Totem Falls Raven Review

Friday, October 1, 2021



17: MOD Pizza Fundraiser

19: Healthy Youth Survey for 6th grade students

27: PTO Board Meeting

28: PTO Sponsored Walk-a-Thon


Dear Totem Falls Families,

Our first PTO meeting was last night and I’d like to thank Shannon Carr and Tanya Edwards for their willingness to serve as co-presidents this year. Also voted in as Volunteer Coordinator is Erin Touchette. We want to welcome them to the board joining secretary Dorae Lande, treasurers Abbie Long and John Brotherton, and our PLUSS liaison Wes Stone. We discussed several items at the meeting and I wanted to focus on a couple that impact school routines. First is the length of lunch for students. Currently students have 20 minutes of recess and 15 minutes for lunch. We are going to blow the whistle a bit earlier to allow for some transition time before students get their lunches and sit down. Lunch is our time of greatest risk for exposure and we want to keep that under 15 minutes to avoid situations where children need to stay home. We are also working to increase spacing by adding a few more tables during lunch. Still working on the details, but that should come soon.

We also discussed recess when it is wet outside….LIKE TODAY! We are working on a plan that involves using the covered area for recesses where possible and a rainy day lunch recess schedule for the classrooms, as the covered area is being used for lunch. This should be up and running for next week. That being said, we do live in the Northwest and having students dressed to stay warm and dry is appreciated. At the meeting last night many parents shared they are going to send in extra clothes and shoes in the event they’re needed.

Finally, I’d like to share teachers have been working hard in preparing their plans to share with you regarding what your child will be learning this year as well as what to expect if your child should be quarantined. We are hoping to have those sent out by the end of next week.

Grace and flexibility continue to be our guide in navigating the year. 😊



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Help your child remember to bring:

  • Rain Coats
  • Rain boots
  • Umbrellas
  • Extra clothes


Hi Totem Falls Families, if your student is in need of winter clothing and/or shoes- Operation School Bell is now open!

Also, if your family is experiencing food insecurities our Friday Backpack program is set to start next week.

Please contact our school counselor, Mrs. Duncan for more information and paperwork. or (360)563-4760.


Please remember to keep your student home if they have any symptoms (even mild) of illness. If your student has any symptoms of COVID-19 or has been in close contact with anyone with COVID-19 please let our attendance staff know when excusing your student. Testing is encouraged for anyone with symptoms. Please see the links below for further information, our building nurse, Mary Mellis, at 360-563-4796 or email is happy to answer any questions as well.

Your sick, now what?

Health and safety guidelines

Mary Mellis, RN


This is for anyone who missed picture day or wants a re-take done.


The Totem Falls Walk-a-thon and Pumpkin carving contest is scheduled for the end of the month. The PTO is looking for donations of items to use as prizes for the students to earn. Thank you for considering a donation. Please click on the flyer for more information and for ideas or email Tanya or Shannon.


The PTO will again be publishing a school directory. If you would like your student/s name/s listed along with a family phone and/or email, please be sure to return the directory information sheet that will be coming home today or Monday.

****If you opted out of ANYTHING on Skyward, the Directory committee will not have access to your information on Skyward. ****

-This is new this year

Click below to enlarge flyer

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K-3 highly capable program information

If your student is currently in grades K-3 and you are interested in your student receiving highly capable services to include learning opportunities with more depth, complexity, and acceleration in the classroom please be aware of the following information. Students currently identified for highly capable K-3 services do not need to go through the K-3 referral process. Referral packets for the K-3 highly capable program are available in all elementary schools, and on the Snohomish School District website in English, Spanish and Russian.


Did you know?

  • Drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury death in the United States1, and second among children in the state of Washington.
  • Participation in formal swimming lessons may reduce the risk of drowning by as much as 88 percent among young children aged 1 to 4 years, who are at highest risk of drowning.
  • Regular physical activity in childhood and adolescence improves strength and endurance, helps build healthy bones and muscles, helps control weight, reduces anxiety and stress, increases self-esteem, and may improve blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

Swim for Life, a nonprofit organization, was formed by local community members who have a passion for enriching the lives of young people in our community. Its mission is to make young people safer in the water. To that end, we would like for you to know about our exciting partnership with Snohomish Aquatic Center.

Swim for Life is offering every 2nd or 3rd grader enrolled in the Snohomish School District a free session of group swim lessons at the Snohomish Aquatic Center for the 2021-2022 school year. (Note: Sessions are typically four or five weeks long, and classes are offered once or twice a week.) This community program is being funded through generous donations raised through Swim for Life. To download a flier of 2021-2022 swim lesson session dates, please click here.

The Snohomish Aquatic Center strives to provide a FUN environment in which children can play, learn, and grow, with safety being the primary focus. The progressive learn-to-swim program is designed to help swimmers of all ability levels become safe and proficient in the water, teach essential water safety skills, include opportunities for in-session advancement, and work around busy schedules. The skills learned will carry throughout the lives of many, ensuring healthy and safe habits.

For details on how to enroll your 2nd or 3rd grader in group lessons at Snohomish Aquatic Center, please see the FAQs. Please contact the Snohomish Aquatic Center at 360-568-8030 with any questions or concerns.


Grizzly Cubs is a fun mentoring program between Glacier Peak High School students and 4th through 6th graders from the elementary schools that feed into Glacier Peak High School. This club provides a great opportunity for elementary students to have a high schooler to talk to, look up to and build a great relationship with. Elementary students (grades 4-6) will have planned activities once a month with their High School Grizzly. Here are just some of the fun activities this year:
  • Halloween party
  • Ice skating
  • Writing letters to soldiers
  • Bowling
  • Putt putt golf

Please click here for more information and sign-up links.


Please click HERE for district approved flyers.


  • Monday, November 8-Friday, November 12, 2021 - Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Thursday, November 11, 2021 - Veterans Day (no school)
  • Friday, November 12, 2021 - Half-day early release
  • Wednesday, November 24, 2021 - Half-day early release
  • Thursday, November 25-Friday, November 26, 2021 - Thanksgiving Break (no school)
  • Friday, December 17, 2021 - Half-day early release
  • Monday, December 20-Friday, December 31, 2021 - Winter Break (no school)


We are Kind, Responsible, Honest, Brave and we NEVER Give Up!

Non-Discrimination Notice

The Snohomish School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Civil Rights Coordinator, Title IX Coordinator and ADA – Darryl Pernat, 1601 Avenue D, Snohomish, WA 98290, 360-563-7285,; Section 504 Coordinator and Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying – Shawn Stevenson, 1601 Avenue D, Snohomish, WA 98290, 360-563-7282,