On November 1st, QAE parents interested in how the PTSA supports our school are gathering to brainstorm how we raise funds. The PTSA provides support for our school's specialists, tutors, learning materials and many other programs.
Would you be willing to lend your voice, perspective, assistance? Please join us at the 5 Spot for an open discussion (and food and drinks if you wish)!
When: Wednesday, Nov 1st, 6:30-8pm
Where: 5 Spot Queen Anne (back dining room)
If you have any questions or ideas that you'd like to share, but can't come on Nov. 1st, please contact Jenna Free and Ian Stewart, PTSA Presidents, at email@example.com
It's the spookiest time of the year! The annual tradition continues in 2017 our community has its Halloween Parade and class celebrations on Tuesday, Oct. 31st!
We'll be parading around the school grounds this year. Classes will meet on the blacktop and the parade begins at 1pm. Parents and families are welcome to come watch the parade. Teachers will escort their students back to their rooms for class parties after the parade for our class parties!
Class parties are planned individually, so if you'd like to help out please contact your classroom coordinator or teacher.
A couple details to make sure the kids remain safe while having tons of fun: it's a regular school day in the morning, so make sure your child's costume doesn't stop them from learning. Exceptions: props and masks can only be used/worn during the parade.
Have a happy Halloween and don't each too much of your kid's candy!
UPDATE: Due to weather concerns, this event has been changed to Saturday, November 18th from 10am to noon! We'll see you there!
Join us for a QAE Fall Garden Party on Sunday, November 19th! Our November Big Dig is all about finding new homes for the perennial garden plants. Come June, our garden space is going to be sadly bulldozed. The good is that it makes new classrooms for our growing population of students.
Our Big Dig will be from 10am-12pm at the QAE Garden! Dig up now as these plants go dormant for beautiful blooms in the spring/summer. Learn how to build a cloche for winter gardening.
We hope your family participates in this growing adventure with us! Find out more on the QAE Garden page...
The Seattle School Board is working on the next revisions to the Student Assignment Plan. Details on the current proposal for 2018-2019 can be found here:
There will be a series of community meetings to discuss the changes. How students are assigned to option schools, how advanced learning is managed are some of the topics.
The district will host open house style meetings to share proposed updates and gather community feedback. All meetings are from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 23, 2017: Eckstein Middle School lunchroom
(3003 NE 75th St)
Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017: Ballard High School common
(1418 NW 65th St)
Monday, Oct. 30, 2017: McClure Middle School gym
(1915 1st Ave W)
Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017: Cleveland High School lunchroom
(5511 15th Ave S)
Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017: West Seattle High School lunchroom
(3000 California Ave SW)
The next QAE Families of Color meeting is Tuesday, Oct. 24th from 6-7:30pm at the school library.
We are excited to have our own Michele Christensen share info about her experiences on the Seattle Public Schools Ethnic Studies Task Force. Topics will include:
We'll also have a discussion on the history of racial discrimination in housing in Seattle. We'll learn about racial restrictive covenants and how this is reflected in our neighborhoods today.
We're excited to have Games Club for kiddos during the meeting. To sign up for Games Club, please go to this link! https://qaeptsa.wufoo.com/forms/foc-meeting-games-club/
Families of Color is an exclusive group -- all members of the QAE community are welcome to attend!
Any questions, please contact Kay Dumlao at firstname.lastname@example.org. See you there!
Bell Time Survey: QAE Bell Time Survey deadline is Thursday, Oct. 26 at 5 pm. The data will be compiled and presented to the Board of Directors later this year. We need your feedback on start times for next year!
Veterans Day Assembly: Nov. 9th
If you have a veteran in your family who would like to attend both assemblies and possibly share their reflections, please email Janine so we can connect with you in advance.
If your child is a scout, please email Janine at email@example.com as we would like them to be involved in the assembly.
Request from Ms. Nancy: Our amazing QAE Nutritionist, Ms. Nancy, has injured her foot and would like to minimize her walking. She is asking for volunteers to help with restocking the food and washing trays for the next couple of weeks. If you can help, please email Ms. Nancy.
Lost and Found: Reminder that lost and found items will be donated end of the month. Please check out our vast collection ASAP!
Next Week at QAE: 10/24/17 Families of Color Meeting – 6-8 pm
Thursday, November 16th - 6-8pm
Blue Highway Games will be visiting QAE with awesome games that have a math focus. Enjoy pizza, drinks and getting together with friends for a true gamer experience. Games will be available for purchase and a percentage will go to funding wonderful programs at our school. A great way to get a jump on the holiday shopping! See you there!
Please RSVP so we know how much food to provide. See the Game Night page to RSVP and get other details!
Questions or want to help with this event? Contact Christa Winquist at firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, November 6th, 8am and all day!
After you drop your Minions off at school, head over to the 5 Spot for a QAE "Breakfast After the Bell" parent & family social. The PTSA will have some fun surprises for families in attendance and 25% of all 5 Spot food sales that day will go to QAE! So, hey you're helping our school while enjoying tasty pancakes. Win, win!
The event will continue all day, so if you can't make breakfast you can stop by for lunch or dinner. It's an easy and delicious way to help our school! Spread the word so friends and family can enjoy as well.
Can't wait to see you there!
Please join us on Wednesday, October 18th from 6:30-8pm as we discuss some general PTSA business, plans for fundraising this year, our school's renovation and plans for next year, hear from Principal Roy and more! It's the best way to get connected with what's going on at Queen Anne Elementary and learn more about how you can get involved.
The PTSA has dozens of volunteer opportunities for parents of all skill sets and time availability. As an all-volunteer organization, it is the effort of our community that translates to the support the PTSA can provide to QAE! Come join us.
If you have any questions prior to the meeting, write the email@example.com.
Childcare is available for a suggested donation of $5! Reserve a spot here...
See you at the school on Wednesday!
Some photos from the Queen Anne Elementary Jog-A-Thon, 2017 edition! Thanks to everyone who took part! Photos by QAE parents: Mike LaRocque and Christa Winquist!
Our PTSA is looking for parents who are interested in helping QAE shine! If you're interested in any of these positions, please contact the PTSA at firstname.lastname@example.org
Fundraising Director - are you good with numbers? Help assist, connect and participate in the 3 major fundraisers we do each year. Do you have a background in fundraising that you can help reimagine what our QAE fundraisers should look like? Time Commitment - Monthly PTSA Board meeting and will assist based on your strength during each of the 3 fundraising campaigns.
Fund Drive Coordinator - Each Fall we do a direct ask campaign of our parent community. Are you good at coordinating the message? Follow up on the messaging? You don't have to knock or call but you need to be able to coordinate and hit send. Time Commitment - Approx. 5 hours of thinking through the details beforehand. And then 3-5 hours a week during the 2 week open campaign period. Note that Fund Drive actual dates will be set with Coordinator.
Auction Village - The annual auction truly takes a VILLAGE. We can slice and dice this in a number of different ways to make it work for you. Please join us a one or a group of friends in helping support during the months or days leading up to the auction.
Auction Coordinator (Event) - Do you enjoy event planning? Do you enjoy being part of a team of parents in helping put together our biggest fundraiser of the year? We need your planning and checklist expertise. If you enjoy a clipboard, check lists and coordination this is for you. Time Commitment - Slow and Steady is the game with a lot of focus in February and March. Note Auction is on Friday, March 16.
Auction Coordinator (Procurement) - Are you good at asking people for donations? Are you good at following up with a team of procurement individuals that will be out emailing, calling or knocking on businesses for donations? Are you an organized individual that can keep track of the 100's of donations we receive from our community businesses, families and students? This will be for you. Time Commitment - Slow and Steady is the game with a lot of focus in February and March. Note Auction is on Friday, March 16.
If you're interested in any of these positions, please contact the PTSA at email@example.com
When: Thursday, Oct. 12th, 6:30-8pm
It's that time of year! Curriculum Night is an opportunity for our teachers to share their vision, focus, and plans for the year. You'll also hear more about Project Based Learning, daily life in the classroom, and volunteer opportunities.
Update: CURRICULUM NIGHT GAMES & FORTS!
This just in! There is now a child-focused event happening at Curriculum Night. A limited number of spaces are available for current QAE students to participate in Games & Forts, led by Gen Zoufal and Alex Hagen. If you are interested in registering your child, please follow this link:
Suggested donation is $5 per child. Registration will open at 4:30pm on Wednesday, October 11th and close at 5pm on Thursday, October 12th. If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Look forward to seeing you at Curriculum Night!
When: Monday October 9th, 2:30pm-4:30pm
Where: QAE Garden
To show your spirit and support wear RED on this day!
We are honored to have Mr. Blake Shelafoe from the Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center visit our school on this important day. All families are invited to join and respectfully observe as he conducts a blessing ceremony for our garden. After, everyone is invited to help plant PNW native plants species. The Duwamish are considered to be Seattle's First People and are the people of Chief Seattle. Thank you to Oxbow Farm Native Plant program for the special donations and the Duwamish Long House Cultural Center for sharing this enriching, cultural environmentally educational experience with our community. In the Spirit of Indigenous Peoples Day we invite our QAE community to wear the color red. This event is brought to you by our PTSA Garden group and our QAE Families of Color group. For more information on native plants at our school see the QAE Garden blog.
Seattle Uptown Alliance is hosting a forum for candidates for three open seats on this Fall's Seattle School Board election. Following opening comments by the 6 candidates for the three positions, the public will be invited to ask questions. It's a great chance to get to know the candidates and make your voice heard about what's important to your family and our school community.
When: Tuesday, Oct. 10th, 7-9pm
Where: St Paul’s Episcopal Church, 15 Roy Street (across from Counterbalance Park)
Forum takes place in the church's lower level. Enter through the gate on Roy Street.
For more information, see the Uptown Alliance's Facebook page
Note -- the QAE PTSA isn't affiliated with the event, we just are sharing an event that may be of interest to our community.
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