to all the families that have contributed!

    What I am reading:

    • Fiction: Finished Raybearer, by Jordan Ifueko.  What an amazing book and I highly recommend for all YA readers!  Loved it!  Currently, finishing A World of Secrets, by James Maxwell.  This is the second book in the Firewall Trilogy. 
    • Non-Fiction:  This Book is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewel (interview of the author, Tiffany Jewell, Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad, and How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X Kendi.

    Videos of the week:    

    Jokes of the week: 

    Q:  How do trees get on the internet?  A:  They log in!
    Q:
      What happens when winter arrives? A:  Autumn leaves!

    Don't forget to check out the TOPS website (https://topsk8.seattleschools.org/) for more events, timelines, etc...   

    Stay home, stay healthy, be safe.

    Amy