Totem Falls Raven Review

Thursday, March 4, 2021

In-Person school hours: 8:35 am - 3:15 pm

Important Dates

March

7: PTO MOD Pizza fundraiser, see below for details

9: Remote Students Picture Day, 4-5:30 pm in the gym on-campus

  • Please sign up for a time here

9 & 10: Picture Day for In-person learners during the school day

19: ONLINE Spring Bookfair begins through April 1

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A note from Dr. Church

Hello Totem Falls Families,


This week we successfully added both cohorts of our 5th and 6th grade students. Thanks to everyone for your patience as we completed the addition of all students wanting to come back to in person learning. The staff at Totem Falls have been excited to have students back on campus, however we are pining for the day everyone returns to traditional learning. We really miss seeing our remote friends’ faces and can hardly wait until the halls are filled with the entire student body.


Taking stock in how our safety routines and procedures are progressing with this many people on campus is the next task as we look at our safety plan and determine what revisions may need to take place. We will inform you of any changes that impact our routines or procedures.


Other details:

  • Thanks to EVERYONE continuing to do the attestation in the morning. It makes all the difference in the world.
  • We sent home information with students for picture day next week and cards to write last names on to help with pickup in the afternoon. We also sent picture materials to remote families electronically. Remote student pictures will be taken in the gym late afternoon next Tuesday. Please use the sign up genius link to set your appointment. In person students will have their pictures taken within the student day.
  • Our next distribution for remote families will be Friday March 19th between 1:00 and 2:30 pm.
  • Early April is when the school district mentioned another possible transition to either in-person or remote instruction. If you know you’d like to make a change, please feel free to call the office to let us know. We are currently generating waiting lists to help gauge what classroom numbers may be for this transition.


I hope this finds you having had the opportunity for a vaccination, or it on your calendar in the near future.


Sincerely,

Craig

Water Bottles

Please have your student bring a labelled water bottle to school each day they are in-person. Our drinking fountains are closed but they can fill them at the sinks in their classrooms. If your child forgets their water bottle at home, there are single-use paper cups in the classrooms the student can get from the teacher.
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Next Distribution

The next distribution will be Friday, March 19, from 1:00 - 2:30 pm

Here is a snapshot of the next few:

April 16

May 7 & 28

June 18

Picture Day for remote learners

Tuesday, March 9 from 4:00 – 5:30 pm


Please take a moment to click here to sign-up for a spot. There you will find a link to order pictures online if you so desire, otherwise, it will be in the yearbook. There will be no class photos for any classes this year.


*When you arrive for the photo, we can allow one adult into the gym (pictures will be on stage) to accompany the child. Masks are required and we will be practicing social distancing. Your student will be able to take their mask off for the photo.


If you still want to order a yearbook, click this link to place an online order.


Please call the front office, 360.563.4750, if you have any questions or need help signing up for a spot.

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Library News

ALL SCHOOL READ ALOUD SPIRIT WEEK

Don’t forget to dress up like a GIANT this Friday! Show us your TF spirit by taking a VIDEO of yourself via FLIPGRID and tell us your FAVORITE PART of the book so far. 5 Lucky Winners will win a FREE BOOK just for posting a video on Flipgrid! Entries due SUNDAY, MARCH 7TH.


WANT TO TAKE A BREAK FROM READING? LET THE TF STAFF READ THE BFG FOR YOU!

We hope you’re enjoying THE BFG with your family but if you want to try something different, check out our AMAZING TOTEM FALLS STAFF reading the book. We thought it would be fun for you to hear from some people you haven’t seen in a while.


ENTER TO WIN A FREE BOOK

Every WEDNESDAY until March 17th, we will post BFG Trivia using one of the questions from the Discussion packet. Post your entries for this week’s BFG Trivia question on this FORM by TUESDAY, March 9th to be entered in a drawing for 3 lucky winners to receive a FREE BOOK.


BFG TRIVIA BOOK WINNERS THIS WEEK...Congratulations to this week’s book winners of last week’s BFG trivia question: Hailey & Elizabeth Castillo, Kyra Mineer, and Tharuna Bandari. Winners will receive a FREE BOOK at the next distribution on March 19th or delivered to their classroom.


SAVE THE DATE for our TF SPRING ONLINE BOOK FAIR, March 19-April 1st. More information coming soon!

Click below for the new Art Docent Polar Bear Activity

CHECK-OUT a LEGO ROBOTICS KIT for your student!

LEGO Education solutions are designed to build confidence in STEAM learning from pre-K through secondary education. Their hands-on tools make learning playful, engaging and relevant while developing students' ability for critical thinking, communication and 21st century skills like coding and robotics.


Have a student interested in coding, robotics or a fun engaging educational hands-on activity?

Sign your student up for a WeDo 2.0 or SpikePRIME Kit rental here! Compliments of your Totem Falls PTO.


Be sure to visit the Robotics tab on the PTO Website to download your rental application ahead of time for a seamless check-out!

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Snohomish School District Coronavirus Testing Research Study

The Snohomish School District and the University of Washington (UW) are excited to announce the launch of the Snohomish School District Coronavirus Testing Research Study. This study and testing for the virus that causes COVID-19 is available for kindergarten through 2nd grade students participating in in-person instruction in our schools.

This testing program is available beginning Monday, February 22, and those eligible can sign up anytime between now and Wednesday, March 31.

Click here to enroll: https://redcap.iths.org/surveys/?s=JC4XKP4HP8

Enrolled participants will receive convenient, weekly coronavirus testing where they will be able to swab themselves or their child in the comfort of their own homes and drop it off at school on the same day. Children may also be able to be swabbed while at school. The UW’s nasal swabs are less invasive and easier to use than other coronavirus tests, only going about one inch into the nose. For more information, please visit www.sno.wednet.edu/reopening/testingstudy.

The Snohomish School District and the University of Washington (UW) are excited to announce the launch of the Snohomish School District Coronavirus Testing Research Study available to kindergarten through 2nd grade students participating in in-person learning. This testing program will be available beginning Monday, February 22.

Through the study, students will be offered an easy, weekly coronavirus test. The program is powered by the Seattle Flu Study team, the group that first reported community spread of COVID-19 in the United States.

Families with students enrolled in the study can choose to collect the child's swabs at home and drop it into the drop box during morning drop-off or choose to have a trained researcher collect swabs from their child while at school. For more information, please visit the district website at www.sno.wednet.edu/reopening/testingstudy.

How it works

  • Qualified students include kindergarten through 2nd grade students participating in in-person learning.
  • If you are a parent/guardian of a qualifying student and are interested in having your child participate, you can enroll online beginning Monday, February 22 to fill out a consent form and 15-minute enrollment questionnaire.
  • Participation is completely voluntary, and you can choose to have your child leave the study at any time if you change your mind after signing up.
  • You can choose one of two options for your child’s weekly swab:
    • Option 1: Collect your child's swabs at home and drop it into the drop box located at school during morning drop-off. You must be able and willing to bring your child’s swab to campus once per week.
    • Option 2: A trained researcher can collect the swab from your child while they are at school.
  • If you choose to collect your child’s swab at home, you will receive a kit containing everything you will need to swab your child for the study after you sign up. The research team will bring these kits to your school once you sign up. Your child will bring the kits home.
  • If you indicate that your child is feeling sick on a scheduled swab day, a swab kit will be mailed to your home.
  • You can look up results for each of your child’s weekly tests online within 48 to 72 hours of being tested.

The study runs through Friday, June 18.

Need help?
Questions about the program can be directed to the UW study’s customer service team at schoolstesting@uw.edu or 206-616-5859.

District Laptop Phone Support

We have a dedicated phone line for student/family computer/laptop support for district-issued devices. Students and families can call 360-563-3000 for live technical support from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 7:30-11:30 a.m., Friday.

Totem Falls Elementary School

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

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 (HIB), Shawn Stevenson,1601 Avenue D, Snohomish, WA 98290 360-563-7314