Tiger Tales Newsletter

September 14, 2020

Upcoming Dates

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

Reopening Updates

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.

Welcome Kinders!

Mrs. San Nicolas, Ms. Heichel and Mrs. Richards were were so excited to have our B group of kindergarteners in person last week. They had two fun days of getting to know their students, practicing school routines, and working on technology through Seesaw. We can't wait to meet our A group kindergartners on Monday!

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 kpickrell@stanwood.wednet.edu.

Online Google Meet Schedule

Thank you for making attending Google Meets a priority for your student. Our students have been actively engaged and building connections with their teacher and peers.

Attendance

Teachers are taking attendance each day during their Google Meets. If you child doesn't attend you will receive an autodialer at 5:00 pm. We are asking you to complete the Google Form to attest that your child was engaged in work even if unable to attend the Meet. Office staff will call families who do not respond to the Google From to confirm online activity.

Assignments in Seesaw & Google Classroom

Teachers will drop all assigned work on Thursdays in Seesaw and Google Classroom for the week. All work needs submitted for grading by the following Wednesday.


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

We know how exciting it is for your child to participate in Google Meets and connect with their teacher and classmates. However, please do not take photos or screenshots and post to your personal social media accounts. We have many families who opt out of social media and ask that you respect their privacy wishes.

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. You can also review the "How To" attachments for accessing Google Meet, Seesaw and Google Classroom.

Character Strong

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.

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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.

SCSD Surplus Auction

The District has set up a public auction page for surplus items offered to the community. We will add items as they become available. For some items, there will only be one available; but for many items, there will be a larger quantity offered. Each surplus item is posted on the auction site individually; so, you will see the same item listed multiple times.

PTA

Every student picked up their school supplies! Thank you to the TCE PTA for providing the financial support for student supplies. The PTA is kicking off their membership campaign this month. Please consider joining so that you can stay connected to Twin City and support our students. Click the button to sign up today!
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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.