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    School Closure Update by Principal Schwentor - May 31, 2020
    Posted on 05/31/2020
    SocialFalcon Families,

    What a crazy week and weekend! The events of the past week leave me inspired and saddened.

    The amazing private and NASA collaboration on the Space X’s Crew Dragon spacecraft saw two American astronauts (Doug and Rob) launching from American soil in Florida on Saturday and heading to the International Space Station. The launch was possible with a Falcon 9 rocket system. The two astronauts docked on the International Space Station today. What an awesome collaboration and historic moment for our country. A link to the NASA website is here: https://www.nasa.gov/specials/dm2/.

    Over the last week our country also witnessed more violence against people of color, increasing racial tensions, and peaceful protests which resulted in social unrest, rioting and looting. Our children are watching and while they might need to be protected from images and news stories, many see/hear what is happening. How do you talk to your kids? How do you talk with them about the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor? Below are a few links for you to utilize as you think about how you might engage in conversations with your kids. It is not easy. It is age dependent. For some families, the conversation is not a choice. Many of our kids are going to have questions.
    https://www.npr.org/local/309/2019/08/27/754459083/having-the-talk-expert-guidance-on-preparing-kids-for-police-interactions
    https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/29/us/black-parents-children-safety-talk-blake/index.html
    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/05/31/how-talk-kids-racism-racial-violence-police-brutality/5288065002/

    TOPS Spirit Week:

    ASB has organized a spirit week and we need your help to make it happen! This week, June 1st-June 5th is TOPS Spirit Week! Start planning so that next week you can post your pictures each day!
    • Monday: Pajama and Onsie Day (wear them to your Zooms and post a pic)
    • Tuesday: Pictures with Pets Day
    • Wednesday: Wacky Hair Day
    • Thursday: Post a Pic of Your Socially Distanced Adventures Day
    • Friday: Happiness Day – Post a pic of something that makes you happy or inspires you

    TOPS Spring Auction:

    The Spring Auction raised over $75,000 to give back to the TOPS community. Thank you all for giving in this uncertain time! Another huge shout out to Trevor and Erin for coordinating the online event as well as all the amazing members of the auction team for being so flexible!

    Family/Student Access to Pick up Student Items:

    This will happen the week of June 8th. More details to come. In order to maintain the safety of all involved, families and students will NOT have access to the building. All student belongings will be bagged, labeled and arranged by classroom teacher and grade level.
    • Look for a schedule by this Wednesday, June 3rd.
    • Middle school families will drive up on Boylston.
    • K-5 families will be drive by and pick-up through the parking lot of Roanoke.

     

    Gently Used Book Drive:

    We would like to provide all students with continued access to reading great books over the summer months. We will be accepting book donations this week Wednesday, June 3rd-Friday June 5th. If you have some gently used children’s books (ages K-Young Adult) that you would like to donate to TOPS families, please package in boxes/bags labeled with the age range and drop off at TOPS K8. Please ring the doorbell at the front entrance and someone will get the books! Thanks all.

     

    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. You can help (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!!

    Food Box Delivery through United Way of King County:

    Please note that any person or family that meets the criteria below is eligible to receive this service, regardless of immigration or documentation status. While we hope to serve everyone, if the demand for this service exceeds our capacity to provide these food boxes, we may need to add additional eligibility requirements to ensure those most in need receive this service.

    To be eligible to receive this delivery, you:
    • Live in Seattle, North King County, and East King County
    • Are unable to access your local food bank in person
    • Are unable to afford groceries
    To order a food box, fill out this online form This link will take you away from uwkc.org, or call us Toll-Free at 833-540-0800, Mondays to Fridays from 11am-4pm.

    Additional Resources for you and your family

    Sent by TOPS Staff (These links and more can ALL be found on your elementary student’s Schoology page under the courses of PE, Library, and Art.):
    • PE Video from Don and Eric (Field Day 2020): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8ZCDsAhFKE&feature=youtu.be
    • Read Alouds from Nick Schirmer, Love Z and Drawn Together. These videos are also in your child’s Library Schoology course!
    • Link to Student Art at Home: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_sScZ_xCAC9bXl2RLE6Et5klKUSGCfrt/view

    Middle School Naramore Art Celebration

    SPS TV Channel 26 on June 4 at 5:30 pm
    • We have 7 TOPS students, scroll all the way to the bottom, and there they are! https://www.seattleschools.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=627&pageId=93461269
    • This is the link to the main page with all the information: https://www.seattleschools.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=627&pageId=14758

    Summer School Opportunities for ALL:

    https://www.seattleschools.org/academics/summer_school

    Elementary Program

    The Program: Tier One
    • Tier 1 instruction (Tier 1 instruction is considered for students at or near grade level proficiency) will have the access and opportunity to complete 25 lessons this summer that will be uploaded to their Schoology page. These 25 lessons will
    o Focus on social emotional wellness, mathematical concepts, and language arts fluency.
    o Each lesson will have a recording to view and supplemental materials students can use to reinforce what was presented in the lesson recording.
    o This is a self-paced option where students will have access to a teacher and is being provided as a review of the current grade students are finishing, mastery of the materials will set students up for a positive start to the school year.
    o Registration link for families to self-register their students.

    The Program: Tier Two
    • Tier 2 instruction (Tier 2 instruction is considered for students who are known to be approaching grade level proficiency) will have the access and opportunity to the same 25 lessons, and will be assigned a learning coach that will provide additional supports over the summer.
    The learning coach will:
    • conduct class meetings,
    • hold 1:1 conferring sessions
    • provide supplemental materials, manipulatives and extensions.
    • work with the students and their families to ensure families are set up for virtual learning and if not, will work to provide the necessary device and connectivity to make this possible.
    Tier Two Registration: TOPS teachers and interventionists will reach out to families and work with them on students recommended for Tier Two Summer School.

    Middle School Summer School

    The Program: Tier One
    Students receiving Tier 1 Instruction (Tier 1 instruction is considered for students performing at or near grade level proficiency) will have the access and opportunity to complete 20 lessons this summer that will:
    • be uploaded to their Schoology page.
    • focus on social emotional wellness, mathematical concepts, and language arts fluency.
    • have a recording to view and supplemental materials students can use to reinforce what was presented in the lesson recording.
    • Note: The Tier One Program is a self-paced option wherein students will have access to a teacher and be provided instruction as a review of the current grade students are finishing. The focus on mastery of the material will set students up for a positive start to the school year.
    The registration form linked here to families who may want to self-register their students for the Tier One program.

    The Program: Tier Two
    Students engaging in Tier 2 instruction (Tier 2 instruction is considered to be for students approaching grade level proficiency) will have the access and opportunity to the same 20 lessons, and will be assigned a learning coach that will provide additional supports over the summer. The learning coach will:
    • conduct class meetings
    • hold 1:1 conferring sessions
    • provide supplemental materials, manipulatives and extensions
    • work with the students and their families to ensure that they are set up for virtual learning and if they are not, coaches will work to provide the necessary device and connectivity to make this possible.
    • We are partnering with the Seattle Parks Department this summer to ensure all middle school students receiving Tier 2 instruction are served at their current school. Once students are registered in our system, we will work with the Seattle Parks Department to ensure proper placement.
    • Tier Two Registration: TOPS teachers and interventionists will reach out to families and work with them on students recommended for Tier Two Summer School.

    Summer Bridge Course:

    We are developing a 9th Grade Bridge Course for students entering high school next year. The Bridge course will focus on developing the skills and mindset necessary for this transition. Use this link if you want to self-register for the Bridge course. This optional 5 lesson program will be offered in addition to the 20-lesson middle school program and will also be uploaded to students Schoology pages.

    Office 365 Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPt, Onedrive, TEAMS, etc..): your students can download copies of Microsoft Office apps FOR FREE because of a licensing agreement that Seattle Public Schools has with Microsoft.
    https://www.seattleschools.org/departments/dots/support_training_forms/office_365_and_office_2016
    • The apps are available for Windows, Android, iPhone, iPad, and Mac.
    • Here's the page with details: https://www.seattleschools.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=627&pageId=101940
    • Look under "How do I install Office 365 ProPlus?" for instructions. Depending on the platform, you'll need to log in using your student's SPS login information at some point during the installation/first run process.

    SCHOOLOGY HELP SESSIONS:

    with Nick Schirmer are listed below for this week:
    10-11 am on Friday, May 8th :
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/567000103?pwd=c1dzTVU5dVErYkZxNWhtOUdlS2crQT09
    Meeting ID: 567 000 103 Password: 030113

    Not Attending Seattle Public School Next Year?

    Is your student moving out of district or going to a private school next year? If so, please let the district know ASAP. We know it’s hard to make that final decision to give up your place at TOPS, but we need an accurate student count to plan for the 2020-21 school year. To drop your student from TOPS and Seattle Schools: Fill out Not Attending SPS 2020-2021 form online. Note: Do not fill out this form if your child is enrolled in another Seattle Public School for the 2020-21 school year.

    Last Day of School

    The last day of 2019-20 school for SPS students will be June 19. The governor stated that schools must be in session until June 19. The district will also be asking the state for a waiver of instructional hours for two weeks, the time between the state required school closures and March 30, when continuous learning began again.

    Videos of the week:   
    Dancing with Myself: Billy Idol, Jimmy Fallon and Roots!
    Safety Dance: Jimmy Fallon and Roots

    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