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Community meeting on Interagency Recovery School is this Wednesday at John Hay

December 7th, 2014 by Laura

SPS Recovery School tweetSeattle Public Schools is hosting a community meeting on the Interagency Recovery School this Wednesday, December 10th, 6:30pm-7:30pm. The school is slated to move into the old Queen Anne High School Gym at Galer St and 2nd Ave N, across from John Hay Elementary.

The meeting will be held in the John Hay Elementary cafeteria at 201 Garfield St and is open to John Hay families, staff, and Queen Anne neighbors. (if you received a rescheduled location notice, ignore it – the meeting is back at John Hay)

QA High GymThe Queen Anne High School Gym has been remodeled for the Interagency Recovery School. It was originally scheduled for a November opening, but SPS now estimates that the school will open in the space in early 2015.

The first notice the community received was via this blog. We were tipped to the activity at the old gym by a reader, and upon our inquiry, Seattle Public Schools issued a statement on the school. Now the community has its chance to ask questions about the school and the Interagency Academy Program.

Here’s Wednesday’s agenda:

  • 6:30-6:40pm – Welcome/Introductions and Opening Remarks
  • 6:40-7:15pm – Questions from the audience
  • 7:15-7:30pm – Individual time with staff members

Since the time for the meeting is limited, with only 35 minutes for Q&A, it is advised that attendees read the FAQ that SPS has put together on the Interagency Recovery School. It addresses 61 questions that SPS has received from the community. Due to its length, we aren’t re-publishing the FAQ here – go to this site to read it in its entirety.

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Community meeting to discuss Interagency Recovery School planned for December 10th

November 12th, 2014 by Laura

Today we got word from Seattle Public Schools that the community meeting on the planned Interagency Recovery School will be held at John Hay Cafeteria on Wednesday, December 10th, 6:30-7:30pm.

QA High GymAll residents and parents are welcome to attend this community meeting – per the email we received from SPS, it is a community meeting, not a John Hay-specific meeting. The school will take over the Queen Anne Gym space kitty-corner from Johh Hay Elementary, so the John Hay PTA has been very involved in gathering feedback since we broke the news on the school.

QA High School Gym mapKaaren Andrews, the Principal of the Interagency Academy, contacted the John Hay PTA and stated that the Recovery School plans to open on February 2nd – not later this month, as originally communicated to us by SPS. However, if permits are obtained sooner, it will open before February. Sometime in November is likely the earliest date, pending permits.

If you have questions or concerns about the Interagency Recovery School, plan on attending this community meeting. SPS has asked for comments to be submitted by tomorrow, Thursday, November 13th.

Send your questions and comments to the following SPS contacts:

Kaaren Andrews, Principal of Interagency Schools for Seattle

Kari Hanson, Principal of John Hay 

Sue Peters, Queen Anne SPS Board Member 

Interim Superintendent Nyland 

Assistant Superintendent of Facilities Flip Herndon

John Hay Parent Board (compiling questions for the meeting)

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John Hay parents’ concerns prompt SPS community meeting on Interagency Recovery School

November 9th, 2014 by Laura

QA High GymLess than a week ago, we posted on the Seattle Public Schools (SPS) Interagency Recovery School that’s planned for the old Queen Anne High School Gym. Work was being done at night, which prompted several email tips to Queen Anne View, asking what was happening to the Gym.

When SPS responded to our inquiries, it was news to residents and John Hay Elementary parents. The alternative high school will be located directly across from John Hay Elementary, with the location generating concern from John Hay parents.

QA High School Gym mapConcerns include not only the proximity of recovering addicts to elementary school students – the SPS statement noted that students are committed to being sober – but also the use of SPS property.

Like many Seattle schools, John Hay Elementary is overcrowded. It has two large portable classroom units in the southwest corner of the playground, and could have used the Queen Anne High School Gym space if it’d been available.

After we posted the article on the Interagency Recovery School, there were many reader comments and suggestions for contacts. Parents contacted SPS and Sue Peters, our local Queen Anne SPS board member. According to the John Hay PTA, they received a response after 3 days of inquiries to SPS.

SPS will host a community meeting in December – something that likely wouldn’t have happened without the heads up on the school and the involvement of the John Hay PTA. The original decision was made without a review by SPS (it was added at the last minute to a meeting this past Thursday, November 6th).

Sue Peters is reviewing emails and forwarding them to the Interim Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent for Facilities. She has asked for more information on the development and why the community wasn’t engaged early on in the process.

Part of the mission statement for the Interagency Academy program is “partner with community-based organizations and agencies” and one of SPS’ three goals is “Strengthen school, family and community engagement” – neither of which has happened (yet) with the Interagency Recovery School.

We’ve contacted SPS to find out when a date for the community meeting is confirmed. When that information is made available, we’ll share it on the blog. In the meantime, if you have comments, questions, or concerns, here are the people to contact:

Sue Peters, Queen Anne SPS Board Member 

Interim Superintendent Nyland 

Assistant Superintendent of Facilities Flip Herndon

Stay tuned for more information on the proposed community meeting.

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Seattle Public Schools opening Interagency Recovery School in old Queen Anne High Gym

November 4th, 2014 by Laura

QA High GymWe’ve had several readers email us in the past few weeks asking about the construction activity at the old Queen Anne High School Gym. We’ve been in contact with Seattle Public Schools (SPS) to find out what’s happening with the building and we now have information from SPS on plans for the location.

The building at the corner of 2nd Ave N and Galer St has been getting an interior makeover to convert the space into classrooms for a Seattle Public Schools Interagency Academy school.

QA High School Gym mapAccording to SPS, the Interagency Academy is “a network of small, alternative high schools spread out across Seattle designed to support students who need different supports than comprehensive schools offer.”

The Queen Anne High School Gym will house the Interagency Recovery School. It’ll move into the building this month, starting with about 10 students.

We received the following statement from Seattle Public Schools:

Interagency Recovery School

Interagency Recovery School is a small campus designed to support high school youth who are committed to recovery from drug and alcohol abuse. Students have self-selected to attend Interagency Recovery School and have expressed commitment to actively work toward their academic and personal goals while attending school in a clean and sober environment.

Recovery School students come from all over Seattle, representing all races, religions and socioeconomic statuses. These are everybody’s kids who have made hard, mature choices to change their lives. More than anything, they need the support of their community as they walk this difficult road to recovery.

The school site, located in the old gym of the Queen Anne High School building, will offer the support of specially trained teachers, a chemical dependency professional, other support staff, and peers who are also committed to recovery.

The school will open in November with an estimated 10 students and will grow based on need and available resources. As its students are clean and sober, the school upholds a strict no tolerance policy with drugs and alcohol. Students found to be under the influence or in possession of drugs or alcohol will be transferred out of the school to another support service.

Interagency has partnered with King County Mental Health, Chemical Abuse and Dependency Services Division to offer this needed program. NAVOS is also providing a full-time staff member at the school to support students, funded by King County Mental Health.

A 2012 Seattle Times article on the Interagency Academy program described it as “a unique and little-known slice of the city’s public-school system for students who were expelled from or otherwise not making it in regular schools.” You can read more about the program in the Seattle Times article and on the SPS Interagency Academy web site.

If you have questions about the Interagency Recovery School, contact information for SPS is listed on this page.

UPDATE: per comments below, if you have concerns about the Interagency Recovery School’s location across from John Hay School, you can contact Sue Peters, the Queen Anne School Board member via email at

The John Hay Elementary PTA has also been informed. You can reach them via email at

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Queen Anne’s newest Little Free Library is kid-friendly and number 22 on the map

October 20th, 2014 by Laura

It’s been a while since I spotted a new Little Free Library, but on a dismal Sunday after the Seahawks’ loss, a colorful LFL caught my eye. Unless I’ve missed an LFL – which is possible since much of September I was out-of-commission – this LFL is number 22 for Queen Anne.

Located on 1st Ave N at Lynn St, you can’t miss the cheery multi-colored LFL.

LFL 1st Ave N

This particular LFL is billed as a “Kids Edition” and is sponsored by Queen Anne Kids Preschool. In addition to being well-stocked with books, the newest LFL has children’s literary characters such as Curious George and Maisy Mouse adorning the sides and top of the box.

LFL 1st Ave N sign

And, as always, a call to readers – if you spot a LFL that isn’t on our map, or add one of your own, let us know! The current map is below, and photos of all 22 LFLs are in our LFL gallery.

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Also, I’ve noticed that several of our Queen Anne Little Free Libraries are running low on books. If you have books that need a home, consider dropping them off at a LFL. (If you have kids’ books, the Howe St LFL seems really low on supply.)

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Umbrella Tree hosting backpack drive for Northwest Center Kids

August 6th, 2014 by Laura

Local Queen Anne business Umbrella Tree is hosting a backpack and school supply community drive for Northwest Center. Umbrella Tree creates and hosts kid-focused social and play development classes at Twirl Café.

Umbrella Tree backpackTo help out Northwest Center’s Kids Program, Umbrella Tree is running a community drive to get 45 backpacks and supplies “adopted” for the upcoming school year.

Northwest Center has had a tough year, as the organization was faced with a late notice to vacate its long-time Queen Anne home. As of June, it found a home in Greenwood, but it still has many strong ties in the Queen Anne community.

If you’d like to help out, sign-up on Umbrella Tree’s site to adopt a new, or donate a “like-new” backpack, and they’ll also let you know of the recipient’s school supply needs to help fill the backpack.

Backpacks can be dropped off at the Queen Anne Eat Local (corner of Queen Anne Ave N and McGraw) and Twirl Café (2111 Queen Anne Ave N) now through next Friday, August 15th.

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Queen Anne host families sought for World Heritage Exchange program

May 29th, 2014 by Laura

World Heritage, a nonprofit organization that connects international high school students with local families, is looking for Seattle families for the 2014-15 school year. World Heritage provides local families with the opportunity to host students ages 15 to 18, from Europe, Asia, Africa, the Pacific, Canada and Mexico.


Here are the details from World Heritage:

By opening up your heart and your home, you will be giving an exceptional young person the opportunity of a lifetime – to live with your family and experience firsthand the language, customs and culture of our country. There is no greater opportunity for bright, inquisitive teenagers eager to expand their knowledge and their worlds.

In return, your World Heritage Exchange student will bring a fresh new outlook on life and a bit of his or her native country into your home. It is truly the meeting of two cultures — not as a tourist but as a “family” — learning from each other and living together.

The students have their own funds for personal expenditures, attractions, clothes and everything else teenagers like to do!

To learn more visit the World Heritage web site or contact your local area representative, Clay, via email.

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Two free library events for gardeners this weekend

May 10th, 2014 by Laura

QALibraryWe’re expanding our scope just a bit, one neighborhood over, to give gardeners the heads up on two free classes presented by the Seattle Public Library. One is today at 1pm at the Magnolia branch, the other is tomorrow at our own Queen Anne Branch.

Details are below:

Food Grown Right, In Your Backyard 
Magnolia Branch
Saturday, May 10
1:00 to 2:30pm
Want to grow food in your yard or balcony this season? Brad Halm, co-owner of The Seattle Urban Farm Company and co-author of the edible garden primer, “Food Grown Right, in your Backyard,” will guide you through designing your own backyard farm. You’ll learn how to design and construct your own vegetable garden.

Dealing with Summer Pests in the Garden with Seattle Tilth
Queen Anne Branch
Sunday, May 11
2:00 to 3:30pm
Seattle Tilth will help you organically deal with pests, weed and disease control in your garden. Tilth will discuss integrated pest management practices as well.

If you’re interested in vegetable gardening or keeping those pesky pests away and weeds at bay, check out these free classes!

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April Pools Day is this Saturday

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.

April Pools Day 2014Water 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.

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Get in touch with nature and learn about Queen Anne trees at Saturday’s Tree Walk

April 9th, 2014 by Laura

Tree AmbassadorYou 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.

Tree Walk map

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.

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Writing class on Lake Union focuses on capturing your adventures

March 25th, 2014 by Laura

Adventure Writing PosterAre 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.

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Inspire future scientists! McClure seeks scientists to present at Science Career Day

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.

McClure_tileIf 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.

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