One of the most important volunteer activity at our school is making sure our kids and families are safe. We need more volunteer Crossing Guards to keep pedestrians safe as they cross 4th & Boston getting to and from school! We have a few stalwarts on Safety Patrol but everyone gets sick on occasion and one guard is really not enough to remind drivers that it's an "all-ways" stop whenever kids are in the intersection.

Remember, you don't need to have attended Volunteer Training in order to be on the Safety Patrol! A valid background check is all that's required.

Also, if you have hesitated to sign up because you have younger children who need to be cared for, hesitate no more! There is a volunteer job called "Patrol Playground/Library Parent" for each Safety Patrol shift. Feel confident leaving your "littles" with this Patrol Parent while you stand guard on the street. OR If you prefer the fun of the playground or the warmth and relative quiet of the library, (and you have attended Volunteer Training with the Positive Discipline introduction), please sign up to watch "littles" for other Safety Patrol volunteers.

Please check out our VolunteerSpot calendar to see if there are ANY Safety Patrol Monitors shifts you can cover...even once a month helps! Consider signing up on the days you drive your child(ren) to school for or pick them up from activities. (That even builds in some "you" time.) Or if your 4th or 5th grader is on Patrol, join him/her. Make it a special routine: stop at your favorite coffee shop together, then head to school for patrol duty together...whatever works.

Thank you for every little thing you do for our school!

~Heather & Karen
PTSA Volunteer Coordinators
Just a heads up:  There will be a Seattle Schools furlough/early dismissal day on Feb. 14.  School will end at 12:35pm.  Mark your calendar!
We need hand-me-downs in various sizes to help our kids when there is a spill or potty miss, primarily sizes 5 - 8.  The best kind have elastic waistbands but we will work with whatever someone has available. Both genders would be wonderful.  Please bring your donation to the school office, thanks!
QAE Families:

We are gearing up for an exciting Winter session of new Before and After School Clubs! Below is a partial list of clubs being offered in the new year, including an new music and dance program! For a complete list of clubs offered or more information, visit the Winter 2012-12 Clubs page.

Engineering with LEGO® by Playwell TEKnologies
Apply real-world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture through engineer-designed projects such as arch bridges, skyscrapers, motorized cars, and the Battletrack!
Winter 2013 Session PRE Engineering Club:
Grade K-1
Time: Tuesday mornings 8:00 - 9:20 am
Dates: January 15 - March 12, 2013
Tuition: $144 for 9 sessions
Winter 2013 Session Engineering FUNdamentals Club:
Grade 2-5
Time:Thursday mornings 8:00 - 9:20 am.
Dates: January 17 - March 14, 2013
Tuition: $144 for 9 sessions 

Queen Anne Elementary Music Club
Welcome to Seattle's Performers Music Club! This winter session we will be exploring music from around the world. Whether singing songs in Swahili, or exploring melodic intervals on the glockenspiel. Your child will be encouraged to find their inner musician. Musical terms such as tempo, dynamics, beat and rhythm will be explored, as we vocalize and move to music from Africa, Asia. Australia, England and Scandinavia.
Ages: K-5
Cost: $80
Dates: Fri. Jan. 18-Mar. 22nd
Register online at

After School Dance Club
Session #1: Creative Ballet
Tap their imagination and give it expression… 
While establishing body awareness, muscle development, flexibility, coordination and basic locomotor skills, this class expands each child’s inner creativity. Exploration of space, shapes, pathways, rhythms, and movement qualities will also help your child to develop problem solving skills. We will introduce the basic Ballet positions, some preparatory steps and sequencing with special attention to posture, core strength and clean technique. We’ll also focus on musicality, phrasing, terminology, and Ballet etiquette while gaining strength and flexibility in all muscle groups – all this, wrapped in fun themes that the children will love. The warm and friendly atmosphere will foster camaraderie, cooperation, encouragement and a positive self image. Leggings and a T-shirt recommended for girls; sweats and T-shirt recommended for boys. But any loose comfortable clothes or dance attire will be acceptable. 
Ages:  grades K-2, or ages 5-7
Class Time: Mondays, 3:45-4:45
Dates: February 4 – April 1, 2013;
Cost: $80
Registration opens mid January 

Chess Club
Join Queen Anne Elementary Chess Club and learn tactics and strategies of chess! Chess Mates has been offering after-school chess programs in Seattle area public schools for more than 20 years. Chess helps children build critical thinking skills and learn focus and plan.
Each class will include lesson presentation, chess puzzle-solving time and game playing time. Chess Mates will provide student workbooks, chess sets and boards and other materials. All you need to be is eager to play and learn! Scholarships are available.
Both beginner and intermediate players are welcome!
Age group: Grade K-1
Cost: $50
Time: Tuesday afternoons 3:40 – 4:45 pm
Winter session: Jan: 15-March 5
Registrations closes December 21st
To Register download to registration form from the website ( and turn with payment into the main office in the "Chess Mates" Envelope



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