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    SunDragons's Dayette April 23, 2019
    Posted on 04/25/2019
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    Upcoming Dates

    Friday, May 10 - 1PM Band Concert by the Carihi Secondary School in Campbell River, BC

    Thursday, May 16 – Dragon Dens 

    Thursday, May 30 - Family Dinner at 5:00PM, followed by the Spring PTSA General Membership Meeting

    Friday, May 31 - Fun Run at various times by grade.  More details to follow!

    What's Coming Up

    We have completed the interviews for the new 1st grade position. Abigail Kinder has accepted the position, and she will provide some additional information in an upcoming issue of the Dayette. Abby has worked at BF Day during the Summer Staircase program, and she is currently a 2nd grade teacher at Lawton Elementary in our district. She will be a fantastic addition to our team!

    As of this week, we have also completed interviews for our Preschool Special Education Teacher and a Special Education Assistant. The official job offers will be made on Monday, April 29th, by our district HR team. Once the candidates have accepted, I will announce them, as well!

    Physical Education Bike Unit starts next week!
    The Cascade Bicycle Club will deliver bikes for 3rd thru 5th grade classes soon. You will likely notice the trailer they come in parked on the lower playground. We ask that children not climb on or under the trailer even when school is closed. The first day of bike safety will be Thursday, May 2 and the last day is Monday, May 20. The upper playground will be utilized those days from 9:00 to 10:20 every day except Wednesdays. For safety all other students recess will be on the lower playground, during these times, for safety. On Wednesdays the MMS students will bike from 9:15 - 9:40 on May 8 and 15.

    Summer Staircase Registration Closes April 26 | B.F. Day Hosting! B.F. Day is hosting Summer Staircase this summer! Summer Staircase is a high-quality program for students currently in kindergarten through fourth grade. This program runs July 1 - July 26, 2019, Monday - Friday, 8:30 - 1:00pm. There is no school 7/4.

    Registration for the Summer Staircase closes on Friday, April 26. For additional information about the Summer Showcase Program, please visit the SPS website.

    Preference is given to students below grade level as determined by MAP or Smarter Balanced assessments Registration forms are available from your child's teacher or in the office to be turned in by this Friday.

    Please contact Janet Sawyer, jmsawyer@seattleschools.org for more information on the B.F. Day's program.

    Class Placement Assignments

    At our recent Building Leadership Team meeting on April 4th, our team revised the procedures for making our class list assignments for next year. We have always worked to create balanced classrooms, so that the experiences that students receive in any homeroom are consistent and equitable. Due to very deliberate and strategic hiring, I am confident that every student will have a strong academic learning environment. We are supporting social emotional needs, as well, and our team will continue to receive professional development in Positive Discipline and RULER techniques.

    At times, parents ask about providing input into class placement decisions. The BLT and I invite your insights about helpful information that teachers can take into account – peer matches that may not be positive for your child, engagement strategies you use at home, strengths and areas of need.
    We request that no specific teacher requests be included in your letter or email. This is because our teachers feel they are part of a team where all staff are advocates for students and what is best for them.

    As staff begin creating class lists, they will be creating lists with no teacher identified. They will balance classes with students on a continuum from high academic and behavioral needs to leaders in the classroom. Once class lists are created, they will be delivered to the office for the summer. Stan and Carrie will review any changes in enrollment over the summer.

     In August, updated lists will be presented to the new grade teachers by the current teachers. At that time, the specific teacher assignments will be made. The class lists are announced at the Ice Cream Social at the end of August.

    I am happy to discuss this policy with you in more detail. Kindly submit any information by May 7th, as we will begin the class list planning on May 8th.

    At this time, here is how our school is scheduled to be organized:
    2 - Pre-school classes
    4 - Kindergarten classes
    3 - 1st grade classes
    2 - 2nd grade classes
    3 - 3rd grade classes
    3 - Mini Middle School classes – all 4/5 configurations

    Please help us by letting us know, as you know if you are not returning to B. F. Day next year. Simply send an email to cbauer@seattleschools.org or call the office at 206-252-6010. There is 24/7 voice mail if you’d like to leave a message.

    Library News

    2019 Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book Awards (WCCPBA)
    One Proud Penny Book CoverWe are in the final weeks of reading this year’s nominees before students in K-3rd grades cast their votes! We’ve embarked on all sorts of literary adventures, from helping Charlotte the scientist find some “space”, to learning about the life and travels of an American penny, to finding out how to handle an infestation of Barbarians!

    Visit the Washington Library Association website to find some fun activities you can share w/your child, based on this year nominees.
    The Washington Children's Choice Award winner is selected annually by Washington State's K-3 students. WCCPBA nominees are selected by Washington state school librarians. This award is given through the Washington Library Association School Division!

    Still time to order Your Yearbook!
    We have received many orders. Order forms should be turned in to the school office. Orders are due no later than May 3, 2019.

    PreK Sign Up still Available
    Quality, affordable, preschool is available through the Seattle Preschool Program. You may still sign up and may be put on a waitlist as Round 1 and 2 are over.

    We have two such programs (rooms) here at B. F. Day this year and we will likely fill up during Round 1 and 2. Other sites will likely have openings. You may go to https://earlylearning.microsoftcrmportals.com/parentportal/ to apply. If you forget simply go the B. F. Day webpage and click on the preschool art there. It will take you right to the site for application.

    Spring Testing
    Students in Grades 3 – 5 will be participating in Spring Testing a week after we return from Spring Break. All Grade 3 – 5 students will take the Smarter Balanced Assessment in English/Language Arts and Math. In addition, 5th grade students will take the Washington Comprehensive Assessment in Science (WCAS).

    The Smarter Balanced Assessments have 2 parts for the English Language Arts and Math. There is a Computer Adaptive Test (CAT) and a Performance Task (PT). We have reserved 3 testing periods of about 90 minutes each for each portion of the test. Since these are not timed, students may take longer. Most students finish after 2 – 3 days.

    Here is the summary:

    Grade ELA (2 tests: CAT and PT) Math (2 tests CAT and PT) Science (1 test)
    3 4/29-5/3 and 5/9-5/13 5/16-5/20 and 5/24-5/29 NA
    4 4/22-4/26 and 5/6-5/10 5/21-5/23 and 5/30-6/3 NA
    5 4/22-4/26 and 5/6-5/10 5/21-5/23 and 5/30-6/3 5/14 or 5/15

    PTSA News

    Fun Run Change
    The date for this year’s Fun Run has changed - it is not this Friday 4/26 - It has moved to Friday May 31st. Check the Dayette in the coming weeks for more important information!

    Volunteer Needs

    B.F. Day is celebrating our teachers and staff during May 6 - 10, 2019.

    Love is our school's theme for this week. If you have not yet heard from your room parent about your class's plan to celebrate your student's teacher, please follow up with your room parent. Parents are also encouraged to ask their students to create individual cards for their teachers, bring in homemade goodies, crafts, as well as donating gift cards and other gifts. These activities and items are all voluntary of course, but are a beautiful way to honor our teachers.

    If you would like to volunteer during this week to make staff feel appreciated, we need your help!

    Please see the opportunities and sign up genius links below:

    - Breakfast and coffee are being provided for staff every morning by parent volunteers in the staff lounge during May 6-10. Volunteers are particularly needed to sign up to help make coffee in the mornings.  View the Breakfast and Coffee Sign Up Genius.

    - Teacher massages will be held on Monday, May 6 from 10am until 1pm. Volunteers are needed to help coordinate getting teachers to their 10 minute massage appointments and possibly helping to watch classes if they've booked an appointment during class time.  View the Coordinate Teacher Massages Sign Up.

    - Plants for Staff. Volunteers have committed to bring in about half of the plants needed for our staff members (52 total plants are needed). Please take a moment to sign up to bring in a plant for a staff member at B.F. Day. Volunteers are also needed on Monday, May 6 to get plants to intended recipients.   View the Plants for Staff Sign Up.

    - The Staff Luncheon is on Friday, May 10, from 10:40am until 1pm in the staff lounge. Please, please, please help with this luncheon if you can. Volunteers are needed to help set up, serve the teachers during two shifts 10:40am - 11:40am/11:40am - 12:40pm, and to clean up from 12:40pm until 1pm.  View the Staff Luncheon Sign Up Genius.

    Questions? Please email: volunteer@bfdayptsa.org

    Recycle Batteries - Someone to drop off batteries at a safe disposal spot. See Carrie or Sonja in the office.  Thank you!