Our friends at McClure Middle School are putting on a show! On June 3rd, they will be performing "Surf's Up" at the Interlaken High School Auditorium. See the details below:
Seattle Public Schools is offering a FREE SUMMER PROGRAM for any student grades K-4 who are below grade level in literacy and/or math. It runs from June 28th through July 28th and includes transportation as well as meals.
See the Summer Staircase site for more details. A .pdf version of the application is available below which also has more information.
April 22nd is Earth Day and April 28th is Arbor Day. QAE is celebrating and appreciating!
The week of April 17th, our students will meet two visitors over their lunch hours. One from Islandwood who will encourage a milk collection program at our school and plant sunflower seeds. The other is from the National Wildlife Federation. Ask your kiddos about their Ranger Rick magazine and what they learned about solar, wind, geo and hydro energy! On Friday, Ms. Teske will be selling beautiful, rare peonies and we'll have a bake sale and other Earth Day crafts for sale! See the complete calendar of events on the QAE Garden page...
Have a voice in the future of Queen Anne Elementary! The City of Seattle is putting together the School Departures Advisory Committee, related to the proposed construction of the new addition to QAE.
The construction is scheduled to start at the end of June 2018, but this committee serves a vital need now in reviewing "departures" that have been requested by SPS for construction.
The deadline to submit a brief letter of interest is Friday, April 21st, 2017 though they will likely accept letters into the following week. Regardless, this is a great way to help move our remodel process forward. All the details in the city press release below:
Here’s your chance to serve on an advisory committee that will recommend whether to grant zoning modifications needed for the renovation and addition to the Queen Anne Elementary School (QAES). Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is seeking community members to serve on this committee.
The Seattle School District is requesting modifications (known as a “departures”) from select City zoning regulations for the renovation and addition to the Queen Anne Elementary School located at 411 Boston Street. The modifications are:
The committee will convene one to three public meeting(s) at Queen Anne Elementary School during a 90-day period beginning when the committee is appointed.
At the meetings, the committee will receive briefings from the Seattle School District, and gather and evaluate public comment on the departure requests. Following these meetings, the committee will forward a recommendation to the Seattle Department of Construction & Inspections (SDCI) to either grant or deny the requested modifications. The committee may also recommend relevant conditions to be applied to granting these changes to minimize its impacts on the surrounding neighborhood. SDCI will make the final decision.
Those who can apply to the committee are neighbors who live or own a business within 600’ of Queen Anne Elementary School, residents in the surrounding neighborhood, representatives of city-wide education issues, and parents of future QAES students. Other committee members will include a representative from the School District and City of Seattle.
To apply, please send a letter of interest by either e-mail or regular mail to:
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
PO Box 94649
Seattle, WA 98124-4649
Letters of interest should be received by Friday, April 21. For more information contact Maureen Sheehan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-684-0302.
The City of Seattle is committed to promoting diversity in its boards and committees; women, young adults, senior citizens, persons with disabilities, sexual and gender minorities, persons of color, and immigrants are highly encouraged to apply.
The Major Institutions and Schools Program provides a way for neighbors of Seattle's hospitals, universities, and colleges to be directly involved in the development plans for those institutions to ensure neighborhood concerns are considered when those plans are made. It is a program of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.
QAE Families of Color's is excited to welcome Jesse Hagopian as the speaker for the next meeting on Wed. April 19th at 6 p.m. Jesse Hagopian teaches history and is the co-adviser to the Black Student Union at Garfield High School. He'll be speaking about his work on Ethnic studies and equity in schools. Get more details on the FOC page...
The meeting is open to all! Looking forward to hearing from Jesse and talking about how we can support this at QAE.
All grades, families and guests are welcome to join our 7th Annual QAE Day at the Sounders on May 20th and fundraiser for the 5th grade trip to IslandWood!
A portion of each ticket purchased is donated to Queen Anne Elementary and help send this year's 4th graders to IslandWood in Fall 2017. We'll be sitting as a group again and we get a nice discount on tickets. New this year -- all sales will be done online. Hurry though, the deadline is early this year: April 21st. Get your tickets now!
Help our students while enjoying a great afternoon of soccer with other QAE families, friends and your MLS Champion Seattle Sounders!
See the QAE at the Sounders site for more details...
It’s almost time for the 4th annual QAE Talent Show!
The talent show will be held on Wednesday, May 24th from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Queen Anne Community Center
Tryouts will be held the week of May 8th—more info coming after spring break. But if you or your child are interested in helping organize the show, please email email@example.com asap. And thanks!
Have you seen your child's beautiful black & white photo? You can email Sandra Nanney at firstname.lastname@example.org to see your child's copy. Send her your child's teacher and last name.
Teacher Experiences and Sign Up Parties
A few spaces remind for some of the amazing teacher parties that were part of the silent auction. You can still grab a spot for your child! There’s also a few places left for the parent poker and shopping parties.
2nd Grade at the Movies - 13 spots remaining
Saturday, March 25th
3rd Grade Carkeek Park Extravaganza - 12 spots remaining
Sunday, June 4th; 4-6pm
4th Grade Movie, Friendship & Root Beer Floats - 4 spots remaining
(open to 5th graders as well)
Friday, April 21st - 6-9pm
5th Grade afternoon of board and card games w/ pizza, snacks and drinks - 5 spots remaining
(Open to 4th graders as well)
Saturday, May 6th noon-4pm
Mini golf with Mrs. Veleber - 1 spot remaining
Mutually agreed upon date in May
Venture Kits Carnival Games - 6 spots remaining
2 hour play party to ignite your kids creative business spirit
(Open to 3rd and 4th graders)
Saturday, July 8th 10am
For the Grown Ups
Poker Party Participant or Spectator
Evening of Saturday, May 20th
Shopping Party at Peridot Boutique
Friday, May 12th 5-8:30pm
See the all the experiences and reserve your spot...
Between May 8th and 26th, Mrs. Veleber will be leading a unit on rolling and pedestrian safety. The 3rd through 5th grades classes will be using bicycles. In order to assist all students in their learning, it will be very beneficial to have volunteers to help with each 3rd through 5th grade class.
Help is needed between 8:15 and 10:45 a.m. Please email Mrs. Veleber at email@example.com if you're able to volunteer to assist with this unit on any days in May!
This message was sent from the QAE PTSA to our community on Friday, March 24th. We hope to see you at the meeting on March 29th! See the Boundaries and Option Status FAQ page for more details...
Dear Queen Anne Elementary families,
If you believe that Queen Anne Elementary should continue to be an Option School located at its current site on Boston Street, please attend a meeting at QAE on Wed. March 29th, at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria.
In the 2018-2019 school year, Seattle Public Schools will reopen Magnolia Elementary School. Seattle Public Schools (SPS) has worked with the city to plan and coordinate Magnolia as an attendance area school. SPS is having community meetings to engage families as it redraws the boundaries of Blaine, Lawton, and Coe to balance enrollment and alleviate capacity issues at each existing school.
At the first community meeting, on March 13th, SPS presented six scenarios of different boundary lines. Four of those scenarios would mean that some students who live on the west side of Queen Anne hill and are currently zoned for Coe would be part of the new Magnolia School zone.
At that meeting and also in emails directly to SPS, a group of parents (not from QAE) who want to prevent changes to the current Coe boundaries have suggested that QAE be changed from an Option program to a neighborhood school. Other parents have suggested that the QAE Option program be moved to the Magnolia School when it opens in Sept. 2018 so the QAE campus can be used as a neighborhood school.
If QAE was changed from an Option School to a neighborhood school the innovative programs that QAE offers might be at risk. Option School status provides "programs of choice" and for QAE that includes our 5 Pillars and technology focus.
No decisions have been made, but our community coming together on March 29th, being present and participating in this important conversation will relate a strong and clear message to SPS that we’re invested in decisions that affect our school and families. The not-so-distant future of QAE is dependent on our parent voices now.
Principal Janine Roy, Central Region Executive Director of Schools Sarah Pritchett, SPS Director of Enrollment Planning and the QAE PTSA Board will all be in attendance. SPS Director Sue Peters has been invited to the meeting.
We hope to see you at the important meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29th at the QAE Cafeteria. The PTSA has created a FAQ page with more details about how we got here, our concerns, details about our Option program.
Did you purchase one or more items during the silent auction? This includes those wonderful black and white kids photos. We're ready to distribute everything! (to those who have paid). Details here:
Wednesday, March 22nd - 12:05-12:30 p.m. (After Early Release)
Friday, March 24th - 7:40-8:10 a.m. Morning pick up
Friday, March 24th - 2:05-2:30 p.m. Pick Up
If weather is DRY we will be outside by the gate to the teacher parking lot (by the ramp leading down to 4th Ave N). If it is RAINING we will be in lobby of the Brick Building.
You can pick up or designate a family, friend or your child to pick up your item(s). Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know your proxy. Items will be released after payment. Reminder emails will be sent by Rick North or Ashley Dixon to remind you to pay for purchases first. Thanks!
What did I win?
You should have received an email from QAE PTSA Auction / SchoolAuction.net on March 18th to confirm your items. If you need a reminder please contact Sandra Nanney at email@example.com for a reminder of items won.
I didn't pay for a my student's photo yet:
You still can pay, by using this link to the online auction site.
None of the above times work for me:
Remaining items will be assessed and additional communication will be shared for those that are unable to pick up during these times. Remaining student photos may be sent home in the orange folders.
Principal Roy sent the below message to the Queen Anne Elementary community today. Please read below. We hope to see you on Wednesday, March 29th at 6:30 p.m. at the QAE Cafeteria. If you can't attend or want to share comments in other ways, you can write Janine directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the QAE PTSA at email@example.com.
Dear QAE Families/Guardians:
On March 13th, a Community Meeting was held at Catherine Blaine with families from Coe, Catherine Blaine, and Lawton to discuss boundary changes regarding Magnolia Elementary, which will open in the Fall of 2018. (Information can be found on the Magnolia Elementary Boundary Planning Page). This page will continue to be updated throughout the process. All questions and feedback can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org.) Queen Anne Elementary and John Hay Elementary communities were not part of this Community Meeting as the potential Magnolia boundaries were not anticipated to impact our schools. I was invited to attend the meeting as a neighboring principal. At the meeting, some participants made suggestions about easing the overcrowding at our neighborhood schools that would affect Queen Anne Elementary. These suggestions were unanticipated, and they need to be discussed within our community and with our neighboring communities.
Following the Community Meeting, I met with Director of Enrollment Planning, Ashley Davies, and Enrollment Planning Project Specialist, E.R. Alvarez to work together to look at how Magnolia Elementary’s opening in 2018 will impact schools in our neighborhood. I invited Ashley Davies and E.R. Alvarez to come to a Queen Anne Elementary Community Meeting to be held on Wednesday, March 29th @ 6:30 PM in the QAE cafeteria to answer community questions from QAE families, share boundary procedures and gather our parent community feedback on how we can help overcrowding in our neighboring schools.
Many thanks to our QAE community for working together on this. As QAE PTSA President Heath Dixon says, "This is a perfect time for us to model what we're teaching our children about how to handle challenges. Let’s help to share the facts calmly within and outside of our community and help our neighbors solve this problem collaboratively. We need to contribute to the district's process of making decisions about boundaries in our neighborhoods. That starts by encouraging communication and understanding."
I am gathering all of the information I can to compile questions, comments, or suggestions from you before the meeting so that the format for the meeting can be set according to our community’s needs. Please email me at email@example.com to share your input.
Queen Anne Elementary
411 Boston Street
Going once... going twice... sold!
The Online Auction portion of our annual Queen Anne Elementary Auction ends Friday, March 17th at 9 p.m. From massages to kids’ birthday parties to French lessons to student photos, there’s something (many things) for everyone. Get your bids in now!
Student Photos - Smiles in Stunning Black and White
These were amazing! Didn't attend or forgot to buy? Absolutely no problem. You can still purchase your child's photo. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your child's teacher and name for us to confirm it's in our possession. $25 for the print, $40 for digital copy only. Or have it custom framed by Queen Anne Frame for $120. Purchases are done online via the auction site.
Buy your student's photo online...
Sign Up Parties - A Few Spots Remain
There are still a handful of spaces open for Teacher experiences, Peridot Shopping party and 2nd annual Poker Party. Did you know your child can join the 2nd grade teachers for a special day at the movies? Or enjoy games and shenanigans at Carkeek Park with our 3rd grade team. And much more!
See the list of available spots...
Lest you forget, next Wednesday, March 22nd, is an Early Release Day. School will be dismissed at 12:05 p.m.
If you're looking for an activity during this time, our former art teacher Amanda Amsel will be doing a Wacky Wednesday class!
Wacky Wednesday with Amanda Amsel
Come join the fun with Ms. Amsel for a day of Art making! We will be designing, creating, and constructing Rag Dolls using mixed media. We will also learn some basic stitching and sewing skills. Your Rag Dolls can be based off a Super Hero, a character from a book or a made up person.
All supplies, a short recess, and a light snack are included. Deadline for sign-up: Friday, March 17th
When: Wednesday, March 22nd, 12:05 - 2:05 p.m.
Min/Max: 8 - 12 Students
Reserve a spot for your child here...
The PTSA Board and Auction Team thank you all for your generosity and support at the 2017 Auction, Havana Nights! We are still finalizing our numbers, but the evening was a huge success (and a lot of fun, too!). We hope you will continue bidding on the Online Auction until it closes this Friday at 9pm.
A few other notes:
Student Photos - these were amazing! Didn't attend or forgot to buy? Absolutely no problem. You can still purchase your child's photo. Please email email@example.com with your child's teacher and name for us to confirm it's in our possession. $25 for the print, $40 for digital copy only. Or have it custom framed by Queen Anne Frame for $120. Please purchase via the online auction catalog.
Sign Up Parties - there are still a few spots left for some amazing teacher experiences. We will open the available spots in the online catalog on Monday, 3/13 at 9 a.m.
Did you forget your basket, art, gift certificate, etc. at the auction? You should have received an email from Sandra Nanney about your items. If you didn't see the email please email firstname.lastname@example.org for us to confirm.
Be sure to get your online bids in before it closes at 9 p.m. on Friday!