The suspense is killing us!

According to Odetta Owen, PTSA President in her Sunday PTSA Digest:

“The counting is not done yet but at this moment Direct Give contributions are totaling 22,892.00! ”

If you still need to make your donation, click the Donate Now button.

It will still count toward the total.

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Double Your Impact

Did you know that many employers will match your donations to the Pathfinder PTSA? Last year, our Direct Give was able to add $4,000 to the final total through corporate matching gifts! If you’ve made a donation to the Direct Give this year, you may be able to double, or even triple, your donation’s value.

Check with your company’s HR department to see if it will match donations to school-based non-profit organizations.

In the past, we’ve received donations from Starbucks, Boeing, Microsoft, the Gates Foundation, Alaska Air, Liberty Mutual and more.

>>Read how you can begin the matching gift process here.

Stay tuned for further updates.

Thank you!

A big thank you to our Direct Give volunteers!

Thank You!Thank you, Direct Give volunteers –

Alisha Arnold

Coco Williams

Brooklyn Arnold

Heather Floyd

Heidi Jindrich

Torito Keoni LeBord

Toni Wells

Suzi Zurek

Susan Elderkin

Cami Peloza

Gillian Maguire

Kathy Henderson

Jen Ancich

Sarah Steinke

Jennifer Babuca

Karen Hogan-Li

Thank you for letter folding, phone outreach and data entry, getting the word out, stuffing the boot and amazing accounting.

Odetta Owen

Dante Williams

Lari Garrison

Molly Gras-Usry

Sarah Steinke

Missa Marmalstein

Janet Osborn

Kelly Riggle-Hower

Clarissa Resendez

Kathy Egawa

Lisa DeBurle

Thank you for sharing your stories.

You all made this fundraiser a reality!

— Lashanna Williams, Direct Give Coordinator, PTSA Board Member at Large, Magic Maker


Are you planning an event on school grounds?

Important – new procedure to reserve space on school grounds

If you are planning a meeting or event that will happen on school grounds, there is a new district-wide policy!
You must submit your information and needs to the school secretary, Danielle Otey, at least two weeks in advance of the date so she can reserve the building.
Danielle will also know if your prospective event conflicts with any other school activity.
This is district policy so that they can provide proper custodial and other staffing. Danielle will submit your reservation to the district-wide “School Dude” system.
Stop by the office to talk to Danielle or email her with the details (date, set-up time, break-down time, space needed, and other details she will ask you to provide).
>> Danielle Otey

Why Pathfinder is home to us

a child holds the railings on a ferry with cloudy and blue skyMy son started out at a neighborhood school as a kindergartner. It was clear from the first day that it was not going to be a good fit. Our guy is hyperlexic, and although he reads well-beyond grade-level his spoken language and some motor skills have lagged behind. After a few months, the teacher and others suggested Garrison move to a self-contained classroom. Pathfinder was the place he’d be attending, as the neighborhood school didn’t offer those kinds of services.

From the first moment I was at Pathfinder it felt different. A woman gave me a tour of the school. She worked in the office, and was the mother of a kid in the Pathfinder self-contained program–the same kind of classroom our son would be joining. I met Ella, her daughter, on the tour. I felt my son and my family were included from the moment I set foot in our school. At the first PTSA meeting I attended, parents of students in the self-contained program spoke. Odetta Owen was one. Her words were so meaningful. She at once spoke to me and for me. I knew parents at Pathfinder were interested in knowing how to include kids like mine, and parents like me.

I was lucky enough to get a chance to work at Pathfinder in the office. Through that lens I have seen from the inside what goes on in our wonderful school.

I love that our Principals are our kids’ biggest advocates. David and Lisa love and believe in our children and their potential. Our teachers, aids and tutors are wonderful people who gladly give their time and talents to guide and nurture our young learners. They do their jobs with such care and dedication. The adults in the building create a culture of inclusion. Students appear to feel free to be express themselves authentically-it is a safe space, particularly for tweens. It is a safe space for my child to carry the strings that make him more relaxed, and for him to be the person he was meant to be. He is accepted and valued. His success is expected as much as any other student’s. His triumphs are cheered.

Pathfinder to us is home. That’s why we do a monthly donation. But, I find it hard to put a price on his acceptance.

— Lari Garrison, Pathfinder parent, PTSA Board Secretary, and Wreath Whiz

The PTSA provides funds to every classroom and specialty at Pathfinder every year. >>Take a moment now to make your donation to the Direct Give Campaign.

Thank you for helping make Pathfinder a great place to learn for all our kids!

Photo is shared with permission from Lari Garrison.


Our Direct Give has just passed $17,400!!!

Thank you thank you for your generosity.

We are almost there . . .

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pathfinderPTSA tinyDid you know that many employers will match your donations to the Pathfinder PTSA? Last year, our Direct Give was able to add $4,000 to the final total through corporate matching gifts!

If you’ve made a donation to the Direct Give this year, you may be able to double, or even triple, your donation’s value. Check with your company’s HR department to see if it will match donations to school-based non-profit organizations.


>> Follow this link to Donate Now!

>> Follow this link to print the Direct Give Form! 

Pathfinder PTSA is a registered 501(C)3 organization, and should qualify for most programs. In the past, we’ve received matching gifts from Boeing, Starbucks, Microsoft, the Gates Foundation, F5 and many others.

Once you’ve determined that your company will match a donation to Pathfinder PTSA, there are two ways to begin the matching gift process:

  1. Obtain a matching gift verification form from your employer, fill it out as completely as possible, and submit it to: Pathfinder PTSA, Attention: Treasurer. The treasurer will then confirm the receipt of your donation and return the form to your employer.
  2. Submit a matching gift verification request through your company’s online portal.

It’s as easy as that!

Other information you will need:

Pathfinder PTSA
Attention:  Treasurer
1901 SW Genesee St
Seattle, WA 98106

Tax ID number: 91-1598827. This is also sometimes referred to as the Employer Identification Number or EIN.

Thank you!!

Are you interested in hosting a party?

Parties – Group Events – A Rose By Any Other Name . . .

oysterEvery year at Pathfinder, teachers, staff, parents and friends of Pathfinder host fun ‘group events,’ a.k.a., parties, or fun get-togethers. Some are educational, most are just wacky fun. Whatever the theme or tone, they all deliver interest and laughter, and they all help build a strong community, while also raising funds for our kids at school.

Keep Calm and Capture the FlagFor the kids

Some of these events or parties are for the kiddos and most happen at school — those are hosted by teachers and staff — Pizza and Game Night with the Earth Hall teachers, the Famous Sleepover with David and Lisa, Capture the Flag with the Water Hall teachers, or Pajama Time in the Library, to name a few.

pint of amber beerFor the grown-ups

Others are for grown-ups, and are hosted at restaurants, in people’s houses, at stores, in limousines, on golf courses, in fact, the sky’s the limit — The Book Lover’s Dream Date, Beer Brewing and Brats, Thrifting Limo Ride, Freshy’s NW Oysters and Beer, is a sample of the fun last year.

Something new

We’d love to mix it up this year, and welcome you as a new host of a fun event for grown-ups. Think of all the upsides:

  • You’ll get to know new people,
  • You’ll have fun, and
  • You’ll raise funds for the school, for our kids.

It’s a winning combination.

More Information

If you have an idea for a fun party you’d like to host, or you want more information, contact Gillian Maguire, Group Events Coordinator, 206-696-1404.

Thank you, and let’s get our party on!

Help us raise $25,000 by October 30!

Direct Give Update – Direct Give Update

There are 4 days to go in our Direct Give campaign and we have raised $15,000. Thank you to everyone who has donated.

We have a ways to go to reach our goal of $25,000, and together we can do it, especially with employer matching donations.

Have you sent in your contribution? There’s no time like the present! We could reach our goal with a $50 donation per child. If you can donate more for those who can’t, please do.

Last year your PTSA spent $49,400 on Classroom & Academic Support.

What exactly does Classroom & Academic Support consist of?

1-classroom and academic support

In order to maintain the quality of enrichment programs, academics, and teacher support that our PTSA provides, we need your help.

There are several ways to donate

>>Print the form at this link, and then, write a check payable to “Pathfinder K-­‐8 PTSA” and place it in the envelope provided in kidmail. Place a stamp on the envelope and drop it in the mail today OR give it to your child’s teacher.

>>Visit the PTSA Paypal and credit card payment page at this link or simply click on the red Donate Now button to the top right of the screen, to make your donation.

Contact Lashanna at 206.715.5265 with questions.

All donations are tax deductible.

Thank you for making Pathfinder a great place to learn!

Pathfinder: A space for me to be me

Dante’s video gets to the heart of what makes Pathfinder special.

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To watch on YouTube:

>>Take a moment now to follow this link and help us reach our goal of $25,000 by October 30 in 2015’s Direct Give Campaign.


Thank you!


And a big thank you to Dante for making this video and sharing it.


This video is shared with permission from Lashanna Williams.

Lifelong relationships are developing in the Bat Clan

Kelly Riggle-Hower smiling wearing her new glassesThe difference PTSA funds make in my classroom was underlined for me twice in one day as I glanced around the Bat Clan on Wednesday — at critical times in the development of my students developing relationships with one another. They were using some of my most valuable PTSA funds purchases — many of our magical stuffed animal hand puppets and stuffies and our “enough for everybody” collection of Mo Willems’ Piggie and Elephant books.

We were meeting with our Big Buddies this week, Marco’s Falcon Clan, and both the 6th graders and the kindergartners were terribly excited and a little nervous at the same time. As Marco and I named the 6th grade/kindergarten Big Buddy matches, I invited the students to pick a book or two from around the room that they love so they could read together. About 2/3 of the student pairs were reading a Piggie and Elephant book of one title or another! They were snuggled up together reading like old friends in short order — a few of them holding Piggie, Gerald (Elephant), Pigeon, Duckling and Knufflebunny stuffed animals from Willems’ stories. Many of the older students had selected the Piggie and Elephant books as a way they felt comfortable getting to know their little buddies, remembering them as the books that they loved to read as kindergartners and 1st graders — as even my most reluctant beginning readers have unfailingly been drawn into the magic (and the words!) that are Piggie and Elephant.

Later in the day I noticed one of my 5 year olds who has been hesitant to enter the classroom community sitting in our classroom “Australia” with a little boy who is eager to join but doesn’t always have the words. She was holding the Second Step program Snail in one arm and the Mo Willems’ character “Pigeon” in the other, while her new friend held Second Step’s Puppy in one arm and Mo Willems’ “Duckling” in the other. They were having Pigeon and Duckling reminisce about the time they shared a hot dog.

Thank you, families who donate to Pathfinder, during Direct Give and all year long. You are helping us purchase the books and characters who are giving my children lifelong relationships with great fictional characters, with one another — and with important parts of their own selves.


– Kelly Riggle-Hower, Bat Clan, K-1 Teacher

The PTSA provides funds to every classroom and specialty program at Pathfinder. To support the programs that make Pathfinder a great place to learn, follow this link >> Direct Give