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Welcome to Highland Park Elementary! This blog is written by our PTA, but it is intended to be for parents, teachers, students, neighbors, local businesses – anyone interested in our community!

Highland Park Elementary is a special place. Our student body is around 350 students, with an amazing and dedicated staff. Our school is one of the most diverse in the entire state of Washington. What a gift to have so many cultures and languages represented!

We hope that you will find this a good resource for information about our school, events, and other exciting updates. Please scroll the posts below, or search through our archives for past information.

If you have any questions about HPE, please use our contact page. You can also find updates about events on our Facebook page HPE PTA .

Thank you and we look forward to sharing future updates with you!

Learn more about the Black Lives Matter at School Movement

Here is a really interesting article from the South Seattle Emerald, by Erica Ijeoma:

I watched the debacle at John Muir a couple years ago, sickened but not really surprised at the push back to teachers wanting to wear Black Lives Matter shirts to school. But I had no idea until now that spurred Black Lives Matter at School. This article goes into a lot more depth about it, it’s a great read.

You can learn even more at www.blacklivesmatteratschool.com

Black Lives Matter at School

This week we celebrate Black Lives Matter at School. In this week of action each day is centered around a theme.

Monday – Restorative Justice, Empathy, and Loving Engagement

Tuesday – Diversity and Globalism

Wednesday – Trans-Affirming, Queer Affirming, and Collective Value

Thursday – Intergenerational, Black Families, and Black Villages

Friday – Black Women and Unapologetically Black

This week of action includes several national demands. End zero tolerance, mandate black history and ethnic studies, hire more black teachers, and fund counselors, not cops!

It is always time to talk to your child about race, but this week might be even better. Talk to your child about what they are learning this week!

Also, if you missed the t shirt sale the PTA bought a few extra, please let us know of you would like one for you or your child!

Boon Boona 1 year anniversary!

Rahiel pours freshly roasted Yirgacheffe coffee beans to be ground and then brewed in an earthenware vessel, a jebena, during an Ethiopian coffee ceremony at Boon Boona in Renton on Saturday. Boon Boona — which means coffee, coffee — celebrated its first anniversary with repeated roastings and pours. (Alan Berner / The Seattle Times)

So fun seeing this in the news today! Boon Boona Coffee is run by Highland Park Elementary’s own Fesaha family!

It’s the one year anniversary of the opening of Boon Boona, located in downtown Renton.

Here is the link to the piece in times, check it out!

The unfiltered coffee poured into small cups is strong and smooth, not unlike a shot of espresso. Traditional coffee ceremonies are held in family homes in Ethiopia, where coffee is a 1,000-year-old tradition. (Alan Berner / The Seattle Times)

Seattle Times Editorial: Done with School Funding? Not Even Close

The editorial board of the Seattle Times has an interesting piece today, you can find it here. Bottom line, there is “still much work to do to keep from shortchanging Washington’s children.”

Another article in today’s paper has an interview with Governor Jay Inslee that doesn’t mention education once. Kind of disappointing.

Gabriel Campanario / The Seattle Times

Salmon in the Schools

Check out this article in the West Seattle Blog!

If you want to check out Highland Park’s tank, it is upstairs in the Blue Pod. I learned from a fourth grade there that the salmon are called Alevin just after hatching, and if the egg is milky in color it won’t hatch.

The 4th graders will release the salmon into the creek at Fauntleroy Park later this Spring.

Thank you Salmon in the Schools, and Ms. Meier and Ms. Rizk, our 4th grade teachers!

Fence salmon need love too.

Disaster Preparedness Meeting!

Please join us for our next PTA meeting, where a presentation by the City of Seattle Office of Emergency Management will be made!

You will learn about making a plan for your family, pets, and property, where resources will be dispersed in the community.

We will have Spanish and Vietnamese translators available!

The meeting is this Tuesday the 14th, starting at 6:00 and childcare will be available by City Year.

Here is the link to the fb event for more information.

We hope to see you there!

Not So Silent Night Parade tonight at 6:00

Anyone headed to HPIC tonight for the Tommorowland NYE Celebration?

My family has missed the parade the last few years as we have been out of town, and I am ridiculously excited to finally be here for it! Bring your crazy costumes and noise makers and we’ll see you there!

Meet at the HPIC parking lot at 6:00 for the start of the parade. Here is a link to their website for more info.

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