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    Sun Dragons' Dayette April 9, 2021
    Posted on 04/10/2021
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    Spring Break

    It seems odd to say after just one week back in our new format, but all Seattle Schools are on Spring Break next week. We wish you a very enjoyable break from school, and hope you are gearing up for the final 9 weeks of the 20-21 school year! The school building will be closed all week.

    The In-Person/Remote Era Unfolds

    Thank you for your attention to detail in all that has been asked of you in our new routines. Our office team is working hard to make the arrival time and attestation process as painless as possible.

    Just a few requests now that we are seeing the reality of how in-person school will work:

    Attestation: Please complete your attestation as early as possible prior to your child’s session. If you complete it within 10-20 minutes of arrival, we will likely miss posting it on the daily attendance sheets teachers receive. While the attestation itself is electronic, the reality is that our office team has to check off names on individual homeroom lists. It seems like there should be an easier way to run reports, but the Qualtrics system just lists students by grade and session.

    So, if you attest close to arrival time, please keep a screen shot handy on your smartphone. This will speed up the process.

    Arrival: This seems to be going smoothly from the staff point of view. Staff is on duty on our playground 10 minutes before each session begins. We appreciate all the walkers to and from school in reducing our carbon footprint and helping all of us to be healthier. Some procedures below as we’ve had questions:

    For Late Arrival, after 8:00 for a.m. session or 11:45 a.m. for p.m. session:
    Parent rings bell
    Office staff meets parent at the door, checks attestation, walks with child to their class.

    Dismissal: There are recess times for students that run right up to the dismissal time. We would appreciate your patience by waiting until dismissal to enter the playground. This will ensure that the final two groups (2nd and 3rd grade) have full access to the playground. This also helps keep students safe during recess, as we can be more vigilant of any guests on the playground. Thank you!

    For Late Pick-up, after 10:45 or 2:30 session:
    Dismissal personnel call the office after a wait with teacher (5 minutes)
    Office contacts the family for pick up
    Dismissal personnel bring the child in or ask office personnel to pick up
    Child may get a snack and/or lunch as desired and wait with staff until parent arrives.

    A huge thank you to Lighthouse coffee and the parents who organized this wonderful treat this week. Coffee delivered with love and consumed with joy every day. We appreciate this so much! AND, the Friday treats are delicious😊


    Remote Student Learning Packets

    If you have missed a packet pick up for your child, the office keeps them. You may press our call button at either entrance to retrieve. Office staff will ask your child’s name and teacher and will bring the packet out to you promptly. Thanks for coming by!

    Lunch Times changed to coordinate with School Bell Times

    The new time for Seattle school food sites is 10:30 – 1:15 for lunch pick up in the usual spot just outside the gym. We also have “grab and go” snacks that students can take home at the end of their session. These are more like breakfast items. According to our school meal coordinator (Karla Stanley), we have an abundance of available grab and go meals. They also have spring break boxes for families that will cover the time away from school. There will be some by the gym and we will have some up on the playground during dismissal Friday.


    PTSA Needs You!

    As we look to next year, several key positions in the PTSA will be open. We ask you to consider taking on a leadership position within this amazing organization. We typically nominate a slate of officers during the Spring general membership meeting, which will take place on May 20th at 8:00 PM. This ensures a smooth transition from one school year to the next.

    This is a very supportive group, and all are welcome to participate. The members are eager to help each other in the work, and our once a month board meeting are low key, friendly and fun. Plus, there is tremendous satisfaction in helping to make our school the best it can be!

    The role of the PTSA will be critical next year, so we are hopeful that we can count on your participation in roles where your talents can shine. The positions open include: President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Fundraising Chair, Volunteer Coordinator and Enrichment Coordinator.

    For more information, please reach out to me or to the current President, Jame Trudeau at PTSA President
    Thanks for considering!

    Report Cards on The Source April 10

    Interested in your student’s grades? Elementary progress reports will be available for families to view in the Source on April 10, 2021. Progress reports are our opportunity to provide families with feedback and communicate with you about your student’s learning. Information about the Source for families is available here. We are also happy to print and send home a copy with your student. We can also mail home if needed. Please let us know if you would like a paper copy and how you would like to receive it. Email or call the school office at 206-252-6010.


    Counselor News

    Supporting Kids Through Changes- Mr. Taylor
    Whether your family is opting to have your student/s return to school with a hybrid schedule or remain 100% remote, change is coming. Today I wanted to share some quick tips for how you can support your child/ren through these changes. Remember, too, that B.F. Day teachers and staff are intentionally preparing students for the changes through lessons, conversations and activities. We’ll do this together as a community.
    • Give a heads up: let your child know that changes are coming and share what you know. If you have a younger child, you might want to wait until you have more details about what things will look like for your child. This will give kids time to mentally adjust to the idea of the changes.
    • Answer questions: encourage your child to ask any questions they may have about the changes. It’s okay to say, “I don’t know the answer to that yet, but we’ll hopefully find out soon.” Giving as many details as possible will help your child know what to expect and calm their anxiety about a new situation.
    • Allow kids to express feelings: do a Mood Meter check in about their feelings about the changes. Likely kids will have mixed feelings – excited to see friends again but worried that school will feel different or, if they’re staying remote – comfortable that they’ll still be at home or daycare but feeling left out that they won’t be going back to school yet and some of their friends may be. For less verbal kids, invite them to draw a picture of how they’re feeling. Validate their feelings – all feelings are okay. “This is a big change for all of us. I understand why you might be feeling that way.”
    • Listen: take time to actively listen with undivided attention to your child’s feelings and questions about the changes.
    • Keep to routines: some things will be changing, but kids will find comfort in the things that remain constant. Stick to household routines and rituals (such as bedtime, playtime, family time, mealtime) as much as possible. Let kids know which things will be staying constant.
    • Maintain healthy habits as much as possible: sticking to healthy habits will allow children and families to better tolerate stress and change. (9-11 hours of sleep per night, exercise, limits on screen time, balanced meals, etc.)
    • Encourage positive thinking and the use of healthy coping strategies: students have been learning about resiliency and perseverance this month and have been practicing positive self-talk. Focusing on the positives of these changes will help everyone adjust faster. Let your child know that you believe in them and that the changes may take some getting used to, but they can do it. Other coping strategies: taking deep breaths, talking to a caring adult, imagining your safe/comfy place, counting to ten, taking a break.
    • Manage your own anxiety: we adults also have big feelings about the upcoming changes, and while it’s okay to let kids know that we’re having mixed feelings, too, it won’t help them to see us fall apart. If you need to vent, do that with another adult when kids aren’t around, and use your own healthy coping strategies to manage your own anxiety.
    • Remind kids of the support they’ll have: they won’t have to do this alone. Our whole school community will be going through this transition together, and we’ll support one another through it. We can do this!


    Fremont Transit Corridor Survey

    There is a project in process to review transit corridor needs, identify community priorities, and determine what transit improvements are most beneficial and feasible. This project has a direct impact on Fremont and neighboring communities. You can learn more about this project here:  You are encouraged to take the online survey to express your thoughts here. Please complete the survey by April 16th.