Girls on the Run

Get ready 3rd-5th grade girls and Volunteer Coaches and Practice Partners! Sand Point Elementary, along with Head Coach Ms. Hoyos is starting a Girls on the Run team for Spring 2018. The program will start in March and run twice a week, after school, at Sand Point Elementary.

What is Girls on the Run? Girls on the Run is a physical activity based positive youth development program for girls in 3rd-5th grade. We teach life skills through dynamic interactive lessons and running games. The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K running event in June. Girls on the Run is a 501(c)3 positive youth development program for pre-teen girls.

When to Register: Registration starts next Monday, December 4th and will be online. More information will be sent home and available at SPE.

Details: The team is limited to 8-15 girls. The cost for the 12-week program is $200 and scholarships and sliding scale fees are available.

Adult Volunteer Opportunities: And for adults who can’t wait to be involved, we’d love to have 1-2 more coaches. Coach applications are now open! See for more details.

Have questions? Contact Karen Stukovsky at or call 206-250-1604.

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Did you know that Sand Point Elementary has 2 projects looking for donors up on We do! Help us fully fund them before they expire in March! All donations are 100% tax-deductible.

We know that many of you give a lot of your time and money to many causes, including Sand Point Elementary, and for that we thank you. If you can help us out by contributing to one or both of our projects this Tuesday, November 28, we (you the donor + our teachers) have the opportunity to win a $5,000 gift card. Last year one of our teachers won one of the $5,000 prizes, which helped us, along with the PTA fully fund all of our projects (the total was $8,203 last year)!

Only two projects are currently listed for Sand Point so far, but as soon as more are posted, we will be sure to get the word out!

  • Let’s Get Cooking in Math! $574 needed for engaging, hands-on math materials such as Number Bars, counters, and number boards to captivate and inspire my mathematicians!
  • Our classrooms have 2 grade levels and a range of learning styles, skill-sets, and interests! We are hoping to utilize these materials to help engage students in math with hands-on materials for lessons and small group work. All of our lessons are taught in small groups, so we need materials that help students work independently as well as instructional materials so that we can teach a range of skills. These materials will help us to teach our students, providing them with manipulatives, games, and activities that reinforce our instruction and solidify math concepts. In this project, we are asking for magnetic fraction bars, number bonds models, bar models that are hands-on, fraction magnets for instruction, dry erase boards, and fraction games for students to work on independently.  Also, as a motivator for our students, we are also requesting cooking utensils so that we can have math lessons centered around cooking! Our fractions unit will be so much more fun with the real-life application with cooking. Students will be able to plan, mix, and make different foods in our classrooms to apply math to daily life!
  • Expand Our Library and Our Minds! $510 needed for texts about Northwest Coastal tribes and salmon to support our social studies lessons!
  • In our classrooms, we are learning about how communities are shaped and developed over time. In the upcoming months, the 2/3 teachers in my school are hoping to align our reading, writing, social studies, and science units so that we can teach about our local tribal nations and their tribal sovereignty. Also, we will study the geography, history, biodiversity, and government of Washington state, relevant to the 2nd and 3rd grade standards. Our hope is that we are able to create an aligned unit and utilize the books in this project to help the unit come alive! Currently, we have limited resources to teach about our state. These books will help our 2 classrooms provide ample texts for students to access to learn about the history, stories, and culture of Coastal Tribes in Washington.

Here’s how it works:

  • Every donation made on November 28, 2017 will give the donor and the teacher they supported one entry into the GIVEaway.
  • Donations may be of any size, and from any source (gift cards, credit cards, Amazon Payments, PayPal, and account credits). Each donor and teacher can be entered up to 20 times.
  • Donations must be made between 12:00:01 AM EST November 28 and 2:59:59 AM EST November 29 in order to be eligible.
  • Winners will be drawn on/about December 6 and notified via email in the following weeks.

If you aren’t able to donate on November 28, we still welcome your donation before the March project deadlines. However, the sooner our projects are fully funded, the sooner the materials can be delivered to the school. Thank you for all that you do to support the students and staff at Sand Point Elementary!

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Squirrels Go To The Theatre: ANNIE

Thursday, November 30th, 2017
7:30pm (Doors open at 7pm)
7120 62nd Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98115 (MAP)

Please join Sand Point Elementary for an entertaining evening of ​musical ​t​heatre!

For the first time ever, Sand Point Elementary will be presenting a school-wide musical at the end of the school year. As a fundraiser for the program, students, parents, guardians, grandparents, neighbors and supporters are all invited to enjoy a​ final dress rehearsal of the show ANNIE ​at Seattle Musical Theatre​ (SMT)​.

We are extremely grateful for this opportunity. Free tickets will be available online and onsite for all interested in attending. Suggested donation of $20 per person. Additional donations are always welcome. All proceeds from this event will go towards Sand Point Elementary’s performing arts programs.

Join Sand Point Elementary, adorable Annie, and her dog Sandy for this feel-good musical that will lift your spirits this holiday season. You’ll surely be singing along to the great songs (like “Tomorrow,” “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” and “Easy Street”), enjoying memorable characters, loving a story that will melt your heart, and support a great cause.

Questions? Please contact:
Chandra Hampson 206-618-1456,

For tickets:

To Volunteer:
Want to ​attend the fundraiser​, but also up for volunteering? We need ushers and would love your assistance. If interested please sign up here:

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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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