Entries Tagged as 'Education'
April 17th, 2014 by Laura
It’s that time of year again, time for April Pools Day at Seattle Parks and Recreation pools. Queen Anne Pool is participating this Saturday with a free event for families who want to prepare in advance for summer safety.
Water safety tips and activities are on the agenda, and attendees of all ages can learn hands-on water safety both in and out of the water. Activities include practicing using life jackets, learning about hypothermia, practicing reaching and throwing rescues, and CPR.
The event is free and participants can also enter a drawing for a free life jacket and other prizes. Stop by Queen Anne Pool at 1920 1st Ave W this Saturday, April 19, from 3:30pm – 4:30pm.
Tags: Queen Anne Pool, water safety
April 9th, 2014 by Laura
You may recall our post on Tree Ambassadors back in February, the city of Seattle’s reLeaf program was looking for volunteers to speak for our neighborhood trees – hands have been raised and the first Queen Anne Tree Walk is this Saturday!
The walk covers the northwest portion of the top of Queen Anne, beginning at Coe Elementary School (2424 7th Ave W) this Saturday, April 12th at 10am. The walk will be a 2-hour guided tour of trees along a portion of Queen Anne Boulevard, as well as some off-the-beaten path trees.
The Queen Anne Tree Walk is free and open to all. You can RSVP online or just meet up with the group in front of Coe Elementary School.
For more information on the walk or to become a Tree Ambassador, visit the city’s Tree web site or contact them via email.
Tags: Queen Anne Boulevard, Tree Walk, trees
March 25th, 2014 by Laura
Are you an aspiring travel writer? Looking to start a blog? Or, perhaps you’re a seasoned journalist or author looking for new inspiration?
The UW Experimental College is taking to the seas – or, rather, Lake Union – for a one-night Adventure Writing Class. What sets this class apart from the usual writing class is that it takes place on a boat moored on Lake Union. Inspiring views and a tranquil location will serve to inspire your inner writer.
Here’s the course description:
“Whether you’re a weekend warrior or a Himalayan climber, you can write (and publish!) about your travels. As you learn how to transition from keeping a travel journal to creating publishable work, we’ll read examples of successful magazine pitches, practice pitching stories to best attract the attention of editors, generate ideas from your own travel history, and refine your writing so that your stories will be as moving to readers as they are to you. Whether you’re a beginner who wants to start a blog or an established writer aiming for National Geographic, you’ll learn something here.”
The one-night class will be held on one of the boats at Lake Union Charters & Adventures at 2420 Westlake Ave. The boat won’t actually set sail, it’ll stay moored with views of Lake Union from the Queen Anne side (good news for those prone to sea-queasiness who still want to enjoy the view).
The class is open to the public, and there are two dates to choose from – Tuesday, April 22nd or Wednesday, May 14th. Fee information and registration is available online.
Tags: authors, UW Experimental College, writing class
March 24th, 2014 by Laura
McClure Middle School is hosting a Science Career Day on Thursday, April 10th, and they need guest speakers to inspire kids and answer their questions on what it’s like to be a scientist.
If you have a cool science career or know someone who does and would be a great speaker, this is a great opportunity to make Science Career Day a success, and inspire future scientists. The school is hoping for at least 13 guest speakers, and it needs your help!
In addition to speaking at Science Career Day, the school is also interested in field trips to real-life scientist work locations – a great opportunity for students to learn even more about what it’s like to work in a scientific field.
McClure teaches the following subjects, and is especially interested in guest speakers for these areas:
- 6th grade – Chemistry, Biology, Genetics, Human Body
- 7th grade – Chemistry, Physics, Catastrophic Events
- 8th grade – Astronomy, Physics, Catastrophic Events, Human Body
For interested speakers, McClure Middle School is at 1915 1st Ave W and the school day starts 7:50am and finishes at 2:20pm. McClure has 3 time blocks for Guest Speakers to share their expertise with students, presenting to 2-3 classrooms for 30 minutes. If you or your nominated speaker needs more or less time, just ask!
- Block 1 – 7:30 am - 10am
- Block 2 – 9:30 am - 12noon
- Block 3 – 12noon - 2:30 pm
If you’re interested in inspiring future scientists, contact Sandra Katsoolis via email or at 206-512-0440.
Tags: McClure Middle School
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 email@example.com 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