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    October 7, 2020

     

    Greetings Viking Families!

    We hope you continue to be safe and well. It’s hard to believe it is already October! We are incredibly proud of our scholars who are logging in daily and engaging in their learning. Proud of our staff for navigating a new way of teaching and making every effort to deliver excellent instruction. And proud of our families for ensuring your children have what they need at home to be successful in this virtual environment!

    In our commitment towards becoming an antiracist organization, our staff will be engaging in a school-wide, year-long professional development (starting Friday, October 9th) to implement ethnic studies across all content areas. Ethnic studies provides a framework that embraces the experience, stories, and diversity our scholars bring into the classroom every day. It centers and elevates the voices of our scholars and their families. This is hard work and it is “heart” work! As a staff, we believe it is our work to dismantle systems of oppression and white supremacy in our classrooms and in our policies. We know this will take time, but we believe in our kids and our school to move towards a more just and equitable community.

    Please take time to check out the latest updates below:


    DOWNLOAD THE NEW RBHS SCHOOL APP

    Please download the NEW Viking App!  Go to Playstore or Applestore on your phone and search for “Rainier Beach High School-WA”.  You can also download the app to your desktop on your computer. Get up-to-date school-wide announcements daily and use the app to connect to important links on our website.


    WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU

    Please send us your honest feedback on how the school year is going for your scholar and your family.  What is working?  What is not?  Do you have needs that we haven’t addressed?  Did we help make you feel welcomed this year, even in a virtual environment?  We value your opinions and comments and we know we can’t do better unless we get your feedback.  Please email one or all of us.

    Ivory Brooks, Interim Principal
    idbrooks@seattleschools.org

    Annie Patu, Assistant Principal
    alpatu@seattleschools.org

    Renee Willette, Assistant Principal
    rmwillette@seattleschools.org


    “CAMERAS ON” Campaign

    As you may already know, virtual learning can be difficult for many of our scholars who may not feel comfortable with cameras on in their homes.  It can also be difficult for our teachers to gauge feedback and active learning if a scholar’s camera is always off.  We are asking our families to partner with us to help your scholar turn their cameras on, especially when sharing out responses to the class.  If there is a valid reason for the camera being off, please make sure they communicate with their teacher in the chat box or email the teacher directly.  Here are some tips to help your scholar feel more comfortable with cameras on. We understand if some of these suggestions are not possible in your home.

    • Change the virtual background to “blur” or an appropriate pic
    • Find a quiet space in the home, if possible, to engage in live class sessions
    • Turn camera on and point it to a wall or an object.Work on showing parts of your face in camera until you feel comfortable and safe to show your entire face in camera.

    ORCA CARD PICK-UP

    Next pick up is this Thursday, October 8th from 2-4pm outside the main office doors.


    SENIOR GRAD CHECK LIST MEETINGS WITH COUNSELORS

    Throughout the month of October, counselors will be scheduling individual meetings with every Senior to ensure they are on track for graduation.  Please email the counselors if you would like to be a part of the meeting:


    NEED HELP WITH COLLEGE APPLICATIONS or FAFSA/WAFSA

    College Success Foundation (CSF) is holding FAFSA workshops to help you and your scholar apply for federal government funding for college.  ALL SENIORS NEED TO COMPLETE THE FAFSA.  Please reach out to Andi Sandman (smsandman@seattleschools.org) for more info.


    SEATTLE PROMISE

    This program provides every SPS graduate with 2 years of free college tuition to Seattle Central, South Seattle, or North Seattle Community Colleges.  Seniors must sign up to receive this amazing opportunity.  Contact Derek Reddicks for more info. (derek.reddicks@seattleschools.org)


    HOT LUNCHES AND FOOD BOXES

    Rainier Beach is serving up delicious hot lunches every day between 11:15am and 1:15pm.   You are welcome to pick up lunches each day for your entire family!  Every Tuesday between 10am-1pm, we give out quality produce, meat and milk products in partnership with the SE Network Safe Passage Team.  Families are welcomed to pick up what you need.  Food is distributed on side of building on Henderson St.


    ATTENDANCE

    Attendance is essential for your scholar’s academic success!  We are making weekly calls to students who have recorded 5 or more unexcused absences.  Please continue to help us make sure your child logs in each day!  Please send us updated contact information using this link: UPDATED CONTACT AND NEEDS FORM