A Message from Your PTSA
Here's hoping your re-entry into on-line learning was smooth after the Spring Break. (Raise your hand if it didn't seem like much of a break.)
We're all experiencing a lot of change - in how to stay safe, how to parent, how to teach our kids. We hope the information below provides some help and support as we all feel our way forward.
Scroll down for updates on grades, meal distribution, volunteer opportunities, and an upcoming webinar on how to Parent During a Pandemic. Cuz we all need a little help.
Stay safe and healthy,
Wendy Sykes, Eckstein Annual Campaign co-chair
Eckstein Class Schedule
Monday: LA, 9-11:30
Monday: Technology, 12:30 - 3
Tuesday: Math, 9 - 11:30
Tuesday: Visual Art/Art, 12:30-3
Wednesday: Science, 9-11:30
Wednesday: World Languages, 12:30 - 3
Thursday: Social Studies, 9-11:30
Thursday: Music, 12:30 - 3
Friday: SPED, ELL, Support Classes and Leadership, 9-11:30
Friday: PE 12:30 - 3
Middle School Grading
Instead of a letter grade, students will receive a “P” for passing.
(Middle school students taking courses for high school credit will follow the SPS policy created for high school students)
8th Graders - High School Is Around the Corner!
Registration time is upon us! Ms. Duncan has created a folder in Schoology with a PowerPoint presentation and links to both Hale & Roosevelt's information and course catalogs. Please take a look and let her know if you have questions. You should have heard from your chosen high school about how to register for classes.
The District has begun limited distribution of laptops to middle school students, starting with those who do not have access to any other device in their home and other high need students. If your family needs an additional device for use during the school closure, more information will be coming on how to ask for and get a laptop.
Free Tutoring for SPS K-8 Students
Local high school and college students are offering free tutoring and support for Seattle Public Schools K-8 students! Click here.
Your Donation Dollars
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.
A Loss in the Eckstein Community
Last week Principal Rose announced that a beloved former Eckstein student passed away. Kristin described him as a kind soul with an infectious smile and a great friend to many students. Two of Arnold's siblings currently attend Eckstein. Click here to link to the Gonzales family's GoFundMe page.
Even a small donation could help Griselda Gonzalez reach their fundraising goal. If you can't contribute, but would like to help, you could share the fundraiser to help spread the word.
The school administration is working to find a way for students to safely clean out their lockers, in some sort of staggered timeline, once restrictions are lightened. Stay tuned to hear about how to get those mirrors, fuzzy dice and moldy lunch containers back.
8th Grade Promotion
Right now there isn't any guidance from the district or State on how to best do this - but don't worry - the Eckstein administration is thinking about this and will find a way to do SOMETHING for our graduating 8th graders to celebrate their success. Hang tight.
Yearbook Distribution Delayed
Yearbooks won't be distributed until late summer or early fall. Staff is working on the best way to get the books to our current eighth grade students, and maybe even coordinate a signing event. Stay Cool! HAGS!
Eckstein Social Media
Check out Eckstein's Instagram account (@InsideEckstein) for daily "Kindness Dares!"
Do You Need Help?
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). The staff is working with the PTSA to form a delivery system that meets families’ needs and does not overburden Eckstein staff. If you would like to help deliver meals, please contact Beth Cogan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do You Want to Help?
Ways to Help Your Eckstein Community
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
The Weekly is distributed on Fridays during the school year. Please send submissions by *Wednesday at 5PM* to Eckstein Weekly Inclusion is at the discretion of the Eckstein PTSA and Administration. Your 2019-20 Eckstein Weekly is edited by the PTSA Communications Team. Sign up for the Eckstein Weekly here!