TOPS (The Option Program at Seward) is an alternative K-8 public school dedicated to giving our students a complete education while emphasizing themes of social justice and citizenship.  Our central location and status as an Option school, open to students from all over the city, make for a diverse student population which both complements and demands teaching empathy, acceptance, and responsibility to others.

 TOPS Mission and Vision

Date Event Contact
Fri 3/27 Middle School Play 7pm
Wed 4/1 Pre-Order Deadline for TOPS Yearbooks Ms. Herrmann
Tues 4/7 Go Home Deadline 7pm Tasha Atchison
Mon 4/13 Spring Break 4/13-4/17
Wed 4/22 Talent Show Entry Forms DUE
Thurs 4/24 Next TOPICS (12:40-2:50) Paige Smith
Fri 5/1 Save the Date:  TOPS Talent Show
Sat 5/9 Save the Date: TOPS Spring Auction Margaret Ales
Sat 5/22 Save the Date:  Middle School Spring Dance 6pm Sara Celms

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  • Middle School Play
    The TOPS Drama Program and TOPS Middle School present five plays, including three plays written by TOPS middle school students.
    Friday, March 27 at 7 pm 
  • Elementary Spring 2015 Afterschool Program
    We are excited to announce the spring roster for TOPS Elementary Afterschool classes!
    If you have any questions, please contact Margo Robb at margorobb@speakeasy.net or (206) 351-2714.

    • Circus Arts (Mondays, 3:15-4:15pm, K-8, free)
    • Chess Club (Mondays, 3:20 – 4:20 pm, K-5, $100)
    • Bricks4Kidz (Tuesdays, 3:15 – 4:15pm, K-5, $128)
    • Yoga (Wednesdays, 3:15 – 4:15 pm, K – 2, $117)
    • Creative Coding for Kids (Wednesdays, 3:15 – 5 pm, 3rd – 5th, $208)
    • Ryan’s Musical Theatre Club (Thursdays, 3:15 – 4:15 pm, K – 4th, $120)
    • Sailing at Center for Wooden Boats (Fridays, 3:30 – 6:30 pm, 3rd – 5th, $200)
  • It’s Auction Season at TOPS
    Create a basket, donate services or goods, ask your family and friends to donate, ask for certificates from your stylist or favorite restaurant, rent your vacation place for a week, host a buy-in party (we call them TOPICS for Grown-Ups).  Enter your procured items online here: http://topsk8.ejoinme.org/donate Paper procurement forms and items can be turned into the office http://topsk8.ejoinme.org/tickets .TOPICS for Grown Ups and TOPICS for Kids are buy-in parties only available during the spring auction. Want to learn more or get some ideas on a party to host? Contact Amy Paige at . Already know that you want to host a party? You can do it on line here: http://topsk8.ejoinme.org/donate .TOPS Annual Spring Auction is on Saturday May 9th at St Demetrios Church, 2100 Boyer Ave E 5pm to 9:30pm. Email and website info at http://topsk8.ejoinme.org . There are a few auction volunteer positions available. Contact Tasha Atchison to help or to find out more.
  • TOPS Talent Show
    All TOPS students, grades K-8 are eligible to perform. Entries must be received by Wednesday, April 22nd to secure a spot in the show.  Sign-ups forms are available in the Office.
    Friday, May 1st at 7:00pm in the TOPS Gym.
    Questions can be directed to
  • One More Chance to Lead TOPICS
    April 24th 12:40 – 2:50pm.
    Groups across 1st – 5th grades. Don’t know what to lead? Please email Paige at for ideas and to sign up.
  • Naramore is Here
    See TOPS student artwork on display at the Seattle Art Museum for the Naramore Student Art Exhibit March 13 – May 17.Reception: All teachers, students and their families are invited to the Naramore Opening Celebration on May 8 from 6-10pm at the Seattle Art Museum. For more information contact Suzanne Wakefield, Art Educator at TOPS (sdwakefield@seattleschools.org).
  • TOPS Yearbooks on Sale Now
    Place your order before April 1st for the lowest possible price. Order online at http://jostensyearbooks.com/?REF=A01064877 or write a check to “TOPS” for $30.00 and bring it Ms. Herrmann in B203 or leave it in her office mailbox before April 1. If you drop off a check, make sure there’s a note attached to the check stating who the order is for (your child’s name) and their grade level/teacher’s name, so we can get it to the right place when they arrive.
  • Friends of TOPS Request for Program Funding (RFP)
    March 18 is the deadline to submit proposals to fund curriculum enhancements and community building programs such as STEM, drama (plays), K-4 Art, Planting the Seeds, Taste of TOPS, PE supplies, and library supplies. Drop your proposals off in the FOT box in the main office or email them to Cindy at c.mezs@comcast.net.
  • Attention Parents of 3rd - 8th Graders
    State testing begins next week! Please check with your child’s teacher if you aren’t sure when testing is happening in your grade.If you have refused to have your child tested please remember we will hopefully have a location for your student and someone to supervise, but there won’t necessarily be any instruction.If you have any questions about the state tests, please feel free to reference the extensive SBAC information on the district website or ask your child’s teacher.
  • Middle School Spring 2015 Afterschool Program
    Here are the spring offerings for the Middle School Afterschool Program, funded by Friends of TOPS:

    • Video Projection class with Don Zemke, every Tuesday, 3:15-4:30 pm – through June.
    • Yearbook Club with Kristy Herrmann (3rd grade teacher) on the FIRST and THIRD Tuesdays of the month. This club is underway.  If your student/s would like to join in, contact Kristy at
    • Ceramics Class with Suzanne Wakefield, every Tuesday for 8 weeks starting Tuesday, March 17, 3:15-4:30 pm.
    • Study Hall on Tuesdays (with Nina Binder) and Thursdays (with Mark Ellis).
    • Circus Arts starting Monday March 16th from 3:15-4:15pm through end of May. In the gym. Kids learn to walk a slack line, unicycle, juggle and jump rope double Dutch style.
    • School Year Sailing with TOPS on Fridays May 8, 15, 22, 29 and June 5 from 3:30-6:30pm at The Center for Wooden Boats. Limit 16 students ages 8 to 15, Cost: $200  Register on the CWB website. There is a pay what you can option on the left hand side of the screen.
    • If your student is interested in doing sports – volleyball, boys soccer, track or ultimate – get in touch with Don Zemke or Eric Herndon

    Please let Margo Robb know ASAP if you want your student to ride the activity bus on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:30 pm.  Also, if your student/s has/have been riding the activity bus, but won’t now, please let Margo know that, too.  (margorobb@speakeasy.net or (206) 351-2714)

  • University of Washington Summer Youth Program
    The UW Summer Youth Program offers a variety of camps and classes for middle school students. Classes range from STEM-focused offerings to arts and humanities. A partial list of classes includes: Electronics Technology: The Life of a Cell Phone; Book-Making Intensive; Computing with ScratchElectronic Music Gizmos; Giant Puppet-Making; Fiber-Arts Sculpture, and more.  For complete details visit us at: www.summeryouth.washington.edu.
  • Art4Kids 2015 Summer Art Camp
    Fused Glass, Clay (sculpture and wheelwork), Drawing, Painting, Block Printing, Silkscreen and Mixed Media!  This summer let your creativity soar with Luzita Roll* at Tops K-8 Art4Kids Summar Art Camp.Half day or full day options, Monday – Friday, are available during the weeks of 6/22, 6/29, and 7/6.  Before and after care are available at Tops K-8. Also, five additional weeks of art camp are offered for 10-16 year olds at the Art4Kids Latona Studio in the Greenlake neighborhood, just off the I-5, 50th St Exit. Please visit our online gallery and registration at www.art4kidsnw.com.
  • Game Design Camp – Spring & Summer Break
    Michael Adams will be hosting five weeks of camps at TOPS beginning with a Spring Break Camp.Camp Dates: April 13-17 – Seattle Public Schools Spring Break, June 22-26, June 29 – July 3, July 6-11, July 27-31Cost: $300/week, $250 per if you sign up for more than one session, $75/day   Hours: 9am – 3pm
  • Eric’s Spring Break Camp Reminder
    Basketball & Gaming Camp for K-8th grade is April 13–17. Return your registration forms to Eric or drop off in the main office.
    $125.00 per session or $250.00 for both sessions.

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