Beacon Hill International School PTA
When you visit Beacon Hill Elementary School, the term "a world of learning" takes on new meaning. The richness and diversity of the surrounding community is reflected in the faces of the students who fill the classrooms. Over 86% of our students are students of color and over 32% speak English as their second language. More than two thirds of the students are eligible for free or reduced lunch programs. Many of our parents are new immigrants to the United States. They come from Vietnam, China, Laos, Mexico, Guatemala, Somalia and others and struggle to understand this new and complex culture.
To many, this level of diversity, poverty, and language and cultural barriers might seem overwhelming. Certainly, Beacon Hill Elementary faces unique challenges not present at most schools. But it is this richness of diversity that lies at the core of the Beacon Hill family. PTA meetings are simultaneously translated into Chinese and Spanish. Multiple generations live under the same roof. Grandfathers walk hand in hand with their grandchildren to school. Dragons dance through the halls on Chinese New Year bringing luck and prosperity. Newsletters and parent notices are translated by a hard working bilingual staff, dedicated to reaching out to all members of our community. Beacon Hill's diversity is not a hurdle; it is the heart of our global family.
Beacon Hill Elementary (K-5) is located in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Seattle offering full-day Kindergartens, team teaching in an Open Concept space, and English-as-a-Second language specialists as well as many other support services.
Our curricular focus is one of integration, balance, and high expectation. We offer a balanced literacy approach to reading instruction in which many reading choices are offered to our students, and conversations about literature and comprehension are an important element of instruction. Our other curricular areas include math with a focus on problem-solving and higher-level thinking skills' hands-on, interactive science, writing across all subject areas; and a strong program of extra-curricular subjects of art, music, and physical education.
If you're staying on the hill, here's another way to serve with BHIS families and staff this MLK Day-
"We are looking forward to seeing everyone this Monday for MLK Day ... As usual, we will provide gloves and buckets. I'll also have extra garbage bags for emergency rain gear :) We'll be mulching in an area a bit north of the kiosk. Look for the signs and the canopy." -Dee, Friends of Lewis Park
Many BHIS families live with food insecurity. Our school partners with the Backpack Brigade to help provide snacks over the weekends, but we only get 20 "backpacks", and need to provide at last 15 more each week. You can help by purchasing something from the school's Amazon wish list created by School Counselor Ms. Elizabeth to help feed our hungry families.
amazon.com Amazon.com Universal Wishlist for Elizabeth.
...aaaaaaaand our Little Free Library is up!
(Tiger stripes coming soon)
Look for it along 14th, just north of the main entrance.
Take a book. Return a book.
Our new playground murals are going up this afternoon! Aren't they gorgeous?!
Are you joining us for Education Lobby Day (also called Focus Day) in Olympia on January 16th? We are celebrating MLK Jr. Day of Action by asking the state legislature to fully fund education. Kids are welcome! You can register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wspta-focus-day-2017-registration-28198424246
eventbrite.com New for 2017: Each person who registers before January 9 will receive a free Top Five t-shirt! Following the passage of Governor Inslee's budget, which includes $3.9B in education funding, WSPTA advocates will be able to hear from the Governor himself. Ready to Rally? Advocates will be rallying on t...
Seattle Council PTSA will host the final Community Budget Gap meeting TONIGHT, Tuesday, January 3, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Franklin High School
seattleschools.org To date the state has failed to carry out this duty. Districts, like Seattle, are forced to make up the financial difference by passing local levies and by asking our community and families to cover the cost of education services. The state only pays 70 cents for every dollar it costs to provide our...
[01/02/17] Happy New Year! We'll see you all back at school tomorrow.
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