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    TOPS News Fall

    IMPORTANT DATES

    Friday, Oct 19, 6:30-8:45 p.m. –  Family Movie Night "Hotel Transylvania" , Gym
    Tuesday, Oct 23, 4:00-7:00 p.m. –  Dine Out for TOPS, Mammoth
    Wednesday, Oct 24, 12:10-2:00 p.m. –  Topics Volunteers Needed!
    Tuesday, Oct 30 –  School Picture Makeup Day
    Thursday, Nov 1, 9:00-9:30 a.m. –  Coffee Break with the Principal, Cafeteria
    Nov 5 - 12 –  TOPS Annual Book Fair, TOPS Library
    Monday, Nov 12 –  NO SCHOOL: Veterans Day

    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    Family Movie Night at TOPS, Friday, October 19th, 6:30 p.m.

    Come watch “Hotel Transylvania”! Wear your PJs and bring a sleeping bag if you want to get cozy. Free popcorn and lots of fun! This is a family event, not a drop-off event. Sponsored by Friends of TOPS.

    Dine Out for TOPS - Tuesday Oct 23rd, 4:00-7:00 p.m.

    Join our monthly Dine Outs to raise money for TOPS! First up - MAMMOTH on Oct 23rd from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Proceeds from beer, special cocktails, and 10% of food sales go to TOPS. Pumpkin painting for the kids with an ice cream sandwich giveaway! See you there (and at Eastlake Bar & Grill Nov. 9th)!

    Volunteer with Topics on Wed Oct 24th, 12:10-2 p.m.!

    Would you like to help students garden, create and film a news story, or learn basic computer coding skills? Be a Topics assistant! Teachers and parent volunteer leaders can always use an extra pair of adult hands to help and keep students focused and productive. To sign-up or just learn more about Topics, please contact coordinator Kathy at topics@topsk8.org. You can also read more about the Topics program on the TOPS website: http://topsk8.seattleschools.org/academics/topics

    MySchoolAnywhere

    Are you using the MySchoolAnywhere app on your smartphone? Get access to the TOPS family directory, or quick information about the school like hours, the office phone number, and attendance email address. Download the app from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

    Halloween Festivities, Costumes and Candy

    Harvest/Halloween parties are determined by each grade level teachers. Students are welcome to wear costumes to school on Wednesday, October 31st. All costumes should be culturally respectful with student’s faces fully visible (no face masks or full-face makeup). Fake weapons must be left at home.

    Post-Halloween: Halloween candy and treasures should remain at home. Please do NOT send candy to school with students or in their lunches. Following are a few links with ideas about what to do with candy loot. Interested in collecting candy at school and redistributing it? Please contact the office.

    TOPS Annual Book Fair - November 5-12

    TOPS library will once again be converted into a Scholastic bookstore. Funds raised go to help buy books for classrooms and also subsidize book purchases for our students who might otherwise not be able to afford them. 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 books!

    Fall BOX TOP$ Submission Due

    The fall submission deadline is coming up! Deposit your clipped Box Tops in the collection container in the school office lobby by Friday, October 26. Box Tops submissions earn cash that can be used to purchase supplies the school needs.

    Box Tops for Education

    More information is available at our Box TOPS fundraising page: https://topsk8.seattleschools.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=10495&pageId=23429

    Middle School Ski Bus

    Planning for this winter's ski bus is under way! Grades 6-8, watch for registration forms coming home with your kids in the next week or two. Completed registration forms will be due November 15th.

    Ski bus is on Fridays: Jan. 11, 18, 25 and Feb 1 & 8. Kids who sign up for lessons will start four of the five days with those. On ski bus days, the bus leaves school at 3pm and returns by 10pm. Registration forms have complete information on lift tickets, lessons, transportation, gear rental costs, and scholarships. We are also working on potentially having a ski swap in early December. Interested in volunteering in some capacity or have ski gear to donate? Email amyjfahey@gmail.com. See you on the slopes!

    Help Kids Stay Safe At School - Talk About Food Allergies

    Help your child understand the foods they enjoy can be dangerous to others. Let them know they can support their classmates by eating and handling food responsibly. Here are a few conversation topics:

    • 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.
    • Wash hands thoroughly after eating to help reduce the spread of allergens. Encourage good hygiene before and after-school. Ask your child to wash up after any messy 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. If hands are not visibly soiled, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol) may be used.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Cough and sneeze into your sleeve and avoid touching 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. Receiving a shot can help shorten and reduce flu symptoms.

     

    TOPS News is sent biweekly. We welcome submissions that are relevant to the school and our families! To submit content for consideration,email: stacy.h.yen@gmail.com and newsteam@topsk8.org