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The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) has introduced the SUN Bucks Summer EBT Program to support families with school-age children. Each eligible child will receive a one-time payment of $120 in food benefits on a dedicated SUN Bucks card. This initiative aims to ensure that students have access to nutritious meals throughout the summer months.

How to Access SUN Bucks:

  • Eligibility and Enrollment: Families already enrolled in benefits like SNAP, TANF, or FDPIR will automatically enroll their school-age children in SUN Bucks if the program is available in their area. Additionally, children attending schools that offer the National School Lunch Program or School Breakfast Program may also be automatically enrolled if they meet the income requirements for free or reduced-price meals.
  • Application Process: If not automatically enrolled, families can apply directly for SUN Bucks by meeting the necessary income limits and other requirements.
  • Benefit Distribution: SUN Bucks will be issued from mid-June through the end of August 2024. Once qualified, families will receive an approval notice and a SUN Bucks EBT card within seven to 10 business days via U.S. Mail.
  • Expiration: Benefits expire 122 days from issuance, so it's important to use SUN Bucks before they are removed.

For detailed information and additional questions about S-EBT benefits, families can visit the DSHS SUN Bucks webpage at: https://www.fns.usda.gov/summer/sunbucks or call the S-EBT Contact Center at (833) 543-3230 between 8 am and 5 pm Monday–Friday (except observed holidays). Schools are encouraged to share this information with families through communication channels such as social media, emails, and other outreach methods. By spreading the word, we can ensure that families and communities who qualify for the free lunch program are well-informed and can benefit from this vital support.

Together, let's ensure that our students have a healthy and nutritious summer!

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We are thrilled to announce Hoa Hong as our newest Foster Alumni Wall of Fame inductee. Born in Vietnam and raised in Tukwila, Washington, Hoa is a renowned multidisciplinary visual artist and designer whose work deeply resonates with the vibrancy and adversity of diverse and marginalized populations.

Hoa’s journey began amid the rich cultural tapestry of Tukwila, drawing from the myriad of traditions, foods, and cultures around her. Her artistic expression, rooted in her community's experiences, spans large-scale murals, graphic design, and public art installations, emphasizing the narratives and triumphs of BIPOC communities.

A proud alumna of the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Hoa has transformed public spaces into canvases that reflect communal stories and struggles, from Seattle to New York and San Francisco. Her work has not only adorned city walls but has also been featured in prestigious publications like Billboard Magazine and the New York Daily News.

Hoa also dedicates her time to mentoring young artists and engaging with local schools in King County, shaping future generations with her passion and expertise.

Please join us in celebrating Hoa Hong, an exemplary figure whose artistic endeavors and commitment to community uplift have rightfully earned her a place on our Foster Alumni Wall of Fame.

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We are thrilled to extend our heartfelt congratulations to Preston Hopp, a senior at Foster High School, for his outstanding achievement in making it to the prestigious Washington Music Educators Association (WMEA) All-State Wind Symphony this year!

Over President’s Day Weekend, Preston had the incredible opportunity to join a select group of talented musicians from across Washington State. Under the guidance of Dr. Kaitlin Bove from Diablo Valley College, the Wind Symphony delivered breathtaking performances, showcasing a diverse repertoire that included a Suite of Squamish Music.

Preston's dedication and musical prowess shone brightly as he secured the 1st chair position in his section, among eleven exceptionally talented young musicians. His remarkable talent even earned him a small solo during the performance!

Reflecting on his experience, Preston shared, "I had a great experience. It was a lot of fun to play with such a big band and get to know people from all over the state. I wore my cross-country sweatshirt and met some people that run for other schools. This was such a cool experience, and I'm really glad I chose to audition. I wish I had done it sooner."

Preston's journey to the All-State Wind Symphony not only exemplifies his musical excellence but also highlights the power of stepping out of one's comfort zone and embracing new opportunities. His enthusiasm and dedication serve as an inspiration to his peers and the entire community.

As a district, we take immense pride in Preston's achievement and commend him for his hard work, talent, and commitment to excellence. We extend our heartfelt congratulations to Preston and wish him continued success in all his future endeavors.

Let's join together in celebrating Preston Hopp's remarkable accomplishment and in recognizing the importance of supporting and nurturing the arts within our schools and communities.

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Let's give a resounding cheer for the Foster High School Cheer Team as they showcase their unparalleled talent and spirit at the State Competition in February! 📣💪

With their dynamic and innovative "Stomp & Shake" style, the Foster HS Cheer Team dazzled on the competition floor, capturing the attention and admiration of all in attendance. Their unique approach not only set them apart but also exemplified their dedication to pushing the boundaries of traditional cheerleading.

A special round of applause goes to the Co-Ed team for adding that extra flair and bringing their A-game to the competition! 🌟 Their synchronized routines, infectious energy, and unwavering teamwork truly showcased the strength and unity of the Foster HS Cheer program.

In the face of intense competition, the Foster HS Cheer Team exemplified resilience, determination, and sportsmanship, embodying the true spirit of champions. Their commitment to excellence and passion for their craft serve as an inspiration to us all.

As a district, we couldn't be prouder of the Foster HS Cheer Team for their outstanding performance and representation of our school community. Their hard work, dedication, and countless hours of practice have undoubtedly paid off, and they deserve every accolade they receive.

Let's continue to show our support and appreciation for the incredible achievements of our Foster HS Cheer Team! Congratulations on a job well done! 🎉👏

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Dear Tukwila School District Community,

I am writing to you with great enthusiasm and a deep sense of commitment as the newly appointed Principal of Foster High School. I am honored to serve this vibrant community I hold dear to my heart.

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is LaTanya Parker, and I come to this role as a highly collaborative, equity-driven leader of color. As a mother of three sons and a wife, family is at the core of my values. I am a proud graduate of the University of Washington's Danforth Educational Leadership Program, and my journey in education spans over 16 years. During this time, I have had the privilege of serving scholars and families in K-8, elementary, and high schools within the Southeast Seattle communities.

Having been a former resident of Tukwila, I intimately understand the special and unique qualities that define this diverse community. This understanding has been a driving force behind my decision to serve here for the past three years, first as the assistant principal and now as the principal of Foster High School.

My passion and dedication revolve around ensuring that all scholars, especially those furthest from educational justice, receive an enjoyable and equitable learning experience. I am committed to highlighting the genius and brilliance of our scholars and families in the classroom and woven throughout the district in our instruction, curriculum, decisions, and actions.

As a first-generation college graduate, I deeply understand the significance of how representation, identity, sense of belonging, and belief from educators play a crucial role in determining whether scholars show up to school, contribute their genius, and feel genuinely seen, which can impact their academic success.

My vision for every scholar who graduates from Foster High School is for them to feel confident in their abilities and equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to implement their post-secondary plans. I want them to leave Foster not as mere student ID numbers, grades, or transcripts but as change agents, knowing that regardless of how they entered Foster, our educators genuinely care and believe in their ability to succeed in life.

I envision every Foster Bulldog walking with purpose, heads held high, and entering their next phase of life reflecting on the empowering words of James Baldwin, "Your crown has been bought and paid for. Put it on your head and wear it."

In partnership with you, the families, and the Foster High School community, I look forward to fostering an environment where each scholar's potential is recognized, celebrated, and nourished.

Thank you for your warm welcome, and I am excited to continue this journey with you.

Principal LaTanya Parker

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