September 20, 2021
Upcoming Events
  • Thurs. 9/23, 6:30pm - Virtual Curriculum Night (Grades 3-5)
  • Fri. 9/24 - Picture Day!
  • Sun. 9/26 - Landscape Work Party, (9am-12pm)
  • Tues. 9/28, 6:30pm - Virtual Curriculum Night (Grades K-2)

  • Thurs. 10/7, 6:30pm - Virtual Curriculum Night (PreK)
  • Sat. 10/16, Landscape Work Party, (9am-12pm)
  • Thurs. 10/28, 6:30pm - Picture Re-Take Day (tentative)
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From Thornton Creek Site Council
Message from the Chair

Hi friends! 

Thank you to all who attended last Tuesday's Site Council meeting. The draft minutes for that meeting are here (thanks to our stand-in secretary Jessica Prince for taking notes!). Just a reminder that these meetings happen on the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm via Zoom; please email me at if you'd like to add anything to the agenda. 

In last week's meeting, I intended to share this very short slide show on "What is Site Council?" Please find link here. It's helpful if you find yourself wondering what exactly Site Council is (and how it relates to the Thornton Creek Parent Group) -- Please feel free to ask if you have lingering questions!

I sincerely hope that you and your kid(s) are settling into the school year routine, despite us still having so many unknowns, particularly around Covid protocols. If you find yourself worried or wondering, please reach out so I can help you find answers (or at least find the person who has the answers!). We're in this together.

In partnership,
Chelsea Lin (she/her)
Chair of TCPG and Site Council 
From the Volunteer Coordinator
Volunteering is fun and helps build a tight-knit community for our kids. It's also a great way to connect with other parents and caregivers, teachers, and staff at Thornton Creek! But we didn't have to tell you that. We know TC parents and caregivers are eager to lend a hand, so while we wait for more guidance from Mr. Kischner, here are some things you can do:

  1. Make sure your volunteer paperwork and online course requirements are up to date with the district. It's all spelled out on the Seattle Public Schools volunteer web page.
  2. Let the TCPG volunteer committee know what you're interested in, so we can match you up with opportunities that will be meaningful to you. Take the Thornton Creek Parent Group's Volunteer Interest Survey
  3. Funnel your energy into making the school grounds look great. The TCPG facilities committee has organized a handful of fall outdoor work parties. Get more details and sign up here
  4. Share your ideas for community-building events that we, as a parent community, could do this fall within our Covid safety parameters? Email
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:

Sunday, Sept. 26 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
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.

Mark your calendar 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.

Attendance and Illness
Keep students home when they have been exposed to a known person with COVID-19 or they have developed new symptoms not caused by another condition. Take a look at the symptoms guidelines.

Safety during the 2021-2022 school year

SPS COVID-19 Testing Info
If you would like us to help with the administration of a COVID-19 test, our Covid Coordinator, Andrew Kleeman, or Nurse Twinkle can schedule a test to be taken outside the front of the school. Parents will need to pre-register for testing by following this link and filling out the required form. 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.  

Guidance for Travel and Quarantine
Here are the current guidelines:
  • Regardless of vaccination status, everyone who travels should wear a mask and monitor for symptoms for 14 days
  • Unvaccinated travelers should get tested 1-3 days before travel and get tested 3-5 days after travel and self-quarantine for 7 days or self-quarantine for 10 days if they aren’t tested
  • People should NOT travel if: exposed to COVID-19, are sick, test positive for COVID-19, or are waiting for results of a COVID-19 test
  • People should NOT travel with someone who is sick

Further information can be found here:

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
From the Communications Committee
Coming Soon...
We're excited to be soon publishing interviews of new TC staff, by a group of 5th grade volunteers organized by Bridget DuRuz, (aka "Interview Squad Faculty Adviser")! All the 5th graders got to participate in shaping the questions to be asked, and kids from each 5th grade classroom volunteered to conduct the interviews (26 in all). For the first interview, a team of 3 conducted an interview with Principal Gerrit Kischner! These interviews, written up by the students, will be published in a series of Special Edition Newsletters over this school year. So keep an eye out for the first interview! If you haven't already, Subscribe to this Newsletter.

From the Newsletter team
Thank You!
Thank you, Jessica Prince, for stepping up to take minutes during our first Site Council Meeting! Because of you, the whole community can see what was discussed, even if they were unable to attend!


Huge thanks to our dedicated office staff (Sarah Fulton and Shannon Westerman), who are working especially hard this time of year to get our school up and running smoothly!

Your help and support are greatly appreciated!
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 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
Our Office Depot School ID# is: 70107343. Purchases of school and office supplies at Office Depot will return a 5% credit to Thornton Creek.
Submitting news or thank-you notes for publication: Please read the submission guidelines. Then, e-mail your item to the editors. Blurbs must be plain text (no Word documents) and generally have a 200 word limit. Attach any image as a PNG or JPG image file. Content is due on 2nd and 4th Mondays for the 1st and 3rd Monday editions.
Advertising Review/Approval Process: Per Seattle Public School Board Policy, outside materials must be approved before being distributed. The materials must meet district criteria, be approved by the Office of Public Affairs, and be submitted with the approval form attached. You can find details regarding the review/approval process here. All requests to include information in newsletters should be submitted via this process.

Site Council Officers:
Chelsea Lin, Chair
(unfilled), Vice-Chair
Roddy Theobald, Treasurer
(unfilled), Secretary


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

Principal: Gerrit Kischner
Asst. Principal: Laurie Miller

Bell Times:
7:55am to 2:25pm

7:55am to 1:10pm

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