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Back to School Picnic & BBQ!
Saturday, September 6th, 4pm, Carkeek Park Picnic Shelter #1

The PTA provides the BBQ, please see below for what your child's grade should bring as a side dish!
K & 5 - drinks
1 & 2 - salads and sides
3 & 4 - dessert

New Student Orientation August 28th, 6 pm

Join us on August 28th at 6 pm in the cafeteria for a Kindergarten/New Student Orientation. Teachers and PTA members will be on hand to tell you about our school!

School starts Sept 3rd - for all grades

Per Dr. Trotter: The Greenwood start date for K-5 is Sept. 3. The Seattle Public School central office sent a letter to parents that mistakenly included us with schools beginning Sept. 8. See you on the 3rd!

Kindergarten Playdates & Other Important Dates!
Meet other incoming Greenwood K families and members of the Greenwood PTA and community.  Play dates are at the school playground on 81st & 1st.

Wednesday, August 13, 6:00pm-7:30pm
Sunday, August 17, 4:00pm-5:30pm
Saturday, August 23 10:30am - 12:00pm

New Student Orientation on Thursday, August 28 at 6pm in the cafeteria
Back to School BBQ - Carkeek Park on Saturday, Sept 6 at 4pm

See you there!

School Supply Lists!
School supply lists are available on the Web site! Click the links below for a printable version of each grade's supply list. 

Join us for the Greenwood Seafair Parade!

The 64th Annual Greenwood Seafair Parade is Wednesday July 23rd!  Greenwood Elementary always participates by joining in the parade.  Come march with us and the other kids' groups and then grab a spot to take in the main parade. It is a super fun night and a great way to share in Greenwood pride!

 Come on foot, scooter or skates. The parade theme is “Touchdown Greenwood!” and the Grand Marshal, our Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks Mascot, Blitz, will be leading us off. Bring the whole family and show your Seahawks spirit with blue and green gear, plus add in some Greenwood Elementary apparel for extra pride. Meet-up is at 95th and Greenwood at 5:30 PM or join en route at 6 PM. for more information, contact Maggie and Melissa at outreach@

Scholarships for 2014-2015 School Year

Greenwood Elementary is offering scholarships for students who need assistance with school supplies for the 2014-15 school year.  Scholarship forms can be found in the scholarship folder on the wall just inside the main office.  If you have questions or need help, please contact the Student Care Program at or 206-271-8161.

Register for Next Year
If you will be a new family attending Greenwood Elementary for the 2014-2015 school year, please register as soon as possible so we can plan for the right number of kids who will be attending our school. Visit the How To Enroll page on the school district website for more information on how to register your student. 

Field Day - June 13, 2014  12:40-2:40

Field day is an event full of fun physical activities.  It’s a way to celebrate the end of the school year, a successful year of physical education, and a chance to play with all of our friends and family.

BUT, we need LOTS of help to set-up, run the 30+ stations, fill water balloons and cut/serve watermelon. Please follow this link to sign up to help or for more information:

Join Us To Finalize the 2014-2015 Budget
Please join us on Thursday, May 22nd at 7pm to help finalize the PTA budget for the 2014-2015 school year. This year, in addition to our traditional budget categories, we are voting on whether to approve a number of special requests that have come in from parents, teachers, and school administrators. You can review most of these proposals by clicking on the PTA Budget page and looking at the section titled 2014-2015 Special Budget Asks 

Early Dismissal Activity At School - After School Art
Date:  June 4th
Time: 12:50-2:50pm
Cost: $25
Are you in search of an activity for the two hour early dismissal day and does your child enjoy creating art?  Have fun creating a personally designed t-shirt to kick off the summer.  Kids will also work on a communal mosaic coffee bean piece that will be displayed at Makeda Coffee Shop for the PhinneyWood Art Walk in June as well as have opportunities to work at various stations drawing or creating paper crafts . Activities will be held in the art room and a snack will be served.  Space is limited, so sign up early.  

Please email Greenwood parent, Jean Joichi,, if you're interested.  Checks can be made out to the Greenwood PTA. 

Greenwood Student Art Exhibit
Makeda Coffee Shop has graciously volunteered to display Greenwood Elementary art as part of their June anniversary month celebration. The Art show will begin on June 13th during the PhinneyWood Friday Night Art Walk. On-site art activities are being planned for kids including coffee beans art, paper craft and drawings that celebrate summer.  We need volunteers to help put up art the week of June 9thand take down art in early July as well as monitor some of the kid activities.  More details to come. Help us celebrate and give thanks to Makeda for their support of Greenwood.  If you are Interested in volunteering or helping with the planning please contact Jean Joichi at

New Bell Times Announced for District
New start and end times have been announced for the 2014-2015 school year - Greenwood Elementary times are unchanged as of this announcement. Please see this link for more info:

Earn Money for Greenwood with Amazon Smile!

We'd like to make everyone aware of a new program from Amazon called AmazonSmile. When you shop on AmazonSmile (, Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchases to Greenwood Elementary. AmazonSmile is the same as Amazon (same products, same prices, same Prime benefits). 

If you'd like to support Greenwood Elementary by using AmazonSmile, here's what to do:

  1. Go to  to set Greenwood as your AmazonSmile charity (you only have to do this once).
  2. Bookmark and try to make all your Amazon purchases on AmazonSmile.
  3. Always go to to begin your amazon shopping!
Thanks for your continued support!

Banking Days with Umpqua Bank

Umpqua Bank’s Learn to Earn savings program is back at Greenwood Elementary!  Join us every Tuesday morning before school in the cafeteria to make a deposit into your Umpqua Bank savings account, pick out a prize, and watch your savings grow!

Food Drive - Now through May 16

Our Food Drive is off to a great start! So far, Ms. Goldfarb's class has brought in the most items, followed by Ms. Spiz's class in second place and Ms. Dunker-Olsen's and Ms. Buschman's classes tied for third.  But there's plenty of time for other classes to move into the lead.  Just keep filling up those orange barrels with food - especially kid-friendly items!

Spring Cleaning Time - Volunteers Needed

It’s Spring cleaning time for Ms. Bastasch and many hands make light work.  Volunteers are needed to take one or two loads of laundry home to wash and dry: fencing jackets and team pennies (the colored nylon tanks kids wear for games).   Please contact Jeannie Bastasch if you can help or stop by the gym after school.   252-1427


May is Bike to School Month!

April showers bring May flowers and the return of Bike to School month! You and your child are invited to participate in the Bike to School Month Challenge. This year we are tracking the number of minutes kids bike to school or elsewhere during Bike to School Month (as opposed to miles or round trips). The intention is to encourage families to be active together, no matter how far from school they live. We recognize that not every family can bike to school, so minutes spent biking to sports practice, the library, tutoring, etc. can all also be counted.  
Look for the registration form with the email Weebee, in KidMail folders and here.  Please return registration forms no later than Monday, April 28.

Please Join the K5 Friends of a Comprehensive Wilson Pacific Middle School
Greenwood students will ultimately go to the new Wilson Pacific Middle School. There are many issues regarding the new school that need parent input. Join the Google group and get involved in the discussion here. There is also more information posted on the Greenwood Yahoo Group.

Have an idea for the 2014-15 PTA Budget?
Submit your ideas for projects, events, equipment or programs that will have an impact on next year's budget by April 20th to the Budget Committee ( Someone from the Budget Committee will be in touch with you to help you flesh out your request. All proposed ideas will be reviewed at the May 1st, 7:00 pm in the School Library. All school community members are welcome to attend this meeting. The final budget will be voted on at the May 22nd PTA General Meeting.

Join Us For Our Next Meeting!

Please join the Greenwood Elementary PTA for our next general meeting on Thursday, March 20th at 7pm in the Library.  
We are very excited to be conducting a Middle School Discussion Panel regarding how to best prepare your child (and yourself) as they transition from elementary school to middle school.  We will be joined by new middle school parents, as well as a middle school guidance counselor, teachers and principal. We look forward to seeing you there - childcare will be provided in the gym.
Note: This is a discussion regarding the preparation, both social and academic, that will help our children be successful in this transition from elementary school.  We will not be discussing boundary issues or plans for new middle school assignments at this time.

Auction Ticket Forms Available!
Order forms for seats at this year's auction are now available! Click here to get yours. 

Yearbook Order Forms Are Here!

1ease watch for them in this week's Kidmail (week of February 24th).  Order Forms are due by March 21, 2014, either via  Kidmail or into the main office. After this date only a limited amount will be avail for purchase so get your forms in!

Health and Science Fair is This Thursday!

Please join us this Thursday, February 27th, from 6-8pm for the fourth annual  Health and Science Fair. We will have great exhibits for the kids to explore from Seattle Children's Museum, Tilth, the Ballard Robotics Club, and other local sites. Food will be available for purchase from Taco Del Mar (cash only). This event is welcome to all students and their families, whether they did a project or not - please join us for a really fun night! 

Nutrition Project Information for the Health and Science Fair
Ms. Bastasch has put together a nutrition focused science exploration question for Greenwood Elementary students. To explore the question  "What should I know about the food that I eat and how should I find out?", click here for her handout. 

Superintendent José Banda to host regional town hall meetings

Seattle Public Schools will host five community meetings to share information on the District’s five-year Strategic Plan, with tailored comments, topics and data from each of the five educational regions. These meetings are designed to engage families, students, staff and community members in ideas to ensure academic success for every one of our students. There will also be time for participants to ask questions of the Superintendent and District leadership.

The community meetings will be held:

  • Monday, March 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m., for the Southeast region, South Shore K-8, 4800 S. Henderson St.
  • Thursday, March 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m., for the Northeast region, at Nathan Hale High School, 10750 30th Ave. NE
  • Thursday, March 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m., for the Central region, at Garfield High School, 400 23rd Ave.
  • Thursday, March 27, 6:30-8:30 p.m., for the Northwest region, at Ballard High School, 1418 NW 65th
  • Monday, March 31, 6:30-8:30 p.m., for the West Seattle region at Roxhill Elementary, 9430 30th Ave. SW
  • Interpreters in Spanish, Somali, Chinese, Vietnamese and Tagalog will be available at each meeting. In addition, supervised children’s’ activities and light refreshments will be provided.

Each meeting will include a joint presentation by Superintendent José Banda and the Executive Director of Schools for that region. Families, staff and community members will be invited to participate in small group discussions about the Strategic Plan on how to ensure the District meets its goal of ensuring every student graduates prepared for college, career and life.

To submit topics you’d like to see presented in your region, please email us at with the subject line “town hall meeting topic” by Feb. 27. 

To learn more about the District’s Strategic Plan please, visit: 

New Student Open House
Please join us for a new student open house on February 6th, from 6-7pm. Meet in the commons/lunchroom for an introduction by the principal, staff, and PTA members, and go for a tour. Students welcome with parents.   

Congratulations Letters to the Seahawks!

Even though Ms. Bastasch is a big 49ers fan, she was rooting for the Seahawks in the Super Bowl and is so excited they brought the championship to this great city!  She’s collecting thank you or congratulations cards and mailing them to the Seahawks to show our appreciation.  Bring Ms. Bastasch your letter this week and she’ll mail them this weekend.  Congratulations Seahawks fans!

Whitman Open House for 5th Graders
Whitman Middle School invites current 5th grade students & parents to our Open House on Thursday, February 13 at 7 pm in the Whitman auditorium.  Students & parents will be get an overview of the Whitman curriculum and then have a chance to tour the building.  This is a well-attended event so we respectfully request that parents of students in younger grades wait until their student is in 5th grade to attend.  No child care provided so please leave siblings at home.

Procurement Forms Due For the Auction by February 15th

Just a reminder that preferred donations and procurement forms are due to the school auction on February 15th. For a copy of the procurement form, click here. For more information on the auction, click here

Science Fair Applications Due by February 8th
If your student is participating in this year's Health and Science Fair, on Thursday, February 27th, please turn in an application telling us about their project by February 8th. You can download an application here, and turn it in via your child's folder or drop it off in the school office.

For a copy of the science fair newsletter with lots of helpful tips on getting started and a full schedule of events, click here

Win Greenwood Auction Bucks!
Procure a donation for the Greenwood Auction by the deadline of February 15th and be entered for a chance to win $100 in Auction Bucks! Here's how it works:
  • Procure the donation by the deadline of February 15th. Preferred Donations include: Sporting Event Tickets; Local restaurant or store gift cards in any amount; Unique experiences and/or personal talents (for example - learn how to knit/sew/grow a vegetable garden/pickle cucumbers, etc…)
  • Turn in the item and form to the Office no later than Feb. 15th to be placed in the drawing

Auction Bucks can be used only at the Auction during check-out, where $100 will be deducted from your purchase total. Drawing date/location for the winner of the Auction Bucks is TBD

A completed Procurement form must be turned in for each item submitted. No limit on items turned in. Procurement Forms are available in the Office and on the Greenwood website.

The following items will not be accepted: Memberships to health clubs and/or gyms; Dental work/office visit certificates, or Chiropractic certificates.

School Holiday Luncheon - Dec 12th

Parents and family members are invited to join their students for the holiday luncheon on December 12, 2013. We will be serving hot turkey and gravy, mashed potatoes, veggies, saldad, and a rol. Small prizes and cookies will be given away for a fun treat. Cost to adults is $4, student cost is $2.75, cash only please.

Book Fair on Thursday, Dec 12, 3-8pm
This year Santoro's Books is hosting the Greenwood Book Fair in its store at 74th and Greenwood (next to the Alehouse).  Stop by Thursday, December 12th between 3-8pm to see friends, enjoy refreshments and shop.  20% of all purchases will benefit our school library! Also check out the request board from Greenwood teachers - share the holiday spirit and pick up a book to be donated to the class of your choice.

Drama Club Performance on Monday, 12/16

Come see the Greenwood Elementary Drama Club perform their fall play -- The Reality Malfunction!  This play is about a science experiment gone very wrong.  Seven sisters have to rescue their scientist parents after they accidentally send themselves into an alternative universe.  The sisters trick Gorgons, bargain with Witches, watch a Little League baseball game and finally enter the depths of Underworld to confront Hades himself.  Will they succeed and make it back to their own reality, ...or wander the universe forever?  Come find out on Monday, December 16th at 1:40pm and 7pm in the Greenwood Commons! 

Join the Auction Committee!

The Auction Committee is seeking volunteers for several key positions. If you have been looking to get involved at Greenwood this is a perfect way to help the school and meet other great parents! Please don't hold back if you have been thinking about getting more involved, this is the time to reach out!  Contact and someone from the committee will get back to you and discuss the ways that you can help. The 2014 Auction is going to be at a new venue, the Woodland Park Zoo, and will be amazing - but more parents are needed to fill the roles that will make the event a smashing success.

The next Auction Committee meeting will be Tuesday Dec 17th 7-8:30PM at The Alibi Room Greenwood (on Holman Ave @ N. Greenwood). This meeting will focus on welcoming new committee members, procurement and volunteer updates, and next steps for January. For additional info contact Deb Fitzpatrick,

Holiday Gift Giving is Here - Sign up by Dec 6th

Once again we are organizing Holiday Gift Giving for children in need at Greenwood.  If your family is in need of assistance with holiday gifts for your children that attend Greenwood, please contact Cheryl Kelly in the Main Office to fill out the appropriate gift request forms as soon as possible.  The last day to sign up will be Friday, Dec 6th.  
If you are willing to donate a gift off of a Greenwood child's wants/needs list, please visit the link below.  Please be patient and check back often as families will be able to sign up for donations until Dec 6 and new children may be added over the next week.  Donations can be dropped off in the Main Office, with the gifts unwrapped and clearly marked for the child it matches on the spreadsheet.  The last day we will accept donations will be Friday, Dec 13th.  Thank you for your support of Greenwood families!

School Dance Performance!
The all school dance performance will be November 21st at 6:30!

The theme this year is popular songs from musicals or movies. There are many versions of some of these songs, so Miss Bastasch has given us a list including the specific album to download it from. The movies and TV shows are not appropriate for all ages, but the songs are.

  • Kindergarten- “Under the Sea” from The Little Mermaid (specifically the version sung by Raven-Simone on the album “Disney Princess Mania”)
  • 1st Grade: “Afro Circus/ I Like to Move It” from Madagascar 3
  • 2nd and 3rd Grade: “Footloose” Kenny Loggins, the one, the only!
  • 4th Grade: “Ease on Down the Road” performed by Stephanie Mills from the Broadway musical The Wiz- Super Soul Musical (original cast album, 1975)
  • 5th Grade: “Fame” performed by Irene Cara from the soundtrack Fame
Click here and here for videos of the routines
so that your dancers can practice at home!

Candy Collection - November 1st through 8th

Trick or treat candy is a tradition and fun for everyone, but TOO much candy can be less than healthy.  Give students a chance to pick out their favorite pieces to keep and then donate their extra candy to a good cause.  Collected candy will be donated for inclusion in care packages for troops at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Camp Murray. 

Candy collection will be each morning in the hallway outside of the gym from Friday, November 1st to Friday, November 8th.    Last year we collected 200 pounds --let's see if we can match or best last year's weight!

Early Dismissal on Wednesday, October 30th
Reminder - school is being dismissed two hours early on Wednesday of this week.

Movie Night! November 8th.
Join us on Friday, November 8th at 6:45 for this year's family movie night! This year's movie, chosen by the students, is The Croods. Bring blankets, feel free to wear your PJs, and join us for popcorn and a fun movie showing in the cafeteria.

October 16th – Rollover Day for School Meal Benefits
Families must complete a new application for Free and Reduced Priced Meal Benefits each year.  Students who were enrolled in SPS last year start this year with their prior year’s eligibility for the first 30 school days (Free, Reduced or Full Pay) and remain at that eligibility until a new form is approved OR we reach the rollover date of October 16, 2013.

On October 17, 2013 students will roll over to full pay status if a new application has not been approved confirming their continued eligibility for free or reduced priced meals.   Families with students affected by the rollover (ie. no new application approved) are responsible to pay full price for meals until the point that eligibility is re-established.
New applications are accepted and processed throughout the year.   Applications are available on our website

Jogathon Schedule for Friday, October 18th
Ready, set, go - it's time for the Jogathon this Friday, October 18th! To see when your child's class is scheduled to participate, take a look at the online schedule. Please feel free to come by and volunteer or just cheer on our runners! 

Scrips Order Form Available Online
Looking to order a scrips card to support our school? You can now download the order for from the Web site - click here for a copy.

Volunteer for Health Screening Day!
Thursday 11/14, 9am – 2pm

Every year Seattle Public School nurses help families discover and correct obstacles to learning through the annual student health screening day. We need volunteers to help in this important work. No experience is necessary, the morning will start with a brief training. You’ll also get a yummy lunch, compliments of the Health Office. Please contact – and thank you!

Garden Harvest Party, Friday 10/4, 3-5
Come join us this coming Friday from 3-5 to celebrate the harvest from our school garden with cider pressing, pizza from Veraccis, a garden scavenger hunt, and more! 

Click! Smile! Picture Day is 10/2
School pictures will be taken on Wednesday, 10/2. Comb those cowlicks and send your students to school ready to grin! More details to come in kidmail.

Jogathon Coming Up! 10/18
The 2013 Jog-a-Thon is on October 18th.  Look for your Jog-a-Thon packet in this week’s Kidmail and start getting those pledges!  Parents, contact to volunteer or be an event sponsor.

Advanced Learning Applications Due by 10/3
Applications for Seattle Public Schools Advanced Learning programs are due by Thursday, October 3rd, 2013.  More details and the forms can be found at the Advanced Learning website. If you need help, please contact your teacher, office staff or the Advanced Learning office at  206-252-0130 or via email at

Bike Safety for 3rd-5th Graders in PE
Bicycle Safety lessons for third through fifth grade classes start in P.E. Monday, September 30th and continue until Thursday, October 17th.  Volunteers are needed Mondays and Thursdays and every other Wednesday for this important physical education unit.  The district provides bikes and helmets, but with parent permission students may use their own bike and helmet and store them in the gym during this unit.  Check your KidMail for more info and contact Ms. Bastasch if you can help or if you have questions.

Join us for the PTA General Meeting, 9/19
The Greenwood PTA would like invite all Greenwood families to our first general meeting of the school year on Thursday, September 19 at 7pm in the cafeteria. This meeting is a great way to meet new families and hear about all of the amazing ways we, as parents and PTA members, can continue to help Greenwood Elementary School excel. Meet and talk with current board members and committee chairs to find the perfect way to volunteer your time and talents.  As an added bonus, refreshments will be served and babysitting will be provided.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Reminder - Return Your First Day Forms by 9/20
Just a reminder - turn in your Greenwood Elementary Info Form that you received in your first day packet as soon as possible! This form is critical for helping us connect you to important resources at the school such as the family directory, the PTA, the school newsletter (the Weebee), and other great resources. You can drop the completed form off in the office or just return it via kidmail. All classes that return 100% of their forms by September 20th will receive a popsicle party! 

Need a new copy of the form? You can download one here.

Back to School BBQ on Saturday!
Join us for the annual Back to School Picnic, this Saturday, September 7th, at Carkeek Park. Join us at shelter 1 at 4:00 for fun with other Greenwood families.

What to bring:

  • K and 5th grade families: drinks
  • 1st and 2nd grade families: salads and sides
  • 3rd and 5th grade families - desserts

Hope to see you there! If you have questions, please email

2013-2014 School Supply Lists
Please click on the following links to access the school supply lists for this coming year:

Playground Painting Volunteers Needed! 
Ms. Bastasch is looking for volunteers to help with repainting the blacktop on the playground on Sunday, August 25th. Volunteers are needed to:

  • Help procure paint
  • Gather lunch and snacks for the painting volunteers on Sunday, August 25th.
  • Prep and painting -  6 to 10 volunteers should be able to get the job done; volunteers may stay the whole time or drop by and help during that time
If you can help, please contact Jeannie Bastasch at

Thank you!

Kindergarten Information Packet
Packets of information were sent out to incoming kindergarten parents on Monday, July 15th. Included were a welcome letter and an orientation document with lots of helpful information about the school. For access to either document online, please click the links below:

Greenwood Seafair Parade on July 24th
Come and show off your Greenwood Elementary spirit by joining in the Greenwood Seafair parade on July 24th at 5:30 pm. Come on foot, scooter, or skates. The parade theme this year is "Funny in Greenwood."  Bring your kids or the whole family dressed in clownish garb and your Greenwood Elementary tees. If you do not have a costume, we will have something for you to wear!

Meet up is at 95th and Greenwood at 5:30pm or join en route at 6 pm. For more information, contact Marcy at

New Start Time! 
Parents please note that our start time for the 2013-2014 school year has moved 15 minutes earlier. School will begin on Wednesday, September 4, 2013 and will run from 8:40am – 2:50pm.  The first bell rings at 8:35am and the tardy bell rings at 8:40am. 

Kindergarten/New Student School Orientation

The Greenwood Elementary Kindergarten/New Student School Orientation will take place on August 29th, 2012 from 6:00 – 7:00pm.  Have start-of-the-school-year questions?  This event is just the place to get your answers. Teachers, the Principal, and PTA representatives are eager to meet new students and their parents.  Students will get to see their classroom and meet their teachers.

2013-2014 Kindergarten Play Dates

Kindergarteners and their parents/guardians are invited to meet and play at the Greenwood Elementary playground on the following dates:

  • Wednesday:  August 14th from 6:00pm – 7:30pm
  • Sunday:  August 18th from 4:00pm – 5:30pm
  • Saturday: August 24th from 10:30am – noon
Please note that these are not school-sponsored events, so all children attending must be supervised by a parent or guardian.

2013-2014 School Supply Lists
Please click on the following links to access the school supply lists for this coming year:

Upcoming Events
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