SPE Office Update: Pre-Planned Absence Form

Sand Point has now implemented the use of a Pre-Planned Absence Form for our families. We strive to keep our families and teachers informed when it comes to your student’s attendance and hope that this process will facilitate communication between families and SPE. The form is available now and may be found in the SPE Office, on our website, or click and print HERE. Please return completed forms to the SPE Office in person, or email to sandpoint.attendance@seattleschools.org

Please keep in mind that family trips and vacations are unexcused absences, per district policy. For more information about our district’s policy on attendance, go to SPS Attendance Information.

Thank you,
Kelli E. Derrig
Administrative Assistant
Sand Point Elementary

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School Nurse Reminders

FREE Flu Shot Clinic at Sand Point Elementary: November 16th. Please return consent forms ASAP, or you can sign up online at: SPS Flu Registration.

FREE Dental Screening at Sand Point Elementary: November 30th. Turn in your Dental Screening Consent form ASAP to participate.

Vision and Hearing Screenings: soon – more info to come.

Also as a reminder: please keep sick children home from school. Your child must be fever free for 24 hours (without medication) before returning to school. The same rule applies for vomiting and diarrhea: symptom free for 24 hours!

Melissa Cohen, RN, MSN
Sand Point Elementary School
Every Friday & Every Other Tuesday 7:30 AM-3:00 PM
Ph 206-252-4647

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Move-a-Thon: November 2nd, 1:20-2:20pm

Through rain, sleet, snow, or sunshine, our Squirrels have stepped up to the challenge. Help support our Squirrels and make a pledge today.

Look for Pledge Forms to be sent home with Kid Mail or go to https://sandpointelementarypta.schoolauction.net/move2018

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Angst Documentary

October 23rd
Register here

Join Sand Point Elementary PTA for a special screening of the documentary Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety. Angst was created to help break the stigma around anxiety and open up the conversation around mental health. The filmmakers believe there is power in watching as a community; power to change and permission to talk about it. The event will feature a viewing of the 56-minute film, followed by an informative panel discussion moderated by Bryan Manzo, Sand Point Elementary School Counselor, featuring:

Dr. Ariel Ravid
Assistant Director & Clinic Psychologist, Child Anxiety Center
Evidence Based Treatment Center Seattle

Dr. Lorena Shih
Site Medical Director, Allegro Pediatrics
Sand Point Elementary Alumni Parent




Doors open up at 5:45 p.m. | Tickets are free, but you must register online. https://spe-angst.eventbrite.com We welcome donations from attendees of gift cards (to a local grocery store such as QFC, Safeway, Met Market, Target, Fred Meyer) and/or cash to support Sand Point’s Family Support Program.

This film is appropriate for ages 10 and up. Childcare will be available through the YMCA. Please email sandpointelempta@gmail.com to sign up for a spot.

While “Angst” documents the struggles some people have with anxiety, it also reveals their hope for the future. Noah, a teenager in the film, describes it this way: “Anxiety doesn’t define me. It’s not just a curse; it also gives me strength.”

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health challenge in the U.S., impacting 54 percent of females and 46 percent of males, with age seven being the median age of onset, according to the World Health Organization. While anxiety disorders are highly treatable, only one-third of those suffering receive treatment. Everyone involved in the development of “Angst” has a personal experience with anxiety – from the producers to the interviewees.

Permanent link to this article: http://sandpointelementarypta.org/2018/10/16/angst-documentary/

REGISTRATION IS OPEN for the 7th Annual Squirrel Cup Poker Tournament!

Join us for the Seventh Annual Squirrel Cup No Limit Texas Hold ’em poker tournament! This event kicks off our first fundraiser of the year! It’s a great night of socializing without the kids and playing poker for a great cause!

All proceeds will directly fund books and supplies for the 2018/2019 school year for the Sand Point Elementary School Library.

Date: Saturday, October 20, 2018
Place: Home of Emily Darby and VK Gadi
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. (Doors open at 6:00 p.m., Poker School at 6:15 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Tournament starts at 7:00 p.m.)

The cost to attend and play in the tournament is $100 per person. If you get knocked out of the tourney, you will be able to continue to participate by making an additional donation(s) (as many times as you want!).

Hearty snacks and drinks provided
Hosts: VK Gadi, Emily Darby, Eric Shamay, and the Sand Point Elementary PTA

If you’ve never played poker, don’t worry. There will be a 30-45 minute poker tutorial to learn the ropes!

This is a casual event. So, dust off your old flannel shirt or wear your favorite hoodie and sunglasses to join us for another great night to support all students at Sand Point Elementary.

Can’t make it but want to support the library anyway?!  You can! Click on the “Give To The Library” button on the event website and make a financial contribution to the SPE library.

Basic Format: No Limit Texas Hold’em (details pending number of ‘contestants’).

Questions?  Contact: fundraisingspepta@gmail.com

Click here for more information and to register and/or donate.


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YMCA Kids U Second Session: October 29th-December 21st

Registration Instructions Below or look for the paper copy at Sand Point Elementary

Hi Kid’s U Families!

Registration is officially open for the Second Session of the school year. Our second session will run October 29th- December 21st. I recommend you sign up now, because classes will fill fast. Please use the following instructions to sign up for session 2.

  1. Please login to our registration software by clicking here: ActiveNet Communities
  2. You will now be asked to login with your login and password. Your login is the email address that you provided when setting up your account with the YMCA of Greater Seattle. Please feel free to contact me if you are unsure which address is your login.
    If this is your first time login in or you can’t remember your password please select the “forgot your password?” link and you will be able to reset the password to your account.
  3. Class selection is separated by the day with multiple classes to choose from. Please search for the programs by coping and pasting the below catalog numbers into the search field and selecting “Search”:
  4. To search Monday Classes: copy and paste 211722 and search:
    Tuesday Classes: 211724
    Wednesday Classes: 211725
    Thursday Classes: 211723
    Friday Classes: 211721
    As always, If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out.

Emily Turner | Youth Enrichment Program Administrator
P 206.524.1400
F 206.524.8613

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SPE PE Action

Check out the Parents in PE 2018 video! Good job Squirrel parents for joining in on the fun learning in Mr. O’Brien’s class.

Did you know your Squirrel has a PE Portfolio using WELNET® software? Login and take a look at https://www.focusedfitness.org/. Questions? Contact Mr. O’Brien at amobrien@seattleschools.org.

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Donors Choose: Support Sand Point Elementary Campaigns

Mr. O’Brien, Sand Point Elementary’s PE teacher has just posted a Donors Choose Campaign. Click on Gymnastics and Parkour Come Alive for more information and to support our Squirrels.

Ms. Miller, one of Sand Point’s 2/3 teachers has a Donors Choose campaign that will support our Squirrels. To find out more information and to support this campaign, click on Flexible Minds and Flexible Seating.

Ms. Poss, Sand Point Elementary Math and Literacy Intervention teacher, has posted two additional ways to support Sand Point Elementary. Click on the links for more information and to support these campaigns and our Sand Point Squirrel community:

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Family Charter Night

When: Thursday, October 11th from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (following the PTA General Membership Meeting from 5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

Where: Sand Point Elementary Cafetorium

What: Together, we will hear about the same SEL (Social Emotional Learning) skills our students are learning in school, and we will work to create Emotional Intelligence Charters for our homes.

Pizza provided! All Sand Point family members are welcome!

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Parent Interview Training

OCT 10th, 6:30 – 7:30 PM
Location: Sand Point Elementary

Want to influence staff hiring at Sand Point (or other area schools)? Please consider attending this training. We need to have a diverse representation of families trained to interview for our staff positions. SEA/SPS and Sand Point Elementary are hosting this event to increase the number of trained parents we have to serve in this capacity.

Open to non-SPE Seattle Schools families as well. Please RSVP HERE.

Permanent link to this article: http://sandpointelementarypta.org/2018/10/08/parent-interview-training/

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