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
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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!
The Online Auction supporting QAE is well underway! Thank you for your generous support so far. Anybody can bid, including friends and family, even if you aren't going on Friday. Just visit the auction site to view the items and make a bid...
We have 446 bids on 117 items in the first two days, and have already raised $10K+. Six items have double-digit bids, and half of the items have 4 or more bids. But it's not too late: we have over 20 items that don't have a bid yet, so there are some bargains to be had. And we've added several items this week, including a Nintendo Switch game console, which is so hot it sold out within hours of being released on Friday. Can't get it at stores, but can get it at the QAE Auction!
Daily Drawing Winners
Our first four Via Tribunali Pizza winners are ... (drumroll) ... Kevin Rinderle, Melissa McTavish, Pia Silverlieb, and Rebecca Selah! Congratulations!
Want to win? All you need to do is bid—we draw the names of two bidders from the online auction each day this week to win a free pizza. Friday we're also awarding movie tickets to one of the bidders who chooses the "Buy It Now" option—so far we have six people in the running for that. Bid early and bid often!
Every dollar raised helps support resources for the kids at the school this year, from the counselor to the reading and math specialists, and provides author visits, curriculum, SEL tools, and more.
Visit the QAE online auction site now! And don't forget to share it with any friends or family who'd like to support our school while getting some great items.
Auction ticket sales have been extended through the evening of Sunday, March 5th!
This is your last chance to join the Queen Anne Elementary community on March 10th for the social event of the year! Get your tickets now...
All our classes have been busy collaborating on amazing, unique works of art. Take a look at just of few of them below and join us on March 10th to see in person and bid on bringing one of these treasures home! We'll see you at "Havana Nights"!
Got your auction tickets yet? Sales end on Friday, but everyone who has purchased by the end of the day today, March 1st will be entered in a drawing for a $100 gift certificate to Ethan Stowell Restaurants.
We'll drawing the winner live on Facebook at 3pm tomorrow.
Get your tickets now!
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