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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. This week's letter is directly above the archive of previous news.
    Family Letters from Mr. Berkenwald
    Posted on 12/07/2020
    Mr Berkenwald

    December 7, 2020

    Dear Community,

    I hope you enjoyed a picture-perfect weekend.  I know I did, as I soaked up some natural vitamin D by spending 6 hours outside on Saturday and taking a hike on Sunday.  Here are the updates. 

    Remote Recess Options: For those that did not read last week’s communicator, we expanded our remote recess offerings for all grades last week.  All staff facilitators reported that this was a positive experience for them and the students in attendance.  One issue we are working to support is getting the links below from this parent email onto school devices.  We are asking teachers to copy the links and share them on TEAMs/Seesaw/Schoology.  Encourage your children to invite a friend or peer to the recess as we are happy to facilitate any friendship building we can. As these will occur during lunchtime, students are free to eat during the gathering. We have a list of fun activities and will work with students to add to the list.

    Facilitator

    Day

    Grade

    Time

    Link

    Ms. Rider

    Tuesdays

    K/1

    12:15-12:45

    Click here to join the meeting

    Ms. Rider

    Thursdays

    K/1

    12:15-12:45

    Click here to join the meeting

    Mr. Steve/Mr. Dahl

    Monday

    2/3

    12:15-12:45

    Click here to join the meeting

    Mr. Berkenwald

    Wednesdays

    2/3

    12:15-12:45

    Click here to join the meeting

    Ms. Sanchez

    Monday

    4/5

    12:15-12:45

    Click here to join the meeting

    Ms. Katzen/Ms. Lim

    Wednesdays

    4/5

    12:15-12:45

    Click here to join the meeting

    Town Hall: As a reminder, we will host a Town Hall Night on Wednesday, December 9th at 5:30PM.  At the Town Hall, we will host a Q&A session.  Feel free to write questions by clicking THIS SURVEY.  Please join the meeting by clicking this Loyal Heights Town Hall link or by phoning in at +1 206-800-4125 (Toll) and using Conference ID: 583 691 250#.

    Great New Programs and Offerings:

    • Theme of Lights: Our assembly committee is creating a winter assembly for next week based on the theme of lights.  This will connect to the festival of lights that occurs annually in Ballard, and which our PTA is creating  an event for on December 19th
    • Student Council Winter Drive: Student Council is up and running with a number of efforts.  One effort begins tomorrow.  They are running a “Winter Clothing and Blanket Drive” from December 8th to 18th to support the shelter Mary’s Place.  Teachers will send out details about this drive including what is included and where you can donate in bins in our main lobby in a socially distanced and safe manner.  Thank you student council leaders.
    • Mentoring Program: This year, we have begun a program that pairs students furthest from educational justice with mentors that are leaders from Nathan Hale’s Black Student Union.  The mentors have worked with LHE staff and named the program “Racial Equity Mentors”.  We look forward to expanding our offerings to support additional students as needed as we continue to strengthen this program.
    • Virtual Field Trips: Thank you for providing feedback in the recent joint School/PTA survey.  Based on feedback, we are creating a list of virtual field trips that grade teachers can sign up for.  There are some great opportunities for tours and visits and remote learning with experts from institutions such as zoos, museums, aquariums, science centers, state parks, and more.  We look forward to bringing these opportunities to students.
    • Check and Connect: This week, we are beginning a Check and Connect program for students recommended by teachers. Staff, including administration, counselor, specialists, and others will meet up to two times/week to build connections with students.  Parents of recommended students will receive an introduction letter this week.  The program is designed to support students who, despite individualized arrangements between teachers/parents/students, continue to struggle to engage in class meetings and with work.  If you do not receive a letter but feel this program might meet the needs of your child, please reach out to your teacher. 

    Thank you for reading this email.  As is always the case, please reach out to your teacher, the administration, or any other staff member if you have questions or needs.

    Sincerely,

    Principal Michael Berkenwald

    www.loyalheightses.seattleschools.org