january 2022 NEwSLETTER
Raven raves from principal rickey
Happy New Year Ravens
Over the break, I spent time reflecting on our community as we have come together and grown over the past 4 years. Between opening a new school, starting a remote school, inventing hybrid school, and rejoining in our new reality of what school looks like…it has been a rollercoaster. I am incredibly grateful for the support and flexibility of everyone in our community. Our staff continues to reinvigorate the classrooms despite the immense challenges. Our students continue to grow and demonstrate immense problem-solving skills and leadership. Our families continue to trust and collaborate with us as we tackle issues that have no ‘great options’. As we move into 2022, I want to say thank you and I am very hopeful to lean on our learning of the past and community collaboration to build a better tomorrow. I will leave you with the first 2 stanzas from the amazing poet, Amanda Gorman.
Except from New Day Lyric by Amanda Gorman
May this be the day
We come together.
Mourning, we come to mend,
Withered, we come to weather,
Torn, we come to tend,
Battered, we come to better.
Tethered by this year of yearning,
We are learning
That though we weren't ready for this,
We have been readied by it.
We steadily vow that no matter
How we are weighed down,
We must always pave a way forward.
This hope is our door, our portal.
Even if we never get back to normal,
Someday we can venture beyond it,
To leave the known and take the first steps.
So let us not return to what was normal,
But reach toward what is next.
park only in grass lot during pick up/drop off
Please do not drive OR park on the side streets surrounding our school.
We have had numerous complaints and issues from our neighbors regarding Sartori parents blocking access to their homes. We cannot stress enough the need for our Sartori community to be good neighbors to the people who live in the homes surrounding the school. Please read again and follow the guidelines on page 2 of this newsletter.
Parent pick up line
DO NOT DRIVE DOWN GARDEN OR MEADOW or any other side streets during drop off and pick up. Circle around to Factory to join the line.
Do not park on any of the surrounding side streets at any time. Use the grass lot on 3rd across from the front office and walk down to the pickup line. There is limited parking for our neighbors who live there, and it is not fair to them to crowd their homes. Do not park in Sartori parking lots during arrival/dismissal.
Please arrive closer to the time the bell rings at 3:35. Once the bell rings, the line moves quickly. Parents are arriving as early as 2 pm and waiting for over an hour, which backs up the traffic on 4th and is frustrating to our families who are waiting and for our neighbors on Garden and Meadow, who aren’t able to get out of their neighborhoods. If you join the line closer to 3:35 - 3:45, we are able to move cars through and you are only waiting a few minutes to get through the line.
Stay in your car at all times
Please report any concerns to Principal Rickey and avoid confronting other adults. We want to be great models for our students.
If your child needs assistance with their seatbelt, pull in front of cross walk and then help. This will keep the line moving.
Watch this video to review how we will safely drop off and pick up students.
NOtes about covid-19
- Even though the CDC and DOH have updated quarantine requirements, RSD will continue the same quarantine protocols we have been using prior to break to keep our schools as safe as possible. We will continue to use the full 10-day isolation for staff and students who test positive for COVID.
- Tests are available at school. We are prioritizing tests for students/families with symptoms or that have had close contact with a confirmed Covid case. Please call the clinic to discuss your situation and set an appointment so we can help you as best as we can.
- Please complete the Covid test consent form in Skyward. Here is a video tutorial how to do this:
- The Renton Covid Dashboard reflects updated cases that occurred over Winter Break and did not impact the school campus. Since Monday, we have had two additional cases on campus. Contract tracing was already completed.
TO SCHEDULE TESTING, OR FOR QUESTIONS REGARDING COVID-19, PLEASE REACH OUT TO OUR COVID HSA:
breakfast 8:30 - 8:50
If your student will eat breakfast at school, please remember that students are dismissed from the cafeteria at 8:50 so that they will be in their seats and on time for class at 8:55. Students dropped off late will not be served. Please be sure to allow your student enough time to eat with this in mind, or give them breakfast at home.
(Students arriving on late buses will be given breakfast if they need it.)
BREAKFAST CLOSES AT 8:50
family climate survey
From November 15, 2021 to January 14, 2022 the online family survey will available in 6 languages(Chinese, English, Russian, Spanish, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese). The first question is to select a language. The remaining questions will be in that language. There are 54 questions total. Questions are delivered one at a time. The questions are short. The survey will take about 15 minutes to complete.
volunteers & visitors
Renton School District Security Department has implemented a new system district-wide for volunteers and visitors in our schools.
To learn more about the procedure and to complete the new Volunteer & Visitor Background Check Application, we invite you to visit the RSD Volunteer and Visitor website.
We have opportunities for families to volunteer during school hours at recess, or before and after school to help with crossing guard duties, guiding the parent pick-up lines and helping parents with where to park and how to navigate the traffic around our school. If you would like to help, please email us!
Sign up to run a game or activity at recess once your volunteer paperwork has been completed.
please do not send toys to school
GATE CLOSES AT 8:52
If you arrive after 8:52, please come around to the front office and check in. Students should be in their seats at 8:55 when the bell rings. If a student is marked absent and does not check in, parents will receive a robo-call.
PLEASE ARRIVE BETWEEN 8:30 AND 8:50 TO ENSURE YOUR STUDENT HAS TIME TO MAKE THEIR WAY TO THEIR CLASSROOM BEFORE THE BELL.
January 3 - Students Return from Break
January 11 - at 7 pm - PTA Meeting
January 17 - NO SCHOOL - MLK Jr. Day