What's New at APL
News and updates from the staff.
April 20, 2021
APL’s 2021 GiveBIG campaign will be dedicated to supporting our expansion as we “Branch Out” to our South Campus.
Located just blocks away on Roosevelt Ave. NE, this additional space will allow us to serve more students – both at that location and at our traditional location in University Heights.
We will also be able to expand the programs we offer to create student success – including independent living experiences, a working kitchen, a school store and speech-language pathology.
Watch the video below where we announced the expansion at our February 2021 online auction.
Early giving is open as of April 20, 2021 – donations may be scheduled up until the campaign launches and runs on May 4 and 5. Make your gift at https://www.givebigwa.org/APL . If you have any questions, e-mail us at email@example.com. Thank you for your commitment to APL’s students and mission.
April 23, 2021
Staff Appreciation Week at APL is coming up, May 3 to May 7. Our parent council is busy creating a ways to honor them (there are some hints in the photo above …).
We are so delighted. We are especially excited to honor our educators, clinicians and administrative staff for helping us succeed during this challenging school year.
If you’d like to get involved or contribute, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 9, 2021
If you have a preschooler in your family – join us for an online open house on April 21, 2021 at 6:00 pm. This presentation is especially for students moving up to kindergarten or first grade. Learn how APL’s inclusive environment creates opportunities for individualized education for all students. You can register for that session at https://bit.ly/APLapril21.
If you have questions – or if you can’t attend in person but would like to set up an online meeting or tour, contact us at email@example.com or at 206-427-0115.
March 17, 2021
Increasingly, we are seeing acts of violence and hate against our Asian American and Pacific Islander community members. The March 16, 2021 violent attacks in Atlanta left six Asian American women dead. That our citizens are experiencing fear and hate in the very places they should feel safest– at their work, their homes, or their places of worship — is heartbreaking.
For any and all among our school team, our Academy for Precision Learning (APL) families, and wider community who are grappling with these incidents, please know that I – and my administrative team – stand with you and seek to support however we can.
A report shared by Stop AAPI Hate documented 3,795 racially motivated attacks against Asian Americans from March 2020 to February 2021. 68% of those attacked are women, while 29% are men. The incident in Atlanta on March 16 has its own context, but is part of a broader issue of violence against AAPI citizens. In the year since the pandemic began, this increase in attacks and messages of hate speech illustrate the impact of racist rhetoric adjacent to our global experience of COVID-19.
If you are interested to learn more about this issue, please check out the links below. And, if others have resources to share, please do.
Kelly Meyer (she/her)
APL’s Parent Connections session March 9, 2021 at 7pm will feature Ben Wahl and Ryan Wecker. They will talk about services for adolescents and young adults offered by their organizations Aspiring Youth, Delphi Young Adults, Enigma ASD, and Thrive Seattle Housing.
February 23, 2021
“Diversity – The art of thinking independently together” – Malcolm Forbes.
The Academy for Precision Learning is an educational community of diverse staff and families. We believe in fostering an environment where critical thinking is our greatest asset to engaging children, where all ideas are welcome, and where staff and students feel empowered to discuss Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI).
APL sees itself as an ally in the community. We are committed to engaging students, staff, and families in DEI work. We encourage everyone to educate themselves, be present in uncomfortable conversations, and be courageous around the work of DEI.
With our students, we use curriculum that celebrates the voices of those who are often marginalized, and challenges students to see themselves as agents of change.
With our staff, we make space for DEI work in three key ways. First, our DEI committee plans professional development. Second, we facilitate affinity groups led by staff. Third, we have active speakers from the community for staff events. In 2021, we are partnering with speaker and author, Ayana King of Maximum Communications, to hold a four-part workshop series around Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for all staff.
With our families, we invite participation in classrooms to share experiences and learn alongside students. Not only do we listen to families when they have feedback and potential ideas for the DEI work we are doing at school, we also invite families to the table to share and discuss their experiences with students, staff, and leadership throughout the year.
We strive to have our community members take part in the hard work and conversations and use what they have learned out into the world to make a positive change.
February 22, 2021
There are exciting things on the horizon for APL as we look toward the end of this school year and forward to next year.
We invite you to learn more at next week’s Town Hall meetings. These meetings will be an opportunity to share with you more information about our current strategic initiatives, the financial state of the school, and an outlook on the school overall. An opportunity for questions will be included.
We will hold two virtual sessions each for K-5, Middle School, and High School families
And if you can’t attend, a recording will be made available.
The Zoom links have been shared through the Family E-mail List. If you can’t find that info, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- K-5 Town Hall (Option 1), March 1, 7:00 pm
- Middle School Town Hall (Option 1), March 2, 6:00 pm
- High School Town Hall (Option 1), March 2, 7:00 pm
- K-5 Town Hall (Option 2), March 4, 8:00 am
- Middle School Town Hall (Option 2), March 4, 9:00 am
- High School Town Hall (Option 2), March 5, 8:00 am
APL Remains Open 2/12/21
Good morning, APL!
In Seattle, we have received just a dusting of snow overnight, so we plan to remain open for our remote learning classes. We also will continue to accommodate the few students already approved for on-site learning.
If you live in an area that has been impacted by the snow and have lost internet access, please notify the school by calling (206) 427-0115. We will inform teachers and clinical support staff of your child’s excused absence. Please reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns.
Laura Barringer (she/her)
K-12 Academic Program Director
February 10, 2021
The forecast is showing that we may be in store for some snow over the next few days. We know many of our APL families live outside of the immediate Seattle area and may be impacted my icy roads, snow fall, and power outages. Thus, we are following guidelines similar to that of our surrounding school districts when determining the closure of in-person learning:
If winter weather requires late start, early dismissal or cancellation of in-person learning, all students will learn remotely.
- Families of students receiving in-person instruction will be notified at 6:30 a.m. of cancellation.
- Students receiving in-person instruction will switch to at-home learning over Zoom.
- All other students will continue learning remotely.
If weather conditions make a schedule change necessary, APL will communicate the decision through the following methods and in this order:
- Emails, text messages, and phone calls: Families will receive an email notification, text message, or phone call by 6:30 a.m.
- Social Media: APL Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts will be updated: Follow us on APL Facebook, APL Instagram and APL Twitter.
- School Website: We will post school schedule updates to the https://www.aplschool.org
If your family loses power or internet access and school is not cancelled, please notify your child’s teachers so they can excuse their absence and plan for making up any missed assignments.
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
Stay safe and warm!
Laura Barringer (she/her)
K-12 Academic Program Director
Feb. 7, 2021
We had a wonderful online Auction the first week of February. Thank you to everyone who invested in inclusion.
Donating to APL
The Academy for Precision Learning has 501(c)(3) non-profit status under EIN #91-2143623. We accept donations to supplement tuition and operating expenses. Donations can be sent to our mailing address or made online via the button below.
Academy for Precision Learning
P.O. Box 51241
Seattle, WA 98115