MTE Family Newsletter

September 4, 2020

We are the Mountlake Terrace Elementary Little Hawks!

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
  • Released! Calendar Dates for the 2020-21 School Year
  • ¡PUBLICADO! FECHAS DEL CALENDARIO PARA EL AÑO ESCOLAR 2020-21
  • GET FAMILIAR WITH YOUR STUDENT’S LEARNING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
  • Family Access Login
  • Student Daily Schedule - finalized
  • District Handbook
  • Manual del Distrito
  • Student Daily Attendance
  • Grading System
  • School Supplies
  • Free Meals for ALL Kids
  • Pandemic EBT available for our families
  • Student Housing Questionnaire
  • Providence Medical Group clinic in Mill Creek has agreed to give immunizations to students who are not patients.
  • Please update contact information in Skyward

  • Upcoming District-wide Community Forums
  • Community eFliers
  • MARK YOUR CALENDARS
  • Helpful Links

Hello MTE Community!

I want to take a moment to thank you for your flexibility as we get ready to start the 2020-2021 School Year remotely. There have been so many things changing and we appreciate your flexibility as we figure out all the details. This is a VERY different way of functioning for all of us and we are collectively working together to create as positive an experience as possible.


I want to highlight a few important things that are happening in our community in the upcoming days and hopefully give you insight into the decision making process behind these things.


Class lists come out this evening, infact, you may have already received a letter letting you know who your child’s teacher is. If you are not sure yet, please check your email for notification.

Please know that our A/B Groups will not be finalized until after 4th day count and may continue to change as enrollment fluctuates. The A/B Groups will not be in effect until we come back to a hybrid model.

You will receive a welcome email from your child’s teacher by the end of the day on Tuesday, September 8th which will include links and information for your child to log in to classes on the first day of school.

If your child has not picked up or exchanged their Chromebook yet:

  • Please try to come to school on Tuesday, September 8th from 3:00 - 4:00PM

  • If this does not work for you, contact Angie Peters at (425) 431-4731 or petersa@edmonds.wednet.edu

The office staff and I will be available and at the building to remotely support you all during school hours 8:45 am-3:30 pm. Please call if you need something and use the drop box out front if you have anything to leave for us.

As we have information updates, we will share with you.

Looking forward to a fabulous school year!


Mary Williams

Released! Calendar Dates for the 2020-21 School Year

We are happy to share the final 2020-21 Family and Community Calendar that includes school breaks, early releases and all the other dates your family needs to know as we launch the school year.

¡PUBLICADO! FECHAS DEL CALENDARIO PARA EL AÑO ESCOLAR 2020-21

Nos complace compartir el Calendario para familias y comunidad 2020-21 que incluye vacaciones escolares, salidas tempranas y todas las demás fechas que su familia necesita saber al iniciar el año escolar.

GET FAMILIAR WITH YOUR STUDENT’S LEARNING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

Your student's Learning Management System (LMS) will serve as the homebase for schedules, lessons, assignments, feedback from teachers, links to Zoom meetings and teacher/student messaging.


Click on the links below based on your student's grade level to find introductory training on how to access and navigate the appropriate learning management system.


Students will be able to log in to their LMS starting Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020.


Kindergarten - 2nd grade students: Seesaw Access and Navigation
(Students will be able to log in through Clever starting 9/8.)

3rd - 6th grade students: Canvas for Elementary
(Students will be able to log in to Canvas starting on 9/8.)

7th - 12th grade students: Canvas for Secondary

(Students will be able to log in to Canvas starting on 9/8.)

Family Access Login

This sheet provides help navigating the Family Access login process. We are waiting for the Spanish Translation of this tip sheet.

STUDENT DAILY SCHEDULES

Please see the finalized daily schedules for students:
Big picture

District Handbook

Please read through the 2020-21 District Handbook for important updates and reminders.

Manual del Distrito

Por favor lea el Manual del distrito 2020-21 para obtener actualizaciones y recordatorios importantes.

STUDENT DAILY ATTENDANCE

Students are expected to attend school daily. Teachers will take daily attendance while students are in a fully remote or hybrid learning model, as required by the state.


Daily attendance will be taken and students should expect to access the live (synchronous) Zoom sessions provided by their teachers on Monday-Tuesday-Thursday-Friday and participate in on-demand (asynchronous) activities on Wednesdays.


In instances where a student is unable to attend the live (synchronous) Zoom sessions provided by their teachers, students must demonstrate attendance in an alternate way and communicate that to the teacher. Examples could include email, phone call, video conference, text via Remind application, etc. Communicating with teacher(s) is critical.


We will implement our regular procedures for excused and unexcused absences. We will continue to use the automatic School Messenger attendance notification system to contact parents/guardians when a student is absent.


Please call our Attendance Line (431) 431-3364 if your child will absent from school. Leave a message with your child's full name, the teacher's name, the date, and the reason for the absence. We can not excuse an absence with out the reason being provided. Thank you!

GRADING STUDENTS

All transcripts for the 2020-21 school year will have a COVID-19 designation included to capture the uniqueness of this time. During remote and hybrid learning, the district will grade students in the following ways:


Kindergarten through 6th grade students

  • Standards-based Grading (1-4)

    • 4: Exemplary. The student performs at a level that exceeds expectations at this time.

    • 3: Proficient. The student performs at a level that meets expectations at this time.

    • 2: Progressing. The student performs at a level that is approaching expectations at this time.

    • 1: Beginning. The student performs at a level that is below expectations at this time.

School Supplies

In past years, we have asked for a $35.00 per student contribution for school supplies so that we can purchase bulk supplies for the classrooms. This year is obviously very different. Our teachers have put together smaller lists of supplies that students in each grade will need to get started at the beginning of the year. As the school year starts up, there may be more that will be needed at home which will either be purchased by families or sent home from the school. For now, we are asking that you purchase the items listed below by grade for the start of school online.


MTE School Supplies for At-home Learning


NEW: All students - headphones recommended but not required for use at home.


Kindergarten

Crayons (24 - at least)

Scissors

Glue Sticks

Pencils (and sharpener)

Watercolors (set of 8)

Blank white paper (copy paper)

White construction paper (9” x12”)

Spiral notebook (wide ruled)

Play Dough (for phonics/word study/math)


1st Grade

Crayons (24 - at least)

Glue Sticks

Pencils

Pencil sharpener

Pink eraser

Dry erase marker - black

Small dry erase whiteboard (available from school)

White construction paper (9” x12”)


2nd Grade

Crayons (24 - at least)

Glue Sticks

Pencils

Pencil sharpener

Dry erase marker - black

Small dry erase whiteboard (available from school)

White construction paper (9” x12”)

Loose leaf notebook paper (wide ruled)

Spiral Notebook - Wide ruled

Pocket folders


3rd Grade

Crayons (24 - at least)

Glue Sticks

Pencils

Pencil sharpener

Pink eraser

Dry erase marker - black

Small dry erase whiteboard (available from school)

White construction paper (9” x12”)

Loose leaf notebook paper (wide ruled)


4th Grade

Crayons (24 - at least)

Glue Sticks

Pencils

Pencil sharpener

Pink eraser

Loose leaf notebook paper (wide ruled)

Pocket folder

Spiral notebook - Wide ruled


5th Grade

Glue Sticks

Pencils

Pencil sharpener

Pink eraser

Loose leaf notebook paper (wide ruled)

Pocket folder

Spiral notebook - College ruled

Watercolor set - 8 colors

White construction paper (9” x 12”)

Colored pencils

Protractor


6th Grade

3 ring binder with dividers

2 spiral notebooks (either wide or college ruled)

3 composition notebooks (either wide or college ruled)

Ruler

Colored pencils

Pencils

Pencil sharpener

Blue or Black Pens


Mrs. Wilkening-Joly’s class (Primary IS)

Crayons

Glue Stick

Pencils

Pencil Sharpener

Pink eraser

Loose leaf notebook paper - Wide ruled


Ms. Arbuckle’s Class (Intermediate IS)

Crayons

Glue Stick

Pencils

Pencil Sharpener

Pocket folder

Spiral Notebook - Wide ruled


If this is a financial hardship for your family, we will be able to provide these for you. Please email our office manager, Paprika Fahrenwald, if this is needed. fahrenwaldp@edmonds.wednet.edu


If you are able to contribute $35.00 (or any amount that you like) to help us provide supplies, we would be very grateful. We will be setting up a way to do this online or you can drop a check, written to Mountlake Terrace Elementary, in the mail or the registration drop box that is outside school from 10AM to 2PM Monday through Thursday. (A 24 hour access locked drop box will be installed soon). Thank you!

FREE MEALS FOR ALL KIDS

Starting Wednesday, Sept, 9, 2020, our Food and Nutrition Services team will begin serving free meals for all kids ages one to 18. Each week, students or their parent/guardian can go to one of the locations and receive a week’s worth of breakfast and lunch meal kits for each child. Here is the list of grab and go meal sites.

Below are some common questions and answers around meal service:

Do we have to pay to get the school meal kits?

No, meals will be free for all kids ages 1-18 through Dec. 31, 2020 per federal guidelines.

Who can receive meals?

Meals are intended for all children age 1-18; they do not need to be Edmonds School District Students. If children are unable to be present at one of the meal sites, parents or guardians may pick up meals for their children.

Do I need to pre-register?

No.

What if I am not able to make it to a meal site?

If you have barriers that keep your families from getting to a meal pick up site, please call your school’s main office, the Family Support Line 425-431-1454 or send an email to familysupport@edmonds.wednet.edu.

What if I have more questions?

Call our Food and Nutrition Services Department at 425-431-7707

Or send an email devriesm691@edmonds.wednet.edu

Should I still apply for free or reduced meals?

Yes, this will ensure your family is able to receive free meals if we move to hybrid model and that your family qualifies for all additional discounts like sports fees, internet and course fee waivers. Here is how to apply: complete this application below, then turn it in at any school or meal site.

Pandemic EBT available for our families

Pandemic EBT benefits are available to any student qualified for Free and Reduced meal benefits during the March through June 2019-2020 school closure. OSPI extended the dates for families to apply until September 11th for PEBT benefit. There are two ways to apply:


  1. Online: www.WashingtonConnection.org (on the application, choose ‘Pandemic EBT — Emergency School Meals Program’ box in the Food Assistance section); or,

  2. Call: 877–501–2233 (DSHS Customer Service Contact Center — interpreter services are available)


If a family already receives EBT benefits their EBT cards should have automatically been loaded with this extra money. More information is available on OSPI’s website and also available in other languages. Less than 40% of the qualifying students in Edmonds School District have applied for their pandemic EBT. For questions or families that were denied meal benefits please contact the family support team at familysupport@edmonds.wednet.edu or 425-431-1454.

STUDENT HOUSING QUESTIONNAIRE

Link to STUDENT HOUSING QUESTIONNAIRE

Complete this form ONLY IF your housing situation is transitional or unstable. If you own, rent or lease your home, please DO NOT complete this form.

Completa este formulario SOLAMENTE SI su situación de vivienda es transitoria o inestable. Si es propietario, alquila o arrienda su hogar, NO complete este formulario.

Điền vào mẫu này CHỈ KHI tình trạng nhà ở của bạn là chuyển tiếp hoặc không ổn định. Nếu bạn đang sở hữu, thuê hoặc cho thuê nhà, vui lòng KHÔNG điền vào mẫu này.

“برجاء ملئ هذا النموذج فقط إذا كان وضعك السكني انتقالي أو غير مستقر.

Providence Medical Group clinic in Mill Creek has agreed to give immunizations to students who are not patients.

If you have no insurance or no doctor and need immunizations please contact the nurse, Julie Hill, at 425-431-1066 or email to hillj@edmonds.wednet.edu as she has to contact the clinic to arrange an appointment. Please let Julie know what times you are available as they will give her an appointment time.

Under the Federal Vaccines for Children program, vaccines are provided at no cost, but an administration fee of no more than $23.44/injection is allowed. PMG will cap the fee at $46.88 no matter how many vaccines are required.

Let Julie know if you will have difficulty paying the fee as they will have a sliding scale.


PMG-Mill Creek Pediatrics

12800 Bothell-Everett Highway

Suite 190

Everett, WA 98208

Please update contact information in Skyward

Take a moment to update your contact information in Skyward via Skyward Family Access. It is very important that we have current information for all of our students. Thank you!

Click here for how to access Skyward.

Upcoming District-wide Community Forums

Student Health

6-7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14, 2020

*Webinar details will be available on district’s online calendar

Mark your calendars:

NOW

Fill out and turn in new Free and Reduced Lunch Application
Update contact information in Skyward


SEPTEMBER

9 First day of online classes for Grades 1 - 6

9 All School Assembly 2:00 PM - (We are working on hosting a webinar from our school- please stay tuned for login information.)

9 - Afternoon/evening 4:00 to 6:00 PM - Back to School student packets and welcome drive up event

9, 10, 11 Kindergarten Family Connection Meetings

14 First day of online class for Kindergarten


OCTOBER

2-4 Celebrate Schools VIRTUAL Monster Mad Dash 5K Run/Walk


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

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.