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Carnival’s Coming!

Stevens Annual Carnival – June 6, 2014, 5-8 PM

It’s almost time for the Stevens Annual Carnival!  In addition to the GAMES, FOOD, and PRIZES we all love, our Ringmasters will also be presenting CIRCUS ACTS throughout the evening.  Mark your calendars!

 

Volunteers – Before the Carnival

We are looking for a two key volunteers to help in planning the event.

1)      We need a prize coordinator to manage the procurement of prizes ahead of the carnival and oversee the prize booth during the carnival.

2)      We need a volunteer wrangler to coordinate the 100+ plus volunteers that help us make the Carnival such a fun night for the kids (and adults).  We now do scheduling of volunteers online to make this job more manageable.

 

If you can take on one of these important roles, or want to help in the planning in other ways, please email Mike Smith (mikejsmith12@gmail.com).

 

A link to the sign-in sheet for the Carnival volunteer shifts will be posted in the next Stevens Speak.  

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Chess Success!

 

Congratulations to the Stevens Chess Team, which made a big splash in

its inaugural appearance at the annual State Elementary Chess  Championships, including a 6th-place team finish in the Kindergarten  Division. The event, held at the Smith Cove Cruise Ship Terminal

in April attracted1,200 of Washington’s sharpest chess players!

 

Kindergartners Walter Barr and Griffin O’Connor were nearly perfect

in earning the 6th place team trophy in their division. Individually

Walter was 3rd (4 wins and a draw in his 5 games) and Griffin 6th (4 wins).

 

Robert Baerveldt earned 2.5 points (2 wins and a draw), with his

losses coming to two players ranked in the top ten of the Grade 1 Division.

 

In the Grade 3 Division, Owen Bingham, Aaron Bossett and Ivan Guitor

each took home trophies for picking up 3 points. Along with Ana

Reppart (1 point), they faced and beat players with higher national

ratings. Schmitz Park ES’s Pixie Higgins (daughter of the team’s

guiding spirit, Ms. Britt) also won 3 games.

 

The team’s lone 4th-grade entrant, Zac Meyer, started strongly with a

draw and a win, but was then matched against far more experienced

competition. Despite ending with 1.5 points, he bumped up his national rating.

 

Big thanks to the Stevens instructor/coaches: Ethan Goldman-Quiest

and Bo Cao, who provided extra inspiration and advice at the tournament.

Chess at Stevens is a club-style activity on Thursday afternoons.

Featuring instructors from the Chessmates Foundation, it requires

enrollment through the PTA After-School Enrichment Program. Players are grouped by level (beginner to … future world champion!).

 

Families interested in receiving advance info about next year’s

ChessAtStevens@gmail.com.

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Stevens Speak April 30, 2014

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Auction Gratitude

The Auction on April 26 was an incredible success.

We are pleased to report, on the night of the event, we raised just over $119,000!  We expect this number to grow as we sell through some of the unsold items on our website (tinyurl.com/stevensauction-2014) and receive corporate matching for the Paddle Raise. We are on target to meet our goal!  

Of course, the whole event was powered by volunteers.

Enormous thanks to our amazing Auction Committee comprised of: Missy Zumwalt, Alexa Ingram-Cauchi, Amy Cooper, Michelle Weller, Margaret Duffy, Joy Southworth, Siri Davies, Suzanne Lear, Jill Kobayashi, Linda Casey, Megan Boyce-Jacobs, Robin Martin, Barb Chin, Sage McCotter, Emily Lieberman, Anna Finkenzeller, Sarah Edwards, Janey Petty, Linn Haralson, Kara Costa, and Alice Adams. This group of women can move mountains.

An extra shout-out to Kara Costa for the many hours of video production, assisted by Jennie Rhoads.

Special thanks to Sara Dickerman for always getting the word out.

It bears repeating that we are very grateful to our teachers and staff for supporting our efforts.  From concept to fruition, the classroom-created kid art was once again simply fabulous. Facilitating the video production throughout all classrooms was deeply appreciated.  Seeing staff members at the event itself helps build community and we’re grateful for your rubbing elbows with parents!

We couldn’t have reached our goal without the extraordinary generosity and commitment of many in our Stevens Community. So, if you bought a seat or captained a table; donated an item or procured a donation; bought a raffle ticket or participated in the wine toss and “heads or tails” game; bid on an item or outbid a friend; dropped off something or picked up something; set up or broke down; schlepped, kvetched or just hugged someone else who did, THANK YOU! We see you, we know you, we appreciate you.

Lastly, we acknowledge the expert organizational skills of Alexa Ingram-Cauchi in heading up procurement, who, along with Auction Goddess Missy Zumwalt, again pulled off the best social event of the school year. Grazie mille!

One of the highlights of the auction evening was the spectacular auction video starring our children!

If you missed the auction video (or just want to see it again) it will be played for the kids on Friday, May 16.  Stay tuned for all the details. Also, the 5th grade has requested the video for their graduation ceremony so if you’re a 5th grade family and can’t make it on the 16th you have an additional option.  Due to strict permissions on the video, it is not copied or distributed in anyway and only used for these special events for the Stevens community to enjoy.

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May is Bike to School Month

May is Bike to School Month! Starting Thursday, May 1, you can join in the fun, track your activity with a calendar, and earn prizes!

Wednesday, May 7, is Bike to School Day, when we want as many kids as possible to ride to Stevens!
We will be distributing tracking calendars so that you can track the amount of time that you bike during the month and earn the following prizes:

  • Bike up to 240 minutes: LED bike light
  • Bike more than 250 minutes: Bike to School frisbee

We will also be hosting a helmet sale, including help with fitting helmets. More details to come soon!

Tips for biking to school:

  • Check out your bike before you start riding. The ABC Quick check is a helpful guide: Air—make sure your tires have enough; Brakes –test out the brakes; Chain/Cranks inspect chain and cranks for any rust or loose parts; Quick –make sure quick release levers, if you have them, are tightened snugly against the wheel.
  • Cross only at the crosswalks, after looking left, right, left for cars. A big thanks to the student patrol and their supervisors for helping keep everyone safe.

Have a safe and fun month!

 

 

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