All About Adams
If your child will be absent or late, please call the front office
attendance line at 206-252-1302 before 9:10 AM and leave a message. You
can also email Angela Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your child needs to be released early for an appointment or other
reason, please send a note in the morning and contact the office before
picking up your child. Please do not go directly to your child's
classroom. You will be asked to sign him/her out at the front desk, and
an office staff member will call the classroom to release your child.
After-School Activities Program:
We have a number of PTA organized after school programs offered
quarterly; some are open to kindergartners. Past programs have included
art, chess and math clubs, drama, Lego club, Mad Science, netball, and
Spanish. Most activities meet once per week for approximately one hour.
Fall sessions usually begin in October (lasting approx. 8 weeks), with
sign-up announced in our school newsletter in mid-September.
Scholarships for after-school programs may be available through the PTA.
Please visit the After School Programs page or contact the After School Programs coordinator at email@example.com
Playground supervision begins at 9:15 AM each day for morning drop-off;
please do not leave children unaccompanied before this time. The
playground gate is located at the corner of NW 62nd St. & 26th Ave
NW. Breakfast is available beginning at 9:10 and costs $1.75.
Classes begin at 9:35 a.m. To enable teachers time to prepare for the
day, students play outside until the 9:30 bell rings. At that time,
students may enter the classrooms. Students are considered late if they
arrive after 9:35. In case of rain, a rainy day bell will ring and
students may enter classrooms beginning at 9;15.
The large number of students and parents on school grounds during
arrival and drop off can potentially pose a safety issue. Please be sure
to keep hallways clear so that students can pass through the hallways
Students arriving late (after the 9:35 bell) need to check in at the
office to receive a pass before going to their classroom. After 9:45,
please use the NW 62nd St. entrance, as all other entrances are locked
at this time.
Adams Elementary is strongly committed to ensuring that our students
receive the benefits of an art-rich education. Toward that end, art is
“infused” into our curriculum in a variety of ways. More information
about our arts infused program can be accessed on the Arts Infusion section of our website.
Each kindergarten classroom contains a co-ed bathroom. Student bathrooms
are located on each floor of the school, and students in portable
classrooms use the bathrooms nearest to the playground door.
Student bathrooms are for student use only. Adult bathrooms are located throughout the building and are clearly marked.
Biking to School:
Bike racks are available near the front entrance of the school on 28th NW, and near the side entrance on NW 62nd St.
Families of kindergarten students will be asked to send a change of
clothing in their child’s backpack, at least for the beginning of the
school year. If your child should have a bathroom accident, they will
have a clean set of clothes to change into. The nurse’s office will also
have changes of clothing available if needed; please wash and return
these to the office.
We recommend that your student's name is clearly written on all
clothing. This helps us reunite lost articles with the owner. Our lost
and found is located in the hallway inside the main entrance.
Your teacher will indicate how best to reach him/her (i.e. email,
telephone, notes from home, scheduled meetings) regarding questions
related to the classroom. The school office and/or principal can be
contacted about any additional school questions (206-252-1300).
Most school communication takes place electronically through email
and via our website. To receive the weekly school e-newsletter, sign up
All families will receive printed copies of the newsletter for the
first month of school. Then, only families who do not have email will
receive printed copies. Printed notices and materials are occasionally
sent home to children via "kid mail" in their homework folders. Check
their backpacks and folders daily!
School messenger will be used to send email broadcasts to families about
time-sensitive information that cannot wait to be published in our
weekly newsletter. To receive these broadcasts, you must have a working
email address in our database. Contact the school office if you are
unsure if your email address is current.
Classes end each day at 3:45 pm. Students taking the bus or attending after-school child care programs are dismissed first.
- All students who attend KidsCo. will meet the KidsCo. staff in
the cafeteria, and will then be escorted to KidsCo. by a staff member.
- Students who attend the Ballard Boys and Girls Club or Ballard
Community Center programs will meet a staff member from those programs
in the school library who will escort them to the vans for transport to
their respective programs.
Parents or guardians picking up younger students are asked to kindly
wait quietly in the hallway until dismissal so that instruction can
continue uninterrupted until 3:45. Students will not be released from
the classroom until the teacher sees that their parent or guardian has
Because of the congestion in the hallways after school, we recommend
that parents of older students meet their children outside in front of
the school, or in back on the playground. Please Note: the playground is not supervised by school staff after school.
With the exception of service dogs, for safety reasons, dogs are not permitted on school grounds - even when
on a leash. In an effort to minimize safety risks, please do not leave
dogs unattended and tied up around the perimeter of the school grounds.
Drop-Off and Pick-Up:
There is a morning drive-through drop-off in the driveway in front of the main entrance on 28th Ave. NW. To make room for other cars, please pull as far forward as possible. So that school traffic does not back up onto 28th, please keep goodbyes short so that traffic keeps moving.
The driveway on 28th is closed to traffic during dismissal. If you wish to come on to campus to meet your student, please park in designated parking spaces on 62nd St., or use neighborhood on street parking.
The Eagle’s Nest
is a PTA office and store located across from Kindergarten rooms 210
& 211 in room 213A. Here you can buy Adams T-shirts, Chinook Books
and other fundraising items. You may also drop-off Ballard Market
receipts, Box Tops & Labels for Education to help support Adams.
Lastly, you can join the PTA and otherwise get your questions answered
about PTA activities.
Entering the building:
Our yellow-framed front entrance faces west onto 28th Ave NW. Our
visitor entrance (facing north onto NW 62nd St.) takes you directly to
the office, and has a ramp for stroller accessibility. The two
playground entrances (facing east) are closest to the kindergarten
classrooms. Between 9:40 am and 3:30 pm all exterior doors are locked
except the entrance on NW 62nd St. If you enter the building during
school hours, please go to the office, sign in, and obtain a visitor's
Besides his/her teacher, some key adults your child will get to know on a
regular basis include our principal (Mr. Tim Moynihan), assistant
principal (Mr. Doug Sohn), office secretary (Ms. Debbie McKagan), office
assistant (Ms. Angela Wilson), librarian (Mr. Chris Oswald), gym
teacher (Mr. Rob Faucette), music teacher (Mr. Deryl Harter) and dance
teacher (Ms. Calliope Orr).
First day of school:
Classes for students in grades 1-5 begin on Wednesday, September 7th, 2016.
Kindergarten students will start school on Monday September 12, 2016. On
the first day, students may go to their classrooms directly upon
arrival. You are welcome to join your child in the classroom for a short
time as s/he gets settled. Parents will then be dismissed to the
cafeteria for a welcome greeting (with refreshments) and orientation.
Gym, Music and Dance:
Students will have a daily ½ hour physical education, dance or music class. Gym class features a wide variety of both indoor and outdoor activities; please make sure students have appropriate shoes. Music class is also active, and includes physical movement and dance along with singing and music theory. Dance explores rhythm and movement as well as discipline and control.
Jump Start Kindergarten:
Any child allergies or other medical concerns should be communicated to
the school staff. Medical and emergency contact forms will be sent out
for completion at the beginning of the school year. It is very important
to keep the school informed of any changes to this information.
Washington state law requires public school families to provide proof of
immunization status or to submit a form to document their exemption
from State requirements.
If your child should become ill at school, s/he will be sent to the
office and you will be contacted. Our nurse is on site two days per
week. Please do not send kids to school who are displaying signs of illness.
Jump start is a 5-day morning kindergarten program designed to help
children and their families begin school ready - and excited - about
learning. During Jump Start, students become familiar with their new
school building, the school staff, and typical school day routines and
procedures. Jump Start will take place from August 22-26, 2016 from 9:00 to 12:00.
Lost & Found:
Please clearly label your child’s backpack, lunchbox, water bottle, and
any coats or hats they may wear to school. Lost items are placed in the
lost in found near the main entrance to be claimed. Periodically,
unclaimed items will be donated to charity.
Classes are scheduled for regular visits to the library for information
literacy lessons. Students have opportunities to borrow books from the
library at that time. Your child’s day and time to visit the library
will be communicated by his or her teacher. More information can be
found on the Library page of the website.
Each classroom is assigned to a table in the lunchroom. Volunteer
helpers to assist kitchen staff in serving lunch are also greatly appreciated. Contact lunchroom manager Mary Lawson (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the PTA Volunteer Coordinator (email@example.com) for more information if you would like to volunteer.
Your child can either bring or buy lunch each day, or buy milk to go
with a bagged lunch. Students do not pay cash; instead, pre-paid lunch
accounts can be set up the first week of school (or any time after the
first day), accessed by a 4-digit personal code each child will learn.
This can be confusing at first, but staff will be on hand to assist. You
should receive more details about lunch buying procedures and the free
& reduced lunch program before school starts. Lunch cost $2.75.
Breakfast and lunch are free for those who qualify.
We want to make sure each student household is kept informed of school
news and events. Parents and caregivers in secondary households are
responsible for providing the school with appropriate contact
information, and for making arrangements for receiving school news.
Printed school news and notices are sent home with students regularly.
Additional newsletters and notices will be available in the office;
newsletters will be also posted on the Adams website, and may be
emailed. Families can also sign up for the email version of the school
Adams has two parking lots, located at the front and rear of the school,
and ample street parking along NW 62nd St. (Note: NW 62nd is one-way
going east between 28th and 26th NW.) Enter the front parking lot from
28th Ave. NW, and exit onto NW 62nd St. (this lot is closed during bus
loading time from 3:10 to 3:35 pm). Enter the rear lot from NW 62nd St.
just before 26th Ave NW.
Please note that designated handicapped parking spaces are available
near the entrance to 62nd street. Please be sure to leave these spaces
free for vehicles displaying designated handicapped parking passes.
Please do not park in the loading zone on 62nd street - even if only momentarily.
Written assessments of your child’s progress (report cards) will be
distributed three times a year: December, March and on the last day of
school in June. The parent teacher conferences are held during the week
of Thanksgiving Break in November. NOTE: There is no school during conference week.
Kindergarten classrooms partner with an upper grade class to provide
each child a reading buddy. Reading buddies visit classrooms regularly.
In addition to reading together, they also help with special projects
and celebrations throughout the year. They are a friendly face and
familiar older connection for your child at school.
All students have three recess periods each day. Recess times vary by grade level. Please see the daily schedule posted on the school website for information about the time of your child’s recess.
Students should dress for Seattle’s weather, and plan to be outside
each day at recess. Recess is held indoors in cases of extremely rainy
or cold weather.
Adams is committed to insuring the emotional and physical safety of our
students. In accordance with State and School District guidelines, Adams
Elementary School has a comprehensive safety plan, and we conduct
regular drills to practice our response to a variety of natural or
human-caused incidents. Our safety team, comprised of school staff and
parents, meets monthly to review and update procedures.
Parents are encouraged to supply a "school comfort kit" for use in the
event of an emergency. Information about the content of these kits, as
well as additional information about safety at Adams can be found on the
safety page of our website.
Basic classroom supplies are provided by the school, and supplemental supplies are requested by each grade level. Grade level supply lists are updated each year. .
Lists of suggested supplies can be found on our website.
Our summer staircase is a free, half-day summer program that provides
instruction in literacy and mathematics for qualifying students.
Information about registering for the Summer Staircase program is
communicated in late winter.
Our school thrives on the participation and energy of our many
volunteers. There are ample opportunities for volunteering at Adams
throughout the year, either in the classroom, from home, or at special
activities and events. We encourage you to participate as you are able;
it is a great way to keep in touch with the school environment and meet
other members of the community. All volunteers must complete and pass the volunteering screening requirements set up by the state and school district. For information about how to register as a volunteer, see the Volunteer Page on the website or contact the school office.