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    Weekly Bulletin, October 2
    Posted on 10/05/2020
    principal Tonie Talbert

    Dunlap Elementary Communication Update October 2, 2020

    Principal Tonie Talbert

    Dear Dunlap Families,

    We have really appreciated the interest, engagement, and time you have been investing in your children’s education as evidenced by the high quality of communication we receive. Dunlap was founded on the principles of social justice for every student, every day, in every classroom by empowering and encouraging them to think critically, boldly; daring to imagine greatness! Social Justice is the practice of treating everyone equally, being equitable and being inclusive. In order for social justice to be fully imagined and implemented, it MUST BE practiced consistently - with intent, with purpose and through our actions, in partnership with families.

    At Dunlap, it is our mission to educate our students in a nurturing surrounding, providing them with a great remote learning space. We have a very dedicated staff committed to a vision of educational justice. We practice our Dunlap Pride with dignity, respect and esteem for every student - this is the foundation in which Dunlap is rooted, with a strong commitment to academic integrity. Our goal is to provide quality educational programs where all students learn, feel loved, and have equal access.

    In an effort to keep you informed about your child’s educational programs and our commitment to educational justice, we are hosting Curriculum Night on Wednesday, October 14. We will all meet at 6:00 PM with ALL PARENTS. You will receive a Teams Invite Link for our School Wide Meeting – where you will have an opportunity to meet Dunlap Staff before attending your child’s curriculum night with the teacher. You will use the same Teams Invite Link to visit your child’s classroom for curriculum night.

    Curriculum Night is an opportunity for you to visit with your child’s teachers about what they are learning, classroom procedures, expectations, and all things teaching and learning. The conversations that you, as parents, have at this event, will build upon the success your child will have throughout the year.

    You will receive more information regarding Curriculum Night next week. Stay tuned.

    “Justice as equity”
    “Justice as equality”
    “Justice as inclusive”

    Principal Tonie

    Dublap Library Curbside Checkout and Book Swap

    Librarian Ms. EllingsenMs. Ellingsen, Librarian

    Curbside Pick-up at Dunlap School:

    • Mondays and Tuesdays starting October 5th, 2:30 - 4 p.m.
    • Students can borrow up to 5 library books
    • Books will be placed in paper bags and handed over with minimal contact. Returned books will be quarantined for 5 days before being checked in.

    Thank you everyone for keeping us all safe by following these guidelines. Help to ensure we can do this again by:

    • Observing social distancing guidelines of at least 6 feet between family groups.
    • Wearing masks.
    • Limiting one family per table.

    Please email me with any questions at

    Ms. Reynolds, Instrumental Music Teacher

    Ms. Reynolds, instrumental music teacherHello! My name is Tasha Reynolds and I am very excited to be partnering in music education with Seattle Public Schools this year!

    I have been teaching instrumental music in Bellevue for the past 23 years for grades 5-12. I moved to the Seattle area in 1996 from Colorado Springs. Prior to that my travels took me to Kiev Ukraine in 1995 where I taught middle school to American students of medical missionaries. In 2001 I completed a Master of Arts degree from the University of Washington with an emphasis on learning disabilities and music reading. I have a unique love for marching bands and pep bands and have both participated and directed them for over 25 years. I also love orchestral music and just completed 20 years playing oboe in the Northwest Symphony Orchestra. My new passion is for strings and I have been studying Violin intensively for the past 6 years.

    My focus for instrumental music education is centered around student achievement. I know the power music holds and the life changing possibilities it offers kids of all backgrounds. Learning a musical instrument gives a child a sense of belonging, raises self esteem and opens the door to self-expression. In my 26 years of teaching, I have seen music transform the lives of students. It happened to me when I was 11 years old and I have wanted to share the opportunity music has given me ever since. Having taught all levels of music I especially love working with beginners. I feel honored to be a part of this most precious time when the seeds of music are planted. I look forward to working along side your teachers and students this year.

    It important that families check the email the entered for information on getting an instrument. Some have marked “yes” they will provide an instrument and other need to check one out. If I don’t get the information by Friday, I will not be able to get them an instrument ready for the Tuesday pick up. I will be at Dunlap handing out instruments on Tuesday, October 6 from 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (but I must hear from them by Friday).

    Thanks for your help and support.

    If you know of student that have instruments out from last year, please have them return them to Dunlap ASAP. I do not have an updated list of those students.

    Our first classes will be October 13 in the AM. You will receive the schedule next week.


    Tasha Reynolds