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    Aki Peace Crane Press-September
    Posted on 09/21/2017
    Peace Crane Press printed newsletter -copies available in front officeWelcome to the new school year, Aki families!
    We ended last year feeling panic about the budget crisis and staff losses we were facing. While we have accepted some of those losses, fortunately they were not as large as originally expected. And, we have some exciting changes to share this year: First, while the bell times having changed again brings frustration, it has also brought us the opportunity to re-structure advisory. Students now have advisory every Wednesday, instead of once per month. This gives us more time to build community, work on social-emotional growth, and academic goal-setting.  
      I am so excited to welcome back to Aki, as Assistant Principal focused on math and science, Caine Lowery, who returns to Aki after being a part of our community for 7 years, and having spent a couple of years away at Cleveland HS as a teacher and dean of students. Mr. Lowery shares that he has “always been driven by the idea that education has the power to shape the life trajectory of our students, and that it can be the single most important tool in the fight for a just and equitable society.” Mr. Lowery’s primary role last year at Cleveland was to support teachers in their growth and development in instruction and to expand and improve systems of restorative and trauma-informed practices in an effort to improve the academic outcomes of all students. He hopes to leverage the knowledge, skills, and mindsets that he developed through that work to support the Aki community as we continue to grow and change.
       This year our staff theme for professional growth is “Peace Cranes Rise.” The acronym stands for: R- We will nurture the important Relationships that foster student growth in a positive school environment. I- We will use innovative and research-based Instructional practices to ensure ALL students are growing and achieving at high levels. S- We will help students develop Social-Emotional Skills so that they grow academically, emotionally and socially, and E- We will continue our pursuit of Equity so that all students have equitable access to opportunities, culturally responsive instruction, and grow & achieve at high levels. Staff are reading the book “Datawise,” and will continue to use multiple types of date to reflect on and improve their teaching practice so students grow!
       We have a new student cell phone policy this year, based on a “stoplight model.” All classrooms throughout the building will use this, with a standard display by color to avoid confusion. Red means: phones are not out or on. Yellow: phones can be used for educational purposes, per the teacher’s instructions. Green: Free time on phone, but no texting, calling or social media (for example, teachers may allow students to listen to music with headphones while they complete class work.)
      We always welcome your questions and input, and would love to see you all at our Title 1 Curriculum Night on Thursday, September 21. This is a great opportunity to meet your child’s teachers, learn more about Common Core State Standards, get questions answered, and start the year off strong! Please return the Family Need Assessment form as soon as you can, so that as we plan family activities, services and programs for this year, we can do our best to meet your needs and interests throughout the year.  Finally, I wanted to inform families that I will be on medical leave for a few weeks beginning September 25. There is nothing for you to worry about – your students are all in good hands with our strong admin team, wonderful teachers and guest principal Dr. Gloria Mitchell. It’s going to be hard for me to be away from my Peace Cranes, though!  
    Sincerely, Mia Williams, Principal
    HAPPENING AT AKI
     HOME VISITS Our Family Engagement Action Team called all of our incoming 6th grade families in August and scheduled as many home visits as possible to get to know our new families and help with the transition to Aki.
    • 6th GRADE ORIENTATION was a huge success on August 30! Families enjoyed dinner together, the chance to ask Principal Williams great questions about how things work at Aki, and the chance to meet 6th grade teachers. Most students also picked up free school supplies provided by Communities in Schools.
    •CITY YEAR: Aki Kurose will benefit again this year from the energy and support of City Year Corps Members! Corps Members provide academic support to students and help with community-building activities at school.
    • AKI PRIDE FRIDAYS: Wear your Aki Kurose, High school, or College Gear every Friday!
    WELLNESS CENTER UPDATE
    Aki has a Wellness Center that is convenient for your child’s medical care! Open during the school year from 8:30am-4:00 pm, services focus on prevention, and include immunizations, asthma management, treatment of common illnesses, and mental health counseling. Our team includes a Nurse Practitioner, Mental Health Counselor, Health Educator and an office coordinator, and we work closely with the school nurse. Our center aims to serve young people who are uninsured and underinsured— those who have nowhere else to go to get medical care and counseling. However, many families with insurance prefer the Wellness Center because of the convenience and service. To get started, please complete a registration packet at the Wellness Center. Students must be registered, including a parent signature, to be seen for medical concerns. If your child has registered previously, there is no need to sign up again. Questions? call Lisa at the front desk: (206) 326-2141.
    ATHLETICS
    Get your free physical at school now in preparation for participation in sports! Sign up in the Kaiser Permanente Wellness Center.
    Fall sports include: Ultimate Frisbee and Girls Soccer
    PTSA
    First meeting of the year: Tuesday, September 26 at 6:00. Come support our school with your ideas and energy - All are welcome!
    AKI PRIDE|Show your Peace Crane Pride! Aki PTSA sells t-shirts and hoodies. Buy yours at an evening event at school!
    VOLUNTEER
    Please pick up a volunteer application packet from the front office or family information wall outside the office. Complete requirements at least one week in advance of field trips to give us time to process your application; we CANNOT accept paperwork on the same day as a field trip