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Community survey for Safe Routes to School for three new schools coming to Aurora Avenue North and North 90th Street

January 18th, 2016 by Doree

Several community groups are working together to make safer routes for children to get to school at the three new schools opening in the fall of 2017 at Aurora Avenue North and North 90th Street.

Robert Eagle Staff Middle School, Cascadia Elementary School (Advanced Placement Program) and Licton Springs K-8 will serve about 1,700 students total, including students from Greenwood and Phinney Ridge. Many students will have to cross major streets, including Aurora, 85th, I-5 and 105th/Northgate Way.

The groups already conducted safety audits of the area, and now would like community input on pedestrian safety so they can provide that information to the city’s School Traffic Safety Committee, Seattle Department of Transportation, Seattle Police and the City of Seattle.

Take the survey here. The survey is being conducted by Licton-Haller Greenways, Greenwood-Phinney Greenways and Seattle Neighborhood Greenways. At the end of the survey, you can enter a drawing for raffle prizes for gift certificates from Woodlands Pizza, Fred Meyer and other local businesses.

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Open house and tours of Licton Springs K-8 option school in North Seattle

January 14th, 2016 by Doree

Licton Springs K-8, a public option school temporarily housed in the south wing of the Lincoln Building, 4400 Interlake Ave. N. in Wallingford, is hosting an open house and tours in January and February. Licton Springs is open to any student in Seattle Public Schools. It will move into its permanent home at 1330 N. 90th St. in the fall of 2017.

An evening open house is from 6-7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11. Daytime tours are from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Jan. 20, 25 and 27, and Feb. 1, 3, 8, 10, 22 and 24.

Rising to Justice, Learning with Joy, Creating our Future.

If you are looking for a school that is dynamic, creative, and student centered, while dedicated to equality, social justice, and Native American experience –Licton Springs K-8 may be the school for your child! Licton Springs K-8 (formerly known as Pinehurst K-8, and before that Alternative School #1), has been providing students with a hands-on, project based, social-justice curriculum since 1970, and now has a new Native American focus.

Bus transportation is provided for students in the Broadview-Thompson, Northgate, Greenwood, Bagley, and Olympic View Elementary attendance areas. Limited transportation is available for students living in the Jane Addams or Eckstein middle-school service areas. SPS provided ORCA cards are available for any student in grade 6-8 who is more than 2 miles from the school, anywhere in the city.

Click here for the school’s attendance area map.

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Reminder: Safe Routes to School audits of Wilson-Pacific site are Wednesday and Saturday

November 10th, 2015 by Doree

Remember, neighbors can take part in a Safe Routes to School audit for the Wilson-Pacific schools site near Aurora Avenue North and North 90th Street. The first audit starts at 11 a.m. Wednesday; the second audit starts at 2 p.m. Saturday. Both start at The Woodlands Pizza at 8314 Aurora Ave. N.

Three new schools will open on the site. Robert Eagle Staff Middle School, Cascadia Elementary School (Advanced Placement Program) and Licton Springs K-8 will serve about 1,700 students total, including students from Greenwood and Phinney Ridge. Many students will have to cross major streets, including Aurora, 85th, I-5 and Northgate Way. The purpose of the audits is to find safe routes for those students to get to school, and to suggest pedestrian improvements to the School Traffic Safety Committee, Seattle Department of Transportation, Seattle Police and City of Seattle.

Adults and children are welcome on the audits, which will be conducted by walking and biking. The walks will be between 1-1/2 and 2 hours long, followed by a review session. Food and refreshments will be supplied during the review session.

For more information or to RSVP to attend an audit, please email LictonHallerGreenways@gmail.com.

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Ballard High School on lockdown, police arrest student, searching for weapons

November 5th, 2015 by Doree

Update: The lockdown is over and students were sent home while police continue to search for the gun.

Update: From SPD Blotter:

Update: Police escorted students to the high school’s gymnasium as officers searched the campus to ensure the suspect had not hidden a firearm someone in the building. SPD Chief Kathleen O’Toole and BHS Principal Keven Wynkoop met with students (pictured below) to discuss the day’s events and reassure them that police were conducting a search as a precautionary measure.

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Earlier: Seattle Police arrested a teen today after reports the student brought a firearm to school. According to a friend whose son is texting her updates, the students were evacuated to the gym and are waiting to be led outside, while SWAT team members search the school for a weapon.

From the SPD Blotter:

Seattle police and school officials are investigating after a student was reportedly seen with a firearm Thursday at Ballard High School.

Officers and a SWAT team responded to the school and quickly located the student off campus. Officers took the teenage male into custody, but were not immediately able to locate a firearm.

Out of an abundance of caution, police have evacuated the school and are searching the campus to ensure the safety of students and faculty.

Our sister site, MyBallard, has continuous updates.

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Neighborhood groups conducting audits of safe routes to new schools at North 90th Street

November 3rd, 2015 by Doree

Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, Licton-Haller Greenways and Greenwood-Phinney Greenways are conducting audits of safe routes for children to get to the three new schools that will open in fall of 2017 on North 90th Street, one block east of Aurora.

Robert Eagle Staff Middle School, Cascadia Elementary School (Advanced Placement Program) and Licton Springs K-8 will serve about 1,700 students total, including many students from Greenwood and Phinney Ridge.

Adults and children are welcome on the audits of potential routes, which will be conducted by walking and biking. The walks will be between 1-1/2 and 2 hours long, followed by a review session. Food and refreshments will be supplied during the review session.

The audits will result in a report to the School Traffic Safety Committee, Seattle Department of Transportation, Seattle Police, and City of Seattle to encourage the implementation of needed safety improvements prior to the schools’ opening.

Audits are currently scheduled for the afternoons of Wednesday Nov. 11 (Veterans Day, a school holiday), and Saturday, Nov. 14. A third day could possibly be added, depending on interest.

For more information or to RSVP to attend an audit, please email LictonHallerGreenways@gmail.com.

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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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Seattle Public Schools teachers strike, will picket in front of schools on Wednesday

September 8th, 2015 by Doree

Seattle Public Schools and the Seattle Education Association have not reached an agreement for a new contract, so teachers will hit the picket lines in front of schools, including Greenwood Elementary at NW 80th Street and 3rd Avenue NW, first thing Wednesday morning.

Wednesday was supposed to be the first day of school.

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May 19 teacher walkout – what to do with your kids

May 12th, 2015 by Doree

Seattle Public Schools’ teachers will stage a one-day walkout on Tuesday, May 19, to protest the state legislature’s current underfunding of public schools. That is leaving many working parents scrambling for what to do with their kids.

Coding with Kids, a Redmond-based academy teaching computer programming to elementary and middle school children, is offering a discounted day camp on May 19 at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. Camp will run from 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., and is for ages 7-14. Cost is $89.

One day of coding fun! Tech-savvy instructors will guide small groups of campers as they unleash their creativity. Both beginners and experienced coders are welcome! (Students will be grouped by age and experience.)

Campers will receive personalized instruction and collaborate with new friends. Everybody will learn something new and build a game or two of their own. After camp, students will be able to share their work with family and friends and continue development through online access. (Programming environment: Scratch) The camp will include off-line activities and multiple breaks. Please, send snacks, lunch and water with your children.

Seattle Parks and Recreation will have free drop-in activities for students from kindergarten to 8th grade from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 21 community centers, including Ballard, Loyal Heights and Bitter Lake.

Due to space limitations, eligible students will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. All students must have a completed registration form. Registration forms can be obtained at open community centers, at the community centers the day of the drop-in service, or printed from http://www.seattle.gov/parks/. To hold a spot at a center register in advance please go online at https://class.seattle.gov/parks/Start/Start.asp. A registration form still must be brought to the community center on the 19th.

Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Associated Recreation Council will staff these sites. Parents are asked to drop off eligible children by 9:00 a.m. Spaces for parents who have pre-registered will not be held past 9:00 a.m. Once signed in, children will only be released to the authorized contacts listed on the registration form (identification is required).

Parents are asked to send a sack lunch with their child. Snacks will be provided to all students, and lunch will be provided to those students who are unable to bring their own.

The drop-in activities will be available at the following community centers:

  • Alki, 5817 SW Stevens St.
  • Ballard, 6020 28th Ave. NW
  • Bitter Lake, 13035 Linden Ave. N.
  • Delridge, 4501 Delridge Way SW
  • Garfield, 2323 E Cherry St.
  • Hiawatha, 2700 California Ave. SW
  • High Point, 6920 34th Ave. SW
  • Jefferson, 3801 Beacon Ave. S.
  • Loyal Heights, 2101 NW 77th St.
  • Magnolia, 2550 34th Ave. W.
  • Magnuson, 7110 62nd Ave. NE
  • Meadowbrook, 10517 35th Ave. NE
  • Miller, 330 19th Ave. NE
  • Northgate, 10510 5th Ave. NE
  • Queen Anne, 1901 First Ave. W.
  • Rainier, 4600 38th Ave. S.
  • Rainier Beach, 8825 Rainier Ave. S.
  • Ravenna-Eckstein, 6535 Ravenna Ave. NE
  • South Park, 8319 8th Ave. S.
  • Van Asselt, 2820 S Myrtle St.
  • Yesler, 917 E Yesler Way

Parks’ Teen Centers will be open 2:30-8:00 p.m. in order to provide some daytime drop-in activities for teens. Geographically located Teen Centers are Meadowbrook, Garfield, and Southwest. See http://www.seattle.gov/parks/tlc/.

If you know of any other special childcare programs on May 19, please let us know below in Comments.

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Seattle Public Schools conducting online survey for changing school start times

April 28th, 2015 by Doree

Seattle Public Schools is conducting an online survey to determine whether to change school start times beginning in the fall. Parents of high school students have been pushing for a later start time, citing research showing teens need to sleep later.

There are three different surveys in 10 different languages: for parents of current students, for community members whether they have had children in public schools or not, and for school staff.

A change in the start and end times for a school day has the potential to affect the entire community and it is important that the district hear from our diverse community including parents, students, staff and community members on the potential positive and negative impacts of such a decision. To focus this conversation this spring, three options are being explored: 1) no change to current bell times, 2) moving secondary schools to later start times and elementary schools to earlier start times, and 3) expanding the high school day to allow a choice for students.

To support the capture of this vital feedback from the District community, the Bell Time Online Survey will be available starting April 28. The survey will be available online in ten languages and will remain open until May 10. The survey has three primary audiences – Parents, Community Members and Staff. In addition, for those families without reliable internet access, the survey will be available on paper at each of the 26 neighborhood Community Centers managed by Seattle Parks and Recreation.

Take the Bell Time Online Survey here!

For more information on the Bell Time Analysis, visit belltimes.www.seattleschools.org

We encourage everyone, whether you are a parent of a current Seattle Public Schools student, will soon be enrolling your child in the District, or are a community member interested in the topic, to take the survey and contribute to this important discussion. The data collected from these surveys will be invaluable in determining the potential impacts a change could have on the community.

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