Principal Jaskot's Weekly Dayette

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Upcoming Dates:

  • November 7-21: Conferences - No school for students
  • November 16th: Author Brandon Mull vists B.F. Day - 3rd-5th graders invited
  • November 22-23: Thanksgiving recess
  • December 3-6th: 5th graders to Islandwood
  • December 10th: New Family Tour 8:30 am in the Library
  • December 12-14th: Holiday Book Fair in the Library
  • December 13th (REVISED DATE): Arts presentations and Holiday Sing-along 6:00pm

Global Reading Challenge!

Hi, awesome BFD families and book-lovers!  The Global Reading Challenge is approaching, and we’re looking for your help!

What it is:  Fourth and Fifth graders who choose to participate form into teams, read a pre-chosen list of 10 books (not every kid on the team needs to read every book), then in mid-February, the teams participate in a quiz show-style competition in the gym. Teams try to correctly answer as many questions about the books as possible. The winning team then competes against other schools, until the city championship.

 What we need:  Volunteers who can help out on Thursday lunchtimes from the end of Nov to midFeb, 12:05-12:45ish, to help our kiddos determine team names, make posters, make sure all books are assigned to readers, practice answering questions about the books, etc.  In general, just be awesome reading mentors.

 What you get:   A chance to get to know some of our amazing mini middle school students, have some great conversations about books, and help our fmily school.  Win/win/win!

 For those interested, here’s this year’s list of books: Please let us know if you can help.  It’s going to be fun :)


Lost & Found

There are still three filled Lost & Found in your building.  The main one is still located in the northeast entrance, our most used entrance, and is currently full of great coats, lunchboxes, water bottles, books, etc.  A small container for small lost items is on the office front on a table.  Mini-middle school has a pile of lost items outside room 309.   We will strive to hang up items along the main, 2nd floor hall during conferences.

Student Council

The Student Council is beginning a food drive.  This food drive will be going to University district food bank. The student council recommends canned nonperishable food. Especially, 

  • Canned fruit
  • Canned chicken, tuna and salmon o Soups and stews
  • Peanut and other nut butters (especially crunchy) o Shelf stable milk and milk alternatives (rice, soy, almond) o Cereal  o Cooking oil 
  • Baby formula and diapers (especially for older babies

With your donations, the student council will send this food to the university district food bank that serves 72,800 households a year. As the family school, we believe in helping those in need and helping support our brothers and sisters. Thank you for donating! 

Library News

 Brandon Mull is coming to BF Day!

Brandon Mull, New York Times bestselling author of Spirit Animals, fantasy series: Fablehaven, Five Kingdoms, Beyonders and other popular series, will be here to unveil his latest title, Dragonwatch Book 2: The Wrath of the Dragon King.

  • Who: 3-5th grades & their families
  • When: Friday, Nov. 16 10:00 – 10:45
  • Where: BF Day gym
  • Book purchases & signing:  o Please let Mr. Hammer know asap if you’d like to pre-order a copy of Wrath of the Dragon King and include the following:
  • Student name, teacher, phone number and who the book should be autographed to
  • $20.96 (includes tax) per hardcover copy. Cash/check accepted

o A limited number of copies, will be available at the event for $20.96, including tax (hardcover) courtesy of The University Bookstore

Brandon will also be hosting a book signing at University Book Store in the University District on November 16 at 6:00p.m.

Link to Brandon’s web  

Our BF Day Holiday Book Fair is coming:

Where: in the library

o When: Wed – Fri, 12/12 – 12/14

  • Specific times TBD
  • Volunteers needed: a Sign Genius page will be shared soon!

Dayette Volunteer Opportunities

Serve on the BF Day Beautification Committee o help in the library o

  • Hanging/organizing Lost & Found on regular basis 
  • to make Goodwill runs every once and awhile 
  • to help coordinate logistics for a BF Day fundraising video 
  • Hanging clothing in the hall just before Thanksgiving

Please email Megan Ladner, Volunteer Coordinator at


 Direct Drive Update... Only need to raise $14,354 more!!! Goal:  $75,000* / 75% participation (180 families) $60,646 / 127 families have participated!

$14,364 / 83 families needed in 2 days!

Can you help?

Direct Drive funds help pay for learning support for this year's K-5th grades - via classroom tutors and reading and math interventionists.  Only 1 more day, can you help us reach the goal?  Remember, every contribution, no matter the size, makes a difference!

Help your student's classroom win $250 in new books!

The PTSA wants to give $250 in books to the first class -  in each grade! - to return 75% of their envelopes!  Congratulations to Ms Smith's class for winning the Kindergarten award last Friday and Ms Papineau's class for winning the 1st grade award today!!  To help your class win, simply donate online or fill out your pledge card and return to the school by Wednesday, tomorrow!  Here are the classroom standings as of Tuesday morning...

Smith... 14 / 13 (Contgratulations!)

Stevens... 11 / 14

 Kendrick... 9 / 14 

Ferrel... 15 / 15 (Great job!)

Steel... 8 / 14

Papineau... 15 / 15 (Congratulations!)

Hill... 8 / 16 

Dawson.... 16 / 20 

Davis... 17 / 20 

Sawyer... 7 / 15 

Cerulia... 12 / 17 

Olegario... 1 / 22 

Maldonado... 15 / 22 

Noreng... 6 / 22 

Trot...  1 / 14 

Rupert... 3 / 12 


Chinook Book Fundraiser Wrap Up

The BF Day community sold 51 Chinook Book app subscriptions, 12 app cards, and 48 Chinook Book combos, raising about $1050 for the BF Day PTSA.  Thanks to all who participated!  You can still purchase an app via your phone by using the link  and the partner code  bfdayelementary  .

The top-selling classrooms and the randomly-selected child from those rooms are listed below, along

with the prize they won.  Prizes will be delivered through “classroom mail.”

top selling Ms. Cerulia’s class – selected winner is Clementine Elaison, gift card to Hot Cakes

2nd place Mr. Olegario’s class – selected winner is Nora Richard, gift card to Agrodolce

3rd place Ms. Steel’s class – selected winner is Nasrudin Kedir, 2 passes to the Seattle Children’s


4th place Ms. Davis’s class – selected winner is Haven Driver, 2 passes to the Seattle Children’s


5th place Ms. Smith’s class – selected winner is Alec Bunster, 1 pass to the Seattle Children’s Museum Fremont Festivus


A music festival is added to the Fremont Festivus weekend of activities highlighting the fun of shopping in Fremont!

Fremont - Seattle, WA:  Over the weekend of December 7th, 8th & 9th, Fremont Festivus will highlight the fun found in celebrating the holidays at the Center of the Universe.  With the Fremont First Friday Art Walk, the Fremont Sunday Market, and the first-ever Fremont Music Festival, the weekend will be full of free, enlightening, family-friendly, and engaging events!  Fremont Festivus will kick-off, as always, with the Lenin Lighting on Friday, December 7th, at 5p.

For 2018, Fremont Festivus will host a music and variety festival at Fremont Mischief Distillery, and local bands (and acts) are being sought to take the stage and share their stuff!  This Festival will take place on Saturday, December 8th from 11a – 7p – entry is free and all are welcome.  American Music will be supplying the bands with sound and back-of-stage instruments.  All interested musicians and performers can contact Adrian Laney at or 206-713-8081 about getting on the bill.  Look forward to a day of entertainment and celebration!  Food will be available for sale – and Mischief will be offering some of their amazingly tasty beverages.

In addition, all weekend long, shoppers can play the Roamin’ Holiday Bazaar – collecting stamps from participating businesses for a chance of winning $200 in Fremont gift cards.  Plus, area shops and restaurants will be offering deals and discounts on meals and merchandise.  Visit the official Fremont Festivus website (at for more details coming soon!

Fremont Festivus is a free, family friendly event celebrating the holidays in the typical fun and funky

Fremont-style!  For more information, contact the producers at – or 206-632-3170, or see the Facebook page at  

  • Held rain-or-shine - December 7th, 8th & 9th
  • FREE
  • For more information contact, at 206-632-3170 or