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All clear after ‘shelter in place’ at Greenwood Elementary School this morning

January 15th, 2014 by Doree

Students arriving at Greenwood Elementary School this morning were escorted into the building before the doors were locked for a “shelter in place.” A woman who answered the phone at the school this morning said the school district had called the school and said “there was something going on in the community,” and asked for them to implement the shelter in place out of an abundance of caution.

Witnesses tell us several police cars were outside the school.

The students had their scheduled Martin Luther King assembly in the gym, and about 20 minutes later the district called to give the all clear.

Thanks to Sandra and David for the tips!

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Greenwood Elementary Jog-a-Thon looking for business sponsors

October 7th, 2013 by Doree

Greenwood Elementary School’s PTA is looking for business sponsors for its annual Jog-a-Thon on Oct. 18.

The PTA’s mission for the Jog-a-Thon is to raise money for their school while also promoting fitness, fun and community. They are looking for local businesses who would like to sponsor this fun-filled event.

Fundraising is an important part of every public school and Greenwood is no exception. There continues to be a major lack of funds available from federal sources and the Seattle School District. With approximately one of three Greenwood students receiving free and/or reduced meals, the support of our community is crucial to our success.

To inquire about sponsorship levels and the marketing benefit that sponsorship provides to your business, please contact jogathon@greenwoodpta.org.

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Greenwood Elementary new student play dates

August 13th, 2013 by Doree

Greenwood Elementary School is hosting three play dates for incoming kindergarten families. The first play date is from 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday; the second is from 4-5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 18; and the third is from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24.

All incoming kindergarten students and their families are encouraged to attend to meet new friends and get used to the school grounds.

If you have any questions, you can email Mary Power at marypower1204@yahoo.com.

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Greenwood Elementary one of 6 Seattle schools recognized for academic improvements

December 5th, 2012 by Doree

Greenwood Elementary School is one of six Seattle Public Schools named 2012 Schools of Distinction for academic improvements in math and reading. The six schools are in the top 5 percent of the highest-improving schools in the state.

Besides Greenwood, the other five schools are Hamilton International Middle School, Jane Addams K-8, McClure Middle School, Mercer Middle School and Wing Luke Elementary School.

The schools will receive their awards at a ceremony on Jan. 24.

“We are honored to have our six schools recognized with this prestigious award,” Seattle Public Schools Superintendent José Banda said in a press release. “It reflects the ongoing achievement of our students in math and reading, thanks to our strong teachers and instructional leaders.”

Schools of Distinction are chosen by the Center for Educational Effectiveness, the Association of Educational Service Districts, the Association of Washington School Principals, Phi Delta Kappa-Washington Chapter, Washington Association of School Administrators, Washington State ASCD and Washington State School Directors’ Association.

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‘Sylvia’s Spinach’ author visits Greenwood Elementary

October 29th, 2012 by Doree

Local author Katherine Pryor brought her little red wagon spinach garden to Greenwood Elementary last Friday to encourage children to try new foods. Pryor also read from her new book, “Sylvia’s Spinach,” to the students, then took them outside to plant spinach seeds in their school garden.

(Photo courtesy Greenwood Elementary)

The author encouraged students to try new food and give it a second, third or fourth try even if you don’t like it for the first time.

Earlier this month, the school had another local author, Rick Swann of “Our School Garden,” to read his book as part of the launch of the garden.

Sylvia’s Spinach is based on a true story in a school in Washington and about kids’ eating (or not eating) spinach and then learning to grow it in school gardens and how that might change kids’ minds.

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Greenwood Elementary School celebrates new school garden

October 15th, 2012 by Doree

Students and parents of Greenwood Elementary School gathered last Thursday to celebrate the opening of the school’s new garden.

Local author Rick Swann read from his book, “Our School Garden.”

The garden is a collaboration between the Seattle School District, Greenwood Elementary PTA and the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.

Thanks to Greenwood Elementary for the photos!

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Greenwood Elementary 4th- and 5th-graders competing in Global Reading Challenge

March 19th, 2012 by Doree

A team of 4th- and 5th-graders from Greenwood Elementary will compete at the city-wide finals of the 2012 Global Reading Challenge on March 27 at the Central Library downtown. “The Jokers” team is one of the top 10 teams in the city.

More than 2,500 4th- and 5th- graders from more than 40 Seattle Public Schools studied 10 books to prepare for the Global Reading Challenge.

According to Global Reading Challenge rules, questions are read and repeated once. Teams have 30 seconds to write down the answer to a question.

“The purpose of the Global Reading Challenge is to promote the love of reading and to have fun,” Palmer said. “This program introduces children to a wide variety of literature and multicultural reading materials and provides a recreational outlet for readers. It makes it possible for students of all reading levels to participate in a public library activity that promotes reading as a pleasurable lifelong experience.”

The winning team from the city final will go on to face the top teams from Fraser Valley, British Columbia and Coquitlam, British Columbia at 10 a.m. Friday, April 13 in the Video Conference Final at the John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence, 2445 Third Ave. S. in Seattle.

The Global Reading Challenge is at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium. It’s free, and the public is invited.

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Greenwood Elementary student is grand prize winner in ‘Dream School’ contest

February 14th, 2012 by Doree

Congratulations to Asha Reichenbach, a first-grader at Greenwood Elementary School, for her grand prize-winning video in the League of Education Voters’ “My Dream School” contest.

Asha wrote, illustrated and narrated a three-minute video about a pink castle in the sky with hallways covered in beautiful artwork, fairy teachers that fly around the classroom, and a cafeteria that serves clouds instead of real food (purple clouds are the healthiest).

And congratulations to 9-year-old Hannah Zizza of nearby Whittier Elementary, for being chosen for one of the People’s Choice Awards, for her stop-motion video depicting toy figures participating in school activities. (Voting for People’s Choice ends on Feb. 20 online.)

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Greenwood Elementary celebrates National School Lunch Day with a kiwi costume

October 12th, 2011 by Doree

Greenwood Elementary School students are celebrating National School Lunch Week, so today Lunchroom Manager Judi Wergeland-Rammage got into the spirit by dressing up as the Fruit of the Day — the kiwi.

Left to right: Lukas Hagen, Iyana Gaines, Judi Wergeland-Rammage, Satchel Murphy and Talon Ross. Photo courtesy Greenwood Elementary.

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Get your detective hat on to do the Gumshoe

July 26th, 2011 by Doree

Hundreds of people are getting ready to do the sixth annual Gumshoe scavenger hunt, looking for clues along a 5 kilometer walk throughout the neighborhood.

Purchase an entry form for $20 at the Phinney Ridge Starbucks, Ken’s Market, Couth Buzzard Books Espresso Buono Café, or Phinney Neighborhood Association. Then follow the clues to see interesting sights, yards and buildings. Turn in your entry form by 6 p.m. Aug. 14 for a chance to win a $250, $150 or $100 Fred Meyer gift card, breakfast at Mae’s Cafe or a day at Woodland Park Zoo.

Volunteers Kelly Walker and Judy Mirante assign GPS coordinates to one of the clues.

Many local stores are also participating in “MiniGumshoes” — find three special stickers inside those businesses, write down the words associated with each sticker on your entry form, and be entered to win other prizes.

The popular Eatsy Street game, also on the entry form, provides nine photographic clues of local restaurants. Correctly identify all nine and be entered to win $225 in gift certificates to neighborhood restaurants.

Entry forms go on sale Friday, Aug. 5. Proceeds go to the Greenwood Senior Center, Greenwood Food Bank and Greenwood Elementary School PTA. Last year’s Gumshoe raised almost $4,000 for the Greenwood Senior Center.

(Disclosure: The Gumshoe is a PhinneyWood sponsor.)

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Greenwood Elementary in 4th place of national contest to eat and plant veggies

May 3rd, 2011 by Doree

Annie’s Homegrown organic food company is sponsoring a nationwide contest to get kids eating their veggies, and the school with the most people pledging to eat and plant veggies could win a school garden. PhinneyWood reader Julie tells us that Greenwood Elementary School is currently in fourth place.

The Root 4 Kids contest runs through May 31.

From the contest website:

Enter the name of the school you’d like to see win the grand prize in the designated “School Name” field. While you’re at it, tell us how many kids you commit to helping dig or plant a new veggie this year (e.g. two of your own kids, a classroom of 30 kids, or a school of 800).

Note: Each unique form submitted (not number of kids entered) counts as one sign up for the designated school.

Already signed up for Root 4 Kids, but want to participate in the contest?

You can still help your school win simply by committing to help even MORE kids in your life dig or plant new veggies. Visit this link, enter your additional number and the name of the school you’d like to see win the grand prize.

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‘Planet Greenwood’ celebrates elementary school’s diversity

December 19th, 2010 by Doree

Greenwood Elementary celebrated the diversity of the school at its first annual “Planet Greenwood” last week. Here’s a write-up from Diane Dieterich:

Over 200 people enjoyed the night of festivities at our first annual Planet Greenwood celebration at Greenwood Elementary last week. Planet Greenwood was a celebration of the diversity at our school and in our neighborhood through art, books, and food. Kids received stamps in their personal passports as they traveled around the school tasting foods from other countries, looking at art inspired by cultures across the world, locating their family’s heritage on our “Where in the World are You From” map, and browsing the bookfair.

The school would like to give a special thanks to these neighborhood ethnic restaurants that donated food for our “Taste of Greenwood.”

  • Gainsbourg Lounge
  • Greenwood Mandarin
  • Greenwood Market
  • Kabab House
  • King Falafel
  • Luisa’s
  • Zuma Groceries
  • Mori Japanese Restaurant
  • Olive & Grape
  • Pad Thai Plaka Estiatoria

Families also contributed an incredible array of food for our international potluck. Thanks for sharing your special food and their stories with your community.

We also would like to thank Santoros book store for sponsoring the book fair that evening, and providing our kids with an incredible array of books to choose from. Our thanks also to Top Ten Toys for their donations to the event.

We plan to make this an annual event. Please contact the PTA at Greenwood Elementary at pta_board@greenwoodpta.org if your business or group would like to be involved in this or other multicultural events in the future.