Tiger Tales Newsletter

October 5, 2020

Upcoming Dates

October 5 - Grades K-3 Hybrid AA group begins

October 8 - Grades K-3 Hybrid BB group begins

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

Don't Forget!

Your child needs to bring the following items to school EACH DAY they attend in person:

  • Chromebook AND Charger
  • Journeys and Math Expression Textbooks (if applicable)
  • Basic School Supplies (folder, notebooks, pencils, crayons, markers, colored pencils)
  • Water Bottle
  • Mask

Welcome!

We have worked hard to ensure that the staff and the building are ready to welcome back our students this week! All students in K-3 who have opted for the hybrid model will attend two days of in person instruction starting this week. Our AA group will begin on Monday, October 5 and our BB group will begin on Thursday, October 8. All students will attend a full day from 9:00-3:30.


Students in fourth and fifth grade will remain online for three more weeks. They will follow the same Google Meet schedule for ELA and Math that they have been using this year. In person instruction will begin for these grades the week of October 26.


Students who chose distance learning will begin this week with their online teacher. They will follow the same Google Meet schedule for ELA and Math as before. On Monday when students sign in through Clever they may still see their previous teacher information. Updates to the system should be complete by Tuesday, October 6.

Student Expectations

Students must wear a cloth mask each day to school. If they forget, one will be provided to them. Neck gaiters and face shields are not allowed unless you have met with the school nurse and/or principal to discuss an exception to the cloth mask requirement.


Students must remain 6 feet socially distanced at all times. There are signs and tape throughout the building as visual reminders.


Students will remain with their classroom cohort during the day and will not come into contact with other cohorts. This is in an effort to minimize the number of contacts a student has per day.

Family Member Expectations

We will not be allowing family members into the building during the school day. If you are coming to school to drop off or pick up your child, please remain in your car.


We will not allow walk up parents this year in the gym. If you walk to campus, please check in with a staff member out front of the school who will radio for your child at dismissal.


We will not be allowing volunteers in the building at this time. While we love and appreciate our volunteers tremendously, we are limiting any outside contact for our students. Thank you for understanding and we look forward to a day again where you can help out at school.


If you need to come inside the building for a meeting or to drop something off in the office, please wait to be buzzed in. Upon entry, you will need to complete a Health Attestation and take your temperature. Masks must be worn and please follow social distancing guidelines and signs.

Student Health Screenings

All students will be screened by an adult when they arrive on campus. Bus riders will be checked before getting off the bus and car riders will be checked before getting out. If a student has a temperature or COVID related symptoms, they will be isolated in our health room until an adult can pick them up.


Please complete the Google Form Health Attestation this 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.

Breakfast and Lunch

All students will be offered a FREE Grab & Go breakfast and lunch meal when they come to school. If you prefer to send a packed lunch with your child you may. Students will also have an afternoon snack break, so please send a snack.


All meals and snacks will be eaten in the classroom rather than the cafeteria. Teachers and paraeducators will provide supervision while students eat. This will be the only time students are allowed to take their mask off while inside the building.

Preordered Meals

Families can pre-order a 5-day Grab & Go meal bag for when your child is not in school. This includes both a breakfast and lunch.


To participate you need to complete the pre-order form (below) between Monday at 3:30 pm and Tuesday at 7:00 pm each week.


Meal pick up will be the following Tuesday between 4:30 and 6:30 at any of the five elementary schools. When arriving to pick up meals, identification will not be required at this time. If students are not present, parents and/or guardians will be required to sign a document.

Recess

Students will have two 15-minute recess breaks per day. While outdoors student will be allowed to take their mask off for a break as long as they remain 6 feet socially distanced.


Students will not have access to any playground equipment or big toy structure during recess. Social distancing signs have been placed on the playground as a visual reminder and adult directions must be followed at all times.


Classrooms have been assigned a specific area on the blacktop to use for recess. Students must remain in their assigned area and will not be allowed to mix with other cohorts of students.

Specialists

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.


PE will be held in the gym but will be low intensity, no contact lessons. Library/Tech will be held in the classroom. At this time we will not be checking out library books to students.


Hybrid students will no longer have Google Meets with their specialist teacher while at home. On days that your child is not in the building they will have access to prerecorded specialist lessons in their Clever account.

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Bathrooms

Every classroom has been assigned to a specific bathroom set to use during the day. A color crayon has been posted outside the bathroom door and will be displayed in the classroom.
  • Knutzen, Erickson, Alwert - blue (outside first grade classrooms)
  • San Nicolas - restroom within classroom
  • Heichel & Richards - red (outside kindergarten classrooms)
  • Delich, Taylor, Meier - yellow (outside second/third grade classrooms)
  • Flickner, Trampush, Shoe - orange (outside Resource room)
  • Keck, Kelley, Jacoby - green (gym bathroom)


Only one student can use the restroom at a time. There are "Wait Here" circles in the hallway that students should stop at and verbally check if bathroom is clear before entering. Students must wash their hands with soap and water before returning to class.

Health Room

Chelsie Condon will be our full time nurse this year and Stacey Hochstetler will continue as Health Room Assistant. The main health room has been retrofitted as an isolation room in the case of a student presenting with COVID symptoms. The conference room is now a second health room and this will be where students go if they need assistance for symptoms that are not potentially COVID related.

Dismissal

Walkers and pick up students will be released at 3:15.

Walkers will go directly out the front doors to the sidewalk.


Pick up students will gather in the gym. Spots have been marked on the floor and students will be seated 6 feet apart by cohort. Once a student's name is called they will exit from the gym side doors and walk to the front of the building and get in their car.


Bus riders will be dismissed at 3:30. They will exit out the second floor doors to the bus zone and will wait on a spot 6-feet socially distanced until the bus driver allows them to board.

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.

Counselor Corner with Mrs. Schwarze

Courage is to choose what is good, right, and kind, even when it’s hard or scary. We will focus on this character trait for the whole month of October. This week some of you will begin class in-person with kids you might not know and a teacher you might not know too. Some of you will continue to have school online with possibly a new teacher and students you may not recognize. It takes courage to walk into new things. No one loves to do what is hard or scary in the moment, but when we push into the unknown with the superpower of courage, we often reap big rewards. You might feel that flutter in your tummy like there are butterflies in there this week with all the newness in front of you. That is totally normal! Move forward with courage and try to take it a moment at a time. You have so many people at school that are here to support you, you are not alone!


I am in the building Monday and Tuesday mornings and Thursday and Friday afternoons should you need to visit with me at school. I am in the same office as I have been in the past right by the library. I am also available by email or phone, so don’t ever hesitate to reach out.


Counselor Corner slide decks will be back this week. Stay tuned for more information as I work out how best to deliver these now that we are in a hybrid model. Take care Tigers! We are all in this together.

PTA Upcoming Events

Our fall membership drive resulted in 97 new TCE PTA members. Welcome and thank you for supporting our students and our school this year. Our membership drive prize winners are below. Please contact twincitypta@gmail.com to arrange prize pick up. Congratulations!

  • Angelia Carvalho (Norah & Margot Cowan) - Dinner for 4 at MOD Pizza
  • Gina Polenski (Lacey Holbrook) - Tiger Pride Hoodies
  • Megan Vogel (Otto, Soren, Maria Vogel) - Scooter


In October, our TCE PTA has many fun and engaging events planned. More details will be shared in the next couple of weeks, but mark your calendars for these dates:

  • VIRTUAL Jog-A-Thon fundraiser event on Wednesday, October 21
  • MOD Pizza fundraiser event on Sunday, October 25
  • Honk or Treat Halloween drive thru event on Tuesday, October 27 from 6:00-7:00
  • Taproot Theater Virtual Assembly on Wednesday, October 28

Parent Technology Support

The Technolgy Help Line is available this week Monday-Friday from 12:00-3:00 p.m. by calling 360-403-3966.

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.