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    Eckstein News at a Glance
    Posted on 10/21/2020

    News Updates

    Here are some upcoming events we would like to share with you this week.

    Parent Email - May 8, 2021

    Hello Eckstein Families,
    Attendance during Hybrid Learning
    We understand that there is confusion around attendance, particularly for afternoon remote classes. SPS has indicated that they will communicate attendance expectations directly to families. At Eckstein we have asked our teachers to post their afternoon expectations for remote students to their Schoology pages. Please have your student check their class Schoology pages for this information specific to each individual class.

    Attestation Support
    We need to safely check in almost 450 students during our in-person learning days. We want to complete this task as quickly as possible so our students can get into the building and start their day.
    Here are ways that you can help the process:

    1. Students Attest by 10 am: Most of you are doing this already and it is greatly appreciated. This helps us compile the class lists that need to get to the teachers by 11:40 am.
       
    2. Use the Attestation Link emailed/texted directly to you/your student: When you use the public link to Qualtrics, if you don’t spell your name exactly the way we have it listed, your result may not automatically populate our spreadsheet. This adds extra time on our end ensuring your student’s attestation is counted. If you’re having trouble getting that link sent to you please email, Ms. Detering at jrdetering@seattleschools.org.
       
    3. Arrive to school on time: We are seeing an increase of student tardiness. Students that come late bog down the system and cause delays to class. Please make sure your student arrives to school by 11:40 am.
       
    4. Late students: If your student is late, ask them to report to the nurse if their class has already been released to the building. If your student arrives after 12 pm,  please ask them to go to the front doors on 75th Street so they can report to Attendance located in the Main Office. The Main Office team will be watching for them. As part of our safety protocols to prevent the spread of Covid-19, students SHOULD NOT walk through the building to get to the Attendance Office.
       
    5. Orange Attestation Passes for Late Students: Classroom teachers will ask late student for their Orange Attestation Pass to verify that your student is been cleared to enter the classroom and begin their day of amazing instruction. They will receive this pass once they check-in as outlined above. Thank you for your support and patience as we strive to keep everyone safe.

    Medications at School
    Is your student back at school? If your child needs to take a daily medication or needs to have medications in the nurse’s station due to allergies, asthmas, seizures etc. Please complete this medication authorization form (new form required every year, one form for each medication), signed and completed by you and a provider. Completed forms can be scanned and emailed to me, or sent to the secure fax line 206-743-3119, or sent with your student to deliver to me. You can deliver medications and forms to me in person at Eckstein Middle School on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. I am not in the building on Wednesdays.
    Please email me if you have any questions, or to arrange for medications to be delivered to the building. I am available to you for any questions, or concerns.
    Christie Morrison, BSN, RN, cmmorrison@seattleschools.org

    2020-2021 8th Grade Send-Off: We plan to send our 8th graders off in style with a Walk/Bike/Drive-Through Parade on Thursday, June 17th 5pm – 6pm. More details to come.

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    Principal Letter - April 2, 2021

    Greetings Eckstein Families,

    Seattle Education Association and Seattle Public Schools have now reached a tentative agreement to provide opportunity for in-person learning for grades 6-12 that meets the guidelines of the Governor's proclamation. All details have been wrapped up in the contractual negotiations, which I could not speak to, until they were finalized. I will continue to be in touch as more details emerge, but for now, I’ve tried to summarize the critical items as we make this next transition in our school year at Eckstein.

    In-Person Learning Start Dates

    Intensive Service Pathway Student Start Date: Students enrolled in Intensive Services who opted to start receiving instruction on-site will start our new schedule on Monday, April 5th.

    • The on-site instructional time for this group of students is from 11:40 am -3:50 pm.
    • Students enrolled in an intensive service pathway will receive four, half-days of in-person instruction on M/T/TH/FR each week.
    • Wednesdays will continue to be remote for all students.
    • Staff in these programs have completed health and safety trainings over the past week and communication has been sent home by Case Managers.

    All Other Eckstein Students Start Date: All Eckstein students have the option to return to the building for on-site learning the week of April 19th. For students who choose to stay in the remote setting, please know we will continue to provide a robust remote learning environment. With either model, in-person or remote, we will continue to focus on providing a quality and engaging instructional experience for our Eckstein Eagles.

    Choice Survey: he District will send you a survey for you to indicate whether you intend to return your student to the building for on-site learning or keep them in the remote setting. It is very important that you complete this survey so that we can accurately plan for the correct number of students who will return to the building. The survey will have a very short turnaround as the week of April 19th is right around the corner.

    Updated Learning Schedule: When I have a finalized schedule to share, I will email it out to our Eckstein community.

    Hybrid Learning Model: The logistics are as follows:

    • All students at Eckstein will receive synchronous remote classes in the morning, on M/T/TH/FR four days a week.
    • In the afternoon on M/T/TH/FR, we will offer opportunities for both remote and on-site instruction. There are more details to be worked out around the look of the afternoon instructional delivery (remote and on-site) and I will communicate when I have more concrete information to share. I know everyone is eager to learn more about the specific instructional planning.
    • Students who select the in-person instructional model will attend class on-site two, half-days per week on either M/T or Th/F.
    • Wednesdays will continue to be remote for all students.

    Reminder - Asynchronous Learning April 5-7 for General Education Students & Access and Resource Service Pathways
    Our staff General Education, Access and Resource Service program staff will begin health and safety trainings and preparing classrooms for students next week. On Monday through Wednesday, April 5-7, educators will be in training and there will not be live instruction.

    • Students will return to remote learning on Thursday and Friday, April 8-9, using the same schedule we have been following since September.
    • Asynchronous At-Home Activities to be used for April 5-7 are available online at https://www.seattleschools.org/district/calendars/news/what_s_new/in-person_learning/asynchronous_activities. You can also have your student check Schoology pages for their classes to see if teachers have posted materials unique to their courses.
    • The Office of Public Affairs communicated messaging over this plan Wednesday night.

    Health & Safety
    Next week we will communicate steps we have taken at Eckstein to prepare for student and staff return to the building.

    To ensure you have the information you need as we move forward, the following informational opportunities will be available:

    Online Video: We are creating a video we will send to families next week detailing logistics such as: entrance and exit from school, line up procedures, attestation requirements, and other important safety features and protocols specifically for Eckstein students.

    Live Q & A Session: Join us for a live question answer event on Wednesday, April 7th from 5-6 PM on a TEAMS Live event. The link to this event will be posted on the ASB and Library Schoology pages.

    We will start together with an overview from Principal Rose and then move into grade level breakout sessions with the Grade Level Administrators to answer specific questions.

    Updates on Website: Check out our school website https://ecksteinms.seattleschools.org/about/on-site_learning_at_eckstein_updates for the latest information.

    Spring Break: Reminder, our SPS Spring Break is April 12 – 16th.

    I sincerely appreciate your continued partnership and support as we move through this time of transition.

    Together, we’ve got this!

    Kristin Rose Principal Eckstein Middle School 

    March 22, 2021

    Congratulations to Sixth grader Lekha: She is a state finalist in the annual Reflections art competition, sponsored by the Washington State Parent Teacher Association. Lekha received the Award of Merit in the middle school photography category for her photo montage inspired by this year’s theme, “I Matter Because …”

    Congratulations Moc Escobedo: Congratulation are in order for Eckstein’s band director/teacher Moc Escobedo. For over 30 years, Mr. Escobedo dedicated work in supporting Eckstein young musicians, he was inducted into the Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame on March 12, 2021. 2020 Golden Ear Awards https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXh8U0LZvQs

    Eckstein stands united against acts of hate and racism: We stand in solidarity with our Asian Pacific American community and are committed to supporting all of our students, families, and broader community in the wake of acts of intolerance. If your student of any student you know experiences any acts of hate or racism by another Eckstein student, please contact the grade level administrator immediately. Eckstein has a zero tolerance policy for such behavior.
    Sixth grade: Jolene Anderson – jaanderson@seattleschools.org
    Seventh grade: Deneen Evans – deevans@seattleschools.org
    Eight grade: Barb de Normandie – bfdnormandi@seattleschools.org

    View resources for combatting misinformation and racism on the district website:
    https://www.seattleschools.org/district/calendars/news/what_s_new/sps_condemns_hate_crimes

    Elective Registration EXTENDED to Wednesday, March 24, 2021: We have extended our online 2021-2022 Elective Registration period. Please visit our website at https://ecksteinms.seattleschools.org/about/calendar_and_news/news/eckstein_2021-2022_class_electives_registration to learn how to register your student for electives.

    Registration Help Sessions March 22-24, 2021. Two time blocks: 8:30 am to 9:30 am AND 3:30 pm and 4:30 pm. Join on your computer or mobile app. Click here to join the meeting. Or call in (audio only) +1 206-800-4125,,684945091# United States, Seattle Phone Conference ID: 684 945 091#

    The End of Third Quarter is April 8, 2021: You can check the Source to see if your student has any missing assignments.

    Spring Break is April 12 – 16, 2021: If you plan to take your student out school before or after spring break, please notify Eckstein Attendance now at ecksteinms.attendance@seattleschools.org.

     


    March 15, 2021

    Monday-Eagle Spirit Day
    Dress in blue & white
    Tuesday-Lucky Charm Day
    Bring your lucky charm to class
    Wednesday-St. Paddy’s Day
    Wear green!
    Thursday-Throwback Thursday
    Dress retro
    Friday-Spring Day
    Wear your favorite spring colors

    EMS Food Drive - March 13, 2020 - Noon - 2 pm at Flooring America: Please consider donating food to help our community. Flooring America is located at 3605 NE 45th Street, Seattle. Learn more on our website at: https://ecksteinms.seattleschools.org/about/calendar_and_news/news/e_m_s_food_drive_-_march_13__2020__noon_-_2_pm

    Last Call for Yearbook Photos: We are looking for sports or music practice, hobbies, art, work from home spaces, or any adventures from the 2020-2021 school year you'd like to share. Please email all photos to Haley Stern : hsstern@seattleschools.org  Deadline for photos is March 20

    Eckstein 2021-2022 Class Electives Registration: This years’ 6th and 7th graders will be given a week and a half to register for classes, March 10-19, 2021. Our process will be entirely online this year and we have developed some supports to help guide you through the process easily. Please learn more on our website. We will have Registration Help Sessions March 11-19, 2021. Two time blocks: 8:30 am to 9:30 am AND 3:30 pm and 4:30 pm. Join on your computer or mobile app. Click here to join the meeting. Or call in (audio only) +1 206-800-4125,,684945091# United States, Seattle Phone Conference ID: 684 945 091#

    SPS Meal Changes: As of March 8, 2021, SPS will only be serving youth meals. We can no longer provide adult meals. Adults can still pick up a meal for their kid(s). Child Nutrition Services wants to make sure we are serving our youth moving forward. Fare start meals can still be served to adults as we do not count those on our tally sheets

    Women’s History Month: For Women’s History Month, the ASB and leadership class has been conducting interviews with women in a variety of jobs. We are posting these on our ASB Schoology page and we send them out for homeroom teachers to share on Wednesdays during homeroom. In case you/your family would like to watch any of them, your child can log into the ASB Schoology page to watch. They’re in the “Women’s History Month” folder. They run from 5-15 minutes.

    So far, we have:

    • Heather Tarr-UW Softball coach (winningest coach in UW history of ANY sport!)
    • Amy Griffin-former UW Women’s soccer coach and current OL Reign technical director.
    • Ming-Ming Tung Edelman-pharmacist and Refugee Artisan Initiative founder.
    • Hillary Grigsby-living in Paris and working in the fashion and photography industry.
    • Abby Jayne DiAngelo-Pacific Northwest Ballet corps de ballet ballerina

    We also have interviews on our Soundcloud podcast, Hear Our Voices. This week, we welcomed Dana Brown, local lawyer. Upcoming interviews:

    • Sofia Dudas-working in London at a tech start up for a self-driving car
    • Meg McKeever-local OB/GYN
    • Misha Zadeh Graham-local artist

    We will also have an assembly in May for Women’s History Month with a NASA astronaut, Dottie Metcalf-Lindenberger.

    April and May Assemblies

    • April 7 we are welcoming an author of Asian American heritage Mike Jung in celebration of Asian-American Month in May.
    • We are finalizing our Earth day speaker for later in April.
    • May 12-Dottie Metcalf-Lindenberger assembly (NASA astronaut and local geologist). This is our Women’s History month speaker, but her schedule was unable to accommodate March.
    • May 19-Jamie Ford-author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet.

    June is PRIDE month: We are looking to host short interviews with people in the LGBTQ+ community. Please reach out to jcpoort@seattleschools.org if you would like to be interviewed.


    March 8, 2021

    Last Call for Yearbook Photos
    We are looking for sports or music practice, hobbies, art, work from home spaces, or any adventures from the 2020-2021 school year you'd like to share. Please email all photos to Haley Stern : hsstern@seattleschools.org OR Have your student use their school account to submit here. Deadline for photos is March 20th

    Covid-19 Community vaccination event for people living in North Seattle: This event is focused on BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) communities that have been more impacted by the pandemic.
    When: Sat, March. 13, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    Where: Lake City - 12327 15th Ave NE Seattle WA 98125
    Details: People will park and walk into the site to be vaccinated.
    Eligibility: Phase 1A, Tiers 1 and 2 and Phase 1B, Tier 1
    If you know of somebody who is eligible please ask them to send and email to: community@lakecitycollective.org or call at 206-208-9899 and leave a message with the right spelling of their name, phone number, age and language . It will not be shared with anyone except the Fire Dept. They need to be 65+ years old or 50+ only if they live in multigenerational homes (grandparent(s) living with their children AND their grandchildren). Also, those who work with vulnerable adults (see the eligibility chart above) There will be another event to get the second dose.

    Spirit Week – March 15-19
    Monday-Eagle Spirit Day
    Dress in blue & white
    Tuesday-Lucky Charm Day
    Bring your lucky charm to class
    Wednesday-St. Paddy’s Day
    Wear green!
    Thursday-Throwback Thursday
    Dress retro
    Friday-Spring Day
    Wear your favorite spring colors

    EMS Food Drive - March 13, 2020: Noon - 2 pm
    Where: Flooring America - 3605 NE 45th Street, Seattle
    When: March 13, 2021 from Noon - 2pm
    Who: Eckstein Middle School Students and PTSA
    Why: To support Eckstein and NE Seattle Families
    How: Volunteers in masks and gloves ready to take donations
    Drive up: Donors can pop their trunk or pass donations through their windows.
    Walk up: No-contact table where donors can walk up and deposit donations.
    What: Food and gently used books and toys.
    Food: Soups, tuna, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter and jelly, soups, shelf stable milk, pasta, tomato sauce, boxed cereals, oatmeal, any food easily opened or cooked by a school aged child.
    Books and Toys: Accepting gently used books for the Eckstein/Thornton Creek Supply closet and clean toys for Girl Scout Troop 40196 Gift Closet.
    All items collected will be distributed back into our community.
    If you wish to help on March 13 please sign up: SIGN UP FORM
    Questions: Beth Cogan – bethbenbear@gmail.com


    February 12, 2021

    First Semester Grades: Teachers have submitted their first semester grades. You should be able to access these grades on the Source by February 19,2021. If you need a printed copy mailed to you please contact us at eckstein@seattleschools.org and we will mail one to you.

    SPS Meal Sites over Mid-Winter Break: There will be no meal service from Nutrition Services on Monday, Feb. 15. Regularly scheduled meal times will resume on Tuesday Feb. 16 at all Meal Distribution sites, except for the Bus Routes, Bryant Elementary, Olympic View Elementary, Hawthorne Elementary, TOPS K-8, Aki Kurose Middle School, Northgate Elementary, and Roxhill Elementary, which will be closed Feb. 15-19. Families are welcome to pick up meals from one of the open Meal Distribution sites that will be open (Meal Sites: https://www.seattleschools.org/resources/student_meals)

    Student SPS Laptop Help: SPS Techline offers help for SPS laptops. Call (206)252-0100. If your student has  a district laptop, Tech can access it remotely and help your student directly.

    Counselors offer Small Group Settings for Students: The Eckstein Counseling Dept. is excited to announce small group opportunities starting Semester 2. Contact your student’s grade level counselor for more information and/or a Teams link.
    6th Grade: Bryan Manzo - bjmanzo@seattleschools.org
    7th Grade: Luz Santacruz-Ochoa - lmsantacruzo@seattleschools.org
    8th Grade: Reema Ziadeh - raziadeh@seattleschools.org

    Stress & Connection Groups: This group will offer students a chance to connect with one another, content will depend on the size of the group and the interests of the group.
    6th Grade: Times & duration determined by interest
    7th Grade: Fridays, 3:15 pm- 4 pm
    8th Grade: Wednesdays, 1:45 pm - 2:15 pm

    New to the Neighborhood Groups: This group will offer students who are new to Seattle, new to the neighborhood, or new to Eckstein (not from one of our feeder elementary schools) the chance to connect with other students in similar situations.
    6th Grade: Times & duration determined by interest
    7th Grade: Tuesdays, 3:15 pm- 4 pm
    8th Grade: TBD

    Lunch Bunch: Feeling like you just can’t get enough screen time these days? Come and eat your lunch and talk over Teams.
    6th Grade: Times & duration determined by interest
    7th Grade: Thursdays, 12:40 pm – 1:25 pm
    8th Grade: Tuesdays, 12:40 pm – 1:25 pm

    ASB Seeking Speakers for Upcoming Assemblies: We’re looking for middle school age appropriate speeches from 5-25 minutes long in each topic. We could pre-record or do a live presentation! Please reach out to Ms. Poort at jcpoort@seattleschools.org if you know someone who would like to participate.

    Upcoming Assemblies:

    • March is Women’s History month-do you or someone you know have a story to tell about a woman breaking barriers, making news, or contributing to your community? We’d love to hear from you!
    • May is Asian American month-do you or someone you know have a story to tell about being an Asian American? We’d love to hear from you!
    • June is Pride month-do you or someone you know have a story to tell about being a part of the LGBTQ+ community? We’d love to hear from you!

    February 1, 2021

    “I” Incomplete Grades for Semester 1: Please work with your teacher to understand what you have to do to get a passing grade if you received an “I” Incomplete for Semester 1. You have until the end of the school year (June 18th) to get the “I” removed from your transcript. An “I” grade on your transcript will not prevent you from going to high school, but it may impact your HS course options.

    February is Black History Month: In recent years during the month of February, Eckstein has focused on African American accomplishments in honor of Black History month. This year teachers will focus on contributions from the African American community in their specific area of discipline.
    This focus will be as follows:
    Week 1 February 1-5: People born 1960 – current
    Week 2 February 8-12: People born 1910- 1959
    No School Week of February 15-19
    Week 3 February 22-26: People born 1860 – 1910

    This Week, February 1-5 is Black Lives Matter at School Week: On Wednesday, February 3rd during homeroom, our Leadership class will present a Black Lives Matter assembly. The keynote speaker is James Layman, a former band teacher, who currently writes curriculum and facilitates AWSL (Association of Washington School Principals) programming. He is a powerful voice for student leadership programs and helps run state leadership camps. Learn more about AWSL >> http://www.awsp.org/

    Office of African American Male Achievement Listen and Learn Forums: The Office of African American Male Achievement is launching our Listen and Learn forum for Northeast families on Friday, Friday, February 5, 2021, 6 - 8 p.m to continue to listen to Black families as we reconstruct our educational system to celebrate the brilliance and excellence of Black boys and teens. Learn more and register for the AAMA Listen and Learn Forums.
    https://www.seattleschools.org/district/calendars/news/what_s_new/aama_listen_and_learn_forum

    Eckstein/Thornton Creek Supply Drive Saturday: Please support the PTA Supply Pantry by dropping donations off on Saturday, February 6, 2021 from 10:00am - 12:00pm at Eckstein Middle School in the NE 30th Avenue parking lot. Learn more about what is needed: https://ecksteinms.seattleschools.org/about/calendar_and_news/news/winter_supply_drive_-_feb_6__2021

    1. GET ORGANIZED
      • Create a workspace at home (desk or table top – not on your bed, a good light, a chair that’s not so comfortable that you’ll go to sleep, headphones – if you have a lot of noise around you and please ask if you need a pair, put away or cover electronics like your phone or gaming station to eliminate the temptation, water bottle, a snack stash if you’re like me)
      • Build your “school kit” (PLANNER, pencil, pens, markers, highlighters, paper, binders, folders, calculator, ruler, stapler, textbooks, handouts, and of course – your laptop that you’ve restarted at least 2 times a week )
      • Set an alarm to get you up at least 30 minutes before class
    2. CREATE SMART GOALS
      • Specific: Well defined, clear, and unambiguous
      • Measurable: With specific criteria that measure your progress toward the accomplishment of the goal
      • Achievable: Attainable and not impossible to achieve
      • Realistic: Within reach, realistic, and relevant to the class
      • Timely: With a clearly defined timeline, including a starting date and a target date. The purpose is to create urgency. For more on this read this: https://corporatefinanceinstitute.com
    3. FOCUS WHEN IN CLASS
      • Come prepared by doing your homework and reviewing notes from the last session
      • Use your planner to keep track of due dates and assignments
      • Take main idea notes using abbreviations when possible during class – work with another student in the class and share
      • Get to know your teacher and ask questions – seriously, ASK QUESTIONS if you don’t understand
    4. DO YOUR HOMEWORK
      • Set a specific time
      • Attend async sessions to complete homework and/or get help
      • Make a priority list
      • Complete homework with a study buddy
      • TURN IT IN – sounds obvious, but you’d be amazed how many do the work and then forget to submit
      • Don’t claim someone else’s work as your own – that stinks and so will you
    5. STUDY FOR TESTS
      • Know your learning style (listening, visual, hands-on) to help you collect/prepare materials for the test
      • Let your teacher know early if you’re struggling with a concept
      • Review those notes that I suggested you take during class
      • Explain concepts on the test to someone else (parent/guardian, grandparent/aunt/uncle – show them how much you know and maybe even be the teacher, classmate, sibling, your pet – they won’t be able to correct you but you never know)

     


    January 25, 2021

    Incoming Sixth Grade Virtual Open House: Our Virtual Open House will be next Tuesday, January 26 at 6 pm. We will begin with a live presentation and then show a prerecorded video. We will then create breakout rooms for incoming sixth grade students to interact with current students. We will post the link to our presentation on our website. https://ecksteinms.seattleschools.org/about/calendar_and_news/news/eckstein_virtual_open_house_-_1_26_21___6_pm

    Reminder: No school next Thursday, January 28, 2021, the day between semesters.

    Semester Two Begins Friday, January 29, 2021: Students will attend all six classes next Friday. Our regular remote learning schedule resumes on Monday, February 1, 2021.
    January 29 – Schedule
    9:00- 9:50 - Period 1
    9:55-10:45 - Period 2
    10:50-11:40 - Period 3
    11:45-12:35 - Period 4
    12:40 – 1:25 – LUNCH
    1:25 - 2:15 - Period 5
    2:20 – 3:10 - Period 6
    :15 – 3:45 Enrichment Activities

    Second Semester Schedules: Schedules will be posted to your student’s Source account on Tuesday, January 26, 2021. Please contact your student’s grade level counselor with any schedule questions or concerns:

    Enrichment Activities for Third Quarter: Consider having your student join an Enrichment Activity for 3rd quarter. Most of the activities are continuing from 2nd quarter.  Visit our website to review our offerings. https://ecksteinms.seattleschools.org/student_activities/enrichment_activities

    Yearbook Portraits: Nearly 500 students have not submitted a yearbook portrait for our yearbook. If you have not submitted a portrait, you will receive an email shortly detailing how you can. The deadline for submissions is Monday, January 25, 2021.

    Yearbook Orders: The deadline to order a yearbook is Sunday, January 24, 2021. You can order one through SchoolPay in your student’s Source account. If you do not see the option for a 2020/21 Yearbook that means that either you have already ordered one or we have run out of books. Please contact Haley Stern if you have any questions at hsstern@seattleschools.org.

    Parent Communications: Thank you to families who participated in our parent communication survey over the past couple of weeks. We appreciate your feedback. We have reviewed the results and the data suggests our video messages aren’t a preferred means of communication. We are going to discontinue them on a weekly basis, but plan to send a video message from time to time when it benefits the content being sent.


    January 18, 2021

    • MLK Assembly Recording Available: On Wednesday, January 13th at 9am, Chris Singleton, inspirational speaker and former pro athlete, spoke to Eckstein, Jane Addams, and Hamilton students to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. A recording of his speech is available below. Note: the video recording is on Microsoft Stream, so students will have to log in with their Seattle Schools account for families to watch it together. The assembly officially starts at 7:47 in the recording. Watch the recording with a student log-in account here!
       
    • Missing Assignments: Students with missing assignments should be in touch with their teachers right away for help with prioritizing which assignment.  Students should plan on staying after their live class to work on assignments They don’t need an invitation. Using this hour could be super instrumental in supporting students in improving their grade.
       
    • January 27th Last Day of Semester: I would highly recommend students have all of their work submitted at least a couple of days prior to this unless their teachers have said otherwise.
       
    • Seattle Parks & Recreation Teen Hub at Magnuson Building 406: Students in grades 6 - 12 will have a safe and supportive environment with trusting adults to engage in SPS remote learning. Students are required to bring their own laptops or tablets to access learning platforms. Lunch is provided daily. Registration is required and there will be no DROP-In allowed. Length of this program is dependent on the SPS remote learning schedule. Although the website says the program is full, we’ve been told that it is not full and the website will be updated shortly. You can get more information by calling Program Information: 206.684.7051.
       
    • Communications Survey: We would like to know how you would prefer to receive information from Eckstein. Please take this brief survey to give us an idea of what works best for you. https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=WNEx1HRgMkiHg1Hqb23SJzCrUYVziI1PgCb7pE29RJZURVpZQlo1WktCSFc5UUU0RTU2QjNWV1RaQy4u
       
    • Yearbook Portraits due by January 22, 2020: Below are some guidelines to follow and please feel free to email Haley Stern at hsstern@seattleschools.org if you have any questions.
      How: Use the guidelines HERE to take your portrait
      Name your jpg file, ‘first name, last name, grade’ (ex: jesse smith 7.jpg)
      Where: Upload your portrait to hjeshare.com;
      Access code ‘eckstein’; Upload as a PORTRAIT, not general photo.
       
    • Yearbook Orders Extended to January 24, 2020: A link to order the yearbook through Schoolpay is now in your student’s Source account. If you prefer to use a check for payment, yearbooks are $28. Make the check out to Eckstein Middle School. Please put your student’s first and last name in the comments section on the check. You can mail it to Eckstein MS, 3003 NE 75th Street, Seattle, WA 98115.
       
    • First Semester Progress Reports: Middle School progress reports will be made available for families to view in the Source at the end of the first semester. We will let you know when they are ready to be viewed. Families may request printed copies of progress reports if you are unable to access remotely by emailing us at eckstein@seattleschools.org.

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    January 8, 2021

    Dear Families,

    I had hoped that this first email to our Eckstein community in 2021 would be welcoming everyone to the new year and highlighting optimism around the rollout of the vaccine. The events Wednesday have once again created heavy hearts for the harm caused in our nation with the violence and attempts to disrupt our democratic process. At Eckstein we remain committed to supporting our students in navigating the world around them during these times. Many teachers have spent time checking in with our students around the recent events over the past two days. Our Counseling Department invited students via Schoology to a group discussion during lunch today and will offer another session to students on Monday with the link posted on Schoology. The plan is to start as a whole group and then move into smaller breakout sessions. Additionally, please let us know if there is anything we can do to support your individual student. ~ Kristin Rose, Principal

    How Can We Best Get You Information? We would like to know how you would prefer to receive information from Eckstein. Please take this brief survey to give us an idea of what works best for you. https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=WNEx1HRgMkiHg1Hqb23SJzCrUYVziI1PgCb7pE29RJZURVpZQlo1WktCSFc5UUU0RTU2QjNWV1RaQy4u

    Please Submit Yearbook Portraits before January 24, 2020: This year we were unable to safely obtain professional portraits. However, we are striving to create a 2020-21 Eckstein Yearbook. We need your help to make our yearbook as comprehensive as possible.
    So this year we will be submitting our own self-portraits for the yearbook. Below are some guidelines to follow and please feel free to email Haley Stern at hsstern@seattleschools.org if you have any questions.
    How: Use the guidelines HERE to take your portrait
    Name your jpg file, ‘first name, last name, grade’ (ex: jesse smith 7.jpg)
    Where: Upload your portrait to hjeshare.com;
    Access code ‘eckstein’; Upload as a PORTRAIT, not general photo.

    Yearbook Orders Extended to January 24, 2020: We’ve extended our yearbook ordering deadline. A link to order the yearbook through Schoolpay is now in your student’s Source account. If you prefer to use a check for payment, yearbooks are $28. Make the check out to Eckstein Middle School. Please put your student’s first and last name in the comments section on the check. You can mail it to Eckstein MS, 3003 NE 75th Street, Seattle, WA 98117.

    Martin Luther King Jr. Assembly - Wednesday, January 13, 2021 @ 9:00am: Eckstein Middle School, Hamilton International Middle School, and Jane Addams Middle Schools jointly present a Dr. Martin Luther King jr Assembly featuring Keynote Speaker, Chris Singleton.
    Who: We invite all students and families to hear Chris Singleton speak.
    How: TEAMS Live event link will be posted on your student’s Schoology page. We will also email the Teams link on Tuesday to our community if you wish to join.
    Who is Chris Singleton: Chris Singleton is a former professional baseball player in the Chicago Cubs organization as well as an inspirational speaker who has traveled the country passionately speaking to over 60,000 students. Chris has also spread his message through various different media outlets and has been featured on ESPN’s E:60, Sports Illustrated magazine, CNN, and USA Today. His mother, Sharonda Coleman Singleton, was murdered along with eight other victims at Mother Emanuel AME church in Downtown Charleston, South Carolina on June 17th, 2015 by a white male who wanted to start a race related war in the United States. Chris inspired his city and the nation by forgiving the man who murdered his mother and stating that “Love is stronger than hate.” Chris inspires his audiences through his personal experiences of adversity and his faith. https://www.chrissingleton.com/

    Schedule Change for Wednesday, January 13, 2021: Due to our extended homeroom for the MLK assembly, our asynchronous Wednesday times are slightly modified:
    9-10:15 - Homeroom Assembly
    10:20-10:45 - period 1
    10:50-11:15 - period 2
    11:20 - 12:05 - Lunch
    12:05-12:30 - period 3
    12:35-1:00 - period 4
    1:05-1:30 - period 5
    1:35 - 2:00 period 6
    2:00 - 2:35 Enrichment Activities (TBD)

    Preparing for Power Outages: Last Tuesday morning, a good part of our NE Seattle region lost power, affecting many of our teachers and students. As we plan for winter weather and future potential outages, here is what to expect if we find ourselves in similar circumstances again in remote learning. Teachers will continue on (anticipating make-up needs for some students) IF they have power or can access a hot spot or TEAMS on their phones. Staff will communicate from their phone via Schoology or Outlook if they are able during this outage to let students know what they can be working on. If staff are unable to correspond during the outage, they will communicate once power is restored.

    Middle School Athletics Tentative Start - February 1, 2021: If your child is interested in participating in one of our middle school sports teams, it’s time to get your paperwork submitted! You can find all the forms, including two new COVID related forms on our website: https://ecksteinms.seattleschools.org/student_activities/athletics. You will also find the current tentative schedule for middle school sports. Any questions? Please email our Athletic Director, Mary Williams at mpwilliams@seattleschools.org.

    Open Enrollment for School Choice is February 1-19, 2021: We will have an Eckstein Virtual Open House for fifth grade & new students on January 26, 2021 from 6-7 pm. Please visit our website for details.

    For Eighth Grade Students: High schools are also posting their virtual open house times and dates. We are posting information about high school open houses on our website: https://ecksteinms.seattleschools.org/about/calendar_and_news/news/high_school_virtual_open_houses


    Decemeber 12, 2020

    Submit Your Pictures to the Yearbook: This year we will be submitting our own self-portraits for the yearbook. Below are some guidelines to follow and please feel free to email hsstern@seattleschools.org if you have any questions. How:
    Use the guidelines HERE  to take your portrait. Name your jpg file, ‘first name, last name, grade’ (ex: jesse smith 7.jpg);Where: Upload your portrait to hjeshare.com
    • Access code ‘eckstein’
    • Complete the form as best you can. Deadline : Dec 18, 2020

    New Window Added to Order Yearbooks: We are able to open up orders for yearbooks from January 4 through January 24. Yearbooks are $28 and you will be able to order them on Schoolpay. The link will appear in your student’s Source account on January 4.

    This Week is SPIRIT WEEK: 
    Spirit week

    Let's Talk Graphic Novels: On Monday, December 14, 2020 at 6:15 pm before the PTSA meeting, Ms. Sterling will talk about why comics and graphic novels are popular, the academic benefits of reading comics and graphic novels, and give suggestions of comics and graphic novels in all genres. Learn More:

    SPS Meal Sites during Winter Break: Seattle Public Schools Nutrition Services will offer one-week meal box pick up for students and their families on Monday, December 21. Meal boxes will be limited.


     

    DECEMBER 4, 2020

    Yearbook Orders End Saturday, December 5th, 2020: Saturday is the last chance to order a 2020/21 Eckstein yearbook. You can order yearbooks through your student’s Schoolpay, located in your student’s Source account. Look for the Schoology button on the left side column. Yearbooks are $28.
     Submit Your Pictures to the Yearbook: This year we will be submitting our own self-portraits for the yearbook. Below are some guidelines to follow and please feel free to email hsstern@settaleschools.org if you have any questions. How: Use the guidelines HERE  to take your portrait. Name your jpg file, ‘first name, last name, grade’ (ex: jesse smith 7.jpg);

    Where: Upload your portrait to hjeshare.com
    • Access code ‘eckstein’
    • Complete the form as best you can. Deadline : Dec 18, 2020
     Let’s Talk Comics & Graphic Novels: On December 14th at 6:15 before the PTSA meeting, Ms. Sterling will talk about why comics and graphic novels are popular, the academic benefits of reading comics and graphic novels, and give suggestions of comics and graphic novels in all genres.

    The presentation will include voices from students and other teachers. Thanks to an EAC grant, we will be giving new graphic novels to students furthest from educational justice before the December break!
    In January we will be doing a graphic novel book drive to give out at our school’s lunch site, so if you have any graphic novels around your house you or your students are ready to donate, start putting them aside and look for further details to come!
    Email president@ecksteineaglesptsa.org for the Zoom link for December 14th.
     

    Engage with your SPS School Board Director: Wednesday, Dec 9, 7:30 to 9 pm (register here). Come with your questions for School Board Director Chandra Hampson. Registration is required to receive the meeting link.
     

    Resources at Eckstein:
    SPS Meal Site:
    Come to the lunchroom via the back of the building for free lunches and breakfasts. Your student does not need to come with you. We are open Mondays through Fridays from 11:15 am – 1:15 pm.
    Free Community Supply Pantry: Eckstein and Thornton Creek PTSAs have joined together to provide free items such as hygiene supplies, cleaning supplies, school supplies, masks and more. The pantry is located in the back of Eckstein by the portables. It is open Mondays & Fridays from 11:15 am – 1:15 pm. If you would like to donate or help please contact Liz Benko at pantry@tc-pta.org.
    Library Curbside Pickup: Wednesday from 4:30-5:30! Come to the cafeteria door from the back parking lot of Eckstein to pick-up holds, browse carts, or drop off books. To put a book on hold, students should go to the library catalog at http://tiny.cc/eckstein, click Log In in the upper right corner, and log in with their username (with NO @seattleschools.org; for example, 1pejackson) and password they use for everything.
     

    One Hour Early Dismissal on Friday, December 18, 2020: This will begin our two week winter break. Be sure to relax and recharge. School returns to session on Monday, January 4, 2021. If you will be taking your student out of school before winter break, please notify Attendance at ecksteinms.attendance@seattleschools.org.

     


     

    NOVEMBER 25, 2020

    Outdoor Education at Eckstein: The FORCE (Friends of Outdoor Relevant Community Education) at Eckstein is trying to gauge interest, potential involvement, and material requirements for a community outdoor education pilot program called Wild Wednesdays! It is being developed by a cadre of teachers working together during their Racial Equity professional development days with the belief that outdoor and community education would increase student engagement for all students, especially those furthest from educational justice. Please fill out our survey and let us know if you'd be interested in participating. Any questions or comments can be made in the survey https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=WNEx1HRgMkiHg1Hqb23SJw8gveh0b5dPoJeNM18LiLJUNjhVSk1ST1I3UEo3NUFEUTlJTk0wNTkyVy4u

    No School Thursday and Friday: There will be no school for our Eckstein students for the Thanksgiving holiday and Native American Heritage Day on Thursday and Friday, November 26 and 27. Next Monday – Wednesday, while elementary and K-8 schools are not in session, middle and high schools still have class. If your student will be absent, please notify Attendance at ecksteinms.attendance@seattleschools.org. Wednesday, November 25, is a typical Wednesday with students being released at 1:45 pm. Enrichment Activities on Wednesday, November 25 area still meeting unless the leader has instructed students otherwise.

    Online Learning and Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying: At Eckstein we have a no tolerance policy for harassment, intimidation and bullying. If your student is reporting any concerns about online behavior and interactions with other students, please let the grade level administrator know immediately.
    Contact:
    Sixth Grade-Jolene Anderson jaanderson@seattleschools.org
    Seventh Grade-Deneen Evans – deevans@seattleschools.org
    Barb de Normandie - bfdenormandi@seattleschools.org
    We investigate and address all incidents as they arise and work with the students, staff and parents/guardians involved. A new Educational version of TEAMs is due to be released soon and we understand there will be additional safeguards loaded into this updated platform. More to come when we learn specifics around these updates.

    Weekly Lunch Invitation: ASB is hosting a virtual sixth grade lunch every Thursday from 12:40-1:15 pm. The Teams link is on the ASB Schoology page. We are working toward adding a virtual lunch for seventh and eighth graders as well. ASB is also hosting a Mandalorian Lunch on Mondays from 12:40-1:15 pm. If your student is interested in joining, please contact Ms. Poort at jcpoort@seattleschools.org for the Teams link for the Mandalorian Lunch.

    Keep those Eckstein Documentary Pictures Coming! Thank you to everyone who has already sent an image to use in our Eckstein Documentary. The more images the better movie! Please send images of your students in masks, at their work station, with their families to Julia Detering, jrdetering@seattleschools.org.


    WEEK OF NOVEMBER 16, 2020

    First Quarter Grades On the Source: Check out The Source to see your student's grades for Quarter One.

    What is an Incomplete: An Incomplete indicates a problem with engaging in classwork or missing assignments. Ms. Anderson will meeting with students/families who receive Incompletes.

    Eckstein Documentary: Thank you to those who have sent in pictures to be included in our Eckstein Remote Learning/Pandemic Documentary. We are seeking images of students in masks, student workstations, students with their families and any image that is remote learning or pandemic related. You can email the images to Julia Detering at jrdetering@seattleschools.org

    Tutoring Available: Contact your neighborhood Seattle Public Library for free tutoring in math, Language Arts(English), Social Studies, Science and some foreign languages.

    Eckstein Annual Campaign 2020: It has been all about challenges and, in the end, coming together is how we are going to meet & beat these challenges. With this in mind, Eckstein’s 2020 Annual Campaign will be directing as many of our fund raising dollars as we can to help our larger community while still retaining what we need for our school. Click Here to Help.

     


    WEEK OF NOVEMBER 9, 2020

    First Quarter ended November 5th: Whew! We have made it through the first quarter of the 2020-21 school year. Teachers have until November 13 to turn their grades in. Your students’ grades will be ready for viewing on November 15 on The Source.

    PTSA Board Meeting November 9 @ 7pm: Although this is a PTSA Board meeting, all are welcome. Sherri Kokx (Chief of Staff to the Superintendent) and Carri Campbell (Director of Communications) will speak to us about the SPS strategic plan for the district and answer questions from families. Please email President@ecksteineaglesptsa.org for the Zoom link.

    Eckstein Documentary Project: Ms. Detering is working with a group of students on a documentary about the middle school experience with the pandemic and remote learning. The documentary includes interviews with students, staff and families. We will also include photographs. We need photographs and video clips from as many students and families as possible.
    Specifically:

    • Photos of your student in a mask for a montage at the beginning of the film.
    • Photos and video clips of our students and staff with the people they love for a montage at the end of the film.
    • Photos or short video clips of your students while remote learning and/or participating in other activities during this pandemic.
    • Photos or short video clips from Halloween.

    If you would like to contribute, please email Ms. Detering at jrdetering@seattleschools.org. We need your help to make this project a success!!

    No School  Wednesday: Next Wednesday, November 11, 2020 is Veterans Day. There will be no classes. This past Wednesday during Home Room we held a virtual Veterans Day Assembly on “TEAMS Live.” Thank you to our ASB students and Advisor Ms. Poort for putting this program together.

    Enrichment Activities: Our Enrichment Activities are up and running. It’s not too late for your student to join an activity. Please visit https://ecksteinms.seattleschools.org/student_activities/enrichment_activities to see our offerings. Email the leader for a Teams link.

    Kingmakers of Seattle Extended: To extend an opportunity to Black male students across the district, the Office of African American Male Achievement has launched Kingmakers of Seattle Extended (KOSE). Kingmakers is an elective program for Black male 7th through 12th grade students, referred to as Kings, led by Black male facilitators. Apply and learn more: https://www.seattleschools.org/district/calendars/news/what_s_new/kingmakers_extended


    WEEK OF NOVEMBER 2, 202

    • Enrichment Activities Begin: Please check out our Enrichment Activities. If your student is interested, have them contact the Activity Leader for the Teams link. Students can join at any time.

    • Veterans Day Assembly: Eckstein ASB will present a Veterans Day Assembly during home room on Wednesday, November 4, 2020. You will find the Teams link on your student's home room Schoology page.

    • First Quarter Ends Friday, November 5: Grades will be available on the Source on November 15.

     


    WEEK OF OCTOBER 26, 2020

    • Enrichment Activities: We will launch our slate of Enrichment Activities on Monday, November 2, 2020. All students are invited to participate in as many activities as they like. Description of the activities.
      To participate in an activity, students should email the leader for a Teams link.
       
    • First Quarter Grades: Quarter One ends on November 5, 2020. You can find your student’s first quarter grades on the Source by November 15th. No hard copies of progress reports will be issued.
       
    • Curriculum/Open House Videos: If you haven’t already, please visit your student’s class Schoology pages to see a video from their teachers. The videos will be at the top of the page until Monday, October 26, 2020. At that time, teacher will move the video to their Class Information folder.
       
    • Spirit Week - October 26 - 30: 
      MONDAY:  Eagle Colors (Blue & White)
      TUESDAY: Beach Day
      WEDNESDAY: 
      Tie-Dye
      THURSDAY:  
      Virtual Vacation (Change your background to a vacation destination)
      FRIDAY: 
      Halloween Costumes

    • Community Pantry: Beginning October 23, every Friday from 11:15-1:15, a free community supply pantry will be open at Eckstein Middle School outside, west of the portables in the main parking lot. The pantry will offer school supplies, basic hygiene and cleaning supplies, masks, and more. We will also collect feedback from our community to make sure we are stocking what is most needed.
       
    • Eckstein News at a Glance: We’ve created a new webpage that condenses the news for the week and provides important ongoing information: https://ecksteinms.seattleschools.org/about/eckstein_news_at_a_glance

    WEEK OF OCTOBER 19TH, 2020

    • Virtual Open House: Log into your students Schoology page to see videos from their teachers. All videos are posted at the top of the page.

    • Staff Videos: You can view messages from our principal, counselors, main office, heath & wellness staff and more here:  https://ecksteinms.seattleschools.org/academics/library/curriculum_night_2020

    • Order Eckstein Spirit Gear: We are open for ordering Spirit Gear. Orders are available until November 13. Order here: https://tcspan.printavo.com/merch/eckstein-middle-school/

    • Spirit Week - October 26 - 30: 
      MONDAY:  Eagle Colors (Blue & White)
      TUESDAY: Beach Day
      WEDNESDAY: 
      Tie-Dye
      THURSDAY:  
      Virtual Vacation (Change your background to a vacation destination)
      FRIDAY: 
      Halloween Costumes

    • FERPA forms: Please return your FERPA forms to Ms. Detering @ jrdetering@seattleschools.org.  Email Ms. Detering if you would like a fillable PDF FERPA form.

    PTSA Weekly Newsletter

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    Free Community Pantry
    Supplies for school, cleaning, hygiene etc. are available in the Eckstein back parking lot of Fridays, 11:15 - 1:15 pm.