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Welcome to Returning Blaine Principal, Heather (Swanson) Johnson!

Dear Catharine Blaine K–8 Community,

I am pleased to announce the appointment of a familiar face as your new principal. Ms. Heather Johnson (formerly Swanson) will return to serve as your new principal. Your current principal, Ms. Julie Cox, will be Principal at North Beach Elementary next year.

Ms. Johnson spent the past year as a middle school Principal at the American School of Barcelona, in Spain. Previously, she served as principal at Catharine Blaine from 2006 through 2012, and she is excited to be returning to this school community.

Prior to moving to Spain, Ms. Johnson was a consultant to the Readers and Writers Project at Columbia Teachers College in New York. During her previous time as Catharine Blaine’s Principal, she also served as the President of the Principals Association of Seattle Schools (PASS) for one year. Early in her career, she taught Language Arts, Social Studies and Reading at Seattle’s Denny Middle School, which has been renamed Denny International Middle School.

After receiving a Bachelor of Arts from Seattle Pacific University, Ms. Johnson earned a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from the same school. She holds Washington State certifications as an administrator.

Ms. Johnson has been selected because she was a highly rated principal prior to her departure from Seattle Public Schools and is a natural fit for the Catharine Blaine K–8 community. She is a dedicated instructional leader who is committed to working collaboratively with parents, teachers and students. We will be arranging an opportunity for the community to meet with her when she returns to the United States full-time in August.

Please help me welcome Ms. Heather Johnson back to the Catharine Blaine community and to thank Ms. Julie Cox for her leadership during the past two years.


José Banda
Seattle Public Schools

Blaine Office Closed 6/30-8/25

Fall School Supplies - Order NOW!
Once again the Blaine PTA and Innisbrook have teamed up to provide you the opportunity to purchase school supplies for September 2014. The prices are very competitive!  Personal items and non-competitively priced items have been left off the Innisbrook order pack lists.  A few dollars from each sale will benefit the PTA General Fund.

Supply packs from Innisbrook WILL BE DELIVERED TO SCHOOL, TO YOUR CHILD'S CLASSROOM for the start of school in September.  Personal items such as water bottles and back packs are not included so you can still enjoy a "special" shopping trip with your child.

Be sure to double check your Blaine K-8 class supply list, Forms and Supply Lists, against the Innisbrook supply pack list to see what additional items you will need to purchase. Click HERE to go to the Innisbrook page to order school supplies for September 2014!  Our school number is
115329.  The LAST DAY TO ORDER is AUGUST 11th! Questions, please contact
Free Summer Meals and Snacks
The Summer Meals program begins at the end of the school year in early June and ends in the fall when school begins. All kids and teens (18 years old and younger) are eligible for the program!

The Summer Meals Program is a federal Summer Food Service Program, a nutritional program that provides free meals and snacks to kids and teens during the summer months. Summer meal sites are located in schools, recreation centers, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, and camps.

If you have a question about Summer Meals, call our Family Food Hotline at 1-888-436-6392 or visit to find your Summer Meals sites online.

Key Dates, 2014-2015 School Year
School Board approves 2014-15 Academic Calendar. Eliminates the week-long mid-winter break next year. Key dates for the 2014-15 school year:

• Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014: First day of school for students
• Nov. 11: Veterans Day
• Nov. 27-28: Thanksgiving holiday
• Dec. 22, 2014-Jan. 2, 2015: Winter break
• Jan. 19, 2015: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
• Feb. 16, 2015 :President’s Day
• Feb. 17, 2015: One day off, as part of shortened Mid-Winter break
• April 13-17, 2015: Spring Break
• May 25, 2015: Memorial Day
• Monday, June 15, 2015: Last day of school for students
• June 16, 17, 2015: Snow makeup days (if needed)
Official Bell Times Set for 2014-2015
Dear Catharine Blaine Staff and Families,

Seattle Public Schools has finalized bell times – our start and end times – for the 2014-15 school year.
Starting in the fall, our Middle School students will start at 9:25 AM and be dismissed at 4:00 PM, with buses departing campus at 4:10 PM. 
Elementary students begin school at 9:30 AM for and are dismissed at 3:55 PM, with buses departing at 4:10 PM.   This is slightly later than our current school year.  For those students riding the bus, the arrival time at school will be 9:15 AM, allowing time for breakfast.

These bell times are a result of changes to transportation for the 2014-15 school year, which the School Board approved on Feb. 5, 2014. We know changing bell times is not ideal; however the District at one point had 27 different start times for schools and now has three standard start times. Creating streamlined start and end times will allow the District to save about $2.7 million in transportation costs.

The full list of bell times for all schools next year is posted online at:


Fred Meyer ID #85351

You asked for it, you got it!  Here are some of the many, easy ways you can help earn free money for the Blaine PTA while doing your everyday shopping.  Click HERE to print the details.


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