Community Harvest Festival (October 19th)
Volunteers needed for crafts, games, and activities that celebrate the season!
Mini Books for home reading
Assemble and staple mini books for beginning readers (Can be done at school or at home). Contact email@example.com
Makerspace Helpers (during Kindergarten classes)
M/T/Th/F at 12:45pm
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or speak directly to Ms. Appel
Not quite a volunteer position! The school is in need of a Playground/Recess supervisor for Monday through Friday approximately 2.5 hrs a day (9-11:30am). This is a paid position $16 an hour. If you're interested, contact Karen Alvarez in the office at email@example.com
Hello, families! We are headed into the next step of our planning phase for all in-school art residencies through the city's Creative Advantage program. We could use a few more parents at our next meeting on Monday, September 23rd from 3-6pm. If you are interested, please email parent Gillian Jorgensen at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
As we start the year, there are a few volunteer positions where we could use your help. QAE relies on volunteers to make our school flourish. We'd love you to join us! If you're interested in any of the roles or have any other questions, please reach out to PTSA President Sandra Nanney at email@example.com
Auction Focus Group - call it an auction, fundraiser or spring social but once a year we host an event where QAE comes together to socialize and raise money for our school. We want to change it up this year but before paying for deposits we want to get a group of parents together to brainstorm ideas. Would you be willing to meet as a small group for coffee? Or after work drink? FYI - we don’t have a Auction Team Lead yet. We have plenty of volunteers but not someone to marry it all together. If you are interested in leading PLEASE reach out to Sandra Nanney @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Legislative Director - do you like following the news? Do you read the voter pamphlets from cover to cover? This role might be right for you. Looking for someone that will inform our school of legislation that would impact our school community. Did you know that PTAs were created to advocate for the child. Please let us know if there are things we should advocate!
Families of Color co-director - Equity, diversity and the ongoing community dialogue to better educate ourselves and our children. Do you have the desire to further the conversation? Our amazing Leader, Kay Dumlao Doherty, is hoping to have a partner to help further the conversation and share the goals of making sure we take the time to connect and educate.
Fundraising Director - QAE PTSA hosts 3 fundraising events a year. As fundraising director you will review numbers and updates with the groups running the events. Support and brainstorm where needed. Usually the event teams are really focused on the execution to come to the boring board meetings :) Many years the fundraising director will run 1 of the 3 events themselves.
Assistant Treasurer - are you good with check requests? Or tallying numbers? Our co-treasurers would like to round out the team with an additional person. Full transparency - Kelly Essmeier, our assistant treasurer for 1 year and now treasurer for her 2nd year will be graduating from QAE. She is hoping to pass on the knowledge to the next team so we have good transitions.
We can add a lead to any position you are interested in. The President roles would appreciate a Co-President or a Co-Vice President to join them at the table. If you are interested please reach out to Sandra Nanney at email@example.com
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.
Questions? Reach out to Kristi Barnes at firstname.lastname@example.org or Kristin Teske at email@example.com. Thanks so much!
Please join us on Tuesday, June 11th at 6:30pm at the QA Community Center for the final PTSA meeting of the year! We'll be voting on next year's budget and hearing from Janine about our move back to Queen Anne. Help us us plan for a great year at our newly expanded campus!
As we move back to Queen Anne into our expanded building, it's time a great time to get involved in the QAE community!
Are you an accounting wiz? Experience doing social media or marketing? Or eager to find out how the WA Legislative decisions affect QAE? No matter your interest, the QAE PTSA Board would love to hear from you!
No PTSA Board experience is necessary, and this is a fabulous way to get involved in shaping the future of your children's school. Thanks for considering! Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or talk to any of the current officers if you're interested or have any questions!
Here's where we could use help, but we can find a role that works with your interests and schedule!
Get ready for QAE's annual fundraising auction! March 22, 2019, 6-11pm at Block 41 in Belltown!
Get ready to join an incredible community of people who are ready to do whatever it takes to help QAE kids succeed. Did you know the annual auction supports 65% of the PTSA budget? Social Emotional Learning. A school counselor. Reading Specialist. These are just a few of the vital services that funds raised from our upcoming auction pay for. Without your help, these important school service could go away!
What you can do to help…
Start collecting auction items! We ask all QAE families to donate at least one thing. But please don’t stop there! The more donated items and services you contribute, the more funds we can raise for our school.
Potential Donation Ideas (Live or Online)
Gift certificates to restaurants, spas, retail stores in our neighborhood and beyond are all sought after items! So when you go out to a favorite spot, just ask - businesses are happy to donate. It's a win-win for them and us! Are you a season ticket holder? Work in the theatre or music industry? Sports, theater and concert tickets are great items to donate. Own a vacation home you'd be willing to rent to a QAE family? Going on a vacation? Ask the hotel/ski resort/b&b/cruise for a donation to the school -- so many places love the idea of being introduced to a whole new community!Camps, experiences, children's classes -- wherever your child attends is a great option! Access to a priceless experience? (movie premieres, private parties featuring a famous chef or sommelier, tours around an interesting workplace)
Additional ways you can contribute:
Ready to make a donation?
Awesome! Either fill out the attached donation form or submit via the online link:
We are incredibly excited to share this night with you all and to help all the amazing Explorers at QAE!
Shannon Ellmers, Shalini Nilakantan, Sandra Nanney, Jody Stewart
We’re looking for someone to help put together the 2018-2019 QAE Yearbook. Help us preserve and share the memories of this school year! Whether or not you've ever worked on an annual, it's a fun opportunity to do something for all the kiddos.
If this sounds like something you’d enjoy, please email PTSA President Ian Stewart at email@example.com
We need YOU to help show our school to local families who are interested in attending Queen Anne Elementary next year.
We need volunteers for the following slots. Even if you can't stay, we need volunteers to bring coffee and bagels:
Sign up for volunteer spots here:
Seer our Prospective Families page for more details about the tours and everything involved in applying to QAE.
Questions? Contact Kristi Barnes at firstname.lastname@example.org
We're looking for a QAE parent who would be interested in helping out with our treasurer work. If you have experience in finance, great, but anyone who is interested can learn the ropes quickly! The position would be responsible for:
If you're interested, please contact our Treasur Kelly Essmeier at email@example.com
Now that school is underway, let’s get ready to help our students support the things we love about QAE! The Jog-A-Thon, our only student-driven fundraiser of the year, is just around the corner! Next week in your child's orange folder, look for a flyer with details about the jog-a-thon and easy instructions to get your student started with online fundraising in 10 minutes or less.
If you'd like to volunteer on the 11th, an online signup sheet will be coming soon!
Parents and family can purchase adult size jog-a-thon t-shirts for $10 each to show their QAE spirit while supporting the PTSA. As always, each student will receive a Jog-A-Thon t-shirt at no cost, celebrating their efforts. Purchase your shirt on the Jog-A-Thon page by Wednesday, 9/20.
New this year:
*New school = new course!
*We are looking for QAE parent-run businesses to sponsor this year's Jog-A-Thon. As a thank you for your support, you’ll get your business’s logo on this year’s Mission: Possible t-shirt. Contact Nicole Forrest at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to everyone who filled out a survey about priorities for the PTSA—and if you haven’t, please do! It’s open until June 5. You've got great ideas—a CPR/First Aid night, the return of ParentNet, class parent socials, and more. Come join the PTSA board and make them happen!
When my oldest daughter started kindergarten at QAE, I knew I wanted to get involved with the school and give back. I remember talking to my husband about it, and he said, “There are a lot of parents who are already really involved, and with your limited time, there are probably better places to volunteer.” I limited my involvement that first year, but then the next year, a mom in our Girl Scout troop was running the auction and put out a call to our troop moms for help. I said sure, and once I saw how much there was to do—not just for the auction, but for enrichment, for community events, for days like Hour of Code, and for administrative tasks like reimbursing teachers when they spend money on our kids out of pocket—and how few people were signed up to do it, I volunteered for a board position.
While there are many people who volunteer in some capacity for the school (thank you thank you, a hundred times thank you!), and many who simply can’t, what I’ve seen over the past couple of years is that it’s the same families and people who step up again and again. This is a tricky model, as 1) those people get waaaaay burned out, and 2) when burnout happens, or when families graduate, the PTSA has to scramble to fill a bunch of vital roles at once. Which is all to say, please help us broaden the pool of PTSA volunteers. There is a role for everyone and every time limitation, and the more of us we have working together, the lighter the load will be on everyone and the easier the transitions from year to year.
Here are the PTSA roles we have open for next year—please consider letting us know of your interest:
Note that all below positions will receive a qaeptsa.org email address. You will receive many updates through the month in regards to activities or requests for feedback so we can brainstorm ideas and situations.
Feel free to write to me directly with your interest!
Have you always wanted to volunteer for with QAE but find it hard to make time? Looking for something you can do that will make a big impact but has flexibility? Maybe you are just trying find a way to assuage guilt while binge watching your favorite show
The Auction Committee can use your help writing thank you cards! We have close to two hundred Thank Yous to write to let the amazing donors all over this community know how much of an impact they made on our world.
Commit to writing 5 or 20. We will provide the note cards the pre-printed envelopes and the stamps. You provide the honest gratitude, the ink and the time.
Contact Kelly Essmeier at email@example.com
Hour of Code is this week!
2017 marks our school's fifth year of participation in this global event! This year we're excited by a brand new Minecraft lesson, as well as returning favorites based on Star Wars and Moana. More advanced coders will be able to pick one of the 400+ lessons available on hourofcode.com.
Volunteers of any coding skill level are still needed and appreciated! We need help throughout the day,. You'll be helping kids in the classroom. Sign up today:
Sign up to volunteer at 2017 Hour of Code
Looking for more information? Check out the main 2017 Hour of Code info.
- the Hour of Code Team
Our PTSA is looking for parents who are interested in helping QAE shine! If you're interested in any of these positions, please contact the PTSA at firstname.lastname@example.org
Fundraising Director - are you good with numbers? Help assist, connect and participate in the 3 major fundraisers we do each year. Do you have a background in fundraising that you can help reimagine what our QAE fundraisers should look like? Time Commitment - Monthly PTSA Board meeting and will assist based on your strength during each of the 3 fundraising campaigns.
Fund Drive Coordinator - Each Fall we do a direct ask campaign of our parent community. Are you good at coordinating the message? Follow up on the messaging? You don't have to knock or call but you need to be able to coordinate and hit send. Time Commitment - Approx. 5 hours of thinking through the details beforehand. And then 3-5 hours a week during the 2 week open campaign period. Note that Fund Drive actual dates will be set with Coordinator.
Auction Village - The annual auction truly takes a VILLAGE. We can slice and dice this in a number of different ways to make it work for you. Please join us a one or a group of friends in helping support during the months or days leading up to the auction.
Auction Coordinator (Event) - Do you enjoy event planning? Do you enjoy being part of a team of parents in helping put together our biggest fundraiser of the year? We need your planning and checklist expertise. If you enjoy a clipboard, check lists and coordination this is for you. Time Commitment - Slow and Steady is the game with a lot of focus in February and March. Note Auction is on Friday, March 16.
Auction Coordinator (Procurement) - Are you good at asking people for donations? Are you good at following up with a team of procurement individuals that will be out emailing, calling or knocking on businesses for donations? Are you an organized individual that can keep track of the 100's of donations we receive from our community businesses, families and students? This will be for you. Time Commitment - Slow and Steady is the game with a lot of focus in February and March. Note Auction is on Friday, March 16.
If you're interested in any of these positions, please contact the PTSA at email@example.com
Helping out in the library is a great way to support QAE. Plus you get to hang out with Mr. Jeffery. Here's our note from our amazing librarian:
Checking out books, shelving books, talking about books, browsing books, helping student navigate on computer or iPad - QAE library volunteers get it all! Would you possibly consider giving your time to the library this year? I’ll take as much as you are willing to give. Ideally, you would commit to a schedule so that we can count on daily support. We are very flexible, and if there is a day you can’t volunteer, just let me know. If you want to be a part of the library but have concerns committing to a schedule, then let me know you’d like to be “Volunteer on Demand”. We’d love for you to be a part of the library family.
If you have some interest and/or questions, please email me. I’ll love to hear from you.
Jeffrey (aka…Mr. Jeffrey)
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