The White Center Family Newsletter

September 2019

White Center Heights Elementary School

Marcello Sgambelluri, Co-Principal

Dr. Shajaira López, Co-Principal

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Welcome to the 2019-2020 School Year!

Welcome to the first edition of The White Center Family Newsletter, the new White Center Heights Elementary School family newsletter that will be published monthly throughout the school year through email and social media. If you ever miss an edition of the newsletter or need to review a previous edition of the newsletter, they will be available on our school website. We hope you find the information helpful.


There is so much to be excited for as we begin the 2019-2020 school year. Over the summer, there have been many exciting advances that have been made such as the adoption of a new math curriculum, the restructuring of our school's academic and behavioral support systems, the installation of a keyless entry system on all of our exterior doors, and the construction of our modular building that will be the new setting for some of our 4th and 5th grade classrooms. However, nothing is more exciting than the opportunity to grow our WCH family. So please help us welcome the the new members of our staff.
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New Members of the WCH Family

  • Marcello Sgambelluri - Co-Principal
  • Dr. Shajaira López - Co-Principal
  • Jessica Emerson - Office Manager
  • Alexa Urrutia - Office Assistant
  • Sandra Rabago - Student Success Specialist
  • Paige Lapke - Counselor
  • James Lorenz - Paraeducator
  • Dixie Graham - Paraeducator
  • Eduardo Ochoa - Paraeducator
  • Elena Tapia Garcia - Paraeducator
  • Kristel Arnott - Special Education/LRC Teacher
  • Haley Tank - Special Education/LRC Teacher
  • Windy Fredette - 4th/5th Vietnamese DL Teacher
  • John Johnston - 4th grade Teacher
  • Eva Wyatt - 4th grade Teacher
  • Sarah Gomes - 3rd grade Teacher
  • Bitia Morales-Sanchez - 2nd grade Spanish DL Teacher
  • Keatyn Millard-Smith - 1st grade Teacher
  • Lisa Giamberso - Kintergarten Teacher
  • Joan Cruz-Malave - Spanish Kindergarten Teacher
  • Nick Monroe - Physical Education

New to their roles:
  • Thao Tran - Vietnamese Kindergarten Teacher
  • Mackenzie Ellis - 4/5 Teacher

Upcoming Events

Open House

Thursday, Sep. 26th, 5-6:30pm

10015 6th Avenue Southwest

Seattle, WA

Come to meet your child's teacher, learn about the curriculum, ask questions, share your feedback, and meet other families.

PTA Meeting

Tuesday, Oct. 1st, 5:30pm

625 Southwest 100th Street

Seattle, WA

We will meet at Educare - across from WCH Elementary.

Coffee with the Principals

Wednesday, Oct. 2nd, 9:30-11:30am

10015 6th Avenue Southwest

Seattle, WA

Only for our first coffee with the principals, there will be four different sessions:


  • 9:30 - 10:00 am will be in Spanish
  • 10:00 - 10:30 am will be in Vietnamese
  • 10:30 - 11:00 am will be in Somali
  • 11:00 - 11:30 am will be in English

Reminders & Updates

  • We have a new White Center Heights Elementary clothing store, 10% of profits go towards our PE program. Go to http://bit.ly/wchclothing Use the code GRANDOPENING19 to save 25% if you order before September 23rd
  • We will begin using a Wednesday communication folder where teachers can send home important information to share with families every Wednesday.
  • This year we are revamping our school wide behavior support systems, we now have a shared system across the school. You may hear your student talking about "Dolphin Dollars" these are tickets that they get for exhibiting positive behaviors around being safe, responsible, and respectful. You can use some of the following sentences to support this: "What did you do to earn a dolphin dollar today?" "How many dolphin dollars did you earn and why?" "What can you do tomorrow to earn dolphin dollars?" You can also create some incentives at home that students "pay" dolphin dollars for, connecting the home to the school, you could have them earn a trip to a favorite restaurant or an experience (going to the movies, park, or family fun center). You can start out with a small goal: earn 20-50 dolphin dollars for a trip to the park and then raise it up once you see how long it takes our student to earn that many.
  • You can drop off students at the back playground after 8:50am, please do not drop off students before that, please have students at the back playground by 9:10, class starts at 9:15am.
  • Any student that arrives between 9:15 and 9:25 am should still enter the building through the back entrance. Students that arrive after 9:25 am should enter through the main doors and check-in at the main office.

Every Student in School, Everyday!

This year we are focusing on ensuring that every student is successful academically and socially. To make that happen, we need to focus on improving our attendance rate because students are more likely to succeed in academics when they attend school consistently.


Families, please help us meet our attendance goal:

100% of students will have an attendance rate of 90% or better.


Here are some things you can do to help:


Attendance Tips in English

Attendance Tips in Somali

Attendance Tips in Spanish

Attendance Tips in Vietnamese

Supply Lists

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