January/February 2010 Hedden PTA Newsletter Volume 8, Issue 3 A Note from our President Hedden Elementary 11313 8th Street Happy New Year! Edgewood, WA 98372 We hope you enjoyed the holidays, with lots of time with family and Julia Grubiak friends. We now look to a new year, full of promise of good things to Principal come! One of the first things our PTA will do this month is turning in our top four Hedden PTA Reflections entries to the state PTA. In the spring the entries will be judged against other finalists from across the state. Thank you Laura Na- Shelley Werner kamura and Elise Ostrander for chairing this committee. You’ve done a President wonderful job, and we appreciate your time! Tricia Woods th Vice-President An important State PTA event will happen on January 18 , which is the annual advocacy day known as Focus Day. This is an opportunity for par- Heather Russell ents and children from many PTA’s to gather together and provide our leg- Treasurer islators a positive message to keep educational funding a top priority in the Jennifer Stadnik new legislative session. If you would like to be involved in this event, Secretary please contact Tricia Woods. She is our PTA’s Vice-President. One as- pect of the VP position is legislative issues; another is keeping our Julie Wahlgren school’s PTA bulletin board current with our PTA events. Thank you, Tri- Newsletter cia, for your creativity and energy! Please see Another PTA committee chair I’d like to recognize is Julie Wahlgren, our www.fifeschools.com/hedden/pta for a complete list of all PTA newsletter editor. She has done a very professional job of putting together committee chairs our newsletters, getting creative sometimes in fitting it all in. A heartfelt thank you to you, Julie! Calendar of Events Early Release At our November meeting, we as a PTA voted to support the two school January 14th levies through a contribution to the “Citizens for Fife Milton Schools Levy Committee.” If you would like more information on the levies please No School - MLK Day visit the Fife School District website. Please vote on February 9 th. January 18th No School In closing, I’d like to invite you to our next PTA meeting, on January 19 th at January 25th 7:00 p.m. in the school library. We hope to see you then! Early Release Warmly - Shelley Werner, President February 12th Mid-Winter Break No School February 15th - 17th January/February 2010 Hedden PTA Newsletter Volume 8, Issue 3 Reflections Congratulations to the four Reflections finalists – Bailey Feinauer, Taylor Hospenthal, Kamryn Hughes and Sydney McDaniel, who were recognized at the December Fife School Board meeting, and had their artwork shown as well as a picture taken with our Superintendent, Dr. McCammon. Pictures can be viewed on the PTA website. These students will have their entries judged at the State PTA Reflections contest this Spring. We would like to acknowledge all of the students who participated in the contest this year. There were a total of 44 outstanding entries. All students who entered in this contest were recognized, with ribbons at a school-wide assembly on December 3rd. Visual Arts – Emma Murrey, Maren Schwaerzler, Sam Sessler, Andrew Reyes, Katie Meinecke, Haley Welch, Elliott Scheumann, Saerom Kim, Carsten Lao, Elaine Weslati, Fiona Murphy, Olivia Garcia, Brent Matoba, Isabelle Heslin, Alexa Valenciano, Kent Matoba, Elijah Rowden, Jadelynn Lucas, Niko Bird, Brianna Parshall, Sara Walters, Maddie Stadnik, Margo Nordhoff, Taylor Hospenthal and Sydney McDaniel. Literature – Grace Mattson, Kaila Lani Sa, Kelsey Lyons, Laura Randolph, Samantha Steffenson, Mad- die Stadnik, Margo Nordhoff, Taylor Hospenthal and Kamryn Hughes. Photography – Cooper Helgen, Emma Hillstead, Kevin Nakamura, Emelia Treece, Morgan Render, Hannah Moore, Shelby Hegland, Isaiah Stevens, Sara Walters and Bailey Feinauer. This program was supported by community judges who gave their time and expertise. Thank you also to Mrs. Grubiak and Mrs. Ayers for their support, and to Shelley Werner for her guidance throughout the program. Reflections Chairs, Laura Nakamura and Elise Ostrander Just an FYI that all of the emergency kits were updated in December. We are prepared! Box Tops & Labels for Education We are off to a great start in both of these programs. I’d like to thank Mrs. Eller’s Life Skills class at Columbia Junior High for all of the help they are giving me counting, sorting and updating the poster. As of January 7th, Mrs. McDonald’s class is in the lead in both contests. Her classroom has 1,040 box tops and 1,183 soup labels. Keep up the great work collecting and remember to check your class progress on the posters in the main hallway. You can always visit www.Labelsforeducation.com or www.Boxtops4education.com for more info. Sarah Miller, Box Tops/Soup Labels Chair Page 2 January/February 2010 Hedden PTA Newsletter Volume 8, Issue 3 Read & Lead / Spring Book Fair Reading Contest Each class is challenged to read the Spring Fair 2010 - It’s coming! minimum minutes required to qualify for Read and Lead plus as many extra Mark the dates on your calendar: minutes as you can. The Hedden Reading Café will open March 17th and be open dur- 2nd Grade - 200+ minutes/person ing conferences until March 19th. 3rd - 5th Grade - 400+ minutes/person Anyone wishing to volunteer as The class, per grade, with the highest “Café Wait-staff” is encouraged to participation and the highest total contact Tina Jones at Your class has the opportu- number of minutes read will be nity to win time with Mrs. 253-735-1169 the winners! Grubiak as your class guest reader! Tina Jones, Book Fair Chair So, open up those books and READ! READ! READ! A BIG THANK YOU! To Shari Ours, Donna Murray, Kelly Robertson and Christine Treece for helping with the Bus Drills back on that rainy November morning! Many thanks to Shelley Werner, Denise Burns, Melissa Scheumann, Kelly Robertson, Teresa Bader, Diane Kasner and Justice Georgitsus for the hours put in working the Health Screenings. We could not have done it without you! Carol Schwaerzler, Parent Volunteer Coordinator Skating Party! Calling all 2nd Graders! Next skate night is February 4th - 6 to 8 pm Pattison's West 34222 Pacific Hwy. S., Federal Way $4.00 per person includes skate rental. In-line skates are an additional $2.00 Upcoming Skate Nights March 4th 3rd-5th Grade April 8th 2nd Grade May 6th 3rd-5th Grade Page 3 January/February 2010 Hedden PTA Newsletter Volume 8, Issue 3 January 21, 2010 | 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM | Columbia Junior High Come anytime during the three hour window and see some amazing work created by K-12 students in our district! Science Fair Exhibits Robotic Competitions Agricultural Science Display with Live Animals Interactive Discovery Stations Demonstrations of Interactive Whiteboards A Variety of K-12 Students Showcasing Technology Use Be sure to make it to the Science & Technology Showcase and then… Don’t forget to VOTE on February 9th Educational Programs/Operations Levy & Technology Levy Election to be held February 9, 2010 These important replacement levies (NOT NEW TAXES) will support the continuation of: The excellent programs of the Fife School District Providing our students with the latest technology tools These replacement levies combined will allow us to con- tinue to have the lowest tax rate in our area while continu- ing to provide our students with the best education around! For further information check out www.fifeschools.com.
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