Dia de los Muertos- A Night To Remember!

Our first ever PTA sponsored Dia de los Muertos Festival was a huge success, with families, staff and friends of Graham Hill gathering to celebrate this beautiful holiday. The time and effort put in by many families and staff was evident as we ate delicious tamales, drank addictive Mexican Hot Chocolate and danced and sang to an awesome Mariachi Band. The crafts were so fun, and the education had by all was undeniable. Thank you to all who spent time, energy and love in making this event happen.

In the words of one Graham Hill mom:

“Sending my warmest thanks and congratulations (to Viridiana especially) for a wonderful event on Friday.  What fun!  And I stand by my position that Mexican hot chocolate is the best in the world.  Most importantly, my children learned so much in discussions at school leading up to the event and on the night of.  And thank you to Tara for the terrific work with the book fair.  The events complimented each other nicely.

Friday’s event reflects so much of why we moved to South Seattle and are grateful to be in the community of Graham Hill families.

My best,
-Ericka”

And from one of our teachers:

“Thank you Graham Hill PTA for sharing the Dia de los Muertos traditions and festivities with our community. My students were so touched by it all that when our little goldfish died this week, they spontaneously made art work, drawings, poems and messages to honor and remember it. It warmed my heart to see how open they were to mourning the passing of their little fish, but also to celebrate his life. Here are some of the pics from their “altar” in Room 203.

Thank you to all for sharing your culture and traditions with us. They make all of us richer, and more connected to one another as well.

Warmly,
Ms. Maureen”

*The pics mentioned by Ms. Maureen are attached here, and all pics of kids have been approved to use by their parents.

Run Scared Fun!

Nine Graham Hill kiddos and their families enjoyed a fun run in Seward Park on October 29th. Thank you to Coach Beth and Coach Mikayla for organizing and getting Blue Whales in on the action!DSCN5975

*Picture used with permission of the students parents

 

Dia de los Muertos Festival!

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Hi all! Our PTA sponsored Dia de los Muertos Festival is coming up Friday November 3rd from 5:30-8p. All families are invited to join us as we celebrate Mexican culture and learn about this beautiful tradition.  There will be fresh tamales (even homemade vegan tamales!), Mexican hot chocolate, a live dance performance and many crafts including paper picado.

We have special Dia de los Muertos shirts available for sale online- buy one soon so you can have it rush delivered and can wear it to the Festival!

A direct link to the website to order shirts, mugs and more is here: https://www.redbubble.com/people/bluewhales/works/28359578-graham-hill-dia-de-los-muertos-festival

A direct link to kids shirts is here: https://www.redbubble.com/people/bluewhales/works/28359578-graham-hill-dia-de-los-muertos-festival-2017?p=kids-clothes&style=kids_tee&body_color=black&print_location=front

I look forward to seeing you there! -O’Hara

 

Sounders Fun!

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Thank you to all of the Graham Hill families and friends that joined us last Sunday at the Sounder’s game vs. FC Dallas. We won 4-0 and kept our place in the running for the championship! The stadium was packed, and every Graham Hill seat was filled. You can see Graham Hill in lights on the blue screen in the picture! Stay tuned to learn when the next Graham Hill Sounder’s game will be!

You are invited to the 2017 LGBTQ Families Dinner!

Seattle Public Schools’ Health Education Office invites you to join lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender families and friends for dinner and conversation at Meany Middle School the evening of Thursday, November 2nd, 2017. Dinner and activities are complimentary.

WHO? All SPS students, staff and families are welcome at this event!

WHEN AND WHERE? Thursday, November 2nd from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Meany Middle School 301 21st Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112

WHAT CAN I EXPECT? Dinner will be provided at this donation-funded event. Craft tables will be available for younger attendees. Members of the School Board and other District staff will welcome you.

WHO DO I CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO R.S.V.P?

This will be a well-attended event, so reserve a space for you and your family today! Please reply by November 1st. Questions and R.S.V.P. to Lisa Love at 252-0982 or LLove@seattleschools.org (let us know how many people are in your party).          

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Girl Scouts Starts Next Week!

Greetings! Girl Scouts at Graham Hill starts next week (the week of October 9th). In case you don’t know me yet, my name is Nicole Masih-Theberge, a.k.a. Ms. Nicole or “Girl Scout teacher.” I’m the troop leader and Girl Scouts coordinator at Graham Hill.

I’m looking forward to my 4th year of fun and learning with the girls! Here’s what you should know about Girl Scouts:

Who Can Join

Girl Scouts is for any 1st – 5th grader at Graham Hill who identifies as a girl and would like to participate. This is an optional program.

How it Works

Girl Scout troop meetings will be every other week during lunch and recess time, and each grade level will have their own troop (with 4th and 5th grades combined). In addition, girls will have after school, evening, and weekend opportunities if they so choose. These will be workshops to earn badges, field trips, and events.

Lunch/recess schedule for Girl Scouts:

o   1st grade: Monday (Cooper and Mighell) OR Tuesday (Flynn, Maureen, and Rashid)

o   2nd grade: Wednesday

o   3rd grade: Thursday

o   4th/5th grade: Tuesday

How to Join

There are just a couple forms to fill out in order to participate. Forms will go home with girls on the 1st and 2nd troop meeting days, and will be due on Friday, October 27th.

I will also be at the school on various days before and after with forms in hand. Please feel free to reach out to me and ask for the forms directly if you like. My information is at the bottom of this post. Any forms that need to be turned in throughout the year can be turned into my box in the front office.

Cost

If you can, we ask that families pay the membership fee of $25. You may fill out the financial assistance form, which is included on the back of every membership form, and the program will then be FREE for families.

Volunteers Needed!

If you are at all interested in:

  • Helping during lunch/recess as a troop assistant
  • Helping with after-school events or field trips (could be a one-time thing!)
  • Sharing a skill or concept at a meeting or event
  • Helping in general but you don’t know with what yet….

Then I would love to hear from you! Your support is what makes all of this possible.

To contact me, you can:

  • Call or email me (information below)
  • Stop me in the halls of the school
  • Put a note in my box in the office

I have “office hours” this year. I plan to work from the PTA office every Thursday from 2-5. If I’m not actually in the PTA room for some reason, I will at least be around the school.

Thank you!

Nicole Masih-Theberge
ntheberge@girlscoutsww.org
206-633-5600 x1615

“Run Scared” 5K in Seward Park on 10/29 Has Discounts for GH Families

Beth Cline, our Running Club coach, has helped set up a cool opportunity for GH runners and their families. The “Run Scared” 5K race is giving $5 off to Graham Hill students and $10 off to parents who’d like to enter. It all happens on Sunday, October 29th at 9:30 am in Seward Park.

The race is a fun Halloween-themed event that benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Bonus: you can wear costumes if you’d like! This year’s theme is “The Presidential Race,” though it seems based on last year’s photos that you can wear basically any costume you’d like.

To sign up, go to their websitehttp://www.runscared5k.com/home.html.

Then use these discount codes:

  • Parent: GrahamScary17 – $10 off. valid for either 10K or 5K runs, or 4K walk.
  • Kids: GrahamKids17 – $5 off. Valid for either the 10K or 5K runs, or 4K walk.

More from Beth:

“If you don’t want to run, but your child does, there will be groups led by our coaches, and the race could likely use some volunteers if you’re willing (water stops or finish line help).”

Also, there will be pumpkin bread and a candy corn tasting bar.