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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.
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!
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...
Are you looking for less overwhelm and more moments of joy, playfulness and connection in your home? Would you like to find more effective ways to deal with challenging behaviors like yelling, whining or sibling rivalry? Are you curious about the Positive Discipline framework that your teachers at Queen Anne Elementary use with your children, and wonder how you might adapt them within your own home?
Join us for an Introduction to Positive Discipline at QAE. 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.
Together, we will:
Katie Gruver is a Certified Positive Discipline Educator and the Founder of Positive Parenting Seattle. She's also Adjunct Faculty at North Seattle College and mama to two kiddos (5 & 7). For more, see www.positiveparentingseattle.com
Queen Anne Elementary is taking part in the Global Reading Challenge for the 4th year! Teams of 4th and 5th grade students have been working had to prepare for this quiz-show style contest at QAE! Among the goals of the GRC are to motivate children to read, develop teamwork and cooperative thinking skills, and have fun. Each year, students from across the city read up to 10 books selected by Seattle librarians and participate in weekly meetings to study these books with their teammates.
Our winning team will advance to compete with teams from other schools across the city. The program will end with an All-City Final that will take place at the downtown Central Library.
If your child is participating in GRC this year (or you just want to watch!), please join us for our In-School Competition, which will be held at QAE on Tuesday, Feb. 11th at 8:15am. We are so proud of all of our 4th and 5th grade participants!
See the Seattle Public Library GRC site for more information, including the list of books.
Reminder: join us on Thursday night at QAE for this special community discussion with guest speaker Christina Chang. Childcare is available! We hope to see you there.
Our third FRI-YAY fun is coming up on Friday, Feb 7 right after school for 20 minutes (rain or shine) outside by the gym. We are looking for popcorn helpers to spread a little joy on Friday! Tasty, fresh-made POPCORN will be for available for a suggested donation of $1 a bag. For our bus riders, Kids Co. and Enrichment students we’ll have popcorn sign ups available in the classroom before lunch which will be delivered to their backpacks before end of day (please remember to have your kiddo bring $1 suggested donation on Friday). We’ll munch popcorn and celebrate the weekend ahead.
To help support animals in need, 50% of the proceeds will go to support the Australian Zoo Wildlife Hospital for new enclosures to house koalas and flying foxes injured or displaced by the fires. Thank you to our very own QAE students Ryan and Lachlan Forrest for their initiative. (Remaining proceeds to go to the QAE Community Events Fund)
Can you lend a hand making popcorn or delivering it on Friday, Feb. 7th? Sign up for a volunteer slot here...
An exciting week of delays and a looong Wednesday of no school during the (not-so?) great snow of 2020. The kids are back at it with, knock on wood, regular schedule going forward. Here's what's coming up:
QAE Families of Color is very excited to welcome Christina Chang, of Christina Chang Equity Consulting, to QAE for a facilitated discussion entitled "Race and You: Talking About What We Don't Want to Talk About."
When: Thursday, January 30, 6-7:30 pm
Where: QAE Chillzone / Cafeteria
Cost: Free to all
We know that it's important to talk openly with our kiddos about race - ours, theirs, and others. For many, it's a parenting and personal challenge that we just don't like to address. Please join us for an evening of thoughtful discussion about what makes it so hard, how can we overcome the discomfort, and ways we can start the conversations. Open to all parents, caregivers, teachers, staff. Don't miss this important community education event!
Childcare will be available at the event! Reserve your spot here:
For more information, please reach out to Kay Dumlao Doherty at email@example.com
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!
Our annual whole school Martin Luther King Jr. Assembly has been moved to Tuesday, Jan. 21st to give our students more time to prepare after the snow craziness! Please join us at 8:15am in the gym! Presentations will be from 1st grade, 3rd grade and 5th grade. Families are welcome to join us for this important annual assembly to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Reminder that Monday, Jan. 20th, 2020 is a school holiday to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Here are some family activities you can do to meaningfully celebrate MLK Day:
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