After School Program Survey

After School Program Survey

Fill it out online: pathfinderasp.org

How are we doing? How can we improve?

Parents, teachers, staff and all, give us your feedback.

Tuesday, June 20 through Saturday, June 24

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Middle School Orientation August 24

Incoming Middle School Families – Mark Your Calendars

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Dear Pathfinder Family,

It is with great pleasure we welcome you to Pathfinder’s middle school.  We are looking forward to having your student and your family in our middle school program.  We would like to invite your family to attend an orientation to the middle school.  This orientation will take place on August 24th at 6:00 to 7:00 in the Hub.  The goal of the orientation is to give everyone his or her teacher assignment, September class schedule, and other important information that will be helpful at the beginning of the year.

 I’m sure you are all wondering about how electives will work for next year.  Typically, by this time of the year the students have received their elective choices.  Next year we would like all sixth grade students to do a one-month rotation of each of our electives.  Students would have one week of each of our specialist classes, art, Chinese, PE, and instrumental music/choir.  This will give students a better idea of what their choices really are.  However, we would love to hear if your child is interested in band or Chinese before school starts and would be happy to take your email requests.

Do be aware, if you wish your child to have classes that would remove them from PE, a letter or an email is required demonstrating what outside of school physical activity your child is engaged in.  We cannot guarantee any particular classes, however we try our hardest to make sure students are in classes that support their interests.

If you have any questions regarding this process, you may email our assistant principal Lisa Clayton, lclayton@seattleschools.org, or call the school directly, 252-9710.  Please do mark your calendars.  We want 100% attendance at the orientation.

David Dockendorf                                      Lisa Clayton
Pathfinder K-8 School Principal              Pathfinder K-8 School Assistant Principal

Lisa Clayton
Assistant Principal
Pathfinder K-8 School
(206) 252-9742
(206) 252-9710



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It’s Budget Time!

The 2017-2018 budget is ready for your review.

The budget will be voted on by the PTSA membership at the June 8 General Membership Meeting. Read the rest of this entry »

Permanent link to this article: http://pathfinderk8ptsa.org/2017/05/22/its-budget-time/


New Tip Sheet for Parents

Many thanks to Lisa DeBurle, Frog class teacher, for sharing this really useful tip sheet for parents, as part of Pathfinder’s Creative Approach.

Tips we can all practice to help families feel better and strengthen our relationships . . .

Permanent link to this article: http://pathfinderk8ptsa.org/2017/05/09/new-tip-sheet-for-parents/


Thank you rock stars! You really rocked it!

Our annual PTSA Pathfinder Auction made over $91,000!

This was truly a community effort and a huge thank you goes out to everyone. From our tireless parent volunteers that worked all year to make this one night happen, to our staff for donating their time to host group events, for making space in their day for class art and for letting us take their picture for “an idea” we had to help promote the auction. To our kids for making priceless art that raised over $17,000. To David and Lisa for performances that continue to go above and beyond. To all the Fund-A-Need donors that gave over $12,000 to put toward a new sound system so our kids’ voices can be heard. And last but far from least, to all the rock stars that brought down the house Saturday night.

Each and everyone one of us gives in our own way and together we really rocked it!

Thank you,

Ginny Woo and Laura Murray
2017 Auction Co-Chairs

Permanent link to this article: http://pathfinderk8ptsa.org/2017/03/29/thank-you-rock-stars-you-really-rocked-it/


Join Newly Formed Diversity Task Force

colored-fabricOn the heels of the SEA sponsored Black Lives Matter event on the 19th, we as your PTSA
Board continue to discuss issues of diversity in our school and how best to meet the chal-
lenges of addressing those issues.

The following is a statement from PTA National taken from their Inclusivity and Diversity Policy:

PTAs everywhere must understand and embrace the uniqueness of all individuals, appreciating that each contributes a diversity of views, experiences, cultural heritage/traditions, skills/abilities, values and preferences.

The recognition of diversity within organizations is valuing differences and similarities in people through actions and accountability.

These differences and similarities include age, ethnicity, language and culture, economic status, educational background, gender, geographic location, marital status, mental ability, national origin, organizational position and tenure, parental status, physical ability, political philosophy, race, religion, sexual orientation, and work experience.

Therefore PTAs at every level must:

  • Openly assess beliefs and practices to assure inclusiveness and guard against discrimination;
  • Make every effort to create a PTA board and membership that is inclusive and reflective of its community;
  • Encourage that all PTA activities at the school be planned by a committee which is representative of the population;
  • Foster programs and practices that eliminate bias, prejudice and misunderstanding within their communities;
  • Become acquainted with the leaders of the many diverse groups in the community and collaborate with them to increase parent, family and community involvement;
  • Educate its leaders and members to the needs, cultural beliefs, traditions and family structures of the population they serve; and
  • Propose change wherever discriminatory practices are perceived.

We, your Pathfinder PTSA board are determined to meet these standards through focused work done by a task force that will report back to the board.

Myself and a handful of other interested parents have agreed to be on this task force but would love to have more parents join us so that we can have, represented in the discussion, a balanced informed dialogue that will help us be standard bearers of the above criteria.

Please consider joining us in this important conversation, I would love to hear from you.

Thank you,


(Follow this link to read the entire policy)

Permanent link to this article: http://pathfinderk8ptsa.org/2016/11/03/join-newly-formed-diversity-task-force/


Direct Give Raises $22,400!

Thank youThank you for making Pathfinder PTSA’s annual Direct Give such a great success. You certainly embraced our theme of “Getting Out the Give” this year. We had 147 donors – parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and even the kids themselves – who contributed to the campaign.

By raising nearly $23,000, we will be able to deliver on support to our kids and teachers all year long. Kids will be able to go out to the garden with Tara and listen to Roger tell stories at Monday Morning Meeting. Teachers will be supported with funds for professional development, creative approach, and classroom supplies. Community events, like the Science Fair and the Pathfinder Olympics, will go on!

All of this is thanks to you. Pathfinder is fortunate to have such a supportive community. We couldn’t do it without you.

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How to Stay Informed at Pathfinder

graphic of a megaphoneAre you still figuring out how to find answers to your questions about music, sports, after school programs, lunches, field trips, snacks, buses, testing, etc. etc.? You are not alone!

The good news is that there are several ways you can access information about what’s up at Pathfinder K-8.

Here’s a handy list of ways to stay informed. Whether you want information delivered to your email inbox, or you’d like to be able to find what you are looking for online, or in hard copy, there are many outlets for the information you need.

Happy reading!

Questions about PTSA Communications at Pathfinder K-8? Contact Gillian Maguire using our Contact Us form.

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Save time – Fill PTSA forms online

PTSA red and black compass SQUAREShop for Spirit Wear, join the PTSA, submit your information for the Family Directory, and sign up to volunteer, all online now!

Our fantastic team of volunteers has improved our forms and made them easier for you to use. By completing the forms online you will reduce your form-filling burden, and speed up administration for us. Hard copies are also included in the First Day Packets. Check out these features online:

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Hello and welcome from your PTSA Board!

pathfinderPTSA tinyDear families,

We, your Pathfinder K8 PTSA Board, are excited to welcome you to the 2016-2017 school year at Pathfinder K-8.

For those new to Pathfinder K-8 you will soon discover that you are part of an amazing school community. We educate children here in a way that is unique to other Seattle schools and a major component in making that happen is you. In fact, the parent involvement at Pathfinder is so vital to our school’s success it is sometimes called the “Parent Machine.” For nineteen years a tradition of educating our children by choice at Pathfinder has been cultivated, nurtured and maintained by YOU. You are our most important resource as a PTSA.

Sometimes I hear people say “I can’t join PTSA because I don’t want another commitment right now.” I absolutely understand that! We respect your time. We respect that families ALWAYS come first. We are volunteers. Joining PTSA entails filling out a form and paying membership (scholarships available). Honestly, that’s it. You don’t have to do anything after that. Your fees go to the PTA local here in Seattle, to support the work of all local PTA/PTSA’s. It’s the only time your PTSA will ask you a to write a check that doesn’t go DIRECTLY back to your students’ education at Pathfinder. Those fees are detailed at this link from the Washington State PTA website. You then get to sit back and enjoy the benefits of your dollars at work including discounts at Barnes and Noble, Great Wolf Lodge, Fed Ex, Wild Waves, and Seattle Storm to name a few.

Volunteering and contributing to the programs that you want to see maintained at Pathfinder, such as camping, After School Program, tutoring, arts, workshops, field trips…activities that other schools often do without, can look a hundred different ways. Ongoing throughout the year it’s monetary, because without our fundraising efforts we cannot support these amazing programs. Every SINGLE dollar that is given is essential. There is no such thing as a financial gift that is too small and Direct Give, starting in the Fall is the best example of that. AND it’s more than that. My first year at Pathfinder, as a single parent, I could not contribute financially. I was able to show up in the classroom, one day a week, as a chaperone for field trips, to help out on photo day. Some folks slip in and help take the staples out of the pictures on the bulletin boards. Others change the reader board so that we can communicate better with you. And some are at their desks entering data or maintaining the website, never set foot in the school, but their efforts are equally important. There are countless ways to contribute. THEY ALL MATTER. The difference you make is a difference. There is no measure of how important based on hours spent, size of the check written. WE DON’T DO THAT HERE.

So welcome and welcome back. You are a valued member of the parent machine. Yes, your PTSA Board is at the helm directing the efforts, it’s true. But without you we have nothing to do, nothing to direct! It is our pleasure to be here, part of this amazing thing we do to educate and support each child in the Pathfinder community. Thank you.

Odetta Owen – Pathfinder K8 PTSA President

Odetta Owen, President


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