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News and Events

Dine Out for Alki at Mission

It's Dine Out for Alki at Mission Latin Restaurant and Lounge Thursday, May 21st 4pm-8pm! Bring your family & friends and enjoy great food while supporting Alki--20% of Mission's net proceeds from food sales will be donated back to our PTA! Say the "Alki Way" when ordering and receive a free scoop of ice cream!


Childcare Options for SEA Walkout

The City of Seattle is providing free supervised drop-in activities at 21 community centers for children in K-8th grade on Tuesday, May 19th. The activities will be available from 7am-6pm. Resgistration is availalbe at the community centers and online at www.seattle.gov/parks/. Childcare is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact your local community center for more information.

Child Care Resources, an organization dedicated to providing childcare information and referrals to families, is available to help families identify a chidcare option for May 19th. Families seeking assistance in finding childcare can call Child Care Resources at 206-329-5544 or visit their website at www.childcare.org.



Teacher Walkout May 19

SEA has selected Tuesday, May 19th as the day for their one-day walkout. Therefore, there will be no school for students on May 19th as teachers will not be at work on that day. The Seattle Education Association (SEA) voted to join in a statewide action against the legislature to protest the lack of education funding in our state. The district has been working to determine how to handle activities and events scheduled for May 19th that would be difficult to reschedule. For example, tests scheduled for that day will be rescheduled. While there is no school for students on May 19th, the school day will have to be made up, just as we would make up a snow day or other unforeseen calendar changes. The make-up day will be added to the end of the school year. This means Monday, June 15th will become a full school day and our last day of school will now be June 16th. A revised school year calendar will be shared with families.

It is important for families to know that this SEA action is not directed at Seattle Public School families or community, but is a statement to the state legislature about the current lack of adequate state funding for basic education. For more information click here.



Kindergarten Enrollment

 
If you have an incoming kindergarten student or if you know parents of incoming kindergartners, you can help Alki by strongly encouraging them to register for school now. Our school is making decisions about how many teachers we will have at each grade level, so early enrollment is very important! In order for us to be fully staffed and avoid the need to change students' classrooms after the new school year starts, we need to be as accurate as we can about who will be attending Alki next year.

Also, if you participated in the school choice process for next year, you can find out where your child(ren) have been assigned by clicking on this link.


Alki-A-Thon


Alki-A-Thon is Thursday, May 21st, from 12:30pm-2:00pm! Join Alki for our second largest fundraiser of the year and help us support our goal of reaching $25,000! These funds will help us continue to support our great programs through the Alki PTA such as: arts education, Math in Focus, reading libraries, staff support, activities, and much more!



Bike to School Day


May 6th is Bike to School Day! Join one of two bike trains on the morning of the 6th, starting at 7:30am at Me-Kwa Mooks Park on Beach Drive or Anchor Park on Alki Avenue; arriving at the school at 8:00am! Park your bike in the courtyard and join us in the lunchroom for a healthy breakfast, participant prizes, and special awards for the "safest" and "most visible" riders. This year we are so excited to have Mayor Ed Murray ride with us!

Please note: parents, you are responsible for your child's safety during the ride and before school hours--please ride with your kids.


Dine Out for Alki

Our friends at Marination Ma Kai are sharing the Aloha with the Alki Elementary PTA ONE MORE TIME this school year! We hope you'll join the fun & "Dine Out for Alki" this coming Thursday, April 23rd from 4pm-8pm--20% of Marination's net proceeds from food sales will be donated back to our PTA! Bring your family, invite your friends, and don't miss this tasty way to support our school.



Arts Showcase

Please join us for Arts Showcase Thursday, April 9th at 6:00pm-7:30pm! Come roam the hallways and view student artwork they have created this year in our artist studio program; followed by a performance from the Massive Monkees! This year, the break dancing group, Massive Monkees, have been working with our kids; each student will perform with their class and many will have opportunities to shine solo with freestyle moves on their own! This is a great night that you will not want to miss! 



Draft Calendar Proposal for the 2015-2016 School Year

A draft calendar has been proposed for the 2015-2016 school year and is going before the Seattle Public Schools School Board Executive Committee on April 2nd, 2015. It will be introduced to the board at the April 22nd school board meeting and the board will take action on it May 6th.

Draft important dates under consideration by the school board:
Sept. 9: Start of school
Dec. 21-Jan 4: Winter break
Feb. 15-19: Mid-winter break
April 11-15: Spring break
June 23: Last day of school

Again, these are still draft dates until the school board votes. Upon approval (or changes and approval) this information will be updated and families will receive communications on the approved calendar.



 


Bell Time Proposal for the 2016-2017 School Year


The Bell Times Task Force is reviewing public input on whether to keep the bell time schedule the same, change it to a modified flip of elementary, middle & high school bell times, or extend the high school day by adding an optional seventh hour beginning with the 2016-2017 school year. The Neighbor to Neighbor program was created to facilitate community engagement and is being led by parents from our schools.

Please join Emily Giaquinta & Genevieve Carlson on
Tuesday, April 7th from 6:30-7:30 pm at Schmitz Park Elementary (5000 Spokane Street) for a brief presentation on the Bell Time Proposal, Q&A session and to complete the family survey. You can view information about the Task Force and print the family survey by clicking here. Completed surveys will be accepted in the Alki Elementary office through the month of April.




Smarter Balanced Testing Dates

Week Of Test Administration
March 30th-April 3rd 3rd Grade ELA
April 27th-30th 4th & 5th Grade ELA
May 4th-8th 3rd Grade Math
May 11th-14th 4th Grade Math
May 12th 5th Grade Science MSP
May 13th,14th,18th,19th 5th Grade Math

Please be sure to provide your child with plenty of rest & healthy nourishment; for more information/tips about the Smarter Balanced Assessments, please click here.




Smarter Balanced Video
Seattle Public Schools has produced a video that is designed to help families understand Smarter Balanced and view portions of the test format. Please find the video link here. In addition to the video, you can find current information regarding Smarter Balanced here.



Class Picture Day

Get your lovely smiles ready because Wednesday, April 1st is Class Picture Day! Order forms went home via kid-mail but you are welcome to order online here with code: LS114476G0.

The Alki 2014-2015 Yearbook is available to purhcase online as well! Please click here and use code: 9879315.



Dine Out for Alki


It's that time again to Dine Out for Alki! Grab a bite to eat with your family & friends with our good friends at Marination Ma Kai Thursday, March 19th 4:00 pm-8:00 pm -- 20% of the net proceeds will be donated to Alki Elementary PTA! 


Moms 'N' Muffins


Please join in the lunchroom before school at 8:00 am-8:40 am Wednesday, March 18th for Moms 'N' Muffins!


Daylight Savings Time

Daylight Savings Time begins this Sunday, March 8th at 2:00 am & ends Sunday, November 1st at 2:00 am. It's time to spring forward & enjoy more daylight! 




Open Enrollment Information
Open Enrollment for school choice has begun. From now through March 6th, families will be able to request a school or program outside of their regularly assigned neighborhood school. Click here for further information.

The district has created an easy-to-use Assignment Look-Up Tool on the Seattle Public Schools Admissions website allowing families greater ease in identifying their student's assigned school both this year and the next school year. The tool will be available Februrary 23rd. Families will no longer be mailed a next-year assignment letter for each student in mid-February. In the past, SPS took this extra step to help families transition to the New Student Assignment Plan as enrollment growth boundaries changed and while SPS established attendance area schools and choice assignments. Here is the letter that will be sent to families informing them of this change.

Those wishing to change their current or assigned school can do so during Open Enrollment, February 23rd-March 6th. Full instructions on how to participate in Open Enrollment and choose a different school can be found on the Admissions website here or by contacting the Admissions office at 206-252-0760.

If your student has been tested and identified as eligible for Highly Capable Services (formerly APP) or Spectrum, enrollment in Advanced Learning is NOT automatic. Families must enroll separately. Please follow the guidelines here.






Smarter Balanced Assessment Links to Resources
Thank you to the parents and family members who attended the Smarter Balanced Assessment information night on February 12.  Click here to access the handout with the links to the Seattle Public Schools information page for families as well as the Smarter Balanced practice tests.  


I Love My SPS


Alki received a special Valentine from SPS as part of their social media campaign: #ILoveMySPS. Thank you for the kind words, support, and love for our school!


Dine Out for Alki


ONE DAY ONLY: Thursday, February 19th 4:00 pm-8:00 pm

Our friends at Marination Ma Kai are sharing the Aloha with the Alki Elementary PTA! That's right--for one fun night in February, 20% of Marination's net proceeds from food sales will be donated back to our PTA! Bring your family, invite your friends, and don't miss this tasty way to support our school.

Click here for flyer.


Kindergarten Open House


Alki Elementary warmly invites incoming and prospective Kindergarten families to an Open House Monday, February 23rd at 5:45-7:00 pm. This will be a chance to learn about the programs offered at Alki and for incoming Kindergarten families to visit Kindergarten classrooms. Please be advised that this is an adult only event and there will be no childcare available. Please call the Alki office to register at: 206-252-9050. We look forward to meeting you!



The Magical Land of Oz



Come join our Alki actors on their remarkable and action packed journey in their performance of The Magical Land of Oz. Student actors have been working hard learning lines, choreography and music to present the magical show to our community! Performances will be held in the West Seattle High School Auditorium Friday, February 6th at 7 pm and Saturday, February 7th at 2 pm. Order forms can be found by the Alki office. Don't delay, both of last year's performances sold out! It should be a great show!

2015-2016 Kindergarten Enrollment Events

Seattle Public Schools will welcome nearly 5,500 new Kindergarten students next September, and we want each one of these children to start school feeling eager and confident. From December 3rd to March 4th, Seattle Public Schools will hold Kindergarten Early Enrollment events at 10 different SPS elementary schools around our community. Families can attend whichever event is most convenient, regardless of where they live. 

Please see the attached Enrollment Event flyer, Click here.

At the events, families will be able to ask questions about the registration process and complete required paperwork, with interpreter assistance if needed; meet a Kindergarten teacher, see a K classroom, and get a feel for what one elementary school looks like; and take home hands-on learning activities, including a children book.

Getting enrolled early gives families more time to help their children make a smooth and happy transition to school.


 

What do you love about your school?

A great teacher? An awesome program? The best principal in the world?

Seattle Public Schools has launched a Facebook campaign inviting families to tell us what they love about their Seatle Public School, and they've already received dozens of comments! So far, Alki is feeling a whole lot of love, with Queen Anne and Fairmount Park not far behind. If you love your school, say it loud at:www.bitly.com/ILoveMySPS.
Progress Report Video

Seattle Public Schools has made some changes to the progress reports families receive each trimester for elementary students. As you may know, a few years ago, Washington state adopted new College and Career Readiness Standards (known as Common Core). Like all districts in the state, Seattle Public Schools has been training teachers on these standards so that the district would be ready for the new statewide tests that will be given this spring to students in grades 3-8 and 11. Those tests, known as Smarter Balanced, will cover standards in English Language Arts and Math. The state will continue to test students in Science using the MSP, administered in grades 5 and 8.

To reflect these new English Language Arts and Math standards, the district has revised its Elementary Progress Report. Families will see updated standards in the areas of English Language Arts, Math and Learning Behaviors. Because the new College and Career Readiness Standards (Common Core) cover only English Language Arts and Math, standards in other subject areas like Science are not changing.

Please view the following video to learn more about these changes:
http://vimeo.com/110191805. Your student’s classroom teacher will review the progress report during your child’s conference in November.


Parent & Student Online Resources



Seattle Public Schools is pleased to offer parent and student access to online resources such as Math in Focus (which will bring up all of the K-5 math textbooks) and Washington Our Home (our fourth grade adopted Social Studies textbook)!!!

In order to access these great resources (from any computer) follow these directions:

Click Here
Username: studentsps
Password: access (or use individual SPS logon to acess the math textbook)

Common Core Parent Resources
Thank you for attending Common Core Parent Night! Please find the following parent resources that were discussed about last night Click here for Slide Presentation Click here for Handout.

2014-2015 School Start and End Time
Alki Elementary's school start times for 2014-2015 have been announced and our schedule remains the same as this year:

8:20 am     Student Supervision Available/Breakfast Served
8:40 am     First Bell/Start of School
8:45 am     Tardy Bell
2:50 pm     Dismissal Bell

The first day of school will be September 3, 2014.




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