Aug 9-12: “Liberation Through Anti-Racist Education” Institute

The Integrated Curriculum Department and the Department of Racial Equity Advancement invite you to join the 2nd Annual four-day institute focused on anti-racism, from August 9 – August 12, 2021 (9 a.m. to 12 p.m. each day).

Seattle Public Schools (SPS) families, educators, school leaders, staff, and community partners are encouraged to attend this virtual event focused on Dr. Gholdy Muhammad’s four-part equity framework. Together we will listen and learn from Black and Brown communities, engage in deeper discussions via daily breakout sessions, and explore ways to move towards action in an adult capacity development. This institute is to create movement towards building  Seattle Public Schools into an anti-racist institution.

You must RSVP by August 6, 2021 at 4 p.m.   Please click the following to register and receive the event links:  2nd Annual Liberation Through Anti-Racist Education Institute.

There are limited spots available, so register today!  You don’t want to miss this powerful event!


The LTARE Institute programming will be as follows:

  • Day 1: Culturally and Historically Responsive Education:  Identity – Helping students develop a sense of who they are and want to be.
  • Day 2: Pursuit of Skills – Helping staff and students develop a sense proficiencies in academic content and life skills.
  • Day 3: Intellectualism – Helping staff to gain new and authentic knowledge about the world.
  • Day 4: Critically – Helping staff understand the relations between literacy, power, and oppression.


National Keynote Speakers include:

  • Dr. Nichols
  • Dr. Sean Arce
  • Dr. Maulana Karenga
  • Dr. Joye Hardiman


If you have questions, please email:

Coe’s “Hurray to Murray” 5k

Sunday, June 13, 2021  —  Over 270 awesome Coe Cougars, families, teachers and staff jogged/walked/ran the “Hurray to Murray” 5k around Queen Anne’s crown throughout five waves.  They were joined by retiring Principal Turner and incoming Principal Backstrom, all in the spirit of fun and to honor Mr. Murray retirement after 25 years at Coe!

This event could not have happened without superstar organizers Megan Lee and Nicole Mirchandani, plus planning and execution assistance from the Coe Spirit Committee: Shawn Perkins (also onsite volunteer coordinator), Julie Schlosser (also event volunteer), Kalisa Owens (also event MC), Portia Langworthy and Anna Moran.

Special thanks also goes out to Don Lee and Rishi Mirchandani for all the set up and tear down, Nicole Tromble, Kirsten Leng and Margo Scheet for taking on multiple shifts, PLUS Harper and Brad Owens, Sara Vora, Penny Eversole, Lilian Lody Branas, Colleen Woods, Shannon Bentley, Elisa Keller, and Kathy Roeder!!

And of course a huge shoutout to all our participants including former Coe students/families and honorary folk that came out of retirement to either volunteer or cheer: Katy and Tim Hall;  Lori Ramage; Stacie, Erin and Jack Conway; Miki Tahihana; Amy, Cooper and Lucy Laybourn; Peter Fleischer; Jack and Libby Lee; Zoe Mirchandani; Rachel Tromble; Mabel and Sophie Robbins; Vince Recupero; Theo Eversole; Rohan Sharma; Valerie, Spencer, Annabelle and Lucy Dillard; Nanci and Erik Murphy.

WOW… What an amazing COE-mmunity we have! Thank you!!

For more photos and to share your own, visit the Coe Spirit Padlet.


Coe’s First “Read-A-Thon”!

Way to go Coe Cougars, parents and teachers – you made our first ever Read-a-thon a huge success! Collectively, students logged over 2,630 hours of reading over two weeks — WOW! Plus over 50 books were donated to our Book Drive and will be delivered to Friends of Roxhill Elementary and Seattle Housing Authority this week.

Congratulations to the following classroom winners:

K – Ms. Waterman, Gr. 1 – Ms. Diefendorf, Gr. 2 – Ms. Delanda, Gr. 3 – Ms. McDonald, Gr. 4 – Ms. Gunsolus, Gr. 5 – Ms. Salter.

Students from these classrooms got a $10 gift card to Queen Anne Book Co., and tons of ice cream bars, cones, and popsicles were handed out to Coe students last Friday, despite the rain!

Thank you Sheena Eaton for organizing this wonderful event, Ms. Marjorie for contributing read-aloud videos, Ms. Fleisher for guidance, Kathy Roeder for assisting with the Book Drive, as well as Nicole Tromble, Monica Andrus and Allison Schneider!

Want to see all the book recommendations from Coe Students? Check out the Padlet for Grades K-2 and Padlet for Grades 3-5


Tonight at 7pm: “Get the Basics on Education Funding”

We invite you to attend a free 1-hour learning session tonight at 7:00 pm, led by Mary Fertakis, a member of the Washington State Board of Education and 22-year veteran of the Tukwila School Board (a school district that has been called the most ethnically-diverse in the US).

Join Zoom Meeting ID: 898 9352 8291 Passcode: 934232

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Yearbook Cover Contest!

The Spirit Committee invites your kids to dust off the crayons, sharpen the colored pencils and use their Coe Cougar Spirit to create the cover of this year’s 2020-2021 Yearbook.

All contest entries can be submitted until this  Friday, April 30th to Kalisa Owens. 

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