TCE Weekly Update

September 21, 2020


On Friday, a group of teachers met with Dan, Lloy and SCEA leadership to voice concerns about the workload and timeline of moving to the hybrid model. I appreciate the way in which you spoke with honesty and vulnerability about the challenges that lie ahead. I was proud of how you represented yourselves and your concerns in a respectful and productive manner.

At this time the district timeline continues to be October 5 for students in K-3 to return to in person instruction and grades 4-5 on October 26. We are waiting on the response of 11 families for their selection of hybrid or online model. Once the data is collected, Dan Johnston will be making decisions on staffing changes needed to meet the needs. This information will be shared with you as soon as possible.

I am spending the next two weeks preparing the building by setting up classrooms with desks spaced 6 feet apart. We will be removing any furniture that will be in the way of maximizing the number of students in a room. I will also be marking the hallways with directional signs and designate bathrooms for specific classrooms.

Staff is grades 1-3 will have their Health and Safety Protocol Walk Thrus on Wednesday, September 23 with Mark Carter, our school nurse, and myself. Please check your email for a calendar invite.

There continues to be a million unanswered questions and concerns regarding hybrid model. Please refer to the Hybrid Transition FAQ document for answers whenever possible.

I appreciate the support you have shown one another during these uncertain times. Thank you for continuing to pull together and hold each other up. I also greatly appreciate the kindness and care you have given me. Thank you to our paraeducators for the surprise treat of self care! TCE means the world to me and I am grateful for each of you.

TCE Staff Google Classroom

New postings in the Staff Google Classroom this week are:
  • Words to Encourage by Jo
  • Attendance
  • Seesaw Tips

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.

This week we dig in to the Science of Kindness to learn about the benefits that kindness has on our own health. This week's Kindness Dare is to complete a random act of kindness for another staff member.

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The Science of Kindness

Digital Calm Down Corner

Jo found a great resource for you to use from TpT to create a digital calm down corner for your students. Check it out!

Flu Shots

Now more than ever, we are thinking about our health. Flu shots are highly recommended. Costco will be providing flu shots on September 29 from 7:00-10:30AM and from 1:00-4:00PM at the District Office board room. All of our insurance carriers will be accepted. All staff will need to fill out a Google Form before receiving a flu shot so please respond ASAP.

Food Pantry

We are now one of 5 places in the community to have a Food Pantry. The Stanwood-Camano Food Bank will keep it stocked regularly with food items and it is available to any one in need 24 hours per day. Thank you Sarah for making this wonderful resource a reality!

Extra Monitor

If you are in need of an extra monitor to use at home the Tech Department still have about 75 monitors and adaptors to give out. Please contact Frank Schmidt at to arrange pick up at the tech center.

NED Mindset Virtual Assembly

On Wednesday, September 30 at 10:00 the NED Show is hosting a virtual assembly for students and staff. The focus is on mindset with connections to kindness and courage. A link will be share a few days prior so that student can sign in to attend from home.

Google Meet Issues

There is an issue of students entering Meet sessions before the teacher and affects host controls and recordings. In a nutshell:

  • Students entering Meet sessions before the teacher is a known Google issue that will hopefully be resolved soon.
  • The first one in the meeting is the host and has all the host controls.
  • The blue badge with the lock on the bottom left is displayed for the host.
  • Meet recordings are saved in the Drive of the host only.
  • When the Meet session is over, the teacher needs to be the last one to leave.
  • Use the red phone icon at the bottom of the screen to end the Meet- do not simply close the tab.
Tech Stuff I Wish My Students Knew

Don't forget to submit tech ideas to Laura and Colleen so that they can design Tech Specialist lessons that fit your student's needs.

IEP at a Glance

You can now access a student's IEP at a Glance in Skyward. This will allow you to see their goals and accommodations as a part of their plan. If you have questions about a student's special education services, please reach out to their case manager.

Technology Help Line

The Technolgy Help Line is available this week Monday-Friday from 12:00-3:00 p.m. by calling 360-403-3966.

Safe Schools Trainings

You will receive an email this week with the Safe Schools trainings that are required this year. Please make sure you activate your account. You will have two days of Professional Development Wednesday meetings provided to complete these trainings prior to December 31.

Tiger Tales Newsletters

This is the newsletter shared with our families this week.

Health Attestation Upon Entry

If you have the following symptoms, you may not enter school and should self isolate until your doctor can be consulted:

  • Cough you cannot attribute to another illness
  • Sudden onset of shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

If you plan to enter the building you must come through the front door and follow procedures:

  1. Use hand sanitizer
  2. Take your temperature with the thermometer provided by holding 1-6cm from your head and pressing the trigger button until you hear it beep.
  3. Verify that your temperature is less than 100.4 degrees on thermometer display.
  4. Sign the attestation questions that verify that you do not have unexplained symptoms.
  5. Initial the attestation sheet that your temperature was less than 100.4 degrees.
  6. Use hand sanitizer again.

If you have two or more of any of the following symptoms, you may not enter school and should self isolate until your doctor can be consulted:

  • Temperature over 100 degrees

  • Headache

  • Sore throat

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • New muscle aches that you cannot attribute to another health condition, or that may have been caused by specific activity or physical exercise

  • Chills or repeated shaking with chills

When in the building masks are required and must be kept over your nose and mouth unless you are working alone. You must maintain 6 feet of distancing, wash hands often with soap and avoid touching your eyes/nose/mouth. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces and avoid using other employee's work stations and equipment.