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Hello Families! 

September 30, 2022

Below is the Dayette for this week. Fourth and fifth grade parents, please look in this week’s Dayette for more information on instrumental music. 

Enjoy some sunshine this weekend! 

See you Monday,
Natalie 


Halloween

We do not celebrate Halloween on campus. Some classroom teachers may coordinate fall harvest activities within their classrooms. Please reach out to your child’s teacher if you’re wishing to support the festivities on October 31. Students are not permitted to wear their costumes to school.

Looking for Room Parents!

Are you interested in being a Room Parent this year? Room Parents serve an important communications role in assisting the PTSA and the classroom teacher with email or other class-wide communications. If you’re interested in serving as a Room Parent, the Room Parent Coordinator is Mandy Watson and if you have questions, please don’t hesitate to send her at: roomparent@bfdayptsa.org 

Elementary Instrumental Music (EIM) Sign Ups (Grades 4 & 5 Only)

Dear Families,

We are excited to offer Elementary Instrumental Music (EIM) to your student! My name is Cayley Buie and I’ll be your EIM teacher this year. The program is for Grades 4 & 5 if space is available. Instruments we teach are Violin, Cello, Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet, and Trombone.

This is an optional program that students and families choose to participate in. During the school day, students leave their regular classrooms to go to EIM for about 30 minutes, one day per week.

The program serves a limited number of students. To support equitable access within the boundaries of the program, EIM uses a lottery enrollment model. This means that if more students submit enrollment forms than space allows, there is a chance a student won’t be able to participate in the program this year.

How do I enroll my student for EIM?

Fill out the Online Enrollment Form

Due Date is October 5, 2022

I will get back to all families that enrolled to let you know if your child will be in EIM this year and what instrument they will play.

Thank you, Cayley Buie

School Lunches

There is a district-wide shortage of kitchen personnel. B.F. Day currently does not have a permanent Kitchen Manager. At the beginning of the school year, Culinary Services was providing a temporary Kitchen Manager. We recently received news that the temporary Kitchen Manager won’t be returning. Culinary Services is looking for a replacement for her. As a result, school staff are serving lunches. We are provided bagged and cold lunch options to distribute to students.

At this time, the meals that students receive may not match what is advertised on the menu. All students are given 20 minutes to eat and 20 minutes to play. Parent volunteers that have completed the background check process are welcome to volunteer at any time in the cafeteria. Lunch runs from 10:25 a.m.– 11:50 a.m. Our cafeteria is small. To fit comfortably fit students, we need several lunch periods.

If your child consistently accesses school lunch, please check in with them. Some families may consider sending lunch from home during this period to provide more variety or preferred items for their child.

Know someone that may be interested in a Kitchen Manager position? Visit the district job postings.

Volunteers Needed to Chaperone Childcare at Curriculum Night Oct 6

B.F. Day will be offering childcare during Curriculum Night! Please fill out this form if you haven’t already and you plan to use this option. We are also looking for a couple parent volunteers for each 30 minute session. If you don’t need to attend all sessions please consider helping out the community so all parents and guardians are able to attend! Sign Up if you can help out.

Volunteers Needed on October 26

We’re looking for about three parents that are willing to volunteer on October 26 for picture re-take day! Please email smhaas@seattleschools.org if you’re able to support. Thank you!

October Happenings

  • October 3; Custodian Appreciation Day
  • October 3 – 14; MAP reading and math testing for grades 1, 2, 4, 5
  • October 5 – 19; MAP reading and math testing for 3rd grade
  • October 6, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Curriculum Night (on campus, in person) Earthquake Drill
  • October 7, 10:10 a.m. Earthquake Drill
  • October 7; Spirit Day: Pajama Day!
  • October 12; Kindergarten completes reading and math MAP testing
  • October 14; No School: Teacher Inservice Day
  • October 18, 8:00 p.m. (virtual); PTSA General Membership Meeting
  • October 20, 1:00 – 2:00; Dragon Dens
  • October 25, 12:40 p.m. Shelter in Place Drill
  • October 26; Fall Picture Re-Take Day & Pre-K Picture Day
  • October 27; Occupational Therapist (OT) Appreciation Day

Testing Positive for Covid

If your child tests positive for Covid at any time during the school year, parents must self-report at CIC-Health.

The information goes to our central district data system (CIC) and Nurse Annette. Parents will receive updated isolation and return to school guidance from CIC. Currently, isolation is based on date of onset of symptoms (if no symptoms- use test date).

Typically, students will isolate for 5 days and return on day 6, if symptoms have significantly improved and fever has resolved within 24 without medication. Student must wear a mask on campus days 6-10. If a student cannot wear a mask, they need to stay home through day 10.

If there is another child in the household that has not tested positive, it is recommended to wear a mask and watch for symptoms for 10 days. The child can continue to attend school pending negative test results and fever free for 24 hours. Refer to the district Covid Dashboard.

Flu & COVID Vaccines Info for this Weekend

Flu and Covid vaccine Clinics in NE Seattle

All families are welcome to come to SPS COVID and Flu vaccine clinics this weekend in Northeast Seattle!

Bring COVID vaccine card and pre-registration needed

Nathan Hale High School

Date: Saturday October 1
Vaccines Pfizer COVID vaccines for 3+ including bivalent Omicron booster for 12+, Moderna vaccines including bivalent booster for 18+ and Flu vaccine
Hallway near main office, 10750 30th Ave NE

Time: 10:00 am-4:00 pm for flu vaccine, 10:00am-2:00 pm for COVID vaccines Medical Providers: Othello Pharmacy and Seattle Visiting Nurse Association

SVNA Registration for Flu vaccine
Register for COVID Vaccines

Olympic Hills Elementary

Date: Sunday, Oct. 2
Vaccine (Pfizer COVID vaccines for 3+ including bivalent Omicron booster)
Lunchroom, 13018 20th Ave. NE, Seattle, WA 98125
Time: 9:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Please register by 9 a.m., Thursday, Thursday, September 29. After registering on the Safeway website, please print and bring your consent form to the clinic.
Medical Provider: Safeway Pharmacy

Eckstein Middle School

Date: Sunday October 2
Vaccines: Pfizer COVID vaccines for 3+ including bivalent Omicron booster for 12+, Moderna vaccines including bivalent booster for 18+ and Flu vaccine
Lunchroom , 3003 NE 75th St
Time: 10:00 am-4:00 pm for flu vaccine, 10:00 am-2:00 pm for COVID vaccines
Medical Providers: Othello Pharmacy and Seattle Visiting Nurse Association
Register for COVID Vaccine
SVNA Registration for Flu vaccine


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Previous Editions of the Sun Dragons’ Dayette

First Day of School Forms: Reminders

Please complete your child’s first day paperwork. Below is the link to the flyers and forms that should be printed by families for the start of the 2022-23 school year. The forms necessary to fill out and return to the office are the FERPA and Health Information Form. If you complete the Student Data Verification Form (Student Verification Form), on the Source it is not necessary to fill out the Emergency Information and Student Release Form.

The Student Verification Form will be available for parents or guardians to confirm and update online through The Source September 14 – 30. This is the time families are strongly encouraged to take this opportunity to make any updates to your student’s information here. An important factor to consider when signing on, is the parent’s email MUST match what is listed in PowerSchool. If you’re having difficulty logging into the Source, check which email you are logging in with. If you are uncertain which email is in the system, you can call the office and we can look it up. The window to make these changes online ends September 30. Visit the SPS Start of School Forms page for more information.

Chat with the Principals Night

Please join Dr. Zisko and Dr. Morisco for our first Chat with the Principals Night of the school year. The meeting will be held virtually on Thursday, September 29 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Dr. Zisko and Dr. Morisco will discuss highlights for this school year, a brief snapshot of schoolwide data, and assessments that will be completed in the 22-23 school year. Finally, we’ll offer a space to take questions and comments from parents.

Curriculum Night Oct 6

Friendly reminder that Curriculum Night is on October 6 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.Parents are invited to come to campus and participate in a presentation offered by their child’s teacher. We will host three 25-minute presentation blocks. Classroom teachers will repeat the same presentation three times in a row.

This way, parents with students in multiple classrooms can visit each of their children’s classrooms. Our specialists (P.E., music, art, and library) and Special Education teachers will also have open classrooms for parents to visit. Parents may choose to visit one or more of these rooms during Session 1, 2 or 3.

We will be offering on-site childcare. Childcare is only for school-aged children.

If you are seeking childcare for Curriculum Night, please complete this Curriculum Night Child Care Form.

Completing the childcare survey will help us staff childcare and prepare an appropriate number of materials. Please complete the survey no later than Friday, September 30.

Here is how the night will be organized:

  • 5:30 – 5:55 p.m. Session 1
    • 5 minute passing period
  • 6 – 6:30 p.m. Session 2
    • 5 minute passing period
  • 6:35 – 7 p.m. Session 3
  • 7 – 7:05 p.m. – Event Concludes

Greetings From the Library!

We had an amazing turnout at our 1,000 Minutes of Reading Celebration. Congratulations to all our amazing readers!

Students have begun checking books out to bring home. A reminder to handle our books with clean hands, keep books away from pets/babies, keep books away from liquids (including Seattle rain), and return books on time. Books may be checked out for two weeks and may be renewed if students would like more time with them.

Students have a rotating library schedule. Please check with your classroom teacher regarding which day(s) your child has library.

Back to School Kickoff Assemblies

Next week we’ll be hosting two morning assemblies, one for grades K-2 and one for grades 3-5. Kinder – second grade will be on Wednesday, September 28 from 8:05 – 8:25. Third – fifth grade will be on Friday, September 30 from 8:05 – 8:25. All our assemblies are held in the gym. Dr. Zisko, Dr. Morisco, and Mr. Taylor will be leading the assemblies. We will reintroduce the B.F. Day way. At B.F. Day, we are caring, engaged, and responsible. We’ll also introduce new staff members, introduce incident report forms for students, and sing our B.F. Day song. We will host these types of assemblies about 3-4 times per school year, particularly after long school breaks. Looking forward to kicking off our school year with our students next week!

Supplies Money

At the beginning of the school year, B.F. Day purchases school supplies in bulk. As a result, parents do not need to bring in school supplies from home. We are able to make bulk purchases because of the generous donations our PTSA makes each year. Each year, we suggest a $40 donation to the B.F. Day PTSA to cover the cost of your child’s school supplies. This year, donations have been lower than expected. If you are able, please consider a $40 donation to the B.F. Day PTSA. Checks addressed to “B.F. Day PTSA” can be dropped in the front office. Parents can also make donations via PayPal.

PTSA General Membership Meeting

Our first PTSA general membership meeting of the school year is October 18 at 8:00 p.m. The meeting will be held virtually. We encourage all families to attend! Please mark your calendars!

After School Enrichment

After school enrichment is BACK! The Enrichment Committee is rebuilding its membership and rebuilding our after-school program! We welcome more volunteers!

Registration for after school classes is open. More information & class descriptions available on the PTSA Website.

Classes will start the week of October 10, 2022. 

Questions? Email enrichment@bfdayptsa.org

Enrichment Classes

  • Monday
    • Karate (Harold Nichols) 2:30 – 3:30 p.m., K-5, Cost: TBA
    • BEAM Legos 2:30 – 3:30 p.m., K-5, Cost: TBA
  • Tuesday
    • Drama – Julie Bragg 2:30- 3:30 p.m., K-2, Cost: $200
    • Sea Yoga Kids, 2:30-3:30 p.m., K-1, Cost: $120
    • Mode Music – Vocal Performance, 2:30 – 4 p.m., Grades: 2-5, Cost: $200
  • Wednesday
    • Art Club with Green Garage Art Studio, 1:10 – 2:30 p.m., K-3, Cost: $185
    • Science Club – Field Trips, time varies, 1:10-4:30 p.m., Grades: 1- 5, Cost: ~$40
  • Thursday
    • World Dance with Marissa, 2:30-3:30, K-2, Cost: $153
    • Drama – Julie Bragg 2:30- 4:00 p.m., Grades: 3-5, Cost: $200
    • Chess Club, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m., K-2, Cost: $128
  • Friday
    • Coding, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m., Grades: 3- 5, Cost: $252
    • Chess Club, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m., Grades: 3-5, Cost: $96

Fire Drill

Our first fire drill of the school year will be on Tuesday, September 27 at 10:10 a.m.

Greetings! 

September 16, 2022

Below is the Dayette for this week. Don’t forget that Picture Day is on Wed, Sept 21. Ordering information can be found in the Dayette this week. 

Enjoy your weekend! 
Cheers,
Natalie
 


Snack Donations Needed

Collage of Snack Bags: Cheez-It, Skinny Pop, Motts, Veggie Straws, Welches

Our classroom and Special Education teachers very much appreciate bulk snack donations. Students are offered snacks from the classroom snack bin at our morning and afternoon recess times. Sometimes, students will access snacks throughout the school day to help keep them regulated. 

Our Preschool – 5th grade teachers, including Access, Resource, and SEL, very much appreciate snack donations. If you’ve got a grocery trip coming up this weekend, please consider getting some snacks to donate for classrooms. Please drop off to your child’s classroom teacher. Thank you!

Kindergarten and First Grade Pick Up & Drop Off

The ramp walkway by the lower playground is a bit crowded at drop off and pickup. Moving forward, Kindergarten and first grade will line up for drop off/pick up on the sport courts by the lower playground. Parents, please keep walkways clear and wait with your students on the sport court areas. 

At pickup, it is especially important for our youngest students to have a 1:1 checkout with their teacher when they see their adult. Because of visibility concerns, parents will no longer pick up students by the exterior side door. Lines will move out to the sport court line up locations. It’s especially helpful if parents wait along the fence so there is room for the lines to come out. Then, we can begin dismissing students to families.

Morning Playtime

Students are permitted to play on the playgrounds from 7:35 – 7:50. Kindergarten and first graders are permitted to play on the lower playground. Grades 2-5 are permitted to play on the upper playground. During morning drop off, students may not play outside of their grade level assigned playground. The reason for this is student safety. Thank you for your help in reminding your child where they may play in the morning.

A Note from the Library

Greetings B.F. Day Readers!

We’ve had a great first week back at school getting to know all about our “new” library! Since school began a bit late, we have new dates for our Summer Reading Challenge Breakfasts. This is for students who completed the 1,000 Minutes of Reading Challenge.

  • K-5 Breakfast will take place in the library before school Tuesday, September 20, 7:15- 7:55.
  • Grade 6 breakfast will take place Thursday, September 22, 7:45-8:30.

School Lunch Menu

School Lunch Menus

Picture Day!

Yuen Lui Studio will photograph students at B.F. Day Elementary on Wed, September 21.

• Families can save on shipping and preorder photos.

Camera and piece of Cheese. Say Cheese
  • Print preorders will be shipped to the school and distributed to students at school within three weeks after the picture day
  • Digital preorders will be sent via email from no-reply@imagequix.com within three weeks after the picture day (use “no-reply@imagequix.com” to search your inbox/spam folders if you don’t see the email come through)
  • Photos will be available to view after the bulk order is placed (about a week after picture day) — families can view and order photos using their student’s school ID number — these print orders are shipped directly to students’ homes (+ a shipping fee) within 10-14 business days after the order is placed; digital images will be sent via email from no-reply@imagequix.com to the address provided within 10-14 business days after the order is placed

Say Cheese!

  • Wed, September 21 – Fall Picture Day
  • October 26 – Fall RE-Take Picture Day
  • April 3 – Spring Picture Day

For questions, please contact customerservice@yuenluischools.com

Buses Only on Linden Ave. in the Morning

Please do not drop your child off from Linden Avenue. Instead, drop them off at Fremont Avenue. Linden Avenue is narrow, and we are not able to get buses through with cars parked or lingering on the curb. For example, one of our big buses was late dropping off students because of parents parked on Linden Ave. Please help us keep the buses coming and going by not dropping your child at the front of the school.

Now Hiring

We’re hiring playground supervisors for this school year. We’re looking for 3 adults, age 18 or older, for about 2.5 hours per day. The times are 10:15 – 12:40. Playground supervisors monitor behavior and games to ensure they are positive and fun. Most importantly, they have fun with the students! The hours are Monday – Friday, all weather conditions. This is a great job for an active parent, neighbor, or grandparent that has a couple hours to hang out with fun little people in Fremont!  Must be a high school graduate and be able to pass a Washington State background check. And, as a staff member you would need to be fully vaccinated. Pay is $17/hr, and while this is not a benefited position, kids keep you young! Please contact Dr. Zisko nlzisko@seattleschools.org or Dr. Morisco jsmorisco@seattleschools.org if you’re interested in this position.

Welcome to Our New Instrumental Teacher, Ms. Buie Grades 4 & 5

Cayley Buie

Cayley Buie (she/they) cabuie@seattleschools.org

I studied at University of Colorado-Boulder and graduated in December 2015, then lived in Japan for 1 year, teaching English. For the past 5 years, I was teaching band and orchestra at a high school in Denver Metro. This year, I moved to Renton with my partner and our cat (Squeaks) and dog (Bailee). I am also a trumpet player in the Rainbow City Concert Band in Seattle. I love reading and writing fiction, and volunteering outdoors to restore forests in the Seattle area.

I will be at B.F. Day on Friday mornings teaching both band and string instruments. Information about Instrumental Music will be sent out via email next week, hopefully by Monday, so please keep an eye out for it. We had a great demonstration class on 9/16 and I look forward to working with your students! Registration will be online this year. Please let me or the student’s classroom teacher know if you need a paper copy.

Calendar Reminders!

  • September 27 10:10 a.m. Fire Drill
  • September 29 Chat with the Principals Night 6:30 – 8:00 Join Meeting
  • October 3 Custodian Appreciation Day
  • October 6 Curriculum Night 5:30 – 7:00

Covid Testing

At this time, Covid-19 testing is not occurring in school buildings. SPS has not yet requested consent from families for the 2022-23 SY to provide this testing. If a student or staff member is symptomatic, they will be sent home with an iHealth test kit.

Washington State Fair

The front office has tickets to the Washington State Fair. We can provide one free admission ticket for each B.F. Day student. The ticket is valid for any day of the Washington State Fair, September 2-25, 2022. Children under 5 do not need a ticket. Students may come to the front office (during office hours) to get their ticket!


Hello Families!

Our school building will be closed on Friday and Monday for the holiday weekend. We reopen on September 6. If you aren’t able to make it to the ice cream social, you may call the office on Tuesday, September 6 to get your child’s classroom assignment. 

(Delayed Start to School) September 7 is the first day of school for grades 1-5. September 7 is not an early release Wednesday. Early release will occur every Wednesday except for the first week of school. School will dismiss at 2:25 on September 7. 

(Delayed Start to School) Our preschool and kindergarten teachers host family connection meeting September 7-9. The first day of school for preschool and kindergarten is Monday, September 12. 

Wishing you a joyful last weekend of summer break! 

Go Sun Dragons!

Natalie 


Happy start of school!
First Day Packets: Please Complete

Please complete your child’s first day paperwork. Below is the link to the flyers and forms that should be printed by families for the start of the 2022-23 school year. The necessary forms to fill out and return to the office are the FERPA and Health Information Form. If you complete the Student Data Verification form (Student Verification Form), it is not necessary to fill out the Emergency Information and Student Release Form

The Student Verification Form will be available for parents or guardians to confirm and update online through The Source September 7 – 30. This is the time families are strongly encouraged to take this opportunity to make any updates to your student’s information here. An important factor to consider when signing on, is the parent’s email must match what is listed in PowerSchool. If you’re having difficulty logging into the Source, check which email you’re logging in with. If you are uncertain which email is in the system, you can call the office and we can look it up. The window to make these changes online ends on September 30.

SPS Start of School Forms

If you have any questions, please email smhaas@seattleschools.org or ecdibble@seattleschools.org.

Please complete the first day paperwork as soon as possible. It’s imperative for student safety that our students’ documents are updated for start of school. Forms may be turned into your child’s teacher on the first day of school.

The First Day of School

Our outdoor supervision begins at 7:35. Students are permitted to arrive as early as 7:35. Please do not drop off your child earlier than 7:35, as there are no staff on duty to provide adequate supervision. Students may play on the playground in the morning. Students in grades K-1 will play on the lower playground (the playground with the spider web). Students in grades 2-5 will play on the upper playground (the playground with the spinner). Before school, students are not permitted to play on playgrounds that are not assigned for their grade level designation.

At 7:50 the first bell will ring. Students will report to their line up locations by 7:50 a.m. Kindergarten will line up adjacent to the lower playground. First grade will line up on the sport court by the basketball hoops.

Second – fifth grade students will line up on the upper blacktop. Third and fourth graders will line up facing the Linden Ave. N. stairwell gate. Second and fifth graders will line up by the Fremont Ave. stairwell gate, facing the playground/building.

On the first days of school, classroom teachers will be at their line up locations. Each teacher will hold up a sign with their name, grade level, and classroom number.

The first bell rings at 7:50. This is when classrooms will begin moving inside for instruction. Instruction begins at 7:55. The tardy bell rings at 7:55. At about 8:00 a.m., we will lock the perimeter gates with street access (Linden Ave N. and Fremont Ave.).

On the first days of school, you can support your child by establishing predictable morning routines. Children thrive when they can connect with friends before school and are present for their classroom’s morning meeting. By arriving on time at school, you are also supporting your child’s classmates and teacher by limiting interruptions and re- teaching that occurs when children enter late.

On the first days of school, please say goodbye on the playground. Our school staff, including Mr. Taylor, will be present for students that need additional emotional support separating from parent(s).

School Leaders This Year

Dr. Morisco, our Assistant Principal, is working a half-time contract this school year. His days on campus will be full days on Mondays and Wednesdays. On Friday, Dr. Morisco will work half day, morning – lunch. In January, Dr. Zisko will take a maternity leave. She will return in the spring. During Dr. Zisko’s leave, Mr. Jaskot will act as the substitute principal in her absence. Mr. Jaskot is a former B.F. Day principal. He led B.F. Day for eight years, prior to retiring in the 2021-2022 school year. He is excited to rejoin our Family School in the new year!

Walking Bus

Are you able to volunteer after school in September? We’re looking for adult chaperones that can help with a walking bus to Wallingford Boys and Girls Club. Please email Kyle Zeller, B.F. Day PTSA Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@bfdayptsa.org.

Dragon Dens Are Coming Back!

This year, we are bringing back Dragon Dens! Dragon Dens are a school-wide event. Students in grades K-5 are placed into multi-grade “dens” with a “den leaders.” Den leaders are school staff, like school leaders, teachers, librarian, counselor, and support staff. 

Each Dragon Den reads the same picture book aloud and completes a correlating activity based on the theme of the book. We also have snacks! Themes may include topics like inclusion, empathy, or kindness. Dragon Dens allow our students to make peer connections across campus, get to know another familiar adult on campus, and discover a sense of community within our school. Dragon Dens occur during the school day from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Our preschoolers will also participate in Dragon Dens by reading the book and completing the activity within their respective classrooms. Below are the dates for Dragon Dens this school year. 

Students may be disappointed if they miss Dragon Dens, so pencil in these dates and schedule any necessary appointments around them.

  • October 20
  • November 17
  • December 15
  • January 19
  • February 9
  • March 16
  • April 20
  • May 18
  • June 15: Culminating school event

The B.F. Day Way

The B.F. Day Way is a positive behavioral strategy that helps all students and staff members support a positive, and safe learning environment. Specifically, the B.F. Day Way states that we are caring, engaged, and responsible in each area of the school building. For the first month of the school year, students will be taught, retaught and have opportunities to practice these expectations.

B.F. Day learners are caring, engaged and responsible!

LocationCaringEngagedResponsible
HallwayI allow other to learnI listen for and follow adult directionsI follow expectations, even when no one is watching
CafeteriaI invite classmates to eat with me
I don’t “yuck someones else’s yum”
I stay seated until I am dismissed by an adult
I eat healthy foods first
I walk safely and slowly in the cafeteria
I clean up after myself
ClassroomI take care of school supplies and property
I am kind to all classmates
I listen to classmates and teachers
I have a growth mindset
I honor our classroom agreements and expectations
TechnologyI treat my laptop/iPad gentlyI keep eyes on own screenI work on my assigned task
I move with awareness when carrying equipment
RestroomsI respect others’ privacy
I use appropriate language
I return to class when I am doneI wash my hands and I use restroom supplies responsibly
PlaygroundI invite others to join games 
I show good sportsmanship win or lose
I listen to and follow adult directionsI report problems to an adult
I leave nature in its place
I line up when I hear the whistle

Lunch

Below are the lunch times for the school year. All students will eat inside the cafeteria.

Grade Level

Kindergarten

First Grade

Second Grade

Third Grade

Fourth Grade

Fifth Grade

Eating Time

10:25 – 10:45

10:45 – 11:05

10:45 – 11:05

11:10 – 11:30

11:10 – 11:30

11:30 – 11:50

Playing Time

10:45 – 11:05

10:25 – 10:45

10:25 – 10:45

11:30 – 11:50

11:30 – 11:50

11:10 – 11:30

Lunch Volunteers Needed

Megaphone Volunteers Needed

During the first week(s) of school, we welcome parent volunteers to join us in the cafeteria. We need volunteers that have already completed the SPS volunteer application and have been cleared by our front office team. As students acclimate to our lunch time routines and procedures, we appreciate extra adult hands in the cafeteria to maintain clean tables and assist students.

The K-5 lunch blocks run from 10:25 – 11:50.

If you are interested and have not already completed the volunteer application, visit the SPS Volunteer Process. We are also looking for lunch volunteers to continue throughout the school year! If you’re able to volunteer one day per week, please email ecdibble@seattleschools.org.

PTSA General Membership Meetings

The PTSA hosts three general membership meetings per school year. We encourage all families to attend and participate in these meetings. Meetings will be held virtually at 8:00 p.m. Here are the meeting dates for the year:

  • October 18 – Fall General Membership Meeting
  • March 2 – Winter General Membership Meeting
  • May 22 – Spring General Membership Meeting

In Person Family Events

Save the dates! Mark your calendars for the return of some of our favorite B.F. Day events.

  • October 6 – Curriculum Night 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
  • November 21 – 23 – Elementary Conferences
  • February 16 – Science Fair 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
  • March 16 – Math Night 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
  • April 27 – Bring Your Family to School Night 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
  • May 25 – Art Fest 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
  • June 16 – Village Day 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.

Say Cheese!

  • September 21 – Fall Picture Day
  • October 26 – Fall RE-Take Picture Day
  • April 3 – Spring Picture Day

Updates from Nurse Annette

Contact information: alcologna@seattleschools.org 
ph: 206 252-6017 | fax: 206 743-3108

Important Health Information for the New School Year

Health QuestionsHealth Answers
Immunizations Up to Date?If you received a letter from Health Services about immunizations your student needs for school, please make sure your student receives the immunization(s) listed in the letter.

Send the immunization record to the school nurse or have your health care provider fax the record to the nurse.

Immunization requirements can be found in the Health Services Immunizations page
Flu Shots Help Save Lives!Schedule a flu shot for your student and family members. 
Here’s how:
Contact a School Based Health Center (students only)
Seek care from your health care provider
Look for upcoming announcements for opportunities in the
Seattle Public Schools website
Be COVID Smart!Take actions to help manage the spread of coronavirus and keep each other safe.

Get vaccinated
Get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms
Wash your hands frequently
Keep hands away from your face
If you feel sick, stay home

For current Seattle Public Schools COVID guidance, check the SPS COVID website. Ask your school nurse for resources around vaccination clinics and testing.
Health UpdatesPlease report any health issue your child has that could impact safety and learning to the school nurse

Complete the Annual Student Health Update form:

Visit the Source online
Complete a paper copy
You may also contact the nurse directly by phone or e-mail
Register Your Student for a School Based Health Center!Your student can go to any School Based Health Center within the district. Please call in advance.

Locate a School Based Health Center near you or use this interactive map to find the one closest to you.
Medication FormAsk your health provider to complete the Authorization for Medications Taken at School

Each medication requires its own form
Your health care provider must sign
You must sign the form

This is required for ALL medications.
MedicationAll medications must be in their original container with a pharmacy label.

Emergency medications must be in the building on or before the first day of school.

*Check medication expiration dates! Try to get medications that that will last the entire school year.

School Nurse Resource Links

August 26, 2022

Dear B.F. Day Families,

How to Buy School Lunch: Correction

Apologies for the misprint in last week’s Dayette! School lunch is purchased through PayPamsnot through The Source/School Pay.

Culinary Services offers a variety of convenient ways to pay for school meals. Checks and cash are accepted by the school’s Lunchroom Manager either as a pre-paid deposit to a student’s account or for purchasing individual meals, milk or other a la carte item. Checks should be made payable to Culinary Services.

Student meals may also be paid for with a credit card online at PayPams.com. PayPams requires the Student’s ID number or meal account pin number (provided by the school) to create an account. The Student ID number can be found on report cards or by accessing The Source. PayPams charges users a payment transaction of $ 1.95 per student for each transaction.

Reminder: Ice Cream Social

Our annual ice cream social is September 1 from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Class lists will be posted in windows. Our team took great care to develop the lists. There were hours of thought and consideration. Please do not request a classroom change at the ice cream social or on the first days of school. I’m confident that all our teachers will lead our students through a successful school year. We look forward to seeing students on campus again soon!

School Swag

You can buy our amazing B.F. Day School merchandise at Team Locker! Don’t forget to wear your Sun Dragon swag on Fridays!

Meet our New Nurse

My name is Annette Cologna, and I will be your nurse for B.F. Day this year. Check out my updates on the School Nurse webpage. 

Annette Cologna
Annette Cologna

A little about me: I went to University of Washington School of Nursing and graduated in 2000. After graduation, I worked in many states as a hospital nurse in different settings, specializing in caring for the heart and lungs. I have worked at Ballard High and Hamilton International Middle Schools for the past 6 plus years. I am confident I can care for your child’s ills, injuries, and health needs.

More about me: I am fun, kind, and have a big heart. I live close by in Ballard and love the community I live in. I have also heard many great things about B.F. Day’s community.

I am looking forward to meeting you and being your nurse! 

Meet our 5th Grade Math & Science Teacher

Richard West
Richard West

My name is Richard West and I’m very excited to be teaching 5th Grade Math and Science at B.F. Day! I just finished a year in the Seattle Teacher Residency, where I earned a Master in Teaching while co-teaching 5th grade at Maple Elementary. The year before, I worked with 5th graders at John Muir Elementary, and before that I spent the prior 10 years teaching academic English language skills mostly at the college level. I decided to move into Elementary teaching so I could create powerful learning experiences for more diverse learners, and also have a lot more fun during the day. I especially love bringing real world math and science problems into the classroom to make our work more meaningful.

I grew up in Fort Worth, Texas, with my parents, my little sister, and a bunch of animals. I went to Grinnell College in Iowa, then lived in Ohio for several years before moving to Seattle in 2017. When I’m not teaching, I’m playing music, ultimate frisbee, or board games, or doing fun things outside with my wife, my 3-year-old son, and my dog. I’m looking forward to being a Sun Dragon and a part of the B.F. Day community!

Eloise Davis Collage of Wedding Photos
Congratulations Ms. Davis!

Congratulations, Ms. Davis!

This summer our second grade teacher, Eloise Davis, got married. 

Her new name at school is Mrs. Sidhu!

This summer I got married! Sunny and I celebrated our wedding with some traditional Indian celebrations with a wedding at the end of the week. 

Both of us felt so much joy being around all of our favorite people and are still in wedding bliss.

Art Teacher Congratulations!

This summer our art teacher, Janine Pierce, got married. Her new name at school is Mrs. Hall!

Janice Hall and Husband

On Saturday Aug 20th I got married on the Hood Canal in Union, WA. to Max Devon Hall. Me (Ms. Pierce) and my husband Max will be combining our names and now I will go by Janine Chiorazzi (my maiden name) Hall. 

So instead, of going by “Ms. Pierce”, I will now be going by Mrs. Hall around the school. It may take a while to get used to for all of us including myself! I’m sure we will all have to remind each other for the rest of the year. I just wanted you all to know the happy news and join me in this new name transition! Looking forward to the new school year with you, in a new room, with a new name!

Yours in Art, Ms. Hall

Mark Your Calendars!

School Spirit Days

  • October 7: Pajama Day
  • November 4: College Swag Day
  • December 2: Wacky Sock Day 
  • January 27: Decades Day 
  • February 10: Share the Love Day 
  • March 3: Wacky Hair Day
  • April 7: Superheroes Day
  • May 5: Dress like a B.F. Day Teacher or Staff Member
  • June 23: Sunglasses Day

Chat with the Principals Night

On Microsoft Teams:

  • Thursday, September 29 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 4 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

A Note from our new Librarian Mrs. Papineau

Congratulations B.F. Day Readers on an amazing summer of reading!

A Special Congratulations goes out to those students who completed the 1000 Minutes of Reading challenge. As a reward you are invited to a special celebratory breakfast! 

Dates and times are as follows:

  • Grade 6: 7:45-8:30 a.m.Friday, September 9 (you can walk in a parade to Hamilton afterward!)
  • Grades K-5: 7:15-7:50 a.m., Tuesday, September 13

Both events will be in the library. Bring your completed form to breakfast or turn it in to Mrs. P. in the library beforehand. More updates on the B.F. Day Librarywebpage.

Covid Health & Safety Guidelines

Health and safety are top priorities for Seattle Public Schools (SPS). We continue to partner with staff and families, and with our local and state public health agencies — the Washington state Department of Health (DOH) and Public Health–Seattle & King County (PHSKC) — to keep our school communities healthy throughout the 2022-23 school year.

Keeping school communities healthy

During the 2022-23 school year, SPS will offer vaccine and booster clinics, and access to COVID-19 testing at schools to detect infection early.

SPS buildings meet indoor air quality standards set by air quality professionals. Common spaces will continue to be regularly cleaned.

COVID-19 Guidance

Recently, the DOH updated its COVID-19 guidance for the start of school.

Symptoms, testing, and isolating

The DOH requires anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19 to stay home and get tested for COVID-19. Additional guidance includes:

  • A person who tests positive for COVID-19 must isolate at home for five days. After five days, if symptoms improve and the person does not have a fever for at least 24 hours (without taking fever-reducing medications), they can return to school or work. COVID-19 tests are encouraged before returning.
  • If an individual tests positive after five days of isolation, they must stay at home for the full 10-day isolation period.
  • Anyone returning to school or work after isolation should wear a well-fitted mask from day six to 10. These individuals should also remain masked for sports and other extracurricular activities.
  • If an individual is unable to wear a well-fitting mask, they should continue to isolate for a full 10 days. 

Notifications

Schools are required to have a process in place to notify families and staff about COVID-19 outbreaks.

The DOH no longer requires the following at SPS facilities:

  • Physical distancing
  • Field trip restrictions
  • Restrictions on assemblies and other gatherings
  • Universal masking (except in medical spaces) 

SPS highly recommends the use of masks in school settings. The correct use of a well- fitting mask reduces the risk of spreading COVID-19. Masks will continue to be available in SPS buildings. 

Visit the COVID-19 response page for more information. Details about the monkeypox virus (MPV) are on the SPS website and in back-to-school packets families will receive on the first day of school. If you have questions, please contact us at csh@seattleschools.org

Together we can keep our schools healthy and thriving throughout the upcoming school year and beyond.

August 17, 2022

Dear B.F. Day Families,

Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year! Our team has been especially busy this summer. Many teachers changed classrooms, we did a lot of cleaning around our building, and we’re bringing in new energy for the new year ahead. As we approach September, I am feeling hopeful and optimistic for the year ahead of us. We have a great team assembled, with so many strengths and talents. Our school year is looking to be just about as “normal” as it can be. We’ll be bringing back activities like after school enrichment, Dragon Dens, and our favorite B.F. Day traditions. We’ll be hosting in person, in building events on campus. Our enrollment remains steady, and we’re staffed for success. We certainly have a lot to celebrate ahead of us.

September 7 is the first day of school for grades 1-5. Please note that September 7 is not an early release day. The first day of school for Pre-K and Kindergarten students is September 12. Our Pre-K and Kindergarten teachers will host the annual family connection meetings September 7-9. We’ll be announcing the morning line up locations in an upcoming Dayette before the first day of school.

On a more personal note, I wanted to share that I am pregnant. I am expecting a baby girl in January. Our family is very excited to welcome the last addition to our bunch. I appreciate all the sentiments of support and congratulations from those that I’ve connected with this summer. The Family School is such a special community in so many ways. Thank you for your graciousness. I’ll be taking a maternity leave after winter break and look forward to returning to the principal’s office in the spring. While I’ll be taking a short break from the role of principal, I am not taking a break from being a B.F. Day parent. You’ll be seeing me at drop off and pick up, getting our Kindergartener to and from school.

I am grateful that you are a part of our Family School and I am very proud of our team and our community. I especially want to thank our new Assistant Principal, Dr. Morisco, for going above and beyond this summer to get our campus ready. Our school is grounded in inclusivity, love, and respect for our children. This year we will continue to celebrate our historic building as B.F. Day enters its 130th year in education. Together, we will have a successful and joyful 2022-2023 school year.

Go Sun Dragons! See you soon, 
Natalie


Ice Cream Social & Classroom Assignments

Save the date! Our annual back to school ice cream social is scheduled for Thursday, September 1 from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Thank you to our amazing PTSA for coordinating the ice cream! Class lists will be posted in windows and children are welcome to play on our playgrounds.


Teaching Assignments

  • Preschool
    • Kelsey Ledee 
    • Emilie Trott
    • Claire McCallum Special Education
  • Kindergarten
    • Reny Mathan
    • Shellie Ferrel
    • Lauren Smith
  • First Grade
    • Tracy Anderson 
    • Tamara Siler/Britta Steel
    • Joran Hanna
  • Second Grade
    • Elizabeth Dawson
    • Randi Noreng
    • Eloise Davis
  • Third Grade
    • Stephanie Hill
    • Carly Riepe
    • Jennie Berlin
    • Janet Sawyer
  • Fourth Grade
    • Jennifer Hogue, Language Arts & Social Studies
    • Eric Richardson, Math & Science
  • Fifth Grade
    • To be announced soon! Math & Science
    • Annalise Strand, Language Arts & Social Studies
  • Special Education
    • Valerie Gildemaster, SEL
    • Deborah DeRaadt, Access
    • Lucy McMillan, Resource
  • Specialists
    • Vince Delaney, P.E.
    • Bethany Grant-Rodriguez, Music
    • Janine Pierce, Art
  • Support Teachers
    • Brooke Dawson, Multilingual Students, Kindergarten Reading
    • Jaimee Papineau, Librarian, 1st & 2nd Grade Reading
    • Doe Olegario, Grades 3-5 Reading & Math

Staff Directory


Meet our Newest Staff

Makena Gadient: SEL Instructional Assistant

Hi Everyone!

My name is Makena and I’m super excited to be a part of BF Day! I’m currently a student at UW getting my special education certification. I am the oldest of three girls, and very close with my mom and sisters, plus Luna, who is my sister Jewel’s cat. This is a photo of us at Luna’s 3rd birthday party! I love glitter and sparkles, colors, dressing up, and playing pretend (as you can see in the other photo) I love to read and come up with stories, and travel too.

Makena Gadient Collage with family
Makena Gadient

I was born and raised in Maui, Hawaii and have been working in special education at SPS for the past 6 years. I have worked with all ages of students and while in high school and college I volunteered at a summer camp for kids with disabilities age 5-21. I am very passionate about disability justice since my sister has cerebral palsy, as well as advocating with all the students and families I have the privilege of working with. I am a big believer in inclusion and anti-racist practices in and outside of the classroom. In the last few years I have been learning more about Ethnic Studies; and had the opportunity to teach 5 lessons on the Hawaiian Sovereignty movement with an Ethnic Studies framework this spring.

I am a visual artist as well as an educator, and love how the creativity and flexibility of art lends itself to working with students in schools. I am so excited to be at BF Day as a special education IA / student teacher this upcoming year. I truly can’t wait to meet you all!

Abby Baker: Access Instructional Assistant

Abby Baker
Abby Baker

My name is Abby Baker and I will be an IA on the Access team. I have worked as an IA in the Pre-K program here at B.F. Day, and also at Hazel Wolf K-8 on the elementary team. I am excited to be returning to B.F. Day and am looking forward to a great year working with our students and being part of a great team.

I grew up along the Jersey Shore, moved to Seattle to attend UW, and graduated with a BA in Art History. I love anything to do with the beach, especially lighthouses. I have 3 kids, a high school junior, a sophomore at Whitman College, and a Senior at UW. My husband and I have lived in NE Seattle for the past 23 years.

Elise Dibble: Front Office Assistant

Hi B.F. Day family!

Elise Dibble
Elise Dibble

My name is Elise and I’ll be moving into the Office Assistant role. I’m a brand-new University of Washington graduate and I am thrilled to share my experience with this community and to learn even more from all of you! In my educational background, I focused a lot on disability and identity studies, and my passion is for creating and maintaining safe spaces for all students, but especially neurodiverse and LGBTQIA+ students. My long-term goal is to work in academic counseling in higher education, but I am so excited for this role because I know big dreams start at young ages, and I know how important it is to nurture young minds from the very beginning.

When I’m not working as a server at Eureka! in U-Village, I love gardening, baking, and watercolor painting. I have a special love for bees and am cultivating a pollinator garden plan for next spring, and my favorite Seattle activity is going to the Woodland Park Zoo to ride the carousel! I also love fun earrings (the ones in this picture are gummy bears I got at a maker’s fair on campus) and will often be wearing fun designs!

I can’t wait to meet everyone and to work with your community and your children! See you soon!
– Elise

Jordan Hanna: First Grade Teacher

Jordan Hanna
Jordan Hanna

Hi! My name is Jordan Hanna, and I have been teaching in Seattle for 7 years. I taught 3rd and 1st grade at John Rogers, 2nd grade for four years at West Woodland, and then looped with my distance learning class to 3rd grade last year. I am a strong advocate for racial equity and have been a member of the Race and Equity team at WWE for the last five years, in addition to being a member of the new Advanced Learning team to bring opportunities to all students. I love teaching math and am committed to integrating STEAM lessons within my classroom. I push independence and leadership in my classroom and encourage students to self-advocate for their learning. I want each of my students to feel respected, confident, and empowered.

I grew up in Seattle swimming, playing board games, cooking, and hiking with my family. Now I row for Lake Union Crew and do Orange Theory, enjoy farmers’ markets, checking out new restaurants and cafes with my sister, and growing my plant collection. I live with my two kitties, Leo and Bella. I am so excited to be a Sun Dragon and part of the B.F. Day community!


Supplies

Consistent with previous years, no school supply lists will be distributed this year.

B.F. Day orders school supplies in bulk. This saves on costs and ensures the teachers have all of the materials that they need.

Please consider a $40 donation to the B.F. Day PTSA to cover your child’s supplies for the year. As not all families may be able to afford $40, we encourage donations of all amounts. If you prefer to write a check, there is a box in the front office where checks can be stored for the PTSA Treasurer to pick up.

B.F. Day PTSA PayPal Supplies Donation


Attendance & Tardies

The new school year is a great opportunity to reinvent morning routines so that your child can get to campus on time. Being on time is the best way for your child to start the day! Students may arrive on campus as early at 7:35. They may play on the playground, line up in their classroom area, or get breakfast in the cafeteria. The first bell rings at 7:50. This is when classes will begin moving inside. Instruction begins at 7:55. Please support your child’s classroom and limit interruptions by arriving at campus on time.


Buying School Lunch This Year

Last year school breakfast and lunch were free for every student. This year, SPS is returning to a paid system. Students will be issued a lunch code to debit their transactions. If you would like to check your balance or put money on your child’s lunch account, log onto the PayPams Account.

We encourage all families that may qualify for free and reduced lunch to apply. Students approved for free and reduced lunch may be eligible for other school benefits such as reduced field trip fees and discounted home internet.

Breakfast and lunch will be served at no cost to K-12 children who qualify for free or reduced-price meals. Breakfast is $2.25. Lunch is $3.25.

Learn More on SPS School Lunch


Snacks

Our teachers keep extra snacks handy to distribute as needed. Consider donating snacks to your child’s teacher, the front office, or your child’s Special Education teacher. Items like applesauce pouches and crackers make great snacks!


After School Enrichment

After school enrichment is back! Many thanks to the PTSA volunteers that are coordinating this work. Enrichment classes will be about $150/class. There will be fall, winter, and spring offerings. Classes are taught from 2:30 – 3:30/4:00. Parents register directly through vendors. Information about what is offered and when to register will be sent through a September Dayette. Fall classes will begin in October.


Transportation

Consistent with last year, Seattle Public Schools is experiencing a bus driver shortage. We are not expecting our big buses to resume in the fall. When we get notification that big buses are running, we will certainly be in contact as soon as we can. A lack of big buses presents a burden to families, especially to working families and children attending Wallingford Boys and Girls Club. We’ll continue to partner with PTSA to determine the feasibility of a long-term walking bus. Please email volunteer@bfdayptsa.org if you’re able to support.


A Note From our Counselor Food Bags for Families

Dear B.F. Day Community,

I am John Taylor and I am the school counselor at B.F. Day. I want to share a resource for families who may need weekly food assistance. We partner with Wallingford’s Family Works Food Bank to provide weekly, non-perishable food bags. Students will receive a bag each Friday afternoon. If you are interested in this form of assistance, please reach out to myself or Ms. Sonja and I will connect with you to follow up!

Thank you and look forward to seeing everyone in September! 
John Taylor
Jrtaylor@seattleschools.org


B.F. Day Now Hiring

We’re hiring playground supervisors for this school year. We’re looking for 2 adults, age 18 or older, for about 2.5 hours per day. The times are 10:15 – 12:40. Playground supervisors monitor behavior and games to ensure they are positive and fun. Most importantly, they have fun with the students! The hours are Monday – Friday, all weather conditions. 

This is a great job for an active parent, neighbor, or grandparent that has a couple hours to hang out with fun little people in Fremont!  Must be a high school graduate and be able to pass a Washington State background check. And, as a staff member you would need to be fully vaccinated. Pay is $16.69/hr, and while this is not a benefited position, kids keep you young! Please contact Ms. Sonja, smhaas@seattleschools.org if you’re interested in this position.


The PTSA Needs You!

Open positions on PTSA for next year are:

  • Building Leadership Team (BLT) Co-chair
  • Communications (e-news)
  • Library Liaison
  • Social
  • Staff Appreciation
  • Technology

If you’re interested in volunteering, please visit our Current Volunteer Opportunites page.

For additional information about us can be found on our B.F. Day PTSA Website Members page and consider Joining the B.F. Day PTSA today!

Questions? Email! president@bfdayptsa.org


Moving Day

While many of our teachers are teaching the same grade level as last year, most of our teachers are in a new classroom assignment. 

Some of the reasons for the classroom moves include:

  • Improved collaboration for the Special Education team; teaching within closer proximity of each other
  • Improved proximity for students receiving Special Education services; closer to homeroom classroom and office supports
  • Two-thirds of kindergarten classrooms have greater square footage for student movement and teaching
  • Art is now located in the kiln room
  • Music has an improved classroom assignment with improved student visibility to teacher and greater square footage
  • Occupational therapy has greater square footage for sensory and movement work
  • Kindergarten and first grade teachers are working within closer proximity of each other for increased collaboration

We’ve been moving teachers over three separate dates. Our last moving date is August 22, beginning at 9:00 a.m. If you’re able to volunteer please email jsmorisco@seattleschools.org It’s extra helpful if you bring a hand truck! Many, many thanks to the parents that have already come out to lend a hand at previous moving dates. We appreciate you so much!


What’s coming up this fall? 

  • First day of school for grades 1-5: September 7
  • Family conferences for Pre-K & Kindergarten: September 7-9
  • Incoming Kindergarten Playdate: September 10 10:00 a.m. – noon at B.F. Day playground
  • First day of school for Pre-K & Kindergarten: September 12
  • Picture Day: September 21
  • Chat with the Principals Night: September 29, 6:30 – 8:00 (on Microsoft Teams) 
  • Curriculum Night: October 6, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.; on campus and in person

June 17, 2022

Dear B. F. Day Families,  
Thank you for a wonderful school year! This week we celebrated the successes and achievements of our students. We’re proud to send off our 5th graders into middle school, and we’re excited to welcome in our newest group of Kindergarteners for Jump Start in August. Today we held our annual staff v. 5th graders kickball game on the upper uppers. It was an exciting event! Thank you to Mr. Luke for being the referee, including wearing one of Mr. D’s amazing black/white striped shirts! We are closing our school year with so much love, joy, and excitement.  
 
Dr. Morisco and I are hopeful for all that a new school year will bring. We will be working over the summer to prepare to welcome back our students and staff for a successful 2022-2023 school year. This summer, Mr. Taylor and I are also beginning our work to become a nationally recognized school counseling program at B.F. Day. I am especially looking forward to bringing back B.F. Day traditions next year, like Dragon Dens and Village Day.  

We love your children. Thank you for entrusting them in our care this school year. Wishing you and your family a healthy summer vacation ahead. Make lots of memories! See you in September!  

Gratefully, 

Natalie 


Help Wanted! 

We’re looking for parent volunteers that can help move boxes and small furniture during the month of August. To poise all our students for success, we’ll be reassigning some teachers into new classrooms. The move will be a community effort! Please email nlzisko@seattleschools.org if you’re able to help!  

Congratulations Ms. Sonja!  

Ms. Sonja will be replacing Ms. Carrie in the front office. Her new title is Administrative Secretary. We are so happy and fortunate that she agreed to make this big transition! In the coming days, we will begin our search for a second office assistant to replace Sonja’s previous position. Congratulations, Ms. Sonja! 

I am 

by 

Sonja Haas 

I am Daughter, Sister, Mother, Partner 

I am beach, and sand, and sea, and sun 

I am an island dreamer 

I am vintage cars 

I am late night drives with windows rolled down and loud music. 

Yes, I AM that person 

I am Minnesotan even though my path has been in Seattle longer 

I am a Cobblers daughter 

I am a camera lens & a filter 

I am hope 

I am happy 

I am love and loved 

I am Groot 

And now, 

I am the Head Secretary at B.F. Day 

School Gear 

Every Friday we wear B.F. Day spirit gear! Here’s the link to order school swag.

New Preschool Instructional Assistants 

Next school year, each of our Preschool classrooms will have one teacher and two Instructional Assistants. We will also have one Special Education teacher. Joining the team as Instructional Assistants are Ms. Gina and Ms. Vicky. Congratulations to both on their new roles! Below are brief introductions: 

Hey, everyone! 

My name is Gina Peterson, and I am going to be an Instructional Assistant with the wonderful preschool team. I have been with B.F. Day for three years working as an Itinerant IA and I am excited for next year to have it be official!  My background is a BA in Psychology and a few Early Childhood Education Certificates. Over the years I have worked with families from a diverse range of cultures and age groups. I love working in a collaborative environment where kids are encouraged to feel creative, safe, to try new things, and have fun. I believe that we have the power to unfold children’s potential through art, music, science, and pro-social skills. We also can encourage kids to trust their internal wisdom to explore with imagination. For fun I like to sing, write songs, play 

 with my dogs, visit with friends and family, practice my Spanish and travel to new places. I am grateful to continue being a part of the special BF Day family.  

Hello B.F. Day Family! 

My name is Victoria Stewart. Or, once you get to know me, you can simply call me “Vicki”. I’m thrilled to join the illustrious B.F. Day staff and Preschool team in the role of Pre-K Instructional Assistant starting Fall 2022. 

I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and moved to Seattle, Washington in the Summer of 2000. I have a BS degree in Landscape Architecture from California State Polytechnic University Pomona and I am currently working on getting my BAS degree in Early Childhood Education at North Seattle College. 

I come from a design and customer service background. Some of the jobs I’ve had includes working in Project Management at LA Parks and Recreation when I lived in Los Angeles. When I moved to Seattle, I was a real estate broker for 10 years and then worked for a couple of years at Tree Solutions as a Consulting Arborists’ Assistant. 

I live in the Wallingford neighborhood with my husband (a native Seattleite), daughter, son, and cat named Ozzy. We have been a part of the B.F. Day family for a total of 10 years. This year marked a bittersweet end of a chapter with both of my kids now completing their K-5th grade schooling here. My youngest, Ryan Stewart, had his 5th grade promotion tonight. However, I’m glad that I am continuing on and not yet “graduating” from B.F. Day. 

I’ve searched a long time for my calling and what truly brings me joy while feeling I am doing something good and being of service. When I took on the part-time job of Preschool Tutor last November here at B.F. Day, interacting and working with the preschoolers daily and seeing them learn new things and make discoveries reminded me of the early days of raising my kid’s and, most of all, it confirmed to me that I am indeed on the right path. Also, my mom was an elementary school teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District for many years. I guess the older I get, I’m seeing that I want to be more like my mom and work at a school! 

On my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, petting my cat, cooking, weeding (ha ha), hiking, camping, traveling, reading, writing, listening to music (my teen daughter has introduced me to K-pop and I love it), and watching movies and YouTube. 

Thank you for the opportunity to allow me to continue being a part of this wonderful and diverse community. I look forward to getting to know more of you. 

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