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    TOPS News
    Posted on 10/27/2017
    TOPS News

    Monday, Oct 30
    Last Day to be included in TOPS Family Directory
    Fall Deadline for "BOX TOP$" submissions

    Thursday, Nov 2
    Coffee After Morning Drop-Off

    Friday, Nov 3
    School Picture Make Up Day

    Friday, Nov 3, 3:25 - 4:30 p.m.
    Middle School Dance, TOPS Gym

    Nov 6-13
    TOPS Annual Book Fair, TOPS Library

    Thursday, Nov 9, 7 p.m.
    5th Grade Play "What City? That City! A Super Adventure", TOPS Gym

    Friday, Nov 10
    NO SCHOOL: Veterans Day

    Halloween Festivities, Costumes and Candy

    Harvest/Halloween parties are determined by each grade level teachers and families individually. TOPS students are welcomed to wear costumes on Tuesday, October 31st. However, please ensure costumes are culturally respectful, student’s faces are fully visible (no face masks or full-face makeup), and any fake weapons are left at home. Post-Halloween: Candy and treasures collected during any Halloween festivities should remain at home. Respectfully, please do NOT send candy to school with students as part of their lunches.

    Here are a few links for ideas of what to do with all the candy loot. If any parents would like to collect candy at school and redistribute it, please contact the office. or, or

    TOPS Family Directory

    If you are wondering "have I done this?" updated my family’s information for the directory, chances are you haven’t! If you want to be included in the directory this year, you MUST confirm your data by Monday, Oct 30th! It only takes a minute, with following steps. Questions? Contact

    TOPS Newsletter Editor Volunteer Needed

    Stay current on all the news at TOPS, and help other parents be informed too! We're looking for an editor for TOPS News, the school's biweekly newsletter. TOPS News editor works closely with several other volunteers to compile and distribute TOPS News. Estimated time commitment is 5-7 hours per month. If you're looking for a volunteer opportunity that can be done at home and in the evenings, this is it! If you're interested, please send your inquiries to

    Library Assistants Needed

    TOPS librarian, Nick Schirmer, is in need of some help with book check out and general library management Monday through Friday from 12-3. This position is open to parents, grandparents or even someone from the neighborhood that is looking for a fun way to be involved with the school. If your interested please contact Amy Fahey at for more details.

    Coffee After Thursday Morning Drop-Off

    Parents! Join us for coffee or tea in the cafeteria next Thursday Nov 2nd! Time to get to know each other and share any ideas or concerns. Ms. Schwentor will be there from 9-9:30a.m. along with site council representatives. Coffee and tea provided.

    TOPICS Volunteer Needed for Nov 15th

    October 18th brought lots of rain, but the enthusiasm for TOPICS could not be dampened. Check out these pictures from the first TOPIC day of the year below. Next TOPIC Day is on Wednesday, Nov 15th, 12-1:50pm. The theme is "What’s Your Art?" How do you express yourself creatively? Do you do graphic design, dance, bake, watercolor, write poetry? Is there a form of art or artist that you especially love? We need parents to come share their passions with our 1st-5th grade students. Contact Kathy Cowles at by Wednesday, Nov 1 to get in on the fun and learning!
    Structures with LegosScandinavian historyFall Leaf Wreath

    Photo 1: Parent leader Jess Miller challenged students to build sturdy structures out of legos in "Physics and Legos."
    Photo 2: Students learned about Scandinavian history and culture with parent leader Brenda Edwards.
    Photo 3: 4th grade teacher Ms. Katherine shared her love of Fall making leaf wreaths with students.

    TOPS 5th Grade Play

    You are invited to an exciting play features all TOPS 5th graders on November 9 at 7p.m. at the gym. Admission is by donation, No one will be turned away (Additional performance at all school assembly at 10:50am).

    "What City? That City! A Super Adventure" by Juliet Waller Pruzan / Directed by Meghan Arnette, with assistance from Nick Schirmer and Juliet Waller Pruzan. Storm clouds and tainted treats transform an ordinary day into an extraordinary one. When some not so nice people in ‘What City?’ and nearby ‘That City!’ are accidentally turned into super villains the lives of the citizens are turned upside down! But the same strange events that created the villains turned some curiously kind people into superheroes. Who will prevail? Will mean bullies rule the day or will thoughtfulness and generosity reign? Stay tuned and attend the show to find out!

    Tops Annual Book Fair & Volunteer Opportunity

    November 6 - 13, Tops library will once again be converted into Eastlake’s greatest bookstore, with all the titles our students love available for purchase. You and your kids can peruse a great selection of contemporary stories and classic favorites provided by Secret Garden Books. The book fair is open before and after school as well as the evening of November 9th. The funds we raise go to the classrooms to help teachers buy books and also help subsidize book purchases for our students who might otherwise not be able to afford them. This is a great way to provide reading opportunities for everyone, so please set aside some extra time to visit the library and score some treasures. And don’t forget to send your kids to school with a little extra money so they can purchase their favorite stories!

    Please consider volunteering at cash register during the fair - This is your chance to help contribute to TOPS community, interact with the student body, and enjoy the book fair yourself. To sign up go to, If you have any questions contact Amy Fahey at

    Help Kids Stay Safe At School - Talk About Food Allergies

    Help your child understand the foods they freely enjoy can be dangerous to others. Equally important, however, is to let them know they can support their classmates by eating and handling food responsibly.

    Here are a few suggestions for you as parents:

    • Never take food allergies lightly; they can be serious and life-threatening.
    • Tell your child, "do not share food."
    • Ask your child’s friends what they are allergic to and help them avoid it.
    • Frequent hand washing reduces the spread of allergens and helps protect food allergic students. Wash hands thoroughly after eating. Similarly, encourage good hygiene before and after-school. Ask your child to wash up if they have been particularly messy during breakfast.
    • Tell your child to get help from an adult immediately if a schoolmate has a reaction.


    Tips To Cut Down The Risk For Catching The Flu

    • Encourage regular hand-washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available and your hands are not visibly soiled.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Cough and sneeze into your sleeve and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with your hands.
    • Stay home when you are sick. Do not return to work or school until you are free of fever, vomiting and diarrhea for 24 hours without the aid of medication.
    • Drink plenty of water and get plenty of rest.
    • Get your flu shot. Even if the season’s flu shot is not directed at the current strain of the flu, receiving a shot can help shorten and reduce flu symptoms.


    Fall BOX TOP$ Submission Due

    Please send in your Box Tops to the Office as soon as possible! We will be sending in the Box Tops for Education by Tuesday, October 31st. Once we send in all of our Box Tops, TOPS will receive a check, which we can use to purchase anything the school needs. For information on products that include Box Tops for Education, please visit

    Box Top$ example

    2018 Planting The Seeds – Volunteers Needed!

    Planting the Seeds is the pinnacle of TOPS’ social justice vision and mission and is focused on homelessness in our community. February 13-15, 2018, all TOPS 8th grade students will be off-site and immersed in the homelessness issue in Seattle. They will visit social service agencies to learn, prepare and serve food, spend time with homeless people, and help with needed tasks. Students will travel in small groups with current or former TOPS staff and stay two nights in churches or social service agencies. This special program has been going strong at TOPS for a decade thanks to the help and hard work of many volunteers in our community. Please consider being a part of it to keep it going strong! If you are able to help with one of our immediate needs or volunteer in any other capacity, please contact Kathy Schmid with your interest/general availability at

    Immediate Needs:
    Assistant to help our parent leader with agency coordination
    3rd grade parent lead for school supplies drive
    4th grade parent lead for sock drive
    5th grade parent lead for canned food drive
    6th grade parent lead for toiletries drive

    Additional Needs:
    We will need many volunteers to help with tasks large and small before and during the PTS week in February. Volunteer areas include communication, food, and logistics.

    Girls On the Run Needs Your Help!

    TOPS will have two Girls on the Run (GOTR) programs in the Spring this year -- "Girls on the Run" for girls in 3rd - 5th grade and "Heart and Sole" for middle school girls -- and female coaches are needed! Participating in Girls on the Run transforms girls’ lives by helping them increase their self-confidence, develop healthy relationships, and feel good about themselves, inside and out. If you are interested in coaching, please check out the Girls on the Run website for more information. GOTR provides extensive training, curriculum and support. Coaches do not have to be runners! Contact GOTR Site Coordinator Sharon Grey with any questions.

    Family Fun at Seattle Art Museum (SAM)

    Discover the world of art and spark you and your little one’s imaginations. Explore the galleries, create your own masterpieces, attend a workshop, and watch artists at work! There are plenty of adventures (including free ones) to be had with your family at SAM.