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    Family Update: March 4, 2021
    Posted on 03/09/2021
    This is the image for the news article titled Family Update: March 4, 2021March 4, 2021

    Greetings MES Families,

    I hope this finds you all well. K-12 Educators received some encouraging news this week regarding our access to COVID vaccinations. We are hopeful that this new development will make the work we have ahead of us to get back to in-person instruction much more productive.

    As we wait for SPS and SEA to reach a negotiated agreement, I wanted to let you know about an in-person learning opportunity our 5th grade teaching team is offering to our 5th grade students. Starting next week, our 5th graders are invited to attend a 90 minute outdoor learning program at Ella Bailey Park. Due to the pandemic, the Islandwood outdoor experience we had planned for our 5th graders is not open. Knowing this, our 5th grade team submitted a proposal to SPS that would allow students to have an in-person outdoor learning experience that complies with the CDC restrictions. The plan has been approved and will start next week. I want to thank Julie and Brian, our 5th grade teachers, for the extra time and energy they put into making this experience possible for our 5th graders.

    Last week, we received our budget and staffing allocations for the 2021/22 school year. Our enrollment numbers are projected 30 students lower than they were last year. This decrease in student enrollment results in a decrease of one classroom teaching position (15 this year and we were given 14 for next year), a decrease of our .2 English Language teaching position (.6 this year reduced to .4 next year) and in increase of one Special Education Instructional Assistant. All other staffing allocations will remain the same *. Decreasing our teaching staff is always hard. Fortunately, this process has been simplified for our staff because one of our classroom teachers has finalized her plans to move away from Seattle and will be resigning her position with SPS. Unfortunately, the teacher is our beloved Kindergarten teacher Taylor Getzin. Taylor was a part of the lead team that opened MES and is a part of the fabric of who we are as a school community and will always be a part of our MES staff family. I look forward to enjoying every minute we have with Taylor this spring and look forward to celebrating her contributions in June before we send her off to her next adventure.

    *We are not sure what our Bilingual Instructional Assistant staffing allocation will be yet because these allocations are made in July. Also, we plan to have two preK programs next year. The details for these programs are still being finalized with the district and city. I hope to have information that I am able to share with you about these programs soon!

    A few reminders for you all:
    Girls on the Run will be hosting a Spring season at Magnolia. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

    Yearbook Photos Reminder: We would love to include at-home learning candid photos to include in the yearbook. If you’re interested in sharing some candid photos for the yearbook please send those by March 12th to magnoliaesyearbook@gmail.com. All enrolled students will receive a yearbook this year from our PTA.

    Message from our nurse, Somi: If your child has any medical concerns that need interventions or medications at school, please contact the school nurse ASAP at srahlbeck@seattleschools.org. Attached is the medication authorization form that is required to administer any medications at school.

    Thank you for the support you are providing your student on your side of the screen!

    With ongoing gratitude and appreciation,
    Katie