From the Principal

Weekly notes from Arbor Heights Elementary School
3701 SW 104TH * Seattle, WA 98146
Phone (206) 281-6230 * Fax (206) 281-6618

Parent Bulletin
February 5, 1997

Middle School Orientation
The principals, or their representatives, from Denny, Madison and South Shore Middle Schools will be here on Wednesday, February 5th at 7:00 p.m., to talk about their programs. Even if your child is not currently in 5th grade, you may want to attend to see what the schools have to offer. It should be a very worthwhile evening for those of you with 5th graders. You might want to call a middle school directly to see about orientations, tours, etc.

Drop Everything And Read
February is D.E.A.R. month at Arbor Heights. We are trying to get as many adults as possible into classes to read with the children during their silent reading time. We want to model the practice of reading for enjoyment so we are all bringing books to school this month. If you're free at any of these times (9:30 - 9:45, 1:00 - 1:15, 1:15 - 1:30, 1:30 - 1:45) stop by and read with a class. The office can direct you to a room that is silent reading at these times.

The Science Math Technology Fair
Last week your child should have brought home a packet of information about our upcoming Science/Math/Technology Fair. The fair is scheduled for February 26th. As with any learning experience, we encourage parents to offer guidance, but only minimal support, so that the students do as much of their own work as possible. However, if any parent would like to set-up their own project, we'll make space for you. Just call or drop us a note soon.
We are looking for take-apart items for the Science Fair. Do you have any broken electronic or mechanical gadgets such as VCR's, clocks, phones, radios and such? Just drop them off in the office or send them to school with your child. Thanks.

Weighted Student Formula
The Seattle School District is moving to a new way of staffing their buildings beginning next year. I will be talking a little about the plan at our P.T.A. meeting on February 12th.
Six community forums have been scheduled to explain the Weighted Student Formula in detail. The forums are:

*2/10, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Van Asselt School, 7201 Beacon Ave. S.
*2/10, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Gatzert Elementary, 1301 Yesler Way
*2/10, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Olympic Hills School, 13018 20th Ave N.E.
*2/11, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., AS#1, 11530 - 12th Avenue N.E.
*2/11, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Cooper School, 5950 Delridge Way S.W.
*2/11, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Nova High School, 2410 E. Cherry
During the meeting, members of a team of teachers, principals and central office staff who helped to craft the new budgeting proposal will outline the proposal and answer questions.

Room 25 Students Do Us Proud
The following students from Ms. Haas' 5th grade class performed with their recorders in the foyer of the Opera House last Saturday prior to a concert by The Seattle Symphony. They did an excellent job! Congratulations to:
Tristan, Lindsay, Dayna, Jamie, Lauren, Janae, Krystal and Eric.

Carl Leatherman

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