Tiger Tales Newsletter

September 28, 2020

Upcoming Dates

September 28 - School Pictures - 2:30-6:00

September 30 - NED Mindset Virtual Assembly - 10:00-10:45

October 1 - School Pictures - 2:30-6:00

October 5 - Grades K-3 Hybrid AA/BB Model begins (depending on metrics)

October 26 - Grades 4-5 Hybrid AA/BB Model begins (depending on metrics)

October 1 & 2 Instructional Changes

Elementary staff will be working on October 1 and 2 to prepare their classes for students returning to the hybrid model. As a result, students in Grades 1-5 will have fewer assignments posted in Seesaw and/or Google Classroom. There will be no Google Meets for students in grades 1-5 on October 1-2. We are excited to put our time and energy into getting classrooms ready for students to return!

School Pictures

Firefly Images is excited to offer a "drive-thru" picture day and look forward to seeing your students on the other side of our camera, 6 feet away of course. Pictures will be taken September 28 or October 1 between 2:30 and 6:00.

Kindergartners will have pictures taken on the day they attend: Monday, September 28 for AA students and Thursday, October 1 for BB students.

This is a "by appointment" event for students in grades 1-5. Sign-up up for your day/time using this link: https://fs4.formsite.com/FireFly/0x8p2ocz7r/index.html

You have two options available to order pictures. The order form is attached and can be printed and sent with your student. Just staple cash, check or money order to the form.

Order online using a credit card: https://fs4.formsite.com/FireFly/kgg3a9ebvi/index.html If you use this method, no other form is needed. Just send your receipt/confirmation with your student when they come to the camera.

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Hybrid Model Update

The district met with staff from the Snohomish County Health District on Tuesday. The metrics continue to trend downward. Additionally, they shared community specific information. The Stanwood numbers are looking especially promising, so the district is proceeding with plans to begin in-person instruction for Kindergarten through grade 3 students in the hybrid model beginning Monday, October 5th.

Every student in grades 1 - 5 moving into the hybrid model will receive a notice confirming their placement on Monday, September 28. Those students who have opted for Continuous Learning 2.0 will be notified of their teacher placement by Wednesday, September 30.


  • Beginning October 1, in person kindergarten students who have been meeting as small groups of 5 will blend with the other group of 5 to form a group up to 10 students working with the classroom teacher. NOTE: Kindergarten on 10/1 and 10/2 will still be 9:00-11:30.

  • On Monday, October 5th, in person kindergarten students will transition to full days from 9:00-3:30 in the hybrid model AA/BB.

Grade 1 - Grade 3

  • Hybrid teacher placement and AA (Monday / Tuesday) or BB (Thursday / Friday) assignments are going to be communicated to you by School Messenger by Monday evening.

  • If you do not receive this communication on Monday, please call your school’s office for the information on Tuesday.

  • A reminder that in some cases teachers have transferred to different assignments and/or buildings so this may mean a different teacher for your child than the current assignment. We have tried as much as possible to minimize these changes.

  • Students in grades 1-3 who are opting for Continuous Learning will be assigned a new teacher by Wednesday, September 30.

Grade 4 - Grade 5

  • The hybrid students in grades 4 and 5 who have been assigned a new teacher will be notified of their new teacher by Monday evening using the School Messenger system.

  • On Monday, October 5th, any student in grades 4 or 5 who has been assigned a new teacher will begin working with that teacher.

  • All students in grades 4 and 5 will continue in distance learning until October 26.

  • A reminder that in some cases teachers have been transferred to different responsibilities and so this may mean a different teacher for your child than the current assignment. We have tried as much as possible to minimize these changes.

  • Students in grades 4-5 who are opting for Continuous Learning will be assigned a new teacher by Wednesday, September 30.

Character Strong

The month of September will be focused on KINDNESS. Through weekly lessons and activities we will help the students bring good things into their lives and our world through kind words, gifts and actions.

We will wrap up our Kindness focus this month with a Random Acts of Kindness challenge. How many acts of kindness can you sneak in this week?

  1. Compliment someone
  2. Leave a treat for the mailman
  3. Buy a gift card for the person behind you in line
  4. Make baked goods for the neighbors
  5. Buy the person behind you coffee
  6. Smile at someone
  7. Donate unused toys to those in need
  8. Leave a 50% or more tip
  9. Babysit a neighbor, friend or family member
  10. Send a thank-you card to someone
  11. Give a dog treat to a dog on a walk
  12. Say thank you and please more
  13. Open the door for someone
  14. Offer to do yard work for a neighbor
  15. Pick up trash
  16. Send a handwritten letter
  17. Leave change in a vending machine
  18. Let someone go before you in line
  19. Pay someone a compliment
  20. Buy groceries for a family in need
  21. Make breakfast for a family member
  22. Give a teacher a thank-you gift
  23. Help someone elderly carry out their groceries
  24. Leave a bag of candy on a doorstep
  25. Prepare a meal for your family
  26. Donate outgrown clothes
  27. Hold the elevator
  28. Make hot chocolate for your family
  29. Leave an encouraging note on a car
  30. Be kind to others

Counselor Corner with Mrs. Schwarze

This week we will wrap up our focus on kindness, but we will carry all we have learned about kindness into the work we do the rest of our year. October will focus on the character trait of courage, so be sure to stay tuned for more information about this trait and how it connects to what we now know about the power of kindness.

Take some time this week to reflect as a family about what you have learned this month. What was hard? What was unexpected? What was great? What do you need to make October go more smoothly? Where does kindness fit into that plan? When you are done debriefing, take time to complement each other with kind words of encouragement.

Look for new Counselor Corner slide decks this week in your Google Classroom or on Seesaw. I have included fun activities this week to show yourselves some kindness. Check them out!

Take care Tigers! We are all in this together.

PTA Membership Drive

This is our last week of our Fall Membership Drive for PTA. We need about 20 more families to join to reach our 100 member goal.

In September our TCE PTA paid for every student to have a basic set of school supplies at home. They are sponsoring a virtual assembly on September 30 and already have an assembly booked for October. In addition, our PTA will be providing a no contact Halloween celebration for students as well.

The $12 fee helps support programs and opportunities for your child. Please consider joining today! Every member will receive a Tiger Pride car magnet and be entered to win prizes.

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Free Grab & Go Meals

Stanwood-Camano School District is excited to provide FREE weekly Grab & Go meal pick-up through December 31 for all children in our community 18 years and under. A Grab & Go meal consists of breakfast, lunch, and milk.

With the USDA waiver extension, we are able to provide meals for a full week, including Saturday and Sunday. Pre-ordering is strongly encouraged. To pre-order or find out the most current information, please go to the Food Services page or click on the button link below. Orders may be submitted between Fridays at 7:00 p.m. and Mondays at 3:00 p.m. for the next Friday pick up between 4:30-6:30 p.m. at any elementary school site.

Parent Technology Support

The Technolgy Help Line is available this week Monday-Friday from 12:00-3:00 p.m. by calling 360-403-3966. You can also review the "How To" attachments for accessing Google Meet, Seesaw and Google Classroom.

Social Media Reminders

We know how exciting it is for your child to participate in Google Meets and connect with their teacher and classmates. However, please do not take photos or screenshots and post to your personal social media accounts. We have many families who opt out of social media and ask that you respect their privacy wishes.

TCE Social Media

Follow our Facebook and Instagram accounts @twincitytigers to stay up to date on what is happening all year at Twin City Elementary.

Non Discrimination Statement

The Stanwood-Camano School District does not discriminate in employment, 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. Inquiries regarding compliance and/or grievance procedures may be directed to the District's Title IX/Affirmative Action Officer and Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator, Maurene Stanton (mstanton@stanwood.wednet.edu), or the Section 504/American Disabilities Act Coordinator, Robert Hascall (rhascall@stanwood.wednet.edu) Stanwood-Camano School District, 26920 Pioneer Hwy, Stanwood, WA 98292. Telephone: (360) 629-1200.

Contact Us

We appreciate all you do to support your child's success at Twin City Elementary.

Jennifer Allen, Principal