Auction Adventure Begins – Get Tickets and Group Events Online!

Let The Adventure Begin!

Tickets are officially on sale for this year Pathfinder Auction! Join us and “Choose Your Own Adventure”.  Get your early bird tickets for $65 and start your adventure early. Start your adventure after the 31st and tickets are $70.

Be a part of the adventure….Get your tickets, purchase a group event or donate an item. This years auction is sure to be a fun and magical time. Which adventure will you choose?

Questions? Contact the auction adventure team at:
auction@pathfinderk8ptsa.org

BUY YOUR TICKETS

Have an adventure to share? Be a part of the adventure by donating an item or
“adventure”. Procurement forms are in your auction packet or pick up one in the front
office (drop off auction items in the blue box labeled “Choose Your Own Adventure”
in the front office).

Procurement questions? Contact Cherie Roberts at:
procurements@pathfinderk8ptsa.org

 

Sign Up for the Talent Show Now!

Dear Pathfinder Parents,

We are in the new year, and ever closer to the annual Pathfinder Talent Show! This year allows 40 slots, on a first come-first served basis. Each act is limited to 1.5 minutes. If your student wants to participate and doesn’t have their audition slip from before break, check with the front office for a new one. We are about half full and slots will fill up fast, so please act quickly! The deadline to turn in your application is Friday, January 12th. No late slips will be accepted.

Mandatory rehearsal dates: January 23rd after school, February 13th after school, performance February 15th (morning and evening).

Thanks,

Victoria Melton

Pathfinder K-8 Music

206-252-9750

Volunteer with After School Program

The after school program seeks volunteers for 2 shifts M-F: 3:20-4:05 and 4:20-5:05. Session begins Monday January 22 and ends Friday March 30. All volunteers get 50% off per day of volunteering, up to two classes. Please email us if you’re interested, at:

afterschoolprogram@pathfinderk8ptsa.org

Pathfinder Amazon Link is Broken

Important information about the Pathfinder Amazon Link!

The link is currently shut down due to some technical issues.

While we are working out the problems please use the Amazon Smile program instead (I believe you can select this through their website).

Also, if you have the link bookmarked or saved in any way, please delete it for now.

Please use the Contact Us Page to send us a message with any questions.

Winter After School Program Signup

Follow this link for information, catalog and registration for the Winter 2018 After School program options.

 

Pathfinder Auction 2018 Save The Date – Saturday March 3rd

Planning for our auction has already started, so mark your calendars for the big day

Saturday March 3rd at the Hall At Fauntleroy.

This year’s theme is “Choose Your Own Adventure”. Think of all the amazing adventures our kids go on here at Pathfinder!

Our annual auction is the biggest fundraiser of the year and enables the PTSA to fund important programs such as the Earth Project, After School Classes, Scholarships, Field Trips, Outdoor Education, Support Staff and more.

The auction is also a terrific way to be involved and great community building event.

Get Involved, Donate Item and sign up for a Group Event starting January 16th!

Procurement forms can be found in the office right now!

Questions, comments, would like to volunteer? Contact us at: auction@pathfinderk8ptsa.org

The Adventure Awaits . . .

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. 

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: https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/education/seattle-school-bus-drivers-to-strike-wednesday/

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.
>> ORDER ONLINE NOW

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.

And now you can become an expert from the comfort of your own home — or from your phone while you’re in the workshop. We have a brand new How-to-Make-a-Wreath video, which takes you through the process with tips from veteran wreath-makers.
>> WATCH THE WREATH VIDEO NOW

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 and in the How-to-Make-a-Wreath video.

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:             Kingfisher/Bat

Mon. 12/3:            Frog/Spider

Tues. 12/4:            Turtle/Otter

Wed. 12/5:            Salmon/Hummingbird

Thur. 12/6:            Bee/Fox/Lynx

Fri. 12/7:                Bear/Coyote

Mon. 12/10:          Seal

Tues. 12/11:          Open

Wed. 12/12:          Open

Thurs. 12/13:      Open

Fri. 12/14:             Snake/Wolf

  • 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?

Earthproject@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.

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 auction@pathfinderk8ptsa.org 

Jenny Gutama Kulas