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    Falcon Families,

    November 3 is Election Day. This important election comes at a time that none of us could have imagined a year ago. We are navigating a pandemic and remote learning while working to uphold our values as a district and commitment to becoming an anti-racist school. Locally and nationally, we are witnessing and experiencing anti-Black racism and actions along with related protests, and for some of us, participating in a national debate about the value of our lives and the lives of people we love. It is normal for election outcomes to cause some level of anxiety – this year is truly unprecedented.

    As your child’s principal I want you to know that together, we will create a safe, respectful learning environment next week – no matter the outcome of the elections. Educators have prepared guiding questions to facilitate students’ conversation, development of critical thinking skills and their own ideas. 

    I also want to offer resources for you to use at home to help with conversations about the 2020 election. 

    Finally, this is an unusual election season, and it may take longer than normal for the votes to be tallied. This may cause additional apprehension and stress for students and your family. Please take care of yourself and your loved ones. You can find health and wellness resources provided by trusted community partners here 

    If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out directly to your child’s teacher or you can contact me at alschwentor@seattleschools.org

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

     

    Monday, Nov 2nd

    Tuesday, Nov 3rd

    Wed, Nov 4th

    Thurs, Nov 5th

    Friday, Nov 6th

    Classes start at 8:30 am

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

    Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead

    Sunday, November 1st – Monday, November 2nd.

    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

    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.

    End of 1st Quarter.

     

    Classes start at 8:30 am

     

     

     

    New information is italicized below.

    Curriculum night: A huge thanks to all families that participated in our curriculum nights last week! 

    November Conference Schedule is below.  More information coming soon about how to schedule with Sign-Up Genius.

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

    Middle School Families:  Check the Source, student grades, and missing assignments.  Link is here on how to do this. First quarter ends November 5th

    https://www.seattleschools.org/departments/dots/support_training_forms/source

    Message from Nurse Miller Sherling:  Message from Nurse Sherling.docx 

    Kids Co at TOPS information:

    Dear Kids Co. Families,

    We hope everyone is doing well and has transitioned into the new school year as smoothly as possible! As you all know, we are not currently running Kids Co. program at TOPS. Kids Co. is regularly evaluating our closed locations to see if and when we may be able to open the center back up.

    Now that families have settled into the flow of the new school year, we are reaching out to see if families would sign their children up for care if Kids Co. were to re-open our TOPS location. Below is some important information about our current programs.

    Kids Co. Program changes due to COVID-19:Kids Co.’s program hours are from 8am-5pm each day

    • Kids Co. requires 5 day per week enrollment
    • Kids Co. monthly tuition rate is $1600*
    • See attached tuition statement  2020-21 School Year Tuition Statement KidsCo.pdf 
    • Required daily health checks of staff and students
    • Families are not able to enter the program space

    If your family would enroll at our TOPS location, please respond to vanessak@kidscompany.org with the following information.

    1. Child’s Name
    2. Child’s Grade
    3. Desired Start Date
    4. Required Tuition assistance, if any

    Again, Kids Co. is re-evaluating the need for care at the TOPS location and this does not mean we will be opening the center. If Kids Co. is able to open the Kids Co. at TOPS location, we will reach out directly to families for next steps in the enrollment process.

    Deadline extended!  The TOPS K-8 Disability History Month Poster Or VIDEO contest  

    October is Disability History and Pride Month. Win a book of your choice from a reading list by submitting a poster or short video (1-2 minutes) that profiles a person with a disability who has contributed to social justice.  Use your art or video skills to profile a person with a disability who made a significant contribution to social justice. Represent that person through drawing, painting, images, text, and/or other ways. Middle school contestants: Please explain how this person has changed our world and why you respect their contribution.   See the attached flyer for more details:   TOPSflyerdisabilityprofilefinal.pdf

    FREE Virtual Tutoring for All SPS Students through Seattle Public Library!

    Seattle Public Library is now offering free, one-on-one virtual tutoring for SPS students in grades K through 12 through Tutor.com. Starting on Thursday, Oct. 15, Seattle students can connect through the Library’s platform at spl.org/VirtualTutoring to get instant access to Tutor.com’s 3,000 highly vetted expert tutors, who can help youth with schoolwork, tutoring and academic coaching in a variety of subjects in a safe and secure online classroom. One-on-one help is available in math, writing, science, history, foreign languages, college essay writing, Advanced Placement (AP) courses and more.

    To access virtual tutoring through The Seattle Public Library, go to spl.org/VirtualTutoring and log in with your library card or Library Link number and pin to request a tutor. Any student enrolled in SPS can log in with their student ID number through Library Link – go to spl.org/LibraryLink to learn more.

    Tutors will be available seven days a week from 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in English and Spanish and from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Vietnamese. Many resources are also available 24/7 through Library Link.

    Flu Vaccine Clinics added:  https://www.seattleschools.org/district/calendars/news/what_s_new/flu_clinics

    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: Currently reading A Girl From Nowhere, by James Maxwell.  This is the 1st book in a trilogy that takes place post-apocalypse when the Earth has two suns and the protagonist are searching for a lost city.
    • Non-Fiction:  This Book is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewel (interview of the author, Tiffany Jewell, by Teaching Tolerance is linked here) and Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad.

    Videos of the week:    

    Joke of the week: 

    This joke is for the Marvel geeks out there:
    Q:  What’s Thanos’ favorite app to talk to friends?
      A:  Snap chat.

    And for all the parents our there with kids who have excelled at the “eye roll”…
    Q:  What do you do if someone rolls their eyes at you?  A:  Roll them back.  

    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