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Eckstein Weekly News – February 16, 2024

Upcoming Dates


  • Feb 19: Presidents Day (No School)
  • Feb 19-23: Mid-Winter Break (No School


  • Mar 1: Women’s History Month Assembly featuring Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger, NASA Astronaut (9am Auditorium-AM Assembly Bell Schedule)
  • Mar 8: 6th & 7th grade Dance-Neon Theme. Tickets will be on sale through SchoolPay in February (7-8:30pm Eckstein Cafeteria & Gym)
  • Mar 21: Student-Led Conferences (No School at Eckstein, come at scheduled conference time)
  • Mar 22: Winter Sports Pep Parade during Homeroom-wear Eagle colors!

AM Assembly Schedule

AM Assembly Schedule:

  • Period 1: 8:55 AM – 10:40 AM (Assembly: 9:00 AM- 9:45 AM)
  • Period 2: 10:45 AM – 11:35 AM
  • Period 4: 11:40 AM – 1:00 PM
    • 1st LUNCH: 11:35 AM – 12:05 PM (Class 12:10 PM – 1:00 PM)
    • 2nd LUNCH: 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM (Class 11:40 AM – 12:30 PM)
  • Period 3: 1:05 PM – 1:55 PM
  • Period 5: 2:00 PM – 2:50 PM
  • Period 6: 2:55 PM – 3:45 PM

Report Cards Available 2/19

Report Cards will be available on the Source starting February 19th. They are no longer mailed home. Find them here!

Waitlist for Yearbooks Available for Purchase starts 2/12 – First Come, First Serve

There are a handful of extra yearbooks for sale. The waitlist yearbooks are first come, first serve and once they are all sold, we will not have any more available. The Schoolpay link is active February 12-March 4 and if supply allows again May 31- June 21. Waitlist yearbooks are $35. You can use this link to purchase a yearbook off the waitlist.
If you cannot pay online, please reach out to Andrea Drachler, Fiscal, at and she will help you purchase a yearbook during those time windows via cash or check delivered to the Eckstein Main Office.

Dance Chaperones Needed for 3/8 Dance!

The next Eckstein dance is for 6th & 7th grade on Friday, March 8th from 7:00pm-8:30pm! We’re looking for volunteers for chaperoning purposes and for bake sale items. It’s a really fun night and we organize it well. Leadership students will be there to help run as well! Please sign up to help out if you can!

Attention 8th Grade Families: Upcoming Field Trip Chaperones Needed!

Eighth Graders will be attending Roosevelt High School’s Winter Musical, Chicago, on Monday, March 11. We are in need of chaperones! We will leave Eckstein at 10:15 for a 10:30am showing and be back by 12:30. Field trip forms will be sent home from your student’s homeroom teacher on the week of Feb. 26- Mar. 1.
Additionally, our End of the Year 8th grade cruise is scheduled for Friday, Jun 21. We will also need chaperones!
Please contact Ms. Cristobal at if you are interested and able to chaperone for either or both upcoming field trips!

Congratulations Eckstein Reflections Contest Participants!

The Eckstein students moving to the state level are:
Enzo, Visual Arts
Eliza, Visual Arts
Sylvie, Dance Choreography
Lauren, Film Production
Marina, Literature
Greta, Literature

Six other Eckstein students won honorable mentions in their categories. Those students are:
Henry, Visual Arts
Abby, Literature
Adeline, Literature
Macy, Literature
Alexa, Literature
Cora, Dance Choreography

Festival Results!

Congratulations to Senior Jazz for 1st place in Preliminaries & 3rd place in Finals at the Clark College Jazz Festival! Special shoutout for Soloist Awards to Emily, Ellie, Oren and Margot!

Congratulations to Senior & Intermediate Jazz for receiving Top 3 Ensembles & Top 2 Jazz Combos at Bellevue College Jazz Festival! Special shoutout for Soloist Awards to Ellie, Oren and Margot!

Spring Sports  Information

Spring sports are on the horizon. Seattle Public Schools and Eckstein offer three sport options: Co-ed Track, Girls Volleyball and Boys Soccer. Track is a no-cut sport whereas soccer and volleyball are cut sports. As with the Fall and Winter sports there will only be two teams, a JV and Varsity. We will continue to have robust teams in order to develop our younger athletes.

Please use FinalForms for all athletic paperwork. WE WILL NOT COLLECT PAPER DOCUMENTS. Most important is having an updated athletic physical. Physicals last two years but if you turned it in last year, please notify athletic coordinator Derek Grandbois as soon as possible. All paperwork needs to be submitted by 4pm on March 13th for the first day of spring sports March 14th.
Submit athletic paperwork here:


The Track team will hit the oval soon after mid-winter break, but your coaches are preparing now. The head track coach, Frank Field will hold a pre-season meeting on Tuesday, February 13, in the auditorium during homeroom. Frank can be contacted at

Last year’s team finished third at the city meet and has a great shot at finishing higher this season. Get those physicals and registration forms in early! We’ll need parental help too (we have 140 runners and three coaches!), so NOW is the time to fill out the volunteer forms (including fingerprinting). It takes a couple of weeks after submitting to get authorized, so don’t delay.

All abilities are welcome! Track is a no-cut sport. And you CAN participate in track even if you’re doing a non-SPS sport such as baseball. So tell your student to come to the meeting to learn more about how to participate, and please consider volunteering! Fill out volunteer forms here:
Submit athletic paperwork here:

Boys Soccer:

“It’s almost time for the beginning of the Eckstein Boys’ Soccer season! We’ll be holding tryouts the second week of March right after school from 4:00-5:30 on our field, and so if you haven’t already done so, now is the time to get the required paperwork in to FinalForms. Contact Mr. Grandbois if you need support (late paperwork, in most cases, will not be accepted). This season will be different from those in the past, as we will only have two teams, the varsity and one JV, which, unfortunately, means that there will be cuts. We look forward to seeing you in March – Go Eagles!”
Submit athletic paperwork here:

Girls Volleyball:

We will be holding coaching interviews soon. We are still looking for more coaches, if you are interested or know someone who is please reach out to Mr. Grandbois, Tryouts and practice times will be communicated as soon as a coach is hired. 6th-8th grade girls are eligible to tryout. There will only be two teams, so cuts will occur.
Submit athletic paperwork here:

Eckstein Interest Groups

Below is a list of the current activities we offer at Eckstein either during or after school. This list also lives on our school website at

  1. Rainbow Club- A safe space for LGBTQIA2+ students.
    • Meets Tuesdays during Homeroom in P8
    • Contact Nyx Lewis to join!
  2. Student Empowerment Workshop
    • Meets Tuesdays during Homeroom in Room 113
    • Contact Elise Phillips to Join!
  3. Maker Mondays- Crafting and jewelry making
    • Meets Mondays during lunch in the library.
    • Contact Ms. Sterling to join.
  4. Book and Bites- Discuss books while enjoying your lunch.
    • Meets Tuesdays during lunch in the library.
    • Contact Ms. Sterling to join.
  5. Basketball- Room for 25 students each week.
    • Meets Fridays during lunch in the Gym
    • Contact Mr. W and Ms. Norman to join.
  6. Dungeons and Dragons
    • Meets Mondays and Thursdays after school in the Library
    • Contact Ms. Maxwell to join
  7. Chess Club
    • Meets Mondays after school in the Room 121
    • Contact Ms. Clark and parent volunteer Garrett S to join.
  8. Jazz Combo
    • Meets Mondays and Fridays after school in the Band Room
    • Contact Mr. E to join
  9. Junior Jazz Band
    • Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays after school 4-5:30 in the Band Room
    • Contact Mr. E to join
  10. Eckstein Recording Studio
    • Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays After School in P8
    • Contact Mr. Melvin to join
  11. Eckstein Engineers
    • Meets Thursdays after school in room 134
    • Contact Mr. Johnson to join
  12. Reptiles, Amphibians, and Invertebrates
    • Meets after school every OTHER Thursday in Room 108
    • Contact Ms. Aboel-Nil to join

Roosevelt High School Academics Information Night 3/18

Monday, Mar 18 | RHS Commons & Classrooms
6pm light dinner | 7 to 9pm classes
The RHS PTSA and RHS counseling staff have put together an evening of mini-classes for current and incoming students and parents/caregivers to learn about:

  • Academic and Special Education Supports
  • Graduation requirements
  • Jumpstarting career preparation with Career & Technical Education
  • Choosing a college
  • Making college affordable

Pick the topics that interest you and attend three out of five 25-minute classes staffed with experts ready to answer your questions. Please let us know by Friday March 1 if you will be joining us for dinner and if you need interpretation services. A general RSVP by Sunday March 17 is also appreciated so we know how many people to expect in the classes. Sponsored by: RHS PTSA, iSmile Orthodontics, and the Roosevelt Foundation. Email with any questions.


Returning to School After COVID-19

Illness Prevention

It’s respiratory illness season and Eckstein is seeing its share of students out ill. Illnesses like influenza (flu), COVID-19, RSV and many others are spread when a person coughs, sneezes, talks, or laughs. The best way to prevent the spread of infectious respiratory illness is to:

  • Stay home when ill
  • Wash hands often with soap and water
  • Cover coughs and sneezes. SPS continues to encourage masking at school, especially after travel or break
  • Avoid close contact with sick individuals
  • Practice healthy habits
  • Get vaccinated for preventable diseases

Department of Health, Washington information on COVID-19 symptoms, testing, and isolating, flowchart.

Check out the Is My Child too Sick to go to School guide for more information.

Eckstein PTSA Parent Education Event

Emily Cherkin

Eckstein PTSA Parent Education Event.
“Becoming Tech-Intentional: Parenting in the Digital Age”

Join us as we discuss parenting in the digital age with Emily Cherkin, a nationally recognized consultant (and Eckstein parent) who takes a tech-intentional approach to addressing screentime challenges. Emily spent twelve years teaching middle school in Seattle, WA, where she watched the rise of both social media among students and technology use in schools. She has been featured for her work on screentime in the New York Times, The Washington Post, the BBC, NPR, “The Today Show” twice, “Good Morning America”, Australia’s “Weekend Today”, and numerous parenting websites, blogs, and podcasts.

  • Monday, February 12th, Eckstein Auditorium
  • PTSA Board Meeting: 6-6:30 PM
  • Presentation and discussion 6:30-8:00 PM

Join the PTSA!

The Eckstein PTSA is only 24 memberships away from reaching their goal for this school year! Please considering joining/renewing TODAY to support our students and staff, create connections, and advocate for our community needs! Memberships last for one school year, so if you have been a member in the past, you will need to renew your membership for this school year. Membership is $20 per adult and $15 per student or staff. (Scholarships available.)

Ways to join or renew: complete the paper membership form (request in the main office)or complete the PTSA form on-line. Questions? Please contact:

Culinary Menu Decisions

Culinary Services takes menu decisions seriously and aligns them with state and federal guidelines. Our goals include providing healthy and nutritional options, offering attractive choices to reduce waste, and addressing various medical, cultural, and regional needs, tastes, and sensitivities.
We understand that dietary preferences and restrictions vary among students. We encourage families to identify students with special diets by filling out the meal accommodation form.
This information helps our kitchen managers prepare food for those with allergies, ensuring a safe and accommodating dining experience.
Your collaboration is vital in creating an inclusive and diverse food environment that meets the needs of our student population.
We recognize the importance of cultural and dietary considerations in menu planning. If you have specific concerns or suggestions related to the menu, we would be more than happy to discuss them further. Please contact William Park:

Student-Led Conference March 21, 2024

Dear Eckstein Families,

During homerooms this past month, your student has begun preparing for Student-Led Conferences at Eckstein that will take place March 21, 2024. Eckstein has applied for a waiver day/no school day to allow time to host these conferences. Eckstein is committed to 100% participation from students and families to make this happen. Please tell us if your family may need support.

Student- Led Conferences are an opportunity for students to share their goals and progress. Parents/guardians will listen actively, ask questions, and comment on student work. Your student will be collecting artifacts of their work over the next months, setting goals for learning, and reflecting on progress. This will all culminate with your coming to school for a presentation by your student. Please note- this is not a Parent/Teacher conference you may be used to attending in elementary school. Student-Led is just that. The student decides what progress looks like to them and what goals and progress they are excited to share with you.

Closer to the conference date of March 21st, your student’s homeroom teacher will reach out to you to set up a specific time. For now, please put this date on your calendar! Each conference is allotted 20-30 minutes, with multiple conferences being held at the same time. The homeroom teacher is the host, but the student runs the conference. Families will be presented with what your student has been learning and hear about progress on responsible scholar goals.

This video will illustrate what you can expect!

We look forward to seeing you here March 21st, 2024!

Student Drop off & Pickup Reminder

Parent drop off and pick up of students is on NE 75th Street, right in front of the school. Please pull forward as far as you can to accommodate more vehicles. Drivers are asked not to exit their vehicles during drop off or pick up to maximize safety for students and smooth operations. Also please be sure not to block the bike lane.

Please do not drop off students or park in the staff lot located on the north end of 30th Ave NE. This is a small lot exclusively for staff. We also ask that you not drop off students on the west side of 30th as it blocks traffic. If you would like to drop off your student on 30th you may drop them in the back lot closer to the athletic field.

Our accessible drop-off location is behind the school, just to the left of the loading dock, through the double doors. To access, please turn right into the alley on the far east end of school, off of NE 75th street. Once you enter the gate, turn right. The loading dock will be straight in front of you. Upon entering the school through the double doors, turn right to find the front hall.

Students taking yellow school bus transportation will be dropped off curbside next to the staff parking lot on 30th. They will also catch the bus in the same place in the afternoon.

A covered bike cage is available for students biking to school. For more information about safe routes to school contact Jessica Levine and

Eckstein Wish List from Social Worker Nyx Lewis – Donations Needed

Hey Eckstein families,
Looking for a way to support the school community during these cold days? Wanting to give back in ways big and small? Purchase items from the Eckstein Wish List!

  • Biggest needs right now include:
  • Sweatshirts
  • Sweatpants
  • Socks
  • Backpacks
  • Water bottles

Thanks for making our community stronger and better equipped!

Eckstein Band Rummage Sale

Save your stuff and save the date!
Saturday, April 20, 2024, 9 am-3 pm
Eckstein Middle School Cafeteria
3003 NE 75th Street, Seattle
Web: Eckstein Band Families

We need your donations to make this event a success! Please set aside your gently used clothing, household items, books, music, furniture, sporting goods, and more. See the Eckstein Bend Donation List for details.
Donations will be accepted on Friday, April 19, 1:30-6:30 pm, in the Eckstein Cafeteria.
Come for bargains, baked goods, and music from our own Eckstein jazz combos. Proceeds go to our public school music program directed by the legendary Moc Escobedo. Funds support student scholarships and instrument repair and replacement. Our goal is to make music accessible to all.
Thank you for supporting Eckstein music!
The Eckstein Band Families

Roosevelt High School 8th Grade Open House

Please join us on February 8 from 7-9pm for our High School Information night. This event is focused on sharing with future or prospective Roosevelt Rough Riders what wonderful and amazing opportunities there are for students here at our school. Link Crew Leaders, Club Officers, Sports Team Captains, Cheer and more will be featured. We will showcase our Academic Programs, Performing Arts, Clubs and Athletics. Plan to begin in the Auditorium at 7:00pm. Early arrivers will be treated to AMAZING music performances. DON’T MISS OUT!!!

Introduction to High School Course Registration for 2024-25

The SPS Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction (CAI) team has developed an introduction to the 2024-25 high school course registration. The purpose for this document is to help rising 9th-12th graders and their families understand the basics about the course registration process and to promote consistency in our communications about high school across the district.
The English version of this introduction has been posted on our webpage. On this same page, we will soon have translated versions of this document in the district’s top five languages: Spanish, Amharic, Somali, Chinese (Simplified), and Vietnamese,
Please make sure your staff members leading the course registration process for your school include these documents in their communications to students and families. We have also shared this expectation with your registrars.
For more information, please email Caleb Perkins:

Please Contact Attendance Before Picking Up Your Student Early from School

Please give attendance at least 30 minutes notice before picking up your student early from school to avoid a delay. You can contact Attendance these ways:

  • Email Attendance in the morning about the early dismissal:
  • Call Attendance at least 30 minutes before the dismissal at: 206-252-5014
  • Send a note to school with your student to give to Attendance.

Thank you for helping us ensure your students leave school at the time you need them.

School Info Nights

Eckstein Middle School’s Open House for Incoming Students is Thursday, February, 1st from 6:00-7:30pm.
Lincoln High School’s Open House for Prospective Students and Families is Thursday, January 25th from 6:30 – 8:00pm.
Nova High School’s Open House for Prospective Students and Families is Thursday, January 25th from 5:00-7:00pm.
Roosevelt High School’s Information Night for Incoming Students will be on Thursday, February 8th from 7:00-9:00pm.
The Center School’s Open House for Prospective Students and Families on Thursday, February 9th from 6:00-8:00pm.
Nathan Hale High School will have its School Info Night for Prospective Families on Tuesday, February 13th from 6:00-8:30pm.