Public meeting on Queen Anne Elementary departures is July 20th

Last month, the City of Seattle held a public meeting on the departures requested for the renovation of and addition to Queen Anne Elementary. However, a resolution to the requested departures was not met, and now another public meeting is scheduled for Thursday, July 20th at 6pm in the Queen Anne Elementary cafeteria.

Queen Anne Elementary School is requesting departures from Code for the following:

1 – Increased lot coverage

2 – Modification of “required parking spaces”

3 – On-street bus loading and unloading

At Thursday’s meeting, there will be a brief presentation on the requested modifications for the QAE renovation and a period for public comment. The committee will deliberate and consider the District’s requests. Public comment received at the first meeting on June 6th will also be taken into consideration.

Written comments may be submitted by Tuesday, July 18th via email to: maureen.sheehan@seattle.gov.

You can learn more about the changes coming to Queen Anne Elementary here.

Public meeting on Queen Anne Elementary renovation is this Monday

Queen Anne Elementary is expanding, and its growth brings changes around the school. From traffic impacts, bus load/unload, and on-site parking, the Seattle Public Schools has released a SEPA (State Environmental Policy Act) document in advance of breaking ground. Seattle Public Schools has prepared a Draft SEPA Checklist for Queen Anne Elementary School Addition Project.

First up, here’s the plan for the remodeled school:

The 100+ page document is available online – here are its key findings:

  • The expanded Queen Anne Elementary School is expected to accommodate a student capacity of 500—an increase of about 80 compared to current enrollment. The expansion may result in 10 additional employees—up from 50 current employees.
  • The expansion project is estimated to generate net increases of 54 vehicle trips during the morning peak hour and 53 vehicle trips during the afternoon peak hour.
  • Traffic conditions will continue to be busy along the roadways that surround the site—4th Avenue N, Bigelow Avenue N, Boston Street, Crockett Street, and Newton Street—in the morning before school begins and in the afternoon when school is dismissed.
  • Traffic generated by the school is expected to add some delay to the study-area intersections during the peak 20 minutes around arrival and dismissal. However, all study-area intersections are expected to continue operating at the same levels as without the project during both morning and afternoon conditions.
  • The project would increase on-site parking from 21 to 30 spaces, and is expected to increase midday parking demand by 12 or fewer vehicles.
  • During the evenings when large events are held at the school (typically once per month or once every other month), on-street parking demand surrounding the school is expected to continue to be well utilized.

Seattle Public Schools is holding a public meeting on Queen Anne Elementary to present the project and answer questions. All are welcome to attend this meeting at Queen Anne Elementary (411 Boston St) on Monday, June 12, 2017 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.

If you can’t make the meeting and would like to submit written comments, you can do so via email through 5pm on  June 16th. You can also snail mail comments to:

Pegi McEvoy
Seattle Public Schools
MS 22-183
P.O. Box 34165
Seattle, WA 98124-1165

SPS seeks volunteers for Queen Anne Elementary Departures Advisory Committee

Republishing as the original post, along with 9 other posts, was deleted during the server migration – note the deadline to apply is this Friday, April 21st.

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Seattle Public Schools (SPS) is looking for volunteers for the School Departures Advisory Committee for Queen Anne Elementary. What exactly does “departures” mean? As Queen Anne Elementary faces a redesign (see image below for latest plan), SPS seeks a “departure process” from the Seattle Land Use Code Section.

The departure process allows for the construction, addition, and/or renovation of schools that do not necessarily meet all of the land use and zoning standards of the surrounding neighborhood.

Queen Anne Elementary School is requesting such departures from Code for the following:

  1. Less than required off-street parking
  2. Greater than normally allowed lot coverage
  3. On-street bus loading and unloading

The committee will hold one to three public meetings at Queen Anne Elementary during a 90-day period beginning when the committee is appointed. Per SPS:

“At the meetings, the committee will receive briefings from the Seattle School District, and gather and evaluate public comment on the departure requests. Following these meetings, the committee will forward a recommendation to the Seattle Department of Construction & Inspections (SDCI) to either grant or deny the requested modifications. The committee may also recommend relevant conditions to be applied to granting these changes to minimize its impacts on the surrounding neighborhood. SDCI will make the final decision.”

Who’s eligible to apply?

  • Neighbors who live or own a business within 600’ of Queen Anne Elementary
  • Residents in the surrounding neighborhood
  • Representatives of city-wide education issues
  • Parents of future QAES students

Other committee members will include a representative from the School District and City of Seattle.

To apply, please send a letter of interest by email or snail mail to:

Maureen Sheehan
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
PO Box 94649
Seattle, WA 98124-4649

Community meeting on new addition to Queen Anne Elementary this Monday

QAE frontQueen Anne Elementary is a recipient of funding from the Seattle Public Schools Excellence IV (BEX) Capital Levy. Seattle voters approved the levy in 2013, and now the community can learn more about how the funds will benefit Queen Anne Elementary.

The building originally opened in 1905 (and still has the original John Hay name on it) and was recently modernized for reopening as Queen Anne Elementary in 2011. As with many elementary schools in the area, Queen Anne Elementary is suffering from overcrowding. The $16.4 million in funding allows it to grow via an addition with 8 new classrooms (200 seats) and a new gymnasium.

The latest scope documents show that the scope of work will include, but is not limited to, the aforementioned classrooms and gym as well as, technology infrastructure, redevelopment of the site (bus, parking and drop off), covered walkways, an outdoor covered area, street frontage improvements, and the demolition of existing portable units.

Design work for the new addition and gym began in February of this year. Seattle Public Schools expects the construction to start in June 2018, with a planned 2019 opening.

If you would like to learn more, ask questions, or provide input on the project, attend a community meeting at the school (411 Boston St) this Monday, June 6th, from 6:30pm to 8pm. At the meeting, you can learn more about the project scope, schedule, and design.

 

Rally for reinstatement of Queen Anne Elementary Principal on Friday

We’ve had several emails from Queen Anne Elementary parents today about the resignation of Principal David Elliott. Per parents, Seattle Public Schools has accepted Elliott’s resignation, which is being described as a “forced” resignation. Seattle Public Schools has not issued a formal statement, the flyer below is from Queen Anne Elementary parents.

The QAE parents are hosting a rally and petition signing at the corner of 4th Ave N and Newton St, tomorrow, Friday, October 23:

Happy Blue Friday! with help from Queen Anne Elementary

Earlier this week we posted this video on Facebook and tweeted it out, and it has snowballed since then! About 450 Queen Anne Elementary students made the “Heart of the Seahawks” video with help from their teachers Melyssa Stone and Amanda Amsel. The Seattle TimesCBS Sports, Fox Sports, and more have picked up the story, and the video was tweeted out by Pete Carroll.

So, to celebrate Blue Friday, here’s their video:

Go Hawks!

Donate Coats for Foster Kids at Queen Anne Elementary

Remember the coat drives back during the holiday season? Well, winter lasts longer than the month of December, and there are still people in need of warm coats and sweaters. To help out local foster children in need, Queen Anne Elementary is running its 2nd Annual Coat and Sweater Drive this week – Monday, February 4th – Friday, February 8th.

This year the coat drive benefits Treehouse for Kids, a charity that “fills the gaps” for kids in foster care. Queen Anne Elementary will be accepting donations at both main entrances. Donations will help stock the Treehouse “Wearhouse”, a free store where foster kids can shop for clothes, shoes, school supplies, books, toys and other essentials that help them feel good and fit in.

Here’s how you can help:

  • Buy one or more gifts for a foster child
  • Donate “almost” new clothes (coats and sweaters), toys or books
  • Drop off donations in the boxes at either QAE main entrance

You can also give online or mail a check donation– just put “Queen Anne Elementary” on the “Drive Host” line at check-out.

Queen Anne Elementary Prepping Now for March Auction – Auction Items & Volunteers Needed

Queen Anne Elementary is hosting its “Reach for the Stars!” Auction on March 8th at the Shilshole Bay Beach Club, 6pm-11pm. 100% of the auction proceeds go directly to QAE’s Explorer Fund, supporting a range of student services including counseling, art classes, classroom assistants, and more. The auction is key to funding and maintaining student services, so by supporting the Auction, you support the school and its students.

To help support the Auction now, you can donate items via the online form or send in the form via email. QAE needs 150 auction items by this Friday, February 1st – all they need are the forms for donated items, the actual physical items are due March 1st. Suggested items include business services, stays at vacation properties, wine collections, tickets to shows or performances, and gift certificates to local businesses.

Auction volunteers are also needed – no experience required, and the time commitment varies by activity. Volunteers are needed to help with donations, class art projects, class auction baskets, social media posting, and day-of-event help. Check out the volunteer web site or email the coordinators for more information.

If you’d like to attend the QAE Auction, you can purchase individual tickets, a table for 10, or sponsor a ticket for a teacher. Early birds save $10 by purchasing by this Friday, February 1st.

Queen Anne Elementary Needs Volunteer Crossing Guards

Queen Anne Elementary Students
2012 First Day of School
Photo credit: Tony Teske, Kast Design Co.

Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity that helps keep kids safe and promotes safer driving in our neighborhood? Queen Anne Elementary has an urgent need for volunteer crossing guards to keep the kids safe en route to and from school.

If you’ve driven by the school at 411 Boston St, then you know that it’s on a busy road, and the 20mph school zone speed limit is not always respected. The school needs crossing guards to help kids and their families safely cross Boston at 4th Ave N, and they need them as soon as possible.

Volunteers are needed weekday mornings from 9:00-9:30am and weekday afternoons from 3:25-3:50pm. The school provides a brief safety-training course; volunteers must complete a no-cost background check.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer crossing guard, please email Karen G. or phone the school office at 206.252.2480 and leave your contact information.

Queen Anne Elementary wins Zaw school fundraiser

The final tallies are in from Zaw’s month-long School Days fundraiser. Queen Anne Elementary took home the grand prize, raising $145 in donations from community members and winning an auction item from Zaw: An Ultimate Pizza Party for up to eight kids.

Between QA Elementary, McClure, John Hay, Coe, and St. Anne’s, a total of $340 was raised for local schools in the month of March through the school days fundraiser program.