September 2019 Newsletter

Frank Love Monthly Newsletter

Table of Contents

Message from the Principal

Upcoming Dates

Meet Our Frank Love Family Advocate

Operation School Bell

Vision and Hearing Screening

News from the Library

Message from the School Counselor

Volunteering at Frank Love Elementary

Reminders from your Office Staff

Permission to Withhold Student Directory Information


MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Dear Frank Love Families,

The staff at Frank Love are so happy to have welcomed 635 students to kick off the school year! 

Welcome to the 2019-20 school year. We are excited
to share with you some wonderful new opportunities
for connecting and collaborating with our school staff and students.  Our goals as a school this year include:

Enhancing Family Engagement: You can help support this work by...

  • Signing on to your child’s Seesaw account and staying connected with the classroom.

  • Considering a position as an advisory member of one of our school committees-- more information about this will be coming soon!

  • Completing surveys to inform the school.

  • Continuing to volunteer and/or attend school events whenever possible. An immediate need we have for volunteers is support completing our painting for our playground beautification project.

Increasing On-Time Arrival/Departure and Daily Attendance:  You can help increase your child’s academic success and social/emotional health by…

  • Supporting on-time arrival by having a morning routine that gives enough time for your child to have a healthy breakfast and a smooth and timely transition to the school day.  We will use a daily attendance and on-time arrival reader board in the drop off area to encourage and remind families of this goal

  • Aiming to arrive 5-10 minutes before the school day begins.  Remember, school starts at 9:10 this year.

  • Avoiding early departures as it impacts your child’s access to instruction and learning.

  • Supporting daily attendance by scheduling appointments and vacations outside of the school day.  Keep your child home when they show notable signs of illness, such as a fever or vomiting.  

Building Positive and Productive Peer to Peer Relationships: You can help by...

  • Encouraging your child to take responsibility and fix things up with their schoolmates when they make a mistake or do harm to someone.  Utilize Think Sheets to have a meaningful conversation with your child.

  • Presuming positive intent on behalf of staff and partnering with staff to help solve problems that arise in productive ways.

  • Talking with your child about ways they can communicate their needs to peers in respectful, responsible, and safe ways.  This could include referencing school-wide tools like the Kelso’s and KC’s Choice Wheels for problem solving.

Continuing Our Focus on Mathematical Instruction and Success:  You can support your child’s success in math by…

  • Making sure that they are fluent in demonstrating their skills in counting and cardinality, knowing their basic facts for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division as grade appropriate.

  • Ensure they complete home math practice consistently.  Just like in reading, daily practice about 10-20 minutes is essential.

  • Use online tools for extra practice, such as our iReady instructional tool which you will be learning about soon.

Thank you for partnering with us to meet our goals.  We love spending our days with your child. 

With Gratitude,

Katy French, Principal
Sarah Albertson, Assistant Principal
And Frank Love Staff

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Mark your Calendar

UPCOMING DATES

Early Release Dates are Every Wednesday at 2:10pm

9/27 PTA Walk-a-thon and Ice Cream Social 6:00-8:00 pm

9/31 Cross Country Meet at Kenmore Elementary 4:45 pm

9/24 FLE Volunteer Training 11:00-11:30 am in the office

10/4 Picture Day!

10/4 WATCH DOGS Pizza Night 6:30-8:00 pm

10/7-10/11 BOOK FAIR

10/7 FLE Volunteer Training 5:00-5:30 pm and 6:00-6:30 pm in the library

10/7 Kindergarten Curriculum Night:
5:30pm (Bollinger, Dunlop, Okrent, Stanford, Stern)
6:30pm (Campbell, Kelly, Sympson, Ziefle)

10/8 Fourth Grade Strings Begins

10/8 Cross Country Meet at Frank Love Elementary 4:45 pm

10/7 FLE Book Fair in the Library 3:40-6:30 pm

10/8 Ms. Ressler Curriculum Night 6:30-7:30 pm

10/15 Vision and Hearing Screening 

10/15 Cross Country Meet at Westhill Elementary 4:45 pm

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MEET OUR FRANK LOVE FAMILY ADVOCATE

Dear Frank Love Families,

My name is Patricia Herrera and I am happy to be serving the families of the Frank Love community, as your Family Liaison. This is my third school year working for the Northshore School District. My mission is to build strong school-to-home relationships, by serving as a bridge between families and the school. As an immigrant parent, I understand firsthand that communication with a school can at times be challenging; please know that I am here to help. Take a moment to save my contact information and know that you may approach me confidentially with any concern pertaining to your child, either in or out of the school.

I am available Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9:00am - 3:00PM, you may contact me at, 425-408-6034or email me at pherrerachavarria@nsd.org. Please do not hesitate to reach out, even if it's just to say hello.

I look forward to working with the Frank Love community and contributing in building trusting relationship with our families, on behalf of our students.

 

Spanish Speaking Parents!!

Come, get Involved and join “PADRES EN ACCIÓN” is a group of Spanish Speaking families that meet weekly and do monthly meetings at FLE. It is a great opportunity for parents to be participate in school, meet staff and support students to have a successful school year. We welcome any parents who are interested in participating. Tuesdays 2:30pm or Wednesdays 9:30am

Any question please contact FLE Family Liaison, Patricia Herrera, at 425-408-6034; pherrerachavarria@nsd.org

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OPERATION SCHOOL BELL "SHOP FOR CLOTHING" EVENT

Operation School Bell (OSB) is a program designed to offer back to school clothing options for students of families who may be experiencing financial hardship.  We would like to announce that applications for OSB are now available.  Please see the attachments to this email or pick up an application from our school office staff if interested in this program for your Frank Love student.  These applications are due back to our Family Advocate, Patricia Herrera in the Frank Love office no later than September 25th, 2019.  Only applications turned in before the deadline will be considered.  There are limited slots available so while we will try to accommodate as many families as possible, turning in an application will not guarantee access to the event.  We will contact families in late September who have submitted applications.  Thank you for your understanding.

If you would like to know more about Operation School Bell and whether it is a program that is the right fit for your family, please take a moment to visit the Assistance League of the Eastside at https://www.aleastside.org/osb/

OSB Application-English

OSB Application-Spanish

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VISION AND HEARING SCREENING AT FRANK LOVE ELEMENTARY

Each year in Northshore schools, students in grades Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 5, and 7 receive hearing and vision screenings. We are currently scheduled for vision and hearing screenings on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15th, 2019. If you would like to exempt your child from either of these health screenings, please contact the school nurse.

It is important to understand that these are basic screenings, and are designed to identify students who may require further testing. They are not intended to replace regular exams by qualified health care providers. A student who does not pass any screening will be rechecked in a few weeks, and you will be notified only if there are concerns after the second screening.

Vision screening uses the PlusOptix. The PlusOptix is an autorefractor that takes a measurement of the refraction of the eyes. The results is a baseline refraction measurement. The illumination technique used by Plusoptix, is totally harmless to the child's eyes. If your child wears glasses or contact lenses for distance or near vision, please be sure they have them on the screening day.

If your child has a hearing loss and is being followed by a healthcare provider or specialist and you do not wish for them to participate in the screening, please let the school nurse know. If you have concerns about hearing loss and school accommodations, contact your student’s teacher or the school nurse.

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NEWS FROM THE LIBRARY

Mark your calendars!  The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to the library October 4th-10th.  The Book Fair will be open during the school day and after school until 6:30pm on Tuesday, October 7th.  We are looking for book fair volunteers, so please contact Ms. Persyn at spersyn@nsd.org or 425-408-4612 if you would like to help. 

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MESSAGE FROM THE SCHOOL COUNSELOR

Hello Frank Love families! Welcome back to the 2019-2020 school year! I am happy to return to Frank Love  as the .5 school counselor. This is such a wonderful community of staff, students and families. 

For those who are new, a bit  about me: I have been working in elementary education since 1998, both as a teacher and school counselor.  This is my second year working in Northshore School District, but I have been a Northshore parent for 9 years. My own kids are 14, 11 and 4 and my husband and I have lived in Kenmore for 18 years. I am a Seattle native and enjoyed time this summer exploring our beautiful state with my family. 

A school counselor cares about kids and wants to help them do well in school. My goal is to help ALL students make progress in both social and academic areas.

Here are some of the ways I work with the students:

-Whole class social & emotional skills lessons: Support teachers in implementing social skills curriculum as well as provide supplementary lessons appropriate for each grade level. This is a way for me to become visible to all students. 

-Recess support: Help students with social skills and problem solving on the playground.

-Small groups: Meet with small groups for games and activities around friendship, cooperation, social skills, conflict resolution, etc. These groups occur during lunch or at a time agreeable to the teachers.

-Individual check ins: As needed check ins for supporting social and/or academic goals.

 -School support: Provide support for school wide programming and services.

 My role is not meant to be a substitute for therapy that students receive outside of school, but I am able to be a connection between an outside therapist and the school team.

 Please let me know if you have any questions about the counseling program.

 I will be working at Frank Love on Monday, Tuesday  and alternating Wednesdays.

You can reach me by email: sweber@nsd.org or phone: 425-408-4671.

 Looking forward to working with you this year!

Sherry Weber

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VOLUNTEERING AT FRANK LOVE ELEMENTARY

Below are the steps to become an officially trained Frank Love Volunteer.

  1. Attend a Parent Training Session. All parent volunteers must attend, but you only have to come once while your student(s) attends Frank Love. At the 15 minute training you will learn about the role and importance of volunteers at Frank Love by providing classroom and student support and chaperoning field trips. If you are unable to attend the scheduled trainings, please schedule one with the main office by email at supchurch@nsd.org.
     
  2. Complete a Washington State Background Check: All volunteers do need to complete this form and include a copy of your Driver’s License. Background checks are good for 2 years.

If you have already completed these steps, communicate with your child’s classroom teacher regarding volunteer opportunities. If you’re interested in volunteering in the Main Office, Health Room (Nurse’s Office) or in the Library, please feel free to email Katy French (Principal), Andrew Nevett / Megan Thaman (Nurse) or Steffanie Persyn (Librarian) to make arrangements. We appreciate the additional helping hands!

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REMINDERS FROM YOUR OFFICE STAFF

BEFORE SCHOOL: Please know that student safety is a priority at Frank Love Elementary! From the moment children arrive to the moment we dismiss, we as a school community are held accountable and responsible for the whereabouts of your student(s).  We appreciate your efforts in ensuring that your student(s) arrive NO earlier than 8:45am.

AFTER SCHOOL: It is imperative that students who remain on campus after 3:40pm are supervised by an adult parent/family member.  Please help us ensure that the ONLY students who remain on the playground after school hours are students who are being supervised by you. Students who remain on campus after 3:40pm with no adult/family supervision will be brought to the Main Office awaiting pick-up. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

LATE ARRIVAL and EARLY DISMISSAL: If your child arrives after 9:10am, please check them in at the office.  If we do not have a note or parent/guardian present at the students arrival, the tardy will be considered unexcused.  If it is necessary for you to pick your child up early from school, please send a note to your students teacher and come to the Main Office to sign him/her out.  Please don’t go directly to the classroom. He or she will be called to the office to meet you. After school plans need to be made at home – not during the school day.  Students will not be dismissed early or released to anyone other than their parent, guardian, or parent approved appointee without prior arrangement with school office personnel. It is also extremely helpful if the designated adult is familiar with our dismissal procedures.

SCHOOL HOURS: If you will be visiting our campus during school hours, please remember to sign in and out in the main office and grab a visitor’s badge.  Thank you for helping us keep our campus safe!

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PERMISSION TO WITHHOLD STUDENT DIRECTORY INFORMATION

  • Permission to Withhold Student Directory Information form submission deadline is Oct. 1, 2019.

Federal law prohibits districts from releasing information found in student files without parent/guardian permission, except for what is termed “directory information.” The district does not release directory information for commercial purposes but does release this information when there is a legitimate educational purpose for doing so.

Student Directory Information may be released to requestors pursuant to Board Policy 3250. If you wish to withhold or limit permission to release this information, please complete the Permission to Withhold Student Directory Information form by checking one of the options provided, sign the form and return to your student’s school by October 1. Complete a separate form for each student. Unsigned or undated forms will not be processed.

Permission to Withhold Student Directory Information forms will be accepted after the October 1 deadline, but the district cannot be responsible for the release of student directory information if the form is received after the October 1 deadline. Please contact your student’s school or call the Communications Office, 425.408.7670, for more information.

The form can be found on the link below.

Permission to Withhold Student Directory Information

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