Way to go Coe! The coin drive was a huge success! We beat our goal and our record, collecting a whopping $3,406.04 to fund coding classes and help our sister school put those new laptops to work. This brings our total for the year to $3,860.79! Thank you, Coe students and families for your ongoing support of our sister school in Afghanistan.
Coe’s annual Multicultural Night will take place on Tuesday, January 29, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. We will transform the atrium and hallways on the second and third floors into a bazaar showcasing the rich cultures that make up our community. You can enjoy multicultural food samples and displays from over 20 countries, and student art work on display throughout the school. Please plan to come and experience this amazing celebration of cultures!
Everyone is invited to participate and share your culture, whether by setting up a table display, preparing delectable dishes representative of your heritage, or in other ways. Please sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4bada62da5f85-2019 if you are interested in participating.
We also need volunteers to help set up tables for the event on Monday, January 28 at 8:00 a.m. and to help move tables after the event. Please sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4bada62da5f85-2019 if you are available to help.
We welcome you to learn more about Coe Elementary at our scheduled tours and Open House noted below. We will not be scheduling individual tours. With have many requests for this type of tour, but the Principal’s schedule cannot keep pace with the number of requests she gets. Please do come tour at a scheduled time. The Open Enrollment period for Seattle Schools is February 4 – February 15.
Coe’s tour dates for new families and incoming kindergarten families are:
Thursday, January 31, 8:00-9:30 a.m.
Thursday, February 7, 8:00-9:30 a.m.
Class tours will start promptly at 8:00 a.m. and last through 8:55 am. At 9:00 a.m. the principal will make a presentation in the library. It typically lasts for about 30 minutes including time for questions and answers.
Coe’s Open House will take place on Wednesday, February 6, from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
The Principal will present at Open House. Kindergarten teachers and student council officers will also present. Prospective families can see classrooms, but there will be no students present so it is very different than a daytime visit. If families want to see classrooms in action, the daytime tour is the one to attend.
Rules for tours and the open house:
- No children except babes in arms, please. These events are for adults only.
- We ask that prospective parents RSVP so we can plan enough tour guides. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you want to come for a tour. This way we have an adequate number of tour guides.
One problem Coe had in the 2017-18 school year was that a significant number of our current kindergarten parents did not enroll their child during Open Enrollment or even by June 1. We had planned originally for four kindergarten classes, but in mid-June we had only 67 kindergartners enrolled, and so the district cut a kindergarten teacher. In fact, during the 2017-18 school year Coe had 91 kindergarten students, creating class size of 30 and 31 children in each of our three kindergarten classes. This kind of class size can be avoided if parents of kindergartners enroll early (early means by June 1 at the very latest; during Open Enrollment is even better). This helps us plan, and it helps us avoid unsatisfactory class size in our kindergartens.
Coe’s Fall Fund Drive is from October 1 – 31 and you can donate here: Fall Fund Drive 2018. Please look for donation requests in your child’s folder too. All proceeds go directly to Coe to support the services we offer our children including:
Reading Specialists and Tutors
Advanced Learning (ALO) Math Teachers
Visual Arts Teacher
Performing Arts Teacher
School Health Assistant
With the help of volunteers, last week’s Book Fair made sales of $18,161 and the $4,124 earned will support the growth and improvement of Kearns Library’s collection. Coe families also generously donated 212 books to teachers. Thank you! We could not do this without the generosity of our Coe community.
You have probably heard that the school district is requiring Coe to cut staff. You should also have received an email from Principal Turner outlining how she and the staff plan to address this situation. We are doing what we can to help and ask that you lend them your support as well.
This staff cut is a direct result of insufficient funding and planning. If you are upset—and many of you probably are—we encourage you to write or call the district and/or your state legislators.
- Seattle Public Schools administration contacts
- State Legislators:
Finally, if you would like to get more involved we are currently seeking delegates to represent our PTA at the 2018 WSPTA Legislative Assembly, where the WSPTA will set “the association’s focus and direction with regard to our legislative priorities for the coming two years.” If you think you would be interested in this or other legislative/advocacy work please write to us at email@example.com.
Jeremiah, Portia, Justin, and Sarah
2018-2019 Coe PTA Executive Board
Supervision begins on the playground at 7:40am each morning. After school, children may not be on the playground without a parent or guardian supervising them. For the safety of all, dogs may not be brought into the building nor can dog be on the school grounds. (There are also multiple posted signs around the playground stating that no dog, cats or potbelly pigs are allowed on the playground area.) Tying dogs up in areas near the building’s doorways is not allowed. Not all children are comfortable around dogs, even those with gentle temperaments and good manners. Please do the safe thing; please do not bring dogs onto the school grounds.
Support the library’s only fundraiser and help your classroom by donating new books from your teacher’s wish list! Want to volunteer? Please sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090549aea72ba13-coebook
Book Fair Hours are:
Monday, October 1, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 2, 7:30-8:30 a.m. and 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 3, 7:30-8:30 a.m.,12:30-2:30 p.m., and 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 4, 7:30-8:30 a.m. and 2:00-3:30 p.m.
September 5, 2018
Dear Coe Families,
As your PTA Co-Presidents, we would like to welcome you to the new school year and ask that you join us in continuing Coe’s long-standing tradition of parent involvement and PTA leadership.
How can you help?
- Join Up: You will find the PTA Membership Form in the packet your student brings home from school the first week. Membership does not renew automatically so whether you were previously a member or are new to our community, please complete the form and return it to the folder in the office with your registration fee.
- Volunteer: Coe runs on volunteers and there are many ways to get involved. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get started. You might also stop by the Back to School Bash (more info below) to find out about available opportunities.
We get the school we volunteer to build, so please, lend a hand!
As always, we have some exciting events coming up, so mark your calendars!
- Back-To-School Bash, September 13th from 5-7 PM. Held on the Coe playground, the Back to School Bash is an opportunity to connect with friends and make new ones, learn about our fundraising activities, sign up to be a volunteer, and obtain information about some of our afterschool clubs.
- Fall Fund Drive, October 1st to 31st. Our first big fundraiser of the year! PTA fundraising supports reading specialists, advanced learning specialists, the librarian, visual arts/performing arts, and schoolwide assemblies. Look for more information in bulletins and around the school and please give what and how you can.
- Book Fair, October 2-4 in the Kearns Library. Who doesn’t love a new book? Part of the proceeds go toward the purchase of new books for our library.
- Monster Mash, October 27th from 6-8 PM. Time-honored and much beloved Monster, this is one super fun event that the entire family will enjoy!
Have a question? Contact us anytime at president.coePTA@gmail.com or just introduce yourself when you see us around. We look forward to seeing you in the coming months!
Jeremiah Telzrow & Portia Langworthy
Co-Presidents, Coe Elementary PTA
Are you interested in supporting safety and emergency readiness at Coe? We need your help. Over the summer, we will be updating, restocking, and adding emergency backpacks to each classroom. These backpacks are an important part of our emergency preparations. Please check out the Emergency Backpack Wishlist on the school website at https://coees.seattleschools.org.
Articles found in or near the school are put in the Lost and Found located in the south stairwell, off the atrium on the first floor. Small and/or valuable items are stored in the front office, as well as any found money. It is important that parents label student items so we can return them. The lost and found is cleaned out regularly and sent to charity.