April 5, 2021
Upcoming Events

  • Mon. 4/5: Optional return for Elementary Students
  • Mon. 4/5: Postponed: Special Education Committee Meeting
  • Mon. 4/5 - Fri. 4/9: Spring Book Fair
  • Weds. 4/7: PTA Families of Color Playdate
  • Mon. 4/12 - Fri. 4/16: Spring Break: NO SCHOOL
  • Tues. 4/20: Site Council Meeting
  • Fri. - Sat. 4/23-4/24: Postponed - Talents Nights - Dates TBD

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Current Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteers needed!
  • Art Walk Preparations: Now through April 26th; Sign up here
  • Landscape Work Party: May 8th; Sign up here.
  • Talents Night volunteers: Sign up! (Find Talents Night details here)
From Thornton Creek Site Council
Site Council Meeting Information
The next Site Council meeting will be April 20th from 6:30-8:30pm. Email chair@thorntoncreek.org if there is anything you would like to add to the April agenda.

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
From the Safety and Health Committee
COVID-19 in our community

Spring Break Guidance
Travel increases your chance of spreading and getting COVID-19. Limit non-essential travel and stay home to protect yourself and others from COVID-19, even if you are vaccinated. Washington state is following CDC guidance for out of state travel, which advises: 
If you must travel, take steps to protect yourself and others:
If you are eligible, get fully vaccinated for COVID-19.
  • Before travel, get tested 1-3 days before your trip. (Ensure that anyone traveling to visit you does the same.)
  • On your trip, wear a mask over your nose and mouth when in public 
Avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet from anyone who did not travel with you
If you travel out of state, all members of your household should get tested 3-5 days after your trip and stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel, even if your test is negative. If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
Hybrid students can access their learning through the async activities that are offered daily from their in-person classroom teacher. We do not have the staffing flexibility to accommodate switching students’ instructional models or accessing live instruction due to travel quarantining. Follow the latest SPS FAQ for additional guidance and planning.

Healthy Washington and Vaccine Updates
On March 22, King County moved into Phase 3 of the Healthy Washington Road to Recovery guidelines which allows for more activities to resume. This continues to be a county by county approach that is evaluated every 3 weeks. Even as more activities open up, we need to proceed with caution. More contagious variants continue to spread across the country. Wear a well-fitted mask, keep gatherings small, and stay outdoors when possible. Follow King County guidelines and restrictions here.

We are in Phase 1b Tiers 3 and 4 of vaccine distribution. That makes over 2 million more Washingtonians eligible for the vaccine! Stay current on vaccine information here. On April 15th, anyone over age 16 will be eligible to receive the vaccine. Find information about scheduling a vaccine appointment in King County here, under the heading: How to get vaccinated.

Stay Healthy!
Erica Seddig and Courtney Bell
Safety and Health Committee Co-Chairs
Spring Book Fair Starts Today!
Spring has sprung and so has our Spring Book Fair! Shop online at https://www.thirdplacebooks.com/thornton-creeks-virtual-book-fair from April 5th-April 9th to support our school library. The library relies on fundraising to purchase new books and materials, so your support is valued!

This book fair leads up our Spring Break Read-A-Thon. Your student can participate by setting their own reading goal and completing this form by April 20th for the chance to win a prize!
From the Volunteer Committee
Yearbook Photos
Thanks to the Room Parents and grade band volunteers who have been working on classroom picture pages. Please be sure to submit a photo of your student by this Friday, April 9! Your room parent will have a classroom-specific email to securely submit the photograph. Room Parents or teachers will be reaching out to families who haven't yet submitted their student photo. If you have additional questions, email yearbook@thortoncreek.org .

Art Walk
Our inspirational art teachers, Maria and Piper are working on details for an outdoor Art Walk on view during the month of May. They could use some help collecting fabric for two of the installations; donations of scrap cotton fabric (colorful is great) will be made into 2 x 24 inch strips that will be used for a student-focused project on the fence at school. No need to pre-cut the fabric, as any excess donations will be used in future art projects. A box for scrap cotton fabric donations will be set outside the school to drop off at your convenience. Thank you in advance for your help with this project. 

Talents Night 
Talents Night still could use your assistance! Are you available to answer tech questions for participants, and for the TC viewing community during the weekend of the show? Would you have time during the month of April to view videos and check for content and timing? There are several volunteer roles that still need filled in order for the show to go on! Please help out, if you are able: Talents Night volunteers sign up here ! The shows will be in May, exact dates TBD.

Stacey Seifert and Melinda Roberts, co-chairs
Margaret Butler, Volunteer Committee
From the Special Education Committee
In light of the return to in-person education, the Special Education Committee meeting originally scheduled for April 5th will be moved to May 3rd to allow time for families and staff to reflect on the transition and equip themselves to discuss issues affecting Special Education students at Thornton Creek. In the meantime, a member of the Special Education staff has generously offered to try to answer any questions Special Education families may have. Please feel free to e-mail any questions or concerns you may have to special-education@thorntoncreek.org. We'll do our best to help and support our community!
TC Apparel Sale (from 3-31-21)
Hopefully you've seen the announcements about Thornton Creek Apparel being available! Help us fill our school with a rainbow of color this spring! A dedicated team has worked to offer t-shirts and sweatshirts at cost to acknowledge this year of unique learning. Apparel orders can be made hereApparel orders will close April 11. Expect to receive any apparel you order in mid-May.  

We would like all students to receive their choice of a Thornton Creek t-shirt or sweatshirt. To make this possible scholarships are available and if that is helpful for your family you can submit your scholarship order via this form.  Contact Jeanette Fiess with questions.

TC Apparel Team
Sponsored by TCPG
From the Parent Community
From the TC PTA

This Spring, Seattle Public Schools is prioritizing transportation via yellow buses for students they are legally obligated to provide transportation for, and those most vulnerable. These changes create challenges for families who have relied on school transportation services. Additionally, the shortened school day of AM/PM cohorts present another set of barriers for many families.

This is where community support at Thornton Creek can lend a hand!

Do you need support getting your child to or from school?
Do you have an open seat in your car you could offer to another TC student?
Will you be walking or biking with your child to or from school regularly, and can add a neighbor to your group?

If the answer to any of these questions is YES, please fill out the TC Elementary Transportation Connection Form to coordinate with other families in your area. Once your response is submitted, you will be provided a link and password to the form results. Families can use the results to connect and coordinate carpooling, walking or biking to and/or from school.

Please Note: Families who use this form are responsible for reviewing carpooling safety tips and current Covid-19 public health guidelines. Below are a few links for review.å

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 BTFE.com.
Our Office Depot School ID# is: 70107343. Purchases of school and office supplies at Office Depot will return a 5% credit to Thornton Creek. www.officedepot.com/a/content/back-to-school/5percent/
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Jessica Williams-Nguyen, Chair
Elizabeth Duffell, Vice-Chair
Jacob Blickenstaff, Treasurer
Secretary, Roddy Theobald


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