5.22.23, Bagley’s Monday Message

Bagley Monday Message

Bagley Families,

Wow, what a beautiful time we had at the Bagley Arts Festival on Friday evening. Thank you to our crew of staff that planned the event, including Ms. McNeer, Ms. Miller-Klein, Ms. Emily, Ms. Amy, Ms. Rasmussen, and Mr. Avakyan. I also want to offer congratulations to our 4th and 5th grade Instrumental Music students and their families for their practice, perseverance, and support in dropping off forgotten instruments that lead to a wonderful concert!

The Bagley Staff Appreciation Week was a huge success because of our family community. We are still enjoying the stocked pantry and loved being showered with flowers, food, and kind messages. Thanks again for the time and energy it took to make our staff feel extra special.

SPS Summer Learning Program

The District has posted SPS summer learning information and gathered information on many community partners’ summer programs.  

Nectar News

Every Monday teachers will show the Nectar News to share upcoming events, appreciations, and to educate and celebrate varied cultures and school expectations. Check your email/texts for the link.

PTA Volunteer Opportunities for 2023-24

The Bagley PTA is already working on plans for programs, events, and fundraising for the next school year, and we need your help to make them happen! The PTA relies solely on volunteers to build a community for our school and support our students, teachers, staff, and families.

Please consider how you might contribute to the vibrancy of our Bagley community by helping fill one of the volunteer needs.

More details about each of the listed volunteer roles:

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Chair (board position)
This role is relatively new at Bagley and could be developed in many ways. The DEI chair helps by using a DEI lens to analyze PTA programs and activities, advocates for the diverse types of families and students at Bagley, and provides a connection between Bagley and the PTA when DEI concerns arise. The National PTA has a DEI toolkit to help with ongoing development of the DEI program. Minimum commitment is to meet with the PTA board once a month and school PTA meetings quarterly.

Events Chair
Work with the PTA board and principal to act as a project manager for overseeing PTA events and as a resource for volunteers chairing each event.

Fundraising Chair
Work with the PTA board to help organize and manage the PTA’s fundraising initiatives and communicate with the school community about fundraising events.

Buzz Newsletter Proofreader
Our Buzz newsletter editor needs a reliable proofreader to double-check dates and clickable links included in Buzz articles. Proofreading needs to be done every Wednesday in the afternoon or evening. The Buzz editor needs revisions by Thursday morning so they can make edits and be able to publish by noon. Next year’s Buzz editor has professional writing and proofreading experience, so the proofreader shouldn’t have many grammatical or spelling errors to correct!

Classroom Liaison Coordinator
This role would involve recruiting Classroom Liaisons at the beginning of the school year and then acting as a resource for them throughout the year. The coordinator will help initiate the relationship between the liaisons and their teacher at the beginning of the school year and support them in becoming an asset to the teacher.

Food Backpack Program
The main requirements for this role are reliable transportation and the ability to lift 20-30 lbs. This essential job helps get food home to many of our Bagley students and families over the weekends. Food bags are picked up each week, ideally on Wednesday or Thursday, from the FamilyWorks food bank in Wallingford and then dropped off at the school office. This role is shared with another Bagley volunteer for next year, so the time commitment is minimal – about 30 minutes every other week.

Special Initiatives Grant Chair
This role helps lead the Special Initiatives Grant Committee (members needed too) in granting funding for projects that benefit the Bagley community. This is an interesting and purposeful volunteer position and can be done remotely with a minimal time commitment (grant cycles are 1–3/year).

Move-A-Thon Co-Chair
Work with the PTA, Ms. Clement and Mr. W to organize our major fall fundraiser. Coordinate logistics for the event, recruit and organize volunteers, communicate with the Bagley community about fundraising progress, and work with the PTA board to collect and track donations. Almost all of the work is done in September and October.

Harvest Hootenanny Co-Chairs
Work with other parents to create a night of fabulous fall festival fun! Past years have included dancing, games, face painting, food, a bake sale, and more!

Giving Circle Co-Chair
The Giving Circle allows Bagley families in need to request holiday gifts anonymously. This job collects request forms, creates an online wish list, and coordinates the distribution of gifts to recipients. Almost all of the work is done from mid-October to early December.

Fundraising: Giving Campaign Co-Chair
Help organize one of the PTA’s most important fundraisers, usually during the winter quarter. This job primarily consists of organizing & advertising at school, on the Facebook group, and sending reminders home with students.

Family Fun – Math/Reading/Science/BEE Yourself/Spring Into Action Nights
Assist Ms. Clement with organizing one of our community-wide themed events throughout the year. Recruit volunteers to support the event and act as the primary point of contact with Ms. Clement to identify planned activities and volunteer needs. Be present at the event as a resource for volunteers.

Family Fun Night – Movie or Game – you choose!
Every year Bagley offers a different mixture of family fun nights, depending on who we have coordinating them. They are fun nights for the kids and pretty easy to organize. If you’re interested in helping to organize, let us know.

Staff Appreciation Co-Chairs
Help organize our community’s efforts to show our appreciation for our Bagley staff! This role includes coordinating a welcome-back breakfast for staff in August prior to the first day of school, organizing a “stock-the-pantry” drive several times/year, and planning events for Teacher Appreciation Week in May.

Art Night Co-Chairs
Work with Ms. Clement and the Bagley staff to organize a fun evening of art, music, and more! This event is usually held in the spring and would include helping with planning activities and recruiting volunteers.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact next year’s PTA Volunteer Coordinator, Janna Reynoso volunteerbagley@gmail.com.

Volunteers Needed for Solstice Parade

Volunteers needed for Bagley in Solstice Parade June 17:

Repeat: State and District Testing

  • ALL students will be assessed on reading and math growth using an online assessment called MAP, hosted by the NWEA organization. An overview of the MAP assessment for families.
  • All K- 2nd graders will be assessed on reading fluency with a tool called DIBELS. This is also an online one-on-one assessment that measures students’ reading decoding and other skills.
  • 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders will take the Smarter Balance Assessments in Reading and Math for Washington State called, SBA. An overview of the SBA assessment for families.

How can you view your child’s test results?

You will be able to view MAP results on The Source in June. The SBA results will populate over the summer on The Source and the DIBELS results can be shared by your child’s teacher.

COVID-19 Update

We had four positive cases at our school this week. SPS’s Dashboard will show district COVID trends. Thank you for keeping your children home if they have a COVID symptom as described by the Department Of Health.

Bagley’s Upcoming Events

  • Monday, 5/18-6/9: District and State Testing, varied dates, All grades
  • Monday, 5/29: Memorial Day, No School
  • Tuesday, 6/6, PTA General Membership Meeting, @ Bagley Library and Zoom, 6-7 p.m.
  • Monday, 6/19: Juneteenth, No School
  • Friday, 6/23: Field Day @ Bagley ES
  • Wednesday, 6/28: 5th grade Promotion @ Bethany Community Church, 9-11 a.m.
  • Friday, 6/30: Last Day of School, 1 hr early dismissal