MTE Family Newsletter

October 16, 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:

  • Greetings from Principal Mary Williams
  • New Library Schedule

  • The Great Washington Shakeout!

  • Partnership with M Radio Live

  • Tech Tip: Microphone volume control

  • Updated school district attendance policy and practice

  • Holly House Holiday Gift Registration DEADLINE is OCTOBER 23rd.

  • Una invitación para asistir a Holly House 2020 - Envíe su formulario antes del 23 de octubre.

  • Helpful Links

Greetings MTE Community,

Greetings MTE Community,

There are so many things going on right now in the district; remote learning, planning for coming back in a hybrid format, assessment happening virtually, library changing from every week to just being held the 1st and 3rd weeks of the month, etc. So, I want to make sure that you all have an opportunity to meet with me and get your questions answered and your concerns expressed.

I am going to have monthly meetings where you all can come and find out information and share information with me that you feel I need to know. They will begin next week. There will be one day of meetings in English and another day where there is a Spanish interpreter available. If you are in need of an interpreter in a language other than Spanish, please contact the office and we will work with you to make that happen.

These meetings will take place in the morning and the evening. This is so that families have options. I know you all are busy and I am hoping this will help with creating accessibility for more families.

The meetings are happening on the following dates at the following times:

Family Chat with the Principal in Spanish

October 20th at 10 am

Zoom Link: Meeting ID: 864 1667 5954 Passcode: 846606

October 20th at 6 pm

Zoom Link: Meeting ID: 864 1667 5954 Passcode: 846606

Family Chat with the Principal in English

October 27th at 10 am Meeting ID: 818 4466 1944 Passcode: 791875

October 27th at 6 pm Meeting ID: 818 4466 1944

Passcode: 791875

I look forward to seeing you there and talking with you about what you and your student need.

Yours in learning,

Mary Williams



Mountlake Terrace Elementary


New Library Schedule

Library Zoom classes are presented live on the first and third weeks of the month, alternating with materials pick up. Students can access their zoom links for library classes from their Canvas or Seesaw accounts. Assignments will also be posted there every two weeks.

Thank you, readers, for putting holds on library books-- scores of books have been distributed to young readers this week. You can pick up library books along with other materials on Mondays in even weeks; the second and fourth weeks of the month (the same days as class supply pickups).

Please contact me if you have any questions or need recommendations for titles for your kids to read, or for you to read to your kids. If you need a special time to pick up books, please email me so I can make sure everything is ready.

Students are allowed 4 books at a time, but they may place holds for more than that. They may check out one book by an author at a time, then place a hold on the next book in the series. Return books when you come to get new books or email me for a special time to exchange books.

Some books may not actually be available or are in quarantine, so having more titles on hold helps guarantee readers can get up to 4 books. Please email me if you need help.

Thanks for helping your children get library books, helping keep library books clean and enjoyed, but mostly, thanks for reading to your children!



The Great Washington Shakeout!

The main goal of the ShakeOut is to get Washingtonians prepared for major earthquakes, so use the ShakeOut as an opportunity to learn what to do before, during, and after an earthquake.

International ShakeOut Day is always the third Thursday of October (this year: October 15).

As always, you can hold your #ShakeOut drill when and where you want. You can choose another date or several dates, and include people in multiple locations (home, work, or school), perhaps through video conferencing.

It's actually a good idea to practice earthquake safety in different situations each year, and ShakeOut Organizers are here to support you.

On Monday, during asynchronous learning time, please take the time to practice your family emergency plan. Here are basic instructions for how individuals and families and other households (roommates, etc.) can plan their drill and tips for getting prepared.

Link to the Great Washington State Shakeout Website

An Invitation To Attend Holly House 2020 - Submit your registration by OCTOBER 23rd.

Holly House will give out holiday gifts and necessities to families in the 16 schools in the Edmonds School District that we serve in December 2020.

Submit your form by OCTOBER 23rd. We will not accept any forms after October 23, 2020. Click on the link below to proceed.

Holly House Registration Form 2020

The Pandemic has changed how we do things for this year. The health and safety of all involved is our primary concern.

● We will be doing a drive thru for pick up of items sometime in December. The date and location will be provided later in a follow up email.

● Everyone in your car MUST BE WEARING A MASK, including any children in the car, or we will not serve you.

● Do not get out of your car unless instructed.

● The DEADLINE to submit the registration form to us is Oct 23, 2020

● You will not be able to receive gifts for your children if you miss the deadline.

● If you cannot follow the guidelines for submitting the form and pick up of items, please do not register. WE want to keep you and our volunteers safe this year.

● At least one of your children must be registered at a school in the Edmonds School District.

● Do not share the form with anyone - The forms are coded and only you will be able to use the form to have access to gifts for your children. Two weeks before the event we will send you an email with your instructions, code, date and place of pickup.

“The Edmonds School District does not sponsor or endorse the activity and/or information contained in this material.”

Una invitación para asistir a Holly House 2020 - Envíe su formulario antes del 23 de octubre.

Holly House entregará obsequios y artículos de primera necesidad a las familias de las 16 escuelas del Distrito Escolar de Edmonds que servimos en diciembre de 2020.

Envíe su formulario antes del 23 de octubre. No aceptaremos ningún formulario después del 23 de octubre de 2020. Haga clic en el enlace de abajo para continuar. Holly House Registration Form 2020

La pandemia ha cambiado la forma en que hacemos las cosas este año. La salud y seguridad de todos los involucrados es nuestra principal preocupación.

● Haremos un drive thru para recoger artículos en algún momento de diciembre. La fecha y el lugar se proporcionarán más adelante en un correo electrónico de seguimiento.

● Todos en su automóvil DEBEN USAR UNA MÁSCARA, incluidos los niños en el automóvil, o no lo atenderemos. ● No salga de su automóvil a menos que se le indique.

● La FECHA LÍMITE para enviarnos el formulario de registro es el 23 de octubre de 2020.

● No podrá recibir obsequios para sus hijos si no cumple con la fecha límite.

● Si no puede seguir las pautas para enviar el formulario y recoger los artículos, no se registre. Queremos mantenerlos a usted y a nuestros voluntarios seguros este año.

● Al menos uno de sus hijos debe estar registrado en una escuela del Distrito Escolar de Edmonds.

● No comparta el formulario con nadie: los formularios están codificados y solo usted podrá usar el formulario para tener acceso a los obsequios para sus hijos. Dos semanas antes del evento te enviaremos un correo electrónico con tus instrucciones, código, fecha y lugar de recogida.

Formulario de inscripción - “The Edmonds School District does not sponsor or endorse the activity and/or information contained in this material.

Partnership with M Radio Live

We would like to inform you of an exciting partnership between the Edmonds School District and M Radio Live. M Radio Live is a 24 hour online Spanish Language Radio station in Kirkland, Washington. This collaboration will allow us to stay connected with our 5,000 plus Latino/Latina families that speak Spanish, and also do live interviews to inform the community and allow for dialogue around critical topics. We will also be producing two shows a month along with youth in our district to create a virtual hands-on experience into the world of broadcasting.

Download the App:


IOS (Apple) to listen live

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Tech Tip: Chromebook microphone control

Here is a video you may find helpful for reducing static and controlling volume on your Chromebook microphone.

Updated school district attendance policy and practice

Every absence, excused or unexcused, is a learning opportunity lost and can have significant impacts on a student’s success in school and life. A student who misses 10 percent or more of their school days, which can mean just two days a month, for any reason, is considered chronically absent. A student is considered truant if they miss five or more unexcused days in a month or 10 or more unexcused days in a year. Five or more unexcused days may lead to a conference with the school.

Attendance is critical to learning. Logging on meets the minimum requirement for attendance. Actively engaging meets the goal for learning. All students are expected to attend and actively engage in daily remote learning.

Reminders during COVID:

  • Please continue to report your student’s absence to the school office.

  • Absences will only be excused if they meet the State’s criteria for excused absences, including new reasons for excused absences during COVID-19.

  • Schools will begin to send daily automated calls beginning Monday October 19 for students that have not attended a scheduled class or engaged in remote learning daily. This will be the initial absence notification, the callout messages acknowledge that these absences can be adjusted by the teacher, should engagement for that day be established.

  • If you have questions or concerns about attendance, please reach out to Theresa Knowles Hopkins at (425) 431-3364.

Tips for good attendance during remote learning:

  • Establish a designated time for electronic devices to be turned in or shut down at a reasonable time the night prior.

  • Ensure school Chromebook or device used to log on to remote learning is charged the night prior.

  • Establish a morning routine that includes having breakfast and ready to be logged on

  • time for the first class.


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

Mrs. Nakkour and Ms. Kelly and staff will be joining you to play games, show and tell, watch cool science experiments, have fun and hang out Monday through Friday.

Special Guests Next Week:

Tuesday - Ms. Luangamath will talk about immigrating to the United States at age 8 and starting to learn English in 3rd Grade.

Time: 11:45 - 12:15

When: Monday - Friday

Zoom link:

Mark your calendars:


20 Family Zoom Chat with Principal Williams (with Spanish interpretation) PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE FOR INTERPRETER

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

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

27 Family Zoom Chat with Principal Williams

28 No school for Students


2-6 Half Days - Family/Teacher Conferences in afternoons - classes end at 11:30AM

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

11 No School - Veterans Day

18 Half Day - No school in Afternoon

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

Below are the approximate dates for a possible return to in-person learning. Please keep in mind, however, that the health authorities and COVID-19 will ultimately make these decisions and we will adjust as needed.

Possible dates to transition to in-person learning, if it is safe to do so:

  • Nov. 12, 2020

  • Feb. 3, 2021

  • April 14, 2021

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.

School Meals

Menus, application, dietary information

Family Support Resources


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.


Through Skylert, you control how the district and schools contact you for emergencies, attendance calls, food & nutrition services, District eNews and other communications.