Are Our Schools Amply Funded Now? Impacts of the State Budget on Seattle Schools (11/30)

This summer, the Legislature passed a budget to increase funding for Washington State schools in compliance with the Washington State Supreme Court’s McCleary Decision.  On Wednesday, the Court issued an order declaring that the State is not on track to meet the September 2018 deadline.  So, what happens next?   How will this impact the Seattle Public Schools budget?  How will the budget affect property taxes?

Find out more about these issues and any questions you may have about school funding at the Seattle School Funding Forum on Thursday, November 30th at 7:00pm at the Eckstein Auditorium.  In attendance will be Representative Gerry Pollett and Senator David Frockt of the 46th District, and representatives from the Seattle Schools Budget Office.  Presentations will be followed by a Q&A.  This event is sponsored by the Eckstein PTSA.

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Cookie Dough and Holiday Wreath Fundraisers: Orders Due November 17th!

Check your Squirrel’s back pack – the annual Cougar Mountain Cookie Dough Fundraiser is happening NOW and orders are due Friday.  All tubs contain 3lbs of cookie dough! They store well in a freezer (12 months) or refrigerator (3 months). These can be fun gifts!

SPE PTA gets to keep 50% of the gross sales.

Holiday Wreath and Garland sales are also happening NOW. All items will be available for pick-up at Sand Point Elementary.  Bring on that lovely NW pine smell!

Check at our SPE office if you need / did not receive Order Sheets for these sales last week.

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Holiday Food Help

Sand Point PTA is coordinating holiday food support for our low income families as we do every year. If you’d like to participate please donate food gift cards ** from either Safeway or QFC/Fred Meyer, in $20/$25 increments to the SPE PTA box. Mark Attn: Juli Horan by November 17th for Thanksgiving and by December 15th for Christmas. Please note, these gift cards are distributed directly and quietly to families by our Family Support Worker Michelle Raine. The PTA provides safe receipt and storage until she is able to distribute to families. Families in need should contact Michelle Raine directly.

Any questions please contact Chandra Hampson.

Chandra Hampson

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Dine Out at Sand Point Grill Monday, November 20th

Dine Out at Sand Point Grill for Sand Point Elementary on MONDAY, NOVEMBER 20th.

Support Sand Point Elementary by eating dinner out! Plus the kids will be home all week due to parent teacher conferences – get the family out of the house for dinner!

Who: Spread the word to family and friends to dine out to support SPE
What: Sand Point Grill is graciously donating 10% of all sales during that time to the Sand Point Elementary PTA.
When: Monday, November 20th, any time between 4:00-10:00pm
Where: Sand Point Grill (5412 Sand Point Way NE)
Why: To help raise funds for the Sand Point Elementary PTA so that we can improve the school through capital improvement and enrichment programs for all SPE students.
How: Easy! Just gather up your dinner crew (or date-night if you would rather) and head to dinner at this date and time. Let them know you support SPE!

Wear your Sand Point Elementary or Move-A-Thon shirts to show your school spirit!  See you there! 

This event is sponsored by the Sand Point Elementary PTA

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SEL Advisory Videos

One key idea highlighted in November’s Advisory video is reflection vs rumination. Check out the link below.

Principal Roberts wants to remind us that the study of reflection will help set up the student-led portion of your Parent-Teacher Conference. Make sure you have scheduled your conference with your student’s teacher and plan to bring your child with you to the conference.

September: A Community of Common Expectations

October: Growth Mindset

November: Reflection
**special shout out for our School Song on this one. Check it out!

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Attention 5th Grade Families: Open House Schedules

Jane Addams Middle School has announced their Open House for Prospective 6th grade students: Tuesday, January 30, 2018, from 6:30 to 8:00pm

Eckstein Middle School has announced their Open House for Prospective 6th grade students:  Thursday, February 8, 2018,  from 6:30 to 8:00p.m.

Meet staff, Q & A session and tours.

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Global Reading Challenge for 4th/5th Graders

Has your 4th / 5th grade student signed up for the Global Reading Challenge sponsored by the Seattle Public Library yet? Sign ups continue through mid November – participation is optional.

Information has been sent home with your student but please contact SPE Library Media Specialist Mr. Harvey at if you have questions or would like more information on how to sign up. You may find the Book List and additional information at the Seattle Public Library website.

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Wanted: Room Parents

We need Room Parent volunteers for the following teachers:

Ms. Withrow/103
Ms. Clark/104
Ms. Hoyos/ 105
Ms. Miller/113

Room Parent duties include: assisting the teacher in coordinating classroom volunteers, communicating with parents, assisting with classroom parties, being a liaison with the PTA, and coordinating the classroom art project for the PTA Spring Fundraiser. Are you interested? We will be holding a Room Parent meeting the week of November 13 (date and time TBD) and would love to have you join us.

Please contact if you are interested (and indicate for which class). Room parents will automatically earn a coveted Squirrel Squad hat. Oh, and you can divide up the duties and have co-room parents too!

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Sand Point Family and Staff Potluck!

Where and When:
Saturday, November 18th
Sand Point Elementary Cafeteria

We hope to see you there! Please bring a dish to share! More details to come. Please contact Megan Grannan ( if you would like to volunteer to help decorate or clean up afterwards.

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