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Dear Leschi Families,
I am so excited to be greeting you this year. As I prepare to begin my second year at Leschi, I am excited about the potential of our Leschi community. Last year, the energy and compassion of this community blew me away. I truly believe that we are poised to become a school that provides an excellent education for each child as we embrace and celebrate our diverse community. What an exciting opportunity we have! We have the opportunity to create the school and life experience that we want for our children, our neighborhood, and our future.
I also wanted to share some staff updates. I am saddened to share that following news. Mr. Chet Harris has decided to open the new Fairmount Park Elementary and will not be returning to Leschi. We will miss him greatly and wish him the best in this new position. Additionally, Ms. Diane Lee will be moving to Graham Hill Elementary, she is hoping to take on new responsibilities in her new position. While our community will not be the same without her, we are excited about this growth opportunity for her. Our community will greatly miss both of these exceptional people. At this time, both positions are open and we will work hard to fill them in a timely fashion with the highest quality people possible.
I wanted to introduce the new staff to our Leschi community: Ms. Cai Barber will be teaching 2/3 Contemporary. She just completed her student teaching at Sanislo Elementary in West Seattle. Ms. Kat Behrend will be teaching 4/5 Contemporary, she comes to us after teaching for 2 years at the Seattle Girls Middle School. Ms. Marina Woodall will be our new resource teacher, joining us from Aki Kurose Middle School where she had taught special education for the last 2 years. Ms. Nicole Johnson will be our math intervention teacher. She has taught in Seattle Public Schools for several years including positions at Highland Park Elementary and Madrona K-8. Mr. Carl Harris will be our new cafeteria manager. He has worked in the district for several years, and his last position was at South Lake High School. Mr. Rick Harlan will join our special education team and will serve as an instructional assistant in Room 109. Ms. Lisa Oehl will be our new school nurse. Ms. Kathryn Lyle will be our instrumental music teacher working with our fourth and fifth grade students.
This school year we will be working to implement the Common Core Standards into every classroom. These standards are quite rigorous and your child will definitely be challenged. For more information about the Common Core Standards you can visit www.corestandards.org. Additionally, this spring all third through fifth grade students will participate in the Smarter Balanced Assessment program instead of the MSP that Washington State has used in the past. This assessment more closely aligns with the Common Core Standards and is also very rigorous. We will work this year to educate our students and families about these new expectations as well as prepare our students in the classroom to meet these new challenges. You can find additional information about the Smarter Balanced Assessment at www.smarterbalanced.org.
We are excited to announce that this school year we will be implementing instructional strategies that will feature a team-teaching model in two of our classrooms.
We are calling this program “Walk to Math.” You may be familiar with our “Walk to Reading” program that we utilize in third through fifth grades which enables our students to leave their classrooms for targeted reading instruction. “Walk to Math” involves team teaching, in which two teachers each essentially specialize in a particular content area and teach it twice each day: once to their own students and again to the teaching partner’s students.
This year, Ms. Chin’s and Ms. Guzman’s K-1 classrooms will “Walk to Math.” Ms. Chin specializes in the Montessori-based math program and so will teach it twice as well as the geography and phonics curricula. Ms. Guzman specializes in the Arts Infused Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop and will teach it twice along with the science curriculum. Students will continue to be assigned to one teacher for homeroom, and that teacher will be the primary parent contact.
Many elementary schools offer a team-teaching structure, and we anticipate that this strategy will benefit students and teachers in these ways:
· Teachers are able to specialize and therefore hone their craft in content instruction.
· Teachers are able to collaborate on student needs, plans and activities.
· Team teaching brings more diversity to our programs as they reach more students.
Students receive feedback and assessment from more than one teacher.
We are committed to developing a school that provides an excellent education for all students and families, and we look forward to your feedback and support.
Additionally, the following changes will occur at Leschi this year:
- We will have three lunch shifts: K/1 will eat at 11:20am, 1/2/3 and 2/3 will eat at 11:45am and 4/5 will eat at 12:10pm. Research indicates that being active prior to lunch is healthier for children. Therefore, we will have recess and then lunch each day.
- Student pick-up and drop-off will change from last year. Pickup and drop-off will now be on 31st Street and the bus loading zone will be on Spruce Street . We ask that parents enter 31st Street from E. Yesler and only drive north on 31st Street. We will deliver your child to your car at the curb. Specific directions will be available at Ready, Set, School and will be posted on the website prior to the start of school.
- We will be implementing a social and emotional intelligence learning program called RULER throughout the school. The focus is to help educators and their students to develop their five key RULER skills:
Recognizing emotions to obtain valuable information about themselves and their environment
Understanding the causes and consequences of emotions to predict behavior
Labeling emotions to describe feelings precisely
Expressing emotions to communicate effectively and in socially appropriate ways
Regulating emotions to promote learning and personal growth, including healthy relationships
We also want to invite you to these upcoming events:
Ready, Set, School is Thursday, August 28, 6:00- 7:30 pm. We will post your child’s class list, and families will have an opportunity to meet your classroom teacher, tour the school, buy spirit wear, learn about volunteer opportunities, and re-connect with the Leschi community. Additionally, this year we are excited to be incorporating a health fair into this event. Organizations from the community will be here to share resources to ensure our students and families have access to resources and education about healthy lifestyles and habits.
School officially begins Wednesday, September 3rd at 8:40 am. Our school hours are 8:40 am – 2:50 pm.
We will have our Curriculum Open House on Tuesday, September 23rd from 6:00 – 7:30 pm. This evening is designed for you to meet your child’s teacher, learn about classroom expectations, review the curriculum including our new Math in Focus materials, learn how you can support your child at home, as well as the best ways to communicate with your child’s teacher. Additionally, this is a time for you to sign up to volunteer at Leschi. We want to partner with every child and every family.
Breakfast and supervision on the playground begins at 8:20 am. Please do not arrive prior to 8:20 am. If your child plans on eating breakfast please arrive at 8:20 am. Students need to be ready to line up when the 8:40 bell rings. Being on time to school is critical to your child’s success each day.
We also request that students come to school dressed ready to learn and we will uphold that standard. However, we will no longer be a uniform school as we do not want to lose instructional time enforcing a uniform policy. We would much rather spend our time and energy ensuring that we are providing quality instruction every day, in every classroom, to best meet the educational and social/emotional needs of each child. 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-type clothing is always welcome at Leschi and supports our expectation of children coming to school ready to learn.
Again, I am so excited about this year at Leschi. Let’s make 2014-15 the best school year ever. Here we go, Bullpups!
Principal, Leschi Elementary
Ready Set School. Thursday, August 28th, 6 to 7:30 PM
Come find out teacher assignments, pick up supply lists, meet teachers and visit classrooms!
Student Supply Lists for 2014/2015 school year:
- Clorox wipes
- 1 pack glue sticks
- 1 box of tissues
- 1 box of crayons
- 1 box of Sandwich bags or Gallon size
- 1 Full Sized Backpack
- 1 pack of napkins or paper plates
- Change of clothes in Plastic Ziplock Bag withName Label
- Donation of $5 for other supplies provided by theteacher (optional)
1 full size backpack
To share with the class:
2 pink erasers
2-4 glue sticks
1 box of 12-24 markers
1 box of crayons (any amount)
2 boxes of tissue
1 pair of child size scissors
1 pack of wide ruled paper
Donations we would greatly appreciate:
1 container of hand sanitizer
1 container of disinfectant wipes
- Full size Backpack
- Clipboard with flat clip
- 3 composition books (primary for 1st graders)
- Wooden ruler with inches and centimeters
- Colored folders without metal brads (no need to label with name)
(red, green, yellow, blue, orange, purple)
- Sturdy homework folder (labeled homework folder with name)
- Pencil box with following inside:
- mechanical pencils
- 0.07 lead to refill for pencils
- 2 large pink erasers
- 2 large glue sticks
- student scissors
- 10 or 12 pack of colored markers
- 2 sharpie pens ( black & blue)
- black flair pens
- 3×3 post it notes
- Please do not send in any 3 ring binders as we do not have the space in the desks!
Optional and greatly appreciated:
- Hand sanitizer
- Clorox wipes
- Gallon sized zip-lock bags
- Extra 0.07 lead refill, flair pens, post its
- 3-ring binder. Rings should be 1-1/2” in diameter
- 3-hole pencil pouch or pencil box
- 1 package #2 pencils
- Black or blue ballpoint pens
- soft eraser
- 1 box colored pencils
- 1 pair student-size scissors
- 3 glue sticks
- 1 small bottle of Elmer’s – type glue
- ruler: inches on one side, metric (cm, mm) on the other
- 2 Composition notebooks (100 sheet, approx.)
- 1 clipboard
- memory stick (does not need a large amount of space)
- 2 packages of post-its
Donations that would be greatly appreciated:
- Cleaning Wipes
- Tissues (Kleenex – type)
- Hand sanitizer
- Classroom books
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
- Volunteer Handbook English,
Somali, Amharic, Chinese, Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese
- Adult Sexual Misconduct online course
- Volunteer Policy. 5630 (Volunteers)
The background check must be approved by administration before being allowed to participate.