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May 19th Walk-Out
The Seattle Education Association (SEA) has voted to join in a statewide action against the legislature to protest the lack of education funding in our state. SEA is the organization of professionals and union that represents teachers in our district. This protest involves a one-day walkout. 

 SEA has selected May 19 as the day for their one-day walkout. Therefore, there will be no school for students on May 19, as teachers will not be at work on that day. SEA chose the day to provide the district two weeks of notice to work on arrangements in an effort to minimize disruption for students, parents and district staff to the greatest extent possible.

While there is no school for students on May 19, the school day will have to be made up, just as we would make up a snow day or other unforeseen calendar change. The make-up day will be added to the end of the school year. This means Tuesday, June 16, will become our last day of school and a work day for district staff.  

The SEA action is not directed at Seattle Public School as a district, but is a statement to the state legislature about the current lack of adequate state funding for basic education and we share that concern. I thank you in advance for your understanding. If you have questions about your work schedule for next week, please work closely with your supervisor.
Dr. Larry Nyland

The 2015 Greenwood Auction Catalog

Check it out and make your plans to support our school at the Auction!

PTA General Meeting - Tuesday, April 21

Please join us in the library at 7pm for our next general meeting. Agenda items include:
- Voting in the new PTA officers for next year's board
- A talk with Sherry Carr, school director for District II (includes Greenwood Elementary), who will be there to discuss what is happening in our school district and answer your questions.

Spring Clubs Signup is Live!

The list for spring clubs is up and signup is live through April 15th. Please click here to see what is available for this quarter!

Auction FAQ

The Greenwood Elementary Auction is coming up on April 25th! Do you have questions? Check out the FAQ page for answers.

Science Fair Packets and Applications

This year's Health and Science Fair will be held on Thursday, March 12th. You can download this year's brochure and application form online. All Greenwood students are welcome to participate in this non-competitive event - students may work in pairs or with a parent, or work alone. Please see the science fair page for more information!

Also, we want to thank Keeney's Office Supply, who has generously donated the trifold posterboards that students will receive for their science fair projects for the fifth year in a row. Thank you to local business Keeney's for supporting science and technology education in our schools! Please visit their Facebook page and click like to show your appreciation! 

AvailableTours for Prospective Families

Prospective families are invited to join us for an open house at Greenwood Elementary on February 5th from 6-7pm. Join us for a presentation by Dr. Trotter and a tour of the building.

Join Us For Focus Day to Advocate for the PTALet's show our legislators that we care! PTA volunteer advocates can make a difference when they show up! Bring the kids and attend Focus Day as we rally on the Capitol steps, meet with Legislators, deliver postcards, receive updates from policy-makers on key issues, and network with other PTA advocates. Several Greenwood families are going! Join us!

Monday, January 19th (MLK, Jr. Day - No School) 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Location: Washington State Capitol, Olympia

Bring banners and signs for the noon rally on the Capitol steps. A variety of kids activities are also being planned to make Focus Day fun for kids of all ages. This event is free, but to help with supplies, please register here.

Buses from Seattle will be departing from Greenlake and S. Seattle (contact: Eden Mack). Or if you are interested in carpooling, email

Greenwood Awarded Safe Routes to School Grant

Greenwood Elementary has been awarded one of 15 Safe Routes to School Grants (SRTS) in Washington. This highly sought after grant is supported by the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), and is part of a national movement at local, state and national levels to make it easier and safer for students to walk or bike to school
Greenwood Elementary, as an honored recipient of this award, is responsible for a few key pieces to make this grant a success for our community:
(1) First and foremost, the Parent Survey - We’ll need to get at least 60% of our families to respond to this very important but short survey gathering information on how your oldest child gets to school.  Watch for the Parent Survey Link in the Weebee, on Greenwood’s FB page and via the community email.  Paper surveys will also be made available after school, in the office or through your students teacher.  If you do only one thing for this event, please choose to complete the survey. 
(2) Walk and Bike Audit - within the next couple weeks, we’ll be recruiting parents and students to conduct a walk/bike audit around the school. The entire event is 3 hours (only 1.5 hrs if you choose only walking or biking) Parents and students will get disposable cameras to use while walking designated safe routes around the school. This event is hosted and led by Feet First coordinator, Jen Cole.
(3) All School Event - date and time to be determined; The focus of this family-friendly event will be on active transportation, bicycle and pedestrian safety. Learn more about “walking school buses” or even sign up to become a walk-to-school bus leader; Learn more about how the SDOT, Feet First, Cascade Bike Club, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways and Harborview Injury Prevention Research Center support the SRTS grants.  If you walk or bike to school, you’ll want to attend!
If you’d like to help with any or all aspects of this project, please contact Deb Fitzpatrick, or 852.8897

Winter Clubs Registration

The registration for winter quarter clubs will be available on the website beginning on January 14th, and will close January 21st. Clubs begin the week of January 26th. Stay tuned for an updated list of available clubs later this week!

PTA Priorities Survey for 2015
Take a quick (two or three minutes, tops) survey for the PTA to help us know why you do or do not come to PTA meetings and understand how to make them more valuable for you and the school. We really need your feedback, whether you’ve come to every meeting or never been to a PTA meeting in your life. Please visit to take the survey. Thank you!

New Co-Treasurer Needed!
Even though this role won’t start till July of 2015, it’s not too soon to start searching for this key PTA volunteer role! If you like numbers and spreadsheets and would like to know more about what our treasurers do – we would love to chat with you. Please contact or

Jogathon Results

The 2014 Jog-a-Thon was a HUGE success! As a school, the kids completed just over 11,360 laps! At approximately 22 laps per mile, that is nearly 516 miles!!! In other words, our students ran the equivalent of running from Seattle to Corvallis, Oregon AND BACK! The teachers and Dr. Trotter added many more laps to this total. Lap leader and other award winners will be announced through KidMail and at the assembly on December 16th at 1:45. We will also show a fun DVD compilation of photos taken during the day.

We have counted the donations and the 2014 Jog-a-Thon brought in over $46,000 for the PTA!! Thank you to each and every one of you who sponsored a student, helped collect pledges or brought in a business sponsor. A large percentage of our students participated in the fundraising efforts and a few of our teachers and staff collected too. Because of that effort, we were able to achieve our fundraising goal and the PTA will be able to put all of those funds to use helping make Greenwood Elementary be the best it can be.

We would again like to thank our 2014 business sponsors. We greatly appreciate the support of each of these businesses! To read more about each of our sponsors and visit their websites, click on the links below:

PTA General Meeting
If you missed Heidi Bennett's presentation "“Show Us the Money – WA State Budgets” at our October general meeting, you can find it here

Picture Day - Did You Forget to Order?

Picture Day was on Wednesday October 8.  If you needed financial assistance with purchasing pictures, please check the Student Care Program for eligibility at or text/call (206)271-8161.  There are scholarship vouchers available.

If you forgot to order pictures, you can call O'Connor Photography directly or go online to order them at: or call 1-800-993-4929.

Volunteers Needed for the Jog-a-Thon

Volunteers are still needed for the Jog-a-Thon this Friday as well as decoration and set-up help on Thursday afternoon.  Sign-up here:

Fundraising for the Jog-a-Thon

Is your student collecting pledges for the Jog-a-Thon this Friday? It's not too late! Follow this link to set up a custom fundraising page with FirstGiving, which can then be shared via email, Facebook, Twitter, etc. to get pledges from near and far! 

New Resources
Psst! The student handbook and the assessment calendar for the 2014-15 school year have been uploaded and added to our forms and resources page. Click here to go take a look.

Jog-a-Thon Schedule
Below are the start and end times for each class during the Jog-A-Thon on Friday, October 17th! Please feel free to join us and cheer your favorite Greenwood Star on! 

 8:50 AM - 9:25 AM  Dunker Olson
 9:10 AM - 9:45 AM  Schumacher
 9:35 AM - 10:10 AM  Miller
10:00 AM - 10:35 AM  Tougher
10:20 AM - 10:55 AM  Maahs
10:45 AM - 11:20 AM  Schmidt & Shook 3rd Graders
11:05 AM - 11:40 AM  Hannah & Shook 2nd Graders
11:30 AM - 12:05 PM  Spiz
12:15 PM - 12:50 PM  Wilson
12:40 PM - 1:15 PM  Landelius
 1:00 PM - 1:35 PM  Cole
 1:25 PM - 2:00 PM  Lommers
 1:50 PM - 2:25 PM  Goldfarb
 2:10 PM - 2:45 PM  Santiago

Open House Thursday Night!
Please join us for the K-5 Open House Thursday evening, October 2nd, from 6 to 7 PM. We begin in the cafeteria at 6pm for a presentation by Dr. Trotter and then move on to the classrooms. This is a fantastic opportunity for parents to learn more about curriculum, instruction and assessment from the classroom teacher(s) as well as the school principal. Information is provided from your child’s teacher(s) about various topics such as daily/yearly expectations, homework policy, parent conferences and classroom activities. Individual student work is often available in the classroom for parents to see. The PTA will share general information that may also be helpful for parents to know.

See you there!

PTA General Meeting

 September 23 at 7pm
n the Greenwood School Commons (cafeteria). All families are invited to the first Greenwood PTA meeting of the school year. Come meet new families and hear how about how much fun we have, what good work we do, and how our kids benefit from a strong PTA. Meet current board members and committee chairs and learn about volunteer opportunities. Refreshments and babysitting provided. 

Greenwood Garden Fall Jamboree
Join us Friday, September 26th for the annual  Greenwood Garden Fall Jamboree! This fun harvest event will take place from 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM in the school garden and will feature:

  • Reading by local author Katherine Pryor
  • Treats from the garden
  • Garden treasure hunt
  • Fresh-pressed apple cider
  • Live music  from “The Dave and Tony Show”
And more!

We hope you can make it! If you'd like to volunteer please contact

Goal Setting for the Jog a Thon
We are so excited for the upcoming 2014 Jog-a-Thon! Although the primary focus is fundraising, our goal is also to offer the kids a chance to have fun as a community while contributing to the growth of their school.  

Last year we asked students to challenge themselves by creating their own fitness/nutrition goals as a key component of active participation. We believe goal setting is vital to an enriching and dynamic life. We hope the Jog-a-Thon is a perfect opportunity for families to talk about how to create and achieve goals.

This year we would also like to challenge faculty to write their own goals. There will be a Jog-a-Thon community bulletin board where goal sheets will be posted. See what your friends and teachers are working on and let’s all encourage one another to do our very best!
Goal sheets will be available in each class beginning Thursday, 9/18. Ask your teacher for one or download one here, then complete and turn in via Kidmail and we'll post it to the bulletin board!

Save the Date for the 2014 Jogathon!
This year's Greenwood Elementary Jog-a-Thon will be held on Friday, October 17th. Bring your school spirit and enthusiasm to help show what an amazing school community we have. The Jog-a-Thon is the 2nd largest fundraiser of the school year while also promoting fitness, fun and community spirit. 

Keep an eye out in Kid Mail and the WeeBee for more information.

Interested in volunteering or being a corporate sponsor? Contact

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. 
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