MTE Family Newsletter

August 21, 2020

Mountlake Terrace Elementary

Main Office: (425) 431-7894

ECEAP Preschool Office: (425) 431-3339

Edmonds School District : (425) 431-7000

Link to Edmonds School District Plan for Reopening

The Edmonds School District is beginning the 2020-21 school year in the fully remote learning model of Continuous Learning 2.0. Please click on this link for more information.


Reopening ESD Schools 2020/21

In this issue:

  • Letter from Principal Mary Williams
  • Food and Nutrition Services Updates
  • URGENT - You must re-apply for the Free and Reduced Lunch Program EVERY Year
  • Please update contact information in Skyward
  • School Supplies
  • Do you have internet service for your student?
  • Childcare update: locations, providers and community forum (sent via email to all families 8/14/20)
  • Clothes for Kids (free school clothes) is open
  • August is National Immunization Awareness Month
  • Rent Support through Volunteers of America
  • Upcoming District-wide Community Forums
  • Edmonds School District Pre-school Programs for the 2010-2021 School Year
  • MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Dear MTE Community,

I wanted to take a few minutes to talk with you about filling out your application for free/reduced lunch for your students.


I am all too aware that things since March have been difficult to say the least. People are struggling to find employment; pay their rent; make ends meet; feed themselves and their families; and take care of their mental health. These are huge things for us to be dealing with individually and as a community. My own husband lost his job due to Covid. I can’t think of one person I know that has not been impacted; whether the impact be large or small. So, I wanted to stress the importance of the meals that the district has been and will continue to offer for students. August 27th is the last day that the district is providing free weekly meal packs for children 1-18 years of age. Starting September 9th, the district will begin meals again, however it will look somewhat different. Students that are receiving free and reduced lunch benefits will continue to get free meals, those that have not qualified will be able to get lunches but their accounts will be charged. This is why it is so important for families to apply ASAP for free/reduced lunch. Even if you don’t think you will qualify, take a moment to fill out the paperwork.


Here are the benefits of applying:


  • Free/reduced lunch at school

  • Pandemic EBT benefits (if you apply and register prior to September 11th) Pandemic EBT Information

  • Additional supports from the school that are educationally related

  • Additional funds for our building to support students


Please take a moment to download the application and drop it off at the school office drop box (10:00 to 2:00PM, Monday - Thursday) or district office drop box (24 hours). Also remember if you need additional support for urgent needs, there is also a family support helpline that you can call,

Monday - Friday / Lunes - Viernes

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

425-431-1454

familysupport@edmonds.wednet.edu


I am hopeful that these supports can make a difference during this very difficult time.


Yours in learning and community,

Mary Williams


Food and Nutrition Services Updates

Free meals are still available for all children age 1-18 years of age until August 27th.

For a full list of sites and serving times visit the website. Each meal kit includes enough breakfasts and lunches to nourish children for 7 days.


Free and Reduced Meal applications are currently available on the Food and Nutrition Department webpage.


Pandemic EBT benefits are available to any student qualified for Free and Reduced meal benefits during the March through June 2019-2020 school closure. These families have until August 31st to claim this EBT benefit. If a family already receives EBT benefits their EBT cards should have automatically been loaded with this extra money. More information is available on OSPI’s website and also available in other languages. Less than 40% of the qualifying students in Edmonds School District have applied for their pandemic EBT. For questions or families that were denied meal benefits please contact the family support team at familysupport@edmonds.wednet.edu or 425-431-1454.


Meal service will start up again on September 9th. Meal service for September is in the planning stages. We hope to have 5 day meal kits available for families to pick up once a week at various school and community locations. If you have a recommendation on locations to add to our meal distribution list please email Megan de Vries at devriesm691@edmonds.wednet.edu.

URGENT - You must re-apply for the Free and Reduced Lunch Program EVERY Year

It is VERY important that you apply for Free and Reduced Meal Benefits every year AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Qualifying for this program not only provides free and reduced cost meals for your children at school, you may use your letter of qualification to receive other support.


Our school receives a significant amount of funding for educational support if 50% percent of our families qualify. ALL of our students benefit from this. In the past few years, we have been just above or below that mark and are at high risk of losing that funding.


Unfortunately, we know that, this year, many more of our families will be needing extra support so we want to make sure that everyone who qualifies applies. Even if you never plan for your children to eat school lunches, if you think you might qualify, please send in your application so you can be automatically qualified for other benefits and so that your family can be counted in our school numbers. This information remains confidential and is only shared with school administration, not other school staff.


Please read:

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


MAIL to ESD FOOD SERVICE, 20420 - 68TH AVE W, LYNNWOOD WA 98036

or

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

or

DROP OFF in MTE Drop Box outside school 10:00AM - 2:00PM Monday through Thursday until 24 hour locked dropbox is installed.

Please update contact information in Skyward

Take a moment to update your contact information in Skyward via Skyward Family Access. It is very important that we have current information for all of our students. Thank you!

Click here for how to access Skyward.

School Supplies

In past years, we have asked for a $35.00 per student contribution for school supplies which we then use to purchase bulk supplies for the classrooms. This year is obviously very different. Our teachers have put together smaller lists of supplies that students in each grade will need to get started at the beginning of the year. As the school year starts up, there may be more that will be needed at home which will either be purchased by families or sent home from the school.

For now, we are asking that you purchase the items listed below by grade for the start of school online.


MTE School Supplies for At-home Learning


Kindergarten

Crayons (24 - at least)

Scissors

Glue Sticks

Pencils (and sharpener)

Watercolors (set of 8)

Blank white paper (copy paper)

White construction paper (9” x12”)

Spiral notebook (wide ruled)

Play Dough (for phonics/word study/math)


1st Grade

Crayons (24 - at least)

Glue Sticks

Pencils

Pencil sharpener

Pink eraser

Dry erase marker - black

Small dry erase whiteboard (available from school)

White construction paper (9” x12”)


2nd Grade

Crayons (24 - at least)

Glue Sticks

Pencils

Pencil sharpener

Dry erase marker - black

Small dry erase whiteboard (available from school)

White construction paper (9” x12”)

Loose leaf notebook paper (wide ruled)

Spiral Notebook - Wide ruled

Pocket folders


3rd Grade

Crayons (24 - at least)

Glue Sticks

Pencils

Pencil sharpener

Pink eraser

Dry erase marker - black

Small dry erase whiteboard (available from school)

White construction paper (9” x12”)

Loose leaf notebook paper (wide ruled)


4th Grade

Crayons (24 - at least)

Glue Sticks

Pencils

Pencil sharpener

Pink eraser

Loose leaf notebook paper (wide ruled)

Pocket folder

Spiral notebook - Wide ruled


5th Grade

Glue Sticks

Pencils

Pencil sharpener

Pink eraser

Loose leaf notebook paper (wide ruled)

Pocket folder

Spiral notebook - College ruled

Watercolor set - 8 colors

White construction paper (9” x 12”)

Colored pencils

Protractor


6th Grade

3 ring binder with dividers

2 spiral notebooks (either wide or college ruled)

3 composition notebooks (either wide or college ruled)

Ruler

Colored pencils

Pencils

Pencil sharpener

Blue or Black Pens


Mrs. Wilkening-Joly’s class (Primary IS)

Crayons

Glue Stick

Pencils

Pencil Sharpener

Pink eraser

Loose leaf notebook paper - Wide ruled


Ms. Arbuckle’s Class (Intermediate IS)

Crayons

Glue Stick

Pencils

Pencil Sharpener

Pocket folder

Spiral Notebook - Wide ruled


If this is a financial hardship for your family, we will be able to provide these for you. Please email our office manager, Paprika Fahrenwald, if this is needed. fahrenwaldp@edmonds.wednet.edu

If you are able to contribute $35.00 (or any amount that you like) to help us provide supplies, we would be very grateful. We will be setting up a way to do this online or you can drop a check in the mail or the registration drop box that will be outside school (currently from 10AM to 2PM Monday through Thursday until a locked drop box is installed). Thank you!

Do you have internet service for your student?

Students in the Edmonds School District will begin their 2020-21 school year learning from home. It will be critical for your student to be able to access assignments, virtual classes, and other online resources.


Edmonds School District wants to ensure that you have internet access. We have several options available to support you.


Families that qualifies for Free or Reduced Meals Program also qualify for Internet Essentials through Comcast

  • To sign up, applicants can simply visit www.internetessentials.com. The accessible website also includes the option to video chat with customer service agents in American Sign Language.
  • 1-855-846-8376 for English

  • 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish

If the $10 a month fee for Comcast Internet Essentials is too much for your family please contact us we can provide you with additional support to number or email below.

If you are in an area not served by Comcast Internet Essentials or you have other barriers to accessing internet services please contact us as we have a limited amount of hot spots available for students.


Please contact Family Support:

(425) 431-1454 or email us at familysupport@edmonds.wednet.edu

The Washington State Drive-in WiFi hot spots location finder:

https://www.commerce.wa.gov/building-infrastructure/washington-state-drive-in-wifi-hotspots-location-finder/

Childcare update: locations, providers and community forum (sent via email to all families 8/14/20)

The Edmonds School District has partnered with four childcare providers to support families during the 2020-21 school year.


LOCATIONS AND CHILDCARE PROVIDERS

Edmonds:

Chase Lake Elementary - YMCA


Lynnwood:

Cedar Valley Community School - Right At School

Martha Lake Elementary - Boys and Girls Club


Mountlake Terrace:

Terrace Park Elementary - Kid’s Krew (Mountlake Terrace Parks and Recreation)


REGISTRATION INFORMATION

Registration for YMCA, Right At School and Kid’s Krew opened Monday, Aug. 17. Boys and Girls Club will launch their registration process soon. You can click on any of the providers above to go to their website for more details. The district is not able to cover the costs for these services. However, the district worked closely with each provider to come up with fair and equal pricing.


CHILDCARE COMMUNITY FORUM

We want to invite families to attend our upcoming virtual childcare community forum for childcare providers to share details about their programs.

6-7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31

https://edmondsschools.zoom.us/j/95158874431?pwd=aGRmMXBmTndQd0gyTnhIT3drVkN0QT09

Clothes for Kids - Free back-to-school clothing

Links to Information for Families: SPANISH RUSSIAN ENGLISH


Clothes For Kids provides free school clothing to lower-income students. Any child who attends school in Snohomish County or the Northshore School District (Head Start/ECEAP through 12th grade) and requests help qualifies for Clothes For Kids. Clothing is distributed from August through the end of March.


Students/parents may request our Requisition for Clothing form directly from their school nurse, office staff, or counselor, or from social service agency staff. The form has all the information you should need on it. Please bring the form with you when you come to shop for clothing and shoes. (**Note from MTE: Please contact our office so that we can email or text you an approved form. If you can not print this at home, you may fill out a form at Clothes for Kids**)


This year, we are doing things a little differently – families will schedule an appointment online for each student shopper and arrive at Clothes For Kids at the designated appointment time. We are also requesting that only one parent/guardian accompany the student to the appointment. With the new appointments system, each family can have the space and time necessary to pick out clothing for their student(s) while maintaining social distancing. If a family has more than one student shopper, separate appointments should be scheduled for each child with only one student from the family shopping in a 30-minute time slot. For example, if the family has three student shoppers, they should schedule three appointments in a row (9:30 a.m., 10 a.m., and 10:30 a.m.).


If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to email office@clothesforkids.org or call 425-741- 6500.


FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL SHOPPING: AUGUST 10, 2020

Hours for school shopping:

Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays .................. 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Tuesdays or Thursdays ....................................4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

1 or 2 Saturdays per month ..............................9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

(Aug. 15th, Aug. 29th, Sept. 12th, Sept. 26th, Oct. 17th, Nov. 14th, Jan. 23rd, Feb. 20th)


DIRECTIONS: Driving from the South: From I-5 Northbound, take the 44th Avenue West exit. Turn left on 44th Avenue West. Proceed to 168th Street Southwest, and turn left. Turn right on 52nd Avenue West.

Or

Take the 164th Street exit. Turn left on 164th (cross I-5 overpass). Proceed on 164th until it turns into 44th Avenue West. Turn right on 168th Street Southwest. Proceed to 52nd Avenue West and turn right.

Driving from the North: From I-5 Southbound, take the 164th Street exit. Turn right on 164th. Proceed to 44th Avenue West. Turn Right on 168th Street Southwest. Proceed to 52nd Avenue West and turn right.

PLEASE DO NOT PARK BY DAY & NITE FOODS.


Clothes For Kids 16725 52nd Ave W, Suite B - Lynnwood, WA 98037 425-741-6500


Make an Appointment: www.clothesforkids.org


How to Make a School Shopping Appointment:


1. Go to www.clothesforkids.org.

2. Click on “Make an Appointment” at the top of the main page.

3. Read the information and examples about scheduling an appointment.

4. Choose the day you want to come in on the calendar.

5. Select an available time slot for your student.

6. Enter your name, email, zip code, and phone number, and click “Next”.

7. Click “Confirm” to book your shopping appointment.

8. You will receive an email confirmation of your shopping appointment, which will contain all the info you will need.


If you have more than one student shopper, please schedule separate appointments for each child with only one student from the family shopping in a 30-minute time slot. For example, if you have three student shoppers, schedule three appointments in a row (9:30 a.m., 10 a.m., and 10:30 a.m.).

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

If you have already given the school your child's immunization records, no action is needed.

A new immunization rule changes effective August 1, 2020, require parents/guardians to turn in immunization records to the school on or before the first day of attendance. These records must be medically verified and could include:

  • A Certificate of Immunization Status (CIS) printed from the Immunization Information System (IIS)

  • A physical copy of the CIS form with a healthcare provider signature

  • A physical copy of the CIS with accompanying medical immunization records from a healthcare provider verified and signed by school staff

  • A CIS printed from MyIR

This rule change also affects a student’s conditional status upon entry into school. A student who is making progress towards completing their immunization requirements may begin school. The student must have received all of the required immunizations they are due to receive on a medically verified record on or before the first day of attendance to attend school. We have provided more details on the rule change and materials to support you at www.doh.wa.gov/schoolimms2020.

We have asked the Department of Health several questions regarding remote learning and the need to ensure their students are in compliance with the immunization laws. The answer is yes, students attending school remotely because of the COVID-19 pandemic, still need to be in compliance with all of the immunization requirements.

Student Health Services has reached out to parents/guardians encouraging them to get their students caught up on vaccinations. The goal is to prevent another disease outbreak which would increase the burden on our overstretched healthcare infrastructure.

Thank you for all you do to keep our students safe and healthy!

Rent Support through Volunteers of America

The flyers attached below outline rent support available through the Volunteers of America for families experiencing hardship due to COVID-19. VOA has $3.6 million available for families who reside in Snohomish County, and we want to get as many of our families connected to that resource as possible.


Need rental assistance?

This program serves Snohomish County Households who are unable to pay rent to their landlords AND lost primary source of income due to a job loss related to COVID-19 AND

the Household has a memberwho is 65 or older OR the Household has a member who has underlying medical condition.

Qualified households will be able to receive:

• Up to 3 month of rent assistance, including rental arrears

• Relocation to another unit if the current one is no longer affordable

Please call 211 to complete the eligibility screening

• No requirement for Coordinated Entry/Homeless Management Information System

• No income limits for participants

Funds made available through Snohomish County with Federal CARES Act Funding


Necesita asistencia de alquiler?

Este programa sirve Snohomish County Hogares que no pueden pagar el alquiler a sus propietarios Y Pérdida de la fuente primaria de ingresos debido a una pérdida de empleo relacionada con COVID-19 Y El Hogar tiene un miembro que tiene 65 años o más O El Hogar tiene un miembro que tiene una condición médica subyacente.

Los hogares calificados podrán recibir:

• Hasta 3 meses de asistencia en el alquiler, incluidos los atrasos en el alquiler

• Reubicación a otra unidad si la actual ya no es asequible

Llame al 211 para completar el examen de elegibilidad

• No hay Rrequisitos para el Sistema Coordinado de Información de Gestión de Entradas y Personas sin Hogar

• Sin Límites de Ingresos Para los Participantes

Fondos disponibles a través del Condado de Snohomish con Fondos de la Ley Federal CARES

Upcoming District-wide Community Forums

Let’s talk all about middle school
6-7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020
*Webinar details will be available on district’s online calendar


Let’s talk all about high school

6-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020

*Webinar details will be available on district’s online calendar


Childcare

(Community providers will attend and share details about their programs)

6-7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31, 2020

*Webinar details will be available on district’s online calendar


Technology
6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020

*Webinar details will be available on district’s online calendar


All about kindergarten

6-7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020

*Webinar details will be available on district’s online calendar


Let's talk about elementary school

6-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020

*Webinar details will be available on district’s online calendar


Student Health

6-7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14, 2020

*Webinar details will be available on district’s online calendar

Edmonds School District Pre-school Programs for the 2010-2021 School Year

Please see the flyers attached below.

Mark your calendars:

AUGUST

  • Fill out and turn in new Free and Reduced Lunch Application
  • Update contact information in Skyward


SEPTEMBER

* Stay tuned for upcoming Chromebook swap event information

9 First Day of School - ALL ONLINE


OCTOBER

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


Below we are providing 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.

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

  • Nov. 12, 2020

  • Feb. 3, 2021

  • April 14, 2021

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.