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Parents, please join us at 6:30pm. This evening is a two-part event (in one evening). In the first 45 minutes, we will have a trainer from Teachers College of Columbia help our parents to better understand what the Readers and Writers Workshop programs look like at Catharine Blaine in Grades K-2. The second part of the evening (7:15-8pm) will be a FEAT General Meeting, where we will discuss and give updates on all on-going and upcoming FEAT projects. Click HERE to read the Event Flier!
The original Unlikely Friendships is a phenomenon. It's a runaway New York Times bestseller with more than 260,000 copies in print in less than half a year; a book with its compelling message of hope and friendship and differences overcome.
Now Unlikely Friendships for Kids, a series of hardcover chapter books for children, ages seven and up is here! Each book has five of the clearest, most interesting stories from the original book, like the monkey and the dove or the leopard and the cow. These heartwarming animal stories, with their incredible photographs and inexplicable mysteries of attraction, their focus on friendship, love, and the ways that creatures of all different species can find common bonds of affection, will keep kids turning the pages to find out about the unusual ways animals help each other and discover the love of new friends.
Jennifer S. Holland is a contributing writer for National Geographic magazine, specializing in science and natural history. Here is the book series' super-informative Tumblr: http://unlikelyfriendshipsbook.tumblr.com/educators
Ms. Holland will be at school on Wednesday, 12 March (11:00am-Noon in the Cafeteria) to share her new books with students in Grades 2nd-5th, talk to us about writing books and how she does it, tell us all about working with animals for National Geographic, and answer our millions of questions! Parents are welcome to join, please, no siblings.
Books will be available for purchase at the event, so that your child can get a signed keepsake, personalized by the author. Order forms will be coming home with students. This FREE author event is 100% supported by book sales.
When fourteen-year-old William Kamkwamba's Malawi village was hit by a drought, everyone's crops began to fail. Without enough money for food, let alone school, William spent his days in the library . . . and figured out how to bring electricity to his village. Persevering against the odds, William built a functioning windmill out of junkyard scraps, and thus became the local hero who harnessed the wind.
Lyrically told and gloriously illustrated, this story will inspire many as it shows how - even in the worst of times - a great idea and a lot of hard work can still rock the world.
Seattle Public Schools will host five community meetings to share information on the District’s five-year Strategic Plan, with tailored comments, topics and data from each of the five educational regions. These meetings are designed to engage families, students, staff and community members in ideas to ensure academic success for every one of our students. There will also be time for participants to ask questions of the Superintendent and District leadership.
The community meetings will be held:
- Monday, March 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m., for the Southeast region, South Shore K-8, 4800 S. Henderson St.
- Thursday, March 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m., for the Northeast region, at Nathan Hale High School, 10750 30th Ave. NE
- Thursday, March 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m., for the Central region, at Garfield High School, 400 23rd Ave.
- Thursday, March 27, 6:30-8:30 p.m., for the Northwest region, at Ballard High School, 1418 NW 65th
- Monday, March 31, 6:30-8:30 p.m., for the West Seattle region at Roxhill Elementary, 9430 30th Ave. SW
Interpreters in Spanish, Somali, Chinese, Vietnamese and Tagalog will be available at each meeting. In addition, supervised children’s’ activities and light refreshments will be provided.
Each meeting will include a joint presentation by Superintendent José Banda and the Executive Director of Schools for that region. Families, staff and community members will be invited to participate in small group discussions about the Strategic Plan on how to ensure the District meets its goal of ensuring every student graduate prepared for college, career and life.
To submit topics you’d like to see presented in your region, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “town hall meeting topic” by Feb. 27.
To learn more about the District's Strategic Plan, please visit: http://bit.ly/SPS-Strategic-Plan