Eckstein Newsletter – Welcome to 2021-22!
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ECKSTEIN CONTACT INFORMATION
Principal Kristin Rose
6th Grade Level Team
Asst. Principal Barb de Normandie firstname.lastname@example.org
6th Grade Counselor Reema Ziadeh email@example.com
7th Grade Level Team
Asst. Principal Jolene Anderson firstname.lastname@example.org
7th Grade Counselor Bryan Manzo email@example.com
8th Grade Team
House Administrator Deneen Evans firstname.lastname@example.org
8th Grade Counselor Meredith Bactol email@example.com
|MS. PETERSON ADMIN SECRETARYContact Ms. Peterson for general questions, building use requests, and employment issues|
|MS. DETERING ASSISTANT SECRETARYContact Ms. Detering for general questions and volunteer opportunities and requirements.|
|KATY RYAN ATTENDANCE SPECIALISTContact Ms. Ryan for support regarding student absences, future planned absences, and transportation concerns and firstname.lastname@example.org||TONI MORGAN REGISTRARContact Ms. Morgan for information about transcripts, grade reports, letters of recommendation, and registration.|
PRINCIPAL WELCOME BACK MESSAGE
HELLO ECKSTEIN EAGLES,
Welcome to the 2021-2022 School Year!!
I hope this newsletter finds you and your family well and that you have safely been able to enjoy summer adventures. We are looking forward to welcoming our Eckstein Eagles back to the building. And, I extend a special welcome to our new families joining our Eckstein community. We are glad you are with us for your child’s middle school journey!
Our Administrative team at Eckstein has been busy planning for the year ahead. Our theme for the 2021-2022 school year is “Cultivating Community, Growing Together.” We learned, reflected and shifted practice during remote and hybrid learning last school year and will take much of this with us as we proceed ahead into the new year. Our Building Leadership Team is planning Professional Development for our back-to-school staff training days. As Eckstein staff return to school, we will focus on the following areas: social emotional learning, standards based instruction, protocols and procedures for a safe return to school, as well as transforming space, climate and practice in our quest to be an anti-racist school.
We ask that you do a careful read of this back to school newsletter. We know there are many questions you have that we have integrated into this publication. Two of the most important areas we are focused on are as follows: 1) COVID safety protocols, and 2) How we will provide students with a warm, welcome back to the school building. We will keep updating our community about information as we get closer to the first day of school, as safety protocols and procedures get finalized.
I am fortunate to lead the most amazing community of students, educators and parents. It is a great honor to be your Principal.
August 23rd 8th Grade Back To School Fair 1-4 pm
Last Name begins with: A-L 1-2pm M-S 2-3pm T-Z 3-4 pm
August 24th 7th Grade Back to School Fair 1-4 pm
Last Name begins with: A-L 1-2pm M-S 2-3pm T-Z 3-4 pm
August 25th 6th Grade WEB Day and Back to School Fair
Two Sessions 1-3 and 3:15-5:15 pm.
Students will be assigned by their homerooms.
More communication will be coming by Friday 8/20.
September 1st First day of school
September 6th Labor Day NO SCHOOL
September 7th Picture Day (for those who did not get their photo taken at the Back to School Fairs)
Our Registrar, Ms. Morgan has worked hard to get schedules ready and out prior to the first day of school.
- Schedules will go live on the Source 8/23 at 10 am
- Schedules will also be ready for distribution on grade level Back to School Fair days, August 23-25th
- If you know that your student will not be attending Eckstein, please let Ms. Morgan know by emailing her at email@example.com
Please remember that Eckstein’s schedule is very complex and electives are not guaranteed. We prioritize the scheduling of core academic classes to ensure that all students are in the appropriate courses. We cannot accommodate teacher choice. We do our best to honor elective choices when possible.
If you have questions or concerns regarding your student’s schedule, please email the grade level counselor. Be sure to include your phone number.
- Grade 6 – Reema Ziadeh – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Grade 7 – Bryan Manzo – email@example.com
- Grade 8 – Meredith Bactol – firstname.lastname@example.org
BACK TO SCHOOL FAIRS ON AUGUST 23RD, 24TH, AND 25TH (BY GRADE LEVEL)
Since the majority of our students have had limited access to the Eckstein Middle School campus over the past year and a half, we will be hosting Back to School Fairs on specific days:
August 23rd will be for 8th graders
August 24th will be for 7th graders
To reduce numbers to students in the building, we ask that 7th and 8th graders attend during their assigned time: Last Name begins with: A-L 1-2pm M-S 2-3pm T-Z 3-4 pm.
August 25th will be for 6th graders, blended with WEB Day. Assigned times coming soon!
If your student is unable to to attend the Back to School Fair or WEB Day, all materials distributed during the fair will be available the first week of school.
The Fairs will take place in our school gym. Please see map below. Please park in the lots on 30th AVE NE and walk up the stairs to the gym. Or you can park in the lot behind the school and walk around to the gym from the back field.
6th Grade WEB Day activities will take place on the field.
While these events are intended to support students and their families, current district guidelines do not allow anyone other than staff and students in SPS buildings. All 6th grade students participing in our WEB Day will receive tours of the building in small groups. Once 7th and 8th grade students receive their schedule and locker at the fair, they will be able to walk their schedule for practice and try out their locker combination. Leadership students will be present all three days to provide support and guide small group tours for interested students.
Students entering SPS buildings will need to provide Health Attestation until September 1st. We will have hard copies of attestation forms or the form can be filled out digitally.
During Back to School Fair, students will have the opportunity to do the following:
- Receive their locker combination and practice opening their locks
- Receive their school planner, class schedule, and map of the school
- Pick up an Eckstein tee-shirt provided by Eckstein ASB
- Get their school picture taken
- Receive order information for school spirit gear
- Pick up their musical instruments from band and orchestra teachers
- Engage with fun back to school activities such as a selfie station
During the same times, grade level parents will have the opportunity to do the following:
- Sign up for the Eckstein PTSA
- Get instructions on how to make purchases online through School Pay. These purchases include a yearbook, field trips, athletics, and other school opportunities
We are looking forward to providing students with smooth transition back to school, as well as reducing worries about lockers, finding their way to their classes, etc…
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL PROCEDURES
- Please encourage your student to bring their supplies on the first day of school, including water bottles.
- Health attestation is not required to come to school in the 2021-22 school year.
- Parent drop off and pick up of students takes place on 75th Street, right in front of the school. Please pull forward as far as you can to accommodate more vehicles easily. Drivers are asked not to exit their vehicles during drop off or pick up in order to maximize safety for students and smooth operations.
- Accessibility drop off will take place in the back parking lot.
- Students taking yellow school bus transportation will be dropped off at the parking lot on 30th. They will also catch the bus in the same place in the afternoon.
- Even though the first day of school is on a Wednesday, for this Wednesday only, school will end at the normal 3:55 pm time.
7th and 8th graders – First Day of School Meeting Place
- Students will report to the back field and find their Home Room teacher. Signs will be posted.
- Students will enter the building with their Home Room teacher and class together on Day 1.
- This meeting spot will only take place Day 1. Day 2 and forward they will enter through the school doors and report to their Home Room class.
6th graders – First Day of School Meeting Place
- Enter the building from the front doors on 75th Street, and walk right into the Auditorium where they will find their Home Room teacher holding a large sign.
- Students need to find a seat that has a large fluorescent green sticker which indicates it is socially distanced from other seats.
- We will take it from there as we welcome and orient our Eckstein Eagles to middle school!
- Parents and guardians, please stay outside the front of the school on 75th to say goodbye to your student, as only staff and students are allowed in the building per SPS protocols.
While each student will be assigned their own laptop computer to use this year, they will also need a few supplies. All students need the supplies listed below with specific grade additions listed below:
General Supply List For ALL students
- One 3″ heavy duty three-ring binder Many students prefer the zippered version to allow them to transport their materials from class to class. If your student does not like a 3- ring binders, other options are sets of folders for each class (6) or the use of an accordion folder to organize daily work in classes.
- Binder dividers (a set of at least 5)
- I pkg of notecards student’s choice for size of 3×5 or 5×7
- Pencil Pouch
- Pencil sharpener
- Writing supplies 2 dozen sharpened pencils (about 6 per quarter), dozen black or blue pens (about 6 per quarter), 4 highlighters (1 per quarter), 2 fine tip black non-permanent felt tip pens (ex. Flair or Pilot brand)
- 500 college ruled notebook paper
- Scientific calculator preferred for 7th and 8th grade level math.For higher level math classes, please await further instructions by the teacher
- Colored pencils
- Grid paper
- Headphones/earbuds with microphone (preferred)
- Refillable water bottle
- Personal sized hand sanitizer (optional)
- Antibacterial Wipes (optional)
Grade Specific Additions
- 2 composition notebooks, college rule (Math and ELA)
- 2 composition notebooks, college rule (Math and ELA)
If taking a World Language
- 1 composition notebook, college rule
- 1 composition notebook, college rule (Math)
If taking a World Language
- 1 composition notebook, college rule
Individual teachers may request additional supplies once students are assigned to their classes. Teachers will provide this information the first week of school.
Donations of supplies are also greatly appreciated.
ECKSTEIN SPIRIT GEAR ORDER FORM
EMS gear online order form. Get your gear and get into the Eckstein spirit! https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=WNEx1HRgMkiHg1Hqb23SJ6oYjPmQDhhJso2YMGOxQ11UOUZPOVBRQ00zUkc3NUZYM0lCQU5FQTUwOS4u
DAILY BELL SCHEDULE
Period 7 (Home Room) 8:55-9:25
Period 1 9:30 to 10:23
Period 2 10:28 to 11:21
Period 3 11:21 to 12:51
1st lunch 11:21 to 11:51 class time: 11:56 to 12:51
2nd lunch 12:21 to 12:51 class time: 11:26 to 12:21
Period 4 12:56 to 1:49
Period 5 1:54 to 2:47
Period 6 2:52 to 3:45
Wednesday (75 minutes early release):
Period 1 8:55 to 9:41
Period 2 9:46 to 10:32
Period 4 10:37 to 11:23
Period 3 11:27 to 12:48
1st lunch 11:27 to 11:57 class time 12:02 to 12:48
2nd lunch 12:18 to 12:48 class time 11:28 to 12:14
Period 5 12:53 to 1:39
Period 6 1:44 to 2:30
Are you interested in playing a sport at Eckstein in the fall of the 2021-22 school year?
- We will offer girls soccer and Ultimate Frisbee as fall sports.
- Tryouts will be held the second week of school in September, and the season runs through the end of November.
- Practices are on the Eckstein field after school (exact dates/times will depend on specific teams).
- Games are on Saturdays.
- All athletes must have a current physical on file along with the additional paperwork items completed in order to turn out. You can find physical forms here: https://ecksteinms.seattleschools.org/student_activities/athletics
- Please check our website for paperwork and requirements
Contact Athletic Director, Ms. Mary Williams with any questions – email@example.com.
GUIDELINES FOR HEALTHY AND SAFE RETURN TO SCHOOL FROM SPS
The health and safety of our school communities continues to be our top priority, especially as we monitor the COVID-19 Delta variant. If COVID transmission rates increase significantly in our community and region, we will be prepared to respond in partnership with Public Health – Seattle & King County, our local public health authority. We are continuing to follow the guidance of public health experts on what effective strategies work in our buildings. These strategies are layered, and altogether they help create safe and healthy learning spaces, including:
Vaccinations for Students: SPS will continue to promote vaccinations. As soon as the COVID-19 vaccine is approved for children under 12, we will partner with medical providers to hold in-school clinics. The State Board of Health, which sets the Washington state immunization requirements for students, has not currently required the COVID-19 vaccine for students.
Vaccinations Required for Staff and Volunteers: On August 12, Superintendent Brent Jones directed that all non-represented SPS staff be vaccinated against COVID-19. He also directed the SPS central office team to immediately begin bargaining with all our labor partners to establish this mandate for each of our represented staff. Volunteers and community partner employees will also be required to be vaccinated to reduce unnecessary risk to students and staff.
COVID-19 Testing: SPS is partnering with Health Commons Project to provide free, in-school COVID-19 testing for students and staff who have been exposed to COVID-19 or have COVID-like symptoms. We are evaluating the broader use of testing and more information will be available in late August.
Response to COVID-19 Cases: If there is a positive COVID-19 case in a school, all families with students in the same classroom will be notified. Staff will work with Public Health – Seattle & King County to manage contact tracing – identifying and informing all individuals that came into close contact with the person diagnosed with COVID-19, and to provide next steps. The State of Washington requires Seattle Public Schools to provide full-time, in-person learning this coming school year. Local and state public health experts have not established metrics or transmission thresholds upon which the state would recommend a return to 100% virtual school. Closure of a school or classroom will be done in partnership and in response to the expert guidance of Public Health.
Masks: Masks are required for all students, staff, visitors, and volunteers. Schools will have extra masks on hand for students who may need them.
Air Quality: We will maintain air quality by managing air circulation and using high-performance air filters. MERV 13 filters have been installed in building HVAC systems that can accommodate them, and are being supplemented, as necessary, with free-standing HEPA filters in classrooms and other spaces.
Cleaning: Classrooms and common spaces will be cleaned and disinfected each day.
Physical Distancing: Following state Department of Health guidelines, students will distance three feet, or to the extent possible and reasonable, in classrooms and will maximize distance between students to the extent possible and reasonable in common spaces. Staff are required to distance six feet in all areas of the school as required by Labor and Industries.
Hand Washing: Regular hand washing is important to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and schools will continue to teach students proper hand washing, reinforce positive behaviors, and provide adequate supplies. All students will wash their hands prior to and after lunch, after using the restroom, and throughout the day. Hand sanitizer will be made available when handwashing is not possible.
If you’d like to learn more or have questions, please visit www.seattleschools.org/resources.
NON-STAFF ADULTS IN BUILDINGS
Family Visitors: Family visitors can enter buildings during the school day with an appointment and for attending in-person IEP meetings.
Volunteers: Volunteers also support instruction, and health and safety, and will be welcome in schools at the discretion of the school leader. Volunteers will be required to complete a video training on health and safety protocols and will follow the same health protocols as staff and students. Volunteers will be required to be vaccinated to reduce unnecessary risk to students and staff.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch will be provided free for all students at all 104 SPS locations. Summer meals continue to be provided at meal sites Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. through August 20.
Lunch Organization at Eckstein: Due to Department of Health distancing guidelines, we are creating a new lunch plan for 2021-22 school year. We are working to maximize physical distancing and either stagger seats or have students face the same direction. We will be assigning classes of students to the cafeteria and auditorium (rotating monthly) to eat their lunch so we can properly space our students. We also plan to offer outdoor seating in our garden at newly purchased picnic tables or on the field. We are awaiting news to hear if the District was able to purchase a large outdoor event tent to supply shelter outside.
We will ask students to:
- Wash or sanitize their hands before and after lunch
- Only remove their mask when they are eating and drinking. Pull down their mask (or pull it to the side) when they take a drink or a bite, then put their mask right back on.
Stay tuned for more information as we finalize our protocols.
LUNCH VOLUNTEERS- WE NEED YOU!
If you would like to volunteer to help supervise lunches and help our students stay safe, please contact Julia Detering at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New rules for volunteers:
- Must have proof of vaccinations. This will be required during the application process.
- Must be trained on COVID safety, this is also a part of the application process.
- Must sign in at the office for contact tracing purposes.
TRANSPORTATION – DISTRICT OFFICE UPDATES
For the 2021-22 school year, all students who qualify will receive district transportation. There may be delays on some yellow bus routes during the start of school while our vendor, First Student, hires and trains more drivers. The Transportation Department is actively working on alternative options to increase access.
In the event of a bus delay, Transportation will send a voice or text message to the contact number on file for your student. If you have moved or have a new contact phone number, please update your student’s information with our Enrollment team and email email@example.com with your student’s ID number and the new address or phone number. This way, we can update your student’s route and contact information to ensure the proper bus route assignment, and that voice or text messages are sent to the right contact number.
All high school students and some eligible middle school students will receive an ORCA card. Students eligible for ORCA Cards may pick them up from their school during orientation or on the first day of school. For information about eligibility for ORCA cards and yellow bus transportation, please contact transportation via Let’s Talk.
SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING AT ECKSTEIN
These last 18 months of school, under the pandemic, have been challenging to say the least. We have no idea what our students or families or staff have had to do to make it through. And, unfortunately, it’s not over. Though we are returning to school with great hope (we’ll call it tragic optimism) we are not out of the woods with this virus. Providing our learning community, a strong foundation of support for wellbeing is essential.
This year our newly formed Wellness Department, in collaboration with Eckstein ASB and BLT, will be leading our holistic social emotional learning. Our goal is to create a space for the development of common expressive language for thoughts and feelings in our school.
And, we hope to provide students, staff, and families the time to learn/practice/apply this language.
We will be using an SEL theme each month to provide specific context for our learning. Those themes are – Community, Citizenship, Identity, Connections, Equity & Equality, Resources, Perseverance & Resilience, Explanatory Style, Perspective, Gratitude.
With support and guidance from the Wellness Dept. Head Bryan Manzo and ASB teacher Joia Poort, students will be creating a weekly podcast that introduces new skills and language for understanding how skills of self-awareness, social awareness, self-management, social management, self-efficacy, and social engagement provide people an avenue for recognizing and interacting with thoughts and feelings. Under the leadership of Wellness Dept. School Nurse Christie Morrison we will be administering the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) to 6th and 8th graders in October. Under the leadership of Wellness Dept. Intervention Prevention Specialist Don Davis we will be administering the SBIRT for 7th graders in November.
Our holistic SEL lens is an essential part of ensuring every student has equitable access to learning and supports that are necessary for a healthy mind, body, and spirit.
NOTE FROM NURSE CHRISTIE
Welcome back to Eckstein! The first day of school is September 1st 2021. We are all very excited to see your students back in person. Please remember that all students must wear a mask. I encourage each student to have a few extra masks in their bag in case your student’s mask gets dirty or wet.
For those who have students with Medical Alerts, I have created care plans for your child. Please look in your SPAM/JUNK email as well. The email is from DOCUSIGN and has provided an efficient and easy way to return care plans. Please return care plans on or before the first day of school. If you notice any issues/concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.
As you probably already know, medication authorizations are required for all medications administered at school. This includes over the counter or prescribed medications that your student self-administers. Both your signature and the provider’s signature are needed. Please fax this form to the Nurse’s Secure Fax Line: 206-743-3119 or drop off at the office.
Medication authorizations must be returned as soon as possible to prevent delay of your child receiving medications when schools open up in person. Please ensure that I have your child’s medications to ensure the safety and health of your child.
This is also a great time to make sure your student is up to date on all immunizations. You can check your student immunization record by following the directions at Family Immunization Access.
Vision and Hearing testing will be done for our 7th graders on September 21st, 23rd, 28th and 30th during homeroom this year. Please look for information about volunteer options from Eckstein’s Volunteer Coordinator. Remember that all volunteers must be vaccinated.
I will be on Medical Leave from August 26th through October 7th. Health Services has assigned Robert Murdoch, a seasoned veteran school nurse, to cover for me during my absence. I know he will do an amazing job maintaining Eckstein’s Health Room.
YEARBOOKS ON SALE NOW
2021-2022 Yearbook Purchases
When: August 23- September 10
Online- guardians login into the Source and use the Schoolpay tab
By check- Please make checks out to Eckstein Middle School with your student’s name in the memo line. Mail to 3003 NE 75th St, Seattle, WA 98115 Attention: Andrea Drachler
For questions contact Haley Stern at firstname.lastname@example.org
WELCOME TO ECKSTEIN – NEW STAFF MEMBERS
Social Studies Justin Matthews
Science Catherine Matson
Special Education Michael Israel
ELA Teachers Adam Graham-Silverman and Hope Mead
Fiscal Specialist Andrea Drachler
8th Grade Counselor Meredith Bactol
Special Education staff – TBD
Art Teacher – TBD
PE Teacher (part time) – TBD