MTE Family Newsletter

October 30, 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
  • Family Social Emotional Support during COVID times
  • Important PTO News!
  • Internet Safety and Knowing What Your Child is Doing on Their Chromebooks
  • Veterans Day Assembly Picture Request
  • Edmonds School District Free Pre-School Programs/ Gratis! Programas Preescolares
  • 425 Tutoring
  • Partnership between ESD and Local Spanish Speaking Radio Stations
  • Student and Family Self Referral Form
  • Helpful Links

MTE Community,

I, as many of you, have been overwhelmed by all that is happening right now in our community and our world. We are collectively dealing with supporting students from home, teaching in ways we never have before, homelessness, joblessness, political/social unrest, an upcoming election and all of this on top of our regular day to day activities. I want to make sure that you know that the most important thing for you and your family to do, is to take care of yourselves. Get rest, eat well, take walks if you can, modify school assignments if needed, check in with each other, and give each other grace. There is so much to deal with right now and what is most important is you all, your physical wellbeing and your emotional well being. I am adding multiple resources to this newsletter for you all to access and use. The hope is that these resources will be supportive and help you with whatever you have going on in your life.

Yours in learning,


Mary Williams



Mountlake Terrace Elementary


Family Social Emotional Support during COVID times

From the WA Family & Community Engagement Trust:

Kids' Social-emotional Development in Covid Times

COVID-19 can affect children directly and indirectly. Beyond the potential of getting sick, many children’s social, emotional, and mental well-being has been impacted by the pandemic. Trauma faced at early developmental stages may have long-term consequences. The CDC’s COVID-19 Parental Resource Kit: Ensuring Children and Young People’s Social, Emotional, and Mental Well-being can help support parents, caregivers, and other adults serving young people in recognizing social, emotional, and mental challenges, and helping to ensure their well-being.

Are you helping someone learn from home?

Take a look at the new Family Guides from Seek Common Ground and Student Achievement Partners that Washington parents helped create, including our own PLTI Graduate Lizzie Sebring! Based on research and parent voices, these guides can help anyone supporting a K-5th student attending school from home understand what they are learning in reading and math – the building blocks for school success. The Guides include everyday learning activities, tips for talking with teachers, and online resources. Check out the guides (available in English and Spanish) and share them with others!


Real Talk from Parents Homeschooling Children with Disabilities

Parents of children with disabilities are already some of the strongest, fiercest and most exhausted parent advocates for quality schools during regular times. Add on a national pandemic, distance learning with no training and no physical contact with others and you could have a disaster. Luckily, parents of children with special needs are used to making the impossible … possible.

In this latest episode of “Are you Kidding Me?!?,” parents of children with disabilities discuss teaching their children at home. Read this and other posts from parent blogger ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson here.

Additional resources:

PTO News!

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Pledge your support to Mountlake Terrace Elementary Teachers by making a donation today. Teachers need funds to support their students more than ever due to covid. Your donation will support at home learning materials such as: headphones, pencils, art supplies, paper, dry erase boards, markers, notebooks, sticky notes and so much more. You can donate by visiting or via venmo @MTE-PTO. Please have all donations in by November 13th 2020.
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This year to say thank you for supporting MTE PTO every student will get a handmade spirit wear t-shirt designed by one of our own MTE students. PTO hand prints every t-shirt for every student.

To support this project you will need to donate a t-shirt for your student drop off a t-shirt anytime in the t-shirt collection bin or at the Nov. 16th packet pick up. Clearly label a zippy bag with your students name and their teachers name.

MTE PTO is also accepting t-shirt donations for other students, you may contribute monetarily via Venmo @MTE-PTO or bring in extra t-shirts when dropping off on the 16th. Please no dark colors or graphics. Patterns, tie dye and polka dots look great!

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Today October 30th is the last day to order from Our Little Hawks Store! You can order until midnight on October 30th!


Little Hawk Art Lessons are now available here:


  • Saturday, November 7, 2020

  • 9:00 AM 12:00 PM

  • Sorellis Pizza 22402 44th Ave W Mountlake Terrace

Bring your treasures to the donation drive!

Clothing, jewelry, household items, electronics: you can bring almost anything to the donation drive, provided it is not hazardous waste, in need of repair, furniture or a TV weighing over 50 pounds.

Please see the map for where the trucks will be and how we would like traffic to go.

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MTE PTO 20/21 School Year Directory

Please take a moment and fill out this form so that we may provide our students and families with the information of their classmates. This way classes can create and build a community in this uncertain time. This information will not be shared and will be sent out as a PDF and there will be a link in the newsletter.

Extra Supplies Art Supplies - MTE PTO Collection

Extra Supplies Art Supplies

If you have found yourself with extra supplies you do not need, or if you want to donate supplies. MTE PTO is collecting the following for our kids:

-Crayola Broad Line Markers – Assorted Colors, sets of 10

-Crayola Educational Watercolor pans – Oval, Set of 8 Assorted Colors, Pan

-Crayola Colored Pencil Set – Assorted Colors. Set of 12

-Crayola Regular Crayon Set – Set of 24

These will be used for both in the classroom as well as for our MTE Little Hawk Art Program, which is completely funded by donations.

If you have other new school supply items to donate, we welcome those as well, but these are items we are specifically looking for to complete a need we have for our students.

There will be a Bin at the packet pick ups to put these items in. If you have a larger donation, please contact our PTO at: and we can coordinate.


Do you have a guitar, ukulele, or electronic keyboard that works, but is collecting dust? Well, we can use that instrument for our new Modern Band Club! Music teachers at Spruce Elementary, Cedar Way Elementary, Hazelwood Elementary, Beverly Elementary, Martha Lake Elementary, Seaview Elementary and I (Mountlake Terrace Elementary) are planning to run a 30-minute music club once a week over Zoom. We will be teaching simple harmonic accompaniment on guitar, keyboard, and ukulele, as well as vocal melodies to students. We’ve already sent out an initial survey to gauge student interest and over 120 students have responded!

So, if your instrument is ready for a new home, please consider donating it to our students. You can drop the instrument off between 8:30am and 3:00pm at Martha Lake Elementary, Monday-Friday. We've established a routine with the office there to collect instruments. Once we quarantine them, clean/tune them, and catalog them so we can rent them out to students for free!

Music is healing. Music is inspiring. Our students are eager to make music! Thank you for considering a donation :)


Spirit Wear Store- Ending 10/30

Pledge To Support Teachers 10/30-11/13

Extra Supply Drive- On going

Modern Band Instrument Donation- Ends 12/1

Goodwill Truck - Nov. 7

PTO Meeting- Nov. 23 at 7pm

Thank you MTE for all of your support!!!!

Most Sincerely,

Mountlake Terrace Elementary Parent Teacher Organization

Text PTO to 88202 to receive text messages from MTE PTO

Internet Safety and Knowing What Your Child is Doing on Their Chromebooks

Did you know you can receive daily or weekly reports on how your child is using their Chromebooks? Securly is a program that tracks student's web searches, what websites they go to, what videos they watch etc. If your student searches something alarming or inappropriate you will get an email notifying you of that search. To register for Securly go to Family Access in your Skyward account and look for an alert with the information for Securly provided. Mrs. Peters will be regularly monitoring the school wide account just to be sure there are no significant concerns but we encourage you to make yourself aware and use this as a way to have conversations with your student(s) about safe internet usage.

Veterans Day Assembly Picture Request

Please send in pictures and a short description of the veterans in your life and in our community. Let us know their name, where and when they served and what makes them special to you. More information on our Veterans Day Assembly to come.

Please fill out this form Veterans Day submission via Google Form

or, if you can not open the form, send your submission to .

Thank you!

Two Free Pre-School Programs/ Gratis! Programas Preescolares

Family Pre-K at various school locations/Prekínder en familiaen varias escuelas

For 4 and 5 year olds, during the year before they enter kindergarten.

• Focuses on six developmental areas: literacy, language, math, cognitive, motor, and social-emotional

• 2-hour sessions twice a week

• Starts in October, morning and afternoon sessions available

• Parents or guardian MUST attend with child

• Provides coaching and strategies for parents to help prepare children for kindergarten

• No income requirement, open to children who are NOT attending other preschool/child care programs

To register, please call (425) 431-1018 0r email:

Para niñas(os) de 4 y 5 años, durante el año antes de entrar al kínder

• Con enfoque en seis áreas del desarrollo: Alfabetización, lenguaje, matemática, cognitiva, motriz y socioemocional

• Sesiones de 2 horas, dos veces a la semana

• Inicio en octubre. Disponibilidad de sesiones matutinas y vespertinas

• Madres, padres o tutores DEBEN asistir

• con estudiantes

• Brinda entrenamiento y estrategias a la familia para preparar a los estudiantes para el kínder

• Sin necesidad de comprobar ingresos. Disponible para estudiantes que NO asisten a otro programa de preescolar o cuidado infantil

Para inscripciones Llame al (425) 431-1018 o email:

Early Childhood Education & Assistance

Program (ECEAP) at Mountlake Terrace

Elementary and Lynndale Elementary Schools

For income-eligible children 3 – 4 years old

• Play-based activities that support reading/

writing, language, math, art, science, and

social skills

• Health and developmental screenings

• Nutritious meals

• Connections to community resources

• Family fun nights

• Half-day classes available

• Online option available

For enrollment information, please call: (425) 431-3339 or (425) 431-3348


Para niñas(os) de 3-4 años de edad que son eleg-

ibles de acuerdo con los ingresos de la familia

• Actividades basadas en juegos que ayudan a

la lectura, escritura, matemática, arte, ciencia y

habilidades sociales

• Examinaciones de salud y desarrollo

• Alimentos nutritivos

• Conexiones con recursos en la comunidad

• Divertidas noches familiares

• Clases de medio día disponibles

• Opción en línea disponible

Para información sobre inscripciones Llame al (425) 431-3339 o (425) 431-3348


425 Tutoring: free, student led, & community driven tutoring to keep your student on track




*The Edmonds School District does not sponsor or endorse the activity and/or information contained in this material.

Partnership between ESD and Local Spanish Speaking Radio Stations

We would like to inform you of an exciting partnership between ESD and two local Spanish speaking radio stations. This collaboration will allow us to stay connected with our 5,000 plus Latino/Latina families that speak Spanish, and also do live interviews to inform the community and allow for dialogue around critical topics. We will also be producing two shows a month along with youth in our district to create a virtual hands-on experience into the world of broadcasting.
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Mark your calendars:


30 Spirit Wear orders due


2-6 Half Days - Family/Teacher Conferences in afternoons (only Specialist classes in the afternoons, Library, PE, Music).

4 Reproductive Health and Disease Prevention Parent Review Night 6:30 – 7:30 p.m

7 Goodwill Truck - Sorelli Pizza Parking Lot 22402 44th Ave W, Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043

9 Packet pick-up 10:30 - 3:30 and 4:30 - 6:00

9 Family Chat with Principal Mary Williams- open Zoom

11 No School - Veterans Day

17 Highly Capable Family Information Night - This will be done in a Webinar format, recorded, and posted for families to attend live or watch when they are able. 5-7 pm

17 SPANISH Family Chat with Principal Mary Williams- open Zoom

18 Half Day - No school in Afternoon

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

25, 26, 27 Thanksgiving Break - No School

30 Packet pick-up 10:30 - 3:30 and 4:30 - 6:00

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


8 Family Chat with Principal Mary Williams- open Zoom

9 Half Day - No school in Afternoon

14 Packet pick-up 10:30 - 3:30 and 4:30 - 6:00

19 through January 3 WINTER BREAK - NO SCHOOL

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.

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

We are excited to launch a new way of distributing digital fliers to our families! Introducing … Peachjar!

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 get your first email from Peachjar on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. After that, you will receive periodic emails from Peachjar with events and activities related to your school community.

Here’s a short video that explains the basics about Peachjar.

Student and Family Self Referral Form

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.