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    Mercer International Middle School with GlobeApril 24, 2020

    Dear Mercer Families,

    I hope this finds you well. We continue to miss seeing our students and families every day. Our teachers do report how much they love seeing (online) and hearing from students. Please let us know how we can continue to support you at this time.

    Today, I want to share some community resources with you. As always if we can be helpful please reach out to your grade level counselor or administrator.

    Lunch service: A reminder that any student can get lunch from 11 am - 1 pm at Mercer Monday to Friday. In addition to lunch there are learning packets for grades K-5 as well as Mercer specific learning packets for our students. Students can also get books to read from Ms. Addanki on Wednesdays.

    United Way of King County has shared information and resources regarding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as Basic Food. This program helps to ensure families can feed themselves nutritious meals and avoid poverty. With the effects of COVID-19, many in your school district may not know about their eligibility for SNAP benefits. We want to make sure those with potential to receive benefits get connected to make that happen.
    An easy way for you to find out:
    • Visit www.washingtonconnection.org to determine eligibility.
    • Apply, and talk to a representative to find out your benefits.

    Ms. Eckert our School Nurse is available if families have health related concerns that they would like to call and talk about please call: 207-370-9084.
    From our Neighborcare Health Center: If families are in need of non-emergency medical services, they can reach us through SBHC@neighborcare.org, and we can help get them connected if they are NCH patients. If they are not, we can still try to support a referral.

    Student Laptops: We will begin getting laptops out to families soon. The first focus for distribution will be on students furthest from educational justice without access to another computer in their home. We will be in contact with those families we have identified who need this resource. We had hoped to distribute laptops this week but were informed by the district technology department that the laptops were not yet ready.

    Internet Access: The City of Seattle has resources for families who need internet access:
    City of Seattle Internet Access

    Go Mustangs!
    Cindy Watters, Principal