BBQ Volunteers Needed!

food cooking on a barbecueMessage from Lashanna, Volunteer Coordinator for 2017-18 . . . Good morning, hope that this post finds you feeling well. This year is our last year at Pathfinder and I am super excited to slip on an old hat, as your volunteer coordinator. Please expect me to be appropriately asky, but I promise to also be equally if not more, doting and thankful for your help. That being said…. let’s start the year off with some magic.

Back to School BBQ is on September 5, 2017, from 5-7pm at the school playground.

BBQ – Signup to Help Here

(Please share this information with your pathfinder peeps)

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New Bell Times for 2017-18 School Year

image by flickr user alexkerhead under CC licenseSeattle Public Schools has published our new bell times, including early dismissal on Wednesdays.  Check out this link for all the details:

2017-2018 Bell Times


Pathfinder 8:55 a.m. – 3:25 p.m. Wednesday: 8:55 a.m. – 2:10 p.m.




Save the Date – Back to School BBQ

food cooking on a barbecueSave the Date: Back to School BBQ!

September 5, 5pm to 7pm at the Pathfinder playground

Get reacquainted with friends, and make some new ones at the traditional Pathfinder Back to School BBQ, on the evening before school starts.

Funded and organized by your PTSA.

Veggie and Gluten-Free options available.

Welcome Everyone!



Middle School Orientation August 24

Incoming Middle School Families – Mark Your Calendars

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Dear Pathfinder Family,

It is with great pleasure we welcome you to Pathfinder’s middle school.  We are looking forward to having your student and your family in our middle school program.  We would like to invite your family to attend an orientation to the middle school.  This orientation will take place on August 24th at 6:00 to 7:00 in the Hub.  The goal of the orientation is to give everyone his or her teacher assignment, September class schedule, and other important information that will be helpful at the beginning of the year.

 I’m sure you are all wondering about how electives will work for next year.  Typically, by this time of the year the students have received their elective choices.  Next year we would like all sixth grade students to do a one-month rotation of each of our electives.  Students would have one week of each of our specialist classes, art, Chinese, PE, and instrumental music/choir.  This will give students a better idea of what their choices really are.  However, we would love to hear if your child is interested in band or Chinese before school starts and would be happy to take your email requests.

Do be aware, if you wish your child to have classes that would remove them from PE, a letter or an email is required demonstrating what outside of school physical activity your child is engaged in.  We cannot guarantee any particular classes, however we try our hardest to make sure students are in classes that support their interests.

If you have any questions regarding this process, you may email our assistant principal Lisa Clayton, [email protected], or call the school directly, 252-9710.  Please do mark your calendars.  We want 100% attendance at the orientation.

David Dockendorf                                      Lisa Clayton
Pathfinder K-8 School Principal              Pathfinder K-8 School Assistant Principal

Lisa Clayton
Assistant Principal
Pathfinder K-8 School
(206) 252-9742
(206) 252-9710

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Approved 2017-2018 Budget

The 2017-2018 budget was approved by the PTSA membership at the June 8 General Membership Meeting. You can peruse the approved budget detail and summary on our Budget and Minutes page.

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New Tip Sheet for Parents

Many thanks to Lisa DeBurle, Frog class teacher, for sharing this really useful tip sheet for parents, as part of Pathfinder’s Creative Approach.

Tips we can all practice to help families feel better and strengthen our relationships . . .

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Thank you rock stars! You really rocked it!

Our annual PTSA Pathfinder Auction made over $91,000!

This was truly a community effort and a huge thank you goes out to everyone. From our tireless parent volunteers that worked all year to make this one night happen, to our staff for donating their time to host group events, for making space in their day for class art and for letting us take their picture for “an idea” we had to help promote the auction. To our kids for making priceless art that raised over $17,000. To David and Lisa for performances that continue to go above and beyond. To all the Fund-A-Need donors that gave over $12,000 to put toward a new sound system so our kids’ voices can be heard. And last but far from least, to all the rock stars that brought down the house Saturday night.

Each and everyone one of us gives in our own way and together we really rocked it!

Thank you,

Ginny Woo and Laura Murray
2017 Auction Co-Chairs

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Join Newly Formed Diversity Task Force

colored-fabricOn the heels of the SEA sponsored Black Lives Matter event on the 19th, we as your PTSA
Board continue to discuss issues of diversity in our school and how best to meet the chal-
lenges of addressing those issues.

The following is a statement from PTA National taken from their Inclusivity and Diversity Policy:

PTAs everywhere must understand and embrace the uniqueness of all individuals, appreciating that each contributes a diversity of views, experiences, cultural heritage/traditions, skills/abilities, values and preferences.

The recognition of diversity within organizations is valuing differences and similarities in people through actions and accountability.

These differences and similarities include age, ethnicity, language and culture, economic status, educational background, gender, geographic location, marital status, mental ability, national origin, organizational position and tenure, parental status, physical ability, political philosophy, race, religion, sexual orientation, and work experience.

Therefore PTAs at every level must:

  • Openly assess beliefs and practices to assure inclusiveness and guard against discrimination;
  • Make every effort to create a PTA board and membership that is inclusive and reflective of its community;
  • Encourage that all PTA activities at the school be planned by a committee which is representative of the population;
  • Foster programs and practices that eliminate bias, prejudice and misunderstanding within their communities;
  • Become acquainted with the leaders of the many diverse groups in the community and collaborate with them to increase parent, family and community involvement;
  • Educate its leaders and members to the needs, cultural beliefs, traditions and family structures of the population they serve; and
  • Propose change wherever discriminatory practices are perceived.

We, your Pathfinder PTSA board are determined to meet these standards through focused work done by a task force that will report back to the board.

Myself and a handful of other interested parents have agreed to be on this task force but would love to have more parents join us so that we can have, represented in the discussion, a balanced informed dialogue that will help us be standard bearers of the above criteria.

Please consider joining us in this important conversation, I would love to hear from you.

Thank you,


(Follow this link to read the entire policy)


Direct Give Raises $22,400!

Thank youThank you for making Pathfinder PTSA’s annual Direct Give such a great success. You certainly embraced our theme of “Getting Out the Give” this year. We had 147 donors – parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and even the kids themselves – who contributed to the campaign.

By raising nearly $23,000, we will be able to deliver on support to our kids and teachers all year long. Kids will be able to go out to the garden with Tara and listen to Roger tell stories at Monday Morning Meeting. Teachers will be supported with funds for professional development, creative approach, and classroom supplies. Community events, like the Science Fair and the Pathfinder Olympics, will go on!

All of this is thanks to you. Pathfinder is fortunate to have such a supportive community. We couldn’t do it without you.


How to Stay Informed at Pathfinder

graphic of a megaphoneAre you still figuring out how to find answers to your questions about music, sports, after school programs, lunches, field trips, snacks, buses, testing, etc. etc.? You are not alone!

The good news is that there are several ways you can access information about what’s up at Pathfinder K-8.

Here’s a handy list of ways to stay informed. Whether you want information delivered to your email inbox, or you’d like to be able to find what you are looking for online, or in hard copy, there are many outlets for the information you need.

Happy reading!

Questions about PTSA Communications at Pathfinder K-8? Contact Gillian Maguire using our Contact Us form.