Eckstein Middle School PTSA

Eckstein Middle School PTSA


Check out the At Home Learning page on our website. I've added some links to good At Home Learning Learning websites.
Could your student use extra math help? Virtual or in-person. Crazy times are a great opportunity to get ahead or catch up
Save your Stuff and Save the Date! The Annual Eckstein Band Rummage Sale is on Saturday, April 25, 9am-3pm . We need your donations to make this event a success. Please set aside your gently used clothing, household items, books, music, furniture, sporting goods and more. All donations accepted on Friday, April 24, from 1:30PM to 5:30 PM in the Eckstein Cafeteria. All funds raised go directly to our incredible Eckstein Music Program. Funds are used to help support off-campus music performances, repair and maintain instruments and provide much needed student scholarships. Our goal is to make music accessible to all. If you have any questions, please contact Gretchen Ludwig, [email protected]
Does your student need extra math help? Message me!
This kid’s mine! Happy Halloween!
Join us on Sunday October 27th in the Eckstein Garden from 10- Noon for a fall work party. It's going to be a beautiful day planting spring bulbs, mulching building cold frames and dividing perennials.
The school is collecting Safeway gift cards for Thanksgiving “baskets.” They will be giving our families in need Safeway cards on the Friday before Thanksgiving so they can buy what they need for their Thanksgiving meal. They hope to give each family $100 in gift cards. Please turn in gift cards to the main office by 11/21. Contact Julia Detering at [email protected]
We’re looking for a few more volunteers to bring cookies and work the bake sale tomorrow during the Screenagers: Next Chapter event.!/showSignUp/8050b4fada92ca3fc1-bake/16330805
Do you want to learn more about the Eckstein School Garden? Join us Friday September 27th 3:45-5:30 PM for a garden work party! Students, Staff and Families are welcome. We will be dividing perennials, planting late season vegetables, weeding, mulching and picking fruit. Questions? Email [email protected]
If you've been thinking, "Hey, I'd like to help some of Eckstein's students in need." Consider donating a zipper binder to Eckstein. Thank you!!

Welcome to the Eckstein Parent Teacher Student Association page! Thank you for supporting our students, teachers, families and school by showing your support. I hope to encourage a support and open forum for us all to share information Eckstein.

Video Conferencing, Web Conferencing, Webinars, Screen Sharing

Video of PTSA Meeting With School Board Director Chandra Hampson

In case you missed it, you can view last week's meeting with School Board Director Chandra Hampson here (Password: 9b*!=Wh?). Among the topics discussed were differentiation for advanced learners within classrooms, opening schools in the fall, and summer learning opportunities. Zoom is the leader in modern enterprise video communications, with an easy, reliable cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, chat, and webinars across mobile, desktop, and room systems. Zoom Rooms is the original software-based conference room solution used around the world in board, confer...

[05/16/20]   Announcement for 8th Grade Families Attending Roosevelt Next Year

Hello Class of 2024 Families - It has come to our attention that there was a *possible* glitch during our incoming student registration process a few weeks back regarding communication of world language preference for Latin 1. Therefore, if you intended to register for Latin 1 as your world language preference but were not able to online, please reply to this email with your name to be considered by Monday May 18 at 10am. If you DID register for Latin 1, your preference is already noted - no need to reply, please.
Please note, this email is not intended to be an opportunity for students to change their mind on language preference. It is to confirm that students had equal opportunity to preference their language of choice.
Thank you,
Kristina Rodgers, RHS Principal
[email protected]

Directive to wear face coverings - King County

Starting on May 18 King County residents are directed to wear face coverings in most public settings. Wear a face covering when you are at any indoor or outdoor public space where you may be within 6 feet of someone who does not live with you.

[05/13/20]   Food Lifeline will distribute emergency food boxes at Northgate Mall and North Bend Outlet Mall, as well as two Food Lifeline locations.

Food Lifeline will distribute several thousand emergency food boxes to anyone needing help keeping food on the table during this crisis. The distributions will occur at the following locations and times:

Northgate Mall – 401 East Northgate Way, Seattle, Wa. 98125
• Thursday, May 14th, at 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

North Bend Outlets – 461 South Fork Avenue S.W., North Bend, Wa. 98045
• Thursday, May 14th, at 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.

SODO Warehouse – 1440 East Marginal Way South, Seattle, Wa.
• Friday, May 15th, at 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Food Lifeline – 815 South 96th Street, Seattle, Wa. 98108
• Friday, May 15th, at 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

These emergency food boxes each contain 22-25 lbs of shelf-stable food items like canned fruits and vegetables, canned meats, non-meat protein items, and bread and grains. They will also contain some fresh produce items that tend to have a longer shelf life. Those wishing to take home boxes can receive a drive-up no-touch distribution, and there will also be walk-up distribution.
ANYONE can have access to this food. This is a confidential distribution, so there will be no paperwork or qualification. Food Lifeline is only asking for zip codes to track its efforts.
Food Lifeline encourages everyone to take home this nutritious food. We are all struggling during this crisis, and no one should hesitate to accept this help.

You can access the website at

Join our Cloud HD Video Meeting now

Eckstein PTSA Hosts Meeting With School Board Director Chandra Hampson Thursday, May 14th, 6-7 PM

Join with Zoom:

Meeting ID: 841 0407 7287
Password: 688091

School Board Director Hampson will be taking questions from parents and staff. The School Board is responsible for creating the district budget, setting district policies and procedures, and overseeing the workings of the school district. For efficiency, we are soliciting questions in advance of the meeting. Please send all questions by 9AM on Thursday to Natalya at [email protected]. You can also put your questions in the Comments below. For more options on joining the Zoom Meeting: Zoom is the leader in modern enterprise video communications, with an easy, reliable cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, chat, and webinars across mobile, desktop, and room systems. Zoom Rooms is the original software-based conference room solution used around the world in board, confer...

Greater Seattle Coronavirus Assessment Network (SCAN) SCAN is testing both healthy and sick people to see how the virus is spreading in the Greater Seattle area.

Lake City Route Added to Seattle’s Stay Healthy Streets

Seattle has closed several streets throughout the city to traffic to create pedestrian friendly places for residents during the pandemic. Here’s a map of the Lake City route:

King County Council

More than 100 Washington state parks reopen for day use on Tuesday, May 5th! Here's the full list + info on how to safely visit and prepare for a fun trip (pro tip: don’t plan on the bathrooms being open 🥴).

State Parks asks that visitors:

✅ Stay close to home.
✅ Check the status of their favorite park or trail heads before heading out.
✅ Come prepared with their own handwashing supplies.
✅ Follow State Parks’ guidelines for responsible recreation.

Take Action: Tell your Representative to Provide Emergency Funding for Family Engagement

An advocacy opportunity from National PTA. Contact your Representative today to seek emergency funding for the Statewide Family Engagement Centers in the next COVID-19 relief package. Now, more than at any other time, families are critical and primary to the success of their children...

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WSPTA Meeting With Superintendent Reykdal

Last Monday, May 4th, Washington State PTA participated in an online meeting with State Superintendent Chris Reykdal. Below is a summary of the meeting. I'll highlight one interesting section here:

Plan for the Fall
- Schools are likely reopening, but not under the traditional model.
- School reopening will be guided by the Governor with input from public health officials and infection data.
- Opening will likely differ for small vs. large districts
- Districts will have to make their own decisions about providing services to health vulnerable students, as the state will have very little additional funding for this.
- OSPI is creating a work group of 30-60 people to come up with a menu of options for ways in which school districts can reopen and run in the fall. The work group will consist of members of a variety of stakeholder groups, including PTSA and legislators. Invitations will be sent out in the next week. The goal is to provide a menu of options by early June.
- One idea Reykdal floated is to bring back K-8 students and continue online learning for HS students, using HS buildings as extra space to accommodate K-8 students so they could have smaller classes. WPTSA Meeting With Superintendent Reykdal Last Monday, May 4th, Washington State PTA participated in an online meeting with State Superintendent Chris Reykdal. Below is a summary of the meeting. Grading OSPI cannot mandate a common grading system, only provide a framework. For high schools (and...

[05/05/20]   Food Support/Delivery
If your family needs a lunch or weekend food essentials and are unable to come to school, please contact your student's counselor (contact info below). The staff is working with the PTSA to form a delivery system that meets families’ needs and does not overburden Eckstein staff. If you would like to help deliver meals, please contact Beth Cogan at [email protected].

6th Grade - Luz Santacruz-Ochoa: [email protected]
7th Grade - Reema Ziadeh: [email protected]
8th Grade - Niki Duncan: [email protected]

[05/05/20]   We need your help with Teacher Appreciation Week!

The teachers are meeting at the Eckstein field, on Wednesday, May 6, from 3-4. Before they arrive, let's festoon the south driveway and the school garden with signs of appreciation. Have your students help you make signs and drop them off so the teachers can see them when they arrive.

[05/05/20]   ASB officer elections are going virtual! Every Eckstein Student has been added to a Schoology class called “MS Support”. This is the Leadeship/ASB page and where all information about leadership and ASB activities can be found for the rest of the 2020 school year. For elections, students should look through the folder at the office statements and fill-out an application if they’d like to run. Applications are due by Friday, May 15th (uploaded to Schoology in the MS Support class “Election Application” assignment). Election information:
Officers can be current 6th or 7th graders.
The President must be a 7th grader currently.
Applications are online May 1-15
Applications are due by May 15 11:59pm
Students who submit a completed application will be contacted on Monday, May 18 to schedule a Teams interview for May 19-22
Election winners will be notified by May 26
Officers are required to take the year-long Leadership class next year
ASB meetings are held once-per-week during homeroom
Mrs. Poort is the ASB advisor
Officers are given priority to attend an optional summer leadership camp (August 9-12).
ASB stands for Associated Student Body-this is our school governing body
ASB Meeting…Tune in! All are welcome to attend our next ASB meeting on Friday, May 8, 2020 at 10:00am to ask any questions of the officers! Teams link will be on Schoology.

[05/05/20]   Congrats to our music department! Eckstein Vocal Jazz 1 brought home some big, national awards from DownBeat Magazine Student Music Awards 2020. Sivan Green won Vocal Jazz Soloist winner for Junior High. Eckstein Vocal Jazz 1 won Large Vocal Jazz Ensemble for Junior High School. Nadia Luke on “Deedle’s Blues” won Outstanding Lead Vocal Jazz Soloist for Junior High. Mr. Escobedo won the Tenuto Award. These are incredible achievements. Congrats to all of our musicians and Directors Mr. Escobedo and Ms. Kok!

Eckstein News 1

Eagle News!
The Leadership class will be putting out weekly news. The link can be found in the MS Support class or here: Students are encouraged to reach out and be a featured participant in the news!

This is a private video, we're sorry for the horizontal view Email is [email protected]

[05/05/20]   Eckstein COVID-19 Diaries
Ms. Detering in our Main Office invites you to contribute to the Eckstein Covid-19 Diaries. She plans to create a webpage dedicated to essays, drawings, poems, anything from students, staff and parents/guardians about their feelings and experiences during this historic time. If you would like to contribute anything to post, please email her at [email protected]. Let her know how you would like the artist/author's name displayed. She can include do initials, full name, first name etc. She would also like to include the student's age. She hopes to make this into a historical document to eventually print and place in archives.

[05/02/20]   Congratulations to Eckstein's Sivan Green, Winner in the Vocal Jazz Soloist category of the Downbeat Jazz Competition!

Magnuson Community Center

It's important to keep doing our part to Keep It Moving in the parks. One way to do that is to go when they're less crowded. Use Google's 'popular times' feature to see when the park is not busy.

All the current guidelines are here:

The list of what's open and what's closed is here:

A Mighty Girl

Today marks the anniversary one of the most powerful protests of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement -- the Birmingham Children’s Crusade. On May 2, 1963, hundreds of children marched out of 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, singing civil rights freedom songs. As each group of 50 children was arrested, another would take its place. By the end of "D-Day", as it was called for "ditching" class to march for justice, nearly 1,000 children were jailed, including ones as young as nine years old.

The march was organized with the aim of talking with the city's mayor about ending segregation in Birmingham, the country's most segregated city. To prepare, the children had been trained by Rev. James Bevel, a leader of Southern Christian Leadership Conference, in non-violence resistance tactics. After the mass arrests of the first day, the demonstrations continued peacefully the following day but the city's response became far more brutal. With the jails overflowing with children, the Commissioner of Public Safety Bull Connor ordered police to spray the children with high pressure water hoses, strike them with batons, and threaten them with police dogs. Among them, the children pictured here who were sprayed by firefighters just after the police officer took their signs. The next day, photos from Birmingham of children being attacked by dogs and knocked to the ground by fire hoses appeared in newspapers around the world.

Despite the violent response, the children continued their nonviolent protests, marching en masse on May 5th to the city jail where many children were still being held. By May 10th, under pressure from the on-going demonstrations and widespread condemnation from around the country, city leaders at last conceded. They agreed to desegregate businesses in Birmingham and release everyone who had been jailed during the demonstrations. The courageous protests of the estimated 4,000 children who participated in the Children 's Crusade not only led to a victory in Birmingham but the massive media attention generated by the Children's Crusade also compelled then President John F. Kennedy to at last move decisively on civil rights. The following month, he gave a historic address from the Oval Office on civil rights, announcing that he would be submitting civil rights legislation to Congress -- that bill eventually became the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 which outlawed discrimination and segregation nationwide.

For an inspiring picture book about these brave children, we highly recommend "Let the Children March" for ages 5 to 9 at

There is also a picture book about the youngest known marcher in Birmingham, 9-year-old Audrey Faye Hendricks, for ages 5 to 9 at

For ages 10 and up, we recommend the excellent photo-filled book about these events, "We've Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children's March," at

For more true stories of the role of young people in the Civil Rights Movement, check out "Freedom's Children: Young Civil Rights Activists Tell Their Own Stories," for ages 10 and up at

For adults who would like a deeper understanding of the Civil Rights Movement, we recommend the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Parting the Waters" ( and its sequels "Pillar of Fire" ( and "At Canaan's Edge" (

And, for many books for children and teens about the important and often overlooked role that girls and women played in the Civil Rights Movement, visit our special feature on the "Top Mighty Girls Books on Civil Rights History" at

Liza Rankin - Seattle School Board Director District 1

Middle College High School would like to invite all interested upcoming 9th graders to attend their Virtual Open house on Tuesday, May 5th at 6pm. To attend and learn more about the program, please follow the link:

Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center

Did you know all the tree varieties along Seattle city streets are mapped? Visit this web page, where the trees are broken down by neighborhood:

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You can also try the free Tree Walk mobile app for your Android or Apple smartphone. It's available on iTunes or in the Google Play store. Explore trees across Seattle's neighborhoods, see photos of remarkable trees, discover what Seattle's trees do to create a healthy environment, and learn tree identification skills!

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Have you ever heard of the "Oregon Trail' computer game? See below:
Hi, my name is Julia Jacobs and I'm an arts reporter with The New York Times. I'm asking PTAs around the country about a potential story idea that relates to homeschooling kids during the pandemic. I heard from one parent that their child plays the computer game "Oregon Trail" as an educational activity during homeschooling, and I wondered if other parents are using it as a tool to keep their kids' minds active (and maybe give them a bit of a break). Do any of you use the game with your kids? Or if not, are there any computer games you rely on to give yourself a bit of a rest from homeschooling while keeping your child occupied? You can reach me directly via email at [email protected]. Take care and stay safe!

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