Hello to QAE families!
There have been reports in the Seattle community of Fifth’s Disease, a mild childhood illness that is often called “Slapped Cheeks illness.” The following information may help answer some questions:
- Fifth’s Disease is usually identified by the bright red cheeks that appear once children are no longer contagious.
- It is a virus that often appears in the springtime and children typically get symptoms similar to a cold with a “lacy rash”.
- It is spread through infected respiratory secretions by coughing or sneezing, and by hand-to-hand contact, the same as catching a viral cold.
- Sometimes children have body aches or a headache with a slight rise in temperature, but they may also be symptom free.
- This is the time when the child is contagious and can spread the virus to others.
- Days later the bright red rash appears on the cheeks and looks as if they have been sunburned or slapped on the face.
- You may also see a rash on other parts of their body that may be a bit itchy.
- Children are no longer contagious once the rash appears so they should come to school if they feel well.
- The rash may come and go over a period of weeks, and show up more in warm weather or when your child is very active.
Adults who get Fifth’s disease don’t get the facial rash, but can develop joint pain & swelling and a fine rash on their trunk, arms and legs. Pregnant women who are exposed to someone with Fifth’s Disease should inform their health provider. It is rare, but possible, that a pregnant woman who gets Fifth’s disease can have serious complications with her pregnancy if she gets sick with the virus. People who have a compromised immune system from other serious illness or receiving medical chemotherapy, should also seek medical care if they are exposed to Fifth’s Disease.
Luckily many adults will not get Fifth’s Disease because they are immune from having been exposed to it earlier in life. If you are at risk for complications, your health provider can determine if you are immune.
I hope this is helpful in the event you hear about Fifth’s Disease at QAE. So far, I do not know of any cases, but this is the season.
In good health,
Eileen Bullinger, RN, MS, NCSN
School Nurse, Queen Anne
As we wrap up QAE's third year of existence, the PTSA would like to thank all of the staff, administrators and parents who have helped make this year our best year yet!
It almost goes without saying -- but I'll say it anyway. This school is a better place because of the involvement of our parents, and that means each and every one of you who have offered your time and/or resources to the school -- by our extremely rough estimates, that's over 2,000 hours of helping hands. But there's a particular group of people whom I'd like to thank today -- the 11 dedicated PTSA board members who are "retiring" after (in most cases) multiple years of service. They are:
Brook Wessel, Co-Treasurer
Heather Anderson, Volunteer Coordinator
Holley Ring, Fundraising Co-Chair
John Ruljanich, Co-President
Jenice Lee, Enrichment Co-Chair
Kristin Teske, Social Activities and Community Development Chair
Lauren Gums, Social Emotional Learning Co-Chair
Liz McKay, Communications Co-Chair
Shelly Dillon, Secretary
Steve Tatge, Facilities Chair
Victoria Nunes, Enrichment Co-Chair
These folks have worked alongside the staff to build programs and events that benefit our entire community. They have advocated for your children, and they have spent your dollar contributions wisely. They're all busy people with full lives of their own, but they've made time to help shape what QAE is today. Talk about a rewarding job!
I'm sure they would all appreciate a quick "thanks" if you happen to run into any of these fine folks.
Moving forward, we've filled nine of the open board slots for next year, but there are still some important, unfilled roles out there, as well as a host of other activities -- big and small -- that the PTSA could use your help with. So please consider lending a hand. It really is a wonderful way to connect with the school and make a difference in the education of your children. If you're interested in learning more, please look here for a list of openings and people to contact.
Finally, I would like to invite you to the final PTSA general membership meeting of the year, scheduled for next Thursday, June 6th from 6:30-8 pm in the school cafeteria. We will be voting on our proposed 2013/14 budget and the recommended PTSA Executive Board members, and getting an update from David on plans for the next school year. It should be a good one.
Have a wonderful last few weeks of school, and an even more wonderful summer with your kids! See you on the 6th ...
QAE PTSA Co-President
If you are available for a little garden work party, Christa Brown, one of the new Garden Co-chairs, will be in the garden at drop-off next Tuesday, 6/4, ready to work! You don't need to be an expert, just willing to help!
Christa and Heather
PTSA Garden Co-Chairs
Bring your blanket, chairs, and the entire family for Queen Anne Elementary's 2nd AnnualOutdoor Cinema. Get cozy with your loved ones and enjoy the company of your fellow QAE families while watching a family-friendly movie. Pecado Bueno will be providing their irresistable fresh taco bar for a yummy dinner and a popcorn stand will be chugging away. And don't leave without your ice cream treat!
When: Friday, May 31st.
$50 per family
If you would like to attend, please contact QAEAuctionInfo@gmail.com.
Sarah & Christopher
Win a Zaw party for our WONDERFUL TEACHERS,
As of today, John Hay is in the lead by 1 order over Queen Anne and 2 over St. Anne.
Order by Wednesday!
LAST CHANCE - the elementary school with the most orders through Wednesday wins an end-of-year catered Zawparty for its teachers and staff.
Zaw artisan bake at home pizza will donate $5 to the school for every order of $20 or more. To sweeten the deal Zaw is also offering an giant bake at home cookie for those who sign-up. Truly delicious!
For pick-up or delivery, visit zaw.com or call the Queen Anne store @ 787-1198
We are currently seeking to fill a number of positions to support our school community and complete our 2013-2014 Queen Anne Elementary PTSA Board. To see a list of them please click here.
Thank you for considering supporting your school community!
A FEW SPOTS STILL AVAILABLE For Two Auction Buy-In Parties: Outdoor Cinema & Overnight in the Library
Outdoor Cinema (Friday, May 31)
Bring your blanket, chairs, and the entire family for Queen Anne Elementary's 2nd Annual Outdoor Cinema. Get cozy with your loved ones and enjoy the company of your fellow QAE families while watching a family-friendly movie. A fresh taco bar will be on hand for your dinner and a popcorn stand will be chugging away. And don't leave without your ice cream treat! [Scheduled for Friday, May 31st.] $50 per family.
Overnight in the Library (Saturday, June 8)
The 3rd Annual Slumber Party at QAE chaperoned by Principal Elliott, Mr. Riley and another teacher, will include movies, dinner, books, and games.Your kids will be in their pajamas, but who will actually be sleeping?? 2nd grade or older. $135 per child.
If you would like to attend, please contact
Sarah & Christopher
Zaw artisan bake at home pizza keeping it green.
From building the stores to the delivering local goodness by bike, Zaw uses sustainable practices to help keep our earth green. During the month of May, Zaw is sharing some of its green with our PTA - $5 for every order of $20 or more. It’s as simple as mentioning QAE when you place an order. (Valid on Tuesdays and Wednesdays only throughout the month of May)
The elementary school with the most orders by May 31st wins an end-of-year catered Zaw party for their wonderful teachers and staff. As of now, John Hay Elementary has the lead by one order over St Anne.
For pick-up or delivery, visit zaw.com or call the Queen Anne store @ 787-1198.
Meadowbrook CC and Queen Anne CC (multiple weeks)
Join Coach Stu Michie (M.S. Exercise Science, trainer, varsity coach) and the experienced One on One Staff this summer for an awesome series of basketball and dual sport camps! One on One promises a fun and educational camp experience every week.
- All Camps run Monday through Friday, 9AM – 3PM
- Boys and Girls Ages 6-12, Cost: $225 per week
- Half-Days and Single Days available by calling community center!
Check Schedule and Register at www.1on1basketball.com
Teacher / motivational speaker / director of Camp No Limits, Carrie Davis, will be talking to our kids about "differences" this Friday at QAE. She was born without her left forearm, and speaks to school groups and amputees all over the country about how our differences make us special, stronger, etc.
Camp No Limits is a place where children without limbs, and their families, can spend a week each summer with other amputees learning how to use their new arms and legs, and finding out they are not alone in the world.
Camp No Limits is QAE PTSA's 3rd and final philanthropy of the year. If you are interested in donating to Camp No Limits:
- Checks should be made payable to Camp No Limits, and placed in Kristin Teske's mailbox in the office. Emails firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
- Donate online: go to http://www.firstgiving.com/campnolimits/camp-no-limits-idaho-2013 and click "fundraise".
QAE PTSA Philanthropy Chair
Congratulations to all of our hard working QAE students- they collected hundreds of sponsors and then ran their hearts out on Friday afternoon!
Wow, we asked for sun and we got it- Friday was HOT, but that didn’t slow them down… Inspired by the sounds of our own DJ Dad, Joe Booth, and the cheers of staff, friends and family, and rewarded by ice cream from the Umpqua Bank ice cream truck, our kids were full of positive energy and had a blast!
Thanks to all of the volunteers who came to help set up, count laps, hand out water and cheer them on- we could not have done this without you!
Awards were announced at the morning meeting on Monday- Congratulations to Mrs. Meck’s class who won the coveted rocket trophy for raising the most money with over $3,800 in donations collected!
The rocket for the student who collected the most sponsors went to first grader Bailey Morris who had 42 sponsors!
The student in each class who collected the most sponsors won an award and a gift certificate to either Communique Toys or Blue Highway games, and the students who ran the most laps in each class won an Olympic style medal- all of these students should be very proud.
Our current total for this year’s Jog-a-thon is just over $26,000!! This means that we are very very close to our goal of $100 per QAE student. We know that there are still some uncollected sponsorships out there, so if you have more to turn in, please do! Don’t forget about the Pay Pal option- it’s super easy to direct friends and family to the QAE website to make their donations there- and also don’t forget about company matching- both for donations and for time volunteered.
Again, thank you so much to all of the parents who came to help on Friday- we hope you enjoyed this fun event- your effort and enthusiasm is what makes QAE great!
To see a list of our sponsors or to make a donation online, visit http://www.queenanneelementary.com/jog-a-thon.html
In addition to supporting local farmers and vineyards, Zaw also supports our locally grown children.
During the month of May, Zaw will donate $5 to our PTSA for every order of $20 or more. It’s as simple as mentioning Queen Anne Elementary when you place an order!
(Valid on Tuesdays and Wednesdays only throughout the month of May)
The elementary school with the most orders by May 31st wins an end-of-year catered Zaw party for their wonderful teachers and staff. As of May 9th, Queen Anne Elementary is in the lead!!
For pick-up or delivery, call the Queen Anne store @ 787-1198.
QAE Fundraising Team
You may have noticed recent activity in the QAE garden...Christa Brown and I (Heather Anderson) are the new co-chairs for the garden committee, and we are excited to revitalize this wonderful part of our school. Just by us working in the garden during a few recent recesses and after school, quite a few kids & parents have already jumped in to help.
We've been inventorying and rounding up resources as quickly as possible...did you see or *smell* the mountain of mulch delivered earlier this week? Some of the kids were having a blast cleaning off the sidewalk and spreading the mulch. Are you enjoying our lovely spring weather and wanting to "play in the dirt", too? You're in luck!!! We need a team of parents, kids and friends of the garden to dig out the weeds and "green mulch" in order to plant all the starts various classes sprouted as part of their lessons earlier this spring. The garden will also need watering and loving attention throughout the summer so we can all enjoy the plants this summer and when school starts back up in the fall.
Do you have a special affinity for:
Bats, bees, butterflies, worms and/or other garden friendly critters
Come join us, either as a part of our committee or as a work-party volunteer or part of a summer maintenance rotation...while your kids play on the playground (or all of the above)!
Here's the address link to our VolunteerSpot scheduling calendar, http://tinyurl.com/QAEGardenVS. There will be more activities and dates added shortly. In the meantime, if you see someone working in the garden, don't be shy. Come ask questions, grab a fork and dig in!!!
Once the garden is planted, we'll focus on updating the garden blog, but if you'd like to see what the garden committee did last year, (check out the QAE Cafe!!!), feel free to meander through these pages if you haven't already, http://qaegarden.weebly.com/index.html.
Heather Anderson, mom of Sarah Kate & Maddie
Christa Brown, mom of Elijah & Chloe Cook
P.S. If you have any clean, flattened cardboard, empty cat litter buckets or sturdy kid-sized brooms that you don't need, let us know. We can put them to good, immediate use.
If you have not experienced a Young Authors Day before, you will not want to miss it, and volunteering is the
The day will start off with an assembly led by our guest of honor, author/illustrator Richard Jesse Watson. From there the kids will gather their stories and head to their groups for sharing. This is a cross-age event where students share published pieces of their writing with each other, with the opportunity for positive comments, questions,and discussion. This is the key part of the event when our young authors really get to honor the works they have created. The students will then see our author one more time where he will present the ins and outs of writing and illustrating a book.
We do need over 35 Group Leaders to make YA Day happen! There are very few requirements ... a love of writing, a positive attitude, and a joy of listening to kids sharing their stories. The most vital time we need volunteers is between 9:30 and 11:15. You can sign up at Volunteer Spot here: http://vols.pt/wkYDwp.
If you have any questions about this event or would like more information on how you can get involved with Young Authors Day please contact Victoria Nunes at email@example.com.
Please do join us for Young Author's Day!
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