MTE Family Newsletter

September 25, 2020

Mountlake Terrace Elementary Little Hawks

Main Office: (425) 431-7894

Attendance: During Remote Learning, please contact your teacher directly.

ECEAP Preschool Office: (425) 431-3339

Edmonds School District : (425) 431-7000

In this issue:

  • Hello from Principal Mary Williams
  • Learning Materials Packet Pick-up dates set - First one is September 30, 2020
  • Become an "Observer" for your student's Canvas courses
  • Tech Tips - How to switch between Zoom and Chrome and how to sign up for Securely to monitor internet usage on Chromebooks/FILTRACIÓN Y MONITORIZACIÓN DE CASA PARA CHROMEBOOKS
  • Virtual Celebrate Schools Monster Mad Dash 5K is Just Around the Corner!
  • Easy Hands-On Activities Families Can Do At Home (Teacher Approved!)

  • Lunch Bunch Guests for Next Week - Join us!

  • Parent's Right to Know Annual Notification

  • Community eFliers
  • Helpful Links

Happy Friday Mountlake Terrace Community,

I am writing to you to celebrate the amazing things that our staff are doing around the building and the community. I want to make sure you are aware of what is upcoming; and share the support that has been and will continue to be available.

What Already has Occurred
⁃ Staff is regularly supporting students with tech issues, they are responding during Zoom meetings, via email, supporting at the building and even occasionally going to people’s homes. I blown away by how people have stepped up and gone above and beyond to ensure student success.
⁃ Last night we had a technology night. We helped families with technical issues, signed families up for free/reduced lunches, signed younger siblings up for free preschool and shared information about how to get clothing if needed. Please let us know if you need support with any of these things. The office will be happy to connect you to the correct person.
⁃ Teachers are spending hours to create meaningful and engaging lessons and learn to use technology in a completely different way. They are showing up in a joyful and supportive way every day through all this stress and change.
⁃ Staff is calling to check in with families that have specific needs and connecting them with the needed resources.
⁃ Paraeducator staff is creating Lunch Bunch, getting packets ready for kids, supporting during Zoom meetings and getting ready to help run small groups.

What is Upcoming:
⁃ Lunch Bunch: this began this week and will continue. It is from 11:45-12:15 pm daily. This is an opportunity for students to see their friends, connect with staff, play games and have fun. It is staffed by a number of MTE employees. Please come join us and connect with others in the community.
⁃ Packet pick-up will be happening next Wednesday September 30th all day. You can drive up to the school and a staff member will get you a packet of supplies your student needs. These pick ups will happen every 2-3 weeks. The specific times for pick up on September 30th are: 9 am -3:30 pm or from 5-6:30 pm. Please know there will be very few staff on hand for the evening, so please practice grace with us.
⁃ There will an opportunity to meet with the principal in October. It is important to me to hear what you need, connect with you and find out how I can support. Please watch for dates and times to come in the next week.
Finally and importantly, thank you to our MTE families, community members and support systems. You all are doing an amazing job supporting your children during this difficult time. I honor and respect the way you all are showing up. This is hard, we are strong, we are united and we will continue to create amazing things together.

Yours in learning,
Mary Williams

Become an Observer for your student's Canvas courses (Grades 3-12)

As an observer you will be linked to your student(s) Canvas courses as they progress through Edmonds School District. Families need to link their observer account to their student(s) ONE TIME to follow their student from 3rd to 12th grade. Each time your student is enrolled in new courses (at the start of each semester), these courses will also be displayed on your Canvas Dashboard

The observer role is different from the student role. Observers can view course data but cannot participate in all Canvas areas. Observers cannot submit work on behalf of the students they observe, but they can see student grades, assignments and events, and course interactions. Observers cannot view a course until it is published by the teacher and the course has started. Observers will also not be able to view a course after the course end date.

How to become an Observer for your student's Canvas courses

Learning Materials Packet Pick-up dates set

We have set three upcoming dates for you to pick up Learning Material Packets for your children.
  • Not all grades will necessarily have packets to go out every time so look out for specific communication from your teachers.
  • This will be a drive through event from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM.
  • If you are unable to pick-up during this time, left over packets will be put outside the front door for self serve pick-up the following day. Please make every effort to pick-up during the drive up event.

Dates Planned so far:

  • September 30th
  • October 14th

  • November 4th

Tech Tip Link - How to go between Zoom and Chrome

How to go between Zoom & Chrome guide.

Monitor internet usage on Chromebooks

SeCURly Parent Portal Instructions


SecURLy Portal de Padres

Please explore the ESD Learning Resources Site for Families. You will find video tutorials and information there to help facilitate your student's online learning.

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Join the Mountlake Terrace Elementary Team! Celebrate Schools Monster Mad Dash 5K Run/Walk

Bringing Us All Together: The 12th Annual, but first VIRTUAL, Celebrate Schools Monster Mad Dash 5K Run/Walk proudly presented by Virginia Mason.

Join us October 2nd – 4th, 2020. It's a new format, but the same spooktacular good time benefiting children, families and teachers in the Edmonds School District.

A virtual 5K? Yes! It's easy. Choose when and where you complete your race anytime between October 2nd – 4th. Pick your course, indoors or out. With family or friends, or Fido at your side. On a treadmill, sidewalk, or favorite trail. Raise funds for your neighborhood school and for Foundation programs across our district.

Online registration is open through October 4th. Participants who wish to join us on October 3rd for a morning of interactive Zoom Room fun must register by October 1st. Our school team is "Mountlake Terrace Elementary".

  • $25/adults over 19
  • $15/youth 13-18
  • $7/children 5-12

Please support this amazing event as it benefits our awesome teachers, schools and most importantly, our amazing students!

Join the costume and pooch parades and earn a chance to win prizes. Every participant will receive a commemorative giveaway - don’t miss out! This is our chance to help every student thrive and succeed!

Lunch Bunch!

Come have a fun social zoom with your favorite staff and friends.

Mrs. Nakkour and Ms. Kelly and staff will be joining you to play games, show and tell, watch cool science experiments, have fun and hang out Monday through Friday.

Time: 11:45 - 12:15

When: Monday - Friday

Zoom link:

Staff: Mrs. Nakkour and Ms. Kelly everyday

Monday 9/28 - Mrs. Angie and How was your weekend and what did you do?

Tuesday 9/29 - Ms. Jessica and Games; guess what animal I am?

Wednesday 9/30 - Science video and fun discussion

Thursday 10/1 - Doodle fun

Friday 10/2 - Mrs. Margie with her drum!

Parent's Right to Know Annual Notification Letters

Mark your calendars:


30 Packet Pick-up 9:00AM - 3:30PM (Look for information from your teacher)


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

14 Packet Pick-up 9:00AM - 3:30PM (Look for information from your teacher)


4 Packet Pick-up 9:00AM - 3:30PM (Look for information from your teacher)

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


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.


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