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    UPCOMING EVENTS


    Nov 5 - Dec 6: Holiday Food Drive

    Nov 6 - Dec 11: Winter Wishes

    Nov 7 - Dec 7: Annual Fund

    Nov 15: Picture Re-Take Day

    Dec 7 - 8 Stevens Tree Sale

    Dec 8 Pancakes Breakfast



    FROM THE PTA


    "First Friday Community Chats"

    The first Friday of every month is an opportunity for parents to come to school right at the start of day and talk to Dr. Fitch and at least one of the PTA presidents in a smaller environment about whatever you want. For the first few chats, we’ve touched on topics such as advanced learning opportunities, expanding after-school enrichment classes, and how we can be a more inclusive community.  We don’t have an agenda other than talking about what’s on your mind. We meet from 8:00am - 9:00am in the conference room in the main office; right after drop-off. We hope you can join us!


    PTA Meeting, November 13, 6:30 - 8pm, Stevens Library

    Join us for our next PTA meeting on Tuesday, November 13.  We will be discussing how PTA can expand their outreach to all Stevens families and have more diverse voices at our meetings and events and become a more inclusive community.  Childcare and light snacks will be provided.


    Join the PTA Board!

    Currently, we have the following open positions on this year’s PTA Board -- Treasurer, Legislative Chair, and Special Education Liaison.  If you love crunching numbers and Quickbooks, consider being a PTA Treasurer. Have passion for education advocacy? Perhaps Legislative Chair is the role for you, OR be a voice for all our Special Education families on the Board.   Each position is a one or two-year term, and most are mentored by a current Board Co-Chair, providing the time and opportunity to learn. Please consider sharing your talents by joining the PTA Board and supporting all kids at Stevens!  If interested, please email info@stevenspta.org.


    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!  We raised $1000 for Stevens!


    Fall Social

    Thanks to everyone who attended and volunteered at the Fall Social!  What a HOOT! They gym was full of energy with music, carnival games, dancing, and many creative costumes.  Special thanks to Natasha de Plater (the artistic tour-de-force behind all the amazing Halloween decorations) and Caren Ezratty-O’Connor for coordinating this favorite community event; PE Teachers Eric Peters and Susan Goubert, who taught our kids some cool dance routines; Stevens’ custodial staff, James French and Abdullah Ismail; all the parents who volunteered at the event and those of you who helped us clean up at the end; and to everyone who contributed to the potluck.  We were able to donate the extra food to Tutu’s pantry!


    The Stevens Directory

    The Stevens Directory is finally complete and went home with students the week of October 22.  Each student should have received one. If you find that you have more than your household(s) requires, please return the extras to the Stevens Main Office so they can be redistributed.  If you find that you need more than what came home, please ask at the Main Office and they can provide you with an extra copy.


    Inclusion in the Stevens Directory was dependent on submission of the Green Form that was sent home with the Tea Packet at the beginning of the school year.


    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!  



    TUTU’S PANTRY CORNER


    Tacos for Tutu’s Fundraiser

    A huge THANK YOU to everyone who attended the Pecado Bueno fundraiser last month - the Stevens and Lowell Elementary food programs each received over $1100 from this event.  WOW! And thank you to those who made a donation to Tutu's at the Fall Social. These funds help supplement the food we need to purchase to pack over 25 backpacks every week at Stevens.


    Future Tutu’s Pantry Leadership

    Tutu's Pantry is going strong as we work hard to put in place a program that should need little to no fundraising next school year. If feeding children is your passion, please consider making this program yours for 2019 and beyond. We can work it out so that 2 to 3 people can split up the tasks so it is easy to do. If you are interested or want to talk, please contact Lori Bugaj at tutuspantry@stevenspta.org.  


    UPCOMING EVENTS


    Holiday Food Drive, November 5 - December 6

    Your gifts to Tutu’s Pantry have been fantastic this year but we still need donations to help feed our students. What better way to do this than during our Holiday Food Drive Competition which kicked off this week! Grades K-2 and 3-5 will be collecting non-perishable food items in their classrooms now through Thursday, December 6. All items collected will help stock our Tutu's Pantry.

     

    All food donations during the Holiday Food Drive should be placed in the boxes outside of your child's classroom. This is the perfect opportunity to let your kids get involved with choosing food items to give that they know kids will love. Last year was amazing, and we're hoping to beat our record this year!

    As the weather gets cooler, we need these items for the pantry:

    - canned entrees (Ravioli, Spaghetti-Os and Chili)

    - single serve snacks (such as granola bars, fruit snacks or pudding cups)

    - boxed Macaroni and Cheese

    - monetary donations - we will do the shopping for you!

     

    And, the two classes (one from K-2 and one from 3-5) who collect the most items will get front row viewing of the tree drop from the delivery truck for the Tree Sale on Friday, December 7!  Let the classroom donation competition begin!!

    Please NOTE: NO expired foods or glass containers. Small individual snacks will be counted as 6 to 1, so they are equivalent to canned and group packaged items.

     

    Winter Wishes, November 6 - December 11

    As winter approaches, we want to remind you of our very special Winter Wishes program which helps out families in our Stevens community that need assistance during the holidays, with a gift card (for each child in the family who attends Stevens) and a box of food. The funds for this program come from donations from Stevens families (separate from the Annual Fund) and our Winter Wishes Crafts and Baked Goods tables at the Tree Sale on December 7 and 8.

    You can contribute by baking goodies, making crafts or donating money in the Winter Wishes envelopes (soon to decorate the front entry-way to school). Contact Lori Bugaj at tutuspantry@stevenspta.org or 415.999.0818 for more details or to help.

     

     

    Annual Fund, November 7 - December 8

    The Stevens Annual Fund has officially begun!  From now until December 8, our goal is to raise $110,000 and to have 100% participation.  Annual Fund brochures were mailed out to families end of October.

     

    Every family has a different ability to give and different resources.  If you are in a position to make a bigger contribution to Stevens, give 1-3% of your household income.  If you are on social media, let your network know how they can support your kids’ school by posting a link to our Annual Fund Drive webpage (www.stevenspta.org/annual-fund).  Ask five friends, relatives or neighbors to match your contribution.  Let us know if there is a business that might be interested in sponsoring the Annual Fund.  Share your ideas and contributions to fundraising@stevenspta.org. Thank you!

     


    Stevens Holiday Tree Sale and Pancake & Latke Breakfast, December 7 and 8

    Planning and ground work for the Stevens Holiday Tree Sale and Pancake & Latke Breakfast is well under way.  This event is fun and takes a lot of hands. We hope you can help!


    First up: FLIERS!  Get your steps and help make these events a huge success. Please sign up for an area to tuck fliers and annual fund brochures invitingly on folks' porches. We can get fliers in your hands by Wednesday 11/7 and you decide when you get them out by Sunday 11/11 (or Monday since there is no school): https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090d4caaa92ca6f58-getthe


    Second: Sign up for the actual events!  We need LOTS of folks to turn out to make both of these events happen. The more the merrier: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090d4caaa92ca6f58-2018

    Third: If you think you might want to help with the advance work, we could use you.  I am a 5th grade parent and we need folks from other grades to step up for next year or do grocery shopping for pancake ingredients this year! Let us know if you are interested.


    Thanks all! These are both awesome events that build community and raise money for Stevens programs.  For more information on the these events visit the event website.


    Tree Sale & Pancake Breakfast Teams


    For more questions / info:

    Tree Sale: Nash and/or Gay Gilmore: treesale@stevenspta.org  

    Pancake Breakfast: Jessica Ludders: jludders@gmail.com


    ps. We on the Tree Sale team also do an epic karaoke event in January for all who help the Tree Sale.  EPIC.



    VOLUNTEER CORNER

    The holiday season means a lot of events and fun volunteer opportunities, however we always appreciate the ways members of our Stevens community can share a little or a lot of their time, passion, and expertise throughout the school year. And participation on the PTA is a great way to try out a new skill you may be interested in exploring.  

    If you are interested in volunteer opportunities, please contact outreach@stevenspta.org.


    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.

     

    PTA COMMUNICATIONS

    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.


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