Coe needs your support – TODAY

The urgent issue:  All Seattle Public Schools (including Coe) are facing a budget crisis for next year due to a levy lid at the state level which won’t allow SPS to use all the funds that voters previously passed. To put this in context, in previous years SPS has spent $4,000 additional per student through the levy funding. If the lid is not lifted, SPS will only be able to spend $2,500 per student which means teachers will be cut, critical programs won’t run and our schools will be more overcrowded with less resources. For example, our fourth and fifth grades next year will be over 30 students per class (up from 23 now), our math specialist has been reduced to 0, Special Education, ELL and PCP Specialists have all been reduced and our Assistant Principal will be reduced to half time.

How this will impact Coe is outlined in the “From The Principal” section of this week’s Coe Bulletin.  Link:  Bulletin – Mar 6 2019.pdf

What can you do? We need you to email state senators TODAY to urge them to lift the levy so our kids and all children in SPS can get the critical funding they need. There is a senate bill SB5313 which may be able to help move the needle. Scroll down for a sample email and a list of senators to send it to (including senators who represent Seattle and the chair of the Ways & Means Committee) so you can cut and paste and then customize.

What else can you do?  Please forward to all your friends and encourage them to call and email.

Please scroll down for sample letter and list of email recipients.  Thank you for your help and for being a member of the PTA.  Our next meeting is Thursday, March 14th from 7:00-8:15pm in the Kearns Library.

Thank you for supporting Coe,

JT Telzrow, Portia Langworthy, Justin Allegro and Sarah Nelson

Coe PTA Executive Committee

Sample email:

Send to:

David.Frockt@leg.wa.govReuven.Carlyle@leg.wa.govBob.Hasegawa@leg.wa.gov,

Jamie.Pedersen@leg.wa.govJoe.Nguyen@leg.wa.govRebecca.Saldana@leg.wa.gov,

Christine.Rolfes@leg.wa.gov

Subject: Please lift the levy lid

Dear Senators,

All of you represent families in Seattle Public Schools. I therefore urge you to work with your fellow Senators to vote SB 5313 out of the Senate Ways & Means committee and/or find another way to lift the levy lid. I am a parent of a child in Seattle Public Schools, and if the levy lid is not lifted in this budget cycle, our already underfunded district will face a $40 million budget shortfall. Lifting the levy lid is needed just to maintain our already underfunded schools at the same level of funding they have now, so that Seattle Public Schools and other districts do not face massive budget shortfalls. We need to fully fund counselors, librarians, nurses, social workers, and special education. Seattle voters have passed continuation levies and are willing to pay the taxes to fund our public schools. Please make sure their votes count!

In the long term, we should not be relying on levies for school funding, but in the short term, the legislature is still not adequately funding “basic education.” It seems that this has already been recognized with regard to Special Ed funding this session, but the narrow definition of “basic education” needs to be revisited. As you are aware, many school districts are facing huge shortfalls, including SPS.

Please do what you can to get SB 5313 moved forward for a vote by the full Senate.

Thanks for your consideration and support.

 

Coe Cares Hygiene Drive – March 18th-29th

Mini is Mighty during the Coe Cares Hygiene Drive

Coe Cares is collecting travel-sized hygiene products for the Queen Anne Food Bank. Items needed are: Travel-sized shampoo, soap, deodorant, shaving cream, lotion, toothpaste, toothbrushes, disposable razors, mini sewing kits, and Chapstick.

Starting March 18thitems can be placed in boxes in the main lobby. The last time to drop items off will be in the morning on March 29th. If you have any questions, contact Lori Wilken wilkenlori@gmail.com.

 

 

A wonderful Coe resource for everyone

Did you know that Coe has a counselor available to all children and families at Coe?  Meghan Kaloper visits classrooms on a regular basis to discuss emotion recognition, emotion management, problem solving, communication skills, and more!  She is also available to meet with kids individually. If your child is having any concerns – big or small, encourage them to visit her office. Students have access to “Let’s Talk” notes in each classroom. Should the need arise, a student can fill out a slip, put it in Ms. Kaloper’s box and she will follow up with each student individually.   Ms. Kaloper is also available to speak or meet with parents to collaborate or consult about various concerns.  She’s a great resource we are lucky to have at Coe!

Her contact information for parents and caregivers is:  (206) 252-2002 Ext. 1 or mrkaloper@seattleschools.org
Some examples of how she can help kids and families are:

-Using the wheel of choice and other friendship problem solving tools and strategies to use with kids

-Mechanics of the brain and what happens when we get upset.  How we (parents) can help kids grow their frustration tolerance and build calm down skills.

-Helping your child build empathy and emotional intelligence through guided parent/child read aloud books

-Identifying and addressing childhood anxiety

Want to learn more about the role of the counselor? Visit the Coe Counseling Services overview page!

 

Volunteer

Have you thought of volunteering at Coe for the 2019-2020 school year?  We are looking for volunteers to coordinate a variety of events.  Please head over to http://coepta.org/volunteer/ to see our many open volunteer opportunities or contact Portia at veep.coepta@gmail.com

Science Fair is April 25th

It only happens every other year… Coe’s Science Fair is happening April 25th.  Click here to see about volunteer opportunities:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0445aaa623a5fb6-science

The Coe Science Fair is April 25th from 6:15pm-8pm. No experience necessary! Volunteers are needed at various times to run experiment demonstrations, direct students in setting up posters, setup for the event and clean up afterwards. If you have STEM expertise you might also help plan or run demonstrations. You can help make science fun! If you are interested, please sign up! If you have any questions, please please contact Eric Ford at eford@uw.edu

Coe’s Gala Tickets and Wine Toss Donations

Gala tickets are now on sale on the website:  bit.ly/coeauction2019.  The gala is Saturday night, March 16 at the Four Seasons Hotel.  The festivities begin at 5:30pm.

We are now collecting bottles of wine for the wine toss game at the gala – please visit this link to donate: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C094DAEA823AAFC1-bidlocal. Thank you in advance!

 

Attend the Coe PTA Meeting on March 14th from 7:00-8:15pm in the Kearns Library

Did you know that Coe PTA meetings typically have about 10 parents who attend?   These are well-informed parents, and we’d love to have more parents join!  Our PTA meetings are a great way to hear what’s going on at Coe from three groups:  the PTA, a representative from the teacher group and Principal Turner.

Come and hear what is going on at Coe, ask any questions and meet your fellow Coe parents.  You don’t need to be a member of the PTA to attend the meeting.  You just need to be a Coe parent.  Our next meeting is March 14th from 7:00-8:15pm in the Kearns Library.  We will post the agenda on March 12th.

Questions about the meeting – email veep.coepta@gmail.com.

Multicultural Night on January 29th from 6-8pm


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.

Journey with an Afghan School Coin Drive Success


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 Elementary School Tours And Open House

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 ldloewe@seattleschools.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.

Donate to The Fall Fund Drive

 

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

Technology Teacher

School Health Assistant

PE Department

Science Fair

 

 

Thank You for Supporting The Annual Book Fair

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.

Message about Teacher Displacement

Dear Coe Families,

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.

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 president.coepta@gmail.com.

Thank you,

Jeremiah, Portia, Justin, and Sarah
2018-2019 Coe PTA Executive Board

Coe Playground

 

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.

Need help with school supplies?

A key element to student success is a prepared student.  Supply lists have been posted for families but shopping can add up quickly.  Thanks to our PTA, Coe may be able to help you with supplies.  Please contact our counselor, Meghan Kaloper at mrkaloper@seattleschools.org for more information.

Get Ready for the Annual Book Fair

 October 1-4 in Kearns Library

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. 

 

From the PTA President

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 president.coepta@gmail.com 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!

 

Sincerely,

Jeremiah Telzrow & Portia Langworthy

Co-Presidents, Coe Elementary PTA

Handbook Highlight: Attendance Email

If your child will be absent or late, please use the email coe.attendance@seattleschools.org. Please add this address to your contacts. Thank you to all parents who have been using this email. It has helped our daily attendance process run more smoothly.

Emergency Backpack Wish List

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.

Handbook Highlight: Lost and Found

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.