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    October 22, 2019 | Sun Dragons' Dayette
    Posted on 10/22/2019
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    What's Coming Up 

    Wed, Oct 23 | 1:10 Early release | Afterschool Clubs: Dinner Club, Science 3-5, Art Club K-2, Hip Hop 2-5, Tennis K-5
    Thur, Oct 24 | After School: Drama 2-5, World Dance K-2, Parkour 3-5, Bricks Challenge 1-3, Yoga K, Pathfinder 3-5
    Fri, Oct 25 | Instrumental Music in AM | 9:30-12:20 Room 104 to Center for Wooden Boats | Afterschool Clubs: Soccer K-3, Chess K-5, Art Club 3-5, Parkour K-2, Spanish K-5
    Mon, Oct 28 | 2:40 Safety Committee Mtg | Afterschool Clubs: Karate, Adventure Sports K-5, Creative Coding, Curiosity Club, Ukulele 3-5, Spanish K-5
    Tues, Oct 29 | 9:30 – 1:00 Kindergartens to The Farm |Afterschool Clubs: Drama K-1, Sewing 2-5, Board Games 2-5, Chess Club K-5, Pathfinder 4-5
    Wed Oct 30 | 3rd Grade WITS Day | 1:10 Early release |Afterschool Clubs:
    Dinner Club, Science 3-5, Art Club K-2, Hip Hop 2-5, Tennis K-5
    Thur, Oct 31 | 1:30 Pumpkin Parade | After School: Drama 2-5, World Dance K-2, Parkour 3-5, Bricks Challenge 1-3, Yoga K, Pathfinder 3-5 | 3 – 6 Trick or Treat in Fremont
    Fri, Nov 1 | Instrumental Music in AM | Afterschool Clubs: Soccer K-3, Chess K-5, Art Club 3-5, Parkour K-2, Spanish K-5

    Annual Pumpkin Parade

    On Thursday, October 31st, there will be a modified Pumpkin Parade. Because our school community has grown substantially since last year, we have made the decision to modify the annual Pumpkin Parade to better fit the space and safety needs of our school community. Rather than have the Pumpkin Parade outside in the afternoon, we will be having an indoor parade where every class 'snakes' through the school, visiting each classroom and participating in a more controlled celebration.

    To address the topic of equity, we will provide information and resources to those families who need help with costumes on this day. There will be an opt-out space for those kids who don’t wish to participate. The event will begin in all classrooms at 1:00. Each homeroom will have an activity for students while they wait for their turn. The Pumpkin Parade planning committee (Hanna, Randi, and Janine) will provide a detailed schedule and route map for the event shortly.

    To preserve as much of an education-focused day as possible, here are some guidelines for costumes:

    • No masks for students or adults (They hamper vision and can be a safety concern),
    • No overly scary/bloody costumes or adult themed costumes are permitted.
    • Students change into costumes at lunchtime, so please don’t have students wear costumes/makeup to school that morning.
    • Parents may assist students in changing at lunchtime.
    • For families wishing to opt out, please email me at We will host an alternative fall fun craft activity in the library.

    Lunches will run at their normal times. Students will change after lunch is over. We are all looking forward to a fun event! 

    Coming Up: Tues. Nov 5 | Chat with the Principal Night 5:30 - 7:00pm

    The evening will be co-presented by Kenneth Maldonado, our 4th and 5th grade Math Teacher. His topic will be around Math strategies that your children are learning and the reasons these strategies are taught.

    Two Job Openings

    Have you always had a burning desire to work with adorable small children? No experience needed, high school diploma and volumes of patience required. Eyes in the back of your head helps also. 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.

    If Only Our Children Ran the World

    This is the Mini Middle School winning poster on Climate Change! Jadyn in the 5th grade created a poster highlighting various problems that contribute to Climate Change along with solutions. Great ideas Jadyn!

     Poster Save Our Earth with earth Problems with cars Solutions with walking

    Library News! The 2020 BF Day Sasquottowner Reading Challenge is here!

    For the second year at BF Day, we’re combining three awards categories, the Sasquatch, Towner and OTTER awards, into one hybrid reading challenge for all 3 – 5th grade students. (Links & descriptions of the three awards are below)

    Students are invited to read eight or more books from any of the nominee lists -- many students have already read quite a few!

    *4-5th graders must read at least two titles from the Sasquatch list.

    -> There will be Sasquottowner Reading Challenge forms available soon for students to track and review books they’ve read.

    Students will also have the opportunity to vote for their favorite Sasquatch/OTTER books. We will wrap up the challenge with a celebration and ice cream party for all qualifying participants in June.

    Three NW Children’s Book Awards

     Otter, Sasquatch and Towner Awards

    Otter Awards (Our Time To Enjoy Reading) is a newer awards program aimed at middle-readers. Students have been introduced to the titles in the library and have been encouraged to read them, along w/this year’s Sasquatch Award titles. Visit the Washington Library Association website for more info. 

    The Sasquatch Award, Sponsored by the Washington Library Media Association, is given to a chapter book, sometimes non-fiction or graphic novel, written for grades 4 through 6. At BF Day, students in grades 4 & 5 are introduced to the twelve nominees in the fall, encouraged to read them and then vote for their favorites in the spring. The Seattle Public Library supports this program as well. For more info, visit WLA’s site.

    The Towner Award is named after Bill Towner, longtime Seattle librarian and mentor to dozens of librarians. Bill was an outstanding teacher-librarian who worked with thousands of students from all backgrounds and taught all of them his love of literature.
    Nominees for this award are non-fiction titles selected by librarians across Washington state and are aimed at students in grades 2-6. Visit the Washington Library Association for more details.

    Library Committee Meetings: Our second meeting this year will be Thursday, 10/24 in the library. This a great way to learn about our library program, volunteer opportunities and share your own ideas for how we can enhance this valuable resource for our amazing students. Staff, parents, families, students all welcome! Future committee meetings will be scheduled on the 2nd Thursday of the month, starting at 2:45.

    Ken Hammer | Teacher-Librarian | 206-252-6036 | Happy Reading!

    Your Lost & Found

    Your Lost & Found is full! Please have a look, it’s located at the northeast entrance just inside the outside doors. Volunteers have hung much of it in the halls this week and again for Parent/Teacher Conferences coming up in November. Small items are in a container in the school office.

    Picture Day and Adult Badges

    You can still request pics from O’Connor. Questions? Please call 1-800-993-4929. Order at Picture retake day is scheduled for November 18, early morning. Attention: Volunteers/parents this is your opportunity to get a permanent badge for the year. O’Connor will take your picture and give you a badge right there. This eliminates the need for volunteer/visitor stickers when you visit or work at this school. You will still need to sign in and out at the office front counter.


    The BF Day Family Online Directory is live! If you have a Google account, you can request access. If you do not have a Google Account, please use this login information:Login: | Password: BFDayPTSA. If you are not in the directory, feel free to add yourself, and/or the teachers for your kids. Questions, please email Janice at

    B.F. Day Book Club - meets the second Thursday of every month

    Calling all parents/caregivers who love to read! The B.F. Day Book Club is up and running - we're currently reading our first selection Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton. Grab a copy and join us! We'll be meeting every month on the second Thursday night, 7pm at the Bounty in Wallingford. Everyone is welcome, hope to see you there!

    PTSA Volunteer Opportunities!

    Do you sometimes think "I have a little extra time to volunteer at the school, I wonder what needs done?" This year the PTSA will be posting small volunteer opportunities on the PTSA Connection bulletin board at the entrance, check it regularly! Currently looking for:

    • Volunteers to walk Kindergarteners to their after school enrichment classes - time 5-10 min - email

    • Writing assistant for PTSA e-newsletter - write & edit emails, load into mailchimp - time 1-4 times per month - email Miranda at

    Raising Mixed Kids: Multiracial Identity & Development

    Oct 22 | About 50 years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court in Loving v. Virginia struck down all state laws banning interracial marriages. In 2000, the U.S. Census Bureau first allowed individuals to choose more than one race when filling out their census form. Since then, the multiracial population has grown significantly. While we are seeing the increased use of multiracial bodies in advertising and media, we are not seeing an authentic representation of multiracial stories and lived lives. Mixed race children are still the least represented in children’s literature. Together we will learn about the experiences of those who identify as mixed race and how we can support the children in our community as they develop a positive mixed race identity. All families are welcome.

    Last week’s Autumn Family Dinner potluck was a great success thanks to the following individuals who selflessly game their time and energy to volunteer:

    Elizabeth Puccinelli, Emilee Murphey, Tania Schriwer, Michal Inspektor, Jason Evans, Miranda Berner, Chris & Sean Siritus, Christopher Fitzhugh, Denise & Chris Leighton, Daniella Kim, Dave & Jenn Evans, Katie Dunyon, Gayle Perez, and Robert Boyce.
    Looking forward to gathering together again in the winter!

    Neighborhood News

    Trick or Treat in Fremont | Thursday, October 31 3pm - 6pm

    To get treats, you must be a child, in costume and accompanied by an adult

    Questions? Contact Trick-or-Treat at or 206-632-3170

    Find a map of participating businesses at

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