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
- 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.
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
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!
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.
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 email@example.com
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
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!
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 www.surveymonkey.com/s/Y8RSGBW to take the survey. Thank you!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
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:
- Bear Mountain Capital
- Caffe Vita Coffee Roasting Company
- Chaco Canyon Organic Cafes
- Makeda Coffee
- Nelson Orthodontics
- Nickerson Street Saloon
- Phinneywood Sip & Ship
- Plaka Estiatorio
- Ridge Pizza
- Sandra Coan Photography
- Seattle Strength and Performance
- Stoup Brewing
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?
Volunteers Needed for the Jog-a-Thon
Fundraising for the Jog-a-Thon
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.
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
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
Tuesday, September 23 at 7pm in 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.
Join us for the annual Greenwood Garden Fall Jamboree! This fun harvest event will take place from in the school garden and will feature:
- Reading by l ocal author Katherine Pryor
- Treats from the garden
- Garden treasure hunt
- Fresh-pressed apple cider
- Live music from “The Dave and Tony Show”
We hope you can make it! If you'd like to volunteer please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
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 email@example.com.
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!
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.
- Kindergarten Supplies
- First Grade Supplies
- Second Grade Supplies
- Third Grade Supplies
- Fourth/Fifth Grade Supplies
Join us for the Greenwood Seafair Parade!
The 64th Annual Greenwood Seafair Parade is ! 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 greenwoodpta.org. or join en route at . 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.