May Advisory: Self-efficacy

May Advisory: Self-efficacy


  • Definition of self-efficacy (1:20)
  • Students/staff/families identifying common desirable/undesirable activities (2:35)
  • Definition of perseverance (4:51)
  • Students/staff/families identifying the need for perseverance in common activities (5:21)
  • Activity to identify the need for perseverance (7:40)
  • “How To Persevere” game plus strategies for persevering (9:30)
  • Introduction of new transition word “perseverance” (13:44)
  • Bunch of kindergarteners dabbing (14:14)
  • Community and perseverance (14:30)

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Staff Appreciation Week: May 7th-11th

Let’s celebrate our amazing teachers and staff by participating in a week of fun events for teacher appreciation week, May 7-11.

Monday, May 7
The PTA Board will treat teachers to a delicious Continental Breakfast. Sign up at to bring a morning beverage to as many staff members as you’d like first thing Monday morning.
Please deliver all beverages to staff between 7:30 – 7:50am.

Tuesday, May 8
Wear your Teacher’s Favorite Color to school.

Wednesday, May 9
Please help Cater a Potluck Lunch for staff and teachers! Visit to sign up to bring a tasty dish to serve at least 10. Please plan to have all food brought to the Staff Lounge by 10:15am.

Thursday, May 10
Students (and parents): Now’s your chance to Write a Note of Appreciation to your classroom teacher and staff!

Friday, May 11
Please help show our staff how much we value them with a Mediterranean Feast and a Dessert Bar for a sweet afternoon treat. Sign up here to help with food donations: Please deliver all items to the Staff Lounge by 10:15am.

Help our teachers and staff feel appreciated all week long:

  • Volunteer to complete special classroom projects for a teacher.
  • Share compliments and notes of gratitude with our teachers on the bulletin board in the hallway across from the office.
  • Consider bringing a small gift for your classroom teacher and our staff — check out the “Staff Favorite Things” list.
  • Bring flowers for teachers and staff to brighten up the school.

Questions? Contact the SPE Staff Appreciation Committee

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Heritage Brunch: One World Through Community May 5th, 10:30-12:30

The Heritage Brunch is an annual Sand Point tradition in which we celebrate diversity within our school, our community, and our world and share food we bring. Our school-wide celebration includes classroom presentations, passport stamp activity, time to visit with friends and families, and an amazing potluck. Bring a dish to share.

This special Sand Point event strengthens our Sand Point community and cannot happen without the time and dedication of volunteers like you. Sign up here:

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Still Time to Buy Tickets!

If you were unable to attend Squirrelapalooza this year or perhaps missed signing up for these upcoming events, IT’S NOT TOO LATE! Purchase your tickets for Kids versus Teachers Soccer Game at Husky Stadium, and Karaoke Kegger and join in this fun way to support all Squirrels at Sand Point Elementary.

Karaoke Kegger

Continue the good times from Squirrelapalooza with your Sand Point friends at a backyard karaoke kegger party co-hosted by Megan and Ryan McIntosh, Renee and Scott France, and Judy and Aaron Findley on Saturday, May 19, 2018.

A good time is guaranteed. Price is per person.




Kids versus Teachers Soccer Game at Husky Stadium – May 6th 8:30-10:00am

Sign your child up to play soccer against the Sand Point teachers and staff at HUSKY STADIUM!! Not only will your child get to experience what it feels like to play soccer in Husky Stadium, but they will get to kick the ball around with their teachers. Don’t let your kids miss out on a fun and friendly game of soccer!! (K through 5th grade students + SPE alums – non-SPE students welcome).

Your child will be placed on a team based on their age group (Kindergarten /1st , 2nd /3rd , 4th /5th, Alums (6th+). There will be 4 games with each game lasting 20 minutes. When your child isn’t playing soccer they can cheer on their friends from the sideline.

Donuts for all participants. Bragging rights for the winners. Opportunities to sponsor non-auction attending students to participate.


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GIRLS ON THE RUN: Come Run with Us May 20th!

Come join the Sand Point Elementary Inaugural Girls On The Run team as they run their FIRST 5K on Sunday, May 20th at the Renton Memorial Stadium! The girls are currently halfway through their season, soaking up lessons, and loving being part of the team. They have been preparing hard for their end of season, celebration event, the QFC Girls on the Run 5K! Come run with the team or come to cheer them on – the choice is yours!

If we get 5+ community members, we can get a code for $5 off the registration fee, so let our coaches know if you can run! The registration fee is $35 up until day of registration ($40 on day of registration.)

Lace up those shoes or make those banners and bring the pom poms. Come support your SPE team! Go Squirrels!!

Coaches: Ana Hoyos (Room 105) and Traci Bartz
Site Liaison: Karen Stukovsky,

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Coin Drive May 1st-16th

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 May 1-16, we will be collecting coins that will go directly towards tuition costs for 5th graders attending IslandWood outdoor camp. Each classroom will have a friendly competition to see who can raise the most coins by May 16. The winning classroom will get extra recess and popsicles!

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Marathon Club – Volunteer(s) Needed

Less than 9 weeks for our Squirrels to strive to meet their marathon goals! We are looking for Marathon Club volunteer (s) for Wednesday and Friday mornings. Arrive by 7:25 and cheer on our runners/walkers/movers until the bell rings! Volunteer sets up the iPad so that students scan their laps and track their progress as they go. Volunteer returns the iPad and barcodes to the gym office at 7:50 when the bell rings. Just a reminder, Volunteer forms must be complete at the SPE office and be sure to sign in at the office – your time counts toward earning your Squirrel Squad hat! Contact Karen Stukovsky at to arrange your volunteer days or for more information.

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National Bike Month and Bike to School Day: May 9th

May is National Bike Month, a time for people of all ages across the country to engage in active transportation through bicycling. In addition to being enjoyable, bicycling can lead to lifelong healthy habits. During Bike to School month, and throughout the year, we encourage all students to begin their school day with a safe and active commute, helping them arrive to school ready to learn! Can’t ride all month long? Celebrate on Bike to School Day, Wednesday, May 9th, 2018!

This week, students will receive a Bike to School Month tracking calendar, where they can log the number of minutes they ride their bike each day. Rather than competing against one another, students compete to increase their own personal totals.
Every minute riding counts, including: rides to school, sports practice, parks, libraries, a friend’s house and more! Students should direct all additional questions to their school’s Bike to School coordinator.

Cascade Bike envisions participation in Bike to School Month as a family project, one that may also introduce adults to the fun of bicycling with kids! You know your child and your route to school best, but in general, young children are not prepared to ride on the street alone. Click on How Children See Traffic for more information. Most elementary school children ride with their parents or another adult. Reach out to your Bike to School coordinator to discuss route planning, ride trains and other ideas for safe commuting.
We encourage all riders to wear a bike helmet whenever you are out on your wheels. Cascade provides low-cost helmets for schools and community members. Click Tips for Helmet Fitting for a guide on how to check that your helmet size is just right. Please contact Ryan at for more information about helmets.

Bike to School team, Cascade
SPE Bike to School Coordinator: Anne

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ATTN 5TH GRADE FAMILIES: Eckstein and Jane Addams Middle School upcoming events!

MAY 3rd

Jane Addams Middle School would like to invite you to our 3rd annual STEAM Fair. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Science.

Thursday, May 3rd
6:30-8 pm : Student science projects and artwork, community presenters and a free taco buffet.


The fun will include high school robotics teams, the Museum of Flight, Seattle ReCreative, a movie room showing Eames Science videos, mushroom identification, ABO blood typing-Genetics basics, emergency preparedness and lots of wonderfully original student work.

Come eat, learn and wonder with our dynamic JAMS community.

Eckstein Ice Cream Social and Information Events
June 19th

On June 19, 2018, Eckstein Middle School will sponsor an Ice Cream Social for the families of incoming 6th graders for 2018-2019 and it will be from 6:30p.m. to 7:30p.m. in our cafeteria/garden area. No reservations needed. Please call Eckstein Main Office if you have any questions – 206-252-5010.

Eckstein will also have a Special Education information event with pizza provided before the Ice cream social from 5:30p.m. to 6:30.m. This event is for students who have an IEP and their parents/guardians. If you have any questions about the Special Education information event, please contact Stacey Norman at

We hope to see you there!

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Book Fair: May 14th-18th

Reading for pleasure unlocks the power of information and imagination and helps children discover who they are. Here’s what you can do to help children develop stronger reading skills and a love for reading:

  • Set the example. Let children see you read.
  • Have a collection of books in your home. Update this collection routinely to keep up with changing tastes and reading skills.
  • Support our school’s Book Fair. Allow your children to choose their own books to read.

Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings the books kids want to read right into our school. It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please make plans to visit our Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child’s reading habits.

Book Fair dates: May 14 – May 18
Shopping Hours:
7:20 – 8:00 am (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday)
2:25 – 3:30 pm (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday)
1:10 – 2:10 pm (Wednesday)
plus student’s regularly scheduled class library time

If you are unable to attend the Fair in person, we invite you to visit our online Book Fair at Our Online Fair is available from May 6 – May 19th, 2018.

We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Book Fair! Remember, all purchases benefit our school.

Please consider volunteering to make this event a success. Signup using the link below if you are available to setup, work the cash register, and/or take down the fair.

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