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    Family Update: January 6, 2021
    Posted on 01/26/2021
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    Greetings MES Families,

    Happy New Year! I hope you all had time to rest and find joy during the recent winter break. It is good to see students and teachers reconnecting this week. We have a few important announcements this week that I want you all to be aware of.

    Survey Response needed from families of MES Kindergarten and 1st Grade students!
    On December 16th, the Seattle School Board voted to reopen schools for PreK, Kindergarten and First Grade students no later than March 1st. In preparation, our district sent out an online survey on January 5th to all families with students registered for Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten and 1stgrade asking that they confirm their intent to return to onsite learning or remote learning. If you are the parent of an MES Kindergarten or 1st grade student, please make sure you complete the online survey before it closes on Sunday, January 10th. I have received requests from some of you requesting information you feel you need to fill out the survey. At this time, we know that in-person class sizes will be limited to 15 students. We do not know how family decisions will impact our current classroom and teacher assignments , we do not know what schedule our district will be able to offer (every day vs. hybrid) and we do not have information about teacher and student access to testing or vaccines. I recognize that asking you to commit without this certainty is not ideal, but gathering this enrollment information is a necessary step in our district’s effort to reopen our schools.

    Student Mural Inspiration Needed!
    Attached is an art project that Alex Chui, who is working on our WA State Art In Public Spaces Grant mural project, is asking all of our students to complete and submit. Please encourage your student(s) to participate in this art project and help shape the design of this important community art piece.

    It is not too late to register for Julietta Skoog’s Positive Discipline parent education session tomorrow night!
    Registration information can be found on our PTA website! I hope to see many of you there.

    5th Grade families, mark your calendars for McClure’s virtual Open House on January 21st. (brochure attached)

    With gratitude and appreciation,
    Katie