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


Greenwood Library looking for high school students to work 1-on-1 with 3rd graders for new ‘Learning Buddies’ program

August 25th, 2017 by Doree

The Greenwood Library is starting a new program called “Learning Buddies,” which will pair teens with 3rd graders who need help with literacy, math, logic skill building and other academic support.

Youth Services Librarian Jennifer Bisson is looking for a diverse group of 25 high school students. The program will be at North Seattle Boys and Girls Club, 8635 Fremont Ave. N.

The mandatory orientation session is from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30. The fall session runs from 3:15-5:15 p.m. on Wednesdays from Oct. 18 to Dec. 6 (except Nov. 22). Spring session runs from 3:15-5:15 p.m. on Wednesdays from March 28 to May 16 (except April 11).

For more information and to get an application please go here. Interested teens should email completed applications to jennifer.bisson@spl.org or bring them to the Greenwood Library by Friday, Sept. 15. Interviews will be held Sept. 9-24. Preference will be given to teens who have been part of the Boys and Girls Club or a similar type of after-school program, but all teens are welcome to apply.

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Homework Help volunteers needed at Greenwood and Broadview libraries next school year

June 27th, 2017 by Doree

The Seattle Public Library needs Homework Help volunteers at 11 libraries – including Greenwood and Broadview – for next school year.

Homework Help volunteers support students by helping them understand homework assignments, develop literacy and mathematics skills, and prepare for college and careers. Volunteers mentor students in all academic subjects and may also specialize in college-prep subjects, like English and science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) fields.

Most of the students are first-generation Americans who speak a language other than English at home. Volunteers interact with students of all ages in small groups and individually.

Volunteers will provide Homework Help once a week when public schools are in session, and a commitment throughout the school year is requested. Visit www.spl.org/homeworkvolunteer for more information. Volunteer applications are due by Monday, July 31.

Homework Help volunteers are needed from Sept. 11, 2017, through June 14, 2018.

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Phinney Neighborhood Community Chorus raises nearly $22,000 for Haiti school

June 19th, 2017 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Community Chorus’s annual concert to benefit a school in Haiti raised far more money this year than previously.

Chorus member Mike Veitenhans tells me the chorus had hoped to raise $8,000. But shortly before Saturday night’s concert, a representative from the Mona Foundation, which funds the Georges Marcellus School in rural Haiti through donations, told the chorus that an anonymous donor had heard about the chorus’s fundraising efforts and promised to match whatever they raised, up to $10,000.

After informing the audience of that pledge match, audience members reached deep and donated $11,550. A few more donations rolled in after the concert, and with the anonymous donor match, the chorus raised a record $21,550.

The chorus has now raised more than $90,000 for Haitian school children in the last 15 years.

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Ballard Preschool Coop open house on Feb. 4

January 19th, 2017 by Doree

Ballard Preschool Cooperative, a program of the Phinney Neighborhood Association, is hosting an open house for prospective families at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4. Meet teachers and current co-op parents, tour the classroom and learn more about the program.

Ballard Preschool Co-op offers play-based classes for children from birth through pre-K, as well as on-site sibling care, at 7503 18th Ave. NW. Please RSVP to the registrar at bpc.registrar@gmail.com with your name, child’s name, and child’s date of birth.

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6 volunteer tutors needed at Daniel Bagley Elementary

December 28th, 2016 by Doree

Nonprofit organization Invest in Youth needs six more volunteer tutors for the rest of the school year at Daniel Bagley Elementary (near Green Lake but with boundaries extending into Greenwood and Phinney Ridge).

Six students are currently on the wait list for a tutor.

Each tutor is matched with the same student for the whole school year, and the pair works together on things like playing math games, reading stories or working on homework, for one hour each week. Educational materials and activities, training and support, and heartfelt appreciation are provided at every session.

For more information or to apply to be a tutor, email Erika Chen at echen@investinyouth.org or see the website.

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Free trial class at Ballard Preschool Co-op

November 3rd, 2016 by Doree

Ballard Preschool Co-op, a program of the Phinney Neighborhood Association, is offering a free trial class for anyone interested in preschool for children ages 3-5 years.

Trial classes are available from 12:15-3:15 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17 (during normal class time); and from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29 (a special pajama party class).

Sign up by emailing the school registrar at BPCRegistrar@gmail.com with your name, your child’s name and date of birth.

BPC has several openings in the 3-5’s class for the current school year.

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Outdoor preschool opens at Carkeek Park, 3 other parks around the city

September 14th, 2016 by Doree

Outdoor preschools opened at four Seattle Parks this month, including Carkeek Park. The preschools are run by Tiny Trees Preschool in a pilot program for affordable, nature-based preschool.

In an outdoor classroom, lessons have a natural magic: instead of counting marbles, children collect and count acorns; to learn colors, geometry and fine motor control, children use paintbrushes to spread pollen between flowers and record the color, shape and number of petals to share with the class; and with a pile of leaves and twigs, they build sculptures and art that reflect the wilds of their imagination.

At Tiny Trees, 52% of the incoming class receives financial assistance. At Carkeek Park, families who make less than $72,000 a year receive free tuition through the Seattle Preschool Program Pathways.

Tiny Trees Preschool keeps costs low by eliminating the cost of building, renovating and maintaining a child care facility. Instead of spending a huge amount on bricks and mortar the school spends it on hiring and supporting great teachers. The result is a preschool that costs 80% less to start and tuition prices that are 10 or 40% below market rate. Beginning September 12, 2016, Tiny Trees will operate schools at Camp Long in West Seattle, Carkeek Park in Northwest Seattle, John C. Little Park in the Rainier Valley and Jefferson Park on Beacon Hill.

The pilot agreement illustrates Seattle Parks and Recreation’s support for the city’s Preschool Program, approved by Seattle voters in 2014 to make preschool opportunities available for all Seattle 3- and 4-year-old children.

The Seattle Preschool Program aims to provide high quality early childhood education programs for 1,600 children a year by 2018. Tiny Trees Preschool is a provider for the Seattle Preschool Program – Pathways at Carkeek Park, and has two years to meet the quality standards for the Seattle Preschool Program.

To make sure families are prepared for a Seattle winter, Tiny Trees provides every child a free one-piece rain suit and boots from the Vancouver, WA based company Oakiwear. Children also use picnic shelters in heavy rain and there is an emergency shelter designated at each site in case of severe weather or emergency. Tiny Trees follows the Seattle Public Schools (SPS) calendar and is closed on SPS snow days.

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Community meetings on Seattle Public Schools boundary changes for 2017-18 school year

March 29th, 2016 by Doree

Seattle Public Schools is holding a series of community meetings about boundary changes that will take effect for the 2017-18 school year. Boundaries are changing for 18 attendance area elementary and nine middle schools to balance enrollment and create attendance areas for new schools opening in the fall of 2017.

Meetings are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 4, at Ballard High School, 1418 NW 65th St. (with interpreters in Somali, Spanish, Vietnamese); 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, at John Stanford Center Auditorium,2445 3rd Ave. S. (with interpreters in Amharic, Chinese, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tigrigna and Vietnamese); and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, at Roosevelt High School, 1410 NE 66th St. (with intrepreters in Somali, Spanish, Vietnamese).

The changes were approved by the Seattle School Board on in November 2013. Additional meetings will be scheduled this fall. You can see a list of schools with changes and maps here.

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Applications now being accepted for city-funded Seattle Preschool Program

March 1st, 2016 by Doree

The application process is open for families wanting to enroll their 3- or 4-year-olds in the city-funded Seattle Preschool Program, which currently has 27 sites, including Creative Kids at 10525 3rd Ave. NW in Greenwood/Broadview.

The first selection process is Friday, March 11.

Families can apply one of three ways:

  • Over the phone by calling 206-386-1050.
  • In-person at Seattle libraries, Seattle community centers, or Seattle Preschool Program sites.
  • Online. The enrollment application is available in English, Spanish, Somali, Amharic, Chinese and Vietnamese.

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