PTA Weekly

Important Upcoming Dates

January-February

  • See the Wedgwood PTA website calendar for a full list of events

  • PTA Meeting – Monday, Jan. 14, 6:30 p.m. in the Wedgwood Library 

  • No School – Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Monday, Jan. 21 

  • PTA General Meeting & Guest Speaker – Wednesday, Jan. 23, 6-8 p.m., school cafeteria

  • No School – Day Between Semesters: Wednesday, Jan. 30

  • Wedgwood Cultural Celebration – Friday, Feb. 1, 6-8 p.m. 


Welcome to the new Wedgwood Weekly

In an effort to consolidate communication from the school, and reduce the emails in your inboxes, we will use The Weekly as our main outlet for school news.

So, if you opted in to receive emails from your Room Parent, you will receive The Weekly; there is an unsubscribe link at the bottom of this newsletter should you move, transition to middle school or simply no longer wish to receive communication from the school.

We’d be remiss if we didn’t thank a few people for their help in keeping us all informed, and getting us to this point: Sue Lee (Room Parent Coordinator), Elisa Murray (Wedgwood Weekly Coordinator), Christina Prober (Website Coordinator) and Chris Korol (tech support). Thanks so much for your efforts, we appreciate you!  

Want to submit to the Weekly? Email news@wedgwoodpta.org by Thursday to get into the following Monday’s Weekly. 

Middle school tours and open enrollment period

Attention fifth grade families! Are you considering Eckstein or Jane Addams for middle school? School tours are coming up, please click on the school name for more details on each tour:

Jane Addams Middle School: Wednesday, February 6, 6:30 p.m. 

Eckstein Middle School: Thursday, February 7, 6 p.m.

Enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year begins: January 7, 2019 

Open enrollment for School Choice: Feb. 4 – Feb. 15, 2019 

Wedgwood Open House & School Tour- Volunteers needed

Do you have friends or neighbors with little ones ready to start kindergarten, or who are interested in Wedgwood for other grades? Wedgwood will host its open house on Thursday, Jan. 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Spread the word! 

Volunteers Needed: here is your chance to welcome new families to Wedgwood by introducing them to the school with a tour! We are looking for a few more Wedgwood ambassadors to lead small group tours following a welcome message from Principal Liu. The tour will last 30-45 minutes, and will be an informal way for incoming-kindergarten families and new-to-the-neighborhood families to check out the school and learn more about our vibrant, active community. Please email ann.grodnik@gmail.com if you're interested in helping out. 

PTA general meeting and guest speaker: Cradled at the Table: Nourishing Children Through Healthy Relationships with Food

Please join the Wedgwood community on Wednesday, Jan. 23 from 6-8 p.m. in the cafeteria for a PTA General Meeting followed by a guest speaker. General meetings are held three times a year, providing an opportunity to share information from the PTA, Principal Liu and often a guest speaker on a topic of interest.  

For our January meeting, Mr Liu will give a short presentation on the upcoming levies. It’s a great opportunity to hear about what’s happening in the district and at Wedgwood around school funding and budget. 

Following Mr. Liu’s presentation, we are excited to welcome Dr. Lenna Liu to Wedgwood Elementary. She will share her experience in promoting healthy relationships with food for your child and family. Participants will leave with a more holistic and expanded view of food and eating, as well as strategies to ride the waves in children’s changing eating behaviors. Explore possibilities to reclaim mealtime as a nourishing, enjoyable time of the day.

Child care will be provided by staff during the general meeting in the back of the cafeteria. 

Cultural festival - join the fun!

Get to know your fellow Marmots as we celebrate the family traditions and cultural influences that make our community so special. New and exciting performances by the Filipino American Student Association at UW, Wedgwood Choir and many more!

Want to be part of it all? Please visit the Cultural Festival on the PTA website for more potluck details, to sign up to bring a dish, perform on stage or help out with the event. 

Wedgwood auction needs you!

Planning for the Wedgwood Auction is well underway but we need your help! Our committee has two very important positions open: Business Chair & Catering Chair. Without these two roles, we won’t be able to collect money or eat! Now is your chance to play an integral role in the Wedgwood party of the year! E-mail Lisa West @ auctionwedgwood@gmail.com to learn more. 

Calling all photographers: submit yearbook photos

This year you can upload images of your kids and their friends directly to the yearbook portal to be considered for inclusion in the 2018-19 book. We're looking for candid shots of kids having fun, learning, and growing at Wedgwood and at any Wedgwood-related activity this school year. The theme of this year's book is "Making a Splash at Wedgwood," so photos of students playing in the rain, under a rainbow (!) or otherwise weathering the storm earn bonus points. 

To upload, go to commpe.pictavo.com and click "Create an Account." Find your school, enter your info, verify email and login. Upload photos, tag them and choose an album from the dropdown menu.

Extra credit if you tag the kids in each image (listed, separated by commas) and indicate the class (by teacher name, not room number) or event (such as Move-a-Thon, winter concert, cultural festival, etc.) 

We have lots of room for photos in this year's book — let's show off our school!

Email Lori Kelley at WedgwoodYearbookSea@gmail.com with questions.

Yearbook cover contest: deadline Wednesday, Jan. 23

The yearbook cover contest has an early deadline this year — all artist submissions are due by Wednesday, Jan. 23. Look for details in kid mail and on the table outside the main office where you can pick up a sheet on which to create your original art. 

The theme of this year's cover is "Marmots Make a Splash" — submissions should show fun and learning at Wedgwood on one of our many rainy days. Budding artists should be sure to incorporate Marty Marmot into the design and include the words "Wedgwood Elementary" and the year "2018-2019."

The winner will be selected by the yearbook committee and will receive a free yearbook — in addition to the honor of their immortalized artwork!

Email yearbook coordinator Lori Kelley at WedgwoodYearbookSea@gmail.com with any questions.

Salmon in the schools

Hello environmentalists of Wedgwood! As many of you have probably noticed, the salmon tank is up and already has coho eggs from the Issaquah hatchery. This is very exciting to many of us. There are plenty of volunteer opportunities for every age group. 

You can sign up for feedings on the website or water changes and chemistry tests on the water.

Please contact Nurse Cherokee at cherokeed@gmail.com to find out about additional activities you may want to help with! 

North Seattle Baseball & Softball - spring 2019 registration is open

The smell of freshly cut grass, the crack of a bat…it’s never too early to dream of baseball and softball! Early registration is now open at North Seattle Baseball for Spring 2019 teams, the season begins in early March. Last year, NSB introduced softball to its league and it was a huge success. Three teams were comprised of Wedgwood players and Wedgwood parent coaches. We are looking for more! 

A little more information on the softball league:

There are three divisions:

  • Pinto (ages 7-8; “coach pitch”)

  • Mustang (ages 9-10 “kid pitch”)

  • Bronco (ages 11-12)

Play with friends! You can create your own team; if you don’t have a team, you will be placed with an existing team and make new friends. 

Clinics are offered throughout the season led by professional coaches as well as former and current collegiate softball players. 

ALL skill levels welcome. Sports play a vital role in the physical and social health of girls…plus, it’s a lot of fun! 

Cross off one more thing on your to-do list and sign up today! https://northseattlebaseball.website.siplay.com/

Questions? Contact Jason Bergstrom, NSB Softball Commissioner: jason@northseattlesoftball.org 

Northeast Seattle Little League registration is open for the 2019 season

Spring is just around the corner so it’s time for kids to gear up for baseball, softball, and tee ball with Northeast Seattle Little League (NESLL)! For kids 4-6 years old, NESLL’s tee ball program is a great way to introduce the game. NESLL’s softball program is the best in the region and a great way to get young girls involved in athletics and be a part of championship teams. NESLL’s baseball program is for boys and girls ages 6-16 and a great opportunity to learn about teamwork and the fundamentals of the game.

For parents, there are plenty of volunteer opportunities within the league and with your child’s team.

Please go to www.NESLL.net to start the registration process. For questions about registration, please email NESLL's registrar at registrar@nesll.net 

Submitting to the Weekly

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