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


Broadview-Thomson students competing in Global Reading Challenge city final on April 2

March 19th, 2013 by Doree

Fourth- and fifth-graders from Broadview-Thomson K-8 will compete in the city final of the Global Reading Challenge on April 2. Ten teams from around the city will gather at the Central Library to show off their knowledge gleaned from 10 books.

Broadview-Thomson’s team is called “The Bookworms.” Nearby, “The Unknowns” from Loyal Heights Elementary in Ballard are also competing.

More than 2,500 fourth- and fifth- graders from more than 40 Seattle Public Schools participated in the first round.

The 2013 Global Reading Challenge is at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2, at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium. Free ; open to the public.

Good job, readers!

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District-wide Physical Education Community Showcase at Broadview-Thomson on Tuesday

November 5th, 2012 by Doree

Seattle Public Schools will show off its P.E. programs at the Physical Education Community Showcase from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Broadview-Thomson K-8, 13052 Greenwood Ave. N., in the gym.

(P)hysical education departments at Seattle Public Schools and their community partners will be sharing the programs and community partnerships aimed at supporting the District’s mission statement: “providing a quality physical education program that builds knowledge, fitness, movement skills, social well-being and confidence so all students can enjoy a healthy, active lifestyle.”

Parents, students and community members are welcome to browse the displays and talk with educators about Seattle Public Schools’ physical education initiatives.

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Broadview-Thomson one of four schools to get speed zone cameras

November 3rd, 2012 by Doree

Broadview-Thomson K-8 School, at 13052 Greenwood Ave. N., is one of four Seattle schools to receive school zone speed cameras to increase student safety.

The cameras went live on Thursday. Besides Broadview-Thomson, the cameras were installed at Thurgood Marshall Elementary School, Olympic View Elementary School and Gatewood Elementary School.

The sites were chosen after Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) analyzed 50 schools where they had installed flashing beacons to encourage drivers to go the speed limit through the school zone, and determined those four school zones would get the most benefit from reduced speeds and better speed enforcement.

The cameras will only issue tickets when the school zone yellow beacons are flashing (during school hours). A written warning period will be in effect from November 1st to November 26th. During the written warning period only warning citations will be mailed to violators caught speeding in the listed school zones.

Starting on Monday, November 26th, which is the day kids return from Thanksgiving break, actual citations (tickets) will be mailed to motorists who disregard the speed limit in the monitored school zones. The fine amount will be a fixed $189.00, the same cost as a ticket that would otherwise be issued by an officer.

The goal of this program is not to issue tickets, but to improve safety and reduce collisions by raising awareness that speeding in school zones is particularly dangerous for children and pedestrians.

The Seattle Police Department encourages all motor vehicle operators and bicyclists to be familiar with and obey all local and state traffic laws and to always drive with due regard for all others on the roadway.

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Cyclist ends 4,200-mile ride across America at Broadview-Thomson School

November 15th, 2011 by Doree

Chris Figureida rode his bicycle 4,200 miles from Maine to Seattle, speaking to thousands of students along the way about the benefits of eating healthy and exercising. He ended his journey on Monday afternoon at Broadview-Thomson School, just north of Greenwood.

Chris Figureida shows his cycling route on a map. Photos courtesy of the American Heart Association.

Figureida’s “Cycle For Heart” tour was in support of the American Heart Association and Rotary International. He met with 40,000 students across the U.S. About 200 of them were at Broadview-Thomson, where he told the students that his ride took 81 days, required him to eat 4,000 calories of food each day, and he drank only water (not sugary sodas).

Figureida encourages the students to flex their muscles.

His equipment included his bike, a tent, GPS, cell phone, iPad, and a solar charger for batteries. He bought all his food at stores along the way.

Next year, Figureida plans to bike from California to Mt. McKinley in Alaska and back, and speak to school children along the way about being healthy and active.

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Broadview Thomson K-8 Artwalk is Thursday

May 4th, 2011 by Doree

Broadview Thomson K-8 school, just north of Greenwood, is hosting its third annual student artwalk from 6-8 p.m. Thursday. The artwalk celebrates Seattle artists Jacob Lawrence and Jimi Hendrix.

This school year all classes participated in experiences supporting the study of our featured artists. Broadview Thomson K-8 partnered with both the Experience Music Project and Seattle Art Museum to create innovative arts experiences for our students.

As a result our Artwalk will offer a variety of projects inspired by Jacob Lawrence and Jimi Hendrix. Student performances will include drama, dance, music and poetry. Visual arts created by our students will be displayed throughout the halls.

Please come join our celebration of the arts!!!

Broadview-Thomson K-8 is at 13052 Greenwood Ave N.

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Broadview-Thomson school needs auction donations

April 6th, 2011 by Doree

Broadview-Thomson K-8, which includes students from north Greenwood, is looking for donations for its annual auction, which is the school’s biggest fundraiser. The auction committee is looking for donations large and small, including restaurant and services gift cards, jewelry, CDs or DVDs, art and weekend getaways.

This year’s auction theme is “Let the Good Times Roll.” The event is May 21 at the Bitter Lake Community Center.

If you run your own small business or if you represent an established company, this is an opportunity to show off your products or services to people right here in the local community.  As an individual you might consider using your special skills like beading or carpentry to create a unique auction item.  All donor names (whether business or individual) will be recognized in the auction display and in our auction catalog. Gold Star contributors (donations of $250 or more) will also get special recognition on our web site.

With a New Orleans flair this night of fun and fundraising will include food and music inspiring you to laissez les bon temps (let the good times roll)! Broadview-Thomson’s auctions host 200 or more guests and raise approximately $45,000 each year. Benefiting all students, the money raised allows our PTA to fund a wide variety of programs such as arts education, technology improvements, playground supervision, and field trips.

For more information, contact Patti Amundson at wwpatti@gmail.com.

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