Fairmount Park Elementary PTA - Seattle, WA - Events

Legislative Advocacy Update

10/31/2018 10:44 am

Legislative Advocacy Update:
FPE PTA participated in the 40th Annual WSPTA Legislative Assembly Oct 20-21 at Green River College. The event was attended by over 220 delegates from around the State. The focus of the two-day session was to identify the Legislative Priorities for the 2019 & 2020 WSPTA Platform, and vote on new/amended PTA principles & resolutions.  Participants learned about the issue proposals, had the opportunity to debate pros & cons, and make amendments.  Finally, delegates voted on the top five legislative priorities. 
The top 5 issues for 2019/20 include:
  1. Social Emotional Learning
  2. School Construction & Simple Majority for Bonds
  3. Prevent Gun Violence
  4. Strategies to Address the Teacher Shortage
  5. Strategic K-12 Investments to Close Gaps
You can read more about the issues here - https://www.wastatepta.org/focus-areas/advocacy/  
There are many ways you can help advocate for all children in our community & state on these issues (and more):
  • Vote in all local and state elections (ballots for the 2018 election need to be postmarked by Nov 6th)
  • Write, call or email your state representatives in support of these issues
  • Participate in the PTA Advocacy week (February 11-15) & Focus Day in Olympia (February 11th)
  • Subscribe to receive timely advocacy alerts: https://actionnetwork.org/forms/subscribe-to-wsptas-action-network-group
  • Join the PTA Legislative Advocacy Committee
Email president@fpepta.org for more information.
Read More

First Grade Cohort Bowling

10/9/2018 6:03 pm

Sign-ups and prepay for bowling, here: https://fpepta.membershiptoolkit.com/form/m/61601

Read More

Parent Education Event

9/24/2018 11:09 pm

Falcon families and friends, just a quick reminder about this weeks' Parent Education Event, When Parents Are The Very Best, on Wednesday, September 26th at 6:15pm. All from the community are welcome so please be sure to invite interested friends and neighbors.

Naturally and constantly, children develop their understanding of sexuality. Every day they absorb cultural messages and attitudes about gender, relationships, and intimacy. They experience powerful feelings of identity and love. They create stories and confirm “truths.” And as they do this work building comfort and meaning for themselves, children are deciding whether they have reliable help, or not.

Please join us for this lively, guaranteed-worth-your-time workshop and discussion to:
- Investigate the current realities of “sex ed” – in the world and in our minds
- Reflect on our own education, and the messages we most hope our children will get
- Clarify WHAT (the very best) parents/sexuality educators do exactly – and WHY

With warmth and curiosity, Greg Smallidge has helped thousands of parents be more relaxed, thoughtful, and confident sexuality educators for their kids. Come with your questions, answers, and wonderings and leave in a much better position to best help the kids in your care. This evening promises immediately useful ideas, great conversations, pictures (of course!), behind-the-scenes stories, and so much more!

Read More

Mulch it Up Work Party! Rain or Shine

9/13/2018 5:17 pm

Join us on Saturday, September 15th from 8:00-11:00 a.m. to finish mulching the enclosed courtyard and the space next to it! Bring your work gloves and your wheelbarrow if you have one. We will be moving mulch up the ramp from the playground and laughing along the way! If you can make it, send an email to Ms. Kelly at kakelly@seattleschools.org.

Read More

Back to School Potluck

8/13/2018 2:44 pm

What better way to start the first week of school than connecting with old friends and meeting new classmates!

Please join us, Friday, September 7th, 6-7:30 pm in the courtyard and lunchroom. Bring some food to share, a utensil to serve it, and a note if it contains nuts/dairy/wheat. Also, we suggest bringing a picnic blanket or camp chairs if the weather is nice.

We hope to see all families there!

Read More

School Supplies for 2018-2019

7/3/2018 3:15 pm

After discussions and approval at the final PTA meeting this Spring, the FPEPTA will be bulk ordering school supplies this year to help simplify purchasing, and make the process more equitable, economical and efficient for families. FPE families will pay a reasonable, one-time annual school supply fee to provide the communal supplies teachers request each year and the PTA will order and deliver the supplies to teachers classrooms in advance of school. Additional information, including a link to pay the fee will be provided in the back-to-school information sent in August. If you have questions please contact the PTA at board@fpepta.org.

Read More

The BIG Courtyard Weed-Out CHALLENGE!

6/12/2018 11:29 pm

The BIG Courtyard Weed-Out CHALLENGE!  Needs Volunteers (a whole lot of you!)
CALLING ALL FALCONS!  As you know, our once-beautiful upper glassed courtyard is a jungle of weeds (we could lose kindergarteners in there.)   Sure it’s busy, yet . . . when is it not?  End of the school year is a great time for actions that say “We care” – to our teachers and staff, about their working environment;  to our children, about their learning environment;  to our neighbors, about their neighborhood;  and to all of us, for the myriad contributions of time, effort, funds and goodwill that flow daily.**  
WHAT:    The BIG Courtyard Weed-Out CHALLENGE!
Challenge 1:   2800sqft weed-free within 3 hours
Challenge 2:   80 (!) Falcon volunteers  (reduces the average pperson weeding area size to an easy piece of plywood)
WHEN:  THIS Saturday,  6/16
TIME:    8am – 11am
WHERE:  Entry from the playground side of school.  Let's gather UP THE RAMP near the building doors (closest to Mss. Hitch/Ravenscroft Rooms)
BRING:   Weeding hand tools & gloves (as many as you can share!)
So, are you in?  You are sincerely needed!  PLEASE, DO SIGN UP ASAP by texting/calling in your volunteer name(s) to Pamela Erickson @ (206) 849-0628
Read More


5/31/2018 12:49 pm

We hope you join us for the last PTA meeting of the year on Monday, June 4 from 6:30 - 7:30 to discuss and vote on some very important issues. Your voice and vote will help influence the coming school year's PTA budget. We will also be electing the new Board for 2018-2019. A few items we will be discussing:

  • A full proposal by the Backpack Program for work and funding next year
  • Bulk ordering school supplies under a School Supply Fee
  • A change in the Executive Board Structure
  • Permanent art around the school
  • The full budget of priorities and spending.

Free child-care to be provided! 

Read More

PTA Volunteers for 2018-2019

5/14/2018 7:34 am

We need your help to maintain communication next year. The facebook updates, the weekly Flyer, updates on our website...they all are done by volunteers and we need your help for next year. Most of this work is done from the comfort of your home, and can be done in the evenings. Please reach out to president@fpepta.org if you can help. You don't have to take these all, just a volunteer or two for each. Communication activities are: 
· Bulletin Board
· Student Directory Development
· Falcon Flyer
· FPEPTA.org
· Facebook
· Email Communications

Read More

“Kids and Race: Changing the Narrative”

5/3/2018 1:24 pm

You’re Invited!

The Parent Education Series Sponsored by the FPE PTA Presents:


“Kids and Race: Changing the Narrative”

Wednesday May 9th, 6:15-7:45pm

FPE Auditorium/Lunchroom


Kids + Race empowers adults and children to take responsibility for dismantling racism through honest conversations and loving action.



Parents will learn about:

  • Narrative/Counter-Narrative
  • Race in Media
  • Racial Identity Development
  • Colorblindness and Racial Identity Education
  • Action Steps

Q & A (as time allows)


Race still matters in America today. How can we raise children who go beyond the superficial notion of colorblindness to see and challenge the ways that privilege still shapes our lives? How can parents prepare to seize the teachable moments that arise when we least expect them?


This workshop will focus on identity development and cultural norms. Presenters will discuss how narratives and counter-narratives shape our children's personal and racial identity development.



This workshop will be led by Jasen Frelot. Jasen is a father, husband, community organizer, early childhood educator and social justice advocate based in Seattle. He is the founder and Executive Director of Kids + Race, a new non-profit organization focused on educating parents on how they impact their children’s racial identity development. Jasen is also the founding director of Columbia City Preschool of Arts and Culture, a preschool founded on the principles of racial equity.

Read More