It’s Pathfinder wreath time–order now!

This year we are taking online orders and selling our hand-made bows in addition to our special Pathfinder wreaths! Order yours now!


Support the Pathfinder Playground


Creative Approach Application Draft – for Review and Feedback

The Creative Approach Committee has developed/written a complete draft of a Creative Approach proposal. Based on our conversations and research our proposal has evolved into one that is centered on Social Emotional Learning (SEL).

We think this fits our school and has the potential to be a powerful avenue for transformation and growth. If we do it well, it will be amazing.

We want and need community feedback.  Please take some time to review and come to the meeting on Tuesday.

On Tuesday, December 2,  we will be holding a Town Hall meeting to get your feedback, ideas and thoughts.  The Town Hall  meeting will be from 6:00 – 7:30 in the cafeteria.  Please join us to give feedback on our CAS application. 

CAS Application Final Draft

Appendix 2 — Middle School Rites of Passage Across Grade Levels

Appendix 2 — Middle School Rites of Passage Across Grade Levels


Announcing Clan Wreath Nights 2014!

Here’s our line-up for the 2014 wreath-making season. The workshop will be open longer hours than previously, and we’ll be doubling up clans. This list will be updated as we add more clans to the schedule. We’ll also provide more timing details for the clan nights themselves.wreaths

Nov 24th Wolf 8th grade

Dec 1st Turtles/Bats
Dec 2nd Orca/Heron
Dec 3rd Spider/Frog/(Bee/Fox/Sea Stars)
Dec 4th Octopus/Hummingbird
Dec 5th Seal/Salmon

Dec 8th Open
Dec 9th Open
Dec 10th Elk/Eagles
Dec 11th Open
Dec 12th Open


Pathfinder honored for its improvements in reading and math

2014 School of DistinctionCongratulations to the Pathfinder staff and students for being named a 2014 School of Distinction! From the Center for Educational Effectiveness’ press release:

Bellevue WA – October 28, 2014 – Outstanding improvement in reading and math sustained over a five‐year period is the reason that 101 schools in Washington state received the 2014 School of Distinction (SOD) award today. The Center for Educational Effectiveness (CEE) in partnership with the Association of Educational Service Districts (AESD), the Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP), Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA), Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSSDA), and Washington State Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (WSASCD) have recognized schools in the top 5% of improvement for their levels.

The 2014 School of Distinction award winners include 54 elementary schools, 22 middle / junior high schools, 17 high schools, and 8 alternative schools. This award is the eighth annual School of Distinction award in Washington State and includes nine schools who are first‐time winners and multiple‐year winners including Mercer International Middle School (Seattle Public Schools) which is a six time winner of the SOD award. Describing the schools that are designated as School of Distinction award winners, Greg Lobdell, President of CEE noted, “These schools are from all regions of the state, all sizes of towns, with a range from 2.7% to 100% poverty and enrollment of English Language Learners as high as 40%. These schools demonstrate that significant improvement is occurring all across our diverse public schools.”


2014 LGBT Families Dinner scheduled for November 13

The annual lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Families Dinner will be held 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 13 at Nova/SBOC (old Meany Middle School). District leaders and members of the School Board will be there to welcome LGBT families and their friends. All District families and staff are welcome to attend.

Dinner is complimentary, and there will be craft tables for younger attendees.

This event is brought to you by Seattle Public Schools’ Health Education Office, Office of School Family Partnerships, and Department of Equity and Race. To reserve space at this popular event, please RSVP with the number of people in your party to Lisa Love in the Health Intervention Office at 252-0982 or

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Elder’s Luncheon

Our Annual Elder’s Luncheon is quickly approaching – Friday, November 21st! It takes place during your child’s normal lunch hour. Any adult your child would love to see at lunch qualifies as their elder – grandparents, aunts and uncles, neighbors, family friend or parents themselves! The Hi-Jax team will have a post lunch performance planned which is always good fun! A lunch order form should be traveling home in kid mail soon so check your kids backpack!


Parent Teacher Conferences

parent teacher conferencesParent Teacher Conferences happen the week of Thanksgiving – November 24, 25 and 26th. Your child’s teacher should be sending out a sign up list SOON! Keep an eye out and sign up for a time that allows you to connect with your child’s teacher and hear how they are thriving and where they are challenged.

There will be no school the week of November 24-28 to allow time for conferences and turkey or tofurkey :)

Gobble Gobble!


Playground Fundraising

Glass tiles to be installed on playground

Samples of the tiles that will be engraved and installed on the playground–$250, $100 and $50 sizes (L to R). The $100 size will be blue/green also.


Hello ALL!! The playground needs YOUR help raising funds so we can break ground summer of 2015! We are looking to raise $50,000 by March 1st! It can be done lots of ways and one way is help spread the word at Pathfinder events. Take a look the latest sign up genius and see if you can pitch in! Maybe with a friend!


PTSA Meeting: Got Math?

Pi to the 69th digit, a CC Licensed image courtesy of Flickr user Mykl Roventine.

Pi to the 69th digit, a CC Licensed image courtesy of Flickr user Mykl Roventine.

Join us Wednesday night, November 12th at 6:15 to gather and hear from our math specialist, Andrea Escame-Hedger, and Math teachers from each hall about math standards and strategies. We look forward to an evening of  guiding information to help us help our kids at home. Childcare for 5-12 year olds is available but you MUST sign up in the office beginning November 3rd. See you there!


Meet Elk Clan (4/5) teacher, Talia!


Talia as a 4th grader.

Hello! My name is Talia Maas-Howard, and I’m thrilled to be joining the
Pathfinder team this year as the 4th/5th grade Elk Clan teacher. I was
born and raised in Northern California where I completed my BA in
Development Studies at UC Berkeley. I worked in various capacities in the Oakland Unified School District before moving to Seattle to pursue an
Elementary Credential and a Masters in Teaching from the University of

In my free time I enjoy gardening, playing soccer, hiking,
reading, and listening to live music. I greatly look forward to
strengthening relationships with the students, families, and staff that
make up the Pathfinder community.


Elk Clan (4/5) teacher, Talia.


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


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


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:

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

Contact Karie Koltz at or call 206-769-6713. We need spots filled!


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)

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_final2Earth 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: 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:

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 or call 206-769-6713. We need spots filled by Sept 26th.

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