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June 2021 Letter from Executive Director Kelly Meyer

June 4, 2021

Kelly Meyer, Executive Director

As we welcome new families into our APL community, I want to assure everyone that our APL team is eager to meet with you, to get to know your child and your family, and to support you as we make our way back into the school setting this summer and fall. It will no doubt present us with numerous challenges, and you can expect support, flexibility, and creativity as we navigate our return.

The APL South Upper School campus is coming along and will be our site for 6th through 12 graders participating in the Extended School Year (ESY) summer program. The building has been getting a face lift with new paint, carpet, and electrical updates. We are also making progress on the occupational kitchen, which will be an exciting part of our program beginning in fall 2021! Students enrolled in ESY will be invited to visit the campus in the coming weeks to help them get acclimated to the new location. We will host open house tours (dates TBA) later this summer to encourage all our students and families to pay the new campus a visit.

The APL UHeights Lower School campus will also get a refresh with new paint and several classrooms will shift around as we get more elbow room for our kindergarten through 5th grade students. ESY for K-5 students will take place on the UHeights campus. Like our upper school students, we will offer some open house hours to come visit the building and see the classroom spaces ahead of ESY, and as we launch the school year in August. We will have two blended classrooms at the Lower School this fall, a Kindergarten/1st and a 1st/2nd grade class. The 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classes will each be in their own classrooms. And we will have a fine arts studio for electives.

In the coming weeks we will share specific elementary classroom information, including your child’s teacher, their classroom BCBA (if applicable), and other academic staff available to support your child’s education. For our upper school students, we will introduce new faculty and clinical staff later this summer.

Over the coming weeks we hope your children enjoy connecting with peers in field day, flipping through the yearbook, and attending live and virtual promotion celebrations. We will hold a private, in-person ceremony for our seniors on June 18 at 11:30 am and celebrate them at a reception in the south lot at APL immediately following. Please keep an eye on your inbox for a link to watch the ceremony, featuring guest speaker Mickey Rowe, an autistic actor and Seattle native.

Finally, thank you all for your partnership in educating your children. It has been a hard road this year. Thank you for hanging in there with us. And for those families just joining us, I look forward to seeing and talking with each of you in the new school year, making memories, and (maybe?) someday laughing about that year we had school in a pandemic.

50th Anniversary of “Education for All”

May 25, 2021

May 25, 2021 is the 50th anniversary of House Bill 90 – Education for All, which granted public education to children with disabilities in Washington state and became a model for national legislation. Our friends at Northwest Center are hosting an online panel at noon on May 25th, featuring former governor Dan Evans, original bill authors Janet Taggart and Bill Dussault, and other advocates for disability education. Info at https://bit.ly/EdForAll50.

We also invite you to look at the history of the bill and its impact on Northwest Center’s “What is Education for All?” page.

Virtual Fun and Fitness Fest on June 3rd

May 19, 2021

Academy for Precision Learning's Virtual Fun and Fitness Fest is online on June 3, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. RSVP at https://bit.ly/APLvirtualfun
RSVP at https://bit.ly/APLvirtualfun

APL students, friends & community members – join us online on June 3rd for our Virtual Fun and Fitness Fest. Help us celebrate the end of the school year by moving and having a great time with guided activities. RSVP at https://bit.ly/APLvirtualfun.

Thank you for “GivingBIG”

May 6, 2021

We are honored that so many members of our community stepped forward through GiveBIG on Wednesday and Thursday, May 4 and 5, 2021, to help us renovate our new South Campus building, increase classroom space, and grow our services.

With donations made directly through our GiveBIG page plus matching funds, our community dedicated $19,000 toward APL “Branching Out.” Thank you.

APL’s “South Campus” building near the corner of NE 47th St. and Roosevelt in Seattle, WA’s University District – just blocks from our main campus.

If you didn’t get a chance to support this project during the official GiveBIG campaign, the campaign page remains open at givebigwa.org/APL, or make a donation any time on our website at aplschool.org/giving.

Autism Acceptance Interview with Microsoft

April 28, 2021

We are grateful to Microsoft for selecting APL’s Executive Director Kelly Meyer to be interviewed for a segment on Autism Awareness Month.

Watch the whole video on our LinkedIn page at linkedin.com/company/aplschool.

GiveBIG Early to Support our South Campus

Help APL "Branch Out" to our South Campus with a donation through GiveBIG on May 4 and 5.

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 development@aplschool.org. Thank you for your commitment to APL’s students and mission.

APL’s Expansion Announcement, Feb. 2021

Thank You APL Staff!

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 development@aplschool.org.

Preschool Families – Join our Spring 2021 Open House

April 9, 2021

RSVP – April 21 Preschooler Open House

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 admissions@aplschool.org or at 206-427-0115.

Support for our AAPI community

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.  

Take care–

Kelly Meyer (she/her) 
Executive Director

Parent Connections, March 9 2021 features Ben Wahl and Ryan Wecker

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.
http://bit.ly/ConnectMarch9

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