Happy Holidays + Grief Resources - December 23, 2018

Happy Holidays + Grief Resources - December 23, 2018

Dear Sierra Families,

On Friday, the ET mentor group hosted a beautiful memorial for Natalie who died this past week. Sam, one of her best friends, began and closed the event. Students and faculty shared their favorite memories of Natalie, recounting how she sang often, had a genuine desire to learn and complete her school work with excellence, and above all, that she loved to care for and support others. One student shared how she was the only student with whom he felt he could share his academic progress because he knew she would respond with encouragement and support rather than judgement. Another very good friend shared how Natalie had helped her through the hardest time in her life. Rouse shared how Natalie pushed her to be a better teacher, always asking hard, thoughtful questions. Several students who spoke shared that we best honor Natalie by living as she did, pushing to be the best we can be and taking every opportunity to help others along the way.

I was also so impressed with the way so many students spoke openly about the burdens of grief and how important it is to check in on friends and to reach out and ask for support when you need it. Several students made themselves available to support their peers, and they suggested that students use the resources of their mentors or counselors at school.

The wisdom, vulnerability, courage, and resilience shown by our students provided a needed light in an incredibly dark moment.

As so many of you intimately know, holidays can make grieving even harder. Please continue to check in with our students and ensure they are connecting with family members and peers. Pay close attention to any signs that students might be withdrawing.

One of our wonderful parents, Molly, compiled a list of resources on grieving. It is linked here. I have also included one at the bottom of this email. She has also made herself available for any questions you may have. Her contact is here: mollyhasson@elunanetwork.org

Finally, as we encourage our faculty to disconnect during this time, it may be challenging to communicate to your students mentor by email. If you are concerned about the health or safety of one of your students or a classmate during this time, please don’t hesitate to call my cell phone: 206-999-9196.

Two reminders: We sent mid-year grade reports home to families on Friday, and we have professional development on Monday, January 7th. Students will start their new courses on Tuesday, January 8th.

Take good care,

PS: Seniors and senior families please see events below for a winter break academic opportunity.


Upcoming Events & Announcements

SENIOR PFA CATCH-UP DAYS: Friday, December 28th and Thursday, January 3rd from 9:00am-2:00pm

Seniors are welcome to come to school to take power focus areas. They should study for these tests at home. These days will not include tutoring. They will only be a space to attempt content assessments. All normal school rules apply. There will be a 30 minute lunch from 11:45-12:15. Students will be allowed to go off campus.


We are excited to welcome families and students to hear how we’re progressing toward our goals and to learn more about how you can support your student academically. Please bring a dish to share.

Summit Sierra School Google Calendar (website link here)
Summit Sierra School PDF Calendar (PDF link here)


Sports Section

To supplement the practice time our teams get, we have an opportunity for them to get additional workouts.

Drills and Skills, a fitness program, runs a morning (6:30am until 8:00am) fitness class at Yesler Community Center Monday through Friday. James Hampton, the Director of this program and Athletic Director at Sierra, has opened the program up to any students at Summit Sierra that wants to participate for free.

This program will be closed for the holidays from December 24- January 7th but will start back up on January 8, 2019.


The Girls Basketball Team has been invited to play in the following tournament over the holiday break.

Seattle Christian High School canceled out of the tournament last minute, so our varsity girls team was the next option on there invitation list. The games are not mandatory but if your child is on the Girls Basketball team please give the Athletic Director James Hampton a call 206.351.5596.



(Parent Leadership Group)

Summer Opportunities for Middle School and High School Students

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