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Last PTSA Membership Meeting of the school year-please come!
Please join us on the evening of Wednesday, June 8. Official business will run from 6-7:30 pm. At this time important budget discussions and voting will take place. 15 minutes before and after is reserved for open questions. Your QAE PTSA would love to hear from you and see you on TEAMS this evening! Find the link to join here in the PTSA calendar. This is a great opportunity for learning about open board positions for next year. Your Parent Teacher Student Association welcomes everyone! Bring a friend!
Align your passions with PTSA!
Dedicated hearts of many volunteers makes our community stronger. The PTSA is recruiting board members and board directors for the 2022-23 school year. Let's explore how to align your passions with ways to support QAE! Lots of positions are open and can all be shared with a buddy! Here is our active recruitment list:
End of year pack up - Here's how you can help.
Our principals and teachers could use some helping hands to get QAE classrooms in ship-shape ready for next September. Volunteers are needed to help with organizing, sorting and boxing up supplies. This work will take place in empty rooms during the school day, and needs to be completed by June 17th. If you can offer a few hours of your time over the next few weeks, please email our volunteer coordinator, Jeanine MacQuarrie, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Indicating your general availability will be helpful. Preschoolers are welcome!
Upcoming Events & Reminders
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Bike to support our school
Get on your bike and ride! Join QAE moms, Meg Kelly and Cindy Reiner, for a mostly flat, easy-paced evening bike ride around Queen Anne hill on Thursday, May 19th! We will meet near the Elk's Lodge to glow up our bikes....yes, that's a thing, then head out on the Westlake Trail. Mid-ride we will stop to enjoy beverages and snacks while watching the sunset at Myrtle Edwards park. Only 4 openings remain. Visit this link to learn more and to reserve your spot! Proceeds go towards PTSA!
Southeast Seattle School's Fundraising Alliance
At QAE, one of the five pillars is "We are concerned, confident and compassionate citizens of the world." Help put this core value into action by considering a donation to the Southeast Seattle Schools Fundraising Alliance. SSSFA is currently participating in their second annual Move-a-Thon, and they have a goal of raising $150,000 in donations that will support 15 schools in southeast Seattle. There are three ways to contribute:
Field Day 2022!
An end of year day full of fun for our students. We need you to join in the fun too! Please consider being part of the planning team! Tentative Dates are set for Monday, June 13 or June 16th (last week of school). As Co-Chair you will help support the overall flow and details of the day, purchasing items as needed and communicate with volunteers. Huge thank you to our community events leader, Shalini Nilakantan and Ms. Josie, our super special P.E. teacher. Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to lend a hand!
Explore School Parent Leadership - Nomination Committee
The PTSA will have open positions on next year's board and are currently forming a Nomination Committee that will help to fill these positions.
The goal of the committee is to lead the process in matching people with open positions. One could say they are the match makers in this love story.
You do not need to be on the board to participate in this committee. The committee needs to be in place as soon as possible in order to fill as many of the essential volunteer rolls as possible. A few positions that have already been identified are Board President, Secretary, Fundraising Lead, Co-Treasurer.
We'd really like your help in identifying people who might be interested in serving on the PTSA, and we'd also like to invite any of you who are interested in serving on the nominating committee to please let us know by May 20th.
If you are interested, have any leads for us or just have general questions please email Sarah Kaiser at email@example.com
Upcoming Events and Reminders
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Teacher Appreciation Week - May 1st-7th
The PTSA has special plans for Teacher Appreciation Week! A Staff Farmer's Market is being organized for Thursday, May 5th. PTSA needs help acquiring local fresh fruits/veggies/herbs/flowers/products. Do you have a connection to a local farm/product? Can you donate part of your harvest from the pea patch that week? Can you donate your CSA box that week? If you answered yes to any of those questions, please contact Jamie Ross Djelosevic SOON at email@example.com.
An Evening for New Families- May 3rd
Ms. Roy is leading a Welcome to Queen Anne event for new families on May 3rd 5:30 – 7 pm. This is a drop-in style with a PTSA table set up to offer information, answer questions and get to know people. It's so nice to meet people in person again! QAE's very own 4th and 5th grade Explorers will be tour guides. Meet outside in the school courtyard.
Caffeine with Janine staring May 9th
Starting on Monday, May 9th from 7:55 a.m. - 8:25 a.m. Ms. Roy will be available to informally gather outside with parents to connect over coffee. This is a great time to ask questions and share ideas. All are welcome and we are so happy to have this tradition come back to life! Keep tuning in here for the June Caffeine with Janine date.
Burgers and Beers - May 12th
Get tickets here. Few things are better at building community than getting together for burgers and beer. When the beer comes from local favorite Rooftop Brewing and the burgers are SMASH burgers, you have the makings of a historic event. Grab your friends and head to Rooftop's private event space by the Ballard bridge to enjoy delicious, almost famous "Oklahoma Smash Burgers" by Seattle's self-proclaimed smash-burger connoisseur extraordinaire, owner of Caffe Ladro, and QAE parent, Jack Kelly. It'll be a great opportunity to meet new people, bond with those you know, and consume the best of brews and burgers. Only 6 spaces left! Proceeds go to QAE PTSA.
Upcoming events and reminders
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Earth Day Bingo on Friday
Check your student’s orange folder or back pack this week for an Earth Day Bingo activity! How many squares can your family complete? Students should bring their bingo forms back to school on Friday, April 22nd to be entered into a draw to win new books for their classroom!
Thank you to parent volunteer, Veronika Ziegler - Garden Coordinator, for creating this fun earth minded activity.
Parent's Day Out - May 21st
Take advantage of the spring sunshine on Saturday, May 21st from 1 to 4 p.m. You can drop your kids off at the Queen Anne Elementary playground to play while you get some time to yourself! Thank you to QAE parents Katie Luhman and Jackson Bennett who will entertain your child for three hours. Snacks and school playground equipment, such as balls and jump ropes, will be provided. Sign up your student and their friends for an afternoon of fun! The cost is $75 and all proceeds go towards our QAE PTSA in continued effort to reach this year's fundraising goals. Sign up here!
Book Fair on May 9th - 12th
Thank you to Ms. Parker for making our library such a wonderful place! With community support we can continue keeping our library current and interesting for our students. Mark your calendars for the QAE Book Fair, May 9th-12th.
QAE @ the Seattle Sounders on June 18th
SAVE THE DATE! One of QAE’s favorite community events is back! Join your classmates, staff, and parent community on June 18th at Lumen Field as the Sounders take on division rival LAFC! Kick-off is at noon. Come celebrate all that we have accomplished together this school year and cheer the Sounders to victory. Scholarship tickets will be available to ensure everyone that wants to attend can. More information on ticket ordering coming to the Rocket Reader and Classroom News soon!
Children MUST be accompanied by an adult guardian. This is not a chaperoned field trip. QAE teachers and staff will attend, but this is not a district-sponsored school event.
Thank you to parent volunteer, Jonathan Hildebrandt for organizing.
The Yearbook needs your pictures!
It's that time! Parents, teachers, guardians and friends, please look back through your camera rolls, phone pic history, and emails. Then, send us some of your best candid shots from the various moments this past school year!
There are two ways to send us pictures:
1. Email your pictures to email@example.com
2. Download them to this secure drop-box.
Please include your child's name, grade, teacher and VOPP/In-Person in your email and make the subject line, "2021-22 Yearbook." With your participation we'll have extra sweet 2021-22 memories for our kids to look back on. Thank you parent volunteer, Tiffany Robinson, for leading the yearbook project this year.
That's right, QAE! Our Board has risen to the fundraising challenge of the decade with our mighty hearts, and we'd like to thank you for ALL of your support! We couldn't do it without you. We're halfway to our $100,000 goal and have not yet reached our goal of 100% community participation. We're asking YOU, dear community, to take us home! We know you want to keep our school special today and in the future. In great effort to reach our fundraising goals, here is what we're doing:
Funds raised this year directly impact QAE, enabling several important staff positions that make a large positive impact on our kids every day. Let's keep going QAE! It's for our kids today and tomorrow.
Last day to order dinner from Queen Anne Beer Hall is tomorrow, the 24th at 2 pm.
To join our virtual Spring Community Celebration just click the Live Auction Button at the top of our auction home page this Friday at 7 pm.
Would your kiddo like to be Art teacher, PE teacher or Librarian for the day? How about Principal for the day? All of the descriptions of the live auction experiences are available for you to view now!
More items are being added to our silent auction every day. Bidding closes on April 2nd.
The auction team is excited to connect, celebrate, share heartfelt words from community members and students, raise necessary funds and keep the beat going with YOU QAE Community!
On-line silent auction Opens Monday Morning! Dinner options, global reading challenge, navigating masks, SPS and teachers ..... we're keeping the beat!
Here we go! The QAE 2022 virtual silent auction is opening Monday morning! Every dollar raised helps support the much needed resources for our kids. Need some entertainment? We have tickets to The Moisture Festival. Thinking about kids camps? How about ultimate frisbee or art? Feeling like you want something simple and unique? What about a your teacher's favorite children's book with a special note inside? Get some self care, find a family project and indulge yourself as well! Check out all of the offerings starting Monday!
Don't forget to share it with your friends and family who'd like to support our school while getting some great items, services or experiences. Or submit a video of what you and your kiddo appreciate about QAE.
Auction night dinner? We got you!
Enjoy dinner at home on live auction night! All dinner options are listed in the virtual silent auction items. Thanks to our procurement team we now have TWO of our fantastic local Queen Anne restaurants to choose from; Eden Hill, for pick up only at Big Max Burger AND Queen Anne Beer Hall, for pick up only that evening. How does "..honey glazed..", "smoky blue cheese..." or "...white chocolate popcorn.." sound? Maybe you're in the mood for "Smashburgers," ....it's a pretzel and wings kind of night. What ever your taste buds are craving, we think we got you covered....meals and bevies for all ages.
BUYING FOR EDEN HILL ENDS ON MARCH 22ND @ 2 P.M.
BUYING FOR QUEEN ANNE BEER HALL ENDS ON MARCH 24TH @ 2 P.M.
Whatever your style we hope you'll be virtually joining us for an hour of fun heart-felt community building, a little entertainment, and of course, fundraising for our one and only QAE. Up to 50% of dinner costs go back to our school!
Way to go 4th and 5th grade Explorers!
Congrats to the RAD READERS who are on their way to the Global Reading Challenge Finals! They're the first QAE team in history to make it this far. According to our brilliant 4th grade teacher, Ms. Goldman, QAE's team got all 21 questions correct, which took them into the "nail-biting" tie-breaker round against Catherine Blaine's very talented WEIRD READERS. After six extremely challenging questions, our team came out on top! Go Explorers!!
How to talk to your kids about masks
Community at QAE is at the heart of the PTSA's work. One of our five pillars is "We are concerned, confident and compassionate citizens of the world." We're a school that embraces advocacy and acting from our hearts, supporting choices, finding empathy, thinking critically and practicing compassion in our community.
The PTSA is supportive of community members that have heightened risks within their personal situation. Part of the PTSA's role is to take into consideration voices from across QAE, which include teachers, staff, parents and students. While it's completely understandable that families are going to make individual decisions based on what is right for them, we ask that part of that decision making process include a consideration for the broader community that is potentially impacted.
We want to acknowledge that the lifted mask requirement in classrooms, that was announced from Seattle Public School District on Monday, was news that presented another significant change, similarly to how we felt coming back to school in the Fall. We encourage an open dialogue with your children to foster empathy and understanding when they encounter children and adults who have made different decisions. Here is an article that you may find helpful and a SPS resource; Helping Kids Adjust to Changing Covid-19 Guidelines.
Use your voice to support our teachers
As it seems, a continuous flow of changes, on a handful of levels, are being presented to our community, on what feels like almost a daily basis. It's hard to know where to put our energy sometimes. Again, as your PTSA, advocating for community is a priority. Feeling safe and supported is important for everyone. It's frustrating to hear about the unjust treatment of our teachers across the district and at our school who are not receiving district support. Teachers who have immunocompromised family at home or young children who cannot get vaccinated yet are faced with the choice of taking unpaid leave or compromising their families health. This is concerning in may ways, and because it goes against the memorandum of understanding between The Seattle Education Association and the school district, a trust has been broken. In support of our amazingly hard working, student dedicated and true heroes/heroines...our teachers, their health and the health of their families, we're encouraging all community members to write to our school board district representative, Vivian Song.
Feel free to contact our Legislative Director, Jackson Bennett, with questions. In partnership and community, Your 2022 PTSA Board.
Principal Roy shared this list of resources that may be useful for our families:
It is important to be continuing our ongoing conversations with children about race and racism. Below are parent resources for addressing race, racism, Black Lives Matter, and the death of George Floyd. Thank you to QAE teachers Lorin Belcher, Rachel Scheer, Lauren Appel and Sarah Goldman for compiling these resources:
Reminder: join us on Thursday evening, 6:30-8pm, for a free parent education event hosted on Zoom! Katie Gruver from Positive Parenting Seattle will be presenting on "Using Family Meetings to Reconnect, Solve Problems and Have Fun (yes, it's possible!) During COVID-19."
How to join:
Please send an email to Principal Roy at firstname.lastname@example.org and she'll share the Zoom link to you.
If you feel like you’re constantly renegotiating expectations with your child(ren) about homework, chores, bedtimes, screen usage, siblings etc; if you feel like you’ve fallen back on punishments or threats and are looking for a few new ideas; if you feel like you're spending every moment together, but that very little of it is FUN; if you've been overwhelmed or disconnected or frustrated by juggling it all right now, please join us for an informative and uplifting conversation on family meetings. More details on the schedule and about Katie here...
We can't be together right now, but Dr. V would love to get new books into the hands of students and families! We know these are tough times for many families, but Dr. V has put together a great list of books (and some crafting kits).
Dr. V's list includes some great books for every grade level. Secret Garden Books will donate 10% of the the purchase price of books on the list to the QAE Library.
How the Book Fair works:
Questions? Please contact Dr. V at email@example.com or Secret Garden Books at 206-789-5006.
In this time of staying-at-home, we've adjusting how we can support our families. The QAE PTSA will be hosting an online parent education event. Katie Gruver, of Positive Parenting Seattle, will be presenting on "Using Family Meetings to Reconnect, Solve Problems and Have Fun (yes, it's possible!) During COVID-19" on Thursday, May 14th.
If you feel like you’re constantly renegotiating expectations with your child(ren) about homework, chores, bedtimes, screen usage, siblings etc; if you feel like you’ve fallen back on punishments or threats and are looking for a few new ideas; if you feel like you're spending every moment together, but that very little of it is FUN; if you've been overwhelmed or disconnected or frustrated by juggling it all right now, please join us for an informative and uplifting conversation on family meetings.
When: Thursday, May 14th, 6:30-8pm
Where: Your house! We'll be hosting the meeting on Zoom. See below.
Cost: This is a free event, but we are collecting donations to reimburse the presenter for her time. Any excess funds will be donated to the Ballard Food Bank.
To Register: Please write to Ms. Roy at firstname.lastname@example.org and she'll send you the Zoom link as well as the link to donate (if you can't afford to donate, no worries, we want all families to attend!)
See you online on Tuesday!
QAE community – the PTSA has been a little quiet over the past few weeks. Like each of you, we have been navigating our new normal. Balancing work, or no work, distance learning for our kids, Zoom meetings/happy hours/classrooms AND all the dishes! Parents that are Essential Workers – THANK YOU for being essential and being there for others!
The PTSA team has been chipping away at a handful of items and wanted to give you a quick update:
Auction – Thank you for participating in our first Virtual Auction. The consensus was we came together as a community and did an AMAZING job at raising money for our school, teachers and kids. Thank you to Mary Rea and Jenn Lovin for all of their hard work. Our community raised almost $95,000! Thank you for pivoting and being flexible when we weren’t sure how we were going to pull it off.
Reimbursement Forms – If you have any receipts that need reimbursement. Please submit your forms and receipts using this link and email to email@example.com.
Open PTSA Roles for next year – These are unprecedented times and the Board needs your help to fill next year’s leadership roles. We have a number of open roles – if you are interested, we would like to speak with you.
Officers - Officers sign checks, manage the budget and expenditures, ensure legal requirements are met, and provide leadership on PTSA interests throughout the school year
• Assistant Treasurer
Directors - take the responsibility of specific areas of interest, along with advising and voting on issues at regular PTSA board meetings. Together with the Executive group, they form the voting members of the Board
• Communications Director
• Legislative Director
• Families of Color Director
• Technology Advisor Director
Coordinators - They do not have a vote and are not required to attend board meetings (but are welcome and encouraged to!). They fill vital additional roles for QAE.
• Co- Community Outreach & Events Coordinator
• Garden Coordinator
• Fund Drive
Budget Season — usually this time of year we take a lot of time going through line by line of our PTSA budget to determine how much we should allocate for next year. We continue to do this work but understand there are a lot of unknowns and want to give ourselves the most flexibility for the 2020-2021 school year.
Yearbook — Can you believe we are still thinking about Yearbooks?!? Send in your pictures and ESPECIALLY any fun at home pictures because we are going to have an “at home” section because this will be a most memorable part of the 2019-2020 school year.
We are also working on details of a Virtual Book Fair and Virtual Parent Education event, more to come as we get those details! If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to Sandra Nanney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
QAE PTSA President
UPDATE: Movie Night has been postponed. New date TBA soon!
Join us for QAE Movie Night with a family favorite, The Emoji Movie. Come in your pajamas and bring a favorite stuffy and blanket to get cozy on the gym floor. Food will be available for suggested donations in the cafeteria. We’ll have hot dogs & popcorn if you want to have dinner while watching the movie. Plus desserts & baked goods will be available for purchase and sponsored by 4th grade to raise money for Islandwood!
When: Thursday, March 5th, 2020, 6-7:30pm
Where: The QAE Cafeteria! We’ll be viewing the movie picnic style so bring a comfy blanket!
Cost: $10/family which includes 2 free bags of popcorn and helps offset the costs of the movie licensing fee.
Please RSVP here for the Movie Night....
Help us plan by RSVPing ahead of time for the Family Movie Night!
We welcome volunteer support
Please volunteer! Volunteers and their families get free admission! Sign up to volunteer here...
All proceeds go to QAE PTSA Community Events.
Join us Tuesday night at the school for a free parent workshop on Positive Discipline! Whether you're looking to better deal with challenging behavior, feel less overwhelmed at home or just want to learn about the Positive Discipline framework used at QAE, you'll learn a lot! Positive Discipline Parent Educator Katie Gruver will facilitate a hands-on workshop for parents and caregivers of QAE students.
When: February 25th, 6-7:30pm
Where: Queen Anne Elementary. We'll be in the Chillzone
Games Club will be available during the workshop. Reserve spot(s) here for your kiddos.
More information here...
Due to the snow, the Open House for Prospective Families has been moved to next Wednesday, Jan. 22nd at 6:30pm! Pass this info along to any families you know who might be interested in having their kids attend QAE next year.
See the Info for Prospective Families page for all the details including RSVPs.
Here's the flyer showing all the dates and info!
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