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    Thank you to the new members of the Stevens community who joined us for our Welcome Tea on September 11, and to everyone who participated in our first General PTA meeting of the year on September 25.  If you missed it, we hope to see you at another meeting this year. Meetings take place every other month from 6:30 - 8pm in the Stevens Library. We encourage all parents, guardians, and teachers to become PTA members so that your voice can be heard and your vote counted on issues that affect our community, budget decisions, and board positions. Memberships are renewed annually and scholarships are available.


    The next PTA meeting is November 13.


    "First Friday Community Chats"

    The PTA held its first "Community Chat" with Dr. Fitch and PTA co-presidents in the office conference room the second week of school. We had a small group, just four parents, and shared coffee while exploring a variety of topics. Questions ranged from how to support parents in navigating homework at home in fun and effective ways, to how the school and teachers work to challenge students who are working above their grade level. If you have questions or ideas of your own, please join us for our next chat on October 5, right after drop off, or plan on another first Friday. We look forward to talking with you!


    Open PTA Board Positions

    • Legislative/Advocacy Liaison: Are you interested in the ins and outs of education policy at the school, district, and even state level?  If so, the PTA is looking for a Legislative/Advocacy Liaison for our Stevens community to help us stay informed and active.
    • Special Education Program Liaison: Do you have a student with an IEP or 504, or are you in the process of requesting one? Are you a parent who would like to help other parents learn more about about special education, and gain a deeper understanding of the wonderful diversity in our Stevens community?  The PTA is seeking a Special Education Program liaison to help coordinate monthly SPED parent meetings.

    If interested in either of these positions, please email info@stevenspta.org .


    Support the PTA While You Shop

    Looking for an easy way to support the PTA?  Click on the Amazon logo on the PTA website at www.stevenspta.org, and you’ll be routed to amazon.com.  Shop as you normally would and Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchase to Stevens PTA!  

    Back-to-School Social at Optimism

    We had a great turnout at our Back-to-School social at Optimism Brewery on Capitol Hill on Sunday, September 30.  Thank you to all our students and their families for attending. Special thanks to Molly Neitzel from Molly Moon's for donating ice cream and Gay Gilmore & Troy Hakala from Optimism Brewery for hosting the event and donating a portion of the beer proceeds that day to Stevens!

    TUTU’S PANTRY

    Tutu’s Pantry is a program dedicated to help students in the Stevens Community.  Each Friday, students served by the pantry are sent home with a backpack of kid-friendly, easy-to prepare meals for the weekend.  Information about the program was included in your Tea Packets.

    Looking to sign up to receive food?

    Parents or guardians can sign up their Stevens students to participate in the Tutu’s Pantry program by filling out the Tutu’s Pantry Opt-In Form. Copies of the form are available in the Main Office.

    Looking to help keep Tutu’s Pantry stocked?

    Tutu’s Pantry is run by volunteers and your donations go towards feeding our students. To donate food, put items in the Big Green Bins located outside the Tutu's closet (to the right of the Main Office). Or let us shop for you! Checks made out to “Stevens PTA”, with “Tutu’s Pantry” in the memo field, can be dropped off at the Main Office.


    ALL of what we receive goes directly to Steven's families. Each week two (2) grades are asked to provide food for Tutu’s Pantry.  Below is the donation rotation for October, but please feel free to donate at any time.

    Oct 1-5: 1st and 4th

    Oct 8-11: 2nd and 5th

    Oct 15-19: K and 3rd

    Oct 22-26: 1st and 4th

    Oct 29-Nov 2: 2nd and 5th


    Find the full donation schedule by grade here.


    As the weather gets cooler, we need these items for the pantry: canned entrees and soups (Ravioli, Spaghetti-Os and Chili); single serve snacks (such as granola bars, fruit snacks or pudding cups); boxed Macaroni and Cheese; and monetary donations - we will do the shopping for you!


    If you have questions or are looking to volunteer, email tutuspantry@stevenspta.org .

    UPCOMING EVENTS

    Tacos for Tutu’s: October 10, 5-9pm, Pecado Bueno

    Join us for an evening of Tacos and BATTLEBOTS at Pecado Bueno (2356 Eastlake Ave E) to support the Tutu’s Pantry programs at Stevens and Lowell Elementary schools.

     

    $15/adult and $10/child for a taco buffet. The BATTLEBOTS championship show will be shown at 6pm (courtesy of the Discovery Channel and our local BATTLEBOTS teams).

    If 75+ people attend, we will receive 100% of the meal proceeds for the evening. Hope to see you there!


    Stevens Fall Social: Friday, October 26, 6-8pm, Stevens Gym

    Kick off the year with costumes, carnival games, potluck and dancing! New to Stevens? The Fall Social is a great way to meet people and have fun at this annual Stevens community event.  Plus, watching the kids - and their teachers! - grooving on the dance floor is not to miss! Volunteers for pre-event coordination and day of activities are needed - look for a SignUpGenius announcement in early October.


    VOLUNTEER CORNER

    Thank you to everyone who filled out the volunteer interest forms in your Tea Packets. We appreciate all the ways that the members of our Stevens community can share a little or a lot of their time, passion, and expertise. And participation on the PTA is a great way to try out a new skill you may be interested in exploring.  


    • Picture Day - October 10

    All Stevens students will have their portraits taken and we need 4-5 volunteers available to help from 7:55 am - 1pm.  Contact Heather Pollard at: hrpollard@seattleschools.org .  


    • Vision Screenings - October 10

    Our school nurse, Meg Watson, is seeking parent volunteers to help with vision screenings.  Screenings will be take place in the Kid’s Club building from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm, happening while students have their portraits taken in the next room.  Volunteers do not need to have any health care experience to help out.  The nurse will train everyone before the kids come. Questions? Contact Meg Watson at mawatson@seattleschools.org .   

    Sign up to volunteer here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b4fa8af28aaf58-vision



    • Stevens Tree Sale - December 7 and 8

    The Tree Sale team is starting to lay the groundwork to have another epic year.  We had a record breaking year this past year and would love to do it again. If you can help in the planning work, join the team!  We need a little web savvy, logistic organizing, and many hands for the actual Tree Sale dates. Contact Nash at: treesale@stevenspta.org .

    You can also contact outreach@stevenspta.org to find out about other volunteer opportunities.


    Before you volunteer….

    • Volunteers need to complete the volunteer sign up process before the day they are coming to help. This includes: filling out the SPS volunteer application form online, watching the sexual misconduct prevention video (you will receive an email verification to save) and bringing photo ID to the school for verification.
    • You can apply to volunteer online at:  http://www.seattleschools.org/volunteer
    • If you have any questions, contact Heather Pollard (hrpollard@seattleschools.org) in the Main Office.

    Thanks for supporting the Stevens community!



    2018-2019 STEVENS T-SHIRT


    Opt-In Order form for Stevens School Shirts


    The PTA is excited to provide all students and staff Stevens shirts again this year!


    All 1st-5th students will receive an orange flyer with an order form for a Stevens shirt.

    • Complete the flyer or email shirts@stevenspta.org by Oct 15, if your student would like a shirt this year.

    • You do not need to complete the form if your student’s shirt still fits/you can find it/is still in good condition.


    All kindergarteners will automatically receive a shirt and do not need to complete an order form.  


    Any questions, contact shirts@stevenspta.org .



    PTA COMMUNICATION

    If you have ideas or suggestions for content you would like to see on the website or in the monthly Stevens SPEAK, please send to communication@stevenspta.org . SPEAK is a joint publication between the school and the PTA.


    Please also visit the Stevens PTA website at http://stevenspta.org for upcoming events, opportunities to volunteer, and PTA news.


    Are you on Facebook? Join the Stevens Elementary Community Facebook group, another way to connect with the Stevens community.  While there is an administrator to preview posts, this is not a PTA or school-sponsored page.