A Message from Your PTSA
There's a lot going on this week as well! Scroll down for details on:
Chat with Your School Board Director
Q&A With School Board Director Chandra Hampson
Hampson will be taking questions from parents and staff on Thursday, May 14th from 6-7pm. To make things run smoothly, please send your questions in advance of the meeting to Natalya Yudkovsky.
The School Board is responsible for creating the district budget, setting district policies and procedures, and overseeing the workings of the school district. For more options on joining the Zoom Meeting, click here.
Academics and Creativity
Some generous former Eckstein students (current high school students) would like to help those who need tutoring during this time of school closure.
We've received links from two groups who are looking to help.
This is a website created by Taylor Bailey and Claire/Ian Eggleston. The purpose is to help teens who are struggling during these unprecedented times with certain academic concepts through tutoring with their peers. You can become a tutor to help your peers, or you can be tutored by one of your peers. All tutoring is FREE to any Seattle Public Schools student who needs it!
During these unprecedented times, we as a group of student volunteers recognize the struggles of middle and high school students. We understand your problems as students due to recent school closures and are coming together on online platforms to support each other. Our mission at Learn In Shelter is simple: to provide free, high-quality tutoring for students in need. Our sessions are led by qualified tutors over zoom calls.
8th Graders - Registration Update for Roosevelt
Roosevelt needs all incoming students to register ASAP if they haven't already!
Here is the link to complete this process.
Roosevelt needs to move in to the next phase of the scheduling process, but that cannot happen until students have picked classes.
If you have any questions about completing registration, please contact School Counselor Daniel Eneberg - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beat the Boredom, Get Creative!
Coyote North has opened registration for ONLINE classes this Spring! Students (10-15 years old) can learn anything from stop-motion animation to jewelry-making, to dance, and more! Classes are pay-what-you-can. Registration can be completed on our website here. Coyote will also be rolling out shorter tutorials with an offline option coming soon. If you have questions, contact Alex Peterson at email@example.com.
SPS Tech Support for Families and Students
Middle and high school students using an SPS laptop can get technical help from SPS the following ways.
A Video Thank You to Our Parents!
Eckstein staff know how hard families are working these days, along with our custodians, lunchroom staff, and liaisons at housing communities and this is just a small appreciation video, we hope you enjoy it!
Free Parenting Webinar: Supporting Your "Quaranteen"
Parenting a teen during a global pandemic is no joke. There's no "What to Expect When You're Isolating" book. But we have help!
Join ParentMap for a live Q&A with author and speaker Christine Carter, Ph.D. We'll talk about what it looks like to support teens through this crisis.
Topics will include: Why it's so hard for teens to shelter in place; how to notice and respond to kids and their emotions during this time at home; and how to support teens as they grieve their losses (no matter how big or small).
This spring, the Leadership class and the Associated Student Body (ASB) have been working to build community while being apart - no small feat! If you have an idea or want to contribute, please reach out to Ms. Poort, ASB Advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Eckstein Annual Campaign received an amazing amount of support this year from Eckstein families. If you remember, the campaign raised $110,000. In January alone, we funded $60,000 of teacher and staff requests.
The PTSA is working to identify ways that some of that money can be put to use now - to support our teachers and families. At the same time, next year will almost certainly be a challenge financially, and we will need to have some money in the coffer.
If you are in need of support - right now - to meet your child's educational or basic needs please contact your school counselor.
If you feel as though you can afford to donate to Eckstein's Annual Campaign - you can give here. All money goes to support Eckstein students, families and staff.
Parenting During a Pandemic
This is NOT what we signed up for. It's exhausting trying to do all of the things, all the time. These days as parents, we're all just trying to survive, let alone thrive. Find out how to focus on what really matters, do more with less and forget the rest.
Join ParentMap for a free virtual talk with best-selling author and speaker Dan Siegel, M.D. Learn the secrets of raising confident, compassionate and connected kids from his new critically acclaimed book, “The Power of Showing Up: How Parental Presence Shapes Who Our Kids Become and How Their Brains Get Wired.”
“Show up” for the webinar and learn:
This webinar may be recorded and republished for educational and promotional usage.
Lake City Route Added to Seattle’s Stay Healthy Streets.
Seattle has closed several streets throughout the city to create pedestrian friendly spaces during the pandemic.
Here’s a map of the Lake City route.
Do You Need Help?
School Meal Support
Student meals are now also served from yellow buses on routes throughout the city. SPS continues to provide food at 26 school meal sites Monday – Friday, and weekend meal support is provided by the Backpack Brigade and Food For Schools.
Click here for more details.
If your family needs a lunch or weekend food essentials and are unable to come to school, please contact you student's counselor (contact info below). If you would like to help deliver meals, please contact Beth Cogan at email@example.com.
Do You Want to Help?
Food and Hygiene Product Drive
The Eckstein PTSA is collaborating with the elementary schools in our attendance area to collect needed food and hygiene items for local families.
Bryant Elementary Area - Hygiene Drive
Ways to Help Your Eckstein Community
WPTSA Meeting With Superintendent Reykdal
Last Monday, May 4th, Washington State PTA participated in an online meeting with State Superintendent Chris Reykdal. The discussion included grading, technology, and plans for reopening in the fall. Here is a summary of the meeting.
Keep on Reading!
Ms. Sterling's Reading Suggestions
Check out the 2019 end-of-the-year lists she put together!
Realistic Fiction Tough Issues Suggestions
Realistic Fiction Lighthearted Suggestions
Historical Fiction Suggestions
Graphic Novel Suggestions
Author of Color Suggestions
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