BT's Spring Break Schedule

BT will be OPEN April 10 - 14 for Spring Break. Make sure to sign up for the care you need on the list next to the sign-in sheet.

* * * * * Summer & School Year Registration for 2017 - 2018 * * * * *

Registration for our Summer 2017 Program and our School Year 2017-18 Program opens April 3, 2017. New program information and registration forms are posted on the "Registration" "Summer" and "School Year" program tabs (See left sidebar). These programs fill up very quickly, so please register for any days you might need as soon as possible. You can always drop days (with a 30 day notice), but it may be much harder to add them in later. Please, feel free to contact the Blazing Trails office with any quesitons or concerns.

When registering for the summer: We have a new enrichment curriculum this summer. There are new Enrichment Class flyers for Ducks/Raccoons and for Badger/Lynx complete with Blackie's Games schedules. Be sure to go over all the options with your student on BOTH pages as he/she will choose their 1st, 2nd and 3rd choices for each session on the reg form. Make sure to choose the correct form Ducks/Raccoons and Badger/Lynx for your student. Entering Kindergarten through 2nd grade are Duck/Raccoon and entering 3rd through 7th are Badger/Lynx. Also, because of this programming change, you will need to fill out a separate registration for for each child. Please, feel free to contact the BT office with any questions.

When registering for the school-year: We have a schedule change for next year from Seattle Public Schools. All Wednesday afternoons will now have a 75 minute early dismissal. Prices for this are adjusted accordingly. Find more details on our School Year Reg Form or our School Year Flyer. Note: There is a chance that the early dismissal will only be 60 minutes. If so, BT will lower the price per Wednesday afternoon.

If your child will ride a bus to/from BT, please keep in mind that the only schools that currently bus to and from Blazing Trails at Pathifnder K-8 are Lafayette, Boren STEM K-8, and Fairmont Park. Here is a link to the SPS School Boundaries Map with more information. Please, check with Seattle Schools Transportation office at (206) 252-0900 with any busing related questions.

* * * * IMPORTANT CHANGE TO OUR YEARLY SCHEDULE * * * *

Blazing Trails will be CLOSED Monday, June 26th for Summer 2017 Program set-up since Seattle Public Schools has changed the last day of school from Friday, June 23rd to June 26th. Usually, BT closes the Friday before summer or our staff works on the weekend between the end of school and the beginning of summer to clean, organize and set up. Since this is impossible this year (the building will be used for school on this Monday), BT staff will have to close the last day of school for this purpose. We appologize for any inconvience this causes.

Our Yearly Schedule 2016-17 is linked below. (Any changes to this schedule will also be in our monthly newletters.) 16-17 Yearly Schedule - Download as PDF

Check out our Facebook page HERE
Note: You have to have a Facebook account to view the page and you can post on Blazing Trails' page when you "like" it.

Our monthly Newsletters can now be found HERE

The results of Blazing Trails Family Survey for 2016 are HERE

Documents such as the Family Handbook 2016-17 are available to the left on the Documents tab.


Blazing Trails Childcare

Blazing Trails Childcare is Pathfinder K - 8 School's non-profit childcare program for school age children ages 5 to 12. We are open from 6:30 AM to 6:00 PM, excluding school hours. We also provide an enrichment program during the summer.

Our mission is to...

...provide staff and families a safe, diverse childcare environment dedicated to respectful communication, problem solving, creative learning and the freedom to play!

About our Program

Blazing Trails, located at Pathfinder  K-8 School in West Seattle, is a non-profit before and after school childcare program for school-age children ages five through twelve. We also offer a summer day camp enrichment program.
We are dedicated to supporting families in our community as we help each child develop good communication skills and celebrate his or her own uniqueness. We maintain an environment that encourages intellectual, physical and social growth with respect for others and the natural environment. People relate to each other peacefully and we joyfully appreciate our rich diversity.
Staff training is a crucial component to accomplishing our goals. We support our staff, both professionally and personally, through respect for each others' personal differences and unique teaching styles. We provide opportunities for shared leadership, professional growth and development and an environment that encourages mutual support and care.

Inclusion Policy

Our Statement of
Anti-discrimination, Anti-bias and Cultural Sensitivity

We foster an understanding of diversity among people, expecting and modeling unconditional respect for self and others. We enjoy celebrating and exploring our communitys' rich cultural diversity.

All children and their families are accepted according to our policies without regard to race, color, religion or belief structure, creed, ancestry, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical challenges. We have no religious affiliation.


General Information

We'd like to know our community better. Please, take our quick, 8 question survey. Your participation is greatly appreciated!

"Getting To Know You Survey"
 We are open during the school year from 6:30 to 8:45 AM before school and 3:15 to 6:00 PM after school. Times may vary for bus riders. Next year (2017-18) school start and end times may change. Make sure you check with your school to varify. BT will follow Pathfinder K-8 start/end times, although some buses may leave as late as 9:00 AM.
 We are open all school days (except BT work days - see "School Year Calendar" for more information), all early dismissal days and only certain vacation days. (See the B.T. Yearly Schedule for more information.)
 We offer a drop-in option as space is available.
 Blazing Trails accepts DSHS, City and U.W. subsidies and has limited scholarships or work-trade opportunities at the Director's discretion.
 Our goal is to inspire positive self-esteem, respect for self and others and a sense of responsibility for one's own behavior, and a respectful caring for our environment.
 Parents/Guardians are always welcome to drop by to share their experiences or to just "hang out" and play with us!
 Blazing Trails is a non-profit organization with its own governing council and is run through Pathfinder's PTSA.
 Blazing Trails maintains, on average, at least an 11 to 1 student/teacher ratio, varying with different activity types. For example, more kids per teacher with gym/playground activities and less with directed projects. No group is ever larger than 15:1.
 We have use of the Pathfinder playground, grassy fields, cafeteria, gym facilities and covered play-court.
 We provide healthy snacks.
 Our curriculum is child-centered, culturally relevant and developmentally appropriate. Activities include, but are not limited to:
Movement games
sports and outdoor play
science discoveries
cooking
story reading and telling
community service
beading
sewing and other arts & crafts
table games
field trips during vacations
enrichment projects of all kinds (e.g. Pokémon, puppetry, team challenges, etc.)
and independent study.
 Independent Study is available M through Th afternoon to help 2nd through 6th graders with their homework. Students enjoy herbal tea while focusing in a quiet, supportive environment. You may request your child have mandatory attendance. Also, we can certainly accommodate those wanting more time.
 We follow Pathfinder K-8's schedule. Check SPS website: www.seattleschools.org for any schedule changes.

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