MTE Family Newsletter

August 6, 2020

Mountlake Terrace Elementary

Welcome new families! We look forward to meeting you in person, someday...

Continuing families - we miss you!

Contact us

Main Office: (425) 431-7894

ECEAP Preschool Office: (425) 431-3339

Edmonds School District : (425) 431-7000

In this issue:

  • Letter from Principal Mary Williams
  • Deadline August 7th (TOMORROW)! Register for 2020 Back-To-School Fair - free school supplies
  • URGENT - You must re-apply for the Free and Reduced Lunch Program EVERY Year
  • TEXT MESSAGING from our school and school district
  • Please update contact information in Skyward
  • Link to latest school reopening information from the Edmonds School District. (7/29/2020)
  • Summer Grab and Go Meal - distribution days and times
  • School Supplies
  • New to our area or have a Kindergartner? How to Register your Child for the 2020-21 School Year (Continuing students do NOT need to register every year. You are automatically enrolled for the following year.)
  • Cómo inscribir a su estudiante para el año escolar 2020-21
  • Rent Support through Volunteers of America
  • Get help buying groceries while schools are closed
  • Foundation VIRTUAL Celebrate Schools 5K: October 2nd-4th, 2020
  • MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Dear Mountlake Terrace Community,

I have never been a patient person. I want it to happen now…

Lose weight? I ate well for a few days and worked out, I am ready to be a smaller size.

Buy a home? How many steps? Can’t we somehow condense this process and be done in a week or two?

Have a child? You want me to wait how many months?

Systemic Change? Sigh!

So, Covid-19 has taught me that I have to slow down, I have to wait, and I get to enjoy the process. I am trying to be open to this lesson. To realize that learning more about this virus and needed precautions will take time. To realize that it is going to be imperative that we take time to support our students Social Emotional needs, prior to getting deeply into academics. To realize that we are going to need to be patient with ourselves as it takes time for us to adjust to what is the “new normal.”

During this time I have been doing my best to be updated on recent information from the government and medical professionals. I have been involved in district level meetings to help make decisions for our district as a whole and I have been continuing to talk to members of our staff and community. I am hopeful that this information will help me be patient and I know that this information will support me in making the best decisions for our community.

I wanted to share a few resources with you that have been helpful for me:

New York Times- Child Transmission Article

Snohomish Health Department- Schools/Childcare Information

OSPI Covid-19 Resources


For now, I am going to slow down, read and ask lots of questions. I am going to advocate for all our students, especially those that have additional needs. I am going to seek to find equitable ways to support our community. I am going to listen to what our staff and families say. I am going to collaborate with the district office. I am going to find patience. I am going to enjoy watching my son take his first steps. I am going to enjoy laughing deep belly laughs with my husband. I am going to hug my daughters for just a bit longer. I am going to breathe and find patience. In that patience, I will lead us to the other side of this difficult time.


Yours in learning,

Mary Williams

Deadline August 7th! 2020 Back-To-School Fair - free school supplies

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Supporting families during times of need by providing Edmonds School District students free school supplies.

Families must register in advance to reserve free school supplies.
*Medical checks and sports physicals are at capacity, and no longer available.

Families must be registered for Edmonds School District Kindergarten(K) to twelve(12) grade for the 2020-2021 school year to participate.

*Presented by the Back-To-School Fair Consortium


Online Registration: https://forms.gle/1TE82fM7EJ2hnq3e7

Registration needed by August 7, 2020 online or by returning this completed form to black drop box or mail to:

Edmonds School District

Attn: Back to School Consortium

20420 68th Ave West

Lynnwood WA 98036


We will call and/or email to confirm your reservation

Questions?
Call: 425-431-1454
email: familysupport@edmonds.wednet.edu


To Donate/ Sponsor:

Please contact our fiscal sponsor: Foundation for Edmonds School District

*The Back-to-School Health and Resource Fair at Edmonds School District is made possible by a consortium of organizations interested in supporting students. Thank you to Center for Human Services, Windermere, Washington Kids in Transition and Foundation for Edmonds School District is also the fiscal sponsor.

*Presented by the Back-To-School Fair Consortium

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 large 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 to have your children eat school lunches, if you think you might qualify, please send in your application so 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 outside drop box at 20420 - 68TH AVE W, LYNNWOOD WA 98036


*Please call our office manager, Paprika Fahrenwald at (425) 431-3300 if neither of these options work for you.

** Stay tuned for more ways to pick up and drop off applications.

Opt-In for TEXT Messaging from our school and the Edmonds School District/ ¡Prepárense! Lanzamiento de la Notificación por Mensajes de Texto en todo el Distrito

The Edmonds School District mass communication system is configured to send text message notifications to family member cell phone numbers who have agreed to receive them. To receive text messages, phone numbers must be in Skyward attached to student records.


This is how you may opt-In:

Send “Y” or “Yes” via text message to our short code number 67587


The District may only send only one text message to phone numbers in Skyward with Opt-in invitation text messages. New student families will receive an opt-in text notification upon being added to Skyward. You may also opt-in yourself by texting 67587. Once opted-in, participants will receive confirmation text messages.


¡Prepárense! Lanzamiento de la Notificación por Mensajes de Texto en todo el Distrito


El Distrito Escolar Edmonds está incorporando mensajes de texto a nuestro sistema de comunicación masiva. El sistema se configurará para enviar notificaciones en mensajes de texto a los números de teléfono celular de los miembros de la familia que hayan acordado recibirlos. Para recibir mensajes de texto, los números de teléfono deben estar en Skyward como parte de los datos del estudiante.


Hay dos formas en las que puede suscribirse:

Envíe "Y" o "Yes" en un mensaje de texto a nuestro número de código 67587



Es posible que Distrito envíe sólo un mensaje de texto a los números de teléfono de Skyward con la invitación para suscribirse. Ese texto especial será enviado el 11 de mayo de 2017, para que sea fácil responder. Pero en cualquier momento, antes o después de ese día, puede suscribirse a los mensajes de texto al 67587. Una vez activados, los participantes recibirán mensajes de confirmación.


Read more HERE about how you can control how the district and schools contact you for emergencies, attendance calls, food & nutrition services, District eNews and other communications.

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.

Link to latest school reopening information from the Edmonds School District. (7/29/2020)

Summer Grab and Go Meal sites

The Food and Nutrition Department is continuing meal service through the summer.

ALL children ages 1 - 18 are eligible and encouraged to dine with us.


Grab and Go lunches and breakfasts planned for once a week distribution at the following locations. Each FREE meal kit will provide kids ages 1-18 with enough food for 7 days:

  • Tuesday Pickup:

    • Lynndale Elementary 11:00-12 19030 72nd Ave W, Lynnwood

    • Lynnwood Elementary 10:00-11am 18614 44th Ave W, Lynnwood

    • Alderwood Boys & Girls Club 10-10:30am 19719 24th Ave W #10 Lynnwood

    • Meadowdale Middle 9-10am 6500 168th St. SW. Lynnwood

  • Wednesday Pickup:

    • Scriber Creek Apartment 10-10:30am 20921 44th Ave W Lynnwood

    • Ashbrooke Neighborhood Park 11-11:30am corner of 201st ST SW and 5th Ave W Lynnwood

    • Chase Lake Elementary 11:00-12 21603 84th Ave W., Edmonds

    • Oak Heights Elem 11:00-12pm 15500 18th Ave W., Lynnwood

    • Martha Lake Elem 12- 1:00pm 17500 Larch Way, Lynnwood

  • Thursday Pickup:

    • College Place Elementary 11:00-12pm 20401 76th Ave W, Lynnwood

    • Mountlake Terrace High 10-11am 21801 44th Ave W, Mountlake Terrace

    • Mountlake Terrace Elementary 12-1pm 22001 52nd Ave W.,Mountlake Terrace

    • A'Cappella apts 10:30-11am 15001 35th Ave W, Lynnwood

    • Martha Lake Mobile Manor 11:30-12pm 415 Lakeview Rd Lynnwood

The following sites pass out breakfast and lunch kits on Monday-Thursday. On Thursday the meal kit will include breakfasts and lunches for the weekend. Meals will be served by Edmonds Foundation staff or volunteer but prepared by the Food and Nutrition department. School Bus with a transportation driver will distribute this route.

  • Community Life Center 10:30-10:45 am 19820 Scriber Lake Road

  • Meadowdale Community Church 11:00-11:15 4900 - 168th Ave St SW, Lynnwood

  • Spruce Park 11:45-12:15 16834 36th Ave W, Lynnwood

  • YWCA Somerset Village Apts 10:00-10:15am 19703 68th Ave W Lynnwood

School Supplies

Please stay tuned for updates supply information.

Thank you

New to our area or have a Kindergartner? How to Register your Child for the 2020-21 School Year (Continuing students do NOT need to register every year. You are automatically enrolled for the following year.)

Do you have a Kindergarten student, student new to the Edmonds School District, or have you moved and need to register your student at your new school for the 2020-2021 school year? While school offices are closed, please choose one of the following options:


Scan the paperwork to registration@edmonds.wednet.edu

  • Download and complete a packet from www.edmonds.wednet.edu; click on “About Us” then choose “Frequently Requested Forms"

OR


Pick up a blank packet at the Edmonds School District - 20420 68th Ave W, Lynnwood


Starting July 13, you can pick up or drop off a packet at the Edmonds School District Mondays through Thursdays between 10:00-2:00


Please include proof of residency with your registration (a recent utility bill, or lease/rental agreement, or mortgage paperwork, or renters/homeowners insurance).


For Kindergarten students, students entering public school for the first time, or students from out of the country, proof of birth is also required.


For questions, please call:

425-431-7176 (Elementary, grades K-6)

425-431-7094 (Secondary, grades 7-12)

Or email registration@edmonds.wednet.edu

Cómo inscribir a su estudiante para el año escolar 2020-21

¿Tiene un(a) estudiante que ingresará al Kínder, o que es nueva(o) en el Distrito Escolar de Edmonds, o recientemente se mudó y necesita inscribirla(o) en su nueva escuela para el año escolar 2020-2021? Mientras las oficinas de la escuela continúan estando cerradas, elija una de las siguientes opciones:


Escanee la documentación y envíela a registration@edmonds.wednet.edu

  • Descargue y complete un paquete de inscripción de www.edmonds.wednet.edu; haga clic en “About Us (Acerca de nosotros)” y después escoja “Frequently Requested Forms (Formularios solicitados con frecuencia)”

O


Recoja un paquete de inscripción en blanco en el Distrito Escolar de Edmonds, 20420 68th Ave W, Lynnwood

  • A partir del 13 de julio, puede recoger o dejar un paquete en el Distrito Escolar de Edmonds de lunes a jueves entre las 10:00 y las 2:00


Incluya un comprobante de domicilio (factura de servicios públicos reciente, o contrato de alquiler, documentación de la hipoteca o seguro para inquilinos /propietarios).


Para estudiantes que ingresen al kínder o que ingresan a la escuela pública por primera vez, o que vienen de fuera del país, también se requiere acta de nacimiento.


Si tiene dudas/preguntas llame a los teléfonos:

425-431-7176 (Nivel primario, grados K-6)

425-431-7094 (Nivel secundario, grados 7-12)

O envíe un correo electrónico a registration@edmonds.wednet.edu

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

Get help buying groceries while schools are closed

Pandemic EBT Funds available starting June 30th


Due to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school will get extra food benefits. These food benefits are called Pandemic EBT (P-EBT). Every eligible child will receive up to $399. P-EBT provides families with funds to make up for the cost of meals while school is closed.


Families already approved for free or reduced-price school meals and have an EBT card:

  • If you already have an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card, which is used like a debit card to buy groceries, the P-EBT funds will automatically be added to your card after Tuesday, June 30, 2020.


Families already approved for free or reduced-price school meals and don’t have an EBT card:

  • You must apply for P-EBT if you want to receive the funds. The application will be open by Tuesday, June 30, 2020. You can apply online at www.WashingtonConnection.org, or call DSHS at 877-501-2233.


Families needing to apply for free or reduced-price school meals and don’t have an EBT card:

  • You can apply online for school meal benefits via Skyward Family Access or download an application on our website. For questions about your free or reduced meal application contact 425-431-7078 or email us at morand@edmonds.wednet.edu.


Once you are approved, you can then apply for P-EBT to receive funds. You can apply online at www.WashingtonConnection.org, or call DSHS at 877-501-2233. District staff can access more information on P-EBT on OSPI’s website. Translated Materials will be posted there as well.

Foundation VIRTUAL Celebrate Schools 5K: October 2nd-4th, 2020

Save the date for the 12th Annual, but first VIRTUAL, Celebrate Schools Monster Mad Dash 5K Run/Walk proudly presented by Virginia Mason.


Join us to run, walk, stroll, roll (and wag) between October 2nd – 4th, 2020. It's a new format, but the same Spooktacular good time benefiting children, families and teachers in the Edmonds School District.


A virtual 5K? Yes! It's easy and flexible. Choose when and where you complete your race anytime during the race weekend. Pick your course, indoors or out. Form a team or join a team. School teams keep 100 percent of pledges and donations. Visit our 5K event page for details.


Registered participants can visit an interactive Zoom Room from 7 – 10 a.m., October 3rd. “Meet up” with our 5K community. Show your school spirit. Join a pooch parade or costume parade. Don’t miss the fun - everyone is welcome!


Online registration is open through the end of the event weekend on October 4th. Register by October 1st to take part in the Zoom Room.

Mark your calendars:

NOW

  • Fill out and turn in new Free and Reduced Lunch Application
  • Update contact information in Skyward
  • August 7 - Deadline to register for Back to School Fair - Online Registration


AUGUST

7 Deadline to register for Back to School Fair - Online Registration


SEPTEMBER

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.