Dec 08 2017

Fund-A-Need Updates: Sound System Gets Rocking and Books are in the Hands of Kids

Every year at our annual auction we raise the paddle to fund a special project for our school, such as the new playground, classroom libraries, the Earth Project and technology. 
Here are updates on the two still in progress and a big thank you to our community for making it all possible.

2017 Sound System:  Last year’s rock stars raised over $12,000 to fund a new sounds system for our stage to replace the blown speakers and non-working microphones so student performances and guest speakers could be heard. After working through the bid process and figuring out all the details, a purchase order has been submitted and installation will start soon. Rock on!

2016 Literacy Book Room:  Our 2016 auction superheros made it possible to help fund a book room that includes book sets that whole classes can use, as well as smaller book sets that groups of 4-8 readers can use in literature circle groups. Teachers have been busy ordering books and they are steadily coming in and getting into the hands of students. 

Nov 29 2017

School Bus Strike – 11/29

The following message from Principal David Dockendorf explains the plan at school for tomorrow, 11/29, during the school bus strike.

Dear Pathfinder Parents,

Good Afternoon,

The Teamsters union representing the bus drivers are calling for a 1 day strike for tomorrow, both am and pm with an option to go on strike again if negotiations continue to stall.

Our school plan for tomorrow is:  Students who ride buses will be allowed on campus beginning at 8:10.  The students are to go to the gym and cafeteria.  Breakfast will begin at 8:25 with outside supervision beginning at 8:25.   Parents, please be reminded that tomorrow is an Early Release Day at 2:10 and we ask that you arrange alternative transportation for the afternoon.   All students must be picked up by 2:30 PM.

Late arrivals and students who do not attend school due to transportation will be excused.

We are truly sorry for this inconvenience tomorrow and hope that you are able to make this workable for your family.

Thank you

David Dockendorf

Check out this article for more information:

Nov 09 2017

We have auction chairs!

Desirae Wilkerson

Desirae Wilkerson (Mom to a Seal and Raven) and Jenny Gutama Kulas  (mom to a Seal) have enthusiastically stepped up to co-chair this year’s auction.

Save the date—Saturday, March 3, 2018.

It’s our biggest fundraiser of the year and some say it’s the most FUN!  If you have ideas for the auction, want to volunteer on the committee, or want to say thank you for leading it, you may reach them at 

Jenny Gutama Kulas

Nov 07 2017

Would you like to host a group event?

GROUP EVENTS are unique and creative fundraisers that support school programs for our kids and are hosted by parents, teacher, and staff. The kid events are for Pathfinder kids, and the adult events are for Pathfinder parents and other adult guests. Examples from the kid events include Capture the Flag, Sleepover with David and Lisa (at school!), pizza and craft night with the Earth Hall teachers. Adult events have included Wine Tasting, Hacker Golf Tournament, Healing Balms and Salves, Happy Bites Italian Cooking Class and Dinner. Last year we had about 20 unique events hosted at restaurants, homes, stores, and parks. The sky is the limit.  

If you are looking for a fun way to volunteer and enjoy meeting people and having fun, this might be the opportunity for you. I can help think through the logistics and get it scheduled.

Nov 04 2017

November 17 is Elder-Grandparent-Special Friend Luncheon

Don’t forget to register by November 16th for this lovely Pathfinder tradition.

Nov 04 2017

Follow us on Twitter

We’re on Twitter now! Follow Pathfinder PTSA on Twitter @pathfinderptsa.

Oct 30 2017

Thank You! Direct Give Raises $27,150

Direct GiveThanks to a record number of donors this year, The Pathfinder PTSA Direct Give raised $27,150, exceeding its goal of $25,000 by more than $2,000! This is great news, and we will be able to put this money right to work funding  academic priorities like tutoring and creative approach, valuable hands-on work in the Pathfinder garden, and fun community events for the kids and their families.

We couldn’t do this without the strong support of the Pathfinder community — 155 parents, teachers, administrators, and extended families members donated to the campaign. You’re the best!

Direct Give was the first of three main fundraisers this year. One of our favorites, Wreaths, is just around the corner. The Wreath fundraiser helps defray the cost of camping and outdoor education and allows us to unleash our creativity in making and selling holiday wreaths.

The biggest fundraiser is Pathfinder’s annual Auction. This year, the Auction is on Saturday, March 3. Funds raised at the auction make up the bulk of the PTSA’s revenue each year. Mark your calendars for what promises to be a very entertaining night!

There are also easy ways to raise money for Pathfinder just by going about your daily shopping. You can clip BoxTops off popular brands of foods and products, save West Seattle Thriftway receipts, purchase gift cards for just about any major business, and shop Amazon using our affiliate link (which nets us 4-7%, versus Amazon Smile, which nets us 0.5%). Check out all of the ways you can Shop & Earn for Pathfinder here.


Oct 19 2017

Chinook Book App – A New Twist on Earth Project Fundraiser

This year we have a new easy way for you to support our conservation and gardening programs at Pathfinder: purchase a mobile subscription to Chinook Book using our special fundraising link!

Don’t have the Chinook Book App yet? Tap the link below from your phone to purchase your $15 Chinook Book app subscription and you’ll enjoy a whole year of savings at local, sustainable places you love like West Seattle Nursery, PCC, Chaco Canyon, Goodwill, Easy Street Records and the Pacific Science Center.

Plus! Your subscription will continue to benefit our fundraiser year after year as long as we continue to fundraise with Chinook Book.

Already have the app? First make sure you have updated to the most recent version of the app. Then tap the link below. It will redirect you to the App Store. Tap “open” and it will take you directly to the payment page with our partner ID already loaded in so your purchase will benefit our fundraiser. Ready?

Tap here from your phone to purchase your Chinook Book mobile app subscription and benefit our fundraiser:

Don’t have email on your phone? Don’t worry! Just go to to download the app. Go to the “Purchase Full Access” screen on the “More” menu to pay for your subscription and enter the Partner ID “pathfinder k8” to have your purchase benefit the fundraiser.

We will not be selling print copies this year through this fundraiser. As a regular supporter of Chinook Books, I have used the coupons on my phone more frequently than the print ones. Nearby coupons pop up at request, and if you head to Portland or San Francisco those city’s coupons pop up automatically for use on your phone. I’ve always gained my investment back by using 2-3 coupons.

Thanks in advance for your support!

Tasha Mosher, Earth Project volunteer

Oct 18 2017

Direct Give: Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have questions about Pathfinder PTSA’s Direct Give? Here are some answers, based on the inquiries we get most often.

What is the Direct Give?

Pathfinder’s Direct Give is a fall fundraiser, held in October, by the Pathfinder PTSA. It involves direct donations to Pathfinder’s PTSA. We love it because it is simple — no selling candy or gift wrap — and all of the funds raised go straight to supporting our students and school.

What Does the Pathfinder PTSA Fund?

Pathfinder PTSA funding touches every student – from the hands on experience of our garden to Field Day, storytelling at assemblies, and camping. During the 2017-2018 school year, we will invest $84,000 in academic and classroom support, an increase of 27 percent, meaning more tutors and instructional aides in the classroom. Teachers and specialists will be given a stipend to spend on books, supplies, or special projects for their classrooms. And thanks to funding from last year, middle school athletes are sporting new uniforms and a new sound system will be installed in the cafeteria. Here’s an overview of the funding:

Is My Donation Tax Deductible?

YES! Pathfinder PTSA is a 501(c)3 organization. Our Tax ID number or EIN is: 91-1598827.

How Do I Make a Donation?

There are several ways you can make a donation to the Direct Give:

  • Write a check: It should be made out to “Pathfinder PTSA.” Checks can be dropped off in Pathfinder’s front office in a locked box. Alternatively, they can be mailed to: Pathfinder PTSA, Attention: Treasurer,
    1901 SW Genesee St., Seattle, WA 98106.
  • Make an online donation: Go to and use your credit card or your PayPal account to make your donation.
  • Make a monthly donation: Stretch your donation out over the year by giving a little bit each month. Go to the online donation portal at and check the box labeled “Make this a monthly donation.” You can change or stop your payment at anytime through PayPal or by contacting our treasurer at

Will My Employer Match My Donation?

Many employers match their employees charitable donations, and if they do, Pathfinder PTSA should qualify. Check this partial list of workplaces that have matched gifts to see if your employer is on it or ask your Human Resources department. If you need confirmation of your donation, please contact the PTSA treasurer at

Will I Get a Receipt for My Donation?

Yes! We will send confirmation of your donation after the campaign is over and then mail tax donation letters for your records at the end of the calendar year. Please contact if you haven’t received one by January.

The Direct Give Campaign is Over — Can I Still Donate?

Of course you can! Any donation given during the school year via the Donate button on the website or as a check will add to the Direct Give — and support all of the projects of the Pathfinder PTSA.

Sep 16 2017

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.