With Grateful Hearts We Move Forward to Support QAE
A team of parent volunteers have been working tirelessly over the past several months to bring our largest fundraiser, the annual Queen Anne Elementary Auction, to life. This year's "2020 Vision" Auction promised to be lots of fun; hosted in a new venue complete with a photo booth, a large selection of silent auction items to bid on including class baskets, teacher parties, student art, and photos, and a DJ for the after-party. We have an amazing selection of items that a group of more than 10 parent volunteers collected and numerous families have generously donated many special items including vacation getaways, sports and concert tickets, and hosted special events.
While recent developments have put a damper on our fun plans, all of this work is not lost. We have an opportunity to pull together as a community in new ways and, dare we say, an opportunity to support Queen Anne Elementary in ways we have not done before. And in this spirit, we are now asking all of you to join in the effort to make this fundraising opportunity a success, despite our change in plans.
Here is our game plan and timeline for our new, Virtual Auction, fittingly our "2020 Vision":
Here's what we need YOU TO DO:
Please also note that all ticket purchases to Friday's event will be converted to donations and our online system will generate new receipts that specify this donation as 100% tax deductible.
Thank you for your support during these uncertain times. While these change to our school auction were unexpected, our QAE community has an opportunity to make this event a smashing success...even in the face of adversity. It is not lost on us that this month's theme for our QAE Explorers is flexibility! It has been a great pleasure to represent our school and a joy to work with a large team of parent volunteers to make this event a success. We very much appreciate your continued support and your renewed commitment to making our "2020 Vision" Virtual Auction a reality.
Mary Rae & Jenn Lovin, QAE parents and QAE Auction Team Leads
Dear Queen Anne Elementary Families,
As promised, as the information evolved we would continue to review our decisions on whether we could continue with the QAE Auction as it was planned. In the few short days since our Wednesday communication, the PTSA Board, Auction Team and Janine had to make the difficult decision to cancel our Annual Auction event that was scheduled for Friday, March 13th. Based on feedback from our QAE Community, Seattle Public Schools, Public Health – Seattle & King County and additional sources we had to prioritize the health of the overall community during the COVID-19 outbreak.
The school still needs the funds we raise through the auction—our goal was to raise $120,000, which is more than half of the entire PTSA budget. The auction team will continue to run the online auction and ask that you take this opportunity to bid often and bid high for many of the wonderful things currently available online. Over the weekend, the team will be working on a new plan for many of the amazing offerings we were planning to showcase on March 13th. Please look for an email early next week with detailed information on what is to come. Know that everyone involved is working extremely hard to honor the work that has already been done by our auction chair - Mary Rea, procurement lead - Jenn Lovin and the entire parent community in the contributions and donations they have made. The support you give to the school means so much to everyone at Queen Anne Elementary.
Online Auction Extended
As the team is working on additional details we will be extending the current online auction until Thursday, March 12th at noon. We will be adding and highlighting additional items throughout the next couple of days. All bids will remain open till then. So please check out all the items and bid now...
Thank you for your ongoing support and for your understanding in this unprecedented set of events. We're standing by if you have any questions.
QAE PTSA President
The deadline for purchasing tickets to 2020 Vision: A New Perspective, our Annual Auction is Friday afternoon. That’s right — this week is your last chance to register for the social event of the season. Support learning while celebrating with the Queen Anne Elementary community! More than half of our PTSA funding for THIS year comes from funds raised during this auction.
You might be a parent to an older kid who has had plenty of auctions under your belt. Or maybe you have a Kindergartner and wondering if you’ll know anyone, if it’s worth going. All our families chose to be part of this community. This is our chance to keep building that community AND support our school. You'll get to know other parents, eat, drink, dance and be merry. Or just check out all the cool kids photos and class art if that’s more your style.
The Auction accounts for more than half of all funding raised by the QAE PTSA. Join us on March 13th to help ensure that our school can have tutors in classrooms, teacher development, curriculum support, a reading specialist and so much more. See you there?
Our Thoughts on Coronavirus
Obviously, the coronavirus has been front of mind and conversation for many of us at home, work and at the playground. The auction team and PTSA board had the added conversation of how this impacts our Annual Auction on March 13th. Do we hold it? Postpone it? Plan B? Plan Z? How would that impact our funding?
First off — no one associated SPS has been become sick with COVID or quarantined. SPS is keeping the doors open, we should follow their lead.
After discussing, we also know:
To that end, please purchase your tickets to join us for an evening of fun that we could all use. We’ll continue to monitor developments. Questions? Contact email@example.com
We look forward to seeing you on March 13th!
-- Sandra, Mary, Jenn and the rest of the QAE Auction Team
Our Online Auction is now live! More than 140 items will be available and every dollar raised helps support resources for the kids at the school this year. Need some culture? We got tickets to the Paramount, the 5th Avenue Theatre and more. Thinking about summer camps? Soccer and coding! Get some self care and indulge yourself as well! Check out all the offerings...
QAE Families — we wanted to let you know that QAE Family Movie Night has been postponed. It was originally scheduled for this Thursday, but our parent volunteers came to realize this is a crazy busy time for our community. We're going to reschedule for a new date and will share ASAP. Looking forward to seeing the Emoji Movie with your little Explorer soon!
As you probably know, the annual QAE Auction, 2020 Vision, is coming soon — Friday, March 13th. If you haven’t RSVP’d yet, the last day to purchase your auction tickets is this Wednesday, March 4th. Get yours now...
If you haven’t been to the auction before, it is an incredibly special event for our community – a night where parents can socialize, dress up, hang out with our incredible teachers and staff "in real life" and, most importantly, focus on funding the programs that make QAE the place we love!
We rely on the auction to fund over 50% of our PTSA budget for the school year – and you may not know this, but the funds raised this year will pay for CURRENT year programming. Just a few of the things PTSA is funding this year include our Kindergarten aides, reading specialists, author visits, IslandWood, Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) and Racial Equity training for our staff. NONE of these features of QAE are covered by state funding.
Each of us has chosen to send our kids to Queen Anne Elementary for different reasons, but I’ll bet at least a few of your reasons are directly funded by the Annual Auction.
If you’re waiting for the last minute to buy your tickets, that’s pretty much now! Get your tickets here:
Get ready - the QAE Online Auction is opening on Monday morning! More than 125 items will be Every dollar raised helps support resources for the kids at the school this year. Need some culture? We got tickets to the Paramount, the 5th Avenue Theatre and more. Thinking about summer camps? Soccer and coding! Get some self care and indulge yourself as well! Check out all the offerings...
Don't forget to share it with any friends or family who'd like to support our school while getting some great items.
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.
Our 4th graders are here to help you eliminate those mad-dash runs to the store for birthday, greeting or get-well-soon cards! Snag one or more of 5 box options filled with cards for all your caring communication needs. Each box contains 30 cards, each individually wrapped and beautifully embellished, with its own decorative envelope. And at $30 a box, a buck a card is something to write home about - or hey, send a card!
A portion of the proceeds will go to support our IslandWood fundraising efforts. 4th grade families, look for order forms in Tuesdays, orange folders. Feel free to collect orders from friends and family.
QAE community, see cards and order online: https://form.jotform.com/91247486141155
ORDERS ARE DUE MARCH 9TH (to arrive late March)
For questions, contact: Melanthia Peterman 206-931-3918 / firstname.lastname@example.org
A message from Andrea Hildebrant, QAE Garden Coordinator:
For anyone interested in supporting our school garden, please think about attending the Seattle Public School's Winter Garden Network Meet up! I always leave feeling inspired. If you're at all interested please read on!! Feel free to reach me with more questions by responding in the post or emailing email@example.com
The event's purpose is to bring together teachers, garden educators and coordinators, parents and families, and community members that educate in and tend outdoor learning spaces across the Puget Sound. The Winter Workshop offers an opportunity for participants to learn, share, network, improve their practices to support sustainable outdoor classroom program development. These outdoor learning spaces on or off schoolyards might include stormwater gardens, urban forests/trees, permaculture and restoration spaces, wetlands, pollinator and native gardens, and, of course, food gardens.
When: Saturday, March 7th, 2020, 8:30 a.m to 3:30 p.m.
Where: Jane Addams Middle School, 11051 34th Avenue NE
RSVP: Space is limited. Please click on this link to RSVP
Get more information on the event here...
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...
Have you picked up your tickets to our Annual Auction yet? Our minds were on vacation mode going into Mid-Winter Break, so no surprise if you didn't get yours yet.
You can purchase online here at a variety of price levels. Get all the details about the auction on the main 2020 Vision site. We'll see you all on March 13th!
Also heads up — we have an online component to our auction where a bunch oof great items will be up for grabs, all supporting QAE students. The online auction will begin Monday, March 2nd. We'll share a peek at the items later this week.
Tickets to our Annual Auction are now available! That's right, you can reserve your spot at the most important and fun fundraising event of the year on Friday, March 13th. We want the entire community to attend, so we’re offering tickets at different price levels. You don't want to miss it! Line up the babysitter and grab your tickets now...
DESSERTS NEEDED! This year's Dessert Dash is in desperate need of your dessert donation. If you love to bake or have a favorite bakery that you can buy a dessert from, we would love to include it in our Auction Dessert Dash. Please sign up here to let us know what you can bring. Email Jodie Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Thanks so much for your support!
Hello QAE parents! Our Auction team is putting together a special video together for the Auction. We want to feature your snapshots from over the years -- please send any QAE photos or video you'd like to share to parent volunteer Chi-Ju Chen at email@example.com
Also just a heads up that we will be doing some filming and photos around recess time this Tuesday and Wednesday for the Auction Video. These photos and videos are for in-house school use only. Thank you so much!
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