February 26th 2021 Newsletter

Table of Contents

Note from the Principals

Picture Retake Day & Yearbook Photos

Letter from FL Music & PE Teachers

HiCap Screening & Assessment Update

Library News

Technology Update

Message from the School Counselor

Family Resources

Cheetah Spotlight

Index for Previous FL Newsletter Topics


Note from the Principals

Dear Frank Love Families,

You may or may not be aware that today marks one year since the last day of in person instruction for our Frank Love students. What a year it has been. While it can be easy to think about all of the hardships, frustrations and the changes we’ve all been navigating, I invite you to reflect on the positives and light that can come alongside side challenges.   

A few weeks back, we asked the staff to share what we have managed to accomplish during this past year and how we have tried to thrive during this profound time.  Here are a few highlights…

  • We have amazing student attendance and engagement.

  • The community sees our efforts and feels grateful to have FL staff engaging with their students each day.

  • We have meaningful connections with not only our students, but also their families.

  • We have respectfully problem solved challenges.

  • We have created incentives and celebrations for both individual student and class goals met.

  • We have time in our schedule to have fun with our students.

  • We have asked students and families for their input and feedback and have made adjustments in response.

  • We have provided thoughtful feedback to the system to advocate for our staff, students and families.

  • We have sent encouraging notes, emails, and voicemails to show others that we care about and are thinking of them.

  • We have patiently helped solve technology issues and persevered.

  • We have researched and implemented new ideas and strategies for student engagement.

  • We have made lists, created systems, remade the lists, and created more systems to address the complexity and the reality of our situation.

  • We have been reflecting on the profound responsibility of our positions and how to keep learning and adjusting to meet every students' needs.

If you were to make a list of new learnings, evidence of thriving and highlights during this year, what would be on your list?  What would your student put on the list?

While it’s important to recognize the positives, it’s also as important to recognize the challenges.  One of our staff members shared the following image with us as a visual representation of how we as humans respond to unexpected disasters. 

As we wait to hear about plans for coming back to the school house for in person instruction, we hope that you can look forward to the “New Beginnings” phase.  As we wade through the questions and uncertainties, we joyfully look forward to being together again in person.


Sincerely,

Katy French, Principal
Denise Waters, Assistant Principal

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Picture Retake Day & Yearbook Photos

We plan to have an individual photo retake day Wednesday March 10th 2-3 pm. Please sign up for a timed appointment here for your in-person make up photo. More details will come as we get closer. 

We understand not everyone is able to come in for a photo and we want to make sure everyone has a chance to be in the yearbook. 

You can upload a photo by following the instructions on the flyer below.  Don't forget to check out the helpful tips to taking a great yearbook photo. 

We are also asking families to upload any fun candid photos that we can potentially include.  Get creative and show us what remote learning looks like for you! 

If you are in 5th grade, we have something fun planned and are also asking for a preschool, kindergarten, or first grade photo.  

Questions email Shannon Upchurch at supchurch@nsd.org.

We can't wait to see your smiling faces! 

Picture Re-Take Day is March 10th 

Helpful Tips for Taking Student Photos at Home 

How to Submit Photos for the Frank Love Yearbook

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Letter from FL Music & PE Teachers

Please read this letter from our FL Music & PE teachers.  Thank you.

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HiCap Screening & Assessment Update

The Accelerated Models and Programs Department is in the middle of our 2020-2021 screening and assessment plan.   

Grade 5 Update 
The highly capable department will close the NNAT3 screener on February 28th at 8:00 p.m. If you intend to take the screener, please do so by that time. They will send you an invitation to sign up for Iowa Assessments if your student’s screener meets the 85% score needed. We would like to complete Iowa Assessments by the middle of March so your student can be prepared to sign up for the appropriate middle school classes during registration. Please sign up for a slot to test as soon as possible.    

Students in grades 2-4 
We plan to begin online assessments of students who were referred for screening and assessments once grades 5-7 testing is done. We will send out invitations to test toward the end of March or beginning of April. We will conduct all testing online.  

Students in Grade 1 
We will conduct our universal screening and assessment when first grade students return to the buildings. Classroom teachers will assist in giving the NNAT3 screener. Parents will have the option to bring their student to school on the specific testing day even if they are opting not to have their student return to the classroom. The NNAT3 will then be proctored by someone other than the classroom teacher. We will let families know the date and time of testing at their school by email.   

Kindergarten 
We will compile current data from WaKIDS and iReady to compile a highly capable watch list for our current kindergarten students. No further screeners need to be given. 

Thank you,
Accelerated Models and Programs Department

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Library News

Books on the Bus and an additional pick-up option on Wednesdays!  
We have library books for you!  Books can be requested online and be picked up at Frank Love on Tuesdays from 11:15-12:15 or Wednesdays from 4:00-4:30 or from one of five convenient bus stops on Tuesdays. Be sure to request books by Wednesday of each week for delivery and pick-up on the following week.  For all the details, see here!   

Library Clubs and Gatherings for the Month of March 
The librarians are hosting some fun online gatherings for the month of March.  Students are invited to join us for these optional live activities via Zoom. Look for complete details in Schoology.  Hope to see you there!

  • Lunch with the Librarian (kindergarten-1st grade) Students are invited to have lunch with Ms. Persyn and Mr. Cheetah. The focus will be on fun and connecting with one another socially. Live Zoom every Thursday for kindergarteners from 11:15-11:45 and first grade from 11:45-12:15.

  • Lunch with the Librarian/Maker Mondays (2nd-3rd grade)  Join Ms. Persyn as we focus on hands-on activities and challenges that encourage students to think creatively while having fun. There will also be time for talking about books, sharing and socializing. Meets every Monday, second grade at 11:15-11:45 and third grade from 11:45-12:15. 

  • We Read Wednesdays (4th-5th grade) Join Ms. Fagundes twice a month to connect and socialize over books!  Come get some recommendations and share your favorites with others.  Wednesdays, March 10th and 24th from 10:30-11:00.

Online Resources
Be sure to visit the Frank Love Library webpage for helpful online resources including eBooks and audiobooks, databases, tutorials and more!

Questions? Comments? Need help?
spersyn@nsd.org

Happy reading!
Steffanie Persyn and Annie Fagundes
Your Frank Love Librarians

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Technology Update 

Free Internet:
Having reliable connectivity to the internet is critical for your student’s success during distance learning. The state recognizes this need, and has partnered with Ziply Fiber and Comcast/Xfinity to create Washington’s K–12 Internet Access Program, which gives eligible families free internet access so your student can connect to online learning from home.

This internet access opportunity provides you with faster, stronger and more reliable connectivity than hotspots or tethering to mobile devices, which will better support your student. If eligible, families can sign up for the program by March 31, 2021 and the free internet access is available through June 30, 2021. When we shared details about this program in the fall, there was a requirement for eligibility that families did not have internet access prior to August 2020. This requirement has been removed, so all families who have a child eligible for free or reduced-price meals during the 2020-21 school year can access this opportunity. Learn more by visiting our website.

Technical Issues: If your student is having technical difficulties, please use this form to report

For additional technical support you can call the district technology support at (425) 408-7669, check out our Frank Love Northshore Learns 3.0 website,  or submit this form to get Frank Love level technology support!

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Message from the School Counselor

Dear Frank Love Families,

Lunch Bunch: I enjoyed hearing tales of playing in the snow over break during this week’s lunch bunch. Next week’s theme is “games & jokes”. Bring a joke or riddle to share if you would like! All students are welcome to join us for some socializing and fun!

Weekly Schedule:
Mondays 11:30-12:00 Kindergarten
Tuesdays 11:30-12:00 First grade
Wednesdays 11:00-11:30 Second grade 
Wednesdays 11:30-12:00 Third grade 
Thursdays 11:30-12:00 Fourth grade 
Fridays 11:30-12:00 Fifth grade 

You can find more info and my zoom link in my Schoology course.

We look forward to connecting with the students! 

Cheetah Coalition: For the month of March I will be focusing on perseverance and resilience in my Cheetah coalition messages. This week I share a great book “A Little Spot of Perseverance” by Diane Alber (watch a read aloud here). “Perseverance is when you do your best and keep trying when things get hard. It also helps you finish things you start.” Perseverance will be key for students as they stay focused and finish out the second half of our school year!

Take care,

Mrs. Weber
sweber@nsd.org
Mrs Weber's website
NSD Virtual Calming Room

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Family Resources

Our school district is committed to connecting families with resources during times of need.

Northshore Schools Foundation, along with other community partners, offer assistance with food, school supplies, clothing, books, and other resources. At Frank Love, we have our own food pantry that distributes food weekly to families in need. Please fill out the form below if you would like to receive an email when community resources are available.

Request to Receive Information About Resources

You may also contact Sherry Weber, School Counselor (sweber@nsd.org) or Patricia Herrera Chavarria, Family Advocate (pherrerachavarria@nsd.org) to ask about resources.

To request a food delivery from our Frank Love Food Pantry, please fill out this form: FLE Food Pantry Request

If you are interested in donating to the pantry, contact Shannon Naugle at snaugle@nsd.org

To contribute  to the FLE Food Pantry,  you can drop off donations Wednesdays from 4:00-4:30 PM. For other donation options or questions, please contact Jenn Chi at jenn@flepta.org or Shannon Naugle at snaugle@nsd.org

Monetary donations can be mailed to:
Frank Love PTA (please note Food Pantry)
2020 Maltby Road Ste 7 PMB 293
Bothell, WA 98021 

Or 

Donate Online Here

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Cheetah Spotlight

This week’s spotlight is on kindergartener Sarah.

Sarah’s teacher writes: Sarah gives every assignment her best effort. She completes work on time and often does more than what is asked. When students are assigned sorts, they are to label the pictures and use one or more words in a sentence. For the last sort, in addition to the requirements she wrote a story using some of the words AND she wrote a math story! Click the clink below to see Sarah's work.

Sarah’s Word Sort & Math Story

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