MTE Family Newsletter

September 18, 2020

Mountlake Terrace Elementary Little Hawks

Main Office: (425) 431-7894

Attendance Line: (425) 431-3364

ECEAP Preschool Office: (425) 431-3339

Edmonds School District : (425) 431-7000

In this issue:

  • Hello from Principal Mary Williams
  • URGENT - We still need you to fill out the Free and Reduced Lunch application even though anyone can get school meals through December.
  • IMPORTANT - Update your student Chromebook
  • Navigating SeeSaw (Prek-2) and Canvas (3-12)
  • Lunch Brunch Zooming Fun!!!
  • 4th and 5th Grade Recorder Pick Up - Tuesday, September 22, 3:30 - 4:30
  • "Choose to Move 60!"
  • Community eFliers
  • MARK YOUR CALENDARS
  • Helpful Links

Hello MTE Community!

What a first full week of the 2020 School Year this has been. I have been so impressed by your perseverance and support of our students. I am pleased to share that we have been connected with every student in our school, including our kinders who just started school on Monday. I know that there have been a number of tech challenges to start the year, but I see our community rising to the challenge.


Some upcoming supports at MTE next week are:


There will be a drive up Food Pantry on Tuesday, September 22nd from 1-2 pm. Food will be given out on a first come first served basis. However, our goal is to provide food to all that are in need.


In person technology assistance available at MTE Thursday, September 24 (Note date Correction), 2020 5-7pm

Staff will be available on site at our school to help you problem solve your tech needs. Please bring your charged Chromebook and log in information. Help will be available in English and Spanish. If you require help in another language please contact Angie Peters at petersa@edmonds.wednet.edu.


If you are having difficulty connecting to your student's online classroom, please email the teacher to let them know what you are having trouble with and then, if needed, call Student Technical Support at (425) 431-1211. If you still are having trouble, call the office, we will do our best to get support for you as soon as possible.


Thank you to the parents who are learning how to best support their children's learning at home. Thank you to the teachers for learning a new way of teaching and creating community with their learners. Thank you to the paraeducators who have stepped in to support in ways they have never had to before and are ROCKIN' it! Thank you to the office staff and support staff for supporting students/families outside the front door, at people's homes, over the phones, and via Zoom. You all are what makes Mountlake Terrace Elementary an amazing place for kids!

You might be the person who secures over $100,000 dollars for our students!

We still need you to fill out the Free and Reduced Lunch application even though all kids 1 - 18 years of age can receive school meals through December. We receive significant funding, over $100,000 dollars, when we have over 50% of our students on the Free and Reduced lunch program by the end of September.


We are so close! We are over 48%. Even if you never plan for your children to eat school lunches, if you think you might qualify, please send in your application AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. This information remains confidential and is only shared with school administration, not other school staff. Please, please, please fill out and and turn in your application by Friday, September 25th. (Applications will still be accepted after this date but will not count towards our school percentage.)


National School Lunch Program/School Breakfast Program 2020-21 Letter to Households (Public Schools) National School Meals Program


2020-21 Carta a los Grupos Familiares (Escuelas Públicas) Programa Nacional de Almuerzo Escolar/Programa de Desayuno Escolar Programa Nacional de Almuerzo Escolar


Print application and Apply:

Free & Reduced School Meal Applications English | Español | Other Languages

DROP OFF in MTE Drop Box to the right of the front door or

DROP OFF at the ESD outside drop box at 20420 - 68TH AVE W, LYNNWOOD WA 98036


* Pandemic EBT funds are still available to any family who qualified for free or reduced meals March to June. This is up to $400 per student. Contact Washington Connections before September 11th.

There are two ways to apply: Online: www.WashingtonConnection.org (on the application, choose ‘Pandemic EBT — Emergency School Meals Program’ box in the Food Assistance section); or, Call: 877–501–2233

Update your student Chromebook

A few of our staff members volunteerd at the recent family tech support event at MTHS. They discovered that most of the issues families are having with Chromebooks can be fixed by simply updating the Chromebook. Zoom is especially touchy if the Chromebook isn't updated, so when things like the camera, microphone, and/or staying connected aren't working, the first step is always to update the Chromebook. Also, the next important step is to restart the Chromebook. It will ask you if you want to restart it after the update is loaded, but it will not do it automatically.


Here's how to do it:


  1. Turn on your Chromebook.
  2. Connect your Chromebook to Wi-Fi.
  3. At the bottom right, select the time.
  4. Select Settings .
  5. At the bottom of the left panel, select About Chrome OS.
  6. Under "Google Chrome OS," you'll find which version of the Chrome operating system your Chromebook uses.
  7. Select Check for updates.
  8. If your Chromebook finds a software update, it will start to download automatically.
  9. Restart the Chromebook


We hope this helps!

Online Learning Resources to Navigate SeeSaw (Prek-2) and Canvas (3-12)

Accessing and navigating your “homebase”

For PreK-2 students, Seesaw will serve as the homebase for finding schedules, lessons, assignments, feedback, links to Zoom meetings, and teacher/student messaging. Click here for tutorials on how to access and navigate Seesaw.

For students in grades 3-6, Canvas will serve as the homebase for finding schedules, lessons, assignments, feedback, links to Zoom meetings, and teacher/student messaging. Click here for tutorials on how to access and navigate Canvas.


As a parent/guardian, you will be able to create an account in Canvas to observe the progress of your student(s). Once your account is created, you will be able monitor their progress throughout each year and each class of their educational experience in Edmonds.


How do I get started?

Written Directions:


Video Tutorials:

  • Setting Up An Account

    • The video provides directions for setting up an account on a Mobile Device & Computer. The Canvas Parent App needs to be downloaded on a Mobile Device in order to access Canvas.

  • Adding Multiple Students


How do I use Canvas as a Parent/Guardian?

More tutorials and information about Canvas can be found on the Canvas: Family Resource Site


Como padre / guardián, usted podrá crear una cuenta en Canvas para observar el progreso de su(s) estudiante(s). Después de crear su cuenta, usted podrá observar el progreso de su estudiante a lo largo de cada año y cada clase de su experiencia educativa en Edmonds. Usted usará el mismo cuento del grado 3 a 12.


¿Cómo empiezo?

Instrucciones escritas

Lunch Brunch Zooming Fun!!!

Come have lunch with your friends and favorite staff.

Lunch brunch will be a time where students and staff can come together on zoom to be social, have fun, and eat lunch. During Lunch Brunch we will talk about our weekends, play games; such as seek and find, trivia, guess that animal; do art, listen to books being read or songs being sung, and have show and tell. Lunch Brunch is not required, but will be lots of fun. So, come join us!


When: Monday through Friday. Even on Wednesday!

Time: 11:45 - 12:15

Start Date: September 21st, Monday


Zoom Link:

https://edmondsschools.zoom.us/j/81208370779?pwd=TkZLeE5kN1dGVWVJNVVLbWtya2J1dz09

Meeting ID: 812 0837 0779

Passcode: 894504


Who: You! Ms. Kelly, Mrs. Nakkour, and an array of staff and teachers that will be special guests each day. There will be a list of staff and the days they will be joining the Lunch Brunch fun in every Family Newsletter.


This weeks special guest:

Monday 9/21 - Ms. Peters

Tuesday 9/22 - Ms. Caitlyn

Wednesday 9/23 - Ms. Paprika

Thursday 9/24 - Ms. Hopkins

Friday 9/25 - Mrs. Williams

4th and 5th Grade Recorder Pick Up - Tuesday, September 22, 3:30 - 4:30

Attention 4th and 5th grade students and families!

We will be using recorders during distance learning in October and November. If you do not already have a recorder at home, and you are not able to purchase one for your student at this time, you are welcome to borrow one from our music room. Mrs. Harreld will be hosting a recorder pick-up drive thru on Tuesday, September 22nd, 3:30pm-4:30pm. Please remember to wear a mask, and practice social distancing. If you are able to drive you can stay in your car the whole time, just like you did for the packet pick up last week. All recorders will be sanitized prior to pick up. Please reach out if you have any questions!

Miss you all, Mrs. Harreld

“Choose to Move 60!” 2020 - 2021

Move 60 Plans:

Move 60 will continue this school year, however it will look different. We will offer an online virtual Move 60 to all K-6 grade students in Edmonds School District. This program will be similar to the before/after school program we’ve had in the past. However, this year students can participate at home Monday-Friday. This program is free, and registration will begin Monday, September 14th.


Two Sessions:

Fall = Monday, October 5, 2020 - Friday, January 29, 2021

Spring = Monday, February 8, 2021 - Friday, June 4, 2021

Register with this link.


Instructors:

Each Move 60 program will have one Lead Instructor. Lead Instructor expectations:

  • 60 minute Zoom call with students per week

  • Weekly check in with students enrolled in Move 60


Weekly Schedule:

Monday = Run/walk day and students will do this with their family at home

Tuesday = Yoga will be offered via Zoom district wide instruction

Wednesday = Zoom call with Lead Instructor and Move 60 students at their school

Thursday = REFIT dance will be offered via Zoom district wide instruction

Friday = Fun Friday Fitness! Videos on the virtual Move 60 classrooms and fitness lead instruction district wide via Zoom


Move 60 "At-Home Equipment Kits"

If your student registered for a Move 60 "at-home equipment kit" they can pick up the kit at the following locations:
1. Hazelwood Elementary (3300 204th St. SW, Lynnwood, WA 98036)
Wednesday, September 30th 1:00-3:00 pm
2. Lynndale Elementary (19030 72nd Ave. W, Lynnwood, WA 98036)
Wednesday, September 30th 4:00-6:00 pm
3. Beverly Elementary (5221 168th Ave SW, Lynnwood, WA 98037)
Thursday, October 1st 4:00-6:00 pm
4. Mountlake Terrace Elementary (22001 52nd Ave W., Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043)
Friday, October 2nd 4:00-6:00 pm

We will be wearing our Move 60 apparel so we are easy to find in front of the school, we will wear masks, gloves, and keep our distance while you drive to the front of the school in your car. We will hand the kit to your car so you don't have to park. Choose Move 60!


Communication:

  • There will be a district wide Canvas module with communication to students and families. This site will house information on how to register for Move 60, how to access the zoom calls, lessons and ideas of how to be active at home, activity tracking for run/walk while at home, fitness incentives for students, access to Welnet, and program information.

  • We will keep the Move 60 website and Facebook page up to date with important information for families:

https://www.edmonds.wednet.edu/programs/move_60_

Like us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/move60/


"Choose to Move 60!" Frequently Asked Questions

Mark your calendars:

NOW

Fill out and turn in new Free and Reduced Lunch Application by September 25th!


SEPTEMBER

22 Drive up Food Pantry 1:00-2:00 pm

22 Recorder pick up for 4th and 5th grade students 3:30 - 4:30pm

24 DATE CORRECTION In person Mountlake Terrace Elementary technology assistance 5:00-7:00 pm


OCTOBER

2-4 Celebrate Schools VIRTUAL Monster Mad Dash 5K Run/Walk


Below are the approximate dates for a possible return to in-person learning. Please keep in mind, however, that the health authorities and COVID-19 will ultimately make these decisions and we will adjust as needed.

Possible dates to transition to in-person learning, if it is safe to do so:

  • Nov. 12, 2020

  • Feb. 3, 2021

  • April 14, 2021

Community eFliers

Community eFliers

Please note: You can, at any time you are interested, view all approved Community eFliers on the District website under the “Community” tab on the District homepage.

School Meals

Menus, application, dietary information

Family Support Resources

NEED HELP WITH FOOD? HOUSING? OR HEALTH ACCESS?

Clothes for Kids Website

Clothes for Kids cultivates confidence and a readiness to learn by providing students and their families the opportunity to choose a personalized wardrobe at no cost.

Skyward Family Access Information

The “What is Family Access?” webpage provides step by step instructions on how to log onto Skyward.

Skylert

Through Skylert, you control how the district and schools contact you for emergencies, attendance calls, food & nutrition services, District eNews and other communications.