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    Sun Dragons' Dayette Jan 14, 2020
    Posted on 01/15/2020
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    B.F. Day Event Calendar 

    Visit our B. F. Day Weekly Calendar




    What's Coming Up This Week: 

    Mon, Jan 20 | School Closed in observation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    Tues, Jan 21 
    | 10:00 – 1:00 Class trips to Garfield HS to see The Phantom Tollbooth (MMS and 1st grades), After School: Art Club, Chess Club, Debate Club, Tennis, 6 - 7:30pm PTSA Meeting.

    Wed, Jan 22
     | 1:10 Dismissal, After School: Art Club, Might Kicks, Curiosity Club, Yarn Art.

    Thurs, Jan 23 | 5:30 – 6:30 Take Your Adult to School Night, After School: World Dance, Parkour, Bricks 4 Kidz

    Coming Up Mark Your Calendars:

    Wed, January 29 Snow Make Up Day | Day Between Semesters | 1:10 pm Dismissal

    MAP Testing

    The Kindergarten classrooms will all be taking the Measures of Academic Progress in the schedule listed below. The MAP is given in both Reading and Math, and it generally takes about an hour for each test. Students will be taking the MAP on laptops in either the library or art room. This makes the set up for Jenn Cooper and me much easier, and it cuts down on any lost instructional time in the actual K classrooms.

    Teacher Subject Date/Time
    Mathan Math M 1.13 at 8:45 makeup 1.23
    Smith Math M 1.13 at 10:15 makeup 1.23
    Baughman Math W 1.15 at 8:30
    Smith Reading W 1.15 at 10:15
    Mathan Reading Th 1.16 at 8:30
    Ferrel Math Th 1.16 at 10:15
    Baughman Reading F 1.17 at 8:30
    Kendrick Math F 1.17 at 10:15
    Kendrick Reading T 1.21 at 8:30
    Ferrel Reading T 1.21 at 10:15
    Makeups W – F TBD

    Math Labs

    Our teachers are working on ways to improve math instruction through student discourse and differentiation. To assist in this work, two of our teacher leaders, Ms. Steel and Mr. Maldonado, are organizing Math Lab days where teams of teachers co-plan and facilitate lessons in different classrooms. A team of teachers participates, observes, adjusts their lesson plans/delivery and then debriefs at the end of the series of classroom visits. The first of three labs will take place on Thursday morning, January 16th. This will be a primary team consisting of Mr. Beck, Mrs. Ferrel, Ms. Dawson, Mrs. Cooper, Mrs. Baughman, and Ms. Anderson. 

    Library News

    A gargantuan “THANK YOU!” to all who helped make our BF Day Winter Holiday Book Fair a success.

    Here’s how we did, by the numbers:
    o $5,910 in total book sales (incl. tax)
    o $1,191 in cash profit ($ we get to use to purchase new library books!)
    o $301 in Scholastic Dollars earned (good for purchasing books from Scholastic)
    o 21 amazing and talented volunteers
    o Countless smiles on the faces of BF Day readers

    Global Reading Challenge:
    o 4th grade teams will meet Wed, 1/15 during lunch recess in library
    o 5th grade teams will meet Thurs, 1/16 during lunch recess in library
    o Books are available through the Seattle Public Library in a variety of formats:
    E-books, audiobooks and good old-fashioned print
    * SPL is offering unlimited access to all GRC titles in audiobook and e-book format
    SPL link:

    Racial Equity Work at BF Day

    In alignment with our district’s mission, we are committed to ensuring equitable access, closing the opportunity gaps and excellence in education for every student. In addition, the district’s strategic plan, Seattle Excellence, is guided by four priorities and is laser-focused on supporting students of color who are furthest away from educational justice, beginning with African American boys and young men. This work is not about changing students. It is about changing broken systems and undoing legacies of racism in public education. By actively addressing racism in our educational system, and ensuring students furthest from educational justice thrive, conditions in Seattle Public Schools will improve for all.

    As we plan out how the work will become more purposeful at our school, we have created a Racial Equity Committee to help with awareness and professional development for staff. The PTSA is also considering a Racial Equity committee that will align with the school’s effort to maximize the results from home and school.

    This link will take you to a survey our committee will use to address next steps. It would be helpful to have your insights and opinions. Please take some time as you’re able to assist in this important work. The link is here:  Thank you!

    School Beautification Efforts

    Do you sew? Do you have some fun child-themed fabric lying around? Would you like to help beautify our cafeteria or lunchroom with some valances or short curtains? Let Stan know if you need more details! Thank you!

    Counselor News

    The school wide theme for the month of January will be “growth mindset.” A growth mindset is the belief that individuals who believe their talents and skills can be developed through hard work, learning from mistakes, and not giving up. This is counter to a fixed mindset, which tells us that our skills and abilities are fixed and innate. When I visit classrooms, the focus will be on the importance of continuing to try hard things (even if we don’t want to) and understanding that every time we display a growth mindset our brain “stretches” that much more.

    Head Silhouette Growth Mindset "Failure is an opportunity to grow"Challenges help me to grow"I like to try new things"  Head Silhouette Fixed Mindset "Failure is the limit of my abilities"  I'm either good at it or I'm not"I don't like to be challenged" "When I'm frustrated, I give up"

    John Taylor, MA Ed.,

    School Counselor
    206- 252-6018

    Weather Impacts on School Schedules

    When we have a two-hour delay like this week so far, there is no breakfast served. Please be sure your children have had their breakfast at home. Students can arrive as early as 9:35 when there is a 2-hour delay. Playground and our library will be open until the bell rings at 9:50. Arriving after 9:55 is considered late those dates.

    Welcome to New Playground Supervisor

    We do have a new playground supervisor, John Wachter. We are happy to report that John enjoyed his first week last week and will be playing with us on a regular basis for lunchtime playground duty.

    Job Opening

    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!


    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 Visit the B.F. Day PTSA Website Create Ballet K-2 Winter 2020 for more information.

    Chinook Books

    The BFDay PTSA is still selling Chinook Book coupon book/app combos ($25) and app cards ($15). With many holiday celebrations coming up in our community, why not snag one more Chinook Book to give away to someone?!?! Small gifts of gratitude can mean a lot to babysitters and other service providers, teachers, coaches, etc. 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. Half of the purchase price goes right back to the PTSA, so it's a gift that gives twice. ;-) Cash, check, credit card accepted, as well as payments directly to the PTSA through Venmo (@BFDayElementary) or PayPal ( Contact Jenny at to arrange to get your order before the break is upon us. Thanks for your support!

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