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    Principal Update 3/19/20
    Posted on 03/19/2020
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    Dear Montlake Families,

    I hope you this message finds you doing well, and possibly even finding a way to discover some silver linings during this ever-evolving situation in our region. Because today marks one week since we’ve been away from each other, I thought it might be helpful to check in and let you all know that the Montlake staff and I are greatly missing your student(s) and the rhythm that the school day brings. This time has been a little unsettling for all of us, and hopefully you are finding the resources that have been sent out by teachers and specialists to be useful as you are designing what learning will look like in your household. 

    As a staff we are thinking about you all daily and miss being together as a community. This past Tuesday we had our first-ever “virtual” staff meeting via Microsoft Teams, and it was great to be able to check in and see each other in person during this period of social distancing. Our plan is to continue to meet once a week so we at least have those in-person check-ins to look forward to throughout the duration of the closure, and we’re discussing ways we might be able to connect with the rest of you as well.

    As you hopefully already know, Seattle Public Schools has been focused during this first week on maintaining continuity in essential services for families who need them, and on Monday opened up 26 student meal distribution sites across the district. Once these services are solidly in place they will turn to other things, such as how (or whether) they might be able to deliver academic content. 

    Yesterday principals were told that in addition to providing paper copies of aligned learning packets at all of our meal distribution sites, another goal in the works is for people to be able to access educational programming delivered by SPS TV, social media and the SPS website. There is a list of academic resources on the SPS website already, and you may want to check out the new At Home Learning Resources page on the Montlake Elementary website. Pay special attention to the Clever portal, which gives your student access to district-wide resources such as PebbleGo, TumbleBooks, Britannica, and Libby, all programs I see teachers making use of in their classrooms daily.

    As you continue to receive learning resources from your child’s teacher, I also want to recognize that a lot of people are juggling continuing work expectations with having children at home. Please know that you should not worry if you are not able to diligently homeschool your child. The most important thing for everyone to focus on right now is staying healthy and getting through the day, hopefully enjoying the sunshine and getting as much exercise as possible. 

    Take care, and I’ll be in touch again next week,
    Julie Pearson, Principal