Sep
08

Direct Give Campaign runs through October 3

Fundraising at Pathfinder

Fundraising at Pathfinder

thermometer_20K_10500Help 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

                   

Aug
17

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!

Sep
27

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

 

Sep
18

Harvest Potluck

Havest PotluckFall is here and it’s time for us to gather for our annual Harvest Potluck hosted by Earth Project. Join us Oct 2nd from 6-7:30 for live music, face painting, garden related activities and of course delicious food brought, prepared and shared by our Pathfinder community. If you would like to help prior to or on the evening of the event contact Tasha Mosher at t.m.mosher@hotmail.com

 

Sep
16

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.

 

Sep
15

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

 

Sep
14

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!

Sep
12

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

 

Sep
02

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

Sep
02

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.

Jul
06

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

May
06

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

 

PK8PlaygroundHelp