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News and Events

SPS Kindergarten Enrollment Night
Seattle Public Schools will welcome nearly 5,500 new Kindergarten students next September, and we want each one of these children to start school feeling eager and confident.  From December 3rd to March 4th, Seattle Public Schools will hold Kindergarten Early Enrollment events at 10 different SPS elementary schools around our community. Families can attend whichever event is most convenient, regardless of where they live. 

Below are links to the SPS Kindergarten Early Enrollment flyers advertising the 10 events to be held around the city, starting December 3rd at Dearborn Park.

SPS Kindergarten Early Enrollment Events at 10 Elementary Schools
·         English
·         Spanish
·         Somali
·         Vietnamese
·         Chinese
PTA General Meeting on Thursday, November 20
The next PTA General Meeting will be held on Thursday, November 20th in the school's library. We will be voting on two items - The Standing Rules and a funding proposal. In order to vote, you do need to be a paid member of the PTA. You can find forms in the school office or we will have them on site the night of the meeting.

Agenda

7:00 Meeting Called to Order
7:02 Approval of September Minutes
7:04 Treasurer Report
7:15 New Business: 
Approval of the Standing Rules, Funding proposal
7:25 BLT Report
7:35 Report of Classroom Activities - Teachers
7:50 Tutoring, Testing and Technology Report  - Principal Schweitzer
8:05 Lunch & Recess Matter Group
8:35 Meeting Adjourned

Are you willing to bring a snack for the meeting? Please sign up here.

http://www3.signupgenius.com/mobile/index.cfm?action=signups.signup&sugToken=42D1B5A69FA986111F0514042AC59ECBFEDAED01A3308B8457B0C8CB0B09009BCDC20E8E




Whittier Community Holiday Bazaar on Sunday, December 7

Please save the date for the 3rd Annual Whittier Community Holiday Bazaar Fundraiser: Sunday, December 7, 1pm - 4:30 pm at a Whittier family home. This year's beneficiary will be the Fifth Grade trip to Nature Bridge. The craft bazaar is a fun community event! Get your holiday shopping in & feel good about supporting the talented artisans in our community while supporting an important event for our 5th graders.

 

We are seeking:

VENDORS: Do you have a small business or have crafts to sell (jewelry, art, wovens, ceramics, preserves...)? Vendors will donate a portion of their sales and tabling fee to the beneficiary.
BAKERS: We are looking for donations of home baked individually wrapped treats. Those will be sold at the bazaar with 100% of the money going towards the beneficiary.
VOLUNTEERS: Folks to man the entry/baked goods table and to help with small needs leading up to the event.

 

Please contact Jenny Rhodes to get involved and with any questions: jaibird2@gmail.com


New Volunteer Requirements- Everything You Need to Know
 
Seattle Public Schools has updated their volunteer requirements. Visit Whittier's Volunteer Page to learn all the details and determine what you need to to do to get your paperwork up to date.



Summary of the Walk to Math Discussion at the PTA Board Meeting

If you were unable to attend last week's PTA Community Meeting, there was an hour long discussion related to Walk to Math. The discussion led by Ms. Schweitzer and the math team, walked parents through how children were broken into classes and how things will move forward. You can view the PowerPoint presentation here. Many parents had questions after the presentation. These have been complied into one document and you can view the original questions and the answers by clicking here.

It was emphasized that the philosophy on homework is to reinforce previously learned skills. If your child seems to be struggling, stop and make a note of what your child is having difficulties with. Then write a note to your child’s math teacher to let him or her know. You should not have to explain or teach a new concept to your child. It is likely that other children have the same issue, and the teacher needs to know! 

What else can parents do to help their children in math?  Try some of the following with the homework:

*Ask your child to explain to you in full sentences, or in writing, the concepts they are working on, so that they are turning abstract numbers and concepts into full fledged ideas.

*Work with your child to model concepts in different ways, using real-life examples


Parking Safety Update

Traffic safety continues to be a problem around our school. Cars frequently park in the No Parking zones, which include the marked bus zones along 13th Avenue NW. (Incredibly, some drivers have been seen moving those safety cones out of the street and parking there anyway.)

Student crossing guards have noted that many cars park within 20 feet of a crosswalk, which impairs sightlines for pedestrians, and is illegal.

PARENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO FOLLOW ALL TRAFFIC RULES TO KEEP OUR STUDENTS SAFE!



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Office: (206) 252-1650
Attendance: (206) 252-1652
Fax: (206) 252-1651

 

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