The non-profit Code.org is sponsoring The Hour of Code event to provide exposure to students across the world to the core concepts of coding. So far 28,000 events are happening with 4.1 million students across 166 countries (and counting) and Queen Anne Elementary is joining in. The event is December 11th. Kids will spend an hour learning to write code that day. Here’s what our students will be doing. Why does coding matter?
Teaching our kids to become creators and not just consumers of technology enables them to think creatively and solve problems today as well as expands their opportunities tomorrow.What is coding, exactly?
Code is the set of instructions that tells computers, and many of the devices around us, what to do and when to do it.So what is the Hour of Code?
Check out this video
for an explanation. What do we need from you?
Get excited! Code.org has modules for anyone. Check out the site and try it yourself. We would also love volunteers on 12/11, please sign up here
. You don’t need to know how to code to volunteer!
“Learning to code makes kids feel empowered, creative, and confident." Susan Wojcicki, Senior Vice President, Google
“Whether we're fighting climate change or going to space, everything is moved forward by computers." Richard Branson, Founder, Virgin Group
“Everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer because it teaches you how to think.” Steve Jobs, Founder, Apple
Consider helping out Queen Anne Elementary's Holiday Donation Drive for Treehouse
, an organization that supports our area foster children. The holidays can be tough for kids in foster care, many face the season without parents, relatives or siblings. Our donation drive will help Treehouse give new toys and warm winter clothes to foster kids this holiday season.
Here’s how you can help:
• Check out the holiday wish list below and see what foster kids want this holiday.
• Drop off the unwrapped gift at QAE between Dec 2nd – 19th.
Be sure to purchase new gifts, warm clothes, or make a donation by Dec 19th. Then bring your donations to QAE. There will be donation boxes in the treehouse and brick buildings. We’ll make sure they get to Treehouse in time.
Please feel free to contact Gladys Ly-Au Young at firstname.lastname@example.org
of the philanthropy committee if you have any questions, and thank you for giving foster kids a brighter holiday!
QAE PTSA philanthropy committeeTreehouse Wish List:New Clothes - All sizes and styles, from infants to teens
New Outfit - Head-to-Toe
Long or Short Sleeved Shirt
Warm Winter Coat
BackpackNew Gifts - Infant and Toddlers
Fun Musical Toy
Teething ToyNew Gifts - Girls and Boys Ages 5-12
Easy Bake Oven
American Girl Doll
Littlest Pet Shop Kit
Make up Kit
LeapFrog LeapPad2 ExplorerNew Gifts - Teens ages 13-18
Prepaid Phones + Minutes
Mini Hair Dryer
Portable Music Speakers
The full schedule for Winter 2014 clubs (January through March) is now available on the QAE “Clubs and Activities” page. Please visit here
for information on how to register.
New offerings include creative writing and songwriting clubs, as well as a musical version of The Sneetches
, a 50s rock and roll music club, textile workshop with Ms. Meg (filling up fast!), the Art of Legend with Kids Create Art, and all your favorites from fall.
Clubs fill up quickly, so please SIGN UP EARLY!
Questions? Email email@example.com
Heidi and Isadora
The Lost and Found collection is near capacity and our volunteers are asking parents coming in for conferences this week to swing by the Brick Building to have a look. All leftover items will be donated soon after break, so now's your chance to claim any items belonging to your child!
We are sorry to inform you that we have sold all of the QAE Scarves.
If you would like to order a scarf, you can order it online here: http://qae-spirit.weebly.com/
. We will deliver the scarves to the classrooms as soon as they arrive. We can't guarantee that they will arrive before the holiday break.
If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Reich: firstname.lastname@example.org
Last night the Seattle School Board approved the final Growth Boundaries proposal.
IMPACTS TO QAE:
1) Queen Anne Elementary's geo-zone will be expanded to cover both Hay and Coe boundary areas
. A map can be found here on page 88
Faced with significant over-enrollment in Queen Anne elementary schools, the district felt it necessary to adjust QAE's geo-zone to address the situation. This change preserves our neighborhood walking zone, but allows for greater enrollment relief for both Coe and Hay. While the larger geo-zone has the potential to impact the geographic composition of our students (higher % of QA kids), it will not change our enrollment numbers. We will retain the same numbers of seats (three kindergartens); priority will be given to kids within our geo-zone, but that does not guarantee admission. Additionally, SPS has a policy to give sibling preference.
The Seattle School Board and SPS were very clear that boundaries and geo-zones are under on-going review and revision
. QAE PTSA will continue to work with the other schools in our service area, as well as with the district, to assess enrollment demands and adjust our geo-zone as needed.
Also for clarification, QAE remains an Option School.
Neither SPS nor the School Board were interested in the outside proposal to change QAE to a neighborhood school, thanks in part to our lobbying efforts. As an option school, our hope and charter is to provide an alternative for children throughout the McClure service area and the city whose needs are not being met by their neighborhood school.
2) No schools have been designated to house the self contained Special Education program
under the approved Growth Boundaries Plan. (QAE had been selected to house this program in the original proposal). SPS is waiting for more information before placing the self-contained Special Education program.
3) QAE is (still) not on the list for an interim school site during BEX construction.
QAE PTSA will continue to encourage SPS to plan for an interim site for QAE students during BEX construction, as well as to advocate for specific short-term capacity mitigation measures as we build out to full capacity over the next three years.
The QAE PTSA is very grateful to the many parents who advocated on behalf of our school and community. Your efforts and communication were heard and had an impact.
Ms. Hunter's fourth graders want to thank all of Queen Anne Elementary for supporting our fundraising efforts. We made enough money to visit Tilicum Village on Blake Island. Because of you, all of our class was able to visit the island and learn more about Northwest Coast's Salish people, and their lifestyle, customs and food! Here are a couple of pictures of us -- one just before we boarded the ferry and another as we explored the island. Thank you to everyone who bought treats at our bake sales and helped us to make this trip happen!!!
Please join us for QAE Family Game Night on Tuesday, November 12th from 6:30pm-8:30pm in the QAE cafeteria.
Blue Highway Games will be providing a host of fun and interesting games for all levels. All QAE families are welcome!
Parent volunteers are needed to assist with game tables. Please contact Lindsey Carrillo at email@example.com
or click here
to sign up if you can help out.
Pizza will be provided courtesy of the Queen Anne Elementary PTSA, however we are asking that families bring cold beverages, salads and/or desserts to accompany the meal. Contact Suzanne Beckerman at firstname.lastname@example.org
with any questions about food & beverages. RSVP TODAY!
Let us know if you will attend by clicking this link here
This will help us to estimate the pizza order and table set up.
Hope to see you there!
The QAE PTSA
Ms. Meg is offering a three-week Printmaking Workshop
this December for grades 2 to 5. Registration is open through December 2nd.
Students will make a linoleum cut (stamp) used to create personalized cards, wrapping paper and more! In this process artists will design, cut and print from a linoleum block using authentic block cutting tools in order to create one or hundreds of their own unique pieces of art.
Limited to 12 students grades 2 to 5 only due to the use of sharp tools.Time:
Thursday afternoons, 3:35–4:45 pmDates:
December 5, 12 and 19 Location:
Art Room Cost:
To register, download the form on the clubs website (qaeclubs.weebly.com
) or visit: http://mmhoschschmi.weebly.com/art-club.html
Thank you to all who participated in the Explorer Fund Drive
- we finished strong with 75% participation from our parent community! Your generosity and support is greatly appreciated, and will directly benefit the students at QAE.
We are very close
to reaching our goal, and we are confident we will reach our goal with employer matching funds. If your employer sponsors a matching gift program, your contribution may be doubled, or even tripled!