Welcome to QAE Kindergarten in Room 203!
I feel honored to be starting my 7th year as a teacher at Queen Anne Elementary. For the first time since we opened our school in 2010, I will not have the dual role of parent and teacher. My son, Jack, graduated from QAE last June after 6 amazing years of learning here. My husband John and I see so much evidence of our five pillars in the learner he has become and are grateful for the incredible teachers and staff that helped him excel through his elementary learning journey. This fall, Jack is entering McClure MS as a compassionate, flexible problem solver, ready both academically and socially to face the learning challenges ahead of him.
As a kindergarten teacher, I am passionate about helping my students become academically, socially and emotionally confident and competent learners. I want my students to leave kindergarten loving school, eager to learn and inspired to make positive contributions to the world around them. I am also passionate about connecting with parents and creating a parent community that learns and grows together.
Before coming to QAE in 2010 as a founding teacher and a parent I had most recently held administrative positions in Seattle Public Schools, at the elementary, middle and K-8 levels. Before coming to Seattle in 2001, I taught elementary and middle school for seven years in Mountlake Terrace. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Washington State University, K-8 Teaching Credentials from University of Washington, and a Masters of Education Administration from Western Washington University. In 2013, I completed my National Board Teaching Certification in Literacy.
When I am not at school, I enjoy running, reading, traveling, playing soccer and spending time in the mountains with my husband John, my son Jack and our dog, Gracie.
I am looking forward to experiencing some amazing learning with you and your kindergarten student this year!
Introducing Ms. Katz!
Our generous PTSA funds a support
tutor position in all of our K classrooms. Room 203 is SO lucky to have Mindy Katz as our K Tutor again this year!
In this role, "Ms. Katz" will spend every morning with us, providing a ton of classroom support for our learning. She
will also be with the students during morning and lunch recesses when I am not, providing consistent and caring social and emotional learning support!
Please stay connected! I will be using this classroom website to share all of the exciting learning that is happening in Room 203. I will regularly (my goal is each Sunday afternoon) post photos, videos, student and teacher reflections and logistical information on the Class Blog! tab of this site. So often students come home and parents ask, "what did you do at school today?" only to get a response of "nothing." If you want to keep up to date with the amazing learning going on in Room 203, please make a commitment to visit our Class Blog with your student on a regular basis (I recommend every Sunday evening). This important activity will help your student reflect on his or her learning and help us extend our learning beyond our classroom walls! You are all real world resources that can add so much to our learning with your comments and questions!
IInstead of having students bring school supplies, our school asks for a $150 supply donation from each child. $100 of the supply donation will be used to fund our 1:World technology fee that allows your student access to their personal iPad for the year where they create, capture, and share the amazing learning they are doing. $50 of the supply donation will be used to buy all of the classroom supplies and project materials needed. Using community supplies teaches students how to share with others and treat materials with respect. You can pay this fee on-line by clicking the button below. If you are financially unable to make this donation, just let me know.
Pick up/ Drop off
On the first day of school, you are welcome to walk your child into our classroom and greet other kindergarteners and family members. When the 7:55 bell rings, I will ask the students to wave goodbye to their family members and come sit with me on the teaching carpet. Please do your best to say goodbye and leave. It is usually much harder for the parents than the students!!
After the first day, the playground will be supervised from 7:40 on and you are welcome to drop your students off to play. When the 7:55 bell rings, your students will line up on our class spot and I will come get them to start the day. At the end of the day, I will walk the students out as well. Before taking your student, please make sure you make eye contact with me so we know they are safe. I will have an adult walk students riding a bus out to the bus lines as well. If your child is ever to go home in a different way than we discuss at our family connection meeting, it is really important that you write an email to let me know. Often, kindergarteners will get mixed up!