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This is the first of what will be bi-weekly updates about what is happening at Leschi overall and with the move to the Best of Both model for next year. There is a lot of news to share:
First, Leschi continues as a great place for our children to learn. Every day when I am in classrooms, I see children and teachers engaged in investigation and discovery, moving to the next level of inquiry and mastery—it’s so fun to see kids loving learning. Please stop in to visit any time you can to see for yourself.
Our 4th and 5th grade Global Reading Challenge team beat out the competition at the semi-finals to advance to the citywide finals, competing against teams from around Seattle Public Schools. Thank you to Mrs. Wilson and the 4th and 5th grade teachers who supported our students’ big win!
Our scholastic Chess Team continues to earn team and individual trophies at weekend tournaments.
Also, please check your child’s backpack for weekly newsletters from their teachers for more updates about the learning going on in their classroom.
The faculty and I are really excited about the Best of Both model for next year. During our staff meeting time this month, we are working as a whole staff and in grade level teams to plan the nuts and bolts. We expect to have more information to you about schedules, teacher teams, and budget by the end of March/early April.
We have a new staff member: Ms. Avery Smith has joined us as a new full-time Head Teacher from now through June. Ms. Smith is an experienced special education teacher at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, and she is in the Danforth Program at the University of Washington earning her principal’s certificate. Her primary responsibilities will be in supporting children’s social and emotional needs in the classroom, on the playground, and in the lunchroom. Please give her a warm Leschi welcome when you see her!
Finally, please let me know if you are willing to participate on a Best of Both Implementation Advisory Team. So far we are fortunate to have three volunteers, but the group is not yet reflective of our diverse population, so please consider joining the Implementation Advisory Team.
I know that some families whose students engaged in advanced learning testing are getting your results now and may have questions about student assignment for next year. In general, we encourage all students and families to talk with their classroom teacher, and to consider staying at Leschi to take advantage of our ALO status and our multi-age, Montessori, and workshop curricula, which allow students to learn at their just right instructional level at the same time as they benefit from being at their neighborhood school. If your child is eligible for advanced learning programs and stays at Leschi, they do not have to test again for middle school enrollment. If you have any questions about this please feel free to be in touch with me, with your child’s teacher, and/or with Brynnen Ford, Data Coach and parent of ALO Leschi students, at email@example.com (206) 850-7634.
Thanks for your support,
If you are interested in joining the Best of Both Implementation Advisory Team please fill out this form.
Volunteering at Leschi
Seattle Public Schools is grateful for each parent and community member who contributes to the success of students. We have thousands of volunteers who work in a variety of capacities in Seattle Public Schools. There many ways to volunteer. Seattle Public Schools Policy No. 5630 recognizes the valuable contribution by volunteers. In order to provide students with a safe environment and allow for a variety of opportunities for volunteering.
All volunteer work must be done under the direction of an assigned teacher, site volunteer coordinator, principal or vice principal.
For the 2014-2015 school year, Seattle Public Schools is now requiring the following for all Volunteers at Leschi Elementary:
** All volunteers are required by Seattle Public Schools to do the following:
Volunteering Check List: Complete these first.
- Volunteer Application
- Background check (WATCH)Screening Form
The background check must be approved by administration before being allowed to participate.