National Suicide Prevention Month and other weekly news briefs

National Suicide Prevention Month and other weekly news briefs
Posted on 09/16/2021

Lifeline offers reminder that we can all help prevent suicide
September is National Suicide Prevention Month. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline reminds us that suicide is preventable, and you don’t need special training to help prevent it. Everyone can play a role by learning to recognize the warning signs, showing compassion, and offering support. 


Signs to be aware of in children and adults include lack of interest, changes in eating and sleeping habits, and mood. People in crisis or having thoughts of suicide, or those who know someone in crisis, should call 911, or go to any hospital emergency department or urgent care clinic and say, “There’s a threat of suicide” and ask for a “designated crisis responder.”


New this year, all Tahoma staff members are required to take a suicide prevention training via the Safe Schools system.


The Signs of Suicide curriculum, which Tahoma uses at the middle school level, says "Some secrets should be shared." It also utilizes the acronym "ACT," standing for "Acknowledge, Care, Tell."

Here are some additional resources: - Suicide Prevention Lifeline Youth page:
Teen Link:
TSD counseling website, including counselors from across the district, resources and more:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255. En Español: 1-888-628-9454. For people who are deaf, hard of hearing or have hearing loss, click here and then click “chat with us” or use your preferred TTY relay service or dial 711 then 1-800-273-8255. - Crisis Text Hotline: Text “HOME” to the number 741741

Tahoma and the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) will present “Ending the Silence” via Zoom from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 23. This is an engaging presentation that helps audience members learn about the warning signs of mental health conditions, and what steps to take if you or a loved one are showing symptoms of a mental health condition. Audience members can ask questions and gain understanding of an often-misunderstood topic. To register for the webinar and receive a Zoom link, click here.

Thank you each for partnering with us to help prevent suicide, and for sharing information that can help others this month -- and all year long.

Tahoma celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

This month we’re honoring Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 to Oct. 15). The month is dedicated to celebrating the rich history of Hispanic and Latino/Latina/Latinx people throughout history.

Congress passed a law proclaiming it as a heritage celebration week in 1968, but it was expanded to a full month in 1988.

Sept. 15 was chosen as the start of the commemoration because it coincides with the Independence Day of several Latin American countries: Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and El Salvador. In addition, Mexico and Chile, celebrate their independence just days later, Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively.

The term Hispanic refers to a person who is from, or a descendant of someone who is from a Spanish-speaking country.

Latina/Latino/Latinx refers to someone who is from, or a descendant of someone who is from a country in Latin America.

If you would like to learn more, click here for exhibits, galleries, resources, events and more.


Parents invited to join Special Education/Disabilities PTA

A new group is inviting the parents and guardians of students who receive special education services or who are on 504 plans to join the TSD Special Education/Disabilities PTA. The group’s mission is to provide opportunities for education, connection and advocacy.
“As parents of kids with disabilities, we know how life can be a lot at times,” wrote Kim Selis and Tatum Fettig, the parents and former educators who are leading the effort. For more information from Fettig and Selis and to take a survey, click here.

Or, to read the article we shared in June about the new group, click here.


Event offers strategies for post-high school options

Parents and guardians of all ages are invited to “Saving & Paying for College,” a presentation for families with children of all ages.

The information presenters from Tahoma High School will share is applicable to trade and technical schools, community colleges and four-year universities. Topics covered will include current and future costs of post-high school options, saving strategies, types of financial aid, student loans and more.

There are two options to attend:
In person, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Sept. 28 in the Performing Arts Center at THS.
Virtual, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Oct. 21 via Zoom. To register and receive a link to attend online, click here:

Opt in (or out) of texts from district, buildings Do you want to receive Tahoma School District texts with information about events, school closures, safety alerts & more? The district and individual buildings use a tool from SchoolMessenger called “Communicate” to send text messages to parents and guardians.

Text messages via SchoolMessenger are available only as an “opt-in” system. Parents and guardians who opt in but decide the messages aren’t working for them may opt out at any time.

Notifications may be sent districtwide, such as in an emergency or in case of delays or closures due to inclement weather; or, they may be sent to only parents/guardians of an affected building. In some cases, we may send only a phone, email or text message, and in other emergent situations, we will send messages using all three methods of communication.

Ready to get started receiving text messages? First, make sure the cell phone number that you would like to receive messages on is listed in your student's Skyward account (your building registrar can assist you with this). Then, to opt in, send a text message of "Y" or "Yes" to 67587. You can opt out of these messages at any time by simply replying to any message with "Stop." If you do not want to receive text messages from the school district, you do not need to take any action.

Click here to read a flyer with more information in English and Spanish.

If you have questions or concerns, please email us at or call the Communications Office at 425-413-3409.

Navigate to a fun new activity with orienteering team
Tahoma Orienteering Team, which is a non-district group, invites students in grades 4-12 to learn their sport. Orienteering involves using a map, finding checkpoints in the woods as quickly as possible. It’s a team sport, but students race as individuals.

It’s free to join the club, but if students and families decide to compete, the races cost $15-20 each. Elementary students must have an adult who can attend practices and races with them while they are learning the sport.

Practices and races occur throughout the area. For more details, click here.

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