Benjamin Franklin Day Elementary

B.F. Day

Sun Dragons’ Dayette Feb. 16 News & Updates for Families

Summary: Read All About It in the Dayette!

B.F. Day Weekly Newsletter Feb. 16

Site Safety Plan

Student safety is always our priority. Annually, we review our site safety plan and ensure we are prepared for emergencies. Recently, the staff reviewed our off-campus evacuation/pickup plan. Our off-campus evacuation site is the B.F. Day playground (“upper uppers”). If an emergency prompted us to evacuate our building for parent pickup at the upper uppers, please know that we have a systematic plan to maintain an orderly and safe environment. Our site safety team, encompassing 7 leaders, will facilitate a safe 1:1 handoff for parents to reunify with their children.

Things for parents to know and remember…

  • Stay calm and follow expectations. Our goal is a safe, documented, and orderly pickup. We have a plan, and we appreciate you following it.
  • Parents will enter the upper uppers through the pedestrian gate entrance on 41st street. The line will wrap around the corner, onto Fremont Ave.
  • Adults picking up students will be required to show identification. No exceptions (even if we know you). Adults will provide a signature and time of pickup on our paperwork.
  • Once signed in, a staff member will get the student while the checked in parent waits in the dugout area.
  • Only parents/guardians and emergency contacts will be permitted to pick up students. We will not permit friends of the family to pick up students unless they are listed on the student’s emergency contact list.
  • No parents will be permitted to enter the field from any other entry point. All checking out occurs on the checkout table at the pedestrian entry on 41st. Please do not try and take your child out of line or through another exit. It’s our responsibility and ethical duty to know where each student is until they are properly signed out.

Save the Date for B.F. Day at the Mariners!

Sunday, June 2 vs the Angels, 1:10 p.m. Note: Lower-level tickets for $20. More details will be coming after mid-winter break.

Open Enrollment is in Progress

As we get closer to planning for next year’s budget, we will be closely watching our enrollment numbers. If you have an incoming kindergartener or have neighbors, friends or family that do, now is the time to submit your enrollment paperwork. The district Enroll my Student page can answer most of your enrollment questions, followed by key enrollment dates. Also, please inform the office if you know you won’t be returning to B.F. Day next year. This helps us to have a better idea of next year’s enrollment.

Enrollment Key Dates

  • January 2 New registrations for 2024-25 school year began
  • February 1 – February 29 Open Enrollment School Choice priority applications will be accepted (tiebreakers apply).
  • March 1 – May 31 School Choice late applications will be accepted (NOT eligible for tiebreakers).
  • April 16 Open Enrollment results will be available online.
  • June 3 – August 31 Non-resident applications will be accepted.
  • August 31 Waitlists for the 2024-25 school year will dissolve.

From Mr. D. in the Gym

We are spending some time on nutrition before mid-winter break. Third to fifth graders are learning to read and decipher food labels. If you have time to read a few together and explain core concepts (protein, carbs and fat, percentage of daily allowance, calories, etc.) please do!

Taylor’s Tidbits

Free Health Care Clinic (dental, vision and medical):

From February 15-18, Seattle Center is partnering with local organizations to provide free dental, vision and medical care at the annual Seattle/King County clinic. Seattle/King County Clinic is a volunteer-driven, free health clinic that occurs for four days each year at Seattle Center All are welcome to attend, especially for those families who may struggle to access and/or afford healthcare services. Learn more about this year’s health clinic at Seattle Center on the Seattle Center website.

LEEP Summer Enrichment Opportunity for 5th Graders

The Lakeside Educational Enrichment Program (LEEP) is a free four-week summer program designed for Seattle Public School students entering grades 6 or 9 in fall 2024. Through engaging and fun activities and classes, LEEP aims to build students’ confidence, nurture excitement about school and learning, prepare students for middle or high school academics, and connect them with new friends. The program will go from July 8-Aug. 2, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

What is LEEP?

Think of LEEP as a blend of summer camp and summer school. Through engaging and fun activities and classes, LEEP helps students build excitement around school and learning. Classes are interdisciplinary and intended to improve skills like organization, time management, and self-advocacy.

Important 2024 dates

  • Feb. 1: LEEP 2024 application available online in Ravenna
  • April 1: Application deadline
  • May 1: Notification date

Open House Dates

  • Wednesday, February 28 at 6:30 p.m. (West Seattle Library)
  • Saturday, March 9 at 12:00 p.m. (Lakeside School, Kent Evans Auditorium)

Notes from the Music Room

Black History is World History, so we haven’t been waiting for February to learn about the amazing accomplishments of Black musicians at B.F. Day! But we are centering our attention school-wide this month on learning the song “We Shall Overcome” and learning about its long, rich history. All students also enjoyed a performance of the Morehouse College Men’s glee club and learned about the significance of BCUs. Fifth grade classes have been sinking their teeth into some of the more complicated history of this song and the way it has changed over time, including discussing cultural appropriation and copyright law.
I invite all our families to explore this song in more depth together. The following resources can get the conversation (or singing!) started.

Musically Yours, Mis Bethany

From Nurse Annette

Parents/Guardians, I am seeing quite a bit of nose bleeds during the winter months. I thought the following information may be helpful to you.

Children’s Hospital Guide of How to Prevent Nosebleeds

  • Use nasal saline spray 2 or 3 times a day to keep the nasal passages moist and rinse
    out allergens.
  • Get a moisturizing ointment like Aquaphor. Apply in both nostrils twice daily for 2 weeks.
  • Encourage children to avoid picking or putting anything in their nose. (Cut their nails short).
  • Manage your child has allergies. Medicate or talk to your healthcare provider about treatment. Nasal passages are less likely to bleed (less irritated and inflamed) when allergies are under control.
  • Wear helmets (and other protective gear) during contact sports.

Up on the rise here at B.F. Day: strep throat and ear infections. Please have your child seen by a doctor if your child complains of..

  • Ear pain and/or ear drainage, tenderness behind ear.
  • Bad sore throat, tenderness at neck, painfulness when swallowing, and/or rash, fever.

Prevention: Mask wearing, hand hygiene, allergy management, and staying home when sick.

~ Nurse Annette

Library News!

Super Awesome Librarian emoji

Congratulations to ALL our amazing B.F. Day Global Reading Challenge teams. I was so proud of the students’ poise, teamwork, and enthusiasm. They should be so proud.

Our winning team, “The Page Hunters,” will go on to represent B.F. Day at the semi-finals on March 12, 2024. Congratulations to team members: Arthur B., Uma J.H., Simone L., Arlo M., Olivia F., and Cora S.!

Hearts and Emoji Librarian sitting on an envelope.

Thanks to our library wish list donors for making library wishes come true! Ksenia, Kyriaki Levanti, Europa’s Family, Mollie, Steve, Sabine, and Calvin

Our wish list for February is still active! Check it out and make some reading wishes come true!

Series Stars are Setting Reading Records!

Big applause to all our Series Stars for the month of February. Fourth and fifth graders will be invited to join the challenge after mid-winter break! Stop in and see our Series Stars Wall!

Elementary Summer Learning

Teachers are submitting referrals to SPS elementary expanded learning. The 2024 summer learning program is a referral-based full-day free program running July 8 – August 2. The program runs from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. with a STEAM focus. Students will engage in math and reading lessons from certificated teachers, followed by afternoon STEAM enrichment.

2024 Identification and Referral Process for 2024 Elementary Summer Learning

Identifying and inviting eligible K-4 students to participate in elementary summer learning is a data driven decision that requires school leaders to work with school staff to determine the students most in need of expanded learning this summer. This process involves reviewing fall and winter math and reading assessment data to determine if a student is eligible.

2024 Eligibility: Students must meet all the eligibility criteria below to participate in this summer program.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Priority Students – Students who attended summer learning in 2023 and continue to qualify based on map scores in both ELA and math falling between 41% and 60%.
  • Students must be currently enrolled in grades K–4 in Seattle Public Schools as of Jan. 2.
  • Students who are eligible for summer learning need to be near standard on both ELA and Math. expected ELA and math scores would fall between 41% and 60%.
  • Siblings of eligible students are not automatically eligible for enrollment. Each student must meet the eligibility criteria.
  • The program dates are July 8 – Aug. 2. Students must be able to attend all day and four weeks of the program.

Chat with the Principal about the School Budget! March 4

Parents, Budget season is upon us. Your input is welcome and valued as we build the budget for next school year. Please join Dr. Zisko in the library on Monday, March 4 for an informal conversation around the budget for school year 2024-2025. Coffee and pastries will be provided.

Dr. Zisko will briefly present the budget allocation for next year and will solicit parents’ feedback on priorities for school year 2024-2025. There will two times available for parents to drop in. We will host a morning and an evening event: 8:15 – 9:15 a.m. and 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Look forward to connecting! If you’re unable to make either of these times and want to connect, please reach out to to schedule an appointment to connect with Dr. Zisko.

What’s Coming Up?

  • February 19-23: Mid-Winter Break
  • March 1: Schoolwide Assembly
  • March 1: Dragon Den 1:10 – 2:10
  • March 4: Chat with the principal about school budget in the library (8:15 & 4:30)
  • March 4: Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) window opens
  • March 13: PTSA Executive Board Meeting at 8:00 p.m.
  • March 20: PTSA General Membership Meeting at 8:00 p.m.
  • March 20: End of Trimester 2
  • March 21: Trimester 3 begins
  • March 22: Dragon Den 1:10 – 2:10
  • March 29: Schoolwide Assembly
  • April 2: Class picture day
  • April 3: Instructional Assistant Appreciation Day
  • April 4: National School Librarian Day
  • April 4: Science Fair 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
  • April 8: Trimester 2 progress reports available on the Source
  • April 8-12: Spring Break
  • April 19: Dragon Den 1:10 – 2:10 p.m.
  • April 24: Administrative Assistant Appreciation Day
  • April 26: Schoolwide Assembly
  • April 30: Chat with the Principal Night 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Teams
  • Sunday, June 2: Save the Date! B.F. Day at the Mariners!

Previous Dayette Issues

Chat with the Principal about the School Budget! March 4

Parents, Budget season is upon us. Your input is welcome and valued as we build the budget for next school year. Please join Dr. Zisko in the library on Monday, March 4 for an informal conversation around the budget for school year 2024-2025. Coffee and pastries will be provided. 

Dr. Zisko will briefly present the budget allocation for next year and will solicit parents’ feedback on priorities for school year 2024-2025. There will two times available for parents to drop in. We will host a morning and an evening event: 8:15 – 9:15 a.m. and 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Look forward to connecting! If you’re unable to make either of these times and want to connect, please reach out to to schedule an appointment to connect with Dr. Zisko.

Fifth Grade Fundraising

Fundraising for the 5th Grade NatureBridge Outdoor Education Trip kicks off next week with two great events. Please join us in supporting our fifth graders in raising money for this amazing program! 

Valentine’s Day Candy & Flower Sales (2/13): We will be selling Valentine’s Day Candy and Flowers outside of PCC in Fremont from approximately 2:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. and at Ballard High School/Ballard Pool between 4:00 p.m. and 5:40 p.m. Come by to get some Valentine’s Day goodies for your loved ones!

Project 9 Live Recording (2/13): Fifth Grade-Father Jeremiah Oshan will be doing a live recording of his Sounders-focused podcast (Nos Audietis, find it on Spotify) at Project 9 on 2/13 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Project 9 has agreed to donate $1 per drink for our trip. Tell all your friends/neighbors/family to stop by!

Greetings from the library!

Librarian Emoji with book

B.F. Day Readers have been busy these last few weeks!
Highlights include:

  • In grades K-3 learning about the Caldecott Award, exploring nominees, and hearing this year’s winner.
  • In grades 4-5 learning about credible sources when conducting research, identifying search terms for online research, and how to write bibliographies.
  • In grades 2-3 the “Series Challenge” where students are inspired to read 3, 4, or 5 books in a series and earn a coveted spot on the Series Star Wall of Fame.
  • In grades 4-5 the Global Reading Challenge where six B.F. Day teams have been reading and studying 8 books in preparation for a book knowledge competition.
  • In all grades learning about black lives of excellence through literature.
Librarian emoji with stars!

B.F. Day’s Global Reading Challenge will take place Tuesday, February 13 from 10:00 –11:00 a.m. in the gym. Families are welcome to attend and cheer on the teams! The winner from this competition will move onto the semi-finals at the downtown Public Library!

A huge thank you to all our parent volunteers who have attended these past few weeks to help students prepare! We appreciate you! Thank you to our wish list donors! Jennifer Holeman, Melissa Hall, Europa’s Family, and Richard Mackay (Popi)

This month’s wish list is a true list of wishes from B.F. Day students! We have so many interests at B.F. Day! Take a look and make some reading wishes come true!

Nurse Annette Update

Parents and Guardians, Thank you very much for donating clothing items! That was very generous of you! We still need boys sweats, pants and socks.

Career Week was a Success!

Thank you to all our speakers for sharing their journeys with our students. Our fourth and fifth graders were so engaged throughout the week. Thank you to our families that continue to support school counseling at B.F. Day. Career Week is celebrated during national school counseling week. We’re looking forward to Career Week in school year 2024-2025, and already thinking about our upcoming panelists! 

Learn more and view slideshow from the week!

Note from our School Counselor

Hello B.F. Day Family, In creating a comprehensive school counselor program, my focus is supporting students social/emotional well-being, their academic skills and their future aspirations. This school year we are building on last year’s first ever career week at B.F. Day. Career Week activities will span from kindergarten all the way up to 5th grade. Kindergarten thru 3rd graders participated in classroom discussions and activities in the classroom that are designed to provide an opportunity for students to learn about their teacher’s career path, as well as learn more about their own strengths and interests. 

For our 4th and 5th graders, students were visited by various professionals from the community. Fourth and 5th graders saw seven speakers in all for career week. In addition to sharing aspects of their career, speakers shared moments of resiliency and perseverance that may have been required to achieve their goals. Learn more on our Counseling page too!

What are some fun ways to continue career related conversations at home?

  • Share your own career path with your family
    • How did you end up in your current job? What do you like about it? What don’t you like? 
    • Did you have to receive special training (college or on-the-job training) to be good at your job? 
    • Did you always want to have that job?
  • Family and friend interviews
    • Has your student learned about the careers of your own family members or friends? Have your student choose someone they know to interview about their career. 
    • Help them brainstorm questions they would like to ask during an interview.
  • Help a child with an interview.
    • Your student could identify jobs that they are interested in, by talking to anyone you know in your community (a neighbor, a church member, etc.) has that job. 

Talk about an everyday object your child uses (e.g. smartphone, ice cream) and brainstorm the jobs that helped develop, manufacture, sell, distribute and/or maintain that item (All Grades)

Create a “My future” growth chart

  • Each year ask your student what they want to be when they grow up or after high school.
    • Mark it on the wall in the same way you would your child’s height. 
    • You may choose to make the chart more horizontal.
  • Each year, update the chart with… When I grow up, I want to be…

Friday Game Night- Play a game of Career Charades

  • Have each member of your family brainstorm careers and write them on individual pieces of paper. Set a timer for 2 minutes and have each player act out the profession and see who can guess it!

Additional resources in a PDF in the emailed Dayette or check in the office: Books that explore careers and expand on workers in the community.

4th Grade Class Fundraising Support: Popcorn, Pop-Up Bake Sale & Parent’s Night Out

Thank you to our school community for supporting the 4th graders in their upcoming science camping trip through Popcorn Fridays, the Bake Sale & tonight’s Parent’s Night Out!

Today, after school, 4th graders will be selling popcorn & baked goods. We’ve got you covered with snacks!! Bring cash or use the school pay QR code. There have been several local businesses supporting this class with donations: Sea Wolf Bakery, Brownies & Bites, DOCE Donuts, Byen Bakeri

Please share the love by supporting these businesses that so generously support B.F. Day!

Reminders about reporting absences…

Do you have a planned absence coming up? Please email to report an upcoming absence.

Parents Night Out

Friday, the 9th, parent night out. The location will be B.F. Day library from 6 to 9 p.m. There is a link in the original email for a Google sign-up or on the B.F. Day FB. The cost will be a donation of what you can pay, recommended $50 per family to go to the 4th grade overnight field trip.

Hello from the Art Studio!

Painting with many colors and some watercolor paints and brush.

3rd grade example of the project inspired by Alma Woodsy Thomas

Happy Black History Month! We started our focus on Black Artists last week and students are having so much fun. In addition to learning about various time periods of African and Black American Art Movements we are listening to music that represents the time-period that was either an inspiration of the visual artist or was a Black Musician of the time-period. 

We began exploring the work of Alma Woodsy Thomas and listened to Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Holiday, and Aretha Franklin. Students created works of art that are colorful patterned painted mosaics in the style of Thomas. We are moving into exploring the life and work of Jean Michel Basquiat. After reading the story Radiant Child , we explore his expressive style and loose form, while keeping intact the symbol of the crown, his signature motif. Basquiat was heavily influenced by Bebop jazz. As students paint, they are inspired by the movements of the artists Duke Ellington and Charlie Parker. We will continue to explore Black Artists this month and throughout the year but here are just a few things we are working on for now! 

Lastly clay units will begin soon! Please be patient with projects coming home. We only have one kiln, one art teacher and 400 students. However, all students will have something coming home over the next couple of months for sure! If you have any questions feel free to reach out or just stop by the art room anytime!
Yours in Art,
Mrs. Hall

Career Week Coming Up!

Next week we will celebrate National School Counseling Week and Career Week at B.F. Day! On Thursday, we will show our love and appreciation for Mr. Taylor and Ms. Shelly for the support they give our Sun Dragons. Please join us in celebrating our school counselors on Thursday! 

During Career Week, our fourth and fifth graders will hear from a diverse panel of speakers about pathways to and responsibilities of their career. We’re very fortunate to have an amazing group of people that are willing to share their stories with our fourth and fifth graders. Please ensure your child is on time everyday! Presentations for fourth and fifth graders begin shortly after 8:00 a.m.

Our Career Week speakers include…

  • Kathleen Driscoll, Nurse at King County Jail
  • Lindsey Brabank, Business Owner and Hair Stylist
  • Alanna Nielson, Director at Amazon Kids & Monte Babington, Senior Manager at Amazon Kids Content
  • Garret Morlan, Art Director of Brand and Marketing at Bungie Video Gaming
  • Aly Teeter, Lt. Colonel at WA Air National Guard
  • Dr. William Jackson, Principal at Nathan Hale High School
  • Sherri Alaghehband, Vice President of Promotion and Radio Marketing at Atlantic Records
  • Matthew Jedreski, Litigation Attorney with Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
  • Janine Hall, Music Manager at and Artist, Room 300
  • Erin Parker, Anesthesiologist at U.S. Anesthesia Partners
  • Dr. Brent Jones Superintendent at Seattle Public Schools (unable to attend)
  • Swanson’s Shoe Repair, Room 306
  • Katy Roberts, Real Estate Agent at Compass
  • Vince Delaney, Screen Writer at ACT Theatre & Seattle Children’s Theatre
  • Devante Curry, EMT at Seattle Fire
  • Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal

Parents can support Career Week by asking their child what they’ve learned each day or how the Career Week speaker may have inspired their child. Due to limited space and safety for our speakers, we are not able to accommodate parents in attending Career Week presentations. We intend on taking lots of pictures and sharing Career Week highlights with families. It’s an exciting week ahead for our Sun Dragons!

Black Lives Matter at School Week

Next week we will celebrate Black Lives Matter at School Week. In Seattle Schools, our theme this year is Collective Value. As educators, we are called upon more than ever to prepare children to create a world that centers on humanity and values justice. We will embark on learning that highlights significant contributions from Black Americans, and dive deeper into themes of justice and activism.

From Nurse Annette

Donations needed of socks, leggings and sweatpants of all sizes very much appreciated! The rainy season depleted our backup supply of clothes. Thank you!

Lost & Found

We have an abundance of lost & found WITHOUT names again. Out of the approximately 60+ coats that were hung, only 10 had names on them. Those 10 have been returned to their owners. Please come look and collect lost items!

Kindergarten Tours & Enrollment for School Year 24-25

We had a successful tour season! About 60 new kindergarten families toured our school. Please don’t forget that registration for all grades is open. Early registration helps us to build our budget and staffing allocations. If you know in advance that your child will not be returning to B.F. Day next school year, please email Ms. Sonja; and Mx. Madi; in the front office so that we can plan accordingly.

New Family Resource Center at Broadview Thomson K-8 Supports All SPS Families

The Family Resource Center (FRC), a partnership between FamilyWorks and SPS, serves families at Broadview and is available to support ALL families in SPS. It supports access to essential services, enrollment in public benefits, and community connections for families experiencing challenges around housing, food, and other basic needs. 

A dedicated FamilyWorks staff will be onsite at Broadview-Thomson on:

  • Tuesdays, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Wednesdays, 1-4:30 p.m.
  • Fridays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

B.F. Day with Seattle Sounders
Game Day is Back! March 16

Seattle Sounders vs. Colorado Rapids on March 16, 2024 at 12:30 p.m. $33/ticket – Green Zone (bleacher seats) We are holding 50 tickets. Please email to reserve your tickets

Final Kindergarten Tour Coming Up…

Our remaining kindergarten tour is scheduled for January 31 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. All families welcome!

Open Enrollment for School Choice

Each student in Seattle Public Schools is assigned to a school based on where that student lives. Students may apply to attend a different school through the School Choice Process.

For school placement for next school year, the Open Enrollment and School Choice is February 1-28. On-time School Choice applications will be accepted during this window. New students must first register on the district Enrollment webpage before participating in the open enrollment. March 1 – May 31 Late applications will be accepted. Tiebreakers will not apply for late applications. April 18 Parents can access their child’s school choice results or waitlist information online through the Assignment Lookup Tool. To use the Assignment Lookup Tool, please enter your student’s ID number and birth date.

National School Counseling Week

National School Counseling Week is celebrated February 5-9. On Feb. 8 we will be showing our appreciation to our school counselor, Mr. Taylor and our counseling intern, Ms. Shelly.

During National School Counseling Week we are also celebrating Career Week! During Career Week, our fourth and fifth graders will have the opportunity to engage with a diverse panel of speakers about the pathways to their career, education acquired to achieve the career, and adversity they overcame. We also celebrate college awareness during Career Week. It’s an exciting time on campus!


Since the return from winter break, we have seen an increase in tardies. Our average tardy rate is 37 students per day. This is a friendly reminder that learning begins at 7:55 a.m. Students enter the building at 7:50 a.m. If you are tardy, please remind your students to check in at the office so we can update the attendance and mark them as present. In the event your student is absent for the day please make sure you notify the office via phone (206) 252-6010 or email

After School

The after-school rush can be hectic. To mitigate this, we ask that you let the office know before 12:30 p.m. on the same day if there will be a change in plans. In particular, we need advance notice if the plan will require a yellow card to ride a bus home. We need to have yellow cards written before dismissal. You can do this by calling (206) 252-6010 or emailing If your student participates in an after-school enrichment, please let them know your child will be absent as well.

Black History Month

Throughout the month of February, all of our students will be celebrating by studying significant Black leaders. At the end of the month, we will proudly display our work on a gallery wall by the north doors. Each classroom will contribute 1-2 pieces of student work to showcase. During the first full week of February, we will also celebrate Black Lives Matter at School week. Our school’s racial equity team is leading this work, and we’re excited to dig into the content with our students!

A Note from Culinary Services

Menu Decisions

Culinary Services takes menu decisions seriously and aligns them with state and federal guidelines. Our goals include providing healthy and nutritional options, offering attractive choices to reduce waste, and addressing various medical, cultural, and regional needs, tastes, and sensitivities.

We understand that dietary preferences and restrictions vary among students. We encourage families to identify students with special diets by filling out the meal accommodation form.

This information helps our kitchen managers prepare food for those with allergies, ensuring a safe and accommodating dining experience.

Your collaboration is vital in creating an inclusive and diverse food environment that meets the needs of our student population.

We recognize the importance of cultural and dietary considerations in menu planning. If you have specific concerns or suggestions related to the menu, we would be more than happy to discuss them further. Please contact William Park:

January 19, 2024

Hip, hip, hooray – We like to play!

Our preference is to go outside for recess, pending the weather is not dangerous. Students need fresh air and opportunities for movement and play. This means that we go outside for morning, lunch, and afternoon recess when there is rain. Please dress for the weather. When it’s raining, waterproof shoes and jacket are definitely helpful. Puddles happen, and our students love to explore, build, and create. Packing a dry pair of socks, or even a backup pair of pants may be helpful on wet weather days. Nurse Annette is running low on backup sweatpants and socks.

Please give your feedback!

We appreciate all parents that completed the winter leadership survey. For those that have not yet responded, your feedback is important to us. All comments are read and considered. Thank you for taking some time to share your feedback. The deadline to reply is Monday. Please Give Feedback – Leadership Survey

New Enrichment Chair Needed Soon!

The PTSA is actively seeking a new Enrichment Chair. Our current Enrichment Chair has a fifth grader and will be leaving our school in June for the adventures of middle school. We need a new Chair to begin the hand-off so we can sustain our great enrichment programs in the fall of the 24-25 school year. Please consider volunteering to fill this very important role! There can be Co-Chairs if you want to take it on with a

Enrichment Chair Job Description:

  • Leads enrichment committee in managing vendors and creating a schedule for optional after-school enrichment classes
  • Communicates with vendors to set up classes and resolve any issues that arise Publishes schedule of after-school class options and communicates sign-up information
  • Manages class rosters; delivers them to teachers, main office, and Boys & Girls Club
  • Works with the school counselor to manage scholarship requests 

Note: The role could be easily shared between two people. The Chair has traditionally been supported by an active enrichment committee, which assists with vendor relationship management, data entry, scheduling, and other tasks.

Advanced Learning Universal Screening and Eligibility

Notification Timeline Update: (Elementary, K-8, Middle School)

On Monday, Jan. 8, the Advanced Learning (AL) department along with trained educators and other professional staff (Multidisciplinary Selection Committee) started the Universal Screening process for students in first through eighth grade. Universal Screening will be finalized by Wednesday, Jan. 31.

What is next?

  • Families will have their Universal Screening results letter in their Source account on Friday, Feb. 2. An email will be sent to families of students with new eligibility decisions on Tuesday, Feb. 6

Dragon Dens Today

Book Cover. Bunny with Text: The Creature of Habit by Jennifer E. Smith. Illustrated by Leo Espinosa

Today we had Dragon Dens! We read The Creature of Habit. Our Dragon Dens were all about stepping out of comfort zones to try new things. 

For our craft, we made our own “creatures of habit.” Students wrote something new or many new things they would like to try. When they were done, they decorated and personalized their creatures. There were a lot of unique and interesting creatures created today! 

Thank you to the B.F. Day PTSA for their ongoing support of Dragon Dens. Cheers to trying something new in the new calendar year! 

Jan. 12, 2024

Inclement Weather and School Devices

Determinations about school closure are made at the central office. B.F. Day will receive 48- and 24-hour notices if we are on “watch” for a potential snow day, which means we will pivot to remote learning. We will keep families updated as we receive those notices. When we are on “watch,” students will be sent home with their devices (iPads or laptops). Please keep them safely in your child’s backpack. Return them to school when your child is on campus. We use devices in our K-5 instructional program. This may mean a couple of back-to-back days of bringing devices home and returning to school. We receive the direction from central office to be “at the ready” and send the devices as the weather changes. Thanks for your patience as we navigate this winter!

*Preschool families: Student devices are not used as part of the instructional program in school. Devices can remain at home until the winter season is over. Teachers will communicate when we’re ready for them to be returned.

B.F. Day Spring Ultimate Frisbee 2024 Sign Up

B.F. Day will have two or three Ultimate Frisbee teams playing in the DiscNorthwest Elementary School Spring League. The league is for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders only. No experience necessary. Teams will be divided once we know our registrants, and all teams will be mixed gender. There will be a kickoff clinic on January 28th, and practices will begin in February, held on Fridays at the “Upper Upper” B.F. Day field directly after school. Games will be on Saturdays in March, April, and some of May at various locations in Seattle; a final tournament will likely be the third weekend in May.

Please register on the Google Doc Form included in the mailed Dayette on Jan. 12, 2024 or contact

Fourth Grade Fundraising Continues

Online Bake Sale: Distribution on Jan. 26 & Feb. 9. Preorder your bake sale items and look for them on distribution dates. In-person at Project 9 on Jan. 23

Project 9 Donation Event: Jan. 23 10% of proceeds at Project 9 will go towards 4th Grade Science Trip.

Parent’s Night Out/Kid Drop Off: Drop off your kids for a Date Night on Feb. 9 at the B.F. Day Gym from 6 – 9 p.m. $20 suggested donation

Come Follow Me into the Night:
A Poetry Reading Celebration at B.F, Day Elementary Feb. 1

Dear Parents,

Please join us in the school library on Thursday, Feb. 1, from 6:00 -7:00 p.m., for a reading to celebrate second and third-grade poets from the classes of Randi Noreng, Carly Riepe and Stephanie Tetrick. For the past twelve weeks, these beautiful young writers have been writing their own poems full of delight, humor and tenderness. They would love to share their brilliance with you! An anthology of poems, Come Follow Me Into the Night, fingers crossed, will be released on this evening. Light refreshments will be offered. (Note: WITS will be doing classroom celebrations on this day as well, and any student not able to make this evening event will receive their book in class the following day.

Samar Abulhassan, Poetry Instructor
Writers in the Schools (WITS), Seattle Arts & Lectures

From Nurse Annette

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Lice, unfortunately, is still on an incline. Children can easily catch lice through contacts with friends at school, home and in the community. Finding lice early makes it easier to get rid of them. Doing regular head checks on your children is your best defense!

Basic Lice Facts

  • Lice are not a health hazard and do not spread diseases. However, they are annoying, itchy and frustrating!
  • Indications of a lice infestation include – itching of the scalp, a tickling feeling in the hair, visible live lice or nits attached to hair, sores or scratches on the head, irritability or trouble sleeping.
  • Almost all cases of lice are spread through direct head-to-head contact. Lice cannot jump or fly to another person’s hair. While it is possible to spread lice while sharing hats or brushes, most lice are spread during sleepovers and bed-sharing.
  • Nits (lice eggs) are tiny, oval and tan (not hatched) or white (hatched) specks that are glued to the hair shaft. Nits hatch into lice in about 1 week. Off the scalp, nits can’t survive over 1 week.
  • Lice are approximately 1/16-inch (2 mm) long bugs – about the size of a sesame seed. They move quickly and are difficult to find. Adult lice can typically survive 3- 4 weeks on the scalp, but only 24-48 hours off the head. The lice feed on blood from the scalp.

How to Check for Lice/Nits

  • To look for lice, have your child sit in a well-lit place such as near a window.
  • Look through the hair by going through small sections at a time (a chopstick or something similar may be helpful). If you see a bug crawling in your child’s hair, it is most likely lice.
  • They are most often found close to the scalp, near the ears and close to the neckline.
  • Nits are attached to the hair shaft. If it comes off easily it is dandruff or lint. If it takes effort to slide the speck off, it is most likely a nit.
  • A metal lice comb and a magnifying glass can also be a very effective method to check for lice (see back for detailed instructions).

If You Find Lice

  • Get rid of live lice by following all instructions of the treatment method you choose.
  • Please notify the school nurse and/or childcare that you have begun treatment.
  • Your child can return to school after an appropriate lice treatment has begun.
  • Follow-up with additional comb outs and lice checks over the next few weeks as one live louse or nit can re-infest a head.
  • Please see the links below or talk to your school nurse for treatment options. You can get rid of lice with persistence and patience!

Useful links for information on lice:

An Effective Way to Check for Lice and/or get rid of Nits and Lice using a metal lice comb.

  1. Dampen your child’s hair and then cover with conditioner. This makes it easier to comb through the hair and slows down the live lice, making them easier to comb out.
  2. Comb out the hair and section it off with clips.
  3. Methodically work the lice comb through each section of hair from all angles. Comb slowly from the scalp to the end of the hair. If your child has lice or nits, you’ll see them appear on the comb.
  4. Use a paper towel to wipe off the comb every few strokes. TIP: If you don’t know what you are seeing, take a picture with your phone and then zoom in.
  5. Continue to comb the same section again until the nit comb comes up clean.
  6. Now move to the next section. Keep going until you have combed through all sections of your child’s hair.

If you find live lice or nits:

  • Check everyone in the household. Treat as needed.
  • Wash all bedding and recently worn clothes. Stuffed animals etc. can go in the dryer for 20 minutes on high heat.
  • Pour boiling water over brushes and combs and leave to soak 5-10 minutes. Repeat “comb outs” every 2 to 3 days for 2–3 weeks to be sure all lice and nits are gone. One missed louse or nit will start the cycle all over again.
  • Environmental sprays in the house are not effective and can be harmful to young children and pets.

Registration for kindergarten is Now Open!

Sun and Clouds. Text: B.F. Day Kindergarten Tours

Incoming Kindergarten Tours at B.F. Day Elementary

  • January 19: 8:15 – 9:15 a.m.
  • January 31: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Resource Information

Current Students in Kindergarten – Grade 5 do not need to re-enroll for the 2024-25 school year. Students will be promoted to the next grade level at B.F. Day. If you know that your family will be moving or changing schools in the 2024-25 school year, please email Ms. Sonja at This information helps us in our preliminary budget and staffing process.

B.F. Day School Contact Information

B.F. Day Main Phone Number: 206-252-6010
Principal: Dr. Zisko;
Office Manager: Ms. Sonja;

If your child turns 5 by August 31, it’s time to register for kindergarten. Early registration helps us make accurate staffing projections. Thank you for registering your incoming kindergartner!
Fnd all of the enrollment information on the district website.

Open Enrollment

  • February 1 – February 29 Open Enrollment School Choice priority applications will be
  • accepted (tiebreakers apply).
  • March 1 – May 31 School Choice late applications will be accepted (NOT eligible for
  • tiebreakers).
  • April 16 Open Enrollment results will be available online.
  • June 3 – August 31 Non-resident applications will be accepted.

January 5, 2024

From Mr. D. in the Gym

Our 3rd through 5th graders will be biking during P.E. from January 8 through the 26. This is a fantastic unit on traffic safety sponsored by the Cascade Bicycle Club. Students are encouraged to bring their own helmets from home, if possible. If not, we have plenty of helmets to borrow. Bikes from home are allowed, but they will need to be locked up outside the school during the day. Cascade will provide plenty of bikes, so bringing one from home isn’t required.

Cornish+ After-school Youth Choir: Space Still Available!

Does your 3rd, 4th, or 5th grader love to sing? There’s still room in our Thursday after- school enrichment choir with Cornish School of the Arts on Thursdays from 2:30 – 3:30 pm.

Get ready to sing! Communal music making is a powerful tool for making friends and expressing your inner singer! Students will learn songs in different languages, American folk songs, and arrangements of current hits. This after-school program will culminate in an intergenerational performance combining all participating choirs at Cornish College of the Arts.

*Join the Family Choir for FREE on Sundays or Mondays with student registration. Code:
CornishChoirWinter Email to register.

Nurse Annette’s News

Hello Parents, I have noticed a slight uptick in isolated lice cases. Let’s do our part and check our children for lice to prevent an outbreak. There is no need to panic. Refer to the Lice Clinic website for some helpful information. 

Fourth Grade Fundraising

Friday Popcorn on the Playground Fundraiser!

Dear B.F. Day Families – the 4th-grade classes will be selling popcorn on Fridays after school to raise money for our overnight science field trip to the Olympic Peninsula! Popcorn will be $1 a bag! Let us help you with an after-school snack and support our 4th graders!

What’s On The Calendar?

  • Jan. 9: Shelter In Place Time Unannounced
  • Jan. 10-26: DIBELS window for K-2
  • Jan. 12: Kindergarten School Tour from 8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
  • Jan. 15: No School – Martin Luther King Jr. Day 
  • Jan. 19: Dragon Dens 1:10 – 2:10 p.m.
  • Jan. 19: Kindergarten School Tour from 8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
  • Jan. 22 – Feb. 9: K-5 MAP Window, Reading & Math
  • Jan. 26: Schoolwide assembly 8:00 a.m.
  • Jan. 31: Kindergarten School Tour from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • February: B.F. Day Celebrates Black History Month
  • Feb. 5 – 9: National School Counseling Week/Career Week
  • Feb. 7: Schoolwide Spirit Day: Dress like a career you want
  • Feb. 16: Dragon Dens 1:10 – 2:10 p.m.
  • Feb 19 – 23: Mid Winter Break
  • Feb. 26-29: Fire Drill; Time and Date unannounced

Seeking a new B.F. Day Social Media Chair

We are seeking a new B.F. Day Social Media Chair for the 2024 – 25 School Year. Do you love starting conversations? Building and nurturing community? Maybe you enjoy knowing what’s happening at the school and in our community… If so, I have the perfect gig for you! 

The B.F. Day PTSA is looking for a new social media (Facebook) Chair at the end of this school yearI would like to recruit someone to co-lead as social media chair as soon as possible. I fully intend to stay on until the end of this board term but hope to a. “train” someone on best practices (it’s not that hard!), and b. get our community used to another name and moderation style. If you’re looking to get more involved with the school, this is a great way to get started. It’s time to shake things up and inject some fresh energy!
Anticipated level of effort:

  • Monthly PTSA Executive board meeting: 1 hour per month
  • Posting: ~30 minutes/week
  • Content moderation: 10-15 minutes/day
  • Summer (August): updating editorial calendar: 1 hour

I’m happy to share a more detailed description of the role. Interested? Let’s talk! Saira McDonald (Xavi and Nadia’s mom)

Notes from the Music Room

Attention Students! 

I am writing on behalf of the Seattle Piano Institute (SPI) as we are sponsoring a masterclass with visiting artist Michelle Cann and seeking deserving young pianists who may want to participate in such an event. In addition to performing a solo concert February 1 and performing with UW Orchestra February 2, Ms. Cann has agreed to offer a public masterclass at Meany Hall on January 31 from 10 – 12. We are looking for 2 young pianists in grades K – 12 to perform a piece or selection no more than 10 – 12 minutes long. SPI is committed to reaching students of all backgrounds and financial means. There is no charge for participation in this event (or for attendance, and it will be open to the public). There is not a formal audition process, though we would like to be in contact soon with potential participants as January 31 is just around the corner.  Thank you so much for your consideration. Best wishes, Heather Howland
If your child is interested in this opportunity, please email Ms. Bethany;

Food Drive

A massive thank you to everyone who contributed to our food drive for Ballard Food Bank last week! We donated a total of 825 pounds of food. An extra thank you goes out to the 5th graders in Mr. Richardson’s class who helped load all of those donations into cars to be delivered to Ballard Food Bank! If you missed the drive or would like to make a cash donation, donate on the Ballard Food Banksite. Thank you!

Get your gear here!

B.F. Day Hats and Tote Bag

B.F. Day merch would make a great gift for any family member this holiday and we have a special Sun Dragon delivery of merch to your home next week! 

View and Choose Your Items Online & Send Email Today!

Email: with your order info.

Happy Holidays from the Library!

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Winter Break is a great time to try accessing all the free features available to students through the Seattle Public Library (SPL)

Every student automatically has an account to access audiobooks and eBooks online through the SPL Library Link. With their library card number students can log in to all online resources. Student library card numbers are 990000 (four zeroes) followed by the 7-digit student ID number to create a 13-digit number. For example, if your student ID is 1234567 your library card number is 9900001234567 PINs are the student’s birth month and day. For example, if you were born on November 7th, your PIN is 1107.

You can use Library Link to…

Libby, Book Flix, Hoopla, logos
  • Download e-books and audiobooks using OverDrive and Libby
  • Explore animated books and nonfiction titles
    through Bookflix
  • Watch movies, stream music or read digital
    comics with Hoopla
  • Access Student Research databases and
    online research tools
  • Get live Virtual Tutoring from
  • Read digital magazines, including several titles
    for kids and teens, using Flipster
  • Use other Online Resources

December’s Wish List Not Too Late to Contribute!

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December’s list is still available as we gear up for the great series challenge of 2024! One of the best ways to grow as a reader is to get hooked on a series. This month’s wish list brings in a bunch of new titles to entice readers to push outside their comfort zone and try something new. When we start our new year in January, students will be invited to participate in a series challenge, encouraging kids to read 3, 5, 7 or more books in a series. This wish list will help!

December Book Wish List

B.F. Day Boys and Girls Club Closed

We are closed from December 18 – January 1, 2024. Wallingford and Bagley sites are open from December 18-22 and December 26-28.

Registration is $65 per day at open sites. Households on state subsidies are covered to attend Bagley BGC site during school breaks. All BGC sites are closed on December 25, 29, and January 1.

Thank you and please let me know if you have any questions or concerns! Best wishes, Kirsten (Kirby) Lillquist (She/Her): Licensed Program Director: Boys & Girls Clubs of King County | BF Day Boys and Girls Club. Phone: (206) 718-5405

Message from our School Counselor

Dear B.F. Day Community,

This year our school family has come together to purchase EVERY requested item on our holiday wish list. In all, we supported twelve different families with a total of 82 presents! We truly live up to our reputation as The Family School! 

Below is one of our family’s responses to hearing that all the presents were purchased for their family… 

I am just reaching out to tell you how much I appreciate you and this community for everything that they have done for my family. I can’t even put into words how much I am so thankful. Thank you.” 

Have a wonderful winter break. Thank you for your generosity! With appreciation and gratitude, Mr. Taylor

A Note from Dr. ZiskoDecember 10, 2023 | Early Release on Friday, Dec. 15: Happy almost winter break! Friendly reminder that school is dismissed at 1:25 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 15, 2023. We return from winter break on Tuesday, January 2, 2024.

Kindergarden Tours

Will your child be 5 years old by August 31? Do you know of a kindergartener that will be in kindergarten at B.F. Day in the 24-25 school year? We are excited to welcome them!

Incoming kindergarten tours are scheduled for the following dates.

  • January 12 8:15 – 9:00 a.m.
  • January 19 8:15 – 9:00 a.m.
  • January 31 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Kindergarten registration for the 2024-2025 school year will open on January 2, 2024.

Registration for New Students

New student registration begins January 2, 2024 for the 2024-25 school year. All registration is completed online.

Have Questions? We can help. Visit us at the John Stanford Center, 2445 3rd Ave S, Seattle, 98134. Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Language assistance in Spanish, Oromo, Chinese, Vietnamese, Amharic, and Somali is available.

Register New Students: Items you will need to register new students listed below.

  • Parent or guardian photo ID
  • Child’s passport or birth certificate
  • Two (2) proofs of home address dated within past eight (8) weeks
  • Child’s immunization (shots) record

Why Enroll Early? Early registration for kindergarten starts a connection to your school community. You will meet other families and learn about the following.

  • School activities and events
  • Before and after-school programs
  • Drop off and pickup schedules
  • Free and reduced-price meals
  • Tutoring and enrichment activities
  • Schools can prepare better for new students when they know in advance who has registered.

Students living in Seattle are guaranteed an assignment based on their address or at the school best able to serve their needs. Read more about location of student services and programs such as multilingual students and students who need special education services.

Key Enrollment Dates

  • January 2: New registrations for 2024-25 school year begins.
  • February 1 – February 29: Open Enrollment School Choice priority applications will be accepted (tiebreakers apply).
  • March 1 – May 31: School Choice late applications will be accepted (NOT eligible for tiebreakers).
  • April 16: Open Enrollment results will be available online.
  • June 3 – August 31: Non-resident applications will be accepted.
  • August 31: Waitlists for the 2024-25 school year will dissolve.
  • September 4: First day of school for 2024-25 school year

A message from Mr. D. in the Gym

Our 3rd through 5th graders will be roller blading for one more week in the gym.Thanks for continuing to bring helmets and skates when possible! During the rainy weather, it’s a great idea to bring sneakers in your backpacks in addition to rain boots. This makes it much easier to move during fitness!

Lockdown Drill on Tuesday

We have a pre-planned lockdown drill on Tuesday, December 12 at 8:00 a.m. Please do your best to be on time for school on Tuesday. Friendly reminder that lines begin moving inside promptly at 7:50 a.m. Students that arrive tardy during the lockdown drill will need to wait outside until the drill is completed. During the lockdown drill, we will practice quickly locking down exterior and interior doors, as well as closing all blinds and curtains to windows. Lockdown drills typically take less than 10 minutes to complete. During the drill, a team of staff members check the building to ensure all doors and windows are secure. The intercom announcement initiating the drill will be calm and will remind students that we are only practicing. It’s important that all students practice lockdown drills so that they are prepared in the event of a real emergency.

Winter Enrichment

Winter enrichment registration is around the corner: Saturday, Dec. 9 at 8 a.m.!The B.F. Day PTSA is excited to announce the winter schedule for after-school enrichment classes onsite at B.F. Day. We have many returning vendors and even a couple of new ones!

Winter 2024 enrichment session will run January 8, 2024 – April 5, 2024.

Winter Enrichment Registration and Information!

*Schedule and pricing are subject to change. Full class descriptions with pricing details will be available on the B.F. Day PTSA website

Registration Instructions: Enrichment registration will be available online starting at 8 a.m. on Sat, Dec. 9 – Wed, Dec. 13 at noon. A centralized registration link is posted on the B.F. Day PTSA website. The pages takes you to a form to fill out to register for classes. A separate registration form will need to be filled out for each student/class (e.g. if your student wants to take Drama & Art Club, you would need to fill out the form once for Art Club and again for Drama, or if you have 2 students interested in Karate, you would need to fill out the form for each child). For details, please read the Enrichment Registration FAQ.

B.F. Day Enrichment Scholarship Policy: Limited scholarships (provided by PTSA and vendors) are available to B.F. Day students. Families in need of financial assistance are encouraged to apply. To request a full or partial scholarship, please complete a confidential financial aid application before the registration deadline (12/13/23). Applications will be reviewed by our school guidance counselor, Mr. Taylor and principal, Dr. Zisko. Requesting assistance early helps the Enrichment Committee allocate scholarship funds equitably. The B.F. Day PTSA aims to support as many students who are prohibited by cost to participate in our enrichment program as possible. If there is significant need, scholarships will be limited to one class per student per quarter.

Can YOU help? Finally, we will need a new Enrichment Coordinator for our program to continue in Spring 2024. We are powered by volunteers! Our current coordinators are moving on and it’s time for fresh ideas and new blood. Consider grabbing a friend and splitting the role! Enrichment Committee members get priority registration…that means NO Waitlists! Curious? Want to help?

Below is an overview of the Enrichment Coordinator role and job description.

  • Leads enrichment committee in managing vendors and creating a schedule for optional after-school enrichment classes
  • Communicates with vendors to set up classes and resolve any issues that arise
  • Publishes schedule of after-school class options and communicates sign-up information
  • Manages class rosters; delivers them to teachers, main office, and Boys & Girls Club
  • Works with the school counselor to manage scholarship requests


  • The role could be easily shared between two people. 
  • The chair has traditionally been supported by an active enrichment committee, which assists with vendor relationship management, data entry, scheduling, and other tasks.

You’ll be well-supported by veteran members of our Enrichment Committee who help with vendor relationship management, data entry, and other tasks. Teamwork makes the dream work! Questions? Let’s talk! Email:

From the Art Studio

Students have been making incredible progress in art! Lot of beautiful projects have been made and many of them will be coming home before the break. I am so proud of these incredible artists and am truly impressed by all of their growth in the art making process! We will be getting ready for 3D art in the new year and the pottery curriculum will be back in full swing!

Supporting Families In Need by Dec. 15

A Note from Mr. Taylor

Hello B.F. Day Family: As the “Family School,” the B.F. Day community believes in supporting our families who are in need. This is foundational to who we are as a school community. We as a group function as a foundational and stabilizing institution for our kids and families in the community. Each year we work to support our families who are in need during the winter break. This year we are using an Amazon “wish list” of items from identified families. The list includes both individual gifts and gift cards to Amazon. Each gift on the list has been intentionally chosen by a B.F. Day family in need.

Thank you for your compassion and generosity in supporting our kids and families. Final available date to purchase items is December 15 (was the 17).

B.F. Day Holiday Gift List Needs by Dec. 15

Happy Holidays from the Library!

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Hi B.F. Day Readers! Thank you for all the ways you contributed to the library this year! Can’t wait to celebrate all the reading we’ll do in 2024! Thank you to our December wish list donors! Elif Gumruk, Kyriaki Levanti, Nicolo’s Family, Kyle Ormsby

December’s Wish List

Stack of books.

December’s list is still available as we gear up for the great series challenge of 2024! One of the best ways to grow as a reader is to get hooked on a series. This month’s wish list brings in a bunch of new titles to entice readers to push outside their comfort zone and try something new. When we start our new year in January, students will be invited to participate in a series challenge, encouraging kids to read 3, 5, 7 or more books in a series. This wish list will help!

December Book Wish List

Overdue Reminders Will Go Out Soon!

Scour the house for those overdue books so new readers can enjoy them! The library catalog system will be generating overdue notices to students/families which you will receive via email. Thank you for rounding up books and returning them before Winter Break! Thank you!

Questions Lately…What books will you be gifting this year? I always get my nieces and nephews books for Christmas. They range in ages from 3- 13. Here’s a few on my list below.

4 Book Covers
  • Invisible Things:
    • “This creatively wacky exploration of the invisible things that make up the human experience encourages readers to look past the visible and connect with the things that are not seen.”
  • Evergreen:
    • “A picture book by Caldecott medal winner Matt Cordell about a timid squirrel who makes a brave journey to help a relative who is ill.”
  • Lost Library:
    • “Now a New York Times bestseller, a #1 Indie Bestseller, and the Amazon #1Best Kids’ Book of 2023, readers won’t want to miss this story of a little free library guarded by a cat and a boy who takes on the mystery it keeps.”
  • Science Comics Series (28 books):
    • “Every volume of Science Comics offers a complete introduction to a particular topic―dinosaurs, coral reefs, the solar system, volcanoes, bats, flying machines, and more. These gorgeously illustrated graphic novels offer wildly entertaining views of their subjects. Whether you’re a fourth grader doing a natural science unit at school or a thirty year old with a secret passion for airplanes, these books are for you!”

A Note from Dr. Zisko

December 1, 2023 | Here is the latest Dayette! Best, Natalie 

Direct Drive Results! New Records Achieved!


Happy Dragon with Direct Appeal envelopes!

The B.F. Day Family is amazing!!Everyone coming together resulted in smashing the records for both participation and funds raised to support the academic and social needs of our students. More than $180,000 has been pledged, which is $20,000 more than last year, and 343 students participated, which equals 82% of golden envelopes were returned! (WOW!!!) 

Ms. Steels 1st Grade and Ms. Smith’s K/1 Class tied for the most envelopes returned – both 95% participation!! They will receive an extra-special EXTRA recess for their teamwork and reminding their grownups to return their envelopes. All of the classrooms will receive book awards, with all K, 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 classes hitting the 75% participation mark.

For donations that have already been received, we will start sending email receipts next week. (The Donation Dragon worked so hard opening all those envelopes that they needed to take a few days off to rest).

If you have a match available, PLEASE do submit for payment through your company portal, if you haven’t already. 40% of the financial pledges are corporate matching funds and it’s really important that all of those funds come through.

If your golden envelope is running a little late, you can still drop it off in the school office – no tardy slip needed 🙂 And year-end gifts for teachers & staff are funded through the direct drive, so there will not be a year-end ask, but you can give at any time throughout the year at to support learning and enrichment at BF Day.

If you have questions, concerns, feedback for future Direct Drives, or you’d be interested in learning more about joining the fundraising committee, please email, call/text Jahna at 206-769-5657, or catch us on the playground at pick-up/drop off.

In Community,

B.F. Day PTSA Fundraising Co-Chairs:
Jahna Hildebrandt, mom to Neil (K) and Claire (3rd) and Kevin Zelko, dad to Will (K)

Dogs on Campus

Please leave pets outside the gates during pickup and drop off. Some of our students are afraid of dogs, and we want to be sure that drop off and pick up is a safe experience for all. Thank you for your cooperation!

Parking Lot Safety at Pickup

During pickup, students receiving transportation services use the north parking lot. There is vehicle traffic in the parking lot. Please use the sidewalks when walking around campus.

PTSA Vice President Vacancy

Are you able to support our amazing PTSA? We’re looking for a Vice President. Please email if you’re interested in learning more! Here’s the job description:

Vice President:

  • Provide support and direction to other board members.
  • Assist president in meeting all PTSA deadlines.
  • Perform president duties if he/she is unable to serve.

Parent Workout Class this Sunday Cancelled

Cancelled by vendor due to light RSVPs.

Message from the School Counselor

Holiday Gift List Supporting Families By Dec. 17

Hello B.F. Day Family,

As the “Family School,” the B.F. Day community believes in supporting our families who are in need. This is foundational to who we are as a school community. We as a group function as a foundational and stabilizing institution for our kids and families in the community. Each year we work to support our families who are in need during the winter break. This year we are using an Amazon “wish list” of items from identified families. The list includes both individual gifts and gift cards to Amazon. Each gift on the list has been intentionally chosen by a B.F. Day family in need.

Thank you for your compassion and generosity in supporting our kids and families. Final available date to purchase items is December 17.

B.F. Day Holiday Gift List Needs by Dec. 17

Ballard Food Bank Drive

Food Items scattered. Text: Our Food Drive supports Ballard Food Bank

Next week we will be running a food drive to support Ballard Food Bank! Ballard Food Bank’s mission is to bring food and hope to our neighbors – because there can be enough for everyone! Ballard Food Bank distributes 2.7 million pounds of food per year and serves 7000+ people every month. 

Classrooms with at least 70% participation will receive a Super Dragon Scale worth 25 Dragon Scales! Let’s beat last year’s record of 1500 lbs of food donated by BF Day families! 

If you would like to participate, please send non-perishable food items to school
with your child by Friday, December 8. The most needed items are:

  • Soups and Chili
  • Pasta and Rice
  • Canned Tuna, Chicken and Salmon
  • Shelf-Stable Regular and Alternative Milks
  • Canned Vegetables, Fruit and Beans
  • Dried Fruit
  • Oatmeal
  • Single-Serving and Full Box Cereals
  • Top Ramen and Mac & Cheese
  • Juices and Water
  • Sauces, Condiments and Spices
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly
  • Nuts
  • Dry Beans
  • Coffee and Tea

If you would like to make a cash donation, you can do so directly online below at the Ballard Food Bank. Donate Cash Directly to Ballard Food Bank

Library Update

Librarian reading emoji

Awesome Science Books Landing in the Library! Thank you so much to our November wish list contributors! The new books supporting our 3-5 science curriculum are gorgeous! ~ Gretchen Onstad & Gianluca Interlandi, Marian, Ksenia, Anonymous, Madeline Barch, Kevin’s family, and Tracy Rabsky

December’s Wish List

Stack of books.

One of the best ways to grow as a reader is to get hooked on a series. This month’s wish list brings in a bunch of new titles to entice readers to push outside their comfort zone and try something new. When we start our new year in January, students will be invited to participate in a series challenge, encouraging kids to read 3, 5, 7 or more books in a series. This wish list will help! December Book Wish List

Gearing Up For Global Reading Challenge!

Stack of Books for reading challenge

The Global Reading Challenge books have been announced! Students who are participating will begin reading the books in November and December. After Winter Break, teams will form and our lunchtime practice sessions will begin! 

This year’s books are:

  • A Kind of Spark, by Elle McNicoll
  • Invisible, by Christina Diaz Gonzalez and Gabriele Epstein
  • Healer of the Water Monster, by Brian Young
  • The Secret of the Jade Bangle, by Linda Trinh
  • My Kingdom of Darkness, by Susan Tan
  • The Jumbies, by Tracey Baptiste
  • The Button Box, by Bridget Hodder and Fawzia Gilani-Williams
  • Too Bright to See, by Kyle Lukoff

Questions Lately….

Q: How do I help my emerging reader pick out books for practice, either at the library or
the bookstore?

A: Did you know reading levels were actually created for teachers, not students?Each level corresponds with a skill set students need to read and comprehend the text. Many publishing companies try to put levels on their books with their own system of numbers and letters. Recently, with a greater focus on the science of reading and how students learn to read, companies are better aligning the text in the book to actual phonetic skills (aka, if you know short vowels and CVC words this book is a “good fit”), but it can all be very confusing! 

There is a quick, easy way to match your child to a book called “The Five Finger Rule” from Scholastics Books. Here’s how it works: Your child opens a book to the first page. They read the page and hold up one finger for every word they don’t know or can’t pronounce. 

The number of fingers they’re holding up by the end of the page tells them if the book is the right level:

  • 0-1 fingers: It’s too easy.
  • 2-3 fingers: It’s just right.
  • 4-5 fingers: It’s too hard (or best read aloud with a buddy).

Two to three fingers is the sweet spot. If they’re holding up any more or less, that’s a clue that they should try to find another book if they’re reading independently. Clearly, this is a very simplified method, but at least it gives you a place to start. Check out the cited link for the full article.

Time to Round Up Overdue Books!

The library catalog system will be generating overdue notices to students/families which you will receive via email. Thank you for rounding up books and returning them before Winter Break! Thank you!

A Note from Dr. Zisko

November 17, 2023 | Here is the Dayette! Best, Natalie. Thank You

The Direct Drive had a record participation level of 78%! THANK YOU, families, for your unwavering support of our school. The B.F. Day school community rocks! We’ll include updated information with the final numbers of the Direct Drive in a future Dayette. We appreciate our families so much!!

Lost and Found

There are so many beautiful and expensive jackets waiting for their owners in lost and found! This week we found a black Patagonia jacket with two retainers in the pockets. That’s a $500 value waiting for their owner! We know how expensive retainers are. Please come and check to see if you’re missing anything.

The lost and found will be out and displayed during conferences. All items that are not picked up during conferences are going to Goodwill. Please label all of your children’s items that are sent to school!

On Site Boys and Girls Club – Vacancies

Openings: Kinder 2 Open, 1st 2 Open, 2nd & 3rd 2 Open, 4th 4 Open, and 5th 5 Open.

Our after-school enrichment programs here at B.F. Day Boys and Girls Club are designed to provide your child with a fun, safe, inclusive, and enriching experience that will help them grow and learn after school. From exciting STEM activities to creative arts, our programs offer something for every child from kindergarten through 5th grade. To register, simply log in to your MyClubHub account and follow the instructions to select the programs that best suit your child’s needs and interests. If you need any assistance with the programs process, our team is always available to help. Thank you for choosing the B.F. Day BGC for your child’s after-school needs. We are excited to see your child grow and thrive in our program!

Registration/Website Resources

Billing/Payment: The monthly tuition for this program is $650 charged on the first day of the month. Your enrollment will automatically continue throughout the school year unless you email to cancel.

Help Paying for child care: As a licensed child care provider, we do accept both state and city child care subsidies! If you need help paying for your child care, please let me know so that I can help with next steps. If you do not qualify for a state or city child care subsidies but still have a financial need, scholarships are available through BGCKC (Please note you must have demonstrated that the other subsidies are not available to you before you can be eligible for a BGCKC scholarship)

Hours: Our B.F. Day Boys and Girls Club program hours are from school release until 6:00 p.m. This includes all early release days. Closed on Custodial Holidays.

Snack/lunch: A snack will be provided daily. Our scheduled snack time is 3:00 p.m. daily.

Contacting Us: Program Director: Kirsten (Kirby) Lillquist she/her; and Education Director: Sora Storck she/her; sstorck@positiveplace.organd B.F. Day Email: B.F. Day Boys and Girls Club Phone: (206) 718-5405

We look forward to working with you to provide the most positive and FUN experience for your child here at the club!

B.F. Day Work Party

Leaves and Rake

What: An opportunity to gather in community and tend to B.F. Day’s outdoor spaces. Our aim will be to clean up the ornamental garden beds and the perimeter of the school. We’ll get our landscape ready for winter and take stock of what might be possible for planting in the Spring. The big hope is that these work parties will happen every season so that we can all have a hand in caring for and maintaining the grounds around B.F. Day, and it’s just plain FUN!

When: Saturday, November 18 from 1-4 p.m.

Who is invited: ALL B.F. Day families are welcome and encouraged to join! If you plan on participating, please email Laura at Come prepared to get your hands dirty. We’ll have some gardening and maintenance tools on site, but if you have a favorite pair of gloves, weeding tool, broom, rake, shovel please bring them!

From the Attendance Office

Hello B.F. Day families! This is just a reminder that in addition to letting teachers know when your child will be absent, please email or call (206) 252-6010. I know the holidays are coming up and we are all excited to take a break, travel, spend time with family, or whatever this extended time off may bring. That said, let us know about any extended vacations that may happen during this time so we can record attendance accurately. On that note, during vacations, teachers are not required to provide work. To mitigate the number of tardies we see coming back to school after the break, it is best practice to keep a consistent sleep schedule for your child during school breaks! 

Office Hours Week of Nov 20

The school office will be open Monday – Wednesday, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The building will be open for parents to access conferences scheduled outside of that time. If you are unable to access the building using the door buzzer (i.e. nobody in office), please call the custodian number (posted on north doors) to have him let you in.

Winter Wonderland

We’re planning our annual Winter Wonderland party for students! We transform the library into a winter wonderland scene. Each classroom will visit the library for about 30 minutes on December 15 for games and crafts. We’re looking for volunteers to help us set up after school on December 14. We also need volunteers to help us run the party! Please email and if you’re able to volunteer for winter wonderland!

B.F. Day Merch!

Order your holiday gifts now! New items up now, including the cool new crewnext sweatshirt! 

A Note from Dr. Zisko

November 10, 2023 | Hello Families! Here is the Dayette for this week! Go Sun Dragons!  Best, Natalie 

Direct Drive Reminder!

Don’t forget to turn in your golden envelope! The Direct Drive closes ends November 15. Regardless of dollars donated, we are aiming for 75% return rate for our school. We are currently at 48% of envelopes return! Monies raised from Direct Drive support essential programs like the arts, school counselor, and reading teachers. Every class with 75% participation will receive $300 for their classroom library! The Donation Dragon thanks you!

Lost and Found

There are so many beautiful and expensive jackets waiting for their owners in lost and found! This week we found a black Patagonia jacket with two retainers in the pockets. That’s a $500 value waiting for their owner! We know how expensive retainers are. Please come and check to see if you’re missing anything.

The lost and found will be out and displayed during conferences. All items that are not picked up during conferences are going to Goodwill. Please label all of your children’s items that are sent to school!

Donations Needed

Got any extra wire hangers? We can use them to display lost and found items! If you have some to donate, please turn them in to Sonja in the front office.

Library News

Emoji Librarian on a red spotted mushroom

Hello B.F. Day Readers! The month of November is designated as Native American Heritage Month in the United States. It’s a joy to share the resources in our library with students to explore the rich culture of our country’s indigenous nations. 

Our main goals through literature are to

  • Hear From Indigenous Voices
  • Read Books By and About Native Americans
  • Know Whose Land We’re On
  • Debunk Stereotypes

Thank you to our library wish list wish granters!
Cole’s grandfather Popi (Richard Mackay)
Tory Gildred
Harper Hober’s Family
Melissa Hall
Tracy Rabsky
Madeline Barch

Questions Lately…

Q: My child will only read graphic novels. Is that bad?

A: Here is a link to an awesome article by a well-respected expert in literacy research. I found it a balanced and informative view on the topic. Check it out on Reading Rockets!

November Wish List

Our November Wishlist highlights selections which support our 3-5 science curriculum. Naturally, students’ curiosity builds as they learn about various scientific topics. The units of study are as follows:

  • 3rd Grade: balancing forces, inheritance/traits, environment and survival
  • 4th Grade: energy conversion/sources, vision and light, earth’s features (fossils/rock layers), sound waves
  • 5th Grade: patterns of the Earth/sky, modeling matter, earth/waterway systems, ecosystem restoration

All on our Amazon November Wishlist 3-5 Science

Thank you for loving on our library in this supportive way!

PTSA Executive Board Meeting

The PTSA Executive Board meets monthly. This Wednesday, November 15, at 8:00 p.m. our Board will meet virtually. All interested parents are welcome to attend. The more parents that get involved with our PTSA, the stronger our school community is! Join Us on our Meeting link available in the emailed Dayette.

A Note from Dr. Zisko

November 3, 2023 | Hello Families! Here is the Dayette for this week! Go Sun Dragons! 
Best, Natalie 

B.F. Day Garden

Hello families of B.F. Day! Liz & Brooke (parent volunteers) have been hard at work in the garden area, planting winter/early spring crops & installing some artistic bamboo fences to protect the plants.

Garden beds at B.F. Day

While many of the beds look like not much is going on, hopefully we’ll see seedlings soon…fava beans, garlic, kale, collard greens, red clover, vetch & rye as well as perennial plants that will be in place year-round.

A beautiful bamboo entryway and protective garden bed boundaries were installed as well. Liz wove black & green bamboo together with incredible artistry – make sure you stop by to see her work and what is growing!

We kindly ask that you remind your children to be respectful and considerate of the plants & hardscapes in the garden area. We want everyone to enjoy this garden as it’s open to all, and your fellow B.F. Day Garden Club friends will thank you for being respectful of the work they’ve done too!

We look forward to gardening with your children at Garden Club enrichment this coming spring.

Mr. Taylor’s November Tidbits

Tips for Helping your Child Manage Meltdowns after School!

Our students are working hard to navigate the ups and downs of a school day. This exertion of consistent energy and focus within a school setting is exhausting. Coupled with the fact that you are their safe space, they may feel comfortable letting go of everything they have been holding onto throughout the day. But it’s okay, because you got this!

Below are nine proactive and reactive strategies for supporting your child’s after-school meltdowns.

  1. Collaborative, Child Led Play Time: Provide the space and time to dedicate at least 10 minutes each day to play with your child after school. They use their need for autonomy to choose the activity and all distractions are set aside for those 10 minutes each day.
  2. Consistent Routine: Establish, then lean on, the consistent after-school routine. This will help support structure and predictability.
  3. SnackTime: Have a healthy snack ready. Hunger can contribute to kids being susceptible to big reactions because their tank is empty.
  4. OpenCommunication: Share a rose (positive moment/activity), at horn (negative moment/activity) and a bud (something they may be looking forward to) from that day.
  5. Start with Small Wins: Start with easy requests before building up to higher requests. The belief is that as children start with small and incremental positive choices, they then be more likely to respond favorably to higher level requests.
  6. Teach/PracticeCopingSkills: As a family, develop 2-3 coping strategies for our big feelings. If possible, have your child practice these coping skills when they’re not dysregulated. When they are practiced at a baseline level, they are more likely to be remembered when they are dysregulated.
  7. Positive Reinforcement: Find moments to verbally recognize your child’s success. You can add a level of reinforcement by adding a tangible incentive for desired behavior.
  8. Seek Professional Help: If your concerns remain, feel free to reach out toy our school counselor (Mr. Taylor) or your pediatrician for help connecting with outside resources.
  9. EXTRA – Track the Frequency of Meltdowns: It can be helpful to track the relevant data around a child’s behavior. An idea could be to track the behavior for 1-2 weeks, where you will note the day/time, the adult request, and the behavior. This can help paint the picture of trends or patterns associated with the behavior, which can support proactive strategies rather than reactive. This practice can also shift our perception of the problem using facts, rather than emotions.

News from the Gym

We’ve been working on nutrition over the past month, learning about the five food groups, calories, protein, carbohydrates and fat, and how they help us grow. We’re also learning how to read food labels!

For 2nd through 5th grade, don’t be surprised if your students come home and start learning to decipher food labels in your kitchen or at the store. These grades will eventually bring a label to school and share during P.E. class. 

If you have time, read a few labels with your students and see what you can discover! -Mr. D.

Dragon Dens

Text: The Big Umbrella. Book Cover with red umbrella and 4 student characters under it. Text: By Amy Jane Bates

Today was our first Dragon Den meeting of the school year! We read the book The Big Umbrella and discussed belonging.

What’s the book all about?

By the door there is an umbrella. It is big. It is so big that when it starts to rain there is room for everyone underneath. It doesn’t matter if you are tall. Or plaid. Or hairy. It doesn’t matter how many legs you have.

Don’t worry that there won’t be enough room under the umbrella. Because there will always be room.

What did Dragon Dens do?

We did community building activities as Dens got to know new participants within their groups. We made Den umbrellas! Every child created a self-portrait for their Den’s umbrella. Our Den umbrellas will be hung in our school to remind us that we all belong at B.F. Day. We are part of classroom, grade level, and school communities. We are the Family School!

Family-Teacher Conferences are coming!

Conference week is approaching! We hope to connect with each family and have a 100% participation rate for our school. Parents can access elementary progress reports on the Source.

Here are some questions that you can ask your child before their conference:

  • Is there anything specific you would like me to discuss with your teacher?
  • What do you especially like or dislike about your class or school?
  • In what areas are you experiencing the most success?
  • Are you experiencing challenges in any areas? More information about how to prepare for conferences and family learning guides can be found on the district tips for Family Teacher Conferences.

Helpful Tips For Family-Teacher Conferences

Call for Volunteers!

Do you want to help a B.F. Day Sun Dragon become the best that they can be? Are you available 1-2 times per week during the school day (in a consistent time frame)? We’re looking for volunteers that want to be matched 1:1 with a student. Volunteers will develop a relationship with the student and support them in their academics, 1-2 times per week for 30-60 minutes per session. We’re looking for volunteers that are willing to be trained and consistently come, week after week, in a long-term capacity. Our students do their best work when there is stability. It’s a big commitment with a big impact! 

Please email Dr. Zisko and Mr. Taylor if you’re interested in learning more!; or

A Note from Dr. Zisko

October 27, 2023 | Hello Families! Here is the Dayette for this week! Have a wonderful weekend. Go Sun Dragons!  Best, Natalie 


We do not celebrate Halloween at B.F. Day. Please send your child in play clothes, no costumes. We expect Wednesday, November 1 to be a bit bumpy as many students will have long, exciting nights on October 31. Friendly reminder to please send your child to school with healthy, well-balanced food. Candy in lunchboxes, particularly the day after Halloween, can impact our learning in the afternoon.

Direct Drive PTSA Fundraising Kick-off (Oct 27 – Nov 15)

Dragon Costume Holding an envelope.

Today at our all-school assembly, we kicked off the annual PTSA Direct Drive, our biggest fundraiser and our only direct ask for the year. (We are still planning some fun events in spring, but there will NOT be separate requests for staff holiday gifts and appreciation).

Please check your student’s backpack for a golden envelope that contains a letter with more information and a pledge card. We ask that each family consider giving an amount that is meaningful to them – whatever that amount might be – because together, we can do amazing things!

The state and district funding that we receive is insufficient to meet the needs of our students and our school. So, the PTSA fundraises to help pay for school staff, classroom supplies, staff appreciation, and academic and social enrichment. The 2023-2024 school year budget is $296,036, the equivalent of $712 per student. Our goal is to raise $150,000 ($361 per student) with the Direct Drive.

We recognize that each family’s situation is different, so our focus is on participation – each student returning a gold envelope. Please send the golden envelope back to school with your child by Wednesday, November 15. You can also drop it off at the school office. Each classroom that has at least 75% of their envelopes returned will get $300 to spend on their classroom library!

More info about the direct drive is on the B.F. Day PTSA Fundraising page. Thank you in advance for your participation and support!

Recess Supervisor Team

Ms. Carrie Bauer Mr. Bryan Lenning and Ms. Lindsey Rowsell

At long last, we are fully staffed with an amazing lunch supervision team! Woot! 

Allow us to properly introduce Team Playground!

From the left: Straight out of retirement: The Amazing Ms. Carrie Bauer

From our parent pool: The Friendly Mr. Bryan Lenning and Illustrious Ms. Lindsey Rowsell!

Please welcome this amazing team!

School Assemblies

Many thanks to our teacher leadership cadre: Ms. Sidhu, Ms. Steel, and Ms. Riepe for bringing back school assemblies! 

Today was our first assembly. We had an amazing time celebrating our Family School!

This was our agenda

  • B.F. Day Pledge: I am someone!
  • Assembly expectations: the why, what, and how
  • Specialist teachers introduced class awards and announced winning classes Dr. Zisko presented Super Sun Dragon awards for two amazing students Kick off the Direct Drive
  • B.F. Day song

Trivia Night was a success!

Trivia night at Pecado Bueno was a success! There were full rooms and teams seated into the outdoor fire pit space. There were a total of 16 teams and 16 to go orders.This resulted in $1,555 in sales. Pecado Bueno will be donating 30% ($467) to the B.F. Day PTSA. There were also a few school merch purchases! Thank you to the B.F. Day PTSA for organizing this fun community event!

Occupational Therapist Appreciation!

Today is National O.T. appreciation day! BIG SHOUT OUT to our amazing O.T. team: Ms. Kristine, Ms. Kerry, and Ms. Lynn. Thank you for supporting our students with so much love and care!

Hello from the Art Studio!

We are having an incredible time in art! So far, we have explored various Hispanic Artists, Native American Art, and are now getting into nature as it relates to Autumn. All student work has been going home with them or it should be going there soon. Be sure to check their backpacks. They work hard on these projects, and I would love for them to get them home in one piece. An idea that has worked in the past was to ask parents to get a little folder that will store student art in their backpacks. If this is something you are interested in doing, I suggest it as it will keep art from being crumpled up at the bottom of their bags !

In other news I wanted to all let you know that clay will be delayed this year. I was gearing up to begin next month. However, I recently had an injury that will prevent me from doing this. Currently, I have two broken toes, a severe sprain in my ankle, amongst other bumps and bruises. This has made the physical requirements required of teaching clay impossible. I will be in a cumbersome boot for six weeks, BUT we will begin clay in the new year for sure!

If you have any questions or ever want to pop into the art room, the door is always open! 

Yours in Art, Mrs. Hall

Library News

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Greetings B.F. Day Readers! We are settling into the rhythm and routines of the library. As wet weather continues to visit us, thank you for helping your students protect their books from all things water.

Students in grades 4-5 have the opportunity to sign up for this year’s Global Reading Challenge. This is a reading incentive program sponsored by the Seattle Public Library. Students form teams, read selected books, then take part in a trivia competition. In February we will have a schoolwide competition, and the winner from B.F. Day will attend the city final. The books will be announced in November!

Some Questions Lately

  • How long can my child checkout their book?
    • Each book is checked out for the duration of two weeks. If they still need time to finish a
    • book, it can be renewed.
  • Wait. Why is my six year old bringing home this huge book?
    • For the most part, my goal is to steer students toward books which are just-right for them, but frequently, I cannot get in the way of the mystery of a thick book of fiction. Kids love the heft of them! If your child brings home such a book, know it’s because they really wanted to and they have a plan. You can always talk about what they think the book may be about, or search for simple high frequency words they know inside. And who knows, maybe it’s a good bedtime book?

October Library Wishlist

Emoji pumpkin with Librarian face.

The October Library Wishlist features titles to support the content focus in our science program K-2. These units of study include plant and animal needs and defenses, light and sound, the properties of matter, and the Earth’s changes. 

Thank you for contributing to the library!  Amazon October Library Wishlist

Notes from the Music Room

K-3 students have been absolutely killing their rhythm reading challenges this month! If your child hasn’t already come home chanting “ta ta ta-di ta” and writing music notes, ask them about it . Fourth grade is wrapping up their Latinx Heritage month unit and preparing for their first assessment of the year. 

Ask your fourth grader what they know about the Cuban folk/protest song Guantanamera. Bonus if they can perform the 3/2 clave rhythm. Fifth grade is forming their first ensemble of the year, choosing and practicing instrumental parts to play the song Good Day by the Nappy Roots. They will be writing their own original verses to the song in the weeks to come and will hopefully record their own versions of the song as well.

Snack Request

Snack request: We occasionally have students who could use a snack before class to focus and be their best musical selves! If you would like to support our music students in this way, please bring your donation to the office and make sure it is labeled “For Music.” Thank you for all the ways you support our budding musicians at B.F. Day!

From Nurse Annette – Vaccines & Hearing/Vision Screenings

Flu Shot & Covid-19 Vaccine Clinic Nov 3

Boys and Girls Characters
  • Where: B.F. Day – Main Hallway (Near Main Office)
  • When: Friday, November 3 from 3:45 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    • by Seattle Visiting Nurse Association
    • Kaiser Insurance is NOW accepting Covid Vaccine at this clinic.

Sign up as early as 2 weeks prior to the event. Patients will be able to select a 15-minute window during the duration of the clinic to receive their vaccination(s). 

Register at the Seattle Visiting Nurse Association

Thank You, Nurse Annette;

Hearing and Vision Screenings Oct 26

Child getting a hearing test
  • When: Thursday, October 26 during school hours
  • Who: Kinder, 1, 2, 3, 5 grades Please note that the district does not require fourth grade to be screened. Feel free to email me if you have concerns regarding hearing and/or vision of your fourth grader, or any student. I am happy to screen them. ~ Nurse Annette;

A Note from Dr. Zisko

October 13, 2023

Greetings! Below is this week’s Dayette.
Go Sun Dragons! 

School Assemblies

Beginning in October, once a month our students and staff will gather in our gym for a school wide assembly. Our assemblies will be about 20-25 minutes in length. During assemblies, grade levels will showcase work, our specialist teachers will give awards to classes, we will sing the B.F. Day song, we will recite the B.F. Day pledge, and Dr. Zisko award two students (one from P-2, one from 3-5) a Super Sun Dragon award. The Super Sun Dragon award will recognize one student from each grade level band for academic resiliency, extraordinary kindness, or other amazing stories of courage. Students will not be notified in advance of the assembly if they are recognized as a Super Sun Dragon. However, Dr. Zisko will email their parents and invite them to attend if their child is being recognized.

B.F. Day School Song Lyrics

Oh, what do they say about B.F. Day? 
They say it’s the family school 
Where sharing and caring
And lending a hand
We all form a family
Across the land

Oh, what do they say about B.F. Day?
Come visit and you will see 
All our smiles go for miles 
You’re a friend to the end 
At B.F. Day!

B.F. Day Pledge Inspiration

Inspired from the Rita Pierson ” I am Somebody” video (short version. Long version of the Rita Pierson video and Ted Talk is available on YouTube as well. 

B.F. Day adapted version of the pledge:

I am somebody. (gesture: point to self)
I was somebody when I came. (gesture: hands on hip)
I will be a better somebody when I leave. (gesture: swing arm upward, think: “golly” gesture)
I am powerful and I am strong. (gesture: muscles up)
I am brave and empathetic. (gesture: hands in heart shape)
I deserve the education that I get here. (gesture: two hands pointing down to floor)
I have things to do, places to go, and a community to inspire. (gesture: hand like visor on forehead looking outward at the horizon)
I am a B.F. Day Sun Dragon! (gesture: point to self, arms up strong)

From Nurse Annette – Vaccines & Hearing/Vision Screenings

Flu Shot & Covid-19 Vaccine Clinic Nov 3

Boys and Girls Characters
  • Where: B.F. Day – Main Hallway (Near Main Office)
  • When: Friday, November 3 from 3:45 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    • by Seattle Visiting Nurse Association
    • Kaiser Insurance is NOW accepting Covid Vaccine at this clinic.

Sign up as early as 2 weeks prior to the event. Patients will be able to select a 15-minute window during the duration of the clinic to receive their vaccination(s). Registration Clinic link will be included in upcoming Dayette. Thank You, Nurse Annette

Hearing and Vision Screenings Oct 26

Child getting a hearing test
  • When: Thursday, October 26 during school hours
  • Who: Kinder, 1, 2, 3, 5 grades Please note that the district does not require fourth grade to be screened. Feel free to email me if you have concerns regarding hearing and/or vision of your fourth grader, or any student. I am happy to screen them. -Nurse Annette

PTSA General Membership Meeting Oct 18

Our first PTSA general membership meeting is Wednesday, October 18 at 8:00 p.m. The link to the meeting is in the Dayette emailed home or on the B.F. Day Facebook page. All are welcome to attend! Hope to see you there.


  • October 18: PTSA Fall General Membership Meeting at 8:00 p.m. (virtual)
  • October 20: Dragon Dens 1:10 – 2:10
  • October 27: Picture Retake Day
  • October 27: Occupational Therapist (OT) Appreciation Day
  • October 30: Direct Drive launches 
  • October 31: *We do not celebrate Halloween on campus. Please do not send your child to school in costume.
  • November 10: No school, Veteran’s Day

A Note from Dr. Zisko

October 6, 2023

Greetings! Below is this week’s Dayette.
Go Sun Dragons! 

Call for Room Parents

Want to get involved in your child’s class and support their teacher? Sign up to be a Room Parent or Co-Room Parent!

What is a Room Parent?

Room parents build community around the teacher and classroom. They are communication partners and volunteer coordinators for each teacher and the PTSA. All you need is regular access to a computer and email, and most of the work can be done from home.

Each teacher may have different needs and requests, but the primary responsibilities for Room Parents may include:

1. Create a classroom email/contact list. This will be used for communication with parents and caregivers about classroom happenings. It also can be useful for coordinating class play dates.

2. In collaboration with the teacher, create a rotating classroom snack schedule via Sign Up Genius or other tool.

3. Assist with grade-specific PTSA communications, like field trips and class projects.

4. Forward emails about school events and volunteer opportunities from the Room Parent Coordinator.

5. Assist with showering your teacher with love during teacher appreciation week.

How do I become a Room Parent or Co-Room Parent?

Please contact the PTSA Room Parent and volunteer coordinator, Kirsten Pickworth, will reach out to you with a link to the Sign Up form and the next steps about connecting with the teacher and class parents. If you have questions or have any trouble with the form, please don’t hesitate to send her an email at

Why is the role of Room Parent important?

The Room Parent takes some of the burden off of the teacher in coordinating volunteers, class support, and sharing PTSA community updates. Maintaining a classroom contact list also helps improve communication between other parents and caregivers. It’s especially handy when extra help is needed for classroom projects and events. Additionally, while most teachers request snacks throughout the year, managing a rotating snack schedule can be a great way for parents to provide healthy snacks on an ongoing basis.

Thank you for considering this critical role in supporting our teachers and classrooms this school year!

Boys & Girls Club Closures

Boys and Girls Club (both Wallingford and on site) are closed on Monday, October 9. Boys and Girls Club (on site) is closed October 13. Wallingford location will be open that day.

Snack Donations for Special Education Classrooms

It can be hard to learn if you’re “hangry” and your body needs fuel! Our Special Education classrooms (Ms. Thurston, Teacher Deb, Ms. Lucy, and Ms. Claire) appreciate snack donations for their classrooms. We love snacks that are light in sugar and free of artificial coloring. Snack donations for Special Education can be dropped in the front office and will be dispersed among the classrooms. Thank you for your generosity!

From Nurse Annette

Flu Shot & Covid-19 Vaccine Clinic

Boys and Girls Characters
  • Where: B.F. Day – Main Hallway (Near Main Office)
  • When: Friday, November 3 from 3:45 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    • by Seattle Visiting Nurse Association

Sign up as early as 2 weeks prior to the event. Patients will be able to select a 15-minute window during the duration of the clinic to receive their vaccination(s). Registration Clinic link will be included in upcoming Dayette. Thank You, Nurse Annette

MAP Window Closes October 25

Students in kindergarten – fifth grade take the MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) three times per year: fall, winter, spring. Students take the assessment in their classrooms within a designated testing window. Our fall assessment will be completed by October 25.

What is MAP?

MAP assessments are computer adaptive achievement tests in math and reading.

What are computer adaptive tests?

The computer adjusts the difficulty of the questions so that each student takes a unique test. The difficulty of each question is based on how well the student has answered previous questions.

What is the purpose of the MAP assessment?

MAP is a norm-referenced measure of student growth over time. MAP assessments, joined with other data points, provide detailed, actionable data about where each child is on his or her unique learning path. MAP assessments are nationally normed. They track student progress throughout a year and across years. MAP assessments help teachers identify the instructional level of the student and also provide context for determining where each student is performing in relation to state standards and national norms. MAP reports allow teachers to better target instruction based on student’s strengths and needs.

Is the MAP assessment aligned with the Common Core State Standards?

MAP assessments include items aligned to the Common Core Standards for math and reading. The MAP assessments do not include constructed response items.

What is a RIT Scale?

The RIT Scale is a curriculum scale that uses individual item difficulty values to estimate student achievement.

Will MAP be used to identify students who need intervention services?

While a low score and/or a lack of growth between administrations may suggest the need for academic intervention, we do not use a single test to identify students for academic intervention. MAP, like all assessments, might not accurately capture a student’s true performance during a single administration. To reflect the influence of variables which might impact a student’s performance on a single administration (ex: illness, lack of sleep, distractions in the environment), the MAP provides a “RIT Range.” If the student took the test again reasonably soon after the administration, one would expect his or her score to fall within the RIT Range at least 68% of the time. The RIT Range provides a good approximation of where a student’s true performance lies, in the absence of testing inaccuracies.

A Note from Dr. Zisko

September 29, 2023

Greetings! Below is this week’s Dayette. Please read carefully for more information about Curriculum Night. It also includes Mr. Taylor’s updates, “Taylor’s Tidbits.” Have a wonderful weekend. 

Go Sun Dragons! 

Curriculum Night is on Thursday, October 5

Curriculum Night is an opportunity for parents to come to campus, meet their child’s teacher, and learn more about grade level expectations.

Curriculum Night is for adults only. We are unable to offer childcare this year.

Classroom teachers will be giving back to back presentations. Families with more than one student can access their children’s teachers in Session 1 or Session 2. Parents are also welcome to engage with our specialist teachers, librarian, counselor, nurse, or Special Education teachers.

Below is the schedule for Curriculum Night: Curriculum Night runs from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

  • 5:30 – 5:55 Session 1 – Classroom teachers have rooms open for presentations
  • 5:55 – 6:00 Passing period
  • 6:00 – 6:25 Session 2 – Classroom teachers have rooms open for presentations AND Specialist and Special Education classrooms are open; counselor, nurse, and librarian available
  • B.F. Day merch table will be open for business on the 2nd floor.
  • 6:25 – 6:30 Passing period
  • 6:30 – 6:55 Session 3 – Specialist and Special Education classrooms are open; counselor, nurse, and librarian available

B.F. Day merch table will be open for business on the 2nd floor.

Morning Drop Off: Parents on Campus Kindergarten & First Grade

Kindergarten and first grade teachers are having difficulty moving the classroom lines in the morning due to parents standing in the walkways, socializing, and walking with their students. For safety and the need to start school on time, parents and strollers need to clear the walkways. Parents, once your child is dropped on the playground, please move out of the walkways. If needed, you may watch your child walk in by standing along the back fence of the sports court or garden area.

Lost and Found

Students may access lost and found during the school day to recover lost items. On sunny days, the lost and found will be pulled out by the north doors and principal’s window for parents to look for missing items. The lost and found is filling up! Please encourage your child to check it if you’re missing an item.

Merch Monday

Merch Monday returns this Monday Oct 2 from 7:30 – 8:10 a.m. & 2:15 – 3:00 p.m. With new shirt designs, kids zip-ups, adult long sleeves and more! Proceeds support the B.F. Day PTSA! The B.F. Day PTSA financially supports our school counselor, support teachers, classroom supplies, enrichment scholarships, and more! Get your holiday shopping started early on Merch Monday! Check it out!

Trivia Night

Trivia Night is Back!! It will be on Wednesday, October 25 @ Pecado Bueno. Arrive at 5:30 p.m. to grab dinner. Trivia begins at 6:00 p.m. This is a family trivia night and kids are welcome.

Pecado Bueno is donating 25% of their sales to B.F. Day PTSA that night. Make sure to let them know you are from B.F. Day and put in a to go order if you can’t join for Trivia. Space is limited. RSVP by emailing your group name and total number of participants to

Notes from the Music Room

Music classes are in full swing at B.F. Day! We are singing, dancing, reading music, playing games, playing instruments, and building a beautiful musical community.

Students in all grade levels are celebrating Hispanic/Latinx Heritage month with songs and games from Spanish speaking countries. Primary grades are singing songs from Mexico and intermediate grades are learning to play Latin rhythms from Cuba. We’re building strong listening, singing, and playing skills as we learn about Celia Cruz and will soon be digging into a bit of history behind the song “Guantanamera.”

We celebrate the significant cultural contributions our Spanish speaking students and families bring to our school & community. Gracias!

In addition, fifth graders are working on a special songwriting project … stay tuned! ~Miss Bethany

Library News!

Mrs. P. Face in a Book Emoji

Greetings B.F. Day Readers! Our library sessions have gotten off to a great start! Students have been learning how to navigate the library (K-1) and reviewing important library terms (2-5). As a reminder, students now visit the library every week on a predictable schedule, so it’s important to get in the habit of returning books on a regular basis. Students in K-1 are allowed to have 5 books out on their account, and students 2-5 can have a total of 10. After that, they will need to return books before they can check out more. 

Here’s the schedule once again for your review:

  • Monday: Ms. Ashley’s Bumblebee classroom (checkout will begin in a few weeks)
  • Tuesday: Ms. Sawyer, Ms. Mathan, Teacher Dylan’s Butterfly classroom (checkout will begin in a few weeks)
  • Wednesday: Ms. Anderson, Ms. Steel, 5th grade
  • Thursday: Ms. Sidhu, Ms. Noreng, Ms. Berlin, Ms. Strand, Ms. Riepe
  • Friday: Ms. Elizabeth, Ms. Ferrel, Ms. Tetrick, Ms. Hanna

Thank you for your support in helping your child set up responsible library habits!

September Library Wishlist

Mrs. P. emoji with Star eyes.

Our September Library Wishlist supports our social emotional learning curriculum Second Step. You can find it on the Amazon Wishlist.

Please make sure to visit the library on Curriculum Night! I’ll be sharing information on our library and reading programs, as well as welcoming you to enjoy the library space!

B.F. Day Book Club for Adults

Firekeeper's Daughter Book Cover

Mark your calendars! The next B.F. Day adult book club will meet Tuesday, November 7 at 7:00 p.m. at Retreat in Greenlake. 

We will read Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley. All are welcome!

PTSA Executive Board Vacancies

Can Your Help?

PTSA Executive Board Vacancies

  • Fundraising Chair
  • Advocacy Chair
  • Equity Chair
  • Special Education Chair 

Please email if you’re able to Chair or Co-Chair. We especially need a superhero volunteer to take on Fundraising Chair. Thank you for considering!

From Nurse Annette

Flu Shot & Covid-19 Vaccine Clinic

  • Where: B.F. Day – Main Hallway (Near Main Office)
  • When: Friday, November 3 from 3:45 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    • by Seattle Visiting Nurse Association

Sign up as early as 2 weeks prior to the event. Patients will be able to select a 15-minute window during the duration of the clinic to receive their vaccination(s). Registration Clinic link will be sent out as soon as I receive it. 

Donations Needed for Nurse’s Office

  • Girls sweats, leggings, and shirts in size medium
  • Boys sweatpants and shirts sizes 10-12
  • Snacks: Health bars and apple juice, other kid friendly snacks

Volunteers Needed for Vision & Hearing Screening Day

Last year was a success with volunteers who helped with the all-day Hearing & Vision Screening Event! Looking for 8 volunteers. 4 for morning shifts and 4 for afternoon shifts. Potential dates Monday October 16th or Thursday October 26. Please let me know if you are interested! Thank You, Nurse Annette

Taylor’s Tidbits

Hello B.F. Day Family,

The beginning of the school year is off to a great start, and we are beginning to dive into our school wide social/emotional practices. Data and research indicate that when elementary students learn social and emotional skills at an early age they are more likely to have positive life outcomes. 

For the month of September, students in every class are learning about our emotional awareness tool, the Mood Meter. Because the Mood Meter has been taught schoolwide, all students are familiar with the tool. Recently, I have been teaching weekly Mood Meter lessons with our kindergarteners, supporting the great work the kindergarten team has already undertaken. October’s SEL focus will be anti-bullying and how to be an upstander.

What could the Mood Meter look like at home?

Mood Meter colored blocks showing faces happy, sad, angry
  • Create your own family Mood Meter.
    • Have the Mood Meter in a place where your family can see it
    • Have fun with it, put pictures of characters or yourself in various zones of the mood meter.
    • By modeling that we all feel feelings, you are encouraging dialogue and emotional intelligence.
  • Develop a menu of strategies or activities for when you feel upset.
    • Develop agreed upon coping strategies for when we do get in those uncomfortable or unpleasant feelings.
    • By modeling these strategies and openly talking about them as a family, you are equipping your child with tools they can start practicing now.

October Happenings…

  • October 2: Custodian Appreciation Day o October 5: Curriculum Night
  • October 6: Spirit Day (pajama day)
  • October 4-25: K-5 MAP assessment
  • October 18: Fall PTSA meeting at 8:00 p.m. (virtual meeting)
  • October 20: Dragon Dens 1:10 – 2:10
  • October 27: Occupational Therapist (OT) Appreciation Day
  • October 27: Picture re-takes day
  • October 30: Earthquake drill 8:45
  • October 30: Direct Drive launches 
  • October 31: *We do not celebrate Halloween on campus. Please do not send your child to school in costume.

A Note from Dr. Zisko

September 22, 2023 | Hello Families! Read this weeks’s Dayette updates below. Best,

Picture Day is Monday September 25!

Send your children with their best smiles and clean shirts to have their pictures taken!


Do you volunteer frequently for the school? This is a GREAT opportunity for frequent volunteers to have your photo taken for a school approved badge. This year we are enforcing the district’s policy that all adults present on campus must wear badges while in the building or on the grounds. Generic badges are available in the office at the time of check in, BUT, this is your chance to get your very own, personalized volunteer badge. The photographer has time open between 11:40 – 12:10 p.m., otherwise if you’re patient, you can jump in as classes are transitioning.

Preorder Student Portraits

Yuen Lui Studio will photograph individual portraits at B.F. Day Elementary on Monday, September 25

Families can preorder photos on the Vando website (enter your email address and select your package; separate orders are required for each student, including siblings).

  • Print orders will be shipped to the school approximately three weeks after the picture day.
  • Digital orders will be sent via email from in approximately three weeks after the picture day (use to search your inbox/spam folders).

From Nurse Annette

Hello Parents and Guardians!

There is an increase of sick students. Let’s all do our part to help decrease the spread of illness!

Please keep your child home if they are sick. View the is My Child too Sick to go to School Guide as well as the district Student Health Information page.

*Important: If someone in your household has Covid: Your child can come to school if they are symptom free, test negative, and wear a mask for 10 days. Covid is still around and present. View the district COVID Guidance page for more details.

Covid Tests: New Covid tests will be available in the office in the next week or two. You also can order free covid tests at

Another way to help is to get your flu and Covid vaccines. Here are the upcoming vaccine clinics. Stay tuned for B.F. Day’s clinic date soon!

SPS Vaccine Clinic Information: Visit the district Health Services Vaccine page.

Upcoming ClinicsSeattle Children’s Museum-Sunday, October 8 from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Please Register Online.

Flu Shot Clinics: They will not be having Covid vaccine available as originally planned. Ingraham High School Sunday 24 from 9 – 3 .pm. Please Register Online.

Pick up and Drop off on Linden Ave.

As we all know, Linden Ave. is a very tight street, which gets even tighter when busses try to navigate it. Please be conscientious of NO PARKING ZONES, and BUS LOAD ZONES. These areas are clearly marked and are there for a reason. Specifically, the NO PARKING ZONES around the corner of 41st and Linden. These areas are marked so that busses can navigate the turn from 41st onto Linden Ave. Please do not park, stop, or wait in either zone during pick up or drop off.

Stay Connected with PTSA

Welcome back, Sun Dragons! Whether your family is new, or you’ve been at our school for many years, the B.F. Day PTSA (Parent-Teacher-Student Association) plays an important role in your student’s journey. We’d love to (re-)introduce ourselves!

Who we are: We are families, students, staff, community leaders, and teachers who work for the success of each student learner. The B.F. Day PTSA is made up of volunteers from the B.F. Day Family, including parents, teachers, principal, community leaders, volunteers, and friends of B.F. Day. 

We raise funds each year to support the teaching and learning of all students, including:

  • Support for students and families in need
  • Funding our school counselor
  • Staff and faculty supplies grants
  • Supporting school field trips
  • Solely funding kindergarten Jump Start
  • Funding intervention teachers so that our students can access reading and math groups
  • Supporting our school library
  • Community engagement and events, such as the Fremont Solstice Parade
  • Writers in the Schools program
  • After school enrichment
  • Yearly mosaic projects
  • Volunteer coordination
  • and so much more…

The B.F. Day PTSA works in strong partnership with school staff. We’re very proud of the relationship we’ve cultivated through the years. How to get involved Each year, we strive to reach every B.F. Day family and help them feel connected to our school. Involvement with the PTSA can take many different forms – whether it’s a volunteer shift at a school event, a Direct Drive donation, or taking a role on our executive board. All are highly rewarding and have great potential to impact our Sun Dragon community. 

Stay in Touch: There are many ways to connect with the B.F. Day PTSA and engage in the important work we do for our students. We hope you’ll stay in touch!

Hello from the Art Studio! 

B.F. Day is alive with art! We completed the B.F. Day Portrait Project, and all student work is currently being put on display. This will be available for you to view on Curriculum Night. 

The kickoff of Hispanic Heritage Month has begun in all art classes. We completed a fun project on the artist Joan Miro and students will be bringing these home throughout the week. All students worked on exploring line, shape and color as Miro applied these elements. From there they were able to create their own work of art using his shapes and designs and even made their own creatures from these shapes! The work was fun and expressive and an awesome way for fun and imagination to be used in the art room. We will continue to explore the works of Hispanic artists through the end of October and end with our Dias de Los Muertos explorations and celebrations.

Asks from the Art Room: I would LOVE a volunteer to help me mount student portraits to black paper and assist in hanging them next week. I started the project, but it is a task for more than one ! 

Please let me know if you can help by sending me an email to

Yours in Art, Mrs. Hall

Restorative Practices at B.F. Day

As the school year is underway, our classrooms are busy and our playgrounds are being used nearly the entire school day. All students are learning how to navigate their interpersonal relationships with their friends, classmates, and larger school community. Naturally, we expect peer conflict to arise. As a school family, B.F. Day believes in restorative practices. By using a restorative approach, we strive to offer a healing climate that is anti-racist and inclusive for neurodiverse students. It’s our collective commitment that children are not defined by their behaviors. We strive to empower our students with a mature understanding of how to responsibly navigate social relationships.

Restorative Discipline at B.F. Day

“Rooted in the core assumption that everyone wants to feel respected, to feel as if they matter to others, and to feel that they are valued.”

Restorative Questions used to Process with both Wrongdoer(s) and Person(s) Harmed

  • What Happened?
  • What were you thinking and feeling at the time?
  • Who was affected by what happened?
  • What needs to be done to repair the harm?
  • What needs to be done to prevent it from happening again?

Providing Healing for all Parties, a Sustainable and Balanced Response.

  1. Restorative discipline requires working with the person harmed as well as with the person who caused the harm. This is a big shift from traditional discipline, which tends to focus exclusively on the wrongdoer rather than on the one who has been hurt.
  2. Without working with the person harmed, the wrongdoer cannot gain a real understanding of how the behavior has hurt someone else. 
  3. Without hearing the voice(s) of those harmed, we also have no basis for understanding what could be done to fix the situation for the person(s) harmed. 

Please note that restorative approaches do not supplant school discipline for serious offenses. Rather, they are used as part of a comprehensive approach when addressing incidents.

Restorative practices are aligned with our vision, mission, and core values.

Vision: B.F. Day Elementary School empowers students to become the best version of themselves. Our confident and compassionate scholars acquire the skills needed to thoughtfully engage with the world around them and build an inclusive future for themselves and others.

Mission: Strong family and community partnerships define our Family School. Every child is seen, heard, and valued within an inclusive climate. We educate all students to become responsible and courageous problem solvers, who attain their highest levels of academic achievement and civic engagement.

Core Values: At B.F. Day, we are caring, engaged, and responsible.

A Note from Dr. Zisko

September 15, 2023

Hello Families!

Read this weeks’s Dayette updates below.

It is full of information, so please read carefully. There is information about picture day and fall enrichment. Enjoy your weekend! 


Supplies Money

As of September 14, we have collected $8870.75 for back-to-school supplies from 140 families. We are at 59% of our budget goal of $15K ($40/student, 375 students). If you have not already done so, please donate $40 for your child’s school supplies this year. Donate on the B.F. Day PTSA website.

Student Safety at Pickup

As we know, our school was not built for car traffic. All our drop off and pickup occurs on our playgrounds. Our playground spaces are very busy during the school day! Shortly after 8:00, our preschool classrooms have the first recess of the day. At that time, they lock the Fremont Ave. gates for the duration of the school day. The final recess of the day concludes just before our dismissal bell. On Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays our preschoolers have the last recess of the day and will unlock the Fremont Ave gates for parent pickup at the conclusion of their recess. On Wednesdays, our kindergarteners and second graders are at afternoon recess until 1:05. This recess concludes five minutes before our dismissal bell. On Wednesdays, a school staff member will unlock the gates for parent pickup when the kindergarteners and second graders are in line at the conclusion of their recess.

Our number one priority is always student safety. The Fremont Ave and Linden Ave N (steps) gates are locked during the school day. These are the gates with direct street access. There are two other gates kept open for fire exits and coming in/out of the playground.

It takes all of us working together to ensure that our students remain safe. We kindly ask parents to:

1. Wrap up playground drop off by 8:00 a.m. so that our gates can be locked for the school day. If your child arrives late to campus, please ring the buzzer at the north doors and check them in at the front office.

2. Remain outside of the playground gates until 5 minutes before dismissal. On Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday parents may enter for pickup at 2:20 p.m. On Wednesday, parents may enter for pickup at 1:05 p.m. after our students have lined up at the conclusion of recess.

3. Kindergarten and first grade parents, please wait on the sports courts by the lower playground to pick up your child. Please don’t wait in the walkway space near the railings. Our goal is to move all classroom lines to the sports courts before teachers begin the individual checkout process.

We’re hiring!

Part Time Recess Supervisor at B.F. Day Elementary

We are looking for individuals to supervise lunch and recess on weekdays

  1. Hours:Monday–Friday,10:15–12:40 
  2. PayRate:$18.69

If you are interested, please reach out to our principal, Dr. Natalie Zisko. You can email your resume to OR call (206) 252-6010.

Call for volunteers!

While we await to fill our vacant recess supervisor positions, we really appreciate parent volunteers that are able to support with lunch coverage (cafeteria and recess). Our lunch block runs from 10:25 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Please call Madi in the front office if you’re able to help us and volunteer! Thank you!

Fall Enrichment

Fall enrichment registration is around the corner: 9/20 @ noon!

The B.F. Day PTSA is excited to announce the fall schedule for after-school enrichment classes onsite at B.F. Day. We have many returning vendors and even a couple of new ones! The Fall session will run Friday, 10/6 – Friday, 12/8.

View Class Descriptons on the PTSA Website

NoteThe schedule is tentative. Details will be solidified by 9/20

Registration Instructions

We strive to make registration as equitable as possible for all families in our community.

Enrichment registration will be available online starting at noon on Wednesday, 9/20 – Monday, 9/25 (5 pm).

A centralized registration link will be posted on the PTSA Website > Enrichment. The link will take you to a form to fill out to register for classes. A separate registration form will need to be filled out for each student/class (e.g. if your student wants to take Drama & Art Club, you would need to fill out the form once for Art Club and again for Drama, or if you have 2 students interested in Karate, you would need to fill out the form for each child).

For details, please read the Enrichment Registration FAQ on the PTSA Website.

Limited PTSA and vendor-provided scholarships are available. To request financial assistance, please email Mr. Taylor and when registering and check the financial assistance box on the registration form. Requesting assistance early helps the Enrichment Committee allocate scholarships equitably. If there is significant need, scholarships may be limited to one class per student per session (fall/winter/spring).

We recommend registering as early as possible, as some classes do fill up quickly.

Like what you see? Want even more offerings? Join us! The Enrichment Committee could use extra hands to keep this program afloat. Contact for more information.

Hello from the B.F. Day PTSA President

Dear B.F. Day Families,

Happy first month of school! My name is Jane Chiu and I am the president of the BF Day PTSA. I am also mommy to Hayden (5th grader) and Evelyn (3rd grader) AND auntie to Ronan (3rd grader) and Kieran (kinder).

You may be wondering what is the B.F. Day PTSA and what do they do? B.F. Day PTSA is an active fund-raising and morale-building coalition composed of B.F. Day parents, legal guardians, students, and staff members. Below are a subset of the things BF Day PTSA are sponsors of:

  • Organize and support the after-school enrichment program
  • Fund and support hiring of much needed staff, like counselor and support teachers
  • Fund and support targeted social support programs for families of our students
  • Fund and support the Jumpstart program for kindergarten

I am honored to be working alongside my executive board Faye (Vice President), Anthony (Treasurer), and Jeanine (Secretary), and the general B.F. Day PTSA board in supporting the school and the community. On a side note, it takes a village to raise a child and we are constantly looking for volunteers. If you are interested in getting involved, please let me know.

I am available to you via email ( and at the general membership meetings to discuss any concerns, feedback, and suggestions. For a schedule of upcoming meetings, please check the BF Day PTSA calendar. I am often at pickup and would really appreciate it if you can tap me on the shoulder to say “hi.” I am the mom with the pinkish-purple hair!

Best, Jane

Vacancies on PTSA Executive Board

Hands holding sign up. Text: We need YOU!
  • Fundraising
  • Advocacy
  • Equity
  • Building Leadership Team (BLT)
  • Special Education
  • Neighborhood Outreach / Parent Education Please consider volunteering! Our PTSA is an amazing organization that supports every student. Contact to learn more. Any of our Executive Board positions can be co-chaired, so bring a friend!

Picture Day is Coming Up! Sept. 25

Picture day is Monday, September 25. We need parent volunteers to help! If you’re able to volunteer, please contact Ms. Sonja at Remember, all volunteers need to complete the SPS volunteer background check 2 weeks prior to volunteering. 

Once cleared, the background check is good for two years. Visit the district Volunteer pages for all of your volunteering questions.

Preorder Student Portraits

Yuen Lui Studio will photograph individual portraits at B.F. Day Elementary on Monday, September 25.

Families can preorder photos on the B.F. Day Photo Ordering page: Enter your email address and select your package; separate orders are required for each student, including siblings.

  • Print orders will be shipped to the school approximately three weeks after the picture day.
  • Digital orders will be sent via email from in approximately three weeks after the picture day (use to search your inbox/spam folders).

State Fair Tickets 

Free passes are available in the front office for the Washington State Fair while supplies last. The fair runs through September 24.

Notes from Mrs. P.

Emoji: Mrs. P standing carrying and reading a book

Congratulations Summer Readers! Today we honored our 24 hours of reading participants! Together, we read 1,128 hours! Wowza! Wonderful job B.F. Day Readers! 

September Library Wishlist

Each month I will share a new wish list for the B.F. Day Library! Last year, we showed love to our nonfiction section. This year, our lists will focus on books to support content learning in classrooms. I am happy to announce this month’s area is our social- emotional learning curriculum, Second Step. The wish list includes books suggested in the curriculum for teachers to use to enhance their instruction. Thanks for loving our library! Check out the Wish List!

Library Days

No more guessing which day is your library day! Here’s the schedule for this year: 

  • Tuesdays: Sawyer, Mathan
  • Wednesdays: Anderson, Steel, Smith, 5th grade
  • Thursdays: Sidhu, Berlin, Noreng, Strand, Riepe
  • Fridays: Ms. Elizabeth, Ferrel, Tetrick, Hanna

*books can always be returned before or after school

Hello from the Art Studio, From Mrs. Hall!

Art is in full swing at B.F. Day Elementary! We are currently all working on the Community Portrait Project. Each student will complete a portrait that will be hung on display for all to see and celebrate! We have focused on the elements of line, shape and color and have had great discussions on why it is important to not sweat the small stuff in art and to make those “accidents” into something beautiful. They are coming along incredibly well!

Friday September 15 kicks off Hispanic Heritage month. We will be exploring the works of Joan Miro, Basquiat, Lourdes Villagomez, Amelia Palaez, Kahlo, Rivera, and Lorna Simpson to name a few! This celebration will go on through the end of October in the art room. Be on the lookout for student artist’s work that will be coming home!

Reminder that I am looking for magazines, cardboard, and if you ever come across or have access to bulk art supplies, a slab roller for clay OR a printing press, we are happy to house and use them in the art room.

From Nurse Annette

Hello Parents,

Covid is still around and present.

Please keep your child home if they are sick and test for Covid. Isolate for 5 days from the first day of symptom started. They can return on day 6 if symptoms have significantly improved (no cough or runny nose) and it has been 24 hours post a fever (101.4) without medications to reduce it. They are to wear a mask at school from day 6- 10. For siblings attending school and test negative, they can return to school provided they wear a mask for 10 days from Covid exposure. If they present symptoms within 10 days, please test them for Covid and notify school nurse.

If you have further questions refer to the Seattle Public Schools District up to date Covid page.

Please notify me by email if your child tests positive for Covid at 206 252-6017 ~ Nurse Annette 

Covid Updates

❖ Covid Dashboard no longer exists.
❖ New Covid tests have been ordered to hand out to you to test at home.

Donations Needed for Nurse’s Office

Girls sweats or leggings and shirts, sizes 5t-medium. Boys sweatpants/shirts sizes 10-12 (only). Thank You.

Year at a Glance Mark your Calendars!


  • Trimester 1: September 6 – December 4
  • Trimester 2: December 5 – March 20
  • Trimester 3: March 21 – June 21

School Spirit Days

  • October 6: Pajama Day
  • February 7: Dress like a career you want! Or, college swag day
  • May 10: Dress like a B.F. Day teacher or staff member

Chat with the Principal Night (Teams)

  • September 28: Fall Chat with the Principal from 6 – 7 p.m.
  • April 30: Spring Chat with the Principal from 6 – 7 p.m.

In Person Family Events

  • October 5: Curriculum Night from 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • November 18 – 22: Elementary Conferences
  • April 4: Science Fair from 5 – 7 p.m.
  • May 16: Art Fest
  • May 30: Take Your Family to School Night from 5:30 – 7 p.m.
  • June 13: Field Day
  • June 18: Village Day

Safety Drills

  • September 26: Fire Drill 8:45 a.m.
  • October 30: Earthquake Drill at 8:45 a.m.
  • November 28: Shelter in Place at 12:40 p.m.
  • December 12: Lockdown Drill at 8 a.m.
  • January 9: Shelter in Place; time unannounced
  • February 26-29: Fire Drill; time and date unannounced
  • March 7: Reverse Evacuation (first recess)
  • April 23: Lockdown Drill; time announced. 
  • May 1-2: Fire Drill; time and date unannounced
  • June 17-20: Earthquake Drill; time and date unannounced

Picture Days

  • September 25: Fall Picture Day
  • October 27: Fall Re-Take Picture Day
  • April 2: Spring Picture Day

Dragon Dens

  • October 20
  • November 17
  • December 8
  • January 19
  • February 16
  • March 15
  • April 19
  • May 17

Appreciation Days

  • September 8: Physical Therapist Appreciation Day
  • October 2: Custodian Appreciation Day
  • October 27: Occupational Therapist Appreciation 
  • November 6-10: National School Psychologist 
  • December 2: National Special Education Day
  • February 5-9: National School Counseling Week & Career Week
  • April 3: Instructional Assistant Appreciation Day
  • April 4: National School Library Day
  • April 24: Administrative Assistant Appreciation Day
  • May 3: National School Lunch Hero Day
  • May 6-10: Teacher Appreciation Week
  • May 7: National Teacher Appreciation Day
  • May 8: School Nurse Appreciation Day
  • May 18: National Speech-Language Pathologist Appreciation Day

Fifth Grade Promotion

  • June 18 at 6 p.m. in the gym.

A Note from Dr. Zisko

September 8, 2023

Hello Sun Dragon Families!

We had a great first week of school! It was so exciting welcoming our first – fifth graders back to campus. The B.F. Day merch pop-up store was an awesome addition to our first week. Thank you for all of your hard work getting your children to school on time. Our attendance rates were fantastic!

We’re looking forward to welcoming our preschoolers and kindergarteners on Monday! Enjoy your weekend.


Enrichment is coming!

Stay tuned for Fall Enrichment Registration!

The B.F. Day PTSA Enrichment Committee is excited to announce its fall after-school enrichment schedule. We have many returning vendors and even a couple of new ones! We’re firming up the calendar and will post registration instructions in next week’s Dayette. Enrichment classes will start Friday, October 6.

What is “enrichment,” you ask? We bring high-quality after-school programming onsite to B.F. Day – everything ranging from art, to music, to sports, and Lego engineering. Kids get to explore new activities in a familiar space with their B.F. Day friends. Caregivers get some extra time in their day (and less driving!) … win-win!

PTSA and vendor-provided scholarships are available but limited. We recommend registering as early as possible, as some classes do fill up quickly.

This program is powered by volunteers! Would you like to help? The Enrichment Committee is always looking for help with vendor relationship management, data entry, and other tasks. We’d also love to reintroduce more low-cost, parent volunteer-led clubs to the mix! Last year, for example, science and gardening clubs were big hits (thanks to Bruce and Brooke!). In the past, kids have enjoyed activities like running club, board games, TTRPG, and debate.

Have ideas? Questions? Let’s talk! Email

Picking up your student

All students are dropped off and picked up at the same location on the blacktop. At school dismissal, please meet your student at their classroom’s line location. It’s important to us that there is a 1:1 handoff with adults. If students are taken out of line in transit to their line location, it can become tricky for our teachers to ensure students are with their correct adults. Thanks for your cooperation!

Merch Mondays

As you may have seen this week, The B.F. Day merch pop-up is here! We sell B.F. Day totes, hats, shirts, zip-up hoodies, and more. All proceeds support the B.F. Day PTSA!

The B.F. Day PTSA substantially contributes to the overall school budget each year. It supports programs like reading intervention, enrichment scholarships, school counseling, supplies, and our school library.

Will be back again this Monday and every first Monday of every month as “Merch Monday!” Thank you for supporting Sun Dragon pride and the B.F. Day PTSA!

Cafeteria Menu

Our cafeteria supervisor, Ms. Quinese, is amazing! She has made a colorful, inviting lunch counter for our students. Ms. Quinese is full of smiles and enthusiasm. She happily serves our students what comes in her food shipments. Please know that sometimes these shipments can be different than what’s posted on the menu. It can be disappointing to think that your favorite meal is being served and it turns out to be something different. There are always choices at the lunch counter, and we encourage everyone to make a selection that best interests them. Thank you for teaching your child to have a flexible mindset when it comes to purchasing school lunch.

Welcome back to school and to the B.F. Day Library!

For those of you new to the B.F. Day Family, welcome! My name is Jaimee Papineau (most students call me “Mrs. P.”) and I am a Reading Support Teacher and Librarian for our wonderful community. This will be my 13th year at B.F. Day, and 24th year (gulp) in education!

I am in my second year of librarianship, with the goal of creating a warm, welcoming, supportive space for all students and families. The library is a place to learn more about ourselves, grow in our empathy for others, and expand our ability to be critical and informed thinkers. I can’t wait to share my enthusiasm for learning and reading with our students. My goal is to help nurture truly joyful and lifelong readers.

Summer Reading

Emoji Librarian carrying a stack of books

Congratulations to all the summer readers who completed a challenge! July/August bookmarks can be turned in for a prize before school on Monday and Tuesday (9/11 and 9/12). 

All 24-hour reading challenges (your ticket to the pancake breakfast) can be turned in to Mrs. P’s mailbox in the library before school 9/11-9/14. Please clearly write your name on the page.

The pancake breakfast will be held in the library on Friday, September 15 at 7:15 a.m.! If you earned the reward, please plan on joining us!

1:1 Device Forms Have Been Sent Home!

Please look for this form, complete it with your student, and return to your classroom teacher. Students in PreK-2 will be using iPads, and students 3-5 will be using laptops.

There is additional important information related to this document which you can read on the links below:

Library Orientation

How to take care of books images text on the webpage. Rain cloud, dog, food crayons

During their first week of classes, students will learn and review how the library is organized, book care, and check out/return procedures.

At B.F. Day, students may check out up to 3 books per visit in grades PreK-2 (in PreK/K we will begin with 1), and up to 5 books per visit in grades 3-5. Books are checked out for a duration of two weeks before they are considered “overdue,” although students may renew if they still need time with their book. A student may have up to 10 books checked out on their account. They will not be able to check out additional books until some are returned to the library.

It is highly encouraged to set up a space in your home to keep library books, so they are easy to locate and return. Each classroom will have a consistent library schedule this year, so it will be SO much easier to remember your “library day,” and get in the habit of checking out and returning books on time!

Meet our new staff members!

James Wilson; Preschool Instructional Assistant in the Butterfly Room

James Wilson

Hi everyone! My name is James Wilson and I am excited to be joining the B.F. Day community this year! I will be an instructional assistant in the butterfly classroom. While this is my first year at B.F. Day, I taught 2nd and 3rd grade for 8 years in West Seattle.

Let me tell you a little bit about myself:

I was born and raised in the Bay Area of California but have also lived for a time in Greece, Italy, and Canada. I moved to Seattle in 2013 and went to the University of Washington to become a teacher. I have worked in retail (REI), catering, as an archaeologist, and a puzzle maker before I became an educator. An avid soccer player since my youth (although mostly a spectator now), I also enjoy: biking, swimming, backpacking, reading, fishing, photography, and rock climbing. This summer my favorite books were: “There There,” “Still Life,” “An Unkindness of Ghosts,” “The Thursday Murder Club,” and “The Dispossessed.”

Adam Coble; Multilingual Instructional Assistant

Adam Coble

Hi, my name is Adam Coble, and I am pleased to be joining B.F. Day as a Bilingual Instructional Assistant!

Since beginning my career with AmeriCorps as literacy tutor in Oakland, California, I have educated, mentored, and engaged diverse youth and families in schools and community-based organizations. In 2021 I re-located to Seattle

from Portland, where I served for several years as a professional mentor to youth with Friends of the Children. I spent my first year in the area as a case manager to .elementary students in Lake Washington School District and began working for Seattle Public Schools in March of 2023 as a Bilingual Instructional Assistant at Viewlands Elementary.

Outside of my professional life, I love being outdoors, practicing mindfulness, and spending time with my partner, Barbara, and our two children, Esperanza and Antonio.

I’m delighted to be joining the B.F. Day community, and I look forward to getting to know you this year!

Katie Buschmann; Instructional Assistant for Extended Resource

Katie Buschmann

Hello Sun Dragons! Please let me introduce myself, my name is Katie Buschmann, “Ms. Katie,” and I am thrilled to be working in Ms. Thurston’s 2nd-5th extended resource class this year. I graduated from Florida International University and have 23 years of experience working as an elementary art teacher in the sunshine state. 

Along with fostering learning through self-discovery and expression, I utilize SEL practices and have acted as my former school’s Positive Behavior Support Coach. 

Being new to Seattle, I am looking forward to exploring the evergreen state and I am so happy to be a part of the B.F. Day family!

Kerry Canning; Occupational Therapist

Kerry Canning

I’m Kerry, originally from Chicago. I’ve been an OT since 2010 and that is when I moved to Seattle. I’ve mostly worked in schools with some hospital and nursing home experience. I lived in Southern California last year but moved back here last summer.

I like to bring my corgi, Larry, anywhere I can. I also like to play pickleball and volleyball. This school year I will be at BF Day on Mondays. I will also be at Hamilton and Hale.

Amanda Benavides; Speech and Language Therapist

Amanda Benavides

Amanda Benavides is a speech therapist who recently moved to Ballard from Santa Barbara, California. 

She has worked in schools for five years and is excited to be a part of Seattle Public Schools! 

Hobbies include cooking, making music, gardening, reading, and traveling.

Hello from the Art Studio!

Ends of many colored pencils.

Welcome back to school! My name is Mrs. Hall and I teach K-5 Art at B.F. Day. This is my 14th year teaching art in the district and my 9th year teaching at BF Day! I am happy to be back and to have another great year in art with our B.F. Day students!

Your child will be in the art room twice a week with me this year and we will be taking on a variety of projects. My lessons are all rooted in the foundations of art and the principals of design. In addition, I teach the history of artists, art movements and styles from across the globe. My intention is to always broaden the scope of artists that learners are exposed to as much diversity as possible with examples from across the globe. We will be exploring a multitude of artistic mediums and getting to a few clay projects throughout the year as well.

I am looking for families that would like to participate in hanging art a couple of times a year, any assistants or classroom docents that would like to pitch in and calls for art supplies and materials as the year goes on. Many families like to donate materials and items and that is greatly appreciated, but please think “bulk”. I teach the entire population each week and often items that are donated are limited to less than a class worth of odds and ends. While the intention is awesome, these things get put aside and usually never find their way into art making. Please keep donations to direct asks that I put out, OR if you can purchase things like markers, watercolors, or sharpies in bulk, they are always greatly appreciated. We go through items very quickly around here with 400+ students using these items two times per week. At this moment I am on the hunt for any extra magazines that could be used for collage making, sheet music, and cardboard. Also, if anyone ever sees a clay slab roller or a printing press that needs a home, the art room would love to house them!

These first weeks the entire school will be working on self-portraits that I intend to have on display for our first back to school night that is coming up in the next few weeks! Until then!

Yours in Art,
Janine Hall aka Mrs. Hall

Enrollment Now Open for Family Connectors University

Family Connectors University is now enrolling for the fall term! All SPS families are invited to join North Seattle College’s (NSC) Family Connectors University (FCU). This is a family-focused online course designed to help parents and caregivers support their child’s learning and growth.

FCU topics include:

  • Helping your child with learning
  • Social Emotional Learning ideas for home
  • Becoming a supportive partner at your school
  • Helping your child with ‘big emotions’
  • Supporting your child with reading and math
  • Talking to kids about race, racism, and antiracist actions 

Take this course in real-time or attend offline at a time that works for you. The class takes place online via Zoom for 10 weeks beginning Tuesday, Oct. 4, 6-7:30 p.m. You can participate synchronously or asynchronously, as sessions will be recorded. The course is facilitated by NSC Parent Education Instructor Lea Evans, SPS Family Partnerships Coordinator Asosa Sailiai, and special guest speakers. 

Check out our FCU video and course details for more information.

Please join us for a quick orientation on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 6:30 p.m. Link to Zoom session

We’ll answer your questions, give you details on how to sign up through North Seattle College, and tell you how to apply for a need-based scholarship. If you can’t make it live, a recorded version of the orientation will be available. The cost for the 2-unit class is $37.08 and some scholarships are available. 

Email Asosa Sailiai to enroll or find out more information. Looking forward to meeting you soon! Contact: Asosa Sailiai, family partnerships coordinator,

Principal Letter

Hello Sun Dragon Families!

Welcome to the 2023-2024 school year! Our campus has been busy this summer. We welcomed our incoming kindergartners for three days of Jump Start. Our kindergartners are also our largest cohort on campus, with 83 enrolled students! Thank you to the B.F. Day PTSA for their support of Jump Start. Our early learners are excited and ready.

Our teachers will return to campus this week for in-service days. We’ll be setting academic goals for the year, learning about Universal Design for Learning (UDL), engaging in racial equity work, and building instructional schedules. 

We look forward to welcoming kindergarten – fifth grade families back to campus on Thursday the 31 at 4:00 p.m. for our annual ice cream social. Kindergarten – fifth grade class lists will be posted at that time.

Please note that our preschoolers will meet their teacher on Wednesday the 30 at 4:15 p.m. for our annual preschool popsicle play date. If you are unable to make the socials, please email or call the office after the event to learn which teacher(s) your child(ren) are assigned to.

Looking ahead to this school year, I am filled with optimism and joy. Our team is ready for a successful year! The staff at B.F. Day truly are committed and talented educators. It is my pleasure and honor to work alongside them to educate our students (425 enrolled Sun Dragons!).

Thank you to our families that continue to support B.F. Day. Our strong school-family partnerships define our Family School and make B.F. Day a special place for teaching and learning. We see you and appreciate you for all of the little and big ways you contribute to our Family School. Finally, thank you to the B.F. Day PTSA for being amazing partners in this work.

I hope that you enjoy the last days of summer vacation and spend quality time with the people that you love. The staff and I are so excited to see our students back on campus soon! We certainly missed them.

Go Sun Dragons!

Dr. Zisko

Ice Cream Social August 31 at 4-5 p.m.

Join us on Thursday, August 31 from 4-5 p.m. for our annual ice cream social. Class lists will be posted in windows.

Students may play on the playgrounds, enjoy a popsicle donated by the B.F. Day PTSA, and meet their new teacher. As a friendly reminder, with the exception of extenuating circumstances (such as trauma or disability), B.F. Day does not accept class assignment requests. We take great care in building our lists and are confident that your child will have a successful school year ahead.

In a house buzzing with cheer and with glee,
The night before class list, oh what a spree!
Families gathered, with hopes running wild,
For a class list that would make every heart smile.

Teachers worked hard, their efforts were grand,
Crafting the classes, with love and a plan,
No changing this time, they firmly decreed,
A roster to meet every student’s need.

Kids dreamed of buddies, both old and brand new,
Hoping for teachers who’d inspire and guide through,
Parents exchanged whispers, “What if they’re split?”
Yet the teachers’ selections had a magical fit.

In pajamas and slippers, they waited so late,
Excitement was mounting, could hardly abate,
The night before class list, a family’s delight,
With laughter and joy, they’d sail through the night.

So here’s to the teachers, the heroes of time,
Designing the classes, so splendidly prime,
The night before class list, a memory to treasure,
Families united, their hopes taking measure!

School Supplies

Each year in February and March, in strong partnership with the B.F. Day PTSA, we build our school budget. As part of our overall budget, B.F. Day buys school supplies in bulk. This is the most inexpensive way to acquire supplies and ensures that our teachers receive exactly want they want and need. It also ensures that our school supplies are consistent for each student.

Our annual school supply expense is about $26,000. We kindly request that each family donate $40 per student to the B.F. Day PTSA to cover their child’s school supplies for the year. Please note your child’s name and grade level in your donation.

Donate to the B.F. Day PTSA


The first day of school for grades 1-5 is September 6. Please note that September 6 is not an early release Wednesday. The first day of school for preschoolers and kindergartners is September 11.

Classes begin moving inside at 7:50 a.m. School starts at 7:55 a.m. We expect students to be inside their classrooms at 7:55 a.m. when the second bell, the tardy bell, rings. Students that arrive after 7:55 a.m. will be marked tardy. At 7:56 a.m., students will be marked tardy.

We dismiss at 2:25 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. On Wednesday, dismissal is at 1:10 p.m. It is our shared expectation that families send their children to school on time, every day, for the duration of our school day. If your child is sick, please keep them at home until they are fever free for 24 hours.

Teaching Assignments


  • Dylan Bosseau, “Butterflies”
  • Ashley King, “Bumblebees”
  • Claire McCallum, Preschool – Special Education


  • Shellie Ferrel
  • Reny Mathan
  • Jennie Berlin

First Grade

  • Lauren Smith (K/1 Combo)
  • Britta Steel
  • Tracy Anderson

Second Grade

  • Eloise Davis
  • Elizabeth Dawson

Third Grade

  • Randi Noreng (2/3 Combo)
  • Carly Riepe
  • Stephanie Tetrick

Fourth Grade

  • Janet Sawyer, Math
  • Jordan Hanna, Science
  • Annalise Strand, Language Arts

Fifth Grade

  • Eric Richardson, Math/Science
  • Jen Hogue, Language Arts/Social Studies

Special Education

  • Lucy McMillan, Resource
  • Deborah DeRaadt, Extended Resource Grades K-2
  • Brianna Thurston, Extended Resource Grades 2-5

Support Staff

  • John Taylor, School Counselor
  • Jaimee Papineau, Librarian & Reading Intervention
  • Brooke Dawson, Multilingual & Kindergarten Intervention
  • Shelly Frappier, Counseling Intern
  • Jill Schnaiberg, Upper Elementary Intervention
  • Kristine Vucurovich, Occupational Therapist
  • Melissa Hoang, School Psychologist
  • Amanda Benavides, Speech Language Pathologist
  • Olivia Nielsen, Physical Therapist

Meet our new staff!

Dylan Bosseau, Preschool

Dylan Bosseau

Hi! I’m Teacher Dylan. I am so excited to be one of the new preschool teachers here at B. F. Day! I have been working with young children since 2001 and hold graduate degrees in early childhood education and social work. I am from New York City, where I taught circus and preschool for many years before moving to Seattle in 2013. I started teaching with SPS in 2015 and taught preschool at Rising Star Elementary for eight years.

I am the parent to a super awesome second grader named Soli! My pronouns are he/him and they/them. I’m an acrobat and a swimmer – if I’m not playing in Lake Washington, you can probably find me on my bicycle somewhere nearby! I love to be outside in nature, and it is even better when I have preschool scientists with me to help me remember to notice and wonder all about this amazing Earth and the many cool plants and creatures we share it with!

Briana Thurston, Special Education (Extended Resource)

Briana Thurston

Hello! My name is Brianna Thurston and I am very excited to join the B.F. Day Family as the new Extended Resource teacher. This will be my 9th year in education and I have my Masters and National Board certification in special education. I recently moved from Denver, Colorado to be closer to family, but have been honored to live in multiple beautiful states including Maine where I grew up!

When I’m not teaching, I enjoy spending time with family, traveling, hiking, and exploring everything my local city has to offer. I look forward to getting to know you all and making Fremont home!


We love volunteers! Please don’t forget to complete the SPS volunteer background check prior to volunteering on campus this year. Volunteers need to renew background checks every two years. If you think you’re going to volunteer this year, chaperoning a field trip, please complete the SPS background check process.

It takes two weeks to clear volunteer applications. We encourage all potential volunteers to do this now so they are clear for the year and don’t have to worry about completing it before an event. Mx. Madi will confirm with you when they receive notification that you’ve been approved.


Now is a great time to assess your student’s transportation needs. Are you expecting your student to take the bus to school? Have you received the confirmation from the district about your student’s bus assignment? If not, please contact the district transportation department at

Added, if your student is attending the Wallingford Boys & Girls Club, you MUST request transportation for them. Here is what you need to know to do that:

  1. FIRST ensure your student is signed up and registered with the Wallingford Boys & Girls Club
  2. Once you have that confirmation, contact SPS Transportation. The best option is emailing them at
  3. You will need your students ID #. You can find that on the Source, or we can help you with that in the office.
  4. Let them know that you would like afternoon transportation from the school to the Wallingford Boys & Girls Club at 46th and Stone Way.
  5. They will email you that assignment.
  6. Please inform the school that your student will be going to Wallingford Boys & Girls Club.

School Counselor: Taylor’s Tidbits

Hello B.F. Day Community,

I am John Taylor, the school counselor at B.F. Day. We are excited to make this year a great year. This school year we will have a school counseling intern, Ms. Shelly. She is currently getting her Master’s in Education, specializing in school counseling from Seattle University. Ms. Shelly did her practicum last school year at B.F. Day, and this year she is completing an internship with us. We are lucky to have her join our team! She will be here on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Each month in the Dayette, I will have a section called “Taylor’s Tidbits,” where I will share relevant and helpful tips or strategies to support our students both at school and at home. This may be in response to current events going on in the world, or it may be in response to trends or patterns we are seeing at school. For this month, I am sharing tips to support the first day drop off.

  • Prepare Ahead: familiarize your child with the morning routines before the first day.
  • Positive Attitude: keep a cheerful and positive demeanor to ease your child’s nerves.
  • Goodbye Ritual: create a simple goodbye routine, like a hug, kiss or high-five to reassure your child. Practice!
  • Brief Goodbye: keep your farewell short and sweet to avoid prolonged separation anxiety.
  • Trust Teachers: let your child know that their teachers will take care of them during the day.
  • Stay Calm: your own calmness will help your child feel more at ease. Try not to show any signs of worry or anxiety.
  • Punctuality: be on time for drop-off to avoid any rush or added stress.
  • Communicate: share any relevant information with the teacher or staff member

The Sun Dragons’ Dayette is emailed to subscribed families with important school events, updates and helpful information for families. ~ Principal Dr. Natalie Zisko

131 Years of Excellence in Education
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Main Office: 206-252-6010
Fax: 206-252-6011

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