Volume 27

June 14, 2021


UPDATES: Welcome to another new student: we are now enrolled at 11 students in the option B group -Remember that if there’s more than 10 people on the screen then you won’t always see yourself unless you’re talking.

Thanks if you can remind/help your kids turn the speakers on and off if you are talking a lot by the tablet.  Once I turn off the speaker you’ll have to turn it on yourselves, as it doesn’t work for me to turn it back on.

Head Start will be happening during the summer but after class and on the weekends here some other things you can do for fun:

KidsQuest museum has a special three dollar ticket rate for people who get ETB/CHIP/WIC    Ticket sessions are available Wednesday – Sunday. Each session allows you two-hours of play and exploration in the Museum. To guarantee capacity guidelines are met and ensure all visitors can enjoy physically distanced play, reservations are required for all visitors, including KidsQuest members.

-Reservations are available two-weeks in advance. We ask that you consider booking no more than two sessions per week, as many families are eager to enjoy the museum!

-Check-in starts 15 minutes prior to and ends 15 minutes after your reserved start time. Your visit cannot be extended due to late arrival. All visitors must exit at the specified time to allow for proper cleaning and sanitization.

-All reservations are non-refundable. If you are unable to attend during your reserved time, you have up until 48 hours before the start time to cancel and reschedule your visit.

(*Museums for All Rate  $3

The Museums for All rate is $3 per person with proof of participation in the following programs: EBT, CHIP, Provider One, or WIC.

Apply at purchase.)

Borrow a “Discover pass” from the Seattle public library: The Discover Pass is a motor vehicle permit required for vehicle access to millions of acres of public parks and recreational land across Washington state, including more than 100 state parks, more than 350 primitive recreation sites, nearly 700 water-access points and nearly 2,000 miles of designated water and land recreation trails.

Library patrons can use their Library card to reserve a Discover Pass in the online catalog, as they would a book or other library material. When the pass becomes available, they can pick it up at an open Library location.

USA TODAY REPORTING ON VACCINE QUESTIONS AND MYTHS: see the end of the newsletter for a link to the article and some excerpts.

Newsletter set to 7.5 hours a week of home learning!

Social Emotional

Practice calm moving with this yoga book

Skills: conversation about feelings, vocabulary, self-relaxation skills

Language / Literacy


Pig picnic book

Dear Zoo

Animal Vacation

Teacher Rebecca reads about “Ocean. Rain,& Water” from the book Sky, Hills, Earth and Sea


Play an “i-Spy game” with a book that has a medium amount of words. Can your children find words that start with the first letter of their name? Maybe bigger kids can write them down. You can make little word cards for your kids to remember what those words are and have them write a picture.

I found “roots” that is an R word like the first letter of my name Rebecca.

Branches has a letter “r” in it.


This days of the week song shows you how “DAY“ is in all of the days of the week teaching word sections and letter recognition too!

Language skills: Vocabulary/conversation skills

Art / Writing

In our actual physical classrooms we play a game called “graphics practice“. To keep your children busy and practice letter strokes have them use some of their letter strokes to make a place for their toy animals to play.

\\\\\\= Lines for grass that go “down, down, down“

Wavy snake lines make water for animals to swim in.

Ooooooo= Bubble shapes that go “around and stop” make stones to cross the water or pebbles of Sand

SKILLS: motor skill of drawing, conversation skills, vocabulary.

Math / Science


Make a weekly calendar with your special days of the week. Divide a piece of paper into small sections and ask your kids to draw a picture to show the different activities you do each day of the week.

Monday: first day of class/paper art

Tuesday: watercolors and maybe it’s recycling day at your house?

Wednesday: mystery toys and show& tell afternoon at 3:30

What else do you do?


Watch this video of the book inside your outside featuring the cat in the hat telling all about how the body works;

SKILLS: conversation, math calendar vocabulary, body vocabulary

Problem Solving

THINKING GAME: Play “mixed up story time“.

-Read your children a favorite picture book but don’t show the pictures while you’re reading just tell the story out loud and mix up what happens. For example:

“The three bears live together in their nice cozy house and one morning they saw that their pizza was too hot so they decided to let it cool off while they went for a nice walk …“

Or “once upon a time there were three little pigs. The first pig built his house out of straw, the second pig built his house out of popsicle sticks, and the third pig built his house out of bricks” -Take turns: can your child trick you?

SKILLS: describing things out loud & listening & taking turns, and recalling. 

Movement / Play


This summer we’re going to be having a weekly “visitor tree activity”. Take a walk this week and find a tree. Will cheer you on if you bring us a leaf, a picture, or some news about a tree by your house.

-ask her children to sing you the “if I were a tree song”

-We’ve been dancing up up up like a tree trunk, waving our branch arms, and whooshing out our little leaf fingers

-Can your children point to all those three parts of a tree?

If I were a tree song -Move to this video!:

Fitness blender kids 25 minute workout with no equipment needed;

Skills: imagination and storytelling practice & exercise

Math / Science


Many are concerned about adverse events. We now know an incredible amount about safety, far more than we did just a few months ago thanks to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System. It’s based on the results of the massive 2.2 billion doses delivered worldwide so far. The data shows the risks are very low. The Pfizer and Moderna (mRNA) vaccines, for example, appear to be among the safest vaccines ever administered.

At the same time, with the more dangerous variants becoming dominant, the risks of COVID-19 are increasing each day for those unvaccinated. 

One of the most common concerns is about side effects, particularly whether they could result in missing work. There is a risk of an acute allergic reaction to the vaccine, but this usually occurs within minutes after getting the vaccine, and it is easily and completely treatable.

Feeling unwell after the vaccine occurs in about half who are vaccinated (which might include tiredness, chills and muscle pains). But these are almost always mild symptoms that usually disappear fully in a day or two and often only occur after the second dose of the mRNA vaccines. Even if these symptoms cause you to miss work, it’s very unlikely to be for more than a day. On the other hand, symptoms from COVID-19 can cause you to miss weeks of work and be very severe, frightening and long lasting. 

Another worry that we’ve heard frequently is about clotting. Clotting is not associated with the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines at all. There have been some very rare examples of clotting with the Johnson & Johnson vaccines. One of us recently wrote a paper examining this in great detail and found that treatments for this clotting have greatly improved since it was first discovered. Because it is so rare, the upside of the vaccine protection is far greater than the downside of the tiny risk of clotting

While recent research has found that 12% of Americans decided to “wait and see,” now that billions of doses have been administered worldwide, there isn’t much more to wait for. The mRNA vaccines have been through three decades of research and many trials. The other vaccines are based on an old and very established technology known as adenoviral vector. Another billion doses isn’t likely to tell us anything new. 

Furthermore, wait and see could have disastrous consequences. The virus is becoming more and more virulent. It’s already at a point now where some scientists are concerned that even masks and lockdowns can’t control the spread. A significant new outbreak could grow so quickly that people couldn’t get vaccinated in time – especially considering that it takes two doses for the mRNA vaccines and several weeks before complete protection is provided.