October 4, 2021
Upcoming Events
OCTOBER
  • Thurs. 10/7 - Virtual Curriculum Night (PreK) 6:30pm
  • Fri. 10/8 - NO SCHOOL: Teacher Inservice Day
  • Tues. 10/12 - TC Parent Group Annual Appeal Kick-off
  • Tues. 10/12 - Site Council Meeting 6:30pm
  • Sat. 10/16 - Landscape Work Party 9am-12pm
  • Thurs. 10/28 - Picture Re-Take Day (tentative)
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From Thornton Creek Site Council
Message from the Chair

Hi, friends!

I hope you've settled into a routine for the school year by now… but that the novelty of full school days in person hasn't worn off yet for you or your kids! I continue to be so grateful every time my kids come home talking about new friends they've made, new problems they've solved, and new facts they've learned.

I'd like to encourage you all to join TCPG committee chairs, Thornton Creek admin and staff representatives, and the entire parent/caregiver community at the second Site Council meeting of the school year: Tuesday, Oct.12, from 6:30-8:30pm, on Zoom. You can find the agenda for that meeting here. We'll have time for updates, any discussion of business, and hopefully some opportunity to build relationships with other adults in our community—something I know we're all missing!

I also want to thank Christie Robertson, who has stepped up to chair our special education committee, despite being deeply committed to her other work as the secretary of the SCPTSA's special education committee. She is passionate about helping other families navigate the special education system, both at Thornton Creek and more broadly with SPS; if you have any questions for her, please reach her at special-education@thorntoncreek.org.

In partnership and community,
Chelsea Lin (she/her)
Chair of TCPG and Site Council
From the Volunteer Coordinator
Are you a mama or a papa who loves a good tune? A techie-type with some extra time on your hands? A can-work-from-home wonder-person? We're dreaming up some plans for how parents and caregivers might support our Thornton Creek community (in ways that keep everyone safe). Tell us what you're up for, and we'll make sure you know how to sign up when the time comes. Fill out the TCPG Volunteer Interest Survey here! 
From the Facilities Committee
Volunteer Outdoor Work Parties -- Sign Up Today!

Fall work parties to clean up and maintain the landscaping and gardens at Thornton Creek will be held a few mornings this fall:

Saturday, Oct.16 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Saturday, Nov.15 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Come join these fun outdoor work parties, make connections with other parents and help keep the school's grounds looking great for all students to enjoy. We will be focusing work on the library patio/rain garden area. Work will include weeding, mulching, and planting. Until further notice, these work parties are for vaccinated adults and vaccinated 12+ kids only. No younger kiddos.

Last week's work party made such a huge difference! Now kids can sit on the benches without being scratched, plant new veggies in the beds, explore the landscaping to make maps and learn about plants, and so much more! And there is more fun yet to be had! In October we will continue pulling weeds and laying mulch. In November, we will plant trees, shrubs, and ferns. Please see 'Thank You' section below for photos!

Please join us next time and sign up to let us know you will be there!

From Jana Dilley and Sarah Stempski
Facilities Co-chairs
From the Health and Safety Committee
Traffic Flow
We are treating 77th and 80th as one-way streets. Please ensure that you only drive in one direction on the two side streets: NE 77th St. is only for WESTBOUND traffic (heading to 40th), and NE 80th St. is only for EASTBOUND traffic (heading away from 40th). We will work on signage and enforcement.

Preparing for Inclement Weather
Wet weather is here and the goal is to be outside as much as possible for recess and lunch. Please have your student dress in layers and pack extra clothes, especially socks, to keep in a bag in their locker.

Attendance and Illness
If your student is displaying any new symptoms (not caused by another condition) or if they have been exposed to COVID, please keep your student home. Take a look at the symptoms guidelines. Email Nurse Twinkle and notify the office.

SPS COVID-19 Testing Info
To take a school issued COVID test, please register here. The best time to test is between 8:30-11:30 AM, M-F. Come to the main doors of the 40th Ave NE entrance and ring the doorbell upon arrival or call 206-252-5300 for Drive-thru testing.The test is a self-administered nasal swab and results are returned within 24 to 72 hours. Feel free to use our, or any COVID-19, testing site.

Flu Clinics
SPS is urging everyone to get a flu shot this year to protect yourself and our community. Getting the flu shot in the next few weeks is optimal for protection through the winter flu season. Find a date and location to schedule your flu shot at schools in the neighborhood.  

Vaccination status
As of October 25 in King County, proof of vaccination will be required for everyone ages 12+ at outdoor events of 500 or more people, indoor recreational events or establishments, restaurants and bars. Masks continue to be required for everyone ages 5+ at outdoor events with 500 people or more, and continue to be required in public indoor spaces. 

COVID-19 Resources and Information Links

Seattle Public School Links

Seattle and King County Public Health Community Links
King County COVID-19 Dashboard
King County COVID-19 outcomes by vaccination status
King County Schools COVID-19 Response Toolkit
King County COVID-19 free testing locations link


Here’s to a Happy and Healthy school year!

Erica Seddig and Courtney Bell
Safety and Health Committee Co-Chairs
Fifth Graders Interview Squad
Be sure to check out our 5th graders' first interview of the year, here. They're kicking off a series of new staff interviews, first with our new principal, Mr. Gerrit Kischner.

Make sure to subscribe to this newsletter for more interviews to come in our special edition newsletters.
Thank You!!!
A huge thanks to the 15 extraordinary volunteers from last week's landscape work party. Your help made all the difference!
We have a tradition at our school of saying "thank you." If you would like to submit a thank-you note, send an email to submit-news@thorntoncreek.org. Thank you!
Quick Links and Information
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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Site Council Officers:
Chelsea Lin, Chair
(unfilled), Vice-Chair
Roddy Theobald, Treasurer
(unfilled), Secretary




Text THORNTONCREEK to 22828

Tel.: 206-252-5300
Fax: 206-252-5301

Principal: Gerrit Kischner
Asst. Principal: Laurie Miller

Bell Times:
Mon-Tue-Thu-Fri
7:55am to 2:25pm

Wednesday
7:55am to 1:10pm

Attendance
Call 206-252-5304, or e-mail the office.