Totem Falls Raven Review

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Important Dates


19: LAST CALL for picture submissions for yearbook

19: ONLINE Spring Book Fair begins through April 1


1 & 2: School in session

Typically these have been conference days off for the week before Spring Break. However, we WILL be having school these days. Group B will attend in-person and online students will have their time with their online teacher as usual for both days.

Conference Week

The week of Monday, March 29 through Friday, April 2, which had been reserved as a tentative conference week, will remain a five-day school week. Instruction during the week will follow a teacher’s or student’s current school schedule. The following week, April 5-9, is Spring Break.

Standard conference times between parents/guardians and teachers will not be scheduled. As always, we encourage teachers, students and families to have discussions by phone, email or through Zoom to discuss any concerns, questions or situations that may arise.

A note from Dr. Church

Hello Totem Falls Families,

I know you were asked about your desire to change modes of schooling for your child recently. In my conversations with some of you, there are a couple of concerns shared I would like to address. I will be in touch with the options available for your child. If you decide to remain in the current mode of learning, and not make a change based on that information that is OK. There will also be an effort to maintain a connection to the teacher your child previously had before the last shift. While I can’t guarantee a placement, we want to make every effort to maintain the connection to a previous teacher. March 19th is the last day to share your desires via this survey link.

I also wanted to share a small, but important revision to our safety plan. We will be having designated spots on the playground for mask breaks during recess. Playing together without masks has made it difficult to maintain safe spacing. We want students to continue to have the opportunity to use this time to take their mask off. I will be sharing this with students over the course of next week during lunch along with reminders about masks and spacing. All that being said, things are going very well. Staff and students are happy to be back at school.

Hybrid families…there are less than 30 in-person school days left! It is SO important students are doing their at home assignments and bringing them to class the following day. Teacher’s plans for your children’s learning is based on what they are doing at home. Your help with this will be instrumental in their learning through the end of the year.

I hope you are finding time to enjoy some of this sunshine. Spring is upon us as evidenced by “springing ahead” this weekend. Don’t forget to adjust your clocks!



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Water Bottles

Please have your student bring a labelled water bottle to school each day they are in-person. Our drinking fountains are closed but they can fill them at the sinks in their classrooms. If your child forgets their water bottle at home, there are single-use paper cups in the classrooms the student can get from the teacher.
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Next Distribution

The next distribution will be Friday, March 19, from 1:00 - 2:30 pm

Here is a snapshot of the next few:

April 16

May 7 & 28

June 18

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Library News



Our 5 lucky winners for posting a flipgrid about their favorite part of the BFG and showing their TF Spirit are: Caroline Huber, Mckinnley Zevenbergen, Annabelle and Desmond Becker, and Easton Granstrom.


We hope you’re enjoying THE BFG with your family but if you want to try something different, check out our AMAZING TOTEM FALLS STAFF reading the book. We thought it would be fun for you to hear from some people you haven’t seen in a while.


Every WEDNESDAY until March 17th, we will post BFG Trivia using one of the questions from the Discussion packet. Post your entries for this week’s BFG Trivia question on this FORM by TUESDAY, March 16th to be entered in a drawing for 3 lucky winners to receive a FREE BOOK.

BFG TRIVIA BOOK WINNERS THIS WEEK...Congratulations to this week’s book winners of last week’s BFG trivia question: Nataly Giovannetti, Samantha Clawson, and Natalie and Danny Brady. Winners will receive a FREE BOOK at the next distribution on March 19th or delivered to their classroom.

Yearbook Update

PARENTS our Yearbook is due for printing BEFORE Spring Break. Please send in your pictures to be considered for inclusion in the yearbook by the PHOTO SUBMISSION DEADLINE of Friday, March 19th.

Simply email your photos (even cell phone pictures work...just select "original size") and add the child's name and grade in the subject of the email.

Email photos of the below events or any school related activity to the TF Yearbook Coordinators @

  • Pictures of BFG Read Aloud & Spirit Days (Many-Colored, Crazy Hat, "Dahlicious" Character, PJ & Giant day)
  • Kids ready BFG, City of Embers or any book
  • Robotic builds from PTO check-out program
  • Returning to school or continued virtual learning
  • Totem Fall spirit wear pictures
  • Kids holding school art projects
  • Music photos of kids playing instruments or school band
  • 6th Grade Canids needed of any activity

ORDER your Yearbook by April 1st

LAST CALL -> Order yearbooks by April 1st (extra copies are not available after this date!)

We know this has been a different year but we promise the Yearbook is full of candid photos and will be a great memory. Email the TF Yearbook Coordinators @ if you need to check if you've already ordered a book or not. Yearbook order forms were sent home in December. Yearbooks can still be ordered online or a check written out to the PTO for $18 and a note of your child's name, teacher, grade sent into the front office.

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Snohomish School District Coronavirus Testing Research Study

The Snohomish School District and the University of Washington (UW) are excited to announce the launch of the Snohomish School District Coronavirus Testing Research Study. This study and testing for the virus that causes COVID-19 is available for kindergarten through 2nd grade students participating in in-person instruction in our schools.

This testing program is available beginning Monday, February 22, and those eligible can sign up anytime between now and Wednesday, March 31.

Click here to enroll:

Enrolled participants will receive convenient, weekly coronavirus testing where they will be able to swab themselves or their child in the comfort of their own homes and drop it off at school on the same day. Children may also be able to be swabbed while at school. The UW’s nasal swabs are less invasive and easier to use than other coronavirus tests, only going about one inch into the nose. For more information, please visit

The Snohomish School District and the University of Washington (UW) are excited to announce the launch of the Snohomish School District Coronavirus Testing Research Study available to kindergarten through 2nd grade students participating in in-person learning. This testing program will be available beginning Monday, February 22.

Through the study, students will be offered an easy, weekly coronavirus test. The program is powered by the Seattle Flu Study team, the group that first reported community spread of COVID-19 in the United States.

Families with students enrolled in the study can choose to collect the child's swabs at home and drop it into the drop box during morning drop-off or choose to have a trained researcher collect swabs from their child while at school. For more information, please visit the district website at

How it works

  • Qualified students include kindergarten through 2nd grade students participating in in-person learning.
  • If you are a parent/guardian of a qualifying student and are interested in having your child participate, you can enroll online beginning Monday, February 22 to fill out a consent form and 15-minute enrollment questionnaire.
  • Participation is completely voluntary, and you can choose to have your child leave the study at any time if you change your mind after signing up.
  • You can choose one of two options for your child’s weekly swab:
    • Option 1: Collect your child's swabs at home and drop it into the drop box located at school during morning drop-off. You must be able and willing to bring your child’s swab to campus once per week.
    • Option 2: A trained researcher can collect the swab from your child while they are at school.
  • If you choose to collect your child’s swab at home, you will receive a kit containing everything you will need to swab your child for the study after you sign up. The research team will bring these kits to your school once you sign up. Your child will bring the kits home.
  • If you indicate that your child is feeling sick on a scheduled swab day, a swab kit will be mailed to your home.
  • You can look up results for each of your child’s weekly tests online within 48 to 72 hours of being tested.

The study runs through Friday, June 18.

Need help?
Questions about the program can be directed to the UW study’s customer service team at or 206-616-5859.

District Laptop Phone Support

We have a dedicated phone line for student/family computer/laptop support for district-issued devices. Students and families can call 360-563-3000 for live technical support from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 7:30-11:30 a.m., Friday.

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The Snohomish School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Civil Rights Coordinator, Title IX Coordinator and ADA, Darryl Pernat, 1601 Avenue D,, Snohomish, WA 98290, 360-563-7285 Section 504 Coordinator and Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying (HIB), Shawn Stevenson,1601 Avenue D, Snohomish, WA 98290 360-563-7314