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    Update from Principal Amy Schwentor - June 18, 2020
    Posted on 06/18/2020
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    Falcon Families,

    Whew! I cannot believe we are in our last few days of 19-20 school year. There aren’t enough words to describe the surreal journey we have been on since March 13th. Yes, March 13th! Thank you for your partnership, feedback, and all the support you provided your student(s) during the last three months of learning. Believe me, we wish they could have been at school. We wish we could all have been at school. We miss your kids! We miss you! We’ve all learned so much since this journey began. Seriously, 4 months ago, who ZOOMED? TEAMED? And had co-workers constantly joining their online meetings?

    As we look forward to the fall, we ask for your feedback and input. Linked below are surveys for students and parents. These surveys will provide us with information to guide the work of our summer planning team. In addition, we will gather additional information from stakeholder groups. We do know that some component of our school week will involve online/remote learning. We need to ensure that our students, families, and teachers have the support and resources they need to engage in this work. One step in that direction is to make sure your student has their school district email set up and ready to go for the fall. We are also working to ensure that students have access to technology and internet services. Please see guidance below to email, technology and wifi.

    As we move into the summer months, please know that Alex LaRosa (aplarosa@seattleschools.org) and I (alschwentor@seattleschools.org) will be available to answer questions and provide support. We know this isn’t going to be a typical summer break for you or your students. I will send an email update in July as well as August to keep the TOPS community posted on upcoming events and important information. To our TOPS 8th grade families and students, good luck at high school next year! We have missed you all so much!

    Below are two important civil rights events happening this month.

    Juneteenth (June 19th)

    This is a great opportunity to talk with our students and recognize the importance of this day in American history. The Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle has a list of daily events. Check it out and attend one or more of the many sessions. “
    "Each year around June 19, Black communities across the country unite for a family reunion of sorts. Juneteenth activities feature the sights and sounds of Blackness: People enjoying art, music and food that connect them to a shared ancestry and history. They celebrate being their authentic selves. They celebrate freedom in both solemn and festive ceremonies.
    This celebration marks a day in 1865 when enslaved Texans learned they’d be free—two months after Robert E. Lee surrendered and ended the Civil War and two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. Initially a uniquely Texan observance, Juneteenth has now been recognized in some form in every corner of the country.” Teaching Tolerance

    Linked below are resources for you and your students:
    • Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle: https://urbanleague.org/juneteenth-week-2020/
    • New Victory Theatre: https://newvictory.org/stories/new-victory-arts-break-juneteenth/
    • NBC News, https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/what-know-about-juneteenth-emancipation-holiday-n1231179
    • NY Times, https://www.nytimes.com/article/juneteenth-day-celebration.html
    • Teaching Tolerance: https://www.tolerance.org/print/116879

     
    PRIDE month (month of June)

    Next week in Seattle, it is PRIDE WEEK. Check out the Seattle Pride website for additional events and a ZOOM parade!
    “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. The Stonewall Uprising was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. In the United States the last Sunday in June was initially celebrated as "Gay Pride Day," but the actual day was flexible.” Library of Congress

    Linked below are resources for you and your students:
    • History of Pride Month from the Library of Congress: https://www.loc.gov/lgbt-pride-month/about/
    • Seattle Pride Events next week: https://www.seattlepride.org/events
    • NY Times Article: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/15/us/gay-transgender-workers-supreme-court.html
    • Teaching Tolerance Pride Month Resources: https://www.tolerance.org/the-moment/may-30-2019-celebrate-lgbtq-pride-month 

    8th Grade Passage is Thursday night June 18th!

    • Dear TOPS Community, Today is the day we celebrate our 8th Graders! 8th grade Passage is a long standing tradition at TOPS.
    • Passage will go live at 7:00 Thursday, 6/18/2020.
    • Follow this link: https://youtu.be/QuzOfLnQK-Q
    • We hope you enjoy it!

    End of Year Recognition and Moving Up Assembly

    Friday, June 19th: Scheduled for a ZOOM Event on Friday, 6/19/2020 at 9 am in the morning. All students and families are invited!

    Families of multiple TOPS students please log-on with just one screen.
    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://seattleschools.zoom.us/j/8608401554?pwd=S1BxK3JpbDhPQVhscFJyd0RUUDQwZz09
    • Meeting ID: contact your child's teacher
    • Password: TOPSK8
    Student and Parent Surveys: TOPS Families we are asking for you to provide feedback to us about online/remote learning this spring. Student surveys for grades 4-8 should be linked to student Schoology pages but are also linked here for your convenience.
    • Grades K-3 Survey Link: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=WNEx1HRgMkiHg1Hqb23SJ2oZ3B6vueBLoFJRLuUZUJ5UOTFSSDBPTElLQzA4RTBPMUJWT0JPMUFNSC4u
    • Grades 4-8 Survey Link: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=WNEx1HRgMkiHg1Hqb23SJ8GL38o6VqJOu1tzvbk32GtURUg5WjExTEIyMjhUNTBLTVA5SU5YV0hISi4u
    • Parent Survey: Please respond to the survey for each of your students. https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=WNEx1HRgMkiHg1Hqb23SJ2oZ3B6vueBLoFJRLuUZUJ5UMVo5VEdBTzRaVFBRVDFZMElLSEtYQktONi4u

    Summer Scholastic Book Drive

    • Are your kids in need of some new reading material to help them get through a socially distanced summer? If so, it’s time to visit the Scholastic Summer Virtual Book Fair! Browse and shop the same Scholastic selection, but in the safety of a virtual environment.
    https://www.scholastic.com/bf/topsk8school
    • Following the TOPS vision, this summer, we are empowering families to contribute to social justice by participating in this Virtual Book Fair in which TOPS will be partnering with neighborhood school, Lowell Elementary. The Scholastic rewards earned from this book fair will benefit the Lowell Elementary library and Lowell student home libraries.
    • If you want to purchase books for Lowell through the fair, just have them shipped to TOPS c/o Amy Schwentor and we will get them to Lowell!

    Student Belonging Pick-up

    The student belongings include student artwork as well as nice notes from teachers!You have two more days and then student belongings not picked up this week, will be placed in storage until the fall.

    Please remember to return your:
    • TOPS library books
    • Classroom books or textbooks
    • Return instruments (only if you are not returning to TOPS).
    • Girls Basketball Jerseys (please make sure to return!!)

    Student Email Addresses:

    S-Checklist-StudentEmailADA.pdf

    Technology for Students:

    • SPS Laptops for Incoming 6th Graders: All 6th graders for the 2020-21 school year will be assigned an SPS laptop. Current TOPS 5th grade students who need a laptop to finish the school year or for summer schoolwork, please email me ASAP and we will be able to get you one for pickup.
    • Amazon Chromebooks for K-4 students: We have a been given a few more. Please email me if your student(s) still need a device (Amazon Chromebook) to access online learning. We do know that some aspect of the 20-21 school year will require students accessing online learning.

    TOPS Yearbook 2019/2020:

    The yearbook manufacturing company was required to shut down due to COVID and as a result, the yearbooks will be delivered to TOPS in late June. The distribution process will be determined soon, and we will keep you posted. In the meantime, order your yearbook online this year!

    The cost is $25 each. Go to your Seattle Schools Source account and click the SchoolPay link on the left side of your home page; this will take to you the payment system.

    Message from Kathy Hanson:

    Letter to Families from Kathy Hanson 6-12-2020.docx

    Specialists (PE, Art, Music, Media) please continue to post links to documents/activities/etc…to your Schoology pages. K-5 student pages include all the specialist pages.
    • Read Alouds from Nick Schirmer, Jabari Jumps and Carried Away. These videos are also in your child’s Library Schoology course!
    • Link to Student Art at Home: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1dakzOJYNxr5SVugZqH7WaPvcezFiot6D/view
    • Drama with Meghan: Reactions and Rules of Three

    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.

    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.

    Videos of the week:   

    • Lenny Kravitz performs Believe
    • Gary Clarke Jr and the Roots perform, This land is Mine
    Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake are home.

    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