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    January 8, 2019
    Over 126 years of Excellence in Education
    3921 Linden Avenue North Seattle, Washington 98103
    (206) 252-6010 (206) 252-6011 fax


    January 9

    •  Sunshine Store
    • Student Council
    • 8:15 Reading MAP for Room 207
    • 10:00 Reading MAP for Room 204
    • 1:10 Dismissal
    • 6:00 p.m. After School Class registration begins

    January 10

    • 8:15 Reading MAP for Room 205
    • 12:05 Global Reading practice
    • 1:00 Reading MAP for Room 203
    • 2:45 – 4:15 Building Leadership Team

    January 11

    • 8:50 Math MAP for Room 207
    • 10:00 Math MAP for Room 204

    January 14

    • 7:55 All school assembly in gym
    • 8:30 Math MAP for Room 205
    • 10:00 Math MAP for Room 203

    January 15

    • MAP testing window closes today

    January 16

    • 3rd & 3/4 WITS
    • Sunshine Store
    • Student Council
    • 1:10 Dismissal

    January 17

    • 12:05 Global Reading Practice
    • Author visit

    January 18

    • Instrumental Music

    Upcoming dates:

    Saturday, January 12, PTSA work party for basketball court,10 – 3
    Monday, January 21st – School closed in Observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
    Thursday, January 24th – Take Your Parent to School Night 5:30 – 6:30
    Wednesday, January 30th – School closed – Day between semesters
    Wednesday, February 13th – Science Fair

    Principal News

    Happy New Year!
    The last day before Winter Break was quite exciting with the power failure! As a result, I know I missed connecting with some families to wish you a happy holiday season. I greatly appreciate the cards and gifts that made their way to my desk. Thank you! The best gift of all is working with such a great group of families and staff. I wish everyone a happy and healthy new year.

    Student Safety at Dismissal
    Since the beginning of the school year, we have made the plea for drivers to park on Fremont Avenue when picking up students. The parking lots are very tight, and extra cars don’t mix well with students and parents walking from the school.

    There are three parking spaces in the south lot reserved for pre-school pick-up. The north lot will be reserved for taxis that serve some of our students. All other drivers should plan to park on Fremont.

    We know that parking on Fremont is a bit of an inconvenience, but it will certainly make our dismissal times safer for students, and it may save you time by not having to make awkward turns in the parking lots.

    Lost & Found
    We still have your Lost & Found items. Because of our power failure last week, we are holding the Lost & Found items for one more week. All items will be donated to charity January 14th.

    MAP Testing for Kindergarten
    Students in Kindergarten will be taking the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) tests within the next couple weeks. The testing window runs from January 7th through the 15th. The Dayette calendar lists the days and times for each K classroom and when they will take the Reading and Math portions of the test.

    Each section of the test has about 44 questions. Much of the test is “read” to students in their headphones. Students click on their answer choice(s), and then click “next” to move to the next question.

    Students will take the MAP on laptops in Room 101, a classroom on the 1st floor. We have chosen to do the assessment in Room 101 as this helps get the laptops set up with a headphone, mouse and mouse pad. Choosing one testing location greatly helps in getting everything ready for the four classrooms of students.

    The MAP results are available immediately following the assessment, and teachers will be able to use this information as part of the overall data on your child’s academic strengths. The district also uses MAP results to help inform advanced learning eligibility.

    MAP Growth uses the RIT (Rasch Unit) scale to help us measure and compare academic growth. Specifically, the scale measures levels in academic difficulty. The RIT scale extends equally across all grades, making it possible to compare a student's score at various points throughout his or her education.

    What does a specific RIT score mean? It represents the level where a student is ready to learn, also known as the Zone of Proximal Development. The test finds that level by pinpointing where a student would just as likely answer incorrectly as correctly, the point between knowing and not knowing answers. In addition to RIT scores, MAP Growth provides specific learning statements showing what each student is ready to learn. Those learning statements are directly aligned to our Common Core Standards.

    2019-20 Enrollment
    For current families at B. F. Day, only Pre-K families or those that have changed addresses out of our area need to enroll by filling out a Choice Form on time. Choice time is February 4 – February 15. Since we have had a waitlist in most grades recently, please fill out the choice form during the Feb 4 – 15 period to have your best chance at staying at B. F. Day.

    New student registration begins January 7th and should be completed no later than February 15th:

    We have two tours remaining. The next one is February 6th at 8:30 a.m. and an evening tour on February 13 beginning at 6:30 p.m. Reservations are not required.

    Library News
    January author visit: Kelly Milner Halls! Celebrated science and “Wonders of Weird” author, Kelly Milner Halls will be joining us next week on Thursday, January 17.

    Kelly will be meeting w/all grade levels, sharing her unique and contagious delight in all things weird and wonder-full. She’ll be reading and signing a few books as well. Parents and other family members welcome!

    The Secret Garden Bookshop will be supplying books for purchase and to add to our library collection.

    More details to come. Check out her website:

    images of booksGlobal Reading Challenge

    GRC teams meet again Thursday at lunch this week. All participating students are asked to join us in the library immediately after eating. We’ll be meeting at this time every Thursday through February 1.

    *Sincere apologies to all students who were unable to check out GRC books due to the power/Internet outage Dec. 20-21. We did manage to get books into the hands of most students who requested them. Any students who made a specific request and did not receive  their book(s) can check the holds shelf in the library for their books.

    Parent Positive Discipline Opportunity
    Sound Discipline will be offering a 6-week Parenting with Positive Discipline series starting Thursday, January 17 in Greenwood at the Greenwood Senior Center. Registration deadline is this Thursday, January 10!

    The registration link is here, and additional details are below.

    The registration deadline is Jan 10, so we are encouraging people to sign up ASAP.

    Sound Discipline

    Parenting with Positive Discipline

    Thursday evenings, 6:30 - 9:00 pm Jan 17 - Feb 28, 2019 (no class Feb 21)

    Are you challenged by:

    • Whining
    • arguments over chores
    • sibling fights
    • bedtime problems
    • clashes over homework and screen time
    • and other parenting issue?

    Our 6 week Parenting with Positive Discipline series provides parents with tools that to get to the core of conflict and bring more peace and joy to your home. We provide parents with tools that strike a balance between being kind and firm in a fun, relaxing and supportive atmosphere. Positive Discipline the techniques are respectful and non-punitive and are based on both common sense and the latest brain science research. 

    This class is best suited to parents of K-8 children. Looking for parents of teens class? Would you like to host a parenting class for your community? Contact us for more information or with any other questions at

    Evening parenting Classes

    Thursdays 6:30 - 9 pm, January 17, 24, 31, Feb 7, 14, 28 (skip Feb 21 due to SPS winter break)

    Greenwood Senior Center 525  N. 85th St.

    Register ASAP! Deadline is January 10. 
    $100 for one caregiver/$125 for two. Use one of the below links to register
    https://goolgl/d9Muws or

    Check out our new Parenting Newsletter
    Join us for one of our upcoming public workshops

    Mary Power, Program Manager, Sound Discipline
    Sound Discipline is a 501-c3 nonprofit organization
    3250 Airport Way South, Suite 224, Seattle, wa 98134

    Ballard Gymnasts


    Greetings gymnastics enthusiasts and community members!

    Back this year - Ballard High School Gymnastics Kids Camps!!

    The Ballard High School gymnastics team - 4th place winners at the 2018 WA State Gymnastics

    Championships - welcomes your child to join our 2019 kids camps!
    BHS gymnasts will teach campers on bars, beam, vault, and floor for hours of fun and instruction.

    Tickets are $45 per date, per camper (additional campers from the same family are $40) per date. No gymnastics experience is needed!

    Feel free to contact Kimball Mullins (Kids Camp coordinator) at with questions.

    This event is always a community favorite, secure your spot at the camps today! Makes a great holiday

    Stephanie Gundel
    Ballard High School Gymnastics Head Coach

    PTSA News

    After School Class Sign Up

    Online enrollment for the winter enrichment classes begins this Wednesday, January 9th, at 6PM (note the new start time) and ends on Monday, January 14th, at 5PM. A paper copy of the winter enrichment schedule is also on the PTSA bulletin board as you walk into the  building, and paper registration forms are available in the Main Office.

    More information and the online portal for enrollment can be found on our PTSA

    PTSA Opportunities

    We need volunteers to help:

    • With this Saturday's (1/12) Play Court Clean Up from 10am until 1pm. Please let us know if you can lend a pressure washer (two more are needed for this project):
    • Facilitate the Global Reading Challenge on Thursdays at 12:05pm in the library.
    • Hang lost and found items every week and make occasional runs to Goodwill.
    • Help Ms. Pierce hang art in the halls and to set up art projects in her classroom on Thursdays and Fridays.
    • Assist with B.F. Day new family tours on 2/6 at 8:30am and 2/13 at 6:30pm.
    • Walk Kindergartners to enrichment activities during the first two weeks after the classes start.

    PTSA Opportunities

    Come to the next PTSA Board Meeting, now on Tuesdays! Our next meeting will be Tuesday, January 15 at 6pm in the BF Day Library. All are welcome! Childcare is not provided but kids can come, too!

    Here's a link to the agenda:

    2019 January Board Meeting Agenda BF Day PTSA
    Tuesday, January 15, 2019 6-7:30pm, BF Day Library

    I. Convene and Introductions
    II. Review and approve December Minutes
    III. President’s Report

    A. Calendaring

    1. Monthly Board Meetings, 2nd TUESDAY of the Month at 6pm, next meeting
    February 12, 2019, BF Day Library
    2. General Membership Meetings, March 21, & May 20
    3. No School, January 21 & 30
    4. Budget Meetings, TBD
    5. Take Your Parent to School Night, January 24, 5:30pm
    6. New Family Tours, February 6 @ 8:30, February 13 @ 6
    7. Science Fair, February 13, 5:30
    8. Mid-Winter Break, February 18-22
    9. Trivia Night, February 26 @ Pecado Bueno, 7:00 ??
    10. Arty Party, March 30
    11. BF Day @ the Mariners, Sunday, April 14th, 1:10pm 12. Other Events? Trivia Night? Night Out Fundraisers?

    B. Volunteer Needs

    1. Budget Committee

    IV. Stan’s update

    V. Old Business

    A. Action Items from Last Meeting
    B. Basketball Court Update

    VI. New Business

    A. Open Floor
    B. BLT Update - Julie/Michal
    C. Treasurer’s Report - Dave
    D. Fundraising update - Tanya

    1. Arty Party

    E. Advocacy Update - Mollie

    1. Levy Information

    F. Teacher’s Rep - Janet
    G. Volunteer Update - Megan
    H. Room Parent Update - Daranee
    I. Special Ed Liaison - Anne
    J. Enrichment Update - Jason
    K. Social/Communications Update - Cris/Miranda
    L. Library/Art Liaisons - Sheri/Steph?
    M. Tech Update - Daniella VII. Anything else?

    A. Review action items from meeting

    VIII. Next meeting date: Tuesday, February 12 in the Library IX. Adjourn

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