Principal’s Community Update 4/24/23

April 26 5:30-7:00 pm PTA-hosted Spring Community Conversation about creating a culture of kindness at Muir (Mr. Thomas), navigating special education (SpEd & PTA), and the school remodel (Ms. Haider & lead architect). Dinner at 5:30; childcare and interpretation provided. Attend in person or Join via Zoom (passcode 099994). Volunteers welcome, please sign up!

May 1-5 Kindness Week at Muir

May 1-5, 8 SBA Testing 5th Gr (Send in healthy snacks if you wish!)

May 2 2nd Gr Field Trip ~ Chihuly Garden & Glass

May 9 5th Gr Field Trip ~ Seattle Children’s Theater

May 11 1st Gr Field Trip ~ Seattle Children’s Theater

May 11 Math Fair 3:30-5:30 ~ Cafeteria/Gym ~ Open to all! Children must be accompanied by parent.

May 8-12 Teacher Appreciation Week

May 9-12 SBA Testing 4th Gr (Send in healthy snacks if you wish!)

May 15-19 Bike/Walk to School Week

May 15-18 SBA Testing 3rd Gr (Send in healthy snacks if you wish!)

May 24-26 MAP Testing Kindergarten (Send in healthy snacks if you wish!)

May 30-June 1 MAP Testing 1st-3rd Gr (Send in healthy snacks if you wish!)

May 31 PTA Café 7:55-9:00 ~ Cafeteria

Fri, June 2 Explorations Day

June 5-9 MAP Testing 3rd-5th Gr (Send in healthy snacks if you wish!)

Fri, June 9 3rd Gr Field Trip to Seattle Asian Art Museum

Fri, June 30 Last Day of school

May is Walk and Bike to School Month

Muir will celebrate Walk and Bike to School Month throughout May! Walking and rolling can be a fun way to get exercise, improve learning and safety, and connect with community! How you can get involved as we head into May: 

What is a walking school bus? 
A group of students who walk to school with one or more adults. Walking school buses help students get to school on time, reduce pollution and congestion near school, and connect neighbors to each other.

Where is the walking school bus?
See the route below – join at a stop or along the way (Notifications sent via What’s App). 

Who runs the school bus?
The bus is powered by Muir parents and volunteers.  

When does the school bus run?
Our bus will start May 3 and run daily Monday through Friday for the month of May. We hope to add after school routes and continue through June depending on interest and volunteers. 

What can I do to prepare?
Encourage classmates to join, be ready when group arrives and review safety tips (English, Amharic, Chinese, Somali, Spanish, Vietnamese).

Walking School Bus Route

  1. At 7:27 a.m. Depart 38th and Andover (meet at NE corner).
  2. At 7:36 a.m. Meet at Charlestown St and Courtland Pl (SE corner)
  3. At 7:42 a.m. Meet at Rainier Court along 34th Ave S and proceed north on 34th Ave S.
  4. At 7:47 a.m. Arrive at John Muir in style!
1. 7:27 AM Depart 38th and Andover (meet at NE corner). 

2. 7:36 AM Meet at Charlestown St and Courtland Pl (SE corner)

3. 7:42 AM Meet at Rainier Court along 34th Ave S and proceed north on 34th Ave S. 

4. 7:47 AM Arrive at John Muir in style!

*Accessibility Note: route involves steep descent, including a staircase between stop 1 & 2. Rest of route is fairly flat. 

Questions? Feedback? Interested in starting or suggesting a new route, or volunteering to support the route? Please email

Email to volunteer, ask questions, or share ideas! 

Field Trips this year have been generously funded by organizations who are hosting the trips. As a Title 1 school, we are often the beneficiary of educational opportunities at no cost to us or our PTA!

Our New Playground Slide was missing parts. Those parts are scheduled to ship on May 8th. SPS will work with the crew to schedule the installation as soon as possible.

Many families would like to be more involved in their child’s education, and staff members like to work closely with families. Volunteer options include: Time at school, projects at home, field trip chaperone, etc. 

You must complete the online Volunteer Application, which can take several weeks to process and approve. Teachers determine what type of assistance is needed, and the office will also have opportunities. We appreciate your support! 

Explorations Day is Friday, June 2. If YOU have a talent to share, please inform Erica Gordon (parent rep for this event). Email Erica at

Questions? Contact the front office: #206-252-7400. Erika and Helina are always happy to help! You may also email Alana Haider (principal) or Quinta Thomas (ass’t principal)

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