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.

Last chance to give to Zaw School Days fundraiser

Today is the last day of Zaw’s month-long School Days fundraiser, and it looks like the race for which school will win is pretty close.

Our last week of fundraising shows John Hay Elementary in the lead with a mere $5 donation with Queen Anne Elementary coming in a very close second. Coe comes in third with McClure and St. Anne’s tied for fourth place.

Want to help your school win the grand prize (an Ultimate Pizza Party auction item courtesy of Zaw), as well as help them raise more dough? Customers can tell Zaw which school they’d like to make a $5 donation to in their name on all orders over $20 for the rest of the day today.

Coe & Queen Anne Elementary lead in month-long Zaw School Days fundraiser

Last week we reported on Zaw’s month-long fundraiser for neighborhood schools called Zaw School Days, coinciding with the shop’s one-year anniversary on the hill. On every Tuesday and Wednesday through the end of the month the bake-at-home pizza place will be donating $5 to the neighborhood school or PTA funding effort of your choice for every order of $20 and up.

Just one week into the fundraiser Zaw released its donation totals so far, and Coe Elementary and Queen Anne Elementary are two schools leading the way, earning 35 percent of the donations each. From Zaw:

Our first week was a great success, the families and friends of Coe and Queen Anne Elementary came out in force, but there are still three weeks left for McClure, John Hay and St. Anne’s to give them a run for their donation dollars!

In addition to donation checks for each school, we’re spicing things up thanks to a suggestion from a Zaw School Days customer this past week! Whichever school receives the largest number of $5 donations, Zaw will gift an extremely special auction item to the winning school – an all-inclusive Ultimate Pizza Party birthday package for up to eight kids (a up to $150 value)!