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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." 

Hour of Code @ Sanislo
     On Dec 11th Sanislo 4th and 5th graders spent an hour learning the basics  of coding (computer programming) through the online tutorials.
   Tanya Parker, (in photo) International Program Manager for based in Seattle spoke to our students on how she became interested in computer science. The West Seattle Blog covered the event and posted this story and photos. A link to lives on the Sanislo Glog for easy access, try it with your kids at home!  It's a whole lot of fun to do, with reading, math and computer skills important for student success.
Help for Happier Holidays
      Ms. McGhee, Sanislo Family Support advocate wants to help all families enjoy happy holidays in the days ahead. This Thanksgiving flyer linked herehas suggestions for places families can go for extra help in the week ahead.

      Looking ahead to  December, a  Holiday Food Drive flyer linked here shares information on how Sanislo families can help others through our Holiday Food Drive.  It's a great way to support our community and to help all our stars shine a little more brightly during the holidays.  
Progress Reports Update
Seattle Public Schools has made some changes to the progress reports families receive each trimester for elementary students.

As you may know, a few years ago, Washington state adopted new College and Career Readiness Standards (known as Common Core). Like all districts in the state, Seattle Public Schools has been training teachers on these standards so that the district would be ready for the new statewide tests that will be given this spring to students in grades 3-8 and 11. Those tests, known as Smarter Balanced, will cover standards in English Language Arts and Math. The state will continue to test students in Science using the MSP, administered in grades 5 and 8.
To reflect these new English Language Arts and Math standards, the district has revised its Elementary Progress Report. Families will see updated standards in the areas of English Language Arts, Math and Learning Behaviors. Because the new College and Career Readiness Standards (Common Core) cover only English Language Arts and Math, standards in other subject areas like Science are not changing.
Please view the following video to learn more about these changes:
Your student’s classroom teacher will review the progress report during your child’s conference in November.  
-Shauna Heath, Executive Director of Curriculum & Instruction Phone: 252-0050
Read and Rise First Family Workshop
First Session of the Year is Wednesday Nov. 5 6:00 PM-8:00

 Dinner for Parents and Kids “Parents Are Our First Teachers” 
Let’s Learn to Share Our Love of Books.
This is a by invitation event.   Contact Ms. McGhee or Ms. Marafino for more information. 206 252-8386. 


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:
Internet Safety Night Oct 28 6PM
Join us for a great presentation on Internet Safety for families on October 28th, at 6PM. SPD Officer Stephanie Thomas has great information and experience helping parents understand how to keep kids safe online.  If your child has or wants to be active online, this evening will help you navigate safety issues with Facebook, Instagram, email and just general smart surfing.  We are all digital citizens...Let's be smart about it! 
Here is a link to a previous presentation by Detective Thomas. Watch the first 3 minutes and you'll see why we are so happy to have her coming back to Sanislo. Please invite friends and concerned community members 
for an informative evening on October 28th. Flyer here.

Parent Link - Internet Safety and Your Child from Grace Community Church on Vimeo.

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