Tiger Tales Newsletter
September 14, 2020
September 14 - First Day for Kindergarten Group A - 9:00-11:30
September 14 - First Day for McKinneyVento/EL/No Internet Grades K-2 - 1:00-3:30
September 15 - First Day for McKinneyVento/EL/No Internet Grades 3-5 - 1:00-3:30
September 28 - School Pictures - 2:30-6:00
September 30 - NED Mindset Virtual Assembly - 10:00-10:45
October 1 - School Pictures - 2:30-6:00
October 5 - Grades K-3 Hybrid AA/BB Model begins (depending on metrics)
October 26 - Grades 4-5 Hybrid AA/BB Model begins (depending on metrics)
School Reopening Phase In Plan, Step II
On Tuesday, Dr. Christopher Spitters of the Snohomish County Health District announced to school superintendents that schools could begin to reopen in a hybrid model beginning first with younger students. His guidance for schools is as follows:
“In summary, a reasonable approach for the time being is to wait for at least three weeks of observation following both the Labor Day holiday and the re-opening of schools in their current configuration. If at that time COVID-19 activity in the school and community remains stable or improving and a review of the considerations set forth above is favorable, then proceeding with incremental returns of elementary school students to in person learning at your discretion is acceptable to the Health District. I urge you to continue to allow adequate time (e.g., at least three weeks) between increments in order to detect untoward effects prior to making the next move in your planned sequence.”
Given this updated guidance, the district will be moving to Step II of our Phase In process and anticipates reopening under the following presumptions:
If metrics remain constant or go down, students K-3 will be taught in a face-to-face hybrid model beginning on October 5th, 2020.
If metrics remain constant or go down, students grades 4-5 will begin face-to-face on October 26th, 2020.
Students will be scheduled in an AA/BB hybrid model alphabetically by last name
Students in the AA Cohort will attend school on Mondays and Tuesdays
Students in the BB Cohort will attend school on Thursdays and Fridays
Students will attend for a full-day (9:00AM-3:30PM) including Kindergarten
Approximately half of students will be in a classroom at a time to minimize contacts
Families will be kept in the same Cohort
Schools will do their best to accommodate families' Cohort preference (AA or BB)
Families are asked to commit to either hybrid or continuous learning
Transportation will be provided following typical district guidelines
Masks and social distancing guidelines will be adhered to
Families will be surveyed regarding their preferences on Monday, September 14.
First Grade Assessment
Due to the fact that we are beginning the year in Distance Learning 2.0 we will need to administer the reading assessments online for our first grade students during a Google Meet. Please sign up with the link below for a time that you (or another adult) will be available to support your child by helping to facilitate the assessment from home. The Guidelines are attached for you to review prior to the scheduled assessment time. If you have questions, please contact Katie Pickrell, Title/LAP Coordinator at email@example.com.
Online Google Meet Schedule
Assignments in Seesaw & Google Classroom
In order to make it less overwhelming, the teachers will be color coding the days. Students need to focus on completing each day's videos and assignments one day at a time rather than trying to tackle it all at once. The coding is as follows:
- Thursday - Day One - Red Slides
- Friday - Day Two - Orange Slides
- Monday - Day Three - Green Slides
- Tuesday - Day Four - Blue Slides
- Wednesday - Day Five - Purple Slides
Social Media Reminders
Parent Technology Support
The month of September will be focused on KINDNESS. Through weekly lessons and activities we will help the students bring good things into their lives and our world through kind words, gifts and actions.
The Kindness Family Challenge this week is A Kind Face. These optional activities are designed to help you practice the trait of Kindness at home.
Counselor Corner with Mrs. Schwarze
“There are three ways to ultimate success: The first way is to be kind.The second way is to be kind. The third way is to be kind.” -Fred Rogers
This week a friend extended encouragement when I was feeling defeated. I immediately felt lighter and had a clearer mind to go about my day. That is kindness is action. How did you experience kindness this week? What simple ways could you show kindness to a friend or family member this week? Oftentimes kindness comes in the little things that add up to big things. Saying hi, holding a door for someone, giving encouragement when you can see someone is having a hard time, saying thank you… the list goes on and on.
I encourage you and your family to take time out of your busy lives to create a list of kind things you can do or say to yourself and others. Make it fun, get creative, give every family member a voice. Hang it up on the fridge or the bathroom door- someplace everyone will see it. As kindness permeates your home everyone will feel lighter and have clearer minds too. We all want to raise successful humans. This starts and ends with teaching and modeling kindness in our homes.
Look for new Counselor Corner slide decks this week in your Google Classroom or on Seesaw. I have included fun activities this week to show yourselves some kindness. Check them out.
Take care Tigers. We are all in this together!
Free Grab & Go Meals
Stanwood-Camano School District is excited to provide FREE weekly Grab & Go meal pick-up through December 31 for all children in our community 18 years and under. A Grab & Go meal consists of breakfast, lunch, and milk.
With the USDA waiver extension, we are able to provide meals for a full week, including Saturday and Sunday. Pre-ordering is strongly encouraged. To pre-order or find out the most current information, please go to the Food Services page or click on the button link below. Orders may be submitted between Fridays at 7:00 p.m. and Mondays at 3:00 p.m. for the next Friday pick up between 4:30-6:30 p.m. at any elementary school site.