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    Dear Families,


    It feels like we have welcomed fall this week, which is a good reminder to please label your child’s coat with their name.  It is always so sad to see all of the unclaimed new, beautiful coats in the lost and found! Also, teachers try to go outside rain or shine, so please make sure your child has appropriate clothing.  There are two dates which I hope you have marked on your calendar: Wednesday, October 4 from 5:30-7 is our curriculum night.  This is an adults-only opportunity for teachers to talk to parents.  You will receive a schedule soon.  Second, Sunday, October 8 from 10-2 is our annual PTA Move-a-Thon.  It takes place on the Burke-Gilman trail near Gasworks Park.  This fundraiser is vital to help the PTA raise enough money to support all of the programs and activities at JSIS.  More information can be found on the JSIS website.


    Tomorrow is our annual Balloon Drop!  Your child should have received information with a balloon on Monday.  For those of you who are new, or may not have heard the story, I would like to share the reason you will see me wearing a chicken head tomorrow.  Many years ago, the balloon drop was an egg drop, thus the chicken.  In fact, at that time, the principal wore an entire chicken costume.  Over the years, it became clear that wasting almost 500 eggs was very disconcerting to families/children experiencing food insecurity, and the eggs turned into water balloons.  However, the chicken head remained.  This year, the chicken head will appear, but to add some additional excitement, I will also appear with some other animal heads.  Please ask your child which animals they saw appear on the balcony.  I look forward to sending all of the contraptions over the edge of the balcony!  Please remember, if you are available, we welcome you to join us on the playground.


    We are in dire need of repainting the lines on our lower playground.  If you can help, please let me know!


    Let me spend a moment on our traffic situation.  As we all know, finding parking around JSIS is difficult.  However, over the last couple of weeks, I have observed some families making decisions that make it very dangerous for our children.  Please keep in mind:

    • During drop off and pick up, 5th ave is one-way going South, and 4th ave is one-way going North.

    • If you are dropping off a Kinder or first grader, you can stop along 4th ave and let them out of the car.  After 7:35 we have someone in the K/1 playground to supervise.  However, in the afternoon, at pick up, you must park somewhere and meet your child.  You can have an older child pick up a younger child, if you choose.

    • Please observe the parking signs.  Please do not park in the cross walks, in the bus zone, or in other no-parking areas. 

    • Unless you are utilizing your handicap parking sticker, parents are not allowed to park in the parking lot.  The parking lot is for staff only.

      Everyone is in a hurry, but we would rather have you park safely and walk then to park in a way that endangers our children.  Thank you for your support!


      Lastly, let me share the fantastic news that tomorrow we welcome Gemma Font as our new 5th Grade Spanish teacher!  Thank you to everyone who shared the word, sent me candidates, and supported throughout the process.




      Sarah Jones




    Sarah Jones

    Principal, John Stanford International School

    4057 5th Ave. NE, Seattle, WA 98105

    twitter: @jsisprincipal

    Office: 206.252.6080

    Fax: 206.252.6081