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Fall PTSA General Meeting September 22nd at 5:3o PM

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Families! The Fall PTSA general meeting is *this Thursday, September 22 at 5:30 pm* in the library.  This will be an opportunity to meet the board, find out what’s going on in terms of events, budgets, calendar, and find out how we can continue to help BF Day thrive.

All are welcome and highly encouraged to attend.

Childcare provided.

Enrichment Fall 2016

Autumn 2016 Enrichment:
 
After-School Activities at BF Day are starting soon! Registration runs from Monday 9-12 through Friday morning 9-23.  Below are a list of classes offered with links to registration and payment.  If the vendor does not offer online registration, please email the parent contact with your interest and they will send a note asking for all of the relevant information.
 
Most classes will begin the week of 9/26, but please make note of the schedules, as many classes start and finish on different dates and times.
 
Enjoy!
 
 
Most classes will begin the week of 9/26, but please make note of the schedules, as many classes start and finish on different dates and times.
 
Enjoy!
 
 
BF DAY After-School ACTIVITIES   
Autumn 2016
 
*Registration period is Monday 9/12 – Friday 9/23, unless noted otherwise.
*Questions about individual classes, scholarships or general registration can be directed to parent contacts. 
*Full or Partial Scholarships are available for classes, depending on demand and order of requests.
*Online registration on the PTSA website will begin next term.  For autumn term, sign up at vendor’s website if available or email parent contact/vendor as noted below.  A few paper sign-ups will be available outside office to be turned into PTSA box, but electronic is preferred if possible.
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YOGA 
Grades K-3 Mondays; 2:05-3:05 Music Room
 
Let’s get bendy, go upside down and engage the natural enthusiasm of kids in this energy releasing yoga class. Classes aim to enhance your child’s body awareness, balance and coordination, as well as build strength. Mind-body activities help children develop sensory integration skills, self-awareness and self-esteem.  Breathing techniques are incorporated that help children self-soothe and regulate their minds. We’ll play games, and take fabulous yoga adventures to Amazon rainforests, Arabian deserts, and outer space. Self-expression is highly encouraged and laughter guaranteed as kids build strength, increase flexibility, and focus and concentrate.  Max 12 students. www.fueledbyyoga.com
 
Cost: $125 for 10 weeks 9/26-12/5 (no class 11/21)
Registration: email below.  Payment: bring check to first class or leave in PTSA mailbox 
Parent contact: Bruce Parker brucegparker@gmail.com
 
 
CHESS CLUB
Grades K-5 Mondays 2:05-3:05 Cafeteria
 
Chess4Life brings an excellent program with a positive learning environment to BF Day. Chess study has shown to increase math skills, concentration, memory, and self-confidence. Classes are tailored to the level of competency exhibited among the students. All students, of any skill level, are welcome.
 
Cost: $159 for 10 weeks 9/26-12/5 (no class 11/21)
Parent contact: Gayle Perez gaylecperez@gmail.com
 
 
THE DRAMA CLUB 3-5
Grades 3-5 Mondays 2:05-3:35 PTSA room
 
Welcome to the Stage! In our Club, students will learn the fundamentals of performance while gaining skills like creative visualization, breath control, public speaking, teamwork, and improvisational thinking.  This club is about jumping in, having fun, playing hard, working together and finding your voice.  Each week we will watch, listen and discuss selections from Broadway, classic and new.  The students will learn and develop their own original song and basic choreography.  We will also work with fun scripts, including William Shakespeare’s “Star Wars; Verily, A New Hope”, and explore some of the Bard’s most famous phrases and, of course, “The Sonnets”.  At the end of the session, we will present scenes for family and friends.
 
Cost: $100 for 10 weeks, 9/26-12/5 (no class 11/21)
Registration: email below. 
Parent Contact: Jason Evans jasone47@gmail.com
 
 
SPANISH LANGUAGE K-2   (Year-long enrollment)
Grades K-2 Mondays 2:05-3:10 Room 205
 
Sponge offers a year-long Spanish course at BF Day.  The first emphasis is on building aural skills.  As the students get older, reading and writing are added.  Even big kids learn best, and stay motivated, when they’re having fun.  The national language learning standards are taught through games, drama, art and music. Discount available for parent helper.
 
Cost: $112.50 x 4 payments for the school year, 10/3 – end of year 
Registration Open at http://spongeschool.com/sign-up/
Parent Contact: Tania Schriwer taniaschriwer@gmail.com
 
 
SOCCER
Grades K-2 Tuesdays 2:05-3:15 Gym
 
Join One on One Athletics for After School Soccer. Skilled and experienced instructors will conduct an exciting one-hour session each week.  We will learn basic fundamentals, rules and strategies of the beautiful game, and have fun scrimmaging while focusing on teamwork, sportsmanship, and FUN!
 
Cost: $130 for 10 weeks 9/27-12/6 (no class 11/22)
Parent contact: Anna Cortese astanek73@yahoo.com
 
 
WOODWORKING  (2 Sessions)
Grades 2-5 Tuesdays 2:05-3:05 and 3:10-4:10 Cafeteria foyer
 
Kids’ Carpentry is a hands-on toy building experience for girls and boys, ages 5-10, teaching practical wood working skills with an emphasis on the safe use of hand tools. While kids construct fun and exciting projects they are also empowered to become independent thinkers- building confidence, self-esteem and a repertoire of practical skills that will last them a lifetime. At the end of the session, each child will go home with at least one, but often 3 or more toys or games they have made and painted by hand.  Max 8 students each session. [B+G club students should enroll in later class if possible]
 
Cost: $144 for 9 weeks 10/4-12/6 (no class 11/22)
Registration: kidscarpentryseattle/registration.com
Parent contact: Julie Graber jegraber@yahoo.com
 
 
ART CLUB with Carol Magallanes
Grades 1-5 Tuesdays 2:05-3:05 Art Room
 
Artist Trading Cards are mini works of art; the size of a baseball card or Pokemon card, created with the intention to be collected, traded, or given away.  In this Class we will create a different set of ATCs every week, some for collecting, some for sharing. We will use all different kinds of media to create varied, exciting and completely individual works of art.  
 
Cost: $75 for 8 weeks 9/27-11/15 
Registration: email below.  Payment: bring check to first class or leave in PTSA mailbox
Parent contact: Adrienne James tirecapades@yahoo.com
 
 
SPANISH LANGUAGE 3-5   (Year-long enrollment)
Grades 3-5 Tuesdays 2:05-3:10 Room 205
 
Sponge offers a year-long Spanish course at BF Day.  The first emphasis is on building aural skills.  As the students get older, reading and writing are added.  Even big kids learn best, and stay motivated, when they’re having fun.  The national language learning standards are taught through games, drama, art and music. Discount available for parent helper.
 
Cost: $112.50 x 4 payments for the school year, 10/4 – end of year 
Registration Open at http://spongeschool.com/sign-up/
Parent Contact: Tania Schriwer taniaschriwer@gmail.com
 
 
Rainy Day DINNER CLUB
Grades 1-5 Wednesdays 2:05-3:45 (12:05-2:05 on early-release days) Room 205 
 
For $35 each week, students will create delicious dishes focusing on the importance of local ingredients, scratch cooking, and natural preservatives while practicing kitchen safety and providing their family with dinner!  As students follow recipes, they will learn the science behind the use of different ingredients and the important role herbs, spices and veggies play in flavoring our favorite dishes. Each entrée will serve 4 to 6 and will be packaged in oven ready cookware with baking instructions.  Each session adds 5 new recipes! Max: 10 students
 
Cost: $350 for 10 weeks 10/5-12/14 (earlier classes on 10/26 and 11/16, no class 11/23)
Parent contact: Gayle Perez gaylecperez@gmail.com
 
 
TENNIS
Grades K-5, Wednesdays 2:05-3:05 Gym
 
TGA Premier Youth Tennis is bringing the tennis court to BF Day!  TGA, in national partnership with the United States Tennis Association, co-designed a tennis enrichment program that focuses on athletic, academic and character development for children.  In addition to professional tennis instruction, your child will take part in a combination of physical fitness for health benefits and academics such as math, science, language and social studies for educational development. TGA’s mission is to empower our students with the tools to be successful on the tennis court and in life.
 
Cost: $140 for 8 weeks 10/5-12/14 (no class on 9/28, 10/26, 11/16, 11/23)
Parent contact: Sheryl Marks sherylmarks2003@yahoo.com
 
 
THE DRAMA CLUB K-2
Grades K-2 Wednesdays; 2:05-3:05 (12:05-1:05 early-release days) PTSA Room
 
Welcome to the Stage! In our Club, students will learn the fundamentals of performance while gaining skills like creative visualization, breath control, public speaking, teamwork, and improvisational thinking.  This club is about jumping in, having fun, playing hard, working together and finding your voice.  Each week we will watch, listen and discuss selections from Broadway, classic and new.  The students will learn and develop their own original song and basic choreography.  We will also work with fun scripts, including William Shakespeare’s “Star Wars; Verily, A New Hope”, and explore some of the Bard’s most famous phrases and, of course, “The Sonnets”.  At the end of the session, we will present scenes for family and friends.
 
Cost: $100 for 10 weeks 9/28-12/7 (2 hours earlier on 9/28, 10/26 and 11/16, no class 11/23)
Registration: email below. 
Parent Contact: Jason Evans jasone47@gmail.com
 
 
CREATIVE CODING
Grades 3-5, Wednesdays 2:05-3:35 (12:05-1:35 on early-release days) Computer Lab
 
Creative Coding teaches your child to code by helping them make their own custom video game. Our project-based, multi-level classes are amazingly fun yet very effective in teaching creative problem-solving and emotional resilience.  As your creative child has fun bringing their ideas to life, they iterate through the emotional cycle of Coding (idea->excitement->frustration->more effort->triumph!) with support and positive encouragement.  Repeating this cycle builds great coders and develops emotional persistence that will help students take on new challenges in all aspects of their lives.  Students new to coding will participate in the Creative Coding core curriculum, learning the fundamental elements of MIT’s Scratch.  Students with previous Scratch experience will enjoy the Advanced Curriculum with new techniques and hacks.  Class can be repeated infinitely!  http://www.creativecoding4kids.com. Max 12 students.
 
Cost: $299 for 10 weeks, 9/28-12/7 (earlier class on 9/28, 10/26 and 11/16, no class 11/23)
Parent contact: Tania Schriwer taniaschriwer@gmail.com
 
 
PIANO KEYBOARD CLUB
Grades K-5 Thursdays; 2:05-3:05 Library 
 
Kids will have the opportunity to learn to play their favorite songs and music on electric keyboards. Radio hits, movie and television themes are made so easy that our participants will be playing them after the very first class! The club is a combination of keyboard piano lessons and music-learning workshop, using a clever visual method to teach the basics of music reading and piano playing.  We’ve developed learning games and activities designed to teach kids basic music reading skills and playing techniques, in ways that are fun, engaging, and stimulating. We have music for all tastes, including music from Frozen, Stars Wars, Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones, and lots more. Each participant has his/her own keyboard supplied during the class, including headphones and books.
 
Cost: $190 for 10 weeks 9/29-12/8 (no class 11/24)
Parent contact: Jason Evans jasone47@gmail.com
 
 
WORLD DANCE with Marissa
Grades K-2 Thursdays; 2:05-3:05 Music Room
 
Come get your worldly groove on! Each seasonal session of World Dance with Marissa will focus on a different area of the world. Participants will learn a variety of cultural dances from the featured area of the world. Students will further learn about each place by creating a booklet of coloring pages illustrating various cultural aspects of each country. Dress up, dance videos, games, stories and instruments from these cultures will also be part of the children’s World Dance experience! 
Informal Costumed Performance at the end of the session. Join us! 
 
Cost: $140 for 10 weeks 9/29-12/8 (no class 11/24)
Registration: email marissadancing@gmail.com
Parent contact: Julie Graber jegraber@yahoo.com
 
 
FLAG FOOTBALL
Grades 2-5 Thursdays 2:05-3:15 Gym
 
Join One on One at BF Day Elementary for an awesome session of flag-football. We will spend time each week learning the core fundamentals of passing, catching, rushing and blocking, while introducing team concepts on both sides of the ball.  We will also play a game every week during the second part of class. This is a great non-contact activity for kids who love football.  See you on the gridiron! 
 
Cost: $110 for 8 weeks 9/29-11/17
Parent contact: Anna Cortese astanek73@yahoo.com
 
 
ADVENTURES IN SCIENCE to the BURKE MUSEUM
Grades 1-5, Fridays 2:05-4:05 bus to museum and back
 
Join us for one-of-a-kind fun with dinosaurs and more! Uncover fossils, examine artifacts, and take a behind-the-scenes peek at the museum. This 6 session class will be facilitated by a Burke Museum educator and take advantage of their extensive in house collections and give students an opportunity to dig deep on a variety of science based subjects, archaeology geology, animal adaptations, and cultural anthropology.  Students will travel by public bus to and from the museum and will need to bring bus fare and a snack if they wish.  Parents are encouraged to join.
 

Welcome to BF Day 2016-2017!

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Welcome from the President:  

Dear B.F. Day families – Welcome Back! We are gearing up for the new school year and are thrilled to see you back at school. Your PTSA is here to create bridges and connections between Families, Staff, Teachers and Students as well as our greater Fremont community. We consider it an imperative to be transparent, to communicate, to lead with the best interests of our student learners in mind.

  • Do you have any questions? Email us anytime, or grab us on the playground.
  • Do you want to help? We have a plethora of things for people to help out, and we know you’d be perfect for it.
  • Do you have new ideas? Pitch them to us – no idea is too small, or too big. We want to hear them all.

Let’s get this year started. We are so happy that you are here.

-Daniella and the entire 2016-2017 BF Day PTSA Board

PS: You can find the entire school supply list here

PPS: Family Coffee/Tea on the first day of school – 7:50 am in the library.  See you there!

BF Day in the Solstice Parade!

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Come join your classmates on Saturday, June 18 and represent BF Day in the Solstice Parade!

For more information please email Gayle (gaylecperez@gmail.com), Steph (steph.tichenor@gmail.com), or Cheryl (Hlavac.cheryl@gmail.com), and join our Facebook Group “BF Day Solstice 2016” Please see flyer here: pale dragon

Family Dragon Hat Making Workshops

Come make a Dragon hat to wear in the Parade!

Bring your own baseball cap to decorate or one will be provided

Friday, June 3 from 5-7 in the Art Room

or

Saturday, June 11 from 10-12 in the Cafeteria

Supplies Needed!

Donations needed of the following items. Please leave in box outside office.

Toilet paper/Paper Towel Rolls

Egg Cartons

Craft paper/paper bags/recycling paper

Acrylic paint

Empty cereal boxes

Baseball caps

Stay Tuned for more opportunities for Float Building/Decorating!!!

 

May 9: PTSA General Meeting

Monday, May 9 (6:30-8:00p in the Library) is the final general PTSA membership meeting of the year, and it’s an important one. PTSA members who attend will vote on the proposed budget and new board officers for next year, as well as a revision to the PTSA Standing Rules. Please attend if you can.

Budget
You’ll find the proposed budget here. This budget was drafted and discussed by the PTSA board, and incorporates input from Principal Jaskot and the teaching staff, as well as the data submitted by the membership in the survey sent out earlier this year. Items of note for your review:

  • We propose income (fundraising) of about the same amount as this year (nearly $80,000).
  • Proposed increase for an expanded music/performing arts program (more of what we did this year)
  • Expansion of the Writers in the Schools program to include all grades
  • Increase in funding for family support
  • Support for an all-school field trip to see Mr. D’s play next Spring!
    Professional development funds for teacher training

Take a look! Only PTSA members can vote, but input from all parents is welcome.

Board Officers & Other Roles for Next Year

At the meeting, we’ll formally vote on the current slate of board officers. As is often the case at the May meeting, we don’t have every role filled yet, but will between now and the Fall. If you are interested in any of the open roles, please contact Steve Albertson.

  • President: Daniella Kim has graciously agreed to serve!
  • Vice President: Open. Assists President and performs President’s duties in President’s absence. Attends all board meetings, and participates in PTSA decision-making.
  • Treasurer: Rosie Donovan (2nd term!  Yay!)
  • Secretary: Open. Takes minutes and records all business transacted at each PTSA meeting (board and general membership) . Participate in board decision-making and other duties as assigned.

Other PTSA Roles: We are a community of “doers”, and there are lots of ways you can get involved in short-term roles or longer-term responsibilities. I guarantee you there is something you can do that is valuable and will work within your time constraints and interests. Here is a full list of roles you can choose from, and below are some that are either filled or for which we need more volunteers:

  • Fundraising: Steve Albertson (seeking help with Direct Drive in the Fall, Easy Everyday Fundraising and grant-writing)
  • Communications: Becky Smith (seeking tech-savvy help for web site, email newsletter and other systems)
  • Enrichment/After School Programs: Adrienne James (seeking other to help)
  • Advocacy/Legislative Chair:  Help organize parents to advocate for (or against) policy and District issues that affect us. This year, the PTSA has worked to prevent reductions in our enrollment boundaries, and fought against teacher reductions.
  • Membership Chair: Open. Collect PTSA membership forms (data entry), mostly during September/October.

Take a look at all the positions, and when you see one you’re interested, either contact the people already working in these roles or email Steve Albertson (PTSA board president). And come to the May 9 meeting to learn more! See you then.

Walk and Roll FAQ

The BF Day PTSA’s annual walk-a-thon, the Walk and Roll for Fitness

Thank you to those who are donating and who are volunteering for this fantastic fundraiser.  Stay tuned for more stats on how we did as a school.

 Below is some information on what to do next….after Friday.

What should I do with the envelope? When should I turn it in?

Please turn in your envelope with all pledges by April 27. There will be a random drawing for prizes (for students) for all envelopes returned by April 27.

How will I know how many laps my child walked?

After spring break, each student will be sent home with a sheet of paper that notes how many laps they walked. If that paper gets lost, you can email Kristin (below) for that information.

 

Can I donate online?

YES, you can pay online. There is a pay pal button on the B.F. Day PTSA webpage – www.bfdayptsa.org – (look below) where you can make your donations. In the notes section, please note the name of the student (and Teacher, Room # and/or grade) associated with the pledge. Also, please note on the envelope that the donation has been made online.

What is our fundraising goal?

Our goal this year is to raise at least $16,900.

If we raise at least $14,000, Mr. Jaskot will dye his beard PINK!!!

Other questions?

Please get in touch:

Kristin Anderson

(mom of Nora McIntosh, Ms. Sawyer’s class)

kanderson11@comcast.net

206-498-5910

Meeting on Boundary Change (April 4)

The Seattle School District is proposing a reduction in the enrollment boundary for B.F. Day, beginning in in Fall 2017. This change will remove appx. 45 square blocks from our enrollment boundary. Here’s a map showing the reduction from the current boundary, outlined in red:

BF Day Boundary Change

These boundary changes were approved by the Seattle School board in 2013. Seattle Public Schools is having a series of public meetings beginning this week to get feedback from the community about the specific changes. If you believe that B.F. Day is generally stronger with more kids, and that a boundary reduction doesn’t make sense, please come to the meeting and make your voice heard.  Most of the PTSA board members will be there.

The first meeting is Monday, April 4 from 6:30-7:30 at Ballard High School (1418 NW 65th Street).

A reduction in the boundary will mean fewer kids being assigned to B.F. Day as their neighborhood school. For our school, a reduction just doesn’t make sense: we have some space for more neighborhood kids, and when other nearby schools are adding portables to accommodate growth, it doesn’t make any sense to reduce our boundary. The District should be increasing our enrollment boundary to balance with neighboring schools, not reducing it. To date, no one at Seattle Schools has been able to tell us why the proposed change is being made.

You can read more about this issue here.
Current attendance area boundary is here.
Proposed attendance area boundary beginning 2017 is here.

If you plan to be at the meeting or want to be involved in stopping this reduction, please, email Steve Albertson (BF Day PTSA board president).  Thanks!

 

Volunteer for Walk and Roll (April 8)

There are stilwnrshoe2016l some slots open to volunteer to help with Walk and Roll for Fitness, B.F. Day’s annual all-school fitness walk and fundraiser taking place all day on the grass playfield on April 8. Help count laps, provide water, and cheer on the kids. It’s a ton of fun.

To volunteer, click here. Contact Kristin Anderson at kanderson11@comcast.net if you have any questions.

Spring Before and After School Activities

BF DAY Before and After SCHOOL ACTIVITIES   
Spring 2016
 
*Registration period is Monday 3/28 – Wednesday 4/6
*Enrollment forms for Paper Registration will be included in child’s folders or online at
2016 ActivitiesSpring
*Fill out paper form ONLY for classes noted ‘Paper Registration.’
*Questions about individual classes, scholarships or general registration can be directed to parent contacts. 
*Scholarships are available by vendor choice, or funded by the PTSA and given to the first request.  There will be one per family if there are multiple requests.
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YOGA
Grades K-2 Mondays; 2:50-3:50 Library
 
Let’s get bendy, go upside down and engage the natural enthusiasm of kids in this energy releasing yoga class. Classes aim to enhance your child’s body awareness, balance and coordination, as well as build strength. Mind-body activities help children develop sensory integration skills, self-awareness and self-esteem.  Breathing techniques are incorporated that help children self-soothe and regulate their minds. We’ll play games, and take fabulous yoga adventures to Amazon rainforests, Arabian deserts, and outer space. Self-expression is highly encouraged and laughter guaranteed as kids build strength, increase flexibility, and focus and concentrate.  Max 12 students. www.fueledbyyoga.com
 
Cost: $105 for 8 weeks, 4/18 – 6/13 (no class 5/30); checks payable to Heather Hested
Paper Registration.  Parent contact: Vinita Sidhu vinsid@gmail.com
 
 
Mr. Ryan’s MUSIC CLUB
Grades K-5 Mondays; 2:50-3:50 Music Room
 
This trimester the focus is on the musical; the basics and history regarding the genre. Mr. Ryan’s first Children’s book, The Adventures or Mr. Mop, is put to music.  Children will perform along with the original songs and learn the basics for singing solos and chorus singing. Movement, rhythm exercises, and dance are integral parts to each session, as well as set and costume design. Mr. Ryan currently teaches in many schools throughout Seattle and is lead songwriter for the local Indie/choir/folk group ‘the Horde and the Harem’. 
[Ed note: the first term class was a wonderful mix of musical instruction and creativity by a very positive instructor]
 
Cost: $125 for 8 weeks, 4/25-6/20 (no class 5/30); checks to Mr. Ryan’s Music and Books
Paper Registration. Parent contact: Adrienne James tirecapades@yahoo.com
 
 
ULTIMATE FRISBEE
Grades 2-5 Mondays; 2:50-4:00 Gym/Outdoors
 
Join One on One Athletics for some serious fun letting it fly!  We will explore the exciting sport of Ultimate each week after school.  You will learn the important motor-skills of passing, catching and footwork, as well as the basic strategies behind this awesome territorial sport!
 
Cost: $100 for 8 weeks, 4/18 – 6/13 (no class 5/30)
Online Registration at http://www.1on1basketball.com
Parent contact: Anna Cortese astanek73@yahoo.com
 
 
 
CHESS CLUB
Grades 1-5 Tuesdays 2:50-3:50 Room 305
 
The Chess Mates program focuses on chess as a teaching tool. Learning and playing chess helps children build future life and work skills. All students and skill levels are welcome. A parent volunteer is most welcome with tuition waived for their child/student.
 
Cost: $70 for 8 weeks, 4/19 – 6/07  
Parent contact: Gayle Perez gaylecperez@gmail.com
 
 
SOCCER
Grades K-2 Tuesdays 2:50-4:00 Gym
 
Join One on One Athletics for After School Soccer. Skilled and experienced instructors will conduct an exciting one-hour session each week.  We will learn basic fundamentals, rules and strategies of the beautiful game, and have fun scrimmaging while focusing on teamwork, sportsmanship, and FUN!
 
Cost: $100 for 8 weeks, 4/19 – 6/07
Online Registration at http://www.1on1basketball.com
Parent contact: Anna Cortese astanek73@yahoo.com
 
 
THE DRAMA CLUB
Grades K-2 Music Room Tuesdays 2:50-3:50; Grades 3-5 Thursdays; 2:50-4:20
 
“Drama Club” is back with more fun Improvisation and Shakespeare, with a continued focus on basic acting and confidence building skills.  We are excited to announce that this session we will be producing a Spring Show!  At the end of May, our Drama Club will present Julie Bragg’s original Shakespearean-inspired musical fairy-tale, “Love’s Labour’s Found”
 
Cost: $80 for 8 weeks, 4/19 – 6/07 (K-2); 4/21 – 6/09 (3-5)
Make checks payable to Julie Bragg
Paper Registration. Parent contact: Adrienne James tirecapades@yahoo.com
 
 
Rainy Day DINNER CLUB
Grades 1-5 Wednesdays 2:50-4:20 Room 205
 
For $35 each week, students will create delicious dishes focusing on the importance of local ingredients, scratch cooking, and natural preservatives while practicing kitchen safety and providing their family with dinner!  As students follow recipes, they will learn the science behind the use of different ingredients and the important role herbs, spices and veggies play in flavoring our favorite dishes. Each entrée will serve 4 to 6 and will be packaged in oven ready cookware with baking instructions.  Max: 10 students
 
Cost: $280 for 8 weeks, 4/20 – 6/15 (no class 6/1)
Online Registration at: rainydaydinnerclub.com
Parent contact: Gayle Perez gaylecperez@gmail.com
 
 
 
 
 
Before School CHORUS
Grades 3-5, Wednesdays 7:35-8:30am Music Room
 
BF Day chorus continues with Laura Ouimette.  The morning class has no cost thanks to a grant from the Music in Schools Chorus Program.  Class size is limited to 35 students, to be coordinated with the parent contact and teacher.  Students should plan to attend each session and will be dismissed from the class at 8:30am to line up with their homeroom on the playground. 
 
Classes: 9 weeks, 4/20 – 6/15;
Paper Registration. Parent contact: Gayle Perez gaylecperez@gmail.com
 
 
CREATIVE CODING
Grades 3-5, Wednesdays 2:50-4:20 Computer Lab
 
Creative Coding teaches your child the joy of computer programming by helping them write their own custom computer games and animations!  Beginner students will learn the fundamental elements of coding using MIT’s Scratch to create their very own computer game. Advanced coders (students with previous Scratch experience) will use a mix of coding challenges techniques, and hacks.  Kids increase their coding skills, speed and proficiency. Through the “brain exercise” of coding, coders build intelligence like athletes build muscles. They develop stronger problem solving skills, confidence over technology, and emotional persistence. Max 12 students.
 
Cost: $227 for 8 weeks, 4/20 – 6/15 (no class 6/1)
Online Registration at www.creativecoding4kids.com
Parent contact: Vinita Sidhu vinsid@gmail.com
 
 
TENNIS
Grades K-5, Wednesdays 2:50-3:50 Gym
 
TGA Premier Youth Tennis is continuing with their successful tennis club.  TGA, in national partnership with the United States Tennis Association, co-designed a tennis enrichment program that focuses on athletic, academic and character development for children.  In addition to professional tennis instruction, your child will take part in a combination of physical fitness for health benefits and academics such as math, science, language and social studies for educational development. TGA’s mission is to empower our students with the tools to be successful on the tennis court and in life.
 
Cost: $120 for 8 weeks, 4/20 – 6/15 (no class 6/1)
Online Registration at http://greaterseattle.playtga.com;
Parent contact: Sheryl Marks sherylmarks2003@yahoo.com
 
 
PRINTMAKING with Nature
Grades K-5 Thursdays; 2:50-4:00 Art Room
 
Come join Kidscreate teaching-artist Amanda Amsel in this 6 week Printmaking art series.  Students will love exploring the organic shapes of the natural world while they design their own stamps, learn how to use nature as a printing plate, make colorful circle art using watercolor and ink, and discover how to make magical patterns using the ancient art of batik.
 
Cost: $90 for 6 weeks, 5/12 – 6/16
Online Registration at: kidscreate.org
Parent contact: Julie Graber jegraber@yahoo.com
 
 
JUMPROPE Club
Grades K-5 Thursdays; 2:50-3:50 Gym/Outside
 
Jump up! Jump out! Jump for joy! Join Overtime Athletics for our energetic and exciting jump rope program. You’ll learn the basic skills of jumping using long and short ropes. We’ll begin with solo jumping and from week to week sprinkle in some trick jumping as skills improve. We’ll play games and learn jumping rhymes like “Cinderella”, “Bubble Gum”, and “Miss Mary Mack”.  It is an activity good for boxers and ballerinas alike.  Health.  Moves.  Minds.  Let’s GO!
 
Cost: $80 for 8 weeks, 4/21 – 6/09
Online Registration at: otaregistration.com
Parent contact: Julie Graber jegraber@yahoo.com
 
 
WORLD DANCE with Marissa
Grades K-2 Fridays; 2:50-3:50 Music Room
 
Come get your worldly groove on! Spring session of World Dance will feature a variety of cultural dances from all over Latin America…from Capoeira to Samba and Mexican Folk to Salsa! Students will create a booklet of coloring pages illustrating various cultural aspects of each country. Dress up, dance videos, stories and instruments from these cultures will also be part of the children’s World Dance experience! Join us! http://worlddancewithmarissa.weebly.com/
 
Cost: $96 for 8 weeks, 4/22 – 6/17 (no class 4/29); checks payable to Marissa Baratian
Paper Registration. Parent contact: Julie Graber jegraber@yahoo.com
 
 
CANCANCANCAN Brick Animation
Grades K-5 Fridays; 2:50-4:20 Library
 
Clay Animation Network has taught over 10,000 students how to make animated movies by providing them with a class theme (i.e. Superheroes, Aliens, etc.). Now students get to watch CANtv (a collection of student movies) on the CAN website to get ideas and decide on their own theme. Students will use iPads (provided by C.A.N.) to take animation photos of LEGO® pieces and edit video and sound. Set, character, and story construction will be taught. View CANtv and over 3,800 student animations at http://www.cancancancan.com (4 cans). (LEGO® is not affiliated with, and does not sponsor or endorse the services or products of the Clay Animation Network).
 
Cost: $150 for 8 weeks, 4/22 – 6/10
Online Registration at: http://www.cancancancan.com
Parent contact: Julie Graber jegraber@yahoo.com
 

It’s going to be a busy spring!

Your BF Day PTSA (and subcommittees) have been busy planning an eventful (or event-filled) March and April. Wait until you see what we have in the works for May!

Little Wednesday–March 23rd

Please see the course offerings for the month’s Little Wednesday flyer here:   23 March Little Wednesday flyer.

Registration Deadline is March 18th!

Walk and Roll–April 8th

The BF Day PTSA’s annual walk-a-thon, the Walk and Roll for Fitness, is happening Friday April 8th.

What is it?

A fitness walk and fundraiser! Kids get to walk around a path on the upper upper playfields, during the school day. They walk for about 40 minutes and walk as many laps as they can in that time. Kids gather sponsorships from family and friends for the event

 For example:

Grandma pledges 50¢ per lap. Uncle pledges a flat rate of $20. Child walks 10 laps. After the event, Grandma pays $5, Uncle plays $20, which child brings to school in an envelope. (Pledge envelopes will be provided)

That’s it!  You’ve raised $25 for your school!

 About the walk.

Each lap is about 1/6 of a mile, so every 6 laps is about 1 mile walked.

 Volunteers Needed – April 8th

Set up. 6:30-8:30 am (or any portion of it) The course needs to be set up, water stations and tables.

Throughout the school day. Punch cards, walk with kids, refill water, be a cheerleader!

Tear down. 2:30-3:30 Help pack up cones, water and tables.

Get ready to enjoy a great day outside and earn money for your school!

Any questions? Contact Kristin Anderson at kanderson11@comcast.net

BF Day at the Ball Park!

Take The Family (School) Out to the Ballgame!

On Saturday, April 30th at 6:10pm, join your classmates in rooting for the home team as the Mariners take on last year’s World Series Champs, the Kansas City Royals. Send a check for $15 per ticket made out to BF Day PTSA to school with your kiddo (or drop envelope at the office) to reserve your seats. The deadline for purchasing tickets is April 1st, but act fast– we may sell out of our reserved seats! Questions, email saraparent@gmail.com. (Reduced fee tickets are available, so please contact Sara if the cost is a concern.) See 4-30 BF Day Flyer  for details or pick up a paper copy of the flyer at the office.