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    Weekly Bulletin, October 17
    Posted on 10/22/2020
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    Dunlap Elementary Weekly Bulletin, October 17

    Hello Dunlap Families,

    Thank you for attending Dunlap’s Teams Live! Curriculum Night last Wednesday, October 14th and joining our teachers in supporting student learning. We have a strong teaching staff who, I believe, will help challenge and motivate our students to be engaged in their learning throughout this school year in order to ensure successful preparation for their next grade level.

    Our Commitment
    Our ongoing commitment is to maintain a safe environment that promotes learning and healthy relationships in our school community.

    The safety of our students, staff, families are our highest priority. It is important that we provide students with a safe school environment while online. We expect ALL students to be respectful while online.

    • Students are to only turn their microphone on when they are asked to speak or when responding to a question.
    • Make sure they are dressed appropriately for learning.
    • All online chat must be focused on learning and must be respectful.

    When an unsafe online incident occurs, we make sure that students, staff or parents are protected. Students who use CHAT inappropriately, face a range of consequences. Families of all students involved in unsafe online incidents will be contacted and the principal, assistant principal, students’ teachers, and often the counselor, meet with students and families involved.

    We expect all of our students to act in ways that are safe and respectful to other people. It is always our goal to work with families in figuring out strategies to solve problems in ways that don’t hurt or scare any-one.

    If you have any feedback for us that you think would be helpful, we would appreciate hearing from you. In the meantime, please be assured that we are committed to continually reviewing and improving our online practices in respect to keeping everyone safe.

    Principal Talbert

    You are Invited to a Virtual Dunlap Family Tea!

    When: Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 5 p.m.

    Where: Teams Meeting

    We are starting a new community gathering called Family Teas. This survey will help to guide our focus for each Family Tea to be held every third Thursday. We are reaching out to everyone at the school in order to gather more information about your family's interests and needs. We greatly appreciate your help as it will be guiding our focus for each meeting. We are also interested in finding out more about our families attending Dunlap, as well as their current access to the internet and technology.

    We greatly appreciate your assistance in helping us gather this information. We expect that it will prove to be extremely helpful in providing meetings that are worthwhile. Our first Virtual Family Tea will be held October 22, 2020 at 5 p.m.


    • What is your first and last name, as well as preferred pronouns? (i.e. she/her, he/him, they/them)
    • What are the first and last names, as well as grade levels and teachers (if you know) of your children at Dunlap Elementary School?
    • What day or days are usually easiest or best for you to meet in the evening?
    • What sorts of things are you interested in discussing during our community meetings? (health, community resources, distance learning, etc.)
    • What are some of your strengths or talents?
    • What is the 3 most important issue or topic to you right now? (basic needs, technology help, childcare, etc.)
    • Is there a Family Tea Ethnic group that you identify with that we did not provide tonight?

    Interested in participating in the PTSA? Please email

    Everyone who attends will receive a raffle ticket and have a chance to win a prize basket!!!

    Counselor Corner, Constance Hutchinson

    Naming and Understanding FEELINGS and EMOTIONSCounselor Constance Hutchinson

    Hello Magnificent Dunlap Families. Which feelings best describe how you have felt this week?

    Emotions are built into us, they are reactions from within our brain, which is common to all of us. Feelings are reactions to emotions, and we all experience them differently.

    For example, two people notice that it’s raining really hard outside. They both have the emotion of nervousness although each of them might not have the same feelings as a result. One might feel that they will drive despite all the rain, whereas the other may feel that they will wait and drive when the rain lesson.

    Like adults, your children experience complex feelings about their lived experiences and about events they witness or see on the news. As parents, you can coach your children to name and understand their feelings. Unfortunately, we live in a society that at times shuns feelings, or where expressing feelings can be unsafe. You can affirm and support your children to express and channel their feeling appropriately. In this way, you are teaching your children to deal with their feelings in constructive ways.


    Make a Feelings Chart
    A Feelings Chart with your children’s faces and use it to reflect on how feelings change throughout the day. This video shows how to make and use a feelings/emotion chart.

    Discuss the feelings of characters from books, on tv and movies

    • How does the character feel?
    • How do their feelings change in the story?
    • How would you feel if you were in their situation?

    Body Outline
    Your and your children can draw outlines of your bodies. Th body outline can be helpful for identifying how and where they feel feelings in their bodies. You and your children can pick colors to represent feelings, and color in the body where the feelings occurs.

    Music and Movement
    Explore different kinds of music (jazz, rock, pop, classical, cultural, hip hop, etc.) and think about –

    • What feeling does the music remind you of?
    • Move to the music

    Peace to you and your loved ones,

    Constance Hutchinson
    Dunlap School Counselor / 206-252-7000 / 206-252-7012

    Greetings from your School Nurse

    Nurse Julie Masonsmith

    My name is Julie Masonsmith and it is my great pleasure and honor to be your school nurse. I have been at Dunlap since 2016. Time flies - the first cohort of kindergartners I got to know are now in 4th grade! It is such a privilege to be a part of the Dunlap community. A little bit about me: I am a lucky mom of 3. I have 2 children in high school and one in college. They all attended Seattle Public Schools. I grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, land of extreme weather. In the winter, the snowbanks were sometimes taller than me! I enjoy living in beautiful Seattle. I am in awe when I am at the beach and I see the mountains in the distance.

    I am here to support students and families to reach your best possible physical, social and emotional wellness. I also strive to promote good community health. In addition, I work to prepare for the day we can safely return to in-person education. My work is guided by School Board Policy 0030, Ensuring Educational and Racial Equity.

    Times are tough during this pandemic. I am here to help and would love to hear from you. I can be reached at: 206-252-7007 (phone) and via email at I can also meet over MS Teams, email or call and we can schedule a time. You can also check out the school nurse page for more health information.

    Some Important Health Information

    Immunizations Up to Date?
    If you received a letter from Health Services about immunizations your child needs for school, please make sure your child receives the immunization(s) listed in the letter. Clinics are taking precautions to keep everyone as safe as possible. Send the immunization record to the school nurse or have your health care provider fax the record to the nurse.

    Protect your health and the health of our community – get your flu shot!

    Schedule a flu shot for your student and family members. Visit a drive through clinic hosted by Seattle Visiting Nurses.

    Register online and view the full schedule 

    Students and families are welcome! There are clinics scheduled nearby at Rainier Beach High School and South Shore K-8:

    • Rainier Beach High School
      • Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
      • Friday, October 30, 2020 - 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    • South Shore K-8
      • Friday, October 23, 2020 - 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
      • Tuesday, October 27 - 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
      • Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m

    View full schedule

    Be Covid Smart!

    Know How to Limit the Spread of Covid-19 and Practice These Steps:

    • Practice social distancing – stay 6 feet from those outside your “pod”.
    • Cover your nose and mouth with a mask when around other people
    • Wash your hands frequently
    • Keep hands away from your face
    • Stay home when you are sick
    • Clean and disinfect surfaces

    Register Your Student for a School Based Health Center!

    Your child can go to ANY School Based Health Center within the district. Its free!

    Review a list of School Based Health Centers near you or check out this interactive map to find the one closest to you.

    Black Lives Matter T-shirt Design Contest

    • Design the front of the t-shirt
    • Black and white designs only (no color)
    • Only current Dunlap Elementary students are eligible to enter the contest

    Winning design will be printed and sold to staff and community! The artist will receive their designed t-shirt for free!

    Submit designs to your teacher from now until Monday, October 26 or drop off you design at Dunlap from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Monday - Friday.