Hello Sand Point Families!
Some important reminders, announcements and FAQs as this year starts to wind down.
First, our final General Membership meeting of the year is May 18th at 7pm at Sand Point Elementary. Our Agenda (below) is an important one:
–Meet State Representative Jessyn Farrell from our 46th District. She’ll be at our school to talk about School Funding in Washington State. Hot topic this year and next.
-Approve Prior Meeting Minutes
-Elect New Officers Next Year: President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary will be chosen
-Approve Next Year’s Preliminary Budget
-Review Standing Rules
Just before the meeting, the Book Fair will be open so you can do your shopping and voting in one shot!
Second, have you take the After School Care survey? Please see below for some FAQ and take the survey ASAP: https://www.
FAQ on changes to After School (possibly before school) Care.
1) We will have childcare at Sand Point in 2016-17. If we are unable to find a provider that can meet the greater need presented by the change in bell times and better alignment with our need for after care for families of all income levels AS WELL AS quality programming, LASER will continue to be our provider.
2) In spite of major staff changes at LASER (Site Director and Executive Director have both left the organization for other opportunities) the process has been a very open and communicative process and we are grateful to LASER for their ongoing support. As an organization, their capacity to serve families requiring financial subsidy is limited. If we want ongoing continuity of after school programming in accordance with the School Districts Community Alignment Initiative, which governs the free (lessees pay heating/cooling, custodial only) use of District space to provide childcare, we must have a provider that can serve a great proportion of our children. Currently, only nine low income children are served by LASER in a school that has averaged over 50% low-income since inception. The prospective change is not at all a comment on the quality of care LASER provides but simply an adjustment to reach more families.
3) The process by which the change is undertaken involves a committee of parents (all of whom are existing or future after-care users) and staff working in conjunction with the School District and City of Seattle. The final decision is that of Principal Roberts and the School District but we are intent on making sure parents needs are well represented. We are grateful to the parents who have stepped up to do the hard work of moving the process forward with care. The survey you’ve been provided is a great way to make your voice heard. The results will be integral. We are looking at the bell time change and and prospective new child care provider as an opportunity to improve the offerings after school both in terms of cost and programming.
Update on Boundary Changes: We had a fantastic turnout of parents and staff at the District sponsored community meeting last month and felt we were heard. We will await final recommendations in the fall and will ask everyone to come out in support again at that time but believe the District is clear that the best scenario is to leave our boundaries the same for now. We hope to see this represented in their recommended amendments and that the change will be approved by the Board of Directors this Fall. Please stay tuned!
Hope to see you next week but please feel free to contact me via email or phone.