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.

 

 

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).

2016 Winter Before and After School Activities

 

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BF DAY Before and After SCHOOL ACTIVITIES  

Winter 2016

*Registration period is Monday 1/4 – Friday 1/15/2016, unless noted otherwise
*Enrollment forms for Paper Registration will be included in child’s folders or online at http://ow.ly/RTPR8
*Fill out paper form ONLY for classes noted ‘Paper Registration.’
*Questions about individual classes, scholarships or general registration can be directed to parent contacts.

Classes Offered:

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.comCost: $115 for 9 weeks, 1/25-3/28 (no class 2/15); make checks payable to Heather Hested
Paper Registration; parent contact: Vinita Sidhu vinsid@gmail.com 
SCHOOL OF ROCK ‘Rookies’
Grades K-2 Mondays; 2:50-3:50 Music Room
‘Rookie’s’ inspires kids to find their inner Rock Star!
Young rockers learn song structure, pitch, rhythm, basic theory and musical teamwork through a combination of fun, music-based games and concepts while exploring Rock & Roll instrumentation.  Guitar, Bass, Drums, Keys, Vocals and great songs will be played. The class is geared toward 6-7 year-olds but open to K kids that are excited to participate. Cost: $179 for 8 weeks, 1/25-3/21 (no class 2/15)
Online Registration at https://seattle-sor.frontdeskhq.com/courses/84298 .
Parent contact: Chelsey Hays chelsey.hays@live.com
 KEYBOARD CLUB
Grades 2-5 Mondays; 2:50-3:50 Cafeteria
Kids will have the opportunity 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 a musical learning workshop that uses a clever visual method to teach the basics of music reading and piano playing. Each participant has his/her own keyboard supplied during the class.  Headphones, books and other materials are also included. Cost: $160 for 8 weeks, 1/25-3/21 (no class 2/15)
Online Registration at http://www.musicalmindspianokeyboardclub.com/
Parent contact: Julie Graber jegraber@yahoo.com
 SEWING
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: $180 for 10 weeks, 1/19–3/29 (no class 2/16); scholarships available
Online Registration at http://madesewing.com/collections/after-school-programs
Parent contact: Gayle Perez gaylecperez@gmail.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: $87.50 for 10 weeks, 1/19–3/29 (no class 2/16);
Online Registration at http://www.chessmates.org/bravo/chooseschool.php
Parent contact: Gayle Perez gaylecperez@gmail.com
 BASKETBALL
Grades K-2 Tuesdays 2:50-3:50 Gym
‘Hoops’ for aspiring young players combines fundamental skills instruction with organized team competition.  Players will focus on individual skills such as passing, dribbling, shooting, rebounding, and defending while learning how to work with a team. Boys and girls of all skill levels are encouraged to join. Children will improve their overall physical fitness, develop sportsmanship, athletic integrity and gain an understanding of the game of basketball. Cost: $100 for 8 weeks, 1/19–3/15 (no class 2/16)
Online Registration at http://www.1on1basketball.com
Parent contact: Anna Cortese astanek73@yahoo.com

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 THE DRAMA CLUB
Grades K-2 Tuesdays 2:50-3:50 Music Room; Grades 3-5 Thursdays; 2:50-4:20 Library
‘Save the drama for this Mama!!
Julie Bragg (aka Katie’s Mom) is continuing the drama program for BF Day. The Club is a fun mix of Improv, Creative Visualization, Basic Theater Styles, Character Creation and Development and Scene work.  Each class creates an original Theatrical Piece to be presented to friends and family at the end of each session. It is a great time for all!!Cost: $80 for 8 weeks, 1/19-3/15 (no class 2/16) or 1/21-3/10; scholarships available;
Make checks payable to Julie Bragg
Paper Registration. Parent contact: Adrienne James tirecapades@yahoo.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.  Class continues for full school year and students may join throughout month of January. Classes: 13 weeks, 1/06-3/30;
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. http://www.creativecoding4kids.com. Max 12 students. Cost: $257 for 9 weeks, 1/20-3/16
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 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: $120 for 8 weeks, 1/20-3/09
Online Registration at http://greaterseattle.playtga.com;
Parent contact: Sheryl Marks sherylmarks2003@yahoo.com
BOARD GAME CLUB
Grades K-5, Wednesdays 2:50-3:50 Room 305
We are in a golden age of board games, and there is a wealth of great games for kids. Come join the B.F Day Boardgamers to play old favorites or learn to play a new game with instruction from our volunteers. We have a number of games including cooperative games, Euro games and Risk\Reward games.  Collectable card games are less emphasized.  Game donations or loans are greatly appreciated and will be handled respectfully as part of our charter.  When signing up, please let us know what games your child likes to play or if it is a new hobby. Cost: $30 optional donation to PTSA for 11 weeks, 1/20-4/06 (no class 3/23)
Paper Registration. Parent contact: Bart Thompson bart@bartthompson.com
 LEGO engineering
Grades K-5 Thursdays; 2:50-4:20 Cafeteria
What can you do with over 20,000 pieces of LEGO®? In our classes, explore concepts in physics, architecture, mechanical and structural engineering. Find inventive solutions in a fun-filled context. Students work individually, in teams, and as a group throughout the sessions. A short discussion and demonstration of the day’s topic starts each meeting. Children are given a design/building assignment while Instructors provide individual assistance and instruction and facilitate challenges, performance testing, and modifications to projects. Classes are divided into two levels by age, so be sure to specify in registration. Cost: $139 for 8 weeks, 1/21-3/10
Registration at play-well.org/classes
Parent contact: Anna Cortese astanek73@yahoo.com
OOM YUNG DOE
Grades 2-5 Thursdays; 2:50-3:50 Gym
Oom Yung Doe is a martial art that features the “8 Taught As 1” program. Eight martial arts are integrated into a single curriculum and students experience unique health and conditioning benefits. Students can feel stronger, energized, and more relaxed.  Confidence is achieved through practical self-defense skills. Cost: $200 for 10 weeks, 1/21-3/24; make checks payable to Oom Yung Doe
Paper Registration. Parent contact: Vinita Sidhu vinsid@gmail.com
 WORLD DANCE with Marissa
Grades K-2 Thursdays; 2:50-3:50 Music Room
Winter session of World Dance will feature a variety of cultural dances from all over the great continent of Asia…from Bollywood to Balinese! 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: $120 for 10 weeks, 1/21 – 3/24; make checks payable to Marissa Baratian

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B.F. Day Movie Night – Friday!

A reminder…B.F. Day’s first ever family movie filmnight takes place tomorrow night (Friday, December 4 at 7:00) in the gym!  We’ll be watching “Inside Out”, a PG-rated animated film about a girl who moves to a new city and has to face her emotions (Joy, Fear Anger, Disgust and Sadness) as she determines how best to navigate a new city, house and school. You can read more about this movie here, including specific information about suitability for young kids.

Your entire family is welcome to come to this free PTSA-sponsored event.  Bring a comfy blanket or sleeping bag to sit on (we’ll also have chairs). We’ll have popcorn to munch on.  Doors open at 6:30, and the film starts at 7:00 (ends at approximately 8:40)  Parents, you must accompany your kids – this is not a drop-off event!

 

BF Day Boardgame Club

BF Day Boardgamers is a new after-school club at BF Day.  We are a small group of parent volunteers who love playing games and would like to host a learning, social, and fun after-school experience.

We are going to start out small with three meetings in December to sort of “play test” our ideas and format.

Our objectives are:

  • Create a fun, and engaging environment that promotes the learning process.
  • Growth in friendly and healthy competition, gracious winning, and respect for
    fellow players.
  • Engage logic, math, communication, and problem solving strategies.
  • Engage reading comprehension, converting read materials into action and
    applied strategy.
  • Experience true teamwork.

 

We’ve all been told that making mistakes is how we learn. A game setting is a perfect environment to make mistakes. It engages the learning process by getting feedback from your peers, seeing other options to a problem, and good old fashioned trial and error. A game gives us the freedom to fail without harmful consequences.  And that, is how we learn.
Oh, and by the way, it’s massive fun, too.

 

  • December 1st – Introductions, Goals and Club Charter.
    Catan Jr, Exploding Kittens, Splendor, Sushi Go, Forbidden Desert, more.
  • December 8th – Ticket to Ride with Card Kingdom
    Card Kingdom is bringing extra copies of the game and will lead game play.
  • December 15th – Favorite Free Play
    We’ll be playing Ticket to Ride and other favorites from our first meeting. Experienced kid players invited to lead games.

Each Player must bring:

  • An open mind and an adventurous spirit
  • A focus and readiness to learn how a game works
  • Respect for your fellow players
  • Respect for the physical game; its board, cards and all pieces.

Each Player will receive:

  • An invitation to experience new and challenging games
  • Mentorship in finding winning strategies and problem solving
  • Respect from all Players
  • A rewarding, fun hour of social interaction

Enrollment for BF Day Boardgamers:
Meets:         December 1st, 8th, 15th. 2:50-3:45 pm
Room:         305
Grades:       1st – 5th.  18 student maximum.
Cost:           There is no cost to join BF Day Boardgamers. Please consider supporting BF Day PTSA in whatever way you are able.

Please email carol.magallanes@gmail.com if you would like to enroll your student!

Square1 Art

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Square1 Art catalogs and order forms went home on Tuesday. We have a tea short deadline this year, so if you would like to place any orders, do not delay! The orders need to be in by Monday 11/16/2015.


Return the order form to the office with a check or cash, or place your order at Square1art.com. Any questions at all, email or call Carol!
Carol.magallanes@gmail.com
206-383-4125

Direct Drive Has Started!

DirectDriveDirect Drive is the name for B.F. Day’s biggest fundraiser, which runs for two short weeks this year from November 2-13.  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 $50,000 (up from $36,000 last year) for programs and services that benefit all B.F. Day kids.

On Monday, November 2, 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 13th. 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 maybe popsicles)
  • And, thanks to the generosity of two B.F. Day parents, for every pledge card returned, $10 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?
Can I donate stock instead of writing a check?
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. On November 2, 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 3 and Friday, November 13. Donations can be paid all at once by check or credit card/PayPal (online at www.bfdayptsa.org), 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.
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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 2015-16 is $75,000. 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:

ProgramFunding2015Arts: Music/Performing Arts teacher, tile project
Teacher/Staff Grants: School supplies & class needs
Classroom Grants: Field trips & grade-level grants
Support: scholarships & assistance
Enrichment: Writers in the School
All-School Events: Monthly events for families
Volunteering: Coordinator stipend
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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.
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Q. What can I get just for returning my pledge card?
A. We want to make this kind of fun, so there are three other benefits you’ll get if you turn in your pledge card:

  1. Thanks to the generosity of two B.F. Day families, for every pledge card received, $10 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!
  2. Every pledge card returned will be entered into a raffle to win some cool prizes:  we have three $25 gift cards donated by the wonderful people at Top Ten Toys, and free “tuition” (for one child) to the Winter After-School activity/class of your choice. The schedule for Winter programs will be available soon.
  3. Classrooms with 70% participation (70% of pledge cards returned) win a popsicle party. The 2 classrooms with the highest percentage of pledge cards returned get an additional recess!

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
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Q. Can I donate online?
A. Yes. Click on the “Donate” button on our web site (bfdayptsa.org). Our PayPal system will accept all major credit cards, or you can use your PayPal account if you have one.
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Q. Can I donate stock instead of writing a check?
A.  Not yet, but we’re working on it. If you’re interested, email Rosie Donovan (treasurer@bfdayptsa.org), PTSA Treasurer for more information.
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Q. My company will match my gift. What do I need to do?
A. Terrific! Many Seattle area companies – 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 PTS King County 6 15 85”)
3921 Linden Ave N.
Seattle WA 98103
treasurer@bfdayptsa.org
Our tax ID# (Employer Identification Number) is: 91-1348668

Please contact Rosie Donovan (PTSA Treasurer) at treasurer@bfdayptsa.org for assistance.
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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 2016.
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Q. How secure is the information I provide?
A. All donations will be handled by the Fundraising Chair (Monica Spain) or PTSA Board President (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.
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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.
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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.
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Q. Who should I contact with questions?
A. Monica Spain (directdrive@bfdayptsa.org) is the parent volunteer coordinating Direct Drive. You can also contact B.F. Day PTSA President Steve Albertson (president@bfdayptsa.org).
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Letter to SPS from the BF Day PTSA president regarding bell time changes

Hello, my name is Steve Albertson, and I’m the president of the B.F. Day Elementary School PTSA.
Thank you for accepting and considering the input from the families at B.F. Day Elementary School. In order to easily and quickly engage our school community, we chose to send out a brief survey and have summarized the results here.
The questions and the results are listed below.  We received 71 responses from appx. 286 families in a 36-hour period, for a response rate of 25%.
Summary: very simply, 77% of responding families said that a 9:40am start time and the 3:50pm end time would be WORSE for their family. 55 people provided personal and detailed comments that deserve consideration. They are all listed below.
Given these strong results, we feel confident in saying that the B.F. Day community of families ARE OPPOSED to the proposed 9:40am start time for our school.
Some general themes for reasons why families feel that the later start is a worse time include:
  1. It presents childcare challenges, with the most mentioned concern being the additional cost. It will also add complexity to work/family schedules.  Many families indicated that they would have to find childcare before and after school.
  2. The late start and therefore late end, would make it difficult for children to have enough time to do homework, participate in after school activities and engage as a family on weeknights.
  3. The late start and late end are not conducive for learning for children ages 5-11. Many children will be up early anyway (either because they naturally wake early or because they will have to leave early with their parents to childcare). Being in class until 4pm will be exhausting for young children.
  4. The data is lacking to support this option. Younger children wake earlier, should start school earlier. Older kids naturally sleep later and should start school later. Plus, older kids can be home by themselves in the morning and get themselves to school. Younger children cannot.
  5. The late start presents additional challenges for special needs children, which comprises more than 6% of our student population. The exact comment made was “Our son has significant special needs and is in the SM3 classroom. If the start/end time changed, we would need both before and after school care for our son, which would present a significant hardship. It is not easy for a special needs child to cope with the multiple transitions imposed by before and after school care.”
In addition, we are confused and frustrated that the exact bell times were not made more readily available to each school to comment on. The exact times were difficult to track down online and not directly linked to any of the materials about the open houses. When you modify an option (in this case when the option changes from no elementary schools starting at 9:40am to quite a few starting at 9:40am), you should make that very clear so people have the opportunity to provide feedback. Our survey shows that most of our families (69%) were not even aware of the proposed time change.
Sincerely, and on behalf of our families,
Steve Albertson, President
B.F. Day PTSA
206-201-1717
 
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*the actual survey comments are not available for public viewing.