Here's Janine's note on the potential strike is below. Our PTSA President started a thread about how our community can help each other on the QAE Community Discussion Facebook Group.
This morning, Seattle Public Schools (SPS) notified all bus-riding families that the union representing First Student school bus drivers has called for a second school bus strike starting Thursday, Feb. 1st. Unlike the one-day strike in November, this strike has no pre-determined end date. Schools will operate normally during a strike, regardless of length. SPS will use district website to share information on a regular basis. (See the Bus Service Update story online for updates and FAQ on the homepage.)
QAE staff and our PTSA community want to help impacted families any way we can. QAE’s Bus Strike Response Plan:
If you have any questions, email me at email@example.com.
Thank you to our entire community for working together to help our bus-riding families!
Queen Anne Elementary
Big news! Our revised bell times have been approved for next year as we move to John Marshall School in Ravenna! This is allow more time for students to get to the school.
The SPS Board of Directors voted to establish QAE's bell times for 2018-19 as follows:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
- 8:50am Welcome Bell
- 8:55am Classes Begin
- 3:25pm Dismissal
- 8:50am Welcome Bell
- 8:55am Classes Begin
- 2:10pm Early Dismissal
Planning Transportation for 2018-2019:
QAE PTSA will work with SPS Transportation Department to begin planning bus routes for 2018-2019. All information updates will be shared here on the PTSA site as we work on this planning process together. If you have any questions, email Janine at firstname.lastname@example.org or call QAE at 206-252-2480.
On Thursday, QAE PTSA is paying for all students to participate in the Groove Experience, classes will be rotating in throughout the day.
QAE PE, Art and Music Specialists and classroom teachers worked together to arrange this interdisciplinary opportunity for students. It is a creative dance approach that will get you up on your feet, moving to music, while inspiring self-expression, community and nurturing a healthy body and mind. Benefits include enhancing self-responsibility, mindfulness and respect. It is a wonderful fit for our core teachings at QAE, and the best part... when you Groove, “You can’t get it wrong!”
Queen Anne Elementary is Creative Approach School that joins Project Based Learning (PBL), Social Emotional Learning (SEL), and our Five Pillars with the Common Core Curriculum. A couple of amazing parent volunteers, Jenny Brailey and Mike LaRocque, helped put together these videos that highlight what each of the Five Pillars means. Check them out and share with other parents as well as those incoming families who are considering QAE!
We are self-directed learners
We encourage each other to think critically and learn more
We are concerned, confident and compassionate citizens of the world
We learn everywhere, we learn together
We are creative
Calling all bakers! We need your help making sure we have plenty of desserts for our Auction Dessert Dash. If you have sweet baking skills, we would love to add your dessert to the list. You may also sign up and buy a dessert from your favorite bakery around town. Please, give a description of the dessert, list any allergens, and whether you will bring the dessert to the school on Friday or to the venue.
Use this sign-up to let us know you can contribute a dessert:
The Auction will take place on Friday, March 16th at Block 41 in Belltown! See the Auction site for more details...
If you have any questions, email email@example.com. Thanks for your help!
Poet Charles Waters is coming to QAE on Thursday, Jan. 25th to talk about poetry with our students. Antioch University will be bringing 30 signed copies of Charles Waters' book Can I Touch Your Hair: Poems About Race, Mistakes and Friendship for sale the day of his visit. The can be purchased for $15 each with cash or check. Parents are welcome at the assemblies! 8-8:50am for K-2 and 9:10-10am for 3rd-5th grades.
We've had enough pre-sales of his book that Antioch will be able to give 30 copies of the book to Puget Sound area schools that do not have sufficient funding for their libraries!
We'd also like to give a last minute call out for student art that encompasses the themes of race, friendship and mistakes. Please have your child submit their work to their teacher by Tuesday, January 23rd.
What team won the 2016 World Series? Where in the world is Timbuktu? Who sang the one-hit wonder, “It’s Raining Men”? If you know the answer to these, or many other random questions, QAE needs you!
The Targy’s Queen Anne School Trivia Battle is back and $500 for our school is at stake!
We’re putting together a team of up to 6 QAE parents/teachers that will battle parents/teachers from other Queen Anne Schools (John Hay, Coe, McClure, Little Friends & St. Anne) for intellectually superior bragging rights and to take home the grand prize!
Here's how it works:
* Bracket B: Coe, Little Friends, and St Anne
It’s a lot of fun and it supports a great cause...QAE!
Interested in playing on our team? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Two of our parents are interested in fielding a Co-ed Ultimate Frisbee team to participate in the spring B division (4th grade). If your child is interested please contact Patrick Negron (email@example.com). We need a roster of 10-12. If you have a 3rd or 5th grader who is interested Patrick is willing to help coordinate teams for those age groups as well, but will need a coach to volunteer.
Below are some more details about the league:
This Mixed Gender league is open to elementary school-based teams (grades 3-5), public or private. There will be divisions to accommodate different age levels. All divisions will be 5v5 this year. Please see recommended division guidelines. Teams can expect to play 6-8 regular season games, plus 1-3 playoff games.
Whenever possible, schools should try to assemble teams based on grade level. Generally, the A division will be reserved for 5th grade teams, the B division for 4th grade teams, and the C division for 3rd grade teams.
Ratio 5 vs 5: The gender ratio is 3 Boys:2 Girls on the field during play (I assume we could play more girls on the field if desired)
Registration Jan, 1 2018 to Feb 6th, 2018
Start Saturday, March 10, 2018
End Saturday, May 12, 2018
More details about Rules and Policies
A message from Julie Colando:
Thanks to PTSA we are thrilled to welcome poet Charles Waters to QAE for two assemblies on Thursday, January 25th. 8-8:50pm for K-2 and 9:10-10 for 3rd-5th grades. Attached is a book order form for copies of his breathtaking new book: Can I Touch Your Hair? Poems About Race, Mistakes and Friendship.
Charles Waters will read poems from some of his earlier work as well as poems from this new book. as well as talking about his writing process as a poet. He will also read poems with students from QAE, who will be working on poems and artwork around the book's themes–race, mistakes and friendship in advance of his visit. Antioch University will include one QAE student's poem in a chapbook they will be publishing with a previously unpublished poem of Charles Waters'. This chapbook will be distributed to public school libraries in our area.
You can download the book order form below. BOOK ORDER FORMS ARE DUE BY TUESDAY, JANUARY 16, 2018.
Thank you very much!
Julie (on behalf of the Reading Culture Committee)
Queen Anne Elementary is being renovated during the 2018-19 school year! We'll return to the QAE campus in 2019-20. The QAE campus is going to be expanded to better accommodate our enrollment with a new classroom, add a full-sized gym, improve the outdoor play area and more.
During the renovation, QAE will be at the John Marshall building near Greenlake. The address is 520 NE Ravenna Blvd. It's a building that's used by SPS to temporarily house schools during major projects. For example, this year Loyal Heights Elementary is using the building.
We want to give families a chance to see the school. There are two opportunities coming up to take a look:
PTSA General Meeting at John Marshall
Wednesday, Jan. 24th, 6:30-8:30pm
The QAE PTSA will be hosting this general meeting at the John Marshall School in Ravenna, our temporary home during the 2018-19 school year. Come preview the school and attend the meeting! We won’t be able to provide childcare, but intend to keep the meeting short and sweet if you’d like to come but will have a kid in tow.
John Marshall School Visit
Saturday, Jan. 27th, 10-11am
Join us for a morning open house and tour of the John Marshall School in Ravenna, which will be our home during the 2018-19 school year. Open to all families, kids are welcome and encouraged to come check out the building!
See our QAE Building Renovation Project page for more details about the remodel.
The QAE PTSA has a made a info page for prospective students and their families. Find out about more about the Open Enrollment process and RSVP for one of our tours or open house.
Check out some of the details on the flyer here:
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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