EVENT PLANNER POSITION
Successful Schools in Action has an opening for a temporary, part-time event planner to help with our annual Breakfast Fundraiser. Position will last approximately two months, from mid-December through mid-February. For more information, please email Lisa Moore, SSIA Executive Director, at: email@example.com.
CLUB ROOMS PAINTING PARTY!
Calling all parents of club members- Spanish, Lego, and Drama- QAE is organizing a work party to paint the club rooms the weekend of November 6th and 7th. Help turn these rooms into vibrant, colorful spaces just like we did for the classrooms! We’ll provide the paint (and maybe some doughnuts…); you just bring your brushes, rollers, and enthusiasm.
When: November 6th and 7th, 10am start
Where: Rooms 102 and 103
RSVP: QAE Volunteer Coordinator, Heather Anderson: firstname.lastname@example.org
or QAE Facilities Chair, Steve Tatge: email@example.com
Thanks, and we hope to see you there!
Congratulations to the kids, and a huge Thank You to all of the parents and teachers who helped with the Walk-a-thon! We had such an amazing response from the entire school. The kids had a great time, and were rightfully proud of the money that they raised, and the laps that they walked, or more likely, ran! The highlights:
· We had 100% participation- every student in school on Friday was out there moving! And almost everyone turned in their sponsor forms and collection envelopes. If you forgot on Friday, don’t worry, we would still love to see them this week! Just send them in your student’s boomerang folders. Thanks!
· Those crazy kids collectively ran over 300 miles!! The laps that they did for the Walk-a-thon will also apply to their running club totals, so lots of kids will be getting “foot” charms awarded at the Monday morning meeting.
· And now the best part…Our net funds raised came in at almost $26,000!! You may remember that our goal for the Walk-a-thon was $10,000, so we blew that away! More than half of this total was due to a few significant donations from QAE families, some of whom were also able to leverage corporate matching, so a huge “thank you” to those families, and to Microsoft and Regence!
In the Monday morning assembly, we will be awarding a rocket trophy to the class who raised the most money, as well as gift certificates to Queen Anne Books, Communique, and Izilla Toys to the students who collected the most sponsors and ran the most laps. The class in each group (K,1 and 2-5) who completed the most laps will win a smoothie party with Mr. Roberts!
We also would like to thank our local businesses who donated money, prizes, food, and supplies to make this event a success:
Wink cupcakes, Leone & Vaughn Orthodontics, Holley Ring w/ Windermere, Twirl Café, The Icebox, Communique Gifts, Queen Anne Books, Izilla Toys, Trader Joes, and Archie McPhee.
And Parents, we want to thank you- we know that you are the ones who motivated and assisted your kids in gathering sponsorships, so, Congratulations Team, we did it!!
Also, the Walk-a-thon t-shirts were a big hit with the kids, and the parents too (thank you, Tony Teske for your design!) They were popular enough that we heard that a few of our volunteers didn’t get theirs- if this was you, please let us know and we will make sure that you get one. For anyone else who would like one, we can place another order, and you too can have one for just $10! Just send an email with what size you would like to Natalie- firstname.lastname@example.org or Holley at email@example.com.
Dear PTSA Members,
There are three specific ballot measures that directly affect education in the upcoming election:
Seattle School District Supplemental Operations Levy: The Seattle Public School has a $48.2 M, 3-year operations levy on the Nov. 2 ballot. The funds will be used to partially replace reduced State funding and to improve education throughout the Seattle Public Schools. This levy allows the District to levy the following supplemental taxes on property to help meet the education needs of the 45, 507 students in the Seattle Public School system. The cost is 12 cents per $1000 of assessed taxable property.
• I-1098 would tax “adjusted gross income” above $200,000 (individuals) and $400,000 (joint-filers), reduce state property tax levies, reduce certain business and occupation taxes, and direct any increased revenues to education and health. (The Washington State PTA endorses this initiative)
• I-1107 would end sales tax on candy; end temporary sales tax on some bottled water; end temporary excise taxes on carbonated beverages, and reduce tax rates for certain food processors. (The Washington State PTA opposes this initiative)
• Referendum 52 would authorize bonds to finance construction and repair projects increasing energy effciency in public schools and higher education buildings, and continue the sales tax on bottled water otherwise expiring in 2013.
For more information on these items, visit the Secretary of State website: http://www.sos.wa.gov/
Email Patti Spencer, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 252 0204
Go the the Seattle Public School's Web site –including updated FAQs at http://www.seattleschools.org/area/levy-info/index.dxml -
Please take these items into consideration as you mail in your ballot by November 2nd. If you have any questions or concerns, please email me at email@example.com
Legislative and Advocacy Chair
QAE/McDonald Running Club Information--again
As many of you know our kids are deep into training for the Seattle Kids Marathon on November 27th—or not. We have begun a running club at school, a strictly voluntary program that provides kids an opportunity to get some exercise, run around, walk and talk, whatever suits their fancy. Our parking lot track is 1/8th of a mile with a slight downhill and a slight uphill every lap. We have given out the first rewards of the year; about 14 kids have done at least five miles, which earns them an orange (QAE) or blue (McD) shoelace with a little glow-in-the-dark plastic foot on it. Every five miles they run they will earn another foot of some variety—this is unbelievably motivating, as evidenced by the fact we had 51 students running at first recess today after we gave out the first feet rewards at Monday Morning Meeting (MMM).
If your child is one of our runners I would encourage you to check out the website for the Seattle Kids Marathon and decide if this would be of interest to them. This will be my tenth year taking a team to this event and it is always a blast. I would encourage you to look into it. The gist of it is that kids will run 25 of the 26.2 miles marathon distance—or more—before November 27th and then “finish” the marathon distance with thousands of other kids on the official adult racecourse. If your child is interested I will expect that third grade and above will actually run the 25 miles before the event and that K-2 students make a good effort. I want all students to commit to this and do the work before getting the recognition and rewards. If your child is committed and you plan on signing up for the event the instructions are below. If you cannot attend the event or your child has no interest in it we will continue the running program here at school and they will receive all the awards that go along with it.
To help students get their miles done we will try to have as many days as possible at school but we have very limited volunteer help currently and it is very difficult to run this by myself. Contact Mason Sherry at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help. The kids, their teachers and I would all appreciate it. We currently have volunteers for the weekend and that is a time kids can get a lot of laps in at once, C.S. did 5 miles while little sister and kindergartner M.S. did 4 miles on Saturday! Look for more information about weekend times later this week.
How to enter the Seattle Kids Marathon--2010
Option 1: Online
•Go to www.seattlemarathon.org
•Find the drop down menu labeled KIDS
•Click on 2010 REGISTER NOW http://www.seattlemarathon.org/kids/register.htm
•Click on the Register online link
•Click on the green button on the right side of the page
•Choose the Kids Marathon button and
•Agree to everything
•Choose to register Someone Else (your child)
•Select your school—either the Queen Anne Explorers or McDonald Scottie Dogs
•Queen Anne password is explore
•McDonald password is bark
•Continue through registration process
•I will be notified by email when you sign up
•I will pick up all numbers and packets at the Marathon Expo and pass them out on race day
Option 2: Paper
•Pick up an entry form in the school office, fill out and leave entry fee (check to Seattle Marathon Association or cash) and paperwork with office staff.
•Download a form from the website listed above, fill out and leave entry fee (check to Seattle Marathon Association or cash) and paperwork with office staff.
Option 3: Participating running stores
•Several local running stores have registration materials—I don’t know whether you may register for our teams at those locations
Notice that when you sign up your child you automatically get a second race number, for you or another adult to run with your child. It is not required you run with your child, there will be plenty of supervision on the roads, but I would recommend it if they are K or 1st grade. I will post and send more information as the event gets closer but for now encourage your children to get lots of miles in while the weather is good, including on your own or here at school on the weekends. I expect that 3rd through 5th graders will complete the 25 miles prior to the event and that younger kids will make a “good effort” towards it.
The upcoming election has many items that will affect education and the school system in Washington state. We will be sending more information on the current initiatives and levys later this week. And a quick reminder, don't forget to VOTE!
October 14, 2010
Dear Queen Anne Elementary Parent:
Thank you to all who were able to attend the first PTSA membership meeting on October 7th, 2010. At that meeting, the vision and goals for the Queen Anne Elementary PTSA were shared. Then the general PTSA membership approved our 2010-2011 budget and fundraising amount to support these goals.
A few important points shared at the meeting before approving the budget and fundraising amount were:
•The fundraising goal was developed after meeting with David Elliott to understand what he and the staff need to make Queen Anne Elementary a stronger learning environment for our children
•These funds will supplement and cover what is not paid for by the Seattle school district
•About 40% of the total fundraising goal includes building a small reserve fund as well as setting aside funds for a strong start to the 2011-2012 school year
The funds raised will pay for items such as:
•Providing weekly art instruction for all Queen Anne Elementary students
•Improving classroom leveled reading libraries
•Tutors and assistants to help reduce student/teacher ratio in the classrooms
•Buses and other class field trip expenses
•Teacher classroom materials requests
•Technology support for classrooms
•…and much more
There are three planned fundraising events:
1.October 22nd Walk-a-thon: this event kicks off our fundraising efforts. It is a great way for kids to have fun, get some exercise, and build relationships with other Queen Anne Elementary students
2.November direct mail campaign: you will soon receive a letter and pledge card with various suggested donation levels to help the Queen Anne Elementary PTSA reach our goal. This is intended to be our primary fundraising opportunity for the 2010/2011 year.
3.Spring “No Auction” event: we will come together to celebrate our first year as Queen Anne Elementary and finish out our fundraising goals, if necessary
Our goal is to have 100% participation from the community. The Queen Anne Elementary PTSA realizes that everyone will be able to give in different amounts. Please contribute as you feel you are able. Your 100% tax deductible gift (plus company match if appropriate) will not only enhance the learning environment at Queen Anne Elementary, but also send a clear and positive message to the community that our parents are committed to supporting the mission and future of our exceptional school.
Volunteers are also needed to meet our PTSA goals. Please look for opportunities to volunteer to make sure these events are a success. If you want to be added to the volunteer list to hear of specific opportunities, please email Heather Anderson at email@example.com or Jill Gallagher at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your PTSA board members at any time.
Thank you in advance for your generosity!
QAE PTSA President
Natalie Carlson & Holley Ring
QAE PTSA Fundraising Co-Chairs
Proper fitting bike helmets are required next week for a unicycle unit in PE. It will begin next Monday the 11th and run until the 15th. All students, K-5 will participate. Volunteers are needed during your child’s PE time if available.
Mr. Roberts is also offering a Unicycle Club that begins on October 21st. A permission form for the Club is attached. It will run on Thursdays from 3:30-4:25 until June.
For more information check out:
The eleventh annual lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Families Dinner will be held Thursday, November 4th from 6-8pm at NOVA/SBOC (the old Meany Middle School). District leaders and members of the school board will be there to welcome GLBT families and their friends. All District families and staff are welcome to attend! This donation-funded event is brought to you by the Health Education Office and the Office of Family and Community Engagement. This year’s dinner and entertainment will be provided through community donations. To reserve space at this popular event, please RSVP with the number of people in your party to Lisa Love in the Health Education Office at 252-0982. For more information open the file below.
We just wanted to encourage people to use the discussion board. It is a great place to organize play groups, or car pooling. Or feel free to ask questions of one another. You can get members opinions about anything from bus stops to recommendations for books. We hope as the school year progress, everyone will utilize all the great tools the web team has put together to make communicating a breeze!
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