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    Falcon Families,

    Our nation experienced another tragic loss on Friday with death of Ruth Bader Ginsberg.  A fierce supporter of civil rights, women’s rights and staunch advocate of gender equality.  She served our country on the Supreme Court for 27 years “presenting a strong voice in favor of gender equality, the rights of workers, and the separation of church and state.”  Linked here is a “RBG Room to remember.” RBG Room to Remember.pptx  A huge thanks to Suzanne Wakefield for sharing the template and resource.

    Thanks to all the parents/caregivers helping your students connect to their full week of learning. Teachers continue to reach out to families to check-in during our Family Connections Conferences.  

    Please make sure to read the teachers emails sent on Friday and to determine when your elementary student will also participate in Small group time with their teachers. 

    Monday, Sept 21st

    Tuesday, Sept 22nd

    Wed, Sept 23rd

    Thurs, Sept 24th

    Friday, Sept 25th

    Classes start at 8:30 am

    Grades K-8 can still pick up tech, 9am-3 pm, Courtyard

    Rosh Hashanah, Sept 19-20th

    International Deaf Awareness Week, Sept 20-26th.

    National Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept 15th -Oct 15th

    Classes start at 8:30 am

    Grades K-8 can still pick up tech, 9am-3 pm, Courtyard

     

     

    Classes start at 8:30 am

    Grades K-8 can still pick up tech, 9am-3 pm, Courtyard

     

     

     

     

    Classes start at 8:30 am

    Grades K-8 can still pick up tech, 9am-3 pm, Courtyard

    Middle School Photo Club, during lunch. See Don’s notice below.

    Tech Support, 2:30-3:30 pm, Nick’s ZOOM page

     

    Classes start at 8:30 am

    Grades K-8 can still pick up tech, 9am-3 pm, Courtyard

     

     

     

    Daily/Weekly Schedules:

    • Please check teacher emails, Seesaw and Schoology pages for complete schedules and ZOOM links.
    • If you see PCP on a schedule it means your student has Specials…look for whether or not they have music, art, library or PE during that time frame! 
    • All K-3 specialists are going to the classroom teachers ZOOM rooms. No need for your student to move to other ZOOM Classrooms during the week.
    • Small groups for K-5 are starting.  Please check with your classroom teacher regarding small group meetings and when your student is scheduled.

    Friday Welcome Back Assembly:  

    • Thanks for all that attended!  We MISS your kids!
    • Linked here is the PowerPoint Presentation that I utilized during the Assembly. Welcome Back Assembly.pptx 
    • There are videos linked in the following places: 
      • 1st Slide:  “Falcons Welcome Back”
      • 4th Slide:  web link for National Hispanic Heritage Month and another under “Deaf Awareness Week”
      • 6th Slide:  “home”.
    • We also asked participants to provide three words that describe their community. The visual of this is linked here.  The words become larger as more participants submit that word.  Welcome Back Assembly.pdf 

    Middle School Updates:

    • Photo Club starting this week on Thursdays during lunch.  Join the TOPS Photography Club with Don!
      • We will meet Thursdays at lunch time to discuss weekly themes, critique student photographs and create a slide show for our school community. Some of the themes we explore will be our school experience at home, social justice, elements of art, covid 19 and others.
      • Check out this video last springs video elective created for an example of what we will be doing.  https://youtu.be/FcjAjjdffFk
    • LYFE (Live Your Future Earth) meetings sponsored by Mr. Lawrence will begin the week of September 28th.  Tuesdays, 11:30-12pm
    • Associated Student Body (ASB) meeting this Thursday with Mr. Castle, 11:30-12 pm.  Mr. Castle emailed the ASB officers.
    • Remind your middle schooler to log-on at 8:30 am each day to for advisory (M,Th) and electives (T, W, F)!

    Attendance:  Daily attendance will be taking for synchronous classes.  Student is considered present if:

    1. Logged on to class meeting – synchronous learning together; OR
    2. Evidence that student has logged on to Schoology/Seesaw etc; OR
    3. Evidence that student has worked with a Specialist/IA;  OR
    4. Asynchronous work – evidence of participation in a task or assignment; OR
    5. Daily interactions with teacher to acknowledge attendance (including messages, emails, phone calls or video chats)

    School Meals: 

    • TOPS is a Lunch Distribution Site.  The link to the SPS website with more information about food distribution sites.  https://www.seattleschools.org/resources/student_meals
    • Lunch will be available every day off Louisa (entrance to cafeteria) from 11:15 am to 1:15 pm.  It’s grab and go! You can get lunch for that day and breakfast for the next morning.

    Flu Shots

    • Flu shots for Seattle Public Schools students (regardless of insurance) are available through School-Based Health Centers.
    • Visiting Nurse Association is also offering 32 “drive-through” flu clinics at 16 school sites starting September 21-October 2. SPS students and their families, and staff and their families can sign up for an appointment at: https://www.seattleschools.org/departments/health_services/flu_clinics.
    • All School Public Schools insurance, Apple Health, Medicare and credit cards are accepted
    • For more information: Samara Hoag, Manager Health Services, 206-252-0752.

    Student Verification Forms: 

    Student Belongings 2019-20 School Year:

    • We will hold them until the end of this week. Please contact us to collect your student’s items.  Someone will collect the items and meet you at the library doors.  At the end of the week, we will recycle and dispose of the items. 

    Tech Support:

    TECHNOLOGY FAQs & Translated Webpage

    Internet Assistance

    • Families needing internet assistance, please go to the Technology Resource Centers. The staff there will be able to provide hotspots or promo codes for free Internet service.
    • Comcast Internet Essentials (for families who will have a fixed address for at least 6 months) which is installed in the home.
    • SPS Cellular Hotspots (for families with no fixed address or moving frequently) which can be picked up at select locations.
    • 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

    Logging into Clever and getting into other apps on SPS LAPTOP or iPAD:

    1. Using a web browser go to the SPS website > Students (tab at the top) > Student Portal 
    2. Clever opens and I opened Clever by clicking on OPEN WITH ACTICE DIRECTORY
    3. Clever opens to show Web Apps.
    4. Clicked on Seesaw to open. 
    5. Select other apps as appropriate. Students can log onto directly into Schoology and the Source from Clever.  The Source will require students to enter their username and password.  Schoology does not.

    Student Usernames and Passwords:

    • Usernames:  When logging onto a district computer the username is the number “1” “first initial” “middle initial” “last name” (ex: 1alschwentor).  Troubleshooting:  sometimes the username requires the @seattleschools.org at the end but typically NOT if you are logging in from an SPS computer.
    • Passwords
      • Grades K-4: birth month and day (April 10th would be 0410)
      • Grades 5-8: birth month, day and year (04102009) UNLESS your child in grades 6-8 changed their password. 

    Contributing to Families in Need:  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.  We are currently waiting to receive funding from the Right Now Needs Fund.  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.  Thank you!!

    Videos of the week:    

    Joke of the week: 

    First Giant Monster: We're getting closer to a city.
    Second Giant Monster: How can you tell?
    First Giant Monster: We are stepping on cars again.

    A huge shout out to the Calvin and Ruby for the video and joke!

    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