Oct 23

PTSA General Meeting

PTSA General Meeting

Thursday, November 9th

6:15-8:30 PM  /  Pathfinder Library

Featured Speaker—Aidan Key

Increased awareness and education regarding gender identity enables all children to achieve a more holistic and confident school experience. In today’s climate we find that our transgender students and their families are more vulnerable and need our support, but we don’t always have the answers. Aidan Key, founder of Gender Diversity and West Seattle resident, will share with us ways to discuss gender diversity as families and educators as well as answer questions that we as parents and educators grapple with when discussing gender diversity and transgender issues with our children and students. Key’s expertise on gender diversity in children has informed gender-inclusive policy work within the WA Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), the Washington Intercollegiate Activities Association, and Seattle Public Schools. Key also  co-chairs the Advisory Board of the Seattle Children’s Gender Clinical and has been featured in the national media for his perspective on transgender issues.
Brought to you by the PTSA’s Diversity Task Force

PTSA Business

  • Vote on our Standing Rules / General Announcements
  • Free childcare provided by Blazing Trails for children 5 and over.

Oct 19

Chinook Book App – A New Twist on Earth Project Fundraiser

This year we have a new easy way for you to support our conservation and gardening programs at Pathfinder: purchase a mobile subscription to Chinook Book using our special fundraising link!

Don’t have the Chinook Book App yet? Tap the link below from your phone to purchase your $15 Chinook Book app subscription and you’ll enjoy a whole year of savings at local, sustainable places you love like West Seattle Nursery, PCC, Chaco Canyon, Goodwill, Easy Street Records and the Pacific Science Center.

Plus! Your subscription will continue to benefit our fundraiser year after year as long as we continue to fundraise with Chinook Book.

Already have the app? First make sure you have updated to the most recent version of the app. Then tap the link below. It will redirect you to the App Store. Tap “open” and it will take you directly to the payment page with our partner ID already loaded in so your purchase will benefit our fundraiser. Ready?

Tap here from your phone to purchase your Chinook Book mobile app subscription and benefit our fundraiser: https://chinook.co/pathfinderk8

Don’t have email on your phone? Don’t worry! Just go to chinookbookmobile.com to download the app. Go to the “Purchase Full Access” screen on the “More” menu to pay for your subscription and enter the Partner ID “pathfinder k8” to have your purchase benefit the fundraiser.

We will not be selling print copies this year through this fundraiser. As a regular supporter of Chinook Books, I have used the coupons on my phone more frequently than the print ones. Nearby coupons pop up at request, and if you head to Portland or San Francisco those city’s coupons pop up automatically for use on your phone. I’ve always gained my investment back by using 2-3 coupons.

Thanks in advance for your support!

Tasha Mosher, Earth Project volunteer

Oct 18

Direct Give: Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have questions about Pathfinder PTSA’s Direct Give? Here are some answers, based on the inquiries we get most often.

What is the Direct Give?

Pathfinder’s Direct Give is a fall fundraiser, held in October, by the Pathfinder PTSA. It involves direct donations to Pathfinder’s PTSA. We love it because it is simple — no selling candy or gift wrap — and all of the funds raised go straight to supporting our students and school.

What Does the Pathfinder PTSA Fund?

Pathfinder PTSA funding touches every student – from the hands on experience of our garden to Field Day, storytelling at assemblies, and camping. During the 2017-2018 school year, we will invest $84,000 in academic and classroom support, an increase of 27 percent, meaning more tutors and instructional aides in the classroom. Teachers and specialists will be given a stipend to spend on books, supplies, or special projects for their classrooms. And thanks to funding from last year, middle school athletes are sporting new uniforms and a new sound system will be installed in the cafeteria. Here’s an overview of the funding:

Is My Donation Tax Deductible?

YES! Pathfinder PTSA is a 501(c)3 organization. Our Tax ID number or EIN is: 91-1598827.

How Do I Make a Donation?

There are several ways you can make a donation to the Direct Give:

  • Write a check: It should be made out to “Pathfinder PTSA.” Checks can be dropped off in Pathfinder’s front office in a locked box. Alternatively, they can be mailed to: Pathfinder PTSA, Attention: Treasurer,
    1901 SW Genesee St., Seattle, WA 98106.
  • Make an online donation: Go to bit.ly/directgive and use your credit card or your PayPal account to make your donation.
  • Make a monthly donation: Stretch your donation out over the year by giving a little bit each month. Go to the online donation portal at bit.ly/directgive and check the box labeled “Make this a monthly donation.” You can change or stop your payment at anytime through PayPal or by contacting our treasurer at treasurer@pathfinderk8ptsa.org.

Will My Employer Match My Donation?

Many employers match their employees charitable donations, and if they do, Pathfinder PTSA should qualify. Check this partial list of workplaces that have matched gifts to see if your employer is on it or ask your Human Resources department. If you need confirmation of your donation, please contact the PTSA treasurer at treasurer@pathfinderk8ptsa.org.

Will I Get a Receipt for My Donation?

Yes! We will send confirmation of your donation after the campaign is over and then mail tax donation letters for your records at the end of the calendar year. Please contact treasurer@pathfinderk8ptsa.org if you haven’t received one by January.

The Direct Give Campaign is Over — Can I Still Donate?

Of course you can! Any donation given during the school year via the Donate button on the website or as a check will add to the Direct Give — and support all of the projects of the Pathfinder PTSA.

Sep 16

Volunteer Needs!

Volunteers make our world go around!

Want to work in your kiddo’s classroom? Many classrooms still need room coordinators.

Curious about how communication works at Pathfinder? You could be the new Communications Chair.

Visit our volunteer page to see current volunteer needs.

Sep 14

Fall After-School Program

Check out the brand new fall 2017 catalog and registration form.

The catalog and registration form are online and are coming home with students this week.

ALL REGISTRATIONS ARE DUE BY Wednesday September 20, 2017.

Classes occur weekly beginning Monday, September 25, 2017. Classes end Friday, December 8.

Visit the After-School Program page for more information.

Sep 12

Need an Auction Chair to Get the Magic Started!

Planning for our annual auction needs to get rolling and while several positions are already filled we are still looking for a leader. This is an amazing opportunity to get involved in our community and have a lot of fun—especially if you co-chair it with a friend. The auction is a big part of the PTSA’s annual income and without it we wouldn’t be able to fund several of the programs that help support our school so we need YOU to say YES.


Please contact Co-PTSA Presidents (and last year’s auction co-chairs) Ginny Woo and Laura Murray at president@pathfinderk8ptsa.org for more info.

Aug 21

Welcome to the New School Year

Hello and Welcome!

It is with great enthusiasm we welcome you to a new school year and invite you to get involved. Our vibrant school community is nurtured and shaped by everyone that walks through its doors; and it continues to thrive because of you, and you saying yes. Continue reading

Aug 21

FAQ for New Pathfinder Families

Welcome to Pathfinder K-8

You have questions, lots of questions . . . Pathfinder PTSA and K-1 Teacher, Genya Scharks, collaborated to prepare this FAQ in the hopes of answering some of your many questions. Continue reading

Jul 20

New Bell Times for 2017-18 School Year

image by flickr user alexkerhead under CC licenseSeattle Public Schools has published our new bell times, including early dismissal on Wednesdays.  Check out this link for all the details:

2017-2018 Bell Times


Pathfinder 8:55 a.m. – 3:25 p.m. Wednesday: 8:55 a.m. – 2:10 p.m.



Jun 10

Approved 2017-2018 Budget

The 2017-2018 budget was approved by the PTSA membership at the June 8 General Membership Meeting. You can peruse the approved budget detail and summary on our Budget and Minutes page.

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