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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 10/14/2020
    Mr Berkenwald

    October 12th, 2020

    Dear Loyal Heights Students and Families,

    I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  Now that fall is fully underway, hopefully you continue to find time to enjoy the outdoors and the fresh air.  There are a number of items coming up this week that I want to draw to your attention. 

    Indigenous Peoples’ Day: Today is Indigenous Peoples’ Day.  This holiday celebrates and honors Native American peoples and commemorates their histories and cultures. It is celebrated across the United States on the 2nd Monday in October. Here at Loyal Heights Elementary, and in Seattle Public Schools, we are choosing to acknowledge this holiday and not Columbus Day.  Today, in every class, students will view a virtual assembly.  Our assembly committee has created a video to be shared in each classroom.  Additionally, resources have been shared with teachers, and they may incorporate lessons into their weekly curriculum.  As always, please consider continuing the lessons and the conversations at home. The video is now available for the community to view on the new LH website page, LH School Videos.  

    Great ShakeOut Out: On Thursday, October 15th, at 8:50AM, all Loyal Heights students will participate in a virtual earthquake drill.  Our safety committee met and decided to continue the practice of having an earthquake drill even in our remote setting.  We discussed that this is a great opportunity for students to learn basic awareness and safety practices, and to encourage them to discuss a safety plan with their families.  Great ShakeOut is an organization that raises earthquake safety awareness for all ages and institutions.  Last year, 65 million people around the world joined in the annual October event.  This year, Loyal Heights is excited to participate.  In preparation, please consider reviewing material on their website as a family.  https://www.shakeout.org/

    Town Hall: As I shared last week, we will hold a virtual town hall meeting this Wednesday evening at 7:30PM.  Please submit your questions HERE between now and the 14th. Use the meeting link below:

    Loyal Heights Town Hall

    +1 206-800-4125   (Toll)

    Conference ID: 583 691 250#

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    Beginning Of Year Forms:  This is a special request for you to turn in your beginning of year forms if you have not done so already.  As a reminder, we provided you with a stamped and addressed envelope at the start of the year.

    Scholarship, Need, & Donations: If you wish to receive more details about the district or schools resources including meals, backpacks, internet, and more, please contact Kathy Katzen at kkatzen@seattleschools.org.  Also reach out to Kathy if you wish to provide donations or resources to be distribute to our community.  At the present time, there is great need from within our community and limited donations being made. 

    Thank you for reading this update and have a wonderful start to your week. 

    Sincerely,

     

    Principal Michael Berkenwald

    Loyal Heights Elementary