The Cougar Paw

December 2020 Newsletter

It's a great day to be a Cascade View Cougar

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Principal's Message

Greetings Cascade View Families and Community,

December is here and as we continue in distance learning please know that we are excited about the engagement in student learning. Seeing the students engage using the online platforms of Zoom and SeeSaw has been just awe-inspiring in how the learning community exhibits flexibility, learning, and support. One of our favorites is when the students are able to share something new they have learned using the online platforms and then everyone is excited to try it. Learning is truly ever evolving and we learn something new everyday.

Report cards will be mailed home on December 11, 2020. Consideration has been given to the unprecedented circumstances of online learning and for the first trimester there will be no grades on elementary report cards. Instead there will be comments from the teachers about your students' progress.

We thank you for your continued support and partnership as distance learning has continued for this school year. Many thanks to all of the staff who are collaborating to create an engaging learning environment that supports students and their goals. If you have questions please feel free to contact us by phone at 206-901-7700. We can also set up a Zoom meeting if this will be convenient for you. Please continue to take care and know we appreciate your partnership.


Joyful Teaching and Learning,

Tenesha and Cindy

Cascade View Cougars Principals

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2020 has been an interesting year and one that we will not soon forget. We have had to change and adapt to our hopefully temporary, new normal. It’s no secret that we miss every single one of you. The best part of our day is seeing you and hopefully we will all be back together very soon.

We want to give a very special thank you to our wonderful principals, Ms. Fremstad and Mrs. Golston, both of whom were nominated for Principal and Assistant Principal of the year for the State of Washington. Sadly, they weren’t chosen for these honors.

Working in the office I may be a little biased, but, in my opinion they should have won. Even though it's not an official award, I think we can all agree that they are our Principal and Assistant Principal of the Year at Cascade View. They do so much to support our school and our teachers. Every decision they make is always made with the best interest of students and staff in mind. The truly care about each one of us, as individuals, as students, as staff and as a community.

Principals don’t get celebrated a lot because of the type of job they have. One would think that because they hold the title of Principal they are always seen and at the forefront of celebrations but that is not correct. The job they do is mostly behind the scenes, championing for their schools, teachers, students and families. Most of the time they do not get the credit they deserve so when you see them as they drop into your classroom Zoom meetings, make sure to thank them for everything they do for us and let them know they are our Cascade View Cougar Principals of the Year!

--Angela Meyer

Student Information Update

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.

Cougar Shout Out

We want to give Ms. Tammy Tauiliili, our phenomenal Social Worker and Ms. Julie Herdt, our fantastic Quality Engagement Specialist for Students and Families for a very successful C.A.R.E. by Appointment event. With schools in distance learning and a pandemic, our C.A.R.E. night needed to be reimagined this year. Instead of one night, it was spread out over 4 weeks this year to keep our families and staff healthy while still ensuring our families could get the items they need.

Ms. Tauiliili and Ms. Herdt worked with nearly 100 families that participated in the event. The event was supposed to take place Monday - Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, but a little cougar told me that they also worked outside of those hours and on the weekends so our families would not have to go without.

You are both AMAZING and we are lucky to have you in our district.

Meal distribution

Meals are available for pick up Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:15 pm at Cascade View Elementary. Students do not need to be present to pick meals up.

Winter Break Meal Pick-up

For winter break the Tukwila School District will be offering meal boxes for the two-week break period. We will be distributing these boxes on FRIDAY DECEMBER 18th along with our regular meal service. We request that families fill out the form, available at meal distribution sites, and return it to the same meal distribution site. This will allow us to adequately prepare and provide the number of meals needed for our families.


  • December 9, 2020: Winter Break Meal Pick-up forms are due.
  • December 16, 2020: All changes to meals or concerns regarding the pick-up time must be made by the end of the day.
  • December 18, 2020: Meal boxes picked up from the location selected on the form between 10:00 am and 12:00 pm.

NOTE: If for some reason you are unable to pick up a requested meal box on Friday December 18th, please contact the district at this number and leave a message (206) 901-7813.

Below is the menu for the winter break boxes. Sides will be included consisting of Milk, fruit and/or vegetables. Heating and storage instructions will be included. Please note that the menu is subject to change.

Week 1 Breakfast:

Pizza Bagel


Breakfast Burrito


Breakfast Sandwich

Week 1 Lunch:

Chicken Nuggets

Turkey and Ham Sandwich

Fish Sticks

Spicy Chicken Sandwich

Cheese Pizza

Week 2 Breakfast:




Pop Tart


Week 2 Lunch:

Chicken Nuggets

Turkey and Ham Sandwich

Buffalo Popcorn Chicken

Chicken Sandwich

Cheese Ripper Pizza

Please make sure when you are picking up breakfast and lunch, you also pick up a Winter Break Meal Pick-Up Request.

Free Food

Every Thursday from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm and Saturday from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm, the Colored Girls Garden Club is sponsoring free food events. Food can be picked up from:

The Gathering Space

9254 57th Ave South

Seattle, WA 98118

You will need to bring your own bags.

Open Enrollment Event

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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; 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm.

Tuesday Table: 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm (hot meal, open to all)

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.

National Handwashing Awareness Week

December 1 – 7 is National Handwashing Awareness Week. According to the CDC, keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Many diseases and conditions are spread by not washing hands with soap and clean, running water. The guidance for effective handwashing and use of hand sanitizer was developed based on data from a number of studies. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the "Happy Birthday" song from beginning to end twice.
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4 Principles of Hand 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.

December Calendar

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Cougar Calendar

Tuesday December 1: End of first Trimester

Tuesday December 1 - 7: National Handwashing Awareness Week

Wednesday December 2: National Special Education Day

Monday December 7: Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Wednesday December 9: Smart Wednesday Early Release at 2:00 pm

Wednesday December 9: Winter Break Meal request forms due

Friday December 11: Report cards mailed home

Friday December 18: Winter Break Meal Pick-up from 10:00 am to 12:15 pm

December 21 - January 3: Winter break - No School

We'll see everyone via Zoom on Monday January 4, 2021!

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.

Boys and Girls Clubs

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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,

Krystina Dral

Health Assistant

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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 Richard Quesada, 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