The FPE PTA Auction “The Great Gatsby” is coming soon so Save the Date for Saturday March 4th!  The doors will open at 5:00 PM for cocktail/raffle tickets.  Dinner and live auction starts at 7pm.

Tickets on Sale now:

Purchase by February 11th @ $45.00/person (includes light buffet dinner and 1 drink ticket) or to secure a table of 10 for $500 (complimentary bottle of champagne).  After February 11th tickets will go up to $55/person, and no option to purchase a table.  Note – teacher tickets are offered at reduced cost, why not sponsor a teacher!

This is the biggest fundraiser for the school which goes directly to supporting our students, teachers and community.  The auction provides essential services for our students. These funds provide resources which include but are not limited to: our School Counselor, program support for the school’s library, physical education, visual arts and music grants, scholarships for families experiencing hardship, school supplies and classroom support, educational field trips and assemblies, and much, much more! On a lighter note, this is a FUN event and provides a way to foster our community spirit.

Where:  The Hall at Fauntleroy – 9131 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98136

It will take a lot of dedicated volunteers to make it a success.  To volunteer go to the volunteer page here and sign up for Auction Preparation and/or Auction Night.

HELP needed!!!  Please contact [email protected] if you can help!

  • Procurement
  • Classroom Art Coordinators
  • Business Sponsorships
  • Dessert Dash

To learn more about the auction and opportunities to donate, please visit the auction site to donate goods, money or experiences.  All donations need to be received by February 17th, 2017.  You can find ideas to donate at AUCTION WISH LIST 2017.


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Box Tops for Education Bonus App

Are you diligently collecting Box Tops for Education tabs? If so, a big thank you from your Fairmount Park PTA! We’re happy to pass along some news from General Mills. Did you know you can earn even more cash to help our school with the Box Tops for Education® Bonus App?

Now, you can turn your everyday receipts into cash for your school using your handy-dandy iPhone or Android enabled device. Here’s how it works:

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Teacher’s Projects on

Several Fairmount Park Elementary teachers have some projects that could use your support. Projects include:

Hooray for Handwriting by Ms. Britt

Marine Animal Books for Second Graders by Ms. Hitch

Help ESL Students Succeed with iPad Technology by Ms. McVicar

Help Us Get Our Games On! by Ms. Griffin

Please visit the Donors Choose page for the full list:

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Auction Tickets

Get your tickets here for the auction on February 21, 2015 at Portage Bay Café – South Lake Union. 




Donation Ideas

Don’t know how or what to donate to the Fairmount Park Elementary School Auction? Don’t worry we’ve got ideas!

Work those Contacts – Got Company Connections? Our corporate donation requests are more successful when they come from someone with a connection to the company. Some companies will only donate if the request is from an employee, board member or season ticket holder.

We would love your help contacting the Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Opera, Seattle Symphony, Museum of Glass, Holland America Line, Seattle Art Museum, Teatro Zinzanni, hotels, airlines, and anyone else you have a connection to.

Think Outside Yourself – Ask your family and friends to donate. This is a great way for grandparents, aunts and uncles, even those that live far away, to be involved in your child’s education.

Create an Adventure – Are you a hiker, skier, hunter, fisher, sailor, or kayaker? Volunteer to host a group doing what you already have fun doing!

Host a Fun Event! – If you love to cook or entertain, throw a party, donate dinners to go, or cater a meal. Just a few ideas – themed or ethnic dinner, wine pairings, beer tastings, spa night, game night, movie night, cocktail party, picnic lunches, afternoon tea

What to Donate – A Few Ideas

Auction Go-ers Love Vacations, Special Events and Get-Aways – Donate time at your cabin, condo, or time timeshare. Sponsor a golf weekend, moms weekend getaway, group wine tasting, trip to a major league sports game, camping trip, sail, or hike. Donate or procure airline tickets or miles, car rentals, hotel or B&B stay, or a cruise.

Fairmount Park’s Got Talent – Share Yours – Donate lessons – guitar, piano, tennis, foreign languages, cooking, knitting, woodworking, fly-tying, whatever it is you do!

Donate your services – calling all landscapers, carpenters, electricians, organizers, bookkeepers, web designers, hairstylists, manicurists, massage therapists, chefs, painters, babysitters, holiday light hangers, gardeners, yard and home cleaners.

Stuff for the Sports Enthusiasts – Game day tickets, team apparel, sports gear, fishing and hiking gear, beer, a round of golf. Calling all Sounders, Seahawks, Husky, Storm and Mariners season ticket holders – donate a game!

Stuff for the Project People – Power tools, BBQ equipment, craft supplies, lumber, building supplies, yard tools, painting supplies

Create a Themed Package or “Basket”

  • Jewelry –donated or handmade jewelry
  • Family Game Night – a collection of family favorites
  • Books – for kids or adults
  • Foodies – olive oil, kitchen supplies, restaurant gift certificate
  • Chocolate Lovers – chocolate paired with bakery gift certificate
  • Animal Lovers – treats and other stuff for our best friends
  • Exercise – equipment, gear, apparel, yoga mats, water bottle, running socks, videos
  • Wine – Pair some wine, stem ware, cheese, chocolate or appetizers
  • Cocktails – martini, margarita, lemon drop themed baskets
  • Teatotalers – tea pot, mug and loose leaf teas
  • Coffee Addicts – coffee, mugs, syrups
  • The Great Outdoors – camping, hiking books and gear
  • Party Rockers – party supplies
  • Pampered Princess – lotions, bubble bath, massage tools, nail polish, spa gift certificates

Are you up for the challenge?


Deadline Set for December Donor Challenge!

The December Donor Challenge has arrived! If the PTA can raise $6,000 in donations for our school before the end of December, a small group of Fairmount Park families, including many PTA board members, will match the money with an additional contribution of $6,000. Every donation made between December 15 and December 31st will count in this challenge.

This is a great chance to “double your donation,” and support the important programs and resources that help all our students grow and thrive in this first, crucial year and beyond. Please consider making your donation today to help us meet this goal!

There are several ways to give:

  • Place a check in the ‘Annual Give’ folder in the main office.
  • Visit to make a donation online.
  • Check with your employer to see if they will match your donation.

If you have questions, please contact Sarah Lenssen and Sarah Popelka, Fundraising Chairs, at [email protected].

Thank you for your generous support!


What would you give?


Dear Friends of Fairmount Park Elementary,

What would you give for your child to have an educational support system designed to expose them to the arts, cross-cultural ideals, creative thinking, problem-solving and life skills — life skills that will help them not only succeed in their careers and their lives, but will help them find their own paths to success? Since you are part of the family at Fairmount Park Elementary, you may not realize that most public schools do not have this kind of support system. Many schools in our city do not have enrichment programs, art programs, music programs or the classroom opportunities that Fairmount Park has been able to implement. Part of the school’s ability to provide this is based on the focus of our principal and our amazing teaching staff, but also in large part because of the community support that the school receives from donors like you. Your donation to the Fairmount Park Elementary PTA supports extra opportunities in and outside of the classroom, it supports our wellness program at the school, it supports music and arts opportunities.

When children are exposed to things like the arts, cross-cultural ideals and creative thinking – their perspectives expand and they are able to become the community-minded, sensitive and forward-thinking citizens that we all want to be ourselves. By giving our children the opportunity to be enriched, we are giving them the tools to reach their unlimited potential.

It is difficult to pinpoint a limit on what one might give to create that path of opportunity for their child. It can start with a donation to FPEPTA.

If every family were to support the FPEPTA at $290 or more, we would meet our goal of $100,000 for the year; we would be able to fund a permanent wellness program, our music and all of the class and school-wide enrichment opportunities. Any donation is appreciated, and as an extra incentive, any donor of $500 or more by the end of December will be given a chance to purchase up to two of the first 20 tickets to the FPEPTA Auction to be held February 21. General tickets (which will sell out fast, as the donated venue has a capacity of 150) will go on sale January 12. Don’t miss your opportunity – make your gift of $500 or more today.

Donations can be made online at, where you can either make a lump sum donation that will count toward your end-of-year charitable contributions or establish a manageable monthly donation plan. Help us create the educational support system that every child deserves. Thank you for your support!







Sarah Lenssen and Sarah Popelka
Fairmount Park parents and Fundraising Co-Chairs

Remember to check with your employer about matching gifts to double your charitable impact!



General Membership Meeting Tonight

Please join us tonight for the first General Membership Meeting of the school year!

To save trees and money, reference copies of the agenda, officer reports, committee reports, and supporting documents will be available tonight at the Welcome Table. Please consider printing copies of documents you want to reference during the meeting.

The SCHEDULE for tonight:

Monday, September 22 in the lunchroom at Fairmount Park Elementary

6:00-6:15 PM

  • Child Care Drop-off
    (Please note: Child care is provided courtesy of The YMCA. There is staff available to supervise only 30 children who are in grades K-5, so if you have a friend or family member who can watch your child/ren, please schedule accordingly. Child care is first come, first serve.)
  • Donations and Memberships Accepted
  • Take Seats

6:15-7:15 PM

  • General Membership Business Meeting

7:15-8:15 PM

The AGENDA for the business meeting is as follows:

Call Meeting to Order

Approval of the Minutes from May 3, 2014 Charter Meeting (please review in advance of meeting)


Reports of Officers and Principal

  • President’s Report / Membership Report, Hillary Shaw
  • Treasurer’s Report, Renee Hopkins
  • Principal’s Report, Julie Breidenbach

Reports of Committee Chairs

  • Communications, Open
  • Enrichment, Firdaus Aryana
  • Fundraising, Sarah Lenssen and Sarah Popelka
  • Legislative Advocacy, Stephanie Juha and Johanna Lindsay
  • School Spirit, Shanti Breznau and Parie Hines
  • Volunteering, Michelle Palmer and Laura Stone
  • Nominating Committee
    Christine Deppe, Michael Griesedieck, Ann Limbaugh

Unfinished Business

  • Election of 2014/15 Executive Committee Officers
  • Election of Nominating Committee for 2014/15

New Business

  • Approval of 2014/15 School Year Budget
  • Amendments to Standing Rules
  • Adopt Conflict of Interest Policy Statement
  • 2014/15 Monthly Grant to Fairmount Park Elementary


Adjourn Business Meeting

As officer and committee reports are finalized, they will be hyperlinked above.


Please RSVP for Wine Tasting

Join us to celebrate the start of summer break with an evening of wine exploring!

Wine Tasting Party

Hosted by the Fairmount Park Elementary PTA

Friday June, 20th from 8 – 10 pm

At the Office Junction (6040 B California Ave SW)

We will share some wine basics, test our skills, blind taste 6 different wines, compare and share notes, guess grapes and price, maybe even discover a new favorite wine and meet some other FPE parents. Fun is guaranteed for everyone, beginners or wine experts and all for a good cause – our new school!

Wine and light appetizers included!

$50 suggested donation per person – all donations will benefit our FPEPTA startup fund and help us get off to a strong start.

Please RVSP by Wednesday 6/18 to [email protected] your sitter and please join us. We are looking forward to raising a glass with you!Your wine party team,

Christine, Lisha & Angela


THANK YOU, Charter Members!

Between May 3 and May 31, parents, teachers, and other friends of Fairmount Park Elementary had an opportunity to become Charter Members of FPEPTA. A Charter Membership is a unique, one-time opportunity to be acknowledged as one of the founding members of the Fairmount Park Elementary PTA, an affiliate of the Washington State PTA. Charter membership empowers those who became members in May to have a voice and a vote in PTA business until September of 2015 (versus a standard twelve-month membership), and to receive name recognition on a framed certificate that will be hung in the school for posterity.

The Executive Committee is thrilled to report *193* members helped to charter Fairmount Park Elementary PTA: