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Exciting News for LEGO fans! Play-Well Northwest Center is opening in Kirkland. From Play-Well TEKnologies: If you have been searching for a place where your child can create whatever they put their minds to, with more LEGO than they know …View full post
Exciting news from the Uniform Committee! You can now order uniform shirts with our owl mascot from French Toast and Land’s End. They’re available in adult sizes too! Plus, both French Toast and Lands End are fundraisers for K-5 STEM PTA – so any purchase kicks …View full post
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Red Shirt Day in P.E!
In honor of Jump-rope for Heart, and being Heart Heroes, I am asking students to bring or wear a red shirt to P.E. class either this Friday (5/17) or Monday (5/20) depending when they have P.E. We will be taking a class picture at the end of the class with he/she’s shirt and jump-rope. The shirt needs to have no graphics on it, but it can be turn inside out for it to be a plain red shirt. No worries if you don’t have a red shirt because I have red pennies he/she can wear. Here are the days I have your son/daughter in P.E.:
Friday – May 17
- ToneyMonday – May 20
- Not Parsley (they wore shirts on 5/15
ALSO, the Jump-rope for Heart fundraiser packets is due this Friday, May 17, 2013. My goal for the school is to raise $2500. This averages out to be $10 per student.
Thanks again for all your support,
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Seeking Volunteers for our Story Laboratory
Dear Parents and Families,
The Scholastic Book Fair will be at our school June 6th-7th. A special family event is scheduled for the evening of June 6th.
The exciting theme for your spring 2013 Book Fair is Story Laboratory: Reading Gives You Super Power! Your Book Fair is an incredible energy source for reading, and volunteers are the catalyst for a successful Book Fair. We hope you will share your talents and join us as we help students discover the power of reading.
If you have some time to help us conduct the Book Fair, please email Wendy Warborg with the date and time you would like to help out (see details below). There will also be a volunteer form going out in Kid Mail soon.
Book Fair Chairperson
Sign me up to help at the Book Fair!
• Thursday 6/6 5:00pm-6:30pm
• Thursday 6/6 6:30-8:00pm
• Friday 6/7- 8:30am-10:00am
• Friday 6/7 10:00am-12:00pm
• Friday 6/7 Clean up crew 12:00pm-2:00pm
ALL VOLUNTEERS must attend cashier training 6/6 from 3:45-5pm
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Thursday June 6th, 5pm – 8pm
Friday June 7th, 8:30am – Noon
Details to come later this month
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We are kicking off our biggest fundraising effort of the year and our goal is to raise $60,000.
All proceeds go to the PTA and directly benefit your child, so every dollar counts.
Your contribution will allow the PTA to:
- Supplement funds for Singapore Math curriculum
- Support the implementation of arts in our curriculum
- Allocate funds for teachers to use throughout the year in support of their classroom
- Assist families through the uniform closet, scholarships for before & after school programs and more
- Aid teacher development to ensure that our talented staff stay on the cutting edge as they develop and deliver project-based STEM curricula
- Continue to grow our STEM community within and outside the walls of our school by hosting fun, community-building STEM events.
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On Thursday, our students enjoyed a performance by SCATS (Seattle Cirque & Acrobat TeamS) – Seattle Public Schools’ demonstration team. This acrobatic group travels around the Greater Seattle area performing for schools, colleges, sports teams (including the Storm and Seahawks), festivals and parades.
Their performances include tumbling, juggling, unicycling, jump rope, handwalking, ballwalking and world class Double-Dutch. The student ages range from Kindergarten through High School.
K-5 STEM PE teacher Gretchen Gray says SCATS is a wonderful PE program, and she would love to teach these skills as part of the PE curriculum at our school. Ms. Gray says that about $10,000 worth of equipment is needed to do the whole program successfully … something to think about for the future!
Thanks to STEM parent Kari Scheff for these photos of the SCATS performance. Kari says,
Words cannot describe what an incredibly amazing job the kids from SCATS did in their assembly performance!! It was such a treat and our kids had an awesome time.
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Thank you to all who attended Tuesday’s Strategic Plan meeting. As a BLT member who had the chance to sit in on some of the Strategic Plan meetings, it was very exciting to share it with our families. The West Seattle Blog today published a great story on the meeting. If you were not able to attend, I hope you will take some time to look over the plan and the timeline and offer any feedback you have via our online survey. I have included a small glossary of terms to accompany the plan (added to the document since the presentation), though I am certain I have missed some. There were several great questions at the meeting, many having to do with what will happen to our students after they graduate out of fifth grade. Although our plan can only address our own school, we do want the community to know that Dr. McKinney is already having conversations with Madison Middle School about what they are doing to prepare for a growing cohort of students who are advanced in math and science. As parents, we must also continue to let our school board members and SPS staff know that we need our students to have continued access to quality education at their level as they graduate out of our school.
We also received great questions that were not so easy to answer, such as: How do we ensure our students don’t fall behind over the summer? How we will integrate and expand arts education in our school? How are we thinking about diversity, equity and globalism in our school? The conversations on all of these subjects has been more extensive than was presented at this meeting, and it is important to us to continue the conversations with our school community to figure out how to integrate them into our long-term plan. We look forward to meeting with more of you as we continue to develop a plan that is both visionary and pragmatic.
– Lily Pierson
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