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    SunDragons' Dayette April 2, 2019
    Posted on 04/10/2019
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    Visit our B. F. Day Calendar

    What’s coming up:
    April 17th – 7:00 – 8:30 – Please join me for some coffee at the start of the day. The Pilgrim Coffeehouse truck will be in north parking lot. This is my way of saying thank you to parents and staff for all your support during the recent passing of my mother. April 17th will be the anniversary of her 91st birthday, so I think this will be a great way to honor her memory and continue her love of friends and family gatherings.

    As an FYI, we are beginning the interview process for next year’s open positions! I’ve said many times that I consider the recruitment and selection of high-quality staff to be one of the most critical aspects of my role as Principal. We will be hiring for a new homeroom teacher – a first grade teacher, and a new Pre-school Special Education Teacher. Laurie Yarger and her family will be relocating to the southwest this summer. We will have a new SpEd assistant to hire, as well. Nathaniel (Woody) Frank will be resigning to complete his student teaching experience. I am happy to announce that all other BFDay teachers and staff are returning next year! I’ll keep you posted on the hiring as selections are made.

    Spring Classroom Pictures April 4
    All classrooms will have their class pictures taken together on the morning of April 4. We will also take club photos after class photos. So far, we have Ultimate Frisbee, Green Team, and The Buzz newsletter crew getting photos for the yearbook as well as students that missed individual photos in the fall or would like new ones. Other groups are welcome to get their photos taken. If you would like a copy and/or a spring portrait, please send in the envelope that came with the flyer last week. There is also an option to pay online at

    Wasn’t that a Party?
    The B. F. Day Staff is super impressed with all the work and fun that went in to this year’s Arty Party. Those of us that were able to join you had a MARVELOUS time. Thank you, B. F. Day Family!

    PreK Sign Up Now Available
    Quality, affordable, preschool is available through the Seattle PreSchool Program. We have two such programs (rooms) here at B. F. Day this year. Registration/Sign-Up is open now! You may go to to apply. If you forget simply go the B. F. Day webpage and click on the preschool art there. It will take you right to the site for application.

    Lost & Found
    Please check the Lost & Found before it goes to charity on April 8, the beginning of spring break. Please stop by to check for lost items frequently. Coats, lunches, water bottles, hats, gloves, etc. are turned in every day. The Lost & Found is located just inside the northeast entrance door.

    Library News
    Introducing the 2018-19 Sasquottowner Reading Challenge! This year at BF Day, we’re combining three awards categories, the Sasquatch, Towner and OTTER awards, into one hybrid reading challenge for all 3 – 5th grade students. (Links & descriptions of the three awards are below)
    Students are invited to read eight or more books from any of the nominee lists -- many students have already read quite a few! *4-5th graders must read at least one title from the Sasquatch list.
    There will be Sasquottner Reading Challenge forms available this week in the library for students to track and review books they’ve read. Students will also have the opportunity to vote for their favorite Sasquatch/OTTER books. We will wrap up the challenge with a celebration and ice cream party for all qualifying participants in June.

    Three NW children’s book awards:
    Otter Awards (Our Time To Enjoy Reading) is a newer awards program aimed at middle-readers. Students have been introduced to the titles in the library and have been encouraged to read them, along w/this year’s Sasquatch Award titles.

    The Sasquatch Award, Sponsored by the Washington Library Media Association, is given to a chapter book, sometimes non-fiction or graphic novel, written for grades 4 through 6. At BF Day, students in grades 4 & 5 are introduced to the twelve nominees in the fall, encouraged to read them and then vote for their favorites in the spring. The Seattle Public Library supports this program as well. 

    The Towner Award:
    The Towner Award is named after Bill Towner, longtime Seattle librarian and mentor to dozens of librarians. Bill was an outstanding teacher-librarian who worked with thousands of students from all backgrounds and taught all of them his love of literature.
    Nominees for this award are non-fiction titles selected by librarians across Washington state and are aimed at students in grades 2-6. Here’s a link to the Towner Award

    Next Year Planning
    Please help us by letting us know, as you know if you are not returning to B. F. Day next year. Simply send an email to or call the office at 206-252-6010. There is 24/7 voice mail if you’d like to leave a message.

    B. F. Day Green Team
    Yesterday we planted Jerusalem Artichokes, also known as sunroot, sunchoke, or earth apple in the long bed. We also tasted a piece. Some kids were very enthusiastic, and some did not want to try. Those that wanted to take some home did for either planting/eating or both. Sunchokes while delicious and very good for you do spread easily by tubers (the part you eat) so it is best to plant them in an area you don’t mind them taking over; or planting with a barrier. Sunchokes are harvested fall to early spring by simply sticking your hands in the dirt and pulling out what you want to eat. They are best stored in the ground as they don’t last long once “picked.” They look similar and are related to sunflowers, but they do not produce edible seeds. The team decided to do another pea garden behind the fence like the first two that have been successful. We should all be able to harvest and enjoy the pods in May. On April 22, Earth Day, we will virtually meet with our Green Team sister school, Jefferson Elementary. Kids will talk get to discuss what we’re accomplishing in each of our schools.

    Spring Testing
    Students in Grades 3 – 5 will be participating in Spring Testing a week after we return from Spring Break. All Grade 3 – 5 students will take the Smarter Balanced Assessment in English/Language Arts and Math. In addition, 5th grade students will take the Washington Comprehensive Assessment in Science (WCAS). The Smarter Balanced Assessments have 2 parts for the English Language Arts and Math. There is a Computer Adaptive Test (CAT) and a Performance Task (PT). We have reserved 3 testing periods of about 90 minutes each for each portion of the test. Since these are not timed, students may take longer. Most students finish after 2 – 3 days.

    Grade ELA (2 tests: CAT and PT) Math (2 tests CAT and PT) Science (1 test)
    3 4/29-5/3 and 5/9-5/13 5/16-5/20 and 5/24-5/29 NA
    4 4/22-4/26 and 5/6-5/10 5/21-5/23 and 5/30-6/3 NA
    5 4/22-4/26 and 5/6-5/10 5/21-5/23 and 5/30-6/3 5/14 or 5/15

    PTSA News

    HOW TO GROW - An evening for B. F. Day parents of Pre-K to 2nd graders

    THURS. APR 18 | 6pm - 7:30pm | Childcare Provided

    Julietta Skoog is a Certified Positive Discipline Trainer, with degrees in School Counseling and School Psychology and 15 years of experience in Seattle Public Elementary Schools. Her expertise includes early child development, autism, learning disabilities, anxiety, and behavior disorders, as well as leading groups and classroom lessons based on Positive Discipline, Social Thinking and Mindfulness.

    She is the mother of three children and the co-founder of Sproutable,, an online resource that helps parents raise good kids who grow up to be remarkable adults.
    Want to invite cooperation, responsibility, and help calm big emotions?

    Frustrated that your kids won't listen? Join us for this fun evening to learn how to support social emotional development at home and examples of how BF Day is implementing the principles at school.

    The Positive Discipline framework will be used to learn how to discipline with firmness and kindness, have fun as a parent, and set the foundation for important social and life skills. Help your child feel a sense of belonging and significance through mutual respect and encouragement.

    B A S E D   O N    J A N E    N E L S E N ’ S    P O S I T I V E     D I S C I P L I N E    B O O K S

    Arty Party/Auction Update

    Thank you BF Day community for creating, donating, volunteering, and simply showing up to make this year’s Arty Party event such a memorable and fun night! Thank you for your patience as we sift through all the paperwork. Here is what you can expect this week:

    :: Do you still owe money? - We will be reaching out to you if you do. In addition we ask that all guests review their registration receipt and identify if you were properly charged for Dragon Den and Art donations. Sequin bracelets were a $25 DD donation for each one (we have about 40 unaccounted for) / Light-up rings were $25 Art donation / Janine Buttons were a $100 Art donation (7 unaccounted for).

    :: Folks who donated - If you donated an item that requires you to coordinate with a person/group of people we will have that information for you this week. An envelope with your name on it will be in the office on Thursday 4/4 for you to pick up, it should have all the info you need to connect with your bid winner(s)

    :: Folks who bid and won - If you won a bid item that requires you to connect with the donor you should have received the information at check out. If you do not have the information you need please email and we will get it to you. If you did not take your artwork home with you please pick it up in the office this week.

    :: Still want to do more? - A night of fabulous live entertainment, delicious food and drinks, photoshoots, dancing... it's no wonder many folks have been asking how they can contribute more to support this fundraiser (several families have already submitted flat donations to PTSA this week... thank you!) Events like these are a lot of fun and so important to build and strengthen a community, but they do cost money so please consider donating if you can, simply click this link or drop a check in the PTSA mailbox.

    View Photos: BF Day Parents Julie and Danny Graber have generously shared their photography skills in this photo album, beautiful!, thank you Julie and Danny!! 

    There are still items available!
    Simply email if you want to grab any of them, it will be first come first serve. Let's not leave any of this funding on the table!

    1. Bloody Mary class with Blue Star Cafe, Tito's vodka, Mr Jaskot and Mr Zillig! Thursday evening May 23rd / $50 per person / 9 spots available!
    2. Pizza + Movie night in 305 with BF Day 2nd grade teachers! Tuesday May 14 / $35 per child / 14 spots available!
    3. Friends of BF Day Cocktail Party with enthusiastic home chefs Julie Skoog and Sheryl Marks! October 12, 2019, 6pm-9pm / $50 per person / 17 spots available
    4. Fremont Art Fun Run with BF Day parent Jen Vickers! Available tour dates: 5/18/19, 6/8/19, or 6/29/19 2pm-3:15pm / $25 per spot
    5. Fremont Scavenger hunt with BF Day's Brenda Wilkinson! April 27 from 9:30 to 1:00 PM / Team of 4 / $50 (great family activity!!)*
    6. Kids Day at Carkeek Park with Ms Carrie, Ms Shannon and Nurse Sophie! Saturday, April 27. Drop off at B.F. Day at 9 AM, pick up at B.F. Day at 2 PM / $50 per child / 7 spots available*
    7. Woodland Park zoo, tickets for 4 / $50
    8. Surf Cleaners in Fremont (dry cleaning, alterations) $50, $30, $20 GC's available

    *consider grabbing a spot or 2 for the kids to spend the day at Carkeek while you and some adult friends team up for the Fremont Scavenger hunt... same day and time!

    Volunteer Needs
    Grants Researcher - The PTSA is looking for a volunteer to research grant opportunities to pass along to our grant writer. This is a work from home volunteer opportunity that involves both online research and contacting businesses or individuals for more information about funding opportunities for B.F. Day.

    Fremont Solstice Parade Parking Volunteers - A team of volunteers are needed to help with parade parking on the B.F. Day playground and collect parking fees during the Fremont Solstice Parade on the morning of Saturday, June 22, 2019. This is a great fundraiser for the school and all volunteers will still be able to march in the parade.

    School needs someone to recycle batteries appropriately about once every two months – see Carrie.

    Interested? Please email Megan Ladner: