MTE Family Newsletter

August 28, 2020

Welcome new families! We look forward to meeting you in person, someday...

This newsletter will be an important source of school information throughout the year. We send it on Fridays via email and text. You must opt in to receive it via text.

Mountlake Terrace Little Hawks!

Main Office: (425) 431-7894

ECEAP Preschool Office: (425) 431-3339

Edmonds School District : (425) 431-7000

Frequently Asked Questions - Reopening School 2020

Fully Remote Learning Childcare In-Person Learning Hybrid Model AA/BB Technology

In this issue:

  • Message from Principal Mary Williams
  • IMPORTANT - NEW Chromebook distribution events (PreK-5th grade) - September 3rd and 4th
  • Class Placement Notification
  • Welcome new Kindergartners!
  • School Supplies
  • OPT IN FOR TEXT MESSAGING FROM OUR SCHOOL AND SCHOOL DISTRICT
  • Washington State Online Voter Registration
  • URGENT - You must re-apply for the Free and Reduced Lunch Program EVERY Year
  • Food Service for Child Care Sites

  • Do you have internet service for your student?
  • Rent Support through Volunteers of America
  • Edmonds School District Pre-school Programs for the 2010-2021 School Year
  • Update to school vaccine requirements for remote learning

  • Please update contact information in Skyward

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

Hello MTE Community!

We are happy to welcome you to the 20-21 school year. The school calendar was finally decided on and will be sent out to the community soon. Please watch your email, the district website and our school website for updates. The first day of school is on September 9th. We will have a back to school meet and greet (time TBA) to get resources to you all and greet families for the school year.


I know this year is off to an unusual start. However, we have quite an exceptional staff who are committed to meeting the needs of each learner.


I believe that it is going to be a GREAT year!

Yours in learning,

Mary


Mary Williams

She/Her

Principal

Mountlake Terrace Elementary

425-431-7895

IMPORTANT - New Chromebook Distribution Events (K-5)

Drive through (walk up if necessary) events at school September 3rd, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM or September 4th, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM


  • All PreK through 5th grade students are receiving new Chromebooks.

  1. 1st through 5th grade students need to bring their current Chromebook to exchange.
  2. Kindergarten and new students need to come pick up their new Chromebooks.
  3. ECEAP PreK - stay tuned for dates and times for you to pick up or receive your student's Chromebook.
  • Returning 6th grade - No swap needed - Returning 6th graders all received the new Chromebook last year.

  • 6th graders new to the district can make an appointment for curbside pickup at the ESC. You can schedule a time to pick up a Chromebook at the district office curbside by clicking this link. Alternatively, you can email techsupport@edmonds15.org or call 425-431-1211 Monday through Friday between 8AM-4PM to schedule a pickup.

Class/Teacher Placement Notification

  • We will be sending you an email with the name of your child's teacher by the end of the day on September 4th.
  • In order to avoid creating a crowd, we will not be posting class lists in the window of the office as we have done in the past.
  • Families without email may call the office after September 4th to find out the name of your child's teacher. (425) 431-7894
  • Your teacher will arrange an online individual Family/Teacher conference with you during September.
  • We all wish we could meet with you in person and are doing everything possible to create a supportive, successful, healthy learning community for your child and your family even when we are not physically together.
  • We are all still Mountlake Terrace Little Hawks!

Welcome new kindergarten families!

We are so happy to welcome you to the Mountlake Terrace Elementary community and so sad that we will not be able to start the year with all our new, sweet Kindergartners in our school building.


Here are some things to know:


  • Pick up a touchscreen Chromebook for your child on either September 3rd, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM or September 4th, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM.
  • Look out for a special email from your child's teacher by the end of the day on Friday, September 4th.
  • Your teacher will arrange to have an individual virtual Family Connection meeting with you on September 9th, 10th, or 11th and our first online class session will be on the 14th.
  • On September 9th, you will have an opportunity to drive up to school and pick up a "First Day" packet. More information about this will be coming soon.
  • Pick up the "at home learning" supplies listed in this newsletter for Kindergarten. Contact the office at (425) 431-7894 if you need supplies to be provided by the school. We are happy to help.
  • Set up a learning area for your child in your home. Keep the school supplies separate from other supplies in your home and have them ready to go for online class time with your teacher.
  • Please apply for the Free and Reduced Lunch program as soon as possible.
  • Take a deep breath and know that we are all in this together and our number one priority is the success and healthiness of your child.

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!

TEXT MESSAGING FROM OUR SCHOOL AND SCHOOL DISTRICT

Now, more than ever, it is important to receive information from our school and school district in a timely manner. Receiving text messages with links to important updates is an easy way to do this.


The Edmonds School District mass communication system is configured to send text message notifications to family member cell phone numbers who have agreed to receive them. To receive text messages, phone numbers must be in Skyward, attached to student records.

To OPT-IN, please Send “Y” or “Yes” via text message to our short code number 67587


Messages you receive will be from 675-87 and start with either "MTE" if they are from our school or ESD or Edmonds SD if they are a district wide message.


If you give this a try and decide you do not like it, text “STOP” to 67587 at any time.


Read more HERE about how you can control how the district and schools contact you for emergencies, attendance calls, food & nutrition services, District eNews and other communications.

Washington State ONLINE Voter Registration

The flyer below has direct links via QR codes to the Washington Secretary of State Online Voter Registration site and is available in multiple languages. Register online by October 26th for the November 3rd General Election.

URGENT - You must re-apply for the Free and Reduced Lunch Program EVERY Year

It is VERY important that you apply for Free and Reduced Meal Benefits every year AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Qualifying for this program not only provides free and reduced cost meals for your children at school, you may use your letter of qualification to receive other support.


Our school receives a significant amount of funding for educational support if 50% percent of our families qualify. ALL of our students benefit from this. In the past few years, we have been just above or below that mark and are at high risk of losing that funding.


Unfortunately, we know that, this year, many more of our families will be needing extra support so we want to make sure that everyone who qualifies applies. Even if you never plan for your children to eat school lunches, if you think you might qualify, please send in your application so you can be automatically qualified for other benefits and so that your family can be counted in our school numbers. This information remains confidential and is only shared with school administration, not other school staff.


Please read:

National School Lunch Program/School Breakfast Program 2020-21 Letter to Households (Public Schools) National School Meals Program


2020-21 Carta a los Grupos Familiares (Escuelas Públicas) Programa Nacional de Almuerzo Escolar/Programa de Desayuno Escolar Programa Nacional de Almuerzo Escolar


Print application and Apply:

Free & Reduced School Meal Applications English | Español | Other Languages


MAIL to ESD FOOD SERVICE, 20420 - 68TH AVE W, LYNNWOOD WA 98036

or

DROP OFF in ESD outside drop box at 20420 - 68TH AVE W, LYNNWOOD WA 98036

or

DROP OFF in MTE Drop Box outside school 10:00AM - 2:00PM Monday through Thursday until 24 hour locked dropbox is installed.

Do you have internet service for your student?

Students in the Edmonds School District will begin their 2020-21 school year learning from home. It will be critical for your student to be able to access assignments, virtual classes, and other online resources.


Edmonds School District wants to ensure that you have internet access. We have several options available to support you.


Families that qualifies for Free or Reduced Meals Program also qualify for Internet Essentials through Comcast

  • To sign up, applicants can simply visit www.internetessentials.com. The accessible website also includes the option to video chat with customer service agents in American Sign Language.
  • 1-855-846-8376 for English

  • 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish

If the $10 a month fee for Comcast Internet Essentials is too much for your family please contact us we can provide you with additional support to number or email below.

If you are in an area not served by Comcast Internet Essentials or you have other barriers to accessing internet services please contact us as we have a limited amount of hot spots available for students.


Please contact Family Support:

(425) 431-1454 or email us at familysupport@edmonds.wednet.edu

The Washington State Drive-in WiFi hot spots location finder:

https://www.commerce.wa.gov/building-infrastructure/washington-state-drive-in-wifi-hotspots-location-finder/

Childcare update: locations, providers and community forum (sent via email to all families 8/14/20)

The Edmonds School District has partnered with four childcare providers to support families during the 2020-21 school year.


LOCATIONS AND CHILDCARE PROVIDERS

Edmonds:

Chase Lake Elementary - YMCA

Lynnwood:

Cedar Valley Community School - Right At School

Martha Lake Elementary - Boys and Girls Club

Mountlake Terrace:

Terrace Park Elementary - Kid’s Krew (Mountlake Terrace Parks and Recreation)


REGISTRATION INFORMATION

Registration for YMCA, Right At School and Kid’s Krew opened Monday, Aug. 17. Boys and Girls Club will launch their registration process soon. You can click on any of the providers above to go to their website for more details. The district is not able to cover the costs for these services. However, the district worked closely with each provider to come up with fair and equal pricing.


CHILDCARE COMMUNITY FORUM

We want to invite families to attend our upcoming virtual childcare community forum for childcare providers to share details about their programs.

6-7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31

https://edmondsschools.zoom.us/j/95158874431?pwd=aGRmMXBmTndQd0gyTnhIT3drVkN0QT09

Food Service for Child Care Sites

Community child care providers accessing Edmonds School District sites are Boys & Girls Club (BGC), Right At School (RAS), YMCA, and Kids Krew Mountlake Terrace (MLT KK). Breakfast and Lunch service will be available at each child care facility on a pre-order basis provided by Food and Nutrition Services. These will be cold grab and go breakfasts and grab and go lunches that the parents can choose to purchase if full pay, reduced and will be free to those who qualify. Snacks will be coordinated by each child care provider.

Clothes for Kids - Free back-to-school clothing

Links to Information for Families: SPANISH RUSSIAN ENGLISH


Clothes For Kids provides free school clothing to lower-income students. Any child who attends school in Snohomish County or the Northshore School District (Head Start/ECEAP through 12th grade) and requests help qualifies for Clothes For Kids. Clothing is distributed from August through the end of March.


Students/parents may request our Requisition for Clothing form directly from their school nurse, office staff, or counselor, or from social service agency staff. The form has all the information you should need on it. Please bring the form with you when you come to shop for clothing and shoes. (**Note from MTE: Please contact our office so that we can email or text you an approved form. If you can not print this at home, you may fill out a form at Clothes for Kids**)


This year, we are doing things a little differently – families will schedule an appointment online for each student shopper and arrive at Clothes For Kids at the designated appointment time. We are also requesting that only one parent/guardian accompany the student to the appointment. With the new appointments system, each family can have the space and time necessary to pick out clothing for their student(s) while maintaining social distancing. If a family has more than one student shopper, separate appointments should be scheduled for each child with only one student from the family shopping in a 30-minute time slot. For example, if the family has three student shoppers, they should schedule three appointments in a row (9:30 a.m., 10 a.m., and 10:30 a.m.).


If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to email office@clothesforkids.org or call 425-741- 6500.


FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL SHOPPING: AUGUST 10, 2020

Hours for school shopping:

Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays .................. 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Tuesdays or Thursdays ....................................4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

1 or 2 Saturdays per month ..............................9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

(Aug. 15th, Aug. 29th, Sept. 12th, Sept. 26th, Oct. 17th, Nov. 14th, Jan. 23rd, Feb. 20th)


DIRECTIONS: Driving from the South: From I-5 Northbound, take the 44th Avenue West exit. Turn left on 44th Avenue West. Proceed to 168th Street Southwest, and turn left. Turn right on 52nd Avenue West.

Or

Take the 164th Street exit. Turn left on 164th (cross I-5 overpass). Proceed on 164th until it turns into 44th Avenue West. Turn right on 168th Street Southwest. Proceed to 52nd Avenue West and turn right.

Driving from the North: From I-5 Southbound, take the 164th Street exit. Turn right on 164th. Proceed to 44th Avenue West. Turn Right on 168th Street Southwest. Proceed to 52nd Avenue West and turn right.

PLEASE DO NOT PARK BY DAY & NITE FOODS.


Clothes For Kids 16725 52nd Ave W, Suite B - Lynnwood, WA 98037 425-741-6500


Make an Appointment: www.clothesforkids.org


How to Make a School Shopping Appointment:


1. Go to www.clothesforkids.org.

2. Click on “Make an Appointment” at the top of the main page.

3. Read the information and examples about scheduling an appointment.

4. Choose the day you want to come in on the calendar.

5. Select an available time slot for your student.

6. Enter your name, email, zip code, and phone number, and click “Next”.

7. Click “Confirm” to book your shopping appointment.

8. You will receive an email confirmation of your shopping appointment, which will contain all the info you will need.


If you have more than one student shopper, please schedule separate appointments for each child with only one student from the family shopping in a 30-minute time slot. For example, if you have three student shoppers, schedule three appointments in a row (9:30 a.m., 10 a.m., and 10:30 a.m.).

Rent Support through Volunteers of America

As part of its Coronavirus Relief Prevention Program, Snohomish County in partnership with Volunteers of America is able to assist households who are unable to pay rent through Federal CARES Act funding. Qualified households will be able to receive up to 3 months of rent assistance and relocation to another unit if the current one is no longer affordable. In addition to calling 211 for eligibility screening, those interested can also stop by the Community Life Center Grab and Go meal site on Tuesdays between 10:30am and 12:30pm (drop-in) to get assistance.


Community Life Center

19820 Scriber Lake Road

Lynnwood, WA 98036


Need rental assistance?

This program serves Snohomish County Households who are unable to pay rent to their landlords AND lost primary source of income due to a job loss related to COVID-19 AND

the Household has a memberwho is 65 or older OR the Household has a member who has underlying medical condition.

Qualified households will be able to receive:

• Up to 3 month of rent assistance, including rental arrears

• Relocation to another unit if the current one is no longer affordable

Please call 211 to complete the eligibility screening

• No requirement for Coordinated Entry/Homeless Management Information System

• No income limits for participants

Funds made available through Snohomish County with Federal CARES Act Funding


Necesita asistencia de alquiler?

Este programa sirve Snohomish County Hogares que no pueden pagar el alquiler a sus propietarios Y Pérdida de la fuente primaria de ingresos debido a una pérdida de empleo relacionada con COVID-19 Y El Hogar tiene un miembro que tiene 65 años o más O El Hogar tiene un miembro que tiene una condición médica subyacente.

Los hogares calificados podrán recibir:

• Hasta 3 meses de asistencia en el alquiler, incluidos los atrasos en el alquiler

• Reubicación a otra unidad si la actual ya no es asequible

Llame al 211 para completar el examen de elegibilidad

• No hay Rrequisitos para el Sistema Coordinado de Información de Gestión de Entradas y Personas sin Hogar

• Sin Límites de Ingresos Para los Participantes

Fondos disponibles a través del Condado de Snohomish con Fondos de la Ley Federal CARES

Edmonds School District Pre-school Programs for the 2010-2021 School Year

Please see the flyers attached below.

Update to vaccine requirements for remote learning

The Department of Health (DOH) and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) announced changes Aug. 25, 2020, on immunization requirements for the 2020–21 School Year and K–12 programs only.


In light of the pandemic, there is a recognition that some students will not be able to meet the immunization requirements by the first day of school. The change made allows a student who is not fully immunized to participate in remote learning, and not to be excluded from school. Students not in compliance with their immunizations will be enrolled and served in a remote setting only.


This new recommendation is clear that students, upon their return to in-person instruction, services, or activities on campus will need to be in compliance to receive programming. This includes a hybrid model where students are partially in school and partially remote. If a student is not in compliance with immunization requirements, they will remain enrolled but will not be able to physically attend school.


An exemption to this recommendation, required by current state and federal law, addresses students experiencing homelessness or living in foster care situations who must be enrolled and served, regardless of their immunization status or educational setting.


Keeping students vaccinated will protect more than just the student. It also protects friends, family, and the community from disease outbreaks, such as measles. We’ve seen multiple disease outbreaks throughout the state in the past few years, and we don’t want to experience another, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

Childcare

(Community providers will attend and share details about their programs)

6-7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31, 2020

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


Technology
6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020

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


All about kindergarten

6-7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020

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


Let's talk about elementary school

6-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020

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


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

Opt in to receive texts (if you want to)


SEPTEMBER

3 and 4 Chromebook distribution events(PreK - 5th grade)

9 First day of online classes for Grades 1 - 6

9 - Afternoon/evening Back to School student packets and welcome drive up event - stay tuned for details

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.