School photos will be delivered to the classrooms tomorrow, Friday, October 31, so please look for those in your child's orange folder.
Retake Day is next Thursday, November 6.
Absent on Picture Day? Yuen Lui Studio will take photos of all students who were absent on Picture Day for the school yearbook and the district database. If you would like to order photos, you can find order forms on the bookshelf in the hallway near the school office, or you may order online at yuenluistudio.com (click on the School Prepay tab and search for Queen Anne Elementary).
Bad Hair Day? Yuen Lui Studio will retake your child's photo at no cost for any reason. Kindly return your child's picture package on or before retake day so the photographer is aware of the package you ordered.
Please sign up if your child will have a photo taken on Retake Day (to ensure we don't miss anyone). If you have any questions, please contact Cari Lui.
QAE PTSA Yearbook Committee
"Dia de los Muertos" Celebration will kickoff at Monday Morning Meeting on November 3rd. Stop by to see a performance by the 5th grade class and hear a discussion about the event by Mr. Elliott, Ms. Cryan-Leary and Mr. Liner.
The QAE "Ofrenda" will be located in the Brick Building near the front door entry. Students will be adding to it during the week. Be sure to check out the display and artwork contributed by all QAE students.
How can you help?
We would like to extend an invitation to welcome families of color to the Queen Anne Elementary community. Please join us for coffee and exchange of ideas about how we can create a welcoming and supportive environment for students and families. This is an opportunity for you to meet with other families of color in our QAE community, myself and other staff members, and hear from a representative of our PTA about how diversity and inclusion are being incorporated in our schools core values.
Where: QAE Library
When: November 5th 6:30-9:00
Light refreshments and childcare will be provided (donations accepted for childcare)
If you have any questions or would like to be included in further communications on this topic please email: Mahtab Mahmoodzadeh
As the QAE-Dwankhozi Partnership continues to grow, there is an interest from a parent perspective to create a parent partnership team who could meet regularly to discuss the impact this will have on our kids, how we can support the school & teachers, and how to involve other parents who are interested. The first meeting for this group will be Friday, November 7th. Parents who are interested in simply learning more about the partnership can come meet in the cafeteria from 3:00-3:50. The parent partnership team will then meet in room 210 of the treehouse at 4:00 to discuss upcoming Dwankhozi events and how to get involved. If you are interested in being a part of this team, please fill in the google doc below with your information.
The 2014 Election is almost upon us. If you haven’t voted yet, please do. There are two ballot measures related to education. Like the Seattle Council PTSA, the QAE PTSA has not taken a position on either ballot measure: while each has good ideas, each also has problems. But we do want to be sure you can cast an informed ballot on these important issues. Ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 4!
I-1351-smaller class sizes in K-12: NO POSITION TAKEN BY QAE PTSA. While we support smaller classes sizes, this initiative does not identify funding sources for meeting class size reductions. The McCleary decision already requires some smaller class sizes (particularly in K-3), and the legislature is presently in contempt as they still have not shown real and measurable progress toward meeting the constitutional mandate to amply fund K-12 education. Class size does matter, and the legislature isn't funding the existing mandates. Read more here.
Proposition 1A/1B-childcare and preschool: NO POSITION TAKEN BY QAE PTSA. We believe in advocating for early childhood education and childcare. However, this ballot measure is challenged by requiring voters to choose between two policies with different approaches and not quite similar objectives. 1A focuses on childcare and providers for all children from birth to 5 in Seattle, and 1B focuses on a small number of the city's 3 and 4 year olds.
Voters are asked to make two votes. First, “Should either of these measures be enacted into law?” Second, regardless of how you voted on the first question, “if one of these measures is enacted, which one should it be?” It’s confusing, and as the League of Women Voters has said, based on the way the vote is set up it’s unclear what the results will mean.
Voting No? If you will vote no on Prop 1, but you want to support early childhood education, please contact Mayor Ed Murray's office and Education and Governance Chair, Tim Burgess and let them know this is an important issue and you want them to keep working on it.
There was an interesting debate last night at the General Meeting on the various options for Propositions 1A & 1B. We were joined by Joanna Cullen, League of Women Voters – Seattle/King County (in favor of voting No and forcing a unified plan), Emerald Walker, Yes for Early Success (in favor of adopting 1A), and Michael DeBell, Seattle School Board, retired (in favor of adopting 1B). If you missed it, the Seattle channel Seattle Speaks: Preschool Politics video provides a comprehensive debate between the two.
Aside from the election issues, we want to keep you apprised of multiple education advocacy issues at the state and local level. Read more here.
QAE Legislative Committee
The annual lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Families Dinner will be held Thursday, Nov. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. at NOVA/Seattle World School (300 20th Ave. E). Members of the school board will attend to welcome LGBT 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 School Family Partnerships. 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 Intervention Office at 252-0982.
Manager, Health Education
Seattle Public Schools
The students had a blast running laps in the rain for the Jog-a-Thon! A big thank you to all of the volunteers who put their time and energy into making this event such a huge success! For those of you who sponsored a runner, your financial support enables us to fund our music program as well as other vital PTSA programs for our students - if your employer sponsors a matching program, increase your impact by requesting a matching gift today! Thank you!
We are grateful for your support - what a great way to Blast Off into the school year!
There are three education issues affecting children and students that will be on your November 4th ballot. Below are some quick links on each item.
Please join us at our PTSA General Membership meeting on Oct. 29th from 7pm-9pm to hear more from both sides.
City and State Voter's Guide Links
Seattle Voter's Guide for Propositions 1A and 1B (Early Learning Programs)
Washington State Voter's Guide for I-1351 (Initiative to Reduce Class Size)
Select Links for Voter Education
Seattle Times - 2014 Ballot Decoder
League of Women Voters - Seattle
Yes on 1351 & No on 1351
Yes on Prop 1A & No on Prop 1A & 1B
The first General PTSA Meeting of the school year will be next week, Wednesday, October 29, 7pm - 9pm in the school cafeteria.
QAE PTSA will review the plans for the year, talk about what is funded, goals for the year and hear from special speakers about education issues up for vote on Tuesday Nov. 4th.
Childcare will be available in the library for a nominal $5 suggested donation.
Hope to see you there,
QAE's Annual Halloween Parade is next week on Friday, October 31, starting at 2:15pm.
Come join in the fun, cheer on our students as they show off their favorite characters and creativity!
Remember to check the QAE Calendar to keep up to date on school happenings.
Come by tomorrow to cheer on our runners as they Blast Off to raise funds for our beloved school. The Jog-a-Thon will kick-off at 1:00 and will end at around 3:30 after a performance by Ms. Stone. You can find your classroom run time on the updated schedule below. Please remember to return your sponsorship form tomorrow morning if you haven't already (extra forms can be downloaded here). Our financial goal is $125 or more per student, but our other very important goal is 100% participation – every sponsorship form and every student who contributes an effort counts! Funds raised through the Jog-a-Thon will help pay for our music program and other vital PTSA programs!
Schedule – Day of the Event (Rain or Shine!)
1:00-1:15pm - Kick-off (All grades on playground)
1:15-1:40pm - Kindergarten, Ms. Diller's Class, Ms. Kiley's Class
1:50-2:20pm - Ms. Meck's Class, Ms. Smith's Class, 2nd Grade
2:30-3:10pm - 3rd-5th Grades
3:15-3:30pm - Celebrate (with a performance by Ms. Stone) and go back to class
Thank you for your generous support!
Kristi Barnes & Karen Lonergan
QAE PTSA Jog-a-Thon
The Social Emotional Learning Committee is excited to announce their new blog - the first post is on this year's theme "Mistakes are Welcome Here!". Be sure to subscribe to receive future blog posts!
SEL has been offered since QAE opened its doors. From the first day of school, teachers and staff have employed the SEL best practices of: connecting with each child as an individual; valuing and validating emotions; Monday Morning Meeting; cultivating compassionate citizenship and acts of empathy; and encouraging children to be decision-makers in their education. Indeed, a hallmark of the staff at QAE is that they value and promote a learning environment that is grounded in trusting and respectful relationships. For more information see Where SEL is at QAE?
Meg Ferris & Nicole Siciliano
Social Emotional Learning Co-Chairs
FOOD FIGHT!! Just kidding, but we'd love lots of lunchtime and/or recess volunteers to help keep the lunch room and playground running smoothly this year.
Help our youngest students negotiate lunchroom activities like opening containers, moving through the lunch/milk line and clean-up, in their short lunch period. Sign up here.
Help recess run more smoothly, monitoring games on the ball field, assisting running club participants as they rack up laps and facilitate general group play among students. Sign up here.
Gillian Jorgensen & Melanthia Peterman
Parent Volunteer Coordinators
Welcome to the Rocket Reader blog! The PTSA's collection of news & information relevant to QAE Families. This is also shared weekly in the Rocket Reader e-newsletter. Use the form below to sign up!
The Rocket Reader newsletter is sent weekly by the PTSA.