Sep 16

POSTPONED – General PTSA Meeting

Dear Pathfinder Community,

In an effort to plan around all the other events going on at school, our first PTSA General Meeting was unintentionally scheduled on the first night of Rosh Hashanah—Wednesday, September 20th. To be respectful to all our families we will be rescheduling the meeting for a future date.

We appreciate those that brought this to our attention and deeply apologize for our error.

Ginny Woo and Laura Murray

PTSA Co-Presidents / Pathfinder K-8 School

Sep 20

Celebration of Life for Janet Osborn – October 8

Please come celebrate the life of Janet Osborn with the Pathfinder K-8 community. Memorial will take place on Sunday, October 8, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

It is with a great deal of sadness that we share with you that Janet Osborn passed away August 23, 2017. Many children over the years have been a part of Janet’s Salmon Class. Janet taught at Pathfinder for over 20 years and was a strong voice in the development of our school. She touched the lives of hundreds of students and their families. Janet will be truly missed in our school community, in West Seattle and in the world. Janet was an amazing and beautiful person, full of life and love and compassion and caring and humor and so much more. She taught her students to be inquisitive and creative scholars as well as compassionate little people. She touched so many lives, that have been changed forever by her magnetic skills as a teacher and as a person.

It seems so unfair that such a beautiful spirit was taken away so soon. We will always miss you Janet!

Our thoughts and prayers are with Janet’s family: Mike, Michael, Maggie and Betty, her mother and brothers in Kansas City, her sister in Boulder, and her Pathfinder family.

Contact Lashanna Williams if you would like to assist with set up or break down or food for the celebration of Janet’s life.

See Seattle Times Obituary.

Sep 16

Volunteer Needs!

Volunteers make our world go around!

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

Want to help get the word out about our Direct Give Campaign? We need you now!

Want to help organize the annual Auction, our largest fundraiser every year? Now is the moment to step in to run the show, maybe with your friend – it’s more fun when you do it with friends!

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 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. Read the rest of this entry »

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. Read the rest of this entry »

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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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 . . .

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