Totem Falls Raven Review

Friday, October 22, 2021

IMPORTANT DATES

OCTOBER

27: PTO Board Meeting

28: PTO Sponsored Walk-a-Thon & Totem Falls 30 year Birthday celebration!

29: Book Character Dress-up Day


NOVEMBER:

8, 9 & 10: Conference week, Half-Day release @ 11:45 am, sack lunch available to take home

*NO Preschool* Click here for conference sign-ups

11: Veterans Day, No School

12: Half-day release, 11:45 am, sack lunch available to take home

15: *DATE CHANGE* Picture re-take day if you missed or need a re-take

MESSAGE FROM DR. CHURCH

Dear Totem Falls Families,


Our staff at Totem Falls has become increasingly concerned about the health and educational concerns related to the classroom distribution of edible treats to our students during the school year. Often, the sharing of treats occurs during birthday celebrations. Considering student health concerns, and the amount of class time required to distribute treats, we are addressing this issue to increase your awareness and to continue to provide the best learning environment for your children.


Beginning this school year, we will honor and recognize your child’s birthday in the classroom with nonfood related activities. We request that you not send birthday treats to school. Each classroom will determine a way to honor children for their birthdays. Your child’s teacher will communicate with you on how this will look. This decision was made by our entire staff for several reasons that may impact students and their families:


• The increasing number of students with food allergies and dietary restrictions

• The amount of class time that it takes to distribute and eat birthday treats

• The desire to promote healthy eating at school

• The financial situation your family may be facing

• The difficulty, as working parents, to coordinate the delivery of treats

• The unintended pressure/competition of making sure treats are desirable enough


We care about the well-being of every child that attends Totem Falls. Each decision we make will always be based on what we believe is in their best interest.

Thank you for your cooperation. Please feel free to contact me if you would like clarification regarding our decision.


Have a great weekend.

Craig

WALK-A-THON & TF BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION, 10/28

The walk-a-thon will take place on Thursday, October 28th. Each grade will go outside and walk for 20 minutes, please be sure your student wears the appropriate clothing for the weather. They are always welcome to bring an extra change of clothes to school. Rain boots would be perfect for a rainy day but let's cross our fingers for no rain that day.

After they walk they will make their way to the flagpole to plant a flower bulb. This is in celebration of our 30 year anniversary.

In a typical year we would be happy to invite parents to be here for this event but we are not quite there yet. We have a limited number volunteers who will be screened and are helping out outside of the school. We are asking that parents stay home for this event this year. We thank you for your understanding and support of this event.

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STUDENT COUNCIL ANNOUNCEMENT

Please join us in congratulating our new Student Council officers:


Co-Presidents: Logan Giese, Amelia Melton and Anna Wood

Co-Vice-Presidents: Georgia Gibson and Dax Touchette

Secretary: Isla Hohl

Mascots: Andrew Kellerman, Benny Randle

Publicists: Amelia Steffan and Ibrahim Yusufov


We are so proud of all the candidates for their willingness to create amazing posters and speeches.

LIBRARY NEWS

SAVE THE DATE...BOOK FAIR COMING…In Person(Nov. 4-10) and Online(4-17)!


SAVE THE DATE for our TF FALL BOOK FAIR November 4-17. We are excited to announce that this year’s Book Fair will be IN PERSON (Nov. 4-10) for STUDENTS only with books only and ONLINE (Nov. 4-17) for EVERYONE to shop! GIVE THE GIFT OF READING!


This year, Parents will be able to send money with their students or set up a Scholastic E-WALLET to shop the fair during their library classes AND after school on November 8, 9, 10 from 12:30-3:30pm too. Check out this E-WALLET video to learn more about E-WALLET.

BOOK FAIR FLYERS and E-WALLET INFO SHEET will be sent home NEXT WEEK!

FOURTH Annual All School Read Aloud is Coming NEXT MONDAY, OCTOBER 25!


We will be announcing the title of our next ALL School Read Aloud next Monday, October 25! Every family will receive the book along with a discussion guide and bookmark too.


THANK YOU TO ALL OUR TREE BOOKMARK ENTRIES!

We are excited that we got so many GREAT TREE bookmark entries and will be announcing the winners next Monday along with the TITLE of our next All School Read Aloud book.

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*DATE CHANGE* PICTURE MAKE-UP DAY, 11/15

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.

VETERANS DAY PHOTOS

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.


ALL PHOTOS MUST BE SUBMTTED BY MIDNIGHT WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 3RD

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

Please send all photos and questions to: stephanie.thurston@sno.wednet.edu

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ELEMENTARY HUMAN GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT FAMILY PRESENTATION

Human growth and development will be taught each year during 5-6th grade.


Families are invited to attend a ZOOM presentation to learn about the health standards, activities and resources that will be used to teach each of the topics, and the opt-out process. Click here for details and ZOOM information.

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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.

IMPORTANT DATES

  • 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)

TOTEM FALLS ELEMENTARY 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, darryl.pernat@sno.wednet.edu; Section 504 Coordinator and Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying – Shawn Stevenson, 1601 Avenue D, Snohomish, WA 98290, 360-563-7282, shawn.stevenson@sno.wednet.edu.