Volunteer Appreciation Pizza Party!

Thank You!When: June 6, from 3:30-5:00 pm

Where: School cafeteria

What: It’s time to celebrate all the wonderful volunteers that make our beloved school so amazing!

That means you!

If you have volunteered in any capacity for Pathfinder this year, please join us in the cafeteria for socializing, pizza and desserts (provided by our very own teachers).

-by Karen Hogan-Li, Gratitude Coordinator

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Final PTSA General Meeting & Year-End Celebration

Mark your calendar!

Thursday June 9, 5:00-8:30pm

We have had a great year as a community and it’s time to celebrate as we prepare for the upcoming school year.
Please join us as we partner with our art and music programs for an evening of food, business, artwork, music, and celebration!
5:00-5:30 – Bring the family for dinner before the meeting and the arts! Your PTSA will be serving dinner in the hub!
6:00-6:30 – ARTWALK (please bring a bag to carry home your O’Keefes, Rembrandts, and Monets!)
6:30 -8:30 – CONCERT

We hope you’ll join us for this event-packed evening!

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Wreath Garden at Pathfinder

“Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.  All things are bound together.  All things connect.” – Chief Seattle

Tara smiling with lots of plants in the backgroundThe mission of The Earth Project is simple: To build connections to the earth and to one another. Yet manifesting that mission in an active school environment can be a challenge. Parents are busy. Children have a lot on their plates. Gardening is not a Common Core subject. Despite any of that, our garden educator Tara Migliore-Potter is working with the help of Earth Project (EP) volunteers to weave that thread of connection ever stronger.

EP volunteers meet the school where it is at this point and time. We look at the web of school life and see how the garden and conservation projects connect us all. Enter the Pathfinder Wreath Garden. Every winter, Pathfinder volunteers scour bushes, shrubs, trees, and Christmas Tree lots for greenery to create wreaths that fund our Outdoor Education program. Our idea for a wreath garden came from this tradition – We could start our own grove of attractive wreath-worthy plants!

Tara started picking out plants today for the wreath space. It will take some work to prepare the area for planting – our children are proficient pruners and weeders and will make quick work of it. There will also be an education piece to this project informing teachers, staff, students, and visitors that this area will include plants that are not for nibbling. However, we have taken care to select plants with very low toxicity to protect anyone who does venture a taste. We envision that this will be an area that will grow to include more plants, adding winter color and providing a beautiful buffer on the edge of the Pathfinder Garden.

For more information about how you can help with the Pathfinder garden, contact Tara at tamigliore(at)

by Tasha Mosher

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Why I became a PTSA member: Suzi’s Story

Suzi Zurek smilingSuzi's Story JPEG

I joined Pathfinder PTSA because I heard that parents of middle schoolers tend to disappear from the hallways. I feel this is an important time in kids’ lives. I want to stay involved, have a voice, and know what’s happening at school.

Suzi Zurek, Membership Chair

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Why I became a PTSA member: Greg’s story


Head shot of Greg Goldstein VP of PTSAGreg's Story JPEG

Two part answer, first – I wanted to give back to the Pathfinder community.

Second, this is more personal, I didn’t know enough of the inner workings of the PTSA to be able to comment or judge on what the PTSA did and didn’t do for my kids and our community as a whole. So, I decided to join the team so that I could have a better understanding and be the change that I was hoping for.

Greg Goldstein, Vice President


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Online Book Fair is here!

Usborne Books & More LogoMay 17th-24th the Pathfinder Library is holding its first online book fair with Usborne Books

We get a number of requests for their nonfiction books in particular, including Illustrated Folk Tales, world war history books, animal books for as little as $4.99, and historical paper dolls.

Our West Seattle Usborne rep will bring preview copies of some of the titles which we’ll set up in the library display cases, but the whole catalog will be available for online purchasing! This is a perfect way for out-of-town relatives to support the school. The library will earn 50% of sales in redeemable in new Usborne books!

  1. Follow this link: <>, which redirects to the Usborne site.
  2. Click on SHOP
  3. Select Pathfinder K8

This event supports the school library, is coordinated by our amazing librarian, Kathy Egawa.

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You are invited! May 14 Capture the Flag

You are invited to a game of Capture the Flag with

the Water Hall teachers

Saturday, May 14, 9:00am to 12:00pm

The Field at Pathfinder

Sign up here

We’ll provide the games and a hotdog and burger cookout

(Let us know if you are a vegetarian)

The Schedule: 9:00am = arrive and set up

9:20am = begin game #1

11:30 = lunch

***Please plan to pick your child (or adults) up at 12:00pm***

Please bring three t-shirts: white, black and red (if you have them). We will make teams on Saturday morning.

Please also bring a water bottle.

(Drinks will not be provided!!!!)

All adults are welcome to join us at no extra charge.

Additional students/friends are welcome to join us for a $25.00 donation to our rockin’ PTSA.

Please RSVP by email to Andy ( so we buy enough food!

Capture the flag 2016


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Support the Earth Project by Garage Sale-ing!

the earthOur Earth Project is participating in the West Seattle Garage Sale on May 14. We’ll have lots of great kids stuff, furniture and bike equipment.

So stop by Sale # 154 and support yet another way to recycle.

Just in case you don’t have a map, the address is 4102 38th Ave SW.

More info here:

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Our staff get their just desserts!

IMG_0433Our staff will cap off a week of appreciation by taking home a dessert to enjoy with their family. The staff lounge is adrift in fluffy frosting, chunky cookies and luscious pies of all sorts.





Thank you staff for all you do to make Pathfinder K-8 a great place to learn!



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mosaic of photos of massagesMassages for staff to say ‘thank you’ for all you do.

And thank you to all of the LMP’s who signed up to share their healing talents.

– Photos by Lashanna Williams

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