Published monthly by Arbor Heights PTSA, 6.15.35. Current members:130 Arbor Heights Elementary School 3704 SW 104th Seattle, WA 98146 281-6230 Terry McDermott, President - 932-6314 Roberta Post, Vice President - 937-5613 Sue Murray, Secretary - 243-8374 Betsy Forbes, Treasurer - 938-8607 Donna Carreon & Karen Haines, Fundraising Coordinators - 938-4018 & 938-3531 Holly Guenther, Student Activities Coord. - 935-2048 Lynn Moy, Public Relations Coordinator - 935-9015 Laura Flannigan, Admin. Coord. - 431-8654 Kathy Robison, Site Council Chair - 932-4552 Gail Ballard, Newsletter Editor - 938-0712 Carl Leatherman, Principal Claudia Stroh, Dave Wilkie & Sapina Pele, Staff Reps
As you know, in June of this year a Program Placement Team was formed to consider requests for program placement for the 1996-97 school year. The Program Placement Team consisted of principals, a Seattle Education Association representative and central administrative staff. I I requested the team to make recommendations to me for my review and approval.
There have been two significant changes since the Program Placement Team submitted their recommendations to me. First, the School Board approved my request to pursue changes to the Student Assignment Plan for 1997-98 and second, our projected gap between revenues and expenditures has increased.
Since proposed changes to the Student Assignment Plan will result in significant changes in space utilization, I am not approving any changes on grade configuration this year. The success of a new Student Assignment Plan will depend on strategic placement of the appropriate programs. For these reasons, I am not approving the request for K-6 for the 1996-97 school year. However, this request will be carefully considered in the upcoming months as we develop details of the new Student Assignment Plan.
PTSA work has been very calm for me this month, it's been a nice break. I have had the opportunity to go on two field trips. One with Room 16 to the Children's Theater to see Mrs. Piggle Wiggle and the other with Room 15 to the Childrens Museum. Both outings were great and of course our children were on their best behavior as always.
If you saw the display case this last week, you might recognize the figures. I made a Christmas display for Alki Spud a few years ago, and they were gracious enough to let me borrow them for a week! One of my hobbies I haven't had time for since school started this fall. I would like to thank Terrie & Rick for the loan of the display!
In my spare time I have been baking up a storm. The poor staff have been my guinea pigs, luckily I haven't had any complaints. My family would like to extend Holiday Wishes to you all. Have a safe & happy holiday. Our next General Meeting is January 11th @ 7:00. Hope to see you there!
Lynn King, Arbor Heights' very own SLP (Speech/Language Pathologist).
Lynn can be found upstairs on Tuesday and Thursday in the little room located by the fish tank.
Mrs. Thompson has also set up a site to encourage young writers at Arbor Heights (Cool Writers' Magazine) & around the world at: http://www.halcyon.com/ahcool/home.html
Here is the URL (lingo for WWW address) for "Best of the Net": http://www.gnn.com/gnn/wic/botn/ed.best.html. There is even a reference to Cool Writers' Magazine. Stop by Room 12 or Room 22 to see the new graphic that says "top ten" on The Arbor Heights Home Page!
Maya has created a World Wide Web page on Sea Turtles, and Cordell is creating a resource page on wolves. Eric just started a page on hockey. Each student includes a poem, artwork, research on the subject and then links to other resources.
Many staff members at Arbor Heights have Internet accounts. Ask your child's teacher for their email address!
Microsoft has sent AH a server! It is currently in the process of getting set up and running. Believe me, they make life wonderful when using the computer! Everyone will soon see......
2 Return from vacation
11 Student Store
11 PTSA Meeting
15 NO SCHOOL - MLK Day
NO NEWSLETTER THIS MONTH! YEAH!
Read your child a book that was one of your favorites when you were young. Or read them a book that they have only known as a movie. Books like Charlotte's Web, The Indian in the Cupboard & The Wizard of Oz. A Christmas story like: Amahl and the Night Visitors, The Story of Holly & Ivy, The Polar Express, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever or The Happy Prince. Or, read them one of this years Young Reader's Choice Books. Our 4th & 5th graders will vote in March and kids can vote if they have read 2 books, or had them read aloud to them.
If you would like to buy your child a book for Christmas, there are many wonderful gift books. For example Waldo books, books by Roald Dahl, new Goosebump books are always a hit. The poetry collection Where the Sidewalk Ends and A Light in the Attic are books children will enjoy over and over again for many years. As always, if you would like to check out any books from our library just stop by or drop me a note.
Dene Napolitan, Arbor Heights Librarian
All of my 3rd, 4th & 5th grade and multiage classes have been working on our instrumental and vocal numbers for the Holiday Program. Many 4th & 5th grade percussion and xylophone players have put in extra practice time before school, coming in several times a week to play congas and xylophones to polish their technique. A group of 5th graders from Rooms 21 & 25 have also come in several times in the morning to sing in a small choral group, and performed during one of the 5th grade songs in the Program. I am also proud of the hard work Fourth graders in Rooms 7 & 8 have put in on a special holiday project, in cooperation with some studio musicians in Los Angeles. It is important to me that kids understand there are many, many different forms that music can take. Arbor Heights students seem eager for the opportunity to learn about them. My Kindergarten students continue to excel at following directions, doing patterning with fun rhymes and songs, body percussion, and rhythm patterns and treating each other with appreciation and respect during music time. I am impressed by the level of responsibility and cooperation I see in all my music students.
HO! HO! HO! We love and enjoy our congas so much. Thank you parents! Of course, it's Winter Holiday Program time, and we've had fun getting ready for the concert. There was dance, song and drumming - very festive. Simone Welsh was the guest artist drumming with our students at the program.
The Winter Program was a wonderful combination of song, drums, instruments & fun! Ms. Cronon & Ms. Mabe can feel proud of a job well done. Their excitement and enthusiasm was evident and showed with the various skills demonstrated by the children.
Mr. Leatherman can be congratulated on his idea of splitting the evening program - for the first time in a long time it wasn't overcrowded, hot & stuffy! All in all, things seemed to run smoothly. Lynn Moy was responsible for the set design on stage & also acted as stage crew with her student assistant, Jason Corbon. The grouping of the various classes together was a great idea! And last, but not least, Simone Welsh as a guest artist drumming with the children was an inspiration! The drums were a great investment! Almost forgot to mention the appearance of Santa Claus - after the show my three year old daughter wanted to find "Santa", but he had already left for the North Pole.
Ms. Mabe & Ms. Cronon are the 2 new music teachers who have really shown the kids how to enjoy music & have fun!
By Eric, Rm 24 - Mr. Dorr, 4th Grade
I like Christmas because you get presents and if you are good you get what you want and if you are bad he gives you a bag of coal. On Christmas you bake cookies.
By Catlin, Rm 16 - Mr.Femiano, 3rd Grade
Why I like Christmas is because that is the day Jesus was born. The three wise men came to the shed and gave them presents and worshiped them. Three angels also came.
By Taylor, Rm 17 - Mr. Pharis, 2nd Grade
I hope you get enough sleep for Christmas Eve. What I want for Christmas is a "Where in the World is Carmen SanDiego" game. I like decorating the Christmas tree. It is fun putting on the ornaments. I like seeing what's in my stocking and opening presents with my family. I also like eating the candy canes off the tree. I hope everyone in the world has a great Christmas!
Merry Christmas, Taylor
By Olivia, Rm 19 - Ms. Ballard, 1st Grade
I've been a good girl. I would like to have a toy car.
By Cale, Rm 12 - Mr. Ahlness, 3rd Grade
What I want for Christmas is.........spending time with my family and GOD. That's all I want for Christmas.
By Markell, Rm 15 - Ms. Long, 2nd Grade
What Christmas means to me: presents, happy & joyful times, Church, family, friends, Christmas carols, snow, hot chocolate, cocoa, ice, celebrating, no school, Christmas trees, decorations & lights.
By Shawn, Rm 8 - Ms. Luke, 4th Grade
This month in our class we made gingerbread houses. They are really neat. We had to bring in the stuff, then build them and let them dry, then decorate them and finally bring them home or eat them.