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.
The 2020 auction team is forming and we are looking for a number of volunteers to join the Procurement team. This isn’t all knocking on doors (although we will need some help with that too!). We’re looking for the following:
How can you contribute to procurement without joining the team? We’ll take everything from condos to cookies!
It takes a village to collect items that we’ll be bidding on in March. What kind of products, services, and experiences are you interested in? Let’s think outside the box this year. For example, if you have a skill to share, we’d love to offer knitting classes or a mahjong night? Passionate about cooking? Consider organizing a group of friends to host a progressive dinner or a chili cook-off. Do you have a babysitter at home? Donate babysitting hours to add on to a date-night package. Skilled at flower arrangements or baking cookies? Offer a monthly delivery service.
While we are looking for contributions from employers and local businesses; we also have a fantastic opportunity to tap into the creative group of families here at QAE to offer experiences and services that are unique and fun. No contribution is too small!
Please contact Jenn Lovin at email@example.com to volunteer or offer ideas!
All QAE families are invited to join us for the Families of Color meeting on Thursday, October 24 from 6-7:30pm in the QAE Chill Room (next to the cafeteria). Please join us in welcoming new families to QAE, a discussion on what cultural competency look like at QAE, and planning events for the year.
Also, we’re looking for volunteers who are interested in supporting the group in other ways - Do you like making posters? We need you! Can you drop off flyers? Let us know! Can you help coordinate community meetings? Have other ideas on programming? Please come! We welcome and need all perspectives.
More info on games club will follow. Questions? Please contact Kay Dumlao Doherty at firstname.lastname@example.org. See you on Thursday!
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:
It's beginning to feel a lot like Fall! Perfect for our QAE Community Harvest on Saturday! Come to the QAE school garden at the QA P-Patch for bobbing apples, building a scarecrow, scavenger hunts, seed collecting, autumn nature crafting, pumpkin carving, sharing food and playing outside.
When: Saturday, Oct. 19th, 12-2pm
Where: Queen Anne P-Patch, 301 Lynn St
Find out more about our celebration...
PS - we could use a few more volunteers to help with crafts, games and activities.
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!
Passing along a message from Ballard High School:
Students in grades K-8 are invited to join the Ballard High School Dancers for an afternoon of dancing. All participants will learn choreography (taught by the BHS Dance Team members) and receive a BHS Dance T-Shirt. We'll have arts & crafts, face painting, and other fun activities. Costumes are encouraged! A small snack will be provided (gluten, dairy, and nut free). Join us on Sunday October 27 from 2:00 - 4:00pm in the Ballard High School Gym. Click here to register or email us at email@example.com for more information.
This Friday, October 11th, is a district-wide In Service Day. There will be no school. We'll see you on Monday bright and early (hopefully at Monday Morning Meeting).
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Makerspace Helpers (during Kindergarten classes)
M/T/Th/F at 12:45pm
Contact email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
A message from 3rd Grade Teacher Thruelsen:
İFelíz Mes de la Herencia Hispana! İHola amigos de QAE! I am taking it upon myself to share some information about Hispanic Heritage Month, which falls between September 15th and October 15th. This is incredibly important to me as I have Hispanic family members and spent many years working in Spanish immersion in Los Angeles, where 47.5% of the population is Hispanic. Though we have a smaller Hispanic and Latino community at Queen Anne Elementary, we have a substantial one within Seattle and it’s important our children know and celebrate their Hispanic neighbors! Here are a few FAQs about Hispanic Heritage Month that I think you might find helpful in talking about with your students. Please reach out if you’d like ideas on how to incorporate this in your teaching over the next month!
Preguntas Frecuentes: Frequently Asked Questions
What’s the difference between Hispanic and Latino?
Hispanic refers to a linguistic lineage, from Spanish. Latino refers to those who come from Latin America. Therefore, many Latinos are Hispanic, but not all (I.e. Brazilians), and many Hispanics are Latino, but not all (I.e. Spaniards). Many people identify as both and will use the terms interchangeably, but not all choose to do so.
Why the dates Sept. 15-Oct 15?
Why not a full calendar month? September 15th is an incredibly symbolic day to many Hispanic countries in Latin America. Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua all declared independence in 1821 on September 15th. In addition, September 16, 1810 was the day when Mexicans gave el Grito de la Independencia (the Cry of Independence) to declare the beginning of the Mexican War of Independence from Spain. Mexicans and Mexican-Americans traditionally celebrate El Grito starting at midnight on the night of the 15th of September. Many Hispanics celebrate this day within our city in September. There is a Fiestas Patrias at the Seattle Center this weekend if you’d like to explore! Details here: https://www.mygiraffe.com/Home/Detail/47459
Who should the kids absolutely know about?
There are thousands of influential Hispanic men and women who have made phenomenal differences in our country’s growth, progress, and success. However, oftentimes I find that students don’t know even the most significant leaders. Every child, by the time they leave elementary school, should know at the least the following influential leaders: (it’s killing me to only write down three names here):
Cesar Chavez: (SAY-sar CHA-vez) devoted his life to assisting thousand to receive better wages and safer working conditions, specifically agricultural workers in California. Hero to many Hispanic families throughout our country.
Dolores Huerta: (Do-LOR-es WUER-ta) was a leader on behalf of farmworkers, partner to Cesar Chavez in many ways. Obama’s campaign slogan, Yes we can! Was an echo to Dolores’ slogan, Si, se puede!
Sonia Sotomayor: (SON-ya So-to-my-or) was the first Latina and Hispanic Supreme Justice in our country. (also fun fact: type one diabetic like me! )
I so appreciate everyone’s efforts to make our classrooms welcoming spaces for all. Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, even on a smaller scale in our classrooms, helps us fulfill our mission to include and celebrate every single student in the Seattle Public Schools system.
Sinceramente, Srta. Thruelsen
Our school nurse, Kim Chin, let us know that she needs the following items for our health room:
If you're able to donate any of these items, please bring them to the office. Thank you!
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