Aug 16

Volunteer your talents or time!

Hello, my name is Lashanna.  This year, our last at Pathfinder, I have the wonderful honor of being your Volunteer Fairy again. Pathfinder is a magical place for families and well, volunteer hours are a big part of why and how. 

Would you consider volunteering 2 hours a month? 

If you make that personal commitment and i’ll help you achieve it by providing numerous opportunities each month. There are things that you can do in school, from home, from work *haha*, on a computer, off a computer, in nature and far from it!  Basically, there IS something for you.    

Please click this link,    — > Volunteer Sign up < —  sign up to volunteer and i’ll email you with opportunities.  If you don’t see anything on the list that speaks to you, call, text or email me and we will get it on there!

I am excited to volunteer with you. 

Mad love and appreciation, 


2017-2018Volunteer Signup Form – Thank you for completing this online!

PTSA Calendar of Events and Volunteer Opportunities Explained.


Aug 15

Welcome to a 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 saying yes.

A year ago, the two of us said yes. Now, it was a big yes—to chair the auction—but we are forever bonded as friends and as this year’s PTSA co-presidents. Even more so, we have become connected to our community in ways we never imagined—surrounded by an amazing group of Pathfinder peeps that together strive on giving our kids the best we can.

Our PTSA (Parent-Teacher-Student-Association) focuses on building community, serves as advocates for all, and raises funds to provide our school with the programs, resources and services that will enrich the education of every child at our school. But because the strength of our PTSA lies in all of us, we need you.

Saying yes can be anything from baking an item for an event to chairing an event, and everywhere in between. Every minute, every dollar makes a difference. To learn more, visit our website at or contact us at

Thank you for making Pathfinder the incredible place it is. And yes, if you’re asking, we still need an auction chair this year, so give us a holler.

Ginny Woo and Laura Murray
Pathfinder K-8 Co-Presidents

Jul 26

BBQ Volunteers Needed!

food cooking on a barbecueMessage from Lashanna, Volunteer Coordinator for 2017-18 . . . Good morning, hope that this post finds you feeling well. This year is our last year at Pathfinder and I am super excited to slip on an old hat, as your volunteer coordinator. Please expect me to be appropriately asky, but I promise to also be equally if not more, doting and thankful for your help. That being said…. let’s start the year off with some magic.

Back to School BBQ is on September 5, 2017, from 5-7pm at the school playground.

BBQ – Signup to Help Here

(Please share this information with your pathfinder peeps)

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 28

Save the Date – Back to School BBQ

food cooking on a barbecueSave the Date: Back to School BBQ!

September 5, 5pm to 7pm at the Pathfinder playground

Get reacquainted with friends, and make some new ones at the traditional Pathfinder Back to School BBQ, on the evening before school starts.

Funded and organized by your PTSA.

Veggie and Gluten-Free options available.

Welcome Everyone!


Jun 18

Middle School Orientation August 24

Incoming Middle School Families – Mark Your Calendars

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Dear Pathfinder Family,

It is with great pleasure we welcome you to Pathfinder’s middle school.  We are looking forward to having your student and your family in our middle school program.  We would like to invite your family to attend an orientation to the middle school.  This orientation will take place on August 24th at 6:00 to 7:00 in the Hub.  The goal of the orientation is to give everyone his or her teacher assignment, September class schedule, and other important information that will be helpful at the beginning of the year.

 I’m sure you are all wondering about how electives will work for next year.  Typically, by this time of the year the students have received their elective choices.  Next year we would like all sixth grade students to do a one-month rotation of each of our electives.  Students would have one week of each of our specialist classes, art, Chinese, PE, and instrumental music/choir.  This will give students a better idea of what their choices really are.  However, we would love to hear if your child is interested in band or Chinese before school starts and would be happy to take your email requests.

Do be aware, if you wish your child to have classes that would remove them from PE, a letter or an email is required demonstrating what outside of school physical activity your child is engaged in.  We cannot guarantee any particular classes, however we try our hardest to make sure students are in classes that support their interests.

If you have any questions regarding this process, you may email our assistant principal Lisa Clayton,, or call the school directly, 252-9710.  Please do mark your calendars.  We want 100% attendance at the orientation.

David Dockendorf                                      Lisa Clayton
Pathfinder K-8 School Principal              Pathfinder K-8 School Assistant Principal

Lisa Clayton
Assistant Principal
Pathfinder K-8 School
(206) 252-9742
(206) 252-9710

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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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May 09

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 . . .

Download (PDF, 95KB)

Mar 29

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

Nov 03

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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