The Queen Anne and McDonald Library website is up. Check it out at: qmlibrary.org.
The MAP test for Primary students begins next Monday and will continue for two weeks.
To prepare, tomorrow the K-1 classes will be going to the computer lab for a practice MAP assessment. At this time, students will get use to the computer, mouse and taking the assessment. If you have the opportunity, please help your children practice the assessment prior to coming into the lab tomorrow or before next week.
Below find a letter from Seattle Public Schools explaining MAP Testing.
During the next few weeks, your student will take tests called Measures of Academic Progress™ (MAP). We give students MAP tests to determine your child’s instructional level; to measure academic growth throughout the school year; and to measure growth from year to year in the areas of reading and mathematics. Results from MAP are available immediately and so it will support our teachers in knowing what students have learned and the progress they are making. Teachers will use this information along with observations, daily work and other tests/quizzes as they consider how to adjust instruction to help each student succeed.
The tests will be taken using a computer, and your child will spend a total of about an hour and a half completing these tests. MAP tests are unique in that they adapt to be appropriate for your child’s level of learning. As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward testing. And with MAP tests, we can administer shorter tests and use less class time while still receiving detailed, accurate information about your child’s growth.
Each school year, all students in grades Kindergarten through Ninth Grade and some 10th, 11th and 12th graders will take the tests in September or October, January and June. This year, teachers will share information about fall MAP results during parent-teacher conferences in November at the elementary level. Scores will be available on The Source for all levels later this fall.
We are truly excited to have this tool available to our teachers and students as it will help us focus on every child’s individual growth and achievement. Consistently tracking student progress and using that data to help improve student achievement is a key strategy to ensure that all students are successful.
Thank you for partnering with us as we work together to ensure an excellent education for your child. To learn more about MAP, please attend the Family Academy at South Shore School on Saturday, October 16 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Understanding MAP is just one of the many valuable sessions offered for families that day. Interpreters, childcare and refreshments will be available.
You may also visit the Seattle Public Schools MAP website: http://www.seattleschools.org/area/mapassess/index.dxml.
Seattle Public Schools
QAE/McD RUNNING CLUB
Help our kids get Fit, have Fun
and Prepare for the Seattle Kids Marathon!
How the program works:
Kids have a chance to run laps around the parking lot at AM recess, lunch recess and weekends. Parent volunteers count laps by handing out Popsicle sticks for every lap completed. Then, progress is tracked on a chart in the school. The kids love to find their name on the chart and see how many laps they have run. They can also earn “feet” (little plastic ones with a variety of colors and patterns) for every 5 miles they run. These are coveted items for all grade levels as they show them off on little shoelace necklaces.
The Seattle Kids Marathon is every year in November, the day before the adult Seattle Marathon. This year the Kids Marathon is on November 27. Grade 3 through grade 5 students who want to enter the race on November 27th are expected to run the 25 miles between now & the marathon date. We expect kids in grades K through 2 students to make their best effort and show serious commitment to enter. Kids from across Seattle meet at the Seattle Center on November 27 and run the last 1.2 miles together on the adult marathon course and into the stadium finish line. After we get started and kids have a chance to see if this is something they want to do we will send home registration information for the official event. We will set up a team so please wait for more information before registering.
Many kids who aren't going to do the marathon still love to run laps and it is a great way to burn off energy before coming back to class and a great way to get kids thinking about running as fun.
What we REALLY need volunteers for NOW:
1) Counting laps. Parents can sign up for a specific recess and/or weekends. They need to hand out Popsicle sticks to kids as they pass by. At the end of recess we log how many laps they have completed into a voice recorder. We will do all the training necessary to make you an expert.
2) Marking laps on the big chart in the school. This can be done any time during the week. We need people to take the voice recorders and mark laps that the kids have completed on the chart in the hallway.
3) Helping with weekend running. To make sure kids have enough time to get their miles in we will host running on some weekends, rain or shine. Snacks and hot drinks are provided. Due to our space at Lincoln we may emphasize the weekend running program.
Our biggest push is between now & the Kids Marathon in November and we need many volunteers or a few very dedicated ones. After November, we will continue running but how often will depend on the kid’s interest and the number of volunteers who are willing to continue. Please contact Mason Sherry at email@example.com if you are interested in helping with this terrific activity.
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Group Therapy for Children with
Anxiety and Worry
Beginning October 8, 2010
The University of Washington Psychological Services and Training Center is running a group for children ages 7 – 9 years old with diagnosed or suspected anxiety disorders.
•Led by 2 advanced clinical psychology graduate students at the University of Washington, under the supervision of Steven Katz, Ph.D.
•Therapy will be based on a Cognitive Behavioral Model using the Coping Cat framework developed by Philip Kendall, Ph.D.
•Recognize feelings and thoughts that perpetuate anxiety
•Develop rating scale for anxiety
•Practice coping actions to decrease worries (e.g. relaxation and coping thoughts)
•Parent involvement to practice and support coping strategies at home
Please refer interested families
before October 1, 2010
‘Main Clinic Intake Coordinator’
University of Washington
Psychological Services & Training Center
McDonald PTSA has announced that KidsCo will be the on-site before and after school childcare provider for McDonald Elementary. All are welcome, including Queen Anne Elementary students. They also provide on-site care at TOPS, Adams, John Hay and 4 other schools.
To read more click here
Sponge Language Class
We’ve received an excellent response to registration for the two Sponge Language classes. As of last Thursday, the QAE allocated spaces have been filled and both the 5-day and 2-day classes have wait lists. It's possible that additional spots/classes may be added. If you are still planning on registering, please sign up for the wait-list by Wednesday 9/22, so we know final numbers.
Add your child's name to the wait-list by following the registration instructions at http://www.spongeschool.com/QAE.
As the process of beginning a new school continues we have undergone more changes in the last week. A very short version of a very difficult process is as follows...
McDonald Elementary, because of smaller than anticipated enrollment, decreased its teaching staff by one.
Therefore, McDonald had no choice but to reorganize their staff to accommodate all their students, and because we share the third grade team, it had an effect on Queen Anne as well. After much thought and deliberation, the outcome will be to move four QAE third graders to Mr. Bailey's class.
The Queen Anne Elementary PTSA is looking for volunteers for jobs and committees. If you want to get more involved in the PTSA and one of these positions interests you, please send us an email:
1) Budget/Finance Committee members. The Budget/Finance Committee helps to create the budget, monitor the PTSA's financial health, and ensures funds are spent appropriately. We are looking for parents who have experience in accounting, finance or budgeting and who would be willing to lend their expertise to this important committee. The time commitment would be 4-6 hours of time in budget preparation over the course of the next two months, plus another 4-6 hours over the rest of the academic year, and then 2 hours of an audit. If interested, please contact Yazmin Mehdi, the Treasurer, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2) Enrichment Committee member. Alison Payauys, the Enrichment Committee Chair is looking for parents interested in helping her find clubs and childcare for after and before school enrichment. If you are interested in this, please contact her at email@example.com
3) Website Team members. Do you have a background in web development or design? We need your help redesigning our website, and thinking about web requirements for a technology school. Contact Liz McKay at firstname.lastname@example.org.
4) For all other volunteering opportunities please contact QAE Volunteer Coordinator Scott Houghton at email@example.com
QAE PTSA and McDonald PTSA are excited to announce two before/after school club offerings for Fall 2010!
SP Nation Drama Club
Drama Club will provide a unique theater after-school enrichment program, open to actors and non-actors alike. There will be fun for everyone! The curriculum is multi-cultural and fosters physical, mental, emotional, and social development, while celebrating the creative process. Daily schedule includes active games, snack-time, visual arts, creative writing, culture and music, all related to the theater production that will be selected by the children enrolled. Students will be able to choose to be on stage or involved with the technical side of theater. The experience culminates in an exciting performance the week of December 6th!
Enrollment: Min 10, Max 30
Meeting Time: Tuesday and Thursday 3:40 -5:40pm beginning October 5th
The club flyer (at the bottom of this post) has additional information and registration form. Payment must be mailed or delivered to SP Nation by Sept 29th. Please call Sweet Pea Cottage and reference the QAE/McDonald SP Nation Drama Club if you have further questions, 206-217-9767.
Lego Club by Playwell TEKnologies (http://www.play-well.org/)
Note this club will meet on Wednesday mornings for students in grades 2-5 and on Friday mornings for students in grades K-1. Club Flyers are located at the bottom of this post. Register Online at www.play-well.org. Click on the “Find a Class” link under the parent section and find the class in your area that you would like to register for. If you need to register by mail contact Allen Jiang (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Pre-Engineering with LEGO®
Have your child become a Play-Well Engineer! Students will build cities, bridges, and motorized cars/planes and explore the many creative possibilities of engineering with the LEGO® system. With access to over 100,000 pieces of LEGO, your child will have the opportunity to build what they have only dreamed of with the support of an experienced Play-Well Engineering instructor to guide them.
Meeting Time: Friday 8:00-9:15am beginning Oct 1st
Enrollment: Min 11/Max 16 (enrollment may be increased with a parent volunteer)
Engineering FUNdamentals with LEGO®
Have your child become a Play Well Engineer! Students take on real-life engineering challenges that explore concepts in physics, architecture, mechanical and structural engineering with over 100,000 pieces of LEGO® material. From racecars to Battletracks, this is a hands-on and minds-on camp suitable for LEGO novices to "maniacs." Designed by engineers, the curriculum challenges both new and returning students to reach the next level of engineering comprehension all while having fun.
Enrollment: Min 11/Max 16 (enrollment may be increased with a parent volunteer)
Meeting Time: Wednesday 8:00-9:15am beginning Oct 6th
Clubs will not meet on October 8th, November 11th, or Thanksgiving week.
Please contact Alison Payauys email@example.com if you have any questions.