Tiger Tales Newsletter

October 26, 2020

Upcoming Dates

October 27 - PTA Honk or Treat Halloween drive thru, 6:00-7:00

October 28 - Taproot Theater Virtual Assembly, 10:00-11:00

November 11 - No School, Veteran's Day

November 13-20 - Virtual Scholastic Book Fair

November 20 - No School, Conferences

Hybrid Update

The district met with Dr. Spitters from the Snohomish County Health District last week. The current rate of infection per 100,000 over a 14-day period has increased significantly over the past 4 weeks.

According to the new Decision Tree from the Department of Health, we are now in the “High Range” of COVID-19 activity level (101.1). This new decision tree included several changes:

  • Continued distance learning is still strongly recommended, with limited in-person learning for younger learners (especially K-3) and high need students (e.g., disabilities,homelessness, farthest from educational justice)

  • In-person learning for older students is discouraged, except high need students, particularly at the current level and trajectory of COVID-19 activity in the community.

  • Strongly recommend canceling or postponing most in-person extracurricular activities, including sports, performances, clubs, events, and such, with the option to allow extracurricular activities in small groups of six or fewer students.

Additional information provided included a “slight uptick” in infection rate of 0-19 year olds. Attached to this email is the presentation given by Dr. Spitters this afternoon, and the Snohomish County Health District’s press release.

We were relieved to hear Dr. Spitters’ guidance to allow districts to continue serving Kindergarten through 3rd grade students and special populations. He has recommended that school districts hold off on bringing additional students for in person learning. In light of this guidance we are postponing in person learning for our 4th and 5th grade students until November 9. We will now be meeting with Dr. Spitters and the health district weekly and the district will adjust plans as metrics and guidance change.

Halloween Celebrations

There will be no costumes worn at school, but we are excited about Hat/Headwear Spirit Day! Students are encouraged to wear their favorite hat, headband, or wig.
  • Tuesday, October 27 - AA Hybrid students
  • Friday, October 30 - BB Hybrid students
  • Friday, October 30 - Continuous Learning 2.0 students

Hybrid students may have classroom celebrations, so look for more information from your child's teacher. If you are sending a treat to share they must be store bought and individually packaged. No open food containers or drinks will be allowed to meet safety guidelines.

Honk or Treat

We are excited for our PTA Honk or Treat event on Tuesday, October 27 from 6:00-7:00. Drive through the Twin City Elementary parking lot to pick up a treat. There are three golden tickets hidden in the treat bags. Turn them in for a special prize from our PTA. Costumes are optional, but fun is required!

In order for this event to go smoothly we remind you that all students must remain in their car at all times. Staff will be practicing social distancing and wearing masks. We look forward to seeing as many of our students as possible!

Taproot Theater Virtual Assembly

We are so excited for Taproot Theater's Team Player Mode virtual assembly on Wednesday, October 28 at 10:00. Join using Google Meet Code: tcetaproot

If you aren't able to join on Wednesday, the performance will be available for streaming. You can access by using the link and password below. Access is valid from Monday, October 26 at 8:00am through Friday, October 30 at 5:00pm.

Twin City Elementary Virtual Assembly Link: www.vimeo.com/showcase/taproottwincity
Access Password (case-sensitive): TwinCity98292

October is Bully Prevention month and we appreciate the positive message of acceptance and support provided by Taproot Theater. Following the performance, Mrs. Allen will stay on the Google Meet for a follow up discussion for any students who'd like to participate.

PTA Virtual Jog-A-Thon

You did it! Twin City students beat their fundraising goal of $7,000 and so far have raised an impressive $8200! We enjoyed the photos and videos of students jogging, walking, and running. Thank you for your participation.

It is not too late to register at www.getmovinfundhub.com and input the code 5f7b57b89e09d to collect donations online. If you prefer to collect cash or check, please make payable to TCE PTA and return to school by October 28.

Top prize winners will be announced the week of November 2-6 and prizes will be distributed as soon as possible. Mrs. Allen is already shopping for a WSU sweatshirt (boo!) since we met our fundraising goal.

New Tiger Pride Items

The PTA is now selling insulated stainless steel Tiger Pride water bottles and child-sized Tiger Pride masks! Please order online, and we will arrange for socially distanced pickup or send home with your student. Limited quantities are available, so order soon if you would like a mask or water bottle! https://tiger-pride-store.cheddarup.com

Meal Applications

All students will be offered a FREE Grab & Go breakfast and lunch meal when they come to school. We strongly encourage all parents/guardians to submit a Meal Application.

Every eligible form that is not submitted means lost resources for our schools. Meal Applications may be downloaded from the Stanwood-Camano School District Food Service Website by following this link: Free & Reduced Meal Application. Additionally, families may complete meal applications online via SKYWARD Family Access. Directions for submitting an online application can be found by following this link: Food Service Online Application Entry in Family Access.

Once you submit an application, you will either receive an email, if you have an email address on file or a notice in the mail as to whether your child/children can receive free or reduced-price meals. Submit your completed application, as soon as possible, to help make sure it counts toward potential new funding for our school this year.

Return Applications to: Stanwood Camano School District Food Service Department

26920 Pioneer Highway, Stanwood, WA 98292

Please contact Kjersti Sundberg at ksundberg@stanwood.wednet.edu or 360-629-1411 with questions.

Counselor Corner with Mrs. Schwarze

Happy Halloween Tigers! I hope you enjoy this week and find ways to have fun with your family and friends while keeping safe. We will wrap up our month of focusing on courage this week! What did you learn about courage? How have you been using courage at school and at home? Sit down for a family game night to play Courage Charades to review all the things you have been learning about courage. Have each family member write down a couple actions that take courage (i.e giving a speech, diving off the diving board, making a new friend, etc.) on slips of paper and put them in a hat. Divide into teams. One team member will draw a slip out of a hat and act it out to their team. Continue until all the slips have been acted out. Keep score or don’t, the point is to have fun!

Counselor Corner slide decks will be new each Monday and you can find these in your Google Classroom, Seesaw or a link on Clever. Take time this week to check them out!

Third Grade Reading Challenge

Mrs. Laures is working to create teams to compete in the Sno-Isle Third Grade Reading Challenge. If your child is interested in reading some great books and participating with their teammates in trivia, please contact her at llaures2@stanwood.wednet.edu. Information can also be found in your child's Clever account by clicking on Mrs. Laures's classroom page.

PTA Reflections Arts Program

Twin City PTA is excited to announce that we will participate in the National PTA Reflections Arts Program. Reflections offers local, regional, state and national opportunities for young artists in all grades to be recognized for their creativity! This year's theme is "I Matter Because ..." Students can submit their completed works of art in one of the following categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts. Please download the guidelines and fillable entry form document and submit that, along with your student's completed work, to TwinCityPTA@gmail.com. Entries are due November 20.

PTA Survey

Our PTA is working to be recognized as a School of Excellence. In order to move forward in the process some information needs collected. If you'd like to participate, please take a moment to complete this survey: https://forms.gle/SbwcdGSYYdfAURkK6

Health Attestation

Pease complete the Health Attestation Google Form. You will need to complete this form ONE TIME for the school year, NOT each week.

By completing the form parents are agreeing to screen their child daily and not send them to school with any symptoms of COVID-19. You are also agreeing to communicate with the school if your child becomes ill.

TCE Social Media

Follow our Facebook and Instagram accounts @twincitytigers to stay up to date on what is happening all year at Twin City Elementary.

Contact Us

We appreciate all you do to support your child's success at Twin City Elementary.

Jennifer Allen, Principal

Non Discrimination Statement

The Stanwood-Camano School District does not discriminate in employment, 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. Inquiries regarding compliance and/or grievance procedures may be directed to the District's Title IX/Affirmative Action Officer and Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator, Maurene Stanton (mstanton@stanwood.wednet.edu), or the Section 504/American Disabilities Act Coordinator, Robert Hascall (rhascall@stanwood.wednet.edu) Stanwood-Camano School District, 26920 Pioneer Hwy, Stanwood, WA 98292. Telephone: (360) 629-1200.