Summer Meetups for Kindergarten
| July 9|
|5PM ||Magnusun Playground|
Hosted by Tracy Patton
| July 25|
|10AM || Pinehurst Playfield|
Hosted by Melissa Walsh
| July 31|
Hosted by Cindy Ponko
| August 6|
|5PM || Greenlake Playground|
Hosted by Tracy Patton
| August 18|
| 10AM|| Magnusun Playground|
| August 22nd|
|10AM || Pinuhust Playfield|
Hosted by Melissa Walsh
These gatherings are a great way for our newest students to meet each other and develop friendships before they arrive to their first day of school. All are welcome! Bring a blanket or beach towel to sit on, water and a snack to share (optional).
Week of June 18, 2012
Charter public schools initiative under review
Proponents of charter public schools have filed an initiative bid with the Secretary of State, and Washington State PTA members may ask whether the association supports the effort. (See 11th hour filing)
Nationally, PTA has qualified support for charter public schools. And Washington State PTA is actively looking for ways to close our state's entrenched achievement gaps. We are supportive of choice and innovative schools – including charter public schools when they reflect the positions and principles of PTA.
At this point, staff is reviewing the initiative to see if it aligns with WSPTA criteria. The charter proponents who filed the initiative have told us it improves upon on a bill introduced to the legislature this past session. We had concerns with that bill and could not fully support it. (Key points noted below. See also, Grassroots Connection: Feedback on SB 6202)
Once staff's review is complete, the legislative director and president will give it to our newly installed board, as well as our new regional legislative chairs. (New WSPTA Board members took office June 1.) The board will need time to both learn about the issue and engage with their respective PTA communities.
Save our funding! Wednesday June 6
We already have several people lined up to speak, several people who can provide carpools, and several parents who can provide childcare. (However, there may not be time to find childcare if you have not already contacted us.) Our schedule is:
3:45 to 4:00 Meet at Sacajawea parking lot for carpools
4:45 Arrive at John Stanford Center
5:00 to 5:45 Support us as we give testimony
Save our School SPS mtg 6-6-2012
Mr. Palmer Retirement Party
Current and former Sacajawea families are invited to bid a fond farewell to Mr. Palmer on Friday, June 15.
After Field Day is over, please join us from 3:15 to 4:30 (on the Upper Playground or in the gym, depending on weather) to let Mr. Palmer know we appreciate him and wish him well in his retirement.
Please bring a plate of cookies or cut fruit to share; all children must be accompanied by adults.
Please come to the Ice-Cream Social, Awards Ceremony and General PTA Meeting tonight from 6:30 to 8:30!!
We will be awarding the Golden Acorn Awards for some of our amazing volunteers, the Outstanding Educator Awards, and elect our PTA officers for the coming school year.
The evening begins at 6:30 on the lower playground, and delicious ice-cream will be served after the General PTA Meeting. Kids and Adults are all welcome!
Legislative Update 5/12
JUNE 1ST DEADLINE: PTA members and groups can submit "issues" to the
state PTA for consideration at the fall Legislative Assembly. These
issues can then be voted on, and the PTA then lobbies for top priority
issues. Contact Kristen King for information on how to do it.
* Marilyn Watkins of the Economic Opportunity Institute gave a
presentation on education funding at the Washington State PTA
Convention. The PowerPoint from the presentation is available in the
front office in the legislative folder.
Help decide Washington State PTA’s legislative priorities
· 2012-13 Platform: Information & Proposal Form
Reminder: ALL short-term legislative issues expire this October when delegates vote in a new platform. (This includes the current TOP 6 and the “also supported” issues – including ones voted on last October)
Any PTA/PTSA member or group of members can submit an issue for consideration. I am available to assist as needed.
Sac Spring Arts Festival Saturday, May 19th Join Us For Sacajawea Elementary School's Annual Spring Arts Festival, Saturday, May 19th from 2:00 to 5:30PM Students will showcase their music, dance, opera and geographic education with live stage performances and a series of gallery showings. This year's event will feature food and coffee vendors, free arts and crafts activities for children of all ages and the annual Spring Arts Festival Parade. Friends and neighbors are welcome. Contact Karen for more information or to find out how you can volunteer!
PTA Board Meeting Monday@7 -- Members Welcome
Room 104. We will be talking about what to keep and what to change for next year. Calendar of Events and each committees general responsibilities and accomplishments for the school year.
Legislative Update - 5/7
The Washington State PTA met and considered several resolutions. All
passed. Check out next week's newsletter for more details.
Members and local units can contribute to the Washington State PTA
platform by submitting "issues" by June 1st.
Governor Gregoire has proposed an income tax set aside solely to fund education.
News Update 4/29
The Seattle School Board voted Sunday night to select José Banda asour new superintendent after the other finalists, Sandy Husk andSteven Enoch, withdrew. The official vote should come Wednesday. For more information, see Monday's Seattle Times article "Banda is the choice for Seattle superintendent."(http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/education/2018106583_superintendent01m.html)
Also Listen to Michael DeBell, School Board President interviewed (4/30/2012) on KUOW http://www.kuow.org/program.php?id=26630
Relive The Hobbit Performance
Trailer and the Video of the full performance available here
Online Auction opened April 8th at 10 AM and continues through April 22nd at 10 PM