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    Falcon Families,

    I hope you were able to find some time to get out and enjoy the sun this past week.  I know that many families adjusted their family gatherings and events during this holiday.  For the first time in approximately 15 years we spent the day at home with just the people in our household.  While we didn’t do any of the normal t-day food or traditions, we were good-it was good.  We were able to arrange an outside visit with the boy’s grandma on Saturday.  We are so thankful for her health and safety. 

    As we engage in the next few weeks before Winter Break, we know that families will be facing some challenges and difficult choices.  Please know that the TOPS community is here to support you.  We will be working with families on Winter Wishes lists and getting requests posted on a confidential Sign-Up Genius list.  A local construction company (Absher Construction) is providing 50 turkey holiday dinners to be distributed on December 16th.  In addition, we will work with families to provide additional support as needed through the $ generated by the GoFundMe. 

    Annie is at TOPS everyday handing out FREE lunches and weekend food packs to anyone.  If your student just needs a TOPS fix, swing by from 11:15 am to 1:15 pm daily to grab a lunch to go and say hello to Annie.  Food packs will also be available during library checkout times on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

    We miss seeing your kids!  We miss seeing you all.  Have a great 1st week of December.

    FeederWatch Update:  Last week we saw two Red-Breasted Sapsuckers AND we went on a LYFE club (Live Your Future Earth) bird walk with Mr. Lawrence.  And to think this all just started with one hummingbird feeder. 

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

    Monday,Nov30th

    Tuesday,Dec 1st

    Wed,Dec 2nd

    Thurs,Dec 3rd

    Friday,4th

    Classes start at 8:30 am

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

    Winter Wishes Request due. See form below.

     

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    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

    Giving Tuesday.

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

    Classes start at 8:30 am

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

    Winter Wishes Sign-Up Genius sent to TOPS Community

    Classes start at 8:30 am

    Middle School Photo Club, during lunch.

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

    Classes start at 8:30 am

     

     

     

     

     

     

    New information is italicized below.

    November Conference Feedback Survey: 

    • Thank you to all our TOPS Families that participated in conferences last week.  If you were unable to talk to your student(s) teacher(s), please connect with them and they will be able to schedule another time with you. 
    • Would you please take 5-10 minutes to complete the conference survey linked here.  Fall 2020 Conference Survey

    Winter Wishes:  The winter months can be challenging for many of our families, especially this year. In December, we offer support through our Winter Wishes program. Winter Wishes is not associated with any religion and is for any family experiencing financial hardships. Families can request winter gifts and clothing items for their children. Members of the TOPS community voluntarily sponsor these children. The names of families requesting support are not known to sponsors, and sponsors’ names are not known to participating families. Because this is a voluntary program, we cannot promise that all requests will be filled.

    If you wish to request gifts and clothing:

    1. Please fill out the linked form by November 30, 2020: Winter Wishes Form. If you are unable to complete this form, please email kbhanson@seattleschools.org or alschwentor@seattleschools.org for assistance.
    2. Your gift and clothing requests (not your children’s names) will be posted on Sign-Up Genius.
    3. TOPS community members will select the gift and clothing requests, purchase and wrap the packages (if you choose) and mail to TOPS or deliver to TOPS on a drop-off day (for social distancing).
    4. Winter Wishes gifts for families will be available for pick-up December 16th-18th.   Ms. Schwentor or Ms. Hanson will contact families to arrange for the pick-up of gifts in a safe and socially distanced way.  

    Timeline:  

    • November 30th:  Due date for families wishing to receive Winter Wishes gifts/clothing items.
    • December 1st:  Sign-Up Genius Link shared and posted for TOPS community to sponsor gifts.
    • December 14th:  Gifts delivered to TOPS for distribution to families.
    • December 16-18th:  Distribution of gifts to families.  

    If you wish to sponsor a family, sign up to sponsor a family please use the Sign-up Genius link.  (Sign-Up Genius link for Winter Wishes giving will be sent to the TOPS community no later than Wednesday, December 2nd.) Donors may mail gifts to TOPS or deliver wrapped gifts to TOPS by December 14. Recommendation: gift amounts should not exceed $40/child, plus one clothing item.

    Tech Support:  https://www.seattleschools.org/district/calendars/news/what_s_new/family_resource_centers

    • We will continue to work with families experiencing tech issues.
    • If you are having challenges with your device, please contact one of the service centers.  We do not have any more computers at TOPS to switch out and the tech specialists at the centers are more knowledgeable and better equipped to handle the tech concerns/issues.

    FamilyWorks Resource Center:  To meet the basic needs of SPS families across the north end, FamilyWorks and Seattle Public Schools are opening a satellite family resource center, located at the south entrance of Nathan Hale High School each Wednesday from 12:45-3 p.m. Families will be connected to knowledgeable and friendly staff who can assist with rental assistance applications, enrollment in public benefits, and navigating a vast network of community resources. Services will be offered in English, Spanish, and Somali. To reach FamilyWorks outside of its hours at Nathan Hale High School, please call (206) 694-6727.

    TOPS GoFundMe for families in need: 

    • Some TOPS families have been hit especially hard by the continuing pandemic -- out of work due to COVID or experiencing overwhelming financial setbacks -- and we all have been looking for ways to help each other. Here’s an opportunity to directly help those families that are in need right now, right within our own TOPS community.
    • We’ve helped nearly 30 families since March with grocery store gift cards, and as colder weather arrives and the economy comes back more slowly, we've realized the need goes beyond gift cards.
    • Link to contribute is here:  TOPS GoFundMe
    • Families needing additional assistance please contact Ms. Schwentor at alschwentor@seattleschools.org

    What I am reading:

    • Fiction: Currently reading Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson (the fourth in a series).  This is a great series for adult or young adults interested in sci-fi or fantasy novels. 
    • Non-Fiction:  This Book is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewel (interview of the author, Tiffany Jewell, Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad, and How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X Kendi.

    Video of the week:    

    • True Colors, The Ontario Rainbow Alliance of the Deaf (ORAD) proudly presents "True Colours" in American Sign Language. A song originally performed by Cyndi Lauper, then re-recorded by a group of seven Canadian musicians, "Artists Against Bullying."

    Jokes of the week: 

    Q: Why does a flamingo lift up one leg?
    A: Because if it lifted both legs it would fall over.

    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