See the Thackeray site for their menu and hours.
Hope to see you and your family enjoying food and supporting QAE on Sunday, Feb. 26th!
The 4th Grade is raising funds towards Islandwood 2017 with a special restaurant night (and day) at Thackeray in Fremont. Just mention "Queen Anne Elementary" when you order and 10% of the proceeds will be donated. It’s available all day long: brunch or dinner, as well as take-out.
See the Thackeray site for their menu and hours.
Hope to see you and your family enjoying food and supporting QAE on Sunday, Feb. 26th!
Know any families interested in becoming part of Queen Anne Elementary next school year? Make sure they get all the paperwork taken care of: school choice forms are due by February 24th, 2017!
Sibling Reminder: If you have a student currently enrolled at Queen Anne Elementary and plan to send your other child/ren to QAE, you must complete the Open Enrollment for the incoming sibling(s).
Got questions? We've compiled info about the timeline for enrollment, helpful tips and links on our Prospective Students page.
KING5 Meteorologist Rhonda A. Lee gave a great shout-out to Queen Anne Elementary and our 5th grade classes after visiting the school this week! Rhonda was there to talk about diversity in the sciences.
All are welcome at our Winter QAE PTSA general meeting. It's at the cafeteria on Wednesday, Feb. 8th from 6:30-8 p.m. Childcare will be available in the library. We'll be covering some important topics, with a focus on the future of the Enrichment program at QAE and school funding.
Help Us Brainstorm on Enrichment Classes at QAE
As our Enrichment registrations have significantly increased this year, this creates challenges for running a fulfilling, safe, and fair program on a daily basis. Please join us to discuss our Enrichment successes, hopes, concerns, obstacles, and possibilities for the program. We know enrichment classes are an important part of many families' QAE experience and want to hear your thoughts on how we can have a sustainable program as we plan for next year and beyond.
Legislative Update - School Funding
There's lots going on in the legislative arena, including the QAE PTSA Board of Directors endorsing full funding of education, the "levy cliff", creative approach status, and option school status. Come join us to learn more about these topics and continue the discussion of what we can do about them.
Please join QAE's Families of Color group on Tuesday, Feb. 7th, 6-8 p.m. at the school library. Our theme for the meeting is "Education is Revolutionary" and will have our Legislative Reps Ian Stewart and Christa Winquist presenting on what is happening now and what this all means for QAE, students of color, and other topics.
We will also have Michele Christensen giving us tools on how to absorb all that is coming at us politically and what we can do to support ourselves and push forward. Everyone is welcome. Hope to see you then!
See the Families of Color page for more details...
It takes a village to run a school auction! Our wonderful Auction Committee needs a little help with a variety of tasks:
• Are you good at emails? Following up with a list of individuals and checking their names off when you receive a response? We need a parent volunteer to help follow up with our QAE staff and teachers on their Sign Up Parties. Can you say Yes to 30 mins a week for the next 3-4 weeks?
• Do you like a puzzle? Do you like seating arrangements? Our awesome 5th grade parents, who have done this for years, would like to train and pass the baton of how to arrange the QAE Auction seating. If you are able to commit to learn this year and arrange seats for next year please let us know. Sign up with a friend! And you can work on seating arrangements over a glass of wine.
• Printing Contact? We are looking for in-kind donation or deep discount to help print our Auction brochure. Do you have a contact or would your company be able to help donate their copier services?
• Student Photos - Natalia Dotto, QAE parent and photographer, need help shuttling kids to and from their classroom. We need one more parent helper on Feb. 7th. Sign up here to help...
• Digital Photo Organizer? Do you have a 2-5 hours at the end of February to help rename and organize the pictures with the students LAST NAME, FIRST INITIAL of the student. Cari Lui of Yuen Lui has generously agreed to print all of the photos for us, but it is imperative that they be organized by class and last name prior to the printing process.
• Production Assistant to Auction Video? Need volunteers to help with the auction video. Kelly Essmeier, awesome QAE parent, is producing our video this year. Can you help support our video, brainstorm, assist with messaging? A team of creative parents is better than one.
Any of the above sound interesting or need more information? Contact the auction team at email@example.com to learn more or access our Fundraising page where we will continue to update our asks:
The PTSA Legislative Team issued the QAE Bell Time Survey to poll our community on the existing and potential upcoming changes to the Seattle Public Schools Bell Times. There were 121 responses, thank you QAE! We hear you and your contributions to the ongoing discussion of Bell Times is valued! SPS has received our Survey and it has been sent to our School Board and to Pegi McEvoy (Assistant Superintendent of Operations) who are working on the Bell Times for next year.
View the results from the survey here.
Some details on the complexity of the Bell Time Issue and where it currently stands:
Pegi McEvoy has been diligently working on the Bell Time issue for families and the District is working on a goal to move from the current three Tier system down to a two Tier system. The current three Tier system has three different bell times with 50 minutes between each start and end time so that transportation works across the 98 schools of the District. In order to switch from three Tiers down to two Tiers there was originally a one time 3.7 million dollar cost. By making transportation changes and cost reductions, Pegi McEvoy has gotten this number down to a one time cost of 2.3 million. This current one time cost of 2.3 million to achieve the switch to two Tiers and potentially be able to offer better bell times as a result must be completed with outside funds. (Due to a current tough budget year and the potential for the Levy Cliff next year.)
Pegi McEvoy is working very hard at trying to secure this outside funding, with a deadline of May 1st. Two Tiers across the District has the potential to have great positive change for families, kiddos and schools. (and also may avert the necessity for an earlier Tier 1 bell time) If you have any leads on helping the funding issue or want to offer any other help toward this issue, please contact:
Assistant Superintendent of Operations
The PTSA Legislative Team would like to thank QAE parent, Christina Thibault for her wonderful help in crafting this Survey and for the PTSA Board and Ms. Roy for being in collaboration on this effort to have our voice heard.
Grab some FREE pizza and let's focus on parenting topics that are timely and important to YOU. Sibling rivalry? Getting out the door in the morning? What’s your parenting challenge lately? Bring it!
ParentNet is an open space for Kindergarten through 2nd grade families to discuss everyday parenting topics or challenges in a supportive community.
And if you bring a parent who’s new to ParentNet, you’ll both be entered to win a $15 Menschie’s gift card! See you Wednesday, Jan. 25th from 6:30-8:30 at the QAE Library!
Learn more on the QAE ParentNet website.
Six teams of 4th and 5th grade students will be participating in QAE’s first annual Global Reading Challenge! Among the goals of the GRC are to motivate children to read, develop teamwork and cooperative thinking skills, and have fun. Each year, students from across the city read up to 10 books selected by Seattle librarians and participate in weekly meetings to study these books with their teammates. After several months of hard work and preparation, our teams are ready to compete in a quiz-show style contest at QAE! Our winning team will advance to compete with teams from other schools across the city. The program will end with an All-City Final that will take place at the downtown Central Library.
If your child is participating in GRC this year, please join us for our In-School Competition, which will be held in QAE’s cafeteria on Tuesday, Feb. 7th beginning at 8:30 a.m. We are so proud of all of our 4th and 5th grade participants!
On January 26th, children's author Javaka Steptoe will be visiting Queen Anne Elementary as part of the Multicultural Children’s Literature Celebration week. Javaka’s latest book Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean Michel-Basquiat has received many starred reviews, has landed on multiple year- end, best-of lists and is widely considered to be a strong contender for ALA awards.
If you'd like to pre-order signed copies of any of Javaka's books, please fill out and return the order form to your child's teachers by January 19th (available below). 20% of book sales will be used to purchase multicultural literature for several low income, high free & reduced lunch schools in Seattle that have no library budget.
QAE cares about our families and knows that there have been many experiences related to the Bell Time change this year. Members of our QAE PTSA reached out to our District and heard back from Pegi McEvoy, SPS Assistant Superintendent of Operations, who let us know that the District is accepting data from individual schools within SPS on the Bell Time issue.
QAE Bell Times Survey is an opportunity for us to communicate with our District and provide our QAE staff and PTSA data about the Bell Time issue as it relates to our community. There are only 11 questions on the survey and it should only take five minutes. The QAE Bell Times Survey must be taken by 1/2/17 by 10 p.m. so we can collate the data and communicate it to SPS.
The data will not be used to advocate for one bell time over another and will be shared with our community after the holiday break. This survey's main intent is to let you know that we care about you and value the needs of our community. Please note that whatever QAE's preferences, scheduling bell times is a complex process where the District will consider feedback from all schools.
Take the Bell Times Survey now...
Background & Other Ways to Share Your Thoughts
During the last contract negotiations between the District and the Seattle Education Association, the parties agreed to add 20 minutes instructional time each day as well as a one hour early dismissal each week to give teachers more time for collaboration and planning.
After receiving feedback from families, teachers and staff, the initial proposal is to add 10 minutes to both the beginning and end of the day. Under this plan, the 2017-18 QAE school day would begin at 7:45 a.m. and end at 2:15 p.m. The early dismissal would be every Wednesday afternoon at 1:15 p.m.
See this page on the School Schedule Recommendations for 2017-18 for more information. You can also share your thoughts directly with the District by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special thanks to the amazing Christina Thibault, QAE parent, who helped to craft the survey and to Ms. Roy for support and collaboration.
Christa Winquist & Ian Stewart
QAE PTSA Legislative Team
We know you need a few last minute gifts and stocking stuffers. How about some QAE Explorers Spirit Wear?! We have shirts for both kids and adults, fleece zip-ups, those awesome QAE scarves, mugs, and tumblers. Stephanie Reich will have the Spirit Wear store set up near the covered play area tomorrow, Friday, Dec. 16th, at the end of school (1:05 early dismissal).
If you order online tonight, Stephanie can deliver to your child's classroom before the end of the day tomorrow.
If you buy tomorrow at school, cards are preferred, but cash/checks accepted. You know the grandparents would *love* a mug and your child would look full of spirit in the New Year with an Explorer shirt!
View the Spirit Wear online store...
The Levy Cliff: SPS and School Districts statewide are approaching a "levy cliff", an upcoming reduction in how much money school districts can collect through local property tax levies. You may have seen Superintendent Nyland’s letter about it. In SPS the levy cliff is projected to mean a budget shortfall of $74 million dollars and has the potential to translate to 440 staff positions cut across our District and 98 schools. If the levy cliff happens, QAE would face a big reduction to next year's school budget.
What can we do?
1. Call our Legislators of the 36th District and Governor Inslee:
Did you know our Legislators do not get calls and emails in volume over the issue of fully funding public education in Washington State? We must send a respectful message that we care about the issue of fully funding public education and request a levy cliff extension for the 2017-2018 school year. Put it on your calendar to call once a week if possible. Speak from the heart. Pass this information along on FB, Twitter, and to other friends you know in the 36th District. 36th District Contact info:
2. Attend SCPTSA Community Budget Gap Meeting:
Seattle Schools staff will explain the budget numbers. PTA members and the community will have a chance to collaborate on actions we can take together to motivate the Legislature to act.
3. Attend Focus Day in Olympia:
Washington’s Paramount Duty, NAACP, and WEA are co-sponsoring a rally to demand that our state fully fund public education now!
Dr. Martin Luther King Day: Monday January 16, 2017 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Washington State Capital
416 Sid Snyder Ave SW, Olympia, Washington 98504
If you're interested in learning more about the levy cliff situation, check out these articles:
From QAE PTSA Technology Advisor Julie Smith:
This week QAE students got to practice all 5 of our pillars and rocked the Hour of Code! We had over 400 QAE kids join with tens of millions of kids around the world coding, helping other kids, tweeting our participation, and having fun.
Thank you to our amazing school community for your help, support, and participation - our kids were both excited and engaged throughout the day! Our fantastic volunteers made the day run incredibly smoothly (and thanks to those who made sure our volunteers and teachers were well fed!).
Special thanks to all the teachers for working this into their busy schedules, sacrificing the teachers' lounges, and helping to get our kids excited about learning these critical 21st Century Skills.
Now to continue the momentum...below there are a number of suggestions for how to continue to engage your children in coding and software development including resources and classes for both online, individualized and classroom/camp settings.
In addition the parent technology committee will be working with our staff technology committee to find more ways to continue to support these critical thinking and problem solving skills and tools in our classrooms. If you are interested in getting involved in the parent technology committee, please email email@example.com.
· Visit http://studio.code.org/ to continue the exploration!
· Early readers should check out: Course 1
· Readers should try: Play Lab, Flappy Code, and Courses 2, 3, and 4
· Scratch Jr’s iPad app is also good for 1st and 2nd graders
· Khan Academy is also a great resource for computer programming education
Winter Camps and Classes