August 25 (Thursday)
6:00 pm; Commons
Sept 1 (Thursday)
Back to Business
Last names A - L 9:30 am
M - Z 12:15 pm; Commons
Sept 1 (Thursday)
Teacher Student Meet and Greet
11:15 am; Commons
Sept 5 (Monday)
No school - Labor Day
Sept 6 (Tuesday)
First Day of School
Sept 7 (Wednesday)
Full day of school
Sept 8 (Thursday)
Grades 3 - 5 6:00 pm
Grades 1 - 2 6:45 pm
Articles, Announcements & Events
Have a Safe and Fun Filled Summer!
School is out till September 6th. Enjoy your summer break!
Change is coming!
Our PTSA is taking steps to go paperless! Communications for events and programs will be paperless next school year. The benefits include savings in time, money and resources. Spread the word and ensure your friends are in the know. Newsclik, Peachjar, Facebook and our PTSA website will be the primary sources of information for the 2016-2017 school year. You can subscribe to the Newsclik by clicking on the yellow Get our Newsclik! button on the right (or keep scrolling down to see it on your mobile device).
Summer watering at McAuliffe
Grab some friends and and educate the kids in caring, service and botany. Over the summer we will need a few hands to care for the flower beds around our school. If you can lend a hand for summer watering, please pick a week and sign up. Hoses, watering cans, and a sprinkler are available at the school to help make the job easy. Here is what needs to be done.
Water the following beds every other day during your week unless it has rained:
Summer fun, summer safety!
Summer fun is on the way! Take a sec to review the following safety tips- it just might save a life!
TIP #1: Helmets
"... Bike helmets provide a 63-88% reduction in the risk of head, brain, and severe brain injury..."
For more information, including how to obtain a free or reduced cost helmet, visit the King County Website bike safety page.
TIP #2: Drowning
Keep safe in the water this year. Check out the article "Drowning Doesn't Look Like Drowning." This article is an eye opener! Your knowledge just might save someone's life.
TIP #3: Boating Safety
If your summer plans include boating, kayaking, paddle boarding, or any other activity in a natural body of water (lakes, the ocean), please check out the online safety courses and additional resources that will keep your family safe on the water from Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office.
TIP #4: Heat Illness
With temperatures on the rise it is important to know the signs of heat-related illness. Here's a quick reference for how to recognize and treat Heat Distress and Heat Stroke.
Have a safe summer!
Ideas to keep learning fun under the summer sun
"The key is to make learning a fun part of the summer routine. Research shows students can lose months of hard-earned progress between the last day of school and the first, and parents have an important role in making sure this doesn't happen. One idea is to start a family summer book club, giving your children a few books on topics they like from which to choose. Set weekly and summer goals, and come up with a reward together for the end of the summer when the books have been read. You can ask your child different questions, such as, "What surprised you most about the book?" Activities like this help your children advance their reading abilities, set them up for success in their next grade, and make reading a fun part of your family life, even in the dog days." - Laura Bay, president of National PTA.
Want some more ideas to keep your kids sharp?
Check out these suggestions from the National Association of Elementary School Principals. The Sammamish Library also has some great Summer Reading Programs to keep reading and learning enjoyable!
Want to keep your kids on a schedule while leaving room for free time this summer? Check out this article with great suggestions on creating a daily schedule to keep your kids active, learning, and having fun!
Order next year's school supplies online!
School Tool Box is back with an easy convenient way to purchase school supplies. Go to SchoolToolBox.com, type in McAuliffe Elementary, and select from the list of pre-defined boxes by grade. Boxes are delivered to your door!
Got lots of "school supplies" lying around? Not to worry, boxes can be customized if you don't need that 3rd pair of scissors.
Orders ship within 10 days. Online ordering is available now!
Picnics, BBQs, Camping...food safety?
Foodborne illnesses increase during the summer months as many people take their meals to the great outdoors. Sometimes fun, convenience and exhaustion can distract us from good food safety practices while we picnic, BBQ and camp. Refresh your memory with this quick quiz about summer food safety.
Enjoy a healthy and fun summer!
Life skills to encourage a lifetime of learning
Parents want to set up their children for lifelong success, but how? Here are seven skills from mindinthemaking.org that will prepare your child for success now in and in the future.
Choosing the right water flotation device for your child this summer
The hot weather is here and its time for cool times in the water. How do you choose a flotation device that is not only cute and fun but actually keeps your kid safe in the water? Did you know air-filled swimming aids such as "water wings" and "inner tubes" are not flotation devices made for safety? Check out the recommendations made by a professional life guard on this important consideration for summer fun on scientificparent.org.
Have a passion for math, creativity or exercise?
The McAuliffe PTSA is looking for volunteers to help with a variety of before and after school programs for the coming school year. We're hoping to get a jump start on planning so programs are ready to roll with the start of school in September.
Contact Davina Gruenstein and Sarah Kimsey at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to sign up.
How much does your involvement at school matter?
"Students with parents who are involved in their school tend to have fewer behavioral problems and better academic performance, and are more likely to complete high school than students whose parents are not involved in their school. Positive effects of parental involvement have been demonstrated at both the elementary and secondary levels across several studies, with the largest effects often occurring at the elementary level." Check out the research supporting these studies at ChildTrends.org. Read more about parent involvement at school in the Volunteer section of our website.
How can you get involved at your child's school? There are several opportunities at McAuliffe! From being in the classroom as an Art Start volunteer, to assisting with extracurricular activities or events. Check out the opportunities for next year in our article titled "Get Involved".
Announcing opportunities to be present at your child's school and help make McAuliffe great! There are several events and programs that need someone to organize or just lend a hand. Please contact Anne McKenzie if you are interested in the following programs or events, whatever your availability.
For more information on what these positions entail, contact one of our board members!
Get creative this summer
Does your child like to dance, write, photograph, make creative videos, music or craft? Encourage those sparks of creativity and submit a project in the 2016 - 2017 Reflections arts competition!
The Reflections program is a National PTA and Washington State PTA cultural arts competition. The purpose of this program is to provide an opportunity for students to creatively express themselves through their own original works of art created around a specific theme.
Annually, thousands of students will reflect on a common theme and create original works of art in the categories of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts. The theme for the 2016-2017 school year is What Is Your Story? This theme was selected through the Reflections Theme Search Contest.
Students of all grades and abilities may participate and explore the arts based on the theme: What Is Your Story? in one or all of the available arts categories:
Don't know where to start? Get some inspiration from the Reflections Art Gallery.
A nationally acclaimed student recognition program, PTA Reflections encourages artistic creativity in the classroom and at home. Starting over the summer provides a big head start. The deadline for submitting a project for 2016 - 2017 has not been established yet for McAuliffe. Last year it was end of October.
If your student is thinking of submitting an entry, check out the Reflections for Students page here.
Have fun and celebrate the arts!
The purpose of the Christa McAuliffe PTSA is to be a strong voice for children and a resource for our families, school and community. The PTSA does this by providing volunteer and financial support for programs and activities that enhance our children’s education. As a PTSA, we do our utmost to engage and empower our children, families, educators and community through communication, advocacy and collaboration.
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