Hello SGS Families!
Please join us THIS Friday, for the 2nd Annual Family Pumpkin Carving Contest and Annual Fund Kick Off from 4-6 PM. If it's anything like last year, the event will be a fun time for the whole family, complete with good-spirited competition, impressive creativity, prizes, and Neema’s Comfort Food Truck serving dinner at no charge. Not only is this event a time we can all pause and build community with one another, but it also marks the start of our Annual Fund Campaign.
What About an Auction?
In 2006, SGS Leadership decided to do away with an annual auction and replaced that fundraising effort with the Annual Fund. They felt auctions only served a certain crowd – the crowd that could bid on high ticket items – and instead sought a more inclusive, and mission-appropriate, way to fund our school. So instead of asking families to procure items, buy tickets, and find childcare to attend an auction, we ask them to invest in our Annual Fund instead.
Annual Funds are typical of independent schools and are an essential, yearly effort. Did you know that SGS tuition only covers 66% of our operating budget? We, like most schools, must rely on gifts from families, foundations, and outside supporters to bridge that gap. It’s the difference between a good education, and the one-of-a-kind, stellar, well-rounded education we provide here at SGS thanks to the generosity of our community.
This year, our Annual Fund goal is to raise $100,000 with 100% of families participating. With donations big and small from every family at SGS, we'll successfully meet our goal. Gifts to the Annual Fund go toward immediate needs for the current school year and support everything from our teachers and coaches, to technology, classroom resources, field trips, and so much more. It takes a village, and when all of our gifts are pooled together, the result can mean extraordinary possibilities for our girls. The campaign will only run for 8 weeks – from October 17 through December 12. Right now, our Board of Trustees, faculty, and staff are contributing to the campaign. We are confident that by this Friday, we will announce 100% of the Board, faculty, and staff have already supported this campaign. We hope you join us!
We ask that your family start thinking about what you would like to contribute to the Annual Fund this year. No matter the size, each gift makes a difference and moves us closer toward achieving our goals. We have received 100% participation from families the past three years and hope this will be our fourth! It’s a rare and incredible statement of the vibrancy and commitment of our community. For more on the Annual Fund, click here.
[Open to the Public]
Title: What I Said and What I Meant: Improving Cross Cultural Communication
About: Rosetta has presented this training all over the country, and now she’s presenting it right here in Seattle at her home base. Humans communicate on many levels: spoken language, tone, body language, style and personality. The fact that we have complex cultural identities and a host of differing past experiences increases the probability of cross-cultural miscommunications. This workshop presents major cross-cultural communication theories, ways that cultural values, power, privilege and differences affect the way we communicate, tools for questioning assumptions, and ways to improve cross-cultural communications skills.
For: Adult audiences
When: Wednesday, October 29, 6:30-8:30 PM
Where: Seattle Girls’ School, Community Meeting Room
- Free to SGS Community (parents, guardians, staff, Board)
- $15 per person (plus processing) for external audiences to cover facility and security costs
For tickets: Registration limited to 50 (25 internal, 25 external) – Click here to register »
SGS Parents and Guardians are invited to Math Night! Join the math department on Thursday, Nov. 6, from 6-7:30 PM to learn about the math program and how to support your student in math.
SGS Math Night
SGS students and siblings are welcome to attend the game room space in the 8th grade library during the event.
Important Phone Numbers:
Main Line: (206) 709-2228
Attendance Line (before 8 AM): (206) 805-6500
Aftercare Line: (206) 805-6555
[Full SGS Calendar here » ]
- Oct. 17 - Family Pumpkin Carving Contest + Food Truck, 4-6 PM
- Oct. 18 - Mock ISEE Test, 8:30-11:30 AM
- Oct. 21 - Next Schools Alum Panel for 8th grade families + alum families, 6:30-8 PM
- Oct. 22 - Early Dismissal, 12:30 PM [LTMs]
- Oct. 23-24 - Learning Team Meetings [LTMs]
- Oct. 28 - Mock ISEE Follow-Up Session, 6-7:30 PM
- Oct. 29 - Public Workshop: Cross Cultural Communication, 6:30-8:30 PM (registration required)
- Nov. 4 - Seattle Independent School Fair, Northgate Community Center, 6-8 PM
- Nov. 6 - Math Night, 6-7:30 PM
- Nov. 8 - ISEE Exam at SGS, 8:30 AM - 1 PM