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Falcon Flyer, Volume 3 Issue 12

2017-18 SCHOOL SCHEDULES SURVEY UPDATE

Last month over 11,000 respondents provided input on how to incorporate 20 minutes of instruction per day and one hour of teacher collaboration per week for the ‘17/’18 SPS school year. These changes stem from the recent contract negotiations between SPS and SEA.

Below is a summary of the recommendations informed by stakeholders and community engagement:

In 2017-18, all K-12 students would be dismissed one hour early, one day per week in support of teacher collaboration. Every stakeholder group (families, partners, teachers and principals) preferred the one-hour a week early release over late arrival.

The early release once a week would be on Wednesdays. Wednesday was the day preferred by principals and school staff. While Fridays were preferred by the majority of families and partners, mid-week collaboration better supports the SEA/SPS partnership goals.

The addition of twenty minutes would be split between the morning and afternoon. Current Tier 1 families (early start schools) wanted to add the 20 minutes at the end of the day. Current Tier 2 and 3 families (late start schools) want to add the time to the beginning of the day. Splitting the difference (10/10) was the second preferred choice by all stakeholders (families, staff, and partners). This means 10 minutes would be added prior to the start of the current morning schedule and 10 minutes added to the end of the afternoon schedule.

Finalization of the 2017-18 School Schedules

Staff’s recommendation is to split the additional 20 minutes, 10 minutes in the morning and 10 minutes in the afternoon, if the district continues to have three different school start times.

The outstanding consideration is if the district can afford to move to a two tier bus system (two start times). We know this is preferred by some families, especially those currently in Tier 3, the schools with the latest start time. We estimate this change could cost up to 3.8 million dollars, and while these costs may be reduced through different transportation scenarios and may be a one-time cost depending on state funding, it will add to the $74 million dollar budget shortfall we are facing because of the State Legislature’s failure to fully fund public education.

You can find more information regarding 2017-18 budget development on our Budget Office webpage. Decisions regarding the number of start times (three versus two) and implementation of the associated transportation standards will be influenced by the School Board’s budgeting process.

The 2017-18 bell schedules will be finalized and communicated in January. To provide additional feedback to staff and the Seattle School Board please email arrivaltimes@seattleschools.org.

HEADS UP FOR OPEN HOUSE / TOUR DATES AT FPE

Prospective Fairmount Park Elementary families, save these dates.

  • Kindergarten Specific Tour ~ Feb. 9th @ 8:15am
  • HCC Specific Tour ~ Feb. 15th @ 8:15am
  • General School Tour ~ Feb. 16th @ 8:15am

LOST AND FOUND COLLECTION DAY

The next lost and found collection will happen at the beginning of Winter Break, on Friday December 16. Items that have remained there two weeks or more will be collected at that time and donated to charity.

MIDDLE SCHOOL TOUR INFORMATION

Madison Middle School

  • February 7, 2017 from 9:30am – 11:00am
  • February 16, 2017 from 6:30pm – 8:00 pm
  • For more information call: 206-252-9200

Washington Middle School

  • January 31, 2017 from 6:30pm – 8:00pm
  • February 8, 2017 from 8:30am – 10:00am

For more info call: 206-252-2600

WINTER CHOIR CONCERT

Our Winter Concert is Wednesday December 14, 2016 at 7pm. All concerts are on Wednesday and start at 7pm in the lunchroom and include an “encore” performance at the next Friday during our Friday Assembly at 8am (December 16 for the Winter Choir Concert). Students need to come to the music room at 6:30pm for Wednesday evening concerts.

Evening Concert Attire for All Students

Students should wear black or dark bottoms and white or light tops for concerts such as: black or dark pants, black or dark slacks, black or dark dress, black or dark skirt, and black or dark shoes, and white or light shirt with a collar (polo shirts are ok), white or light blouse. You have worked hard to sound your best and should look your best for the concert.

A TIME FOR GIVING – ANNUAL APPEAL

Help us reach our goal! Are you excited and proud to have your child attend such an amazing school with an incredible music program, art program, many thought provoking assemblies with live theater and a caring, patient and hardworking counselor available to all students at FPE?

The PTA annual fund drive is off to a great start with our community stepping up to contribute $19,000 so far. We’re almost halfway to our $40,000 goal. Make your annual fund contribution today to provide FPE students and teachers with critical resources and support.

Visit the FPEPTA page or drop off a check in the FPE office to make your donation today.

VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES

There really is no better way to connect with our children’s education than by becoming an active member through volunteering. Our Fairmount Park community is always in need of volunteers to assist with school activities, classroom organization, lesson preparation, and general help.

Remember, every person has a skill or talent than is welcome at Fairmount Park. Join in the fun!

New and ongoing opportunities to volunteer can be found here.

FPE FOOD DRIVE

Many of us are fortunate not to worry about our next meal. We want to do our part to help families who face that uncertainty. FPEPTA has made it our goal to support those in need in our community. Help us make
‘giving back’ part of our Fairmount Park culture!

Each grade level is assigned a week for giving. Of course this does not mean you are limited to donating only that week. Contributions can be placed in the donation bin outside the cafeteria before and after school.

Items to Bring In

  • Canned products
  • Juice (boxed or canned)
  • Applesauce fruit cups (no sugar)
  • Whole grain Cereal/Oatmeal
  • Tuna/Peanut Butter Snack Packs
  • Cup of Noodle/Top Ramen
  • Individual Meals (Soup, Chili, Ravioli, Mac n’ Cheese)
  • Graham Crackers, Granola Bars, Raisins, Dried Fruit
  • Rice / Beans

Food Drive Week by Grade

  • 1st Grade: November 28 – December 2
  • K/Pre School: December 5 – December 9
  • 5th grade: December 12 – December 16
  • 4th Grade January 2 – January 6
  • 3rd Grade: January 9 – January 13

SEATTLE PTA ADVOCACY CALL TO ACTION

Now, before the 2017 state legislative session begins, our state elected officials need to hear from LOTS of parents, requesting them to prioritize education funding. Please write or call our state legislators and Governor Inslee, urging them to take two actions as soon as the 2017 legislative session convenes: 1) fully fund public education with appropriate new revenue and 2) delay the levy cliff to January 1, 2019. Please take a moment to personalize your message with of own thoughts or experiences. Ask for a reply that lays out how this will be accomplished.

More information on the PTA priorities, including funding

Even if the Legislature meet its obligations to amply fund basic education by September 1, 2018, the levy cliff means many school districts’ budgets will be reduced by millions of dollars from January 1 until September 1, 2018. Overall, the levy cliff threatens about $500 million per year in K-12 funding in Washington’s 295 school districts. These cuts will likely require numerous layoffs. Districts are already preparing their 2017/18 school year budgets; in Seattle, the projected budget shortfall without a fix to the levy issue is $71 million dollars.

However, local levy revenues do not suffice. The State must fully fund public schools. Washington’s constitution requires the State to amply fund basic education . But they need to hear from you, your family, friends and neighbors! Please take a moment to voice your opinion this week.

Governor Jay Inslee

  • https://fortress.wa.gov/es/governor/
  • (360) 902-4111

Senator Sharon Nelson

  • sharon.nelson@leg.wa.gov
  • District office: (206) 435-7032
  • Olympia office: (360) 786-7667

Representative Eileen Cody

  • eileen.cody@leg.wa.gov
  • District office: (206) 389-2590
  • Olympia office: (360) 786-7978

Representative Joe Fitzgibbon

  • joe.fizgibbon@leg.wa.gov
  • District office (206) 435-7034
  • Olympia office (360) 786-7952