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Principal’s Corner

January 10, 2022

Dear Adams Elementary School Families,

We are happy to report that things are stable at Adams to start this second week of the new year. We are seeing more positive Covid cases versus what we saw at any point in time over the past two years, but not by much. There doesn’t seem to be any evidence of transmissions in the building so far, and that is likely due to the diligence of the students and staff in wearing masks, distancing and eating lunches outside, when possible, in addition to the high vaccination rate in the Adams community. We are continuing to separate grade levels and we have open windows and running air purifiers in every classroom.

Thank you so much for being so diligent when it comes to testing and keeping students at home when you see symptoms. If your student has a runny nose, cough, sore throat, fatigue, nausea and/or headache, please continue to keep them at home and have them tested for Covid. If your child has a positive test, please email Principal Sohn at dosohn@seattleschools.org and Nurse Peggy King at pdking@seattleschools.org. Also, we are asking that if you come to pick your student up you try to arrive as soon as possible because we have a very small nurse’s office and need the space to tend to students who have bumps, scrapes and other issues.

New Family Orientations

We will be doing two new family orientation sessions this month:

Friday, January 21st at 9:30 AM

New Family Meeting 1

Tuesday, January 25th at 6:30 PM.

New Family Meeting 2

Please join if you are a new family or just interested in meeting new families and asking any questions you might have.

School Levies

Seattle Public Schools is asking voters to consider renewing one levy to continue funding for day-to-day operations, staff, and programs and a second levy to maintain the health and safety of our school buildings and fund student and classroom technology. The levies aren’t a new tax; they renew current levies. If approved, property owners would continue to pay for these levies, with the replacement rate estimated to be $1.21 per $1,000 of assessed property value. Here’s a flyer about the levies, if you are interested in knowing more. Please plan to vote before February 8th!

Flyer about levies

Family Connectors University

Seattle Public Schools (SPS) families are invited to join North Seattle College’s Family Connectors University (FCU) class, a family-focused online course designed to help parents support their child’s learning and growth. In partnership with North Seattle College and SPS Family Partnerships Department, topics include:

Helping your child with learning
Social Emotional Learning ideas for home
Becoming a supportive partner at your school
Helping your child with ‘big emotions’
Supporting your child with reading and math
Talking to kids about race, racism, and antiracist actions
Take this course in real-time or attend offline at a time that works for you. View video and view course details.

Participants report that this year’s pandemic-informed curriculum has been immensely helpful to families during remote learning. The class takes place online via Zoom for 10 weeks beginning Tuesday, January 11th at 6-7 m. Parents can participate synchronously or asynchronously, as sessions will be recorded. Course is facilitated by NSC Parent Education Instructor Lea Evans, Principal Janine Roy, SPS Family Partnerships Coordinator Asosa Sailiai, and special guest speakers. The cost for the 2-unit class is $39.42 and some scholarships are available. Email Asosa Sailiai to enroll or find out more information: amsailiai@seattleschools.org.

In Partnership,

Doug and Tom