Garden News

Spring is here and so are more opportunities to spend time in our Sand Point Elementary Garden.

Monday 4/15 and Friday 4/26, Garden Club starts up. Students already registered will learn and work in the garden. It will be exciting to see what gets planted, see what grows, and to think about what we will be able to harvest later this year.

Nicole Parish-Andrews, our Garden Educator is also offering Garden Recess at times so that students have another recess alternative. She would love to have volunteers help her with Garden Recess. Garden experience is NOT required – just a willingness to share your time with very enthusiastic students who want time in the garden. Contact Nicole at (425)223-0283 or

Sand Point Elementary Earth Day Celebration happens this Friday, 4/19 at 2:30, rain or shine! Accompany your student for games, activities, and check out the bake and plant/seed sales. For more information and/or to sign up to volunteer, go to

While you are at Earth Day, talk with Nicole about our Garden programming and learn more about how you can help support Sand Point Elementary garden programming provided by your SPE PTA.

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SEL Curriculum Advisory Videos

Here at Sand Point, we use social learning theory as the framework for implementation throughout each month. Advisory meetings for Sand Point’s SEL curriculum are held on the first Monday of each month and the SEL theme for the month is presented. At the end of the month, the work is presented by Student Council at the morning all-school assembly. Families are welcome to attend.

Watch the videos with your Squirrels to share and learn together.

September: Community
October: Growth Mindset
November: Reflection
December: Identity
January: Competition
February: Culture, Perspective, Opinion, Empathy
March: Compromise
April: Skills and Drills

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Earth Day Event April 19th

SPE Earth Day Celebration is on April 19th at 2:30 – 4:30. We need Volunteers to help support this event. Sign up at No garden experience required – just the time and willingness to help at this fun event. For more questions, contact Nicole at (425)223-0283 or at

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Bike to School Day: May 9th

Happy spring!

It’s that time of year again! Last May, SPE helped Cascade Bike Club’s Bike to School program reach some amazing goals. In May 2018, elementary, middle, and high school students logged a total of 387,835 minutes. That’s almost 270 days worth of biking!

Sand Point Elementary will again be part of the Bike to School Challenge kicking off for the month of May. Look for your Bike Logs to come home the last week in April and start recording your time for May.

May 9th is Bike to School Day – want to help greet students that ride to school and earn your Squirrel Squad hours? Contact Anne at for more information.

Ride on, Squirrels!

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Kids U Session 5 Now Open

It’s time  for Session 5 registration! This Session will extend through June 27th to accommodate the added make up school days. Check out what is offered this session and register online at Kids University & Enrichment Classes.

Be sure to click on the Sand Point Elementary School location for S5 (session 5). To see the classes offered, select each day of the week.


Summer Camp Registration is open! Go to our Ykids Website to sign up and look up more details of all the fun camps we are offering this year!

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Squirrel House Rock! Save Our Squirrels!

Sand Point Elementary’s Squirrel House Rock: Save our Squirrels benefit concert was a huge success! We surpassed our goal and raised more than $111,000 BEFORE matching (please submit your matching if your company has that sweet perk)! Our event photographer is sending over the pics soon, which we will post, but we wanted to get the good news out asap!

This was our largest attended event ever with 200 guests! Awesome to see former families out again to support our squirrels! Love that SPE continues to be important to so many people. And huge thanks to our staff band, The Sand Point SuperFonics, and local comedian, Cara Rosellini!

Thank you to everyone who supported the event through item donations, procuring, attending the event, and spreading the word to family and friends to support and/or attend.

Did you miss out and want to support our squirrels? You can!

Thank you to our incredible sponsors who helped underwrite the event. We had the most we’ve ever had before!

Gold Squirrel Level:

Silver Squirrel Level:

Bronze Squirrel Level:

Acorn Squirrel Level:

Squirrel Squad Level:


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Book Fair April 1-5


APRIL 1ST **Special Late Hours: open until 6PM!
APRIL 5TH: Fair closes at 8AM


New this year – a digital payment option is now available so that your Squirrel does not need to keep track off cash! For information on how to set up this payment option, to find out days/hours of the event, or to see what books are for sale, go to the Sand Point Book Fair Homepage at 

Thank you to Sam Scharenberg for taking the lead and organizing this year’s Book Fair. Thank you to Volunteers that have signed up to help!

Do you have questions about the event or missed signups but now are able to help out? Contact Sam Scharenberg at

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Spring Afterschool Garden Club

Looking for a fun, free, after school program for your student taught by our Garden Educator? Want to encourage hands-on learning in our very own garden oasis? Sign your Squirrel up for our FREE after school Garden Program (sponsored by SPE PTA.)

Enroll your student by completing the form already sent home (check your student’s backpack!!). Space is limited – Reserve your spot ASAP!

Did you know, it is possible to sign up your student in addition to their YMCA activity (Garden Club is FREE and only 6 weeks!) If your student attends YMCA Afterschool Care, they may attend Garden Club, then return to the YMCA for the remaining time. ** Sign up your student then review plans with YMCA staff.

Plenty of openings available especially for the Friday afternoon grade 3-5 group.

WHAT: K-2nd and 3rd-5th grade garden classes
WHO: Available to all Sand Point Elementary Students K-5 (**K added in this session)
WHEN: Mondays (K-2 grade) and Fridays (3-5 grade) from 2:30-4:30 for 6 weeks starting APRIL 15TH
COST: Free – sponsored by your SPE PTA
CONTACT: Nicole Parish-Andrews with Foxberry Education, our Garden Educator. Reach Nicole at (425)223-0283 or at

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Earth Day Event April 19th

SPE Earth Day Celebration is on April 19th at 2:30 – 4:30. We need Volunteers to help support this event. Nicole Parish-Andrews would like hear from all volunteers interested in helping out (no garden experience required – just the time and willingness to help at this fun event.) Please contact Nicole ASAP at (425)223-0283 or at

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Urgent Legislative Action Alert

The House Budget for Washington State was released on Monday and will be voted on this Friday before it moves on to the Senate. They are proposing a mere $70 million per biennium increase in funding for special education for the entire state. Seattle Public Schools alone has a $140 million per biennium deficit in Special Education Funding. The proposed increase from the House would mean $4.4 million per biennium more for SPS – clearly not enough. OSPI puts the statewide SpEd deficit at $230 million for 2017-2018.

We need to let the House know NOW that they must come up with more funding for SPS and districts across the state, or lift the levy lid and allow districts to collect voter approved funds to bridge the gap in education funding. Without doing so, districts face significant deficits and cuts next year that will affect all students, most especially those already affected by inequity in our education system.

FOR IMMEDIATE ACTION: please call or email everyone on the House Appropriations Committee and let them know that their current proposal is not acceptable. Appropriations Committee members are listed here, with their phone numbers and links to their contact forms.

You can find the budget here

Please contact these legislators today!

Liza Rankin (SCPTSA and Wedgwood PTA) with
special thanks to Samantha Fogg (Bryant Elementary PTA)

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