Volume 6, Issue 8 - May, 1995
Young Authors Conference May 25th
Thursday, May 25th is the big day! In the morning we will be
having several assemblies featuring author-illustrator Keith Baker. In
the afternoon children will be sharing their books in small groups.
Parents are welcome to come and attend the celebration. Here is the
schedule for the day:
9:15 - 9:50 Assembly featuring Keith Baker, grades 1-2
10:00 - 10:45 Assembly grades 3-5
11:15 - 11:45 Assembly Kindergarten
1:00 Group Leaders meet in the library for directions. Parents who
wish to attend their child’s group can find the room assignment in
1:15 - 2:00 Children share their books in small groups
2:00 - 2:20 Joint Recess—whole school autographing
2:20 - 3:00 Author’s receptions (refreshments in the
6:30 - 8:00pm Books will be on display in the gym during the Ice
Cream Social the evening of May 25th.
April 11, 7:00 p.m.
in the School Library!
Elections, Classroom Configurations,
New Principal information
This PTSA Newsletter is intended to inform the AH community of what is going on in the school and how
AHPTSA is involved in these happenings. If you have any question or would like to join the PTSA, talk to
any Board of Directors Officer or Member.
94-95 PTSA Officers:
Karl Borgwardt, President 431-8913
Bob Moffett, Vice-President 937-6078
Jami Moffett,Vice-President 937-6078
Roberta Post, Secretary 937-5613
Terry Shaw, Treasurer 935-7360
Mary Wilgocki 935-9437
Bruce Fowler 281-6230
Claudia Stroh 281-6230
Sapina Pele 281-6230
Kathy Robison 235-0895
Published monthly (9 issues) by AHPTSA 6.15.35.
Arbor Heights Elementary School
3701 SW 104th St.
Seattle, WA 98146
Carol Bracher, Editor
Deadline for next issue: May 20
From the President
As this is my last letter to all of you I would like to thank everyone, staff, teachers, parents
and students for helping make this such a wonderful year. I have thoroughly enjoyed being the
PTSA President this year. It has given me a great opportunity to get to know so many good people
here. It has also kept me in better touch with what my own children are doing in school. Being
this close to the school has also reminded me in a big way what a great school Arbor Heights is.
One of the people who I have truly enjoyed both working with and observing work with the
children has been Mr. Fowler. I am deeply saddened that he will not be returning next year. I
understand his need to move on though and wish him the best of luck wherever his trails may lead
him. The PTSA is trying to be part of the selection process for Mr. Fowler’s successor. We hope
that we are able to bring someone in who is as supportive of the students, staff, and the
I would also like to encourage anyone who has not already signed up to help at the Young
Authors conference to do so. This is a wonderful opportunity to see the students at their best. This
is a proud moment for the students and it is a pleasure to be able to share it with them.
At our next PTSA general meeting next week we will be introducing the new board
members and I encourage everyone to come and get involved. The PTSA is more than just
fundraising. It is the young Authors conference, it is the assemblies and special programs, it is all
the extra help given to the children through volunteers. None of it is possible without the support
of the parents. I know that the rewards are worth the time spent.
Summer Project: Save Campbell’s Food Labels!
AHPTSA collects and saves Campbell’s, Pepperidge Farm, & Swanson’s food
labels. In exchange for the labels we receive FREE playground & classroom equipment.
Even though we are done collecting them this year, save your labels!! Save the
entire label and send keep them in a safe place until school starts in the fall. Then we’ll
start filling up our Campbell’s can in the foyer again. Thanks!
to every Arbor Heights Volunteer this year. It takes all of us to
make our school so special. The PTSA Board of Directors
appreciates all you have done!! Thanks!
Come to the Ice Cream Social to help celebrate Young Author’s Conference. See your children’s books on
display. Thursday, May 25th, 6:30 - 8:00pm.
Because of the generosity of the Bon Marche, we were again able to offer the
1995 Young Author’s T-Shirts at a very low price. These shirts cost over twice what we
are charging. The Bon Marche, our PIPE Partner, is supplementing the price for us.
The T-Shirts are part of the celebration. The children love them! Mr. Fowler
and the t-shirt committee have ordered a shirt for every child in grades K-3. If you have
sent in your money, THANK YOU!! If have not yet sent in your money, please send it in
to the office or your child’s teacher. If you are unable to afford the shirt, the PTSA will
fund yours with our scholarships. If you have a desire to do so, you may send in extra
to purchase a shirt (or shirts) for another student.
Our t-shirt company is again High Winds in White Center, one of our
advertisers. They did a wonderful job last year and we know they will again this year!!
Any questions? Call Roberta Post 937-5613 or Carol Bracher, 937-2229
Please watch for a survey coming home to you about what YOU want the Playground
Improvement projects to be. This committee is looking at conceptual ideas for
landscaping, outdoor classroom, playfield, and play equipment. We need your surveys
back before the end of the year, just turn them in to your child’s teacher. Thank you!
PENNY DRIVE NEWS:
Thank you to the kids and parents who saved and collected pennies for our penny
drive. We received over $1,166!! The money will pay for Young Author’s
Conference (approx $900) and will buy books to donate to the West Seattle Youth
and Family Services Bureau. On May 18th we will have an assembly at school
and the children of AH School will receive a SURPRISE for working so hard on
A big thank you also to our teachers for being so patient and cooperative with our
fund-raisers. Thanks for making this one part of your classroom activities.
Cheese Popcorn coming
On May 5 AHPTSA will be making and selling cheese popcorn (and regular
popcorn for those who aren’t adventurous). We need to know if you like the
cheese popeorn. Please buy and try it then let the popcorn people know what
you think!! If everyone likes it, we will pop it to next year on a regular basis.
Here’s the schedule:
May 5, cheese popcorn
May 12, 19, regular popcorn
May 26, caramel
June 2, cheese popcorn
June 9, caramel, last popcorn day for 94-95
Have you hugged your teacher this week???
May 8-12 is Teacher Appreciation Week. Please be sure
and thank your teachers
for all they do for our children.
This column is for news of community events. If you know of an event that Arbor Heights families would
benefit from, please submit your
information to the Newsletter Editor before January 16 for publication in the March newsletter.
There’s one more newsletter to be published this year. Look for it to go home on
June 9th. If you have any info for the newsletter, or if you want to thank your
committee for their work this year, please give it to Carol B. before the Memorial
Day weekend. Put it in my box at school or call me and leave it on my answering
Here’s the Slate for AHPTSA Board of Directors Officers and Chairmen for
the 95/96 School Year:
President: Terry McDermott
Vice-President: Roberta Post
Secretary: Sue Murray
Treasurer: Betsy Forbes
Fund-Raising: Donna Carreon, Karen
Haines, and Hazel Cox
Administration: Willa Flannigan
Student Activities: Holly Gunther
Public Relations: Lynn Barnicle
They will be officially voted in at the PTSA Meeting on May 11 at 7pm in the
From the Editor:
..I hate rumors. Especially when they turn out to be true! If you haven’t heard by now, we are
going to be saying good-bye to Mr. Fowler at the end of this school year. When I heard this
rumor, I wanted to cover my ears and scream so I couldn’t hear any more (I know, not a pretty
picture). When he confirmed the rumor, I still didn’t like it. Bruce, I’ve enjoyed working with you,
and know you will do a wonderful job where you’re going.
We will all miss you a lot. You have made Arbor Heights a very successful school for our
children. Thank you...we can never thank you enough.
Thanks for listening...until next month...
Room 16, Mr. Femiano (Grades 1-3):
The students in room 16 are working feverishly to produce two books each—a non-
fiction as well as a fiction. We’re publishing science, alphabet, counting, religious, even
joke books. We also hope to write “once upon a time” stories. We’ve also written and
illustrated a class book summarizing our latest read-aloud, The Trumpeter Swan by
Room 23, Ms. Anderson (Special Ed):
We just completed animal reports and shared information about birds of prey, cougars,
snakes, frogs, bats, waterfowl, gorillas, and dogs.
We have written and published several stories on subjects including swimming with
friends, dragons and castles, adventures in the town of Chew & Swallow (from the book
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs) and many versions of Clifford stories. It is a lot of
fun to dictate stories to our partners in Mr. Wagner’s class, who in turn publish the
stories using laptop computers.
Room 21, Ms. Chrichton (grade 5):
Room 21 scholars are writing family or Seattle history novels for their Young Author’s
books. Mrs. Moffett gave us lessons on using colored pencils to help us on our
Eloy is a new student who joined us. We are very pleased that he came to our class.
Eloy transferred from a school in California.
Room 8, Ms. Luke (grade 4):
Room 8 is doing “The CAT”. did you know that May 25 is the Young Author’s
Conference? I’m almost done with mine. It’s called “The Skittle Throwers”.
Room 9, Ms. Salter (grade 3):
We have been very busy getting ready for the Young Author’s Conference, taking CAT
tests, and trying to learn as much as we can before the year is over. Room 9 Reading
write Poetry Books, instead of stories, for Young Author’s. It was bun because many of
the poems are silly.
How to get your parents to do what you want them to do!!!
Offer to do chores
Do what they want
Give them a gift
Make them feel bad
Tell them it’s not fair
Pout all day
Keep repeating please
Make a mess
This list was generated by the students in room 24. How many of these things happen in your
MEET NEXT YEAR’S EDITOR:
I am happy to announce we have a new PTSA Newsletter Editor for next year.
Gail Ballard is a delightful person and you will all enjoy working with her.
Gail has four children, Eric Henry is in 3rd grade in Mr. Dorr’s class, Catlin is in
2nd grade in Mr. Femiano’s class, and there are two more little ones at home, ages 2
years and 6 months. Gail is also a Camp Fire Leader.
She recently quit her full time job as a graphic designer for Associated Grocers
to stay home full time with her children. For Christmas she received a new Macintosh
computer so she is all set up and ready to go!! I’m sure the Newsletter will be
I hope you support Gail as much as you have supported me in these past 5 years as
Editor. Be patient and give her all the information she needs. Also, expect great
things. I know she will come through for the PTSA.
Young Author’s Conference:
by Mary Wilgocki, Chairman
On May 25th the school will be holding its annual Young Author’s Conference.
This is the day that all our children share their writings. Several parents and community
members will come to gather in small groups and hear each student read their own
stories. The day also includes an assembly by Keith Baker, the author, to offer his
wisdom about the world of writing books.
The conference has been one of my favorite events each year. Over the last
three years, I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to the creativity and seeing the artistic
illustrations. These children of ours are really marvelous, talented writers.
The recent penny drive helps the PTSA fund this event. Thank you all for helping
the children find all those pennies. The day will be well worth the effort.