Thanks to all you parents for your support and patience during the "Strong Start" week. Monday morning signals the start of the "regular" learning schedule for QAE that will include time with specialists. If you haven't received your kiddo's daily schedule yet, please write your teacher ASAP.
Still to come — supply pick-up for 3rd-5th graders. If you're still in need of supplies or haven't been able to pick up a district device, please contact Principal Roy at email@example.com
We're in this together!
The PTSA will be working with the classroom coordinators to send out class rosters out this week so parents can communicate with each other during this start to the school year. If you haven't yet, please take a few moments to fill out the QAE Back-to-School form where you can fill out your directory info and preferences, pay your supply fees and more.
Thanks to the 160 QAE families who have filled it out already! If you haven't yet, please fill out the form now. Look for more details on the class rosters soon!
Blast Off! It's a Jog-A-Thon Time on Friday, October 2nd!
Like many of our beloved QAE activities, the Jog -A-Thon will look very different this year but we know it will be just as fun. The primary goal of the Jog-A-Thon is to get all QAE students moving! More details to come on the many ways to get moving and on how to register your student will be available soon on the Jog-A-Thon site.
To facilitate all students having access to the equipment needed to be successful at remote learning, the district wants to sure that all students have a device and hotspot. Separately, QAE will distribute common school supplies and workbooks (thanks for paying the $65 supply fee that's part of the Back-to-School form. And if you haven't yet, please fill it out!).
More info about supply distribution will be available soon, but device pick-up starts tomorrow. Here's the details.
Families drive through QAE Staff Parking Lot (South end of QAE off Newton between Bigelow and 4th Ave N. Enter on Newton/Bigelow end and drive West to exit Newton/4th end).
We're re-sharing some information Janine sent out about this very unique start to the school year. We'll continue to add updates to the PTSA website and share via Rocket Reader and on the PTSA's Facebook page.
September 4-11: Strong Start Days
September 4-11th are considered “Strong Start” days for fall of 2020. We will focus on supporting students social and emotional well-being, culturally responsive community building, family connections, and making sure students know how to use their technology tools to access learning. What does this look like?
Overall School Schedule
The district and the Seattle Education association came to an agreement that includes the following details
Example Daily Schedule
This image is an example of what the daily division of time may look like. You'll get more precise details from your teacher.
As we get ready for this unprecedented start to the 2020-21 school year, we've updated the "About Our Staff" page with pictures and bios of all of teachers and staff.
Take a look at all the wonderful folks who will help your kids learn! First remotely and in-person sometime soon (knocks furiously on wood).
Sharing Principal Roy's most recent update:
I hope you and your family are safe, well and continuing to enjoy some family time during this extraordinary summer.
We are each trying to meet the needs of our children as we navigate health issues, economic and racial inequity challenges, and childcare. Whenever I am faced with many unknowns, my husband Robert always begins with, “What do we know for sure?” Here is what I know for sure right this minute:
We are in the midst of two pandemics:
To ensure student, staff and family safety, SPS will begin 2020-21 in remote learning. SPS is intensely working on plans, schedules and details for the fall. We are all literally ‘building the plane in the air’ in the midst of both COVID and racism turbulence. Continue to monitor SPS Planning for Fall 2020 for the latest information.
SPS will provide devices to each K – 12 student in September:
Lunches will continue to be served at 26 SPS lunch sites. SPS Board of Directors will vote on August 12th on Superintendent Juneau's recommendation to prioritize the
health and wellbeing of students and staff by starting the 2020-21 school year remotely. Latest info here.
JumpStart will be remote this year. SPS has provided some resources and staff and I are working on a plan for how this will look so that we can begin to build relationships with students and families. Teachers and I will provide updates to Kindergarten families over the next few days.
QAE staff are incredible! They have continued to work hard during the summer, connecting with me and each other to ensure we stay focused on our school goals:
Take care, mask up and stay well,
Janine Roy, Principal
Follow on Twitter: @janineroy3 #QAE
To say this year has been unprecedented is probably an understatement. Our current parent volunteers did a wonderful job helping guide our community through the move to at-home learning, our cancelled live auction and much more. We're looking for some parents to join the Board. It's a great time to bring some new ideas — be it on how to best support our kids and staff during online learning, how to continue to build on our school's work supporting social justice and more.
No matter your background, availability or skillset, there are plenty of ways to help. Below are a few highlighted positions, but the Board is happy to chat about any ways you can help. Interested? Write to firstname.lastname@example.org
Officers — we likely will have openings for a co-President and Assistant Treasurer. Help lead the PTSA!
Families of Color Director — Kay Dumlao, who has led our FOC group, can use some parents to help with FOC. Looking for a way to help build our students' commitment to social justice? This is a great way to help continuing building cultivate a compassionate, welcoming culture at QAE.
Communications Director — have a background in marketing, communications or design? Help with our Rocket Reader, website and more.
Fundraising Director — help us shape what supporting our community looks like in a post-COVID world. Do we keep doing the auction, Jog-A-Thon and Fund Drive? Or do those evolve?
A quick reminder — if you have expenses for this school year that you need to get reimbursed by the PTSA please submit your expense report by this Friday, June 18th. Here's the link to the check request form.
At this point, we don't know if school will start in-person in the Fall, but we do know the teachers and classroom organization for Queen Anne Elementary. We will have 11 classrooms as we had in 2019-20 and we're happy to share that all our teachers are returning.
Here' s the breakdown that Janine shared:
We will see how the COVID-19 pandemic impacts SPS which, as always, SPS plans to review staffing allocations across the district in late September. If you have any questions on QAE's staffing for next year, please contact Janine.
QAE was built from a belief that we are concerned, confident, and compassionate citizens of the world, that we learn everywhere; we learn together. The ongoing examples of racism are devastating and unacceptable and calls to all of us to live our pillars.
As our school year starts to wind down, our role as parents, educators and learners continue. The pillars of QAE will be ongoing pillars to live by each day even after the school calendar ends.
We are thankful to our:
We are thankful for all that we’ve done, but also acknowledge that we have made mistakes and missteps. What we have done is not perfect, but we are committed to learning, growing, and doing better. We know our school and community comes from a place of many different privileges. We know these privileges require us to do the extra work for ourselves, our children, and our community. We must do this extra work for everyone. We need to ask ourselves, how can we do better at centering, amplifying, and uplifting Black lives and Black voices? How can we do a better job of supporting and uplifting Black, Indigenous, and all People of Color?
A Call to Action
We know that this means moving past our own discomforts. We understand we must be actively intentional to undo racism and dismantle racial oppression and use our privileged voices and spaces to demand a more equal world.
The QAE PTSA is committed to doing this work by continuing our support of the QAE Families of Color (FOC). We encourage all QAE community members to engage with the QAE Families of Color and their efforts to support an anti-racist and anti-bias culture at QAE. QAE FOC’s goals are centered around community, curriculum, capacity, and culture.
The FOC sponsored events, parent trainings, and teacher trainings are intended to further these goals, but QAE FOC needs your help! We invite all families of color to connect with other families of color to create community, uplift our students of color, and continue QAE FOC’s efforts. We invite white families to connect with and support QAE Families of Color to ensure that the needs of all students are met. We know the future seems uncertain with COVID-19, but planning for the future starts now.
If you’d like more information on how you can engage with the QAE Families of Color, please email Director Kay Dumlao Doherty at email@example.com
The PTSA is looking to our community for new volunteers to join our Board in a variety of positions. Whatever your background and availability, we would welcome your help—we truly believe this is a way YOU can make a difference in the lives of our kids and support our community. Interested? Write to the PTSA Board at firstname.lastname@example.org
We’ve also provided some suggested resources below. Please note, this list is not exhaustive, as there are many others out there, but it can be a starting point for your student’s and family’s journey.
For the Kids
See this resource for Distance Learning Activities related to Black Lives Matters.
For the Adult Reader (also available in Audio from the Seattle Public Library)
Organizations to Engage with or Donate to:
We thank you for your continued support and encourage you to continue the conversations with your students, family, and friends. It’s OK if the action feels uncomfortable – that’s part of the journey. It’s OK if our voice is not perfect - we will make mistakes! But we can’t be afraid to learn from them (remember, mistakes are welcome at QAE). But, it’s NOT OK to ignore it. In this historic movement, we want our students to remember how they were active agents of change.
If you want more information about how QAE PTSA supports QAE FOC, please contact email@example.com
Sandra Shu Nanney & Kay Dumlao Doherty
QAE PTSA President & QAE PTSA Families of Color Director
Like many of you, the PTSA Board team members have been juggling managing learning at home during the pandemic and how to talk/involve our kids in taking actions around the response to George Floyd's death and protests. We are thankful that QAE has been focused on social justice and will share more resources soon on how to have meaningful conversations with your kids.
In the meantime, the Board is doing the best we can to plan for the coming year, knowing there is much uncertainty. Please join us online at 8pm on Wednesday, June 10th for our Spring General PTSA meeting. We'll be covering:
Please RSVP using the form here. You'll get the Zoom meeting link after you RSVP.
Hope to see on Wednesday. If you're unable to make it, but have questions/comments please write to Sandra at firstname.lastname@example.org
With the sudden departure from in-person school in March, we know that your student may have some belongings at school. And you may have some library books that need to be returned.
We have time reserved on Tuesday and Wednesday to drop off books and pick up belongings. To practice physical distancing, we will be handling via drive-through and there will be set time by grade. The pick up/drop off will take place in the staff parking lot on the north side of the school. Here's the time slots:
Tuesday, June 9th:
Wednesday, June 10th:
If you're unable to make the specified time or have other questions, email Principal Janine Roy at email@example.com
Principal Roy shared this list of resources that may be useful for our families:
It is important to be continuing our ongoing conversations with children about race and racism. Below are parent resources for addressing race, racism, Black Lives Matter, and the death of George Floyd. Thank you to QAE teachers Lorin Belcher, Rachel Scheer, Lauren Appel and Sarah Goldman for compiling these resources:
Reminder: join us on Thursday evening, 6:30-8pm, for a free parent education event hosted on Zoom! Katie Gruver from Positive Parenting Seattle will be presenting on "Using Family Meetings to Reconnect, Solve Problems and Have Fun (yes, it's possible!) During COVID-19."
How to join:
Please send an email to Principal Roy at firstname.lastname@example.org and she'll share the Zoom link to you.
If you feel like you’re constantly renegotiating expectations with your child(ren) about homework, chores, bedtimes, screen usage, siblings etc; if you feel like you’ve fallen back on punishments or threats and are looking for a few new ideas; if you feel like you're spending every moment together, but that very little of it is FUN; if you've been overwhelmed or disconnected or frustrated by juggling it all right now, please join us for an informative and uplifting conversation on family meetings. More details on the schedule and about Katie here...
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Remote Learning (Fall 2020)
8:30am - Start Time
3:30pm - End Time
Further schedule details to be shared by district and Principal Roy.
"Regular" In-Person Schedule
7:30am - Breakfast & Playground Supervision Begins
7:50am - Breakfast Ends, Opening Bell
7:55am - School Day Begins
2:25pm - Dismissal
Wednesday Early Release
1:10pm - Dismissal