It's been a roller coaster 24 hours. We hope you survived Day 1.
Thanks for those who voted in the poll. Between the Facebook votes and email responses, it was a virtual tie. We made the decision to go ahead with the "Virtual" Live Auction, happening Friday night from 7-9pm. Remember—the live Auction items will be available only during that 2 hour window, each scheduled to be auctioned off at a certain time. See the full schedule for Friday night here.
We know the timing isn't perfect, but we hope you can curl up on the couch with your favorite beverage and join us online. We'll laugh and cry together while bidding on some amazing items. There's a Whistler vacation, Hawaiian getaway, Disneyland vacation as well as being principal for the day and other unique QAE experiences. All those possibilities may see a long way at the moment, but we hope they're things to look forward to.
Silent Auction Runs Friday through Sunday
Even if you can't make the Friday night time, our Silent Auction will open at noon tomorrow and run through Sunday evening. Basically, this includes everything that would have been displayed and bid on at the event—student art projects, class baskets, extra cool succulent garden centerpieces and student photos. You'll be able to bid on all these items through the Auction site.
Even in these uncertain times, we're trying to raise the $120,000 needed to support our school that we thought would come in during the in-person event. We need your help, every family at a level you can afford.
Stop by Queen Anne Frame on Friday Afternoon
Get your “Virtual Party Grab Bags” people! Millie, the blue truck, will have succulent gardens, goodie bags and you can pick up your online auction winnings. The Auction team will be there in front of Queen Anne Frame tomorrow afternoon from 12-4pm!
Please keep an eye out on the PTSA Facebook page and join us to converse on the QAE Community Discussions group during the live event on Friday night. Questions? We're here to answer (we're not going anywhere far).
Helping Support Learning at Home
Once we get through this weekend of online Auction events, we'll be working with Janine and the staff to see what the PTSA can do to help during the next 6+ weeks. As well as ways we as parents can support each other.
We share your stress and worries about our kids and what lies ahead in the coming weeks and months. We hope we can use this opportunity to support each other and put our school in a good position when our kids are finally able stream into classrooms, sit semi-quietly at Monday Morning Meeting and grin while running around the playground again.
We hope to see you online on Friday night at 7pm,
-- Sandra and the rest of the PTSA and Auction team
UPDATE: School is closed for the next two weeks. But our online Auction is going on. Let's use this time to rally together to support our students and our school!
There's been a lot of communication from the school and SPS during this crazy week. We know it's hard to keep up with everything, so here's a quick checklist of how YOU can support our students during this difficult time (all from your pajamas, with a glass of wine in hand if you wish).
Whew! Got that? Basically, keep your eyes on the online Auction site from now until Sunday afternoon. Remember, we're trying to raise the $120,000 needed to support our school that we thought would come in during the in-person event. We need your help, every family at a level you can afford. Doing it online is unprecedented and, frankly, we're juggling a lot to make it happen. But these are unusual times—we hope our community can come together over the next few days to support our school (even if it's virtually!). See you online on Friday!
PS — one great upside to doing the auction entirely online: anyone can bid! Got worried grandparents on the East Coast? Neighbors who are wondering how to help? Anyone can create an account and bid online in the QAE Auction. Share with your friends and family!
Here's the complete schedule for our Friday night fun. You will need to be online from 7-9pm to bid on these items! Clear your schedule, curl up on the couch and bid away. We know you don't have any other places to go that evening.
***View the catalog of Live Auction items here***
7pm - Get ready to bid!
Log on to the Facebook QAE Community Discussions group and also make sure
Make sure you are logged into the Online Auction Catalog so you can start bidding.
Drawing for a bottle of Fidelitas wine. To be delivered to winner right after drawing for your evening drinking. Fine Print - must live on Queen Anne for Friday night delivery. You (or your viewing group) must be “online” to confirm your prize. Either via Facebook post, messenger or text Sandra at 703-915-6421.
During the below 15 minute slots - 2 live auction items will be active for bidding ONLY for the specific 15 minute interval. After the 15 minutes it will go to the highest bidder (if a bid comes in at the last moment it will be automatically extended for an additional 1 minute).
7:15 – Great Wolf Lodge AND Cooking Demo & Brunch for 8 with Chef Maximillian Petty
7:30 – Drawing for a $50 coffee card to Café Ladro. You (or your viewing group) must be “online” to confirm your prize. Either via Facebook post, messenger or text Sandra at 703-915-6421.
7:30 – Seahawks Ultimate Fan Package AND California Oceanview Condo
7:45 – Disneyland Vacation Package AND Ultimate Wine Lovers Package
8:00 - 7:30 – Drawing for a $50 coffee card to Café Ladro. You (or your viewing group) must be “online” to confirm your prize. Either via Facebook post, messenger or text Sandra at 703-915-6421.
8:00 – Suncadia Tumble Creek Stay and Play Golf Package AND Marian Built Loft
8:15 – QAE Chef For The Day AND 5 Luxurious Nights at The Westin in Whistler
8:30 – Drawing for a $50 coffee card to Storyville. You (or your viewing group) must be “online” to confirm your prize. Either via Facebook post, messenger or text Sandra at 703-915-6421.
8:30 – Luxury Kailua, Hawaii Beachside Vacation Home AND Principal For the Day
8:45 – Drawing for a $50 coffee card to Storyville. You (or your viewing group) must be “online” to confirm your prize. Either via Facebook post, messenger or text Sandra at 703-915-6421.
And that's a wrap! We will aim to hold firm to the above schedule but this is a new experience for you and the auction team so please be patient as we navigate this new territory.
Text message notifications will be turned on during this bidding time. Because of the short time frame of bidding – when you get outbid you will receive a text message if your phone number is already in your profile.
***View the catalog of Live Auction items here***
With Grateful Hearts We Move Forward to Support QAE
A team of parent volunteers have been working tirelessly over the past several months to bring our largest fundraiser, the annual Queen Anne Elementary Auction, to life. This year's "2020 Vision" Auction promised to be lots of fun; hosted in a new venue complete with a photo booth, a large selection of silent auction items to bid on including class baskets, teacher parties, student art, and photos, and a DJ for the after-party. We have an amazing selection of items that a group of more than 10 parent volunteers collected and numerous families have generously donated many special items including vacation getaways, sports and concert tickets, and hosted special events.
While recent developments have put a damper on our fun plans, all of this work is not lost. We have an opportunity to pull together as a community in new ways and, dare we say, an opportunity to support Queen Anne Elementary in ways we have not done before. And in this spirit, we are now asking all of you to join in the effort to make this fundraising opportunity a success, despite our change in plans.
Here is our game plan and timeline for our new, Virtual Auction, fittingly our "2020 Vision":
Here's what we need YOU TO DO:
Please also note that all ticket purchases to Friday's event will be converted to donations and our online system will generate new receipts that specify this donation as 100% tax deductible.
Thank you for your support during these uncertain times. While these change to our school auction were unexpected, our QAE community has an opportunity to make this event a smashing success...even in the face of adversity. It is not lost on us that this month's theme for our QAE Explorers is flexibility! It has been a great pleasure to represent our school and a joy to work with a large team of parent volunteers to make this event a success. We very much appreciate your continued support and your renewed commitment to making our "2020 Vision" Virtual Auction a reality.
Mary Rae & Jenn Lovin, QAE parents and QAE Auction Team Leads
Dear Queen Anne Elementary Families,
As promised, as the information evolved we would continue to review our decisions on whether we could continue with the QAE Auction as it was planned. In the few short days since our Wednesday communication, the PTSA Board, Auction Team and Janine had to make the difficult decision to cancel our Annual Auction event that was scheduled for Friday, March 13th. Based on feedback from our QAE Community, Seattle Public Schools, Public Health – Seattle & King County and additional sources we had to prioritize the health of the overall community during the COVID-19 outbreak.
The school still needs the funds we raise through the auction—our goal was to raise $120,000, which is more than half of the entire PTSA budget. The auction team will continue to run the online auction and ask that you take this opportunity to bid often and bid high for many of the wonderful things currently available online. Over the weekend, the team will be working on a new plan for many of the amazing offerings we were planning to showcase on March 13th. Please look for an email early next week with detailed information on what is to come. Know that everyone involved is working extremely hard to honor the work that has already been done by our auction chair - Mary Rea, procurement lead - Jenn Lovin and the entire parent community in the contributions and donations they have made. The support you give to the school means so much to everyone at Queen Anne Elementary.
Online Auction Extended
As the team is working on additional details we will be extending the current online auction until Thursday, March 12th at noon. We will be adding and highlighting additional items throughout the next couple of days. All bids will remain open till then. So please check out all the items and bid now...
Thank you for your ongoing support and for your understanding in this unprecedented set of events. We're standing by if you have any questions.
QAE PTSA President
The deadline for purchasing tickets to 2020 Vision: A New Perspective, our Annual Auction is Friday afternoon. That’s right — this week is your last chance to register for the social event of the season. Support learning while celebrating with the Queen Anne Elementary community! More than half of our PTSA funding for THIS year comes from funds raised during this auction.
You might be a parent to an older kid who has had plenty of auctions under your belt. Or maybe you have a Kindergartner and wondering if you’ll know anyone, if it’s worth going. All our families chose to be part of this community. This is our chance to keep building that community AND support our school. You'll get to know other parents, eat, drink, dance and be merry. Or just check out all the cool kids photos and class art if that’s more your style.
The Auction accounts for more than half of all funding raised by the QAE PTSA. Join us on March 13th to help ensure that our school can have tutors in classrooms, teacher development, curriculum support, a reading specialist and so much more. See you there?
Our Thoughts on Coronavirus
Obviously, the coronavirus has been front of mind and conversation for many of us at home, work and at the playground. The auction team and PTSA board had the added conversation of how this impacts our Annual Auction on March 13th. Do we hold it? Postpone it? Plan B? Plan Z? How would that impact our funding?
First off — no one associated SPS has been become sick with COVID or quarantined. SPS is keeping the doors open, we should follow their lead.
After discussing, we also know:
To that end, please purchase your tickets to join us for an evening of fun that we could all use. We’ll continue to monitor developments. Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to seeing you on March 13th!
-- Sandra, Mary, Jenn and the rest of the QAE Auction Team
As you probably know, the annual QAE Auction, 2020 Vision, is coming soon — Friday, March 13th. If you haven’t RSVP’d yet, the last day to purchase your auction tickets is this Wednesday, March 4th. Get yours now...
If you haven’t been to the auction before, it is an incredibly special event for our community – a night where parents can socialize, dress up, hang out with our incredible teachers and staff "in real life" and, most importantly, focus on funding the programs that make QAE the place we love!
We rely on the auction to fund over 50% of our PTSA budget for the school year – and you may not know this, but the funds raised this year will pay for CURRENT year programming. Just a few of the things PTSA is funding this year include our Kindergarten aides, reading specialists, author visits, IslandWood, Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) and Racial Equity training for our staff. NONE of these features of QAE are covered by state funding.
Each of us has chosen to send our kids to Queen Anne Elementary for different reasons, but I’ll bet at least a few of your reasons are directly funded by the Annual Auction.
If you’re waiting for the last minute to buy your tickets, that’s pretty much now! Get your tickets here:
Get ready - the QAE Online Auction is opening on Monday morning! More than 125 items will be Every dollar raised helps support resources for the kids at the school this year. Need some culture? We got tickets to the Paramount, the 5th Avenue Theatre and more. Thinking about summer camps? Soccer and coding! Get some self care and indulge yourself as well! Check out all the offerings...
Don't forget to share it with any friends or family who'd like to support our school while getting some great items.
Have you picked up your tickets to our Annual Auction yet? Our minds were on vacation mode going into Mid-Winter Break, so no surprise if you didn't get yours yet.
You can purchase online here at a variety of price levels. Get all the details about the auction on the main 2020 Vision site. We'll see you all on March 13th!
Also heads up — we have an online component to our auction where a bunch oof great items will be up for grabs, all supporting QAE students. The online auction will begin Monday, March 2nd. We'll share a peek at the items later this week.
Tickets to our Annual Auction are now available! That's right, you can reserve your spot at the most important and fun fundraising event of the year on Friday, March 13th. We want the entire community to attend, so we’re offering tickets at different price levels. You don't want to miss it! Line up the babysitter and grab your tickets now...
DESSERTS NEEDED! This year's Dessert Dash is in desperate need of your dessert donation. If you love to bake or have a favorite bakery that you can buy a dessert from, we would love to include it in our Auction Dessert Dash. Please sign up here to let us know what you can bring. Email Jodie Scott at email@example.com with any questions. Thanks so much for your support!
Hello QAE parents! Our Auction team is putting together a special video together for the Auction. We want to feature your snapshots from over the years -- please send any QAE photos or video you'd like to share to parent volunteer Chi-Ju Chen at firstname.lastname@example.org
Also just a heads up that we will be doing some filming and photos around recess time this Tuesday and Wednesday for the Auction Video. These photos and videos are for in-house school use only. Thank you so much!
It's almost time! Tickets for our Annual Auction will be available this Friday. Check the PTSA website then and be sure to get the babysitter lined up for Friday, March 13th!
It takes a village to make the Auction a success, so please reach out to our Auction lead Mary Rea at email@example.com if you're able to help with:
How sweet it is! We've already received some great desserts, but we need more and could use your help coordinating. If you can help reach out to local businesses or are willing to bake something, please let us know!
Week Of and Day Of Help
During the week of March 9th, we'll need lots of hands for a variety of errands, particularly on the day of. Do you have some time the morning of the auction to get a couple of desserts? Or a larger vehicle to pick up the keg and drop it off at The Collective? Please let us know, we can use all the wheels we can get!
Hello from the Auction Team! We can't believe it's the end of January already, which means 7 weeks and counting til Auction Night!! We've had a diversity of fun items come in this week from U-Village to Queen Anne (and some sunny destinations!), so please join us Friday, March 13th to come bid on your favorite items!
We still need some helping hands in some areas, so please consider donating a few hours to help make this night a success! Where you can jump in:
Thank you and mark your calendars for a fun night in March!
Our Annual Auction is coming on March 13th and tickets will be available soon! In the meantime, our QAE Procurement team is looking for donations of all types. We'll take everything from cruises to crotchet classes. Have a skill to share? Consider hosting a party. Enjoy making flower arrangements? Perhaps donate a year's worth of monthly floral delivery. Have a babysitter at home? Many restaurant and entertainment items would be much more appealing with babysitting hours.
Of course, we'll take a week at your vacation cabin as well! Please get creative and contribute to making this year's 2020 Vision a smashing success.
This week's procurement updates come from QAE parents' generous donations:
If you have anything to donate, big or small, you can fill out the donation form online here or just write to firstname.lastname@example.org
The procurement team could also use a hand with ongoing donation requests. Please get in touch with Jenn Lovin at email@example.com if you would have time to email 10 local businesses with a template request form.
Other ways to get involved include:
Thank you for your help!
Your Auction Team
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Remote Learning (Fall 2020)
8:30am - Start Time
3:30pm - End Time
Further schedule details to be shared by district and Principal Roy.
"Regular" In-Person Schedule
7:30am - Breakfast & Playground Supervision Begins
7:50am - Breakfast Ends, Opening Bell
7:55am - School Day Begins
2:25pm - Dismissal
Wednesday Early Release
1:10pm - Dismissal