Please save the date for QAE's upcoming Parent Ed Night on Tuesday, January 26. The discussion will be on Gender Diversity with guest speaker Aidan Key, founder of Gender Odyssey Family. More info on location, time and childcare coming soon!
QAE CONTRIBUTES TO LOCAL QUEEN ANNE FOOD BANK
The Queen Anne Elementary's fourth grade, staff and parents put together a food drive for the Queen Anne Food Bank. As you know there are about 450 kids in the school and as you may have guessed if every kid brought in a bag of food there would be a lot of food for the food bank and that is what I found out when we picked up the food at the treehouse. The food in the treehouse was such a big pile we had to take a whole trip just to bring the treehouse food to the food bank. Now the brick building’s food was maybe a little bigger than what we just delivered. The load could barely fit in our car and my sister and I had about two feet of room to sit on the drive. As we pulled up the first time there were people getting their food, but when we pulled up for the second time the service was over and there was no one outside getting their food. There were a couple of helpers and one main food guy helping us carry the food from our car to the weighing station area inside the food bank building. After my exhausted arms had carried the last box of food we started weighing the food.
20lb, 30lb, 2lb, 16lb he read the numbers loud and clear while my mom wrote them down with her hands flying across the page, until she stopped. Now it was my brothers turn. Typing the numbers down on the calculator he typed,
He handed the calculator to the food bank guy who wrote both numbers down, added them up and got… 1,100 POUNDS!!!
“This is great” he said. We all agreed. “And the best part is most of the food is canned, healthy, longlasting foods,” he said. We smiled :) as he beamed down on us. “Where does all the food go?” I asked. “I’m glad you asked,” he said, looking truly happy about my question. “We have two sections and we are one of only 3 out of 16 that has those two sections. One is where we give them a bag of food with a sandwich, maybe some chips, some fruit and maybe a yogurt as well. Our other section is where they can shop for free and get items that they might need. There are labels that say how many of one food item they can take based on how big their family is. Inside the shopping room there are small walkin refrigerators where they can get items that need to be refrigerated.”
Where do they put their refrigerated items?” I asked. “If they pick refrigerated items we count on them to have refrigerators at their homes.” he replied. “What if they don’t have homes?” I asked him. “Well,” he said In a voice which sounded as though he was asked this question every day. “Let's say you multiplied your class 7 times and they all needed to come here to get food. That is about how many people come here a day, and they all usually are just in a hard time and have a home with a refrigerator.” he answered. Wow–we all thought. We couldn't believe what we just learned and he said, “We now have enough food to give everybody that comes here a full Thanksgiving dinner!!!”.
All fourth graders are currently studying food literacy and we have learned through authors Lois Brandt (Maddi's Fridge) and Katherine Applegate (Crenshaw) that lots of people don't have enough food every day and we wanted to help in some way.
By William Canlis and Andrew Barnes
A huge thanks to everyone who has made a donation to help kick off the Explorer Fund Drive! We are off to a great start - we've raised $12,099, but we still need to raise $73,901 to reach our goal of $86,000 by Friday, December 18. Please consider donating as generously and as soon as you are able - every dollar counts and will be put to good use!
Donate to the Explorer Fund Drive!
Thank you for supporting our students, staff, and QAE Community!
The Hour of Code event is almost here! Last year we had about 30 volunteers, this year we are shooting for 50! It’s amazing how excited our kids are to code – I hope you’ll have a chance to see it first hand during the day and help support their discovery.
We still need volunteers in 3 key ways for next Tuesday:
Sign up to volunteer today!
Thank you again for all your support!!!
QAE PTSA is hosting its first ever chili cook off next week, Friday, December 11 from 5:30-8:00pm at the Queen Anne Community Center Gymnasium.
Compete to win a pizza party for your child's class! We have 15 recipes entered, we need 35 more! Have a winning recipe?
Be sure to RSVP today!
There will be two categories: traditional and non-traditional.
RSVP and Volunteer Here!
Bring cash for dessert, our 4th graders will be hosting a bake sale to raise money for Islandwood 2016!!
For all questions please contact Lindsey Carrillo, Community Activities Coordinator at email@example.com
Please join the QAE community for a heartfelt farewell and gratitude celebration for David Elliott on Sunday, December 13 from 2:00-4:00pm at the Queen Anne Community Center. All are welcome — current & former staff, parents, students, siblings, alumni, friends, and anyone from the community who would like to attend. Light refreshments will be served.
If you have questions for the planning committee, please email Anne Marie Canlis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The next QAE Families of Color Parent meeting will be Tuesday, December 15, 6:00pm-7:30pm.
Topics to include:
We look forward to an engaging and productive dialogue. Please RSVP to email@example.com for childcare. For more information about the QAE Families of Color, please find us on Facebook at QAE Families of Color or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
BEX Program Update
The Building Excellence IV (BEX IV) Capital Levy was approved by Seattle voters in February 2013. QAE will receive renovations as part of BEX IV, with design work scheduled to begin in February 2016 through a design committee involving staff and parents. In a few weeks, Amy Jessee will be sending more information about the process and how parents can apply to be on the committee. The PTSA will work with the design committee to make sure all parents have a voice in the process and are kept apprised as the committee makes progress.
Principal Search Update
In January, Seattle Public Schools will post for the QAE Principal position and an interview committee (comprised of parents and teachers) will be formed to review resumes and conduct the initial interviews. Details for how the process will work are still being determined. The PTSA will hold a public meeting the first week of January to gather parent input and educate parents on how the process will work.
General registration is now open for SPS enrollment. Enrollment requirements and the information below can be found on the SPS Enrollment page.
If you wish to send your child to Queen Anne Elementary, you have two options:
Open Enrollment Timeline - February 10 - March 1
February 10 - School Choice forms will be available online at 8am
February 10-17: SPS will be accepting early submissions via email, fax, and mail
February 17 - SPS will be accepting walk-in submissions via the Admissions Counter
March 1 - School Choice form deadline
All students will be assigned to their neighbood schools until SPS updates the Source and/or sends assignment notification letters in the spring.
Open House & Tour Dates for Prospective Students
We will add the open house and tour dates to the calendar and website once they are finalized.
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