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    Falcon Families,

    Election day happened all of last week-not just a day.  For me, the week was mentally and physically exhausting.  Voter turnout for the election was unprecedented.  Recent counts show over 146 million Americans voted and we can expect this to rise based that many states are still in the process of finalizing their counts.  States are still in the process of certifying their votes and this will continue to happen throughout the next month.  Based on statistical analysis, projections and announcements were made across the country on Saturday, indicating that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris would be the new President and Vice-President elect, respectfully. 

     

    For the first time in the history of our country we have an African American female vice-president elect.  100 years ago, on August 18th, the 19th Amendment giving Women the Right to Vote was ratified.  The glass ceiling broke on Saturday with the announcement of a woman of color as our next vice-president elect.  I am proud to be a witness to a historical and exciting moment.  I am proud to be a woman in a country where women can achieve anything they want.

    Regardless of political affiliations, I believe that all parents want the best for their children. We all want to work towards a country where our child (ren) can be successful and accepted for who they are and that they can be/do whatever they aspire.  I think the Hamilton Cast shares this best as they sing Dear Theodosia.

    Have a great week Falcons!

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

    Monday, Nov 9th

    Tuesday, Nov 10th

    Wed, Nov 11th

    Thurs, Nov 12th

    Friday, Nov 13th

    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

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

    Grades 3-5 pick up of Art Supplies, 2:30-3:30 pm.

    Superintendent Virtual Town Hall, 4:30 pm

    Veterans Day, NO School

    Links below to resources

    Classes start at 8:30 am

    Middle School Photo Club, during lunch.

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

    Grades 3-5 pick up of Art Supplies, 2:30-3:30 pm.

     

     

    Classes start at 8:30 am

     

     

     

     

     

    New information is italicized below.

    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.

    November Conference Schedule is below.  Sign-Up Genius will be sent out in a separate communication by Tuesday.

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

    Native American Heritage Month Resources:

    Veterans Day Resources

    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

    Tech Support:

    Support for Families and Remote Learning:

    Tech Support Centers Across the District:
    Information about where the Technology Resource Centers are can be found at:
     

      https://www.seattleschools.org/district/calendars/news/what_s_new/family_r esource_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 Raybearer, by Jordan Ifueko.  Just opening it up and haven’t started yet!  Finished Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas.  Yadriel is a transgender Latinx male attempting to prove himself to his father and family as a brujo.  Two days before Dia de Muertos, Yadriel meets Julian (a spirit) and works to help Julian uncover what happened to him.
    • Non-Fiction:  This Book is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewel and Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad.

    Videos of the week:    

    Joke of the week: 

    Ed: The same bike tries to run me down every day. Fred: Sounds like a vicious cycle...

     

    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