It’s Budget Time!

The 2017-2018 budget is ready for your review.

The budget will be voted on by the PTSA membership at the June 9 General Membership Meeting. Read the rest of this entry »

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Spirit Wear for Field Day – Sale On Now!

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LGBTQ: Getting It Straight

Our rescheduled Tuesday May 23rd general meeting features Seattle Public Schools’ very own Lisa Love. Lisa is the manager for Health Services and hosts the annual district wide LGBTQ Family Dinner sponsored by SPS.

In an era where gender diversity is expanding and changing quickly, often our children have more information than we do, questions that we cannot answer, and are encountering situations that can push us out of our comfort zones as parents.

Lisa will be joining us to give us current information on terminology, identity, SPS policies, and is ready to answer all your questions! She will also bring with her books that you can review for your own family’s use.

This presentation is the first of an ongoing series designed to help parents and teachers understand the complex and evolving landscape of gender diversity. As a result of our recently formed Diversity Task Force, the PTSA is committed to bringing parents opportunities to explore gender diversity/sexual orientation in a comfortable and safe environment. Accordingly, we ask that you take advantage of our free childcare in Blazing Trails so that topics can be freely addressed.

We look forward to seeing you at this meeting in the library starting at 6:30!

All are welcome!

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New Tip Sheet for Parents

Many thanks to Lisa DeBurle, Frog class teacher, for sharing this really useful tip sheet for parents, as part of Pathfinder’s Creative Approach.

Tips we can all practice to help families feel better and strengthen our relationships . . .

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You Can Still Join in a Group Party!

Rocks stars! There are still group events open!

Sign up online here,  or use an order form at the office and drop in a check.

Upcoming events in chronological order (pull out your calendar!):

  • May 12 6pm – 8pm: Disney Singalong with Victoria (K-5)
  • May 13 6pm – 9pm: Whiskey Tasting – A Tour of the Best Whiskeys of the World (adults only)
  • June 3 2pm – 6 pm: Bowls, Beers and Barbecue (skateboard party) (adults only)
  • June 10 late afternoon-dusk: Pathfinder Guys Hacker Golf Tournament (adults only, and women welcome too :))
  • June 17 6pm – 9pm: Al Fresco Dinner (adults only)
  • June 17 5:30pm – 9pm: Middle School Bonfire at Alki (lines up with the Al Fresco dinner!)

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Thank you rock stars! You really rocked it!

Our annual PTSA Pathfinder Auction made over $91,000!

This was truly a community effort and a huge thank you goes out to everyone. From our tireless parent volunteers that worked all year to make this one night happen, to our staff for donating their time to host group events, for making space in their day for class art and for letting us take their picture for “an idea” we had to help promote the auction. To our kids for making priceless art that raised over $17,000. To David and Lisa for performances that continue to go above and beyond. To all the Fund-A-Need donors that gave over $12,000 to put toward a new sound system so our kids’ voices can be heard. And last but far from least, to all the rock stars that brought down the house Saturday night.

Each and everyone one of us gives in our own way and together we really rocked it!

Thank you,

Ginny Woo and Laura Murray
2017 Auction Co-Chairs

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Join Newly Formed Diversity Task Force

colored-fabricOn the heels of the SEA sponsored Black Lives Matter event on the 19th, we as your PTSA
Board continue to discuss issues of diversity in our school and how best to meet the chal-
lenges of addressing those issues.

The following is a statement from PTA National taken from their Inclusivity and Diversity Policy:

PTAs everywhere must understand and embrace the uniqueness of all individuals, appreciating that each contributes a diversity of views, experiences, cultural heritage/traditions, skills/abilities, values and preferences.

The recognition of diversity within organizations is valuing differences and similarities in people through actions and accountability.

These differences and similarities include age, ethnicity, language and culture, economic status, educational background, gender, geographic location, marital status, mental ability, national origin, organizational position and tenure, parental status, physical ability, political philosophy, race, religion, sexual orientation, and work experience.

Therefore PTAs at every level must:

  • Openly assess beliefs and practices to assure inclusiveness and guard against discrimination;
  • Make every effort to create a PTA board and membership that is inclusive and reflective of its community;
  • Encourage that all PTA activities at the school be planned by a committee which is representative of the population;
  • Foster programs and practices that eliminate bias, prejudice and misunderstanding within their communities;
  • Become acquainted with the leaders of the many diverse groups in the community and collaborate with them to increase parent, family and community involvement;
  • Educate its leaders and members to the needs, cultural beliefs, traditions and family structures of the population they serve; and
  • Propose change wherever discriminatory practices are perceived.

We, your Pathfinder PTSA board are determined to meet these standards through focused work done by a task force that will report back to the board.

Myself and a handful of other interested parents have agreed to be on this task force but would love to have more parents join us so that we can have, represented in the discussion, a balanced informed dialogue that will help us be standard bearers of the above criteria.

Please consider joining us in this important conversation, I would love to hear from you.

Thank you,


(Follow this link to read the entire policy)

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Direct Give Raises $22,400!

Thank youThank you for making Pathfinder PTSA’s annual Direct Give such a great success. You certainly embraced our theme of “Getting Out the Give” this year. We had 147 donors – parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and even the kids themselves – who contributed to the campaign.

By raising nearly $23,000, we will be able to deliver on support to our kids and teachers all year long. Kids will be able to go out to the garden with Tara and listen to Roger tell stories at Monday Morning Meeting. Teachers will be supported with funds for professional development, creative approach, and classroom supplies. Community events, like the Science Fair and the Pathfinder Olympics, will go on!

All of this is thanks to you. Pathfinder is fortunate to have such a supportive community. We couldn’t do it without you.

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How to Stay Informed at Pathfinder

graphic of a megaphoneAre you still figuring out how to find answers to your questions about music, sports, after school programs, lunches, field trips, snacks, buses, testing, etc. etc.? You are not alone!

The good news is that there are several ways you can access information about what’s up at Pathfinder K-8.

Here’s a handy list of ways to stay informed. Whether you want information delivered to your email inbox, or you’d like to be able to find what you are looking for online, or in hard copy, there are many outlets for the information you need.

Happy reading!

Questions about PTSA Communications at Pathfinder K-8? Contact Gillian Maguire using our Contact Us form.

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Save time – Fill PTSA forms online

PTSA red and black compass SQUAREShop for Spirit Wear, join the PTSA, submit your information for the Family Directory, and sign up to volunteer, all online now!

Our fantastic team of volunteers has improved our forms and made them easier for you to use. By completing the forms online you will reduce your form-filling burden, and speed up administration for us. Hard copies are also included in the First Day Packets. Check out these features online:

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