Falcon Flyer, Volume 3, Issue 6


The staff had a productive day last Friday while many of our students were sleeping in! We spent the morning finishing up our school improvement plan which will be on the district website in November. We have three overall goals.

Our first goal is our gap closing goal. We are targeting readers in grades 1-5 who are not yet at grade level standards and providing additional support to effect greater than one year’s growth over the next 8 months.

Our second goal is for all students. Our continued focus on core math instruction is a priority this year as we set a goal that 100% of our students will score at least 80% on their end of year math test.

Our third goal is based on our student climate survey data. The Spring 2016 student survey indicated that only 52% of students in grades 3-5 felt that their classmates respected each other. We’ll be putting some building-wide steps in place to try to increase this percentage. We will be introducing a monthly character trait at our Friday assemblies and will be using solution based problem solving (as part of Positive Discipline) so that the students can also come up with ideas as to how we can improve in this area.

The City of Seattle has provided us with backpack reflector tags for students in grade K-3 who walk to school. Stop by the office to pick one up for your young walker.

Are you interested in participating on an interview team when staff members need to be hired for our school? There is a required training that parents must attend in order to participate on a hiring team. Our school website has information about upcoming trainings.

The office has processed all of the volunteer application forms. All volunteers will be asked to wear an official 2016-2017 volunteer badge when on a field trip or volunteering in the school. If you do not have an official volunteer badge the office staff will offer you a volunteer stickie badge when you sign in. One of these badge options must be worn to ensure a safe environment.

Have you signed up for your November parent/teacher conference? Please contact your child’s teacher immediately if you do not have an appointment scheduled.

I want to say thank you for sending students to school with rain jackets and hoods!! Rain is the price we pay to enjoy all the greenery in our area!


Fall Falcon Fest is this Friday, October 21, 2016 from 5:30-7:30pm. Fun will be had by all and we still need volunteers! Come join fellow Falcon families and let’s make this a great event.


SPS wants your feedback on the reading and writing instructional materials being considered for the K-5 adoption! Ways to leave your feedback:

Review Materials Online

Visit the Seattle Public Schools website for links and access information to view the materials and provide feedback online.

Review Materials in Person

  1. Visit one of the viewing sites during normal business hours (visitors must check in at the main office; materials are on display in the library:
    • Boren STEM K-8: 5950 Delridge Way SW, Seattle, WA 98106
    • Broadview-Thomson K-8: 13052 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98133
    • Green Lake Elementary: 2400 N 65th St, Seattle, WA 98103
    • Madrona K-8: 1121 33rd Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
    • South Shore PK-8: 4800 S Henderson St, Seattle, WA 98118
    • JSCEE Professional Library (2nd floor): 2445 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134
  2. Review the materials for the 3 finalists on display
  3. Complete and submit the review feedback form(s)

Reviews should be completed from October 3, 2016 – November 30, 2016.


The next round-up of left-behind items from the Lost and Found will be Friday October 21. Items that have remained there for more than two weeks will be donated to charity, so if you have an opportunity to look through to make sure your child hasn’t left anything behind, please do so!


November 18th will be a very special fundraiser and parent’s night out at The Georgetown Collection, a wholesale sample reseller, from 4pm-8pm Counterbalance Brewing Co. from 5pm-9pm (they are right around the corner from one another).

The Georgetown Collection will donate 10% of the night’s proceeds to FPE PTA as well as donating one book to the FPE Library for every book purchased. Counterbalance will donate $1/pint purchased. It’s sure to be a good time. Hope to see you there!


Seattle Public Schools and Seattle Education Association are partnering to increase students’ access to core content, improve instruction and accelerate student achievement.

As part of the Collective Bargaining Agreement process, SEA and SPS agreed to add 20 minutes to the school day in 2017-18 and provide one hour per week of teacher collaboration time. As the district plans to make this schedule adjustment, we want to hear from families and stakeholders on how the additional time should be added and how and when to schedule the collaboration time. Provide your input by Friday 10/21 to voice your thoughts regarding earlier start times, early releases, or other schedule impacting changes.

You may provide feedback in one of two ways:

  1. Complete the online survey by clicking on this link
  2. Complete and turn in a paper-based survey at your child’s school

To review how your preferences would change your child’s schedule please visit the Seattle Schools website. A NOTE FROM PETE POWELL, YOUR PTA PRESIDENT

Hello! I am amazed that we are six weeks in and one of FPE’s premier events is already upon us…the Fall Falcon Fest is THIS Friday, 10/21, from 5:30-7:30pm at school! Premier food trucks, festive activities, and the incomparable “Thriller” dance performed by all of the kids at school await you so don’t miss it! Get together with FPE families, friends, and classmates and take advantage of a fun event put together by the tireless volunteers in our midst! To those of you that invest your time and energy to make these cool things happen for us all, thank you!

While on the topic of my gratitude, I want to say thank you to the folks that have come through early and ambitiously to contribute to the Annual FPEPTA Direct Give Fund. Thanks! Your contributions take our school to the next level and I cannot wait to see us rally to achieve this goal for our kids. If you have questions or ideas about how we support the FPE staff in delivering a great experience, I encourage you to reach out to me or the PTA board. We are here to represent you, so your involvement and input is critical.

Please make note of the next PTA General Membership Meeting on your calendars. It is scheduled for 11/17 at 6:30 pm at school and complimentary on-site childcare is graciously provided by the YMCA. Are you interested in a leadership role? The next board meeting is 11/08. Let’s talk! There are some great people spurring along some new initiatives and many ways you can make a lasting impact and have influence.

Thanks to you all and don’t hesitate to reach out.

Pete Powell
Visit to contribute to FPEPTA’s Direct Give campaign

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