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STEERING COMMITTEE UP-DATE:
I am so excited to be learning so much in this first year at Leschi. It is clear that Leschi Elementary is a very diverse school community that cares about the educational needs of each and every student; however, these diversities are not always represented in our individual classes and programs. The Leschi staff and I would like to see Leschi become a school that is more balanced in every classroom.
Part of my leadership responsibility is to identify factors that contribute to these discrepancies. The family survey was one piece of information that we gathered to try to identify issues and barriers that could be contributing to the differences between our programs. Additionally, we are trying to gather information through on-going discussion groups, faculty surveys, and conversations with district personnel. A steering committee will analyze this data and work with our community and district personnel to eliminate barriers and develop possible next steps for the Leschi school community.
We currently are in the process of developing a job description for the Steering Committee and plan to have the Steering Committee up and running in the month of April. If you are interested in serving on this group, please contact me at : firstname.lastname@example.org. When the applications are completed, I will send the application to you.
Please be assured, there is no agenda to discontinue the Montessori or the Contemporary program; however, I am committed to developing a school that provides an excellent education, is accessible for all students and families, and has classrooms that more closely represent the diversity of our overall
For the 2014–15 school year, Leschi will no longer have a uniform policy. I know that for many parents uniforms are a convenience, and this decision was not made without conversation and deliberation involving all of the Leschi staff. It became clear that the staff overwhelmingly did not want to continue the uniform policy. Therefore, the administrative decision to drop the uniform policy was made by the Leschi staff.
Our position on uniforms is that, while they can be helpful to school environments (research is mixed on this topic), enforcing the uniform policy takes away from instructional time.
We support that students need to come to school dressed ready to learn and we will uphold that standard. However, we do not want to lose instructional time enforcing the uniform policy. We would much rather spend our time and energy ensuring that we are providing quality instruction, in every classroom, every day to best meet the educational and social/emotional needs of each and
We will continue to have Leschi spirit days each Friday and encourage students and staff to wear Leschi T-shirts and/or sweatshirts. Additionally, uniform clothing is always welcome at Leschi and supports our expectation of children coming to school ready to learn,
CELEBRATIONS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
We are one of five schools partnering with the University of Washington Teacher Residents Program. This year we have seven Teacher Residents at Leschi. This program allows us to build our mentor teacher capacity, helps develop prospective teachers, and lowers our student-to-teacher ratio in those classes.
Beginning in April, all of our students will be taught coding in our technology class during school time.
Our Chess Program
Has 5 volunteer coaches and 68 children participating in the after-school program.
Here are our tournament results:
1. Bryant Elementary Tournament: 8th place 1–3 grade section
2. Lakeridge Tournament: 3rd place 4–6 grade section
3. Chess Mates Winterfest: 3rd place 2–4 grade section, 4th place 5–8 grade section
4. Medina Elementary Tournament: 3rd place Kindergarten section, 1st place 4–6 grade section
5. Schmitz Park Event: 2nd place 2–4 grade section, 2nd place 5–8 grade section
6. Olympic View Tournament: 1st place for 2–3 grade section
7. Seattle Country Day School Tournament: 2nd place Kindergarten section, 2nd place 1–3 grade section, 1st place 4–5 grade section
Our Global Reading Challenge Team, the Golden Seven, took first place in the semi-finals at the Central Library and the made Leschi proud by competing in the city-wide challenge March 18. Congratulations, Golden Seven! Leschi is proud of you.
On Thursday, March 20, five actors currently performing in The Lion King came to an all-school assembly. Our kindergarten through third grade students welcomed the actors by singing “Hakuna Matata,” which was taught and led by our vocal music teacher, Olivia Davis. Our school community was able to participate in dance and song with these actors and ask questions to learn about their jobs as actors. Two of the actors were children, which made the assembly even more exciting for our students. Thank you, Lisa Mihm for bring the actors to Leschi and to Katie Snyder for organizing the assembly. It was a great celebration!
New Bell Times for 2013-2014 School Year
Starting this school year, classes will start at 8:40 AM (this is 10 minutes earlier than last year) and will end at 2:50 PM (also 10 minutes earlier). Please make appropriate arrangements to ensure your students are at school, and picked up from school on time. Contact the office at 252-2950 if you have any questions.