Seattle Public Schools survey on kindergarten costs

Right now parents who have children in full-day kindergarten are charged $207 each month of the school year. With an estimated $35 million budget gap for next year, Seattle Public Schools wants to know what you think about raising that rate to $310.

Although SPS will continue to accept survey responses through Friday, those filled out by Wednesday at 3 p.m. will be reviewed by the School Board during their work session that evening.

From SPS:

The state of Washington funds only half-day kindergarten (there are a few exceptions to this for high poverty schools). For many years our district has added funding for a further half day to ensure there would be one full day kindergarten available in every school. Over the years schools added “pay for K” programs as more and more families wanted full day K for their children. For the 2010-11 school year, we implemented a standard $207 per month Pay for K program across the district. Students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch receive tuition waivers.

With the severe budget crisis, we are considering various options to balance the budget and one is related to Kindergarten services. We want your feedback about these options. Thank you.

Time to plan for Seattle Public School tours

As the kids get back into the swing of school this week, parents whose children are entering kindergarten, middle school or high school this fall need to start thinking about the 2011-2012 school year.

The Seattle Public Schools changed its student assignment plan beginning in Fall 2010. Under the plan, all children within a school’s boundary area will be guaranteed a spot at that school, but parents can still apply to other schools during open enrollment from March 15 to March 31.

Here are the tour dates for Queen Anne service-area schools:

Coe Elementary (K-5)–2424 7th Avenue W, (206) 252-2000
Tours are currently scheduled for January 14 in the morning, and January 24 in the afternoon. The school is considering scheduling an evening open house, but no date has yet been set. Please contact Coe for more information.

John Hay Elementary (K-5)–201 Garfield Street, 98109, (206) 252-2100
Day Tours: Feb 15, Mar 1–9:30-11:00 a.m.
Evening Tour: Feb 17–6:00-8:00 p.m. Please meet in the Cafeteria

Queen Anne Elementary–4400 Interlake Avenue N, 98103, (206) 252-2480
Day Tours: Feb 1, 8–10:00-11:15 a.m.
Evening Open House: Feb 17–6:30-7:45 p.m

Catharine Blaine (K-8)–2550 34th Avenue W, (206) 252-1920
Informational Evening: March 10 – 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Grade K-5 Tours: March 9, 10 – 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Middle School Tour (grades 6-8): March 24 – 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Lawton Elementary (K-5)–4000 27th Avenue W, 98199, (206) 252-2130
Tours: Please contact the school for tour information.

McClure Middle School (6-8)–1915 1st Avenue W, 98119, (206) 252-1900
Day Tours: Jan 13, 27, March 17 – 9:00-10:30 a.m.
Evening Tour: March 24 – 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Ballard High School (9-12)–1418 NW 65th Street
8th Grade Open House: Feb 3 – 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Tours: Feb 8, 16, March 1 – 8:15-10:00 a.m.

The Center School (9-12)–305 Harrison Street, 98109, (206) 252-9850
Open Houses: Feb 10, March 3 – 6:00-7:30 p.m. The Center School requires attendance at an evening Open
House prior to attending a day time tour. Sign up sheets for day time tours will be available at the Open Houses.

If you want to know about other Seattle Public School tour dates, scroll to the bottom of this page.

QAE meet & greets for incoming kindergarteners

The newest school in the neighborhood, Queen Anne Elementary, is hosting two meet and greets in the next few weeks for non-enrolled kindergarteners and their families. The new option school, which opened this fall with a tech-focused curriculum, hopes to help parents decide if QAE might be the right place for their student.

Do you know someone who has a child who will be entering Kindergarten next year or is considering transitioning their older child? To assist people in decision process, Queen Anne Elementary will be hosting two meet and greet events.  This is a great opportunity to talk with Principal David Elliott and meet the wonderful teachers to hear more about the philosophy and vision for the school.

The two meet and greets will be held on Tuesday, December 14 and Wednesday, January 5, from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Sponsored by QAE PTSA, the events will held in a home of one of the parents on Queen Anne.

If you or someone you know is a non-enrolled parent who would like to attend, please RSVP here (QAE would like to keep attendance at 40 people per night).

Please contact QAE Communications Co-Chair Anna Bertrand at with any questions.