May 3, 2021
Upcoming Events
  • Mon. 5/3: Teacher Appreciation Week begins!
  • Mon. 5/3: SC Special Education Committee Meeting
  • Mon. 5/3: Art Walk begins
  • Tues. 5/4: Budget Meeting Conversation
  • Tues. 5/4: TC PTA Spring General Meeting
  • Wed. 5/5: TC PTA Families of Color Playdate
  • Thurs. 5/6: Sing-along with Sari
  • Sat. 5/8: Landscape Work Party
  • Mon. 5/10: Budget Meeting Conversation
  • Tues. 5/11: Site Council Meeting
  • Thurs. 5/13: Budget Meeting Conversation
  • Fri. 5/21: Bike to School Day
  • Fri. 5/21 to 5/23: Talents Night (48hr link)
  • Mon. 5/31: Memorial Day- NO SCHOOL

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Current Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteers needed!
  • Landscape Work Party: May 8th 9am to noon; Sign up here.
  • Teacher Appreciation Week dessert drop-off: Friday, May 7 8:15 - 9:30 am. Sign up here.
From Thornton Creek Teachers
Art Walk!
In lieu of our annual indoor Art Walk 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!
From Thornton Creek Site Council
Site Council Meeting Information
The April meeting of the Site Council occurred on April 20th (minutes). The next Site Council meeting will be Tuesday, May 11th, at 6:30-8:30pm (agenda). Join us!

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

TC Parent Group elections are coming up! All officer and committee chair positions will be open for the next school year, and any parent or guardian of a Thornton Creek student is eligible to serve. Volunteering with TC Parent Group and Site Council is a rewarding way to support Thornton Creek students and the whole school community! Contact us with any questions, and look for more information soon about how to nominate yourself for a leadership role. Elections to select officers and chairs will take place in early June.

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
From the Treasurer
Budget Meeting Conversations

If you'd like to share your thoughts and ideas for the 2021-22 budget for Thornton Creek Parent Group, please consider joining one of the three open conversation times coming up:

Tuesday, May 4th from 7-8 pm
Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 991 7257 8670
Passcode: 418476


Monday, May 10th from 4-5 pm
Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 994 3535 6259
Passcode: 962533


Thursday, May 13 from 7-8 pm
Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 912 1063 5823
Passcode: 015312

These sessions are an opportunity to share your ideas, thoughts, and questions as we develop our budget plan for the coming year. A second draft budget will be presented and discussed at the May 11 Site Council meeting. 

Jacob Blickenstaff
From the Hospitality Committee
Teacher Appreciation Week

This is teacher appreciation week! This Friday, May 7th, we will show our dedicated teachers and staff some gratitude by showering them with sweet treats to take home and enjoy during the weekend. Please sign up now to provide a store-bought or bakery dessert on Friday morning between 8:15 & 9:30 am. More information and sign up here:

In addition, the Site Council Hospitality Committee will be providing lunch from Grateful Bread to all our teachers and staff on Tuesday the 4th. We love our teachers and staff!
From the Safety and Health Committee
COVID-19 in our community
Contagious variants of COVID continue to spread across the country. Continue to wear a well-fitted mask, keep gatherings small and outdoors when possible, and practice good hand hygiene by washing hands often with soap and water or using hand sanitizer. Follow King County guidelines and restrictions here.

If plan to travel out of state, and are attending school in person, please follow CDC guidance, which advises: 

  • 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. 
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, call King County's COVID-19 Call Center: 206-477-3977.

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.

Vaccine Updates
As of April 15th, anyone over age 16 is eligible to receive the vaccine in Washington. Find information about scheduling a vaccine appointment in King County here

Stay Healthy!
Erica Seddig and Courtney Bell
Safety and Health Committee Co-Chairs
From the Volunteer Committee
Yearbook Photos
Staff and Students are invited to submit one photo each, of something that is memorable of this year for them. Art Work, expedition work, a milestone event, or your favorite masked selfie are just a few ideas of possible submissions. (To support the arts, if you submit any art work, you may submit TWO pictures!) 
If you would like to participate, please email photo(s) to I cannot accept submissions after May 4, 8am (TOMORROW).

Talents Night
Mark your calendars for May 21st as the Talents Night link goes live at 5:00 pm and will be accessible for 48 hours! More info on how to access the link will be sent out closer to the event. Questions? Email Rachel at

Thank you Volunteers!
As we enter into the final months of the school year, we want to thank the volunteers who weeded the school grounds, served as room parents, helped Kristen with library days, assisted teachers with remote projects, brought pies and desserts for teachers/staff, organized the t-shirt sale, created the yearbook, coordinated the Talents Night videos, and helped in countless other ways. These acts of kindness have such positive ripple effects on our students, teachers, and fellow families! Thank you for filling buckets!  

Melinda Roberts and Stacey Seifert, co-chairs, and Margaret Butler, committee member
From the Hiring Committee
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 are two remote sessions left this year:

Tuesday, May 11 - 4:00PM
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 exceptional teachers of Thornton Creek! Your commitment to create engaging classrooms, and inspire students to connect with each other and to the world around them, makes such a difference. We hope you feel the depth of our gratitude this week, and every week. 

During a mainly remote year, an event lead offered to take on the task of creating a yearbook, and formed a team of awesome volunteers. Thank you to Sarah Tien, and her energetic team, who provided a meaningful service to the students and families of Thornton Creek. We are so appreciative, and we can't wait to see the yearbooks in June!
The Bike Fairy is Back! (from 4-20)
Now that in-person learning has started we are planning some Bike to School activities for the month of May
  1. The Bike Fairy will return during the month of May! Any bike ridden to school (locked up outside during class) on any Friday in May will be visited by the Bike Fairy. This will be for both morning and afternoon cohorts, and will include installation of a small SDOT Vision Zero safety light set and reflector onto the bike (while supplies last). 
  2. Bike to School Day on Friday 5/21/21. James Wiker of Mend Bicycles has kindly offered to provide basic bike safety checks and helmet checks for students at the end of the school day. This will be for morning and afternoon cohorts for about 30 minutes after school (or as needed). This is pending approval from administration, so stay tuned.
  3. Additional items will be supported with the SDOT Safe Routes to School grant funds. Look for additional announcements regarding these activities.

Thank you!

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.
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Jessica Williams-Nguyen, Chair
Elizabeth Duffell, Vice-Chair
Jacob Blickenstaff, Treasurer
Roddy Theobald, Secretary


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