May 17, 2021
Upcoming Events
  • Thurs. 5/20: Principal Check in Teams 6-7pm
  • Fri. 5/21: Bike to School Day
  • Fri. 5/21 to 5/23: Talents Night (48hr link)
  • Fri. 5/28: Book Character Day
  • Mon. 5/31: Memorial Day- NO SCHOOL

  • Tues. 6/1: Nominations and bios/candidate statements due for TCPG elections
  • Wed. 6/2: PTA Play Date
  • Thurs. 6/3: Sing Along with Sari (link)
  • Tues. 6/8: Last remote training session for SPS hiring
  • Thurs. 6/10: Voting opens for TCPG elections
  • Wed. 6/16: Voting closes for TCPG elections
  • Thurs. 6/17: Sing Along with Sari (link)
  • Thurs. 6/17: TCPG elections results tabulated and sent via special edition newsletter
  • Fri. 6/18: Last Day of School

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From Thornton Creek Teachers
Art Walk - During the entire month of May!
In lieu of our annual indoor Art Night at school, this year we have planned an outdoor Art Walk around the outside of school. Families are invited to come enjoy the Art Walk for the entire month of May. There will be interactive public art projects located all around the perimeter of the building for people to add to. Come enjoy, come create!
Sing Along with Sari this Spring!
Join us in June for two opportunities to sing along with Sari! Connect with other families (over Zoom) and enjoy some old Thornton Creek classics and new favorites. Sing in your kitchen, sing in the tub, sing with your family, and feel the love.

We have 2 more opportunities to sing with Sari this spring. We hope you’ll join us!

June 3rd, 5:30-6pm AND
June 17th, 5:30-6pm

Join on your computer or mobile app
Or call in (audio only)
+1 206-800-4125,,224462832# United States, Seattle
Phone Conference ID: 224 462 832#
From Thornton Creek Site Council
Site Council Meeting Information
The May meeting of the Site Council occurred on May 11th (minutes). The next Site Council meeting will be Tuesday, June 8th, 6:30-8:30pm. If you would like to suggest an item for the agenda, please email We hope you will join us!

Zoom Meeting ID 968 0245 7918
or by phone at 253-215-8782

Best wishes from the Site Council Planning Team,
Jessica Williams-Nguyen - Chair, Elizabeth Duffell - Vice Chair, Jacob Clark Blickenstaff - TC Parent Group Treasurer, Alex Benfield - Principal, Katie Zisserman - Teacher
TCPG Elections
Dear Thornton Creek Community,

Thornton Creek Parent Group (TCPG) parent representative positions are now open for the 2021-2022 school year. All parents/guardians of current Thornton Creek students are automatically members of the TCPG, and as such, eligible to serve. Stepping into these roles is a great way to help out, meet people, and get involved, but right now it’s extra important. Reach out to any TC Parent Group (TCPG) leader to find out more or check out the brief descriptions here officers, chairs, committees and event leads. 
Nominate yourself for a position, join a committee or step up to coordinate a student-centered event by indicating your interest on this nomination form.  You are each invited to participate in whatever way works best for you! We can’t wait to have you join us! Indicate your interest by June 1, 2021. A member of the communications committee will be in touch to confirm your nomination and request your bio/candidate statement sent to

Look for information coming in early June about how to exercise your voice and vote for candidates to leadership positions. Nominations for positions are viewable here:  Thornton Creek Parent Group nominations and volunteers

Warm wishes,
Jessica Williams-Nguyen <> (Chair) & Elizabeth Duffell <> (Vice-chair)
Thornton Creek Parent Group & Site Council
From the Safety and Health Committee
COVID-19 in our community

Vaccine Updates:
Everyone age 12 years and older is currently eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination.
BIG NEWS in the COVID-19 vaccine world: the Pfizer vaccine has been authorized for emergency use in everyone age 12 and older! Pfizer announced in late March that a trial with 2,260 participants ages 12-15 showed “100% efficacy and robust antibody responses” which is an even better result than in young adults. Children ages 2-11 could potentially be eligible for vaccination this fall.
Learn more about vaccination for children and teens and where to get vaccinated at Public Health Seattle & King County’s resource page. SPS has set up several Onsite Vaccine Clinics that provide vaccinations for students and their families. 
UW Medicine has four sites offering walk-in appointments. Check out their FAQ as well as info on how to book an appointment here.  
The DOH vaccine locator also provides information on how to schedule a vaccine.

If you are fully vaccinated, you can resume many activities that you did prior to the pandemic while adhering to federal, state, local business and workplace guidance. We are still learning about how well vaccines prevent the spread of COVID and updates are happening all the time. Contagious variants continue to spread across the country and masks are still required in many places regardless of vaccination status. Find the most up to date information for fully vaccinated people for King County as well as from CDC. Follow King County guidelines and restrictions here.

If you plan to travel out of state, and your children are attending school in-person, please follow CDC guidance, which advises for non-vaccinated people: 

  • Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel.
  • Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days
  • If you don’t get tested stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel
  • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not
  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms, isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms

Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Symptoms may range from mild symptoms to severe illness and may include: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea. Early testing is essential to preventing the spread of COVID-19. 

King County COVID-19 Dashboard
SPS COVID-19 Dashboard (shows confirmed cases of COVID at Seattle public schools)
King County COVID-19 free testing locations link
If you have difficulty registering for a test or vaccine, call King County’s COVID-19 Call Center: 206-477-3977.
CDC guidance for fully vaccinated people

Washington State PTA recently hosted a “Back to School” webinar with OSPI, DOH and the governor’s office, in which they discussed school under COVID, including what the current situation is and the plan for fall. You can find the link to this informative 90 minute webinar here.

Stay Healthy!
Erica Seddig and Courtney Bell
Safety and Health Committee Co-Chairs
From the Volunteer Committee
Talents Night
Talents Night is right around the corner! Let's celebrate all of the students and teachers who participated in creating the event this year! Principal Alex will be emailing a link that will be viewable for 48 hours, beginning 5pm Friday, May 21 and ending 8pm, Sunday, May 23. Look for that email later this week. 
Co-chair the TCPG Volunteer Committee for the 2021-2022 school year, or join as a committee member!
If you enjoy connecting with teachers and families at Thornton Creek, please consider co-chairing the volunteer committee next year, or joining as a committee member. The tasks are split amongst the committee's interests and vary from supporting volunteer and teacher event leads, supporting room parents, and meeting/talking with volunteers, to creating SignUpGenius slots for events, designing event flyers, submitting copy to the Site Council newsletter, and overseeing the elections process. We're happy to answer any questions you may have about the tasks we manage for the TCPG and Site Council. Connect with us via email and we'll set up time to talk!
Melinda Roberts and Stacey Seifert, co-chairs, and Margaret Butler, committee member
From the Hiring Committee (from 5/3)
Have you taken the district's interview training? 
Please let us know by filling out this quick online form. The information we collect will help us place you on a hiring team:

Two last chances for interview training
Would you like to help hire teachers and staff at Thornton Creek?  
Please get trained in the SPS interview process! There is one remote session left this year:

Tuesday, June 8 - 4:00PM

Both sessions will be delivered by district staff via Microsoft Teams. To attend you'll need to register at least one day in advance:

The district's new rules require training every three years.

Questions about serving on hiring teams at Thornton Creek? Email
Thank you to the families who, in-person or virtually, gave messages and drawings of appreciation, chalked the sidewalks, and volunteered to bring desserts for teachers and staff during Teacher Appreciation Week! Thank you also to Karen Wirkala, who organized the Grateful Bread lunch boxes! Our community really found creative ways to celebrate the outstanding, dedicated teachers and staff of Thornton Creek.
Thornton Creek Is a Box Tops for Education School. Look for new BLUE Box Top coupons on products (e.g. Cascadian Farm cereal), and then just scan your receipt. Get the app at
Our Office Depot School ID# is: 70107343. Purchases of school and office supplies at Office Depot will return a 5% credit to Thornton Creek.
From the Community
Office of Equity Listening Session
The new state Office of Equity has set a listening session for educators, families, students, and communities on 6/5. All are welcome to attend.

Dear Educational Ombuds Stakeholders:
The Office of Equity Strategic Planning listening session is scheduled for Saturday, June 5th from 9:00 – 10:30 AM
Prior to the session, please share the following information with your group:
  1. Zoom Information:Link:
  2. Meeting ID: 947 5555 4926
  3. Passcode: 2021
  4. One tap mobile: +12532158782,,94755554926#,,,,*2021# US (Tacoma)
  5. Dial by your location:  +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
  6. If you need reasonable accommodation at your listening session, let me know as soon as possible, or no less than 10 days prior to your scheduled time.
  7. Survey: Please complete the survey using the link below, whether you attend the listening session or not, to ensure that your voice is heard.

Agenda for Community/Stakeholder - Office of Equity Strategic Planning Session

Promoting access to equitable opportunities and resources that reduce disparities and improves outcomes for everyone statewide across state government, for the next seven generations and beyond, is all of our work. We need you. 
Meeting Purpose: To gather the collective wisdom for co-creating a five-year equity strategic plan that helps Washington to bridge opportunity gaps and reduce disparities so everyone in WA flourishes and achieves their full potential and there is equity and justice for all.
1. Introductions: Your name and, - in 25 words or less, - where you are on your anti-racist journey.
2. Listen: Imagine creating an anti-racist Washington state where everyone flourishes and achieves their full potential for the common good: an equitable and just state for all.
  • What, specifically, does that look like to you?
  • What does it feel like to live in this state?
  • What opportunity gaps need to be bridged?
  • Which disparities need to be eliminated?
  • What, in your opinion, must be measured to achieve this reality?
3. Learn
  • What one thing do you want the Office of Equity (us) to know? 
  • What one thing do you want us to accomplish? How will you help?
  • Who else do we need to meet? 
4. Adjourn

Thank you for helping to create an equitable and just Washington for all, for the next seven generations and beyond!
Cindy Varley | she, her, hers
Executive Assistant to Dr. Karen A. Johnson, Director | Office of Equity | Office of Governor Jay Inslee
Voice/Text: 360-490-2972
Recent Newsletters
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Interactive Art Walk for the month of May!

Teacher Appreciation, Art Walk, SPED Committee Meeting, Budget Meeting Conversation

Yearbook Photos, Spring Break Guidelines, More Volunteers Needed

Site Council Meeting

Spring Book Fair, Spring Break Guidelines, More Volunteers Needed

Return to In-person learning - What is Changing for TC Students?

Sing-Along, Spring Book Fair, Landscape Work Party
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Jessica Williams-Nguyen, Chair
Elizabeth Duffell, Vice-Chair
Jacob Blickenstaff, Treasurer
Roddy Theobald, Secretary


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