July 28th Newletter from Principal Brent Ostbye

Dear John Rogers Families,

I hope that you are enjoying this beautiful Seattle weather. With the extended time with my family, we’ve been doing quite a bit of reading. In fact, we just finished reading aloud the book Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga. My wife reported that she left some words out when the author was describing the war from which the family was fleeing. While you may want to heed the publisher’s recommended age ranges (8-12), we felt the story was important for our four and six year old to hear. Harlan, who will be in first grade next year, reported that he liked that the book was happy and sad at the same time.

As Superintendent Juneau has recommended full distance learning this fall. We have committees hard at work to plan what distance instruction looks like as well as what our routines and procedures will look like moving forward.We also have committees meeting that will determine specific ways we will measure student learning, what we will do if students haven’t mastered something and what we will do if they have.

We are looking for volunteers to serve on the Building Leadership Team (BLT), Jessica Zou has graciously volunteered to serve, but if another parent is interested, we’d love to have them. If you speak Spanish, Amharic or Tigrinya, we’d love your help on BLT. If you are interested, please let me know.

A PDF of slides of July 8th community Zoom meeting is available by clicking here:  Staffing Presentation to Parents

Finally you can find Seattle Public Schools updates, resources and information regarding the upcoming school year, which will be updated weekly or as new information becomes available. This link Coronavirus Resources for Families and Students was distributed by the Public Affairs office last Friday.

In closing, please send me any recommendations of books that you enjoy reading aloud with your family. We are especially interested in learning about different cultures and nature. Enjoy the rest of what is sure to be fantastic weather this week.

In partnership,

Brent Ostbye


John Rogers Elementary