Prom is on it’s way!!

Come join the fun!!  Our annual auction is the biggest fundraiser of the year and enables the PTSA to fund important programs such as Outdoor Education, Classroom Support, Earth Project, Community Building, After School Classes and Scholarships. There are so many ways to be part of the action!

Attend the auction

Let’s dance on Saturday, March 9th at 5PM at the Hall at Fauntleroy. Invite a group to prom, bid on fantastic items in both the silent and live auction and enjoy a tasty dinner. There’s even a dance party after all of the auction excitement!  BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW

Help others attend the auction

New this year! Become a table coordinator and reserve a table for ten of your closest friends.  TELL ME HOW

Donate or procure an item

Help get this auction groovin’ with a donation.  Wish list and procurement form is by the front office. LEARN MORE HERE

Volunteer

There are many volunteer opportunities—big and small. This is a great way to get involved – get to know the school and other parents. Plus, if you volunteer the night of the auction you can attend for free. SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER

Attend a Group Event

There are many fun and unique events you can buy tickets for and all proceeds from Group Event sales goes directly to the PTSA. From wine tasting for grown-ups to an overnight sleepover at the school with David for the kids. PURCHASE GROUP EVENTS NOW

Make a dessert for the Dessert Dash

Make or procure a tantalizing dessert for the Dessert Dash for a fabulous end to dinner.  SIGN UP TO BRING A DESSERT

Give

Sponsor a student for a Group Event that might not otherwise have the opportunity to participate or donate to the Staff Ticket Fund to help us offer discounted tickets to our amazing staff. GIVE NOW

Valentine’s Day Family Meet-up – All Welcome!

When:    Thursday, February 14th from 5:30-8PM
Where:  Ounces Taproom & Beer Garden @ 3809 Delridge Way SW (Just down the hill from the school.)

Show your Pathfinder spirit and join other Pathfinder families at this fun Valentine’s Day meet-up! Stop by for a drink, a bite from the food truck and a Valentine’s Day cookie for the kiddos. Ten lucky winners will also get treated to a drink of their choice provided by Lisa Clayton and the Pathfinder PTSA!

Parents, Kids, Everyone Welcome!

Wreath Fundraiser Raises $12,000 for Camping

The tally of wreath tags is complete and the total is in! After expenses, this year we raised $12,042 for Pathfinder’s camping and outdoor education program. That was 483 wreaths made and sold over five weeks, the  result of the hard work and dedication of our collective Pathfinder village. Thank you to everyone — and there are scores of you — who made and sold wreaths!

How did wreath funds compare to last year?

The Blue Herons try out fishing from the dock at Beacon Rock State Park on a spring camping trip.

One of the exciting results is that we raised $1,100 more than last year. We believe that is due to three factors:

  1. The quality of the wreaths was better. Our new wreath video made a big difference!
  2. For the first time, we offered a credit card option at the Farmers Markets and events.
  3. We got started earlier, allowing us to sell $500 of wreaths at Elders Lunch.

How are wreath funds allocated?

The cost of camping for all kids will be less this year because of everyone’s hard work. Every wreath sale defrays the cost of camping.

But there is also a participation factor. Classrooms and grade bands with the most participation will see the lowest camping costs (and for a couple of classrooms, it is likely to be free). The wreath sales are allocated as follows: 40% of the price of a wreath goes to the maker’s classroom; 40% of the sales price goes to the seller; 10% is reserved for people who collect greens, make bows and clean the workshop; and 10% goes towards expenses.

Generally, wreath funds go to individual classrooms in K/1, and are pooled and divided among the grade bands of 2/3, 4/5 and each middle school year.

Which class raised the most funds this year?

Drumroll, please! In what must be a first, the Seal Class, a Kindergarten classroom with just 16 students, raised an astounding $1,744. How did they do it? They got involved. One new parent tried making a wreath,  found she LOVED it, and made and sold 40 wreaths! Another new parent organized the Farmers Markets. A third made dozens of bows. And their enthusiasm helped get other parents involved.

The Top Ten:

  1. Seal (K): $1,744
  2. Blue Heron (4/5th): $1,279
  3. Elk (4/5th): $991
  4. Kingfisher (4/5th): $832
  5. Coyote (7th): $767
  6. Bat (1st): $751
  7. Eagle (4/5th): $733
  8. Frog (2/3rd): $664
  9. Bear (7th): $498
  10. Salmon (K): $492

Great work, everyone! We will see you next year in the wreath workshop for more creative fun that benefits our kids’ experiences at Pathfinder.

Two Important School Levies on February 12 Ballot

Ballots are in the mail for an important vote to renew two school levies on February 12: the three-year Educational Programs and Operations Levy (EP&O) and is the six-year Building Excellence Capital Levy (BEX V). Both are critically important for operations at Pathfinder and other Seattle schools and endorsed by the Pathfinder PTSA. Neither levy is a new tax, but instead, they replace expiring levies to fund Seattle Public School’s most critical needs.

What is the EP&O Levy?

The EP&O Levy funds day-to-day school operations, instructional materials and textbooks, school staff salaries like nurses, custodians, librarians and counselors, and special education support and services. A detailed description of the levy can be found on the Seattle Public School’s website.

There is currently a huge funding gap for these staff salaries and services. For instance, the state funds only 9 nurses for the district’s 53,000 students, but SPS employs 63 nurses with funds from this levy. Currently, Seattle Public Schools spends $140 million each year to support the more than 7,000 students who need special education services, but the state funds just $68 million. The remainder is made up with levy funds.

It is safe to say that should the the EP&O levy not pass, there would be a devastating impact to Pathfinder’s ability to serve its students.

Isn’t the state responsible for paying for these services?

Yes, but the state has not provided enough funding to fully pay for salaries, special education services, and other basic education responsibilities leaving districts like Seattle in a bind. It also capped the amount of funds that SPS could tap from the current levy, leaving Seattle with a $50 million budget deficit going into next year.

There are two things that need to happen to fix this funding mess. The EP&O levy must be renewed, and the Washington State Legislature needs to enact legislation to lift the levy cap and fund more of these basic services.

>> You can help by voting on February 12 and attending the PTA’s Education Focus Day on February 19th in Olympia. Please contact Pathfinder PTSA’s Legislative Chair Cecelia Lehmann at advocacy@pathfinderk8ptsa.org for more info.

What is the BEX V Capital Levy?

The BEX V Capital Levy renews a levy that provides new and healthier learning environments. It is also not a new tax, and unlike the EP&O levy, school facility funding is a local, not a state responsibility.

This capital levy will add classrooms and remove portables, by replacing or modernizing eight aging schools and adding capacity at other schools. It will enhance safety and security by securing school entrances, fencing, earthquake safety and fire alarms. It will provide all schools equitable classroom technology and support for student learning.

In West Seattle, Alki Elementary will receive a new building and West Seattle Elementary will get a new addition. Pathfinder will benefit with security upgrades. Read more details on the Seattle Public School website.

There is also additional information from Seattle Public Schools about the levies hanging on the community bulletin board in the hallway across from the main office. Read up and get out your friends, family and neighbors to vote to renew these levies on February 12. Your kids will thank you.

PTSA Meeting on January 24th: Auction Kick-off & Levy Presentation

Please join the Pathfinder PTSA on Thursday, January 24th, for our annual Auction Kick-off and the first chance to sign up for a whole host of exciting Group Events. You’ll be able to sign up on the spot, and one lucky person will win a door prize of a $40 credit toward the Group Event of their choice!

We are also pleased to have JoLynn Burge, Asst. Superintendent for Business and Finance at Seattle Public Schools, join us to present information regarding the two levy renewals on the ballot February 12th. The first is the expiring three-year Educational Programs and Operations Levy; the second is the expiring six-year Building Excellence Capital Levy. Both are critically important for operations at Pathfinder and other Seattle schools (more below) and endorsed by the Pathfinder PTSA.

Agenda

6:00 to 6:30: Gather and be the first to sign up for auction tickets and group events!
6:30 to 7:15: Levy presentation
7:15 to 7:45: Auction Preview!
***Door prize will be drawn with a $40 credit to the Group Event of your choice***
***Free childcare for kids 5 & up at Blazing Trails — check-in at 6:15pm and pick-up by 8:00pm***

Auction & Group Event Info

Pathfinder’s auction will be held on March 9, 2019 at the Hall at Fauntleroy. The season’s theme is Prom — It’s a Date! Tickets and Group Events will go on sale January 24th, so by coming to the meeting and signing up there, you will be the first to get your prom tickets and sign up for our popular Group Events! It’s going to be a blast!

Background on February Levy Votes

This is a challenging time for school funding elections. Support for school levies and bonds dropped considerably in neighboring districts a year ago because of confusion over state funding and the threat of higher property taxes.

The state has NOT fully funded K-12 education in Washington State. The state’s so-called McCleary fix left Seattle with a $50 million budget deficit, which does not provide enough funding to fully pay for salaries, special education services and other basic education responsibilities.

Neither of these levies are new taxes; they replace existing ones. The Educational Programs and Operations Levy funds nurses and librarians, counselors, special education, textbooks and materials, custodians and more. If this levy fails to pass, Pathfinder will almost certainly lose some of these positions and resources.

The BEX V Levy renews a levy that provides new and safer learning environments. Pathfinder will benefit with security upgrades; other schools. Nearby West Seattle Elementary will be expanded and Alki Elementary is slated to be rebuilt. Many schools will receive technology improvements.

High School Student Panel January 17th, 6-8 pm in Pathfinder Library

High School Student Panel flyer

Register Now for Pathfinder K-8 PTSA After School Program Winter 2019 Session

Pathfinder K-8 PTSA After School Program Winter 2019 Session https://pfk8.schoolauction.net/afterschool201819/

Registration closes January 18, 2019
Scholarships are available for every class

Classes begin the week of January 28 Sing Out Seattle! SHREK the Musical begins 1 week earlier.

For more information  and class descriptions go to the website, or stop by the Pathfinder K-8 front desk for a paper catalog (a copy went home with every child in December)

Comments or questions? We want to know! Please e-mail us:

afterschoolprogram@pathfinderk8ptsa.org

Wreaths 2018

Everything You Need to Know — And MORE!

The Details:

What:  Make and sell fully handmade wreaths to support Pathfinder School’s Outdoor Education and Camping Programs

When:  November 10 – December 16

Who:  All Pathfinder families and friends

Where:  The wreath workshop is set up in Pathfinder’s covered play-court. Farmers Markets take place on the corner of California and Alaska in front of Key Bank.

What Do Wreaths Cost?

Medium wreaths cost $25. Large wreaths cost $35. Prices may be higher at Farmers Markets or for wreaths with special bows or decorations.
PRE-ORDER WREATHS HERE!

How Do I Make a Wreath?

Anyone can make a wreath! Come during your classroom’s Wreath Night to learn from your peers or weekday mornings after drop off and on Saturdays when there will be other wreath-makers in the workshop. There will be instructions in the workshop for do-it-yourselfers or for those who need a refresher. You need not sell every wreath you make; we always need wreaths for pre-orders and for Farmers Markets on Sundays.

When Can I Make a Wreath?

The shop is always open, but the overhead lights will only be available when there is a custodian on the premises. The only reserved times are for class wreath nights (see below). If the workshop cage is locked, ask at the front office or text the number on the cage door for the combination. Be sure to lock up when you leave.

How Do I Sell a Wreath?

There are three ways to sell a wreath:

  1. Make and Sell Wreath: Make and sell your own creation. Collect cash or check and submit tags with your money to the front office. Make sure your name and child’s class is listed as both the maker/seller on the tag. Alternatively, the buyer can pay online by pre-ordering the wreath, starting November 12.
  2. Sell Wreath Only: Have someone else make the wreath and you sell it to a friend or family member. You can select one from the wreath workshop! Alternatively, pre-order online, starting November 12. Pre-orders will be available to pick up on Tuesdays and Fridays this year, and we will notify you when your order is ready in the wreath workshop. Orders will be filled in the order in which they are placed.
  3. Sell a Wreath at a Farmers Market: Pathfinder will be selling wreaths at West Seattle Farmers Markets on four consecutive Sundays from 10am-2pm. Working a shift (or helping with set-up or take-down) is a great way to earn credit for your class! Sign up TODAY for a shift on Nov. 25, Dec. 2, Dec. 9  and/or Dec. 16.

Clipping Greens & Ornamentals

We can always use evergreens and ornamentals! Begin dropping off clippings as early as Nov. 10 at the Wreath workshop. We need lots and lots of evergreens: firs, pines, spruce, arborvitae and more. These provide the base of every wreath. Then we spice up the wreaths with berries, seedpods, cones and other interesting ornamentals. Ideas and photos of ornamentals to clip can be found here.

We are also looking for volunteers who will be a part of our Rapid Response Green Team. You can sign up for a job (swinging by tree lots, gathering fallen branches, trimming ornamentals) and a week, and be on-call to bring in materials to the wreath workshop for class nights. Your child’s classroom can get credit for the time you spend foraging for wreath goodies. You may tally your time in the logbook in the workshop.

How Do I Get Credit for My Child’s Class?

Each wreath will have a tag that needs to be filled out completely, including the name (and classroom) of who makes the wreath and the name (and classroom) of who sells the wreath. Pre-orders must include a bow choice.

When you deliver your wreath, make sure you keep the information portion of your tag to turn in with the money you collect. The short stub goes to your customer as a receipt.

Please seal tags and checks in an envelope together before you turn them in. Wreath tags and money need to be turned into the office by the first week in January to ensure your child’s classroom gets credit.

Wreath Schedule

  • Online and paper pre-orders:  Order-taking begins Dec. 12 and pre-orders can be picked up on Tuesdays and Fridays beginning 11/27
  • Sunday Farmers Markets:  Nov. 25, Dec. 2, Dec. 9, Dec. 16

Classroom Wreath Nights: 5:30 – 8:00pm unless otherwise noted. The workshop is also open during the school day and on weekends, if you would prefer to make your wreaths then.

Tues. 11/13:          Open

Wed. 11/14:          Earth Project

Thur. 11/15:          Eagle

Fri. 11/16:              Open

Mon. 11/26:          Owl/Octopus

Tues. 11/27:          Raven/Kestrel

Wed. 11/28:          Heron/Elk

Thur. 11/29:          School Event – no wreaths

Fri. 11/30:             Open

Mon. 12/3:            Frog/Spider

Tues. 12/4:            Turtle/Otter

Wed. 12/5:            Salmon/Hummingbird

Thur. 12/6:            Bee/Fox/Lynx

Fri. 12/7:                Open

Mon. 12/10:          Seal

Tues. 12/11:          Open

Wed. 12/12:          Open

Thur. 12/13:          Snake

  • Dec. 16:  Last day wreath workshop open. Any remaining wreaths will be donated.
  • Dec. 17-18:  Break down and cleanup of workshop.
  • Jan. 10:  Final day to turn in tags and money for classroom credit.

How is My Child’s Classroom Credited?

Your efforts directly benefit your children’s classrooms: 40% of the price of a wreath goes to the maker; 40% of the sales price goes to the seller; 10% is reserved for people who take to collect greens, make bows and clean the workshop; and 10% goes towards expenses. Generally wreath funds go to individual classrooms in K/1 and are pooled and divided among the grade bands of 2/3, 4/5 and each middle school year.

Questions? Like to Volunteer?

Wreaths@pathfinderk8ptsa.org

NOTE:  For the safety of our students the Wreath shop needs to remain locked, but we encourage people to make wreaths on their own time during the day, evenings or weekends. Text the number on the workshop door for the code or check in at the office. Please lock up when you leave.

Thanksgiving Meal Fundraiser!

Communities in Schools
Thanksgiving Meal Fundraiser!

Dear Pathfinder community,

The holiday season is upon us! This year Communities in Schools is hosting a fundraiser to provide Thanksgiving meals to Pathfinder families who might need some extra support for the holidays. If you are able, please consider donating, using the link below. CIS at Pathfinder has a goal to sponsor 15 families this Thanksgiving – and we can’t do it without your help!

Each meal consists of either a turkey or ham, cranberry sauce or pineapple slices, and stuffing, gravy, vegetables, potatoes,  rolls, and olives, all provided by our local Saar’s Super Saver Foods. Meals average to only about $20 each! If you or someone you know would be interested in donating, please use the link below, up until next Friday, November 9th!

Donation Link:

https://tinyurl.com/PathfinderThanksgiving2018

 

 

Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you SO much for your support!!

Katy Crestol      she/her/hers

AmeriCorps Site Coordinator, Pathfinder K-8

Communities In Schools of Seattle

P.O. Box 24872, Seattle, WA 98124

katy@cisseattle.org | (O) 206.252.9736

Amazon Smile donating 5% of every purchase until November 2nd!

Here’s an easy way to help support our school. From today through Nov. 2, AmazonSmile will donate 5% of every purchase. That’s 10X the usual rate!!! Do some shopping and help raise money for Pathfinder. It adds up quickly.

Simply go to smile.amazon.com and choose “Pathfinder PTSA” as your preferred charity. Then bookmark the link so you go back to it every time you shop at Amazon.com. Even after this promotion, we still get .5% of every purchase so it’s worth doing. Please help spread the word to others!