Category Archives: Fundraising


Direct Drive Starts Today!

dd2016-1Direct Drive is the name for B.F. Day PTSA’s biggest fundraiser, which runs for two short weeks this year from November 7-18.  We don’t ask you to sell wrapping paper or cookie dough – we make a big ask just once a year, and B.F. Day families always respond. This year, we are working to raise more than $46,000 or programs and services that benefit all B.F. Day kids.

This week, every B.F. Day student 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 the 18th. Please see the FAQ below for more information about Direct Drive.

In a nutshell, you can contribute by

  • Writing a check, payable to B.F. Day PTSA
  • Donating online
  • Having your company match your gift
  • Returning your pledge card – even if you aren’t able to donate – to be eligible to win prizes
  • And, thanks to the generosity of B.F. Day parents, for every pledge card returned by the deadline, $5 will be automatically donated to B.F. Day PTSA!  Turn it in!

All donations are tax-deductible. And greatly appreciated.

Thank you B.F. Day Families!

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?
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. This week, 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 November 9 and Friday, November 18. 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 2016-17 is $80,000. Most of these funds were earmarked for those “extra” programs and services that directly benefit our children in the classroom. Here’s where the program-specific funds go:

: Music/Performing Arts teacher, tile project
Literacy: Writers in the Schools, Library grant
Teacher Grants: School supplies & class needs
Gen’l Enrichment: Field trips, technology, Green Team
Family Support: Scholarships & assistance
Volunteering: Coordinator stipend & supplies
All-School Events: Monthly events for families

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. We suggest $250, recognizing that some families will contribute more and some are unable to contribute at this time. 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 a couple other benefits you’ll get if you turn in your pledge card:

  1. Every pledge card returned will be entered into a raffle to win one of three $25 gift cards for Top Ten Toys.
  2. Thanks to the generosity of two B.F. Day families, 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.  How can you pass this 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. My company will match my gift. What do I need to do?
A. Terrific! Many Seattle area companies – Tableau, Microsoft, Adobe, Boeing, Google, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and others – match employee donations, and we’re already set up to receive matches in their systems. Be sure to indicate on the pledge card that your company matches, and make sure you apply for those funds.  If we’re not listed in your company’s matching system, let us know and we can help.  In general, here’s the information you need to provide them:

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

Please contact Rosie Donovan (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 in January 2017.

Q. How secure is the information I provide?
A. All donations will be handled by the Fundraising Chair (Steve Albertson) in coordination with the PTSA treasurer (Rosie Donovan). Donations online are processed using a secure server hosted by PayPal, a well-known online payment system.

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 also have an event in the spring to raise additional funds or just have a parent party.

Q. Who should I contact with questions?
A. Steve  Albertson ( is the parent volunteer coordinating Direct Drive. You can also contact B.F. Day PTSA President Daniella Kim (


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 if you have any questions.

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.

Fremont Players present Beauty and the Beast

BeautyBeast_poster400x600All profits from opening performance benefit B.F. Day!

Fremont Players work their magic on this classic tale. The lovely Belle must save her family from ruin and defeat the nefarious Lord Malice, but how? Meet her outrageous sisters, her well-meaning father, and her charming aunt as they face the cursed and frightening Beast. Complete with sparkling fairies, a magic horse and all your favorite Panto surprises, Beauty & the Beast is sure to entertain audiences both young and old.

Experience the best British Panto this side of the Pond. This year’s Panto is once again full of large, colorful characters, original songs, plenty of audience participation, and swashbuckling fun for the whole family! You’ll be encouraged to boo at the villain, cheer for the hero, and sing along with whole cast.

A holiday tradition not to be missed! Stop by Hale’s Palladium, grab a drink and some food, and enter the raucous world of Panto!

These perfrmances have sold out in the past. To buy tickets in advance, click here to visit

BF Day Friends and Family Discount at evo

evo, a local ski, snowboard and skateboard shop, is hosting a special shopping night for B.F. Day Elementary this December 18th from 5 to 7pm.
During that timeframe they will be donating 5% of all sales to our school and will give a 5% discount (some exclusions may apply) to all B.F. Day Friends and Family. Buy your little ones (or yourself) all those needs for the cold weather, going to the mountain or skateboarding AND raise money for our school at the same time!
The store is located at 3500 Stone Way in the Wallingford neighborhood and has free parking in the back. Please share with anyone you know who might be interested in this offer!

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.

PTSA Board Meeting Tonight! (Thursday, April 10)

Just a reminder that the monthly PTSA Board Meeting is tonight Thursday, April 10, 6:30pm in the library at school.  Even though it is a Board meeting, all are welcome to come.  The agenda for the meeting is below.
Also, next month’s meeting is a General PTSA membership meeting.  Look for more information about it in the weeks ahead.

Thursday, April 10 (6:30pm in the Library)

I.                    Review/approve March Meeting Minutes

II.                  Katie Pearl – Principal Update

III.               Enrichment Update
a.       After School programs
b.      No June 4 Little Wednesday

IV.               Hallows Church

 V.                  Direct Drive Presentation

VI.               Survey – How we spend the money (draft budget at May mtg)

VII.             Teacher Appreciation Week and Luncheon

VIII.          Thank you cards – Jessie?

IX.                Book Wish List for Library

X.                  Spring Fling Update
a.       Amount raised
b.      Leftover gift cards
c.       Thank yous – receipts?

XI.                Fundraising
a.       Direct Drive
b.      Easy Everyday Fundraising

XII.             May and June (12th?) Meeting Dates
a.       Make sure it gets on school calendar (Katie/Carrie)

XIII.           May Meeting Agenda
a.       Draft budget for 2014-15
b.      Nominate Elected Positions

XIV.           Budget & Fundraising Update

XV.             Upcoming Dates

  • April 14-18          Spring Break – no classes
  • May 8                    Literacy Night
  • May 5-9                Teacher Appreciation Week, Book Fair
  • June 4                   Little Wednesday

Spring Fling – Get Ready to Bid!

Tonights the night!  Click the image below to find out more about the wonderful things you can bid on at the Spring Fling tonight….


Spring Fling Update

It’s not too late to help us meet our goal!Lamb Jump 1

Please join us for our BIG fundraiser – it’s a silent auction, a chance to socialize, and so much more! This year’s goal is to sell 100 advance tickets. We still need your to help to reach this goal. Tickets are available now AND at the door, so it’s not too late to support our kids’ school.

Funds raised at the Spring Fling directly impact your B.F. Day student.

Do you know what the money raised at this event pays for?

  • B.F. Day’s music curriculum
  • Keeping every computer in the building up and running,
  • Providing teachers with money to buy classroom supplies and other support

It also funds literacy enrichment, Field Day, Math Night, and those great Pacific Science Center workshops.

Without these fundraising dollars, these programs would not exist for your kids!

There’s something for everyone at Spring Fling! Here’s your chance to bid on fabulous items including:

One-of-a-kind classroom projects created by B.F. Day students • Seahawks Swag brought back from the 2014 Super Bowl • Homemade, organic ice cream every month for a year • Piano or karate lessons and parties • Two night stay in Lake Chelan • Mariners tickets

And much, much more!

Event Details:
When:  This Saturday, March 22, 2014, 6:30 pm

Where:  The Backdoor at Roxy’s, in Fremont at 462 N. 36th Street

Buy your tickets now!  Here’s how:

  1. Online:  Go to, then click on the Spring Fling Tab (pay via PayPal).  Or click on the button below:


  1. By Check:  Drop off your check (made out to BF DAY PTSA) with your contact info in the PTSA box in the school office.

Tickets are $45/person until March 19. After that tickets are $60/person.

Thank you!  We’ll see you there!

The B.F. Day PTSA

Spring Fling Early Bird Pricing Extended

You haven’t missed your chance for the advance ticket price! The price of $45 will be valid until Wednesday, March 19th.

Here is what is in store for you next Saturday at the Spring Fling.

Food and drink at the Back Door at Roxy’s…
Bid on Sounders Tickets, a cooking class at Lark, a condo at Mt. Baker, gift cards to establishments all over the neighborhood, and so, so much more…
Support your teachers, support your school. This is why we are here, after all.
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