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Seattle School Traffic Safety Committee Seeks New Members
The Seattle School Traffic Safety Committee is accepting applications for new members to help make walking and biking to school in Seattle safer and easier. The volunteer board, which was created by the Seattle City Council in 1975 to improve traffic safety for all of Seattle's school children, plays an influential role in implementing Seattle's School Road Safety Action Plan. The board advises the Mayor and City Council with respect to school traffic safety, including adult crossing guard locations, school traffic signs and signals, school safety patrols, bicycle facilities, sidewalks and student traffic safety education. download / view file ]
Board members serve a three-year term, with an opportunity to serve a second term. Members must be Seattle residents and may not be city employees. The board meets the fourth Friday of each month from 9 to 11 a.m. typically at Seattle Public Schools headquarters with occasional field meetings at school sites or schools crossings. Ideal committee members may include parents of school children, frequent walkers and bikers, people interested in pedestrian or bicycle encouragement and those with expertise in child injury prevention.

The City of Seattle is committed to promoting diversity in the City's boards and commissions. Women, young persons, seniors, persons with disabilities, sexual and gender minorities, persons of color and immigrants are encouraged to apply. Interested Seattleites should submit a resume and cover letter explaining their interest via email by 5 p.m. on May 9, 2014, to Brian Dougherty at brian.dougherty@seattle.gov.

For more information, call Brian Dougherty at (206) 684-5124 or send an e-mail to the address above.

Seattle Council PTSA and Seattle Public Schools have partnered to offer a 10-week Family Engagement
Seattle Council PTSA and Seattle Public Schools have partnered to offer a 10-week Family Engagement Training April 10-June 17 at Highland Park Elementary School in West Seattle. (First session is Thursday April 10, then every Tuesday April 22-June 17). download / view file ]
This training is designed to help Seattle Public School parents navigate the school system and become effective advocates for their students while building family engagement and leadership skills. Please contact one of us to express interest by Monday, April 7, 2014 (if possible). Dinner and childcare provided.

* Margo Siegenthaler at 206-252-0794, masiegenthaler@seattleschools.org (Seattle Public Schools)
* Sharon Rodgers at 206-317-4462 ufen.seattle@gmail.com (Seattle Council PTSA)

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please feel free to contact one of us!

School Board Approves Bus Arrival and Departure Times for the 2014-15 School Year
Seattle School Board members on Wednesday approved Transportation Service Standards for the 2014-15 school year, including bus arrival and departure times. visit website ]
Members approved an amendment introduced by Director Sue Peters, which shifted bus arrival times back about 10 minutes from the most recent proposal, closer to the bus arrival times for many schools this year. She called the amendment a "compromise" solution that is intended as a one-year solution only.

"Our effort to fine tune this is definitely in response to the community," Peters said. "People are being heard. While the proposals tonight may not be perfect they are a step in the right direction."

Arrival and departure times for all schools can be found online.

In an effort to save money and preserve funding that directly affects our classrooms, the District was tasked by the School Board with cutting the transportation budget.

On Feb. 5 Board members also approved:

*Ending yellow bus transportation to option school students who live outside that school's middle school attendance area
*Eliminating transportation to elementary school students who live outside that school's attendance area
*Sunseting any previous "grandfathering" of transportation that was allowed when the New Student Assignment Plan took effect in 2010-11.
*Standardizing all yellow bus arrival times to three tiers. Please note these are not start times for schools, but the arrival times for buses. Next fall's school bell times will be set later this winter.

These measures will save the District more than $3.4 million next year, helping preserve money for our teachers and classrooms.

Every student will receive a letter prior to Open Enrollment with specific information on next year's assignment, as well as on Open Enrollment, in case you want to apply for a different school.

Open Enrollment is February 24 -March 7 and families have the option to request assignment to a different school, and a guarantee to enroll in their designated attendance area school, if desired. Enrollment information can be found at www.seattleschools.org/enrollment, by visiting the John Stanford Center or calling 206-252-0760.

Middle School and High School Tours
2014-2015 Middle School Tours and Information Sessions, one should verify the information with the school before attending.

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Questions About Enrollment?
There will be Seattle Public Schools staff at the following events who just might know the answers. People from Enrollment Services can answer questions about choice schools. Staff from Early learning and kindergarten transition will be there too. Materials in many languages download / view file ]
Please pass this on to parenting groups, preschools or neighbors who could use the language support or might not know of the events.

Information about Choice Schools http://www.seattleschools.org
Open Enrollment February 24 through March 7,

Early registration for 2014-2015 School year began Oct. 1, 2013
When you register your child, You'll need to provide the following:
Student's Proof of Birth
Student's CIS (Immunizations)
Two documents verifying parent name and proof of Seattle residence
Student's Admission Form.
Photo ID of Parent/Guardian

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