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Principal's Message

Parent TepTalk - April

Updated 4/20/2020

Hi Lancer Families,

Here is the latest Parent Tep Talk with details on how to support your child during our school facility closure. 

Please check out this Skyward Parent Video with details on how to monitor student work being turned in. We also created an easy to follow click sheet with directions on how to get onto Skyward Family Access to see if your child has missing work. 

We still need over 300 6th and 7th grade students to register electives for next school year. Here is a Form to self select honors, a list of middle school honors courses, and a PowerPoint with directions on how to register.  Please email any questions about registration directly to Shyla Butler (shyla.butler@rentonschools.us).

Please continue to stay safe, keep students motivated to learn, and stay Lancer Strong!

Brian Teppner

McKnight Principal

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Updated 4/1/2020

 

Hello McKnight Lancer Community…
During this unprecedented event it needs to remain our number one priority to keep our students and school community safe. Please continue to use social distancing and follow guidelines that are being communicated by reliable sources like the King County Health Department, the CDC (Center for Disease Control), and the WHO (World Health Organization). You can also find resources and information on our district web page.

As I stated in my communication last week, we are going to get through this together. Try and find ways for your family to capitalize on this unique time. My dog has never been happier. Everyone is fighting to take the dog for a walk because they want an excuse to go outside. Routines are critical to students and their emotional and physical health. Make sure they are getting to sleep like a school night, shut off that screen time by 7 or 8pm at the latest so that they actually get their REM sleep and wake rested. Make sure kids are getting exercise and eating regular meals. More than ever, they are leaning on us for answers and stability. Let me know if my team or I can help in any way. The counselor have posted some great resources online in the Counselor’s Corner linked below.

I will see you soon. Keep in touch and keep our children and yourselves safe.

- Mr. Teppner

A Note from the PTA
The PTA wanted me to send a message on their behalf to tell everyone to take care of yourselves and stay healthy. We are all in this together.

A Message from our Librarian
Please check out our new website
I want to advertise this Scholastic Book Fest that is happening Thursday, 4/2 from 12-2 pm … sorry for the short timeline.
I will keep you posted as more information or opportunities come to me.
- Ms. Nelson

IMPORTANT UPDATE: STUDENT ASSIGNMENTS POSTED ON MCKNIGHT WEBSITE
In this unprecedented time of social isolation and our new platform for learning, it is important that we keep students learning and maintain as many routines and structures as possible. I have posted school assignments from every teacher at McKnight to a new “In Home Learning page on the McKnight website. You can access it here. Teachers are at home working hard to create meaningful lessons, and they have been posting them live to their Google Classrooms. This “In Home Learning” site is a landing spot for links to all Google Classrooms and resources from Counselors, the Librarian, and much more. As parents, it is critical you make sure your student is logging in and completing their assignments. We want to do everything possible to keep students engaged and learning, so they keep up with their peers. Encourage your child to get lessons completed as assigned and encourage them to reach out to their teachers through email or their Google Classroom communication links.

Nutritional Services
FREE FOOD for kids ages 1-18
We will continue to serve a grab and go lunch and breakfast to anyone 1-18 years old that comes to McKnight (or any other RSD school nutritional services site) between 11am and 12pm, Monday through Friday! Staff have been coming to wave and support our nutritional services staff as they hand out food. We are grateful to serve and feel honored to be a part of our community during this challenging time.

 

How does the school share important information with parents?
Each month an email, called the TepTalk, will be sent home with important information about what is going on at school. These TepTalks will also be posted on our school website. Other ways that we will communicate include phone messages and texts. Please make sure that your contact information is up to date with our registrar. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter @mmslancers. Please reach out to us if we can offer support or answer questions. Our staff is committed to positive, 2 way communication and we want you to feel welcome at school.