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.


Dine Out at Anju!

This Thursday, November 21st you can support Highland Park Elementary by going to Anju! They will donate a portion of their proceeds for the day, as long as they know that you are there for HPE!

Anju is a relatively new Korean restaurant and bar in White Center – it has been open for a little over a year and a half and it is delicious!

Here is there link to the Facebook event: Dine Out at Anju!

Click here to see their website, they are located in the alley between 15th and 16th, just south of Carniceria El Paisano.

Remember to tell them you are there for Highland Park!