The Cougar Paw

February 2021 Newsletter

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Lift Every Voice


We thank Ms. Halè Butcher for returning to Cascade View to perform Lift Every Voice.

Greetings Cascade View Families and Community,

It is February already, wow! This month is recognized as Black History Month. As we look at learning during Black History month we keep Goal 2 of the district’s strategic direction to Develop a clear focus on engaging students through the design of instruction through curriculum, experiences, work, and supports to ensure student achievement.

The learning and teachings during Black History month should guide the shifting from the narrative of only slavery being the encapsulation of Black History. Black History truly is Black on Black wealth™, health, celebrations, and successes. Black History encompasses many facets including royalty, culture, heritage, power, wisdom, character, resiliency, grit, unfathomable experiences and the unsilencing of voices of the untold history of African Americans. We are excited about the collaboration, discussion, and intentionality of the lessons and activities the students are participating in to celebrate Black History month. Please join Cascade View as we recognize the importance of Black History being American History.


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Alexa Irene Canady, MD, was a pioneer of her time both for women physicians and African Americans, when she became the first African American woman neurosurgeon in the United States in 1981. Dr. Canady was born in 1950 in Lansing, Michigan. Dr. Canady is quoted saying “The greatest challenge I faced in becoming a neurosurgeon was believing it was possible.” Eventually, Dr. Canady was accepted as a surgical intern at Yale-New Haven Hospital in 1975, breaking another barrier as the first woman and first African American to be enrolled in the program. Dr. Canady officially retired from practicing medicine a second time in 2012. She continues to be an advocate for encouraging young women to pursue careers in medicine and neurosurgery.


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She was the first African American woman to argue a case before the Supreme Court and the first to serve as a federal judge. She was born in 1921 in New Haven, Connecticut. As a front-line lawyer for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Motley personally led the litigation that integrated the Universities of Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi among others—overcoming Southern governors who literally barred the door to African American students. She opened up schools and parks to African Americans and successfully championed the rights of minorities to protest peacefully. In 1998, Motley published an autobiography, “Equal Justice Under Law.” On one subject she revealed her inner fire: the sting of racial discrimination. Along the way, she experienced countless courtroom delays and indignities. Motley kept her cool, even as some judges turned their backs when she spoke. While juggling desegregation cases, Motley also represented Martin Luther King, Jr.



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Did you know there is a White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities? The U.S. Department of Education website states the following: HBCUs are a source of accomplishment and great pride for the African American community as well as the entire nation. The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, defines an HBCU as: “…any historically black college or university that was established prior to 1964, whose principal mission was, and is, the education of black Americans, and that is accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency or association determined by the Secretary [of Education] to be a reliable authority as to the quality of training offered or is, according to such an agency or association, making reasonable progress toward accreditation.” HBCUs offer all students, regardless of race, an opportunity to develop their skills and talents. These institutions train young people who go on to serve domestically and internationally in the professions as entrepreneurs and in the public and private sectors.

The following information on HBCUs can be referenced on the U.S. Department of Education

Office for Civil Rights website.

The U.S. Supreme Court's 1896 decision in Plessy v. Ferguson established a "separate but equal" doctrine in public education. In validating racially dual public elementary and secondary school systems, Plessy also encouraged black colleges to focus on teacher training to provide a pool of instructors for segregated schools. At the same time, the expansion of black secondary schools reduced the need for black colleges to provide college preparatory instruction.

The addition of graduate programs, mostly at public HBCUs, reflected three Supreme Court decisions in which the "separate but equal" principle of Plessy was applied to graduate and professional education. The decisions stipulated: (1) a state must offer schooling for blacks as soon as it provided it for whites (Sinuel v. Board of Regents of University of Oklahoma, 1948); (2) black students must receive the same treatment as white students (MacLaurin v. Oklahoma State Regents, 1950); and (3) a state must provide facilities of comparable quality for black and white students (Sweatt v. Painter, 1950). Black students increasingly were admitted to traditionally white graduate and professional schools if their program of study was unavailable at HBCUs. In effect, desegregation in higher education began at the post-baccalaureate level.

In 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education rejected the "separate but equal" doctrine and held that racially segregated public schools deprive black children of equal protection guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution. The Plessy decision, which had governed public education policy for more than a half-century, was overturned. Despite the landmark Supreme Court decision in Brown, most HBCUs remained segregated with poorer facilities and budgets compared with traditionally white institutions. Lack of adequate libraries and scientific and research equipment and capabilities placed a serious handicap on many. Many of the public HBCUs closed or merged with traditionally white institutions. However, most black college students continued to attend HBCUs years after the decision was rendered.


Soon after the Brown decision, Congress passed Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to provide a mechanism for ensuring equal opportunity in federally assisted programs and activities. In enacting Title VI, Congress also reflected its concern with the slow progress in desegregating educational institutions following the Supreme Court's Brown decision. Title VI protects individuals from discrimination based on race, color, or national origin in programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance. Passage of the law led to the establishment of the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in the former Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW). OCR placed its primary compliance emphasis in the 1960s and early 1970s on eliminating unconstitutional elementary and secondary school segregation in the southern and border states.

HBCUs have played an historical role in enhancing equal educational opportunity for all students.

  • More than 80 percent of all black Americans who received degrees in medicine and dentistry were trained at the two traditionally black institutions of medicine and dentistry--Howard University and Meharry Medical College. (Today, these institutions still account for 19.7 percent of degrees awarded in medicine and dentistry to black students.)

  • HBCUs have provided undergraduate training for three fourths of all black persons holding a doctorate degree; three fourths of all black officers in the armed forces; and four fifths of all black federal judges.

  • HBCUs are leading institutions in awarding baccalaureate degrees to black students in the life sciences, physical sciences mathematics, and engineering.

  • HBCUs continue to rank high in terms of the proportion of graduates who pursue and complete graduate and professional training.


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Brehanna Daniels is the first African American woman in a NASCAR Cup Series pit crew.


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Jennifer King is the first African American female assistant position coach in NFL history. She is the assistant running backs coach for the Washington Football Team.




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For the first time in NFL history there was an all Black officiating crew. The crew was led by referee Jerome Boger and included four members of his 2020 crew. The Monday Night Football crew included umpire Barry Anderson, down judge Julian Mapp, line judge Carl Johnson, side judge Dale Shaw, field judge Anthony Jeffries and back judge Greg Steed. "This historic Week 11 crew is a testament to the countless and immeasurable contributions of Black officials to the game, their exemplary performance, and to the power of inclusion that is the hallmark of this great game," NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent said. Referee Jerome Boger shared, "I am proud of my heritage and excited about my participation in this historic game," Boger said. "The opportunity to work with a great group of Black officials and exhibit our proficiency in executing our assignment is something I am really looking forward to.''


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The Divine Nine consists of nine historically Black fraternities and sororities: Alpha Phi Alpha, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, Delta Sigma Theta, Phi Beta Sigma, Zeta Phi Beta, Sigma Gamma Rho and Iota Phi Theta. The first Black Greek letter organization, Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, was established at Cornell University in 1906, a time when Black students were barred from traditionally white Greek organizations. Many predominantly white Greek organizations had racially exclusionary policies until the 1960s and ’70s, said Matthew Hughey, professor of sociology at the University of Connecticut. This resulted in a culture of racial uplift born out of exclusion, Hughey said, which is why Black Greek letter organizations function differently than their predominantly white counterparts. It’s also why members of the Divine Nine have been involved in the fight for civil rights. A common misconception about the Divine Nine is that membership is merely a “college experience.” But membership in a Black Greek letter organization is a lifelong commitment, said Lawrence Ross, author of the book The Divine Nine: The History of African American Fraternities and Sororities. There are countless actors, actresses, entertainers, and politicians that are members of the Divine Nine including Madam Vice President Kamala Harris who is an Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA).


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She is a NASA Physicist that received a patent in 1980 for an Illusion Transmitter which led to the invention of 3D movies and television. She was born in 1943 in Maryland. She created an experiment using concave mirrors and observed how it would reflect any real object that was reflected. This experiment led to the invention of the Illusion Transmitter. The Illusion Transmitter simulates a real-time, three-dimensional viewing of any object. She received a patent in 1980 for this early 3D technology which NASA still uses to this day. As a data analyst at NASA, Valerie developed real-time computer data systems to support satellite operations control centers and oversaw the creation of the Landsat program. The Landsat program is the longest-running acquisition of satellite imagery for Earth. She soon became the international expert at NASA for Landsat data products. She continued working at NASA until she retired in 1995. During her time there, she also contributed to the development of the Space Physics Analysis Network (SPAN) and received many awards for her work After retiring she continued her impact by mentoring young students by speaking to groups of students from elementary school through college-/university-age and adult groups. She has served as a mentor for a countless number of students and served as a science fair judge, working with organizations such as the National Technical Association (NTA) and Women in Science and Engineering (WISE). These latter programs encourage minority and female students to pursue science and technology careers. Valerie has received numerous NASA awards, including the GSFC Award of Merit, the highest award given by GSFC, and the NASA Equal Opportunity Medal.

Beginning this month the second diagnostic of iReady will start. We recognize that testing in distance learning is not ideal, but we know the students are eager to show us all they have learned. We want to share that iReady is just one of the many ways we are assessing student progress in their learning. We want to send a comforting reminder that the score is just that, a score. Students have their goals and with the planning, collaboration, and guidance from their teacher the students are working towards those amazing goals.

As we continue through the month of February we are excited about the learning that is taking place in the classrooms. Students are not only using technology to listen, but are sharing with their classmates and teachers tips and shortcuts they have discovered. When we are able to teach and show others it demonstrates that we have acquired more than learning and are doing which we celebrate each and every student, yay! This is just fabulous to see and hear when in the classroom. We want to say thank you for your ongoing communication and continued support as we navigate distance learning. Thank you families for your support and take care.



Cascade View Cougars Principal


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February 1 - March 1, 2021 is Black History Month when we celebrate and honor the accomplishments and achievements of African Americans. Black History month is recognized as being celebrated for 28 days but it is more than 28 days, it should be celebrated and recognized for 365 days.

In 1915, Harvard trained historian Carter G. Woodson and Jesse E. Moorland founded what has now become Black History Month. In 1926, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (as it is known today), sponsored the first Black History week, choosing the 2nd week in February for the celebration.

In the decades that have followed, cities across the country began issuing yearly proclamations this week long celebration. President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976, calling upon the public to "seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history."


During the 59th Presidential Inauguration on January 20, 2021 Amanda Gorman, the National Youth Poet Laureate spoke. What is a Poet Laureate? This is someone that serves as official poet of the United States and is appointed by the librarian of the United States Congress. The National Youth Poet Laureate celebrates the country's top youth poets that are committed to artistic excellence, civic engagement and social justice. Ms. Gorman is the youngest poet to speak at a Presidential Inauguration.

Ms. Gorman recited her original poem called "The Hill We Climb". This is a profoundly inspirational poem about rising up, overcoming and working to stop social and racial injustices while embracing who we are and welcoming everyone and all cultures.

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The Hill We Climb

When day comes we ask ourselves,
where can we find light in this never-ending shade?
The loss we carry,
a sea we must wade
We've braved the belly of the beast
We've learned that quiet isn't always peace
And the norms and notions
of what just is
Isn’t always just-ice
And yet the dawn is ours
before we knew it
Somehow we do it
Somehow we've weathered and witnessed
a nation that isn’t broken
but simply unfinished
We the successors of a country and a time
Where a skinny Black girl
descended from slaves and raised by a single mother
can dream of becoming president
only to find herself reciting for one
And yes we are far from polished
far from pristine
but that doesn’t mean we are
striving to form a union that is perfect
We are striving to forge a union with purpose
To compose a country committed to all cultures, colors, characters and
conditions of man
And so we lift our gazes not to what stands between us
but what stands before us
We close the divide because we know, to put our future first,
we must first put our differences aside
We lay down our arms
so we can reach out our arms
to one another
We seek harm to none and harmony for all
Let the globe, if nothing else, say this is true:
That even as we grieved, we grew
That even as we hurt, we hoped
That even as we tired, we tried
That we’ll forever be tied together, victorious
Not because we will never again know defeat
but because we will never again sow division
Scripture tells us to envision
that everyone shall sit under their own vine and fig tree
And no one shall make them afraid
If we’re to live up to our own time
Then victory won’t lie in the blade
But in all the bridges we’ve made
That is the promise to glade
The hill we climb
If only we dare
It's because being American is more than a pride we inherit,
it’s the past we step into
and how we repair it
We’ve seen a force that would shatter our nation
rather than share it
Would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy
And this effort very nearly succeeded
But while democracy can be periodically delayed
it can never be permanently defeated
In this truth
in this faith we trust
For while we have our eyes on the future
history has its eyes on us
This is the era of just redemption
We feared at its inception
We did not feel prepared to be the heirs
of such a terrifying hour
but within it we found the power
to author a new chapter
To offer hope and laughter to ourselves
So while once we asked,
how could we possibly prevail over catastrophe?
Now we assert
How could catastrophe possibly prevail over us?
We will not march back to what was
but move to what shall be
A country that is bruised but whole,
benevolent but bold,
fierce and free
We will not be turned around
or interrupted by intimidation
because we know our inaction and inertia
will be the inheritance of the next generation
Our blunders become their burdens
But one thing is certain:
If we merge mercy with might,
and might with right,
then love becomes our legacy
and change our children’s birthright
So let us leave behind a country
better than the one we were left with
Every breath from my bronze-pounded chest,
we will raise this wounded world into a wondrous one
We will rise from the gold-limbed hills of the west,
we will rise from the windswept northeast
where our forefathers first realized revolution
We will rise from the lake-rimmed cities of the mid-western states,
we will rise from the sunbaked south
We will rebuild, reconcile and recover
and every known nook of our nation and
every corner called our country,
our people diverse and beautiful will emerge,
battered and beautiful
When day comes we step out of the shade,
aflame and unafraid
The new dawn blooms as we free it
For there is always light,
if only we’re brave enough to see it
If only we’re brave enough to be it

--Amanda Gorman


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In November 1960 at the age of six, Ruby Bridges, unbeknownst to her at this time, ended up becoming a civil rights activist when she became the first African American student to attend a newly desegregated elementary school in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Ruby and her mother were escorted by four federal marshals to William Frantz Elementary School every day that year. Because of the fervent racism and the anger of white families, most withdrew their children from the school. Barbara Henry was the only teacher that would accept her into her class which became a class of one. Ruby would eat lunch alone and would sometimes play with her teacher at recess. In spite of all of this, she never missed a day of school.

Her bravery and the bravery of her family helped to pave the way for desegregation allowing more African American children to be able to have the same high quality education as white students.

Ruby has written two books and received the prestigious Carter G. Woodson Book Award. She continues her lifelong work as a civil rights activist for racial equality and established the Ruby Bridges Foundation to promote tolerance and change through education.


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Kamala Harris was born in Oakland, California to parents that had emigrated from Jamaica and India. She was brought up with a strong sense of justice by parents that were activists, often taking her and her sister to civil rights demonstrations. This is where she was motivated to become a prosecutor.

In 1990 she did exactly that. After graduating from Howard University in 1986 with a degree in political science and economics, she went on to attend law school at the University of California and admitted to the California Bar in 1990. She joined the Alameda County District Attorney's Office and in 2003 was elected as District Attorney of San Francisco. In 2010, Vice President Harris was elected California's Attorney General, overseeing the largest state justice department in the United States.

In 2017 she was sworn into the United States Senate. She spoke out on behalf of immigrants and refugees and fought for better protections for DREAMers.

On August 11, 2020 she was introduced as then former Vice President Joe Biden's running mate in the 2020 Presidential election. On November 7, 2020 Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were called as the new President Elect and Vice President Elect of the United States thus making her not only the first woman elected as Vice President but the first woman of Black and South Asian descent. Below is an excerpt from her acceptance speech delivered that evening:

"...And to the woman most responsible for my presence here today — my mother, Shyamala Gopalan Harris, who is always in our hearts. When she came here from India at the age of 19, maybe she didn’t quite imagine this moment. But she believed so deeply in an America where a moment like this is possible.

So, I’m thinking about her and about the generations of women — Black Women. Asian, White, Latina, and Native American women throughout our nation’s history who have paved the way for this moment tonight.

Women who fought and sacrificed so much for equality, liberty, and justice for all, including the Black women, who are too often overlooked, but so often prove that they are the backbone of our democracy.

All the women who worked to secure and protect the right to vote for over a century: 100 years ago with the 19th Amendment, 55 years ago with the Voting Rights Act, and now, in 2020, with a new generation of women in our country who cast their ballots and continued the fight for their fundamental right to vote and be heard.

Tonight, I reflect on their struggle, their determination and the strength of their vision — to see what can be unburdened by what has been — I stand on their shoulders.

And what a testament it is to Joe’s character that he had the audacity to break one of the most substantial barriers that exists in our country and select a woman as his vice president.

But while I may be the first woman in this office, I won’t be the last. Because every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities.

And to the children of our country, regardless of your gender, our country has sent you a clear message: Dream with ambition, lead with conviction, and see yourself in a way that others might not see you, simply because they’ve never seen it before.

And we will applaud you every step of the way...."


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John Lewis was a civil rights icon and member of the US House of Representatives who represented the state of Georgia from 1987 until his death in 2020.

Congressman Lewis was one of the original 13 Freedom Riders. The Freedom Riders were a group of 7 African American and 6 white men and women that rode buses from Washington D.C. to New Orleans in 1961 to challenge the segregated seating on buses, which was in violation federal policy.

In 1965, Congressman Lewis organized voter registration efforts during the Selma voting rights campaign and played a prominent role in the Selma to Montgomery marches. During one of the most famous marches during this turbulent time in history, he led over 600 people over the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama.

Instead of giving up his fight for racial equality and justice, he was fueled to fight even harder. As a member of Congress, he worked tirelessly for the people in Georgia's 5th congressional district up to his death in July of 2020. Below are excerpts from his final essay.

"While my time here has now come to an end, I want you to know that in the last days and hours of my life you inspired me. You filled me with hope about the next chapter of the great American story when you used your power to make a difference in our society. Millions of people motivated simply by human compassion laid down the burdens of division. Around the country and the world you set aside race, class, age, language and nationality to demand respect for human dignity.

...Like so many young people today, I was searching for a way out, or some might say a way in, and then I heard the voice of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on an old radio. He was talking about the philosophy and discipline of nonviolence. He said we are all complicit when we tolerate injustice. He said it is not enough to say it will get better by and by. He said each of us has a moral obligation to stand up, speak up and speak out. When you see something that is not right, you must say something. You must do something. Democracy is not a state. It is an act, and each generation must do its part to help build what we called the Beloved Community, a nation and world society at peace with itself.

Ordinary people with extraordinary vision can redeem the soul of America by getting in what I call good trouble, necessary trouble. Voting and participating in the democratic process are key. The vote is the most powerful nonviolent change agent you have in a democratic society. You must use it because it is not guaranteed. You can lose it.

You must also study and learn the lessons of history because humanity has been involved in this soul-wrenching, existential struggle for a very long time. People on every continent have stood in your shoes, though decades and centuries before you. The truth does not change, and that is why the answers worked out long ago can help you find solutions to the challenges of our time. Continue to build union between movements stretching across the globe because we must put away our willingness to profit from the exploitation of others.

Though I may not be here with you, I urge you to answer the highest calling of your heart and stand up for what you truly believe. In my life I have done all I can to demonstrate that the way of peace, the way of love and nonviolence is the more excellent way. Now it is your turn to let freedom ring.

When historians pick up their pens to write the story of the 21st century, let them say that it was your generation who laid down the heavy burdens of hate at last and that peace finally triumphed over violence, aggression and war. So I say to you, walk with the wind, brothers and sisters, and let the spirit of peace and the power of everlasting love be your guide."


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February 1 - March 1: Black History Month

February 2: Groundhog Day

February 9: School Board meeting starting at 6:30 pm via Zoom

February 10: Smart Wednesday - early release at 2:00 pm

February 11: 100th Day of School

February 12: Chinese New Year - Year of the Ox

February 14: Valentine's Day

February 15: Presidents' Day - No school

February 16 - 17: Mid-Winter break - No school

February 23: School Board meeting starting at 6:30 pm via Zoom

February 24: Smart Wednesday - early release at 2:00 pm


Cougar parents, if you have changes in your address, phone number, email or emergency contacts or just want to add additional information, please use our new Information Update form by clicking the link below. This form is secure and comes directly to the office. Maintaining up-to-date information ensures that you won't miss important updates from Cascade View.


Meals are available for pick up Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 pm at Cascade View Elementary. Students do not need to be present to pick meals up.


School will be closed on Monday February 15 through Wednesday February 17, 2021. Breakfast and lunch for those three days will be provided on Friday February 12, 2021.

*Menus Subject to Change*


EL CENTRO de la RAZA - The Center for People of All Races

Assistance for residents of Auburn, Burien, Des Moines, Federal Way, Kent, Renton, Seatac, Tukwila

  • Food Assistance
  • Unemployment
  • Utilities
  • Rent Assistance
  • Emergency Needs
  • Health Insurance
  • Public Benifits
  • General Information

To apply please send an email to:

Contact: (206) 825-0197

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Emergency Assistance Resources

Referrals to community resources.

Community Info Line: 2-1-1


Food Assistance

Tukwila Pantry - Food pantry for Tukwila, SeaTac, Burien and Boulevard Park residents

Riverton Park United Methodist Church

3118 S. 140th St.

Tukwila, WA 98168


Contact hours: Tu, Th, Sat; 10:00 am - 2:30 pm.

St. Thomas Catholic Church - Outreach/Food Pantry

4415 S. 140th St.

Tukwila, WA 98168


Contact hours: Wednesday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Food pantry for parish residents. Bread is available every week. Amount of food provided depends on the size of the family. Serves Tukwila, Riverton Heights and part of SeaTac. Call for details. Clients may visit once per month.

Des Moines Area Food Bank

22225 9th Ave S.

Des Moines, WA


Food Bank: Mon, Wed, Fri 9:00 am - 11:45 am

3rd Tuesday of each month: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Christmas Service 12/20 and 12/21: 9:00 am - 11:45 am

Closed 12/24 through January 1.

Eligibility: They serve the entire city of Des Moines. City of SeaTac north to 160th St. and the west hill city of Kent - west of Orillia Rd. between 188th St. and Kent-Des Moines Rd.

To qualify: Must bring proof that you live in the service area, photo ID for adults and medical coupons or social security cards for kids.

Highline Area Food Bank

18300 4th Ave S.

Seattle, WA 98148


Food Bank: Tuesday 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm; Thursday 10:00 am - 12:30 pm. 2nd Tuesday of each month 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm.

Eligibility: Serving clients in Burien and Normandy Park between So. 140th St. and S. 192nd St. on the west side of Highway 509. And SeaTac residents living north of 160th St. (east of 509, follow Military Rd. from 116th S. to 152nd St, then west of Pacific Highway/International Blvd. to S. 192nd.

Emergency Food Program of Seattle and King County

851 Houser Way N.

Renton, WA 98057

(425) 277-0300

Contact Hours: M-Th 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Description: Provides emergency food to individuals and families experiencing a hunger crisis. Food available at main site and at about 200 partnering distribution sites.

Emergency Shelters

Mary's Place (this is a priority service)

Emergency Family Shelter Intake

113 Dexter Ave. N.

Seattle, WA 98109


Contact Hours: 24 hours daily. Intake for the current day begins at 8:00 am.

Coordinates intake into emergency shelter for families as multiple locations in King County. A family is at least one adult with at least one child under 18 and includes pregnant women. Clients screened for shelter openings that night.

REACH Center of Hope

1055 S. Grady Way

Renton, WA 98057


Interfaith Family Shelter


Eastside Family Shelter


Nexus Youth Shelter

915 H St.

Auburn, WA 98002


This is a drop in / shelter providing basic services to you who are homeless or those who need a little help.

Other Resources

St. Vincent De Paul of Seattle and King County (This is a priority service)

Financial Assistance

Call for location


Contact Hours: Help Line: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Provides financial assistance for needs such as rent, bus passes, utility bills and other needs through local neighborhood chapters. Many chapters have very limited or no financial assistance available.

City of Tukwila

Rent and Energy Assistance

City of Tukwila - Human Services Office

6300 Southcenter Blvd., Suite 115

Tukwila, WA 98188


Contact Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Provides rent or energy assistance to Tukwila Residents Only. No Move-in assistance. Eviction/shut-off notice not needed but proof of critical situation necessary. Income must be greater than rent. Only call first week of month.

The Way Back Inn

Emergency FInancial Assistance

PO Box 621

Renton, WA 98057


Contact Hours: Voicemail only

Provides rent or utility assistance once per lifetime to families in the city limits of Renton or Tukwila only who have minor children in the household. Must have proof need is temporary and able to pay the rent or utilities in the future.


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4 Principles of Hand Washing Awareness

  1. Wash your hands when they are dirty and before eating.
  2. Do not cough into your hands.
  3. Do not sneeze into your hands.
  4. Above all, do not put your fingers in your eyes, nose or mouth.


Chromebooks, hot spots and internet available for K - 5 students

As schools have had to adapt to distance learning during this unprecedented time, the Tukwila School District is providing Chromebooks and hot spots to elementary school students in grades Kindergarten through 5. If your student still needs technology, please let Ms. Ritchey or Mrs. Meyer in the front office know and they will make the request. Once the school has received the device, parents will be contacted to pick the device up from their school.

Ms. Ritchey: 206-901-7702 or

Mrs. Meyer: 206-901-7703 or

A HUGE shout out to our technology department for all the tremendous work they've done to make sure that our students have the tools they need to continue learning. Thank you tech team!!!

Computer and internet problems

Technology can be described as a love/hate relationship. When it works, it's the best thing in the world but, when it doesn't, it can make your day miserable. In order to lessen the amount of miserable days, our fantastic technology department has some handy tips for you.

  • If you have a broken chromebook (cracked screen, camera doesn't work, etc), please take it to the Service Center, Monday through Friday from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. If the problem can be easily fixed, they will fix it while you wait. If it is a bigger problem, they will issue you a replacement. The Service Center is located at 4160 S. 144th Street (across from Foster High School in the old Tukwila Library).

  • If you are having login problems, please call the Help Desk at 206-901-8080.

  • If your family qualifies for free or reduced lunch, you are eligible for Comcast Internet Essentials. If you have qualified for the 2020-2021 school year, please contact the technology department at 206-901-8080 for your code. If you have not filled out the free and reduced lunch form, please stop by the school and pick up an application.

  • If you have received your coupon code and are having issues with the sign-up process, the technology department has posted some directions on our website. Students are not allowed to sign up for Comcast as this is a legal contract which requires a parent or someone in the household who is 18 years or older. For screen shots of the sign-up process, simply click the following link:

  • Families who are not eligible for Comcast or who are homeless are eligible for T-Mobile hot spots. If you need a hot spot, please call the front office at 206-901-7702 or 206-901-7703 and the request will be made.


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Boys & Girls Club Virtual After School Program

Join us online for games, activities, live hangouts, virtual tours, and more in our online community.

Find us at your local lunch pick up or online at

  • Click "kids 6-12 programs" then click on Tukwila
  • Enter the password: positiveplace

Live events every Wednesday and Friday at 3:30 pm (link on the website).


Immunization information

As of July 28, 2019, a new state law removes the personal and philosophical option to exempt children from the MMR vaccine required for school and child care attendance.

Based on this new law, children without two doses of MMR vaccine, laboratory evidence of immunity, or a medical or religious exemption will not be allowed into school. Families whose child is not fully immunized will be notified by letter within the next few weeks and will have 30 days to comply. We will make our best attempt at reaching out to you before excluding your student. Please keep in mind that if your child is not fully immunized they will not be allowed to return to school and you will need to make other daycare arrangements. Also, absences due to immunization non compliance will not be excused and can lead to truancy issues.

We all want to make good choices and do what’s best for our children. As a community, we must protect our own health and work together to protect each other’s health. Vaccination keeps kids healthy and ready to learn. With more changes coming regarding immunization compliance and school exclusions it is important to be informed and in compliance now. Find more information at the Washington State Department of Health exemption law change webpage, including frequently asked questions:

There are plenty of free resources and locations across the state that have agreed to offer free. Please reach out to your provider or if you have any questions about your child’s

immunization status, contact the health room at 206-901-7709. We want to work with families to ensure your child is not excluded.

Thank you,

Sabarina Yurad, RN

School Nurse

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Every year The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) puts out a report card on every district and school in the state. To view the report card for the district, please click on the link below.

To view the report card for Cascade View, please click on the link below.

Detailed instructions can be found here:


Cascade View is a Title 1 School

Cascade View Elementary School receives federal money to fund a School-wide Title 1 program. Title 1 programs are intended to help ensure that all children have the opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach proficiency on challenging state academic standards and assessments. The program focuses on promoting reform in high-poverty schools (those with 40% or more students from low-income families) and ensures student access to scientifically-based instructional strategies and challenging academic content. Cascade View uses most of Title 1 funds to pay for important staff members, including highly qualified Instructional Assistants and our Literacy and Math Interventionists. Funds are also reserved for professional development for teachers that is designed to raise the achievement of low-achieving students by improving instruction throughout the entire school. If you have any questions about our Title 1 programs, please feel free to speak with Ms. Fremstad at 206-901-7700.

The Tukwila School District complies with all federal rules and regulations and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, gender, color, national origin, or disability. This holds true for all district students, employees, and district employment and opportunities. Inquiries regarding compliance and/or grievance procedures may be directed to the school district’s title IX/RCW 28A.640 officer and/or Section 504/ADA coordinator located at 4640 S 144 Street, WA 98168: Aaron Draganov, Title IX/RCW28A.640 Officer (206.901.8005) and Jennifer Jones, Section 504/ADA Coordinator (206.901.8035) Cascade View Elementary is a Schoolwide Title I School

Title 1 Complaints Process

Here is an overview of the citizen complaint process described fully in Chapter 392-168 WAC, Special Service Programs—Citizen Complaint Procedure for Certain Categorical Federal Programs.

A citizen complaint is a written statement that alleges a violation of a federal rule, law or regulation or state regulation that applies to a federal program.

  • Anyone can file a citizen complaint.
  • There is no special form.
  • There is no need to know the law that governs a federal program to file a complaint.

Follow steps 1 through 5 to complete the citizen complaint process.

STEP 1 Use Your Local Process First

If you have followed the citizen complaint process of your school district, ESD or school service provider (subgrantee) and are unable to reach a satisfactory solution, use this citizen complaint process through OSPI.

STEP 2 File a Citizen Complaint Through OSPI

A citizen complaint must be in writing, signed by the person filing the complaint, and include:

  • Contact Information of the Person Filing the Complaint. Your name, address, telephone number and email, if you have one.
  • Optional: If someone is helping you to file this citizen complaint, include 1) their contact information, and 2) your relationship to them — for example, family member, a relative, friend or advocate.

  • Information About the School District, ESD or School Service Provider You Believe Committed This Violation. Name and address of the school district, ESD or school service provider (subgrantee) you think violated a federal rule, law or regulation or a state regulation that applies to a federal program.

  • The Facts — What, Who & When. Include a description of the facts and dates, in general, of when you think the alleged violation happened.

  1. What specific requirement has been violated?
  2. When did this violation occur?
  3. Who you believe is responsible: names of all the people, and the program or organization involved.

  • Optional: Did you file a written citizen complaint first with the school district, ESD or school service provider? Although not required by Chapter 392-168 WAC, it is helpful if we can review a copy of your citizen complaint and the results, if any.

  • The Resolution You Expect. A proposed solution, if you think you know or have ideas about how the issue can be resolved.

STEP 3 Mail or Fax Your Written Citizen Complaint to OSPI

Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Attn: Citizen Complaint-Title I, Part A

P.O. Box 47200

Olympia, WA 98504

Fax: (360) 586-3305

STEP 4 OSPI Staff Process Your Complaint

Once federal program staff at OSPI receive your written complaint, here is what follows:

  1. OSPI sends a copy of your complaint to the school district, ESD or school service provider (subgrantee).
  2. The school district, ESD or school service provider begins a formal investigation led by a designated employee.
  3. The designated employee provides the written response of the investigation to OSPI — within 20 calendar days.
  4. OSPI staff will send you a copy of the results of the investigation conducted by the

school district, ESD or school provider (subgrantee).

Their response must clearly state one of two results:

  • Denial of the allegations in your complaint and the reason for denial.
  • Proposal of reasonable actions that will correct the violation.

If you need to provide more information about the allegations in the complaint, send that information to OSPI within 5 calendar days of the date of the response from the school district, ESD or school service provider (subgrantee).

STEP 5 Final Decision by OSPI

OSPI will send you the final decision in writing within 60 calendar days of the date federal program staff at OSPI received your written complaint — unless exceptional circumstances demand that this investigation take more time.

Here are the steps OSPI staff will follow to reach a final decision:

  1. Review all the information gathered related to your complaint. The review could include the results of an independent, on-site investigation.
  2. Decide independently whether or not the district, ESD or school service provider (subgrantee) violated a federal rule, law or regulation or a state regulation that applies to a federal program.
  3. Provide you with the final decision: Findings of fact, conclusions, and reasonable measures necessary to correct any violation.
  4. The district, ESD or school service provider (subgrantee) must take the corrective actions OSPI prescribes within 30 calendar days of the final decision.
  5. A citizen complaint is considered resolved when OSPI has issued a final written decision and corrective measures, if necessary, are complete.

Extend or Waive Timelines

If you as the complainant, and the school district, ESD or school service provider (subgrantee) named in your citizen complaint agree to extend the timelines, this agreement must be in writing and sent to OSPI within 10 calendar days of the date the school district, ESD or school service provider (subgrantee) received notification from OSPI.

Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Attn: Citizen Complaint—Title I, Part A

P.O. Box 47200

Olympia, WA 98504