A Message from Your PTSA
Let's show our teachers some love during May, Teacher Appreciation Month! Please scroll below - we need your help!
We've all gotten a crash course in teaching lately and if we didn't know it before, we know it now - teachers are rock stars and deserve all the respect and gratitude!
High School registration was extended until Monday. If you haven’t registered yet, please read below (see action under Academics) and register by Monday, May 4, 2020.
And a big thank you to the seven volunteers who raised their hand last week to help deliver food to those in need! (See the section Do You Want to Help, below, if you'd like help our community.)
Stay safe, wash your hands and hang tough.
Congratulations Principal Rose!
Kristin Rose Named Principal
A big shout out to Kristin Rose, who was named principal for Eckstein this week. It's obviously been quite a year already - talk about trial by fire!
Ms. Rose was appointed as interim principal in June of 2019. According to Superintendent Denise Juneau, "Rose's vision for equity, collaborative leadership, connection with students and staff, and specific demonstrated community outreach and engagement over the course of the past year were key factors in the decision to confirm her as the principal of Eckstein Middle School."
Ms Rose is the epitome of a local girl. She (and her mother) both attended Eckstein; Rose graduated from Roosevelt High School; earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington; her Master’s degree from Seattle University, and her administrative credentials from the University of Washington’s Danforth Program.
In addition to her role as assistant principal at Eckstein Middle School, Ms. Rose also taught social studies and language arts at Inglemoor High School and was an assistant principal at Bothell High School and Inglemoor.
Congratulations Kristin! Eckstein is lucky to have you!
Teacher Appreciation - Please Help!
It's not easy to educate, motivate and entertain students while also ensuring they are physically and emotionally safe. If you and/or your student have a chance, take time this week to reach out to your teachers and let them know how much you appreciate their work!
As a school and PTSA we have several organized activities including:
Still want to do more? follow this link for some ways to thank your teachers from home. (And maybe give yourself a pat on the back too, you've been a great teacher's assistant.).
Academics and Creativity
8th Graders - Registration Update for Roosevelt
There were a series of technical glitches that impacted registration for some of the incoming Roosevelt families, but have now been fixed and the school needs all incoming students to register ASAP if they haven't already - ideally by Monday, May 3.
Here is the link to complete this process.
At this time only about half of the incoming families have registered. 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.
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
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
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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
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