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Stewart Middle SchoolPrincipal Kim Messersmith

Newsletters and Phone Messages

 

 Weekly Phone Messages

 

Attention incoming 5th graders, and 6th/7th graders:


Please use the links below to access the 2020-2021 course request form:


5th grade form: https://bit.ly/SMS6Registration

6th/7th grade form: https://bit.ly/SMS78Registration



Click here to access the Tacoma Public Schools page and resources:

    "Coronavirus: What You Need To Know Now" 

https://www.tacomaschools.org/news/pages/Coronavirus.aspx


Additionally, here are some other community resources.  This information has been adapted from Lincoln High School.  


Food Resources

v  FREE Breakfast and Lunch for Tacoma Students

Meals for all students will be served between 10:00 AM-12:00 PM at every Tacoma middle school location Monday - Friday. Each student will receive two meals: lunch for the day and breakfast for the following morning.

Please enter through the school's bus loading zone for drive-thru style service. Walk-ups are also welcome. No income levels on district nutrition services apply.

·         Distribution Sites:

Baker Middle School

Mason Middle School

First Creek Middle School

Meeker Middle School

Giaudrone Middle School

Stewart Middle School

Gray Middle School

Truman Middle School

Jason Lee Middle School

Wainwright Intermediate

 

 

 

 

·         Leo’s Food Connection will provide weekend food backpacks on Fridays between 10:00 AM-12:00 PM at all Tacoma middle schools except: Truman, Mason and Meeker.

Food Resources

 

v  Nourish Mobile Food Banks:  


·         Bethlehem Lutheran Church

101 E 38th St

Tacoma WA 98404

Mondays - 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

 

·         Giaudrone Middle School

4902 S Alaska St

Tacoma WA 98408

Mondays - 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

 

·         Salishan Family Investment Center

1724 E 44th St

Tacoma WA 98404

Fridays 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

 

·         STAR Center

3873 S 66th St

Tacoma WA 98409

Tuesdays - 1:00 PM - 3:00


[For a complete list of Nourish food bank locations visit      https://nourishpc.org/need-food/]

 

v  Eloise’s Cooking Pot: Curbside Box Service [3543 McKinley Ave. Tacoma, WA 98404]

·         Sunday- 1:00-5:00 PM

·         Monday- 1:30-5:30 PM

·         Tuesday- 11:00-4:00 PM

·         Wednesday- closed

·         Thursday- closed

·         Friday- 11:00-4:00 PM

·         Saturday- 10:00-3:00 PM


Economic Resources

v  Utility Bills: Tacoma Public Utilities has extended the late payment window for 12 weeks and can waive late fees due to economic hardship caused by COVID-19 pandemic. TPU customers who are having trouble paying their bills should contact Customer Service at (253) 502-8600 or (800) 752-6745 Monday - Friday from 8:00 AM-5:30 PM or visit https://www.mytpu.org/payment-billing/payment-information/payment-assistance/ .

  • The Emergency Assistance Program is a $1 million fund created to help customers during the City of Tacoma COVID-19 state of emergency; it provides a utility credit of up to $250 for eligible single-family households.
  • The program has fewer criteria than TPU’s existing Bill Credit Assistance Program (BCAP), expanding eligibility to households making up to 200% of federal poverty guidelines. The $1 million in funding and change in criteria should enable TPU to help many more households who are struggling due to the current state of emergency.

v  Free internet:  Internet Essentials will be offered for free for 60 days for families to access during the school shut down, including no activation fees and no equipment rental fees, with an option to purchase a computer for $149.99. Apply for Comcast’s Internet Essentials here at https://www.internetessentials.com/apply.

·         Xfinity WiFi Hotspots: Hotspots across the country are currently available to anyone who needs them for free, including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi . Once at a hotspot, select the "xfinitywifi" network name in the list of available hotspots and then launch a browser.


Employment Resources

v  Unemployment Benefits: If you are a full or part-time employee who is unable to work due to the effects of COVID-19, Employment Security has programs that may be able to help with new emergency rules to relieve the burden of temporary layoffs, isolation and quarantine for workers and businesses. Visit https://esd.wa.gov/newsroom/covid-19 for more information. Apply for Washington state unemployment benefits at https://esd.wa.gov/unemployment.

 

v  Paid Family Leave Benefits: Washington State’s Paid Family and Medical Leave program can provide paid leave benefits for Washington workers who need to take time off from work due to a serious health condition or to care for a family member with a serious health condition. Certification by a healthcare provider is required for applications for Paid Family and Medical Leave due to a serious health condition. Visit: https://paidleave.wa.gov/.

 

v  Job openings: Several businesses are currently filling positions to meet shopping demands created by COVID-19:

·         Amazon https://www.amazon.jobs/en/landing_pages/online-application

·         Fred Meyer https://jobs.kroger.com/fred-meyer/go/Fred-Meyer/587600/

·         Safeway https://www.albertsonscompanies.com/careers/safeway-careers.html



Mental Health Resources

v  Comprehensive Life Resources Clinic: If you are not an existing CLR client or are in need of immediate mental health services call (253) 396-5800 between Monday 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM; Tuesday-Thursday 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM and Friday 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM. Website:  http://www.comprehensiveliferesources.org/.

 

v  Pierce County 24 Hour Crisis Line: 1-800-576-7764

 

v  Teenlink Line - Crisis Services for Teens: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM (866) 833-6546 Website: www.866teenlink.org.​


















 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 

 

 


 


 

 
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        Students and Families,

        During this unprecedented time, we are committed to supporting your student’s learning. We know the importance of clear communication as well as consistency and routine. You can expect a School Messenger communication from me every Sunday evening that will provide important information about our student learning goals.

        Beginning this week, starting tomorrow, Monday, March 30, teachers will communicate learning activities with you. This communication will provide a routine for your student. You can count on consistent communication from me and your teachers.

        For our school, this will look like:

        Monday – Language Arts

        Tuesday – Electives

        Wednesday – Math

        Thursday – Electives

        Friday – Science

        All staff will communicate out by email or Teams and post to their classroom website by 11:00 each day.

        Please don’t hesitate to email me or your student’s teacher if you have any questions. We miss seeing our students each day and look forward to connecting with you each week by phone calls and email. Also keep checking our school and classroom websites for updated information.


        Frequently Asked Student Questions

        Will my work be graded?

        · All work previously assigned and due by March 13 may be graded. This means your teacher might ask you to redo a learning activity/assessment or you can finish missing work that was not originally turned in. This work might then be graded.

        · New work assigned after March 13 will not be graded. However, there may be learning activities where your teacher will provide you feedback to help you learn and grow.

        · We anticipate you might ask, “Why should I do the work if it won’t be graded?” We know you will benefit greatly from this continued practice and learning opportunities. We care about you and want you to continue engaging with the important skills and concepts you’ve learned. Keeping your school routines going is essential during this time and is critical as you look forward to your continued learning.


        Do I have to do the learning activities my teachers communicate and assign to me? When is it due?

        · We would like all students to do their best on the work teachers assign, and to do their best to complete it. The work teachers assign will support what students have already learned and will set students up to be more successful in the future.

        · Your teacher will provide due dates, but our new weekly schedule means your teacher will only send you a week’s worth of learning activities once a week. Feel free to turn it in if you are able, but if you are not, it will not be counted against you.


        How will my teachers communicate with us?

        · Your teachers will communicate with you or your family based on the schedule from your Principal.


        What else should we know?

        · It’s harder for students to do work from home without the support of their teacher. Keep in mind that these learning activities are to reinforce what students have been working on throughout the year; they also give your teachers the chance to monitor your learning and work by giving feedback.

        · As we learn through this process, we might adjust things to better support you. We’ll be sure to communicate those changes.


        Will special education students be receiving special education services?

        · Case managers will communicate with families of students in their caseload, via email or over the phone, about what special education support will include during this time.

         

        Click the link below to see Stewart's Continuous Achievement Plan:

        Stewart CAP Plan Q4.pdfStewart CAP Plan Q4.pdf