School placements for 2015/16 are available

Sources say that placement information is available at Seattle School’s website. Check your child’s enrollment for the 2015/16 school year at SPS’s website.

If you’re a new Pathfinder family, WELCOME!


Get ready for Earth Week celebrations at Pathfiner!

Earth week is coming! At Pathfinder we’ll be observing Earth week by constructing an art project out of plastic bottles (leave your bottles on the potting table in Sky Hall), having a waste-free lunch day (we’ll weigh our waste and see how much we reduced our waste from a typical lunch day), we’ll wear green on Earth Day and have a Pathfinder clean-up.

Good Day, Pathfinder Community. Earth Week is coming up once we return from Spring Break (with Earth Day on Wednesday April 22nd.) There are a few ways you can help: 1) Talk to your child’s teacher and see if the class is planning on having garden time outdoors. Garden teacher, Tara, has a packed schedule getting your kids outdoors. (It was easier to schedule this throughout the week than to get all kids out on Tuesday as posted in the KidMail)….2) Get your child ready to wear green on Wednesday (field tripping kids can represent too!)…..3) Drop off plastic water bottles in the box by Tara’s garden bench in the Sky Hall. The bottles will be used to make a plastic sculpture. Then resolve to get a reusable container for #4…..4) WASTE FREE LUNCH on Friday. Please pack your lunch with as many reusable containers/cutlery as possible.


Spring Garden Build–March 7, 2015

Seed starts planted for the garden.

Help get the garden ready for the growing season on Saturday March 7, 2015. 10-2. FREE PIZZA in exchange for your hard work and companionship as we get our school garden in ship-shape for the growing season. It’s about the sprouts…


Parents’ night out!

World travel is sponsoring a Parents’ Night Out fundraiser this Friday night from 6:30-8:30! They’ll play Pixar’s Wall-E and provide food for a suggested donation of $25/child. If parents want to stay it’s $5/person. RSVP: 465-2346.

Our World Travelers will be leaving for Belize in little more than a month and this will help them fund their trip!


Special Needs Resource Fair–March 7

The event is March 7th from 10-1 at Marvista Elementary in Normandy Park. It’s in Highline, but open to all.

special needs resource fair flyer


March PTSA Meeting

picture of Jenni PertusetOur next General meeting is March 10th at 6:15pm. In addition to our usual PTSA, Jenni Pertuset, Parenting Consultant from Fulfilling Parenthood will be speaking. The title of her talk is

Getting out the door: Why my kid is doing the opposite of what I say–how to inspire cooperation in your child and get where you’re going

There will be snacks and child care provided.


Hurry!–Only a few days left to purchase auction tickets!!

StarryNight15_WEB150x150Ticket sales end February 28th or when they’re gone. Last count had us under 50 tickets left! Have you heard there might SEAHAWKS tickets to be had?! Come on 12s get your chance to bid!!!


Assistance League Summer scholarship program for 6-11th graders





Eligibility requirements:

1. must be a student in the SPS (homeschool students with Seattle school district affiliation)

2. enrolled in grades 6-11

3. complete and submit application

visit www.seattle.assistanceleague.org website to download forms 


Open enrollment for SPS is live 2/23-3/6

This video from SPS explains the enrollment process.

For families with children who will be new to Pathfinder, the Choice Application should have a box that looks something like the image below. In this box you’ll pick the schools in order you’d like your student to attend them.



Open enrollment is around the corner! 2/23-3/6!

Seattle Public Schools sent this email to families today. Please note the change in the process–no more letters home telling you your assignment for next year. There is a new look-up tool at the admissions website (link below). Choice application forms (which you need to go to Pathfinder if the child is new to SPS) are not going to be posted until February 23. Other information to note–assignments will be announced in April, so watch for info about placement sometime in the last week of the month (according to the SPS website).

Dear Seattle Public Schools family,

With Open Enrollment just around the corner, we are writing to alert you about important school assignment and school choice information. In an effort to provide quality customer service, the district has created an easy-to-use Assignment Look-Up Tool on the Seattle Public Schools Admissions website (http://enrollment.www.seattleschools.org) allowing families greater ease in identifying their student’s assigned school both this year and the next school year. As a result, families will no longer be mailed a next-year assignment letter for each student in mid-February. In the past, we took this extra step to help families transition to our New Student Assignment Plan as enrollment growth boundaries changed and while we established attendance area schools and choice assignments.

As a general rule, your student is assigned to the same school he or she is attending now. In the case of students moving up to middle or high school, students will be automatically assigned to their neighborhood school. This can be confirmed on the Assignment Look-Up Tool (available by Feb. 23) or by using our automated phone system by calling (206) 252-0212. If you would like to change your current or assigned school for the 2015-16 school year, Open Enrollment runs from Feb. 23 to Mar. 6. Full instructions on how to participate in Open Enrollment and choose a different school can be found on the Admissions website at http://bit.ly/Apply-OpenEnrollment or by contacting the Admissions office at (206) 252-0760. Choice forms will be available on Feb. 23. For families who applied for Advanced Learning testing, information about how to apply for a Choice school serving Highly Capable Cohort students during Open Enrollment can be found at http://bit.ly/AdvLearningOpenEnrollment

Students affected by Special Education program changes, transportation changes due to growth boundary changes, and Advance Learning testing results will receive additional letters in the next several weeks with further information. Open Enrollment results will be sent in April.

Snow people made by Sky Hall artists.

Snow people made by Sky Hall artists.


Share your vision for instructional technology in the district

From the district office, a chance to weigh in on district technology policies.

Parents, students, teachers, principals, district staff and community members are invited to attend a Technology Vision Town Hall Meeting. Come and offer input to a shared vision of how technology can help enable all aspects of Teaching & Learning in Seattle Public Schools.

How can technology support our students, instructors, instructional staff, parents and community to make SPS a world-class K-12 environment where ALL students have the opportunity to achieve their dreams?

The meeting will give an overview of the recent Technology Summit and offer attendees the opportunity to share their visions, and recommendations.

2/23/15-Eckstein MS
2/24/15-Washington MS
2/25/15-Rainier Beach HS
2/26/15-Ingraham HS

Meetings are from 6-8pm with doors opening at 5:30. They will be in the cafeteria, with supervised activities for children available from 6-8pm. Interpretation available.

Can’t attend?–email tech vision@seattleschools.org.


Dine out for the Playground–2/25 @ Marination Ma Kai

Seattle city viewSave the date!!!! Wednesday, February 25th, Marination Ma-Kai on Alki is donating 20% of all proceeds from food sold between 4-8 pm to our school playground project. Remember this fun event last year?–We packed the house and kept their fryers hopping all night. The generous Marination folks have invited us for a SECOND year! Invite your friends and neighbors! It’s a great excuse to take a night off from cooking, hang out with your Pathfinder friends and enjoy one of the best views of our beautiful city! Here’s a link to their amazing menu.


We’re getting so close!

After all the grants and matching, the Pathfinder Community has about $50,000 to raise before we can begin construction. Track our progress with this widget.


Thanks for the great food and generosity, Pecado Bueno!

The Pathfinder community had a great time last night at Pecado Bueno! They fed a lot of us last night. Great food, great company and a great cause! Thanks for your amazing generosity, Pecado Bueno!Pecado Bueno logo–over 200 served a delicious dinner and over $3000 raised! We are blown away!


Auction ticket purchases go live January 27th!

StarryNight15_WEB1200x865It’s  time for 2015 Pathfinder auction ticket sales to start! Buy here–http://pfk8.schoolauction.net/2015

Don’t miss the excitement and amazing clan art, trips and other amazing things you can bid on. You’ll be able to purchase your tickets online and from the PTSA. This year’s theme is Starry Night.


After school classes start Monday!


Winter 2015 after school program classesAnother fun-packed term of after school classes start Monday!–From Lego to Trendy Crafts the Pathfinder after school program has something for everyone.


Eat at Pecado Bueno and help the playground project

Hola! The fabulous Pecado Bueno is holding a fundraising evening for the Pathfinder Playground Project. Invite friends, family, neighbors and strangers to dine with us on Wednesday January 28th from 5-8pm. Purchase a wristband at the door, $15 for adults, $10 for kids to enjoy an all you can eat Mexican Buffet!  Our tireless fundraisers have raised a great portion of the amount needed for the renovation of our playground, but we are still shy of our goal. Thanks to Pecado Bueno you can keep your kitchen clean and help the playground project get closer to that goal. Check out their menu here. Gracias!


2015 School Tours and Open House Schedule

Students' projects and artwork displayed.

Students’ projects and artwork displayed.

Trying to decide on a school for your school-aged child?–Pathfinder is hosting a series of open houses and tours to allow you to see our school, meet the principal and speak with Pathfinder parents and teachers.

Tours are scheduled and held during the school day, so you can see school in session. Open house is at night and you will have a chance to speak with some teachers and parents.

School tours (no children, please):
Call the office at 252-9710 to reserve your spot for a tour.
K-5–January 20, 22 & 29 at 8:30
Middle school–January 28, February 3 & 10 at 8:30

School open house (children may accompany parents):
No reservations needed
Kindergarten. February 10 at 6:30
MS. February 12 at 6:30


2014 wreath sales for outdoor education

The wreath team is tallying up the sales from December and entering the tags into the spreadsheet. Pink tags will be entered last, so that’s not included, nor is our last day of Farmers’ Market. This page will update as we add new tags. Check back to see how we did overall, and to see how much your clan earned to help fund our amazing camping trips.


Congratulations to Playground Clan Competition Winners!

We are in the final stretch of fundraising to build our playground next summer.  So far we’ve raised $20,500 towards our winter fundraising goal of $50,000.  If you plan to give but haven’t done so yet, please do so now! The Clan Competition Winners are:
Sky Hall – Turtle Clan $850
Earth Hall – Octopus Clan $650
Water Hall – Blue Heron Clan $1275
Middle School – Snake Clan $150
These clans will be looking forward to enjoying their hot cocoa and popcorn parties in the next couple of weeks!
Thanks to all who helped push us forward!
To volunteer on business outreach and event planning, please contact Susan Melrose at suebobseven@yahoo.com.

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