Tag: testimonials

Why I became a PTSA member: Sarah’s story

We joined the PTSA as just one way of actively participating in our community. Sarah Steinke, Co-treasurer

Why Pathfinder is home to us

My 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 …

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Pathfinder: A space for me to be me

Dante’s video gets to the heart of what makes Pathfinder special. [Oops, we are experiencing technical difficulties with embedding this video . . .] To watch on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLydBqj38OM >>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 …

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Lifelong relationships are developing in the Bat Clan

The 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 …

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Pond Keeping 101 with Lisa DeBurle of the Frog Clan

I use PTSA funds in many ways to support my students. At the beginning of the year I purchase portfolios, markers, bins, crates and other supplies that we need to get things started. Throughout the year I buy books that align with our reading, writing, science and social studies units, as well as add books …

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The Spider Clan weaves a web of creativity thanks to PTSA classroom funds

Missa shares how she makes use of PTSA classroom funds – One of my favorite uses of PTSA funds is being able to buy fresh art supplies every couple of years for our Expedition art projects. During our Storytelling Expedition, the students paint Kamishibai cards to tell their Origin stories; pulling out fresh watercolors is …

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Kindergartner whisperer Janet shares how PTSA classroom funds keep her fish swimming in the Salmon Clan

I have been teaching for many, many years and I have so appreciated your support of my work and our classrooms through your generous classroom fund program. Over the years I have used PTSA funds in many ways. Most recently I have used the money to pay for mentor texts suggested through the Reading and …

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When we are lucky, we get to choose a family

Pathfinder Mom and PTSA Member, Sarah, shares, Our family has been at Pathfinder for six years now, and that’s not even the halfway point for us. When our oldest started Pathfinder we knew we would be here for a good long time. When our youngest graduates Pathfinder, we will have been here for 13 years. …

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The story of one child’s social and emotional growth at Pathfinder

Gwyneth just graduated from Pathfinder. She attended 3rd-8th grade. I am a wreck! I’m not ready for her to move on to high school, for the “beginning of the end”. I want to just stop time and stay here where they need me just enough but are independent enough. This is the sweet spot. I …

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Did you know the PTSA gives funds to each classroom and specialty?

Clarissa the 6th grade Raven Clan teacher has used the PTSA funds to buy books! In Clarissa’s words, “I have been compiling sets of books to use in book clubs for a realistic fiction unit on Empathy, Perspective and Diversity. The books I have been able to order align with our Creative Approach and connect …

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