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.

Continue reading

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 . . .

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,

Odetta

(Follow this link to read the entire policy)