Tiger Tales Newsletter
November 2, 2020
November 11 - No School, Veteran's Day
November 20 - No School, Conferences
November 18-30 - Virtual Scholastic Book Fair
November 25 - Early Release, No Resource In Person Groups
November 26-27 - No School, Thanksgiving Break
The district met this week with both Island and Snohomish County Health Districts. Snohomish County in particular has high COVID activity levels. Island County had a one week drop in infection rates after multiple weeks of increased activity. Our students and staff travel between Stanwood and Camano Island, therefore we cannot isolate one county over the other. Until we have multiple weeks in which the infection rate drops in both counties, we cannot safely reopen our schools to increased populations of students.
We are postponing bringing back our 4th and 5th grade students into a hybrid model until November 30 at the earliest. We will continue to serve grades K-3 in a hybrid model. Special populations (preschool through high school) will attend as they are currently scheduled. All other students will be served in a Continuous Learning 2.0 model.
The district also has made the difficult decision to not return our middle and high school students in a hybrid model until second semester at the earliest. We know this decision is disappointing for students, families and our staff, but we believe that this is necessary due to the rapid case increase over the past several weeks.
PTA Honk or Treat Thanks
PTA Virtual Jog-A-Thon Thanks
You did it! Twin City students raised a record $12,459 for our virtual Jog-A-Thon! We received 283 donations from 23 states and beat our goal of $7000 by a mile. Our top earner was Torvald Anderson who raised $1502 and received our Nintendo Switch top prize. The rest of our prizes will be handed out by our PTA soon, so stay tuned!
Money raised from our Jog-A-Thon will be spent on recess and movement break equipment for individual use. We will also be purchasing each student a cinch sack to use as a recess bag if they would like to bring items from home. More information to come on this too!
Students enjoyed a bubble recess last week thanks to our PTA. Mrs. Allen has received a WSU sweatshirt and will be wearing it all day at school for meeting our fundraising goal!
Counselor Corner with Mrs. Schwarze
Having gratitude requires us to notice and appreciate things in our life, the world, and in others. To notice and appreciate takes slowing down and shifting our mental perspective. The condition of the world around us right now may sap a lot of the energy we have to notice and appreciate people and things in our lives. However, expressing gratitude is a safety net for our minds and our souls. Praciting gratitude has been shown to boost mental health. I encourage you this month to somewhere in your house hang up a big sheet of paper, or use a chalkboard if you have one. Allow the whole family to write or draw something every day that you notice and appreciate. Take advantage of this “simple” practice of having gratitude in your homes this month and see how it changes your lives.
Counselor Corner slide decks will be new each Monday and you can find these in your google classroom, through see saw, or a link on Clever. Take time this week to check them out!
Meals for At Home Day
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.
Please contact Kjersti Sundberg at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-629-1411 with questions.
New Tiger Pride Items
PTA Reflections Arts Program
Families have asked what the protocol is when a school has a confirmed case of COVID 19. The district immediately contacts the school nurse and the Snohomish or Island County Health District. The Snohomish Health District has provided the following documents for families.
We also have protocols in place for students/staff who are ill. When students or staff display the following symptoms, they must go or stay home:
Lost of taste/smell
Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
Muscle Aches/Pains (not attributable to other causes)
Headache (not attributable to other causes)
Congestion/Runny nose (not attributable to other causes)
When students/staff have these symptoms, they must stay home for 10 days or until they have a negative COVID test.
We need to reiterate schools are casualties of increased rates of transmission within the community. We have become aware of students spending time together off-campus, in unmasked social situations. This has the potential to increase transmission rates, thus impacting the district’s ability to bring back more students. We are reminding everyone that it is essential to wear masks, maintain social distancing, avoid indoor in-person gatherings outside of immediate family, and practice good hand hygiene. If a social gathering must occur, these gatherings should be held outside.
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.