Totem Falls Raven Review
Friday, January 14, 2022
17: Martin Luther King Holiday *NO SCHOOL*
28: Last day of 1st Semester
31: Non Student Day *NO SCHOOL*
MESSAGE FROM DR. CHURCH
Dear Totem Falls Families,
All of us here are trying to stay healthy so we can come to work every day! As you well know, many school districts are not so lucky. Here in Snohomish, the administrative team have been having many conversations about our preparation for Omicron consequences. The goal is to keep schools open and manage them safely. We have plans to make sure classrooms are covered in the event staff become ill on a large scale. We continue to share the importance of hand hygiene, spacing, and mask wearing. A reminder to parents and caregivers too, please make sure you are masking if you are anywhere on campus, including the parking lot. I appreciate your cooperation.
I have noticed some parents are dropping off students in the parking lot/bus zone in the morning. Please use the roundabout for drop off or park and walk your child to the fence line to say goodbye. This will help maintain a safer, less congested space for buses and walkers in the morning.
Monday we will have no school in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Please take a moment and watch video below our school created in honor of MLK Jr.
A NOTE ABOUT VALENTINE'S DAY
Valentine's Day is coming up quickly. This is a traditional party day and many classrooms will be celebrating by sharing valentines and playing games. We will NOT be having any outside food coming in. We will still have a daily snack break and students can bring their own special snack for that day. We are aware that many packaged valentines have candy as a part of the message and those will be OK, as student will bring them home that day. We will be asking students to refrain from eating the candy until it arrives home and is checked by a parent due to individual student allergies.
3RD GRADERS READ TOGETHER CHALLENGE
Sno-Isle Libraries is partnering with Totem Falls to conduct the Sno-Isle Libraries Mega-Fun, Biblio-Trivia, 3RD Graders READ TOGETHER Challenge, a reading trivia program for 3rd Graders only! 3rd Graders will form reading teams and be encouraged to read ONE of the challenge books: Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen by Debbi Michiko Florence or Stealing the Sword by Wendy Mass by March 7th. The week of March 7, all 3rd graders will participate in a fun reading challenge event during their library classes and attend two ZOOMS with these award winning authors: Michiko Florence and Wendy Mass.
No sign up necessary. All 3rd graders will automatically participate in this fun reading challenge event in the library.
4-6 GRADERS ONLY
AFTERSCHOOL Book Club with Special Guest, Author: Kelly Yang!
Totem Falls library, together with the Snohomish public library, is hosting book club for Front Desk by Kelly Yang for students in grades 4-6 only. 4th-6th Graders wanting to participate need to commit to reading Front Desk by Friday, February 11th. Our group will meet only once on February 11th AFTER SCHOOL at 1:15pm IN PERSON and ZOOM together with special guest, author Kelly Yang at 2:00pm. Students will enjoy discussion and activities hosted by Totem Falls and Snohomish library staff.
If your child is interested, please fill out THIS FORM. Students who make this commitment and return this form will receive a free book of Front Desk. The book will be theirs to keep! Limited copies are available.
Safety at the back gate: When picking up/dropping off students at the back gate we are asking that drivers do NOT make a U-Turn in the street. It is unsafe for students and staff who are on the sidewalk. There is an entrance/exit point at both ends of the street.
- With the cold weather arriving, please make sure to send your student to school with a warm coat, labelled with your student's name.
- Please consider sending your student to school with an extra set of clothes in their backpack. With the wet weather outside, we have had a lot of students coming in from recess wet and muddy. We have very limited extra clothing to provide to students.
UPDATE TO FAMILY SKATE NIGHT
Due to current Covid levels in our area, the PTO has decided to cancel Family Skate Night. We are hopeful we will be able to schedule a family event later in the year
REPLACEMENT LEVIES ON FEBRUARY 2022 BALLOT
At a December 8 meeting, the Snohomish School District Board of Directors adopted resolutions to place two propositions before voters on the February 8, 2022, ballot. Voters will consider two replacement levies - Educational Programs and Operations Replacement Levy and the Replacement Levy for Technology, Safety and Facility Improvements. Both levies would replace similar levies approved by voters in 2018 and are set to expire at the end of 2022.
K-12 ISOLATION, QUARANTINE AND TESTING GUIDANCE CHANGES
On Friday, January 7, the Washington State Department of Health updated its K-12 COVID-19 Requirements for the 2021-2022 School Year. Specifically, the new official requirements included:
- Updated isolation, quarantine, and testing recommendations to align with recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changes.
- Expanded eligibility for and activities allowed during modified quarantine in Test to Stay programs.
Information regarding the specifics of each of those changes, as well as implementation here in the Snohomish School District, are available at the district links below:
- Isolation (tested positive for COVID-19) – www.sno.wednet.edu/covid19/isolation
- Quarantine (close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19) – www.sno.wednet.edu/covid19/quarantine
- Test to Stay Program - www.sno.wednet.edu/covid19/testtostay
- Household Exposures – www.sno.wednet.edu/covid19/householdexposures
- Sick? – www.sno.wednet.edu/covid19/sickness
- Testing – www.sno.wednet.edu/covid19/testing
- District COVID-19 Self-Reporting Tool - www.sno.wednet.edu/covid19/selfreport
- District’s COVID-19 Dashboard – www.sno.wednet.edu/covid19/districtdashboard
- SimpleReport Rapid Antigen Testing Registration – www.sno.wednet.edu/simplereport
4/5/6 HIGHLY CAPABLE PROGRAM INFORMATION
Snohomish School District students who will be in the 4th through 6th grade next year and are invited to participate in the district’s 4/5/6 Elementary Highly Capable Program which provides learning opportunities around depth, complexity, and acceleration. If interested, the below dates and information are important. Students currently enrolled in the 4/5/6 Elementary Highly Capable Program do not need to complete the referral process.
- Tuesday, December 14 - Referral packets for the 4/5/6 Elementary Highly Capable Program will be available at all elementary schools, online and at the Snohomish School District Resource and Service Center (1601 Avenue D in Snohomish) in English, Spanish and Russian. Referral packets can be downloaded from the district website.
- Click here to download the Elementary 4/5/6 Highly Capable Program Application Packet - English (2022-2023 School Year)
- Click here to download the Elementary 4/5/6 Highly Capable Program Application Packet - Spanish (2022-2023 School Year)
- Click here to download the Elementary 4/5/6 Highly Capable Program Application Packet - Russian (2022-2023 School Year)
Questions can be directed to Linda Varner at 360-563-7296 or email@example.com and Julie Francois at 360-563-7258 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Do you have a bachelor's degree? Be a substitute teacher!
The Snohomish School District is hiring emergency substitute teachers. Did you know you can become an emergency substitute if you hold a bachelor’s degree or higher? This position pays $185 to $260 per day (depends on duration of assignment) and the applicant must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and must pass STEDI subskills test. Contact Holli Fedewa in Human Resource Services/Guest Teaching for more information at 360-563-7247.
- Monday, January 17, 2022 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day (no school)
- Monday, January 31, 2022 - Non-Student Day (no school)
- Friday, February 18-Monday, February 21, 2022 - Mid-Winter Break (no school)
- Monday, March 28-Friday, April 1, 2022- Parent-Teacher Conferences
- Friday, April 1, 2022 - Half-day early release
- Monday, April 4-Friday, April 8, 2022 - Spring Break (no school)
- Monday, May 30, 2022 - Memorial Day (no school)
- Friday, June 17, 2022 - Last Day of School (tentative pending any snow/inclement weather make-up days)
TOTEM FALLS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
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, email@example.com; Section 504 Coordinator and Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying – Shawn Stevenson, 1601 Avenue D, Snohomish, WA 98290, 360-563-7282, firstname.lastname@example.org.