Totem Falls Raven Review

Friday, March 19, 2021

Important Dates


19: Last day to fill out change in method of instruction survey

19: LAST CALL for picture submissions for yearbook

19: ONLINE Spring Book Fair begins through April 1

23 & 29: On-campus Vision screening for grades K, 1, 2, 3 and 5.

31: Human Growth & Development District Presentation, 6:00 p.m., Zoom webinar, details below


1 & 2: School in session

Typically these have been conference days off for the week before Spring Break. However, we WILL be having school these days. Group B will attend in-person and online students will have their time with their online teacher as usual for both days.

5-9: Spring Break, no school

12: School resumes

16: Distribution for remote students, 1-2:30 pm

Conference Week

The week of Monday, March 29 through Friday, April 2, which had been reserved as a tentative conference week, will remain a five-day school week. Instruction during the week will follow a teacher’s or student’s current school schedule. The following week, April 5-9, is Spring Break.

Standard conference times between parents/guardians and teachers will not be scheduled. As always, we encourage teachers, students and families to have discussions by phone, email or through Zoom to discuss any concerns, questions or situations that may arise.

Like to build things? We need your help.

Calling all carpenters! We are looking for someone who can help with creating and installing the tiles made by our 6th graders as a culminating project. We need this support to be able to have this project continue. Please reach out to Dr. Church if you are interested. Thank you!

A note from Dr. Church

Dear Totem Falls Families,

I want to thank everyone wishing to change their child’s learning mode, for filling out the recent survey. I would like to provide some idea of next steps so you’re aware of the timeline. The survey closes tonight at 5:00. I will be looking at the list to see how many students can return safely at each grade level. Some grade levels may have plenty of space and others may require a lottery and wait listing. My goal is to call each family to inform you of the options as soon as possible. There are many details surrounding room re-arrangement, lunchroom preparation, communication from the new teacher and a thousand other little details. My goal is to have students begin prior to April 19th. I will let you know when I call.

This new process will obviously have an impact on everyone. Some classes will be welcoming new students and some will be losing students in this new transition. It is important to close this chapter well as we transition. Saying 'goodbye' and 'we’ll see you soon' when school gets back to normal will be important for all our emotional health.

I was talking to some students at dismissal this week and they shared with me the best thing about being back was seeing their friends and teachers. One student said, “Being back in school just makes EVERYTHING better!”. I want our remote students to know we are waiting for them to return when they are ready. We can hardly wait.

Spring is upon us! Vaccinations are growing in scale and scope! So much to be hopeful for in this traditional season of hope and possibility.



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On-Campus vision screening

March 23rd (3rd & 5th Cohort B & McDonald )

March 29th (3rd & 5th Cohort A, Kindergarten, 1st & 2nd, Cornish & Brewster)

On the dates above we will be conducting our annual vision screening for students in Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grades. Screening will be done by our nurse using the SPOT vision screener. The SPOT photo vision screener detects potential indicators for a variety of visual issues including near and far sightedness. If your child wears glasses please have them wear or bring them for the test.

This screening is not intended to replace a regular vision exam from a licensed optometrist. If your child receives a “pass” then no letter is mailed to you. If you receive a letter that says “refer” then your child should be evaluated by a licensed optometrist. Please contact our nurse, Mary Mellis RN at 360-563-4796 with any questions or concerns.

Friendly reminders

  • Students should not be dropped off at school before 8:15.
  • School begins at 8:35 a.m.
  • Student attestation should be completed by 7:45 a.m. each morning using the Qualtrics System.
  • Please send your child to school prepared to be outside for recess with a coat on cold weather days and extra clothes in case they get wet from rain soaked play equipment or puddles.
  • Drinking fountains are closed off, please send your child with a refillable and labelled water bottle.
  • When calling in to excuse absences, we are required to enter a valid reason, please include why your child is out for the day. Attendance line: 360-563-4751.
  • Sending an extra mask and remembering to mark ALL of your students' possessions, including masks, is very important.
  • Changes in after-school transportation must be called in a half hour before the end of the day. No bus passes this year.
  • Students will wear face coverings at all times EXCEPT during lunch and designated mask break areas outside.
  • Remember to keep your children home if they have a temperature, are symptomatic or are not feeling well. Sickness information is available at

Late Arrivals and Early Dismissals

Thank you in advance for making every effort to get your children to school on time. Consistent attendance is so important to your child's education. However, we understand that families have appointments and occasional events that sometimes conflict with the school schedule and that “Late” happens! At this time, we are not following our usual expectation of having parents physically sign their student in. Instead, we are asking that parents remain in their car and call our main office at 360-563-4750 and let us know that you are sending your child in- this will count as your “signing them in.” We will then watch for your child and confirm their arrival before sending them on their merry way to class with a pass.😊

Likewise with early dismissals. If you need to pick your student up before school lets out, please remain in your car and call our main office once you have arrived to campus. We will then call your student down to be excused and ensure they get out to your car safely.

Thank you for doing what you can to schedule appointments and extra-curricular activities around the school schedule! By prioritizing school, it emphasizes to kids how valuable education is. 😊

Reminders to stay home

If a student or staff member is not feeling well and has any symptoms of illness, even mild ones, please stay home. Symptoms could include cough, sore throat, fever, fatigue, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting. One symptom is enough to warrant staying home as a precaution.

We know it can be frustrating to stay home with mild symptoms. Children get sniffles, a cough, or upset stomach from time to time, and this is usually not cause for alarm. But this pandemic is the time for extra caution, and all students and staff should stay home even if symptoms are mild.

Students can return to school the next day if they have one symptom below that has resolved within 24 hours.

  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea (defined as 2 or more loose stool in 24 hours)

If your child is at school and experiences any of the above symptoms (symptoms not caused by another condition) or

  • Fever (defined as subjective or 100.4 F or higher)
  • Chills
  • Cough
  • Loss of sense of taste and/or smell
  • Shortness of breath

they will be immediately sent home.

Mask Breaks

This week Dr. Church spoke to all the kids at lunchtime about mask breaks. There are now designated spots on the benches and along the fence outside where, if a student needs a mask break during recess, they can stand by the fence or sit at one end of a bench, and take one.
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Change in Method of Learning

Friday, March 19 is the last day to log your preference for in-person learning for your student. Please click on this link to fill out the survey (not available on Skyward this time).

Click here to see all the details outlined as to how we are moving forward with the request for your student to now be in-person.

Next Distribution

The next distribution will be Friday, March 19, from 1:00 - 2:30 pm

Here is a snapshot of the next few:

April 16

May 7 & 28

June 18

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Library News

Our SPRING ONLINE BOOK FAIR is open so start shopping online THIS FRIDAY, March 19th until APRIL 1ST. Purchases can be made online through our TF SPRING ONLINE BOOK FAIR and books will be mailed straight to your home. Use our TF Book Fair link to create a Scholastic account or use your previous Scholastic account to shop so our TF Library gets 25% of the sales.

Check out our TF LIBRARY CANVAS or TF Library website page for information about the book fair, including- author videos, how to buy books online, and scavenger hunt.


COMPLETE the HOP into a Good Book Book fair SCAVENGER HUNT by using your book fair flyer by FRIDAY,MARCH 26th. After you finish the scavenger hunt, you will be entered into a contest for a FREE BOOK FAIR BOOK!.

Did you know The BFG book was made into a Disney movie? You should check out the MOVIE then you could compare the book and MOVIE. Check out our TF LIBRARY CANVAS page or TF Library Website for all the BFG resources online and fun activities. We hope you enjoyed reading the BFG with your family!


Congratulations to this week’s book winners of last week’s BFG trivia question: Aspen Lambert, Brooke Armstrong, Gunner Hughey, and Dax & Lula Touchette. Winners will receive a FREE BOOK at the next distribution on March 19th or delivered to their classroom.

Yearbook Update

PARENTS our Yearbook is due for printing BEFORE Spring Break. Please send in your pictures to be considered for inclusion in the yearbook by the PHOTO SUBMISSION DEADLINE of Friday, March 19th.

Simply email your photos (even cell phone pictures work...just select "original size") and add the child's name and grade in the subject of the email.

Email photos of the below events or any school related activity to the TF Yearbook Coordinators @

  • Pictures of BFG Read Aloud & Spirit Days (Many-Colored, Crazy Hat, "Dahlicious" Character, PJ & Giant day)
  • Kids ready BFG, City of Embers or any book
  • Robotic builds from PTO check-out program
  • Returning to school or continued virtual learning
  • Totem Fall spirit wear pictures
  • Kids holding school art projects
  • Music photos of kids playing instruments or school band
  • 6th Grade Canids needed of any activity

ORDER your Yearbook by April 1st

LAST CALL -> Order yearbooks by April 1st (extra copies are not available after this date!)

We know this has been a different year but we promise the Yearbook is full of candid photos and will be a great memory. Email the TF Yearbook Coordinators @ if you need to check if you've already ordered a book or not. Yearbook order forms were sent home in December. Yearbooks can still be ordered online or a check written out to the PTO for $18 and a note of your child's name, teacher, grade sent into the front office.

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human growth and development district presentation - grades 5 and 6

Human growth and development will be taught this year in 5th and 6th grade only. Topics include puberty, reproductive system and HIV/AIDS. Families are invited to attend a 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.

Changes to meal distribution

It has been a pleasure to provide district students with delicious and nutritious meals throughout the past year. With the exciting re-opening of our schools and return of secondary students will cause our district’s Food Service Dept. to change its method of meal distribution for remote learners and community children. Please note the seven-day meal pack will end on Wednesday, March 17.

Beginning Monday, March 22, students and parents will receive a text or email containing a Qualtrics survey similar to the health attestation survey that is used currently throughout the district. The survey will be open from 5:15-9 a.m., Monday through Thursday. This survey will allow parents/guardians to identify if their child(ren) would like to pick up lunch (and breakfast for the next day) for that day only. It will also allow parents/guardians to select from several designated schools for meal pick up. This survey must be completed each day to pick up meals.

  • Cathcart Elementary - 12:25-12:45 p.m.
  • Dutch Hill Elementary - 12:40-1 p.m.
  • Emerson Elementary -12:30-12:50 p.m.
  • Seattle Hill Elementary - 12:20-12:40 p.m.
  • Machias Elementary – 1-1:20 p.m.

On Fridays, there will not be a Qualtrics survey. On Friday, meals will be available to any child age 0 to 18 per the USDA SFSP guidelines. Lunches (and breakfast for the next day) can be picked up at:

  • Centennial Middle School - 11-11:20 a.m.
  • Little Cedars Elementary - 12:05-12:25 p.m.
  • Boys & Girls Club – 11:30-11:50 a.m.

The pickup window at each of the above schools will be 20 minutes and will be located at the front entrance of each school.

Snohomish School District Coronavirus Testing Research Study

The Snohomish School District Coronavirus Testing Study is looking for more participants! Sign up at for your child to be tested once per week for COVID-19 at home by a parent/guardian. The study will help researchers learn more about how COVID-19 spreads in elementary schools, and to safely re-open schools during this pandemic.

For more information about the study, visit or contact

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online kindergarten registration happening now

Kindergarten registration is happening at all Snohomish School District elementary schools. Online registration materials are available at We encourage families to utilize the online student enrollment and registration available at that site. Schools will reach out throughout summer 2021 with important information available for families (Meet the Teacher, WaKIDS, PTA/PTO/parent organizations, bus transportation, special services and more). For more information, please contact the elementary school your child will attend.

District Laptop Phone Support

We have a dedicated phone line for student/family computer/laptop support for district-issued devices. Students and families can call 360-563-3000 for live technical support from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 7:30-11:30 a.m., Friday.

Totem Falls Elementary School

We are Kind, Responsible, Honest, Brave and we NEVER Give Up!

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 Section 504 Coordinator and Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying (HIB), Shawn Stevenson,1601 Avenue D, Snohomish, WA 98290 360-563-7314