Sand Point Elementary SEL Program “Hear Our Voices” Wins $20,000 Grant Award

We are very excited and proud to announce that the 2018 Symetra MVP Grant has been awarded to Sand Point Elementary to fund the Hear Our Voices program!

“Symetra is proud to act as a catalyst for innovative programs that benefit our local schools. ‘Hear Our Voices’ is a creative concept that will help build academic skills and build bridges between students”
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Remember back in November when our Zoe Manzo was recognized as a Symetra Hero in the Classroom? She had been nominated by former students’ families. She received a surprise visit from the Seahawks and Symetra at an all school assembly, was on the field for a Seahawks game AND our school received $2000? Well guess what? There’s more!

The sixteen 2018 Symetra “Heroes” have the opportunity to apply for a $20k “MVP Award” education grant. Nominated programs are evaluated on a range of criteria, including innovation, feasibility and demonstrated need. This past Friday, April 19, we found out that we won!! Zoe, Bryan, and Sand Point!

You may have also seen the ad Symetra took out in the sports section of the Seattle Times on Friday. Dig it out of your recycling if you missed it

Here’s our official press release. Share it far and wide!

 

Sand Point Elementary SEL Program “Hear Our Voices” Wins $20,000 Grant Award.

We are very excited and proud to announce that the 2018 Symetra MVP Grant has been awarded to Sand Point Elementary to fund the Hear Our Voices program!

Hear Our Voices was a shared vision between the husband and wife duo, Bryan and Zoe Manzo, to connect Social Emotional Learning, writing, technology, and college and career readiness skills. Fourth and fifth grade students will use these skills to publish their stories in a podcast form.

“Bryan has been working tirelessly for the past four years to create a comprehensive counseling program,” says Zoe, fourth and fifth grade teacher.

“As a team we’ve been working hard to create systems that support the Social Emotional Learning of all our students. The systems are in place this year. Now, thanks to the tremendous generosity of Symetra, we can fund the technology and see this vision come to fruition,” says Bryan, school counselor.

Hear Our Voices will be found at https://www.whytheface.org/podcast . Look for Episode 1 coming this September!

Sand Point was eligible to apply for this grant because Zoe was one of the Symetra Heroes in the Classroom Recipients this year. The MVP is awarded to a school that presents a program that demonstrates high quality learning for students. The competition this year was so intense the Symetra Committee needed to include a second round of follow-up questions in order to select a winner.

>Congratulations to Zoe and Bryan and Sand Point Elementary!

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Dia de Los Ninos: April 30th

On April 30th, our school will celebrate “Dia”, a holiday that celebrates both children and books. This date will coincide with Mexico’s “Dia de Los Ninos”, a day where schools, families, and communities recognize and appreciate the importance of children in our society. Dia is a nationally recognized initiative by the American Library Association (ALA), in which Pat Mora combined Dia de los Ninos with Dia de los Libros (Children Day / Book Day).

At Sand Point Elementary, we will celebrate by having children share books that are special to them and/or their culture. We will also make crafts, participate in STEM activities, and do a share and tell, among other activities.

Thank you for your partnership and making this a memorable day for our students and YOUR beautiful children!

If you should have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to either Ms. Chavez or Mrs. Homchick directly or by email at cachavez@seattleschools.org and mchomchick@seattleschools.org

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Sand Point Cultural Heritage Brunch: May 4th, 10:30am-12:30pm

This year the Sand Point Culture Heritage Brunch will be Saturday, May 4 from 10:30am to 12:30pm.

Each classroom will participate in this event in several ways. Students will learn about the traditions, languages, and cultures of a particular country or region and present their learning during the Brunch. Classes will do individual or class projects that include art or research. All students are invited to learn and enjoy the event! Join us at school that day for music, food, and student work.

We invite you to be part of the festivities! Here are two ways to participate:
Support your child’s learning of diverse cultures by researching the music, foods, traditions, and clothing of another culture or his/her own heritage.

Please consider preparing a dish for the potluck brunch that holds special cultural meaning for your family to bring to the event on Saturday, May 4.

We look forward to your participation!

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Needed: Heritage Brunch Volunteers

This special Sand Point event strengthens our Sand Point community, and cannot happen without the time and dedication of our amazing volunteers. Please consider contributing your time to this much loved gathering!

Volunteers are needed on:

1) Friday, May 3rd from 2:40-3:30 for initial set up;

2) Saturday, May 4th from 9:30-10:30 for set up;

3) Saturday, May 4th during the event (10:30-12:30) for water station and hall monitors; and

4) Saturday, May 4th after the event from 12:30-1:30 for take down/clean up.

Can you help?  Sign up here:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F4EA4AB29A4F58-spe2019 

Questions?  Contact Ana Hoyos at amhoyos@seattleschools.org or co-volunteer coordinators, Brooke Lawson and Judy Findley, at volunteerspepta@gmail.com.

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SPE All School Coin Drive: April 22-May 3

Looking for someplace to put all those annoying pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters? The 5th graders are happy to take them off your hands!

From April 22 – May 3, we will be collecting coins that will go directly towards tuition scholarships for the 5th graders attending IslandWood outdoor camp!

Each classroom will have a friendly competition to see who can raise the moist coins by 5/3. The winning classroom will get extra recess and Popsicles!

Every cent helps. Thank you!

Permanent link to this article: http://sandpointelementarypta.org/2019/04/24/spe-all-school-coin-drive-april-22-may-3/

Garden News

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

Mondays and Fridays are Garden Club days. Remind your students already registered to bring their back pack and coat to meet in room 101 on their Garden Club day, rain or shine!  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 nparish@foxberryeducation.com

Earth Day: Thank you to Nicole Parish-Andrews for coordinating, to the Earth Day Volunteers, and to the hardy NW students and families who helped celebrate Earth Day on Friday at Sand Point.

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Bike to School Day May 8th

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 8th is Bike to School Day – want to help greet students that ride to school and earn your Squirrel Squad hours? Contact Anne at arunning@hotmail.com for more information.

Ride on, Squirrels!

Permanent link to this article: http://sandpointelementarypta.org/2019/04/24/bike-to-school-day-may-8th/

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 nparish@foxberryeducation.com

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 https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0848acac2babfc1-earth

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.

Permanent link to this article: http://sandpointelementarypta.org/2019/04/15/garden-news/

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 https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0848acac2babfc1-earth. 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 nparish@foxberryeducation.com

Permanent link to this article: http://sandpointelementarypta.org/2019/04/15/earth-day-event-april-19th-2/

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 arunning@hotmail.com for more information.

Ride on, Squirrels!

Permanent link to this article: http://sandpointelementarypta.org/2019/04/15/bike-to-school-day-may-9th/

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