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 Volume 17 Issue 32

 Thursday, May 25, 2023

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 Katie May

School Hours:

 8:55 a.m. - 3:25 p.m.

Early Release Wednesdays

 8:55 a.m. - 2:10 p.m.



If your child is absent from school, please contact the main office at

(206) 252-2800, or


and notify us of the absence and the reason for the absence, so we can keep accurate attendance data.

 All visitors to school MUST check in at the office upon entering campus. It is not a requirement to show a vaccination card for a visit to campus. We ask that parents not enter the building during arrival or dismissal unless they are entering for a meeting, to help us avoid congestion in the hallways for our students.


Contact information for Thurgood Marshall’s YMCA Program:

Volunteers Needed
to help plan  Multicultural Community Night 
on June 8, 6-7:30PM


Please email if you can help plan this event!

Reading with your Child

Mom Reading a Book to her Daughter

Reading at home with your child is one of the most important things you can do to invest in your child’s learning. Reading is a fundamental skill that lays the foundation for academic success and lifelong learning. By cultivating a love for learning early on, you can help your child to develop strong literacy skills and a passion for finding out more about the topics they care about.

Here are some tips to make reading a joyful experience at home:

  1. Establish a consistent reading routine by designating a specific time each day for reading. It could be before bedtime or after dinner (or while waiting to pick a sibling up from an activity!). Wherever your family can squeeze the time in works! Regularity is the key to making reading a habit.

  2. Create a cozy area of your home as a reading corner. Fill it with comfortable cushions, a blanket and a small bookshelf with books appropriate for your child’s age level.

  3. Read Aloud Together. Take turns reading aloud with your child. Encourage them to read a page or a paragraph, and then you can continue the story. Reading together helps improve fluency, comprehension and listening skills.

  4. Visit the library. Plan regular visits to your local library. Let your child choose books that interest them (graphic novels are just fine!). Public libraries often have special programming – story time, author readings, and summer reading programs – geared to children, too. And don’t forget – the TM Library is open throughout the summer from 4-7 PM on Tuesday evenings!

  5. Lead by example. children are more likely to engage in reading when they see their grown-ups reading. Model reading habits by setting aside time for your own reading and discuss what you’re reading with your child.

  6. Discuss books together. Help deepen your child’s comprehension by asking them questions about the book. Encourage your child to show you where in the book they are getting evidence for their opinion – this is an important academic skill!

  7. Explore different genres. Introduce your child to a variety of types of books such as fiction, non-fiction, science fiction, fantasy, biographies and poetry. Mr. Zetterberg recently had students “Do the Dewey,” challenging them to read a book from each non-fiction category.

  8. Don’t forget about writing, too! Encourage your child to write their own stories, poems or book reviews. If they loved a book, maybe they’d like to write to the author to let them know! Provide them with writing materials and a journal where they can express their creativity and practice their writing skills.

Remember, the goal is to make reading enjoyable and instill a lifelong love for books in your child. By dedicating time to reading together, you are fostering a strong bond with your child while building essential literacy skills. Thank you for your support in promoting reading at home. Together, we can build a school full of avid readers who are passionate about exploring the world through books.




May 29 

Memorial Day
(no school)


June 8

6-7:30 PM - Multicultural Community Night


June 15

7:00 PM TME Band & Orchestra Concert 

June 16

Spring Enrichment Classes End


June 17 (Saturday)

TME @ the Mariniers Game

1:10 PM


June 19

(no school)


June 23

Field Day


June 27

5:30-7:00 PM - 5th Grade Promotion!


June 30 

Last day of school;

1-hour early dismissal.

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Summer Learning

Link to full article

Check out a collection of district-sponsored summer learning and opportunities offered by community partners.


Huskies Out of School Time (HOST)

Rising 6th graders are invited to our HOST Showcase coming up on Friday, May 26th from 5-7pm. This event will showcase the different afterschool programs offered at Washington Middle School through Seattle Parks and Recreation’s CLC programs. 


WMS is also providing 2 weeks of summer camp (Parks Academy of Learning Summer Program (PALS) ) registration opened Monday, May 8  online.


Please see the following link for more information:

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Students and families who will be attending Washington Middle School next year for 6th grade!

Hello Incoming Jr. Huskies,


You are invited to our Incoming 6th Grade Family Welcome Night!


Come meet our 6th Grade Teaching Staff!

We will have information on athletics, electives, math, science, language arts, social studies, special education, and multilingual education.

Additionally, our counselors will be on hand to register your student for their elective classes.


Come join us for food on Tuesday, May 30th at 5:30 for pizza, followed by the event at 6 pm. We look forward to meeting you!

Students and families who will be attending
Meany Middle School next year for 6th grade!

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Citrus Fruits

Tutu's Pantry is Open

Please check in at our office between 9-10 AM or 2:15-3:15 PM if you are in need of grocery support. 

You  can email if you need a different time slot. 

We could use Sweatpants in our Health Room!


If you would like to make a donation, we could use some sweatpants in sizes 12-14 years.


Thank you!

The 5th graders are working to create a Memorial Garden as a tribute to Ms. Patu for their Legacy Project.

The garden will be just to the west of the main entry of the school and right outside the windows of the main office.


The 5th grade crew will need some supplies for this project including feeding troughs for planters, and plants.  Please consider donating to this loving, important project.

5th Grade Legacy Project 
Memorial Garden

Elementary Summer Learning
Extended School Year 

Elementary Summer Learning  

  • Students who were referred, found eligible, and completed a registration form by April 7, were assigned to an Elementary Summer Learning site.  

  • Families received confirmation of their student’s summer school assignment in April.  

  • The Elementary Summer Learning program is full and is not accepting new referred students or registration forms. 


Extended School Year (ESY)

  • ESY is a a special education program provided to some students who receive special education services. ESY for Preschool-12th grade will be Tuesday-Thursday, 8:30-12:30, July 11 through Aug. 3. ESY sites will be ORCA K-8 and Broadview K-8 

  • Please encourage your student's IEP case manager to have ESY IEPs completed by Friday, May 12. If IEP case managers have questions or need additional support, please ask them to contact their program specialists. 

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Have you heard of the new
Working Families Tax Credit (WFTC)? 

Washington state funded Working Families Tax Credit will provide payments up to $1,200 to individuals and families who meet eligibility requirements.


See if you’re eligible: WorkingFamiliesCredit. 


The purpose of the Working Families Tax Credit is to stimulate the local economy, promote racial equity, and support the financial stability and well-being of Washington residents and their families.

To find out if you qualify and to apply, go to


¿Sabía que...? El Crédito Tributario para Familias Trabajadoras del estado de Washington se creó con el fin apoyar la estabilidad y el bienestar financieros de los ciudadanos de Washington. Verifique si cumple con los requisitos en

We need your help!
Please Complete the Family Income Survey

Thurgood Marshall is a Title 1 school. This has many advantages for our students including free breakfast and lunch for all students this year, extra reading intervention for students who need reading help, free books and resources, and reduced price or free field trip opportunities. In order to maintain our Title 1 status, we need every family to fill out the family income survey. The district is asking for every one of our families to fill this out, even if they do not think their family qualified for free or reduced-price lunch.


Please help us maintain services for our students. 

We ask that ALL FAMILIES complete the family income survey at this link: .

Currently the online form is only available in English. SPS is working to add digital versions of the form in the most common SPS languages.

Translated paper copies of the family income survey can be downloaded and printed out in the following languages:

  • English

  • Cambodian

  • Chinese

  • Korean

  • Punjabi

  • Russian

  • Somali

  • Spanish

  • Tagalog

  • Vietnamese


We have paper copies available in other languages available upon request and are happy to make a computer available to you at school to complete the survey.


Let us know how we can help you with this!

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You’re less likely to spread #COVID19 to your teachers and classmates if you’re up to date with your COVID vaccine.

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