The White Center Family Newsletter

November 2019

White Center Heights Elementary School

Marcello Sgambelluri, Co-Principal

Dr. Shajaira López, Co-Principal

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Great Things Happening at White Center Heights

This month families are coming into school for our first student led conferences! At these conferences families will learn where their students' strengths and needs are. Students will get to share their work and classroom with their parents. This will also be a time for parents to get up and running with our online communication and information platform (Synergy) please make sure and stop by the cafeteria to sign up for online access to your students information and a messenger to communicate with your teacher.

This month we also delivered food through Northwest Harvest to many of our families, if you are in need of food please let our main office staff know, there is also the White Center Food Bank on 10829 8th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98146 that is a constant source of free food support.

We received funding and support from community partners to start after school programs such as: Girls Who Code, Basketball Club, Boys Mentoring Group, Somali Heritage Club, and more! Be looking out for more info to be sent home with your student!

Our GLEA Baby Academy, a program that supports families in learning best practices to support their children will have their graduation this Saturday, they will start a second cohort next year at Mt. View Elementary that any family can attend, if you would like to join for free reach out to Maggie Cruz at:

In December we will be having a Family Multicultural Night December 19th at 5pm, mark your calendars!

As we continue to move through the year please let us know what kind of engagement and events you would like to see, we are excited to continue to build our White Center Heights Elementary community!

Upcoming Events

Coffee with the Principals

Wednesday, Dec. 4th, 5-6pm

10015 6th Avenue Southwest

Seattle, WA

During our third 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!

Family Multicultural Night

Thursday, Dec. 19th, 5:30pm

10015 6th Avenue Southwest

Seattle, WA

This event will include food, student performances, and more! We look forward to seeing all of our families there!

Scholastic Book Fair

Monday, Dec. 2nd, 9:15am to Friday, Dec. 6th, 2:45pm

10015 6th Avenue Southwest

Seattle, WA

Our Librarian will be organizing the Scholastic Book Fair this week, this is a time where students can buy books right here in our school!

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.
  • Recess update: Our Recess has moved away from "zones" students are now playing anywhere on the playground, the zones were used to have a safer and more controlled start to the year.
  • 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!
  • Behavior Support Staff, we added a new behavior support staff member: Tracy Tison, this adds to our behavior support team of: James Lorenz, Sandra Rabago, and Paige Lapke (our counselor).

Come claim your lost and found items!

We will be donating all the clothes in our lost and found on November 27th, during conferences make sure to stop by the cafeteria and check if any of the clothes are your students.

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

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.

  • October 2, 2019 - 9:30-11:30 am
  • November 6, 2019 - 9:30-10:30 am
  • December 4, 2019 - 5:00-6:00 pm
  • 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