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  • Jennifer Hess

Space Use

If you are a current BT family, you will have received an email from me today about space use at Pathfinder. If you haven't, here is the letter I sent. I've included a link to the letter SPS Associate Superintendent - Flip Herndon - of Facilities & Operations asked us to send to you.

Dear Blazing Trails Families,

Late last week, Blazing Trails received some news from the Facilities Dept. of Seattle Public Schools. They informed us that the district will, most likely, need our dedicated childcare space for classrooms probably for next school year and moving forward. (See attached letter). We've been working closely with our principal, David Dockendorf, to find out as much information as we can and plan as best we can for this impact. We are committed to providing high quality childcare for you and your children in whatever space we have.

If you have any questions or concerns, please, come and talk with Rita, Jennifer or Mckinsey in the Blazing Trails office.

First off, we want to thank David and the administration of Pathfinder K-8 for their steadfast support and commitment to our program and our community. This is a rotten position for them to be in as they have absolutely no say about how many students the district expects them to accommodate. So, however you feel about this challenge, please, know that our school has done everything they can to help.

We won't know the full impact on summer 2016 and next year's programming until the district has their definite numbers sometime in mid-April. We are going ahead with registrations for both programs as planned, beginning on Friday, April 1st. The biggest potential impact for summer is that, if we have to move out of Blazing Trails by July 1st, we will not be able to open the first week of summer, June 27th through July 1st. We will let everyone who registers know as soon as we do.

Our plans over the next 2 years will be to utilized multi-use or shared use spaces. Since we already have a lot of our programming in the cafeteria or gym, Hub and outside spaces already, we only expect to adjust the programming that's currently in our classrooms. We'll be more mobile and creative, like maybe having homework in the library and projects in shared spaces, maybe building blocks in the Hub or hallways. We'll still maintain our homey feel and inclusive culture; we'll just look a little different. We will also be looking for long-term solutions this next year. As we are committed to the value, importance and necessity of childcare located in schools, we will be working hard to figure all this out. We welcome any and all suggestions as we will definitely be looking outside the box to find what's best for our students, their families and our staff.

We've had your back for over 20 years, and that's not going to change.

Rita M. Garton Jennifer Hess Blazing Trails Childcare

Capacity Mgmt Letter for Facilities to F
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