Carl Sandburg & DCS


October 25, 2019

Preview Campaign


The Informer is scheduled to be sent out on Friday afternoons around dismissal time. You will also be able to find the latest issue on our website here.

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10/25/2019 - Family Fall Festival

10/31/2019 - Halloween Parties
Teachers & Room Parents will have info on your classes/grades activities

11/1/2019 - Candy Buy Back

11/07/2019 - Screenagers: Growing up in the Digital Age (Co Hosted by Carl Sandburg & DCS PTSA and Thoreau Elementary PTA)

11/11/2019 - No School - Veterans Day

11/19/2019 - Picture Makeup/Retakes



Friday, October 25th at 6:30 for a FREE family fun event! We will have some tasty treats and popcorn available for sale. It is CASH ONLY so please bring some small bills if you plan to enjoy our concession stand. Remember - doors to the inside will NOT be open until 6:30, so plan accordingly. We strive to have our events accessible to everyone in our community. Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations or who have questions about access may email us at in advance of the event.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: We can still use some help to make the Family Fall Festival FANTASTIC! If you have time we can use volunteers to help with concessions. Click the image below to sign up!

Concessions require you to be a PTSA member since cash will be handled.


We have officially opened our Spirit Wear store for this school year. It will run from Oct. 21st through November 3rd. It is an online store, so you can order from the comfort of home. :) We have new this year long sleeve 'technical' t-shirts!

If you'd like to see a few samples for sizing and color, I will be at the school with a table at the Fall Harvest Festival this coming Friday Oct. 25th.

Please reach out with questions to


Local orthodontist, Dr. Michelle Fogg Neal ( is again offering Sandburg/DCS students a sweet deal: paying the PTSA $1/lb. for students' wrapped Halloween candy. Candy will be donated to Hopelink.

Collection boxes will be located in classrooms ONLY on Friday, November 1st! Remember to take candy to the classroom (not the office) so it can be credited to your child's class collection. In the past, we have collected as much as 700-lbs of candy, making $700 available to PTSA causes.

Let's make this year's collection the biggest yet, and share our Sandburg Halloween Spirit! ​


If you are like me, this week your child(ren) came home and mentioned meeting an interesting man at school. In my son’s innocent 1st grade mind, that statement should be enough. I delve in a little, asking him for more details about the encounter. “Mom he was very interesting, and he talked about being different.” AH! at a school assembly I ask him? “Yep”, he says like I am crazy. “He had really small arms and legs and he talked about being different.” he continues. We go on to have a fairly lengthy conversation about the assembly (for a 1st grader) and then continue on with our night.

I was struck by 2 main thoughts after this discussion: 1. Children can teach adults so much with how openly and honestly, they accept others and 2. What a GREAT school we have to bring in such an impactful guest speaker.

So, if you wonder sometimes where your money goes once you write that check to the PTSA? Yesterday’s guest speaker is an example of those dollars at work. Our school is able to choose to do assemblies with interesting speakers through funding that is given by the PTSA. These sorts of events would not happen without the generous donations of our school community.

If you want to learn more about yesterday’s speaker and his story, you can check out his website at

A BIG THANK YOU to our school counselor, Tracy Measham for doing all the work to find
such a great speaker and get the assembly together. ​

NOVEMBER 7, 2019 - 7:00-8:30pm, Carl Sandburg Commons

Carl Sandburg & DCS PTSA and Thoreau Elementary PTSA are pleased to co host this showing of "Screenagers: Growing up in the Digital Age" with a brief Q&A session after the showing.

This is a free event, open to all, but please RSVP here for capacity planning:

Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well.

In SCREENAGERS, as with her award-winning documentaries on mental health, Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

Do you love organizing events, planning meals, showering people with gifts? The PTSA has the perfect opportunity for you! Seeking a person or two who would like to shadow the current staff appreciation chair this year to then take over that role for next school year.

If you would like more information about this position or have questions, contact Jessica Booth, PTSA Staff Appreciation Chair at
For more information, please click here to contact us.

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12801 84th Ave NE
Kirkland, WA 98034
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