Get all of your holiday baking covered with Cougar Mountain Cookie Dough! QAE 4th graders are taking orders for 3 lb tubs of cookie dough as they fundraise for their 2020 trip to IslandWood! Each tub is $17 and half of the proceeds go toward the IslandWood trip! Find your local 4th grader to order or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Dough will be delivered to school on Wednesday, November 20th.
Saturday, November 2nd, 9am-12pm
We're happy to collaborate with Green Seattle for an earth stewardship service project. Our school will help this year at the Duwamish location, just over the West Seattle bridge.
Our friends at GS have reserved up to 20 spaces for our community to join in the action. "Join the fun at East Duwamish Greenspace and be one of hundreds of volunteers planting native trees, shrubs, and groundcovers that will become the future forest of Seattle. All community members are welcome, and no experience is necessary! The event is family friendly and open to all ages."
You don't have to register but we want to give the site leader an idea of people to prepare supplies. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with "SGD" in the subject line and the number of people you are bringing. Look for our school garden coordinator, Andrea Hildebrandt, who will be wearing our school colors, at the site when you arrive. Hope to see you there QAE. It's a great way to give back!
What to Bring
Come dressed for the weather (rain or shine) in clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes (rubber boots, hiking shoes or boots), long sleeves, long pants, warm layers and rain jacket. We'll have tools and gloves for you to use, as well as coffee, water, and a mid-morning snack. Help reduce waste by bringing your own refillable coffee mug/water bottle if you have one.
Where to Meet
Use 8631 39th Ave S as an approximate address for the upper trail entrance, and contact us if you need directions. The forest is located along 39th Ave S, between S Cloverdale and S Trenton Streets in South Beacon Hill. We will meet at the entrance by the yellow fire hydrant, but if you arrive late, just follow the trail and look for us in the woods. The forest is a short walk from bus stops or light rail.
Where to Park
Limited parking is available adjacent to the site along 39th Ave S, and more parking is available in the surrounding neighborhood.
• Green Seattle - https://www.greenseattle.org/get-involved/green-seattle-day/
• Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center - https://www.duwamishtribe.org/
It's the time of the year again! We can't wait to see all the fun costumes on Thursday during our annual all school parade and class parties. We start with the parade then end the day with the class parties:
• 12:45pm – all students change into costumes.
• 12:55pm – Classes assemble on the blacktop in a long whole school line.
• 1-1:15ish – Parade is on! Parents, preschoolers and neighbors are welcome to come to wave at our parade! There will be time for photos during and after the parade.
Halloween Class Parties:
• 1:30-2:10pm – Parties in each classroom. Thanks to the parent volunteers for putting these on.
• 2:10pm – Clean up
• 2:25pm – Dismissal
Also passing along guidelines around costumes as school. At QAE, children can wear costumes for the day or change at lunch if they wish.
• Costumes are for an elementary audience; Scary costumes that may frighten Kindergarteners are left at home;
• No masks at school;
• No swords/toy guns, or weapon accessories at school.
The weather is chilly so it’s time for CHILI! Join us at the QAE Chili Cook-Off and Bingo Night on Wednesday, Nov. 13th, 5:45-7:30pm in the school cafeteria & gym. You vote to pick the best chili winners and enjoy fun prizes for Bingo winners! We’ll also have other treats for sale (cash only) with lots of fun all around!
Chili Cook-off: We are looking for volunteers to cook their favorite recipes to share plus any fun trinkets or prizes that you think would be fun for our prize bag. Everyone will get a chance to taste and vote on their favorites in a variety of categories including best traditional, vegetarian, chicken, cornbread, chili dogs or most flavor, aroma, creative, zesty and spicy! Come hungry!
Bingo Prizes: Plus, we are looking for family donors for fun small prizes for our prize grab bag that will be fun for kids and adults. We are seeking new/unused items ranging from pencils, marker sets, stickers, temporary tattoos, putty, candles, water bottles, bracelets, hot wheels, bath bombs, lip balm, stamps, coffee, hot sauce, nail polish, stress balls, mini travel games, cards, chili seasoning, candy bars, spices or other unique prizes that would be fun for adults or kids.
Use the SignUpGenius form to RSVP and let us know if you can bring chili or contribute in other ways.
The 2020 auction team is forming and we are looking for a number of volunteers to join the Procurement team. This isn’t all knocking on doors (although we will need some help with that too!). We’re looking for the following:
How can you contribute to procurement without joining the team? We’ll take everything from condos to cookies!
It takes a village to collect items that we’ll be bidding on in March. What kind of products, services, and experiences are you interested in? Let’s think outside the box this year. For example, if you have a skill to share, we’d love to offer knitting classes or a mahjong night? Passionate about cooking? Consider organizing a group of friends to host a progressive dinner or a chili cook-off. Do you have a babysitter at home? Donate babysitting hours to add on to a date-night package. Skilled at flower arrangements or baking cookies? Offer a monthly delivery service.
While we are looking for contributions from employers and local businesses; we also have a fantastic opportunity to tap into the creative group of families here at QAE to offer experiences and services that are unique and fun. No contribution is too small!
Please contact Jenn Lovin at email@example.com to volunteer or offer ideas!
All QAE families are invited to join us for the Families of Color meeting on Thursday, October 24 from 6-7:30pm in the QAE Chill Room (next to the cafeteria). Please join us in welcoming new families to QAE, a discussion on what cultural competency look like at QAE, and planning events for the year.
Also, we’re looking for volunteers who are interested in supporting the group in other ways - Do you like making posters? We need you! Can you drop off flyers? Let us know! Can you help coordinate community meetings? Have other ideas on programming? Please come! We welcome and need all perspectives.
More info on games club will follow. Questions? Please contact Kay Dumlao Doherty at firstname.lastname@example.org. See you on Thursday!
Welcome to a new series of “FRI-YAY” community events right after school! Our first FRI-YAY fun is coming up this Friday, Oct 25th, right after school for 20 minutes (rain or shine) outside by the gym. Tasty, fresh-made POPCORN will be for sale for $1 a bag. For our bus riders, Kids Co. and Enrichment students we’ll have popcorn pre-sales at lunch which will be delivered to their backpacks before end of day (please remember to have your kiddo bring $1 cash on Friday). We’ll munch popcorn and celebrate the weekend ahead! (All proceeds go directly to fund PTSA community events)
Our first All School PTSA meeting takes places on Wednesday, October 16th from 6:30-8pm at the school! We'll be in the Chiilzone/cafeteria area!
It's a great way to hear about what's going on at the school, including the PTSA's plans for this year—we’ll check in on plans for community event this year, elect new board members and more. All are welcome, would love to you see and hear you at the meeting.
Games Club will be available during the meeting. Reserve a space here:
It's beginning to feel a lot like Fall! Perfect for our QAE Community Harvest on Saturday! Come to the QAE school garden at the QA P-Patch for bobbing apples, building a scarecrow, scavenger hunts, seed collecting, autumn nature crafting, pumpkin carving, sharing food and playing outside.
When: Saturday, Oct. 19th, 12-2pm
Where: Queen Anne P-Patch, 301 Lynn St
Find out more about our celebration...
PS - we could use a few more volunteers to help with crafts, games and activities.
Journalist Brandon Macz from the Queen Anne & Magnolia News visited QAE during the Jog-A-Thon and wrote a fun little story (with photos from the run)! Check out the article here...
And a big thanks to every family member, friend and neighbor who donated to support our children! Thank YOU to all the parents for making it happen! Together we raised more than $36,000 to support the school. A big hooray to Ms. Hartmann, Ms. Dickersen and Mr. Backman's classes for each raising more than $4,000!
Passing along a message from Ballard High School:
Students in grades K-8 are invited to join the Ballard High School Dancers for an afternoon of dancing. All participants will learn choreography (taught by the BHS Dance Team members) and receive a BHS Dance T-Shirt. We'll have arts & crafts, face painting, and other fun activities. Costumes are encouraged! A small snack will be provided (gluten, dairy, and nut free). Join us on Sunday October 27 from 2:00 - 4:00pm in the Ballard High School Gym. Click here to register or email us at email@example.com for more information.
This Friday, October 11th, is a district-wide In Service Day. There will be no school. We'll see you on Monday bright and early (hopefully at Monday Morning Meeting).
Saturday, October 19 12-2pm at the Queen Anne P-Patch
All QAE families and friends are invited to the QA P-Patch, where our school garden is located, for some fun! Expect, cider pressing so bring your growlers! Get ready for bobbing apples, building a scarecrow, scavenger hunts, seed collecting, autumn nature crafting, pumpkin carving, sharing food and playing outside. Encourage your ghouls and goblins to wear Halloween costumes for fun. We'll also be collecting non-perishable item that will be donated to NW Harvest.
Sounds so fun that you want to help out? Volunteer to help with crafts, games and activities via the Sign-Up Genius form here.
QAE PTSA Garden Coordinator and parent volunteers in collaboration with the QA P-Patch gardeners and orchard keepers bring you this event. We hope you can make it! If you don't already have a special QAE Growler, buy it now! There is a limited quantity.
Check out the QAE Garden Blog for more form last year's Harvest event. Here's a few photos:
Community Harvest Festival (October 19th)
Volunteers needed for crafts, games, and activities that celebrate the season!
Mini Books for home reading
Assemble and staple mini books for beginning readers (Can be done at school or at home). Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Makerspace Helpers (during Kindergarten classes)
M/T/Th/F at 12:45pm
Contact email@example.com or speak directly to Ms. Appel
Not quite a volunteer position! The school is in need of a Playground/Recess supervisor for Monday through Friday approximately 2.5 hrs a day (9-11:30am). This is a paid position $16 an hour. If you're interested, contact Karen Alvarez in the office at firstname.lastname@example.org
The new date for our annual Curriculum Night is this Thursday, Oct. 10th from 6:30-8pm. It's an opportunity for parents to hear from our teachers! They'll share their vision for how Project Based Learning, Social Emotional Learning, how QAE handles homework, volunteer opportunities and, importantly, some of the nuts and bolts details of classroom life.
Schedule for Curriculum Night
There will be two different sessions for those families with more than one child at QAE.
The MakerSpace, library and gym will be open during this time. Stop by and meet our specialists! Curriculum Night is for parents only. There are a few spots left for Games Club during the event.
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