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.
Sign-up form to let us know what you can bring and other details will be available soon!
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!
Dear Queen Anne Elementary Family,
Welcome! What an amazing 3+ weeks of school with an incredible QAE school community of students, families, teachers and staff. The QAE PTSA vision is to support this community and to support each other to help make our child’s potential become a reality and to help provide a powerful voice for our children. QAE PTSA is a volunteer-run organization and we appreciate all of your volunteering efforts!
Before I jump in, I wanted to remind you that our first big event and fundraiser of the year is this Friday--our beloved QAE Jog-A-Thon! We're at $22,000 towards our goal of raising $40,000 and need your help to meet that goal and support our kids. Setting up a PledgeStar account is a snap — take a few minutes to set it up now. Whether you post your PledgeStar link to your social media or dial up your grandparent for a donation — every dollar raised helps! And we'll see you on Friday at the school!
If you are new to QAE or back again I wanted to share the focuses we have this year. These were built on parent and staff feedback the Board received at the end of the last school year:
Funding staff positions. The PTSA assists in funding our in-class tutors for Kindergarten and 1st Grade, playground supervisor, additional math specialist time, allocation for someone to help with particular paperwork and a Social Emotional Learning focused tutor.
Providing staff and classroom support. Funding staff professional development, training days for learning new curriculum and positive discipline, and discretionary funds teachers can use to enhance their classroom or curriculum. And math curriculum for the 4th and 5th grade classes.
Bringing in special guests for assemblies and events.
Families of Color, which seeks to create a welcoming community for children and families of color, and to integrate cultural competency at QAE.
Gather in the Garden, which uses the QAE Learning Garden to integrate basic earth sciences and community stewardship for our students and families.
Classroom Coordinators, who keep you connected to what’s happening academically and socially in the classroom.
In addition, we sponsor a host of additional support to build community and have fun through events, support Project Based Learning, and generally make QAE the most fun elementary school in Seattle! This is all made possible through the hard work of volunteers and through funds raised each school year.
How does PTSA pay for the above initiatives: The PTSA holds fundraising events just three times during the school year. Our estimated total fundraising goal this year is $250,000.
Jog-A-Thon – Powered by our students by reaching out to our family and friends for pledges.
Explorer Fund Drive – Powered by our parents to help answer a call by our school, teachers and students.
Auction – Powered by the whole community. A social evening that helps bring together our parent and teacher community to socialize and raise the dollars needed to fund this year’s operating budget. (Save the Date – Friday, March 13, 2020)
Here’s how you can get involved:
Complete the back to school checklist! This includes ensuring we can contact you for all of these great events, among many other things. qaeptsa.org/checklist.
Volunteer. Whether you volunteer in your child’s class, in campus groups, or through the PTSA, there are many ways to be involved. We are looking for a team to plan our annual auction but there are opportunities on every level of time commitment and interest. Start at the PTSA volunteer page or reach out to email@example.com.
Attend a PTSA event. We organize community events (Family Games Night, Jog-A-Thon, etc) throughout the year, so please join us. We keep all school and PTSA dates on the calendar.
Donate. Fundraising enables us to support our students. We organize three annual fundraising events: Jog-A-Thon (October 4, 2019), Explorer Fund Drive (Dec. 2020), and Auction (March 13, 2020).
Read the Rocket Reader. Our weekly e-newsletter publication includes essential school and PTSA information and important dates. The email address you provide through the Directory will be added to our distribution list courtesy of QAE PTSA. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are not receiving the Rocket Reader.
Look for more information at qaeptsa.org, in the Rocket Reader, and in your student’s orange folder in the coming weeks. We look forward to meeting you and thank you for your support.
QAE PTSA President
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get information? Do I need Facebook?
We try to communicate in different ways to reach all parents – Rocket Reader emails, weekly Class Coordinator emails, student orange folders and Facebook postings. Some forms of communication will reach you faster than others.
Facebook – I see two QAE facebook accounts. What’s the difference?
There are two pages that shares school information. Queen Anne Elementary PTSA – primary posts are the official dates and to-do's pushed by the PTSA and the Board initiatives. QAE Community Discussions – closed group of QAE community family members where all individuals are welcome to post questions, discussions and support each other.
The after-school enrichment registration process is different this year – why is that?
After many years of running the enrichment program with a team of volunteers it was brought to the Board that the program had gotten larger than the parent volunteers could manage. The after-school program is now being run by Kids Co. It does look similar because we provided them all our previous providers for them to contact for set up.
QAE PTSA Board Meeting vs. General Meeting –What is the difference?
PTSA board meetings occur once a month for committee updates, discussions on ways to improve, execute, and vote on upcoming requests and needs of the communities. All are welcome but only board members have a vote on motions during the Meeting.
General Meeting – PTSA holds three all school meetings each year to share with the community financial updates, committee updates or any motions that require an all membership vote I.e. the main PTSA Budget requires a general membership vote. All are welcome and usually kids club is available for students.
I have an idea and want to start something new?
Great! We are open to new ideas and parent led initiatives. Please reach out to email@example.com and we can figure it out.
What’s coming up?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll do our best to help.
UPDATE: Curriculum Night has been postponed. However, Ms. Roy and a QAE PTSA representative will be in the Gym from 6:30-7:30pm fielding questions and putting together an additional FAQ that might have been missed by Janine's earlier email. Childcare will be available for those interested.
Our annual Curriculum Night is this Thursday 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.
Curriculum Night is for parents only. The PTSA is hosting Games Club that evening with a limited number of slots for kids (suggested donation of $5 per child). Sign up for a slot in Games Club here...
We hope you can join us for Family Games Night on Wednesday, Sept. 25th. It's our first fun family event of the year! Please RSVP here to help us plan for Games Night.
With the help of Blue Highway Games, we'll be playing games for all ages from 5:45-7:30pm. Dinner will be easy — a food truck have soft tacos, burritos, quesadillas and nachos available for purchase! Get more details about Family Games Night here...
We're starting off the school year right with one of our favorite events of the year--Family Games Night, sponsored by Blue Highway Games.
Come play new games, try them and buy them if you love them ! They will bring a selection of games for sale during the event. Games with be a range from educational to just pure family fun! There will also be a food truck there will food available for purchase.
Get more information and RSVP here...
You know the year is almost done when it's time for Field Day! We'll be taking our annual tradition to Green Lake Park -- just a short walk to school for our kids. It will take place all day on Thursday, June 20th. We've had a great response for volunteers but if you'd like to help please see the sign up form here or contact Victoria Nunes directly at 734-330-8042.
We'll be celebrating carnival-style with many stations and booths that the kids can visit. From Ring Toss to Face Painting to Duck Race, there will be fun for every kid!
Stations vs booths - we will have several carnival-game-type booths and a few field activities. I know in previous years everything has been more scheduled, but this year will be a bit more flexible in that students can pick and choose which features they want to visit. A few examples of each:
- Human Ring Toss
- Rodeo Race
- Sack Race
- Toilet Paper Toss
- Guessing Booth
- Rock Painting
Each class has its own color. Kids will receive a bandana in their class color, but they're also welcome to wear clothes in that same color!
We're excited to be hosting another combination MakerSpace Marketplace and Project-Based Learning Night on Tuesday! Join us at John Marshall from 5-7:30pm.
As part of the Spring Project-Based Learning Night on June 18th, we'll be doing another MakerSpace MarketPlace. It was a huge hit in the Fall! Sign up here to take part! The signup is for the individuals and small groups who plan to make and sell items at the event and would like to have a booth (or table spot). By popular demand, there will be a bake sale -- you can use the sign up to donate baked good for the event.
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