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Family Association President's Message

Hello Families!

I just want to take this opportunity to say thank you to the parents/guardians and families that I have met over the last few months. Some of you I met at Fall Mania, some at our in-person Parent Education event on campus, and others at SAAS Open Houses. It's so cool that I met a new parent who volunteered at an Open House recently and it was her first time stepping foot on campus at SAAS! She was really excited to be at SAAS and couldn't wait to get home and tell her daughter that she was at her school! I love that enthusiasm and love all the new parents/guardians who are stepping up and volunteering. It may feel scary at first. Just like the SAAS mission statement challenges students, it's important for parents/families to step out of their comfort zone and do something that may feel awkward. In the end, it's usually a great experience and most parents/guardians meet at least one other adult that they learn has shared interests.  

Also, thank you to our seasoned parents and guardians for showing up and continuing to support SAAS. You are the glue that holds together the new families and the families that have been in our community for a year or more. Because of you, we have great volunteers that love SAAS and want to keep us connected.

I know some of our SAAS Family Association Executive team will go into more detail with thanking parents for volunteering; I just wanted to take this opportunity, as well. 

If you are interested in learning more about the SAAS Family Association, please reach out to me directly at Also, if you have any ideas for the Family Association (maybe from your student's prior school), please let us know. We are always looking for new ideas that create community and give the chance for parents/guardians to meet each other.

Thank you,

Nikki Lundin
SAAS Family Association President
(Calvin ’23)

Parent Education News

Julie Nicholls, Parent Education Chair (Aya '23)

Tips from “Smart + Heart: A Workshop in Emotional Intelligence” 
Many thanks to those who came to SAAS on a blustery, rainy weeknight for the "Smart + Heart" in-person presentation by coach and Dare to Lead facilitator Suzy Benson! The workshop included research, discussion, and an exchange of tips and tricks to build emotional intelligence in ourselves and our teens. Check out the recap here.

For more details about Parent Education programming, or to get involved with the Parent Education Committee, please visit our web pages on the SAAS website.

What’s Next in Parent Education?
Save the Date — February 1, 2022 — and join us for an inspiring and pragmatic online presentation with New York Times bestselling author Rosalind Wiseman, who knows a thing or two about teen dynamics like cliques, social hierarchies, and even bullying. Yes, that Rosalind Wiseman. She of Queenbees and Wannabes and Mean Girls fame has tailored a presentation for SAAS and Seattle. At this moment, as our broader American society contends with information bubbles, online trolls, caustic political rhetoric and the like, Ms. Wiseman teaches teens and school communities how to build "Cultures of Dignity"  where people of varying identities, interests, talents and belief systems can thrive together. Look for details to come! 

Learn More About Parent Education 

(SAAS Parents for Awareness, Race Relations and Community)

Meg Butterworth, SPARRC Co-Chair (Gavin ’24, Mackenna ’26)

SPARRC encouraged SAAS families to participate in the Northwest African American Museum’s commemoration of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s important visit to Seattle sixty years ago. Events held November 6th through the 8th included a live keynote address by Martin Luther King III at the University of Washington on November 8th. Special thanks to SAAS parent and SPARRC Steering Committee member Jacquelyn Howard for making the SAAS community aware of this event; and thank you to Rick DuPree, SAAS Director of Community Engagement, for promoting it among Upper School students. Students who donated hygiene supplies and/or volunteered at the events were eligible to receive community service credit. 

What’s Next for SPARRC?
Join us on January 19, 2022, from 6:00 to 7:30 PM, for an anti-racist workshop led by Brenda Suazo, founder of Offshootz — a Seattle-based, women-owned, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) consultancy. Brenda led a well-received workshop for SAAS in spring of 2021, and now returns for this free-flowing and interactive event open to all parents/guardians interested in building connections with one another while developing their understanding of racism. We will be discussing identity and how aspects of our identities combine to create different modes of discrimination and privilege. Watch the SAAS online calendar for details to come on location.

Volunteers Help SAAS Shine at Open Houses This Fall!

Dear SAAS Community:
On behalf of the SAAS Admissions Team and the Family Association Board,
I would like to thank all the parent and guardian volunteers that truly shined at the recent in-person SAAS Open Houses. The Open Houses were spread out over three Saturdays this fall with over 500 total prospective families in attendance. Long days were had by staff, faculty, and volunteers but the SAAS spirit was alive and well. We had hot coffee and great food (thank you, Sage). A lot of time and effort went into such organized and personalized events. The prospective families commented on the efforts and left feeling informed and enthusiastic about the school. Thank you. 
With much gratitude,
Charlene Kletzly
VP Admissions Support, SAAS Family Association
(Cooper ’22 and Grace ’25)

Friday Treats are Back!

Friday Treats, a long-standing SAAS tradition, made a comeback on October 29 just in time for Halloween. One Friday each month SAAS families are asked to contribute grab-and-go sweet or savory treats for faculty and staff in appreciation for all they do for our students. To be COVID-safe, treats need to be individually wrapped, whether store-bought or homemade. Learn more and sign up to participate in Friday Treats here!

Friday Treats Sign Up Here

Families with questions about Friday Treats? Contact Amber Berman-Ortiz at

Future Dates for Friday Treats

Coming in December!

“Walk and Talk” outdoor gatherings for parents/guardians in grades 9 and 10!

Meet in the Washington Park Playfield parking lot (1017 Lake Washington Blvd) in the south end of the Washington Park Arboretum.

10th grade parents/guardians meet on Friday, December 3 at 1:30 PM. 

(Rain or shine before the afternoon school pick-up.)

9th-grade parents/guardians meet on Friday, December 10 at 9:00 AM.

(Rain or shine after the morning school drop-off.)

Holiday Baskets for faculty and staff!

The SAAS Family Association looks forward to December 17 (Winter Break Eve!) when we show appreciation for faculty and staff with holiday gift baskets for every employee of our great school. Holiday baskets are a longstanding tradition at SAAS, and as our school has grown so has this endeavor. This year we will assemble and distribute holiday gift baskets to over 325 people who make a difference in our students’ lives. How do holiday baskets happen? SAAS families pool resources to create these joy-filled bags full of seasonal treats. Family participation is 100% voluntary and takes all shapes including gifts of time, talent, and treasure. More information coming in early December!

* This year we are especially interested in connecting with volunteers who own cricut die cutting machines. Contact Julie Nicholls.     

Thank you for reading, and I look forward to seeing you on campus soon!

Nikki Lundin
(Calvin, Class of 2023)
SAAS Family Association President

Learn More About the SAAS Family Association



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