Totem Falls Raven Review

Thursday, October 7, 2021



17: MOD Pizza Fundraiser

19: Healthy Youth Survey for 6th grade students

27: PTO Board Meeting

28: PTO Sponsored Walk-a-Thon


8, 9 & 10: Conference week, Half-Day release @ 11:45 am

9: Picture re-take day if you missed or need a re-take

11: Veterans Day, No School

12: Half-day release, 11:45 am


Dear Totem Falls Families,

It has been quite a week! We continue to remind everyone here of the importance of masking, maintaining distance, and monitoring how we are feeling. Safety continues to be the paramount concern every day at Totem Falls.

I wanted to share that teachers will be sending home their curriculum night/quarantine plan materials by week’s end. As you look through what’s shared, you should have a good idea of the expectations for your child as well as the skills and content they will learn this year. This is the first year we are sharing a quarantine plan. I sure hope it’s the last!

I also wanted to share more details about conference week this year. The week of November 8th we will be having 20 minute sessions for you to hear about your child’s progress. Each day that week students will be released at 11:45 am, with no school on Thursday, November 11 in observance of Veterans Day. Conferences will begin at 12:30 pm and run through 3:30pm, M, T & W with the addition of 4:05 - 7:20 pm on Tuesday night. At this time we aren’t sure how conferences will be held. We will be communicating whether they will be virtual, in person, or a combination, once a decision is made by the school district. More information regarding how to sign up for conferences will be coming out soon.

Have a great weekend.


Big picture


FOURTH Annual All School Read Aloud is Coming


To get ready for our Fourth Annual All School Read Aloud, we are having a TREE bookmark contest! The TREE bookmark contest started this week and bookmarks are due NEXT THURSDAY, October 14th. The bookmark forms were handed out to students during their library time THIS WEEK.



The FIRST TWO CLUES are: 1) The main character is TREE. 2) The setting is a MODERN DAY neighborhood. If your family thinks they know the title of the book, your child can make their guesses during library class next week.

If you’re not sure about the book title yet- that's okay, there will be more clues coming the next 2 WEEKS!

Big picture


In anticipation of Veterans Day in November, Ms. Thurston is collecting digital pictures of family members who are veterans. These pictures will be used in a video presentation shared with families.

Photos do not need to be of service people in uniform, or in color but should be at least 800 x 600 resolution and in .jpg format if possible. You must include the veteran’s name, student’s name, veteran’s relationship to student, and branch of service.


**If you submitted a photo in previous years, you do not need to resubmit.

Please send all photos and questions to:


Please remember to keep your student home if they have any symptoms (even mild) of illness. If your student has any symptoms of COVID-19 or has been in close contact with anyone with COVID-19 please let our attendance staff know when excusing your student. Testing is encouraged for anyone with symptoms. Please see the links below for further information, our building nurse, Mary Mellis, at 360-563-4796 or email is happy to answer any questions as well.

Your sick, now what?

Health and safety guidelines

Mary Mellis, RN


This is for anyone who missed picture day or wants a re-take done. You can place your order online HERE. Search for Totem Falls Elementary. If you are doing a re-take just have your student bring the pictures back to school on re-take day and turn those in to the photographer and they will repeat your order you paid for in September.


Your Totem Falls PTO is looking for sponsors and donations for our Fall Walk-a-thon.

Please check out the attached flyer and/or the PTO Facebook page for all your PTO news.

Stay tuned for walkathon details, chances to volunteer and our request for t-shirt sizes for your kid(s). Thank you!

Big picture


The PTO will again be publishing a school directory. If you would like your student(s) name(s) listed along with a family phone and/or email, please be sure to return the directory information sheet that will be coming home today or Monday.

****If you opted out of ANYTHING on Skyward, the Directory committee will not have access to your information on Skyward. ****

-This is new this year

Click below to enlarge flyer

Big picture

K-3 highly capable program information

If your student is currently in grades K-3 and you are interested in your student receiving highly capable services to include learning opportunities with more depth, complexity, and acceleration in the classroom please be aware of the following information. Students currently identified for highly capable K-3 services do not need to go through the K-3 referral process. Referral packets for the K-3 highly capable program are available in all elementary schools, and on the Snohomish School District website in English, Spanish and Russian.


Did you know?

  • Drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury death in the United States1, and second among children in the state of Washington.
  • Participation in formal swimming lessons may reduce the risk of drowning by as much as 88 percent among young children aged 1 to 4 years, who are at highest risk of drowning.
  • Regular physical activity in childhood and adolescence improves strength and endurance, helps build healthy bones and muscles, helps control weight, reduces anxiety and stress, increases self-esteem, and may improve blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

Swim for Life, a nonprofit organization, was formed by local community members who have a passion for enriching the lives of young people in our community. Its mission is to make young people safer in the water. To that end, we would like for you to know about our exciting partnership with Snohomish Aquatic Center.

Swim for Life is offering every 2nd or 3rd grader enrolled in the Snohomish School District a free session of group swim lessons at the Snohomish Aquatic Center for the 2021-2022 school year. (Note: Sessions are typically four or five weeks long, and classes are offered once or twice a week.) This community program is being funded through generous donations raised through Swim for Life. To download a flier of 2021-2022 swim lesson session dates, please click here.

The Snohomish Aquatic Center strives to provide a FUN environment in which children can play, learn, and grow, with safety being the primary focus. The progressive learn-to-swim program is designed to help swimmers of all ability levels become safe and proficient in the water, teach essential water safety skills, include opportunities for in-session advancement, and work around busy schedules. The skills learned will carry throughout the lives of many, ensuring healthy and safe habits.

For details on how to enroll your 2nd or 3rd grader in group lessons at Snohomish Aquatic Center, please see the FAQs. Please contact the Snohomish Aquatic Center at 360-568-8030 with any questions or concerns.


Grizzly Cubs is a fun mentoring program between Glacier Peak High School students and 4th through 6th graders from the elementary schools that feed into Glacier Peak High School. This club provides a great opportunity for elementary students to have a high schooler to talk to, look up to and build a great relationship with. Elementary students (grades 4-6) will have planned activities once a month with their High School Grizzly. Here are just some of the fun activities this year:
  • Halloween party
  • Ice skating
  • Writing letters to soldiers
  • Bowling
  • Putt putt golf

Please click here for more information and sign-up links.


Please click HERE for district approved flyers.


  • Monday, November 8-Friday, November 12, 2021 - Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Thursday, November 11, 2021 - Veterans Day (no school)
  • Friday, November 12, 2021 - Half-day early release
  • Wednesday, November 24, 2021 - Half-day early release
  • Thursday, November 25-Friday, November 26, 2021 - Thanksgiving Break (no school)
  • Friday, December 17, 2021 - Half-day early release
  • Monday, December 20-Friday, December 31, 2021 - Winter Break (no school)


We are Kind, Responsible, Honest, Brave and we NEVER Give Up!

Non-Discrimination Notice

The Snohomish School District does not discriminate in any 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. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Civil Rights Coordinator, Title IX Coordinator and ADA – Darryl Pernat, 1601 Avenue D, Snohomish, WA 98290, 360-563-7285,; Section 504 Coordinator and Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying – Shawn Stevenson, 1601 Avenue D, Snohomish, WA 98290, 360-563-7282,