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    Dear Families,

    First, thank you to all the families who participated in Parent-Teacher conferences last week.  I had the experience of attending a conference at every grade level.  It was insightful and provided an opportunity to see our incredible teachers in action.


    Yesterday, as the bus drivers were on strike, many students who attend the Wallingford Boys & Girls Club walked with Ms. Kathleen, Profe. Miqueas, PTA President, Greg Gilkeson, and myself.  I am thankful that the weather was delightful and the kids were amazing!  As such a large group, we are a sight to behold, however, it was impressive to watch the big kids taking care of the littles, making sure everyone stayed on the sidewalk, crossed carefully or walked close to the buildings and not the busy street.  Although I hope that the bus drivers are able to reach an agreement and do not strike again, I would not hesitate to walk with our students to the B&G Club again.


    One of my goals this year is to use this newsletter to share information about upcoming events.  This Saturday the PTA hosts a special event: ice skating at the Seattle Center Pavilion.  Last year (of course), I had no idea what this event was or what to expect.  Having attended last year, I want to give you a heads-up because if it is possible, it should not be missed!  JSIS rents out the entire ice skating rink and families gather from 9:30-11am to skate.  Although I rely on the walls of the arena, the rink provides mini-walkers to help children skate and maintain balance.  This event is truly delightful as families are skating, watching, talking, laughing and having a wonderful time!  Whether you are a talented skater or a wall-hugger such as myself, it is well worth your time this weekend.  I hope to see everyone there!


    As you may have experienced if you drive to drop off or pick up your child, it can sometimes be difficult or dangerous.  Below is a message from Ms. Connie and Ms. Kathleen, our Safety Patrol Coordinators.

    Dear Families,

    If you drive to and from school you may have noticed new signage on 5th Avenue. In an effort to keep students safe at drop off and pick up there is no longer any parking allowed from 7-9 AM and 1-3PM. This will provide a safe clear drop off lane for students. 5th Avenue is a " Hug and Go" zone only. Kindergarten and First Grade students can do the same "Hug and Go" on the 4th Avenue side of the building behind the bus zone.  After school, students can wait  on the 5th Avenue side of the building with our Safety Patrol Greeters for pickup. Older siblings are welcome to pick up Kindergarten –Second graders and walk around to 5th Avenue. If you need to come into the building, please find legal street parking on one of the side streets. Thank you for slowing down around school for our student Safety Patrollers. Families are doing a great job treating 5th Avenue as a One Way South and 4th Avenue as aOne Way North.  

    Ms. Connie and Ms. Kathleen 

    Safety Patrol Supervisors 




    A few pieces of information:

    Mexico Trip

    It is not too late to sign up to attend the Mexico Trip to Puerto Vallarta during mid-winter break in February.  This trip is open to students of all grades, and in both languages.  Please let Srta. Matamala or myself know if you are interested or have questions.  Without enough interest, we may have to cancel this amazing opportunity.


    Giving Tree

    Thank you!! Your response has been incredible!  Almost all of the tags are gone already, and we are helping more students and families at JSIS and Beacon Hill than ever before.  If you have taken a tag, please remember that the gift is due by Friday, Dec. 8.  If you missed out on picking up a tag, your donation through the pay pal account would still be appreciated. 

    December Calendar

    Please take a look at the December Calendar.  We have updated it with the art lessons, provided by PTA funding.  If you have a moment to volunteer, teachers can always use an extra hand during art.



    Sarah Jones

    Principal, John Stanford International School

    4057 5th Ave. NE, Seattle, WA 98105

    twitter: @jsisprincipal

    Office: 206.252.6080

    Fax: 206.252.6081