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    August 16, 2019 | Sun Dragons' Dayette
    Posted on 08/16/2019
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    What's Coming Up

    Monday, August 19 – Kindergarten Jump Start begins
    Thursday, August 29th 4:30 – 5:30 Ice Cream social/new class lists announced!
    Wednesday, Sept 4 - First Day of School for 1 - 5 grades!
    Full Day of School to 2:25pm - Not an early release day
    Partnership conferences for Pre-K and K
    Thursday, September 5 - 7:55 Welcome Back assembly in gym
    Partnership conferences for Pre-K and K
    Friday, September 6 - Partnership conference for Pre-K and K
    Monday, September 9 - 7:55 All school assembly in gym
    Wednesday, September 11 - 1:10 Early release
    Friday, September 13 - 9:00 - 3:00 Day of Caring

    School Bus Info

    School Bus Cartoon with studentsThe School District, Department of Transportation makes transportation decisions and will mail a notice to your home August 26. Please watch for it and save so you have the bus number, stop and times your child is coming to and from school. If you need a change immediately contact the department at transdept@seattleschools.org or by calling 206-252-0900. Email is usually more immediate. Waiting on the phone can take some time, this is especially true when buses are running and the first couple of weeks of school.

    Many of you DO NEED TO CONTACT THEM ASAP. There are currently 60 children signed up to attend the Boys & Girls Club on 46th & Stone Way according to the club. ONLY 12 kids are signed up for Bus 671 at 46th & Stone Way. Please call the school office if you are unsure. If you want your child to take the bus to Wallingford Boys & Girls and you have not informed them please do so ASAP. Children are always assigned to their home address (if eligible) for transportation. If you need them to go to other after school care please contact Transportation to make that change. Also, if you do not need your bus for the year please email them so their list of stops is correct.

    For playdates, the school office can issue a yellow card for that day. Please be sure to get an email or note to the office early in the morning for that afternoon or as ahead as you know. Information needed is your child’s name and classroom at day end. The child they’re going home with and that child’s bus and stop if you know it.

    Note! If you receive transportation information and don’t plan to utilize a seat, kindly let the office know. We will work with transportation to free up a space for another family who may need the courtesy transportation. Thank you!

    Bell Schedule

    Start and End Time:
    7:55 a.m. - 2:25 p.m.

    Early Release Wednesday:
    7:55 a.m. - 1:10 p.m.

    Children can be here as early as 7:35 a.m. when adult supervision begins. Breakfast, library and outside are options until first bell at 7:50 a.m. when they line up outside. They should be seated ready to learn at 7:55 a.m. Dismissal is from the playground to parents/caregivers or to the bus if they take it. The Boys & Girls Club picks up near the rooms after school for those staying onsite.

    School Supply Plan

    Image of chalkboard apple, pens, calculator, bus and other school suppliesThe PTSA is collecting a flat amount for school supplies for the upcoming school year. Please consider giving a suggested minimum $40/child to the school before AUGUST 30 for school/art supplies. The funds will be batched together where the front office and your child’s teacher will order in bulk for the classroom and art room. This allows us to save a tremendous amount of money and ensures the teachers receive the supplies they need.
    Benefits to you: Benefits to the school:
     No running around last-minute finding supplies (saving gas and energy)
     Teachers ensure they receive the supplies they need/require
     You don’t need a supply list Lower cost due to bulk ordering
     You won’t be inadvertently purchasing supplies that the classroom won’t use
     Less 1st day of school supply management

    You can PayPal the funds to the PTSA at paypal.me/BFDayPTSA or Venmo @BFDayElementary

    You can also write a check and drop it off or mail it to BF Day Elementary School 3921 Linden Ave N. Seattle, WA 98103 by AUGUST 30, 2019. Be sure to include your students' name(s) with your payment.  Thank you!

    Family assistance is also available upon request. Please don’t hesitate to ask. Questions? Email Carrie Bauer at cbauer@seattleschools.org or call 206-252-6010.

    Breakfast & Lunch Applications

    Every year we have families that believe their free/reduced meal application is still valid from the previous year or a family now qualifies but does not fill out the form before October 1.

    This form must be filled out EVERY YEAR.

    Some of our school funding beyond meals are dependent on this form being completed if you qualify. Please take the time to complete this form. Email or call our office if you need help. We are happy to help you with it.

    Online Application

    You can apply for free and reduced price meals online with our safe, private, and secure application on PayPams. Please visit the SPS Nutrition Services page at  seattleschools.org/departments/nutritionservices to fill out your form online.

    Submitting Applications Before the School Year Begins
    (Very Important for your child’s peace of mind)

    We encourage all eligible families to submit a new application for free and reduced price meals prior to the start of each new school year. This allows the application to be processed and the correct eligibility established before school starts. Families have the ability to fill out the Free and Reduced Price Meal Application online at www.paypams.com/onlineapp. Copies of applications are available at every school office and lunchroom. Completed applications should be mailed to:
    Nutrition Services - MS: 32-372 Seattle Public Schools
    2445 3rd Ave S
    P.O. Box 34165
    Seattle, WA 98124

    Applications can also be emailed to nutritionservices@seattleschools.org, or faxed to 206-252-0664. The school office can also turn this in for you. The English version is now available on the table right outside our office.

    Emergency Information

    In case of Emergency we typically use information that you provided in PowerSchool. Please take the time to look at your information to see if it is correct. Sooner the better. Our office staff would prefer, and it is safer to complete this task on September 4. Please mark your calendars now. We will print a form for you and make the changes if you request it, but please let us know as soon as possible if that is the case. The Student Verification Form will be available for you to confirm and update online through The Source Sept. 4-30. Students marked as confidential or with a no contact order must provide data verification through a paper form to protect privacy and safety.

    Academic Success = Great Attendance

    Students are expected to be in class at 7:55 a.m. Breakfast begins at 7:35 a.m. Students who come in right at 7:55 a.m. and want breakfast are then going to be considered late. Please do your best to be on time in consideration of your child and others in the classrooms. Here are the specific steps we will be taking:

    • Conduct home visits/phone calls with families who were chronically absent the previous year. These efforts will take place in August.
    • Follow a consistent protocol for each late or absence incident:
    o 1st Unexcused Late (UL) or Unexcused absence (UA): Office will call parent with concern, state what is best for your child, reiterating guidelines from Attendance Works. Ask how we can help your child get to school on time or to be here whenever they are not ill.
    o 2nd UL or UA: Principal calls parent the day of late or day of absence with the same concern as above. Reiterates what is best for your child and how disruptive it is for the teacher and the students when kids come in late. How they miss important information.
    o 3rd UL or UA: In school meeting with principal/Counselor OR home visit. School staff reiterates concerns above and the team looks for solutions.
    o 4th UL or UA: Parent(s) is asked to come to school to discuss and sign an attendance agreement. 

    Parking/Traveling to and from School

    Commuting near the school can be difficult. We always recommend walking, biking, or even scootering (helmets please!) if your child does not take a bus, as the best way to get to and from school. Not only does this make more sense for many reasons but movement getting to school also help your child learn and retain better throughout the day. We have plenty of bike racks. A lock is necessary.

    If you must drive, please use Fremont Avenue and walk through the playground or park several blocks away to give your child the enjoyment of walking to school together. Check the signs to ensure you are parking legally. Linden Avenue is reserved for buses. Please do not drop off on Linden Avenue. Our parking lots are usually too full to pull in to after 7:15 a.m., however there are three spaces in the south lot reserved for Pre-K drop off as they must sign their children in and out. 

    Lost & Found

    In a preventative mode, please mark your child’s clothing, lunchbox, water bottle, etc. with their name so that we can get it back to them when found. Every year we give hundreds of coats etc. to charity three times per year; Winter Break, Spring Break, and year end.

    The Lost & Found is primarily located in at the northeast entrance door just inside on or near a coatrack. Before giving it to charity we try to hang it up along the main floor hallway, so it gets more notice. Please check the Lost & Found frequently.

    New Staff Members

    We are welcoming some additional new team members to our B.F. Day staff! We will have additional details and pics before the start of school.

    • Zoey Dunne is our new Psychologist.
    • Reny Mathan will be teaching Kindergarten in Room 205. (She is replacing Hanna Stevens, who is now teaching a new combination classroom in Room 300.)
    • Ann Schlossman will be a Special Education Assistant in Room 312’s Access program. (She is replacing Mignon Nall, who moved to Austin.)
    • Fekadu Tuli is our next Bilingual I.A. replace Joel Fisaha who is now full time at Rogers Elementary.
    • Tracy Anderson is a new 1st grade teacher.
    • Deborah DeRaadt is our new Preschool Special Education teacher.

    Visit the B.F. Day PTSA website to stay connected!