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    Falcon Families,

    So much happening

     for us all.  Hope you all are taking time for yourselves.  We appreciate the partnerships that are forming


     with families.  We are planning our annual Curriculum Night (s) for the last week of October.  This is a great opportunity to interact 

    with teachers, ask general questions and meet other families.  In addition, we are also prepping for 

    November parent-teacher conferences for the last week of November.  This time is for parents to connect with teachers about their student(s)’ academic and social emotional progress.  As we move through the next few weeks prior to the presidential election, we anticipate a range of emotions and impact on our students, families and teachers. We continue to support ALL of our students and families.  

    Please make sure to read the teachers emails sent on Friday. 

    Monday, Oct 19th

    Tuesday, Oct 20th

    Wed, Oct 21st

    Thurs, Oct 22nd

    Friday, Oct 23rd

    Classes start at 8:30 am

    GSA meeting with Ms. Hanson, 12:15-12:55 pm

    October is recognized as Disability Month, resources below.

    Classes start at 8:30 am

    Middle School LYFE meeting with Mr. Lawrence, 11:30-12 pm.

    Middle School ASB meetings with Mr. Castle, 11:30 am

    Curbside Checkout, K-3, 2:30-3:30 pm.

    Site Council Meeting, 6-7:30 pm

    Classes start at 8:30 am

    Middle School Art Club with Ms. Wakefield, 11:15-11:45 pm

    Classes start at 8:30 am

    Middle School Photo Club, during lunch. See Don’s notice below.

    Curbside Checkout, 4th-8th grades, 2:30-3:30 pm.



    Classes start at 8:30 am





    New information is italicized below.

    Curriculum Night,  SAVE the date.  More info to come later this week.

    • Elementary, Tuesday October 27th from 7:00-8:30 pm (new families Welcome starting at 6:30 pm)
    • Middle School, Thursday October 29th, 7:00-8:30 pm (new families Welcome starting at 6:30 pm)

    Student and family climate surveys will be delivered during live/synchronous school time the week of Oct. 19.

    TEAMS (and ZOOM) Chat Awareness:  Students can access TEAMS on their laptops (and ipads).  We ask that you check in with our student(s), ask how they are using TEAMS, and remind them to remain focused during synchronous time with their teacher(s). 

    TEAMS is pre-set to start automatically, and to continue running in the background even when you close it.  This app also slows down the computer when it is on.  To change this do the following: 

    • Click the WINDOWS icon in the lower left corner
    • Choose the TEAMS tile to open TEAMS
    • Click on your initials/icon/avatar at the upper right of TEAMS
    • Go down to SETTINGS in the pop-down menu
    • UNCLICK the box for “Auto-start application”
    • UNCLICK the box for “On close, keep application running”
    • RIGHT CLICK on the TEAMS icon in the desktop menu (bottom row of screen)

    Seattle COVID-19 Relief Fund for Immigrants

    The City of Seattle is offering financial assistance to help vulnerable residents who have been both financially impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and purposely excluded by the federal government. The online application is available in seven languages other than English: Amharic, Korean, Chinese, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog/Filipino, and Vietnamese.

    Student Meal Distribution: National Farm to School Month and National School Lunch Week

    There is so much to celebrate around school meals this month! October is Farm to School Month, which celebrates a new national program to bring fresh, locally grown ingredients to students. Students will get to try new recipes, like Smoked Salmon Chowder Bowl and Roasted Butternut Squash Salad.

    Monthly Menus is attached here:  Lunch-Menus-ADA.pdf 

    FREE Meals for ANYONE.  Weekend meal packs available and other resources for families.


    Flu Vaccine Clinics added:

    Message from Miller Sherling, TOPS Nurse:

    TOPS families (Kindergarten families especially) - Has your child(ren) had any health or healthcare-related changes such as new healthcare provider, new diagnosis of for example asthma or a new significant allergy, or anything requiring on-going medication? If yes to any of these, please fill out the form in the link below and return to Nurse Miller or contact Nurse Miller directly at or at 206.795.2308

    How to support your students during online learning. 

    • Provide a space and the schedule for your student(s) online learning.
    • Encourage kids to engage in productive struggle by giving them space and time to struggle with difficult assignments and praising them for their persistence.
    • This is student learning time.  Help them when they ask and please refrain from "doing the work" for your student(s).
    • Allow students to wrestle with problems before intervening.
    • You want your kids to continue to push themselves, and praising hard work is more effective for building endurance and tenacity.

    TalkingPoints: Translated Two-Way Communication Tool

    • Seattle Public Schools is committed to improving two-way family communications and engagement, with a focus on families and students furthest from educational justice. 
    • In support of this commitment, the district has purchased a new communication platform, TalkingPoints. This new tool will provide two-way texting capabilities for schools and classroom educators.
    • TalkingPoints translates messages back and forth into over 100 languages.
    • Families will be automatically enrolled in TalkingPoints and can easily opt out of communications.
    • Training is currently underway for staff.

    SPS Celebrates Disability History Month

    One Out of Five: Disability History and Pride Project

    • The Office of the Education Ombuds (OEO) and Rooted in Rights have partnered to create student voice videos highlighting students with disabilities' experiences in Washington's public K-12 schools as part of the One Out of Five: Disability History and Pride Project, an educational resource for teachers and students.
    • Join the discussion on disability awareness and inclusion on Twitter with #OneOutOfFiveDisabilityProject. We encourage you to share this resource with anyone who may be interested. Project overviews, lesson plans, and resources are located on the OEO Webpage. We encourage families to share these resources with their students and we have made them widely available to our staff.

    Tech Support:

    Hiding “Self-view” on ZOOM for kids who don’t want to see themselves on screen.

    Raz Kids Accessible through Clever Portal:  K-5 students can access RAZ kids on their Clever site.  Check it out on the district website through the Student Portal.

    Support for Families and Remote Learning:

    Tech Support Centers Across the District:

    ·Information is on the website. Information about where the Technology Resource Centers are can be found at:

    Contributing to Families in Need: 

    • We received our allocation from the Right Now Needs Fund.  These funds can help with utilities, rent, food and more.  However, they are limited in amount and we have more families asking for assistance than in the spring. 
    • 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.  Any help families can provide would be appreciated (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.  A huge shout out to all the families that have contributed!

    What I am reading:

    • Fiction: Currently reading TRUELIFE, by Jay Kristoff.  This is the 3rd book in a series that takes place post-apocalypse with a battle raging between human lifelike robots, humans, and clones. 
    • Non-Fiction:  This Book is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewel (interview of the author, Tiffany Jewell, by Teaching Tolerance is linked here) and Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad.

    Videos of the week:    

    • Freedom, Make sure you get your VOTE in!
    • One out of 5:  Charlotte’s Story is HERE.


    Joke of the week: 

    I asked a local beekeeper for a dozen bees. She gave me 13. I said, “Hey, you gave me an extra bee!” To which she replied, “I know- it was a free bee”.  (Thanks to Maia in Kindergarten for the joke!)

    If you have a great joke that you would like to share with the TOPS community (age appropriate), please send to me.  I do spend quite a bit of time each week looking for jokes & videos! 

    Don't forget to check out the TOPS website ( for more events, timelines, etc...   

    Stay home, stay healthy, be safe.