To All View Ridge Families,
On a wonderful note, we hope to see everyone this Thursday, March 13th at our Annual Family Arts Night. The staff and students have worked hard to prepare for the evening in celebration of the Arts. All are invited.
This is also that time of year that many questions come up related to enrollment, next year assignments and how our staff will be configured and classrooms structured for next year. Recently a communication was sent out from another school detailing their urgency for support as their budget and staffing projections resulted in potential loss of staffing positions. We are not experiencing this same situation at View Ridge. If anything our enrollment projections for next year have increased. We just got our projections for the 2014-2015 school year this past Monday. I am working as fast as I can to process our budget for next year. I will share the initial information this Tuesday evening at the PTA board meeting. Currently I am working with several departments in SPS and waiting to receive confirmation regarding some adjustments to our recent enrollment projections/staffing allocations. At a quick glance, with PTA support we are looking to be in good shape. Non-staffing allocations (ex. supply dollars) were decreased for schools but this area does not cause alarm for us as we have multiple resources to access and support non-staffing areas.
In addition, I have been in direct consultation with the Advanced Learning office for the entire year and participated on the Task Force that met over the fall that focused specifically on eligibility criteria for Advanced Learning services. Shauna Heath, Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction for SPS recently met with our staff. We had an informative and interesting session learning about changes in state law, services for advanced learners, updates on the work of the task forces and options and processes for future discussions. Shauna Heath, Stephen Martin (interim director for Advanced Learning) and I have been in close communication on issues impacting those at View Ridge all year. We have been working on organizing a community meeting for our families that we hope will build on respect, collegial conversations and provide input for the Advanced Learning Office as to the complexity of providing services for all students at our school. Shauna has committed to coming out and meeting with our parent community on Thursday, March 20 from 6:45-7:45 pm. All are invited. We hope this session will be informative and provide factual information as we continue to address how to best serve all students at our school.
Please feel free to drop by, come discuss any issues, or call me at any time as so much information gets passed around and isn’t necessarily accurate. We are committed and working very hard on these issues. At this time we are only working with planning projections and numbers. We receive our actual numbers of who is signing up at View Ridge for next year later in the spring and we do look and think about each and every student as we plan for next school year. Thanks so much for your understanding and we look forward to seeing you at the Board meeting on Tuesday, and/or the meeting on March 20 and at Arts Night this Thursday.
Last Updated on Monday, 10 March 2014 20:38
Walk ‘N Roll for View Ridge!
Walk ‘n Roll: Friday, March 21, 2014, Pledges due: Monday, April 7, 2014
Mark your calendars for the 3rd annual View Ridge “Walk ‘n Roll”! Our all-school FUNdraiser is rapidly approaching, and this year we are aiming for 100% pledge participation for this healthy and fun way for our kids to directly support the View Ridge PTA general operating budget. The PTA has set a target goal of $30,000 this year. If we average $50 per student, we will easily exceed our goal.
When and where is it?
The Walk ‘n Roll will be held from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm on Friday, March 21 at the school.
Who participates, and how?
All students get to participate! Before the event, students set a lap goal, and then collect pledges from family, friends, and neighbors. On the event day, each student will walk, wheel, move, or run around a 1/8 mile track for 20 minutes, completing as many laps as possible. Afterwards, they collect their sponsored pledge money and return it to the school no later than Monday, April 7, 2014
Why is it called a “Walk ‘n Roll”?
View Ridge students will enthusiastically participate in ways other than just walking. We have kids who roll in wheelchairs, who move with canes or walkers, and who will even run the laps. We think the name rocks!
Why do we do this?
This all-school event is an incredible opportunity for students, families, and staff to come together to directly support our school. This year the View Ridge PTA has designated the proceeds of the Walk ‘n Roll to go directly to support the operating budget of the PTA. Most importantly, the entire school community participates in a fun and healthy community-building activity. And the kids see how their personal efforts benefit their school!
Is my child required to sign up a minimum $ amount in pledges?
No. Though we are hoping that every child at View Ridge can collect at least one pledge, and we have set an average goal, per student, of $50. Please bare in mind this is a goal, NOT a requirement. Every student will participate on event day, and every student will get a T-shirt and as a thank you for moving for View Ridge! The kids are very proud of their achievements, on the track and on the pledge forms, so we are hoping every child can turn in at least one pledge, and help us reach our primary goal of 100% participation. This year we are asking the kids to set a lap goal, which will help you and your child estimate in advance how much the final pledges will be.
Are the pledges tax-deductible?
Yes. 100% of your donation is tax-deducible.
Am I required to pledge per lap, or can I make a flat contribution?
You may make a contribution either way. Students can collect flat contributions before the event, or they can collect pledges per lap. After the “Walk ‘n Roll” students will go back to collect from per lap sponsors and any sponsors who made flat donations that were not previously collected. Whatever your family, friends, and neighbors are willing to do! You are also free to help your child obtain additional pledges after the event day, as long as everything is turned in by the due date, April 7, 2014.
How many laps will my child complete?
That obviously depends on the child. Walkers typically complete 10-13 laps, those in wheelchairs or using walkers or canes complete 2-5 laps, and runners up to 15 or even 20 laps. The lap is 1/8th mile track for 20 minutes, so that should help you set a reasonable goal with your child.
How do matching funds work?
Since the Walk ‘n Roll raises direct contributions, every dollar that is pledged is potentially eligible for matching corporate funds from qualified companies. This is generally a one-for-one matching grant from a donor or donor spouse’s employer, though there are some companies that will donate up to five dollars for each dollar you pledge. The leverage we are able to achieve from matching grants cannot be overestimated. So please be sure to ask every potential donor about matching funds. Matching funds are an easy way to double or triple donations to our programs at View Ridge.
Among employers in Seattle, the list of companies with matching-gift programs includes: Alaska Airlines, Boeing, Boeing Employees Credit Union, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Bullitt Foundation, Foss Maritime, Getty Images, Corbis, Attachmate, Pemco Insurance, Silver Creek Capital Management, ZymoGenetics, Starbucks, and Google. Contact Deborah Sigler if you want to know the status of your place of work.
Are there prizes?
Absolutely! Each child at View Ridge will receive a unique Walk ‘n Roll t-shirt on the event day. There is also a raffle drawing that will be held after the Walk ‘n Roll, with fun prizes to win! Children will earn one raffle ticket for every $25 in collected pledge money.
What do I do with the pledge envelope?
On Friday, March 7, your child will bring home an official Walk ‘n Roll pledge form attached to a collection envelope. Please help your child set a realistic lap goal, and then begin signing up family, friends, and neighbors for pledges. You may collect money for flat contributions beforehand, but please wait to send in the money until it has all been collected.
On event day, Friday, March 21, your child’s final lap count will be sent home on the back of their event t-shirt. Record that on the bottom of the pledge sheet. Then collect your remaining pledges, being sure to ask every donor about matching gift programs at their or their spouse’s place of work.
Return the pledge envelope and collected money no later than Monday, April 7. If possible, try and turn in a single check for any cash collected (this makes accounting a much simpler task for our volunteers).
I am not sure what to say to my friends/family/neighbors. Do you have a sample letter?
As your child works on collecting pledges for the Walk ‘n Roll, you may want to reach out to friends and family outside your neighborhood. Go to the View Ridge PTA website. Click on “PTA”. Scroll down to “Fundraising”. Then select “Walk N Roll”. Here you will find a sample letter that you can use as a guide. You can copy this form letter and mail it to your extended circle, or if you prefer, use the electronic version to email loved ones far away.
I want to volunteer/need help with matching gifts/have additional questions. Who do I contact?
Please email Deborah Sigler.
Last Updated on Monday, 10 March 2014 20:10
Your donations are key to the success of our auction. The auction is only every other year and the money we raise enables enhanced programs in areas not normally fully funded such as counseling, arts, and full time librarian.
Here are some ideas for donations:
#1: Experiences: A night out on the town dinner and theatre tickets, a winery tour, a night in Portland, a night at the Salish Lodge, an evening on a Seattle Electric Boat, a sunset cruise on your own Boat, a private walk with a naturalist, a weekend up in the San Jauns, Kenmore Air tickets, a weekend in Vancouver or Victoria. Are you great at playing tennis? Consider donating tennis lessons.
#2: Buy Otter gift cards from the Otter Bucks Table and donate them to the auction. Popular gift cards include grocery stores, iTunes, Amazon. Other ideas include REI, Evo, UVillage, Nordstrom, Metropolitan Market, Fred Meyer, Safeway, PCC, or your favorite store to shop!
#3: Sporting Events: Mariners, UW, Sounders and Seahawk tickets or items.
#4: Restaurant Gift Cards: Toulouse Petit, Din Tai Fung, Canlis, El Gaucho, Aqua, Matt’s in the Market, Whale Wins, Tom Douglas Restaurants, Ethan Sowell Restaurants, Rockcreek.
#5: Parties: Host or provide a dinner party, a fun class party, tailgating party, pool parties, Glassbaby party, wine tasting with your favorite vintner.
#6: Sports and Gear: Rounds of golf, miniature golf for a family, batting cages, driving range, ski passes, skis, trampoline party, behind the scenes tour of any of the sports stadiums.
#7: Beauty: facials, pedicures/manicures, waxing, massage, "Take Care of Mom" package.
#8: Matching: Many restaurants will match amounts 1:1. Canlis, El Gaucho, Herbfarm. Or even ask, some times a restaurant will match and they do not advertise the fact.
#9: Kids experiences: Paintball, tea parties, bumper cars, Elevated Sports parties, American Girl lunch or party at the store, rock climbing party at Vertical World.
#10: Own a condo or vacation home? Hawaii, Sun Valley, Sunriver, Suncadia, Black Butte, Whistler, San Juans, along the Washington or Oregon Coast? Donate a long weekend or week or your choice!
Your contributions over the next couple weeks will make all the difference! Don't hesitate - maybe you have something to donate; maybe you have a favorite business who would help you out; maybe you have something that might make a part of a terrific package. Please help the cause by getting something into the auction. Our kids' education will benefit from it!
We need your donation form turned into the office by March 21st (for catalog submission). Actual items can be dropped off later. Don't have a form? You can pick one up in the office or download one here.
Last Updated on Monday, 10 March 2014 20:22
We are planning a blood drive in memory of 9 year old Zach Guillot (his younger brother is in Ms. Hewson’s first grade class) who passed away Friday, Feb. 7, after a 4 year, valiant fight with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).
In his final days, Zach required bags and bags of blood and platelets to fight an internal bleeding transplant complication. The Guillot’s mantra throughout Zach’s journey was NEVER surrender. By donating you will be joining in this mantra and helping children battling cancer who rely on blood products to stay alive during their treatment.
To get this started we need to know how many people who can commit to donating blood because the Puget Sound Blood Bank needs this information to plan a successful event. By signing up you are saying you will donate blood if you are available on the chosen day. If it turned out you have a scheduling conflict once the date is announced we understand that you have other obligations.
It’s simpleto sign up– just click on the below link, check the box at the bottom of the invite and fill in your email address when prompted. Once we have a date decided you will be invited to sign up for a time (not required, but honored if you are short on time).
Thank you so much for joining us in honoring Zach’s life.
The Guillot’s, Ms. Hewson, Ms. Young
Last Updated on Monday, 10 March 2014 20:27
Congratulations to all the 4th & 5th graders who participated in the 2014 Global Reading Challenge. Over 70 students joined in this battle-of-the-books reading contest - more students than ever before! The students below read 10 amazing books countless times, gave up some of their recesses, and became experts in order to compete for the chance to advance to the city semi-finals.
Marvelous Mind Masters: Elke, Malia, Sonja, Rylan, Gabriella, Robert, Joshua
Knarly Ninja Narwhals: Maddie, Madi, Jack, Debra Jayne, Frankie, Owen, Ella
Orange Oval Octopi: Alana, Katie, Elice, Connor, Julia, Hank, Abby
Questionable Quacking Quails: Claire, Julia, Sam, Nicholas, Nichole, Luke, Ava
Red Rambunctious Squirrels: Maya, Ja Ying, Henry, Soren, Sophia, Blue, Mia, Ben
Stupendously Sophisticated Salamanders: Cole, Lulu, Mona, Josiah, Isobel, Emma, Alex
Unknown Under Cover Piggies: Toma, Sarah, Jenna, Conor, Libby, Drew, Eva
Viral Vicious Vipers: Thatcher, Mia, Lindsay, Avery, Grace, Tanner, Kaitlyn
Wicked Watermellofents: Timothy, Sydney, Maddy, Noah, Jill, Lauren, Sophia
Extra Extreme X-Rayed Xylophones: Eli, Elli, Hayven, Levi, Frances, Ryan, Catherine
Yodeling Yellow Yoyos: Anna, Lucy, Skylar, Eloise, Zach, Maya, Ben
Zippy Zany Zombie Zebras: Simon, Marin, Ali, Adam, Emma, Jack, Emily
The Marvelous Mind Masters won the in-school challenge and advanced to the semi-finals on Monday, March 3. Competing against 9 other well-prepared schools at the Central Branch of the Seattle Public Library, the Marvelous Mind Masters again competed strongly and came in 2nd place – giving them a seat to compete at the city finals on March 18th. We encourage and welcome all View Ridge families, especially those who participated in the Global Reading Challenge, to join us at the Central Branch at 7pm on March 18th to cheer on the View Ridge team. Questions? Contact Ms. Young.
Last Updated on Monday, 10 March 2014 19:49
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