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"Back-to-School" Letter

We are getting excited to welcome you to an exciting new year at Arbor Heights! Please read our "Back-to-School" Letter, which includes everything you need to know to prepare for the start of school.

Read the "Back-to-School" Letter NOW!

Letter from Principal Collins
Teaching Staff and Positions - including a NEW Science Specialist!
School Supply List - by grade level (items can be brought to Meet & Greet)
Important Reminders & Procedures
Bell Schedule
Staff Routes to School - Maps and guidelines for drop-off and pick-up
School Entry Procedures - NEW visitor check-in system with photo ID badges
Back-to-School Important Dates - classroom assignment postcards, Meet & Greet, and 1st Day of School
Classroom Change Process 
Emergency Contact Information - NEW online form to update or establish your contact information
Health Information
Attendance Policy - NEW online form to report student absences
Dress Policy
Behavior & Discipline
After-School Programs - find the list of class offerings for Fall 2014!
PTA Membership & Information on "Welcome Back to School" BBQ 
August 21, 2014 | Contact: Christy Collins, Principal

"Back-to-School" Timeline

  • August 21st – “Back-to-School” letter was sent via SchoolMessenger and posted to the website and Facebook announcing: plans for the year, teacher line-up, new hires, grade-level supply lists, logistics at Boren,  new visitor/volunteer check-in system, etc...
  • Late-August - Transportation letters will be mailed to individual families by the district ~1 week before school starts. Those letters will have pick-up/drop-off locations and times.
  • August 25th – Postcards will be mailed to students the week before school starts with their teacher assignment.
  • August 29th - Classroom lists will be posted on the front door of the Boren building by 4 p.m.
  • September 2nd – Meet & Greet with a reception and tour from 2:00-3:30 p.m.  This is a wonderful opportunity to see school, classrooms, meet friends/teachers, staff and other parents just before school starts.
  • September 3rd – 1st Day of School!  School starts at 8:45 a.m. (tardy bell at 8:50 a.m.) and ends at 2:50 p.m. Our start time has changed - originally we were to start at 8:40 a.m. yet now it will be 5 minutes later at 8:45 a.m..
August 5, 2014 (Updated:8/22/14) | Contact: Christy Collins, Principal

Letter to Families: Info. for 2014-2015 School Year

Dear Arbor Heights Families, 

Move to Louisa Boren Building
We will be moving to the Louisa Boren building located at 5950 S. Delridge Way SW starting September 3rd, 2014, and we will remain there for two years while our new school is being built. We will be co-housed with the K-5 STEM School for the duration of the rebuild. 

Bell times
School will start at 8:40 a.m. and end at 2:50 p.m.

All Arbor Heights students living in the Arbor Heights catchment area will receive transportation by the district. Transportation letters will be mailed directly to the families will information regarding where the bus stop will be, and what time the bus will pick up and drop off students. 

For those students not living in the Arbor Heights catchment area, we will do our best to accommodate those students by letting them know where the closest bus-stop to their homes will be so they can take advantage of the free transportation. We will let these families know during the first week of school.

Breakfast will be served from 8:20 a.m. - 8:40 a.m.

School Phone Number
Our school phone number will remain the same (206) 252-9250.

Please feel free to call the school if you have any questions.

Christy Collins
Arbor Heights Principal

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June 19, 2014 | Contact: Christy Collins, Principal

Letter to Families: Boren Building Update

Dear Arbor Heights Elementary and K-5 STEM @ Boren Families:

As many of you know, Arbor Heights Elementary will colocate with the K-5 STEM program in the Louisa Boren Building, 5950 Delridge Way SW, for the 2014-15 and the 2015-16 school years while the existing Arbor Heights building is being replaced. 

We understand that co-location has its challenges, but please know that the well-being of your student is important to us, and we will make sure our students and staff have room for teaching and learning, lunch, gym and play space. Seattle Public Schools has used interim sites in all major construction projects, including Roosevelt High, Garfield High, Sealth High and Cleveland High. Staff will work diligently to ensure a successful transition. The purpose of this communication is to share the status of the work to date in terms of building use, logistics and safety and security. 

1. Building use
The administration of both Arbor Heights and K – 5 STEM have been working closely with District personnel to ensure equitable use of the facilities.  There will be common areas such as the lunchroom, playground, music room, library and bathrooms.  Due to the staggered start/dismissal times, students from Arbor Heights and K – 5 STEM will not be using these larger common areas at the same time. Each school will have separate classrooms, gymnasiums, offices for administration, science labs and each school will have their own nurse.   

2. Logistics
Start times for the two schools will be staggered. Those times have yet to be determined.  Buses will drop all students, except Arbor Heights Special Education students, in the existing bus load/unload zone on Delridge Way SW.  Arbor Heights Special Education students will use the load/unload zone on Juneau Street on the north side of the building.  Parents of both schools can pick up and drop off their students in the south parking lot or on Delridge Way SW, south of the bus zone.  Students, parents and visitors can enter the building by using the existing south entrance or the main entry/exit into the building on Delridge Way SW. 

3. Safety and Security
There will be a consolidated Safety and Security plan developed by both schools’ safety committee. The consolidated plan will include emergency preparedness, critical incident management and student health concerns.

The next step in the colocation project is to continue communicating with you, our school partners and the larger community. To this end, we created a new link to the web page, “Boren Building News” on the district website, This page will be updated periodically with information about planning,  the colocation process and ongoing improvements. 

We look forward to working together on behalf of our students and school communities. 


Christy Collins           Dr. Shannon McKinney   
Principal, Arbor Heights Elementary   Principal, K – 5 STEM @ Boren
April 9, 2014 | Contact: Christy Collins, Principal

Kindergarten Jump Start Coming to Arbor Heights August 2014

February 25, 2014 | Contact: Christy Collins, Principal

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