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BF DAY Before and After School Activities

before and after school

WOW! Our amazing enrichment coordinator has been busy this summer lining up some great classes for our kids. Please look for more information about signing up in the first weeks of school.

Grades K-2 Mondays; 2:50-3:50 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.

Cost: $115 for 10 weeks, 10/5-12/14 (no class 11/23); make checks payable to Heather Hested
Registration: 9/14 – 9/25; parent contact: Vinita Sidhu
Grades 2-5 Tuesdays 2:50-4:20 Cafeteria

“Do you have a young sewist at home bugging you to teach them how to sew? Join our after school sewing program and not only will they learn the basics of machine sewing, but also how sewing can be a wonderful expression of their creative mind! Each session we will make everything from designing and creating a monster to zipper pouches, pillows, PJ bottoms, and messenger bags…the list of sewing fun goes on and on! No experience is necessary and all supplies are provided.

Cost: $144 for 8 weeks, 10/6 – 12/01 (no class 11/24); scholarships available
Online registration at
Registration: 9/14 – 9/25; parent contact: Gayle Perez
Grades K-2 Tuesdays; Grades 3-5 Thursdays; 2:50-3:50 Gym/TBA

‘Save the drama for this Mama!!
Julie Bragg (aka Katie’s Mom) is offering a new drama program for BF Day.
The Club will be a fun mix of Improv, Creative Visualization, Basic Theater Styles, Character Creation and Development and Scene work.  Each class will create an original Theatrical Piece to be presented to friends and family at the end of each session. It’s going to be a great time for all!!

Cost: $55 for 10 weeks, 10/6-12/15 or 10/1-12/10 (no classes 11/24-26); scholarships available; Make checks payable to Julie Bragg
Registration: 9/14 – 9/25; parent contact: Adrienne James

Before School CHORUS
Grades 3-5, Wednesdays 7:35-8:30am Music Room

The BF Day chorus will continue this year with Laura Ouimette.  The morning class will have 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, 9/30-12/9; (no class on 11/11 or 11/25)
Registration: 9/14 – 9/25; parent contact: Gayle Perez
Grades K-2, Wednesdays 2:50-3:50 Music Room

This class will focus on music, instruments, and songs from around the world. Each lesson will have elements of dance and basic music theory. The children will be exposed to an array of musical genres and instrumentation. Through music, students will focus on various cultural similarities and differences. As a final project, the children will create their very own country with specific music and traditions.
Website: Mr Ryan’s Music and Books

Cost: $120 for 8 weeks, 9/30-12/9; (no class on 10/28, 11/11, or 11/25); scholarships available; Make checks payable to Mr. Ryan’s Music and Books
Registration: 9/14 – 9/25; parent contact: Adrienne James
Grades 3-5, Wednesdays 2:50-3:50 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, 9/30-12/9; (no class on 10/28, 11/11, or 11/25);
Registration: 9/14 – 9/25; online registration at
Parent contact: Vinita Sidhu
Grades 3-5, Wednesdays 2:50-3:50 Outdoors

Parkour Visions after-school classes cover the core movements of parkour, as well as the philosophy and mindset behind safe, responsible training. Attendees will practice jumping, landing, vaulting, balancing, swinging, and climbing. The program time is split between instruction, games, and supervised free play. By the end of the series, participants will have the knowledge and skills they need to practice basic parkour on their own.  Class cancelled for Thunderstorms only!

Cost: $80 for 8 weeks, 9/30-12/9; (no class on 10/28, 11/11, or 11/25); make checks payable to Parkour Visions
Registration: 9/14 – 9/25; parent contact: Anna Cortese
WORLD DANCE with Marissa
K-2 Thursdays; 2:50-3:50 Music Room

Children experience a variety of music and dance styles that include African dance, Hip Hop, Hula, Bollywood, Samba, Greek Folk and more.  Elements of Creative Dance and Movement are combined with cultural dances in each class. Through developing and strengthening movement skills, children build a foundation for their own expression of dance.  Stories, books, photos, songs, instruments and costume related to the cultural dances are part of the children’s cultural experience. World Dance aims to broaden children’s awareness of their global community.

Cost: $108 for 9 weeks, 10/1-12/10 (no class 11/26); make checks payable to Marissa Baratian
Registration: 9/14 – 9/25; parent contact: Julie Graber
Grades K-2 Thursdays 2:50-3:50 Gym

Join One on One Basketball for AFTER SCHOOL SPORTS. Skilled and experienced instructors will conduct an exciting one hour session focusing on teamwork, sportsmanship, and having FUN! Kids will play all the favorite sports and games including: Basketball, Soccer, Kickball, Capture the Flag, Line Tag and More…

Cost: $100 for 8 weeks, 10/1-11/19 (no class 11/26)
Registration: 9/14 – 9/25, online registration at
Parent contact: Anna Cortese

All School Ice Cream Social–September 3rd

ice cream

Hello BF Day Families!

School isn’t quite here yet, but it’s getting close! We would like to invite you to an Ice Cream Social on Thursday September 3rd on the playground at BF Day. This is an informal event that will give you an opportunity to meet other families, talk with principal Jaskot and meet some teachers. Mr Jaskot will have classroom assignment information available (you should also received this by mail!) and the building will be open so you and your child/children can visit the classrooms that the teachers are busy preparing for the start of the school. This will be a great event and a good opportunity to introduce new families to BF Day.  We hope to see you there!

When: Thursday September 3rd 4-5:30

Where: BF Day playground (the gym if it is raining)

What to bring: your family and an appetite for ice cream!

Year-End All Family Picnic in the Park – Monday June 15

Now let’s all meet at the

Year-End All Family Picnic!wallingford playfield
When:  Monday, June 15, 6:00p – Wallingford Playfield

The end of the school year is hectic, so come chill out with B.F. Day families at an all-school picnic. This is a low-key event that a lot of families loved last year.  Bring a blanket and a picnic dinner for your family as well as any outdoor games you may enjoy.  We’ll congregate near the play structure and have a good time.  (Note: we’re having this at Wallingford Park instead of the park next to B.F. Day because of better restroom access!)

Wallingford Playfield is at 4219 Wallingford Ave N

Summer Construction for Main B.F. Day Entrance

B.F. Day Exterior Grounds Improvement Project
– Construction happening this summer in the front of the school!

In June 2013, the exterior grounds improvement project was awarded a grant from the state capital budget. Thank you to B.F. Day parent Whitney Knoerlein for leading the charge and connecting the project to a sponsor (Rep. Richard DeBolt) in the state legislature. Due to her efforts the project received $152,290. Some of those funds were used to help finish Phase 1 of the Playground Project (new play area, sport court and garden beds on the west side of the school). Most of the grant will be used to complete improvements in the front of the school, including new bike racks, 2 gathering areas with seating and pavers with historical information about the school (See the Site Plan for more details).

We have hired a general contractor and are preparing to mobilize for construction in the days just after school ends. Construction is expected to take approximately 6-8 weeks and will be done before school starts in the fall. There should be some good excavator viewing the early weeks if your kiddos enjoy that kind of thing.

Construction Impacts

  • The front lawn and main center doors will be closed during construction.
  • North door (by office and K classrooms) will be open.
  • Some of the parking spots in the north lot will be dedicated for contractor use.
  • The northwest corner of the playground (where soccer games usually occur) will be used as a staging area for the contractor.
  • For the most part, the play areas will be open for use. There will be short period of time at some point when the new play is closed off so the contractor can add some drainage improvement underneath all those wood chips.

If you have any questions or concerns about construction or the project in general, please contact Kristin Anderson at

Spring Thing 2015 RSVP


Step 1: Name, Please

Step 2: Buy Your Ticket

Click the button to buy your ticket, only $15!  (If the button isn’t working for you, here is the direct link to the PayPal page)

2015 admit one

Be Heard! Tell District to Replace Inefficient, Unsafe Windows at B. F. Day

Be heard! Don’t let the school district forget about BF Day.
Fill out a quick survey to help B.F. Day receive funding to replace the current inefficient, unsafe, lead paint windows. Survey closes on April 30, 2015.

The poor condition of the windows at the school are mentioned in a number of District documents, but we must make our voices heard. Please fill out the survey (linked below) and nominate “B.F. Day window replacement” as a priority project for funding in the our next School District capital levy.

Online form is here:  It has four questions and takes about 3 minutes.

The squeaky wheel gets the grease.  Let’s be the squeaky wheel. We need to be vocal, we need to speak up.  It isn’t hard, but it is absolutely necessary, especially on such an issue as this.  If they don’t hear from us, they can easily just ignore us. And uh, sorry, but not on my watch.

old school

The windows in this picture from 1900 are the same ones you see today.

Quick info
Wood windows are original, single pane and not in good condition. Suggested action is to replace those windows with modern double pane windows (Seattle School District: 2009 Building Condition, Seismic, and Educational Adequacy Assessment

B.F. Day was built in 1892. The building was mostly modernized in 1991. The double hung single pane wood windows were NOT addressed during the modernization and they are now in very poor condition. (Seattle School District: 2014 Site Assessment Summary Report)

Windows contain lead paint that is flaking. (not sure why this was not mentioned in above reports referenced above)

The following is from April 2 email “School Beat Newsletter”
We Want Your Input! Nominate a project for the 2016 Capital Levy

In February 2016, Seattle voters will have the opportunity to vote on two Seattle Public Schools levies – an Operations Levy and a Capital Levy. The three-year Operations Levy replaces the current Operations Levy, which was approved by Seattle voters in 2013. The six-year Buildings, Technology and Academics/Athletics IV (BTA IV) capital levy replaces the BTA III capital levy approved by Seattle voters in 2010.

Planning is underway to determine priorities and budgets for BTA IV projects, and to determine the amount that we are authorized to request for the operations levy. Seattle School Board members will consider the BTA IV Capital Levy and Operations Levy dollar amounts based on financial analysis and consideration of needs.

You may nominate a project for the BTA IV capital levy using our online form: Printable nomination forms and translated versions are posted on the Levies 2016 page. The deadline to submit a nomination is April 30, 2015.

For more information about all past and present BTA levy projects, please visit

Art Room Volunteers Needed ASAP for Mosaic Tile Project for Permanent Installation

Ms. Nelson will be doing a tiling project with students (all grades) starting the weeks of April 20 and April 27. During this project, it will be helpful to have some extra adults in the classroom, particularly with the younger grades. She also needs some assistance prepping the materials for this project. The tiles mosaics created in class will be installed on the concrete benches that are on the slope between the new playground and the sport court. The 5th grade tile project will also be happening this year – probably soon after this effort is done. More details soon.

View schedule and sign up to help HERE.

Please email Kristin Anderson,, if you have any questions, including questions about specific classroom art schedules.

Help Prep Materials (1-3 Volunteers needed during all times)On Tuesday, April 21 and Wednesday April 22 – 8:40 – 9:25am
Tuesday, April 21 After School

In Class Volunteers
4th and 5th grade classes
Wed April 22, Thur April 23, Fri April 24 and Mon April 27
9:25-9:55am and 11:10 – 11:40am   (1-2 Volunteers Needed during all times)

3rd grade classes
Mon April 27, Tues April 28, Wed April 29, Thur April 30
10:35-11:05am  (1-2 Volunteers Needed)

K, 1st and 2nd grade classes
Mon April 27 and Wed April 29
12:25 – 2:05pm (1-3 Volunteers Needed)

Tues April 28 and Thur April 30
12:25 – 2:40pm (1-3 Volunteers Needed)

We will also need some help when we get ready to install the tiles. This will most likely happen during on a Saturday and/orSunday. Look for more updates later and please consider volunteering your time, especially if you have some experience with tile installation.


Family School Feedback Night (April 23)

may treeThis Thursday, April 23 from 6:00-7:30pm, a really important event is taking place that we urge you to attend.  Principal Jaskot, in partnership with the Building Leadership Team and the PTSA, invites you to the first Family School Feedback Night, where you’ll have a chance to give your input on positive aspects of B.F. Day as well as areas for change or growth.  The goal of this meeting is to help establish the collective priorities for B.F. Day, and the school leadership is open to all feedback.  Themes to be discussed at this initial meeting include:

  • Literacy instruction
  • Communication from Teachers
  • Homework
  • Advanced Learning/Spectrum programs
  • Student learning behaviors

For more information, please read the flyer that was sent home with your child’s report card.

If you’re planning to attend, we need you to RSVP so we can plan for child care and other services at the event.  You can RSVP by submitting your information here.

Walk and Roll – April 3rd

BF Day’s annual walk-a-thon, the Walk and Roll for Fitness, is happening Friday April 3rd.

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 45 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.
Classes walk with same grade.

Volunteers Needed – April 3rd
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!

Spring Enrichment Class Enrollment (now!)

Enrollment for Spring after-school enrichment classes is happening now!  Below is all the information you need to sign up.  Please note:  Creative Coding for Kids and Little Wings are full.

We still have room in our other classes:

Join us at BF Day Elementary for After School Soccer. Skilled and experienced instructors will conduct an exciting one hour session each week right after school.  We will learn basic fundamentals, rules and strategies of the beautiful game, and have fun scrimmaging while focusing on teamwork, sportsmanship, and FUN! 2nd – 3rd Grade: Tuesdays 2:50-4:00March 24 – May 26 K – 1st Grade: Thursdays 2:50-4:00March 26 – May 28 Cost: $110 Registration is online.  To register, please go to:

TGA brings the tennis court to you, making it convenient and affordable to learn and play in a fun and safe environment.  Kid-friendly instructors help students develop tennis skills and knowledge, while using the sport to teach valuable life lessons like honesty and sportsmanship.  Sign up today to experience all the fun and excitement of tennis class with TGA!

Class meets Mondays from 3:00-4:00March 30-June 1.  The cost for this class is $120.  To sign up, go to

Crazy Cakes:
Crazy Cakes is beginning a new session on Thursday, March 19.  Who doesn’t love playing with frosting and bringing home a small cake as well?  All grade levels welcome!  The cost for this 8-week series is $120.  To sign up, fill out the attached sheet and bring it into the main office at school with a check made out to BF Day PTSA.