Queen Anne Elementary is officially open! It's was a bright, sunny morning and the playground was filled with smiling faces. We heard from Superintendent Denise Juneau, State Senator (and QAE parent alum) Reuven Carlyle, School Board Director Eden Mack and more! Principal Roy got a honorary hardhat from Hensel Phelps Construction and everyone pitched in to cut the ribbon. Our very own students also helped lead tours of our amazing new space. Photos below! Thanks to all those at SPS and QAE who put the ceremony together!
They're putting the finishing touches on our newly renovated school to prepare for Back-to-School Night on Wednesday, August 28th, from 5-7pm. We're so excited to see how everything looks!
Students and their families can learn their classroom assignments and meet their teachers and classmates prior to the first day of school. We'll get started at 5pm. Families can come to the cafeteria to see class lists, learn about the PTSA and QAE Spirit Wear, then check out the newly expanded building, the new playground and more!
We look forward to seeing you there! You can RSVP on the Facebook event. If you have any questions, please contact the PTSA at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our return to Queen Anne will begin with a very special ribbon-cutting ceremony with Superintendent Juneau and the SPS Board of Directors on site to officially open our new addition! We'll have the ribbon cutting for our new addition and then there will be tours of our beautiful new classrooms, gym, MakerSpace and much more!
When: Tuesday, September 3rd, at 10:30am
Where: Our expanded campus back on the Hill (though our address is now 2100 4th Ave N)
Who: Open to all QAE families as well as the whole community!
Student Volunteer Opportunities
Parent Volunteer Opportunities
We need some parents to help with the Ribbon Cutting as well as designing and decorating bulletin boards and displays in our new building. Contact Karen if you'd like to help!
Before the final steel beam was installed at the QAE site on Boston, the contractor transported the beam to John Marshall so our kids could sign it.
Check out the great photos taken by QAE parent, Christa Winquist!
Super-fun, unique treat for the kids on Friday (and parents can join): next week the final steel beam will be installed at the QAE site on Boston! The contractor is kind enough to bring the beam to QAE on Friday morning for all the kids to sign!
They'll bring it by flatbed truck to the parking lot and the kiddos will go out by grade to sign it. It'll be there between 11am-12:30pm. Parents are welcome to come by during that time to sign as well!
As we settle in to the school year, we thought it'd be useful to have a reminder about numbers to call and other helpful resources for QAE families.
Always let the school know if your child is going to be absent. Contact Catie Coyle, our new attendance/office assistant via the main QAE office phone number 206-252-2480 or at email@example.com. It's also useful to let your child's teacher know, particularly if it's a longer term absence.
Transportation Issues and Questions
Contact the SPS Transportation department at 206-252-0910 or visit their website. They have the most up to date info of buses and can actually access the drivers. Principal Roy also sends out regular updates via email and there's often discussions in the Facebook QAE Community Discussions group about bus status.
Lunch and Meals
Contact our wonderful Nutritionist/QAE Chef Nancy Buran at 206-252-3589. You can also view your child's balance and add money to purchase breakfast and lunch on the SPS's PayPams site. You can view the current menus for breakfast and lunch.
Lost and Found
Our lost and found located directly inside the main doors of QAE. Have your child take a look if they're missing something. You can also contact the main QAE office number if you have a question - 206-252-2480.
The main QAE Office should be contacted if you're hoping to use space in the building for something outside of regular school hours - 206-252-2480.
There's a number of ways you can keep up with everything that's going on at QAE. Some of it is managed by the school, others by the PTSA.
All these methods have you confused? We get it, there's a lot. If you're not receiving the information you need, feel free to contact the PTSA at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll try to help. If you aren't hearing from Principal Roy or your teacher/coordinator, contact them to make sure they have the proper email for you.
As we prepare for the year at John Marshall, QAE is working with the district to finalize route schedules for buses from the Queen Anne area to John Marshall, including the pick-up and drop-off at the central locations at John Hay and the Queen Anne Community Center.
SPS will communicate details about bus routes by August 27th. They will communicate directly to families. This includes both families who live on routes in the Transportation Zone as well as those who indicated they want to take advantage of the central pick-up/drop-off locations.
If you did not previously tell SPS that your family wants to use pick-up/drop-off at either John Hay Elementary or Queen Anne Community Center, it is your responsibility to email email@example.com to make sure your child is on the list at your preferred site. Please do this ASAP. If you choose this option, you are responsible for drop off/pick up at the appropriate location each day.
There are some additional details on transportation on our Building Renovation page.
As we plan for next year’s move to John Marshall, Principal Roy has been working with SPS to plan for our transportation needs. Here are her recent updates:
SPS can provide both route pick up/drop off and central-location pick up/drop off.
Big news! Our revised bell times have been approved for next year as we move to John Marshall School in Ravenna! This is allow more time for students to get to the school.
The SPS Board of Directors voted to establish QAE's bell times for 2018-19 as follows:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
- 8:50am Welcome Bell
- 8:55am Classes Begin
- 3:25pm Dismissal
- 8:50am Welcome Bell
- 8:55am Classes Begin
- 2:10pm Early Dismissal
Planning Transportation for 2018-2019:
QAE PTSA will work with SPS Transportation Department to begin planning bus routes for 2018-2019. All information updates will be shared here on the PTSA site as we work on this planning process together. If you have any questions, email Janine at firstname.lastname@example.org or call QAE at 206-252-2480.
Queen Anne Elementary is being renovated during the 2018-19 school year! We'll return to the QAE campus in 2019-20. The QAE campus is going to be expanded to better accommodate our enrollment with a new classroom, add a full-sized gym, improve the outdoor play area and more.
During the renovation, QAE will be at the John Marshall building near Greenlake. The address is 520 NE Ravenna Blvd. It's a building that's used by SPS to temporarily house schools during major projects. For example, this year Loyal Heights Elementary is using the building.
We want to give families a chance to see the school. There are two opportunities coming up to take a look:
PTSA General Meeting at John Marshall
Wednesday, Jan. 24th, 6:30-8:30pm
The QAE PTSA will be hosting this general meeting at the John Marshall School in Ravenna, our temporary home during the 2018-19 school year. Come preview the school and attend the meeting! We won’t be able to provide childcare, but intend to keep the meeting short and sweet if you’d like to come but will have a kid in tow.
John Marshall School Visit
Saturday, Jan. 27th, 10-11am
Join us for a morning open house and tour of the John Marshall School in Ravenna, which will be our home during the 2018-19 school year. Open to all families, kids are welcome and encouraged to come check out the building!
See our QAE Building Renovation Project page for more details about the remodel.
The QAE PTSA has a made a info page for prospective students and their families. Find out about more about the Open Enrollment process and RSVP for one of our tours or open house.
Check out some of the details on the flyer here:
Thanks to the more than 280 families responded to the survey about next year's bell times. During our school’s remodel in 2018-19, we will use the John Marshall Elementary School as our interim site for one year. It is located at 520 NE Ravenna Blvd. in the Green Lake area. This will require additional travel time for students. SPS is working on the transportation plan, but we do know that any student currently in the QAE bus zone will have transportation provided. We wanted to provide guidance to SPS on the preferences of our QAE families. Here's the results:
These results are only intended to share with the school district. Final decision will be made based on many factors.
See our Building Renovation page for more details about move.
In 2018-19, our school will relocate so that a much-needed new gym and additional classrooms can be built on-site. Staff and PTSA have been working with architects over the past two years developing plans for our addition. During the addition construction, SPS will transport QAE students each day to John Marshall (520 NE Ravenna Blvd.), a former SPS high school that provides available spaces for whole schools during major additions. All the furniture and equipment will be in place for us to use for the year while our beautiful new learning spaces are built.
On Wednesday, Sept. 27, all QAE parents are invited to a Relocation Information Meeting in the cafeteria from 6:30–8pm. At this meeting, architects, SPS transportation staff and SPS relocation staff will provide information about QAE’s addition design, transportation during the 2018-2019 relocation, and information on the moving process to and from John Marshall. After presentations, we will gather questions from QAE parents. Parents will have time to record their own questions and generate questions in small groups. These questions will provide the basis for regular updates to families throughout this year that will be shared on our QAE PTSA website and in Rocket Reader. We will ensure parents are well-informed about this carefully-planned process well before the end of June 2018. All QAE parents are welcome!
See the PTSA's info page on the Building Renovation for more details on the exciting design for our expanded school!
The second City of Seattle "Departures" public meeting is set to happen on Thursday, July 20th at 6pm in the school cafeteria. The departures committee makes recommendations about whether certain changes that will help make the expanded building a great place for our kids to learn. We need parents and especially kids there to advocate for our playground.
See Principal Roy's note below about the importance of the meeting. We hope to see you there! For more information about the project, see our QAE Building Renovation project page.
This is a reminder that the 2nd QAE Departures meeting is on Thursday, July 20th at 6 pm in the cafeteria. This information went out to QAE families in June and is currently posted on the PTSA website. Many thanks to any QAE families who are able to attend with me.
Student voice will be key at this next meeting, as the Departures Committee needs to hear how important our QAE play space (playground, soccer field, basketball court, etc) is to students throughout the day. At the first meeting, several QAE parents spoke eloquently about the need for the requested departures to accommodate our much-needed addition for our growing population.
Some community members shared how frustrated they were with ongoing parking challenges around QAE. Some in attendance suggested painting additional parking spaces on the QAE playground blacktop due to their frustration with lack of parking in the neighborhood. If QAE parents are able to bring students to the first hour of Thursday's meeting, or help students practice sharing a 1-2 sentence statement on how important play on our QAE playspace is to students, that would be a very important viewpoint to share at this meeting. After the first hour, the meeting then shifts to a meeting of the Departures Committee and QAE parents and students are welcome to remain for the whole meeting or slip out at 7pm.
If anyone has any questions, let me know.
During the June 6th Building Renovation Meeting we heard very consistent feedback from our neighbors and community QAE parents have NOT always been kind, safe or fair to our children, ourselves and our neighbors. We were reminded of some basic SAFETY and RESPECT procedures that you should remember when dropping off and picking up your children at school. Please help us model good safety behaviors for our children and be good neighbors.
1) Crossing Boston St at the intersection of Bigelow. There is a signed cross walk at Boston and 4th Ave N to use for our safety and our children. Our neighbors have witnessed a number of situations where distracted or hurried drivers do not pay attention when driving through this area and it is further challenged by the slope of the street giving drivers some blind spots. They reminded us that we should all be careful and safe when crossing streets.
2) Crossing the any street mid-block. Please don't play frogger across the busy street.
3) Parking - please respect our neighbors driveways, fire hydrants, crosswalks and stop signs. The below is the Seattle Department of Transportations Parking Regulations in regards to How Close Can you Park? Parking illegally, even for a couple of minutes, is unfair and unsafe to those that are sharing the roads.
4) Drop Off - Please pull all the way to the front of the drop off/pick up zone to allow space for other cars (even when it's rainy).
Thank you to all parents for helping live and model our pillar that "We are concerned, confident and compassionate citizens of the world"
For those that would like more details on the BEX meeting on Tuesday 6/6 can learn additional information at http://www.qaeptsa.org/building.html.
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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