Last General Membership Meeting & After Care FAQs

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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
-President’s Report
-Principal’s Report
-Other Business

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:

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.

Chandra Hampson
PTA President

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Urgent Survey: After School Care in 2016-17, Make Your Voice Heard!

Your Input is Valuable!

Sand Point is in the process of seeking a new after school care provider. If there is any chance you will be using after (or need before) school care for your child(ren) or guardian, please take 5 minutes to complete the following survey.

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Dine Out at Mioposto, Tuesday, May 3rd for Sand Point Elementary!

mio type logoMioposto has generously partnered with your Sand Point Elementary PTA for a Dine Out (takeout is also eligible) event for lunch AND dinner on Tuesday, May 3rd!

Spread the word to family, friends and neighbors! Wear your SPE or Move-A-Thon shirts to show your school spirit!

Mioposto Bryant location only (3426 NE 55th Street, 206.582.1899)


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Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week – May 2 – 6

We have amazing teachers and staff at SPE!  Please help us celebrate their dedication to our kids by participating in the events listed below beginning May 2.

Monday    The PTA Board will treat teachers to a delicious Continental Breakfast. Thank you Ly’s Donuts!

Tuesday      Parents are requested to cater a delicious Potluck for staff and teachers!  Please visit to sign up. Plan to have all food to the staff lounge by 11:00 am.

Wednesday     Wear your Teacher’s Favorite Color to school.

Thursday    Parents are requested to cater a fabuloso Cinco de Mayo Lunch for staff and teachers!  Please visit to sign up. Plan to have all food to the staff lounge by 11:00 am.

Friday          Students and parents are asked to Write a Note of Appreciation to his/her teacher. Don’t forget the Staff!!  You are also welcome to bring in a small gift card for your teacher. Refer to the “Favorite Things” list for ideas.  The list is posted at the school and in your Kidmail.

All Week:

  • We need volunteers from each classroom to complete special classroom projects for their teacher.
  • Poster paper will be hung in the hallway, across from the office – stop by to fill it up with compliments and notes of gratitude.
  • We are looking for volunteers from each classroom to sharpen pencils.
  • All Staff’s favorite things will be posted outside the office. Please take a look so that you may appreciate all of the individuals that help and inspire your children!

Questions or want to sign up via e-mail?  Contact:  Kris at

Teacher.  Takes a hand.  Opens a mind.  Touches a heart.  Shapes the future!

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