Entries Tagged as 'Education'
February 27th, 2014 by Laura
Sweet Pea Cottage Preschool for the Arts is a Queen Anne-based nonprofit that connects educators and artists with children to explore a variety of traditions, disciplines, and arts-based experiences. Sweet Pea Cottage’s mission is to “enrich, inspire, challenge, and expand every child’s world through an art-based education.”
This Saturday, Sweet Pea is hosting its 11th Annual Dinner & Auction at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel. The event includes both a silent and live auction. This annual event is Sweet Pea’s primary fundraiser and all funds go to providing arts-based experiences for children, including scholarships for foster children and underserved children in Seattle.
Tickets to the event can be purchased online and the Auction Catalog is online as well, so you can take a look at the goods available in advance.
Tags: auction, fundraiser, Sweet Pea
January 23rd, 2014 by Laura
Editor’s note: updated with additional information on the Cascade Parent Partnership program.
A reader wrote in to let us know about the letter sent to Northwest Center Queen Anne parents, detailing the Seattle Public School district’s plans for the current location of Northwest Center Kids school on the corner of Florentia and 1st Ave W.
Northwest Center provides an early learning program “for children with and without disabilities in the same program, recognizing each child as a unique individual.”
The site is owned by Seattle Public School district, but has been the home to Northwest Center’s school for 28 years – and per a letter from the school district, they now have 6 months to vacate so the district can use the building for Cascade Parent Partnership, a program for home-schooled children. According to the Seattle Times, their current building, the Wilson-Pacific School, is being demolished and replaced with a new middle school and elementary school.
While 6 months is the timeframe in the lease termination agreement, the school says it needs more time to make the move. According to Northwest Center, “at least two years would be needed to navigate the logistical challenges of a move as well as the licensing and permitting hurdles we would face.”
The Seattle Times has picked up the story and KING 5 is looking for parents to interview. You can read the full letter to Northwest Center parents below. If you’re interested in helping, check out the “How You Can Help” document, which also contains all of the contact information for Seattle Public School Board officials.
I am writing to share news that affects the entire Northwest Center Kids community that we have all worked so hard to build here at Queen Anne. As many of you know, we have made our home at North Queen Anne Elementary for 28 years, made possible by a long-time lease with Seattle Public Schools. We were recently notified by Assistant Superintendent Dr. Lester Herndon, who is in charge of facilities among other things, that Seattle Public Schools needs the building back and will terminate our lease with six months notice per the terms of our lease agreement.
This is shocking news and news which we are prepared to challenge and fight with every resource available to us. Our first priority for the 49 year existence of Northwest Center has been you the families that make up our community of “people of all abilities.” We are determined to keep this community of families intact, and we are pursuing any and all possible solutions to accomplish this.
At this point we are in the early stages of reviewing our options which we hope will include productive negotiations with Seattle Public Schools. Northwest Center has already expressed its interest in buying the property from Seattle Public Schools. But if that is not possible then at minimum we need more time – at least two years to identify, permit, remodel, and license a facility that can accommodate our students and their specific needs.
Unfortunately we have not been included in any discussions to-date about the future of our school and our programs. Had Seattle Public Schools been more transparent with us about this plan when it was first formulated, we would have made our case that the facility is serving its best and highest purpose with Northwest Center Kids.
But we are inserting ourselves into the discussions now and making our case forcefully. Our singular focus is in doing everything we can to prevent devastating impacts to our programs, the early learning opportunities for the children we work with, and the sense of place and community that are so important to everyone associated with Northwest Center Kids.
It is obviously important for all of us to work together as we navigate this process and we want to hear from you and answer any questions and concerns you have. Tom Everill, our CEO, and I will be available to share information and answer questions on Friday from 4:30 – 6:00PM. At that time we will also be able to share with you what you can do to support our efforts and secure a future for Northwest Center Kids.
Friday, January 17 4:30 – 6:00PM
Queen Anne Conference Room
Thank you. We look forward to tackling this critical challenge together.
Executive Director, Northwest Center Kids
Tags: Northwest Center, Seattle Public Schools
December 16th, 2013 by Laura
Our Queen Anne library branch one of the coolest spots on Queen Anne – ok, I’m partial to libraries, but you have to admit, our branch is beautiful!
What makes our library so special, other than that it’s ours? Well, for starters, it’s one of six Carnegie libraries in Seattle. From the brickwork to the windows to the multi-colored roof, I think everyone can admit it’s pretty unique and a special spot on Queen Anne.
Plaque with 1913 construction date
Andrew Carnegie gave Seattle $200,000 to build a new fireproof library after the original Yesler Mansion burned in 1901. In 1910, he went on to donate $105,000 for the West Seattle, Green Lake, and University District branches. Another gift of $70,000 resulted in our Queen Anne branch in 1914 and the Columbia branch in 1915.
The Queen Anne branch is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been designated as a landmark building by Seattle’s Landmarks Preservation Board. In addition to its architectural significance, the Queen Anne branch is also a key part of our neighborhood’s history, and it’s celebrating a big birthday – 100 years – in January.
SPL Collection: Queen Anne Library branch
ca. late 1950s-early 1960s
Submitted by Mrs. Floyd W. Mason, Jr. Queen Anne Manor
It looks pretty good for a centenarian (thanks in part to a 2007 renovation), and is well loved by patrons both young and old.
Although, it did cause quite a stir for one Queen Anne resident 100 years ago – one parent sent the following letter to Miss Helen Watson, the branch’s first children’s librarian:
“Dear Madam: Will you please stop John and Mary from getting any more books as we can’t get anything out of them at all – they won’t go to bed at night and won’t get up in the morning and won’t do anything but read when they do get up.”
To celebrate the special anniversary, the Seattle Public Library is planning a free celebration at the Queen Anne branch on Sunday, January 12th from 2pm to 4pm. Activities include:
- Goodwill’s Vintage Fashion Collection exhibit of vintage clothing and an interactive hat show – step back in time and try on one or more of 50 vintage hats!
- Historical information provided by Queen Anne Historical Society
- Music and refreshments
- A commemorative bookmark
- Children’s craft activity making whirligigs
Queen Anne library scrapbook paper
Pick up yours today!
And, you can be a part of the preparations via an anniversary scrapbook that the library is putting together. Just stop by the library and share written stories now about your favorite Queen Anne branch experiences on specially designed scrapbook paper.
The paper is available now at the branch, so be sure to take part in the storytelling today. Your story may be featured in another 100 years, just as the “stop John and Mary from getting any more books” story was shared today!
The anniversary scrapbook will be on display during the celebration, so make plans now to share your stories to mark the happy occasion. If you can’t make it to the library, you can also email your story to firstname.lastname@example.org and it’ll be included in the scrapbook. Submissions will be taken up to January 12th.
And, mark your calendars to join in the celebration on January 12th, and Happy (early) Birthday, Queen Anne library!
Tags: Books, library, Queen Anne Library, Seattle Public Library
November 19th, 2013 by Laura
It’s November and time for McClure Middle School’s Turkey Bingo , an annual fundraiser that helps keep McClure’s afterschool activities up and running.
Turkey Bingo is this Thursday at McClure (1915 1st Ave W), from 5:30-8pm. Bingo cards are $5 apiece, with additional cards priced at the low, low price of 50 cents each. Plus, if you bring a can of food for the Queen Anne Food Bank, you get 2 bingo cards free!
What can you win? All sorts of prizes, from Starbucks cards to Menchies certificates to pies… and, turkeys! It wouldn’t be Turkey Bingo without them!
Tags: bingo, McClure, Thanksgiving
November 18th, 2013 by Laura
Last week’s report of an attempted abduction of two children from a Coe Elementary at an after-school program has taken a positive turn. Turns out, it was a miscommunication, and there was no danger to the two children. The suspect was actually thier emergency contact.
See below for more info from the SPD Blotter:
Miscommunication Leads to Kidnapping Investigation at After School Program
Written by Jonah Spangenthal-Lee on November 15, 2013
Update on 11/18: After investigation of the incident, detectives have determined that an emergency contact was in fact attempting to pick up the children on behalf of their parents. The children were not in any danger and detectives have closed the case.
Tags: child abduction, Coe Elementary
November 11th, 2013 by Laura
It’s that time of year – kids are back in school, but old computers just aren’t making the grade. To help get new computers into Coe Elementary, The 5 Spot is helping raise funds via its annual fundraiser.
What do you need to do to help? Just dine at The 5 Spot this Wednesday, November 13th, and 25% of food sales go to help Coe purchase new computers for the kids. The fundraiser runs from 8:30am to 10pm, so you can help with breakfast, lunch, or dinner!
Thanks, 5 Spot!
Tags: 5 Spot, Coe Elementary, fundraiser
November 2nd, 2013 by Laura
Just two weeks ago, the Queen Anne Helpline held its annual Gala fundraising event. It was a huge success, with over 250 attendees and at the end of the night, $98,000 in donations, thanks to the generosity of the community. (thank you, Queen Anne!)
At the Queen Anne Helpline Gala on October 19, executive director Lisa Moore introduced a new program being launched by the local non-profit – a program to help hungry kids get nutritious lunches on weekends.
According to the Helpline, one in four children in Washington lives in a family that experiences hunger, and our state ranks 14th for both hunger and food insecurity. Many low income public school students receive free lunch and breakfast at school, but their families can’t provide the same for them on weekends, away from school.
The Queen Anne Helpline is partnering with Queen Anne Presbyterian Church and the Ballard Food Bank on Weekend Food for Kids, a program that provides weekend food for eligible kids - 3 meals each day plus snacks.
The program has launched with a small group of students, and will soon expand to all eligible students in neighborhood schools before the end of the school year.
Tags: Queen Anne Helpline, Weekend Food for Kids
August 27th, 2013 by Laura
Did you know that Seattle’s largest colony of Great Blue Herons nests just one neighborhood away? Six months a year, the colony makes its home near Discovery Park. The nests are well hidden, so it’s often hard to spot them. However, the Heron Habitat Helpers is looking to change that and make the birds more visible to the public.
Via Project HeronWatch, the group is considering installing two remote viewing stations in the visitor centers at Discovery Park and at the Ballard Locks, where visitors can view the herons nesting and raising their chicks. The group is asking Ballard, Magnolia, and Queen Anne neighbors for input on these proposed stations.
You can take the survey today through September 15th. The Heron Habitat Helpers is trying to spread the word, so pass along the survey link to other individuals, groups, and organizations that may have an interest in these birds.
And, a bit of trivia for those who may not know… the Great Blue Heron is the official Seattle city bird. So, help them out and take the survey today!
Tags: Heron Habitat Helpers, Herons, survey
July 22nd, 2013 by Laura
Back in May, Eat to Thrive, a cooking class focused on healthy, nutritious meal preparation, was hosted at the Queen Anne Presbyterian Church. Designed to teach people how to cook nourishing, wholesome meals with fresh food, the dishes were simple, easy to make, and affordable. The classes are held on a seasonable basis, and it’s time for the summer edition!
This Wednesday, the summer Eat to Thrive class will be held from noon-2pm at the Queen Anne Presbyterian Church (414 W Howe St). Since it’s summer and kids are on break, this particular class will have a special focus on children who are on summer vacation and want to learn how to make nutritious meals. And, as with other Eat to Thrive classes, everyone is welcome to attend. This week’s class will be attended by both kids from the Ballard Boys and Girls Club Summer camp and local Seniors.
Host Paule Attar is partnering with Emerald City Lights and the Queen Anne Helpline to present these classes, and Lisa Moore, Executive Director of the Queen Anne Helpline, will give a brief introductory talk at Wednesday’s class.
The class is free, but please RSVP for this event via email so they can plan on enough food for everyone. Future classes are planned for October 2 and December 4. If you’re interested in volunteering for Wednesday’s class or future classes, please contact Patricia Vaccarino via email for more information.
Tags: cooking class, food
June 10th, 2013 by Laura
The local Junior Girl Scout Troop at Coe Elementary is hosting a Bake Sale/Mini Fair tomorrow, Tuesday, June 11th after school at the Coe playground – and this is no ordinary bake sale. One of their kindergarten schoolmates, Paola, has been diagnosed with brain cancer, and the sale will benefit her and her family. Whatever is raised via the sale, or donated to the cause, will go directly to Paola’s family.
In addition to selling baked goods, the Mini Fair will feature games for kids and tables with items for sale from the Girl Scouts’ own homes as well as craft projects such as bottle cap magnets. They’re doing whatever they can to help raise money for Paola and her family, as this particular cause is close to them.
There will also be a collection jar at the Bake Sale/Mini Fair, so if you’d like to help out, stop by Coe Elementary tomorrow at 3pm.
Tags: bake sale, fundraiser
April 29th, 2013 by Greg
This Wednesday, May 1st, from 4pm to 6pm, the Eat to Thrive Cooking Education Class will be held for free at the Queen Anne Presbyterian Church. The class will be led by Paule Attar and will focus on teaching people how to cook nourishing, wholesome fresh food, with an emphasis on dishes that are simple, delicious, easy to make, and affordable.
The class is open to anyone in the greater Seattle area, but please RSVP at email@example.com, so the class will have enough food for all who attend. Queen Anne Presbyterian Church is located at 414 West Howe Street, on top of Queen Anne. Additional classes are planned for July 24, October 2, and December 4.
If you are interested in volunteering for this or future classes, please contact Patricia Vaccarino at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to learn of ways you can help!
April 25th, 2013 by Laura
The American Homestay Network (AHN) is currently seeking Queen Anne area families to host international students for both short and long stays. AHN launched in late 2012 and has already placed over 100 students in the greater Seattle area.
Host families or individuals share their home and culture with a student, and AHN manages the administrative details of the student’s stay. AHN provides an online homestay management system, national background check, 24×7 professionally staffed emergency support, online payment services, online student and host orientation training, and airport transportation services.
The current AHN homestay opportunities for local hosts include:
- A two-week stay at the end of June for students who are part of a French aviation program at Seattle Central Community College. These students are all male, ages 18-50, and are returning to Seattle for further studies. Host families would need to provide overnight accommodations, breakfast and dinner. The students arrive June 25th for a two-week stay, leaving July 8th.
- 2013-2014 school year (beginning Summer 2013): Within this school term, the hosting needs vary, from a few weeks to a semester to a year.
Homestays are cultural exchanges, with the student improving his or her English-speaking skills and learning about American culture and different lifestyles while they study at local colleges and universities. AHN works with both host families and students during the application and review process to ensure a good match – covering length of stay, family type and demographics, geographic proximity to school, and other key factors.
According to AHN representatives, successful homestays have benefitted both students and host families, providing a “perfect balance of introduction to two new cultures, freedom and independence for both student and host, and a deep learning experience certain to continue far beyond the length of the homestay.”
Potential host families are advised to visit AHN online to learn more about the application process, apply online, and manage their application. Or, for more information, contact AHN at 425.285.4402.
Tags: American Homestay Network, cultural exchange