Our annual auction is coming up soon. Join us on March 22nd for an amazing evening that benefits all the kids at QAE. It takes a village to make this event happen. Below are a few volunteer opportunities that we guarantee will be fun! Baking a cake is a volunteer opportunity you ask? Why yes ... yes, it is!
Help Needed - Donate an Item or Experience
Do you have a business that would like to donate something that can be bid on during the Auction? Our Auction team needs help providing great items for both the online and night of auctions. Please fill out the donation interest form or contact firstname.lastname@example.org directly!
Calling all bakers!
We need your help making sure we have plenty of desserts for our Auction Dessert Dash (our annual auction is on Friday, March 22nd - be there!). 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. Sign up for a dessert here…
Help Take Photos of our QAE Students
Calling all photographers, budding photographers, friends of photographers...If you are interested in photographing the children of QAE for our school auction we need you! We are looking for someone to take individual black and white photos of our students, a favorite part and key fundraising piece of our upcoming auction. Time commitment would require a few hours in the next month during the school day to photograph students along with the help of other parent volunteers. Please contact Kirsty at email@example.com for more information. Thank you!
UPDATE: GRC new date is Wednesday, Feb. 27th at 12:45pm. Hope there's no snow!
Queen Anne Elementary is taking part in the Global Reading Challenge for the third year! Teams of 4th and 5th grade students have been working had to prepare for this quiz-show style contest at QAE! 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.
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 at the John Marshall Building on Wednesday, Feb. 27th at 12:15pm. We are so proud of all of our 4th and 5th grade participants!
See the Seattle Public Library GRC site for more information, including the list of books.
Rescheduled to Tuesday, March 12th due to the Snowpocalypse! (Our apologies, we first had it listed as happening on Wednesday. It will happen on Tuesday, March 12th!)
What is Positive Discipline?
Will it work for my child/family?
How are teachers using it at QAE?
Please join us on the evening of Tuesday, March 12th for a brief PTSA General Meeting followed by an Introduction to Positive Discipline workshop by our new school counselor, Paulina Cuevas-Vega. This is a great opportunity to learn how to teach our kids important social and life skills based on encouragement and mutual respect. Please join us to hear the latest from the PTSA about our budget, updates about our move back to the expanded Boston St. campus and more. We'll keep the meeting short and jump right into learning about positive discipline! Get to know our new counselor and learn how you can apply Positive Discipline at home.
When: Tuesday, March 12th, 2019. 6pm - PTSA General Meeting; 6:30-8pm - Positive Discipline Workshop
Where: Queen Anne Community Center, 1901 1st Ave W
Reserve a spot for Games Club during the meeting:
About Positive Discipline
Positive Discipline is a program based on Adlerian Psychology principles, and designed to teach young people to become responsible, respectful, and resourceful members of their communities. Based on the best-selling Positive Discipline parenting books by Dr. Jane Nelsen, the program teaches important social and life skills in a manner that is deeply respectful and encouraging for both children and adults. Parenting with Positive Discipline means being kind and firm at the same time, which is effective long-term and helps children feel a connection — a sense of belonging and significance.
Paulina joined QAE in Fall 2018. Originally from Chile, Paulina most recently lived in China for 5 years teaching positive discipline. She has a psychology degree, a MA in Educational Psychology, a PK-12 school counseling license and 15 years of experience working as a School Counselor in local and international schools in the USA, Chile and China.
QAE will be participating in Black Lives Matters at School week from Feb. 4th-8th. See the schedule of events below! For more information about QAE's approach you can talk with your child's teacher or write Principal Roy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, Feb. 4th – What is the history and importance of BLM?
Tuesday. Feb. 5th - How can we use BLM week to further the conversations around achieving racial equity?
QAE staff will read Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness by Anastasia Higginbotham to the class. We encourage QAE families to read this book so you can discuss race and equity with your child – we have copies at school. Not My Idea is a book that speaks to the truth of America’s past and present climate around racism and white supremacy. The book values integrity, honesty, encourages curiosity and critical thinking, and above all seeks to teach empathy as means for social change.
Wednesday, Feb. 6th – What does Justice look like?
Topics will include: intersectionality and LGBTQIAPD affirming spaces. QAE Gender equity statement: https://www.qaeptsa.org/gender-identity.html
Thursday, Feb. 7th – What does celebrating black lives, both in a modern and historical context look like?
How can we find creative ways to celebrate and represent diverse communities of color? We will celebrate the lives of black and brown peoples beyond traditional and popular representations.
Friday, Feb. 8th
All QAE families, students, and staff are invited to wear black shirt or item of clothing in support of BLM week. There will be a 9:15 am Whole School Assembly:
Parent Resources for Black Lives Matter at School Week
From QAE Race and Equity Team: Devin Liner, Tobi Nussbaum, Paulina Cuevas, Kay Dumlao, Michelle Christensen
Before the final steel beam was installed at the QAE site on Boston, the contractor transported the beam to John Marshall so our kids could sign it.
Check out the great photos taken by QAE parent, Christa Winquist!
We’re looking for someone to help put together the 2018-2019 QAE Yearbook. Help us preserve and share the memories of this school year! Whether or not you've ever worked on an annual, it's a fun opportunity to do something for all the kiddos.
If this sounds like something you’d enjoy, please email PTSA President Ian Stewart at email@example.com
Super-fun, unique treat for the kids on Friday (and parents can join): next week the final steel beam will be installed at the QAE site on Boston! The contractor is kind enough to bring the beam to QAE on Friday morning for all the kids to sign!
They'll bring it by flatbed truck to the parking lot and the kiddos will go out by grade to sign it. It'll be there between 11am-12:30pm. Parents are welcome to come by during that time to sign as well!
We need YOU to help show our school to local families who are interested in attending Queen Anne Elementary next year.
We need volunteers for the following slots. Even if you can't stay, we need volunteers to bring coffee and bagels:
Sign up for volunteer spots here:
Seer our Prospective Families page for more details about the tours and everything involved in applying to QAE.
Questions? Contact Kristi Barnes at firstname.lastname@example.org
UPDATE: Due to the 2-hour late start, the BookIt! performance has be 1pm.
BookIt! Repertory Theatre will be performing New Shoes at 9:15 am John Marshall on Wednesday, Feb. 6th. These BookIt! performances are funded by QAE PTSA.
All parents and preschoolers welcome to attend!
Queen Anne Elementary is officially part of Students Rebuild! For the next few months in the MakerSpace we will be making sea creatures out of any and all recycled materials. If you have anything to contribute we would love the donation. For every sea creature we send in the Bezos Family Foundation will donate $2 to save marine life and support coastal communities. This link below can be used to see how much we have created and earned. It is at 0 now but our goal is to donate over 4000 creatures, so stay tuned and watch it soar!
Thank you for your support!
Kristin Teske, Art/MakersSpace Teacher
In February 2019, Seattle voters will be asked to replace two expiring levies to fund Seattle Public Schools — an operations levy and a capital levy. The district is holding three community meetings on the levies during the month of January. See details provided by SPS below.
Update: Meeting on Queen Anne added!
There will be a short information session on Tuesday, Jan. 15th from 7-7:30pm at John Hay Elementary.
Dear families and staff,
Please join Superintendent Denise Juneau and other district leaders to learn more about the upcoming Seattle Public Schools February 2019 levies at three Levy Informational Meetings in January 2019. All meetings are from 7-8 p.m.
Each meeting will include a short presentation, starting at 7:10 p.m. about what’s on the Educational Programs and Operations Levy (EP&O), and the Building Excellence V (BEXV) Capital Levy. People will also have time to ask questions about the ballot propositions, the process, and what’s included for each school in the district’s levy request.
Language interpretation will be provided at each meeting. If you need ASL interpretation, please contact email@example.com
Wondering why the district is asking voters to consider local education levies? Watch our budget video here http://bit.ly/SPSbudgetvideo
The EP&O and BEXV levies replace existing levies and are not a new tax to Seattle property owners. All funds stay in Seattle to support our students and schools and pay for safety and security upgrades at every school, critical day-to-day operations, educator salaries, technology supports, and will fund eight major school construction projects across the district. These projects will increase the number of classrooms, reduce portables, and balance class size.
Learn more about our Building for Learning levies here: www.seattleschools.org/levies
See this meeting notice on the district website.
Comments and questions are welcome via email or mail:
Queen Anne Elementary families and all Seattle community members are invited!
When: Wednesday, January 23rd, 6:30pm
Where: John Marshall School Cafeteria, 520 Ravenna Blvd.
We at Queen Anne Elementary are thrilled to present SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age, a documentary that analyzes struggles over social media, video games and internet addiction. The film empowers kids to best navigate the digital world and provides practical resources to help them do it.
The film runtime is 68 minutes followed by a brief moderated Q and A. Kiddos are absolutely invited!
This is a PTSA-endorsed but not sponsored event so in order to pay the film licensing fee we must charge for tickets. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and free for kids. All are welcome, whether you are a QAE family or have kids at another school.
Get your tickets here:
The IslandWood Fundraising Team will be selling popcorn for all of your snacking needs! We hope to see you on Wednesday, January 23rd!
Questions? Please contact Jody Stewart at firstname.lastname@example.org
*All ticket funds raised beyond the licensing fee will be donated to the QAE Maker Space, which provides a creative outlet for children and technology use.
Scholarship tickets are available, please contact Ms. Roy at email@example.com
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