From the Principal

Weekly notes from Arbor Heights Elementary School
3701 SW 104TH * Seattle, WA 98146
Phone (206) 933-5350 * Fax (206) 933-5351

Parent Bulletin
September 25, 1997

PTA - Fall Clean-Up
If you have a little free time this Saturday please drop by the school at 9:00 a.m. to help out with our annual fall clean-up. We will be picking up litter and pulling a few weeds. The school grounds look prety good right now so it may not take too long. Feel free to bring your children as we want them to develop a sense of pride in how their school looks.

Open House
Our Open House will be held next Thursday, October 2nd. The evening will provide you with an opportunity to see your child's school and talk with his/her teachers. It will not be a time to talk at length about your child's academic progress (that time will come during the November conference period), but it will be a great time for your child to show you where he/she spends a large part of the day. We will also be having an Ice Cream Social, a PTA Bake Sale and a Book Fair in conjunction with this event. Our schedule for the evening will be as follows:

        6:00 - 6:30     Chapter 1 / Bilingual parent meeting in Room
        10. (You will receive a special invitation if your child is in the
        6:00 - 7:30     Ice Cream Social
        6:00 - 7:30     PTA Bake Sale
        6:00 - 7:30     Book Fair in gym
        6:30 - 7:30     Classrooms open for visitation

It should be a fun evening for your family and I hope you will plan to attend.
This year grade 5 parents will have the opportunity to view the state approved AIDS education curriculum materials during Open House. State law requires that students have AIDS prevention lessons annually and that parents review the program in person if they wish to have their child excused from these classes. If you would like to see these materials, they will be on display in Rooms 21, 24 and 25.

After School Programs
Thank you to the 80+ parents who returned the survey about after school activities. Based on your input we will be offering the following:

  • After School Sports - This program will be every Monday from 3:10-4:00
  • Chess Club - The Chess Club will meet in the library every Thursday from 3:10 - 4:00.
  • Evening Computer - Our computer lab will be open for family use on Tuesdays from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. and on Thursdays from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Permission slips for these three programs will come home next week and the programs will begin the week of October 6th. We do not have enough money in our budget to staff the evening computer program for a full year, but we will run it through December and we will look for outside funding sources (P.T.A., etc.), continue it through June.

Learning Points
If you are an AT&T Residential Telephone Service customer, our school can automatically earn AT&T Learning Points, good toward computer software, hardware, and other technology, based on your calling. For every dollar you spend on AT&T Residential Telephone Service, our school gets five Learning Points from AT&T. You can generate Learning Points every day, all year long -even if school is not in session. To enroll in Learning Points call 1-800-354-8800

Visitor Badges
Thank you to everyone who is stopping by the office for a Visitor's Badge when you come to school. A few of our badges have gone home pinned to sweaters, shirts, etc. If you find one at home, please send it back. Thanks.

Focus on Seattle Public Schools
Each month Seattle schools superintendent John Stanford hosts a T.V. show on Channel 28 called, "Focus on Seattle Public Schools". The program format allows questions from the studio audience. If you would like to be a part of the audience at a future show, call 298-7202 for details.

Free Books
The Seattle School District is offering students of the district the opportunity to access thousands of free surplus text and library books. The text books are no longer part of the district's current adoption but many children and parents may still find them useful for after school studies. The library books may be old, outdated, or very worn but still can provide hours of entertainment and serve as a valuable reading source for families. These books are stacked in boxes and have not been organized in any order whatsoever. So if you decide to partake in this treasure hunt, be prepared to work for your books.

                When:   8:00 am. - 4:00 p.m. Saturday, October 11, 1997
                Where:  The old Sand Point Elementary School
                        6208 - 60th Avenue NE
                        (Two blocks south of Magnuson Park and one  block
                         east of Sand Point Way)
                Bring:  Containers to carry your books in.

Carl Leatherman

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