MTE Family Newsletter

November 6, 2020

Mountlake Terrace Elementary Little Hawks

Mountlake Terrace Elementary Main Office: (425) 431-7894

Attendance Line: (425) 431-3364

ECEAP Preschool Office: (425) 431-3339

Edmonds School District : (425) 431-7000

In this issue:

  • Message from Principal Mary Williams
  • Looking for parents to join our school Equity Team
  • Lunch Bunch for Next Week
  • Important message from the MTE PTO
  • Visual Instructions for SeeSaw
  • Chromebook and Internet Tips
  • Veterans Day Assembly Picture Request
  • Alternate schedule for Food Service the week of Thanksgiving
  • COVID-19 Safety Handbook
  • Power or Internet Outage Plan
  • Student and Family Self Referral Form (in newsletter every week)
  • MARK YOUR CALENDARS
  • Helpful Links

Dear MTE Community,

I hope that this newsletter finds you well. I have been doing a lot of thinking about self care lately. It is something that I am trying to be better at and that I am working to support our school community with being better at as well. Edmonds School District leadership wants to be very clear that mental health and well being are the TOP priorities right now. The most important thing is that students, staff and community members feel safe and supported. I encourage you all to stop and think about what truly effective self care looks like. I am clear that it is an individual thing, each of us needs different things to feel refreshed and refilled, and that is the beauty of self care-it is all about your SELF.


I am working on this myself. I fail many days, although I am still getting up the following day and trying again. Now is the time to take care of myself, my family and you all. So, I will continue to try and get back into a workout routine, snuggle with my kiddos, take night walks with my husband to have time to connect, get massages, and eventually meditate daily.


Here are some suggestions for self care:


EXERCISE

Take some time to move. We are spending a lot of time in front of screens lately. Take time to stretch, do yoga, walk, run etc. This is SO important for your physical and mental health.


TURN OFF THE TV

There is a lot of divisiveness happening in our world right now. Sometimes it is helpful to take time away for the negative we are currently inundated with. Turning off our screens also gives us an opportunity to connect with each other.


MEDITATE/READ

Meditation is proven to bring our blood pressure down. It is a great self care practice. Reading is a great way to get lost in a story that isn't yours and take a break from our current reality. I am currently reading Queenie by Candace Carty-Williams. My daughter is reading Dear Martin by Nic Stone.


LISTEN TO MUSIC AND DANCE

Music is healing. Turn the music up loud! Dance around the house. Sing at the top of your lungs. It feels GREAT!


BAKE

This is a fun messy way to spend time. A great way to bond with your children or loved ones and there are delicious treats at the end.


SLOW DOWN YOUR PRODUCTIVITY EXPECTATIONS

If you don't get to all the things you normally would in a day, that is ok. If you need to let something go off your plate, that is ok too. Let go of the nonessential.


REACH OUT TO THOSE YOU ARE CONNECTED TO OR THOSE YOU FEEL CAN SUPPORT YOU

Community and relationship are important. Make sure to reach out to your people, those that you are close to and that you connect with. You may need to virtually connect right now, but that is better than nothing. Share things you are grateful for in our community. Go for a socially distanced/masked up walk with your friends.


Above all, take care of yourselves and know I am here to support you.

Mary

Looking for parents to join our school Equity Team

If you are interested in joining our school Equity Team, please contact Principal Mary Williams directly at williamsm838@edmonds.wednet.edu.

Thank you!

Lunch Bunch

Come have a fun social zoom with your favorite staff and friends.


Mrs. Nakkour and Ms. Kelly will be joining you to have fun, play games, and introduce special guests!


Time: 11:45 - 12:15


Zoom link: https://edmondsschools.zoom.us/s/81208370779


Monday 11/9-TeacherJon: One of our PreK teachers will be reading a book to us!

Tuesday 11/10- Riddles and fun ice breaker questions

Wednesday 11/11- no school

Thursday 11/12- no zoom

Friday 11/13- Nurse Julie!: Our MTE nurse talks about the band she was in for 15 years!

Important message from our Parent Teacher Organization


  • This Saturday November 7th the PTO will be hosting the Good Will Truck Drive at Sorelli's Pizza in Mountlake Terrace from 9-12pm. Located at 224th and 44th. Turn onto 224th St. SW from 44th, drop your goods, keep what they won't accept. Continue on your way out by taking a right on 45th PL. W and another right on 223rd St. SW and you'll be back on 44th. Please see attached map.


  • Pledge your support to Mountlake Terrace Elementary Teachers by making a donation today. Teachers need funds to support their students more than ever due to COVID. Your donation will support at home learning materials such as: headphones, pencils, art supplies, paper, dry erase boards, markers, notebooks, sticky notes and so much more. You can donate by visiting http://www.littlehawkspto.org/ or via venmo @MTE-PTO. Please have all donations in by November 13th 2020.


  • This year to say thank you for supporting MTE PTO every student will get a handmade spirit wear t-shirt designed by one of our own MTE students. PTO hand prints every t-shirt for every student. To support this project you will need to donate a t-shirt for your student drop off a t-shirt anytime in the t-shirt collection bin or at the Nov. 16th packet pick up.
  • Be sure to clearly label a zippy bag with your students name and their teachers name.
  • MTE PTO is also accepting t-shirt donations for other students, you may contribute monetarily via Venmo @MTE-PTO, bring in extra t-shirts at packet pickup, or drop off at our bin. Please no dark colors or graphics. Patterns, tie dye and polka dots look great!


  • Keep In Touch by texting "PTO" to 88202


  • Thank you for support MTE teachers and our handmade spirit wear project!
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Visual Instructions for SeeSaw

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Remote Learning Tech Tips

Veterans Day Assembly Picture Request

Please send in pictures and a short description of the veterans in your life and in our community. Let us know their name, where and when they served and what makes them special to you. More information on our Veterans Day Assembly to come.


Please fill out this form Veterans Day submission via Google Form


or, if you can not open the form, send your submission to PetersA@edmonds.wednet.edu .


Thank you!

Alternate schedule for Food Service the week of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving week - both food service meals (11:45-12:45) and food pantry (1:00-2:00) will be on TUESDAY, November 24th.

COVID-19 Safety Handbook

The district has put together a detailed COVID-19 Safety Handbook for families. You can click here to open the digital document. In the handbook you will find health protocols and actions we all need to take daily to ensure safety for students and staff. You will also see plans for meals, transportation, cleaning, and procedures on how to report positive cases. This is a living document and will be updated if changes or updates from health officials are needed.

Power or Internet Outage Plan

Power outages are common in our region during fall and winter months. Internet outages occur from time to time, even when power is maintained. In the event of a regional power and internet outage, we fully understand that with the challenges families will face when dealing with the event, school work will simply have to take a lower priority. However, we hope to continue as much learning as possible during these events, especially when they are intermittent or on a smaller scale.

Edmonds teachers will communicate with students and families how to access learning activities in the event of a power or internet outage.


The table below summarizes possible scenarios and expectations.


Power OFF or Internet OUTAGE for Teacher Only

  • Log into Seesaw or Canvas – look for a message from your teacher.

  • Continue work on previously assigned learning activities.

  • Participate in asynchronous learning activities that have been previously assigned or are posted in Seesaw or Canvas.


NOTE: If a teacher’s power or internet goes out during class, log off of Zoom. Work on known learning activities or assignments.

Elementary students should try logging back into the Zoom session after 15 minutes, and then try again in 30 minutes. If this doesn’t work, try again for the next scheduled Zoom meeting (p.m. or following day).

Secondary students should try logging back in after 15 minutes and again after 30. Students should attend other classes according to their regular schedule.




Power OFF or Internet OUTAGE for one or a few students

  • Call your school’s attendance line to report power is out.

  • Participate in learning activities that have been previously assigned or provided as possible activities for this situation.

  • Document activities and report them to the teacher once the internet returns




Power or Internet OFF for Both Teacher and Students

To the extent you are able:

  • Call your school’s attendance line to report power is out.

  • Participate in learning activities that have been previously assigned or provided as possible activities for this situation.

  • Document activities and report them to the teacher once power/internet returns.




Learning at Home site link: https://sites.google.com/edmonds.wednet.edu/esdresources/learning-at-home?authuser=0

Student and Family Self Referral Form

Mark your calendars:

NOVEMBER

7 Goodwill Truck - Sorelli Pizza Parking Lot 22402 44th Ave W, Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043

9 Packet pick-up 10:30 - 3:30 and 4:30 - 6:00

9 Family Chat with Principal Mary Williams- open Zoom

11 No School - Veterans Day

17 Highly Capable Family Information Night - This will be done in a Webinar format, recorded, and posted for families to attend live or watch when they are able. 5-7 pm

17 SPANISH Family Chat with Principal Mary Williams- open Zoom

18 Half Day

23 MTE PTO Meeting 7:00 - 8:30 PM Zoom

24 Food Pantry at MTE 1:00 - 2:00 PM

25, 26, 27 Thanksgiving Break - No School

30 Packet pick-up 10:30 - 3:30 and 4:30 - 6:00

30 4:30PM Deadline for submission of Highly Capable Referral & Permission to Test - Must be received by the Highly Capable Program office by this date and time


DECEMBER

8 Family Chat with Principal Mary Williams- open Zoom

9 Half Day

14 Packet pick-up 10:30 - 3:30 and 4:30 - 6:00

19 through January 3 WINTER BREAK - NO SCHOOL

Community eFliers

Community eFliers

Please note: You can, at any time you are interested, view all approved Community eFliers on the District website under the “Community” tab on the District homepage.


The Edmonds School District is changing the way families receive digital fliers.

We are excited to launch a new way of distributing digital fliers to our families! Introducing … Peachjar!

Peachjar is an app that will streamline the way you find out about different events, opportunities, etc. that are happening in the community and our school district.

You will get your first email from Peachjar on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. After that, you will receive periodic emails from Peachjar with events and activities related to your school community.


Here’s a short video that explains the basics about Peachjar.

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.