Notes from our Dec. 11 meeting

Greetings, community! We will be publishing our meeting notes here in condensed form. For the full conversation and to take part in decisions, join with us next in January!

Present:
Shawna Patterson-Lystra, Julian Gardner-Irving, Jenny Rose Ryan, Alicyn Roberge, Amanda Kay, Amber Smith, Tisbury Pringle-Ennis, Tarra Patrick, Helen Morrison, Liz Oliver, Jenny Garvin-Bonnici, Helena Hussemi and Jenna Sandoval.

We welcome our visitors Hayden Bass of the PTSA Equity Project, Gretchen DeDecker of Seattle Public Schools and Minh-Chau Le of the Department of Neighborhoods.

PTSA Equity Project
Hayden of the PTSA Equity Project voiced a huge issue happening in Seattle. There are huge opportunity gaps between white students and students of color. While high poverty schools receive more money, there are restrictions on spending, leaving certain schools short on student and staff needs. There are also teacher salary discrepancies between high and low poverty schools. Let’s build on community, fight for equality, and demand more from our Washington State Legislature! For more information and meeting dates/times email: ptsaequity@gmail.com or haydenbass@gmail.com.

Playground & Mural for Our School
Gretchen DeDecker of Seattle Public Schools outlined the process for the playground.

Minh-Chau Le noted that in 2017 the Department of Neighborhoods unveiled new guidelines that lowered the community match by half. This creates fewer barriers and enables more groups to participate.

Jenny Rose Ryan is going through has ‘dream playground’ submissions from students, parents and staff and will start to compile ideas for the subcommittee’s next meeting. Information was well received at the recent Night of Hope…*cough* volcano slide. Once built, playground tours & orientation will commence during the back to school bbq as advised by Tarra Patrick.

Mural Update
Mural timeline is spring 2018 layout and summer 2018 installation with a budget of $10k-15k. Muralist/artist Ernesto Ibarra and Tis Pringle-Ennis reviewed the wall space at 32nd Ave SW and SW Holden Street. Ideas are being developed and a plan is being put together. More information in the next couple months.

Other Updates

    We are learning more about needs for our new school and hoping to identify specific items we can raise funds for.
    We are setting up a separate fund to receive donations for student lunch balances. We have had community members compete to pay the bill in recent years, with a special shout out to Ms. Patrick’s friend from church.
    Our partnership with Zippy’s for the recent Dine Out yielded $700! We are so grateful to Zippy’s! Proletariat Pizza also donated $100 of cheesy goodness for our recent Parents’ Night Out. It takes a village.
    A parent ran the Seattle Marathon in support of Roxhill, bringing in more than $350.
    School counselor Amber Smith’s family donated $500 to our organization.
    Our school catalog sale campaign brought in $1,400.
    We now have a way to give online, through Fundly. See the link in our homepage menu and share with your faraway family and friends!

Upcoming events:

    Dine Out for five Title 1 schools on Tuesday, Dec. 19, at Marination Ma Kai on Harbor Avenue in West Seattle.
    Friday, Jan. 26 — Our Next Parents’ Night Out.
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