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    Sun Dragons' Dayette Feb 4, 2020
    Posted on 02/04/2020
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    B.F. Day Event Calendar 

    Visit our B. F. Day Weekly Calendar




    What's Coming Up This Week: 

    Wed, Feb 5 | 9:00 - 10:30 New Family Tour (Library), Global Reading Challenge practice at lunchtime. After School: Art Club, Soccer K-1 Curiosity Club, Yarn Arts, Dinner Club.

    Thurs, Feb 6 | 10 - 11 Global Reading Challenge in gym, Noon Global Reading Challenge winning team in Library. After School: World dance, Parkour, Bricks 4 Kidz, Yoga, Board Games, Drama 2-5.

    Fri, Feb 7 | Instrumental Music. After School: Chess Club, Hoops, Spanish, Art Club 4-5

    Coming Up Mark Your Calendars:

    Mon, Feb 10 | Team Assembly in Gym
    Feb 11 | 
    WITS for K classes
    Thur, Feb 13 |
    5:30 - 7pm Science Fair | New Family Tour 6pm
    Fri, Feb 14 | Happy Valentine's Day!
    Feb 17-21 | Mid-Winter Break | No School

    Thursday's Take Your Adult To School Night Evening Event 

    Last Thursday’s “Take your adult to school night” was a great success! I was impressed with the turn-out of families, and everyone seemed to have a great time. It was great to see families touring other parts of the building, as well as the homeroom classrooms.

    In my School Messenger reminder that afternoon, I challenged you to see if you could notice what was different in our school. In case you didn’t see anything obvious, our hallways are being painted. The first floor is nearly complete, and work will be done in all the hallways and stairwells over the course of the next few weeks. It looks wonderful, as it has been needed very much!

    Counselor News

    National School Counseling Week Feb 3-7 2020Please help us celebrate National School Counseling Week this week!

    We are so fortunate to have John Taylor as our School Counselor. A huge thank-you goes to our PTSA so that we are able to have Mr. Taylor here full
    time to help all our children.

    Hello BF Day Community,

    For February our school wide social emotional learning focus is on emotions, specifically developing the awareness and tools to cope effectively when we have big Emotions. During my weekly classroom lessons, students will learn several key concepts; awareness of what things make us have big feelings, understanding how the size of a problem should match our reaction, and lastly, developing their coping tool box (helpful coping strategies). In addition to my classroom lessons, dragon dens will also touch on a similar topic.

    Monthly School-Wide SEL Focuses Thus Far;
    1. Anti-Bullying community
    2. Personal space/friendship skills
    3. Spreading Kindness
    4. Growth Mindset
    5. Coping with our Feelings and Emotions

    Thank you so much!
    John Taylor
    School Counselor

    Annual Best of Fremont – 2019 Fremocentrist Reader’s Choice Awards

    Best Fremont Organization BF Day Elementary School PlaqueYesterday at our assembly Kirby and Adrian Laney, from Fremocentrist and Down Under Gallery respectively, presented B. F. Day with a trophy and certificate for the Best Non-Profit in Fremont. Every year you can vote at, for who you think is the Best In Fremont, in three categories: Best Business, Best Citizen & Best Non-Profit Organization Or Project.

    This year they also surprised Ms. Carrie with The Best Citizen Award. A great honor!
    The neighborhood of Fremont, in Seattle, is a creative mix of crazy and common, and we all contribute to this community’s magic. However, every year there are a few businesses, citizens, and non-profits that go above-and-beyond to making Fremont the Center of the Universe.

    Living Voices Thank You!

    Living Voices with images of adults and children

    Living voices performed for our Mini-Middle School students today. The performance was on Japanese Internment Camps titled Within the Silence. The performer, Helen Marion, really held the kids’ attention. A great experience for all!

    Library News

    Black Lives Matter girl with blue background, city scape and raised fists.In the library this week, we will begin a focus on Black History, highlighting African American authors. We will be using some of the following resources, which are highly recommended for families to share at home:

    Global Reading Challenge Update

    This is the week our BF Day Global Readers have been preparing for! Our in-school challenge is this Thursday, Feb. 6 at 10:00 in the gym. All B.F. Day staff and families are invited to attend as well as 3-5th grade students. Please join us as we cheer on our courageous Global Readers! 4th grade teams will meet one last time this Wednesday, during lunch recess in the library.  Go Global Readers! 

    SMART Watch Policy

    We are finding that some students are wearing Smart Watches to school, and these can be a distraction in some cases. Our policy for this technology will be aligned with cell phones. Students are not permitted to use these during the school day. They may be safely stored in backpacks until the end of the school day.
    We appreciate your assistance with this. Thank you!

    Signing In and Out In Office

    Parents and visitors have been great about checking in at the main office, signing in and wearing their visitor badges while at school. We would like to have visitors sign out, as well. Today, during our fire drill, we reviewed the visitor log to ensure that all visitors were safely out of the building. However, there were several visitors from this morning that had not signed out.

    If this was a real emergency, rescue personnel would be dispatched to go back into the school to make sure that everyone was safely out of the building. While the chances for an emergency are low, we want to be prepared and have a strong safety policy in place. So, please remember to sign out of our school as you leave. Thank you! 

    Paying for a Field Trip?

    SchoolPay Online Payment System via the Source is our preferred method is, explained here:
    SchoolPay is a safe and quick way to review and pay all of your student’s fees or fines from the comfort of your own home or mobile device. You can pay with your credit/debit card. You will need to log into your Source account to create a SchoolPay account. Follow the four steps below to register and/or create a single sign on account registered with the district.

    Registration Steps:
    1. Go to the Source and click the SchoolPay icon
    2. Enter your registered Source email address
    3. If you don’t have a valid email in the system you will be guided to create a guest account. You will need your student’s ID number and school name to continue. Guest accounts will not have visibility to balances due to privacy requirements but can make payments on a student’s behalf. Only the validated parent will have access to all student information
    4. Once logged in to SchoolPay, click “Payments” to see fee based items for the students associated with your SchoolPay account in one schools participating in Phase 1. If two or more students are associated with your SchoolPay account, click on the drop-down arrow next to “all items by name” to view items by student.

    Part-time Job Openings

    PreKindergarten - Part-time opening in preschool classroom at B. F. Day Elementary School in beautiful downtown Fremont. We are seeking a part-time assistant in our inclusion preschool room at B. F. Day Elementary. This is a 17 hour a week position that pays $16 an hour. We are looking for someone with an abundance of patience, kindness, and loads of calm. The hours are 9: 30 a.m. to 1 every day but Wednesday. On Wednesday the position is 9:30 a.m. to 12:30. The students in this room are amazing! We have a mix of 4 and 5 year old students with and without special needs. The assistant will do a combination of working with students/helping prepare the room and materials. This could be an ideal position for a stay at home parent or a student with a break in their day. Candidate must be 18 years or older. Please contact us, 206-252-6010, if you have any questions.

    Playground - We are looking for one more! Playground supervision can be very fun. A high school diploma and volumes of patience are required. This is for one spot on our playground from 11:15 – 12:45 daily and another position which will go between recess and the lunchroom for work. You are paid from 11 – 1 for email updates, payroll input etc. $15/hr. no benefits other than the joy of this job. Please let me or Ms. Carrie know if you are interested in this position. The opening is now but paperwork can take a couple weeks to process if you are not already an SPS hourly. We are happy to report we have an interested person that should start in the New Year!


    Help us put the "ART" in this year's Arty Party!Colorful heart made out of paper butterflies

    The BF Day PTSA will be hosting it's 3rd annual Arty Party
    auction on April 4 (save the date! More details to come...)

    This event is an important fundraiser but more so it is a
    celebration of the ARTS in our BF Day community. In the past
    we have witnessed such special talents from so many... dancers,
    musicians, photographers, graphic designers, painters... these
    were members of the BF Day family and staff group who
    selflessly donated their talents to support this important
    event at our school.

    Please consider supporting the "ARTY" part of the Party in one of the following ways:

    1. Lead your child's classroom art project for the auction!
    Play off the event theme "Mother Nature" and lead your child's classroom in an art project to include in this year's silent auction. The goal is to identify 1 parent for each classroom by this Friday 2/7. Projects are due on March 27th. Email to volunteer.

    2. Create an original piece!
    Calling all creators! Photographers! Painters! Sculptors! Graphic Designers! Please consider creating a piece to include in this year's auction. We are requesting all pieces to be created with the event theme "Mother Nature" in mind. Artwork due on March 27th. Email to create.

    3. Perform at the event!
    Calling all entertainers! Dancers! Singers! Musicians! Poets! Email to entertain.

    Not feeling creative but really want to help?
    Email Chelsea Kane


    SAVE THE DATE! BF Day at the Mariners, Sunday, March 29, 2020, 1:10pm. Tickets only $10! More info coming soon! After School Enrichment starts Monday, January 13! There is still space available in some classes including Science Club 3-5, Bricks4Kids Lego Pirates, Ukulele, Spanish and Art Club 2-3. Email if you're interested.

    Also, NEW CLASS starting Monday, January 27. Creative Movement Ballet with ARC School of Dance. This class for grades K-2 will focus especially on building greater coordination and core strength and work on crossing the midline. Questions email Koshtra Tolle at

    B.F. Day Book Club: Next Book There There by Tommy Orange

    We had a great turnout for our thoughtful discussion of The Wife Between Us!

    Up next: We're reading There There by Tommy Orange and meeting at the Bounty on 2/13 (aiming to start at about 7:30pm so we can all attend and give full attention to the Science Fair that evening). Get your hands on a copy and come join us! And if you don't have time to read but just enjoy stimulating conversation, you're welcome too!

    Here's the Seattle Public Library on There There, which is the Seattle Reads selection for 2020:
    Tommy Orange's shattering novel follows twelve characters from Native communities: all traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow, all connected to each other in ways they may not yet realize. Hailed as an instant classic, There There is at once poignant and laugh-out-loud funny, utterly contemporary and always unforgettable.

    Chinook Sale
    The BFDay PTSA is still selling Chinook Book coupon book/app combos and app cards. Now that we are into 2020, we are offering the few book/app combos remaining for a discounted price of $15, and the app cards are also $15. There are coupons to local grocers and drugstores, fun activities like the Zoo and Aquarium, sport and outdoor retailers like Evo and Big 5, and local restaurants and shops selling Neapolitan pizza, specialty cupcakes and ice cream, baked goods and coffee. Proceeds from the sale of these Chinook Books and app cards go to the PTSA and helps to fund programming and supports that benefit the BF Day community. Cash, check, credit card accepted, as well as payments directly to the PTSA through Venmo (@BFDayElementary) or PayPal ( Contact Jenny at with questions or to place an order and arrange for delivery. Thanks so much for your support! 

    Visit the B. F. Day PTSA Website for more information and to stay connected!