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Sun Dragons’ Dayette May 13, 2022

   office: 206-252-6010 • fax: 206-252-6011  

       bfday.attendance@seattleschools.org 

        130 Years of Excellence in Education 

        “The Family School” 

Thank you 

Dear B.F. Day Families,  

 
I am writing to thank you for the outreach and support you provided during the principal hiring process. I also extend my gratitude for the congratulatory messages after the principal announcement was made. I am humbled and honored by your support.  

Recently we celebrated teacher appreciation week. In reflecting on our school’s celebration of appreciation week, it illuminates the year-round strengths of our community concentrated among five special days. I saw every phonetic way to spell “principal” among a rainbow of construction paper cards. As a former reading teacher, I relished all the inventive spelling! Our staff gathered among work rooms of treats and goodies and shared in the joy of community we have all been missing the past couple of years. We gathered as a school family on the blacktop to celebrate our historic school and Mr. Jaskot. Teacher appreciation week allowed me to genuinely feel an intrinsic sense of grounding and community. It displayed all that is magical at the Family School every week of the year: an inclusive community, rooted in a rich legacy, that celebrates strengths and talents of each other.  

As we step into the last days of school for the 2021-2022 school year, my sense of optimism and hope for our future is great. It rests in our students that bring happiness and curiosity every day. It rests in the talented staff at B.F. Day. Finally, it rests in our community that is steadfast in its support. With summer vacation imminent, let’s find many more moments of joy as we celebrate each other for the work that was accomplished this year.  

I am so proud to be the principal at B.F. Day. I continue to commit to you that we will educate your children with the love and respect that they deserve. It is in our sense of togetherness that we will continue to move our school forward.   

Thank you for your partnership this year. I truly mean that.  

In appreciation, 

Natalie  

Seattle Storm Game 

Join B.F. Day families for a night of WNBA action! Come watch the Seattle Storm take on the Connecticut Sun on June 5th at 3pm at Climate Pledge Arena! The Storm and B.F. Day have partnered on a block of seats and the offer is for all families, faculty and staff.  

Playing their first full season in Seattle since 2018, come have a blast watching the 4-time WNBA Champions Seattle Storm in their new home! Tickets are $25 ($28.75 after taxes). Funds available to those who need it. Any questions email info@bfdayptsa.org 

Use this link to order: 

http://stormpromos.com/bfday 

Hope to see you there! 

Wow, what a response! 

Thank you, families, for always being there for us! On Monday we had late notice that our lunchroom staff was absent. There was no coverage for her. So many of you stepped up to volunteer. We are so appreciative of the just in time support!  

Field Day Volunteers 

Mr. D. needs 15-20 more volunteers for Field Day on May 27th! Please email Mr. Delaney if you can join us for a day of fun outside:  vldelaney@seattleschools.org. 

Summer School Referrals 

Students that may benefit from summer school have been referred by teachers. If you would like your child to attend, you must still enroll when you receive a summer school Qualtrics survey from Seattle Schools. If your child was referred, the survey was sent to your email on May 12. Current Kinder – 4th grade students will have the opportunity to engage in language arts and math lessons that center around student identity, joy and building end-of-year skills while allowing students more time to grow and learn. 

Summer School dates: July 6 – 29, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

Attending Next Year? 

If you have decided to attend a different school next year and have not let the office know, please email us your plans.  Send them to cbauer@seattleschools.org. This will help us balance our new classrooms more efficiently for next year. Thanks! 

Upper Uppers Playground 

We received communication from the Parks and Recreation Department that construction on the playground will begin the third week of June.  

Inclusion Fireside Chat  

June 2 at 7:30 p.m.  

In 2019, the State Legislature recognized the immediate need to increase inclusionary practices (IPP) across Washington state schools and they provided OSPI with funds in the Biennial Budget, to implement professional development in support of inclusionary practices. The focus of IPP is to improve outcomes and to engage students with disabilities in general education classrooms, content, and community. When we provide high quality instruction, relationships, and approach education through an equity lens for students with disabilities, we improve the education outcomes for all our WA state students. 

Parents, please join IPP Demonstration Sites Project Director and B.F. Day parent, Dr. Cassie Martin, in a facilitated discussion about inclusion in WA State and how we all have a role in creating a culture where all students belong. Creating inclusive schools requires commitment, inquiry, and collaboration to begin removing barriers and in order to pursue educational justice. Our discussion will explore how belonging is central to a student’s academic and social engagement and progress. We will address some of the barriers that exist, whether institutional or interpersonal, that can reinforce exclusion and students’ experiences of oppression and what the research tells us about how this impacts educational outcomes. We will also address how elevating and paying attention to things that are working well in our school community can be a powerful catalyst to create a culture of membership and belonging. 

To learn more about the IPP and inclusion in WA state, please watch this short video where Superintendent Reykdal and Dr. Cassie Martin highlight the critical need to make schools more inclusive and call us all to action:  Inclusionary Practices Project Video

Here is the link to attend:  

Topic: BF Day Family Night: Inclusion and Belonging 
Time: Jun 2, 2022 07:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) 
 
Join Zoom Meeting 
https://washington.zoom.us/j/98945756300 

New Fourth Grade Teacher 

We are pleased to report that Mr. Eric Richardson has accepted the position as 4th grade math and science teacher next year. Most recently, Mr. R was a long-term substitute in third grade at B.F. Day. He was highly recommended by Adams Elementary where he served as long-term Special Education substitute. Mr. R. has impressed so many stakeholders at B.F. Day during his tenure this year. His positive demeanor, collaborative approach, and hard work were certainly noticeable! We are looking forward to having him as a permanent member of the Family School! 

Below is a brief introduction:  

Hello everyone! 

My name is Eric Richardson and I will be the new 4th grade Math and Science teacher this coming school year. B.F. Day is truly a special place that has made me feel welcome since the first day I stepped on campus. I am excited to ‘officially’ join the B.F. Day family and be part of this amazing community. Math and science are passions of mine and I’m eager to take what we learn in the classroom and apply it out in our community through service learning and hands-on field investigations. I’m ready to jump into the classroom and get started.  

I’m originally from Nampa, Idaho, and moved to Seattle around 5 years ago. I completed a master’s degree in Teaching at Seattle Pacific University in 2021. My previous teaching experiences range from kindergarten to university level classes. Most recently I was a long-term 3rd grade substitute here at B.F. Day. I am excited to see a lot of familiar 3rd grade faces in my 4th grade classroom! When I’m not in the classroom I like to cook, read, and raise two very needy cats. 

New Preschool Teacher 

Welcome, Kelsey Ledee, as our new SPP teacher in the dragonfly room! Ms. Ledee comes to us highly recommended from Bagley Elementary, where she most recently taught Kindergarten. Ms. Ledee is known for her campus leadership and collaborative work style. We are so excited to have her join our family!  

Below is a brief introduction:  

Hi, my name is Kelsey Ledee, and I am excited to start as the new Pre-K teacher at B.F. Day Elementary. I have taught for six years mainly in primary grades. I taught three years in Texas before I moved to Seattle, where I have taught for the past three years.  I grew up in Texas but moved to Seattle in summer of 2019. I absolutely love it here! Y’all is definitely a part of my vocabulary. When I am not teaching, I enjoy running, cooking, and reading. In the summertime, I spend my time on my paddle board. I am currently in graduate school for Instructional Design. I should finish my program in spring 2023. I look forward to working at B.F. Day Elementary and learning from great educators!   

PTSA General Membership Meeting Coming Up! 

Join us on May 19 8:00 p.m. The PTSA will be hosting the last general membership meeting of this school year.  

Link to attend:  

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89595105313?pwd=TTh1RnpNZEMvb1JwYVU0VWlwazMxdz09

Covid News from Nurse Sophie 

Positive Cases for Week of 5/9/22 10 

After a whirlwind week, there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel. This week we have 10 positive cases, which is a significant decrease from the 35 cases seen last week. In addition, we were able to detect 6 cases from the in-school testing. Community transmission in King County is at medium level, so please continue to monitor students for symptoms and keep them home if they are sick. Testing and isolation are also important ways to keep transmission levels low. If you need test kits, please let me know so that I can send some home with your students.