The Monthly PTSA Newsletter of Washington Middle School
PTSA Presidents’ Letter Principal’s Notes
As our first regular issue of PawPrints goes to press in 2006, the It’s February! Hard to tell by the constant drip of rain turning
PTSA is humming with activity. Here’s what’s happening: everything a slight shade of “bleck,” but soon enough, the sun
should make its return… or so we hope!
• Program on Teen Internet Usage. Do you know how
your adolescent is using the Internet? Have you ever had Before going too much further, I want to take a moment to thank
concerns about Internet safety or wondered how to guide Assistant Principal Al DeJaen, who, after 43 years with Seattle
your increasingly independent student’s appropriate Schools, has decided to spend some time working on his “travel
behavior on the Internet? Please plan to join us on bug.” Al arrived at Washington in July of 1999, and has been
Wednesday evening, February 15, at 6:45 p.m. in the active with the school ever since. While Al has a great ability to
lunchroom for an informative and instructive evening as connect with students, especially those in our special needs
we welcome Detective Malinda Wilson of the Seattle program, his true strength is in getting the “behind-the-scenes”
Police Department, who will present “Playing Safe on The business organized and running well. Al organized the teams that
Net”. In addition to hearing from an expert in this field, hired many of the teachers currently working at Washington during
you’ll have the opportunity to share your own the summer months when much of the staff was away. His
experiences, concerns and questions with Detective organization of Washington’s transportation system, with nearly 30
Wilson and other parents / guardians. We hope to see buses bringing or taking students every day is amazing. If
you there! something is sticking, squeaking, needs a small “watzit,” etc., Al is
• Spring Fling. The Spring Fling Committee, chaired by the person to fix it, find it, or swap it out. Al has been a great help
Gail Gatton and Harriet Bakken, has been working during my transition back to Washington. We will greatly miss his
energetically for the past couple of months to plan this presence in the building, but wish him all the best during his
year’s auction evening, “Festival of Fun - a light-hearted journeys ahead.
celebration of All Fools’ Day.” Details about the event,
including opportunities to help ensure its success, have With one administrator leaving, another must have arrived.
been mailed to all WMS families; if you missed the Spring Antoinette Sabarots has joined the Washington staff, and will
Fling edition of PawPrints last month, copies are available serve as the 8 Grade Administrator. Antoinette is returning from
in the school office. Watch for your invitation, which will a maternity leave, and arrives at Washington with prior experience
be sent soon, and plan to join us for what promises to be at Eckstein Middle School and Madrona K-8. Welcome Ms.
an outstanding event on Saturday, April 1! Sabarots.
• Annual Fund. To date, we have received donations
totaling over $48,750. We’re 75% of the way to our Now to the daily business of Washington: February is always a
$65,000 goal! If you haven’t yet taken the time to show busy time at school: students are starting the second semester,
your support with a donation, please do so today. The some with a new class or two; prospective parent/guardians and
simple act of participation, more than the amount of your students are visiting the school before the open enrollment period
gift, demonstrates your commitment to providing quality ends; the Night-of-the-Notables event showcases work the entire
programs and resources at WMS. If you need a donation 7 Grade has spent time on; the stories, music, art, and pictures of
form, you can pick one up in the school office or African American history strengthen the curriculum; and the
download it from the WMS website at process of starting to plan for next year hits full stride. Before the
http://126.96.36.199/documents/AnnualFundBrochure200 semester gets too far underway, now is a perfect time for all of us
5.pdf. Thank you! to do a mid-year reflection on our goals and progress. Sit down
• Committees and Board Positions. Several board with your student and have an honest conversation about school.
members and committee chairs will be vacating their How is it going, what do they need help with, what worked, and
positions at the end of this year. This month we will be what didn’t go so well? Talk about your observations regarding
electing members to the Nominating Committee, whose homework, planning and organization, reading, Internet time, etc.
job it will be to find candidates to fill those vacancies. If Set some goals for Second Semester and Third Quarter, including
you’d consider either serving on the Nominating regular checkpoints where you will sit down and review their
Committee during the next two months or filling a progress. For 8 Grade parents, be on the lookout for “8 Grade-
committee or board position next year (or both!), please itis”, especially towards the middle of March. Sixth Grade parents
contact one of us. Prior experience is not required! will start to see dramatic changes, both physically and emotionally,
• School Tours. Prospective new students and their as your students move further into the middle years. As always,
families will be touring the school on Thursdays Feb. 2, 9 don’t stop connecting with the staff of Washington if things don’t
and 16. Volunteer tour guides are still needed! If you look or feel right.
can help, please contact Stephanie Bower
(email@example.com). Have a great, and I hope much drier, February!
Co-Presidents Nancy Eiselt (mother of Mariah Billey, 8 grade) & Jon Halfaker, Principal
Stephanie Shine (mother of Cally Shine, 7 grade)
Christina Bogar, Martha Bosma, Jeffrey Bottman, Elizabeth Bottman, Stephanie
Playing Safe on The Net Bower, Dawn Brightwell, Edward Bronsdon, Bruce Brooks, Diane Brooks,
Lindsay Brown, William Brown, Rebecca Brown, Bill Bui, Robert Butler, Karen
Carlson, Al Carlson, Godfrey Chambers, Guy Chan, Patricia Chan, Pat Charmley,
Ru Chen, Cindy Chen, Andrew Cheung, Wen-Hua Chou, Catherine Chutich,
Is your student always on the Internet? Mary Clancy, Cheryl Clark, Kevin Clark, Judith Cochran, Peter Cole, Jennifer Cole,
Not sure what she’s up to? Who is he Michael Collins, Donald Comstock, Matt Corwin, Ann Costello, Lisa Coughlin,
“chatting” with? What did she just click off Scott Coughlin, CT Crank, Bernie Creaven, Lou Cuevas, Mary Curiel, Patrick Dailey,
of? Why is he always downloading stuff? Cristela Daniel, John Danker, Isa D'arleans, Ron Davids, Susan Davidson,
Mike Davidson, Phil Davis, Susan Davis, Cathy Davis, Kathryn De Koch,
Why do I feel like they know more than I Erlinda De Los Reyes, Ann De Maris Davids, Carol Decklebaum, Euni Decordoba,
do when it comes to technology? David Decordoba, Al DeJaen, Mary DeLorme, Susan Dick, David Dick, Ingrid Dinter,
Sharon Drasnin, Stephen Drasnin, Steve Dunnington, Gillian Dutton, Travis
Eckert, Anna Eckert, Doug Edelstein, Eric Edgerton, Efthimis Efthimiadis, Maria Egan,
If you answered yes to any of these questions, or even maybe, Nancy Eiselt, Laura Eisenberg, June Eisenman, Charles Eldridge, Kathryn Elliott,
you should plan to attend the next WMS PTSA event: Internet Clair Enlow, David Erb, Beth Evenson, Dave Evenson, Lolie Farinas, Monica
Safety and Awareness: Things Not Even Your Student Knows Fawthrop, Jim Feldman, Kathy Feldman, Diane Felix, Edward Felix, Jane Fellner,
About. This program has been jointly developed by the Internet Jenny Fillius, Donald Fillius, Teri Fitzgerald, Liz Fitzhugh, Jennifer Fleck, Sydell
Fleischer, Corinne Fligner, Joanna Forsyth, Karin Fosberg, Nancy Fox, David Fox,
Crimes Against Children Task Force, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Jayn Foy, Hugh Foy, Amanda Franklin, Dave Franklin, Richard Franko, Neal
America, and Netsmartz. Friedman, Susan Fung, Margi Futran, Bonnie Garmus, Kristine Garratt, Elizabeth
Gaskill, Gail Gatton, Carey Gelernter, Robert Gertler, David Gleeson, Jennifer Gold,
th K.C. Golden, Meg Goldman, Kim Gordon, David Gordon, Jenni Gottschalk,
Date: February 15 , 2006 Chuck Gottschalk, Ed Gow, Alison Grevstad, Katy Griffith, Karen Gunsul, Daniel
Time: 6:45 PM – 8:30 PM Gurney, Mary Ann Gwinn, Jon Halfaker, Carol Hall, Wini Hamilton, Knut Hansen,
Location: The WMS Lunchroom Sheri Hargus, Kate Harkins, Margaret Harris, Diana Hausman, Jane Hendricks, Jody
Speaker: Detective Malinda Wilson, SPD Internet Crimes Against Hendrickson, Bill Hendrickson, Molly Hendrickson, Patty Henry, Hank Hinnant,
May Hipolito, Le Li Hoang, Ingrid Holmlund, Laura Hooning, Michael Hooning,
Children Taskforce Connie Hoover, Barbara Hopp, Jane Howard, Karen Howell-Clak, Janet Howell-Clak,
Abbie Hu, Bob Huppe, Theresa Huynh, Laura Inveen, Cindy Irwin, Lynn Jacobson,
This training is geared towards parent/guardians only. Please no Francie Jajewski, David Jajewski, Ric Johnston, Samuel Johnston, Sandy Johnston,
Janet Jones, Robert Joyce, Aimee Joyce, Patricia Kahn, Jay Kaiser, Patricia Kalafus,
young children. The WMS Library will be open for quiet study or Sandra Kaplan, Joel Kaufman, Susanne Kelly, Barbara Kelly, Sean Kelly,
reading if you need to bring an older child. Steve Kennard, Katrina Kennard, Brian Kiehn, Katy Killory, John Killory,
Takako Kimoto, Stephen King, Sheryl Kipnis, Shelly Kirk, Kristen Klein, Hildy Ko,
Dave Ko, Bruce Kochis, Ahoua Kone, Richard Kovar, Leslie Lachman, Joyce Lam,
Attention 7th and 8th Grade Jerry Large, Matthew Lawrence, Herbert Lawrence, Jr., Gavin Layton, Doug Leary,
Arthur Lee, Jack LeNoir, Bruce Lesnick, Gad Levy, Margaret Lewis, Chunlin Li,
Parents/Guardians Thomas Linde, Roberta Lindeman, Mark Linsey, Sharon Lobel, Marvin Lock,
Jan Lock, David Loud, Sarah Loudon, Kate Loughney, Charles Lukey, Dana Lukey,
Bill Luna, Joanne Luong, Chi Luong, William Lynch, Michele Manber,
Eighth grade graduation will be upon Michele Mancuso, Peter Manos, Lori Markowitz, Stephen Markowitz, Carl Marquardt,
Haruko Marquardt, Charles Martin, Zeke Martin, Heidi Mathisen, Michael McCarthy,
us soon, believe it or not. I need Ginny McFarland, Stuart McFeely, Anita McKay, Dennis McLean, Joan McNabb,
some 7 grade parents to help with Lisa McNelis, MaryAnn Meersman, Michael Meyer, Ahmed Mohamed,
the usual evening event at the end of Nancy Mohamed, Thomas Moll, William Moody, Melinda Moree, William Morgan,
th Val Morris-Lent, Vicki Moshcatel, Anne Mulherkar, EduardoMunoz, Majorie Murray,
school since 8 grade parents will be Sandy Murray, Dick Murray, Douglas Musselman-Brown, Cheryl Musselman-Brown,
watching their student graduate. One day you will be an 8 grade Mats Myberg, Andrew Nelson, Tom Nesbitt, Wailap Ng, Thoa Nguyen, Dung Nguyen,
parent and appreciate the 7 grade parents who volunteered their Thu-Van Nguyen, Penelope Nichols, Tracy Nielson, Julie Nikaitani, Elizabeth Noll,
time so you could enjoy the graduation. So please volunteer! I Dan Nord, Heidi Noun, Jaime Novais, Ukwenga Oleru, Ngozi Oleru,
th Andrea Olsheskie-Gray, Sally Olson, Leah Opinano-Bui, Jory Oppeinheimer,
also need 8 grade parents who are interested in working on the Dorothy Orzel, Alan Osaki, Cindy Osborn, Jon Ostrove, Kathy Ostrove,
event before it happens, including decorations, food procurement Karen Overstreet, Christine Owens, David Owens, Margot Page, Jagoda Pasic,
and speaker/entertainment. I especially need people to “chair” Rick Paulsen, Robert Pavia, Mary (Molly) Pavia, Dave Pearson, Kelly Pearson,
Charlie Phillips, Mitzi Portillo, Jennifer Potter, Gary Pounder, Gary Prince,
these areas, so please step up to the plate, because I cannot do it Debra Prinzing, Deborah Raible, Paul Ray, John Reed, DS Reilly, Lisa Renehan,
all myself. Thank you very much. Please contact Susan Fung, 8 Sandy Renner, Peter Renner, Sara Robertson, Deborah Robinson, Sheila Roe,
grade VP at firstname.lastname@example.org, 722-2062. David Roe, Melissa Roe, Jowell Rollolazo, Robert Rosencrantz, Terry Rosencrantz,
Peter Rubenstein, Hannele Ruohola-Baker, Monica Rush, J. Craig Rusk, Roberta
Russell, David Russell, Phoebe Russell, Norma Russell, David A. Russell, Christian
Saether, Anthony Salisbury, Chris Sallquist, Liesl Sallquist, Elizabeth Sanders,
It' Easy: Sign up for WMS e-News to receive information and Barry Saver, Helen Schinske, Mark Schleck, Sara Schott, Jill Schultz, Jane Scott,
reminders about school events, news, and volunteer needs at Tom Scott, Molly Seaverns, Philip Shack, Maura Shapley, Stephanie Sharpe, Timothy
Sharpe, Janice Shave, William Shaw, Audrey Sheffield, Mary Sherhart, Jane
http://www.seattleschools.org/schools/washingtonms. Sheridan, Anne Shields, Stephanie Shine, Hugh Shipman, Bill Singer, Kristi
Skanderup, Ruth Solnit, Eunjoo Song, Charles Spaeta, Carol Sparer, Beth Speck,
Terry Sperling, Andrew Stanton, Catherine Staunton, Matthew Steinbrueck, Elizabeth
PTSA Memberships Steinbrueck, Michael Storck, Susan Storck, Ian Story, Tina Story, Tom Strangeland,
Joannie Strangeland, Bill Suhr, Cathleen Summers, Shelly Sundberg,
Marian Sussman, Cheryl Swab, Rachel Swerdlow, Clifton Swiggett, Nelda Swiggett,
As of January 2006, WMS PTSA has 460 members, representing Denise Takahashi, Beleqsa Tamaami, Andrea Tan, Cynthia Taylor, Elizabeth
about 300 households (some households have double sign-ups). Teodoro, Teresa Thomas, David Thompson, Neal Thompson, Tim Thoreson,
Ginny Thoreson, Barbara Thoreson Linde, Hiep Tran, Marianne Trangen,
Way to go! Haven’t signed up yet? Simply enclose in a well-sealed Gordon Trangen, Janis Traven, MaryAnne Trettenaro, Bill Trettenaro, Mark Troxel,
envelope labeled PTSA membership, $10 per adult (check is best Eric Trupin, Jim Tully, Joan Tupper, Chris Turner, Thomas Turner, Tahl Tyson,
made out to WMS PTSA, but cash is OK). Include your contact Kerry Van Der Veen, David Vandervort, Nancy Vandervort, Janet Varon, Phillis
info (name, address, e-mail, phone) and return to office. Questions Verzosa, Margaret Vickrey, Doug Vickrey, Carol Viger, Cathy Villanueva, Anna Wald,
Mark Walhout, Peggy Walker, Sera Wang, Shoiwrong Wang, Tamara Wang,
to Susan Fung, membership chair, email@example.com. Thank you! Teresa Ward, Mary Warren, Noreen Weihe, Jonathan Weinstein, Daniel Williams,
Cheryl Williams, George Williams, Diana Wilmar, Dina Wilson, Nate Wilson,
Ellen Aagaard, Kathryn (Keri) Adams-Lee, Mollie Albrecht, Carl Albrecht, Nicholas Mardi Wilson, Edna Wennerlind, Mark Wennerlind, Mark Wittow, Gail Wong,
Allison, Kari Anderson, Amy Arvidson, Cynthia Atman, Tamara Bailey, Harriet Shawna Wortman, Steve Wortman, Diane Wozniak, Paul Wozniak, Cong Xu,
Bakken, Lorraine Bannai, Bryan Barnett, Sheila Bass, Peter Baum, Kathleen Bean, Mayumi Yagi, Ruri Yampolsky, Sarah Yates, Bryan Yates, Beverly Zanetti,
Molly Beaudoin, John Beaudoin, Monica Beckman, Teresa Beery, Max Beery, David Zapolsky, Ann Zavada, Andy Zavada, Steve Zemke.
Elizabeth Bell, Bonnie Berk, Dan Billey, Cynthia Block, Allison Boelter, Arthur Boelter,
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Ask the Paw Personal fact: She has a husband and a 10 year old son, Wu
Yifan, who loves to draw, do calligraphy, and who loves car
The answers here have been supplied by Mr. Jon Halfaker, WMS Teaching fact: She teaches English at #5 Middle School to the
principal. American equivalent of 8th and 9th graders. Each of her classes
has over 60 students.
Q. I have two questions about WMS 8th New Year's wish (Year of the Dog): She hopes the students here
graders' transition to high school: can enjoy their Chinese classes!
1. Where at WMS can we go for ***
information and counseling on high-school Look for some interesting items at this year’s Spring Fling as the
choices, including open houses, course Chinese Exchange Program raises money for teacher education.
offerings and so forth? Last year enough money was raised to provide a class for each
teacher at the University of Washington. We hope to do as well
Mr. Halfaker's response: The first place to this year. You will have the opportunity to bid on art, collectibles,
start is with the Counseling Office. Ms. Isgur is the current 8th and best of all real "home cooking."
Grade counselor. She has answers to many of the questions ***
parent/guardians and students have. Her email is As part of our exchange with China groups of students, parents,
firstname.lastname@example.org; her phone number is 252-2614. and staff from WMS have traveled to China in even-numbered
A second site to visit is the Seattle Schools website years and hosted groups from China in odd numbered years.
(www.seattleschools.org). Go to the Parent page, then to Health concerns prevent Ms. Shadow, the faculty advisor to the
Enrollment Services, in the left-hand margin, click on Enrolling for program, from organizing a trip this school year. To all those who
2006 - 2007, and then on High Schools. WMS and the PTSA will expressed an interest in travel, my regrets.
also be holding a parent/guardian/student High School Transition
Night at the end of May. If you still have a question, call the Main We may have a group visiting us in June with an opportunity to
Office and we' do our best to get you an answer. host members of the Chinese delegation.
2. We got a card from the district in December saying that we #1 Middle School will be celebrating its 60th anniversary in May
would receive a personalized application to high school in the mail. and a delegation from WMS may go for a "long weekend" to
Does every currently enrolled eighth grader at WMS receive such Jiamusi.
an application, and when should it have arrived?
If either of these possibilities is of interest to you, please contact
Mr. Halfaker's response: The deadlines for on-time application are Ms. Shadow: email@example.com.
firm (Feb.28). All students, regardless of program, must fill out an
enrollment form and submit it on time. If you have not received an
application for high school by the time this article prints, you
should go on-line following the directions listed above, or contact Talking With Your Pre-Teen about
the Enrollment Office to find out what you need to fill out.
Remember, everything must be in by February 28th, 2006. Healthy Relationships
Got a question about any aspect of WMS life? Email As most of you know, our children are naturally curious. From the
firstname.lastname@example.org or drop a line in the office. Two parents time they can talk they ask us to help explain the world around
of WMS students, Mary Ann Gwinn (mom of Sam and Jack them. Around the middle
Dunnington, 8th and 7th grade), and Carey Quan Gelernter, (mom school years, and about the
of Tao Large, 8th grade), will get your questions answered. time puberty hits, adolescents
start trying to figure out how to
WMS China Connection navigate through life on their
own. They may stop asking us questions and turn to other
sources for information – their peers, the internet, or television.
Since 1998 WMS has had an exchange relationship with the city of
Many of these sources may not provide your child with the correct
Jiamusi, PRC. We established a sister school relationship with #1
information to help them make healthy decisions.
Middle School in that city and have had 5 English teachers from #1
Middle School come to America to teach for one year. Eleven
All teens should have a trusted adult they can talk to for accurate
English teachers from other schools in Jiamusi have come during
health information. Studies show that youth who feel they can talk
that time as well. We recently said good-bye to Liu Xiulan, who
with their parents about health issues are less likely to engage in
returned home in mid-January. After the Chinese New Yyear she
high-risk behaviors. Some subjects may be difficult to talk about
will return to her classes at #1 Middle School.
with your teen such as drugs, drinking, sex/sexuality, and
relationships. However, it is very important to talk with our children
While we wait for the U.S. to grant us the proper forms for our next
about these issues as early as possible with age-appropriate
teacher, Zhou Wanru, who has been with us since October will be
taking over all the teaching duties for our two first year and two
second year Chinese classes. Since she hasn' been introduced
One issue many adolescents have concerns about is relationships
to you in PawPrints before, here is a brief bio:
and dating. As pre-teens, they are starting to enter into a world of
more complex and intimate relationships (whether or not they are
Name: Zhou Wanru
dating). It is important teens learn what determines a healthy
Age: "30 something"
relationship versus an unhealthy relationship so they avoid
relationships that may be destructive – physically and emotionally.
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A healthy relationship with a friend (or with a boyfriend or The Asbestos Management Plan includes the results of each periodic
girlfriend) has open and honest communication and an even surveillance and the most recent reinspection as well as documentation of
playing field on which friends share power and control over asbestos related activities. The Asbestos Management Plan is maintained
and available for review in the administrative office of each school or at the
decisions. An unhealthy relationship has an imbalance in which
John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence located at 2445 3rd Ave
one partner tries to exercise control and power through threats, South.
emotional abuse, and physical abuse.
If you would like additional information regarding the District' Asbestos
The outcome of talking openly with your child will help them Program contact Troy White at 206-252-0528.
develop into strong, emotionally sound young men and women
who are capable of having healthy relationships. Music News
The following are some tips for talking with your adolescent about Upcoming Music Events
Assess your own values before you talk February 17 – Club Washington Jazz Night Fundraiser.
Talk with them about appropriate manners in they way 7:00pm at the Rainier Beach High School Performing Arts
they talk and present themselves Center. The evening will feature the Senior Jazz musicians
Tell the truth about dating – both good and bad performing in small combos and as a big band. After school
Teach them how to be assertive but not aggressive Beginning Jazz, Junior Jazz I and Junior Jazz II bands are
Teach them anger management, problem solving, and back in session and may also participate in this night of red-
negotiation skills hot jazz. Ticket forms will come home soon with music
Teach them to tell a trusted adult whenever anything students and will be available in the office.
makes them uncomfortable or confused
Expose them to healthy role models March 4 –Third Annual Gypsy Jazz Fundraising Concert.
7:00pm at Town Hall Seattle. The evening will feature the
Lastly, your child may feel more comfortable talking with an aunt, WMS Senior Orchestra along with multi-instrumentalist, Joe
uncle, family friend, teacher, or counselor about some of these Craven and teenage violin/mandolin virtuoso Alex Hargraves.
difficult issues. The most important issue is that they have a The WMS Voices choir will also participate this year. Don’t
trusted adult to talk with. miss this outstanding evening of music! Ticket forms will be
sent home soon with music students and will be available in
For more information, The Wellness Center health educator has a the office.
variety of books and pamphlets on talking with your child about
various health issues. March 21 – South Seattle Middle School Concert Band
The Wellness Center Staff Festival. 7:00pm in the WMS gym. The evening will feature
the WMS Senior Concert Band and several other South-end
middle school bands.
Seattle Public Schools Annual Asbestos
Notification - 2006 Attend A Friends of Washington Music Meeting
In accordance with the federal Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act All parents are encouraged to attend our next FOWM board
(AHERA) regulations, the Seattle Public Schools is required to notify meeting on Monday, February 13 at 7:00pm in the band room
parents, teachers, and other employees each year of the availability of (rm 8). Your participation can help make this a great year!
Asbestos Management Plans and actions the District is taking to maintain
asbestos containing materials in its buildings.
Annual Fund Donors as of 1/19/06
The District conducted an initial inspection of all school buildings for the
purpose of identifying asbestos containing building material in 1988 and a
management plan detailing the findings of the inspection was developed Contributions to Date: $48,760
for each building. Since then, appropriate response actions have been
taken to ensure that asbestos containing materials are removed, repaired, Ronald & Judith Ablow, Cindy Hao & Dan Abramson, Mr & Mrs Robert G. Albern, Carl
encapsulated, or enclosed as necessary. & Mollie Albrecht, RR Albrecht, Shelly Sundberg & Whit Alexander, Sol & Margie
Alhadeff, Nancy Fox & Nick Allison, Jean Anderson, Paul Anderson, Jon & Harriet
A periodic surveillance of each school building has occurred every six Bakken, Hideko Bannai, Dicran B. Barian, Peter Baum & Mayumi Yagi, Scott Smith &
months since the original inspection. The next periodic surveillance is Mary Bedingsfield-Smith, William & Robin Janet Bennett, Vida Berkowitz, Nancy
Eiselt & Dan Billey, Ted & Mary Blattenbauer, Jane Blodgett, Liz & Jeff Bottman, Heidi
scheduled for March 2006. Mathison & Klaus Brauer, David & Madeleine Brenner, Monica Fawthrope & Ed
Bronsdon, E.A. & Beth Brown, Huong Bui, Charles & Patti Burgess, Stephen Bennett
Additionally, a complete reinspection of each school building is required & Tracy Burrows, Al & Karen Carlson, Darlene Carlstrom & Shawna Wortman, Guy &
every three years. The next reinspection is schedule for the summer of Patricia Chan, Alice Cho Snyder & Mark Snyder, Joe & Marlys Chutich, Robert &
2007. Helen Clark, Judith Cochran, Peter & Jen Cole, Cheryl Clark & Stephan Coonrod,
Spencer Curtis, Mai Dang, Cathy & Phil Davis, Terri Davis Smith, Morris & Yetta
In addition to routine maintenance of asbestos containing materials in Deckelbaum, Ellen DeCordoba, Steve & Laurie deKoch, Cristela Daniel & Javier
Delgado-Rosas, Don & Donna Dick, Don Dick, Dwight & Susan Dively, Dan & Kitty
District buildings, the following projects were either initiated or completed in Dow, Lorraine Dugan, Dorothy Dunkin, Steve Dunnington & Mary Ann Gwinn,
2005: Elizabeth Bell & Peter Dunwiddie, Richard Dutton, Raymond Eiselt, Jan Eisenman,
• Complete asbestos abatement at Roosevelt High School as part Charles Eldridge & Jane Howard, Jane Howard & Charles Eldridge, Polly & Fred
of Phase II of the Building Excellence Program. Etling, Rosita & Ricardo Farinas, Marilyn Feininger, Jim Feldman & Liz Fitzhugh, Mr.
• Complete asbestos abatement at Cleveland High School as part Leonard Feldman, Anne Fidler, Mary Frank, Diane Fremont, Stanley Fremont, Jane
of Phase II of the Building Excellence Program. Fellner & Neal Friedman, Jim & Nell Froning, Susan Fung, Margi & Neal Futran,
Roger & Kristine Garratt, Margaret Gatton, Rob Gertler & Marge Murray, Jill
• Installation of protective floor mats to prevent damage to Goodnight & Jeff Collum, David & Kim-Terry Gordon, Chuck & Jenni Gottschalk, Ed
asbestos containing floor tile from chair casters. Gow & Takako Kimoto, Gary & Lani Guloy, Robert L. Haessly, Kristen Hall, Ruri
Yampolsky & Knut Hansen, John & Meg Harkins, Kate Harkins & Mats Myrberg, Joel
Hayflick & Louise Band, Charles & Leah Hendricks, Connie Hoover & Hank Hinnant,
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Laura & Michael Hooning, Jack Howell & Joan Cole, Julie Howell, David & Marta willing to provide a single aspect of a party (e.g., entertainment,
Hunt, Robert Huppe & Margaret Lewis, Alice Jensen, Lee & Sharlene Jones, Erica &
Duane Jonlin, Mas & Amy Kato, Annette & Gene Kaufman, Joel Kaufman & Anna
culinary expertise, warm and inviting venue, etc.), our theme party
Wald, Sean & Barbara Kelly, John & Katy Killory, Stephen King & Sheryl Kipnis, John coordinator will connect you with an existing group. Contact Shelly
W. Klein, Elaine Ko, Hildy & Dave Ko, Roy Ko, Meredith Koppe, Richard Kovar, Sundberg today (284-3084 or email@example.com). We’d also
James Krieger & Kimberly Wicklund, Stella Kwok Insurance Agency, John & Marilyn like to offer a few student-oriented theme events this year, so if
Lang, Kimberly Seater & Matthew Lawrence, Tho Le, Phyllis Goodman & Michael
LeBlanc, Hyland & Alycia Lee, Gad Levy & Felice Tiu, Elizabeth J. Lewis, Linda you have any creative ideas, connections, or skills to offer along
Lightfoot c/o Greta McKay, Tom Linde & Mary Weiss, Michaela Lobel, David Loud, these lines, please contact Kate Loughney (528-1288 or
Sarah Loudon, Jan Loughney, Kate Loughney, Beth Luna & Alonzo Ross, Mr. William KateLoughney@comcast.net). Procurement deadline is February
M. Luna, Kevin Majeau & Karin Fosberg, Daisy Mar, Wai Sheung Mar, Lori & Stephen th
Markowitz, Ole & Randi Mathison, Mark & Julie McCarty, Stuart McFeely & Lynn
15 so get those items into the school now. Donation forms are
Jacobson, Mike McKay, Dennis McLean & Bonnie Berk, Joe & Lyta McNabb, Rose available in the school office or online at
Meersman, Michael Meyer, Shannon Moler, Edward R. Monk, Nobi & Bill Morris, www.seattleschools.org/schools/washingtonms.
Anne & Shirish Mulherkar, Janet Varon & Eduardo Munoz, Sandra & Richard Murray,
Andrew Nelson & Teresa Ward, Mr. & Mrs. Dave Nelson, Ted & Margaret Nelson,
Dung Kim Nguyen, Elizabeth Noll, Hans & Johanne Noll, Tey & Skeets Oji, Rhea Table Captains Watch for your invitation in the mail soon! Invite
Opiniano, Kari Anderson & Jory Oppenheimer, Millie & Gerry Oppenheimer, Dwayne and encourage everyone you know to attend in order to ensure our
& Betty Osburn, Rick Paulsen & Roberta Russell, Bob & Molly Pavia, Tadd & Caroline Festival of Fun has support and involvement from the entire WMS
Perkins, Jennifer & Kennan Potter, Mr. William Potter, Gary Prince & Meg Goldman,
Janina Prot-Wald, Victoria A. Ragus, Dieter & Mary Ann Rall, Paul Ray & Dorothy
community. Fun abounds at the auction, from our wonderful
Orzel, John Reed & Karen Overstreet, Jay & Lisa Renehan, David & Sheila Roe, dinner (prepared by chefs Thierry Rautureau of Rover’s and John
Nikola Roe, Robert Roe, Jude Rosenberg, Edith Rosencrantz, Debbie Robinson & Platt of St. Clouds) to student entertainment to spirited bidding on
Peter Rubenstein, Monica & Jason Rush, Daniel Sabath & Annette Peck, Christian our most popular items. Volunteer to be a table captain now which
Saether & Mary Sherhart, Evelyn A. Santiago, Rose Kwok & Barry Saver, Robert &
Helen Schinske, Glenn Seaverns, Deborah B. Seymore, Dugie Shannon, Bill Shaw & means you’ll gather a pack of eight to ten fun and frivolous fools to
Laura Inveen, Audrey & John Sheffield, Dr. & Mrs. William Sheffield, Stephanie fill a table. To be a table captain, contact Kathy Feldman at 324-
Shine, Miguel Angel Silva, Don & Goldie Silverman, Cindy Irwin & Bill Singer, Kristi 9505 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Skanderup, Glen & Afton Smith, Sidney June Snow, Ruth Solnit, Tony Soper, Greta
Spinning, Joannie Kervran Stangeland, Catherine Staunton, Clara Staunton,
Elizabeth Steinbrueck, Ellen Lackermann & Neal Stephenson, Cynthia & Len Stern, Special Purchase to Benefit WMS As a special offer to WMS,
Michael Storck & Susan Brooks Storck, Helen Stusser, James & Mary Suhr, Ann Chef Thierry Rautureau has generously offered to donate to the
Summers, Jim & Carol Swiggett, Susie Taketa & Brian McKinney, Jue Zhang & auction a portion of every sale of his new cookbook that we make
Weiliang Tang, Rick & Linda Tanner, Anita Teodoro, David Thompson & Ingrid
Homlund, Edna Tober, Kelly Clancy & Mark Tonelli, Hiep & Yen Tran, William & to the WMS community. Purchase an autographed and custom-
MaryAnne Trettenero, Loelita Ramaknshman & Mark Troll, Eric Trupin & Elizabeth inscribed copy of Rover’s: Recipes from Seattle’s Chef in the Hat
Speck, Evelyn & Frank Tse, James Tully & E. Ann Costello, Joan C. Tupper, Tom & for the standard price of $40 and Washington Middle School will
Chris Turner, Carol & John Viger, Peggy Stanley Walker, Liz Ablow & Dick Wall, Mark
Wallace, Billy Warren, Kathy Feldman & Dana Warren, Jonathan Weinstein & Tamara
receive $10 of every sale! Look for more information on how to
Bailey, Corinne Fligner & Mark Wener, George T. Williams, Dina Wilson, Gail Gatton purchase this elegant cookbook in your auction invitation. You
& Mark Wittow, Fuk & Kwei Wong, Wing Kam Wong & Mei Ngor Wong-Lee, Donna don’t have to attend the auction to participate in this special offer.
Wortman, Yuiko Takeda Yampolsky, William & Charlotte Yates, Yahua Yu, Lindsay
Brown & David Zapolsky, Carol Sparer & David Zieve Matching Companies:
Auction Wish List The auction is a volunteer parent-run event
Amgen, Boeing Company, Davidson Companies, Environmental Federation of
California, Google, Microsoft, Prudential Foundation, Sound Physical Therapy, where our goal is to spend as little money as possible to make as
Symetra, Washington Mutual much money as possible for the school! This means we are
looking for donated items and volunteer hours. We’ve listed a few
needed items here, but will keep a running list on the school
website and through requests sent out via the PTSA e-News. If
Join the WMS Community for Spring you are not already signed up to receive the e-News, please do so
Fling 2006 today by going to www.seattleschools.org/schools/washingtonms
and clicking on the sign up for e-News here.
Festival of Fun – A
Kid Art needs interesting and/or funky materials for
Light-Hearted framing folk art pictures. Ideas include: plastic, metal,
Celebration of All wood and fabric. The pictures will be 2' square, so
material for frames should be at least 100" long.
Fool’s Day Plumbing supplies are OK!
Fund-an-Item needs a parent volunteer to help finalize
Spring Fling preparation is in full the list of items for our Extreme Makeover: WMS Style.
swing and it promises to be a This includes help developing approximate cost estimates
fantastic event! What a great and creating a written description of the makeover project
opportunity to support Washington that will inspire parents to raise their paddles high at the
Middle School – remember, the auction (including a poster or other display for use at the
proceeds benefit all students, teachers, and programs! We know auction itself). Requires working with our marvelous
you all are trying to figure out how to be a part of this wonderful principal, Jon Halfaker, and other school staff.
fundraising event, so we’re providing a list of areas where you can In the fun and game department, we need a parent to
help or get involved – all levels of involvement are welcomed, from take charge of a fun idea involving a game of skill and
a few hours to a few weeks. We’ve got some task to meet every chance! Wine ring toss will include the opportunity to
level of involvement! demonstrate your skill at ringing a bottle of fine wine.
Step right up! Everyone' a winner!
Procurement We need every family to donate or procure at
least one item so we have a fabulous selection of items available For general information about the auction or to offer your help with
for bidding at the auction. Top sellers include gift certificates, any of the above listed needs, please contact Gail Gatton (329-
sports and music events, travel and getaways, and parties. Our 8074 or email@example.com) or Harriet Bakken (323-6046 or
theme dinner parties are one of our auction’s signature items – firstname.lastname@example.org). And remember to save the date – Saturday,
you don’t have to put on a party by yourself. If you are able and st
April 1 !
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PawPrints U.S. Postage Paid
Washington Middle School PTSA 6.15.390
Permit No. 687
2101 South Jackson Street
Seattle, WA 98144
WMS Main Office: 252-2600
Attendance Office: 252-2604
Nancy Eiselt, 935-7639
Stephanie Shine, 767-8005
Ric Johnston, Editor
Sara Schott, Mailing Coordinator
Next PawPrints Deadline:
February 15th, 2006
Send submissions to:
programs including dialogue sessions, dramatization, writing,
"Parents and Teens Together" conference, Sat., Feb. 11, 8
listening and performing arts. There will be a collaborative
a.m. - 1 p.m. at Nathan Hale HS; see www.wastatepta.org performance with students from South Africa and Washington
Middle School. Students will interact with youth from the Amy
Pathways Lecture Series kicks off with Laura Kastner, Ph.D.,
Biehl Foundation township of Gugaletu, Cape Town, South
presenting "Teens and Sex: What Parents Should Know," Feb. Africa. Book It Repertory Theater will be performing and
28, 7 p.m. and John Gottman, Ph.D., presenting "The Seven providing artists in residents during the program.
Principles for Making Marriage Work," Mar. 20, 7 p.m.; see
www.parentmap.com For more information please contact: Lori Markowitz
email@example.com (206) 910-9665
Saturday School dates for the rest of the year are January
28th, February 11th, March 4th and 25th, April 1st and 29th,
May 6th, 13th and 20th, and June 3rd and 10th. The WMS Debate Team
The new Washington Middle School Debate Team
Thanks! experienced its baptism of fire Saturday, January 21st at its
first Seattle Urban Debate Middle School Tournament of the
year and emerged as a serious contender in the middle school
Thanks to Sara Schott, William Brown, Andrew Brown,
debate scene. No members of the team, made up of 6th, 7th,
Alison Brown, and Peg Sheppard for their hard work
and 8th graders, had ever debated before but never the less
preparing PawPrints for mailing.
6th graders Amy Han & Sierra Kaplan-Nelson took 4th team
and 7th graders King Lau & Tal Levy took 5th team. Sierra also
managed to beat out all comers and capture the coveted 1st
speaker award at the tournament, which was attended by
Attention 8th Graders! teams from about half dozen Seattle public middle schools.
The Washington team was started earlier this year by
This spring you' be participating in a special program with upperclassmen from the Garfield High School debate team
students from South Africa. The program will be held May 30th with the help of a grant from Youth Service America. The team
-June 2nd. Worlds Apart HeARTS Together.....Community meets every Thursday after school from 2:30-4:15 in Ms.
Building Through Global Understanding. s
-- Sasha Riser-Kositsky, Coach
The project will encompass middle school educational
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