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TOPS K8 Weekly Update

November 28th, 2022

TOPS Vision

Vision: We are creating a school that empowers students to be active participants, leaders, learners, and contributors to social justice.

Native American Heritage Month

Falcon Families,

I hope you were able to spend time relaxing with family and friends over the last week. We were able to get away (a short drive and ferry trip) to Whidbey Island and spend a few days with great friends and family. We had a amazing sunny day on Thursday and went for a short walk down Double Bluffs beach. We also spent hours watching World Cup Soccer!

We are working with families on Winter Wishes lists and getting requests posted on a confidential Sign-Up Genius list. See more information below!

This week we are highlighting the following individual, Andrea Wilbur-Sigo.

Andrea Wilbur-Sigo: (American | Squaxin Island | Skokomish, born 1975)

Northwest carver and artist Andrea Wilbur-Sigo (Squaxin Island and Skokomish) has mastered Coast Salish art forms. She is the first known Native American woman carver of many generations of carvers. She also creates beadwork, button blankets, and baskets.

Andrea Wilbur-Sigo is an active member of the Squaxin Island Tribe (based around Shelton, Western Washington). Her artworks reflects her heritage and its strong artistic community. She serves her tribe as a member of the education committee and board member of the Tribal Museum. She teaches Coast Salish art classes to children and adults.

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DHH News and Links

Our BOTB team participated in the Preliminary competition on Tuesday (November 15th) and won enough points to advance to the Playoffs! The Preliminary competition began with 22 schools and Deaf programs around the nation then narrowed down to top 12 teams. If our team does well in the Playoffs after Fall Break, then the next step is a trip to Washington, DC for the nationals in the Spring!

Battle of the Books is a national wide novel reading competition with many schools participating. We are a part of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Battle of the Books program provided through Gallaudet University.

The date for the BOTB Playoffs will be during the week of Dec. 5th to 7th.

Upcoming Events

Middle School 2nd Quarter Starting

  • Monday, November 28

Early Dismissal

  • Wednesday, November 30th
  • School is out at 2:10 pm.

Orchestra Concert

  • Tuesday, December 13th
  • More info to come

Band Concert

  • Thursday, December 15th
  • More info to come

Winter Wishes

TOPS Families,

The winter months can be challenging for many of our families. 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 TOPS students. Members of the TOPS community voluntarily purchase gifts for families requesting gifts. The names of families requesting gifts and giving gifts are anonymous. 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 Monday, November 28, 2022: Winter Wishes Request Form 2022. If you are unable to complete this form, please email or 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 on December 15-16th. Ms. Schwentor or Ms. Hanson will contact families to arrange for the pick-up of gifts.
  5. If you wish to purchase gifts for Winter Wishes, you can do so by using the Sign-up Genius link which will be available by December 2nd. All Winter Wishes gifts need to be mailed or delivered to TOPS by December 13th. Recommendation: gift amounts should not exceed $50/child, plus one clothing item.


Amy Schwentor & Kathy Hanson

November Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences

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. Linked here is a survey to get additional feedback from families.

Middle School 2nd Quarter Starting

Middle school families, the 1st quarter ended on November 17th. Grade reports will be sent home with students this week.

They also can be viewed online on a parent/guardian Source Account.

  • Log onto the Source at:
  • If you have more than one student, select the name of student under the Source logo at the top, left of the screen.
  • Select the Elementary Progress Reports or Secondary Performance Reports link on the left menu:
  • Click the PDF link to download and save.

2nd Quarter electives start on Monday, November 28th. Have your student check the Source for their new electives.

School Lunches

Since the beginning of November we have had lunches for students however due to Annie being out and a shortage of workers, the lunches have all been cold (sandwiches, bagels, etc….).

At this time we don’t expect to have a sub in the building for Annie. Please know that unless we have a lunchroom substitute (someone trained and hired to do the work) we will not have “hot” lunches.

Middle School Athletics

Winter Basketball will be starting December 12th.

  • Boys practice Monday and Thursday until 5 pm
  • Girls practice Tuesday and Friday until 5 pm.

TOPS Girls Soccer:

  • TOPS team was defeated by Blaine on November 19th. Soccer season is done!

TOPS Ultimate Frisbee:

  • The A team lost on the 19th 6-8.
  • The C team won 8-7.
  • Ultimate is over until the spring!

TOPS Fall Fund Drive (You can still DONATE!)

Hello TOPS Community!

How to Donate

Donations in support of TOPS can be made through PayPal by following this link, or by check made out to “Friends of TOPS” and mailed to TOPS, 2500 Franklin Ave. E, Seattle, WA 98102. Please help us extend our reach by forwarding this to those people in your student’s life who would be interested in supporting their TOPS experience (i.e. grandparents, community members, TOPS alumni, etc)..

Why Donate

The Seattle School District provides funds for TOPS to operate. However, those funds only carry us so far. Many of the programs and events that TOPS offers are paid for by community donations. These include academic opportunities, community activities, enrichment programs, and social justice initiatives.

Thank you,

TOPS Site Council/Friends of TOPS

Reporting COVID Cases

TOPS Families if your student tests positive for COVID-19, please email our attendance office at AND report the COVID case at the link here:

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What I am Reading:


  • Reading Bloodmarked by Tracy Deon. This is the second book in the Legendborn series! “All Bree wanted was to uncover the truth behind her mother’s death. So she infiltrated the Legendborn Order, a secret society descended from King Arthur’s knights—only to discover her own ancestral power. Now, Bree has become someone new: A Medium. A Bloodcrafter. A Scion..”


  • Cultivating Genius by Gholdy Mohammed
  • Start Here, Start Now by Liz Kleinrock
  • Street Data, by Shane Safir and Jamila Dugan
  • Leadership for Increasingly Diverse Schools, Edited by George Theoharis & Martin Scanlan

Videos of the Week:

Jimmy Fallon, The Roots and the Backstreet Boys Boys

First Lady Michelle Obama Car Karaoke

Joke of the Week:

Q: What do you call a parrot that can’t fly?

A: A walkie-talkie



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