Book Fair, November 16 - 19
No school next week
Thornton Creek News
Nov 13, 2007 www.seattleschools.org/schools/AEII/ Main Office: 252-5300
Sponsored by the Thornton Creek Parent Group Attendance Line/Voicemail: 252-5304
Address:7711 43rd Avenue NE; Seattle, WA 98115 Fax:252-5301 School Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 3:05 p.m.
November Events: & Come Sunday at 3:30 p.m. to sing with Mary
• Site Council meeting: Tues., Nov. 13, 7 K.
p.m. in the library. On the agenda: parent & Don’t miss Mark Drake’s band, Thornton
group name change, tutor and academic Creek, Monday night at 7 p.m.
assistant update, Thornton Creek logo and
marketing, and upcoming school tours. & If you would like to bring some
• Book Fair: Nov. 16 - 19 at University Book refreshments, contact Kristin Stewart at
• Conferences/no school: Nov. 19, 20 and & If you would like to help staff the “meet and
21. greet” table, contact Judy Ruha at
• Thanksgiving vacation/no school: Nov. firstname.lastname@example.org.
22 - 23.
& Free gift wrapping, shipping and parking.
Future File: & Online orders count, too, if made between
• Direct Appeal Campaign: Dec. 1 to Jan. 30. Nov. 16 and 19.
• Winter Bazaar: Dec. 13.
The print coupons you will need when
purchasing will be in your child’s folder this
week. Give them to family and friends, make
Walkathon copies, e-mail everyone in your address book
Lesley Pfeifer and ask them to help support our library by
buying books and other items at the University
Do you still have Walkathon $$ sitting on Book Store on University Ave. between Nov. 16
your kitchen counter? You’re not alone. and Nov. 19. Additional coupons will be
Please help us meet our goal by collecting your available in the children’s section of the
pledge money and returning it to school this bookstore. A digital coupon is also available on
week. We have collected $19,671.71 so far, but the Thornton Creek website.
we’re still a little short of our goal. Remember all
contributions are tax deductible. Thank you! Schedule of Events
Friday: Book Store open 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Library Notes Saturday: Book Store open 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Ginny Allemann • 11 a.m. Mim Turnbull leads story, games and
Book Fair begins this Friday, Nov. 16 and
runs through Monday, Nov. 19 at the • 1 p.m. Readers, Writers & Musicians: students,
University Book Store. Don’t miss it! parents and teachers are all welcome to share
the joy of reading and writing. Sign up in the
& Please help your child sign up in the library library. Come early for refreshments.
for Readers, Writers, and Musicians. Come
listen to kids and adults read, recite and play • 2 p.m. Story, drama and activities with Mim
for about an hour Saturday and Sunday at 1 Turnbull.
Sunday: Book Store open 12 to 5 p.m. Greeters and ensure that the donor form with an accurate
present all day; artwork and posters displayed. description of each party or experience is
submitted for the catalog. Assist with or
• 12 p.m. Brannon Mark reads stories to kids coordinate the materials for the display boards at
while you shop. the auction. The job lasts from November
• 1 p.m. Readers, Writers & Musicians: students, through April. Interested? Contact Nancy Lichter
parents and teachers are all welcome to share (email@example.com or 206-527-0957).
the joy of reading and writing. Sign up in the Auction dinner caterer. Do you have any
library. Come early for refreshments. catering experience, or do you know a budget-
• 2 p.m. Katherine Kirkpatrick reads from The friendly caterer who’d like to be a part of
Snow Baby and talks about her research Thornton Creek’s fabulous auction night? If so,
process. please contact Nancy Lichter
(firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-527-0957) for more
• 3:30-ish. Singing with Mary K. Bring your kids! information.
Monday: Book Store open 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. No
school for children this day (conferences).
• 7 p.m. Thornton Creek Band plays one-hour
Pies for Teacher Appreciation
set. Each year, in the week before Thanksgiving,
parents give pies to Thornton Creek
teachers and staff. This event is one of our
easiest and most fun, and it’s much appreciated
by the pie recipients and their families. All you
do is make or buy a pie of any kind and deliver
it to the staff lounge when you come to school
for your parent-teacher conference the week of
Thanksgiving. Bring pie, leave it on the lounge
table – that’s it. The staff are then faced with the
Amy Smith Bell excruciating task of deciding whether to claim
one of Monday’s wonderful pies, or passing to
Donations: Every Thornton Creek family see what pies might show up on Tuesday and
plays a role. Thanks to the hard-working Wednesday. It works out to be a bit of a “Deal-
donations team, many donations are already or-No-Deal” situation, and it’s very fun.
rolling in for the 2008 auction – a boat cruise for
Just e-mail Kellie LaRue at email@example.com to
two, cooking classes, a night at the W Hotel, a
let her know that you want to participate.
King 5 behind-the-scenes tour for six, and dance
lessons to name just a few cool donations. But
to meet this year’s goal of more than 500
donated items, we need the help of every
Thornton Creek family. Do you have an item, Winter Bazaar
experience, or service to donate? Do you have a Deb Voss
friend, neighbor, or local business that might be
interested in donating something? Please stop by The Winter Bazaar will take place on
the office (beginning Wednesday, Nov. 14) to Thursday, Dec. 13 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
pick up a donations packet. Through the Sign-up sheets for students and classrooms went
combined efforts of every Thornton Creek family home last week. Extra forms are available in the
we are sure to meet our donations goal. office. Remember, these forms are due back
Questions? Contact Anji Jarvis Friday, Nov. 16. Priority for the Bazaar will be
(firstname.lastname@example.org). given to students and classrooms first, but you
need to turn in your forms on time so we know
Parties & experiences coordinator. Do you how many people to expect. If space is
love a good party? Help drum up interest in and available, we will open up additional spots to
nail down the details for auction donations that school parents. Outside vendors will be located
involve parties and experiences. Remember last inside the cafeteria and will begin selling their
year’s Mojito Mamas, the Kids Root Beer Float goods at 3 p.m. or later. If you know someone
Party, and the Adult Wine Tasting and Apps who would like to participate, please put them
Night? Communicate with the donations team in touch with one of the Bazaar organizers or
give them a sign-up sheet. More information on
how you can help is coming soon. Thanks. For Be an Ambassador
questions, please contact Bazaar organizers Deb Sign up to be an ambassador for Thornton
Voss at email@example.com or Holly Creek.
DeMaranville at firstname.lastname@example.org. Help us show new families the best of our
school. We offer school tours in January and
February to parents considering Thornton Creek.
From the Art Studio Tours are scheduled each Tuesday and Thursday
Maria Callahan morning from 9:15 through first recess. John
Minor usually gives a half-hour presentation,
Cards, paper, baby-food jars and yogurt after which we need parent ambassadors to
containers are pouring into the art studio. Thank escort small groups of parents on a tour of the
you so much! It’s all already being put to use. school, offer their perspective of the school and
It’s exciting to see what new thing will come our answer questions.
way next. We’ll be offering some basic training on how to
When you make it to the Book Fair please conduct tours and answer questions on Monday,
stop to look at the artwork and poems Dec. 3. For the most part, the job is just a matter
created by the students in Room 17. Rick of scheduling yourself for a few mornings. In
worked with the class to craft poems describing previous years, parents have found it to be a
their time at Wilderness School. In the art studio great way to get involved in the school, as being
we created illustrations to accompany these a tour ambassador has a very well-defined time
poems. The students learned about horizon commitment and scope.
lines, depth and scale while drawing and Contact Kellie LaRue at email@example.com if
painting a panoramic landscape. We hope you you’re interested in becoming an ambassador for
enjoy these pieces. our school.
Many classes helped in creating a display for
Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).
Students were asked to create a portrait of a District Relations
loved one that they wished to honor, either a At the Seattle Public Schools meeting on Nov.
pet, family member or friend. We learned about 14th, the Board will be voting on a special
the many customs involved in celebrating and program preference for AE2 (Thornton Creek at
honoring loved ones, including special foods, Decatur) to sixth grade at Salmon Bay, which is
flags, photos, songs, parades and picnics in being included as part of the Renewal of One-
cemeteries. Students also fashioned paper year Provisions for 2008-2009 Student
marigolds and cut paper flags. This display is Assignment Plan action item. Here is a link to
hanging in the hallway and will be up through that action item:
the week of parent-teacher conferences. http://www.seattleschools.org/area/board/10170
Many classes have been working in clay. 7agenda/sapreport.pdf
Rebecca’s class is creating clay bees; Todd’s class Requests for public testimony began at 8 a.m. on
is making clay spiders. Liz’s class is sculpting a Monday, Nov. 12. Voice mail will be received
symbol representing one of the four seasons. and recorded.
Mari’s class made clay bowls and lids decorated
with a native backyard animal. Steve’s students
have each created an Egypt-inspired cartouche –
a stylized way to record the name of royalty – Bulletin Board
using their own names, of course. Gingerbread Homes for
Mari and Todd’s classes have been learning the Homeless. This
about the color wheel and working with felt to project started when our
design abstract and colorful felt collages. son, Nat, was 3 years old.
Seeing people on street
As you come in for student conferences, I corners asking for money,
hope you can enjoy some of the artwork Nat would ask, “What
hanging in the halls! does that sign say?” This
project became our family’s answer to helping
the homeless, and it’s become a family tradition
for many others. It shows children a creative Thornton Creek News is a Site Council
way to give as a community, on a small scale, funded program. The Communications
that has a lasting impact. Committee oversees this program and
Gingerbread Homes for the Homeless raises determines the content.
awareness about homelessness while also
Priorities for newsletter items: Site Council
raising funds for Lakeview Women’s Shelter.
news and sponsored programs, events and
The shelter is a ten-bed facility providing meeting minutes; school administration
women a warm, cozy place to sleep. Funds announcements; staff and teacher programs,
raised this year are earmarked for paint and news and events; Bulletin Board
carpeting for the shelter. Everyone is welcome to announcements of interest to the school
visit the shelter, meet the women who live there community on a space-available basis (see
and see why we’re raising money for this cause.
below for restrictions).
Dec. 1, 1 and 3 p.m. Suggested Donation: $40.00
Bulletin Board Inclusion Policy: Prioritized in
per gingerbread house. For each donation a
premade gingerbread house, hundreds of accord with available time and space. Top
different types of candy, organic catered food by priority is reserved for Thornton Creek events
Portage Bay Cafe, a family fun photo and live and activities. This includes district-sponsored
music are provided. Start the season of giving or sanctioned events. Secondary priority is
by decorating a gingerbread house with given to free events and activities that would be
your family and friends. RSVP to 206-795-3155 of interest to the Thornton Creek community.
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