Order your Pathfinder Wreath Online Here!

Order all of your wreaths here online, using this handy form. Thank you for supporting the Outdoor Education program at Pathfinder K-8.



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How your holiday shopping can benefit Pathfinder

amazon_assoc-ads_feature-tile_180x150Did you know that your holiday – or everyday – shopping can benefit Pathfinder, without you spending an extra dime? It’s as simple as clicking a few website links, using your loyalty cards and buying gift cards for your shopping. Here’s a primer to get you started:

  • Amazon Affiliate Link: When you use Pathfinder’s Amazon affiliate link to make your purchases, Pathfinder will receive 6-7% back! This is different from – and much more lucrative than – Amazon Smile, which only returns 0.5%. Last year Pathfinder received nearly $2,000 from Amazon.
    >> Bookmark Pathfinder’s Amazon link for purchases
  • Bartell Drugs Loyalty Card: Earn up to 4% of your purchase amount for Pathfinder every time you shop at Bartell Drugs. Ask for a ‘B’ Caring Card at your favorite Bartell Drug Store, fill out an in-store registration or online form, then present your card every time you shop to earn money for our school.
    >> Learn more or register here.
  • Target Red Card: It’s the final six months for this program, so let’s make it worth it. Target’s Take Charge of Education Program provides Pathfinder with a percentage of all purchases charged with the Target Red Card Visa or debit cards.
    >> Sign up in the store or at today. Pathfinder’s school ID is 106385.
  • Online shopping that saves you money and generates funds for Pathfinder! Hundreds of merchants, from Old Navy and Macy’s to Office Max and Expedia, are signed up for this easy online program. When you make purchases through the Goodshop online portal, you can earn up to 15% for Pathfinder. You can log on with your Facebook profile or your email. Shop and earn!
    >> Go to and start shopping.
  • Shop with Scrip: Purchase plastic, electronic and reloadable gift cards from hundreds of different retailers and earn money for Pathfinder! Gift cards are not only for giving gifts, but can also be used for everyday purchases such as gas, groceries, clothes, dining, movies, home improvement and more. Participating retailers in West Seattle include HomeDepot, Barnes & Noble, Walgreens, Target, Starbucks, Safeway and Subway. iTunes is included too.
    >> Contact Kathy Henderson at to obtain the enrollment code for Pathfinder and then sign up at

And don’t forget to save your West Seattle Thriftway receipts (1% back) and Box Tops (10 cents per Box Top) as you do your grocery shopping. These add up!

PCC shoppers will earn Pathfinder 4% back when you use your Pathfinder Scrip card. Contact Kathy Henderson at if you’d like to purchase a card with $25 already loaded onto it.


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Cyber Monday shopping on Amazon?

amazon_assoc-ads_feature-tile_180x150Are you doing some ‘Cyber Monday’ shopping on Amazon?

Use this link for your shopping and Pathfinder earns money for our kids and teachers.

Thank you for your support!





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Announcing the Winning Clan in Wreath Presales!

Wreath Dark Green LogoThe Winner of the First Annual Wreath Presale Competition was the Blue Heron Clan!!

Yes folks, it was a blow out but the first runner up was The Spider Clan!

Honorable mention to both Tonya Hennen and Betsy Hoffmeister who were the highest sellers during presales!

As the winners the Blue Heron will have food and drinks during clan night hosted by the Wreath committee!
Congratulations everyone for all the hard work! We kicked this year off with $6,000 in presales and over $700 at our first Farmers Market.
Clan nights start this week so keep up the great work!

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Wreath elves have been hard at work

Wreaths Message from Lari Garrison

It was cold and blustery last night, but we cranked out some beautiful wreaths. It’s always a good night in the wreath workshop!

(It’s not too late to order! I’ll make it myself!).

>> Link to online order form

>>Link to everything you want to know about Wreaths


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Heather’s masterpiece

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This is how you build a wreath

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And this is how you make a TON of bows – thank you Leona

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Sigrid and Gillian making wreaths

Heather, Denise and Lari

Heather, Denis and Lari

Wreaths Galore!

Wreaths Galore!


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Grand Playground Opening, and More Painting!

Playground Party 039The playground grand opening was wonderful. Many people were there. The playground was fun and full. Everyone ate ice cream. We cut a ribbon. It was awesome. Thank you so much for all the help.







a child spins with head thrown backEach day I see the joy of play on kids’ faces. I see kindergarteners learning to count to 30 as they wait in line to spin.

They negotiate the time and change it. I see kids figuring out how to play together on the teeter totter.





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Besides the physics of it, they are deciding what is safe for them, how to play with others, how to direct others, how to listen to others, and they are learning that they can leave when group fun is not fun anymore. It really is amazing.






The old playground is still being used and loved, especially by the kindergarteners– which is perfect. They are finding what is fun and appropriate for them. They don’t have to be in a crowded place, or they can be if they choose to be.

The rocks behind the new playground is a wonderful place for kids who want to be near action, but not in it.

painting playgroundThis weekend four Pathfinder parents (Anne Marie, Jami, Toni & Chris) Gretchen Dedecker (self-help project coordinator at SPS) and a group of about 9 W.S.Kiwanis volunteers, painted the playground.





A big thank you to Pathfinder’s instructional assistant Stephanie Brownfield, who volunteered and who gathered the Kiwanis volunteers for this project. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Our tetherball poles are now ready to host some 20151017_150633games, the bases on the large kickball square are brightly visible, some of the river has been refreshed, and our new clan animals are represented on the blacktop. Go see if you can find the Rabbits and the Kingfishers. Thank you so much Ann Marie for the beautiful stencils!


– Toni Wells, Playground Committee, Posted on October 19, 2015

>>Visit the Playground Blog

Thank you to Holly Rikhof for taking many of these photos

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Wreath Presales Going Really Well

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We just reached $6000 in wreath presales! We’re off to a great start!

Funds raised go to the Outdoor Education program.

Thank you for all your efforts.

– Heather Pletschett

>> Clan Wreath Making Schedule

>> Wreath Things to Know 2015


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Bring us your greens and lovely ornamentals!

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We are ready for greens and all your lovely ornamentals!

It’s wreath making time!

Just drop them off at the Wreath Shop and we will make them into magic this weekend!

Contact Heather Pletschett for the Wreath Shop code. ( (206)384-7146

We could also use a few tables, heaters and shop lights.

Two tables for writing tags, etc. will stay relatively clean. Three or so will have wreath materials on them and may get sticky/dirty.

For pictures and ideas of what types of ornamental make our wreaths amazing, look at this info:

>>Wreath Material

>>Clan Wreath Making Schedule

>>Thigs to know about wreaths

If you want to join the planning fun contact

Heather Pletschett ( (206)384-7146


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Seattle School Board Meeting – Nov 18

scales of justice, gavel books graphicThank you to Cecelia Lehmann, Legislative Chair of the Pathfinder PTSA for explaining the issues being considered by the Seattle School Board at this evening’s meeting: 

I just wanted to give everyone a last minute reminder of the school board meeting on Wed. Nov. 18, 2015 at 4:15pm.

There are three main things on the agenda:

1) School Bell Times: Unless it gets postponed for some unforeseen reason this will be the vote on approval of the bell times.
2) Student Assignment Plan revisions: This has been modified a lot from what I posted on the webpage two weeks ago. The only 2 changes are now waitlists dissolved on May 31 and (currently it’s Sept 30) and also the distance tiebreaker for attendance area schools will be removed.
When I attended a community meeting about the SAP last week I asked what will happen after May 31 to open spaces. The current plan is that they will go to new families that move into the district.
On the Student Assignment Plan issue I would recommend sending comments to school board primarily but you can also cc it to:

3) Superintendent evaluation and raise: Dr. Nyland is up for a potentially $13,000 (5%+COLA) raise if approved by the school board.

While the speaker slots are full for tonight, you can always express your opinion to the school board in an email directed to:




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Power has been restored at school!

UPDATE Email from Seattle Public Schools

Dear Families,

Power has been restored at both Alki Elementary and Pathfinder K-8. Both schools are on regular schedules.

-Office of Public Affairs

Here’s how the morning unfolded at Pathfinder K-8!

No mere power outage will stop this crew from running this school!

No mere power outage will stop this crew from running this school!

Odetta Owen was first to let us know this morning that the power was out at Pathfinder, due to the strong winds, via her Weekly Digest email list, and the PTSA Facebook page.  Thank you Odetta!







This was Odetta’s message earlier this morning:

ANNOUNCEMENT! THE POWER IS OUT AT PATHFINDER. ALL STUDENTS ARE SECURE, SAFE IN THEIR CLASSROOMS. Please do not come to school. We are running the day and will keep you advised via this page and the Weekly Digest email and website. Everyone is fine! We are about to take manual attendance and I will keep you informed.

>>To subscribe to Odetta’s Weekly Digest, email her at

Shortly thereafter, Assistant Principal, Lisa Clayton shared this fun update:

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

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

“Hi all. Just went to all the classrooms and all children are learning. One student told me it was the best day ever. Blue Heron’s are using camp lights, Snakes are working my phone light and all is well.”

Thank you to Seattle City Light for getting the power restored so swiftly!

>>Follow this link to a Seattle Times article about today’s weather conditions.

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Direct Give News!

thank you jpeg

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