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    Pathfinder K-8 Hot Sheet Building community by honoring all traditions

    April 18, 2018

    Dates to Remember

    Wednesday, April 18th: K/1, 4/5 & Middle School Camp Chaperone Meeting, HUB & classrooms, 6:30 p.m.

    Thursday, April 19th: Science Fair, Cafeteria, 1:30-3:00 p.m. & 6:30-7:30 p.m.

    Tuesday, April 24th: PTSA gen. meeting: Digital Parenting for Digital Kids, Library, 6:30 p.m.

    Wednesday, April 25th: Photos! For clubs and sports, HUB, morning

    Saturday, April 28th: Spring Garden Build & Plant Starts Sale, Garden, 10:00-2:00 p.m.

    Tuesday, May 8th: Family Math Game Night, Cafeteria, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

    Science Fair

    The Science Fair is happening this Thursday, April 19th! We'll be set up for viewing in the cafeteria 1:30-3pm and again in the evening 6:30-7:30pm. We still need help with set up, clean up, and judging during the daytime fair, please sign up at:! Please contact Andy Darring at or Holly Rikhof at with any questions.


    For over 3 years Pathfinder K-8 has partnered with the non-profit, WE charity, to help students learn about local and global issues and how they can help make changes. This year 8th grade leadership students are supporting WE Villages Food to raise money to help communities in need grow and sell their own food so the community may become self-sustainable. Students have learned how hunger can prevent children their own age from getting an education, increase their health risks, and keep them in a cycle of poverty. 8th grade leadership students have set a goal to raise $500.00 to help support WE Villages Food and they need your help. You can support their cause by making a donation from April 2nd-30th at

    Food Drive to Support the West Seattle Food Bank (April 16th – May 4th )

    Pathfinder’s 8th grade leadership team is running a food drive to support the West Seattle Food Bank. The Food Bank works hard to ensure the most vulnerable in our community who are at risk for hunger are able to have nutritious meals. With the support of local businesses and the community they were able to support 8,400 individuals and provide weekly Food Back Packs to 465 children at 13 different schools in Seattle. Please help support the West Seattle Food Bank and all the hard work they do. Donation boxes will be located throughout the school.

    Titlewish Book Campaign

    Hi! This is Bruce Toomey, your Pathfinder Librarian. I have set up an online Titlewish Fundraising campaign to raise some addi-tional funds to purchase books for our library. This will be done through this link that Follett has set up for us. 100% of the funds raised will go to purchase new books for our library. The campaign will run from March 30th to April 30th. When you go to the donation page, you will find some FAQs and other information. If you have any questions about the Titlewish Campaign, you may contact me at:, or call at 206-252-9746.
    Here is the link:

    Photos for Yearbook

    Time is running out! We need your images no later than May 11th. Photos must be uploaded to our dropboxes in order to be included in the yearbook. Important information: * Medium or Large sized photos 2mb+ each work best! Please do not upload dark, blurry or in the distant photos. Multiple people having a moment together are fabulous. We also love pictures that show learning! Edit the photos yourself and upload just a few at a time. A Cover Art Contest will be held in May for all K-8 students. Thank you! Links to the folders can be found on the Yearbook Dropbox page.

    Sports and Club Photos

    Class Act Portraits will be coming on Wednesday, April 25th in the morning to take photos of all our school sports teams and school clubs.

    Family Math Game Night

    Please come join us for Family Math Night on May 8th, 2018 from 6:00-7:30 PM. This is a FREE event where students in multiple grades will play different math and logical thinking games with their families and friends. Other highlights of the evening include: Guessing Jar Alley (winner gets the jar), Food and drinks, & Fun times with your family and friends!

    PTSA News

    April General Meeting

    Guest speaker Jo Langford—local therapist, sex educator and dad—will present “Digital Parenting for Digital Kids.” Learn how to up your parenting game with understanding “platinum rules” of behaving online with an audience and the “Three M’s” (Maintenance, Monitor-ing and Mentorship) of a high-quality conversation about what their online interactions actually look like. Q&A session afterwards. In addi-tion, we will have PTSA news, a Principal report from David and Spirit Wear on sale. Childcare provided by Blazing Trails for kids 5-12, signup sheet in Front Office.

    Spring Garden Build & Plant Starts Sale

    Come celebrate Spring in the Pathfinder garden. Help us lay the groundwork for Janet's Outdoor Classroom, build more garden beds and work on new signage for our garden. There will be plant starts for sale that the Earth Project is growing with several classes. Lunch pro-vided. Questions: Contact Karen at

    Open PTSA Board Positions for 2018-19

    Treasure/Co-Treasurers, Fundraising Chair and Volunteer Coordinator
    Come have a say in how fundraising dollars are spent, bring new ideas to the table and help continue to make our school the incredible place it is by getting involved in a whole new way. Details and job descriptions or contact us at

    PTSA After School Coordinator Needed

    Our incredible After School Program is only possible because of all the awesome parents that have run it over the years. A big thank you to all of them! To keep this program going, we now need someone new to join us and make it continue to thrive for next year. Current pay in $900/quarter and you can find a detailed job description here——or contact us for more information at

    Staff Appreciation

    Staff Appreciation week is happening May 7-11. As a staff appreciation committee there is something planned for ALL the staff everyday except Wednesday. We encourage classes to use Wednesday as a day for kids to bring in notes of love, drawings, flowers from their own garden or anything else to their classroom teacher and anyone else they encounter throughout their week they want to show appreciation to. Our kids encounter specialty teachers, custodians, Lunch servers, bus drivers, office staff, nurse, IA’s, tutors, librarian just to name a few. All of the above need YOUR help! Please check out the sign up genius to see how you can participate. Any questions, comments please contact Molly Gras-Usry at 206.306.5470 or Thank you so much for your participation!

    Save the Date: LGBTQ Family Dinner

    LGBTQ Staff, Students, and Families! Pathfinder's first LGBTQ Family Dinner is happening Thursday, May 17th, starting at 5:30. We are thrilled to announce that Lisa Love will be joining us as our guest and featured speakers. There will also be resource tables and entertainment. Dinner's on us so we need you to RSVP at so we have enough everybody! We look forward to seeing you there.

    Save the Date: Time Again in OZ...

    The fabulous all-school musical that we have been working on for the past month!
    Performances will be Wednesday, May 30th at 9:30am and 7:00pm and Friday, June 1st at 7:00pm —admission is free, and the show will run approximately 1 hour. Come to see the Sets, the Lights, the Costumes, the Acting, Singing and Dancing, all created by our fabulous Pathfinder students (70 of them!), teachers and parents, with a super-secret guest star performance in the role of the magnificent mineral man “Dockendite.” You will never guess who this superstar is, so don’t even try — just don’t miss it! Refreshments will be served!