Totem Falls Raven Review

Thursday, October 14, 2021

IMPORTANT DATES

OCTOBER

17: MOD Pizza PTO Fundraiser

19: Healthy Youth Survey for 6th grade students

21: Great American Shakeout - Earthquake Drill

27: PTO Board Meeting

28: PTO Sponsored WalkaThon


NOVEMBER:

8, 9 & 10: Conference week, Half-Day release @ 11:45 am

9: Picture re-take day

11: Veterans Day, No School

12: Half-day release, 11:45 am

MESSAGE FROM DR. CHURCH

Dear Totem Falls Families,

We continue to look at revisions in the lunch routines to make it more comfortable, while maintaining the safest environment possible. One of the recent modifications is adding some wind screening to keep the breeze down. While it is still cold outside, this has made a noticeable difference. We have also been able to add some seating which will provide more spacing between students. Some lunches will have as few as three students to a table, while others will have up to five. This extra spacing really makes things feel safer as we continue to eat outside. Next week we will begin the new seating arrangement. I have included a couple of pictures below to help visualize these changes. I am looking into ways we can provide some warmth during lunches as well to see if there is a safe, effective way to do so.


I also wanted to share that the school district has made a decision regarding the modality of conferences. All parent conferences the week of November 8 will be virtual, utilizing our new best friend Zoom (not really). I understand the reasons for the decision, appreciate the focus on safety, and am disappointed we will not have conferences in person. Spring conferences will hopefully bring some welcome change.


Have a great weekend.

Craig

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A NOTE ABOUT MORNING DROP-OFF

If you are dropping your student off in the morning, please use the drop-off/pick-up loop, this is the driveway closest to the playground. The other side is for bus drop-off and cars that need to park to walk their child up.


Please do not stop in the parking lot side to let your child out, this is preventing the busses from coming in to drop students off. Thank you for your help on this.

LIBRARY NEWS

FOURTH Annual All School Read Aloud is Coming OCTOBER 25!

TREE BOOKMARK CONTEST DUE!

Design a TREE BOOKMARK CONTEST was due this THURSDAY, October 14.

WINNERS will be revealed on October 25th and receive a FREE BOOK!

WINNING BOOKMARKS will be photocopied and distributed to TF classmates for the All School Read Aloud on October 25th too.

BOOK TITLE GUESSES DUE NEXT THURSDAY! WIN A FREE BOOK!

THIRD & FOURTH CLUE are: 1) The main character is TREE. 2) The setting is a MODERN DAY neighborhood. 3) The tree has a best friend who is a CROW. 4) The tree helps 2 CHILDREN BECOME FRIENDS. If your family thinks they know the title of the book, your child can make their guesses during library class next week.

If you’re not sure about the book title yet- that's okay, there will be ONE MORE clue reveal next week! Good Luck!

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VETERANS DAY PHOTOS

In anticipation of Veterans Day in November, Ms. Thurston is collecting digital pictures of family members who are veterans. These pictures will be used in a video presentation shared with families.


Photos do not need to be of service people in uniform, or in color but should be at least 800 x 600 resolution and in .jpg format if possible. You must include the veteran’s name, student’s name, veteran’s relationship to student, and branch of service.


ALL PHOTOS MUST BE SUBMTTED BY MIDNIGHT WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 3RD

**If you submitted a photo in previous years, you do not need to resubmit.

Please send all photos and questions to: stephanie.thurston@sno.wednet.edu

SHOULD MY CHILD STAY HOME?

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

PICTURE MAKE-UP DAY, 11/9

This is for anyone who missed picture day or wants a re-take done. You can place your order online HERE. Search for Totem Falls Elementary. If you are doing a re-take just have your student bring the pictures back to school on re-take day and turn those in to the photographer and they will repeat your order you paid for in September.

ATTENTION PARENTS!

Please take a moment to fill out this quick survey to select a t-shirt size for your student. One survey per student please. Thank you.

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Do you have a bachelor's degree? Be a substitute teacher!

The Snohomish School District is hiring emergency substitute teachers. Did you know you can become and emergency substitute if you hold a bachelor’s degree or higher? This position pays $185 to $260 per day (depends on duration of assignment) and the applicant must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and must pass STEDI subskills test. Contact Holli Fedewa in Human Resource Services/Guest Teaching for more information at 360-563-7247.

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.

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Monday, November 8-Friday, November 12, 2021 - Parent-Teacher Conferences, 11:45 dismissal
  • 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)

TOTEM FALLS ELEMENTARY 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, darryl.pernat@sno.wednet.edu; Section 504 Coordinator and Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying – Shawn Stevenson, 1601 Avenue D, Snohomish, WA 98290, 360-563-7282, shawn.stevenson@sno.wednet.edu.