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RoxStar Newsletter - March 2024

Updated: Mar 11




March 2024 Newsletter


Table of Contents:


  • Roxhill Garden News

  • School Snack Stash

  • Health News from Nurse Ann

  • Yearbook Club and Business Ads

  • Skate Night - 3/7

  • Friends of Roxhill PTO Community Meeting - 3/11

  • Clothing Swap - 3/16

  • Dine Out Fundraiser at Chipotle - 3/20

  • Roxhill Park Family Meetup - 3/23

  • Black Girls Code Seattle - 3/23

  • Roxhill Girls on the Run

  • After School Drama Club

  • Flower Power Fundraiser

  • Lost and Found

  • Neighborcare Health

  • Carpool Connections

  • Volunteer Opportunities

  • Library Song

  • Important Dates


Welcome to March! Here’s what’s happening at school this month.



Roxhill Garden News

We are excited to announce that Friends of Roxhill has received a grant from the West Seattle Garden Tour to install seating in the school garden. These picnic tables will provide a space for teachers to gather with students and make the garden a more user-friendly learning space. The West Seattle Garden Tour is an organization that seeks out other nonprofits whose goals fit their mission—to promote horticulture, education, and artistic endeavors within West Seattle and neighboring communities.


We are looking for volunteers with construction experience to help us install the tables this spring and to help patch concrete in the surrounding area. Please email friendsofroxhill@gmail.com if you are interested in learning more about this project.


Garden Work Party

Saturday, March 30

12:00 - 3:00 pm


Let's clean up the Roxhill garden, pull weeds and get the raised beds ready for planting.


We will provide coffee, gloves and tools. Bring a snack to share (optional).


Kids are welcome to join in and help or play on the playground with supervision.



To get to the garden, walk or drive into the school parking lot located on the corner of 34th and Kenyon.  There is an entrance at the back of the parking lot.  Do not enter through the school. 



School Snack Stash

Many classrooms and clubs at Roxhill provide snacks for students. In an effort to ensure all staff have snacks to draw from, we are starting a centralized snack collection. You can order snacks from the Amazon list to be sent directly to school or purchase snacks locally and drop off in the office for the collection. Please do not donate any snacks with nuts.





Health News from Nurse Ann

A growing body of research emphasizes the importance of time in nature to build community, improve mental health, and support academic skills such as attention, focus, perseverance, and curiosity.  In a partnership that began on Earth Day 2023, Ella McCrae (the community builder for High Point Seattle Housing Authority) introduced us to Erin Kollar of Eco Arts, who in turn reconnected us with Ben Antonius of DNDA’s Restoration Program.  Together with their teams, Roxhill teachers and staff, our students are getting the chance to build community with schoolmates, teachers, community members and the forest at E.C. Hughes Park.  As they reconnect with each other and the land, they are also learning earth science.  As one of our fifth graders said,

“It is like science class, but better, because we are outside and actually doing something.”



Yearbook Club and Business Ads


Friends of Roxhill volunteers are working with 5th graders and Mr. Hakeem to create this year's yearbook. The students have divided into 2 teams: one group will design the cover art and the other team will take photos with donated cameras. Parent volunteers will work on the design and layout in our own time. We have a few yearbook related asks:


  1. If you are an SPS approved volunteer and would like to work with students on this creative project, we need a couple of volunteers to help with supervision and hands on support as students work on the cover and take photos on Wednesdays from 11:45am-12:30pm.  You can sign up for a shift here.

  2. Do you have an old point and shoot camera that you never use? Donate it to the Yearbook Club! You can drop it off in the front office. Please include chargers/memory cards/manuals if you have them.

  3. Do you like to take photos? We would love to include any photos you have taken at school events like Family Fun Night or Skate Night. Or maybe you got a great shot of your student dressing up for Spirit Week! Please email photos to friendsofroxhill@gmail.com.

  4. We need a few volunteers to help with the layout and design of the yearbook. You can work on it in your own time at home as long as you have a computer. We are using PIxami, an easy to use yearbook design software. We can provide all the training and instructions. The deadline for the yearbook design is May 2. Sign up here.

  5. Are you a business owner? We are selling yearbook ads to local businesses so that we can provide a yearbook to every student and staff member, regardless of their ability to pay for one. Ad prices range from $45 to $155, and the deadline is March 15. Find more details and fill out the form here

  6. You can donate to the yearbook fund without buying an ad to help us ensure that every student will get to keep this memento of their elementary school days. Fill out the form and donate here.


Please direct all yearbook related questions to us at friendsofroxhill@gmail.com.




Skate Night

Thursday, March 7

6:00-8:00pm

Southgate Roller Rink


Join us for a night of fun roller skating with Roxhill families and staff. There will be food and drinks for purchase and a Bake Sale benefitting Friends of Roxhill. No outside food allowed. You can bring your own water.

*Roxhill students + staff skate for FREE 

Additional guests can rent skates for $12

*Non-skating guests can attend for FREE

Sign up to volunteer or contribute to the bake sale here: http://tinyurl.com/roxhillskatenight2024

**Correction for Skate Night: 

The cost of skate rental for guests who are not Roxhill students is $12, not $10 as previously advertised.




Friends of Roxhill PTO Community Meeting

Monday, March 11

6:00-7:30pm

Enter through front entrance


Friends of Roxhill is our school’s non-profit parent/teacher organization (PTO). We are parents, community members, and teachers who work together to support the education and enrichment of our multicultural public school. 


Everyone is welcome and all ideas are encouraged!


Our meetings are usually on the 2nd Monday of the month from 6–7:30 p.m. This is a great way to connect with Principal Lorow, parents, caregivers and teachers in the Roxhill community. Pizza and childcare will be provided. Spanish interpretation will be available. Interpretation for other languages is available upon request. Email friendsofroxhill@gmail.com with questions.



Clothing Swap

Saturday, March 16

11am-3pm

Bring in all of your lightly used and unwanted clothes, shoes and accessories to this community event presented by our partners at Seattle Housing Authority and Jones Community Solutions.


All are welcome and invited to join in the fun. Wear your Roxhill swag, so you can find each other there!


Neighborhood House

6400 Sylvan Way SW


Email Ella with questions or if you would like to volunteer:




Dine Out Fundraiser at Chipotle

Wednesday, March 20

4:00 - 9:00 pm


Join us for our next dine out fundraiser at Chipotle Mexican Grill (4730 California Ave SW). 25% of sales will be donated back to our school. Tell your server you are a Roxhill supporter. Please use the code VTEEL9Z for any online orders to ensure our school gets credit. 




Roxhill Park Family Meetup

Saturday, March 23

10:00 am-12:00 pm


Come play at the park with other Roxhill families! We will meet at Roxhill Park (across from Target) rain or shine so kids can play and families can get to know one another.  Coffee will be provided. Bring a snack to share (optional)  



Black Girls Code Seattle

Code a Chase Game!

Saturday, March 23

11:00am-1:00pm

Black Dot - 1437 South Jackson Street Seattle, WA 98144


Attention:  Roxhill families with Black girls ages 7 – 13.  This FREE event is especially for you!  Please register asap.


Get ready for an epic coding adventure! In this exciting workshop, participants will dive into the world of game development and discover the secrets of selecting a one-of-a-kind background and unleashing two super cool characters into a dynamic chase game.


Why?

🤔 As of 2023, women only make up 27% of the TECH workforce, of which Black women account for only 3%. 😮 Black Girls in TECH bring diversity to how problems are solved across all domains, help shape technology that meets a range of needs, and pave the way for a more equitable future for women in TECH. Black Girls are needed to bring TECH to the next level! Join a session and get ready to make an impact on our future. 🌟

 


 



Roxhill Girls on the Run

March 25- May 23, 2024

Mondays and Thursdays

2:30 pm - 4 pm


The Girls on the Run 8 week Spring Season is right around the corner.  We are excited to start practices for the  Roxhill Elementary team! Practice will be at the school playground and covered area. Girls on the Run is so much more than running.


The program is designed to enhance girls’ social, psychological, and physical skills and behaviors.  Its research-based lessons teach critical life skills like managing emotions, helping others, making intentional decisions, and resolving conflict. Lessons are delivered by volunteer coaches who completed extensive training focused on fostering an inclusive environment,celebrating individual achievements, and creatively integrating movement in a fun and motivating way.  Any reference to “girls” includes gender-expansive and non-binary youth. 


A celebratory 5K fun run at Renton Memorial Stadium on May 19th will cap off the season. Partial and full scholarships are available to any participant that requests it. Contact Coach Norma at norma.avalos@gmail.com (Roxhill Coach) with any questions and scholarship assistance or contact the program directly at  program@girlsrun.orgConnection and teamwork build confidence and resilience in our participants. Girls on the Run provides a safe and inclusive space to thrive and flourish—register your child today! Visit www.gotrpugetsound.org 



After School Drama Club

3rd-5th grade

Thursdays, May 2-June 6

2:35-3:35pm


Beyond the Stage Youth is coming back to Roxhill for a 6 week session of after-school drama workshops for 3rd-5th graders.


Join us for acting games, crafts and character creation after school on Thursdays in the cafeteria.


Stay tuned for more details and registration info. Scholarships and transportation options will be available.



Flower Power Fundraiser


Spring is almost here!


We are partnering again with Flower Power Fundraising to sell flower bulbs, kitchen garden herbs, sprouts, seeds and more to bring some joy to your home garden or window sill this spring and raise money for our school.


Check out our fundraising website: 


Share the link with your friends, neighbors, co-workers and relatives across the country. They have a variety of plants for every climate. 


Friends of Roxhill Elementary receives 50% of the profits from every order.

Orders are shipped directly to the person placing the order starting April 1 (there is a $6.99 shipping fee).


Order deadline is May 15.



Lost and Found

Lost & Found will be cleaned out Friday April 5, 2024 at 3:00pm.

Missing something? Stop by the school 7:35am - 3:00pm, Monday - Friday to take a look




Neighborcare Health


We are here to improve the health and wellbeing of our Roxhill students through free medical, mental health, and dental services. We understand that it can be very difficult to pull students from school to attend appointments for their primary clinics. We are here to make it easier and efficient for you and your child by ensuring they receive the necessary care they need without missing school.


Neighborcare Health provides a wide range of services to our students and families of Roxhill. We are located in the front of the school 5 days a week and we welcome all students of Roxhill to sign up!

  • Vaccinations, including flu shots

  • Annual well-child check-ups

  • Dental complete dental care: cleaning, fillings, sealants 

  • Treatment of common injuries and illnesses (allergies, rashes, sore throat, etc.)

  • Help with managing ongoing health conditions

  • Camp or sports physicals

  • Health insurance enrollment assistance

  • Assistance for families seeking a primary care provider and a health care home

SIGN UP here or email our HCC for an appointment  fardosa.warfa@neighborcare.org




Carpool Connections

We receive frequent requests for transportation help and try to coordinate carpools and walking buses by introducing families to each other. Please email friendsofroxhill@gmail.com if you can help with any of the following.


Current requests:


  • 1st grader in need of a driver to and from Delridge Way SW and Kenyon St.

  • 2nd grader in need of a driver to and from SW Holden St. and 24th Ave. SW

  • 2 Kindergarteners in need of a driver to and from SW Holden St. and 24th Ave. Parent can also help other families with walking to and from school.


Please fill out the following form if:

  • You need help getting your child to or from school.

  • You would like to volunteer to drive or walk another student to or from school.



Your contact information will not be shared without your permission. Please contact friendsofroxhill@gmail.com with questions.



Volunteer Opportunities


All volunteer opportunities that take place on school grounds or field trips will require you to fill out a volunteer application through SPS. Apply here or check your status as a returning volunteer. Direct all questions about your SPS application to Office Assistant Christy Pudduck cspudduck@seattleschools.org.


We are currently looking for volunteers to help with:


  • Yearbook Club (Wednesdays 11:45am-12:15pm)

  • Friday Food Bag Prep and Delivery (Fridays at 12 noon)

  • Childcare during FORE Meetings (2nd Mondays of the month)

  • Making coffee for Roxhill Park Family Meetups (4th Saturdays of the month)

  • Skate Night (March 7)

  • Garden Work Party (March 30)

  • Picture Day (April 18)



Want to get more involved with Friends of Roxhill? 

Fill out our volunteer interest survey to learn more about what we do and how you can help.





Library Song

Check out the latest library song from Mr. Robert and students from Ms. Prynne and Ms. Binkow’s classes:





Important Dates



March 7 - Skate Night

March 11 - Friends of Roxhill Community PTO Meeting, 6:00-7:30 pm

March 20 - Dine Out Fundraiser at Chipotle, 4:00-9:00 pm

March 23 - Roxhill Park Family Meetup, 10:00 - 12:00 pm

March 25 - Roxhill Girls on the Run starts

March 30 - Garden Work Party, 12:00-3:00 pm

April 8-12 - Spring Break (NO SCHOOL)



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