Volume 17 Issue 2
Thursday, September 22, 2022
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.
Volunteers must follow the required district process and be vaccinated or able to show a vaccine exemption.
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.
ANTI-RACISM RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES
As the school year ends, you may want to take time this summer to learn more about racism in our country and explore how you can help dismantle it. If you are overwhelmed by all the possible resources out there on the topic, look no further! The TM Equity Action Team has developed a crowd-sourced Google spreadsheet - ANTI-RACISM RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES - that gives you one place to go to find resources on topics such as Events (upcoming local rallies and marches), Talking with Kids about Race, Resources for Kids, For White Allies, Black History, Self-Care and more. Each topic page is further divided according to media - books, podcasts, videos, etc...
Check it out! Visit and bookmark, add to this dynamic crowdsourced Google spreadsheet, and/or feel free to share this link to others: tinyurl.com/tm equity resources
If you have any questions, please contact the Equity Action Team leaders at email@example.com
Thursday, September 29
5-5:45PM Virtual Principal Coffee
Sunday, October 2
School Custodian Appreciation Day
Mon. & Tues., October 3 & 4
School Picture Day
(10/3: Pre-k, PEACE, K, 1st and 2nd, 10/4: 3rd-5th Oct. 4)
Wed. - Fri., October 5-7
5th Grade Camp Orkila
Monday, October 10
Indigenous People’s Day
Wednesday, October 12
FTME Board Meeting– 6:30-8PM
Thursday, October 13
FTME Potluck and Game Night
Friday, October 14
State Inservice Day
(No School for Students)
Thursday, October 20
Note the APTT Family Meeting #1 has been postponed to a later date TBD
Thursday, October 27
Principal Coffee 8:40-9:30 AM
(In person at TM’s library)
Monday, October 31
Volunteer @ School
Reminder that anyone who wishes to Volunteer in School this year must update their volunteer application following the steps here: https://www.seattleschools.org/departments/volunteer/volunteer-application-process/ .
It’s great to start this process early in the year so you are ready for any opportunities that come up to help at school.
Washington State Department of Health continues to require that school volunteers be vaccinated against COVID-19.
The theme this year for the entire Thurgood Marshall Community is "Show Up”. Showing up matters at the individual level and at the community level. We have all lost much during the Covid-19 pandemic. Students, families, and staff have all faced overwhelming stressors in the past 2.5 years. Community matters now more than ever. Community is how we will all heal. If we are to recover some of these Covid-19 losses, the first step must be showing up. Students must be present and actively engaged in learning. We need families in partnership with educators. Together we will make a difference.
Research has shown that chronic absences for students have more than doubled during the pandemic at the national level. Current Thurgood Marshall data demonstrates this same significant increase in chronic absenteeism right here in our own school. Missing more than 1 school day a month translates into chronic absenteeism. We know that students who are chronically absent miss out on a significant amount of instruction, learning, and social development. This can have a lasting negative impact upon the student across the school years.
Some things that help prevent chronic absences:
Routines: Daily attendance routines, created at home and in school, can reduce stress for students and families and create a sense of safety and security, especially after chaotic transitions. Home routines include set bed times, packing lunches and back packs the night before, laying out clothes for the next day, etc.
Engagement: Being in school helps students to get to know peers, teachers and school staff, and to create trusting relationships that motivate students to participate in learning. Help your child get involved. Reach out to their teacher or Ms. Matsui, school counselor, if you think your child might need support in building relationships at school.
Access to Resources: Schools help students and families gain access to basic resources such as meals, physical and mental health services, and fun enrichment activities including sports, clubs, music, afterschool and summer programs. If you need help with the basics including housing, access to food or clothing for your child, reach out to Danny Hawkins, Family Support Worker. Ms. Matsui can help with access to mental health services. Consider signing your student up for before and after school enrichment classes offered by the Friends of Thurgood Marshall Elementary.
Learning: Learning is most meaningful when it is active, social, and allows students to apply concepts to real life situations. Showing up to school regularly helps students engage in learning that builds proficiency in reading and math that will help them to graduate from high school. If you have questions, reach out to your student’s teacher.
We are here for your child. Reach out with questions or concerns. Together we can figure it out.
This article was prepared by our former Assistant Principal Ms. Lorow,
Thurgood Marshall Elementary Picture Days are scheduled for Monday, October 3 and Tuesday, October 4
Yuen Lui Studio will photograph individual portraits of students and staff
Families can save on shipping and preorder photos here: 2022-23 Thurgood Marshall Elementary Picture Days 10/3, 4
Print preorders will be shipped to the school and distributed to students at school within three weeks after the picture day
Digital preorders will be sent via email from firstname.lastname@example.org within three weeks after the picture day (use "email@example.com " to search your inbox/spam folders if you don't see the email come through)
Photos will be available to view after the bulk order is placed (about a week after picture day) -- families can view and order photos using their student's school ID number -- these print orders are shipped directly to students' homes (+ a shipping fee) within 10-14 business days after the order is placed; digital images will be sent via email from firstname.lastname@example.org to the address provided within 10-14 business days after the order is placed
Retakes and Class Group Photos are scheduled for Tuesday, November 8
For questions, please contact email@example.com
Family Connectors University
Family Connectors University is now enrolling for the fall term! All SPS families are invited to join North Seattle College’s Family Connectors University (FCU), a family-focused online course designed to help parents and caregivers support their child’s learning and growth.
FCU topics include:
Helping your child with learning
Social Emotional Learning ideas for home
Becoming a supportive partner at your school
Helping your child with ‘big emotions’
Supporting your child with reading and math
Talking to kids about race, racism, and antiracist actions
Take this course in real-time or attend offline at a time that works for you. The class takes place online via Zoom for 10 weeks beginning Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 6-7 pm. Parents can participate synchronously or asynchronously, as sessions will be recorded. The course is facilitated by NSC Parent Education Instructor Lea Evans, Principal Janine Roy, SPS Family Partnerships Coordinator Asosa Sailiai, and special guest speakers. Check out Family Connectors video and course details. The cost for the 2-unit class is $39.42, and some scholarships are available.
Contact Asosa Sailiai, Family Partnerships Coordinator, to enroll or find out more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Affordable Connectivity Program for Family Home Internet Access
DoTs is highly recommending that students and families in need of internet access apply to the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) www.ACPBenefit.org
The ACP provides a discount of up to $30 per month toward internet service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands.
A household is eligible for the Affordable Connectivity Program if the household income is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, or if a member of the household meets at least one of the criteria below:
Based on your household income
If you or your child or dependent participate in certain government assistance programs such as SNAP, Medicaid, WIC, or other programs
Hotspots will be made available, in limited capacity, to eligible students at the start of the 2022-2023 school year. More information available on the mySPS Student Device Support webpage.
Contact Student TechLine email@example.com
You’re less likely to spread #COVID19 to your teachers and classmates if you’re up to date with your COVID vaccine.