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The information below is free for anyone in our community that might need information or ideas for learning at-home, resources for building faith, or just some fun activities.  The sites listed are for information purposes only -- parents should research and make the determination as to what is appropriate for their children and family.  Please check back frequently as this page will be updated.  If you have questions, please reach out to your teachers or the school office.  
CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL & PREVENTION:  Symptoms of Coronavirus, What You Need to Know
St. FRANCIS OF ASSISI SCHOOL, COVID-19:  Important Information & What to Look For
U S DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION:  COVID -19 Information and Resources
FOOD PICK UP:  Food pick-up is in full swing at Lake Burien Presbyterian Church - families can receive produce, dairy, protein, and milk while supplies last.  Drive up and volunteers will load food into your car’s trunk or backseat. OPEN every Friday in October starting at 2pm.
Khan Academy, The Anywhere School:  Khan Academy’s mission is to provide a free, world-class education to anyone, anywhere.  No matter where learning happens this year, we’re here to help. These schedules are meant to be templates that can be used as is, or modified to better suit the needs of your family, classroom or district. For parents, we’ve put together a Distance learning survival guide (also available in Spanish) featuring expert advice on motivating your kids and setting up for a successful school year.  
Wide Open School:  Offers curated selection of online and offline activities to stay active and curious for preschool - Grade 12.  New themes every week.  Activities are split up depending on age, music to STEM, art, history, and more.
Yoga for Kids:  A fabulous Cosmic Kids video from our 5th grade experts:  Ms. Fiorito and Ms. LeRoy
America's Test Kitchen:  Young Chef's Club
  Cooking activities, trivia and more!
Our daily lives have changed in so many ways, and will continue to evolve.  We want to offer you, your family and students resources to help navigate being housebound, mental health, support conversations on race and racism, as well as other books that explore issues of identity, bias and bullying.
Boston Children's Hospital: Preparing your kids for the new school year during COVID-19.  Helping parents with the conversations regarding uncertainty in planning and returning to school in person.  
Please find links below for ways to talk to your child about race and identity, and how educators discuss these issues in their classrooms.
How to Talk With Kids About Racism and Racial Violence, from Common Sense Media.  Common Sense is the nation's leading nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of all kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in the 21st century.

Coronavirus Mental Health Resources - English - Archdiocese of Seattle
Coronavirus Mental Health Resources - Spanish - Archdicese of Seattle

ARTICLE: Why Working From Home Is So Exhausting—And How To Reinvigorate Click HERE.  
ACTION: Consider seeking out an accountability buddy or prayer buddy who helps hold you accountable for self-care with daily or weekly check ins. How can we take action to show our love and compassion for each other by prioritizing time for ourselves for self-care?  Visit My Catholic School for more news and information.  Find us on Facebook:
St. Francis of Assisi Parish:  Connect with Fr. Hayatsu via the Parish website or sign up to participate in mass.  The Parish Facebook page can be found HERE.  Check out masses HERE on the Parish YouTube channel.
Kindergarten - 5th grade:  Growing in faith together during Covid.  The St. Francis of Assisi parish and Cheryl Brooten are offering parents and children a fun and easy means of growing in faith at home through videos and creative activities. This includes a link to Studio252 for parents with ideas to help connect your children with the message of faith and hope.  The Catholic Faith on Demand.  
  Sponsored by our St. Francis of Assisi Parish.  FREE - please use the zip code 98062 to locate our parish.  
  Offers daily reflections, teachings, movie reviews and more.
Faith Shared Joyfully:  Courtesy of Busted Halo.  Thoughtful blogs, videos, prayers, photo challenge, Advent calendar and reflections, podcast with Father Dave Dwyer.
Alpha:  Everyone should have the chance to explore the Christian faith, ask questions and share their point of view; wherever they are.  
Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith.  Each talk looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation.  Join in on Thursday evenings at 7pm.  All are welcome.
One of our school parents is connected to Merrill Gardens, and would LOVE to have your letters and pictures to share with her residents.  Many residents are not able to have visitors right now, and this makes a big difference in their happiness.  Who knows? -- You might end up with a wonderful pen pal that becomes an adopted grandparent if you add your name and address!  Here's the community names and addresses for the Merrill Gardens Communities -- all of these wonderful people could use your love!  Questions can be directed to Erica Gower at   If you post on social media, tag #stfoa!  
#DoGoodFromHome Challenge.  Use compassion and creativity to do acts of good from home.  Unique ideas for each day of the week.
KIDS FOR PEACE:  Gratitude Gifts and ideas for those working around us to keep things working.  Working on uplifting our world through love and action.  


RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS FOUNDATION:  Kindness is a powerful tool. Let’s use it.  Tons of resources and ideas here.



Our wonderful art teacher, Ms. Meyers, has created this Facebook page to share art and all your creative endeavors!  Please check out 123 Do Art With Me on Facebook for inspiration & joy!
SUBSCRIBE to Ms. Meyer's YouTube channel - she posts "How to" videos and tutorials.
Draw Every Day:  With Jarrett J. Krosoczka—author & illustrator from the NY Times.  Free art, cartooning and writing lessons every weekday at 2:00 pm
Wide Open School:  Powered by Common Sense
  HUGE site split into "Educator" and "Family", also by grades and activity.  Subjects range from setting a daily schedule, to math, science, reading, to field trips, English as a second language, and life skills.
Online Free Resources:  Provided by Tech & Learning:
Where the Wonders of Learning Never Cease:  Wonderopolis
  What Willie Wonka might have designed as his own classroom.
Grammar, Learning Nouns & Verbs:  ABCYa
  For grades 1-6, recommended from our 2nd grade teacher, Ms. Goetz
Bedtime Math - Cabin Fever Math:  Without the screen!  Bedtime Math
XtraMath:  Free web program helping kids master basic math facts.
  Treasure trove for preschool through high school, subjects like English, Math, Science, Current Events, Social Studies, ELA & Music
  Recommended by our 2nd grade teacher, Ms. Riedeman. 
Coronavirus Fact Sheet:  Courtesy of the Seattle Times 
  Our 8th graders are studying the Coronavirus and infectious diseases - this is a good visual tool 
TED2015 With Bill Gates:  The Next Outbreak?  We're Not Ready.
Youtube:  Why Wash Your Hands?
  And why for 20 seconds?  Good biology lesson.
Virtual Zoo Trips & Animal Cams:  Provided by Ms. Goetz, 2nd grade
Eagle Webcam: 
Smithsonian's National Zoo
Animal Conservation & the San Diego Zoo:  If fur and feathers, scales and fins are just your thing, then the San Diego Zoo is somewhere you'd love! The zoo is not just about providing a space for visitors to see creatures from all over the world up close, it's also about saving species and preserving the habitats in which they live. Check out details HERE at
Museum of Flight:  At Home Student Activities
  Downloadable activities from the Museum Educators
Citizen Science & People Powered Research:  Here's a couple:
   Zooniverse:  Every Zooniverse project is led by a different research team, spanning a wide range of subjects that include: identifying planets around distant stars (, studying the impact of climate change on animals ( and plants (, and more. The collective efforts of Zooniverse projects have resulted in over 200 research publications to date.
  Scistarter:  Over 3000 vetted science projects in a data bank and it explains citizen science for people who haven't participated before.  Who is a citizen scientist?  Citizen scientists typically are not professional scientists. Rather, they are curious or concerned people who collaborate with professional scientists in ways that advance scientific research on topics they care about. The idea behind these projects is that anyone, anywhere can participate in meaningful scientific research.
Darebee:  Darebee site for workouts, challenges, running, nutrition,meal plans and much more!  Check out the monthly challenge (January is Cardio) or jump into the Workout of the Day.
Active For Life:  Check out the fun activities for young ones -
  Easy to make a free profile & enjoy specific activities to develop coordination, build stamina and have fun!  
Active Home:  This site is free courtesy of US Games.  Includes videos, worksheets, lessons from teachers around the world. 


Movement & Mindfulness:  GoNoodle -- Get ready for some seriously fun movement & play!
Good Energy:  Another from GoNoodle that includes healthy food choices, washing hands, relieving tension ... the list goes on!
Exercise App:  Exerprise for mobile
  Download and stick with the free app -- different work outs based upon the time & equipment you have.




Games, Movies & Books K-3:  Starfall Education 
Computer Science Courses:  Future Engineer courtesy of Amazon.  Great for K-12th grades.
  Includes recommendations for reading, movies, current events and distance learning.
Typing & Keyboarding:  3 Different resources:
Storyline Online:  Wonderful books read by celebrities -- search by book title, author, or person reading.
PBS:  Read Along with wonderful people like Michelle Obama, Kristen Bell.  Subscribe to stay in touch.
Imagination Soup:  Free Summer Reading Print packets.  Ages 6 - 13 years.
Check out the latest from Google for Education:  
National Parks Virtual Tours:  Courtesy of Totally the Bomb