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    Falcon Families,

    It is official. We will remain in the remote learning phase at least until the end of 1st semester.  We need to settle into the process and gear up for the ride.  We know that online learning is different for every family.  We continue to host daily family connection times from 2:30-3:30 pm.  As we reflect on the last two months of school, we will continue to adjust and refine the work we are doing.  We will continue to ask for your feedback and input.  Please remember that ALL students are coming to TOPS with missed instructional time last spring.  We are working on ways to gather academic data with students and families that allow teachers to pivot and make decisions that continue to support and push their academic growth.  K-5 teachers are refining how they are using Seesaw to both enhance the synchronous learning experience, gather formative assessment data on students, and provide asynchronous learning activities. 

    As we move through the next week prior to election day next Tuesday, we anticipate a range of emotions and impact on our students, families and teachers. We continue to support ALL of our TOPS students and families.  Please remember to VOTE.

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

    Monday, Oct 26th

    Tuesday, Oct 27th

    Wed, Oct 28th

    Thurs, Oct 22nd

    Friday, Oct 23rd

    Classes start at 8:30 am

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

    October is recognized as Disability Month, resources below.

    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.

    Elementary Curriculum Night, 7-8:30 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. See Don’s notice below.

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

    Middle School Curriculum Night, 7-8:30 pm

    Classes start at 8:30 am

    Disability Awareness Month Posters/Art due Today. See attached flyer below.

    Fall back on your clocks on Saturday!

    New information is italicized below.

    Curriculum Night:  TUESDAY and THURSDAY.  Schedules are below:

    Elementary Curriculum Night, Tuesday October 27t

    • 6:30-6:55 pm  New families to TOPS only.  Connection and community building.
    • 7:00-7:25 pm  Opening session:  Focus on SEL, Community Building, District Updates, Racial Equity
    • 7:30-7:55 pm  Session 1 for elementary: Grade Band Teachers are presenting together
    • 8:00-8:25 pm  Session 2 for elementary: Grade Band Teachers are presenting together

     

    Middle School Curriculum Night, Thursday October 29th

    • 6:30-6:55 pm  New families to TOPS only.  Connection and community building.
    • 7:00-7:25 pm  Opening session:  Focus on SEL, Community Building, District Updates, Racial Equity

     

    7:30-7:50 pm

    Mr. Castle’s Advisory families meet (Mr. Lawrence will be there as well)

     

    7th grade ELA/SS: Clarke and Cao

     

    8th Grade ELA/SS present Hieger and Bloedel

     

    7:50-8:10 pm

    Mr. Lawrence’s Advisory families meet (Mr. Castle will be there as well)

     

    7th Grade Math: Cao and Clarke

    8th Grade Science: Bloedel and Hieger

    8:10-7:50 pm

     

    7th Grade Science: Bloedel and Clarke

    8th Grade Math: Cao and Hieger

    SPL Launches Free Virtual Tutoring for All SPS Students

    • 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.

    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

    Student and family climate surveys 

    • Family surveys were sent the week of Oct. 19 and were emailed directly to families’ email address on file.
    • Student surveys will be done in teachers classrooms for grades 3-8.

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

    SPS Celebrates Disability History Month

    One Out of Five: Disability History and Pride Project

    • The Office of the Education Ombuds (OEO) and Rooted in Rights have partnered to create student voice videos highlighting students with disabilities' experiences in Washington's public K-12 schools as part of the One Out of Five: Disability History and Pride Project, an educational resource for teachers and students.
    • Join the discussion on disability awareness and inclusion on Twitter with #OneOutOfFiveDisabilityProject. We encourage you to share this resource with anyone who may be interested. Project overviews, lesson plans, and resources are located on the OEO Webpage. We encourage families to share these resources with their students and we have made them widely available to our staff.

    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

    Tech Support:  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

    Seattle COVID-19 Relief Fund for Immigrants

    The City of Seattle is offering financial assistance to help vulnerable residents who have been both financially impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and purposely excluded by the federal government. The online application is available in seven languages other than English: Amharic, Korean, Chinese, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog/Filipino, and Vietnamese.  https://welcoming.seattle.gov/comingsoon-seattlecovidfund/

    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 the 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: 

    Q:  What is a pirate's least favorite vegetable   Answer:  A leek!

    If you have a great joke that you would like to share with the TOPS community (age appropriate), please send to me.  I do spend quite a bit of time each week looking for jokes & videos! 

    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