Miller summer camp registration is open!

Here’s more info from our friends at Miller below. It looks like the brochure hasn’t been posted on Miller’s site yet, but check out the screencap of the schedule, the camps should be up in the SPARC registration system.

Hello Miller Community Center families!

We hope that everyone is off to a great start of the new year. We are writing you because, believe it or not, 2018 Summer Camp registration begins on February 6th at noon. We are offering 30 BRAND NEW Activity Camps at Miller Community Center in addition to our School Age Care Summer Camp. There is a wide variety of activity camps including Art, Cooking, Carpentry, Parkour, STEM, and more! A brochure is attached with the schedule and more information. At the time of registration, a $15 nonrefundable deposit is due for each camp registration.

Summer Camp scholarships are available!
The new 2018-19 scholarship application is available and I’ve attached it to this email. Please submit the application in person and not via email as we don’t want sensitive information transmitted over email. If you submitted a 2017-18 scholarship application it’s only valid through June of 2018. If you are interested in using scholarship on Summer Camps, you must complete this new form. Keep in mind scholarship funds are limited so submitting the application early is very important. It does take a couple weeks to process. The new application looks a bit different than previous years so don’t hesitate to email or call if you have any questions.

Miller also has many new programs including Jewelry Making, Yoga, Recycled Art, Guitar Lessons, and more! We hope to see you and your family at Miller soon!

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School Funding: Take Action Monday, 1/29!

Did you know Washington State ranks 35th in the nation in funding per student? We can change that! Our new PTA Legislative Chair, Ali McKay, has sent along the following information and guidelines for parents interested in taking action this week on the state’s failure to fund public education in Washington state. Scroll down for a helpful call script and email template. Thanks, Ali!

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Draft Standing Rules and Budget 2017/18

Update: These rules and budget passed at the general meeting on Oct 4.

Each year our PTA is required to approve our “Standing Rules” and Budget at the first general meeting. Typically, each year, amendments are made to the previous year’s standing rules rules, and a new budget is made. A rules committee and budget committee, appointed by the full board, created this year’s proposed Standing Rules and proposed budget. The proposed standing rules and budget are just that; a proposal. They don’t become official until voted on at a general meeting. The proposed rules are very similar to last year’s with the substantive changes being highlighted in the “Standing Rules Explainer”. You will have an opportunity to bring up questions or concerns at the meeting, or feel free to reach out to us sooner.
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Is your kid’s brain ready to sponge up Spanish?

[Update: Sponge canceled the class due to low enrollment. If you’re interested in helping organize other enrichment activities, contact Nick Hodges, nickhabq AT gmail.com.)

Sponge School is offering before-school Spanish classes every Wednesday morning at Lowell starting next week. Check out this video from the Sponge website to get a feel for this cool program:

Here’s all the info and registration details from the instructor:

“At Sponge class, students learn important, everyday language through exciting thematic units and a wide variety of interactive games, activities, and songs. This year online portal is upgraded and students will be able to practice pronunciation and play games outside of the classroom! Each student also gets a course book !

Our goal is to build a strong foundation of comprehension and communication skills, all while having fun!

Spanish at Lowell, Wed 8:00-8:45am, 10/4(Wed)-12/13(Wed) $175+Material fee $25
Visit www.spongeschool.com/sign-up/ to register.

Contact us by email at info@spongeschool.com or give us a call at (425) 274-5188 with any questions! Register now and secure your spot in class!”

Lowell “Parent Guide”

Watch for the “Parent Guide” to come home with your child soon. It’s a little fold-out pamphlet with a ton of great info about this year at Lowell—both curricular (like what Lowell is doing around Social Emotional Learning and closing the opportunity gap) and practical (there’s a great breakdown of what happens during the week with art, P.E., etc.).

Read the whole thing, but Tammy wanted to especially flag the procedures around changing pickup plans. See those below, but the key takeaway is that you can’t have your child communicate any pickup changes. You need to send a note or speak with someone directly at the office by 3pm.

Update on Lowell after-school enrichment classes

Update: We now have a whole page dedicated to describing Enrichment and Child Care options.

Watch for a Fall 2017 Enrichment Catalog in your child’s take-home folder. These after-school classes take place at Lowell but are provided by Miller Community Center and Seattle Parks & Rec.

We’ve been told that two pieces of information are missing from the catalog:

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News on classroom assignments, supply lists, and staff updates

Check out the new artwork in the library! Thank you, amazing volunteers. We are grateful.

A bunch of helpful parent information was recently posted on the official school web site.  Quick takeaways:

  • student classroom assignments will be posted in the building on Tuesday, September 5, outside the office
  • supply lists have been posted as they’re finalized, all but 1st grade is up there so far
  • fidget spinners are on the banned list, i.e., “not permitted in the classroom”! 🙂

School Supply Drive

Lowell Elementary serves a student population that is 30% homeless, and more than 60% of students are low income. They could really use your help.

Stacey Krynsky and the folks at the Capitol Hill location of 1st Security Bank have been great friends to Lowell Elementary. They are at it again, helping with a School Supplies Drive called Stuff the Bus. They have already sweetened the pot with  a $100 donation, and will match cash donations up to $500. Let’s take advantage of their generosity!

Drop off donations of cash, backpacks, notebooks, art supplies, etc, at their Capitol Hill location:

614 Broadway East
Seattle, WA 98102

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