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Happy Blue Friday! with help from Queen Anne Elementary

January 30th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Earlier this week we posted this video on Facebook and tweeted it out, and it has snowballed since then! About 450 Queen Anne Elementary students made the “Heart of the Seahawks” video with help from their teachers Melyssa Stone and Amanda Amsel. The Seattle TimesCBS Sports, Fox Sports, and more have picked up the story, and the video was tweeted out by Pete Carroll.

So, to celebrate Blue Friday, here’s their video:

Go Hawks!

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Donate Coats for Foster Kids at Queen Anne Elementary

February 3rd, 2013 by Laura Fonda

Remember the coat drives back during the holiday season? Well, winter lasts longer than the month of December, and there are still people in need of warm coats and sweaters. To help out local foster children in need, Queen Anne Elementary is running its 2nd Annual Coat and Sweater Drive this week – Monday, February 4th – Friday, February 8th.

This year the coat drive benefits Treehouse for Kids, a charity that “fills the gaps” for kids in foster care. Queen Anne Elementary will be accepting donations at both main entrances. Donations will help stock the Treehouse “Wearhouse”, a free store where foster kids can shop for clothes, shoes, school supplies, books, toys and other essentials that help them feel good and fit in.

Here’s how you can help:

  • Buy one or more gifts for a foster child
  • Donate “almost” new clothes (coats and sweaters), toys or books
  • Drop off donations in the boxes at either QAE main entrance

You can also give online or mail a check donation– just put “Queen Anne Elementary” on the “Drive Host” line at check-out.

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Queen Anne Elementary Prepping Now for March Auction – Auction Items & Volunteers Needed

January 27th, 2013 by Laura Fonda

Queen Anne Elementary is hosting its “Reach for the Stars!” Auction on March 8th at the Shilshole Bay Beach Club, 6pm-11pm. 100% of the auction proceeds go directly to QAE’s Explorer Fund, supporting a range of student services including counseling, art classes, classroom assistants, and more. The auction is key to funding and maintaining student services, so by supporting the Auction, you support the school and its students.

To help support the Auction now, you can donate items via the online form or send in the form via email. QAE needs 150 auction items by this Friday, February 1st – all they need are the forms for donated items, the actual physical items are due March 1st. Suggested items include business services, stays at vacation properties, wine collections, tickets to shows or performances, and gift certificates to local businesses.

Auction volunteers are also needed – no experience required, and the time commitment varies by activity. Volunteers are needed to help with donations, class art projects, class auction baskets, social media posting, and day-of-event help. Check out the volunteer web site or email the coordinators for more information.

If you’d like to attend the QAE Auction, you can purchase individual tickets, a table for 10, or sponsor a ticket for a teacher. Early birds save $10 by purchasing by this Friday, February 1st.

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Queen Anne Elementary Needs Volunteer Crossing Guards

January 8th, 2013 by Laura Fonda

Queen Anne Elementary Students
2012 First Day of School
Photo credit: Tony Teske, Kast Design Co.

Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity that helps keep kids safe and promotes safer driving in our neighborhood? Queen Anne Elementary has an urgent need for volunteer crossing guards to keep the kids safe en route to and from school.

If you’ve driven by the school at 411 Boston St, then you know that it’s on a busy road, and the 20mph school zone speed limit is not always respected. The school needs crossing guards to help kids and their families safely cross Boston at 4th Ave N, and they need them as soon as possible.

Volunteers are needed weekday mornings from 9:00-9:30am and weekday afternoons from 3:25-3:50pm. The school provides a brief safety-training course; volunteers must complete a no-cost background check.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer crossing guard, please email Karen G. or phone the school office at 206.252.2480 and leave your contact information.

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Queen Anne Elementary wins Zaw school fundraiser

April 5th, 2011 by Thea

The final tallies are in from Zaw’s month-long School Days fundraiser. Queen Anne Elementary took home the grand prize, raising $145 in donations from community members and winning an auction item from Zaw: An Ultimate Pizza Party for up to eight kids.

Between QA Elementary, McClure, John Hay, Coe, and St. Anne’s, a total of $340 was raised for local schools in the month of March through the school days fundraiser program.

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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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Coe & Queen Anne Elementary lead in month-long Zaw School Days fundraiser

March 8th, 2011 by Thea

Last week we reported on Zaw’s month-long fundraiser for neighborhood schools called Zaw School Days, coinciding with the shop’s one-year anniversary on the hill. On every Tuesday and Wednesday through the end of the month the bake-at-home pizza place will be donating $5 to the neighborhood school or PTA funding effort of your choice for every order of $20 and up.

Just one week into the fundraiser Zaw released its donation totals so far, and Coe Elementary and Queen Anne Elementary are two schools leading the way, earning 35 percent of the donations each. From Zaw:

Our first week was a great success, the families and friends of Coe and Queen Anne Elementary came out in force, but there are still three weeks left for McClure, John Hay and St. Anne’s to give them a run for their donation dollars!

In addition to donation checks for each school, we’re spicing things up thanks to a suggestion from a Zaw School Days customer this past week! Whichever school receives the largest number of $5 donations, Zaw will gift an extremely special auction item to the winning school – an all-inclusive Ultimate Pizza Party birthday package for up to eight kids (a up to $150 value)!

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QAE meet & greets for incoming kindergarteners

December 9th, 2010 by Thea

The newest school in the neighborhood, Queen Anne Elementary, is hosting two meet and greets in the next few weeks for non-enrolled kindergarteners and their families. The new option school, which opened this fall with a tech-focused curriculum, hopes to help parents decide if QAE might be the right place for their student.

Do you know someone who has a child who will be entering Kindergarten next year or is considering transitioning their older child? To assist people in decision process, Queen Anne Elementary will be hosting two meet and greet events.  This is a great opportunity to talk with Principal David Elliott and meet the wonderful teachers to hear more about the philosophy and vision for the school.

The two meet and greets will be held on Tuesday, December 14 and Wednesday, January 5, from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Sponsored by QAE PTSA, the events will held in a home of one of the parents on Queen Anne.

If you or someone you know is a non-enrolled parent who would like to attend, please RSVP here (QAE would like to keep attendance at 40 people per night).

Please contact QAE Communications Co-Chair Anna Bertrand at with any questions.

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At the QA Farmers Market Thursday

June 23rd, 2010 by Thea

We’re diving into the heart of the Queen Anne Farmers Market season! Now all we need is for this summery weather to stick around… Check out the lineup for this week’s market on Thursday, June 24:

The featured sponsor this week is Metropolitan Market, and the featured nonprofits are the Queen Anne Helpline and new option school Queen Anne Elementary. As always, the market will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. on W Crockett St. at Queen Anne Ave N.

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Coe says goodbye to outgoing principal David Elliott with flash mob of appreciation

June 21st, 2010 by Thea

On Tuesday, June 8 Coe elementary staff, students and parents gathered for goodbye BBQ for outgoing principal David Elliott, who will be taking up his new post as the head of the brand new Queen Anne Elementary this fall.

Flash Mob for Mr. Elliott from Alicia Burmester on Vimeo.

To show their appreciation, the Coe community organized a flash mob, getting everyone to say their final farewell through dance. Take a look!

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Stacey Loftin appointed new principal at Coe

June 17th, 2010 by Thea

Back in January the Seattle School District announced a number of principal changes around town affecting three schools in Queen Anne, John Hay Elementary, Coe Elementary and The Center School, which will all be getting new principals for the fall 2010 year. Yesterday, Wednesday, June 16 schools Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson announced her pick for the new head of Coe, Stacey (Tate) Loftin.

In a letter to the Coe community yesterday, Goodloe-Johnson outlined Loftin’s experience and her reasoning for choosing her for the position:

Ms. Loftin comes to Coe Elementary from the Edmonds School District, where she worked as an Instructional Intervention Specialist. She served her principal internships at Maplewood K-8 in Edmonds and Dearborn Park Elementary School in Seattle, and also completed an administrative internship in the Edmonds School District.

We believe that Ms. Loftin’s extensive classroom experience – including time as an elementary teacher and physical education instructor in the Northshore School District — makes her an excellent match for the Coe Elementary learning community. She also has significant experience working with special-needs students, a desirable attribute that was identified by the Coe community for their principal.

Ms. Loftin’s professional preparation includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in Norwegian and a minor in Social Science from Pacific Lutheran University, and a Masters in Educational Administration from the University of Washington.

Coe’s outgoing principal, David Elliott, will continue to play an active role in the school district and Queen Anne community as the first head of Queen Anne Elementary, a new option school with a “technology enhanced” curriculum.

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Queen Anne Elementary open house Saturday

June 4th, 2010 by Thea

The new Queen Anne Elementary is having an open house at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 5, in the Coe Elementary gymnasium, located at 2424 7th Avenue W.

Bring the kids and meet other families, our fantastic teachers and Principal Elliott.

Hear an update on the latest plans and progress and ask questions.
Speak with parent representatives and find out how you can get involved.
The open house is open to all enrolled families as well as those still considering QAE. There will be enrollment forms at the event for those who want to apply. Enrollment is still open for students entering Kindergarten through 5th grade. More information here. The QAE design team has been updating the website with information as the school’s planning process continues. Check back regularly for updates.

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