Principal's Message

Principal's Message
Posted on 02/03/2017
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From the Principal's Desk:

Dear Leschi Families,

I hope that this New Year finds you rested, healthy, and re-energized! Thank you to the Leschi community for supporting our families for Thanksgiving, during the Giving Garland, and during the Annual Fundraising Drive. I feel blessed to be part of such a supportive, inclusive, and generous community!

Open Enrollment for the 2017–18 school year in Seattle Public Schools is February 13–24, 2017. For more information, you can go to:

Leschi will host three school tours for incoming families. This is predominantly for incoming kindergartners; however, anyone who is interested in attending Leschi next school year is welcome. Please invite anyone you know that might be interested in learning more about Leschi.

Tours run from 8:00 – 9:30 am on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, January 31
  • Wednesday, February 8
  • Thursday, February 16

Please make sure that your neighbors with incoming kindergartners know this is the window for enrollment for next year, and spread the word to anyone interested in joining the Leschi learning community.

Please mark your calendars for our Black History
Celebration, March 2, 2017, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.


Rhonda Claytor


We need your help to make the Best of Both model the best it can be…

Teachers at Leschi Elementary have a vision for something beautiful, and they need your help. Here is their story.

In 2009, T.T. Minor Elementary was forced to shut down due to low enrollment and, as part of this shut down, the school’s Montessori program migrated to Leschi Elementary. The Montessori program at Leschi grew alongside the Contemporary program—a more traditional model—and the school soon had two separate programs in the same building. That meant two separate curriculums with different competing demands for professional development, student support, and classroom materials.

The Leschi teachers responded with creativity. Two K/1 teachers in different classrooms—one Contemporary and one Montessori— developed a pilot program that captured the best instructional elements of both Montessori and Contemporary. This hybrid instructional model was so successful that it was adopted with the approval of the community and Seattle School Board for the entire school year starting in the 2015-2016 academic year.

Now, Leschi Elementary is determined to create one unified community led by a team of teachers who will be able to collaborate in new and exciting ways. 

Please consider supporting these teachers!

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