Classroom Counseling and School Funding Talks – see Page 2 EVENT CALENDAR Mon., Dec. 22 – Fri., Jan. 2 Winter Break—No School DECEMBER 18, 2014 VOLUME 8, ISSUE 15 OBSERVATION SEASON Princip al Ka tie May A big thank you to those of you who made time to join me for coffee with our superintendent, Dr. Larry Nyland. Parents asked questions on topics related to technology, district boundaries, special education and more. I believe these visits give Dr. Nyland a sense of what parents value about a Seattle Schools education. Our coffee with School Board Member Stephan Blanford is Wed., Jan 7, at 9:15 am in the Library. For a principal, December is “Observation Season.” While I try to visit classes throughout the week, this is a time when I am spending larger chunks of time in classes and formally observing teachers. This gives me much information about instruction and school climate, and I thought it might be interesting for you to have a snapshot of what I see going on around our school. Here’s a bit of what I saw: • 2nd-graders engaged in a “Roots of Empathy” lesson with baby Luka and Ms. Kaloper, learning about what makes him cry and how his parents soothe him and relating this to their own lives. • 4th-graders studying about motors and electrical circuits in Mr. Miller’s class, as he challenged them to think precisely and to ask and answer questions to learn more about the topic in this inquiry-based class. ALL DECEMBER Annual Fund Winter Challenge Match Tues., Jan. 6 HCC Advisory Committee Meeting 6:30-8:30 pm in the Library Wed., Jan. 7 Principal Coffee w/ guest Dr. Stephan Blanford—9:15-10 am in Library Thurs., Jan. 8 K/1 Literacy Tutor Training—all welcome! 8:45-9:15 am in Library Thurs., Jan. 22, 2015 Instrumental Music Concert; 7pm in Cafeteria Sat., Jan. 24, 2015 Pancake Breakfast and Art Walk Thurs., Jan. 29, 2015 Choir Concert in Cafeteria TUTU’S PANTRY 4th-graders learning double-digit multiplication in Ms. Miller’s class. Students were focused both on learning the concepts, accuracy in their work, and taking responsibility to help their partner learn, as well. Jan. 5: 2nd-Grade Donations • 1st- and 2nd-graders brainstorming questions that will interest their readers as they begin a non-fiction research paper in Mr. Long’s class. Jan. 26: 5th-Grade Donations • 3rd- and 4th-graders learning about figurative language with Ms. Kingsbury as they studied the familiar book Owl Moon by Jane Yolen in a novel way. • 2nd-graders experiencing the process for handling clay and making pinch pots in their introduction to ceramics with Ms. Zirngible. • It’s wonderful to be a part of a school with truly great instruction and engaging learning experiences for our students. Please be sure to continue your child’s learning over the break by reading with them. Enjoy your holiday season! TM Students’ Art on Display at Seattle Center Winterfest Be sure to stop by Winterfest at the Seattle Center to see all the art from the PTA Reflections contest. Photos of TM entrants’ art are also on the PTA web site: www.tmlink.org/2014/12/17/pta-reflections-art/ The work is on the second floor of the Armory building, above the food court, until Dec. 31. You can find more details about Winterfest at www.seattlecenter.com/winterfest/ State PTA Organizing Rally, Activities in Olympia Jan. 19 On Mon., Jan. 19 (MLK Day—no school), bring the kids and rally on the State Capitol steps, meet with legislators, leave postcards, receive updates from policy-makers on key issues and network with other PTA advocates. Show our legislators that we care. PTA members can make a difference by showing up. For more information, and to register, go to www.wastatepta.org/meetings/focus_day/ Make a Postcard: Complete this survey to make a postcard that will be delivered to legislators: www.surveymonkey.com/s/FocusDay2015. In this survey you can also sign up to stay informed about sponsored buses and how to meet with your legislator on Focus Day. Stay tuned for news about joining a Thurgood Marshall group headed to Olympia. Jan. 12: 3rd-Grade Donations Jan. 20: 4th-Grade Donations Feb. 2: PEACE/Kindergarten Donations Questions? Contact Kim Enochs at [email protected] or 206-604-1202 or Maggie Trapp at [email protected] or 206-399-8320. Meet Our School Board Rep Join Katie May on Jan. 7 for “Coffee with the Principal,” featuring her special guest Dr. Stephan Blanford, the School Board member representing TM’s neighborhood. The event will be 9:15-10 am in the Library. More information about Dr. Blanford is at: www.tinyurl.com/Blanford. Training for Literacy Tutors Reminder that TM will be hosting a short informational meeting on Thurs., Jan. 8 from 8:45-9:15 am for parents/community members interested in tutoring kindergarten and 1st-grade students in literacy. PTA volunteers will provide supervision for children during the meeting. Please RSVP to Ms. Patu at [email protected] Want more? Visit the Thurgood Marshall PTA online at www.tmlink.org for more Pup Press, a full calendar of school events, and more. Annual Fund Corner Classroom Counseling Lessons Hello! I wanted to give a brief update about what your students have been working on in their classroom counseling lessons these past few weeks. Younger students have been mastering the “skills for learning” including learning about assertive communication, focusing, and using self-talk. Winter Challenges Now Doubled! Thanks to the generosity of our families, we met our initial Winter Challenge Match goal of $10,000 in two weeks! Even better news…One family was SO INSPIRED that they made a special $10,000 gift to extend the challenge – doubling the matching funds available! It’s not too late to make a gift to the Thurgood Marshall PTA Annual Giving Fund and receive a dollar-for-dollar match. Mail in green donation cards or donate online at www.tmlink.org. All gifts postmarked by 12/31/2014 will receive a tax receipt for 2014 taxes (after that, the donation will be deductible in 2015). P.S. Does your employer match charitable gifts? Check with your office’s HR department to find out how to match your donation and help our school even more. If you have any questions, please contact Jenny Ott at [email protected] or 206-650-4984. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! Please Help: Pancake Breakfast & Art Walk The Pancake Breakfast and Art Walk will be held this year from 8:30-10:30 am in our Cafeteria on Sat., Jan. 24. Two 5th-grade parents have offered to help organize this year, but we need a couple of parents of younger students to help organize this year's event and keep this tradition alive. If you can help, email Jen Ellis: [email protected] We could also use some helping hands before, during, and after the event. Join the festivities and help if you can: there are many ways to help. To volunteer, sign up at www.bit.ly/TMpancake15 Paramount Duty—Help Fund Education Why are our schools underfunded and overcrowded? What is the Legislature doing about this? What can we do? On Tues., Jan. 6, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, at John Stanford Center Auditorium, hear from two dynamic speakers. Tom Ahearne, the trial lawyer from the McCleary case, will speak on how WA State is not meeting its “Paramount Duty” to fully fund education and will talk about the latest “contempt” decision on holding our legislators accountable. Andrew Nicholas from the WA State Budget and Policy Center will talk about the challenges of financing basic education and the reforms to the revenue system that can make that possible. This FREE event counts toward PTA leadership training requirements. Seating is limited. RSVP at paramountduty2015.eventbrite.com Sponsored by Seattle Education Association, League of Women Voters and Seattle Council PTSA. Middle grade students have learned about personal space and positive versus negative Counselor’s Corner self-talk and how the “coach” in our minds can help be an encourager or a discourager (we also call this treasure talk versus trash talk). Middle graders are also working on perspective taking. Meghan Kaloper Older students have been working on joining in groups, building their assertive communication skills, learning about mindfulness, and how to adopt a growth mindset. It is a joy getting to work with your kids each day- thank you for your continuous support and have a happy new year! Summit to Focus on Technology in Learning The School District is seeking parents and students to participate in its “Teaching & Learning (T&L) Technology Vision Summit” on Sat., Jan. 24. This summit will also involve representatives from Seattle Public Schools (SPS) leadership, faculty, the City of Seattle, community partners, businesses, members of the SPS Technology Vision Taskforce and others. The session, 9 am-2 pm at Cleveland High School, will help create a vision for teaching & learning at SPS, and how technology will enable that vision. Registration is required by Dec. 31. (Not all registrants are guaranteed attendance, as space is limited, but notification will occur by Jan. 9.) To register or learn more: techsummit.www.seattleschools.org PTA Email Issues Resolved The PTA email addresses at tmlink.org have been restored; thank you for your patience. If you sent a message but didn't receive a reply, we apologize; please resend to: Annual Giving: [email protected] All other PTA matters: [email protected] TM Briefs One More Day for Literary Exchange: Students have been allowed to pick a free book this week from the book exchange tables in the Library (during library time and recess). Students may bring additional books to trade—as many chapter books as they’d like but are limited to only two picture books to trade. Last Chance for Lost & Found: Please check the Lost and Found area in the hallway next to the Gym for missing items. Items that remain will be donated during winter break. Mariners Night for TM Families: Reduced seat prices and seating with other families! Sat., May 16, 6:05 pm, playing against the Boston Red Sox. Have an article for Pup Press? Send it to Dana Armstrong at [email protected] If your e-mail submission is not acknowledged within 24 hours, please call or text to confirm receipt at 206-419-5523.
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