Find some great holiday gifts, relax with friends and cocktails, raise money in support of QAE and support a local business—check, check, check and check! Spread the Explorer Spirit and support our school community in style with Mingle & Shop at Queen Anne Frame & Gift.
When: Tuesday, December 10, 2019 from 4-8pm (your discount valid all day)
Where: Queen Anne Frame & Gift, 1621 Queen Anne Ave N
Cost: Register for $25, all of which goes to the PTSA Community Events Fund!
Register online here...
Enjoy an evening of community while checking off your holiday shopping list. Enjoy cocktails and 20% off all your gift shop purchases.
Shop all day December 10th with your discount, cocktails will be served 4-8pm.
Event sponsored by Nick and Kirsty Papadopulos, parents to Riese (5th grader) and Peyton (4th grader).
Please join us for this special night! Please reserve your spot here.
Questions? Contact Kirsty at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our annual celebration of the season returns! All QAE families are welcome to our Winter Celebration on December 5th. This celebration has become a QAE family favorite as it is a time when we can all come together and proudly share our family traditions to welcome Winter. We invite families to share a favorite dish or a tradition - song, dance, poem, story, or craft. The success of this event is definitely dependent on all families and students participation! Join us for an evening of fun, food, family, and friendship!
When: Thursday, Dec. 5th, 2019, 5:45-7:30pm
Where: QAE Cafeteria and Chill Zone
We need your help to make these celebrations a success! To sign up for food, traditions, or just to help set up and clean-up see links below!
Our Chili Cook-Off and Bingo Night was a ton of fun! Thanks to all those who brought chili and other goodies. The winner for favorite chili went to Reese Christensen in 1st grade for the Kids chili and 2nd place was a tie with Chris Gupta and Chris Nettles! Winner of the Most Creative chili was Ravdin Family for the white turkey and poblano chili. Bingo was a hit as well. Thanks to Shalini Nilakantan, Lisa Christensen and the other volunteers who made this happen!
QAE has been lucky to have Book-It Repertory Theatre perform at our school over the last few years. On Thursday, Nov. 7th at 8am, Book-It will be performing an adaptation of the book: My Name is Celia/Me Llamo Celia.
Book-It Theatre performs at QAE three times per year, supported by our PTSA in the past and supported this year by our SPS Creative Approach grant. All classes will read the book in advance. Stick around after drop-off for the performance—parents and preschoolers are welcome to attend!
We'll be honoring veterans during our annual assembly on Friday starting at 8:15am (and remember, no school on Monday!). All families are welcome to join us for this special assembly. We need your help—if you or a member of your family are a veteran we'd love if you shared your reflections with our students.
Molly Brooks’ illustrations have appeared in The Village Voice, The Guardian, The Boston Globe, Time Out New York, The Nashville Scene, The Riverfront Times, The Toast, BUST Magazine, ESPN social, Sports Illustrated online, and others. She will be coming to QAE on Monday, Nov. 18th at 9am to talk to 3rd-5th grade students about the process of writing, illustrating, and revising a graphic novel, followed by Q&A.
Her original graphic novel series Sanity & Tallulah (the second book in the series JUST came out) is available for purchase beforehand so that the author can sign copies after her talk. If you would like a personalized signed copy of the book, please fill out the form below and return it to your child's teacher or Dr. Valdez in the library before the event.
Here's part of a review of Sanity & Tallulah:
"Sanity & Tallulah is the best kind of science fiction, full of imaginative ideas and crazy possibilities but fundamentally focused on characters and relationships. This is a diverse future centered on family, but Brooks doesn’t lose sight of the classic adventure structure, where two girls use their determination, smarts, and bravery to save their home."
Saturday, November 2nd, 9am-12pm
We're happy to collaborate with Green Seattle for an earth stewardship service project. Our school will help this year at the Duwamish location, just over the West Seattle bridge.
Our friends at GS have reserved up to 20 spaces for our community to join in the action. "Join the fun at East Duwamish Greenspace and be one of hundreds of volunteers planting native trees, shrubs, and groundcovers that will become the future forest of Seattle. All community members are welcome, and no experience is necessary! The event is family friendly and open to all ages."
You don't have to register but we want to give the site leader an idea of people to prepare supplies. Please email email@example.com with "SGD" in the subject line and the number of people you are bringing. Look for our school garden coordinator, Andrea Hildebrandt, who will be wearing our school colors, at the site when you arrive. Hope to see you there QAE. It's a great way to give back!
What to Bring
Come dressed for the weather (rain or shine) in clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes (rubber boots, hiking shoes or boots), long sleeves, long pants, warm layers and rain jacket. We'll have tools and gloves for you to use, as well as coffee, water, and a mid-morning snack. Help reduce waste by bringing your own refillable coffee mug/water bottle if you have one.
Where to Meet
Use 8631 39th Ave S as an approximate address for the upper trail entrance, and contact us if you need directions. The forest is located along 39th Ave S, between S Cloverdale and S Trenton Streets in South Beacon Hill. We will meet at the entrance by the yellow fire hydrant, but if you arrive late, just follow the trail and look for us in the woods. The forest is a short walk from bus stops or light rail.
Where to Park
Limited parking is available adjacent to the site along 39th Ave S, and more parking is available in the surrounding neighborhood.
• Green Seattle - https://www.greenseattle.org/get-involved/green-seattle-day/
• Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center - https://www.duwamishtribe.org/
It's the time of the year again! We can't wait to see all the fun costumes on Thursday during our annual all school parade and class parties. We start with the parade then end the day with the class parties:
• 12:45pm – all students change into costumes.
• 12:55pm – Classes assemble on the blacktop in a long whole school line.
• 1-1:15ish – Parade is on! Parents, preschoolers and neighbors are welcome to come to wave at our parade! There will be time for photos during and after the parade.
Halloween Class Parties:
• 1:30-2:10pm – Parties in each classroom. Thanks to the parent volunteers for putting these on.
• 2:10pm – Clean up
• 2:25pm – Dismissal
Also passing along guidelines around costumes as school. At QAE, children can wear costumes for the day or change at lunch if they wish.
• Costumes are for an elementary audience; Scary costumes that may frighten Kindergarteners are left at home;
• No masks at school;
• No swords/toy guns, or weapon accessories at school.
The weather is chilly so it’s time for CHILI! Join us at the QAE Chili Cook-Off and Bingo Night on Wednesday, Nov. 13th, 5:45-7:30pm in the school cafeteria & gym. You vote to pick the best chili winners and enjoy fun prizes for Bingo winners! We’ll also have other treats for sale (cash only) with lots of fun all around!
Chili Cook-off: We are looking for volunteers to cook their favorite recipes to share plus any fun trinkets or prizes that you think would be fun for our prize bag. Everyone will get a chance to taste and vote on their favorites in a variety of categories including best traditional, vegetarian, chicken, cornbread, chili dogs or most flavor, aroma, creative, zesty and spicy! Come hungry!
Bingo Prizes: Plus, we are looking for family donors for fun small prizes for our prize grab bag that will be fun for kids and adults. We are seeking new/unused items ranging from pencils, marker sets, stickers, temporary tattoos, putty, candles, water bottles, bracelets, hot wheels, bath bombs, lip balm, stamps, coffee, hot sauce, nail polish, stress balls, mini travel games, cards, chili seasoning, candy bars, spices or other unique prizes that would be fun for adults or kids.
Use the SignUpGenius form to RSVP and let us know if you can bring chili or contribute in other ways.
Welcome to a new series of “FRI-YAY” community events right after school! Our first FRI-YAY fun is coming up this Friday, Oct 25th, right after school for 20 minutes (rain or shine) outside by the gym. Tasty, fresh-made POPCORN will be for sale for $1 a bag. For our bus riders, Kids Co. and Enrichment students we’ll have popcorn pre-sales at lunch which will be delivered to their backpacks before end of day (please remember to have your kiddo bring $1 cash on Friday). We’ll munch popcorn and celebrate the weekend ahead! (All proceeds go directly to fund PTSA community events)
Our first All School PTSA meeting takes places on Wednesday, October 16th from 6:30-8pm at the school! We'll be in the Chiilzone/cafeteria area!
It's a great way to hear about what's going on at the school, including the PTSA's plans for this year—we’ll check in on plans for community event this year, elect new board members and more. All are welcome, would love to you see and hear you at the meeting.
Games Club will be available during the meeting. Reserve a space here:
Journalist Brandon Macz from the Queen Anne & Magnolia News visited QAE during the Jog-A-Thon and wrote a fun little story (with photos from the run)! Check out the article here...
And a big thanks to every family member, friend and neighbor who donated to support our children! Thank YOU to all the parents for making it happen! Together we raised more than $36,000 to support the school. A big hooray to Ms. Hartmann, Ms. Dickersen and Mr. Backman's classes for each raising more than $4,000!
Saturday, October 19 12-2pm at the Queen Anne P-Patch
All QAE families and friends are invited to the QA P-Patch, where our school garden is located, for some fun! Expect, cider pressing so bring your growlers! Get ready for bobbing apples, building a scarecrow, scavenger hunts, seed collecting, autumn nature crafting, pumpkin carving, sharing food and playing outside. Encourage your ghouls and goblins to wear Halloween costumes for fun. We'll also be collecting non-perishable item that will be donated to NW Harvest.
Sounds so fun that you want to help out? Volunteer to help with crafts, games and activities via the Sign-Up Genius form here.
QAE PTSA Garden Coordinator and parent volunteers in collaboration with the QA P-Patch gardeners and orchard keepers bring you this event. We hope you can make it! If you don't already have a special QAE Growler, buy it now! There is a limited quantity.
Check out the QAE Garden Blog for more form last year's Harvest event. Here's a few photos:
The new date for our annual Curriculum Night is this Thursday, Oct. 10th from 6:30-8pm. It's an opportunity for parents to hear from our teachers! They'll share their vision for how Project Based Learning, Social Emotional Learning, how QAE handles homework, volunteer opportunities and, importantly, some of the nuts and bolts details of classroom life.
Schedule for Curriculum Night
There will be two different sessions for those families with more than one child at QAE.
The MakerSpace, library and gym will be open during this time. Stop by and meet our specialists! Curriculum Night is for parents only. There are a few spots left for Games Club during the event.
It's almost time for the Jog-A-Thon! We're going strong but need your help hitting our goal of $40,000. Head to the PledgeStar site to make your personalized donation message for your kid which is so easy to share! We'd love to have 100% participation and check out the leaderboard to see how your class is doing.
So much of what we love about our school and school community is supported by PTSA resources and funds raised through the Jog-A-Thon. Did you know the PTSA has been behind the funding of so much good stuff?
- Supporting teachers to get their National Board Certification (by subsidizing their testing)
- Training for all new staff and annual refresher courses for the entire staff in Positive Discipline
- Project Based Learning professional development
- Support for training including skill sets such as working with gender diversity, cultural competence, and mindfulness in the classroom
#2: CLASSROOM & ACADEMIC SUPPORT
- Kindergarten aide for each class
- Resource room tutors
- Dedicated reading specialists
- Family Games Night
- First Day Welcome Coffee
- Back to School Night
- Talent Show
- Summer Playdates
#4: CURRICULUM & CLASSROOMS
- Zones of Regulation (Social Emotional Learning Curriculum)
- Positive discipline tools
- Support with class parties
- Snack (and other) supplies for teachers
- Calm Body Spots and materials to support self-regulation
#5: EXPERIENCES FOR STUDENTS
- Book-It Theatre plays at the school
- Author visits
- Whale Watching field trip scholarships
- IslandWood expedition in 5th Grade
Thanks for supporting the Jog-A-Thon and QAE! We hope to see you at the school on Friday!
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