The White Center Family Newsletter

January 2019

White Center Heights Elementary School

Marcello Sgambelluri, Co-Principal

Dr. Shajaira López, Co-Principal

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A Marvelous Multicultural Night!

We had over a hundred family members come to our Multicultural Night in December, it was a great success with a diverse selection of food, performances, and community members! We even had a performance from Evergreen High School Dance Team and Pacific Islander Club! Shout out to our PTA and teachers (especially our STEM teacher Shoshanna Cohen for making the night so amazing)!

Many of our clubs have now started and are in full swing from basketball to Somali Heritage to Girls Who Code. If you want to get your student involved in after school programs check in at our main office!

In January we will begin our mid year testing on iReady. iReady is the program we use to track student learning and it also gives students lessons at their level in reading and math. The test is important because the more accurate it is the more effective the lessons and instruction they get will be. Our grades will be testing at different times throughout January and there is no one big test day for students. Check in with your student to see what their schedule is and make sure they get plenty of sleep and healthy food when their testing window is. You can also support our student with positive talk around their effort: "Make sure you try on every question!", "Did you work hard on iReady today?", etc. instead of "Did you score high on the test?" or "Did you do well?". This praising of effort rather than proficiency is shown to build important life skills in students.

We are excited to continue to grow our programs and supports at White Center Heights Elementary please reach out if you have any ideas or want to support our students in new ways! Some pictures from Multicultural Night:

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Upcoming Events

Lunar New Year Celebration

Thursday, Jan. 23rd, 5:30pm

10015 6th Avenue Southwest

Seattle, WA

Our Vietnamese Dual Language Classes will have a Lunar New Year Celebration, check with your teacher for more info!

NO SCHOOL January 20th

Monday, Jan. 20th, 9am

10015 6th Avenue Southwest

Seattle, WA

In observance of Martin Luther King Day there will be no school January 20th

Coffee with the Principals

Wednesday, Feb. 5th, 5-6pm

10015 6th Avenue Southwest

Seattle, WA

During our February coffee with the principals all parents will meet together in our community room! The room is downstairs across from the library, it is our hope this will be a gathering space even when we don't have family events and there will always be computers and resources for families to use anytime of day, just check in at the office!

Reminders & Updates

  • The White Center Heights Elementary clothing store is open year round, you may have seen our staff sporting some of this stylish gear, 10% of profits go towards our PE program. Go to to get some for you or your student
  • Need a booster seat, 3 in 1 car seat, umbrella stroller, or high chair for your student or other children? WestSide Baby has offered to provide these for free to any families that need them, please stop by the office and let us know you want one, we will put down your name and call you when they are delivered.
  • Volunteers needed! If you would like to volunteer at our school to tutor students, help teachers, or help students come in to the main office to sign up to be a volunteer!
  • Students will not be released for early dismissal after 3:20 pm Monday through Thursday, and 1:55 pm on Fridays.
  • We started a new first grade classroom in December! This year we had more students than projected, in order to reduce class sizes in first and second grade we opened a new first grade classroom in early December. This will help support all of our first and second graders! This additional funding also allowed us to hire a floating kindergarten teacher to support across our kindergarten classes and hire more paraprofessionals.
  • We have continued to diversify our staff at White Center Heights, we have hired over 9 new staff members this year and over 70% have been staff of color that represent the cultures of our student. We continue to search for community members to hire, if you know of anybody looking to work in education, send them our way! They can find our openings at click on "Job Openings" then type "White Center" into the location box.

New School Bus Loading/Unloading Zones on 100th St SW Starting on Jan. 13th

Based on the feedback we’ve received, White Center Heights Elementary School is testing out a new bus loading/unloading zone along 100th St SW, between 8th and 7th Ave. This change has been made in collaboration with King County (who updated the street signs) in order to accommodate additional drop-off/pick-up spaces and parking spots for families along 8th Ave SW. This change will take effect on Monday, January 13th. We will collect feedback from the school community and make any necessary improvements.

Thank you for your feedback and patience as we worked to improve parking and traffic flow around the school.

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Please do not Park in the Loading Zone of the Parking Lot

We have had a lot of cars start to park in the loading zone in our parking lot, this creates an unsafe situation for both parents and students. We will begin putting reminders on cars and if we track your car continually parking in the loading zone it will be towed. This is extreme and we don't want to to do it, but keeping our students and families safe is our number one priority. Do not park here:
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Greetings from WCH PTSA!

We have some fun events coming up! Please save the dates:

  • Friday, January 24th-Movie Night 5:30pm at WCH Cafeteria
  • Friday, February 21st-Family Dance Night 5:30pm at WCH Gym

**Help is needed at these great events!

If you’d like to volunteer please email the PTA:

Sign up for the Mission/Vision Task Force!

We need 5-7 parent volunteers to sign up for our Mission/Vision Task Force. This will be a group of staff and family members that can lead the work to revise our school mission and vision, create a definition for a “WCH student,” and make decisions about the school mascot (change or keep it). If you're interested, please call the main office (206)631-5200 or email

Our first big Dolphin Store Auction has completed!

As you know we started a school wide economy this year to support students and recognize them making our community a wonderful place to be. All staff hand out Dolphin Dollars to students they see being safe, respectful, and responsible. Students can then spend their Dolphin Dollars on small toys, school supplies, and snacks. We had an extremely safe, respectful and responsible 5th grader earn a Nintendo switch in December, we will have future auctions for a Nintendo Switch, laptop, and tablets! You can ask your students how many Dolphin Dollars they have, what they are saving up for, and what they did to earn their dolphin dollars. You can even let your student buy things from you for Dolphin Dollars (like a favorite snack or activity at home or on the weekend).

Coffee with the Principal Dates for 2019-2020 School Year

Coffee with the Principals are the first Wednesday of every month. They are an opportunity for our WCH families earn about what is going on in the school and provide feedback:

  • January 8, 2020 - 9:30-10:30 am
  • February 5, 2020 - 5:00-6:00 pm
  • March 4, 2020 - 9:30-10:30 am
  • April 1, 2020 - 5:00-6:00 pm
  • May 6, 2020 - 9:30-10:30 am
  • June 3, 2020 - 5:00-6:00 pm