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Family Communication 1/13/23

Dear Families,

Happy New Year! We are so happy to have your students back in the building and learning. This week, all classes have been learning about the work and life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The mission and vision of our school upholds many of his values and students have been making those connections. Our MMM (Monday Morning Message) next week will highlight the learning that is happening in classrooms. If you are in the building, please take time to check out the glass case in our office. Ms. Abby (our librarian) created a beautiful display of books and the BLM (Black Life Matters) principles to learn from. We would love to see pictures if your family gets out on Monday and gives back to the community. Please send them to to share in our MMM for Tuesday.

Have a beautiful three-day weekend!


Important Dates:

1/9 Progress Reports available on the Source

1/24 New Student School Tour 9-10 am

1/27 Movie Night/ Lunar New Year Celebration

1/31 New Student School Tour 6-7 pm

Nuts & Bolts

New Staff

We have hired two new staff members to support our students. Hannah Ruckman has been hired as an academic tutor and will support students with mathematics. She is currently a student at SPU. Zach Mathews has joined our team to teach elementary instrumental music. We are so happy to welcome them both to MES!

Elementary Instrumental Music

Next week class will begin for 4th and 5th grade students. Mr. Mathews will be demonstrating the different instruments next week and registration will open. Instrumental music will take place on Tuesday mornings this year. There are a few important things to note as we begin this process.

-IEM is open to 40 students, prioritizing 5th graders

-If spaces are available, there will be a lottery for 4th graders

-We will be able to provide some instruments, others may need to be rented- don’t let this stop you from registering

-Registration will be sent out as soon as we receive it

FOC (Families of Color) Listening Circles

You are invited to a listening circle for families of color with Principal Kelly Walter on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 6-7PM in the Magnolia Elementary school commons (cafeteria area).

The intention for this meeting is for Principal Kelly to hear directly from our families of color at MES and for all of us to connect as a community. We will come together in a circle, with each attendee getting a chance to share with the principal and each other.

Both teacher Toni Harmer and I will be present to help mediate and take notes. Some thoughts to consider:

· What would you like the school to know about your family?

· What is or is not working for you at MES?

If childcare is a concern, children are welcome to attend and we will have an area set up for them in the commons with some quiet activities and snacks.

Please RSVP to myself ( and/or Toni Harmer ( so we can get a rough idea of how many people to expect and how many kids to plan for. Additionally, if you are unable to attend the 2/7 event, let us know if a virtual meeting would be helpful. We are hoping to have more than one of these types of events this school year.

Drop Off

Quick reminder that we do not have supervision for our students until 7:35. Please do not drop your students off at the main entrance or on the playground before 7:35. Students should be dropped off on the playground and can enter the lunchroom for breakfast if they choose to, otherwise, they should not be in the building.


Socks- with all the rain, we are in need of extra socks! Please send an extra pair with your student. We are also in need of extra socks in the office for students. If you have any extra socks, a donation would be wonderful.

From the PTA:

· Don’t forget TACO TUESDAY coming up next week (1/17) from 3-7pm, hosted by your PTA board. 15% of your purchase goes to Magnolia Elementary School PTA.

· The PTA and FOC are jointly planning a Lunar New Year celebration and movie night on Friday, January 27. Keep an eye on the Facebook page and next week’s Orca Tales newsletter for more details. (Sign up for the newsletter at

· Congratulations to our participants in the National PTA’s Reflections Art Contest! This year’s theme was Show Your Voice and MES had wonderful submissions in Visual Arts, Music Composition and Literature! The artists’ works were judged at the City level by the Seattle Council and all of our MES artists were recognized! Congratulations to Desmond Chinn and Wyatt Smith for being selected as Finalists and moving on to the State Round of Judging! Good luck, Desmond and Wyatt! The works of Juniper Eason, Maddox Marsden, Robin McConaghy, Lily Smits, and Catherine Winter were recognized as Honorable Mention! Congratulations! Desmond, Maddox, Robin and Catherine entered the Visual Arts category and their work may be found in this online gallery. Wyatt and Lily entered for Literature and Juniper entered for Music Composition and their work may be found in this online gallery.

· We always looking for volunteers, and the school especially needs volunteers during lunch or recess. The kids LOVE seeing their family members in school, and it’s a quick/short commitment for that payoff. In-school volunteers keep our kids safe and free up planning time for teachers. No experience required! Email to find out more.