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					                             TOPS Thursday Go-Home
                                  January 14th

                         NO BAKE COMMITTEE NEWS
Our annual No Bake campaign is winding down and now is the time to take stock.

The good news is, at this point around 50% of the TOPS community has donated to the No Bake
campaign, and we've raised $46,845.

The bad news is, 50% of the TOPS community has NOT donated to the campaign, and we are only
halfway to our goal of $90,000.

If you have donated, we deeply appreciate your commitment to TOPS and its mission, its students,
and its teachers. If you have not donated, PLEASE do so now: we are at a real and serious risk of
losing many of the "extras" that we have come to rely on as a part of the TOPS experience: art with
Cynthia, reading block, and drama, as well as many in-class experiences and activities that enrich our
children's education. The campaign is winding down. Please give now.

              Congratulations to No Bake Raffle Winner
CONGRATULATIONS to the family of kindergardener Kaelan Johnson, who won the No Bake
campaign "give by December 31 and win an Izilla Toys family gift package." Congratulations Kaelan
and family, and thank you for your donation! And a big thank you to our good friends at Izilla Toys for
their generous donation and continued support for TOPS.

                    No School on January 18th and 29th
There will be no school on the 18th due to the King Day Holiday and no school on the 29th because it
is the day between semesters on the Seattle Public Schools calendar.

TOPS Assembly for Dr. Martin Luther King January 19th
Parents cordially invited to attend!

On Tuesday, January 19th we will have a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. assembly featuring a one-man
performance from Mobile Ed Productions. There will be two performances; 1:00 pm for K-5th grades
and 2:00 pm for 6th - 8th grades.
            High School Information Night January 19th
Join us Tuesday January 19th at 7:00 pm for high school information night for TOPS students.
Former TOPS students who are currently enrolled in high school will come and talk about their
experiences. We will also have information about tour dates and the new assignment plan.
Contact Janet Morrison if you have questions at

                                    Site Council News
The next Site Council meeting is now re-scheduled for February 24th, 5-7pm in the library.
Everyone is welcome, please contact Susan Welch, Site Council Chair, at if you have questions.

                         Taste of TOPS is Coming Up!
Taste of TOPS (TOT) will be on Thursday, March 18th and our focus “culture” will be “Sustainability”!

The Coalition for Social Justice, teachers and parents are planning how to present fun and useful
information to the TOPS community while enjoying a great potluck meal. All TOPS families are
invited to participate in planning, and we need volunteers at the event too. We’re also working hard
to have students participate in educational classroom activities leading up to TOT.

“Sustainabililty” can encompass many features, including urban farming, eating locally, organics,
cooking demos, agriculture, economics and politics affecting food quality and nutrition, homelessness
and nutrition, class and food access, and a raffle to raise money for a social justice cause/community
group. The possibilities are exciting and endless.

If you’d like to participate and/or have great ideas or contacts for us, please contact Lynne Goodrich
at 206-412-2359 or

      Parents Needed to Support TOPS 4th/5th Graders
              in the Global Reading Challenge
The 4th and 5th graders have formed teams to compete in the Seattle Public Library’s Global Reading
Challenge. They are now reading the assigned books and they could use some parent help leading
their groups. If you would like to help a reading group, please contact the 4th and 5th grade teachers.
Our TOPS In-School Challenge takes place on February 24. One team will represent TOPS at the
district level.

                      Time To Order TOPS Yearbooks!
Last Day to Personalize your Yearbook is January 24th!
On-line yearbook ordering is now available at Students who want to
personalize a yearbook with their name or an icon must place an online order by January 24th. After
that date, students can still order online until June, or purchase books directly in the office, but they
will not be able to personalize the book. If you have questions, contact our wonderful Colette in the
office who is coordinating this effort with our ASB.

    TOPS to the Top—Climb the Columbia Tower with Nina!
Many of you remember that last year we had a fabulous team of TOPS students, teachers and friends
to climb the Columbia Tower. We raised over $12,000 for leukemia in Mikael Perla's name! Well, we
are at it again. This year we have registered again as TOPS to the Top. The climb is on Sunday,
March 21st. We encourage you support our fight against leukemia by joining our team of climbers or
donating. Please register and donate online and Our team name is once again
TOPS to the Top. We have a discount code for the registration fee. The code is: TOPs (note - case
sensitive.) We look forward to seeing you there!

                       Do you love our school plays?
The TOPS Elementary and Middle School plays are inclusive, community-building events that
develop home-grown talent and utilize the gifts of EVERY child who wishes to participate. This
program needs a new Project Manager (or would you like to split this job with several parents?)

The wonderful parents who have led these programs for years are graduating! They have a well-
developed checklist of tasks so no prior drama experience is needed. If you’d like more information
please contact the current manager, Linda Korbus, at

           TOPS Community Open House January 26th
TOPS will host an open house for prospective families on Tuesday, January 26th, at 6:30 pm. Due to
the new Seattle Public School assignment plan, this will take the place of the multiple tours held in
previous years. Students who are accepted at TOPS will then have the chance to tour their new
school in February and March. Stay tuned for details—volunteers will be needed to show off our
school and welcome our new students!

           Escrip $ is Helping TOPS—join in, it’s easy!
Escrip is a great way to help earn money for Friends of TOPS. You simply go online one time,
register the debit or credit cards you frequently use, and then a small percentage of every purchase
you make at participating vendors will be sent to Friends of TOPS! In the Seattle area, the following
merchants participate in the program: Safeway, Whole Foods, Eddie Bauer, Office Max, Shutterfly,
Linen’s and Things, and Sierra Trading Post. See for a complete list of participating

These merchants are offering to make this donation whether we take advantage of it or not. If we
don’t, we’re leaving money on the table that could be put to good use supporting programs that
benefit our students. Please consider signing up. TOPS parent Julie Wroble is coordinating the
program, contact her at with questions.
                         Libby’s Class Helping Others
Thanks everyone for sending in your small, hotel-sized containers of soap, shampoo and lotion.
Libby’s class used them to make 50 personal care kits which were distributed by the Neighborhood
Cooking Foundation. They are collecting again! Please drop your (unopened) personal care items
off in Libby’s classroom. Thanks!

      Please call or email Tammie if your child is absent
Please let Tammie our attendance secretary know if your student will miss school for any reason.
She can be reached at 252-3518 or email Thanks!

                 Teachers’ Lounge Needs a Microwave
If you have a microwave in good condition our teachers’ lounge could use it. The one in there now is
ancient and must be carefully watched because it does not shut off. If you have one to donate
contact our speech therapist, Karma, at Thanks!

             Don needs fall soccer and frisbee jerseys!
Did your child play soccer or Ultimate Frisbee last fall for TOPS? Please return your jersey to Don
Zemke. Let’s conserve resources for TOPS. Thanks!

Sign up now for Eric’s mid-winter & spring break camps!
Our wonderful PE Teacher Eric will hold mid-winter break camp February 15th - 19th, and spring
break camp March 29th - April 2nd. Eric has flyers or you can call him directly at 252-3516.

          Seattle Pony Baseball Registration Now Open
Seattle Pony Baseball League is a city-wide non-profit league which offers baseball to boys and girls
age 7-14, and fastpitch softball to girls age 8-14. The season runs mid-March to mid-June and lots of
TOPS students play in this league. If you have questions or want to register, call 206-774-0429, or
go to . See the rack outside the office for a printed flyer.

                             Please Pay for Lunches!
Annie Meyer, our lunchroom manager, is running a significant deficit because some of us have not
put money in our kids’ accounts. Free and Reduced lunch is available to everyone who qualifies
(forms are available from Annie and from the District). Ask your child if their account is okay or check
in with Annie at or 252-3122. To add money to an account send cash
or a check payable to Nutrition Services.

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