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Upcoming Events
2/27/2015
- Winter Carnival
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
- 5th Grade Parent Night
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
2/28/2015
3/1/2015
 
Sanislo Announcements
SANISLO WINTER CARNIVAL FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2015
COME AND ENJOY THE WINTER CARNIVAL SPONSORED BY THE PTA!  THIS WILL BE A FUN EVENING FOR ALL OF THE SANISLO COMMUNITY.  SEE YOU THERE!
OPEN ENROLLMENT FEB. 23, 2015 - MARCH 6, 2015
Open Enrollment for School Choice
Open Enrollment for school choice has begun. From now through March 6, families will be able to request a school or program outside of their regularly assigned neighborhood school.

Our enrollment page walks you through details of how to enroll your student and how to request a school other than your assigned school. On that page you can watch our enrollment videos for an overview of the process, use the new Assignment Look-up Tool to find out where your child is assigned, explore Seattle Public Schools' Option Schools and more.
Author-Athlete Visit
Thursday Feb 19th, NBA legend and author Kareem Abdul-Jabbar visited with 3-5th graders in the Sanislo library in conjunction with his Seattle Public Library appearance that evening at 7pm. 
While the ceiling heights may present a problem for Kareem our "little school with big ideas" is delighted to welcome his comments coming from his two "Streetball Crew" YA novels as well as "What Color is My World?" a story about African American inventors now part of the 3rd grade Global Reading Challenge.  Thanks to our friends at Elliott Bay Books, who are also partnering with SPL in making this visit a memorable experience for our students. 

Here's the link to West Seattle Blog story of the visit.
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nd a quickly edited rough video shot in our library.
 
Toddler Music opportunity at SPL
Do you have a toddler in your home?

Our Seattle Public Library partners are hosting a  free  4-weekToddler Music Program for families at Delridge and Southwest branch libraries beginning March 7th. Families get free materials as part of the class (music CDs,   scarves and song books). Each registration “space” is for a toddler 18 months through 3 years. It is ok for multiple parents/guardians to come, and older or younger siblings can attend if necessary (with the understanding that the program and materials are for the toddler). Up to 12 families may register for each location. Accompanying children may participate. Click here for flyers in English and Vietnamese, Somali and Spanish.

 

Delridge Library program: Saturdays, March 7, 14, 21, 28; 4-4:30 pm

Southwest Library program: Thursdays, April 2, 9, 16, 23; 6-6:30 pm.

INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL PRE-PLANNING YEAR COMES TO SANILSO
Dear Sanislo Teachers, Staff, and Families,
 
I'm pleased to let you know that Sanislo has been approved by the district to begin a "pre-planning" year for becoming an International School in Seattle. You may have many questions about what this means. The main thing it means is that Sanislo has some months this winter and spring to explore -- with all of you -- what it would be like to be an International School, whether that is something that would benefit our school community and especially our current and future students (and families), and what we need to commit to if we decide to embark on our "planning" year next fall.
 
In other words, this is not a final decision. We have received a bit of funding to help us take the time and engage all of our stakeholders in this process so that we can learn together and decide together.
 
Fortunately, there are 10 other International Schools already established in Seattle, including our neighbor, Concord International School. We will be visiting these schools and asking teachers, staff, parents, and students to share their experiences and answer our questions. We will hold cultural events at Sanislo this winter and spring so we can begin (or continue) exploring the cultures of the languages that will be part of the Dual Immersion program -- Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. We will invite Dual Immersion teachers from other schools to give us demo lessons so that we'll know what it feels like to learn Math or Science or Literacy in another language.
 
Please join us in this great adventure this year. Ask the hard questions (and easy ones too). We will find answers and share them with you all. By June, we will need to decide as a school community whether we believe that becoming an International School is the right next step for Sanislo.
 
Learn more about Seattle's International Schools at:
http://tinyurl.com/SeattleInternationalSchools.
 

Read and Rise Family Workshop
Next Session of the Year is Wednesday March 4th  6:00 PM-8:00
Dinner for Parents and Kids “Parents Are Our First Teachers, and Those Librarians Love to Help!" Both our Sanislo Librarian Mr Seasholes and SPL childrens Librarian "Miss Bea" Beatriz Pascual Wallace will be on hand to share ways they can help.
 
Let’s Learn to Share Our Love of Books and Reading Together 
 Contact Ms. McGhee or Ms. Marafino for more information. 206 252-8386. 

 

SCHOOL TOURS
Another school tours for incoming Kindergarten Students will be held at Sanislo on 
Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 10:00 AM. Come and visit to see all the great things happening at Sanislo.  
If none of these times are convenient for you, please call the school office at 206-252-8380 to schedule another time.  

 
Reading Partners at Sanislo
    News from Sanislo appeared in this from the West Seattle Blog: "CPT Officers Jon Kiehn and Jon Flores visited Sanislo Elementary for an event hosted by the nonprofit Reading Partners, which has just expanded its 15-year-old program to the Seattle area this year; it manages tutoring programs at schools with the help of community volunteers working with students one-on-one, one hour a week, as explained in this New York Times report. Sanislo is one of two area schools  where Reading Partners started work this year. According to Cassy Charyn of Reading Partners, 43 community volunteers are already signed up for Sanislo, and the goal is for them to help 40 students this year." 

Welcome to Volunteering in Seattle Schools
Sanislo actively seeks parent and community volunteers to help in our school for projects, regular classroom support and field trips. To help you plan and comply with district policy, here's a Volunteering Check List: Start now as you must complete these before volunteering:  
 Volunteer Application,  Background check (WATCH) Screening Form
Read through
Volunteer Handbook English, SomaliAmharicChineseSpanishTagalogVietnamese
Adult Sexual Misconduct Prevention - a short online course and finally Volunteer Policy. 5630 (Volunteers):

Additionally, chaperones on district field trips may be required to fingerprinted as well as submit:
Overnight Chaperone Application Form, or International Chaperone, or Elementary Day field trip chaperone
Drivers on any school outings must also follow this 
Volunteer Driver Checklist and bring a copy of your driving record from Department of Licensing.

In short, though the requirements are many, the fun and value of volunteering and chaperoning on field trips is worth it! if you are interested in volunteering at Sanislo, please contact that school directly. All schools have someone able to respond to people interested in being a volunteer in there school or programs.
*Please note: While all volunteers must be screened through the WATCH system, a criminal history does not automatically disqualify one from volunteering in the schools. Learn more about screening and criminal history background checks. 
City Year At Sanislo
             The  2014-2015 Sanislo City Year Team brings enthusiasm and  support to students in grades 3-5 .
Amy Durmaskin is the Program Manager and Donna Pham is Team Leader  helping the AmeriCiorps members work with teachers and students. Check out their linked City Year Team profiles  and introduce yourself to these wonderful additions to our staff.  More information about City Year Seattle is available on their  website: www.cityyear.org/seattle

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