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Why We Give…

 

Annual Giving Campaign

The Giving Campaign is an opportunity to make a tax-deductible donation directly to Blaine. Funding from the state and district remain inadequate to provide a quality education. As a school community, we must step up to provide the funds needed to fund some of Blaine’s most vital and engaging programs.

Everything you need to know about PTA’s primary fundraiser is here.

 
 
 

How To Volunteer

Catharine Blaine K-8 PTA is a fantastic way to get involved with our school and our community. Whether you can commit to a regular weekly schedule or are just available every now and then, there are many ways to get involved. Fill out the form below to get started!

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School-Wide Support
Ongoing or One-Time At Home Opportunities
One Time Opportunities – Spring
One-Time Opportunities – Fall
Classroom Support
Teacher Appreciation Week (May 4 -8)
On-Call Volunteer
If you are not sure right now how you can help, but would like to be involved in the future, your name can go on our "On-Call" Volunteer list. If we find we're short-handed for an activity or an event, we'll go to our On-Call list and check with you to see if you can help with an activity or an event.
 

For the safety and security of our students and our school community, the Seattle Public Schools require that a screening check be completed before you can volunteer at school. Even if you don’t plan on being a regular volunteer, please follow the SPS Volunteering requirements listed here:

Please note the following expectations when volunteering at Blaine:

  • Chaperone Drivers must have Proof of Auto Insurance on prior to driving on a field trip.

  • All Volunteer and Visitors must sign-in and use an ID Sticker while on campus during school hours (8:55 am to 3:25 pm)

  • Please read and abide by the Volunteer Guidelines (below).

Volunteer Guidelines

Please observe these guidelines when volunteering. Thank you!

  • Sign IN and OUT in the main office every time you volunteer.

  • Wear your Volunteer ID Sticker while at school.

  • Volunteer for the WHOLE CLASSROOM, not just your child.

  • Try to be QUIET and unobtrusive in the classroom. Focus on your task and limit talking with other adults (it’s distracting to the class).

  • Academic instruction must be left to certificated classroom personnel (district regulations). Volunteers provide GENERAL HELP AND SUPPORT.

  • Respect CONFIDENTIALITY. Protect and respect information you see or hear, especially pertaining to a student’s work, behavior, or background.

  • Be courteous, exhibit good behavior, and otherwise PROVIDE A POSITIVE ROLE MODEL for our students.

  • Keep CELL PHONES OFF or on vibrate. If you need to take a call, please do so outside of the classroom.

  • While in the hall, SPEAK SOFTLY and stay clear of doorways. Voices carry into the classrooms and are distracting to students and teachers.

  • CONSULT THE TEACHER before bringing younger siblings or other children into the classroom with you when you volunteer.

  • Some teachers do not use volunteers in the classroom, but appreciate help OUTSIDE OF CLASS. Check with each teacher about his/her needs..

Questions? Feel free to email our PTA Volunteer Coordinator at volunteering@blainepta.com.

Even if you cannot donate your time, please consider donating to the PTA financially. Every dollar counts!

 
 

Fundraising

 
 

Move-A-Thon 2019

What is the Move-A-Thon?

Congratulations Blaine! We raised 29,000 at Move-A-Thon in 2019!

This PTA/ASB* fundraiser is an opportunity for all K-5 students to help raise money for PTA programming which enriches the education of K-8 students throughout the year. This includes curriculum enrichment, academic support, our T.I.G.E.R. Traits social program, school improvements, art class supplies, new library books and magazines, playground and athletics equipment, technology for classrooms, and student enrichment programs

Gala/Auction

Auctions are held in even-numbered years. This school year’s event will be in Spring 2020!

Giving Campaign

For information about the Giving Campaign, click the link below.

 

Giving Campaign FAQ

 
 
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The Annual Giving Campaign Runs from October 15 through November 2.

The Giving Campaign is an opportunity to make a tax-deductible donation directly to Blaine. Funding from the state and district remain inadequate to provide a quality education. As a school community, we must step up to provide the funds needed to fund some of Blaine’s most vital and engaging programs.

 

Q: What is the Giving Campaign?

The Giving Campaign is an opportunity to make a tax-deductible donation directly to Blaine. Funding from the state and district remain inadequate to provide a quality education. As a school community, we must step up to provide the funds needed to fund some of Blaine’s most vital and engaging programs.

We have two goals: raising $150,000 and increasing participation, at any donation level.

Q: I am the parent of an 8th grader. Why should I donate?

Simply put – Pay it forward! When your child joined Catharine Blaine as an incoming Kindergarten student, they benefited from funds raised the previous year. Now, as an active part of the Blaine community, it's your turn to pay it forward and help ensure the strength of this award winning school that has benefited your child and your family.

Q: How much should I give?

Our fundraising goal for Giving Campaign this year is $150,000.With that in mind, we listed a suggested donation for the Giving Campaign of $365 per child. Obviously some families are able to give more and some less, but ALL amounts are welcome and truly appreciated.


Q: I’m ready to donate.. how do I do it?

There are three easy ways to donate:

FiIl out the donation card included in your family packet. Or print a new one here. Send it in your child's folder or drop it in the collection box in the main office. Just one per family is required.

Make a single, secure donation online using credit card here.

Make monthly installments here.

If you have any trouble or questions, please contact fundraising@blainepta.com

Q: Is my donation tax-deductible?

Yes! Your donation is 100% tax-deductible. Catharine Blaine PTA is a 503(c) non-profit. Our tax ID number is 91-1116257

Q: How do I get a company match?

Company Matches are a HUGE deal for the Annual Fund. Microsoft, the Gates Foundation, Starbucks, and Boeing are just a few of the many generous employers that offer matching funds. Here is a link to our current list of matching companies. This list is not complete, so be sure to ask your company if they match.

If your employer offers a company match, please help us make your donation go further by taking the time to apply for your company match. If you have coworkers who are also parents at Catharine Blaine, please encourage them to make the effort to secure the match.

If you have questions or need help, email corporate matching@blainepta.com and she can help you complete your match. Be sure to specify that you are requesting a match for the Catharine Blaine Giving Campaign.

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Q: What if I can’t afford to give right now?

We completely understand that this is a reality for many Blaine families. Any amount you can give, no matter how small, is truly appreciated. You can donate anytime, even after the Giving Campaign, right here. The gift of your time is valuable to Blaine too. Find out more about giving your time as a volunteer here.


Q: My company would like to match my gift. What do I need to do?

Your company will most likely need the following information in order to match your donation:

Catharine Blaine PTA Tax ID: 91-1116257

NCES District ID:5307710

NCES School ID: 530771002017

Mailing Address:

Catharine Blaine K-8

c/o: Giving Campaign

2550 34 Av W

Seattle, WA 98199

For more info on company matching, click here.

I still have questions, who do I contact?

Please contact our PTA Fundraising team at fundraising@blainepta.com.

For the complete PTA volunteer directory, click here.

 
 

Where Does The Money Go?

 
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Highlights:

  • $123k ADDITIONAL TEACHING STAFF keeps our class sizes smaller than what the district provides.

  • $32k DEDICATED RECESS SUPERVISION AND CLINIC STAFF

  • $20k CLASSROOM SUPPLIES to establish new classrooms, reimburse each teacher for his or her out of pocket set-up costs, mini-grants for larger classroom needs (“Mini-Grants” are special funds teachers can apply for to cover the costs of larger classroom improvements like new rugs, project based learning, additional classroom tech or special software resources.)

  • $17k MIDDLE SCHOOL CURRICULUM funds new middle school elective curriculum and enhanced writing program (W.I.T.S. – Writers In The Schools)

  • $15k SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS

  • $13k LIBRARY, ARTS, TECH, ATHLETICS, CLUBS

  • $12k ONLINE CLASSROOM RESOURCES

  • $11k MUSIC INSTRUCTION

  • $8k SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING/FAMILY NIGHTS funding for the T.I.G.E.R. Traits program,community-building family nights, student assemblies

  • $6k BLAINE HELPS – resources dedicated to families in need and scholarships for afterschool programs

  • $14k OTHER MISCELLANEOUS & ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS like insurance, website fees, tax prep, paypal fees, discretionary budget for administrators, facility upkeep, volunteer resources, teacher appreciation

 
 
 
 

HERE IS A LIST OF MANY COMPANIES THAT MATCH EMPLOYEE DONATIONS:

If you don’t see your company on this list, please contact your company directly.

 

A

Adobe Systems, Inc.

Aetna

Alaska Airlines

Allied Signal Foundation

Allstate Insurance Co.

American Express Co.

Amgen Foundation

Apex Foundation

Avaya, Inc.

AON Corporation

AXA Financial

B

Bank of America

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Boeing Company

Brinks Home Security

C

Charles Schwab and Co., Inc.

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Citigroup

Columbia Bank

Coca Cola Company

Costco Wholesale Corporation

CIGNA Healthcare

D

Davidson Companies

Dorsey & Whitney Foundation

E

Expedia, Inc.

Exxon-Mobil Corporation

F

Facebook

G

General Electric Company

Gensler

Goldman, Sachs

H

Hasbro

Home Depot

I

IKON Office Solutions, Inc.

Intel Corporation

J

J.P. Morgan, Chase and Co.

John Hancock Financial Services

Johnson & Johnson

K

KeyBank

KPMG, LLC

Kimberly-Clark Corporation

L

Lockheed Martin Corporation

Lease Crutcher Lewis

Liz Claiborne

M

Macy’s, Inc.

Mazda

Microsoft Corporation

 
 

N

Nike, Inc.

Nintendo of America, Inc.

Nordstrom, Inc

O

Oracle

P

Paccar, Inc.

PepsiCo., Inc.

Perkins Coie, LLP

Piper Jaffray Companies, Inc.

Puget Sound Energy

R

Rain for Rent

Readers Digest

REI

Regence Blue Shield

Russell

S

Safeco

Sara Lee Corporation

Symetra Financial

Sysco Corporation

U

Union Bank of California, N.A.

USAA

V

Verizon Wireless

W

Wells Fargo

X

Xerox Corporation

Y

Yahoo, Inc.