3-18-20 Family Update-Resources


Dear STEM K-8 Families:

You all are on my mind!  We are all trying to figure out how to survive dramatic changes to family needs, work (or out of work) routines, and social upheaval.  Make sure the new structures you set up for yourselves and your children include taking breaks from the news, and figuring out how to get outside for physical activity while keeping your distance from others.  Seattle Public Schools continues to try to catch up with the extraordinary pace of changes to get a grip on supporting families and learning.

SPS is communicating with families directly. I will try not to repeat that here. I’m contributing a list of resources for both learning and support that may be useful.

We will rise to the extraordinary crisis we are facing. STEM is about tackling challenges; we were made for this.

We will figure our way through this together!

Ben Ostrom,

STEM Principal

Immediate support for families:

  1. School sites with weekly meals for all student 11am-1pm Monday to Friday. There are 26 meal sites total. These sites will be a hub for resources (more info soon!). The three West Seattle and Southwest School Sites

Concord International Elementary School (Google map)
723 S Concord St Seattle, WA 98108

Enter and exit through doors facing Concord Street of enclosed hallway connecting cafeteria and main building. Cafeteria will be immediately to the left upon entry.

Denny International Middle School (Google map)
2601 SW Kenyon St Seattle, WA 98126

Enter and exit through galleria doors on either south or north side of building.

Chief Sealth International High School (Google map)
2600 SW Thistle St Seattle, WA 98126

Enter and exit through galleria doors on either south or north side of building.

West Seattle Elementary School (Google map)
6760 34th Ave SW Seattle, WA 98126

Enter and exit through main entrance on north side of building. After taking a right, the lunchroom will be on the left.

West Seattle High School (Google map)
3000 California Ave SW Seattle, WA 98116

Enter and exit through courtyard doors on


  1. Financial Resources for Washington Residents Impacted by COVID-19




  1. Mayor announces grocery money for low income families https://durkan.seattle.gov/2020/03/mayor-jenny-durkan-announces-5-million-in-grocery-vouchers-for-families-impacted-by-covid-19/



  1. King County info about the coronavirus

(Translated in Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Filipino/ Tagalog, French, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Marshallese, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Thai, Vietnamese)




  1. Free 2 months of internet

Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, Internet Essentials will increase speeds from 15/2 Mbps to 25/3 for all customers in response to emergency measures associated with Coronavirus (COVID-19). This speed increase will happen automatically – no action is required by customers. In addition, new customers will receive two months of free service. https://www.internetessentials.com/


  1. Utility discount program City of Seattle



Customers financially impacted by COVID 19 are urged to set up payment plans with either Seattle City Light or Seattle Public Utilities by calling 206-684-3000 or sending an email 24/7 at http://www.seattle.gov/utilities/about-us/email-question.

  1. Mayor stops evictions (temporarily)

Mayor Durkan signed an emergency order:  temporary moratorium on residential evictions, to keep Seattle families from losing their homes as a result of impacts from coronavirus.  This begins immediately in the City of Seattle for any residential eviction action related to the non-payment of rent. Tenants required to continue pay their rent if they are able and should work with their landlords on payment plans if they are experiencing financial hardship.



  1. Health insurance (those without insurance):

Washington State Health Benefit Exchange offers limited-time special enrollment period for qualified individuals who are currently without insurance.   The special enrollment period runs through April 8 and will allow uninsured individuals 30 days to enroll in health insurance coverage through Washington Heathplanfinder.


Until April 8, individuals seeking a special enrollment must contact the Customer Support Center between 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday at 1-855-923-4633; TTY: 1-855-627-9604, or a local certified broker or navigator.



Supplemental Learning Resources

  1. SPS Supplemental Learning Resources:
    1. COVID-19 Resource page.
  2. Free education software subscriptions http://www.amazingeducationalresources.com/


  1. At Home Learning Resources Compiled by the Amazing Ms. B
Author, Book Resources  
Picture Books Read Alouds https://pernillesripp.com/2020/03/14/picture-books-read-aloud-videos-for-lesson-use/


Kate Messner Compiled videos https://www.katemessner.com/read-wonder-and-learn-favorite-authors-illustrators-share-resources-for-learning-anywhere-spring-2020/?fbclid=IwAR0UPWUxXN_xw4Erkm640zuDpAquBd_ZOBYBQvJyUXhDVDU9IhwlIeM_tCY


Lunch D oodles with Mo Willems kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems

Click on the links to the activity page that goes with the lesson, too.

Authors on fb to follow There are many, these had recent announcements over the weekend.
Peter H. Reynolds Teachers: You have my permission to record & post videos of you reading any of my books for your students while your schools are temporarily closed.
TIP:Just pepper it with “socratic” comments so it’s not a straight read. ex. “What kind of mood is Vashti in?” : ) #readaloudalert

Chris Van Dusen

He will be reading his books regularly.



Education Resources sites





Great Minds

Greatminds.org – Free starting March 18th


Resources for Learning at Home http://blogs.slj.com/neverendingsearch/2020/03/15/resources-for-learning-at-home-while-were-keeping-each-other-safe/

Scholastic releases free daily courses for kids


This resources is divided into 4 age group bands

Free Coloring Books from113 Museums http://www.openculture.com/2019/02/download-free-coloring-books-from-113-museums.html?fbclid=IwAR2Edf44cNzwzt-6O1I5gDAvzyNdMz4Cw_2SDsmreXRyaffdRKRN_K8D6rE
30 Virtual Field Trips  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SvIdgTx9djKO6SjyvPDsoGlkgE3iExmi3qh2KRRku


Common Sense Media Compiled resources






  1. MORE At Home Learning Resources Compiled by the Amazing Ms. B
SPS Online Student Resources https://www.seattleschools.org/student_portal/online_student_resources


SPS Grade Level Resources https://www.seattleschools.org/district/calendars/news/what_s_new/


SPS Live content soon! Starting March 23rd there will be SPS TV programming broadcasted. More info to follow.
20 Virtual Field Trips https://adventuresinfamilyhood.com/20-virtual-field-trips-to-take-with-your-kids.html?fbclid=IwAR2CNC5eB2Mmejr2JYMGDHAByZGj8iTFM0ZN0Yb1YgWs


ABC Mouse Use Code SCHOOL7771 https://www.abcmouse.com/abt/homepage


Abdo Books Resources for multiple age groups – needs QR reader to access https://abdobooks.com/covid-19-resources


Arts Ed Washington Free Art Lessons https://artsed-washington.github.io/alic/
Common Sense Media FREE Educator and Family Resources https://www.commonsense.org/education/coronavirus-resources?j=7704934&sfmc_sub=170457996&l=2048712_



Common Sense Media Family Resources – includes a Spanish section https://www.commonsensemedia.org/resources-for-families-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic?j=7704934&sfmc_sub=170457996&l=2048712_HTML&u=143543082&


Draw Everyday with Jarrett J. Krosoczka—author & illustrator https://www.youtube.com/studiojjk
Grace Lin author You Tube page https://www.youtube.com/user/gracepacy
Kids Ask Authors podcasts https://www.kidsaskauthors.com/

Kids Submit a Book Review, short story, poem or joke!


Real Authors.   Real Illustrators.  Real time! Starting March 23rd  


Scholastic: Explore the Science of Teen Sleep – Middle School Lesson




School Library Journals Compiled list of Free Tools for Online Teaching and Learning https://www.slj.com/?detailStory=free-resources-tools-for-online-teaching-and-learning-during-school-closures-COVID19-coronavirus
Spanish children’s stories https://www.thespanishexperiment.com/stories
Teaching Tolerance’s Digital Literacy Lessons https://www.tolerance.org/frameworks/digital-literacy?utm_source=Teaching+Tolerance&utm_campaign=87d5ba4b14-Newsletter+3-17-2020&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a8cea027c3-87d5ba4b14-82974751


https://medium.com/pobble/simple-and-fun-non-screen-activities-that-children-can-do-at-home-115543cb3b9c?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=o&utm_campaign=non_screen&fbclid=IwAR3GbKjGDDGq0YcwH accessed 16 March 2020


https://www.kennedy-center.org/globalassets/education/education-landing-page/mo-willems/mokc_draw-pigeon_v1.pdf  accessed 16 March 2020


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