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    FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

    What makes Wedgwood unique?

    We are a school community in which all members take pride in their uniqueness and accomplishments, as well as take responsibility for creating and maintaining a learning environment that is stimulating, respectful, and caring. Click here .

    If you have additional questions or concerns, contact our front office at 206-252-5670 or principal Stephen Liu at swliu@seattleschools.org .

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    What is the best way to get information about what is happening at Wedgwood?

    There are several good ways to get information.

    The Weekly
    The Weekly, our PTA newsletter, is distributed every week via email. Here you will find important calendar items, an informative principal's column, lists of volunteer opportunities, details on after-school activities and family events, and more.

    Our Website
    The website is intended to be a resource for parents whether they are looking for The Weekly, a downloadable form, or links to classroom or Seattle School District websites.

    Kid Mail
    To get information from our school or classroom to home and from home to the classroom or school, information is sent via our students. We call it Kid Mail. Transported back and forth in your child's backpack, parents should check for information frequently as individual classroom items may come home throughout the week with Wednesday designated for all-school communications.

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    What are regular school hours in 2017-18?

    The morning bell rings at 7:55 a.m. Playground supervision begins at 7:40 a.m. Please do not drop off your student or leave your student unsupervised before 7:40 am. Children are dismissed at 2:25 pm daily except on early release days. Please check your Seattle Public School (SPS) calendar or our school's website for release times on these days. Early dismissal every Wednesday at 1:10 pm.

    If your child is absent or late for any reason, families are asked to always notify the office at 206.252.5670.

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    Who will be my child's teacher?

    Classroom assignments will be mailed by SPS the Thursday before school begins. Please note that families will not be able to speak with teachers prior to the first day of school nor will they be able to visit classrooms.

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    What are school drop-off procedures?

    • Children who ride the buses are met and escorted onto school grounds.
    • Parents doing vehicle drop-offs are asked to join the moving drop-off procedure on NE 85th St in front of Wedgwood Elementary during morning drop-offs and afternoon pickups. This procedure will be explained in detail at the beginning of the year.
    • Parents are also welcome to park and walk their children to the playground.
    Kindergarten drop-off is on the playground as this is where students will meet their teachers.

    In order to provide your child a safe environment, we stress that there are NO SCHOOL DROP-OFFS BEFORE 7:40 am as there is no drop-off supervision before that time.

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    How will my child learn about taking the bus home?

    If your child is riding the bus home, she or he will be escorted to the bus for the first week by a teacher. This helps young children learn the bus routine. School staff supervise students getting off and onto buses. Please notify the school as soon as possible if there are concerns relating to busing.

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    Where do we meet our teacher on the first day?

    The first few weeks of school can be hectic. Teachers are getting to know their students and new students are learning their way around school.

    Kindergarten parents doing drop-offs are asked to meet teachers on the playground. When the bell rings, students line up behind their classroom number indicated on the playground. Teachers ask that parents say good-bye on the playground before students are escorted into the building. This helps begin the important routine of getting students on-track for taking care of their own coats, backpacks, and lunches which fosters independence and self-sufficiency.

    On the first day of school, parents are encouraged to join the principal and other parents at the PTA-hosted First Day Reception.

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    What supplies do we need for the first day?

    In general, your child will need a backpack, a lunchbox, if you are sending a lunch, and a refillable water bottle. Please label these items with your child’s name and class, in addition to any coats or sweatshirts your child brings to school. Year-round, a Lost and Found is maintained either inside or just outside of the lunchroom. Unclaimed items are donated to a local shelter several times a year.

    At some point in the summer, back-to-school information and a supply list will be posted on our website and on the front doors of the school. After school starts, some teachers may send home an additional list of supplies required, due to difference needs in the various classrooms.

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    What are the First Day Packets?

    On the first day of school every child comes home with what we call First Day Packets. The packets are full of important information as well as forms to be filled out and returned right away. Please return all forms to your child’s teacher as quickly as possible.

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    What are my before- and after-school options and the enrichment programs and clubs?

    Wedgwood is fortunate to have an excellent before- and after-school program available for its families.

    YMCA ‘Kids University’ Program

    Wedgwood is partnering with YMCA Magnuson to offer additional options for before and after school programs to our students. YMCA “Kids University” Afterschool & Enrichment Programs offers multi-week experiences like Spanish, sports, drama, karate and much more! For more information, click here to visit YMCA Kids University website or click here .

    Contact: Youth Program Director - Site Phone: 206. 524.1400

    Kids Time On-site Childcare

    This popular program is coordinated through Seattle Parks and Recreation. click here.

    Contact: School Age Care Director Wedgwood Kids Time
    Site Phone: 206.729.1726
    Work Cell: 206.423.6299

    KidsPlay Fitness & Homework Club

    KidsPlay KidsPlay is a before school and after school program operated by a parent of two Wedgwood graduates. KidsPlay provides time for students to complete their homework and to read, as well as giving them the opportunity to participate in group fitness activities. The expectations of the students are to take part in the physical fitness sessions, completion of homework and to read their allotted time. Mornings run from 7 to 7:45 and afternoons 2:05 to 5:45, Monday through Friday. We are closed whenever school is closed, holidays, breaks, parent-teacher conference week and the occasional professional development day. Mr. Oyama is there on early dismissal days!

    With an email, text, or phone call, a parent can request a morning or afternoon sometimes for the same day. For further questions please contact Kevin Oyama at kdoyama@comcast.net or at 206-979-2868.

    Other options may be available at area Community Centers, churches and Boys and Girls Clubs. Please call these organizations to find out what services they provide.

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    WE ARE - Wedgwood Elementary and Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center

    Participation in student-oriented activities is a vital part of a student’s education. In conjunction with Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPARC), Wedgwood offers the WE ARE after-school enrichment classes and clubs, usually starting several weeks after school begins. Classes include:

    • Arts & Crafts
    • Art Wizards
    • Chess
    • Drama
    • Fitness/Athletics
    • Music & Dance

    For the latest class brochure and for more information click here  to access the Wedgwood Student Activities site. Registration is simple and easy on the SPARC website . For questions, contact WE ARE Director at weareclasses@gmail.com

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    How and when will parents be able to help in the classroom?

    There are many volunteer opportunities at Wedgwood in the classroom as well as around school—the strength of our parent volunteers is one of our community’s greatest assets. In the classroom, each teacher uses volunteers differently. They may need extra help on specific days with activities, including small groups, reading circles, science lab, computer lab and field trips. Teachers will explain their classrooms’ specific needs at Curriculum Night, though many slots will not begin until after the first three weeks of school in order to get students acclimated to the learning environment and routine with the teachers only. For information on volunteer requirements, click here. For a link to volunteer check list, click here.

    PTA opportunities are year-round and some begin right away. Over the summer the PTA organizes the Back-to-school BBQ and the First Day Reception. At these events you will have the opportunity to hear about the many school and family programs hosted during the year. There will be sign-ups for volunteer opportunities with immediate needs, including PTA Room Parent representatives. Generally, this parent(s) helps distribute important PTA communications, recruits volunteers, and may assist the teacher with classroom parties and special events. Updated volunteer needs will be sent out via The Weekly, Kid Mail and email, and posted on our School Involvement page. We encourage everyone to JOIN IN!

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    What happens if my child gets hurt, sick or needs specific medications during the school day?

    Sarah Barquer is Wedgwood full-time School Nurse. She is available for all of the above circumstances. You can reach Nurse Barquero at 206.252.5712.

    For more information about Nurse Sarah Barquero and what you can do to keep your child healthy, see the Health Services section on our Services page; for medical forms, please see the Health Services section on our Documents page.

    For information about immunization requirements, please visit the Washington State Department of Health's Immunization page.

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    Free all day kindergarten

    Beginning the 2016-17 school year, Seattle Public Schools is providing free full-day kindergarten for all students! To learn more about Seattle Public Schools kindergarten visit their kindergarten webpage .

    Families who qualify for Free or Reduced Price Meal Program

    Families who qualify for Free or Reduced Price Meal Program will also qualify to have fees waived for full-day kindergarten. To obtain this benefit, apply for Free or Reduced Price Meal Program through Nutrition Services in August or ASAP thereafter, where applications are reviewed and families notified of qualification. A Letter of Eligibility is required documentation to be provided to Accounting within 30 days of enrollment for fee exemption. (The Letter of Eligibility may be requested from Nutrition Services by calling 206-252-0675). Exemption is effective from the month of qualification.

    For more information, please visit the SPS Full Day Kindergarten page.

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    How can we contact and get together with other children?

    The PTA hosts a number of kindergarten summer play dates at local playgrounds for an opportunity to get acquainted. A list of these dates and locations will be in your welcome letter from the principal in early summer. Our website will also post this information.

    After school begins we start to compile an All-School Directory and Classroom Rosters which have traditionally been distributed late-first quarter. Listing your information in either is optional but allows families the ability to contact one another during the school year.

    Unofficially, several parents have started Facebook pages and/or email lists to share information and arrange playdates for their kids. If you've got a kid who will be entering kindergarten in the 2015-2016 school year, you can search for "Wedgwood K 2015-2016," click here (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1377307872508446/ ) or email deirdregregg@yahoo.com to either join the Facebook page or the email list. Got a child entering an older grade? Click here for Wedgwood Elementary 2014-15 Kinders (https://www.facebook.com/groups/530582773734057/ ), Click here (https://www.facebook.com/groups/480168172000987/ ) or search for "Wedgwood First Grade 2014-2015." Or click here (https://www.facebook.com/groups/535733753177500/?ref=br_tf ) or search for Wedgwood Elementary School Second Grade Parents.

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    Does Wedgwood have a full-time P.E. teacher?

    Yes, we are very lucky to have Jessica Jansen Becker to both energize and teach our kids.

    She offers 16-17 one-week comprehensive units on various activities, games and skills including:

    • Cooperative games (focusing on working together in social situations)
    • Dance
    • Yoga
    • Fitness (focusing on the components of fitness—muscular strength and endurance, cardiovascular endurance and flexibility—as well as personal goal-setting)
    • Nutrition
    • Circus arts (unicycles, stilts, Hula-Hoops, juggling)
    • Jump rope
    • Volleyball
    • Basketball
    • Tennis
    • Lacrosse
    • Badminton
    • Gymnastics
    • Cosmic bowling
    • Golf
    • Soccer
    • Track and Field
    • Orienteering (including our rock climbing wall)
    • Multicultural games (Tinikling, Chinese jump rope, Diablos, bocce ball and Sepak Takraw)

    Ms. Becker has also been instrumental in helping start our composting program and educating students to be personally and environmentally responsible.

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    Does Wedgwood have a full-time music teacher?

    Yes, Eia Waltzer who brings a spark and energy to General Music with engaging lessons on many musical concepts including:

    • Tone
    • Sight Reading
    • Recorder
    • Xylophone
    • Solfege Singing
    • Rhythm Reading
    • Syncopation
    • Notes
    • Instrument Care and respect
    • Body movement
    • Coordination
    • Voice Choice
    • Musical Genres (Jazz, Classical, and more!)
    • Citizenship
    • Enriching assemblies through music
    • Harmony
    • Form
    • Tempo
    • Dynamics and more...

    In addition, Alex Dugdale teaches Instrumental Music, which is an optional in-school program open to 4th and 5th grade students. Classes are offered once a week during the regular school day and culminate with a performance in the spring. Instruments taught are flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, violin and cello. Enrollment in the program happens in the beginning of the school year, with lessons starting the end of September/beginning of October.

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    Does Wedgwood have a full-time art teacher?

    Wedgwood's art teacher, Joseph Granahan, is new to Wedgwood for the 2017-18 school year. 

    Mr. Granahan's art curriculum focuses on the foundations of drawing, painting, sculpture, fibers, and mixed media. Lessons are often aligned with art history, a variety of cultures and/or cultural events or inspired by past and currently working artists. In our art education program we build twenty first century skills that promote perseverance, growth-mindset, problem solving, communication and collaboration.

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    Where can I get more information about my child buying lunch at school?

    Please see the Nutrition Services page for information on buying and paying for lunch at school.

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