Beacon Hill International School PTA

Beacon Hill International School PTA

When you visit Beacon Hill Elementary School, the term "a world of learning" takes on new meaning. The richness and diversity of the surrounding community is reflected in the faces of the students who fill the classrooms. Over 86% of our students are students of color and over 32% speak English as their second language. More than two thirds of the students are eligible for free or reduced lunch programs. Many of our parents are new immigrants to the United States. They come from Vietnam, China, Laos, Mexico, Guatemala, Somalia and others and struggle to understand this new and complex culture.

To many, this level of diversity, poverty, and language and cultural barriers might seem overwhelming. Certainly, Beacon Hill Elementary faces unique challenges not present at most schools. But it is this richness of diversity that lies at the core of the Beacon Hill family. PTA meetings are simultaneously translated into Chinese and Spanish. Multiple generations live under the same roof. Grandfathers walk hand in hand with their grandchildren to school. Dragons dance through the halls on Chinese New Year bringing luck and prosperity. Newsletters and parent notices are translated by a hard working bilingual staff, dedicated to reaching out to all members of our community. Beacon Hill's diversity is not a hurdle; it is the heart of our global family.

Beacon Hill Elementary (K-5) is located in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Seattle offering full-day Kindergartens, team teaching in an Open Concept space, and English-as-a-Second language specialists as well as many other support services.

Our curricular focus is one of integration, balance, and high expectation. We offer a balanced literacy approach to reading instruction in which many reading choices are offered to our students, and conversations about literature and comprehension are an important element of instruction. Our other curricular areas include math with a focus on problem-solving and higher-level thinking skills' hands-on, interactive science, writing across all subject areas; and a strong program of extra-curricular subjects of art, music, and physical education.

[05/19/17]   You did it! YOU helped us raise $17,708 today. Thank you!

[05/19/17]   Watch BHIS kids run! What a great day to celebrate being active outdoors. Walkathon!

[05/19/17]   Money counting for the Walkathon is already at $5000. We can tell it's going to be a successful fundraiser. in case you forgot, you can donate here:

[05/19/17]   It's WALKATHON DAY! Thanks for your hard work fundraising, now let's do FUNraising.

Southeast Seattle Education Coalition

We know you are all planning on joining the BHIS PTA board for next year (elections and PTA meeting next Tuesday night, 6PM!), but maybe the Seattle school board is more your style. SE Seattle District 7 needs quality candidates who can focus on policy and governing with a dedication to racial equity. Deadline to file is tomorrow!

The deadline to file to run for school board is 19 May. Just a few days left. As of 5/17 no one has filed to run for Dist. 7, SE Seattle. Thank you to South Seattle Emerald for publishing this piece.

[05/18/17]   Just 24 hours left before BHIS students start the Walkathon! We have oranges, bananas, and popsicles, and a great music playlist. We have lap counting volunteers and money counting volunteers. AND we have already raised $1200 online! This could be our best and biggest Walkathon yet. Keep up the fundraising, we'll have FUN tomorrow!

[05/16/17]   Only 3 more days until the WALKATHON!
Online donations are starting to come in. Make yours here:
And thanks!

Kindergarten artwork in celebration of mamas, just beautiful! 💜

BH PTA is so grateful for each and every one of our BHIS teachers. Thank you for your incredible work educating, supporting, and inspiring our children.

*It's Walk-A-Thon Time for Beacon Hill students!*

I know right now a lot of people are wondering, "But what can I do to help?!" and WE HAVE THE ANSWER! Donating to the BHIS Walk-A-Thon is a fantastic way to support a diverse community of learners who represent languages and cultures from around the world. Our goal is to raise $15,000, and here's what your money will buy:

• $25 pays for 5 much-needed new library books (quality books are in high demand!)
• $50 pays for school supplies for 1 student for a year
• $75 sends a 5th grader to 5th Grade Camp at Camp Coleman
• $100 supports 2 students taking after school STEM enrichment classes all school year
• $300 helps a teacher purchase needed classroom supplies

Any amount helps. Donate through our PayPal link - you don't need a PayPal account, just a debit or credit card.

Or send a check made out to BHIS PTA to 2025 14th Ave. S. Seattle, WA 98144. BHIS PTA is a registered 501c-3 and your donation is tax-deductible.

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