Important Information about Pathfinder’s Creative Approach Application

Your Building Leadership Team (BLT) and the Pathfinder staff have agreed that this will be the year Pathfinder engages in the application process to become a Creative Approach school. THIS IS A CALL FOR PROPOSALS as to what that approach will be. The process is vigorous and our timeline is tight. However, this may be the last year that the opportunity will be made available hence the push to apply this year for the following school year. Proposals are due on October 30th at 9:00 a.m. Community involvement is crucial to the success of the application. Please see the following embedded document for additional information on Creative Approach Schools, our deadlines/process, as well as the proposal questions.

Once the proposals are turned in a very busy Creative School Committee will be assessing the applications to determine the direction of our approach. This committee will be made up of staff, PTSA Board members and other parents. Pathfinder’s deadline for submitting the application is December 19th. There will be a Town Hall to review and discuss the application prior to its submission. Date to be announced.

If you are completely (or partially) in the dark about Creative Approach schools like I was until a month ago, I am available as your BLT parent representative to answer any questions as is David. We are excited about the possibilities for Pathfinder as a Creative Approach school and although the process will be intense and rigorous, feel that it is a worthy endeavor!

–Odetta Owen, BLT and PTSA Board Member


Pumpkin Carving Night

Save the date for Pumpkin Carving night Friday October 24th at 6pm in the Cafeteria. This annual Pathfinder tradition invites you to bring your own pumpkin and tools and carve up a spooktacular time! Light snacks and fun community will be provided. We look forward to seeing everyone there!


2 Hour Early Release

Mark your Calendars! Wednesday October 29th the kids will dismissed 2 hours early at 1:10pm!


Meetings to discuss new boundaries for 2015-16

Meetings scheduled to discuss implementation of new boundaries in 2015-16
In November 2013, the Seattle School Board approved various changes to elementary and middle school attendance area boundaries (Growth Boundaries), to be implemented over time.
Community meetings are being held to provide basic information to those affected by the changes, answer questions about the 2015-16 changes, and receive community feedback. Interpreters are being scheduled.

Date and Time Location
Oct. 28, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Dunlap Elementary

4525 S. Cloverdale St.

Oct. 29, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Dearborn Park International

2820 S. Orcas St.

Oct. 30, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Northgate Community Center

10510 5th Ave. NE

Nov. 3, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Alki

3010 59th Ave. SW

Nov. 4, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Beacon Hill

2025 14th Ave. S

More information, including maps of the changes, Frequently Asked Questions and copies of the letters sent to families are on the Growth Boundaries website. Feedback can be sent by email to growthboundaries@seattleschools.org.


Meet and Greet with Interim Superintendent, Dr. Nyland

Dr. Larry Nyland, who was appointed by the School Board in June to serve as Interim Superintendent, has outlined several opportunities this fall to meet with community members.

These informal gatherings will include a few short remarks from Dr. Nyland, followed by time for an open question and answer period.

“I look forward to continuing to get to know our students, families, staff and community members,” Dr. Nyland said. “I want to hear from our school communities about what’s going well in our schools, where we can improve and how I can best serve this school district’s mission of ensuring every student graduates prepared for college, career and life.”

The following one-hour informal meetings are open to the public:

  • Tuesday, September 30 from 6-7 p.m. at New Holly Community Center, 7054 32nd Ave S Seattle, WA 98118 (Spanish, Somali, Vietnamese, Tagalog interpreters will be available)
  • Wednesday, October 1 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at John Muir Elementary, 3301 S. Hornton St., Seattle WA 98144 (Spanish, Somali, Vietnamese interpreters will be available)
  • Monday, October 27 from 6-7 p.m. at Yesler Community Center, 917 E Yesler Way Seattle, WA  98122 (Spanish, Somali, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Tigrigna interpreters will be available)
  • Tuesday, October 28 from 6-7 p.m. at Northgate Community Center, 10510 5th Ave NE Seattle, WA 98125 (Spanish and Somali interpreters will be available)

For American Sign Language, please send an email 72 hours in advance to Bernardo Ruiz bjruiz@seattleschools.org



2013-14 Yearbooks still Available!

2013-14 Yearbook coverWe have a limited quantity of 2013-14 Yearbooks available. If you did not purchase one last spring or would like to buy a second copy, please come to the office or send a check with your request, made out to Pathfinder K-8 ASB in the amount of $25.00. Please call the office to check availability at 206-252-9710.



Bullying 101

We had a very informative speaker come share with us at  our PTSA meeting about Bullying. What is bullying versus what is simply mean or with younger kids, just trying to sort out social boundaries and etiquette. She shared some handouts with those in attendance but we know not everyone could be there so we wanted to share the information with everyone so here you go:


bully handout

parent handouts for powerpoint



Volunteer to be a Clan Coordinator!

Volunteer for Clan Coordinator

We need your help!

  • Coordinate help for your teacher by communicating information to the parents.
  • Act as a communication channel from the school organizers and PTSA to the parents in your class.
  • Get to know the other parents in your class as well as your child’s classmates.
  • Get support from your Outreach coordinator (Karie Koltz) and the other clan coordinators during the year with social meetings.

There are openings for the following clans:

Frog,  Orca, Elk, Falcon, Raven, Coyote, Bear, Snake, Bee, Fox and Sea Star

Contact Karie Koltz at kariekoltz@yahoo.com or call 206-769-6713. We need spots filled by Sept 26th!


Welcoming our new Garden Educator

Tara Migliore Potter is Pathfinder’s incoming Garden Educator, and she comes to our school with rich experience of weaving garden time in with class instruction. To learn more about Pathfinder’s school garden or to get on her volunteer list, contact Tara at tara(at)naturec.org.

ATT00002I live in Highland Park with my husband, 2.5 year old son, and our pets: 1 cat and 3 chickens. I am very excited to be part of the Pathfinder K-8 community, sharing my passion for permaculture gardening and connecting youth and families to nature. I have a BA in Environmental Studies and Ecology from the University of Washington’s Program on the Environment, and I will be finishing my MA at Antioch University Seattle this December with a degree in Environment and Community which focuses on food systems and social change. I hope to get to know many of the families in our community in the coming months, so please come say hello or stop by the garden to see what is growing.TMigliore



Direct Give Campaign Wrap Up

Fundraising at Pathfinder

Fundraising at Pathfinder

A huge THANK YOU and CONGRATULATIONS to Kathy Henderson and her fundraising crew for reaching their fundraising goal of $20,000!! Everyone’s generosity is greatly appreciated as it allows the PTSA to continue to fund our programs, teachers, classrooms and students at the same full capacity and quality that we appreciate and enjoy here at Pathfinder. thermometer_20K_final2Help Us Raise $20,000 by October 3rd!

Earth Project…Expeditionary Learning…Fun Community Events…Classroom Support…Professional Development…Tutoring…Sharing the Gift…and more!

What do they all have in common?

They are all supported by the amazing generosity of Pathfinder families!

ü Each year our PTSA spends $85,000 or $200 per family to support many wonderful programs at Pathfinder.  That’s $20 a month per family!

Our Fall Direct Give is a simple donation request.  No selling gift wrap or candy!   All of your money will stay at our school and help all of our kids and teachers.

Please pay what you are able to; every amount helps!!!

There are 3 options for making a tax deductible donation:

  1.  Write a check payable to Pathfinder PTSA and mail into school in the envelope provided (1901 SW Genesee, Seattle, WA 98106) or place in the PTSA drop box at school.
  2.  Go to this link: http://bit.ly/DirectGive and then click on the Paypal button to make a donation using your Paypal account or credit card.
  3.  *New this year:  you can also choose to make an automatic monthly donation via Paypal.  Go to the Paypal link as directed above, enter a monthly donation amount, and then click on the recurring payment box.  Even $5 a month adds up! (link below)

Do not forget to ask family and friends to donate!

Does your workplace match donations? Their match can double your donation!  For a list of employers who match, go to: http://bit.ly/EmployersWhoMatch

Give to Pathfinder PTSA via PayPal



Marty McLaren’s fall public meetings in WS

Marty McLaren

School Board Director, Marty McLaren

From School Board Director McLaren:

My fall community meetings are:
Thursday, September 11, 6PM to 7:45PM
SW Branch Library, 9010 35th Ave SW

Tuesday, October 7, 6 PM to 7:45 PM
West Seattle Branch Library, 2306 42nd Ave SW

Saturday, November 8, 11 AM to 12:30 PM
High Point Branch Library, 3411 SW Raymond

Marty McLaren
Board Director
Seattle Public Schools, District VI


Volunteer for Clan Coordinator

We need your help!

  • Coordinate help for your teacher by communicating information to the parents.
  • Act as a communication channel from the school organizers and PTSA to the parents in your class.
  • Get to know the other parents in your class as well as your child’s classmates.
  • Get support from your Outreach coordinator (Karie Koltz) and the other clan coordinators during the year with social meetings.

There are openings for the following clans:
Seal, Frog, Owl, Cougar, Orca, Otter, Falcon, Raven, Coyote, Bear, Wolf, Snake, Bee, Fox and Sea Star
Contact Karie Koltz at kariekoltz@yahoo.com or call 206-769-6713. We need spots filled by Sept 26th.


volunteer for the 2014-2015 school year

We need you! Lashanna Williams, our Volunteer Chair, would like you to fill out this google form, so she knows how you’d like to help. THANKS! It’s going to be a great year at Pathfinder!


Bell schedule for 2014-15

image by flickr user alexkerheadWith the change in the length of the day and the new, later, start time, we have a new bell schedule for next year.
8:35 First Bell
8:40 Second Bell
11:10 – 11:30 K/1 Lunch 11:30 – 11:50 K/1 Recess
11:25 – 11:45 2/3 Lunch 11:45 – 12:05 2/3 Recess
12:00 – 12:10 MS Lunch 12:10 – 12:30 MS Recess
12:30 – 12:50 4/5 Lunch 12:50 – 1:10 4/5 Recess
3:10 End of School
3:20 Buses leave

image courtesy of flickr user alexkerhead


Playground Design Revealed!!

Our Playground Design was revealed Monday night! It was very exciting and encouraging to hear the architect discuss how hard they worked to integrate as many of the suggestions as possible. There will be added green space, a running track, some bouldering rocks, 2 compass designs and additional playground equipment in addition to what is already there.

As folks enjoyed their ice cream, they chimed in with ways they would like to help through procuring materials to fundraising funds.

A HUGE thank you to Susan Melrose, Toni Wells, Kathleen Mullins, Holli Margell, Kelly Guenther and a host of others who have spent hours writing grants, collecting pledges, reaching out to the community and working with the PTSA to get this project underway.

Our second grant – the DON grant – has been submitted and we are hopeful it will be awarded to us. We will hear more on that in August. In the meantime, reach out to Susan if you want to help in any way suebobseven@yahoo.com