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    School Closure Update by Principal Schwentor - May 26, 2020
    Posted on 05/26/2020
    SocialFalcon Families,

    I cannot believe we are entering the last week of May. I hope you were able to spend some time together (silly statement) this long weekend doing something different.

    I am sure that many of you are wondering about next year. So am I! I do know that the new normal will look different from last September. As a staff, we are examining what has been working this spring and we are discussing how we can continue to best support students and families. We are collecting data from our staff as well as students. We hope to get the parent survey results completed last week from the district that will also inform our planning. Student surveys will be sent through Schoology as well as via School Messenger. Look for them in the next couple of weeks.

    As you know unlike a classroom setting, there is so much out of our control with remote online learning. The variability of learning experiences presents challenges and areas of growth for us all. What we do know-parents are and will continue to be instrumental in the coordination of our student’s learning experiences. I am hopeful that the fall will allow us to start with small groups of students in order to build those essential relationships necessary for ALL types of learning.

    New or updated information is italicized below.

    TOPS Spring Auction:

    The Spring Auction is still accepting Raise the Paddle donations through Wednesday, May 27th. Please consider boosting your support with a cash donation at https://topsk82020.ggo.bid/bidding/package/13027337. There were many items auctioned off and the competition was fierce. All the amazing food packages went fast and all exceeded their value. A huge shout out to Trevor and Erin for coordinating the online event as well as everyone else on the Auction Team. Thank you!!

    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. A schedule for drive-up/pick-up will be sent by Wednesday, June 3rd. We will make every effort for families with students in different grade bands to collect the items for ALL their students in one pick-up. We also ask that students/families please return ALL TOPS library books during this time! Thank you!!

    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 Friday (May 29th and 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!!

    SEL Messaging from Kathy Hanson

    Letter to Families from Kathy Hanson 5-22-2020

    Additional Resources

    Resources for you 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 (The FITT Principle): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAQI0LOLAv8&feature=youtu.be
    • Read Alouds from Nick Schirmer, Come Home Already and Nobody Hugs a Cactus
    • Link to Student Art at Home: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1pNo0IMbjmSLU5COcxNChVskWZGT08059/view
    • K-5 Drama with Meghan’s New: FaceTime Fun Activity

    Zoom Access


    All Staff and students now have Zoom access through the SPS licenses. Zoom has been activated and connected to staff and student district usernames and passwords. CMT has remotely installed the zoom client on all computers and preconfigured the settings, which will make this a much smoother (and hopefully safer) experience for staff and student.
    You access Zoom by going to https://seattleschools.zoom.us/ in your browser.


    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

    TECHNOLOGY for Remote Learning Support:

    Elementary
    • Phone number to call for support: 206-413-2700
    • Email: familytechsupport@seattleschools.org
    • Chromebook Instructions: 2020_ChromebookInstructions_translations.pdf
    Tech Support Flyer 2020_TechSupport_Flyer.pdf
    • Parental Link Support Article: https://www.androidauthority.com/google-family-link-review-878088/

    Middle school laptops Phase 2 distribution is complete. Middle school laptops will continue to be available. Please contact Jill Biondolillo (jebiondolill@seattleschools.org) if you would like to pick up a laptop on Fridays.

    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:   

    Jimmy Fallon, Roots and various artists. Need I say anymore. Enjoy. Hope these will make you smile.
    • "Don't stand too close" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbZtFKgqXIs&list=RDGbZtFKgqXIs&start_radio=1&t=89
    • "Stuck in the Middle with You" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKYiTg6_J-M&list=RDGbZtFKgqXIs&index=4
    • "Under Pressure" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1ilvfdvrUI

    Stay home, stay healthy, be safe.
    Amy