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Student Activities

Participation in student-oriented activities is a vital part of a student’s education. Pathfinder K8 offers a wide range of activities including the following:

PTSA After School Program The Earth Project
Penny Harvest Bank Day
Buddy Program
Family Math Night World Travel Program
Science Fair Associated Student Body(ASB)
Craft Fair Spirit Days
Elder Luncheon Dances
Sharing the Gift
       



Additional student activities are provided by our Athletics program.



After School Program


Activity Coordinator - Julie Rasmussen

After School classes begin the week of April 28 and all classes will have 7 sessions.  Please look for the catalog and registration forms  in your child's backpack Friday, April 4, 2014. Registration opens Monday, April 7 and closes Monday, April 11. Payment will be due at the time of registration.  Please turn in your completed registration form and with a check made out to Pathfinder PTSA to the front office. If you need scholarship assistance, please contact Julie at jarasmussen@comcast.net.

Session Date Registration 
Fall October 7-December 2013 
               (end date varies)
September 23-September 30, 2013
Winter
January 27 - April 2014
(dates vary due to school closures and early release dates)
January 13 - January 20, 2014
Spring April 28 - June 13, 2014 April 7 - April 11, 2014

The After School Program is in need of parent volunteers to check-in students after school. Volunteers receive a discount of 50% off one class for each day of the week they work. Please contact Julie Rasmussen at jarasmussen@comcast.net if you are interested in this opportunity!  

Penny Harvest


Activity Coordinator - Amy Daly-Donovan & Jen Giomi

Penny Harvest Student LeadersPenny Harvest is a very cool philanthropy program/curriculum that provides a great opportunity for student leadership and learning about giving/supporting their community.  In the fall of 2010, Pathfinder students filled up bags totaling 597.5 pounds of coins!!  This equates to approximately $1,827 dollars ... well above the school goal of $1,000!

The Penny Harvest Team has completed the second phase of the program - The Philanthropy Roundtable.  In this phase, the team reviewed the issues identified by all classrooms and conducted research as well as interviews with non-profit organizations. The students used this information to decide how to donate the $1,000 allocated to us.  They selected as follows:  $500 to West Seattle for Japan (supporting Peacewinds International and KnK Japan, and matched by a local corporation), $300 to the Seattle Humane Society, and $200 to Children's Hospital Foundation.

Students are heavily involved in the research and decision process and it is a terrific opportunity to learn about giving and caring and understanding how organizations deal with the many issues our students care about.  This year's Penny Harvest team interviewed and granted funds to three organizations:  Childrens' Hospital Foundation ($200), Seattle Humane Society ($300) and West Seattle for Japan, a local fundraising effort supporting two organizations that are providing aid and assistance to those affected by the tsunami and earthquakes in Japan ($500, and matched by a local corporation!).  Thank you to the representatives of these organizations for coming to Pathfinder on May 19th to receive their checks in our culminating check presentation!

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The Earth Project at Pathfinder - empowering students to discover their connections to the Earth, themselves, and one another.


Activity Coordinator - Amy Pille

Earth ProjectThe Earth Project (EP) is a collaboration between local non-profit Nature Consortium and Pathfinder teachers, parents, and greater community. This year the EP team will be supporting Pathfinder teachers as they develop environmental science/art curriculum and carry out Earth-based projects. The EP team is currently working on many projects with the students including: maintaining and expanding the school's edible and native garden, improving the school's compost system, going into the greenbelt to learn about it and help restore it, and beginning a worm bin program.

At the 2010 fundraising auction, Pathfinder families designated a significant amount of money to develop the Earth Project and we are off to a great start!  We are always looking for those who wish to be involved. We could use volunteers
to help classes with projects, help out in the garden, seek out donations and more! Please contact Amy Pille for more information.

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Bank Day - Save at School


Activity Coordinator - Gypsie Gitane

Students can take advantage of the Save at School Program with Washington Federal to open an account with only five dollars. Washington Federal will match the initial deposit with and an additional five dollars. Every Wednesday students can bring deposits to the cafeteria from 7:45 to 8:15 a.m. Consider saving birthday money, babysitting money, part of your allowance, etc. Students will receive a receipt in the mail. Save for that special toy,next vacation, or college.

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Buddy Program


Activity Coordinator - Carolyn Giroux-Warner
The Buddy Program helps Pathfinder students learn to be friends with other Pathfinder students. There are many different types of students at Pathfinder, including students who have special learning needs. Some of these students have disabilities, such as Autism, and need extra help from teachers in order to learn and play while they are at school. The Buddy Program helps students with disabilities, such as some of the students in the Raven, Porpoise and Sea Star clans, and students without disabilities in other clans, to learn how to be friends with one another. The Buddy Program teaches skills and provides support to students in learning how to talk to each other, play with each other and learn alongside each other.

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Family Math Night


Math NightEach January Pathfinder families gather for a spaghetti dinner provided by our PTSA and a fun night of games designed to encourage and build math skills. Each student goes home with a math game appopriate for her or his grade level that can be played at home.

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World Travel Program


Activity Coordinator - Lisa Clayton
Pathfinder K-8 is proud to offer the ultimate expedition - our World Travel Program. The program is designed for the Upper Grades (6th, 7th, and 8th) to see themselves as "global citizens" and to help them develop an understanding of community and service learning. The goal is to create youth ambassadors that represent our school and country. Students in the program participate in an after school World Travel class once a week. They prepare themselves academically, socially, and emotionally for travel. Each student creates their own independent project about one aspect of the country that interests them and conducts field research on the trip. When they return, they use their research to create a paper and presentation for their families and friends.
The program has visited China, Belize and now this school year will travel to Romania.  We are now on schedule to travel in a three year rotation.  We will travel to China April 2014, Belize April 2015 and then Romania April 2016.



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Science Fair


Science FairEvery February the Pathfinder K-8 Cafeteria is packed with amazing Science Fair projects by over 100 students from Kindergarten to eighth grade. Leading up to the event, several help sessions provide students with support with everything from choosing a project, to supplies, to writing up their conclusions. 





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Associated Student Body (ASB)


Our Student Leadership Council provides leadership opportunities for students at all grade levels. Students represent our school and help lead, plan and sponsor fun school events. Student Leadership Council plays a key role in our Penny Harvest. Other activities include: planning monthly School Spirit Days, Middle School dances, service projects for the school and much more.

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Holiday Craft Fair


Each December Pathfinder students, staff, and family members show off their amazing artistic talents and sell on trade their crafts at our annual craft fair. Students of all ages can participate. During the day, students have an opportunity to sell or trade with other students. The evening event includes Pathfinder adult vendors.

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Spirit Days


Each year our Associated Student Body decides on a schedule of spirit days that give students and opportunity to show their Pathfinder K-8 spirit. Past days have included: Pajama Day, Wacky Hair Day, Literary Character Day, Twin Day, and Backwards Day.

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Elder Luncheon


Elder LuncheonOur Elder Luncheon is a Pathfinder tradition that encourages students to invite a special "elder" in their lives to attend a school luncheon. The event is typically held in the fall. 





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Sharing the Gift 


Sharing the Gift the gift is another unique tradition at Pathfinder K-8. This program started many years ago – the idea is that for two hours every Friday afternoon in May kids get to explore interesting, fun, and new areas of learning! Teachers and parent volunteers plan classes around all kinds of cool things, their "gift", such as Cooking, Sewing, Art, Skim Boarding, Rock Climbing, Drama, Ninjas, and more.  Kids from throughout the K-8 community select their top five choices, and then the hard work of sorting them into different classes begins. All ages work together.

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Dances


Each year Middle School students have the opportunity to attend three dances at Pathfinder K-8: fall, winter and spring.  This year we held our first K-5 Sock Hop.

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