Is another principal coming to Coe Elementary?

It seems that after less than a year under the leadership of Tate Loftin, Coe Elementary may have a new principal, though mums the word from the Seattle School District on the change.

According to Mary Cropp over at the SeattlePI, an  interim principal, Terry Acena, is already in place at Coe, and both Acena and SPS Executive Director of Schools for the Central region Nancy Coogan will be attending a meeting at the school for parents and incoming families on Thursday, March May 12 in which they will “briefly discuss the recent changes in leadership and outline a course for the future of Coe.” The meeting will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Coe Library.

For more information, contact the Coe PTA directly through the organization’s website.

Coe students perform at the Showcase of Choirs

Nearly 300 students gathered on Wednesday evening at the Ballard High School gymnasium for the Northwest-Cluster Showcase of Choirs.

Penny sent us the above video and says that each choir sang one or two songs alone and all sang Yonder Come Day together as a combined showcase choir. Participating schools were:

Loyal Heights Elementary
Whitman Middle School
Lawton Elementary
Ballard High School Trebel Choir
Coe Elementary
Ballard HS Men’s Ensemble
Whittier Elementary
Ballard High School Concert Choir

Last chance to give to Zaw School Days fundraiser

Today is the last day of Zaw’s month-long School Days fundraiser, and it looks like the race for which school will win is pretty close.

Our last week of fundraising shows John Hay Elementary in the lead with a mere $5 donation with Queen Anne Elementary coming in a very close second. Coe comes in third with McClure and St. Anne’s tied for fourth place.

Want to help your school win the grand prize (an Ultimate Pizza Party auction item courtesy of Zaw), as well as help them raise more dough? Customers can tell Zaw which school they’d like to make a $5 donation to in their name on all orders over $20 for the rest of the day today.

Seattle Schools transportation map now available

Seattle Public Schools has just released its transportation map for Queen Anne elementary schools for the 2011-2012 school year.

From the SPS website:

In the new transportation plan, transportation eligibility for attendance area elementary and K-8 students will be based on transportation zones.

Students within the transportation zone and outside the walk zone for a school will be eligible for District-provided transportation.

Students outside their immediate transportation zone, but within their extended intermediary boundary, can walk to an attendance area school for bus pick-up if they live within a safe walk zone (up to one mile). Otherwise, they walk up to a 1/2 mile to a regular neighborhood stop. This is a temporary option to extend transportation for two (2) years (2011-12 & 2012-13).

* Transportation Zones will include the entire attendance area of a school
* Transportation Zones will extend to areas within a 1.25 mile radius from the school and within the middle school service area
* Walk zones to schools will still apply.

Here are the maps for Queen Anne-area schools (all links are .pdfs).

Catharine Blaine K-8

Frantz Coe

John Hay


Coe kids to host bake sale for Japan relief Sunday

Students from Coe Elementary School will be hosting a bake sale this Sunday, March 20 from 1 to 4 p.m. in front of the Upper Queen Anne Starbucks, at the corner of Queen Anne Ave N and Boston St., to raise money for the post-earthquake and tsunami relief effort in Japan.

The fundraiser is being run by Coe Cares, a project of the Coe PTA with a mission “to engage our children in meaningful charitable endeavors that provide an opportunity to learn, grow, and develop into compassionate citizens of today’s world.”

“Teachers, Parents, and Students at Coe Elementary CARE about our school, our community, our country, and our world. Coe Cares, a committee within the school, works to teach our children and ourselves the importance of reaching out and acting when events, good or bad, happen where we can,” wrote Coe parent and Coe Cares committee member Stacy Lawson.

“Our kids will grow up one day, and we want them to be compassionate caring adults who do not avoid getting involved and do not get bogged down by thinking that they cannot make a difference. All help is needed big and small,” she wrote.

All proceeds from the bake sale will be sent to aid the Japanese people via Global Giving Japan Relief Fund.

Update 3/21 10:50 a.m.: Originally Coe Cares planned to send the money to international independent medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders, but after learning that DWB could not guarantee the money would end up in Japan, the group decided to change the charity.

Successful Schools in Action needs debate volunteers

Local education non-profit Successful Schools in Action is looking for debate judges and timers for its tournament on Saturday, February 5.

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The tournament takes place at Lawton Elementary on February 5 from from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.. No experience is necessary but you do need be at least 15 years old. All orientation materials will be sent by email, and a 30 minute training for volunteer judges and timers will begin at 8:30 a.m. on tournament day. Each judge evaluates two teams buy brand cialis of two kids in two rounds.

SSIA also needs volunteers to monitor sign-in, snack table, and make copies as needed.  Volunteers can receive high school service hours.

Debate Club is made up of 4th and 5th graders from Blaine, Lawton, Coe and John Hay elementary schools. More details here.

If you are interested in volunteering, email to volunteer.

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