February Newsletter

Monthly Updates

Greetings!

Hello HomeLink Families!

I hope everyone continues to have a great start to the new year. As we progress through the second half of the school year, our newsletters will continue to contain information on our learning formats, friendly reminders, things that are up and coming and more! I hope you enjoy the month and always reach out if you have any questions.


Respectfully,

Angela Menon

Associate Principal, HomeLink

Learning Model For Semester 2

As we start second semester, we will continue to engage our students in remote learning. We appreciate all that our families continue to do to support this learning model. As we advance through the remainder of the school year, I will continue to provide updates on the learning model for the following school year.

Attendance

Starting Semester 2, if your student has missed contacting their teacher (attending the Google Meet, turning in homework, answering attendance questions, or emailing them directly about the missed class) it will be counted as an unexcused absence.


Mrs. Malean will then contact families on Friday's sending out a friendly reminder to have your student contact their teacher(s) to excuse the absence. As a reminder, meaningful two-way contact must be made on a Sunday-Saturday contact week.

Distance Learning Resources

The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) launched a new K-12 Internet Access Program to connect students in need to Internet access at home with no cost to the student or their family. Through the program, students whose families are low-income and are not currently connected to the internet can get connected through the end of the 2020-21 school year for free.

OSPI K-12 Internet Access Program
For low-income families who did not have Internet access prior to August 2020
Available now through the end of the 2020-21 school year


Google Classroom Tutorial: A great way to refresh how to navigate Google Classroom for the parent and the student


Virtual Library:This virtual library is designed as an optional learning space for all Lake Stevens School District students, teachers and families to explore.


As we continue with remote learning, here are some great ways to continue to motivate your student with their learning at home: Keeping Kids Motivated

Virtual Recess

Calling all K-5th grade Otters! Come join us for a "Virtual Recess" every other week to connect with your HomeLink friends at a fun, interactive Google Meet.


This "Recess" will not have any homework, but instead will be like our "Otter Talks" that we did last spring - we'll play some games together, learn more about one another and build strong HomeLink Otter relationships - all in a teacher-directed environment.


3rd-5th grade recess will be hosted by Ms. Harsin, School Counselor

K-2nd grade recess will be hosted by Mrs. Walles, Teacher

Ms. Malean, our Paraprofessional, will also be joining in on the fun!


Both K-2 and 3-5 virtual recess groups will be held:

B weeks on Mondays from Noon to 12:30 PM.


Here are the dates on which virtual recess will be held:

Feb 8, Feb 22, March 8, March 22, April 12, April 26, May 10, May 24, June 7


If you believe that your child would be interested in participating, please sign them up via the google form: Virtual Recess Sign Up

Social Emotional Learning Topic of the Month

Friendship is the SEL Topic of the month. Please see the attached flyer created by our Counselor, Mckenzie Harsin, around friendships.