Tiger News for Garfield Families
Garfield Elementary news, updates and information
Festive Spirit Week Dec 12 - Dec 16
Monday December 12 - Sports Day!
- RESCHEDULED Picture Retake Day!
Tuesday December 13 - Festive Headwear Day!
Wednesday December 14 - Festive Sweater Day!
Thursday December 15 - Festive Wear Day!
- Holiday Lane 6:00 - 7:00 pm (details below)
Friday December 16 - Pajama Day!
- Early release, 1pm dismissal
Monday December 19 - Monday Jan 2
- No School, Winter Holiday
Monday January 16 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- No School, Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
- No School, Teacher Workday
Monday February 20 - Tuesday February 21
- No School, Mid-Winter Holiday
Thursday March 23
- 2023 Concert 6:30 pm at Everett Civic Auditorium
Hello Tiger families! Holiday Lane is this Thursday from 6-7pm at Garfield. If you are wanting to volunteer for the event or to donate supplies for the hot cocoa table, please go to https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090F45ABA929A7FA7-volunteer. Please remember you must be an approved volunteer with the district before signing up to volunteer for an on campus event. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org. We wish you a safe and enjoyable winter break and look forward to seeing you all in the new year!
Next PTA meeting: Thursday, January 12 @ 6:30pm
We are excited to have our first in-person Holiday Lane! This year Holiday Lane will be a fun family event, co-hosted by our PTA and we are so excited. Come see the lights, enter our cafeteria transformed into a Winter Wonderland, visit our art studio for some holiday art, and spend some time in our library reading by the "fire". Enjoy some fun activities, hot cocoa and snacks in our winter wonderland! Please no food or drinks are allowed in the art studio or library. Thank you!
Thursday December 15
6:00 - 7:00 pm
Garfield Cafeteria, Library and Art Studio
Hope you can join us for this festive event!
School Spirit Wear
Our school spirit wear store is now available: https://www.garfieldelementaryspiritwear.com/!
Festive Spirit Week Dec. 12-16
Kutz4Kidz Barber and Salon Vouchers
Kutz4Kidz is a free voucher program designed to support families and promote self-esteem in students by offering a year-round haircut program for kindergarten-12th grade students.
The Kutz4Kidz project is a program that supports homeless, low income and free and reduced lunch students. Also, Kutz4Kidz focuses on African American students with an outreach to economically challenged students that meet the criteria. Click here for more info.
Prodigies for Peace Writing and Art Contest
The Snohomish County Black Heritage Committee is proud to announce the 22nd annual Prodigies for Peace Writing and Art Contest for the Snohomish County Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration in January 2023.
The Prodigies for Peace Writing and Art Contest helps students draw connections between the people and the events that shaped the civil rights movement and the social issues that influence their lives today. Participation in this contest helps our local community remember and celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Contest categories include essays for grades 3-5, grades 6-8 and grades 9-12, as well as art for grades K-12.
For contest instructions and entry, please visit www.everettsd.org/DEI and click on Prodigies for Peace in the Quicklinks.
EVERETT PTSA REFLECTIONS
Everett Council 2022-23 Reflections Program at-a-Glance!
Having a Reflections program is rewarding and a great way to showcase the fine arts at all levels! We hope the theme, "Show Your Voice" inspires all our artists to share their thoughts and talents with us. Encourage ALL STUDENTS to participate
DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES TO COUNCIL: Monday, November 28, 2022, 10AM-6PM
To Everett PTSA Council office at CRC: Virtual Art (req’d) Physical Art (optional)
REFLECTIONS CELEBRATION: Wednesday, Jan 4, 2023, 6PM – 8PM
Location: Community Resource Center
For more information click here.
Could you or a family you know use some help? Find information and links to helpful resources on the district’s Parent Tools webpage.
- Washington State Library – local and regional information about services and agencies offering help to families in a variety of ways including food, shelter, clothing, childcare, legal services, employment opportunities, and counseling
- Everett Public Schools Kids In Transition (KIT) program – supports homeless children and youth to continue their education
- Snohomish Health District for Snohomish County community dental resources for children and adults
- United Way of Snohomish County – 2-1-1 is a free telephone number that is your best "first call" to quickly find the right source of help. The information line is staffed by trained operators from Volunteers of America Western Washington who can connect you to a wide range of community services.
Christmas House is a 100% volunteer, non-profit organization in Everett, that provides an opportunity for qualifying, low-income, Snohomish County parents to select free holiday gifts for their children. Visit the Christmas House website for more information.
THE FORGOTTEN CHILDREN'S FUND
- Forgotten Children’s Fund helps with ‘adopt a family’ holiday program. Anyone can write a referral letter, including the family. You will need to read the website for detailed information about what the letter should include. Selected children receive a new coat, at least 3 toys, food staples and blankets. Visit The Forgotten Children's Fund website for more information.
BETHANY CHRISTIAN ASSEMBLY
- Bethany Christian Assembly has been serving Snohomish County for over 30 years. To sign up for a Christmas basket click here
EVERETT FOOD BANK
- For hours of operation and dates of Christmas distribution visit the Volunteers of America website.
Toys for Tots
Through the Marine Corps Reserve, they provide free toys for kids in need. Their goal is "To deliver, through a shiny new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to needy youngsters that will motivate them to grow into responsible, productive, patriotic citizens and community leaders." Follow the link to sign up and get toys for your kiddos!
Modest Family Solutions
Modest Family Solutions (MFS), provides a FREE Produce Market in Everett every Saturday, from
9-12 at 500 SE Everett Mall Way, across from Target. No paperwork needed. MFS strives to provide
foods that BIPOC families may use in recipes but are less likely to find at food banks.
As they only recently started doing the Free Market in Everett, everything on their website still
says Snohomish. It is no longer in Snohomish.
Their Website: https://www.modestfamilysolutions.org/
Their Facebook where they post live video each Saturday to let everyone know they are there and
what is available: https://www.facebook.com/ModestFamilySolutions
New resources have been added to Parent University. To view the collection of short informative on-demand videos and “how-to” guides, click on Video Resources on the left menu.
We want to hear from our families! Everett Public Schools empowers parents and guardians to be engaged in their child's education. If you have a suggestion based upon a top concern and/or area of interest, we are seeking input as we develop more videos this school year.
If you have additional topics you would like to suggest, please email email@example.com.
SPACE STILL AVAILABLE IN ECEAP PRESCHOOL
Everett Public Schools Early Childhood Education & Assistance Program (ECEAP) is a FREE preschool program for three- and four-year-old children from families with limited income. ECEAP prepares children for kindergarten and provides family support and health and nutrition services. It is funded by the Washington State Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF).
The six ECEAP sites within our school district are Cedar Wood, Hawthorne, Jackson, Lowell, Madison, and Silver Lake elementary schools. Space is limited – apply now! For an application or more information, please visit the www.everettsd.org/ECEAP or call 425-385-4628.
TRANSITIONAL KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM
Everett Public Schools offers Transitional Kindergarten (TK) for children who are not currently in an early learning program and are scheduled to enter kindergarten in the fall of 2023. The program focuses on basic academic, social and self-help skills to jumpstart qualifying students toward success in school. Students will be screened and may qualify based on need.
To be eligible for screening, children must:
• be five years old by August 31, 2023
• live within the boundaries of Everett Public Schools
• not be currently enrolled in an early learning program
• demonstrate academic and/or social-emotional needs
Requests for screening opened in November. If you are interested in Transitional Kindergarten and believe your child may qualify, please visit our website at www.everettsd.org/TransitionalKindergarten and submit an interest form by Friday, December 16, 2022.
Transitional Kindergarten begins in late January 2023 and will run through the last day of school in June 2023. School locations will be determined in January and will be communicated directly to eligible families. For preschool options, please visit our Early Childhood Education & Assistance Program (ECEAP) webpage at www.everettsd.org/ECEAP.
Absences spike in the weeks before and after the winter holiday as families squeeze in a few more vacation days. Just a few missed days here and there, even excused absences, can add up and lost learning time can put your child behind in school.
This is as true in kindergarten as it is in high school. Put simply, too many absences at any age can affect a student’s chances for academic success and eventually for graduation. This holiday season give your children the gift of an education and the habit of attendance.
Every day of school is an important opportunity for students to learn as well as to connect with their peers and teachers. As long as your child is healthy, please encourage showing up to class when school is in session.
If your child is absent, please email the school at their attendance email address, which you can find on the school website. If email is not possible, and even if you leave a message with the school attendance line, please send a written note to the school office within 30 days after your student returns to school.
We look forward to seeing your student at school each and every day. Regular school attendance is important, and we will work with you to ensure your child is present and benefiting from a world-class education. Remember - if you show, you grow!
Please report your student's absence by calling or emailing the school.
Attendance Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Attendance Line: 425-385-4705
When reporting attendance, please provide the following information:
- Student name:
- Student ID:
- Reported by:
If you leave a voicemail, please provide a written note or email within 30 days of your student’s first day back to school. If you need assistance or would like recommendations on how to help ensure your student's regular school attendance, please contact your student's teacher, or our school counselor, Mrs. Dubin (email@example.com).