Our Annual Auction is coming on March 13th and tickets will be available soon! In the meantime, our QAE Procurement team is looking for donations of all types. We'll take everything from cruises to crotchet classes. Have a skill to share? Consider hosting a party. Enjoy making flower arrangements? Perhaps donate a year's worth of monthly floral delivery. Have a babysitter at home? Many restaurant and entertainment items would be much more appealing with babysitting hours.
Of course, we'll take a week at your vacation cabin as well! Please get creative and contribute to making this year's 2020 Vision a smashing success.
This week's procurement updates come from QAE parents' generous donations:
If you have anything to donate, big or small, you can fill out the donation form online here or just write to firstname.lastname@example.org
The procurement team could also use a hand with ongoing donation requests. Please get in touch with Jenn Lovin at email@example.com if you would have time to email 10 local businesses with a template request form.
Other ways to get involved include:
Thank you for your help!
Your Auction Team
Our third FRI-YAY fun is coming up on Friday, Feb 7 right after school for 20 minutes (rain or shine) outside by the gym. We are looking for popcorn helpers to spread a little joy on Friday! Tasty, fresh-made POPCORN will be for available for a suggested donation of $1 a bag. For our bus riders, Kids Co. and Enrichment students we’ll have popcorn sign ups available in the classroom before lunch which will be delivered to their backpacks before end of day (please remember to have your kiddo bring $1 suggested donation on Friday).
We’ll munch popcorn and celebrate the weekend ahead!All proceeds go directly to support PTSA Community Events.
Can you lend a hand making popcorn or delivering it on Friday, Feb. 7th? Sign up for a volunteer slot here...
Dr. Emily Valdez, our wonderful librarian, wanted us to share a message with QAE parents:
The PTSA has been SO supportive of our library and our school community, but I was wondering if you’d get the word out that there are a variety of ways that parents can help our library. This list is generated from student requests and from recommendations from school and public librarians. I am blown away by the enthusiasm for reading that I see every day from our Queen Anne students and I just can’t seem to keep enough books on the shelves for their voracious appetites. In addition, if you wouldn’t mind adding a call for donated books if families are doing some spring cleaning of their home libraries. I’ve placed a bin for book donations in the foyer of the brick building.
Here's the link to the Amazon wish list for the QAE Library...
Did you know you have also support the QAE PTSA when you should on Amazon by using the Smile program and, especially, by starting searches on our website. See the details here...
An exciting week of delays and a looong Wednesday of no school during the (not-so?) great snow of 2020. The kids are back at it with, knock on wood, regular schedule going forward. Here's what's coming up:
QAE Families of Color is very excited to welcome Christina Chang, of Christina Chang Equity Consulting, to QAE for a facilitated discussion entitled "Race and You: Talking About What We Don't Want to Talk About."
When: Thursday, January 30, 6-7:30 pm
Where: QAE Chillzone / Cafeteria
Cost: Free to all
We know that it's important to talk openly with our kiddos about race - ours, theirs, and others. For many, it's a parenting and personal challenge that we just don't like to address. Please join us for an evening of thoughtful discussion about what makes it so hard, how can we overcome the discomfort, and ways we can start the conversations. Open to all parents, caregivers, teachers, staff. Don't miss this important community education event! Childcare will be available at the event!
For more information, please reach out to Kay Dumlao Doherty at firstname.lastname@example.org
Due to the snow, the Open House for Prospective Families has been moved to next Wednesday, Jan. 22nd at 6:30pm! Pass this info along to any families you know who might be interested in having their kids attend QAE next year.
See the Info for Prospective Families page for all the details including RSVPs.
Here's the flyer showing all the dates and info!
Our annual whole school Martin Luther King Jr. Assembly has been moved to Tuesday, Jan. 21st to give our students more time to prepare after the snow craziness! Please join us at 8:15am in the gym! Presentations will be from 1st grade, 3rd grade and 5th grade. Families are welcome to join us for this important annual assembly to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Reminder that Monday, Jan. 20th, 2020 is a school holiday to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Here are some family activities you can do to meaningfully celebrate MLK Day:
Queen Anne Elementary is committed to connecting our students with the environment. We have a space in the nearby P-Patch and our amazing Garden Coordinator Andrea Hildebrandt has created some programs for our kids.
She wanted to share this opportunity to connect with our parents and educators in Seattle:
The event's purpose is to bring together teachers, garden educators and coordinators, parents and families, and community members that educate in and tend outdoor learning spaces across the Puget Sound. The Winter Workshop offers an opportunity for participants to learn, share, network, improve their practices to support sustainable outdoor classroom program development. These outdoor learning spaces on or off schoolyards might include stormwater gardens, urban forests/trees, permaculture and restoration spaces, wetlands, pollinator and native gardens, and, of course, food gardens.
DATE | TIME: Saturday, March 7, 2019 | 8:30 a.m to 3:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Jane Addams Middle Elementary, 11051 – 34th Avenue NE / Seattle, WA 98125 Lake City neighborhood
QUESTIONS: Please contact Gretchen DeDecker, email@example.com
RSVP: RSVP here...
HELP US CREATE THE PROGRAM!
• Call for Presenters: Let us know if you would be interested to present on a specific topic. Please click here to complete a short questionnaire, by January 17.
• Suggest topics that are of interest to you: Please click here to tell us more, by January 17.
Please share this information with other school garden enthusiasts, and/or send us names of people who may be interested, and we’ll add them to our mailing list.
Dear QAE Families,
What a wonderful community we have at Queen Anne Elementary. As I work on the last minute gifts to wrap in a box I think of the most important gift that so many parents give – the Gift of Time. I am so appreciative of the gift of time that so many of the parents here at QAE give every week. There are many times that we ask for volunteers for specific tasks and events – THANK YOU!!! but there is a mighty core group of volunteers that are plugging away every single week. I realize this gift of time to the school and the PTSA is something more treasured than anything I can wrap up under the tree. I wanted to thank these weekly volunteer warriors and can’t wait to see you in 2020 and kick off a whole new year:
Jody Stewart – she helps collect, answer and coordinate with the individual classroom coordinators in their class news.
Classroom Coordinators – The classroom news is one of the most important emails we get all week. Thank you to all our classroom coordinators that help take time each week to collect, coordinate and share! Here's the entire list: Justin Ward, Lindsay Coetzee, Maria Clabeaux, Jill Randall, Sydney Mintle, Rebekah DuBeau, Stacie Farrar, Sharon Breiner, Dana Pelleg, Lisa Christensen, Mary Gilliam, Erika Bloch, Veronika Ziegler, Siri Ito, Brett Adler, Tamara Convertino, Brandi Casto, Jamie Ross, Genevieve Kitsch, Jenny Feldman, Marna Metcalf, Jody Stewart, Rosa Alvarez, Nick Papadopulos, Rick North and Jenny Feldman.
Cindy Reiner / Kelly Essemier – so important to our staff, teachers and parents we are asking for payment or reimbursements. This team is working every week to update our books and process our check requests.
Mark Stewart – plugs away at the weekly Rocket Readers, social media and cleaning up our web page. In this day and age where there is a deluge of information Mark is so important in keeping us informed.
Shalini Nilakantan / Lisa Christensen – If there are events or not they are constantly thinking of events upcoming events, planning for future events, or cleaning up all the popcorn from Popcorn Fri-Yay!
Mary Rea, Jenn Lovin and April Jenks – the auction isn’t till March but there is a steady amount of work that happens every week. There is great organization and momentum in these weekly meetings.
And what kind of PTSA President would I be if I didn’t make a plug where we ask you to remember to make your donation to our Annual Fund Drive? Every few dollars make our goal of $60,000 possible--you can help us Raise the Rocket and get your tax-deductible donation in before the end of the year! And if we don’t reach our goal I’ll come back in the new year and remind you again. 😊
Thank you for being a part of the Queen Anne Elementary community — this is a busy time of the year for everybody and I wish everybody the holiday magical wish of a few minutes where you can take a breath, kick back and enjoy your beverage in peace.
Registration for Winter After School classes goes through Sunday, Dec. 29th so grab your child's spot now!
There are a handful of classes with low registration that may no happen without a few more sign-ups:
Last week we started the Explorer Fund Drive—thanks to those families who have already donated! Take a minute today to support our school and community.
We're aiming to collect $60,000 from our parent community to support tutors, technology, our Reading Specialist, community events, social emotional learning and more. See all the ways we can support our students through the Fund Drive. It's time for lift-off!
We have another edition of Fri-YAY community popcorn sale coming this Friday, Dec. 13th! Right after school for 20 minutes (rain or shine) outside by the gym. Tasty, fresh-made POPCORN will be for sale for $1 a bag. For our bus riders, Kids Co. and Enrichment students we’ll have popcorn pre-sales at lunch which will be delivered to their backpacks before end of day (please remember to have your kiddo bring $1 cash on Friday). We’ll munch popcorn and celebrate the weekend ahead! (All proceeds go directly to fund PTSA community events).
We could still use a couple more volunteers collect money during lunch, pop popcorn and help with sales. Lend a hand (bonus - all the popcorn you can eat!):
Our Fall Project-Based Learning Showcase and MakerSpace MarketPlace is next week!
When: Tuesday, Dec. 17th 2019, 5:30-7:30pm
Where: QAE - MarketPlace is in gym/Chillzone, project presentations in classroom areas
Be sure to bring cash to get some wonderful creations from the MarketPlace. Full schedule detail below:
Next month we enter the season of tours for prospective families interested in attending QAE next Fall. How time flies!
Know Families with Kindergartners Next Year?
If you know of any families who may be interested, please point them to our Prospective Families page which includes dates for the Open House and Tours. It also has some information about what makes Queen Anne Elementary unique, info about Project-Based Learning, etc.
School tours start in January and we need helpers to share what’s great about our school! Can you lead a tour for a small group of parents (training and talking points provided!)? Or do you love to bake and can provide some nut-free treats to help families feel welcome? We need your help! Please check out the SignUpGenius for the dates and times:
It’s already time to sign up for the next season of after school clubs!
KidsCo is offering 18 different classes ranging from cooking to Parkour to Improv to Chess Club. Something for all interests and ages. Winter clubs run from January 13th through March 20th.
Registration is live now and runs through Dec. 29th. See the list of classes…
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