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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)

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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.



Little Wednesday Classes (March 25)

Little Wednesday activities are scheduled for March 25, which is an early-release day.  Come join us for one of our fun classes:

1. Recycled Robots with Kids Create!
Come join us for an afternoon of ultimate scrounge art, as we use metal scraps, tin cans, broken toys, wires and other amazing junk to create ROBOTS!  Students will use duct tape, wire, and assisted hot glue to engineer an amazing robotic sculpture.  Sign up quickly, this one’s always a big hit!  Open to all grades. This will be held in the art room.  Class is $22.  Sign up online at

2.  Lego building with Fun Assembly Required!
Come join Fun Assembly Required for a Medieval LEGO building adventure.  Kids will learn to construct cool castles and will also learn techniques for building trees, rocks, water and other landscaping features to add detail to their creations.   Open to all grades.
This will be held in the gym.  Class is $25.  To sign up, fill out and return the attached form to the main office, with a check made out to BFDay PTSA.

3.  World Dance with Marissa Baratian!
Join World Dance with Marissa for an African dance and culture experience filled with traditional Guinean rhythms and dance, West African drums and fabrics, cultural stories and a craft project. World Dance with Marissa combines creative movement and cultural dances from around the world, broadening children’s awareness of their global community. In addition, World Dance gives back a percentage of profits to Guinea Kids Education Fund to support school children in West Africa. For more information about World Dance please visit

This class will be held in the music room.  Open to all grades.  Class is $25.  To sign up, fill out and return the attached form to the main office, with a check made out to B. F. PTSA.



Thank You Thursday – A Fundraiser with Reuben’s Brews

reubenFrom “As one of the ways we are able to give back to the community that supports us, every Thursday we donate $1 per pint to the designated charity of the week. ”

We are thrilled to partner with Reuben’s Brews for a great evening of enjoying a pint of fine craft beer and raising money for our kid’s school! Some additional details:

This event is FAMILY FRIENDLY!

The fundraiser is open all business hours, that’s 3pm till 9pm.

Reuben’s Brews is a taproom that pours pints, growlers and tasters of their national award-winning beers. Each beer purchase earns a donation to the PTSA. The amount donated is $1 per pint, and appropriately scaled amount on growlers and tasters.

Food? You are completely allowed to bring your own! Also, there is pretty much always a food truck parked in front. The taproom has a big box of pretzels you are welcome to scoop up, and Tim’s Cascade Chips for sale, but if you stay for dinner, just know there is no kitchen there.

The food truck on premises is confirmed to be Burgerphenia!

Thomas Kemper root beer and ginger ale is also available for purchase.

Come on down, enjoy a beautiful evening with craft beer, gourmet food truck grub, root beer, sidewalk chalk, conversation. Bring your friends and neighbors too!

Reuben’s Brews is located at:
1406 NW 53rd Street in Ballard, right behind the big Bardahl sign.

Some information on Reuben’s Brews from can be found here.

Join the Facebook event page here.