Wreath Committee Meeting

wreath-14591_640 on pixabayA message from Heather Pletschett, Wreath Coordinator:

I am building a committee to spearhead wreath-making activities this year.

If you’ve been wanting to get more involved in making, selling, sourcing materials for wreaths, this is your chance. It’s fun, it’s creative, it’s an important community builder!

The first wreath meeting will be:

Monday Oct 12th at 7pm!

We will meet each Monday in October and kick off pre-sales Nov 1st. We have all sorts of fun new things to roll out this year.

I encourage you to come if you want to hear more about wreaths or join the committee.

My address is:
5039 26th ave SW
Seattle Wa 98106

Looking forward to seeing you!

Contact me with any questions.

Heather L. Pletschett, hpletschett@gmail.com

image source: pixabay

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Harvest Potluck – Come one, come all

harvest 1000xThe Earth Project’s Harvest Potluck

Thursday Oct 15, 6:00-7:30pm

Pathfinder K-8 School

  • Art & Music
  • Seed Exchange
  • Face Painting
  • Debut of Pathfinder Cookbook & Get your Chinook Book (Cash or Check)

Bring a dish, homegrown or from your favorite organic source (include an ingredient card).

Bring your own utensils and plate to serve and eat food and be entered into the raffle for a school cookbook!

For more information contact Tasha, at T.M.Mosher@Hotmail.com


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Information and Communication Accessibility – from Seattle Public Schools

This message from Seattle Public Schools was delivered via email 9/30/2015.

Access for All—Ensuring information and communications is easily accessible for all families in Seattle Public Schools

Seattle Public Schools is committed to non-discrimination and ensuring that information and communications for district sponsored programs, events and activities is accessible to families and members of the community with disabilities. This includes persons who are deaf or hearing impaired as well as blind or visually impaired in accordance with Section 504 and Title II of the American Disabilities Act (ADA).

Everyone has the right to effective communication. To ensure that communication with persons with disabilities is as effective as with nondisabled persons, it is the responsibility of building and district administrators to act on each request for auxiliary aids and services upon request. These services will be provided in an accessible format at no cost to the requester.

Auxiliary aids and accommodations include a variety of communication services and devices that promote effective communication for persons with disabilities. Examples include certified sign language interpreters, real-time captioning services, translation services, written materials, large print, Braille, or electronic versions of information. The types of auxiliary aids and services necessary will depend on the length of complexity of the communication, circumstances and the needs and desires of the individual requesting assistance.

How to request communications assistance:

School Board meetings:
Individuals needing an auxiliary aid or service to participate in a regular of Special Board meeting should contact the School Board office as soon as possible and no later than two (2) days before a regular meeting so that arrangements for an effective auxiliary aid or service can be made. Reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate requests made less than 48 hours in advance of a meeting. Please contact the Board office by phone at 206-252-0040 or email boardagenda@seattleschools.org to make arrangements.

Other district sponsored programs, events and activities:
Individuals who may need an auxiliary aid or service to a district sponsored program, event  and activity, other than a School Board meeting, should contact the Communications Department no later than two (2) days before the event so that arrangements for the auxiliary aids or services can be made. Reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate requests scheduled less than 48 hours in advance of an event or meeting.

In order to arrange for auxiliary aids and services at a district sponsored program, event or activity, please contact Patricia Stambor (Executive Assistant, Communications) by phone at 206-252-0204 or email accessibility@seattleschools.org and provide the following information:

  1. Name of requester
  2. Name of individual needing an auxiliary aid or service
  3. Contact information (phone and email)
  4. Description of auxiliary aid and service sought (for example, American Sign Language interpreter, large print, etc.)
  5. Program or event for which effective communication is being sought (for example, parent/teacher conference, sporting event, field trip, etc.)
  6. Location where auxiliary aid or service is needed
  7. Room number or building (for example, auditorium, gym or classroom)
  8. Date and start and finish time of event.

In order to be effective, auxiliary aids and services will be provided in accessible formats, in a timely manner, and in such a way as to protect the privacy and independence of the individual with a disability.

The district will give primary considerations to the choice of auxiliary aids and services requested by the individual with a disability. “Primary consideration” means the district will honor the individual’s choice unless:

  1. There is another equally effective means of communication available, or
  2. The use of the request means would result in a fundamental alteration to the district’s service, program, or activity, or is an undue financial and administrative burden.

The decision that compliance would result in a fundamental alteration or an undue financial or administrative burden must be made by the Superintendent or his or her designee after considering all resources available for use in the funding and operation of the service, program, or activity and must be accompanied by a written of the reasons for reaching that conclusion. The district will take another action that would not result in such an alteration or such burdens, but would ensure that, to the maximum extent possible, individuals with disabilities receive the district’s benefits or services.

Should the district provide an auxiliary aid or service that is different than what is requested by the individual with a disability, the district will provide notice to the requester in advance of the district sponsored program, event or activity.

Additional Information:

The district has Compliance Coordinators that oversee efforts to comply with and carry out the district’s obligations of nondiscrimination with respect to persons with disabilities and to investigate any complaint of disability discriminations, which can be raised under Superintendent Procedures 3210SP.B. For questions or concerns relating to families and members of the community with disabilities please contact Carole Rusimovic at CRusimovic@seattleschools.org or 206.252.0118.

Not Receiving SPS Emails?

If you are not receiving emails directly from the Seattle Public School district, but you want to, contact Seattle Public Schools and ask to be put on their email distribution list.

2445 3rd Ave. S,
Seattle, WA 98134
Phone: 206-252-0000

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Celebrate the Playground Opening!

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Please join us in celebrating our community’s accomplishment and to show appreciation to those who helped make this project possible. Event includes accolades, ice cream and of course, kids demonstrating how to enjoy the new playground!

Thursday, October 8, 3:30-4:30pm

Questions to: pathfinderplayground2014@gmail.com

Learn more and get involved at: pathfinderplayground14.wordpress.com

Permanent link to this article: http://pathfinderk8ptsa.org/2015/09/29/playground-opening-celebration-october-8/


Curriculum Night – October 6 from 6 to 8:30pm

image by flickr user, PG.NETO, licensed CC 2.0.

Note the UPDATED Start Time for October 6 Curriculum Night

Pathfinder K-8 School Curriculum Night is being held on Tuesday, October 6th.

Our schedule will be:

6:00-7:00  K-3 classroom presentations

7:00-7:25  PTSA hosting hors d’ oeuvres in the cafeteria

7:30-8:30  4-8 classroom presentations

Blazing Trails will be providing childcare for a limited number of students, ages 5-12. You must reserve a space to use childcare. Call the school at 206-252-9710 or Blazing Trails at 206-937-5160 to reserve your space.

Curriculum Night is a very important evening of adult learning. This is your opportunity to learn about your child’s classroom, curriculum and ask important questions.

We look forward to seeing you on October 6th.

– Source: 9/25 Pathfinder Hot Sheet.

– image by flickr user, PG.NETO, licensed CC 2.0.

Permanent link to this article: http://pathfinderk8ptsa.org/2015/09/28/curriculum-night-october-6-from-6-to-830pm/


Calendar Changes

Calendar Changes

According to  Seattle Public Schools, there will be school the following days in order to make up strike days:

  • October 9, 2015
  • January 29, 2016
  • February 17, 2016
  • February 18, 2016
  • February 19, 2016
  • June 24, 2016


Permanent link to this article: http://pathfinderk8ptsa.org/2015/09/26/calendar-changes/


Traffic Alert for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept 28, 29, 30

Construction Notice from SDOTA Message from David Dockendorf, Principal, Pathfinder K-8


I want to make you aware of a construction notice that will affect your arrival to school next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  Southbound on 21st Ave. SW between Andover Street and Genesee will be closed to all traffic due to construction of new sidewalks.  Northbound will remain open.  The intersection of 21st and Genesee will be closed also.  In order to get to the school you must take Andover, turn left on 21st, turn right on Charlestown, turn right on either 20th or 19th, then left on Genesee into the school. 

Please keep in mind that traffic will be quite congested getting into the school.   Attached is a map of the streets affected as well as the detour route. 

Thank you for your patience as SDOT makes these important upgrades to our neighborhood. 


David Dockendorf, Principal

Please click here to see the construction notice: SDOT memo 09-28-2015.pdf 

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Wreath Committee – Volunteers Needed!

wreath headerHeather Pletschett, our fearless Wreath Diva/Coordinator/Planner Needs You!

Here’s her message to you, yes you!

It’s time to start coordinating and I am determined to start earlier and have a large committee this year.

Who’s interested in taking on a role on the wreath team? 

Let’s start meeting the week of Oct 5. How about Wednesday after school? Oct 7th? Who’s ready to hear more about wreaths?

As PTSA President, Odetta Owen, explained: “For new parents Wreath Making is a super fun outlet for your inner creative. The money for our childrens’ camping trips comes from the individual efforts of each Clans’ parents from crafting, contributing supplies, to selling. Your creative energy and hard work not only gives you an opportunity to build community, it also provides valuable funds for camping programs that are NOT funded by the school district. YOU make it work!”

Contact Heather at hpletschett@gmail.com.

Permanent link to this article: http://pathfinderk8ptsa.org/2015/09/24/wreath-committee-volunteers-needed/


No PTSA General Membership Meeting Tonight – Date to be Announced

cropped-2-Pathfinder-Webheader-PX-Red-and-Black-replacement1.jpgImportant message from Odetta Owen and Greg Goldstein:


The first day packets noted that the PTSA General Membership Meeting was tentatively set for TONIGHT, September 23.

However, the meeting will NOT be happening tonight. The Executive Officers of the PTSA Board are working on a new date and will get the word out to our community as quickly and broadly as possible.

We apologize for any confusion, and appreciate your help in spreading the word.

Stay tuned for the announcement of our first PTSA General Membership Meeting of this 2015-2016 school year.

Thank you!

– Odetta Owen, Pathfinder Parent and PTSA President, miss_oo@hotmail.com

– Greg Goldstein, Patfinder Parent and PTSA Vice President, goldstein.greg@hotmail.com

Permanent link to this article: http://pathfinderk8ptsa.org/2015/09/23/ptsa-general-membership-meeting-not-tonight-date-to-be-announced/


Volunteers Needed! Sign up to be a Clan Coordinator!

hands of people together standing in a circle

Do you want to be more involved in your child’s class? Do you enjoy getting to know other parents and the teachers?

Sign up to be a  Clan Coordinator!  Update 9/23: We still need coordinators for the following classes: Octopus, Kingfisher (previously Orca), Rabbit, Fox, Sea Star, Coyote, Bear, Wolf, Snake. 

Clan coordinators organize, support and channel information for each clan so that everyone in the school can benefit. That’s amazing!

My job is to make your job easier. I will plan everything out for you and support you throughout the year. Together we can make connections as a community and have a fun and successful year.

Questions about what a Clan Coordinator’s job is?  The Clan Coordinator Timeline is available at this link.

Thank you!

-Karie Koltz-Lead Clan Coordinator on the PTSA Board.

Contact me at kariekoltz@gmail.com for more information.

Permanent link to this article: http://pathfinderk8ptsa.org/2015/09/23/volunteers-needed-sign-up-to-be-a-clan-coordinator/

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