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    2020 Jump Start Program at Loyal Heights
    Posted on 07/17/2020

    The kindergarten teacher team has created a special website for Jump Start families!

    Please visit the Loyal Heights Jump Start site

    For incoming Kindergarten families, there are number of opportunities this summer. To help your teaches get to know your child, please complete this questionnaire https://bit.ly/LHKindergarten. We would also like to invite you to participate in Jump Start. This program is run by elementary schools in SPS to provide a transition week for incoming kindergarten students.

    This year, Jump Start will occur the week of August 17-21 and will take a different form. Our planning team will continue to create an experience that includes online community building and in person connections as permitted.

    As we get closer to Jump Start, you will receive a Kindergarten newsletter with links to more introductory videos, in person opportunities, and ZOOM office hours. In the meantime, please enjoy this welcome video to help you get acquainted with Loyal Heights. https://youtu.be/uTIpgN86FqM.

    For questions about Jump Start, please contact Ms. Lepse at tmlepse@seattleschools.org.

    I want to take a moment to introduce your Loyal Heights Parent Teacher Association (PTA). In a typical summer, the PTA helps to connect new families with playdates and other beginning of year community building efforts and celebrations. They are reimagining how to connect and acquaint new families with the school while upholding the safety guidelines. They are planning both modified in-person and virtual playdates to account for varying family needs. These will likely take place throughout August, so please be on the lookout for invitations and other news via The PTA newsletter.

    To help you stay informed about next year, here are some ways to stay up to date. I will send a welcome back letter in mid-August. At that time, we will have a clearer picture of the school year. By Friday, August 28th, we will provide you with your 2020-21 class and your teacher will send information about the start of school. On the first day, September 2nd, we will send home a welcome packet with necessary information about school. Please also check our Loyal Heights website for information. Additionally, SPS will be updating their website with COVID-19 related information this summer. This will include details about next year’s structure and about transportation and nutrition.

    Thank you for taking the time to read this letter. Please contact Loyal Heights if you have any questions or needs this summer. Kathy Katzen, our office manager, will be working through July 3rd and will return on August 17th. Assistant Principal Elizabeth Sanchez and I will be working throughout the summer and will check email and respond within one week, if not sooner. This summer, I hope you stay happy, healthy, and safe, and that you find some well-deserved time away from your electronic devices.

    Sincerely,

    Principal Michael Berkenwald
    Loyal Heights Elementary School
    206-252-6005
    “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
    - Nelson Mandela