PTA Meeting – Tuesday, Sept 29

The first PTA meeting of the year is a great opportunity to learn what’s on tap for the school year ahead, and the many ways the PTA is working to enhance our Stevens community.

Principal Kelley Archer and new Assistant Principal Colleen Stump will share information about a new program called RULER.

And we’ll provide an overview of PTA activities and committees:

How the PTA Supports All Our Kids– Caren Ezratty
How can you be an advocate?- Kat Barr
Community Building – Molly Wyman
Communication – Alice Adams and Linda Mullen
Outreach – Jill Kobayashi
How do we do it all? Your generous gifts of time and…
Fundraising – Suzanne Lear & Diane Stoebe
Membership – Nancy Allan

Join us! Tuesday, September 29 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the library. Child care will be available.

Donors Choose Projects

Our Stevens teachers are always going the extra mile for our kids. One way we can help them out is by supporting their Donors Choose projects. If you don’t know, Donors Choose is a crowd funding site specifically to help educators fund classroom projects so they don’t have to use their own money.

As we learn of projects our teachers are posting to Donors Choose, we’ll post them here. Be sure to visit throughout the year to learn about more opportunities.

Ms. Wilson, Kindergarten, is seeking to add Mathematics supplies to enhance her kids problem-solving skills. Check it out here.

Thank you, Stevens Community!

The strike by the Seattle Education Association has been suspended and school will begin on Thursday. The SEA representative assembly has recommended that the members approve the tentative agreement at its General Membership meeting on Sunday.

We have heard from many of our Stevens educators how appreciative they are of the community and parent support during the strike. Thanks to all of you who provided food or encouragement to our educators during this stressful time.

See you on Thursday.

Welcoming Tea: Meet Dr. Fitch

The first day of school is Wednesday, September 7. (Kindergarten starts on Monday, September 12) As is our Stevens tradition, the PTA is hosting a welcoming tea for parents to preview fun events of the year and how the PTA supports our school community.

This year, we welcome our new Principal, Dr. Brian Fitch, who will provide some brief remarks. Please join us to meet him and learn more about his ideas, vision and plans for Stevens.

All are welcome. Join us in the library right after the 7:55 bell. It’s a great way to linger after dropping off your kiddo, and meet other Stevens families.

We’ll do it all over again for families of kindergarten students on Monday, September 12.

We’ll see you then!

Do you support more recess?

As parents, discount we know that our kids need to move so they can settle down to learn. Recess provides our kids opportunities for fitness, social interaction, and time to use all parts of their brain so that they are ready to learn. The amount of recess offered in each Seattle elementary school varies by school, with kids in low income areas tending to have the least.

The Seattle Education Association is bargaining with the Seattle Public School district so all elementary schools can have 45 minutes of recess every day. You can advocate with SEA for more recess by emailing Superintendent Nyland (  and the school board (