From Principal Roy:
In addition to checking out our fantastic PTSA website for information, QAE News will be emailed regularly to all families. This provides information to families about events and opportunities happening during school time at Queen Anne Elementary, including important dates and upcoming events.
Seen around QAE this week…
2017-2018 QAE Guiding Question
A key part of Project Based Learning is that students find the answer to a guiding question so that their research and learning presentation are centered on a rich, thought-provoking question. For the first time, QAE staff identified a school-wide guiding question to focus on as a whole school this year. Our QAE citizens were introduced to our school-wide driving question for 2017-2018 this week: How are we having an impact on the world? Our guiding question is displayed on posters in the cafeteria, at the front entrance of the Treehouse and in classrooms. It is a great classroom and home discussion, as we want our QAE citizens of the world to feel that they have an impact on the world through their learning, actions and advocacy. Helping young learners feel that their school activities are purposeful and meaningful means that learning is not only engaging, it is empowering! We encourage all QAE families to discuss this important question throughout the year.
If your child is going to be away, please email your child’s teacher and Office Assistant Jennifer Connolly at email@example.com as Jennifer is responsible for attendance again this year.
Forms: Due Tuesday, September 12
Please return all forms sent home in the manila envelope on the first day, by Tuesday, September 12. We urgently need this information from all families. Please make sure you update the school on contact information changes during the year.
Student Safety: Safe Arrivals and Departures
Student safety is a key focus in September, as we have hundreds of children and families arriving and leaving Queen Anne Elementary every day. We need to work together to teach our children safety procedures, as we will all be arriving in the dark in a few weeks! If you would like to volunteer to help set up car-pooling and/or a Walking School Bus, please email Principal Janine Roy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bigelow Avenue: Bus Zone and Drop Off/Pick Up Zone ONLY (New Practice):
Bus Students: Bus students line up on the basketball court and will be escorted onto buses by staff.
Parent Drop Off/Pick Up on Bigalow Avenue (New Practice):
Parent Parking in our QAE Neighborhood
Staff Parking Lot
Bikes/Scooters/Skateboards: (New Practice): We love our bike riders and scooter riders! But with several significant crashes on our school grounds after school last year, we need to change our practice. Staff will work with Student Leadership to develop a possible plan for our wheeled vehicles. In the meantime: before and after school, please walk bikes/scooters and carry skateboards on school grounds.
Patrols on Newton and 4th Avenue
We now have Crossing Guard Paige MacMillan at Boston and 4th Avenue every morning. We would love to have a parent crossing guard in the afternoon. We would love parent crossing guards on both Bigelow and Boston, and we need people mornings and afternoons. If you are available to be a crossing guard, please contact Janine Roy at email@example.com. Thank you for any help you can provide!
Music at QAE
This year, all students will receive music instruction from our new General Music Specialist, Rebecca Jackson. Ms. Jackson moved to Seattle from Colarado to be part of our QAE community, as she relishes the opportunity to create a new general music program at QAE. Ms. Jackson will be at QAE every morning, and then go to Sand Point to teach music each afternoon. 3rd – 5th grade students will receive general music instruction from September – January. K – 2nd students will receive it February – June.
SPS provides the opportunity for Instrumental Music to 5th grade students each year. Ms. Victoria Smith, our new Instrumental Music Teacher, is looking forward to starting her program this month. Ms. Smith provided information to all 5th grade classes and 4th grade classes this morning. All 5th grade students are invited to apply, and if we have more students than spaces we will have a lottery. If there are still spaces left, 4th grade students are invited to submit an application and we will have a lottery to identify participants. Permission forms went home to parents today and interested students can return their forms to the school office by Friday, Sept. 15th at 8 am.
Spirit Days: Every Friday
Providing opportunities for students to be part of a team or club helps us to build community and have some fun together. Queen Anne Elementary declares that every Friday is Spirit Day. Students are invited to wear QAE colors (purple or orange) or Seahawks colors (blue or green) or a team shirt. This is an invitation, not a requirement. We will begin on Friday, September 15th.
QAE Individual Picture Day: Thursday, September 21st
QAE Retakes, Class Photos and Whole School Photos will be in October. Date announced shortly.
Individual Picture Day is on Thursday, September 21st. Retakes, class photos and whole school photo will take place 4 weeks later to ensure all of our students are present; date will be determined asap. So sorry that Photo Day was inadvertently booked on Rosh Hashanah! We have now rescheduled our class photos and whole school photo for Retake Day to ensure everyone is here. Please return photo forms as soon as possible.
Jog-A-Thon: September 29th
An annual tradition at QAE is our Jog-a-Thon. This is a school-wide event focused on student goal setting for running laps around our school. Students set a running goal in class to help them learn the importance of setting and achieving a personal goal. This is a wonderful learning opportunity for students, and a wonderful school-wide event at QAE. PTSA coordinates a fund-raiser with the Jog-a-Thon, and more fund-raising information will follow from PTSA. Thank you to our dedicated PTSA for organizing this!
It is important for students to have an opportunity to come together as a whole community. There are daily opportunities for grade groups to come together during recess and lunch breaks. We also want to ensure that our whole school gets together regularly, so that we can share information, celebrate learning, and all students can learn respectful audience behaviors. Monthly assemblies will be held for special performances, special events and/or at the end of each month to provide the most effective learning opportunities for all students.
Parent Help Wanted:
Lost and Found Coordinator/Director
Running Club Coordinator
Running Club is an important part of Queen Anne Elementary, as every QAE Explorer is a member. Students can run on our on-site track to build up their laps and achieve their running goals throughout the year. I can’t wait to join them! We need some parent assistance to get the Running Club ‘up and running’ as soon as possible. If you are interested in helping with our initial set up, please email Principal Janine Roy at firstname.lastname@example.org. Looking forward to a great running year ahead!
Lost and Found
Lost and Found is located in the Brick Building hallway beside the library. Parents wanting to assist can contact Jennifer Connolly at email@example.com.
Sept. 13 - 1st early dismissal Wednesday: all Wednesday’s this year end for students at 1:10 pm
Sept. 15 - Spirit Day: Students invited to wear purple, orange, green or blue to support QAE school spirit and Seahawks!
Sept. 21 - QAE Individual Picture Day, with Retakes, Class Photos, and Whole School Photo in Oct.
Sept. 22 - Spirit Day
Sept. 29 - QAE Jog-a-thon
Families are always welcome to contact our school. Here are important numbers and emails:
Principal Janine Roy firstname.lastname@example.org 206-252-2480
Admin. Secretary Karen Rang email@example.com 206-252-2480
Office Assistant Jennifer Connolly firstname.lastname@example.org 206-252-2480
QAE PTSA website http://www.qaeptsa.org/
QAE District website http://www.seattleschools.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=627&pageId=59665
Teachers Teacher emails are posted on the QAE PTSA website: http://www.qaeptsa.org/
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