What is Pathfinder Doing About Bullying?

What is Pathfinder K8 doing about bullying? The answer lies in the PLUS Committee. This stands for Positive Leadership Utilizing Students. It started with one parent asking questions. And, it will be successful because of our parent volunteers, teachers, support staff, counselors and Administrators are willing to engage and work together. PLUS formed in the fall of 2016. We invited staff and parents to come to the table and commit to meeting twice a month. We started with help from parents, teacher and support staff: Salmon Teacher Lisa, Elk Teacher Talia, Flacon Teacher Trissa, Bee Class Instructional Assistant Jami, Instructional Assistant Whitney McBride, Instructional Assistant Heidi van Brost, Lynx Teacher Leah Hughes, Student Alumni Sam, Parent Holli Margell with the help of School Counselor Emilie Buter and Principal David Dockendorf to help guide us.

PLUS goals:

  1. Define Bullying
  2. Protocol for reporting within the school so that all parties are informed and there is a clear way to deal with incidents.
  3. Data/Community Education.

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Pumpkin Carving Party – Thursday, Oct. 25!

Join the ghouls and goblins of Pathfinder for a fun evening of pumpkin carving in the cafeteria from 6:30-8:00 pm on Thursday, October 25! It’s a great way to get inspiration for your pumpkin faces and share in good times with friends.


  • A pumpkin (or two!)
  • Pumpkin tools
  • Vessel for your pumpkin seeds (if baking them is your thing)
  • Snack or treat to share
  • Water bottle

IDENTIFY (encouraged but not required):

  • As your inspiration    – OR –
  • Test your Halloween costume

We look forward to seeing you there!

Final Week for Direct Give!

Congratulations on a great Matching Monday!  We met the Board’s match of $3000 and blew past, with a total of $3,770 donated yesterday!  We’ve raised  $13,064 so far, but still have a ways to go to meet our goal of $25,000 by Friday.

Thanks to all who have and will be donating! If you haven’t donated already, help us keep the momentum going and drop off a check at the front office (payable to “Pathfinder PTSA”)  or donate online at bit.ly/directgive.

The PTSA only raises funds through three activities – Direct Give, selling wreaths over the holidays, and the annual auction.  Every dollar you donate to Direct Give is funneled directly back to Pathfinder.  This is the  last week for our Direct Give campaign. Donate by Friday!

  • This year, the PTSA is providing an extra $75,000 in academic and classroom support – tutors, instructional aides, library books, classroom supplies, art supplies, and P.E. equipment that our kids would otherwise not have available.
  • PTSA fundraising pays for our wonderful garden (where kids will voluntarily eat vegetables!!) and our amazing garden teacher, Karen Hogan Li
  • The PTSA also sponsors educational and fun events that are outside the classroom for our kids – such as Science Fair, Field Day, and of course, camping!

Every donation, no matter what the size, makes a difference, and we appreciate whatever amount you can afford!  Pathfinder rocks! We can do this!!

Don’t miss the Harvest Festival Tonight 6 -8 pm!

This year’s festival will be a potluck event to celebrate the bounty of the Pacific Northwest. We will gather together with our families to share a meal, press cider, listen to music and learn about what is happening in our very own garden. Get a tour and see the progress on our our outside classroom.
Your Earth Project Committee

October PTSA General Meeting—Everyone is welcome! Tuesday, October 23rd

October PTSA General Meeting—Everyone is welcome

When: Tuesday, October 23rd from 6:30-8:30pm
Where: Pathfinder Library

Storyteller Roger Fernandes
Come experience a Pathfinder tradition our kids listen and learn from at Monday Morning Meetings. Roger, native storyteller and member of the Lower Elwha Band of the S’klallam Indians, will share with us two of his incredible stories, also known as Teachings of the First People.

What do you want from your PTSA?
Susan Elderkin, this year’s PTSA president, will lead a brainstorming session to hear what needs and wants our community would like this year. Come share you thoughts and ideas!

In addition:
• PTSA Business: Announcements and voting on our 2018-2019 Standing Rules.
• Principal Report: David will update us on school-related items.
• Spirit Wear Raffle: Everyone that attends will be entered to win a t-shirt.

Free childcare provided by Blazing Trails for kids 5-12.
Questions: Contact us at president@pathfinderk8ptsa.org

FIELD DAY is almost here!

I bet your kid is counting down the days! Consider joining us…fun in the sun + popsicles! Sign
up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508094ca9a82da64-pathfinder. And don’t forget to
send your kiddo in appropriate clothes for outside fun & sunscreen!

Field Day is almost here and we still need volunteers!

Two more weeks until Field Day! We still need Sat., 5/16 prep and Mon., 5/18 day-of
volunteers (for any amount of time you can give). Sign up here!

Field Day is June 18th!

Ninja warrior course, sack race, tug of war and more!! Volunteer to have fun and see your kid
shine at Field Day – Mon., 6/18. Sign up here:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508094ca9a82da64-pathfinder . We need help with prep on
Sat., 6/16, as well as the day of.



Come join us for dinner and our final meeting of the year, right before the Artwalk and Choir & Band Concert. We will be voting on our 2018-2019 budget and new board officers and would like to hear what you want from your PTSA for next year.  Dinner provided and Spirit Wear available for purchase!


5:00-5:30 DINNER!  Your PTSA will be serving dinner in the hub!


6:00 -6:30 ARTWALK (Please bring a bag to carry home your O’Keefes, Rembrandts, and Monets!)

6:30 -8:30 CONCERT

Proposed 2018-2019 executive board:

  • President—Susan Elderkin
  • Vice President—Laura Murray
  • Secretary—Suzanne Allbee
  • Co-Treasureres—Jennifer Girouand Thu Le 

Field Day Volunteers Wanted!

Field Day Volunteers Wanted!
Monday, June 18.