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    Falcon Families,

    We are entering our 3rd full week of school.  Thank you for your feedback and communication with teachers and TOPS staff.  Teachers are wrapping up their initial Family Communications and we are working to follow up with families that requested additional support, resources, information and contact.  We value your partnership as we move forward through the school year-during online learning, hybrid model and eventually when we get back to school full time.

    This week TOPS will host our second Town Hall session on Wednesday evening at 7 pm. This is an opportunity for you to ask questions, voice concerns, etc…  The date and time are linked below.  Curbside check out of books will also start this week. Check the schedule below and the attached flyer.

    Attached is a link to a comic by a freelance writer and illustrator living in the Bay Area.  It definitely resonated with me and I am sure my husband, who has been supporting by 9 and 7-year old at home with online learning AND just returned to work in a new HR position.   The hell that is remote learning, explained in a comic.  We know it's not easy!  

    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 28th

    Tuesday, Sept 29th

    Wed, Sept 30th

    Thurs, Oct 1st

    Friday, Oct 2nd

    Classes start at 8:30 am

    Middle School GSA Meeting, 12:15 pm. Connect with Ms. Hanson

    Yom Kippur, 9/27-28th

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

    Classes start at 8:30 am

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

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

    Superintendent Juneau for a Virtual Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, September 29 at 4:30 p.m.

    Classes start at 8:30 am

     

     

     

     

    TOPS Town Hall, 7pm, ZOOM Room link

    Classes start at 8:30 am

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

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

     

     

    Classes start at 8:30 am

     

     

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

     

    Library Updates:

    • Curbside Checkout of Library Books starts this week. See the attached flyer. (insert flyer)

    Middle School Supports:

    • Math Website to support parents.  https://parents.savvas.com/
    • Remind your middle schooler to log-on at 8:30 am each day to for advisory (M,Th) and electives (T, W, F)!

    TOPS and SPS FORMS:

    This email contains links to the 2020-2021 Start of School forms as well as information available online on the Seattle Public Schools Start of Schools webpage. (https://www.seattleschools.org/district/calendars/news/what_s_new/start_of_school_forms) Translations of the forms can be found on the district Translated Forms webpage.

    If you need anything printed, please contact Jill Biondolillo at jebiondolill@seattleschools.org.

    Return form(s) by US mail, email to tops.attendance@seattleschools.org , OR drop off your printed form(s) at the Cafeteria doors (south facing doors on E Louisa St, Monday - Friday, 11:15am to 1:15pm). Grab a free lunch too!

    COMPLETE AND RETURN (or do ONLINE) by  September 30th

    ADDITIONAL FORMS (Return forms if applicable)    

    ADDITIONAL IMPORTANT INFORMATION

    Again, if you need paper copy of any form above including a Student Verification Form, please call the office (206-252-3510) or email Jill Biondolillo at jebiondolill@seattleschools.org.

    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.

    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)

    FREE 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.  IT IS FREE! 

    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.

    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

    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.  A huge shout out to all the families that have contributed!

    What I am reading:

    • Fiction: I am an active Young Adult novel reader.  I just finished All These Monsters by Amy Tintera and I am starting The Rithmatist by Bradon Sanderson.
    • 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: 

    Q:  Why are their goose bumps?  A:  So, geese don't speed.

    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