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    Dear Loyal Heights Community,

    I hope all is well with each one of you and your loved ones during these trying times. I will be sending out weekly updates through SchoolMessenger that will also be posted here. The previous weeks letters are posted. 
    Family Letters from Mr. Berkenwald
    Posted on 03/22/2021
    Mr Berkenwald

    March 22, 2021

    Dear Community,

    I hope you had a relaxing weekend.  I know I enjoyed spending time outside and watching some March Madness, complete with all the crazy upsets.  Here a few announcements. 

    Friday’s Email: If you have not already, please read the email I sent to the community on Friday at 6PM.  This covers information about the behind the scenes work taking place at our school as well as the timeline for what is going to occur this week and next.  We will continue to communicate information with you as soon as we can. A number of you have asked about the district survey that closes on Wednesday at 11:59PM.  The district sent out the link Friday evening.  If you did not receive the link, check your Junk folder or reach out to the district by clicking the “Contact Central Office” on the SPS website and follow the instructions.

    A copy of that email is also available to view in the tabs below, March 19th, 2021.

    Student Council Food Bank Drive:  The student council has some exciting news to share with everyone! Their latest food drive for the Ballard Food Bank was a massive success. A few student council reps counted 55 total bags/boxes and the food bank weighed it all at 591.1 lbs. The students planned such an amazing drive and we are so thrilled to be able to donate this food to those in need. 

    Social Emotional Learning and Academic Support Town Hall:  Our upcoming town hall event will occur this Wednesday, March 24, 2021 from 5:30-6:30.  At this event, we will discuss ways to support your child’s Social Emotional Needs, as well as strategies for supporting your child’s learning needs at home.  We will add space to address questions about the April 5th date and give time and space for you to ask questions about how you can support your children as they prepare for this change. Our conversation will be led by our Counselor, Brittney Rider, and our Academic Interventionist, Ellen Saltsman. Here are the details for the event:

    Join on your computer or mobile app

    Town Hall Meeting - March 24th

    Or call in (audio only)

    +1 206-800-4125 - Phone Conference ID: 568 182 273#

    Virtual Recess: Thank you for continuing to promote our virtual recesses to your children.  Please see your student's Seesaw or Schoology page for links. 

    Scholarship, Need, & Donations: If you would like details about district or school resources including meals, backpacks, internet, and more, please contact Kathy Katzen at  Also reach out to Kathy if you wish to provide donations or resources to be distributed to our community. There is great need.

    Thank you for reading this email.  We will continue to communicate with you this week and next about the next steps for in-person learning at Loyal Heights.  Thank you for your time and please reach out to us at school if you have any questions or needs. 


    Principal Michael Berkenwald

    Loyal Heights Elementary