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    Sun Dragons’ Dayette

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    2017 School of Distinction

    To see the full weekly schedule, go to the Dayette Calendar

    Coming up:
    April 30 – May 4 – Smarter Balanced Assessments for Grades 3 – 5.
    June 8 – Village Day
    June 15 – Field Day and BBQ
    June 20 – 5th grade Promotion - Noon

    Principal News:

    Summer Staircase
    Please get your requests in! Deadline soon! For families who have been unsure about the commitment to Summer Staircase and are worried about what to do with their kiddos from 12:30 (when our program ends) and up to 6:00 as needed. We have a great solution! Our on-site B&G Club will have care available for all five weeks of Summer Staircase from 12:30 pm to 6:00 pm. The cost is only $125 a week. Thank you to Luke at B&G for helping us get this much needed help for our families.

    Summer Staircase applications are available from your child’s teacher. If you think your child could benefit from enhancing or keeping up their skills in reading and math please talk with your child’s teacher about this opportunity at B. F. Day. Summer Staircase runs from June 25 to July 27, 8:30 – 12:30 daily. Transportation, breakfast and lunch are provided.

    Registration for the Summer Staircase closes April 27 More information about the Summer Staircase Program.

    Green Team has Sounders Tickets Available
    Please call 206-252-6010 or email if you would like tickets. First come.

    B. F. Day Yearbook
    We are doing a B. F. Day Yearbook by preorder. The yearbook order form is being sent home on paper because the photography company preprinted them. Please ignore if you’ve already ordered. Orders are coming in regularly – nice work! The deadline is May 4 for your order. We will not likely order extras so please order your yearbook now if you would like one.

    Yearbook Art Cover Contest
    Also, once again we are asking our little Sun Dragons to submit artwork to use on this year’s Yearbook. Details are on the flyer that is going home today and also attached. Deadline is this Friday!

    Smarter Balanced Assessments
    Our annual assessment season is about to begin. These assessments are very important measures of student and school performance, and students are well-prepared for them. Each assessment is scheduled for 2-3 days, and students have as much time as they need to complete them.

    Because the tests are rigorous, students need to have a positive attitude and stamina to complete them. We encourage students to have a goal to finish a portion of the test, and then request they go back and review their answers for that session. Once a test session is over, student cannot go back to that section. By pacing themselves over 2-3 days, students have the stamina to do their best work, and they don’t become overwhelmed. All tests are taken on the computer.

    Some important terms and abbreviations for the Assessment Season include:

    • ELA – English Language Arts
    • CAT – Computer Adaptive Test
    • PT – Performance Task
    • WCAS – Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science

    Test Schedule:
    Students take a test, and then there is a break for a few days. The ELA test comes first, then Science and Math.

    3rd grade
    CAT ELA 4.30 – 5.2
    CAT Math 5.17 – 5.21
    PT ELA 5.10 – 5.14
    PT Math 5.25 – 5.30

    4th and 5th grade
    CAT ELA 4.23 – 4.27
    CAT Math 5.22 – 5.24
    PT ELA 5.7 – 5.9
    PT Math 5.31 – 6.4
    Science (5th grade only) 5.15 – 5.16

    Pre-K in the news:
    There is a nice article at

    We are so fortunate to have this great program at our school.

    Staffing updates:
    We are in the process of hiring several new teachers and instructional support specialists for next year. This is due to a new Special Education program called Access and the addition of another Preschool classroom. We are also expanding by 2 classrooms. I will have the profiles and pictures of new team members later in the spring and over the summer.

    As you know, I consider the recruitment and hiring of teachers to be one of the most important tasks a Principal can do. We’ve been very fortunate in our hires over the past four years, and I am excited to share some of the updates. We are finding an amazing team!

    The new Access teacher will be Kayla Nunez. Kayla is currently the intermediate SEL teacher in Room 102.

    The new intermediate SEL teacher will be David Bauernfeind. David is currently one of the assistants in this classroom, and he is completing his certification this spring. His assistant position will be advertised soon.

    The new music teacher will be Eleni Semandaris. Eleni is currently at West Woodland Elementary.

    The new Preschool teacher will be Megan Rupert. Megan is dually certified in elementary education and special education.

    The new Special Education teacher for preschool will be Laurie Yarger. She is an experienced teacher who most recently worked in the Lake Washington School District.

    One of the new Access program assistants will be Luke Imboden. Luke is currently an Access IA at Broadview Thomson.

    We are interviewing for the new K position today and for the new 1/2 split classroom tomorrow. Thankfully, all current staff will be returning. Whew!

    On Site Boys & Girls Club is on Dash
    The Boys & Girls Clubs of King County are using Dash for registration now. Registration for Fall opens on April 30th at noon. The Club website can be found on Please call Bryan Norkus 206.547.7169 or if you have questions.

    PTSA News

    The Sun Dragon Fun Run!!! This Friday!!!
    If the pledges coming into our GoFundMe site are any indication, our students are already off and running! But Friday is the big day when the rubber meets the road. We are more than a thousand dollars towards meeting our 25,000 goal, and the envelopes haven’t even been turned in. Keep up the good work this week! A few things:


    A huge thank you to those who have already signed up on Sign Up Genius to help! We still need help with the following

    • One more person to bring in some oranges to refresh our runners
    • One more person to help to set up in the morning before school
    • A few more folks to manage the water stations, mark name tags, tally tags and cheer on kids during all the shifts. If you are coming to cheer anyway, we could use your help.

    Come Cheer!

    However, even if you can’t commit to a volunteer slot, please come cheer for our runners. Here’s the schedule for the day:

    • 8:10 Third Grade
    • 9:00 Kindergarten
    • 9:50 Pre-K
    • 10:30-11:20 Break/Lunch
    • 11:25 MMSM 4, 4/5 and 5
    • 12:05-12:25 Break
    • 12:3 1st grade
    • 1:15 2nd grade

    Fun Run Day-of Reminders

    • Bring a FILLED water bottle from home! Remember, the kids will get an extra punch on their lap-counter punch card for remembering! We will still have paper cups for those who don’t bring one, but we want to do our part to reduce waste and congestion at the water station.
    • Dress to Run! On Friday kids are invited to wear what makes them feel fast! (e.g. Superheros, Sports Stars, Fast Animals). But please remember sneakers and comfortable/non-restrictive or delicate attire so they can actually be fast! Also remember to check the weather-- Sun Dragons run in rain or shine!
    • Remember, there are school-wide goals, so let’s all put our best foot forward! Thanks to generous donations, the 10 cents/ per lap per student pledge has been generously matched by Brooks and Powers! That means that every lap by every kid will bring in money to support arts, music and socio-emotional learning at B.F. Day!! What better reason to run?! Here’s a reminder of the tiered incentives:
      • First tier (3,000 laps, approx 10 per kid): Kids will earn a "super fun extra recess."
      • Second tier (4,000 laps, approx 14 per kid): Mr. Jaskot will dye his beard in the school colors
      • Third tier (5,000 laps, approx 18 per kid): They ADD a dance party with Mr. Eric! (in addition to the previous two prizes!)
    • In addition, every student who turns in their envelope will be entered into a raffle to win one of five Brooks running company gift certificates.

    After the Fun Run
    The week after the Fun Run, students will receive a note home that congratulates them on the number of laps they completed. They can use that number to finish collecting pledges. Remember to turn in your envelope by May 4th to be eligible for a Brooks running gear certificate.

    You know what goes well with a Fun Run? A juicy hotdog! Though I would recommend running before hotdogging...Join us after school (2:30ish) on Friday for a beefy or vegetarian hot dog! John and April Luethe, and I will be serving them outside (so far the weather is cooperating)!! You decide how much you would like to pay, and all the profits go to supporting our PTSA! For parents who don't pick up/Boys and Girls Club kiddos- I'm going to email Luke and let him know no one is getting turned away from hotdogs, even if all they have in their pockets is lint fuzz and broken plastic treasures. If you would like to donate and will not be there in person, please do so on the GoFundMe website or pledge on the fun run envelopes!

    Link to the GoFundMe:

    PTSA Budget Survey
    The PTSA Budget Committee is planning next year's budget and we need your input on what programs you'd like funded for the 2018-19 school year. It's just ten short questions and at the end you can be entered to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! The survey closes on Friday, April 27. Thank you in advance for your input. 

    Dear B. F. Day community... the ARTY PARTY needs YOU!
    There is an impressive team of parents/caregivers who are working hard to plan B.F. Day's upcoming "ARTY PARTY" auction in June! What a fun night we will have celebrating the ARTS as a community! To make this event as special as it can be we are reaching out to YOU for help... we believe the more people who get involved the more meaningful and successful the event will be. Please check out the ways you can contribute to this year's "ARTY PARTY" auction...

    1. Visual Arts!
      Are you an artist / creator / maker of things and would like to donate a piece? Or do you know an artist who might like to donate a piece?... contact Julie Graber at by April 1st
    2. Performing Arts!
      If you are interested in performing at the event contact Janine Chiorazzi Pierce right away at (there are 5 spots open for parents!)
    3. Donations!
      We are hoping that all families can find a way to provide a great connection for a donation, or think of a creative way to donate something themselves! Think of cool experiences (like flying, boating, vacation homes, etc) or more intimate experiences (like a night of babysitting, a trip to the zoo for 3 kids, music lessons, wine or whiskey tasting at your house, etc). Or maybe you have a connection with a business that you'd like to share? We need all the help we can get so please reach out to Sarah Sullivan Thompson at
    4. Classroom Art!
      This year some of the classrooms will be collaborating to create a piece of art for the auction. If you are hoping your child's class is participating and would like to help then contact Michal Inspektor at right away

    Any other questions or ideas can be sent to

    • They say it takes a village and they are right! Thanks everyone.... Peace, Love and Safety to all!

    Design B.F. Day's Yearbook Cover

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    We are B.F. Day Sun Dragons! Your artwork needs to incorporate our school or Sun Dragon logo. Our School colors are burgundy and yellow.

    Your art should br COLORFUL and be able to hang up and down (vertical). Finished size 8.5" x 11".

    You may use any medium: markers, crayons, colored pencils, paint, or cut paper.

    Your artwork does NOT need a title. **Make sure if you are doing lettering on your entry that all words are spelled correctly.

    Most importantly all artwork must be done by a student of B.F. Day Elementary.

    Write your name and your teacher's name in pencil on the back of your art.

    All entries must be turned into the main office by the end of the school day on Friday, April 20, 2018.

    The winner will have their artwork appear on the cover of the yearbook and receive a FREE COPY of the yearbook!

    All other entries to be featured in the yearbook.