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News and Events

Elementary Math Instruction
Seattle Public Schools 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 four possible math programs as viable candidates: 
 
·         enVision
·         Go Math!
·         Math in Focus
·         My Math
 
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. Visit http://bit.ly/MathAdoption2014
  
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 – http://bit.ly/SPS-CommonCore 
·         Common Core State Standards Initiative – http://www.corestandards.org/  
·         National PTA site - http://bit.ly/NationalPTA-CommonCore
If you have any specific questions about how these programs were selected for the final round, please don’t hesitate to email mathadoption@seattleschools.org.
Global Reading Challenge Winners

Congratulations to the Van Asselt “Book Thieves”, our school’s winning Global Reading Challenge team, who competed in the Semi-Finals at the downtown library this morning.

 

The top two teams from today move on to the finals on March 18th and we tied for the top score with Northgate Elem.

 

We are going to the FINALS!!

 

Congrats to Yair, Louisa, Helen, Nga, Christian, Jason, and Steven, and thank you to all their teachers and parents for supporting their reading!

The Firebird Newsletter
The Firebird Newsletter will be available during the first week of every month.  Please look for your Firebird Newsletter in kidmail and on the Van Asselt Website.
Firebird – 2014 March Issue
Hispanic Heritage Celebration
 
On Thursday, October 10, 2013 we honored Hispanic Heritage month with an assembly that displayed music, dance and class projects. We celebrated the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. I am looking forward to celebrating Native American Heritage on November 8th
 
School Based Health Care




The Van Asselt School-Based Health Center (SBHC) is a full service health clinic that provides physical, mental, and dental health care for the students of Van Asselt Elementary School. They help students do better in school by working to solve physical and mental health problems, preventing serious illness, and promoting healthy lifestyles. Neighborcare Health is committed to creating a health care home and encouraging long-term relationships between patients and providers that include medical, dental and mental health care. Please click here to visit our SBHC page to learn more about the services they offer. The health center is open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM.
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