MTE Family Newsletter

November 20, 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
  • Free Non-invasive COVID testing event at Edmonds Woodway High School on Monday, 11/23
  • Tech Tips: IMPORTANT - Clear and reboot student Chromebooks once a week.
  • MTE PTO T-shirts needed!
  • Packet pickup days
  • i-Ready Family Night - Monday, December 7, 6–7:00 PM
  • Plan for if your or your teacher's power, internet or Zoom goes down - You no not need to call the main school line.
  • Lunch Bunch
  • Need to talk with someone about parenting?
  • Student and Family Self Referral Form (in newsletter every week)
  • Community eFliers via Peachjar
  • Helpful Links

Dear MTE Community,

My favorite holiday has always been Thanksgiving. I love it more than Christmas or my birthday. For me it has never been about Pilgrims and Indians, in fact, the social justice warrior in me struggles with that aspect of Thanksgiving. For me it is about being thankful for all I have, thankful for the blessings in my life and for spending time with those I love most. Laughter, connection, gratitude, full bellies, football and family are what I equate with this holiday, they are the reasons I love it so much.

This year I have had to check my feelings multiple times about Thanksgiving not looking the way it usually does. We will not be flying back to Georgia to be with family. We will not get to eat Mama’s famous greens, nor Aunt Renee’s sweet potato soufflé. We will not get to gather with a huge group of family and laugh together, our kids won’t get to run and play with their cousins. However, I have to pull myself out of the disappointment and remember the abundance of blessings that I do have in my life. This Thanksgiving may not look the way I hoped, but it is a time to be grateful for so many things.

This year I am thankful for:

  • Family Thanksgiving Zoom (if we can’t be together we can see each other virtually).

  • My immediate family (my children and husband who keep me grounded and laughing and of course my mother who is part of our pod of people during Covid).

  • My health, in a time when so many are sick and dying this is a great source of gratitude for me.

  • A lovely home with a warm bed.

  • Laughter, it really does heal the soul.

  • Food to eat, we are going to create the Thanksgiving feast on a smaller scale and enjoy delicious food still.

  • Cuddles with my children, hugs can be healing and I am grateful for the times when my children snuggle up next to me to read a book, watch a movie or just chat.

  • My work family, MTE is an amazing place where the educators are driven to meet the needs of all learners and support and care about each other deeply. Lucky am I to work with this extraordinary group of educators!

  • The MTE office team...they are simply amazing! We each have our strengths and those strengths together create support and service for students, staff and families.

  • You all. Your children. Your dedication to their success and your partnership. Thank you for how you show up for your children and our community!

I wish you and your family a connected and joyful Thanksgiving.

Yours in learning,

Mary Williams

Free, Non-Invasive COVID Testing at Edmonds Woodway Highschool

  • Date: November 23, 2020 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Venue: Edmonds-Woodway High School
  • Description:

    The City of Edmonds, Medical Teams International, and Verdant are partnering to provide free, non-invasive COVID-19 testing Monday, Nov. 23, 2020 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Edmonds Woodway High School South parking lot (enter off of 76th Ave. W). This is a drive-thru event, but walk-ups will not be turned away. All are welcome, and no pre-registration is needed.

    “The goal is to test as many people in the community as possible,” said Edmonds Mayor Mike Nelson. “You may not be showing symptoms, but could still spread the virus. Getting tested protects your loved ones.” The City encourages residents to put the family in the car and get everyone tested.

    How it works

    Medical Teams International staff will register each person as they drive up. Clients will not touch the registration paper for infection control purposes. Individuals should bring ID and insurance cards if they have insurance. Insurance payments help offset the cost for those who can’t pay.

    No clients will be turned away. The testing is free, no exceptions. Grant funding covers the cost of the tests, though most insurance companies cover the cost of the test with no expense to the client.

    Tests are sent to the University of Washington and results can easily be accessed online with a code that is provided at the Edmonds testing site. Test results are available 2-5 days after the test, however results may be available in 24-48 hours.

    The testing method used is anterior nasal swabbing and is much less invasive than other methods used. About 1 cm of the swab is inserted into one nostril at a time and rotated for about 10 seconds. The test is safe for children age 2 and older and adults.


Tech Tips



Family Internet Safety Resources



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

Link to more details here.


Do you have any t-shirts/dresses/hoodies/tank tops your kids have grown out of? MTE students could use them for our handmade spirit wear project. We make a spirit shirt for every student in MTE so all of our kids have spirit wear. The art is designed by a student. Light colors, patterns and tie dye work for this project. No shirts with graphics please. Sizes Youth extra SM-XL Adult Sm-Med. So far we have collected 307 of 430 shirts needed for our student population. If you have not done so please drop off a t-shirt for your student in a bag labeled with your student's name and their teacher. There is a bin in the entryway of the school for your student's shirts and donated shirts.

If you need to purchase a shirt for the handmade spirit wear project this company is selling them for $1.88 each and the shipping is pretty quick.

Thank you for supporting MTE PTO!!!!

Packet pickup days

When we have a supply packet pick-up day, please try to have the packet picked on the scheduled day. Materials may be needed that week in class. We do try to put the bins outside during the week of packet pick up (weather allowing) to accommodate challenging family schedules but would greatly appreciate your effort to pick up supplies for your child as soon as possible. Thank you!

i-Ready Family Night - Supporting Student Learning at Home

The “Supporting Student Learning at Home” session is designed to provide Edmonds School District families with an understanding of the i-Ready Online Instruction for Reading and Mathematics. Families will learn how the i-Ready Diagnostic is used to create a personalized pathway of instruction for every student. The i-Ready team will share ideas for motivating learners, monitoring progress, and supporting children when they need assistance. Finally, tips and resources will be shared to support families in preparing for the next i-Ready Diagnostic assessment.

Monday, December 7

6–7:00 PM

Register Here!

Plan for if your or your teacher's power, internet or Zoom goes down - You do not need to call the main school line.

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. MTE (425) 431-3364

  • 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. MTE (425) 431-3364

  • 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:

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:

Need to talk with someone about parenting?

This website provides parents with access to stress management resources for the whole family.

They also have a helpline families can call.

Talk with our Family Help Line coaches
Call us 1-800-932-4673

Mark your calendars:


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

24 TUESDAY Grab ang Go Meals 11:45 - 12:45

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

25, 26, 27 Thanksgiving Break - No School

30 Packet and Library Book pick-up 10:30 - 5:00PM

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


7 i-Ready Family Night 6–7:00 PM

8 Family Chat with Principal Mary Williams- 10:00 and 6:00 - Zoom

9 Half Day

14 Family Chat with Principal Mary Williams- 10:00 and 6:00 - Zoom with SPANISH interpretation

14 Packet and Library Book pick-up 10:30 - 5:00PM

19 through January 3 WINTER BREAK - NO SCHOOL

Community eFliers via Peachjar

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

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 receive periodic emails from Peachjar with events and activities related to your school community.

You can also always go to the Peachjar Quick Link on our school website.

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.