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Denny Items of Interest & Resources
Items of interest to Denny International Middle School families and our community.

If you have something that you would like to share, please e-mail the webmaster, Sheree Fantz-Gut.

Announcements
Family Connectors University
The Spring quarter of Family Connectors University is beginning soon. Family Connectors University is a 10 week series of evening courses that are designed to help families gain knowledge and skills in advocating for their children, developing strategies toward increasing student academic success, and improving family and community engagement in schools. 
Spring quarter begins the week of March 30th, 2015.  
Chris Ray-Merriweather: (206) 252-0996 | chraymerriwe@seattleschools.org
Betty Williams: (206) 934-4571 | Betty.Williams@seattlecolleges.edu
Or visit our website:  http://bit.ly/FamilyConnectorsUniversity

Class Locations and Schedules:
Location
Day and Time
Address
North Seattle College
Thursday evenings, 6-8pm
9600 College Way N.
Seattle, WA 98103
Instruction Building, room 1409
Van Asselt Elementary School
Monday evenings, 6-8pm
8311 Beacon Avenue S.
Seattle, WA 98118
Classes held in the Library
Chinese Information Services Center 
in Chinese
Friday evenings, 6-8pm
611 S. Lane St.
Seattle, WA 98104
Classes held in 2nd floor conference room
Denny International Middle School
in Somali
Tuesday evenings, 6-8pm
2601 SW Kenyon
Seattle, WA 98126
Classes held in room 252
Beacon Hill International Elementary School
in Spanish
Wednesday evenings, 6-8pm
2025 14th Avenue S.
Seattle, WA 98144
Classes held in Multi-purpose room A
 

SPS Community Meetings on Levy
SPS is hosting five community meetings to share information about our upcoming Operations Levy and our Buildings, Technology, Academics/Athletics IV (BTA IV) Capital Levy which will be submitted to Seattle voters in February 2016.  
The Operations Levy renews every three years, represents nearly 25% of the district’s annual general fund budget and supports basic educational programs not fully funded by the state.The Buildings, Technology and Academics IV (BTA IV) Capital Levy renews every six years and funds hundreds of small renovations and major maintenance projects, as well as technology, academic and athletic initiatives at our school buildings.
Staff members will present information, ask for comments and answer questions. 
 
When
Where
Interpreters provided
Tuesday, March 24,
6:30 to 8 p.m.
Mercer International Middle School lunchroom
1600 South Columbian Way
Tagalog, Chinese, Somali, Spanish, Vietnamese
Wednesday, March 25,
6:30 to 8 p.m.
Ballard High School lunchroom
1418 NW 65th Street
Chinese, Spanish
Monday, March 30,
6:30 to 8 p.m.
Nathan Hale High School lunchroom, 10750 30th Avenue NE
Chinese, Spanish
Tuesday, March 31,
6:30 to 8 p.m.
Fairmount Park Elementary School lunchroom
3800 SW Findlay Street
Spanish, Somali, Vietnamese
Thursday, April 2,
6:30 to 8 p.m.
Meany Middle School stage room
301-21st Avenue East
Spanish, Somali, Vietnamese, Chinese
Comments and questions are welcome via email or regular mail:
Sincerely,  Capital Projects and Planning Team, Seattle Public Schools

Safety Tips for Students Walking to School
We are reminding our scholars about safety tips for walking to and from school.  We would appreciate your parental help by having a similar conversation at home.  The walking safety advice includes:

GENERAL SAFETY TIPS
·       Pay close attention to your surroundings, avoid "automatic pilot"
·       Walk with a purpose; project an assertive, business-like image.
·       Use common sense; plan your route to avoid uninhabited parks, parking lots, garages and alleyways.
·       Stick to well-lit areas.
·       Develop a plan before you see trouble.  Crossing a street or entering a store may get you out of a potentially bad situation.
·       If a car follows you or beckons you while you are walking, do not approach it. Instead, turn and quickly walk the opposite direction.
·       Consider wearing clothing and shoes that you can move freely and quickly in, especially when walking or waiting for the bus.
·       Carry minimal items; overloading yourself can make you appear vulnerable.
·       Always plan your route and stay alert to your surroundings.  Avoid shortcuts.  Walk confidently.  Scan your surroundings and make eye contact with people.
·       Avoid walking alone at night.  As much as possible, walk or travel with a friend, even during the daytime.

As always, thank you for your help and partnership!
Sincerely, Jeff Clark, Principal

Files & Resources
 Cyber Safety Resources
In 2011 and 2014, Stefanie Thomas, from the Seattle Police Department shared information on how to keep our students (and parents) safe while navigating the internet. Here are some resources on cyberbullying, social networking, and safety tips.
 STUDENT PERSONAL SAFETY.pdf
Safety Tips for Students from the SPD - walking to school, on the bus, on the street, etc.
 Summer Opportunities 2015.pdf
Opportunities and activities for Spring Break and Summer 2015 - presented at the Feb 2015 PTSA meeting
 Thriving in the Middle Years.pdf
Assistant Principal Patricia Rangel led an excellent discussion at the PTSA meeting on helping our students thrive in Middle School - For some ideas check out this file.

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