Category Archives: The Fremont Community

2017-2018 Tour dates announced

Lovely families – are you curious about your local Family School? Do you want a closer look at how the oldest continually operating Seattle public school works and thrives? (Next year is our 125th birthday!) Come and see how wonderful B.F. Day Elementary school is.

Our New Family tours are the following:
December 8, 2016 at 9:00am
February 8, 2017 at 9:00am
February 16, 2017 at 5:30pm

The evening tour coincides with our Take Your Parent To School Night and will be a vibrant (and busy) evening with students and teachers showing off all their remarkable achievements.

Come and visit, we’d be so happy to show you around. Also, don’t hesitate to get in touch: newparents@bfdayptsa.org  RSVPs encouraged, but not required. Also, kids are welcome to the evening tour.

PS: Please share with anyone that is interested in BF Day, or invite them to The Future Parents of BF Day Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/FPBFD/

Thank you!

 

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Come Discuss the Future of B.F. Day

Monday, February 8 is the 2nd PTSA General Meeting of the year, and we’re using this time to have a community discussion about the future direction of our school. Please come to the Library from 6:30-8:30pm to learn and brainstorm about the near- and long-term plans for B.F. Day. Free childcare will be provided (in the lunchroom) by volunteers from Hallows Church.

Here’s what will happen at this event:

  • Principal Jaskot will talk about his vision for an arts-infused STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) focus at BF Day, as well as talk about staff efforts to create a three-year academic plan to support this vision.
  • A parent group that held focused discussion with parents in the Fall will present their findings about what our community likes (and dislikes) about B.F. Day.
  • The PTSA will talk about the upcoming budget-setting process, which includes a parent survey. In particularly, we’ll talk about the core music/performing arts program we fund.
  • As a group, we’ll have an open discussion about this possible focus direction for BF Day.

This is a great opportunity to help shape the future direction of B. F. Day, and we hope to see a lot people there. If you have any questions about the event, please email Steve Albertson (PTSA President).

Thank You Thursday – A Fundraiser with Reuben’s Brews

reubenFrom reubensbrews.com: “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 Parentmap.com 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 brownpapertickets.com.

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.
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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!

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…
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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…
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Support your teachers, support your school. This is why we are here, after all.
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Happy Thanksgiving

I hope all of you and yours have had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Before we begin the busy month of December, I wanted to share these two links.  The first is on giving, the second is on gratitude. Happy Holidays, everyone.

-Carol

Note: The video below contains a fraction of a second of a bare bottom when a man jumps into a lake.

Boundary Update

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All our questions and comments made a difference.
Thank you for caring.
Thank you for acting.
Thank you for using your voice.

The District heard that we disagree with smaller boundaries and an available capacity of 300 students for B.F. Day Elementary School.

On Wednesday, October 8, District employees were at the school to do a walk through with the Principal to re-evaluate B.F. Day’s available capacity. We have been told this new number is 450 students. This is a number the building can physically support. These numbers would also generate enough District funding for full-time art, PE and music (as you know PTSA currently pays for part-time music), WHILE maintaining programs like Spectrum, Special Education and EEL.

Info from the Enrollment and Planning Office:
– this new number, 450, will be incorporated into the Growth Boundaries recommendations presented to the School Board at their meeting on October 16, 2013
– there will not be time to adjust the actual boundaries on the map before Oct. 16 Board Meeting
– New boundaries/map will be posted by November 1, 2013 – possibly sooner. Tracy Libros (Enrollment Planning) said she would let our Principal Katie Pearl know as soon as those boundaries are posted.

What’s next?

Fri. Oct. 11
School Board released new boundary map, here.

Wed. Oct. 16, 2013, School Board Meeting, 4:15-8pm
Board will be presented with new draft growth boundaries. Testimony will be taken. Several members of the BF Day community have signed up to speak. Many thanks to them, and good luck! We’re behind you!

Thur. Oct. 17, 4:30-6pm, Board Work Session on Growth Boundaries
Public is welcome to attend and observe. No public testimony.

Fri. Nov. 1, 2013
New Boundaries will be posted on Growth Boundaries website

Wed. Nov. 20, 2013, School Board Meeting, 4:15-8pm
BOARD WILL VOTE ON FINAL GROWTH BOUNDARIES

School Board Meetings are held at the John Stanford Center in the Auditorium
2445 3rd Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98134

This is great news for BF Day, thanks to the many people in this community who reminded the school board that this is a great place to live and grow, and we love and support our neighborhood school. However, our work is not done, and we cannot let our voice fade out. Please, continue to send your feedback, questions and suggestions to GrowthBoundaries@seattleschools.org
Please include your school name or topic in the subject line of your email.

Thank you, Family School!

If You Scan Every Other Email Sent to You by the PTSA, I Beg You To Read This One Carefully.

If you scan every other email sent to you by the PTSA, I beg you to read this one carefully.

Seattle Public Schools is in the process of defining new boundaries and if adopted, the current proposal will greatly impact B.F. Day and neighboring schools.  A summary of the situation follows, along with an FAQ about the changes in boundaries and how it will affect current and future B.F. Day families. Last, but not least, we’ve got information on ways you can help lessen the blow for our school.

This year, enrollment at B.F. Day is 337.  If the current boundaries remain intact, the projected enrollment for our in school in 2017 is 574.  (The official capacity for the building is well over 700.) However, and this is the perplexing bit, under the proposed new boundaries, our enrollment would instead be only 287.  In 2022 this disparity in number grows.

So where are these 274 children going instead?  Children who are living in the current B.F. Day boundaries will be assigned to neighboring schools.  West Woodland for one, will need to use portables.

These shrinking numbers have serious repercussions on our school. The reality is that larger schools get more money than smaller schools.  Operating a school with 287 students means fewer programs, less resources, and fewer teachers.  Equity in numbers means equity in programs.

I am not an administrator, I am speaking to you as a parent, and I don’t know that doubling our student body is the only option, but we must be allowed to grow, not shrink.  We must progress, not cut back.

Parents in the B.F. Day community have always been, well, pretty quiet.  Right now, I am asking you not just as a parent of a B.F. Day student, but as a neighbor, friend and citizen, do not remain quiet now.

This is OUR neighborhood school, and really, it works best when our neighborhood actually goes to our neighborhood school.

Do not remain silent.  These are only drafted proposals, but you MUST act now, and you MUST be heard.  The last parent meeting was last Tuesday.  Please send an email to Principal Katie Pearl so she can fight for our school, and do it today!  Also, call or email the following staff of Seattle School District.

We’ve put together a short FAQ about the district’s Growth Boundaries program:

What is the Growth Boundaries Program?

Seattle Public Schools (SPS) is working on creating new attendance area boundaries (Growth Boundaries) to accommodate enrollment growth and new construction. In order to use this increased capacity efficiently, school attendance boundaries must be re-aligned.

What Are The Proposed Boundaries For B.F. Day?
You can find the proposed boundaries for B.F. Day here:http://www.seattleschools.org/modules/groups/homepagefiles/cms/1583136/File/Departmental Content/enrollment planning/Sept 17 meeting/GrowthBoundaries_MapPacket.pdf?sessionid=87de335a444af9d056b3dd3e2165c941.

New boundaries would send siblings of some B.F. Day students living near Gas Works Park (and north) to Green Lake (30 blocks north) instead of B.F. Day

– Information on school capacity is inconsistent and confusing. These new draft boundaries were made public on Sept. 17 (you should have received an email). Recommended changes will be presented to the School Board on Oct. 16. THIS IS URGENT

How Will The New Growth Boundaries Affect Me?
Families currently enrolled at B.F. Day may remain at the school through fifth grade. Younger siblings and families who don’t yet have children enrolled at the school will be affected if they reside outside of the boundary lines.

But My Kiddos Are Already at B.F. Day. How Will This Impact Us?
The new attendance area being proposed for B.F. Day is significantly reduced in size and if implemented would result in fewer students and potentially 2 less teachers by 2017. Fewer teachers means less money for the school and reduced programs.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?
– Please email or call the following District personnel to let them know it’s not acceptable to shrink boundaries of our growing school.
– Copy Principal Katie Pearl on your emails.  kmpearl@seattleschools.org
– Take action by October 10 – date Principals are meeting with District staff to discuss.
– Please share this email widely. Our PTSA directory is still being finalized so we are not sure if we are communicating with all B.F. Day families.

Attend District II Board Member Sherry Carr’s community meeting on Saturday, October 12 at Bethany Community Church, Christian Education Room, 8023 Green Lake Drive North.

Flip Herndon
ltherndon@seattleschools.org
Assistant Superintendent – Capital Facilities and Enrollment Planning
252-0644

Joseph A Wolf
K-12 Planning Coordinator
jawold@seattleschools.org
252-0551

Sherry Carr
School Board Member, District II
sherry.carr
@seattleschools.org

252-0040

Tracy Libros
Manager Enrollment & Planning
trlibros@seattleschools.org
252-0511

Your friend and neighbor,
Carol Magallanes

Get Ready to Play at B.F. Day!

playground equipThe new playground equipment is really cool, and it’s being installed at B.F. Day during the weekend of September 14 & 15.  You can help, and be a part of history (“Yeah, I remember way back in ’13 building that thing…”).  Mark your calendars, and please lend a hand.

We need volunteers on both weekend days, to place parts, tighten screws, pour concrete and other fun things.  Here’s the schedule:

Saturday, Sept. 14, 9am – 5pm (end time depends on # of volunteers)
Please be there at 9:00 am for an orientation to include a safety talk, overview of the layout, and parts identification. We will then break into groups to build the thing. Afternoon activities will include concrete mixing, finish work and clean up. Work will be supervised by PlayCreations. If you cannot be there all day on Saturday, consider signing up for one of two shifts: 9am – 1pm or 1 – 4pm

Sunday, Sept. 15, 10am – ?? (end time depends on number of volunteers)
Less exciting, but equally important is the placement of drain rock. This will involves lot of muscles, shovels and a handful of wheelbarrows. This work will be so much faster and easier if we can get a lot of people to help.

Lunch, snacks and water will be provided both days. (Thank you Fremont PCC, Ballard Trader Joe’s, & Eltana Bagel). Please bring a refillable water bottle, and work gloves – we will have some gloves, but consider bringing a pair if you have them. All other tools will be provided.

Please contact Kristin Anderson at kanderson11@comcast.net if you can help. Please specify the day and time you will be there. Ideally, we will have 25-30 volunteers on each day. You must be 16 years or older to participate.