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Is another principal coming to Coe Elementary?

May 11th, 2011 by Thea

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.

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Coe students perform at the Showcase of Choirs

April 7th, 2011 by Cory Bergman

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

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Last chance to give to Zaw School Days fundraiser

March 30th, 2011 by Thea

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.

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Seattle Schools transportation map now available

March 23rd, 2011 by Thea

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


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Coe kids to host bake sale for Japan relief Sunday

March 18th, 2011 by Thea

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.

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Successful Schools in Action needs debate volunteers

January 10th, 2011 by Gladys

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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Dancing, singing at food galore at the opening day of the Queen Anne Farmers Market Thursday

May 21st, 2010 by Thea

Yesterday was opening day at the Queen Anne Farmers Market, and there was no shortage of festivities, from surprise swing dancing…

…to performances by the Coe Elementary and John Hay Elementary children’s choirs.

(Photo courtesy of Jon Boyce).

Canlis chef Jason Franey demoed his cooking skills (with samples!), and the folks from Chocolopolis handed out sweet treats.

Many QAFM old timers returned to the market this year…

..including Seattle street food favorites Parfait and Maximus/Minimus.

The market also welcomed a number of newcomers, including the folks from Jello Mold Farm in the Skagit Valley, who were excited to take part in their first farmers market ever.

The Queen Anne Farmers Market will be held every Thursday, through October 7, 2010 from 3 to 7 p.m. on W Crockett St. at Queen Anne Ave N. Happy market season, Queen Anne!

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John Hay, McClure & Coe will walk to support PE programs at Boardwalk 5K Sunday

April 23rd, 2010 by Thea

The 5th Annual Boardwalk 5K, Walk of Champions and Carnival Activities, is this Sunday, April 25 at the University of Washington Husky Stadium. The event supports health and fitness programs in Seattle Public Schools and emphasizes serving “underserved” students. Participants of the Boardwalk 5K will spend the morning walking, jogging or traversing the scenic UW campus, all while raising money for PE programs in local schools.

Funds will be used to support and expand equipment for the Physical Education Equipment Resource Center (PEERC). PE teachers share everything from archery equipment to roller skates to unicycles. PEERC makes it possible for all students to have access to success-oriented fitness experiences.

Other events, including the Walk of Champions, Carnival of Activities and Physical Education awards ceremony are free and will be held in the stadium. Check the full schedule here.

Queen Anne residents interested in participating are invited to join the John Hay Elementary team, which has already raised $710 in pledges, $460 over their goal! From the John Hay blog:

All of your registration fees will come directly back to John Hay to support Mr. Sturm’s efforts to keep our kids active and fit!
This event is for everyone in your family. We had a sizeable group last year and our fundraising allowed Mr. Sturm to buy many items on his wish list! We hope to see you on April 25, proudly sporting your John Hay spiritwear or Move-a-thon t-shirt!

Other Queen Anne Schools participating include Coe Elementary (they’ve raised $680 so far) and McClure Middle School (they’ve raised $35 so far). The brand new Queen Anne Elementary doesn’t have a team yet, but it’s not too late to make one!

For more information on joining the John Hay team, contact Carol Brown at or Suzanne Cohen at

Although online pre-registration has closed, participants can still register day-of. More information here.

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5 Spot fundraiser raises $2,800 for Coe & Hay

March 25th, 2010 by Thea

One Tuesday, March 23 and Wednesday, March 24 two local schools–John Hay and Coe–held a friendly fundraising competition to see who could raise more money by eating out for dinner at the 5 Spot, which donated 25 percent of its sales both nights to each respective school.

On Tuesday Coe earned a whopping $1,376.67, but was slightly beat out by Hay, which raised $1,442.52 on Thursday, adding up to $2,819.19 in total!

The funds are going directly to each school. Coe will be purchasing age and reading level appropriate books for their classrooms with the funds, while John Hay is putting its portion toward hiring math and reading tutors.

Families from the schools who participated in the fundraiser were asked to write their teacher’s name at the top of their checks, allowing the 5 Spot to figure out which classrooms from both Coe and Hay had the highest level of family participation. Ms. Spiller’s class at Coe and Ms. Mirabueno’s class at John Hay took the prize. Every student in both winning classes was given a $10 Chow Foods gift card.

“We know our local public schools are hurting as much or more than the rest of us right now and are in a frightful financial state.  As an integral part of the Queen Anne community, we at the 5 Spot wanted to answer that call. We couldn’t have asked for two more successful evenings—both schools are winners!” said 5 Spot owner Peter Levy in a press release today.

Congrats Coe and Hay!

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John Hay, Coe & The Center School have new principals appointments for fall 2010

January 12th, 2010 by Thea

Seattle Public Schools announced a handful of principal changes for the 2010-2011 school year yesterday evening, and Queen Anne is the neighborhood getting the most swaps. In a detailed letter announcing the assignments, Superintendent Maria L. Goodloe-Johnson explained the reasoning behind each move. One of the primary factors: finding good leadership for the three new schools opening up in the district next fall, including Old Hay, a new Montessori option school in the neighborhood, where Coe Elementary head David Elliott – after ten years as principal – will be taking up his new post. Reader Meg Ferris gave her thoughts on the change. She wrote,

While it is an incredible loss at Coe, it will be a wonderful thing for the new school community.

In addition to Elliott’s reassignment, the principal at John Hay (not to be confused with Old Hay), Dan Warren, will be moving to the new Sand Point Elementary after five years on the hill. Read principal Warren’s letter to John Hay families here (.pdf).

And on the high school level, The Center School principal Lisa Escobar will be moving to Rainier Beach, where she will become co-principal alongside current head Dr. Robert Gary. Meanwhile, Judy Peterson will serve as the interim principal at The Center School.

To read Goodloe-Johnson’s letter, check out the West Seattle Blog, who have posted it in its entirety.

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