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Letter to Families: Boren Building Update

Dear Arbor Heights Elementary and K-5 STEM @ Boren Families:

As many of you know, Arbor Heights Elementary will colocate with the K-5 STEM program in the Louisa Boren Building, 5950 Delridge Way SW, for the 2014-15 and the 2015-16 school years while the existing Arbor Heights building is being replaced. 

We understand that co-location has its challenges, but please know that the well-being of your student is important to us, and we will make sure our students and staff have room for teaching and learning, lunch, gym and play space. Seattle Public Schools has used interim sites in all major construction projects, including Roosevelt High, Garfield High, Sealth High and Cleveland High. Staff will work diligently to ensure a successful transition. The purpose of this communication is to share the status of the work to date in terms of building use, logistics and safety and security. 

1. Building use
The administration of both Arbor Heights and K – 5 STEM have been working closely with District personnel to ensure equitable use of the facilities.  There will be common areas such as the lunchroom, playground, music room, library and bathrooms.  Due to the staggered start/dismissal times, students from Arbor Heights and K – 5 STEM will not be using these larger common areas at the same time. Each school will have separate classrooms, gymnasiums, offices for administration, science labs and each school will have their own nurse.   

2. Logistics
Start times for the two schools will be staggered. Those times have yet to be determined.  Buses will drop all students, except Arbor Heights Special Education students, in the existing bus load/unload zone on Delridge Way SW.  Arbor Heights Special Education students will use the load/unload zone on Juneau Street on the north side of the building.  Parents of both schools can pick up and drop off their students in the south parking lot or on Delridge Way SW, south of the bus zone.  Students, parents and visitors can enter the building by using the existing south entrance or the main entry/exit into the building on Delridge Way SW. 

3. Safety and Security
There will be a consolidated Safety and Security plan developed by both schools’ safety committee. The consolidated plan will include emergency preparedness, critical incident management and student health concerns.

The next step in the colocation project is to continue communicating with you, our school partners and the larger community. To this end, we created a new link to the web page, “Boren Building News” on the district website, This page will be updated periodically with information about planning,  the colocation process and ongoing improvements. 

We look forward to working together on behalf of our students and school communities. 


Christy Collins           Dr. Shannon McKinney   
Principal, Arbor Heights Elementary   Principal, K – 5 STEM @ Boren
April 9, 2014 | Contact: Christy Collins, Principal

Arbor Heights' Scholastic Book Fair: April 7th - 10th

Get ready for Arbor Heights' Scholastic Book Fair April 7th - 10th. The Arbor Heights Library will transform into a book buyers haven. 

Come stop by our Book Fair during the week and pick out some new books while supporting Arbor Heights Elementary.  We'll have hours during the school day, 
after-school and in the evening (Young Author's Day Night).  View the full schedule for a day-by-day list of hours.

Not able to attend?  You can still support the Book Fair and our school by shopping online between April 2nd - April 22nd.  You'll also have the option to purchase eBooks when shopping online if you'd perfer a digital version.  The Storia eBook app is available for iPad, Kindle Fire, Windows and Android Tablet. 

Help with set-up, cashiering or students create "wish lists".  Sign-up online for a date and time that works with your schedule.

March 25, 2014 | Contact: Jessica  Lindow, Librarian

Rockiní Roller Skating Party with Principal Collins and Mr. Davis

This is going to be a party like no other! Join Principal Collins and Mr. Davis for a rockin’ roller skate party at the school! Skates will be provided as well as pizza, extreme fun and an awesome root beer float station and even a full movie!  Kids play from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.  Limited spaces available for each party.  $50 per/student.  All proceeds benefit Arbor Heights Elementary.

April 25th (Grades K-2)

May 9th (Grades 3-5)

How do I reserve a spot?

Pay online through our secure site with a credit card, debit card or PayPal.

At School
Drop off a check (payable to “Arbor Heights PTA”) or cash at school in an envelope marked with your child's name, grade & teacher with "Roller Skating Party". 

March 28, 2014 | Christy Collins, Principal

SPS Seeks Feedback on Proposed Elementary Math Instructional Materials

The Seattle Public Schools elementary math adoption committee work has reached a critical stage.  In looking to partner with parents and community to find the best possible math program for Seattle Public School students for the 2014-15 school year and beyond, the committee invites you to provide your thoughts and opinions.
The committee is excited to have three possible math programs as viable candidates: 
·         enVision
·         Go Math!
·         Math in Focus

So how can you get involved and help? 
You can provide direct feedback at one of our display locations. There will be forms prepared for you to fill out at each site, as well as forms online.  This is an opportunity to compare the programs and consider what type of program you think would be a good fit for your family and community, and most importantly, for your student. 
From April 1 through April 25, please come to one of these schools during the school day:
·         Catherine Blaine K-8, 2550 34th Ave W, 252-1920
·         Bryant Elementary, 3311 NE 60th St., 252-5200
·         Northgate Elementary, 11725 1st Ave NE, 252-4180
·         West Seattle Elementary, 6760 34th Ave SW, 252-9450
·         Wing Luke Elementary, 3701 S Kenyon St., 252-7630

Or visit the Douglass-Truth Public Library, 2300 E Yesler Way, during open hours, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. 206-684-4704
While the math committee prefers community members review the materials in person, we know that’s not always an option. You can review materials online starting April 1. 
Secondly, if you would like to consider how well the programs align to the standards by which the students will be learning, the committee invites you to consider the transition to Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. The state has adopted this new set of standards, which will replace Washington Performance Expectations in English/Language Arts and Mathematics beginning next year.  Your input is sought on how far you think these programs go to help your students, their teachers, and our community best meet the demands of these 21st century skills. 
More information about the Common Core is available online at:
·         SPS Website 
·         National PTA site

If you have any specific questions about how these programs were selected for the final round, please don’t hesitate to email

March 12, 2014 (updated 4/9/2014)

Kindergarten Jump Start Coming to Arbor Heights August 2014

February 25, 2014 | Contact: Christy Collins, Principal

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