Entries Tagged as 'Education'
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.com 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
April 22nd, 2013 by Laura
Electronics recycling made easy? Yes, that’s exactly what Queen Anne Elementary is doing this Saturday, April 27th from 10am to 4pm. Today is Earth Day, so take a look around your home, garage, basement, and attic and gather up any electronic parts and pieces for the electronics recycling event this Saturday.
Recycling your electronics at the QAE event helps the school fund field trips and community learning experiences. Plus, the electronics will be responsibly recycled courtesy of American Electronics Recycling.
Items eligible for free e-cycling include all types of computers and tablets, peripherals, printers, cables, cords, power supplies, telephones, AV equipment, cameras, small appliances, and more!
In addition, for a fee you can get rid of old vacuum cleaners ($5), TVs (price dependent on size, ranging from $15-$55), and CRT monitors ($30).
And, the event will also feature free hard-drive destruction. However, please do not bring air conditioners, refrigerators, florescent light bulbs, regular light bulbs or alkaline batteries.
See the site for a full list of items that can/cannot be recycled on Saturday at the school, and keep in mind that cash donations to the school are welcome.
A good way to celebrate Earth Day? Mark your calendar for this weekend’s event!
Tags: electronics recycling, recycling
April 1st, 2013 by Laura
April is national Autism awareness month, and to kick off the month, the Seattle Children’s Museum is hosting “Light It Up Blue” recognition event on Tuesday evening. It’s a free event that starts at 6:30pm, with a short program at 7pm. You can RSVP for the event online.
The Children’s Museum will also be turning their lights to blue today and tomorrow to promote autism awareness. The Seattle Monorail will also be running its blue train lit with lights on Tuesday.
Light It Up Blue is an annual event lead by Autism Speaks used to raise awareness of Autism every year. The Seattle Children’s Museum has partnered with Autism Speaks for several years, hosting this annual event that recognizes the Seattle-area businesses that are Lighting it up Blue this year.
In addition to the event, the Seattle Children’s Museum provides Sensory Sensitive Hours on the first Saturday of each month, with a reduced entry fee of $3. During these Saturday hours, the Museum dims the lights and has minimal sounds, transforming the Museum into a safe space for autistic kids to play and feel comfortable.
Tags: autism, Autism Speaks, Seattle Children's Museum
March 24th, 2013 by Laura
The John Hay Elementary Auction kicks off this Tuesday when online bidding opens to the public. You can browse and bid on over 250 auction items from the comfort of your home. The team behind the auction is uploading items as we speak, and you can get a preview of what’ll be available on the online auction site.
Items include gift cards to local restaurants, camps and classes, sports and entertainment tickets, video games, toys, services, and more. Browsing the auction site, you’ll notice some familiar Queen Anne restaurants and shops – this auction is not only driven by the local bidders, but also by the donations from our local businesses. (Thank you, Queen Anne businesses!)
The online bidding begins on Tuesday, March 26th at 8am and runs through Thursday, April 4th, with bidding closing at 10 pm that day. Be sure to log on to the site to check out the items, place your bids and help out John Hay!
Tags: auction, fundraiser, John Hay