JANUARY 2021 NEWSLETTER
iReady News: Your student will be taking a math screener during the week of January 19th – Feb.5th. Please allow them to complete the work themselves. It is expected that half of the problems will be very challenging for students and not expected that they know how to complete them. It’s important that students take this on their own because we need the data to be as valid as possible.
Our district is using this data as one of three measures for HiCap (Highly Capable) identification. Although this is a screener assessment, our classroom teachers will continue focus on live instruction in order to meet your student and support them at their appropriate level. This screener will not impact student report cards.
If you have any questions, please reach out to your classroom teacher, or email email@example.com
Have a Great Winter Break!
SARTORI ENROLLMENT LOTTERY NOW OPEN
11/2/20 - 2/12/21: Sartori Application Period
Students living in the Renton School District Boundary and students whose parents/guardians are full-time employees of the Renton School District may apply for Sartori during the application period. Applications received after the deadline at 4:00 PM will NOT be considered for the lottery process for 2021-22. Applications are not ranked based on the date they are received.
March 3, 2021: Lottery
If the number of enrollment applications exceeds the available space at a grade level, an Enrollment Lottery will take place on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 5:00 PM at Sartori Elementary School. Students will be pulled in the priority order specified above. Families may attend the lottery, but do not need to be present.
PLEASE NOTE: Students already enrolled at Sartori Elementary do not need to re-apply every year. Their enrollment carries over until the student is withdrawn.
For more information about the Sartori Elementary Enrollment Lottery process, and to find the online application, please visit our website.
HI-CAP REFERRAL & INDENTIFICATION PROCESS
The Renton School District Highly Capable Program Facilitators will be providing an opportunity this winter for families to learn about the 2020-2021 referral and identification process for the Highly Capable Program.
We will host two daytime and two evening sessions for families. Please use the Google Form here to RSVP for one of the events below by Friday, January 15th. You can select translation needed and your language on the Google Form to receive a translated recording of the event following the dates below. A recording will also be sent to families who could not attend.
Zoom invites will be sent two days prior to the event(s) to those who RSVP.
- Wednesday, January 20th, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
- Tuesday, January 26th, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
- Thursday, January 21st, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
- Wednesday, January 27th, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Email questions to HicapID@rentonschools.us.
Join us every Tuesday for a weekly lunch bunch with students for fun and community building.
Please use this form for students to submit jokes, riddles, or “would you rather” ideas.
Check your Google Classroom for the Zoom link.
11:30 am – 11:50 am Grade: K/1
11:55 am – 12:15 pm Grade: 2/3
12:20 pm – 12:40 pm Grade: 4/5
SARTORI STUDENT MATERIALS PICK UP EVENTS
Student supplies pick up events will occur every two weeks during remote learning. It is important for families to plan to pick up supplies during one of these events. Consider asking a friend or relative to help if you’re unable to make it during the scheduled times.
Please see the Video Tutorial on the Pick Up Process.
This will be a drive-up event held at the North parking lot in the Parent Pick Up lane. Bring back books you are done with and baggies with student names. Place a sign in your car window with student name(s) and teacher.
Choose a day and time to come and get new materials needed for remote learning in the parking lot on 4th Ave. Dates and times are listed in UPCOMING EVENTS on the first page of this newsletter.
RAVEN NEWS IS RETURNING
We want to celebrate our Ravens. If you have pet photos, appreciates, celebrations or regulation strategies you would like featured in the Raven News, please click here to submit your entries.
BOOK SIGN UPS
We are excited to let you know that you will now have some choice in the books that are sent home on materials pick-up days. A huge thank you to PTA for using bonus points earned at previous book fairs to purchase new highly engaging books!
Watch the video where Mr. Colwell shares what kinds of books are available.
Then go to the correct link for your grade level and fill out the Google Form that will tell us what kinds of books you like.
Kinder & 1st Book Request – Click HERE.
2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th Book Request- Click HERE.
The next materials pick up is January 6th and 7th!!!! Happy Reading! Mr. Colwell & Mrs. Dean
SUPPORT FOR FAMIlies for literacy
We at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University recognize that in these unprecedented times you are working hard to support your child’s literacy learning at home as best you can. We want to help. To that end, we have created free offerings for families. We hope these will bring more joy into home literacy learning. We will be adding to these regularly; check this page for updates and additions!
In these family videos—each less than ten minutes— we draw on a combination of research, classroom experience, and educator knowledge to help parents and caregivers support young people, pre-k to grade 9, with their reading and writing. Some of these videos show you games that to play at home while others help you support phonics, avid reading, creative writing, study skills, research, vocabulary, or abstract thinking. We’ll add to this collection periodically. We’ve tried to make these accessible and joyful, and to support you in ways that will make a difference for your youngsters.
View all on our YouTube Channel
FREE OFFICE HOURS FOR PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS: ASK A LITERACY EXPERT
Have questions about your child’s reading or writing? Talk over zoom with Lucy Calkins and experienced Reading and Writing Project faculty. You might…
- Check in about your child’s literacy development.
- Ask what you can do (and should not do) to support your child at home with particular issues, or in general.
- Inquire about what to expect across developmental stages in reading, writing or language acquisition, early to later years.
Schedule for office hours:
K-2 Families: Wednesdays 8-9 PM Eastern
Dates: December 16, January 6, January 13, January 20 (with more to come!)
3-8 Families: Thursdays 8-9 PM Eastern
Dates: December 17, January 7, January 14, January 21 (with more to come!)
RENton school district child find
Locating, evaluating and helping children with disabilities
Does your child speak, move or behave differently than other children the same age?
Do you have concerns about your preschool child’s development?
Renton School District’s Child Find provides free developmental screenings through Meadow Crest Early Learning Center for children aged 3-5 years old who reside within the Renton School District boundaries. This screening helps identify possible delays in speech & language, motor, cognitive/learning, self-help or social-emotional development.
**While schools are providing remote learning due to Covid-19, the process begins with an online screening tool that will be emailed to you. We anticipate completing most evaluations virtually. **
For additional questions contact:
Lisa Young, Child Find Coordinator, at (425) 204-2205
- Children who are currently enrolled in Renton Schools (Kindergarten age and older) may be evaluated at their local school. Please contact your local school.
- Age Birth-3: Call 1-800-322-2588 or visit King County Early Support for Infants and Toddlers
- If your family is living in a temporary situation, you may contact the district where you are staying to attend a screening.
- If you do not reside within the Renton School District, please contact the school district that you live in and ask for a free developmental screening.
Specialists (PE, Library, Music) classrooms have their own links to activities. Please check teachers’ Google Classrooms for the links.
Our next PTA Meeting is scheduled for January 19th.
Zoom ID: 465 778 4932
During remote learning, please use the attendance email for the quickest, most efficient way to communicate your student’s absence:
Families, please remind your students that they must add their real names before joining a Zoom meeting. The host/teacher must know who is being admitted to the meeting. This is for the safety of all our students.
Our front office is open by appointment only, for the safety of our staff and students. Please email or call 425-204-4505 to make an appointment ahead of any visits.
Upcoming Materials Distribution Events at Sartori
Choose a day and time to come and get new materials needed for remote learning in the parking lot on 4th Ave (in the parent pick up lane).
Wednesday January 6 at 11:30 AM -12:45 PM
Thursday January 7 at 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Thursday January 7 at 4 PM - 4:45 PM
Wednesday January 20 at 11:30 AM -12:45 PM
Thursday January 21 at 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Thursday January 21 at 4 PM - 4:45 PM
Make a sign for your window: Student first name, teacher, and any supplies you need (like paper or whiteboard marker)
Every 2 weeks return the bag with student name, any math supplies, and books to get a new set!
January 4 - Return to School/Winter Break Ends
January 18 - MLK Jr Day - NO SCHOOL
January 19 - PTA MEETING