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Direct Drive – B.F. Day’s Annual Fundraiser!

Direct Drive is the name for B.F. Day’s biggest fundraiser.  This year, it runs for two short weeks – October 6 to October 17.  On the 6th, students will bring home a gold envelope in their folders with a pledge card and information about how to participate (and donate if you can). Fill in your pledge card and return it to the school by October 17! Please see the FAQ below for more information Direct Drive.

In a nutshell, you can contribute by

All donations are tax-deductible. And greatly appreciated.

Frequently Asked Questions
How does Direct Drive Work?
How will my donation be used?
How much should I give?
What can I get just for returning my pledge card?
Can I write a check?
Can I donate online?
Can I donate stock instead of writing a check?
Is my contribution tax deductible? Will I receive a receipt?
My company will match my gift. What do I need to do?
How secure is the information I provide?
How do I make my donation at a future date, or in installments?
Is this B.F. Day’s only fundraiser?
Who should I contact with questions?

Q. How does Direct Drive work?
A. On October 6, every student will receive a Gold envelope in his or her classroom folder. This envelope contains information about the Direct Drive campaign, as well as a pledge card.   Parents complete the pledge card, and return them to the classroom between October 6 and October 17. Donations can be paid all at once by check or credit card/PayPal (online at, or you can indicate a date in the future when you plan to donate. Contributions are 100% tax-deductible, and can be matched by many companies in the Seattle area. Our goal is to have 100% of the cards returned, whether or not you donate.

Q. How will my donation be used?
The District and the State do not provide full funding for things B.F. Day parents have said they care about, like music, technology, curriculum enhancement, community events and classroom supplies. The PTSA budget for 2014-15 is $72,000. Most of these funds are earmarked for those “extra” programs and services that directly benefit our children in the classroom. Here’s where the program-specific funds go:


: Music teacher, tile project
Enrichment: Writers in the School, Science Center, Math Night, Village Day
Computer Lab: Upkeep of school computers
Events, etc.: Family dinners, events, volunteer coordinator
Grants for classroom supplies

Q. How much should I give?
A. If you are able to give, we ask that you consider making a gift that is meaningful to you and your family. All money donated helps ensure that quality instruction and enrichment opportunities will continue throughout the school year at B.F. Day.

Q. What can I get just for returning my pledge card?
A. We want to make this kind of fun, so there are three other benefits you’ll get if you turn in your pledge card:

  1. For every pledge card received, $5 will be contributed to the PTSA. Even if you can’t contribute, you’ll be supporting B.F. Day just by returning your card.
  2. Every pledge card returned will be entered into a raffle to win one of two prizes: a free week of summer camp* graciously donated by the B.F. Day Boys & Girls Club, or a $100 gift certificate to Top Ten Toys.
  3. Classrooms with 90% participation (90% of pledge cards returned) win a popsicle party. Classrooms with 100% participation will enjoy an extra recess.

* Must be used during Summer 2015. Raffle is for one child for one week. Subject to availability – winner must contact B.F. Day Boys & Girls Club in May to sign up.

Q. Can I write a check? Who do I make my check out to?
A. Yes! Make your check payable to B.F. Day PTSA, include it in your gold envelope with your completed pledge card, and return it to your classroom using your child’s folder.  Or, drop it in the PTSA mailbox in the B.F. Day office. You can also mail it to:

B.F. Day PTSA – Direct Drive
3921 Linden Ave N.
Seattle WA 98103

Q. Can I donate online?
A. Yes. Click on the “Donate” button on our web site ( Our PayPal system will accept all major credit cards, or you can use your PayPal account if you have one.

Q. Can I donate stock instead of writing a check?
A.  Yes.  And there can be a benefit from a tax perspective as you, the donor, do not have to pay capital gains on the appreciation of the investment and you are able to take a tax deduction for the full amount, regardless of the cost basis of the stock. Interested?  Email Steve Albertson (, PTSA Treasurer for more information.

Q. My company will match my gift. What do I need to do?
A. Terrific! Many Seattle area companies – Microsoft, Adobe, Boeing, Google and others – match employee donations. Be sure to indicate on the pledge card that your company matches, and make sure you apply for those funds.  B.F. Day PTSA is already listed as an eligible charitable organization in several (but not all) local company’s matching fund databases. In your company system, make sure that the contact information for B.F. Day PTSA is correct:

B.F. Day PTSA (might say “B.F. Day PTS King County 6 15 85″)
3921 Linden Ave N.
Seattle WA 98103
Our tax ID# (Employer Identification Number) is: 91-1348668

If the contact information is not correct or B.F. Day PTSA is not listed as an eligible charitable organization, please contact Steve Albertson (PTSA Treasurer) at for assistance.

Q. Is my contribution tax deductible?  Will I receive a receipt?
A. Yes, your contribution is 100% tax deductible. You will receive a receipt by email (preferable) or postal mail in January 2015.

Q. How secure is the information I provide?
A. All donations will be handled by the Direct Drive coordinator (Kate Hien Brown), in coordination with the PTSA treasurer (Steve Albertson). Donations online are processed using a secure server hosted by PayPal, a well-known online payment system. All information is kept strictly confidential.

Q. How do I make my donation at a future date, or in installments?A. Simply indicate this on the pledge card, and we’ll be in contact with you.

Q. Is this the only B.F. Day PTSA fundraiser?
A. No, but it’s our biggest. We have several Easy Everyday Fundraising options that you can take advantage of all year.  In the spring, we will have our annual Walk N Roll event. And depending on the success of Direct Drive, we may use our Spring Fling event as an opportunity to just have a fun party (instead of raise funds as we usually do).

Q. Who should I contact with questions?
A. Kate Hien Brown ( and Monica Spain ( are the parent volunteers coordinating Direct Drive. You can also contact B.F. Day PTSA Treasurer Steve Albertson (

A New School Year

A hearty welcome to all our new families, and welcome back to everyone returning for another great year at B.F. Day!


All-School Summer Picnic – August 14th

Happy Summer from the BF Day PTSA! We hope you all are enjoying your
summer break and are looking forward to an exciting new school year for your kids. We’d love to invite you to keep in touch, meet our new principal, welcome new families, and help prepare for the first day of school. See details below:

All-School Summer Picnic playarea3

Connect with old friends and make new ones at the summer picnic on Thursday, August 14th starting at 6:00pm at Wallingford Park.  Bring a picnic dinner for your family as well as any outdoor games you may enjoy.  Please stop by the table next to the play structure for name tags and an opportunity to meet incoming principal, Stan Jaskot.  Classroom assignments will also be available! 

Easy Everyday Fundraising
Who’s been collecting their Box Tops and Labels for Education in the little baggies we sent home at the end of the school year?! And are you remembering to toss those Ballard Market receipts in there too?! It’s never too late to start! In fact, there are tons of ways to raise money for BF Day while you’re doing your regular shopping, at no added expense to you. Check out our webpage for how shopping at Amazon, Bartell Drugs, PCC, Fred Meyer, and more can raise money for our school. It couldn’t get any easier!

Communication Note
The PTSA is always working to find the best ways to reach out to our families, so look for some changes in our outreach this coming school year. For this and the rest of our summer announcements and updates, we are using our 2013/14 email list. Please email directly to be added, removed or to add a different email address. Thanks for bearing with us as we transition into our new year.

Agenda for PTSA General Meeting May 21st, 2014

Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 6:30pmmay tree

General Meeting

6:40-7:10 Welcome and discussion with Stan Jaskot
7:10-7:15 Playground Update
7:15-7:20 Upcoming Important Dates

Wed. June 4 – 2-hour early release
Fri. June 6 – Village Day, 1-2:45pm
Week of June 9 – Book Fair
Wed. June 11, Literacy Night, 5:00-7:00pm
Mon. June 9, 6:30pm PTSA Meeting
Fri. June 13, Field Day
June 16-18 Play Dayz

7:20-7:45 2014-15 Position Nominations & Assignments
7:45-8:15 Survey Results
Fundraising Schedule for 2014-15
Presentation Draft Budget for 2014-15

Your Input is Requested

The PTSA will soon be planning its budget for the coming 2014-2015 school year. This 7-question anonymous survey takes less than 5 minutes and will help us determine priorities for next year. It is only open for two weeks so don’t delay! Thank you for your input!

Click here to get started.

General Meeting – Wednesday May 21

ptsa logo 2PTSA General Meeting
Wednesday, May 21, 6:30pm, school library
Come Meet Stan Jaskot (our New Principal for 2014-15) and learn how you can get more involved in the B.F. Day PTSAptsa logo

6:30-7:10pm Stan Jaskot Introduction
7:10-7:40 2014-15 PTSA Position Nominations
7:40-8:00pm Presentation of PTSA Draft Budget for 2014-15

Stan Jaskot
Principal Jaskot will introduce himself and would then like to conduct a short activity to learn more about what the PTSA views as strengths and next steps for B.F. Day.

The B.F. Day PTSA needs your participation for school year 2014/15
• We are accepting nominations for all PTSA positions through May 21, 2014.
• Some positions necessitate regular Board meeting attendance. Other positions can be done almost entirely on your own time.
• Some of the positions we NEED to fill are Vice President and Secretary, as well as After School Programs Coordinator, Communications Assistant and Committee Leads for our various fundraising efforts.
• Not sure how you can best contribute? Let us help you find a good fit. Check out the list of position descriptions.
• If you cannot come to the meeting on May 21, you can make a nomination or declare your interest in a position via email to
• Positions will be voted on at the Board Meeting on June 12, 2014

A Message from Ms. Katie Pearl

The PTSA has been given this message from Ms. Pearl, and her blessing to send along to our families. This same message will be distributed to a larger school email list on Monday when Carrie Bauer returns to the school office.

B.F. Day Families,

I know by now you have all received the email regarding me not returning to B.F. Day next year. While the decision was the Superintendents, I was not left out of the process. Stan Jaskot was also very much involved as well. The decision to go to Northgate Elementary comes after much thought and reflection. I do have to say that with a lot of wonderful change in my personal life this year; getting married and expecting a child in September, I am making sure that I am able to fulfill both work and family commitments to my best ability. In this decision making process I have reflected on my strengths as a leader and my areas for growth all the while keeping in mind what drives me to work each and every day to support the growth and success of all children. It is with this that I believe Northgate is a great next step for me. I also am sure, with great confidence, that Stan Jaskot is a great fit for B.F. Day. He has chosen to come to the B.F. Day community and he is excited to bring his great experience, support of the arts and his strong instructional leadership. I know that change is always hard, but please know that this is something that all parties involved feel is best for both school communities moving forward to support the growth and success of all students. I am more then happy to meet with you to answer further questions.

Thank you all for your continued support,

Katie Pearl