Tiger Tales Newsletter

October 19, 2020

Upcoming Dates

October 21 - Virtual Jog-A-Thon fundraiser event

October 25 - TCE MOD Pizza fundraiser event

October 26 - Grades 4-5 Hybrid AA/BB Model begins (depending on metrics)

October 27 - PTA Honk or Treat Halloween drive thru, 6:00-7:00

October 28 - Taproot Theater Virtual Assembly

Hybrid Update

You may have seen that the Snohomish County Health District urged Snohomish County superintendents “to pause on any plans to expand in-person learning opportunities [due to] a new rolling two-week case rate that shows the county at 71.8 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people.” He explained that “this is a sharp increase from previous weeks.” Dr. Spitters emailed guidance to school leaders asking them to “not move ahead now on any plans to bring in additional students.” He also stressed that, at this time, “there is no need to go backward at schools that have already started to bring in students Kindergarten to 3rd grade, or those with special needs.”


According to the health district, at the beginning of next week, Dr. Spitters wants to have further conversations with the state, review the metrics, and has stated that as long as hospitalizations and long-term care facility impacts remain stable, we may be able to proceed as previously planned. We will be meeting with Dr. Spitters on Tuesday, October 20th, to discuss our plans to bring back 4th and 5th grade students for face-to-face instruction on October 26th. While most grade levels will continue as they currently are, we encourage families of our 4th and 5th grade students to be prepared to remain in continuous learning or for the opportunity to shift to hybrid instruction.


You will receive an update from the district on Tuesday afternoon, October 20th. Please keep in mind this is a very fluid situation. We have been asked by the health district to remind everyone that it is still critical that we limit social gatherings and wear face coverings when around those outside of your household. Thank you for your continued patience and support.

PTA General Membership Meeting

We hope you will join us VIRTUALLY on Monday, October 19 at 4:30 to vote in our new board members and annual budget.


Join using Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85383246932

Dial by your location +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)

Meeting ID: 853 8324 6932

PTA Virtual Jog-A-Thon

It's time for our annual Jog-A-Thon put on by the Twin City PTA on Wednesday, October 21. We will ask students to jog at home and time themselves so we can keep track of minutes. Participation is optional, but the PTA appreciates your support in making Twin City as much fun as possible for your students.

This year's Jog-A-Thon goal is to fund the purchase of individual recess equipment, games for indoor recess, movement break materials, and hands-on learning center materials.


Visit www.getmovinfundhub.com and input the code 5f7b57b89e09d to collect donations online. If you prefer to collect cash or check, please make payable to TCE PTA and return to school by October 28.

Jog-A-Thon Flip Grid

Show off your Tiger Pride and drop a photo or video of your child participating in Jog-A-Thon on Flipgrid.

https://flipgrid.com/8bf6b621

Join code 8bf6b621

Meal Applications

All students will be offered a FREE Grab & Go breakfast and lunch meal when they come to school. We strongly encourage all parents/guardians to submit a Meal Application.


Every eligible form that is not submitted means lost resources for our schools. Meal Applications may be downloaded from the Stanwood-Camano School District Food Service Website by following this link: Free & Reduced Meal Application. Additionally, families may complete meal applications online via SKYWARD Family Access. Directions for submitting an online application can be found by following this link: Food Service Online Application Entry in Family Access.


Once you submit an application, you will either receive an email, if you have an email address on file or a notice in the mail as to whether your child/children can receive free or reduced-price meals. Submit your completed application, as soon as possible, to help make sure it counts toward potential new funding for our school this year.


Return Applications to: Stanwood Camano School District Food Service Department

26920 Pioneer Highway, Stanwood, WA 98292


Please contact Kjersti Sundberg at ksundberg@stanwood.wednet.edu or 360-629-1411 with questions.

Non-Attendance Day Expectations

Teachers will continue to have office hours through Google Meet on Wednesdays. This will be the only Google Meet your child will attend each week. The ELA and Math Google Meets do not continue once in person attendance begins. Students in grades 4-5 will continue their current Google Meet schedule until their hybrid attendance begins the week of October 26.


On the three days that students are not attending in person, instruction, assignments and homework will be provided. Teachers may choose to send home paper materials or may provide assignments in Seesaw or Google Classroom.


Attendance on these days will be based on activity. Students will be expected to demonstrate work completion on their assignments or online learning programs such as iXL or Reflex Math.

Specialists

Hybrid students will only have PE or Library/Tech as specialists this year in person. They will attend the same specialist both days they are in the building for an entire month. The following month they will have the alternate specialist.


On days that your child is not in the building they will have access to prerecorded specialist lessons in their Clever account. Look for the smiley face specialist icon with the purple background. This includes grade 4 and 5 students who are still in remote learning.


For our Continuous Learning students, you will continue to have specialists four days per week through Google Meet.

Counselor Corner with Mrs. Schwarze

I am hearing wonderful things from our teachers about the great conversations they have been having with their students about courage! I want to enCOURAGE you this week to look for ways to encourage the people around you. Use what you know about kindness and combine that with courage to act on those words and actions you could share to lift others up!


Counselor Corner slide decks will be new each Monday and you can find these in your google classroom or through see saw. Take time this week to check them out. It takes courage to admit when you are feeling overwhelmed and need a break, these slides are meant to make that choice a little easier for you!

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Health Attestation

Pease complete the Health Attestation Google Form. You will need to complete this form ONE TIME for the school year, NOT each week.


By completing the form parents are agreeing to screen their child daily and not send them to school with any symptoms of COVID-19. You are also agreeing to communicate with the school if your child becomes ill.

TCE Social Media

Follow our Facebook and Instagram accounts @twincitytigers to stay up to date on what is happening all year at Twin City Elementary.

Contact Us

We appreciate all you do to support your child's success at Twin City Elementary.

Jennifer Allen, Principal

Non Discrimination Statement

The Stanwood-Camano School District does not discriminate in employment, 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. Inquiries regarding compliance and/or grievance procedures may be directed to the District's Title IX/Affirmative Action Officer and Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator, Maurene Stanton (mstanton@stanwood.wednet.edu), or the Section 504/American Disabilities Act Coordinator, Robert Hascall (rhascall@stanwood.wednet.edu) Stanwood-Camano School District, 26920 Pioneer Hwy, Stanwood, WA 98292. Telephone: (360) 629-1200.