Totem Falls Raven Review

Friday, September 17, 2021

*REMINDER* Friday Dismissal Time is 1:15 pm

IMPORTANT DATES

SEPTEMBER

28: Picture Day, individual pictures

30: Vision Screenings

MESSAGE FROM DR. CHURCH

Dear Totem Falls Families,

We continue to have a great start to the school year and our revising details is becoming less and less a daily task. We do love our expected routines! At this time here are a few important details to bear in mind:

  • Masking when on campus. We are asking all adults on campus to wear a mask for the safety of all during arrival and dismissal times. We appreciate all who are helping their child be more independent at each end of the school day. Less people on campus really helps. If you are not able to wear a mask, please meet your child at a site off school property. Many parents are meeting children on the other side of the crosswalk or the fence line at the back of the school. We appreciate your cooperation.
  • Eating lunch outside has been a good safety procedure. With the gentle breeze, there is more air circulation which feels much better than in the gym. That being said, it can be a bit chilly and will continue to be so as fall approaches. Please make sure your child has something to keep them warm and dry as the weather begins to change. We are working on ways to make the space more comfortable for students and anticipate eating this way for some time.
  • A reminder that 1:15 is dismissal on Friday.
  • A shout out to all parents who have exercised so much patience and understanding as we start back. From pick off and drop off, to your understanding of how we need to modify so many traditions at Totem Falls, we notice and appreciate your support.
  • I would also like to thank you for your patience regarding volunteering. I am trying to get answers to how this process will take place and it is a crazy time for everyone, so trying to be understanding. That being said, I anticipate there will be a process, as there was for staff, where you would show your vaccination card, have some level of training regarding the safety protocols here, as well as volunteer expectations. Due to the complexity related to contact tracing, I also anticipate a process for signing up to volunteer as well. Once I have more answers I will share them with you.

On another note:

There are MANY new staff here this year whom I’d like to formally introduce.

In preschool, Ms. Halle Jacques is filling in while Mrs. Aguiling is on leave. We have Mrs. Kim Anderson joining the para preschool team as well.

Our primary team adds Mrs. Amy Chase at kindergarten and Mrs. Jennie Melton at first grade.

On our intermediate team, Mrs. Amy Seelhoff is filling in while Mrs. Cordova is on leave, joining Mrs. Bartelheimer in teaching fifth graders.

We add Mrs. Desiree Lothyan and Mrs. Brittany Rudd to our para team and Mr. Andy Ubert as our evening custodian.

Hope you have a great weekend…Go Hawks!


Sincerely,

Craig

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COATS, DRY CLOTHES and LOST & FOUND

This is the time of year where the students start out with coats on and by 3rd recess they are too warm which means our lost and found is starting to fill up.

PLEASE label everything your student brings to school, if it is labelled we can get it back to them.


Also, with lunch being outside under cover, kids of all ages could benefit from extra socks and maybe even an extra pair of pants as there is not many places to play undercover and we have hit the glorious rainy season.

PICTURE DAY, 9/28

Picture day information and online ordering are now available by visiting dorianstudio.com and searching for your school’s name. Your online order can be placed before and up to four (4) days after picture day.


Need More Assistance?

Contact our Customer Advocate Team by visiting dorianstudio.com, search for your school, and click on the yellow Help button associated with your picture day.

LAPTOP CHARGING CORDS

Have you found a district laptop charger at your house? Please have your student bring it to school and turn in to the library. Thank you.

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

RAVEN WEAR

If you are interested in purchasing Raven Wear please click here to be directed to the website.
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*FREE* SWIM LESSONS FOR 2ND & 3RD GRADE

Did you know?

  • Drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury death in the United States1, and second among children in the state of Washington.
  • Participation in formal swimming lessons may reduce the risk of drowning by as much as 88 percent among young children aged 1 to 4 years, who are at highest risk of drowning.
  • Regular physical activity in childhood and adolescence improves strength and endurance, helps build healthy bones and muscles, helps control weight, reduces anxiety and stress, increases self-esteem, and may improve blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

Swim for Life, a nonprofit organization, was formed by local community members who have a passion for enriching the lives of young people in our community. Its mission is to make young people safer in the water. To that end, we would like for you to know about our exciting partnership with Snohomish Aquatic Center.

Swim for Life is offering every 2nd or 3rd grader enrolled in the Snohomish School District a free session of group swim lessons at the Snohomish Aquatic Center for the 2021-2022 school year. (Note: Sessions are typically four or five weeks long, and classes are offered once or twice a week.) This community program is being funded through generous donations raised through Swim for Life. To download a flier of 2021-2022 swim lesson session dates, please click here.

The Snohomish Aquatic Center strives to provide a FUN environment in which children can play, learn, and grow, with safety being the primary focus. The progressive learn-to-swim program is designed to help swimmers of all ability levels become safe and proficient in the water, teach essential water safety skills, include opportunities for in-session advancement, and work around busy schedules. The skills learned will carry throughout the lives of many, ensuring healthy and safe habits.

For details on how to enroll your 2nd or 3rd grader in group lessons at Snohomish Aquatic Center, please see the FAQs. Please contact the Snohomish Aquatic Center at 360-568-8030 with any questions or concerns.

GRIZZLY CUB SIGN-UPS

Grizzly Cubs is a fun mentoring program between Glacier Peak High School students and 4th through 6th graders from the elementary schools that feed into Glacier Peak High School. This club provides a great opportunity for elementary students to have a high schooler to talk to, look up to and build a great relationship with. Elementary students (grades 4-6) will have planned activities once a month with their High School Grizzly. Here are just some of the fun activities this year:
  • Halloween party
  • Ice skating
  • Writing letters to soldiers
  • Bowling
  • Putt putt golf


Please click here for more information and sign-up links.

DISTRICT APPROVED FLYERS

Please click HERE for district approved flyers.

SAFE SCHOOLS ALERT

Introducing SafeSchools Alert - our district's tip reporting service. If you have information about a threat to our safety (threats, bullying, intimidation, harassment, weapons, drugs, and other safety concerns), do your part and report it! And remember, you can remain anonymous. You can report using any of the ways noted below. Links are also available on the district and school websites.


Easy ways to report


For emergencies, please call 911.


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Suicide prevention links and resources are also available at www.sno.wednet.edu/suicideprevention.

IMPORTANT 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR DATES

  • Monday, November 8-Friday, November 12, 2021 - Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • 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)
  • Monday, January 17, 2022 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day (no school)
  • Monday, January 31, 2022 - Non-Student Day (no school)
  • Friday, February 18-Monday, February 21, 2022 - Mid-Winter Break (no school)
  • Monday, March 28-Friday, April 1, 2022- Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Friday, April 1, 2022 - Half-day early release
  • Monday, April 4-Friday, April 8, 2022 - Spring Break (no school)
  • Monday, May 30, 2022 - Memorial Day (no school)
  • Friday, June 17, 2022 - Last Day of School (tentative pending any snow/inclement weather make-up days)

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.