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Greetings, Leschi Families,
I hope that everyone enjoyed the long weekend and the sunshine! I feel energized and ready to get back into a regular schedule and routine.
I am happy to announce that last night the SPS School Board voted to support (6-0 with one abstention) our Best of Both Blended Model recommendation for next school year. Leschi will offer one program to all students beginning next school year.
What this means:
1. When students enroll at Leschi Elementary everyone will receive the same blended approach (Best of Both) starting during the 2015-16 school year. Every student will have a team of teachers. One teacher will deliver instruction in mathematics utilizing the Montessori methods, materials and approach. The second teacher will deliver instruction in reading and writing utilizing the Workshop Model developed by Teachers College of Columbia University (currently used in both programs). All students will receive science instruction through the National Science Foundation Inquiry kits (which are currently used in the both programs).
2. Teachers and staff will work very hard this spring to plan for a successful implementation of the Best of Both blended approach. Additionally, we will engage ourselves in professional development that will continue to support our work of meeting the needs of every Leschi child.
3. We are seeking community help by developing an Implementation Advisory Team. I have attached an application to join the Implementation Advisory Team; please consider joining us. The team will work in advisory capacity for school staff as they plan and implement the Best of Both. They will provide on-going communication with all Leschi communities and staff regarding planning and implementation, identify potential issues and needs, as well as, brainstorm potential solutions.
Additionally, I want to thank the members of the Equity Task Force for their dedication to starting help create a school that is equitable to all. Implementing the Best of Both next year is only a starting point; however, the dedication and collaboration of the Equity Task Force has been inspiring. The Equity Task Force will take a break for this year and allow the staff and the Implementation Advisory Team to focus on planning for next year. In the fall, we will restart the Equity Task Force, open the membership to new members, and continue to address inequities within our school.
We want to work to bring our school community together, to honor those who have shared concerns and joys about this decision, to heal and to move forward together. We are looking forward to upcoming community-building school events including Black History Night next week, Taste of Leschi in March, our Family Dance in April, and Teacher Appreciation Week and the Aladdin play in May, Field Day with a Whole School Barbecue and Fifth Grade Promotion in June.
In the meantime if you have ideas that you would like to express about the Best of Both I encourage you to share them with your child’s teacher, our PTA, or you can contact me at email@example.com or 206.252.2950.
Thank you and have a great evening,
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.