Mukilteo Elementary Falcon Spirit December 6, 2019

A Message from Mr. Sackett

Do you ever feel like the spread and advancement of technology continues to move at a faster pace each and every year? This year, I have learned from students about YouTubers, PewDiePie and Project Zorgo, along with different aspects of the popular online video game Fortnite. I have also talked to several parents and families that are concerned by the amount of screen time that our elementary students are exposed to.

With Winter Break just around the corner, and more technology devices likely to enter the lives of our students and their families over the holidays, I thought I would share some tips about limiting screen time, and encouraging more time being active that I have gathered.

Some of the key ideas these resources ask families of elementary students to consider when thinking about screen time include:

  1. Track your family's screen time - TV, DVD, Video Games, Cell phone or other hand held devices, computer or internet that is not school work.
  2. Consider limits on time spent using media devices by setting a goal of no more than 2 hours each day.
  3. Consider matching time being active to screen time 1:1 by: playing outside, going for a walk, playing sports, or engaging in an active hobby. (Balance is key!)
  4. Make sure that media use does not take the place of sleep by designating bedrooms as media free areas.
  5. Turn off the TV, put away devices during family meals, and engage students in talking with you and their siblings. (These conversations are essential to each child’s pro-social interaction!)
  6. Choose age-appropriate, quality content for when students are accessing their media devices. (Common Sense Media reviews movies, TV shows, video games, and more.)
  7. Be a media role model and put your device away during family time at home. (Children follow their parents’ actions!)
  8. Be knowledgeable about the content your student is accessing by co-viewing, playing along, and talking with them about the videos, games, social media or apps they are accessing.

Related to this last point, when I heard students talking about Fortnite or YouTube around school, I felt like I should learn more about these things that students are so interested in. I have included links to Common Sense Media articles below that are intended to give parents more information about these two specific types of technology.

Parents Ultimate Guide to Fortnite

Parents Ultimate Guide to YouTube

We know that students being able to engage in positive social interaction is essential for their success in school, work, and life, and that helping to provide balance is key! Have a wonderful upcoming winter break enjoying family, friends and all that the Holiday Season brings!

~Mr. Sackett


The $240 million bond proposal will be on the ballot in the February 11, 2020 election. If approved by voters, the bond will fund additional classrooms and learning space at seven schools, including Mukilteo Elementary! It will also fund roofing, flooring and HVAC upgrades and replacements at several schools, field and court replacements at several schools, and security upgrades at every school in the district. To learn more about the bond projects, visit the district website.

Keep up with what's happening at Mukilteo Elementary

Upcoming Events:

  • Wednesday, December 11 - NO CHOIR; ME Community Garden Advisory Board 3:40 Rm 97
  • Thursday, December 12 - 1st Grade Field Trip


November 18 - December 18

ME is participating in a Warm A Heart Holiday Gift Drive this year. The gift drive, similar to a Giving Tree, will help support fellow ME students and families in need during this holiday season. Gift tags, shaped like mugs, will be located in the office starting Monday, November 18th. Requested gift items will range from clothes to toys to gift cards. Wrapped presents with the gift tag attached, need be returned to the main office by Wednesday, December 18th.

Please consider Warming A Heart of a fellow ME family and pick up tag!

Contact Christina Barzare (barzareca@mukilteo.wednet.edu) with any questions.

WATCH D.O.G.S.® (Dads Of Great Students) is an innovative family and community engagement program that involves fathers, grandfathers, step-fathers, uncles, other father figures and caring adults who volunteer to serve at least one day each year in a variety of school activities to enhance the educational environment in our schools.

Engage Adults, Inspire Children, Reduce Bullying and Enhance the Environment of OUR School!

A flier went home in your student's backpack today. Please check it out for more info, or click here to print a copy.

It's almost time for our Scholastic Book Fair!

We need lots of volunteers to make this event a success! If you are able, please sign up for more than one spot!

If you are unable to work for a full time slot, please sign up in the one that you can work in and list the time that you are able to help. THANK YOU for your support of this great ME event. There is SNOW much to read this Winter!

ME PTSA will serve cookies and cocoa during the evening Book Fair hours on Thursday, 12/19, from 6-8pm. Just in time for holiday shopping, you’ll be sure to find something for everyone on your list - including your student’s teachers!

ME PTSA will provide a self-serve holiday treat bar for our wonderful staff and teachers on Thursday 12/19. Sign up here to bring something store-bought or homemade.

An Early Holiday Gift For You!


Use code FUNDRAISEMUKILTEO from November 1 - December 31, 2019!

Upcoming ME PTSA Events

School Lunch Meeting, Thursday, January 9, 7:00 pm

Mukilteo Parents for More Seated Lunch Time - Please join the ME PTSA to discuss efforts to increased seated lunch time for elementary students in the Mukilteo School District. Increasing seated lunch time is a legislative topic supported by the WA State PTSA. In 2018, Mukilteo Elementary school was part of a larger state audit, inch which auditors found students do not get the recommended 20 minutes to sit and eat lunch. Parents at M.E. and in the district would like to brainstorm ways to ensure that students receive the recommended time to sit and eat lunch and consume the recommended daily nutrition set by national standards.

ME PTSA Meeting, Monday, January 13 at 7:00pm (6:45 social time!)

This meeting will include a presentation on the 2020 Capital Bond that will be on February ballots. Full agenda coming soon - stay tuned!

Multi-Cultural Night is January 23.

Mark your calendars and plan to join us for a celebration of world cultures and the diversity of our ME community. Sign up here to volunteer or to host a table representing a country or culture!


Food for Thought

Help support our ME teachers and students by donating healthy snacks for our classrooms. Donations can be brought to the ME office.

Community Events

Mukilteo School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Civil Rights Coordinator and Title IX Coordinator Bruce Hobert (425-356-1319), hobertbl@mukilteo.wednet.edu, Section 504 Coordinator Lisa Pitsch (425-356-1277), pitschla@mukilteo.wednet.edu, and the ADA/Access Coordinator Karen Mooseker (425-356-1330), moosekerkw@mukilteo.wednet.edu. Address: 9401 Sharon Drive in Everett, WA. Inquiries regarding ADA/Access issues at Sno-Isle TECH Skills Center should be directed to Mike Gallagher, Interim Director (425-348-2220) gallagherms@mukilteo.wednet.edu. Address: 9001 Airport Road in Everett, WA 98204.

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