Important Upcoming Dates
October: annual PTA pledge drive
October 1-31: Walktober tracking: Track your walking minutes!
Thursday, October 25, 5-7 p.m.: School potluck
Wednesday, Oct. 31, 8:15 a.m.-8:40 a.m.: Move-a-Thon assembly
Monday, Nov. 5: PTA Food Drive begins
Monday, Nov. 5, 6-8 p.m.: PTA board meeting
Wednesday, Nov. 7: Move-a-thon
Friday, Nov. 9, 1:40-2:20 p.m.: Veterans Day Assembly
Monday-Friday, Nov. 9-16: Scholastic Book Sale
Friday, Nov. 9, 6-8 p.m.: Fall Dance and Food Drive
Monday, Nov. 12, Veterans Day observed (no school)
Tuesday, Nov. 13: Reflections Art projects due
Thursday, Nov. 15: Make-up Picture Day
Monday-Wednesday, Nov. 19-21: Parent Teacher conference (no school)
Thursday-Friday, Nov. 22-23: Thanksgiving holiday (no school)
Wedgwood Potluck TONIGHT!
Please join us this Thursday, October 25 for a Wedgwood Elementary Potluck in the cafeteria from 5-7 p.m. This event will be a great chance to meet other Wedgwood families and to connect with your friends and neighbors. Principal Liu will be on hand to meet your family and answer any questions you may have about Wedgwood. Pizza will be provided so bringing a dish to pass is optional. As a consideration for individuals with nut allergies, please avoid dishes with peanuts, tree nuts and/or peanut oil.
Move-a-thon packets come home this week!
The Move-a-Thon is the second of three PTA fundraisers for the year and is the only one where kids do all of the fundraising! Be on the lookout for your student’s pledge packet which will come home this week via kidmail. You’ll use the front page to record your fundraising and fill the envelope with donations after the Move-a-thon. Important dates and details can be found inside the packet. Every student who raises money or donates coins in the lobby will be eligible for prizes!
Kids at Wedgwood tell us that the Move-a-thon is one of their favorite days at school. The student-designed shirts, popcorn and Red Vines, and DJ music are things they remember all year.
And ... we need your help to put on this beloved school event! To volunteer for the Move-a-thon, check out the SignUpGenius here.
2018 PTA Pledge Drive update!
We are well on our way! 69 families have donated $17,030 so far. We are close to reaching our goal of $23,000. Please consider donating today, every contribution helps. Remember that the money that we raise helps fund our community building events, such as the Back-to-school BBQ, the Fall Dance, Cultural Night, Science Night, and Mariners games.
Send in your Pledge Drive donation today!
Oh, snap! It's that time again, all you fly Marmots
Come to the Wedgwood school dance on November 9, from 6–8 pm!
What you need to know:
Dancing and games for the entire family
No admittance fee
90’s themed swag for your purchase Thursday after school and during the dance (while supplies last)
We will hold the annual Wedgwood Pantry Food Drive the night of the dance, please bring canned food (soup, meats, fruit, vegetables), beans, pasta, rice & kid-friendly (raisins, mac n cheese, crackers, etc.). If you'd like to donate cash or grocery store gift cards please contact email@example.com
Volunteers needed: Dude, if you would like volunteer at the dance, please sign up.
Questions: contact Nancy Blackham or Shidan Greene
Book Fair volunteers wanted!
Our annual Scholastic book fair is November 9-16 and we need you to help. Share your love of books with the kids and help raise some much-needed money for the library! We are looking for volunteers to set up and break down the book fair, cashiers and book organizers (who also help the kids find the books they love).
Book Fair schedule
The fair will be open before, during and after school - and at the school dance, so you get a chance get some Christmas shopping done while you groove on down.
11/13: 7:30am - 3:30pm
11/14: 7:30am - 2:30pm
11/15: 7:30am - 3:30pm
11/16: 7:30am - 10:00am
Mighty Movers are moving
With two weeks of great weather the mighty movers program has been a huge success! The kids are loving it! Thanks to our volunteers who have helped out.
If your kiddo has participated-chances are they have a metal ring (to keep their earned foot charms) at home.
PTA Reflections art program
Let our imagination fly and unleash your inner artist! Students can choreograph a dance, produce a film, write a poem or story, compose a song, take a picture or create a piece of visual art and tell us what the theme: “HEROS AROUND ME” means to you. PTA Reflections Entry Forms will be distributed to classes this week and contain the entry form and rules. Entries are due on November 13th in boxes located in the school lobby.
Vote yes for kids! Fall election endorsements
YES on Proposition No. 1 on your November ballots
Seattle Council PTSA endorses a "YES" vote for the City of Seattle's Families, Education, Preschool, and Promise Levy. The proposed levy will make seven years of investment to:
Double the number of children in quality preschool, who are from low-income homes,
Fund K-12 and community investments, including critical school-based health services, Family Support Workers, dedicated resources for the 4,280 K-12 students experiencing homelessness in Seattle, and increasing teacher diversity;
Expand access to college for all Seattle high school graduates through the Seattle Promise College Tuition Program.
WSPTA legislative assembly
The annual Washington State PTA legislative assembly is this October 21/22 in Auburn. Attendance is open to all, and participants will vote on the top 5 legislative issues for the school year from among a list including student safety and nutrition, and funding for a) teacher salaries, b) paraeducators salaries, c) family engagement coordinators, d) classroom size reduction, and e) preschool tuition. The list also includes measures restricting youth access to guns and to tobacco.
You can always find the latest news on legislative actions from the WA State PTA advocacy page:
To join the 2018-2019 WWE PTA as legislative representative, email Amalia Magaret at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Survey about pickleball courts at Eckstein
Want to play pickleball? Friends of Eckstein MS Pickleball committee is requesting your participation in a survey to document community support for this construction project. No FINANCIAL OBLIGATION IS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS SURVEY. We are looking for an electronic “ show of hands” of those who support this project. The survey data is an important part of the Department of Neighborhoods grant application we hope to submit in November. Any one who lives in the city of Seattle boundaries may participate.
Any questions? Pickleballeckstein@gmail.com, Kathy Schmidtke, neighbor and former Eckstein parent.
Move those feet: It's Walktober
Are you tracking your walking in October? October is also known as Walktober and is International Walk to School Month? You should have received a walking minutes logfor each student in Kid Mail so you can track your walking in October. Turn it in at the end of the month and we'll see which classroom has walked the most! Any walking counts -- not just walking to school. This is a great warm-up for the Move-a-Thon.
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