The Cougar Paw
January 2021 Newsletter
Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dr. King was one of the greatest civil rights activists of our time, striving for equality and racial justice. On August 28, 2963, Dr. King delivered what is now one of the most famous speeches in American history, 'I Have a Dream'.
"I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal."
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of
injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be
judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
I have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification; one day right there in Alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.
I have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.
This is our hope. This is the faith that I go back to the South with. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to
transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.
This will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with a new meaning, "My
country, 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim's pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring."
And if America is to be a great nation this must become true. So let freedom ring from the
prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New
York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania!
Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado!
Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California!
But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia!
Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee!
Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let
And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, "Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"
Dr. King believed in peaceful, non-violent protests, following in the footsteps of Mohandas Gandhi, an civil activist in India that believed in nonviolent resistance.
World peace through nonviolent means is neither absurd nor unattainable. All other methods have failed. Thus we must begin anew. Nonviolence is a good starting point. Those of us who believe in this method can be voices of reason, sanity, and understanding amid the voices of violence, hatred, and emotion. We can very well set a mood of peace out of which a system of peace can be built.
—Martin Luther King Jr.
Nobel Peace Prize
For his tireless efforts in working for equality and racial justice, Dr. King was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded each year to “to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between the nations and the abolition or reduction of standing armies and the formation and spreading of peace congresses.”
On December 10, 1964 at the age of 35, Dr. King received the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway, making him the youngest person at that time to receive this very prestigious award. He was also awarded $54,123.00 but instead of keeping it, he gave it all to further the Civil Rights Movement.
Excerpts from his Nobel acceptance speech are below:
"It is impossible to begin this lecture without again expressing my deep appreciation to the Nobel Committee of the Norwegian Parliament for bestowing upon me and the civil rights movement in the United States such a great honor. Occasionally in life there are those moments of unutterable fulfillment which cannot be completely explained by those symbols called words. Their meaning can only be articulated by the inaudible language of the heart. Such is the moment I am presently experiencing. I experience this high and joyous moment not for myself alone but for those devotees of nonviolence who have moved so courageously against the ramparts of racial injustice and who in the process have acquired a new estimate of their own human worth. Many of them are young and cultured. Others are middle aged and middle class. The majority are poor and untutored. But they are all united in the quiet conviction that it is better to suffer in dignity than to accept segregation in humiliation. These are the real heroes of the freedom struggle: they are the noble people for whom I accept the Nobel Peace Prize."
"This evening I would like to use this lofty and historic platform to discuss what appears to me to be the most pressing problem confronting mankind today. Modern man has brought this whole world to an awe-inspiring threshold of the future. He has reached new and astonishing peaks of scientific success. He has produced machines that think and instruments that peer into the unfathomable ranges of interstellar space. He has built gigantic bridges to span the seas and gargantuan buildings to kiss the skies. His airplanes and spaceships have dwarfed distance, placed time in chains, and carved highways through the stratosphere. This is a dazzling picture of modern man’s scientific and technological progress."
"Yet, in spite of these spectacular strides in science and technology, and still unlimited ones to come, something basic is missing. There is a sort of poverty of the spirit which stands in glaring contrast to our scientific and technological abundance. The richer we have become materially, the poorer we have become morally and spiritually. We have learned to fly the air like birds and swim the sea like fish, but we have not learned the simple art of living together as brothers."
"The first problem that I would like to mention is racial injustice. The struggle to eliminate the evil of racial injustice constitutes one of the major struggles of our time. The present upsurge of the Negro people of the United States grows out of a deep and passionate determination to make freedom and equality a reality “here” and “now”. In one sense the civil rights movement in the United States is a special American phenomenon which must be understood in the light of American history and dealt with in terms of the American situation. But on another and more important level, what is happening in the United States today is a relatively small part of a world development."
"Another indication that progress is being made was found in the recent presidential election in the United States. The American people revealed great maturity by overwhelmingly rejecting a presidential candidate who had become identified with extremism, racism, and retrogression. The voters of our nation rendered a telling blow to the radical right. They defeated those elements in our society which seek to pit white against Negro and lead the nation down a dangerous Fascist path."
"Let me not leave you with a false impression. The problem is far from solved. We still have a long, long way to go before the dream of freedom is a reality for the Negro in the United States. To put it figuratively in biblical language, we have left the dusty soils of Egypt and crossed a Red Sea whose waters had for years been hardened by a long and piercing winter of massive resistance. But before we reach the majestic shores of the Promised Land, there is a frustrating and bewildering wilderness ahead. We must still face prodigious hilltops of opposition and gigantic mountains of resistance. But with patient and firm determination we will press on until every valley of despair is exalted to new peaks of hope, until every mountain of pride and irrationality is made low by the leveling process of humility and compassion; until the rough places of injustice are transformed into a smooth plane of equality of opportunity; and until the crooked places of prejudice are transformed by the straightening process of bright-eyed wisdom."
"What the main sections of the civil rights movement in the United States are saying is that the demand for dignity, equality, jobs, and citizenship will not be abandoned or diluted or postponed. If that means resistance and conflict we shall not flinch. We shall not be cowed. We are no longer afraid."
"All that I have said boils down to the point of affirming that mankind’s survival is dependent upon man’s ability to solve the problems of racial injustice, poverty, and war; the solution of these problems is in turn dependent upon man squaring his moral progress with his scientific progress, and learning the practical art of living in harmony. Some years ago a famous novelist died. Among his papers was found a list of suggested story plots for future stories, the most prominently underscored being this one: “A widely separated family inherits a house in which they have to live together.” This is the great new problem of mankind. We have inherited a big house, a great “world house” in which we have to live together – black and white, Easterners and Westerners, Gentiles and Jews, Catholics and Protestants, Moslem and Hindu, a family unduly separated in ideas, culture, and interests who, because we can never again live without each other, must learn, somehow, in this one big world, to live with each other."
* Dr. King delivered this lecture in the Auditorium of the University of Oslo. This text is taken from Les Prix Nobel en 1964. The text in the New York Times is excerpted. His speech of acceptance delivered the day before in the same place is reported fully both in Les Prix Nobel en 1964 and the New York Times.
Martin Luther King Jr. – Nobel Lecture. NobelPrize.org. Nobel Media AB 2021. <https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/peace/1964/king/lecture/>
The future of his civil rights legacy
Dr. King was assassinated the evening of April 4, 1968 but his dream of equality and racial justice did not die with him. It is kept alive by those that have stepped up to continue to the nonviolent and peaceful pursuit of the end of racial inequality and injustice in America.
Student Information Update
Wednesday January 6: Smart Wednesday Early Release at 2:00 pm
Wednesday January 13: Smart Wednesday Early Release at 2:00 pm
Monday January 18: No school - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Friday January 29: No school for students - Teacher In-Service
Emergency Assistance Resources
Community Info Line: 2-1-1
Tukwila Pantry - Food pantry for Tukwila, SeaTac, Burien and Boulevard Park residents
Riverton Park United Methodist Church
3118 S. 140th St.
Tukwila, WA 98168
Contact hours: Tu, Th, Sat; 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm.
Tuesday Table: 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm (hot meal, open to all)
St. Thomas Catholic Church - Outreach/Food Pantry
4415 S. 140th St.
Tukwila, WA 98168
Contact hours: Wednesday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Food pantry for parish residents. Bread is available every week. Amount of food provided depends on the size of the family. Serves Tukwila, Riverton Heights and part of SeaTac. Call for details. Clients may visit once per month.
Des Moines Area Food Bank
22225 9th Ave S.
Des Moines, WA
Food Bank: Mon, Wed, Fri 9:00 am - 11:45 am
3rd Tuesday of each month: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Christmas Service 12/20 and 12/21: 9:00 am - 11:45 am
Closed 12/24 through January 1.
Eligibility: They serve the entire city of Des Moines. City of SeaTac north to 160th St. and the west hill city of Kent - west of Orillia Rd. between 188th St. and Kent-Des Moines Rd.
To qualify: Must bring proof that you live in the service area, photo ID for adults and medical coupons or social security cards for kids.
Highline Area Food Bank
18300 4th Ave S.
Seattle, WA 98148
Food Bank: Tuesday 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm; Thursday 10:00 am - 12:30 pm. 2nd Tuesday of each month 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm.
Eligibility: Serving clients in Burien and Normandy Park between So. 140th St. and S. 192nd St. on the west side of Highway 509. And SeaTac residents living north of 160th St. (east of 509, follow Military Rd. from 116th S. to 152nd St, then west of Pacific Highway/International Blvd. to S. 192nd.
Emergency Food Program of Seattle and King County
851 Houser Way N.
Renton, WA 98057
Contact Hours: M-Th 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Description: Provides emergency food to individuals and families experiencing a hunger crisis. Food available at main site and at about 200 partnering distribution sites.
Mary's Place (this is a priority service)
Emergency Family Shelter Intake
113 Dexter Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98109
Contact Hours: 24 hours daily. Intake for the current day begins at 8:00 am.
Coordinates intake into emergency shelter for families as multiple locations in King County. A family is at least one adult with at least one child under 18 and includes pregnant women. Clients screened for shelter openings that night.
REACH Center of Hope
1055 S. Grady Way
Renton, WA 98057
Interfaith Family Shelter
Eastside Family Shelter
Nexus Youth Shelter
915 H St.
Auburn, WA 98002
This is a drop in / shelter providing basic services to you who are homeless or those who need a little help.
St. Vincent De Paul of Seattle and King County (This is a priority service)
Call for location
Contact Hours: Help Line: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Provides financial assistance for needs such as rent, bus passes, utility bills and other needs through local neighborhood chapters. Many chapters have very limited or no financial assistance available.
City of Tukwila
Rent and Energy Assistance
City of Tukwila - Human Services Office
6300 Southcenter Blvd., Suite 115
Tukwila, WA 98188
Contact Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Provides rent or energy assistance to Tukwila Residents Only. No Move-in assistance. Eviction/shut-off notice not needed but proof of critical situation necessary. Income must be greater than rent. Only call first week of month.
The Way Back Inn
Emergency FInancial Assistance
PO Box 621
Renton, WA 98057
Contact Hours: Voicemail only
Provides rent or utility assistance once per lifetime to families in the city limits of Renton or Tukwila only who have minor children in the household. Must have proof need is temporary and able to pay the rent or utilities in the future.
HAND WASHING AWARENESS
4 Principles of Hand Washing Awareness
- Wash your hands when they are dirty and before eating.
- Do not cough into your hands.
- Do not sneeze into your hands.
- Above all, do not put your fingers in your eyes, nose or mouth.
Chromebooks, hot spots and internet available for K - 5 students
Ms. Ritchey: 206-901-7702 or email@example.com
Mrs. Meyer: 206-901-7703 or firstname.lastname@example.org
A HUGE shout out to our technology department for all the tremendous work they've done to make sure that our students have the tools they need to continue learning. Thank you tech team!!!
Computer and internet problems
- If you have a broken chromebook (cracked screen, camera doesn't work, etc), please take it to the Service Center, Monday through Friday from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. If the problem can be easily fixed, they will fix it while you wait. If it is a bigger problem, they will issue you a replacement. The Service Center is located at 4160 S. 144th Street (across from Foster High School in the old Tukwila Library).
- If you are having login problems, please call the Help Desk at 206-901-8080.
- If your family qualifies for free or reduced lunch, you are eligible for Comcast Internet Essentials. If you have qualified for the 2020-2021 school year, please contact the technology department at 206-901-8080 for your code. If you have not filled out the free and reduced lunch form, please stop by the school and pick up an application.
- If you have received your coupon code and are having issues with the sign-up process, the technology department has posted some directions on our website. Students are not allowed to sign up for Comcast as this is a legal contract which requires a parent or someone in the household who is 18 years or older. For screen shots of the sign-up process, simply click the following link:
- Families who are not eligible for Comcast or who are homeless are eligible for T-Mobile hot spots. If you need a hot spot, please call the front office at 206-901-7702 or 206-901-7703 and the request will be made.
CLUBS AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM INFORMATION
Boys & Girls Club Virtual After School Program
Find us at your local lunch pick up or online at https://virtualclubs.positiveplace.org/.
- Click "kids 6-12 programs" then click on Tukwila
- Enter the password: positiveplace
Live events every Wednesday and Friday at 3:30 pm (link on the website).
As of July 28, 2019, a new state law removes the personal and philosophical option to exempt children from the MMR vaccine required for school and child care attendance.
Based on this new law, children without two doses of MMR vaccine, laboratory evidence of immunity, or a medical or religious exemption will not be allowed into school. Families whose child is not fully immunized will be notified by letter within the next few weeks and will have 30 days to comply. We will make our best attempt at reaching out to you before excluding your student. Please keep in mind that if your child is not fully immunized they will not be allowed to return to school and you will need to make other daycare arrangements. Also, absences due to immunization non compliance will not be excused and can lead to truancy issues.
We all want to make good choices and do what’s best for our children. As a community, we must protect our own health and work together to protect each other’s health. Vaccination keeps kids healthy and ready to learn. With more changes coming regarding immunization compliance and school exclusions it is important to be informed and in compliance now. Find more information at the Washington State Department of Health exemption law change webpage, including frequently asked questions: http://www.doh.wa.gov/mmrexemption.
There are plenty of free resources and locations across the state that have agreed to offer free. Please reach out to your provider or if you have any questions about your child’s
immunization status, contact the health room at 206-901-7709. We want to work with families to ensure your child is not excluded.
TITLE 1 INFORMATION
Cascade View is a Title 1 School
The Tukwila School District complies with all federal rules and regulations and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, gender, color, national origin, or disability. This holds true for all district students, employees, and district employment and opportunities. Inquiries regarding compliance and/or grievance procedures may be directed to the school district’s title IX/RCW 28A.640 officer and/or Section 504/ADA coordinator located at 4640 S 144 Street, WA 98168: Aaron Draganov, Title IX/RCW28A.640 Officer (206.901.8005) and Richard Quesada, Section 504/ADA Coordinator (206.901.8035) Cascade View Elementary is a Schoolwide Title I School
Title 1 Complaints Process
Here is an overview of the citizen complaint process described fully in Chapter 392-168 WAC, Special Service Programs—Citizen Complaint Procedure for Certain Categorical Federal Programs.
- Find this WAC online: http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=392-168.
A citizen complaint is a written statement that alleges a violation of a federal rule, law or regulation or state regulation that applies to a federal program.
- Anyone can file a citizen complaint.
- There is no special form.
- There is no need to know the law that governs a federal program to file a complaint.
Follow steps 1 through 5 to complete the citizen complaint process.
STEP 1 Use Your Local Process First
If you have followed the citizen complaint process of your school district, ESD or school service provider (subgrantee) and are unable to reach a satisfactory solution, use this citizen complaint process through OSPI.
STEP 2 File a Citizen Complaint Through OSPI
A citizen complaint must be in writing, signed by the person filing the complaint, and include:
- Contact Information of the Person Filing the Complaint. Your name, address, telephone number and email, if you have one.
- Optional: If someone is helping you to file this citizen complaint, include 1) their contact information, and 2) your relationship to them — for example, family member, a relative, friend or advocate.
- Information About the School District, ESD or School Service Provider You Believe Committed This Violation. Name and address of the school district, ESD or school service provider (subgrantee) you think violated a federal rule, law or regulation or a state regulation that applies to a federal program.
- The Facts — What, Who & When. Include a description of the facts and dates, in general, of when you think the alleged violation happened.
- What specific requirement has been violated?
- When did this violation occur?
- Who you believe is responsible: names of all the people, and the program or organization involved.
- Optional: Did you file a written citizen complaint first with the school district, ESD or school service provider? Although not required by Chapter 392-168 WAC, it is helpful if we can review a copy of your citizen complaint and the results, if any.
- The Resolution You Expect. A proposed solution, if you think you know or have ideas about how the issue can be resolved.
STEP 3 Mail or Fax Your Written Citizen Complaint to OSPI
Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
Attn: Citizen Complaint-Title I, Part A
P.O. Box 47200
Olympia, WA 98504
Fax: (360) 586-3305
STEP 4 OSPI Staff Process Your Complaint
Once federal program staff at OSPI receive your written complaint, here is what follows:
- OSPI sends a copy of your complaint to the school district, ESD or school service provider (subgrantee).
- The school district, ESD or school service provider begins a formal investigation led by a designated employee.
- The designated employee provides the written response of the investigation to OSPI — within 20 calendar days.
- OSPI staff will send you a copy of the results of the investigation conducted by the
school district, ESD or school provider (subgrantee).
Their response must clearly state one of two results:
- Denial of the allegations in your complaint and the reason for denial.
- Proposal of reasonable actions that will correct the violation.
If you need to provide more information about the allegations in the complaint, send that information to OSPI within 5 calendar days of the date of the response from the school district, ESD or school service provider (subgrantee).
STEP 5 Final Decision by OSPI
OSPI will send you the final decision in writing within 60 calendar days of the date federal program staff at OSPI received your written complaint — unless exceptional circumstances demand that this investigation take more time.
Here are the steps OSPI staff will follow to reach a final decision:
- Review all the information gathered related to your complaint. The review could include the results of an independent, on-site investigation.
- Decide independently whether or not the district, ESD or school service provider (subgrantee) violated a federal rule, law or regulation or a state regulation that applies to a federal program.
- Provide you with the final decision: Findings of fact, conclusions, and reasonable measures necessary to correct any violation.
- The district, ESD or school service provider (subgrantee) must take the corrective actions OSPI prescribes within 30 calendar days of the final decision.
- A citizen complaint is considered resolved when OSPI has issued a final written decision and corrective measures, if necessary, are complete.
Extend or Waive Timelines
If you as the complainant, and the school district, ESD or school service provider (subgrantee) named in your citizen complaint agree to extend the timelines, this agreement must be in writing and sent to OSPI within 10 calendar days of the date the school district, ESD or school service provider (subgrantee) received notification from OSPI.
Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
Attn: Citizen Complaint—Title I, Part A
P.O. Box 47200
Olympia, WA 98504