The QAE PTSA and other parents from our school attended the June 19th community meeting on the Magnolia School Boundaries. There was a large crowd including parents from all the schools in Queen Anne and Magnolia. Here are our notes from the meeting:
Boundaries Survey - Great Response from the QAE Community!
SPS sent out a survey at the end of May to all families who attend schools in the Queen Anne and Magnolia areas. Queen Anne Elementary had 287 responses, the second most amongst all the schools. Thanks to our community for being so involved! QAE's overwhelming choice amongst the 13 options was Scenario C with 71% of our families selecting it as one of their top three options.
Top Boundary Options from the Survey
Ashley Davies, Director of Enrollment Planning at SPS, presented the scenarios that received the most votes in the boundaries survey. She said that nothing was final, but the original 13 options were likely narrowed down to these 5 or 6 options. She did mentioned that any of them could be tweaked as needed.
Impacted Students by Scenario
After the meeting, SPS published details on the number of students affected by each scenario (A-M). It ranges from a low of 306 (for J) to 816 (for M).
Magnolia School Construction Costs & Potential Delay
SPS received bids on the Magnolia School construction that were approximately $5 million over budgets. The district will likely re-look at the project and see where they can cut costs and get new bids in the fall. This likely means that the opening of Magnolia may be delayed from the beginning of the 2018-19 school year to the 2019-20 school year. This change to timeline might take away some of the sense of urgency in drawing new boundaries. There was a concern from the audience that if new boundaries are drawn this Fall, they might have to change again prior to the school opening.
Fort Lawton Development Discussion
Some members of the audience brought up the planned development of new housing on Fort Lawton by the City of Seattle. This will add more children to the Queen Anne/Magnolia area. Audience members were advocating that the school district and the city consider using some portion of the Fort Lawton area for a new STEAM (science and environment, technology, engineering, arts, math) school.
The QAE PTSA will continue to do our best to advocate for our community and share the latest developments. See our Boundaries Info page for the latest as well as SPS's page about the meeting.
During the June 6th Building Renovation Meeting we heard very consistent feedback from our neighbors and community QAE parents have NOT always been kind, safe or fair to our children, ourselves and our neighbors. We were reminded of some basic SAFETY and RESPECT procedures that you should remember when dropping off and picking up your children at school. Please help us model good safety behaviors for our children and be good neighbors.
1) Crossing Boston St at the intersection of Bigelow. There is a signed cross walk at Boston and 4th Ave N to use for our safety and our children. Our neighbors have witnessed a number of situations where distracted or hurried drivers do not pay attention when driving through this area and it is further challenged by the slope of the street giving drivers some blind spots. They reminded us that we should all be careful and safe when crossing streets.
2) Crossing the any street mid-block. Please don't play frogger across the busy street.
3) Parking - please respect our neighbors driveways, fire hydrants, crosswalks and stop signs. The below is the Seattle Department of Transportations Parking Regulations in regards to How Close Can you Park? Parking illegally, even for a couple of minutes, is unfair and unsafe to those that are sharing the roads.
4) Drop Off - Please pull all the way to the front of the drop off/pick up zone to allow space for other cars (even when it's rainy).
Thank you to all parents for helping live and model our pillar that "We are concerned, confident and compassionate citizens of the world"
For those that would like more details on the BEX meeting on Tuesday 6/6 can learn additional information at http://www.qaeptsa.org/building.html.
UPDATED: SPS originally had next year's start time listed as 8am for the second bell. That has been changed to 7:55am (same as this year). See below for the updated 2017-18 schedule!
You may have heard, but the Seattle City Council approved a one-time grant to the school district to make the conversion from three bell times to two. That's just part of the changes coming for next year with the longer school day and consistent early dismissal on Wednesdays.
This means that starting in 2017-18, QAE will have the following schedule:
See details from the email sent out by SPS below!
Final School Bell Schedules:
Starting next year, there will be two tiers of bell schedules, and the school day will be 20 minutes longer. This change will result in more than two additional days of instruction for students. Changing to a two-tier bell schedule will eliminate the latest or third tier of school start and end times, which has been a hardship on many of our families.
The City Council voted June 14 to approve one-time funds to move us to this new schedule. Thank you to Mayor Murray and numerous family advocates for bringing attention to this issue and to the City Council for finding a thoughtful funding solution. I also want to thank and recognize the many families who shared their perspectives and concerns with us. In response, we were able to make small modifications to the final two-tier bell schedules. These changes address possible loss of high school instructional time, maintain the current school start time for many elementary and K-8 schools (while also adding 20 minutes to the school day), and eliminate the third tier, ensuring that all students begin school by 9 a.m. The final schedule reflects the varied needs and perspectives of our families, students, staff and partners.
2017-18 School Calendar:
The full 2017-18 School Year Calendar is now available including school breaks, holidays and early release days.
The Seattle Education Association and the district negotiate the school calendar. To learn more about the calendar development process, please visit our School Year Schedule Update Announcement.
Early Release Days:
Currently, the district has a variety of early release days during the school year to support staff professional development. Next year, students and families will have a consistent weekly schedule. Students will be released 75 minutes early every Wednesday (except for the first day of school).
This schedule change supports teacher collaboration and instructional planning. Dedicated time for teachers to collaborate and plan together is one of the most important strategies we use to ensure high quality instruction in every classroom. Thank you for your understanding as we make this important system shift.
We recognize childcare is a challenge for many families and the need may increase because of the weekly early release day. Childcare options and resources can be found here. We will continue to update the childcare webpage throughout the summer in partnership with our many school-based providers.
In closing, I believe these system changes will benefit our students and support our mission of ensuring every student is college, career and life ready. Thank you again for your patience as district staff, the School Board, our labor partners, the City and many others worked together to find the best possible schedule solutions for our families and students.
QAE is throwing a Popsicle Party for new families who will be joining us for the 2017-18 school year! It's tomorrow afternoon (June 13th) from 4:30-5pm on the QAE playground. See the school, meet some other families and get any questions answered. If you know a family of an incoming Kindergartner (or other families who will be new to QAE), please encourage them to attend!
Afterwards, new families can stick around and check our school-wide Project Based Learning celebration from 5-6:30pm!
Parents of Incoming Kindergartners: Don't forget to sign up for Kindergarten Jump Start, which will take place the week of August 21st - 25th!
Who: QAE Community, families, students, staff, faculty and friends
What: A little work, a lot of play! Help spread wood chips and hay at school. It's a labor of love and gratitude. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Post work, You and your families are invited to come hang, eat, drink and be merry. BYOB and dish to share. We'll provide the BBQ Grill, S'mores, Coolers, Music and open our home for a gathering space (although small, it will be cozy).
Where: QAE Garden and The Hildebrandt Home located at 510 W Galer St, Seattle 98119.
When: Saturday, June 24 10am- 12pm at the QAE Garden ... Potluck to follow immediately with no planned end point.
Why: As our Seattle summer turns into drought-like weather, typically, July into September, the wood chips and hay will keep the soil moist and prevent it from turning into plots of dust. It will be a good way to indicate appropriate walking paths and put nutrients back into the soil as it decomposes over the coming seasons. We need your help spreading them! Out of gratitude for the garden, our school community, the work our students have done and everyone that has helped in the garden, we want to gather in recognition of it all. Evan if you haven't had a change to help in the garden but are happy for it's existence and our community please come and celebrate!
Help us plan by RSVPing to email@example.com. And see our Garden page for more details.
"We called ourselves the Explorers and we knew we wanted our kids to learn differently." - Mr. Jeffery
In exchange for receiving a very significant discount when we purchased new cases for our school's iPads, the company that makes the cases produced a video about how our students use our iPads to learn and explore.
It really captures part of what makes QAE so special!
The final general PTSA meeting is on Tuesday, June 13th at 6:30pm at the QAE Cafeteria.
Hear the latest on the boundaries discussion, building remodel and much more. Plus we’ll be voting on officers for next year. There will be time for questions from the community. Please join us!
Sharing information with our families in case you want to share your opinion:
On Wednesday the Seattle School Board voted in favor of the shift to two start times, but it's contingent on the City Council voting to provide the necessary transportation funding. This vote is on Monday.
There has been some contention about this vote in Council meetings. If you believe we should switch to two bell times from the current three times, you should write to your Council members by tomorrow. See their emails below.
The Council is voting whether to pay for a one-time funding request of $2.3 million so that SPS can reorganize buses to support the simplification of bell times.
Current three tier system:
Most elementary schools will run from 7:45 to 2:15;
Middle and high schools from 8:35 to 3:25;
K-8s and some elementary schools from 9:25 to 3:55.
Proposed two tier system:
Almost all elementary school will run from 8 to 2:30;
Middle, high schools and most K-8 schools will run from 9 to 3:50.
Email addresses of Seattle City Council members:
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Everyone is invited to the QAE Culture Night on June 16th at 6pm. Join us in celebrating diversity at QAE with food, entertainment, friendship and community!
We have Kouyate Arts who will be providing an interactive West African Drums demonstration and Silvio dos Reis whose group will be performing Brazilian Capoeira! Bring a dish to share.
For questions, write to Victoira Spearman Nunes at email@example.com or Kay Dumlao at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, see the QAE Families of Color page.
If your child has been receiving Weekend Food Bags, they can continue to receive them over the summer. You just need to fill out the form below and return it to QAE office.
Our thanks to the Queen Anne Helpline for running the program and helping families who need it! If you have questions, contact the QA Helpline at 206-282-1540 or email@example.com.
Field Day is coming on June 22nd at Little Howe Park. This is an end-of-the-year tradition at QAE and an absolute blast for both the kids and our adult volunteers. We need lots of volunteers to make Field Day a success! Please use got to the form below to volunteer.
We'll need some help on the days before and after if you're not available on the 22nd!
Volunteer for Field Day...
Questions? Please contact Heather Lakefish at firstname.lastname@example.org.
QAE parents: learn about the upcoming renovation at Department of Neighborhoods zoning meeting on Tuesday, June 6th at 6:30pm at the QAE Cafeteria.
At this meeting, the Departures Committee, QAE parents and QAE neighbors can see the plans presented by QAE’s architects and learn about requested "departures" so the Departures Committee can make decisions. In order to facilitate the QAE renovation project, SPS has requested some standard "departures" from the zoning for the area. These include expanding the footprint of the building, parking and bus areas. We would love parents to come to this public meeting to see the plans and advocate for QAE!
See the official City of Seattle notice about the meeting and the PTSA's QAE Renovation page for more details about the project. Here's the text from the City:
Public meeting scheduled to discuss zoning modifications for renovation of the Queen Anne Elementary School
A public meeting is scheduled to discuss Seattle School District plans to renovate and construct an addition to Queen Anne Elementary School located at 411 Boston Street. The meeting will be held at Queen Anne School on Tuesday, June 6 at 6:30 p.m.
The Seattle School District is requesting modifications (known as departures) to the City’s zoning regulations for the following:
This meeting will include a presentation by Seattle Public Schools on the requested modifications before the Queen Anne School Development Standards Departure Advisory Committee, a group composed of neighbors and School District and City representatives. After the presentation, the public is invited to make comments. Following public comment, the Committee will deliberate and consider the District’s requests. Additional meetings may be held, if needed.
We'll see you and your dancing shoes at the QAE All School Dance Party!
It's starts at 6pm at Hay Elementary. Neema's Comfort food truck will be there and we'll have balloon twisting and face painting. Dance party toys will be available for purchase, be sure to bring cash!
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