Last Saturday, January 22nd, was the anniversary of the Treaty of Point Elliott.
Signed in 1855, that treaty "guaranteed hunting and fishing rights and reservations to all Tribes represented by the Native signers. In return for the reservation and other benefits promised in the treaty by the United States government, the Duwamish Tribe exchanged over 54,000 acres of their homeland. Today those 54,000 acres include the cities of Seattle, Renton, Tukwila, Bellevue, and Mercer Island, and much of King County."
This is a major date in our shared histories. In fact, the Ferndale School District did not have school last year on Jan. 22 in observance of Treaty Day. Read more about that observance here.
That Ferndale link also includes an amazing video about the treaty, which I highly recommend:
I should of course also note that the first signature on the treaty, above that of Chief Seattle's, is Isaac Stevens, the current namesake of our school.
Sign up now! Amy Lang will be leading a parent & caregiver workshop on the "birds & bees" (aka sex and sexuality education) on Thursday, January 27th at 6:30pm on Zoom.
Please use this link to register: http://tinyurl.com/4kk47hka
Covid emergency support is available!
Last year the Stevens PTA voted to set aside 20% of our budget for supporting community members during the pandemic. If you or someone you know needs help with childcare, rent, medical expenses, or other needs, please reach out to the Stevens social worker, Mr. James, at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Meany PTSA invites you to A Conversation About Disability Advocacy (Feb 2)
Disability is a form of diversity so often left out of equity and social justice conversations. Join Meany Middle School for a special online presentation from the Arc of King County -- Feb 2 at 7pm -- as we explore how biases impact our words and the way we treat people with disabilities. If you have a disability, or know, love and work with people with disabilities, you don't want to miss this critical conversation. Topics include: Disability Rights is Civil Rights Respectful Language The Different Forms of Disability The Models of Disability Join via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8227161854?from=addon. For questions contact email@example.com.
Please support the two levies on the ballot this February!
Ballots should be arriving any day, and your Stevens PTA supports both levies--please vote Yes on Prop 1 and Yes on Prop 2! And please return your ballot by February 8th!
The Replacement Educational Programs and Operations (EP&O) Levy continues funding for Special Education, Advanced Learning, social-emotional supports, and staffing beyond what the state funds. This local levy also helps pay for arts, drama, music, and athletics. The Replacement Buildings, Technology, and Academics/Athletics (BTA) Capital Levy pays for repairs to our school buildings to ensure they are healthy and safe. The levy also pays for technology for students and staff, and upgrades to classroom technology.