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Coe PTA is committed to creating a school community that is equitable, proactively practices and promotes anti-racism, and embraces the value of diversity.

Coe Elementary school staff and leadership are committed to and have been acting on this shared goal. The community is constantly changing, however, and we are all part of a life-long journey to be better and do better for our kids.

The Diversity, Racial Equity, and Inclusion (DREI) Committee was established in 2020 to facilitate a partnership between the PTA and Coe staff around this commitment, to develop clear, shared goals, to inform priorities, and to develop and support implementation of strategies that help achieve those goals.

We welcome your participation and thoughtful contribution to this conversation and life-long journey. We must all continue to learn and improve together.

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Welcome Back Coe Families!

Hello and Welcome Coe Families! We hope you are doing what you can into the “back-to-school” routine, whether your Coe Cougar is attending school in person or doing their learning virtually.

To help you get plugged into what you might expect this year from us and your Coe Specialists, check out our interactive page via

We can’t wait to connect with you and make this a great school year!

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).

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.

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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.

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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!

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