Totem Falls Raven Review

Friday, September 24, 2021



28: Picture Day, individual pictures

30: Vision Screenings


Dear Totem Falls Families,

This was our first week where we needed to send home our message about a positive Covid case at school. I really don’t like sending those, but know it’s important to keep everyone on the same page. I have appreciated our nurse’s quick response in determining who may be impacted and letting families know as soon as possible. We all wish we didn’t have to be dealing with this in SO many ways. School is such a socially dynamic place and we continue to adjust our school routines while maintaining a safe environment consistent with the heath department’s guidelines.

With that in mind there are a couple of updates I’d like to share with you...

Snacks- Snacks are an important routine in the school day. Mornings or afternoons can be very long depending when lunch is for students and a snack can help fuel them for the rest of the day, while allowing for a break. Snacking outside has worked well for many classrooms and should we need to snack inside, we will have students separated by 6 feet or more. This will allow for a safe snack opportunity indoors.

Curriculum night- Schools in Snohomish are looking at doing this in many different ways. At Totem Falls we have discussed the purpose in informing you about skills and concepts presented this year as well as preparing for the unwelcome quarantine situation. It has taken a fair amount of time for teachers to think through the process of how to support one student, let alone multiple, in keeping them with the class while at home. We are planning on sending home these plans and how to access materials electronically (Canvas, See Saw, Email) so your child has the opportunity to participate in the classes learning activities. No schools are having in person gatherings at this time and we are looking forward to conferences in early November where you will be able to have a conversation with your teachers. Again…wishing things were different.

Safety update- Students, on the whole, have been doing a good job keeping their masks in place. Some gentle reminders are still needed, and I appreciate adults being good models on campus by wearing masks. I am looking at adding some table space to increase spacing during lunch and hope this will be possible. Once I have more details, I will let you know about any changes in our lunch organization.

I hope you have a chance to enjoy what is sure to be some of the last warm, sunny days of the year.



Big picture


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

Please have your student bring the envelope on picture day to give to the photographer. If you purchase online the envelope will be empty.

Need More Assistance?

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


On September 30th we will be conducting our annual vision screening for students in Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grades. Screening will be done using SPOT vision screeners by myself and several volunteer from the Lion’s Club. The SPOT photo vision screener detects potential indicators for a variety of visual issues including near and far sightedness. If your child wears glasses, please have them wear or bring them for the test.

This screening is not intended to replace a regular vision exam from a licensed optometrist, however. If your child receives a “pass” then no letter is mailed to you. If you receive a letter that says “refer” then your child should be evaluated by a licensed optometrist.

In addition, your child should receive a comprehensive optometric examination if he/she is experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Consistently sitting too close to the TV or holding a book too close
  • Losing his place while reading or using a finger to guide his eyes when reading
  • Squinting or tilting the head to see better
  • Frequent eye rubbing
  • Sensitivity to light and/or excessive tearing
  • Closing one eye to read, watch TV or see better
  • Avoiding activities which require near vision, such as reading or homework, or distance vision, such as participating in sports or other recreational activities
  • Complaining of headaches or tired eyes
  • Avoiding using a computer because it "hurts his eyes"

Please contact me if you have any questions about the screening.

Mary Mellis, BSN, RN

School Nurse for Totem Falls Elementary

M-F 8am-3:30pm



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

Board & General meeting information

09/29/21 - Board Meeting & General Meeting

10/27/21 - Board Meeting

12/01/21 - Board Meeting & General Meeting

01/26/22 - Board Meeting

02/23/22 - Board Meeting & General Meeting

03/23/22 - Board Meeting

04/27/22 - Board Meeting

05/25/22 - Board Meeting & General Meeting

06/15/22 - Incoming/Outgoing Board Meeting

Board Meeting - 5:00pm General Meeting - 6:30pm

Please see the below link and meeting info for the PTO meetings. It will be the same meeting ID and passcode each general meeting.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 633 192 6259
Passcode: MD7CrV

Click below to enlarge flyer

Big picture


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 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.


Please click HERE for district approved flyers.


  • 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)


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,; Section 504 Coordinator and Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying – Shawn Stevenson, 1601 Avenue D, Snohomish, WA 98290, 360-563-7282,