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MARK YOUR CALENDARS 

Nov 12-Dec 7 – Stevens Annual Fund -- Please donate by Dec 7!
Nov 21 – Racial Equity Happy Hour @ Optimism, 5pm. Topic: HCC program changes
Nov 25-27 - Parent-Teacher Conferences
Nov 25-29 - No School- Thanksgiving Break
Dec 2 - Last day to order Trees Online: Order Here!
Dec 6-7 - Holiday Tree Sale (Friday 6-8pm, Saturday 9-2pm)
Dec 7 - Pancake Breakfast & Holiday Concert (8:30am, singing starts at 10!)
Dec 19 – Racial Equity Book Discussion @ Victrola, 6PM Book: How to Be An Antiracist by Imbram X. Kendi
Jan 21 – PTA Meeting 6:30-8pm, Stevens Library, childcare provided

 

BEHIND THE SCENES


“I’m just trying to be me.”

-Milo Piper, Mr. Carroll's Class

Favorite thing about school: Independent Reading

Currently reading: Diary of an 8-Bit Warrior

A BIRD'S EYE VIEW

For new families, the flurry of activities that happen at Stevens in November and December can feel dizzying. Here’s a quick summary for anyone who feels disoriented (and read below for all the important details!)

We have two very important fundraisers during this time: Our Annual Fund drive, and our Tree Sale. The Annual fund raises half of our PTA budget, and sustains many important programs. Tree Sale is our third largest fundraiser of the year, raising over $30K to support our Stevens Community. It is a two-day sale, and draws support from neighbors all over Capitol Hill. It is a high-energy, super fun volunteer experience not to be missed!  

Pancake Breakfast is our school-wide community holiday concert, and takes place on the Saturday morning of Tree Sale. We gather in the morning to share a meal together in the school cafeteria, then we get to enjoy a holiday concert as each grade performs a selection of songs for the entire community. Invite your friends and family – it is truly a heart-warming way to usher in the holiday season.

Finally, Winter Wishes and the Food Drive are both programs to support our Tutu’s Pantry program. The Food Drive collects food to provide each Tutu’s family with a large box of food to take home for the holiday break. The Winter Wishes Craft & Bake Sale (which happens during the Tree Sale) is a mini-fundraiser to collect funds to provide our Tutu’s families with gift cards for the holidays.

HOLIDAY TREE SALE

Our trusty elves Dave Adams, John Huschle, Kurt Zumwalt (now Stevens alumni) at the tree trimming station.


Two key messages for Tree Sale:

  • Pre-order your trees and greens online by Dec 2nd! Pre-orders allow us to order the right amount of trees, and ensures you get the tree/greens you want. With a pre-order you can still hand-select your tree, and pick up on Friday or Saturday (after Pancake Breakfast)
  • We need a TON of volunteers to make this sale happen! And volunteering is SUPER fun.


As you can imagine, it takes a lot of people to pull off a two day $30,000 popup store, and we expect this year to be even bigger than last year, as there are fewer tree lots in the neighborhood.  The tree sale is responsible for a good chunk of the overall PTA budget, but more than the fundraising, this is truly the most amazing community event that Stevens does. Nothing will put you in the spirit more than spending a few hours in a forest of holiday trees, helping your neighbors!  

We are looking for some extra talented elves to help before the event, if you answer yes to any of the items below please reply:

  • Do you have a pickup truck we can use for deliveries?

  • Do you have or know how to operate a laminator and a love of good signage?

  • Are you willing to bake or craft some items for our Bake & Crafts table to benefit Tutu’s pantry?

  • Do you have some other talent you think we might be able to make use of?

Reach out to Gay Gilmore, our Tree Sale Lead, with questions and use the button below to sign up for a volunteer shift!

TREE SALE SIGN UP
PANCAKE BREAKFAST

Two key messages for Pancake Breakfast:

  • Mark your calendars: Pancake Breakfast is Saturday, December 7th. Pancakes, latkes and sausages are served from 8:30 - 10am, tickets are $5 at the door. The singing starts at 10am and goes for about 1 hour. 
  • We need volunteers! It is that time of year again when we get to roll up our sleeves, don our aprons and wield our spatulas. It is Pancake Breakfast time!Volunteering at Pancake Breakfast is such a heart-felt way to support our Stevens Community.
As you all know, this event takes a village and we are ready to have you all sign up for the various slots we need filled.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST SIGN UP
WINTER WISHES & FOOD DRIVE

As winter approaches, we want to tell you about our very special, long-standing program.  The Winter Wishes tradition helps families within our Stevens community that need assistance during the holidays with a gift card and a box of food. Gift cards are for each child in the family who attends Stevens. The funds for this program come from donations within our Stevens community and our Winter Wishes Crafts and Baked Goods tables at the Tree Sale on December 6 and 7.

Crafts & Baked Goods

Are you crafty? Is baking your love language? We need your touch! Any and all contributions are immeasurably appreciated! Items such as ornaments, note cards, small art pieces, jewelry, spice rubs, delicious gut filling baked goods, anything! Amy Foster is waiting to hear what you have in store for the sale!
Food Drive

Alright guys, it’s time for a little friendly competition to help out our community! There are two first place spots, one from grades K-2 and one from grades 3-5. The two classes that collect the most food will get front row viewing of the tree drop Friday morning, December 6th. You can enlist the help of neighbors, churches or other community groups to join in! We will be looking for the usual food items:
99 pieces of food were collected in ONE day by Ms. Martine's Stars- Way to go guys, keep it up!
  • Pasta
  • Canned pasta sauce
  • Mac-n-cheese
  • Ramen
  • Oatmeal
  • Canned chicken & tuna
  • Hearty soup & chili
  • Shelf stable milk
  • Cereal
  • Rice
  • Beans
  • Peanut butter & Jelly
  • Baking Goods
  • Condiments
  • Hot Cocoa
  • Culturally appropriate & Holiday Foods





Individual Snacks
  • Crackers
  • Protein Shakes
  • Granola Bars
  • Dried Fruit
  • Applesauce
  • Pretzels
  • Jerky
  • Pop-tart


 
ANNUAL FUND

Your donation matters: help us reach 100% participation in the Stevens Annual Fund drive.

The PTA has kicked off the 2019 Stevens Annual Fund drive. We hope each and every family will consider making a donation to Stevens to help us reach the goal of 100% participation and $110,000 by December 7 (the Pancake Breakfast & Holiday Tree Sale). 

Why do we have the Annual Fund drive? The Annual Fund directly supports a rich experience for all kids at our school, as well as the broader community. Funds go towards each classroom for supplies, field trips, music, theater, and and library programs, after school enrichment scholarships, community-building initiatives, and so much more.  This year's budget includes 5% for equity sharing beyond Stevens.

Donations of all sizes make a difference. No matter the size, your gift will be part of a collective investment in our school. Our diverse community makes us strong, so let's come together and show our support. If your company offers a corporate match, or a direct donation, please let us know.

How do I give? You should have received a brochure with a giving form in the mail or in your child's backpack.   There are many ways to give–check them out here. We have extra brochures and giving forms if your neighbors, extended family members, and friends also care about the Stevens community–just let us know and we can mail to your contacts directly (or send extra brochures home).

Questions? Contact fundraising@stevenspta.org. Thank you in advance for your support! 
TEACHER SPOTLIGHT
MEET ANNE CAMPBELL- 1st Grade Teacher
By Elora Newstat

Anne Campbell is new to the Stevens this year and we wanted to get to know her a little better (she's great, btw). After so many eager 4th and 5th graders elected to put Ms. Anne in the hot seat, Elora Newstat received the Golden Ticket!

Where have you taught before? How long?: I taught in Montana for three year, John Muir for 4-5 years and also West Seattle for 6 years.

What were you like as a child?: (comically surprised by such an ambitious question) I was shy but active. I was the Champion Rope Climber in Billings, Montana.

What made you want to be a teacher?: I did many things before I became a teacher and I started thinking of ways I could apply the things I was good at. I love children and I wanted to make a difference.

Do you have any siblings you got into mischief with growing up?: I have five siblings; three sisters and two brothers. My closest sister, Mary, is 18 months younger than me and I image we got into mischief!

What is your favorite thing to do in your free time?: I love to read and be outdoors. For a long time a read mostly fiction but in the past five years I have primarily read non-fiction on race and equity.

Thank you Ms. Anne!
RACIAL EQUITY
Seattle Public Schools staff made a presentation to the School Board about Advanced Learning and HCC (Highly Capable Cohort). It's fairly bold and importantly talks about segregation and white flight as being key factors in the creation of these programs decades ago as well as now. We suggest that everyone read the presentation and write to your Board member (find them here) to weigh in on this important topic. The Racial Equity Team at Stevens endorses these changes to HCC as important steps to addressing educational equality and segregation in public schools. (Note that this proposal would educate most highly capable-identified students in their neighborhood school, and also that these changes would not take effect for 6 years--no students would be removed from their current programs.)

Please join our Racial Equity Team Happy Hour next Thursday, November 21st at 5pm at Optimism Brewing, where we'll be discussing these changes. If you would like more background information, Racial Equity in Advanced Learning/HCC (a local volunteer group of parents, teachers, students, and community members districtwide) has compiled a good Statement and FAQ about these issues.  The Seattle Times also ran an FAQ article recently. If you'd like a student's perspective, check out Garfield High School senior Azure Savage's self-published book You Failed Us: Students of Color Talk Seattle Schools. You can read more about their story (they were in the HCC program) in this Crosscut article

Our Stevens Racial Equity Team is happy to talk to you about these issues, email racialequity@stevenspta.org or better yet, join us on the 21st to talk in person!
GREENING STEVENS
How cool would it be to have solar panels on the Stevens Gym? Our Green Team – Climate Change (GTCC) Club -- led by 3/4 Classroom teacher Tanya Kamila and open to all interested 3rd - 5th graders -- is working hard to get Stevens certified as a "green" school the through WA Green Schools, a local nonprofit that supports environmental programs at schools statewide.  There are six certification categories:  Recycling & Waste, Energy, Water, School Grounds & Garden; and Healthy Buildings & Transportation. We were certified three years ago for Recycling & Waste (Go Green Team Captains!) and are in the process of renewing that certification while also working towards certifications in Energy this year, and School Grounds & Garden and Water for next year.
 
Most exciting for the kids is the idea of getting solar panels! This could be possible, provided we get District permission and a proposal together by mid-January to qualify for state funds -- Senator Jamie Pedersen (who is a Stevens parent) is leading this part of the charge for us.  One prerequisite for District permission is completing the energy certification mentioned above.
 
We need your help! The GTCC Club is looking for a used, not-too-old full sized fridge to replace multiple mini-fridges in the building -- our aim is to reduce energize consumption by eliminating all but one (in the nurse’s office) -- two have already been emptied and unplugged. In the interest of conservation and energy use, we do not want to purchase a new unit, but would be happy to take a not too old unwanted one.  If you have a fridge to donate, or are interested in getting involved with these exciting projects, let us know!
TUTU'S PANTRY

A GIANT thank you to everyone who made a donation to Tutu’s Pantry at the Fall Social, we raised a whopping $449! That is enough money to fill backpacks for two weeks!

Tutu's Was Born

Tutu’s Pantry was founded by Missy Zumwalt, a parent to Stevens Stars at the time, in 2012 after learning a teacher was bringing canned food to her classroom to send home with some of her students to combat food insecurity over weekends. Inspired by the teacher's generosity and initiative she began to help the teacher and offered to meet with the Stevens community to set up an organization to provide this to any student who wanted to opt-in.  Parents, teachers, and volunteers solicited individual financial contributions and community grants, sought food donations, partnered with the Central Co-Op on Madison for fresh produce and bread donations and worked with the PTA to become a fully funded program. The PTA remains fiscal agent for Tutu's Pantry and all of the money raised is used solely for providing food for weekends and longer breaks, including the winter/holiday break where the pantry expands to the Winter Wishes program. Tutu’s pantry is possible because of you and will carry on because of you.
More TUTU'S Details
If you are interested in joining the Tutu's team, please contact Tutu's Pantry
COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS
We had a wonderful conversation at our September PTA meeting, and wanted to share a short summary. We dove into three main questions: What are the common goals we share and how do we keep them front and center?  How do we build trust, respect & understanding within this large community?  How do we move through potential conflicts in a healthy way? Here are some of the ideas we shared:
 
COMMON GOALS
We are ALL here for a greater purpose than *just our own* wishes and desires.
We ALL want student success (happy, learning, safe kids that are part of the community), and to create an empowering space for kids and a network of support for our Black male students (read more about this by searching "Targeted Universalism").
 
TRUST & RESPECT
Trust takes time and is built through increased interactions; consistency; follow through; empathy; confidentiality; honoring dissent; and asking clarifying questions in times of confusion. To build this trust, we need more informal interactions between staff and parents that are positive opportunities to get to know each other.
 
 MOVING THROUGH CONFLICT
Conflict is inevitable and while it can be uncomfortable, we must have the hard conversations and deal with things directly. We can find common ground and communicate with each other from there. By respectfully listening and empathizing we can begin to move forward. Conflict requires a forum where people can be heard - even if the problem isn't immediately fixed.
 
Keep your eyes peeled next month for a summary of our November meeting, where we had a rich discussion about making Stevens welcoming and inclusive for all students, families, teachers and staff.
 
GIVE US THE SCOOP

If you have ideas or suggestions for content you would like to see on the website or in the monthly Stevens Scoop, give the Communications Team a shout.
 
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