A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods


Seattle Public Schools teachers and supporters on the picket lines

September 9th, 2015 by Doree

Seattle Public Schools teachers, along with parents and students, are picketing at schools today, after the Seattle Education Association and the school district failed to reach agreement on a new contract yesterday.

Teachers, parents and students picket at Greenwood Elementary. Photo by Greenwood parent Sandra Coan.

Teachers, parents and students picket at Greenwood Elementary. Photo by Greenwood parent Sandra Coan.

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All clear after ‘shelter in place’ at Greenwood Elementary School this morning

January 15th, 2014 by Doree

Students arriving at Greenwood Elementary School this morning were escorted into the building before the doors were locked for a “shelter in place.” A woman who answered the phone at the school this morning said the school district had called the school and said “there was something going on in the community,” and asked for them to implement the shelter in place out of an abundance of caution.

Witnesses tell us several police cars were outside the school.

The students had their scheduled Martin Luther King assembly in the gym, and about 20 minutes later the district called to give the all clear.

Thanks to Sandra and David for the tips!

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Greenwood Elementary Jog-a-Thon looking for business sponsors

October 7th, 2013 by Doree

Greenwood Elementary School’s PTA is looking for business sponsors for its annual Jog-a-Thon on Oct. 18.

The PTA’s mission for the Jog-a-Thon is to raise money for their school while also promoting fitness, fun and community. They are looking for local businesses who would like to sponsor this fun-filled event.

Fundraising is an important part of every public school and Greenwood is no exception. There continues to be a major lack of funds available from federal sources and the Seattle School District. With approximately one of three Greenwood students receiving free and/or reduced meals, the support of our community is crucial to our success.

To inquire about sponsorship levels and the marketing benefit that sponsorship provides to your business, please contact jogathon@greenwoodpta.org.

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Greenwood Elementary new student play dates

August 13th, 2013 by Doree

Greenwood Elementary School is hosting three play dates for incoming kindergarten families. The first play date is from 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday; the second is from 4-5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 18; and the third is from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24.

All incoming kindergarten students and their families are encouraged to attend to meet new friends and get used to the school grounds.

If you have any questions, you can email Mary Power at marypower1204@yahoo.com.

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Greenwood Elementary one of 6 Seattle schools recognized for academic improvements

December 5th, 2012 by Doree

Greenwood Elementary School is one of six Seattle Public Schools named 2012 Schools of Distinction for academic improvements in math and reading. The six schools are in the top 5 percent of the highest-improving schools in the state.

Besides Greenwood, the other five schools are Hamilton International Middle School, Jane Addams K-8, McClure Middle School, Mercer Middle School and Wing Luke Elementary School.

The schools will receive their awards at a ceremony on Jan. 24.

“We are honored to have our six schools recognized with this prestigious award,” Seattle Public Schools Superintendent José Banda said in a press release. “It reflects the ongoing achievement of our students in math and reading, thanks to our strong teachers and instructional leaders.”

Schools of Distinction are chosen by the Center for Educational Effectiveness, the Association of Educational Service Districts, the Association of Washington School Principals, Phi Delta Kappa-Washington Chapter, Washington Association of School Administrators, Washington State ASCD and Washington State School Directors’ Association.

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‘Sylvia’s Spinach’ author visits Greenwood Elementary

October 29th, 2012 by Doree

Local author Katherine Pryor brought her little red wagon spinach garden to Greenwood Elementary last Friday to encourage children to try new foods. Pryor also read from her new book, “Sylvia’s Spinach,” to the students, then took them outside to plant spinach seeds in their school garden.

(Photo courtesy Greenwood Elementary)

The author encouraged students to try new food and give it a second, third or fourth try even if you don’t like it for the first time.

Earlier this month, the school had another local author, Rick Swann of “Our School Garden,” to read his book as part of the launch of the garden.

Sylvia’s Spinach is based on a true story in a school in Washington and about kids’ eating (or not eating) spinach and then learning to grow it in school gardens and how that might change kids’ minds.

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Greenwood Elementary School celebrates new school garden

October 15th, 2012 by Doree

Students and parents of Greenwood Elementary School gathered last Thursday to celebrate the opening of the school’s new garden.

Local author Rick Swann read from his book, “Our School Garden.”

The garden is a collaboration between the Seattle School District, Greenwood Elementary PTA and the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.

Thanks to Greenwood Elementary for the photos!

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Greenwood Elementary 4th- and 5th-graders competing in Global Reading Challenge

March 19th, 2012 by Doree

A team of 4th- and 5th-graders from Greenwood Elementary will compete at the city-wide finals of the 2012 Global Reading Challenge on March 27 at the Central Library downtown. “The Jokers” team is one of the top 10 teams in the city.

More than 2,500 4th- and 5th- graders from more than 40 Seattle Public Schools studied 10 books to prepare for the Global Reading Challenge.

According to Global Reading Challenge rules, questions are read and repeated once. Teams have 30 seconds to write down the answer to a question.

“The purpose of the Global Reading Challenge is to promote the love of reading and to have fun,” Palmer said. “This program introduces children to a wide variety of literature and multicultural reading materials and provides a recreational outlet for readers. It makes it possible for students of all reading levels to participate in a public library activity that promotes reading as a pleasurable lifelong experience.”

The winning team from the city final will go on to face the top teams from Fraser Valley, British Columbia and Coquitlam, British Columbia at 10 a.m. Friday, April 13 in the Video Conference Final at the John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence, 2445 Third Ave. S. in Seattle.

The Global Reading Challenge is at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium. It’s free, and the public is invited.

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Greenwood Elementary student is grand prize winner in ‘Dream School’ contest

February 14th, 2012 by Doree

Congratulations to Asha Reichenbach, a first-grader at Greenwood Elementary School, for her grand prize-winning video in the League of Education Voters’ “My Dream School” contest.

Asha wrote, illustrated and narrated a three-minute video about a pink castle in the sky with hallways covered in beautiful artwork, fairy teachers that fly around the classroom, and a cafeteria that serves clouds instead of real food (purple clouds are the healthiest).

And congratulations to 9-year-old Hannah Zizza of nearby Whittier Elementary, for being chosen for one of the People’s Choice Awards, for her stop-motion video depicting toy figures participating in school activities. (Voting for People’s Choice ends on Feb. 20 online.)

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